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Tailor Made tours of Kenya & Tanzania

Otherworldly landscapes, fascinating culture and spectacular wildlife - you won’t be able to resist falling in love with East Africa. Snow-capped mountains loom over sweeping savannahs, ancient tribes live side-by-side with the Big Five and bustling cities give way to swathes of white sand. Our tailor-made Tanzania and Kenya holidays take you to one of the most captivating corners of Earth - a place so wonderful and so welcoming you’ll never want to leave.

It’s here where you’ll find the ultimate safari country. Wildebeests and zebras migrate in their millions following the age-old patterns of Africa’s seasons, big cats and wild dogs prowl the untamed wilderness in search of their next meal and elephant families graze undisturbed near glass-like lakes. Whichever way you choose to explore - by vehicle, boat or on foot - these breathtaking scenes will be etched into your memory forever.

Though the animal kingdom reigns supreme, don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in East Africa’s vibrant culture. From the colourful Maasai tribes of the Great Rift Valley to the hard-working plantation farmers of Zanzibar Island, these humble people will deepen your understanding of what this diverse destination is all about. And nowhere else is there a richer ethnic tapestry than along the coastline, where Asian, European and Middle Eastern influences blend seamlessly with contemporary Swahili culture.

Then there’s the awe-inspiring landscapes. East Africa is home to some of the continent’s most iconic scenery, much of which remains refreshingly unmarred by human interference. Whether you’re gazing upon the majestic peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, watching a crimson sunset dip below the acacia-dotted Serengeti plains or discovering the dazzling seascapes of Zanzibar, jaw-dropping views are simply part of the package here.

So what are you waiting for? A holiday of a lifetime waits just around the corner.

You can create your own tailor-made holiday using our innovative itinerary builder.  First up: choose a Kenya or Tanzania base itinerary, or combine both destinations for an epic, all-in-one trip. This will ensure you cover all the key destinations that you really won’t want to miss. You can then add more destinations based on your interests. Ready to create your dream holiday? Head over to our itinerary builder to get started.

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Our top Kenya & Tanzania tour destinations

Wildlife-spotting in the Serengeti, visiting culture-packed cities like Mombasa and relaxing on white-sand beaches in Zanzibar. These are just some of the must-do’s when visiting East Africa. With so many unique and exciting experiences to be had, planning the ultimate adventure can be daunting. Luckily, help is at hand. Our destinations have been carefully chosen to make sure you see the very best of what these countries have to offer.

Serengeti

For many, the Serengeti is the quintessential African experience. Vast savannahs stretch as far as the eye can see, wildebeest migrate in their millions and lion prides snooze in the scorching sun. You’ve probably seen it on wildlife documentaries or when longingly flicking through travel brochures, but nothing compares to seeing this epic destination for yourself.

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Maasai Mara

Maasai Mara is the ultimate African safari experience. Tick the Big Five off your bucket list and marvel at the jaw-dropping spectacle of the great migration of wildebeest and zebras. There’s also the chance to visit Maasai villages and delve into Kenya’s indigenous culture.

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Zanzibar

Snow-white sands, sapphire waters and World Heritage old towns. As first impressions go, Zanzibar hits the mark. A gem in the Indian Ocean, this tropical archipelago has long been a favourite spot to unwind after an adventure holiday in East Africa. It’s a place where time stands still, the pressures of modern life become a distant memory and fun-filled activities are always on the agenda.

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Samburu

Samburu National Reserve is ranked among the best parks in northern Kenya - and it’s easy to see why. Nestled on the banks of the Ewaso Ng'iro River with views of the Koitogor and Ololokwe mountains, the park’s picturesque setting is hard to beat.

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Amboseli

The diversity of the wildlife at Amboseli is matched by the diversity of the landscapes. From swampy wetlands and lush woodlands to the sprawling savannah and dried-up lake, the park boasts some truly spectacular scenery.

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Ngorongoro

There’s nowhere else quite like the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Everywhere you look there’s a new natural wonder to be amazed by. The area is home to the largest unbroken and unflooded volcanic caldera in the world, as well as the highest density of predators in Africa. Lion prides bask in the sun, elephants graze in the grasslands and flamingos wade through the water.

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Experiences & Attractions in Kenya & Tanzania

From the wildlife-rich Serengeti National Park to the World Heritage Stone Town, East Africa is brimming with unforgettable experiences. Gaze upon the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, go game-spotting in the Ngorongoro crater and visit ancient Maasai tribes in the Great Rift Valley. You won’t be short on things to see and do here, that’s for sure.

Olduvai Gorge

Established as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, the gorge is more than just a dramatic ravine, but rather one of the world’s most important treasure trove for fossils too. It’s here that the earliest evidence of the existence of human ancestors can be found.

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Stone Town

Making up the most famed half of Zanzibar City, this labyrinth-like, historical quarter is a cultural melting pot, packed full to the brim of ancient trading-hub secrets. Forget all the cliches of powder white sands and turquoise waters that lure tourists to the archipelago's beaches, this is Zanzibar at its most authentic.

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Maasai Tribe

A visit to one of Ngorongoro’s Maasai communities is a cultural insight into East African heritage like no other. Traditional bomas – made from mud, sticks, grass and cow dung – are configured into circular villages which are then enclosed by a fence fashioned from thorned Acacia branches to protect their cattle from any roaming lions.

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Mount Kilimanjaro

And, as if being the tallest mountain in the continent wasn’t enough, as it’s not part of a mountain range, Kilimanjaro also holds the title of the world’s tallest free-standing mountain. So, don’t just catch a glimpse of it, get a photo in front of it too. This mountain is high on the list of earth’s most incredible sights, that’s for sure.

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Mount Meru

Having last erupted in 1910, Meru is actually considered an active volcano. It exploded into life over 500,000 years ago and has since dominated Arusha’s skyline with its distinctive horseshoe rim. Now protected by Arusha National Park, the area surrounding the mountain is rich with wildlife so a quick trip here and you’ll kill two birds with one stone.

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Hell’s Gate National Park

The park itself was established back in 1984 and named ‘Hell’s Gate’ due to the intense geothermal activity that occurs within its boundaries.

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At a glance

  • Time Difference

    GMT +3hrs

  • Flight Time

    8-12 hrs

  • Currency

    Kenyan or Tanzanian Shilling

  • Language

    Swahili, English

  • Electricity

    Kenya 230V, Tanzania 240V

Visa requirements

British citizens require a visa to travel to Kenya & Tanzania. Visit www.gov.uk for up to date visa requirements. Make sure that your visa is valid for the length and purpose of your stay and that you have at least six months left on your passport from the date you arrive in destination. Whilst it is possible to receive a visa on arrival, it's advisable to complete the process at least 3 weeks before travel to avoid long queues at the airport.

Vaccinations

You should visit your doctor at least six weeks before travelling to East Africa to see which vaccinations you require.

Your Pre-Travel need-to-know

Kenya & Tanzania Travel Guide

When to visit

East Africa can be enjoyed year-round, but there are certain times of year that are better for wildlife viewing. July to October marks the dry season which is usually the best for game spotting, and it’s also a great time to watch the great migration of wildebeests and zebras. If want to combine your safari adventures with a beach break in Zanzibar, June to October offers hot and sunny weather - perfect for sunbathing and swimming. 

Money & tipping

If you’ve booked a tailor-made East Africa holiday with us, the currency you’ll need to get your hands on is the Tanzanian shilling (denoted as TZS) and Kenya shilling (denoted as KES). Much like here, tipping in East Africa is considered a courtesy rather than obligatory. At restaurants, anything from 5-15% of the total bill is considered acceptable. It’s also common practice to tip your safari or tour guide - anything from £10-15 should be fine, depending on the type of safari and size of the group.

Etiquette & clothing

The dress code in East Africa is generally conservative, with many people adhering to different religious and cultural styles. Casual clothing is considered acceptable for tourists, though you might want to leave those hot-pants and midriff-baring tops at home. Remember that in many places, especially coastal cities like Mombassa, a large proportion of locals will be muslim, and showing too much skin might be considered disrespectful. And as for etiquette, do give hand shakes (greetings are important), don’t point (it’s considered rude), and avoid eating or handling food with your left hand (for hygiene reasons).

Religion

The majority of people in East Africa are Christian, with many also following the Muslim faith. A small amount of people also practice traditional African religions, Buddhism and Hinduism.

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Kenya & Tanzania Inspiration

Our tailor-made holidays will have you bewitched by East Africa’s stunning scenery and captivating culture from the moment you arrive. Whether you’re spotting the Big 5 on a safari, soaking up the vibrant city scenes or relaxing on a flawless beach, memorable moments await around every corner.

The crowning jewel of East Africa
Maasai Mara Safari

Brimming with bucket-list wildlife and spectacular scenery, the Maasai Mara is a safari hotspot.

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A Safari Tick-List
The Underdogs Of Africa

If you’re off on an African safari any time soon, you may want to consider looking beyond the Big Five – here are our top picks of Africa’s most overlooked game.

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The low-down
East African Game Drives

Having recently done our Kenya Classic itinerary himself, Philip gives the low-down on the nitty gritty of what to expect on a game drive.

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Bring your binoculars for the Big Five
The Ultimate Serengeti Safari

Home to an epic natural phenomenon that has taken place for centuries.

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Getting the lowdown with Philip
Why flight hopping is the only way to safari in 2019

Our East Africa expert, Phillip Adams, brings you all the facts about why a flying safari is the hottest way to travel this year.

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