13-day East African Explorer – Serena Lodges

Starting in Nairobi, Kenya this popular 4WD road-based safari takes in the best wildlife areas of Kenya and Tanzania.  You will explore the Maasai Mara National Reserve, one of Africa’s best wildlife reserves.  And, discover Amboseli National Park with its 400 different species of birds. Search for the Big 5, in their natural habitat during several game drives in the Serengeti National Park and see why this region is truly the game-viewing capital of the world.  And, admire the breath-taking scenery of Ngorongoro Crater in search of wildlife.

Safari Briefing:                     Day 2 at 07:00 hours approx.
Departs on Day 2:             07:30 hours approx.
Returns on Day 13:             19:00 hours approx. (flights to be booked 23:00 hours onwards)
Pick up point Day 2:         Eka Hotel
Drop off point:                     Intercontinental Hotel or Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

This itinerary is available in 2 levels of accommodation:
DaySopa LodgesSerena Lodges
1Safari Park Hotel & CasinoEka Hotel
2Masai Mara Sopa LodgeKeekorok Lodge
3Masai Mara Sopa LodgeKeekorok Lodge
4Lake Nakuru Sopa LodgeLake Nakuru Lodge
5Amboseli Sopa LodgeOl Tukai Lodge
6Amboseli Sopa LodgeOl Tukai Lodge
7Lake Manyara Kilimamoja LodgeLake Manyara Serena Lodge
8Serengeti Sopa LodgeSerengeti Serena Lodge
9Serengeti Sopa LodgeSerengeti Serena Lodge
10Ngorongoro Sopa LodgeNgorongoro Serena Lodge
11Ngorongoro Sopa LodgeNgorongoro Serena Lodge
12Tarangire Sopa LodgeTarangire Sopa Lodge



  • Central Serengeti
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Nairobi
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Amboseli National Park
  • Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Kenya
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Tanzania

Tour Summary

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Full Day by Day Itinerary


Day 1 : Nairobi

Upon arrival into Nairobi, clients will be met and transferred to Eka Hotel. Afternoon at leisure.  Overnight at the Eka Hotel in a Superior room on a bed and breakfast basis.  Check in time is 14:00 hours approximately and will be adhered to.  Guests arriving in the middle of the night must book a pre-night as they will not be permitted to wait in the hotel lobby for check-in at 14:00 hours. Suggested Optional Nairobi Excursions for early morning arrivals.


Day 2 : Masai Mara National Reserve

Leaving Nairobi after breakfast, you travel towards Kenya's fertile highlands and head down the rift escarpment on the road built by Italian prisoners of war during World War II. On the way spot the charming chapel built at the foot of the escarpment. Pass the impressive Longonot earth satellite station as you head across the valley to Narok; continue your travels across acres of wheat and barley, before reaching the Masai Mara in time for lunch. Following lunch set off on your first game drive, returning to the lodge as the sun sets.  Overnight at Keekorok Lodge on a full board basis.


Day 3 : Masai Mara National Reserve

Following an early breakfast, depart on a morning game drive, returning to the camp mid-morning. After lunch, and perhaps a siesta, set off on another game drive and visit to the Masai Village, returning to the lodge as the sunsets. (It is possible to pre-book an optional early morning Balloon Safari at a supplement).  Overnight at Keekorok Lodge on a full board basis.


Day 4 : Lake Nakuru National Park

Leaving the Masai Mara after breakfast, travel across the ‘breadbasket’ of Kenya, where acres of wheat and barley litter the landscape as you head north to Narok, the district headquarters of this part of Maasailand. Now travel across the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley, keeping an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle as you head up the Mai -Mahiu, before arriving at Lake Nakuru around midday.  Once in the park, view game en route to the lodge. Following lunch and a siesta, there is an afternoon game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets. The national park, known for its birdlife, offers a possibility to view flamingos.  It is also home to Black and White rhinos as well as the endangered Rothschild Giraffe.  Overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge on a full board basis.


Day 5 : Amboseli National Park

Following an early breakfast, continue to Lake Naivasha for a boat ride. Leaving the Rift Valley behind, proceed to Nairobi for an early lunch (or picnic lunch dependent on road conditions) and continue south towards Amboseli, arriving at your lodge by late afternoon.  Overnight at Ol Tukai Lodge on a full board basis.


Day 6 : Amboseli National Park

Morning and afternoon game drives in Amboseli, returning to the lodge as the sun sets. Overnight at Ol Tukai Lodge on a full board basis.


Day 7 : Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast, you continue the journey to the Tanzania border post and then on to Arusha for lunch. After lunch you depart Arusha and pass through the Maasai Steppe filled with many picturesque African villages as well as maize, coffee and banana plantations. At the town of Makuyuni you turn North West and continue the journey up through a scenic escarpment that brings you to your lodge, perched on the edge of the Rift Valley with stunning views over the distant Lake Manyara.  Overnight at Lake Manyara Serena on full board basis


Day 8 : Central Serengeti

After breakfast there is a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park that returns to the lodge for lunch. Leaving Lake Manyara behind, the journey continues North West across the stunning hilly countryside of the highlands which is filled with wheat and coffee plantations, and then into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. From here lie the vast plains of the Serengeti, where you’ll hopefully start spotting game well before you get into the park.  Overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge on a full board basis


Day 9 : Central Serengeti

Morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park. (It is possible to pre-book an optional early morning Balloon Safari at a supplement).  Overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge on a full board basis


Day 10 : Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast you depart for Ngorongoro with a picnic lunch viewing game across the vast Serengeti plains, after a picnic lunch you continue to your lodge, set high on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater.  Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge on a full board basis


Day 11 : Ngorongoro Crater

A highlight awaits you this morning as you depart to explore what is commonly referred to as the World’s largest wildlife zoo. After breakfast, you descend with a picnic lunch through the early morning mists and 2,000 feet into the crater. Ngorongoro Crater is the World’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Due to its size and diversity, the crater floor is comprised of several distinct areas, ranging from forest, swamps, lakes and springs, to open grassland and some sandy dunes. It’s an awesome wildlife experience.  You return to the lodge in the late afternoon. Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge on a full board basis


Day 12 : Tarangire National Park

Departing Ngorongoro Crater after breakfast and head south east en route to Lake Manyara, Mto wa Mbu village and Tarangire beyond. Through the highlands and the Karatu district, you’ll view the scenic wheat plains and coffee plantations here before journeying down the spectacular escarpment where you turn south on to the main Arusha – Dodoma road and into the park. From here to the lodge, you’ll enjoy a game drive en route. After lunch and perhaps a swim, the remainder of the afternoon will be spent on a game drive. Overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge on a full board basis


Day 13 : Departure

Depart Tarangire after breakfast and drive back to Arusha arriving in time for lunch. After lunch you continue the journey by road to Nairobi and onto a Nairobi City Centre Restaurant for dinner before drop off at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or city centre hotel.


Meet and greet services with assistance at the airport or border.
All transport on the safari sector in Kenya and Tanzania will be in 4×4 safari vehicles (with seven window seats) with an English / Bilingual speaking driver-guide on shared basis.
All Airport transfers in Kenya and travel between Kenya and Tanzania may be in coach or safari bus.
Maximum of 7 passengers per vehicle.
Meals and accommodation as specified.
All park fees and government taxes.
½ litre bottle mineral water per person per day on game drives.


Visas and international flights.
Airport taxes
Driver-guide gratuities, drinks, dining rooms tips and porterage.
Personal travel, baggage and medical insurance.
Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature.
Balloon Safaris (sold separately).