13 Days Big African Wildlife Safari Adventure

Tour Overview

Ready yourself for a full immersion into the wilds of Eastern Africa with this tour that takes in the best of Kenyan and Tanzanian safari adventures. As you cross two of the jewels of Africa you will see the big five that you’ve been dreaming of:

  • Lions
  • Rhinos
  • Elephants
  • Leopards
  • Buffalo

Along with myriad other mammals and birds that call the grasses of Africa home.

With an extensive itinerary crossing Kenya and Tanzania, you will be shown habitats ranging from forest to grasslands, volcanoes to lakes, and a mass of ecosystems. You cover a lot of kilometres and with each landscape comes new animals for your expert guides to track and identify with you.

Your tour is private and only you and your party will be in the vehicle; your guide will give you a dedicated and personalised service. We have a range of accommodation options to suit, from budget, to standard and luxury choices, and offer you flexibility in terms of extra days spent in parks and domestic flights between some parks, which will come at an extra cost.

Places to Visit

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi to Lake Nakuru National Park

Your day begins with a pick up from the airport or your accommodation in Nairobi, from where you will immediately head out on the highway through the Great African Rift Valley. Mt. Longonot provides the background to the homesteads and villages that dot the way through this ancient and dynamic landscape.

The destination is Lake Nakuru, where you will begin your Kenyan safari. A location for the ornithologists, Lake Nakuru presents you with every shade of pink you imagine as flocks of flamingos feed, display, and dance over the water. More than 400 species of bird feed here throughout the year, as well as plentiful other animals for you to gaze upon in wonder.

Your evening will be spent in your lodge or tented camp, within the national park, where the evening’s dinner will be served.


Main Destination: Lake Nakuru National Park
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 2: Lake Nakuru National Park to Lake Naivasha

The day begins early, with breakfast served before departing for Lake Naivasha. Your route through the park affords you a game drive on the way, giving you chance to witness the morning’s routine of animals such as the Rothchild giraffe, waterbuck, zebra, and baboon.

Your arrival at Lake Naivasha coincides with lunch, which will be served at your accommodation, either a lodge or tented camp. The time after is yours, with the chance to take an optional extra boat ride across the Lake.

As evening rolls across the waters and plains, you are invited to take a walk around the lake and see the transition from dusk to evening across the park. Dinner is served at your accommodation, ready for a day of wonder ahead.


Main Destination: Lake Naivasha
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3: Lake Naivasha to Masai Mara National Reserve

Breakfast comes before you head out on bicycles through Hells Gate Park, where you can also take a walk through the gorges. The area is world-renowned for its interesting geology, with star rock towers, natural geysers, and geothermal steam rising straight through the land.

Following your exploration of this stunning scenery, your African safari will progress to Masai Mara National Reserve. Lunch will be served, and you’ll head straight out on a game drive through this spectacular park.

The Masai Mara is a stunning landscape; a place where millions of animals graze and hunt and live out their lives. Along with the big five of African safari prepare yourself to see

Hyena
Giraffe
Cheetah
Zebra
Wildebeest

And many more wildlife in their natural habitat.

Your evening meal will be served at your accommodation, a tented camp or lodge.


Main Destination: Masai Mara National Reserve
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4: Full Day in Masai Mara National Reserve

After a hearty breakfast, your will head out with your expert African safari guide for a full day enjoying the splendours this park has to offer. You will see the full day unfold in the Masai Mara, from early morning activity, to midday lazing, and afternoon feeding.

The plains spread forth to the horizon, dotted with acacia trees that offer shade and rest for the cheetahs and leopards you’re here to see. To ensure maximum viewing time, your lunch will be served picnic style, affording you chance to spend as much time as possible surrounded by the dream-like landscape.

An afternoon tracking and watching the wildlife as they pass their day will culminate in dinner served at your accommodation.


Main Destination: Masai Mara National Reserve
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5: Full Day in Masai Mara National Reserve

Your extensive African safari continues with a second day exploring the savanna of the Masai Mara. Breakfast once again sees you on your way into the park to delve deeper into parts yet unexplored on your safari.

With elephants roaming, buffalo migrating, and lions hunting throughout the park, along with many more animals besides, you are highly likely to see the animals you’ve dreamed of. To keep you immersed in the experience of your Kenyan safari, lunch will once again come in the form of a picnic within the bounds of the park.

An afternoon game drive will give more time for photography, inspiration, and joy. You will have plenty of chance to find animals and watch their natural behaviour in a landscape they’ve become experts in.


Main Destination: Masai Mara National Reserve
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6: Maasai Mara National Reserve to Serengeti National Park

Awake before the sun comes up and head out to listen to dawn break over the grasslands of the Masai Mara. The change from night to day is a beauty to behold, as nocturnal animals return to slumber and the animals of the day start out on the day’s adventures.

You’ll return to your lodge for breakfast, and depart through the park which gives you one last game drive on this leg of your Kenyan safari. The next stop is the Isebania border post, where you’ll take lunch before embarking on your safari in Tanzania.

First stop in Tanzania is the Serengeti National Reserve, which you will enter through the Ikoma gate. Once inside the park, you will immediately be able to start spotting the mammals and birds that live here. The game drive will end at your accommodation, where you will take dinner before spending your first night on Tanzanian safari.


Main Destination: Serengeti National Park
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7: Full Day in Serengeti National park

Just the word Serengeti evokes images of endless grasslands, abundant animals, and luscious landscape ripe for exploration. After breakfast at your camp, you’ll head off on your journey of discovery through these stunning plains, exquisitely filled with the wildlife you’d expect from such a place.

If you’re lucky to arrive in the Serengeti between April and October, you will be able to see the largest animal migration on the planet – the movement of the wildebeest and zebra of the Serengeti. Even if your African safari doesn’t coincide with the event, you will still see massive herds of herbivores and packs of their hunters as you make your way through the park.

Lunch comes picnic style, so you can stay in the park without backtracking to camp. As the day cools, animals become more active again and your expert Tanzania safari guide will assist the tracking, spotting, and identification of the animals you’re going to find. Evening ends with dinner at your camp or lodge.


Main Destination: Serengeti National Park
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8: Full Day in Serengeti National park

The second full ranging through the Serengeti can have some flexibility. You can choose a schedule that matches the previous day, or ask your guide to take you on a morning game drive, take a rest and have some time to relax in the afternoon, then embark upon an evening-time safari through the park.

An evening safari will give you a different perspective on the Serengeti. After dark there is a different level of activity; the temperature cools, prey become more vulnerable. Your chance to see different animals increases, and you will see a new side to the plains of the Serengeti if you choose this configuration to your day.

Your meals will be served according to your plan for the day, and will be provided from your camp.


Main Destination: Serengeti National park
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 9: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Your morning starts inside the Serengeti and you have the chance to make an optional visit to a Masai village. Here, you will be greeted with a traditional song and dance, and be taken on a tour of the village and get to see inside a traditional home. The Masai people are famed for the relationship with the land and animals of the plains of East Africa. This visit has an additional cost of $20 per person.

To continue your understanding of how humans formed their relationship with Earth, you are invited to take an optional trip to Olduvai Gorge: the cradle of humanity. As you leave the Serengeti to head to the Ngorongoro Crater, you pass this most important of sites to humanity.

In the gorge is the first evidence of modern human with tool making artefacts having been found. You have the chance to visit the archaeological site of Drs. Leakey to get an in-depth understanding of the significance of the site. This visit costs an additional $45 per person.

Your day will finish inside the extinct volcanic crater of Ngorongoro, where dinner will be served at your camp or lodge.


Main Destination: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater – Lake Manyara National park

Leaving your accommodation after your breakfast, you will have a morning game drive through the crater lands again, with the early morning sun spilling over the edges and illuminating the beautiful plains. Your lunch is picnic style so that you can continue straight on to Lake Manyara.

Although relatively small, this national park has some marvellous animals, such as tree climbing lions and a large troop of baboons for you to try and spot as you take your afternoon game drive through the grasses. A highlight of the nature of the lake are the more than 350 bird species here. Among them are two types of flamingo that light up the lake bight pink.

Your evening will be spent at your chosen camp or lodge within the national park so that you can remain as close to the animals and nature as possible.


Main Destination: Ngorongoro Crater
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 11: Lake Manyara National Park to Amboseli National Park

Following breakfast, you’ll head to Arusha National Park. Here, you can see more than 500 species of birds feeding, including

Flamingos
Cranes
Storks
Ostrich
Lovebirds

Along with many more stunning avian specimens.

From Arusha you’ll make your way to the Namanga border crossing and be handed over to our Kenyan safari guide who will complete this leg of your trip with you. The next stop is Amboseli, where you will begin to see the outline of the awe-inspiring Mount Kilimanjaro appear as your get close.

Heading to your accommodation, you will have the chance of a brief introduction to the wildlife of Amboseli. Your evening meal will be served at your accommodation before you bed down to ready for the following day’s exploration.


Main Destination: Lake Manyara National Park
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 12: Full Day in Amboseli National Park

Breakfast is served to get you ready for your day exploring Amboseli National Park. The plains and grasslands are dominated by the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.

The big five of African safari are here and ready for you to photograph, marvel at, and enjoy as you make your way through the park, expertly led by our Kenyan safari guide. An optional extra on this day is offered in the form of a visit to a Masai village. The Masai as known for their relationship with the land and animals of the savanna and will greet you with a traditional song and dance as well as show you their village and homes. This trip has an extra cost of $20 per person.

Lunch will be served in the park as a picnic so as you ensure as much time as possible surrounded by the majesty of this scenery, whilst dinner comes served at your accommodation.


Main Destination: Amboseli National Park
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 13: Amboseli National Park – Nairobi

An early morning game drive should give you chance to see the snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro before the clouds roll in for the day. You can also experience the dawn call of the savanna and watch the character of the plains change as the sun rises. After you morning expedition, you’ll return to your camp or lodge for breakfast.

Your swansong to your Kenyan and Tanzanian safari will be your journey through the countryside of Kenya as your make your way back to Nairobi. You will be offered a hotel, residence, or airport drop off within the city, at your convenience.

The final day of your African safari includes:

No accommodation, this is the last day
Breakfast only
Drinking water, other drinks are extra

This Safari in Kenya and Tanzania package can be availed all-year round.


Main Destination: Nairobi
Meal: Breakfast & Lunch

Itinerary Map

Includes

  • All transfers
  • All accommodation during the tour
  • All meals and drinking water during the tour
  • Flying Doctors medical, emergency and rescue cover
  • All game drives as noted in the itinerary
  • Transport in a private 4 x 4 Safari Land Cruiser
  • English-speaking tour guide/driver
  • All applicable government taxes, levies and park entrance fees
  • Personalized private service

Excludes

  • International flights and taxes
  • Passports and visa applications and processing
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities for drivers/guides
  • Personal laundry
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Entrance fee for activities noted as optional

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