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Tanzania and Kenya Classic Safari Private Adventure

The Best of the Big Game Safaris

 

Enjoy the big-game safari of your dreams in Kenya and Tanzania's most memorable private concessions, reserves, and parks. Visit Tarangire, Lake Manyara, UNESCO-listed Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, and Masai Mara, home to the greatest concentration of wildlife in Africa. Learn bow and arrow hunting from the indigenous Wahadzabe people. Track migrating wildebeest, leopards, lions, and elephants, and spot bathing hippos and crocodiles. Relax at remote luxury wilderness lodgings, handpicked to get you away from the crowds without sacrificing the big-game experience, and immerse yourself in the primal wonder of East Africa.

  • Journey to Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Masai Mara, Tarangire, and Lake Manyara

  • Meet the Datoga and Wahadzabe people and learn about their millenia-old traditions firsthand

  • Witness a dazzling variety of big game wildlife and track migrating wildebeest

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Arrive:

Arusha, Tanzania

Depart:

Nairobi, Kenya

Price: from $7,495

Duration:

12 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

4-12 Guests

Min Age:

10 yrs

Activity:

Level 1

This safari trip includes game drives in open 4X4 vehicles. The roads can be rugged and bumpy so travel itself can be wearing. The guided nature walks will be on flat terrain and vary in length. No previous experience is required.
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  • Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport & Transfer to Arusha

    Day 1

    Welcome to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania! Meet with an MT Sobek representative for an hour's drive to Arusha. Check into the boutique hotel set on five acres of land, with beautifully manicured gardens that provide a home to many varieties of birdlife and endemic plant species. Ease into the slow pace of safari life, leaving the daily hustle and bustle behind.

    Accommodation: Arusha Hotel-Arusha, Tanzania

    A calming retreat for those exploring East Africa's natural treasures, Northern Tanzania's Arusha Hotel is set in five acres of beautiful gardens, home to various birds and indigenous plants. Guests enjoy gym facilities and a temperature-controlled swimming pool. Elegantly furnished rooms feature satellite TV, Wi-Fi, and A/C. The contemporary restaurant with a terrace serves innovative cuisine and excellent wines.

    Accommodation: Mount Meru Game Lodge

    A short 30-minutes away from the Kilimanjaro airport, Mount Meru Game Lodge is set in serene surroundings nestled between the Usa River and the wildlife sanctuary. A sanctuary that is home to zebra, ostrich, water buffalo, a wide array of birds and monkeys, including the elusive Colobus monkey. Established in 1959, it was one of the first lodges in Northern Tanzania and has hosted numerous presidents, the King & Queen of Sweden, Prince Charles, Ernest Hemingway and the Kennedy family. The lodge includes Wi-Fi, swimming pool and gym facilities.

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

  • Drive from Arusha to Tarangire National Park

    Day 2

    Take a morning drive to the Shanga River House, a project devoted to empowering disabled Tanzanians, located on one of the country's oldest coffee plantations. Tour the workshop and boutique selling jewelry and crafts handmade by disabled artists using recycled glass bottles. There may be a chance to meet some of the artists and savor the fresh and delicious regional cuisine served at the restaurant. After a leisurely visit, get back on the road and drive to the deluxe tent camp in Tarangire.

    Accommodation: Oliver\’s Camp

    Set in the southern part of Tarangire National Park, Oliver's Camp offers ten well-spaced guest tents, ensuring a feeling of privacy. Designed to provide a classical bush experience, it features solid wooden furniture, comfortable chairs, and a library with books on local nature and wildlife. Guests relax at private verandas, in the lounge or dining tent, or around the fireplace.

    Accommodation: Lemala Mpingo Ridge

    This accommodation offers dramatic views of the Tarangire River and is known for its good service and comfortable setup. The tented sweets allow guests a truly immersive and wild African experience. There are individual restroom facilities, private plunge pools, and outdoor siesta beds perfect for an afternoon rest while being one with the elements. The lodge also offers a swimming pool, spa, lounge, bar, and restaurant serving a delicious variety of regional specialties.

    Accommodation: Corfield Camp

    Corfield Camp is ideally located only 15-minutes outside of the Tarangire National Park and is rich with wildlife from the surrounding Acacia shrub grasslands. The exclusive six tent campsite has a dining tent, a bar, a small library and is fully immersed in the African savannah with panoramic views of the valley. Each 20' x 25' canvas tent has en-suite bathrooms, electricity and a lounge area.

    Transportation: 2-hour 4x4 vehicle transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover Tarangire National Park's Wildlife

    Day 3

    Today is devoted to a full day touring of Tarangire National Park, home to the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti. Tarangire is the sixth largest park in the country and relatively less well known to tourists. Feel entirely on your own, come face to face with enormous herds of elephants, wildebeest, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest, and eland. After a long day tracking game by foot, return to the deluxe camp for refreshing sundowners and a delicious dinner.

    Accommodation: Oliver\’s Camp

    Set in the southern part of Tarangire National Park, Oliver's Camp offers ten well-spaced guest tents, ensuring a feeling of privacy. Designed to provide a classical bush experience, it features solid wooden furniture, comfortable chairs, and a library with books on local nature and wildlife. Guests relax at private verandas, in the lounge or dining tent, or around the fireplace.

    Accommodation: Lemala Mpingo Ridge

    This accommodation offers dramatic views of the Tarangire River and is known for its good service and comfortable setup. The tented sweets allow guests a truly immersive and wild African experience. There are individual restroom facilities, private plunge pools, and outdoor siesta beds perfect for an afternoon rest while being one with the elements. The lodge also offers a swimming pool, spa, lounge, bar, and restaurant serving a delicious variety of regional specialties.

    Accommodation: Corfield Camp

    Corfield Camp is ideally located only 15-minutes outside of the Tarangire National Park and is rich with wildlife from the surrounding Acacia shrub grasslands. The exclusive six tent campsite has a dining tent, a bar, a small library and is fully immersed in the African savannah with panoramic views of the valley. Each 20' x 25' canvas tent has en-suite bathrooms, electricity and a lounge area.

    Activity: Morning & afternoon game drive in 4x4 safari vehicle

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Drive to Mto Wa Mbu village and Lake Manyara National Park

    Day 4

    This morning, tour Mto wa Mbu, a village of farmers and craftspeople. Follow locals through their homes and farmlands, visit the milling machine, and the market where their woodcarvings and handiwork are sold. Head to Lake Manyara, a shallow alkaline lake often covered by resident flamingos. Apart from the lake and the many lions that roam the park, there is an expanse of tropical jungle filled with baboons and other rainforest wildlife. Later, drive to the mountain lodge, uniquely situated on the outskirts of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

    Accommodation: Acacia Farm Lodge-Karatu, Tanzania

    Acacia Farm Lodge is a romantic country lodge located high on the Great Rift's spectacular escarpment with panoramic views of the Karatu farmlands and nearby Ngorongoro forest area. Each of the 28 luxurious chalets includes a comfortable lounge, en-suite bedroom, modern amenities, and a private balcony. The swimming pool and creatively designed public areas add to the enchanting ambience.

    Accommodation: Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp

    Residing on the shores of Lake Eyasi, Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp is an intimate campsite on a two hundred acre family owned farm that is designed using local palm and wood to blend into the natural forest environment. The dining area, bar and pool use elements of traditional Hadza and Datoga culture as décor. Each of the eight thatched roof tents contain hand carved furniture, en-suite bathrooms and verandas overlooking the seasonal soda lake for the perfect sundowner setting.

    Activity: Morning & afternoon game drive in 4x4 safari vehicle

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore the Ngorongoro Crater

    Day 5

    Drive to Ngorongoro Crater for a full-day of game watching with a picnic. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is famed for its abundance of "big five" game and birds. Descend into the sunken cone to track game along the crater floor, its high walls serving as a natural enclosure for an abundance of wildlife. Look out for exceptional birds such as the lammergeyer, Verreaux's eagle, Egyptian vulture, rosy-breasted longclaw, flocks of lesser, and greater flamingos. End the day with sundowners and dinner back at the lodge outside the conservation area.

    Accommodation: Acacia Farm Lodge-Karatu, Tanzania

    Acacia Farm Lodge is a romantic country lodge located high on the Great Rift's spectacular escarpment with panoramic views of the Karatu farmlands and nearby Ngorongoro forest area. Each of the 28 luxurious chalets includes a comfortable lounge, en-suite bedroom, modern amenities, and a private balcony. The swimming pool and creatively designed public areas add to the enchanting ambience.

    Activity: Full day game drive in 4x4 safari vehicle

    Transportation: 30-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Meet Wahadzabe People at Lake Eyasi

    Day 6

    Tour villages of the Datoga and meet with the Wahadzabe people, who live as hunter-gatherers around Lake Eyasi, one of the oldest parts of the Eastern Rift Valley, renowned for its colorful bird life. An off-shoot of the Acadi tribe, the Wahadzabes are a very secretive and protective community. Learn to hunt with a bow and arrow, start a fire, or join the women gathering roots, tubers and wild fruit. Discover their way of life - an unforgettable experience - and return to the mountain lodge in Ngorongoro.

    Accommodation: Acacia Farm Lodge-Karatu, Tanzania

    Acacia Farm Lodge is a romantic country lodge located high on the Great Rift's spectacular escarpment with panoramic views of the Karatu farmlands and nearby Ngorongoro forest area. Each of the 28 luxurious chalets includes a comfortable lounge, en-suite bedroom, modern amenities, and a private balcony. The swimming pool and creatively designed public areas add to the enchanting ambience.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover Serengeti National Park

    Day 7

    From Ngorongoro, head to Serengeti National Park, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Relax at safari tent camps just like Out of Africa. MT Sobek mobile camps allow blending in with the environment, and upon departure, there is little if any evidence of camping left behind. Spacious and comfortable accommodations offer a good rest after long days of tracking. Come evening, head out for a game drive, then sit around the campfire to share stories of the day's greatest discoveries

    Accommodation: Intimate Camps Tanzania-Serengeti National Park

    Enjoy luxury mobile camping, widely recognized as the most authentic of safari experiences, with Intimate Camps in Tanzania. Sleeping tents consist of a verandah, bedroom area, dressing area and a separate shower and toilet. Day tents are designed to provide a comfortable dining and recreation experience. Savor food prepared by the camp chef and delight in exchanging camp-fire stories at night.

    Accommodation: Chaka Camp

    A mobile campground that follows the seasonal wildlife migration, Chaka Camp will be located further south at Ndutu to offer an all-encompassing experience in the Serengeti ecosystem. Constantly surrounded by life, guests may have a chance encounter to dine next to grazing animals as a herd of over two million wildebeest and zebras make their way through Ndutu. The boutique-styled tents are designed with handwoven African fabrics and artisan crafted furniture. Each of the eight tents has an en-suite bathroom and private veranda overlooking the vast terrain.

    Accommodation: Siringit Serengeti Camp

    Activity: Morning & afternoon game drive in 4X4 safari vehicle

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Journey through the Serengeti

    Day 8

    Besides being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Serengeti is Tanzania's oldest and most popular park, as well as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Today head into the south-central corner, an area that sees few tourists. Witness majestic lions, herds of wildebeest, zebra and crocodile in the savannas, plains, forests and woodlands. Enjoy game-viewing in the early morning and late afternoon.

    Accommodation: Intimate Camps Tanzania-Serengeti National Park

    Enjoy luxury mobile camping, widely recognized as the most authentic of safari experiences, with Intimate Camps in Tanzania. Sleeping tents consist of a verandah, bedroom area, dressing area and a separate shower and toilet. Day tents are designed to provide a comfortable dining and recreation experience. Savor food prepared by the camp chef and delight in exchanging camp-fire stories at night.

    Accommodation: Chaka Camp

    A mobile campground that follows the seasonal wildlife migration, Chaka Camp will be located further south at Ndutu to offer an all-encompassing experience in the Serengeti ecosystem. Constantly surrounded by life, guests may have a chance encounter to dine next to grazing animals as a herd of over two million wildebeest and zebras make their way through Ndutu. The boutique-styled tents are designed with handwoven African fabrics and artisan crafted furniture. Each of the eight tents has an en-suite bathroom and private veranda overlooking the vast terrain.

    Accommodation: Siringit Serengeti Camp

    Activity: Morning & afternoon game drive in 4X4 safari vehicle

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Mara North Conservancy

    Day 9

    After breakfast, fly to Tarime for a connecting flight to Migori, Kenya and a two-hour drive to Mara North Conservancy, just north of the Masai Mara National Reserve. En route, enjoy a leisurely game drive, spotting lions, hippos, crocodiles, cheetahs, and leopards. A private concession, the Mara North Conservancy partners with a few member camps and 800 Maasai landowners to establish a protected wilderness area. Its savannas and grasslands attract herbivores of all kinds, from elephants, giraffes and zebras to gazelles and impalas. Arrive to the luxury tent camp at lunchtime.

    Accommodation: Karen Blixen Camp-Masai Mara, Kenya

    Named after the author of the classic novel, Out of Africa, this eco-friendly camp evokes a time when the savanna was seldom visited and camps provided a stylish retreat. The 22 large luxury tents offer views of the Mara River. Take a dip in the pool, savor meals at the stylish restaurant or end the day with a massage

    Activity: Afternoon game drive in 4x4 safari vehicle

    Transportation: 2-hour safari vehicle transfer; 1.25-hour flight

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Encounter Wildlife of the Mara North Conservancy

    Day 10

    Wake to the smell of freshly brewed coffee for the first morning game drive in Kenya. Early mornings are one of the best times to view wildlife, as most activity goes on before the day heats up. Return to camp for a hearty breakfast and a nature walk in the wild. In the afternoon, set off on a game drive with drinks and snacks for happy hour out in the bush. Back at camp, enjoy a hot shower before dinner is served.

    Accommodation: Karen Blixen Camp-Masai Mara, Kenya

    Named after the author of the classic novel, Out of Africa, this eco-friendly camp evokes a time when the savanna was seldom visited and camps provided a stylish retreat. The 22 large luxury tents offer views of the Mara River. Take a dip in the pool, savor meals at the stylish restaurant or end the day with a massage

    Activity: Morning & afternoon game drive in 4x4 safari vehicle

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Masai Mara National Reserve

    Day 11

    Start the day early and set out towards the gates of the Masai Mara National Reserve. With a packed picnic lunch, enjoy the whole day exploring another part of the famous conservation area. Visit the Mara River and marvel at the famous migration routes. Arrive just in time for a quick swim in the pool or an easy walk before sunset. Enjoy dinner and celebratory drinks to end the extraordinary African adventure.

    Accommodation: Karen Blixen Camp-Masai Mara, Kenya

    Named after the author of the classic novel, Out of Africa, this eco-friendly camp evokes a time when the savanna was seldom visited and camps provided a stylish retreat. The 22 large luxury tents offer views of the Mara River. Take a dip in the pool, savor meals at the stylish restaurant or end the day with a massage

    Activity: Morning & afternoon game drive in 4x4 safari vehicle

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Nairobi, Kenya

    Day 12

    After breakfast, board a flight to Nairobi, Kenya's capital city, and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the heated swimming pool, fully equipped day rooms and the hotel's restaurant prior to departure. Refresh and relax before hitting the road to the airport for international flights home.

    Transportation: 1.25-hour internal flight

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Tanzania and Kenya Classic Safari Private Adventure

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

By combining Kenya's Maasai Mara and Tanzania's Seregenti we're maximizing the chances to see the Great Migration on our August and December departures!

Reason #02

This quintessential safari is perfect for first-timers or wildlife enthusiasts who want to see it all.

Reason #03

Travel in rugged 4x4 vehicles that offer maximum game viewing opportunities. Overnights at comfortable lodges or deluxe tented camps will guarantee your every comfort.

Meet your guides

Joseph Ndunguru

Joseph Ndunguru

Joseph is affectionately known as 'Africa's Smallest Giraffe' by his fellow classmates at the Mweka Wildlife College. He is a passionate conservationist who was one of only four Tanzanians to be offered a UNESCO Grant to study Conservation and Park Management at University of Michigan. After completing his university degree, Joseph returned to the Ngorongoro conservation area to work on anti-poaching initiatives. Despite his recognition and promotion, Joseph prefers to share his enthusiasm of the natural world with visitors as a safari guide in Tanzania.

Raymond Teekishe

Raymond Teekishe

Raymond was born in Arusha and then raised in a Masai Village in both Ngorngoro and Simanjiro. As a Masai, he's lived his entire life within wildlife protected areas and in harmony with the wildlife. Consequently, he possesses a deep knowledge and respect for the Serengeti's wildlife. Raymond has a deep passion for sharing Africa with MT Sobek travelers, and his enthusiasm continually rubs off on those around him. With over 13 years of experience in the industry, Raymond is an excellent leader with wonderful interpersonal skills and an innate knowledge for the surrounding environment.

Activities

Thrilling game drives through Kenya and Tanzania's famed private concessions, reserves and national parks, and encounters with secretive native tribes.

Lodging

Bookend the journey at boutique hotels; in the wilderness, enjoy deluxe tailor-equipped safari camps.

Climate

You will be blessed with a temperate climate year-round. Although the weather is usually dry, rain or thundershowers are always a possibility.

FAQ

What are the visa and passport requirements for travel to East Africa?

A current passport valid for up to 6 months after the return date of your trip is needed to travel anywhere in East Africa. U.S. citizens also need a visa for entry into Tanzania and Kenya.

Do I need vaccinations or malaria tablets?

We always recommend you speak to your doctor or a health professional about vaccinations and malaria tablets well in advance of your safari. At present, certain areas of Tanzania and Kenya are affected by malaria.

Can I drink the water when traveling in East Africa?

Tap water is generally unsafe in East Africa. Bottled water is provided in the safari vehicles for all of our game drives and in the bathrooms at the lodges for brushing your teeth.

Are tour dates flexible?

Yes, please contact us if you aren't able to travel on the set departure dates listed. Most safaris can be arranged on alternative departure dates as long as camps are available.

What is a typical day on safari?

Each camp and lodge varies, but there are usually two game drives or walks per day; one in the morning lasting about 3-5 hours, and one in late afternoon which lasts about 3 hours.

Does this trip contribute to any local conservation efforts?

Yes! This trip helps support the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust by visiting the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage to learn about rescue and preservation efforts to protect local wildlife and habitats. For every guest, MT Sobek "adopts" one orphan elephant.

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Private Trip Pricing:

2022 Pricing

2 to 3 guests from $7,695 per person double occupancy

4 to 5 guests from $7,495 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $7,295 per person double occupancy

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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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