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10 Days Kenya & Tanzania combined eco-safari – (premium)

10 Days Kenya & Tanzania combined eco-safari – (premium)
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..

10 Days Kenya & Tanzania combined eco-safari – (premium)

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 1 Journey to Lake Nakuru park by road / Game viewing in Nakuru park / overnight at Elementaita country lodge. 
Leaving Nairobi behind, we set off early passing through the Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru Park. Lake Nakuru is a small sized park but a superbly picturesque setting teeming with wildlife and where there’s an incomparable chances of seeing the scarce rhino (both black and white species) as well as the elusive leopard and the uncommon Rothschild's giraffe at close range. It has also had almost 400 species of birds recorded within its boundaries among them the thousands of flamingo that crowd the shoreline of lake Nakuru giving the lake it’s symbolic beauty. After the game drive we are driven out of the park to nearby Lake Elementaita and overnight at the Elementaita Country Lodge (or similar) for dinner and overnight. 

Day 2 Kikuyu farm visit / Journey to Maasai Loita for cultural insights / overnight Bush Camp in comfy Tents.
We have a unique chance to visit a local Kikuyu homestead at Elementita this morning to get some insights into the small scale farming, culture of the Kikuyu  people leaving here then drive to small Maasai village at a spot christened Maji Moto (hot springs) on the northern tip of the Loita hills. Here we find a pre-set comfortable bush camp  put up for us with large safari tents, beds and en suite.  Loita hills and plains form the wildlife corridor between Maasai Mara and the Narok region and hosts a great deal of wildlife through out the year. You get a privileged chance to spend some time in true Maasailand and freely visit Maasai Bomas (homesteads) to witness the work and life of women and children. Here, we see and learn a thing about making beadwork jewelry and offer support by buying few as souvenirs. In the evening take a short stroll for a bathe in the natural hot springs or just deep you feet in. Overnight camp under giant euphorbia trees, dinner under starlit skies, story telling round campfire and doze to the sounds of the African night - often hyenas laughing nearby - don't panic! Our camp is well guarded by watchful Maasai warriors all nightlong. (B,L,D)


Day 3 Walking Safari with Maasai warriors and cultural insights / Transfer to Maasai Mara park / overnight Mara Simba Lodge.
Start an early morning hike led by Maasai Morans (warriors) and trek through the Loita plains or hills - along the way you enjoy striking views while spotting wild animals and birds and also get to learn about healing herbs used by the locals – the Maasai have folktales on virtually all plants, animal and landmarks you come across. On return to camp we are engaged in varies warrior training activities such as body decoration, wilderness survival tactics such as making fire from rubbing sticks, folk dances, spear throwing, Arrow shooting etc. If schools are in session you may visit a local school cum rescue centre for the Maasai girl child from early marriages. In the afternoon after lunch we head to Maasai Mara wildlife park - Masai Mara is perhaps the best game reserve in East Africa and on our late afternoon game drive here we will most likely see elephants, buffaloes lions, zebras, giraffes and a myriad of other animals and birds in their natural habitat.  Dinner and overnight at Mara Simba Lodge or similar.

Day 4 Optional chance for a dawn hot air balloon ride /Morning and Late afternoon Game drives in Maasai Mara / Overnight Mara Simba Lodge. 
Optional chance to go on an early hot air balloon ride at an additional cost followed by a full day of game drives in the Maasai Mara park – an open country with vast plains teeming with herds of grazing animals together with the associated predators. Here, you find the largest population of lions but perhaps the most interesting annual event in Maasai Mara is the Wildebeest migration that occurs between the months of July and September. Every July, millions of wildebeests and zebra move from Serengeti to Maasai Mara on their annual migration, attracting an entourage of cheetahs, lions and other predators. Dinner and overnight once again at Mara Simba Lodge or similar. 

 
Day 5 Early journey to Lake Victoria’s Speke bay in Tanzania / lakeside exploration / Overnight Speke Bay 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.

14 days Kenya Tanzania Cross border Luxury Lodge Based Walking Safari

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..

 

An all-encompassing itinerary ideal for those who would like to do a walking safari without necessarily doing camping. The program combines Kenya and Tanzania giving the client a taste of the two Countries, their disparities, different cultural orientations and the diverse wildlife and landscapes. The walks are easy and well spaced thus ideal for every age group. Wildlife viewing is combined with interactive visits to local villages giving the client the other facet of East African that is always ignored by conventional tourists.

Day 1: Depart from Nairobi to Lake Naivasha region. You check in at Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon you visit of Hell’s gate National park. Cleft deep into the floor of the Rift Valley, Hell’s Gate provides endless bio-diversity.  The towering cliffs and undulating grasslands provide one of the few remaining places where you can walk alongside herds of Zebra, eland, hartebeest, gazelles, giraffes and buffaloes as well as birdlife including augur buzzards, vultures, verreaux eagle, bee-eaters, and chats among others. Its spectacular scenery including the towering cliffs, water-gouged gorges, stark rock towers, scrub-clad volcanoes and belching plumes of geothermal steam make it one of the most spectacular parks in Africa. You drive and walk in the same measure stopping from time to time to enjoy the fascinating sceneries and abundant wildlife. Overnight at Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge.

Day 2: Day trip to Lake Nakuru national park for game drives in the park to see flamingoes and other mammals. At only 4kms from Nakuru town and covering an area of 180square kilometers, Lake Nakuru is a world famous bird and rhino sanctuary. The park encompasses Lake Nakuru, a rift valley soda lake, and two forests – acacia and euphorbia forests. Millions of flamingoes paint this park with its shimmering pink color. Other birds include pelicans, ostrich, marabou, ibis, eagles, vultures, woodpeckers, touracos, barbets, among others. Due to this park’s prolific birdlife, the park has lately been declared a World’s Important Bird Area. Apart from the bird life, Lake Nakuru is abundant with wild game including lions, leopard, rhinos, impalas, gazelles, eland, zebra, buffalo, and giraffe. Later drive back to Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge for overnight.

Day 3: Early morning boat ride on Lake Naivasha and later drive to the small Maasai village called Maji Moto (hot springs) in the Loita plains. The Loita plains form the wildlife corridor between Maasai Mara and the Narok region. These plains teem with wildlife all year round with climax concentration being between the months of November and March. During this period there is a huge population of wildebeests that migrate to here from the Maasai Mara to graze on the grassy plains and for the calving season. With the abundance of herbivores predators are inevitable and so anyone coming here may be mistaken to think that he/she is already in the Maasai Mara. This region is also home to the Maasai people, the semi nomad pastoralists who have preserved the age old traditions despite the advent of modernity. Upon arrival you will visit a Maasai "Manyatta" (homestead) to learn more about the way of life of these people. Later in the evening we’ll take a short hike and visit the hot springs and take a dip or just soak our feet in. Overnight at Luxury tented camp set up at the Maji Moto campsite.

Day 4: Full day of activities with the Maasai. Start an early morning hike with the Maasai Morans and trek to the hills overlooking the campsite. Along the way you learn about the medicinal plants, birds and how the Maasai interact with wild animals in the wild. If schools are in session you may visit a local school that has been set up to rescue the Maasai girls from female genital mutilation and early marriages. Other activities you may engage in include warrior training activities such as body decoration, wilderness survival tactics and folk dances. Overnight at Luxury tented camp set up at the Maji Moto campsite.

Day 5: Depart for Maasai Mara national reserve. Maasai Mara, now the seventh wonder of the modern world, is a country of breathtaking vistas, vast rolling plains and rounded hills, acacia woodlands, dense thickets of scrub. The whole bisected by the Mara River and its tributaries margined with luxuriant riverine forests. Its vast plains teem with endless herds of game together with the associated predators. It is perhaps the only region left in Africa where the visitor may see animals in the same super-abundance as existed a century ago.  Here, you find the largest population of lions in Kenya, seen in their natural setting and the impressive herds of elephants. Other animals include buffaloes, hartebeest, wildebeest, topi, eland, impala, gazelles, black rhino (very rare), giraffe, zebra, waterbuck, hippopotamus, crocodile, leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackals, among others. Bird species include eagles, vultures, marabou, ostrich, touracos, guinea fowls, bastards, cranes, and many more. Afternoon game drive in the reserve to see some of this big game. Overnight at Keekorok Lodge.

Day 6: Full day game drive in the Maasai Mara national reserve. Our experienced driver guides will take you to different locations of the park to observe the large concentrations of herbivores and the related predators. The most intriguing phenomenon in Maasai Mara is the Wildebeest migration that occurs between the months of July and September. Every July, millions of wildebeests and zebra move from Serengeti to Maasai Mara on their annual migration, attracting an entourage of cheetahs, lions and other predators. Overnight at Keekorok Lodge.

Day 7: Early morning game drive in the reserve and later return to the camp for breakfast and after breakfast you head back to Nairobi. Overnight at Rock House Guest House in Nairobi.

Day 8: Depart from Nairobi and journey south through vast savannah to Amboseli national park for a first wildlife viewing session and arrive in time for lunch. The park is famous for being the best spot in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants. Other attractions of the park include opportunities to meet the Maasai and spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro - the highest free-standing mountain in the world. This afternoon we explore five main wildlife habitats - open grassland plains, acacia woodland, rocky thorn bush, swamps and marshland that characterize Amboseli. These ecosystems are home to gazelles, elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, wildebeests, zebras, hippos among others. The presence of the permanent swamp makes birdlife in Amboseli abundant. Overnight at Amboseli Serena Lodge or similar.
 
Day 9: After an early breakfast we have another game drive en-route to the border town of Namanga and cross into Tanzania then proceed to a Maasai village below the Longido Mountain. We have a picnic lunch here then visit a Maasai homestead and learn about medicinal plants and their use and age-old cultural practices. We set up camp near the Maasai village. Have dinner as you enjoy Maasai folktales told by the locals under star-lit night sky. Overnight in tents in Luxury Tented camp at Longido.
 
Day 10: Guided by Maasai warriors together with our own naturalist guide, leave camp early and follow narrow footpaths through a dense natural forest. After three hours you will be at the picturesque Dawa ya supu (medicine soup) view point. We then follow trails created by buffaloes to reach the top in another two hours climb. Our Maasai guides make loud cries intermittently to warn buffaloes of our presence. The views from the top are simply unbelievable. On clear days you can see for more than 200km and view all the mountains of Northern Tanzania (Mount Meru, Oldonyo Lengai and Kilimanjaro). Descend to campsite, have a short rest and a well deserved hot lunch. Our trek has taken the better part of 6 hours. We then board our vehicle(s) for the journey to Karatu. Dinner and Overnight at Lodge in Karatu.

Day 11: Set of early with packed lunch to Ngorongoro Crater, a unique collapsed volcano which is a permanent residence of over 25,000 herbivores and a high density of predatory cats. We do a game drive in the Crater with high chances of seeing elephants, rhinos, zebras, lions, gazelles, wildebeests among others. During midday you stop for picnic lunch and later continue with the evening game drive as you head back to Karatu. Dinner and overnight at a Lodge in Karatu.

Day 12: Hike to Endoro Forest up to the water falls.  Return to Karatu for overnight in a Lodge.

Day 13: Depart from Karatu with game drive in Lake Manyara National park. Lake Manyara is a park that is famed for its tree climbing lions. Herds of elephant here are impressive. The sight of the pink flamingos is spectacular and the views of the Rift Valley escarpment breathe taking. Overnight at Lake Manyara hotel.

Day 14: Full morning cultural activities at the Mto wa Mbu village, a cultural melting pot for a mix of Tanzanian tribes. We alight from the vehicle(s) and hike into the village to learn about the different economic activities undertaken by the locals. Among these are small-scale horticultural farms, banana plantations, local beer brewery and Makonde wood carving workshops and community project we support that include schools and water points. After lunch you journey back to Arusha for a relaxed evening and guest house overnight!

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