Includes: International Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!
Start Date: June 12, 2022
The famous Serengeti National Park, which hosts one of the greatest mammal migrations on the planet, has long captured the imagination of adventurers. Whether it’s spotting the “big five” while on a game drive, or basking in the calm serenity of mother nature as the African sun rises over the plains, this Journey is one you won’t soon forget. Begin your Journey in Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi. Visit wildlife sanctuaries where you will have up-close encounters with elephants and giraffes before stopping by the Karen Blixen Museum to learn about coffee farming. Then, travel to Tanzania where you’ll enjoy a Swahili class before exploring Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks. Be amazed by the changing scenery as you venture into the African savanna, forests and wetlands. Then, journey into the park after dark to witness Africa’s nocturnal wildlife on a night safari. We will then travel to the Serengeti National Park, home to a wealth of exquisite animals and plants, including the great wildebeest migration. Travel across the savanna on multiple game drives, each one offering a new and unique adventure. Join your fellow travelers for a truly unique experience: a “bush dinner” out in the wilderness as the sun sets on the Serengeti. Your final destination is Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest volcanic caldera. The wall of the crater allows nature to grow undisturbed, creating a colorful ecosystem. It’s one of the few places where you might spot all of the “big five” in a single day. This Journey is filled with UNESCO parks, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and chances to come face-to-face with Africa’s most awe-inspiring animals. Depart Africa feeling more in touch with nature and inspired by the natural world.
Visits: Nairobi, Tarangire, Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha, Shldrick Wildlife Trust, Giraffe Center, Hot air balloon
Start Date: Jun 12, 2022
|1||Arrive Nairobi – Hotel Check-in|
|2||Nairobi – Wildlife Excursion and Welcome Dinner|
|3||Nairobi to Arusha – Flight and Swahili Class|
|4||Arusha to Tarangire National Park – Game Drive|
|5||Tarangire National Park – Game Drive|
|6||Tarangire National Park to Lake Manyara National Park – Game Drive|
|7||Lake Manyara National Park – Game Drive and Night Drive|
|8||Lake Manyara National Park to Serengeti National Park – Afternoon Game Drive|
|9||Serengeti National Park – Morning and Afternoon Game Drives|
|10||Serengeti National Park – Morning and Afternoon Game Drives, Sunset Safari Dinner|
|11||Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater|
|12||Ngorongoro Crater – Game Drive and Visit to Ngorongoro Crater|
|13||Ngorongoro Crater – Hotel Check-out, Transfer to Airport and Return Flight|
**Please note that this itinerary is subject to change at anytime. Please call a Personal Vacation Manager with any questions.
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to the hotel for check in. Due to the various flight arrival times, there are no planned activities or meals for this day.
Note: if you wish to arrive a day early, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about an optional hotel extension.
Today you will embark on a full-day Nairobi excursion. Our first visit will be to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Working in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service, this organization cares for orphaned baby elephants and rhinos, in hopes of reintegrating them into the wild. Each elephant is assigned its own keeper, who acts as a surrogate mother and will stay with the elephant until it is released back into the wild. After our visit to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, we will head to the renowned Giraffe Centre, which was founded to protect the endangered Rothschild giraffe. A specially designed observation platform offers you the opportunity to get up close to these gentle giants and feed them. Be sure to have your camera read for some superb photo opportunities! We will then travel to the Karen Blixen Museum for lunch before exploring the grounds. Blixen, a pioneer coffee farmer, achieved world fame through her highly acclaimed memoir, “Out of Africa.” Tour her house with its original décor and its grounds including the coffee farm. Return to the hotel to relax and freshen up. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a special welcome dinner. (B, L, D)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Arusha, Tanzania. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, rejoin the group for an interactive Swahili class, where you will learn basic greetings, numbers, food and animal names. The rest of the evening is at your leisure. (B, L)
This morning you will be transferred to Tarangire National Park, arriving in time for lunch. Named after the river running through it, Tarangire National Park supports a great diversity of wildlife, including elephant, giraffe, buffalo, lesser kudu, zebra, lion, leopard and cheetah. During the dry season, the park comes alive with animals in search of water. It is the greatest concentration of fauna outside of Serengeti National Park and is the one place where fringe-eared oryx and long-eared gerenuk are regularly seen! The grassy acacia woodlands and gigantic baobabs make for spectacular vistas. After lunch, head out for your first game drive to explore this incredible landscape. Upon your return, enjoy some free time before gathering for a group dinner. (B, L, D)
Enjoy a leisurely morning at the lodge. After lunch, depart on a game drive through the Tarangire National Park. The park is well known for its huge herds of elephants―one of the greatest concentrations in Africa―and buffalo. There are 94 species of mammals and over 500 bird species to be found in this park! Your safari guide is an experienced wildlife expert whose knowledge and ability to spot the animals like lions, cheetahs and leopards will astound you. Not knowing what you will see next is all part of the fun of the safari! As you make your way back to the hotel, be sure you have your cameras ready as elephants can sometime be seen around the lodge, which makes for a great photo opportunity. Tonight, you will enjoy a group dinner with your fellow travelers. (B, L, D)
Optional add-on: Discover Tarangire from a whole new perspective – from up above! For an additional cost, you can board a hot air balloon and take in the amazing sights of the African savanna as the sun rises over the park. A truly once in a lifetime experience, you’ll have a birds-eye view of countless animals gathering at Tarangire River or others migrating across the plains. Cost: $550 per person
After breakfast, check out of the lodge and travel to your hotel in Lake Manyara, arriving in time for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a game drive in the Lake Manyara National Park. Stretching for 31 miles along the base of Rift Valley, Lake Manyara is a scene to behold. It was even praised by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa.” The road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like forest where hundred-strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside, blue monkeys dart nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees, dainty bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and outsized forest hornbills honk noisily in the high canopy. Return to your lodge in time to freshen up before dinner. (B, L, D)
Enjoy a relaxing morning at your leisure. In the afternoon, enjoy lunch before journeying into Manyara National Park for a game drive. Leopards, cheetahs, lions, elephants, gazelles, hippo, impala and more inhabit the park. Many can be seen throughout the year congregating at the lake shore, like the beautiful flamingo or powerful hippo. Black-maned lions are a sight to see. These powerful creatures climb the trees and navigate the branches in search for a spot to rest and sleep. Keep your eyes on the trees, you may just see some lions hanging around! After returning to your lodge and enjoying an early dinner, you will once again head out to explore the park after dark. Tonight, you will enter the world of Africa’s nocturnal predators on a thrilling night drive. Your expert guide will take you through the park’s diverse habitats in search of nocturnal animals and sounds, giving you a completely different perspective of the lake and the Rift Valley Escarpment. (B, L, D)
Our adventure continues as we set off after breakfast to the vast plains of the Serengeti, Tanzania’s oldest national park. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Serengeti National Park spans across 9,350 miles and is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles. The Serengeti offers some of the most captivating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe and thousands upon thousands of gazelle and impala. You will arrive to the lodge in time for lunch before setting out for an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti.
This evening we will indulge in a unique experience. “Bush cocktails” (a spread of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served in the “bush”, or wilderness) will be served against the unforgettable backdrop of the African sunset. An essential part of traditional safari life, the bush cocktail experience dates back to the time of the great safaris of the 1920s. Timed to begin as the sun starts its decent, the Serengeti sundowner begins with a gentle drive to a scenic spot. Enjoy a campfire and bush bar as you soak in the stunning views. Return to your lodge for dinner. (B, L, D)
Loosely translated from the Maasai language, Serengeti means “endless plains.” Today you’ll explore the grass plains on morning and afternoon game drives when the animals are most active. We will rise early this morning and, after a cup of coffee, set off on a game drive. In the early morning, watch hippos return to water, giraffes foraging from trees, and lions returning from the evening hunt to relax in the shade. We will then make our way to a scenic spot to enjoy a full “bush breakfast” out in the wilderness. Upon arrival, we’ll be greeted with a glass of chilled sparkling wine and fresh-pressed juice. Then sit down to enjoy a scrumptious breakfast in this unique setting. After breakfast, enjoy another game drive as we make our way back to the lodge, looking out for cheetahs, crocodiles and leopards along the way. (B, L, D)
During morning and afternoon game viewing activities you will have more opportunities to observe and photograph the wildlife. The Serengeti National Park is known for its wildebeest migration, and millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle travel through the Serengeti plains in search of lands to graze. Dinner today will be timed to coincide with the setting of the African sun. Arrive at your bush dinner site with fabulous views across the plains. Beginning with sundowners around the campfire, you be entertained by local Maasai, while a five-course dinner is prepared on a blazing barbeque. (B, L, D)
Optional add-on: Partake in an early morning balloon safari above the Serengeti, a unique and magical experience. Drift in silence above the splendor of the plains and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the wildlife theatre as it is enacted below you. Driven by the wind and guided by jets of hot air from the gas-burners, the balloon will fly for a period of around 45 minutes before descending gently to the ground. To celebrate, sit down for a full English breakfast, traditionally cooked on the burners of the balloon. After breakfast, take a leisurely game drive back the lodge. Cost: $550 per person
After breakfast, check out of the lodge and enjoy a game drive en route to the local airstrip before boarding your flight to Ngorongoro Crater. Known as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’, the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s best-known wildlife arenas. A UNESCO Heritage Site, it offers a unique biosphere, which has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. Deep within the Crater, enclosed by towering walls, some 25,000 large mammals wander the plains, lakes and forests of ‘the land that time forgot’, dominated by enormous elephants, rhino and lions. Spend the afternoon at your leisure, enjoying free time at the lodge. (B, L, D)
Enjoy breakfast at your lodge before setting out for today’s adventure. Descend 2,000 feet through the early morning mist into the crater for an awesome wildlife experience. Thousands of large animals, mostly ungulates, live in the crater, including the black Rhino, the Cape buffalo and hippo. There also are many other ungulates: the wildebeest, Burchell’s zebra, the common eland and Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles. The crater also has one of the densest known populations of lion. Enjoy a cooked lunch at a scenic spot inside the crater, then return to the lodge in the late afternoon. (B, L, D)
This morning we will check-out of the lodge and drive to the town of Arusha, arriving in time for lunch. Following lunch, transfer to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for your return flight home. (B, L)
For meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing.
The overall pace is less strenuous than most Enrichment Journeys, as the focus is not on rushing to see sights but rather simply enjoying the landscape and wildlife. Most days include three meals. For any meals that are not included, all hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions for nearby dining (when available).
Please note that some of this Journey is at a significant altitude above sea level; shortness of breath and fatigue may occur. Please see below for elevation levels during the tour. As a comparison, Cusco and Machu Picchu, Peru have an elevation of 11,152 feet and 7,972 feet respectively. Guests unfamiliar with the effects of high altitude should consult their personal physician.
Overnight Stay Locations and Elevation
Nairobi: 5,900 feet
Arusha: 4,600 feet
Tarangire National Park: 3,350 feet
Lake Manyara National Park: 3,150 feet
Serengeti National Park: 4,850 feet
Ngorongoro Crater: 4,570 feet
On this Enrichment Journey, you will spend much of your time in safari vehicles enjoying the beauty and wonder of Africa. This Journey is considered moderately active and may include walking over natural earth paths. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including comfortable safari vehicles and accommodations. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Some sites do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the nature of the building/structure or natural landscape. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the buses and vehicles but requires prior arrangements. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation. Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist.
The cultures of East Africa are diverse with influences of Western colonialism mixed in. Dress in Kenya and Tanzania leans more conservative. Be mindful and pack modest clothing. We also ask that you please be friendly and polite when taking photos of locals.
You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before, and you will be introduced to local artistry of the region. African cuisine may be considered spicy to Westerners with its use of various spices and curry-based dishes. If you are sensitive to spicy dishes, please discuss with your guide or the restaurant staff before meals. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions and cities themselves can be crowded.
The luggage limit for this program is 33lbs for both flights and safari vehicles. Soft-sided luggage or duffel bags are preferred and recommended. Suitcases larger than 24”x17”x7” should not be used as they cannot be stored on aircrafts.
If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip. The temperature can vary between day and night, so pack accordingly with items that can be layered. Some guests may wish to have a light sweater or windbreaker with them.
Included airfare is from select airports only. To inquire about a different airport, please contact your Personal Vacation Manager.
Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, direct/non-stop flights, Business Class upgrades, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting Enrichment Journeys and inquiring about the Custom Airfare Program. There is a $50 per person charge for this service, however this charge will be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving a custom air quote.
Transportation while on tour:
Nairobi to Arusha: 1-hour flight
Arusha to Tarangire: 3-hour coach transfer
Tarangire to Manyara: 1.5-hour coach transfer
Manyara to Serengeti: 1-hour flight
Serengeti to Ngorongoro: 1-hour flight
Please note that these times are approximate and only reflect the transportation time. Our trip may be longer due to stops for sightseeing along the way.
Want an extra day to adjust to the new time zone? With this optional extension you will arrive to Nairobi a day early and have one extra day to relax at the hotel before the tour starts. Note: tours are not included. Price of $375 per person, based on double occupancy, includes:
|06/12/2022||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|Tour From||$13,332||$9,999||$3,333||CALL FOR DETAILS|
|Suite||CALL TODAY TO REQUEST A QUOTE|
Prices are in USD and are based on double occupancy.
Proof of insurance is mandatory for this departure and can be purchased through Enrichment Journeys for an additional fee or at your discretion by 10/18/21. Call for details.
|John F. Kennedy||$0||Boston||$300||Chicago||$200|
|Miami||$300||Washington – Dulles||$200|
|– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice. While we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.
All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.
The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary.
Please note that while Enrichment Journeys typically uses 4-star hotels and higher, due to the smaller size of the towns and limited hotel options, this Enrichment Journey may include 3-star hotels. To better enhance the guest experience, preference has been given to accommodations within the national parks and recreational areas.
Address: Langata Road, Langata, Nairobi, Kenya
Phone: +254 709 240 000
Ideally located just 5 kms (3.1 miles) southwest of the city within the spacious Carnivore grounds and its iconic Carnivore Restaurant, Tamarind Tree Hotel has easy access to Nairobi, its national park, and the country’s diverse attractions.
Address: P.O Box 2551, Arusha, Tanzania
Phone: +255 0682 310 007 or +255 0682 309 748 / 852
Arusha Serena Hotel, Resort & Spa is unlike any other hotel in Tanzania with authentic, bespoke experiences that stir the traveler’s soul while showcasing the breathtaking tranquility of our surroundings. Set among the woodland slopes of Mount Meru at the edge of Lake Duluti, there’s no better destination for soaking in the beauty and magnificence of the Tanzanian “Northern Safari Circuit.”
Address: P.O Box 2551, Arusha, Tanzania
Phone: Kenya – +254-20-3750235 or +254-20-3616000 Tanzania – +255 784 250 630 / 1 or +255 754 250 630 / 1
Built to blend in with the vastness of its surroundings, Tarangire Sopa Lodge lies hidden among the kopjes, ancient baobab and grasses of the Tarangire National Park – home to the greatest concentration of elephants in Africa. Many can be seen around the lodge, allowing visitors a close encounter.
Address: P.O Box 2551, Arusha, Tanzania
Phone: +255 272 539160 / 1 / 2 / 3 / 5 or +255 787 444 003
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tanzania’s towering Mto wa Mbu escarpment provides a remarkable backdrop for a one-of-a-kind visit. Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge welcomes you with a peaceful location amidst the rich wildlife and unsurpassed tranquility of Lake Manyara National Park. The lake is home to over 300 migratory birds including flamingoes, long-crested eagles and grey-headed kingfisher; our lodge is designed to mimic this extraordinary birdlife, with an architectural motif featuring swooping avian curves and vibrantly coloured wall frescoes depicting the intricacy of bird migratory patterns.
Address: P.O Box 2551, Arusha, Tanzania
Phone: (+255) 272545555 or 282621507 or 682891276
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge is an award-winning gem of a hotel in one of the most beautiful settings in Tanzania. Seamlessly blended high into an acacia-lined ridge, our African-style lodge and infinity pool offer panoramic views across the Serengeti’s vast, endless grasslands, where lions and cheetahs stalk their prey and massive migrating wildebeest herds darken the landscape in a relentless search for fresh grazing grounds.
Address: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Phone: (+255) 272545555 or 272537053
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tanzania’s prehistoric Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Eighth Wonder of the World, has yawned heavenward for millennia. Deep within its immense walls is a breath-taking blue-green landscape dotted with plains, lakes and forests; an eerie, otherworldly “land that time forgot” thick with massive bull elephants, rhinos, wildebeests and the highest concentration of lions in Africa. Nestled high above the plains into the Crater’s jagged rim, cloaked in river stone and indigenous vines, Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is barely visible to the naked eye. Framed by arched stone passages and timbered decks, its torch-lit walls are adorned with stylized cave paintings. At the stone heart of the lodge burns a glowing fire, which is kept constantly alight. Rooms are looped around the Crater rim. Each has its own rock-enclosed balcony, and all enjoy completely uninterrupted views of the volcanic amphitheatre far below. Our Ngorongoro hotel lodge is a place that feels as ancient as the Crater itself, yet no modern comfort has been spared in an effort to bring you the best safari adventure in Africa and one of the most unique travel experiences in the world.
Explore the Cradle of Mankind at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge.
How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.
These are often readily available, especially in major cities. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.
Currency can be exchanged at most banks, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.
During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its limitations and benefits overseas.
Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.
Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances, and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.
What to pack
Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit, and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.
Here are a few key items to take on your trip:
Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment. Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.
Luggage Screening Process
To pass through screening, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines for weight and size.
Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.
In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into The States, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you have questions about a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.
Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.
Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling your carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, in some destinations, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless Internet for free.
Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment
Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.
The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, and even baggage delay. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.
Medical Issues and Handicaps
As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period. Please speak with one of our Personal Vacation Managers to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.
Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.
If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.
A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.
All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.
Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you e-mail a copy to yourself and someone back home in the event these documents are misplaced. Also, it may be worth bringing an international ID or license.
Passport and Visa
To travel internationally, you must have a passport in good condition, and it must be valid for at least 6 months after the last day of your trip. Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide visa information, and you should not rely on the information provided below to be the most current and accurate. The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov, (Canadian citizens should visit https://travel.gc.ca/, for all other countries please visit your government website or local embassy), which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.
You may also use a third-party visa service, such as Expedited Travel. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.
Note: as of April 2022, U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to Kenya and Tanzania are required to obtain a visa for each country. Travelers will need to obtain an electronic visa (e-visa) for both Kenya and Tanzania, by applying online, prior to departure. Enrichment Journeys strongly encourages you to check your government website a few months prior to departure (and then again right before departure) to verify this information, as well as for all countries on your itinerary.
Vaccinations are recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles, and the flu shot. Use your own discretion when deciding on what vaccinations to have based on your preferences and personal medical history. During your Enrichment Journeys tour, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.
For a list of recommended vaccinations based on destination, visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel or feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention directly at 1-800-232-4636.
You will need an adaptor for some parts of your trip. To see what the plugs will look like at your destination, visit https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ and click on each country from the right menu.
You may also need to use a converter. Most countries outside of North and Central America use 220-240 V, whereas the U.S. and Canada use 110 V. However, most chargers these days have a box which will act as a converter so that it can be used in all countries around the world. If your charger box says “Input: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz” then you do NOT need to use a converter (but you may still need an adaptor so that the plugs fit in the socket).
Some hotels may have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter. However, we recommend having at least one or two adaptors with you, as we cannot guarantee that all hotels will be able to accommodate this.
Tanzania uses the Tanzanian Shilling (Tsh), currency code TZS
Kenya uses the Kenyan Shilling (Ksh), currency code KES
Please visit https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/ for the current exchange rate.
How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. We suggest having at least some local currency with you during the trip, at least enough to take a taxi if needed. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.
Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers, drivers, guides, and baggage handlers. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary.
Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels, and at airports. The host, guide, or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per person, per day. Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day.
For more information about when and how much to tip in each country, feel free to speak with your tour guide at the start of your Journey. A good reference for international tipping is https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2008-11-11/etiquette-101-tipping-guide.
Please be aware that you may be crossing through several time zones throughout your Journey. To view a time zone map, visit https://m.worldtimezone.com/m-index12.php.
With the tour covering various regions, you will most likely come in contact with warm and/or cool weather, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before departing for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.
Many countries outside of North America use Celsius. Here is a °C to °F quick reference guide:
|-5° C = 23° F||5° C = 41° F||15° C = 59° F||25° C = 77° F||35° C = 95° F|
|0° C = 32° F||10° C = 50° F||20° C = 68° F||30° C = 86° F||40° C = 104° F|
High/Low Temperatures in Fahrenheit:
Practice the Local Language
Knowing a few phrases in the local vernacular can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some fun phrases:
Kenya and Tanzania: Swahili
Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/swahili/ for more phrases with sound.
Facts and Figures
Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.
Recommended Reading List
Vacation should be easy, peaceful and, most of all, completely stress-free. Let us handle the details, so you can sit back, relax and curl up with a good book as you count down the days to your next Journey! We’ve compiled the following list of books and movies to introduce you to the destinations you are about to visit.
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