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CLASSIC SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS OF KENYA AND TANZANIA

Tour Overview

CLASSIC KENYA AND TANZANIA SAFARI 

Take on this 12 day classic Kenya and Tanzania safari starting from Nairobi, connecting to Amboseli national park for a wildlife experience, head out to Lake Manyara national park for a chance to spot the Big 5 animals, explore the Serengeti national park and connect out of Tanzania to Kenya for a chance to visit the Magical Mara.

Spend 12 days and 11 nights on this safari.

Highlights


DAY 1 – ARRIVE AT  JOMO KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

DAY 2 – AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK  | TRANSFER FROM NAIROBI TO AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

DAY 3 – AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK|GAME VIEWING | VISITING MASAI COMMUNITY

DAY 4 – NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA | TRANSFER FROM AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK TO NGORONGORO CRATER WITH  A STOPOVER AT  LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

DAY 5  – NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA | GAME VIEWING

DAY 6 – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK | TRANSFER FROM NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA TO SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK | GAME VIEWING

DAY 7 – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK | GAME VIEWING

DAY 8 – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK | GAME VIEWING

DAY 9 – MASAI MARA NATIONAL GAME RESERVE  | TRANSFER FROM SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK TO MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE | GAME VIEWING

DAY 10 – MASAI MARA NATIONAL GAME RESERVE | GAME VIEWING

DAY 11 – MASAI MARA NATIONAL GAME RESERVE | GAME VIEWING

DAY 12 – DEPARTURE | TRANSFER TO JOMO KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

DAY 1 – ARRIVE AT  JOMO KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our customer care representative who will transfer you to the Tamarind Tree Hotel for check in and overnight stay.Situated 160 km south of the equator, Nairobi is the capital of Kenya and boasts one of the finest climates in the world. This modern, cosmopolitan city is the regional headquarters for many African and Indian Ocean businesses. With delegates attracted here from around the world, they come for the friendliness of the people, the modern hotel facilities and the vast array of fascinating options available throughout the city. Although the ‘City in the sun’ is relatively young by global standards, it has fascinating history capturing explorers, missionaries, wars, cultural diversity and politics etc, each leaving their mark on the city center in some way.

Overnight at Tamarind Tree  Hotel

Meal Plan –  Bed & Breakfast

DAY 2 – AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK  | TRANSFER FROM NAIROBI TO AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

After your breakfast, you will depart for the Amboseli National Park to arrive in time for check in and lunch at the Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge. You will then spend the afternoon at leisure before going for an evening game drive or a guided tour and camel ride within your conservancy till dusk when you return to your lodge.Secluded within a grove of acacia trees, Amboseli Serena Lodge looks out over the golden Savannah plains, with uninterrupted views of the mountain itself. The lodge setting is magnificent with the park boasting more big games than almost anywhere else in Africa. Amboseli Serena Lodge is a luxury safari lodge located in the Amboseli National Park in Kenya. The lodge is situated in a prime location, nestled in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, and offers stunning views of the mountain and the surrounding savannah.The lodge features a range of accommodation options, including traditional African rondavels and luxury suites. The rooms are designed to blend in with the natural surroundings and feature local materials and decor. All rooms are equipped with modern amenities such as en-suite bathrooms, mosquito nets, and private balconies

Overnight at Amboseli Serena Lodge

Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 3 – AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK|GAME VIEWING | VISITING MASAI COMMUNITY

Today, you will spend the whole day in the Amboseli National Park with both morning and evening game drives.  In between, you will have an option of visiting local Masai villages that will enable you to get the chance to interact and learn about the colorful culture of this nomadic pastoralist community.Amboseli sits on the lower slopes of mighty Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest – whose peak lies across the border in Tanzania. It is quite an experience to see Kilimanjaro hovering above the clouds in the early morning. The animal pictures arising against the dramatic backdrop of the mountain will thrill the photography enthusiast. Amboseli is renowned for its huge elephant herds. You will also see buffalo, black rhino, zebra, wildebeest and other plain animals.

Overnight at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 4 – NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA | TRANSFER FROM AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK TO NGORONGORO CRATER WITH  A STOPOVER AT  LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

After your breakfast, you will depart Namanga, the Eastern Kenya/Tanzania border where after the cross-border formalities, you will proceed with drive to Lake Manyara national park with a brief stop for lunch at a local restaurant in Arusha and get to Lake Manyara National Park in time for an evening game around the lake till late in the evening when you proceed to Karutu town for check in at the Ngorongoro Farm House 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 birdlife, 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.Set in farmlands just west of the market town of Karatu, Ngorongoro Farm House is a good base for day trips to the crater. It has 51 ochre, stone cottages scattered around the vast grounds, all very spacious and stylishly decorated with polished stone floors, en suite bathroom, big comfy cream chairs, some with an open fire and large veranda.

Overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House

Meal Plan –  Bed & Breakfast

DAY 5  – NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA | GAME VIEWING

After breakfast, descend into the ‘8th Wonder of the World’, a unique biosphere that has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. This area’s main attraction is the Ngorongoro Crater, fondly known as “Africa’s Garden of Eden”. A candidate for the new Seven Wonders of the World, this massive crater holds its own in that category. Being the world’s largest unbroken caldera, Ngorongoro is home to over 25,000 animals. It is considered one of the best game viewing spots in the world with a chance to see the big five, zebras and wildebeests. The crater holds almost every individual species of wildlife in East Africa including the extremely rare and critically endangered Black Rhino.Enjoy a picnic lunch on the crater floor before climbing back up to the lodge in time for relaxation and an optional visit to a local Masai village (at an extra cost) before dinner.

Overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House

Meal Plan –  Bed & Breakfast

DAY 6 – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK | TRANSFER FROM NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA TO SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK | GAME VIEWING

After breakfast, drive to Serengeti National Park passing via Olduvai Gorge. Olduvai Gorge is the prehistoric site where Dr. Louis Leakey discovered the remains of Homo habilis (’Handyman’) regarded as mankind’s first step on the path of human evolution. You then proceed with the drive to arrive at the Serengeti National Park in time for check in and lunch at the Angata Kimarisha Camp. You will then spend the afternoon at leisure until around 1600 hrs when you go for an evening game drive until dusk when you return to your camp for a bush dinner.A large camp with 12 large Guest tents including a 2 tent Family unit, a lounge and a dining tent. Each guest tent has an en-suite bathroom with shower, vanity desk and flush toilets. Depending on request a King Size bed or 2 Twin beds are available. The lounge is the place to meet other travelers and share your day’s Safari stories while enjoying a complimentary cup of Tanzanian Coffee or Tea. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are served in the dining tent, freshly prepared by our Chefs on a daily basis. Bush TV (local name for campfire) is lit when the weather permits.

Overnight at Angata Serengeti Camp

Meal Plan –  Bed & Breakfast

DAY 7 – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK | GAME VIEWING

You will have breakfast and then set off to explore  the vast park rich with abundant wildlife. You also visit the northern part of the park – Seronera with an opportunity of seeing the annual wildebeest migration. 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, Grant’s 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.

Overnight at Angata Serengeti Camp

Meal Plan –  Bed & Breakfast

DAY 8 – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK | GAME VIEWING

You will have breakfast and then set off to explore  the vast park rich with abundant wildlife. You also visit the northern part of the park – Seronera with an opportunity of seeing the annual wildebeest migration. Serengeti national park 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, Grant’s 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.

Overnight at Angata Serengeti Camp

Meal Plan –  Bed & Breakfast

DAY 9 – MASAI MARA NATIONAL GAME RESERVE  | TRANSFER FROM SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK TO MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE | GAME VIEWING

After your breakfast, you will depart for the Masai Mara National Game Reserve via the Isebania border point where after the cross -border formalities and picnic lunches, you will be met by your Kenyan guide for the drive into the Masai Mara where you will arrive in time for an evening game drive enroute to the Loyk Luxury Mara Camp.Loyk Mara Luxury Camp is rare Eco-savannah gem situated on secluded acreage in the most scenic site of Olare Orok Conservancy in the greater Masai Mara National reserve playing host to the variety of wildlife, birds and habitats which only the Masai Mara can offer. This area is an astounding pastiche of open floodplains, marshlands, dry acacia, reverie forest and open grasslands, a magical place for nature lovers. It captures the essence of modernized African design, culture and tradition in combination with a stylish and exclusive atmosphere, excellent food and personalized services. Loyk Mara Luxury Camp gives you the opportunity to let go and dive in with nature. Open yourself to exploring, to being an adventurer, relaxing and delight in the desires that come with staying at this Luxury Camp.

Overnight at Loyk  Luxury Mara Camp

Meal Plan –  Bed & Breakfast

DAY 10 – MASAI MARA NATIONAL GAME RESERVE | GAME VIEWING

You will have  breakfast and then start off with wildlife-viewing  in the Masai Mara Reserve, also known as the “Jewel of Africa,” a site with one of the largest and the most spectacular animal migrations in the world. The reserve is inhabited by many of Africa’s most popular wild animals, including lion, cheetah, elephant, leopard, black rhino and hippo. There are also over 500 resident species of birds in the park including ostrich, larks and sunbirds as well as the lovely Lilac-breasted Roller.The Masai Mara National Reserve is in the south-western part of Kenya and forms part of the greater ecosystem that encompasses the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The Masai Mara is one of the best known and most visited reserves in Africa. The park is surrounded by concession areas and tribal lands of the Masai tribes people. These are unfenced from the Mara and act as a buffer zone for the National Park and form part of the migration area. The Masai Mara consists of open savannah, rolling grasslands and undulating hills. July to September sees the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle coming from the plains of the Serengeti. Driven by dry conditions in the Serengeti and led by the lightning and thunder to the north, huge herds of mammals cross the Tanzanian border and rivers to reach the Mara’s grasslands.

Overnight at Loyk Luxury Mara Camp

Meal Plan –  Bed , Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 11 – MASAI MARA NATIONAL GAME RESERVE | GAME VIEWING

You will have  breakfast and then start off with wildlife-viewing  in the Masai Mara Reserve, also known as the “Jewel of Africa,” a site with one of the largest and the most spectacular animal migrations in the world. The reserve is inhabited by many of Africa’s most popular wild animals, including lion, cheetah, elephant, leopard, black rhino and hippo. There are also over 500 resident species of birds in the park including ostrich, larks and sunbirds as well as the lovely Lilac-breasted Roller.The Masai Mara National Reserve is in the south-western part of Kenya and forms part of the greater ecosystem that encompasses the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The Masai Mara is one of the best known and most visited reserves in Africa. The park is surrounded by concession areas and tribal lands of the Masai tribes people. These are unfenced from the Mara and act as a buffer zone for the National Park and form part of the migration area. The Masai Mara consists of open savannah, rolling grasslands and undulating hills. July to September sees the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle coming from the plains of the Serengeti. Driven by dry conditions in the Serengeti and led by the lightning and thunder to the north, huge herds of mammals cross the Tanzanian border and rivers to reach the Mara’s grasslands.

Overnight at Loyk Luxury Mara Camp

Meal Plan –  Bed , Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 12 – DEPARTURE | TRANSFER TO JOMO KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Wake up before sunup and have some muffins and coffee, before you take a morning game drive. You’ll see how still and quiet the Bush is at dawn and watch it begin to stir as the sun comes up. You’ll return to camp for breakfast then depart for Nairobi with a brief stop in Narok for snacks/lunch at the Narok Coffee House. This is at an extra cost. Thereafter, you will proceed with drive to arrive Nairobi late in the afternoon just in time for a farewell dinner at the renowned Carnivore restaurant.The Carnivore is the ultimate ‘Beast of a Feast’  A variety of  meat including ostrich, crocodile and camel, t is roasted over charcoal and carved at your table. Delicious side dishes and an exceptional array of sauces complement this fixed price feast that also includes soup, a selection of desserts and Kenyan coffee. Set in attractive tropical gardens, the service and the décor are outstanding. The Carnivore since its inception has played host to over 2 million customers from across the globe including numerous celebrities. In fact, the Carnivore visitors book read like a global who is who! Whole joints of meat – legs of lamb and pork, ostrich, rumps of beef, sirloins, racks of lamb, spare ribs, sausages, chicken wings, skewered kidneys, even crocodile, and other tasty morsels – are roasted on traditional Masai swords over a huge, spectacular charcoal pit that dominates the entrance of the restaurant.After dinner, you will be transferred to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in time for your international departure flight back home/onward travel.

Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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