12 Days Wildlife Tanzania and Kenya Safari for First Timers in Africa

  • Nairobi - Lake Nakuru - Lake Naivasha - Maasai Mara National Reserve - Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Lake Manyara National Park - Amboseli National Park

Guided Kenya and Tanzania Safari

This 12-day safari will show you the best highlights of Kenya and northern Tanzania. You will be taken on a journey through East Africa exploring lakes and some of the best national parks and game reserves in Kenya and Tanzania. With well tested and experienced safari consultants, the team will meticulously attend to in detail all your personalized requirements and interests in making your holiday plans a success. This is a great safari for a first timer to Africa!

Highlights

  • Game drives
  • Professional guide
  • Transport in safari minivan
  • Breakfasts, lunches, & dinners
  • 11 nights' accommodation
  • Daily mineral water
  • Airport transfers
  • 10 activity days
  • English
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During this safari, you will be accommodated in some lodges and camps, including Boulevard Hotel or similar, Lake Nakuru Lodge, Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, Masai Mara Sopa Lodge, Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp, Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge, Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge, and Amboseli Sopa Lodge.

Lake Nakuru Lodge

The lodge offers accommodation in 95 spacious deluxe rooms which have a glass sliding door, all with en-suite bathrooms with permanent showers, and also have great views of the park, garden, or lake. Two of the suites have private veranda and a sitting room.

Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge

21 cottages are built in a crescent shape, each has 4 rooms, 2 on the ground, and 2 at the top. 2 of these rooms are suitable for the physically challenged and 6 of the 21 cottages have inter-connecting rooms on the ground floor. The double storey 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 lake shore.

The upstairs guest rooms have a single king-sized bed and the downstairs ones have two queen-sized beds, both have one thing in common and that is an extraordinary amount of space as well as lavishly appointed bathrooms. All rooms have large frontal windows, televisions, mini-bars, telephones, electronic safes, tea and coffee making facilities, and spacious, open air verandas.

Masai Mara Sopa Lodge

The lodge has fifty guest cottages divided into two wings to either side of the main public areas. Each of these house 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.

Serengeti Kati Kati Camp

The camp offers comfortable accommodation and a unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari camp experience. The camp is only a two-hour scenic drive from Olduvai Gorge Museum and Grumeti River. A cozy mess tent is located in the center of the camp where meals are served.

Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge

Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge has 80 spacious guestrooms, all of them afford fabulous views over the crater. Exquisitely decorated, offering a serene atmosphere of elegance, the modern rooms are all en-suite, with central heating systems and mosquito netting over the air vents. The 80 rooms include twin rooms, double rooms (with one double bed), one Presidential suite, and three Junior suites. There are also interconnecting rooms, specially designed for families.

Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge

Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge has 100 spacious guestrooms, each of them with a private verandah boasting a panoramic view of the national park and the flamingo-colored lake below. Tastefully finished and decorated in authentic African style, the spacious rooms and suites are all en-suite and have mosquito netting over the air vents.

Amboseli Sopa Lodge

This rustic, well-spaced cottages meander through the vast expanse of the mature gardens and house 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.

Day 1 (Arrival)

You will arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) and meet Pam Tours and Travel Ltd representative. You will be transferred to Boulevard Hotel or similar where you will enjoy dinner and stay overnight.

Day 2 (Nairobi - Lake Nakuru National Park)

After breakfast, you will drive to Lake Nakuru National Park via the Great Valley. You will arrive at your lodge at the lunch time. You will explore this park which comprises of the lake and surrounded by mainly wooded and bushy grasslands. The park supports a wide ecological diversity with flamingos (greater and lesser) and other water birds as the major attractions of the area.

The ecosystem provides about 56 different species of mammals including the white rhino and buffaloes and a variety of terrestrial birds numbering nearly 450 species. You will enjoy dinner and stay overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3 (Lake Nakuru - Lake Naivasha)

After breakfast and final game drive, you will depart to Lake Naivasha which is the second largest freshwater lake in Kenya. The lake is home to a variety of types of wildlife including over 400 different species of bird and a sizeable population of hippos. The fish community in the lake has been highly variable over time, influenced by the changes of climate, fishing effort, and the introduction of invasive species. You will enjoy dinner and stay overnight at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4 (Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara National Reserve)

After breakfast, you will depart to the Masai Mara National Reserve and arrive at the lunch time. You will start your game drive in the afternoon. The Maasai Mara National Reserve is the northern-most section of the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem, which covers some 25,000 square kilometers (9,700 square miles) in Tanzania and Kenya.

Millions of wildebeests, topis, zebras, and Thomson's gazelles migrate into and occupy the Mara reserve, from the Serengeti plains to the south and Loita plains in the pastoral ranches to the north-east, from July to October or later. You will enjoy dinner and stay overnight at Masai Mara Sopa Lodge.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5 (Maasai Mara National Reserve)

After breakfast, you will proceed on a full day of game viewing within the reserve. The landscape here is scenic savannah grassland on rolling hills. The reserve is the best park for a game in Kenya as it has an extensive road and track network which allows for close range viewing and photography. You will then break for your picnic lunch at the hippo pool, looking out for hippos and crocodile. After that, you will return to the lodge to enjoy dinner and stay overnight.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6 (Masai Mara - Serengeti National Park)

After breakfast, you will check out from the lodge and drive through the western escarpment of the Mara Region to Isebania border for immigration formalities. Later, you will proceed into the famous Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebras and 300,000 Thomson's gazelles join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. You will enjoy dinner and stay overnight at Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7 (Serengeti National Park)

Today, you will experience a full-day game drive to see all the Big Five. The spectacle of predators versus their prey dominates this greatest park. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers, solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the southeastern plains.

Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat. You will stay overnight at the same camp as the previous day.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8 (Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Conservation Area)

A final game drive in Serengeti will widen your migration safari. You will then depart to the great wonders of the world, The Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a large volcanic caldera within the area. It is recognized by one private organization as one of the seven natural wonders of Africa.

The crater, which formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself two to three million years ago, is 610-meter (2,000 feet) deep and its floor covers 260 square kilometers. There are several wildlife species to be seen here. You will enjoy dinner and stay overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 9 (Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Lake Manyara National Park)

After breakfast, you will start your journey to tour the home to tree-climbing lions in Africa, Lake Manyara. Lake Manyara is a salty lake that provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day.

The highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large waterbirds such as pelicans, cormorants, and storks. After your journey, you will enjoy dinner and stay overnight at Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 10 (Lake Manyara - Arusha - Namanga border - Amboseli National Park)

After the final game viewing in Lake Manyara, you will drive through the great rift valley into Arusha town to enjoy lunch. After lunch, you will proceed to Namanga border point for the immigration formalities before entering the southern Kenyan savanna grassland national park, Amboseli. You will enjoy evening game drive, followed by dinner and overnight stay at Amboseli Sopa Lodge.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 11 (Amboseli National Park)

Today, you will experience a full day game viewing. After that, you will enjoy dinner and stay overnight at the lodge.

  • Meals: Dinner

Day 12 (Departure)

After breakfast, you will drive back to Nairobi. Arriving Nairobi, you will enjoy barbecue lunch at the famous carnivore restaurant. Vegetarians should not worry because they will cater your needs. Later, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight.

  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru is a shallow strongly alkaline lake set in a picturesque landscape of surrounding woodland and grassland. The landscape includes areas of marsh and grasslands alternating with rocky cliffs and outcrops, stretches of acacia woodland and rocky hillsides covered with a Euphorbia forest.

The park itself contains Kenya’s largest population of rhinos. The surface of the lake occupies about a third of the park. The lake supports a dense bloom of the blue-green Cyanophyte Spirulina platensis from which it derives its color. It is a food source for flamingos.

Maasai Mara National Reserve

The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is widely considered to be Africa’s greatest wildlife reserve. The Mara comprises 200 square miles of open plains, woodlands, and riverine forest. Contiguous with the plains of the Serengeti, the Mara is home to a breathtaking array of life.

The vast grassland plains are scattered with herds of zebras, giraffes, gazelles, and topis. The acacia forests abound with bird lives and monkeys. Elephants and buffalos wallow in the wide Musiara Swamp.

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed as the most voted Natural Wonder of Africa. The Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa.

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park, named after the wild sisal that grows in the area, is dominated by the soda lake that extends over an area of 230 square kilometers, or a third of the total area of the park. The park is a complex and exciting one; the ever-changing vegetation which starts with thick forests of mahogany, fig trees, and wild mango, fed by tens of underground streams which drain the Ngorongoro Highlands, provide a haven for colorful birds, monkeys, and shy dwarf antelopes, and open up into woodland, a favorite for elephants and impala.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro is often called as the ‘Africa’s Eden’ and the ’8th Natural Wonder of the World’. It has as well being declared as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. A visit to the crater is the main draw card for tourists coming to Tanzania and a definite world-class attraction. Within the crater rim, large herds of zebra and wildebeest graze nearby while sleeping lions laze in the sun. At dawn, the endangered black rhino returns to the thick cover of the crater forests after grazing on dew-laden grass in the morning mist.

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli is a land of giants. This is a place of wide dry plains, where the horizons stretch into the furthest distance and become one with the sky. Amboseli is renowned for its elephant populations and large herds, including some impressively tusked bulls, are drawn to a series of large, lush swamplands. But the most impressive giant of all is Mount Kilimanjaro.

Africa’s largest mountain lies just over the border in Tanzania, but the most impressive views of its snow-capped peak are to be found in Amboseli. The early light of dawn turns the mountain a dark hue of purple and its snows into an ethereal pink.

You will be served with daily continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner as per itinerary.

  • Balloon riding (475 USD per person)
  • Boating
  • Visit to a giraffe center
  • Visit to David Sheldrick farm
  • Visit to Karen Blixen Museum
  • Visit to Masai village (20 USD per person)
  • 1-night accommodation at a hotel in Nairobi
  • 10-night accommodation in lodges and tents
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily meals as per itinerary
  • Game drives
  • Park entrance fees
  • Services of a professional guide / driver
  • Transport in safari minivan and Land Cruiser 4x4 with a hatch roof
  • Two-liter mineral water per day
  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal insurance
  • Tips and porterage
  • Visas

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight and arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). Pam Tours and Travel Ltd will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Nairobi, Kenya

Pam Tours and Travel is a full-fledged tour operator in Kenya that specializes in adventure safaris, holiday lodges, and mountain climbing.

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12 days / 11 nights

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This safari is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

 

High season
  • January 1 - March 31

 

Low season
  • April 1 - June 30

 

Peak season
  • July 1 - December 31
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