Itinerary | Kenya & Tanzania – Masai Mara, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater
Kenya & Tanzania
We leave Nairobi at 7am on the first day of the trip. We recommend you arrive in Nairobi the day before the trip departs. If you’re there with time to spare there’s lots to see and do around the city. In Nairobi town is the National Museum and markets. Also Karen Blixen’s house, Langata Giraffe Centre, Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage and Nairobi National Park for a first glimpse of African wildlife.
DAY 1: Nairobi to Masai Mara (L/D)
Leaving Nairobi we stop at the Rift Valley scenic lookout its 8,000 feet high and overlooks Mount Longonot and Lake Naivasha. We head south to Narok and on to Masai Mara National Reserve; camping on the edge of the park.
The sweeping plains evoke a picture of East Africa that most people hold in their minds and are rarely disappointed when confronted with the real thing. Great game viewing is assured all year round. The Mara offers us everything, amazing scenery and abundant wildlife; including the big five.
Included Activity: Masai Mara Nature Reserve and game drives
DAY 2: Masai Mara (B/L/D)
The sweeping plains evoke a picture of East Africa that most people hold in their minds and are rarely disappointed when confronted with the real thing. Great game viewing is assured all year round.
DAY 3: Masai Mara to Nakuru (B/L/D)
Through the Highlands towards Nakuru on the way to the Rift Valley our overnight campsite will be at EAMO; East African Mission Organisation. You can meet the kids as well as a chance to learn more about this organisation. We camp near Nakuru at a campsite on a local farm. Nakuru is Kenya’s fourth largest town and sits in the Rift Valle, beside Lake Nakuru National Park.
Day 4: Lake Nakuru National Park (B/L/D)
Lake Nakuru, viewing game in a park; famous for its soda lake surrounded by thousands, sometimes millions of pink flamingos. The park is home to over 400 species of bird, and we should spot leopard or black and white rhino among the zebra, waterbuck, impala, giraffe and tree climbing lions. Leaving the park we return to our camp.
Included Activity: Lake Nakuru National Park
DAY 5: Nakuru to Kericho (B/L/D)
From Lake Nakuru area and head to Kericho and Kisi, passing through tea plantations beside the road.
DAY 6: Kericho, Kenya to Musoma, Tanzania (B/L/D)
We cross the border into Tanzania. After border formalities, our drive takes us through the scenic granite landscapes adjacent to Africa’s largest lake – Lake Victoria. We spend the night at a campsite on the banks of Lake Victoria in the fishing town of Musoma.
DAY 7-8: Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater (B/L/D)
The Serengeti plains are the Africa of the movies. Immense herds of zebra and wildebeest migrate here to and from Kenya’s Masai Mara. Leopards and lions are often spotted. All the big five can be found in the park. Your campsite is rustic offering the rare opportunity to fall asleep (or lay nervous and sleepless awake) to the sounds of lions or hyenas. Breakfast and box lunches are provided during the day and dinner is prepared for you by your cook at night
After game driving in the park, you’ll head out, past Masai villages and Olduvai Gorge, to the Ngorongoro Crater. The next morning you’ll wake up early and do a game drive in the unique ecosystem of the crater where there are plenty of lions, black rhino and elephant.
Included Activity: Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater
DAY 9: Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha (B/L/D)
We finish the day when we arrive at our campsite to the west of Arusha, the safari capital of East Africa Tonight, we stay in a lovely campsite in Meserani. Here you can visit the Reptile Rescue Park and Masai Cultural Museum by the campsite, and an art gallery selling the strongly coloured Tingatinga paintings.
DAY 10: Arusha, Tanzania to Nairobi, Kenya (B)
From Arusha, we head north across Masai country to Namanga; the border of Kenya, and across the plains to Nairobi and our campsite on the outskirts of the city. The rest of the day is yours at leisure to visit the Langata Giraffe Centre and see the baby elephants at Sheldrick’s Elephant sanctuary, watch the orphaned baby elephants at feeding time.