Kenya – Tanzania 12 Days Safari

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Kenya – Tanzania 12 Days Safari

Day 1 Arusha – Tarangire National Park
After a short briefing you will travel southwest towards the Tarangire National Park. This park has a large variety of wildlife and is considered as one of the most beautiful parks in northern Tanzania. It has one of the largest elephant populations, huge baobab trees and is also home to predators such as lions, leopards and cheetahs. In addition thereto, you will also see many giraffes, buffaloes, zebras and various antelopes and gazelles. You will enjoy a game drive until the late afternoon when you exit the park and head to a nearby campsite to overnight. Lunch; Dinner

Day 2 Tarangire region – Mto wa Mbu – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast and after the crew has packed up everything you will leave the region around Tarangire National Park and make your through a scenic area to the town of Mto wa Mbu. You will see coffee and banana plantations (with over 30 varieties of bananas), taste banana beer and visit a local school. For lunch you will enjoy traditional African food. In the early afternoon you will continue to the African Rift Valley and the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This massive collapsed volcano is an incredible 18 km in diameter with walls as high as 600 m. It has the highest and possibly the densest mammalian population on earth. You will overnight in tents on a campsite on the crater’s edge from where you will be able to enjoy fantastic views. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3 Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti National Park
You will have breakfast at dawn before the 4×4 safari vehicle descends into the crater on an adventurous and steep trail. Within a few square kilometres, you might see all the animals that can be found on the East African savannah. Furthermore this is one of the best places to see the magnificent but almost extinct black rhino. During the early afternoon, you will leave the crater and travel onto the endless plains of the Serengeti. It is the most famous park in Tanzania and it’s the location of the biggest animal migration in the world. Hundred thousands of wildebeest and zebra cross the border from here to the Masai Mara in Kenya in search of fresh grass and water, with hungry predators following close behind… You will overnight on a campsite in the Serengeti National Park.Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4 Serengeti National Park
At sunrise, you will start the day with a game drive while enjoying the warming rays of the sun. After your return to the campsite, it is time for a hearty breakfast. You can visit the visitor centre where a representative of the Frankfurt Zoological Society will meet and tell you more about the research that they have been doing for the last thirty years. Advance notification is necessary. In the afternoon, there will be another game drive before you return to your campsite to overnight. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5 Serengeti National Park – Lake Victoria
After an early start, you will travel through the Serengeti National Park en route to Lake Victoria. On your way you might see animals that you may have missed over the last few days. After leaving the park, the journey continues to Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa and the second largest in the world. The area around Lake Victoria is the most fertile and densely populated region in Tanzania. Stopping at the lake, you will have the chance to see another side of Tanzania – away from the tourists and the masses – you can experience the lives of the locals. You can watch fishermen at work and visit a local school – an experience unavailable on the usual tourist route. You will overnight in tents on a campsite. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6 Lake Victoria – Masai Mara Game Reserve
After breakfast you will join the local fishermen and a guide on a canoe trip on Lake Victoria. You will witness how the locals catch fish the traditional way and admire the previous night’s catch. After your “fishing” excursion you will depart on the longest section of your safari – the journey to the Masai Mara. The road towards the Kenyan border is a long an adventurous one, but it should be worth it as the “Mara” is reputed to have the highest lion population of all reserves in Africa. Other large cats also live here and can be spotted all year round, as their sightings are not dependent upon the seasons or the great migration. You will overnight in tents on a campsite outside of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7 – 8 Masai Mara Game Reserve
Today, you might be rewarded for yesterday’s extensive drive and see the king of the animals. During the next two days you will go on game drives in a 4×4 safari vehicle with your experienced guide. You will take a trip to the Mara River, the greatest hurdle for the wildebeests and zebras on their yearly trek. At the end of October and the beginning of November, an incredible scene is set when the river has swollen to almost bursting levels. Tens of thousands of animals must cross it, knowing that certain death awaits them – crocodiles hiding just below the surface. It can be a gruesome sight… At other times of the year hippos, the fearsome crocodiles and other animals can also be seen at the river. You will spend two nights at a campsite. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 9 Masai Mara Game Reserve – Lake Nakuru National Park
During the morning hours, there is time for further wildlife watching before leaving the Masai Mara. After an extensive breakfast, your journey continues towards the capital city of Kenya, Nairobi, where you will overnight at the 680 Hotel. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 10 Lake Nakuru National Park – Nairobi
After breakfast you will leave Lake Nakuru to travel to Nairobi, Kenya’s bustling and often chaotic capital. The rest of the day is at leisure and you can explore this lively city, preferably by taxi. Tonight you will stay at the Silver Springs Hotel or similar. Breakfast; Lunch

Day 11 Nairobi – Amboseli National Park
Today’s trip takes you in a south-easterly direction towards the Amboseli National Park. On a clear day you will se the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Amboseli is the setting for many iconic images of elephants on the plains with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. Massive herds of over 500 elephants live here and share the park with lions, buffalos, hippos and water birds attracted to the seasonal swamps. You will spend the night in a tent on a campsite. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 12 Amboseli National Park – Arusha
After your crew has packed up all the equipment you will continue your journey. Travelling out of Amboseli National Park towards the Tanzanian border, you will have one last chance to see some wildlife before the safari ends. After formalities at the Kenyan-Tanzanian border post you will arrive where you started your safari, Arusha. In the afternoon, you will be taken to the airport (Arusha or Kilimanjaro) or to a hotel, depending on your travel plans. Breakfast; Lunch