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13 Days Private Classic Safari in Kenya and Tanzania
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Classic Kenya and Tanzania Safari

This tour features the best national parks of Kenya and Tanzania including Amboseli National park and its magnificent view of Mt. Kilimanjaro and beautiful scenery of large herds of elephants, Lake Nakuru National Park - one of the greatest ornithological sites in the world and a great rhino sanctuary in Kenya, Masai Mara National Reserve and Serengeti National Park - an arena to one of greatest spectacle on earth, the wildebeest migration Tsavo West National park, Ngorongoro National park - once a gigantic volcano, is the largest intact caldera in the world whose rich pasture hosts over 30,000 animals, to Lake Manyara National Park which offers a wilderness experience in diverse habitats, from its Rift Valley soda lake to dense woodlands and steep mountainsides. The park is also famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions and the vast elephant herds it was established to protect.

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Group size: No limitation
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 1 year are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting point: Kenya - Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)
  • Ending point: Tanzania - Arusha's Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • Languages: English, Spanish, and French speaking guides
  • All park fees are included.

Highlights

  • 7 days with game drives in Kenya
  • 5 days with game drives in Tanzania
  • Tanzania's park: Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, and Lake Manyara
  • Kenya's parks: Lake Naivasha, Masai Mara, Tsavo West, and Amboseli
  • Spot the Big Five, 500+ birds, hippos, giraffe, zebra, and other African wildlife
  • Safari minivan in Kenya and 4x4 Land Cruiser in Tanzania on safari with pop-up roof
  • 12 nights accommodation with full board meals while on safari
  • Complimentary roundtrip airport transfers

Styles


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

Check-in Time:
18:30
Check-out Time:
23:00

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.

Eka Hotel rooms are designed to provide the highest levels of comfort, convenience, and efficiency, supported by the latest in technology. 167 air-conditioned rooms, of these 158 are Superior rooms, 2 rooms for guests with special needs, 4 Junior Suites, and 3 Executive Suites. Guests staying in the hotel have exclusive access to Wi-fi, the gym and swimming pool.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Facilities

AC, gym, swimming pool, LCD flat-screen TV with DSTV, complimentary Wi-Fi hot spots, personal minibar in the room, safety deposit box, complimentary coffee making facilities, direct dial international telephone, hairdryers, iron, and board, separate toilet and a rain shower, king-size bed, and mon-smoking

Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort

Set on 120 acres of Lake Naivasha’s southern shoreline in Africa’s Great Rift Valley, with acacia bushes and trees, the resort is not only home to the resident giraffe, waterbuck, and both Vervet and Colobus monkeys, but it is also a night stop for the hippos. The guest cottages, with their ingeniously designed roofs, gently sweep away from one side of the main building to form a crescent which leads towards the lakeshore.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Facilities

Bars, lounge, restaurant, out-door boma dining area, swimming pool, gym, sauna, gift shop. TV’s in-room. Expansive grounds to host weddings, events, and Wi-Fi in public areas.

Located high on the slopes of the Oloolaimutia Hills, the Maasai Mara Sopa Lodge was one of the first safari lodges to be built in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, a reason why its gardens and trees are so lush and mature. The lodge has 50 guest cottages divided into two wings to either side of the main public areas. Each of these houses has two spacious guest rooms with queen and king size beds, mosquito nets, electronic safes, dressing tables, en-suite bathrooms, and sheltered verandas that all have views over the gardens and the game reserve beyond.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Facilities

Bar, gift shop, lounge, outdoor boma dining area, restaurant, swimming pool, TV in the bar., and Wi-Fi in public areas.

Rhino Valley Lodge

The Rhino Valley Lodge has 16 rooms all self-contained rooms with a private veranda and a great view of animals in the near pool.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Amboseli Sopa Lodge

Set on 200 acres of private land and with a rustic charm all of its own, the lodge nestles in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro which, at almost six thousand meters, is Africa’s highest and most famous snow-capped mountain.

Amboseli Sopa Lodge is set within mature wooded gardens with a wide variety of trees and plants which include thorn trees, Acacias, fragrant Frangipanis, colorful bougainvillea, and giant cacti which all thrive in these surroundings. The gardens are also home to numerous species of birds, as well as monkeys, mongooses, squirrels, duikers, the occasional gazelle and, once in a while, even an ever inquisitive leopard.

Rustic, well-spaced cottages meander through the vast expanse of the mature gardens and house the eighty-three guest rooms. These are all brightly decorated with Maasai themed wall murals, and each room has been purposely built to contain either one or two queen-sized beds, as well as a veranda.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Facilities

Adjoining rooms, babysitting, board games, children’s menu, children’s pool, executive suite, gift shop, hairdryers, handicraft market, honeymoon suite, laundry, mosquito nets, outdoor dining, sauna, special diets, sundowners, swimming pool, telephone at reception, traditional dances, turn-down service, and wheelchair accessible rooms.

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.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Facilities

Bar, lounge, restaurant, TV in the conference room, outdoor dining, swimming pool, gift shop. WiFi in public areas.

Serengeti Sopa Lodge

Located on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the plains of south-western Serengeti National Park, home to many thousands of wild and rare animals, Serengeti Sopa Lodge lies within an area of outstanding natural beauty. An oasis of cool relaxation from the equatorial sun.

The lodge allows its guests to experience magnificent sights and enjoy the interaction with the land and animals difficult to find elsewhere, whilst at the same time enjoying the highest level of cuisine and hospitality.

Unlike most other safari lodges throughout East Africa, the main building does not have a traditional African thatched roof. It has, instead, a flat roof which they often use for a cocktail, sundowners, and private parties.

However, when you step down from these lofty heights into the sudden coolness of the reception lobby and move on, you will find stairs and ramps which either take you down to the dining room, with its outdoor terrace and simply delicious and sumptuous meals that are to die for or across to the conference room before descending further to the ground floor.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Facilities

Adjoining rooms, babysitting, balloon safaris, bar, bird watching, board games, children’s menu, conference room, gift shop, gymnasium, hairdryers, laundry, lounge, mosquito nets, outdoor dining, restaurant, special diets, sundowners, swimming pool, telephone at the reception, traditional dances, turn down service, TV room, weddings, wheelchair accessible rooms, and Wi-Fi in public areas.

Kirurumu Manyara 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 Mt. 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.

The lodge has 27 spacious luxurious tented cottages and two honeymoon suites and two family cottages. All include personal verandah that overlooks the Rift valley escarpment over Lake Manyara.

Facilities

Pressure boosters hot rain showers, free Wi-Fi, daily housekeeping, and coffee and tea in-room service.

Program

Day 1: Arrival/Nairobi

You will be picked by the Classic Journeys' customer care representative at the airport. Once you have retrieved your luggage, the guide will be waiting for you in the arrival hall carrying a branded signboard. Your guide will explain in detail your itinerary and arrangements before transferring you to your hotel.

  • Night: Eka Hotel (bed and breakfast)

Day 2: Lake Naivasha National Park

After breakfast, you will drive from Nairobi to the Lake area. The road, the main artery between the capital, the Rift Valley and ultimately Uganda, heads northwest. Proceeding north the next is Lake Elementaita, then Lake Nakuru, followed by Lake Bogoria and Lake Baringo.

You will have packed lunch as you continue with your journey. Half-day guided walk on Crescent Island situated in the deepest part of Lake Naivasha. The shores of this beautiful piece of paradise host an abundance of birdlife and have especially large numbers of pelicans, cormorant and fish eagles.

While the island is secure and private it is connected to the mainland and this allows animals to roam freely. See hippos grazing in the cool afternoon air or resting under acacia trees in the heat of the day, while giraffes who were born on the island come back to birth their own young.

The scenic beauty and sense of freedom in this little park have seen many filmmakers alight on its shores to film herds of wildebeest, waterbuck, and zebra passing through the grassy savannah.

  • Night: Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort (full board)

Day 3: Masai Mara National Reserve

Drive from the Lake area to the Masai Mara. The road linking the lakes runs south from Baringo and Bogoria to Nakuru before turning southeast to Elementaita and Naivasha. South of Naivasha the road turns west to Narok then continues west and south to the Masai Mara. Approximate journey time 4-9 hours, depending on the destination in the Mara. Route details and journey times may vary depending on road conditions.

Discover the Masai Mara National Reserve, the most famous and most visited reserve in Kenya. Covering an area of 1,510 kilometers, the Masai Mara reserve is, in fact, the extension in Kenyan territory of the vast Serengeti Park in Tanzania. Together, they constitute a huge ecosystem in which animals move freely. All large African animals are present. Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, impala, Kirk’s dik-dik, bushbuck, topi, buffalo, ellipsen waterbuck, eland and giraffe, all are there. Famous for its rich wildlife, the Masai Mara is home to not only the "Big 5" (elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard) but also many birds (over 500 species of birds have been recorded). Along the rivers, crocodiles and hippos lie in wait.

Composed of vast rolling plains and hills, the Masai Mara is dotted with umbrella thorn acacias and thorny thickets. In the Maa language, Mara means "spotted" and may refer to the colorful landscapes. Alternatively, the name may refer to the arrival of over two million herbivores during the annual migration (wildebeest, gazelles, and zebras).

Afternoon game drive in the Masai Mara National Reserve. Immerse yourself in this prime wildlife area and connect with nature on every level. Variety is what distinguishes the exceptional from the mundane and this reserve offers copious amounts of variation. Your afternoon drive will begin late in the day and conclude just before darkness falls. This is the best time of day to view nocturnal hunters who prepare for their nightly expeditions.

Watering holes are also usually busy just before sunset as animals such as hippos return to their resting spots while others congregate to drink before retiring for the night. Keep your camera handy to capture everything from elephants to gazelles and crocodiles to lions.

  • Night: Mara Sopa (full board)

Day 4: Masai Mara National Reserve

Morning safari in your tour vehicle the Masai Mara National Park which is a vast expanse of 1,500 square kilometers. Situated at an average altitude of 1,650 meters, its plains are an ideal landscape for the elegant and sprightly gazelles. Green in the rainy season, the high-growing grass is dry for the rest of the year, offering one a view of eternal Africa.

Morning safari in your tour vehicle. Perhaps you will be lucky enough to observe gnu, zebra and their predators (hyena, lion, leopard, wild dog), especially during the migration period between August and September.

Afternoon game drive in the Masai Mara National Reserve. Immerse yourself in this prime wildlife area and connect with nature on every level. Variety is what distinguishes the exceptional from the mundane and this reserve offers copious amounts of variation. Your afternoon drive will begin late in the day and conclude just before darkness falls. This is the best time of day to view nocturnal hunters who prepare for their nightly expeditions.

Watering holes are also usually busy just before sunset as animals such as hippos return to their resting spots while others congregate to drink before retiring for the night. Keep your camera handy to capture everything from elephants to gazelles and crocodiles to lions.

  • Night: Mara Sopa (full board)

Day 5: Nairobi

Morning safari in your tour vehicle the Masai Mara National Park. Drive from the Masai Mara to Nairobi. The road first heads north and east to Narok before turning east to Maai Mahiu, south of Lake Naivasha, and continuing southeast to Nairobi. Starting from the Masai Mara with an altitude of around 1,500 meters the road must eventually ascend the Rift Valley escarpment at around 2,500 meters before continuing down to Nairobi (1,661 meters). Approximate journey time 4-5 hours, depending on the starting point in the Mara. Route details and journey times may vary depending on road conditions.

You will have your dinner at the Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi.

  • Night: Eka Hotel (Bed and Breakfast)

Day 6: Tsavo West National park

Drive from Nairobi to Tsavo West. The main Nairobi-Mombasa road leads southeast, falling steadily from the 1,661 meters altitude of Nairobi to around 500 meters in the Tsavo area. The road runs in between Tsavo East and Tsavo West with access to the Tsavo West National Park typically through Mtito Andei or Tsavo Gate. Approximate journey time 4 hours. Route details and journey times may vary depending on road conditions.

Discover the Tsavo West National Park, located about 240 kilometers from Nairobi. With its 9,065 square kilometers, Tsavo West is one of the two entities comprising the Tsavo National Park (the largest park in Kenya [20,812 square kilometers] and one of the largest in Africa). Divided into two parts (Tsavo East and Tsavo West) by the railway linking Mombasa to Nairobi, the animals move freely from one part of the park to another.

At the heart of this hilly region composed of thick woods and deep forests, abundant wildlife, although often well hidden, can be observed. Over 400 species are present including many water birds such as the knob-billed duck, pied kingfisher, and African skimmer.

During your safari, you may also encounter many mammals including cheetahs, elephants, leopards, buffaloes, Maasai giraffes, and spotted hyenas as well as rarer species such as caracal, kudu and Hunter’s hartebeest. A particular -feature of Tsavo West is undoubtedly the "black-maned lions", alas very difficult to locate.

Your afternoon game drive will break at spots such as Poacher’s Lookout where you can admire the plains below teeming with wildlife that include the Big Five and many grazing species. Breathe in the fresh African air and admire the views of the sinking sun as day turns to night and the bushland comes alive with the roar of lions as they prepare to hunt out their evening meal.

  • Night: Rhino Valley Lodge (full board)

Day 7: Amboseli National Park

Drive from Tsavo West to Amboseli. Traveling in a north-westerly direction the route passes to the south of the Chyulu Hills and to the north of Mount Kilimanjaro before reaching Amboseli.

Discover the Amboseli National Park. Located about 250 km from Nairobi and along the Tanzanian border, the park derives its name from the Masai word "Empusel", meaning salty, dusty place. Declared a national park in 1974 to protect its unique and fragile ecosystem, the Amboseli National Park offers landscapes of remarkable contrasts: arid zones alongside the lush oases of the swamps.

The ecosystem of this low rainfall region depends on water from Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895 meters). A particular feature of Amboseli is the possibility to take picture postcard photos of elephants against the backdrop of Kilimanjaro. Covering an area of 392 square kilometers, the park is, in addition to elephants, home to numerous animals (giraffe, wildebeest, antelope, buffalo, lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena) as well as 400 species of birds (pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, hamerkop and 47 types of raptor) who live alongside the Masai villages.

Guided afternoon game drive through the Amboseli National Park. This compact park is abundant with wildlife and allows for excellent game viewing. Its vegetation consists of a combination of sprawling grasslands, swampy springs and dry dusty earth. Amboseli is most famous for its large elephant populations, with the bulls having some of the biggest tusks in the world. From the Observation Hill, you will have a view of the entire park and especially the swamp areas where buffalo, elephants, hippos and a diversity of water birds come to cool off and refresh themselves. Look out for the shy porcupine who only dares to emerge at sunset.

  • Night: Amboseli Sopa Lodge (full board)

Day 8: Amboseli National Park

Guided morning game drive through Amboseli. This scenic national park lies close to the Tanzanian border at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro and is a photographic paradise. Its name comes from the Masai word 'Empusel' meaning salty, dusty place as its vast rolling plains are dry and dotted with thorny acacia trees. The Big Five, plains game, crocodiles, giraffe and waterbuck can all be spotted here as well as the famed Amboseli elephants. This is one of the most iconic wildlife reserves in Africa and a must-see on most travelers’ lists. It is also one of the few places in the world where you will have the privilege of getting up close to free-roaming elephants.

Learn about the traditions and beliefs of an ancient and proud tribe with a visit to a traditional Masai Village. Expect to be warmly greeted and entertained by Masai warriors, resplendent in traditional red robes and beads, as they perform a welcome dance for you. The majority of Masai people still practice the customary way of life as pastoralists.

Guided afternoon game drive through the Amboseli National Park. This compact park is abundant with wildlife and allows for excellent game viewing. Its vegetation consists of a combination of sprawling grasslands, swampy springs and dry dusty earth. Amboseli is most famous for its large elephant populations, with the bulls having some of the biggest tusks in the world.

  • Night: Amboseli Sopa Lodge (full board)

Day 9: Ngorongoro National Park

Drive from Amboseli to Namanga. From Amboseli you will travel in a westerly direction, typically exiting through the Meshanani Gate as you pick up the road towards Namanga located on the border of Kenya and Tanzania. Approximate journey time 1 hour. Route details and journey times may vary depending on road conditions.

Embark on your guided tour aboard your 4X4 vehicle (Tempo-DG): service starts at Arusha and ends at Arusha (D13 27/10/18) - 5 days. Drive from Arusha to Ngorongoro. The road leads west, then south-west, skirting around the Monduli Mountains before crossing the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley to the north of Lake Manyara. The road then climbs over the western ridge of the Rift Valley and ascends to the elevated Ngorongoro region. Approximate journey time 4 hours, depending on the exact start and end points. Route details and journey times may vary depending on road conditions.

Discover the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Initially incorporated into the Serengeti National Park, the area is not a national park. It was founded in 1959, following a conflict between the national parks and the Maasai, as a nature reserve to protect unique wildlife but also as a haven for the Maasai. Its name comes from the warriors of the tribe once living in the crater: the Likorongoros (which was distorted to Ngorongoro by the German colonists).

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area covers approximately 8,288 square kilometers, 890 square kilometers of which is montane forest covering part of the crater wall. Ngorongoro offers a wide range of habitats: wetlands, grasslands, forests, streams and savannas. The crater itself covers about 260 square kilometers. A World Heritage Site, it is in fact a caldera, caused by the collapse of a massive volcano nearly 2.5 million years ago. During the descent into the crater, you will enjoy a spectacularly panoramic view of the interior of the crater.

Even from the top of the crater wall you'll notice the first large herds as dark spots on the landscape. The crater boasts the largest animal density in Africa with some 20,000 animals including around 55 species of mammals, ostriches, Kori bustards, dwarf flamingos, crowned cranes, zebras, gazelles, warthogs, wildebeest, hartebeest all are present. Eland, jackal, black rhino and some servals are also among the principal inhabitants. The Ngorongoro Crater is further home to many predators such as hyenas, lions and leopards. Cheetahs, giraffes, hartebeest and impala, however, are missing.

  • Night: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (full board)

Day 10: Serengeti National Park

Set off on a 4x4 morning game drive as the sun sparkles on the lush plains of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This pristine and protected region is simply stunning in the morning as the freshness of a new day brings life to the Ngorongoro Crater, and the immense plethora of animals that take shelter there begin to stir and graze.

Within the crater itself, there are over 25,000 large animal species and herbivores such as zebra, eland and Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelle can be found in huge herds. The area is also rife with buffalo while elephant and reedbuck roam higher up near the rim of the crater. Bird varieties are extensive and your guide will point out the many varieties that you will come across during your morning game drive while white pelican and greater and lesser flamingo can be admired on Lake Magadi within the crater.

Drive from Ngorongoro to the Serengeti. The road leads north-west. Leaving behind the fertile highlands area with its coffee and tea plantations it passes into the open planes of the Serengeti where Masai pastoralists co-exist with the African wildlife. Approximate journey time 3 to 5 hours, depending on the exact start and end points. Route details and journey times may vary depending on road conditions.

Discover the Serengeti National Park. Created in 1951, the Serengeti (from Siringet, meaning "endless plain" in maa, the language of the Maasai) is one of the largest parks in Africa. Covering an area of 14,800 square kilometers, it abuts the Ngorongoro to the east and the Masai Mara (Kenya) to the north. This is a magical place both for the beauty and diversity of the landscapes (plains, acacia savannah, hills, large forested areas) and for the variety of animals.

The Serengeti National Park is home to a considerable wildlife population in all seasons: gazelles, antelopes, giraffes, buffalos, zebras, jackals, warthogs, monkeys, etc. all are gathered here. Elephants, hippos, crocodiles are also among the main residents of the park. Over 500 species of birds have been identified including ostriches, bustards and secretary birds. The park is also famous for its many predators: more than a thousand lions, hundreds of cheetahs, many hyenas and some leopards have been recorded. If the lions are more visible near the rivers (especially near the Seronera River), cheetahs and hyenas are more at home in the plains.

  • Night: Serengeti Sopa Lodge (full board)

Day 11: Serengeti National Park

Morning safari in the Serengeti National Park. Covered with uninterrupted columns of zebra and gnu during the May migration, the savanna is the permanent home of the spotted hyena and the jackals, which would probably be the first animals you would meet. The spotted hyenas have the habit of digging their territory along the sides of the pathways and the jackals occupy the holes left vacant by the just as powerful vultures.

Unleash your wild side on an afternoon 4x4 safari in the Seronera region of the Serengeti National Park. This area of the Serengeti offers a fantastic abundance of game viewing where it is not difficult to find all of the Big Five on one game drive and waterholes attract animals like magnets. Lions, giraffes and antelopes roam freely across the open savannahs, while rhinos stay close to the safety of the forest bush, and leopard and cheetah can be caught napping in the branches of acacia trees.

As your game drive moves into the early hours of the evening, these predators begin to stalk the plains and large mammals such as buffalo take shelter in riverine vegetation. Fulfill your African safari dreams on the plains of the immense Serengeti while watching vultures feast off carcass remains and beautiful crowned cranes moving regally through the grasslands.

  • Night: Serengeti Sopa Lodge (full board)

Day 12: Manyara

Drive from the Serengeti to Manyara. Discover Lake Manyara National Park. Set between the cliffs of the Rift Valley and the alkaline lake of the same name, Lake Manyara National Park covers some 320 square kilometers. Its name derives from the Maasai word "emanyara", the name of a plant growing all around the lake and used by the local people to protect their homesteads. Dominated by the Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara National Park presents a diverse flora. Thus, whereas the north is dominated by dense tropical vegetation (giant mahogany, wild palms), vegetation in the south becomes sparser before giving way to grassland and swamps near the lake.

Covering an area of about 50 square kilometers, this lake is a favorite with flamingos and waders. Some 350 species of birds have been identified including thousands of Egyptian geese. The park also offers all kinds of wildlife: giraffes, buffalos, zebras, baboons, monkeys or elephants, all are present. If you are lucky you might even spot lions in the trees. Perched in the acacias to better see their prey, the park is famous for these tree-climbing lions.

Track down tree-climbing lions on an afternoon 4x4 safari in Lake Manyara National Park in your tour vehicle. Small, yet filled with splendor, this park is a delight to explore, consisting of 11 different ecosystems that support one of the highest biomass densities of large mammals in the world. Among them are Lake Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions, and although you may see lions in trees in other parks, it is a real specialty in Manyara. It is believed that the lions developed this habit in order to avoid pesky biting flies, but whatever the reason it is a unique sight to behold as well as a likely one on your afternoon game drive as these late-night predators take to trees for an afternoon nap. Traverse through the savannahs, marshes, and evergreen forests as you seek out elephants, hippos, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, wildebeests and so much more.

  • Night: Kirurumu Manyara Lodge (full board)

Day 13: Mto Wa Mbu Village - Kilimanjaro Airport

Step into a melting pot of cultures on a visit to the Mto Wa Mbu Village. This fascinating village borders the Manyara National Park and offers a welcome respite from wildlife explorations through Tanzania’s northern safari circuit. It is home to an enormous diversity of ethnic groups, with approximately 120 different tribes residing in the village and is surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park.

Famed for its rice and red banana plantations, the villagers make their living mostly from farming and tourism, and there is a large variety of cultural programs that visitors can partake in. Mto Wa Mbu is a superb area for an authentic cultural experience where you can taste the flavors of Tanzania, learn more about the country’s politics, wildlife, history, and culture and enjoy a hiking or biking tour in the scenic village surrounds.

Tuck into a traditional lunch at the Mto Wa Mbu Village. This enticing little village is situated in the heart of Tanzania’s northern safari circuit where a fusion of cultures, religions, languages, and traditions await to be explored. It is the ideal place to learn about Tanzania in a nutshell and offers a variety of experiences to enjoy. The village consists of approximately 120 different tribal groups who all retain their individual identity while at the same time living together harmoniously by promoting tourism and income generation. Your unique lunch will take place in the heart of a fertile banana plantation and consists of good, wholesome food such as sweet potato, vegetables, meat stew and other more exotic specialties such as a local variety of spinach and maize meal. Relish the unique simplicity of African cuisine while enjoying the humble friendliness of your welcoming hosts.

Drive from Manyara to Arusha. The road leads at first south-east before turning north-east, passing through a landscape of semi-arid savannah interspersed with volcanoes, craters, and calderas resulting from the tectonic movement underlying the Great Rift Valley. Approximate journey time 3 hours, depending on the exact start and end points. Route details and journey times may vary depending on road conditions.

Transfer from Arusha to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO).

Included excursions

  • Boat Ride at Lake Naivasha
  • Dinner at the Carnivore restaurant in Nairobi
  • Mto Wa Mbu tour and local lunch

Location

Lake Naivasha

The shores of this beautiful piece of paradise host an abundance of birdlife and have especially large numbers of pelicans, cormorant and fish eagles.

While the island is secure and private it is connected to the mainland and this allows animals to roam freely. See hippos grazing in the cool afternoon air or resting under acacia trees in the heat of the day, while giraffes who were born on the island come back to birth their own young.

The scenic beauty and sense of freedom in this little park have seen many filmmakers alight on its shores to film herds of wildebeest, waterbuck, and zebra passing through the grassy savannah.

Masai Mara

Discover the Masai Mara National Reserve, the most famous and most visited reserve in Kenya. Covering an area of 1,510 kilometers, the Masai Mara reserve is, in fact, the extension in Kenyan territory of the vast Serengeti Park in Tanzania. Together, they constitute a huge ecosystem in which animals move freely. All large African animals are present. Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, impala, Kirk’s dik-dik, bushbuck, topi, buffalo, ellipsen waterbuck, eland and giraffe, all are there.

Famous for its rich wildlife, the Masai Mara is home to not only the "Big 5" (elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard) but also many birds (over 500 species of birds have been recorded). Along the rivers, crocodiles and hippos lie in wait.

Composed of vast rolling plains and hills, the Masai Mara is dotted with umbrella thorn acacias and thorny thickets. In the Maa language, Mara means "spotted" and may refer to the colorful landscapes. Alternatively, the name may refer to the arrival of over two million herbivores during the annual migration (wildebeest, gazelles, and zebras).

Tsavo West National Park

Discover the Tsavo West National Park, located about 240 kilometers from Nairobi. With its 9,065 square kilometers, Tsavo West is one of the two entities comprising the Tsavo National Park (the largest park in Kenya [20,812 square kilometers] and one of the largest in Africa). Divided into two parts (Tsavo East and Tsavo West) by the railway linking Mombasa to Nairobi, the animals move freely from one part of the park to another.

At the heart of this hilly region composed of thick woods and deep forests, abundant wildlife, although often well hidden, can be observed. Over 400 species are present including many water birds such as the knob-billed duck, pied kingfisher, and African skimmer.

Amboseli National Park

Discover the Amboseli National Park. Located about 250 km from Nairobi and along the Tanzanian border, the park derives its name from the Masai word "Empusel", meaning salty, dusty place. Declared a national park in 1974 to protect its unique and fragile ecosystem, the Amboseli National Park offers landscapes of remarkable contrasts: arid zones alongside the lush oases of the swamps.

The ecosystem of this low rainfall region depends on water from Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895 meters). A particular feature of Amboseli is the possibility to take picture postcard photos of elephants against the backdrop of Kilimanjaro. Covering an area of 392 square kilometers, the park is, in addition to elephants, home to numerous animals (giraffe, wildebeest, antelope, buffalo, lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena) as well as 400 species of birds (pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, hamerkop and 47 types of raptor) who live alongside the Masai villages.

Ngorongoro Crater

Discover the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Initially incorporated into the Serengeti National Park, the area is not a national park. It was founded in 1959, following a conflict between the national parks and the Maasai, as a nature reserve to protect unique wildlife but also as a haven for the Maasai. Its name comes from the warriors of the tribe once living in the crater: the Likorongoros (which was distorted to Ngorongoro by the German colonists).

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area covers approximately 8,288 square kilometers, 890 square kilometers of which is a montane forest covering part of the crater wall. Ngorongoro offers a wide range of habitats: wetlands, grasslands, forests, streams, and savannas. The crater itself covers about 260 square kilometers. A World Heritage Site, it is, in fact, a caldera, caused by the collapse of a massive volcano nearly 2.5 million years ago.

Serengeti National Park

Discover the Serengeti National Park. Created in 1951, the Serengeti (from Siringet, meaning "endless plain" in maa, the language of the Maasai) is one of the largest parks in Africa. Covering an area of 14,800 square kilometers, it abuts the Ngorongoro to the east and the Masai Mara (Kenya) to the north. This is a magical place both for the beauty and diversity of the landscapes (plains, acacia savannah, hills, large forested areas) and for the variety of animals.

The Serengeti National Park is home to a considerable wildlife population in all seasons: gazelles, antelopes, giraffes, buffalos, zebras, jackals, warthogs, monkeys, etc. all are gathered here. Elephants, hippos, crocodiles are also among the main residents of the park. Over 500 species of birds have been identified including ostriches, bustards and secretary birds. The park is also famous for its many predators: more than a thousand lions, hundreds of cheetahs, many hyenas and some leopards have been recorded. If the lions are more visible near the rivers (especially near the Seronera River), cheetahs and hyenas are more at home in the plains.

Lake Manyara National Park

Discover Lake Manyara National Park. Set between the cliffs of the Rift Valley and the alkaline lake of the same name, Lake Manyara National Park covers some 320 square kilometers. Its name derives from the Maasai word "emanyara", the name of a plant growing all around the lake and used by the local people to protect their homesteads. Dominated by the Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara National Park presents a diverse flora. Thus, whereas the north is dominated by dense tropical vegetation (giant mahogany, wild palms), vegetation in the south becomes sparser before giving way to grassland and swamps near the lake.

Covering an area of about 50 square kilometers, this lake is a favorite with flamingos and waders. Some 350 species of birds have been identified including thousands of Egyptian geese. The park also offers all kinds of wildlife: giraffes, buffalos, zebras, baboons, monkeys or elephants, all are present. If you are lucky you might even spot lions in the trees. Perched in the acacias to better see their prey, the park is famous for these tree-climbing lions.

Mto Wa Mbu Village

This enticing little village is situated in the heart of Tanzania’s northern safari circuit where a fusion of cultures, religions, languages, and traditions await to be explored. It is the ideal place to learn about Tanzania in a nutshell and offers a variety of experiences to enjoy. The village consists of approximately 120 different tribal groups who all retain their individual identity while at the same time living together harmoniously by promoting tourism and income generation.

Food

Food served at your accommodation is carefully prepared, varied and tasty. Many of the vegetables are locally grown in gardens at your camp. Do not drink tap water anywhere in East Africa. Bottled water and treated water is readily available, so please do not allow yourself to become dehydrated. Water found in bottles in your room or served with meals is safe to drink. It is generally recommended to drink at least two to three liters (4 to 6 pints) of water per day to avoid becoming dehydrated.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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 or Amboseli National Park, and learn the Masai culture there.

What's included

  • 12 nights accommodation as stipulated in the itinerary.
  • Transportation in a private safari minivan in Kenya and 4x4 Land Cruiser in Tanzania on safari with pop-up roof for easy game viewing and photography (supplement for using a 4x4 Land Cruiser in Kenya)
  • Services of an English or Spanish or French speaking driver-guide
  • Unlimited game viewing drives
  • Parks entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • All government taxes and levies
  • Complimentary 1,500 ml mineral water per person per day in the safari vehicle
  • All meet and greet services
  • All arrival and departure transfers
  • 24 hours stand-by contact number
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Two-way long-range high-frequency radio communication in each vehicle
  • On safari accessories in each vehicle: First-aid kit, wildlife books, a pair of binoculars, cool box and fire extinguisher
  • Flying doctor’s coverage which covers you within East Africa for a period of 14 days. In the eventuality of a medical emergency, you will be airlifted to Nairobi where you will be taken to a good hospital. Hospital bills are born by the patient.

What's not included

  • All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills, etc.
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • International flight and departure taxes
  • Laundry services
  • Any other item(s) not included in our itinerary
  • Visa fees
  • Easter supplement of 30 USD applicable per person per night as of 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th April 2020 for Lake Naivasha Sopa, Mara Sopa, Amboseli Sopa, Ngorongoro Sopa, and Serengeti Sopa, and 15 USD for Rhino Valley Lodge.
  • Christmas supplement of 35 USD applicable per person per night as of 24th, 25th, 26th and 31st 2020 and 1st Jan 2021 for Lake Naivasha Sopa, Mara Sopa, Amboseli Sopa, Ngorongoro Sopa and Serengeti Sopa as well as Kirurumu Manyara Lodge, and 15 USD for Rhino Valley Lodge as of 23rd Dec 2020 - 3rd Jan 2021.

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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: Kilimanjaro International Airport Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
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 non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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