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Tour Duration: 12 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 14 people
Destination(s): Kenya Tanzania
Specialty Categories: National Parks
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 6275 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 6720 US Dollar (USD)
Morning and afternoon Kenya Tanzania safari tours game drive are planned. This 15 Day Kenya & Tanzania wildlife safaris itinerary can be customized to have a Zanzibar Beach Holidays addon. It begins with adventures of Kenya Tours and ends with holidays in Tanzania. The Kenyan safari part takes you to Lake Nakuru, Amboseli and Masai Mara Game Reserve whereby the Tanzania safari package visits the Tarangire National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Ndutu migration area in Southern Serengeti.
Day 1: Arrival Nairobi, Kenya. Arrive at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 19:30 pm. Nairobi, the Capital City and business center of the Kenya Nation is the largest and most modern city in East and central Africa with a population of well over 3.5 million people. Nairobi was established just over 100 years ago during the construction of the Kenya/Uganda railway in the times immediately after the scramble and subsequent partition of Africa amongst the European powers. Over the years, Nairobi has grown into a vibrant, cosmopolitan city very much in touch with today’s world.
Interesting sites within Nairobi include the landmark Kenyatta International Conferene Centre, the Parliament Buildings, the Kenya National Museum, the Kenya National Archives, Karen Blixen Museum, AFEW’s Giraffe Centre, the Kazuri Bead Factory, Bomas of Kenya, the Nairobi National Park and numerous other very interesting touristic sites. A tour of Nairobi is never really complete without shopping for African artefacts. After clearing customs and immigration formalities, you will be met at the airport arrivals section by our representative and transferred to Jacaranda Hotel.
Day 2: Nairobi – Maasai Mara. After breakfast, you will be transferred to Wilson Airport where you will board the scheduled flight to Maasai Mara National Reserve (10:00/10:45). The 1510 sq. km Maasai Mara is one of the most famous wildlife reserves in the world with one of the highest concentrations of wild game anywhere in the universe. Maasai Mara open savannah, woodlands and tree-lined rivers is part of the Serengeti/Mara ecosystem which plays host to thousands of animals and bird species all year round. Wildlife includes large numbers of lion all over the park, cheetahs are easily found, elephant, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and numerous species of gazelle and other animals. The elusive leopard is regularly seen.
On arrival at the airstrip in Maasai Mara you will be met by an Ilkeliani Guide and transferred to camp. Ilkeliani, an exclusive luxury tented camp is centrally located within Maasai Mara on the banks of Talek river, a tributary of the great Mara River. The camp provides visitors with a genuine African experience in an environment little changed from the great white hunters strode the African bush. The 12 guest tents, each with its private viewing deck are situated on the banks of Talek River, under the luxury of indigenous trees and are spaced out to provide seclusion and privacy from each other. After checking in to your tent, lunch will be served at the restaurant. In the afternoon, you will join other camp guests on a scheduled afternoon game viewing drive. Dinner and overnight at Ilkeliani Camp
Days 3-4: Maasai Mara Game Reserve. You have two full days to spend in the ‘dotted plains’ of Maasai Mara enjoying this magnificent reserve’s flora and fauna on morning and afternoon game viewing drives in shared camp based vehicles. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included while personal nature items like drinks are charged as extras. Dinner & Overnight: Ilkeliani Camp.
Day 5: Maasai Mara/Arusha. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip for a schedule flight to Nairobi (11:00/12:15). Upon arrival at Wilson Airport, you will be met by our representative and assisted to connect to the scheduled flight to Arusha, Tanzania (12:40/13:35). Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International airport, you will be met by our driver and assisted through customs and immigration formalities. Thereafter, drive to Arusha the nerve center of East Africa, and getaway to several national parks in the north of the country.
Nestled between Mountt Meru and Mountt Kilimanjaro, Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge is located within a lush coffee plantation, 140 acres, with natural streams flowing through the property, from Mountt Meru. The lush vegetation and the magnificent views of the snow capped Mt Kilimanjaro and the looming Mt Meru, right in front of the lodge, is an absolutely awesome sight. This lodge is ideally located between Arusha town and Kilimanjaro International Airport, 27 km either way.
Day 6: Arusha – Tarangire National Park. After breakfast, drive to Tarangire National Park, the third largest national park in Tanzania. This delightful park, covering an area of 2,600 sq km was established in 1970, and it is the numerous baobab trees that will initially catch your eye. The Tarangire National Park derives its name from the Tarangire River that rises in the highlands of central Tanzania and winds its way through the game sanctuary. The river irresistibly lures the herds of plains migrants from the parched surrounding area to its shrunken – but permanent – brackish waters during the dry season.
The animals come by thousands from as far north as the shores of Lake Natron, dramatically swelling the resident population with wildebeest, zebra, eland, elephant, hartebeest, buffalo and fringe-eared Oryx. Tarangire is said to have the highest recorded number of breeding bird species for any habitat in the world. As the rainless days continue the Tarangire pools are clotted with thirsty migrants, and elephants begin to dig for underground streams in the dry riverbed. Dinner and overnight at Tarangire sopa lodge
Day 7: Tarangire National Park. After breakfast, you will explore Tarangire National Park and the large herds of elephant that reside there. Spend morning and afternoon in the park. The Tarangire Sopa Lodge is built as a "low profile" structure and nestles into a wooded hill side valley overlooking Tarangire Hill. This all suite property truly reflects Sopa's policy of providing "luxury in the bush".
Marble floors, fountains, waterfalls and magnificent views through double story windows are the stunning features of the main areas. The swimming pool is intriguing with its island. It's large rooms have two queen size beds with en suite shower & toilet, a balcony and a lounge with mini bar. The lodge offers alfresco dining on its raised barbecue terrace. Meals and overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Day 8: Tarangire - Serengeti National Park. With a picnic lunch,depart for Serengeti via stopping en route at Olduvai Gorge, the site of Dr. & Mrs. LSB Leakey’s discovery of Zinjanthropus bosei. Here, you will enjoy a short talk from one of the Deputies of Antiquities, who will explain to you what has been done and what continues to happen. The Gorge was discovered accidentally by a German butterfly collector, Professor Kattwinkle, in 1911, but it was not until 1959 that Dr. Mary Leakey unearthed the Zinj skull believed to be 1.8 million years old.
After Olduvai continue driving north game viewing en route to your lodge situated Serengeti Sopa is located in the Nyarboro Hills in the south west of the Serengeti National Park, and is the only tourism development in this section of the Park. The vicinity of the lodge boasts a fair amount of game due to the year-round water and the acacia woodland. This offers a pleasant stay as you spot game at your doorstep. Dinner & Overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Days 9-10: Serengeti National Park. Two full days of excitement awaits you as you depart from the lodge at sunrise in order to capture the dawn activities, and the early morning light. You will return to lodge for a late breakfast, and have an opportunity to relax in the lodge – enjoying your natural environment watching a heard of Impala wander not far from the lodge.
Day 11: Serengeti - Ngorongoro Conservation Area. After breakfast, you will drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area arriving in time for lunch at your lodge located on the crater rim.After lunch visit an authentic maasai boma in Ngorongoro area.The maasai have very much maintained their traditional ways as cattle herders.They believe that all cattle in the world belong to them, even though some may have temporarily found themselves in the possession of others. Thus, the Masai are always justified in raiding their non-Masaai neighbors in order to "return" the cattle to the rightful owners.
Day 12: Ngongoro Conservation Area. After breakfast, descend into the crater for a full day of game viewing. A picnic lunch will be taken on the crater floor. The crater supports up to 25,000 large mammals. Grazers dominate: zebra, wildebeest – accounting for almost half the animals – gazelle, buffalo, eland, hartebeest and wart hog. Giraffe, for example, stay away because there is insufficient food at tree level; topi because they compete directly with wildebeest.
An odd feature of the crater elephants is that they are almost exclusively bulls. Breeding herds – comprising large numbers of females and young with a few attendant older males – are probably unable to find sufficient quality food in the crater. Ngorongoro has carnivores in quantity, drawn by the large herds of prey animals. It has the most dense population of large predators, mainly lion – about 100 – and more than 400 spotted hyena, living in eight clans of up to eighty individuals. Both lions and hyenas will scavenge from each other, depending on weight of numbers and of course, hunger. Dinner & Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Day 13: Ngorongoro - Arusha -Depart. After breakfast return to Arusha, on arrival you will have time to go on shopping before driving to KIA lodge where you will have lunch. After lunch a day room will be provided to freshen-up till late evening when you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International airport where you will board your home bound flight.
Supplemental Tour Information:
Excursions in Maasai Mara available at extra charge:
- A hot air balloon flight over the Maasai Mara plains
- A sightseeing/fishing excursion to Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest fresh water lake
- Nature/bush walks in the Maasai Mara bush
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
- Full board accommodation on safari
- Transfers as indicated on itinerary
- Private safari vehicle throughout the safari in Tanzania driven by experienced English speaking driver-guide
- Park entrance fees
- Shared vehicle at Maasai Mara
- A visit to an authentic maasai village at Ngorongoro
- Government taxes and levies
- International and domestic air fares
- The cost of obtaining entry visa fee ($50 USD)
- International airport departure tax ($30 USD in Tanzania)
- All expenses of a personal nature such as, telephone calls, tips & gratuities
- All optional activities which have not been shown above
- Travel and medical insurance
- Any extras not mentioned above
- Nairobi/Maasai Mara/Nairobi: Per person $350 USD
- Nairobi/Arusha, Tanzania: Per person $230 USD
- Per person sharing $6275 USD
- Hot air balloon at Serengeti $490 USD.