11 Days / 10 Nights Tanzania & Kenya Highlights Safari

Arrive/Arusha – Karatu – Central Serengeti – Lake Manyara National Park – Nairobi – Lake Nakuru National Park – Masai Mara National Reserve – Nairobi/Depart

Introduction

Accommodation preview

Destinations

Start

End

Basis

Duration

Arumeru River Lodge Arusha Day 1 Day 2 B&B   1 Night
Ngorongoro Farm House Karatu Day 2 Day 3 FB   1 Night
Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp Central Serengeti National Park Day 3 Day 5 FB 2 Nights
Kirurumu Manyara Lodge Lake Manyara National Park Day 5 Day 6 FB   1 Night
Eka Hotel Fly from Manyara Airstrip to Nairobi Day 6 Day 7 B&B   1 Night
Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge Lake Nakuru National Park Day 7 Day 8 FB   1 Night
Mara Serena Safari Lodge Masai Mara National Reserve Day 8 Day 10 FB 2 Nights
Eka Hotel Nairobi Day 10 Day 11 B&B   1 Night
Not Included Transfer  Jomo Kenyatta Int’Airport Day 11 Day 12 Breakfast Not Included

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast.

FB: Full Board: – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

TBA: To be advised

Regional Flight

Date Flight Airline Departure Airport Time Arrival Airport Time
Day 6 Scheduled  TBA Fly Manyara Airstrip to Nairobi via Kilimanjaro  Airport TBA Jomo Kenyatta   International Airport [NBO] TBA

DAY 1: ARUMERU RIVER LODGE, ARUSHA  

Arusha

Resting at the foot of Mount Meru, the sprawling city of Arusha is known as the safari capital of northern Tanzania. It serves as an excellent base from which to explore the remarkably scenic surrounding area which includes majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as the Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro National Parks. Arusha is a good spot to take a day or two off from the safari circuit as it features a temperate climate and lush surrounds. Visitors can look forward to exploring the wildlife – abundant Serengeti National Park; the magnificent Arusha National Park; and taking on the challenge of climbing Mount Meru, Africa’s fifth highest mountain.

Day Itinerary

Evening or night. Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport at time TBA ex-international flight, clear with customs and immigration procedures. You will then be met by our Tanzania representative outside the arrivals hall for transfer to your hotel. You will be assisted with check in formalities. Dinner own arrangement – Overnight at Arumeru River Lodge – BB

Overnight: Arumeru River Lodge   

Arumeru River Lodge is situated only 30 minutes away from the airport and the city of Arusha. It is tucked away behind an old coffee plantation, far away from everyday stresses. The lodge’s 29 rooms and suites, surrounded by tropical gardens, offer a touch of African elegance. Guests can visit Arusha National Park or explore the nearby rain-forest on one of the exciting half day excursions organized at the lodge, or just relax at the large solar heated pool watching the Dikdik antelope in the garden. Get spoiled by the African and international dishes in the onsite Migration Restaurant, and enjoy a drink at the open fire place in the lounge.

Basis

Bed & Breakfast

DAY 2: NGORONGORO FARM HOUSE, KARATU

Karatu

Travellers heading for the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater will inevitably pass through the town of Karatu in the green hills of Tanzania’s northern highlands. Presided over by the towering Ol Deani Volcano, this small, colourful town serves as a popular overnight stop for visitors exploring the area’s many game parks. The town offers a variety of activities including browsing the bustling marketplace, sampling beer at a local brewery, visiting a traditional Iraqw homestead, or taking a guided walk through the Ngorongoro Forest in search of waterfalls and elephants caves. Whether you are looking for cultural tours, hiking and biking opportunities, a chance to enjoy an authentic rural Tanzania experience, or simply a break between safari game drives, this underrated town has plenty to offer.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, then morning at leisure and check out, Depart from Arusha in the afternoon drives to Karatu situated in the highland coffee growing areas of Ngorongoro. Arrive at the hotel in the evening, Overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House – LDBB

Overnight: Ngorongoro Farm House        

Ngorongoro Farmhouse Lodge is situated beneath the majestic Oldeani Volcano, and boasts easy access to both the untamed wilderness of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, as well as the simple pleasure of a ramble through 500 acres of farmland. Ngorongoro Farm House was inaugurated on February 20th 2003, and is offering 52 room cottages, 49 standard rooms and 3 suite rooms, all with ample space inside, built on the style of an old colonial farm and rustically decorated with local materials and full of details of good taste, with the purpose of offering our clients an imaginary journey to the life of the days gone.

Basis

Full Board: Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 3: SERENGETI KATI KATI TENTED CAMP, CENTRAL SERENGETI       

Central Serengeti

Situated in the heart of Tanzania, the Central Serengeti encompasses the world-famous Seronera Valley which is known for its prime wildlife-viewing opportunities. This picture-perfect landscape is characterised by endless stretches of savannah-covered open plains, interspersed by rocky outcrops of granite, scattered with acacia woodlands and covered in a network of rivers and streams. The Central Serengeti forms part of the great wildebeest and zebra migration and provides an ideal habitat for a variety of wildlife such as giraffe, impala, waterbuck, hippo, elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, hyena, jackal, serval and much more. Popular activities include: game viewing, cultural tours, horse riding safaris, and hot air ballooning over the spectacularly scenic terrain.

Day Itinerary

This morning with lunch boxes, we descend 2,000 feet into the giant caldera of this extinct volcano. This magnificent natural amphitheater contains the largest concentration of animals in all of Africa. Prides of lion, black rhino and elephant share this land with the legendary Masai tribesmen. Because the grasses are short, game is easily spotted and can be approached quite closely. We spend a splendid morning on the floor of the crater observing wildlife in this ageless World Heritage Site. In the afternoon drive to Serengeti, dinner and

Overnight: Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp.

The camp offers comfortable accommodation and a unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari camp experience. The camp is only a two hour scenic drive from Olduvai Gorge Museum and Grumeti River. A cosy mess tent is located in the centre of the camp where meals are served. The campfire is ready every evening for appetizers and snacks before dinner. Ten double tents and one family tent with en suite facilities. There are several airstrips in the National Park that receive schedule flights from Arusha as well as charter flights.

Basis

Full Board: Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 4: SERENGETI KATI KATI TENTED CAMP, CENTRAL SERENGETI       

Day Itinerary

After breakfast enjoy morning and afternoon game drives at the Serengeti National park.  Undoubtedly the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and the greatest concentration of plains game anywhere, you will stand a chance to see large prides of lions laze in the long grasses; plentiful families of elephants feed on acacia bark and trumpet to each other across the plains, while giraffes, gazelles, monkeys, eland and the whole range of African wildlife present themselves in awe-inspiring numbers.

All meals and overnight at Serengeti Kati Kati Camp – LDBB.

Basis

Full Board: Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 5: KIRURUMU MANYARA LODGE, LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

Lake Manyara National Park

Situated in Tanzania’s central-northern region with the Lake Manyara on its east and the Manyara Escarpment to its west, the Lake Manyara National Park offers breathtaking views and a large variety of habitats supporting an array of wildlife. This small park is home to surprising biodiversity and features a magnificent landscape of acacia woodlands, water forests, baobab strewn cliffs, algae-streaked hot springs, swamps and the lake itself. The park supports 400 species of bird, and the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world. Other species include giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, warthog, the Cape clawless otter, and Egyptian mongoose. Don’t miss the opportunity to see thousands of flamingos on the lake, the renowned tree-climbing lions, and large families of elephants strolling through the forest.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast and check out drive to Lake Manyara National Park, apart from its abundant bird life is known for its tree – climbing lions. Have lunch at the lodge and later enjoy game viewing in this park. Return to the lodge, for dinner and overnight at Kirurumu Manyara Lodge  LDBB

Overnight: Kirurumu Manyara Lodge       

Kirurumu Manyara Lodge is set high on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, enjoying a marvellous, uplifting and panoramic view eastward over Lake Manyara, the Rift floor and Mt. Losimingori. Behind Kirurumu, the Ngorongoro Highlands rise in green and fertile splendour and form the gateway to Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge, the Serengeti. Manyara Lodge offers 27 tented rooms, 2 honeymoon suites, 2 family cottages, fully en suite bathrooms, hot and cold running water, electricity, bar complete with sun-deck and panoramic views of the rift valley and dining room with waiter service. The lodge offers activities including Maasai guided ethno botanical walks, mountain biking available on request, half-day treks / hikes and fly camping in forests on special request.

Basis

Full Board: Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 6: EKA HOTEL, NAIROBI     

Nairobi

Situated in along the Nairobi River in beautiful Kenya, the capital of Nairobi is East Africa’s most cosmopolitan city. It serves as an excellent starting point for African safari trips around Kenya. Nairobi is Africa’s 4th largest city and is a vibrant and exciting place, and although it has developed a reputation which keeps tourist visits brief, there are some fascinating attractions: its cafe culture, unbridled nightlife, the National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum and most notably just 20 minutes from the city centre wild lions and buffalo roam in the world’s only urban game reserve. Make sure you pay a visit to the elephant orphanage operated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Day Itinerary

After Breakfast at the hotel followed by check out, you will drive back to Arusha, and be transferred to Kilimanjaro airport to take a flight departing at 1500hrs with PW727 to Nairobi. On Arrival at approximately 1600hrs, you will be met by a AMA Safaris representative. Thereafter you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight at Eka Hotel – Bed & Breakfast.

Overnight: Eka Hotel         

Welcome to Eka, a contemporary style hotel that provides all the comfort, convenience and efficiency to the discerning traveler. Ideally located along Mombasa road in Nairobi the capital city of Kenya, Eka Hotel has five meeting rooms designed to suit every occasion, complimented with stylish accommodation offering the best choice venue for your Business and Leisure stay.

The hotel is situated with convenient access to all the city’s tourist attractions such as; Nairobi National Park, Karen Blixen Museum, National Museum, Bomas of Kenya and The Giraffe Center among others.

Basis

Bed & Breakfast

DAY 7: LAKE NAKURU SOPA LODGE, LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK       

Lake Nakuru National Park

Located in the Great Rift Valley surrounded by yellow acacia woodlands and bushy scrublands, the Lake Nakuru National Park was created to protect the Lake and its large flocks of Lesser Flamingo, which are drawn to the algae that flourish in the saline waters of this soda lake. The national park is inhabited by over 50 mammal species including hippo, black and white rhino, Rothschild giraffe, buffalo and eland. Known as a bird watcher’s paradise, the park is home to over 450 bird species. Visitors can look forward to hiking through the scenic landscape, picnicking next to this magnificent lake, and spotting an array of wildlife on a game drive. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the beautiful Makalia Waterfall.

Day Itinerary

After a delicious breakfast, we travel overland to Lake Nakuru National Park for a full day game viewing experience. The spectacular alkaline Lake is famously known as the feeding ground of both lesser and greater flamingos. This National park, which is fenced all round is a sanctuary for birds, Rothschild giraffes and the elusive Leopards sometimes seen sleeping on the horizontal branches of the “Fever trees”. Lunch will be served at the lodges located in the game park, offering its own local specialties, served with fresh produce from the region. The park is also one of Kenya’s Rhino Sanctuaries and large numbers of white and black Rhinos are regularly seen. After a sunset at a scenic point we head back to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge – LDBB

Overnight: Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge       

Lake Nakuru Sopa lodge is located on a range of hills that form the western limits of Africa’s Great Rift Valley; the Lodge offers spectacular views over the vastness of Lake Nakuru and its surrounding National Park. The Park supports a wide ecological diversity with Flamingos and other water birds being the major attraction of the area. The ecosystem provides for about 56 different species of mammals including the white and black rhino, buffaloes and others.

The Lodge is 20km from the park main gate and 15 minutes drive from Naishi airstrip. Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge consists of 60 rooms which include 2 inter-connecting rooms, 2 rooms accessible on wheel chair. Rooms are grouped into single, twin or triple rooms. All rooms have a clear view of the lake and you are able to view the sun rise from the balcony. All rooms have safe box, tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar is stocked on request and telephone extensions are also provided in all rooms.

Basis

Full Board: Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 8: MARA SERENA SAFARI LODGE, MARA TRIANGLE     

Masai Mara

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

Day Itinerary

On this day, you will drive to the Masai Mara Game Reserve offering wonderful scenery and plenty of game. It is perhaps the only region left in Kenya where the visitor may see animals in the same super-abundance as existed a century ago. Arrive for lunch at your lodge. Afternoon game drives until sunset. Meals and overnight at Mara Serena Safari Lodge – LDBB

Overnight: Mara Serena Safari Lodge      

Secreted deep within the Masai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Serena Safari Lodge is the ultimate safari destination. Set high on a bush-cloaked hill, embraced by arcing vistas and washed by a sea of richly rolling grasslands, it stands centre-stage to one of Africa’s most dramatic wildlife arenas and has a ringside seat for the greatest wildlife show on Earth, the legendary migration of the wildebeest. Drawing its inspiration from the traditional Maasai cultural motif of a cluster of domed, mud-colored huts encircled by a “Boma” of brushwood, the Mara Serena offers a rare blend of raw African splendour and sumptuous sophistication. The essentially ethnic décor also draws on a vibrant colour-palette of sun-burst colours, embellished by a unique selection of Maasai art to create the look and feel of a traditional bush encampment. The lodge features individual rooms, each with their own balcony and view of eternity, a sky-blue swimming pool and a spectacular restaurant, overlooking a water hole where a fantasia of creatures collect to drink.

Basis

Full Board: Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 9: MARA SERENA SAFARI LODGE, MARA TRIANGLE

Day Itinerary

This day will be spent with the Mara with morning and afternoon game drives until sunset. Meals and overnight at Mara Serena Safari Lodge  – LDBB

Basis

Full Board: Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 10: EKA HOTEL, NAIROBI   

Nairobi

As previously described

Day Itinerary

After breakfast at the lodge, followed by check out, and then drive back to Nairobi arriving in the afternoon. Overnight at Eka Hotel – Bed & Breakfast.

Basis

Bed & Breakfast

DAY 11: END OF ITINERARY       

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International airport for your flight at for your onward international back home or to Victoria Falls or Beach Holiday!!

Basis

Breakfast

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