AASC07: 10 Days Nakuru/Masai Mara/Serengeti/Ngorongoro

10 Day Nakuru/Masai Mara/Serengeti/Ngorongoro camping safari

Departs Tuesdays
Safari to the most famous game parks in Kenya and Tanzania. It’s exciting! It’s magical!The game parks of Northern Tanzania are amongst the best in the world and offer very exciting game viewing. Ngorongoro Crater is known for its packs of hunting dogs and an abundance of other wild game. Lake Manyara lions have a habit of residing in the trees where they can relax and watch for prey while Serengeti is where the great wildebeest migration to Masai Mara commences.

 Day 1 – Masai Mara
Departing JKIA or Nairobi hotel in the morning we drive down the Escarpment via the floor of the Great Rift Valley, to Masai Mara. View game as you proceed to our campsite. At Masai Mara we pitch tents in a campsite outside the park.

Day 2 - Masai Mara:
We explore Masai Mara’s amazingly high concentration of game (throughout the year) with a morning and afternoon gamedrive assisted by your experienced professional driver tour guide to spot the animals. The Masai Mara Game Reserve is 1510sq km of open rolling grasslands dotted with the acacia trees harbouring lions, leopards, cheetah, elephants, buffaloes, zebras, masai giraffes, hippos, black rhinos, spotted hyenas many species of antelopes. The climax is the annual great wildebeest migration in July, August and September.

Day3. Lake Nakuru National Park
Depart Masai Mara in the morning for Lake Nakuru National Park with lunch enroute. Have afternoon gamedrive in Lake Nakuru to see the pink flamingos and the white rhinos along the shores. At Lake Nakuru you may find lion, leopard and plenty of waterbucks, buffaloes, gazelles, reedbucks, warthogs, hyraxes and baboons. Dinner and overnight in a campsite outside the park

Day 4 – Arusha
We leave the campsite for Arusha via up the escarpment past the outskirts of Nairobi to the Namanga border and into Tanzania with lunch en route. Dinner and overnight in a campsite in Arusha

Day 5 – Serengeti National Park
We depart in the morning for Serengeti National park with lunch and game viewing en route followed by dinner and overnight at a campsite.

“Serengeti is Africa’s most famous and Tanzania’s largest park covering 14,736 sq km and its eco system is shared with the Masai Mara National Reserve to the north in Kenya. With a wildebeest population of about 2 million and several other hoofed species (which include zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, impala, topi, Grants gazelle, Kongoni, Eland, Kirk’s dikdik, klipspringer, roan, Oryx, oribi, waterbuck, buffalo, giraffe and warthog), it is sure to attract a string of prey such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, golden jackals and bat eared foxes. Elephants are relatively scarce and the few remaining black rhinoceros are restricted to the Moru Koppies” area.

Day 6 – Serengeti National Park
Departing in the morning, you drive west game viewing through the western corridor of the Serengeti to the Central region of Seronera. Dinner and overnight at one of the campsites at SeroneraYou can visit the park all year round but there is less game in the park during the dry season – July /October, where they migrate to the Masai Mara in Kenya. During March to May the herds move in search of grazing to the southern section and in May to June, they move towards the western corridor of the park. Serengeti in the low season will still offer game viewing to match that of any park in Africa, and for some, the fact that there will be fewer tourists may be an added bonus.

Day 7 – Serengeti National Park
A full day’s game viewing in the central Serengeti. Overnight in a campsites in Seronera.Serengeti offers rewarding bird viewing with ostrich and kori bustard being quite common, a variety of larks, finches, and raptors can be seen but the most distinctive small bird is the lilac breasted roller.

Day 8 – Ngorongoro Crater
We view game as we drive southeast up into the magnificent Ngorongoro Conservation Area where we spend the night at the Simba (Lion) campsite on the crater rim. The Ngorongoro crater is the world’s biggest whole volcanic caldera at 8300 sq km and is arguably the most stunning arena. It is frequently described as one of the wonders of the world, not only because of its geological magnificence, but also because it serves as an extraordinary natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s largest populations of large mammals.

Day 9 – Ngorongoro crater to Arusha
We start refreshingly early as we descend into the crater to enjoy a full morning’s crater tour as we have a greater chance of seeing wildlife at this early hour. After lunch, we relocate you to Arusha town where we camp at a campsite or you have a choice of checking into a hotel at an extra cost should you require extra comfort after days in the African wild.

Day 10 – Nairobi
After a leisurely breakfast and a walk around Arusha town, which is situated at the base of Mt. Meru, we head back to Nairobi where you are dropped back in the city centre. End of Services

Included in the price:
 • Transport by a safari minibus in Kenya and 4x4 landcruiser in Tanzania with a pop up roof for best game viewing and photography
• Services of a professional English speaking driver/ tour guide
• All Game park entrance fees
 • Crater fees
• Full board accommodation in camps/campsites as specified in the itinerary or similar
• 3 Meals per day either vegetarian or non-vegetarian
• Meal Plan – BB=Bed, Breakfast; LD= Lunch, dinner; BLD= breakfast, lunch, dinner; HB = Diner, bed, Breakfast
• 1.5 liter bottle of mineral water per person per day while on safari

Not included in the price:
• Personal travel insurance
• Flying doctors emergency evacuations cover [available at US$10 per person]
• Cost of visas/ yellow fever vaccinations
• Olduvai Museum visit
• Optional activities payable directly on safari e.g. Masai village visit, nature walks, biking, boat rides etc
• All personal expenses; e.g. toiletries, laundry, beverages, tips to staff, driver tour guide etc.
• Any other extras not stated as included above

 What you need to bring on safari:
    Money for personal spending and tipping
    A pair of long trousers and jersey for the cool mornings and evenings in addition to plenty of light clothes for hot days (do not forget a hat), swim suit, a pillow, comfortable shoes/sandals and snacks
    Torch, sunglasses, suntan lotion, insect repellent/spray but not mosquito coils
    Mineral water and beverages
    Entry Visa &Yellow fever card
    Camera, memory cards, binoculars, maps, guide-books
    Toilet paper, towel, soap and toothbrush/paste