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Kenya Wildlife Safari

Kenya Wildlife Safari

13 days |  18 days with Tanzania extension
13 days |  18 days with Tanzania extension
Group size622 travelers

4.8 star rating

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an animal herd running through the maasai mara national reserve
the maasai people performing a dance in kenya
an elephant close up
a four by four vehicle surrounded by wildebeest on a game drive in the african savanna
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Wondrous wildlife, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culture—this East African nation has it all.

Kenya’s plains teem with animals of all spots and stripes, from lightning-fast cheetahs to long-necked, lanky-legged giraffes. On this thrilling small group Safari 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 Maasai Mara to witness the drama of the bush unfolding around you. Along the way, get to know kind and creative locals who are eager to share Kenyan culture and traditions.

Your tour package includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 9 lunches
  • 9 dinners
  • 6 sightseeing tours
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Included highlights

  • Karen Blixen Estate
  • Sandstorm Kenya
  • Giraffe Centre
  • Aberdare National Park
  • Great Rift Valley
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Nairobi today.

Nairobi2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Nairobi

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

Please note: Most flights from North America arrive late in the evening.

Day 3: Karen Blixen Estate, Sandstorm Kenya & Giraffe Centre
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Welcome dinner

Climb into 4x4 land cruisers and set out to discover notable landmarks and local culture in and around Nairobi, Kenya’s bustling capital city.

  • Tour the Karen Blixen Estate, the former coffee plantation where the “Out of Africa” author lived for several years
  • Enjoy an included lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden
  • Visit Sandstorm Kenya, a company that began as a maker of safari tents and now employs 40 Maasai craftspeople who hand-make totes, backpacks, and other styles of bags from locally sourced canvas and leather
  • Tour Sandstorm’s facilities to learn how its bags are made, from the sourcing of materials to the finished product
  • Head to Giraffe Centre, a preserve dedicated to raising rare Rothschild giraffes
  • Learn about preservation efforts put in place to increase the giraffe population

Tonight, get to know your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner served with beer or wine.

Aberdare National Park1 night
Day 4: Transfer to Aberdare National Park
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take in sweeping views of the countryside as you journey to the Aberdares, which is a massif, or mountainous area, that lies just west of Mount Kenya National Park.

  • Enjoy lunch at Aberdare Country Club as zebras, gazelles, warthogs, and other wild animals roam nearby

  • Settle in at your one-of-a-kind lodge in Aberdare National Park, which is situated next to a watering hole that attracts a variety of animals

  • Watch for wildlife from the lodge’s multiple decks and open lounges

  • Snap up-close photos of animals from a nearby, ground-level bunker

Sit down this evening for an included dinner served with beer or wine.

Great Rift Valley2 nights
Day 5: Transfer to Lake Naivasha
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel through scenic, highland landscapes—and make a photo stop at the equator —on your way to the Great Rift Valley. This astoundingly beautiful region is an important center of ecological study, and its sparkling lakes and steep, rocky escarpments serve as havens for wildlife such as black rhinos, rare Rothschild giraffes, and more than a dozen globally threatened bird species.

  • Continue on to the vast and ancient Lake Naivasha, which, at nearly 6,200 feet above sea level, is the highest of the Great Rift Valley’s three best-known lakes
  • Enjoy an included lunch with your fellow travelers at a local restaurant
  • Join a naturalist guide for an optional game walk near Lake Naivasha, which gets most of its fresh water from the Malewa River that flows from the Aberdare Mountains
  • Keep your eyes peeled for zebras, giraffes, hippos, fish eagles, pelicans, kingfishers, cormorants, flamingos, and other animals and birds as you walk

Please note: For the game walk, travelers should be comfortable walking over grassy paths for one to two hours.

This evening, sit down for an included dinner served with beer or wine.

Day 6: Lake Nakuru game drive
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to Lake Nakuru, one of the Great Rift Valley’s “soda lakes,” or extremely salty, alkaline bodies of water where fish can’t survive. Spot some of the many flamingos who make their home here.

  • Take a morning game drive in a 4x4 land cruiser through Lake Nakuru National Park

  • Keep an eye out for wildlife, such as zebras, monkeys, and both black and white rhinos

  • Enjoy an included lunch at a lodge near Lake Nakuru

Head back to your safari lodge and sit down for this evening’s included dinner, served with beer or wine.

Maasai Mara2 nights
Day 7: Transfer to Maasai Mara & game drive
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue through the Great Rift Valley as you travel to the Maasai Mara, a nearly 600-square-mile national reserve in southwestern Kenya known for its vast plains and abundant wildlife. The region is also home to the Maasai people, an indigenous tribe of semi-nomadic pastoralists whose livelihood revolves around cattle. The Maasai tribe’s signature—and symbolic—red-and-blue clothing and colorful, beaded jewelry are among many traditions its people have maintained, while other tribes have adopted more modern styles of living.

  • Enjoy an included lunch at your tented safari camp
  • Set out on an afternoon game drive
  • Try to spot leopards, rhinos, Cape buffalo, lions, and elephants—known collectively as the Big Five

  • Admire the Maasai Mara’s rolling hills, swaying savanna grasses, and iconic acacia trees

Sit down for an included dinner this evening, served with beer or wine.

Day 8: Maasai Mara game drive
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, get to know the awe-inspiring animals and people of the Maasai Mara.

  • Rise before the sun for an early morning game drive—an exhilarating opportunity to spot lions, elephants, and other animals starting their day in search of food
  • Head back to your tented safari camp for an included lunch
  • After lunch, climb aboard a safari vehicle for an afternoon game drive, keeping your eyes peeled for prides of lions snoozing in the shade, giraffes ambling among leafy trees, and sturdy warthogs trotting through tall grass

This evening, sit down for an included dinner served with beer or wine.

Nairobi1 night
Day 9: Maasai Mara village visit & Transfer to Nairobi
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, immerse yourself in the Maasai way of life during a visit to a local boma, or Maasai homestead.

  • Join male members of the Maasai tribe in their signature adamu, or jumping dance
  • Tour a functioning Maasai boma—a collection of mud-hut homes—and discover the tribe’s history and heritage
  • Visit a market where Maasai people sell handiworks and crafts, and learn how money from visitors’ purchases sustains the tribe
  • Receive your own Maasai name and learn the meaning behind it

After an included lunch in Maasai Mara, admire Kenya’s dramatic scenery as you travel through the Great Rift Valley back to Nairobi. Along the way, stop to purchase snacks and souvenirs.

Travel tip: During select departures, and depending on the weather, you might have the option to book a hot-air-balloon ride over the Maasai Mara through your Tour Director for an additional cost.

Gather together for an included dinner this evening with your group.

Amboseli2 nights
Day 10: Transfer to Amboseli National Park & game drive
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel south to Amboseli National Park today. This roughly 150-square-mile natural area sits against the breathtaking backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, and is known for its population of wild African elephants.

  • Enjoy an included lunch at your safari lodge or camp
  • Set out on an afternoon game drive after lunch
  • Ride along with your expert driver and naturalist guide in search of elephants, leopards, lions, baboons, cheetahs, wild dogs, buffaloes, kudus, hippos, rhinos, wildebeest, and dozens more animals

Join your fellow tour mates for an included dinner this evening, served with beer or wine.

Day 11: Amboseli National Park game drives
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, head out on your first game drive of the day and marvel at Amboseli National Park’s huge herds of elephants, as well as ostriches, leopards, lions, and rhinos. Then, enjoy free time or add an excursion.

This afternoon, join your group for an included lunch before your second game drive through Amboseli National Park.

Celebrate your trip at tonight’s farewell dinner, served with beer or wine.

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 12: Travel to Nairobi & departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to Nairobi this morning. Then, relax in a dayroom before boarding your flight home tonight or early tomorrow morning, or extend your stay to explore Tanzania.

Arrive Home
Day 13: Travel day

Arrive home today.

Extension to Tanzania
Not ready for your safari to end? We don’t blame you. Cross into Tanzania to extend your wildlife adventure. You’ll set out on game drives through iconic safari sites, such as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, where black rhinos, leopards, and countless other majestic animals gather.
Tarangire National Park 1 night
Day 12: Tarangire National Park via Arusha
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Stop in the city of Arusha for an included lunch, then continue on to Tarangire National Park, where you’ll marvel at one of Africa’s largest elephant herds and keep watch for more than 500 species of birds.

Later, set out on an afternoon game drive. This evening, sit down for an included dinner, served with beer or wine.

Serengeti2 nights
Day 13: Serengeti via Olduvai Gorge
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Begin today with a visit to Olduvai Gorge. Nicknamed the “Cradle of Mankind,” this site is where British paleoanthropologists and archaeologists Louis and Mary Leakey excavated 1.8 million-year-old human fossil fragments in 1959. Cap off your tour with a scenic picnic lunch.

After lunch, continue to Serengeti National Park, a nearly 5,800-square-mile UNESCO World Heritage Site and true natural wonder. The park’s southern reaches play a key role in the Great Migration, a spectacular and cyclical year-round event during which nearly 2 million wildebeest travel between Tanzania and Kenya to procreate and to search for food and water. This afternoon, set out on a game drive through the park, spotting wildebeest, buffaloes, lions, and other animals from your safari vehicle.

This evening, sit down for an included dinner, served with beer or wine.

Day 14: Serengeti National Park game drives
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue your exploration of the Serengeti’s endless plains on two game drives.

  • Look for the exceedingly rare black rhino on your morning game drive

  • Feast on an included lunch in the open air of the Serengeti

  • Embark on an afternoon game drive to see the Moru Kopjes, stunning granite formations rising out of the plains

Enjoy an included dinner this evening with your group, served with beer and wine.

Ngorongoro1 night
Day 15: Transfer to Ngorongoro Crater & game drive
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transfer to the 3 million-year-old Ngorongoro Crater. Covering more than 100 square miles, it’s the world’s largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera, and a vital food and water source for wildlife.

  • Enjoy lunch before heading out on an afternoon game drive
  • Descend in your safari vehicle 1,000 feet into Ngorongoro Crater, which is home to one of the world’s densest lion populations
  • Observe an array of animals, including hippos, rhinos, zebras, jackals, and endangered wild hunting dogs, on a game drive

Sit down for an included dinner this evening, served with beer or wine.

Arusha1 night
Day 16: Arusha via Shanga Foundation & coffee lodge
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tasting, Farewell dinner

This morning, leave the natural splendor of the Ngorongoro Crater behind and make your way back to Arusha—capital of the Arusha region and home to more than 400,000 residents.

  • Join a local guide for a tour of Shanga Foundation, a social enterprise that employs locals with physical disabilities to craft jewelry, glassware, and homewares incorporating recycled materials
  • See how Shanga Foundation artisans use recycled materials and sustainable production methods to make their goods
  • Browse Shanga Foundation’s shop for locally made keepsakes to take home

Following your visit to Shanga Foundation, walk to a nearby coffee plantation.

  • Sit down for an included lunch on the coffee plantation’s grounds
  • After lunch, take a guided tour of the coffee farm to learn how coffee beans are grown, harvested, dried, and produced into the beloved beverage
  • Taste a variety of coffees produced on site

Tonight, sit down at your Arusha lodge to toast your East Africa travels over a farewell dinner, served with beer or wine.

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 17: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast

Transfer to Nairobi’s airport for your flight home.

Arrive Home
Day 18: Travel day

Arrive home today.

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    This trip was almost perfect. The only down side was the substitution of Mara Leisure Camp for Fig Tree Camp which had been confirmed in advance. There were some discrepancies between the planned itinerary and our daily outings, but this is Africa and I adjusted. Our driver/guide was excellent, havi...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    The Boma
    The Boma

    This modern hotel is located in Nairobi. Guests enjoy outdoor dining, a pool, and Wi-Fi. Nearby, you'll find the Railway Museum, August 7th Memorial P...

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    The Ark Lodge
    The Ark Lodge

    This contemporary hotel is located in the heart of the Aberdare National Park in Kenya. Guests enjoy a library, bar, gift shop, and multiple decks and...

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    Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge
    Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge

    This elegant hotel is set in one hundred and fifty acres of grassland studded with acacia bushes. Guests enjoy WiFi, a pool, and a sauna. Nearby, you’...

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    Mara Leisure Camp
    Mara Leisure Camp

    This cozy hotel is located along the Talek River. Guests enjoy a swimming pool, a bar, and a gift shop. Nearby, you’ll find the Masai Mara Game Reserv...

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    Amboseli Sopa Lodge
    Amboseli Sopa Lodge

    This rustic hotel is located in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Guests enjoy a fitness center, a pool, and Wi-Fi. Nearby, you'll find Amboseli Nat...

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    Tarangire Sopa Lodge
    Tarangire Sopa Lodge

    This lodge-style hotel is located in Tarangire. Guests enjoy a gymnasium, swimming pool, and outdoor dining. Nearby, you'll find Tarangire National Pa...

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    Embalakai Authentic Camps
    Embalakai Authentic Camps

    This luxury tent campsite is located in the Serengeti. Guests enjoy the on-site restaurant, bar, and sun terrace for admiring the scenery and keeping ...

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    Acacia Farm Lodge
    Acacia Farm Lodge

    This luxury lodge is located in Ngorongoro's Karatu area. Guests enjoy the swimming pool, complimentary bikes, and a tour of the local farm and nature...

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    Four Points by Sheraton Arusha
    Four Points by Sheraton Arusha

    This stylish hotel is located in the heart of Arusha just outside of the Arusha National Park. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, fitness center, and beau...

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    Passport, visa & entry requirements
    • In order to enter Kenya (and 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 reentry.
    • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
    • U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa in advance in order to enter Kenya. You may purchase an e-visa online through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or submit a request for a paper visa by visiting your local embassy. (Please note: The consulates in the U.S. and Canada have no jurisdiction over the e-visa process). You can also purchase your visa by using a visa provider, such as our partner VisaCentral. You will need to have your visa receipt with you upon arrival in Kenya.
    • U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa in order to enter Tanzania on the tour extension. While it is possible to obtain a visa at the border, we strongly recommend purchasing your visa in advance as wait times upon arrival can exceed 2 hours. You can purchase an electronic visa on the Tanzanian Electronic Visa Portal website. You may also submit a request for a paper visa by visiting your local embassy or purchase your visa in advance by using a visa provider, such as our partner VisaCentral. You will need to have your visa receipt with you upon arrival in Tanzania.
    • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
    • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code KES.
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    Tour pacing & mobility
    • You will walk for about 45 minutes daily across mostly flat terrain, including some paved roads, unpaved trails, and dirt paths.
    • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance.
    • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times. This tour also includes long bumpy rides in safari vehicles. You should feel comfortable stepping up and down to get in and out of the vehicles, standing for long periods of time, and maintaining your balance.
    • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
    • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
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    Tour Director
    • Your guide for this tour will be different than a typical Tour Director. You will be met by a representative from Go Ahead Tours 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.
    • You will have a different Tour Director in each country on this tour.
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    Transportation & arrival information
    • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in and depart from Nairobi. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
    • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
    • During your game drives, you’ll travel in a specially equipped 4x4 safari land cruiser. The vehicle is open, allowing for panoramic views. Window seats are guaranteed for all travelers. Transfers between parks are long and cross bumpy terrain, so we recommend bringing a small pillow to ease the ride.
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    Baggage allowance
    • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
    • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on safari vehicles.
    • You’ll need one overnight bag, such as a backpack or small collapsible duffle bag.
    • One small carry-on bag is also permitted (which can double as your overnight bag).
    • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag. Safari luggage restrictions are strict and strongly enforced. It’s essential that your luggage meet the following requirements:* A soft, flexible duffel bag (absolutely no hard suitcases or bags with hard sides are permitted)
    • Your bags can be no larger than 34” W by 17” H by 15” L
    • The total weight cannot exceed 44 pounds (including your camera equipment and carry-on bag)
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    Clothing & packing tips
    • Loose-fitting, layered clothing that can accommodate varying temperatures will be most comfortable. Quick-dry material is best for hot days outside and a warmer layer may be needed for chilly evenings and early mornings.
    • Wear muted colors for game drives, as bright clothing may scare animals away and blue or black clothing attracts tsetse flies.
    • Comfortable closed-toes shoes, such as sneakers or lightweight hiking boots, are best for walking during the day.
    • Pack a swimsuit as many of the hotels have pools that you are free to use at your leisure.
    • Sun protection is very important. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a broad-brimmed hat to protect your face and the back of your neck from the sun.
    • Occasional rain showers are common during certain seasons, so lightweight rainwear may be necessary depending on the timing of your trip.
    • Mosquito repellent, binoculars, and a flashlight are highly recommended.
    • A small bottle of hand sanitizer may be helpful when other facilities are not readily available while on the road.
    • The Kenyan government has a strict ban on plastic bags. It is illegal to use, sell, or carry plastic bags anywhere in the country under the new law, and violators will face charges including high fines or imprisonment. Please bring reusable cloth bags if you plan to go shopping on tour, and do not pack any plastic bags, including small resealable bags.
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    • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at
    • Local governments may require proof of a yellow fever vaccination (often referred to as a yellow card ) or a statement of medical exemption from the vaccine. This is only required of travelers arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever virus transmission (Please note: This does not include the U.S. or Canada). Visit for more information.
    • If you’re traveling on the tour extension to Tanzania you’re required to provide proof of a yellow fever vaccination (often referred to as a yellow card ) or a statement of medical exemption from the vaccine.
    • Drink bottled water only. Refrain from ingesting 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 in your carry on luggage.
    • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays encountered.
    • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
    • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code KES.
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    • Cuisine in your game lodges reflects the region’s British colonial influence—you may find that many locals pause for afternoon tea. Most restaurants offer curries and other South Asian cuisine brought over by the many Indian immigrants. Maize, sweet potatoes, and pineapple were brought over by the Portuguese, and beef has been a staple since the 1600s.
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    Electricity & air conditioning
    • Kenya operates on the British standard 240 volts and uses a Type G plug with three large, flat pins.
    • Tanzania (on the tour extension) operates on 220-240 volts and uses a Type G plug with three large, flat pins.
    • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
    • Not all of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning.
    • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
    • Power outages are common. In some of the camps, power is turned off in the late afternoon as well as in the early morning.
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    • Wi-Fi is available in some hotels, though charges may apply.
    • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches or safari vehicles.
    • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
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    Time zones
    • Kenya (and Tanzania on the tour extension) is three hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and eight hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time (ET).
    • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 8pm in Nairobi.
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    • The currency you’ll be using on your tour is the Kenyan shilling (and the Tanzanian shilling on the tour extension).
    • You may be able to purchase Kenyan shillings in advance from your local bank or a foreign currency exchange retailer, such as Travelex. There is no limit on importing currency into Kenya, but please note travelers are restricted from carrying more than $100,000 in Kenyan shillings out of the country (and cannot export more than $5,000 in Tanzanian shillings from Tanzania on the tour extension).
    • We recommend that you carry as little local cash as possible as well as small amounts of U.S. dollars (only crisp bills 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.
    • Major North American credit cards are accepted but can be difficult to use in remote locations (Visa is the most widely accepted).
    • 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 debit or credit card with a 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.
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    • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your driver/guide a gratuity in USD. We recommend tipping the equivalent of $8USD to $10USD per person per day.
    • If applicable, we also recommend $2USD per local guide.
    • 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 is greatly appreciated, although tipping is entirely at your discretion.
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    • You will have the opportunity to shop for local handicrafts, such as wood carvings and textiles, at outdoor markets and roadside stalls. Some lodges will have boutiques on the premises as well.
    • Prices at most markets are negotiable, so don't be afraid to bargain—it's a great way to strike up a conversation with a local.
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