Best of Tanzania & Kenya
12 day tour from £4,295pp
Why we love this tour
A slightly different route option to our Greatest Wildlife tour for travellers wanting to experience both Tanzania and Kenya starting in Arusha. Road travel combined with mid-range lodges makes this trip affordable with a touch of luxury along the way, and the locations are just right.
Visiting a whopping 7 game parks including Tarangire & Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti in Tanzania, and the Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru and Amboseli in Kenya. Add on a visit to Lake Victoria and this trip does not fail to impress! With cities, lakes and game parks all in one tour, you get a great feel for these East African countries and cover lots of highlights in just 12 days.
- Visit 7 game parks
- Enjoy many many game drives in different landscapes
- Canoe on Lake Victoria
- Marvel at the incredible Nogorongoro Crater
- Experience the bustling city of Nairobi
- Get THAT photo of the elephants and Mount Kilimanjaro
Days 1-3 | Tarangire, Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro
We travel the short distance from Arusha to Tarangire National Park, where giant baobab trees, bush savannah and the seasonal marshes add to the wonder of this nature reserve, which is considered one of the best places to view elephants up close in Tanzania. From here it is a short drive to Lake Manyara National Park, known for its over 400 bird species, primate-filled forests and tree-climbing lions. A large area of the park is covered by the alkaline Lake Manyara, the seasonal breeding grounds for large colonies of flamingos! We continue our journey to the Ngorongoro Crater, a huge collapsed volcano that is home to over 25,000 mammals ranging from the Big Five, to spotted hyenas, rare wild dogs and some of the more than 500 bird species of the area.
Days 4-6 | Serengeti & Lake Victoria
Next we head towards the central Serengeti, the largest national park in Tanzania, with its diverse habitats and landscapes of short grass plains, savannah, thick bush, swamps and lakes. Bizarre rock formations called kopjes dot the grassy landscape where predators are often seen. Our lengthy game drives here promise to be nothing short of superb. After leaving the park, the safari continues to Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa and the second largest in the world. Herewe will have the chance to see another side of Tanzania, experiencing the lives of the local people. We can watch fishermen at work and visit a local school - an experience unavailable on the usual tourist routes - and go on a guided canoe trip.
Days 7-10 | Masai Mara & Lake Nakuru
The road towards the Kenyan border is a long an adventurous one, but is well 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. Our time here will be spent on lengthy rewarding safaris in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. We leave the Mara to reach Lake Nakuru National Park, where the alkaline lake attracts huge flocks of flamingos giving the lake a shimmering pink hue from afar. Most importantly, you might spot both the white and black rhino in this now sanctuary for the endangered species.
Days 11-12 | Nairobi & Amboseli
We leave behind the peace of the lake to return to civilisation and the bustling capital of Nairobi where you have some free time to explore, before our journey takes us to Amboseli National Park close to the Tanzanian border, famous for the iconic images of elephant herds on the plains with the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. Sadly all good things must come to an end and our tour group is returned to Arusha for onward journeys home or extended African adventures.
- Starts/Ends: Arusha to Arusha
- Operated by: Africa Experience
- Dates: This tour operates with departures most months
- Group size: Min 2, Max 7
- Accommodation Type: mid-range lodges and tented camps
- Age restrictions: 12+
- 11 nights accommodation
- Meals as stated
- Activities as stated
- Park entry fees
- All road transfers
- Services of a highly trained guide
- Take Me To Africa goody bag
- International flights & Visas
- Transfers from Kilimanjaro to Arusha
- Meals/drinks as stated
- Travel insurance
- Pre or post tour accommodation
- Optional activities
- Gratuities and spending money