Kenya & Tanzania 2018/19

  • days: 17
  • from $14,495

Flights Included

Types of travel:

Countries Visited:

  • Kenya
  • Tanzania

Description

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The Great Migration

One of the world's 10 natural wonders. Witness the real circle of life as more than 6 million hooves stampede, crossing crocodile-filled rivers. To witness this amazing spectacle find out the best times to visit.

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Experience the heart of Africa from the setting for novels such as “Out of Africa” and “Born Free”. The location of the "Great Migration", this is truly a photographers paradise. Enjoy game drives through the famous Serengeti and Maasai Mara, spot the 'Big 5', witness the bird spectacle of Lake Nakuru, enjoy a luxury tent experience in the heart of the Maasai Mara and join friendly villagers in traditional dance.

The essence of Africa

This is the perfect itinerary for those with limited time, from game drives through the Serengeti to the colourful village life of Maasai natives. You'll experience the rich culture of these lands enjoying a cooking class in Lake Manyara, visiting local homes and markets in Mto Wa Abu (an authentic Tanzanian village) and exploring a colourful Maasai Mara village where you will enjoy traditional dancing and later a special bush dinner under the Maasai Mara stars!

Pack your camera

Elephants, Baobab trees and tree-climbing lions, what a way to start your African adventure. Your journey begins with game drives through some of Tanzania's best known game parks including Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and of course, the Serengeti.

Animal Encounters

Your adventure continues in Kenya with a relaxing boat tour of Lake Naivasha, famous for its diverse birdlife, including the graceful pink flamingos. Just when you think it couldn’t get any better, we head on to the Maasai Mara, Kenya’s finest and most famous reserve. With its abundance of wildlife and amazing rolling grasslands, it makes for unforgettable game viewing.

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Nairobi

‘Karibu’ to Kenya! This evening we’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [D]

Day 3. Nairobi

We visit two of Kenya’s great conservation projects - the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Giraffe Centre. We’ll also enjoy lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden & Museum, dedicated to the life of the Baroness and famed author of ‘Out of Africa’. [B,L]

Day 4. Nairobi - Mt Kilimanjaro - Tarangire National Park

After breakfast we fly to Tanzania and drive to Tarangire National Park, famous for its elephants, baobab trees and tree-climbing lions. [B,L,D]

Day 5. Tarangire National Park - Ngorongoro Crater

An early start for a morning game drive in search of impalas, elands, kudus, buffaloes and the hundreds of birds that inhabit the area. [B,L,D]

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Special Experience: Enjoy a unique taste of Tanzanian culture as we visit Mto wa Mbu, an authentic Tanzanian boma, and enjoy lunch prepared by the villagers.

Day 6. Ngorongoro Crater

The incredible UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ngorongoro Crater was created by the implosion of a volcano. We descend to the crater floor in search of the ‘Big 5’ and discover the abundance of wildlife including wildebeest, zebra, elephants and hippos, set against a remarkable backdrop of forest-covered crater walls. In the afternoon we’ll witness some spectacular views over the Ngorongoro Crater on a nature walk along its rim. [B,L,D]

Day 7. Ngorongoro Crater - Serengeti National Park

We travel to the sweeping plains of the heritage-listed Serengeti. Along the way we’ll stop to visit Olduvai Gorge. This afternoon we’ll encounter more of the local wildlife on a game drive. [B,L,D]

Day 8. Serengeti National Park

Our day is spent discovering the spectacular Serengeti! The landscape is characterised by vast rolling plains which we will explore on morning and afternoon game drives, looking for big cats, gazelles and zebra. [B,L,D]

Day 9. Serengeti National Park - Lake Manyara National Park

Enjoy one last morning game drive in the Serengeti before we continue to Lake Manyara. On arrival we’ll learn how to prepare an authentic Tanzanian dish during a hands-on cooking class. [B,L,D]

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Special Experience: Admire the scenery, monkeys and birds from high in the beautiful forest treetops on the Manyara Treetop Walkway, one of the longest in Africa.

Day 10. Lake Manyara National Park - Amboseli National Park

We cross the border back into Kenya and make our way to Amboseli National Park, set against the stunning backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro. This area is also home to the nomadic Maasai warriors. [B,L,D]

Day 11. Amboseli National Park

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the park. The abundant wildlife, framed against Mt Kilimanjaro’s snow-covered peak, make this park a photographer’s delight. This afternoon we’ll take a game walk around the camp grounds with an experienced tracker. [B,L,D]

Day 12. Amboseli National Park - Lake Naivasha

We take an early flight this morning to Nairobi, then drive toward the Rift Valley and Lake Naivasha. A popular stop for British flying boats of the 1930s, it was also the home of Joy Adamson, author of “Born Free”. Its rich heritage and idyllic scenery make it the perfect place to relax, enjoy lunch and visit the house containing paintings and artefacts as well as memorabilia from the “Born Free” film.  [B,L,D]

Day 13. Lake Naivasha - Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru is our next destination. One of the Great Rift Valley’s soda lakes, it’s famous for its diverse birdlife and rhino population.

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Special Experience: We’ll participate in a tree-planting ceremony at our lodge.

Later this afternoon we’ll take an afternoon game drive in this beautiful park, [B,L,D]

Day 14. Lake Nakuru National Park - Maasai Mara

We depart early this morning for the incredible Maasai Mara. The jewel in Africa’s crown, it is home to the most spectacular array of wildlife. Here we’ll safari through the rolling grasslands in search of lions. [B,L,D]

Day 15. Maasai Mara

An early start for a morning game drive through the Mara’s incredible open savannahs. We’ll then visit a local Maasai village school and take one final game drive later this afternoon. [B,L,D]

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Special Experience: This evening we’ll enjoy a special bush dinner under a beautiful blanket of stars.

Day 16. Maasai Mara - Nairobi - Australia

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 17. Arrive Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Africa. Taxes included
  • 2 economy-class flights within Africa
  • Light plane flight in Kenya
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding open safari 4WD)

Accommodation & Meals

  • 2 nights in a good quality hotel (4 star)
  • 8 nights in African lodges (4-4½ star)
  • 2 nights in a luxury tent in Amboseli National Park with uninterrupted views of Mt Kilimanjaro
  • 2 nights in a luxury tent in the heart of the Maasai Mara
  • 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 13 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based driver/guides (max. 6 people per vehicle)

Entrance Fees & Permits

  • Entrance fees to all national parks are included

Sightseeing

Welcome to Africa

  • Experience a traditional African dinner at Carnivore Restaurant.
  • Visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, run by Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick, one of the world’s most extraordinary animal rehabilitation programs.
  • Visit The Giraffe Centre, an important conservation initiative created by the ‘African Fund for Endangered Wildlife’.  Feed and get up close and personal with these majestic creatures from elevated platforms.
  • Tour the Karen Blixen Museum, presenting a glimpse of the life of Karen Blixen, an extraordinary farmer and the author of ‘Out of Africa’.

Experience the incredible display of nature and tradition in Tanzania

  • Explore Tarangire National Park and discover its rich diversity of wildlife and birdlife on a game drive. The swamps are a breeding ground for one of the largest varieties of bird species in the world.
  • Visit local homes and the markets at Mto Wa Mbu, an authentic Tanzanian village, and learn about the rich cultural diversity of the region.
  • Enjoy lunch in a Maasai village lovingly cooked by the local women.
  • Walk the rim of the incredible Ngorongoro Crater, created by the implosion of a volcano, and enjoy the spectacular views.
  • Descend to the floor of Ngorongoro Crater and search for wildlife against a unique backdrop of forest-covered crater walls.
  • Go in search of the Big 5 on game drives in the famous Serengeti, the jewel in the crown of Tanzania’s protected areas.
  • Visit Olduvai Gorge, home to world-renowned archaeological finds.
  • Learn how to prepare an authentic Tanzanian dish at a cooking class in Lake Manyara.
  • Safari through scenic Lake Manyara National Park, home to the legendary tree-climbing lion.
  • Admire the scenery, monkeys and birds from high in the beautiful forest treetops on the Manyara Treetop Walkway.

Witness Kenya’s amazing wildlife and spectacular scenery.

  • Spend 2 nights in a luxury tent in Amboseli National Park and enjoy uninterrupted views of Mt Kilimanjaro.
  • Game drive across the savannahs of Amboseli National Park with Mount Kilimanjaro as an amazing backdrop.
  • Take a guided walking safari around the camp grounds with an experienced tracker in Amboseli National Park.
  • Enjoy lunch at Elsamere, former home of author Joy Adamson, author of 'Born Free'.
  • Participate in a tree planting ceremony in Lake Nakuru.
  • Take a spectacular game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park, a sanctuary for migratory water birds and rhinos.
  • Spend 2 nights in a luxury tent in the heart of the Maasai Mara.
  • Experience unforgettable game drives in the Maasai Mara, Kenya’s finest and most famous reserve. With its abundance of wildlife and rolling savannahs, it makes for amazing game-viewing. Keep an eye out for millions of wildebeest and zebras which migrate here annually.
  • Visit a local Maasai school. 
  • Enjoy an incredible bush dinner under the Maasai Mara stars.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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28/02/19 16/03/19   $14,495 On Request  
Valid From: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth
Other departure cities: Please contact our office for applicable pricing
Tips: Tipping payable locally, suggested amounts are approx. $15-$20pp US per day
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $380pp
Single supplement: from $1,850
  • Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
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  • T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares, all taxes and tips. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Tamarind Tree Hotel, Nairobi

Tamarind Tree Hotel Carnivore Nairobi is ideally located just 5 kms to the southwest of Nairobi within the spacious Carnivore grounds and its iconic Carnivore Restaurant.  The hotel is exquisitely designed using modern fittings to reflect authentic African Culture. The property also features free Wi-Fi throughout, an outdoor pool, barbecue, and restaurant. All rooms are air-conditioned and benefit from Wi-Fi connectivity, a 43-inch flat-screen television with international satellite channels, complimentary in-room tea and coffee facilities and sound-proofed windows to ensure you have a peaceful night's sleep.

Facilities: free wifi; safe deposit box; minibar; flat screen tv; outdoor swimming pool; fitness centre;

Tarangire Sopa Lodge, Tanzania

After enjoying a long leisurely game drive between herds of wild animals and along miles of Africa’s seemingly endless roads, you come over a slight rise and the lodge appears almost immediately below you. Built to blend in with the vastness of its surroundings, Tarangire Sopa Lodge lies hidden among the kopjes, ancient baobab and grasses of the Tarangire National Park. Many elephants can be seen around the lodge, allowing visitors a close encounter.

Facilities: heating; free wifi (public areas); fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater

Perched on the rim of the collapsed volcano, the world heritage Ngorongoro Crater, this hotel offers the most magnificent views over the crater floor, which is home to vast herds of buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, the rare and endangered black rhino, elephant, cheetah, leopard, lion, herds of gazelle and wildebeest. All of the spacious bedrooms have a glass fronted verandah where you can enjoy your own private view of the crater. Temperatures can drop in the evening and the bar area offers a cosy environment, with real fires and comfortable seating to enjoy. 

Facilities: free wifi (public areas); outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Serengeti Sopa Lodge, Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti Sopa Lodge is set in the Nyarboro Hills in the South West overlooking the Serengeti plains. The reception and dining areas are in grand Sopa style and feature floor to ceiling glass windows that look out over the surrounding landscape. The lounge and circular bar have comfortable chairs and couches dotted throughout where you can exchange highlights of your day's safari. The large outdoor pool is a great place to enjoy a break between game drives, take in a sunset or gaze up at the stars during the evening.

Facilities: wifi available; outdoor swimming pool

Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge, Tanzania

Standing high on the edge of a towering terracotta escarpment with panoramic views over the glittering alkaline waters of Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of tranquillity, wildlife discovery, and ornithological richness. Grouped around a central infinity pool, this unique lodge features a simple timbered reception area, built in traditional African style, accessed via a bridge over a small stream. Beyond reception lies the central dining room, bar and veranda, below which lies the pool.

Facilities: free wifi (public areas); safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities (public areas)

Ol Tukai Lodge, Amboseli NP

Ol Tukai Lodge is one of the best spots in the world to watch elephant with the backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. Writers have described Ol Tukai and the surrounding Amboseli National Park ‘as a home for the Gods’. Ol Tukai is an Eco-rated lodge having excellent outdoor and indoor facilities, along with its unique collection of African art.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort, Kenya

Set in 150 acres of grassland studded with Acacia bushes and trees, this resort is not only home to our resident giraffe, waterbuck and both Vervet and Colobus monkeys, but it is also a night stop for the hippos when they leave the lake every night to come and trim the grass on the expansive lawns. The accommodation is set across numerous cottages built in a crescent shape. All rooms have large frontal windows, televisions, mini-bars, telephones, electronic safes, tea and coffee making facilities and spacious open air verandas.

Facilities: free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, Lake Nakuru

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is nestled along the Lion Hill overlooking the spectacular flamingo rimmed Lake Nakuru. Its location affords panoramic views of the lake and picturesque Lake Nakuru National Park. The lodge is cleverly laid out in such a way that most rooms and sitting areas offer stunning views of the lake and the park.

Facilities: free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Sarova Mara Game Camp, Maasai Mara

The rolling plains around this luxury camp are teeming with wildebeest, gazelles and zebras during the migration months. The camp offers an unparalleled plethora of activities and experiences from luxury tented living to bird-watching, sport fishing and a unique insight into the Maasai culture. The camp offers spacious luxurious tents constructed in canvas with large windows, wooden flooring and a permanent roof. All have en-suite bathrooms with large mirrors, hot and cold running water and showers. All tents offer spectacular views and have a large wooden deck with a comfortable day bed, chairs and table to enjoy the tranquil and relaxing surrounds while you listen to the natural sounds of nature.

Facilities: free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Weather

Weather

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Currency

Currency

Kenyan Shilling

The official currency of Kenya is the Kenya Shilling (KSh).

  • 1 Kenyan Shilling = 100 cents
  • Notes are in denominations of KSh1,000, 500, 200, 100 and 50
  • Coins are in denominations of KSh20, 10, 5 and 1 and 50 and 40 cents

Please Note: It is illegal to export Kenyan currency, and is difficult to exchange upon departure. We recommend only changing small amounts of money at a time.

Tanzanian Shilling

The official currency of Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS; TSh).

  • Notes are in denominations of TSh10,000, 5,000, 2,000, 1,000 and 500
  • Coins are in denominations of TSh200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 but these are worth very little and are rarely used
  • USD are widley accepted throughout Tanzania

Please Note: In Kiswahili, it is shilingi and written prices are often denoted with the symbol /=; i.e. 100/= is the same as TSh100.

Optional Excursions

Tanzania

Serengeti Balloon Safari - (2.5 Hrs approx based on transfer to/from) - $450pp US
This morning enjoy an amazing experience as you take a balloon ride over the Serengeti National Park. Launching at dawn, rising as the sun rises, you’ll gently float over the plains of the magnificent Serengeti. On landing, you’ll be provided with a delicious bubbly-style bush breakfast.

Kenya

Maasai Mara Balloon Safari - 3Hrs (2.5 Hrs approx based on transfer to/from) - $450pp US
This morning enjoy an amazing experience as you take a balloon ride over the Maasai Mara. This is probably one of the most scenic views you will ever experience as you depart at dawn and float, suspended in a basket beneath a canopy while viewing the sights of the mighty Maasai Mara and its wildlife. On landing, you’ll be provided with a delicious bubbly-style bush breakfast. 

Please Note:All tours are based on minimum 2 participants (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability. The length of tours and price are a guide only and are subject to change without notice. Optional tours should be booked directly with your Tour Guide whilst on tour. We recommend arranging the booking at the beginning of the tour to avoid disappointment.

Visa Information

Visa Requirements

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Please note, Australian passport holders need to obtain visas for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details.

  • Australian passport holders
  •  A Kenyan E-visa needs to be applied for prior to travel. This can be applied for here: http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html
  •  A Tanzania E-visa needs to be applied for prior to travel.  This can be applied for here:  https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/
    Non-Australian passport holders
  • Please check with your travel agent on visa requirements.

The following government websites are also a handy source of general information.

Luggage Info

Luggage Information

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Because of the limited storage space in light aircraft and safari vehicles in Africa, please note the following luggage restrictions for this tour.

  • A soft bag is required
  • There is a maximum weight of 15kg per person

If you have any other questions about luggage requirements, please feel free to call one of our consultants on 1800 286 645 or email us.

Tour Extensions

These optional extras can be included in your tour.

Reviews for Kenya & Tanzania 2018/19

This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 6 reviews.

Here's what others have had to say about this tour.

Kenya & Tanzania 2018/19 A great trip 5
It was a great trip as you never knew what you would see once you left the lodge for the day. Aileen Wilton - August 2018
Kenya & Tanzania 2018/19 I saw cheetah in their natural habitat ,my goal achieved. 5
Seeing the African animals in their natural habitat. Particularly the cats, elephants and rhino who are all endangered. The balloon flight over the Serengeti was amazing. As was all our drivers and staff at all the various lodges that we stayed. We felt welcomed and appreciated. In return it was nice to be able to thank them in their native language. Veronica Hoile - July 2017
Kenya & Tanzania 2018/19 I loved getting up close to large African animals in the wild. 5
Our tour group got on really well together and Ali (Tanzania ) and Mouli ( Kenya), our guides went out of their way to show us what we had come to see and did not mind stopping as often as needed for copious photos, showing great patience and good humour Elizabeth Fair - July 2017
Kenya & Tanzania 2018/19 Extensive, successful wildlife viewing, interesting locations, interesting travelling companions 5
Wildlife viewing is always a risky business as the animals don't always appear when and where we would like them to. However this was not the case on this trip. The locations visited on this trip host large numbers of animals, big and small and with the help of our very capable guides we were able both to view them up close and also get to know their characteristics and habitats. The wildlife viewing was truly wonderful. Ken & Pat Preston - July 2017
Kenya & Tanzania 2018/19 I loved seeing Africa 5
Highlights: Tanzania: Ngorongoro crater & Serengeti especially. Out tour guides in Tanzania, Johnson & Hussein, were superb. An encyclopedia of knowledge & nothing was too much trouble to add to our enjoyment of the trip. Only 4 people to a car made for a very relaxed enjoyable experience. If 6 or 8 people, it probably would have been less relaxed. Colin Sheppard - June 2017
Kenya & Tanzania 2018/19 4 stars 5
The Wildebeest on the Maasai Mara. Other than that the Tanzanian part of the tour was a highlight and the Tanzanian driver/Guides were excellent Michael May - June 2017

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Special Experiences!

  • Experience a unique taste of Tanzanian culture on a visit to Mto wa Mbu, an authentic Tanzanian boma, and enjoy lunch prepared by the villagers.
  • Learn how to prepare an authentic Tanzanian dish in a fun cooking class.
  • Participate in a tree-planting ceremony at Lake Nakuru
  • Enjoy a special bush dinner under a blanket of the Maasai Mara stars.

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 4 | Max: 12

Transportation

Coach, 4WD safari vehicle, plane, boat & light aircraft

Tips

Tipping payable locally, suggested amounts are approx. $15-$20pp US per day

Tour Highlights

• The ‘Big 5’ in Tarangire, Serengeti, Amboseli & Maasai Mara National Parks • The incredible Ngorongoro Crater • The Rift Valley’s ‘great lakes’ - Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru & Lake Manyara • Elsamere, Lake Naivasha - home of Joy Adamson, the author of “Born Free”

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This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 6 reviews.