9 Day Kenya and Tanzania Safari

Kenya and Tanzania safari

Overview

This 9 Day Tanzania and Kenya Safari explores several of the top game parks in East Africa’s leading safari countries; Kenya and Tanzania. The trip departs from Nairobi, Kenya, traveling to the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve, via the scenic Great Rift Valley. We enjoy wildlife activities in The Masai Mara as we go in search of the abundant wildlife that has made this one of the most celebrated game parks in Africa. Here you can witness the Wildebeest Migration if you are to visit within the months July to September, one of the most spectacular wildlife shows on earth, in season.

From Masai Mara we drive north to Hells Gate National Park and Lake Naivasha, before traveling south to Kenya’s beautiful Amboseli National Park. Leaving Kenya we cross into Tanzania for game drives in Lake Manyara National Park, before continuing to the vast Serengeti National Park. Tanzania’s top safari destination and one of the most famous game parks in Africa. We spend our days on game drives in search of the plentiful wildlife found here. Then we head to Africa’s “Garden of Eden” – the Ngorongoro Crater. We explore the wildlife-rich crater keeping an eye out for any game that might have eluded us thus far.

From the wildlife haven of Ngorongoro Crater, we drive to Arusha where this safari ends.

Itinerary

Day 1
Nairobi to Masai Mara - Kenya

This 9 Day Kenya & Tanzania Wildlife Safari starts with pickup from your pre-tour hotel or the airport in the capital of Kenya, Nairobi. Traveling to Masai Mara we drive down the escarpment, via the floor of the scenic Great Rift Valley.

We arrive at our booked accommodation in time for lunch in the afternoon, before embarking on our first thrilling game drive in Masai Mara Game Reserve. After our game drive, we return to the accommodation, for dinner and an evening of relaxation.

Day 2
Full Day Masai Mara National Reserve

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 Hells Gate National Park

Day three kicks off with a game drive in Masai Mara Game Reserve, before breakfast back at camp. From Masai Mara we travel north to Lake Naivasha, visiting the nearby Hells Gate National Park. This African game park is of geological significance and hosts diverse topographical features along with an array of wildlife and birds.

One of the unique features of this game park is that it can be explored on foot or by bicycle, due to the absence of large predators. Bikes can be hired at extra cost to cycle through the game park. We recommend hiking and cycling in the wildlife park, as this is a great way to experience the bush, as well as being a rare opportunity in Kenyan national parks. Dinner and overnight at a lodge near Lake Naivasha.

Day 4
Lake Naivasha to Amboseli National Park

Start the day with a relaxing boat ride on Lake Naivasha (optional extra), spotting birds and keeping an eye out for wildlife along the shores of the lake. Next, we travel back south admiring the rural scenery on our way to the beautiful Amboseli National Park in the Rift Valley Province. Kenya’s second most popular safari destination, Amboseli is located in southern Kenya, near the border with Tanzania. We have lunch along the way, embarking on an afternoon game drive when we arrive. Dinner and overnight at our booked accommodation in Amboseli National Park.

Day 5
Amboseli National Park to Lake Manyara

Departing from Amboseli National Park in the morning we drive south into Tanzania, heading to the Northern Safari Circuit. Tanzania’s most famous game parks are grouped together in the popular Northern Safari Circuit consisting of Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara and Tarangire national parks.

First we make our way into the beautiful Lake Manyara, with packed lunches. This afternoon we explore this scenic wilderness area on a game drive in search of wildlife and birds. Lake Manyara National Park covers diverse ecosystems, hosting some of Tanzania’s most abundant birdlife. The game park around Lake Manyara is famous for its tree-climbing lions, a unique species, as well as its huge baboon populations. The park is home to one of the world’s highest concentrations of baboons.

Day 6
Lake Manyara to Serengeti National park

We take a morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, before travelling to the world-famous Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti is one of the top safari destinations in the world – presenting the classical African wildlife scenes filmed in many a movie and documentary. On the way to our overnight campsite, we enjoy game viewing in the game-rich Serengeti ecosystem. End the day with dinner and free time at our overnight accommodation.

Day 7
Serengeti National Park

Today we explore the vast Serengeti plains on game drives, going in search of the staggering variety of wildlife found here. The Serengeti is one of Africa’s most famous game parks, boasting prime open savannahs, teeming with wild animals. This is Tanzania’s largest game park, covering some 14736 km² of African bushveld.

The Serengeti is a year-round game viewing destination, offering world-class game viewing throughout the year. Serengeti Park and the neighboring Masai Mara National Park in Kenya, are however best known for the annual Wildebeest Migration. Also known as the Great Migration, this wildlife spectacle is set in motion when an endless sea of grazers migrate across the plains in search of fresh grazing. The bird watching in Serengeti Park is also impressive, with common sightings including ostrich and kori bustard, as well as larks, finches, raptors and the distinctive lilac breasted roller.

Day 8
Serengeti Park to Ngorongoro Crater

Keeping an eye out for game we drive southeast up into the magnificent Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where we spend the night at our booked accommodation in on the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. In the afternoon we drive down to the crater floor for a rewarding afternoon of game viewing. The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s biggest whole volcanic caldera at 8300 sq km and hosts high concentrations of wildlife.

Day 9
Ngorongoro & Arusha

After breakfast we depart from the Ngorongoro Crater, making our way to Arusha in Tanzania. We arrive in Arusha by 13:00 to mark the end of our safari