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Kenya & Tanzania

safari around the equator - Trip for singles

Book From   € 2,199,-
GROUP SIZE: 6-20 | 15 DAYS

Kenya & Tanzania

Here you can find the day-to-day description for Kenya & Tanzania

Any extensions for this tour can be found at the bottom of this page.

Highlights

There's plenty to do in this beautiful region. Select below or on the map opposite, the highlight you want to read more information about. Read through carefully and then go directly to the tour description.
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Nairobi

Nairobi

Nairobi is the capital and the biggest city of Kenia.

Njoro (Lake Nakuru Nationaal Park)

Naivasha (Nationaal Park)

Masai Mara Nationaal Park

Masai Mara Nationaal Park

The Masai Mara National Park is a nature reserve in the southwest of Kenia.

Kisii

Musoma (Victoriameer)

Serengeti Nationaal Park

Serengeti Nationaal Park

The wide plains of the Serengeti are the biggest protected wild reserve in the World.

Ngorongoro (Krater)

Ngorongoro (Krater)

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area encompasses the land between the Karutu highlands and the grass plains of the Serengeti.

Mto Wa Mbu (Lake Manyara Nationaal Park)

Day to Day description

Transport Route Overnight stay
1 Nairobi Nairobi
2 Truck Nairobi - Njoro (Nakuru N.P.) Njoro (Nakuru N.P.)
3 Njoro (Nakuru N.P.) Njoro (Nakuru N.P.)
4 Truck Njoro (Nakuru N.P.) - Naivasha Naivasha
5 Naivasha Naivasha
6 Truck Naivasha - Masai Mara Masai Mara
7 Masai Mara Masai Mara
8 Truck Masai Mara - Kisii Kisii
9 Truck Kisii – Musoma (Lake Victoria) Lake Victoria
10 Truck Musoma (Lake Victoria) - Serengeti Serengeti
11 Serengeti Serengeti
12 Truck Serengeti - Ngorongoro Crater Ngorongoro Crater
13 Truck Ngorongoro Crater - Mto Wa Mbu Mto Wa Mbu
14 Truck Mto Wa Mbu - Nairobi Nairobi
15 Nairobi End of tour

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Day 1: Nairobi

Welcome to Kenya!

Your tour starts in Nairobi, where you can go to your campsite and check in (12.00 hrs at noon) on day 1. Most of your travel companions will arrive in the early morning of day 2, the exact time will be depending on their flight schedule. You will meet the tour leader (and the rest of the group) in the reception area tomorrow morning for your introduction briefing (time to be advised).

Day 2: Nairobi - Njoro (Nakuru N.P.)

After leaving your campsite you will travel directly to Njoro, near to the Nakuru National Park. Njoro is a small town situated on a plateau at the edge of the Great Rift Valley. Here we will spend the night in an attractive campsite with a bar and restaurant.

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The Kembu Campsite in Nakuru supports a community project that involves women making woolen sweaters, hats, rugs, etc. .. that are sold at the local market. You are invited to buy these products (maybe to give to the poor people in the area or as a souvenir) or even learn how they are made.

Day 3: Njoro (Nakuru N.P.)

After an early breakfast we drive to Nakuru National Park for an optional game drive. The park is situated on the shores of the salt water Lake Nakuru which attracts numerous flamingos, pelicans, marabous and cormorants. It is a paradise for any bird and there are 400 species found in the area. The park is also home to many roaming lions, leopards, rhinos, impalas and buffaloes.

The entrance fee to Nakuru N.P. is not included in the price, and is about 90 USD per person.

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Day 4: Njoro (Nakuru N.P.) - Naivasha

We travel on to Naivasha where we will camp for two nights on the banks of Lake Naivasha, where you might even be woken up by hippos walking around the tents at night!

You are free to explore and you can choose to take a boat trip on the lake, the largest freshwater lake in the Kenyan part of the Great Rift Valley. The surrounding area is largely used for intensive agriculture and is particularly well known for its cut flowers, strawberries and the only drinkable Kenyan wine. The lake itself is a wonderful site for ornithology, with over 400 bird species present. 

Day 5: Naivasha

Today you may choose to take a beautiful walk among the wildlife of Hell’s Gate National Park, one of the few parks in Africa that you may enter on foot. You may also wish to go on a spectacular, though difficult cycle tour through an impressive, increasingly narrow gorge until you reach a plain full of hoofed animals including gazelles, zebras and buffaloes. Here you will also find the largest African vulture, the bearded vulture. At the entrance of Njorowa Gorge there is a tall 25-meter formation called Fischer’s Tower, where a large hyrax colony lives amongst the colourful rocks.

Day 6: Naivasha - Masai Mara

We take a long drive on a dusty road through the Rift Valley to the Masai Mara wildlife reserve (about 6 hours), arriving towards the end of the day. Masai Mara lies in the pastureland of the Masai and there are various Masai manyattas (villages) in the vicinity. You will stay on the edge of the park for two nights.

Day 7: Masai Mara

In the early morning and afternoon you can participate in a game drive by truck, during which you will explore the area looking for members of the Big Five: lions, leopards, rhinoceros, buffaloes and elephants. Life is everywhere with hippos and crocodiles rolling around in the Mara River, hundreds of birds filling the sky and zebras, cheetahs, giraffes, antelopes and wildebeest roaming the vast savannah plains. The evenings in the camp are wonderful and you can relax and lay back with the sounds of nature in the distance. Sometimes the Masai will come and dance for you by the crackling campfire and we will sleep in an enclosed area. It’s an extraordinary and unforgettable experience!

The entrance fees for the Masai Mara and todays' game drives are included in the tour price.

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Day 8: Masai Mara - Kisii

Today we drive for about 5 hours westwards through Kericho, where the landscape is dominated by tea plantations, the land of the Luos, Kenya’s third largest ethnic group. Situated in the agricultural backyard of Kenya, this is where the crops of maize, potatoes, beans, bananas and other vegetables are farmed in the traditional way. You will spend the night in the small village of Kisii.

Day 9: Kisii – Musoma (Lake Victoria)

Driving on through the hilly terrain past small, busy villages to the Tanzanian border at Isebania. It will take about two hours to deal with the border formalities before we can continue on through the rocky landscape to the lively town of Musoma. We will be staying overnight at the local campsite situated next to Lake Victoria, the largest freshwater lake in Africa.

Day 10: Musoma (Lake Victoria) - Serengeti

Today we will move on to the world famous Serengeti National Park, the oldest national park in Tanzania and home to a great array of migrating animals including gnus, zebras and Thompson gazelles, and in the grass plains prides of lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and leopards. The river runs through the park and you can often see hippos surfacing between the papyruses. The park is famous for the ‘little heads’, rock outcrops that look like little heads from a distance, these granite rock formations lie like islands in the steppe-like terrain and serve as a base for predators like the leopard. Watching them look over their hunting area from one of these little heads, or from behind an acacia branch, is an unforgettable sight. The Serengeti also has much to offer bird lovers, with a diverse range of species from the smallest honeyeater to eagles, cranes and ostriches.

The Serengeti is one of the five big ecosystems in eastern and southern Africa where there is a substantial lion population. We will stay at a very primitive campsite in the park for 2 nights.

Day 11: Serengeti

After breakfast you'll have a game drive through the Serengeti. You have two game drives today: one in the early morning and one in the afternoon, so to have the best chance of spotting wildlife.

A 'small' enumeration of the animals you can see in the Serengeti include: impala, tsessebe, plain zebra, Thomson Gazelle, grand gazelle, water, forest and reedbuck, topi, kongoni, oribi and roan antelope, buffalo, leopard, lion, cheetah, spotted hyena, bats, jackal, porcupine, warthog, dassies (hyrax), baboons, Masai giraffes, elephants and hippos. There are nearly 500 species of birds, including vultures, storks, falcons, buzzards, eagles, ostriches, secretary birds, and radiation pluivers. Be aware that game viewing is always a matter of luck, enforced by a good sense of observation and patience.

Day 12: Serengeti - Ngorongoro Crater

After lunch we leave Serengeti and drive on to the new Ngorongoro Conservation Area. On the way we may meet the morans, the Masai warriors that lead their cattle to the grazing pastures. We will camp at the edge of the Ngorongoro volcano where you will find the biggest concentration of game on the continent.

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Day 13: Ngorongoro Crater - Mto Wa Mbu

Early this morning you can go on an optional game drive in 4WD jeeps to the Ngorongoro crater, one of the most beautiful game reserves in East Africa. Here you can see the ‘big five’: elephants, buffalo, rhino, lion and leopard as well as more common animals like gnus and zebras. Black rhino, black-maned male lions, hyenas and cheetahs are also present and at the bottom of the crater sits the small Magadi Lake, covered in flamingos.

The cost for this excursion includes the cost of the vehicles (4x4) and permits. The entrance fee to the crater is already included. This excursion must be pre-booked.

This afternoon the truck takes us to Mto wa Mbu, where we will pitch our tents at the local campsite. You can wash off the dust and relax at the local bar.

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Take a guided tour to visit the local souvenir market in Mto wa Mbu. Fruit and vegetables are sold as well as leather items and many other local hand-crafted goods including world-famous Makonde wood carvings. You can watch a demonstration about how banana beer is made and the proceeds of this tour will benefit the local community.

Day 14: Mto Wa Mbu - Nairobi

We will then travel back to Nairobi where you have a day to enjoy and explore this cosmopolitan city. Nairobi today is a noisy, chaotic place with a population of more than 1 million. There are many markets, museums and attractions within the city and you may want to pay a visit to the Karen Blixen museum and giraffe centre where you can see a herd of the endangered Rothschild giraffe and you may even get the chance to feed them. Visit the Nairobi National Park, observe Kenya’s rich bird life or go into town in search of wood carvings or other typical African souvenirs.

Day 15: Nairobi

The last day of your tour. You can use your accommodation at the campsite until check out time (most times at 12.00 hrs noon). We wish you a comfortable journey home and are sure you will take with you some wonderful memories of Kenya and Tanzania.

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When booking your tour, please check to see whether you need any post-tour nights, bearing in mind that accommodation for the night of the final day of the tour (day 15) is not included.

Safari rules: As we will be travelling and staying in ''the wild'', we want to draw your attention to a number of do's and don'ts. Please read the following points carefully so you know what you can and absolutely should not do in game parks. Do your bit for the conservation of fragile ecosystems and think about the safety of yourself and others.

- Never step outside of the truck / jeep in a national wildlife park ;
- If you stand in a truck / jeep, do it gently as wildlife are located nearby. They may be startled by a sudden movement;
- The driver will always prioritize wildlife and minimize the chase;
- The driver will always maintain sufficient distance to the game;
- It is forbidden to feed the animals. Locate your waste and take it away with you;
- For a good atmosphere in the group: Give others the space to photograph / film;
- Never pitch your tent along the waterfront, close to a hippo or a trail;
- Never sleep in the open air and sleep with the tent closed;
- Do not take food into your tent;
- Before you leave the tent in the evening, check out the area with your flashlight;
- Stay close to the tent when you urinate;
- Do not make noise.
- In most national parks is water present in the campsites. However, keep always in mind that this water is very scarce. Do not take a long shower during your stay. Also, you should postpone doing your laundry until you get to a campsite with proper facilities.

In short, use your common sense and listen to the local guides and / or travel assistance. They will point out the general rules of conduct for game drives. You will have a much more pleasurable experience when you adhere to these few rules.


The Great Migration

Every year in Kenya and Tanzania, the great migration of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles takes place. It is an incredibly beautiful and impressive spectacle. About 1.5 million animals gather on the plains of the Serengeti. Once it becomes very dry, the animals head towards the Masai Mara in Kenya in search of food. For predators such as lion and cheetah bad times are ahead, for they are territorial in nature and do not go along with the migrating species.

In Kenya and Tanzania, it is possible to see this tremendous natural occurrence, depending of course on the period in which you are going. From mid-November to mid-April the wildebeest and zebras are located in the south of the Serengeti. From May/June they migrate north to the northern boundary of the Serengeti Park, and between July and October they cross the Mara River into the Masai Mara in Kenya, from where they return in late October, back to Tanzania.
Note that migration is a natural process; the exact timing never runs to a plan!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
The Tanzanian government has decided that it is no longer possible for foreigners to make cash withdrawals (pin) in the banks in Tanzania with any foreign debit cards such as Maestro and Visa. So it is therefore important to take plenty of cash for Tanzania and Zanzibar.  
When exchanging money locally, there is a better rate for the American dollar than the Euro, but both can be changed.

Extend your trip

  • Mombasa extension
    If you want to stay at the beach in Mombasa after the trip ends, we can make reservations for you. We can book a domestic (return) flight between Nairobi and Mombasa. We suggest to allow an extra cost of about €200 for this. Please make your request for this extension in the remarks section at stage 5 of the booking form. We will then contact you to explain the options and then finalize the price/arrangements.
     
    Room costs:
    Budget accommodation:
    Twiga Lodge Tiwi Beach: double room with breakfast included, price per person per night: €30 .
    Twiga Lodge Tiwi Beach: single room including breakfast, price per single room per night €65.

    Luxury accommodation:
    Hill Park Hotel in Tiwi Beach: double room including breakfast, price per person per night €60.
    Hill Park Hotel in Tiwi Beach: single room including breakfast, price per single room per night: €100.

    Transfers:
    On arrival in Mombasa, take a taxi to the hotel at Tiwi Beach (approx. €35 per taxi) and again on your departure. Transfers are not included.

    If you book an extension you should be aware that the tour leader will no longer be present. However, the tour leader will provide you with relevant information to your extension and your return, in advance.
  • Mount Kenya extension
    After the group tour (from day 14) you can extend your trip by making a 4,5 or 6 day ascent to Point Lenana. For more information, prices and a comprehensive day to day description please contact us.

    Note: Prices will depend upon the number of participants.
     
    The price includes:
    - Transfer Nairobi - Mountain Rock Lodge (return)
    - Transfer Mountain Rock Lodge - Park entrance (return)
    - Accommodation in mountain huts
    - Support local guide, cook and porters
    - All meals during program
    - Entrance fee National Park
    - 1 Night Nairobi (b) afterwards
    - Transfer to the airport in Nairobi
     
    Not included :
    Sleeping bags, personal climbing equipment (water bottles, clothes, shoes, etc), tips, drinks.

    If you would like to add the Mount Kenya extension, please add you request when booking via the remarks field at stage 5. We will then contact you as soon as possible to discuss the options.
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