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12 Days Exciting Safari Adventure in Kenya and Tanzania

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Rift Valley Province, Kenya

Enthralling Kenya Tanzania Safaris

Join this exciting safari to experience best of cultural and natural wonders of northern Tanzania and Kenya. You will begin the tour in Nairobi, visiting the Masai Mara National Reserve, famous for the wildebeest migration, and Lake Nakuru National Park. You will also get to travel to Arusha, where you will visit Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro, the world’s biggest crater, and witness the sprawling wildlife and scenic beauty of the famous Serengeti National Park.

Key information

  • Children policy: Minimum age allowed for participation is 12 years old.
  • Starting point: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Ending point: Arusha, Tanzania

Highlights

  • 8 exciting game drives
  • Spot the Big Five and other wildlife
  • Discover Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru in Kenya
  • Explore Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Lake Manyara in Tanzania
  • Transport in special safari vehicle with pop-up roof
  • Cultural trips to traditional villages
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals

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11 activity days
Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
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Accommodation

During the safari you will be staying at your chosen camp or lodge. In Kenya, you will spend two nights at a tented camp in Nairobi, two nights at the Masai Mara Camp or lodge, one night at Lake Nakuru Camp or lodge.

While in Tanzania, you would spend two nights at Arusha Hostel or a budget hotel, two nights at Tarangire Camp or lodge, one night at Serengeti National Park Camp or lodge, and one night at the Ngorongoro Crater Camp or lodge.

Program

Day 1: Arrival

You will be picked up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), upon arrival, and will be transferred to a tented camp where you will get settled in and make last minute arrangements for your exciting safari adventure ahead.

Day 2: Nairobi - Masai Mara National Reserve

You will begin at 8:30 a.m., embarking on an enthralling journey towards the south along the floor of the dramatic Great Rift Valley to reach the Masai Mara National Reserve.

An extension of Tanzania's Serengeti National Park this national reserve is also known as the seventh wonder of the world because of the great wildebeest migration, witnessed every year between June and September.

Millions of wildebeests and zebra cross the Mara River from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya in search of food and water and it is famous for its wide variety of resident wildlife all year round.

You will stop for lunch at the town of Narok and arrive at the reserve in time, to enjoy an afternoon game drive where you may have a chance of seeing the big five. This also is a home to different varieties of birdlife and hosts the best savannah vegetation in the world. Marvel panoramic views of vast rolling plains and rounded hills covered with intermittent groves of acacia woodlands and dense thickets of scrub.

The Mara River and its tributaries which are margined by luxuriant riverine forest bisect the landscape. The famous Masai tribesmen live within the dispersal area of the game reserve. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Masai Mara Camp or lodge (depending on your chosen option).

Day 3: Masai Mara Game Reserve

Today you will enjoy a full day game drive to absorb the beauty and splendor of the Mara. The reserve has the largest population of lions to be found in Kenya. Other animals to be seen here include buffalo, black rhino, hippopotamus, leopard, cheetah, zebra, Coke's hartebeest, white-bearded gnu, oribi, warthog, and Thomson's and Grant's gazelles. The bird life of Mara is as profuse as its mammalian fauna.

Today you will have a picnic lunch at the Mara River where you can enjoy your food while watching crocodiles and hippos lazing around in their natural habitat. This is a great way to take advantage of your time in the park and enjoy scenic views that surround you.

After lunch, you will continue your game drive in search for more wildlife. You will be dropped off at the Masai Village at around 5:00 p.m., for an opportunity to visit the Masai people and witness them singing and dancing as a part of their daily lives and sacred rituals. Upon arrival at the village, you will proceed for a nature walk with the Masai naturalist guide and will get to see herbs that are used as medication among the tribe.

As you return to the village, a campfire will be lit, and you will get to participate in an entertaining evening where you can dance with the local people. The chief will then share with you stories of their culture and tradition. You will also have a glimpse into their homes and social structure. Dinner will be served at the village followed by coffee and tea as you leave to return to your camp or lodge for overnight stay.

Tonight you will have the option to choose to sleep in an authentic Masai-style home with beds, located at the campsite. Please confirm with Bamba Experience, for prices and availability.

Day 4: Masai Mara Game Reserve - Nakuru National Park

Today, you will depart towards the ornithological paradise of Lake Nakuru National Park, after an early breakfast. The park supports a wide ecological diversity of flamingos and other water birds, over 450 bird species have been recorded here.

You will arrive here at around 12:30 p.m., and will begin a game drive en route to your camp or lodge for check in and lunch. You will get to settle and relax and at around 04:00 p.m., and will then join yet another game drive and nature walk along the lake shores.

Dinner and overnight stay will be at Lake Nakuru Camp or lodge (depending on your chosen option).

Day 5: Lake Nakuru National Park - Nairobi

You will have an early breakfast today and will then take your last game drive around the lake shores to see the diverse bird life. Return back to your accommodation for a delicious buffet lunch and then pack up your belongings for the return trip to Nairobi.

You will have a stop-over at the Rift Valley viewpoint for breathtaking photo opportunities of this 6,000-kilometre-long valley that stretches from the Red Sea to Mozambique and measures up to 100 kilometers in width. You will arrive at Nairobi by early noon and will be dropped off at your tented camp to rest.

In the evening you will visit the iconic Carnivore Restaurant for a delicious dinner of various game meats including crocodile, ostrich, buffalo, ox, and more basic options like chicken, pork, and beef.

Day 6: Bus transfers from Nairobi to Arusha

Today you will take a bus from Nairobi to Arusha in the morning, crossing the border from Kenya to Tanzania along the way. Upon arrival, you will be picked up at the bus station and transferred to your accommodation in Arusha. You will have the rest of the day with leisure time to relax, walk around town, and make last minute preparations for your upcoming safari adventure. Dinner is included this evening. Your overnight halt will be either at Arusha Hostel or a budget hotel.

Day 7: Arusha - Tarangire National Park

This morning you'll head to Tarangire NP for some game viewing. The game in this beautiful national park is plentiful and the magnificent bird watching will make a devotee out of even the most reluctant. It is also one of the very few places in Africa to see the famous tree-climbing lions. Overnight near Tarangire NP.

Day 8: Tarangire National Park - Serengeti National Park

Today we set out for the endless open plains and stunning skies of Serengeti National Park - a famous migration corridor and UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, you'll have a chance to witness the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. After exploring the park we'll head to your lodge/camp in the heart of the Serengeti for dinner. Overnight in Serengeti NP.

Day 9: Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast venture into the endless open plains of Serengeti National Park wilderness for a morning game drive. You will discover why the fabled Serengeti typifies the dream of “Old Africa”. Large prides of lions laze in the tall grasses; families of elephants feed on acacia bark and trumpet to each other across the plains; while giraffes, gazelles, monkeys, eland and the whole range of African wildlife present themselves in awe-inspiring numbers. If you are there during the spectacular wildebeest migration, you will be more than astonished! After this adventure, we'll travel to the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater where you will overnight.

Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater & Return to Tarangire National Park

Today you’ll rise early in the morning to descend the 600m high walls to the floor of the crater and get up close with one of Africa's seven natural wonders! Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is considered one of the most beautiful and unique places in Africa. Here you will find a haven of African wildlife and you might also be lucky enough to witness the endangered Rhino! Overnight near Tarangire NP.

Day 11: Tarangire National Park - Lake Manyara National Park - Return to Arusha

In the morning, drive to Lake Manyara National Park, which is located within the Great Rift Valley. Lake Manyara boasts a spectacular setting, famous for its tree-climbing lions and soda-ash lake. The park also provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. The shores of the lake, encrusted with pink flamingo, attract more than 400 species of birds, many of them waterfowl or migrants. In the afternoon, drive back to Arusha.

Day 12: Departure

This marks the end of an incredible safari experience and you will bid goodbye to Kenya and Tanzania. You will be dropped off at Arusha Airport (ARK). Your breakfast is included.

Note: Please note that depending on circumstances outside the organizer's control, the order of this itinerary may be subject to change without notice.

Included excursions

You will be visiting an authentic Masai Mara village, have a picnic lunch at Mara River, and visit the iconic Carnivore Restaurant, while your time in Nairobi.

In Tanzania, you will have opportunities to explore the town of Arusha and take a trip up to the Ngorongoro Crater Rim.

Location

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is known for its huge baobab trees and large herds of elephants. Itssparse vegetation makes it a beautiful and special location, where up to 300 elephants canbe found, looking for underground streams in the dry riverbeds. Migratory wildebeest,

zebra and buffalo can also be seen crowding the shrinking lagoons.

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park hosts a plentiful wildlife and flocking bird species. It is also one of the very few places in Africa to see the famous tree-climbing lions. Manyara’s great colonies of pink flamingoes are another delight offered by this beautiful national park.

Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park supports a wide ecological diversity of flamingos and other water birds and over 450 bird species have been recorded here. Lake Nakuru is a shallow alkaline lake famous for its flamingo population estimated to be more than a million hence it is referred to as the 'Birds Paradise’ by bird watchers.

One can spot elusive wild animals like tree climbing lions, the endangered white and the black rhinos, the rare Rothschild giraffe, cape buffaloes, waterbucks, gazelles, leopard, and primates throughout the park.

Masai Mara Game Reserve

Masai Mara National Reserve is an extension of Tanzania's Serengeti National Park and is also known as the seventh wonder of the world because of its great wildebeest migration, witnessed every year between June and September.

Millions of wildebeests and zebra cross the Mara River from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya in search of food and water making a breathtaking sight!

Its vast rolling plains and rounded hills of intermittent groves of acacia woodlands and dense thickets of scrub, make a magnificent sight. The Mara River and its tributaries which are margined by luxuriant riverine forest bisect the landscape. The famous Masai tribesmen live within the dispersal area of the game reserve. Visitors can expect to see seemingly endless herds of game animals, in every direction!

Mara has the largest population of lions to be found in Kenya. Other animals to be seen here include buffalo, black rhino, hippopotamus, leopard, cheetah, zebra, Coke's hartebeest, white-bearded gnu, oribi, warthog, and Thomson's and Grant's gazelles.

The bird life of Mara is as profuse as its mammalian fauna. The Mara River is a great place to see crocodiles and hippos lazing around in their natural habitat.

Ngorongoro Crater Floor

Lying at 2,000 feet into the giant caldera of an extinct volcano, Ngorongoro Crater Floor is considered as ‘Africa’s Eden’ and the ‘8th natural wonder of the world’. This magnificent natural amphitheater contains the largest concentration of animals in all of Africa. The rich pasture and permanent water on the Crater floor supports a population of some 20,000 to 25,000 large mammals.

Pride of lions, black rhinos, and elephants share this land with the legendary Maasai tribesmen. Because the grasses are short, the game is easily spotted and can be approached quite closely. Uniquely beautiful, one might never see anything like it again!

Ngorongoro Crater Rim

Ngorongoro Crater Rim offers some remarkable views down onto the world’s largest, unflooded and unbroken caldera! The caldera of Ngorongoro marks the ancient walls of a collapsed volcano, which was probably once the size of Mount Kilimanjaro. Nowadays the completely enclosed circular crater is some twelve miles across, with steep walls of over 2,000 feet.

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park with its endless open plains and a diverse wildlife is a visitor's ultimate reward. Large pride of lions laze in the tall grasses; families of elephants feed on acacia bark and trumpet to each other across the plains; while giraffes, gazelles, monkeys, eland and the whole range of African wildlife present themselves in awe-inspiring numbers. If you are there during the spectacular wildebeest migration, you will be more than astonished!

Food

During the safari you will be served daily delicious meals, as mentioned in the itinerary. In addition, you will also be offered one liter of mineral water each day on game drives. Bamba Experience will do its best to meet any special dietary requirements, please inform and confirm with them at the time of booking.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Discover the town of Arusha
  • Enjoy watching abundant wildlife in its natural habitat
  • Take memorable pictures of your close encounters

What's included

  • 9 lunches
  • 10 dinners
  • 11 breakfasts
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Bus transport from Nairobi to Arusha
  • Drop off at Arusha Airport (ARK)
  • Game drives in the national parks as per Itinerary
  • Nature walk and visit to Maasai village
  • Ngorongoro crater tour
  • Pick up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)
  • Professional English speaking driver and guide
  • Transport on equipped 4WD Safari vehicle with pop-up roof for photography
  • Visit to Mto Wa Mbu village (for people choosing the lodge accommodation option)

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Any additional meals
  • Departure tax (airport)
  • Drinks
  • Laundry
  • Personal expenses
  • Telephone bills
  • Tips for guides
  • Transfer to the Nairobi bus station
  • Travel and personal accident insurance
  • Trip to Olduvai Gorge (available for an extra price of 20 USD per person)
  • Visa fees

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). Transfer from the airport is included. The organizer will pick you up from the airport and will drop you at Arusha Airport (ARK), at the end of the safari.

Airport: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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This vacation is available all year round, with tour starting every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

The order of the days may change due to group size, and availability of Camp Sites or Lodges. 

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