Kenya & Tanzania Safari

This extensive safari combines our Taste of Kenya and Taste of Tanzania itineraries. The Mara-Serengeti eco-system is one of the richest on Earth and you’ll get to experience both sides of the border. After exploring Kenya’s scenic lakes and the rolling plains of the Maasai Mara, you’ll fly to Arusha to begin your journey through northern Tanzania’s most popular national parks.

• Nairobi: 1 night
• Lake Naivasha: 2 nights
• Maasai Mara: 2 nights
• Arusha: 1 night
• Lake Manyara: 1 night
• Serengeti: 2 nights
• Ngorongoro: 1 night

11nights Safari

This extensive safari combines our Taste of Kenya and Taste of Tanzania itineraries. The Mara-Serengeti eco-system is one of the richest on Earth and you’ll get to experience both sides of the border. After exploring Kenya’s scenic lakes and the rolling plains of the Maasai Mara, you’ll fly to Arusha to begin your journey through northern Tanzania’s most popular national parks.

• Nairobi: 1 night
• Lake Naivasha: 2 nights
• Maasai Mara: 2 nights
• Arusha: 1 night
• Lake Manyara: 1 night
• Serengeti: 2 nights
• Ngorongoro: 1 night

11nights Safari
 
 
ITINERARY

Day 1: UK to Nairobi Depart the UK on your flight to Nairobi. On arrival, transfer to your hotel to relax ahead of your safari. Stay: Southern Sun Mayfair (or similar).

Day 2: Nairobi to Lake Naivasha After breakfast, drive to Lake Naivasha, arriving in time for lunch. This afternoon, there’s the option to take a boat ride or relax at your lodge, the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, where rooms are housed in characterful cottages close to rock gardens. You might even be lucky enough to see a giraffe wandering through the grounds. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 3: Lake Naivasha Today you’ll head out on a day trip to Lake Nakuru National Park. The park is a haven for bird lovers, with over 400 species of bird – although the number fluctuates dependent on water level, so it’s best to check with the park if this is your primary reason for visiting. Lake Nakuru National Park also provides habitat for lion, leopard, buffalo and Rothschild giraffe, as well as white rhino and the endangered black rhino. After enjoying game drives and a picnic lunch, you’ll return to the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge for dinner and overnight. Stay: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 4: Lake Naivasha to Maasai Mara After an early breakfast, drive to the Maasai Mara National Reserve with lunch en route at the Sarova Mara Game Camp. The most famous reserve in the world, the Maasai Mara is what safari dreams are made of – rolling grasslands and wide open savannah, rich in African wildlife. Here is the place to see the incredible annual wildebeest migration between July and October as over a million animals thunder across the plains in search of water and grazing – but the Mara has mass appeal all year round. Spot lions basking in the shade or seek out an elusive solo leopard. Your accommodation here is the Mara Serena Safari Lodge, spectacularly located high on a hill with amazing views over the Mara River in one of the best locations for game viewing. Approx. journey time: 7 hours. Stay: Mara Serena Safari Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 5: Maasai Mara A full day in the Mara awaits, with the option of a hot-air balloon ride this morning. Take flight and drift upwards as the sun rises for an entirely different perspective of the Mara, when the bright pink-orange haze is visible for miles across the vast savannah and wildlife becomes distinguishable from their silhouette forms below. Afterwards, you’ll head out on morning and afternoon game drives. Stay: Mara Serena Safari Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 6: Maasai Mara to Arusha After an early breakfast, you’ll begin the long drive back to Nairobi (approx. journey time: 7 hours). Transfer to the airport for your flight to Arusha where, on arrival, you’ll be taken to the Kibo Palace Hotel – a welcoming hotel with a refreshing pool in landscaped grounds and views of Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro. Stay: Kibo Palace Hotel (or similar).

Day 7: Arusha to Lake Manyara Set off on your Tanzania safari, boarding your 4x4 vehicle for the two-hour drive to Lake Manyara and enjoying the first glimpses of Tanzania’s villages, coffee, maize and banana plantations as you go. Arrive at the Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge for lunch. Nestled on the rim of the Great African Rift Valley, this rustic-luxe lodge has stunning views over Lake Manyara. After lunch enjoy an afternoon game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, home to hippos, elephants, flamingos, plains game and the famous tree-climbing lions that reside here. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge (or similar). L, D.

Day 8: Lake Manyara to Serengeti This morning begin the long scenic drive north through the highlands to the world-renowned Serengeti National Park, arriving at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge in time for lunch. The views from the lodge are one of its real highlights, reaching far across the Serengeti plains. This afternoon, board your safari vehicle for a game drive exploring the open plains in search of abundant wildlife. Return to the camp for dinner and overnight. Approx. journey time: 5 hours. Stay: Serengeti Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 9: Serengeti Today there’s the option to take a hot-air balloon flight over the plains at sunrise to gain a whole new perspective of the Serengeti. Then morning and afternoon game drives in the Serengeti await, seeking out the big cats, rhino, buffalo and giraffe that inhabit the vast open plains of this huge park which borders the Maasai Mara in its north-east corner. Stay: Serengeti Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 10: Serengeti to Ngorongoro After breakfast depart for Ngorongoro, viewing game across the vast Serengeti plains, with the option to visit to the archaeological marvel of Olduvai Gorge − the discovery site of some of the earliest hominid remains. Lunch is a picnic en route. Continue on for an afternoon game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater, one of nature’s wonders. Its collapsed volcanic crater is 12 miles in diameter and 600 metres deep. The fertile soil and lake attract a huge range of wildlife, and you’ll seek to discover them amongst the floor’s forests, grasses and plains. Dinner and overnight is at Oldeani Mountain Lodge, a colonial-style lodge located on a hillside above the quiet town of Karatu with far-reaching views. This evening, a special ravine dinner experience will be arranged for you and your small group. After a gentle walk to a secluded bush ravine site at the southern edge of the lodge’s grounds, you and your group will enjoy a traditional boma-style barbecue dinner complete with Maasai dancing and a bonfire to keep you warm. It’s a memorable end to your safari experience. Approx. journey time: 4½ hours. Stay: Oldeani Mountain Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 11: Ngorongoro to Arusha This morning return to Arusha (approx. journey time: 3 hours) for lunch before your return flight to the UK, arriving the following day. Alternatively, choose to extend your time in Africa with a beach stay. B, L.


Stay longer

Zanzibar 3 nights

Just a short flight from Nairobi, the exotic ‘spice island’ of Zanzibar is the perfect post-safari tonic. UNESCO World Heritage-listed Stone Town is a mix of labyrinthine alleyways, Sultan’s palaces, historic buildings and vibrant markets, while the ‘stay longer’ reason is Zanzibar’s palm-fringed sands, which are regularly voted among the world’s best beaches.

Day 1: UK to Nairobi Depart the UK on your flight to Nairobi. On arrival, transfer to your hotel to relax ahead of your safari. Stay: Southern Sun Mayfair (or similar).

Day 2: Nairobi to Lake Naivasha After breakfast, drive to Lake Naivasha, arriving in time for lunch. This afternoon, there’s the option to take a boat ride (at extra cost) or relax at your lodge, the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, where rooms are housed in characterful cottages close to rock gardens. You might even be lucky enough to see a giraffe wandering through the grounds. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 3: Lake Naivasha Today you’ll head out on a day trip to Lake Nakuru National Park. The park is a haven for bird lovers, with over 400 species of bird – although the number fluctuates dependent on water level, so it’s best to check with the park if this is your primary reason for visiting. Lake Nakuru National Park also provides habitat for lion, leopard, buffalo and Rothschild giraffe, as well as white rhino and the endangered black rhino. After enjoying game drives and a picnic lunch, you’ll return to the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge for dinner and overnight. Stay: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 4: Lake Naivasha to Maasai Mara After an early breakfast, drive to the Maasai Mara National Reserve with lunch en route at the Sarova Mara Game Camp. The most famous reserve in the world, the Maasai Mara is what safari dreams are made of – rolling grasslands and wide open savannah, rich in African wildlife. Here is the place to see the incredible annual great wildebeest migration between July and October as over a million animals thunder across the plains in search of water and grazing – but the Mara has mass appeal all year round. Spot lions basking in the shade or seek out an elusive solo leopard. Your accommodation here is the Mara Serena Safari Lodge, spectacularly located high on a hill with amazing views over the Mara River in one of the best locations for game viewing. Approx. journey time: 7 hours. Stay: Mara Serena Safari Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 5: Maasai Mara A full day in the Mara awaits, with the option of a hot-air balloon ride this morning. Take flight and drift upwards as the sun rises for an entirely different perspective of the Mara, when the bright pink-orange haze is visible for miles across the vast savannah and wildlife becomes distinguishable from their silhouette forms below. Afterwards, you’ll head out on morning and afternoon game drives. Stay: Mara Serena Safari Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 6: Maasai Mara to Arusha After an early breakfast, you’ll begin the long drive back to Nairobi (approx. journey time: 7 hours). Transfer to the airport for your flight to Arusha where, on arrival, you’ll be taken to the Kibo Palace Hotel – a welcoming hotel with a refreshing pool in landscaped grounds and views of Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro. Stay: Kibo Palace Hotel (or similar).

Day 7: Arusha to Lake Manyara Set off on your Tanzania safari, boarding your 4x4 vehicle for the two-hour drive to Lake Manyara and enjoying the first glimpses of Tanzania’s villages, coffee, maize and banana plantations as you go. Arrive at the Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge for lunch. Nestled on the rim of the Great African Rift Valley, this rustic-luxe lodge has stunning views over Lake Manyara. After lunch enjoy an afternoon game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, home to hippos, elephants, flamingos, plains game and the famous tree-climbing lions that reside here. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge (or similar). L, D.

Day 8: Lake Manyara to Serengeti This morning begin the long scenic drive north through the highlands to the world-renowned Serengeti National Park, arriving at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge in time for lunch. The views from the lodge are one of its real highlights, reaching far across the Serengeti plains. This afternoon, board your safari vehicle for a game drive exploring the open plains in search of abundant wildlife. Return to the camp for dinner and overnight. Approx. journey time: 5 hours. Stay: Serengeti Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 9: Serengeti Today there’s the option to take a hot-air balloon flight over the plains at sunrise to gain a whole new perspective of the Serengeti. Then morning and afternoon game drives in the Serengeti await, seeking out the big cats, rhino, buffalo and giraffe that inhabit the vast open plains of this huge park which borders the Maasai Mara in its north-east corner. Stay: Serengeti Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 10: Serengeti to Ngorongoro After breakfast depart for Ngorongoro, viewing game across the vast Serengeti plains, with the option to visit to the archaeological marvel of Olduvai Gorge − the discovery site of some of the earliest hominid remains. Lunch is a picnic en route. Continue on for an afternoon game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater, one of nature’s wonders. Its collapsed volcanic crater is 12 miles in diameter and 600 metres deep. The fertile soil and lake attract a huge range of wildlife, and you’ll seek to discover them amongst the floor’s forests, grasses and plains. Dinner and overnight is at Oldeani Mountain Lodge, a colonial-style lodge located on a hillside above the quiet town of Karatu with far-reaching views. This evening, a special ravine dinner experience will be arranged for you and your small group. After a gentle walk to a secluded bush ravine site at the southern edge of the lodge’s grounds, you and your group will enjoy a traditional boma-style barbecue dinner complete with Maasai dancing and a bonfire to keep you warm. It’s a memorable end to your safari experience. Approx. journey time: 4½ hours. Stay: Oldeani Mountain Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 11: Ngorongoro to Arusha This morning return to Arusha (approx. journey time: 3 hours) for lunch before your return flight to the UK, arriving the following day. Alternatively, choose to extend your time in Africa with a beach stay. B, L.


Stay longer

Zanzibar 3 nights

Just a short flight from Nairobi, the exotic ‘spice island’ of Zanzibar is the perfect post-safari tonic. UNESCO World Heritage-listed Stone Town is a mix of labyrinthine alleyways, Sultan’s palaces, historic buildings and vibrant markets, while the ‘stay longer’ reason is Zanzibar’s palm-fringed sands, which are regularly voted among the world’s best beaches.

ABOUT THIS SAFARI

Is this for you?

Ideal if you want to discover northern Tanzania but don’t want to miss out seeing Kenya’s most famous wildlife reserve. Add on a short beach stay and you’ll have an impressively varied two-week holiday.

Good to know

• For guests over 7 years old
• A maximum of 6 guests per vehicle
• Luggage must be in soft bags – try to pack lightly.

What to expect

• Time to get to know your group and guide
• Journeys of between 2 and 7 hours between destinations on bumpy roads
• A relaxed and informal environment; casual, comfortable clothing is fine even in the evenings.

Accommodation on tour

The lodges on this safari have wonderful views, so you can really appreciate your wild surroundings. In the Maasai Mara, the Mara Serena has some of the best views in the reserve, reaching all the way down to the Mara River. In Tanzania, Oldeani Mountain Lodge is colonial-style with far reaching views, while the Serengeti Sopa Lodge has a flat roof that provides the perfect spot for sundowners and views across the Serengeti.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £445

Is this for you?

Ideal if you want to discover northern Tanzania but don’t want to miss out seeing Kenya’s most famous wildlife reserve. Add on a short beach stay and you’ll have an impressively varied two-week holiday.

Good to know

• For guests over 7 years old
• A maximum of 6 guests per vehicle
• Luggage must be in soft bags – try to pack lightly.

What to expect

• Time to get to know your group and guide
• Journeys of between 2 and 7 hours between destinations on bumpy roads
• A relaxed and informal environment; casual, comfortable clothing is fine even in the evenings.

Accommodation on tour

The lodges on this safari have wonderful views, so you can really appreciate your wild surroundings. In the Maasai Mara, the Mara Serena has some of the best views in the reserve, reaching all the way down to the Mara River. In Tanzania, Oldeani Mountain Lodge is colonial-style with far reaching views, while the Serengeti Sopa Lodge has a flat roof that provides the perfect spot for sundowners and views across the Serengeti.

Single travellers

Sole-use room from £4698

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2019 Jan 28; Feb 04, 18; Apr 15; May 27; Jun 10, 24; Jul 15, 29; Aug 05, 19; Sep 09, 23; Oct 07, 28; Nov 11

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local driver/guides
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• 4x4 safari vehicles exclusively for Kuoni customers, with guaranteed window seats
• Park fees
• Guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private vehicle Upgrade to a private vehicle on the same itinerary and group departure date from £845 per person

Private safari Upgrade to a private safari with a driver/guide on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £696 per person

Excursions

Day 5: Maasai Mara Balloon Safari from £440 per person; Day 10: Serengeti Balloon Safari from £557 per person

Day-use room Pre-book a day-room on arrival or before your return flight from £71 per person.

Tour dates

2020 Jan 27; Feb 03, 17; Apr 13; May 25; Jun 08, 22; Jul 13, 27; Aug 03, 17; Sep 07, 21; Oct 05, 26; Nov 09

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local driver/guides
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• 4x4 safari vehicles exclusively for Kuoni customers, with guaranteed window seats
• Park fees
• Guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £5472 per person.

Excursions

Day 5: Maasai Mara Balloon Safari from £440 per person; Day 10: Serengeti Balloon Safari from £557 per person
Day-use room
Pre-book a day-room on arrival or before your return flight from £71 per person.

Kenya & Tanzania Safari

Kuoni highlights

In Kenya, we’ve chosen to include Lake Naivasha and the world-famous Maasai Mara for a classic yet diverse wildlife-rich safari experience. In Tanzania, as well as offering unforgettable wildlife encounters, little extras include afternoon tea at the lodges we’ve chosen in Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro and as a fitting end to your safari, a special ravine dinner experience will be arranged for you and your group.

Kuoni highlights

In Kenya, we’ve chosen to include Lake Naivasha and the world-famous Maasai Mara for a classic yet diverse wildlife-rich safari experience. In Tanzania, as well as offering unforgettable wildlife encounters, little extras include afternoon tea at the lodges we’ve chosen in Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro and as a fitting end to your safari, a special ravine dinner experience will be arranged for you and your group.