Combine these two diverse countries in one exhilarating 10 day safari. The itinerary has fabulous game-viewing opportunities throughout and includes various parks and reserves including Amboseli, Tarangire National Park, the World Heritage Site of Ngorongoro Crater and the majestic Serengeti National Park.
Accommodation includes the unique Porini Amboseli Camp, Nimali Tarangire and the Lemala tented safari camps. Starting and ending in Nairobi, the tour includes flights and inter-camp transport (and most game drives) by private 4×4 safari vehicle.
Accommodation & Transport
Starting from Nairobi, fly to Amboseli / Selenkay where you are met and transferred to Porini Amboseli Camp for 2 nights. On Day 3 travel to the border crossing, enter Tanzania and continue to Arusha for drop off at Lemala Villas (Bed & Breakfast). The next morning head to the beautiful Tarangire region for 2 nights, then on to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area for 1 night. Then continue to the Serengeti and to Lemala Ewanjan for 3 nights. There is fascinating game-viewing to be seen in the Serengeti then on the last day you fly back to Nairobi (via Arusha). Road transport is by comfortable 4×4 safari vehicle with an expert driver-guide.
NB includes shared game activities using camp’s own vehicle / guides at Porini Amboseli Camp and at Lemala Ewanjan. Other game drives in private 4×4 vehicle.
The location of Amboseli National Park is probably its biggest attraction – the whole park is overlooked by the world famous views of Mount Kilimanjaro.
The park’s open landscape is home to large herds of elephants whose population is one of the few in Africa that has been spared the butchery of poachers. Elephant numbers are now well over 1000 and they live in their natural social structures of matriarchal families and bull elephant groups. Predators in the park include hyenas, jackals; lions, leopards and cheetahs. Birdlife in abundance flourishes particularly in the marshes and swamps – over 420 species have been counted within the park as a whole including 6 species of vulture, 12 species of heron and 10 varieties of eagle.
Selenkay Conservancy is just 15km to the north and shares the same eco-system as Amboseli. It is established on lands leased from the local Maasai by Porini with the aim of protecting the wildlife habitat and encouraging wildlife conservation. Porini Amboseli Camp’s remote location off the beaten tourist track means that the local wildlife is unused to vehicle traffic, which it rarely encounters, and therefore behaves in its natural manner.
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park covers an area of 2,600 sq kms (1,000 sq miles) with its park like country, acacia woodlands, ancient baobabs, open bush, plains, swamps and rivers and stands of palm trees. This very diverse range of vegetation attracts many animals and birdlife During the dry season the Tarangire river is the only permanent water source attracting high concentrations of wildlife.
Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Ngorongoro Crater, one of the wonders of the natural world, is an extinct volcano that collapsed in on itself around 25 million years ago thus forming a vast superbowl where the largest permanent concentration of African game is on display. The central bowl – the caldera – has sides roughly 1,950 feet high and a flattish centre with a diameter of about ten miles. The views from the top of the crater wall are absolutely breathtaking. The crater walls are forested but four wheel drive vehicles will take you down into this primeval paradise of woodland, lake, river, swamp and plain that shelters around 20,000 animals. Many of these are the large grazing animals such as wildebeest, buffalo, gazelle and zebra who depend on the open grasslands in the crater. These attract the attendant predators, the black-maned lion, the leopard and hyena.
Elephants feed on the giant sedges and hippo wallow in the pools. The Fever Tree forests shelter monkeys, bushbuck and waterbuck and the few black rhino that have taken refuge here. A soda lake, fed by the Munge river attracts water birds, including flamingos and is a favourite place for predators to make their kill.
One of the most fascinating attractions in the area is the Olduvai Gorge, where an old river has carved away the rock to expose layer upon layer of volcanic soil.
Serengeti National Park
The vast 14,763 square kilometres of the Serengeti are renowned as being one of the world’s leading safari destinations
Every year the Great Migration of over 1.5 million animals, mostly wildebeest but also zebra and Thompson’s gazelle, moves through the western corridor on its 1000 kilometre journey to the fresh grazing of the Masai Mara. Predators pick off the weak and the young and crocodiles feast as the vast herd crosses the rivers. This is one of the earth’s great sights – but it is by no means all the Serengeti has to offer.
The vast, flat central plains, made fertile by the ashes of the none volcanoes of the Ngorongoro highlands, are places of huge skies, of shimmering heat hazes, yet also of delicate wild flowers blooming after the rains. The savannah, sprinkled with Acacia Tortilis, has majestic termite mounds and rock formations called kopjes which make great vantage points for predators. The lion are abundant, the leopard are plentiful (yet still secretive) and black rhino and cheetah both breed here.
There are more than 500 species of bird and, interestingly, 100 sub-species of dung beetle – a sign of a varied animal population! Ndutu, in the south, has small lakes where you may see hippo and water birds. Perhaps one of the best ways to see the Serengeti is a hot air balloon ride when, in the cool of the early morning, you may admire the grandeur, the vastness and the stunning landscape.
Day 1 Amboseli / Selenkay
Starting at Nairobi’s Wilson airport, fly to Amboseli (or direct to Selenkay airstrip). On arrival, met and transferred to Porini Amboseli Camp. Settle in to your tent, relax and have lunch. Take a guided walk with Maasai warriors to a village to get an insight into Maasai culture. Later take a game drive in the conservancy followed by a sundowner at a scenic spot overlooking Kilimanjaro. Night game drive and return to camp for dinner and overnight. (NB shared transfer and game drives in camp’s own vehicle).
Day 2 Amboseli National Park
After an early breakfast, drive via private track into Amboseli National Park, for a full morning of game viewing. Take a picnic lunch in the park and return to camp late afternoon. Evening game drive in Selenkay Conservancy. Sundowner at a scenic viewpoint, followed by a night game drive to look for nocturnal animals such as aardvarks, serval cats, caracals, bat-eared foxes, African wild cats, and other species. Return to camp for dinner and overnight. (Shared game drives in camp’s own vehicle).
Day 3 Amboseli to Arusha
Early morning game drive on Selenkay, returning for breakfast. Depart from Selenkay and transfer by private 4×4 to the border crossing where you will be met by our Tanzania representative. Continue with your private 4×4 vehicle to Arusha for drop off at Hammerkop House by Lemala (Bed & Breakfast)
Day 4 Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, check out and drive to Tarangire to arrive early in time for lunch followed by an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Nimali Tarangire (LDBB). (Transport & game drives using private 4×4).
Day 5 Tarangire National Park
Spend a full day in the park with morning and afternoon game drives. Meals and overnight at Nimali Tarangire (LDBB). (Transport & game drives using private 4×4).
Day 6 Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast, drive to the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact caldera in the world. Its enduring charm stems from its overwhelming beauty and the abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater floor. Afternoon tour of the crater. Dinner and overnight at Lemala Ngorongoro (LDBB). (Transport & game drives using private 4×4).
Day 7 Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, drive to the Serengeti National Park, undoubtedly the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and the greatest concentration of plains game anywhere. Arrive for lunch at the lodge and bid farewell to your driver-guide (subsequent shared game drives are using camp’s own vehicle). Afternoon game drive until sunset. Dinner and overnight at Lemala Ewanjan LDBB.
Day 8 & 9 Serengeti National Park
Spend a full day in the Serengeti with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight at Lemala Ewanjan (LDBB). (Shared game drives in camp’s own vehicle).
Day 10 Departure
After breakfast, check out and transfer to the local airstrip for your scheduled flight to Kilimanjaro and connect onto another scheduled flight to Nairobi. In Nairobi, you can either transfer to a hotel* or connect to your onward flight. (Our local representative will assist you at check-in and reconfirm your onward flight). * hotel not included but can be added at a supplement.
10 DAY KENYA & TANZANIA SAFARI (AIR & 4X4): prices are per person (min 2)
PRICES INCLUDE: Scheduled flight Nairobi Wilson to Amboseli (low season) or charter flight Nairobi Wilson to Selenkay airstrip (high season). 2 nights at Porini Amboseli Camp (Full Board basis, inclusive of house drinks, shared airstrip transfer and shared activities: game drives, guided walk, Maasai village visit, sundowners). Road transfer to Arusha (change of vehicle / driver at border crossing). 1 night at Lemala Villas (Bed & Breakfast basis). 2 nights at Nimali Tarangire (Full Board basis, inclusive of house drinks). 1 night at Lemala Ngorongoro (Full Board basis, inclusive of house drinks). 3 nights at Lemala Ewanjan (Full Board basis, inclusive of house drinks). Crater visit on Day 4. All game drives as per itinerary. All park entrance fees. Services of a qualified English Speaking Driver Guide. Transport in a 5- 7 Seater 4×4 vehicle. Scheduled flights Seronera to Kilimanjaro and Kilimanjaro to Nairobi.
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Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and may change.
Nimali Tarangire: $45 for nights of Dec 24, 25, 26, 31
One child 8-15 years old sharing a room with 2 adults pays 70% of adult rate
One child sharing a room with 1 adult is charged full adult rate.
Please note that children under 8 years old are not allowed at Porini and Nimali Camps
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