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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Joseph H
Joseph H
2022-10-09
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Unbelievable 3 Day Safari My wife and I recently completed a 3 day Safari with Tanzania Joy Tours and it far exceeded our expectations. From the first contact they were very quick to respond and handled some last minute changes we requested with no problem. The most wonderful part of the safari was our guide Elly. Elly is a very experienced, professional and highly personable guide. He was very knowledgeable about the plant and animal life as well as the local culture. He was especially good at spotting animals and knowing where to find hard to see animals before the other guides. Do not underestimate the importance of having a good guide on safari. Elly was wonderful in every way and we highly recommend Tanzania Joy Tours. Make sure to request Elly as your guide
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2022-10-03
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キリマンジャロ登山+サファリ! 7日間マチャメルートに3日間のサファリを追加したツアーにカスタムしてくれるなど要望に柔軟に対応してもらいました。 ・キリマンジャロ登山 ガイドのRingoはとても経験豊富で頼もしい方でした。私が高山病で苦しんでいるときに何度も助けてくれました。 彼がいなかったら私は頂上までたどり着けなかったでしょう。とても感謝しています。 他のポーターの方々もよい人たちばかりでとても楽しい登山でした。 ・サファリ 3日間のサファリでは、私たちが見たかった豹を見られるようにセレンゲティ国立公園内を周ってもらい見ることができました。 サファリ中に写真撮影のために細かい車の移動にも対応してもらえたおかげでよい写真が取れました。 キャンプサイトではロッジ泊ではなくテント泊にしましたが、ハイエナの鳴き声がする中で寝るのはとてもスリルがありました。 ・食事 登山中とサファリ中の食事は、わりと日本人の口に合う味付けでした。 高山病で食欲がないとき食欲が出るように酸味のある食事を提供してくれてうれしかったです。 とても良い旅でした。また機会があれば彼らと一緒に登山やサファリをしたいです。
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seafine
2022-10-02
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What an amazing experience! What an amazing experience with Tanzania Joy Tours! Before the travel, we actually compared more than 10 companies for Mt. Kilimanjaro and safari tours, and end up choosing Joy due to its responsiveness, efforts to meet various requests and affordability. We are very glad we chose them and all experiences were beyond our expectations. In the mountain, the chief tour guide Ringo and his crew members were not only professional but also very reliable and kind, providing us all supports they could (including delicious meals) so that we could reach to the summit in the end. During safari, thanks to the guide Praygod's expertise, we were able to see all Big 5 and many other animals in limited time and enjoyed awesome safari camping with tasty foods. Due to our flight schedule, we could not go for a default tour, but the company was flexible enough to adjust the tour itinerary to our schedule and provide all transfers to/from airports in time (The driver Calvin provided an airport transfer even at 1am midnight). All of the splendid tour arrangements were done by Iris, who was such a nice and trustworthy person from the beginning. The experience by Tanzania Joy was one of the best we've had and we would definitely like to go with them again when we visit Tanzania next time!
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Nassim El Hormi
2022-09-22
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Le combo parfait : Ascension Kilimanjaro + Safari Ascension du Kilimanjaro via la route Machame en 6 jours avec des paysages à coupé le souffle tout le long... À la fin la cerise sur le gateau 3 jours de Safari dans le parc Serengeti et Ngorongoro, un rêve éveillé quand on a grandit avec le Roi Lion !
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2022-09-21
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Amazing Experience with Tanzania Joy We booked a private 8 days Lemosho route and safari with Tanzania Joy. We had so many questions in advance which Emmanuel has always answered very quickly. We are very happy that we chose Joy. We were overwhelmed by what good food we received on the mountain. Our guide Kelvin with his team were fabulous hosts Especially in the Summit night we felt very comfortable that 3 Joy employees are with us on the summit and motivated us again and again During our trip we had some new requests to Emmanuel. He was always very friendly. It was important to him that we have a good time in Tanzania. We were especially pleased that the Joy team celebrated birthday with our “birthday boy” Our safari was also super. Elli, our driver has a very broad knowledge. We would choose Joy again anytime.
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William G
2022-09-07
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Un sans faute pour le combo Kili par le Northern circuit en 7 jours suivi de 4 jours de safari Ascension du Kilimandjaro par le "Northern circuit" en 7 jours. Fantastique expérience qui s'est déroulée à merveille grâce à la bienveillance et gentillesse des guides et porteurs. Une équipe jeune, dynamique et attentionnée qui a su tous nous emmener au sommet en sécurité. Merci à Kelvin et à son équipe. PS: Kelvin a déjà fait l'aller-retour Mweka gate-sommet-Mweka gate en 11h seulement, vous pouvez lui faire confiance :) Nous avons ensuite fait un magnifique Safari sur 4 jours guidés par Praygod, un guide réellement passionné et très instructif. Un sans faute du début à la fin.
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2022-08-21
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DREAM TEAM Amazing experience! The guides are super nice and welcoming and the porters have so much energy, they are incredible. The food is really good as well, honestly you have a portion for two person in my opinion, so you’re never hungry. They also really follow your paces, i have a friend who took twice the time and they never let her feel like she was too slow. They really are there for you and respond to anything you need. HAKUNA MATATA
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Roel S
2022-08-09
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Machame 7 days - Ringo ⭐️ We had a great experience climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. We booked the 7 day Machame route with Tanzania Joy Tours and were informed very well by Emmanuel! When we arrived at the airport we got picked up by the driver and drove to the hotel where we got all the information needed! We got to meet our guide Ringo who was very helpful. The hotel was very good. The next day we got picked up at the hotel by the whole team and went to the gate for the start of the climb. The food during the climb was very good (and surely enough!). Our guide Ringo and his assistent Herman were very helpful and friendly. Especially the climb to the summit they where very helpful and thanks to them we managed to reach the summit! Thanks Tanzania Joy Tours, Ringo and the team for the wonderful experience
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Gijs R
2022-07-28
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Amazing trip The trip was amazing. Our main guide was Patrick, who was very helpful the entire trip, especially during the summit push. He knew what to do and say to keep us pushing and going and at 06:24 we summited, exactly at sunrise. This is no coincidence as Patrick knew what pace to maintain in order to see the beautiful sunrise at the summit. Also I must say that the food was very good and the cook knew what to make in order to keep is strong. All in all I sincerely recommend Tanzania Joy Tours!
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Jolanda
2022-07-28
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Wonderful lemosho route experience What a great experience!! We booked the 7 day lemosho route with tanzania joy tours and were informed very well by Emmanuel! When we arrived at the airport we got picked up by the driver and drove to the office were we got all the information needed! We got to meet our guide Patric who was very helpful and answered all our questions. The next day we went to the rent shop to get the gear we were missing and got a wonderful lunch at a local place on the way to the lemosho gate. The climb was amazing, the food was delicious and plenty and the guides were very helpful and motivating! I felt very confident with Patric and the rest of the dream team 😄 The summit was though but with all the good food and the preparation we managed to get to Uhuru peak!! Thanks Tanzania Joy Tours, Patric and the dream team for the wonderful experience

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