16 Days Exhilarating Safari in Kenya, Tanzania, and Victoria Falls

  • Nairobi - Lake Naivasha - Amboseli, Kenya; Masai Mara - Serengeti - Ngorongoro - Lake Manyara, Tanzania; Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Spectacular Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania Safari

This safari with Victoria Falls tour artfully combines these spectacular sights into one exciting journey. Snap photographs of the Big Five at Ngorongoro Crater, birdwatch the hundreds of flamingos at Lake Nakuru, enjoy the unbelievable wildlife in Serengeti National Park, the number one game reserve for African safari trips, take in awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, and more. Serengeti and Masai Mara may also provide the opportunity to view the Great Migration, an incredible mass movement of wildebeest.

Highlights

  • Game drive sessions
  • Stop at Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
  • Tour of majestic Victoria Falls and a sunset Cruise on Zambezi River
  • Explore Karen Blixen Museum, visit the giraffe center, and discover Seronera River
  • Transfers by 4x4 loose top Jeeps and local English-speaking guides
  • Safari window seating for each adult-paying passenger
  • 15 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners, and snacks
  • 15 nights’ accommodation
  • 15 activity days
  • English
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Nairobi Serena Hotel

An oasis of calm in the center of the city, Nairobi Serena Hotel is consistently voted Nairobi’s best hotel. Located within five minute’s of the central business district, it is home to the iconic Mandhari fine-dining experience. It is also a dedicated conference and social events center. The hotel has 183 rooms including a wide selection of suites, heated swimming pool, and sundeck. Live music nightly in the Aksum Bar and piano music in the Mandhari Restaurant.

Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge

Set in one hundred and fifty acres of grassland studded with Acacia bushes and trees, the resort is not only home to our resident giraffe, waterbuck and both Vervet and Colobus monkeys, but it is also a night stop for the hippos when they leave the lake every night to come and trim the grass on the expansive lawns.

Serena Safari Lodge

Located at the very center of the famous ‘Mara Triangle' in the world-renowned Maasai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Serena Safari Lodge is the ultimate safari destination. Styled to echo the circular motif of a traditional Maasai manyatta, the Masai Mara safari lodge blends international sophistication with raw African beauty, while featuring twin rows of individual rooms, each with its own view of the famous Mara River.

Ashnil Mara

Ashnil Mara Camp, with 40 luxury tents, is located in the Maasai Mara National Reserve and close to the Mara River, famous for the wildebeest migration. The luxury Masai Mara Camp is arguably in one of the very best positions in the Maasai Mara for game viewing and also provides the perfect setting to sit and relax at the end of an exciting day of game drives. The Ashnil Mara Camp is a four to five-hour drive from Nairobi or there are daily scheduled flights from Nairobi to the Maasai Mara which take just 45 minutes. You may also fly from the Mombasa Coast to the luxury tented camp in just two hours.

Sarova Mara Camp

The rolling plains around the camp are teeming with wildebeest, gazelles, and zebras during the migration months, and the camp is situated right in the center of their migration path. A wildlife safari puts you right in the middle of all this action. Get a first-hand account of this epic phenomenon and live to tell the tale. A safari also helps you acquaint yourself with the landscapes of this beautiful African setting.

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Set high on the saddle of a tree-clad ridge, commanding panoramic views across the Serengeti, this lodge is the ultimate fusion of traditional African architecture and world-class style. Winner of numerous awards from the world travel press, it is perhaps the finest venue the Serengeti has to offer.

Serena Mbuzi Mawe Camp

Scenically located in a glade, known as ‘the place of the Klipspringer' (mbuzi mawe), and guarded by three million-year-old granite towers, this luxury tented-camp in the Serengeti is unique. Cleverly located on one of the main annual migration corridors for over one million wildebeest, half a million zebras, and gazelles, and their accompanying cast of predators it is also located at the very epicenter of one of the world's most famous national parks.

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Regularly voted one of the best hotels in the world, this unique lodge in Tanzania clings to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, the largest and most perfect volcanic crater on Earth. Long and low, the lodge is built from local river stone and camouflaged with indigenous vines. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the Crater 600 meters below.

Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

Standing high on the edge of a towering terracotta escarpment with panoramic views over the glittering alkaline waters of Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of safari opportunities, peace, and tranquillity, wildlife discovery, and ornithological richness. Designed to reflect the brilliance of Lake Manyara's unique birdlife, the architectural motif melds swooping avian curves with the gentle concentric patterns of traditional Maasai ‘Bomas', while the vibrantly colored wall frescoes depict the colorful intricacy of bird migratory patterns.

Kirurumu Tented Lodge

Kirurumu Manyara Lodge is set high on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, enjoying a marvelous, uplifting, and panoramic view eastward over Lake Manyara, the Rift floor, and Mount Losimingori. Behind Kirurumu, the Ngorongoro Highlands rise in green and fertile splendor and form the gateway to Ngorongoro Crater and finally, Olduvai Gorge, the Serengeti.

Amboseli Serena Lodge

Set against the magnificent backdrop of Africa's highest mountain, the glittering Mount Kilimanjaro, the luxury Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge enjoys a uniquely privileged position at the heart of this world-famous national park. At the center of ‘Maasai land', the lodge's décor reflects the brilliant primary colors and iconic shapes representative of these legendary warriors. At the heart of the lodge, shaded by palm trees, is a free-form swimming pool; to either side of which stretch the rooms. Each room is housed in a single story building opening directly on to the grounds, each reflecting a Maasai manyatta theme: each with its own hand-painted wall frescos.

Ol Tukai Lodge

Ol Tukai Lodge is one of the best spots in the world to watch elephant with the backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. Writers have described Ol Tukai and the surrounding Amboseli National Park ‘as a home for the Gods’. Ol Tukai is an Eco-rated lodge having excellent outdoor and indoor facilities with its unique collection of African art. The property receives an overwhelming response from the international and local tourism market.

Ilala Lodge Hotel

Ilala Lodge Hotel is a family-run hotel that offers luxury and comfort in the heart of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Nestled in attractive gardens, the well-appointed hotel is a mere eight-minute walk from Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. Ilala Lodge Hotel is ideally located and it is very easy for guests to access all the historical sites, restaurants, and activities available in Victoria Falls.

Day 1: Arrive in Nairobi (Kenya)

Karibu! You will be warmly received in Kenya's capital, Nairobi and transferred to your hotel. The Kiswahili language here is often easily understood as many people mix the vernacular with English words. In fact, more people in Kenya speak English than in any other African country.

  • Overnight: Nairobi Serena Hotel, Nairobi

Day 2: Nairobi - Lake Naivasha (drive)

After an early breakfast, you will set off on an exciting sightseeing tour of Nairobi, giving you a chance to learn about this city’s beauty and history. You will stop at Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage to interact with the gentle and fascinating animals living here, visit the giraffe center, and explore the Karen Blixen museum, the former home of the famous Danish author of Out of Africa.

Following a hot lunch, you will drive to Lake Naivasha located north-west of Nairobi. En-route, you will stop to enjoy the beautiful views of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment. Lake Naivasha is a stunning freshwater lake in Kenya. The waters of the lake draw a great range of game to its shores. Giraffes wander among the acacia, buffalos wallow in the swamps, and colobus monkeys call from the treetops while the lake’s large hippos population sleep the day out in the shallows.

  • Overnight: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, Naivasha
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Lake Naivasha - Lake Nakuru - Lake Naivasha

Following breakfast, you will journey to Lake Nakuru National Park which lies on the floor of the Great Rift Valley. This scenic lake’s abundance of algae attracts a vast number of flamingos and other water birds. The park also provides the rare opportunity to see white and black rhinos - the latter of which is a critically endangered species. You will then spend the morning and afternoon on a game drive through this stunning region, returning to your lodge in the late afternoon for dinner.

  • Overnight: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, Naivasha
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara (drive)

Before leaving Lake Naivasha, you may have the opportunity to enjoy an optional add-on excursion (priced at 50 USD per person) which is a morning boat safari along the lake. Game viewing from the water provides a unique perspective as we spy giraffes, hippos, and an extraordinary variety of bird life from our boat. Afterwards, you will traverse the Great Rift Valley and ascend to its western rim into the Maasai Land.

In this stunning landscape, red-clad Maasai warriors tend their herds of cattle among the wildlife, admirably unmoved by the presence of large predators. Every summer, over two million animals migrate to the Mara from Serengeti. After lunch at the lodge, you will embark on one of the most exciting game drives African safari trips can offer with the opportunity to see lions, leopards, cheetahs, and a large variety of herbivores.

  • Overnight: Serena Safari Lodge / Ashnil Mara / Sarova Mara Camp, Masai Mara
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Masai Mara

This will be an adventurous day ahead as you will enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the spectacular Masai Mara Game Reserve. Blessed with a permanent water supply, Masai Mara has a year-round population of plains game. All of the Big Five animals - elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards, and rhino - are quite common on this scenic grassland.

Option here as well is to take an amazing early morning balloon safari followed by champagne breakfast right in the middle of the park, giving you a bird’s eye view of the vast Mara. This is a popular activity and space on the balloons is limited. Please contact Bestway Tours & Safaris to pre-book.

  • Overnight: Serena Safari Lodge / Ashnil Mara / Sarova Mara Camp, Masai Mara
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6: Masai Mara - Serengeti (drive)

Today, you will depart for Tanzania, a home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the exotic spice island of Zanzibar and some of the best game viewing in the world at Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater game parks. Your destination today will be Serengeti which literally means “endless plains”.

While this day will be a long drive, you will enjoy incredible views of the African countryside and stops at scenic villages along the way. Serengeti is the top place to witness the Great Migration when over two million animals cross the plains and the Grumeti River.

  • Overnight: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge / Serena Mbuzi Mawe Camp / Mbalageti Tented Lodge, Serengeti
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7: Serengeti

You will begin your Tanzanian adventure at the world famous wildlife sanctuary of Serengeti National Park which at 14,763 square kilometers, is the largest national park in Tanzania. Serengeti contains the largest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa on a scale which has no parallel anywhere in the world. The abundance of herbivores includes wildebeests, zebras, gazelles, topis, buffalos, and hartebeest to name but a few.

Serengeti is also famous for its predator population including lions, cheetahs, leopards, and hyena as well as a wide variety of birdlife believed to be in the region of 500 species. Recently, the park has also become home to rare tree-climbing lions.

  • Overnight: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge / Serena Mbuzi Mawe Camp / Mbalageti Tented Lodge, Serengeti
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8: Serengeti / Ngorongoro Crater (drive)

You will enjoy another day of exciting game drives in Serengeti National Park with picnic lunch. The extensive grasslands are interspersed with kopjes, rocky outcrops resembling islands on the flat plain that each hosts their own wildlife communities. You will also discover the Seronera River which flows through the park, providing habitats for a variety of birds, mammals and reptiles. In the afternoon, you will proceed to Nabi Hill Gate where you will enjoy your picnic lunch before journeying to the Malanja depression and entering the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

  • Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge / Ngorongoro Exploreans, Ngorongoro
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 9: Ngorongoro Crater - Lake Manyara (drive)

Today, you will explore the Ngorongoro Conservation Area which spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands, and forests. Established in 1959 as a multiple land use area, the region features wildlife coexisting with semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists practicing traditional livestock grazing. Its crowning jewel is the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest caldera.

You will descend to the famous Ngorongoro Crater for a day of superb game viewing as it is a haven for an estimated 30,000 large mammals. You will also have the chance to spot lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, hyena, hippo, wildebeest, baboon, gazelle, the endangered black rhino and many more species. After the safari, you will drive to Lake Manyara in the late afternoon. Ernest Hemingway called Manyara “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. Buffalos, wildebeests, zebras, giraffes, and tree-climbing lions are all part of the game experience here.

  • Overnight: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge / Kirurumu Tented Lodge, Lake Manyara
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 10: Lake Manyara

You will drive down to Lake Manyara National Park which is one of the finest parks in Tanzania where you will enjoy a game drive. After lunch, you will take another scenic drive crossing the beautiful Great Rift Valley to the colorful villages of Mto Wa Mbu before proceeding to the safari lodge. In the evening, you may enjoy the spectacular view of Lake Manyara National Park.

  • Overnight: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge / Kirurumu Tented Lodge, Lake Manyara
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 11: Lake Manyara - Arusha - Amboseli in Kenya (drive)

You will continue your journey today to Arusha. In Arusha which is the exact center between Cape Town and Cairo, you will stop for lunch. You will then cross the Namanga Border between Tanzania and Kenya and drive to Amboseli National Park situated at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. After another exciting game drive, you will check in to the lodge for the night.

  • Overnight: Amboseli Serena Lodge / Ol Tukai Lodge, Amboseli
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 12: Amboseli - Nairobi (drive)

After breakfast, your exciting journey will come to an unforgettable end with a safari through Amboseli against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. Amboseli is famous for its vast herds of elephants and stunning views of Kilimanjaro on clear days, so please be sure to have cameras ready. After lunch at the lodge, you will proceed to Nairobi where you will spend the night.

  • Overnight: Nairobi Serena Hotel, Nairobi
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 13: Nairobi - Victoria Falls in Zambia / Zimbabwe (flight)

This morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight from Nairobi to Victoria Falls. Depending on your flight itinerary, you may fly either to Victoria Falls (VFA) or Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI). At either of these airports, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you will enjoy an exciting tour of majestic Victoria Falls from the Zambian side. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. Every minute, more than 550 million liters of water drop almost 100 meters into the river below.

  • Overnight: Ilala Lodge, Victoria Falls
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 14: Victoria Falls

Following breakfast, you will embark on a tour of the falls from the Zimbabwe side, enjoying one of the seven wonders of the natural world on foot. This is a walking tour and it is advised that you carry protective coverings like ponchos and waterproof camera bags. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a relaxing and scenic sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River with remarkable game viewing opportunities while you are on the water. Finger snacks, soft drinks, beer and champagne will also be part of the cruise experience.

  • Overnight: Ilala Lodge, Victoria Falls
  • Meals: Breakfast and snacks

Day 15: Victoria Falls

You will have the day free to enjoy the many optional activities that Victoria Falls has to offer. A magnificent helicopter flight over Victoria Falls, horseback safari or a gorgeous hike through Batoka Gorge, and tour of Ndebele Village are just a few of the many options. Please contact Bestway Tours & Safaris to pre-book. Alternatively, relax in front of the pool and soak up the African atmosphere.

  • Overnight: Ilala Lodge, Victoria Falls
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 16: Depart Victoria Falls

Your exciting African safari vacation comes to an end as you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. Options here to continue your journey can be a visit to one of Africa’s most vibrant cities, Cape Town or join a gorilla safari in Rwanda or Uganda.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Note: The minimum amount of participants is two persons. Game park fees subject to change.

  • Discover Seronera River
  • Explore Karen Blixen Museum
  • Explore Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Stop at Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
  • Sunset cruise on mighty Zambezi River
  • Tour of majestic Victoria Falls
  • Visit the giraffe center

This safari will take you to several destinations in Kenya, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe including Nairobi, Lake Naivasha, Great Rift Valley, Maasai Land, Masai Mara Game Reserve, Serengeti National Park, Seronera River, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park, Amboseli National Park, and Victoria Falls. Kenya and Tanzania are known for their breathtaking game sightings of hundreds of animal species in pristine wilderness while majestic Victoria Falls is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Meanwhile, Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken and unflooded volcanic caldera on Earth.

  • Optional Balloon Safaris at either Masai Mara or Serengeti (550 USD per person)
  • Optional Boat Safari on Lake Naivasha (50 USD per person)
  • Optional Masai Bomas visit at Ngorongoro (50 USD per person)
  • Game drive in Lake Manyara National Park
  • Spectacular game drives in Masai Mara Game Reserve
  • Game viewing in Serengeti National Parks and Ngorongoro
  • A day of superb game viewing in famous Ngorongoro Crater
  • Game drive in one of the finest parks, Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Exciting game drive in Amboseli National Park against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Exciting tour of majestic Victoria Falls and a sunset Cruise on mighty Zambezi River
  • Stop at Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, visit the giraffe center, and explore the Karen Blixen Museum
  • Discover Seronera River and explore Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Transfers by 4x4 loose top Jeeps and services of local English-speaking guides
  • Safari window seating for each adult-paying passenger
  • 15 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners, and snacks
  • 15 nights’ accommodation
  • Fees for 15 game safaris
  • Any airfares
  • Insurance / visas
  • Tips /gratuities
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 75 days before arrival.

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Availability

This safari is available from January 6 to December 15, 2018. Please select an arrival date below.

 

Low season
  • April 7 - May 19

 

Shoulder season
  • March 3 - March 17
  • November 3 - December 1

 

Mid-shoulder season
  • June 2 - June 16

 

High season
  • January 6 - February 17

 

Peak season
  • July 7 - October 20

 

Christmas
  • December 15

 

Pricing information

The private single room rate below includes a single room supplement which is charged if you want a private room or if Bestway Tours & Safaris is unable to find a roommate for you. The rates are as follows:

  • Low season: 515 USD
  • Shoulder season: 770 USD
  • Mid-shoulder season: 710 USD
  • High season: 815 USD
  • Peak season: 940 USD
  • Christmas: 795 USD
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