This exciting and adventurous 9 Days Kenya Safari/Tanzania Safari will take you to Amboseli, Arusha, Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara National Park. Below is the itinerary.
Day 1 Nairobi-Amboseli
Arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Nairobi) from where we meet. After some introduction, we start our Safari for a journey south entering Hemingway’s country “Serengeti Plains” Arrive in time for a game drive (depending on your time of arrival in Nairobi) Amboseli on the foot of Africa’s highest Mountain Kilimanjaro. afternoon game drives over the park's dusty roads (Giving the true meaning in Maa language Amboseli meaning dusty whirl winds), you're likely to spot wildebeest, giraffes, Gazelles, Impala and zebra attracted to the marshes and swamps fed by the melting snows of Kilimanjaro. You may also spot lions on the fringes of the marshes as well as a great variety of bird-life (some 425 species of bird populate the park). With Kilimanjaro providing a dramatic backdrop, your photographs will be stunning with Elephants, which makes Amboseli popular as there in hundreds. Dinner and overnight at the Sentrim Tented lodge.
Day 2 Amboseli-Arusha
After breakfast drive to the Kenya-Tanzania border, will change into the Tanzania vehicle after immigration formalities. Drive to Arusha for lunch. Afternoon spend at Arusha National Park. The park has an incredible variety of fauna and flora, which cannot fail to impress. Your day trip will include a visit to the Ngurdo Crater. Buffaloes, waterbucks, giraffes, warthogs, zebras and Guinea can be seen all year round as well as many different bird species. The elephants are a little shy. Occasionally, one may also spot a leopard. At the Momella Gate, an armed ranger will be waiting for you to accompany you on your walking safari that will give you the chance to experience the wildlife up-close. Only a few other national parks in Tanzania give you such an opportunity and it is something that you should not miss!. Basket lunch at a picnic site and in the afternoon, you will continue your tour in the safari vehicle. After plenty of time allocated for you to observe the wildlife, we will take you back to Arusha for dinner and night at Impala Hotel.
Day 3 Arusha-Tarangire
In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel and then a 2 hour drive follows to Tarangire National Park, which is also known as 'the elephant park'. The landscape of the park is made up of seasonal marshes and a seemingly endless tree savanna with its mighty Baobab trees.
The dry season runs from July to October and this is perhaps the best time to visit. The reason being that the Tarangire River is the only permanent source of water during this time; wildlife tends to concentrate in its vicinity. You will be able to observe the herds of buffalo and wildebeests as they come to drink. Other animals in this park include lions, leopards, zebras, antelopes and gazelles. Overnight and dinner at the Sopa lodge.
Day 4 Tarangire-Serengeti
After breakfast, the tour takes you to the lush crater uplands. The volcanic fertile soils allow crops such as wheat, corn and coffee to be grown. As you descend the Ngorongoro area, you will see the plains of the Serengeti. Passing the Olduvai Gorge which is very dry, it is well known for the work of the famous archaeological couple Leakey’s. In the sixties, the couple discovered the oldest pre-historic human remains and a small museum documents their work. (A visit is optional) A lunch break at the Naabi Gate before starting your game drive of Serengeti .Serengeti comes from the Maasai word Siringitu that means "endless plains". You can see why as the grassland savannah in the south stretches to the horizon and is only interrupted by the so-called Kopjes (inselbergs). These are bizarre rock formations formed by the weathering of granite outcrops. The plains are the perfect hunting grounds for leopards and other big cats. Here you will have a chance to view these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. The open roofed vehicles allow uninterrupted views and as the day passes, you will reach the goal for the day - the Seronera Valley in the central Serengeti area.
Day 5 Serengeti
The whole day is devoted to you to observe the wildlife in the Serengeti National Park. The areas that you will visit depend upon the location of the herds. Generally the herds of wildebeest and zebras during the short rain season of October to November tend to be found moving from the hills in the north to the plains in the south. They return slowly during the longer rain season in April, May and June. Fluctuations in precipitation can affect the animal’s location from year to year; however, your guide will know the location of the animals and the best vantage spots. A visit to the Visitors Centre, is also possible (booking in advance), where you can learn about Serengeti's history and current research of Frankfurter Zoologische Gesellschaft (Frankfurt zoological society in Tanzania).
Day 6 Serengeti
Spend all day watching wildlife in the Serengeti. The areas that you will visit will depend on where the migrating herds. Usually the wildebeest and the zebras during the short rainy season in October and November are moving from the hills in the north, to the plains in the south. During the longer rainy season of April, May and June, they return north. With fluctuations of annual rainfall, the exact location of the animals varies from year to year. Your guide however will know the location of the herds and where to get the best views. You will be spent another night at Serengeti.
Day 7 Serengeti-Ngorongoro
After breakfast, you proceed to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, descending into the crater for a wonderful game drive (with a picnic lunch) inside the Ngorongoro Crater considered as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. As very few animals migrate in and out of the crater with its 2000 ft. high walls the Ngorongoro Crater has the highest wild animal density worldwide. Among the species are lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds and other species. You might expect to see the ‘Big Five’ in one day. Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.
Day 8 Ngorongoro-Lake Manyara
Today you will visit the last national park on the 'Northern Circuit'. Leave Ngorongoro after breakfast and descend to Lake Manyara National Park, known for its 'tree climbing lions’, which uncharacteristic for lions climbs trees. A large area of the park covers the alkaline Manyara Lake, which seasonally is visited by large colonies of flamingo and other water birds. On the Lakeshore, you can spot elephants, hippos, buffalo, banded mongoose, various antelopes and gazelles. After plenty of wildlife, watching you will spend the night at Lake Manyara Serena lodge.
Day 9 Lake Manyara-Arusha
On this day, you will be transferred to Arusha where you will catch a flight to Zanzibar landing at Sheikh Abedi Karume International Airport.