This safari offers to you the highlights of Kenya and Tanzania and it is available with lodging and meals in lodges/or camping the meals are prepared by an accompanying cook.
Departures: You can book this safari for any day but latest two weeks before arrival in Kenya.
Day 1: Nairobi>Mara 9:30 Departure from Nairobi to Masai Mara. Picnic lunch and heading to Narok business town of the famous Masai. Upon arrival to the camp/lodge and after short rest, if time permitted we do a game drive to search for heavy blackmaned lions, leopard, cheetah, buffalo and other wildlife. Return to the camp/lodge for dinner and overnight. In the evening the campfire offers an opportunity to share the fun experiences with other travellers or to listen the stories of the Masai warriors who guard the campsite.
Day 2: Mara> After breakfast, an early morning game drive. At this time of the day the wild animals such as the wildcats just woke up and they are hunting for prey. This is often the right time to see how a lion catches a prey. However, it is also a matter of luck. After the game drive, return to the camp/lodge for lunch. After lunch we do another game drive. Dinner and overnight at the camp/lodge.
Day 3: Mara> A full day game drives with an option for a walk or a visit to a Masai village between the meals. The Masai village is located within walking distance of the campsite in the Mara. The Masai live in a Manyata where the houses are built of mud and cow dung. Dried by the sun it forms a very hard mass that protects from rain and wildlife. In the huts there is a musty smell because the entrance is almost completely closed. They cook here with a fire and live in a very small area sharing with goats and chickens. A visit to the Masai village is not included and costs approximately USD 10 per person. Dinner and overnight at the camp/lodge.
Day 4: Mara>Nakuru After breakfast drive to Lake Nakuru National Park, picnic lunch en route, arriving in Nakuru late afternoon. Here we check into a budget hotel outside the park. The cook will prepare dinner where we will enjoy it in the hotel’s restaurant if you have booked a safari lodge over night at Lake Nakuru lodge/Sopa lodge.
Day 5: Nakuru>Samburu After breakfast we head to Nakuru National Park for an early morning game drive. This park is famous for its millions of flamingos and is rich in different birds species. Also present is a rhino sanctuary and other wildlife. On arrival we do a walk to the lake which offers a magnificent view of the millions of pink flamingos. After lunch we leave for Samburu. Arriving late in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the camp/lodge.
Day 6: Samburu> After breakfast we do an early morning game drive. Return to the camp/lodge for lunch. In the afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at the camp/lodge. Samburu is known for his Rothschild giraffes, they have a different spots stain than the Masai giraffes. Also known is the Grevy zebra stripes different then other zebras across other parks. The Grevy’s zebra is only in Samburu. Furthermore, this park has elephants, lions and other wildlife.
Day 7: Samburu> Mount Kenya. An early morning game drive in Samburu. After breakfast leave to Mount Kenya. This mountain has an elevation of 5199 m and has been climbed by many tourists as an appetiser to the highest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro. Mount Kenya has an animal kingdom of elephants.
Day 8: Mount Kenya>Nairobi After breakfast depart for Nairobi arriving for lunch, dinner and overnight in hotel budget, or if you have booked a safari lodge a middle-class hotel.
Day 9: Nairobi>Arusha>Lake Manyara Today you go to Tanzania with the shuttle bus. Pick up around 8:00 am from your hotel. It is about five hours over paved roads to Arusha. The road to Arusha offers the travellers the opportunity to see Kenya as it is in reality. Superb plains, little thinly populated tribes who live in these areas. Along the way we do a sanitary stop. At the border, documents such as passport and visa are checked and sometimes the suitcases . If you do not possess a visa, you can request it at customs and receive a sticker in your passport. Lunch on arrival, and then heading to Lake Manyara for your first game drive in Tanzania. Lake Manyara is a small park but very beautiful and green, and the dozens of monkey provides quite an entertainment. But the park is mostly known for the lions climbing in trees. Unfortunately, not every traveler is fortunate to see a lion in a tree, however just keep on looking! Picnic lunch, dinner and overnight at camp/lodge. The camping place in Lake Manyara is located outside the park.
Day 10: Lake Manyara>Serengeti After breakfast depart to Serengeti National Park, game drive en route, dinner and overnight at Seronera camp or lodge. Serengeti is a familiar name, famous on discovery channel where Serengeti appears regularly in one of nature documentaries often in combination with the Masai Mara. “The Symphony of the Serengeti”, which many have ever heard about. Hugo van Lawick was the director, a very famous nature film maker who was married for ten years with Jane Goodall (known from the chimpanzees).
Day 11: Serengeti> Full day in the park with picnic lunch, dinner and overnight at the Seronera camp/lodge (depends on what you have booked).
Day 12: Serengeti>Ngorongoro Crater. After breakfast game drive, then return to the camp/lodge for lunch. After lunch departure to Ngorongoro Crater for dinner and overnight at Simba camp/lodge. The Ngorongoro crater has a depth of approximately 700 meters. Streams and springs feed a swamp and soda lake. The remainder of the landscape varies from dry open grassland to scrubland and deciduous forest zones. Here lions have their habitat, elephants (bulls only), birds, hippos, moose, cheetahs, hyenas, gazelles, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo and more cats. Since the crater is not so big it is the chance that you’ll see the big five here. At the top of the crater where the camping ground is located, it can be quite cold so beware on wearing warm clothes for the night! The lodge of Tanzania hotels and lodges and Sopa lodges offer a magnificent view of the crater.
Day 13: Ngorongoro Crater>Tarangire After breakfast on the way to the crater with a picnic lunch to descend into the crater 2000 feet for a crater tour. Once inside the crater, you will admire this natural phenomenon in all its splendour. An incredible silence far away from civilisation…
Picnic lunch in the park, late in the afternoon on the way to Tarangire for dinner and overnight at a budget hotel / lodge.
Day 14: Tarangire>Arusha after breakfast on the way for a final game drive in Tarangire. Picnic lunch in the park. Tarangire has swampy Savannah interspersed with acacia trees and large baobab trees. Here you will find elephants, lions, giraffes, impala, waterbuck, but also dangerous python snakes are feeling comfortable here! Tarangire is known for its large elephants herds that can entertain you for hours if they are bathing in the Tarangire River. In the late afternoon return to Arusha end of a magical safari!
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If you like to extend your holiday with a beach hotel in Zanzibar or return to Kenya we will be most happy to assist you.