East African Experience - Tanzania Itinerary

11 Day : Cultural & Wildlife Safari

Nairobi | Masai Mara | Serengeti | Ngorongoro Crater | Lake Manyara | Arusha

Itinerary

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DAY 1

NAIROBI
Meet at Nairobi airport upon arrival and transfer to your lodge for pre-safari briefing.
THE BOMA HOTEL (Dinner)

DAY 2

NAIROBI – MASAI MARA
After breakfast, transfer to Wilson Airport for bush flight into the heart of the Masai Mara. Meet with camp vehicle and guide for shared and scheduled game driving. The Mara Game Reserve is largely plains and the open grasslands are habitat to rich and varied wildlife such as lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, crocodile etc. There are also several species of birds such as vultures, herons, shrikes, etc. The annual migration of millions of wildebeest and antelope from July to September is a spectacle never to be missed by any visitor to the Mara. Continue to lodge for overnight.
ASHNIL MARA CAMP (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3

MASAI MARA
We spend our time on shared and scheduled game drives in the Mara. Early start recommended. We’ll have our picnic lunch on the banks of the Mara river as we watch hip-pos. We return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
ASHNIL MARA CAMP (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4

MASAI MARA – SERENGETI
After breakfast, transfer to Masai Mara airstrip for bush flight to Migori to join road shuttle across the Isebania border to Tarime on the Tanzania side. Fly from Tarime into the heart of the Serengeti to meet your private Tanzanian guide and vehicle for Tanzania briefing and then continue with game driving and onto tented camp for overnight.
KASKAZ MARA CAMP (Jun-Oct) or EHLANE PLAINS CAMP (Nov-May) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5

SERENGETI
Serengeti is calling today – drive directly to the Serengeti! Game drive in the rolling grasslands. Criss-crossed with forested riverine valleys, the Serengeti plays home to millions of Africa’s large mammals, making this one of the world’s most famous wildlife destinations. Return to your glamping for overnight.
KASKAZ MARA CAMP (Jun-Oct) or EHLANE PLAINS CAMP (Nov-May) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6

SERENGETI
All day game drive in Serengeti. Best time for the wildebeest migration is Dec to June but there are spectacular wildlife sights at anytime of year.
KASKAZ MARA CAMP (Jun-Oct) or EHLANE PLAINS CAMP (Nov-May) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 7

SERENGETI – NGORONGORO
Game drive out of the Serengeti – passing through Olduvai Gorge and a view of the archaeological sites (and visit the museum) where early human tools and fossils have been found (included). Otherwise, we continue through the conservation area and onto the Ngorongoro crater for overnight.
NGORONGORO CRATER LODGE (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 8

NGORONGORO – CRATER HIGHLANDS
Ngorongoro is collapsed volcano – an incredible natural amphitheatre, 25 km across and teeming with all of the African big game. Early morning descent into the crater for spectacular scenery and game viewing in what has been described as the eighth wonder of the world. In late afternoon, we return to the rim for a wilderness walk that showcases incredible views of the caldera. Continue onto the crater highlands for overnight in Cape Dutch style lodge amongst the coffee plantations.
THE MANOR at NGORONGORO (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 9

CRATER HIGHLANDS
Leisurely walking safari through farms and villages on the rift valley escarpment. You can discover the farming, irrigation and cattle husbandry techniques, visit houses and, if you want, sample local cuisine of the Iraqw tribe. There is also traditional wood-fired brick making, local musicians and you can generally gain a deeper understanding of the lifestyle of the people who live and work here. Return to lodge for afternoon resting and overnight.
THE MANOR at NGORONGORO (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 10

CRATER HIGHLANDS – LAKE MANYARA – ARUSHA
Game-drive around Lake Manyara National Park. This park is famed for the bird life round the soda lake – flamingos in particular, and is home to unusual tree-climbing lions. It is also has a large elephant population. In the mid-afternoon, we transfer into the Maasai Heartlands to a village called Esilalei (Toothbrush Tree) located in the wildlife corridor in between Tarangire and Lake Manyara. We enjoy a packed lunch just as we enter the village and are met by the villagers who offer us to freely explore this authentic village. Your visit supports the building of their school here. Return to Arusha for overnight.
ARUSHA COFFEE LODGE (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 11

ARUSHA & BEYOND…
Transfer to Arusha departure point.
(Breakfast)

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DAY 1

NAIROBI
Meet at Nairobi airport upon arrival and transfer to your lodge for pre-safari briefing.
THE PANARI HOTEL (Dinner)

DAY 2

NAIROBI – MASAI MARA
After breakfast, a 4-5 hour drive through agricultural country to Masai Mara Game Reserve to enter for afternoon game driving. The Mara Game Reserve is largely plains and the open grasslands are habitat to rich and varied wildlife such as lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, crocodile etc. There are also several species of birds such as vultures, herons, shrikes, etc. The annual migration of millions of wildebeest and antelope from July to September is a spectacle never to be missed by any visitor to the Mara. Continue to lodge for overnight.
MARA LEISURE LODGE (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3

MASAI MARA
We spend all day on game drives in the Mara. Early start recommended. We’ll have our picnic lunch on the banks of the Mara river as we watch hippos. We return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
MARA LEISURE LODGE (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4

MASAI MARA – SERENGETI
After breakfast, early transfer to the Isebania border post with Tanzania and cross over. Meet your Tanzanian guide for Tanzania briefing and then continue onto Speke Bay (Lake Victoria) for overnight.
SPEKE BAY LODGE (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5

SERENGETI
Serengeti is calling today – after a morning canoeing adventure, drive directly to the Serengeti! Game drive in the rolling grasslands. Criss-crossed with forested riverine valleys, the Serengeti plays home to millions of Africa’s large mammals, making this one of the world’s most famous wildlife destinations. Continue to special camp for overnight—location is seasonal as the camp follows the migration movements (Serengeti or Ndutu).
NASIKIA MOBILE MIGRATION CAMP (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6

SERENGETI
All day game drive in Serengeti or Ndutu. Best time for the wildebeest migration is Dec to June but there are spectacular wildlife sights at anytime of year.
NASIKIA MOBILE MIGRATION CAMP (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 7

SERENGETI – NGORONGORO
Game drive out of the Serengeti – optional pass through Olduvai Gorge and a view of the archaeological sites (and visit the museum) where early human tools and fossils have been found (fees apply). Otherwise, we continue through the conservation area and onto the Ngorongoro crater rim for overnight.
NGORONGORO SOPA LODGE (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 8

NGORONGORO – CRATER HIGHLANDS
Ngorongoro is collapsed volcano – an incredible natural amphitheatre, 25 km across and teeming with all of the African big game. Early morning descent into the crater for spectacular scenery and game viewing in what has been described as the eighth wonder of the world. In late afternoon, we return to the rim for a wilderness walk that showcases incredible views of the caldera. Continue onto the Rift Valley escarpment for overnight in chalet rooms.
MANDHARI LODGE (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 9

CRATER HIGHLANDS
Leisurely walking safari through farms and villages on the rift valley escarpment. You can discover the farming, irrigation and cattle husbandry techniques, visit houses and, if you want, sample local cuisine of the Iraqw tribe. There is also traditional wood-fired brick making, local musicians and you can generally gain a deeper understanding of the lifestyle of the people who live and work here. Return to lodge for overnight.
MANDHARI LODGE (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 10

CRATER HIGHLANDS – LAKE MANYARA – ARUSHA
Game-drive around Lake Manyara National Park. This park is famed for the bird life round the soda lake – flamingos in particular, and is home to unusual tree-climbing lions. It is also has a large elephant population. In the mid-afternoon, we transfer into the Maasai Heartlands to a village called Esilalei (Toothbrush Tree) located in the wildlife corridor in between Tarangire and Lake Manyara. We enjoy a packed lunch just as we enter the village and are met by the villagers who offer us to freely explore this authentic village. Your visit supports the building of their school here. Return to Arusha for overnight.
THE AFRICAN TULIP (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 11

ARUSHA & BEYOND…
Transfer to Arusha departure point.
(Breakfast)

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DAY 1

NAIROBI

Meet at Nairobi airport upon arrival and transfer to your lodge for pre-safari briefing.
BOULEVARD HOTEL (Dinner)

DAY 2

NAIROBI – MASAI MARA
After breakfast, a 4-5 hour drive through agricultural country to Masai Mara Game Reserve to enter for afternoon game driving. The Mara Game Reserve is largely plains and the open grasslands are habitat to rich and varied wildlife such as lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, crocodile etc. There are also several species of birds such as vultures, herons, shrikes, etc. The annual migration of millions of wildebeest and antelope from July to September is a spectacle never to be missed by any visitor to the Mara. Continue to camp for overnight.
MARA CHUI RESORT (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3

MASAI MARA
We spend all day on game drives in the Mara. Early start recommended. We’ll have our picnic lunch on the banks of the Mara river as we watch hippos. We return to the camp for dinner and overnight.
MARA CHUI RESORT (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4

MASAI MARA – SERENGETI
After breakfast, early transfer to the Isebania border post with Tanzania and cross over. Meet your Tanzanian guide for Tanzania briefing and then continue onto Speke Bay (Lake Victoria) for overnight.
SPEKE BAY LODGE (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5

SERENGETI
Serengeti is calling today – drive directly to the Serengeti! Game drive in the rolling grasslands. Criss-crossed with forested riverine valleys, the Serengeti plays home to millions of Africa’s large mammals, making this one of the world’s most famous wildlife destinations. Continue to central campsite for overnight.
NASIKIA MOBILE MIGRATION CAMP (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
[Use Naona Moru Camp in low season dates]

DAY 6

SERENGETI
All day game drive in Serengeti. Best time for the wildebeest migration is Dec to June but there are spectacular wildlife sights at anytime of year.
NASIKIA MOBILE MIGRATION CAMP (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
[use Naona Moru Camp in low season dates]

DAY 7

SERENGETI – NGORONGORO
Game drive out of the Serengeti – optional pass through Olduvai Gorge and a view of the archaeological sites (and visit the museum) where early human tools and fossils have been found (fees apply). Otherwise, we continue through the conservation area and onto the Ngorongoro crater forest for over-night in a Maasai run lodge.
RHINO LODGE (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 8

NGORONGORO – CRATER HIGHLANDS
Ngorongoro is collapsed volcano – an incredible natural amphitheatre, 25 km across and teeming with all of the African big game. Early morning descent into the crater for spectacular scenery and game viewing in what has been described as the eighth wonder of the world. In late afternoon, we return to the rim for a wilderness walk that showcases incredible views of the caldera. Continue onto the crater highlands for overnight in standard rooms.
EILEEN’S TREES INN (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 9

CRATER HIGHLANDS
Leisurely walking safari through farms and villages on the rift valley escarpment. You can discover the farming, irrigation and cattle husbandry techniques, visit houses and, if you want, sample local cuisine of the Iraqw tribe. There is also traditional wood-fired brick making, local musicians and you can generally gain a deeper understanding of the lifestyle of the people who live and work here. Return to standard room for overnight.
EILEEN’S TREES INN (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 10

CRATER HIGHLANDS – LAKE MANYARA – ARUSHA
Game-drive around Lake Manyara National Park. This park is famed for the bird life round the soda lake – flamingos in particular, and is home to unusual tree-climbing lions. It is also has a large elephant population. In the mid-afternoon, we transfer into the Maasai Heartlands to a village called Esilalei (Toothbrush Tree) located in the wildlife corridor in between Tarangire and Lake Manyara. We enjoy a packed lunch just as we enter the village and are met by the villagers who offer us to freely explore this authentic village. Your visit supports the building of their school here. Return to Arusha for overnight.
ILBORU SAFARI LODGE (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 11

ARUSHA & BEYOND…
Transfer to Arusha departure point.
(Breakfast)

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Night Game Driving

Enter Lake Manyara amidst the activity of the nocturnal animals, an exciting opportunity for game viewing outside the normal times with very limited partakers. Watch with anticipation as you approach every corner to see what the spotlight reveals.


Serengeti Balloon Safari

Central and Southern Serengeti is an excellent opportunity to indulge in the experience of a Hot Air Balloon Safari, followed by a full champagne breakfast. This is often an adventure highlight for many safari go-ers.

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Nasikia Tanzania Camps

Nasikia Camps are an intimate collection of mobile and semi-permanent camps located in the prime wildlife viewing areas of Tanzania’s northern safari circuit. Experience the wilds of Tarangire, the incredible herds of the southern Serengeti plains and a short drive to the gauntlet of the Mara River.
With high quality canvas between your comfortable bed and the sounds of the African night, these camps provide the ideal accommodation for lovers of the great outdoors, while retaining the coziness of a warm bed, a hot shower, gratifying cuisine and a welcoming team.