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Tanzania and Kenya, the neighboring countries in East Africa Safaris offer sensational scenic views, top-class game viewing with adventurous Kenya Tanzania safaris experience, and different aspects of the Great Migration Africa. Its expansive savannah and golden grasslands are jaw-dropping sights. The Serengeti National Park, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa is home to the spectacular wildebeest migration. The Masai Mara National Reserve is a region with miles of savannas and thrilling and spectacular displays of wildlife to explore on your East Africa adventure tours and safaris into this reserve. Be there at the right time to spot herds of wildebeest and zebra stretching to the horizon.
East Africa has the best safari destinations. This region offers classic Best of African safaris. It has beautiful landscapes. One can also find rich wildlife diversity. The region is home to African tribes. These include Masai and Samburu warriors. Due to this, East Africa safaris are very popular.
This region is unlike Southern Africa. Countries like South Africa and Botswana are well known. But East Africa is special. It offers a different experience altogether.
Arrival at Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
The arrival at Kilimanjaro airport marks the beginning of your beautiful journey where our driver will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel at Arusha, the safari capital of Tanzania.
You will have the rest of the day to yourself to relax and get ready for the adventurous days ahead.
Journey from Arusha to Lake Manyara to Ngorongoro
Start your day around 6 am with a healthy breakfast to keep you up and going for the long journey to Lake Manyara. Once you drive down to Lake Manyara, enjoy your game drive followed by a tasty lunch inside the park.
Step out before it gets dark to drive down to Karatu located on the outskirts of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
For the best experience of Ngorongoro Crater, drive out early with packed breakfast and head towards the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Make your way to the entrance of the crater before you descend into this huge wildlife sanctuary for a whole day tour.
The Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtakingly beautiful setting and one of the best places in Tanzania teeming with wildlife. It is one of the world's largest inactive volcanic caldera making it the most renowned natural wonders. Reach back to your hotel before it's dark and relax for the rest of the evening.
Exploring Serengeti (Seronara region)
Check-out from your hotel after having a hearty breakfast to drive down to the Seronera or Central Serengeti. Enjoy a game drive while you pass through the Ndutu region on your way to Seronera. The Seronera region is known as the Big Cat Capital of Africa. This part of the Serengeti is a fantastic year-round destination because of its resident wildlife which is at its peak in April to June and October to December when the herds of the Great Migration Tanzania pass through the area.
Once you get to Seronera, check into your hotel and have a relaxed lunch. If you get lucky to come across interesting game experiences, you might get delayed so a little rest post-lunch would be great for you to energize yourself for your afternoon drive. Come back to your resort and relax for the evening.
Serengeti (Seronara region)
After an early breakfast, leave for the Seronera region, the heart of Serengeti which is famous for its tree-climbing lions. It is one of the best places to see the Great Migration Africa in action because of its central location. Come back to the resort to have a nice lunch and relax for a while before you step out for your afternoon game drive in Serengeti.
Come back to relax for the evening.
An unexplored wilderness packed with amusing landscapes and abundance of wildlife, the North Serengeti is famous for the massive herds of migratory wildebeest and zebra during the dry season. This region is home to an abundance of wildlife such as lion, elephant, hippo, crocodile, giraffe and the rare oribi antelope.
After the morning game drive and a hearty breakfast, check out from the camp to check in to another camp down in North Serengeti. Enjoy your afternoon game drive after lunch and return to the camp to rest for the night.
A long game drive in Northern Serengeti is planned for the day with a packed breakfast and lunch for a little picnic later.
Come back to the camp in the evening and retire for the day.
North Serengeti to Masai Mara
You will be driving to Masai Mara, Kenya through the Isebania border which will be the longest drive of your tour. Leaving early in the morning with packed breakfast would be ideal to drive partly through Serengeti till you reach the Isebania border. Once you reach the border check-post, your guide and driver will receive you and take care of the rest of your journey to Kenya.
Start your drive towards Masai Mara after the immigration process. Enjoy your picnic hamper provided in your vehicle to set you right up for the long drive. To save time and for a comfortable journey, you can also take a flight from Serengeti to Masai Mara. In that case, you can enjoy a safari till late morning and transfer to the airstrip after check out. You will get on another flight across the border to Masai Mara post immigration. Reach your hotel inside Mara and have a relaxing lunch and rest a little before you leave for a late afternoon game drive. Once you are back by sunset, spend the rest of the day at leisure at the hotel which is set bang in the middle of the savannahs. Spend your evening around a bonfire before you call it a night!
|Days 9 - 12||
The Masai Mara Experience
Masai Mara National Reserve is Kenya's finest wildlife spectacle on the planet. Often referred to as the 'Mother of all National Parks' with the unending landscape of 1500 sq.kms, it hosts over 450 bird species like the crown crane, kori bustard, southern ground to name a few, 95 animal species and all of the great predators. It includes the highest densities of all kinds of fauna like big cats, wildebeests, antelopes, elephants, hippos, zebras, giraffes and many more. It has also been home to legendary documentaries like the Big Cat Diaries.
Experience the illustrious wildlife with 4 days of maximum game drives guided by an experienced Maasai guide cum driver. There will be morning, mid-morning and afternoon game drives every day covering different areas of the national park depending on the animal movements, focusing especially on the herds of wildebeests and zebras gathering on the river banks to cross over to the other side. Spend your evenings at leisure coupled with a bonfire everyday after the game drives. Maintaining a proper bedtime will be best to keep your body ready for the morning East Africa adventure tours and safaris.
You can also pay a visit to a Masai Village to experience their way of living and culture. Enjoy an early morning balloon safari followed by champagne breakfast. You can also opt for breakfast by the hippo pool and a bush lunch enjoying the vast savannahs.
A sundowner experience and a special bush dinner on the last night at Mara along with Masai dances will give you unforgettable memories to cherish forever.
The journey from Masai Mara to Nairobi
You will arrive at the Nairobi Wilson airport by noon and will be met by our representative. You will have a connecting flight to Zanzibar from Wilson airport. Once you arrive at Zanzibar Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your beach resort. This day will be at leisure. Zanzibar is one of the favorite beach destinations amongst discerning world travellers. Its pristine white sands beaches are a treat to the senses. It is not just the beaches, but Zanzibar is also a much-loved destination from a historical perspective. Stone Town in Zanzibar is a historic trade center with Swahili and Islamic cultural confluence. It’s winding lanes and minarets take you back by several centuries.
|Days 14 - 15||
You will spend two full days in Zanzibar. Post breakfast enjoy the white sandy beach for miles and take in this beautiful island. One of the days you can visit Stone Town and other attractions like the Rock restaurant, Prison island, spice markets et al. We will be happy to organize for these day excursions as per your preference. You can also indulge in a host of watersports or activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, waterskiing, windsurfing, dhow cruise, and other marine activities. The evening will be at the resort. Typically the resorts organize for musical evenings with local musicians playing indigenous instruments.
Fly out of Zanzibar
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the international airport for your flight back home or to the next destination.
Your tour ends here with pleasant memories of African wildlife and beach holiday.
Numerous parks are spread in East Africa. Game reserves are found in this region. One can also visit private conservancies. They account for a luxurious experience.
Kenya and Tanzania have healthy wildlife. Various species of mammals are found. They include the African Big Five. Lion pride is seen frequently. One can see leopards napping on trees. Cheetahs chasing their prey is a sight to behold. Huge herds of elephants are also spotted. Travelers can see big and small cat species. Plain animals are abundant. These include zebras, wildebeest, and more.
Visitors can witness uncommon species. They are spread around certain areas. These include hyenas, wild dogs, and rhinos. One can observe rare Reticulated giraffes. Grevy’s zebras are also seen. Kenya is famous for its East African lion. They reside in Kenya. It is the national animal of the country. In Tanzania, wildebeest are famous. Elephants are also the highlight.
One can spot the region's varied avifauna. They are best seen during East Africa safaris. It is a haven for birdwatchers.
East Africa safaris are not limited to just wildlife. There is more to enjoy than safaris. Travelers can plan their ideal beach trip. This region is neighbored by the Indian ocean. Beaches have soft sands. They are lined with cool azure waters. The marine life here is flourishing. Beach vacations are a perfect pause. They provide a break from safaris. They offer a relaxing trip.
There are many sites and destinations in East Africa. These include national parks, towns, and more. Here are some places to visit during East Africa safaris:
Masai Mara National Park
Masai Mara is the best safari destination. It has diverse wildlife. It is the setting for the wildebeest migration. This is an epic wildlife event. Travelers can see wildebeests in millions. They are often stretched to the horizon. These animals go on an annual migration. They begin their journey from Serengeti. They enter the Mara for food. They also face various obstacles. It isn’t unusual to spot deadly game action. Travelers can also witness river crossings. They are the focus of the migration.
One can pick a preferable season to visit. It is a unique experience to watch the migration live. The Mara is the ideal host for the migration. One can enjoy several activities. These involve multiple game drives. Hot air balloon rides are best enjoyed here. The park also offers guided walks. It is recommended to stay in the park for multiple days. This allows travelers to explore each area.
Serengeti National Park
Serengeti is the top national park in Tanzania. It is a World Heritage Site. The park houses a vast diversity of wildlife. The park has a region called Seronera. It is an incredible area. It is known as the Big Cat Capital of Africa.
It is rich in lions, cheetahs, and leopards. Often, travelers can spot all three on the same day. This part of Serengeti is a fantastic site. One can see year-round wildlife here. Seronera has a growing flora and fauna. It offers unforgettable East Africa safaris.
Serengeti is a beautiful park. It offers the best sightings of the migration. The Seronera region is filled with predators. It showcases dramatic chases. Tree climbing lions also reside here. North Serengeti blooms during the dry season. It has beautiful wilderness landscapes. North Serengeti is teeming with wildlife species. They are frequently seen during game drives.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
It is also called the Ngorongoro Crater. This crater is huge in size. It is the world’s largest inactive caldera. It has amazing wildlife. The landscapes here are stunning. Ngorongoro is called the Eden of Africa. The crater is a world heritage site. Approximately 20,000 animals live here.
Wildlife here is easily accessible. Travelers can capture big cats in action. In its open plains reside rare rhinos. It also has a huge birding population. Ngorongoro is a popular site. It is commonly added in East Africa safaris. It offers awe-inspiring views of the surroundings.
Lake Manyara National Park
The Great Rift Valley is a series of geographical trenches. It has an array of lakes. They are called the Great Rift Valley Lakes. Among them is Lake Manyara. It is Tanzania's seventh-largest lake. This lake is shallow and alkaline. Lake Manyara has various species.
This national park has a gorgeous setting. One can spot herds of elephant. It also has strong lion populations. The crater's birdlife is enormous. Millions of flamingos flock toward the lake. More than 450 bird species thrive near the lake’s shore.
Arusha National Park
This national park is considered a gem. Arusha has varied ecosystems. The park is nestled on Mount Meru’s foothills. It offers the best vistas of Mount Meru. It is Tanzania’s most accessible park. Arusha is a beautiful park. It displays a great landscape. It also has great wildlife densities. It is the best park for a day trip. One can include it in East Africa safaris.
Primates like the colobus monkeys live in the park. Plain animals are aplenty here. Travelers can enjoy canoeing and game drives. It is one of the few parks that offer walking safaris.
Arusha is known as the safari capital. This town is the route for the northern safari circuit. Tarangire National Park sits close to the town. Arusha National Park is also nearby. Travelers can visit coffee plantations. The town also has museums.
The city boasts modern architecture. It is the best place to interact with local people. Many attractions sit close to the city. Arusha has Masai markets and bazaars. Travelers can buy unique souvenirs. The local street food is best tried in the town.
Zanzibar Island is also known as Unguja. Its ancient buildings reflect the island’s past. It is popular for its spices markets. Zanzibar is home to Stone Town. This is a world heritage site. The town has buzzing local markets. It displays a rich culture. The town is the oldest part of Zanzibar city.
The main highlight of Zanzibar is its beaches. It is home to some of the finest coastlines. Including beaches in your itinerary is a must. Visitors can relax at the beaches. It also serves as a break from safaris. Travelers can enjoy water activities. These include diving and snorkeling. One can also try kite surfing.
Zanzibar is accessible from Dar es Salaam. It can be part of the safari and beach package.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is famous in Uganda. The park is part of a rainforest. It is surrounded by Rift Valley mountains. The park has a rich ecosystem. It is Africa’s most diverse area.
The park has half of the world’s mountain gorillas. It is the best park for gorilla trekking. Professionals guide the treks. One can enjoy wild African jungle safaris here. Other species are also seen. One can see shy forest elephants. Giant forest hogs are also spotted. Bwindi is a world heritage site. It provides unforgettable gorilla treks. This park adds to your East Africa safaris.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth has plentiful wildlife. This park offers a classic safari experience. It is located in Southwest Uganda. The park has big cat species. Various antelope species are also found.
The park has growing biodiversity. The park has a range of safari activities. Travelers can try boat cruises. They take place along the Kazinga channel. Savannah game viewing is also available. One can enjoy adventurous chimp tracking. It is done in the park’s forests. This park is easily combined with Bwindi. The park offers classic game drives. Gorilla trekking can also be enjoyed.
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This tour will bring you close to nature and wildlife giving you some life experiences. End your tour by relaxing on the beaches of Zanzibar and indulge in sports activities to make it one of your best adventurous tours.