14 DAYS ROMANTIC EAST AFRICA SAFARI: SAMBURU /ABERDARES/ L. NAKURU/MAASAI MARA/AMBOSELI/NGORONGORO/ SERENGETI/L. MANYARA
Day 1: Nairobi to Samburu
Our 14 days Kenya safari will start in the morning, where we travel by road to Kenya’s northern tourist circuit. This Kenyan adventure takes you on a scenic drive of the undulated Central Kenya terrain, filled with highland forests, and plantations. You will pass by the equator line, where you can take a few photos as you learn the importance of that imaginary line, geographically. Proceed with your journey to Samburu. Samburu National Park has some of the rare wildlife species found in Kenya, the reticulated giraffe, grevy’s zebra and Beisa Oryxes. The landscape here is arid and I s home to elephants, buffalos, antelopes, lions, leopards and cheetahs, may be seen here. Overnight shall be at the Samburu Sopa Lodge/Samburu Lodge or Similar.
Day 2: Samburu National Park
Full day spent in Samburu Game Reserve. The safari tour starts with breakfast at your lodge, and as the sun rises, we head to the bush to explore the arid plains. The giraffes wander through the trees, while the elephants romp on the shallow ends of the Ewaso Ng’iro River. The river is the source of water for Samburu. If you are lucky you can spot the special Samburu five, which are the Somali Ostrich, Beisa Oryx, generuk antelope, and the grevy’s zebra. At the Shaba Springs, you can also find the endangered Williamson’s lark. These are just some of the unique cast of the Samburu National Park. After your picnic lunch, your game viewing will continue until the evening, where you can go back to the lodge. You can also choose to take a guided nature walk or visit one of the cultural villages and learn about the lifestyle of the Samburu communities. Dinner and overnight will be at Samburu Lodge/Similar.
Day 3: Samburu to Aberdare National Park (Treetops Lodge)
We will have short morning game drive in Samburu National Park and depart for Aberdares National Park. The park is highly forested and therefore a bit hard to spot animals, on a game drive. However, the Treetops lodge offers you a safari experience like no other, where a few balconies of the hotel can be used to view animals in the nearby waterhole. Sitting at your balcony, you can see the elephants tromp their way to the waterhole, and other rare sightings include Giant Forest Hog, bongo, golden cat, African civet cat, and serval cat. The park forested ravines are also habitat to Black rhinos, spotted hyenas, black and white colobus monkeys, buffalos, warthogs, bushbucks, leopards among many others. This park is also known for its birdlife, with over 250 species recorded here, among them, Plovers, sunbirds, eagles, Jackson’s Francolin, Sparrow hawks and eagles. A safari at the Aberdares National Park will leave you with unique memories found nowhere else in Kenya. Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge. Treetops lodge/Similar.
Day 4: Aberdare National Park to Lake Nakuru National Park
Leaving the Aberdare Mountain Ranges behind, we venture through the Kenyan beautiful landscapes to Lake Nakuru National Park. This park is one of the most beautiful parks in East Africa, is known for its large population of bird species as a rhino sanctuary. The black and white rhinos can be found here, and the Rothschild’s giraffe. The park is unique, not only in Kenya but in Africa as well, with the biggest euphorbia forest, yellow acacia woodlands and picturesque landscape. Over 56 species can be found here, including the waterbucks. Upon arrival, you can have a short game drive or just relax in the hotel as you enjoy the cool serene environment. Dinner and overnight shall be at the lodge. Lake Nakuru Lodge/Similar.
Day 5: Lake Nakuru to Masai Mara Game Reserve
We have our breakfast early at the Lodge, we will enjoy an early morning game drive in the Lake Nakuru National Park. This park is widely known as a haven for birds and is a habitat to a diverse wildlife, giving a new Kenya safari experience from what you will have seen in the previous days. This alkaline lake is covered by pink flamingos on its shorelines; eagles soar out on the sky, with storks and pelicans wading in the shallow parts of the lake. The endangered black and white rhinos plod out from the bushes, buffalos and giraffes stand against the trees and lions can be seen on the tree branches as well. This park also is a habitat to others like the zebras, antelopes, hyenas, waterbucks among many others. This park provides a unique wildlife safari experience and life time memories. Later we will exit the park and start our journey to Masai Mara Game Reserve, where upon arrival; we can have a short game drive-time permitting, before retiring to our accommodation. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.- Mara Sopa Lodge/Similar.
Day 6: Explore the Wonders of Masai Mara
Whole day spent at Masai Mara Game Reserve exploring the vast plains, in search of its wildlife, a haven for the big cats. Masai Mara Game Reserve is one of the most-known parks in the world, and is a wildlife sanctuary for Kenya. Sightings for today include Cheetahs, Elephants, Buffalos, Zebras dominate the scene while Antelopes, Warthogs, Wildebeests form formidable numbers. Masai Mara has the highest concentration of wildlife per square kilometer than any other park in the region. You will have your picnic lunch and continue to venture through the plains looking out for real close wildlife encounters. Tracing the various animals, you find yourself at the Mara River which has crocodiles and hippos; this is the wildebeest crossing point from the neighboring Serengeti. The Mara plains comprise of wildlife and the communities of the Maasai people. An optional local Masai Village visit can be arranged at the end of the day at an extra cost. Dinner and overnight at the lodge. – Mara Simba Lodge/Mara Sopa Lodge/ Mara Serena Safari lodge etc.
Day 7: Masai Mara to Amboseli National Park
We have an early breakfast with a short game drive en-route to Amboseli. We will have a stop on the way, along the scenic routes and to have lunch. We arrive in Amboseli in the evening, were you will check-in to your lodge, for a rest, and dinner. Your Lodge in Amboseli will be Amboseli Serena Lodge/Satao Elerai Camp or Similar.\
Day 8: Amboseli National Park 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 lodge/camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 9: Amboseli National Park to Ngorongoro Crater
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.
Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater
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. Dinner and overnight at a lodge.- Ngorongoro Serena Lodge/Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge or Similar.
Day 11: Ngorongoro Crater – 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 a lodge. Serengeti Serena Lodge/Seronera Wildlife Lodge or Similar.
Day 12: Full Day in the majestic Serengeti Plains
Our day starts early morning with breakfast and leave for the park with picnic lunches. A full day in the Serengeti is an adventurous safari experience and does not disappoint. Perhaps the most famous fascination with Serengeti is the wildebeest migration, which flows from the south to the Northern side of the park in the months of April to June. Throughout the year, other residents of this park roam freely here, the likes of lions, leopard, buffalos, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, warthogs, serval cats and more wildlife. Dinner and overnight will be at Serengeti Serena Lodge/Seronera Wildlife Lodge or Similar.
Day 13: Serengeti- Lake Manyara National Park
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 Lake Manyara with your lunch en-route arriving in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at a lodge- Lake Manyara wildlife Lodge/Serena Safari Lodge or Similar.
Day 14: 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, upon arrival, you will be transferred back to Nairobi.
This 14 Day safari is for everyone looking for an adventure in East Africa, as you get to visit very beautiful wildlife parks in Kenya and Tanzania. This adventure starts in the Samburu, where you meet the Samburu special five, the Aberdares where you get to witness the elusive bongo and more wildlife. As the journey continues you will venture through the Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru and later to Masai Mara, the most famous reserve in Kenya, depending on the timing, experience the wildebeest migration. In Amboseli, meet the large herds of elephants and see the snow-capped peaks of the Mt Kilimanjaro.
The pink Flamingoes in Lake Manyara provide a charming welcome to the Tanzania safari tour, and later the Serengeti, home to a large number of the big cats and the wildebeest migration. Our last will be in Ngorongoro Crater the biggest world intact caldera awaits you, where every turn you make, you spot wildlife.
On this 14 Days Romantic East Africa Safari, the sceneries will leave you with memories that will last forever.
Transport on a safari van Kenya part and Land Cruiser in Tanzania part.