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Visit East Africa's top game parks in Kenya and Tanzania. Exploring these famous African game reserves over ten days makes for an incredible wildlife adventure!
This Budget East African safari starts and ends in Nairobi with the first stop being the legendary Masai Mara Game Reserve. We explore the rolling savannahs of Masai Mara, going in search of Africa's Big 5, along with an abundance of other wildlife. Then we travel to Lake Nakuru, where we visit an inspiring organization that runs a local orphanage. After game viewing in Lake Nakuru National Park, known for its rich birdlife and rhinos, we make our way towards Tanzania.
Next we camp on the shores of Lake Victoria and embark on exhilarating game drives in the world-renowned Serengeti National Park, famous for its annual wildlife migration. Our final wilderness stop is the wildlife-rich Ngorongoro Conservation Area from where we drive to Arusha and then Nairobi, where this affordable Masai Mara & Serengeti Overland Camping Safari ends.
A world-class African Wildlife Feast - at a great price!
The Masai Mara & Serengeti Overland Camping Safari sets off from bustling Nairobi, travelling southwest to the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya.
We travel into Masai country where these habitual pastoralists can be seen in their red robes, tending their cattle on the roadside. On the way to our overnight campsite we pass the town of Narok and hopefully spot some wildlife en route. Our safari camp overlooks the Meguarra hills and a meandering stream below that forms a natural border with the spectacular Masai Mara National Reserve.
The Mara Game Reserve is unfenced, so its wild animals are free to roam around in the surrounding wilderness areas, even entering our safari camp! The local ‘Askari’ keeps a look out for any unwelcome predators at camp, ensuring your safety.
Today we venture into the Masai Mara Reserve on our morning game drive shortly after sunrise. We spend the day driving through nature as it was intended to be - huge plains, rolling hills and an abundance of game matched nowhere else on earth.
We keep an eye open for the Big Five of Africa - elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion & leopard. If travelling between July and October, we may get to witness the impressive herds of over 1 million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle in their Annual Migration as they cross from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Following these herbivores are Africa’s predators that are often seen at a kill during this period.
The Masai Mara is well known as one of East Africa’s best game parks and is home to a wide variety of wildlife species. Our Masai Mara game drive takes us through a section of the vast park in search of the wild animals, reptiles and birds inhabiting this wilderness area.
At the end of the day we unwind around the campfire, admiring a beautiful African sunset over this wildlife haven.
On day three we drive northeast from Masai Mara towards the lovely Lake Nakuru National Park.
We overnight at a campsite run by a non-profit mission group that helps care for orphaned children. Here we visit the orphanage to meet the local children and see what the organisation is doing to help them. The orphanage provides orphaned children and teenagers with clothing, food, education and a home, giving them much needed support and care.
Today we head into Lake Nakuru National Park to explore this compact game reserve, best known for its impressive flamingo flocks.
We spend the day looking for the frequently sighted black and white rhino. This wildlife-rich Kenyan Game Park was established as a sanctuary for the resident rhino species. We search for the more elusive leopard, seeing giraffe, buffalo, antelope species and sometimes hippos too. At Lake Nakuru we also get to see the sea of pink flamingos that fringe its shallow shores, along with a diversity of other birds.
This evening we return to our camp at the mission, near Lake Nakuru Park.
Rise and shine for breakfast before we journey to Kisii and Kericho via the scenic tea plantations of Kenya.
Cash crops such as tea and coffee thrive in this equatorial area and these towns serve as the main commercial hubs in the Gusii Highlands of Kenya. We stock up on supplies and get some rest, before travelling into Tanzania tomorrow.
We overnight at a campsite set on the banks of Lake Victoria in the small fishing town of Musoma.
This morning, we head off to Tanzania's top game park, the Serengeti National Park, after stocking up on supplies for the next couple of days.
Entering the Serengeti National Park after lunch we pass through the less-visited western corridor, game viewing en-route to our campsite in the centre of the Serengeti Park. Without any fences surrounding our safari campsite we are truly in the midst of nature!
The Serengeti, meaning “endless plains” in Masai, is famous for its dazzling concentration of game, especially the big cats. Serengeti is also renowned for the Great Migration - an annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelles. The Serengeti National Park's famous annual migration sees millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle stampeding across the plains in search of greener pastures. The unique climate in this region ensures the continuous movement of migrating animals remains unchanged. The abundance of plains game in this area is truly astounding!
Tonight we camp in the untamed bush (no ablutions), falling asleep to the sounds of the wild African bushveld, punctuated by the calls of nearby nocturnal wildlife. We venture back into the Serengeti on an exciting morning game drive tomorrow, in search of the abundant wildlife inhabiting this captivating landscape.
In the morning we embark on a game drive through the Serengeti Park crossing the southern and central areas of this top Tanzania game park. We get to admire the endless rolling plains this vast park is famous for, as we drive. Keep an eye out for the iconic Big Five of Africa!
At lunch time we travel from the Serengeti Park to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and ascend the steep outer edge of the crater.
Tonight we camp (basic ablutions) up on the crater rim at about 2000m above sea level, where temperatures contrast sharply with the warmer plains below - bring your winter woollies for the cool nights.
This morning we head into the wildlife rich Ngorongoro Crater.
The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken, unflooded caldera in the world. The natural wonder of the Ngorongoro Crater has 600 m high walls and is 20 km wide. We enjoy breathtaking views from the Crater's rim, before dipping into this caldera to truly appreciate the grand scale of Ngorongoro from its floor. Exploring the plains of the Crater we are met with an impressive abundance of roaming wild animals.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area is home to almost every species of African animal and offers a unparalleled chance to sight an incredible concentration of East Africa's mammals, including elephant, rhino, buffalo, hippo, lion and plains game. The Crater encompasses open savannah grasslands, acacia forests and both soda and fresh water lakes. It is easy to see why the Ngorongoro Crater is called a ‘Garden of Eden’. This World Heritage Site boasts some of the best game viewing in Africa – including the elusive Black Rhino.
After our rewarding morning game drive in Ngorongoro Crater we journey to our campsite on the outskirts of Arusha where we spend the evening sharing our exhilarating Tanzanian wildlife experience.
After breakfast we travel back into Kenya arriving in Nairobi in the late afternoon.
In Nairobi we part ways after having experienced a trip of a lifetime on this Masai Mara & Serengeti Overland Camping Safari.
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 Overland 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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