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Written by: AK on 22 May 2019

Tanzania and Kenya safari: 12 days East Africa in 12 pictures

Tanzania - Kenya Safari

What more could you ask of a safari: some of the most famous national parks in the world, hidden gems along the way, professional safari guides, intimate lodges and camps, and most of all: incredible wildlife sightings. A Tanzania and Kenya safari across the safari giants of East Africa is an unforgettable experience.

We take you on our popular crossing-border lodge safari around Tanzania and Kenya: 12 days, 12 pictures.

Day 1: our Tanzania and Kenya safari starts in Tarangire National Park

Known for its large elephant herds roaming amongst beautifully bizarre looking Baobab trees, Tarangire will set you in the right mood for your upcoming adventure across East Africa. Buffaloes come to drink at the Tarangire River while the setting sun colours the park in its orange hue. Welcome to Tanzania!

Day 2: along the lake shores at Lake Manyara National Park

Grassy plains and thick forests surround the alkaline Lake Manyara. Together with your guide, look for elephants, buffaloes, and noisy troops of baboons. You’ll be surprised how much you have learned from your guide on only your second day of your Tanzania and Kenya safari. Their local knowledge is invaluable!

Day 3: descending into the Ngorongoro Crater

Like a big pot of gold lies the Ngorongoro Crater to your feet in the morning sun. Descend along the slopes through thick vegetation until you arrive at the Crater floor where lions and buffaloes, hippos and zebras, rhinos and caracal cats live. The world feels different down here, surrounded by steep Crater walls and amongst some of Tanzania and Kenya’s most magnificent wildlife.

Day 4: the endless plains of the Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti. What you heard is true: its seemingly endless plains will take your breath away and make you feel lost for words. When was the last time you felt you had more space than you could ever need? At a place as generous as the Serengeti, just take a break from the rest of the world. Feel the wind in your hair, the sun in your face, and hear the lion’s roar in your ear.

Day 5: from the Serengeti National Park to Lake Victoria

Like small islands, kopjes are dotting the plains of the Serengeti. On these large rock formations, lion families come together, survey their surrounds for easy prey, and play in the morning sun. While the lions remain in their territory, you make your way to the largest lake in Africa: Lake Victoria. From here it’s not far to enter your second country on your great Tanzania and Kenya safari.

Day 6: Masai Mara Area – Karibu Kenya

Magical moments in the Masai Mara, one of East Africa’s greatest game reserves, await you: cheetahs hunting, lions yawning, hippos splashing, and giraffes parading across the savannah. Switch off your phone and be present in the moment. The world can wait. You’re on safari. Welcome to Kenya!

Day 7: magical moments in the Masai Mara Game Reserve

Can you feel the safari rhythm yet? Early mornings and early nights guide your time in the bush. Wake up to the first sounds of birds and go to bed when the campfire fades – no alarm clocks needed.

Day 8: the Great Migration on your Tanzania and Kenya safari

Each year, two million wildebeest migrate from the plains of the Serengeti to the grasslands of the Masai Mara and back. The Great Migration is on show in Kenya between July and October. The animals follow the rain in search of green grass – changing climate patterns mean a change in migration patterns and increasingly unpredictable sightings. Going on a Tanzania and Kenya safari and visiting both host countries will increase your chances!

Day 9: the changing world of Lake Nakuru National Park

It may be small in size but Lake Nakuru makes up for it in wildlife diversity. In the past known for its large flamingo colonies, rising water levels have seen the colourful birds migrate to other lakes in the region. Today, Lake Nakuru National Park offers great chances to see black and white rhinos and the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe. After many days in the bush, enjoy the views across the beautiful lake.

Day 10: big city life – going local in Nairobi

Scouting for rhinos on the shores of Lake Nakuru in the morning and dining at a hip restaurant in East Africa’s bustling business hub by night. Spending a night in Kenya’s capital city Nairobi, you will experience the other side of East Africa: the hustle and bustle of a nation aiming high and developing quickly. Nairobi moves fast – join the locals for a night out in the city to see beyond picture-perfect sunsets.

Day 11: your Tanzania and Kenya safari in one picture – the Amboseli National Park

An unmistakable sign that you are making your way back towards Tanzania: the mighty Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world, can be seen on clear days from Amboseli National Park.

Day 12: the day that turns adventures into memories

Watching elephants wander across the marshlands of this iconic scenery, enjoy the feeling of being in nature, let your mind wander and daydream of all the past adventures and new memories of a lifetime you made on your Tanzania and Kenya safari. It is now time to head back to Arusha where your safari ends.

Join us on this epic combined Tanzania and Kenya safari – leave the rest of the world behind and explore East Africa’s great national parks! Let’s start planning today.

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