13 Days Kenya - Tanzania Great Trek

KETZSP003 : The Great Trek 13 days Kenya and Tanzania Safari

Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi - Samburu. Head north to the dramatic semi-arid scrubland of the Northern Frontier. After lunch, an afternoon game drive to sight resident wildlife species like the Reticulated Giraffe, Grevy's Zebra, Beisa The Samburu Reticulated GiraffeOryx and the blue-necked Somali Ostrich that are rare elsewhere in the country. Dinner and the night will be spent along the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River at the luxurious Samburu lodges.

Day 2: Samburu. Further exploration of this fascinating reserve awaits you. Early morning and afternoon game drives give a chance to explore some of the world's most spectacular and exciting terrain. Overnight and meals at the lodge.

Day 3: Samburu - Tree Lodge. After breakfast, depart for Aberdares Country Club or OutSpan Hotel. The main house, a romantic stone building with red tiled roof was built in 1937 by the Lyon family from England. During the Second World War this house was known to have hosted some pretty wild parties. Lunch at the Club followed by transfer to The Ark or Tree Tops at 1430 hrs with small overnight baggage. The unique architecture of The Ark with numerous viewing decks balconies and lounges over the waterhole allow for the pleasure of all night game viewing. Dinner and overnight at the Ark or Tree Tops Lodges.

Day 4: Tree Lodge - Lake Nakuru. Morning transfer to Aberdares Country Club for onward journey to Nakuru. Arrive in time for lunch. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park. The park provides a sanctuary for the rhino. Lake Nakuru has always been considered a flamingo lake par excellence... Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Day 5: Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara. After breakfast, drive towards Masai Mara - the land of vast migrating herds. Arrive in time for lunch. In the afternoon, embark on a game drive to get a closer look at the Mara. Return to an archetypal Mara Lodge / tented camp for sundowners, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6: Masai Mara. Early morning and afternoon game drives to absorb the enormity of the Mara. In this country of breathtaking vistas, view its vast assemblages of plains game together with their associated predators: Buffalo, Black Rhino, Hippopotamus, Leopard, Cheetah, Common Zebra, Coke's Hartebeest, White bearded Gnu, Oribi, Warthog, and Thompson's and Grant's Gazelles. All meals and overnight stay at the Lodge.

Day 7: Masai Mara - Nairobi - Arusha. Return to Nairobi and then head for Arusha, the base for safaris in the northern circuit of Tanzania. It is a quaint town located at the base of Mt Meru and in Tanzania's vast coffee growing highlands. Dinner and overnight at a lodge here.

Day 8: Arusha - Lake Manyara. Drive towards Lake Manyara National Park to see the tree-climbing lions. Arrive in time for lunch. Lake Manyara National Park is situated spectacularly between the Great Rift Valley Escarpment and Lake Manyara. During a game drive animals such as Lion cubs by the river side of the EEwaso Nyiro elephants and hippo can be seen. Bird life, both resident and migratory, is prominent in the Park. At certain times of the year the lake is home to thousands of flamingoes. Dinner and overnight at a lodge situated in the Park.

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Arusha - Tarangire. A safari briefing at breakfast prepares you for an exciting adventure. Depart for Tarangire national park, named after the river that flows through the length of the park and provides a constant water source for the thousands of animals making their home here. Tarangire is most spectacular during the dry season when thousands of animals migrate into the park from the surrounding dry Maasai steppe, to use the permanent water supply of the Tarangire river. You can see herds of elephants, numbering over a hundred. Lunch at the camp/picnic lunch and enjoy afternoon game viewing drives. Dinner and overnight at the Tarangire/Kigongoni/ Zion Campsite campsite.

Day 9: Lake Manyara - Serengeti. After breakfast, drive to the Serengeti Plains, the most famous of Tanzania's National Parks. It is most well-known for the annual migration which takes place across the great savannah plains. It is a phenomenal sight, thousands and thousands of wildebeest as far as the eye can see. Arrive at a luxurious lodge in time for lunch. An early evening game drive and then return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 10: Serengeti. Two game drives to enjoy Serengeti. Look out for the leopard along the riverine forest and witness the vast herds of plain animals. Lion and cheetah may also be spotted lurking around the many kopjes' in the area. Meals and overnight stay at the luxurious Serengeti lodge.

Day 11: Serengeti - Olduvai/Ngorongoro. After breakfast, drive towards Ngorongoro. Enroute stop at the archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge - "the Cradle of Mankind". Here, Mary and Louis Leakey found fossilized remains of man's oldest ancestors. Additionally, fossil remains of 35 humans and 150 species of mammals were found from here. Proceed towards Ngorongoro. Arrive at a strategically located lodge, on the rim of the crater with magnificent views for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 12: Ngorongoro. With picnic lunch on board, descend 610m into the crater floor, from a height of 2,286m for a complete day of game viewing. Ngorongoro was declared a World Heritage site in 1978 in recognition of its beauty and importance. The crater has an area of 265 sq. km. All of the big game: lions, rhino, elephants can be seen here. Return to the strategically located lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 13: Ngorongoro - Arusha - Nairobi.
After breakfast, return to Arusha for lunch and then back to Nairobi.

Safari Inclusive:

Free airport transfers in Nairobi
Transport while on safari - with open roof safari van
All park entrance fees and government levies
Full board accommodation in campsites/lodges -double room sharing
3 Meals per day while on safari- vegetarian & non vegetarian
English speaking professional driver guides
Bottled mineral water - 1 litre per person per day

Exclusive / Extras:

Expenses of personal a nature,
Sodas and alcoholic drinks
Laundry services, sleeping bags
Gratuities/tips
Optional travel insurance
Entry visa,
Health requirements (you are entering a Malaria area).
Also excluded is accommodation in Nairobi - can be arranged on request.