12-Days Best of Kenya -Tanzania Wildlife Encounter Safari

Duration

12 Days

Price From

$2,985

Cities & Parks

Lake Naivasha, Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater & Amboseli

Time of Year

Available whole year

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Cross Kenya and Tanzania through the rich, fertile Masai Mara. The wonders of Kenya and Tanzania unfold before you on this incredible safari adventure, which goes deep into the heartland of the Maasai tribespeople and the finest game parks in eastern Africa.

Moreover, travelling through the world-renowned Masai Mara and the vast open Serengeti plains and the lakes of the Great Rift Valley and the dramatic scenery of the Ngorongoro Crater and Amboseli National Park in southern Kenya. It’s known for its large elephant herds and views of immense Mount Kilimanjaro across the border in Tanzania.

TOUR SUMMARY

  • This tour starts and ends in Nairobi
  • You'll visit Lake Naivasha, Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Amboseli National Park
  • Activities: Game Drives
  • Game drives: Pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle

TOUR FEATURES

Luxury tour

This luxury tour uses lodges.

Can start any day

If availability permits, this tour can start on any day.

Suitable for solo travellers

Solo travellers can book this private tour.

Private Tour

This tour will be organised exclusively for you and won’t be shared with others.

Can be customised

You can request changes to this tour.

Minimum age of 1 year

The minimum age for this tour is 1 year.

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival – Hotel in Nairobi 

On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our experienced driver guides and escort you to Eka Hotel Nairobi. After your long flight, you will be pleased to discover that Nairobi – the undisputed safari capital, is balanced at 1661M (5450 ft) above the mean sea level, keeping the temperature and humidity relatively low.

Nairobi Capital has its natural attraction, Nairobi National Park; this financial, administrative and tourist centre is the perfect place to relax after a long journey and set off on safari, the holiday of a lifetime.

Day 2: Nairobi to Lake Naivasha

Today your adventure begins after being picked up from your hotel in Nairobi at 8 am. We’re driving north and west, introducing you to the wonders of the Kenya landscapes as you head for Lake Naivasha in the heart of the Great Rift Valley for 2 hours of boat rides in the vast lake.

Lake Naivasha National Park is a small but beautiful park that makes an excellent location for spotting wildlife. You will find some big five members, and there will be a good chance of spotting and photographing one of these magnificent beasts. At the end of an inspiring afternoon amongst the wildlife, we retire to the comfort of the lodge for an evening meal and rest—dinner and overnight at Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort.

Day 3: Naivasha to Masai Mara National Reserve

Today our journey continues as we head from the edge of the Masai Mara into its very heart… But now Masai Mara beckons, so we continue to head south into the world’s most excellent park arrival time for hot lunch.

This unsurpassable place is home to over a million herbivores and the thousands of predators who stalk them. Their fascinating habits and habitats will provoke questions, so ask your driver guide to explain the fantastic creatures you see. At night back at your accommodation, Africa’s sights, sounds, and smells will enchant you on this wilderness adventure. Journey time and Distance 6 hours, 297 km from Lake Nakuru to Masai Mara. Dinner and overnight at Mara Serena Safari Lodge.

Day 4 to 5: Masai Mara National Reserve

Ahead is a full day of adventure in the world’s most famous Masai Mara. Today, you will start with the morning section of our game drive with packed lunch, emphasising wildebeest migration and the perfect spot for river crossing or predators, all explained by your expert driver guide.

The wonderful thing about doing a game drive in Masai Mara is that the behaviours of these animals are more visible due to the lack of vegetation. The variety of habitats allows plenty of places to explore, and you often find yourself having private encounters with predators—dinner and overnight at Mara Serena Safari Lodge.

Day 6: Masai Mara National Reserve to Serengeti National Park

Today our journey continues as we head from the edge of the Serengeti in Tanzania with packed lunch. First, you will have a quick stop at Isebania/Serare Border Towns for visa registration and exchange vehicle; it’s time to say goodbye to your Kenya guide; you will meet him again in the final park of safari.

Your Tanzania Guide will introduce you to Tanzania culture and its people when driving into Serengeti’s heart. This unsurpassable place is home to over 1.6 million herbivores and the thousands of predators who stalk them. Journey time and Distance 7 hours 280 km from Masai Mara to Central Serengeti. Dinner and overnight at a magnificent Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge.

Day 7: Serengeti National Park

Waking up in the Serengeti is something extraordinary. Africa’s sights, sounds, and smells are all around us and ahead is a full day of adventure in the world’s most famous national park.

Pick your packed breakfast and lunch with your morning section of game drive in Serengeti National Park, marvelling at the stunning scenery, ever-changing light, and always entertaining wildlife. After our picnic lunch, we searched for wildlife in this awe-inspiring park again. Serengeti’s wonders evolve subtly as the day progresses.

At the end of the afternoon, we return to the camp for dinner and some much-needed rest, dinner and overnight at a magnificent Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge.

Day 8: Serengeti National Park

It’s time to embark on the awe-inspiring Serengeti National Park Great Migration Safari. We head out in the morning or the afternoon, depending on the animals’ migration when we are there. From the comfort of our custom-built four-wheel vehicle, look out for lions, hyenas, leopards, cheetahs, jackals, gazelles, zebras, elephants, and hippos.

Moreover, traverse the park, taking in the unforgettable scenery of the breathtaking landscape—dinner and overnight at a magnificent Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge.

Day 9: Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater

Explore Africa’s Garden of Eden, the Ngorongoro Crater. The crater is the grasslands, forests, and freshwater lake that inspire the continual migration of animals and makes for the perfect chance to catch a glimpse of Africa’s notorious Big Five, i.e., buffalo, elephants, leopards, black-maned lions, and the rare black rhinoceros. Riding through the crater in a four-wheel drive, you will be close to some unforgettable animals.

After some exploring, enjoy a lunch picnic in the crater’s heart before we take in some more sights and head back to the lodge for the evening. Awaiting you at the lodge will be a deliciously prepared dinner accompanied by local entertainment to reminisce about the day you just had. Then, from your private terrace, observe some more of Ngorongoro’s wildlife-rich caldera in nature below. Dinner and overnight stay right on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge.

Day 10: Ngorongoro to Amboseli National Park

After breakfast, collect your lunch boxes and leave the Ngorongoro crater. Your journey takes you to the Tanzania and Kenya border of Namanga. Time to catch your last sight of the day before beginning your two-night stay at your safari camp in Amboseli National Park, where you can watch herds of free-ranging elephants and other wildlife.

Take in a private lecture on the elephants of Amboseli before dining tonight. Dinner and overnight at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge, the lodge is set against Africa’s highest mountain backdrop inside the Amboseli National Park, the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro.

Day 11: Amboseli National Park

View the elephants, hippos, and buffalos at Amboseli’s natural watering holes as you enjoy a private safari ride with us. Watch the graceful antelopes that graze in the flat grasslands and explore the park’s plains.

Visit a Maasai village before a morning game drive, after which you’ll return to the lodge for breakfast. Take some time to yourself in the lodge before we eat lunch, then after we have dined, it’s time to head back out for another game drive to see the other animals that call ​Amboseli National Park​ home.

Later in the evening, enjoy your dinner and relax at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge, set against the magnificent backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain inside the Amboseli National Park, the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro.

Day 12: Journey Home

If time permits, after breakfast – morning game drive till midday when you will have lunch at your lodge and say farewell to Best of East Africa Safari, pm proceed to Nairobi drop at Nairobi Airport for your onward journey back home.

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Seasons Price per person sharing
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax
May 1, 2022 to May 31, 202 $ 6,754 $ 4,495 $ 3,681 $ 3,435 $ 3,165 $ 2,985
June 1, 2022 to June 30, 2022 $ 7,350 $ 5,019 $ 4,160 $ 3,960 $ 3,662 $ 3,464
July 1, 2022 to October 31, 2022 $ 8,913 $ 6,017 $ 5,062 $ 4,958 $ 4,603 $ 4,367
November 1, 2022 to December 21, 2022 $ 7,478 $ 4,838 $ 3,992 $ 3,779 $ 3,489 $ 3,296
December 22, 2022 to December 31, 2022 $ 8,913 $ 6,017 $ 5,062 $ 4,958 $ 4,603 $ 4,367
January 1, 2023 to February 28, 2023 $ 8,290 $ 5,492 $ 4,587 $ 4,433 $ 4,108 $ 3,890
March 1, 2023 to March 31, 2023 $ 7,699 $ 4,940 $ 4,085 $ 3,881 $ 3,586 $ 3,388
April 1, 2023 to May 31, 2023 $ 6,754 $ 4,495 $ 3,681 $ 3,435 $ 3,165 $ 2,985
June 1, 2023 to June 30, 2023 $ 7,350 $ 5,019 $ 4,160 $ 3,960 $ 3,662 $ 3,464
July 1, 2023 to October 31, 2023 $ 8,913 $ 6,017 $ 5,062 $ 4,958 $ 4,603 $ 4,367
November 1, 2023 to December 21, 2023 $ 7,478 $ 4,838 $ 3,992 $ 3,779 $ 3,489 $ 3,296
December 22, 2023 to December 31, 2023 $ 8,913 $ 6,017 $ 5,062 $ 4,958 $ 4,603 $ 4,367

Package Includes:

  • Pick up and drop off Nairobi/ Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
  • English speaking driver-guide
  • Park fees
  • All activities as specified in the itinerary
  • Evacuation insurance (AMREF - Flying Doctors)
  • All accommodation - (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • All transportation - (Unless labelled as optional)
  • 4x4 Customised safari vehicle
  • All meals
  • Water in car
  • Taxes

Package Excludes:

  • International flights - (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation at the end of the tour
  • Tips - (Tipping guideline US$10+ pp. per day)
  • Personal items - (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government-imposed increase of taxes and park fees
  • Meals not specified
  • Hot air balloon safari US$ 599 per person
  • Drinks and beverages
  • Laundry services
  • Eka Hotel

    Eka Hotel is a contemporary-style 4-star hotel that provides the discerning traveller’s comfort, convenience, and efficiency.

    Ideally located along Mombasa road in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, Eka Hotel has five meeting rooms designed to suit every occasion, complimented with stylish accommodation offering the best venue for your business and leisure.

    Eka Hotel’s 167 rooms are designed to provide the highest comfort, convenience and efficiency suitable for business and leisure travellers, supported by the latest technology. In addition, guests staying in the hotel have exclusive access to the gym and swimming pool.

    Eka Hotel has stirred up the local culinary scene with two restaurants, two bars, and a 24-hr coffee shop that caters to our diverse clientele’s needs. Each dining experience provides you with a taste of a broad selection of local and international cuisine.

  • Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort

    Situated on the shores of Lake Naivasha, a freshwater lake whose surface area depends on the rainfall. Set in one hundred and fifty acres of grassland studded with Acacia bushes and trees, the resort is home to our resident giraffe, waterbuck, and Vervet and Colobus monkeys. Also, a night stops for the hippos when they leave the lake every night to come and trim the grass on our expansive lawns.

    Twenty-one cottages are built in a crescent shape, and each has four rooms, totalling 80 standard rooms and two suites. Two of these rooms are suitable for the physically challenged. Six of the 21 cottages have interconnecting rooms on the ground floor. In addition, the resort has two swimming pools with a children’s section and a pool complex with its bar, snack kitchen and pizzeria.

  • Mara Serena Safari Lodge

    The Mara Serena Safari Lodge stands high on a bush-cloaked hill with commanding views over Africa’s most dramatic wildlife arenas- the scene of the annual migration of over one million wildebeest.

    With 74 guest rooms, including the suite, have been inspired by the local Maasai heritage and surrounding natural splendour, welcoming guests to experience the allure of the only lodge located within the famed Mara Triangle. A merger of Africa’s untamed beauty and modern sophistication, the accommodations are arranged with one slightly in front of its neighbour, allowing for sweeping river and savannah views.

    Contemporary amenities like complimentary Internet and television with satellite channels and personalised touches like ceiling fans enhance the guest experience.

  • Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

    Perched on the jagged rim of the crater, covered in the morning mist, camouflaged in river stone and cloaked in indigenous creepers, the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is a triumph of ecological and architectural fusion.

    The 74 guest rooms and one suite blend the almost indescribable beauty and magnitude of the Ngorongoro Crater with unparalleled standards for comfort and service.

    Clinging to the Crater rim beneath river stone and a cloak of native vines, our accommodation is so seamlessly entwined with the landscape guests can’t help but feel as one with the natural surroundings. With a private stone balcony opening onto the blue-green vastness of the Crater floor below, you’re living alone in the “cradle of mankind.”

  • Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

    Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge was created for adventurers with an African dream. With Mount Kilimanjaro soaring majestically just beyond the golden, acacia-specked savannah, the safari lodge offers a graceful blend of stark beauty and lavish comfort in the heart of Kenya’s Amboseli National Park.

    Nestled in an acacia grove by a gentle mountain spring, the lodge comprises a Maasai-inspired design, a garden restaurant, and a palm-shaded swimming pool and sundeck to provide uninterrupted Mount Kilimanjaro views and the surrounding landscape. In every detail, the ambience captures the essence of Maasai culture, warmth and indomitable spirit.

    With amenities to rival the best safari lodges in Kenya, our 92 rooms and one suite feature complimentary wireless Internet, 24-hour room service and private balconies. In addition, we offer nine sets of interconnecting rooms for the comfort and convenience of families and groups.

  • Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

    Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge is an award-winning hotel gem in Tanzania’s most beautiful settings. Seamlessly blended high into an acacia-lined ridge, our African-style lodge and infinity pool offer panoramic views across the Serengeti’s vast, endless grasslands, where lions and cheetahs stalk their prey.

    Also, massive migrating wildebeest herds darken the landscape in a relentless search for fresh grazing grounds.

    The suite offers a spacious bedroom appointed with a King bed and a separate sitting room furnished with a fully stocked minibar, a digital multi-channel TV and a direct dial telephone.