TG’s Most Awesome Safari’s 2019


KENYA & TANZANIA PHOTOS

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Three nights in the Masai Mara, Kenya and the Serengeti, Tanzania are unique to the Safari Express Company.
The BIG Question I am most asked – Kenya vs. Tanzania (answer under the Bush Notes Tab)
Other items of note: typically the Great Migration will be in the Masai Mara during our time there next fall.
Tarangire N.P. in Tanzania will be enjoying an elephant migration.
A DEPOSIT of $500 is due at time of booking for either safari.
A DEPOSIT of $1000 is due at time of booking if you are doing both safaris combined.
A DEPOSIT of $150 is due at time of booking for the Amboseli NP Excursion.
Booking deadline is March 31, 2019.
Full tour balance is due no later than July 1, 2019.
Each tour will have 4 4×4 vehicles with 5 to 6 people per vehicle plus a driver/guide. Typically, I rotate between the vehicles.

Seats Remaining –
Kenya = 0
Tanzania = 4

FAQs

RatesLodgingKenyaTanzaniaTG’s SafariTribal VillageBalloonBush Notes

2019

(Dates)

Kenya

(September)

Tanzania

(October)

Amboseli

(September)

TG’s Safari

(Sep-Oct)

Double Room
$3625 pp
$4520 pp
$975 pp
$8360 pp
Single Room
$4555 pp
$5130 pp
$1255 pp
$9900 pp
Extra Nights
The Stanley (NBO)

(Double Room B/B)

$138 pp
$138 pp
The Stanley (NBO)

(Single Room B/B)

$222 pp
$222 pp
Arusha Hotel (JRO)

(Double Room H/B)

$164 pp
$164 pp
Arusha Hotel (JRO)

(Single Room H/B)

$257 pp
$257 pp
Balloon Safari
Masai Mara (KE)
$440 pp
$440 pp
Serengeti (TZ)
$540 pp
$540 pp
B/B = Bed and Breakfast; H/B = Bed and Breakfast plus either Lunch or Dinner

A DEPOSIT of $500 is due at time of booking for either safari.
A DEPOSIT of $1000 is due at time of booking if you are doing both safaris combined.
A DEPOSIT of $150 is due at time of booking for the Amboseli NP Excursion.
Booking deadline is March 31, 2019.
Full tour amount is due no later than July 1, 2019.
ADDITIONAL DISCOUNTS on the safari portion if paying by check, Venmo or direct transfer to me within our bank.

Please click on each of the hotels below to view images and detailed descriptions.

Inclusive meals as indicated – B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, FB = Three meals
** Includes Breakfast and Dinner if you are doing TG’s Safari

Day
Destination
Lodge/Hotel
Meal Plan
19 Nairobi Sarova Stanley
20 Nairobi Sarova Stanley BL
21 Nairobi Sarova Stanley BL
22 Nairobi – Samburu Samburu Sopa Lodge FB
23 Samburu Samburu Sopa Lodge FB
24 Samburu – Mt. Kenya Mountain Lodge FB
25 Mt. Kenya – Lake Nakuru Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge FB
26 Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara Mara Sarova FB
27 Masai Mara Mara Sarova FB
28 Masai Mara Mara Sarova FB
29 Masai Mara – Nairobi Sarova Stanley BL
30 Nairobi – Depart Sarova Stanley B
01 Arusha The Arusha Hotel B
02 Arusha
The Arusha Hotel BD
03 Arusha – Ngororngoro
Ngorongoro Serena Lodge FB
04 Ngororngoro
Ngorongoro Serena Lodge FB
05 Ngororngoro – Serengeti Serengeti Serena Lodge FB
06 Serengeti Serengeti Serena Lodge FB
07 Serengeti Serengeti Serena Lodge FB
08 Serengeti Serengeti Serena Lodge FB
09 Serengei – Tarangire
Tarangire Safari Lodge FB
10 Tarangire Tarangire Safari Lodge FB
11 Tarangire – Arusha – Depart The Arusha Hotel BL

KENYA PHOTOS
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KENYA (14 days including travel time)
September 2019
18- Depart US
19- Arrive NBO. Transfer to The Stanley for overnight.
20- Pre-trip brief. Mid-morning Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage visit. Lunch at the Carnivore. Dinner is on your own. (Several options available including Travelers Restaurant at the Hilton). Overnight The Stanley. (BL)
21- Karen Blixen House and Giraffe Center Visits. Lunch at Karen Blixen Coffee Farm. Dinner is on your own. (My suggestion is dining at The Thorntree Cafe at The Stanley). Overnight The Stanley. (BL)
22- Early morning departure north to Samburu and Buffalo Springs NR. Afternoon Game Drive. Overnight Samburu Sopa Lodge. (BLD)
23- Morning game drive/Village Visit/afternoon game drive. Overnight Samburu Sopa Lodge. (BLD)
24- Return south across the equator to Serena Mountain Lodge (tree lodge) for overnight. Day and night game overlooking a waterhole. Night viewing by floodlight. Optional afternoon Forest Nature Walk (2 hours long and booked through the lodge).(BLD)
25- Travel down through the Great Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru NP. Afternoon game drive. Overnight Lake Nakuru Lodge. (BLD)
26- Continue south to the Masai Mara. Kenya’s portion of the Serengeti ecosystem. Afternoon game drive. Overnight Mara Sarova a Luxury Tented Lodge. (BLD)
27- Morning and afternoon game drives. Optional Balloon Safari here. This is the traditional time of the great migration. Overnight Mara Sarova Lodge. (BLD)
28- Morning and afternoon game drives. The Masai Mara is 700 square miles in size. Overnight Mara Sarova Lodge. (BLD)
29- Morning game drive before returning to Nairobi. Picnic lunch en-route. Late afternoon arrival at The Stanley. Dinner is on your own. (I suggest we go to Trattoria). (BL)
30- Shopping day and day at leisure. Day room provided before evening departure for JKIA. Lunch and dinner on your own. (I suggest we go to the Talisman for one of the meals). (B)
October 2019
01 – Arrive U.S.

Inclusive meals as indicated – B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Price per person based on double occupancy
Kenya Safari 2019 = $3625
Single Room Supplement (SRS) = $930 (I am only allowed one single room for the tour.)
Extra Nights at The Stanley B/B = $138
SRS Extra Nights at The Stanley B/B = $84
Mara Balloon Safari = $440 if booked in advance/ $495 if booked after July 1, 2019 will be directly through the Balloon Company

If you need help finding a roommate, please let me know and I will help find one with you.

Your Tour Includes
• Meet and greet services at the airport upon arrival and departure
• Airport Transfer to and from your base hotel
• A 4×4 vehicle while on your safari with a photo roof with maximum 6 pax in a vehicle (See Bush Notes)
• Services of an English speaking driver-guide
• Guaranteed window seat
• Game drives
• All accommodations and meals as specified
• All park fees and government taxes
• One bottle of mineral water per person per day during game drives

Your Tour Does Not Include
• International flights
• Visas
• Airport tax (usually included in the ticket price)
• Driver guide or local escort gratuities
• Drinks unless specified and dining rooms tips, porterage, personal travel and baggage insurance
• Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature (souvenirs, etc.)

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Please go to Bush Notes tab for: Kenya vs. Tanzania; The Ingredients that Make a Great Safari; Your Safari Vehicle; Additional expenses; Visa info and links to appropriate application; photo of East African Electrical Adapter.

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INFORMATION LETTERS
KENYA LETTER ONE
Sent:
April 4, 2019
What it contains:
Intro; Info on Immunizations; What are the ‘Big Five/Nine’; Suggested Books
Attached PDFs:
Indigenous Tribes of Kenya; Safari Pre-trip List; FAQs; Kenya Flier with Itinerary; Info on the Kenyan Parks; Info on Birds; Map of East Africa
KENYA LETTER TWO
Sent:
May 27, 2019
What it contains:
Updates; The Group Site is YOUR FRIEND; Info on Binoculars; Photography – Are you taking photos? If so, what type of camera should I use?
Attached PDFs:
Photo Booklet
KENYA LETTER THREE
KENYA LETTER FOUR

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TANZANIA PHOTOS
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TANZANIA (13 days including the travel time)
Tanzania Safari or as an Extension to the Kenya Safari
September 2019
30 If you are doing the Tanzania Safari by itself then this is the day you depart the U.S.
October 2019
01- Tanzania Safari will arrive in the evening and transfer to the Arusha Hotel for overnight.
02- Day at leisure. Lunch on your own (I suggest we go to the Blue Heron Restaurant). Overnight at The Arusha Hotel. (BD)
03- After breakfast, drive through the Great Rift Valley before climbing to the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. En-route shopping stop at the best souvenir shop in East Africa. Afternoon at leisure then overnight at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. (BLD)
04- Game drive 2000 feet down in the Eighth Natural Wonder of the World – Ngorongoro Crater. Picnic breakfast at one of the hippo pools. Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. (BLD)
05- Descend from the rim of the Crater into the Serengeti. En-route stop at a Masai Village followed by a game drive and picnic lunch while traveling to your lodge. Arrive in the late afternoon and overnight at the Serengeti Serena Lodge. (BLD)
06- The Serengeti is 5600 square miles or roughly the size of Vermont. We will spend the entire day in it looking for game. Optional Balloon Safari here. Overnight at the Serengeti Serena Lodge (BLD)
07- NEW FEATURE – This morning we will leave early to go explore the northern part of the Serengeti. If we are lucky we may see the early part of the Great Migration. Return in the late afternoon and overnight at the Serengeti Serena Lodge. (BLD)
08- Today you will have a long morning game drive in animal paradise. Return to the lodge in the early afternoon for lunch. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight at the Serengeti Serena Lodge. (BLD)
09- Morning departure with a game drive through the very cool Moru Kopjes. Continue up and around the Ngorongoro Crater and descend into the Great Rift Valley. Proceed on to Tarangire N.P. arriving for lunch. You will have an afternoon game drive in the park known for its Baobab Trees. Overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge. (BLD)
10- Morning and afternoon game drives. Traditional elephant migration is at this time so it’s possible to see large herds. Overnight at your luxury tented Tarangire Safari Lodge. (BLD)
11- In the morning, game route to the gate. Turning north you will return to Arusha arriving before lunch. There is a day room for you at The Arusha Hotel before an early evening transfer to JRO for your departure home. If connecting through NBO you will also have the same departure time. (B)
12- Arrive US.

Inclusive meals as indicated – B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Price Per Person Based on Double Occupancy
Tanzania Safari 2019 = $4320*
Single Room Supplement = $810
Extra Nights at The Arusha Hotel H/B = $164
SRS Extra Nights at The Arusha Hotel H/B = $93
Serengeti Balloon Safari = $540 if booked in advance/ $599 if booked after July 1, 2019 will be directly through the Balloon Company
If you need help finding a roommate, please let me know and I will help find one with you.

PLEASE NOTE: The Arusha Hotel has changed it’s name to the Four Points by Sheraton.

H/B = Half Board or Two meals
* You may receive a $100 discount on the main safari if you pay by check, Venmo or direct transfer to me within our bank.

Your Tour Includes
• Meet and greet services at the airport upon arrival and departure
• Airport Transfer to and from your base hotel
• A 4×4 vehicle while on your safari with a photo roof with maximum 6 pax in a vehicle (See Bush Notes)
• Services of an English speaking driver-guide
• Guaranteed window seat
• Game drives
• All accommodations and meals as specified
• All park fees and government taxes
• One bottle of mineral water per person per day during game drives

Your Tour Does Not Include
• International flights
• Visas
• Airport tax (usually included in the ticket price)
• Driver guide or local escort gratuities
• Drinks unless specified and dining rooms tips, porterage, personal travel and baggage insurance
• Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature (souvenirs, etc.)

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Please go to Bush Notes tab for: Kenya vs. Tanzania; The Ingredients that Make a Great Safari; Your Safari Vehicle; Additional expenses; Visa info and links to appropriate application; photo of East African Electrical Adapter.

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INFORMATION LETTERS
TANZANIA LETTER ONE
Sent:
April 4, 2019
What it contains:
Intro; Info on Immunizations; What are the ‘Big Five/Nine’; Suggested Books
Attached PDFs:
Tanzania People and Culture; Safari Pre-trip List; FAQs; Tanzania Flier with Itinerary; Info on the Tanzanian Parks; Info on Birds; Map of East Africa
TANZANIA LETTER TWO
Sent:
May 27, 2019
What it contains:
Updates; The Group Site is YOUR FRIEND; Info on Binoculars; Photography – Are you taking photos? If so, what type of camera should I use?
Attached PDFs:
Photo Booklet
TANZANIA LETTER THREE
TANZANIA LETTER FOUR

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KENYA & TANZANIA PHOTOS
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KENYA & TANZANIA (25 days including the travel time)
September 2019
18- Depart US
19- Arrive NBO. Transfer to The Stanley for overnight.
20- Pre-trip brief. Mid-morning Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage visit. Lunch at the Carnivore. Dinner is on your own. (Several options available including Travelers Restaurant at the Hilton). Overnight The Stanley. (BL)
21- Karen Blixen House and Giraffe Center Visits. Lunch at Karen Blixen Coffee Farm. Dinner is on your own. (My suggestion is dining at The Thorntree Cafe at The Stanley). Overnight The Stanley. (BL)
22- Early morning departure north to Samburu and Buffalo Springs NR. Afternoon Game Drive. Overnight Samburu Sopa Lodge. (BLD)
23- Morning game drive/Village Visit/afternoon game drive. Overnight Samburu Sopa Lodge. (BLD)
24- Return south across the equator to Serena Mountain Lodge (tree lodge) for overnight. Day and night game overlooking a waterhole. Night viewing by floodlight. Optional afternoon Forest Nature Walk (2 hours long and booked through the lodge).(BLD)
25- Travel down through the Great Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru NP. Afternoon game drive. Overnight Lake Nakuru Lodge. (BLD)
26- Continue south to the Masai Mara. Kenya’s portion of the Serengeti ecosystem. Afternoon game drive. Overnight Mara Sarova a Luxury Tented Lodge. (BLD)
27- Morning and afternoon game drives. Optional Balloon Safari here. This is the traditional time of the great migration. Overnight Mara Sarova Lodge. (BLD)
28- Morning and afternoon game drives. The Masai Mara is 700 square miles in size. Overnight Mara Sarova Lodge. (BLD)
29- Morning game drive before returning to Nairobi. Picnic lunch en-route. Late afternoon arrival at The Stanley. Dinner is on your own. (I suggest we go to Trattoria). (BL)
30- Morning at leisure. Lunch on own arrangements. A 1:00 pm departure on Riverside Bus to Arusha, Tanzania. Dinner and overnight at Arusha Hotel. (BD)
October 2019
01- Day at leisure. Dinner on your own (I suggest we go to Khan’s BBQ). Pick up with the Tanzania Safari 2019. Overnight at The Arusha Hotel. (BL)
02- Day at leisure. Lunch on your own (I suggest we go to the Blue Heron Restaurant). Overnight at The Arusha Hotel. (BD)
03- After breakfast, drive through the Great Rift Valley before climbing to the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. En-route shopping stop at the best souvenir shop in East Africa. Afternoon at leisure then overnight at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. (BLD)
04- Game drive 2000 feet down in the Eighth Natural Wonder of the World – Ngorongoro Crater. Picnic breakfast at one of the hippo pools. Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. (BLD)
05- Descend from the rim of the Crater into the Serengeti. En-route stop at a Masai Village followed by a game drive and picnic lunch while traveling to your lodge. Arrive in the late afternoon and overnight at the Serengeti Serena Lodge. (BLD)
06- The Serengeti is 5600 square miles or roughly the size of Vermont. We will spend the entire day in it looking for game. Optional Balloon Safari here. Overnight at the Serengeti Serena Lodge (BLD)
07- NEW FEATURE – This morning we will leave early to go explore the northern part of the Serengeti. If we are lucky we may see the early part of the Great Migration. Return in the late afternoon and overnight at the Serengeti Serena Lodge. (BLD)
08- Today you will have a long morning game drive in animal paradise. Return to the lodge in the early afternoon for lunch. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight at the Serengeti Serena Lodge. (BLD)
09- Morning departure with a game drive through the very cool Moru Kopjes. Continue up and around the Ngorongoro Crater and descend into the Great Rift Valley. Proceed on to Tarangire N.P. arriving for lunch. You will have an afternoon game drive in the park known for its Baobab Trees. Overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge. (BLD)
10- Morning and afternoon game drives. Traditional elephant migration is at this time so it’s possible to see large herds. Overnight at your luxury tented Tarangire Safari Lodge. (BLD)
11- In the morning, game route to the gate. Turning north you will return to Arusha arriving before lunch. There is a day room for you at The Arusha Hotel before an early evening transfer to JRO for your departure home. If connecting through NBO you will also have the same departure time. (B)
12- Arrive US.

Inclusive meals as indicated – B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Price Per Person Based on Double Occupancy
TG’s Safari 2019 = $8160*
Single Room Supplement = $1740
Extra Nights at The Stanley B/B = $138
SRS Extra Nights at The Stanley B/B = $84
Extra Nights at The Arusha Hotel H/B = $164
SRS Extra Nights at The Arusha Hotel H/B = $93
Mara Balloon Safari = $440 if booked in advance/ $495 if booked after July 1, 2019 will be directly through the Balloon Company
Serengeti Balloon Safari = $540 if booked in advance/ $599 if booked after July 1, 2019 will be directly through the Balloon Company

If you need help finding a roommate, please let me know and I will help find one with you.
* You may receive a $180 discount on the main safari if you pay by check, Venmo or direct transfer to me within within our bank.

PLEASE NOTE: The Arusha Hotel has changed it’s name to the Four Points by Sheraton.

Your Tour Includes
• Meet and greet services at the airport upon arrival and departure
• Airport Transfer to and from your base hotel
• A 4×4 vehicle while on your safari with a photo roof with maximum 6 pax in a vehicle (See Bush Notes)
• Services of an English speaking driver-guide
• Guaranteed window seat
• Game drives
• All accommodations and meals as specified
• All park fees and government taxes
• One bottle of mineral water per person per day during game drives

Your Tour Does Not Include
• International flights
• Visas
• Airport tax (usually included in the ticket price)
• Driver guide or local escort gratuities
• Drinks unless specified and dining rooms tips, porterage, personal travel and baggage insurance
• Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature (souvenirs, etc.)

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Please go to Bush Notes tab for: Kenya vs. Tanzania; The Ingredients that Make a Great Safari; Your Safari Vehicle; Additional expenses; Visa info and links to appropriate application; photo of East African Electrical Adapter.

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INFORMATION LETTERS
Please go to the Kenya and Tanzania Tabs and scroll to the bottom.

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TRIBAL VILLAGE VISIT
There is a tribal village visit included in each safari. In Kenya we will visit with the Samburu Tribe and in Tanzania the visit will be with the Maasai Tribe. They are both very similar with almost identical presentations. Folklore has it that they are descendants from two brothers. One liked beads and moved north and became the Samburu while the other brother who liked leather and the color red moved south and became the Maasai.
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BALLOON SAFARI ADD-ON
in Kenya’s Masai Mara
Mara Balloon Safari = $410 if booked in advance/ $450 if booked after July 1, 2019 will be directly through the Balloon Company

in Tanzania’s Serengeti
Serengeti Balloon Safari = $540 if booked in advance/ $599 if booked after July 1, 2019 will be directly through the Balloon Company
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KENYA vs. TANZANIA
One of the most asked questions of me is which is better, Kenya or Tanzania. My answer, they are both great and both have a lot to offer. Neither is better than the other and you will be very happy with the one you choose. They both have different but similar features to offer.
In Kenya, you have a larger exposure to the real African culture as you travel through villages and small towns between the parks.
In Tanzania, with the exception of a few tribal villages you have a solid 5 days of pure wilderness and wildlife.
In Kenya, with the inclusion of Samburu, Buffalo Springs National Reserves there is a larger variety of wildlife. This includes three of the nine types of giraffe distributed throughout Africa.
In Tanzania, you have the Eighth Natural Wonder of the World, Ngorongoro Crater.
In Kenya, most of the game drives are out and back between the meals.
In Tanzania, with the size of the Serengeti and the nature of the Ngorongoro Crater, there will be a few full day game drives with picnic lunches.
In Kenya, you will have the Great Migration in the Masai Mara, National Reserve.
In Tanzania, you will have a large elephant migration in Tarangire National Park.
In Kenya’s Amboseli National Park you have great unobstructed views of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
In Tanzania, Mt. Kilimanjaro is one of the country’s great treasures.
In Kenya, you will have awesome, personable, knowledgeable and English speaking Kenyan driver/guides.
In Tanzania, you will have awesome, personable, knowledgeable and English speaking Tanzanian driver/guides.
In Kenya, you will stay in great lodges and enjoy great food.
In Tanzania, you will stay in great lodges and enjoy great food.
When I am in Kenya that is my favorite place for a safari.
When I am in Tanzania that is my favorite place for a safari.

If you are lucky enough to do TG’s Safari (Kenya and Tanzania) all the parks differ from each other. Each with its own character.
As I said above, you will be happy with either country. You will meet great people, see amazing scenery all while on an amazing adventure.
Karibu (Welcome)

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THE INGREDIENTS THAT MAKE A GREAT SAFARI
1. Wildlife – This is what you came for and you won’t be disappointed. Animals, reptiles and birds truly are the stars and are by far the number one ingredient for a great safari. There is no way to truly describe what it is like to be out with ‘The Big Five’* and friends in their natural surroundings. You’ll understand this last sentence and be able to relate once you are there.
2. Your Driver/Guides – The Driver/Guides we use have been through 2 years of Guide School and years of field experience. They are very personable, multi lingual and quite knowledgeable about the their country, indigenous people, flora, and fauna. Always, always, always include them as part of your group. They will become your friends that will do their utmost to fulfill your dream.
3. The local people – This surprises most people on safari. The simple people with ‘Big Jambo’ smiles will stay with you. One quote I love to share is, “I came for the animals and fell in-love with the people.” I encourage you to engage with the servers, house keepers, etc. Ask them about their tribe and where they are from and you will see their ‘Big Jambo’ smiles.
4. The scenery – Another surprise to most people. On your safari, you will see a lot of natural beauty with a wide range of settings.
5. The lodges – The lodges we choose are located inside the parks and have great character that are unique to themselves. The lodges are very clean, provide great meals and all the rooms have their own bathrooms. Because of their location you never know who might wander by.
6. You – Be a participant. Involve your driver/guide by asking questions. Include yourself in spotting the animals. One of the coolest things you will do is being the one to spot any of the ‘Big Five’.
7. Understanding – Outside of the itinerary, you are on an unscripted wildlife safari in East Africa. Stuff happens. That’s what makes it an adventure. 🙂

* Big Five = Cape Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion and Rhino. They got their name for being the most hunted animals during ‘The Great White Hunter’ era. Cape Buffalo and Elephant are pretty common with the other three needing a little more effort to find.

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YOUR SAFARI VEHICLE
All of our safari vehicles in Kenya and Tanzania come equipped with:
♦ Seat belts
♦ Game viewing hatch
♦ Luggage area for soft sided bags
♦ Seven passenger window seats
♦ Radio communication
♦ Cooler box with bottled water
♦ First aid kits

Each tour will have 4 4×4 vehicles with 5 to 6 people per vehicle plus a driver/guide. Typically, I rotate between the vehicles.

Hard sided suit cases are very difficult to pack in the designated luggage area. Therefore duffle type bags are recommended and expected.

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A GUIDELINE TO ADDITIONAL EXPENSES
Note that this is a guideline as everyone spends money their own way.

Airfare as of September 2018
(prices will fluctuate daily and increase as you near your departure date)
Airline Employees using a standby ZED fare on KLM from AMS – $225 – $275
Full Fare positive space round trip from AMS – $800
Full Fare positive space round trip from JFK – $800 (Kenya Airways)
Full Fare positive space round trip from LAX – $1375
NEW
Kenya Airways now operates a non-stop flight between JFK and NBO five days a week.

TIPS
(These are set, in cash and are per person)
Driver/Guide – $120
Excursions in Nairobi – $20 ($10 per excursion)

Airport Transfers – $2 – $3 for Nairobi and $5 for the airport transfer in Arusha.
Porters – $18 ($1 per bag – includes stowing a bag at the base hotel)
Meals on safari – $12 ($.50 per meal)
All other meals – 10% of bill
Beverage tips on any type of beverage – 10% of bill paid directly to the server – even if you are charging to your room.

Miscellaneous
VISA – Kenya is $50. Tanzania is $100
Souvenirs – double whatever you expect to spend $100 – $200
Additional Meals not included in the itinerary – $20 – $35 (per meal)
Beverages* – really depends on the individual. Anywhere from $5 – $25.
Cash Cushion for the unexpected – $100

Cash Notes
All U.S. dollars will need to be printed 2006 or later for Kenya and 2008 or later for Tanzania. The local banks/hotels/restaurants will not accept bills from you or the locals that are printed before the dates above. Meaning, if you tip with a bill older than 2006 or 2008 the locals will not be able to use it.

* Coffee/Tea bars are free and usually open all day. Juices are included with breakfast. Also, included is one 20 oz. bottle of water for each person at the hotel/lodge and one 20 oz. bottle of water per person per day from the safari company while on safari. All other beverages – water, soda, specialty coffee drinks, beer, wine and cocktails can be purchased with your server or through the bar. You may charge any of these items to your room but PLEASE pay the tip directly to the server or bartender.

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VISA for ENTRY
Yes. There are several ways to obtain a Visa for either country:
– You can obtain these visas at their consulates in either New York City, NY or Washington D.C. either in person or by mail.
– You can obtain a Visa when you arrive at the airport in Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport – NBO) or Arusha, Tanzania (Kilimanjaro International Airport – JRO). This has been the most popular which has made lines and wait time longer. The offices there are open 24 hours a day.
– The easiest way is the eVisa which works for both Kenya and Tanzania. This is done online no more than 90 days prior to arrival and is valid for 6 months. Once approved you will receive a PDF document that you will bring with you to East Africa. The Visa will be validated upon arrival.
Kenya eVisa
Tanzania eVisa
– If you are traveling by road between Kenya and Tanzania you may obtain a Visa for either country at the border office building at Namanga (border town that sits in both countries).
PLEASE NOTE: Your passport will need to have a minimum of 6 months validity to obtain or validate a Visa. Unfortunately, you will not be able to ‘deal with it when you arrive’. All airlines will deny you boarding on their flight that is bound to Kenya or Tanzania.

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East African Electrical Adapter
Same as Great Britain