Watch the ultimate wildlife show right in front of your eyes in full HD
~$4500, 10 days
The amount stated here is an appoximate estimate for a comfortable trip with midrange accomodation, resturants and a few additional activities. This budget can be customised to meet your needs.
This is a relatively comfortable pace to see East Africa, where distances are huge between destinations and much time is spent on travelling. You can pick the dates and customise the pace of your tour, its your holiday after all. This travel itinerary features Kenya destinations as well as Tanzania attractions.
Day 1: Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam means ‘harbour of peace’ in Arabic, it is the biggest city in Tanzania. The main streets of Dar as Salaam is rich in history and there are various museums to be visited like the Village Museum and the National Museum. Visit the colourful markets and do some shopping, if not head to the white sands of South Beach situated on the Kigamboni Peninsula, which is only a short ferry ride away.
Day 2-4: Zanzibar
Zanzibar is made up of several small islands, forming an archipelago. The island is home to diverse cultures, with influences from Africa, the Arab and Portuguese. Enjoy the beautiful, pristine beaches of Zanzibar, go snorkelling, diving or swim with dolphins. Visit Stone Town and it’s ancient buildings, evidence of a thriving historical world.
Day 5: Lushoto
Lushoto is in the Usambara Mountains, halfway between the coast and the parks. We stop here to break the journey to Arusha, the gateway to the Serengeti.
Day 6: Arusha
Arusha is surrounded by East Africa’s most famous national parks. Situated below Mount Meru on the east of the Great Rift Valley, Arusha is close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro and Arusha National Park. Not to be missed in this town is a visit the local Masai Mara Museum, where you can learn about the Masai warriors and their semi-nomadic lifestyle.
Day 7-8: Serengeti
The Serengeti has one of the densest animal populations in Africa living in its never-ending rolling plains. This national park is also the most photographed and filmed game reserves in Africa, often appearing in National Geographic documentaries. It is essential to go on an open-topped 4×4 safari game drive. You can also choose to go on a hot air balloon over Serengeti National Park. Serengeti is home to the famous wildlife migration, where 1.5 million wildebeest and 250 000 zebras migrate from one side of the park to another in search of fresh grazing. The scale of which is a true sight to behold, a spectacle of nature where predator prey on the migrating animals.
Day 9: Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Conservation Area is home to some of the oldest hominid remains and artefacts found on earth, dating back to early human evolution. The bottom of the crater is home to the highest density of lions in the world, so there is a good chance of seeing them. Also, the crater has herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalos and gazelles.
Day 10: Arusha
Day 11: Nairobi
Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya and one of the fastest growing cities in Africa. The city’s buildings and hotels have traces of colonialism and age-old architecture. It is also surrounded by around a hundred kilometres square of plains, cliffs and forests that comprises the city’s Nairobi National Park. There’s a lot to do during the day and the night in Nairobi – go on a safari, enjoy the restaurants, culture, shopping and entertainment. Don’t forget to visit the Maasai market and buy curios for yourself and friends.
Day 12: Masai Mara National Reserve
The Masai Mara Reserve is a continuation of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, over the border, it is an area of spectacular game viewing. Tours to the Masai Mara cannot pass into the Serengeti in Tanzania, but the animals can freely pass between the countries. The reserve is home to the big five as well as all major African cats – it was here where the hit BBC documentary Big Cat Diaries was filmed. The Masai Mara tribe has been in the region of the Masai Mara Reserve for centuries, living on the plains to feed their livestock, hunt and make homes. Here you will have the opportunity to meet the Masai and visit their villages.
Day 13: Lake Naivasha
Lake Naivasha is a beautiful freshwater lake former home of Joy Adamsson, best known for her novel, Born Free. It is home to over 400 different bird species. Hike in the area and go game and bird watching from a bicycle.
Day 14: Lake Nakuru, Hell’s Gate National Park
Beautiful Lake Nakuru is found in the Great Rift Valley and surrounding the lake is Hell’s Gate National Park. There are over 100 species of birds in the park including vultures, and Verreaux’s Eagles. There are hundreds of pink flamingos that famously line its algae-rich shores, a sight to behold. White and black rhinos, zebra, eland, hartebeest, gazelles are also inhabit the transitional savannah.