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Best-Priced Group 4x4 Kenya & Tanzania Safari

tour iconTours & Safaris|10 days

Best-Priced Group 4x4 Kenya & Tanzania Safari

Highlights

  • Comprehensive wildlife-based itinerary that takes in Tarangire, Serengeti, the Mara and Ngorongoro Crater
  • Potential for great predator sightings plus the Wildebeest Migration in season
  • Professionally guided with comfortable en suite accommodation throughout
  • Fantastic Rift Valley scenery and cultural insights at Lake Victoria
  • Game drives, canoe adventure and bird watching
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Overview

For travellers keen to experience the highlights of Kenya and Tanzania but who also have an eye on their budget, this 10-day tour is perfect. A diverse itinerary of East Africa’s savannahs, forests and lakes takes you to the region’s legendary wildlife destinations to look out for elephant, plains game and big cats. And since the tour includes both the Serengeti and the Masai Mara, you will be well-placed to see the Wildebeest Migration, perhaps even witnessing the drama as the migrating herds struggle across crocodile-infested rivers or try to outrun predators like lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs and spotted hyenas.

The adventure starts with Tanzania’s rewarding Northern Circuit, taking in Tarangire National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. There is also time for a visit to mighty Lake Victoria and spend a morning with local fishermen on their canoes. Crossing over into Kenya, the wildlife viewing returns with a 3-night stay in the Masai Mara and then on to Lake Nakuru, famous for the enormous flocks of pink flamingos that sometimes carpet the lake in their thousands, before you finish in Nairobi, the region’s travel hub and the capital of Kenya.

You are in the safe hands of a professional driver-guide in each country and can sit back in a specially adapted 4X4 vehicle to watch the ever-changing landscape go by. Accommodation takes the form of safari lodges and tented camps set in or adjacent to wildlife reserves, and each night you have a private en suite room or chalet with all the basic comforts of home. Some lodges have swimming pools or immersion tubs in your room.

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Summary

  • Tour Duration: 10 Days

  • Start: Tarangire
  • End: Nairobi

Accommodations Visited

Tanzania, Tarangire

Lake Burunge Tented Camp

1 Night

Endoro Lodge

1 Night
Kenya

Flamingo Hill Tented Camp

1 Night
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Itinerary

Detailed breakdown

Day 1: Travel to Tarangire | 1 Night

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Tarangire, Tanzania

Your adventure begins in the town of Arusha, gateway to Tanzania’s premier safari destinations. You are collected from your hotel after breakfast to meet your guide and fellow travellers. You can now sit back and relax as the road takes you south to Tarangire National Park, a destination renowned as much for its beautiful scenery as for its wildlife. Tarangire is a landscape of enormous baobab trees and meandering rivers, home to large elephant herds as well as big cats and more unusual animals such as the Masai giraffe and oryx antelope. You enjoy an extensive game drive in the park before driving the short distance to Lake Burunge Tented Camp for a night. Your suite has solar-powered electricity to top up any batteries you may need to charge and a comfortable bed swathed in mosquito netting.  

Day 2: Into the Maasai Heartland | 1 Night

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The road climbs north and you watch as the Tarangire’s dry plains give way to the green rolling hills of the Rift Valley Highlands. There is a stop to visit a traditional Maasai village and you sit down to traditional African food for lunch in the town of Mto wa Mbu before the day’s journey ends at Karatu on the edge of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Endoro is your accommodation for the night, an elegant lodge set on a coffee estate. There may be time for a tour of the plantations or you can make the most of the swimming pool at the lodge and deep immersion tubs in your chalet to simply relax after the drive.

Days 3-4: From Ngorongoro to the Serengeti | 2 Nights

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Serengeti, Tanzania

Make sure you have recharged your camera batteries at the lodge because today begins with Big 5 game viewing in the Ngorongoro Crater and ends at a tented camp in the central Serengeti. The steep-walled Ngorongoro Crater is a neatly-packaged microcosm of the East African savannah. Home to antelope, zebra and wildebeest, it is also where you find the Big 5 – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo – as well as hippos and flamingos. You enjoy a picnic lunch in the crater before travelling to the Serengeti, game viewing on the way before arriving at Kati Kati Tented Camp and checking in for two nights.

Located on the path of the migrating wildebeest herds, Kati Kati is well placed during Migration season but such is the richness of the resident wildlife that it does not matter what time of year you visit for excellent game viewing. A morning and afternoon game drive are scheduled and there is also an opportunity to book a hot-air balloon safari, taking off at dawn and sailing across the savannah before landing next to a champagne breakfast table. Replacing the morning game drive, this activity is optional and should be booked in advance. 

Day 5: Go Local at Lake Victoria | 1 Night

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It is an early start to the day but there is plenty of wildlife to see on your way out of the Serengeti and onto the world’s second largest lake and Africa’s biggest, Lake Victoria. Its fertile shoreline has resulted in a well-populated, agricultural landscape and this is your chance to see a social side to Tanzania and how local people live. Chat to the lake’s fishermen and perhaps visit a local school with your guide before checking in at Speke Bay Lodge, its comfortable chalets set in 100 hectares of private savannah on the south-eastern edge of the lake close to the Serengeti.

Day 6: Journey into Kenya | 1 Night

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After breakfast at the lodge there is an opportunity to experience something not usually included on safari itineraries: together with a guide, you join local fishermen and head off on a canoe trip on Lake Victoria to witness the traditional way of fishing. Back on dry land, it is time to buckle up for the longest drive of the tour, the journey across the border and into Kenya. You change both driver-guide and vehicle at the border before carrying on to the Masai Mara and checking in for the night at Mara West, a luxurious tented camp adjacent to the national reserve.

Days 7-8: Explore the Masai Mara | 2 Nights

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Masai Mara, Kenya

The next two days are devoted to the Masai Mara. Based at Ashnil Mara Camp for two nights, you have prime position on the Mara River which, during Migration Season, is the scene of the infamous ‘river crossings’ when thousands of wildebeest brave the river’s crocodiles as they cross from one side to the other. The area’s wildlife is diverse and abundant at all times of year and it is one of the best places in Africa to see big cats like lions, leopards and cheetahs. At camp you have a swimming pool to use as well as Wi-Fi and a breakfast table that looks out over a hippo pool; in the evenings you have traditional Maasai songs to listen to, riddles to solve and dance steps to try – the complete Maasai experience!

Day 9: Travel to Lake Nakuru | 1 Night

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Kenya

A departure from the Masai Mara after breakfast sees you arrive at Lake Nakuru National Park in the early afternoon. One of the Rift Valley’s most iconic lakes, Nakuru’s shallow alkaline water attracts a huge range of water birds with none as obvious as flamingos, turning the lake from blue to pink when they arrive in their tens of thousands. It is a bird watcher’s paradise with over 450 different species recorded but you will be on the lookout for animals, too - rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard are all resident in the park. Your last night on safari is spent in the friendly embrace of Flamingo Hill Camp, home to a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and spa with optional massages and treatments on offer.

Day 10: The Journey Ends

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There is time for breakfast at Flamingo Hill and a view of the lake before the final drive of the tour takes you to Nairobi, the Kenyan capital and travel hub for East Africa. You arrive in the early afternoon and, depending on your onward travel arrangements, will be taken to a Nairobi hotel or directly to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport whereupon this safari ends.

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Inclusions

  • All national park fees
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari
  • Transfers in a 4x4 safari vehicle
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Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

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DatesPrice
2018-01-01 — 2018-12-31 $4,550
Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:
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