This safari will run for 19-days, owing to the fact that we have included Lake Naivasha and Sweetwaters Game Reserve. At Lake Naivasha, you will take a boat, watching the many birds on the lake and hippos. You will also have the rare experience of a walking safari at Crescent Island, one of the few places in the world where one can walk freely amidst wild animals – there are no predators.
Sweetwaters (private) Game Reserve is also an attraction especially because of the chimpanzee sanctuary within the reserve, the only one of its kind in the country. There is also the tame rhino named Morani, an information centre and an optional night game drive (at an extra cost, as they are not available in the government owned game parks).
This safari combines both Kenyan and Tanzanian parks, and transportation is by both road and air (some sectors), and will take you to Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru National Park, Mt. Kenya, Sweetwaters Game Reserve, Samburu National Reserve ,Maasai Mara Game Reserve as well as Amboseli National Park. In Tanzania, the safari features Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Serengeti National Parks.
Day 1 Nairobi/Lake Naivasha : 1½ hrs
Depart Nairobi in the morning and drive to the floor of the Rift Valley, making a stop at the Escarpment to marvel at nature, and onwards to Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge for lunch. Afternoon boat ride on Lake Naivasha and a walking safari at Crescent Island. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 2 Lake Naivasha/Lake Nakuru: 1½ hrs
Depart Naivasha in the morning (with optional visit to Hell’s Gate National Park) and drive further on the floor of the Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru National Park, arriving at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge well in time for lunch. Afternoon game drive. Besides the flamingos that the lake is famous for, there are approx 400 other species of birds visiting the lake. Game can also be found in the park including the introduced Rothschild’s Giraffe, black and white rhino, waterbuck, reedbuck, lion, buffalo, leopard, baboon and many species of plains game. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 3: Lake Nakuru/Mount Kenya: 3 hrs
Depart after breakfast to a game drive en route and drive to the lower slopes of Mt. Kenya making a brief stop at Thomson Falls. Arrive at Serena Mountain Lodge (tree hotel) in time for lunch. Relax in the afternoon as you watch game from the balcony of the lodge, with an optional guided nature walk. Overnight floodlit game viewing. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Mount Kenya/ Sweetwaters Game Reserve: 1½ hrs
Depart Mountain Lodge after breakfast and drive a little further north across the equator to Sweetwaters Game Reserve, arriving at Sweetwaters Tented Camp in time for lunch. Afternoon game drive in the private sanctuary including a visit to Morani, the tame rhino, the information centre and the Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Take a boat ride on Ewaso Nyiro River to get better views of the chimps.
Optional night game drive. Dinner and overnight at Sweetwaters Tented Camp.
Day 5: Sweetwaters Game Reserve/Samburu : 3 hrs
Depart Sweetwaters in the morning and drive north to Samburu National Reserve arriving at Samburu Serena Lodge for lunch. Afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 6: Samburu
Full day in Samburu, a beautiful game abundant park and home to rarely found species such as the Beisa Oryx, Grevy’s zebra, blue-necked Somali ostrich and reticulated giraffe. Morning and afternoon game drives with an optional visit to a local Samburu village. Other optional activities include camel riding, guided nature and bird walks. All meals and overnight at Samburu Serena Lodge.
Day 7: Samburu/Fly to Masai Mara 1½ hrs
Morning transfer to the airstrip for schedule flight to Masai Mara departing at 0915hrs and arriving at the Mara approximately at 1045hrs. On arrival meet and transfer to Sarova Mara Tented Camp. You will have your first game drive in this vast game reserve after lunch. Dinner and overnight at the luxury tented Camp.
Day 8 & 9: Masai Mara
Two full days in Masai Mara, Kenya’s most popular game sanctuary. Morning and afternoon game drives…where you have the best opportunity of spotting the “Big Five” lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant. All meals and overnight at the Sarova Camp.
Day 10: Nairobi/Amboseli 4½ hrs
Morning transfer to the airstrip for schedule flight back to Nairobi departing approximately 1100hrs and arriving at Wilson Airport at approximately 1215hrs. Picnic lunch boxes available on arrival. Proceed to Amboseli National Park for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 11: Amboseli
Morning tea/coffee will be served before proceeding for an early morning game drive. The majestic and breathtaking Mt. Kilimanjaro can be seen at this time. Return to the lodge for late breakfast. The rest of the morning is at leisure. After lunch, an afternoon game drive follows. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
Day 12: Amboseli/Arusha: 4 hrs
Depart Amboseli after breakfast and drive to Namanga (Kenya/Tanzania border). Here you will change vehicle & driver/guide before proceeding to Arusha, Moivaro Lodge (15 km from Arusha). Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight is at Moivaro Coffee Lodge.
Day 13: Arusha/Lake Manyara: 2 hrs
After breakfast drive to Lake Manyara Serena Lodge, collect lunch boxes and depart for morning and afternoon game drives in Manyara National Park. The park is two thirds water, one third dry land and home to a spectacular concentration of game. Dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Hotel.
Day 14: Lake Manyara /Serengeti: 4 hrs
Depart after breakfast and drive to Serengeti Serena Lodge for lunch. Afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park. Dinner and overnight at Seronera Wildlife Lodge.
Day 15: Serengeti
Full day in Serengeti. Morning and Afternoon game drives in the world famous Serengeti National Park which is Tanzania’s oldest park and one of the world’s last great wildlife refuges. All meals and overnight at Seronera Wildlife Lodge.
Day 16: Serengeti / Ngorongoro: 3 hrs
Another morning game drive in the Serengeti. After lunch at the lodge, drive to Ngorongoro via Olduvai Gorge for a short visit of the museum. Dinner and overnight is at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge.
Day 17: Ngorongoro
After breakfast, descend down to the crater floor for half-day crater tour, returning to Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge for lunch. Afternoon at leisure with optional visit to a local Masai village. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Note: Only half-day tours may be allowed at the crater.
Day 18:Ngorongoro/Tarangire National Park: 3 hrs
Depart Ngorongoro after breakfast and drive on to Tarangire National Park arriving at Tarangire Sopa Lodge in time for lunch. Afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 19:Tarangire National Park / Nairobi
Another morning game drive in Tarangire, then depart to Arusha for lunch at Impala Hotel. After lunch transfer to Kilimnjaro Airport for schedule flight back to Nairobi arriving approximately 1445hrs. Transfer to your hotel or the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for onward flight. Approx transit time on road is 2 hrs while transit time on air is approximately 1 hr.