Tanzania & Kenya Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Laikipia, Samburu, Maasai Mara - African Encounters

Tanzania & Kenya
Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Laikipia, Samburu, Maasai Mara

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5 - 20 October 2024 - FULL!
5 - 20 October 2024 - FULL!

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    Availability : 5 - 20 October 2024
    Arusha, Tanzania
    Nairobi, Kenya
    Max People : 8

    Avoid the crowds on this small group safari to Tanzania & Kenya

    Experience some of Africa’s best-kept secrets on this small group Tanzania & Kenya safari. Northern Kenya is vast and arid, with epic landscapes, it is rich in unique wildlife, and home to historic cultures. If you want to venture off the regular tourist route with exceptional safari guides and experience wildlife conservation first-hand, then this safari is for you! Laikipia and Samburu are two less well-known parks in northern Kenya where you’ll experience fantastic game-viewing, with rarely another vehicle in sight.

    In Laikipia, you’ll meet the world’s last two northern white rhinos who are protected 24/7 by armed rangers, and learn about efforts to avoid the species extinction. In Samburu, you’ll see unique wildlife like the Beisa Oryx, Reticulated Giraffe, Grevy’s Zebra, Gerenuk, and Somali ostrich which are endemic to the Samburu ecosystem. On a private visit to the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary – a community-run sanctuary for rescued baby elephants and other wildlife, you’ll meet your baby elephant (12-month adoption included).

    In Tanzania, the vast Serengeti plains and the spectacular Ngorongoro crater, the largest caldera in the world, certainly deserve their place as two of the world’s most amazing concentrations of wildlife. That fame attracts large numbers of visitors, but our professional safari guides are experts at avoiding the crowds! Our stunning Serengeti camp is ideally placed for the wildebeest migration which passes through this area from October to December on their journey to their breeding grounds in the southern Serengeti. The game viewing here is outstanding all year round, with large herds of buffalo and elephant, an abundance of plains game, and exceptional big cat sightings.

    Your tour escort Karen is a former Kenya resident, and she’d love to share some of her favourite parks and camps in Kenya and Tanzania with you!

    Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti, Amboseli, Laikipia & Samburu

    Most of our intimate and very comfortable camps on this exclusive Tanzania & Kenya safari are in private conservancies which provide an important dispersal area for wildlife. The animals have discovered the tranquility of the conservancies in contrast to the busy national parks and game reserves, and the game viewing is exceptional. Local communities also benefit from the conservancies with income from land leases, employment opportunities, and community support. A portion of the tour price for this Tanzania & Kenya safari contributes to these initiatives. You’ll experience incredible game viewing well away from the masses of tourist vans in the National Parks. Explore the African wilderness and track animal footprints on guided walks with Maasai warriors. And, after a day full of amazing wildlife encounters, relax in our wonderful safari camps and lodges – most with just 6-8 spacious and very comfortable tents with en-suite bathrooms.

    IMPORTANT: The camps and lodges on this safari are small and intimate, and can only accommodate a very limited number of guests.  Early bookings are essential to secure your place!

    This Tanzania & Kenya safari is an African Encounters Signature Safari and will be personally escorted from Nairobi by company director Karen Platzer for a group of 4 or more participants. For less than 4 people the tour will be guided by qualified local guides.

    Ask about these optional add-ons: Gorilla trekking in Uganda, or a few relaxing days on the Kenya Coast or Zanzibar Island.

    • Explore the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater – an extinct volcano that is home to some 30,000 animals.
    • Witness the annual wildebeest migration in the Serengeti.
    • Stay in private conservancies for an exceptional safari experience away from the crowds.
    • Meet your adopted baby elephant on a behind-the-scenes tour of Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, Kenya’s first community-owned and managed elephant orphanage.
    • See unique wildlife like the Beisa Oryx, Reticulated Giraffe, Grevy’s Zebra, Gerenuk, and Somali ostrich.
    • Enjoy every comfort – your superb safari tents are like a 4-star hotel room with canvas walls!
    • Game drives in customised 4×4 safari vehicles, perfect for wildlife viewing and photography.
    • In Kenya, you’ll fly between camps to avoid long drives on rough roads, and spend more time with the wildlife!
    • Enjoy walks with Maasai guides, night game drives, bush picnics & sundowners.                            
    • Experience incredible wildlife encounters with no other vehicles around!
    • Meet the last two northern white rhinos, closely monitored in a 700-acre rhino enclosure in northern Kenya, and learn about efforts to avoid the extinction of the species. 
    • Escorted from Arusha, Tanzania by African Encounters director Karen Platzer and qualified local guides.

    Arrival: Arusha, Tanzania

    Tour length


    Departure: Nairobi, Kenya

    16 days

    What’s included

    • Arrival and departure transfers
    • Luxury tented camps and lodges, all rooms with private facilities.
    • All meals while on safari
    • Drinks, excluding premium brands
    • Flights between camps as per itinerary
    • Park and concession fees and permits
    • A 12-month adoption of an orphaned baby elephant at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary with every booking.
    • Visits to community projects
    • Donations to conservation and community projects
    • Professional local guides
    • Tips & gratuities
    • Escorted from Arusha, Tanzania, by Karen Platzer, African Encounters tour director, and local guides

    What’s not included

    • International airfares
    • Visas
    • Travel insurance (mandatory)
    • Any Personal Expenses
    Itinerary at a glance

    5 October Arusha, Tanzania

    Independent arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania where you will be met and taken to your accommodation for one night.

    6 OctoberLake Manyara

    After breakfast, check out with picnic lunches and drive to Lake Manyara. Over two-thirds of this World Heritage park is covered by a shallow alkaline lake that is a key habitat for hundreds of bird species including flamingos, pelicans, yellow-billed storks, and grey herons, and pods of hippo. As well as its famous tree-climbing lions, elephants, buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe, monkeys, the elusive leopard, and monitor lizards can all be found here.

    7 OctoberNgorongoro Crater, Tanzania

    After breakfast, enjoy a spectacular drive down into the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest inactive and empty volcanic caldera, and a UNESCO heritage site.  Around 30,000 animals live in the crater, including lions, black rhinos, and elephants.  Enjoy a game drive and picnic lunch in the Crater before travelling back up the steep escarpment to your luxury tented camp close to the rim of the magnificent Crater. 

    8 - 10 OctoberSerengeti

    After breakfast, drive to the Serengeti National Park, one of the most iconic destinations in the world, known for its natural beauty and great concentration of plains game and predators. Your luxury tented camp, home for the next 3 nights, is in a game-rich area in the eastern Serengeti. In October the annual wildebeest migration begin their return to the Serengeti from Kenya’s Maasai Mara, and our camp is well located for this spectacle. This area has high-density game-viewing at all times and is well-known for its large concentration of cats. Sundowners are the perfect end to a day on safari, enjoying the dramatic shades of the African sunset!

    11 OctoberNairobi National Park, Kenya

    After breakfast, transfer to Seronera airstrip for your flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport and join your flight to Nairobi. You will spend one night in the only camp in the heart of Nairobi National Park. Lion, rhino, cape buffalo, and leopard as well as plains game are found in the park so keep your eyes peeled on the drive to camp! 

    12 & 13 OctoberLaikipia, Kenya

    Fly to Nanyuki, a small town right on the Equator, where you will be met at the airstrip and transferred to a small and intimate eco-camp located within the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The conservancy is the largest sanctuary in East Africa for the endangered Black Rhino. It is also home to the world’s last two northern white rhinos. You’ll visit their enclosure, and learn from their keepers about the efforts being taken to save this critically endangered species from extinction. The conservancy has big numbers of elephants, giraffe, hippo, the endangered Grevy’s zebra with their gorgeous big ears, striped and spotted hyena, aardwolf, aardvark, and over 280 species of birds.

    14 - 16 OctoberSamburu National Park, Kenya

    This morning you’ll enjoy a picturesque drive over the Kenya highlands to Samburu. Less well-known than some of the other parks, Samburu National Reserve surpasses many of them with plentiful big cats – lion, leopard, and cheetah. The park also boasts unique wildlife like the Beisa Oryx, Reticulated Giraffe, Grevy’s Zebra, Gerenuk, and Somali ostrich which are all endemic to the Samburu ecosystem. 

    A highlight will undoubtedly be your visit to the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, a community-run sanctuary for rescued wildlife. Enjoy a ‘behind-the-scenes’ visit with one of the keepers before watching the orphaned babies enjoying their milk bottles and a mud bath. A 12-month adoption of one of these orphaned baby elephants is included in every booking on this safari.

    17 - 19 OctoberMaasai Mara, Kenya

    This morning you’ll fly to the Maasai Mara where you’ll spend 3 days exploring a private conservancy bordering the famed Maasai Mara Game Reserve. The Maasai Mara is the extension of the Serengeti in Tanzania, and with no fences, the animals regularly cross from one country to the other. 

    The conservancies surrounding the Maasai Mara provide a sanctuary for many animals seeking respite from the very high volume of tourists and safari vehicles in the Game Reserve. The Ol Kinyei Conservancy, where you’ll be staying, is known for its prolific wildlife and award-winning sustainability model that balances the needs of local communities, wildlife, and tourism. It has an even higher density of animals than the neighbouring Maasai Mara Game Reserve and one of the world’s most concentrated lion populations. 

    20 OctoberDeparture

    A last early morning game drive in the conservancy before your transfer to the airstrip for your flight to Nairobi and transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to join your flight home.

    Extend your African adventure with an optional add-on:

    1. Fly to Uganda for an amazing gorilla trekking experience
    2. Enjoy a few relaxing days on exotic Zanzibar Island
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    Margaret & Raey Butterworth

    Couple Traveller

    Who would have ever thought that we would see 20 species of animals on Day 1? Every day brought more pleasure – not only the animals but also the culture and the friendliness of the people. We will never forget this unique experience. Great food and company, excellent guides, friendly camels and the most enjoyable G & T in the middle of nowhere! Thanks a million Karen – where to next?”