Pioneering SAFARI -Masai Mara, Nakuru, Serengeti, Ngorongoro
This is a safari that promises the best of Kenya and Tanzania’s premier parks. Visit the small but rewarding Lake Nakuru. Masai Mara -Kenya’s most celebrated game park. Ngorongoro Crater with world’s densest population of lion whilst the Serengeti is notable for its large migratory herds of wildebeest and zebras.
We depart Nairobi in the early morning ( about 8:30/9:00) and drive down the Escarpment to the floor of the Great Rift Valley towards Narok town and Masai Mara. Lunch en route followed by an afternoon game drive. We camp in our semi-permanent Talek riverside campsite situated at the edge of the park. Here we have stand-up tents with beds for use as well as small wood cabins for those after a touch more comfort. Hot showers are available in the camp and meals are served in the dinning mess or in the open.
DAY 2 MASAI MARA
Full day spent exploring the park through early morning and late afternoon game drives. Optional trip to Masai Village (extra cost). Wherever you go in the Mara you will see a frequent amount of wildlife such as Masai giraffe, baboons, warthogs, bat eared foxes, grey jackals, spotted hyena, topis, impala, hartebeests, wildebeest. Elephants, buffaloes, zebras and hippos also exist in great numbers. It is also common to see lions either basking after a heavy meal, or surveying the plains for their next meal. Cheetahs and leopards are harder to spot but are still reasonably common.
DAY 3 MASAI MARA -LAKE NAKURU
Early morning departure from Mara as we proceed towards Lake Nakuru. Lunch en route followed by game viewing in the national park. The park covers 180 sq km and is home to warthogs, waterbuck, buffaloes, reedbucks, and the occasional leopard. White and black rhinos were introduced to the park some years ago and the park has also retained its reputation as an ornithologists’ delight with more than 400 species of bird found here. We spend the night at a campsite just outside the park.
DAY 4 ARUSHA
Early morning breakfast as we anticipate a long day ahead. We drive back up the escarpment via Nairobi and Namanga border. We arrive Arusha for overnight at a campsite.
DAY 5 SERENGETI
Leaving in the morning, we depart towards Serengeti National park with lunch and game viewing en route followed by dinner and overnight at seronera campsite located within the park. Serengeti is Africa’s most famous and Tanzania’s largest park covering 14,736 sq km and is adjoining with the Masai Mara National reserve in Kenya. With a wildebeest population of about 2 million and several other hoofed species (which include zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, impala, topi, Grants gazelle, Kongoni, Eland, Kirk’s dik dik, klipspringer, roan, Oryx, oribi, waterbuck, buffalo, giraffe and warthog), it is sure to attract a string of prey such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, golden jackals and bat eared foxes. Elephants are relatively scarce and the few remaining black rhinoceros are restricted to the Moru Koppies area.
DAY 6 & 7 SERENGETI
Full days spent exploring the park through early and morning game drives focusing on following the wildebeest herds. Overnight back at the Seronera campsite. You can visit the park all year round but there is less game in the park during the dry season – July /October, where they migrate to the Masai Mara in Kenya. During March to May the herds move in search of grazing to the southern section and in May to June, they move towards the western corridor of the park. Serengeti in the low season will still offer game viewing to match that of any park in Africa, and for some, the fact that there will be fewer tourists may be an added bonus.
DAY 8 NGORONGORO
We view game as we drive southeast up into the magnificent Ngorongoro Conservation Area where we spend the night at the Simba (Lion) campsite on the crater rim. The Ngorongoro crater is the world’s biggest whole volcanic caldera at 8300 sq km and is arguably the most stunning arena. It is frequently described as one of the wonders of the world, not only because of its geological magnificence, but also because it serves as an extraordinary natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s largest populations of large mammals.
DAY 9 NGORONGORO -ARUSHA
We start refreshingly early to enjoy a full morning’s crater tour as we have a greater chance of seeing wildlife at this early hour. After lunch, we relocate you to Arusha town where we camp at a campsite or you have a choice of checking into your own hotel at an extra cost.
DAY 10 NAIROBI
After a leisurely breakfast and an optional visit around Arusha town; we depart back to Nairobi (approximately 5pm) or drop off at the airport if you have made plans to visit the spice Island of Zanzibar. End of services
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Southern Kenya (west of Nairobi)
Maasai village, balloon flights, gnu antelope migrations
All year except April and May (migrations: July – October)
Masai Mara is located in Kenya and it’s the northern part of the vast Serengeti ecosystem. Park is located approx. 1,500 meters above sea level. Masai Mara is famous for its spectacular phenomenon of animal migration (to find food).
Name MASAI MARA comes from Maasai who live here. Their living conditions and traditions have not changed for hundreds of years. Maasai live in clay houses or in huts, wear red decorated clothes for deterrent wild animals. Massai warriors wear a lot of jewelry: beads, necklaces, bracelets – it looks amazing!
Name MASAI MARA also comes from Mara river – the border beetween Kenya and Tanzania. This river is a place of spectacular animals migrations. You can see there thusend of gnu antalope, zebras, crocodiles and hippopotamuses on the endless sawannah background.
Kenya (about 1 hour drive from Nairobi, at the foot of the African Rift Valley).
Alkaline shallow soda lake, a lot of divers animals, a paradise for ornithologists.
All year except April and May (rain season).
Park is famous for its thousands of flamingos and hundreds of species of birds.
You can meet there also black rhinos, zebras, gazelles, Eland antelopes, lions and leopards.
The nearby cliff offering breathtaking views of the lake, the vast countryside and other Rift Valley lakes.
Tanzania (335 kms from Arusha)
Balloon safari, maasai’s old murals, nearby Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, active volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai, flamingos on the Natron Lake
All year except April and May (migrations: September, short rains happen in november and december)
Serengeti is the most popular park in Africa and the largest protected area in the world. In 1951 acquired the status of a national park and was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Park is a plain overgrown with grass savannah with acacia trees and single rocky hills. You can admire the amazing views, spectacular sunrises and sunsets and experience the unique atmosphere of the natural environment. Endless savannah, rich vegetation and diversity of animals makes this place a must see when you are in Tanzania.
A special attraction here are the annual migration of herds of wildebeests (Gnu antelope), with numerous herds of zebras and lions. Migration routes of animals are unpredictable, therefore is worth to reserve about three days to observe wildlife. Observation crossing numerous rivers by herbivores is very exiting – in the water there are a lot of crocodile and other wild beasts, so survive only the strongest animals.
In Serengeti Park you can see also a large population of lions, leopards, cheetahs, rhinos, elephants, many species of antelope and many colorful birds.
Tanzania, 180 kms northwest from Arusha, between Lake Manyara National Park and Serengeti National Park
Olduvai Gorge where found human remains before 1,75 million years, Ngorongoro crater
All year except April and May
Ngorongoro National Reserve is a wonder of African wildlife offering breathtaking views. A giant crater, the mountain range sorrending it and the lake full of pink flammings remain in the memory for a long time. In this park live many different kind of animals living there all year and it’s the highest density of animals from all parks in Tanzania. Some people say that Ngorongoro is untouched „Garden of Eden”.
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