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12 Days Classic Safari Kenya & Tanzania

12 Days Classic Safari Kenya & Tanzania

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12 Days Classic Safari Kenya & Tanzania

This is a 12 Days Classic Safari Kenya and Tanzania where you experience lodge combination in both countries it is a pocket-friendly trip where you have the option to choose a lodge or camp.

12 Days Classic Safari Kenya & Tanzania – Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kenya

Your Kenyan driver / guide will be waiting to pick you up from your flight upon arrival at Nairobi airport. You’ll sleep in Hotel Rudi tonight. Fifteen stunning, exclusive, fully furnished and spacious suites in a magnificent gardened private villa.

Journey Time:30 minutes

Accommodation: Hotel Rudi

Meal Plan: No meals inclusive today 

Day 2: Nairobi – Masai Mara game reserve

After breakfast, drive to the world-famous Masai Mara game reserve on the border with Tanzania. An excellent concentration of animals throughout the year, and known for its typical short savanna plains. Host to the great migration in the months of July–October, when two million wild beasts make their way north from the Serengeti in Tanzania.

You’ll have a long en-route game drive to the tented camp when you arrive at the gate where you’ll spend the next two nights. You will continue to spot lions, buffaloes, antelopes and hippos and crocodiles in the Mara River after a nice lunch with an afternoon game drive.

After a nice lunch you’ll start with an afternoon game drive to see Mara River lions, buffaloes, antelopes and hippos and crocodiles.

You will sleep at Mara eden camp the next two nights. The location of the camps is beautiful, situated right in the center of the reserve on the Mara River. Our tents are built along the banks of the river Mara, with a seating area for happy game and bird watching at the front. The tents are fitted with hot and cold running water, a flush toilet, 24 hour solar light.

Journey Time: 6 hours

Accommodation: Mara Eden Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Full day game drives in Masai Mara

You have a full day of game drives ahead of you today. You’ll try to spot various predators before sunrise that might have made a kill last night. You must return to the camp for breakfast as the sun rises above the reserve for the game.

You can decide to take a packed lunch for a full-day game drive or come back for a hot lunch at the park. The secret to spotting lots of animals is to do different game drives for the highest success rate on different times and locations.

After this exciting day you’ll return to the camp where you can relax with a cold drink on your veranda overlooking the river Mara!

Journey Time: Depending on game drive

Accommodation: Mara Eden Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Lake Naivasha

It’s time to leave the game reserve after breakfast, and have an en-route game drive from the park. The destination of today is Lake Naivasha where you’ll be heading for a late lunch.

You’ll do a relaxing boat safari on Lake Naivasha in the afternoon to see hippos and many water birds such as kingfishers, herons, cormorants, pelicans and many more. Check-in later at the park. You can see zebras, waterbucks, giraffes on the compound and even hippos at night.

Journey Time: 5 hours

Accommodation: Lake Naivasha Sopa lodge

Meal Plan:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: To Amboseli N.P.

After breakfast you can travel through Nairobi to Amboseli National Park. The view of Mt. Kilimanjaro makes up for the dusty safari through Africa’s beautiful landscapes.

You’ll have lunch on arrival and then it’s time for your first game drive in Amboseli National Park. The delicate ecosystem of Amboseli shows a remarkable array of wildlife, with over 50 mammal species.

The park is renowned for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants among other wildlife species such as gazelles Thomson and Grants, buffalo, warthog, Maasai giraffe, impala, water buck and dik-dikthe views of the magnificent Mt. Kilimanjaro.

You’ll be spending the next two nights at the semi-luxury Kibo Safari camp. The spacious tents have custom-designed beds and are made locally using bush logs and will guarantee a good night’s sleep! All tents have flush toilets, wash basins, and showers.

Journey Time: 6 hours

Accommodation:  Kibo Safari camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Full day game drives in Amboseli N.P.

Mt. Kilimanjaro view is usually the best in the early morning hours, and that’s when you continue your safari to take spectacular scenery and animal photos. Today in Amboseli National Park you will have a full day of game drives.

Following today’s animal experiences, you’ll be back in the late afternoon to the camp where you can relax or have a dip in the pool.

Journey Time: Depending on game drives

Accommodation: Kibo Safari Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Welcome to Tanzania!

You’ll have your final en-route game drive in Kenya after an early breakfast on your way out of the national park. Your Kenyan driver / guide will take you to the border with Namanga where you will meet the Tanzanian driver / guide who will assist you with the formalities of the border.

Then it’s time to say goodbye to Kenya and move to this tour’s second country, Tanzania. Lunch (exclusive) is on the way.

Your driver / guide from Tanzania will transfer you to the Arusha Planet Lodge; a nice lodge with a lovely garden and swimming pool. Arusha Planet Lodge is harmoniously blended into the surrounding African landscape and stands at the base of the magnificent Mount Meru.

Mind a traditional Swahili ‘ boma ‘ in your private bungalow comfortably. These are a special African design and this variant of the boma features a round configuration with roofed rooftops while still offering you’d expect the western conveniences.

Journey Time: 45 minutes

Accommodation:  Arusha Planet Lodge

Meal Plan: No meals inclusive today

Day 8: Lake Manyara N.P.

You drive out of the park after an early breakfast and travel to ‘ Mto Wa Mbu. ‘ Mto Wa Mbu’s busy farming community is home to approximately 18,000 people. On this walk, many visitors miss out on a side of Tanzania. A melting pot of cultures; Mto Wa Mbu is claimed to be one of the only locations in Tanzania where members of all 120 tribes happily live side by side.

You’ll get a good feeling for the village’s social side during your visit–the farms and milling machines, the schools, markets and churches. You can probably visit the banana plantation in the village as well as a youth art project and a wood workshop where you can watch professional members of the Makonde tribe carve intricate figures, masks and household objects.

National Park Lake Manyara is one of the smallest and most underrated parks in Tanzania. It may lack the size and diversity of other northern-circuit destinations, with rich and beautiful vegetation of its. There are 11 ecosystems which range from Savannah to marshland to Tanzania’s only evergreen rain forest.

In the forest you encounter baboons and other fascinating species, whereby you can find flamingos (outside rainy season), pelicans, and other water birds in the lake. Birders absolutely love Lake Manyara National Park as the large lake offers opportunities to spot more than 300 migratory bird species.

The park hosts one of the world’s highest densities of large mammals. The high potential to see elephant families moving through the forest, as well as the famous tree-climbing lions of Lake Manyara, is reason enough to be excited about a visit.

Tonight your accommodation is Manyara Wildlife Camp, situated in the rolling grasslands. Both rooms are furnished with big beds, en suite bathroom and private balcony. This camp stands out against the dramatic angles of the Escarpment Rift Valley, and overlooking Lake Manyara.

The renowned restaurant serves all tastes and there’s also a full-service sports bar, upstairs lounge room (with flat screen tv) and infinity swimming pool for your ultimate enjoyment.

Journey Time:  2 hours to Mto wa Mbu

Accommodation: Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, local lunch, dinner

Day 8: Tarangire National Park

Today, you’ll be driving to this trip’s first national park after an early breakfast; Tarangire National Park. You can start the game drive!

Tarangire is best known for its numerous giant baobab trees and massive herds of elephants; it is home to about 2,500 people, and large herds are frequently seen. Some different species such as leopard, zebra, impala, warthog, eland, buffalo, waterbuck and lion can also be seen.

The birders too will have so much to see; there are over 500 different species of birds. The largest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti is housed in this area. It’s also the only location where the oryx and gerenuk are regularly seen in Tanzania.

Your driver / guide will have a lunch box for you to picnic at a lovely park spot. The safari starts until lunch.

At the end of the safari you head to Sangaiwe Tented Lodge, situated in a beautiful forest of indigenous African hardwoods over forty hectares of hillside. For future generations the local villagers have kept it intact building a beautiful atmosphere for the lodge. They landscaped with mainly indigenous plants to reduce water use.

Upon arrival you will be greeted with a warm drink and relaxing towel at their “boma,” before heading up the hill to the reception. Wildlife wanders into and out of the grounds of the resort, and it is possible to climb the hill behind the lodge or take a guided nature walk.

Less than a kilometer down the road is the Sangaiwe Gate to Tarangire National Park. The safari tents all overlook Tarangire National Park and are a convenient base for your park game drives. The safari tents have a stuffed roof, a veranda and a wonderful en-suite bathroom with strictly solar heated douches. Take a relaxing dip in the welcoming outdoor pool, and enjoy the beautiful sunset on the veranda with a cold drink!

Journey Time: 2 hours to the park entrance

Accommodation: Sangaiwe Tented Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner 

Day 9: The Serengeti

A Tanzania tour is not complete without safari in the most famous safari park in the world: Serengeti National Park. This park is home to the largest wildlife population on earth, and has a vast, untouched ecosystem. Serengeti means “endless plains” in the Maasai language, a term fully up to which the Serengeti live.

Even the (long) drive towards your lodging is a continuous safari! The park is usually described as divided into three regions: the plains of the Serengeti, the western corridor and the Serengeti North. The latter is where, following the ancient cycle of seasons in Africa, we will see wildebeest and zebra migrating in their millions during the Great Migration.

This is one of the world’s most daunting natural events. No matter which part of the park you are visiting and in which season, very few people forget about their first encounter with the Serengeti!

Following the Serengeti’s incredible impressions, you drive to your accommodation for a delicious diner and a good night’s sleep.

Named after the Serengeti’s distinctive Tortilis tree, this tented camp combines comfort with the true experience of safari in Africa.

The chefs will prepare your bush meal for extra delight in the dining tent with a bit of magic. Take a moment in their lounge or wind down at the fireplace with a sunset before crawling into bed. Learning the best of the natural wonders of Africa is knocking softly on your door.

Journey Time: 2 hours to the park entrance

Accommodation: Tortilis Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Day 10: Game drives in Serengeti National Park

You leave the camp early in the morning to take a full day safari! The National Park is mostly open and grassy. In the end, every safari’s success lies in the number and quality of big cat encounters. In the Serengeti there are thousands of lions and you have a fair chance to see cheetahs, even though they are hard to spot. And the Serengeti never disappoints when it comes to leopards!

We’re going to find you a nice picnic spot to enjoy your packed lunch and then you’re going back to Tortilis Camp slowly.

You go to bed exhausted but happy with the visions of the plains of Serengeti!

Accommodation: Tortilis Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner 

Day 11: Game drives in Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater

Today on your way out of the beautiful Serengeti, you enjoy a game drive and continue to the Ngorongoro Crater. You will have a game drive at Ngorongoro Crater in the afternoon! This UNESCO World Heritage Site provides a unique biosphere that has remained largely untouched since the dawn of time.

There are very few places in the world where you can see such a large wildlife population all year round. You have a good chance of seeing ‘ The Big 5 ‘ deep inside the canyon, surrounded by towering walls: lion, bear, buffalo, rhino and leopard. Certain wildlife includes serval cat, cheetah, jackal, Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelle, flamingo and bat-eared foxes and about 400 colored bird species

You’re going to be sent to your hotel for tonight, after this great experience. Country Inn Lodge Karatu is located at the outskirts of Karatu, a small suburban area on the Wonderful Escarpment, in the middle of the green belt district and farming region of Northern Tanzania. The lodge symbolizes simple country comforts, offering beautiful lodging in the heart of the rich and scenic highlands of Tanzania.

The rooms are tastefully furnished with soft lighting, comfortable and inviting beds and mosquito netting. You can enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool after your safari, or relax on the verandah. On chilly nights, request your fireplace be lit and return from dinner to glowing warmth, you have never slept better!

Accommodation: Country Lodge Karatu

Meal Plan: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Optional activity: Hot Air Balloon Safari Serengeti:

Float in a hot-air balloon over the enchanting scenery of the famous Serengeti National Park. For a balloon flight this might be the most beautiful area in the world. Some power lines, fences and a few roads. Once you leave your lodge or camp, your Balloon Safari adventure starts early in the morning.

It’s still dark and on the way to the launch site, you may be fortunate to see nocturnal animals! Upon arrival, you will meet your pilot and witness the inflation of your balloon and its preparation for launch. The capacity is limited, making this experience special and exclusive.

Based on the weather conditions, the balloon safari is about 45 minutes to 1 hour. With a champagne bush breakfast in the middle of the park you can finish this excursion in style!

Costing: $560 us dollar p.p.

Day 12: Departure

Today is the last day of your trip with Zaita Tours, sadly!

Depending on when your flight departs, there may be some time left today to do some optional activities at your own expense in the town of Arusha.

The driver / guide will take care of your transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport. This can only be achieved for after 3 PM flights. Please let us know if you need an extra night in Arusha: info@zaitatours.com

This is the end of a fantastic 12 Days Classic Safari Kenya & Tanzania!

Journey Time: 5 hour to the airport

Accommodation: Not included

Meal Plan: Breakfast

What’s included?

  • The services of our knowledgeable English speaking driver/guide
  • Full board accommodation in self-contained-tents/camps /Lodges+ Meals on Safari (B.L.D)
  • Picnic-lunches as indicated
  • All the Park entrance/ conservation fees
  • Transport in a safari Micro-Toyota 4×4 wheel-drive with a pop-up-roof for wildlife viewing and photography in Kenya and a land cruiser at Tanzania
  • Guaranteed window/and comfortable seats
  • 11 Nights/ 12 days Accommodation
  • Game viewing-drives as per safari program
  • Bottled mineral water throughout the safari
  • Return transfer to your place of staying
  • All applicable taxes & government fees
  • Ngorongoro Crater fee

Excludes:

  • Soft drinks, juices, alcoholic and other beverages taken with lunch/dinner
  • The optional visit to tribal villages e.g. visit to a Maasai village$ 20 PP, it’s also negotiable with the masai chief Ballon safari in the Mara $ 450 pp-bookable before departure.
  • Tip to driver/guide
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