On this extensive Kenya & Tanzania Budget Lodge Safari you go to top East African game reserves for world-class game viewing!
Explore the open plains of the vast Serengeti Park, Tanzania's most famous game park and the Big Five Ngorongoro Crater, Africa's Garden of Eden. Enjoy superb game viewing in Tanzania's beautiful Lake Manyara and Tarangire national parks, travelling through the Great Rift Valley.
Spend two days on game drives in Kenya's Masai Mara Reserve, home to the Great Migration, the world's largest animal migration. Go to Lake Nakuru National Park and see abundant bird life and animals, then visit Amboseli Park, renowned for close encounters with its huge elephant herds with the scenic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Experience real African culture in Tanzania's less-visited Lake Victoria region taking in the magnificent scenery of Tanzania and Kenya as this affordable lodge safari journeys through East Africa's magical wilderness areas.
After a short tour briefing our East African Lodge Safari begins and we head out southwest toward Tarangire National Park.
This little known park is part of the Northern Safari Circuit game parks. Home to one of the largest elephant populations in Tanzania, as well as a large variety of wildlife, Tarangire Park is one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in northern Tanzania. The Tarangire River flows through the park and attracts the diverse animal population as well as many birds. During the rainy season animals migrate to the park from surrounding areas and amongst the many browsers and grazers are the hungry big cats. The park is home to tree climbing python, lion and leopard.
We spend the late afternoon traversing this landscape dotted with baobab and acacia thorn trees in search of the wildlife, followed by our first overnight stay at a tented camp a short drive from Tarangire National Park.
We stay in luxury, en-suite tents with verandas that look out over Lake Burunge and Tarangire beyond. Facilities at the safari camp include a pool, and main lounge and dining/bar area raised on a wooden deck so that guests can enjoy the views. Sit back and relax with sundowners as the sun sets over the lake and surrounding bush, or sidle up to the cosy fireplace on chill nights.
We head to Lake Manyara National Park, a third of which is covered by the shallow, soda lake after which it is named. Entering the park we set off on an extensive game drive. Lake Manyara Park is known for its tree-climbing lions and the large flocks of flamingos and other waterbirds that gather here in some rainy seasons. This small park hosts large baboon troops and elephant herds across its diverse habitats, along with numerous other animals. Hippos, zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, impalas, monkeys, warthogs and wildebeest are often spotted on game drives here. Lake Manyara Park attracts over 400 species of birds making it a birding delight.
After our game drive, we continue up into the highlands enjoying spectacular views over the plains and Lake Manyara, pausing to take photos.
On our second night we stay at one of the beautifully located Tanganyika Wilderness Adventure Lodges. Set close to a coffee estate about 30 minutes from the entrance gate of the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, the lodges offer lovely views over the lush crater highlands. If there is time after our arrival we may take a walk in the coffee plantations.
Meals: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Today we travel to Africa's Garden of Eden, the world famous Ngorongoro Crater. Ngorongoro Crater is one of the Northern Tanzania Safari Circuit destinations, as is our next stop, the Serengeti Park.
We are up early for breakfast at dawn, then we descend the steep walls of the crater to the wildlife-rich floor below.
Ngorongoro, part of the Serengeti ecosystem, is a massive caldera spanning an impressive 18 km in diameter with walls as high as 600m. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the densest mammalian population in Africa, at around 25,000 large animals.
The diverse habitats found on the fertile crater floor support a variety of wildlife, including elephant, monkey, hyena, jackal and herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and other antelope species. The Ngorongoro Crater hosts the Big Five of Africa, boasting one of the highest concentrations of lions in the world.
Ngorongoro offers first-class game viewing and is considered one of the best places to capture the endangered black rhino on film. In the early afternoon we move on from the crater to the seemingly endless Serengeti Plains.
Tanzania's Serengeti Park is world famous for the annual Great Migration. This unforgettable, spectacular sight of vast herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle migrating across the plains with hungry predators lurking not far behind is truly amazing.
Tonight we stay at a tented camp, located just outside of Serengeti Park. The traditional tented camp offers comfortable camping accommodation near Serengeti, close to the untamed African bush and its wildlife in the heart of the Serengeti ecosystem.
The camp features safari style tents with en suite bathrooms, electric lights and mosquito netting.
Our day starts at sunrise, the best time of day for game viewing. We go out on a Serengeti game drive following which we return to camp for a hearty breakfast.
Alternatively you can pre-book a hot-air balloon flight over the rolling Serengeti Plains and game spot from a different perspective. After the optional balloon ride (extra cost) participants are treated to a champagne breakfast in the bush.
Serengeti National Park offers spectacular game viewing year round, being home to healthy populations of Africa's Big Five - rhino, lion, buffalo, elephant and leopard as well as huge numbers of various antelope species such as eland, topi, kudu, impala, oribi, waterbuck and gazelle.
Cheetah, hippo, giraffe, serval cat, crocodile, hyena and a rich array of other wildlife including numerous monkey, mongoose and rodent species also inhabit the Serengeti, along with over 500 bird species!
There is also the option of taking a guided trip to the visitor's centre with a representative of the Frankfurt Zoological Society in the morning. The knowledgeable guide can tell you about the work this organisation has been involved in for the last thirty years in Serengeti (advise when booking).
We enjoy some more rewarding game viewing in the afternoon before returning to our safari lodge for another night in the African wilderness. You will stay another night at the tented camp near Serengeti Park, surrounded by the bush and sounds of nature at night.
Today we journey towards Lake Victoria game viewing as we travel through the Serengeti National Park. We head to the shores of Lake Victoria, Africa's largest lake and the second biggest lake in the world.
We stop awhile at Lake Victoria to catch a glimpse of this less-visited very fertile area of Tanzania. The region around the lake is the most densely populated in Tanzania and here we get the unique opportunity of seeing the local way of life and encountering Tanzanian people in this less touristed spot.
Watch the local fishermen as they bring in their catch and visit a rural community school in this off-the-beaten-track corner of Tanzania that most tourists never get to visit.
Tonight you will overnight at a pleasant lodge set on a peaceful 100 hectare property on the shores of Lake Victoria. Lodge features include a restaurant, bar and lounge and accommodation is in en suite thatched bungalows set apart along the lake shore for privacy.
First breakfast, then out onto the lake in a boat to see the locals fishing in old-fashioned style.
We cross the border today from Lake Victoria as we drive to the world-renowned Masai Mara of Kenya.
Home to the largest lion populations of Africa's game reserves, all of the big cats are to be found in the Mara in large numbers throughout the year and not just during the migration.
The annual Wildebeest Migration can be witnessed in this spectacular game reserve - an unforgettable wildlife spectacle with over two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle stampeding over the scenic plains as they migrate between Tanzania's Serengeti and the Masai Mara in Kenya.
The 1510km² Mara Reserve is home to an impressive variety of wild animals, including numerous antelope species, rhino, giraffe, hippo, crocodile, elephant, hyena and an incredible array of birds.
On day six of this affordable African wildlife safari we overnight in luxury tents along a thicket that fringes the escarpment. The camp offers fantastic views over Mara and hosts antelopes and zebra, along with prolific bird life.
The next two days are dedicated to exploring the phenomenal Masai Mara game reserve in open-sided 4x4 vehicles in true safari style.
Accompanied by an experienced safari guide we embark on a full day's game viewing drive in search of the Big Five and other wildlife roaming the Masai Mara. As well as the Big 5 the Mara is home to cheetahs, hyenas, bat-eared foxes, Masai giraffes, gazelles, elands, hartebeests and roan antelopes.
We drive to the River Mara, a meeting place for birds and wildlife year round. During the rainy season the great migration takes place, from July to October, when the river swells to several times its normal size.
Tens of thousands of hoofed beasts plunge into the raging River Mara, where crocodiles lie in wait for an opportunity, as the animals make the dangerous crossing.
We sleep at a safari camp set inside the Maasai Mara National Reserve, near the Mara River, known for the annual wildebeest migration. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, gift shop, lounge and swimming pool.
Stay in permanent canvas tents with brick-walled en suite bathrooms on raised wooden platforms, overlooking the wilderness.
After an early breakfast, we head north through Kenya to Lake Nakuru, our next stop on this safari.
Early in the afternoon we arrive at this shallow soda lake in the Great Rift Valley. Lake Nakuru is a bird watcher's paradise, attracting a wide range of water birds and others, numbering over 450 species.
Of the numerous birds here, flamingoes are the most famous, sometimes flocking to the lake shores in huge numbers to form a visual sea of pink.
The Lake Nakuru National Park set around the lake, is home to plenty of big mammals, warthogs and baboons, as well as black and white rhinos.
We stay in luxurious tented rooms at an eco-lodge inside the Lake Nakuru National Park, set amid lush landscaped gardens featuring indigenous plants.
We leave tranquil Lake Nakuru behind after breakfast to head south to Nairobi, Kenya's capital.
We expect to arrive in Nairobi in the early afternoon, where our guests are free to relax at their hotel or explore this bustling city and experience its fast pace. Visit the national museum, lively local markets, the Karen Blixen museum or pretty Uhuru gardens.
We spend the night at a comfortable hotel on leafy grounds in Nairobi, near the city centre and a snake park. Facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool, gym, lounge, bar, restaurant and gardens.
Today, after breakfast, we continue to Amboseli National Park, near the Tanzanian border. Amboseli is thought to be the best place in Africa to get up close to the 1000 free-roaming elephants resident here.
With snow-capped Kilimanjaro as a backdrop, Amboseli is ideally situated to photograph the wild elephants. Amboseli is also home to the traditional Maasai people of this region.
We keep an eye out for Africa's wildlife as we drive to our overnight lodge, located along the eastern side of Amboseli National Park where elephants roam. The lodge looks out onto majestic Mount Kilimanjaro and the plains of Amboseli.
Features include a guest lounge, dining area, swimming pool and massage treatments.
Today we drive through Amboseli Park, towards Tanzania to the south, game viewing en route.
We travel back to Arusha, completing our Kenya & Tanzania Budget Lodge Safari. We transfer you to the Arusha or Kilimanjaro airport for your onward travel.
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