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14-day Under the Stars of Tanzania and Kenya

On our popular 15-day Under the Stars of Tanzania and Kenya adventure camping safari you will experience everything Kenya and Tanzania have to offer.  Starting in Tanzania, you visit the highlights of the NOrthern Circuit including Tarangire National Park, Lake Natron, the Serengeti and the crowning glory; the Ngorongoro Crater. Unique to this safari is the route alongside Lake Natron with its gigantic flamingo colony. Unlike other safaris, it is also possible to travel in and out of the Serengeti along different routes that takes you a little away from the tourist route with a more ‘off the beaten track’ feel and sense of adventure.  In Kenya you will be game-viewing in open-sided 4x4 game viewing escorted by top class guides and in exclusive wildlife conservancies away from the tourist minibuses, but at a hugely reduced price by staying in small basic adventure camps, “real camping” instead of the luxury accommodation of the expensive up-market tented lodges.

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From
USD$4,771
per person sharing*

Highlights

  • Serengeti National Park
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Lake Natron
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Amboseli National Park
  • Masai Mara Game Reserve
  • Kenya campsites are in exclusive private wildlife conservancies 

Includes

  • Full Board while on safari
  • B&B in Nairobi
  • Transportation in closed 4WD vehicles in Tanzania
  • Transportation in open 4WD vehicles in Kenya
  • Light Aircraft flights in Kenya
  • Mineral water on safari
  • Tents, mattresses and camping equipment (except sleeping bags and small pillow)
  • All game-drive activities
  • All national park, reserve and conservancy entrance fees

Excludes

  • All international flights
  • Flight - Kilimanjaro to Nairobi on Day 8
  • Airport Transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Gratuities
  • Visas
  • Vaccinations
  • Sleeping bag
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks

Starts

Arusha, Tanzania

Ends

Nairobi, Kenya

Duration

15 days

Countries visited

Kenya, Tanzania

Departures

Small Group. Set departure dates

Price

From USD$4,771
per person sharing*

Group Size

2+ people

Safari Type

Adventure Camping

Accommodation:

Adventure Camping

Vehicle

Day 1 Arusha – Tarangire National Park
After a short briefing in the morning, you will head off in direction of the Tarangire National Park. The park with its savannah, baobab trees, seasonal swamps is home to huge elephant herds. Animals gather at the life-giving Tarangire River and you should see a selection of mammals ranging from giraffes, bushbucks and hartebeests to zebras and warthogs. The park is also home to buffaloes, zebras and wildebeests which are always closely followed by a range of predators such as lions. Leopards are seen now and then but cheetahs are rarely spotted. From the open roof of the safari vehicle you will be able to absorb the landscape and watch the animals. In the late afternoon you will leave the park and head to a nearby campsite, where you will spend the night in a tent.
Lunch; Dinner

Day 2 Tarangire Area – Lake Natron
After breakfast you will leave the area around Tarangire National Park and head to the multicultural village of Mto wa Mbu. From here you will travel on a spectacular and very bumpy gravel road along the Rift Valley Escarpment with Ol Doinyo Lengai “the holy mountain” of the Masai in the distance. Today’s destination is the typical Masai village of Ngare Sero in the hot and dusty Rift Valley. In the distance you might see a pink glow from flamingos breeding and feeding on the algae of the alkaline Lake Natron (seasonal and depending on water level). In the afternoon you will join a Masai guide on a walk to a nearby waterfall before you return to the campsite for your overnight.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3 Lake Natron – Serengeti National Park
After an early start, you will travel along adventurous dirt tracks with breath-taking views as your vehicle climbs out of the Rift Valley to reach the grassy plains of the Serengeti by midday. Serengeti means “endless plains” in the language of the Masai and you will see the grassland savannah stretching to the horizon. The Serengeti is the most famous park in Tanzania and it is home to the largest animal migration on the planet – hundreds of thousands of animals trek to find fresh grass and water. You will overnight at a campsite in the northern or central part of the park.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4 Serengeti National Park
The entire day is dedicated to game viewing in the Serengeti National Park. You will either go on a full day game drive or join early morning and afternoon drives in the Seronera area, depending on last night’s stop. Between December and May huge herds of wildebeests and zebras will be seen, with calves and foals being born between January and March. The Seronera area is also the best place to spot the shy and nocturnal leopard. You will spend the night at a campsite in the Seronera area.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5 Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
The morning is set aside for another game drive in the Serengeti and you might spot some creatures that you haven’t seen yet. Animals tend to be more active in the morning before the temperatures soar around midday. After lunch, you will leave the plains of the Serengeti and travel to the highlands of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You will camp at a campsite directly on the Ngorongoro Crater’s edge with a view over the collapsed volcano. It is a perfect spot to enjoy a sundowner at sunset.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6 Ngorongoro Crater – Mto wa Mbu
Rise and shine! It is up at daybreak to take on the steep path leading down into the 600 m deep crater. The slopes are forested but soon the landscape changes to savannah with the occasional acacia tree here and there. The wildlife in the crater is just breath-taking and with a little luck you might see the “Big Five” – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. You should also see warthogs, wildebeests, zebras, hippos and some of the more than 500 bird species of the area. After an entire morning of game viewing and a picnic lunch in the crater, you will travel to Mto wa Mbu where you will overnight on a campsite.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7 Mto wa Mbu – Arusha - Nairobi - Eka Hotel
After a leisurely breakfast, you will start your return trip to Arusha, where you will arrive around midday. You will be dropped off at Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight (not included, and to be booked) to Nairobi, 

Day 8: Amboseli Adventure Camp, Selenkay Conservancy 
You will be picked up from your hotel at approximately 06:00 hours and transferred to Wilson Airport for your light aircraft to Amboseli Adventure Camp, arriving at camp before lunch. Following afternoon tea, you will either be escorted on a walk by Maasai warriors to a village to get an insight into their fascinating culture and way of life or take a game drive in the conservancy stopping for a sundowner at a scenic spot overlooking Kilimanjaro, 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.

Day 9: Amboseli Adventure Camp, Selenkay Conservancy 
Awake to a dawn chorus of birds. After an early breakfast, we depart for a full day of game-viewing in Amboseli National Park. We drive through the bush on our private track into Amboseli National Park, for a full morning of game viewing. Following a picnic lunch in the park, we return to camp later in the afternoon. In the evening we have a sundowner, and return to camp for dinner, after which there is the option of a night game drive using a spotlight to seek out some of the nocturnal animals such as aardvarks, serval cats, bat-eared foxes among others.

Day 10: Amboseli Adventure Camp, Selenkay Conservancy 
Morning and afternoon game-drives in Selenkay Conservation Area. The vehicles used are specially designed to be open-sided, for a proper safari experience. Masai warriors escort guests on a guided walk throughout the conservancy, where they can learn about the indigenous animals and flora which are used by the community. You will also have the opportunity to visit a local Masai village where you can experience local life in the community. Sundowners are available with views of Mt Kilimanjaro too.

Day 11: Masai Mara Adventure Camp, Ol Kinyei Conservancy 
After breakfast transfer back to Nairobi by plane, then catch the afternoon flight to the Mara, arriving at 16:00 hours. On arrival you will be met at the Naboisho airstrip and transferred to Mara Adventure Camp. Settle into your tent and enjoy lunch prepared by the camp chef. Afternoon game drive in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy, with a sundowner at a scenic spot followed by a night game drive with spotlights to search for nocturnal animals, including the elusive leopards which are resident in Ol Kinyei Conservancy, before heading back to camp for dinner.

Day 12: Masai Mara Adventure Camp, Ol Kinyei Conservancy 
A full day spent on a game drive into the famous Masai Mara National Reserve with a picnic lunch in the reserve. Return to Ol Kinyei Conservancy late afternoon, sundowner and dinner in camp.

Day 13: Masai Mara Adventure Camp, Ol Kinyei Conservancy 
Morning and afternoon game drives in Ol Kinyei Conservancy, with an excellent chance of sighting lions, cheetahs and leopards all of which are found in the conservancy. Sundowner and night game drive.

Day 14: End of Itinerary 
Early morning game drive in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy returning for breakfast. Mid-morning transfer to the airstrip for the 11:00 hours flight back to Nairobi’s Wilson airport (arriving 12.15 hours). You will then be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward international flight.