11 Days Kenya Tanzania Budget Tour Masai Mara, Nakuru, Amboseli, Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Manyara.
11 Days | 10 Nights:
Masai Mara / Lake Nakuru / Amboseli / Ngorongoro / Serengeti / Lake Manyara.
Day 1. Masai Mara Game Reserve
Morning pick up at the airport or city hotel and depart for the Masai Mara National Reserve, which borders Tanzania's Serengeti National Park. Every year, between June and September, millions of wildebeests and zebras migrate into the Mara in search of water. The timing of this phenomenon varies, depending on the rains, but they usually start heading back to the Serengeti in October. Whether you see the migration or not, the grassy plains and lush landscape offer a huge variety of game including lions, cheetahs, buffalo and abundant bird life such as ostriches, cranes and storks. Lunch followed by afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Ol Moran Tented Camp / Similar.
Day 2. Masai Mara
Breakfast and leave with picnic lunches for a full day game drive inside the Park. Search for Wild game black manned lion for which Mara is famous for, cheetah, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, leopard, grants gazelle are quite common, even the rare rhino might come out of the thicket for you, hyenas are plentiful. Extend your drive to the hippo point where schools of hippo submerge on the approach of vehicles only to surface seconds later to shot and gamble their displeasure as the crocodiles sunbathe on the river banks mouths agape. Between meals there is optional visit to the Maasai villages for an insight to their culture if clients so wish. Meals and overnight at Ol Moran Tented Camp / Similar.
Masai Village Tour, $25.
Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon Safari, $450.
Day 3. Lake Nakuru National Park
Breakfast and drive to Lake Nakuru National Park arriving for lunch and later proceed for an afternoon game drive. The Bird Watchers’ Paradise On the floor of the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland, lies the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park. Enjoy the wide ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges. Lake Nakuru National Park is ideal for bird watching and game drives.
Flamingo (Greater and Lesser) and other water birds including a variety of terrestrial birds numbering about 450 species in total.
Mammals: 56 different species including white rhinos,waterbuck etc.
View-points: Lion hill, Baboon cliff and Out of Africa
Hills: Enasoit, Honeymoon, Lion hill ridge etc
Unique vegetation: About 550 different plant species including the unique and biggest euphorbia forest in Africa, Picturesque landscape and yellow acacia woodlands.Afternoon game drive inside the beautiful Park to view thousands of pink flamingos and numerous wild game including the Rhinos. Dinner and overnight at Flamingo Hill Tented Camp / Similar.
Day 4. Amboseli National Park.
Early morning breakfast and depart for Amboseli, Early lunch in Nairobi and proceed through maasai land to Amboseli National Park arriving for late afternoon drive(if time permits). The park is 39,206 hectares (392 km2; 151 sq. mi) in size at the core of an 8,000 square kilometres (3,100 sq. mi) ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border.
Crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, he highest free-standing mountain in the world, Africa's highest peak, the Amboseli National Parks is one of Kenya's most popular parks. The name "Amboseli" comes from a Maasai word meaning "salty dust", and it is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close. Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs, the savannah and woodlands. They can also visit the local Maasai community who live around the park and experience their authentic culture. Dinner and overnight at Kibo Safari Camp / Similar.
Day 5. Amboseli
Breakfast and proceed for a full day of game drives in the photogenic Park, Amboseli is famous for huge herds of elephants and hosts a great number of other game including the lion, the splendid cheetah and a variety of Birdlife. Dinner and overnight at Kibo Safari Camp / Similar.
Day 6. Amboseli / Lake Manyara National Park
Breakfast and proceed for Namanga Border town, Crossover to Tanzania arriving Arusha at approximately 1200hrs, Lunch at a selected Arusha Hotel / Restaurant. After lunch proceed to Lake Manyara for late afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Migunga Tented Camp / Similar.
From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater forest where hundred-strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside, blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees, dainty bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and outsized forest hornbills honk cacophonously in the high canopy.
Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes – some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance.
Inland of the floodplain, a narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favoured haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants. Squadrons of banded mongoose dart between the acacias, while the diminutive Kirk’s dik-dik forages in their shade. Pairs of klipspringer are often seen silhouetted on the rocks above a field of searing hot springs that steams and bubbles adjacent to the lakeshore in the far south of the park.
Day 8. Serengeti National Park.
After breakfast take a packed lunch with you and continue with game viewing on Serengeti Park. The migration can be seen on a long chain approximately 40 Km heading to the south western direction. Around 1230hrs and 1300hrs break for your lunch. After lunch have a rest for one hr, then proceed with your game viewing following the move of the migrants on the southwest of the park. Dinner and overnight at Ikoma Tented Camp / Similar.
Day 9. Ngorongoro.
Breakfast and leave for Ngorongoro via Olduvai Gorge, Arrive for Lunch, Afternoon at Leisure. Dinner and Overnight at Rhino Lodge / Similar.
The jewel in Ngorongoro's crown is a deep, volcanic crater, the largest un flooded and unbroken caldera in the world. About 20kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq kms in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder, an extinct volcano teeming with wildlife often compared to the Garden of Eden. Wildlife viewing in the crater is out of this world. All major animals are easily seen. The only exception is giraffe, which is present in the Conservation Area, but not in the crater because of the steep descent. Elephants are common. All big cats are easily spotted and the density of spotted hyenas is quite extraordinary.
A real special of the crater is the black rhino. Rhino is hard to see in Tanzania and black rhino is typically very shy- sticking to thick vegetation. This is not so in the crater, where they have a predictable routine of spending the night in Lerai forest, and the day in open grassland. Black-backed and golden jackals are equally common in the crater.
Day 10. Ngorongoro Crater.
Today you will descend 2000 feet (0ver 600 metres) to the floor of the crater for a crater tour with picnic lunches. Explore the forest areas that are inhabited by monkeys and elephants, the lake area, where you may see the flamingos and the open savannah where the lions hunt for food. Dinner and overnight at Rhino Lodge / Similar.
Day 11. Arusha / Nairobi
After breakfast, depart for Arusha for early lunch and transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for a scheduled flight departing 1425hrs arriving Nairobi Wilson airport at 1520hrs. Meet upon arrival and transfer to your Nairobi Hotel or Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight out.
Nairobi airport transfers
Transportation in 4x4 Van in Kenya and Land Cruiser/Jeep in Tanzania all fitted with HF Radio communication and pop-up roof for easy viewing and photographing
Full board accommodation on safari
All park entrance fees and government taxes
Services of English speaking skilled and experienced driver/guide
Extensive game drives in the national parks
1L bottle mineral water per person per day on game drives
Flying doctors emergency evacuation services
Kilimanjaro Airport to Nairobi Flight
Nairobi / Arusha Hotel
Airport departure Tax
Personal & baggage insurance
Any optional activities or items of personal nature