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Kenya Wildlife Safari

13 days Safari
Kenya’s landscapes are teeming with animals of all spots and stripes, from speedy cheetahs to majestic herds 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.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 21 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 45 minutes daily across mostly flat terrain, including some paved roads, unpaved trails and dirt paths. If you have any mobility and/or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Relations Team at 800.597.0350 so that we can review all necessary information with you.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 9 lunches, 9 three-course dinners with beer or wine included at welcome and farewell dinners

  • 7 game drives, 5 Connect & Conserve Highlights

  • Expert Tour Director (your wildlife guide and driver)

  • 4x4 land cruiser safari vehicle, guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of tour of Africa

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Nairobi today.

Nairobi 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Nairobi

Welcome to Kenya! Arrive in Nairobi and transfer to your hotel.

Day 3: Giraffe Center & Karen Blixen Estate

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Climb into 4x4 land cruisers and set out to tour the Karen Blixen Estate and visit the Giraffe Center, a preserve dedicated to raising rare giraffes.

• Climb to the tree house deck and feed giraffes by hand

• Learn about preservation efforts put in place to increase the giraffe population

• Tour the Karen Blixen Estate, a former coffee plantation where the author lived for several years, as described in her novel “Out of Africa”

Tonight, get to know your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Mount Kenya National Park 1 night Hotel info

Day 4: Transfer to Mount Kenya National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take in sweeping views of the countryside and pass pineapple and coffee plantations as you journey to the forested foothills of Mount Kenya. On the way, stop at Aberdare Country Club for lunch. After, enjoy wildlife viewing at your lodge near Mount Kenya National Park.

Great Rift Valley 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Transfer to Kigio Wildlife Conservatory

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

En route to the Great Rift Valley region, stop at the Equator to experience the famed Coriolis effect. Then, head on to the Kigio Wildlife Conservatory for lunch and an optional nature walk.

Day 6: Lake Nakuru

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to Lake Nakuru, where two million flamingos make their home.

• Take game drives in 4x4 land cruisers through Lake Nakuru National Park

• Keep an eye out for wildlife like zebras, monkeys and rhinos, both the elusive black and white varieties

Masai Mara 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Transfer to Masai Mara

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue through the Great Rift Valley as you travel to the land of the Masai warriors, the Masai Mara, for a series of game drives.

• Watch for the famous Big Five of African safaris —leopards, rhinos, Cape buffalo, lions and elephants

• Admire the rolling hills, waving savanna grasses and acacia trees

Day 8: Game drive

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Head out at both early morning and sunset on game drives in hopes of spotting lions, giraffes, zebras, gazelles, impalas, elephants, warthogs, cheetahs and wildebeest.

Nairobi 1 night Hotel info

Day 9: Transfer to Nairobi

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a free morning in Masai Mara, then enjoy the incredible scenery as you travel through the Great Rift Valley back to Nairobi.

Amboseli 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Transfer to Amboseli

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel south to Amboseli National Park, which sits against the breathtaking backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. Then, set out on an afternoon game drive keeping an eye out for lions, baboons, cheetahs, hippos, wildebeest and elephants.

Day 11: Game drives

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Head out on a day of game drives and marvel at the park’s huge herds of elephants, as well as ostriches, leopards, lions and rhinos. 

Later, celebrate your adventure at a farewell dinner in Amboseli.

Day 12: Travel to Nairobi & departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to Nairobi for your flight home, or extend your stay to explore Tanzania.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 13: Travel day

Arrive home after your overnight flight.

Add Tanzania Starting from $1,799 pp

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 Park 1 night Hotel info

Day 12: Tarangire National Park via Arusha

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Stop in Arusha on your way to Tarangire National Park where you’ll marvel at one of Africa’s largest herds of elephants and keep watch for over 500 bird species. Later, set out on an afternoon game drive.

Serengeti 2 nights Hotel info

Day 13: Transfer to Serengeti

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Journey to the Serengeti, stopping en route in Olduvai Gorge for a guided tour of this “Cradle of Mankind,” where Louis and Mary Leakey excavated 1.8 million-year-old human fossil fragments in 1959.

Day 14: Game drive

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Set out on a day of game drives through the Central Serengeti’s rich ecosystems and endless plains, keeping watch for the Big Five.

Ngorongoro 1 night Hotel info

Day 15: Transfer to Ngorongoro Crater

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transfer to the beautiful Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera. There, set out on a game drive, looking out for lions, black rhinos and cheetahs.

Day 16: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Transfer to the Nairobi airport via Arusha for your flight home.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 17: Travel day

Arrive home after your overnight flight.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 9 lunches, 9 three-course dinners with beer or wine included at welcome and farewell dinners

  • 7 game drives, 5 Connect & Conserve Highlights

  • Expert Tour Director (your wildlife guide and driver)

  • 4x4 land cruiser safari vehicle, guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of tour of Africa

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Nairobi today.

Nairobi 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Nairobi

Welcome to Kenya! Arrive in Nairobi and transfer to your hotel.

Day 3: Giraffe Center & Karen Blixen Estate

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Climb into 4x4 land cruisers and set out to tour the Karen Blixen Estate and visit the Giraffe Center, a preserve dedicated to raising rare giraffes.

• Climb to the tree house deck and feed giraffes by hand

• Learn about preservation efforts put in place to increase the giraffe population

• Tour the Karen Blixen Estate, a former coffee plantation where the author lived for several years, as described in her novel “Out of Africa”

Tonight, get to know your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Mount Kenya National Park 1 night Hotel info

Day 4: Transfer to Mount Kenya National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take in sweeping views of the countryside and pass pineapple and coffee plantations as you journey to the forested foothills of Mount Kenya. On the way, stop at Aberdare Country Club for lunch. After, enjoy wildlife viewing at your lodge near Mount Kenya National Park.

Great Rift Valley 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Transfer to Kigio Wildlife Conservatory

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

En route to the Great Rift Valley region, stop at the Equator to experience the famed Coriolis effect. Then, head on to the Kigio Wildlife Conservatory for lunch and an optional nature walk.

Day 6: Lake Nakuru

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to Lake Nakuru, where two million flamingos make their home.

• Take game drives in 4x4 land cruisers through Lake Nakuru National Park

• Keep an eye out for wildlife like zebras, monkeys and rhinos, both the elusive black and white varieties

Masai Mara 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Transfer to Masai Mara

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue through the Great Rift Valley as you travel to the land of the Masai warriors, the Masai Mara, for a series of game drives.

• Watch for the famous Big Five of African safaris —leopards, rhinos, Cape buffalo, lions and elephants

• Admire the rolling hills, waving savanna grasses and acacia trees

Day 8: Game drive

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Head out at both early morning and sunset on game drives in hopes of spotting lions, giraffes, zebras, gazelles, impalas, elephants, warthogs, cheetahs and wildebeest.

Nairobi 1 night Hotel info

Day 9: Transfer to Nairobi

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a free morning in Masai Mara, then enjoy the incredible scenery as you travel through the Great Rift Valley back to Nairobi.

Amboseli 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Transfer to Amboseli

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel south to Amboseli National Park, which sits against the breathtaking backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. Then, set out on an afternoon game drive keeping an eye out for lions, baboons, cheetahs, hippos, wildebeest and elephants.

Day 11: Game drives

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Head out on a day of game drives and marvel at the park’s huge herds of elephants, as well as ostriches, leopards, lions and rhinos. 

Later, celebrate your adventure at a farewell dinner in Amboseli.

Day 12: Travel to Nairobi & departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to Nairobi for your flight home, or extend your stay to explore Tanzania.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 13: Travel day

Arrive home after your overnight flight.

Add Tanzania Starting from $1,799 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

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 Park 1 night Hotel info

Day 12: Tarangire National Park via Arusha

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Stop in Arusha on your way to Tarangire National Park where you’ll marvel at one of Africa’s largest herds of elephants and keep watch for over 500 bird species. Later, set out on an afternoon game drive.

Serengeti 2 nights Hotel info

Day 13: Transfer to Serengeti

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Journey to the Serengeti, stopping en route in Olduvai Gorge for a guided tour of this “Cradle of Mankind,” where Louis and Mary Leakey excavated 1.8 million-year-old human fossil fragments in 1959.

Day 14: Game drive

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Set out on a day of game drives through the Central Serengeti’s rich ecosystems and endless plains, keeping watch for the Big Five.

Ngorongoro 1 night Hotel info

Day 15: Transfer to Ngorongoro Crater

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transfer to the beautiful Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera. There, set out on a game drive, looking out for lions, black rhinos and cheetahs.

Day 16: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Transfer to the Nairobi airport via Arusha for your flight home.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 17: Travel day

Arrive home after your overnight flight.

How's the weather?

  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Nanyuki, Rift Valley
  • Nakuru, Rift Valley
  • Masai Mara, Kenya
  • Amboseli, Kenya
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & visa requirements

  • If you’re a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you’ll need a passport to enter Kenya (as well as Tanzania on the tour extension). Make sure that your passport has two empty pages and an expiration date that extends at least six months beyond the last day of your trip. 
  • A visa is required for U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter Kenya and Tanzania. You may purchase your visa in one of the following ways:
  • In advance by using a visa provider, such as our partner VisaCentral
  • By visiting your local embassy 
  • Online through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Please note: The U.S. consulate has no say or jurisdiction over the e-visa process)
  • If you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, contact the consulates of Kenya and Tanzania for your entry requirements.

Staying healthy

  • Drink bottled water. Refrain from drinking tap water, including when brushing your teeth.
  • Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they’re cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.
  • Bring a small first aid kit, including antacids, anti-diarrhea medication, motion sickness medication and any prescription medications.

Transportation

  • International flights: Your round-trip international flights will arrive in and depart from Nairobi.
  • On safari: During your safari, you’ll travel in a specially equipped safari land cruiser The vehicle is open, allowing for panoramic views during game drives. Window seats are guaranteed. Transfers between parks are long and cross bumpy terrain, so we recommend bringing a small pillow to ease the ride.

Tour Director

  • Your guide for this tour will be different than a typical Tour Director. You will be met by a Go Ahead representative upon arrival and will then meet your guide the morning of your first full day on tour. He or she will act as both your tour guide and driver for the duration of your tour.

Cuisine

  • You’ll find that most cuisine in the game lodges reflects the region’s British colonial history.
  • Indian food is a mainstay on most hotel buffets and restaurant menus, among other options.
  • Typical meals include a fresh salad or vegetable soup, grilled meat with root vegetables, and a selection of pastries and fruit for dessert.

Climate

  • Kenya enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year due to the high altitude of most of the area. 
  • Temperatures seldom vary from a norm of about 70 degrees, except in the mountain areas where temps can drop to the low 50s in the evening. 
  • The rainiest part of the year is from March to May, with a secondary rainy season in November and December. The driest months are generally June to October.

Electricity

  • Kenya operates on the British standard 240 volts and requires a type-G adapter with three large flat pins.
  • Tanzania (on the tour extension) operates on 230 volts and requires a type-G adapter with three large flat pins.

Time zones

  • 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 8pm in Nairobi.

Currency

  • 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.) 
  • ATMs are most readily available in Nairobi; while there, we recommend taking out cash in small bills to have on safari. 
  • 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. (Please note: International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one card with a metallic chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.)
  • 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.

Shopping

  • You’ll have the opportunity to shop for handicrafts and souvenirs at outdoor markets, small shops and tribal roadside stalls, as well as in boutiques at some of the lodges. 
  • Prices in Kenya are almost always negotiable with bargaining, providing an excellent way of meeting the Kenyan people.

Items to give or trade

  • Many Kenyans are fond of North American goods, and travelers often bring token items to offer as gifts or when bartering for souvenirs. Inexpensive options include tee shirts, baseball caps, pens, cosmetics and toiletries. 
  • Offering Kenyan children candy and gum is somewhat controversial because the availability of dental care may be negligible. Instead, offer English-language children’s books or crayons.

Tipping

  • We’ll take care of the gratuities for baggage handling on your safari. However, it’s customary to tip your guide/driver at the end of your journey. 
  • We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $8USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 
  • You can also expect to be solicited for tips from the hospitality and restaurant staff that you encounter. Leaving as little as the equivalent of $1USD/CAD is greatly appreciated, although tipping is entirely at your discretion.

How's the weather?

  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Nanyuki, Rift Valley
  • Nakuru, Rift Valley
  • Masai Mara, Kenya
  • Amboseli, Kenya
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & visa requirements

  • If you’re a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you’ll need a passport to enter Kenya (as well as Tanzania on the tour extension). Make sure that your passport has two empty pages and an expiration date that extends at least six months beyond the last day of your trip. 
  • A visa is required for U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter Kenya and Tanzania. You may purchase your visa in one of the following ways:
  • In advance by using a visa provider, such as our partner VisaCentral
  • By visiting your local embassy 
  • Online through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Please note: The U.S. consulate has no say or jurisdiction over the e-visa process)
  • If you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, contact the consulates of Kenya and Tanzania for your entry requirements.

Staying healthy

  • Drink bottled water. Refrain from drinking tap water, including when brushing your teeth.
  • Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they’re cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.
  • Bring a small first aid kit, including antacids, anti-diarrhea medication, motion sickness medication and any prescription medications.

Transportation

  • International flights: Your round-trip international flights will arrive in and depart from Nairobi.
  • On safari: During your safari, you’ll travel in a specially equipped safari land cruiser The vehicle is open, allowing for panoramic views during game drives. Window seats are guaranteed. Transfers between parks are long and cross bumpy terrain, so we recommend bringing a small pillow to ease the ride.

Tour Director

  • Your guide for this tour will be different than a typical Tour Director. You will be met by a Go Ahead representative upon arrival and will then meet your guide the morning of your first full day on tour. He or she will act as both your tour guide and driver for the duration of your tour.

Cuisine

  • You’ll find that most cuisine in the game lodges reflects the region’s British colonial history.
  • Indian food is a mainstay on most hotel buffets and restaurant menus, among other options.
  • Typical meals include a fresh salad or vegetable soup, grilled meat with root vegetables, and a selection of pastries and fruit for dessert.

Climate

  • Kenya enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year due to the high altitude of most of the area. 
  • Temperatures seldom vary from a norm of about 70 degrees, except in the mountain areas where temps can drop to the low 50s in the evening. 
  • The rainiest part of the year is from March to May, with a secondary rainy season in November and December. The driest months are generally June to October.

Electricity

  • Kenya operates on the British standard 240 volts and requires a type-G adapter with three large flat pins.
  • Tanzania (on the tour extension) operates on 230 volts and requires a type-G adapter with three large flat pins.

Time zones

  • 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 8pm in Nairobi.

Currency

  • 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.) 
  • ATMs are most readily available in Nairobi; while there, we recommend taking out cash in small bills to have on safari. 
  • 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. (Please note: International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one card with a metallic chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.)
  • 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.

Shopping

  • You’ll have the opportunity to shop for handicrafts and souvenirs at outdoor markets, small shops and tribal roadside stalls, as well as in boutiques at some of the lodges. 
  • Prices in Kenya are almost always negotiable with bargaining, providing an excellent way of meeting the Kenyan people.

Items to give or trade

  • Many Kenyans are fond of North American goods, and travelers often bring token items to offer as gifts or when bartering for souvenirs. Inexpensive options include tee shirts, baseball caps, pens, cosmetics and toiletries. 
  • Offering Kenyan children candy and gum is somewhat controversial because the availability of dental care may be negligible. Instead, offer English-language children’s books or crayons.

Tipping

  • We’ll take care of the gratuities for baggage handling on your safari. However, it’s customary to tip your guide/driver at the end of your journey. 
  • We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $8USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 
  • You can also expect to be solicited for tips from the hospitality and restaurant staff that you encounter. Leaving as little as the equivalent of $1USD/CAD is greatly appreciated, although tipping is entirely at your discretion.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/11/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Awesome!

This trip was one of the best I have taken. Our tour guide (Simon) was great...very patient, competent and answered all our question. The animals were in full stride. Couldn't have picked a better time to go. The Masai people and village were a highlight. Be sure to bring gifts for the children. Sleeping in the tent enabled us to hear the sounds of the night. Felt safe regardless of where we were. Everyone needs to take this trip at least once!!!!!!

 

Hi Carolyn! We're glad that you enjoyed your tour in Kenya. It's great to know that you feel July was a fantastic time to visit and that the animals were active. We're also pleased to learn that you felt safe throughout your tour, as safety is our top priority for all of our travelers. We agree that everyone should take this trip at least once! Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 15, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/24/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: KS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

I left my heart in Kenya

This is my third trip to Africa but my first to Kenya. It was difficult to leave after spending close to 2 weeks with our small group and wonderful tour guides (Eutycus and James). I experienced 2 dreams of mine within a few days. I was able to witness the great migration of zebra and wildebeest in all it's glory while sitting in a safari vehicle surrounded by the thick herds of these magnificent animals. We were also lucky to see Mount Kilimenjaro not once but 3 or 4 times in just a few days while at Amboseli National Reserve. I know some wait for weeks to see this and never do because of the thick cloud cover that usually covers the peak. I felt safe and well educated while with our guides and group. The Masai tribe cultural visit and the hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara were also too exciting for words. My 11 year old granddaughter and husband loved it as well. This was our 4th trip with Go-Ahead and we already have our 5th trip planned.

1 / 4
 

Hi Yvonne! We can understand how it would be difficult to leave Kenya and your tight-knit group! We’re thrilled that this tour helped make some of your travel dreams a reality, such as witnessing the migration of zebra and wildebeest. You were also very lucky to view Mount Kilimanjaro multiple times! We’re glad to know you felt safe and informed throughout your experience, as these are two of our highest priorities. The hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara sounds like a once in a lifetime travel moment, and we’re so thrilled you could have it with your granddaughter and husband. How special! Thank you for your review, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next tour.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 11, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/24/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

This trip will stay with me forever!

From the very first moment I signed up for a GoAhead Tour, I felt so well taken care of. Before the trip even began, I such a fantastic experience with the customer service rep, Ashley, who answered promptly and precisely, every email I sent her within a day's time. Each email would have a bunch of questions and I am pretty sure our correspondence amounted to something ridiculous like 37 emails. Every time she put at ease any concerns while also pumping me up for the upcoming trip. As for the trip itself, from the day you land in Nairobi, to the day you regretfully leave, you are provided the utmost care and attention to any need. Providing the best possible experience every day is the top priority of your tour director. Ours for Kenya was Mwangi, and for Tanzania, our guide's name was Mtinga. Both provided such a detailed and rich experience that allowed us to not only see an HUGE variety of beautiful wildlife, and very up close and personal, but we were also provided with such an incredible wealth of knowledge regarding not only the animals, but the culture of each country as well. Great care even went into providing us the best angles for viewing and photographing the wildlife. Often the drivers were so skilled in understanding animal behavior, we were right up front and personal with the animals as they moved around and the other safari vehicles were still playing catch-up to us! Every day I was blown away by the beauty and experience this tour provided. Being able to see baby elephants up close and personal, feeding giraffes out of your hand, seeing hippos from a boat, the wildebeest migration, zebras, hyenas, lions, cheetahs chasing prey, a hot air balloon ride optional excursion over the Masai Mara, leopards, rhinos, baboons, monkeys, hundreds of different exotic birds, buffalo, and I feel like I am forgetting to mention so many other things! Every lodge we stayed at made us feel we were being treated like royalty. The food and staff were incredible and the locations really made you feel like you were always on safari and an adventure, even when you were not in the safari vehicles. This is a trip to never have a second thought about. GoAhead and your Tour Director make everything about this trip so simple and well planned, you will only have to worry about how soon you can return to these beautiful and wondrous areas. The landscapes and vistas that you will see every day are breathtaking. NgoroNgoro Crater is massive and beautiful. Masai Mara is so abundant with life, and during the migration time it is unbelievable the amount of animals that populate the plains. Amboselli National Park, Lake Naivasha, the Serengeti, Mount Kilimanjaro, and so much more is seen on this tour that never feels rushed or exhausting, only AWESOME! I recommending going in the month of July if possible to catch the migration. We were so fortunate to also see babies of almost every animal we saw on tour! But there cannot be such a thing as a bad time to go on this tour. There is nothing bad to say about this tour! Africa has impacted me immensely, and changed me forever. I am still in awe and so excited about this trip!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/24/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The beauty of Africa will forever be in my heart

Traveling to Africa was a profound and unforgettable experience! Upon arrival, our guides immediately made our group feel comfortable with their courtesy, in-depth knowledge, and enthusiasm. They also went out of their way to ensure that we were always informed, and at the ideal location for photographing sunsets, wildlife, and scenery. Everyday of the tour was a dream come true. There were countless encounters with thousands of animals and birds, and breathtaking scenery. Our accommodations were luxurious (and did I mention the amazing desserts)?! In Kenya we danced and sang with the beautiful and joyful people of the Maasai Tribe, quietly floated over the Masai Mara in a hot air balloon during sunrise, and embarked on a boat ride allowing for close encounters with dozens of hippos, fish eagles, kingfishers, and so much more. I chose to extend my trip to include Tanzania. This experience was unreal! The landscape was vastly different from Kenya. We were fortunate to see leopards two separate times in the Serengeti, an illusive black rhino in the Ngorongoro Crater, and stand at the ridge of the ‘Cradle of Mankind’. This trip surpassed all of my expectations. I cannot wait to plan another adventure with GoAhead. From day one the staff made me feel confident that I had selected the right company to travel with. They answered every question that I had, and made me feel like I was a priority. The beauty of Africa will forever be in my heart.

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Hi Emelia! We’re thrilled to hear that your tour had such an incredible impact on you. We’re so pleased that your guides made you feel informed and comfortable throughout tour, while ensuring that you got the most out of your experience. It’s wonderful to know that you enjoyed meeting the Maasai people and getting up close and personal to hippos. We’re happy you chose to extend your tour to Tanzania and that you were able to see leopards, as well as the Black Rhino. How lucky! Thank you for sharing your wonderful feedback regarding your pre-tour experience with our staff. We will be sure to let them know you felt prepared and comfortable prior to your departure. We appreciate that you took the time to write a review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 20, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/24/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: UT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

All My Dreams and More

I got home yesterday, and I wish I could turn around and go right back. It met every hope and dream, and then some. The tour guides were locals, so they understood Kenya from the inside; plus, they were university-educated naturalists. Our own guide could identify 800 birds on sight, and he could spot any animal at any distance. They all bent over backward to accommodate any special requests or needs. The accommodations were much more plush than I would have expected for the price. NOTHING went wrong, and EVERYTHING went right. They cannot promise views of animals or Kilimanjaro, since those are weather-related, but the guides know how to tweak the tour to give you the best odds. I will never use anyone besides Go Ahead in the future. Do it. You'll never regret it.

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Hi Robin! We know what it feels like to come home from tour and immediately want to go back! We’re delighted to hear that this experience made your dreams a reality. We’re also glad that your tour guides were able to help you spot wildlife and that they went the extra mile for your group. It’s great to know that you enjoyed your accommodations and we will be sure to share your feedback with our Operations team. Thank you so much for choosing Go Ahead, and we can’t wait to welcome you on your next adventure!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 13, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 2/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: SK

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Kenya was Fabulous

The trip was fantastic, lots of animals, great guides, great accommodations, good food. The only downside was the Tanzania extension - the very long days at the end of the trip were a challenge. Then the trip back to Nairobi was a lot longer than indicated on the itinerary.

 

Hi Judy! Thank you for sharing your experience. We’re happy to hear you enjoyed your tour! We’re also pleased to learn that you saw lots of animals and found that most components of your trip met your satisfaction. Regarding the Tanzania extension, the itinerary was designed to maximize your chances of seeing as much wildlife as possible. We hope that, ultimately, you felt making the drive was worth it, but we will definitely communicate your valuable feedback to our Product Development team as we evaluate this tour further. Again, we thank you for writing a review, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour later this year.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | March 08, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 2/4/2016

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

An unforgettable experience!

I have taken six tours with Go Ahead, and enjoyed every one of them. The Kenya Safari, however, was just a totally unforgettable experience. It was so different than other trips I have taken in my lifetime. Seeing the wild animals in their natural environment is so different than seeing them in a zoo or circus. Our guide, Daniel, was a wealth of knowledge the whole time. This was a first safari experience for us, and he made it one we will always remember. He identified all the animals and birds without even looking up notes or a reference book. He would even spell the names of them to those of us taking notes of what we saw! The accommodations were unique and different. The hotel in Nairobi was a modern, up to date hotel in every way. The hotels in the parks, while more rustic, were so comfortable and each had its own personality. Food at all was delicious and plentiful, as most were buffets. I would say to anyone considering this trip, do it while you can. It is worth every dollar, and then some. To top it off, the people we encountered in hotels , restaurants, gift shops, etc. were all very welcoming and friendly.

 

Hi Sidney! Welcome home, and thank you for taking the time to write a review. We agree that Kenya is a unique and unforgettable destination. We’re so glad you were able to visit! It sounds like your Tour Director contributed greatly to the success and enjoyment of your tour and that his going above and beyond was a special highlight for your group. We are very proud to work with our knowledgeable and passionate Tour Directors. We’re also happy that you enjoyed the hotels and meals. Our Operations Team strives to provide the best experience in both aspects of the tour. Again, we thank you for sharing your experience, and we’re so glad you were able to visit lovely Kenya. We look forward to seeing you on tour again this year!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | February 23, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 1/15/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: SK

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

We saw the big five! And more!

We had the best tour director ever! David did such an amazing job finding us animals - not only did we see the big five - we saw both a black rhino and a white rhino, and babies everywhere! It was truly the trip of a lifetime! I would highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys immersing themselves in other cultures, and/or animals. Bring a good camera with a great zoom to truly bring home amazing photographs. I gave itinerary a four only because this trip involved a lot of driving to and from locations and the vehicle we were in was not air conditioned and apparently some safari jeeps are. When it is 33C outside and you're driving for 5-6 hours in Kenyan traffic - air conditioning would have been appreciated. All of our accomodations were splendid with wonderful staff, but we did find the switching on and off of power to be irritating at times when we could not recharge batteries for cameras and phones. The food everywhere was outstanding! My biggest complaint was the misinformation I received from Go Ahead staff prior to leaving! When I inquired about purchasing shillings for the trip, GA staff told me that it is illegal to purchase shillings outside of Kenya, or to have their money outside of the country at any time. They recommended I purchase American money here to get me started, and utilize a local bank in Nairobi upon arrival to get some shillings. This is what I did. When I arrived in Kenya and asked about this - I was informed this is NOT TRUE and hasn't been since the new government was voted in. GA should have known this as it is their responsibility to keep up to date on such vital facts. For me to buy American currency (as a Canadian with a very poor dollar) I lost a tremendous amount of money before I even left home, and buying money in Nairobi cost me a great deal with international bank fees, and currency exchange. One lady on our trip did not take GA's advice and purchased her shillings prior to leaving on a currency website and saved a great deal of money. I am greatly dissatisfied with this.

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Dear Eileen, Thank you for your review. Though we are happy to hear you enjoyed your tour, we are concerned about the confusion surrounding your currency exchange. One of our Quality Control team members reached out to you this morning to discuss your experience and got your voicemail. If you would like to discuss this matter, please give us a call at 1-800-597-0350 and ask for Quality Control. We appreciate your feedback very much, and we are fully committed to understanding what happened. Thank you again for your review.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | February 08, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Awesome

Awesome safari. I have a one-hour video of the trip on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m87IqH7Zbgk

 

Hi Peter! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your safari. It was such a pleasure for us to watch your video and experience the tour through your eyes. Thank you for sharing that with us and other travelers. We look forward to welcoming you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | January 29, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MD

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a lifetime

10 days in Kenya and 4 days in Tanzania visiting places like Maasai Mara and the Serengeti! 15 of us in our group, with three tour guides: Jeff, Simon and Daniel. I was in Jeff's vehicle. If you are a birder, you want him as your guide - he knows how to spot and identify many species. All the guides have worked the parks for several years and know wildlife habits so they can find the animals you want to see. I took thousands of pictures on 3 different cameras (Giraffes,wart hogs, lions, cheetahs, rhinos, elephants, hippos, crocodiles, zebras, gazelles, and lots of birds). Parks and reserves where we stayed were so welcoming, with wet towels and glasses of juice after our long hot drives over dusty roads. Food was exceptional. I have food allergies that were accommodated by the chefs. We were told often - and it's true - that Africa is a huge continent, and Kenya and Tanzania are two countries where tourists don't have to worry about ebola. Security was not an issue in southern Kenya or northern Tanzania where we were. If Africa is on your "must see" list, you should go!

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