14 Days Tanzania and Kenya Safari

This Kenya & Tanzania Safari takes you on an affordable and exciting journey to East Africa’s leading wildlife destinations and scenic gems, including the legendary Masai Mara, the famous Serengeti, Tarangire, Lake Nakuru, Ol Pajeta and Samburu

Summary

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Price: From $8740 – $11,290 Per person sharing
  • Destinations: Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Ol Pajeta & Samburu
  • Accommodation Type: Comfort Plus
  • Best time to visit: All year
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INCLUSIONS

  • Transportation (4×4 vehicle Toyota Land Cruiser)
  • Meals & Drinks
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF)
  • Your Choice of Activity on Design Your Day®
  • Complimentary EOS hat and cap with Logo
  • Internet Access
  • Entrance Fees, Taxes, and All Government taxes incl VAT
  • 24/7 EOS On-Call Support
  • Guide with English speaking driver/guide

For travellers keen to experience the highlights of Kenya and Tanzania but who also have an eye on their budget, this 14-day tour is perfect. A diverse itinerary of East Africa’s savannahs, forests and lakes takes you to the region’s legendary wildlife destinations to look out for elephant, plains game and big cats. And since the tour includes both the Serengeti and the Masai Mara, you will be well-placed to see the Wildebeest Migration, perhaps even witnessing the drama as the migrating herds struggle across crocodile-infested rivers or try to outrun predators like lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs and spotted hyenas.

 

Quick Itinerary Overview

Day 1

Arusha to Tarangire National Park

You’ll depart from Arusha, we proceed to Tarangire National Park for our game drive. One of the largest national parks in Tanzania located in Manyara region, this place is characterized by the large herds of elephants, tree-climbing lions, and the fascinating baobab trees also called the Tree of Life for its almost mythical powers that some cultures attach to it. This park is especially known for Tarangire river which flows all year round and the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons.

Tarangire retains an air of undiscovered Africa, as it is less visited than other northern Tanzanian parks. It is a haven for birds. 550 bird species, the world’s largest selection found in one habitat, find their home in Tarangire. The stocking-thighed ostrich, the world’s largest bird, might greet you in its party dress of plumes!

You’ll then retire to your chosen Maramboi Tented Lodge for dinner and a good night’s rest. Full board.

Accommodation: Maramboi Tented Camp.

Day 2

Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast in the morning, we will depart for Ngorongoro Crater, there will be safari game drive in the afternoon as we arrive and we’ll head to our lodge in the evening.

The crater has a river, several swamps, a soda lake with a great concentration of flamingos, a forest and open plains. It’s also famous for its elephants which are the largest in the world and have huge tusks. This is due to the rich mineral content of the volcanic soil and its grasses. Ngorongoro Crater is truly a Wonder of the Natural World.

Enjoy stay at Ngorongoro Farm House: Service –  breakfast, lunch (or picnic), and dinner

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Farm House

Day 3

Central Serengeti

We’ll take breakfast, as we’ve got a big day of exploration and adventure ahead of us!

Today we depart in the morning and drive through, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Southern Serengeti before reaching Serengeti National Park. The seemingly endless Serengeti Plains capture the essence of Africa. They are home to massive numbers of grazing animals and also various predators, and the interaction between the many species often provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the world.

Enjoy stay at Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge for 2 nights. Service: breakfast, lunch (or picnic), and dinner

Accommodation: Kubu kubu Tented Lodge

Day 4

Conquering the Great Plain of Serengeti

The entire day is dedicated to game viewing in the Serengeti National Park. The areas that you visit will depend upon where the migrating herds are. Predators usually follow closely behind the trekking animals and include lions, leopards (in the acacia trees), and cheetahs. your guide will know where to locate the animals and where to see them best.

Accommodation: Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge

Day 5

North Serengeti – Explore the famous Serengeti

After breakfast, we head towards the far northern reach of the Serengeti National Park, also known as the Wagakuria. We will do a game drive en-route from the Lobo area to the Wagakuria area. As we head north, good sightings of giraffe, plain game, herds of buffalo and elephants can often be seen.

We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and after lunch will we enjoy an afternoon game drive in the area. The wildebeest migration can normally be found in the Wagakuria area from August to October, depending on rainfall patterns. A long stretch of the Mara River runs through the northern Serengeti National Park and the Mara River provides the migration with its most difficult obstacle. Witnessing the frantic herds of wildebeest crossing the Mara River is amazing.

Service: breakfast, lunch (or picnic), and dinner

Accommodation: Mara Under Canvas

Day 6

The Great migration, Mara river crossing, Hunting crocodiles
 
Early morning breakfast then depart for full day game drives in Serengeti Plains

Continue with full day safari to explore the Serengeti Wildlife Park. Covering an area of ​​14,763 km², the Serengeti comes from the word massaI which means the endless plains. This is where hundreds of thousands of herbivores (wildebeest, zebras) gather from December to March in search of new pastures, a concentration of prey which also attracts many felines. Picnic lunch. Afternoon devoted to researching animals. Return to camp before sunset. Dinner and overnight at campsite.

Enjoy stay at Mara Under Canvas for another night again. Service: breakfast, lunch (or picnic), and dinner

 
Accommodation: Mara Under Canvas.

Day 7

Serengeti National Park – Masai Mara Game Reserve

This is the day of departure. We have planned the most convenient exit & will cross through to Kenya & fly back to Nairobi via Migori. We’ll enjoy a morning safari enroute to the airstrip. We’ll depart from Kokatende (Tanzania) at 10am & land 20 minutes later in Tarime. Here we’ll board a transfer taking us through the border to the town of Migori (Kenya). This is officially where the tour ends.

Also, instead of flight you can drive from Serengeti to the Isabenia Border where you will meet you Kenyan Driver guide and continue with safari to Masai Mara

It is here that the incredible annual Wildebeest Migration takes place. This is an unforgettable wildlife spectacle with over two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle stampeding over the scenic plains as they migrate between Tanzania’s Serengeti and the Masai Mara in Kenya.

The rolling hills and open grasslands of the Masai Mara are world famous as the perfect movie setting for African wildlife experiences.

Accommodation: Basecamp Masai Mara

Day 8 & 9

Full day Game Drives in Maasai Mara

Up early for a full day of game viewing with our guide in Masai Mara, Kenya’s top game park. Game viewing in the early morning is one of the best times to be out in the African savannahs, as wildlife and birds begin to stir. The whole day is spent exploring the quintessential African landscapes of Mara and spotting abundant wildlife, visiting the area of Mara River if time allows.

You have the option of taking to the skies in a hot air balloon, for a bird’s eye view of the open plains dotted with herds, packs, loners, and prides. Those opting for the scenic balloon ride will set off before dawn, watching the sunrise over Masai Mara National Reserve, from the air.

Accommodation: Basecamp Masai Mara

Day 10

Maasai Mara Game Reserve – Lake Nakuru National Park (Kenya)

Today after an early breakfast, we head north through Kenya to Lake Nakuru, a bird watcher’s paradise.

We arrive early in the afternoon at this shallow soda lake in the Great Rift Valley. The lake attracts a wide range of water birds, the migratory flamingoes being the most famous. Sometimes there are so many flocks on the lake shores that it becomes a visual sea of pink.

The Lake Nakuru National Park set around the lake, is home to plenty of big mammals, warthogs and baboons, as well as black and white rhinos.

Today we will stay at Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge for one night. Service: breakfast, lunch (or picnic), and dinner.

Accommodation: Lake Nakuru Sopa

Day 11

Lake Nakuru to Ole Pajeta – Kenya

Have an early breakfast at the lodge while soaking in the sights and sounds of the park, which will be followed by a game drive before the exit from the park. You will then head for the Ol-Pejeta Conservancy, located in between Mt. Kenya and the Aberdare ranges, enjoying a drive through the Kenyan countryside. Arrive at Ol Pejeta and check in for lunch at the lodge. Head out for a game drive within the conservancy in the afternoon.

Ol Pejeta has made its name as a conservancy by having one of the highest densities of animals outside the Mara National Reserve, as well as being the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, and the only location to see the chimpanzee in Kenya. Other wildlife to be seen include African elephants, lions, cheetahs, elands, and giraffes.

You will drive to Sweetwater Serena Camp for dinner and overnight stay. Service: breakfast, lunch (or picnic), and dinner.

Accommodation: Sweetwaters Serena Lodge

Day 12

Ol Pajeta – Samburu Nakuru National Park

Have an early start to your day with a pre-breakfast game drive. Return to the lodge for your breakfast, then exit the park and continue your safari by driving to Samburu National Reserve. Arrival at the park will be in the afternoon. The park is famous for its high concentration of the reticulated giraffe. You’ll also enjoy the presence of big cats, buffalos, rhinos, elephants, and the elusive leopards. Moreover, it has a wide variety of birds (300 species).

Check in at the lodge for lunch and then relax within the lodge in the afternoon. You will have a late afternoon game viewing drive and then return for dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

You will drive to Samburu Sopa Lodge for dinner and overnight stay. Service: breakfast, lunch (or picnic), and dinner.

Accommodation: Samburu Sopa Lodge

Day 13

Game Drive in Samburu

This will be a full day in the park and it will start off with an early rise to enjoy a pre-breakfast game drive at 6:30 a.m. You’ll return to the lodge for your breakfast and then, you’ll relax within the lodge. You will have another game drive in the evening from 4:00 p.m., then return for dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

You will drive to Samburu Sopa Lodge for dinner and overnight stay. Service: breakfast, lunch (or picnic), and dinner.

Accommodation: Samburu Sopa Lodge

Day 14

Samburu to Nairobi – End of Journey 

This being the last day of the safari, you will have your breakfast, followed by a game drive before you exit the park and drive back to the capital city, Nairobi, arriving in the late afternoon. Drop off at the airport or hotel.

Our website contains all you need to know to start researching your Tanzania adventure. We keep it as informative as possible, but it is always worth getting in touch directly, by email or telephone. As with any destination, things change and the excellent deals we get from our suppliers vary from week to week, which means your best source of information, travel advice, and recommendations will always be our expert consultants.

Our Planning safari Guide to Tanzania is a good place to start if you are in the initial research stage of your planning. It provides a brief overview of what a Tanzania holiday has to offer, a few of our favorite things about Tanzania, and how the experts here at Eyes on Serengeti can craft an itinerary to suit your special interests and expectations.

The majority of Tanzania’s wildlife is resident year-round, so safari experiences and wildlife viewing can be fantastic year-round. However, April and May can be rainy and are probably best avoided – especially if you are also planning time on the beach. Generally, the best time for dry-season wildlife viewing is from July – October. However, The Great Migration is exceptional in February, as this is calving season, so there are definitely exceptions to this rule! We cannot stress enough that the most effective way to find the best itinerary to suit you is for you to call us and discuss.

Zanzibar: Most people visit the island of Zanzibar after their Tanzania safari. Zanzibar has a huge variety of boutique hotels to suit a range of tastes and budgets, with a similarly wide range of activities, including diving. The island does mostly conform to the Indian Ocean idyll that its name suggests, although some beaches are tidal, so it is worth doing a bit of research on our Zanzibar beaches page before setting your heart on a specific beach resort. Stone Town is also a great non-beach town to explore whilst staying on the island.

Tanzania experiences two dry seasons, lasting from January to March and June to September. If you’re coming to Tanzania for the sublime array of wildlife then we recommend timing your visit with either of the dry seasons. The reason being that the vegetation is less dense, so game viewing is somewhat easier and animals tend to head to commonly known waterholes, rivers, and lakes for refreshment.
The second dry season from June to September is the most popular time to visit Tanzania. So if you want the great weather and easily found wildlife but fewer crowds, maybe plan to visit between January and March.

April to May and October to November mark the rainy seasons in Tanzania. The first rainy season, from April to May is seen as the heaviest and a raincoat is a must-have. The second, from October to November, then sees lighter rainfall.
The rainy seasons can be a beautiful time to visit as the vegetation is at its most lush and green. Rainfall tends to fall in short showers, interspersed with bursts of sunshine, which can make for some excellent photography. April to May is also the low season in Tanzania, so parks are usually less crowded and rates for accommodation and tours can be lower.

If you’re visiting the vast Serengeti, time your visit with the second dry season from June to September to experience the annual highlight of the great migration. This epic natural event sees millions of wildebeest, zebra, and antelope migrate north to the Masai Mara in Kenya from July to November.

This is also a great time to visit if you’re looking to do a combined safari to Tanzania and Kenya. But if you’re looking to avoid the crowds the migration brings, visit the Serengeti in the first dry season from January to March, which is also the wildebeest calving season.

Wildlife viewing inside the Ngorongoro Crater is excellent year-round. However in the dry seasons, from January to March and June to September, the grass on the crater floor is short – making Africa’s iconic wildlife much easier to spot.

If you are looking to climb Kilimanjaro then there are a few things to bear in mind. The warmest months are January and February, however these also bring with them the largest numbers of trekkers. By March through to May the rains come making trekking potentially more challenging – however there are considerably less people on the mountain.
June to August then see colder temperatures but less rain and September and October are fairly dry with pleasant temperatures. November to December see the rains return but the temperatures are still quite mild. Despite what the daytime temperature is, it gets cold at night on the mountain and naturally the closer you are to the summit the colder it will be.

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