Best of East Africa

The Details

Type: Camping Camping
Start: Nairobi Kenya
Length: 7 - 14 Days
End: Nairobi Kenya
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Large (>12 People)
Countries: Kenya Tanzania

Tour Dates

2018
  • 2018
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From ZAR 21500 pp
(Excl. local payment USD 890)
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Overview

Incorporating four amazing game reserves over ten days this trip really does highlight the best of East Africa. Lake Nakuru National Park is famous for its thousands of pink flamingos and healthy rhino populations whilst the Masai Mara National Reserve is world renowned for big five sightings. In Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, the vast plains support thousands of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle and the predators that follow in their wake, while the Ngorongoro Crater is packed with animals and offers sweeping views from its rim. Departures are guaranteed with 2-4 people.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi to Masai Mara

Today we head on to the Masai Mara National Reserve. We enter Masai land where these habitual pastoralists are often seen tending their cattle from the side of the road. We pass through the town of Narok, and continue our drive possibly getting a glimpse of some wildlife along the way. The main section of road between Nairobi and the Reserve is in a very poor state, so be prepared for a rough ride! We arrive at our campsite, Acacia Camp in the evening. Acacia Camp looks on to the Meguarra hills and the stream that meanders by on the bottom end forms a natural border to the Masai Mara National Reserve. The Reserve remains unfenced, allowing wildlife to roam freely across into the surrounding area and if they choose – through our own camp! No need to be afraid, as the local ‘Askari’ will keep a look out for any unwanted predators.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Masai Mara Game Reserve excursion

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Acacia Camp

Meals

Meals:

Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Masai Mara

We depart shortly after sunrise on our game drive into the Masai Mara Reserve. The Masai Mara is well known as one of East Africa’s best National Reserves and is home to a wide variety of wildlife species. Most famous for the Annual Migration, that consists of the impressive herds of over 1 million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle that cross over from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania; the Masai Mara is most popular between July and October when these vast herds feast on the fresh grazing here. Following these herbivores are Africa’s predators that are often seen at a kill during this period. We game drive through a section of the park in search of the ‘Big 5’- elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion & leopard; along with the many other species of animals, reptiles and birds who make call this wilderness home.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Acacia Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Masai Mara to Lake Nakuru National Park (EAMO)

Leaving Masai Mara we head towards our first overnight stop in the area of Lake Nakuru National Park, where our overnight campsite will be at EAMO; East African Mission Organisation. We will have the chance to interact with the local kids as well as a chance to learn more about this wonderful organisation.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

East African Mission Organisation

Accommodation

Accommodation:

EAMO campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Lake Nakuru National Park

This morning we begin our exploration of the Lake Nakuru National Park – famous for the thousands of lesser and greater flamingos that flock to this soda lake’s edge. The numbers vary depending on the water level, and when it’s low, the lake almost turns pink. A truly spectacular sight! The park was established as a sanctuary for black and white rhino, which are often seen. We spend the day searching for these pre-historic looking beasts as well as the elusive leopard, encountering buffalo, giraffe, and various antelope. After our game drive, we head back to EAMO for the night.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park

Accommodation

Accommodation:

EAMO campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Spending time with the kids at the orphanage / sponsoring pens, pencils, notepads and so forth.

Day 5: Kisii/Kericho Area

After breakfast, we leave the Lake Nakuru area and head to Kisii/Kericho passing through the picturesque tea plantations along the way. These towns are the main commercial centres in the Gusii Highlands, where cash crops like tea and coffee thrive because of its equatorial climate. We replenish our stocks before heading for Tanzania tomorrow.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Musoma

We depart Kenya and head south 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

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite on banks of Lake Victoria

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Serengeti National Park

After stocking up on supplies for the next couple of days, we head to the Serengeti National Park, entering the park after lunch. The Serengeti (Masai for “endless plains”) is famous for its enormous concentration of game (especially the big cats) and for the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelles. The abundance of plains game in this area is truly astounding. We enter the park through the lesser travelled western corridor and game drive en-route to our campsite in the centre of the park. Tonight, we bush camp (no ablutions) in the wild surrounded by the sounds of the African bushveld, pierced only by the calls of the nocturnal wildlife. In the morning, we head off for another game drive and explore the landscape in search of the resident wildlife. With some luck, we may see some of Africa’s ‘Big 5’!

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Excursion to Serengeti National Park in overland vehicle

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Bushveld campsite (no ablution facilities)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater

After an early start, we pack up our camp and continue our game drive through the Serengeti National Park. We head to the southern part of the park where they have the chance to see the endless plains this park is renowned for. We cross from the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Conservation area at lunch time and begin our climb up the steep Crater edge. Tonight’s camp (basic ablutions) on the crater rim sharply contrasts the warmer plains below – we suggest you bring your winter woollies as it can get very cold at night.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Ngorongoro Crater excursion in 4x4’s

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Craters edge campsite (basic ablution facilities)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha

The Ngorongoro Crater with its 600 m high walls and 20 km width is a natural marvel. The Crater’s rim offers spectacular views, but the true scale of this caldera is only appreciated from the floor itself where the abundance of its animal inhabitants becomes apparent. It is home to nearly every species of African animal and offers a chance to view an incredible concentration of East African mammals, such as elephant, rhino, buffalo, hippo, lion and plain’s game. After spending the morning game driving in The Crater, we continue to our campsite outside Arusha where we spend the evening musing over our thrilling wildlife experience.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite in area around Arusha

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Arusha to Nairobi

After breakfast, we begin our journey back to Nairobi. On arrival in the late afternoon, we exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced a trip of a lifetime!

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch

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