Lioness with her cubs in Northern Serengeti, East Africa, Tanzania

East Africa Safaris & Tours

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<p>An incredible combination of wildlife, landscapes, and ecosystems thrive in East Africa. From the endless plains of the Serengeti and peak of Kilimanjaro, to following predators track wildebeest through the Great Migration, there is no substitute for an East Africa Safari. Zicasso will connect you to the industry’s top experts according to your preferences. Explore some of the possibilities below.</p>

An incredible combination of wildlife, landscapes, and ecosystems thrive in East...

An incredible combination of wildlife, landscapes, and ecosystems thrive in East Africa. From the endless plains of the Serengeti and peak of Kilimanjaro, to following predators track wildebeest through the Great Migration, there is no substitute for an East Africa Safari. Zicasso will connect you to the industry’s top experts according to your preferences. Explore some of the possibilities below.

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Rhinoceros in Tarangire National Park
Wildlife Wonder: 11-Day Kenya and Tanzania

11 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $6,430

Explore the epic wilderness of Kenya and Tanzania on this handcrafted 11-day tour leading from Selekay Conservancy’s stretching golden savannas to Tarangire National Park’s flourishing emerald floodplains. Breathtaking unspoiled scenes, captivating encounters with indigenous wildlife, and vitalizing moments of relaxation surrounded by acacias await those wishing to discover all that Kenya and Tanzania have to offer across their spectacular safari reserves.

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 Game drive on the sweeping savanna with acacia trees in the Serengeti
Untouched East Africa: 11-Day Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda

11 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $7,145

East Africa’s wilderness is largely untouched, and sweeping savannas dominate massive slices of the region’s pristine wilderness. You will explore and admire these landscapes for 11 days, discovering the best that East Africa has to offer. From Tanzania’s thrilling safari scenes to Kenya’s enchanting wildlife encounters as well as Uganda’s historic culture and extraordinary experiences, such as gorilla tracking, embrace the wilderness wonders of these picturesque African paradises.

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Lake Mutanda in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
13-Day East Africa Safari: Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda

13 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $10,980

From Kenya to Tanzania and finally Uganda, this 13-day tailored wilderness tour will reveal the majesty of Masai Mara and the Serengeti’s sprawling savannas, the beauty of the overgrown Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and the viridian canopy of the Kibale Forest National Park. You will be blown away by the breathtaking encounters with the incredible collection of wildlife that call these flourishing environments home.

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Cheetah on a tree in the savannah of the Serengeti
Glorious Two-Week Safari: Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda

14 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $12,735

Explore the wilderness wonders of Tanzania, Kenya, and Rwanda on this tailored 14-day safari tour leading from the vibrant city of Arusha, through the paradisiacal Ngorongoro Conservation Area, across the golden savannas of the Serengeti, amongst the emerald plains of Masai Mara, and to the gorgeous forests of Volcanoes National Park. Immerse yourself in the spoils of unspoiled Africa and the continent's fascinating blend of cultures.

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Seascape of Zanzibar, Tanzania, Africa
Safari and Seascape: 9-Day Tanzania and Zanzibar

9 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $6,079

Experience the majesty of East Africa’s bushveld and coastlines on this tailored 9-day tour from Ruaha National Park in Tanzania to Matemwe in Zanzibar. Discover Africa’s phenomenal Big Five, colorful birdlife, vibrant flora, and immaculate safari environments, and explore its sparkling coastal getaway destinations, sumptuous seafood restaurants, and dazzling marine life over the course of this adventure-lovers safari and seascape vacation.

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Elephant with wildflowers in the Ngorongoro crater, Tanzania
9-Day Tanzania Northern Circuit Itinerary

9 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $10,525

Welcome to Tanzania’s untouched wilderness, stretching from the sweeping floodplains of Arusha to the rolling evergreen hills of the Ngorongoro Crater and arriving at the extraordinary savannas of the Northern Serengeti. Relish nine days discovering the rich tapestry of wilderness dwelling in the country’s enchanting environments and capture the classic scenes of Northern Tanzania on this extensive safari excursion through the bush.

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12-Day Best of Kenya Safari

12 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $11,695

Kenya is an epic wilderness destination waiting to be discovered during this breathtaking 12-day tour of the country’s coveted wildlife reserves. Between Nairobi and the rolling plains of Masai Mara, a golden-green expanse of flourishing environments is set to share the game viewing spoils and spectacular scenery for which Kenya is famous. Come visit the viridian sanctuaries and explore the untouched ecosystems of Amboseli National Park, Laikipia, and Masai Mara.

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Lion in Uganda

Uganda does not offer a standard safari.  You will move into the unknown with the thrill of surprise at every turn with few other people around to interrupt the experience. Watch warring lions and buffalos on the remote Kidepo Valley savannah, horseback ride and walk with the herds at Lake Mburo, go gorilla trekking in Bwindi, and find walking chimpanzees in Semuliki. And that’s just the start of the wildlife encounters on your customizable 12-day adventure.  These things are just the start of what's possible on your Uganda safari trip, so consider browsing some of our other itineraries as you refine your own adventure.

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Lioness drinking with her cubs at Ndutu in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
East Africa Family Safari: Zanzibar, Tanzania & Kenya

12 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $7,639

From island life to big game safaris, East Africa kindles images of a unique family adventure. Over 12 days, you will lounge on beaches, come face to face with elephant herds, learn how to track animals, and meet with tribal Masai families. From recreating  Lion King movie scenes to watching wildebeest gallop past you, this family safari is imbued with the intimate experiences that are possible in Zanzibar, Tanzania, and Kenya.

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Elephants in Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Kenya With Kids: 7 Day Family Safari

7 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $4,090

Flock to Kenya in search of the country’s marvelous creatures and spectacular scenes on this tailormade 7-day family safari from Amboseli National Park to Masai Mara Game Reserve. With game drives revealing the wondrous wildlife dwelling in the African bush and spectacular safaris showcasing phenomenal wildlife moments such as the Great Migration, you and your family will be blown away by the remarkable spoils of the Kenyan wilderness.

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Great Migration in Eastern Serengeti, Tanzania
East African Luxury and Wildlife Safari: Tanzania, Kenya & Rwanda

13 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $13,515

From Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater, to Kenya’s Masai Mara and onwards to the Rwandan highlands, this two-week adventure will profile East Africa’s most impressive landscapes and most celebrated wildlife. Traversing the Serengeti and the Masai Mara will give unprecedented opportunities to watch the Great Wildebeest Migration, as lions, leopards and cheetahs escort the two million ungulates. In Rwanda stand in the midst of mountain gorillas, observing them, and they you. You will experience comfort in the bush by staying in intimate mobile camps away from the crowds. These are some of the continent’s most fantastic properties, offering an experience akin to that of the early explorers

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A male lion is sitting on the top of the rock in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Find yourself immersed in the drama and prestige of the wilderness during your 16-day luxury African safari through Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda. Discover the expansive splendor of the Serengeti as you search for golden lions and scour the jungle terrain of Volcanoes National Park to find lounging gorillas. Witness the rolling thunder of the Great Wildebeest Migration and embrace the elegance of giraffes towering above the trees. From opulent lodges to exclusive activities, you will experience the true depth and exceptional personalized service of a custom-tailored African safari during your trip of a lifetime.

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Highlights of East Africa Safari: A Multi-Country Luxury Tour

12 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $7,951

A million wildebeest crossing the Serengeti, gorillas in the mist, Ngorongoro Crater’s animal paradise, big cats chasing zebra in the Masai Mara; explore East Africa’s four legendary destinations in just 12 days with this handcrafted fly-in safari. From savanna to grasslands to mystical rainforests, you explore East Africa’s legendary destinations, getting intimate with its evocative mammals. Three countries, four destinations, and 12 days of contemporary luxury and wildlife charm; enjoy East Africa at its finest.

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Legends of East Africa: A Gorilla Trekking and Masai Mara Safari

12 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $15,595

Uganda and Kenya are home to some of East Africa’s legendary safari encounters. Wild mountain gorillas can be discovered in a forest engulfed by mist, and endless herds of zebra and wildebeest will cross the Masai Mara as you do the same. Lions can be seen on the prowl and climbing trees as hippos, giraffe and elephants pass through your lodge accommodation. This 12-day East Africa itinerary will celebrate the icons and bring intimate safari experiences on the Ugandan savannah, through the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and on a private Masai Mara conservancy.

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Highlights of East Africa: Kenya & Tanzania Safari With Zanzibar Paradise

16 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $10,187

Celebrating the icons of East African travel, this luxurious, 16-day tour explores untouched nature and magnificent safari destinations. In Kenya, you will immerse yourself in the Masai Mara grasslands and safari with elephants beneath Mount Kilimanjaro. Tanzania will provide intimate wildlife encounters in Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro before three days of magnificent, mobile camping in the Serengeti. Finally, Zanzibar will lead you to white Indian Ocean beaches and the tranquility of island life.

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Best of East African Safari: Gorilla Trekking, Maasai Mara, Ngorongoro, Serengeti

14 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $20,015

On your 14-day best of East Africa safari, you will experience the legends of wild mountain gorillas, migrating wildebeest, evocative grasslands, and utopian volcanic terrain. Local myths shared for generations will become real as you scour the jungle for silverbacks or witness a leopard hunting unsuspecting zebra. Your luxury tour will immerse you in celebrated national parks and highlight the natural splendor in Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania.

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Romantic East African Vacation: Luxury Safari & Secluded Beach

12 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $17,311

Escape into the romance and magic of an African safari, as you sleep under the stars in a secluded camp while a lion roars in the distance. Spend days riding horseback and feasting on private picnics beneath the shade of an acacia tree, while thousands of wildebeest migrate around you. Fly to the emerald and aquamarine shores of the Indian Ocean, landing on a private tropical island with a lodge that embodies barefoot luxury.  As you float in the gentle ocean on your final day, you will have experienced all the intimacy and glamor the continent has to offer.

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Hidden Uganda: A Safari to East Africa's Best Kept Secrets

11 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $14,009

Take a private flight across the wilderness on this 11-day safari to East Africa’s secrets. Kidepo Valley is the land of the giant game and exhilarating savannah encounters. In the Semuliki forest, you will find chimpanzees that walk on two feet. Encounter newly habituated gorilla troops in Bwindi, then embark on unique horseback and mountain bike safaris in Lake Mburo. Handcrafted for those who want adventure and luxury, this safari travels to exclusive parks that delight in their impressions of raw and redolent Africa.

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Luxury Bespoke East Africa Safari: Rwanda, Kenya & Tanzania

14 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $19,105

This luxurious African adventure is packed with some of the world's most exhilarating natural experiences. It combines the unrivaled wonders of East Africa with the most exclusive accommodation on the continent. Visit two troops of gorillas in the Rwandan hills and immerse yourself in the unforgettable spectacle of the Maasai Mara. Then surround yourself with the breathtaking beauty of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

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Lands Unknown: Off the Beaten Path East Africa Safari

14 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $9,095

East Africa remains a region with parts unknown. Including Naboisho and Ruaha, this adventurous, two-week safari will take you off the beaten path in East Africa. Begin with five nights on Zanzibar island before going on safari in Tanzania and Kenya. Vast wildernesses are accessible thanks to light aircraft, but these safari destinations are only really known by animals and local tribes. They provide you with adventure and a sense of lands that remain untouched by modernity.

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Best of Rwanda Tour: Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzees, Culture & More

9 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $11,695

Rwanda enchants. From the mountain gorillas that occupy its forests to the inspiring communities that welcome you with smiles, this small country is one of Africa's great surprises and greatest success stories as you will be embraced by a journey that combines cultural connections with surreal primate encounters. Over your 9-day itinerary, you will see the best of Rwanda with two gorilla treks and the chance to see many endangered species.

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East Africa Safari for Couples: Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar

14 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $18,195

Spectacular landscapes give East Africa an eternally romantic allure. There are white beaches, wildebeest-covered grasslands, rhino-draped hills, mazy coral lanes, and ancient volcanic calderas. This luxurious, two-week tour will provide peace and exclusivity amid these wildlife-dominated lands. From an underwater suite on Pemba island to a private Serengeti reserve, you will celebrate in East Africa’s most amorous destinations and lodges.

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8-Day Highlights of Tanzania

8 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $7,795

From the dreamy plains of Tarangire National Park to the sprawling savannas of the Serengeti, explore the highlights of Northern Tanzania on this adventurous 8-day tour across the best Tanzania reserves and conservation areas. Along the way, you will chance upon a myriad of magnificent indigenous wildlife, including colorful birds and the iconic Big Five, as well as admire the spectacular natural landscapes encompassing the country’s safari highlights.

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Kenya Favorites: 9-Day Safari in Amboseli, Ol Pejeta and Masai Mara

9 Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from $5,260

Experience the best that Kenya has to offer on this accessible and customizable 9-day tour from Selenkay Conservancy to Olare Motorogi Conservancy. With a strong focus on the Masai Mara region’s conservation efforts, this safari expedition will be an enriching exploration of the thriving environments and abundance of wildlife inhabiting Kenya’s preserved plains and unspoiled savannas. Make magnificent memories and return from your adventure with exceptional wildlife photography.

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Travel Tips for Your East African Safari
What countries are in East Africa?

East Africa is home to some of the world’s most spectacular safari destinations. From the endless plains of the Serengeti to the forests of Rwanda, this region of the world offers abundant wildlife and stunning natural wonders. Here are several of the top countries in East Africa for spectacular safaris:

When is the best time to go on safari in East Africa?

While East African safaris are possible year-round, many travelers aim for the annual Great Migration in Tanzania and Kenya between July and October.

The dry season from July through October is considered the peak safari season in most parks. Grasslands are less dense, making it easier to see the wildlife. Large herds congregate around dwindling water sources. From July to October, you can witness the Great Migration in Kenya's Masai Mara and Tanzania's Serengeti as wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle move between the countries.

Visiting during the November to June wet season has advantages too. Rains bring the landscape to life with greenery and wildflowers. The climate is also quite comfortable, aside from potential afternoon rainstorms. Ultimately the best time to visit East Africa depends on your safari goals, and we can help you find the perfect time for your trip.

Where should I go on safari in East Africa?

With its sprawling savannas, majestic mountains, and abundant wildlife, East Africa offers seemingly endless options for extraordinary safaris. Here are some of the best places to visit in East Africa on safari:

  • Serengeti National Park, Tanzania: The Serengeti savannas are famous for the Great Migration and are home to the Big Five. Explore the vast plains and river crossings on the ultimate wildlife safari.
  • Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya: Known for large lion, leopard, and cheetah populations, Masai Mara is a wildlife viewing paradise. Time your visit for the Migration's incredible sightings across the lush landscape.
  • Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania: The Ngorongoro Crater is a UNESCO site offering remarkable scenery and wildlife density in a unique caldera setting. From cultural villages to surprising landscapes, experience the untouched beauty on safari.
  • Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda: Home to endangered mountain gorillas, Volcanoes National Park offers travelers a chance to trek the forested slopes to observe the surprisingly friendly gorilla families up close.
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda: The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a prime destination for tracking endangered mountain gorillas amidst lush rainforest terrain to spend afternoons watching the playful animals.
What are the best safari experiences in East Africa?

From up-close encounters with iconic wildlife to seeing breathtaking natural wonders, East Africa promises unforgettable safari experiences. Here are some of the top things to do in East Africa on safari:

  • See millions of wildebeest and zebra cross the Mara River in Kenya and Serengeti in Tanzania during the Great Migration
  • Trek through dense rainforests to observe gorillas in their natural habitat
  • Explore the Serengeti, Masai Mara, and other reserves on guided drives to spot the Big Five and bountiful wildlife
  • Gain a unique aerial perspective flying over the Serengeti plains during sunrise on a hot-air balloon safari
  • Descend into the massive Ngorongoro Crate for close-up sightings of lions, elephants, rhinos, and more
  • Discover nocturnal wildlife like leopards, bush babies, and hyenas on specialized nighttime game drives
  • Learn about Maasai traditions and way of life when visiting a village community
What animals can I see on a safari in East Africa?

The diversity of iconic African wildlife you may encounter on an East African safari is truly phenomenal. Each park promises different highlights and concentrations of animals to discover, and here are some of the most notable creatures:

  • Lions
  • Elephants
  • Giraffes
  • Hippos
  • Cheetahs
  • Leopards
  • Wildebeest
  • Topi
  • Hyenas
  • Caracals
  • Flamingos
  • Gorillas
  • Nile crocodiles
  • Buffalos
What should I pack for a safari in East Africa?

An East African safari is a true adventure, so come prepared with proper attire and gear to make the most of your experience. We suggest safari-goers pack the following in addition to one’s typical packing list:

  • Neutral, light-colored clothing
  • Lightweight, waterproof rain jacket
  • Long pants for bush walks
  • Hiking boots or walking shoes
  • Daypack
  • Camera with a zoom lens and extra memory cards
  • Binoculars
  • Insect repellent
  • UV protection, including but not limited to sunscreen, hats, lip balm, and sunglasses
How safe are East Africa safaris?

Safaris throughout East Africa are safe.

Countries like Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda have incredible reputations as premier safari destinations, with wildlife posing little threat when proper precautions are taken. By following the instructions and guidance of your expert game rangers and the park rules, you can safely observe wildlife in their natural habitats.

Petty crimes like pickpocketing or luggage theft can happen but are uncommon during East African safaris within the tourism infrastructure. Simple vigilance in securing valuables and working closely with your guides will minimize any security issues.

What are your most popular East Africa safari itineraries?

Whether you seek the classic savanna wildlife spectacle or prefer going beyond the beaten path, we can help you find the best East African safari itinerary and tailor the perfect trip just for you. Here are some of our most popular safaris to inspire your travels:

Our Glorious Two-Week Safari: Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda takes you to the highlights of Tanzania, Kenya, and Rwanda for the ultimate exploration of East Africa's most magnificent wildlife, landscapes, and cultural encounters.

What else should I know about how to plan a safari in East Africa?

Explore more information and inspiration in our East Africa travel guide.

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