10 Days Amboseli and Maasai Mara Safari

The Amboseli and Masai Mara Safari combines two of Kenya’s most iconic parks in the form of Amboseli and the Masai Mara, a feast for the senses & a visual experience of epic proportions and African landscapes and is where the first 7 nights of the safari will be spent. What makes this even more special is that fact that Mount Kilimanjaro forms the backdrop for almost every image, providing incredible photographic opportunities. Having our own vehicles and local guides means we do not have to stick to lodge game drives times and can spend our time in search of sightings in the scenic Amboseli National Park between sunrise and sunset.

The Mara Triangle has been named “The Worlds Best game Reserve” and it deserves the title. The small and intimate Sarova Mara camp will be our base for the 6 nights spent exploring the region. Whilst the migratory herds may still be in the region, there will be more than enough incredible photographic opportunities on offer even without the wildebeest! By combining these two iconic Kenya’s destinations you’re in for the safari experience of a lifetime!

Summary

  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Price: From US $3,800 Per person sharing
  • Destinations: Amboseli National Park and Masai Mara
  • Accommodation Type: Luxury
  • Best time to visit: All year
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INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodation on a single basis
  • Transfer from the airport to Fairmont The Norfolk in Nairobi
  • 1 Night at Fairmont The Norfolk including Dinner and breakfast
  • 4 Nights Amboseli Tawi Lodge (Full Board excl. Drinks)
  • 4 Nights at the Mara Rianta Luxury Camp (Fully inclusive)
  • Laundry in the Mara Rianta Camp
  • Flight: Nairobi to Amboseli
  • Flight: Amboseli to Masai Mara
  • Flight: Masai Mara to Nairobi (Wilson Airport)
  • Additional freight seats for camera equipment on all internal flights
  • Transfer to either your hotel or JKIA for your flight home

EXCLUSIONS

  • Any flights arriving in and departing from Nairobi.
  • Items of a personal nature: Curios, Laundry at the Tawi Lodge etc.
  • VISA costs
  • Gratuities for local staff
  • Pre and Post accommodation (we can assist with this)

Itinerary Overview

Day 1

Arrival in Nairobi

  • Arrive into Nairobi’s international airport and transfer to Fairmont the Norfolk. Dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Fairmont the Norfolk

Day 2

Flight to Amboseli National Park

  • After breakfast transfer to Wilson Airport and board a light aircraft flight directly to Amboseli. Enjoy lunch followed by an afternoon safari activity in Amboseli. Dinner and overnight at Tawi Lodge.

Accommodation: Tawi Lodge

Day 3-6

Full Days Exploring Amboseli National Park

  • This is one of the most incredible national parks in Africa. The region is a scenic wonder & you always stand a great chance of seeing the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro as a backdrop to many of your images here in Amboseli. The park is home to some of Africa’s largest tusked elephants and this will be a big focus whilst on safari here. There’s an abundance of life on the open plains and swamps and there’s no doubt that the safari will end on a high here in Amboseli.
  • We will take each day as it comes and but will take packed breakfasts with us each and every day in an effort to maximise our time out in the field.

Accommodation: Tawi Lodge

Day 7

Flight from Amboseli to the Mara Triangle

  • After a shorter morning safari activity we will board a flight to the Masai Mara. The plane will touch down at Mara Serena airstrip after which you’ll enjoy a game drive to the Mara Rianta Camp. After check in and lunch we’ll head out for an afternoon safari activity. Dinner and overnight at the Mara Rianta Camp.

Accommodation: Neptune Mara Rianta Luxury Camp

Day 8-9

Full Days Exploring the Mara Triangle

  • The day will start with morning coffee & tea at the lodge followed by the morning safari activity. Early mornings and late afternoon are fantastic for cat activity. The region surrounding the Mara Rianta Camp has a high lion density and this certainly will be a focus.
  • Depending on the day, you might return to camp for lunch or enjoy a full day out in the field with packed breakfast and lunch.
  • There’s always an outside chance of playing witness to the great migration consisting of over 1.5 million wildebeest, 200 000 zebra and 300 000 gazelle. The camp is in a prime location to view crossings if you are fortunate enough to be there for that.

Accommodation: Neptune Mara Rianta Luxury Camp

Day 10

Return to Nairobi

  • Enjoy a full morning safari activity followed by lunch in the Mara Rianta Camp. Pack your bags and board a flight in the early afternoon for a flight back to Wilson Airport. From here we’ll transfer by road to Jomo Kenyatta International signalling the end of this safari experience.

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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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