12 days Kenya & Tanzania Highlights Safari – visiting Masai Mara, Nakuru, Amboseli, Ngorongoro, Serengeti Lake Manyara National Parks
Great Kenya & Tanzania Safari
This 12 day safari tour of two of East Africa’s most wildlife abundant countries, Kenya and Tanzania is a must for travellers wishing to take life by the scruff of the neck.
Marrying the best-loved locations of both countries provides a unique and exciting experience that can be tailored to suit your interests and budget. From safari lodges and tented camps to luxury boutique accommodation, this is your tour and we want you to feel comfortable and engaged every step of the way.
If you got designs on observing the great migration, when millions of wildebeest cross the Mara River and attempt to evade top predators, then any time between June and October is going to draw dramatic displays. Game drives in the Masai Mara, close to the Serengeti in Tanzania, are simply unforgettable
Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi/Masai Mara
Early morning breakfast, 0730AM. Meet your driver guide at the reception ready for the safari. Depart for the drive to Masai Mara National Reserve arriving in time for lunch at your camp/lodge. Short siesta before afternoon game in the reserve in search of game. Dinner and overnight at Mara Sopa lodge
Day 2: Full day in Masai Mara National Reserve
Spend the day on game drive with morning and afternoon game drive with breakfast and lunch at your lodge/camp. You have an option of having a very early morning breakfast and depart with picnic lunch so as to spend the entire day on game drive having not to come back to the camp for meals. Dinner and overnight at Mara Sopa lodge
Day 3: Masai Mara – Lake Naivasha
Early breakfast thereafter drive with a game drive out of the reserve for the drive to Lake Naivasha, arriving in time for lunch at Naivasha. Afternoon driver to hell’s gate national park which is in the heart of the rift valley with hot springs/volcano as well visit the gorge with a nature guide who will give you in-depth history of the volcanos. Dinner and overnight at Naivasha Sopa lodge
Day 4: Lake Naivasha – Lake Nakuru Park
Early breakfast followed by drive to Lake Nakuru national park for morning game rives en route to the lodge for lunch. Afternoon game drives in search of game with dinner and overnight at Lake Nakuru sopa lodge
Day 5: Lake Nakuru – Amboseli National Park
Early morning game drives in search of game around the lake with thousands of flamingo and also the only park you will have guarantee of seeing the rhino in large numbers among other wildlife. After breakfast depart for the drive to Amboseli with lunch in Nairobi. You will arrive at Amboseli in time for late afternoon game drives en-route to your lodge. Dinner and overnight at Amboseli sopa lodge
Day 6: Amboseli National Park
Early morning game drives in search of game and also this will be the best chance to see the famous Mt. Kilimanjaro which is just next to the park. Though Mt. Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania, the best place to see it clearly is in Amboseli more clearly than even while on the Tanzanian side. You can decide also to have another game drive after breakfast or just relax at the lodge and enjoy the view. You will have an afternoon game drives after lunch. Dinner and overnight at Amboseli sopa lodge.
Day 7: Amboseli – Ngorongoro
Early morning breakfast, depart for the drive out of Amboseli with game drives en route heading to Namanga bonder for the immigration clearance. Continue with 2hrs drive to Arusha town arriving in time for lunch at Mt. Meru hotel. After lunch depart for the drive through the Ngorongoro Highlands to your lodge situated on the rim of the crater. The crater covers over 300 square kilometers of land and is the home of the rare black rhino, prides of lion, elephant, cheetah and great herds of buffalo, antelope and wildebeest. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro sopa lodge
A UNESCO protected World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a pioneering experiment in multi-purpose land use where people (the Masai), their livestock and wildlife coexist and share the same protected habitat. The craters of Ngorongoro and Empakai are reserved exclusively for wildlife, while the rest of the Conservation Area is shared by wildlife, people and livestock. The Masai, the main residents of Ngorongoro, are pastoralists who move widely with their herds of cattle, sheep, goat and donkeys in search of pasture and water. In recent years the Masai have been encouraged to work on the land and supplement their traditional diet of milk and meat.
The Ngorongoro Crater, which is the central attraction in the area, is the largest Caldera in the world that has its walls intact. The Ngorongoro Crater floor, a sheer drop of 610 meters below the crater rim, has an area of about 300 square kilometers, with a diameter of 19 kilometers. The sight of the Ngorongoro Crater is simply stunning. “There is nothing with which to compare. It is one of the wonders of the world….” once wrote Professor Bernard Grzimek. The crater floor is home to tens of thousands of plains animals, including wildebeest, zebra, gazelles, elands, and a large predator population of lions, hyena and jackal which can all be viewed at close quarters. The rare black rhino can be viewed here, and if you are lucky you can see cheetah and leopard. The rain season is between November and May. The altitude at the crater rim is about 2286 meters above sea level, and temperatures can get quite chilly in the evening, especially between May to September.
DAY 8: NGORONGORO
Today you will descend over 600 meters to the floor of the crater for a day crater tour. Explore the forest areas that are inhabited by monkey and elephant, the lake area, where you may see the flamingos and the open savannah where the lions hunt for food. Picnic lunches will be served in the crater. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro sopa lodge
DAY 9: NGORONGORO – SERENGETI
After breakfast drive to Oldupai Gorge, site of Louis and Mary Leakey’s renowned archaeological discoveries. Their findings include some of the man’s earliest known ancestral remains. Continue to Serengeti National Park in time for lunch. This enormous park supports every variety of animal imaginable – from large predators such as lion, leopard and cheetah to the smaller herbivores they prey on. Afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti sopa lodge
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
A World Heritage Site and recently proclaimed a World Wide Wonder, Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The park is located some 320 km to the northwest of Arusha, lying in a high plateau between the Ngorongoro highlands and the Kenya/ Tanzania border, and extending almost to Lake Victoria to the west, covering a total area of 14,763 square kilometers. Aptly named “endless plains” by the Masai people, you immediately experience this vastness as you enter the southeastern plains of the park from Ngorongoro.
Declared a protected area in 1921 and gazetted as National Park in 1951 Serengeti is the oldest National Park in Tanzania. The principal features of the Serengeti are the short and long grass plains in the south and east, the acacia Savannah in the central areas, the hilly and densely wooded areas in the north and the extensive woodland in the west. There is a variety of scenery, which include the plains, lakes, hills and the rock outcrops called kopjes. The main game drive areas in the Serengeti are the Seronera Valley, the Western Corridor, and northern Serengeti. The Seronera valley in central Serengeti, endowed with permanent surface water, attract a large concentration of wildlife throughout the year. Common animals that can be seen here are lions, buffaloes, impalas, hippos, waterbucks, elephants, cheetahs, the leopard, and over 400 species of birds. Serengeti provides sanctuary to the highest concentration of plains animals in the world.
DAY 10: SERENGETI
Today you spend the whole day on game drive in this National Park, which is rich with all different species of animals. To maximize game viewing you will carry a picnic lunch with you and spend full day in the Serengeti National Park. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Sopa lodge.
DAY 11: SERENGETI – MANYARA
Breakfast at your lodge. Drive to Lake Manyara, a soda lake lying in the Great Rift Valley. Lunch at Lake Manyara. In the afternoon game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, home of the tree-climbing lions. Apart from the varied types of landscape including jungle, swamp and savanna, there are also a large variety of animals including Giraffe, Zebra, Elephant, Gazelle, hippos, monkeys and about 400 different species of birds. Dinner and overnight Lake Manyara serene lodge
LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
Located 125 km west of Arusha town, on the foot of the wall of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park is one of the oldest and most popular sanctuaries in East Africa. The park has a large variety of habitats, making it possible to support a wealth of wildlife in its small area. The main habitats include the shallow soda lake itself which occupies 77% of the National Park total area of 330 square kilometers, the ground water forest, open grassland, acacia woodland and the rift wall. The most famous spectacle in the park is the tree-climbing lions, which are occasionally seen along branches of acacia trees. Other animals found in the park include buffalo, elephants, leopards, baboons, impala, giraffes, zebra, wildebeest, ostrich and hippos. Popularly referred to as an ornithologist’s paradise, Lake Manyara National Park contains over 400 bird species found in most savanna and river habitats in East Africa. Common water birds to be seen here are pelicans, spoonbills, Egyptian geese and the migratory flamingoes, which arrive in hundreds of thousands creating one of Africa’s great natural sights over the soda lake.
DAY 12: MANYARA – ARUSHA
Early morning game drives returning back in time for breakfast. After breakfast drive to Arusha with a drop off at Kilimanjaro Airport or join shuttle bus back to Nairobi or a private transfer back to Nairobi.
Lunch in a restaurant
We require a 50% deposit to confirm your reservations as per requested itinerary and your acceptance that that’s what you have asked for and the balance payable 45 days prior to safari or accommodation date. If it’s a last minute booking, our reservations officer you are dealing with will advise you on the best mode of payment like you can pay a deposit to confirm and balance payable on arrival in cash; this can apply to all other bookings too..
2. Cancellation Policy
Just in case any cancellation is done, we only charge what hotels charge us and the rest returned to clients less bank transfer charges as indicated below:
If cancellation is done:
• Between 0-7 days before safari date – 100% is charged.
• Between 8 – 35 days before safari – 25% or 50% is charged depending with the lodge/camp.
• Between 36 – 60 days – 10% is charged.
• 60 days and over – full payment returned less bank charges for the transfer and 5% operation cost.
3. Method of Payment
Payments are to be made directly into our bank account through a bank transfer or through paypal account or through the website secure online payment while booking your safari. However, all payment must be made in full and free of any bank charges.
- Pick up and drop off at hotel/city hotel/Airport,
- unlimited game drives,
- accommodation on Full board,
- Park entry Fees,
- Experienced English speaking guide,
- 2 liters of mineral water per day per person,
- Safari as per itinerary using safari mini bus or luxury 4×4 land cruiser with a supplement of USD$150 per day per group booked.
- Air fares
- Visas (currently US$ 50 per person)
- Inoculations and personal insurance
- International flights
- Items of personal nature such as beverages, telephone, postage etc
12 Days Kenya and Tanzania Highlights
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