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12 Day Lodge Safari

This 12-day lodge safari is for travellers wanting to experience both Tanzania and Kenya. You will start and end your trip in Arusha and in Tanzania you will visit the Tarangire & Lake Manyara National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater, the grassy plains of the Serengeti and Lake Victoria. Then after crossing the border into Kenya you will see the Masai Mara, the flamingos of Lake Nakuru and the swamps of Amboseli National Park.

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Highlights

Day 1-6 | Tanzania

  • Tarangire National Park – Game drives
  • Lake Manyara National Park – Game drives
  • African Rift Valley – Viewpoint
  • Ngorongoro Crater – Game drives
  • Serengeti National Park – Game drives, Frankfurt Zoological Institute’s visitor centre
  • Lake Victoria – Canoe trip

Day 7-12 | Kenya

  • Masai Mara Game Reserve – Game drives
  • Lake Nakuru National Park – Game drives
  • Nairobi – Karen Blixen museum, Uhuru gardens or the national museum or the live snake centre next door
    (optional activities at additional cost, pre-booking required)
  • Amboseli National Park – Game drives

Facts

Scheduled safari: Best of Tanzania & Kenya
Tourcode: ET12GEALOD
From: Arusha
To: Arusha
Min. number to guarantee tour: 2
Max number of participants:
7 per vehicle (window seat guaranteed)
Departure day: every second Sunday
Price: from 5,655 USD
Single Supplement: from 450 USD
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Day 1 Arusha – Tarangire National Park

We will pick you up at your hotel and after a short briefing your safari will set off towards the Tarangire National Park. This park with its bush savannah, seasonal swamps and the life-giving Tarangire River is home to elephant herds – literally hundreds of animals. Animals gather at the river and besides elephants you should see mongoose, giraffes, bushbucks, hartebeests, dik-diks, waterbucks, warthogs and reedbucks all year round. After an extensive game drive, you will leave the park in the late afternoon and head to the Lake Burunge Tented Camp, where you will spend the night.
Lunch; Dinner

Day 2 Tarangire Area – Lake Manyara National Park – Karatu

You will enjoy breakfast before you leave the Tarangire Area to continue your journey to the Lake Manyara National Park. The park with its shallow alkaline lake is known for its over 400 bird species, primate-filled forests (look out for the long-tailed Guenon monkeys) and grassy plains. Apart from elephants, you might also spot giraffes, hippos, wildebeests and impalas while the forests near the lake are teeming with noisy groups of monkeys. After an extensive game drive, you will travel to the Endoro Lodge in Karatu, where you will spend the night. After your arrival at the Endoro Lodge there might be time for an optional walk in the coffee plantations to learn more about the production of coffee. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3 Karatu – Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti National Park

You will have breakfast at dawn before the 4×4 safari vehicle takes you to the crater rim from where you descend into the crater on an adventurous and steep trail. Down here in the crater you have the possibility of seeing a variety of almost all animals that can be found in the East African savannah including the “Big Five” – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. The Ngorongoro Crater is also one of the best places to see the magnificent but almost extinct black rhino. After an extensive game drive, you will exit the crater in the early afternoon. The journey then continues to the plains of the Serengeti National Park – the most famous park in Tanzania and where the biggest animal migration in the world takes place. Hundred thousands of wildebeests and zebras cross the border from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara in Kenya in search of fresh grass and water, with hungry predators following close behind. You will spend the night at the Kati Kati Tented Camp in the central Serengeti.Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4 Serengeti National Park

Rise and shine! Up at the crack of dawn, you will be able to see the sunrise over the Serengeti before you join an early morning game drive. Upon your return to the camp, a hearty breakfast awaits. Adventurous guests may choose to experience the Serengeti from the sky and join a hot-air balloon ride followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush. This activity is not included in the tour price and needs to be booked in advance. Guests interested in visiting the visitor centre, are also able to do so. In the afternoon you will enjoy another game drive before returning to the Kati Kati Tented Camp for dinner and overnight.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5 Serengeti National Park – Lake Victoria

After an early start, you will travel through the Serengeti National Park and on your way out of the park you might spot animals you haven’t seen yet. After leaving the park, the safari continues to Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa and the second largest in the world. The area around Lake Victoria is the most fertile and densely populated region in Tanzania. Here at Lake Victoria, you will have the chance to see another side of Tanzania. Away from the tourists, you will experience the lives of the local people. The night will be spent at the Speke Bay LodgeBreakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6 Lake Victoria – Masai Mara Area

After breakfast you will undertake a canoe trip on Lake Victoria. You will see how the locals catch fish and admire the previous night’s catch. After your excursion you will set off on the longest journey of your safari – the trip to the Masai Mara. The road towards the Kenyan border is a long an adventurous one, but it should be worth it as the “Mara” is reputed to have the highest lion population of all reserves in Africa. Other large cats like leopards and cheetahs also live here and can be spotted all year round, as their sightings are not dependent upon the seasons or the migration. You will overnight in luxury tents at the Mara West Camp on the outskirts of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7 – 8 Masai Mara Game Reserve

The following two days will be spent on game drives in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The Mara is home to interesting animals such as Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, elands and Coke’s hartebeests. You will take a trip to the Mara River, the greatest hurdle for the wildebeests and zebras on their yearly trek. An incredible scene is set when the river has swollen to almost bursting levels and thousands of animals must cross it, knowing that certain death awaits them – crocodiles hiding just below the surface. It can be a gruesome sight. At other times of the year, hippos, hungry crocodiles and other animals can also be seen at the river. The reserve has over 470 bird species including about 60 raptor species. You will spend two nights at the Ashnil Mara Camp inside the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 9 Masai Mara Game Reserve – Lake Nakuru National Park

After breakfast you will leave the Mara to reach Lake Nakuru National Park in the early afternoon. The alkaline lake attracts seasonally huge flocks of flamingos. The park is home to over 450 bird species and 50 mammals such as Rothschild’s giraffes, common and Defassa waterbucks. If you are lucky, you will also see a leopard lounging in the branches of a fever tree. Most importantly, you might spot both the endangered white and black rhino as the park was declared a rhino sanctuary in 1987. You will spend the night at the Flamingo Hill CampBreakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 10 Lake Nakuru National Park – Nairobi

Today you will leave the peace of the lake to return to civilisation and the bustling capital of Nairobi. Reaching the city in the early afternoon, there will be time to explore this frenzied city of people, traffic, markets and colours. Take a taxi to see the Karen Blixen museum, Uhuru gardens, the national museum or the live snake centre next door. You will stay at the Silver Springs Hotel and dinner tonight is for your own account. Breakfast; Lunch

Day 11 Nairobi – Amboseli National Park

Leaving the busy city, your journey takes you to the Amboseli National Park close to the Tanzanian border. This park is famous for iconic images of elephant herds on the plains with snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. We hope for good weather so you can see this scene for yourself. Apart from herds of elephants you might also see lions, leopards and the rest of the “Big Five”. Looking out from Observation Hill, you will see buffaloes, hippos and water birds frolicking in the swamps below. Tonight you will stay at the Ol Tukai Lodge with its lovely carvings and African art. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 12 Amboseli National Park – Arusha

Today you will continue through the park on your way to the Tanzanian border. There will be time to see more animals on your way out of Amboseli. After going through customs you are back in Tanzania and you will continue to Arusha where you started your safari. You will be taken to a hotel or to the airport depending on the rest of your holiday program.
Breakfast; Lunch

Items included:

  • Lodge safari according to the itinerary
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle (change of vehicle at the border)
  • Professional, English-speaking guide (change of guide at the border)
  • Overnight accommodation according to the itinerary
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Mineral water
  • All mentioned activities
  • All national park fees
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari

Items excluded:

  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance
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  • The size of the group varies between 2 and 7 people per vehicle with travellers coming from near and far.
  • Officially there is no age limit but due to the many hours that are spent in the vehicle, we don’t recommend this trip for children under the age of 6 years. However, if parents can confidently say that their children are comfortable in travelling long distances, they are of course welcome. However, parents are responsible for their children at all times.
  • You will stay in hotels, safari lodges or permanent tented camps (with en-suite bathrooms). Safari lodges are solid buildings, whereas tented camps are permanently set-up, walk-in safari style tents that offer the same service as hotels and lodges.
  • We only use specially converted 4×4 safari vehicles (i.e. Toyota Landcruiser) that are able to take on the harsh Tanzanian road conditions. Each guest will enjoy a window seat and during game drives the roof will open, ensuring unspoilt views.
  • Meals are included as stated in the itinerary and mineral water is also supplied during the safari. All other drinks such as soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are excluded and need to be settled by yourself.
  • You will dine at the respective accommodations. For breakfast, a buffet is usually set up, whereas a three course menu is typically served for dinner. Lunch is mostly enjoyed en-route in form of pre-packed lunch (lunch-box) consisting of sandwiches, boiled eggs and fruits or grilled chicken thighs.
  • Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements or food allergies and we will do our outmost to cater for them (only possible with advanced notification).
  • Upon booking you will receive a detailed packing list that will assist you in deciding what to bring.
  • Yes there are and due to the fact that space in the vehicle is limited, luggage is restricted to 15 kg in a soft bag or rucksack. In addition thereto, guests are allowed one small piece of hand luggage. Please refrain from bringing bulky suitcases as this can cause problems when storing the luggage. Furthermore, please do not forget to read up on your airlines respective luggage policy.
  • Yes you should bring along some cash for extras like drinks, snacks, souvenirs and tips.
  • Please make sure that your USD bills that have been printed after 2004 as any earlier dated bills will not be accepted.
  • Tipping after a safari is customary and we recommend 15-20 USD per day per group for the guide.
  • Although most nationalities can obtain a visa upon arrival in Tanzania, it is the sole responsibility of every traveller to be in possession of all required documents. We therefore strongly suggest that you contact your respective embassy for the latest visa regulations.
  • Officially no vaccinations are required but seeing that Tanzania is located in a yellow fever region, we suggest getting a yellow fever vaccination for your own piece of mind.
  • Despite the fact that Tanzania does not require you to be vaccinated against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio or Hepatitis A&B, we would strongly advise to have those shots up to date.
  • Malaria is also a concern and we therefore recommend that some precautionary measures are taken. For more detailed information on prophylaxes and the effects and possible side effects, please contact your doctor or travel clinic.
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