This trip will take us to the African continent, with stops in Kenya and Tanzania. This will be a 10-day safari with many sites and stops and though you’ll be outdoors, there will only be limited physical exertion. We suggest taking the In Search of the Big 5 tour through G Adventures. Your tour begins in Nairobi, Kenya and ends in Arusha, Tanzania. You’ll enjoy 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 8 dinners. You’ll spend 2 nights in a hotel, 2 nights in a permanent tented camp, and 5 nights camping.
You’ll spend the first four days of your trip in Kenya. Your trip will explore Lake Nakuru National Park. Lake Nakuru is defined by the flamingos that surround its shores. You can expect to see rhinos, baboons, buffalo and giraffe here as well. From there you’ll move on to Masai Mara Game Reserve. This area is big cat country, where lions and cheetahs lay around lazily or even stalk prey. Take a hot air balloon ride early in the day on your second day in the reserve. You can view all the animals from above and fly over the open Savannah. After that, you’ll cross into Tanzania where you’ll spend your remaining days of the trip.
We’ve featured Tanzania before on our Top 10 Countries to visit in 2011. On this trip, you’ll begin your visit to Tanzania with a camping stop at Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake. You’ll move on to Serengeti National Park. Spend one day watching the wildlife, from elephants to wildebeest to hippos to warthogs. On your other day, take a boat or canoe on Lake Victoria to do some bird watching. You’ll see ostrich, buzzards and many smaller birds. Pay close attention in the Serengeti for the leopard. It will be the hardest and most elusive to find of the Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino). After that, your trip will begin to explore Tanzanian culture, with a stop at the archeological sites in Olduvai Gorge. You’ll camp in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and wake the next day to explore the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and eat a meal with a family in Arusha. On this day you can expect to see lions, elephants, and zebras. You’ll stay one last night on your tour and then be on your way.
- Best for: Amateur photographers, explorers, adventurers.
- Not For: Someone seeking the comfort of a pillowtop bed and running water.
- Notable: You’ll be camping in the heart of nature at times, with the possibility of animals nudging up against your tent. In addition, the flights are long and layovers can be long so make sure to verify your plane’s arrival date before booking.
- Budget: High End. The trip will cost nearly $9000, the safari being 2/3 of that cost.
- Time to Visit: September or early October. This is the part of the year the annual wildebeest migration comes to northern Tanzania and southern Kenya. There will be so many animals to see that you won’t know which way to look.
- Time to Avoid: April and May. The area sees heavy rains and the weather ruins the chance for a great tour.
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