Masai Mara & Serengeti

The Best of Kenya & Tanzania


Masai Mara & Serengeti

The Best of Kenya & Tanzania

January – December, 2017-2019

13 Days / 12 Nights


Day 1

Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya

Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, Kenya.  Upon arrival at the airport, a Capture Africa Tours representative will greet you and transfer you to your hotel for overnight.

1 Night Lodging at EKA Hotel


Day 2

Nairobi / DSWT Nursery

Today we will visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Nursery.  Our group will visit 3 times, one public visit, foster visit, and private visit. You must be a foster parent in order to join us on the private visits.   For a $50 donation you can foster and help support an orphaned elephant for one year.   To learn more about becoming a foster parent visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust website.

We’ll enjoy lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and a visit to the Giraffe Center.  Dinner will be on our own in the evening back at the EKA Hotel.

1 Night Lodging: EKA Hotel


Day 3 & 4

Lake Elementaita / Lake Nakuru

For the next 2 days we will visit areas in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya.   First we will visit Lake Elementaita.   This lake is home to over 400 bird species and it’s shores are grazed by zebra, gazelle, eland and families of warthog.   This serene, unspoiled area has been named a World Heritage site by UNESCO.   We will also visit Lake Nakuru National Park.  This picturesque lake is home to sometimes millions of flamingos nesting along the shores.  The park is home to both black rhinos and southern white rhinos, lions, cheetahs, and leopards.   We may even encounter large pythons crossing the road or hanging from trees.

We will take morning and evening game drives to see the animals when most active and capture the best photo opportunities.   We’ll enjoy breathtaking views and delicious meals at the Sunbird Lodge both days.

2 Nights Lodging: Sunbird Lodge


Day 5, 6, & 7

Masai Mara National Reserve

After breakfast we will depart for the Masai Mara. The Masai Mara National Reserve (also known as Masai Mara and by the locals as The Mara) is the finest wildlife area in Kenya for seeing big game.

This area is named in honor of the Masai people (the ancestral inhabitants of the area). Their description of the area when looked at from afar is “Mara,” which means “spotted”. This describes the circles of trees, scrub, savanna, and cloud shadows throughout the area.

During our 3 days here, we will journey out on morning and evening game drives when the lighting conditions are the best and the animals are more active.  Abundant species of wildlife live here; elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, and cape buffalo, zebra, giraffe, Thompson’s gazelle, and a small population of rhino.  We may even get the opportunity to see the Great Migration as thousands of wildebeest and zebra cross the Mara River traditionally from July – September.

We will call the Mara Serena Lodge home for the next 3 nights.

3 Nights Lodging: Mara Serena Safari Lodge


Day 8, 9, & 10

Serengeti National Park

We will fly to Tanzania, arriving in the middle of Serengeti National Park, calling this home for the next 3 nights.

Each day, after breakfast and a brief orientation, we will head out on game drives. We will stay in the park for most of the day taking a picnic lunch to enjoy out on the Serengeti plains.

The Serengeti is Tanzania’s most famous park and is known for the largest concentration of migratory animals in the world. Serengeti, in the Masai language, means “endless plain”. It covers over 5,700 sq miles (larger than the state of Connecticut.)

Nearly 35 species of large plains animals and 500 species of birds can be found here, including wildebeest, zebra, Grants gazelle, Thompson’s gazelle, impala, topi, buffalo, eland, giraffe, lions, and elephants. The open plains broken by rocky outcrops called “Kopjes” provide the perfect setting for game viewing and photography.

OPTIONAL

Hot Air Balloon Ride over Serengeti

A unique way to see the Serengeti is by hot air balloon. The balloon will move from lower altitudes up to 1000 feet off the ground. This is great way to capture images from a unique perspective. Reserving your spot prior to the trip is recommended.

3 Nights Lodging: Kubu Kubu Tented Camp


Day 11 & 12

Ngorongoro Crater

We will head to the Ngorongoro Crater area for the next 2 nights.  Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera.  “The Crater” was named as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa and is home to approximately 25,000 large animals including black rhinos, cape buffalo, lions, hippos, elephants, zebra, gazelle, serval cats, and flamingos just to name a few.

We will rise early to be at the gate when the park opens and must leave before dark.   We’ll enjoy 2 game drives in park during our stay.

2 Nights Lodging: Ngorongoro Farm House


Day 13 Departure 

Arusha / Depart

After breakfast, we’ll depart for Arusha, Tanzania.  After lunch in Arusha we will transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight home or next destination.

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