13 Days Best of Kenya and Tanzania Wildlife Safari

Experience the abundant wildlife of Kenya and Tanzania on game drives through East Africa’s greatest parks-and-reserves, pausing to visit a Maasai village and learning of mankind’s origins at Olduvai Gorge. Each of these game areas will delight you with the prospect of seeing Africa’s Big 5: Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Rhinoceros and Cape Buffalo.

If you have more time, considering pairing this Kenya Tanzania safari tours with a thrilling Kilimanjaro climb or a relaxing holiday to Zanzibar to add to your Tanzania Safari Trip!

Best of Kenya and Tanzania safari Highlights:

  • Premium Safari Accommodations
  • African Safari game drives in Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Amboseli National Park, Lake Manyara, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park
  • Wildebeest Migration safari (subject to season)
  • Visit a Maasai Village

Optional Excursions:

  • Serengeti or Masai Mara hot air balloon safari
  • TreeTop walkway in Lake Manyara
  • Olduvai Gorge

Trip Type

All of our safaris in Tanzania are private, ensuring that you will get the most out of your experience in Tanzania.

Best Time To Visit

Yearly around.

Day 1-

Nairobi

  • Upon arrival into Nairobi, you will be met by Ernest Magic Tours & Safaris representative and transferred to the EKA Hotel.
  • Your afternoon is at leisure.
  • Overnight at EKA Hotel

Eka Hotel

A contemporary style hotel that provides all the comfort, convenience and efficiency to the discerning traveler, Eka Hotel is ideally located along Mombasa road in Nairobi the capital city of Kenya, it is an ideal business cum leisure hotel, close to the International and domestic Airports as well as the city center. The hotel offers tastefully decorated rooms, two restaurants, bar, conference facilities, swimming pool and a host of other facilities.

 
Day 2-

Masai Mara

  • Leaving Nairobi after breakfast, you'll travel towards Kenya's fertile highlands and head down the Rift Escarpment on a road built by Italian prisoners of war during World War II. Look for the charming chapel they built at the foot of the escarpment.
  • You will pass the impressive Longonot earth satellite station as you head across the Valley to Narok, and then travel across acres of wheat and barley, before you reach the Masai Mara and your lodge in time for lunch.
  • There will be an afternoon game drive.
  • Overnight at Keekorok Lodge
  • Full board provided

Keekorok Lodge

Keekorok Lodge was opened in 1965 and lies at the southern end of Masai Mara National Reserve, approximately 280 kilometers from Nairobi. It is sited in the direct path of the annual migration and was the first lodge to be built in the Mara. At the height of the migration, Keekorok is surrounded by a swarming mass of animals and there is hardly need to go on a game drive. Keekorok’ s charm lies in the liberal use of local building materials. Sand stone, cedar wood and other indigenous materials are used in all rooms and public areas. In front of the lodge there is a 300m elevated walkway that meanders through a small riverine forest to a small bar at one end. This overlooks a dam where resident hippo and other game are regularly seen. There are no fences around Keekorok and it is not uncommon to see elephant and buffalo on the perimeter of the grounds or even strolling in, though there are watchmen on the constant look out!

 
Day 3-

Masai Mara

  • After an early breakfast, guests will depart for a visit to a Masai village and a morning game drive, returning to the lodge for lunch and perhaps a siesta before setting off for an afternoon game drive.
  • You will return to the lodge as the sun sets.
  • Optional: It is possible to pre-book a hot air balloon safari on this day.
  • Overnight at Keekorok Lodge
  • Full board provided
 
Day 4-

Lake Nakuru National Park

  • Leaving the Masai Mara after breakfast, you will travel across the ‘breadbasket’ of Kenya, where acres of wheat and barley litter the landscape as you head north to Narok, the district headquarters of this part of Maasailand.
  • Now travel across the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley, keeping an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle as you head up the Mahiu Escarpment, before arriving at Lake Nakuru around midday. The waters here are often colored shimmering flamingo pink, from thousands of the beautiful birds lining its shores.
  • After lunch, depart for an afternoon game drive in Nakuru National Park.
  • Overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge
  • Full board provided

Lake Nakuru Lodge

Lake Nakuru Lodge is situated in the heart of one of Kenya's most densely populated wetland National Parks, (Ramsar site) only two leisurely hours' drive from Nairobi, through beautiful forested uplands and passing a series of lakes. On the outskirts of the bustling market town of Nakuru lies a truly remarkable national park which has achieved international fame. Both black and white rhino are being given a new lease of life in this 188 sq km, fully fenced park - and they are carefully protected. The present rhino population is over 50 and continuing to multiply. The Rothschild giraffe is another rarity and the park has its fair share of buffalo, leopard, zebra, eland, waterbuck, and lion. Lake Nakuru Lodge is in the southeast ecological niche of the park, with commanding views of the lake and the flamingos for which it is justly famous. Lush gardens surround the lodge and cottages. There is a good program of activities and evening entertainment.

 
Day 5-

Amboseli National Park

  • After an early breakfast, continue to Lake Naivasha for a boat ride.
  • Later, leaving the Rift Valley behind, proceed to Nairobi, collect a picnic lunch and then head south towards Amboseli arriving at your lodge by late afternoon.
  • Overnight at Ol Tukai Lodge
  • Full board provided

Ol Tukai

Ol Tukai lies at the heart of Amboseli National Park and is set at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. The cottage style accommodation spreads out on either side of the main lodge, where the architecture is unobtrusive. Each room is built out of gum trees and other indigenous building materials, with the use of beige and cream slate. Each room has uninterrupted views of either the wetlands or of Mount Kilimanjaro. There is a great swimming pool shaded by acacia trees, library, bars, gift shop and spacious gardens to enjoy.

 
Day 6-

Amboseli National Park

  • Morning and afternoon game drives in Amboseli, returning to the lodge as the sun sets.
  • Overnight at Ol Tukai Lodge 
  • Full board provided
Day 7-

Lake Manyara National Park

  • After breakfast, you continue the journey to the Tanzania border post and then on to Arusha for lunch.
  • In the afternoon you will be picked up from Arusha Town Center and join your vehicle.
  • You depart Arusha and pass through the Masai Steppe filled with many picturesque African villages as well as maize, coffee and banana plantations.
  • At the town of Makuyuni you turn North West and continue the journey up through a scenic escarpment that brings you to your lodge, perched on the edge of the Rift Valley with stunning views over the distant Lake Manyara.
  • Overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
  • Full board provided

Grouped around a central ‘vanishing horizon' pool, this highly unusual lodge features a simple timbered reception area, built in traditional African style, which is accessed via a bridge over a small stream. Beyond reception, lies the central dining room, bar and veranda, below which lies the pool. Perched on the very edge of the cliffs, with stunning views over the lake is the pool bar and observation point. Dotted around the grounds, all with views over the lake, are a series of circular two story ‘rondavels', which house the rooms.

Day 8-

Central Serengeti

  • After breakfast, there is a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park that returns to the lodge for lunch.
  • Leaving Lake Manyara behind, the journey continues North West across the stunning hilly countryside of the highlands which is filled with wheat and coffee plantations, and then into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
  • From here lie the vast plains of the Serengeti, where you’ll hopefully start spotting game well before you get into the park.
  • Overnight at Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge 
  • Full board provided

Centrally located adjacent to the famous Western Corridor and Grumeti River, the lodge has been designed to blend completely into the living landscape. A series of traditional domed ‘rondavels' are widely spaced throughout the grounds, which are cooled by groves of acacia trees and watered by sparkling streams. On the very edge of the ridge is a ‘vanishing horizon' pool, which looks out over the ‘endless plains' after which the Serengeti is named.

 
Day 9-

Central Serengeti

  • Today, enjoy exhilarating morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park.
  • Overnight at Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge  
  • Full board provided
 
Day 10-

Ngorongoro Crater

  • After breakfast you depart for Ngorongoro with a picnic lunch viewing game across the vast Serengeti plains.
  • After lunch, you continue to your lodge, set high on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater.
  • Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
  • Full board provided

Hugging the contours of the jagged Crater rim, the lodge takes its inspiration from the so-called ‘Cradle of Mankind', the prehistoric site of Olduvai Gorge, which lies close by. Linked by arched stone passages and timbered decks, its walls are decorated with stylized prehistoric cave paintings and lit by flaring torches. At the stone heart of the lodge burns a glowing fire, which is kept constantly alight. Decorated with cave paintings, the rooms are strung around the Crater rim. Each has its own rock- enclosed balcony, and all enjoy completely uninterrupted views of the volcanic amphitheater far below.

 
Day 11-

Ngorongoro Crater

  • A highlight awaits you this morning as you depart to explore what is commonly referred to as the world’s largest wildlife theater.
  • After breakfast, you descend with a picnic lunch through the early morning mists and 2,000 feet into the crater. Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera.
  • Due to its size and diversity, the crater floor is comprised of several distinct areas, ranging from forest, swamps, lakes and springs, to open grassland and some sandy dunes. It’s an awesome wildlife experience.
  • You return to the lodge in the late afternoon.
  • Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
  • Full board provided
Day 12-

Tarangire National Park

  • Departing Ngorongoro Crater after breakfast and head south east en route to Lake Manyara, Mto wa Mbu village and Tarangire beyond.
  • Through the highlands and the Karatu district, you’ll view the scenic wheat plains and coffee plantations here before journeying down the spectacular escarpment where you turn south on to the main Arusha – Dodoma road and into the park.
  • From here to the lodge, you’ll enjoy a game drive en route.
  • After lunch and perhaps a swim, the remainder of the afternoon will be spent on a game drive.
  • Overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge
  • Full board provided

Hidden among the kopjes of Tarangire National Park lies Tarangire Sopa Lodge. The lodge is surrounded by ancient baobab trees. Tarangire National Park is the home of one of the greatest concentration of elephants in Africa, and other game including the elusive leopard. Over 400 bird species can be spotted here as well. With water constantly available in the area, the greenery is lush providing a wonderful contrast to the burnt ground.

Day 13-

End of Itinerary

  • Depart Tarangire after breakfast and drive back to Arusha arriving in time for lunch.
  • After lunch you continue the journey by road to Nairobi and onto a Nairobi City Center Restaurant for dinner before drop off at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or city center Hotel.
  • Alternatively, depart from Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Prices for 2020 Including VAT. You can start on any date you choose within the Travel Period.

Price from $6780 USD (Per Person Sharing)

Inclusions:

  • Pick up & drop off at Arusha town (any hotel)
  • Game viewing in 4×4 Land Cruiser with pop-up roof on exclusive basis
  • Services of a professional English-speaking driver guide
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Drinking water while on safari provided in safari vehicle
  • Park fees and conservations fees as per itinerary
  • 18% VAT on park fees and game drives for safari.

Exclusions:

  • Tourist visas
  • Personal travel/medical insurance
  • Optional activities not mentioned in itinerary
  • Soft drinks or alcoholic beverages unless provided at accommodations
  • Tips for driver guide and lodge/camp staff
  • Any international flights and departure taxes
  • Any items of personal nature (laundry service, telephone/internet bills, souvenirs)

This Kenya Tanzania safari starts in Nairobi and ends in Arusha

Fly into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport with KLM, Swiss Air, Egypt Air, Emirates, Qatar, Ethiopian and Kenya Airways.

A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included

Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for an extra cost

Frequency Asked Questions

How soon do I have to book your tour?
We recommend booking your tour as soon as possible. Lodges and tented camps on safari are booked quickly, so we need to reserve those before they fill up. However, sometimes we do have space last minute as well.

Do I need a visa to travel to Tanzania?
A valid VISA is required for travel to Tanzania. A single entry VISA is valid for 3 months from the date of issue. VISAS-on- arrival are available at a Kilimanjaro international airport (JRO) for $ 50. (However for U.S citizens the cost is $100 for a multiple entry VISA). Is highly advised to visitors travelling from a country where VISA SERVISES ARE AVAILABLE SHOULD OBTAIN a visa prior to arrival in the country in order to avoid delays at the airport.

Can I Travel with children?
You can surely travel with children in Tanzania. Tanzanians love children and are especially helpful to mothers. However, canned baby foods, powdered milk and disposable nappies may not be available outside major towns. However, it is not appropriate to go on safari with babies as the roads are bumpy.

What type of vehicles do you provide?
We use 4 or 7 passenger 4×4-drive modern Land Cruisers, all with pop up roof for viewing, our safari jeep are facilitated with High Frequency radios, Refrigerator, Binoculars and first aid kits.

What about roads on Safaris?
You will experience bumpy roads when traveling throughout the region and during game drives. This may pose a problem for some individuals with back problems. Please inform us in advance and we can provide additional back pillows for extra comfort. While our vehicles are customized and equipped for rough roads, we still recommend our guests to always fasten their seat belts at all times, and hold on when standing on their seat to enjoy the view through the popped up roof. Please also make sure that your cameras and other electronic equipment are safely stored at all times in case of any damages due to bumpy roads

What do you mean by “Unlimited Game drives?
In our Tanzania safari packages include unlimited game drives with no restriction on mileage or fuel. If you wanna go far as much as you can it possible. Also if you wanna go for the full day game drive, we’ll pack picnic lunch so you will have an incredible time in the bush. We start our legendary early game drive at 6 o’clock in the morning whereby you create a big opportunity of seeing predators while they are active and other animals movement around. In that time you have the GOLDEN light therefore the pictures you take you take really good pictures.

Am I allowed to walk around the national park?
It is recommended to stay inside your safari vehicles at all times when you are in the national parks, unless your driver guide find a safe area to stop for lunch, or to stretch your legs. If you are keen on hiking, there are guided walks that are available in Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro. Within the Serengeti National Parks, long walks are not permitted during to conservation reasons; however, some lodgings will offer short walks near the lodge or camp.

Is tipping customary in Tanzania?
For our outstanding safari guide we recommend $ 40 to $ 50 per car per day while in the hotels it is $ 10 to $ 25 per group per day put in a tip box. Porters are usually tipped separately and it is $ 1 per bag.

Can I use my cell phone while in Tanzania?
Since you will be on a safari-type expedition, it’s unlikely that you will be close enough to any cell towers to be able to use your cell phone.

Do I need power adapters?
The power grid in Tanzania is 220-240v, meaning that you will need a converter for any 110v devices that can’t handle the higher voltage. Depending on where you are, you will also encounter both Type G (BS-1363) plugs and Type D (BS-546) outlets, which require converters.

What are the toilets like in Tanzania?
Camp, inn, lodge, or hotel, your Tanzania accommodations will offer a western style bowl toilet that flushes. It’s possible that if you are in more rural parts of the country on an expedition that you’ll encounter a squat toilet.

Can I drink the water in Tanzania?
Tap water in Tanzania is not safe to drink. Only drink the filtered or bottled water provided to you by your tour operator.

Will I be able to find ATMs?
Withdrawing from ATMs in Tanzania is possible in larger cities like Arusha, Moshi and Stone Town. However, problems with ATM machines in Tanzania are being reported more often. During your Tanzania safari in the national parks, as well as near the beach accommodations at Zanzibar, there are no ATMs available.
We advise you to take cash US Dollars to Tanzania, which can be exchanged to local currency.
Please note: only US Dollars as from the year 2006 are accepted in Tanzania! Always ask for new dollars when buying them abroad.
Credit cards are accepted in some accommodations, but they often charge high credit card fees. Cash payments are cheaper.

Should I purchase travel insurance?
Always. It’s a precaution that you’ll hopefully never use but it can save you thousands of dollars.

Can i book my safari directly with Ernest Magic Tours & Safaris?
Absolutely you can, as we are trying to avoid mediators in between

Booking Conditions

We really appreciate your decision of booking your lifetime Safari with Ernest Magic Tours & Safaris.

Safari Bookings

Bookings and contracts shall be estimated to have been concluded in Arusha, Tanzania and shall be interpreted according to the laws of the United Republic of Tanzania. The company exclusively reserves the right to deny any booking without reasonably outlining the reasons for it.

Deposit & Payment

Once you have agreed to the safari holiday arrangements with us a 40% of the total tour amount is required upfront to confirm a booking. This deposit forms part of the payment for the trip and shall be offset to the total amount charged to the client/agent.

However, clients or agents booking prior to four weeks of the departure of the tour are required to pay the amount in full to secure their reservation. If the full amount is Failure to pay full amount prior to four weeks of departure of the tour will result in cancellation of the booking and the deposits will also be forfeited.

All bank and other transactional charges have to be settled by the agent or client respectively. This also includes the transaction fees charged by our bank.

Cancellations

Cancellations have to be sent in writing. Cancellation shall be effective only from the date of receipt of cancellation by the booking office. In case of a booking cancellation, the company will be in the position of retaining the full deposit amount.

In case of a booking cancellation, the client will be subjected to a cancellation fee which is as follows:

  • 4 weeks prior to departure – 30% Cancellation Fee
  • 4-2 weeks prior to departure – 50% Cancellation Fee
  • 2-1 weeks prior to departure – 75% Cancellation Fee
  • Less than 1 week prior to departure – 100% Cancellation Fee

The company reserves the right to cancel any tour at its sole and absolute discretion with our without prior notification in any kind of unavoidable circumstances. In such cases, refund of full amount will be made by the company.

Authority On Tour

The decisions of the Company’s guide/driver on tour shall at all times be final and binding. The client must at all times comply and meet with the laws, customs, and foreign exchange regulations of all countries visited.

Passports, Visas and Other Travel Papers

It is the client’s responsibility to make sure all the essential documentations required for your travel in Tanzania are in order. Ernest Magic Tours & Safaris cannot be held liable for any consequences resulting a client’s not having all required documentation prior to the starts of the tour.

Risk

The client accepts the tours are in adventurous nature and will involve individual personal risk. Ernest Magic Tours & Safaris cannot be held responsible for any property damaged, injury, loss of life howsoever caused. The client accepts full responsibility for all risks involved.

Marketing

Ernest Magic Tours & Safaris reserves the right to use any photographs and videos taken during tours for marketing or advertising. The client do gives approval to use such photos and authorises the company to preserve copyright or such materials.

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