Enjoy your East Africa Safari by sampling both the attractions in Kenya and Tanzania during the same trip. The two neighboring countries offer a wonderfully contrasting and intersting diversity..
A guided and well-pondered lodge based Eco-Safari combining some of East Africa’s primmest wildlife destination. This Kenya -Tanzania cross-border journey provides quality adventure and in-depth details as you discover the contrasting scenery, wildlife environments and varied African cultures. Lake Nakuru, Maasai Mara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater - arguably the most spectacular safari destinations in Eastern Africa are all fabulous and understandably very popular tourist destinations but we’ve tailor this safari to include them all plus cultural interactions en-route to this destinations. Most tourists are driven past these unique community areas leaving only trails of dust but for us we include visits to some of the villages to enhance understanding of Africa and support the communities initiatives and eco-safari projects and ensure some benefits from tourism reach the locals directly.
Day 4 Optional chance for a dawn hot air balloon ride /Morning and Late afternoon Game drives in Maasai Mara / Overnight Mara Simba Lodge.
Early breakfast (7am) then leave Masai Mara for Lake Victoria on the Tanzanian side of the border with a game drive en-route as we exit the park. Road conditions permitting we go through the shorter Olololo route to Isibania / Sirari border crossing for our lunch break. A further 3 hours through farmland gets as to Speke Bay Lodge in time for some sight seeing and explorations on the shores of Lake Victoria. Dinner and overnight at Speke Bay Lodge or similar. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Morning Boat ride on lake Victoria / Cultural activities / Drive to Serengeti park through Ndebaka gate / overnight Seronera Wildlife Lodge.
After breakfast is a on boat ride on Lake Victoria before we make our way to Serengeti National Park and access this vast wildlife haven through the Ndebaka gate and amazing Western Corridor to the interior of the park. The infinite expanse of the Serengeti unfolds before us as we explore the masses of wildlife and the stunning landscapes. Wildlife sightings increases steadily as we venture deeper to the interior of Serengeti which actually means "endless plains" In Maasai speech. Covering 5,700 square miles, Serengeti is adored with hills, plains, wetlands, riverline bush, acacia woodland and savannah grassland making it unrivaled in habitat diversity. A picnic lunch will be provided en-route to Seronera Wildlife lodge where we have our dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Enjoy detailed game viewing in Serengeti Park from the comfort of Seronera Wildlife Lodge
A full day of game drives around Serengeti. Depending on the time of year and position of the migratory herds you can expect to see wildebeest, lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, hippos, rhinos, bat-eared fox, golden backed jackal other species - our knowledgeable guides help us identify them all plus hundreds of birds like the beautiful purple grenadier and the red-cheeked cordon blue, secretary and the elegant crested crane. Dinner and overnight again at Serenera wildlife lodge.
Day 8 Take optional Balloon ride or early morning Game viewing / visit Olduvai Gorge / optional stop at another Maasai village / Overnight on Ngorongoro crater rim.
A pre-breakfast game drive presents the best chance to witness the predators make a hunt. Or an optional balloon safari this early morning for those interested but at an additional cost. After breakfast is a further morning game-viewing drive as we exit the park. En-route we make a stopover at the Olduvai Gorge an archaeological site where anthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey excavated many fossils of early mankind, we get a chance to learn about this history and have our picnic lunch. As we proceed on towards Ngorogoro we make an optional stop at a local Maasai village and meet the Tanzania Maasai tribesmen to witness some of their longstanding traditions and contrast their lifestyle to that of the Kenyan Maasai visited earlier. Dinner and overnight today is at Ngorogoro wildlife lodge on the crater rim or a similar lodge.
Day 9 Explore Ngorogoro crater in informative style / Overnight at Lake Manyara.
Early this morning with our picnic lunches, we set off for the Ngorongoro crater and descend to its floor for a memorable game viewing session. The caldera of Ngorongoro marks the ancient walls of a collapsed volcano with a circular crater that is 12 miles across and with steep walls of over 2,000 feet stretching out to over 7,500 feet above sea level - home to over 25,000 herbivores and a proportionately high density of predatory cats. Because of permanent water supply and a precise balance of predator and prey, most of the wildlife remains here year-round, you can expect to see lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes and many more animal species and birds.
Day 10 Cultural orientation and exploration of Mtu Wa Mbu multi ethnic villages / Journey back to Arusha by road.
We have a colourful morning exploring the cultural melting pot that is Mto wa Mbu village. We leisurely walk through farmlands and villages paying attention to the various income generating projects e.g the carvers, beer brewing, horticulture and community projects some of which we offer support for. We have a special African lunch at the Boma camp before our transfer to Arusha to conclude this unique African Holiday.