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13 Days: Masai Mara | Naivasha | Lake Nakuru | Amboseli | Ngorongoro | Serengeti (Best of Kenya & Tanzania)

Tour Overview

This combined safaris includes game drives to the best parks both in Kenya and Tanzania. Both the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and the Masai Mara in Kenya are world renowned safari destinations, provides brilliant safari experience and offers a lot of plain games as well as the big five.

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi - Masai Mara

Depart from Nairobi to the floor of the Great Rift Valley with lunch served en-route or a stopover in Narok town. Arrive in Masai Mara game reserve late afternoon. After checking in leave for an afternoon Game drive. Dinner and overnight at the camp or lodge

Day 2 and 3: Masai Mara

Breakfast at the lodge then proceed with picnic lunch for a full day game drive. Spend the day in Maasai Mara, Kenya’s most popular game sanctuary where you will high chances of spotting the Big Five – lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant. Game drives are flexible, with the option of going out with picnic lunch boxes to spend entire day in the park, or you can choose to have an early morning and late afternoon game drives. At extra cost you may visit a local Masai village to see their nomadic lifestyle; the Masai are famous for their bravery, as they have co-existed with the animals over the years or go for a Hot Air Balloon ride. Dinner and overnight in camp/lodge

Day 4: Masai Mara – Lake Naivasha

After breakfast leave Masai Mara for Lake Naivasha arriving in the afternoon. Settle down for lunch, relax a while and then go for a boat ride in Lake Naivasha in search of hippos and the birdlife. After the boat ride you will have time to relax or take a walk in the nearby village to meet with the locals before you settle down for a delicious dinner. Dinner and overnight in lodge/camp

Day 5: Lake Naivasha - Lake Nakuru

After breakfast you will head for game walk in Crater Lake or Hell’s gate National park after which you will drive to Lake Nakuru National Park for an afternoon game drive. Besides the flamingos that the lake is famous for, there are approx 400 other species of birds visiting the lake. Also, many species of game can be found in the park including the introduced Rothschild’s giraffe, black and white rhino, waterbuck, reedbuck, lion, buffalo, leopard, baboon and many species of plains game. Dinner and overnight in camp/lodge

Day 6: Lake Nakuru – Amboseli National park

After breakfast proceed to Amboseli national park. Via Nairobi. Amboseli is a magnificent park at the foot hills of Mt. Kilimanjaro. This park (at 392 sq km) is the second most popular park in Kenya after Maasai Mara. After noon game drives followed by dinner and overnight stay at a campsite.

Day 7: Amboseli National park

Spend a full day exploring the park. Optional visit to the Maasai villages can be arranged with our guide between game drives. Overnight stay at a campsite. Amboseli National park often referred to as "The home of Elephants' is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in Kenya. It is situated close to Kenya - Tanzania border and it lies at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa (5,896m) whose snow-capped summit presents a splendid view on clear days. Some of the largest Elephant herds are found here. The Game Park also contains vast groups of Zebras, Wildebeests, Giraffes, Buffalos, Hippos and Antelopes. Also to be found in Amboseli are lions, leopards, Cheetahs, Rhinos and many species of plain game.

Day 8: Amboseli - Lake Manyara

After breakfast, we drive into Tanzania via the Namanga border. We also pass through Arusha to Lake Manyara National park with lunch enroute. Regardless of the direction we approach Manyara from, the view is always fantastic. We proceed to a campsite for dinner and overnight stay. Lake Manyara is a shallow, alkaline lake that is part of the Rift Valley wall; the lake is at the base of this dramatic western escarpment giving it a beautiful and serene setting. In addition to this peaceful setting, Lake Manyara's main attractions are its rich bird life, tree climbing lions and its hippos, which you can see at a closer range than many other places. Lake Manyara also hosts thousands of flamingos at certain times of the year and has diverse vegetation ranging from savannah, to marshes and acacia woodland, enabling a variety of wildlife habitats including butterflies.

Day 9 : Lake Manyara - Serengeti National park

Morning game drives at Lake Manyara National park then proceed to Serengeti national park. Game is viewed as we proceed to the campsite for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 10/11 : Serengeti National park

Two full days spent exploring the park. Serengeti is Africa's most famous and Tanzania's largest park covering 14,736 sq km and is adjoining with the Masai Mara National reserve in Kenya. With a wildebeest population of about 2 million and several other hoofed species (which include zebra, Thomson's gazelle, impala, topi, Grants gazelle, Kongoni, Eland, Kirk's dik dik, klipspringer, roan, Oryx, oribi, waterbuck, buffalo, giraffe and warthog), the Serengeti is sure to attract a string of prey such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, golden jackals and bat eared foxes. Elephants are relatively scarce and the few remaining black rhinoceros are restricted to the Moru Koppies area.Serengeti also offers rewarding bird viewing with ostrich and kori bustard being common, a variety of larks, finches, and raptors can be seen but the most distinctive small bird is the lilac breasted roller.

Day 12 : Ngorongoro via Olduvai Gorge

After an early breakfast, we drive south to the magnificent Ngorongoro crater via the historical Olduvai Gorge whilst game watching only interrupted by a picnic lunch enroute. We stop and set camp at the Simba (Lion) Campsite.
The Ngorongoro crater is the world's biggest whole volcanic caldera at 8300 sq km and is arguably the most stunning arena. It is frequently described as one of the wonders of the world, not only because of its geological magnificence, but also because it serves as an extraordinary natural sanctuary for some of Africa's largest populations of large mammals.
The Olduvai Gorge cuts through rock beds layered in time sequence from 2 million years ago to the present. It is here where humanoid bones have been found dating back to over 1.75 million years including a direct ancestor of modern man. Fossil footprints (over three million years old) have also been found here and are the most ancient footprints yet discovered. There is an excellent site museum where you can explore the diggings with a guide and it is also a great place to view birds.

Day 13 : Ngorongoro- Arusha

Breakfast at leisure then drive to Arusha to arrive by 1230 hrs - board an afternoon shuttle bus to Nairobi departing at 1400 hrs to arrive at 1830hrs - drop off at the airport to board your home bound flight.

 

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Rates Include

  • All applicable Game Park entrance fees
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Round trip transport from Nairobi to the designated National Park
  • Bottle of water
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • All activities as mentioned in the tour description
  • Professional safari Driver/Guide Allowances

 

Rates Exclude

  • International Flights
  • Tips & Porterage
  • Visa Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Items
  • Maasai Mara village visit (USD 20 - 30)
  • Balloon safari in Maasai Mara (USD 495) per ride

 

Departure Dates

This Safari do not have fixed departure dates. The departure can be any date, day or time depending on the client's preferences and availability.

 

 

 

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