Nine Day Amazing Kenya and Tanzania Safari

Short Overview

Do you want to see the very best that East Africa has to offer?

Our nine day Amazing Kenya & Tanzania safari combines the absolute best that these two astounding destinations have to offer, with visits to both the Serengeti and the Maasai Mara. You'll also visit the wonders of Ngorongoro, have a front row seat to see Kilimanjaro from Amboseli National Park, hunt for tree climbing lions in Lake Manyara National Park, and enjoy the serenity of Lake Naivasha.

It really is the very best that both countries have to offer.

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Details

Details of Nine Day Amazing Kenya and Tanzania Safari

DAY ONE - NAIROBI - MAASAI MARA

You'll depart from Nairobi after breakfast and begin the long drive south to the Maasai Mara.

Stopping along the way to take in the stunning view of the Great Rift Valley, you'll arrive at the park in time for lunch at your lodge before enjoying an afternoon game drive through the iconic park. Home to the entirety of the Big Five, the Maasai Mara also plays host to the Wildebeest Migration each year and makes for a stunning backdrop for your first day of safari.

DAY TWO - MAASAI MARA

Wake before the dawn for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness a Maasai Mara sunrise. After a quick cup of coffee, you'll head out into the park to watch as the sun sets fire to the savannah and the big cats take advantage of the morning cool to search for a meal.

Alternatively, you can take to the skies with a hot air balloon safari that will see you soar above all of the action before setting down on the plains for a champagne breakfast among the wildlife. Ask your safari expert about adding a hot air balloon adventure to your safari.

You'll then return to your lodge for a late breakfast before packing a picnic lunch and heading back out into the park for a day-long exploration of the Maasai Mara. You may also opt to relax at your lodge in the morning, enjoy lunch on site, and then head out again in the afternoon once the weather has cooled off a bit.

DAY THREE - MAASAI MARA - LAKE NAIVASHA

You'll start your day with an early breakfast ahead of the long drive across to Lake Naivasha.

You'll arrive on the shores of this picturesque lake in time for lunch at your lodge, and will then have the opportunity to take a guided boat tour out onto the lake to see the abundance of wildlife that calls it shores home.

A visit to Crescent Island to walk among the herbivores who call it home will round out your day, giving you the chance to see giraffes, zebras, and other animals up close without fear of predators.

DAY FOUR - LAKE NAIVASHA - AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

You will depart Lake Naivasha after breakfast and drive to Amboseli National Park.

Sometimes called the Royal Court of Kilimanjaro, this stunning park lies at the foot of Africa's highest mountain and affords visitors the best views of the mountain to be found anywhere in Kenya or Tanzania.

Photographers will revel at the chance to photograph the park's vast herds of elephants against the backdrop of the towering mountain, and the park is also home to lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, and much more.

DAY FIVE - AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK - ARUSHA

You'll be up early today for your opportunity to see Kilimanjaro at dawn. The Roof of Africa is often shy, but in the early morning light, you'll have your best chance to see the tallest mountain on the continent.

After breakfast, you'll enjoy a leisurely morning game drive through the park on your way to the Namanga border crossing.

Once immigration formalities have been completed and you've liaised with your new driver, you'll continue south to Arusha to overnight.

DAY SIX - ARUSHA - LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

You'll depart from Arusha after breakfast for the drive to Lake Manyara National Park. The journey takes approximately two hours, but we'll pass through the market town of Mto Wa Mbu along the way. This agricultural and fresh produce market is a melting pot of local cultures and a souvenir hunter's paradise.

After a brief stop at the village market, you'll enter Lake Manyara National Park. The park is truly a photographer's playground and offers some of the best game viewing in the world. You can expect to see many of Africa's most well-known animals, with the tree-climbing lions a particular treat. These proud predators lounge in acacia trees practically begging to be photographed. 

Bird-watchers will find Lake Manyara is an absolute delight, with a huge variety of birds on display in the park. Even the novice can expect to be amazed by large flamingo flocks, circling birds of prey, and the brightly coloured lilac breasted roller.

You'll then retire to your chosen accommodation for dinner and a good night's rest.

DAY SEVEN - LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

We'll take an early breakfast, as we've got a big day of exploration and adventure ahead of us!

We'll begin the day with the scenic drive towards the Serengeti. Along the way, we'll pass through the mist-shrouded rainforests of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you might be lucky enough to glimpse cape buffalo, baboons, or even elephants and leopards in the dense undergrowth.

It's a nearly four-hour drive to the Serengeti park gates, but you can choose to break up the drive with one or both of the below optional activities:

  • Oldupai Gorge Museum: Sometimes known as the Cradle of Mankind, the Oldupai Gorge Museum commemorates some of the oldest evidence of human habitation ever found. Here you can see some of the oldest fossil evidence in the world of human habitation, visit the Oldupai Gorge Museum to learn more about the human journey, and take in the stunning views of this stark gorge country.
  • Maasai boma visit: Pay a visit to one of the famous Maasai bomas, where you'll have the opportunity to witness (and participate in) traditional Maasai dance, tour an authentic Maasai village, and even do a little souvenir shopping at the local market.

Both of the above activities attract an additional cost. Speak with your safari expert about adding them to your itinerary.

After a delicious lunch at the Serengeti National Park picnic area, it’s time to explore the Serengeti itself. Witness Africa’s iconic savannah landscape and be amazed by the sheer number of animals that roam these grassy plains.

Dinner and overnight in the heart of the Serengeti National Park according to the standard and the type of accommodation requested from our options.

DAY EIGHT - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK - NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA

After breakfast, we get right on the road back towards the Ngorongoro Crater National Park.

Our drive takes us back through the Serengeti via a different route, offering plenty of opportunities to spot the animals that eluded you on day two. As far as the eye can see, you’ll spot thousands upon thousands of animals in herds; wildebeests and zebras migrating together, tall and graceful giraffes, jumping antelopes and gazelles, the powerful African elephant and the most respected group of animals: the predators.

You will have the chance to spot lean cheetahs and shy leopards, foraging hyenas, and last but not least, the king himself; the lion.

Dinner and overnight on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater or in nearby Karatu Town according to the standard and the type of accommodation requested from our options.

DAY NINE – NGORONGORO - ARUSHA

After breakfast, you'll depart for Ngorongoro Crater; considered by some to be the Eighth Wonder of the World. When you get your first glimpse of this vast, verdant caldera from the panoramic viewpoint, you'll soon understand why it has earned such a lofty reputation.

Home to over 120 species of mammal including the fabled Big Five, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of the most sought after safari destinations in the world. It's a particularly good place to see the endangered black rhinoceros enjoying a lonely meal out on the grass plains, as well as a place to see large numbers of hippopotamus enjoying the cool water.

From the comfort of your open-top vehicle, you'll be able to observe and photograph some of Africa's most recognisable faces. The crater is home to a large number of predators including lions, leopards, cheetahs, jackals, and hyenas, as well as a large population of wildebeest, zebras, antelope, cape buffalo, and more. It is truly one of Africa's premier safari destinations.

After the thrills and excitement of the day, you will have a picnic lunch by the park's famous hippo pool. You'll then return to Arusha in the evening.

Info

Info

SKU
  • SAC1C2-9D-01
Destination
  • Tanzania
  • Kenya
  • Cross Countries
When to visit?
  • No
Tour style
  • No
Tour duration
  • 9 DAY
Safari Circuit
  • No
Included in the price
  • No
Excluded from the price
  • No
Itinerary Note
  • Note that for transfer from Nairobi Airport we use Impala Shuttle Service with departures daily at 0800 and 1400 or we can arrange private shuttle or a flight from NBO to JRO

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Itinerary in Brief


  • DAY 1 - NAIROBI - MAASAI MARA Game drive. (L,D)

  • DAY 2 - MAASAI MARA Full day game drive. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 3 - MAASAI MARA - LAKE NAIVASHA Game drive. Boat safari and Crescent Island visit. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4 - LAKE NAIVASHA - AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK Game drive. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5 - AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK - ARUSHA Game drive. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 6 - ARUSHA - LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK Game drive. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 7 - LAKE MANYARA - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK Game drive. Optional cultural activities. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 8 - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK - NGORONGORO Game drive. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 9 - NGORONGORO - ARUSHA Full day game drive. (B,L)

B - Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner

Attractions


  • Witness the Wildebeest Migration between the months of July and November.

  • See the Big Five on the plains of the Serengeti and Maasai Mara.

  • Descend into Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive.

  • See tree-climbing lions in Lake Manyara National Park.

  • Unparalleled views of Mount Kilimanjaro from Amboseli National Park.

  • Lake Naivasha boat tour.

  • Crescent Island walking safari.

  • Optional Oldupai Gorge museum visit.

  • Optional Maasai boma visit.

  • Optional hot air balloon safari in the Maasai Mara or the Serengeti.

Why Book with Shadows of Africa?

Tailor Made, Private Tours

Tailor Made, Private Tours

We specialize in tailor-making your tour to suit your tastes and budget. We can customize everything from routes to accommodation to optional activities.
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Expert Advice 24/7

With offices in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, the USA, Europe, and Australia, you have access to Shadows of Africa personnel 24/7. We’ re with you from the planning stages all the way through to dropping you off at the airport at journey’ s end.
World Class Guides & Unlimited Game Driving

World Class Guides & Unlimited Game Driving

Our drivers are all fluent in English and all have at least a decade of safari experience. Our guides are chosen to be personable and knowledgeable, and with no limit on drive distance – you can game drive from dawn until dusk.
Specialized Safari Vehicles

Specialized Safari Vehicles

Our safari fleet is made up of specially customised 4x4 Toyota Land Cruisers equipped with large windows, pop up roof, phone charging stations, comfortable seats, and a fully stocked supply of water, coffee, and tea.
Full Financial Protection

Full Financial Protection

With offices in the US, Europe, Tanzania, and Australia, you can make payment to whichever is most convenient. We also accept payments via credit card and PayPal.
Your One Stop African Operator

Your One Stop African Operator

We can arrange safaris in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, or Kenya, as well as beach getaways to Zanzibar, the Kenya Coast, or the Seychelles.

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