On Safari in Kenya & Tanzania with Nairobi


  • 12 days

  • Africa

  • Active pace

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Explore magnificent national parks and reserves on this exciting Kenya and Tanzania safari. Your expedition begins in Nairobi where you’ll visit the Giraffe Center and meet elephant calves orphaned by poachers at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust orphanage. Depart for Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya’s most famous game area. Here embark on morning and afternoon game drives in the “Mara”—home to lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena, wildebeest, and zebra. Next, explore Amboseli National Park—known for its spectacular views of 19,341-ft Mount Kilimanjaro. Here, you’ll enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in search of elephants, Cape buffalo, and more.

Cross the border into Tanzania and journey to Lake Manyara National Park. Explore this ecologically diverse park on a morning game drive. In Karatu, visit a local school to interact with the children. Your escorted African safari continues to the amazing Ngorongoro area—with its astonishing crater measuring 2,000 feet deep and spanning 102 square miles. Revel in the fantastic game-viewing vantage point to spot lion, hippo, elephant, and flamingo. Next, you’ll enter Serengeti National Park—site of the seasonal great migration of wildebeest, but a great game-viewing area year round. Covering 5,700 square miles, the Serengeti will thrill you with both morning and afternoon game drives with the chance to see Nile crocodiles, big cats, giraffes, and gazelles.

This escorted Africa safari through Kenya and Tanzania is a dream-come-true for the adventurous of spirit.

Small Group Discovery

Each Cosmos Africa safari tour is limited to an average of just 20 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Safari Guide/Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery African safari vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

Highlights

NAIROBI
Visit the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage, Karen Blixen Museum, and the Giraffe Center; Host service during your stay
MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE Three game drives
AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK Three game drives
LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK Game drive
NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA Full-day game drive
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK Three game drives

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2021 Tour itinerary

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners

ARRIVE IN NAIROBI, KENYA

Day
1

Welcome to Africa! Arrive this evening, check in to your hotel, and prepare for your safari adventure!

NAIROBI.

Day
2

Start your private sightseeing with a visit to the elephant orphanage at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, founded by Dame Daphne Sheldrick. Here, you will learn about elephant conservation and meet elephant calves, orphaned by poachers, before they are re-introduced to the wild. Next, visit the Karen Blixen Museum, dedicated to the author of Out of Africa. Lastly, stop at the Giraffe Center, a nonprofit organization focused on saving the Rothschild’s giraffe, where you will learn about this sub-species and have the opportunity to feed them.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

NAIROBI–MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE.

Day
3

This morning, depart for Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya’s most famous game area. After lunch at your lodge, set out on your first game drive in search of the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

MAASAI MARA

Day
4

Today, enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the “Mara,” as it is called by locals. Part of the Serengeti ecosystem, the reserve boasts a strong permanent population of game. When the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra arrives the population enlarges by almost 2 million. This provides a great food source for predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, and hyena.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

MAASAI MARA–NAIROBI–AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK AREA

Day
5

Today, board a plane for the quick flight to Nairobi. After a short break, drive to Amboseli National Park, best known for spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at some 19,341 feet. Embark on an afternoon game drive before settling in at your lodge.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

AMBOSELI AREA.

Day
6

Morning and afternoon game drives offer you a great opportunity to get close to the mighty elephant. You might also spot Cape buffalo, zebra, wild dog, and more. During the heat of the day, relax at your lodge.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

AMBOSELI AREA–ARUSHA–LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK AREA

Day
7

This morning, cross the border into Tanzania. After lunch in Arusha, proceed to your camp overlooking Lake Manyara.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

LAKE MANYARA AREA–NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA

Day
8

Lake Manyara National Park is a small, ecologically diverse park with groundwater forests, grassy plains, and alkaline Lake Manyara itself. The park is also home to the world’s largest concentration of baboon. Watch for these mischievous primates, giraffe, hippo, and more on your morning game drive. Then, journey to your lodge and enjoy some time at leisure this afternoon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

NGORONGORO AREA

Day
9

Descend into the crater for a full-day game drive. Ngorongoro Crater is technically a caldera—the world’s largest unflooded one, in fact, at more than 2,000 feet deep with a floor covering over 102 square miles. Game viewing here is fantastic, as most of the animals stay in this area year round. You can see lion, Cape buffalo, hippo, elephant, and flamingo. This is also your best chance to see the rare black rhinoceros. A picnic lunch will be served in the crater.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

NGORONGORO AREA–SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK AREA

Day
10

Today, drive to Serengeti National Park, Tanzania’s largest and most famous park. Home to the annual Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra, it attracts visitors from around the world and is great for game viewing year round. Enjoy lunch at your lodge before an afternoon game drive.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SERENGETI

Day
11

The Serengeti covers an area of roughly 5,700 square miles, so it is no surprise that the name comes from the Maasai word siringit, meaning “endless plains.” Continue your exploration during morning and afternoon game drives. You have the chance to see the big cats—lion, leopard, and cheetah—as well as an abundance of other animals, including the Nile crocodile, giraffe, gazelle, and eland.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SERENGETI–ARUSHA.

Day
12

Fly back to Arusha and transfer to the Mount Meru Hotel, where a day room has been reserved for your use. Schedule departing flights after 5 pm.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

  • All game viewing is done at your own risk. We will require a signed liability waiver prior to travel.
  • We don’t recommend this vacation to guests with serious back problems due to rough driving on/off road in/between game parks.

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