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Wild Game Safari 2023

Cultural tour & Safari of Kenya & Tanzania

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Kenya and Tanzania are both known for the game animals and bird species they offer. Our 13-day safari artistically tailored using professionally equipped 4 x 4 safari vehicles, takes us on an intimate discovery. Be it the Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and African buffalo) or seeing some from a tenth of the world’s bird species that reside here; the vast variety in vegetation, flora and fauna, the opportunity to take one of the best photos (at times in close proximity of the game) makes this THE safari one cannot afford to miss. Not to forget we’ll also see the Ngorongoro Crater, admire animals at Amboseli with a backdrop of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, Masai Mara and Serengeti where the action of the Great Migration actually takes place. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience popular with all age groups. Group size limited to 7 only with each enjoying window seat views as well as a pop-up roof facilitating viewing birds, the rare tree climbing lions and the incredible savannah.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites covered in this tour
1. Lake Nakuru National Park, part of Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley 2. Serengeti National Park
3. Ngorongoro Conservation Area    
Tour Information
Duration : 13 days
Minimum : 02 persons
Maximum : 07 persons
Price (From) : US$ 5550
Includes international air
Day 01: Arrive Nairobi (KENYA)
 
Day 02: Nairobi/Amboseli (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 03: Amboseli
(B, L, D)
Day 04: Amboseli/Lake Naivasha (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 05: Lake Naivasha /Lake Nakuru (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 06: Lake Nakuru/Masai Mara (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 07: Masai Mara
(B, L, D)
Day 08: Masai Mara/Lake Victoria (Drive) (TANZANIA)
(B, L, D)
Day 09: Lake Victoria/Serengeti (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 10: Serengeti
(B, L, D)
Day 11: Serengeti/Ngorongoro (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 12: Ngorongoro/Lake Manyara (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 13: Lake Manyara/Kilimanjaro Airport (Arusha) (Drive)
(B, L)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Nairobi (KENYA)

Karibu! We are warmly received in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, and transferred to our hotel. The Kiswahili language here is often easily understood as many people mix the vernacular with English words. In fact, more people in Kenya speak English than in any other African country. Balance of the day is free.

Overnight: : Sarova Panafric Hotel, Nairobi, (1 night)

Day 02: Nairobi/Amboseli (Drive)

Snow on top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Amboseli

Our African safari starts with a bang! After breakfast we depart at 0815AM capturing the highlights of  Africa’s most well-known city. It is the capital of Kenya and is home to many international organizations both political and cultural. We start with Nairobi City Centre area, Parliament House, Nairobi National Museum, Giraffe Centre, Karen Blixen Museum where we also have a hot lunch. Then into rural Kenya  as we drive south to  Amboseli National Park known for the concentration of herds of Elephants with spectacular views of the majestic free standing Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. Whilst Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania the best view one can get is at Amboseli in Kenya. Truly a photographers’ paradise.  Evening, enjoy yourself it is Kilimanjaro and you. We spend two nights here at the foot of the world’s highest free standing mountain. This is an incredible site never to be forgotten.

Overnight: Kilima Tented Camp/Amboseli Serena Lodge (2 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 03: Amboseli

After breakfast, we enjoy a morning and a late afternoon game drives with a break in between, for us to rest or have a quiet personal time as most animals are on their siesta at that time. Amboseli National Park spreads across the Kenya- Tanzania border, one of the best wildlife-viewing experiences in the world with 400 species of birds including water birds like Pelicans, Kingfishers, Crakes, Hamerko with some 47 raptor species. This is THE place to see from very close proximity free-ranging Elephants. African elephants are known to be much larger in body  size, ears and tusks – and yet are amongst the most “humane” animals. At Amboseli, we have opportunities to meet the Masai people known as a warrior tribe. They have, to a large extent, retained their culture and lifestyle. An optional visit to the Masai village is available. (B, L, D)

Day 04: Amboseli/Lake Naivasha (Drive)

Today a rural Kenya drive as we head for Nairobi where we will have a brief stop. After a hot lunch en-route we arrive  at Lake Naivasha a freshwater lake, outside the town of Naivasha in Nakuru County. Lake Naivasha shores are surrounded by flower farms and local traditional African villages. It is part of the 7000Kms Great Rift Valley and is a bird lovers paradise offering a spectacular scenery. Time permitting, an optional one hour boat safari on Lake Navaisha is available. Here one can see water based animals like Hippos and numerous bird species including Kingfisher, Fish Eagle, Herons, Jacanas and more.

Overnight: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge/Lake Nakuru Lodge, Naivasha (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 05: Lake Naivasha /Lake Nakuru (Drive)

Samburu men lighting a fire, Samburu County, Kenya

Day trip to Lake Nakuru National Park, which lies on the floor of the 7000Kms Great Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland, the park supports a wide ecological diversity including Flamingos (Greater and Lesser) and other water birds, the Big 5, Black and White Rhinoceros which are the major attractions of the park. After our morning game drive, we continue for our lodge located on the escarpment of The Great Rift Valley. After a hot lunch, we are in for another game drive.

Overnight: Lake Nakuru Lodge/Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, Naivasha (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 06: Lake Nakuru/Masai Mara (Drive)

Today our destination is the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve where we arrive in time for a hot lunch. After checking into our luxury lodge we are in for another game drive. Masai Mara National Reserve is an area of preserved savannah wilderness in southwestern Kenya, along the border to Tanzania. Animals by the thousands here include Predators, Lions, Cheetahs, Leopard, Hyena, Elephants, Zebras and Hippos. Wildebeest traverse its plains during their annual migration in huge numbers – sometimes over 150,000 of Wildebeests and Zebras.

Overnight: Mara Serena Lodge/Ashnil Lodge, Masai Mara (2 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 07: Masai Mara

East African lioness (Panthera leo nubica) and her cubs being watched by people in a safari vehicle, Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya

An adventurous day ahead as we enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the spectacular Masai Mara Game Reserve. Blessed with a permanent water supply, Masai Mara has a year-round population of game. All of the Big Five animals – elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino – are quite common on this scenic grassland, as well as cheetah, hippo, zebra and giraffe (rounding out the Big Nine!). Masai Mara is the perfect place in Kenya to experience a hot air balloon safari. During this unforgettable hour-long experience, we take in the beautiful birds-eye view of the vast Mara sighting animals from above which is followed by a delightful champagne breakfast at the centre of the park. See details below. This will be an extraordinary day enjoying incredible game drives. All 3 meals are at our very comfortable and deluxe lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 08: Masai Mara/Lake Victoria (Drive) (TANZANIA)

Be prepared for a scenic drive from Masai Mara to Lake Victoria  with stops to see African villages. Lake Victoria is the African continent's largest lake. It is also the world’s largest tropical lake. It is about the size of Ireland and is most known as being the source of River Nile. The lake, already in existence for centuries, was named by the European explorer John Hanning Speke in 1858 after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. The journey today takes us from Masai Mara to the boarder of Isebania where we cross into Tanzania. On arrival at Isebania border It’s time to say goodbye to your safari guide from Kenya. You will be received by our safari guide from Tanzania with a Tanzanian registered vehicle and we proceed to the Speke Bay area of Lake Victoria. Balance of the day is free to enjoy the serenity of Lake Victoria seeing local villages, fishing towns, boats, dhows, small children playing and you can also visit the local market. Overnight today will be at alongside the shores of Lake Victoria.

Overnight: Serenity On The Lake/Speke Bay Lodge (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 09: Lake Victoria/Serengeti (Drive)

Wild giraffes in african savannah. Tanzania. National park Serengeti.

It is a late morning checkout today. We have time to join with the locals on boats or canoes. Or take a walking tour of the fishermen’s village. See details of these optional activities below.  After a hot lunch at our lodge we drive to Serengeti National Park where we enter from the Ndabaka Gate, located on the Western side of Serengeti. Immediately we see scores and scores of animals. The drive to the central Serengeti area is considered to be the best game drive. As soon as we cross the gate, we will see huge numbers of game after all Serengeti is the prime place to witness the Great Migration, when more than two million wildebeest and other large mammals, followed by thousands of predators, cross the plains and the Grumeti River. While technically Masai Mara is part of Serengeti (borders made northern Serengeti as Masai Mara in Kenya) Serengeti in Tanzania experiences the Great Migration several times during the year. It will be difficult to remember how many species of animals, birds and vegetation we will have seen today. Your guide driver will make his best efforts in taking you to areas where one can see as many of the different varieties of animals. Dinner is savoured at our lodge.

Overnight: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge/Mbalageti Tented Lodge/Serengeti Mbuzi Mawe, Serengeti (2 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 10: Serengeti

We continue enjoying our Tanzanian safari in the world-famous wildlife sanctuary of the Serengeti National Park. The 14,763 sq.kms park is considered to be 'one of the unique areas in the world’. The Serengeti contains the largest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa, on a scale, which has no parallel anywhere in the world. The abundance of herbivores includes Wildebeest, Zebra, Gazelle, Topi, Buffalo, and Hartebeest, to name but a few. Serengeti is also famous for Predators, e.g., Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Hyena and contains a wide variety of birdlife, believed to be in the region of 500 species. Serengeti is also THE place in Tanzania where one can also experience the balloon safari. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Serengeti/Ngorongoro Crater (Drive)

Another day of exciting game drives in Serengeti National Park with picnic lunch. Your safari guide will explore various areas Moro Kopjes and Gol Kopjes. The extensive grasslands are interspersed with kopjes, rocky outcrops resembling islands on the flat plain that each hosts their own wildlife communities. We drive to Olduvai Gorge one of the most important paleoanthropological localities in the world. Authorities have recently introduced fees for visiting the site and the museum. Continue to discover the Seronera River, which flows through the park, providing habitats for a variety of birds, mammals and reptiles. Afternoon we proceed to Nabi Hill gate, where we enjoy our picnic lunch before journeying to the Malanja depression and entering the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge/Ngorongoro Lions Paw Camp, Ngorongoro (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 12: Ngorongoro Crater/Lake Manyara (Drive)

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania Hippos

Today we explore the Ngorongoro Conservation Area*, which spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands and forests. Established in 1959 as a multiple land use area, the region features wildlife coexisting with semi-nomadic saisai pastoralists practicing traditional livestock grazing. Its crowning jewel is the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest caldera. We descend to the famous Ngorongoro Crater for a day of superb game viewing, as it is a haven for an estimated 30,000 large mammals. We have the chance to spot lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, hyena, hippo, wildebeest, baboon, gazelle, the endangered black rhino and many more species. After our safari, we drive to Lake Manyara in the late afternoon. Ernest Hemingway called Manyara “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. Buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and tree-climbing lions are all part of the game experience here. A night game safari is available as an optional activity. Evening enjoy the spectacular view of Lake Manyara National Park.

Overnight: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge/Manyara View Lodge, Lake Manyara (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 13: Lake Manyara/Depart Arusha

Lake Manyara is another one of the finest parks in Tanzania, We take a morning safari which will be the last of our safaris - we enjoy the views of the enchanting Lake Manyara. En-route to Arusha, we will have our packed lunch. After a box lunch we proceed to Arusha – the city which is the exact center between Cairo and Cape Town. Arusha has two airports. Arusha Airport (ARK) will be our first drop at about 2PM followed by those wanting to use Kilimanjaro International (JRO) where the drop will be at about 4.30PM. Please make sure that your onward flights are atlesat 2hours after our scheduled arrival times. Here we will bid farewell to our guide driver after what will have been an incredible safari – unique to only Kenya & Tanzania. (B, L)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates & Prices

We accept payments in US$, CA$ as well as in other convertible currencies like EUR, AUD and GBP. Tour prices have been costed in US$. CA$ price shown below is an indicative amount reached at by using the conversion rate at the time of web posting and will be applicable if there is no change in the conversion rate. Should the currency conversion rate change, the US$ pricing will prevail. Bestway Tours & Safaris offers a conversion rate protection. Once full payment has been received and no modification has been made to the tour itinerary, we will honour that rate. For complete payment procedures, please click here

2023 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departures - Start day is FRIDAY East Coast West Coast
Jan 06 & 20; Feb 03 & 17; Mar 03 & 17; Apr 07 & 14; May 05 & 19; Jun 02, 16 & 30; Jul 04, Aug 04 & 18; Sep 01 & 15; Oct 06 & 20; Nov 03 & 17; Dec 01 & 15        
Low Season
Apr 07 & 14, May 05 & 19
US$ 5550 US$ 390 - -
Shoulder Season
Mar 03 & 17, Nov 03 & 17, Dec 01
US$ 5850 US$ 690 - -
Mid-Shoulder Season
Jun 02 & 16
US$ 6150 US$ 590 - -
High Season
Jan 06 & 20, Feb 03 & 17
US$ 6490 US$ 695 - -
Peak Season 1
Oct 06 & 20
US$ 6850 US$ 790 - -
Peak Season 2
Jun 30, Jul 14, Aug 04 & 18, Sep 01 & 15
US$ 6695 US$ 870 - -
Christmas
Dec 15
US$ 6570 US$ 850 - -
SPECIAL:
♦ 3 person sharing one room each get a discount of 5% on the adult per person rate.
2023 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departures - Start day is FRIDAY East Coast West Coast
Jan 06 & 20; Feb 03 & 17; Mar 03 & 17; Apr 07 & 14; May 05 & 19; Jun 02, 16 & 30; Jul 04, Aug 04 & 18; Sep 01 & 15; Oct 06 & 20; Nov 03 & 17; Dec 01 & 15        
Low Season
Apr 07 & 14, May 05 & 19
CA$ 7215 CA$ 507 - -
Shoulder Season
Mar 03 & 17, Nov 03 & 17, Dec 01
CA$ 7605 CA$ 897 - -
Mid-Shoulder Season
Jun 02 & 16
CA$ 7995 CA$ 767 - -
High Season
Jan 06 & 20, Feb 03 & 17
CA$ 8437 CA$ 904 - -
Peak Season 1
Oct 06 & 20
CA$ 8905 CA$ 1027 - -
Peak Season 2
Jun 30, Jul 14, Aug 04 & 18, Sep 01 & 15
CA$ 8704 CA$ 1131 - -
Christmas
Dec 15
CA$ 8541 CA$ 1105 - -
SPECIAL:
♦ 3 person sharing one room each get a discount of 5% on the adult per person rate.


Notes

  • Game park fees subject to change.
  • Airport/hotel/airport transfers are included as per the safari dates. If, however, you would like to arrive before Day 1, or leave after Day 13 of the safari, private transfers to and from Nairobi Airport and Nairobi hotels is extra and is available at US$ 50 per person per transfer based on a minimum of 2 persons.
  • Luggage allowance is 15 kg per person in a soft bag.


Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 35 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • 15 half-day game safaris/transfers by 4 x 4 loose top/pop up roof jeeps
  • Game park fees  of US$ 1200 per person is included in the tour cost
  • Services of an accompanying local English speaking guide-drivers for each country
  • Window seating for each passenger
  • 1 litre water per person per day during safari
  • Shared electrical outlets in safari vehicles (Please use your own surge protectors)
Not Included
  • Any airfares
  • Visas – both countries require visas before arrival
  • Insurance - highly recommended
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Optional activities – see details below

Details of Optional Activities

Day Activities Per Person
03 Hot Air Balloon Safari in Amboseli includes transfer & champaigne breakfast ★ US$ 590
07 Hot Air Balloon Safari in Masai Mara includes transfer & champaigne breakfast ★ US$ 590
10 Hot Air Balloon Safari in Serengeti National Park includes transfer & champaigne breakfast ★ US$ 590
12 Night Game Drive in Lake Manyara National Park US$ 260
09 Lake Victoria Fisherman Village Walking Tour US$ 65
09 Canoeing on Lake Victoria US$ 65
04 Boat Safari in Lake Naivasha US$ 65
09 Boat Safari in Lake Victoria US$ 65
03 Masai Village Cultural Experience in Amboseli US$ 50
07 Masai Village Cultural Experience in Masai Mara US$ 50
12 Masai Village Cultural Experience in Ngorongoro US$ 50
11 Visit to Olduvai Gorge Museum US$ 50
★ Hot Air Balloon Safari cost includes an early morning transfer from your lodge or camp to the balloon site, the balloon flight itself of about an hour and a champagne breakfast (after landing).

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 07 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.

Travelers Testimonials


Richard and Melvina McCaw of Barrie, Ontario

This African safari experience will make you want to pack your bags

Richard and Melvina McCaw of Barrie, Ontario, Canada, recently returned from their first African experience, Bestway’s Wild Game Safari in Tanzania and Kenya, which combines world famous game viewing with exciting cultural heritage. Read on for their first-timer’s perspective on this popular African safari package.


Bestway: What inspired you to choose Bestway Tours & Safari’s Wild Game Safari in Kenya and Tanzania?

Bestway: How was your safari experience?

Bestway: The 12-day safari visits many different game parks, including Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Masai Mara National Reserve, Lake Manyara National Park and Amboseli National Park. Which one was your favourite?

Bestway: Were any wildlife sightings a highlight for you?

Bestway: At Bestway, we find African safari trips to be a great inter-generational vacation option because they’re well-suited for any age range. Would you agree?

Bestway: Your tour included an optional one night stay at the Olpopongi Maasai Cultural Village in Tanzania. What made you decide on this optional excursion and how was your experience?

Bestway: Would you recommend African safari trips to others?

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