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12 Days Kenya & Tanzania Budget Safari ( Camping & Lodging)

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Duration

12 days, 11 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

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Overview

  • This 12-day Safari the fabulous wildlife of the Serengeti and Masai Mara. The 12 full days is going to explore this iconic safari circuit. Guest will Pass Through incredible national parks where golden grasslands stretch on to the ends of the earth, watch wildebeest kick up the rich African dust as they migrate in their millions, and venture off track to isolated regions to meet local tribes world apart. This Kenya and Tanzania Safari will give you unforgettable experience.
    • DEPARTURE: This tour departs from Arusha
    • COUNTRY(‘S):Kenya and Tanzania
    • DESTINATIONS: Nairobi – Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara – Lake Victoria – Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area – Arusha
    • TOUR CODE: 12LC-KEN-TAN
    • RETURN: Back to Arusha in the Afternoon
    • PASSENGERS: Minimum 1 Traveler and a Maximum of 14 Travelers per group
    • STYLE: Camping and Lodging Budget
    • MEALS: FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
    • VEHICLE: 2-3: Double Cab 4×4/

Trip Facts

  • Accommodation Destination Duration
    Hotel La Mada Nairobi 1 Night
    Lake Naivasha Crescent Camp Lake Naivasha 2 Nights
    Mara River Lodge Masai Mara 1 Night
    Lake Naivasha Resort Lake Naivasha 1 Night
    Mara River Lodge Masai Mara 1 Night
    Lake Victoria Serena Resort Lake Victoria 1 Night
    Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp Serengeti National Park 2 Nights
     Ngorongoro Wild Camp Ngorongoro Conservation Area 1 Night
    Meserani Snake Park Campsite Arusha 1 Night
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Itinerary

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Day 1: Nairobi Central to Nairobi 7km
Day 1: Nairobi Central to Nairobi 7km

Accommodation: Hotel La Mada, Nairobi / Similar

Guest will be picked up at the airport around 09h00 and drive to Nairobi which is situated in along the Nairobi River in beautiful Kenya, the capital of Nairobi is East Africa’s most cosmopolitan city. It serves as an excellent starting point for African safari trips around Kenya. Nairobi is Africa’s 4th largest city and is a vibrant and exciting place, and although it has developed a reputation which keeps tourist visits brief, there are some fascinating attractions. Guest will take advantage of a private vehicle and guide to explore Nairobi National Park and other points of interest.

Meals: Dinner

Included Activity: Game Drive

Overnight: Hotel La Mada

Nairobi is the capital of Kenya and the financial center for the East African region. Situated 8 km away from the city center is the Hotel La Mada. It is a small boutique hotel located near the Karura forest. The hotel is surrounded by forest vegetation, has rich bird life, monkeys and a river running through it.

It is an excellent location for guests who want to be close to the city and still enjoy the beauty of nature. La Mada has only 35 rooms and several conference rooms.

Day 2: Nairobi to Lake Naivasha 87.1km
Day 2: Nairobi to Lake Naivasha 87.1km

Accommodation: Lake Naivasha Crescent Camp, Lake Naivasha / Similar

Guest will have a nice breakfast and pack up to depart to Lake Naivasha which is the highest of the Great Rift Valley Lakes and despite having no outlet, it is one of only two Rift Valley freshwater lakes. This beautiful lake is fringed by papyrus and acacia trees, a unique geologic landscape and supports a vast array of over 450 bird species. It serves as the main drinking hole for wildlife in the area such as zebra, eland, hippo, waterbuck, buffalo and much more. After checking in guest will go on afternoon game drive before dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Included Activity: Game Drive

Day 3: Lake Naivasha
Day 3: Lake Naivasha

Accommodation: Lake Naivasha Crescent Camp, Lake Naivasha / Similar

This morning guest will grab breakfast at the campsite, and we drive to Hells Gate National Park where you can spot zebra, giraffe, buffalo and other species of antelope. They will drive down into the gorge before going back to camp for lunch and then a lovely boat cruise on Lake Naivasha. Here you can look out for hippo and a see a wide variety of birds. A relaxing drive will be enjoyed to Elsamere, the former home of George and Joy Adamson (conservationists who raised lion cubs and then set them free). We will enjoy a traditional afternoon tea and an insight into their intriguing lives. We will then return to camp in the late afternoon for a ‘lekker’ South African braai.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Included Activity: Morning Game Drive and Boat Cruise

Overnight: Lake Naivasha Crescent Camp

Lake Naivasha Crescent Camp is located on the shores of Lake Naivasha at the heart of the Kenyan Rift Valley and only a few minutes drive from Nairobi. The camp is constructed using canvas and has a capacity of 20 luxury tents. The tents are well furnished, have wooden floors, ensuite bathrooms with toiletries and adequate space generously created to allow free movement inside and outside at the guest’s comfort. Complimentary breakfast is offered at the luxury tent, and there is also a swimming pool for fun and relaxation.

Day 4: Lake Naivasha to Masai Mara 218.1km
Day 4: Lake Naivasha to Masai Mara 218.1km

Accommodation: Mara River Lodge, Masai Mara / Similar

Guest will drive in the morning at 9:00am to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. You will have the opportunity to enjoy your lunch on your way and arrive in time for an evening game drive.

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. Your dinner and overnight stay will be at a camp with hot showers and flush toilets.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Included Activity: Game Drive

Overnight: Mara River Lodge

Mara River Lodge commands one of most spectacular views in the Serengeti- Mara ecosystem; the lodge lies on the Mara River at the edge of Maasai Mara Game Reserve and overlooks deep pools where crocodiles and hippos bask all day. Painted in traditional Maasai red ochre and lit by hundreds of lanterns, the lodge makes an immediate impression of the local surroundings. Guests are met by Maasai warriors in full regalia. The lodge is surrounded by indigenous trees and plants and it blends with the environment combining the best of nature. After a hot day’s safari, your cosy room awaits providing you with a hot shower and comfortable bed with the finest in the Mara. Guests can see hippos across the river from their table as they sit down for the meals prepared by our international chefs. At all times, families of hippos spend their days basking in the deep pools below the bars and restaurant.

Day 5: Masai Mara area to Lake Naivasha 216.7 km
Day 5: Masai Mara area to Lake Naivasha 216.7 km

Accommodation: Lake Naivasha Resort, Lake Naivasha / Similar

Guest will into the Park very early in the morning in order to embark on a lengthy day of game driving. The Masai Mara is famous for its massive herds and many predators. We make a point to follow the seasonal migrations. We enjoy a picnic lunch on the Mara riverbanks, renowned for its large crocodile and hippo concentrations. We then head back to the lodge for the evening.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Included Activity: Game Drive

Overnight: Lake Naivasha Resort

Lake Naivasha Resort is a great escape located on Moi South Lake Road just steps off the beautiful Lake Naivasha, Kenya. It boasts lush gardens with a state-of-the-art conferencing facility, luxurious cottages, dining options, swimming, fitness, spa, boating, bird watching and a concierge service.

At the shores of the Lake is an oasis of luxury. Lake Naivasha Resort’s 96 room hotel features state-of-the-art amenities in world class surroundings. From outdoor recreation to lake-view cocktails; swimming to sunbathing, casual dining to waterfront entertainment, this resort hotel offers a variety off activities for the whole family.

Day 6: Masai Mara area 216.5km
Day 6: Masai Mara area 216.5km

Accommodation: Lake Victoria Serena Resort, Lake Victoria / Similar

On this day guest will wake up to a nice breakfast and drive to into Tanzania then climb down toward the shores of Lake Victoria. The landscape here is scenic savannah grassland on rolling hills. The reserve is the best park for game viewing in Kenya as it has an extensive road and track network that allows for close range viewing and photography. Break for your picnic lunch by the hippo pool, looking out for resident hippos and crocodiles. In the evening we will enjoy a dinner at one of the local restaurants at your own expense. We camp on the lapping water’s edge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Included Activity: Game Drive

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Included Activity: Game Drive

Overnight: Lake Victoria Serena Resort

Styled to replicate the lines of a classically rustic Roman villa, which might just as easily stand amid the sunflowers of the Tuscan Hills, as on the shores of Africa’s largest lake, the Lake Victoria Serena Resort is the latest addition to the Serena East Africa Portfolio.

Rising above white-terraced rose gardens, which descend through water cascades and fountains almost to the shores of Lake Victoria, this tranquil resort hotel near Entebbe has been positioned so as to offer both a contrast and an extension to the 5-star profile of the flagship Kampala Serena Hotel, This ensures that the Serena portfolio embraces all aspects of Uganda’s social and corporate life.

A gracious terracotta and cream palace, the central citadel is encircled by broad café and cocktail terraces, where cushioned sofas invite relaxation. Above the marble reception, where a Roman fountain plays, white-arched galleries rise to a clear glass atrium, through which shafts of light illuminate the fountain courtyard below.

Beyond the mosaic frescoes of the main restaurant, a clock tower rises above the pool-deck where colonnades of white arches offer the perfect frame for the hazy blue of the lake and the encircling green of the Lweza Hills. Widely spaced among the rose gardens, clusters of pastel-painted villas offer a choice of rooms and suites, all with panoramic lake views.

Day 8: Lack Victoria to Seronera 732.5km
Day 8: Lack Victoria to Seronera 732.5km

Accommodation: Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp, Serengeti National Park / Similar

This morning guest will just have breakfast and depart to the serengeti on arrival. The Seronera region, in the central Serengeti, is set directly on the Great Migration route, and offers excellent viewing of this incredible annual phenomenon, when countless wildebeest flood across the plains. Arriving at serengeti and guest will go on a game drive to the camp.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Included Activities: Afternoon Game Drive

Day 9: Seronera
Day 9: Seronera

Accommodation: Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp, Serengeti National Park / Similar

Guest will have breakfast and then go on a full day game drive to explore the serengeti Plain. The Serengeti national Park is very famous for its big five animals which are found in the area. The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania was established in 1952. It is home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth – the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. The resident population of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and birds is also amazing to have them around you during the game drive. After the game drive clients will depart to accommodation for dinner at Tanzania Bush Camp.

To Lake Manyara National Park as they are enjoying the game drive and after lunch guest will drive onto Karatu. Lake Manyara is a beautiful little park, which is famous for its tree-climbing lions, elephants and large troops of baboons. The park is home to an amazing variety of birds and animals considering its small size. A short visit to this serene park will greatly diversify your safari experience as the lush green jungle habitat is of stark contrast to the other parks you will visit during your safari”

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Included Activities: Game Drive

Overnight: Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Located in the Southern Serengeti (within the Moru Kopjes area), Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp is ideally situated to offer superlative access to the annual migration and the ‘Big 5’ with sweeping views overlooking Moru Kopjes, Lake Magadi and the endless plains.

Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp has its own individual style and feel, paying homage to the mobile camps of the 1930’s, a time when an African safari was truly a journey into the unknown, Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp’s ‘zero footprint’ and close proximity to nature combines to make an unmistakably distinctive and truly individual offering.

Comprising of twelve tented accommodations, all of which have ensuite facilities including a flushing toilet, vanity basin, and showers, the tent interiors are designed to evoke the very best of an era long-gone but certainly not forgotten.

A dining tent hosts the Camp’s guests for both breakfast and dinner, whilst luncheons are taken either in the camp or in the bush during what will no doubt be yet another enthralling day in the Serengeti.

Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp captures the original essence of the mobile African safari, engendering nostalgic wonderment whilst unlocking the adventurous spirit within all of us.The drama and beauty of the Serengeti National Park is indeed awe inspiring.

Day 10: Central Serengeti to Njavascript:void(0);gorongoro Crater (145.9 km)

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Wild Camp, Ngorongoro Conservation Area / Similar

Guest will have early breakfast and drive to Ngorongoro Crater Located in Northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater is best known for its natural beauty and abundance of diverse wildlife; which makes it one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations. Surrounded by Tanzania’s highlands, this UNESCO-listed crater is said to be the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Visitors can look forward to spotting the world-renowned Big Five and a host of other wildlife species including large herds of zebra and wildebeest.

Meals: Breakfast, and Dinner

Included Activity: Game Drive

Overnight: Ngorongoro Wild Camp

Ngorongoro Wild camp is located on the sides of Ngorongoro Crater, at Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Coming from Arusha, it is about 140 km. The camp is composed of 20 comfortable tents with the capacity to accommodate 2 guests each, and a large dining tent.

Day 11: Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha 168km

Accommodation: Meserani Snake Park Campsite, Arusha / Similar

Guest will Awaking in the early morning, the activities of the people in the village will get us up and going. We will be travelling to Arusha at the foothill of Mount Meru where we will spend time shopping and exploring. Dinner can be enjoyed at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, and Dinner

Included Activity: Game Drive

Overnight: Meserani Snake Park Campsite

Meserani Snake Park Campsite is an oasis in the heart of Maasai Land, Tanzania. The campsite features rooms with a fan and mosquito nets, communal hot showers and washrooms. Other amenities include a restaurant and a bar and access to the Meserani Snake Park.

Day 12: Arusha to Airport

This is the last day, guest will have breakfast and pack up to be transferred to the airport.

Meals: Breakfast

End of Itinerary

Included/Excluded

  • Qualified professional driver guide
  • Vehicle / fuel
  • Park entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Passenger liability 15%
  • VAT 2% tourism levy
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast and Dinner for the Client
  • Domestic Flights
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Entrance fees not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Drinks at lodges and on road
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Tips for tour guides
  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Items not mentioned in the itinerary
  • All drinks

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