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21 Days, Best of Kenya & Tanzania Wildlife Safari

Highlights:

Places of interest in Kenya: Amboseli National Park, Meru National Parks, Samburu Game Reserve, Buffalo Springs National Park, Aberdare National Park, Lake Bogoria Game Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park & Maasai Mara 

Places of interest in Tanzania: Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara & Tarangire National Park

Activities: Wildlife viewing, photography, birding, visiting local communities, hot air balloon safari, e.t.c.

Transport: Customized 4x4 safari vehicles with open roof for better game viewing and photography

Accommodation: Camps inclusive of meals

Summary of Kenya attractions:

Amboseli National Park: This Park is also known as Kilimanjaro's Royal Court.  The ecosystem mainly consists of savannah grassland spread across the Kenya-Tanzania border. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants among other wildlife species. Other attractions of the park include opportunities to meet the Maasai and spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Activities available in this park include game viewing, camping, viewing Mt. Kilimanjaro, bird watching and photography. Attraction sites within the park include the big five, the observation hill which allows an overall view of the whole park especially the swamps and elephants, the swamp below observation hill hosts many elephants, buffaloes, hippos and a variety of water fowls like pelican, Egyptian goose as well as the contemporary Maasai culture and indigenous lifestyle.

Meru National Park: This is a Kenyan game park located east of Meru, 350 km from Nairobi. It has abundant rainfall resulting in tall grass and lush swamps, which make it difficult to spot game. It has a wide range of wild beasts like elephant, hippopotamus, lion, leopard, cheetah, black rhinoceros and some rare antelopes. Meru was one of the two areas in which conservationists George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness made famous in the bestselling book and award winning movie "Born Free". Elsa the Lioness is buried in this park and part of Joy's ashes were scattered on her gravesite. Joy Adamson released Pippa the cheetah in this park. Some of the touristic attractions include the home of George and Joy Adamson and Elsa the lioness, Adamson's Falls, views of Mount Kenya, rivers and riverine habitats and the Tana River. Other animals which reside in this park include the rare Grevy's Zebra, Eland, Bush Pig, Waterbuck, Reticulated Giraffe, Bohor Reedbuck, Hartebeest, Python, Puff Udder, Cobra, Buffalo and more than 300 recorded species of birds.

Samburu National reserve is a wildlife haven. Here you will spot Africa's big cats-lions, cheetahs and the elusive leopard. Some animals are unique to this northern Kenya Park; gravy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, kudus and gerenuk. The Ewaso Nyiro River, the boundary with the neighboring buffalo springs national reserve, is where the elephants buffaloes and other animal species gather for a drink. You will find the scenic semiarid landscape quite dramatic. The reserve is located within the lands of the colorful semi-nomadic Samburu tribesmen.

Buffalo Springs National Reserve is separated from the Samburu National Reserve by the Ewaso Nyiro River. It is however less hilly and less dense than Samburu but equally attractive. The Reserve takes its name from an oasis of limpid crystal clear water at the Western end of the Sanctuary. There is also numerous bird life including the Somali Ostrich which dominates the plains. Larger than its southern relative, the Maasai ostrich is more easily distinguished by its indigo legs and neck. Next in size is the Koori Bustard who stands a meter high. His behavior is unpredictable, at times running or crouching at the first sign of danger. An unexplained phenomenon is the presence of the Common Zebra in Buffalo Springs and the absence of the species in the Samburu, just across the river.

The Aberdare National Park: The Aberdare National Park covers the higher areas of the Aberdare Mountains of central Kenya. The topography is diverse with deep ravines that cut through the forested eastern and western slopes. Animals easily observed in the park include; the Black Rhino, leopard, baboon, black and white Colobus monkey and Sykes monkey. Rarer sightings include those of lions, the golden cat and the bongo- an elusive forest antelope that lives in the bamboo forest. Animals like the eland and serval cats can be found higher up in the moorlands. Activities that can be enjoyed in this park include picnics, trout fishing in the rivers and camping in the moorlands. Bird viewing is rewarding, with over 250 species of birds in the park, including the Jackson's Francolin, Sparry hawk, goshawks, eagles, sunbirds and plovers.

Lake Bogoria is not often visited by tourists and yet it has stunning scenery. Bogoria is a soda lake hence does not have any outlet. Intense evaporation has led to high levels of salt and minerals. Beautiful and captivating hot springs and baths provide a natural spa for visitors in as much as they are dangerous. The lake has an absence of fish due to high salt levels but its waters contain the blue-green algae which tend to attract thousands of flamingoes seasonally and turn the shores pink. Bushy grasslands surround the lake and visitors can spot a variety of animals here including the buffalo, zebra, impala, greater kudu, leopard, gazelle, caracals, klipspringers and dik dik.

Lake Nakuru National Park: The Park lies in the Great Rift Valley and comprises of the lake, surrounded by mainly wooded and bushy grasslands. The park supports a wide ecological diversity with Flamingos (Greater and Lesser) and other water birds being the major attractions of the area. Other attractions include other water birds including a variety of terrestrial birds numbering about 450 species in total, white rhino, waterbuck, giraffe, buffalo and others. There are three spectacular view-points within the park which include lion hill, baboon cliff and Out of Africa, among some scenic hills which include Enasoit, Honeymoon and Lion hill ridge. The Makalia waterfalls are also a major attraction within the park, located close to a public campsite. However, during the dry season, the falls produce very little water.

The Maasai Mara National Reserve is Kenya's finest wildlife reserve. Everything about this reserve is outstanding. Maasai Mara is one of the best plains' game reserve where you can actually encounter a live Discovery Channel, a haven for viewing a congregation of all sorts of animals in a five-mile radius: A pride of lions can be spotted ready to make a run for a gazelle, a cheetah and its cub taking a nap on a rock, a pair of ostriches walking the open stretches of the savannah or a gazelle giving birth. Herds of elephants wallowing at a water pool or a herd of buffaloes feeding, crocodiles down hunting the migrating wildebeest or the migrating gazelles. Other live feeding expeditions may include a herd of hyenas fighting for a hunted meal, the vulture tearing the carcasses and the giraffes galloping as they feed on top leaves of acacia trees.

Summary of Tanzania attractions:

Serengeti National Park is the staging-zone for one the most spectacular events in the natural world: the annual migration of millions of wildebeest. This commences around June when over 1 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle head for the Maasai Mara in Kenya in search of pasture. They are followed closely by the predators of the savanna- lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures. The Serengeti also has over 500 species of birds.

The first view of the Ngorongoro Crater is breath taking. The huge caldera (collapsed volcano) covering 25 km in size and 600m deep is an amazing site of the crater. The crater is home to Tanzania’s only remaining Black Rhino population. The elephant, Hippo, Zebra, Antelope, Gazelle, and small creatures such as frogs, snakes and serval cats are also common in this beautiful reserve. The Maskat Soda Lake located inside the crater is a great attraction for flamingos and other water birds making the crater a bird watcher’s haven.  The crater is also known for its rich history.  It is believed that the earliest sign of mankind (the homo-habilis) was spotted here. It is in this crater that hominid footprints are preserved in a volcanic rock 3.6 m years old.

Situated inside Lake Manyara National Park, the Lake Manyara is home to large numbers of flamingos, pelicans, storks and plentiful bird life; thus the park is regarded as the birding paradise of Tanzania. The park is also home to hippos that can be observed at a close range. The hot springs that trickles into shallow waters during the wet seasons and retreats into striking white soda deposit in its wake during the dry season is a major attraction in the park.

Located along Arusha-Dodoma road, Tarangire National Park covers an area of 2600 km2. The park derived its name from Tarangire River which crosses the Park lengthwise, giving support to a large wildlife population. During the dry season thousands of animals including wildebeest, zebra, Eland, Elephant, Buffalo, Hartebeest and others migrate from the dry land of Maasai steppe to the Tarangire River followed by their predators. The park is home to vast vegetation and animals.

Day to Day Program:
Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi – Amboseli National Park

Meet and greet on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by “Victoria Safaris Representatives”.  Thereafter receive a short briefing about your safari which gives you a clear idea on the places you are going to visit as well as the accommodation arrangements. After the briefing, you will be escorted to your vehicle and be driven to Amboseli arriving at the foothill of the majestic Kilimanjaro in time for lunch at the camp. After lunch, you will spend the rest of the day in the company of your guide who will help you explore the park which has the largest herds of free ranging elephants. Amboseli has been made famous by Earnest Hemingway’s who fell in Love with its majestic landscape on the background of the highest mountain of Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro. Elephants, lions, zebras, giraffe, warthog, antelopes, cheetah among others can be seen.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Kibo Safari Camp or similar

Day 2: Amboseli National Park

After breakfast, spend the day exploring this ecosystem which mainly consists of savannah grassland spread across the Kenya-Tanzania border.  You will also visit the observation hill which allows an overall view of the whole park especially the swamps and elephants, the swamp below observation hill hosts many elephants, buffaloes, hippos and a variety of water fowls like pelican, Egyptian goose as well as the contemporary Maasai culture and indigenous lifestyle.  Cultural visits to Maasai villages can also be organized at an extra cost of $20 per person. In the evening you will be transferred back to the camp for rest, dinner and overnight.

Lunch, dinner and breakfast at Kibo Safari Camp or similar

Day 3: Amboseli National Park – Nairobi

After breakfast you will explore the park with a morning game drive before checking out and departing back to Nairobi arriving for lunch at the Pampa Grill Restaurant. After lunch, you will spend the afternoon visiting the Giraffe Centre and the Animal Orphanage for a brief tour of the two facilities. The Giraffe Centre is home to the endangered Rothschild Giraffe and families of warthog. The Animal Orphanage exposes you to the different kinds of wildlife that you are most likely to see in the Kenyan parks. After the tour, you will be taken for dinner at the famous Carnivore Restaurant, which offers a wide variety of meat cuisine such as ostrich, crocodile, camel, beef, chicken and pork. After the dinner, you will be driven to your hotel for check in and rest.

Bed & breakfast at Kivi Milimani Hotel or similar

Day 4: Nairobi – Meru National Park

After breakfast you will check out of the hotel and depart to Meru National Park driving through beautifully farmed lands and the Central & Eastern Provinces. You will stop shortly at the Equator for photos before proceeding to your camp for check in and lunch at the camp. After lunch, you will depart for a tour of the park which is home to lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, buffalo, zebra and others. After the game drive you will be driven back to the camp for dinner and rest.

Lunch, dinner and breakfast at Murera or Kinna Bandas or similar

Day 5: Meru National Park
Spend the day in Meru National Park enjoying the remote wilderness of this beautifully located park. Meru’s birds are abundant in number and very colorful. Common river birds include the ibis, black bellied sunbirds, starlings, hornbills as well as the herons. The park is little visited and utterly unspoilt and this makes it a paradise for lovers of solitude and silence. If you wish, you may depart for a cultural tour of the nearby Meru homesteads at a small negotiable cost in the company of the local guide.
Lunch, dinner and breakfast at Murera or Kinna Bandas
or similar

Day 6: Meru National Park – Samburu Game Reserve

After breakfast, you will check out of your camp and be driven to Samburu, the land of the most exotic wildlife not found anywhere else other than in northern Kenya, as they only dwell above the equator. You will approach the semi-arid landscape and arrive at your camp for check in and lunch before proceeding for an afternoon game drive which gives you an opportunity to explore the park in the company of your expert driver / guide. Samburu is home to the rare and exotic wildlife species such as the Gerenuk, Rothschild Giraffe, Gravy’s Zebra, endangered Samburu monkeys, Beisa Oryx and large elephant herds.

Lunch, dinner and breakfast at Game Trackers Camp or similar

Day 7: Samburu Game Reserve

Spend the day within this reserve viewing wildlife, birds and enjoying the natural ecosystem that exists within this park as you view and photograph the scenic landscape which characterizes this park. The park also offers optional rides on the back of a camel under the guidance of a professional camel guide. If you so wish, you may visit the Samburu villages for a cultural visit and spend some time with the hospitable and colorfully decorated Morans amidst traditional songs and dances.

Lunch, dinner and breakfast at Game Trackers Camp or similar

Day 8: Samburu Game Reserve – Buffalo Springs National Reserve

After breakfast you will exit the park and be driven to another one of Kenya’s “rough north parks”, the nearby Buffalo Springs Reserve, which only separates Samburu through the Ewaso Nyiro River. Proceed to explore the river ecosystem where the bulk of the wildlife gathers around its forested banks. The river also draws large herds of elephants which are attracted by the promise of water. During the dry season, the elephants use their tusks to dig deep into the dry river beds unearthing the water and in the process forming water holes, which in turn become focal points for other game. In the evening you will be transferred back to the camp for rest, dinner and overnight.

Lunch, dinner and breakfast at Game Trackers Camp or similar

Day 9: Buffalo Springs National Reserve – Aberdare National Park

After breakfast, you will depart from your camp and be driven from the wild north to the central highlands of the Aberdare Ranges. You will arrive at your camp for check in and lunch before departing for a tour of the scenic park which is home to the eland, spotted serval cat, colobus monkey, the elusive bongo and golden cat. If you wish you may also indulge in trout fishing in the rivers and watching birds which are very plenty in this beautiful ecosystem. After the tour of the park you will be transferred to your camp for rest, dinner and overnight.

Lunch, dinner and breakfast at Sapper Hut Camp or similar

Day 10: Aberdare National Park – Lake Bogoria National Reserve

After breakfast you will depart from the camp and be driven from the park to Lake Bogoria which is another famous bird watchers paradise. The lake is also home to flamingo and pelicans, as well as the legendary hot springs and geysers which emit hot vapor from the cores of the earth, producing very hot moisture which is hot enough to boil an egg!! The shores of the lake are also dotted with grazers such as the zebra, impala, buffalo, greater kudu and others. In the evening, you will proceed to your camp for rest, dinner and overnight.

Lunch, dinner and breakfast at Lake Bogoria Spa Resort Campsite or similar

Day 11: Lake Bogoria National Reserve – Lake Nakuru National Park

After breakfast you will check out of the camp and be driven to Lake Nakuru which is also another bird watchers paradise and whose shores are lined with fuchsia pink flamingos.  You will have lunch upon arrival at the camp and proceed to explore the park, which is home to flamingo, pelican and the endangered rhino species. You will also visit the scenic baboon cliff and lion hill for photography of the park from an aerial point. In the evening you will be transferred back to the campsite for rest, dinner and overnight stay.

Lunch, dinner and breakfast at Lake Nakuru Backpackers Camp or similar

Day 12: Lake Nakuru National Park – Maasai Mara

Enjoy an early morning pre breakfast game drive for an opportunity to spot the early risers as they start off the day, if lucky, you might witness an action packed hunt going on, which is a very common occurrence in Nakuru Park. After breakfast at the camp, you will check out and be driven to the Mara Reserve, which is home to the big five, plains game and numerous bird species.  You will arrive at the Mara for check in and late lunch at your camp before proceeding for an afternoon game drive.  You will spend the afternoon within the park in the company of the expert guide who will show you the best places to view most wildlife. September is also the season when there are most animals within the park as a result of migrating wildebeest which arrive in the Mara starting in July, returning to the Great Serengeti in October.

Lunch, dinner and breakfast at Manyatta Camp or similar

Day 13 & 14: Maasai Mara

Spend these days within the Mara Reserve, home to the big five and numerous plains game. You will also visit the Mara River Ecosystem which is teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile, in the heart of Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve. It offers the best game and bird-viewing not only in Kenya, but anywhere in Africa. The views across the rolling golden grasslands studded with acacia trees, rivers and forests are dazzling, the sense of space overwhelming.  You will explore the park and the vicinity, gently blending into the surrounding wilderness which remains in its virgin condition, while the landscaped gardens filled with indigenous trees at the back which draw a great variety of birds and butterflies. Optional activities available in the Mara reserve include but are not limited to the following:

Cultural visit to the Maasai village ($20 per person):

Early in the morning before breakfast, depart from the camp and visit a nearby Maasai Manyatta / Maasai village / Maasai Homestead, popularly known as “Enkang” in the Maasai Language, for a cultural tour. You will have an opportunity to intermingle with the colorful Maasai tribesmen amidst traditional songs and dances or folklore. These homesteads are made from cow dung and wooden sticks, fenced by a thick round thorn bush fence. The fence protects the people and their cattle from attacks by wild animals and rival tribes. Women are the ones responsible for putting up these homes. Each homestead consists of several houses arranged in order of ranking from the eldest members of the community to the youngest ones. Women also try to earn a living by making and selling traditional ornaments and curios such as necklaces, sandals, clothing, bracelets, chokers, and others. The tour ends after an hour when you return to the lodge for breakfast.

Hot air balloon ride ($450 per person):

In the Maasai Mara it is possible to enjoy a hot air balloon ride. These balloons take off at dawn to avoid the heat which develops as the day progresses. They drift high over grazing herds which cannot be accessed by vehicles. After approximately an hour’s flight, a gentle landing is followed by a champagne-style bush breakfast on the landing site, where pilots and passengers toast yet another memorable experience.

Lunch, dinner and breakfast at Manyatta Camp or similar

Day 15: Maasai Mara – Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, check out of the camp with packed picnic lunch for departure to the Great Serengeti via the Isibania border point. You will enjoy game drives en route. You will proceed with the immigration formalities before venturing into the Great Serengeti, where the driver hands you over to our Tanzania representative. Proceed to your camp for check in, with game drives en route arriving in the evening.

Packed picnic lunch en route

Dinner and breakfast at Seronera Camp or similar

Day 16: Serengeti National Park

Spend the day within the Great Serengeti which is home to numerous plains game and predators such as the big five, giraffe, hyena, Thompsons Gazelle, packs of wild dogs, zebra, jackal, cheetah and many others. You may opt to carry packed lunches so that you may avoid wasting time which will be spend driving back to the lodge for meals. In the evening, you will be transferred back to the camp for rest, dinner and overnight.

Lunch, dinner and breakfast at Seronera Camp or similar  

Day 17: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, you will check out of the camp with a final morning game drive which gives you an opportunity to see the park one last time as you proceed to the Ngorongoro conservation area. The ecosystem is rich in wildlife, birds and beautiful scenery which offer you the most memorable photographs of the African sunrise and sunset. You will arrive at your camp located at the rim of the crater in time for check in and lunch. After lunch you will spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure touring the vicinity of the camp and enjoying bird watching. If you wish, you may be accompanied by a naturalist or a local guide who will show you around the area at a small negotiable fee.

Lunch, dinner and breakfast at Simba Camp or similar

Day 18: Ngorongoro Crater Tour

After breakfast you will depart from your camp with a packed picnic lunch and depart for a tour of the crater floor. You will spend the day within the crater which is home to the big five, plains game and different bird life. The Ngorongoro is a large, broken and unflooded collapsed mountain which formed as a result of volcanic activity. Because of this, it is the most beautiful and breath-taking natural wonder of the world. In the evening you will ascend to the crater rim where you will spend the night and rest as you wait for the next day’s adventure.

Lunch, dinner and breakfast at Simba Camp or similar

Day 19: Ngorongoro Crater – Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast, you will check out of the camp and exit the park and be driven to Lake Manyara National Park, home to flamingo and the rare tree climbing lions.  On the way, if you wish, you may stop shortly at a local village for a cultural tour before proceeding for check in and lunch at the camp.  Guided nature walks in the company of a naturalist can also be arranged at an extra cost.  You will spend the rest of the day enjoying game viewing within the park.  You may also enjoy a canoe ride in the tranquil and beautiful waters of the lake.

Lunch, dinner and breakfast at Fig Campsite or similar

Day 20: Lake Manyara National Park – Tarangire National Park

After breakfast you will enjoy a tour of the park as you exit and be driven to Tarangire arriving for lunch at the camp. After lunch you will explore the park which is normally very dry and sun baked by the glaring sun which sucks most of the moisture from the soil. The Tarangire River has shriveled to a shadow of its wet season, but is chocked with wildlife and is dotted with thirsty nomads who have wandered for hundreds of kilometers looking for water. In the evening you will be transferred back to the camp for rest, dinner and overnight.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Maramboi Camp or similar

Day 21: Tarangire National Park – Arusha – Kilimanjaro Airport

After breakfast you will explore the park one last time giving you an opportunity to spot the elephants, migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala and gazelle, as well as Tarangire’s pythons which climb trees, as do its lions and leopards lounging in the branches where the fruits of the sausage tree which disguise the twitch of a tail. After the game drive you will depart from the park and be driven to Arusha where you will have lunch on arrival. After lunch, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport to board your international outbound flight to your next destination.

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Cost: Cost depends on the number of clients and period of travel.

Cost Inclusions:
- All airport transfers
- Services of an experienced tour driver / guide throughout your safari
- Services of a safari chef to prepare meals during your safari
- Accommodation and meals in camps as mentioned above
- Transport in a private fully equipped safari vehicle (either minibus or 4x4) with open roof
- All picnic lunches where applicable and bed & breakfast while in Nairobi
- All park entry fees and game drives in Kenya and Tanzania as mentioned
- Flying doctors emergency evacuation insurance
- Applicable government taxes and service charge

Cost Exclusions: 

- International or local flight fares and departure taxes
- Items of personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, email, e.t.c.
- Personal travel insurance
- Optional activities such as balloon safari, guided nature walks, cultural tours, e.t.c.
- Drinking water while on safari
- Tipping for guides / any other person
- Visa entry fees
- Beverages, soft drinks or alcoholic drinks, e.t.c.
- Optional activities not included or specified in the program

 

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