14 DAYS COMBINED KENYA AND TANZANIA BUDGET SAFARI: MAASAI MARA / L. NAKURU /SAMBURU /ABERDARES/AMBOSELI/NGORONGORO/ SERENGETI/L. MANYARA/TARANGIRE
Day 1: A drive from Nairobi to Masai Mara
Early pick –up from your hotel and we start our journey to Masai Mara Game Reserve. You will pass by the spectacular Rift Valley Escarpment, which provides a scenic view for beautiful photo opportunities. You will proceed on to the Narok town for lunch, after we head on the Masai Mara Game Reserve. We will check in tour camp, before starting on the adventure with a sun-downer game drive, introducing you to the Masai Plains, and its local cast of residents. Later we will return to our camp, for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Masai Mara full day
After breakfast you will proceed on a full day of game viewing adventure within the reserve. This reserve offers a varied wildlife experience, from the large numbers of wildlife, to the scenic and stunning savannah Masai plains, to even the Masai culture experience. Traversing the Masai Mara for a full day game drive, you will see the big five, the pride of lions, elephant herds, the rhinoceros, the giraffes and so much more. In this reserve, you are assured of real close encounters of the wildlife. As we follow the wildlife road tracking networks, we will get to the Mara River, where you can watch the hippos and crocodiles. Depending on your timing, you can also witness millions of wildebeest crossing this river from the neighboring Serengeti, to look for greener pastures in Masai Mara. The wildebeest Migration is one of the world’s annual spectacular events in the Masai Mara. You will have your picnic lunch in the park and continue with your game viewing with more of the big five and the lesser known game encounters till sunset. You have an optional activity of visiting a Masai Village at an extra cost of 10 $ per person. Dinner and overnight shall be at your camp.
Day 3: Masai Mara – Lake Nakuru
Early morning pre-breakfast game drive. After breakfast, depart the Mara region for Nakuru, lunch en-route, with scenic views of Lake Naivasha from afar on the main highway. You will arrive in the evening and be dropped off at the hotel for dinner and overnight the budget hotel.
Day 4: Lake Nakuru – Samburu National Park
After breakfast proceed on a game drive in Lake Nakuru Park, famous for its bird life, which comprises of the flamingos. The park also is a sanctuary for the endangered white and black rhinos. You can find the tree-climbing lions here, the buffalos and zebras around the shorelines. Later you will exit the park, and start your journey to Samburu National Park, with hot lunch on the way. There shall be a stop on the equator line as you make your way to Nanyuki, then proceed to Samburu, arriving in the evening, you will check –in to your camp, where you can rest before dinner.
Day 5: Full day exploring Samburu National Reserve
Full day in Samburu national park. Get good opportunity to watch the elephants, lions, leopards, and cheetahs that thrive in the reserve’s grasslands and acacia woodlands. And so the day is spent in alternating pursuits of exploration in the bush. Dinner and overnight at the camp.
Day 6: Samburu National Reserve- Mt.Kenya
After breakfast leave your camp in Samburu for a journey to Mt.Kenya arriving at Nanyuki town base hotel for Mount Kenya for lunch followed by afternoon visit to Mau Mau caves where the freedom fighters use to hide during the second world war and nature walk along the base of mount Kenya return to your hotel for dinner and over in Simba Hotel.
Day 7: Mt Kenya – Amboseli National Park
We depart Mt Kenya region in the morning and drive south through Masai country to the plains below Mount Kilimanjaro where Amboseli is situated. After a stopover lunch at Sopa lodge we proceed into the scenic Amboseli National Park for a game drive returning to the lodge in the evening for a sun downer. The waters from melted snow drain down Mt. Kilimanjaro under lava flows and surface in Amboseli, creating a green belt of swampland amidst dusty plains. Here buffaloes, lions, gazelles, cheetahs, wildebeest, hyenas, jackals, warthogs, Masai Giraffes, zebra, baboon, hippos and waterbuck can be seen against the backdrop of the magnificent snow-capped mountain. Dinner and overnight at the Kimana Camp or Similar.
Day 8: Amboseli Full day
A full day of game drives in this park, will showcase the large numbers of wildlife easily found bathing in the swamps found here. Amboseli National park gives a beautiful safari experience and breath-taking scenery as you watch the elephants and buffalos roam at the base of Mt Kilimanjaro. Apart from the elephants; you will also encounter cheetahs, Zebras, hyenas and may others. You will have your picnic lunch in a shade in the park, and then continue with the afternoon game-viewing. When the clouds clear off in the evening, you can see the snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. Later you will head back to the camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 9: Amboseli- Lake Manyara
After breakfast leave for Namanga Border from where you finalize the border formalities and proceed to Aretha arriving by lunch time. Afternoon depart for Ngorongoro arriving early evening. Dinner and overnight Panaroma Camp.
Day 10: Tarangire National Park – Serengeti National Park
After our breakfast, we head to Serengeti via the Ol Duvai Gorge Museum, where the early man appeared, a million years ago (You can make an optional visit at the museum at an extra cost of 40$ per person). Upon arrival, we will head to the Serengeti National Park, which is widely known for the greatest wildlife spectacle, the great migration of wildebeest. The Plains are also home to resident population of elephants, cheetahs, lions, giraffes and birds. Dinner and overnight shall be at the temporary fixed tents in Seronera Campsite/Similar.
Day 11: Serengeti- Ngorongoro
After breakfast you will have your final game drive in Serengeti National Park, known for the great wildebeest migration and many animals. Later depart to Ngorongoro Crater with your lunch en-route arriving in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at basic tents.
Day 12: Ngorongoro Crater- Lake Manyara
After breakfast, leave with packed lunch and descend 600m into the Ngorongoro Crater for a 6 hours game drive. Ngorongoro Crater has a stunning landscape consisting of the vast expanses of woodlands, savannah forests and highlands. This combined with a high concentration of wildlife, ranging from the endangered rhino species, the big cats, which include the lions, the elusive leopard, cheetahs etc. and others like zebras, buffalos, elands, warthogs, hippos and the giant African elephants, makes it one of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world. Later drive back to Lake Manyara National Park, dinner and overnight at our campsite- Panorama Campsite or Similar.
Day 13: Lake Manyara – Arusha
Early breakfast and then head to the Lake Manyara a game drive in this stunning park, rich in wildlife and diverse landscape. Lake Manyara is a gem worth a stop while on safari in the Tanzania northern circuit. The ground water forest fed by the water springs support a rich ecosystem for wildlife such as the pink flamingoes concentrated on the lake shores, giant African elephant herds, troops of baboons, giraffes, hippos, and birds like the Ruppel’s Griffon, Peregrin falcon, augur Buzzard and the verraux’s Eagle. Lake Manyara National Park is also widely known for its tree-climbing lions and the hot water springs found here. This park offers a comprehensive safari experience in Tanzania. Later we drive back to Arusha, with a drop off at your hotel, booked on Bed and breakfast. Dinner on Own.
Day 14: Arusha – Nairobi/Arusha Airport/Kilimanjaro Airport
After breakfast at Arusha Center Inn Hotel our partner will be ready to take you to shuttle bus for Nairobi where you will be received and transferred to airport or your Nairobi hotel. Thank you for choosing us for your African safari.
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