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.
Day 1: Fairmont Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi
Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the 5-star hotel Fairmont Norfolk Hotel. Dinner (not included) can be taken at the hotel or at any of the cities many restaurants.
Day 2: Sweetwaters Serena Camp, Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Leave the hotel after breakfast and travel north to Mount Kenya and enter the Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp - Morani room. 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.
Day 3: Sweetwaters Serena Camp, Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Enjoy an entire day exploring the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy with game drives, Rhino Sanctuary and Chimpanzee sanctuary visits.
Optional activities: Guided bush walks, bird watching, local community visits and so many more activities here.
Day 4: Flamingo Hill Tented Camp, Lake Nakuru National Park
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 camp in time for a swim and dinner.
Optional: Enjoy evening cocktails at extra cost.
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. The lake is renowned as ‘The greatest bird spectacle on earth’ thanks to the millions of fuchsia-pink flamingoes that flocked to feed on the teeming algae of its alkaline waters. The pink-frosted shores and sky-mirrored waters yielded some of the most evocatively beautiful photo-images in Africa. Now the lake’s water levels have risen, and the algae is thinned out prompting the flamingos to temporarily migrate. Distance/drive time: 200 km / 3 hours
Day 5: Flamingo Hill Tented Camp, Lake Nakuru National Park
After breakfast, day spent at Lake Nakuru National Park with game viewing. All meals and overnight at the camp.
Day 6: Ashnil Mara Camp, Masai 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: Ashnil Mara Camp, Masai Mara
Spend all day on safari in the reserve with morning and afternoon game drives. The camp offers a list of optional activities and facilities that are an excellent complement to your safari: a swimming pool, Guided Nature Walks with an in-house naturalist, in-house cultural activities, sundowners, Hippo Pool breakfast with 'bubbly' (sparkling wine), bush & riverside dinners, massage services. All meals and overnight at Ashnil Mara Camp.
Day 8: Serenity on the Lake Eco Luxury Resort, Lake Victoria
After breakfast drive to the border cross between Kenya and Tanzania at Isabenia then drive to the shores of Lake Victoria with a picnic lunch on the way. Check into the Serenity on the Lake. Dinner at the lodge. Distance/drive time: 470 km / 8½ hours
Day 9: Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp, Eastern Serengeti
After breakfast explore Lake Victoria with 1.5hour canoe ride and visit to local fish village. Depart and drive to the Serengeti National Park and to Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp which is scenically located in a glade, known as ‘the place of the klipspringer’ (mbuzi mawe), and guarded by three-million-year-old granite towers. The camp is cleverly located on one of the main annual migration corridors. Enjoy lunch and afternoon game drive, dinner and overnight at the camp. Distance/drive time: 250km / 5 hours
Day 10: Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp, Eastern Serengeti
With a full day on safari (morning and afternoon game drives included) your options are wide. The Serengeti, whose Maasai name ‘Siringet’ translates as ‘the endless plains’, offers unparalleled ornithological opportunities and an unrivalled natural arena wherein the glory and harmony of nature can be appreciated as nowhere else on earth. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the camp.
Day 11: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, enjoy a morning game drive as you leave the Serengeti with picnic lunch and drive to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area via Olduvai Gorge. Popularly known as the ‘Cradle of Mankind’, Olduvai is the site of one of the most important and controversial Palaeolithic finds in recent history. In the late afternoon, arrive at the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, a unique lodge clinging to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the Crater 600 metres below. Dinner and overnight at the lodge. Distance/drive time: 150 km / 3 hours
Day 12: Mount Meru Hotel, Arusha
After breakfast drive to Arusha - to the foot of the wooded slopes of Mount Meru. Check-in to the Mount Meru Hotel, a modern hotel nestled against one of the most majestic backdrops – the Mount Meru. Lunch and afternoon will be at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Distance/drive time: 223 km / 4.5 hours
Day 13: End of Itinerary
After breakfast, transfer to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward flights.