Best of Kenya and Tanzania

This safari combines the best of Kenya and Tanzania. Look out for big game in semi-arid Samburu. Be amazed by flamingo-covered Lake Nakuru, and explore the savannas of the Masai Mara and Serengeti. Encounter nomadic tribes and discover the magical Ngorongoro Crater. Transport is by 4WD vehicle with guaranteed window seats making it perfect for gameviewing and photography. Accommodation is in lodges or tented camps.

This is one of our most popular itineraries. It is not a group tour but a recommended sample itinerary that we can tailor to your requirements. Extra nights can easily be added throughout. Please contact us for further details.

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12 days/11 nights
Lodges & Tented Camps
Departs daily ex Nairobi by road


  • The famous Kenyan parks of Samburu, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara, home to the “Big 5”
  • Tanzania’s Serengeti – arena for the wildebeest and zebra migration
  • The stunning Ngorongoro Crater, home to some 25,000 animals
  • Lake Manyara, known for hippo, elephant and tree-climbing lions

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Best of Kenya and Tanzania Sample Itinerary

12 days/11 nights Tour

Days 1/2 – Samburu Game Reserve
Leave Nairobi early morning and cross the equator to reach semi-arid Samburu. You may see nomadic Samburu people en route. On game drives look for rare northern species such as Grevy’s zebra and reticulated giraffe.

Day 3 – Mt Kenya
Depart Samburu for Mt Kenya and overnight at Mountain Lodge which overlooks a waterhole where forest game comes to drink.

Day 4 – Lake Nakuru/Rift Valley Lakes
Drive to Lake Nakuru in the Rift Valley, famous for the millions of pink flamingos which cover its surface. Afternoon game drive in the park. Overnight near Lake Nakuru or Lake Naivasha.

Days 5/6 – Masai Mara National Reserve
Early departure for the drive to the grasslands of Masai Mara National Reserve. The park is famous for its plains game, and its predators: black-maned lion, cheetah and hyena.

Days 7/8 – Serengeti National Park
Fly to Migori airstrip, drive to Tarime and then fly in to the Serengeti. Drive to your lodge or camp, gameviewing as you go. The Serengeti is famous for its millions of wildebeest and zebra, as well as big cats. Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives. BLD

Days 9/10 – Ngorongoro Crater
Visit Olduvai Gorge, a famous archaeological site en route to the stunning Ngorongoro Crater. Check-in to your lodge on the crater rim. Next day take a morning half day game drive with picnic lunch on to the floor of the crater. Over 25,000 animals live in this extinct volcano.

Day 11 – Lake Manyara National Park
Drive past coffee farms and descend the steep Rift Valley Escarpment to Lake Manyara. Enjoy a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park.

Day 12 – Tour ends Arusha
Drive to the town of Arusha, where the tour ends.

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Kenya Overview

Why Kenya: Since the early 19th century Kenya has captivated visitors with its astounding quantity and diversity of wildlife as well as with its majestic scenery. The country has well-established tourist infrastructure and a good standard of accommodation.

Game Viewing: Excellent game-viewing year round. Jul-Sep is popular when the wildebeest migration is in the Masai Mara.

Culture: Maasai and Samburu pastoralists who continue their traditional way of life.

Climate: Temperate climate (22°- 25°C) due to high altitude but hot in low-lying areas like the Rift Valley (30°- 35°C). Hot and humid along the coast. “Long rains” take place in Apr/May, whilst “short rains” occur in mid-Oct to mid-Dec.

Combine With: Tanzania, which is situated on Kenya’s southern border and is easily reached by road or air from Nairobi. Mt Kilimanjaro straddles the two countries and Kenya’s Masai Mara is part of Tanzania’s Serengeti ecosystem, the arena for the wildebeest migration.

Getting There: The gateway to Kenya is Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Nairobi is linked by daily air services from Australia via the UAE or Qatar in the Middle East or via Johannesburg in South Africa.

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