Details of Eleven Day Kenya and Tanzania Odyssey Safari
DAY ONE - NAIROBI CITY TOUR
8am: Nairobi National Museum
You'll be picked up from your hotel after breakfast and proceed immediately to the National Museum of Kenya. A fascinating place to learn about Kenya's history and culture, the National Museum aims to share Kenya's rich cultural heritage with visitors to the city through a variety of exhibits including Kenyan art, a hall dedicated to the Kenyan War for Independence, and the prehistory of man, among others. You'll spend approximately an hour and a half here.
11am: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
You'll arrive at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust at 11am. Sometimes known as the Elephant Orphanage, you'll have your chance to have an up close and personal interaction with these adorable orphaned elephants. Over the course of your hour long visit you'll observe the resident baby elephants as they feed, exercise, and bathe. You even have the option to sponsor one of the orphans.
12pm: Giraffe Centre
Your next stop will be the famous Giraffe Centre, where you'll have the rare opportunity to come face-to-face with these beautiful creatures. Both a breeding centre for the Rothschild's Giraffe and an education centre, lucky visitors might even get a kiss from these unique creatures!
You'll be spoiled for choice at lunch, with your choice of the world-famous Carnivore Restaurant, the local flavours of the Utamaduni Centre, or the family friendly atmosphere of Mamba Villabe with its crocodile and ostrich farms.
Lunch is at your own expense. Ask your Shadows of Africa safari expert about including lunch in your quote.
2.30pm: Bomas of Kenya
You'll wrap up your day with a visit ot the famous Bomas of Kenya, a one of a kind living museum that aims to display the multitude of tribal cultures that make up Kenya's rich cultural tapestry. In addition to re-creations of traditional housing and displays of traditional arts and crafts, your tour will include a fascinating display of tribal dance and music that is not to be missed.
5pm: Tour concludes
Your driver will take you to the airport or to your hotel.
DAY TWO - 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 THREE - 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 FOUR - MAASAI MARA - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
You'll make your way to the Mara Airstrip after breakfast for your flight into Tanzania's Serengeti National Park.
Upon arrival in the park, you'll be met by your new Shadows of Africa driver and proceed for an afternoon game drive in the famed park.
Home to huge populations of wildebeest, zebras, and antelopes - the picturesque Serengeti is an excellent place to spot predators such as lions, leopards, and cheetahs as well as herbivores including elephants, hippos, and giraffes.
DAY FIVE - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
You'll wake before dawn for an unforgettable sunrise game drive. Marvel at how the sun sets fire to the savannah as you go in search of big cats on the hunt for their morning meal.
After breakfast, you'll spend an entire day out on the plains of the Serengeti searching for the Big Five and (if the time is right) the movements of the famous Wildebeest Migration.
Weaving through kopjes upon which lions sun themselves, you'll see some of the world's most iconic wildlife against the open plains and big sky of Tanzania's crown jewel.
DAY SIX - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
You'll have one last full day in the Serengeti today to spend as you wish.
Divide your day up into morning and afternoon game drives so you can enjoy the lodge over lunch, or take a picnic lunch and indulge in a day long exploration of the park.
DAY SEVEN - 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 EIGHT - NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
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.
You'll then overnight nearby.
DAY NINE - NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA - LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK - ARUSHA
You'll make your way to Lake Manyara National Park shortly after breakfast, with the scenic two hour drive whetting your appetite for your day of exploration.
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 proceed to Arusha to overnight.
DAY TEN - ARUSHA - AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
You'll depart Arusha after breakfast and begin your trip back towards Kenya.
The drive itself is a scenic one, and you'll once again go through immigration and meet with your new driver before proceeding to the park.
Amboseli National Park is called the "Royal Court of Kilimanjaro' with good reason, and you'll enjoy an afternoon game drive where you'll see herds of wildebeest and zebras, proud lions, skulking hyenas, a variety of antelopes, and some of Kenya's largest herds of elephants - all set against the startling backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro.
DAY ELEVEN - AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK - NAIROBI
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.
You'll then make your way back to Nairobi, where you'll be taken to the airport or your hotel.