Safari in Kenya & Tanzania

National Geographic Journeys, Nairobi to Arusha

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Few travel experiences compare to encountering the legendary wildlife of the Serengeti and Masai Mara alongside expert naturalists. On this two-week trip through the grasslands of Kenya and Tanzania, explore incredible national parks and stay at beautifully outfitted safari lodges and camps. Experience the East African savannah with all five senses as you search for the "big five."

What’s included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Café Ubuntu and Ubuntu Made, Maai Mahiu National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Kenya Wildlife Service Amboseli Talk, Amboseli National Park National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Clean Cookstove Project Talk, Mto wa Mbu National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre Lecture, Serengeti National Park G Adventures for Good: Café Ubuntu , Maai Mahiu G Adventures for Good: Mto wa Mbu Village Visit and Lunch, Mto wa Mbu G Adventures for Good: Clean Cookstove Project Visit, Mto wa Mbu
  • Arrival transfer
  • Wildlife safari drives in Masai Mara National Reserve, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Nakuru, Amboseli, Lake Manyara, and the Serengeti
  • Entrance to Olduvai Gorge Museum
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Track the big five across the serengeti and masai mara
  • Enjoy daily wildlife safari drives in kenya's premier wildlife park
  • Meet some of the "maasai mamas" and learn about the clean cookstoves project

Itinerary

Day 1 Nairobi Our trips throughout Kenya and Tanzania have a maximum group size of six travellers in addition to a CEO and a driver who are both trained safari guides. That means everyone gets a window seat and twice the insight about the astounding wildlife all around you. Additional Notes: This trip covers long distances to visit 3 different wildlife parks in a short period of time and is a very busy trip. Please be prepared for a lot of driving over some very rough, bumpy and often unmaintained roads, which is the norm for Kenya. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 2 Nairobi/Masai Mara (1B, 1L, 1D) After breakfast, we depart for the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve. With its vast open plains and flat-topped acacia trees, no visit to Kenya would be complete without a visit here. In the afternoon, we will arrive in the area, and get settled at our safari camp, our base for our time here. Then we’ll make our way into the reserve for an afternoon wildlife safari drive, with excellent chances of seeing the Big Five: buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino. Additional Notes: The road in and back out of the park is very rough and very bumpy but once you catch a glimpse of the stunning wildlife, it is worth a bit of discomfort. Included Activities: Masai Mara Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: Safari vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 386km)
Day 3 Masai Mara (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy an early morning wildlife safari drive. The day continues with more wildlife viewing as you cross the rolling hills of the African savannah. Also enjoy a late afternoon/evening safari. Included Activities: Masai Mara Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: Safari vehicle
Day 4 Masai Mara/Lake Nakuru National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) On this afternoon wildlife safari drive, keep an eye out for the resident black and white rhino, buffalo, impala, and the elusive leopard. Additional Notes: Today is a very long driving day but we do break it up with a wonderful visit and lunch at the Ubuntu Cafe. Included Activities: Café Ubuntu and Ubuntu Made Café Ubuntu Lake Nakuru Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: Safari vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 210km) Safari vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 120km)
Day 5 Lake Nakuru National Park/Amboseli National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) After a morning wildlife safari drive, venture south to famed Amboseli National Park located at the foot of Africa's highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro. The snow-capped peak of the mountain dominates every aspect of the park, providing the ultimate photo backdrop. Included Activities: Lake Nakuru Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: Safari vehicle
Day 6 Amboseli National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy morning and afternoon wildlife safari drives today. During your down time, relax at camp, enjoying views of Mt Kilimanjaro and wildlife visiting the camp's watering holes. Gain a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding poaching and elephant conservation during a lecture by an accredited speaker from the Kenya Wildlife Service. Included Activities: Amboseli Wildlife Safari Drive Kenya Wildlife Service Amboseli Talk Transport: Safari vehicle
Day 7 Amboseli National Park/Arusha (1B, 1L) Today we cross into Tanzania, stopping at Arusha, a picturesque town that sits at the foot of rugged Mt Meru, Africa's fifth highest mountain. Spend some time exploring the town and its bustling markets, and try a sample or two of the fresh locally grown coffee. Additional Notes: Upon arrival into Arusha, you may be joined by other G Adventures travellers starting the Tanzania safari portion of the trip in Arusha. Included Activities: Amboseli Wildlife Safari Drive Border Crossing (Kenya - Tanzania) Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 286km)
Day 8 Arusha/Lake Manyara National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) This western wall of the Rift Valley escarpment is truly stunning. It provides a backdrop for your search of the park's bird life, tree-climbing lions, elephants, hippos, and baboons. The afternoon is spent viewing wildlife along the main road that winds through a lush, cool forest that’s dominated by large ficus trees covered in bromeliads and ferns. Included Activities: Mto wa Mbu Village Visit and Lunch Lake Manyara National Park Safari Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 130km)
Day 9 Lake Manyara National Park/Serengeti National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Included Activities: Clean Cookstove Project Visit Clean Cookstove Project Talk Olduvai Gorge Museum Serengeti National Park Safari Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 220km)
Day 10 Serengeti National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Embark on morning and afternoon wildlife safari drives in our compact, safari 4x4, that features a pop-up roof for optimal wildlife observation. Visit the Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre, where wildlife researchers and scientists are working on projects within the National Park and surrounding protected areas. Enjoy a lecture by one of the visiting researchers. Topics will vary based on the studies being done at the time. Opt to take a sunrise balloon safari. Additional Notes: If you have pre-booked a Serengeti Balloon Safari, your flight will be early in the morning. You will miss the morning wildlife safari drive, but you will have a much better view from above. Included Activities: Serengeti National Park Safari Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre Lecture Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle
Day 11 Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro (1B, 1L, 1D) Continue viewing wildlife on the drive out of the Serengeti to our comfortable tented camp. Relax this evening enjoying the African sunset on the deck with a cool drink. Additional Notes: Please note that due to the high-altitude location of our camp, temperatures can drop at night. We recommend bringing extra layers to wear during the evening and following morning. Included Activities: Serengeti National Park Safari Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 160km)
Day 12 Ngorongoro/Arusha (1B, 1L) Depart early into Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a wildlife safari drive and picnic lunch. In the afternoon, drive to Arusha. Included Activities: Ngorongoro Crater Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 200km)
Day 13 Arusha (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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