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Spend 14 memorable days exploring the best of Kenya and Tanzania's national parks and wildlife reserves. Here we will experience world-class game viewing from coveted private reserves in the Serengeti and Masai Mara ecosystems, search for diverse wildlife from the back of a 4x4 Land Cruiser and stay in luxurious safari lodges. Scenic light aircraft flights between destinations ensure maximum time on the ground, promising the trip of a lifetime in style and comfort! 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Nairobi
Day 2 : Fly to Lewa Conservancy
Day 3 : Lewa Conservancy
Day 4 : Fly to Olare Motorogi Conservancy
Days 5-6 : Olare Motorogi Conservancy
Day 7 : Fly to Tanzania | Central Serengeti
Day 8 : Central Serengeti
Day 9 : Fly to Manyara | Ngorongoro Crater
Day 10 : Ngorongoro Crater
Day 11 : Chem Chem Concession
Days 12-13 : Chem Chem Concession
Day 14 : Transfer to Arusha | Departure

Highlights

  • Explore private reserves and concessions in Kenya and Tanzania
  • Stay in world-class safari lodges
  • Search for the Big 5 in the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Enjoy scenic light aircraft flights between destinations

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level

Easy Active

Trip Snapshots

A lioness keeps watch A leopard sleeps off a large meal in the heat of the day Hippopotamuses crossing a river Enjoy a guided game drive to look for wildlife

Day 1 Arrive Nairobi

Arrive in Nairobi today on the flight of your choice. After meeting your driver, transfer to the luxurious Hemingways Nairobi for a restful evening. 

Day 2 Fly to Lewa Conservancy

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rise early for a scrumptious breakfast at Hemingways. We then leave Nairobi behind, boarding a light aircraft bound for the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Spanning across thousands of hectares of open grasslands, Lewa Conservancy is renowned as a pioneer in responsible tourism and actively advances community engagement and wildlife conservation programs. The park boasts a large diversity of wildlife, including the endangered black rhino, white rhino, elephant, lion, buffalo, wild dog, giraffe, cheetah, and over 400 bird species. 

After settling in we set out for our first game drive in Lewa Downs sanctuary. Return to the lodge in time for dinner, exchanging stories with fellow guests about your first day out on safari. 

Day 3 Lewa Conservancy

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today we explore Lewa Downs sanctuary and its abundance of wildlife. Set out early in the morning to observe wildlife before the sun casts its warm rays across the savannah, returning to the lodge in time for lunch and a quick rest. We set out again in the late afternoon, just as the sun begins to retreat and the wildlife emerges with the cooling temperatures. 

For those looking to participate in additional activities, the conservancy also offers escorted bush walks, horse riding, game watching from secluded game blinds, camel treks, bird watching, educational talks, walking safaris and cultural visits with local communities (some activities may incur additional cost, please inquire). 

Lodging subject to change based on season. 

Day 4 Fly to Olare Motorogi Conservancy

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today we enjoy an early breakfast before boarding an aircraft to the Masai Mara. Arrive at camp in time for a late lunch and an evening game drive in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy. This 85 square kilometer private wilderness conservancy forms part of the Masai Mara-Serengeti ecosystem, ensuring a true wilderness experience with one of the lowest tourist densities in the Mara region. 

Settle in at Mara Plains Camp for a restful evening in the Masai Mara. 

Day 5-6 Olare Motorogi Conservancy

  • Hotel
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
We will spend the next two days exploring the vast spaces and rolling hills of this famous ecosystem. Search for giraffe, zebra, hartebeest, warthog and the predators that inevitably follow, including lion, cheetah, hyena, and jackal. In between the hills run a number of small seasonal streams, fringed by stretches of forest which are home to baboon, elephant, buffalo, hippo, and leopard.

Find time to rest and relax in between game drives. Or, opt to visit a local village, set out on a wildlife walk or visit the home of a Masai tribesman (additional costs may apply). 

Conclude each day with a drink or cup of tea in the lounge or on your private deck, basking in the solitude of the Mara.

Day 7 Fly to Tanzania | Central Serengeti

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning we say goodbye to Kenya and make our way into Tanzania via light aircraft. After clearing customs, re-board our aircraft and fly into Tanzania's famous Serengeti National Park.

The Serengeti is perhaps Africa's most famous national park, and you will soon experience why. Widely known for its prime wildlife-viewing opportunities, the Serengeti's picture-perfect landscape is characterized by endless stretches of savannah-covered plains interspersed by rocky outcrops of granite and acacia woodlands. The park is home to a variety of wildlife and the annual Great Migration. Popular activities include game viewing, cultural tours, horse riding safaris, and hot air ballooning over the spectacularly scenic terrain.

Settle in upon arrival at Singita Faru Faru Lodge. After lunch we set out for an exciting game drive in Grumeti Game Reserve, a wildlife reserve located on the Serengeti's north-western border.

Day 8 Central Serengeti

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend a full day exploring the magic of the Grumeti Game Reserve. Keep your eyes peeled for any wildlife remaining on your "must see" list while enjoying the serene beauty of this expansive landscape. 

Day 9 Fly to Manyara | Ngorongoro Crater

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today we check out after breakfast and transfer to the local airstrip. From here we will board our flight to Manyara and onwards to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Reach the &beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge in time for a late lunch and with plenty of time to relax and enjoy this unique lodge and its magnificent views. 

Day 10 Ngorongoro Crater

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rise early to make the most of our day in the Ngorongoro Crater! The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest un-flooded and unbroken caldera in the world, covering 300 square kms in Northern Tanzania. The Crater's high walls serve as a natural enclosure for its abundance of wildlife. Keep your eyes sharp,  for we have a very real opportunity to view the Big 5 today.

Spend the full day exploring this vast area, learning about the historical significance of the Crater and the harmonious relationship between people and animals. Return to the lodge for a delicious dinner and relaxing evening above the Crater's high walls. 

Day 11 Chem Chem Concession

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Check out after breakfast, making our way toward the Great Rift Valley and Tarangire National Park. Upon arrival we will take time to enjoy lunch and familiarize ourselves with this special Conservancy before dinner.

Situated between the endless savannas of Tarangire and the bird-rich waters of Lake Manyara, Chem Chem Concession lies in the renowned migration corridor. The private concession covers 20,000 hectares of Tanzanian wilderness, characterized by vast grasslands dotted with ancient Baobab trees. This area is inhabited by herds of elephant, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, impala, and over 400 species of bird.

Day 12-13 Chem Chem Concession

  • Hotel
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Little Chem Chem is Big Game country, and soon all of your senses will come alive with the roar in the night, the scent in the breeze or the padded paw-print in the sand. Enjoy the next two days exploring this private concession: watch a cheetah sprint across the savannah, observe elephant herds on the move, or spot the rare tree-climbing lion. It is clear that the wilderness is all around you.

Settle in each evening under the stars, reminiscing as our time in East Africa comes to a close.

 

Day 14 Transfer to Arusha | Departure

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Rise early for one final game drive before transferring to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward flight home. 
 

&Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Hemingways Nairobi

Lewa House

Little Chem Chem

Mara Plains Camp

Singita Faru Faru Lodge

Per person starting at
$17,207

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Holiday Supplement: Please note a holiday supplement applies on a per-night basis for Christmas and Easter travel.

Included

  • 13 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 12 Dinners
  • 13 Nights Accommodations
    • 13 Nights Lodge
  • 13 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are included.
  • Internal flights as indicated in itinerary

Excluded

  • International Flights
  • Optional Excursions
  • Required Trip Insurance
  • Optional Gratuity
  • Tourist Visa
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