The East African wildlife exploration makes stops at the most significant national parks in the Rift Valley region. Begin your safari by witnessing the great migration in the famed Masai Mara National Park, from here you will make your way to the Tanzanian boarder and into the Serengeti. Explore this diverse wilderness as you head towards the Ngorongoro Crater. Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara are home to a variety of wildlife all year round.
Welcome to Kenya! On arrival at the Nairobi International Airport you will proceed through customs and immigration (Visa on Arrival Fee - Single Entry: $50 USD per person - payable in US dollars - Cash). After clearing customs you will be met in the arrivals hall by our local representative (he will be holding a sign with your name on it) and transferred to your accommodations in Nairobi.
This evening you will meet with your expert guide for an exciting pre-safari briefing!
After breakfast, a 4-5 hour drive through agricultural country to Masai Mara Game Reserve to enter for afternoon game driving. The Mara Game Reserve is largely plains and the open grasslands are habitat to rich and varied wildlife such as lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, crocodile etc. There are also several species of birds such as vultures, herons, shrikes, etc. The annual migration of millions of wildebeest and antelope from July to September is a spectacle never to be missed by any visitor to the Mara. Continue to camp for overnight.
We spend all day on game drives in the Mara. Early start recommended. We’ll have our picnic lunch on the banks of the Mara River as we watch hippos. We return to the camp in the evening for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, early transfer to Isebania border post with Tanzania. You'll proceed through customs and immigration (Visa on Arrival Fee: $100 USD per person - payable in US dollars - Cash). Meet your Tanzanian guide for Tanzania briefing and then continue onto Speke Bay (Lake Victoria) for overnight.
Serengeti is calling today – drive directly to the Serengeti! Game drive in the rolling grasslands. Criss-crossed with forested riverine valleys, the Serengeti plays home to millions of Africa’s large mammals, making this one of the world’s most famous wildlife destinations. Continue to our private mobile camp that moves throughout the year to follow the wildebeest migration.
Enjoy a full day of game driving in the iconic Serengeti!
Today, your journey will take you game driving out of the Serengeti. You may wish to enjoy an optional pass through Olduvai Gorge to learn about the archaeological sites (and visit the museum) where early human tools and fossils have been found, including "Lucy." Otherwise, you will continue through the conservation area and onto the Ngorongoro crater rim for your overnight stay.
Ngorongoro is collapsed volcano - an incredible natural amphitheatre, 25 km across and teeming with all of the African big game. Early morning descent into the crater for spectacular scenery and game viewing in what has been described as the eighth wonder of the world. In late afternoon, we return to the rim for a wilderness walk that showcases incredible views of
the caldera. Continue onto the crater highlands for overnight
Leisurely walking safari through farms and villages on the rift valley escarpment. You can discover the farming, irrigation and cattle husbandry techniques, visit houses and, if you want, sample local cuisine of the Iraqw tribe. There is also traditional wood-fired brick making, local musicians and you can generally gain a deeper understanding of the lifestyle of the people who live and work here.
Game-drive around Lake Manyara National Park. This park is famed for the bird life around the soda lake - flamingos in particular, and is home to unusual tree-climbing lions. It also has a large elephant population. In the mid-afternoon, we transfer into the Maasai Heartlands to a village called Esilalei (Toothbrush Tree) located in the wildlife corridor in between Tarangire and Lake Manyara. We enjoy a packed lunch just as we enter the village and are met by the village elders and morani (warriors) singing and dancing to welcome us. Your visit supports the building of their school here. Return to Arusha for overnight.
Transfer to Arusha departure point and fly home or continue on to your next destination.
Originally opened in 1975 and recently refurbished, our hotel is a 3-star facility featuring amenities and facilities common to many 4-star establishments world-wide. Centrally located in the city, this hotel prides itself on its family-run quality service, its comfort and its cleanliness.
This is an exclusive tented camp for those who want to be true to a wild experience. The camp is situated within the Masai Mara Eco-system and on the banks of Ololaimutia River which is a watering point for most wild animals, especially elephants, buffalos, and antelopes. The annual wildebeast and zebra migration combined with untold numbers of wildlife makes this Kenya's most popular inland destination. Meals are buffet style, and can be enjoyed either in the dining area or under the shade of indigenous trees. The culinary affair is indeed one to delight the senses.
Speke Bay Lodge is located on the south-eastern shore of Lake Victoria in Tanzania, East Africa. It is 15 kilometers from the Serengeti National Park, and 125 kilometers north of Mwanza. Speke Bay is part of Speke Gulf, named after the famous explorer John Hanning Speke, who, in 1858, discovered Lake Victoria to be the source of the Nile. Embraced by savannah, the Lodge looks like a small village, stretched out along the shores of the lake. The main buildings and luxury accommodations are round in form, painted white and thatched with a grass roof in the traditional style of the local tribe, the Sukuma. Since the Lodge is outside but close to the Serengeti National Park, it is the ideal place to start or end your safari, or relax during your travels.
Nasikia Mobile Camps are an intimate collection of mobile luxury camps that progressively shift to the rhythms of the Great Wildebeest Migration. As the vast herds follow the rains and fresh grasses in a clockwise direction through the Serengeti, our camps mimic that pattern of movement. From the Southern plains of Ndutu to the Western expanses and north to the Mara River crossings – Nasikia Mobile Camps can offer you the prime locations and unique & luxurious surroundings to explore on your adventures. The tents have varying configurations. Each tent has its own ensuite bathroom with flush toilet, hand basin with running water, and you step into our twilight showers to thrill in Mother Nature. All the décor was handmade or sewn with local wares by local people – from basin stands to the flowing curtains and hand beaded cushions.
Perched on the rim of the collapsed volcano, the Ngorongoro Crater, a world heritage site, often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. It has the most magnificent views over the crater floor, which is home to vast herds of buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, the rare and endangered black rhino, elephant, cheetah, leopard, lion and herds of gazelle and wildebeest. Its position on the Eastern rim allows the most spectacular and uninterrupted views of the sunset. All of the 91 double bedrooms are very spacious and each two queen sized beds and a separate dressing area. Each room has a glass fronted verandah, where you may enjoy a private view of the Crater The lodge has 6 single rooms, all of which have a queen sized beds and glass fronted sliding doors.
Ngorongoro Farm House offers 50 room cottages with ample space inside, built on the style of an old colonial farm and rustically decorated with local materials and full of details of good taste, with the purpose of offering clients an imaginary journey to the life of the days gone. Ngorongoro Farm House is a perfect stopover within any safari in the Northern Circuit of Tanzania and a privileged place to visit the Crater or enjoy a bunch of activities: Like a walking safari to the adjacent forest leading to the Oldeani Volcano or an excursion to the nearby Lake Eyasi in the Rift Valley, still inhabited by a tribe of hunter-gatherers, the Hadzabe, a relic of ancient times who still follow a style of life similar to the humans who inhabited the Earth before the discovery of agriculture.
Karama Lodge is an eco-friendly lodge located in Arusha, Tanzania and is the perfect home base for a Tanzania Safari or a restful night's sleep before climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. The lodge itself consists of twenty-two unique en-suite cabins on stilts to ensure privacy and spectacular views of the landscape below and beyond. All cabins have a verandah with views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru. Situated at the top of the lush and serene Suye Hill, Karama Lodge is a unique lodge with a rustic, yet comfortable, ambience providing a personalized service in a relaxing atmosphere. It is a peaceful secluded respite where you can enjoy the beauty around you to the sounds of the surrounding forest.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.