Combine Masai Mara & Serengeti safari is primarily big game destinations and home to many of Africa’s legendary parks. Safari tours can easily blend Kenya’s Masai Mara and Amboseli reserves with Tanzania’s Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. The wildebeest migration is the best reason for combining these two destinations. The migration starts in the southern Serengeti, moves through the central and western Serengeti, and into the Masai Mara. By combining Kenya and Tanzania, you’ll witness the spectacle of the mega-herds and enjoy Africa’s best crowd-free game viewing away from the main event.
It is absolutely worth exploring off-the-beaten track to take in the spectacular scenery and rare wildlife in parks like Kenya’s Samburu and Tanzania’s Tarangire.
Kenya and Tanzania safari itinerary
Day 1 Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya
Welcome to Africa! Arrive this evening, check in to your hotel, and prepare for your safari adventure!
Day 2 Nairobi–Maasai Mara National Reserve
This morning we drive via Narok to Masai Mara, Kenya’s – and Africa’s – premier game reserve rich with animal life and traditional homeland of the native Maasai people. Known especially for the annual migration that sees some 1.3 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra, and 500,000 Thomson’s gazelle (among others) migrate north from the Serengeti in Tanzania to Masai Mara. The “Mara,” as it’s known, sits in the Great Rift Valley and comprises 200 square miles of vast plains, acacia forests, grass-covered hills, and slow-flowing rivers. This afternoon we embark on the first game drive of our stay. Dinner tonight is at our tented camp, as are all meals throughout our stay.
Day 3-4 Maasai Mara
We spend today “on safari,” venturing out on early morning and late afternoon game drives during prime viewing hours to glimpse some of the lion, leopard, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, gazelle, wildebeest, elephant, buffalo, hippo, rhino, and other wildlife that call the Mara home.
Day 5: Masai Mara – Lake Nakuru (Kenya)
Breakfast and thereafter drive to Lake Nakuru National Park with game drive en-route to Sarova Lion Hill for lunch. Afternoon game drive. Lake Nakuru is known as a Ramsar bird site specifically founded for the protection of the black and white rhino. It is also a home for more than 450 species of birds including the lesser and greater flamingos, pelicans, African fish eagles and many others. Dinner and overnight Sarova Lion Hill Lodge.
Day 6: Lake Nakuru – Amboseli (Kenya)
After breakfast, drive to Amboseli via Nairobi and further south arriving at Amboseli Sopa Loge for late lunch. Amboseli is a home to the famous Masai tribesmen where a visit to Masai village would be optional. Afternoon game drive, with good weather giving the possibility to see the snow capped Mount Kilimanjaro. Dinner and overnight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge
Day 7: Amboseli – Lake Manyara (Kenya to Tanzania)
After breakfast drive to border town of Namanga (Kenya/Tanzania border) for immigration formalities and change vehicle to Lake Manyara arriving in time for lunch. Afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge.
Day 8: Lake Manyara – Serengeti (Tanzania)
After breakfast drive to Serengeti National Park arriving at Serengeti Sopa Lodge for lunch. Afternoon game drive in the Serengeti endless plains whose inhabitants include great herds of wildebeests, gazelles, zebras and a pride of lions lounging in the tree shades. Dinner and overnight at Seronera Wildlife Lodge
Day 9: Serengeti (Tanzania)
Full day in Serengeti dedicated to morning, mid-morning and afternoon game drives. All meals and overnight at Seronera Wildlife Lodge.
Day 10: Serengeti – Ngorongoro (Tanzania)
After breakfast, drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) arriving at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge for lunch. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
Day 11: Ngorongoro (Tanzania)
After breakfast, Morning crater tour with picnic lunches. The crater is 670m deep and 260km² wide, making it the largest in the world. You will have a break for lunch at the Ngoitoktok springs picnic site. Return to your lodge after a thrilling exercise of driving up the narrow and steep crater walls and drive back to Arusha