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Kenya/Tanzania Scheduled Group Safari

Serengeti, Masai Mara & Beyond

14 days, 13 nights | Safari from $6,898 per person
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Overview

The Very Best of East Africa

This safari features the best of Kenya and Tanzania in one life-changing trip. Observe big cats, migrating zebra, gazelle, wildebeest, and countless other species as you journey through East Africa’s vast open spaces. Here, in one of the longest-inhabited regions on Earth, time stands still and invites you to experience eternity.

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In this most dynamic of wildlife destinations, thrilling safari action awaits you every day, while each evening promises conversation and repose in classic lodges and tented oases. Delve into the awe-inspiring Masai Mara and Serengeti. Journey to the Great Rift Valley and visit world-famous Ngorongoro Crater, three million years old and two thousand feet deep. As you safari, your discovery of bountiful wildlife and dramatic landscapes is enriched by optional walks and impromptu cultural encounters that welcome you into the heart of African life.

Safari Style: Scheduled Group Safari
Activities: Game viewing by vehicle, bird-watching, cultural visits, easy nature walks, scenic sundowners, campfires, and stargazing
Accommodation: Safari lodges and tented camps
Getting Around: 4x4 safari vehicles with guaranteed window seats
When to Visit: Year-round; peak months for Great Migration in Kenya: Jun–Sep; in Tanzania: Jan-Jun and Oct–Dec Read More
Meeting & Departure Point: Nairobi, Kenya

Tour Highlights:

  • Enjoy nonstop opportunities to spot the Big Five in East Africa’s richest wildlife habitats
  • Follow the awe-inspiring migration of a million wildebeest from Kenya’s Masai Mara to Tanzania’s Serengeti
  • Discover the incomparable beauty of Ngorongoro Crater, a timeless wildlife oasis
  • Feel Africa’s grandeur in Amboseli National Park, where magnificent Mt. Kilimanjaro frames epic panoramas of wildlife-packed savannas and swamps
  • Seek out big cats, wild dogs, and endangered Grevy’s zebras in seldom-visited Samburu National Reserve
  • Experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable guide(s)
  • All meals, except arrival-night dinner
  • Safari lodges and tented camps (with private baths)
  • Airport meet-and-greet service
  • Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
  • All park fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the CW Safaris staff
  • Guest Rating:

    This was a well-planned safari—which allowed for a diversity of habitat, animals and accommodations. The guides were more than awesome—in their efforts to ensure that our experience was optimized. In addition, both guides were extremely knowledgeable—not only about the safari itself but about some of the historical, social and political factors which impacted the towns and villages we traversed on our journey.
    S. Townsend, Florida, June 2013

  • Guest Rating:

    Very organized, excellent accommodations, food. Outstanding guides. The trip of a lifetime. Our first visit to Africa a beautiful country with beautiful people. Wildlife is spectacular. Every day was full of new adventures.
    A. & J. Joly, California, August 2004

  • Guest Rating:

    This was the trip of a lifetime and beyond my expectations. Being so close to the wildlife of Africa was a dream come true. I am an amateur photographer and absolutely loved the photographic opportunities. Our Kenyan guide was amazing and did a wonderful job of finding wildlife I wanted to see. I had really wanted to see a cheetah, and on the last game drive of the last day, as I was photographing some zebras, he suddenly spotted a group of five cheetahs  -- a mother and her four cubs. The tented camps were wonderful, the Kenyan people the friendliest.
    A. Sullivan, New Mexico, May 2014

  • Guest Rating:

    It was magical to see birds I had never seen and watch large mammals, like elephants and giraffe, interact with each other. Our safari guides gave us all the time we wanted to view and photograph the animals.
    A. Champion, Illinois, May 2014

  • Guest Rating:

    This was one of the best trips I've ever taken and I have traveled to SE Asia, China, Peru, the Mayan lands, and much of Europe. Each trip is wonderful and interesting in its own right, but seeing the human homeland and the animals and people who inhabit it was a privilege I'll never forget. This is a layer of history beyond history.....
    J. Kasen, California, June 2013

Dates & Prices

Scheduled Group Safari 2015 Pricing

2015 Dates
Per Person Single Supplement
May 17 - May 30 $6,898 $575
Jun 14 - Jun 27 $7,998 $995

*Pricing based on double occupancy. Reserve early for best pricing; prices and dates are subject to change.

Itinerary & Accommodations
Day 1 Nairobi

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide and assisted in your transfer to the Sarova Stanley Hotel in the heart of Nairobi. Capital of Kenya, this dynamic and sophisticated “Green City in the Sun” offers many attractions. Spend your afternoon at leisure, resting up at your hotel or exploring Nairobi’s streets, shops, and cultural offerings—such as the National Museum, Giraffe Center or Daphne Sheldricks Elephant Orphanage.

Included: Arrival transfer / no meals provided

Days 2 & 3 Samburu

After an early breakfast, drive north to the Samburu National Reserve. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed with lunch at the Samburu Ashnil Camp, followed by a game drive in the twin Samburu and Buffalo Springs reserves. Above you: endless skies; before you: dust-red plains and palm-fringed rivers. Samburu National Reserve lies on the borderland of a vast, physically dramatic desert featuring rocky battlements, craggy scarps, dry riverbeds, and fallen boulders. Thorn scrub rises against a backdrop of distant hills and the great red table mountain known as Ololokwe. The following day’s game drives provide ample opportunity to explore this fascinating reserve. Both evenings, return to camp for time to relax, and enjoy sundowner cocktails and dinner at the lodge.

Included: Land transfer and game drives / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 5½ hours

Day 4 Ol Pajeta Ranch

After breakfast, travel south along the scenic flanks of Mount Kenya to Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp. This will be your vantage point for exploring the riches of Ol Pajeta Ranch. Ol Pajeta Game Conservancy boasts a higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any other Kenyan national park. Enjoy unprecedented opportunities for wildlife watching via guided walk, camel trek, or day and night game drives. Sightings of the Big Five (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo, and leopard) typically abound.

Included: Land transfer and game drive, optional activities (at own expense) / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 3½ hours

Day 5 Lake Elementaita and Soysambu Conservancy

After breakfast, drive to Thomson Falls and feel the cooling mist from its 236-foot cascade that feeds the dense forest below. Then proceed to Berera Farm, a working coffee and tea farm where your hosts will welcome you for a tour and lunch, following which you’ll safari on to Lake Elementaita and Soysambu Conservancy for an afternoon game drive and lake shore walk.

During your easy walk along the shores of Lake Elementaita you will see the only breeding ground for the great white pelican, flamingos, and a wide variety of other birds and mammals. Walk to the “Out of Africa” plains or nearby hill with panoramic views of the conservancy. Upon arrival as the sun begins to set, gather around the campfire for sundowners – taking in the natural beauty around you until dark. The sundowner is an essential part of safari life and dates back to the time of the great safaris of the 1920’s. Timed to start as the sun begins its descent, the sundowner experience begins with a gentle evening game drive, arriving at the sundowner site just as the evening sky turns gold-pink. As night falls, you will be driven back to the camp in time for dinner.

Included: Land transfer, game drive, coffee and tea plantation visit, and lake shore walk / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 4 hours

Day 6 Masai Mara

An early departure brings you to the Masai Mara National Reserve in time for late lunch at Ashnil Mara Camp. After lunch, enjoy the excitement of your first game drive in the Mara. Teeming with wildlife, the Mara is famous for large herds of elephant and buffalo that meander its plains, and for the fat pods of hippo that wallow in its mud-brown rivers. With its abundance of herbivores, the Mara makes an ideal hunting ground for big cats. Here you will find Kenya’s largest population of lions, and your best chance of spotting a leopard in the wild. Other predators include cheetah and spotted hyena. Keep watch for the distinctive Maasai giraffe, plum-colored topi, Coke’s hartebeest, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle, zebra, impala, Kirk’s dik-dik, bushbuck, waterbuck, and red duiker. Also on the reserve: plentiful Nile crocodile, monitor lizard, baboon, vervet, blue- and red-tailed monkeys, nocturnal bush babies, and tree hyrax. Adding to this natural splendor are over 550 resident and migratory species of birds. In the evening, refresh yourself with a swim before enjoying sundowners in the bush or back at the lodge, followed by dinner.

Included: Land transfer and game drive / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 4½ hours

Day 7 Masai Mara

Take full advantage of all the Mara has to offer with an entire day to explore. Choose from a wide range of activities including morning and afternoon game drives, optional guided nature and bird-spotting walks, and cultural visits to local Maasai villages to learn traditional folkways.

Included: Game drives. Nature walk and village visit offered at own expense / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 4½ hours

Day 8 The Mara to Serengeti

After breakfast, take off on a visually dramatic road safari as you cross the border between Kenya and Tanzania. Stop for a picnic lunch in the border town of Isebenia before heading into the spectacular western Serengeti. Your adventure here begins with a game drive en route to your camp.

Included: Land transfer and leisure time / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 9 hours

Day 9 The Serengeti

Today, be immersed in Africa’s wild beauty with a full day to spend on safari in the park. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served at the camp, your taking-off point for optional guided nature walks as well as morning and afternoon game drives. While the annual migration is the Serengeti’s most famous attraction, the park is also renowned for its population of lions. Many of these magnificent beasts have been fitted with radio-transmitter collars so their movements can be tracked and more easily followed. Adding to the wealth of wildlife are cheetah, zebra, giraffe, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, eland, impala, klipspringer, hippo, and warthog.

Included: Game drives, nature walks (at own expense) / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 10 Western to Southern Serengeti

Rise early for a morning game drive, followed by breakfast at camp. After breakfast, embark on a leisurely drive through central and southern Serengeti National Park. As you safari, you will come to understand why no words can do justice to the wonders of the fabled Serengeti. The name is Maasai for “endless plain,” and that is what stretches before you. In this land of infinite vistas, reality becomes dreamlike. Thundering herds, vast flocks of birdlife, and an endless abundance of natural beauty make this one of the most legendary places on earth.

Included: Land transfer and game drives / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 2½ hours (plus game drive en route)

Day 11 Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, enjoy a game drive en route through the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. On the way, you’ll stop to explore the world-famous Olduvai Gorge Paleolithic site, setting foot in the reputed “Cradle of Mankind.” Then it’s on to the truly astounding sight of Ngorongoro Crater, one of the world’s largest and most perfect volcanic craters. Called “the eighth wonder of the world,” it is an utterly unique biosphere that has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. Deep within the crater, enclosed by towering walls, some 25,000 large mammals wander the plains, lakes, and forests of this land that time forgot, dominated by enormous bull elephants, rhinos, lions, and a glorious variety of birdlife. After scaling the side of the crater, circle the rim to enjoy the views, then descend into the lush landscape for a half-day guided tour. Lunch served on the crater floor will be one of your most memorable picnics ever.

Included: Land transfer and game drive / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 3½ hours

Day 12 Amboseli

Following breakfast, a road safari brings you to Arusha and the Namanga Kenya/Tanzania border. Upon completing immigration formalities and changing vehicles, a picnic lunch is served. Then it’s on to Amboseli National Park and check-in at Tortilis Camp. Dominated by the magnificent presence of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, Amboseli is one of Kenya’s oldest and most famous parks. Endlessly panoramic yet comparatively compact, it is dotted with emerald-green swamps in which great herds of elephant wallow, half-submerged in the papyrus grasses. The permanent marshlands also provide a potent draw to hippo and buffalos, while offering a haven for abundant water birds. In the afternoon, a game drive will introduce you to the lush swamps of this fascinating landscape. As evening falls, return to camp and enjoy sundowners by the campfire before dinner in the central dining room.

Included: Land transfer, border crossing, and game drive / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 3 hours

Day 13 On Safari in Amboseli

A wildlife preserve this rich park provides endless wonders, so enjoy a full day game-driving. The park, an International Biosphere Reserve, has many fascinating features including the dried-out lakebed of prehistoric Lake Amboseli, rolling savannah, and lush green swamps. The plains are alive with antelopes, spotted hyenas, jackals, warthogs, olive baboons, and vervet monkeys. With luck and intrepid tracking, you may sight a lion, leopard, or cheetah. Observation Hill, a conical peak which is easily climbed, offers stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Lunch and dinner will be taken at the camp, whose grounds also offer optional nature walks with bird-watching; there are 150 species in the grounds alone.

Included: Game drives, nature walk at own expense / breakfast, lunch, and Dinner

Day 14 Nairobi

After breakfast at the lodge, enjoy one last game drive and lunch before your return to Nairobi. A transfer is provided to the airport. Please contact our office if your flight departs late and you would like to request a day room or Nairobi excursion (additional expense).

Included: Game drive, land transfer and airport transfer / breakfast and lunch

Approximate Travel Time: 4½ hours

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Guides

Our Guides

Guests who travel frequently with CW Safaris know that our guides truly set us apart from other adventure travel companies. All CW Safaris guides are locally based and fluent in English, with exceptional knowledge of the region where you’ll be traveling. Their expertise in wildlife and natural history and their keen, deeply rooted understanding of life in the African bush will ensure your safety, well-being, and enjoyment throughout every safari. You could not be in better hands!

Here is a sampling of our extraordinary guides in Tanzania & Kenya:

KE - Stephen Kyengo

Stephen M. Kyengo

Stephen is a proficient safari driver and enthusiastic guide. His wealth of knowledge about the African wild, combined with his fluency in English, Swahili, and intermediate Japanese, make him a most remarkable travel companion. His seven years of experience in safari guiding is reflected in his intimate familiarity with the flora and fauna. His passion for the region may be partly inherited, as his father is also a professional safari guide. Outgoing and lively, Stephen loves meeting new people and is an accredited member of the Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association. His favorite parks are Samburu and Masai Mara; his favorite animal is the giraffe.

Chris Nyambu

Chris brings knowledge and dedication to his career as a safari guide. Highly focused and passionate about his profession, he is accredited by the Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association with eight years’ guiding experience. Because Chris speaks fluent English and Swahili, he is a perfect bridge between our safari guests and the places they visit. His conversance with the African wilderness—its geography, flora, and fauna—is equally fluent. Driven by his love for wildlife and desire to conserve nature, he became a member of the Friends of Tsavo. Among his favorite places to travel: Masai Mara, Samburu, and Lake Nakuru. When not traveling or guiding, he enjoys football and photography. His favorite subject? The African elephant.

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