Masai Mara-Serengeti-Ngorongoro ,is an 8 Days Safari The Best of Kenya and Tanzania start At Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or Nairobi Hotel. Guests on this Eight days safari will visit both Tanzania and Kenya. Visiting Masai Mara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro gives client a higher chance of spotting the famous big five among other wild animals and birds of different species.
Visiting Masai Mara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro is an extraordinary experience that offers a captivating glimpse into the untamed beauty of Africa’s wildlife and landscapes. These iconic destinations are renowned for their diverse ecosystems, abundant wildlife, and breathtaking scenery, making them a dream come true for nature enthusiasts and wildlife photographers alike.
Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya is a wildlife haven, famous for its annual wildebeest migration. Witnessing this spectacular event, where millions of wildebeests and other herbivores traverse the vast grasslands in search of greener pastures, is an awe-inspiring sight. The reserve is also home to the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino) and offers incredible opportunities for game drives, guided nature walks, and hot air balloon safaris.Masai Mara-Serengeti-Ngorongoro
Across the border, in Tanzania, lies the legendary Serengeti National Park. Spanning an expansive area, the Serengeti is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an epitome of African wilderness. Its sweeping savannahs, dotted with acacia trees and rocky outcrops, provide an idyllic backdrop for an unforgettable safari experience. Visitors can spot prides of lions lounging in the shade, graceful cheetahs on the prowl, and massive herds of elephants wandering through the grasslands.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, located adjacent to the Serengeti, is home to the Ngorongoro Crater, a natural wonder and one of the world’s largest calderas. Descending into the crater’s floor is like entering a prehistoric realm, where an abundant concentration of wildlife thrives. Rhinos, lions, zebras, and gazelles roam freely within the crater, offering an up-close encounter with the African wilderness.
Apart from the wildlife, these destinations also provide a chance to immerse oneself in the rich culture of the Maasai people, known for their vibrant traditions and deep connection to the land. Engaging with the local communities, visiting traditional villages, and participating in cultural exchanges adds another layer of authenticity to the journey.
A visit to Masai Mara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that leaves an indelible mark on the soul. It is a voyage into the heart of Africa, where the raw beauty of nature and the untamed spirit of wildlife converge to create an experience of profound wonder and reverence.
This program can commence at the airport or from any city hotel as per your wish. Pick up is usually early in the morning.
You will have a brief stopover at the Great Rift Valley Viewpoint to have a breath-taking panoramic view of this magnificent valley that can be seen From the Moon!
The Rift Valley
The Rift Valley begins in Northern Syria, eventually crosses the Dead Sea and the Red sea into Ethiopia running all the way to Mozambique, covering around 4820 kms.
As you drive down into the valley below you will see Mt. Longonot 2600m -an extinct volcano at the floor of the Rift!
From this point you may start looking for some gazelle species, zebras, as well as giraffes as they roam in the acacia drepanolobium bushes commonly known as the Whistling acacia!
Your next stop will be at Narok -the last town before turning off to the Mara ecosystem.
You will arrive in time for lunch.
Check-in at your luxury camp After lunch its time to relax from the drive until 15:30 hours when you will embark on your first safari in the reserve till sunset.
Animals expected to be spotted
The Big Five; Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo and the Leopard. Other big mammal species represented in the ecosystem are herds of Wildebeests, zebras, gazelles, impalas, Masai giraffes and other kinds of African wildlife. At sunset drive back to the camp for Dinner and overnight stay.
Mara Serena, Ashnil Mara or Keekorok Lodge
Kilima Camp,Osero Camp ,Figtree or ‘Sentrim Mara
With Little Supplement Sentinel Camp or Neptune Mara Rianta Luxury camp
Early morning game drive before breakfast at the camp. After breakfast mid-morning game drive in a shared open sided 4×4 vehicle.
This game drive will take you to the most interesting parts of the reserve including hippo pools in the Mara river or Talek river.
You will have a chance of spotting the super predators; families of lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, as well as their prey! If you are a little luckier you may witness them hunting.
After lunch time at leisure before going for an afternoon game drive at 1530hrs. Game abounds here, particularly when the migration is on – July to October, and millions of wildebeests and zebras make their way back and forth across the Mara river on their annual trek.
Mara Manned lions
The Mara is also noted for its abundance of lions – particularly the superb black manned males.
You’ll see lots of elephants here often in large herds, as well as – if you’re lucky – leopard, cheetah and rhino. All the Big Five are residents.
You are sure to see the African buffalo. At approximately 1830hrs drive back to your accommodation for dinner and overnight stay.
Masai Mara is a Masai word meaning ‘spotted’, this is because when you take a panoramic view what you see is a mass of endless Savannah grasslands spotted by scanty bushes of croton dichogamous!
The reserve happens to be the Northern continuation of Tanzania’s Serengeti national park from where the animals roam freely in search of greener pastures.
Mara wildebeest Migration
Each year between July and October the Greatest animal spectacle -the Wildebeest migration takes place in this reserve.
During this time close to 2 million wildebeests, followed by around half a million zebras and around 250,000 gazelles arrive in the reserve, crossing the Mara river where crocodiles often lie waiting to pounce on them!
Early breakfast and then start long drive with lunch boxes from lodge on the way to Serengeti National park, having your lunch on the way.
Kenya Tanzania Border
At Isebania (Kenya Tanzania Border) you will change 4×4 and driver meeting our Tanzanian representative who will stay with you for the Tanzanian part.
After clearing the border formalities you will have your picnic lunch at the crossing point or on the way. You will leave after clearing with Tanzanian immigration and paying Tanzanian Visa proceed to Serengeti national park. Game drive in this World’s famous conservation area.
After this tiring day you will eventually arrive at your chosen camp. Dinner and overnight at the lodge
Serengeti Sopa Lodge or Serengeti Serena Lodge
Serengeti Kati Kati Camp
Tea or coffee at the camp. Depart for an early morning game drive in this magnificent park.
This game drive takes you to the most interesting parts of the ecosystem including the rocky outcrops commonly known as kopjes -where lion families perch as they scan for their next prey!
You will have your breakfast at the lodge before leaving for a midmorning game drive until lunch time.
Lunch will be served at the camp, Alternatively, you may choose to have breakfast at the camp and leave with packed lunch for a long day in the national park.
Out of Africa
If this is the case you will have an Out of Africa experience as you have your picnic lunch at one of the Acacia trees or even under a sausage tree! This long game drive allows you to explore most of the interesting physical attractions like the Maasai Kopjes, Moru Kopjes, as well as the hippo pools. Dinner and overnight at lodge or camp of choice.
Covering approximately 14,750 square kilometers, Serengeti national park is one of Africa’s biggest national parks as well as the most interesting for visitors.
The name Serengeti is a corruption of the Maasai word ‘siringet’ meaning endless plains.
Serengeti shall not die
In these endless plains roam most of Africa’s wildlife species including the big 5: Lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo, leopard. Part of Serengeti’s fame is a result of “Serengeti Shall Not Die” – a 1959
German documentary film written and directed by Bernhard Grzimek.
His son, the cinematographer Michael Grzimek, died on-location during the filming of the documentary when a plane he piloted collided with a vulture.
It won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1960.
Depart after breakfast departure for Ngorongoro Conservation Area. After exit formalities at Serengeti you will enter Ngorongoro Conservation area adjacent to the park.
The drive takes you through Olduvai gorge -one of the most famous archaeological sites in the World!
Olduvai is a misspelling of Oldupai, a Maasai word for a wild sisal plant that grows in the area. The gorge is located in the Great Rift Valley, between the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park.
It is 30 miles from Laetoli, another fossil-rich area. Olduvai Gorge was formed about 30,000 years ago, the result of aggressive geological activity and streams.
Paleoanthropologists have found hundreds of fossilized bones and stone tools in the area dating back millions of years, leading them to conclude that humans evolved in Africa!
A brief stop at the crater rim for a panoramic view of the crater before descending.
Lunch And Game
Picnic lunch in the crater. After lunch near the hippo pool picnic site you proceed for a game drive in the crater eventually arriving at your lodge in the evening.
Dinner and overnight at the Neptune Ngorongoro lodge ,Ngorongoro Sopa lodge or Bougainvillea Safari Lodge.
The Ngorongoro Conservation
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands and forests.
Established in 1959 as a multiple land use area, with wildlife coexisting with semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists practicing traditional livestock grazing,it includes the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest caldera.
The property has global importance for biodiversity conservation due to the presence of globally threatened species, the density of wildlife inhabiting the area, and the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, gazelles and other animals into the northern plains.
Extensive archaeological research has also yielded a long sequence of evidence of human evolution and human-environment dynamics, including early hominid footprints dating back 3.6 million years.
The name has an almost mystical ring to it, conjuring images of a giant wildlife-filled volcanic caldera, where the big five and many other animals roam.
But there’s even more – the Ngorongoro Conservation Area also encompasses mountains, lakes, forests and wide-open African plains! With the world-famous crater at its heart!
Depart after breakfast for Amboseli National Park with lunch boxes from the lodge.
After a short while you will stop briefly at the Lake Manyara view point before descending into the Rift.
The drive will take you through banana as well as rice plantations at Mto Wa Mbu!Proceed to Namanga border point via Arusha.
After border formalities you will change 4×4 meeting your Kenyan Driver and saying goodbye to your Tanzanian Driver.
Evening game viewing starts at 16:00hrs in Amboseli National park.
This Park is the home of Elephants, Wildebeest, and Buffalos, Gazelles, Lions, Cheetahs, monkey families and rare bird species.
In the early evening the clouds are clear and expose the snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro. Dinner and overnight at lodge of your choice.
Amboseli Serena or Oltukai Lodge
Kilima Camp or ‘Sentrim Amboseli
With little Supplement Tawi Lodge, Satao Elerai or Tortilis Camp
Spend a whole day in Amboseli National Park, with morning and afternoon game drives. At around 1830hrs proceed back to the lodge, or camp of your choice.
Other attractions of the park include opportunity for spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro (5894m)-Africa’s highest Mountain!
Amboseli National park, covering approximately 390sq. km of swampy area boasts one of the largest elephant herds as they roam between the swamps and the foot of Africa’s highest mountain!
Other physical attractions include lake Amboseli, the Observation Hill which allows a panoramic view of the better part of this park overlooking Enkongo Narok swamp with its schools of hippos as well as herds of Elephants!
For the avid ornithologists, this swamp does not disappoint with its prolific avifauna.
Other animals include; buffaloes, hippos and a variety of waterfowls like pelican, Egyptian geese, jacana.
You equally have a chance of spotting leopard, cheetah, wild dogs, giraffe, zebra, lion, mongoose, hyrax, dik- dik, lesser kudu, and nocturnal porcupine
Early Breakfast then depart for Nairobi arriving in time for Lunch in a Nairobi Hotel. Transfer to your hotel or to the airport.