Embark on a fantastic safari taking in the wildlife and Big 5 of the Serengeti, Masai Mara and Ngorongoro Crater!
Spend time in a Masai Village and experience this ancient warrior culture. Take in thousands of pink flamingos in flight, and the magnificent scenery of the Great Rift Valley. This is a great safari with a focus on wildlife!
Duration: 15 Days
Style of Tour: Camping
Start: Nairobi (Kenya)
End: Nairobi (Kenya)
Price: From $2984 AUD
The wonders of Kenya and Tanzania unfold before you on this incredible Overland adventure deep into the heartland of the Masai tribes people and the finest game parks in eastern Africa. From the world-renowned Masai Mara and the vast open plains of the Serengeti to the stunning lakes of the Great Rift Valley and the dramatic scenery of the Ngorongoro Crater, you’ll spot a wealth of exotic predators and peaceful herbivores. Heading off the beaten track to walk in the footsteps of the Masai will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime!
Day 1: Nairobi
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1.
Nairobi – which takes its name from a Maasai phrase Enkare Nyrobi meaning ‘place of cool waters’ – has a cosmopolitan atmosphere. There are plenty of good bars and restaurants, while markets and shops have most things you could want or need, as well as various arts and crafts from the region. If you arrive early, you can head out and explore the National Museum of Kenya, the Karen Blixen Museum (author of Out of Africa) or Bomas of Kenya where traditional homesteads of several Kenyan tribes are displayed in an outdoor village.
Meals Included: 1 Breakfast. Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Day 2: Lake Nakaru
Drive north-west past great views of the Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha and Elementaita to Lake Nakuru National Park, situated in the heart of the Great Rift Valley (170 km, approx 3-4 hrs).
Lake Nakuru National Park’s small and compact area, based around the often flamingo-filled lake, makes it a great location for spotting wildlife. Along with the other members of the Big Five, Lake Nakuru harbours rhinos and there will be a good chance of taking a great picture of these magnificent beasts.
Included Activities: Lake Nakuru – Evening game drive
Head off to a nearby village where our guide will introduce us to local life. This is the best time and place to interact with the local villagers. Drive from Lake Nakuru to our camp near Lake Naivasha (110 km, approx 3 hrs).
One of the few freshwater lakes in the Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha has floating islands of papyrus reeds and a border of flat-topped acacias. It’s also home to a healthy population of hippos and a tremendous variety of birds.
We depart Lake Naivasha making a short stop in Narok en route to our camp site at Loita Hills (220 km, approx. 5-6 hours).
Today’s drive crosses the Great Rift Valley, Africa’s immense and spectacular great divide, and takes us into the remote region of Loita Hills, home of the traditional Maasai people. Here we visit the Maasai, known for their vibrant red dress and elaborate jewellery, and gain an insight into the culture and ancient ways of this proud East African Community.
Meet Maasai hosts and receive a fascinating talk offering insights into this remarkable and ancient culture from a local elder. Enjoy being shown around a traditional Maasai home and their cattle enclosures.
Included Activities: Cultural talk and village visit
It is 70 km from Loita to Masai Mara, which will take us approximately 1-2 hours. The road is dusty when dry and could be slippery and soft when wet.
The Masai Mara is the quintessential African experience with sparse open plains, dramatic skies and the world’s most iconic animals living within its boundaries. Explore this diverse environment and view a multitude of wildlife. Spend an entire day on a wildlife spotting quest in the reserve.
An optional balloon ride over the Masai Mara at sunrise is an unforgettable experience. Please note that we offer this activity as a pre-booked service which will guarantee you a spot in a balloon. Alternatively you can book this activity locally on the ground. However this is a popular activity and places are limited.
Board our safari truck and travel west. Crossing the incredibly scenic Great Rift Valley on the way to the tea- growing highlands is a fantastic introduction to the beautiful landscapes of Kenya. Pass through the ancient homeland of the Maasai, keeping a look out for these tall, graceful tribesmen dressed in distinctive scarlet robes tending to their prized herds of cattle.
Today’s destination is near the hilltop town of Kisii, our last chance to stock up on supplies before heading into Tanzania. Today’s drive will take about 8-9 hours (310 km) and the roads are pretty rough.
Meals Included: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Day 10: Lake Victoria
Travel towards the Kenya-Tanzania border and the shores of Lake Victoria (250 km, approx 7-8 hrs). Lake Victoria is Africa’s biggest lake and the world’s biggest tropical lake. Its shores are shared by Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
There are plenty of activities to choose from around Lake Victoria. You may wish to hire bicycles for a fascinating local experience, visit an African market place or you may prefer to just chill out with a cold lakeside drink.
Cover the 100 km from Lake Victoria to the gate of Serengeti National Park on a smooth road before enjoying a picnic lunch at the entrance to the park. The next 150 km is completed through the Serengeti and the driving will be slow as we game drive our way to the campsite.
The wide, open plains of the Serengeti – green after the rains, brown and burnt in the dry season, and home to thousands of hoofed animals and fierce predators – are perhaps the quintessential image of Africa. Flat and rolling with long grasses and dotted with acacia trees, the plains get their name from the Maasai word Siringet – ‘the place where the land moves on forever’.
On our second day here we awaken at dawn to begin our game drive. We will head out while the animals are at their most active, and after relaxing we head out again as the day begins to cool for our dusk game drive. For an unforgettable experience, you might like to do an optional sunrise balloon ride over the Serengeti. As the balloon only holds 16 people, places are limited and it is recommended you book this activity in advance.
A huge, perfectly intact volcanic crater, Ngorongoro is home to some 30,000 animals including endangered black rhinos, lions, leopards, elephants, impalas, zebras and hippos. The crater floor offers excellent game viewing all year round and the photographic opportunities here are unrivalled.
Drive out of the crater and head to Mto Wa Mbu for a look around the town and craft market before continuing on to our campsite (140 km, approx 5-6 hrs). A small village community, Mto Wa Mbu offers an excellent way to get a close-up look at life in an African town away from the main tourist trail.
Included Activities: Mto Wa Mbu – Market Visit, Ngorongoro Crater – Game drive
Set off early, heading for the border with Kenya and on to Nairobi (390 km, approx 7-8 hrs). This is a transport day to Nairobi. You can finish your trip in Arusha this morning if you wish to travel further in Tanzania or catch a flight.
There are various African safaris available to experience this stunning part of the globe, so if you are looking for a longer/shorter safari, or wish to see other sights, please get in touch with us as we can help find the perfect trip for you!