12 Days Kenya and Tanzania Combined
High points: See the best of Kenya and Tanzania starting with Nairobi to the foot hills of Mount Kenya, western side of the country to Nakuru, Masai Mara via Lake Naivasha. Isebania – Private Island in Lake Victoria, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Olduvai Gorge, and Lake Manyara National Park.
Day 1: Arrival Nairobi
Arrive Nairobi International Airport to be met by a company’s driver who will transfer you to your overnight accommodation. Dinner and overnight at the traditional Boulevard Hotel - luxury accommodation Meals: dinner.
Day 2: Nairobi – Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Breakfast and thereafter pick up at 7:30am from overnight hotel to transfer to Nanyuki a town by the foot hills of Mount Kenya to have lunch and continue to the Conservancy. Ol Pejeta raises income through tourism activities to save wildlife and grow its surrounding communities. The conservancy is a beautiful area endowed with the big 5 and good place to do night game drives –booked in advance on request. Dinner and overnight at Sweetwaters Tented Camp - Luxury, accommodation. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3: Sweetwaters – Lake Nakuru
Have breakfast and off to Nakuru aiming to have lunch on arrival and enjoy a little rest before a game drive around Lake Nakuru, a Rift Valley soda lake well known for its picturesque crowds of flamingoes along its shores. The flamingoes here cover a wide expanse of the lake giving it a beautiful pink concealment that makes the water hardly recognizable sometimes. Our game drive this afternoon also brings us to see the protection enclosure for black rhinos and Rothschild giraffe species. We return to the lodge in the late evening for dinner and overnight at the Lion Hill - luxury accommodation. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner Day 4: Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara
Have breakfast early and proceed to Masaai Mara with a stop at Lake Naivasha home to the late Joy Adamson who, with her husband George, pioneered conservation and their her bestselling book ‘Born Free’. Today we enjoy a wonderful boat cruise on Lake Naivasha to see hippopotamus, a variety of beautiful bird species and more. Today lunch is en route to Masai Mara. Arrive to check in and relax for the rest of the day. Dinner and overnight a Serena Masaai Mara - luxury accommodation. Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 5: Masai Mara National Reserve
Today you spend most of the day in the bush on a full day game drive at Masai Mara with chances of visiting the famed Mara River an attraction to different animal species which come to mix and drink water. We will have a picnic lunch in the bush under a beautiful African sky. The Masaai Mara offers great opportunities to experience the Great Migration depending on the season of the year when thousands upon thousands of wildebeest and zebras are on the move. Today a night game drive is a great idea to see Masai Mara’s nocturnal life which include: mongoose aardvark, porcupine, and serval cats and more. Dinner and overnight at AA Lodge -luxury accommodation. Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 6: Masai Mara – Isebania – Private Island on Lake Victoria
Today we transfer to Isebania border crossing point to Tanzania. At the border we have to go through the border crossing procedures and checks before finally gaining entry to head to Musoma town on the shores of Lake Victoria to get on a speed boat to a private Island Retreat on Lake Victoria. Arrive to check in for a leisurely evening to relax for the rest of the evening. Dinner and overnight at Lukuba Island Lodge - luxury accommodation. Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner Day 7: Lake Victoria – Serengeti “the endless plain”
After breakfast we head to Serengeti the land of endless plains from which it draws its beautiful name. In the Masaai language “endless plains” are referred to as ‘Siringet’ from which the park’s name is coined. We start off with a boat trip on Lake Victoria accompanied by a local fisherman before proceeding to Serengeti National Park via Ndabaka Gate on the Western end. This side of the park is scarcely visited even though it’s richly endowed with plush savannah grasslands, giraffes and elephants. Dinner and overnight at Tortilis lodge - luxury accommodation.
Meals breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 8: Serengeti National Park
Today we head out after breakfast and with our packed lunch and drinks ready to spend a full day in the wilderness on game drives around the Serengeti. The wildlife populations here are vast and include: elephants, wildebeest, monkeys, zebras, lions, giraffes, baboons, hippopotamus antelopes, rhinos, and several unique bird species. In case your visit is during the wildlife migration season we will be very flexible in choosing our game drive route to ensure we are on the same track with the migration movement headed to Masai Mara. We end the day with dinner and overnight at Tortilis lodge luxury accommodation. Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 9: Serengeti – Olduvai Gorge – Ngorongoro
Go on an early morning game drive after breakfast a good time to see the big cats hunting and the scavengers hanging around to catch some leftovers an extremely amazing experience. Thereafter embark on the transfer to Ngorongoro Conservation Area for another unique encounter with wildlife. Along the way we stop at the Olduvai Gorge to see where Louis and Mary Leakey the anthropologists made many major discoveries which reveal that Africa is the cradle land of humanity. Arrive Ngorongoro to have lunch before an afternoon walking safari accompanied by an armed ranger to the Northern Crater Rim populated by elephants buffaloes, and varied monkey species. Return in the evening for dinner and overnight at Rhino Lodge with magnificent views of the crater. Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater Tour
After breakfast you will descend into the crater for a wonderful game drive (with a picnic lunch) inside the Ngorongoro Crater on 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. Today we might be lucky to see all the big 5. Dinner and overnight at Rhino Lodge. Meals breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 11: Ngorongoro – Lake Manyara
Today we transfer to Lake Manyara National Park renowned for its 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. Dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge luxury. Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 12: Manyara – Arusha-Nairobi No activity is allocated today to you depart relaxed and rested
Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport or to Arusha Airport for your international flight home.
Safari package price includes:
-Airport Transfers Park entry fees.
-Game drives as indicated
-Accommodation for 11 nights
-English speaking driver/guide fees
-Customized safari vehicle
-Bottle drinking water while in the vehicle
-Cultural visit to a Masaai village in Ngorongoro
-Meals as indicated
Safari package price excludes:
-Items of personal nature
-International flights Soda and alcohol plus extra teas and coffee
-Internet Tips to drivers and at hotels
-Bank Fee/charges when paying for your safari
-Personal travel/ baggage