8 Days Tanzania and Kenya Safari
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Your day begins with a pick up from your accommodation in Nairobi, from where you will immediately head out on the highway through the Great African Rift Valley. Mt. Longonot provides the background to the homesteads and villages that dot the way through this ancient and dynamic landscape.
The destination is Lake Nakuru, where you will begin your Kenyan safari. A location for the ornithologists, Lake Nakuru presents you with every shade of pink you imagine as flocks of flamingos feed, display, and dance over the water. More than 400 species of bird feed here throughout the year, as well as plentiful other animals for you to gaze upon in wonder.
Your evening will be spent in your lodge or tented camp, within the national park, where the evening’s dinner will be served.
After breakfast, depart for the Masai Mara National Reserve, an enormous wildlife haven that is Kenya’s leading safari destination. It is home to numerous interesting species of animals and birds, and your expert Kenyan guide will help you find them. And it is geographically part of the vast Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, and combined, they stage the spectacular annual wildebeest migration as the massive herds cross back and forwards over the Mara River to follow the new rains and fresh pastures. Arrive in time for lunch, then explore the Mara on an afternoon game drive, and in the evening, relax around the fire at our camp/lodge before dinner.
You will have a full-day game drive in the Masai Mara. The annual great wildebeest migration takes place here in July, August, September, and October of each year. Crocodiles and hippos can be found in the Mara River. In addition, there are over 470 bird species in the park—with nearly 60 of them being raptors.
On this day, you will be transferring from Masai Mara to Serengeti National Park (through Isebania border). This transfer takes almost the whole day but during a great part of the journey (in the morning in Masai Mara and in the afternoon in the Serengeti), you will be doing game drive as well.
You’ll enjoy the afternoon game drive en-route to your tented camp.
Just the word Serengeti evokes images of endless grasslands, abundant animals, and luscious landscape ripe for exploration. After breakfast at your camp, you’ll head off on your journey of discovery through these stunning plains, exquisitely filled with the wildlife you’d expect from such a place.
If you’re lucky to arrive in the Serengeti between April and October, you will be able to see the largest animal migration on the planet – the movement of the wildebeest and zebra of the Serengeti. Even if your African safari doesn’t coincide with the event, you will still see massive herds of herbivores and packs of their hunters as you make your way through the park.
Lunch comes picnic style, so you can stay in the park without backtracking to camp. As the day cools, animals become more active again and your expert Tanzania safari guide will assist the tracking, spotting, and identification of the animals you’re going to find. Evening ends with dinner at your camp or lodge.
The second full ranging through the Serengeti can have some flexibility. You can choose a schedule that matches the previous day, or ask your guide to take you on a morning game drive, take a rest and have some time to relax in the afternoon, then embark upon an evening-time safari through the park.
An evening safari will give you a different perspective on the Serengeti. After dark there is a different level of activity; the temperature cools, prey become more vulnerable. Your chance to see different animals increases, and you will see a new side to the plains of the Serengeti if you choose this configuration to your day.
Your meals will be served according to your plan for the day, and will be provided from your camp.
Departing the Serengeti, we drive into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This highland region of plains, woodlands and forests protects the 600-metre-deep Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest caldera and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was formed when a volcano erupted and collapsed on itself approximately two and a half million years ago, and the well-fertilised volcanic soils create rich grazing for the animals and it is often referred to as ‘the Garden of Eden’. On the way, and for an extra fee, you can stop at the museum at Olduvai Gorge to learn about the archaeological excavations that escalated the studies of early man.
We drive down to the crater floor with a picnic lunch, and your expert guide will show you every corner of the dramatic landscape to see some of the 20,000 or so large mammals that live there. These include a number of black rhino, and it’s also well-known for high densities of carnivores including leopard, lion, hyena and jackal. When we ascend back to the crater rim, you may catch a glimpse of a magnificent sunset before heading to our camp/lodge.
After breakfast, we depart the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and drive to Arusha. After stopping off at Arusha Coffee Lodge for our final lunch, we proceed to the Namanga border with Kenya and drive back to the capital Nairobi where this exciting 8-day safari ends on arrival in the early evening.
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