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Masai & Tanzania Camping Safari

11 Days, Nairobi to Arusha
Masai & Tanzania Camping Safari

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Long on yearning for the savannahs of East Africa but short on time? This should do the trick. This adventure spreads the wonders of the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater, read more...

IS THIS Classic TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Think local transport—buses, taxis, trains the most colourful way to travel
    • Enjoy travelling with a like minded mix of couples, friends and solo travellers, from the world over
    • Like the idea of staying in character-rich accommodations that reflect the culture of the places you visit
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 10 nights accommodation with breakfast Simple hotels (4 nts), full-service camping (6 nts).
  • 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners.
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  • 7-seat 4x4 safari van, 7-seat 4x4 safari land cruiser.
  • Masai Mara Game Reserve entrance and game drives
  • Mto wa Mbu guided village tour with a traditional lunch
  • Lake Manyara game drive
  • Masai village visit and the Planeterra-supported Clean Cookstove project
  • Serengeti game drives
  • Ngorongoro Crater game drive
  • Services of Chief Experience Officers (CEO) throughout the tour
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 70-95 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Nairobi
Day 2 Nairobi/Masai Mara
Day 3 Masai Mara
Day 4 Masai Mara/Nairobi
Day 5 Nairobi/Arusha
Day 6 Arusha/Mto wa Mbu
Day 7 Lake Manyara National Park/Serengeti National Park
Day 8 Serengeti National Park
Day 9 Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro
Day 10 Ngorongoro/Arusha
Day 11 Depart
Departures
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  • Start
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  • Tue, 01 Aug '17
  • Fri, 11 Aug '17
  • Tue, 29 Aug '17
  • Fri, 08 Sep '17
  • Tue, 12 Sep '17
  • Fri, 22 Sep '17
  • Tue, 03 Oct '17
  • Fri, 13 Oct '17
  • Tue, 21 Nov '17
  • Fri, 01 Dec '17
  • Tue, 05 Dec '17
  • Fri, 15 Dec '17
  • Tue, 09 Jan '18
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  • Tue, 30 Jan '18
  • Fri, 09 Feb '18
  • Tue, 13 Feb '18
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  • Tue, 12 Jun '18
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  • Fri, 06 Jul '18
  • Tue, 03 Jul '18
  • Fri, 13 Jul '18
  • Thu, 05 Jul '18
  • Sun, 15 Jul '18
  • Tue, 17 Jul '18
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  • Tue, 11 Sep '18
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  • Fri, 28 Sep '18
  • Thu, 20 Sep '18
  • Sun, 30 Sep '18
  • Tue, 25 Sep '18
  • Fri, 05 Oct '18
  • Tue, 02 Oct '18
  • Fri, 12 Oct '18
  • Tue, 23 Oct '18
  • Fri, 02 Nov '18
  • Tue, 20 Nov '18
  • Fri, 30 Nov '18
  • Sun, 23 Dec '18
  • Wed, 02 Jan '19
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Nairobi
  • Masai Mara
  • Arusha
  • Mto Wa Mbu Village
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Ngorongoro
  • DAY 1 Arrive Nairobi

    Arrive at any time.

    There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    18:00
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Nairobi/Masai Mara

    Journey through the Great Rift Valley on the way to one of the most famous game parks in Africa. Enjoy a late afternoon game drive in the hopes of spotting some of the Big Five.

    Travel from Nairobi, through the Great Rift Valley on to Kenya's premier wildlife reserve.

    In the afternoon, arrive in the area and get settled at the safari camp, our base for our time here.

    Head out for a late afternoon game drive with excellent chances of seeing the Big Five - lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino. The varied wildlife and natural environment come together to provide a spectacular safari experience.

    Safari vehicle (Nairobi - Masai Mara 6h - 7h 390km)
    Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top.

    Masai Mara Game Drive
    Masai Mara Evening
    Masai Mara is one of the world's top safari destinations, known for its abundance of big cats -- lion, leopard and cheetah -- as well as the two million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson's gazelles that migrate annually across the vast grasslands in search of water. Set off on safari with our guide/driver and keep your eyes and ears peeled for movement and memories. See hyenas feast on a recent kill, watch elephants and giraffes graze, and look for the endangered black rhino. (Dinner,Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 3 Masai Mara

    Enjoy an early game drive when animals are most active. Opt to visit a Masai village, learn to dance like a warrior, stop in the manyatta (family compound) and learn about this nomadic culture.

    Masai Mara Game Drive
    Masai MaraMorning
    Masai Mara is one of the world's top safari destinations, known for its abundance of big cats -- lion, leopard and cheetah -- as well as the two million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson's gazelles that migrate annually across the vast grasslands in search of water. Set off on safari with our guide/driver and keep your eyes and ears peeled for movement and memories. See hyenas feast on a recent kill, watch elephants and giraffes graze, and look for the endangered black rhino.

    Free Time
    Masai Mara Afternoon
    Explore the area with some free time.

    Optional Activities
    Masai Village Visit
    Masai Mara
    Experience the rare opportunity to visit a Masai village. Step inside a hut made of cow dung and sticks, let your eyes adjust to the dark, and imagine living in such a small space. Admire the exquisite beaded necklaces, bracelets and earrings worn by both the men and women. Marvel at the athletic ability of the young men who jump and bob in greeting. Learn about the traditions of these nomadic people, who seek sustenance from both the blood and milk of their cows. Take fantastic photos!

    Balloon Safari
    Masai Mara
    450 USD per person
    Head off into the darkness of the very early morning and climb into the basket of a hot air balloon. Watch the pilot ignite the burners and take flight over the savanna of the Masai Mara. Spend an hour drifting over the grasslands, get a bird's eye view of wildlife grazing, as the sun also rises. Bring a hat to protect your head from the heat of the burners. (Dinner,Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 4 Masai Mara/Nairobi

    Morning game drive in the Masai Mara National Reserve before departing for Nairobi.

    Breathe in the fresh morning air as you enjoy the African sun as it rises over the savanna of the "Mara". Visit a watering hole while on a morning game drive, a perfect time and place for wildlife photography. Return to Nairobi in the late afternoon.

    Masai Mara Game Drive
    Masai Mara Morning
    Masai Mara is one of the world's top safari destinations, known for its abundance of big cats -- lion, leopard and cheetah -- as well as the two million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson's gazelles that migrate annually across the vast grasslands in search of water. Set off on safari with our guide/driver and keep your eyes and ears peeled for movement and memories. See hyenas feast on a recent kill, watch elephants and giraffes graze, and look for the endangered black rhino.

    Safari vehicle(Masai Mara - Nairobi 7h 250km)
    Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 5 Nairobi/Arusha

    Spend the day travelling to Tanzania.

    Journey across the border into Tanzania, arriving in the picturesque town of Arusha in the afternoon. Spend some time exploring the town and its bustling markets, and have another night in the comfort of a hotel. Upon arrival into Arusha, you may be joined by other G Adventures travellers starting the Tanzania portion of the trip.

    Shuttle(Nairobi - Arusha 7h - 8h 290km)
    Move efficiently from point A to point B aboard this dependable ride.

    Border Crossing (Kenya - Tanzania)
    Namanga
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Arusha/Mto wa Mbu

    Experience the Mto wa Mbu village with a guided cultural walk and traditional lunch with a local family. View wildlife on a game drive.

    Travel to Mto wa Mbu village and take part in a cultural walk to learn about village life in the area. Meet the women who run the village tours and enjoy a delicious home made traditional lunch.

    Spend the afternoon viewing wildlife in Lake Manyara National Park.

    This area is truly stunning, as the western wall of the Rift Valley escarpment provides a gorgeous backdrop. Search for the phenomenal birdlife, tree-climbing lions, elephants, giraffes, and hippos.

    The afternoon is spent game viewing along the main road that winds through a lush cool forest overgrown with ficus trees covered with bromeliads.

    7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (Arusha - Mto wa Mbu 2h-3h 130km)
    Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top.

    Mto wa Mbu Village Cultural Walk
    Mto wa Mbu
    The village has over 18,000 inhabitants from 120 tribes. This two-hour tour will take you from the village's local market through several different farms, local huts, and artisan shops, and back to the market, giving you the opportunity to get a true glimpse of northern Tanzanian culture.

    Lake Manyara National Park Safari
    Lake Manyara National ParkAfternoon
    This area is truly stunning, as the western wall of the Rift Valley escarpment provides a backdrop for your search of the park's phenomenal bird life (including raptors), tree-climbing lions, elephant, zebra, hippo, baboons, and buffalo. Look up and see some of the more than 400 species of birds, including pink flamingos, pelicans, cormorants and storks.

    Beyond wildlife, Lake Manyara NP is home to giant fig trees, acacia woodlands, mahogany trees and grassy flood plains. The contrasts of this area are simply breathtaking, with the open plains, huge escarpment, central alkaline lake, dense woodlands, and distant volcanic peaks coming together in an area best described by Ernest Hemingway as "the loveliest I had seen in Africa". (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Lake Manyara National Park/Serengeti National Park

    Visit an authentic Masai village and the Planeterra-supported Clean Cookstove Project en route to the Serengeti.

    Drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and on to Serengeti National Park. En route marvel at the sheer vastness of this territory, and spot the multitude of animal and birdlife while cruising through this acacia-accented savanna.

    7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (Lake Manyara National Park - Serengeti National Park 5h - 6h 220km)
    Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top.

    Planeterra Clean Cookstove Project Visit
    Mto wa Mbu
    Visit a Masai village in the Monduli District and witness the benefits of the Planeterra Clean Cookstove Project. In Tanzania, 95% of people rely on cooking with wood and coal. Women and girls spend hours walking to collect wood every day (making them vulnerable to assault and unable to use their time to go to school). Indoor smoke from open-fire stoves causes cancer, emphysema, pneumonia, blindness and burns. Take a guided tour of these villages and meet the women that have been trained as stove engineers, visit bomas (traditional homes) and observe (or get your hands dirty!) by helping the Stove Team build a stove in a home. See the beneficial impact of the clean-burning stoves on the health and daily lives of the Masai villagers, especially the women. (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 8 Serengeti National Park

    Rise early for a morning game drive, returning in time for lunch. Continue the search for the Big Five in the afternoon while taking in the vastness of the Serengeti plains.

    Serengeti National Park Safari
    Serengeti National Park Full Day
    This is the reason you came to Africa. Recharge your camera, grab your binoculars and set out on safari. The eagle-eyed driver will keep an eye out for wildlife - zebra, wildebeest, lions, elephants, buffaloes and more. Tanzania's Serengeti tends to be less crowded than some of Kenya's reserves, so enjoy the scenery, the vast expanse of the grasslands, the play of light and shadow, and the up-close look at wild Africa.

    Optional Activities
    Serengeti Balloon Safari
    Serengeti National Park
    539 USD per person
    Head off into the darkness of the very early morning and climb into the basket of a hot air balloon. Watch the pilot ignite the burners and take flight over the Serengeti savannah. As the sun rises, spend an hour drifting over the grasslands and grazing wildlife. You might want to bring a hat as it sometimes gets warm from the burner's heat. Enjoy a champagne breakfast once you land. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 9 Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro

    Take a morning game drive in the Serengeti before getting a spectacular view of the Ngorongoro Crater from its rim.

    Enjoy one last morning game drive to see the animal kingdom come to life in this incredible expanse of grassland savanna.

    After, journey to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, famous for Africa's best game viewing. The vistas from the Ngorongoro Crater rim are stunning, and there is an ever-present abundance of wildlife, due to the permanent water supply on the crater floor.

    Arrive at the campsite on the crater rim in the evening.

    Serengeti National Park Safari
    Serengeti National ParkMorning
    This is the reason you came to Africa. Recharge your camera, grab your binoculars and set out on safari. The eagle-eyed driver will keep an eye out for wildlife - zebra, wildebeest, lions, elephants, buffaloes and more. Tanzania's Serengeti tends to be less crowded than some of Kenya's reserves, so enjoy the scenery, the vast expanse of the grasslands, the play of light and shadow, and the up-close look at wild Africa.

    7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro 4h 160km)
    Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 10 Ngorongoro/Arusha

    Head out for a morning game drive in Ngorongoro Crater.

    Embark on a early morning crater tour. The rich pasture and permanent water of the Crater floor supports a resident population of more than 20,000 to 25,000 large mammals.

    After this fabulous experience within the crater, head back to Arusha.

    Ngorongoro Crater Game Drive
    Ngorongoro Crater
    Set the alarm and prepare for an early start to see the wonders of the Ngorongoro Crater. Masai herdsmen appear in the morning mist. Our driver/guide takes us down into the crater and heads to all the best spots to view wildlife. Watch for zebra, gazelles, buffalo, and warthogs. The swamp and forest are home to hippos, black rhinos, elephants, baboons, and monkeys. Keep your eyes peeled and camera ready to capture a pride of lions or a lone leopard walking along the savanna.

    7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle(Ngorongoro - Arusha 3h - 4h 200km)
    Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 Depart

    Depart at any time.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 70-95 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 14 passengers, at an average there are 10 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.


  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. CAMPING SERVICE: The idea of camping in Africa can be a daunting one. For those not accustomed to 'roughing it' for a few days we offer a full camping service. All tents are pitched for you, meals are prepared and served and the washing up is done by G Adventures staff. This leaves you with more time to enjoy your surroundings and is ideal for first-time campers who may be worried about the challenges such a trip can entail. When camping we are exposed to the elements, and whilst there are times when the weather is fine and temperatures are pleasant, there may be days when it is foggy, rainy and cool. In certain locations there may also be a number of bugs. These factors, however, should be seen as minor downsides to a camping experience which will allow you to get up close to the beautiful nature that Africa has to offer. All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied. We supply canvas dome tents with built-in mesh insect nets on the doors and windows. Mattresses are also available, which are approximately 4cm thick, warm and comfortable. Please note drinking water, ice, and fire wood are not provided but can be bought locally with the assistance of the Chief Experience Officer.

  10. SLEEPING BAGS: Sleeping bags can not be rented on any of our Africa overland or safari trips

  11. MIGRATION: Tanzania and Kenya The Seronera Plains, which lie in the southeast of the National Park and extend into the western Ngorongoro Conservation Area, form the main ungulate calving grounds of the Serengeti. The wildebeest typically disperse into the Seronera plains during the short rains, which fall in late November or early December, before calving in January, and staying put until the end of the long rains from January to early May. Towards the end of April the wildebeest start to congregate on the southern plains in the preparation for the 800km northward migration. The major obstacle faced by the wildebeest on this migration is the crossing for the Grumeti River through the western corridor, which typically occurs from June into early July. From July to October, the ungulates disperse again, with about half of them crossing the Mara River into Kenya's Masai Mara Game Reserve and the remainder spreading out through the northern and western Serengeti. By late October the animals have generally started to plod back southward to the Seronera Plains, to arrive there in late November when the cycle starts all over again.

  12. TRAVEL DAYS: This is not a physically demanding journey; however, travelling can be difficult, as long drives and poor road conditions are the rule as opposed to the exception in both Kenya and Tanzania. A safari is about travelling to see animals, so we cover long distances south from Kenya and around northern Tanzania to visit different game parks. Once there, we spend the majority of the time viewing game while driving in the parks. This translates to a lot of driving. Despite this, the diversity and scenery of the African landscape, the local culture and abundant wildlife are all well worth the experience.

  13. LUGGAGE COMPLICATIONS: It occasionally happens that luggage on international flights into Nairobi does not arrive, especially with, but not exclusive to, major airlines out of London-Heathrow or Schiphol (Amsterdam). Please be aware that this may happen, especially if you have a tight connection in either of these centres, are flying with different airlines with a connection, have a last minute flight change or re-route, or fly from or connect through another African centre. Please be prepared and keep all important documentation and valuables on your person. As well we recommend a change of clothes in your hand luggage. If unfortunately this does happen, and your luggage does not arrive, you should be entitled to a limited initial compensation from your airline. In Nairobi, the arrival of lost luggage normally takes between 48 and 72 hours after the initial plane's arrival. The airlines technically should be responsible to forward your luggage to you, to your hotel or elsewhere in Kenya. You may find that your tour will begin, and you still have not received your luggage. Considering that the customer service standards in Kenya are different from home, and that we find that the airlines are not always pro-active in helping luggage in its care be reunited with its owner, it is recommended that you purchase locally a few needed items, begin your tour, and hire someone locally to persist with the your airline to retrieve your luggage. Your CEO or local representative will be able to help you organize this, and once your luggage is retrieved, it should be able to be forwarded to you - depending where you are. Please note that any costs that you may incur for luggage retrieval or sending luggage are not the responsibility of G Adventures, though we will always strive to assist you in any way possible. You should always keep all receipts and documentation, and contact your airline or insurance provider for reimbursement.

  14. FLYING THROUGH LONDON-HEATHROW TO EAST AFRICA?Please note that regardless of the rules in other centres, travellers flying from, or connecting in, London-Heathrow are currently only permitted one carry-on piece of luggage and one small personal bag (purse, laptop-size bag, briefcase) on board on flights to Nairobi.If you arrive to the security gate with 2 pieces, you will be forced to check-in one of them, which may result in complications noted above. This policy is in place as of the time of writing, though local rules and regulations may indeed change. It is thus advisable to contact your airline directly for the most up-to-date information.

  15. COMBO TRIP: Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes.

  16. ELECTRICITY: The power supply in Kenya and Tanzania is nominally 240VAC, 50hz. Variable voltage, spikes and sporadic, unexpected, unscheduled power cuts of varying duration can be expected.

  17. EXTRAS: Looking to add to your experience? Check out our Extras! Specially designed for travellers with unique interests, theme packs are optional add-ons to your G adventures trip that make your adventure more you-centric. Extras must be booked prior to departure, please see details in our optional activities field and ask you sales CEO.


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