(Nairobi, Masai Mara)
(Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Zanzibar)
This African safari package is designed to offer the very best game parks in Kenya and Tanzania. This trip offers unparalleled game viewing, with evening relaxation in the region's top quality hotels and game lodges. You'll experience game viewing in open 4X4 vehicles with experienced guides that will take you on several drives each day, searching out lion, elephant, giraffe, and the full profusion of wildlife. Three days of game viewing in Masai Mara, famous for its plains of predator and prey, and the annual wildebeest migration. Fly to Tanzania and discover the amazing game parks such as the Serengeti and the fabled Ngorongoro Crater. Then fly to Zanzibar and unwind on languid beaches by the warm Indian Ocean for a truly memorable ending. Includes the cost of internal flights.
This trip is not available in April or May.
Kensington Tours has its own offices in Nairobi, Kenya. Our prices include the support of our own dedicated team on the ground! Another reason we deliver unbeatable value.
A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer to & from the airport.
In the unfortunate event of serious illness or injury, all travellers are covered by this “Flying Doctors” Insurance policy. This emergency evacuation insurance policy covers the cost of the evacuation flight back to Nairobi for treatment. This insurance policy however DOES NOT cover the cost of any medical treatment received.
The Fairmont Norfolk Hotel is situated in the centre of the bustling city of Nairobi, in Kenya, and has grown over time with the city. Surrounded by private tropical gardens, the 165 guest rooms and suites are comfortable and with all the necessities of home. Dining is offered at a number of onsite restaurants, and the breakfast buffet is especially delightful. Spend some time getting to know the city, and then escape to the tranquility of the hotel. At your pleasure enjoy the wonderful swimming pool facilities, the health club and a relaxing spa.
Sit back and relax during this flight from Nairobi to Masai Mara today. The flight duration is approximately 45 min.
While at Rekero you will be on full board accommodation, which includes all of your meals, all drinks (except champagne, cellar wines, premium brand spirits), laundry service, scheduled open vehicle game drives, transfers to/from the airstrip.
Rekero Camp lies in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara, which plays host not only to an extraordinary concentration and diversity of wildlife but one of nature’s greatest spectacles: the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra across the Serengeti eco system. From a small eight tent camp on a shady bank of the Talek River you are in the heart of a plain which sees much of the wildlife action. In our camp you are in the care of the natural guardians of this fine wilderness and those born and raised on these plains.
The camp is perfectly located to experience every aspect of this wilderness. Wildlife viewing and bird watching can be done by specially adapted vehicle or outside the park on foot. With both you are in the company of experienced Il Dorobo and Masai guides who can share with you, through their eyes, a world that only they know. This can be a full day in the bush or shorter excursions returning to the calm of camp. The cultural aspect is one of the strongest elements of the experience either in camp or with a visit to one of the villages from which our guides come from. This is a highly personal experience which we operate sensitively to ensure it remains both unobtrusive and genuine. Picnics in the bush and sun downers also feature along with dawn flights in a hot air balloon (balloon at extra cost). For those that want to take it easier we have a number of regular wildlife individuals who share this bank of the river. These include the small and large the feathered and the furred (including The Brigadier’ who is an elderly male buffalo who guards the entrance to camp) all of whom can be enjoyed at a safe distance from the comfort of the mess tent or on the river rocks below camp.
While at Rekero you'll spend your days as you like. You can choose to go on a morning game drive then relax for the afternoon before heading out for sundowners during your late afternoon drive.
Today you will drive to the local airstrip to catch your charter flight to Migori, Kenya. You'll be met upon arrival and driven to Isebania, at the border between Kenya and Tanzania.
Be sure to have your passport, money for your visa along with your Yellow Fever Certificate handy, as you will pass through a customs office to clear Kenya immigrations and enter Tanzania. Visas can be purchased at the border: Tanzania $100pp for Americans, $50pp for other nationalities. After this, you'll continue on to the Tarime airstrip, where you'll board your charter flight to continue your safari in the Serengeti.
Note: Visas are paid for, using US cash (no bills older than 2006 due to local counterfeiting safeguards). Single entry visa is valid for 3 months and can be used for multiple entries between Kenya and Tanzania. Please be sure to have your Yellow Fever certificate handy.
Time spent at Olakira Camp is channelled into game drives and wildlife viewing. Whether the camp is on the Mara River or the Southern Plains of Ndutu, the aim is to get you as close into the thick of the action as possible. Game drives can be either half day or full day with a picnic bush lunch enjoyed overlooking the Serengeti plains.
Olakira Camp is a relaxed mobile tented camp of 6 guest tents and 2 common area tents, located on the Mara River in one of the most vied after areas of the extraordinary Serengeti National Park. 'Olakira' means 'star' in Maasai, and this one definitely shines. The spaciousness and comfort of the camp is added to when one dines in the vast expanse of these plains, with their meals lit up by the sparkly sky above. The days are eventful with game drives and activities, while others look forward to the magic of the night, where storytelling and fire light mix as travellers share tales of their adventures.
Game drives from Olakira have a variety of diverse areas to enjoy: The crocodile and hippo infested waters of the Mara River, the unexplored bush of Bolongonja, and the vast plains of Lobo and Wogakuria. With very few other camps in these areas, Olakira manages to retain a sense of exclusivity, key to its mobile bush camp ideals. In June, the leading herds of topi and eland are usually starting to make their way north from the Western Corridor and Central Plains. Gradually the herds of zebra and wildebeest, which have been spread out over these areas, head towards the Mara River and begin to accumulate on the surrounding plains. Olakira Camp is soon caught up in the midst of the action as 1.5 million mammals begin to cross back and forth through the treacherous waters of the Mara River. Olakira in the South As the Migration answers its age old call and begin to move south, so Olakira Camp holds true to its migratory nature. The camp is closed during the month of November when it is packed up and moved to the great Southern Plains of the Serengeti. Between December and March the camp positions itself east of Ndutu, just inside the border of the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area (NCCA). From here game drives can venture south within the NCCA, or cross the border to explore the Southern Serengeti. Each year the herds of wildebeest and zebra return to these nutrient rich grasslands to give birth, followed closely by a multitude of predators. Situated in the shade of a small forest, the camp overlooks a seasonal stream and the vast plains beyond. The Southern Serengeti can get quite busy during this period, but Olakira has managed to establish itself in a very private area immersed in the heart of the action. "You cannot get more in the thick of things than at Olakira Camp"
A representative from your lodge will pick you up and transfer you between the lodge and airstrip. Depending on time, they will fit in a bit of a game drive to/from the lodge.
Take your flight from Serengeti to Manayara (LKY) today. The flight duration is approximately 1.5 hr.
Your guide will drive you from Manyara to the mighty Ngorongoro Crater. The trip to this massive Tanzanzian landmark will take approximately 1 hour to reach.
Gibb's Farm, located on the lush slopes of the Ngorongoro Conservation Park, is a quaint reality check where one is exposed to an abundance of greenery, fresh air, and unhampered earth. Become enveloped by the 14 precious farm cottages, each oozing genuine character and recently renovated to perfection.
You'll drive approximately 20 minutes from your camp or lodge to the main gates of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. There are only three roads that connect the crater rim with the crater floor, one for driving down, one for driving up and another that goes both ways. The crater is roughly 20 km/12 mi wide and 600 m/2,000 ft deep, once you've reached the top of the caldera it takes about 45 minutes to descend to the crater floor. The floor is home to a rich and highly concentrated wildlife. Some 20,000 mammals live there, including about 20 black rhinoceros, making the crater the best place in Tanzania to see the rhino. The crater floor also has one of the highest carnivore densities in the world. Lions, cheetahs, hyenas and jackals are commonly seen, while leopards, servals and bat-eared foxes may be seen with some good luck. You'll spend most of the day in the crater.
Private transportation and guide in the Ngorongoro national park.
Your guide will drive you from Manyara to Arusha. This trip will take an estimated 2.5 hours to complete.
Take your flight from Arusha (ARK) to Zanzibar (ZNZ) today. The flight duration is approximately 1 hr and 30mins.
Transfer between airport and your beach resort with private vehicle and driver.
The north east part of Zanzibar Island is known as Matemwe. This area is famous for its fine white sand beaches, the contrasting colours of the Indian Ocean and the beauty of the coral reef around the Mnemba Island. Matemwe borders a small fishing village where local fisherman set out on a daily basis in their traditional dhows passing close to Matemwe. The stretch of perfect beach alongside the lodge is shared only with the fishing village, which is situated on the far side of the soft sand. There are not many beaches in Zanzibar still featuring only one resort; care has been given to ensure privacy and exclusivity through out the resort. Matemwe is just 60 minutes drive from Stone Town, allowing for easy day trips and excursions to the many different and varied interesting places on offer in Zanzibar. While at Matemwe your stay is inclusive of all meals, accommodation, coffee & tea, water during meals, cockail of the day, snorkelling, guided reef and village walks and kayaking.
Matemwe is strategically perched on a grouping of coral rock. Elegantly surrounded by the area's best beaches which offers spectacular diving and snorkeling. The friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere, lush tropical gardens, fine white sand, intimate swimming pools, massages, and magnificent food specializing in fresh seafood make Matemwe the ultimate tropical paradise on the intriguing island of Zanzibar.
Matemwe is a perfect place for relaxation as well as water activities. When staying here, ocean trips with snorkeling equipment can be easily arranged for you. You can sail or motor out to the local reef and discover the little island of Mnemba Atoll- right opposite Matemwe. Diving trips can also be organized with a professional diving center and you can discover the breathtaking underwater world of the Indian Ocean. You can also snorkel straight from the beach or during reef walks. Kayaks are available to explore the crystal clear sea. Local snorkeling / diving sites are suitable for all levels of experience, from beginners to experienced divers. Soft and hard corals, sponges and anemones abound, you will be amazed by the sheer range of fish species in these waters. You might find dolphins in the water that come close to your boat or for the lucky ones even spot a whale passing by the reef (best chance for whales in the period August - October). Visits to the neighboring village can be arranged for those who want to explore the local Zanzibar culture and village life and for those who wish to learn about the community projects that Matemwe is involved in. From Matemwe, day-trips can be arranged to the historic centre of Stone Town, Jozani Forest or Prison Island. We can also organize a Spice Tour for you, an interesting way to learn about the great variety of spices that the island is famous for.
You'll have another day at leisure at this beautiful island paradise.
(Note: an extra departure tax of $30 must be paid on departure).
Take your flight from Zanzibar (ZNZ) to Nairobi today. The flight duration is approximately 1.5hrs.
Includes opportunity to visit local handicraft markets to shop for souvenirs.
Depart from Nairobi international airport - end of itinerary.
PASSPORT/VISAA Passport valid for at least six months and visas are required for both Canadian and US citizens. Visa may be purchased on arrival at the airport. Single entry visa is $50 per person, payable in cash, new bills (no credit cards). Visas may also be obtained in advance through a visa service or through the embassy directly. Processing generally takes 5-7 working days.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the embassy of Kenya for the most up to date visa information.
Nairobi (NBO) (Jomo Kenyatta International) is 16km (10 miles) southeast of the city. Mombasa (MBA) (Moi International) is 13km (8 miles) west of the city. NOTE: Only newly printed USD currency and local currency will be accepted in East Africa, any USD currency printed without the new security measures will not be accepted. HEALTHHealth insurance is essential. Guests of Kensington Tours are covered by East African Flying Doctor Services included in the tour price. This coverage guarantees that any member injured or ill while on safari will be airlifted back to Nairobi to the international hospital. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/kenya.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital - Nairobi. Language - Swahili is the national language and English is the official language. There are over 42 ethnic languages spoken, including Kikuyu and Luo. Religion - Mostly traditional but there is a sizeable Christian population (both Catholic and Protestant) and a small Muslim community. Time - GMT + 3. Electricity - 220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are UK-type square three-pin. Bayonet-type light sockets exist in Kenya. Telephone - Country code: 254 (followed by 20 for Nairobi, 41 for Mombasa and 51 for Nakuru). Mobile phone coverage is widespread. There are Internet cafes in major cities and hotels.
VISA/PASSPORTPassport valid for at least six months, visa and evidence of yellow fever immunization are required for both US and Canadian citizens. Visa may be purchased on arrival at the airport. Single entry visa is $50 per person ($100pp for US citizens), payable in cash (no credit cards). Visas may also be obtained in advance through a visa service. Processing generally takes 5 working days and costs approximately $75.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the embassy of Tanzania for the most up to date visa information.
NOTE: Only newly printed USD currency and local currency will be accepted in East Africa, any USD currency printed without the new security measures will not be accepted. HEALTHHealth insurance is essential. Guests of Kensington Tours are covered by East African Flying Doctor Services included in the tour price. This coverage guarantees that any member injured or ill while on safari will be airlifted back to Nairobi to the international hospital.
We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/tanzania.aspx
A yellow fever shot is NOT required for visitors from US/Canada/UK/EU direct, however if you are travelling through Kenya into Tanzania, you will need the vaccine.
COUNTRY INFOLanguage: Swahili and English are the official languages. Several indigenous languages are also spoken. Currency: Tanzanian shilling (TZS). Most tourism prices are in US Dollars.ATMs are available in major cities only. Major lodges, some hotels accept credit cards. Time: GMT +3. Electricity: 230 volts AC, 50Hz. Rectangular or round three-pin plugs are used. Communications: The international country dialing code for Tanzania, as well as Zanzibar, is +255.
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