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Best of Kenya and Tanzania Safari

Best of Kenya and Tanzania Safari

BEST OF KENYA AND TANZANIA SAFARI

Trip duration

15 days/ 14 nights

The Best of Kenya and Tanzania Safari can be combined with our Mombasa Beach Holidays.

 

 

DAY 1: ARRIVAL – NAIROBI, THE AFRICAN SAFARI CAPITAL

Our Best of Kenya and Tanzania Safari will start in Kenya’s tourism capital, Nairobi. We shall arrive via the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where our Tour Leader will be ready to receive us and kick start our journey. We shall then head to our hotel in Nairobi, where we shall check in.

On this day, if we have an early arrival, we may explore local attractions around Nairobi. The city has a national park at its edge, making it one of the special conservation cities globally. Indeed Nairobi is the best place to start your African safari. Otherwise, we can relax and enjoy the nice Nairobi weather from our hotel.

Night in Nairobi.

DAY 2: SCHOOL VISIT AND ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK – MT. KENYA REGION

We shall begin our Best of Kenya and Tanzania Safari in the Mt. Kenya region. On the way we shall visit a local school where we interact with the students and teachers; to see how a local school runs. The school we visit is one of our sustainability partners and we have supported several projects in the institution. The school visit also helps us learn about the education system used in East Africa – with the Kenyan programme as an example.

We shall then spend an afternoon of game drives in the amazing Aberdare National Park. This Park runs the expanse of a majestic mountain range on the eastern edge of the Rift Valley. The park has a great stretch of alpine moorland vegetation, mainly above 3,000m. This great landscape has led to the park’s nick-name:- “Majestic Peaks, Moorlands and Intriguing Falls”.

There is a thick tropical forest, with deep ravines and dissecting riverine gorges. At certain areas, these rivers form majestic waterfalls, which leave a sight to be desired. Many animals occupy this beautiful place and species of mammals such as African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Bush Duiker, Common Bushbuck and Giant Forest Hog can be expected.

Night at Aberdares.

DAY 3: OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY AND SWEETWATERS CHIMPANZEE SANCTUARY – EQUATOR CROSSING

Our Best of Kenya and Tanzania Safari will continue exploring the vast Mt. Kenya region. We shall drive to the Equator stop, where we enjoy some photos before proceeding to Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

We shall then enjoy beautiful game drives at East Africa’s largest Black Rhino sanctuary. We shall be keeping an eye for other mammals such as Cape Buffalo, Grevy’s Zebra, Savannah Elephant, Spotted Hyena, Striped Hyena, Patas Monkey, Beisa Oryx, African Wild Dog, Bohor Reedbuck, Reticulated Giraffe, Jackson’s Hartebeest, White Rhino, African Lion, Leopard and Cheetah. Birds here include the Grey Crowned Crane and White-bellied Bustard.

We shall also enjoy time at the Chimpanzees Sanctuary, which is the only place to see these Great Apes in Kenya- a key highlight on our Best of Kenya and Tanzania Safari. Another highlight of Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the Northern White Rhinos Sanctuary- there are only two individuals left on Earth; and both are hosted at Ol Pejeta. This rhino experience is a highlight of our Best of Kenya and Tanzania Safaris.

Night at Aberdares.

DAY 4 AND 5: AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK – MT. KILIMANJARO

Leaving early, we shall then head to Amboseli National Park, where the Best of Kenya and Tanzania Safari adventure will continue. This amazing place is regarded as one of Kenya’s Premium Parks, and is located at the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The park is graced by mighty Savannah Elephants, and hosts the longest and most famous elephant research program in the entire World.

The mammals here are great indeed (including Lions, Cheetah, Caracal, African Civet, Lesser Kudu, Yellow Baboon, Blue Wildebeest and Maasai Giraffe); and we shall take time to enjoy them for the next leg of our Best of Kenya and Tanzania Safari. The local birds are great and we shall be hoping to enjoy many species.

Nights in Amboseli.

DAY 6: AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK TO ARUSHA – MT. MERU AND COFFEE GROWING EXPERIENCE

We shall exit Amboseli National Park with a safari drive; as we enjoy more animals. On the way out we often find Kirk’s Dikdiks, Maasai Giraffe, Savannah Elephant and Gerenuk. We shall also drive across the dry bed of Lake Amboseli; which is one of the famous seasonal lakes in Southern Kenya.

We shall then proceed to the Tanzania border where we shall cross over and change vehicles. We then proceed to Arusha town, at the foothills of Mt. Meru; where our safari continues.

This evening will be spent at a coffee estate where we shall learn more about the growing of Tanzanian coffee. Sip a warm cup of locally-grown coffee as you relax at the foothills of Mt. Meru.

Night in Arusha.

DAY 7 AND 8: LAKE MANYARA AND NGORONGORO CRATER – THE GREAT RIFT VALLEY

Leaving early, we shall enjoy a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, at the edge of the Great Rift Valley. We shall be looking out for the local tree-climbing lions and diverse primates. We hope to also enjoy flamingos and other birds along the lake shores. We shall then climb the wall of the Great Rift Valley into the Ngorongoro Highlands.

We shall enjoy the next day at the beautiful Ngorongoro crater, which is a major highlight on our Best of Kenya and Tanzania Safari. The mighty Ngorongoro is indeed an amazing place. It is known as one of the wonders of Africa. Descending down the crater floor takes you through great scenery and you get to experience the local Euphorbia tree varieties.

Herds of wild animals are plenty inside the crater as well as wonderful views of the crater walls. Look out for African Lions, Black Rhinos, Common Zebras, Cheetah, assorted Gazelles, Nile Hippos and White-bearded Wildebeests.

Nights in Ngorongoro.

DAY 9 AND 10: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK; VIA OL DUVAI GORGE MUSEUM

We shall then make our way to a phenomenal pre-historic site, the Ol Duvai or Ol Dupai gorge. This site has led to multiple archaeological and paleontological discoveries; and is often a highlight on our Best of Kenya and Tanzania Safari. Home to the great work by Louis and Mary Leakey, this is a phenomenal destination. Some famous discoveries here include Zinjanthropus, Homo habilis and Homo erectus. You will get to learn all about the work going on at the site in a very interactive way.

We shall then proceed to Serengeti National Park; where our next leg of the safari takes place. We shall enjoy game drives in this wonderful park as we enjoy the scenery of these vast plains. We shall spend time looking around some of the famous rock outcrops, often referred as Kopjes. Look out for animals such as Leopard, Cheetah, Cape Buffalo, assorted Gazelles, Maasai Giraffe, Wildebeest, Common Zebras, Savannah Elephant and African Lions.

Here you shall also get an opportunity to learn all about the famous Serengeti migration and get to follow in the steps of the Wildebeests in a lovely Kopje rock, modelled to imitate the migration cycle. This experience is a great highlight on all our Best of Kenya and Tanzania Safaris.

Nights in Serengeti.

DAY 11: LAKE VICTORIA

We shall drive through Western Serengeti as we enjoy more wildlife. We shall then exit Serengeti and drive to the nearby Lake Victoria shores. We shall enjoy our lunch here and then relax by the lake shores as we take in the great views. Sunsets over Lake Victoria are always a great sight and we shall be hoping for a clear sky tonight.

Indeed, Lake Victoria is always a highlight location on our Best of Kenya and Tanzania Safaris.

Night at Lake Victoria.

DAY 12, 13 AND 14: MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

We shall then head to the Masai Mara National Reserve. We shall drive through the Isebania border where we change vehicles; and begin our next leg of the Best of Kenya and Tanzania Safari.

Renowned for the annual wildebeest migration, which is often regarded as the 8th Wonder of the World, Masai Mara National Reserve is the crown of our Best of Kenya and Tanzania Safari. Considered the ultimate wildlife haven in Kenya and arguably the best safari destination in Africa, this reserve has a lot to offer.

From all members of the Big 5 (African Lion, Black Rhino, Cape Buffalo, Leopard, Savannah Elephant) to the numerous herbivores grazing the landscape in huge herds, Masai Mara is indeed amazing.

We shall spend the next days of our Best of Kenya and Tanzania Safari learning about this magical destination with our safari guide. Enjoy interesting game drives as you track the Big 5, the Big Cats- Lion, Cheetah and Leopard and much more.

There will be an optional Maasai Village visit on one day- this is one of Africa’s best preserved cultures and you will have a chance to learn about their way of life.

Here you can also take part in an optional balloon ride across the beautiful Masai Mara plains. This is followed by a scrumptious breakfast and cocktail party; all set up in the bush, with great views of the Masai Mara. This is an exciting optional activity during our Best of Kenya and Tanzania Safari.

Nights in Mara.

DAY 15: MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE TO NAIROBI

On this day, we shall enjoy an early morning game drive in Masai Mara. We shall then head to Nairobi, cruising across the Great Rift Valley.

Later, we head to the airport; marking the end to our Best of Kenya and Tanzania Safari.

 

 

Highlight mammals and others

Leopard, African Lion, Cheetah, Black Rhino, White Rhino, Savannah Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Nile Hippopotamus, Nile Crocodile, Maasai Giraffe

Highlight birds

Kori Bustard, Secretarybird, Saddle-billed Stork, Lilac-breasted Roller, Great White Pelican, Lesser Flamingo, Greater Flamingo

Habitats covered

Savannah, Highland Forest, Wetlands, Alpine Moorland, Mountain Heather Vegetation

Photographic opportunities

Excellent

Special moments

Masai Mara, Mt. Kenya views, Mt. Kilimanjaro views, Lake Victoria, African Big Five, Ol duvai Gorge, Coffee Experience, the Great Rift Valley, cultural experiences, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Chimpanzees, Northern White Rhinos, School Visit