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African Safari Adventure

14 Day African Tour from Kenya to Kilimanjaro

African Safari Adventure Elephants
14 Days
2 Countries

Kenya, Tanzania

12 Cities

Nairobi, Aberdare National Park, Solio Game Reserve, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Lake Victoria, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park, Kilimanjaro International Airport

39 Meals

1 Welcome Reception, 13 Breakfasts, 1 Be My Guest, 11 Dinners, 12 Lunchs, 1 Farewell Dinner

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 15-20
Tour brand Trafalgar
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Explore the wilderness of Kenya and Tanzania, crossing the landscapes where thousands of wildebeest make their brave pilgrimage. Navigate lakes in search of resting hippo and savor the spicy flavors of Swahili cuisine – all on this East African adventure of a lifetime.

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Day 1

Jambo (Hello) Nairobi

Karibu! Your Kenyan safari adventure begins in the capital, Nairobi, where you will be met at the airport by a Trafalgar Representative and transferred to your hotel. Spend the evening with your fellow explorers and your Driver Guide enjoying a delicious Welcome Dinner at the world-famous Carnivore restaurant.

View of Nairobi, Kenya
Accommodation Tamarind Tree Hotel Nairobi
Included Meals Welcome Reception

Day 2

Journey to Aberdare National Park Area

This morning Connect With Locals during a Be My Guest Experience. After lunch, you'll make tracks north to the Aberdare Highlands. For the next two nights, this wildlife sanctuary will be your home – as it is for large herds of zebra, warthog and impala which you’ll often spot grazing nearby. Take advantage of a quiet afternoon and relax at the pool, or join an Optional Experience through the forested ravines and open moorlands that characterize the distinctive landscape of Aberdare National Park.

Landscape view of the Aberdare Mountain Range in Kenya
Accommodation Aberdare Country Club
Included Meals Breakfast, Be My Guest, Dinner
Be My Guest Meet local farmers at a Kenyan coffee plantation
Kiburi Plantation Visit

Built in 1962 and set in rural Kerugoya town on the foothills of Mt. Kenya, the house is located within an operational coffee and tea estate. It is...

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Be My Guest

Day 3

Explore Solio Game Reserve

Embark on a half-day game drive exploration of Solio Game Reserve, a privately-owned wildlife conservancy recognised internationally as the most successful rhino breeding reserve in Kenya. Since its founding in the 1970s, the reserve has been a safe haven for black and white rhino, the reserve being home to the world’s largest population of the latter. Trafalgar guests are in for a real treat here. The reserve remains a fairly well-kept secret on the safari circuit and special safari moments will be shared with the resident wildlife, with few other safari vehicles in sight. This is your opportunity to spot large numbers of rhino and other wildlife, such as buffalo, zebra, giraffe, leopard and lion. Immerse yourself fully in your natural surrounds and enjoy the iconic savannah views against the backdrop of Mount Kenya. You’ll have an afternoon at leisure which you could choose to spend strolling around the beautifully landscaped grounds of your accommodation or on an optional nature walk within its sanctuary.

Lion in Solio Game Reserve, Kenya
Accommodation Aberdare Country Club
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Experiences Mountain bike riding experience in Aberdare Country Club Estate in Nyeri, Kenya
Aberdare Mountain Biking Experience

One hour mountain bike riding experience within the Aberdare Country Club estate.

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy a horseback ride in Aberdare Wildlife Sanctuary in Nyeri, Kenya
Aberdares Horseback Riding Experience

Sit back and relax on a 1 1/2 hour horseback ride within Aberdares Wildlife Sanctuary abundant with wildlife. Accompanied by an experienced guide, ...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Game drive to Aberdare National Parks in Kenya
Aberdare National Park Game Drive

Two hour game drive to the salient and moorlands of Aberdare National Parks. Search the plains for a plethora of animal activity and capture that p...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit The Aberdare Sanctuary in Kenya
Aberdare Country Club Sanctuary Night Eye Game Drive

One hour game viewing experience within the Aberdare Sanctuary. Clients get to watch the various animals within the sanctuary as the night sets in....

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Onwards to Lake Nakuru National Park

Keep your camera ready for a photo stop at the spectacular Thomson's Falls. Connect with the soul of Africa's Great Rift Valley as you journey to Lake Nakuru National Park. Renowned as a bird watcher's paradise with more than 400 species recorded here. Lake Nakuru National Park’s secrets are revealed by your expert Driver Guide who will help you spot some of these this afternoon, along with searching for lion and leopard. Your overnight stay is in the National Park with views of the lake.

Flamingos on Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Accommodation Lake Nakuru Lodge
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Iconic Experience See incredible wildlife at Lake Nakuru Park, Nairobi, Kenya
Visit Lake Nakuru National Park

See the birds of Lake Nakuru National Park and marvel at the flamingos that crowd the water's edge. 

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Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Thomson's Falls in Aberdare Mountain Range, Kenya
See Thomson's Falls

Stop to take in the thunderous power of Thomson's Falls.

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Iconic Experience

Day 5

Admire Lake Naivasha

Rise with the birds and join your Driver Guide at sunrise on the lake shore to spot pink flamingos, pelicans and several other species of water birds. Look out for rhino, zebra and buffalo which may be grazing nearby. As you continue with your 4 x 4 game drive, you'll navigate more of Lake Nakuru National Park's landscapes. Immerse yourself in the sounds and smells of the bush – the damp scents of the surrounding savannah and cheery calls of birds provide a stirring backdrop for an unforgettable safari experience. Journey to Lake Naivasha for lunch and enjoy a boat ride in search of the resident hippo. Next up, head over to Crescent Island and join a Local Specialist to walk among wildlife such as zebra, impala and giraffe.

Hippo in Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Accommodation Lake Naivasha Country Club
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Iconic Experience Hippo in Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Boat Ride on Lake Naivasha

Enjoy a boat ride as you search for the hippos in Lake Naivasha. 

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Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience See wildlife in Crescent Island, Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Crescent Island Visit LS

Marvel at the wonderous wildlife on your Crescent Island Visit. 

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Iconic Experience

Day 6

Off to the Iconic Maasai Mara National Reserve

Venture across the Great Rift Valley to the savannah wilderness of Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve, whose promise of some of the best game viewing in the world attracts safari enthusiasts the world over. Your home for the next two nights is in the heart of the National Reserve, ensuring you'll have the opportunity to see wildlife from the moment you head out on your safari game drives.

Warriors in Maasai Mara, Kenya
Accommodation Keekorok Lodge Masai Mara Game Reserve
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Iconic Experience Giraffe-Kenya
Scenic Drive to Maasai Mara National Reserve

Embark on a journey through the wilderness as you enjoy the sights of the best game viewing in the world at Maasai Mara National Reserve.

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Iconic Experience

Day 7

A Day to Discover the Maasai Mara

Get close to the wildlife that find sanctuary in Maasai Mara's wilderness, on a full-day safari to seek out the Big 5. Dive Into Culture during a visit to a Maasai village, where you'll watch the warriors display their jumping prowess, then tour the village to gain in-depth insights into the daily life of this colorfully clad tribe. Your visit to the village is a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Later, indulge in a bush picnic – the sounds of the bush the perfect accompaniment while you keep your eyes peeled for the flash of resident Bee-eaters, Rollers and Hoopoes flitting from tree to tree, before continuing your game drive in one of the worlds' most famous safari destinations.

Cheetah in Maasai Mara, Kenya
Accommodation Keekorok Lodge Masai Mara Game Reserve
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Visit a Maasai tribe village in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Support a Local Maasai Tribe on a Village Visit

Support a local Maasai tribe with a visit to their village to learn about their traditions and ways of life.

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Iconic Experience Giraffe near Safari in Maasai Mara, Kenya
Tour Maasai Mara National Reserve

Full day in the Mara with morning and afternoon game drives to explore its vast plains and rolling hills with more game spotting opportunities.

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Dining beneath the stars against the background of the African bush in Maasai Mara
Bush Banquet with Maasai Entertainment

Dining beneath the stars against the background of the African bush is a unique and unforgettable experience. A gentle stroll along lamp-lit paths ...

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Day 8

Continue to Serene Lake Victoria

Bid Kenya a fond kwaheri (goodbye) along with your Kenyan Driver Guide as you arrive this morning at the Kenya/Tanzania border crossing. After immigration formalities, your Tanzania Driver Guide is waiting to welcome you for the second part of your trip. Board your Tanzania 4 x 4 vehicle and travel on to Africa's largest lake, Lake Victoria, where your accommodation is located on the shoreline. Make sure you take the short stroll down to the waters' edge tonight to see the spectacle of a beautiful sunset over the lake.

Boat by Lake Victoria, Tanzania
Accommodation Serenity on the Lake Victoria Tanzania
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

Travel to Serengeti National Park

Take a stroll along the tranquil shores of Lake Victoria this morning. It’s the perfect way to start another soul-stirring day in Africa, which will see you head to the UNESCO-listed Serengeti National Park. The endless and vast plains of the Serengeti provide an exquisite backdrop for a 4 x 4 safari game drive. Keep your eyes on the bush and follow the tracks of lion, leopard and cheetah – sometimes difficult to spot because they love to laze beneath the shade of trees and in between the tall grass. After lunch at your accommodation, you'll have a second opportunity to discover the many secrets of this spectacular National Park.

Lion in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Accommodation Serengeti Serena Lodge
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Iconic Experience Cheetah in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Serengeti National Park Tour

Keep your eyes peeled for the hidden wildlife at the Serengeti National Park. 

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Iconic Experience

Day 10

Safari in the Serengeti

The Serengeti’s reputation for wildlife viewing is second to none. This is the home of the greatest annual wildlife spectacle on earth – the Great Migration. Embark on your full-day game drive with your Driver Guide who will tell the story of how over a million wildebeest cross the Mara River annually in search of green pastures. Keep your eyes peeled for flashes of wildlife across the plains dotted with shady Acacia trees. You’ll gain a true sense of the vastness of this national park and the diversity of its ecosystems and landscapes along the way.

Woman on Safari in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Accommodation Serengeti Serena Lodge
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Iconic Experience Wildebeest in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Full-day Serengeti National Park Visit

Discover the vast beauty and incredible wildlife of the Serengeti National Park.

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Iconic Experience

Day 11

Discover the Ngorongoro Crater

Leaving the Serengeti behind this morning, we'll journey to the neighbouring UNESCO-listed Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Descending hundreds of meters down to the floor of the vast Ngorongoro Crater, you’ll have an opportunity to explore its forests and grass plains in search of elephant, lion, zebra and wildebeest, among other species. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the crater before beginning your climb back to the crater rim. Your overnight accommodation is nestled within lush green farmlands offering spectacular panoramic views.

Safari in National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Accommodation Acacia Farm Lodge Tanzania
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Iconic Experience Explore the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Ngorongoro Crater Visit

Venture into the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater and explore its forests and wildlife. 

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Iconic Experience

Day 12

Venture to Lake Manyara

A short drive this morning brings us to the village of Mto wa Umbu. Rub shoulders with the locals as you Dive Into Culture and embark on a walking tour to soak up the community spirit. Stroll through farmlands, past the local school and market, learning all about village life along the way. There’s time to catch a glimpse of how the tasty local banana beer is made and a chance to sample some yourself, before heading up the dusty road for lunch. The local ladies have been cooking up a storm of traditional dishes and will gladly explain how each one is made. You’ll hear how by simply savoring this local meal, you’ve contributed to the livelihood of their families. Later, enjoy an afternoon game drive through Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its tree-climbing lions.

Zebra by Lake Manyara, Tanzania
Accommodation Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dive Into Culture Visit the farming community of Mto Wa Umbu in Lake Manyara, Tanzania
Meet the Farming Community of Mto Wa Umbu

Meet the farming community of Mto Wa Umbu to learn about their way of life and enjoy Swahili cuisine.

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Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Drive through Lake Manyara National Park and see tree-climbing lions, Tanzania
Lake Manyara National Park Scenic Drive

Enjoy a scenic drive through Lake Manyara National Park as you watch for the tree-climbing lions. 

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Iconic Experience

Day 13

Traverse Tarangire National Park

Our first stop today is Tarangire National Park. Arriving in time for lunch at our lodge, enjoy a short siesta or one-on-one encounter with the tree hyraxes that cling to the lodge’s trees. We’ve left the best for last. On this final game drive of the trip, you’ll encounter a natural landscape so entirely different from anything you’ve seen so far in Tanzania. Giant baobabs, flat-topped acacias and termite mounds dot the unusual landscape. Tarangire is renowned as one of the best places to view elephants and your Driver Guide will scout for the vast herds that roam these plains so you can admire these gentle giants as they plod their way along in search of the juiciest vegetation.

Woman on Safari watching an Elephant in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Accommodation Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner
Iconic Experience Village Huts in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Tarangire National Park Tour

Tarangire National Park is renowned for its majestic elephants. Glimpse these and other animal inhabitants of the park, and take in the unique landscape during your drive today. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 14

Farewell

The rich aroma of local coffee lingers in the air as you savor lunch at one of Tanzania's largest coffee plantations. Then it’s time to say a sad farewell to your new friends and Driver Guide (onward flights should not be booked to depart until after 4 pm). Should you have a late evening flight departure, you may wish to consider booking a day use room at the KIA Lodge airport hotel. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

Please Note: This trip is operated on a small group basis. Guests will travel in a 4 X 4 safari vehicle for the full duration of the itinerary, including all road travel and safari game drives. The trip will travel over a variety of terrains, resulting in some rough and bumpy journeys. Guests must travel with a soft-sided bag or medium size suitcases due to limited space in the safari vehicles.

Tree near Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

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Be My Guest
Kiburi Plantation Visit

Built in 1962 and set in rural Kerugoya town on the foothills of Mt. Kenya, the house is located within an operational coffee and tea estate. It is...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Lake Nakuru National Park

See the birds of Lake Nakuru National Park and marvel at the flamingos that crowd the water's edge. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Thomson's Falls

Stop to take in the thunderous power of Thomson's Falls.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Boat Ride on Lake Naivasha

Enjoy a boat ride as you search for the hippos in Lake Naivasha. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Crescent Island Visit LS

Marvel at the wonderous wildlife on your Crescent Island Visit. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Scenic Drive to Maasai Mara National Reserve

Embark on a journey through the wilderness as you enjoy the sights of the best game viewing in the world at Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Support a Local Maasai Tribe on a Village Visit

Support a local Maasai tribe with a visit to their village to learn about their traditions and ways of life.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Tour Maasai Mara National Reserve

Full day in the Mara with morning and afternoon game drives to explore its vast plains and rolling hills with more game spotting opportunities.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Serengeti National Park Tour

Keep your eyes peeled for the hidden wildlife at the Serengeti National Park. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Full-day Serengeti National Park Visit

Discover the vast beauty and incredible wildlife of the Serengeti National Park.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Ngorongoro Crater Visit

Venture into the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater and explore its forests and wildlife. 

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Meet the Farming Community of Mto Wa Umbu

Meet the farming community of Mto Wa Umbu to learn about their way of life and enjoy Swahili cuisine.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Lake Manyara National Park Scenic Drive

Enjoy a scenic drive through Lake Manyara National Park as you watch for the tree-climbing lions. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Tarangire National Park Tour

Tarangire National Park is renowned for its majestic elephants. Glimpse these and other animal inhabitants of the park, and take in the unique landscape during your drive today. 

Included in Trip

About this trip

All transport and transfers shown
Driver Guide in Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia
Cherry-picked hotels and safari lodges, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Toyota Landcruiser 4 X 4 safari vehicle
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Visit Solio Game Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Naivasha, Maasai Mara National Game Reserve, Lake Victoria, Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park and Tarangire National Park
View Thomsons Falls in Nyahururu

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Aberdare Mountain Biking Experience

One hour mountain bike riding experience within the Aberdare Country Club estate.

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Optional Experience
Aberdares Horseback Riding Experience

Sit back and relax on a 1 1/2 hour horseback ride within Aberdares Wildlife Sanctuary abundant with wildlife. Accompanied by an experienced guide, ...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Aberdare National Park Game Drive

Two hour game drive to the salient and moorlands of Aberdare National Parks. Search the plains for a plethora of animal activity and capture that p...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Aberdare Country Club Sanctuary Night Eye Game Drive

One hour game viewing experience within the Aberdare Sanctuary. Clients get to watch the various animals within the sanctuary as the night sets in....

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Bush Banquet with Maasai Entertainment

Dining beneath the stars against the background of the African bush is a unique and unforgettable experience. A gentle stroll along lamp-lit paths ...

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Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Languages across Kenya: English and Swahili are the official languages of Kenya.
  • Currency used in Kenya: The currency of Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling.
  • Capital City:: The capital of Kenya is Nairobi.
  • Time Zone(s) in Kenya: East Africa Time (EAT).

 

Kenya passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip.
  • Visa Requirement: A Tourist Visa is required to enter Kenya. Learn more about obtaining a visa for Kenya.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Kenya's weather and climate vary significantly across different regions due to its diverse topography. In general, Kenya has two primary seasons: the dry season and the wet season. The dry season typically occurs from June to October, offering pleasant and cooler temperatures, making it an ideal time for wildlife safaris. The wet season occurs from November to May, with the "long rains" from March to May and the "short rains" from November to December. During the wet season, some areas experience heavy rainfall, while others, like the coastal regions, may have more moderate and consistent rain. Kenya's climate allows for a wide range of landscapes, from arid deserts to lush savannas, making it a popular destination for tourists seeking diverse experiences.

Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits for Africa Tours

  • Luggage & Carry-On Bag: East Africa safari vehicles cannot accommodate the typical on-tour luggage and carry-on bag dimensions. We kindly ask our guests to travel with a soft-sided bag or medium-sized suitcase.

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a safari tour in Africa requires careful consideration to ensure you have everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable experience in the wild. It's best to travel light and prioritize the essentials. The less you bring, the easier it will be to move around and enjoy the experience without unnecessary weight. The specific items you'll need can vary based on the destination and time of year. Here's a general packing list to get you started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Neutral-colored clothing: Pack lightweight, breathable, and neutral-colored clothing (e.g., khaki, beige, green) to blend in with the natural environment and avoid attracting insects.
  • Long-sleeved shirts and pants: These will protect you from the sun, insects, and any thorny vegetation you might encounter during walking safaris.
  • Lightweight jacket or fleece: Evenings and early mornings can be cool, so having a warm layer is essential.
  • Wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses: Protect yourself from the sun's strong rays.
  • Sturdy, comfortable shoes: Bring closed-toe walking shoes or hiking boots for bushwalks or trekking.
  • Sandals or flip-flops: For relaxing around the campsite or lodge.
  • Swimwear: Some lodges or camps have pools or natural swimming spots.
  • Rainproof gear: Depending on the season and location, rain showers can be common, so a waterproof jacket and pants are useful.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • Binoculars: Get a good pair for wildlife viewing.
  • A camera: You’re traveling on a safari to see extraordinary scenery, animals, and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Taking pictures of wildlife can be a daunting experience; everything is moving so fast, and the last thing you want is blurry photos to document one of the most extraordinary trips of your life. To get the results you want for your photo album, Instagram account, or Facebook feed, use these tips for taking photos while on safari. No matter what, disable geotagging on all your devices. Posting locations of wildlife can attract poachers, which is probably the last thing you want. Here’s a site that fills you in on how to do this.
  • Extra camera batteries and memory cards: You won't want to miss any photo opportunities.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Flashlight or headlamp: Useful for navigating in the dark.
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

Most African countries, including South Africa, run on 220-240 volts at 50 Hz. This means that the electrical outlets and voltage used in African countries are different from the standard 110-120 volts at 60 Hz used in the United States.

If you plan to bring American appliances or electronics to Africa, you will likely need a voltage converter and a plug adapter. Here's what you need to know:

  • Voltage Converter: American appliances designed to run on 120 volts may not function properly or could be damaged if connected directly to the higher voltage in African countries. A voltage converter (also known as a voltage transformer) will step down the voltage to 120 volts, allowing your devices to work safely.
  • Plug Adapter: The physical shape of electrical outlets in African countries may also differ from those in the United States. You'll need a plug adapter to match the American-style plug with the outlets in the destination country.

It's essential to check the voltage and plug type requirements for the specific African country you plan to visit, as they might vary slightly from one country to another. Some modern electronic devices, like laptops and smartphones, are often designed to handle a wide range of voltages, so they might only require a plug adapter. In Kenya, Morocco, and South Africa, the standard electrical voltage is 220-240 volts at 50 Hz. In Namibia, the standard electrical voltage is also 220-240 volts, but it operates at 50 Hz in most areas and at 60 Hz in some regions. If you plan to bring American appliances or electronics to any of these African countries, you will likely need a voltage converter (transformer) as well as a plug adapter.

Before your trip, verify the compatibility of your appliances and devices. You can find this information on the labels or tags of your electronics or in the user manuals. If in doubt, consult with the manufacturer or a qualified electrician.

We suggest buying an adapter with a voltage converter to help reduce the number of things you have to pack. Additionally, it's essential to get any required adapters or converters for your electronic devices before embarking on your guided tour and bringing them along. It's crucial to be cautious when using electrical appliances in foreign countries, as using incorrect voltage or plugs without the right adapters can cause damage to your devices or even pose a safety hazard.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

In hotels in Kenya, South Africa, Morocco, and Namibia, you will typically find hair dryers available for guests to use. These hotels are accustomed to hosting international travelers, and providing hair dryers in the rooms is a common amenity. Some remote safari camps may not have the infrastructure or resources to support electrical appliances like hairdryers due to their location in more pristine and wilderness-focused areas.

It is important to keep in mind that the voltage of the hair dryer provided by the hotel will match the local electrical standards of the country where it is located. For example, in Kenya, South Africa, Morocco, and Namibia, the standard electrical voltage is 220-240 volts at 50 Hz. However, some regions in Namibia may operate at 60 Hz.

You will need a voltage converter (transformer) to safely use your own hair dryer or other 120-110 volt appliances you bring. Before using your hair dryer or any electronic device, it is important to verify voltage compatibility and use the appropriate plug adapter if necessary. Although many modern hair dryers are designed to be dual voltage, meaning they can work on both 120 volts and 220-240 volts, it is always recommended to double-check the label or user manual to be sure.

If you are unsure about the electrical compatibility or amenities provided by a specific hotel, you can contact them directly before your trip to inquire about the availability of hair dryers and other electrical considerations for international travelers. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but cannot find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is commonly available in various accommodations and public places in Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, and South Africa, especially in urban areas and more developed regions. However, the availability of air conditioning can vary based on the type of accommodation and the specific location within each country. In major cities like Nairobi, Marrakech, Casablanca, Fes, Cape Town, and Johannesburg, many hotels, lodges, and upscale accommodations provide air conditioning. However, in more remote or rustic safari lodges or tented camps, air conditioning might be limited or not available.

Regardless of where in the world your tour visits, we do our best to ensure your transportation is as comfortable as can be. On Africa safaris, you may be on a coach part of the time and a 4 X 4 safari vehicle at other times.

Airport transfers

Transfers will depend on the trip you choose and vary among destinations. In general, if you are joining or departing your guided vacation on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included. You’ll find specific information on your itinerary page.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

Traveling to Africa on a guided tour can be an exciting and enriching experience. However, it's essential to prioritize your health and safety while exploring new territories. Health risks can vary based on the specific countries or regions within Africa you are visiting. Staying informed, prepared, and cautious will go a long way in ensuring a safe and enjoyable travel experience. Always stay in touch with your Travel Director and always follow their recommendations.

Here are some health advice and recommendations for travelers heading to Africa:

Visit the Doctor: Before embarking on your trip, schedule a visit with a medicine specialist or your healthcare provider. They can provide personalized health advice based on your medical history, current health status, and the specific countries you'll be visiting.

Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, evacuations, and trip cancellations.

Vaccinations: While there are no vaccine or testing requirements, travelers should ensure that all routine vaccinations are up to date.

  • Routine Vaccinations: These include measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap), and influenza.
  • Yellow Fever: Some countries in Africa require a yellow fever vaccination certificate for entry. Even if not required, it's highly recommended, as yellow fever is a serious disease transmitted by mosquitoes in some regions.

Malaria Prevention: Malaria is prevalent in many parts of Africa. Consult with your healthcare provider about the appropriate malaria prevention measures, such as antimalarial medications and mosquito bite prevention strategies (e.g., insect repellents, mosquito nets, long-sleeved clothing).

Insect Bite Prevention: Besides malaria, mosquitoes can transmit other diseases like dengue, chikungunya, and Zika. Use insect repellents containing DEET or Picaridin and wear long-sleeved clothing and pants to reduce the risk of bites.

First Aid Kit: Carry a basic first aid kit with essential items like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, antidiarrheal medication, and any prescribed medications.

Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water, especially in hot and humid climates, to prevent dehydration.

Respect Local Customs: Be aware of and respect local customs and traditions, as some practices may have health implications.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these. 

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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