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10 day Kenya & Tanzania National Parks Tour - includes flights!

The ultimate Big 5 experience!

Spend time exploring the national parks of Kenya and Tanzania for your chance to see the Big 5 in their natural environments.

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$6,639PP
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DURATION
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9 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • hotelAccommodation
  • flightFlights
  • local_activitySelected entry fees
  • restaurantSelected meals
  • airport_shuttleSelected transfers

About this holiday

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Tour Highlights:

  • Safari game drives at all national parks
  • Guided nature walk and lecture by a naturalist-guide
  • Hand-feed Rothschild giraffes, an endangered species

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Inclusions

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Your Package Includes:

  • Return economy class flights Sydney-Nairobi, Nairobi-Sydney. Other departure cities available. (Freecall 1300 414 198 for more details)
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Nairobi-Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro-Nairobi
  • 8 nights First Class accommodations including 2 nights Nairobi, 1 night Lake Elmentaita, 2 nights Masai Mara National Reserve, 1 night Tarangire National Park and 2 nights Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 21 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Restaurant tips throughout tour
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern 4x4 vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking driver-guides throughout
  • National Park fees

Accommodation

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Please note accommodation is subject to change depending on day of departure. Hotels include:

  • Movenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi, Nairobi
  • Sunbird Lodge, Lake Elmentaita, Nakuru
  • Azure Mara Haven, Masai Mara National Reserve or Mara Leisure Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Sangaiwe Tented Lodge, Tarangire Reservation
  • Acacia Farm Lodge, Karatu

Travel dates

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Advertised pricing based on 02 May 2020 tour with return airfares from Sydney. Please note prices may vary and are subject to availability at time of booking. Multiple departure dates available throughout 2020.

Land only prices are available on request.

Freecall our local travel team on 1300 414 198 for more details or to book your tour.

Itinerary

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Please note that the itinerary may change depending on departure day.

DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Kenya

Depart for Kenya

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Nairobi

Arrive in Nairobi, gateway to your thrilling Kenya safari; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to acclimate to your new time zone and prepare for the African adventure that awaits you

Overnight: Nairobi

DAY 3, Thursday - Lake Elmentaita, Soysambu Conservancy

Morning drive through the lush Great Rift Valley to your camp on the shore of the ‘pink’ Lake Elmentaita, overlooking the vast unspoilt plains. After lunch at the camp, enjoy a guided walk on the shores of the lake to learn about the ecosystem and the different birds found here. Later, join a game drive to Soysambu Conservancy, a 48,000 acre wildlife conservancy, which protects over 450 bird species and 15,000 wild animals. It is home to an astounding variety of flora and fauna, including elegant Rothschild giraffes, eland, zebra and more!

Overnight: Lake Elmentaita

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Friday - Afternoon Game Drive in Masai Mara

Travel to the magical Masai Mara National Reserve in the southwest corner of Kenya, renowned for its spectacular game viewing. Lunch at the camp, before going out on the afternoon game drive. The vast savannahs are a stunning backdrop to the diverse and abundant wildlife dominated by lions, elephants, buffalo, and rhinos, as well as antelopes, gazelles and hippos

Overnight: Masai Mara National Reserve

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Saturday - Morning & Afternoon Game Drives in Masai Mara

Set out early for a morning game drive, or participate in the optional hot air balloon safari. Take off in a hot air balloon as you view the breathtaking sunrise over the Masai Mara. Drift above the beautiful landscape, watching wild game roam the vast plains below. The finale is a sumptuous champagne breakfast joining the rest of your group on the morning game drive. In the afternoon, enjoy your final game drive in the Mara. Return to your camp in time for dinner

Optional: Sunrise Balloon Safari & Breakfast (AM)

Overnight: Masai Mara National Reserve

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Sunday - Karen Blixen Museum and Giraffe Centre

Depart the Mara this morning and return to bustling Nairobi. In the afternoon, travel towards the Ngong Hills to visit the Karen Blixen Museum, once the farm house of the prominent author of Out of Africa. Continue to the Giraffe Centre, where you hand feed the Rothschild giraffes from an elevated feeding platform and learn more about the successful breeding program and extensive conservation efforts. Arrive at your hotel and bid farewell to your Kenyan guide. Spend the rest of the day and evening at leisure in this energetic city

Overnight: Nairobi

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Monday - Depart Kenya, Arrive in Tanzania, Travel to Tarangire National Park

This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Tanzania. Arrive in Kilimanjaro and meet your Tanzanian guide. Drive to Tarangire National Park, known for its huge herds of elephants and giraffe, as well as a remarkable variety of over 500 bird species. The Tarangire River and its tributaries provide the only permanent water supply on Maasai land during the dry season, thus supporting a great diversity of wildlife - up to 6,000 elephants, giraffe, buffalo, zebra, lion, leopard and cheetah. The afternoon game drive is sure to inspire - be sure to capture photos of the park's gigantic Baobab trees silhouetted against the sky!

Overnight: Tarangire National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Tuesday - Lake Manyara National Park

After an early breakfast, depart for Lake Manyara National Park, world-famous for its nimble blue monkeys and elephants. More than 400 species live here, along with an abundance of bird life that makes it a haven for bird watchers. The afternoon is at leisure to rest and enjoy the amenities of the lodge. This evening, a sumptuous dinner awaits with your fellow travellers

Overnight: Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Wednesday - Ngorongoro Game Drive

Explore the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Africa’s “Garden of Eden”. Descend almost 2,000 feet to the floor of the crater, one of the largest calderas in the world, containing diverse ecosystems and an astounding concentration of birds and animals. View herds of elephants slowly wandering along the trails as lions wait for their prey and guard their prides. You may spot gazelles, zebra and perhaps even the endangered rhino. Enjoy a picnic lunch in this astonishing setting before you ascend to the crater rim and return to the lodge. At dinner tonight, celebrate your final night in Tanzania with your newfound friends

Overnight: Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Thursday - Depart Tanzania

Morning drive to Arusha. After lunch, transfer to the airport in Kilimanjaro for your flight to Nairobi, where you will connect to your departure flight. Please select flights that depart no earlier than 7:00pm.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Questions

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Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend most of our time driving over roads that are often rough and bumpy in safari vehicles that cannot be air-conditioned. Only "bush toilets" are available during game drives. We have many early mornings. Electricity for our camps is provided by generator and may not be available 24 hours a day. Many of the accommodations are built in the traditional local style and have no air-conditioning. Visitors to Kenya are required to carry proof of Yellow Fever vaccination if travelling through or from a country with risk of yellow fever, and are encouraged to consult their health care providers regarding malaria prophylaxis. We suggest you check with your health-care provider before signing up for this tour. Some of our tours require walking or stairs between tents. Safari vehicles have high ground clearance and require agility to embark and disembark. During this tour, you may come into proximity of wild animals whose actions can be unpredictable. Certain inherent risks are involved which should be considered at your own discretion. This is a Classic program.

Passports and Visas

It is each traveller's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the dates of travel and a visa if required.

Vaccinations

The World Health Organization (WHO) website is helpful and provides information on outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad.

Kenya - It is recommended that you see your doctor 4-6 weeks before your trip. Malaria is present throughout Kenya. It is recommended that malaria prophylaxis and preventative measures be taken when travelling in Kenya. Travellers are encouraged to wear insect repellent and clothing that adequately covers arms and legs. Passengers travelling to Kenya must carry proof of yellow fever vaccination if travelling through or from a country with risk of yellow fever.

Tanzania - It is recommended that you see your doctor 4-6 weeks before your trip. Malaria is present throughout Tanzania. It is recommended that malaria prophylaxis and preventative measures be taken when travelling in Tanzania. Travellers are encouraged to wear insect repellent and clothing that adequately covers arms and legs. Passengers continuing onto Tanzania from Kenya must present proof of yellow fever vaccination upon arrival to Tanzania. Passengers arriving to Tanzania directly from Australia are not required to show proof of yellow fever vaccination.

This tour visits areas of high elevations. The area surrounding the Ngorongoro Crater reaches 7,500 feet above sea level, and may cause temporary altitude discomfort for some travellers. Those affected should avoid over-exertion, drink extra water, and eat lightly.

Climate & Clothing

Kenya - The weather in Kenya varies according to geographical area. Generally, the weather is warm with cooler weather in the early morning and evenings. The hottest period is from February to March and the coolest from July to August. The rainy season is from April to June and short rains occur from October and December as well. Bring comfortable walking shoes, clothes you can layer, and an all-weather jacket. Sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses are also recommended. A bandanna or light scarf is recommended as protection against dust and dirt on game drives. Pack a DEET-based repellent to prevent mosquito bites. On game reserves, visitors should wear neutral colours such as brown, khaki, and beige. In some areas, mostly along the coast, it is considered inappropriate to wear shorts or short sleeve shirts.

Tanzania - Due to its location near the equator, Tanzania does not have a lot of seasonal variation. Generally, the weather is pleasant. The rainy season is from April to May and short rains occur from November to December as well. Bring comfortable walking shoes, clothes you can layer, and an all-weather jacket. Sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses are also recommended. A bandanna or light scarf is recommended as protection against dust and dirt on game drives. Pack a DEET-based repellent to prevent mosquito bites. On game reserves, visitors should wear neutral colours such as brown, khaki, and beige. In some areas it is considered inappropriate to wear shorts or short sleeve shirts.

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Fine print

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Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply. 

Please enquire for more information. Prices may vary and are subject to availability at time of booking. The following additional fees are not included, where applicable, on Air & Land packages: optional tours and visa fees.