Kenya & Tanzania Wildlife Safari - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2023)

On this comprehensive introduction to East Africa, witness abundant and diverse wildlife roaming vast, sun-drenched panoramas, and stay in comfortable, spacious lodges with ideal locations in the region’s greatest parks and reserves.

Journey Overview

On this comprehensive introduction to East Africa, witness abundant and diverse wildlife roaming vast, sun-drenched panoramas, and stay in comfortable, spacious lodges with ideal locations in the region’s greatest parks and reserves.

Journey Highlights

  • Discover Africa’s astounding diversity, including the iconic Big Five, in custom-made vehicles with an unobstructed view from every seat
  • Experience incredible up-close encounters with East Africa’s diverse wildlife thanks to the in-depth tracking skills of our handpicked safari guides
  • Privately visit an animal rescue centre to meet with the caretakers and view orphaned elephants and other species up close on an A&K-exclusive experience
  • Stay on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, a privileged location that affords you early access to the crater floor for a quieter, less-crowded safari experience
  • Privately visit Olduvai Gorge, where the Leakey family discovered fossils linking man to his distant ancestors
  • Visit a Maasai village to learn about the customs and traditions of these nomadic herders
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Nairobi, Kenya

Arrive in Nairobi, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. A microcosm of the African continent, this capital city is your gateway to a dramatic procession of natural spectacles in Kenya and Tanzania, among the most thrilling destinations in the world.

Nairobi Serena Hotel

Day 2: Amboseli National Park | Game and Mountain Vistas

Drive to Amboseli National Park, known for its thriving big-game population, especially elephants, more than 1,000 of which live in the park. From a distance, take in views of the highest mountain in Africa, the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, with its impressive Uhuru Peak soaring to 5,895 metres. Arrive at your lodge set beneath acacia trees in the shadow of Kilimanjaro. After lunch, explore the acacia woodland, freshwater swamps, scrub brush and open plains in search of wildlife. Part of the park is composed of a dried-up lakebed, where mirages rise from the shimmering heat. This evening, share in a special welcome dinner with your fellow guests.

Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Amboseli National Park | Mountainside Sightings

Set out on early morning and afternoon game drives, crisscrossing the landscape in search of the park’s large herds of elephants, as well as zebras and wildebeests, along the salt pan trails. Prepare for predator sightings as opportunistic animals begin roaming the plains in search of prey. Return to your lodge for dinner followed by a relaxing evening under African skies.

Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 4: Arusha, Tanzania | Wildlife Rescue Centre Visit

After crossing the border into Tanzania, stop at an animal rescue centre for an A&K-exclusive experience. Meet with the caretakers and view the animals in their care, including orphaned elephants. Continue to your hotel located on the picturesque slopes of Mount Meru. Here, enjoy a refreshing Scenic Sundowner on the edge of Lake Duluti before gathering for dinner.

Arusha Serena Hotel, Resort & Spa | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater | Spot the Tree-Climbing Lions

Drive from Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park for a morning game drive, searching for nonchalant baboons, dik-diks that forage for food beneath acacia trees and large herds of buffalo, wildebeests and zebras, which gather on the grassy, sun-drenched plains. Along a narrow belt of acacia woodland, you may even spot the region’s storied tree-climbing lions, which ascend branches for a cool breeze. After lunch, continue to the village of Mto wa Mbu, where you Ride Like a Local on a tuk-tuk, viewing rice fields and the local community as you go. Then, travel to Ngorongoro Crater, ascending its outer wall through dense vegetation. Ngorongoro is the largest unbroken ancient caldera in the world and a likely place to view lions, elephants, hyenas and gazelles. This afternoon, participate in a Chef ’s Table demonstration in the hotel kitchen, preparing and sampling local dishes.

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater | Explore a Natural Wildlife Haven

This morning, descend into the crater, arriving ahead of most visitors — thanks to the ideal location of your accommodations on the crater’s rim — to view the resident wildlife at its most active time of day. The prairies of this “Lost World” are great spots for watching buffalo and elephants as well as the countless other species that roam the crater’s 260-square-kilometre floor. You may even sight flamingos (when in season) or the rare black rhino. Following lunch, visit a Maasai village to gain a better understanding of the nomadic cattle-herders’ daily life and culture.

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 7: Serengeti National Park | In Ancient Footsteps

Drive to vast, wildlife-rich Serengeti National Park and through its spectacular mix of savanna grassland and volcanic hills, stopping en route for a privately guided tour of Olduvai Gorge, one of the key sources of prehuman hominid fossils. Renowned palaeontologists Mary and Louis Leakey made many notable finds here, including “Nutcracker Man,” who lived approximately 1.75 million years ago. Visit the on-site museum, take in views from the lookout point and examine the excavations, which revealed 3.7-million-year-old footprints and the 1.8-million-year-old skull of a human. Continue to your lodge, which is framed by commanding views of this land of lions, leopards, hyenas, cheetahs, giraffes and topi. The park also serves as a setting for the Great Migration when it passes through each year. Enjoy your room’s blend of elegant and contemporary design with influences from the traditional Maasai culture.

Meliá Serengeti Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 8: Serengeti National Park | Iconic Safari Quarry

Today, revel in true safari country, searching for the Big Five (lions, leopards, Cape buffalo, elephants and rhinos), along with giraffes, gazelles and zebras. Along the rivers, plains and rocky outcroppings, you may also spot some of the Serengeti’s more diminutive denizens, such as leopard tortoises and rhinoceros beetles.

Meliá Serengeti Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 9: Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya | Into the Wild

Fly to the vast Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya’s finest wildlife spectacle, offering excellent game viewing year-round. The unending landscape hosts some 450 bird species, 95 animal species and all of the great predators, including the country’s largest lion population. After familiarizing yourself with your luxurious tented accommodations, ideally situated at the confluence of the Mara’s four game-viewing regions, drive through the famed reserve.

Mara Intrepids | Meals: BLD

Day 10: Masai Mara Game Reserve | Endless Discovery

Explore a region bestowed with over 1,295 square kilometres of savannas, woodlands and tree-fringed rivers on morning and afternoon game drives. You may observe crocodiles basking in the sun, see ever-alert hippos wallowing in muddy water and catch the antics of mischievous monkeys overhead. Watch, too, as African elephants rumble along the forest edge and giraffes snatch leaves from branches high above.

Mara Intrepids | Meals: BLD

Day 11: Masai Mara Game Reserve | Design Your Day

Venture forth on a morning game drive. After lunch, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities:

  • Set Out on a Guided Bird Walk for the opportunity to spot some of the nearly 500 species of birds in the region.
  • Make Beads with the Maasai, learning the craft of beading from tribal members and creating your own jewellery.
  • Throw the Rungu with Maasai Warriors, testing your skills with their traditional wooden hunting club.

Then, go on a late-afternoon game drive for a final look at the Mara’s treasures. Later, enjoy a Scenic Sundowner, sipping traditional cocktails while marvelling at the incredible open plains just before dusk — a relaxing prelude to a memorable farewell dinner with your fellow guests.

Mara Intrepids | Meals: BLD

Day 12: Depart Nairobi

Return to Nairobi. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in a reserved dayroom before your international departure flight home.

Nairobi Serena Hotel (dayroom) | Meals: B

Journey Details

Internal air included: Serengeti/Tarime; Migori/Masai Mara/Nairobi
Minimum age is 10 years.
Each guest on this journey will receive an A&K Safari Duffel.
First group event: welcome briefing at 7:30 a.m. on Day 2.
Last group event: hotel transfer at 12:15 p.m. on Day 12.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Please note: Proof of COVID-19 full vaccination is required for this program.

Included with every Luxury Small Group Journey

  • English-Speaking Resident Tour Director and Local Guides
  • Hand-Selected Luxury Accommodations
  • Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
  • Travelling Bell Boy Luggage Handling
  • Breakfast in Bed on Select Days
  • Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners
  • Your Choice of Activity on Design Your Day
  • Traveller’s Valet Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Entrance Fees, Taxes and All Gratuities Except Resident Tour Director
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
  • Guaranteed Departures with Just Two Guests

Customise this Journey

Talk to one of our expert Journey Designers or your travel agent about booking this tour as a private journey for your own small group with family or friends. Or, if you would prefer to travel privately, find out more about creating the perfect bespoke tailor-made journey based on this itinerary.

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Jan 17, 2023 - Jan 28, 2023
Price AU$17,735pp Single Supplement AU$3,515 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Jan 31, 2023 - Feb 11, 2023
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Feb 14, 2023 - Feb 25, 2023
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Feb 28, 2023 - Mar 11, 2023
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May 16, 2023 - May 27, 2023
Price AU$16,325pp Single Supplement AU$1,825 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Jun 13, 2023 - Jun 24, 2023
Price AU$19,140pp Single Supplement AU$3,795 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Jun 27, 2023 - Jul 8, 2023
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Jul 4, 2023 - Jul 15, 2023
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Jul 11, 2023 - Jul 22, 2023
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Jul 14, 2023 - Jul 25, 2023
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Jul 18, 2023 - Jul 29, 2023
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Jul 25, 2023 - Aug 5, 2023
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Jul 28, 2023 - Aug 8, 2023
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Aug 1, 2023 - Aug 12, 2023
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Aug 8, 2023 - Aug 19, 2023
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Aug 11, 2023 - Aug 22, 2023
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Aug 15, 2023 - Aug 26, 2023
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Aug 22, 2023 - Sep 2, 2023
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Aug 25, 2023 - Sep 5, 2023
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Aug 29, 2023 - Sep 9, 2023
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Sep 5, 2023 - Sep 16, 2023
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Sep 8, 2023 - Sep 19, 2023
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Sep 12, 2023 - Sep 23, 2023
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Sep 19, 2023 - Sep 30, 2023
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Oct 3, 2023 - Oct 14, 2023
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Oct 10, 2023 - Oct 21, 2023
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Oct 17, 2023 - Oct 28, 2023
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Nov 7, 2023 - Nov 18, 2023
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Dec 5, 2023 - Dec 16, 2023
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Dec 21, 2023 - Jan 1, 2024
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