Grandeur of Kenya & Tanzania
- Witness the Great Wildebeest Migration
- Discover the Big Five
- Elephant Safaris in Amboseli
- Otherworldly Maasai Village Visit
- Iconic views of Kilimanjaro
- Safaris on the crater floor of Ngorongoro
- Travel overland through varying topography and experience different cultures
- Options for early morning hot air balloon ride, horseback safari, bush dinners, and more
- Lodging in elegant and secluded locations brimming with romantic charm
“But perhaps the most important lesson I learned is that there are no walls between humans and the elephants except those we put up ourselves, and that until we allow not only elephants, but all living creatures their place in the sun, we can never be whole ourselves.”
Day 1: Nairobi
Days 2-3: Amboseli
Amboseli is quintessential Africa with its large elephant herds and views of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, looming in the distance. It is also the home of the legendary Maasai Tribe who tend to their cattle and live in villages just on the outskirts of Amboseli’s boundaries. Game is easy to spot and the large tuskers are accustomed to vehicles and can come quite close! You may see herds of up to 100 elephants who can be found drinking in one of the permanent springs in the swampland. Keep your eyes trained and you might see lions, cheetahs, warthogs, baboons, jackals, hyenas, and flamingos, among others. Amboseli is the second most visited park in Kenya only after Maasai Mara and it is small enough and flat enough that you will get to explore most of the park. Mostly open country, there is good visibility over the plains although Kilimanjaro—with its base at the Tanzanian border—is often shrouded in clouds. Dawn and dusk are the best times to see the mountain looming in the distance and, with some luck, elephants will pass by at just the right time for you to photograph them with colossal Kilimanjaro as the backdrop. The marshes in Amboseli are permanent and allow for hippos to remain all year. There is prolific birdlife in Amboseli with over 400 species identified.
Day 4: Lake Manyara
Cultures from across Tanzania are represented here and it is fascinating to walk through the village and shop for local crafts. You will need to hone your bargaining skills in Mto Wa Mbu. Lake Manyara National Park is a lovely scenic park famed for its tree-climbing lions, bountiful birdlife, and large numbers of hippos and baboons. Elephants are easily seen and its varied landscape supports other game, including zebras, giraffes, warthogs, impalas, dik-diks, waterbucks, and flamingos, which come to the park intermittently. The park is a combination of mahogany forest, marsh, and grasslands. Manyara is two-thirds water, one-third dry land and home to a spectacular concentration of game. The park is a flash of green amid an otherwise parched landscape. Over 350 species of birds populate the park.
Days 5-6: Ngorongoro
Drive down the 1900-foot crater wall from the rim of this spectacular extinct volcano. Here you will find Africa’s largest permanent concentration of wildlife. Ngorongoro has been referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Ngorongoro towers above the Northern Serengeti Plain and it is celebrated as containing some of the most magnificent scenery in the world. Ngorongoro’s 105-square-mile crater is the largest unbroken crater on Earth and is packed with just about every species of wildlife found in East Africa. It is possible that we will see the Big Five—all of them—in one day. Large plains game permanently inhabit the area and the scenery is sensational. Some 30,000 animals live in the crater and, because the grasses are short, game is easily spotted and can often be approached quite closely. It is also one of the few parks in Africa where rhinos are relatively easy to locate. Enjoy the awe-inspiring views from your lodge of the crater below (weather permitting), spying herds of buffalo and wildebeest that look like ants from the distance. You quickly realize that you are in a very special place.
Days 7-8: Serengeti
On the Serengeti Plain live an estimated 2,500 lions and there are more cheetahs here than anywhere else in Africa. Hyenas, wildebeests, zebras, gazelles, ostriches, hippos, and other animals can be seen in abundance. Covering more than 5,700 square miles, the Serengeti is breathtaking terrain composed of acacia savannah, grass plains, and dense woodland grouped around kopje rock formations standing in a sea of grass. The kopjes provide shelter to a great variety of plants and animals, from the elusive leopard to the tiny dik-dik. It is estimated that one million animals live in the area with more than one-third of them being wildebeests, making it arguably the greatest wildlife theater on earth. Back at your luxury tented camp—where relaxation and romance dance together in one of the most beautiful settings imaginable—soak up all of the wide-open breathing space that is often lost in our usual day-to-day existence back home.
Days 9-11: Maasai Mara
The park is without a doubt one of the greatest safari destinations in Africa and you have the best seats in the house. Your classic and intimate safari camp is ideally placed for all that is to come. Game drives in the Maasai Mara are unforgettable due to the abundance of wildlife and spectacular landscapes. At your luxury tented camp—where relaxation and romance dance together in one of the most beautiful settings imaginable—soak up all of the wide-open breathing space that is often lost in our usual day-to-day existence back home. Travelers can expect to encounter large numbers of animals year-round, with big herds of elephants, buffalos, and other plains game. It is also common to see predator interaction. Maasai Mara—a vast savanna grassland, dotted with acacia trees, with rolling hills and breathtaking panoramas in every direction—is one of the best places in all of Africa to spot the Big Five. “The Mara” is well-known for its great herds of plains game, like black-maned lions, leopards, cheetahs, and elephants, as well as virtually every other kind of animal found in Kenya. Between July and October, millions of zebras and wildebeests make the dangerous trek across the Maasai Mara in search of new grazing territory. Culturally, the reserve is extraordinary because of the proud and colorful Maasai who inhabit the area. Highlights during our time here include phenomenal game viewing, a walk along the banks of The Mara River—where hippos and crocodiles are often seen in great numbers—and exploring the optional activities in The Mara which include bush dinners and sundowners, visits to a local school and other cultural experiences, and of course the legendary early morning hot air balloon safaris over The Mara, among others.
Day 12: International flight onward
- All airport arrival welcomes and departure farewells with private transfers
- Double occupancy accommodations
- All meals
- Wildlife safari game-viewing drives
- Services of English-speaking guides and drivers
- All park and conservancy fees
- Membership in Flying Doctors Society
- All internal flights
- Customary tipping of guides
- Gratuities to lodge staff
- Bottled water while on safari
- Storage and organization of gear, baggage, and personal affects
- Services of our management team in the USA and Africa
- Guaranteed departures with just two guests
January 4 – January 15
February 1 – February 12
March 1 – March 12
June 20 – July 1
July 2 – July 13
August 2 – August 13
September 2 – September 13
October 13 – October 24
October 25 – November 5
January 4 – January 15
February 1 – February 12
February 28 – March 11
Why should I consider combining both Kenya and Tanzania?
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The “Grandeur of Kenya and Tanzania” covers a lot of safariland at its best. If you like movement, covering a lot of ground and exploring different cultures and topographies, this is a great tour for you. The “Grandeur of Kenya and Tanzania” is a source of inspiration as you travel through and see so much of breathtaking East Africa. We leave plenty of time at the lodges and camps to decompress. By traveling overland you end up having a full experience with the land, culture, and wildlife of East Africa.
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