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10 Day Essential Kenya & Tanzania (Tuesday Departure)

10 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Kenya
Depart for Kenya.

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Nairobi
Arrive in Nairobi, gateway to your thrilling Kenya safari. The rest of the day is yours to acclimate to your new time zone and prepare for the African adventure that awaits you.

DAY 3, Thursday - Lake Elmentaita, Soysambu Conservancy
Morning drive through the lush Great Rift Valley to your camp on the shore of the ‘pink’ Lake Elmentaita, overlooking the vast unspoilt plains. After lunch at the camp, enjoy a guided walk on the shores of the lake to learn about the ecosystem and the different birds found here. Later, join a game drive to Soysambu Conservancy, a 48,000 acre wildlife conservancy, which protects over 450 bird species and 15,000 wild animals. It is home to an astounding variety of flora and fauna, including elegant Rothschild giraffes, eland, zebra and more! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4, Friday - Afternoon Game Drive in Masai Mara
Travel to the magical Masai Mara National Reserve in the southwest corner of Kenya, renowned for its spectacular game viewing. Lunch at the camp, before going out on the afternoon game drive. The vast savannahs are a stunning backdrop to the diverse and abundant wildlife dominated by lions, elephants, buffalo, and rhinos, as well as antelopes, gazelles and hippos. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5, Saturday - Morning & Afternoon Game Drives in Masai Mara
A fabulous sunrise experience! Arise before dawn to participate in the optional hot air balloon safari. Take off in a hot air balloon as you view the breathtaking sunrise over the Masai Mara. Drift above the beautiful landscape, watching wild game roam the vast plains below. The finale is a sumptuous champagne breakfast before setting out on your morning game drive. In the afternoon, enjoy your final game drive in the Mara. Return to the lodge, or join the optional visit to a Maasai Village for a glimpse into the lives of this semi-nomadic tribe. Discover how the tribe lives, and learn about their customs, ceremonies and rites of passage. Explore the handicraft market before returning to your camp in time for dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Optional: Sunrise Balloon Safari & Breakfast (AM)
Optional: Maasai Village Visit (PM).

DAY 6, Sunday - Karen Blixen Museum and Giraffe Centre
Depart the Mara this morning and return to bustling Nairobi. In the afternoon, travel towards the Ngong Hills to visit the Karen Blixen Museum, once the farm house of the prominent author of Out of Africa. Continue to the Giraffe Centre, where you hand feed the Rothschild giraffes from an elevated feeding platform and learn more about the successful breeding program and extensive conservation efforts. Arrive at your hotel and bid farewell to your Kenyan guide. Spend the rest of the day and evening at leisure in this energetic city. (Breakfast)

DAY 7, Monday - Depart Kenya, Arrive in Tanzania, Travel to Tarangire National Park
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Tanzania. Arrive in Kilimanjaro and meet your Tanzanian guide. Drive to Tarangire National Park, known for its huge herds of elephants and giraffe, as well as a remarkable variety of over 500 bird species. The Tarangire River and its tributaries provide the only permanent water supply on Maasai land during the dry season, thus supporting a great diversity of wildlife - up to 6,000 elephants, giraffe, buffalo, zebra, lion, leopard and cheetah. The afternoon game drive is sure to inspire - be sure to capture photos of the park's gigantic Baobab trees silhouetted against the sky! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 8, Tuesday - Lake Manyara National Park
After an early breakfast, depart for a morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, world-famous for its nimble blue monkeys, elephants and bright pink-hued flamingos. More than 400 species live here, along with an abundance of bird life that makes it a haven for bird watchers. The afternoon is at leisure to rest and enjoy the amenities of the lodge. This evening, savor dinner with your fellow travelers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 9, Wednesday - Ngorongoro Game Drive
Explore the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Africa’s “Garden of Eden”. Descend almost 2,000 feet to the floor of the crater, one of the largest calderas in the world, containing diverse ecosystems and an astounding concentration of birds and animals. View herds of elephants slowly wandering along the trails as lions wait for their prey and guard their prides. You may spot gazelles, zebra and perhaps even the endangered rhino. Enjoy a picnic lunch in this astonishing setting before you ascend to the crater rim and return to the lodge. At dinner tonight, celebrate your final night in Tanzania with your Tour Manager and newfound friends. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 10, Thursday - Depart Tanzania
Morning drive to Arusha. Your vacation ends after lunch.  (Breakfast, Lunch)

Map
All This Included
  • All intra-flights: Nairobi-Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro-Nairobi
  • 8 nights First Class accommodations
  • Hotel porterage
  • 21 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Restaurant tips throughout tour
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern 7-seater safari van in Kenya and modern 4x4 vehicles in Tanzania
  • Services of English-speaking driver-guides throughout
  • National Park fees
Highlights
  • Safari game drives at all national parks
  • Guided nature walk and lecture by a naturalist-guide
  • Hand-feed Rothschild giraffes, an endangered species
Accommodations
Nairobi: Southern Sun Mayfair
Nakuru: Sunbird Lodge
Masai Mara National Reserve: Mara Leisure Camp
Tarangire Reservation: Sangaiwe Tented Lodge
Karatu: Acacia Farm Lodge
Notes
  • Land only price does not include arrival transfer, but does include departure transfer and flights Nairobi-Kilimanjaro & Kilimanjaro-Nairobi. 
  • Passengers should select flights on Day 10 from Nairobi that depart no earlier than 7:00 pm.
  • Due to limited space in safari vehicles, please pack your belongings in a soft-sided duffel bag. Traditional suitcases with rigid frames or hard plastic sides should not be used.
  • Please note, all passport holders should have three or more entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages in their passport when traveling to Kenya, and four or more entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages in their passport when traveling to Tanzania.
  • Passengers traveling to Kenya into Tanzania must carry proof of yellow fever vaccination.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information. 
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