Kenya & Tanzania 9 Day Tour

Kenya & Tanzania 9 Day Tour

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Day 1: Arrive Nairobi

Following your flight,  a BrushBuck Guide and staff will greet you at the airport and load your bags for transport to the Safari Park Hotel. Once you are settled in, you may select an optional activity or simply relax at the lodge for the trip ahead. Optional activities include visiting Bomas of Kenya, the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, or the Karen Blixen Museum.  Some often prefer a tour of Downtown Nairobi, Kenya’s National Museum, or Langata Giraffe Center.

Accommodations:  Nairobi Safari Park Hotel
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Nairobi – Masai Mara

We’ll drive through the dramatic Great Rift Valley to the Masai Mara National Reserve. This enormous reserve is part of the vast Serengeti plains.  Famously known for the spectacular wildebeest migration, The Serengeti is also home to the Big Five: Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, and Rhino.  We’ll lunch at Ashnil Tented Camp and relax before departing for the afternoon game drive. The Mara Game Reserve is one of the greatest wildernesses of the world where large mammals are varied and easy to see.  Residents among the parks include the Masai Giraffe, Buffalo, Eland and thousands of plains game including Impala, Zebra, Topi and both Thomson’s and Grant’s Gazelles.

Accommodations: Ashnil Tented Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Masai Mara

After breakfast depart for full day game drive. The annual wildebeest migration is expected in the Masai Mara between July and early November.  Millions of animals migrate to the Mara from Serengeti in search of fresh, green pastures and water.

Accommodations: Ashnil Tented Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Masai Mara-Serengeti

Your BrushBuck guide will lead you to the Serengeti via Isibania border post with game drive en-route.  Established in 1951, the Serengeti is one of the most spectacular game parks in East Africa,  covering an area of almost 15,000 sq km. Serengeti offers great variations both geographically as well as with the millions of animals, birds and plants that go to make up this complex ecosystem. The name comes from the Masai siringet word, “endless plains”.

The short and long grass plains in the south give way to Acacia Savannah in the central area, to the hilly more densely wooded areas of the north, and the extensive woodland in the western corridor.  1.5 million wildebeest (gnu), 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle, 250,000 zebras leave the Serengeti in Tanzania in May, lured to the northern Maasai Mara in Kenya by rainfall and the promise of sprouting, nutrient-rich grasses. Predators such as lion, hyena and cheetah follow hot on their heels.

From January onwards, massive herds of wildebeest gather on the plains of the Serengeti. This 22 000 square kilometer ecosystem of grass- and wood-land is home to a staggering two million herbivores. Here the wildebeest drop their calves (numbers estimated at 400, 000). Predators like spotted hyena, lion, cheetah, leopard and jackals flourish, feeding on the excessive glut of wildebeest veal. Once the long rains cease in May, the plains dry up quickly and become dry, harsh, and inhospitable. The calves are now strong enough to begin their first journey, and it is then that the long march north begins. The rutting season in June is a noisy, dusty affair – with male wildebeest vociferously showing off their genetic superiority. Many wildebeest move north-west and cross into the Masai Mara, having to negotiate the Mara River from July onwards.

The Mara River crossing is extraordinary – optimistic vultures and Marabou storks line the banks in anticipation as the wildebeest plunge into the river, negotiating both the strong current and crocodiles in their inexhaustible drive for fodder. The wildebeest remain in the Masai Mara for two to three months, sustained by the short rains and pasture. They head south between October and December, and move along the eastern section of the Serengeti in time to give birth during the lifegiving long rains of the South.

Accommodations:  Serengeti Serena
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Serengeti

Today you’ll spend the whole day on a wildlife viewing game drive in Serengeti National Park, which is rich with many species of animals. To maximize game viewing you will carry a picnic lunch with you and spend the full day in the park.

Accommodations: Serengeti Serena
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Serengeti-Ngorongoro

Breakfast is followed by a game drive in Serengeti area before driving to Ngorongoro Conservation Area arriving in the evening at your Sopa lodge located at the crater rim.

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Ngorongoro Conservation Area

After breakfast descend into the crater floor with a picnic lunch for a full day game viewing. The crater supports up to 25,000 large mammals. Grazers dominate: zebra, wildebeest – accounting for almost half the animals – gazelle, buffalo, eland, hartebeest and wart hog. Giraffe stay away because there is insufficient food at tree level; topi because they compete directly with wildebeest.   An odd feature of the crater elephants is that they are almost exclusively bulls. Breeding herds – comprising large numbers of females and young with a few attendant older males – are probably unable to find sufficient quality food in the crater.

Ngorongoro has carnivores in quantity, drawn by the large herds of prey animals. It has the most dense population of large predators, mainly lion – about 100 – and more than 400 spotted hyena, living in eight clans of up to eighty individuals. Both lions and hyenas will scavenge from each other, depending on weight of numbers and of course, hunger. In the early evening drive back to your lodge.

Nestled onto the rim of the Crater, all in stone and wood construction and overgrown with natural vegetation, the 75 rooms of the lodge become almost unseen among the natural surroundings. There are breathtaking views of the crater from all the rooms.

Accommodations: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Ngorongoro/Lake Manyara

Breakfast at your lodge is followed by a drive to Lake Manyara, a soda lake lying in the Great Rift Valley where you arrive for lunch.  Lake Manyara National Park Located 125 km west of Arusha town, on the foot of the wall of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park is one of the oldest and most popular sanctuaries in East Africa.

The park has a large variety of habitats, making it possible to support a wealth of wildlife in its small area. The main habitats include the shallow soda lake itself which occupies 77% of the National Park total area of 330 square kilometres, the ground water forest, open grassland, acacia woodland and the rift wall.

The park is also home to tree-climbing lions.  Apart from the varied types of landscape including jungle, swamp and savanna, there are also a large variety of animals including Giraffe, Zebra, Elephant, Gazelle, hippos, monkeys and about 400 different species of birds.

The most famous spectacle in the park is the tree-climbing lions, which are occasionally seen along branches of acacia trees. Other animals found in the park include buffalo, elephant, leopard, baboons, impala, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, ostrich, and hippos.

Popularly referred to as an ornithologist’s paradise, Lake Manyara National Park contains over 400 bird species found in most savanna and river habitats in East Africa. Common water birds to be seen here are pelicans, spoonbills, Egyptian geese and the migratory flamingoes, which arrive in hundreds of thousands creating one of Africa’s great natural sights over the soda lake.

Accommodations: Ngorongoro Kirurumu Tented Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Lake Manyara/Nairobi

The last day of your nine-day tour ends with an early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the camp.   We’ll drive back to Arusha for lunch at the Arusha Coffee Lodge followed by lunch before you are transferred to the airport for your international flight home.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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PUBLIC TOUR PRICING

Dates Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
January 15-June 14, 2016 $3500.00 USD PP $4500.00 USD PP
June 15-December 15, 2016 $4500.00 USD PP $5500.00 USD PP

Tour Includes

  • Price includes nine (9) nights of lodging
  • Transportation throughout the tour

Excludes:

  • International travel to and from Kenya
  • Select meals and activities

Tour Availability

2016 Departures
November 8- 16, 2016
December 5-13, 2016

2017 Departures
March 7th-15th
April  11th-19th
May 9th-17th
June 13th-21st
July 11th-19th
August 8th-16th
September 12th-20th
October 10th-18th
November 14th-22nd

2018 Departures
March 13th-21st
April 10th-18th
May 8th-16th
June 5th-13th
July 10th-18th
August 14th-22nd
September 11th-19th
October 9th-17th
November 6th-14th

Cancellation Policy

50% of the price of the tour will be withheld outside of 60 days; within 60 days, 100% of the total price of the tour will be charged.

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