Best of Kenya & Tanzania

BKTZ05: 9 NIGHTS

Travel period: July to October

Price: $000 to $000

 10 Days Private Guided Kenya + Tanzania Safari: Maasai Mara & Serengeti (Wildebeest Mara River crossing in August, September)

Highlights: Maasai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire, Amboseli

Arrival Day:   Nairobi Airport to Nairobi
Meet on arrival and transfer to a Nairobi Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel of choice
Meal Plan: N/A

Day 1:   Nairobi - Maasai Mara Game Reserve

You will be picked up from your hotel in Nairobi in the morning and transferred to Maasai Mara Game Reserve, located 5-6 hours drive away from Nairobi.

Covering an area of over 1500 square kilometers, the Maasai Mara Game Reserve is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kenya. The reserve is located in the beautiful Great Rift Valley and is home to some 95 species of mammals, amphibians, reptiles and over 400 bird species. Other than the big five (buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino), other game including hippos, cheetahs, Grant’s gazelle, impala, topi, Coke’s Hartebeest, giraffe, Roan antelope and the nocturnal bat-eared fox can also be seen here.                                                     

Enjoy game drive en-route before dinner and overnight stay at your camp.

Accommodation: Sarova Mara Game Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2:   Full Day at Maasai Mara Game Reserve

The Masai Mara with its savannahs, grasslands and undulating hills all combine to set the scene for the splendor of a Kenyan safari. Spend a full day in this wild game park to experience the ultimate adventure in Kenya before returning to camp.

Accommodation: Sarova Mara Game Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:   Maasai Mara - Serengeti National Park
Today, you cross the Kenya-Tanzania border and arrive at the world-famous Serengeti National Park.

Wildebeest Migration – July to October:
This is the long dry season and the wildebeest migration is moving north with the thundershowers. The period from July to September is the time when wildebeest herds cross the Mara River in the very north of the Serengeti in an area called Kogatende before they migrate to the Maasai Mara in Kenya. This provides for some amazing wildlife viewing.

Hundreds of thousands of wildebeest can congregate at crossing points: all crossing in a single continuous wave of beasts. And all this while tooth and claw are waiting around the sides to pick off the weak and the careless.                                                                                      

Enjoy game drive in the Serengeti, with “plains that never end”.

Accommodation: Serengeti North Wilderness Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:   Full day at Serengeti National Park

Many visitors only want to see the river crossings but the true spectacle of the migration is more than 1,500,000 wildebeests, 200,000 Burchell’s zebras, 18,000 elands and 500,000 Thomson’s Gazelles filling the entire stretch of landscape. Besides the amazing wildlife in Kogatende another very positive feature is that there are very few lodges and camps here so all the viewing can happen with few others around.

Spending more days here increases your chance to witness endless herds of wildebeest crossing the Mara River. The shifting columns of the herds as they traverse the valleys and the hills can only be watched in awe. There is nothing else like this on earth.                                     

Return to camp in late afternoon for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Serengeti North Wilderness Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:   Full Day at Serengeti National Park

Rise early in the morning to catch up with the early risers. You can go for an optional hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti plains (Extra fees apply), or go for a morning drive for an amazing game viewing experience.
There is no bad time to visit the Serengeti as every season has its own special highlight even the rainy season has the daily thunder and lightning to look forward to. Changing seasons and light patterns form the most beautiful backdrop to view Africa’s majestic and incredible wildlife.

Accommodation: Mbugani Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:   Serengeti - Ngorongoro Crater rim

Enjoy morning game drive in central and southern Serengeti then drive toward Ngorongoro Crater rim via Olduvai Gorge. You can have an optional stop in the Olduvai area, where the homonid and other significant archaeological discoveries have been made. (Optional activity: fees extra.)
You can also visit a Maasai Village in the Olduvai area. (Optional activity: fees extra.) The Maasai people who inhabit Kenya and northern Tanzania are semi-nomadic. Traditionally, they were pastoralists famous for their fearsome reputations as warriors and cattle-rustlers. You can spend some time interacting with the villagers and learn about their lifestyle and culture.
                                                                                                                                                      

In late afternoon, proceed to your lodge located on the crater rim for relaxation and overnight stay. The world-famous Ngorongoro Crater is at the eastern edge of the Serengeti in northern Tanzania. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera of the once-volcanic Ngorongoro shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth, ringed with towering walls and sheltering forests, grasslands, fresh springs and a large soda lake.

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7:   Ngorongoro Crater - Tarangire

Leave very early in the morning for game viewing in Ngorongoro Crater. Descend into the Ngorongoro caldera to view the wildlife on the crater floor. The Ngorongoro Crater is often called “Africa’s Eden” and the “8th Natural Wonder of the World”.

A massive extinct volcano, the sheet walls drop thousands of feet to a “Noah’s Ark” of animals on the verdant floor below. Large herds of zebra, buffalo, antelope and wildebeest graze nearby while sleeping lions laze in the sun. At dawn, the endangered black rhino returns to the thick cover of the crater forests after grazing on dew-laden grass in the morning mist.

In the afternoon, proceed to Tarangire where you will have dinner and spend your evening. After dinner, you have the option to go for a night game drive where you will get to spot nocturnal animals such as aardvarks, civets, genets, serval cats, bush babies and various night birds. (Extra fees apply.)

Accommodation: Tarangire Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8:   Tarangire National Park - Arusha

Tarangire National Park is probably one of the least visited of the northern Tanzanian game parks, and retains a real air of undiscovered Africa, particularly in the south of the park. Just two hours drive away from Arusha. It lies a little distance to the south east of Lake Manyara and covers an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometers. It is named after the Tarangire River that flows through the park. The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the largest number of species in one habitat anywhere in the world; on drier ground, the Kori bustard – the heaviest flying bird – can be found.

Leave Tarangire in the afternoon and drive to Arusha for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: The African Tulip Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9:   Arusha - Amboseli National Park

After a leisurely breakfast, you can go for an optional tour around Arusha town to visit the Maasai Market, Cultural Heritage, Arusha Museum of Natural History, curio shops, or the Tanzanite Experience before crossing the Tanzania-Kenya border at Namanga to proceed to Amboseli.

Accommodation: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10:   Amboseli National Park - Nairobi

Early breakfast at the lodge then go for game drives in Amboseli National Park located at the Kenya-Tanzania border. Amboseli is a photographer’s paradise thanks to the abundant wildlife such as lions, cheetahs, rhinos and buffalo roaming under the shadows of the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain. With its large concentration of African elephants, Amboseli National Park is a fantastic park to visit on the Kenya and Tanzania border, in front of the world’s finest photographic backdrop.

Accommodation: Nairobi Serena Hotel
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch

Departure Day

Nairobi to Nairobi Airport

After a leisurely breakfast, go for an optional Nairobi city tour in the morning (optional), before transfer to Nairobi International Airport for your departure flight home.
Accommodation: N/A
Meal plan: Breakfast

 

 

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