A small group, no participation lodge safari with all nights in lodges permanent tented camps. The tour starts and ends in Arusha and includes almost all of the major highlights of Tanzania and Kenya. This 2 week trip offers excellent game–viewing and cultural interaction in 2–3* accommodation. Note this safari can also start and finish in Nairobi.
Lake Manyara National Park for tree–climbing lions and flamingos; Mto wa Mbu Village tour with traditional lunch, visit centre for disabled kids and a school visit, Masai boma and tribal visit; Tarangire National Park for elephants; Ngorongoro Crater – game viewing in this magnificent caldora; Serengeti National Park for world–class game viewing; Lake Victoria optional boat excursion, Masai Mara National Park – visit the lands of the Masai; Karen Blixen museum; Nairobi Giraffe Centre; Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage; Amboseli National Park with the backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro and huge elephant herds.
|Group size||Min: 4/ Max: 12|
|Minimum Age||16 years|
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Upon arrival, you will be collected from the airport and transferred to your lodge in the lush forests surrounding the town of Arusha where the remainder of your day is free to explore and acclimatize
You’ll be collected by your guide and start the safari. Our first stop is Arusha town before setting off to Lake Manyara National Park. This beautiful little park has tremendous diversity and is not only known for tree climbing lions but its many gazelle, zebra, elephant, plus waterbuck and klipspringer. There’s the chance to experience the cultural diversity of Mto–wa–Mbu, starting at the market and visiting a Chagga family producing banana beer and passing by many different farms. This afternoon we enjoy a visit to the Maasai Boma for the cultural encounter of a life time, Maasai are semi–nomadic herders, who choose to live a traditional lifestyle and are known for their distinctive traditional attire. We also spend a full day at nearby Tarangire National Park for a full day’s game drives, enjoy breath–taking views of the Maasai Steppe and the mountains to the south. Tarangire is known huge elephant population and baobab trees and forms the centre of the annual migratory cycle that includes up to 3,000 elephant, 25,000 wildebeest and 30,000 zebra.
This morning, depart early for a game drive in the world–renowned Ngorongoro Crater. For many, this wildlife spectacle is the pinnacle of their safari experience. The crater boasts all of the ‘Big 5’, including a small population of endangered black rhino. After a picnic lunch, we head towards the Serengeti through the stunning southern plains. This is the area best known for endless, undulating grass savannah with rocky outcrops that serve as isolated wildlife refuges. The following days are spent game driving around the the different areas to maximize our chances of seeing some of the planet’s most diverse wildlife spectacles
We make our way to Lake Victoria. Passing through the villages of the Sukuma tribe, who grow ground nuts, sorghum and cassava as well as keeping livestock this simple life carries on but with a few poignant reminders of the 21th century.
This morning you have the opportunity to take part in a boat excursion to one of the local fishing villages before we bid Lake Victoria farewell and continue our journey northwards crossing the border into Kenya. Here we head to the Masai Mara, the traditional land of the Maasai people, who are permitted to graze their cattle in this area. The Masai Mara covers an area that includes the riverine forests along the banks of the Mara and Talek Rivers, acacia forests and the open plains of the savannah and we enjoy our time here game viewing. These various habitats are home to a great variety of game including lion, leopard, cheetah, zebra, wildebeest (gnu), giraffe, buffalo, jackal, topi, gazelle, impala and elephant. Hippopotamus and crocodile are plentiful in the rivers and the bird life is also abundant. No less than 53 different species of birds of prey alone have been recorded.
After breakfast we head off towards Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. We have the afternoon at leisure or to explore the city.
After breakfast we further explore Nairobi with a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum. The museum is the beautiful and historic farmhouse where Karen Blixen, author of “Out of Africa”, lived between 1917 and 1931 until she left Kenya after a series of personal tragedies. Thereafter; head to the Giraffe Centre and the Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage for a visit. The institution is named after the wife of the late famous Naturalist, David William Sheldrick who was the founder warden of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya from its inception in 1948 to 1976. At 11:00, the baby animals are brought from the national park for a mud–bath at the orphanage, where for an hour you can get close to them and sometimes touch them. Lunch will follow before driving down to Amboseli National Reserve, arriving in the afternoon
Onward to Amboseli National Park for a full day of game viewing in one of Kenya’s most famous parks. Amboseli is known for its huge elephant bulls with their magnificent tusks, which make for the ultimate safari picture with the snow–capped Mount Kilimanjaro in the background.
This morning after a leisurely breakfast, we make our way to the border and then onwards to Kilimanjaro Airport. En route, we enjoy a stop at Marangu waterfalls a moderately strenuous walk
The tour ends after breakfast this morning and you can proceed to the airport for your outbound flight.edit me