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A private Journey through Kenya and Tanzania including Zanzibar

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Itinerary Highlights

All Local Flight Included!
1 Night in Nairobi, Kenya
3 Nights on Safari in the Masai Mara, Kenya
2 Nights on Safari in the Serengeti Western Corridor, Tanzania 
3 Nights on Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania 
3 Nights in Zanzibar, Tanzania 
 

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Sample Itinerary

Day 1

  • Arrive in Kenya


    Today you arrive into Kenya's capital city, Nairobi. Having cleared customs, you will be met by your driver and transferred to your nearby hotel, One Forty Eight. Located in the peaceful suburb of Langata, overlooking the giraffe sanctuary, this beautiful little gem, with just 8 rooms, will provide you with an ideal location to rest and relax following your journey to Africa. The location itself is completely unique with warthogs, parrots, peacocks and monkeys freely roaming through the garden. Often lions and hyenas can be heard roaring and cackling from the nearby Nairobi National Park - Nairobi being the only major city in the world to be located adjacent to such a collection of wildlife.

    Today you may simply want to relax at your hotel and catch up on some rest however if you feel like getting out and about and exploring what Nairobi has to offer there are several exciting activities on offer. You could begin with a visit to the David Sheldrick Elephant & Rhino Orphanage, an institution in Nairobi that has rescued countless orphaned animals over the years. Here you will have the opportunity to see and interact with some of the rescued elephant and rhinos that will hopefully one day be released back into the wild. For a $50 donation you are even able to adopt your very own elephant for a full year! Another great option would be a visit to the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife’s Giraffe Center. This non-profit organization was founded in 1979 and has since dedicated itself to protecting and conserving the dwindling number of Rothschild Giraffes that are found only in the grasslands of East Africa. Here you will find a number of these beautiful animals and if you are lucky you will even have the opportunity to hand feed a few! If you are interested there is also a wonderful walking trail that snakes through the area. The walk is only around a mile long but offers some great opportunities to see a selection of the small bird and animal life that call the area home.

    For a more cultural experience you could visit the Karen Blixen Museum. Here you would visit the homestead of famed author Karen Blixen and enjoy a tour of the estate made so famous in her book and subsequent movie “Out of Africa”. It is highly recommended you read this wonderful book or watch the movie in order to get the full Kenya experience!

    Returning to your hotel you would then enjoy an afternoon at leisure during which you can rest up and relax around the pool as you prepare for the Safari adventure that lays ahead.

    Meals Included: Breakfast


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    • One-Forty-Eight

Day 2

  • Nairobi to the Masai Mara


    This morning you will check out of your hotel and meet your driver in your hotel lobby. Together you will travel to the nearby Wilson Airport where you will meet your light aircraft flight that will take you to the Kichwa Tembo Airstrip. Look out for animals on route as you will be flying over some of the best safari areas anywhere in Africa! Please note this flight is included in your program cost.

    Arriving into the Masai Mara you will be met by a vehicle and guide from the lodge and driven only a few minutes to the incredible andBeyond Bateleur Camp. The Masai Mara, together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form one of Africa’s most famous wildlife areas. For many the image of acacia trees stretched over an endless grass plain epitomizes Africa, and when combined with the Masai warriors that inhabit this beautiful region, you truly have an iconic African experience. The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. That however is not where the game viewing ends; throughout the year large prides of lions, elephants and giraffes wander across the grasslands and gazelles and eland abound.

    Arriving at Bateleur Camp shortly before lunch you will be shown to your luxury tented suites and given an orientation tour of this incredible property. The Manager of the lodge will explain a few precautions to take during your stay to ensure your safety and wellbeing, as it is worth keeping in keep in mind despite your opulent surroundings you are in the middle of wild Africa! You will then enjoy a welcome lunch before having a few hours at leisure to relax and unpack. In the late afternoon you will enjoy a casual high tea in the main communal area of the lodge overlooking the wilderness before setting off on your first safari drive!

    During your stay at Bateleur you will have the opportunity to join two safari drives daily. One in the early morning and then another that leaves in the late afternoon and returns shortly after dark. Please note you are in no way obligated to join both drives every day and if you would prefer to sleep in one morning and simply join the afternoon drive (or vice versa) you are of course welcome to do so. As the lodge is in the middle of the game reserve you will enjoy fantastic game sightings from anywhere around the property including the communal areas or even right from your bedroom.

    Returning from the evening game drive you will enjoy a splendid African inspired meal prepared by the lodges talented team of Chefs. After dinner you are welcome to either relax around the communal fire pit sipping your choice of beverage or retire to your room in preparation for the next day’s early start.

    Meals Included: Full Board (Including local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)

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    • andBeyond Bateleur Camp

Day 3

  • On Safari in the Masai Mara


    This morning you will wake shortly after sunrise and make your way to communal area of the lodge. Here you will enjoy a quick cup of tea or coffee and some snacks, before setting off in your open 4x4 safari vehicle in the company of your guide in search of the incredible wildlife in the Masai Mara.

    andBeyond’s professionally trained guides will ask you about your favorite wildlife and will do their best to ensure that your preferences are met. This could mean ticking off as many species as possible or spending more time enjoying each sighting and getting to know the habits of the animals. They will also tell you about the vegetation of the region and will explain the behavior of the animals that you come across. In some cases, the guides will be able to identify individual animals and let you know about their history and habits. If your trip happens to coincide with the Great Migration your guide may attempt to catch up with it and spend some time in the midst of the massed herds.

    Returning to the lodge around mid-morning you will enjoy a sumptuous brunch. Over brunch you can chat about your adventures that morning and discuss your plans for the rest of the day. Following a few hours at leisure spent either napping or simply relaxing around the pool, you will then congregate in the communal area of the lodge for afternoon tea. Having enjoyed some tea, coffee and snacks you will then set off on your adventure, be it another safari drive, a bush walk or some combination of the two.

    Arriving back at the lodge you will once again enjoy a wonderful dinner before enjoying an evening at leisure.

    Meals Included: Full Board (Including local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)



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    • andBeyond Bateleur Camp

Day 4

  • On Safari in the Masai Mara


    Today you have at leisure to enjoy a selection of safari activities, or simply relax at the lodge and watch quietly as the animals wander through the brush in front of you.

    Another activity you may want to consider, available at additional cost, would be a sunrise balloon safari over the African plains, a truly unforgettable experience. Marvel at the diverse habitats of the Masai Mara, the great Mara River, swamps, forests, wildlife and the African savanna as you drift silently over the incredible landscape. Touching down you would then enjoy a delicious champagne breakfast served in the open plains of the Masai Mara. You would then return to your lodge, via an enjoyable safari drive, where you have the remainder of your day at leisure.

    In the afternoon you will again enjoy one of the lodges many safari options or choose to simply relax and bask in your peaceful surroundings.

    Meals Included: Full Board (Including local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)

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    • andBeyond Bateleur Camp

Day 5

  • Masai Mara to the Serengeti Western Corridor


    This morning you will check out of your luxury lodge and enjoy a short transfer back to the nearby airstrip. Here you will board a short flight to Migori Airstrip where you will change planes and make another short hop to Grumeti Airstrip, crossing into Tanzania as you do so. Arriving at Grumeti Airstrip you will be met by your driver and transferred to the incredible andbeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp. Please note both of today's flights are included in your program cost.

    Defined by its two parallel rivers: the Mbalageti and the Grumeti, the Serengeti’s remote Western Corridor is home to a dazzling array of animal, bird and floral species. This region becomes a hive of activity around July, when it offers front row seats to the Great Migration, with hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and other migratory species thundering through the area’s woodlands and across its plains. While this is undoubtedly the annual wildlife highlight, the Western Corridor offers good game viewing throughout the year, with guided walks, horse riding safaris and balloon trips offered as an alternative to drives. The camp is located on a tributary of the Grumeti River and provides beautiful views of a river bend inhabited by a large collection of noisy hippos. Twice daily game drives venture out into the wide-open plains, where guests can enjoy the quintessential Serengeti landscapes in fully equipped safari vehicles. With the Grumeti River providing a permanent water source, the area is particularly rich in predators, with large prides of lions and extensive clans of hyena frequently spotted. The river also attracts large herds of buffalo and elephant, while the open plains are the ideal habitat for cheetah. Riverside drives provide an opportunity to spot massive crocodiles, that the area is renowned for, while birders will be amazed by the number of endemic species that call this area home. The thickets near the camp are also home to colobus monkeys, which cannot be seen anywhere else in the Serengeti.

    Meals Included: Full Board (Including local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)

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    • andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp

Day 6

  • On Safari in the Serengeti


    Today you will continue with your safari adventure. In this region another exciting option to consider is a full day trip to the shores of Lake Victoria. This experience promises a combination of wildlife adventures, sightseeing, fishing thrills and cultural insight.

    This day would begin with a morning game drive through the Serengeti that will take you out of the park gate. From here, it is a 20-minute drive to the lake shore, with the option to stop on the way and learn about the work of the &Beyond Foundation at Lukungu Primary School. On arrival at Lake Victoria, you can choose to set off on a fishing excursion in a traditional canoe, pay a visit to the local traditional doctor, clap along to the rhythm as the villagers perform a local dance or simply admire the magnificent landscapes. A wonderful picnic lunch would then be served on the lake shore before returning to the lodge where you would have the remainder of your day at leisure.

    Meals Included: Full Board (Including local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)


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    • andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp

Day 7

  • From the Serengeti Western Corridor to Ngorongoro Crater


    This morning you will check out of your lodge and enjoy a short transfer back to Grumeti Airstrip. From here you will board a light aircraft that will take you to Lake Manyara Airstrip. This flight will take you over some magnificent wildlife areas and so keep an eye out for herds of animals as you soar across the plains. Please note this flight is included in your program cost.

    Arriving into Lake Manyara you will be met by your driver and together you will make your way to andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. This drive will take around an hour and along the way you will pass through several small villages. Arriving at your new home for the next two nights, you will enjoy a welcome lunch during which you can discuss your agenda for the two days with the lodge manager and your guide. Having taken the afternoon to check in and relax into your incredible surroundings you will then meet your guide in the lodge communal area and together you will set off on a wonderful safari drive.

    As andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is situated on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, safari drives take quite some time to reach the crater’s floor and return to the lodge. This means that you will most likely want to undertake only one morning or afternoon game drive per day, however you will be out for a great deal longer than on a usual safari drive. Ideally you want to be out first thing in the morning to try and get ahead of the crowds that can fill the park during certain times of year. You will descend into the crater through a lush highland forest, with magnificent bird life to be spotted among the different tree species. Once on the grassy crater floor, you will discover a large variety of grazing herbivores, as well as the predators that are attracted by this abundant supply of prey. Depending on the time of year, you may see huge flocks of pink flamingo around the shores of the shallow Lake Magadi, while the surrounding swamp is inhabited by huge pods of grunting hippo. While the Ngorongoro Crater boasts an incredible abundance of wildlife, you should also be prepared to encounter a great number of other vehicles during the high season, especially at high interest sightings.

     Returning to your lodge in the evening you will be met with welcome back drinks and a sumptuous dinner, during which you will together with the lodge manager and guide make plans for the following day. You then have your evening to relax and soak in your incredible surroundings.

    Meals Included: Full Board (Including local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)


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    • andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Day 8

  • On Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater


    Today you will enjoy a full day of safari activities as you explore the Ngorongoro Crater. This area is widely regarded as offering some of the most incredible game viewing anywhere on the continent and today you will continue to discover why this reputation is so well deserved. You will work together with your guide to put together the perfect day that will ensure you see the maximum amount of wildlife, while at the same time avoiding the crowds as much as possible. An early start this morning is highly recommended!

    Meals Included: Full Board (Including local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)

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    • andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Day 9

  • On Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater


    Today you have at leisure to join a variety of different safari experiences. Alternatively, you can simply choose to spend the day relaxing at the lodge and watching the herds of animals roam the plains below.

    Meals Included: Full Board (Including local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)


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    • andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Day 10

  • From the Ngorongoro Crater to Zanzibar


    This morning you will say farewell to the Ngorongoro Crater and make your way back to Lake Manyara Airstrip. Here you will board a flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will change planes and depart for Zanzibar! Having arrived at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport you will be met by your driver and together you will journey across the island to Breezes Beach Club. Please note both of today's flights are included in the program cost.

    Located a little over an hour's drive from Stone Town, near the village of Paje on the beautiful eastern coast of Zanzibar, the seaside resort town of Dongwe features endless white-sand beaches and crystal- clear azure waters. Travelers from around the globe flock to this little corner of paradise for the quintessential beach-island getaway. Dongwe is encircled by lush tropical vegetation with an offshore coral reef teeming with colorful tropical fish and an array of other marine life.

    Here you can look forward to a variety of activities including swimming with wild dolphins, enjoying fascinating forest excursions, and sampling delicious local cuisine known for its variety of aromatic spices. Having checked in to your hotel you then have the remainder of your day at leisure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

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    • Breezes Beach Club & Spa

Day 11

  • At Leisure in Zanzibar


    Today you have at leisure to explore this tropical island paradise. Enjoy walking for miles along the pristine beach, go snorkeling just off the coast among the schools of bright tropical fish or simply relax at the hotel pool and do nothing at all.

    Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

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    • Breezes Beach Club & Spa

Day 12

  • Zanzibar Island Tour


    Today you will meet your guide in your hotel lobby and embark on a tour during which you would learn all about the fantastic heritage and history of this wonderful island. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stone Town has a rich history of sea traders, explorers, sultans and exotic spices. It presents a fusion of different cultures, languages and an exceptional variety of different architectural styles. Each building has unique carved wooden doors and walls and each alley hides an intriguing story of Sultans, seafarers and explorers.

    To appreciate Stone Town, one of the few functioning historic cities in East Africa, it is best to explore on foot along with your guide. They will lead you through the narrow and winding streets sharing stories and taking you to the sites where it all happened – former Slave Markets and Anglican Cathedrals, the House of Wonders, the Old Arab Fort and famous waterfront Forodhani Gardens.

    Visiting the City Market will give you a vivid picture of modern-day trading in Zanzibar – fish and seafood, tropical fruits and vegetables and mouth-watering spices. You will also enjoy some time at leisure during which will have the opportunity to enjoy shopping at the many small bazaars & curio shops. Following a break for lunch, payable locally, you will visit some of the many spice farms and gardens that are located in the central part of the Island. Here you will have the unique opportunity to enrich your knowledge on various spices, tropical fruits and learn all about the Island’s unique vegetation. As you walk through the farms your guide will give you an insight into each spice –its origins, use in food preparation, medicine and even in beauty care. You will learn about cloves, the most famous spice of Zanzibar, Cardamom, one of the three most expensive plants in the world, Cinnamon, its unique use from meat dishes to desserts and Saffron, the most expensive spice in the world.

    Following your days touring you would then be returned to your hotel where you have the remainder of your day at leisure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

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    • Breezes Beach Club & Spa

Day 13

  • Depart Zanzibar


    This morning you will check out of your hotel and enjoy a transfer back across the island to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport. Here you will board a flight that will take you back to Kilimanjaro International Airport. Please note the cost of this flight is included in your program cost.

    From Kilimanjaro International Airport you will meet your onward flight home via whichever route is most convenient. Please note this international flight home is not included in the program cost.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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Estimated pricing for a private journey through Kenya and Tanzania including Zanzibar:


Classic Program

Includes more basic accommodation than that mentioned in the Program above: $9,215 per person.

Luxury Program

Includes the accommodation mentioned in the Program above (or equivalent): $12,470 per person

Premium Program

Includes more luxurious accommodation than that mentioned in the Program above: $14,915 per person.

Please note the costs of the regional flights required for this itinerary are included, however the cost of the international flights to and from Africa are not. Please let us know if you would like assistance in booking your international airfare.

Please note due to the bespoke nature of our itineraries combined with profound seasonal variations in accommodation costs and availability the above pricing estimates should be used only as a guide. An exact cost can be provided once exact dates and logistics have been discussed.

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Why go through a company such as the Exeter Safari Company?

An African safari is, for many people, a once in a lifetime trip and for that reason you will want to be sure the arrangements are flawless. A safari incorporates many different elements including airport arrival and departure services, transfers, light aircraft flights, the routing to remote lodges and the most knowledgeable local guides. Coordinating all these different services, often throughout multiple countries, languages and currencies can be daunting.

By going through an experienced safari company which has a wealth of local knowledge, local connections and years of experience in the region you can be sure you will be receiving the highest possible level of service before, during and after your travels. At the Exeter Safari Company we work with only the best guides, highest quality lodges at every price point, and the most reliable transportation providers in Africa. Our extensive experience and connections throughout the continent will ensure your trip goes off without a hitch.

In addition, you will enjoy the peace of mind knowing that you have access to 24/7 support both before your departure and during your time in Africa.

What should I wear on safari?

When deciding what clothing to pack for a safari trip your main priority is going to be comfort, coverage, durability and ease of packing. Keep in mind safaris often include light aircraft flights on to which normal hard sided suitcases are not allowed. You will therefore want to pack your clothing and other items into a soft sided duffel style travel bag (no larger than 24 inches long and 15 inches wide) that can be easily stored along with other travelers’ bags in the small luggage compartments on board. Note there is also a strict 15KG (33lbs) weight limit for your luggage.

Regardless of the time of year you are traveling, or the expected temperatures, you will want to be prepared for some cooler occasions. In order to find animals while they are at their most active, safari drives generally take place in the early morning and late afternoon/early evening. You will therefore often be out and about during the cooler parts of the day and this combined with sitting in the back of an open sided safari vehicle means it can get chilly - even in the middle of Summer. Accordingly, you will want to bring one or two light jackets, preferably that can be layered, so when it does start warming up you are able to shed layers and maintain a comfortable temperature.

It is also important where possible to wear long-sleeve shirts and pants to help with both sun and insect protection (fleece is great as insects can’t bite through it). Mosquitoes, Tsetse flies and other small flying insects can be bothersome during certain parts of your safari and preparing for them ahead of time will make your trip that much more pleasant. You will want to avoid bringing dark blue and black clothing as this color is known to attract certain flying insects such as Tsetse flies. You may also want leave behind your favorite white clothing as they can quickly become dirty from the dust in the air and climbing in and out of the safari vehicle. Last you will want to keep in mind you are trying to remain inconspicuous while on safari and so bright colors and loud prints should be avoided. Instead opt for more neutral tones in greens and browns that will help you blend into your surroundings.

When it comes to footwear you will again want to choose an option that covers as much of your bare skin as possible, think hiking boots or closed shoes with long socks rather than flip-flops or sandals. You will also be climbing in and out of vehicles and walking on uneven terrain that could have sharp rocks or thorns and so you will want footwear that is relatively durable. Your safari may include bush walks and so you will want to wear sturdy hiking boots on these occasions. Around the lodge area you will be able to wear more casual and lightweight footwear including flip flops or sandals, assuming you have bug-spray to stop any pesky mosquitoes that may be in the area. While in your rooms you will normally have mosquito nets over the bed area however you may still want to bring some full-length pajamas to ensure you have less skin exposed to any mosquitoes that did manage to sneak in.

When is the best time to travel to Africa?

The short answer is anytime! While there are better and worse times to be on safari throughout the various regions of Africa because the continent is so large and so diverse whenever you are looking to travel there will be a destination that is right for you.

Traditionally, the best time to go on safari is during the dry season that broadly runs from June through October, however this season does vary significantly depending where in Africa you are considering. During the dry season the vegetation is much less dense and because the grass is shorter it is much easier to track and locate wildlife. Additionally, when there is less rainfall there are fewer available water sources for wildlife to gather around. This results in the animals tending to congregate around the same lakes, pans and rivers which again makes for great game viewing (and leads to some interesting herbivore/predator encounters!).

Often during the wet season, also called the green season, when water sources are abundant, the wildlife tends to spread out over an enormous area. Many camps and lodges close during this time of year, often December through February as the dirt tracks that surround the lodges become impassable.

Another aspect to consider, especially if visiting East Africa, is the great migration. Please visit our page that explores this topic at length as it will give you a good idea as to where the migration is located at any particular time of year.

What About Yellow Fever?

Yellow Fever is a disease found in many parts of sub-tropical Africa transmitted into humans through Mosquito bites. As it can be quite a serious illness it is essential you receive a yellow fever vaccination before embarking on a trip to an effected country.

The main safari destinations where Yellow Fever vaccinations are required are Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda and Rwanda. Other countries such as South Africa and Botswana require you to arrive with a yellow fever vaccination even if you have only transited through or visited a country where yellow fever exists within the past 6 months (keep in mind many of the countries on this list are in South America).

Check with your Exeter Safari Company expert for the specific requirements regarding the destinations included in your program. It is important to note the Yellow Fever vaccine requires 10 days before it becomes effective and so don’t leave it to the last minute!

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