THE HEART OF KENYA AND TANZANIA
AT A GLANCE
A perfect itinerary for first time travellers to Africa. This wonderfully curated itinerary incorporates all the highlights of both Kenya’s and Tanzania’s most famous parks – the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Maasai Mara.
- Kenya and Tanzania
- 9 Nights
- 3 Internal Flights
- Price from USD$10,600 per person based on double room occupancy
The Serengeti. The Ngorongoro Crater. The Maasai Mara. The names alone are magic! This itinerary incorporates all of Kenya’s and Tanzania’s most legendary animal kingdoms. The main focus of this trip is on the wildlife with morning and evening game drives exposing you to the wonders of Africa’s finest herds and their predators.
We have blended these wildlife-rich experiences with some traditional African activities like spectacular early evening sundowners, cultural visits to Maasai villages and, if you have time before your flight back home, an afternoon spent at AmericaShare’s soul-expanding Harambee Centre in Nairobi.
You arrive into Nairobi where you stay for the first two nights at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel. There are lots of activities that you can do to kick-start the trip, from visiting the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage to visiting the world’s tallest animal at the Giraffe Centre. You will also to go to Lavington for lunch with Jane & Felix Pinto, the founders of Micato Safaris.
TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
You first fly south into Tanzania to the Tarangire National Park, where you will spend one night in Tarangire Sopa Lodge. Take in the enchanting views of the baobab-studded landscapes, watch free roaming animals from your veranda and you may even bump into elephants on your walk to the main lodge. After a morning game drive ticking off the Big Five, you will head further west to the Ngorongoro Crater.
THE NGORONGORO CRATER
The Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is your home for the next two nights – it is perched 7,000 feet up on the gigantic crater’s rim allowing you to gaze at the vast crater floor hundreds of feet below. The Crater, known as the eighth wonder of the world, is the ideal place to get some great animal viewing in as more than 25,000 animals roam this lush area – eyes on the trees as you might spot a tree-climbing lion or two!
Your final stop in Tanzania is the Serengeti, where you will be based at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge, deep in the heart of the world’s most important animal migration corridor. Days will involve morning and afternoon game drives, ending with sundowners and watching some of the Serengeti’s epic sunsets. If you time your trip right, this lodge offers you a perfect front-row seat to the Great Wildebeest Migration.
THE MAASAI MARA
You continue to explore the ecosystem of the Serengeti-Maasai Mara for the next two days, however, this time in the Kenyan section, where nights will be spent at either the Fairmont Mara Safari Club or tented camp Kichwa Tembo. Over 2,000,000 animals migrate through this area, attracting Africa’s top predators. Both camps offer hot air balloon flights, a truly unforgettable experience.
On your last day you fly back to Nairobi for a day of relaxation at either the Norfolk or Boma Hotels before your flight home. If you have time it is worth visiting the Harambee Centre in Mukuru where you will meet some of the children benefitting from Micato Safari’s One for One Commitment Programme – Micato send one child to school for every one safari sold.
It certainly was a new experience to receive so much attention from a company owner. The personal touch of Jane Pinto and her sister Dulu was very much appreciated. And our driver Frederick was so warm and amiable that we thought we were travelling with a friend. We were especially fond of Roba, our Safari Director. It was beyond a vacation or even a dream.
– Roger, Julia and David True