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BEST OF EASTERN AFRICA! Best of Kenya & Tanzania

Visit Eastern Africa with stops to the Serengeti, Maasai Mara, Ngorongoro Crater and more. Explore the best of Kenya and Tanzania.
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Destination
Kenya , Tanzania Discover Destinations
Departure Location
Starts in Nairobi
Return Location
Ends in Nairobi. Optional- depart from Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Tour Start Date & Time
January 5, 2020 View other Times
Additional Information
Tour Number: SV902A2019 Accommodations: EKA Hotel, Keekorok Lodge, Lake Nakuru Lodge, Ol Tukai Lodge, Lake Manyara Serena, Serengeti Serena Lodge, Ngorongoro Serena Lodge and Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Price includes
  • 4x4 Safari vehicle with pop-up roof
  • Airport transfers
  • English-speaking and highly educated driver
  • Game drives and crater tour
  • Guaranteed window seat
  • Maasai village visit
  • Meet and greet services
Price does not include
  • Airport tax (usually included in the tickets)
  • Drinks and dining rooms tips, porterage, personal travel and baggage insurance
  • Driver guide or local escort gratuities
  • International flights
  • Medical, evacuation or travel insurance
  • Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature
  • Visa arrangements
Additional Prices
Price listed: Per person sharing Price Ranges: From 5,149-$8,049 (See "Dates & Prices")

Tour Highlights:

  • Premium accommodations
  • Safari game drives in Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru National Park, Amboseli National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park
  • Big 5 game-viewing
  • Wildebeest Migration viewing (subject to season)
  • Visit a Maasai Village (More Info)
  • Boat ride at Lake Naivasha
  • Optional Excursions:
    • Serengeti or Masai Mara hot air balloon safari (More Info)
    • TreeTop walkway in Lake Manyara (More info)

Nairobi

Situated in along the Nairobi River in beautiful Kenya, the capital of Nairobi is East Africa’s most cosmopolitan city. It serves as an excellent starting point for African safari trips around Kenya. Nairobi is Africa’s 4th largest city and is a vibrant and exciting place, and although it has developed a reputation which keeps tourist visits brief, there are some fascinating attractions: its cafe culture, unbridled nightlife, the National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum and most notably just 20 minutes from the city centre wild lions and buffalo roam in the world’s only urban game reserve. Make sure you pay a visit to the elephant orphanage operated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Masai Mara

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Masai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Masai Mara plains has become almost essential.

Lake Nakuru National Park

Located in the Great Rift Valley surrounded by yellow acacia woodlands and bushy shrublands, the Lake Nakuru National Park was created to protect the Lake and its large flocks of Lesser Flamingo, which are drawn to the algae that flourish in the saline waters of this soda lake. The national park is inhabited by over 50 mammal species including hippo, black and white rhino, Rothschild giraffe, buffalo and eland. Known as a bird watcher’s paradise, the park is home to over 450 bird species. Visitors can look forward to hiking through the scenic landscape, picnicking next to this magnificent lake, and spotting an array of wildlife on a game drive. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the beautiful Makalia Waterfall.

Amboseli National Park

Located in the southern reaches of Kenya, the Amboseli National Park is renowned for its excellent variety of wildlife such as Masaai giraffe, elephant, lion and cheetah and not surprisingly it is one of Kenya’s most popular parks. The landscape of Amboseli is dominated by the majestic snow cap of Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as open plains, acacia woodland, swamps and the massif of Ol Doinyo Orok. The birding is excellent, especially closer to the lakes and swamps. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to large herds of elephants among other wildlife species. Other attractions of the park include opportunities to meet the Maasai people and soak up spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

Lake Manyara National Park

Situated in Tanzania’s central-northern region with the Lake Manyara on its east and the Manyara Escarpment to its west, the Lake Manyara National Park offers breathtaking views and a large variety of habitats supporting an array of wildlife. This small park is home to surprising biodiversity and features a magnificent landscape of acacia woodlands, water forests, baobab strewn cliffs, algae-streaked hot springs, swamps and the lake itself. The park supports 400 species of bird, and the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world. Other species include giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, warthog, the Cape clawless otter, and Egyptian mongoose. Don’t miss the opportunity to see thousands of flamingos on the lake, the renowned tree-climbing lions, and large families of elephants strolling through the forest.

Central Serengeti

Situated in the heart of Tanzania, the Central Serengeti encompasses the world-famous Seronera Valley which is known for its prime wildlife-viewing opportunities. This picture-perfect landscape is characterized by endless stretches of savannah-covered open plains, interspersed by rocky outcrops of granite, scattered with acacia woodlands and covered in a network of rivers and streams. The Central Serengeti forms part of the great wildebeest and zebra migration and provides an ideal habitat for a variety of wildlife such as giraffe, impala, waterbuck, hippo, elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, hyena, jackal, serval and much more. Popular activities include: game viewing, cultural tours, horse riding safaris, and hot air ballooning over the spectacularly scenic terrain.

Ngorongoro Crater

Located in Northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater is best known for its natural beauty and abundance of diverse wildlife; which makes it one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations. Ngorongoro Crater is surrounded by Tanzania’s highlands, this UNESCO-listed crater is said to be the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Visitors can look forward to spotting the world-renowned Big Five and a host of other wildlife species including large herds of zebra and wildebeest. Ngorongoro Crater is famed as one of Tanzania’s best tourist attractions offering visitors an array of wonderful activities including excellent bird watching, trekking, wildlife viewing, mountain biking and visiting a local Maasai village. Don’t miss the opportunity to jump on an excursion to the magnificent Olduvai Gorge.

Tarangire National Park

Located just a few hours drive from the town of Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for safaris travelling through the northern circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. The park extends into two game controlled areas and the wildlife are allowed to move freely throughout. After the Serengeti, Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania and in the dry season the Tarangire River is a magnet for thirsty wildlife. Large herds of elephants and migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland gather and not surprisingly the predators follow. This is also the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as oryx and gerenuk are regularly spotted. Tarangire is also known for its spectacular baobab trees, and its breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe and the mountains to the south.

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Day 1-

Nairobi

  • Upon arrival into Nairobi, you will be met by a Safari Ventures representative and transferred to the EKA Hotel.
  • Your afternoon is at leisure.

Eka Hotel

A contemporary style hotel that provides all the comfort, convenience and efficiency to the discerning traveler, Eka Hotel is ideally located along Mombasa road in Nairobi the capital city of Kenya, it is an ideal business cum leisure hotel, close to the International and domestic Airports as well as the city center. The hotel offers tastefully decorated rooms, two restaurants, bar, conference facilities, swimming pool and a host of other facilities.

Day 2-

Masai Mara

  • Leaving Nairobi after breakfast, you'll travel towards Kenya's fertile highlands and head down the Rift Escarpment on a road built by Italian prisoners of war during World War II. Look for the charming chapel they built at the foot of the escarpment.
  • You will 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 and your lodge in time for lunch.
  • There will be an afternoon game drive.
  • Overnight at Keekorok Lodge
  • Full board provided

Keekorok Lodge

Keekorok Lodge was opened in 1965 and lies at the southern end of Masai Mara National Reserve, approximately 280 kilometers from Nairobi. It is sited in the direct path of the annual migration and was the first lodge to be built in the Mara. At the height of the migration, Keekorok is surrounded by a swarming mass of animals and there is hardly need to go on a game drive. Keekorok’ s charm lies in the liberal use of local building materials. Sand stone, cedar wood and other indigenous materials are used in all rooms and public areas. In front of the lodge there is a 300m elevated walkway that meanders through a small riverine forest to a small bar at one end. This overlooks a dam where resident hippo and other game are regularly seen. There are no fences around Keekorok and it is not uncommon to see elephant and buffalo on the perimeter of the grounds or even strolling in, though there are watchmen on the constant look out!

Day 3-

Masai Mara

  • After an early breakfast, guests will depart for a visit to a Masai village and a morning game drive, returning to the lodge for lunch and perhaps a siesta before setting off for an afternoon game drive.
  • You will return to the lodge as the sun sets.
  • Optional: It is possible to pre-book a hot air balloon safari on this day.
  • Overnight at Keekorok Lodge
  • Full board provided
Day 4-

Lake Nakuru National Park

  • Leaving the Masai Mara after breakfast, you will 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.
  • Now travel across the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley, keeping an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle as you head up the Mahiu Escarpment, before arriving at Lake Nakuru around midday. The waters here are often colored shimmering flamingo pink, from thousands of the beautiful birds lining its shores.
  • After lunch, depart for an afternoon game drive in Nakuru National Park.
  • Overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge
  • Full board provided

Lake Nakuru Lodge

Lake Nakuru Lodge is situated in the heart of one of Kenya's most densely populated wetland National Parks, (Ramsar site) only two leisurely hours' drive from Nairobi, through beautiful forested uplands and passing a series of lakes. On the outskirts of the bustling market town of Nakuru lies a truly remarkable national park which has achieved international fame. Both black and white rhino are being given a new lease of life in this 188 sq km, fully fenced park - and they are carefully protected. The present rhino population is over 50 and continuing to multiply. The Rothschild giraffe is another rarity and the park has its fair share of buffalo, leopard, zebra, eland, waterbuck, and lion. Lake Nakuru Lodge is in the southeast ecological niche of the park, with commanding views of the lake and the flamingos for which it is justly famous. Lush gardens surround the lodge and cottages. There is a good program of activities and evening entertainment.

Day 5-

Amboseli National Park

  • After an early breakfast, continue to Lake Naivasha for a boat ride.
  • Later, leaving the Rift Valley behind, proceed to Nairobi, collect a picnic lunch and then head south towards Amboseli arriving at your lodge by late afternoon.
  • Overnight at Ol Tukai Lodge
  • Full board provided

Ol Tukai

Ol Tukai lies at the heart of Amboseli National Park and is set at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. The cottage style accommodation spreads out on either side of the main lodge, where the architecture is unobtrusive. Each room is built out of gum trees and other indigenous building materials, with the use of beige and cream slate. Each room has uninterrupted views of either the wetlands or of Mount Kilimanjaro. There is a great swimming pool shaded by acacia trees, library, bars, gift shop and spacious gardens to enjoy.

Day 6-

Amboseli National Park

  • Morning and afternoon game drives in Amboseli, returning to the lodge as the sun sets.
  • Overnight at Ol Tukai Lodge 
  • Full board provided
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Lake Manyara National Park

  • After breakfast, you continue the journey to the Tanzania border post and then on to Arusha for lunch.
  • In the afternoon you will be picked up from Arusha Town Center and join your vehicle.
  • You depart Arusha and pass through the Masai Steppe filled with many picturesque African villages as well as maize, coffee and banana plantations.
  • At the town of Makuyuni you turn North West and continue the journey up through a scenic escarpment that brings you to your lodge, perched on the edge of the Rift Valley with stunning views over the distant Lake Manyara.
  • Overnight at Lake Manyara Serena 
  • Full board provided

Grouped around a central ‘vanishing horizon' pool, this highly unusual lodge features a simple timbered reception area, built in traditional African style, which is accessed via a bridge over a small stream. Beyond reception, lies the central dining room, bar and veranda, below which lies the pool. Perched on the very edge of the cliffs, with stunning views over the lake is the pool bar and observation point. Dotted around the grounds, all with views over the lake, are a series of circular two story ‘rondavels', which house the rooms.

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Central Serengeti

  • After breakfast, there is a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park that returns to the lodge for lunch.
  • Leaving Lake Manyara behind, the journey continues North West across the stunning hilly countryside of the highlands which is filled with wheat and coffee plantations, and then into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
  • From here lie the vast plains of the Serengeti, where you’ll hopefully start spotting game well before you get into the park.
  • Overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge 
  • Full board provided

Centrally located adjacent to the famous Western Corridor and Grumeti River, the lodge has been designed to blend completely into the living landscape. A series of traditional domed ‘rondavels' are widely spaced throughout the grounds, which are cooled by groves of acacia trees and watered by sparkling streams. On the very edge of the ridge is a ‘vanishing horizon' pool, which looks out over the ‘endless plains' after which the Serengeti is named.

Day 9-

Central Serengeti

  • Today, enjoy exhilarating morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park.
  • Overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge 
  • Full board provided
Day 10-

Ngorongoro Crater

  • After breakfast you depart for Ngorongoro with a picnic lunch viewing game across the vast Serengeti plains.
  • After lunch, you continue to your lodge, set high on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater.
  • Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
  • Full board provided

Hugging the contours of the jagged Crater rim, the lodge takes its inspiration from the so-called ‘Cradle of Mankind', the prehistoric site of Olduvai Gorge, which lies close by. Linked by arched stone passages and timbered decks, its walls are decorated with stylized prehistoric cave paintings and lit by flaring torches. At the stone heart of the lodge burns a glowing fire, which is kept constantly alight. Decorated with cave paintings, the rooms are strung around the Crater rim. Each has its own rock- enclosed balcony, and all enjoy completely uninterrupted views of the volcanic amphitheater far below.

Day 11-

Ngorongoro Crater

  • A highlight awaits you this morning as you depart to explore what is commonly referred to as the world’s largest wildlife theater.
  • After breakfast, you descend with a picnic lunch through the early morning mists and 2,000 feet into the crater. Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera.
  • Due to its size and diversity, the crater floor is comprised of several distinct areas, ranging from forest, swamps, lakes and springs, to open grassland and some sandy dunes. It’s an awesome wildlife experience.
  • You return to the lodge in the late afternoon.
  • Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge 
  • Full board provided
Day 12-

Tarangire National Park

  • Departing Ngorongoro Crater after breakfast and head south east en route to Lake Manyara, Mto wa Mbu village and Tarangire beyond.
  • Through the highlands and the Karatu district, you’ll view the scenic wheat plains and coffee plantations here before journeying down the spectacular escarpment where you turn south on to the main Arusha – Dodoma road and into the park.
  • From here to the lodge, you’ll enjoy a game drive en route.
  • After lunch and perhaps a swim, the remainder of the afternoon will be spent on a game drive.
  • Overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge
  • Full board provided

Hidden among the kopjes of Tarangire National Park lies Tarangire Sopa Lodge. The lodge is surrounded by ancient baobab trees. Tarangire National Park is the home of one of the greatest concentration of elephants in Africa, and other game including the elusive leopard. Over 400 bird species can be spotted here as well. With water constantly available in the area, the greenery is lush providing a wonderful contrast to the burnt ground.

Day 13-

End of Itinerary

  • Depart Tarangire after breakfast and drive back to Arusha arriving in time for lunch.
  • After lunch you continue the journey by road to Nairobi and onto a Nairobi City Center Restaurant for dinner before drop off at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or city center Hotel.
  • Alternatively, depart from Kilimanjaro International Airport.

More about Kenya

Resting in the magnificent Great Rift Valley and presided over by the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, Kenya is characterized by hauntingly beautiful natural landscapes of forested hills, patchwork farms, wooded savanna and vast forests brimming with an extraordinary abundance of wildlife. The nation’s diverse range of traditional African cultures is influenced by over 70 unique ethnic groups from the Maasai, Samburu, Kikuyu, and Turkana tribes to the Arabs and Indians that settled on the coast. Add to this: an exquisite tropical coastline fringed with breathtaking golden sand beaches; gorgeous coral gardens providing excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities; and a slew of lively beach resorts, and it is easy to see why so many visitors flock here from around the world to experience a truly unique African adventure in one of the world’s most pristine safari destinations.

More about Tanzania

The name Tanzania conjures up images of wildebeest stampeding across vast savannah, rain forests teeming with monkeys and birdlife, and great plains brimming with legions of game. All of these natural wonders and more are on offer in this exceptionally diverse African nation. Visitors typically visit Tanzania to partake in at least one of the four well known Tanzanian tourist experiences: a relaxing seaside vacation on the picturesque island paradise of Zanzibar, an underwater tour of some of the world’s most renowned dive sites around the gorgeous Spice Islands, a safari adventure in some of Africa’s most impressive game reserves, or a hiking excursion around Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. Whichever of these incredible holidays you choose, you will undoubtedly be welcomed by some fabulously friendly and peaceful inhabitants who, despite being divided into 120 different ethnic groups and cultures, live in harmony with one another and provide some of the most wonderfully exotic local cuisine you could imagine. With all of this diversity on offer, the most difficult part of your Tanzanian holiday experience is likely to be deciding where to go!

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Best of Kenya & Tanzania Safari Tour

Price
$5,149 per person
Duration
13 Days/ 12 Nights
Destination
More than 1
Travellers
2+

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