Rhino Safari in the Serengeti, Tanzania

Kenya and Tanzania Serengeti Survey Safari

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Trip code: 
WYF
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Wildlife Holidays
Max group size:
12
Min age:
16

Experience the thrill of game drives with only the savannah between you and the storied big game

Nestled alongside rivers, tucked at the base of a towering peak or the surrounding permanent watering holes, East Africa’s parks and reserves protect an astounding variety of wildlife and centuries of tribal customs. In these sanctuaries, you can experience the thrill of game drives with only the savannah between you and the storied big game, or stroll the grounds of a village, listening as tribal lore becomes part of your tale of Africa.

The gallop of giraffes toward an acacia tree; thousands of zebras dashing wildly across the Mara River; or a cheetah stalking its prey before the heat of the day — thousands of scenes capture the daily drama of life in Africa. Perhaps you’ll discover your “safari moment” watching the sun spill across the savannah on an early-morning game drive or chatting around a campfire with personal local guides.

Spend nights under canvas at our deluxe Serengeti tented camp, featuring large, cabin-style walk-in tents — each serviced by a personal butler. In authentic safari style, your small group will enjoy great service and an old-fashioned safari atmosphere. And our staff will situate the camp where the wildlife is most abundant during your Kenya and Tanzania safari. Every meal is a "bush meal" beneath the boundless African sky!

Highlights

  • Unparalleled safari experience featuring a picnic among the wildlife, window seat for everyone in our 4x4 Land Cruisers & local expert guides.
  • Spend nights under canvas at our mobile tented camp.
  • Survey six signature parks: Masai Mara, Amboseli, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti.
  • Learn from a highly trained naturalist driver/guide (One for every six guests)
  • Enjoy open discussions with knowledgeable native guides.

Key information

  • Discover Your Kenya and Tanzania Safari Moment
  • Authentic Serengeti Camping
  • Spend nights under canvas at our deluxe Serengeti tented camp
  • Every meal is a "bush meal" beneath the boundless African sky

 

What's included

  • Accommodations
  • Excursions
  • Meals and transportation as listed in the itinerary
  • Game drives in 4x4 safari cruisers, with guaranteed window seat and no more than six people per vehicle
  • Services of private driver/guides
  • Masai village visit
  • Arrival and departure transfers between the group hotel and airport no matter what day or time
  • One soft drink or local beer per person per included lunch and dinner
  • Bottled water on excursions, group transfers, at included lunches and dinners and in rooms daily
  • All gratuities to group service staff except your driver/guide and room/tent staff

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Optional activities
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Itinerary

Nairobi
to
Arusha
  • Days 1-2

    Depart your home city on independent flights to Nairobi

    Depart your home city on independent flights to Nairobi, where you arrive on day 2. Upon arrival you'll be met and transferred to Eka Hotel, your home while in Nairobi.

    Accommodaion: Eka Hotel or Similar

  • Day 3

    Fly to the Masai Mara Reserve

    Fly to the Masai Mara Reserve, a rich savannah famous for its concentration of plains game and predators, including leopard, cheetah and hyena. After checking into the Mara Serena Safari Lodge, enjoy the first game drive of your safari in Kenya and Tanzania. From our lodge, enjoy expansive views of the plains below.

    Accommodation: Mara Serena Safari Lodge or Similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    A full day of game drives in the famed Masai Mara Reserve

    Our safari in Kenya and Tanzania itinerary includes a full day of game drives in the famed Masai Mara Reserve. Here in this northern extension of the Serengeti Plains, the land is teeming with elephant, large prides of lion, buffalo, Thomson’s gazelle, giraffe and even topi — the only place in Kenya where they are common. You may rise early today for an optional hot air balloon safari.

    Accommodation: Mara Serena Safari Lodge or Similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Enjoy one last game drive (time permitting) in the Mara before flying to Nairobi

    Enjoy one last game drive (time permitting) in the Mara before flying to Nairobi. From Nairobi, fly to Amboseli National Park, tucked on the Kenya/Tanzania border. On a clear day, every vista of this scenic park is dominated by views of Mt. Kilimanjaro — making a superb backdrop for your wildlife photography. Savor an afternoon game drive, watching the sun set across the park, before continuing to Amboseli Serena Lodge, where we spend two nights.



    Accommodation: Amboseli Serena Lodge or Similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Amboseli National Park

    Amboseli is one of the largest of Kenya’s parks. Although this is dry country, Amboseli’s location in the rain shadow of Kilimanjaro means that the park enjoys year-round water. Two permanent swamps are ideal for game viewing, drawing the park’s signature elephants, as well as giraffes and a variety of bird life, which we’ll look for during our game drives.

    Accommodation: Amboseli Serena Lodge or Similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Cross into Tanzania at Namanga and continue to Tarangire

    Cross into Tanzania at Namanga and continue to Tarangire, Tanzania’s third largest national park. Before checking into our comfortable accommodations at the Tarangire River Camp, we journey through the rolling countryside searching for the park’s populations of black rhino, antelope, leopard, lion and cheetah.

    Accommodation: Tarangire River Camp or Similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Sunrise sweeps across the savannah on our morning Tanzanian safari

    Sunrise will just be sweeping across the savannah on our morning Tanzanian safari, where our naturalist travel guides will point out elephants and some of the park’s 260 recorded bird species. Tarangire also hosts migrating herds of wildebeest, zebra and Grant’s gazelle, which we’ll look for during our escorted afternoon game drive.

    Accommodation: Tarangire River Camp or Similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Set out across the Great Rift Valley toward Lake Manyara National Park

    After breakfast, set out across the Great Rift Valley toward Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its herds of elephant and tree-climbing lions. Game drives here are an opportunity to see buffalo, baboon, waterbuck, flamingo and prides of lion. After a lovely picnic lunch, continue toward Ngorongoro, where we spend the next two nights at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, which features a wonderful view of the crater.

    Accommodation: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge or Similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Descend 2,000 feet into the crater for thrilling game drives among Africa’s "Big Five" (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard)

    We’ll descend 2,000 feet into the crater for thrilling game drives among Africa’s "Big Five" (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard). This is your greatest chance to observe the black rhino in East Africa. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the crater floor.

    Accommodation: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge or Similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Head for the Serengeti, en route visiting Olduvai Gorge,where evidence of early man

    Head for the Serengeti, en route visiting Olduvai Gorge,where evidence of early man was found by the Leakey family in the late 1950s. The Serengeti Plains are home to the greatest concentration of large mammals on Earth, and our frequent game drives are a chance to see immense herds. We spend the next three nights under canvas at Serengeti Explorer Camp.

    Accommodation: Serengeti Explorer Camp or Similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 12-13

    Game drives through the acacia savannahs and grasslands of the Serengeti

    Our itinerary features daily game drives through the acacia savannahs and grasslands of the Serengeti offering opportunities to spot wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, topi, impala and hartebeest along with predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and wild dog. Along the network of rivers and lakes, we may find hippos and crocodiles. You’ll have ample opportunity in camp to learn more about our expert driver/guides and staff, personable locals who strive to bring Africa to life during your safari.

    Accommodation: Serengeti Explorer Camp or Similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 14

    Travel to the airstrip and fly to Arusha

    After the final game drive (time permitting) of your safari in Kenya and Tanzania, travel to the airstrip and fly to Arusha. Dayrooms are available at the Lake Duluti Serena Hotel before transferring to the airport for your independent flight home.

    Accommodation: Lake Duluti Serena Hotel or Similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 15

    Arrive in the U.S.

Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Kenya

Most nationalities do now require a visa for Kenya, including Britons, most EU nationals, Australians, New Zealanders, Americans and Canadians.  At present single entry and transit visas are available online (see below) and soon all visas will have to be obtained online. Alternatively visas are available in advance or on arrival. The Kenyan government are planning for all visas to be obtained online and may stop delivering visas on arrival on short notice. For the latest information please contact your local Kenyan High Commission or Consulate.  
For information about the online application process please visit http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html.
The cost of the visa is US$50 for a single entry visa and US$100 for an East Africa visa (valid to travel in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda – if the website still says coming soon please check with the Kenyan High Commission) (https://immigration.ecitizen.go.ke/index.php?id=7)
You will need to first register to the ecitizens website (including needing a photo 500px x 500px) before you can start applying.
For the application process itself you will need details of the accommodation used (which we will send you) and itinerary as well as a photo 5.5cm x 5.5cm and a scanned or photographed copy of your passport’s bio/photo page.
If after visiting Kenya you will also travel to Uganda and Rwanda, you may apply for East African Visa that will cover all three countries. This  visa is currently available upon arrival in Nairobi. Please contact the Kenyan High Commission to obtain more information about the combined visa from Kenya.

Tanzania

Most nationalities require a tourist visa for Tanzania, including British nationals, most EC nationals, Australians, New Zealanders, Americans and Canadians. The visa is available at the border and the cost for British and most other European Nationals is USD50 cash, whilst for US citizens it is USD100 cash.

Vaccinations

Kenya

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Tanzania

Please note that although Tanzania does not officially require proof of Yellow Fever vaccination, at most airports and other points of entry you may be required to show a certificate of vaccination or an exemption certificate. This includes coming from Europe via, or transiting through an endemic country including the airports of Nairobi (Kenya) and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). If visiting Zanzibar from mainland Tanzania border officials have been known to demand proof of Yellow Fever vaccination or an exemption certificate.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Weather

Is this trip for you?

This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company International Expeditions. As such the departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups may be a mixture of Exodus, International Expeditions, and other clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you would expect. International Expeditions operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel.

A trip to Kenya and Tanzania is a mildly active holiday that calls for decent health and mobility.  The vast majority of excursions are by vehicle and require no walking, other than getting to and from the vehicle and your room.  While these excursions require little physical effort, roads in and between the parks can be quite bumpy and dusty.  This can take a toll on your energy and bouncing can aggravate some medical conditions.  The optional balloon safari requires a higher level of activity.

Early morning game drives typically occur before breakfast, starting before sunrise when the animals are most active, and ending with breakfast back at the camp.  Afternoon game drives occur a few hours before sunset, when the heat of the day subsides and the animals are active again, and end back at camp before dinner.  Because you will be getting up early most days of your safari, leisure time is built in  to let you recuperate and catch up on your reading and/or species lists…or just catching a nap or enjoying a relaxing view or walk around the camp.

The roads in Kenya and Tanzania have improved greatly over the last few years but sections can still be somewhat in a state of disrepair. The governments of Kenya and Tanzania, in order to slow down road deterioration, are now enforcing lower speeds for highway travel.

Drive from Amboseli to Tarangire – This is a full day transfer, including clearing Customs and Immigration at the border and lunch in Arusha. The road in Amboseli is dirt and subject to weather and wind conditions.  The road from the park to Namanga is gravel and bumpy in places.  The roads around Arusha are tarmac and then once inside Tarangire the roads are dirt park roads, which are be bumpy and windy.

Drive from Tarangire to Ngorongoro – This is a full day excursion with a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park.  Park roads are dirt roads and will be bumpy and driving will be slow. The road from Arusha to Ngorongoro is tarmac and in good condition, until you are close to your accommodations in Ngorongoro, where you must leave the main road and take dirt park roads to the lodge.

Drive from Ngorongoro to Serengeti – This is a full day excursion including a stop at Olduvai Gorge and game viewing en route to your camp in the Serengeti, with picnic lunch.  The road from Ngorongoro to Serengeti is gravel and subject to rutting and damage from the weather.  Once inside the Serengeti, you will be on dirt park roads and will stop for wildlife viewing en route to the camp. How long all this takes depends on the road, wildlife and weather conditions relative to where the camp is set up at a particular time of year.  Typically, it’s a full-day drive with game viewing most of the way.


Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

14 Nights Hotels, Lodges, & Camping

Eka Hotel
Rooms at Eka Hotel offer the very best in comfort and convenience. Each air-conditioned room is equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite connection, mini-bar, electronic personal safety deposit box and complimentary tea and coffee-making facilities. While here, International Expeditions Kenya & Tanzania safari guests enjoy free high speed internet access.
 
Mara Serena Lodge
Deep within the Masai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Serena Safari Lodge is the ultimate safari destination. Drawing inspiration from the Maasai culture, the Mara Serena offers a blend of raw African splendor and sumptuous sophistication — perfect for Kenya and Tanzania travel. The ethnic décor draws on a vibrant color-palette of sunburst colors, embellished by Maasai art to create the look and feel of a traditional bush encampment. The lodge features individual rooms, each with their own balcony, a swimming pool and a spectacular restaurant overlooking a watering hole, where a fantasia of creatures collects to drink. While here, you may enjoy an optional balloon safari.
 
Amboseli Serena Lodge
Framed against Mount Kilimanjaro and surrounded by rolling grasslands, the Amboseli Serena Lodge draws on a subtle Maasai cultural motif, featuring natural woodcarvings, traditional artifacts and a glowing selection of local art. Sensitively located and built from ecologically sympathetic materials, its architectural shapes, style, textures and colors reflect the true essence of the African bush. To help you further enjoy your Kenya and Tanzania travel accommodations, each room offers an uninterrupted view over the ever-changing vistas of the African plains. Guests can enjoy an acacia-shaded swimming pool fed daily by the melt-waters of Kilimanjaro, a selection of natural timber game viewing decks and a water hole for the animals.
 
Tarangire River Camp
Tarangire River Camp set within 25,000 hectares of concession area. The camp accommodates guests in 20 safari tents, with en-suite hot and cold running water. The tents are tastefully furnished with all the comforts you will need and open out onto stunning views of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. Meals are a delicious affair, dinners are served by candlelight in the thatch and timber elevated dining area, with dramatic views across the Masai plains, where a friendly and attentive staff are always on hand to cater to your every need. The camp provides close access to premier wildlife viewing areas of the park. Special arrangements have been made with the native residents to share their land and the income brought into the area from the camp.
 
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Perched on the rim of the collapsed volcano, Ngorongoro Crater, the lodge has the most magnificent views over the crater floor, which is home to vast herds of buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, the rare and endangered black rhino, elephant, cheetah, leopard, lion and herds of gazelle and wildebeest. All 91 double bedrooms feature two queen sized beds and a separate dressing area. Each room has a glass-fronted verandah, where you may enjoy a private view of the Crater. The lodge features a gift shop, internet café (for a fee), laundry service, and a swimming pool.
 
Serengeti Explorer Camp
Mobile tented camps ensure that you are as close to the action as possible and give you a sense of being in the wilds of the Serengeti. Impeccable service and fine dining provide a level of luxury and comfort in the middle of the African bush…where every meal is a “bush” meal. The tents are spacious with a veranda, easy chairs, proper beds and an en suite bathroom with flush toilets and hot water showers. Hot water is provided by camp staff in buckets. The lounge tent has a well–stocked bar as well as books on the Serengeti. The dining tent is well-appointed and the food is delicious. Each tent has a butler to attend to your every need. A full crew will accompany your expedition to take care of all the work and details involved in setting up and moving the mobile camps, as well as the housekeeping and catering services.
 
Lake Duluti Serena Hotel
Nestled at the foot of the wooded slopes of Mount Meru, this unique hotel stands amid coffee plantations on the shores of tranquil Lake Duluti. Designed to echo the traditional style of the colonial coffee farm, which originally stood on this site, Lake Duluti Serena offers a range of tastefully presented cottage-styled rooms set amid extensive landscaped grounds. Standing at the gateway to the famous Tanzanian ‘Northern Safari Circuit', the hotel offers a broad range of attractions, which include: walking, mountain biking, canoeing on the lake, and trips to the nearby Arusha and Mount Meru national parks. The hotel features a stone-built reception with adjoining lounge, library, restaurant, boutique and business center. Imposing in stature and spacious in concept, the design of the new building echoes the hotel's original incarnation as a working coffee farm dating back to colonial times. The lodge features a gift shop, business center, and Wi-Fi (for a fee).
 
Ololo Safari Lodge
Offering a tranquil garden setting, Ololo Safri Lodge is nestled at the Mbagathi River bordering the famous Nairobi National Park. The lodge features an outdoor pool and is within 45 minute's drive from Nairobi’s airports. Rooms are individually decorated, featuring earth tones and modern Colonial-style furnishings. All beds are draped with a mosquito net and a hair dryer and free toiletries are provided. Guests can enjoy the on site bar and open air restaurant located by the pool and overlooking the national park. The restaurant focuses on simple home-style cuisine, using seasonal ingredients and vegetables from their own garden. The guest lounge is located in the old original thatched farmhouse and has an open fireplace, wine cellar and small library for guests enjoyment.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Call us on 020 8772 3936