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East Africa Safari

4.7
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The one that combines the lush Kenyan plains and abundant Tanzanian wildlife in one boundless adventure

Duration
12 Days
Places
8 places

Visiting Nairobi, Masai Mara, Lake Elementaita, Amboseli, Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorogoro Crater, Arusha

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Group Size

Max 30 people

Transport Style

Minivan + Safari Vehicles

Highlights

  • Afternoon Game drive in the Masai Mara
  • Morning Game drive in the Masai Mara
  • Balloon Safari
  • Only $200 deposit to secure your spot today
  • Full payment not required until 45 days before travel.
  • Change your travel dates or even your trips for free
  • Can't travel? Save your deposit for a new trip or gift it to a mate
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What's included?

11 nights accommodation

2 nights in Hotel, 5 nights in Luxury Safari Tent, 2 nights in African Lodge, 2 nights in Contiki Special Stay

We'll stay in a comfy hotel in Nairobi on our first night, then the rest of the time we're having the full safari experience in African lodges and luxurious campsites. This is doing Africa in style in twin share raised canvas tents with full bathrooms, patios and all the amentites you would expect of a hotel room. It doesn't get any better than sleeping in luxury under the African stars.

30 Meals

11 Breakfast, 10 Dinner, 9 Lunch

Being on safari sure works up an appetite. We'll provide breakfast every day, plus 9 lunches and 10 dinners. That's a big stack of included meals, and when we are eating at the lodge, it's always buffets! Choose what you want and how much you want from local to global cusines. We'll even throw in some picnic lunches or breakfasts for when we are exploring on game drives or driving between lodges. The rest of the time, there's a chance for you to taste the local cuisine.

Team

Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

You’ll be safe in the hands of your professional Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides, whose knowledge of Africa and wildife will keep you enthralled throughout the duration of your trip.

Transport

All transport included during the trip

Africa isn't the easiest land to traverse, but we know this wild continent better than most. Whether it's speedy internal flights, air conditioned coaches or open top safari vehicles, our included transport will speed you from A-B in comfort, safety and style.

Experiences

21 included, 2 optional that you can add

When it comes to East Africa - we include almost everything! The National Parks we take you to are some of the best Africa has to offer for viewing the Big 5. As well as morning and afternoon game drives, we'll stop to feed giraffes at the giraffe centre, visit baby elephants at an Elephant Orphanage and visit local markets and villages along the way.

Vast National Parks full of wildlife, an orphanage for elephants, a Maasai village and an ancient volcano: this isn't a film plot, it's just a taste of what East Africa has to offer. We've included all our morning and afternoon game drives in all the national parks including the Maasai Mara and Serengeti for your best shot at seeing the Big 5, and even better, you'll be driving through valleys and plains in our top of the range open-top vehicles and staying in some of the best lodges and luxury campsites for the ultimate safari experience.

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East Africa Safari

21 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Afternoon Game drive in the Masai Mara
  • Morning Game drive in the Masai Mara
  • Afternoon Game drive in the Masai Mara
  • Morning Game drive in the Masai Mara
  • See Lake Naivasha, the film location for 'Out of Africa'
  • Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary visit
  • Get close to giraffes at the giraffe centre
  • Game drive in Amboseli National Park
  • Maasai Village Locally Guided Tour
  • Morning drive in Amboseli
  • Visit Shanga Community Project
  • Game drive in Tarangire National Park
  • Afternoon Game Drive in the Serengeti
  • Visit a local market
  • Special Stopover: Serengeti Luxury camping
  • Morning Game Drive in the Serengeti
  • Afternoon Game Drive in the Serengeti
  • Morning Game Drive in the Serengeti
  • Game drive in the Ngorogoro Crater
  • Rift Valley View
  • African Galeria shopping visit

2 Free Time Add-Ons

The things that worth to be done on this trip

  • Balloon Safari
  • Balloon Safari

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
1
1 night
Nairobi
2
2 nights
Masai Mara
1
1 night
Lake Elementaita
2
2 nights
Amboseli
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via
Arusha
2
2 nights
Tarangire
2
2 nights
Serengeti
1
1 night
Ngorogoro Crater
Arusha
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain African trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain African countries. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa (if required) to join a trip. Visa & other entry & exit conditions such as currency, arrival/ departure taxes, customs & quarantine regulations change regularly, so make sure you stay up-to-date before you travel. It is also essential that you have any necessary vaccinations & comply with all laws of the countries visited.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our Africa trips the bag restriction is 65x46cm with a max weight of 15kg, and bags must be soft sided. No hard-sided suitcases will be allowed. Your day bag should be a backpack, duffel bag or satchel only (no small luggage cases or suitcases with wheels on board the mini-vans).

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Africa. They know their way around like the back of their hands & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it, like when you’re on a safari, and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

How much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot
 
It is strongly advised to have US$ in cash before the start of the trip.  Most places let you pay with card, but it is strongly advised to have US$200 - US$300 just in case. In all areas of the service industry in Africa, whether it’s restaurants, bars, hotels or taxis, it’s common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent. The same goes for your Contiki team; if you feel that their service has been exceptional then feel free to tip them. Our travellers often ask what to tip, we suggest 2.00 US$ per person per day. Remember that tipping (& how much you tip) is optional - it’s entirely up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

There will be WiFi at some lodges and most hotels, but when you’re staying in safari camps you may be off-grid. But when you’re this close to nature, camping under starswept skies, a mobile detox isn’t such a bad thing. You’ll still be able to upload your best snaps as you travel.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From a giraffe centre in Nairobi and an elephant orphanage in Kenya to a community visit in Shanga, we make sure our African experiences give something back to this incredible continent.

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