Safari in Kenya & Tanzania

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 13 Days | Nairobi to Arusha
  • Group Size: Max 6

Trip Details

 

Few travel experiences compare to encountering the legendary wildlife of the Serengeti and Masai Mara alongside expert naturalists. On this two-week trip through the grasslands of Kenya and Tanzania, explore incredible national parks and stay at beautifully outfitted safari lodges and camps. Experience the East African savannah with all five senses as you search for the “big five.”

Trip Highlights

    • Set out on safari in six incredible wildlife areas: Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Amboseli, Lake Manyara, the Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro Crater.
    • Learn about elephant conservation from members of the Kenya Wildlife Service.
    • Visit a Maasai village and help build a clean-burning stove for the G Adventures-sponsored Clean Cookstoves Project.
    • Seek out some of Africa’s most incredible wildlife—from elephant herds and tree-climbing lions to rare black and white rhinos.

Itinerary - 13 Days

Day 1 — Nairobi

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

Days 2 & 3 — Masai Mara National Reserve

Travel to our comfortable tented camp located in the heart of Kenya’s premier wildlife reserve. Enjoy daily game drives across the savanna, home to the legendary “big five” game animals—buffalos, elephants, leopards, lions, and rhinos. Opt to visit a Maasai village or embark on a balloon safari. In the evenings, settle back at the camp and marvel at the views overlooking the surrounding plains. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 4 — Lake Nakuru National Park

Depart early to a G Adventures for Good supported project, Ubuntu Café – an initiative that trains and creates local jobs for women. Tour the craft center and farm, then sit down to a delicious farm-to-table lunch. Continue to our safari lodge, inside the Lake Nakuru National Park. Enjoy a late afternoon game drive, paying special attention to the rare rhinos who make this area their home. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Days 5, 6, & 7 — Amboseli National Park/Arusha

Embark on a sunrise game drive before continuing on to our safari tented camp near Amboseli National Park, known for its herds of free-ranging elephants. Head out on morning and afternoon game drives, taking in iconic views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the wildlife that lives in its shadow. Gain a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding poaching and elephant conservation during a lecture by an accredited speaker from the Kenya Wildlife Service—an organization that has long partnered with National Geographic to preserve the country’s wildlife habitats. Then transfer to Arusha, the gateway to the Serengeti and the wildlife reserves of northern Tanzania. Spend a free afternoon exploring the town and its bustling markets. (3B, 3L, 2D)

Day 8 — Mto Wa Mbu Village/Lake Manyara National Park

Visit Mto wa Mbu village for a guided cultural walk and a traditional lunch with a local family. Continue to our safari lodge, located outside Lake Manyara National Park and featuring unobstructed views of the stunning Rift Valley escarpment. Embark on an afternoon game drive across the park’s grassy floodplains and seek out the spectacular resident wildlife, including hippos, baboons, elephants, and the famed tree-climbing lions. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 9 — Olduvai Gorge/Serengeti National Park

Travel through the Rift Valley and visit a Maasai village to learn about the G Adventures-supported Clean Cookstoves Project. Enjoy an exclusive presentation by some of the “Maasai mamas” who work on the project, take a guided tour of the village, and help build a clean-burning stove in a family boma. Afterward, visit the Olduvai Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage site that holds some of the world’s most important paleoanthropological sites. Visit the onsite museum to see some of the area’s unearthed fossils and artifacts, and then travel to our safari camp located inside Serengeti National Park. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 10 — Serengeti National Park

Opt to take a sunrise balloon safari for incredible aerial views of the savanna and its resident wildlife. Embark on an incredible full-day game drive into the vast grasslands of the Serengeti. Afterward, drop by the Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre for a talk by one of its visiting researchers, and learn about studies currently being done in the park. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Days 11 & 12 — Ngorongoro Conservation Area/Arusha

Continue game viewing on the drive out of the Serengeti to our comfortable tented camp. Spend the rest of the day relaxing, and enjoy an incredible African sunset over scenic Lake Eyasi. Depart early the next morning for the Ngorongoro Crater, part of a World Heritage site. Descend to the crater floor for a game drive and a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, drive to Arusha for the final night. (2B, 2L, 1D)

Day 13 — Arusha

Depart at any time. (1B)

Related Trips

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

Dates

2017
  • Dec 23, 2017 - Jan 04, 2018 (sold out)
  • Dec 24, 2017 - Jan 05, 2018
  • Dec 30, 2017 - Jan 11, 2018 (sold out)
2018
  • Jan 06 - 18, 2018
  • Jan 07 - 19, 2018 (sold out)
  • Jan 13 - 25, 2018 (sold out)
  • Jan 14 - 26, 2018 (sold out)
  • Jan 20 - Feb 01, 2018
  • Jan 21 - Feb 02, 2018
  • Jan 28 - Feb 09, 2018 (sold out)
  • Feb 04 - 16, 2018 (sold out)
  • Feb 11 - 23, 2018 (sold out)
  • Feb 18 - Mar 02, 2018 (sold out)
  • Mar 04 - 16, 2018
  • Mar 11 - 23, 2018 (sold out)
  • Apr 01 - 13, 2018
  • Apr 15 - 27, 2018
  • May 06 - 18, 2018
  • May 20 - Jun 01, 2018 (sold out)
  • Jun 17 - 29, 2018
  • Jun 24 - Jul 06, 2018
  • Jun 30 - Jul 12, 2018
  • Jul 01 - 13, 2018
  • Jul 08 - 20, 2018
  • Jul 15 - 27, 2018
  • Jul 17 - 29, 2018 (sold out)
  • Jul 22 - Aug 03, 2018 (sold out)
  • Jul 28 - Aug 09, 2018 (sold out)
  • Jul 29 - Aug 10, 2018 (sold out)
  • Aug 05 - 17, 2018
  • Aug 12 - 24, 2018 (sold out)
  • Aug 14 - 26, 2018 (sold out)
  • Aug 18 - 30, 2018
  • Aug 19 - 31, 2018
  • Aug 21 - Sep 02, 2018
  • Aug 28 - Sep 09, 2018
  • Sep 02 - 14, 2018
  • Sep 04 - 16, 2018
  • Sep 08 - 20, 2018 (sold out)
  • Sep 09 - 21, 2018 (sold out)
  • Sep 11 - 23, 2018 (sold out)
  • Sep 18 - 30, 2018 (sold out)
  • Sep 23 - Oct 05, 2018 (sold out)
  • Sep 29 - Oct 11, 2018
  • Sep 30 - Oct 12, 2018
  • Oct 02 - 14, 2018
  • Oct 07 - 19, 2018
  • Oct 13 - 25, 2018
  • Oct 14 - 26, 2018
  • Oct 20 - Nov 01, 2018
  • Oct 21 - Nov 02, 2018
  • Oct 28 - Nov 09, 2018
  • Nov 04 - 16, 2018
  • Nov 18 - 30, 2018
  • Nov 24 - Dec 06, 2018
  • Dec 09 - 21, 2018
  • Dec 16 - 28, 2018
  • Dec 22, 2018 - Jan 03, 2019
  • Dec 23, 2018 - Jan 04, 2019
  • Dec 29, 2018 - Jan 10, 2019
  • Dec 30, 2018 - Jan 11, 2019
2019
  • Jan 05 - 17, 2019
  • Jan 06 - 18, 2019
  • Jan 13 - 25, 2019
  • Jan 20 - Feb 01, 2019
  • Feb 03 - 15, 2019
  • Feb 13 - 25, 2019
  • Feb 17 - Mar 01, 2019
  • Mar 03 - 15, 2019
  • Mar 10 - 22, 2019 (sold out)
  • Apr 14 - 26, 2019
  • May 19 - 31, 2019
  • Jun 16 - 28, 2019
  • Jun 22 - Jul 04, 2019
  • Jun 30 - Jul 12, 2019
  • Jul 07 - 19, 2019
  • Jul 13 - 25, 2019
  • Jul 14 - 26, 2019
  • Jul 16 - 28, 2019
  • Jul 21 - Aug 02, 2019
  • Aug 04 - 16, 2019
  • Aug 11 - 23, 2019
  • Aug 17 - 29, 2019
  • Aug 18 - 30, 2019
  • Aug 25 - Sep 06, 2019
  • Aug 27 - Sep 08, 2019
  • Sep 01 - 13, 2019
  • Sep 03 - 15, 2019
  • Sep 07 - 19, 2019
  • Sep 08 - 20, 2019
  • Sep 15 - 27, 2019
  • Sep 17 - 29, 2019
  • Sep 21 - Oct 03, 2019
  • Sep 22 - Oct 04, 2019
  • Sep 27 - Oct 09, 2019
  • Sep 28 - Oct 10, 2019
  • Sep 29 - Oct 11, 2019
  • Oct 01 - 13, 2019
  • Oct 06 - 18, 2019
  • Oct 13 - 25, 2019
  • Oct 19 - 31, 2019
  • Oct 20 - Nov 01, 2019
  • Nov 02 - 14, 2019
  • Nov 03 - 15, 2019
  • Nov 09 - 21, 2019
  • Nov 17 - 29, 2019
  • Nov 23 - Dec 05, 2019
  • Dec 07 - 19, 2019
  • Dec 08 - 20, 2019
  • Dec 21, 2019 - Jan 02, 2020
  • Dec 22, 2019 - Jan 03, 2020

Trip Cost

Price From

$7,299

Activity Level

Light/Moderate

Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

Click here for a description of all activity levels.

Contact Us: 1-800-281-2354

Call to speak with a specialist about this trip.

Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $2,099

What's Included

Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional excursions in the Masai Mara National Reserve and Serengeti National Park are at an additional cost.

Accommodations
Safari tented camp (8 nights), comfortable, mid-range hotels (3 nights), safari lodge (1 night)

Meals Included
12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners. Allow an additional $165-215 for meals not included.

Transportation
Open safari vehicle, private minibus

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.