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Highlights

  • See the Big 5 in the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Witness part of the Wildebeest Migration (seasonal)
  • Spend time in cosmopolitan Nairobi
  • Experience the rich cultural heritage of Tanzania and Kenya
  • Enjoy game viewing in some of Africa’s premium wildlife destinations
  • Explore the shores of Lake Victoria
  • Visit the Masai Mara

Overview

This tour is part of our Scheduled and Overland Tours collection.

Starting and ending in Nairobi, this 14-day East Africa adventure shows you the best of Kenya and Tanzania. If you’re travelling between January and March, you will have the opportunity to see part of the Wildebeest Migration in the Serengeti, or in the Masai Mara if you're travelling between July and November. You'll stay in comfortable lodges, chalets and permanent tented camps.

From Nairobi, you’ll travel south to the Amboseli National Park to enjoy iconic views of Mount Kilimanjaro while observing some of the park’s many large elephants. Further south and across the border, you will journey through the bustling town of Arusha, the gateway to Tanzania’s Northern Safari Circuit.

The next leg of your journey will take you through Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park to engage with the indigenous people of Tanzania and explore the iconic savannahs of these wildlife sanctuaries.

A stop at Lake Victoria brings your time in Tanzania to a close as you head back into Kenya and towards the Masai Mara. Here, you will visit the traditional homesteads of the Maasai and see the variety of game that call this premium wildlife destination home.

Summary

  • Tour Duration: 15 Days

Day to day

Itinerary

Detailed breakdown

Day 1-2: Jambo, Nairobi | 14 Nights

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On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel where you’ll have dinner before settling in for the evening. After breakfast the next day, you will be given a chance to explore this lively cosmopolitan city. The first stop on the itinerary is the Karen Blixen Museum, located in the former homestead of the Out of Africa author. Then it’s on to the Giraffe Centre for a tour before we head to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s elephant and rhino orphanage to see the baby animals have their daily mud bath. Lunch is followed by an afternoon drive south to Amboseli National Park.

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Day 3: Admire Amboseli

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Your first full day in Amboseli will be dedicated to game viewing. One of Kenya’s most famous parks, Amboseli is renowned for its huge elephant bulls with their magnificent tusks. A shot of one of these graceful giants with snow-capped Kilimanjaro as the backdrop makes for an enviable safari photograph.

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Day 4: Travel to Tanzania

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After a leisurely breakfast at your accommodation in Amboseli, you’ll make your way across the border into Tanzania and on to Arusha via the Marangu Waterfalls and Moshi town, the gateway to the Kilimanjaro National Park. You’ll be given time to relax and recharge in the evening before you see more of Tanzania tomorrow.

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Day 5–6: Experience life at Lake Manyara National Park

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You’ll be picked up from your hotel after breakfast and set off to Lake Manyara National Park. This spectacular reserve is located in the north-western corner of Manyara, a hollow soda lake that lies at the foot of the Great Riff Valley’s western escarpment. Enjoy a scenic drive through the park, seeing flocks of flamingos and, perhaps, some of its tree-climbing lions. Next day, experience authentic cultural interactions at the Mto Wa Mbu village, exploring the market, visiting a Chagga family that produces banana beer and passing by the many crop farms in the area. After a delicious homemade lunch at a local host’s home, you will visit a school for disabled children before taking part in a cultural encounter in the Maasai Boma. Then it’s back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

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Day 7: Tarangire National Park

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Another full day of game drives awaits as you set off to Tarangire National Park. Fed by the Tarangire River, the park attracts masses of animals from the surrounding Maasai Steppe during the dry season (June to October). Well known for its elephant population and giant baobabs, Tarangire also forms the centre of an annual migratory cycle that includes up to 3 000 elephant, 25 000 wildebeest and 30 000 zebra.

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Day 8: Picnic in the Ngorongoro Crater

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An early wake-up is rewarded with a game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater. This world renowned safari destination boasts an abundance of animal life, including a small population of the critically endangered black rhino. After game viewing and a picnic lunch in the Crater, you head to the undulating grass savannahs that are the southern plains of the Serengeti National Park to your accommodation for the evening.

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Day 9-10: Spend time in the Serengeti

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Two full days of game viewing in the Seronera area of Serengeti National Park, which is characterised by open grassland and an abundance of wildlife, give you ample opportunity to tick many sightings off your safari bucket list. With the Seronera River running right through it, this area is packed with animals year-round. It’s particularly good for lion, cheetah and leopard sightings, which are drawn here to prey on herbivores looking to water themselves.

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Day 11: Linger at Lake Victoria

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Next on the itinerary is Lake Victoria. To get there, you’ll pass through the villages of the Sukuma tribe on the southern shores of the lake. Life here is simple and shows very little influence from the outside world – a reminder that slow is sometimes better. On arrival at your accommodation, you’ll have leisure time and possibly the opportunity to take a bird walk along the lake shore.

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Day 12-13: Mosey through the Masai Mara

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A morning boat ride to one of the local fishing villages concludes your time at Lake Victoria as your journey takes you back to Kenya and the Masai Mara. As Kenya’s flagship conservation area, this vast protected landscape is one of the top wildlife destinations in Africa. You will spend plenty of time game viewing in the Masai Mara National Reserve. If you’re visiting between July and November, you might be privileged enough to see one of nature’s greatest spectacles: the Great Wildebeest Migration.

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Day 14-15: One night in Nairobi

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Bid farewell to the Mara after breakfast as you head back to Nairobi to get a final glimpse of this epicentre of modern urban African life. Time permitting, you will be able to visit the Kazuri Beads Centre to shop for handmade beads and pottery before settling in at your hotel as you prepare to say goodbye to Kenya the following day.

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Inclusions

  • Breakfast and dinner will be prepared by the lodge where you are staying. They will also prepare lunch or a lunch pack depending on the itinerary for the day. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.
  • Gate & Park Fees Included as per the itinerary
  • Professional English Speaking Guide
  • We use fully equipped, customized, 4x4 safari vehicles, Toyota Land Cruisers, or other appropriate vehicles with comfortable seating, all window seats for game viewing and a music system. These non-air-conditioned vehicles are equipped with pop-up roofs to facilitate the best game viewing. All luggage, besides hand luggage and photo equipment, is carried on the vehicle roof rack or trailer to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle.
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Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

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Dates Price
2020-01-01 — 2020-12-31 $3,265
Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:
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