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Michael E. Leahy
Oak Lawn, IL

We have been to many, many places all over the world, with many different tour companies.  None of them compare to the Odysseys Unlimited small group experience.

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Sherrills Ford, NC

The small group is wonderful and the quality of tour directors is exceptional.

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Vancouver, WA

All that was advertised was delivered. Consider this tour to be a real value as to sites visited, itinerary, hotels, and travel between sites.

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Georgetown, TX

Odysseys does everything with style, but without pretension. Beautiful meals and hotels. Excellent guides.

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New York, NY

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Quitman, TX

Good value for $ — accommodations, food, guide, itinerary, and [small] size of group. Have traveled with other tour groups ... and like you best.

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Prairie Village, KS

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Seattle, WA

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Peoria, AZ

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Shepherdstown, WV

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Dublin, OH

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Trish Merrill & Mac White
Austin, TX

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Miami, FL

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Newburgh, IN

Tour exceeded my expectations having never taken a group tour. An excellent experience – can’t wait for my next one!

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New York, NY

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Dallas, TX

I like the small size of Odysseys tours. [You] have excellent Tour Directors, great itineraries and spend more time in areas than some of the other tour companies.

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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Amboseli’s large elephant population
  • Diverse birdlife at Lake Manyara
  • Ngorongoro, wildlife haven and Masai homeland
  • Olduvai Gorge
  • Serengeti and Masai Mara, Africa’s best game-viewing sites
  • Top-rated game lodges
Day-by-Day Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Nairobi, Kenya

Day 2: Arrive Nairobi After arriving in Nairobi, we transfer to our hotel. As arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned.

Day 3: Nairobi We see highlights of Kenya’s cosmopolitan capital city today, stopping for a tour of the Karen Blixen Museum, the one-time home of the Danish writer who, as Isak Dinesen, wrote Out of Africa. We also visit the Giraffe Centre, where we see several of the endangered Roth­schild’s giraffes here up close. Tonight, we enjoy a welcome dinner at our hotel. B,D

Day 4: Nairobi/Amboseli We transfer this morning to Amboseli National Park in the shadow of snowcapped Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Maasai’s “white mountain” and the world’s tallest freestanding mountain at 19,336 feet. Known for its many elephants, Amboseli boasts wide, dry plains also teeming with herds of wildebeest, zebra, impala, and giraffe, as we may see on this afternoon’s game drive. B,L,D

Day 5: Amboseli Early this morning we visit a near­by Masai village. Later: game drive and time for relaxing at our lodge in the foothills of Kili­man­jaro beneath a copse of feathered acacia trees. B,L,D

Day 6: Amboseli/Lake Manyara We travel today to peaceful Lake Man­yara National Park, one of Tanzania’s smallest and most diverse parks. Bordered by the dramatic Western Escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Manyara is notable for its abundant birdlife, diverse vegetation, tree-climbing lions, plains animals, and hippos. We hope to see much of the park’s diversity on our afternoon game drive. B,L,D

Day 7: Lake Manyara/Ngorongoro Conservation Area This morning we enjoy a second game drive at Lake Manyara then set out for Ngorongoro, a UNESCO Conservation Area, International Biosphere Reserve, and site of Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. On the crater’s floor is Africa in microcosm: grassland, swampland, lakes, forest, mountains, and unparalleled wildlife. B,L,D

Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater On our morning tour of the 100-square-mile crater we have our only chance to see all of Africa’s “Big Five” – ele­­­phant, buffalo, rhino, lion, and leopard – in one place. B,L,D

Day 9: Ngorongoro/Serengeti National Park We’re bound this morning for the Seren­geti, the Masai’s 5,700-square-mile “endless plain” considered Africa’s finest park and one of the world’s last great wildlife refuges. En route we visit 31-mile Olduvai Gorge, where in 1959 anthropologist Mary Leakey discovered the 1.8-million-year-old skull of Australopithecus boisei – and revolutionized the study of ­human evolution. Reaching our lodge, we embark on an afternoon game drive. B,L,D

Day 10: Serengeti Twice a year, some two million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra, and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle migrate to new grazing lands between Masai Mara and the Serengeti, sparking one of nature’s most spectacular sights. But the Serengeti’s vast treeless plains teem with animal life year-round, and this is the best place to see lion and cheetah up close. Perhaps we will on today’s two game drives. B,L,D

Day 11: Serengeti/Masai Mara We leave Tanzania today, crossing into Kenya and continuing on to Masai Mara by air. Kenya’s premier game reserve rich with animal life, the Mara is the traditional homeland of the native Maasai people. Known especially for the annual migration that sees some two million wildebeest, plus hundreds of thousands of other plains game migrate here from the Serengeti (Masai Mara being the continuation of the Serengeti in Kenya), the Mara sits in the Great Rift Valley and comprises 583 square miles of vast plains, acacia forests, grass-covered hills, and slow-flowing rivers. We arrive at our tented camp late this morning then have our first game drive here later this afternoon. B,L,D

Day 12: Masai Mara We spend today “on safari,” venturing out on early morning and late afternoon game drives during prime viewing hours. B,L,D

Day 13: Masai Mara Again today we’re “on safari,” with morning and afternoon game drives in this reserve that is just slightly larger than the state of Rhode Island. B,L,D

Day 14: Masai Mara/Nairobi Today we re-enter the urban world as we fly from the Mara back to Nairobi. Tonight we toast our safari adventure at a farewell dinner. B,L,D

Day 15: Nairobi/Depart for U.S. After a morning at leisure, we transfer to the Nairobi airport and board our connecting flight to the U.S. B

Day 16: Arrive U.S. We reach the U.S. today and connect with our flights home.

When To Go On Safari …

January to February: Summer – dry and warm; cooler at Ngorongoro because of elevation. Migration picks up, with plenty of game throughout central/southern Serengeti

March: Rains become possible, bringing plains animals in search of fresh grass and food. Significant movement of antelope and other game to the plains for calving season; predators follow

June to October: Dry season; can be cold on the rim of Ngorongoro. Wildebeest and plains game begin migrating in search of water. By late July, wildebeest migration is in full swing, with opportunities for excellent game viewing and predator kills, especially in the Masai Mara

November to December: Season of the “short” rains (brief daily thunderstorms); comfortable temperatures at Ngorongoro; warm in the Serengeti, with plentiful game

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 13 nights’ accommodations: 10 nights in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels and lodges; 3 nights in tented camp
  • 36 meals: 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners
  • Extensive game viewing as described, including all park entrance fees
  • Mineral water while on safari
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private 4×4 transportation throughout your trip with guaranteed window seating
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for driver/guides, dining room servers, and airport and hotel porters
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
Tour Dates & Prices

2020 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

Mar 5
Nov 5
Jan 26
Feb 13
Oct 4
Oct 8
Jul 9, 16
Jul 21+, 23
Jul 28*^, 30
Aug 4*^
Aug 6, 13
Aug 20, 27
Sep 3, 6
Sep 13, 17
Boston, New York,
Washington, DC
Chicago, Dallas,
Hou, Los Ang,
San Fran, Seattle
Atl, Balt, Char,
Cinc, Cleve, Mia,
Minn, Orlando,
Phil, Tampa
Denver, Detroit,
Phoenix, Port (OR)

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $801, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Single travelers please add $1,795 Jul–Oct; $1,295 all other dates. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days prior to departure. All 2020 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

Accommodations: Days 9-10: *Kirawira Serena; Days 11-13: +Kichwa Tembo; ^Mara Fig Tree

Depending on flight schedules, certain U.S. cities may require a departure one day prior to the listed schedule above.

Business Class upgrade (subject to availability) on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight: $4,995 per person

    Fairmont The Norfolk, Nairobi / Days 2-3, 14 / Deluxe

    One of Nairobi’s most popular hotels, the 170-room Fairmont The Norfolk has been a center of city life since its founding in 1904.  The Tudor-style hotel with a traditional safari atmosphere sits in private tropical gardens a short distance from the city center.  Hotel amenities include six restaurants (including the renowned Lord Delamere Terrace & Bar); health club with fitness facilities, spa, sauna, and steam room; heated outdoor pool; complimentary Wi-Fi internet access; and laundry and dry cleaning services (for a fee).  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, TV, and phone.  Mosquito nets are available upon request.

    Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge, Amboseli / Days 4-5 / Superior First Class

    Set against the backdrop of stunning Mt. Kilimanjaro in the midst of Amboseli’s rolling grasslands and savannahs, Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge offers a classic safari experience.  The 92-room lodge, built with eco-friendly materials, blends in the natural environment and reflects traditional Maasai motifs, colors, and textures.  Amenities and activities include dining area, outdoor pool (fed by the waters of ice melt from Kilimanjaro), natural timber game viewing decks, watering holes for the animals, jogging trails, nature walks, bird watching, cultural talks, massage and spa services, library, gift shop, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, and laundry service (for a fee).  Guest rooms, outfitted in traditional Maasai style featuring beadwork, gourds, and hand-painted murals, have private bath with shower, hair dryer, in-room safe, ceiling fan, mosquito nets, and offer uninterrupted views of the game-filled plains.

    Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge, Lake Manyara / Day 6 / Superior First Class

    This 54-room lodge high above the waters of Lake Manyara reflects the stellar birdlife that abounds here, with an architectural motif of swooping avian curves and the traditional concentric patterns of traditional Maasai boma (encampments).  Lodge facilities and amenities include an outdoor pool, massage and beauty services, gift shop, library with books on Africa, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, board games, and laundry service (for a fee).  Guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, private verandas with lake views, mosquito nets, and phone.

    Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, Ngorongoro / Days 7-8 / Superior First Class

    Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is perched on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater itself and offers endless and unparalleled views from its clustered boulder-built buildings.  Ethnic Maasai handcrafts – bright-beaded robes, intricate carvings, iron spears – decorate the lodge, and sensitivity to the environment marks all aspects of development here.  The lodge offers a dining room and bar; traditional music, culture, and dance; guided walks; massage and beauty treatments; complimentary Wi-Fi internet access; laundry service (for a fee); and a gift shop and boutique.  Guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, private balcony, and phone.

    Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, Serengeti / Days 9-10 / Superior First Class

    Situated high on a tree-clad ridge with panoramic views over the vast Serengeti, the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge fuses traditional African architecture with contemporary amenities.  Circular rondavel dwellings with thatched roofs and the winding paths of a traditional Maasai village mark the lodge that sits amidst groves of indigenous trees surrounded by streams and ponds. Amenities include an outdoor pool; two-tiered dining room dominated by a central barbecue area; traditional music and dance; massage and spa treatments; laundry service (for a fee); complimentary Wi-Fi internet access; and safari boutique and gift shop.  Guest rooms, in individual rondavel huts, feature private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, wildwood balconies, intricately carved furniture, mosquito nets, and phone.

    Sarova Mara Game Camp, Masai Mara / Days 11-13 / Superior First Class

    Located within Kenya’s richest game reserve, Masai Mara, the Sarova Mara Game Camp features 73 well-outfitted tents for a comfortable bush experience in keeping with the natural surroundings.  The camp sits atop a slight elevation flanked by two streams, offering outstanding views of the Mara’s vast plains.  Camp amenities include an indoor/outdoor restaurant, bar with fireplace; complimentary Wi-Fi internet access (in public areas); outdoor pool massage and spa services; and laundry service (for a fee).  Guests can enjoy such activities as game drives, bird watching, nature walks, traditional Maasai entertainment and cultural lectures, and optional game-viewing balloon rides (at additional cost of $450 per person; cash or credit cards are accepted).  Private tent accommodations all have en suite bath with shower, permanent roofs, zip-up fronts, mosquito nets, and electricity.

    Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, Nanyuki / Extension / Deluxe

    The Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club sits on over 100 acres of landscaped grounds and offers a traditional colonial atmosphere with lovely views of Mount Kenya.  The resort features comfortable, traditional interiors and boasts a range of amenities including a restaurant, lounge/bar (which, interestingly, is positioned directly on the equator), cigar lounge, and pool bar; fitness center; full spa with a range of services; outdoor swimming pool; golf course; complimentary Wi-Fi internet access (in public areas), and laundry and dry cleaning services (for a fee).  Optional resort activities (some at additional cost) include horseback riding, fishing, croquet, mountain climbing, and nature walks.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private, marble bath with rainfall shower, hair dryer, in-room safe, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, fireplace, TV, and phone.

    Tamarind Tree Hotel, Nairobi / Extension / First Class

    Offering a comfortable, relaxing stay just south of Nairobi, the Tamarind Tree Hotel includes two restaurants, a lounge, and a coffee bar; comfortable common areas; an outdoor swimming pool; fitness center; complimentary Wi-Fi internet access; and laundry and dry cleaning service (for a fee).  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with rainfall shower, hair dryer, in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Post-Tour Extension

Mount Kenya

3 days/2 nights for $1,395 total price
Single Supplement: $595

Encounter more wildlife during a stay at the Mount Kenya Safari Club, which houses the conservancy founded by actor William Holden.


Your Tour Price Includes
  • 2 nights’ accommodations: 2 nights at Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club (Deluxe); day room in Nairobi at Tamarind Tree Hotel (First Class)
  • 6 meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing, including animal orphanage at Mt. Kenya Wildlife Conservancy; game drive; and Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Sanctuary
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited representative
  • Private transportation
  • Transfer to Nairobi airport
  • Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and driver/guide

Guests on the extension will leave Nairobi on Day 15.

Extension not available on Mar 5 departure.

Tour Directors
Edwin Mapelu

“Edwin was an outstanding Tour Director. He was very knowledgeable about the areas visited and animals seen. He was always friendly and outgoing with stories to tell about Africa that enhanced our experience.”
Jerry Cutrer
Hilton Head Island, SC

Antonio Marangabassa

“Tony was a superb tour director. His knowledge of African wildlife, history, and culture, combined with his charming personality and his love of Kenya, truly enhanced our travel experience.”
Ronald & Anne Decker
Chicago, IL

Tom Nganga

“Tom is such an asset to Odysseys! He is so knowledgeable and personal. He also has an amazing sense of humor. He made our visit spectacular.”
Jacqueline Evans & Henry Livingston
Indian Rocks Beach, FL

David Ngure

One of the best tour directors we’ve had. David was friendly, professional, and very knowledgeable of the safari area and animals. We thoroughly enjoyed his company.”-
Tim Hedahl
Erie, CO

George Omuya

“George was the best Tour Director I’ve ever had. He managed our group with such skill and knew what to do to make each of our experiences the best. He went ‘the extra mile’ at all times.”
Sue Matlof
St. Louis, MO

Destination Insight

Suggested Reading for Your Vacation

Beryl Markham
West with the Night
Beryl Markham evokes the landscapes, people and wildlife of East Africa in engrossing detail in this classic memoir of amazing adventures as a bush pilot in 1930s Kenya, a favorite.

Richard Estes
The Safari Companion
An invaluable encyclopedic guide to Africa’s mammals by a noted scientist, this perennial bestseller includes black-and-white drawings, an overview of each animal group and in-depth information. Written with the typical safari-goer in mind.

Ernest Hemingway
Green Hills of Africa
Hemingway paints the true story of his ramblings on safari in this classic, exquisitely written tale of hunting around Lake Manyara, which includes some of the best writing on the land itself and original pencil drawings. Originally published in 1935.

George Casey (Director)
Africa, The Serengeti
James Earl Jones narrates this dazzling 40-minute IMAX documentary of the migration of wildebeest in the Serengeti and Masai Mara.

Freytag & Berndt
Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda Map
A colorful shaded relief map at a scale of 1:2,000,000.

Ma Company (Tanzania)
Northern Tanzania Map
A colorful, hand-drawn map at a scale of 1:1.4 million shows popular game parks and reserves, including Tsavo, Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Ngornogoro, Tarangire and Kilimanjaro.

Chris McIntyre, Philip Briggs
Bradt Safari Guide Northern Tanzania
A compact, practical overview of the history, wildlife and attractions of the Serengeti and surrounding parks, including Zanzibar.

Jane Barsby
Culture Smart! Kenya
A concise guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.

Quintin Winks
Culture Smart! Tanzania
This pocket guide introduces local customs, etiquette and culture.

Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Swahili Phrasebook
A pocket phrasebook, dictionary and language guide for the traveler to East Africa.

Martin Meredith
The Fortunes of Africa, A 5000-Year History of Wealth, Greed and Endeavor
Covering the epic story of colonialism in Africa, Meredith’s magisterial history depicts empire-hungry kings, missionaries, tribal warlords, mining barons – even modern multinational corporations. An expansive but entertaining read.

Isak Dinesen
Out of Africa
The perennially best-selling tale of a naive young woman who leaves Denmark for East Africa, Dinesen’s (AKA Karen Blixen) autobiography draws us into life on a struggling coffee plantation. It’s a moving story inspired by a love for Kenya and its people. Includes the novella Shadows on the Grass.

Peter Matthiessen
The Tree Where Man Was Born
A classic portrait of East Africa, enthralling in its detail on nature and daily life. Includes Maasai, Ngorongoro, the Kenyan highlands and Mathiessen’s field trips, safaris and adventures in the Serengeti.

Ole Saitoti
The Worlds of a Maasai Warrior
Bridging several worlds with tremendous grace, Saitoti looks back on his life among the Maasai, both as spokesperson for his tribe and as one of the first Maasai safari guides.

Sara Wheeler
Too Close to the Sun
Sara Wheeler captures the romance and adventure of 1920s-era East Africa in this winning biography of Denys Finch Hatton, the handsome gadabout, daring bush pilot and companion of Baroness Blixen and Beryl Markham.

Susie Cazenove
Legendary Safari Guides
A veteran safari promoter shares stories from Africa’s top safari guides. Cazenove’s 24 tales introduce some of the passionate adventurers, nature-lovers and ardent conservationists that make safari-going so rewarding.

Brian Jackman
The Marsh Lions, The Story of an African Pride
Illustrated with photographs and drawings by Jonathan and Angela Scott, this new edition of the tale of a pride of lions in the Masai Mara includes a chapter bringing the story up to date.

James Kavanaugh
African Wildlife
A laminated foldout guide illustrating almost 150 species of African animals, designed for quick reference in the field.

Martin B. Withers
Wildlife of East Africa
This take-along guide to 475 common species of birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, trees and flowers of East Africa features full-color photographs with detailed descriptions on facing pages.

Adam Scott Kennedy
Animals of the Masai Mara
This photo guide by two safari guides focuses on the lions, cheetah, leopards, zebra, giraffe and other celebrated wildlife.

Adam Scott Kennedy
Birds of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro
Featuring a habitat-based approach to more than 270 bird species, this handy guide to fowl in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Speke Gulf includes 480 color photos and accessible text.

Philip Briggs
East African Wildlife, A Visitor’s Guide
A compact guide to the birds and mammals, reptiles, insects and plants of East Africa, featuring a very good selection of large color photographs.

Jonathan Kingdon
Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals
A conveniently compact edition of Kingdon’s gloriously illustrated Field Guide to African Mammals. The guide includes abbreviated information on identification, distribution, ecology and conservation status and 480 outstanding color illustrations and maps.


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