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Explore - Kenya & Tanzania

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Explore the vast African landscape full of exotic wildlife and untouched nature. Join in game drives through some of Kenya’s and Tanzania’s largest National Reserves and come close to Africa’s Big Five. Sleep in some of the most unique lodges, while listening to the hyenas cackle or a lion growl in the distance underneath a star lit sky. With this full experience you will have no doubt that you have finally made it to Africa. 

Our Explore Kenya & Tanzania Holiday is now available to book from our sister brand TDactive Holidays – please click on this link to the TDactive Holidays website  to find out more about our TDactive holidays and to book.

 

We have tailored this holiday to give you the best possible experience on this trip of a lifetime across Kenya and Tanzania. We use 4x4 vehicles for your game drives and keep the tour numbers small so you can see all the unique wildlife this area has to offer.

 Along your travels you will stop to meet the local Masai people; a semi-nomadic tribe that have lived on this land for centuries and still hold on to their customs and way of living.

Be sure not to miss the stunning sunsets that are so rich in colour that you may question if they are real!

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
US Dollars are the most commonly accepted currency however you can also choose to pay with other major currencies.  Visa fees are always payable in US dollars when purchased on arrival.  US bank notes must be issued after the year 2000 and contain the most current anti-counterfeit measures (these are the ones with the larger photos of the presidents).
Local Time
Irish and UK time +3 hours
Passport/Visa
EU passport holders require a visa to visit Kenya & Tanzania. A visa can be purchased on arrival for both destinations and the cost is US$50 cash per person, per destination. Other nationalities should contact us directly. Your passport must be valid for six months from your return date and have at least 1 blank page.
Climate

Some people expect that all of Africa is always hot and are quite surprised at the cold temperatures on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater.  Nairobi (at 1661 m) and Arusha (at 1403 m) are both at fairly high elevations and can be cooler than people expect.  The coasts of Kenya and Tanzania including the islands of Zanzibar and Mafia Island have much warmer climates.  It can rain any time during the year.  Rain is more common in April, May and November.

Food & Drink

In Kenya, staples are maize and other cereals depending on the region, including millet and sorghumeaten with various meats and vegetables. Some typical mainland Tanzanian foods include rice, ugali (maize porridge), chapati (a kind of bread), nyama choma (grilled meat), mshikaki (marinated beef), fish, pilau, biryani, and ndizi-nyama (plantains with meat). Your guide or local representative can give you advice if you are dining on your own.  We can assist with special dietary requests given advance notice.

Vaccinations
Vaccinations are essential before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau.
Packing List

Assuming that you intend to travel on safari during your stay in Africa, you should make every effort to pack your belongings into one soft sided bag and one ‘carry on’ style bag for cameras, valuables and day trips.

  • Insect repellent with Deet.
  • Swimsuit
  • Camera Batteries (Can be difficult to purchase)
  • Rain Poncho
  • Small Day Bag
  • Torch
  • Valid Passport
Recommended Reading

Coming to Birth by Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye

A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna by Joseph Lekuton

Holiday highlights

Masai Mara National Reserve

This reserve was named by the  Maasai people (the ancestral inhabitants of the area), because from far away it looked "Mara," or spotted from the circles of trees. The wildife that resides there include: Masai lions, African leopards and Tanzanian cheetahs, and the annual migration of zebra, Thomson's gazelle, and wildebeest.

Ngorongoro Crater

The World’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Due to its size and diversity, the crater floor is comprised of several distinct areas, ranging from forest, swamps, lakes and springs, to open grassland and some sandy dunes. It’s an awesome wildlife experience.

Lake Naivasha Boat Trip

Float on this picturesque lake while hippos water on the shores and exotic birds can be seen everywhere.

Visit a Masai Village

The Masai people are an ethnic group of semi-nomadic people inhabiting southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. You will have a unique chance to visit their village and experience their lifestyle and culture. 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
US Dollars are the most commonly accepted currency however you can also choose to pay with other major currencies.  Visa fees are always payable in US dollars when purchased on arrival.  US bank notes must be issued after the year 2000 and contain the most current anti-counterfeit measures (these are the ones with the larger photos of the presidents).
Local Time
Irish and UK time +3 hours
Passport/Visa
EU passport holders require a visa to visit Kenya & Tanzania. A visa can be purchased on arrival for both destinations and the cost is US$50 cash per person, per destination. Other nationalities should contact us directly. Your passport must be valid for six months from your return date and have at least 1 blank page.
Climate

Some people expect that all of Africa is always hot and are quite surprised at the cold temperatures on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater.  Nairobi (at 1661 m) and Arusha (at 1403 m) are both at fairly high elevations and can be cooler than people expect.  The coasts of Kenya and Tanzania including the islands of Zanzibar and Mafia Island have much warmer climates.  It can rain any time during the year.  Rain is more common in April, May and November.

Food & Drink

In Kenya, staples are maize and other cereals depending on the region, including millet and sorghumeaten with various meats and vegetables. Some typical mainland Tanzanian foods include rice, ugali (maize porridge), chapati (a kind of bread), nyama choma (grilled meat), mshikaki (marinated beef), fish, pilau, biryani, and ndizi-nyama (plantains with meat). Your guide or local representative can give you advice if you are dining on your own.  We can assist with special dietary requests given advance notice.

Vaccinations
Vaccinations are essential before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau.
Packing List

Assuming that you intend to travel on safari during your stay in Africa, you should make every effort to pack your belongings into one soft sided bag and one ‘carry on’ style bag for cameras, valuables and day trips.

  • Insect repellent with Deet.
  • Swimsuit
  • Camera Batteries (Can be difficult to purchase)
  • Rain Poncho
  • Small Day Bag
  • Torch
  • Valid Passport
Recommended Reading

Coming to Birth by Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye

A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna by Joseph Lekuton

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to Kenya

Morning

Travel to Kenya

Upon arrival in Nairobi International Airport, you will be met by our local representative and transferred to the Safari Park Hotel.  

Day 2 - Masai Mara National Reserve

Morning

Masai Mara National Reserve

Leaving Nairobi after breakfast, you'll travel towards Kenya's fertile highlands and head down the Rift Escarpment on a road built by Italian prisoners of war during World War II. Look for the charming chapel they built at the foot of the escarpment.  You'll pass the impressive Longonot earth satellite station as you head across the Valley to Narok, and then travel across acres of wheat and barley, before you reach the Masai Mara in time for lunch. 

Afternoon

Game Drive 

Following lunch and a siesta, there is an afternoon game drive returning to the Masai Mara Sopa lodge as the sun sets.

Day 3 - Masai Mara National Reserve

Morning

Masai Mara National Reserve

After an early breakfast, you will depart on a morning game drive, returning to the lodge for lunch. 

Afternoon

Masai Village

After time at leisure  you will  go for an afternoon game drive and visit to the Masai Village, returning to the lodge as the sun sets. 

Day 4 - Masai Mara – Lake Nakuru

Morning

Masai Mara – Lake Nakuru

Leaving the Masai Mara after breakfast, you will travel across the ‘breadbasket’ of Kenya, where acres of wheat and barley litter the landscape as you head north to Narok, the district headquarters of this part of Maasailand. You will then travel across the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley, keeping an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle as you head up the Mai-Mahiu, before arriving at Lake Nakuru around midday. Once in the park, you will be able to view game en route to the lodge. 

Afternoon

Game Drive

Following lunch and time at leisure, there is an afternoon game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets. The National Park, known for its birdlife, offers a possibility to view flamingos.  It is also home to Black and White Rhinos as well as the beautiful and highly endangered Rothschild Giraffe.

Day 5 - Lake Naivasha

Morning

Lake Naivasha - Amboseli National Park

After an early breakfast, continue to Lake Naivasha for a picturesque boat ride at the highest elevation of the Kenyan Rift valley and be surrounded by stunning birds and hippos watering by the shore. Later, leaving the Rift Valley behind, proceed to Nairobi for an early lunch (or picnic lunch dependent on road conditions). 

Afternoon

Travel to Lodge 

Head south towards Amboseli arriving at your lodge by late afternoon.

Day 6 - Amboseli National Park

Full Day

Amboseli National Park

Depart the lodge after breakfast for a full-day game drive, enjoy a hot picnic lunch at a picnic site returning to the lodge in the early evening.

Day 7 - Arusha

Morning

Amboseli – Arusha

After breakfast, you journey to the Tanzania border and then on to Arusha for lunch.  

Afternoon

Arusha – Lake Manyara

After lunch, drive across the Masai Steppe to the Great Rift Valley en route to your hotel at Lake Manyara. Here, your hotel is perched high on the rim overlooking the park below.

Day 8 - Lake Manyara & Depart for the Serengeti

Morning

Lake Manyara 

After breakfast enter your safari vehicle and spend the morning exploring and driving through Lake Manyara National Park. 

Afternoon

Depart for the Serengeti

About midday, return to the lodge for lunch and then depart for Serengeti National Park with some game viewing en route arriving at your lodge as the sun begins to set.

Day 9 - Serengeti National Park

Full Day

Serengeti National Park

Morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park exploring this famous park and all that it has to offer. 

Day 10 - Serengeti National Park  & Masai Village

Morning

Serengeti National Park 

After breakfast you depart for Ngorongoro with a picnic lunch, viewing game across the vast Serengeti plains.

Afternoon

Masai Village

After a picnic lunch you continue towards the crater with a short visit of a Masai Village. In the late afternoon, you will continue to your lodge, set high on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 11 - Ngorongoro Crater Game Viewing

Morning

Ngorongoro Crater Full Day Game Viewing

A highlight awaits you this morning as you depart to explore what is commonly referred to as the World’s largest natural wildlife zoo. After breakfast, you will descend with a picnic lunch through the early morning mists and 2,000 feet into the crater. Ngorongoro Crater is the World’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Due to its size and diversity, the crater floor is comprised of several distinct areas, ranging from forest, swamps, lakes and springs, to open grassland and some sandy dunes. It’s an awesome wildlife experience. 

Evening

Return to Lodge 

After returning to the lodge, take time to enjoy the sun set over the Ngorongoro Crater while relaxing by the lodge’s pool.

Day 12 - Game Drive

Morning

Ngorongoro Crater - Tarangire National Park 

Departing Ngorongoro Crater after breakfast and head south east en route to Lake Manyara, Mto wa Mbu village and Tarangire beyond. Through the highlands and the Karatu district, you’ll view the scenic wheat plains and coffee plantations here before journeying down the spectacular escarpment where you turn south on to the main Arusha – Dodoma road and into the park. From here to the lodge, you’ll enjoy a game drive en route.

Afternoon

Game Drive

After lunch and perhaps a swim, the remainder of the afternoon will be spent on a game drive. 

Day 13 – Return Home

Morning

Travel to Nairobi

Depart Tarangire after breakfast and drive back to Arusha arriving in time for lunch.   

Afternoon

Return Home

After lunch you continue the journey by road to Nairobi arriving in Nairobi late afternoon and proceed for dinner in Nairobi city centre before drop off at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. 

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Safari Park Hotel 3

Situated only 10km from the city centre and 20km from the international airport, the lively Safari Park Hotel is really an African-themed resort providing deluxe accommodation in 64 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and indigenous forest. All of the 204 distinctively desig... read more read more read more

Situated only 10km from the city centre and 20km from the international airport, the lively Safari Park Hotel is really an African-themed resort providing deluxe accommodation in 64 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and indigenous forest. All of the 204 distinctively designed and decorated rooms are airy and contain television, bathroom facilities and private balconies. Its six restaurants are excellent and cater to all tastes, including Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Italian, English and African. There is also a casino, several bars, health club, tennis and squash courts (golf nearby) and some of Kenya’s most advanced business and conference facilities.

Hotel address
Safari Park Hotel
P.O Box 45038 A2
Nairobi
Kenya
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Masai Mara Sopa Lodge 3

The lodge is set in the Oloolaimutia Valley and built into the surrounding hillside landscape. The accent around the lodge is on the indigenous Masai people and the fabulous wealth of wildlife, birdlife and natural flora seen in every direction. The lodge is luxuriously appointed... read more read more read more

The lodge is set in the Oloolaimutia Valley and built into the surrounding hillside landscape. The accent around the lodge is on the indigenous Masai people and the fabulous wealth of wildlife, birdlife and natural flora seen in every direction. The lodge is luxuriously appointed with all the mod cons one would expect from a Sopa styled lodge in the bush. The bedrooms are spacious, the large pool has wonderful views and there’s evening wildlife films and CNN to enjoy during the down-time. All this ensures that your stay will be blissfully comfortable.

Hotel address
Masai Mara Sopa Lodge
Rift Valley,
Nairobi
Kenya
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Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge 3

Located on a range of hills that form the western limits of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, the newest member of the Sopa family, Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge offers spectacular views over the vastness of Africa. Overlooking Lake Nakuru and its surrounding National Park, it is a paradise f... read more read more read more

Located on a range of hills that form the western limits of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, the newest member of the Sopa family, Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge offers spectacular views over the vastness of Africa. Overlooking Lake Nakuru and its surrounding National Park, it is a paradise for bird watchers and wildlife lovers alike. 

Hotel address
Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge
Karima Kanyoka Road,
Kenya

Nairobi
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Amboseli Sopa Lodge 3

Set on 200 acres of private land on the foothills of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, the lodge is perfectly poised to provide a luxurious base from which to explore the park and get some great pictures of this incredible mountain. The lodge is also close to where Er... read more read more read more

Set on 200 acres of private land on the foothills of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, the lodge is perfectly poised to provide a luxurious base from which to explore the park and get some great pictures of this incredible mountain. The lodge is also close to where Ernest Hemingway lived whilst writing his famous novel, The Snows of Kilimanjaro. Each of the 47 rooms has their own private veranda on which to relax, sunbathe and take in the views. All rooms are en suite, with walk-in shower, lavatory, wash basin and shaving socket – they’re all modern, spacious and comfortable. Meals are a cosmopolitan combination of European, African and Asian dishes, all made with fresh produce and served from a colourful buffet. There are also several bars, a great pool, TV lounge and many other small niceties that make this a superb location.

Hotel address
Amboseli Sopa Lodge
Rift Valley,
Nairobi
Kenya
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Lake Manyara Serena Lodge 3

It would be difficult to find a more dramatic setting than the Lake Manyara Serena Lodge.  Situated at the edge of an escarpment, this deluxe lodge overlooks both the Great Rift Valley, which formed millions of years ago, and the beautiful soda lake of Manyara with is lavish... read more read more read more

It would be difficult to find a more dramatic setting than the Lake Manyara Serena Lodge.  Situated at the edge of an escarpment, this deluxe lodge overlooks both the Great Rift Valley, which formed millions of years ago, and the beautiful soda lake of Manyara with is lavish supply of bird life.  The birds themselves have provided the inspiration for the lodge's architecture.  Graceful, curving and free flowing, it is built in the local circular style and exudes an atmosphere of peacefulness where man and nature co-exist.  From the patterns in the reception area resembling bird migration paths, 

Hotel address
Lake Manyara Serena Lodge
Karatu,
Northern Tanzania

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Serengeti Sopa Lodge 3

The Serengeti Sopa lodge is located in the Nyarboro Hills in the south west of the Serengeti National Park and is the only tourism development in this section of the park. Year round water and the acacia woodland in this area create an ideal environment for the wide variety of wi... read more read more read more

The Serengeti Sopa lodge is located in the Nyarboro Hills in the south west of the Serengeti National Park and is the only tourism development in this section of the park. Year round water and the acacia woodland in this area create an ideal environment for the wide variety of wildlife seen in the immediate vicinity of the lodge. Looking out over the seemingly endless Serengeti plains, this hill side lodge is a tranquil oasis set in thousands of square kilometres of Serengeti National Park. The lodge can accommodate around 170 guests in 79 suites, each enjoying wall-to-wall carpeting, a private lounge with a mini bar, a bedroom with two queen size beds and ample room for a third guest.

Each has a private veranda which offers stunning views over the plains. As the sun sets, you may enjoy sundowner cocktails by the pool, and in the evening, after a 4-course dinner, traditional dancers entertain guests. Slide presentations are also held daily by resident naturalists.

Hotel address
Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Bariadi,
Tanzania

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Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge 3

The lodge is located on Lemala Hill on the uppermost eastern rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, making this the only tourist development on the eastern rim of the crater.  The views into the crater floor from here are spectacular and sunsets magnificent. Another major advantage h... read more read more read more

The lodge is located on Lemala Hill on the uppermost eastern rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, making this the only tourist development on the eastern rim of the crater.  The views into the crater floor from here are spectacular and sunsets magnificent. Another major advantage here is that guests can enjoy a safari begins within five minutes of leaving the lodge, as the park gate is very close. The lodge is tastefully decorated, spacious and all the bedrooms are modern, comfortable and equipped with everything one would expect from a hotel of this class. With an altitude of 2,375 metres, the lodge experiences cool and even cold weather, especially during the winter months of June and July when temperatures can get as low as 10' C. However, guests enjoy sunshine during most of the year and must take care when sunbathing by the pool due to the altitude. The food and service here is stylish with meals being a massif collection of delicious international and Tanzanian dishes.

Hotel address
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Bariadi,
Tanzania

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Tarangire Sopa Lodge 3

One of the best parks on the northern circuit for elephant viewing during the dry season and Tarangire Sopa is ideally placed to experience this.  The lodge welcomes guests to its vast marble-floored reception area with cold flannels and iced juice. In the pretty gardens a l... read more read more read more

One of the best parks on the northern circuit for elephant viewing during the dry season and Tarangire Sopa is ideally placed to experience this.  The lodge welcomes guests to its vast marble-floored reception area with cold flannels and iced juice. In the pretty gardens a large circular pool with a central island, a pool bar and elegant wooden loungers demonstrates the lodge's commitment to comfort. Delicious barbecue lunches are often served here. A broad veranda wraps itself around the lodge and gives prime viewing for the waterhole below, which is filled during the dry season and becomes a magnet to wildlife. The rooms at the lodge are simple, comfortable and spacious and arranged in groups of four, in African-style buildings. Large sliding doors open to a private balcony.

Hotel address
Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Babati,
Tanzania

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*Some hotel facilities are seasonally operated and may not be available at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

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