Classic Safari: Kenya and Tanzania
Earth Journeys... created by Tauck and BBC Earth. This classic African safari evokes safaris of yesteryear... an expedition to get to know the world's most majestic animals - the "Big Five" - in their natural habitats within the magnificent national parks of Kenya and Tanzania.
12 nights from £7392pp
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Imagine an exclusive nighttime game drive where FLIR® thermal imaging reveals the nocturnal activities of wildlife that would normally be hidden in darkness. That's just what you'll experience on this classic Tauck adventure in Kenya and Tanzania... evoking safaris of yesteryear while offering an opportunity to get to know the "Big Five" in their natural habitats... One of our most popular trips immerses you in the Earth Journeys experience, featuring custom-made film vignettes by BBC Earth natural history experts and, when the opportunity arises, the use of field equipment. Return to a time when the Great Rift Valley held the secrets of the origins of mankind... Observe huge herds roaming the Serengeti, the "lost world" of Ngorongoro Crater, and free-ranging elephants in Amboseli National Park. Ride in a hot air balloon over the Masai Mara at dawn - capped by a champagne breakfast in the bush... view rescued chimpanzees and protected black rhinos on an excursion to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy... enjoy a special barbecue dinner accompanied by Maasai dancing at your lodge in the Serengeti... visit the William Holden Wildlife Education Center during a two-night stay at the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club... meet the weavers of a local village... travel in exclusive open-top safari vehicles, and stay in luxurious tented camps and safari lodges - an unforgettable safari!
Kenya & Tanzania: A Classic Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Arusha, Tanzania
Tour begins: Arusha Serena Hotel. Transfers are included from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha Serena Hotel, for an overnight stay.
Day 2: Birds of Lake Manyara National Park
Set out for a four-night safari to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti plains, traveling through Lake Manyara National Park. Along with abundant giraffes, baboons and elephants, Lake Manyara is home to a multitude of birds, including great birds of prey. Continue on to Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, home to some 30,000 large mammals. Please join us for a welcome reception and dinner at your lodge overlooking the vast and wildlife-lush Ngorongoro Crater far below.
Day 3: A Garden of Eden in Ngorongoro Crater
Experience the Africa of bygone days when you explore the "lost world" of Ngorongoro Crater, believed by many to have been Africa's original "Garden of Eden." Within this dormant volcano's walls lie short grasslands, swamps, forests, fresh and saltwater lakes, inspiring continuous animal migration. From aboard your four-wheel-drive vehicle, you'll have an opportunity to spot Africa's renowned Big Five - buffalo, elephant, leopard, the black-maned lion and the endangered, rare black rhinoceros - as well as herds of zebras, wildebeests and gazelles. Today's picnic lunch in the crater will be a highlight.
Day 4: Ancient Man in Oldupai Gorge
Your day begins with a visit to Oldupai Gorge, the world-famous paleoanthropological site studied by anthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey for more than 40 years, finding exceptional stone tools, animal bones and fossilized evidence of some of the earliest known human species. Enjoy game viewing as you drive to your wilderness lodge in Serengeti National Park; be prepared for bumps and bounces along unpaved roads. No matter how rough the ride, wait until you see your safari lodge in the Serengeti - it's built for unprecedented pampering. Enjoy a special barbecue dinner in your lodge's Boma Grill tonight, enhanced by a Maasai traditional dance performance.
Day 5: Endless Plains in Serengeti Nat'l Park
Morning and afternoon game drives take you into the golden Serengeti savanna today, one of the oldest ecosystems on Earth able to sustain an abundance of flora and fauna. You may spot numerous prides of lions, zebras, hyenas, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, black rhinoceros, hippos, buffalo, jackals, gazelles and primates. Enjoy the evening under the sunset and savor a taste of Pan-African cuisine during a leisurely dinner.
Day 6: Kenya's Amboseli National Park
Leave the Serengeti behind as you fly to Arusha, Tanzania en route to Kenya. Dominating the skyline, majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro peaks over surrounding landscapes from more than 15,000 feet up. Have lunch at the Cultural Heritage Center in Arusha prior to continuing into Kenya and begining a two-night stay at your safari lodge in Amboseli National Park, where herds of free-ranging elephants and other wildlife like to roam; enjoy a private lecture on the elephants of Amboseli before dinner tonight.
Day 7: Private Game Drives in Amboseli
Tauck's private safari game drives in Amboseli National Park offer ample opportunity to view the elephants, hippos and buffaloes that seek out the park's natural watering holes and the graceful antelopes that graze in the flat grasslands. An early morning visit to a Maasai village precedes a morning game drive, after which you'll return to the lodge for breakfast. Spend some down time at your lodge prior to lunch, then another game drive, and time to spend as you please at the lodge in the afternoon. Enjoy an included dinner at your leisure at the lodge this evening.
Day 8: Mt. Kenya's Animal Orphanage
A morning flight brings you to the world-famous Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, straddling the Equator and your luxurious home for the next two nights. The former retreat of actor William Holden, the Safari Club, founded in 1959, was once the playground of such illustrious members such as Winston Churchill and Bing Crosby. Following lunch and an Equatorial demonstration, pay a private visit to the nearby William Holden Wildlife Education Center and animal orphanage; this sanctuary for animals that have been orphaned or injured and need special care also teaches local children to cherish and appreciate the unique wildlife of their homeland.
Day 9: Ol Pejeta & Village Weavers
An exciting day begins at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, home to the largest resident black rhino population in East Africa and other members of the Big Five. It is also home to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, founded by Jane Goodall, which gives lifelong homes to orphaned and abused chimpanzees, and which you'll visit this morning. While at Ol Pejeta, enjoy Tauck's special access to visit a compound where endangered black rhino are bred. After lunch at your hotel, take a look at local life on a private visit to a nearby village, where villagers spin colorful tales into their handmade wool rugs, sweaters and shawls right before your eyes. Return to your celebrity resort late afternoon. Tonight, attend our private barbecue dinner held under the stars on the lush manicured lawns of the Mount Kenya Safari Club.
Day 10: Welcome to the Masai Mara
pack your Tauck duffle bag and fly to the Masai Mara National Reserve in southern Kenya, where you'll be welcomed by Maasai warriors. Have lunch upon your arrival at the luxurious Fairmont Mara Safari Club, where an elegant tented camp is your home for the next three nights. Spend the afternoon relaxing, swimming, taking in the views and otherwise becoming acquainted with the Safari Club and your luxury tented camp accommodations, evoking the classic safaris of yesteryear. Embark on an evening game drive across the plains of "the Mara" in search of animals that make their homes here; perhaps you'll see lions, antelopes, elephants and zebras in their daily rituals. Return to camp for a briefing on tomorrow's hot air balloon flight, followed by dinner.
Day 11: Ballooning over the plains of the Masai Mara
Today will be one that you'll always remember as you arise before dawn to board a hot air balloon* and float over the Masai Mara's awakening plains below as the sun rises. When you land, a special champagne breakfast will be awaiting you right there in the bush! Spectacular isn't quite strong enough a word to describe such an experience, a Tauck Exclusive! Back on the ground, look for lions, impalas, cheetahs, giraffes, and the other animals you've come to love as you return overland to the camp for lunch and an afternoon at leisure - and later on an evening game drive with an opportunity to use special technology to enhance your safari experience. Have dinner back at your tented camp.
Day 12: More Game Drives in the Masai Mara
Unparalleled wildlife viewing is the watchword on your final day in the spectacular Masai Marai - and the last full day of your safari adventure - as you set out on a morning game drive... return to your tented camp for lunch, and perhaps a bit of swimming and down time... and then head back out across the plains for a final afternoon game drive in the bush. After returning to your tented camp, join us for a perfect ending to your unforgettable trip in true Tauck fashion... a farewell dinner in the boma of the Fairmont Mara Safari Club.
Day 13: Fly to Nairobi and journey home
Tour ends: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Fly to Nairobi this morning for your journey home. We have reserved a day room for you at the Nairobi Serena Hotel; depart the hotel for the airport after dinner. Allow 3 hours for flight check-in.
Tour HighlightsEarth Journeys, crafted by Tauck and BBC Earth... Intimate safari drives in 6-passenger vehicles for amazing wildlife viewing, hot air balloon ride over Masai Mara, stays in safari lodges in Serengeti, Amboseli, Mount Kenya Safari Club and Mara Safari Club, visits to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary and William Holden Wildlife Education Center
- On-tour film vignettes custom-made for Tauck by BBC Earth natural history experts
- Field equipment may include FLIR® thermal imaging cameras and camera traps
- Includes four on-tour flights
- Intimate safari groups limited to just 30 Tauck guests; game drives in 6-passenger, open-top vehicles with window seats for everyone, led by expert guides
- Multiple-night stays in the legendary Serengeti National Park, Masai Mara game reserve, and Amboseli National Park, with daily game drives
- Hot air balloon ride at dawn over the Masai Mara game reserve, followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush
- Visits to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary and the William Holden Wildlife Education Center
- Overnight in a lodge built into the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, called Africa's "Garden of Eden," for its great views of the wildlife-rich wilderness and one of the oldest sites of habitation by our human predecessors
- A special barbecue dinner accompanied by Maasai dancing at your lodge in the Serengeti
- A village weaving demonstration in Kenya
- A two-night stay at the Fairmont Mt. Kenya Safari Club within view of Mount Kenya
- Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
- 36 meals (12 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners); gratuities to local guides, service charges, admissions fees, taxes & porterage