14 day Kenya & Tanzania wildlife and Cultural safari
It’s a journey through East Africa and it means you will visit one game reserve to another. The tour combines wildlife viewing as well as the local cultural experiences during the two weeks of this adventure. We shall visit the famous Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Serengeti as well as Ngorongoro crater and the locals that live along the dusty trail. We will also visit the world famous wildlife parks and also include the way of life of the ordinary folk that live there.
Within Kenya, you will be filled with the beautiful scenery, wildlife, cultures, savannah and the Great Rift Valley lakes, the Masai and Kikuyu, and also have an option of having home stays on the local subsistence farm. You shall walk through the bush with the masai herds men as you track down the giraffes in the morning and also helping one of the wives to milk the goats or make some bead work in the afternoon or also sit around the fire as you take a beer or listen to the sounds of the African night in the late evening. The next day, you could be interested in picking coffee and tea in the morning as you watch the Rhinos in the afternoon.
Within Tanzania, there are many endless herds of the wildebeests on the Serengeti grasslands, tree climbing lions in Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro crater which is the eighth wonder of the world. There are also the cultural visits to the Masai and the Iraqw farmers, brick makers, and the musicians.
These are unique activities that have set the safari apart from the run of the mill tour as well as enhancing your understanding of the people of Africa as well as the environments. The locals also benefit from the visits and there are opportunities to visit the projects and the schools that are being supported.
The tour will start from Nairobi Kenya and also ends in Arusha Tanzania; the transport back to Kenya is so easy to arrange in case required.
The Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Drive west to Nairobi
You will drive western side of Nairobi having a stopover for a breath taking view of the Great Rift Valley and also into the Masai land. Have lunch as you travel and on to the small Masai home steads for the insights in to their beautiful way of life. The overnight camp will be under the acacia trees and dinner round the camp fire you will as well enjoy the starlit skies and also sleep to the sounds of the African night as the lions roar in the distance. This camp will be guided by the Masai all the night.
Day 2: You will enjoy a walking safari along the small river course and also through the savannah for the wildlife viewing with the masai as the guides and the interpreters of their lands, you will walk amongst the impalas, giraffes, wildebeest and the zebras. Have lunch at the Hot spring of the Maji Moto where you can take a dip or also dip your toe inside. We shall be supporting the Enkiteng Lepa Masai women project, which is a primary school and also engage in the cultural activities with the Masai. We shall then go to the secluded camp in the Masai Mara. Our overnight will be in the comfortable permanent tent safari camp.
Day 3: The Masai Mara is also an extension of the great Serengeti plains as well as the wildlife. You will spend the whole day in the reserve on the game drives where you will have a chance to view many animals including; the Rhinos, cheetahs, buffalos, zebras, lions, hippos, crocodiles and many more. From July to September, this Mara is also home to the great wildebeest migration.
Overnight at the permanent tented safari Camp
Day 4: You will start in the morning for a game drive or have a short hike up the Naumare hill in order to watch the sun rise in the stream over the Mara. You will then get back to camp for breakfast and then proceed to the kikuyu home stead near the Lake Elementaita. You will explorer the subsistence farm and in the afternoon have tea with the farmer and his wife. You can also opt to spend a night at the villager’s house for the fantastic insights into the local life, as you enhance your African experience and also provide as additional income to the family. You will stay in a comfortable local hotel that overlooks Nakuru National Park.
Day 5: You will drive through Nakuru town and then you will pass by the spectacular Menengai volcanic crater towards a coffee and tea estate co-operative. You will enjoy a guided bird watching walk, excellent estate lunch and also visit the tea and coffee processing operations. You will also engage in hand picking the tea and coffee in case you like. After return to the hotel that is overlooking Lake Nakuru for an overnight.
Day 6: You will start by a game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park, this park is so small but it’s filled with wildlife and an excellent chance of viewing the rhino, the black and white species, lions, leopard, herds of elephants, buffalos and the giraffes. The park has got over 400 species that are recorded within the boundaries. Have lunch and after drive to lake elementaita which is a soda lake on the floor of the rift valley to enjoy a walking exploration of this lake side environment and the afternoon tea. There is also a hot spring with the beautiful tolerant fish and a thousands of the pink flamingos as well as the pelicans. You will also have a short drive to Lake Naivasha for the overnight accommodation in the chalets right by the lake.
Day 7: Lake Naivasha is also a fresh water lake that is famed for its hippos as well as birdlife and specifically the fish eagles, pelicans and the love birds. You will also take an early morning boat trip in order to see them, you will also view some animals including the giraffes, zebras, impalas, and the waterbuck. You will also return to Nairobi for a late lunch and your overnight at the Kenya’s director’s Rock House private accommodation. You will relax in the gardens or at the pool and then catch up with your dairy later
Day 8: you will be transferred to the Namanga border that crosses into Tanzania which is less than 3 hours’ drive. With the local guides of Masai, you will visit the traditional huts, spot the animas and variety of birds as you enjoy your walking safari, you will as well find out about the medicinal uses of the savannah plants and also learn from an elder about the history and culture of these interesting people. You can as well have an optional visit to a women’s jewelry project which is great for the souvenirs that are directly from the makers.
Overnight at Tembo Lodge
Day 9: You will now proceed to Lake Manyara with in the Great Rift Valley for a game drive. It’s famous for the tree climbing lions and it has also got large population of elephants, hippos, bird life, and flamingos on the soda lake. In the afternoon, you will climb up to the crater highlands of the great Endoro lodge on the edge of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Day 10: you will today have a short drive to the nearby center of the Karatu and a walking tour through the farms as well as villages on the rift valley escarpments. You will today discover the farming, irrigation as well as cattle husbandry techniques as you will also visit the houses as well as the local cuisines of the Iraqw Tribe. There is also a traditional wood fired brick making as well as the local musicians which will help you understand the life style of these people who live here. You will as well visit the village market and relax in the afternoon when you are back at Endoro Lodge for the overnight.
Day 11: Today, you will drive to Serengeti National park having lunch enroute at the Olduvai Gorge as well as you view the archaeological sites where the early human tools and the fossils have be found. Here you will visit the museum. You will as well have an afternoon game drive with in the rolling grasslands. The park is criss crossed with the forested riverine valley and its home to millions of Africa;s large mammals which makes it the world’s famous wildlife destination. You will have your campsite inside the Serengeti and it has got modern facilities.
Day 12: you will enjoy a full day of game viewing with in the Serengeti, the best time to view the annual migration of the wildebeests is in December to June, and however, there are good spectacular wildlife species throughout the year. Your overnight will be at the central Serengeti Campsite.
Day 13: In the morning, drive to the park and enjoy a game drive and then transfer to Ngorongoro crater. Tonight stay at Rhino Lodge that is owned by the Masai. The lodge is located in the crater forest and it’s famous for zebras, buffalos, and the elephants.
Day 14: The ngorongoro is known to be a collapsed volcano which is a natural amphitheatre crossing 25km and also teeming with all of the big game. In the morning, you will descend into the crater for the beautiful scenery as well as game viewing and it has been described as the eighth wonder of the world. After return to Arusha in the late afternoon.
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