Kenya Wildlife Safari 13 days / Safari Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Eco Tours
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About This Experience
Kenya’s landscapes are teeming with animals of all spots and stripes, from speedy cheetahs to huddled masses of zebras. On this thrilling Kenya tour, you’ll see them all in some of the country’s most spectacular settings. Travel from towering Mount Kenya to the wild expanses of the Masai Mara to witness the drama of the bush unfolding around you.
Your Tour Includes
Round-trip airfare & transfers
10 nights in handpicked hotels & safari camps
Breakfast daily, 9 lunches, 9 three-course dinners with beer or wine on select days
Multilingual Tour Director
7 game drives
Why You'll Love It
A game drive with Mt. Kilimanjaro as your backdrop
The edge-of-your-seat thrill of seeing the Big Five
Mighty Mt. Kenya & the Great Rift Valley
Endless flamingoes on shimmering Lake Nakuru
The legacy of the adventurers who came before
The Masai culture, virtually unchanged for centuries
Overnight Flight1 night
Nairobi2 nights - hotel info
Come face to face with Kenya’s tallest residents
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Karen Blixen Estate, Giraffe Manor
This afternoon, visit the Giraffe Manor, a preserve dedicated to raising rare giraffes. Climb to the treehouse deck and feed giraffes by hand as you learn about the preservation efforts designed to increase the population of these animals. Next, tour the Karen Blixen Estate, a former coffee plantation where the author lived for several years, as described in her novel Out of Africa. Later, enjoy an included dinner in Nairobi.
Mount Kenya National Park1 night - hotel info
Encounter the creatures in the shadow of hulking Mt. Kenya
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Take in sweeping views of the countryside on your journey to the forested foothills of Mount Kenya. Sit down to an included lunch upon arrival at your lodge in the Mount Kenya region. Here, you can watch exotic wildlife drinking from the watering holes directly below the lodge’s elevated decks. Venture into the secret viewing bunker right at the water’s edge to watch animals from only yards away.
Great Rift Valley2 nights - hotel info
Spot a flock of flamingos, a leap of leopards or a crash of rhinos
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning, travel to Lake Nakuru, a shallow “soda” lake that hosts an astounding population of birds, including two million flamingos. Your guide will take you on morning and afternoon game drives through Lake Nakuru National Park. Along with birds of all kinds, be on the lookout for leopards, monkeys and rhinos (both the elusive black and white varieties) as you drive.
Masai Mara2 nights - hotel info
Hang out with the big cats and smaller game at Masai Mara
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Continue through the Great Rift Valley as you transfer to the land of the Masai warriors, the spectacular Masai Mara, considered one of Africa’s best managed game parks. During a game drive this afternoon, watch for the Big Five of African safaris—leopards, rhinos, Cape buffalo, lions and elephants. Admire the breathtaking scenery of rolling hills, waving savanna grasses and acacia trees before making your way back to dinner at the lodge.
Keep your eyes peeled for the Big Five
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Early morning and sunset are the best times for spotting game, and this park is known for its amazing variety of wild animals. Giraffes, elephants, zebras, gazelles, impala, hartebeest, baboons, warthogs, cheetah and wildebeest are some of the exotic creatures you might spot during today’s morning and afternoon game drives. In the middle of the day, relax by the pool and enjoy an included lunch. Dinner is included tonight as well.
Nairobi1 night - hotel info
Amboseli2 nights - hotel info
From antelopes to zebras, thrilling animal sightings await
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Spend a full day in Amboseli National Park, home to huge herds of elephants, in addition to ostriches, leopards, lions and rhinos. Learn more about the many species who inhabit these grasslands from your guide during today’s two game drives.
Nairobifor a day - hotel info
Extend Your Stay
Add Tanzania $1,349*
The timeless plains stretch as far as the eye can see. Herds of animals roam as they did before humankind. The mighty Masai endure as they have for centuries. Time seems to stand still in the wilds of Tanzania, yet every day on this extension is thrilling and new. Experience the best of this bewitching country, from the wildlife-rich Tarangire to the legendary Serengeti to the “Garden of Eden” at Ngorongoro Crater.
Tarangire National Park1 night - hotel info
Serengeti National Park2 nights - hotel info
Investigate the celebrated Olduvai Gorge—the Cradle of Mankind
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Journey to the Serengeti, stopping en route in Olduvai Gorge, where in 1959 the Leakeys excavated 1.8-million-year-old human fossil fragments at this “Cradle of Mankind.” After your included picnic lunch, head into the Serengeti.
Ngorongorofor a day - hotel info
Lie down with the lions in Africa’s Garden of Eden
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Take an excursion into the 13-mile-wide Ngorongoro Crater. Here, you’ll see an astonishing variety of wildlife. With a grassy meadow and a lake at its center, the Ngorongoro Crater attracts nearly every species known to East Africa, including hippos, elephants, lions, jackals and elands. Tonight, you’ll return to Ngorongoro where dinner is included.
Overnight Flight2 nights
Passport & Visa
In order to enter Kenya (as well as Tanzania on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of your return home. A visa is also required for U.S. and Canadian passport holders to enter Kenya and Tanzania. Although it’s possible to obtain a visa for Kenya and Tanzania at the airport upon arrival, we recommend that you obtain your visa in advance using our provider Visa Central (www.visacentral.com/goaheadtours). If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Due to limited luggage space in transfer vehicles, you’ll need to pack in a duffel or soft-sided bag. Laundry services also are available at select hotels for a nominal fee. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed the airline regulations of 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you’ll have to handle your own bag, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.
Clothing and Packing Tips
Safaris are informal, and casual dress in comfortable lightweight cottons is appropriate. Since the temperature varies significantly from midday to evening, clothing that can be layered is a good idea, as are comfortable shoes, such as sneakers or lightweight hiking boots. Sandals or other shoes that expose your skin are discouraged. We advise that you wear a hat during the day, and make sure you use a strong sunblock.
Travelers visiting Kenya may be required to provide a yellow fever vaccination certificate (unless in possession of a valid waiver certificate). Please check the State Department website (travel.state.gov) for the most up-to-date requirements in the countries you’re visiting. Because of Kenya’s proximity to the equator, you may sunburn very quickly. While on safari, you’re assured the services of emergency medical evacuation to Nairobi, which has been designed to bring first rate medical care by qualified personnel to outlying areas. See below for information on drinking water.
Important Health Tips
In order for you to stay healthy throughout your tour, we recommend the following: * Drink bottled water. Refrain from drinking tap water, including when brushing teeth. * Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they are cooked or washed in clean water and peeled. * Bring a small first aid kit, including antacids, antidiarrhea medication and any prescription medications.
You’ll find that most cuisine in the game lodges reflects the region’s British colonial influence. Nairobi boasts exceptional establishments featuring French cuisine, East African curries and fresh African fish and game.
Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Nairobi, routing through Europe on both outbound and departure flights. On safari, you’ll be traveling in a specially equipped safari van. The vehicle is open at the top, allowing for panoramic views during game drives. Window seats are also guaranteed. Please keep in mind that transfers between the different parks are long and roads are not always of the best quality. The vans are roomy and comfortable, but some bouncing is to be expected.
Kenya operates on the British standard 240 volts, while Tanzania (on extension) uses 230 volts.
Kenya and Tanzania are three hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), or eight hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 8 p.m. in Nairobi.
The currency you’ll be using on your tour is the Kenyan shilling (and the Tanzanian shilling on the tour extension). All East African countries have stringent exchange regulations. Their currencies are not interchangeable. We recommend that you carry as little local cash as possible, and small amounts of U.S. dollars for small purchases. (Please make sure that you only bring U.S. dollars printed in 2004 or later.) It’s important to keep a receipt whenever you convert foreign currency. No local currency can be taken in or out of the country. Major American credit cards are accepted in Kenya. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
Special Information: Shopping
Local handicrafts are generally inexpensive and make wonderful souvenirs of your trip. You’ll have the opportunity to shop at outdoor markets, small shops and tribal roadside stalls, as well as elegant boutiques in Nairobi and at some of the lodges. Prices in Kenya are almost always negotiated, providing an excellent way of meeting the Kenyan people up close.
Items to Give or Trade
Kenyans are fond of North American goods. Many travelers bring token items to offer as gifts or when bartering for souvenirs. Inexpensive items include: tee shirts, baseball caps, pens, cosmetics and toiletries. Offering Kenyan children candy and gum is somewhat controversial because the availability of dental care for these children may be negligible. Instead, offer children’s books in English or crayons.
All porterage gratuities are included on safaris. However, it’s customary to tip the driver/guide at the end of the program. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalency of $8USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.
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Kenya & Tanzania Safari Adventure
Our safari in Africa was a trip of a lifetime. It was everything & more than we expected. From our meeting at the Nairobi airport to our delivery back. All ran very smoothly. This tour was one of the best holidays we have had & we have exerienced four continents. I felt we got to taste the African culture, food, music & wildlife. Not only did we see the wild animals, we lived with them. The accommodations ranged from a world class hotel in the middle of the Serengeti to tents with running water & power most of the time. I can't say enough about the experiences we had. Meeting the Maasai was a trip back in time. They refuse to change their lifestyle & live like the lion. Women do all the work for the family & the men are the warriors. Our drivers Julius in Kenya & Edwin in Tanzania went out of their way to show us a wonderful holiday. Thank you Go Ahead.
THE TOUR WAS VERYGOOD, BUT THE PEOPLE THAT YOU TRAVEL WITH CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOUR TOUR, WE HAD ONE THAT WAS LATE FOR EVERYTHING. WE HAD TWO THAT WUNTED TO BE THE " BOSS " THEY NEEDED TO TELL EVERYONE WHAT TO DO.
My Dream Trip
I have made 18 trips abroad, to include Western Europe, Egypt, and China. Without hesitation, the most incredible experience I ever had was the trip to Kenya and the Kenya Wildlife Safari. To experience the wildlife, the Great Rift Valley, the people of Kenya...especially the Masai...the food, riding in a hot air balloon over the savannah, and so many other incredible things, was a magical experience and one of the high points of my life. I do not have too many items left in my "bucket list," but a return to Kenya is among them.
We did the Kenyan Safari and can't say enough about the African Horizons tour company Go Ahead contracted. Chris was the leader and he did a great job. Our driver was Soloman who we all just adored. I was amazed at how well rounded he is. Knowing not only about the animals and regions, the social and the political aspects of his country, but of his continent. It was our first organzied tour vacation. We enjoyed most of the other guests quite a bit. ALL the places we stayed were beautiful. Mostly we stayed two nights at each place. Only one night at The Ark. What a amazing place!!!! We would have enjoyed a second night there. Our only complaint was it was a bit too fast paced. Many nights I didn't even have time to shower before dinner. It seemed we were on the go all the time. But the food, hotels, scenery and of course, the animals were INCREDIBLE. As for Go Ahead Tours, I had a different expierence. We needed some some extra nights. When asked I finally got the answer to contact the hotel and arrangement it myself. Upon further persistance, I was then told to contact the tour company on the ground (African Horizons) and they would book the extra nights. The night before I was leaving (I left earlier before the tour started but it was less than a week before the tour) I got a call from Go Ahead asking if they wanted me to book the extra nights. As I said, we have never done a tour before,... but this seemed like a very basic request (adding a night before and a night after) of any travel agency but their response was do it yourself and when I persisted, they only passed the buck. I did have two other requests. One was trying to find out if there would be laundry facilities available at any point on the tour. I was told to call the hotels and find out for myself. (there were 5 hotels involved on this trip in Kenya). Again, I persisted. And again, I was told to contact African Horizons for the information. The last request I had turned out to be unusual. I'm sorry to say. I had read about doing some chairtible things that would be useful for people of Kenya during our travels. The do's and don'ts. One of the best things I read on multiple sites was to deal with the tour company who usually has a school, orphanage, or clinic they sponser so that any contributions we would make would be assured to go to the right people and would be things they specifically need. I tried to get information from Go Ahead regarding this and surprise surprise... they were no help at all. They didn't know what to advise me about things I could donate. Let alone where to donate them. I tried to suggest that they find a place to sponcer for the future so they can 'give back' to a country that they are profiting from. I found it fell on deaf ears. When I persisted for help in doing "something", they again, surprise, surprise, referred me to African Horizons. When I did recieve that call from Go Ahead the day before I left asking if they can book me extra nights.... I explained what my expierence had been. This woman actually sounded interested and assured me she was going to see if she could get something going for the future. Unlike the girl I had previous talked to and emailed with who seemed completely uninterested in this. Nor did she forward my email making the suggestion they start doing something like this as I had asked her to (I requested she reply back to me with the CC to a supervisor but she never did). At any rate, I have to say on the plus side, Go Ahead was quick and easy to make payments and book the tour with. If they are the ones who booked the hotels, they did a good job. They were all very unique and very nice. While some of the rooms were worn and in need of refurbishing, ALL of the grounds and group areas were beautiful. All the staff and food friendly and good. I've already covered the negative side. One last note. A suggestion really. In our group of 32 people, 18 had medical problems. Actually, make that 19 as I just heard someone got sick in transit home. 19 out of 32. All but one was a intestional problem. Cause undetermined. Two of us got sick for aprox. 8 hours one day. A couple days later, people started dropping like flies with SEVERE intestional problems (a hotel dr. was called multiple times). For the next several days, the list kept growing. It lasted 2-3 days before people would start emerging from their rooms on occasion. Obviously, everyone effected missed at least one outting. Most missed a few days of outtings. So, my suggestion is that Go Ahead make a effort to inform people about proper eating when in Kenya. I think they should arrange with hotels that fresh fruit and vegetibles be handled according to the CDC recomendations and minimize uncooked fruits and veggies. Make sure at least everyone is aware of the risk and problems. If they chose to ignore this, so be it. I also suggest that Go Ahead make sure that what ever agency they contract also have a meeting where they go over the food and water percautions. Would I recomend this tour? Absolutely. I think for the most part, I give African Horizons a 9 out of 10... only because for whatever reason... a large amount of people got sick (African Horizons were EXCELLENT in attentiveness to those that were sick though). Go Ahead.... hmmm. Well, for what they did, they did good. But for what they didn't do,... (again, maybe my expectations were out of line). Well, you decide. Final note. A LOT of the people on our tour have done a great many tours. Every single one of them that I talked to said that Go Ahead was the best of all the ones they have used before. So.... again, you decide. If you want nothing at all out of the ordinary then I give them a high rank as well.
Kenya & Tansania Safari
This was our first trip with go ahead tours,but hopefully not our last. Everything went very smoothly with our tour. Our Kenya driver/guide Daniel was absolutely the best. He was very informative about everything that we did and saw. If there was a question he could not answer he would look it up and tell us the next day. When we went to tansania Kevin was our driver/guide. While he was not as informative as Daniel was, he was friendly and able to find the animals we still wanted to see. If I could only go to one of those countries to view amimals it would be Tansania. Kenya would be my choice to view the differance between city,rural and village life. The local people we met were always very pleasent and eager to talk. Almost everyone speeks english except for some of the rural and village people. We were very fortunate to see all the big 5, at the least 3 times, some many more. January is the off season for tourists, but our guides said it is the best time to do game drives because there are not so many vehicals jockeying for position to see the animals. We were able to see a pride of lions stalk and kill a buffallo just 40 feet from our vehical. Very exciting. We had a small group of 10 people,which gave us the opertunity to get to know everyone. I think normally groups are about twenty,so we considered ourselves lucky. The vehicles (vans)in Kenya were very rattley but that is to be expected considering the very bumpy roads . The good part is they were close to the road so you could get good pictures from ground level. The vehicals in tansania sat higher and the seats were more comfortable,but you were higher in the air and they has more sway to them and not as much room to stand and take pictures.They both do the job though. The food was not always what I like but it was always prepared well and there was always enough variety that I never went hungry. If you love animals and beautiful scenery don't miss this trip.
Kenya Wildlife Safari
An incredible adventure! A once in a lifetime opportunity to see wildlife as they were meant to be, free and roaming the savannahs of Africa.
Trips of a lifetime
I first took this tour in 2003 and was in awe every moment during the tour. Everything was wonderful. I was so impressed that I decided to take the exact same tour again in 2012 with a friend who had this trip on her 'bucket list'. I was awed again but this time I was able to sit back and savor the moments. Again, everything was wonderful and the animal viewing was outstanding. I heartily recommend this trip to anyone - young or old - who is interested in taking a safari.
Kenya/Tanzania Wildlife Tour
I thought the tour was wonderful. The lodging varied from fun and comfortable tents to 5 star luxury Hotels. the schedule was well thought out and the parks and concervancies visited and the amount and variety of animals more than I imagined. The driver/tour guides were knowledgeable. Good job.
Kenya and Tanzania
The most amazing experience, incredible access to beautiful animals. Our driver/guides were top notch, extremely knowledgable, skilled in getting us close to animals, and became a part of our wonderful experience. Great accommodations too, a fantastic value. Best trip of my life.
Kenya Wildlife Adventure
The best part of the trip was travelling with the group of people who took it. Our group leaders were very thorough about providing information before, during and following the trip. They set the tone for the cohesiveness and "looking out for each other" attitude that was evident during every aspect of the trip. The itinerary was well designed and the Camps were all quite comfortable and accomodating. Our Kenyan driver and guide was exceptional in his knowledge, attitude and concern for our safety and comfort at all times. The service at the Camps and the local counterparts with whom we engaged were all very helpful, courteous and willing to share their knowledge and culture. The food was good and plentiful with a wide variety of choices. The game drives were exciting albiet the rough terrain and terrible roads but seeing the animals in the wild was well worth it. Overall, the experience was memorable and very worthwhile, with the tight space on some airlines being the major setback.
MAKE AN IMPACT
Get to know some of the conservation areas helping to preserve nature and wildlife in Kenya.
Despite the fact that its name comes from the Masai word for “dust,” Lake Nakuru remains one of Kenya’s most colorful destinations. In fact, the lake’s shallow surface is typically indistinguishable beyond the constant swathe of pink overtaking its shores. At any given time, the lake is surrounded by anywhere from one thousand to two million flamingoes feeding on the algae that grows on Nakuru’s warm waters. In addition to a world-renowned population of flamingoes, the lake and its surrounding ecosystem are home to nearly 450 bird species, including the African fish eagle, goliath heron, hamerkop, pied kingfisher and verreaux eagle. The lake is protected by Lake Nakuru National Park, which has expanded to include the savannahs stretching into Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. Over the years, endangered animals, such as black and white rhinos and the Rothschild giraffe, have been introduced to Lake Nakuru’s conservation lands. Since these animals relocated to the park’s wildlife sanctuaries, they’ve experienced great growth in their numbers. Today, the park boasts one of the most significant populations of both black and white rhinos.
Masai Mara National Reserve
Masai Mara, Kenya
Named by the indigenous Masai people who inhabit the region, the Masai Mara gets its name from the Masai word for “spotted,” which perfectly describes the reserve’s rolling grasslands dotted with distinctive acacia trees. The Masai Mara’s 1,510 square kilometers of protected terrain host one of the world’s most impressive natural phenomena—the yearly migration of over two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle—in addition to one of the highest densities of lions. In total, the reserve is home to an incredible 95 mammal and 570 bird species, making it a biodiversity hot spot. To ensure that this area’s colorful flora and fauna and strong cultural heritage continue to thrive, many on-site camps and lodges have begun taking over work from NGOs, and are now working with the Masai people to employ initiatives that both benefit the Masai people and Masai Mara directly. In addition, the Masai Mara continues to host countless conservation and research initiatives, ranging from anti-poaching units to spotted hyena studies to wildebeest tracking.
AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
No matter where you stand in Amboseli National Park, the snowcapped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro can be seen spanning the horizon. The World Heritage-listed peak ranks as the highest in Africa, rising 5,895 meters above the park’s 392 square kilometers of plains, dry lakebeds and swamplands. Kilimanjaro, however, is only one of Amboseli’s many outstanding features. Each year, the park attracts visitors hoping for close encounters with the region’s dense population of free-ranging elephants and with its indigenous people, the Masai, who open their villages to curious travelers, providing them with insight on their heritage and traditions. Once under the control of the Kenya Wildlife Service, the park was passed over to the Masai tribe in 2005. Today, park admission fees and other benefits of tourism are directed to the people who inhabit Amboseli’s lands.
Imagine seeing one of the world’s most endangered creatures peeking its head through your bedroom window or straining its neck over the breakfast table—both instances are within the realm of possibility at the Giraffe Manor, a boutique hotel and a breeding center for the rare Rothschild giraffe. Established by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, the manor’s 12 acres of private land and 140 acres of indigenous forest are home not only to one of the area’s only herds of giraffe, but also to warthogs, hyenas and a stunning variety of bird species. In addition to serving as a wildlife sanctuary, the manor now offers conservation programs for Kenyan children, ensuring that its work is carried out by future generations.