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On Safari in Kenya & Tanzania: Up Close with the Big Five - 2023

Nairobi • Amboseli • Lake Manyara • Ngorongoro Crater • Serengeti • Masai Mara
  • Kenya and Tanzania Safari including Nairobi, Amboseli, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, and Masai Mara
    MEET THE MAASAI PEOPLE AND LEARN ABOUT THE TRIBE’S TRADITIONAL WAY OF LIFE, UNTOUCHED FOR CENTURIES
  • Cheetahs, wildlife safari, Serengeti, Kenya, Africa
    SCOUT FOR THE BIG FIVE ON 17 PROFESSIONALLY GUIDED GAME DRIVES IN 4X4 VEHICLES
  • Local fisherman, Mgangano Island, Lake Victoria, Kenya, Africa
    EXPLORE A TRADITIONAL FISHING VILLAGE ON LAKE VICTORIA, THE WORLD’S LARGEST TROPICAL LAKE
  • Serena safari lodge, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Africa
    MARVEL AT THE WILDLIFE SPECTACLE IN NGORONGORO CRATER, KNOWN AS AFRICA’S "GARDEN OF EDEN”
  • Local cuisine, Gibbs Farm, Tanzania, Africa
    DISCOVER AWARD-WINNING ORGANIC CUISINE AND COFFEE MAKING AT THE RENOWNED GIBBS FARM
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  • $499
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  • 16
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  • 26
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What to Expect

Activity Level

Takes into consideration the physical requirements for each of the trips, walking, hiking, climbing in and out of safari vehicles etc.
           Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Pacing

Takes into consideration the length of bus rides, flights, number of destinations in the number of days
           Moderate

Pacing is sometimes robust, and may include several long days with early hotel departures, active sightseeing and evening activities. Opportunities for daytime rest and rejuvenation may be limited on most days. May include significant motor coach time, two or more on-tour flights, and/or occasional travel via non-traditional means such as safari vehicles, Zodiac ship tenders, rickshaws/pedi-cabs, etc.

PACING

  • You’ll visit 6 destinations in 2 countries in 15 nights, with seven 2-night stays and one 1-night stay
  • There are seven transfers between destinations and several 5- to 8-hour days in safari vehicles
  • All transportation is conducted by motorcoach and 6-passenger wildlife safari vehicles, providing guaranteed window seating with pop-up roofs for photo-taking

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • This trip is rated moderately active and not wheelchair-friendly or appropriate for passengers with neck or back troubles due to the poor road conditions and bumpy nature of game drives in National Parks
  • There is easy to moderate walking on this adventure, but travelers should be able to walk 1-2 miles unassisted
  • Travelers who use CPAP machines should be aware that the rugged and bumpy conditions we’ll experience on some of the roads we’ll use to transfer between destinations have caused damage to (and even broken) many machines. In addition, while electricity is available everywhere you will go, it is not always reliable. Distilled water is generally not available, either. We will certainly be as careful and accommodating as we can, but travelers who use CPAP machines should be aware of these facts when considering a safari

TERRAIN & TRANSPORTATION

  • Vantage will provide African safari bags for this journey, as there are weight and size restrictions on luggage in the vehicles. Roads in East Africa can be very poor and rough, especially after rain
  • Travel speed throughout your African safari tour is greatly reduced for safety and comfort, and distances can be tiring and very bumpy at times
  • You will travel by small coach in Nairobi and 4x4 Land Cruisers with pop-up roofs in Kenya and Tanzania. On safari game drives, you will spend 5- to 8-hours in safari vehicles
  • All safari transportation is conducted with 6-passenger wildlife safari vehicles, each providing guaranteed window seating with pop-up roofs for photo-taking. Vantage will provide African safari bags for this journey, as there are weight and size restrictions on luggage in the vehicles
  • Roads in East Africa are very poor and rough, especially after rain. Travel speed throughout your African safari tour is greatly reduced for safety and comfort, and distances can be tiring and very bumpy at times
  • Surfaces encountered will include dirt roads, paths, paving stones, and tile. Rough roads mean bumpy rides, so this tour is not appropriate for passengers with neck or back troubles

CLIMATE

  • This tour covers a large area, so travelers can expect to encounter a range of temperatures and humidity. Temperatures rarely exceed 90°F, with December and January being the hottest months and July and August the coldest (especially on early morning game drives and at night). The long rains are supposed to fall from late April to early June, with short rain in October and November
  • The migration of thousands of wildebeest and zebra is a year-round event as they follow the lush grass in a north-south loop, clockwise around the Serengeti, into the Maasai Mara and back again. We hope to see some big wildebeest migration herds in the parts of the Serengeti we visit from February to May (with wildebeest giving birth in February), and in the Masai Mara from July to September

Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Adventure Leader or regional expert.


Please Note: The hotels listed are preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract our hotels a year in advance, unforeseen situations do occasionally occur. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality and value will be substituted. You will receive verified hotel information with your final itinerary. Hotel ratings are based on the hotel and a leading travel industry authority on hotels throughout the world.

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Per Diem $499 $876
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2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park

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-On-Tour Air (5 flights)
-Multiple-night stays in Serengeti National Park, Masai Mara game reserve, and Amboseli National Park, with daily game drives
-Intimate safari groups limited to just 30 Tauck guests; game drives in 6-passenger, open-top vehicles with window seats for everyone, led by expert guides
-Visits to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary and the William Holden Wildlife Education Center

-Hot air balloon ride at dawn over the Masai Mara game reserve, followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush

-Gratuities to local guides, boat staff, and drivers, service charges, admissions fees, taxes & porterage

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