Showcasing a panoramic north-south selection of Kenya's most famous national parks, this cross-border safari includes a visit to the shores of Africa's largest inland lake, Lake Victoria, before crossing into Tanzania's mighty Serengeti and thereafter descending into the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World', the sensational Ngorongoro Crater. Leaving the crater behind crossing back into Kenya and concluding in the world-famous Amboseli National Park. Uniquely varied, this essential travel itinerary also includes stays in both traditional tented safari lodges and luxury tented camps.
Luxury tented camp
Kiboko Safari Destinations
Samburu National Reserve
Ol Pejeta Ranch
Lake Nakuru National Park
Masai Mara National Reserve
Serengeti National Park
Amboseli National Park
|1 night (bed and breakfast)
Lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, cheetah, hippos, crocodiles, wildebeest, zebra, antelope, gazelle, impala, waterbuck, topi, eland, plains game, giraffe and rhino.
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Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi
Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the historic 5-star Sarova Stanley Hotel. One of Nairobi's oldest and best renowned city hotels, it stands in the city centre within easy reach of both shops and tourist attractions, and offering a health club, roof-top swimming pool and a wide selection of restaurants and bars.
Overnight at Sarova Stanley Hotel on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 2: Nairobi to Samburu
After an early breakfast, drive north of Nairobi up the Great Rift Valley to the Samburu National Reserve arriving in time for a late lunch at the Ashnil Samburu Camp which features 24 tents. The tents are widely spaced along the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River, surrounded by doum palms and acacia trees. The main guest area, also shaded by a canopy of acacia trees, offers a comfortable reception and lounge, a spacious dining room, atmospheric bar and a broad deck, which offers unparalleled game-viewing across the wide reaches of the Uwaso Nyiro River, which is the lifeblood of this otherwise arid northern region. Dinner and overnight at the camp.
A place of endless skies, dust-red plains and palm-fringed rivers, Samburu National Reserve lies on the fringes of the vast and arid desert once known as the Northern Frontier District, whose heat-scorched scrublands extend all the way to the jade-green waters of Lake Turkana and beyond. Physically dramatic, the 104 sq kilometre landscape of the Reserve features rocky battlements, craggy scarps, dry river beds and fallen boulders rising out of the thorn scrub against a backdrop of the far-distant hills and the great red table mountain known as Ololokwe.
Distance/drive time: 380 km / 5½ hours
Day 3: On safari in Samburu
Enjoy a full day on safari in Samburu followed by sundowners and dinner at the lodge.
Day 4: Samburu to Ol Pejeta
Leave the lodge after breakfast and travel south along the flanks of Mount Kenya to enter the Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp. The camp is gathered around a waterhole and features two rows of tents, which are reached via a series of stone pathways, which wind through our landscaped grounds. The camp has 39 luxury tents, each with its own ensuite bathroom (hot and cold running water, 24-hour hot showers and flushed WCs). All our tents have luxury canvas interiors, solid floors and separate thatched roofs. Electricity is provided by 24 hour generator. 14 of our tents are on raised platforms with private balconies, the rest have private verandas, all with safari chairs and tables. Extra beds and cots can also be provided. Each tent features either a king-sized double bed or two twins. Mosquito nets are provided, as are hot water bottles at night.
About Ol Pejeta Ranch
Ol Pejeta Game Conservancy boats a higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any of Kenya's national parks, the camp offers unprecedented opportunities for wildlife watching, either by guided walks, camel treks, or by day and night game drives, while likely sightings include all the members of ‘The Big Five' (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard).
Distance/drive time: 220km / 3½ hours
Day 5: Ol Pejeta to Lake Nakuru
After breakfast, drive to Lake Nakuru National Park in time for a late lunch at Flamingo Hill Tented Camp. After lunch, enjoy a game drive in the park before returning to the lodge in time for a swim, optional cocktails and dinner.
Entitled ‘the greatest bird spectacle on earth' thanks to the millions of fuchsia-pink flamingo that flock to feed on the teeming algae of its alkaline waters, the pink-frosted shores and sky-mirrored waters of Lake Nakuru yield some of the most evocatively beautiful photo-images in Africa. As Kenya's first and largest rhino sanctuary, sightings of both black and white rhino are almost guaranteed, while plentiful waterbuck, warthog, zebra, gazelle and buffalo graze the shoreline. Echoing to the haunting cries of the numerous fish eagles, this is also the park in which you have the best chance of seeing a leopard.
Distance/drive time: 200 km / 3 hours
Day 6: Lake Nakuru to the Mara
After breakfast depart very early and drive to the Masai Mara National Reserve and into Sarova Mara for lunch. After lunch, enjoy your first game drive in the Mara as you drive to your camp, Ashnil Mara Camp, which offers 30 luxury tents close to the Mara River. In the evening, perhaps take an early swim before proceeding for dinner and thereafter overnight
Offering an abundance of herbivores, the Mara makes the ideal hunting ground for Kenya's famous ‘big cats' and hosts her largest population of lions. It also offers the best chance of spotting a leopard in the wild. Other predators include cheetah and spotted hyena. Historically teaming with wildlife, the Mara is famous for the large herds of elephant and buffalo that meander its plains; also for the fat pods of hippo that wallow in its mud-brown rivers. Other stars include the distinctive Masai giraffe, plum-coloured topi, Coke's hartebeest, Grant's and Thomson's gazelle, zebra, impala, Kirk's dik-dik, bushbuck, waterbuck and red duiker. The Reserve also boasts plentiful Nile crocodile, monitor lizard, baboon, vervet; blue and red-tailed monkeys, nocturnal bush babies, and tree hyrax. There are over 550 resident and migratory species of birds.
Distance/drive time: 350 km / 5½ hours
Day 7: On safari in the Mara
With a full day to enjoy all that the Mara has to offer, game drives morning and afternoon. The camp offers optional activities such as guided nature/bird-spotting walks, and cultural visits to local Maasai villages. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the camp.
Day 8: The Mara to Lake Victoria
After breakfast cross the border between Kenya and Tanzania at Isabenia and drive to the shores of Lake Victoria with a picnic lunch on the way. Check into the Speke Bay Lodge, which is on the lake shore, and spend a restful afternoon on the largest inland lake in the world. The white-painted lodge, which offers a series of traditional round or ‘rondavel' thatched buildings, has been styled to resemble a small village of the local Sukuma people and offers guided walks, biking, fishing, canoeing and more (some or all of which may be charged additionally). Dinner at the lodge.
Distance/drive time: 472km / 9 hours
Day 9: Lake Victoria
Day spent at the shores of Lake Victoria with 1.5hour boat ride and visit to local village. All meals and overnight at the Speke Bay Lodge.
Day 10: Lake Victoria to the Serengeti
After breakfast drive to the Serengeti National Park and to Serengeti Serena Lodge, which is ideally located for safari game drives as well as optional activities such as balloon safaris, guided walks etc. Lunch and afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
About the Serengeti
Covering 14,763 sq km of endlessly rolling savannah plains, the Serengeti is Tanzania's first-established, largest and most famous park wherein tens of thousands of hoofed animals roam in a constant and unremitting search for the fresh grasslands upon which their survival depends.
Distance/drive time: 250km / 5 hours
Day 11: On safari in the Serengeti
With a full day's game-driving in the park, your options are wide. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the camp, where guided nature walks can also be taken. Game drives can be taken morning and afternoon. Whilst the annual migration is the Serengeti's most famous attraction, the Park is also renowned for its lion, many of which have been fitted with radio-transmitter collars so that their movements may be tracked, and additionally for its wealth of cheetah, zebra, giraffe, Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, eland, impala, klipspringer, hippo and warthog.
Day 12: The Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast depart with game drive en-route, drive through the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, stopping enroute for a visit to the world-famous Olduvai Gorge Palaeolithic site and reputed ‘Cradle of Mankind'. Scale the side of the crater, circle the rim and descend to the Ngorongoro crater for afternoon half-day guided tour of the crater. Picnic lunch will be taken at the crater floor. Ascend to your lodge for the evening and dinner at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, which offers the finest location of all the crater rim lodges, lying on the southern rim of the crater, directly above the yellow fever trees of the Lerai Forest.
Often referred to as ‘the eighth wonder of the world' the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa's best-known wildlife arenas. A World Heritage Site, it is also one of the largest volcanic craters in the world (almost 20 kilometres wide, 610-760 metres deep and covering a total area of 264 square kilometres). An utterly unique biosphere, the Crater harbours grasslands, swamps, forests, saltpans, a fresh water lake and a glorious variety of birdlife, all enclosed within its towering walls. Due to its high concentration of wildlife, close-range viewing opportunities and striking scenery it is also Tanzania's most visited destination. Dinner at the lodge.
Distance/drive time: 195 km / 3½ hours
Day 13: Ngorongoro Crater to Amboseli
After breakfast drive to Arusha and enjoy some lunch at the Arusha Coffee Lodge, then to the Namanga Kenya/Tanzania border. Complete immigration formalities and change vehicles. Drive to Amboseli National Park and enjoy an afternoon game drive before checking in to Kilima Safari Camp, which is one of Amboseli's finest camps and lies next to the Kimana Gate Park entrance, and area famous for its large elephant population. After dinner in the atmospheric central dining room, enjoy a display of traditional Maasai dance or a wildlife talk.
Towered over by the magnificent bulk of Mount Kilimanjaro (5,896 m), Africa's highest mountain, Amboseli is one of Kenya's oldest, famous and most-visited parks. Endlessly panoramic, yet comparatively compact, it is dotted with emerald green swamps in which great herds of elephant wallow; half submerged in the papyrus grasses. The permanent marshlands also provide a potent draw to hippos and buffaloes, while offering a haven for the abundant water birds. An International Biosphere Reserve, the park largely constitutes the usually dried-out lakebed of Lake Amboseli, which is surrounded by flat grasslands relieved by very few trees. On the plains are numerous antelopes, spotted hyenas, jackals, warthogs, olive baboons and vervet monkeys. Lions are rare. Observation Hill, a conical peak, which is easily climbed, offers stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Distance/drive time: 404 km / 7 hours
Day 14: On safari in Amboseli National Park
Spend the entire day game-driving in the park, which is an International Biosphere Reserve featuring the dried-out lakebed of prehistoric Lake Amboseli, rolling savannah and lush green swamps. The plains offer numerous antelopes, spotted hyenas, jackals, warthogs, olive baboons, vervet monkeys and the chance of spotting a lion, leopard or cheetah.
Observation Hill, a conical peak, which is easily climbed, offers stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Lunch and dinner will be taken at the lodge, whose grounds also offer the opportunity of optional nature walk with bird-spotting (150 species in the grounds alone). Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the camp
Day 15: Amboseli to Nairobi
After breakfast at the camp, drive to Nairobi and take lunch at Carnivore Restaurant with its glowing BBQs serving all manner of meats. Depart for your flight home.
Distance/drive time: 260km / 4 hours
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