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10 Days Classic Heart of Kenya and Tanzania Safari

Eka Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

Tanzania and Kenya Safari

Classic heart of Kenya and Tanzania features Kenya and Tanzania's most treasured national parks. Starting from Lake Nakuru National Park, one of the greatest ornithological sites in the world and a great rhino sanctuary in Kenya, to the Masai Mara Game Reserve and Serengeti National Park, the arena to one of greatest spectacle on earth, the wildebeest migration, and more! The memories from this safari will stay in your heart forever!

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Minimum 2 persons
  • All children from 17 and below should be accompanied by their guardians or parents.
  • Starting point: Nairobi arriving via Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
  • Ending point: Arusha departing via Kilimanjaro International Airport.
  • English speaking guide. French and Spanish speaking guide available on request - 20 USD extra per day
  • Entrance to all parks visited, park fees, and taxes are included

Highlights

  • Half day game drives in Lake Nakuru and Lake Manyara
  • A full day and a half day game drives in Masai Mara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater
  • Chance to spot Africa's famous big five, lots of birds, giraffes, zebras, and many more
  • Chance to spot the wildebeest during their migration between Mara and Serengeti
  • Transportation on minivan in Kenya and on a 4 x 4 land cruiser in Tanzania
  • Domestic flight over Mara and Serengeti with views of the African savanna
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Styles


8 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Spanish
Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
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Accommodation

Eka Hotel

On your first night, you will stay at Eka Hotel. Eka Hotel is a contemporary style hotel that provides all the comfort, convenience, and efficiency to the discerning traveler. Ideally located along Mombasa road in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, Eka Hotel has five meeting rooms designed to suit every occasion, complimented with stylish accommodation. The hotel rooms offer the very best in comfort, convenience, and efficiency.

Flamingo Hill Camp

On your second night, you will spend your night at Flamingo Hill Camp. The Flamingo Hill Camp is situated within the famous Lake Nakuru National Park, which lies within the Great Rift Valley of Kenya. The camp is small and exclusive, comprising 25 tents. The tents are furnished with the understated luxury required by the modern traveler. Decorated in calming safari tones, natural woods, wrought iron, and crisp cottons, each tent has been meticulously planned to maximize comfort.

Ashnil Mara Camp

On your third and fourth night, you will stay overnight at Ashnil Mara Camp. Ashnil Mara Camp is located in the Masai Mara National Reserve, 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 Masai Mara for game viewing and also provides the perfect setting to sit and relax at the end of a exciting day of game drives.

The much anticipated property comprises 40 luxury tents in the Masai Mara and includes luxury en-suite bathrooms, walk-in closets, and a sun deck for relaxation while watching game. Its opening does not only add another dimension to the Mara, already a world famous national reserve, but it also becomes another important landmark in the travel destination.

Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp

Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp will be your next base camp on your fifth and sixth night. 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.

Not only that it is 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.

The sixteen large custom-made canvas tents are widely spaced throughout the rocky glades of the tented camp in the Serengeti. Reached by winding stone paths, each tent stands on a stone platform and has its own thatched roof.

Opening off the spacious bedroom, is a tented bathroom, which features twin basins, shower, and flushing WC. The main bedroom area features two queen sized four-poster beds, each with all encompassing mosquito nets. There is also a seating area with stylish lamps and easy chairs. On the spacious private terrace are both safari chairs and sun loungers.

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

On your seventh and eight night, you will stay overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. Facing the always magnificent sunsets to the west, and located at the highest point on Ngorongoro Crater’s entire rim, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge stands well over half a kilometer above the crater floor and offers unparalleled views across this enormous caldera.

Themed around traditionally circular African houses with conical roofs, and decorated with examples of Africa’s rich tapestry of artistic traditions by way of rich woodcarvings and sculptures, the lodge harmonizes perfectly with its dramatic surroundings.

But the drama does not just stop with the great outdoors, it also flows through the split level interiors of the main building which all offer an unsurpassed generosity of space while somehow managing to combine an almost magically welcoming ambiance of both warmth and coziness.

Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

You will spend your last night of this safari in 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, the lodge offers a unique blend of safari opportunities, peace, tranquility, wildlife discovery, and ornithological richness.

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 of Lake Manyara National Park 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.

Designed to reflect the brilliance of Lake Manyara's unique bird life, 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.

Program

Day 1: Arrival at Nairobi, Kenya

Jambo! Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi, you will be met by Classic Journeys Africa customer care representative who will assist you with the transfer to your hotel. Before checking in at hotel, you will be briefed on your program ahead and introduced to the driver guide who will be with you throughout the safari. Today, only breakfast will be included in the package. Tonight, you will stay at Eka Hotel.

Day 2: Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

This morning, after a short briefing, you will drive to Lake Nakuru National Park. You will arrive in time for lunch followed by a late afternoon game drive. You will stay at Flamingo Hill Camp tonight.

The park itself boasts a huge variety of animals, including leopard which is often found snoozing on the branches of the magnificent yellow-barked acacias, lion, buffalo, hippo, waterbuck, warthog, baboon, the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe only found in this park in Kenya, white rhino, and the rare black rhino which is protected and guarded there.

Day 3: Lake Nakuru to Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

After breakfast and a short briefing by your driver guide, you will drive to the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve, backdrop to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth, the annual migration of over one million wildebeest. You will arrive in time for lunch at your camp. You will then spend the afternoon on safari in Kenya’s most popular reserve. You will arrive back at your lodge for the night, Ashnil Mara Camp, in time for campfire cocktails and dinner.

Day 4: Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Your day will be spent on safari in Africa’s richest wildlife viewing arena. Historically teeming with wildlife, the Mara hosts Kenya’s largest lion prides and elephant herds. Other predators include leopard, cheetah, and spotted hyena, while in the Mara River, you will see fat pods of hippo and vast Nile crocodiles. Other highlights include giraffe tops, gazelle, zebra, buffalo, and over 550 species of birds.

Take the opportunity to fly over the Mara in a hot air balloon at an extra cost. The balloon package includes a champagne breakfast in the wild. If you can spare the money, viewing abundant game afloat a balloon is an unforgettable experience. Alternatively, visit a Masai village and learn the Masai culture at an extra cost. Tonight, you will still stay overnight at Ashnil Mara Camp.

Day 5: Masai Mara, Kenya to Serengeti National Park, Tanzania via domestic flight

After breakfast, this morning you will be transferred to Keekorok Airstrip at 9:10 a.m., where you will fly to Migori via Air Kenya, arriving at 9:30 a.m. Upon arrival at Migori, you will have a 30-minute road transfer to Isebania immigrations and customs office then clear with the immigration officials.

At 10:45 a.m., you will depart from Tarime airstrip arriving Seronera Airstrip in Serengeti at 11:05 a.m., where your Tanzania guides will be eagerly waiting for you. You will be transferred to Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp with a game viewing en route. Lunch for the day will be at your camp followed by relaxation. Later, enjoy an afternoon classic safari supper in the Serengeti National Park.

Day 6: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

After breakfast, enjoy game driving (meals taken in true safari style "in the bush") in the vast and sensational Serengeti, which covers 14,763 square kilometers of endlessly rolling savanna. Venue for the greatest wildlife show on Earth, the annual migration of over one million wildebeest, the park is also renowned for its lions, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, and plains' game. You will stay overnight at Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp.

Day 7: Ngorongoro Conversation Area, Tanzania

This morning, you will depart for Ngorongoro Conservation Area with picnic lunch boxes, stopping en route at Ol Duvai Gorge. Known as the "cradle of mankind", this is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world. Pioneered by famous paleontologists, Louis and Mary Leakey in the 1950s, it offers a glimpse into life two million years ago.

The famous Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area features rolling plains, lakes, craters, mountains, and dormant volcanoes. You will arrive at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge in time for dinner and relaxation, or an optional cultural village visit.

Day 8: Ngorongoro Conversation Area, Tanzania

After breakfast, you will descend into the eight wonder of the world, a unique biosphere that has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. Enclosed within its towering walls are grasslands, swamps, forests, salt-pans, a fresh water lake, and a glorious variety of bird life. There too, are all the members of the big five (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo), as well as a large cast of plains' game and one of Africa’s densest populations of predators.

You will enjoy a picnic lunch on the crater floor before climbing back up to the lodge in time for relaxation before dinner. Tonight, you will still stay at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.

Day 9: Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania

After breakfast, you will drive to the beautiful Lake Manyara, a shallow alkaline lake that shimmers in a cleft in the Great Rift Valley. Enjoy lunch and check in at your lodge. You will then enjoy an afternoon game viewing in Lake Manyara National Park famous for its tree climbing lions. Later, return to your lodge for dinner and overnight. You will spend the night at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge.

Day 10: End of your safari, Tanzania

Today, you will drive to Arusha. Following lunch on your own arrangements or spend time doing last minute shopping, you will then be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your flight back home. Say good bye to the wonderful country and promise to come again for another expedition!

Location

This safari will take you to various world-famous national parks in Kenya and Tanzania, including Lake Nakuru National Park, Masai Mara National Reserve, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conversation Area, and Lake Manyara National Park.

Kenya

Kenya sits halfway down the east coast of Africa, astride the equator. It is the most accessible country in the region. Kenya is the home of safari and one of the world’s top holiday destinations. Kenya’s appealing world of attractions ranges from stunning landscapes, cultural diversity, adventure sports, and beautiful beaches to unique wildlife.

It is fascinating from the sheer diversity of its many game parks. One of the greatest sights is the annual migration of two million wildebeests, together with half a million zebras and thousands of gazelles across the endless savanna. Kenya boasts as the only country in the world with a national park in the capital.

Tanzania

Tanzania is one of the unique destinations on the African continent that has yet to be discovered by many. It is a land of many wonders, with an unparalleled diversity of fauna and flora. Kilimanjaro, the highest permanently snow-capped free standing mountain in Africa, the exotic Islands of Zanzibar, the finest game sanctuaries of Serengeti, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Ruaha, Selous, and the Marine Park of Mafia Island are only but a few of the living examples.

The scenery, topography, and very friendly people harbor the growth of excellent cultural tourism, beach holidays, game hunting, historical, and archaeological ventures, and certainly the best wildlife photographic safaris on the continent.

Tanzania is known for its vastness, its remote southern national parks, and also for the parks scenic beauty, as well as their abundance in wildlife. To the north of the country lies Ngorongoro Conservation Area, about 828 square kilometers, a perfect caldera of the world and 18 kilometers in diameter. It borders Serengeti National Park, which arguably has the greatest concentration of wildlife in the world.

Food

During this safari, you will be served three daily meals that have all been prepared and selected carefully by Classic Journeys Africa.

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)
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)

Book a hot balloon ride during your stay at Masai Mara National Reserve. Take the opportunity to fly over the Mara in a hot air balloon at an extra cost. The balloon package includes a champagne breakfast in the wild. If you can spare the money, viewing abundant game afloat a balloon is an unforgettable experience. Alternatively, you can also visit a Masai village while you are in Masai Mara National Reserve, and learn the Masai culture there.

What's included

  • Half day game drives in Lake Nakuru and Lake Manyara
  • A full day and a half day game drives in Masai Mara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater
  • Domestic scenic flight over the savanna from Mara to Serengeti
  • 3 daily meals
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 24-hour stand by contact number
  • Airport transfer from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) on arrival
  • Airport transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) on departure
  • All government taxes and levies
  • All park fees
  • All transfers within the itinerary
  • First-aid kit, wildlife books, cools box, and fire extinguisher at each car
  • Guaranteed window seat
  • Services of a professional English speaking driver-guide
  • Transportation on a 4 x 4 land cruiser in Tanzania
  • Transportation on a private chauffeur minivan in Kenya
  • Two-way long range high frequency radio in each vehicle

What's not included

  • Additional activities or excursions
  • Airfare
  • Departure taxes
  • Laundry services
  • Meals other than specified and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities
  • 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 and to the airport is included. Classic Journeys Africa will pick you up from the airport.

On departure, transfers to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) are included in the price.

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 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 120 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Supplement for using a 4 x 4 land cruiser in Kenya is 535 USD per cruiser.

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