12 Day Tanzania & Kenya

 

Camping: From US$3280 per person sharing

3-4 star lodge accommodation: From US$5925 per person sharing

Enjoy a real African adventure through Tanzania and Kenya.  Check out some of East Africa’s greatest game parks including Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, the Maasai Mara and Amboseli.



Day 1: Arrive in Arusha

Arrive and meet your OTA driver and guide, who will escort you to your accommodation in Arusha.

Included meals: None


Day 2: Arusha to Serengeti

The Serengeti National Park is our destination today, the heart of the famous migration corridor. With its wide-open spaces, bright blue skies and creature-filled landscape, over the next two days we will discover why the fabled Serengeti typifies the dream of “Old Africa.” Large prides of lions laze in the long grasses; plentiful families of elephants feed on acacia bark and trumpet to each other across the plains, while giraffes, gazelles, monkeys, eland and the whole range of African wildlife present themselves in awe-inspiring numbers.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 5 1/2 hours

 

Day 3: Serengeti National Park

Breakfast will be served at your accommodation then enjoy another full day game drive inside the park. You have a choice of taking picnics as you go out for game drive or return to your accommodation for a hot lunch. There is also the option to take a hot air balloon flight over the plains in the morning.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 4: Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater

Continue the journey to Ngorongoro Crater, a collapsed volcano about 20km in diameter, and which is a sanctuary to an amazing array of wildlife.  Stay the night on the Crater rim, with spectacular views of this natural amphitheatre.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 3 1/2 hours


Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater to Lake Eyasi
This morning you will descend into the Ngorongoro Crater – a wonderful haven for wildlife.  Ngorongoro is unique in that almost all the wildlife live within the crater walls hence you have the opportunity to find game easily.  Rhino, in particular, can be seen regularly as well as prides of lion and other predators like cheetah.  Enjoy lunch by the hippo pond, before commencing the short drive to Lake Eyasi

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 3 hours

 

Day 6: Lake Eyasi to Arusha

Lake Eyasi is home to the hunter-gathers ethnic group of the Hadzabe Bushmen (they bear similar characteristics to those of Bushmen at Southern Africa). This indigenous tribe are probably the last living in true harmony with nature and are well known for their communication via clicking rather than speech.  You will enjoy hunting with them and experiencing their way of life.

After lunch begin your drive back to Arusha  

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Approximate driving time:4 hours



Day 7: Arusha to Amboseli National Park

Drive to Amboseli National Park nestled at the foothills of Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Amboseli is a top destination in Kenya for wildlife. Indeed, one of the classic images of East Africa is that of a herd of elephant strolling across the plains with the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro in the background. It is to catch this sight that people flood to Amboseli National Park. While Kilimanjaro is actually across the border in Tanzania, Amboseli has a perfect view of the world’s tallest free-standing mountain, rising an impressive 5895 metres above the plains.  We will arrive around midday in time for lunch and later a late afternoon walk with the local Maasai to watch the sunset over Mt Kilimajaro.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 4 hours


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Day 8: Amboseli to Nairobi
The best time to view the majestic mountain is at dawn, when the clouds lift and the light is clear and soft.  Wake early to witness the African sunrise lighten the majestic mountain, distributing its golden rays to the dry savannah of Amboseli National Park. It’s a very good photo opportunity.  We head to Nairobi where the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. You may opt for optional excursions to the National Museum, Karen Blixen Museum, Giraffe Centre, or a city tour.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 5 hours


Day 9: Nairobi to Maasai Mara Game Reserve
After an early breakfast, drive to the world famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve arriving in time for lunch.  Maasai Mara, Kenya’s greatest wildlife reserve, is without a doubt Africa’s most famous safari destination. The Maasai Mara Ecosystem is where over two million wildebeest and zebra migrate annually.  It also holds one of the highest lion densities in the world, which is why it the home of the BBC wildlife channel’s Big Cat Diary.  Other game includes: leopard, cheetah, buffalo, rhino, elephant, giraffe, zebra, lion, plains game, crocodile and small mammals including mongoose, hyrax, dik dik and the nocturnal porcupine.  Enjoy a late afternoon game drive followed by dinner.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 5 hours



Day 10: Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Spend a full day game driving in the Maasai Mara. The abundance and variety of game in this reserve is nothing short of amazing. Nearly every mammal can be seen in the Maasai Mara, including various antelopes, scavengers like hyena and vultures, and all the cats (lion, cheetah and leopard).  Sighting a leopard needs luck more than just being there, but lions are abundant and there are excellent chances for spotting cheetah. The hippo pool is a popular spot to watch out for hippos; with luck, you may catch crocodile basking on the rocks. Elephants, buffalo, the Maasai giraffe, wildebeest and the common zebra abound. Return to the camp for dinner and overnight.  

You might want to add one of the following experiences to your trip:

  • Bush breakfast, lunch and/or dinner

  • Sundowners

  • Nature walks

  • Ballooning

  • Spa treatments

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 11: Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Start the day with an optional early morning hot air balloon flight, including a full champagne breakfast in the savannah.  Then proceed on another game-viewing session. After lunch visit a nearby Maasai village to see their nomadic lifestyle and where you stay for the night.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approximate driving time: 1 1/2 hours


Day 12: Maasai Mara to Nairobi
After breakfast you will have a morning game viewing session en route to Nairobi.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Approximate driving time: 4 hours

 

*This quote is a guide only, it is in no way binding. The final price of the tour will be quoted at the time of booking, based on individual preferences for accommodation and other inclusions/exclusions

 

Ask us about group discounts and rates for Kenyan residents

 

Inclusions:

  • All accommodation

  • All meals listed in the itinerary plus two litres drinking water per person per day

  • All transport and tours/game drives as listed on the itinerary in a comfortable safari vehicle with a pop-up roof fit for photography, game viewing and touring

  • Service of an English-speaking professional driver/guide

  • Arrival transfer from the airport in Arusha

  • Drop off at your Nairobi accommodation (we can assist with finding suitable accommodation upon request)

  • Park entry fees and game drives in Serengeti National Park 

  • Park entry fees and game drives in Ngorongoro Crater

  • Park entry fees and game drives in Amboseli National Park 

  • Park entry fees and game drives in Maasai Mara Game Reserve

  • Maasai village visit fee

  • All road taxes and tolls

Not Included:

  • Travel insurance

  • International flights and visas (approximately $50 per country, to be confirmed by you for your nationality)

  • Meals not listed

  • Personal expenses or room charges including laundry, drinks and phone calls

  • Vaccinations

  • Additional optional activities

  • Tips or gratuities– an entirely personal gesture

  • Flying Doctors cover for the duration of the tour - this can be purchased for an additional US$10 per person

 

It was wonderful to be with Tracey and Francis and be able to have quality time with them. Especially in the evening, dining with them to talk about the day and learn more about culture and general information about the country. It was a lot of fun!!

 

- Pam Fitzgerald, Australia

Tailored itinerary, April 2015

Partners' combined experience of 17 years

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