Tanzania & Kenya’s Wild Parks

The Details

Type: Camping Camping
Start: Arusha Tanzania
Length: 7 - 14 Days
End: Arusha Tanzania
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Small (<12 People)
Countries: Tanzania Kenya

Tour Dates

2019
  • 2019
  • 2020
October
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
From USD 5100 pp
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Overview

This 12-day camping safari is for travellers wanting to experience both Tanzania and Kenya. Starting and ending in Arusha you will visit the highlights of northern Tanzania such as the Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater, the grassy plains of the Serengeti and Lake Victoria. After crossing the border into Kenya you will experience the Masai Mara, the flamingos of Lake Nakuru and the swamps of Amboseli National Park.

Highlights
Day 1-6 | Tanzania

• Tarangire National Park – Game drives
• Lake Manyara National Park – Game drives
• African Rift Valley – Viewpoint
• Ngorongoro Crater – Game drives
• Serengeti National Park – Game drives, Frankfurt Zoological Institute’s visitor centre
•Lake Victoria – Canoe trip
Day 7-12 | Kenya
• Masai Mara Game Reserve – Game drives
• Lake Nakuru National Park – Game drives
• Nairobi – Karen Blixen museum, Uhuru gardens or the national museum or the live snake centre next door(optional activities at additional cost, pre-booking required)
• Amboseli National Park – Game drives

Min. number to guarantee tour: 2
Max number of participants: 7 per vehicle (window seat guaranteed)
Departure day: every second Sunday

Prices are subject to change.
Price is per person sharing. Excludes single supplement and any additional activities or meals not set out in itinerary.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 | Arusha – Tarangire National Park

Distance approx. 150 km; driving time approx. 2-3 hours

After a short briefing in the morning, your safari will set off towards the Tarangire National Park. This park with its savannah, seasonal swamps and life-giving Tarangire River is home to huge elephant herds – literally hundreds of animals. Animals gather at the river and besides elephants you should be able to see mongoose, giraffes, bushbucks, hartebeests, dik-diks, waterbucks, warthogs and reedbucks all year round. You will explore the park until the late afternoon before you will arrive at a campsite inside the park to overnight.

Meals

Meals:

Lunch & Dinner

Day 2 | Tarangire National Park – Lake Manyara National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Distance approx. 140 km; driving time approx. 3 hours

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before you continue your trip to the Lake Manyara National Park, one of the smallest but most diverse parks in Tanzania. The shallow and alkaline Lake Manyara covers a large area of the park and is the seasonal home to thousands of flamingos. In addition, the park is also known for its few hundred different types of birds. The forests, grassy plains and acacia woodlands are an excellent habitat for monkeys, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, wildebeests, elephants and lions. After an intensive game drive, you will leave the park to travel to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where you will be spending the night on a campsite overlooking the famous Ngorongoro Crater.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 | Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti National Park

Distance approx. 160 km; driving time approx. 3-4 hours

Rise and shine! You will have breakfast at dawn before the 4×4 safari vehicle descends into the crater on an adventurous and steep trail. Inside the world’s biggest caldera you will see a diversity of wildlife ranging from black rhinos, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles, lions and leopards to elephants and mountain reedbucks in the forests on the slopes. You will have lunch at a picnic spot in the crater before the safari continues to the acacia-dotted plains of the Serengeti in the afternoon. The Serengeti is the most famous park in Tanzania and it is here where the mass migration of hundreds of thousands of wildebeests and zebras takes place as they trek between Tanzania and Kenya to find fresh grass and water. You will overnight on a campsite in the Seronera area.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 | Serengeti National Park

You will leave the camp for an early morning game drive before you return in the late morning to a hearty breakfast. If you would like to experience the Serengeti from the sky, we recommend joining a hot air balloon ride, followed by a champagne breakfast (optional and booking in advance necessary). A stop at the Serengeti visitor centre can also be arranged. In the afternoon, there will be another game drive before you return to your campsite to overnight.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 | Lake Victoria – Masai Mara Area

Distance approx. 270 km; driving time approx. 8-9 hours

After breakfast you will join the local fishermen and a guide on a canoe trip on Lake Victoria. You will see how the locals catch fish the traditional way and admire the previous night’s catch. After your fishing excursion you will set off on the longest section of your safari – the journey to the Masai Mara. The road towards the Kenyan border is a long and adventurous one, but it should be worth it as the “Mara” is reputed to have the highest lion population of all reserves in Africa. Other large cats like leopards and cheetahs also live here and can be spotted all year round as their sightings are not dependent upon the seasons or the great migration. You will overnight in tents on a campsite on the outskirts of the Masai Mara Game Reserve.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 – 8 | Masai Mara Game Reserve

During the next two days you will go on game drives with your experienced guide. You will take a trip to the Mara River, the greatest hurdle for the wildebeests and zebras on their yearly trek. At the end of October and the beginning of November an incredible scene is set when the river has swollen to almost bursting levels. Tens of thousands of animals must cross it, knowing that certain death awaits them – crocodiles hiding just below the surface. It can be a gruesome sight. At other times of the year hippos, crocodiles and other animals can also be seen at the river. You will spend two nights at a campsite on the outskirts of the Masai Mara Game Reserve.

Meals

Meals:

Day 7 & 8: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 | Masai Mara Area – Lake Nakuru National Park

Distance approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 5 hours

After breakfast you will leave the Mara to reach Lake Nakuru National Park in the early afternoon. The alkaline lake attracts gigantic flocks of flamingos – a bird lover’s dream – and gives the lake a shimmering pink hue from afar. The park is home to over 450 bird species and 50 mammals such as Rothschild’s giraffes, common and Defassa waterbucks and two species of hyenas. If you are lucky, you will see a leopard lounging in the branches of fever tree. Most importantly, you might spot both the endangered white and black rhino as the park was declared a rhino sanctuary in 1987. You will spend the night on a campsite in the park.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 | Lake Nakuru National Park – Nairobi

Distance approx. 180 km; driving time approx. 3-4 hours

After breakfast you will leave the Lake Nakuru National Park to travel to Nairobi, Kenya’s bustling and often chaotic capital. The rest of the day is at leisure and you can explore this lively city, preferably by taxi.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast & Lunch

Day 11 | Nairobi – Amboseli National Park

Distance approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 4-5 hours

Today’s trip takes you in a south-easterly direction towards the Amboseli National Park near the Kenya-Tanzanian border. Amboseli is the setting for many iconic images of elephants on the plains with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. Massive herds of over 500 elephants live here and share the park with lions, buffaloes, hippos and water birds that are attracted to the seasonal swamps. At Observation Hill viewpoint you will have great views over the swamps and the rest of the park. You will spend the night in a tent on a campsite inside the park.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Day 12 | Amboseli National Park – Arusha

Distance approx. 190 km; driving time approx. 4-5 hours

After breakfast your journey continues towards the Tanzanian border. Driving through the park you will have some last chances to see animals before the safari ends. After formalities at the Kenyan-Tanzanian border post you will arrive in Arusha, where you started your safari. You will be taken to the city centre or to the airport, depending on your travel plans.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast & Lunch

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