12 days wilderness safari to Kenya and Tanzania

This safari captures the very best of  Kenya and Tanzania and the most likely route for observing the Great Migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra across the great plains of East Africa. Marvel at the snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the highest free-standing extinct volcano in the world, originally in Kenya but given to the Kaiser by Queen Victoria as she already had Mt. Kenya! Witness the contrasts between the arid Samburu in the north of Kenya, with its endemic wildlife different to that in the south, and the lush pastures of the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, the world’s largest caldera, with its full kaleidoscope of African wildlife happily living in the bowl of the crater. Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners included as indicated (BLD).

Tour Highlights: Explore
Ngorongoro Crater, hailed as one of the Natural Wonders of the World, and home to both predator and prey.
Discover the beauty of Amboseli with its famous large tusked elephants and views of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro.
Experience the thrill of tracking Africa’s Big Five and watching millions of wildebeest and zebras during their annual migration crossing the Mara River.
Enjoy aerial game viewing as you fly between locations maximizing your safari time each step of the way.

Day by Day Activities:

Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi, Kenya
Upon your arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in Nairobi – Fairmont Norfolk Hotel or similar. Spend the rest of your day as you please.

Day 2: Nairobi – Amboseli National Park
Your safari takes off with a schedule flight at Wilson Airport to Amboseli National Park airstrip. Upon checking into your well-appointed tented camp, meet your driver/guide for an afternoon game viewing drive. Capture panoramic photos of some of Africa’s largest elephants as they amble through the grasslands with the snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro as the backdrop. Cap off your day with traditional sun-downers as you marvel at views of Africa’s highest mountain glowing in the twilight. All meals at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge or similar

Day 3: Amboseli National Park
Rise with dawn’s early light for your game viewing drive – you may catch up with the big cats, sated after their night’s hunts. Watch for Elephant family, zebra, impala and warthogs and see how many of the 300 species of birds you can spot. Tonight, your chef will tap into his garden to serve you with a fine dinner. Unwind and be mesmerized by the dazzling blanket of stars. (BLD)

Day 4: Amboseli National Park – Shaba National Reserve
Fly north to Shaba National Reserve airstrip, an area of blue and purple landscapes with a beauty all of its own. Home of the authoress Joy Adamson, the reserve has a special place in Kenyan history. Arrive at your camp in time for lunch and afternoon game drive in search of the Special Five, the Grevy zebra, reticulated giraffe, the Somali ostrich, gerenuk and the beisa oryx. (BLD)

Day 5: Shaba National Reserve
Start the day with an early morning game viewing drive in the quiet serene wilderness. Perhaps you’ll come upon a cheetah snuggling with her cubs or a herd of gerenuk browsing in the foliage. Before your afternoon game drive, laze poolside and take in the views of wildlife lingering nearby. (BLD)

Day 6: Arusha, Tanzania
Cross the border with a schedule flight to Arusha, where you’ll be met on arrival. Continue on to your lodge, a peaceful retreat tucked within a large coffee plantation. Relax as you please. (BLD)

Day 7: Arusha – Ngorongoro Crater
Explore magical Lake Manyara, with pink-hued flamingos lining its shore and some 400 species of birds. Your driver/guide will diligently seek out the park’s fabled tree-climbing Lake Manyara lions and blue monkeys to round out your photo gallery. Continue on to your beautiful lodge near the Ngorongoro Crater. (BLD)

Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater
Descend some 2,000 feet to explore Ngorongoro’s sprawling crater floor. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this unique biosphere has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. The crater is home to numerous herds of elephants, large prides of lions, leaping gazelles and countless zebras and wildebeest. Watch the amusing antics at the hippo pool. After dinner, be awed by the equatorial constellations as they illuminate the skies. (BLD)

Day 9: Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti National Park
After a morning game viewing drive and picnic lunch, visit Olduvai Gorge, site of the Leakey family’s archaeological excavations which unearthed fossils of man’s earliest known ancestors, Continue on to the great Serengeti, the “endless plains” in the Maasai language, where more than two million wildebeest, half a million Thompson’s gazelle and a quarter million zebra gather for their annual migration, attracting large predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena. (BLD)

Day 10: Serengeti National Park
Depart during the early splendor of an African sunrise for your first game drive of the day. Collect a gallery of striking images as the morning unfolds: a lioness relaxing after her morning hunt, alert elephants guarding their young and ungainly herds of wildebeest grazing alongside zebra and gazelle. Relax at camp while the day cools down before setting out for your afternoon game drive. (BLD)

Day 11: Serengeti National Park
During morning and afternoon game viewing activities, your driver/guide continues to lead you to spectacular locations of outstanding natural beauty where you can observe the wildlife at your leisure. Back at camp with the animals roaming around at night, your immersion in this kaleidoscope of wildlife is like living a dream for even the most experienced of travelers. (BLD)

Day 12: Serengeti National Park / Depart
After a morning game viewing drive, fly back to Arusha to relax until your onward arrangements. (BL)

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