The Grand Kenya & Tanzania Safari

TOUR DURATION
13 Days
DESTINATIONS INCLUDED
5 Locations
ACTIVITIES
Game Drive, Animal Tracking, Project Visit
TRANSPORT MODE
Air, Road
ACCOMODATION
Hotel, Resort, Camp

Overview

Day 1:
Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya

Welcome to Kenya. On arrival in Nairobi, after clearing customs and immigration, you are met by a representative of Endless Safaris and transferred to Nairobi Hemingway’s Hotel.  Hemingway’s Nairobi is a luxury boutique hotel located in the suburb of Karen featuring 45 suites overlooking the Ngong Hills.

Overnight at Hemingway’s Nairobi Hotel, Breakfast

Day 2: Samburu Game Reserve
Samburu Game Reserve

After breakfast, you will start your drive to the Samburu Game Reserve, where your comfortable Elephant Bedroom Tented Camp is perched on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River. You will check in, have lunch and then join your Safari Guide on a game drive. The river serves as both the lifeline and nerve centre of this reserve, with animals congregating along its banks to quench their thirst while clever predators stalk and take opportunities from a distance. The reserve is also home to the pastoral, nomadic Samburu people.

Overnight at Elephant Bedroom Tented Camp, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner   

Day 3 & 4:
Samburu Game Reserve

Spend two days exploring the semi-arid Samburu National Reserve enjoying morning and afternoon game drives searching for the famous ‘special five’ (Reticulated giraffe, Gravy’s zebra, Beisa Oryx, Somali ostrich, and the graceful, long necked gerenuk), found only north of the equator.  With luck, you may also spot the elusive leopard stalking the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River. 

Overnight at Elephant Bedroom Tented Camp, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Day 5:
Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip to catch your flight to Nairobi where you take a connecting flight to Kilimanjaro Tanzania. Upon arrival, hop on a flight to Manyara airstrip where you will be met by a Tanzania Safari Guide who will drive you to Ngorongoro Crater Lemala.

Overnight at Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater

You will have a whole day to explore the Ngorongoro Crater’s prolific wildlife with a picnic lunch. During the game drive you get to look for elephant, flamingo, buffalo, lion, antelope and the highly endangered black rhino. You may encounter Maasai herdsmen with their cattle, who continue to roam here as they have done for centuries.

Overnight at Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Day 7: Northern Serengeti National Park

After breakfast you will drive to Lake Manyara airstrip where you take your flight to northern Serengeti National Park, home to many wildlife species including zebra, gazelle, lion, leopard, hyena, giraffe, elephant and buffalo.

Ngorongoro Crater

Overnight at Lemela Kuria Hill Lodge, Lunch and Dinner 

Day 8 and 9:
Serengeti National Park | Where the “Big Five” Roam

Spend two full day enjoying morning and afternoon game drives in this vast region, a protected animal refuge since 1929. Enjoy the kopje overlooking the Serengeti plains, and join fellow guests for a delicious dinner.

Overnight at Lemela Kuria Hill Lodge, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  

Day 10:
Masai Mara Game Reserve

After breakfast you will drive to the airstrip to take you flight to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. After you arrive AT the Olkiombo Airstrip, you will picked and transferred to your luxury tented camp. Enjoy an afternoon game drive.

Overnight at Kaboso Safari Camp, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Day 11, 12 and 13:
Masai Mara Game Reserve

The Mara contains Kenya’s richest concentrations of wildlife. On game drives in the heart of this classic grassland savannah, view migrating herbivores and their predators – lion, cheetah and leopard.  Visit a local Masai village and enjoy an optional hot air balloon flight with champagne breakfast or take a flight to Lake Victoria.  On your final evening here, dine on the banks of the Mara River. 

Overnight at Kaboso Safari Camp, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner   

Day 14:
Nairobi – Departure

After breakfast, fly to Wilson Airport, Nairobi and transfer to the Nairobi Serena Hotel where you a dayroom has been reserved before you board your international flight later in the day.

Dayroom at Hemingway’s Nairobi, Lunch

Samburu National Reserve

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The Samburu National Reserve is a game reserve on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro river in Kenya. On the other side of the river is the Buffalo Springs National Reserve. The park is 165 km² in size and is situated 350 kilometers from Nairobi. It ranges in altitude from 800 to 1230 m above sea level.[1] Geographically, it is located in Samburu County.

In the middle of the reserve, the Ewaso Ng’iro flows through doum palm groves and thick riverine forests. It provides water, without which the game in this arid region could not survive.

Samburu National Reserve can be entered via the Ngare Mare and Buffalo Springs gates. Once inside the reserve, there are two mountains visible: Koitogor and Ololokwe. Samburu National Reserve is very peaceful and attracts animals because of the Ewaso Ng’iro river (meaning “brown water” and pronounced U-aa-so-Nyee-ro) that runs through it and the mixture of acacia, riverine forest, thorn trees and grassland vegetation. The Ewaso Ng’iro flows from the Kenyan highlands and empties into the famous Lorian Swamp. The natural serenity that is evident here is due to its distance from industry and the inaccessibility of the reserve for many years.

Country: 

Kenya

City/Location: 

Samburu

Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater, extinct volcanic caldera in the Eastern (Great) Rift Valley, northern Tanzania. It lies 75 miles (120 km) west of the town of Arusha.

The caldera’s floor is predominantly open grassland. It is home to a diverse array of animals including elephants, black rhinoceroses, leopards, buffalo, zebras, warthogs, gnu (wildebeests), Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles, and the densest population of lions in the world. The local Masai people also graze their livestock in the crater. Lake Magadi, a shallow soda lake ringed by extinct volcanoes, is renowned as a habitat for great flocks of pink flamingos.

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Tanzania

Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti National Park is a large national park in northern Tanzania that stretches over 14,763 km2 (5,700 sq mi). It is located entirely in eastern Mara Region and north east portion of Simiyu Region and contains over 15,000,000 hectares (37,000,000 acres) of virgin savanna.

The Serengeti is well known for the largest annual animal migration in the world of over 1.5 million blue wildebeest and 250,000 zebra and the largest lion population in Africa. It is under threat from deforestation, population growth and ranching.

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Tanzania

Maasai Mara

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“The Mara”

Maasai Mara, also sometimes spelled Masai Mara and locally known simply as The Mara, is a large national game reserve in Narok, Kenya, contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. It is named in honor of the Maasai people, the ancestral inhabitants of the area, who migrated to the area from the Nile Basin. Their description of the area when looked at from afar: “Mara” means “spotted” in the local Maasai language, due to the many short bushy trees which dot the landscape.

Maasai Mara is one of the most famous and important wildlife conservation and wilderness areas in Africa, world-renowned for its exceptional populations of lion, African leopard, cheetah and African bush elephant. It also hosts the Great Migration, which secured it as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, and as one of the ten Wonders of the World.

The Greater Mara ecosystem encompasses areas known as the Maasai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Triangle, and several Maasai Conservancies, including Koiyaki, Lemek, Ol Chorro Oirowua, Mara North, Olkinyei, Siana, Maji Moto, Naikara, Ol Derkesi, Kerinkani, Oloirien, and Kimintet.

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Kenya

City/Location: 

Narok

hemmingway’s hotel

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Set between Nairobi National Park and the foot of the Ngong Hills, Hemingways Nairobi is an exclusive 5-star luxury boutique hotel located in the peaceful suburb of Karen far from the bustle of central Nairobi. An all-suite property providing full butler service, a brasserie, a sunset bar and lounge, and a spa, this plantation-style property is perfectly placed for trips to Nairobi National Park, the David Sheldrick Wildlife trust and the capital. Each of the 45 suites is a generous size, all with walk-in dressing rooms and a private terrace with magnificent views of the iconic Ngong Hills.

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Kenya

City/Location: 

Nairobi

Elephant Bedroom Camp

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Elephant Bedroom Camp offers luxury in a setting of breathtaking beauty. It is set along the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River and shaded by doum palms and other trees that make up this green belt of riverine forest in Samburu National Reserve. The surrounding Samburu National Reserve is an area of spectacular scenery; its dry plains bisected by the meandering river, with the backdrop of Africa’s dramatic mountains, including Mt Kenya. 

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Kenya

City/Location: 

Samburu National Reserve

Kaboso Safari Camp

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Mara Double Cross Safari Camp is an intimate, private and exclusive safari camp in the heart of the Maasai Mara. The camp is ideal for individuals as well as exclusive groups who wish to experience thae Masai Mara in a personal special setting. While wild, Mara Double Cross Safari Camp is a luxurious mobile camp that combines exceptional wildlife with a modern ‘Out of Africa’ experience. A full camp crew builds the camp, which consists of large tents with comfortable beds and duvets. The crew members are the masters of the mobile camp, erecting tents in minutes, producing three-course meals from a kitchen under an acacia tree, and heating water for bucket showers over an open fire. They are incredibly good at looking after your every need, from a hot chocolate outside your tent on a chilly morning to a shot of whisky or glass of red wine around the campfire under the stars in the night sky.

Country: 

Kenya

City/Location: 

Samburu National Reserve

 

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