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Best of Kenya and Tanzania Safari 12 days

Best of Kenya and Tanzania Safari 12 days

Program Highlights

Duration:   12 Days
Category:  Outbound Tour
Destinations:  Kenya and Tanzania
Major Attractions:

  • There are multitudes of elephant, buffalo, giant forest hog as well as the endangered black rhino in Aberdare Mountains
  • Its animals include lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras and hippos. Wildebeest traverse its plains during their annual migration in Maasai Mara
  • Among the predators are lions, cheetahs and leopards in Lake Nakuru National Park
  • More than 25 eastern black rhinoceros, one of the largest concentrations in the country, plus around 70 southern white rhinos in Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Spots of Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti
  • Be able to see huge group of flamingoes in Manyara and Ngorongoro
  • Big five in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Tree climbing lion in Manyara

Tour Guides Language:

  • English, Spanish, French, German, Italian
  • For other languages please send a special request prior to your safari -additional fee may apply.

Start in: Nairobi
End in: Arusha
Recommended Packing list: Camera with enough zoom and memory space and extra batteries, binoculars, light clothes, safari boot, mosquito repellents, sunhat, sunglasses with UV radiation filtering etc.

Additional note:

  • This is a safari program covering some of Kenya and Tanzania Destination whereby you will need armed ranger/guide for any walking safari in this destination

Itinerary Description

Day 1: Arrival, Tour Briefing and Resting

  • You will be picked up from the airport in Nairobi ( Jomo Kenyatta International Airport) and be transferred to the booked hotel in Nairobi
  • Get the safari general briefing from the prepared safari consultant/guide
  • Dinner and overnight stay at your booked hotel in Nairobi

Day 2: Drive from Nairobi to Aberdare Mountains for game viewing

  • Departure from your Nairobi Hotel at 08:00hrs, drive to Nyeri via local villages with arrival to the Aberdares around noon
  • After lunch you will go on some game drives in the rich Aberdares mountain forest before returning to your lodge
  • Accomodation will be at the unique The Ark, a tree-top style stilted lodge is set in thick woodland in the heart of the Aberdare National Park overlooking a floodlit waterhole and a saltlick which attracts a host of wildlife
  • Elephants, rhinos, leopards and bushbucks are frequently seen
  • Numerous Balconies and lounges provide superb game viewing and excellent photographic opportunities
  • Have dinner and overnight stay at The Ark

Day 3: Drive from Aberdare Mountains to Lake Nakuru for game viewing

  • After breakfast you proceed to Lake Nakuru for game viewing
  • After arrival you check in at your lodge
  • After lunch and some rest, have a game drive at Lake Nakuru, one of the Rift Valley soda lakes and best known for its thousands, sometimes millions of flamingoes nesting along the shores
  • The surface of the shallow lake is often hardly recognizable due to the continually shifting mass of pink
  • The number of flamingoes on the lake varies with water and food conditions and the best vantage point is from Baboon Rocks
  • Also of interest, an area of 188 km around the lake fenced off as a sanctuary to protect Rothchild giraffe and black rhinos
  • Have dinner and overnight stay at the Lion Hill Lodge at Lake Nakuru, beautifully located close to the entrance with a view towards Lake Nakuru and its flamingo flocks

Day 4: Drive from Lake Nakuru to Lake Naivasha then to Masai Mara for game viewing

  • After breakfast you proceed to Lake Naivasha where you enjoy a beautiful boat trip on Lake Naivasha, a true bird sanctuary
  • On your way along the lakeshores you will see hippos socializing lazily in the shallow waters or hiding in dense papyrus forest
  • Lunch will be taken at Elsamere, a haven for lovers of nature, set in Acacia forest on the banks of Lake Naivasha
  • It is the former home of the late Joy Adamson who, together with her husband George, became world famous for their pioneering conservation work and relationship with lioness Elsa, as told in her bestselling book ‘Born Free’
  • After lunch you make your way to Masai Mara with viewing various games on the way, birds, herds of Antelopes, Zebra, giraffe, Elephants, gazelle, etc
  • While on the way, you have chances to visit Maasai local village (Manyata) and take some photos of really Maasai with their culture attires
  • At Masai Mara you go for an afternoon game drive with high chances of seeing the’ Big five’ and many other wild animals set to retire for the day
  • Have dinner and overnight stay at the luxurious Keekorok Lodge

Day 5: Full day game drive at Masai Mara

  • Have a full day of game drive at Maasai Mara
  • Depending on the game drive nature you will have a great moment to visit the famous Mara River whereby different types of animals mingle to drink water, and have Picnic lunch in the bush
  • You will have either at Masai Mara or Serengeti the chance to experience the ‘Great Migration’ and some 1.5 millions of wildebeest and zebras on the move
  • Have dinner and overnight stay at the luxurious Mara Serena Lodge

Day 6: Drive from Masai Mara to Isebania then to Lake Victoria for game viewing

  • Early morning game drive at Masai Mara and return to the Camp for breakfast
  • Proceed to Isebania for Border crossing into Tanzania
  • After visa and border procedures we drive along the lakeshore to Musoma one of the major towns at Lake Victoria In Musoma we embark a speedboat which will take us to an Island in Lake Victoria and to a private Island retreat, the Lukuba Island Lodge
  • You can spend the rest of the day at leisure and possibility swim in the warm waters of Lake Victoria
  • Have dinner and overnight stay at Lukuba Island Lodge

Day 7: Drive from Lake Victoria to Serengeti for a game drive

  • In the morning we go out for a boat trip to Lake Victoria by local fishermen
  • Afterwards you proceed towards Ndabaka Gate and enter the Serengeti through the Western Corridor
  • You pass through green Savannah with Elephants and Giraffes roaming around through a stretch of land which is rarely visited by travellers to reach Central Serengeti.
  • The name Serengeti comes from the Maasai word “Siringet” referring to an endless plain which you will experience on your way to your lodge located at the Niaroboro Hills where you have spectacular views through huge panorama windows
  • Have dinner and overnight stay at your booked hotel in Serengeti

Day 8: Full day game drive at Serengeti

  • Have a full day of game drives around Serengeti
  • You can expect to see wildebeest, lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, monkeys, baboons, hippos, rhinos, antelopes and many birds and other species
  • We are very flexible with choosing our route will be on the track with the migration on its way to Masai Mara
  • Have dinner and overnight stay at your booked hotel in Serengeti

Day 9: Drive from Serengeti via Olduvai Gorge to Ngorongoro for game viewing

  • Have an early in the morning game drive after tea/coffee which is the best time to see the animals as they get out from their hide for the morning preys or return from their night hunt
  • After lunch breakfast you leave for Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • On the way you will stop at the Olduvai Gorge where anthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey made many significant discoveries, contributing to the theory that human life originated in Africa
  • Arrive at Ngorongoro in good time for lunch
  • In the afternoon you go for a Walking safari at the Northern Crater Rim inhabited by buffaloes, elephants and different species of monkeys escorted by an armed ranger
  • Have dinner and overnight stay at Ngorongoro providing a wonderful view towards the crater

Day 10: Full day game drive at Ngorongoro Crater

  • After breakfast you will descend into the crater for a wonderful game drive (with a picnic lunch) inside the Ngorongoro Crater which is one of World Heritage Site holding a permanent population of more than 30 000 animals
  • As only very few of those migrate in and out of the crater with its 2000 ft. high walls, you can expect to see lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds and other species
  • The Crater is also home to the rare black rhino almost extinct in Tanzania
  • With a bit of luck you will see the ‘Big Five’ during one game drive
  • Have dinner and overnight stay at Ngorongoro Farmhouse in Ngorongoro

Day 11: Drive from Ngorongoro to Lake Manyara for a game drive

  • In the morning you drive to Lake Manyara National Park
  • Nestling at the base of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment, the park is recognized for its incredible beauty with lush vegetation and tropical forests of giant fig and mahogany trees
  • Lots of elephants, giraffe, buffalo, zebra and a variety of antelope inhabit the park as well as a variety of monkeys and a large population of hippos
  • If you are lucky you may see the Manyara lions, well known for their tree climbing habits, lazily resting on the branches of an “Acacia tortilis” tree
  • The birdlife is also abundant, with flamingoes, pelicans, hornbills and plenty of forest species
  • Have dinner and overnight stay at Losirwa Camp at Lake Manyara

Day 12: Half day game drive in Manyara then drive to Arusha

  • Have a morning breakfast at a lodge/hotel in Manyara
  • After breakfast have a game drive at Manyara until afternoon
  • Break for a while in the afternoon to have lunch
  • After lunch drive heading to Arusha
  • Arrive in Arusha in late evening
  • You might have an optional Arusha town city tour if you wish too
  • Have dinner and overnight stay at the hotel/lodge in Arusha

 

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