Experience the multi-country safari with Vacation2africa! You'll start your safari in Kenya where you will enjoy the exciting game drive and many other activities in Maasai Mara National Reserve. Then continue this amazing journey to Tanzania to experience the rest the safari has to offer. Expect various safari activities in Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area, then enjoy leisure in Arusha.
The accommodation type in this safari varies from hotels and inns to luxury lodges, bed and breakfasts, and tented camps, all of which are part of Serena Hotels.
Advanced bookings recommended. Lodges tend to be of rondavel or banda type with a lounge, central dining, and bar in single unit hotels. Luxurious “tented camps” pitched on concrete bases are popular. National parks also offer ordinary campsites. All major towns have luxury hotels and at least one good guesthouse.
Advanced bookings recommended. Most safari lodges have rondavel or banda type accommodations, with a lounge, central dining, and bar in single unit hotels. Tented accommodations vary from super deluxe to standard tents.
Activities are based on the habitat, existence of rivers, climate, wildlife, and the level of experience of the guides. Get acquainted with the different habitats and animal behavior before you travel. If you decide to focus on a particular area or are concentrating on certain animals or birds, prepare yourself well so you can schedule safari activities that suit your interests.
You'll be picked up from your early flight or from your hotel by your driver, and immediately begin the lengthy journey to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. You'll stop along the way to take in the stunning view of the Great Rift Valley, you'll arrive at the park in time for lunch at your lodge before enjoying an afternoon game drive through the iconic park.
Home to the entirety of the Big Five, the Maasai Mara also plays host to the wildebeest migration each year and makes for a stunning backdrop for your first day of safari. Game drives usually depart in the early morning and late afternoon when it is cooler for game to hunt and graze, so there is a better chance of encountering abundant wildlife.
You'll wake before the dawn for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness a Maasai Mara sunrise. After a quick cup of coffee, you'll head out into the park to watch as the sun sets fire to the savannah and the big cats take advantage of the morning cool to search for a meal.
Alternatively, you can take to the skies with a hot air balloon safari that will see you soar above all of the action before setting down on the plains for a champagne breakfast among the wildlife. This option incurs an additional fee 499 USD per person.
You'll then return to your lodge for a late breakfast before packing a picnic lunch and heading back out into the park for a day-long exploration of the Maasai Mara. You may also opt to relax at your lodge in the morning, enjoy lunch on site, and then head out again in the afternoon once the weather has cooled off a bit.
Today, you'll bid farewell to the Maasai Mara and Kenya after an early breakfast and a morning game drive that takes you to the Isebania border crossing. After the immigration formalities are done, you'll meet your new driver and continue on into the world-famous Serengeti National Park for an afternoon game drive.
Home to huge populations of wildebeest, zebras, and antelopes - the picturesque Serengeti is an excellent place to spot predators such as lions, leopards, and cheetahs as well as herbivores including elephants, hippos, and giraffes.
You'll wake before dawn for an unforgettable sunrise game drive. Marvel at how the sun sets fire to the savannah as you go in search of big cats on the hunt for their morning meal. After breakfast, you'll spend an entire day out on the plains of the Serengeti searching for the Big Five and (if the time is right) the movements of the famous wildebeest migration. Weaving through kopjes upon which lions sun themselves, you'll see some of the world's most iconic wildlife against the open plains and big sky of Tanzania's crown jewel.
The wildebeest migration is an annual migration of wildebeest from the Ndutu region of the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara in southern Kenya. The Wildebeest Migration is a dramatic story. It takes place within Kenya and Tanzania and is the greatest wildlife show on earth.
Between the open plains of the Serengeti and the Maasai Mara thousands of wildebeest and zebras migrate to greener pastures as the season's change and the circle of life and death continues. Predators follow the wildebeest migration closely, waiting for an opportunity to strike weak prey as they make their way into different territories.
You'll enjoy one last leisurely morning game drive through the Serengeti's center as you make your way to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Along the way, you'll stop at the historic Olduvai Gorge Museum to see some of the world's oldest evidence of human habitation. Here, you'll see ancient human and animal remains as well as witness the starting point of the human journey. You'll then overnight on the crater rim in preparation for your next day's adventure.
Home to over 120 species of mammal including the fabled Big Five, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of the most sought after safari destinations in the world. It's a particularly good place to see the endangered black rhinoceros enjoying a lovely meal out on the grass plains, as well as a place to see large numbers of hippopotamus enjoying the cool water.
From the comfort of your open-top vehicle, you'll be able to observe and photograph some of Africa's most recognizable faces. The crater is home to a large number of predators including lions, leopards, cheetahs, jackals, and hyenas, as well as a large population of wildebeests, zebras, antelopes, Cape buffaloes, and more. It is truly one of Africa's premier safari destinations. After a picnic lunch by an active hippo pool, you'll then return to Arusha in the evening.
Today you'll explore Arusha at your leisure, getting some last minute shopping done or simply soaking in the ambiance of Tanzania's safari capital. Vacation2africa representative will be able to recommend restaurants and attractions. When it's time to go, your vacation2africa driver will take you to the airport for your onward travel. There is also the option to take a shuttle bus back to Nairobi if need be.
You can go to Seronera airstrip, for a flight from the Serengeti to Zanzibar (short stopover in Arusha). Met on arrival and transferred to the Zanzibar Serena Inn in Stone Town. On the way, you will do the famous Spice Tour. Vacation2africa has developed a special Spice Tour with in-depth information not only about spices but also organically grown herbs and a detailed description about their traditional uses in medicine cosmetics and cooking. You'll arrive at the hotel for dinner and overnight at Zanzibar Serena Inn (half board).
This safari tour will start from Nairobi or Arusha depends on your arrival entry and take place in several places in both Kenya and Tanzania, which includes Maasai Mara National Reserve, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and Arusha. Some areas offer better bird watching opportunities than others. The greatest number of birds may be seen between October and March when the central African migrants are present. Endemic species will be seen throughout the year.
Many parts of Africa do have problems with their water and foods, however, the food and water in Tanzania are much safer than the rest of Africa, especially in the African safari camps and hotels you will be traveling to. Vacation2africa have never had a problem in these places though all our years of giving tours. Please do not over-react to the detriment of your own enjoyment.
One thing you must be careful of, especially during the hotter summer months and in the desert areas, is dehydration. Plenty of fresh bottled water is always available at all of the camps throughout the day and should be consumed regularly and in quantity.
There were many guests, even experienced African travelers, who forget to drink enough water and become dehydrated. A case of dehydration will usually put you out of action for up to a day - and is no fun. All the camps stock re-hydrating tablets which help to set you right again, but it is better if you drink lots of water.
Please book your flight to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). Vacation2africa will pick you up from the airport. Transfer from and to the airport is included.
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