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Tour Inclusions

  • All meals
  • All drinks (excluding premium brands)
  • Laundry
  • Two daily shared game viewing activities. These include game drives and bush meals
  • Two daily shared game viewing activities. These include morning and afternoon game drives, nature walk, Maasai village visit, sundowner cocktails and bush meals
  • Cosmic safaris, Serengeti Cheetah Project at Kusini Camp
  • Transfer to / from international and domestic airport
  • All transfers & internal connecting flights while on this Safari
  • National Park and Concession fees

Tour Exclusions

  • Premium alcoholic drinks
  • Additional activities
  • Gratuities to driver / guides and staff
  • All items of a personal nature, telephone calls and curio shops purchases
  • Private vehicle and guide
  • Spa treatments from the Olonana mini spa

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Moon Tours & Sanctuary Retreats

LUXURY WILDLIFE SAFARI TANZANIA & KENYA

Scenic Safari charter flights between Tarangire National Park, Serengeti & Masai Mara Reserve

8 night safari: Experience the best of Tanzania and Kenya in great style. This wildlife and cultural safari offers a mix of luxurious accommodation with exciting game viewing in exclusive wildlife locations.

With its incredible diversity of landscapes and some of the highest concentrations of wildlife in the world – it’s no surprise that Kenya is where the concept of safari was born.

Kenya is home to some of the best national parks and game reserves in Africa with diverse ecosystems, including Amboseli, Tsavo, Samburu and Meru. The jewel in its crown is the Masai Mara, the stage for the annual wildebeest migration when over two million wildebeest and zebra move between the Masai Mara and the Serengeti in Tanzania in search of greener pastures.

 

Africa; Tanzania; Sanctuary Swala; Scenery

ABOUT TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

Tarangire is famed for its large concentrations of elephant and spectacular baobabs of every shape and colour. The river is the park’s lifeline and attracts much of the game to its banks. You may also find some of the many leopard that rest by day in the shady trees. The park is also home to kudu with their immense spiral horns, and oryx with their equally lengthy rapier horns. These shy, show-stopping antelope are common in Tarangire, where Sanctuary Retreats’ expert driver-guides can get visitors close to the herds without disturbing them. The low volume of visitors to the park offers a truly unique and private experience and our customised open safari vehicles offer unobstructed viewing and great photography opportunities.

Africa; Tanzania; Sanctuary Kusini Camp; Serengeti Game Drive

ABOUT SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

The beautiful Serengeti National Park is renowned for the famous annual wildebeest migration, with over one and a half million wildebeest and 250,000 zebra. The national park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and covers around 5,700 square miles of grassland plains, savannah as well as forest and woodlands. The park contains a variety of wild-life, including the “Big Five.” There are also many cheetah to be seen, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, hyena, impala and even the elusive African wild dog.

Africa; Kenya; Sanctuary Olonana

MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

The Masai Mara National Reserve lies in south western Kenya and is effectively the northern continuation of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. It is named after the Maasai people and their description of the area when looked at from afar.

The Mara’s rich ecosystem of open savannah, woodlands and tree-lined rivers attracts a spectacular array of wildlife. Game viewing is excellent all year round in the Mara. It is famed for its Big Cats, as well as the remainder of the Big Five. The famous wildebeest migration is one of the natural wonders of the animal kingdom and is traditionally present in the Mara from around July through September.

Africa; Kenya; Sanctuary Olonana

REASONS TO VISIT TANZANIA & KENYA

  • The unique combination of wildlife, landscapes, beaches and culture
  • Some of the best game viewing opportunities in the world, including the Great Wildebeest Migration
  • Home to some of the best national parks and game reserves in Africa with diverse ecosystems, including the Masai Mara
  • A huge array of activities for the adventurous
  • High standard of accommodation and service levels
  • Excellent game viewing year-round

Tanzania & Kenya

Tarangire NP, Serengeti & Masai Mara

The perfect itinerary to see calving season of the Great Migration in the Southern Serengeti November – March.

This itinerary may vary for the best game viewing experience possible, depending on the time of year you choose to travel.

DAY 1 – Arusha Coffee Lodge

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met by a Sanctuary representative and transferred by private vehicle to your lodge located on the outskirts of Arusha. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Arusha Coffee Lodge is located on a coffee plantation on the outskirts of Arusha. Designed around the original plantation houses but completely renovated to achieve the highest standards of comfort, the décor is luxuriant and stylish with undertones of the bygone days of early exploration. Each of the 18 plantation houses has been lavishly furnished and features a split level living area and a private deck. The lodge also boasts a coffee shop, patisserie, conference facilities and a swimming pool.

Meals Included: Dinner


DAY 2 – Sanctuary Swala

Early this morning you will be met and transferred by private vehicle to Arusha airstrip for you onward flight to Tarangire National Park. Upon arrival you will be met by a Camp Representative and transferred to Swala camp in our customised open safari vehicle, driving time is approximately 30 minutes with game viewing en route. Each of the twelve tents is shaded by tall acacia trees and ancient baobabs and is within sight of the well-frequented waterhole. In the afternoon there is time to relax before enjoying an exciting game drive by open four wheel drive vehicle. Huge herds of elephant, greater kudu, Impala and Zebra are all easily spotted whilst leopard lurk in the trees. Due to the camp’s secluded location you are unlikely to see many vehicles as you venture out into the national park. As the sun fades enjoy a sundowner as you watch the game carry on with their daily activities. Return to camp to freshen up before dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


DAY 3 – Sanctuary Swala

This morning awaken to the sounds of the bush as a steaming hot cup of tea or coffee is served on your tent’s deck. The rest of the morning is at leisure to enjoy the activities on offer. Return to your camp where your hosts will greet you with a refreshing drink and a well-deserved lunch. The afternoon you have time to take a refreshing swim in the pool or relax on your private deck with a cool drink and gaze out to the waterhole and watch as the game lazily congregates in the shade to escape the midday sun. As the afternoon progresses you may like to return to the Tarangire on an afternoon game drive. Return to your lodge to freshen up before meeting around the camp fire for a pre-dinner drink as you discuss the day’s adventures.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


DAY 4 – Sanctuary Kusini

Rise this morning for an early breakfast before transferring to Kuro airstrip for your light aircraft flight to the Serengeti. Flying time is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. Upon arrival you will be met by a Sanctuary Kusini representative and transferred to the camp. Driving time to Sanctuary Kusini is 15 minutes from the airstrip through the Serengeti with game viewing en-route. Arrive at camp with time to freshen up before lunch is served.
Accommodation is offered in twelve double tents which are scattered around the main kopje. Each tent is attended by a personal tent attendant and has en-suite facilities with hot and cold running water. Private verandas with comfortable furnishings extend in front of each unit. The dining area, lounge and library are housed in the main area, which affords spectacular views from its wooden deck and the adjacent kopje. This afternoon get a glimpse of why the Serengeti is an icon of Africa on an afternoon game drive before returning to camp to freshen up before dinner.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


DAY 5 – Sanctuary Kusini

Remain close to camp with morning and afternoon game drives. The area around Sanctuary Kusini is famed for its cheetah. Whilst at Sanctuary Kusini you have the chance to contribute to cheetah conservation through the Cheetah Watch Campaign by submitting your sightings of cheetah in Tanzania to the Serengeti Cheetah Project. On a morning game drive learn how to identify cheetah and record their behaviour before combining this data with photos and a record of their location. This information is sent to the Cheetah Project’s researchers who use it to help them monitor cheetahs, and in return will provide you, where possible, with a background of your cheetah, including its name, age and its family history.

Alternatively you may prefer a full day game drive into the heart of the Serengeti with a picnic lunch. The open plains spread out as far as the eye can see so it is no surprise that the name Serengeti comes from the Maasai language meaning “endless plains.” The park itself covers 14,763 square kilometres, making it one of the world’s largest wildlife sanctuaries and hosts one of the world’s largest land migrations. Every year 1.5 million wildebeest migrate from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara followed by hundreds of thousands of zebra, gazelle and other plains game in search of fresh grazing pastures. Sanctuary Kusini is ideally placed to catch the migration that can be found in this area of the park from mid-December to April when the zebra and wildebeest drop their young. This evening, return to camp and climb to the top of the kopje for stunning 360 degree views of the Serengeti. Relax with your preferred drink as you watch the setting sun paint the Serengeti with pinks, oranges and reds. Following dinner retire to the kopje where you may take this rare opportunity to enjoy a star safari as the camp manager unravels the myths of the night sky.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


DAY 6 – Sanctuary Olonana

Today you may choose to relax at camp or venture out for one last game drive in the Serengeti before your mid-morning departure. You will be transferred to the airstrip for your onward flight to Kilimanjaro via Arusha. Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you will be escorted to your connecting flight to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport where you will be met by a Sanctuary Retreats representative who will assist you with your flight to the Masai Mara. Upon arrival in the Masai Mara, one of Africa’s greatest parks, you will be met by a Sanctuary Olonana guide who will transfer you to the camp. It is only a short 15 minute drive, but it is not uncommon to be rewarded with sightings of elephant, buffalo, giraffe and a host of other plains game. The 14 luxury tents at Sanctuary Olonana are very spacious and have floor to ceiling mosquito netting, en-suite bathrooms with hot showers, flush lavatories, solar lighting and large, river view verandas. The main dining room and veranda command a dramatic stretch of the Mara River providing the perfect setting for breakfast, afternoon tea and after dinner star gazing. This afternoon you can enjoy a short game viewing drive en-route to the camp for check in and overnight.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


DAY 7 – Sanctuary Olonana

This morning after breakfast at the camp, it is time to explore the Masai Mara with your guide. The Mara is a fabulous place for seeing big cats and all of the big five, a variety of plains game and over 300 bird species. The plains offer a rich variety of food for the dominant predators including lion, leopard, hyena and cheetah. Spot elephants browsing amongst the large herds of wildebeest and topi, eland and buffalo, Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelle. In the Mara River, hippos submerge to snort and grumble while crocodiles sunbathe, mouths agape, on the riverbanks. From around July to October, the Masai Mara also hosts the greatest show on earth – the wildebeest migration.

There are many different activities available at Sanctuary Olonana. You might choose to walk with our naturalist and learn about plants, trees, insects and even how to approach animals on foot, as your guide shows you how to spot animal signs which are everywhere but not easily noticed. After an exciting game activity you can relax by the pool or revitalise at the mini-spa which offers a range of treatments from facials to body massages. Sanctuary Olonana has earned a Gold Award from Ecotourism Kenya. You can visit the wetlands which cleanses wastewater before returning it to the natural environment or take part in our tree planting initiative which offers an opportunity to purchase and paint an indigenous tree, leaving a positive mark on a piece of Africa.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 


DAY 8 – Sanctuary Olonana

Another full day to explore the Masai Mara. Apart from the wide range of activities offered at Sanctuary Olonana, there are also activities that can be booked on request. A balloon safari is an exciting way to see the Mara. Float gently over the plains with a bird’s eye view of the game below as the sun rises slowly over the horizon. After around one hour the balloon lands and nearby a full breakfast is served in the middle of the bush with glasses of bubbly to toast your flight! Try fishing for the legendary giant Nile perch found in these waters as you explore the myriad of tiny islands. Stop and visit a traditional fishing village before flying back to the Masai Mara. On your last evening your guide will drive you out into the bush where a private and secluded clearing has been prepared for an elegant dinner in the middle of the wilderness. The table setting is as sophisticated and elegant as found in the finest restaurants. Candles flicker in the darkness, throwing golden lights on the table cloth as smiling waiters serve a delicious dinner. After dinner, retire to the warmth of the campfire where brandies and liqueurs are served as you absorb the peace and beauty of an African night.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


DAY 9

Today, you have the option of going out on one last game drive or relaxing in the camp and enjoying the views from the deck. After lunch you will be transferred to the airstrip for your afternoon scheduled flight to Wilson Airport in Nairobi. Upon arrival at Wilson you will be met by a Sanctuary Retreats representative and transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward flight.

Meals Included: Breakfast

SANCTUARY OLONANA – MASIA MARA, KENYA

Sanctuary Olonana is an award-winning tented safari camp on a private stretch of the Mara River in the heart of Kenya’s most famous game reserve, the Masai Mara.

This small and exclusive camp, the first of Sanctuary’s luxury safari properties, was built along sustainable lines which, along with our innovative wetlands and tree-planting projects, have earned Sanctuary Olonana a Gold Award from Ecotourism Kenya. Game drives, cultural visits, bush dinners, sundowners, scenic flights and balloon rides, Olonana makes for a wonderful African safari.

Built on the banks of the Mara River, the fourteen canvas tents at Sanctuary Olonana are extremely comfortable and spacious. The en-suite tents all have two double beds with floor to ceiling mosquito netting – making them perfect for families travelling with small children. Each of the private verandas overlook the river and offer the perfect spot where guests can relax and watch the resident hippos wallow in the water. There are also two honeymoon suites, each featuring outdoor showers.

WHY WE LOVE SANCTUARY OLONANA

  • Located on a private concession bordering the epic Masai Mara
  • During annual Wildebeest Migration, the action happens on the camp’s doorstep
  • Easily accessible, only a 45 minute flight from Nairobi
  • Offers game drives, cultural visits, bush dinners, sundowners, balloon flights and scenic flights
  • Gold Eco-Rated by Ecotourism Kenya and winner of “Africa’s Leading Eco-Lodge” in World Travel Awards 2015
  • In the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame. This unique accolade is granted only to those businesses that have won the Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row.

SANCTUARY SWALA CAMP – TARANGIRE NP, TANZANIA

Sanctuary Swala is located in a secluded area of Tarangire National Park, one of the most exciting and least visited parks in the country.

In the heart of Maasai country and a remote corner of the Tarangire, in total seclusion amongst giant acacia trees and looking out beyond the flat savannah, Sanctuary Swala offers a very exclusive safari experience. The picturesque landscape is filled with ancient baobab trees, ambling elephants and birds in flight. Built to the highest eco-friendly standards, this camp has a particularly low-carbon footprint.

SAFARI IN STYLE

Each of the twelve canvas pavilions is shaded by tall acacia trees and all are within sight of the well frequented water hole. They are unashamedly luxurious and exquisitely furnished but still close enough to nature to permit an exciting night under canvas. The tents feature a spacious open plan arrangement with comfortable king or twin beds, campaign chairs and plush sofas and boasts an en-suite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor shower for that extra bit of luxury. Sip cocktails or enjoy scrumptious dinners on your own private veranda and watch the waterhole which regularly draws lions, leopards and resident bull elephants while your own personal attendant caters for your every need. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in guests’ tents.

WHY WE LOVE SANCTUARY SWALA

  • Located in an exclusive pocket of Tarangire National Park
  • Tripadvisor guest reviews voted Sanctuary Swala as No. 1 out of 18 lodges and camps in the Tarangire National Park
  • Variety of activities include morning and evening game drives, walking and night game drives
  • An infinity swimming pool overlooking a water hole frequented by game
  • Sundowners, bush dinners and picnics
  • An opportunity to visit Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy Projects including Mwika beekeeping project

SANCTUARY KUSINI CAMP – SERENGETI, TANZANIA

Sanctuary Kusini offers a Serengeti safari like no other. This is the only permanent camp in this unspoilt and remote part of the Serengeti and every year wildebeest congregate on the camp’s “doorstep”.

Perfectly set in the remote southern part of the Serengeti, Sanctuary Kusini’s location was specially selected after much research by our guides and the local experts. It overlooks the plains where game are a common sight all year round. Built around a spectacular rocky outcrop and on the path of the wildebeest migration, the camp is ideal for seeing cheetah and wildebeest that congregate on the grassy plains in the calving season from mid-December to March.

SPACIOUS TENTS

The open-plan en-suite twelve tents at Sanctuary Kusini are shaded from the sun by acacia trees and all are extremely spacious at 48 square metres. Nestled in amongst the woodland, each tent has carefully thought-out views of the bush making it the perfect hideaway for casual game viewing. Each tent has its own personal attendant to look after guests during their stay and feature mosquito netting, hairdryers and in-room safe. A large private wooden veranda with comfortable furnishings extends in front of each tent, with many having views of the plains below where zebra, buffalo and lion are a common sight year-round, the ideal spot to relax for a sundowner after a hot restorative shower.

WHY WE LOVE SANCTUARY KUSINI

  • On the path of the great wildebeest migration
  • Incredible sundowners and cosmic safaris on top of the kopje with 360 degree views
  • The only permanent camp located in the southern Serengeti
  • Fantastic game viewing year round
  • Contribute to the cheetah watch project with your cheetah sighting images

ACTIVITIES AT SWALA CAMP

GAME DRIVES

Tarangire is famed for its large concentrations of elephant and spectacular baobabs of every shape and colour. The river is the park’s lifeline and attracts much of the game to its banks. You may also find some of the many leopard that rest by day in the shady trees. The park is also home to kudu with their immense spiral horns, and oryx with their equally lengthy rapier horns. These shy, show-stopping antelope are common in Tarangire, where Sanctuary Retreats’ expert driver-guides can get visitors close to the herds without disturbing them. The low volume of visitors to the park offers a truly unique and private experience and our customised open safari vehicles offer unobstructed viewing and great photography opportunities.

BUSH BREAKFASTS, PICNICS & DINNERS

You may have decided with your guide to take a picnic breakfast or lunch with you but equally lovely in the evening is to enjoy a bush dinner. A secluded clearing is prepared for a traditional East African meal in the middle of the Tarangire bush. With a sundowner in hand watch as the sun swiftly sinks and your setting becomes illuminated by a magnificent log fire. Once you have settled into your surroundings let our chef introduce you to traditional Swahili fare and experience a memorable evening under the African night sky.

BEEKEEPING PROJECT

Sanctuary Swala has developed a beekeeping project located in the village of Mwika on the border of Tarangire National Park. Through beekeeping we are able to preserve the natural environment while providing a valuable source of income to the community. Sanctuary Swala not only provided the village with the materials to make the hives, but with the knowledge and the equipment to keep bees which produce organic acacia honey. The honey that is harvested is sold through Sanctuary Swala with all proceeds going back to the project. With the success of the first harvest of honey in August 2010 the project has plans to develop and grow to over 100 hives, providing more families with income from a traditional foodstuff. While at Sanctuary Swala you have the opportunity to meet with the beekeepers on a visit to Mwika village and learn firsthand how the project operates.

GAME DRIVES AT NIGHT

Experience the wonders of a safari at night in Tarangire. As dusk falls, relax in the comfort of Sanctuary Swala’s customised safari vehicle as you venture into the park transformed by night. Search for nocturnal animals rarely seen as this is one of the few places in northern Tanzania where you can enjoy a safari by moonlight. At night, you may encounter an African wild cat, the elusive leopard or feel the round eyes of a bushbaby peering down at you as the moon rises into the sky. With specialised lighting you will be able to look for lion and hyena, as well as smaller creatures such as spotted genet, serval, bat eared foxes, owls and nightjars. (Maximum 5 people, additional cost)

WALKING SAFARIS

Put on your walking shoes and experience beautiful Tarangire National Park from a different perspective with a walking safari at Sanctuary Swala. With our professional walking guide and armed ranger, guests can now explore the grassland around camp in one of the most secluded areas of the park. Our qualified guide has a wealth of knowledge and will explain how to understand animal behaviour while tracking a variety of game. You may encounter zebra, waterbuck, impala, ostrich, elephant as well as a number of birds. Sanctuary Swala is one of only a few camps within Tanzania’s Northern Park that is able to offer walking safaris.
(Maximum 6 people per walk, additional cost)

ACTIVITIES AT KUSINI CAMP

GAME DRIVES

Sanctuary Kusini is one of the great places in the world to see large predators – lion, cheetah and even the elusive leopard can be seen lying in the kopjes nearby camp. Between January and March the great migration returns and wildebeest and zebra cover the plains as they give birth to their young. The treeless plains in this area provide the perfect habitat for cheetah who have made his area of the park their permanent home. Our experienced guides know every inch of the territory around the camp and this remote corner of the vast eco-system never disappoints – buffalo, elephant, hyena and giraffe, all can be seen close to the camp. There are no other permanent camps round here so adventurous travellers can be sure of unobstructed viewing from our customised safari vehicles. Bird life is particularly good on the forest edge where woodpeckers and brightly coloured kingfishers can often be seen.

COSMIC SAFARI

Most visitors come to Africa looking for the wildlife and the beauty, yet one of the most spectacular sights of all is hardly ever mentioned – the African night sky, offering some of the best star gazing in the world. In the evening, sit on a comfortable cushion up on top of the main kopje or around the campfire and allow the camp manager to uncover the universe. With a green laser pointer to show you the way, embark on a walk through the stars where you can look back millions of years in time and get lost in the beauty of the night sky. Weather conditions and moon phases must be taken into consideration when planning your perfect cosmic safari.

SERENGETI CHEETAH PROJECT

A unique activity has been developed at Sanctuary Kusini where guests can contribute to the Serengeti Cheetah Project by monitoring the cheetah of this vast national park. Venture out into this remote region of the Serengeti with your expert guide in search of cheetah. Your guide will introduce you to the cheetah’s habitat and teach you how to correctly identify and photograph the cheetah you spot and record their behaviour and location. Your contribution to the project could uncover new movement patterns and aid development of conservation programs. Since Sanctuary Kusini developed the cheetah watch activity in 2009, guests have supplied valuable information on over 60 different cheetah, many of which had not been seen for years. In recognition, the Cheetah Project has named one long-lost cheetah “Kusini”.

ACTIVITIES AT OLONANA CAMP

GAME DRIVES

At Sanctuary Olonana, game viewing starts from the camp. A pod of hippos lives permanently in the river just below camp and many other species come to drink there. Sanctuary’s experienced guides take you to all the hidden spots and our customised open safari vehicles offer all-round views, allowing for excellent photography opportunities. The Mara’s rich eco-system includes acacia-studded savannah, riparian forest and woodland which attract more than 300 bird species and a stunning variety of animal life all year round.

CULTURAL VISIT TO MAASAI VILLAGE

Get an insight into the vibrant and still traditional way of life of the Maasai. Learn about the medicinal plants that grow here, the importance of cattle and the stages of life through which all Maasai pass, from young boy or girl to respected elder. Accompanied by an experienced Maasai guide you are invited to visit the village which is built along traditional lines; complete with cattle enclosure, outer palisade and mud and cow dung huts. Meet the elders, their wives and families and learn about the social structure of the homestead, the role of women in their society and many more aspects of their daily life. Interaction and discussion is encouraged, so whether the ladies are building a hut, the warriors are dancing or making fire with stones and sticks, guests are free to join in.

NATURE WALK

Walk with our naturalist and learn about plants, trees and insects and their use in the daily lives of the Maasai tribe. Visit our award-winning wetlands which cleanses wastewater naturally before returning it to the environment. There is an opportunity to plant a tree, leaving a positive mark in Africa. Our naturalist shares his intimate knowledge of the surrounding environment and how many of the trees and plants are used for medicinal purposes. Watch the hippos, learn to identify the birds from their song, stop and learn about insects and even the fascinating system ants have to build and maintain their ant-hills. Your guide will also point out animal signs which are everywhere, but not that easily noticed.

VISIT TO A SCHOOL

More and more popular are the visits organised by our guides to a variety of local schools during school term. These visits are free but we would recommend a donation to the school of anything upward of $15 per person.

HOT AIR BALLOON SAFARI

Your balloon is inflated against the first rays of sunrise and once aloft floats gently over the plains and the plethora of game. The balloon lands around one hour after taking off with breakfast being prepared nearby. The smells of bacon, sausages and eggs drift on the breeze as you begin breakfast with platefuls of exotic Kenyan fruits and homemade pastries and, of course, glasses of bubbly to toast your flight. (Additional cost)

NEED TO KNOW – KENYA

BAGGAGE RESTRICTIONS

Maximum of 15kg of luggage per person is allowed for light aircraft flights, including hand luggage and camera equipment. Please ensure that all luggage is soft-sided.

MONEY MATTERS

The Kenyan shilling is divided into 100 cents. Notes are issued in denominations of 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 shillings. Coins are issued in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 40 shillings. 50 cent coins are available, but not commonly used.
money matters

The local currency you will need during your stay in Kenya should be obtained at authorised facilities such as banks and foreign exchange bureaus. Currency can also be exchanged at the Nairobi Airport on arrival. It is very difficult to exchange the shilling outside of Kenya so we recommend that you change only as much as you will need. Major credit cards are accepted at most outlets in Kenya. At Sanctuary Olonana we accept Visa, MasterCard or Amex, as well as cash and travellers cheques, and cash at our camp sites.

TIPPING

Tipping is not compulsory and the following suggestions are only guidelines:

  • Porter: US $1 per bag
  • Driver-guide: US $5-7 per traveller per day – this is normally paid on the last day and is based on 4-6 travellers in the vehicle. If there are only 2 or 3 travellers you may consider increasing this amount to US $6-8 per traveller per day
  • Private Luxury Camping: US $10-14 per traveller per day – this should be given to your guide on the last day for distribution among all camp staff. Again, smaller groups (in this case 5 or less) might consider tipping in the slightly higher range of US $12-14 per traveller per day

WEATHER

The climate in Kenya is mainly characterised by warm days and cool evenings. December to March are usually the warmest  months of the year, while June to August are the coolest. April and May often see intermittent rains, and from September to November the days are warm with short scattered rains falling in November.

TIME ZONE

GMT + 3 hours.

LANGUAGE

Kenya’s official languages are Swahili and English.

TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN

The South African immigration department has expressed concern about the growing issue of global child trafficking and announced new requirements for adults travelling with children under the age of 18, which will take effect from 1 June 2015.

Parents travelling with children would now be requested to provide an unabridged birth certificate (including the details of the child’s father as well as the mother) of all travelling children. This applies even when both parents are travelling with their children. When children are travelling with guardians, these adults are required to produce affidavits from parents proving permission for the children to travel. The above applies to foreigners and South Africans travelling to or from South Africa as well as travellers in transit.

For more information on Kenya travel please visit http://ktb.go.ke/

PASSPORT & VISA INFORMATION

Travellers should check for visa requirements pertaining to their citizenship, as entry requirements vary between countries. All travellers, however, must be in possession of a passport with at least six months of validity left beyond the intended departure date from Kenya.

• Foreign visitors may be required to obtain a visa to enter Kenya.

• Please visit http://www.kenya.visahq.com for a full list of nationalities which require visas for entry into Kenya.

• Passports must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of this trip.

• Please Note that immigration requires you to have two blank pages in your passport per entry; without this you will be denied entry.

• International Departure Tax is required by all passengers departing from Kenya. In most cases the tax is included in your international air ticket. If tax has not been included then it must be paid at the airport prior to departure.

NEED TO KNOW – TANZANIA

MONEY MATTERS

Tanzania’s currency is the shilling. Notes are issued in denominations of 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 and 10000 shillings. Coins are issued in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 shillings, although the first two are seldom used. The local currency you may need during your stay in Tanzania should be obtained at authorised facilities such as banks and foreign exchange bureaus. US Dollars and British Pounds can also be exchanged at the airport on arrival. It is very difficult to exchange the shilling outside of Tanzania so we recommend that you change only as much as you will need. Major credit cards are accepted at most outlets in Tanzania. At some of our Sanctuary Retreats camps in Tanzania, we accept Visa, MasterCard or Amex, as well as cash.

TIPPING

If you enjoyed your stay with us the guidelines below can be used as a reference. Tipping is a very personal matter and it is not included for staff at our lodges and camps.

  • Porter – US $1 per bag
  • Driver-guide – US $5-7 per traveller per day – this is normally paid on the last day and is based on 4-6 travellers in the vehicle. If there are only 2 or 3 travellers you may consider increasing this amount to US $6-8 per traveller per day

WEATHER

Tanzania has a tropical climate which is mainly characterised by warm days and cool evenings. December to March are usually the warmest  months of the year, while June to August are the coolest. April and May often see intermittent rains, and from September to November the days are warm with short scattered rains falling in November.

 

TIME ZONE

GMT + 3 hours.

 

LANGUAGE

Tanzania’s official language is Swahili.


PASSPORT & VISA INFORMATION

Travellers should check for visa requirements pertaining to their citizenship, as entry requirements vary between countries. All travellers, however, must be in possession of a passport with at least six months of validity left beyond the intended departure date from Tanzania.

For more information on Tanzania travel please visit http://tanzaniatourism.go.tz/en

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

TSA Bans Powerless Devices From Flights

According to recent rules issued by the US Transport Security Administration (TSA), passengers travelling from Europe, the Middle East and Africa to the US must be able to turn on their electronic devices to prove they are genuine, “Powerless devices” – cellphones and computers that cannot be turned on will not be permitted on board the aircraft.

This was followed by an announcement by the UK Department for Transport regarding stepping up some aviation security measures. “In line with the US advice, passengers on some routes into and out of the UK may now also be required to show that electronic devices in their hand luggage are powered up or face not being allowed to bring the device onto the aircraft.” According to Reuters, TSA officials singled out smartphones, including the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy, for extra security checks on U.S.-bound flights from Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Source: http://www.tsa.gov/press/releases/2014/07/06/enhanced-security-measures-certain-airports-overseas

Arrival notes:

Day 1: transfer from Kilimanjaro Int Airport to partner hotel Arusha Coffee Lodge

If this is your first day arriving in Africa, you may like to have a day to relax and unwind at the Arusha Coffee Lodge before starting your Safari. An additional night upon arrival can be organised prior. Please let us know if you require an additional night.

Departure notes:

Day 9: Transfer from Wilson Airport to Jomo Kenyatta Int Airport. This is where your safari will end.

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Dates subject to availability on request. Contact us to build your luxury bespoke once in a lifetime African Safari.

2019 / 20 Rates are per person twin or double share and include scenic Safari flight and road transfers.

April – May Camps closed for maintenance and upgrades

1 June – 30 June; $9840USD

1 July – 31 August; $10,230USD

1 September – 30 September; $9820USD

1 October – 30 October; $9200USD

1 November – 20 December; $7695USD

21 December – 6 January 2020; $11,050USD

7 January – 31 March 2020; $9200USD

Single supplement on request.

CHILD POLICY

We welcome all children aged 6 and above at Sanctuary Swala, Kusini & Olonana Camps.

  • Children aged 6 – 15 inclusive pay child reduction rate when sharing with
    2 paying adults – please enquire for more details.
  • In all other circumstances children pay the applicable adult fare.
  • Children aged 15 and younger are required to share with their parents.
  • Children 16 years and older allowed on walking safaris
  • Private vehicle must be booked for children aged 5 and younger.