Day 1: To begin your Kenya and Tanzania safari by air safari program we will fly you into Nairobi airport, depending on your arrival time into Kenya you can either spend a night or depart immediately for safari, we recommend an overnight stay in Nairobi incase of light delays
Day 2: Nairobi to Maasai Mara On arrival in Nairobi you’ll waste no time in heading straight out on safari. Transfer to the domestic airport (Wilson airport) and board a light aircraft for your flight to the Musiara airstrip in the Maasai Mara. This exceptionally wildlife-rich corner of the Mara is the territory of the BBC’s ‘Big Cat Diary’ and home to the authentic 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. You’ll spend some unforgettable days heading out on game drives here, and memorable nights under canvas. On going to bed you’ll find a hot water bottle waiting for you, and each morning before your first game drive there’ll be a welcome hot drink brought to your tent to ease you into the day. The classic safari tents all have double or twin beds and an en-suite bathroom area divided by a canvas wall, complete with a hot shower. Each tent also has electric lamps, charge points for cameras and phones, and a deck for wildlife viewing. Some lie secluded along the riverbank, while others sit out in the open with views of the rolling plains. For families, there are family tents sleeping two adults and two children.
Overnight Governors camp – Main
Day 3: Maasai Mara 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, this is also included on this Trip. This is our most highly recommended activity in the Mara, and after landing in the bush your guides will set up a breakfast feast complete with Champagne. Then head out on game drives in the Mara, discovering about the lives of its resident big cats and other wildlife.
Overnight at Governors camp – Main
Day 4: Maasai Mara to Serengeti 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
Day 5: Serengeti Venture out on morning and afternoon game drives on the Serengeti’s open savannah. Stay: Tortilis Serengeti Camp.
Day 6: Serengeti to Ngorongoro Set off for Ngorongoro, stopping en route to visit Olduvai Gorge – a rich archaeological site where evidence of the first signs of human life was found. After a picnic lunch, continue on 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. Stay: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.
Day 7: Ngorongoro Wake early for a morning game viewing drives down into the 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 to drive onwards to the Ngorongoro Highlands.
Overnigh at Gibbs Farm.
Day 8: Ngorongoro to Lake Manyara Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before driving on to Gibb’s Farm in Karatu in the heart of the highlands. This working 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.
Day 9: Lake Manyara to Tarangire park Depart for Tarangire after breakfast, this is an hours 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
Day 10: Tarangire to Arusha 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 airport for your return flight to your home country.