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    $3500 p/p in USD
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Classic Journeys Africa

  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda


Kenya, Tanzania,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Luxury, Mid Range

Tour Overview

This safari offers a world wonders including Amboseli with its elephants and breathtaking views of Mt. Kilimanjaro; scenic Lake Manyara, with its tree-climbing lions and flamingos; Ngorongoro Crater, a collapsed extinct volcano whose rich grasslands host more than 30,000 animals; Serengeti and the Masai Mara, home of the great migration; and Lake Naivasha’s hidden gem, Crescent Island, where you can enjoy game viewing on foot. Stay in luxury and mid-luxury lodges which offer visitors a unique experience due to their strategic locations, great personalized service and good value. Throughout the safari you will drive through the rich East Africa cultural lands amongst them the Maasai, the legendary tribe of nomad warriors and herdsmen that dominate the beautiful plains moving in search of best pastures.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Big Five Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Maasai Mara, Amboseli, Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Walking Safari, Boat Cruise
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Nairobi


  • Day 1- Nairobi – Transfer in
  • Day 2 – Amboseli – Game viewing
  • Day 3 – Amboseli – game viewing/ optional cultural village visit
  • Day 4 – Manyara – Game viewing
  • Day 5 – Ngorongoro – Game viewing
  • Day 6 – Ngorongoro – game viewing/ optional cultural village visit
  • Day 7 – Serengeti – Game viewing
  • Day 8 – Serengeti – Game viewing/ optional cultural village visit
  • Day 9 – Masai Mara – Game viewing
  • Day 10 – Masai Mara – Game viewing/ optional cultural village visit/ optional hot air balloon ride
  • Day 11 – Elementaita – Game viewing
  • Day 12 – Departure

Typical Day on Safari

Our professional guides are there to assist you every step of the way. Even though there is a general outline of your safari, your guide will talk with you regarding each day’s plans. He will tell you about the country you are visiting, its history, traditions, the area you are visiting, what you see; he will take you to the loveliest places, look after any formalities or negotiations with the local people, and take care of your safety and comfort. Our professional guides are all proficient in bush craft and can also tell you about the local traditions, identify wildlife and birds, and help you learn more about the world around you. All our guides speak English as well as their local language and some speak French and Spanish as well. Days will vary depending on your specific schedule, road conditions, and what you would like to do. A typical day may unfold like this:

You will get up before dawn when hot coffee and tea are served. The air is cold as the sun rises and shimmers on the open plains. This is the best time to see the wildlife. Your camera is ready to go and you have layered your clothing to keep you warm. Head into the bush and search for lions, elephant, giraffe and plains game. Each turn will offer something unique – a lioness and her cubs, a herd of elephant moving to a waterhole, a cheetah stalking a gazelle. Your morning game drive lasts about two hours, depending on what you see. Return to the lodge for a delicious breakfast. After breakfast there is time to relax from being up at sunrise or now is the time to participate in any additional activities that the lodge may offer such as walks, village visits or bike rides.

Lunch is usually served in camp/lodge, unless you are out for a full day’s game drive, when there will be a picnic lunch. You will head out again in the afternoon, searching for the special species that may have eluded you. As the sun sets, return to camp for a hot shower. Then indulge in a delicious dinner and after dinner drinks in the lounge. There may also be a chance to sit around the campfire exchanging tales of the bush. Everyone retires early with great anticipation of the next day’s adventure!

When you are out on safari your schedule is flexible at most locations, however some locations have set times for game drives or walks. You can always talk with the hosts of the camps/lodge to adjust schedules and they will try to accommodate you. The restriction will be to stay within park rules and travel times required to get you to your destination. Your guides will always give their recommendations but are there to listen to your needs.

From Price Dates No. travelling Single Supplement
USD 7420 01 April- 31 May 1
USD 5140 01 April- 31 May 2 From USD $ 320
USD 8810 01 June- 30 June 1
USD 6060 01 June- 30 June 2 From USD $ 760
USD 8415 01 November- 21 December 1
USD 5580 01 November- 21 December 2 From USD $ 840

From Price Dates No. travelling Single Supplement
USD 10075 01 July- 31 October/ 21 Dec- 31 Dec 1
USD 6960 01 July- 31 October / 21 Dec- 31 Dec 2 From USD $ 1095


From USD 3,500 Per person

Christmas and Easter supplement of USD 45 per person per night 

What's Included

  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
  • Transportation in a private safari minivan in Kenya and 4×4 Land Cruiser in Tanzania on safari with pop-up roof for easy game viewing & photography (supplement for 4×4 Land Cruiser in Kenya quoted separately)
  • Services of an English (or Spanish / French) speaking driver-guide
  • Unlimited game viewing drives
  • Park entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Flight from Arusha to Zanzibar
  • All Government taxes and levies
  • Complimentary 1500 ml mineral water per person per day in the safari vehicle
  • All meet and greet services
  • All arrival and departure transfers
  • 24 hours stand-by contact number
  • Two-way long range high frequency radio communication in each vehicle
  • On safari accessories in each vehicle:- first-aid kit, wildlife books, binoculars, cool box
  • Flying doctors coverage which covers you within East Africa for a period of 14 days. In the eventuality of a medical emergency, you will be airlifted to Nairobi where you will be taken to a good hospital. Hospital bills are born by the patient.

What's Excluded

  • International and local flights
  • Departure taxes and visa fees
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Tips and gratuities (budget approx. $2-$4 per person per day for lodge and hotel staff, $1 per bag for porters, $5-$10 per person per day for driver-guides)
  • All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills etc
  • Laundry services
  • Any other item(s) not included in our itinerary


  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Classic Journeys Africa
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Classic Journeys Africa‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

JAMBO!Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, you will be met by Classic Journeys Africa Customer Care Representative who will assist you with the transfer to your hotel. Before checking in at hotel, he will brief you on your program ahead and introduce the Driver Guide who will be with you throughout your safari.

Accommodation: Nairobi Serena
Meals: Breakfast

This morning after breakfast, you will drive to Amboseli National Park. Famous for its large elephant population roaming across the vast grassy plains, the Big Five and other species of flora and fauna, Amboseli also has majestic views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Lunch will be at your lodge before proceeding for an afternoon game drive.

Accommodation: Amboseli Serena Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Full day in Amboseli National Park with two game drives. You drive across this vast lake bed, often dry but swampy in some areas, home to a lot of game such as cheetah, buffalo, giraffe, gazelle and herds of elephant all set against the stunning back drop of majestic Mount Kilimanjaro in all its glory. If you wish, for a nominal fee, you can also visit a Masai Village to experience this nomadic tribe’s way of life and see their colorful culture.

Accommodation: Amboseli Serena Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

After breakfast drive to the beautiful Lake Manyara, a shallow alkaline lake that shimmers in a cleft in the Great Rift Valley. Customs and border formalities will be at Namanga border before  proceeding for lunch at Arusha Kibo Palace in Arusha. Then enjoy an afternoon game viewing in Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its tree climbing lions. Later return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

This morning relax at your lodge before departing for Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The famous Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area (NCCA) features rolling plains, lakes, craters, mountains and dormant volcanoes. Hot lunch will be at your lodge before relaxation or an optional cultural village visit.

Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

After breakfast, descend into the ‘8th Wonder of the World’, a unique biosphere that has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. Enclosed within its towering walls are grasslands, swamps, forests, saltpans, a fresh water lake and a glorious variety of birdlife. Here too are all the members of the ‘Big Five’ (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo) as well as a large cast of plains game and one of Africa’s densest populations of predators. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the crater floor before climbing back up to the lodge in time for relaxation before dinner.

Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

After breakfast, drive through NCCA with picnic lunch boxes and cross into neighboring Serengeti National Park stopping en route at Ol Duvai Gorge. Known as the ‘Cradle of Mankind’, this is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world. Pioneered by famous paleontologists Louis and Mary Leakey in the 1950s it offers a glimpse into life two million years ago. Arrive at your lodge  in time to relax and enjoy a classic safari supper.

Overnight: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

After breakfast, enjoy a full day’s game driving (meals taken in true safari style ‘in the bush’) in the vast and sensational Serengeti, which covers 14,763 sq km of endlessly rolling savannah. Venue for ‘the greatest wildlife show on Earth’, the annual migration of over one million wildebeest and zebra as they follow fresh grazing that sprouts in the wake of annual rains, the park is also renowned for its lions, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes and plains game. Overnight at the lodge.

Overnight: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

After breakfast and a short briefing by your driver guide, drive to the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve, backdrop to ‘the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth’, the annual migration of over one million wildebeest.  Stopping en route at Isebania border for customs and migration formalities. You will enjoy picnic lunch boxes en route before driving to arrive in time for late afternoon game viewing drive in Kenya’s most popular reserve. Arrive back in lodge in time for campfire cocktails and dinner.

Overnight: Mara Serena Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Your day will be spent on safari in Africa’s richest wildlife viewing arena. Historically teeming with wildlife, the Mara hosts Kenya’s largest lion prides and elephant herds. Other predators include leopard, cheetah and spotted hyena; while in the Mara River you will see fat pods of hippo and vast Nile crocodiles. Other highlights include giraffe, gazelle, zebra, buffalo and over 550 species of birds.

Options (additional cost): Take the opportunity to fly over the Mara in a hot air balloon, including a champagne breakfast in the wild. Viewing abundant game afloat in a balloon is an unforgettable experience! Alternatively visit a Masai village and learn about the Masai culture.

Overnight: Mara Serena Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

After your breakfast, you will depart for Lake Naivasha/Lake Elementaita to arrive in time for check in and late lunch followed by relaxation at your camp.

Overnight: Elementaita Serena Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

This morning enjoy a morning boat ride to Crescent Island – the park where you can walk with the animals! Crescent Island Game Park, located on Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley. There are more animals per acre than any other Kenyan Park with herds of wildebeest, waterbuck, zebra and gazelle. There are no fences which allows wildlife from the mainland to come in as their habitat is lost to development and the ever increasing population. Hippo graze at night then sleep under the acacia or rest in the water by day.

Giraffe who were born on the island often return to give birth; sometimes you see three generations at a time. Hyena come to hunt at night but are not resident on the island. There are many pythons that live here and they can be seen occasionally with a kill. Groups of buffalo come and go and are always monitored.  From the top of the hill there is a 360 degree view across the Lake from Longonot to Hell’s Gate to the Mau Escarpment to Eburu and onto the Aberdares.  Walking along the ridge in the golden hour before sunset whilst watching the animals grazing with the water shimmering beyond is what Africa is all about. Take a boat back to the lodge.

Drive back to Nairobi, arriving in Kenya’s bustling capital city in the early afternoon. Spend time doing last minute shopping. Lunch is your own arrangement. Transfer to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in time for your departure flight.

Say good bye to the wonderful country and promise to join us on another expedition!

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