Kenya and Tanzania safari adventure

“This combination camping and hotel safari holiday is an unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in the prolific game-viewing and incredible culture of East Africa”

Highlights

Kembu Farm | Lake Nakuru National Park | Masai Mara | Game driving in the Masai Mara | Western Highlands | Lake Victoria | Game drive through Serengeti Plains | Camping in the Serengeti | Ngorongoro Crater | Rift Valley | Arusha | Zanzibar | Stone Town | Nungwi

Description of Kenya and Tanzania safari adventure

This two week Kenya and Tanzania safari adventure takes you to the heart of East Africa where wild savannah stretches as far as the eye can see and spectacular wildlife shows are par for the course.

Travel at the right time of year (mid-August to late October) and you’ll catch the wildebeest migration, one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on the planet, but even if you miss it, the scale and diversity of bird and animal life won’t disappoint. Wildebeest, gazelle, zebra, elephant and buffalo are plentiful on East Africa’s wild plains, and cheetah, lion and hyena are never far behind.

Traveling overland and camping at night, you’ll explore the heartland of the Masai people and take in some of the finest game parks in eastern Africa. You’ll travel into the vast grasslands of the Masai Mara, through the tea plantations of the Western highlands and on to the teeming Serengeti plains. And then there’s the mind-blowing scenery of the Ngorongoro Crater, formed when a volcano erupted leaving fertile plains in its place.

The tour finishes with three days on the tropical beaches of Zanzibar, where you can sail in a dhow, go snorkelling and feast on fresh seafood.

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Our top tip:
Pack light layers for the days and warmer layers for the evenings because the temperature can drop.
Trip type:
Small group tour. 4-18 adults (min. age 18) with a tour leader.
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
9 nights basic camping, 4 nights hotel.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available with surcharge.
Meals:
All breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners.
Included:
Accommodation, all transport and listed activities, tour leader, flights (if booked).
Vouchers
Accepted
“You have a campfire, you’re telling stores, people have a beer... and out of nowhere a zebra passed by. The lions brought down the zebra around 100m away.”

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Accommodation & meals:
The majority of this trip is spent camping, therefore reducing our energy consumption and carbon footprint for the whole trip. Each tour has their own chef, dedicated to buying produce from local stalls and markets and making a range of traditional meals. Guests might have the chance to learn to make a regional specialty such as stew with ‘Ugali’ - a maize flour and water mixture with the consistency of dough; or ‘Pelau’, which is made from rice, spices and chopped meat.

Conservation:
The permit fee charged to see Nakuru National Park, the Masai Mara and Serengeti National Park goes directly towards the preservation of several endangered species and their fragile but beautiful environment. We hope to see flamingos, endangered white and black rhinos, lions, leopards, wildebeests, cheetah, hyena etc. By travelling with us, you ensure that rangers are paid a fair wage and have the provisions and personnel to protect themselves and wildlife against harmful poaching activity.

UK office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Community:
We employ local tour guides, drivers, porters and chefs and so all of these employment opportunities provide financial benefit for people in the community. Our guides are also keen to teach Swahili as a means of making a more genuine connection with people they meet on the trip.

Local Crafts & Culture:
In addition to purchasing supplies locally, tour guides encourage travellers to purchase goods and souvenirs from a local craft centre in Arusha. The project is run by a group of young people, who learn and perfect traditional craftsmanship in order to sell their wares and make a better living. The paintings and carvings are particularly special here and guides are careful to advise against the purchasing of endangered local hardwoods and animal materials. In Stone Town, Zanzibar, we carouse through the myriad of small alleys and markets and purchase spices as the area is known for this trade.

Group size:
This is a small group tour and so numbers do not exceed 18, meaning that local environments and the communities and variety of species (endangered and otherwise) that we encounter are not seriously impacted by our stay. This group size also allows us to travel with ease and therefore to stay at a number of unique, lesser known campsites and one hotel that would not usually benefit from tourism commerce due to its limited size.

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4 Reviews of Kenya and Tanzania safari adventure

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Reviewed on 21 Feb 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The game viewing, especially seeing leopards and a cheetah! Camping in the middle of nowhere in the Serengeti

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Travel light, take a good camera. Be prepared for some long bumpy journeys, basic camping and facilities!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, to some degree.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A brilliant holiday, excellent game viewing, a great group of fellow travellers and staff, over all too quickly!!

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


seeing all the animals - going on safari is the best holiday we have ever had - the elephant orphanage was one of the highlights and is to be recommended. We are already planning another safari for a couple of years time. Seeing so much in a week was brilliant - even the long hours driving were memorable due to the sights and sounds of Kenya. Zanzibar is beautiful and worth a visit - people so very friendly

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


research, research, research and find the right safari for you. Get exact information/itineraries. check all prices and facts. They are expensive holidays and with so many variations to choose from, it is worth talking personally to operators, rather than relying on line.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


yes - Kenya and Zanzibar rely on tourism and a well managed holiday benefits all.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The holiday was good - safaris are tiring so a week on Zanzibar was a wonderful way to relax. We had some initial teething problems with the travel company which did spoil the holiday a bit and we were disappointed that not everything went to plan. So hence more research and talking to operators next time.

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Camping on rim of Ngorgoro crater and seeing in crater black rhino and leopard. Awesome sunsets.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Read itinerary carefully and be prepared for long, dusty truck journeys fondly referred to as having an "African massage" as roads are very bumpy and more craters than hard road. Perhaps choose a holiday which centres at one place for 2-3 days and journey out from that centre.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We shopped for food locally and brought in business for local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I am glad that I did the holiday but would not recommend it as there was an awful lot of long distance travel. It would have helped to base ourselves at one place for 2-3 nights. Travelling to Tanga was a complete waste of time and would have been far better to fly to Zanzibar from Moshei and spend another day around Marangu or even in the Serengeti plain. Not enough time to write journal until the very end. Few laundry opportunities, could wash clothes but not enough time spent anywhere to dry them. Got quite adroit at drying "smalls" dotted around truck....








Reviewed on 21 Aug 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


There were so many memorable and exciting parts of the holiday that I couldn't possibly list them all. The real highlights were seeing two cheetahs cross the road right in front of us, camping in the Serengeti, the 4x4 drive down into the Ngorongoro crater, the walking safari and the sunrise hot air balloon ride.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Bring plenty of Dollars with you it's tricky/expensive to get hold of them if you run out and there's pretty much nowhere that takes plastic. Don't forget your bug spray and to put it on! Space in the truck is fairly limited but you don't need too many clothes, you'll have opportunities to wash clothes most days, one of the campsites even has dry cleaning.
Remember to bring some warm clothes and a waterproof top.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


There were lots of benefits for the local community, almost all the day trips benefited either the local guides or the businesses we visited.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


10 out of 10! Absolutely superb holiday I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone, in fact if you're thinking about this trip stop and just book it. It was superbly organised the route was excellent with a real mix of wildlife and experiences on all the different game drives. The real thing that made the holiday though were the guides Often, JJ and our comedy chef extraodinaire Bernard. Often was the perfect group leader he was really well organised, responsible, funny and just an incredibly likable guy!

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