8 Day Masai Mara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Safari

Masai Mara, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Lodge Safari

Overview

This 8 Day Masai Mara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Safari explores three of Africa’s most unforgettable wildlife destinations – Masai Mara National Reserve, Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Stay in comfortable lodges and tented camps while game viewing in two of the world’s most legendary safari countries, Kenya and Tanzania. This ultimate game viewing safari takes you into the quintessential bush landscapes of Africa, where an abundance of wild animals roam freely on the open plains.

See the famous Big Five, cheetahs, plains game and more, on game drives throughout the year, and catch the Great Migration between Serengeti and Masai Mara, once every year. Visit the historic gem of Olduvai Gorge and Ngorongoro Crater, home to one of the highest concentrations of wildlife on earth.

Itinerary

Day 1
Transfer to Masai Mara Game Reserve from Nairobi

Leaving Nairobi early morning, we travel along the Great Rift Valley, taking in the scenery en route to our booked accommodation in Masai Mara National Reserve. After lunch at our camp or lodge, we set off on a game drive in the world-famous game reserve. This is one of the best game viewing destinations in the world, considered the heartland of authentic African safaris. Returning to our accommodation, we have dinner and relax after our first game drive in Kenya, East Africa.

Our accommodation options for this safari depend on your package type preference, We are happy to recommend top-notch lodge/ Camp options upon inquiry

Day 2
Full Day Masai Mara Game Viewing - Optional Masaai Community Visit

The next 6 to 10 hours are spent game viewing in Kenya’s leading Masai Mara National Reserve. You will embark on two game drives in the Mara: morning game drive and the afternoon game drive with organized bush breakfast in search of the big five and other wildlife species to include: Masai giraffe, baboons, warthogs, Wildebeest, buffaloes, zebras, jackals, spotted hyenas, topi, impala, Hartebeests, nat eared foxes, the crocodiles and hippopotamus of the Mara and Talek Rivers.
Should your planned time to visit be in the months (July-Sept), you should brace yourselves to witness the thrilling Great wildebeest Migration as it happens in the Mara.
This natural movement of over 4 million grazers from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Masai Mara National Reserve is the sole reason why many visitors opt to come to Masai Mara National Reserve at this time of the year.

To Note:
• There is an optional cultural visit to the Masaai tribe community within the park; this visit grants you a chance to learn about the Masaai culture, customs, ways of living and their exercising cultural dance.

After the amazing full-day game viewing experience, We transfer back to lodge/Camp for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3
Masai Mara to Speke Bay – Tanzania

Rise and shine for breakfast at the accommodation, before we drive to the Isebania Border Post and cross into Tanzania. First stop in Tanzania – Lake Victoria, the biggest lake in Africa. We stay at an accommodation along the shoreline of Lake Victoria, a mere 15 km from Serengeti National Park on Tanzania’s Northern Safari Circuit.

This afternoon you are free to relax at the lodge on the south-eastern shores of the Great Lake. Alternatively, you can go fishing or take an optional boat ride (at extra cost) on Lake Victoria.

Day 4
Speke Bay to Serengeti National Park

On day four we head into the remote western corridor of the Serengeti National Park, entering at the Ndabaka Gate. The entire day is spent game viewing in the Serengeti, stopping for a picnic lunch en route.

The Serengeti National Park is one of the leading safari destinations in Africa, seen as the original home of the traditional African safari, along with Masai Mara. Forming part of the same ecosystem as Mara, the Serengeti Plains also offer the quintessential African savannah setting, only more vast than the Kenyan counterpart, at 14 763 km².

After our game drive, we have dinner at our booked accommodation in either western Serengeti or Northern Serengeti where we overnight depend on the movement of the Migration at your time of visit.

Day 5
Full Day Serengeti National Park

Day five is set aside for exploring the legendary Serengeti National Park on game drives.

This massive wildlife reserve is famous for the same annual migration as Masai Mara, whereby over a million herbivores move south from the northern to the southern plains of Serengeti, in the short rainy season (October and November), returning north after the long rainy season (April to June). Serengeti Park offers superb wildlife viewing year-round, so we should see plenty of plains game and predators roaming the grasslands.

At the end of the day, we transfer to our Serengeti accommodation in Central Serengeti for dinner and another

Day 6
Central Serengeti to Ngorongoro via Olduvai Gorge

This morning we embark on an early morning game drive in Serengeti National Park, before having breakfast back at the lodge. Then we make our way to Olduvai Gorge, a deep ravine in the East African Rift Valley. En route we stop for a picnic lunch and enjoy game viewing. The gorge features one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites, hosting some of the earliest fossils of our humanoid ancestors. We visit the Olduvai Gorge Museum to see the excavated remains of our ancestors, with Homo erectus remains that date as far back as 1.2 million years ago.

From Olduvai, we continue to our accommodation in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where we have dinner and spend the night.

Day 7
Ngorongoro Crater

On day seven we enjoy breakfast early in the morning and dip some 600m down into the crater for an action-packed day of game viewing in this wildlife paradise. Our 4×4 game drive takes us through the diverse habitats of the crater floor, where we encounter a variety of wild animals.

While in the crater we have a picnic lunch. The Ngorongoro Crater is renowned for its high concentration of animals, with most wildlife species represented here. Due to the high density of animal populations, we are likely to see an excellent array of animals in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Ascending the crater walls after our game viewing adventure, we return to our accommodation for dinner and our last overnight stay.

Day 8
Ngorongoro to Arusha

Our final morning starts with a leisurely breakfast before we travel to Arusha. We take packed lunches along with us from the lodge to enjoy en route. Arriving in Arusha by midday, you have the option of concluding your safari here or continuing to Nairobi in Kenya.