Safari paradise East Africa – Tanzania & Kenya

15 days Fixed Departure Safari through North Tanzania and Kenya. HighlightsItinerary

Safari Highlights

This safari kicks off with a coffee tour before heading towards Lake Manyara NP, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire NP for exciting game drives in Tanzania’s most famous national parks. To crown it, the safari hops across the border into Kenya where you will take a walk on the wild side in Hell’s Gate NP, enjoy a boat trip on Lake Naivasha before heading north towards Lake Nakuru NP, Samburu Game Reserve and the mystical Mt. Kenya.

  • 14 overnight stays in lodges and tented camps
  • guaranteed departure from 2 persons only
  • small group up to max. 7 persons
  • attractive weekend dates: Sunday – Sunday, from/to Kilimanjaro Airport
  • 4x4 safari vehicle (Toyota Land Cruiser or similar) with window seat guarantee in Tanzania and Safari-Minibus in Kenya
  • Safari may be combined with Kilimanjaro or Mt Meru climb, safari in South or West Tanzania or, a beach extension

Join this safari

Duration: 15 days

Starts from: Kilimanjaro Airport

Ends at: Nairobi Airport

Tour code: FDSTZK

Price: from 3790 EUR per person

Our day-to-day itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival

Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfer to Lodge.

Accommodation: African View Lodge or similar. (-/-/D)

Day 2: Coffee walk

The slopes of Mt. Meru are home to some of East Africa’s finest plantations of Arabica coffee – one of Tanzania’s major exports. 95% of these aromatic beans are grown on local smallholder farms. During your “coffee safari” you will experience the daily life of the Meru farmers in the area and learn a lot of interesting details about coffee growing, harvesting and processing. On your way towards Usa River, you will pass a beautiful forest reserve, where you may have the chance to watch the impressive Black & White Colobus monkeys and shy Sykes monkeys.

Accommodation: African View Lodge or similar. (B/L/D)

Day 3: Lake Manyara NP

Game drive in Lake Manyara NP – situated on the floor of the East African Great Rift Valley between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands. The northern part of the park is dense forest which then changes into savanna the more south one goes. In this park you are most likely to see elephant, buffalo, giraffe, large troupes of baboons, impala antelope and sometimes even lions which have developed an unusual habit of resting in trees. Many flamingos find their food on the banks of the shallow soda lake. Herds of hippos try to protect themselves in the water against the heat of the sun. The game drive ends shortly before sunset. Via steep serpen­tine roads, your vehicle will take you up into the Crater Highlands with some breathtaking views back down to the lake and the park.

Accommodation in Karatu: Endoro Lodge or similar. (B/L/D)

Day 4 and 5: Serengeti NP

Driving across the Ngorongoro Conservation Area you will proceed on towards Serengeti NP. The road winds through impressive mountain forest, along the rim of Ngorongoro Crater before descending onto the short grassy plains of the Serengeti. On the way, you will enjoy fantastic, scenic views of the caldera of Ngorongoro, extinct volcanoes and the vast plains which are only interrupted by “kopjes” – “heads”, (name given to these granite rocks which have been polished by erosion to roundish forms).
Serengeti is a paradise for grazers. Hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, and other animals such as zebra and Thomson’s  gazelle, are roaming through this unique ecosystem on their ­annual migration, always followed by lions and hyenas hunting for prey.

Whilst on a game drive in Serengeti NP, you are most likely to spot elephant, buffalo, giraffe, ostrich and many other different species of fauna. If you are lucky, you may even come across a cheetah or even a leopard which is resting in a tree during the day. Crocodiles and hippos can be found in or at the rivers.

Accommodation: 2x Serengeti View Camp or similar Tented Camp or Lodge. (B/L/D)

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater

Morning game drive in Serengeti on the way to Ngorongoro ­Crater. Afternoon game drive inside the Crater which has been labelled a “Garden of Eden” and, since 1978, is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Here you have a good chance to see all of the “Big 5”.

Apart from elephant, buffalo, leopard and many lions there are also more than 20 rhino which inhabit the crater, sharing the only 260 km² wide area with countless wildebeest, antelope, zebra and almost nearly every other species prevailing in the East African fauna.

Accommodation in Karatu: Endoro Lodge or similar. (B/L/D)

Day 7: Tarangire NP

Game drive in Tarangire NP where huge baobab trees provide a spectacular background for your final safari chapter. The Tarangire River and the swamps in the southern part of the park attract plenty of game, especially during the dry season. Tarangire is particularly famous for its large herds of elephants which carry impressive tusks. After lunch in the afternoon you proceed with the return drive back to Arusha.

Accommodation: African View Lodge or similar. (B/L/D)

Day 8: Nairobi

Transfer with shuttle bus from Arusha to Nairobi (this is a coaster bus which caters for trans-border-crossing tourists and takes approx. 5 – 6 hours).

Optional: flight and airport transfers are possible at an extra cost.

Accommodation: Osoita Lodge or similar. (B/-/D)

Day 9: Hell’s Gate NP & Lake Naivasha

Drive to Hell’s Gate National Park, one of the few parks in Kenya allowing visitors to explore by foot. The main walking track leads through Njorowa Gorge whose sheer columnar basaltic cliffs are home to numerous bubbling hot springs. A large variety of predatory birds as well as giraffe, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, ostriches and several different types of gazelle and antelope are also found in this park. Inbetween the rocks at Fisher’s Tower, families of rock hyraxes can be observed which remind us of the Alpine marmots who, strangely enough, are biologically related to the elephant!

After the walk, transfer to Lake Naivasha, one of the lakes strung along the floor of the East African Rift Valley like a string of pearls. During the drive to the lake short stops can be made along the way at one of the several viewpoints to admire the breathtaking views across the Valley. Lake Naivasha’s shoreline is alive with a myriad of water birds and pods of hippos wallowing in the shallow waters. Afternoon boat trip on the lake.

Accommodation: Lake Naivasha Country Club or similar. (B/L/D)

Day 10: Lake Nakuru NP

After breakfast, drive to Lake Nakuru National Park. This lake, also lying on the floor of the Rift Valley, is famous for its flocks of thousands of flamingos who populate the shores of this soda lake in the search for food. A game drive in this park offers the visitor the chance to spot the rare Rothschild giraffe as well as the shy leopard. Lake Nakuru National Park is also home to both types of rhino – the black and white rhino.

Accommodation: Lake Nakuru Lodge or similar. (B/L/D)

Day 11 and 12: Samburu National Reserve

After breakfast, transfer from Lake Nakuru to Samburu National Reserve. Along the way a short stop can be made to view the Thompson Waterfalls. This reserve, along with Buffalo Springs National Reserve, sits astride the Ewaso Ngiro River (a Samburu word meaning ‘river of brown water‘) and is dominated by the impressive sheer-walled Ol Lolokwe and the rocky hills of Koitogor and Lolkoitoi. The river, bordered by a green ribbon of riverine forest made up mostly of tamarind trees, doum palms, Tana river poplars, and the Acacia elatior, is the lifeblood of this dry, arid region. The reserve is home to seldom seen animals like the Reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, Beisa Oryx and Grevy’s zebra. Elephant, different types of antelope and the big cats are also present in this reserve whose rocky hillsides and rolling plains of volcanic soils differentiate it from the parks in the south.

Accommodation: 2x Samburu Sopa Lodge or similar. (B/L/D)

Day 13: Mount Kenya

Transfer to Kenya’s Central Highlands on whose plateau the mighty Mt. Kenya (5199 m), sitting astride the equator, rises up and majestically dominates the surrounding landscape. Africa’s second highest mountain offers passionate climbers and ramblers spectacular scenery as well as a wide variety of vegetation and an impressive animal kingdom; this area has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today you will discover the diverse beauty of this mountain whilst undertaking a nature walk along the foothills of Mt. Kenya.

Accommodation: Serena Mountain Lodge or similar (B/L/D)

Day 14: Nairobi

The morning can be spent enjoying the game viewing around the waterhole of the lodge. Elephants, buffalo, waterbuck and many other different animals from the surrounding montane forests can be seen gathering here to drink at the hole. After lunch, transfer to hotel in Nairobi.

Accommodation: Osoita Lodge or similar (B/-/D)

Day 15: Departure

Transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi (NBO). (B/-/-)

Requirements

Team spirit and the willingness to forgo comfort during long drives in non-acclimatized safari cars on badly-maintained roads and tracks is necessary. The coffee tour and nature walks require a level of general fitness. In Hell’s Gate NP gorge, sure-footedness, a good fitness level, and the ability to cope with a bit of scrambling are a plus (only a short, steep section needs assistance with two hands). It is not absolutely necessary to participate in this specific walks.

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Number of people Adults (≥ 16 yrs) / Children (13-15 yrs) / Children (≤ 12 yrs)
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