East Africa Trails
SMALL GROUP TOURS
13 day tour from £4,275pp
Why we love this tour
This is a great value option for a Kenya and Tanzania safari combo. Visit Nairobi, Lake Elementaita, Lake Nakuru and the famous Maasai Mara in Kenya, then head over to Tanzania to discover Tarangire, the legendary Serengeti, the awesome Ngorongoro Crater and finally stop off at Lake Manyara on your way back to Arusha. This 13-day small group tour hits all the highlights of Kenya and Tanzania whilst staying in some lovely lodges and tented camps along the way.
- Spot birds galore along the shores of Lake Elementaita and Lake Nakuru
- Explore the wonders of the Maasai Mara
- See the plains of the Serengeti and all it has to offer
- Marvel at the incredible Nogorongoro Crater
- Discover Lake Manyara's tree climbing lions and herds upon herds of elephants in Tarangire
Days 1-3 | Nairobi, Lake Elementaita & Lake Nakuru
After a night in Nairobi, you'll spend the morning exploring the city and hitting the highlights, including the Giraffe Centre, Daphne Sheldricks’ Elephant Orphanage, and the Karen Blixen Museum. After lunch at the lovely Karen Blixen Coffee Gardens, you will depart on the next part of your adventure that takes you from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi city to the small but beautiful soda ash lake located in the famous Great Rift Valley, named Lake Elementaita. You'll set out on a full day’s game drive to Lake Nakuru National park which is teeming with wildlife. Lions, buffalos as well as the many rhinos that call this corner of Kenya home, If you are lucky you may even spot a leopard relaxing in a tree beside the lake.
Days 4-6 | Maasai Mara National Reserve
Next you are off to the Maasai Mara National Reserve where you arrive in time for lunch and can spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing whilst you wait for the late evening when the temperature cools to head out on your first Mara game drive. The Maasai Mara is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves, with its Acacia dotted plains, tree-lined rivers and woodlands are abundant with wildlife and an array of birdlife. Game viewing is spectacular year round - you may see a pride of lions stalking their prey, observe a herd of elephant and their fascinating social structure, or see pods of hippo wallowing in the rivers. You have 3 nights here to explor the reserve and all it has to offer.
Days 7-10 | Arusha, Tarangire & Serengeti National Parks
After a short flight and a night in Arusha, you'll travel the short distance to Tarangire for an exciting all-day game drive. Tarangire is an awe-inspiring national park comprising of granite ridges, river valleys, mixed vegetative landscapes, and free-roaming wildlife. With lion being among the most commonly spotted animal, it is a rare day that a visitor does not spot this majestic animal prowling or grazing. Tarangire is also the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as oryx and gerenuk are seen regularly. This expansive area is also known for its spectacular baobab trees, its breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe and the wondrous mountains to the south.
You continue onwards towards the Serengeti through the stunning Southern Plains to your centrally located camp for some spectacular game viewing. Situated in the heart of Tanzania, the Central Serengeti encompasses the world-famous Seronera Valley which is known for its prime wildlife-viewing opportunities. This picture-perfect landscape is characterised by endless stretches of savannah-covered open plains, interspersed by rocky outcrops of granite, scattered with acacia woodlands and covered in a network of rivers and streams. The Central Serengeti forms part of the great wildebeest and zebra migration and provides an ideal habitat for a variety of wildlife such as giraffe, impala, waterbuck, hippo, elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, hyena, jackal, serval and much more.
Days 11-13 | Ngorongoro Crater & Karatu
Heading back towards Karatu for your final 2 nights, you'll stop at one of the world's most important prehistoric sites, Olduvai Gorge, for a tour and lecture where you'll learn why it is referred to as the 'Cradle of Mankind'. Continuing on to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area you will stop on the Crater Rim to view the Crater in all its glory. You'll spend the whole of the next day in the Crater on a fantastic game drive to explore this phenomenon. On your final day you'll enjoy a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park before waving goodbye to the bush and returning to Arusha for your journey home.
- Starts: Nairobi
- Ends: Arusha
- Dates: This tour operates monthly but we recommend Jan and May-Nov
- Group size: Min 2, Max 7
- Accommodation Type: mid-range lodges and tented camps
- Age restrictions: none
- 12 nights accommodation
- 12 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 11 Dinners
- Activities as stated
- Park entry fees
- Internal flight Nairobi-Arusha and all road transfers
- Services of a highly trained guide
- Take Me To Africa goody bag
- International flights & Visas
- Hot air balloon flight
- Meals/drinks not stated
- Travel insurance
- Pre or post tour accommodation
- Other optional activities
- Gratuities and spending money