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Combined Tanzania and Kenya Safari
Small Group Lodge Safari

Best of Tanzania and Kenya

13 Days from 5,910 USD per person sharing

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Best of Tanzania & Kenya – 13 Day Small Group Lodge Safari

On a combined Tanzania and Kenya safari you get to truly experience the wildlife highlights of the region. Your knowledgeable guides will open your eyes to the world of East Africa’s wildlife: from Big Cats to large elephant herds and the tiniest colourful birds – enjoy the big and small moments of a safari. You travel in a 4×4 safari vehicle in a small group and stay at personal lodges and tented camps.

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Lodges & tented camps

Accommodation style

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from 5,910 USD pp sharing

Starting price per person

travellers

2-7

Travellers (window seat guaranteed)

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Every second Sunday

Departure dates

Highlights

Day 1-5 Tanzania | Day 6-13 Kenya

Not more than 7 travellers, window-seat guaranteed

Small Group Safari
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Not more than 7 travellers, window-seat guaranteed

Alkaline Lake Manyara, many birds and primates

Lake Manyara National Park
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Alkaline Lake Manyara, many birds and primates

Tarangire River, diverse wildlife, many elephants, Baobab trees

Tarangire National Park
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Tarangire River, diverse wildlife, many elephants, Baobab trees

World-famous area for safaris, biggest intact caldera in the world

Ngorongoro Crater
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World-famous area for safaris, biggest intact caldera in the world

Big Five territory, many different wildlife species

Serengeti National Park
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Big Five territory, many different wildlife species

Canoe trip on the largest lake in Africa

Lake Victoria

Canoe trip on the largest lake in Africa

Excellent wildlife viewing area, many Big Cats

Masai Mara Game Reserve (Kenya)

Excellent wildlife viewing area, many Big Cats

Many elephants, panoramic view of Mt Kilimanjaro

Amboseli National Park (Kenya)

Many elephants, panoramic view of Mt Kilimanjaro

Who Should Go

This combined Tanzania and Kenya safari is for true safari enthusiasts who want to make the most of their time in East Africa and spend as much time as possible exploring the famous national parks. Game drives in wildlife rich areas are the focus of this trip. Your guides will share their expert knowledge and you can gain a deep understanding of the regions’ flora and fauna. If you have always wanted to see the Great Migration herds, you may be in luck on this safari: Visiting both the Serengeti as well as the Masai Mara increases your chances to see the herds and possibly even a crossing. If you’re a solo traveller you can join this small group tour while still having a very personal experience.

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Safari Enthusiasts

Open-minded travellers

Open-minded Travellers

Solo traveller

Solo Travellers

Culture enthusiasts

Culture Enthusiasts

“After visiting highlights such as the Serengeti and the Masai Mara, your last wildlife destination is Amboseli National Park. It’s one of the smaller parks in Kenya, but the panoramic view of Mt Kilimanjaro is simply breathtakingly beautiful. The best chances to see Kili are early mornings and evenings when the mountain top is usually not covered by clouds. The best reason to wake up early if you ask me.”
Arno | Tanzania & East Africa Travel Expert

Accommodation

8 lodges over 13 days/12 nights
Lake Burunge Tented Lodge
Day 1
Tarangire Region
Lake Burunge Tented Lodge
1 night full-board
Day 1
TWC Ngorongoro Farm House
Day 2
Ngorongoro Conservation Area (Karatu)
Tanganyika Wilderness Adventure Lodge
1 night full-board
Day 2
Tents at Serengeti Kati Kati Camp
Day 3-4
Serengeti National Park
Serengeti Kati Kati Camp
2 nights full-board
Day 3-4
Speke Bay Lodge Lake Victoria
Day 5
Lake Victoria
Speke Bay Lodge
1 night full-board
Day 5
Mara West safari tent Kenya
Day 6-7
Masai Mara Region (Kenya)
Mara West Camp
2 nights full-board
Day 6-7
Mara Legends Camp Kenya
Day 8-9
Masai Mara Game Reserve (Kenya)
Mara Legends Camp
2 nights full-board
Day 8-9
Lobby Tamarind Tree Hotel combined Tanzania and Kenya safari
Day 10
Nairobi (Kenya)
Tamarind Tree Hotel
1 night half-board
Day 10
Ol Tukai Lodge Amboseli National Park
Day 11-12
Amboseli National Park (Kenya)
Ol Tukai Lodge
2 nights full-board
Day 11-12

Tour Itinerary

Small group lodge safari | minimum 2, maximum 7 people | guaranteed window-seat

This 13-day combined Tanzania and Kenya lodge safari is for travellers wanting to experience both safari icons of East Africa. Starting in Arusha, you experience Tanzania’s safari highlights such as the national parks Tarangire and Lake Manyara, the famous Ngorongoro Crater as well as the vast Serengeti. After stopping at Lake Victoria, you cross into Kenya and continue to the Masai Mara where spectacular wildlife viewing awaits. Round off your safari by exploring the swamps of Amboseli National Park with Mt Kilimanjaro in the background before you end in Nairobi.

Best of Tanzania and Kenya

Start Arusha

Ends Nairobi

Baobab trees Tarangire

Day 1 | Arusha – Tarangire National Park

Distance approx. 150 km; driving time approx. 2-3 hours

Arusha – Tarangire National Park

Distance approx. 150 km; driving time approx. 2-3 hours

After a short briefing in the morning, your safari will set off towards the Tarangire National Park. This park with its savannah, seasonal swamps and the life-giving Tarangire River is home to huge 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 Lodge, where you will spend the night. Welcome to your combined Tanzania and Kenya safari!

Lunch Dinner
Game drive on combined Tanzania and Kenya safari

Day 2 | Tarangire Area – Lake Manyara National Park – Karatu

Distance approx. 120 km; driving time approx. 2 hours

Tarangire Area – Lake Manyara National Park – Karatu

Distance approx. 120 km; driving time approx. 2 hours

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 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 Karatu in the Ngorongoro highlands. After your arrival, there might be time for an optional walk in the coffee plantations. You will spend the night at one of the three beautifully located Tanganyika Wilderness Adventure Lodges.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Elephant in Ngorongoro Crater

Day 3 | Karatu – Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti National Park

Distance approx. 170 km; driving time approx. 4-6 hours

Karatu – Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti National Park

Distance approx. 170 km; driving time approx. 4-6 hours

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 all the 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
Game drive giraffe Serengeti

Day 4 | Serengeti National Park

Game drives

Serengeti National Park

Game drives

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
Boat on Lake Victoria

Day 5 | Serengeti National Park – Lake Victoria

Distance approx. 180 km; driving time approx. 4-5 hours

Serengeti National Park – Lake Victoria

Distance approx. 180 km; driving time approx. 4-5 hours

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 and the masses, you will experience the lives of the local people. You can take a walk along the lake shore and watch fishermen at work – an experience unavailable on the usual tourist routes. The night will be spent at the Speke Bay Lodge.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Mara West camp on combined Tanzania and Kenya safari

Day 6 | Lake Victoria, Tanzania – Masai Mara Area, Kenya

Distance approx. 270 km; driving time approx. 8-9 hours

Lake Victoria, Tanzania – Masai Mara Area, Kenya

Distance approx. 270 km; driving time approx. 8-9 hours

After breakfast you will join the local fishermen and a guide on a canoe trip on Lake Victoria. You will see how the locals catch fish and admire the previous night’s catch. After your fishing 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
Lion in the Masai Mara

Day 7 | Masai Mara Game Reserve

Game drives

Masai Mara Game Reserve

Game drives

You can look forward to a day dedicated to safari and game viewing. On extensive game drives in your 4×4 safari vehicle you will explore the Mara Triangle, located in the north-western part of the Masai Mara. Far stretching grassland plains, dotted by acacia forests, dominate the landscape. You will take a trip to the Mara River, the greatest hurdle for the wildebeests and zebras on their yearly trek. At the end of October and the beginning of November, an incredible scene is set when the river swells to almost bursting levels and tens of thousands of animals prepare to cross it, knowing that possible death awaits them – as crocodiles are hiding just below the water’s surface. It can be a gruesome sight. At other times of the year, hippos, hungry crocodiles and other animals can also be seen near the river. In the late afternoon, as the shadows start to grow longer, you return to your accommodation and spend another night at the Mara West Camp.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Masai Mara game drive

Day 8-9 | Masai Mara Game Reserve

Game drives

Masai Mara Game Reserve

Game drives

The following two days will be spent on game drives in the Masai Mara Game Reserve.  Together with your guide you can search for the Big Five. You are in no rush, so you have enough time to enjoy all the wonderful moments which can make your safari a magical experience. The Mara is home to many other interesting animals too, such as Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, elands and Coke’s hartebeests. Not often seen outside Kenya are the Masai giraffe, roan antelope and the nocturnal bat-eared fox. The reserve also has over 470 bird species including about 60 raptor species. You will spend two nights at the Mara Legends Camp inside the Masai Mara Game Reserve.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Tamarind Tree Hotel swimming pool

Day 10 | Masai Mara Game Reserve – Nairobi

Distance approx. 270 km; driving time approx. 6-7 hours

Masai Mara Game Reserve – Nairobi

Distance approx. 270 km; driving time approx. 6-7 hours

After breakfast you will leave the bush for the bustling capital of Nairobi. Reaching the city in the late afternoon, there will be enough time to relax at your accommodation. Dust-off from your previous adventures, take a refreshing dip in the pool or simply lean back and rest ahead of your next safari experiences. In the evening, you enjoy dinner together with your fellow travellers at the famous nearby Carnivore restaurant (own expense). You spend the night at the Tamarind Tree Hotel.

Breakfast Lunch
Elephant Kilimanjaro Amboseli

Day 11-12 | Nairobi – Amboseli National Park

Distance approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 4-5 hours

Nairobi – Amboseli National Park

Distance approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 4-5 hours

Leaving the busy city, your journey takes you to the Amboseli National Park close to the Tanzanian border. The last highlight on your combined Tanzania and Kenya safari. This park is famous for iconic images of elephant herds on the plains with the 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 (sometimes as many as 500 animals), 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. You have the remainder of the day as well as the whole next day to explore the Amboseli National Parks on game drives. You are in no rush and can look forward to many exciting wildlife encounters. You will be surprised about how much you have learned from your guide in the past few days about flora and fauna. The Ol Tukai Lodge with its lovely carvings and African art is your home for two nights.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Last day of combined Tanzania and Kenya safari

Day 13 | Amboseli National Park – Nairobi

Distance approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 4-5 hours

Amboseli National Park – Nairobi

Distance approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 4-5 hours

On route to the park gate, you go on one last game drive. Then slowly but surely, your wonderful safari comes to an end. With many fantastic memories and experiences, you return to Nairobi, where your combined Tanzania and Kenya safari comes to an end. Your guide will bring you to the airport or your hotel in the city to say good-bye and hopefully, until next time.

Breakfast Lunch

Included

  • transport in a 4x4 safari vehicle (change of vehicle at the border)
  • professional, English-speaking guide (change of guide at the border)
  • 12 nights’ stay in lodges and tented camps
  • meals according to the itinerary
  • drinking water
  • activities and transfers as per itinerary
  • all national park fees
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari

Excluded

  • flights (international and domestic)
  • meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • alcoholic and soft drinks
  • optional activities
  • tips
  • personal expenses, visa fees, travel insurance

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