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The ultimate game viewing safari package - combining two of the top picks in Africa: Masai Mara and Serengeti Park, with top highlights in Kenya and Tanzania.
This family-friendly Budget East African safari explores the legendary Masai Mara Game Reserve first. Going game viewing on the plains and rolling hills of Masai Mara in search of Africa's Big 5, along with an abundance of other wildlife, is an incredible African experience. Then we travel to Lake Nakuru National Park, known for its black and white rhinos, Rothschild giraffes and amazing birdlife.
Next we camp on the shores of Lake Victoria, before venturing into the world-famous Serengeti National Park. On our adventure in Serengeti we get to see the vast open savannahs of this world-famous game park inhabited by an awe-inspiring abundance of wildlife.
Lastly, we visit the game-rich Ngorongoro Crater to encounter high concentrations of animals in its diverse habitats. Then we drive to Arusha and back to Nairobi, where this affordable Masai Mara & Serengeti Family Camping Safari ends.
This Masai Mara & Serengeti Overland Family Safari departs for Masai Mara Game Reserve, from the mega-city of Nairobi. We drive from the capital of Kenya into Maasai lands where these semi-nomadic people can be seen herding livestock in their striking robes. The noble Maasai are the most famous tribe of East Africa, traditionally living in the Great Rift Valley regions of Kenya and Tanzania.
We might spot some wildlife as we drive through Maasai country via Narok. Our first overnight camp on safari in East Africa is located along a stream which forms a natural border with the world-famous Masai Mara Reserve. As the Masai Mara is an unfenced wilderness area we may encounter wildlife at the camp itself. The local guides keep a watchful eye out for predators, ensuring our safety at this wild camp overlooking the Meguarra Hills.
On day two we are up early for our first game drive in the magnificent Masai Mara. Our exhilarating game drive takes us into this quintessential African wilderness in search of free-roaming wildlife.
Our game drives in Masai Mara usually yield rewarding sightings, often including Africa's Big Five - lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant. We cross the open plains and undulating hills, with patches of acacias, riverine trees and bushes, taking in the beautiful savannah scenery. This Kenyan game reserve hosts high numbers of big cats, making it a good place to see cheetahs, as well as lions and leopards. Other wildlife includes herds of antelopes, zebras, wildebeest, giraffes and buffalos, and an array of healthy populations of smaller mammals and other creatures (reptiles, birds, insects etc).
During the annual Great Migration, also known as the Wildebeest Migration, massive herds of a million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle are frequently seen crossing the rivers and plains at full speed. Between about July and October we have the chance of seeing this natural spectacle in action - with masses of stampeding herbivores attracting a host of predators! It is easy to see why Masai Mara is considered one of Africa's most famous game parks, seen as the original African safari destination, by many a traveller.
At the end of an eventful day in the African bush, we watch a captivating sunset over the wilderness, put our feet up and relax around the campfire.
Today we leave the legendary Masai Mara Game Reserve, driving up to another of Kenya's safari highlights - Lake Nakuru National Park. This national park was originally a bird sanctuary, later being declared a national park in order to protect rhinos (black and white) and Rothschild's giraffes.
We stay at the campsite of a non-profit group that runs the local orphanage. Here you can visit the orphanage to meet the kids and see how the organization is helping to feed, clothe and care for them.
This morning we embark on a game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park - a good place to black and white rhinos, waterbuck, buffalos, giraffes and zebras, as well as large pythons. When conditions are right, huge flamingo flocks have been known to gather in the shallow waters of the soda lake. Predators - lions, leopards and cheetahs and others - can also be spotted here, along with the commonly sighted baboons and warthogs. Lake Nakuru is a birder's paradise - not only attracting flamingoes but a diversity of water birds, raptors and herons.
Tonight we camp at the non-profit run campsite close to Lake Nakuru Park again.
After breakfast on day five of our Masai Mara & Serengeti Family Camping Safari we set off overland, heading south towards Tanzania.
We drive up into the Gusii Highlands of Kenya where plantations and lush hills make for pretty scenery. We travel to Kisii and Kericho, the main economic and trade hubs in this equatorial tea and coffee growing region. Here we top up on supplies and get a good night's rest before our journey takes us into Tanzania.
On day six we cross from Kenya into Tanzania, East Africa's next most famous safari destination. We drive through dramatic scenery to the part of Lake Victoria that falls in northern Tanzania. Lake Victoria is the largest tropical lake in the world, covering an area of 68 800km² in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.
Our campsite tonight is located along the shores of this massive African Great Lake in the small fishing town of Musoma.
Day seven - time to explore Serengeti National Park, one of the finest wildlife havens on earth.
We pick up supplies and continue to Serengeti Park driving through the more remote western corridor after lunch. Our safari campsite is situated in the middle of Serengeti, so we enjoy game viewing en route. Serengeti National Park covers some 14 800 km² of the greater Serengeti Ecosystem, of which Masai Mara is a part. The famous Great Migration also takes place in Serengeti Park, with huge herds of herbivores moving between Masai Mara and Serengeti along age-old migratory routes.
Our camp in Serengeti is unfenced so animals are free to come and go - a real African bush experience. Fall asleep to the sounds of nocturnal wildlife and the natural environment.
We are up early on day eight for a game drive in the southern and central regions of Serengeti National Park. Our game drive takes us across the seemingly endless plains - a vast, wild landscape of open horizons.
Game viewing in Serengeti is an incredible experience - where an amazing abundance of wildlife can be seen roaming across the "endless plains" as the name Serengeti means. Serengeti, like Mara, is also known for its big cats and the Great Migration of wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelles in dizzying numbers. We are almost sure to come across an abundance of wild animals, from antelope to wildebeest, lion to hyena, including the famous Big Five, of course.
At lunchtime, we leave Serengeti National Park and drive up to the nearby Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Tonight we stay at a basic camp on the outer rim of the crater at about 2000m above sea level, where temperatures are cooler, so bring warm clothes.
On the morning of day nine, we drive down into the Ngorongoro Crater enjoying breathtaking views on our way down to the floor. This World Heritage Site is one of the best places to see wildlife in Africa.
The crater forms a large bowl-like landscape with walls up to 600 m high - a 20 km wide depression hosting some of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unflooded caldera (volcano crater) in the world and is often called the Garden of Eden given its rich flora and fauna. The natural wonder of the Ngorongoro Crater is home to diverse habitats - open savannahs, acacia forests, soda lakes and freshwater lakes.
We encounter a high concentration of animals on our game drive - including rhinos, the remainder of the Big Five and many more. After our remarkable game drive in Ngorongoro Crater we drive to the next campsite near Arusha.
After breakfast on day 10 we drive north, crossing back into Kenya and returning to Nairobi.
Reaching Nairobi in the late afternoon our Masai Mara & Serengeti Family Camping Safari ends and we part ways, having experienced the African journey of a lifetime.
This budget African Camping Safari begins in Nairobi, Kenya and travels to Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya, as well as Tanzania's Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, before ending back in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Masai Mara & Serengeti Family Camping Safari departs from Nairobi in Kenya, early in the morning. Should you wish to explore Nairobi, an earlier arrival is recommended. We offer a free night of pre-tour accommodation in shared dorms or you can upgrade your accommodation through African Budget Safaris.
This itinerary should be used as a guide only and may vary from day to day depending on road & weather conditions, political situations and group decisions. All prices & Local Payments are subject to change. Due to Tourism Laws in some of the countries we visit, there may be a safari truck and crew change during the trip.
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