A perfect 12-day getaway to several of Africa's finest game reserves, in both Kenya and Tanzania.
Begin your East African Safari in Nairobi, Kenya, visiting Mount Longonot from there. Camp on the shores of Lake Naivasha, exploring Hells Gate National Park before taking a boat cruise and enjoying tea at Elsamere. Then head into one of the top game parks in Africa - the epic Masai Mara National Reserve.
From Masai Mara cross the border into Tanzania and spend some time at Lake Victoria. Next, go game viewing in world-renowned Serengeti National Park and the game-rich Ngorongoro Crater where we may encounter Africa's Big Five and plenty of other wildlife. Lastly, experience Maasai culture in a Tanzanian village, before travelling to Arusha and then to Nairobi, back in Kenya.
An affordable cultural and wildlife journey of a lifetime to this majestic part of Africa.
This Masai Mara & Serengeti Exclusive Overland Safari begins at our first overnight hotel in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.
For those arriving early enough in the day, there are a variety of optional activities that can be arranged through the hotel, which is conveniently located in the heart of this busy city.
In the early evening there will be a pre-tour briefing at the hotel and then we enjoy dinner (own expense) at a local restaurant in Nairobi.
We leave the mega-city this morning, travelling north as we climb to the edge of the escarpment. We pause on the lip of the escarpment to take in the sweeping views over the Great Rift Valley of East Africa. Then we descend into the scenic Rift Valley and head to the Mount Longonot volcano.
Taking a hike in the Mount Longonot National Park this afternoon, we soak up the beautiful scenery and look out for wildlife and birds. We stop for a picnic lunch on our hike overlooking the entire escarpment.
From Mount Longonot it is a short drive to our campsite on the shores of Lake Naivasha. Spend the evening relaxing at camp and have dinner around the campfire.
Day three begins with breakfast at the camp on the shores of Lake Naivasha.
First, we drive to the nearby Hells Gate National Park to view the tall cliffs of the gorge and search for wildlife, including zebra, giraffe, buffalo and various antelope species. You have the option of exploring the national park by bicycle - an unusual way to experience the African bush.
After our visit to Hells Gate, we return to camp for lunch after which we take a boat cruise on Lake Naivasha. Enjoy a laid-back cruise, looking out for hippo and an abundance of birds. Later in the afternoon, we enjoy an afternoon tea at Elsamere, previously the home of Joy and George Adamson.
Visiting Elsamere, we get to learn more about the remarkable lives of these conservationists, made famous through the book and film Born Free. This evening we tuck into a delicious barbecue (braai) back at the camp.
We spend two nights at a comfortable lodge on the banks of the Mara River inside a private concession area, located next to the Masai Mara Reserve.
Today we get an early start, making our way into the world-famous Masai Mara. We spend a full day exploring this quintessential African safari destination on extensive game drives.
Our game drives take us in search of the abundance of wildlife that roams across the open plains and gentle hills, following the seasonal migrations where possible. The Masai Mara Reserve is best-known for the annual Great Migration that sees massive herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle moving across the savannahs in search of fresh grazing.
Kenya's leading game park, Mara is also famous for its impressive populations of Africa's big cats - lion, leopard and cheetah. The Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant) are commonly sighted throughout the year, in addition to all kinds of plains game.
At lunchtime, we have a picnic on the banks of the Mara River, home to hippos and huge crocodiles.
We say goodbye to the Masai Mara today, cross over the border into Tanzania and descend to the shores of Lake Victoria. Situated on the equator and straddling three countries, this is Africa's largest lake. Covering a large section of the Great Rift Valley, this lake provides livelihoods for the many local fishermen navigating its waters and the small businesses dotting its shores.
We spend some time here exploring the local markets, trading with the locals and relaxing at the lake. Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant and tonight we camp right on the shores of vast Lake Victoria.
Today we enter what is arguably the worlds most acclaimed wildlife sanctuary - Serengeti National Park. This epic East African game park hosts huge concentrations of plains game, numerous predators and prolific birdlife on its seemingly-endless savannah plains. The sweeping grasslands, dotted with acacia trees and roaming wildlife, epitomize the untamed Africa of movie scenes and safari dreams.
We spend the day game viewing in Serengeti, on Tanzania's Northern Safari Circuit, driving from west to east through the scenic bush. After our rewarding day of game viewing, filled with superb wildlife sightings, we spend the night at Seronera campsite.
Getting an early start, this morning we venture into Serengeti Park on an extensive full-day game drive. Our experienced guide will share his extensive knowledge of the park, its animals and their behaviours as we go in search of predators like lions and cheetahs, antelope, zebra, wildebeest and more.
We will stop for a picnic lunch before setting up camp within the park.
Today we enjoy a morning game drive before entering the Ngorongoro Conservation area. Here we encounter the traditional Maasai people - the most famous inhabitants of the East African Rift Valley region. We see the striking-looking Maasai, clad in red robes and herding their cattle amongst the wildlife. Meeting the Maasai is an unusual experience as these semi-nomadic people still follow lifestyles similar to their way of life centuries ago.
Tonight we camp on the edge of the Ngorongoro crater at the famous Simba camp overlooking the crater.
At dawn this morning we descend the steep walls into the crater in our smaller 4x4 safari vehicles. We spend the morning exploring this natural wonder with its sheer walls, diverse habitats and fertile plains. In the Ngorongoro Crater, it is possible to see almost every kind of African animal, including the rare black rhino, at close range. The crater hosts one of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the continent, offering some of the finest game viewing available.
We return to Simba camp for lunch before descending the escarpment to our camp in an established local village. Here we will camp for the night amongst the Maasai people of Tanzania.
On day 11 we get going early, driving to the town of Arusha, located at the foot of the beautiful Mount Meru. Spend the afternoon exploring this busy town and its bustling markets. Tonight we eat out (own expense) at a local restaurant, celebrating our memorable adventure through East Africa.
After breakfast on the final morning of this safari, we head north to Kenya. Sometimes we catch the shuttle bus for our transfer to Nairobi, alternatively, the tour vehicle is used.
This scenic journey passes through some spectacular rural scenery and on a clear day offers stunning views of the towering Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain. En-route to Nairobi city, the transfer stops at the airport for those catching onward flights, before continuing to the city centre of Nairobi where the tour ends.
To best enjoy this tour an open and flexible attitude is necessary. Road, weather, or other unforeseen conditions may necessitate changes to the itinerary and clients need to be prepared for this.
A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour. Visas for both Kenya and Tanzania are required for most nationalities, and clients are responsible for prearranging the visas with the respective authorities. Seasonal precautions against malaria are advisable. The recommended currency for this tour is the US Dollar and notes in small denominations should be brought along for expenses not included. A small day-pack is advisable.
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