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Embark on a safari experience that crosses two countries in 10 days! This is a wonderful opportunity to explore the Masai Mara, Lake Manyara National Park, and Ngorongoro Crater.
You’ll start your adventure in Kenya and travel across the Great Rift Valley to the Masai Mara. The Mara is well known for its vibrant culture and the migration of wildebeest that occurs between June and September. Stare out across the rolling plains and patches of acacia groves and enjoy the peace and serenity of this region. Enjoy one full day exploring the Mara, home to the largest population of lions. Throughout the day, you’ll may also have an opportunity to watch other animals including buffalo, black rhino, hippos, zebra, cheetah, leopards, and more!
After fully embracing the Mara, you’ll make your way to Tanzania where you’ll begin your safari at Lake Manyara National Park. The park is located in the Great Rift Valley and is a spectacular place to watch wildlife in their natural habitats. Look across a sea of pink flamingoes, up into trees where lions hang lazily in the branches and catch glimpses of hippos as they cool off in the water.
Then, enjoy a day where you’ll discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Serengeti National Park, with grasslands that stretch as far as the eye can see. You’ll be met by vibrant blue skies, lions hiding in the long grass, elephants feeding on acacia bark, and other iconic wildlife.
Later, visit the Ngorongoro Crater, which holds the largest concentration of wildlife in Africa. Observe the wildlife in this magical place, and the 8th Natural Wonder of the World.
This 10-day itinerary is packed full of special experiences, and will fill you with incredible memories before heading home or to your next destination!
Today you will be picked up at the Nairobi airport upon arrival and transferred to a tented camp where you will get settled in and make last minute arrangements for your exciting safari adventure ahead.
At 8:30 this morning you will be picked up from the hotel and head south across the Great Rift Valley to the Masai Mara National Reserve.
Enjoy lunch at Narok Town before arriving at Masai Mara National Reserve and embarking on your first game drive of the trip! This afternoon you'll have a chance to see the Big Five, a variety of birdlife, and beautiful savannah flora!
You'll be amazed by the breathtaking views, the rolling plains, round hills, and groves of acacia woodlands.
The Mara River and its tributaries which are margined by luxuriant riverine forest bisect the whole land. The famous Masai tribesmen live within the dispersal area of the game reserve. In every direction, there are seemingly endless herds of game animals.
Return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.
Today enjoy a full day drive to fully embrace the beauty of the Mara. The Mara has the largest population of lions in Kenya, but is also home to buffalo, black rhino, hippos, leopards, cheetahs, zebra, gnu, and more!
Enjoy a picnic lunch at the Mara River where you can watch the crocodiles and hippos wade in the water. This is a great way to take advantage of your time in the park and enjoy seeing the views below and all around you.
After lunch, continue your game drive in search for more wildlife.
You'll be dropped at the Masai Village at 5:00 pm for a chance to visit the Masai people and witness the singing and dancing that are part of their daily lives and sacred rituals.
Upon arrival at the village, you'll take a nature walk with the Masai naturalist guide. You will get to observe herbs that are used as medication among the Masai.
Return to the village where a campfire will be lit, entertainment from the women, children and men of the village follows with a chance for you to join in their dancing. The chief will then tell you stories of their culture and tradition.
Head back to your accommodation for the night.
Today you will embark on your last game drive in the park before breakfast and catch a glimpse of the last animals you will see in the Masai Mara Reserve.
Breakfast will be served at your accommodation and then you will depart for your leisurely drive back to Nairobi. You will be dropped off at your tented camp to rest up.
This evening you will be picked up and transferred to the iconic Carnivore Restaurant for a delicious dinner of various game meats including crocodile, ostrich, buffalo and ox among more basic chicken, pork and beef options.
Today you will take a bus from Nairobi to Arusha in the morning, crossing the border from Kenya to Tanzania along the way.
Upon arrival, you will be picked up at the bus station and transferred to your accommodation in Arusha.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to relax, walk around town and make last minute preparations for your upcoming safari adventure. Dinner is included this evening.
Depart Arusha in the morning after breakfast for Lake Manyara National Park, in the spectacular Great Rift Valley, for game viewing. Lake Manyara National Park is small, beautiful and richly diverse. Its size makes it possible to see almost all of its highlights in a day, from its pods of hippos wallowing in the lake alongside thousands of pink flamingoes to its rich wildlife and famous tree-climbing lions.
After breakfast, take your picnic lunch box and leave for the UNESCO World Heritage site of Serengeti National Park with its endless open plains of grasslands stretching far into the horizon.
En route, you'll stop at Olduvai Gorge, the “cradle of mankind”, where the Leakey family uncovered the fossil of Homo habilis who lived 1.75 million years ago.
You'll also make a stop at a Masai Village and pass through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which was created to accommodate the needs of the Maasai people and which tests the idea that humans leading a pastoral lifestyle can coexist with wildlife.
Finally, enter the park and head to your lodge/camp in the heart of the Serengeti for dinner.
Rise early for a morning game drive in Serengeti before breakfast. With its wide-open spaces, bright blue skies and creature-filled landscape, you will discover why the fabled Serengeti typifies the dream of “Old Africa”.
Large prides of lions laze in the long grasses, families of elephants feed on acacia bark and trumpet to each other across the plains, while giraffes, gazelles, monkeys, eland and the whole range of African wildlife present themselves in awe-inspiring numbers.
Ater breakfast check-out and take your picnic lunch box. Enjoy some last game viewing in Serengeti National Park en route to the world famous Ngorongoro Crater rim.
Upon arrival, settle down at your stunning lodge/camp, situated on the rim of the crater. Have dinner and overnight.
Today we descend 2,000 feet into the giant caldera of this extinct volcano, considered as ‘Africa’s Eden’ and the ‘8th Natural Wonder of the World’. This magnificent natural amphitheatre contains the largest concentration of animals in all of Africa. The rich pasture and permanent water on the Crater floor supports a population of some 20,000 to 25,000 large mammals. Prides of lion, black rhino and elephant share this land with the legendary Maasai tribesmen.
Because the grasses are short, wildlife is easily spotted and can be approached quite closely. You'll have a fabulous time on the floor of the crater observing wildlife in this ageless World Heritage Site.
Take a break for lunch at Ngoitoktok spring before proceeding with some more game viewing and then ascending the crater to drive back to Arusha. You will return back to Arusha this evening and stay overnight.
Today you will say good bye to Kenya and Tanzania as you check out of your accommodation to be transferred to the airport in time to catch your flight, with incredible memories of an unparalleled experience in Africa.
We wish you safe journeys for your onward travels.
|Official Language(s)||English, Kiswahili|
|Population||45,010,056 (2014 estimate)|
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|Major Airport(s):||Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), Moi International Airport (MBA), Eldoret International Airport (EDL)|
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