14-Day Kenya - Tanzania Combined Safari

14-Day Kenya - Tanzania Combined Safari

Date

19 July 2019

Tags

$4150

Combine East Africa's highlights on a Kenya & Tanzania safari tour: Set off on a 14-day Kenya & Tanzania safari including a view of rhino conservation, game drives, and the option for a savanna hot-air balloon ride. Witness the abundant wildlife of Kenya and Tanzania on game drives through East Africa's greatest parks and reserves, drive through the grasslands of Kenya and Tanzania, explore incredible national parks and stay at beautifully outfitted safari lodges and camps of your choice.

  • You'll be collected from the airport (or hotel).
  • Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for an extra cost.

Day 1: Nairobi / Amboseli

Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, meet and greet by our representative in Nairobi and be assisted to clear with customs as well as immigration formalities, for briefing and drive south passing through the Athi Plains where formerly the Burchells zebra, the Masai giraffe and smaller herbivores roamed about freely. With human encroachment the wildlife is confined to game parks. When you arrive at the park, the warden will give you several common sense rules: do not get out of your vehicle, except at designated spots; do not harass the animals in any way; keep to the tracks; no off-road driving; and remember that the animals always have the right of way.  There is an advantage to this because one has to drive inside a park to be rewarded with the sight of many different species of animals. Amboseli National Park is reached in the afternoon, for lunch; and later embark on an afternoon game viewing in the park at the foot of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro (19,340 ft). In the late afternoon one is likely to see a lion or cheetah make a kill. Ideal photography opportunities with Mount Kilimanjaro highest mountain in Africa providing a beautiful back drop.  All Meals and Overnight at Kibo safari camp / similar.

Main Destination:
Amboseli National Park   (Kenya)
Accommodation:Kibo Safari Camp
  • Mid-range tented camp located just outside Amboseli NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included)
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2: Amboseli national park

After breakfast morning game drive can be taken in Amboseli when Mt. Kilimanjaro usually appears from its mantle of clouds, return to the camp for lunch and later afternoon game viewing, the game proceeds to the area of Lake Amboseli, which is a wide salt pan, consisting of permanent swamps. This area has much game, large and small, high concentration of Elephant, rhino, buffalo, Burchell’s zebra, eland, Masai giraffe and small species of the antelope family, the common water buck, klipspringer, Grant’s gazelle, impala, topi, and the diminutive duiker among others. Crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, the Amboseli National Parks is one of Kenya's most popular parks. The name "Amboseli" comes from a Maasai word meaning "salty dust", and it is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close. In the late afternoon one is likely to see a lion or cheetah make a kill. Ideal photography opportunities with Mount Kilimanjaro highest mountain in Africa providing a beautiful back drop.   Return to the camp for Dinner and overnight.

Main Destination:
Amboseli National Park   (Kenya)
Accommodation:
Kibo Safari Camp
  • Mid-range tented camp located just outside Amboseli NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3: Amboseli / Tarangire national park

Have an early breakfast and check out. Enjoy a game drive on your way out of the park, then drive to Namanga where you will go through immigration and customs for Kenya and Tanzania, and continue with your safari in Tanzania with the Tanzanian Crew. On arrival at Namanga border, you'll be met by our driver-guide and escorted to Arusha town in the heart of Tanzania’s safari center for lunch. You will then be driven to Tarangire National Park for dinner and overnight. Tarangire National Park is famous for its giant baobab trees, large herds of elephants, plains game and predators. Tarangire also boasts a large variety of spectacular bird life, including endemic species. You will have dinner and stay overnight at the Whistling Thorn camp, which is a small and friendly community camp, with only six tents. It is only five minutes' drive from the gate to Tarangire National Park.  Baobab trees, also called 'upside down trees', are among the World's biggest trees and can be seen thriving all along the river-banks and all over the park too. This African National Park is also home to three rare species of animals, the Greater Kudu, the Fringe-eared Oryx as well as a few Ashy Starlings. The Tarangire Park is also synonymous with two of the rarer game species; the greater kudu and the Fringe-eared oryx. In addition, leopard and tree-climbing pythons often inhabit the trees. Due to the low volume of traffic in the park, the game is wild, being unaccustomed to vehicles, this offers a truly unique experience For guests on a full day game drive. Large herds of antelope of all sorts including: eland, lesser kudu, Kongoni, impala, Zebra, gazelles, buffalo, wildebeest, leopard, elephant, rhino and lots of smaller mammals. The Tarangire River has shrivelled to a shadow of its wet season self. But it is choked with wildlife. Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It's the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem - a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed. After the thrills and excitement it will be time to relax in the open savannas waiting for dinner and overnight at lodge.

Main Destination:
Tarangire National Park   (Tanzania)
Accommodation:
Tarangire Simba lodge 
  • Mid-range lodge located just outside Tarangire NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4: Tarangire / Ngorongoro

After breakfast, morning game drive in Tarangire, Then drive to Karatu in the heart of coffee country. Ngorongoro Crater, is a collapsed volcano, that teems with a variety of wildlife, including the highest density of lions per square kilometre in Africa, open savannah grasslands, the Lerai groundwater forest and a soda lake tinged pink by thousands of flamingos. Drive to the crater rim to arrive in time for a cool drink and hot shower before a delicious dinner and restful night.

The Ngorongoro Crater and surrounding highlands together form one of Africa's most beautiful regions.  Volcanic craters form stunning backdrops to some of the most fertile and richest grazing grounds in Africa.  The most famous such crater is without question Ngorongoro, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and home to the highest density of big game in Africa, including all the big five and plenty of predators. Ngorongoro is justifiably one of the continent's most famous safari destinations. We will enjoy a picnic lunch in the crater, after lunch proceeds for another afternoon game drive when you will ascend from the crater and proceed to Arusha town before you transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your flight back home. Dinner and overnight at Crater Forest tented camp.

Main Destination:
Ngorongoro Crater   (Tanzania)
Accommodation:
Rhino Lodge- Ngorongoro
  • Mid-range tented camp located just outside Ngorongoro
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5: Ngorongoro

After breakfast you will descend into the crater for a wonderful game drive (with a picnic lunches) The Ngorongoro Crater often described as one of the wonders of the world. It is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and a natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s densest animal populations. It is one of the few places where the rare black rhino can be observed in their natural setting. As very few animals migrate in and out of the crater with its 2000 ft. high walls, you can expect to see lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds and other species. With a bit of luck the ‘Big Five’ can be spotted during one game drive only, ranging far and wide. Your guide will point out, among many aspects of animal behavior, the fascinating way that elephants communicate with subtle interactions. Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro National Park supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park, it’s dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually been seen here. Any Northern Tanzania Safari should ideally include a visit to Ngorongoro Crater: it is one of the most beautiful natural wildlife safari sites in the world and an exceptional place to interact with people from the Maasai tribe. Return to Crater Forest camp for Dinner and Overnight.

Main Destination:Ngorongoro Crater   (Tanzania)
Accommodation:
Rhino Lodge- Ngorongoro
  • Mid-range tented camp located just outside Ngorongoro
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 6: Ngorongoro / Serengeti

Leave camp after breakfast for the drive to Serengeti National Park, passing through rich farmland until reaching the lush montane forests of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Crater Highlands. After ascending and descending the rift escarpment, we'll stop first at Olduvai Gorge, one of the world’s most famous fossil and archaeological sites, dating back two million years and where many finds of early humans were discovered. Tour the Olduvai Museum before having a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, continue game-viewing in the Serengeti. Undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, the Serengeti is home to the highest density of animals in the world as well as being unrivalled for its natural beauty, diversity and scientific value. During your daily game drives you’ll witness the annual ancient drama of life, death and rebirth in this primeval wilderness. The Serengeti National park is a arguably the best known wildlife sanctuary in the world with over 3 million large mammals. About 35 species of plains animals can be seen there including the “big 5” - Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Leopard and Buffalo. Other common species found here includes hippo, giraffe, eland, impala and other antelope types, baboons, monkey and a profusion of over 500 species of birds. In May or early June, huge herds of wildebeest, gazelle and zebra begin their annual spectacular migration northwards. In their wake follow predators, lion, cheetah and wild dogs with vultures circling overhead! Spend two nights in Ikoma tented camp.

Main Destination:
Serengeti National Park   (Tanzania)
Accommodation:
Serengeti simba lodge 
  • Mid-range tented camp located just outside Serengeti NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 7: Serengeti game reserve

After breakfast, early morning game viewing as the animals begin to stir, an option of a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti’s boundless plains for a different perspective on the wildlife action. Watch as early morning activities begin: hippos return to water after foraging for food in the dark; elephants rustle through trees in search of breakfast; and lions amble back from a hunt with wide, yellow eyes. During an afternoon game drive, watch for cheetahs, crocodiles and leopards.The Serengeti is the "other side" of the famous wildebeest and zebra migration in the unit that consists of the Maasai Mara in Kenya and the Serengeti in Tanzania. Divided by a borderline that the animals are luckily not aware of, this wonderful piece of earth is home to the world's greatest concentration of wildlife. The Serengeti National Park is a must-do if you want to experience the extraordinary spectacle of the migration. The great waving open grasslands supply food to thousands of wildebeest and zebra with others like buffalo, elephant, giraffe, and gazelle and antelope species thrown into the mix. Cattle belonging to Masai tribesmen dressed in their traditional red robes also compete with the wildlife for their grazing. The migration typically follows a circle route from Masai Mara in the north to the south of the Serengeti and back to repeat the process over and over. This prospective safari involves timing, since these movements does not occur on exact dates and varies from year to year. Stay overnight at Ikoma tented camp.

Main Destination:
Serengeti National Park   (Tanzania)
Accommodation:
Serengeti simba lodge 
  • Mid-range tented camp located just outside Serengeti NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 8: Serengeti

After breakfast, full day game viewing in Serengeti, the best of East Africa’s game can be seen in the park, and with its high number of resident carnivores, the opportunity to find lion, cheetah and leopard is unparalleled, that combine with over two million wild beast, mankind their journey every year to the Masai Mara less than a kilometer from the lodge makes an encounter. Serengeti is also a best place for exiting bush events, including hot air ballooning over the plains at sunrise, or dinning in the bush under Africa’s star-studded night sky. Serengeti is also a best place for exiting bush events, including hot air ballooning over the plains at sunrise, or dinning in the bush under Africa’s star-studded night sky. Serengeti national park, is where the best of East Africa’s game can be seen in this park, and with its high number of resident carnivores, the opportunity to find lion, cheetah and leopard is unparalleled, that combine with over two million wild beast, mankind their journey every year to the Masai mara .The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest park. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the southeastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat. Return to the lodge / camp for Dinner and Overnight.

Main Destination:
Serengeti National Park   (Tanzania)
Accommodation:
Serengeti simba lodge 
  • Mid-range tented camp located just outside Serengeti NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 9: Serengeti / Masai mara

Early morning breakfast, check out and drive to Masai mara via Isbania border. On arrival, you will clear with the immigration as our driver guide will be waiting to Meet you for vehicle exchange. Say goodbye to your Tanzanian guide and cross Over the border back to the Kenyan soil, proceed to Masai mara, which forms the Northern part of the Serengeti.

You will enjoy picnic lunch enroute and enroute game drive in masai Mara to arrive at your camp for dinner and overnight.

Main Destination:
Masai Mara National Reserve   (Kenya)
Accommodation:
Mara river lodge 

https://www.marariverlodge.co


  • Mid-range tented camp located just outside Masai Mara NR
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 10: Masai mara

After breakfast, you will have a full day to spend in this vast game reserve. You can either have a morning and afternoon game drive, or have breakfast and then head out on a full-day game drive with picnic lunches. Masai Mara is known as one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves, situated in south-west Kenya. It is famous for the abundance of the big cats – lions, leopards, cheetahs – and also for the Masai people, well known for their distinctive culture. Soak in the abundance of untamed wilderness, fresh and natural scenery, filled with exotic wildlife during our expertly guided game drives enjoyed in open vehicles. Africa has a long history of capturing the imagination of travelers, a continent of dramatic contrasts that gives you an unforgettable and remarkable experience whether it’s in an amazement of watching thousands of wild beasts struggling across a rushing river that is littered with crocodiles waiting for their prey, makes the world’s premier wildlife spectacle. The afternoon is spent on a game drive in search of the black manned lions which the park is famous. Lion making a kill can be witnessed in the late afternoon or a leopard in a tree enjoying the meal he has dragged up to avoid disturbance and detection. This reserve has hilly savanna, rolling grasslands, gallery forest on the Mara River and its tributaries. The ‘big five’ are positively represented here. The large predators are the lion, leopard and cheetah. The smaller predators are the hyena and jackal. The large herbivores are the elephant, rhino, Burchell’s zebra, hippo, buffalo and giraffe. The smaller herbivores are the antelope and bucks. The Maasai ostrich, the world’s largest bird is also found in the park.The advantage of a private safari is that you only need to take your own wishes and those of your travel companion into account. Lunch is served picnic style in the bush, an amazing experience! Back at the camp you enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. In the evening you can exchange your stories of today’s adventures during dinner or while having your favorite drink at the bar. 

Main Destination:
Masai Mara National Reserve   (Kenya)
Accommodation:

https://www.marariverlodge.co

  • Mid-range tented camp located just outside Masai Mara NR
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 11: Masai mara

After breakfast, full day exploring the park in search of the Big 5 with a possibility of seeing the annual wildebeest migration that takes place from July to September every year. Optional hot air Balloon safari can be arranged at an extra cost of US$ 400 per person. Masai Mara is arguably Kenya’s most popular game sanctuary. It is the most famous and most visited game reserve in Kenya. The film ‘Out of Africa’ was made to a great extent in this reserve. Virtually every type of wildlife can be seen at the Mara. A spectacle worth seeing is the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle from Serengeti plains across the Tanzania border and the Mara River to reach Masai Mara grazing fields from late June. The dramatic crossing of the river and the preying on the migrants by predators can be viewed from early July to August. The reserve abounds with bird-life since dose to about 452 species have been recorded.

Optional activities includes: 

Baloon safari: USD 420 Per Person

Early morning balloon safari you drift above the browsing game and have tremendous opportunities for unusual photographs. What could be more uplifting than an early morning safari in a hot air balloon flying over vast plains of Africa? Witness an African Sunrise a plethora of wildlife roams the land beneath you. At the end of the flight you land on the plains in the midst of this enchanting Savannah champagne, breakfast is laid   out with the aroma of sausages, eggs and bacon sizzling over charcoal fire. Drive leisurely Fashion with game viewing on your way back to your camp or lodge.  » Duration: 1hr flight

Masai village visit:  USD 20 per person

You can visit a maasai village to see their traditional life. Photography is NOT prohibited here. A maasai guide at the village will escort and explain to you in English about their lives. It takes about 2 hours including the return transfers by us. » Duration: approx.2hours, starting at 10:00AM

A maasai lady will give you a lecture on how to make a beaded bracelet at our library. It will be one of your souvenirs once completed. The lecture takes about 3 hours.

Hot air balloon safaris are readily available in this park.

Main Destination:
Masai Mara National Reserve   (Kenya)
Accommodation:

https://www.marariverlodge.co

  • Mid-range tented camp located just outside Masai Mara NR
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 12: Masai Mara / Lake Nakuru

Breakfast then depart for Lake Nakuru National park arriving in good time for lunch at the camp later afternoon game drive.
Lake Nakuru is a shallow alkaline lake on the edges of Nakuru town. The lake is world famous as home to millions of flamingos. The number of flamingos depends on the water level which determines the quantity of algae on which the birds feed. Flamingos are known to migrate to other Rift Valley lakes whenever the water level is low. The National Park surrounds the lake and was gazetted to protect the colony of flamingos as well as provide sanctuary for endangered species such as the rhino. There are about 25 white and black rhinos, one of the largest concentrations in the country. Predators are also residents to this park while Rothschild’s giraffe have been trans-located into the park for safety. Return to the camp for Dinner and Overnight.

Main Destination:
Lake Nakuru National Park   (Kenya)
Accommodation:
Lake Nakuru lodge 
  • Mid-range tented camp located just outside Lake Nakuru NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 13: Lake Nakuru / Lake Naivasha

Have an early breakfast and check out as you head to Lake Naivasha arriving at Lake Naivasha Resort in time for lunch. You can spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure – you may want to do some of the optional activities offered in Lake Naivasha, such as bird walks and boat rides payable directly at the resort. 

Optional activities which includes: a visit to Hell's Gate National Park, characterized by diverse topography and geological scenery. The park is home to a profusion of plains game and birdlife. Walking is permitted, making it ideal for hiking, biking, and rock climbing.  Lake Naivasha is a   beautiful freshwater lake, fringed by thick papyrus. The lake is almost 13kms across, but its waters are shallow with an average depth of five meters. Afternoon wind and storms can cause the Lake to become suddenly rough and produce high waves. Much of the lake is surrounded by forests of the yellow barked Acacia Xanthophlea, known as the yellow fever tree. These forests abound with bird life, and Naivasha is known as a world class birding. The waters of the lake draw a great range of game to these shores. Giraffes wander among the acacia, Buffalo wallow in the swamps and Colobus monkeys call from the treetops while the Lakes large hippo population sleeps the day out in the shallows. 

Optional Excursions in Lake Naivasha

1 hour boat ride :-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------USD 30 per person
2 hours walking safari on Crescent Island Sanctuary :----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- USD 50.-per person
Walking /biking safari at Hells gate national park : ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------USD 55.- per person.

Main Destination:
Lake Naivasha  (Kenya)
Accommodation:
Lake Naivasha Resort
  • Mid-range tented camp located in or near Lake Naivasha
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 14: Lake Naivasha / Nairobi

After breakfast, depending on your onward flight arrangements and schedules, you may have more optional activities undertaken in Lake Naivasha, Later the tour returns to Nairobi arriving in the afternoon. Driver to drop you at your hotel or transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Main Destination:
Nairobi  (Kenya)
Accommodation:
No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included
  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
  • You'll be dropped off at the airport (or hotel).

Included

  • Park fees (For non-residents)
  • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Excluded

  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Some meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)