Luxury Safari Expeditions & Tours in Eastern Africa

12 Day Best of Tanzania and Kenya

Best of both countries! Cross the Serengeti, Mara River & major game parks. Track down the annual wildebeest migration to witness spectacular events on this 12 Day Best of Tanzania and Kenya tour!

12 Days Best of Tanzania and Kenya is a fully guided, small group safari into the northern Serengeti, Ngorongoro crater & Masai Mara. One of the most spectacular sights on planet earth is the annual wildebeest migration, a major highlight of this tour. Visitors will enjoy the best Tanzania & Kenya vacation, including game drives into the Serengeti National Park, the Tarangire National Park with one of the largest elephant populations, take a canoe trip on the Lake Victoria - 2nd largest lake in the world and Lake Nakuru, home to gigantic flocks of Flamingos.

The holiday tour is a luxury guided tour option, focusing on the comfort of the traveller. On this tour we use 4x4 safari vehicles (generally Land-cruisers), geared to travel into the best areas of this region. Most accommodations on the tour are Tented lodges with the sounds of the African bush all around. This expedition is the perfect way to get close to nature, without having to miss out on the comforts! This is a real 'experience' of Africa, never to be forgotten.

Start: Arusha
End: Arusha
Language: English
Accommodation: Comfortable Lodges & Tented Camps

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • GUARANTEED WINDOW SEAT for each passenger
  • Visit Tarangire National Park, home to one of the largest elephant populations
  • Scenic drive down the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Travel to Karatu in the Ngorongoro Highlands and go for an optional walk in the coffee plantations.
  • Extensive safari through Serengeti NP and Masai Mara with the best chances of spotting the Annual Migration
  • Visit the Masai River, home to crocodiles & the greatest hurdle for the annual migration
  • Canoe trip on Lake Victoria
  • Visit Lake Nakuru, home to gigantic flocks of Flamingos
  • Catch a glimpse of Kilimajaro across the great plains of Amboseli National Park

Note: This tour does NOT include any flights and should you require assistance in booking flights from South Africa, kindly let us know and we will gladly assist.

Summary

Most Meals Included

12 Days
4x4 Safari Vehicles

Tanzania & Kenya

Day 1 Arusha – Tarangire National Park (Distance approx. 150 km; driving time approx. 2-3 hours)

We will pick you up at your hotel and after a short briefing your safari will set off towards the Tarangire National Park. This park with its savannah, seasonal swamps and the life-giving Tarangire River is home to huge elephant herds – literally hundreds of animals. Animals gather at the river and besides elephants you should see mongoose, giraffes, bushbucks, hartebeests, dik-diks, waterbucks, warthogs and reedbucks all year round. After an extensive game drive, you will leave the park in the late afternoon and head to the Lake Burunge Tented Lodge, where you will spend the night.
(Lunch and Dinner)

Day 2 Tarangire National Park – Lake Manyara National Park – Karatu (Distance approx. 120 km; driving time approx. 2 hours)

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before you continue your trip to the Lake Manyara National Park, one of the smallest but most diverse parks in Tanzania. The shallow and alkaline Lake Manyara covers a large area of the park and is the seasonal home to thousands of flamingos. In addition, the park is also known for its few hundred different types of birds. The forests, grassy plains and acacia woodlands are an excellent habitat for monkeys, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, wildebeests, elephants and lions. After an intensive game drive, you will travel to Karatu in the Ngorongoro highlands. After your arrival, there might be time for an optional walk in the coffee plantations. You will spend the night at one of the three beautifully located Tanganyika Wilderness Adventure Lodges.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 3 Karatu - Ngorongoro Crater - Serengeti National Park (Distance approx. 170 km; driving time approx. 4-6 hours)

You will have breakfast at dawn before the 4x4 safari vehicle takes you to the crater rim from where you descend into the crater on an adventurous and steep trail. Down here in the crater you have the possibility of seeing all the animals that can be found in the East African savannah including the “Big Five” – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. The Ngorongoro Crater is also one of the best places to see the magnificent but almost extinct black rhino. After an extensive game drive, you will exit the crater in the early afternoon. The journey then continues to the plains of the Serengeti National Park – the most famous park in Tanzania and where the biggest animal migration in the world takes place. Hundred thousands of wildebeests and zebras cross the border from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara in Kenya in search of fresh grass and water, with hungry predators following close behind. You will spend the night at the Kati Kati Tented Camp in the central Serengeti.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 4 Serengeti National Park
Rise and shine! Up at the crack of dawn, you will be able to see the sunrise over the Serengeti before you join an early morning game drive. Upon your return to the camp, a hearty breakfast awaits. Adventurous guests may choose to experience the Serengeti from the sky and join a hot-air balloon ride followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush. This activity is not included in the tour price and needs to be booked in advance. Guests interested in visiting the visitor centre, are also able to do so. In the afternoon you will enjoy another game drive before returning to the Kati Kati Tented Camp for dinner and overnight.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 5 Serengeti National Park – Lake Victoria (Distance approx. 180 km; driving time approx. 4-5 hours)

After an early start, you will travel through the Serengeti National Park and on your way out of the park you might spot animals you haven’t seen yet. The Serengeti is also home to the “Big Five” – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard – and today you might be able to tick off all the members of this group. After leaving the park, the safari continues to Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa and the second largest in the world. The area around Lake Victoria is the most fertile and densely populated region in Tanzania. Here at Lake Victoria, you will have the chance to see another side of Tanzania. Away from the tourists and the masses, you will experience the lives of the local people. You can watch fishermen at work and visit a local school – an experience unavailable on the usual tourist routes. The night will be spent at the Speke Bay Lodge.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 6 Lake Victoria – Masai Mara Region (Distance approx. 270 km; driving time approx. 8-9 hours)

After breakfast you will join the local fishermen and a guide on a canoe trip on Lake Victoria. You will see how the locals catch fish and admire the previous night’s catch. After your fishing excursion you will set off on the longest journey of your safari – the trip to the Masai Mara. The road towards the Kenyan border is a long an adventurous one, but it should be worth it as the “Mara” is reputed to have the highest lion population of all reserves in Africa. Other large cats like leopards and cheetahs also live here and can be spotted all year round, as their sightings are not dependent upon the seasons or the migration. You will overnight in luxury tents at the Mara West Camp on the outskirts of the Masai Mara Game Reserve.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 7 – 8 Masai Mara Game Reserve
The following two days will be spent on game drives in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The Mara is home to interesting animals such as Thomson's and Grant's gazelles, elands and Coke's hartebeests. Not often seen outside Kenya are the Masai giraffe, roan antelope and the nocturnal bat-eared fox. You will take a trip to the Mara River, the greatest hurdle for the wildebeests and zebras on their yearly trek. At the end of October and the beginning of November, an incredible scene is set when the river has swollen to almost bursting levels and tens of thousands of animals must cross it, knowing that certain death awaits them – crocodiles hiding just below the surface. It can be a gruesome sight. At other times of the year, hippos, hungry crocodiles and other animals can also be seen at the river. The reserve has over 470 bird species including about 60 raptor species. You will spend two nights at the Ashnil Mara Camp inside the Masai Mara Game Reserve.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 9 Masai Mara Game Reserve – Lake Nakuru National Park (Distance approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 5 hours)

After breakfast you will leave the Mara to reach Lake Nakuru National Park in the early afternoon. The alkaline lake attracts huge flocks of flamingos giving the lake a shimmering pink hue from afar. The park is home to over 450 bird species and 50 mammals such as Rothschild's giraffes, common and Defassa waterbucks and two species of hyenas. If you are lucky, you will also see a leopard lounging in the branches of a fever tree. Most importantly, you might spot both the endangered white and black rhino as the park was declared a rhino sanctuary in 1987. You will spend the night at the Flamingo Hill Tented Camp.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 10 Lake Nakuru National Park – Nairobi (Distance approx. 180 km; driving time approx. 3-4 hours)

Today you will leave the peace of the lake to return to civilization and the bustling capital of Nairobi. Reaching the city in the early afternoon, there will be time to explore this frenzied city of people, traffic, markets and colors. Take a taxi to see the Karen Blixen museum, Uhuru gardens, the national museum or the live snake centre next door. You will stay at the Tamarind Tree Hotel and dinner tonight is for your own account.
(Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 11 Nairobi – Amboseli National Park (Distance approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 4-5 hours)

Leaving the busy city, your journey takes you to the Amboseli National Park close to the Tanzanian border. This park is famous for iconic images of elephant herds on the plains with snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. We hope for good weather so you can see this scene for yourself. Apart from herds of elephants (sometimes as many as 500 animals), you might also see lions, leopards and the rest of the “Big Five”. Looking out from Observation Hill, you will see buffaloes, hippos and water birds frolicking in the swamps below. Tonight you will stay at the Ol Tukai Lodge with its lovely carvings and African art.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 12 Amboseli National Park – Arusha (Distance approx. 190 km; driving time approx. 4-5 hours)
Today you will continue through the park on your way to the Tanzanian border. There will be time to see more animals on your way out of Amboseli. After going through customs you are back in Tanzania and you will continue to Arusha where you started your safari. You will be taken to a hotel or to the airport depending on the rest of your holiday program.
(Breakfast and Lunch)

Rates quoted per person sharing

12 Day Best of Tanzania and Kenya

Scheduled Lodge safaris

DEPARTURE DATES 2020

In USD
Per Person Sharing Single
16 Feb - 27 Feb'20 USD 5,725 USD 6,720
01 Mar - 12 Mar'20 USD 5,725 USD 6,720
15 Mar - 26 Mar'20 USD 5,725 USD 6,720
10 May - 21 May'20 USD 5,515 USD 5,725
24 May - 04 Jun'20 USD 5,725 USD 6,355
07 Jun - 18 Jun'20 USD 5,725 USD 6,355
21 Jun - 02 Jul'20 USD 6,090 USD 7,245
05 Jul - 16 Jul'20 USD 6,090 USD 7,245
19 Jul - 30 Jul'20 USD 6,090 USD 7,245
02 Aug - 13 Aug'20 USD 6,090 USD 7,245
16 Aug - 27 Aug'20 USD 6,090 USD 7,245
30 Aug - 10 Sep'20 USD 6,090 USD 7,245
13 Sep - 24 Sep'20 USD 6,090 USD 7,245
27 Sep - 08 Oct'20 USD 5,725 USD 6,720
11 Oct - 22 Oct'20 USD 5,725 USD 6,720
20 Dec - 31 Dec'20 USD 6,090 USD 7,245

Note: a Minimum of 2 passengers required to operate this tour

*Window seats guaranteed

Tour Includes:

  • Transport in a 4x4 safari vehicle (change of vehicle at the border) 
  • Professional, English speaking guide and safari cook (change of guide at the border) 
  • Meals according to itinerary
  • Mineral water on safari
  • 11 nights’ stay in lodges and tented camps (depending on availability, accommodation of a similar standard will be booked)
  • Tents, mattresses & camping equipment
  • All national park fees
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari
  • Window seat guaranteed for every client

Excluded:

  • Flights (international and domestic)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

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