14 Days Samburu – Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara – Amboseli – Lake Manyara – Serengeti – Ngorongoro – Tarangire Kenya-Tanzania Safari
Day 1: Nairobi – Samburu
Drive north through to the northern frontier district and on to Samburu National Reserve. Afternoon game drive in this reserve famous for its exclusive game viewing. Dinner and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge, or similar.
Day 2: Samburu Game Reserve
Full day at Samburu with morning and afternoon game drives.
There are a wide variety of animal and bird life seen at Samburu Game Reserve. Several species are considered unique to the region, including its unique dry-country animal life: All three big cats, lion, cheetah and leopard, can be found here, as well as elephants, buffalos, Uaso Nyiro River contains large numbers of Nile crocodile. Other mammals frequently seen in the park include gerenuk, Grant’s gazelle, Kirk’s dik-dik, impala, waterbuck, Grevy’s zebra, Beisa oryx and reticulated giraffe as well as over 400 species of bird. These include Somali ostrich, grey-headed kingfisher, sunbirds, bee-eaters, marabou stork, tawny eagle, bateleur, vulturine guinea fowl, lilac-breasted roller, palm nut vulture, red-billed hornbill, secretary bird, Verreaux’s eagle, superb starling, yellow-billed hornbill and vultures.
Day 3: Samburu – Lake Nakuru
After breakfast depart for Lake Nakuru arriving in time for lunch. After lunch relax for a short time before embarking on an evening game drive. Return to the lodge/camp for dinner and overnight at either Lake Nakuru Lodge or Flamingo hill Tented lodge.
Day 4: Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara
After breakfast depart for Masai Mara – the land of vast migrating animals. Arrival will be in time for lunch. After lunch embark on an evening game drive for a chance to see the Big Five as well as the other numerous wild animals who resident in this park. Dinner and overnight at Mara Serena/Sopa Lodge.
Day 5: Explore Masai Mara
Breakfast will be followed by a full day of game drives in the park for an opportunity to see and experience the jungle life firsthand. Dinner and overnight at Mara Serena /Sopa Lodge.
The Masai Mara is one of the best known and most popular reserves in the whole of Africa. During the wildebeest migration you can see thousands of animals, at other times there are still hundreds of animals in the park. The plains are full of wildebeest, zebra, impala, topi, giraffe, Thomson’s gazelle. Also regularly seen are leopards, lions, hyenas, cheetah, jackal and bat-eared foxes. Black rhino are a little shy and hard to spot but are often seen at a distance.
Hippos are abundant in the Mara River as are very large Nile crocodiles, who lie in wait for a meal as the wildebeest cross on their annual quest to find new pastures.
Every July (or sometimes August), the wildebeest travel from Tanzania’s Serengeti plains, northwards to the Masai Mara and the Mara River is the final obstacle. Over 450 species of birdlife have been identified in the park among them 57 species of birds of prey, including vultures, marabou storks, and hornbills, crowned cranes, ostriches, long-crested eagles, and African pygmy-falcons. These birds are prolific and come in every size and color including common but beautiful ones like the lilac breasted roller and plenty of other large species like eagles.
Day 6: Masai Mara – Nairobi – Amboseli
You depart in the morning and drive towards the Kenya/Tanzania border, through the border post of Namanga, en route to Amboseli National Park, Game viewed enroute to arrive in time for lunch, proceed for afternoon gamed rives. Dinner and overnight stay at amboseli Serena Lodge.
Full day in Amboseli dedicated to morning, mid-morning and afternoon game drives. All meals and overnight stay at amboseli Serena Lodge.
Amboseli is renowned for its large herds of free-ranging African elephants. There are over 900 African elephants in Amboseli, as well as huge herds of wildebeests and many other animals including giraffes, African lions, monkeys, zebras, hyenas and antelope.
Day 8: Amboseli – Arusha – Lake Manyara
After breakfast, we drive into Tanzania via the Namanga border. We also pass through Arusha for lunch and proceed to Lake Manyara National Park for afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge.
Day 9: Lake Manyara – Serengeti
Early morning game drives then return to the lodge for breakfast. We break the camp and proceed to Serengeti passing through Olduvai Gorge, the archeological site of the Leakey family. Meals and overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge.
Day 10 & 11Serengeti National park
Full day in Serengeti dedicated to morning, mid-morning and afternoon game drives. All meals and overnight at Serena Serengeti Lodge.
Serengeti is easily Tanzania’s most famous national park, and it’s also the largest, at 14,763 square kilometres of protected area that borders Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Park. It is the Migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous. Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. So strong is the ancient instinct to move that no drought, gorge or crocodile infested river can hold them back. The Wildebeest travel through a variety of parks, reserves and protected areas and through a variety of habitat. Join us to explore the different forms of vegetation and landscapes of the Serengeti ecosystem and meet some of their most fascinating inhabitants.
Day 12: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater Via Olduvai gorge
Early morning breakfast then descend to the crater with picnic lunch for a full day crater tour, you will be taken 2000ft down the crater by a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Explore the crater before ascending back to the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
The Ngorongoro crater is the world’s biggest whole volcanic caldera at 8300 sq km and is arguably the most stunning arena. It is frequently described as one of the wonders of the world, not only because of its geological magnificence, but also because it serves as an extraordinary natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s largest populations of large mammals. Ngorongoro and other free standing mountains are volcanic in origin, formed during the fracturing process that created the Rift valley 15 to 20 million years ago. When it peaked in size 3 million years ago it was a similar height to Mt. Kilimanjaro today.
After breakfast depart for Tarangire National park for a full day game drive with dinner and overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge.
Day 14: Tarangire – Arusha – Nairobi
Wake up for an early morning breakfast. After breakfast drive to Arusha town arriving by noon and connect a shuttle bus to Nairobi for a drop off at your hotel or the airport where the safari ends.