An African safari touches something deep within all of us, for it is an experience that will never be forgotten. The following two safari options follow the same route and combine intriguing cultures, beautiful landscapes and an excellent opportunity for spotting the Big-5. The driver-guides are all very experienced and will certainly make this safari feel special.
This is a scheduled tour and starts on a specific date. Scheduled tours are available for those who wish to travel in groups and offer a more affordable option. However, they are customisable on an individual basis, for a slightly higher rate, if you prefer not to travel in a group.
13 days / 12 nights – Nairobi • Masai Mara • Lake Nakuru • Amboseli National Park • Lake Manyara • Serengeti National Park • Ngorongoro Crater National Park • Tarangire National Park
Nairobi – Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya.
Masai Mara – All members of the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, African elephant, African buffalo, and Black Rhinoceros) are found in the Maasai Mara .
Lake Nakuru – The park supports a wide ecological diversity with Flamingos (Greater and Lesser) and other water birds being the major attractions of the area.
Amboseli National Park – The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants.
Lake Manyara – Somewhere in the middle of the rolling grasslands of Tanzania, against the dramatic angles of the Rift Valley Escarpment and the overlooking Lake Manyara stands The Lake Manyara Wildlife Camp.
Serengeti National Park – Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing.
Ngorongoro Crater National Park – Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera within the area, is recognized by one private organization as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.
Tarangire National Park – Located slightly off the main safari route, Tarangire National Park is a lovely quiet park in Northern Tanzania that is most famous for its elephant migration, birding and quiet authentic safari atmosphere.
Day 1: Nairobi
Upon arrival in Nairobi, you will be met and transferred to the hotel, an African-theme resort providing deluxe accommodation in 64 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and indigenous forest. Spend the afternoon at leisure and enjoy a great night at the Safari Park Hotel, only 10km from the city centre and 20km from the international airport.
Day 2-3: Masai Mara
Leaving Nairobi after breakfast, you’ll travel towards Kenya’s fertile highlands and head down the Rift Escarpment. You’ll pass the impressive Longonot earth satellite station as you head across the Valley to Narok, and then travel across acres of wheat and barley, before you reach the Masai Mara in time for lunch. Following lunch and a siesta, there is an afternoon game drive returning to your lodge, in the Oloolaimutia Valley, as the sun sets.
The next day, enjoy spectacular early morning and afternoon game drives and overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge.
Day 4: Lake Nakuru
Leaving the Masai Mara after breakfast, you’ll travel across the ‘breadbasket’ of Kenya, where acres of wheat and barley litter the landscape as you head north to Narok, the district headquarters of this part of Maasailand. You’ll then travel across the vast plains of the Rift Valley, and up the Mau Escarpment, before arriving at Lake Nakuru Lodge for lunch. After lunch enjoy an afternoon game drive in Nakuru National park before continuing to Lake Nakuru Lodge for the night, in the heart of one of Kenya’s most densely populated wetland National Parks, two hours’ drive from Nairobi.
Day 5-6: Amboseli National Park
After an early breakfast you will leave Rift Valley behind, you continue towards Nairobi and collect picnic lunch from Nairobi and then head south towards Amboseli. Enjoy a picnic lunch with an afternoon game drive in the park enroute to the Amboseli Sopa Lodge, on 200 acres of private land on the foothills of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. In the morning, you will depart after a sumptuous breakfast for a full day game drive, enjoy a hot picnic lunch at a picnic site returning to the lodge later in the day.
Day 7: Lake Manyara, Tanzania
After breakfast, you continue the journey to the Tanzania border post and then on to Arusha for lunch. After lunch, drive across the Masai Steppe to the Great Rift Valley. Here, your hotel, the Lake Manyara Serena Lodge, is perched high on the rim overlooking the park and Great Rift Valley below. The bar and restaurant offer guests both indoor and outdoor seating at each meal, with sumptuous menus, buffets and barbecues, alongside authentic African dishes.
Day 8-9: Serengeti National Park
After breakfast enter your safari vehicle and spend the morning exploring and driving through Lake Manyara National Park. About midday return to the lodge for lunch and then depart for Serengeti National Park with some game viewing en route arriving at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge, in the Nyarboro Hills in the south west of the Serengeti National Park, as the sun begins to set. Next day, enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the Serengeti National Park, exploring this famous park and all that it has to offer. You’ll spend another night here.
Day 10-11: Ngorongoro Crater National Park
After breakfast you depart for Ngorongoro, viewing game across the Serengeti plains, stopping at Olduvai Gorge en route. After a picnic lunch continue towards the crater with a visit to a Masai Village. In the afternoon continue to the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater for dinner and an overnight stay. Enjoy a safari within five minutes of leaving the lodge, as the park gate is very close.
The next day, a highlight awaits you as you depart to explore what is the world’s largest so-called natural wildlife zoo. After breakfast, descend through early morning mists and 2,000 feet into the Ngorongoro Crater, the World’s largest intact volcanic caldera, and enjoy a picnic lunch. You return to the lodge in the late afternoon for dinner and overnight.
Day 12: Tarangire National Park
Departing Ngorongoro Crater after breakfast, you head south east to Lake Manyara, Mto wa Mbu village and Tarangire beyond. Back at the Tarangire Sopa Lodge, have lunch and perhaps a swim, and spend the remainder of the afternoon on a game drive. The park is recognised as one of the best parks on the northern circuit for elephant viewing during the dry season.
Day 13: Nairobi
Depart Tarangire after breakfast and drive back to Arusha arriving in time for lunch. After lunch you continue the journey by road to Nairobi arriving in Nairobi late afternoon and proceed for dinner in Nairobi city centre before drop off at JKIA airport or City Centre Hotel.