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Kenya & Tanzania Wildlife Discoverer

This remarkable journey is truly all encompassing, including the best safari and wildlife viewing in Kenya and Tanzania whilst returning at night to superb permanent tented camps and lodges. Including all the areas frequented by the migration on their annual route, you will have the best opportunity to witness one of the most spectacular wildlife sightings in the world. From Arusha we visit Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks, before experiencing the cultural heritage of the various tribal groups who live nearby. We spend a day exploring the Ngorongoro Crater then continue west to the world famous Serengeti National Park where we have a chance to view vast herds of grazing animals and the magnificent predators that follow them. Crossing the border into Kenya, we enjoy fantastic game viewing in the renowned Masai Mara National Reserve and Amboseli National Park. With a wonderful variety of wildlife, culture and adventure, this is a truly unforgettable experience.

Inclusions

14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners
Airport transfers (days 1 and 15 only)
7 nights in 3 star permanent safari camps on a twinshare basis
3 nights in 3 star safari lodges on a twinshare basis
4 nights in 3 star hotels on a twinshare basis
English speaking local driver-guides
Game drives and excursions as listed in itinerary
National park and conservation fees valued at US$975
Private safari transport
Hightlights
Spot the Big Five in the renowned Serengeti National Park
Experience a great variety of wildlife in the World Heritage listed Ngorongoro Crater
Immerse in the rich cultural heritage of Tanzania's various tribal groups including the Masai
Explore Amboseli National Park, with views of Mount Kilimanjaro
Game-drive through the remarkable Masai Mara National Reserve
Discover Lake Manyara National Park, known for its large flocks of flamingos and elusive tree climbing lions
Visit the Karen Blixen Museum and the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi
View the large elephant population, baobab trees and incredible views in Tarangire National Park
Venture on an enjoyable excursion by boat on Lake Victoria
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
15
Price From
AUD $7,560
Start Location
Arusha or Nairobi, Tanzania
End Location
Tanzania
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
4 to 7
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Slow paced, Walking
Physical Rating
Easy
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
07 Dec 201821 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $7,560
20 Dec 201803 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $7,560
11 Jan 201925 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $7,560
05 Feb 201919 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $7,560
24 Feb 201910 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $7,560
19 Mar 201902 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $7,560
28 Mar 201911 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $7,560
15 Apr 201929 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $7,560
24 Apr 201908 May 2019AvailableAUD $7,560
01 Jun 201915 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $7,560
16 Jun 201930 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $7,560
01 Jul 201915 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $7,560
08 Jul 201922 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $7,560
16 Jul 201930 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $7,560
08 Aug 201922 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $7,560
16 Aug 201930 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $7,560
23 Aug 201906 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $7,560
01 Sep 201915 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $7,560
08 Sep 201922 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $7,560
16 Sep 201930 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $7,560
24 Sep 201908 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $7,560
01 Oct 201915 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $7,560
10 Oct 201924 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $7,560
16 Oct 201930 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $7,560
06 Nov 201920 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $7,560
12 Nov 201926 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $7,560
28 Nov 201912 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $7,560
07 Dec 201921 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $7,560
20 Dec 201903 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $7,560
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
Upon your arrival, you will be collected from the airport and transferred to your lodge in the lush forests surrounding the town of Arusha. If you arrive early enough, you will have an opportunity to explore the lodge grounds, take a dip in the swimming pool or partake in any of the offered additional activities available. Accommodation: Moivaro Coffee Plantation Lodge or similar Approx. distance: 50 km Approx. driving time: 1 hour
Day 2
Your safari begins after breakfast this morning. Our first stop is Arusha town, for any last minute purchases before we head off on an exciting safari experience! We set off towards Lake Manyara National Park, with the drive being in the region of about 2 hours. Manyara NP is not only known for its large flocks of flamingos, but also for the elusive tree climbing lions. Accommodation: Rift Valley Photographic Lodge or similar Approx. distance: 200 km Approx. driving time: 4-5 hours (including game drive speeds)
Day 3
After breakfast, we set out to experience the cultural diversity of Mto-wa-Mbu, starting at the market and visiting a Chagga family producing banana beer and passing by many different farms. On the way, your guide will introduce you to the various fruits and vegetables growing in the area and explain the irrigation system that sustains local crops. After a delicious, home-cooked meal in a local Mama's home, we will take a walk starting from the Miwaleni waterfall which falls down from the Rift Valley and has created a green oasis. We will walk towards the Papyrus Lake (approx 5 km), where the Rangi people collect the materials for their mats and baskets. Along the way you can see rice farming and visit Sandawe families who still make traditional bows and arrows for hunting. Late afternoon we enjoy a visit to the Masai Boma for the cultural encounter of a life time. The Masai people are semi-nomadic herders, who choose to live a traditional lifestyle and are known for their distinctive traditional attire. On completion we return to the lodge for dinner & overnight. Accommodation: Rift Valley Photographic Lodge or similar NOTE - On Day 3 of this trip, you may be offered the opportunity to visit an orphanage and school. World Expeditions clients, and other passengers on this trip, will have the option to participate in the Papyrus Lake walk instead. Please see the Responsible Travel paragraph in this document for more information on why World Expeditions ds not support 'orphanage tourism'.
Day 4
After breakfast, we will depart for Tarangire National Park for a full day's game drive. The breath-taking views of the Maasai Steppe, and the mountains to the south, make a stop at Tarangire a truly memorable experience. Tarangire is as well known for its huge elephant population and baobab trees. It forms the centre of an annual migratory cycle that includes up to 3000 elephant, 25,000 wildebeest and 30,000 zebra. Accommodation: Rift Valley Photographic Lodge or similar Approx. distance: 130 km Approx. driving time: 2-3 hours
Day 5
This morning we have an early departure for a game drive in the world renowned Ngorongoro Crater. For many, this wildlife spectacle is the pinnacle of their safari experience! At nearly 2300m, the highlands around Ngorongoro Crater has brisk mornings and low cloud sometimes covers the area. Please bring some warm clothing as it can be cold here. The Crater is one of the last refuges for the endangered black rhino in northern Tanzania; the rhino population here is carefully protected and they are quite commonly seen. With over 30,000 animals, the Ngorongoro Crater can be regarded as a "Garden of Eden". The 100 sq km caldera also has the highest density of lions anywhere in Africa and forms a natural enclosure for all its inhabitants. The Ngorongoro Crater boasts all of the 'Big 5', including a small population of endangered black rhino. After a picnic lunch, we head towards the Serengeti through the stunning Southern Plains sector of the park. This is the area that the Serengeti is best known for the endless, undulating grass savannah with rocky outcrops that serve as isolated wildlife refuges. Accommodation: Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp or similar Approx. distance: 400 km (including the Crater) Approx. driving time: 6-7 hours (mostly at game drive speeds)
Day 6
Today you will be spending a full day game driving around the Seronera area of the Serengeti. The Serengeti is divided into three main areas: Seronera is the most central and accessible region and this is where the Park HQ is based, as well as most of the larger lodges and communal campsites. This part of the Serengeti is characterised by open plains of grassland, packed with animals. The Seronera River is the lifeblood of the Serengeti and this area is renowned for great game viewing all year round. It is also particularly good for lion and cheetah sightings, as well as the most elusive of all big cats, the leopard. The Serengeti National Park, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage area for its wildlife and natural beauty. Accommodation: Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp or similar
Day 7
We have another exciting day of exploring the Serengeti National Park ahead of us. Famed for its annual migration, the Serengeti offers amazing game viewing at any time of the year: herds of buffalo, groups of elephant and giraffe, zebra, eland, topi, kongoni, impala and gazelle, among other wildlife. With lunch boxes provided we continue with game drives throughout the day, scanning the endless plains, spotting many animals and truly realizing just why this national park is so famous. In the late afternoon we drive back to the lodge for overnight. Accommodation: Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp or similar
Day 8
After breakfast we make our way to Lake Victoria. We pass through the villages of the Sukuma tribe, who grow ground nuts, sorghum and cassava as well as keeping livestock. Life carries on here simply as it has done for ages, but with a few poignant reminders of the 20th century. Some leisure time in the afternoon, or to possibly take a bird walk along the lake shore. Accommodation: Speke Bay Lodge or similar Approx. distance: 250 km Approx. driving time: 4-5 hours (including game drive speeds)
Day 9
This morning you have the opportunity to take part in a boat excursion to one of the local fishing villages, before we bid Lake Victoria farewell and continue our journey northwards across the border into Kenya. Here we head to the Masai Mara, the traditional land of the Maasai people, who are permitted to graze their cattle in this area. The Masai Mara covers an area that includes the riverine forests along the banks of the Mara and Talek Rivers, acacia forests and the open plains of the savannah. Accommodation: Mara Eden Safari Camp or similar Approx. distance: 270 km Approx. driving time: 6-8 hours (border crossing dependent)
Day 10
Today we spend the whole day game viewing in the world famous Masai Mara National Park. Here the various habitats are home to a great variety of game including lion, leopard, cheetah, zebra, wildebeest (gnu), giraffe, buffalo, jackal, topi, gazelle, impala and elephant. Hippopotamus and crocodile are also plentiful in the rivers and the bird life is very abundant. Accommodation: Mara Eden Safari Camp or similar
Day 11
After breakfast we head off towards Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. We have the afternoon at leisure or to explore the city. Time allowing, we visit the Kazuri Beads Centre and workshop for those interested in shopping. Kazuri means "small and beautiful" in Swahili and it describes each striking ceramic bead which is shaped by hand by the women employed at the Kazuri workshop. Nairobi is a cosmopolitan, lively and interesting city. Its central business district is nicely compact and it is therefore a great place to tune into modern urban African life. Later in the afternoon, we head to the hotel for dinner and overnight. Accommodation: Eka Hotel or similar Approx. distance: 280 km Approx. driving time: 5-6 hours
Day 12
After breakfast, we further explore Nairobi with a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum. The museum is the beautiful and historic farmhouse where Karen Blixen, author of "Out of Africa", lived between 1917 and 1931 until she left Kenya after a series of personal tragedies. Thereafter, we head to the Giraffe Centre and the Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage for a visit. The institution is named after the wife of the late famous Naturalist, David William Sheldrick who was the founder warden of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya from its inception in 1948 to 1976. At 11:00, the baby animals are brought from the national park for a mud-bath at the orphanage, where for an hour you can get close to them. Lunch will follow before driving down to Amboseli National Park, arriving in the afternoon. Accommodation: Kibo Safari Camp or similar Approx. distance: 240 km Approx. driving time: 4-5 hours
Day 13
Today we will head into the Amboseli National Park for a full day of game viewing in one of Kenya's most famous parks. Amboseli is known for its huge elephant bulls with their magnificent tusks, which make for the ultimate safari picture with the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. Accommodation: Kibo Safari Camp or similar
Day 14
This morning after a leisurely breakfast, we make our way to the border and then onwards to Kilimanjaro Airport. En route, we pass the Marangu waterfalls which is a moderately strenuous walk (we do recommend sturdy shs and a degree of walking fitness). We continue to KIA via Moshi town the gateway to the Kilimanjaro National Park. Your lodge is situated close to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for an easy connection with your outbound flight tomorrow. Accommodation: KIA Lodge or similar Approx. distance: 170 km Approx. driving time: 4-5 hours (border crossing dependent)
Day 15
After breakfast, you will be transferred by the hotel to the airport for your outbound flight. NOTE - This trip also starts in Nairobi.