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Essential East Africa

10 Days | Game drives by day, star gazing by night

4.9 out of 5 based on 35 reviews submitted.
18 to 35s
CHF  1,705
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This trip is for the 18 to 35 year olds

Got 10 days, an adventurous spirit and a desire to see as much of East Africa as you can on a tight budget? Then this is the trip for you! With multiple 4WD safari drives in the Masai Mara National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park, you’ll have the best opportunity spot the Big Five and all your bucket list wildlife! Stop at remote market towns, spend a night in a Maasai village and another night by the largest tropical lake in the world and soak up all the chances to chat with the locals and learn about their culture. This trip is like a crash course in what East Africa is all about!

Trip overview

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Nairobi, Kenya
Arusha, Tanzania
18 to 35s, Overland, Wildlife
Tanzania, Kenya
Physical rating
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Min 18 - Max 35
Group size
Min 1 - Max 22
Trip code
This trip generates 18 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.
Bucket list destinations

Tick off all the popular spots and enjoy unique local experiences

Great value

Affordable trips with the freedom to choose how you spend your time

Responsible travel

You book, we donate to help support local communities

Why you'll love this trip
  • Safari, safari, safari – what East African adventure would be complete without one? On this trip, you’ll embark on multiple safaris within three different areas.
  • Go in search of hippos, lions, leopards, zebrasand more during 4WD game drives in the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and the Masai Mara National Park with your experienced local leader.
  • Spend the night in a Maasai village to learn about life from community elders, visit a widows’ community and maybe even learn to throw a spear.
  • Cross the Serengeti in a purpose-built truck for one of those classic East African experiences – think vast plains spotted with thorn trees and herds of animals.
  • Stop in places like Mto wa Mbu and Musoma for the best opportunities to chat with locals, swap stories and get to know their culture.

Is this trip right for you?
  • In Loita Hills, you'll be staying in a secure bush camp with basic facilities, cold showers and no wi-fi.
  • Camping in the Serengeti means, well, camping in the Serengeti. No barriers between you and mother nature means there's no fence between you and the animals. We take safety seriously and your leader will brief you in detail on how to set up camp so as to deter animals from entering the camp.
  • This is an overland trip. That means you’ll be travelling with a group in a purpose-built vehicle, visiting remote communities, setting up your own tent, occasionally roughing it in the bush with no facilities, and getting the best possible views of the ‘Big Five’. While the trucks don’t have air conditioning, they do have sliding windows which let in the breeze and make it even easier to take spectacular snaps of the local wildlife. The drive days can be long, but it’s as much about the journey as the destination, and half the fun is the camaraderie. For more info on this style of travel, see our Africa overland page at


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9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners


Overland vehicle


Hotel (1 night), Camping (with facilities) (6 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights)

  • Loita Hills - Maasai Village Visit
  • Masai Mara National Reserve - Full Day 4WD Game Drive
  • Serengeti National Park - Overland Vehicle Game Drive
  • Ngorongoro Crater - 4WD Game Drive
Add on activities
  • Masai Mara National Reserve - Balloon ride (from price) - USD625
  • Serengeti National Park - Balloon Ride (from price) - USD745
  • Mto wa Mbu - Village bike ride and lunch - USD32
  • Mto wa Mbu - Village walk and lunch - USD20

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. This trip starts in Nairobi on Day 1 at 6pm. This allows time after the welcome meeting to explore. You have the choice on Day 10 of finishing your trip in Arusha or Nairobi. If you are continuing on to Nairobi, please do not book any flights until after 9pm this evening.
3. An optional sunrise balloon ride in the Masai Mara National Reserve and Serengeti National Park are possible on this itinerary. Please see Days 4 & 7 for full details of this activity. As the balloon only holds 16 people, places are limited and we recommend that you book in advance. Please inquire when booking your trip to book this optional activity.

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4.9 out of 5 based on 35 reviews submitted.
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Gerard · Traveled June 2024
We weren’t lucky enough to see the Big Five but we had nice moments with the group
Review submitted 07 Jul 2024

Garrett · Traveled June 2024
Good trip, great itinerary. Only issue was doing the Serengeti in an overland vehicle instead of a 4x4; it took twice as long and we didn’t see nearly as much as we would have otherwise.
Review submitted 22 Jun 2024

Jakob · Traveled June 2024
Eine wirklich empfehlenswerte Reise. Die komplette Crew war großartig und hatte sehr gute Englisch Kenntnisse und ein großes Fachwissen. Die Fahrten waren sehr sicher und das Essen war sehr gut.
Review submitted 22 Jun 2024

Pedro · Traveled June 2024
Overall it was a good trip. The crew could not be better but I felt that the trip itinerary could be better and also more organized.
Review submitted 22 Jun 2024

Simran · Traveled November 2023
This trip was absolutely amazing! Everyone we met (game drive drivers, walking tour leaders, tribe members and locals etc) were so kind and welcoming. We were able to learn so much about the culture and history of Kenya and Tanzania. The safari game drives were incredible and it was great to see the animals in the wild. Flo, Njenga and Keziah are an amazing team and went above and beyond in every aspect; this trip was made even more special because of them. Flo was an amazing leader, very knowledgeable and welcoming, Njenga made sure all of journeys were smooth and always had funny stories to share and Keziah’s food was so delicious and she was attentive and adapted to anyone’s needs. I would highly recommend this trip to everyone!!
Review submitted 27 Nov 2023
Essential East Africa
CHF  1,705