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Tanzania Safari and Zanzibar Holidays All Inclusive Serengeti Tours

Masai Mara, Kenya to Serengeti, Tanzania (guided)


KPT12N
11 NIGHTS
FROM £4,595
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Private Safari Kenya Tanzania Driver Guide Masai Mara Serengeti Birding

This private safari tour combines the birds & wildlife of both Kenya & Tanzania, travelling with your own driver guide. Explore Lake Nakuru & the famous Masai Mara, before crossing the border to the vast Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater & Tarangire - Ideal for birding, photography & special interests. English speaking guide, all game drives, park fees & transfers included.

Private Safari Kenya Tanzania Driver Guide Masai Mara Serengeti Birding
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Kenya & Tanzania
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Private Safari
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Lake Nakuru
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Masa Mara
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Big Five Game Drives
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Birding
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Serengeti
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Ngorongoro Crater
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Tarangire
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Driver Guide
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Kenya & Tanzania
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Private Safari
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Lake Nakuru
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Masa Mara
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Big Five Game Drives
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Birding
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Serengeti
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Ngorongoro Crater
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Tarangire
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Driver Guide
Day 1
You will be met at Nairobi Airport by your guide and transferred 4-hours to Lake Nakuru in the heart of the Great Rift Valley, travelling in a safari jeep (with pop-up roof for game viewing).
 
A soda lake on the floor of the Rift Valley, at certain times of the year Lake Nakuru National Park is home to huge throngs of pelicans and over 400 different bird species, including the Greater (white) and Lesser (pink) flamingo. The lake is also a haven for certain endangered species including the Rothschild giraffe and black and white rhino. On arrival enjoy a game drive around the lake, before checking into your lodge.
Day 2
Today enjoy morning and afternoon game drives with your guide, exploring the wildlife of beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park.
 
In addition to its significant population of rhino and giraffe that are attracted to its salt waters, Lake Nakuru offers sanctuary to a wide variety of other wildlife - including herds of buffalo, lions, zebra, giraffe, monkeys, baboons, Thomson’s gazelle, Grant's gazelle, impala, eland, ostrich and more.
 
Many resident and migrant birds wade in its shallow salt waters - including Lesser and Greater flamingos, Great white pelicans, Marabou storks, Grey-headed gulls, Garganey and Northern shovelers and a variety of egrets, plovers and terns. In the surrounding trees you can hope to see a Chin-spot batis, Green-backed camaroptera, Yellow-breasted apalis, Northern puffback, Buff-bellied warbler and many others. Occasionally birds of prey can also be seen.
Day 3
A full day on the road today as we travel 6.5-hours from Lake Nakuru to the Masai Mara National Park, named after the Maasai people and the Mara River which divides the park.
 
We drive past Maai Mahiu and down to the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley, keeping an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle. From Narok, the district headquarters of this part of Maasailand, we traverse the "breadbasket" of Kenya, where acres of wheat and barley cover the landscape, as we travel towards the Masai Mara.
 
Masai Mara National Park is famous for its exceptional population of game and the annual migration of zebra and wildebeest from the adjoining Serengeti National Park. This phenomenon occurs every year from July to October, when game migrates along a circular route from the plains of the Serengeti to the Masai Mara and back again in search of fresh pastures, followed by hungry predators - most notably lions and hyena. Check into your lodge and in the afternoon enjoy a game drive in this magnificent wildlife sanctuary.
Day 4
Today is dedicated to game viewing on the open plains of the world famous Masai Mara National Park, with your driver/guide.
 
We set off early each morning, when game viewing conditions are at their best, to view the abundant wildlife of this region. Return to the lodge to rest in the heat of the day, before setting off again in the late afternoon for another game drive.
 
Nestled within the enormous Great Rift Valley, the Masai Mara is famous for its many prides of lions, packs of hyena and other predators - as well as huge herds of wildebeest, which number over one million, zebra and giraffe. All the Big Five can be seen here, as well as numerous other species including the Thomson's gazelle, topi, kongoni, impala, roan antelope and hippo. The nocturnal bat-eared fox, rarely found elsewhere in Kenya, also inhabits this park as well as the endangered cheetah and black rhino.
 
Bird watching is also excellent with over 450 different species. These include the Marabou stork, Secretary bird, Crowned crane, Ostrich, African pygmy falcon, Brown snake eagle, Black-chested snake eagle, Bateleur, Martial eagle, African paradise flycatcher, Red-fronted & White-headed barbet, Black-faced go-away bird, Woodland kingfisher, Violet-backed starling, Black cuckoo-shrike and various species of larks, cisticolas, vultures, hornbills and so much more.
Day 5
Today we spend the full day game viewing, as we drive across the great Masai Mara National Reserve to our next lodge situated outside the western gate, with boxed picnic lunch included.
  
After crossing these vast plains with their abundant wildlife, we drive along the Mara River and up the Olololo Escarpment, with wonderful views over the Mara Plains towards the Serengeti.
Day 6
After an early breakfast, a full day on the road today as we leave the Masai Mara and drive 4.5-hours along a bumpy road to the Tanzania border. After completing immigration formalities at Isebania, you will change your vehicle and meet your new driver/guide, before travelling on to your safari lodge in the great Serengeti (meaning 'Endless Plains').
 
Serengeti National Park is a World Heritage site that hosts the largest overland wildlife migration in the world. Each October over two million wildebeest, accompanied by huge herds of zebra and gazelle, travel over 500 miles as they journey southwards from the open plains of the Masai Mara in Kenya and across the hills of the eastern Serengeti to graze on the rich grasses of the southern Ndutu plains. Here calving occurs between January and March, when over a period of a few short weeks they all give birth simultaneously to over 500,000 young - a truly spectacular sight. Depending upon the rains, around April the great migration starts once again, as these animals move northwards crossing the treacherous Grumeti River in the western corridor and the Mara River in search of sweet new grasses once again.
 
Note: In the high season, you will stay at a lodge in the northern Serengeti, but in the low season all seasonal camps are closed, so you will need to travel another 4.5-hours to the central Seronera region. Alternatively you can fly from the Masai Mara to the Serengeti in a light aircraft (15 kg baggage restriction - soft bags only).
Day 7
Today is devoted to game viewing in the famous Serengeti National Park and adjacent concessions - one of the greatest wildlife conservation areas in the world.
 
At over 12,000 square mile (30,000 sq km), this vast game park is the size of Belgium and 20 times larger than the neighbouring Masa Mara reserve in Kenya, which it adjoins to form an enormous wilderness area through which animals can freely migrate, unrestriced by any fences. Lying between Lake Victoria to the west, Lake Eyasi to the south, the Great Rift Valley to the east and the Masai Mara to the north, the landscape of the Serengeti varies enormously - from the endless open grassy plains of the south, to savanna with scattered acacia trees in the centre, hilly wooded grasslands to the north and dense woodlands and clay pans to the west. All of this is interspersed with many small rivers, lakes and wetlands.
 
With more than 70 large mammals and over 500 other animal species, including great herds of wildebeest and zebra and the largest number of lions in Africa, outstanding game viewing is guaranteed on a scale only seen in East Africa. All the Big Five can be found here - elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard - as well as cheetah, hyena, giraffe, Thomson's gazelle, Grant's gazelle, waterbuck, porcupine, jackal, serval, ostrich, eland, impala, did-dik, Bohor reedbuck, hartebeest, hyrax, wild dog, hippo, crocodiles, dwarf mongoose and so much more. As predators are most active in the early morning and late afternoon, this is when game viewing is usually the most rewarding.
 
Bird watching is also outstanding, with over 600 different recorded species. You can hope to see the Kori bustard which is the largest flying bird in Africa, the majestic Secretary bird, Maribou stork, Southern ground hornbill, White-headed vulture, African hoopoe, Fischer's lovebird, Grey-breasted spurfowl, Rufous-tailed weaver, as well as many different bee-eaters, owls, swallows, chats, cuckoos, eagles, kestrels, falcons and other raptors.
Day 8
Today we drive to Olduvai Gorge where Louis and Mary Leakey famously discovered the remains of early man, with more amazing game viewing along the way (and picnic lunch included).
 
We continue to the famous Ngorongoro Crater. Stretching across 8,300 sq km, the high altitude Ngorongoro Conservation Area boasts a dramatic variety of volcanic landscapes, wildlife, people and archaeology. Its grasslands, waterfalls and mountain forests are home to an abundance of animals and also to the Masai people, and has been declared a World Heritage site. Check into your lodge and enjoy the beauty of this area.
Day 9
This morning enjoy a half day tour into the basin of the Ngorongoro Crater, with game viewing and a picnic lunch on the crater floor.
 
The Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest intact caldera, forming a spectacular bowl of about 265 square kilometres with sides up to 2,000 feet (600m) deep. Although some animals do move in and out of this contained environment, the rich volcanic soil, lush forests and spring lakes on the crater floor attract grazers and predators all year round, with up to 30,000 animals living in the crater - the highest density of big game found anywhere in Africa.
 
Prides of lions, endangered black rhino, hyena, buffalo, golden jackal, bat-eared jackal, black-backed jackal, wildebeest, Thomson's gazelle. Grant's gazelle, zebra and many other animals can be found on the open savanna whilst elephants, monkeys, leopards and olive baboons live in the forests around the edge of the crater. You may see hippos and flamingos on Lake Masek and the abundant birdlife including the Kori bustard, Grey-crowned crane, Hamerkop,  Marabou stork, Ostrich, Splendid starling, Eqyptian goose and various lapwing. Cheetah also live on these open plains, but are difficult to spot due to their excellent camouflage. There are no giraffe in the crater, because there are no trees for grazing (only grasslands).
 
On the way back to our lodge, we visit a Maasai Village to learn more about the culture and traditions of these colourful people.
Day 10
This morning we travel 3.5-hours from Ngorongoro to Tarangire National Park.
 
Along the way we visit forested Lake Manyara National Park, which has a large population of vervet and blue monkeys, as well as olive baboons. Bird watching is a key activity (rather than searching for large mammals) as the vegetation is very dense, although giraffe, elephant, impala, dik dik and the rare tree-climbing lion can be found here. The park has large baobab trees, Greater (white) and Lesser (pink) flamingos and pods of hippo that congregate where rivers run into the lake.
 
Afterwards we continue to Tarangire. One of the least visited of Tanzania's northern game parks, this wonderful wildlife reserve is renowned for its huge herds of elephants and giant baobab trees. Check into your lodge and enjoy the amazing spectacle of an East African sunset.
Day 11
Today enjoy game drives in the scenic Tarangire National Park, a huge wildlife conservation area of over 1,000 square miles (2,800 sq. km) which is known for its walking safaris.
 
The dense bush and hilly terrain is dominated by the perennial Tarangire River, which attracts large numbers of migrating animals during the dry months, especially between June and November. This park is home to the largest concentration of elephants in the country as well as large herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland. You can also hope to see giraffe, ostrich, warthog, oryx, kudu, waterbuck, baboons, vervet monkeys, terrapins, hippo (in the south of the park) and much more. Birdlife is also abundant, with over 550 different recorded species including the hoopoe and white-backed vulture.
 
If arranged in advance there is the option of a walking safari, exploring the park on foot accompanied by an armed ranger. Lodges located inside the park also offer night drives, searching for nocturnal animals by spotlight.
Day 12
Transfer 2.5-hours from Tarangire to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight home.
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