9 Days / 8 Nights ,Kenya and Tanzania Wildlife Private Safari

Trip highlights: This is an exciting 9 days safari that will take you to venture into some top tourist destinations in Kenya and Tanzania. While in Kenya, you will visit the famous Maasai Mara National Reserve then cross the border into Tanzania where you will visit Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. You will travel to Tanzania via boarded schedule shuttle bus and return by same means. The trip will start from Nairobi and end in Nairobi. During your safari, you will have a chance to spot plenty of wildlife varying from the big five; the lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and the leopard amongst a host of other different animal species. After your safari you will be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your international departure flight. You will travel in a private 4×4 safari vehicle and spend the nights in Hotels, camps or Lodges on full board basis.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival – Nairobi – Maasai Mara National Reserve

Upon your arrival, you will be met and welcomed by the Tour Manager and Guide/Driver at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and be briefed about your safari. You will then be escorted to your vehicle for transfer to Maasai Mara National Reserve by road. You will arrive in time for lunch at your camp/lodge and afterwards depart for game viewing till evening.

The Maasai Mara National Reserve is an extension of the Serengeti National Reserve in Tanzania.  It is not the largest park in Kenya, but probably the most famous.  The entire area of the park is nestled within the enormous Great Rift Valley that extends from the Mediterranean Sea to South Africa. The terrain is primarily open grassland with clusters of acacia tree.  Wildlife tends to be most concentrated in the western border in the Oloololo escarpment because the swampy ground means that access to water is always good and human disruption is usually minimal.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Leganishu Camp or similar

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Mara Simba Lodge or similar

DSC09270Day 2: Maasai Mara National Reserve (Full Day)

After breakfast, you will spend the days within this extensive reserve enjoying game viewing. You will return to the camp for lunch and brief rest then after embark on evening game viewing drive. During your visit, you will have an opportunity to spot the big five amongst other types of wildlife found in the plains. At dusk, you will be transferred back to your camp for rest and meals.

The Maasai Mara National Reserve is Kenya’s finest wildlife reserve. Everything about this reserve is outstanding. Maasai Mara is one of the best plains’ game reserve where you can actually encounter a live Discovery Channel, a haven for viewing a congregation of all sorts of animals in a five-mile radius: A pride of lions can be spotted ready to make a run for a gazelle, a cheetah and its cub taking a nap on a rock, a pair of ostriches walking the open stretches of the savannah or a gazelle giving birth. Herds of elephants wallowing at a water pool or a herd of buffaloes feeding, crocodiles down hunting the migrating wildebeest or the migrating gazelles. Other live feeding expeditions may include a herd of hyenas fighting for a hunted meal, the vulture tearing the carcasses and the giraffes galloping as they feed on top leaves of acacia trees.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Leganishu Camp or similar

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Mara Simba Lodge or similar

Day 3: Maasai Mara National Reserve – Nairobi

If you so wish, in the morning you can depart for an optional hot air balloon flight safari at an extra cost  or an optional cultural visit to the nearby Maasai villages. Otherwise, you will depart for early morning pre breakfast game viewing then return to your camp/lodge for breakfast. After breakfast, you will depart Maasai Mara and return to Nairobi with packed picnic lunch en route, where you will spend the night before departing to Tanzania the following day.

Packed picnic lunch en route to Nairobi

Dinner and overnight at Wildebeest Camp or similar

Dinner and overnight at Sarova Panafric Hotel or similar

Day 4: Nairobi – Arusha – Ngorongoro Crater

After early breakfast you will check out of your camp/lodge and board a scheduled shuttle bus at 7.30am. The shuttle bus will take you to Arusha Town, where our representative will meet you for your safari in Tanzania. You will have lunch upon arrival in Arusha at Impala Hotel before departing to Ngorongoro crater as the arrival time in Arusha is about 2.00pm. After lunch, you will immediately depart for Ngorongoro crater where you will rest and have dinner at your camp/lodge.

The first view of the Ngorongoro Crater is breath taking. The huge caldera (collapsed volcano) covering 25 km in size and 600m deep is an amazing site of the crater. The crater is home to Tanzania’s only remaining Black Rhino population. The elephant, Hippo, Zebra, Antelope, Gazelle, and small creatures such as frogs, snakes and serval cats are also common in this beautiful reserve. The Maskat Soda Lake located inside the crater is a great attraction for flamingos and other water birds making the crater a bird watcher’s haven.  The crater is also known for its rich history.  It is believed that the earliest sign of mankind (the homo-habilis) was spotted here. It is in this crater that hominid footprints are preserved in a volcanic rock 3.6 m years old.

Lunch at Arusha

Dinner and overnight at Simba Campsite

Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa lodge

Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater

After morning breakfast, you will descend to the Crater and spend half day Game viewing drive in this breath taking area that has large number of wild animals such as elephant, black rhino, zebra and other species of animals. You will carry packed lunch during this game viewing drive and return to the camp/lodge thereafter.

Ngorongoro crater – sometimes referred as ‘African Eden’ boasts the finest blend of landscapes, wildlife, people and archaeological sites in Africa. Ngorongoro caldera is 250square kilometer in size and 600 metres deep. The crater alone supports over 20, 000 large animals. The attractions in this crater include the soda lake, Lake Makat, the Lerai forest and the archeological site at Laetoli.

Picnic lunch at the crater floor

Dinner and overnight at Simba Campsite

Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa lodge

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti National Park

After early breakfast, you will check out of the camp and head to Serengeti National Park where you will enjoy fascinating game viewing in this beautiful park, which is home to the big five and numerous plains game. Upon arrival, you will have lunch at the camp before departing for game drives.

Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and scientific value. Approximately 70 larger mammals and some 500 avifauna species are found there. With more than two million wildebeest, half a million Thomson’s gazelle, and a quarter of a million zebra, it has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa. The wildebeest and zebra moreover form the star cast of a unique spectacular – the annual Serengeti migration. The Serengeti hosts the largest and longest overland migration in the world. This migration is one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world. Around October, nearly 2 million herbivores travel from the northern hills toward the southern plains, crossing the Mara River, in pursuit of the rains. In April, they then return to the north through the west, once again crossing the Mara River in July into the Maasai Mara Game reserve in Kenya.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Seronera Campsite

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Seronera Lodge

Day 7: Serengeti National Park

You will spend a full day within these vast plains and pristine wilderness of Serengeti National Park as you enjoy morning and afternoon game viewing with a break for packed picnic lunch.  In the evening, you will be transferred back to the camp for overnight stay and dinner. In one of these days, you may also opt to visit the local Maasai steppes for a cultural visit at an extra cost or enjoy a hot air balloon safari above the spectacular Serengeti.

Serengeti national park – This famous plain is interspersed with wooded hills, towering termite mounds, monumental rocky kopjes, and rivers lined with elegant acacia trees. It is Tanzania’s first and most famous park. Each year more than 6 million hooves pound legendary ‘haven’ Serengeti endless plains. This migration is usually triggered by the seasonal rains whereby more than a million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle undertake this trek. It is also known for its wealth of leopard and lions.

All meals and overnight at Seronera Campsite

All meals and overnight at Seronera Lodge

Day 8: Serengeti National Park –Arusha

After breakfast, you will depart from the Serengeti and be driven to Arusha town where you will have lunch on arrival. You will spend the afternoon resting at your Hotel in Arusha.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Impala Hotel

Day 9: Arusha – Nairobi – Departure

After breakfast at your hotel, you will depart Arusha boarding a schedule shuttle bus to Nairobi at 8.00am. Upon arrival, you will be taken for a farewell lunch at carnivore restaurant before being transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your outbound flight to your next destination.

End of Safari

Package Cost : Cost depends on the period of travel and number of participants.

Please, send enquiries to: info@nicheafricaholidays.com

Cost Includes:

– All Park Entry Fees

– Ngorongoro Crater service fee

– Full board accommodation and meals in camps or lodges/hotel while on this safari

– Game drives as indicated in the itinerary

– Service of an English speaking driver/guide

– Transport in a 4×4 private safari vehicle with pop up roof for game viewing and photography

– Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver

– Government taxes

– Return shuttle bus fare

– Airport Transfers

Package Excludes:

– Extras at the hotel/camps i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.

– Visa entry fee into Tanzania .

– Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight Safari in Maasai Mara.

– Optional Visit to Maasai Steppes for cultural tour .

– International and local flight fees and departure taxes

– Tips and gratuities to guide/driver or camp staff

– Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

– Laundry services

– Travel insurance