Small-group East Africa lodge safari through Tanzania and Kenya. The tour starts and ends in Nairobi – 15 Days
Nairobi – Nairobi is the Capital of Kenya and is known as the social hub of Africa. Street markets and shops can be found all around this energetic city, giving the city its thriving nightlife.
Amboseli National Park – The most attractive aspect of Amboseli is its distinctive terrain – dry lake beds amongst oases of swamps offer travellers the most amazing Kenyan contrasts. There are quite a few roads that run through the Amboseli National Park that travellers can drive along while taking pleasure in some amazing game viewing!
Marangu – Hike to waterfalls located in the lush landscape at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Arusha – Visit the bustling safari town which acts as a gateway to Tanzania’s national parks.
Lake Manyara National Park – The major landmark of the Lake Manyara National Park is actually the spectacular rift wall, where the plains give way to the cultivated uplands of Mbululand. The Great Rift Valley in East Africa is part of a fault in the earth’s crust. This fault stretches 8,000 km from Turkey to the mouth of the Zambezi River. The fault is so massive that astronauts can see it clearly from space.
Mto wa Mbu Village – During a visit to this colourful town, engage within a variety of cultures and enjoy a traditional lunch.
Maasai people – Have the amazing experience of visiting a Maasai Boma and have the chance to learn the customs and traditions of this mesmerising and distinctive tribe.
Tarangire National Park – The 6th largest national park in Tanzania, Tarangire is host to massive herds of elephant, wildebeest and zebra. Spend a full day game drive exploring the wonder of the region.
Ngorongoro Crater – The entire Ngorongoro Conservation Area covers about 8300 km2 and next to the famous Crater is the Olduvai Gorge – an area were many fossils have been unearthed. The Ngorongoro Crater has the perfect mix of safari animals, stunning scenery and fascinating history.
Serengeti National Park – Truly an iconic park, the Serengeti’s abundance of wildlife has numbers estimated at well over 3 million. Spend two days exploring the great plains and home to the largest annual animal migration – every year, over 2 000 000 wildebeest migrate from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya.
Lake Victoria – Africa’s largest lake by area, and also the largest tropical lake in the world, enjoy the opportunity to stay on its shores and take a boat trip to one of the local fishing villages.
Masai Mara National Reserve – One of the world’s premium wildlife destinations, the Masai Mara was named after the Maasai tribe who live within this protected park. The Maasai people, who are nomadic traditional herders, are permitted to graze their cattle in this area of Kenya. This area is home to a great variety of game including lion, leopard, cheetah, zebra, wildebeest (gnu), giraffe, buffalo, jackal, topi, gazelle, impala and elephant. Hippopotamus and crocodile are plentiful in the rivers here, and the bird life is also abundant.
Departure not guaranteed
Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary or of similar standard
All transport in fully kitted vehicle
Game drives and activities as mentioned
Meals as per itinerary
Park entrance fees
Experienced local guide
Airport transfers on day of arrival and departure of tour
Pre and post tour accommodation
Personal expenses such as telephone calls, curios and tips
Travel insurance and visas
Park Fees & Activities
This fee will be payable prior to travel together with the main tour fee. The fee is used to pay for some of the day-to-day operational costs that are incurred while groups are on the road. Examples include fees at most of the national parks, entrance fees to some attractions, local guides and any food markets we visit to stock up on fresh produce during the tour.
Accommodation: We make use of typical, mid-range African standard lodge accommodation. Accommodation is situated either in national parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps, all with en-suite facilities. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas.
Transport: Jenman Safaris uses fully equipped Toyota Land Cruisers, Sprinters and 12-seater 4×4 Safari vehicles (Chosen vehicle determined by Jenman African Safaris).
Travelling Times and Distances: All travelling times are affected by road conditions, border crossings, detours and weather conditions, therefore on certain days travelling times may be longer than anticipated especially where there is a great distance to be covered. Please keep in mind that the time it takes to travel 100 km in your home country is not equivalent to the time it takes to travel 100 km on African roads, therefore we encourage you to sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery Africa has to offer. Where possible additional stops will be made to ensure your travelling comfort at all times.
Meals:Where included, most breakfasts and dinners will be enjoyed in the restaurants of the various accommodation establishments. Lunch packs are provided for driving days and excursions. Alternatively, the guide will prepare lunch en-route. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.
Visas:The onus is on the client to organize all visas required to visit Namibia and Botswana prior to departure. Please note that travellers entering Botswana will be required to present a valid international health certificate of vaccination for yellow fever should they originate from or have travelled through countries which have been declared yellow fever infected areas within the preceding 6 months.
Travel Insurance: Please note that travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for every guest travelling with Jenman African Safaris. All insurance is solely the responsibility of our guests. Please ensure you arrange your own insurance with protection for the full duration of your journey to cover personal injury, damage and loss of personal items including but not limited to camera equipment and other electronic items, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and loss of luggage, etc. Please speak to your travel agent if you require assistance.
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On your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel for relaxation and overnight.
Day 2 - Amboseli National Park, Kenya
After breakfast, we explore Nairobi with a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum. The museum is the beautiful and historic farmhouse where Karen Blixen, author of “Out of Africa”, lived between 1917 and 1931. Thereafter, we head to the Giraffe Centre and the Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage for a visit. Lunch will follow before driving down to Amboseli National Reserve, arriving in the afternoon.
Day 3 - Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Today we will head into the Amboseli National Park for a full day of game viewing in one of Kenya’s most famous parks. Amboseli is known for its huge elephant bulls with their magnificent tusks, which make for the ultimate safari picture with the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro in the background.
Day 4 - Arusha, Tanzania
This morning after a leisurely breakfast, we make our way to the border and then onwards to Arusha. En route, we pass the Marangu waterfalls, which is a moderately strenuous walk. We continue to Arusha via Moshi town – the gateway to the Kilimanjaro National Park.
Day 5 - Lake Manyara, Tanzania
After breakfast, you will be collected from the hotel and set off towards Lake Manyara National Park. The spectacular reserve is located at the north-western corner of Lake Manyara, a hallow soda lake, which lies at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. We enjoy a scenic drive in the park known not only for its large flocks of flamingos, but also for the elusive tree climbing lions.
Day 6 - Lake Manyara, Tanzania
After breakfast, we set out to experience the cultural diversity of Mto-wa-Mbu, starting at the market and visiting a Chagga family producing banana beer and passing by many different farms. On the way, your guide will introduce you to the various fruits and vegetables growing in the area and explain the irrigation system that sustains local crops. After having a delicious, home-cooked meal in a local Mama’s home, we embark on a walking tour to Lake Papyrus. Here clients can view this magnificent lake filled with abundant birdlife and hippos. If time allows we can do some light trekking up to the waterfall. From here you will view the lake on top of the Rift valley wall; then onto the banana plantation and rice field, ending off the tour with a local village visit. Late afternoon we enjoy a visit to the Maasai Boma for the cultural encounter of a life time. The Maasai people are semi-nomadic herders, who choose to live a traditional lifestyle and are known for their distinctive traditional attire. On completion we return to the lodge for dinner & overnight.
Day 7 - Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Today we set out to Tarangire National Park for a full day’s game drives. The breath-taking views of the Maasai Steppe, and the mountains to the south, make a stop at Tarangire a truly memorable experience. Tarangire is as well known for its huge elephant population and baobab trees. It forms the centre of an annual migratory cycle that includes up to 3000 elephant, 25,000 wildebeest and 30,000 zebra.
Day 8 - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
This morning we have an early departure for a game drive in the world renowned Ngorongoro Crater. For many, this wildlife spectacle is the pinnacle of their safari experience. The Ngorongoro Crater boasts all of the ‘Big 5’, including a small population of endangered black rhino. After a picnic lunch, we head towards the Serengeti through the stunning Southern Plains. This is the area that the Serengeti is best known for – the endless, undulating grass savannah with rocky outcrops that serve as isolated wildlife refuges.
Day 9 - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Today you will spend a full day game driving around the Seronera area of the Serengeti. The Serengeti is divided into three main areas. Seronera is the most central and accessible region and this is where the Park HQ is based, as well as most of the larger lodges and communal campsites. This part of the Serengeti is characterised by open plains of grassland, packed with animals. The Seronera River is the lifeblood of the Serengeti and this area is renowned for great game viewing all year round. It is also particularly good for lion and cheetah sightings, as well as the most elusive of all big cats, the leopard.
Day 10 - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
We have another exciting day of exploring the Serengeti National Park ahead of us. With lunch boxes provided we continue with game drives throughout the afternoon, scanning the endless plains, spotting many animals and truly realizing just why this national park is so famous. In the late afternoon we drive back to the lodge for overnight.
Day 11 - Lake Victoria, Tanzania
After breakfast we make our way to Lake Victoria. We pass through the villages of the Sukuma tribe, who grow ground nuts, sorghum and cassava as well as keeping livestock. Life carries on here simply as it has done for ages, but with a few poignant reminders of the 20th century. Some leisure time in the afternoon, or to possibly take a bird walk along the lake shore.
Day 12 - Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
This morning you have the opportunity to take part in a boat excursion to one of the local fishing villages, before we continue our journey northwards across the border into Kenya. Here we head to the Masai Mara, the traditional land of the Maasai people, who are permitted to graze their cattle in this area.
Day 13 - Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Today we spend the whole day game viewing in the world famous Masai Mara National Park. Here the various habitats are home to a great variety of game including lion, leopard, cheetah, zebra, wildebeest (gnu), giraffe, buffalo, jackal, topi, gazelle, impala and elephant. Hippopotamus and crocodile are also plentiful in the rivers and the bird life is very abundant.
Day 14 - Nairobi, Kenya
After breakfast we head off towards Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. We have the afternoon at leisure or to explore the city. Time allowing, we visit the Kazuri Beads Centre and workshop for those interested in shopping. Kazuri means “small and beautiful” in Swahili. Nairobi is a cosmopolitan, lively and interesting city making it a great place to tune into modern urban African life. Later in the afternoon, we head to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 15 - Tour ends
The tour ends after breakfast this morning and you will be transferred to the airport for your outbound flight.
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