Masai Mara and Serengeti parks safari is the perfect combination safari, a luxury safari that gives you the best of both Masai Mara and Serengeti
- Mara is the territory of the BBC’s ‘Big Cat Diary’
- Experience spectacular Great Migration viewing and river crossings
- The world famous Ngorongoro crater
- The vast expanse of the Serengeti plains
- Explore some of the best national parks on the continent by vehicle
- cultural & community visits all on offer for a varied and exciting experience
This safari departure from Nairobi will depend on your flight arrival time into Jomo Kenyatta international airport in Nairobi. We have flights twice a day into the masai mara and therefore depending on your flight arrangements you can either fly into the Masai mara in the morning or afternoon. Alternatively, if you are on a late flight then an overnight in one the Nairobi Hotels is recommended.
- Arrival & Departure airport transfers
- Flight from Masai mara to Serengeti
- Accommodation per itinerary or similar
- Full board accommodation during safari
- Services of an English-speaking driver/guide
- National park & game reserve entrance fees as per itinerary
- Cultural visit to masai village in Ngorongoro conservation area
- Transportation by 4x4 landcruiser
- Visas and related costs
- Personal Border Taxes
- Drinks, tips, laundry, telephone calls and other items of a personal nature
- International flights into Kenya and out of Tanzania, arrival and departure taxes
- Meals not listed on the itinerary
- Travel and personal accident insurance
On arrival in Nairobi, after you done with immigration and paperwork. We will begin your first day of safari. Transfer to the domestic airport (Wilson airport) and board a light aircraft for your flight to the Musiara airstrip in the Maasai Mara. The flight departs Wilson airport at 10.00am in the morning and 14.45hrs in the afternoon.
Flying time into the masai mara is one hour from Nairobi. This exceptionally wildlife-rich corner of the Mara and home to the Governors’ camps. Nestled in the forest by the Mara River banks, Governors’ Main Camp’s setting was once reserved exclusively for Kenya’s colonial governors. Today, it is the largest and most popular of the three Governors’ Mara camps, yet still has only 37 tents to ensure a welcoming atmosphere. And it’s unfenced, so grazing animals often pass through – even at mealtimes.
On arrival into the masai mara the camp driver/guide will meet you at the airstrip and start a mini game drive as you head towards the camp. Lunch will be served then you will head to your tent for a short nap or simply sit on the deck as you view the wildlife walking by. Some lie secluded along the riverbank, while others sit out in the open with views of the rolling plains.
Afternoon game viewings drives follow from 16;00hrs until sunset. You will then head back to the camp for dinner and overnight.
Overnight at Governors Camp
This morning you can either opt for a game drive OR there’s the opportunity for a hot-air balloon ride over the plains at sunrise. Morning drives begin at 06.00am until 08.00am breakfast is served. More game viewing drives follow throughout the day with a break for lunch. The evenings camp be spend hanging out by the camp fire swapping stories of the days sightings.
Overnight at Governors’ Main Camp.
After breakfast you’ll head back to the Musiara airstrip and fly to Migori. Here you’ll travel overland across the border to Tarime airstrip in Tanzania and board another short flight to the Seronera airstrip in the central Serengeti. The whole journey from the Maasai Mara to the Serengeti takes just two hours, and there’s no overnight city stay required in Nairobi or Arusha in between. Travel on to the Serengeti Tortilis camp with picnic lunch boxes, and then set off for an afternoon game drive where you can hope to spot more big cats as well as the Big Five. Return to the Serengeti Tortilis Camp for the night. This unique small camp is in the heart of central Serengeti set amongst the trees in tune with nature.
Serengeti Tortlis Camp
Early morning breakfast then leave the camp with picnic lunch boxes and venture out into the heart of Serengeti’s open savannah. Return to the camp just before sunset for a refreshing hot bath and sumptuous dinner.
Overnight Tortilis Serengeti Camp.
Set off for Ngorongoro, stopping en route to visit a masai village living within the conservation area. Learn about their lifestyle and how tourism impacts on the general wellbeing of the masai community. Picnic lunch along the way, continue onwards to the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. This is a lodge located on the rim of the crater and enjoys spectacular sunsets. Approx. journey time: 4½ hours.
Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.
Early breakfast then with your picnic lunch boxes descend into the Ngorongoro crater. Discover the diverse areas of forest, swamplands, lakes and open grasslands in this volcanic caldera that’s home to the densest concentration of wildlife in Africa. There’s good game viewing year-round, as most animals do not leave the crater. You might also spot Maasai tribesmen guiding their cattle down the steep crater walls to graze. Picnic lunch inside the crater. Ascend at around 3.00pm and to drive onwards to the Ngorongoro Highlands.
Overnight at Gibbs Farm.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at Gibb’s Farm in Karatu in the heart of the highlands. After the last few days of intense adventure, this day will be a bit relaxing more into nature. The Gibbs farm dates back to 1929 and is surrounded by floral gardens, coffee plantations and wheat plains. A farmhouse walk with a Maasai guide will introduce you to the medicinal plants of the region. After lunch, drive down a spectacular escarpment with distant views of Lake Manyara on your way to Manyara. Bicycle tour with Lake Manyara park and a visit at Mto wa mbu village. If you are not up to cycling then an afternoon game drive within the park will suffice. Approx. journey time: 1 hour.
Overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge.
Depart for Tarangire after breakfast, this is an hour’s drive to the gate entrance. Game drives in Tarangire will give you the opportunity to spot huge herds of elephant, giraffe, gerenuk, lions and leopards. The park is known as a haven for Elephants. Return thereafter to the camp for overnight
Tarangire Maramboi camp
After breakfast, pass through the Maasai Steppe on your way back to Arusha, where you’ll have lunch. Approx. journey time: 2½ hours. Then transfer to the Kilimanjaro international airport for your return flight to your home country. Or connect to your flight in Nairobi.