15 days

Highlights of Kenya & Tanzania

Highlights of Kenya & Tanzania

Masai Mara's mammal migrations

Tented camp stays

Game drives in the Masai Mara

The flamingos of Lake Nakuru

Game drives in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Serengeti

The 'Garden of Eden' of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ngorongoro Crater

The black-maned tree-climbing lions and flamingos of Lake Manyara National Park

Tarangire National Park's migratory animals, savannahs, acacias and baobabs

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  • Uncover some of Africa's wildlife highlights on this journey through Kenya and Tanzania. There's a lot of wilderness to cover in two weeks, but still plenty of time to relax, take it all in and realise you're on your dream African safari!

    Why we love it

    • Be surrounded by awe-inspiring African vistas at every turn
    • Explore Africa’s famous Serengeti National Park and enjoy some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the world
    • Be humbled by the children of the East Africa Mission Orphanage; your time spent here will stay with you long after you return home
    • Unique lodge accommodation reminiscent of the old safari camps of yesteryear staffed entirely by the Masai people.
    • Spend two nights on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater with endless views of this beautiful wilderness region


    Day 1 - Nairobi

    • On arrival in Nairobi, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel by our Peregrine representative. You may wish to speak to our representative regarding any additional tours or activities that you might wish to do while you’re in Nairobi. There will be a trip briefing at the hotel at approximately 6.00pm this evening.
    • The rest of the day is spent at your leisure. Please note this is an arrival day – you can arrive at any time.
    • Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, was established at the turn of the 20th century by Europeans as a stores depot during the construction of the East African Railway.
    • Without plan or design, it established itself as the capital of the British protectorate, and today has a population of around three million.
    Panafric Hotel or similar

    Day 2 - Aberdare National Park

    • Leaving Nairobi, we head towards Aberdare National Park.
    • En route to Aberdare Country Club, we will take a short game drive and hope to spot the elusive golden cat or bongo - both rare sightings in the area. Some more common sightings are the lion, leopard, elephant, baboon, colobus monkey and a wide array of birds of prey.
    • The Aberdare Range is just south of the equator and forms part of the eastern rim of the Great Rift Valley. It's home to abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery. The area is also famous for being the headquarters of Dedan Kimathi, leader of the 1950s Mau Mau uprising.
    • Enjoy lunch at Aberdare Country Club and enjoy your afternoon at leisure to enjoy the Country Club's facilities and surroundings.
    • You may wish to go for a walk on the grounds where you have the opportunity to get up close some zebra or giraffes that have wandered into the beautiful surroundings.
    Aberdare Country Club or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 3 - Aberdare National Park

    • This morning after breakfast you will pack yourself a day pack for your overnight stay at "The Ark"
    • En route to tonight's accommodation, we will enjoy another game drive in Aberdare National Park.
    • Set in the heart of the Aberdare National Park, The Ark is a unique tree lodge that overlooks a floodlit waterhole and saltlick which attracts a host of wildlife. Resembling and named after Noah's Ark, The Ark is designed with 'decks' from which numerous balconies and lounges provide superb vantage points for game viewing.
    • A ground level bunker provides excellent photographic opportunities and takes you closer than you would believe possible to the animals.
    • The excitement of the Ark is at night, when the animals flock in large numbers to the watering hole.
    The Ark or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4 - Nakuru

    • After breakfast we will enjoy another short game drive en route to Aberdare Country Club to pick up our luggage before we continue along the Great Rift Valley toward Nakuru.
    • We will stop for lunch at Thomson falls Lodge situated at the world famous Thomson’s Falls discovered in 1883 by Joseph Thomson, a Scottish Geologist and Naturalist. In the afternoon there is the opportunity to visit the Menengai Crater, one of the largest in the world, which affords us breathtaking views of the Great Rift Valley.
    • We stay in a very welcoming bush lodge for the next two nights. The Lodge is perfectly situated in the naturally beautiful surroundings of Nakuru, Kenya. Assembled in amongst the African trees It offers a luxurious place to stay. It is a traditionally built lodge situated on the edge of a pond where trees are in abundance as well as the bird life.
    • Before or after dinner you may take a short stroll up to see EAMO’s remarkable children. Or you may wish to simply sit back and relax in the lounge area of the dining or the privacy of your own room and enjoy everything Ziwa Bush Lodge has to offer.
    • The East Africa Mission Orphanage looks after more than 100 children ranging in age from just a few days old to 15 years. The complete needs of the children, including full school education, are provided for by the orphanage. The orphanage is registered with the Kenyan Government and was set up by an Australian couple with the purpose of caring for the thousands of homeless orphans, walking the streets in search of food or turning to prostitution as a means of survival. We are proud to help support the efforts of this family and their incredible orphanage, and is excited to be able to take clients right into the orphanage itself! The children love to practice their English skills and are eager to learn more about the world - so be prepared for some questions!
    Ziwa Bush Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5 - Lake Nakuru National Park

    • A short drive takes us to Lake Nakuru National Park, the centrepiece of which is the lake itself.
    • Lake Nakuru is a soda lake which is home to massive numbers of flamingos - up to two million on occasion - and thousands of other birds. It has been described as the world's greatest ornithological spectacle and, at times, the lake is literally a sea of pink. In addition, the park itself also boasts substantial numbers of other species, including waterbuck, reedbuck and gazelle. Leopards are also to be found here, providing good chances for sightings (although there are no guarantees!). Perhaps we may also be fortunate enough to encounter one of Africa's most endangered animals - the rhinoceros. There is quite a good chance of seeing white rhinos, whilst black rhinos may prove to be more elusive. After spending the day in the park, we return to our private lodge.
    Ziwa Bush Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6-7 - Masai Mara National Reserve

    • We head south-west to our next destination, the Masai Mara - arguably one of the finest game reserves in Africa. The area is known for its rolling green plains and riverine woodlands, and amongst the many species of game, we may be lucky to observe black-maned lion, leopard and cheetah. These predators find an abundant food supply in the massive herds of wildebeest, zebra, Thomson's and Grant's gazelle that roam the grasslands.
    • We will have an afternoon game drive on the way to our tented camp.
    • The usual routine involves waking up a little before dawn to start our morning game drive when the sun comes up, as this is often one of the most productive times of the day when most animals tends to be more active. After what is hopefully an exciting morning's drive we return to camp for lunch and to relax during the heat of the day.
    • We set off again in the afternoon and expect to return to camp around sunset. However, depending on wildlife movements, we may on occasion do a full day's game drive and in this instance we'll stop en-route for a picnic lunch.
    • Accommodation whilst in 'the Mara' is in a permanent tented camp.
    • An optional balloon ride over the Masai Mara at sunrise is an unforgettable experience. If you have pre-booked this activity (please see 'Important Notes') you will be picked up and driven to the launch site, receive a safety briefing from your pilot and help inflate the balloon. You then glide through the dawn, sometimes at tree height, providing amazing wildlife photography opportunities; sometimes ascending to get an overview of the enormity of the Masai Mara plains and the early morning movements of the teeming herds. Upon landing you'll be treated to a bush breakfast before being returned to your vehicle. Please note if you are taking a balloon ride over the Mara you will be taken to the launch place from our camp before dawn and returned to the group when you have finished your ride.
    • Please note that we offer this activity as a pre-booked service which will guarantee you a spot in a balloon. If you choose to wait and book this activity locally on the ground you may get a better price. However this is a popular activity and places are limited. It is at your own discretion if you wish to pre-book this service with us or try and book it locally while you are on your trip.
    • There is also an opportunity to visit a nearby Masai village.
    Mara Leisure Tented Camp or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 8 - Nairobi

    • We head off early this morning for a game walk into a private concession area adjoining the Masai Mara National Reserve.
    • After breakfast we’ll drive back to Nairobi, arriving in the late afternoon and spend the evening at our leisure.
    • To reduce your travelling time back to Nairobi, you may wish to consider a flight from Masai Mara to Nairobi (at additional cost). This will give you the chance to spend some extra time in Nairobi, where you can do some sightseeing or relax around the hotel pool.
    • Please note that the flight from Masai Mara arrives at Wilson Airport (Nairobi) and you’ll require a transfer to our Nairobi hotel. We’re able to book the flight and also the transfer to our Nairobi hotel for you (additional costs involved).
    Panafric Hotel or similar

    Day 9 - Arusha - Lake Manyara

    • This morning we’ll be met by our private transfer vehicle for the 300 kilometre drive to Arusha, (about six hours) exiting Kenya and entering Tanzania at the Namanga border post. Our transfer driver can assist you with border crossing procedures.
    • On arrival in Arusha we’ll have lunch before meeting our Tanzanian safari guide and special 4WD safari vehicle. A two-hour drive then takes us through the village of Mto Wa Mbu before we climb up part of the Great Rift Valley to our lodge, arriving at the Lake Manyara Serena Lodge in the late afternoon. Keep an eye out for spectacular views of Mt Meru as you leave Arusha and head towards Lake Manyara.
    • The lodge is spectacularly perched high on the escarpment overlooking the alkaline Lake Manyara - the perfect place to spend your first night in Tanzania
    • Although it’s a relatively long driving day it’s a great time to take in some inspiring African scenery, keep an eye out for the red-robed Masai people and perhaps some wildlife along the way too!
    Lake Manyara Serena Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 10 - Lake Manyara National Park - Serengeti National Park

    • This morning we explore Lake Manyara National Park on a short game drive to discover some of its wildlife highlights - the picturesque lake is home to a large number of birds, including flamingos and pelicans and is especially renowned for its black-maned, tree-climbing lions, which can be the highlight of any safari!
    • After our morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, we head into the wide open plains of the Serengeti National Park where we’ll be staying for two nights.
    • We’ll travel through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, skirting the Ngorongoro Crater to reach the Serengeti where we’ll spend the afternoon on a game drive covering the southern regions of the park.
    Serengeti Sopa Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 11 - Serengeti National Park

    • Today we’ll head out around sunrise for a morning game drive before returning to camp during the hotter hours of the day, to enjoy a hearty lunch, kick back, relax and maybe even take a siesta. We’ll head out again in the afternoon for another game drive, (the wildlife tends to be more active in the cooler hours of the day). Depending on wildlife movements, we might on occasion take an all-day game drive to make the most of sighting opportunities before returning to the lodge in the late afternoon.
    • The Serengeti is home to massive numbers of grazing animals and a range of predators. The interaction between the many species that call the Serengeti home provides quite simply some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities anywhere in the world.
    Serengeti Sopa Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 12 - Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Conservation Area

    • This morning we’ll have time to further explore the Serengeti before we drive back toward the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, with plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities along the way. We’ll stop for a picnic lunch amongst the open plains of the Serengeti and visit Simba Kopjes, an outcrop of rocks favoured by lion and cheetah who can often be seen basking in the morning sun. We’ll also have the option to visit Olduvai Gorge along the way; a site famous for the discovery of fossilised remains of pre-historic man.
    • Our lodge for the next two nights is spectacularly located on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater. Take time in the late afternoon to take in the remarkable vista as the sun sets dramatically over the crater.
    Ngorongoro Sopa or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 13 - Ngorongoro Crater

    • Today we’ll explore the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater, widely regarded as a microcosm of natural habitats in Africa and often touted as a veritable Garden of Eden. Ngorongoro Crater is the remnants of an ancient volcano caldera, whose 300 square kilometres is home to every type of ecosystem, including riverine forests, open plains, freshwater and alkaline lakes. Ngorongoro Crater hosts a remarkable concentration and diversity of wildlife including the highly endangered black rhinoceros. The scenery as we descend almost 600 metres down to the crater floor is simply spectacular.
    • In the afternoon we return to our lodge to unwind and soak up the wonderful views. (National park regulations stipulate that vehicles are only allowed a maximum of six hours in Ngorongoro Crater).
    Ngorongoro Sopa or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 14 - Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Tarangire National Park

    • This morning we say farewell to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and travel back down the Rift Valley escarpment through Mto Wa Mbu before reaching Tarangire National Park.
    • Tarangire National Park lies to the south of the Masailands and is defined by its large open savannahs dotted with acacia woodland and large baobab trees. With the presence of the Tarangire River, this park forms a refuge during the dry season for many migratory animals, making Tarangire's wildlife concentration second only to that of Ngorongoro Crater.
    • This morning we’ll enjoy an afternoon game drive en route to our safari lodge, situated inside the park. Have your cameras ready to snap the massive baobabs dotted throughout the park!
    Tarangire Sopa Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 15 - Tarangire National Park - Arusha

    • You will enjoy an early morning game drive in Tarangire National Park before returning to Arusha in time for lunch. It is then time for fond farewells, as some of you may be staying on in Arusha.
    • A departure transfer can be booked, at an additional expense, to either Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) or Arusha Airport (ARK). Please ensure you do not book flights to depart prior to 5pm.
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of Peregrine’s expert English-speaking local tour leader
    • Arrival transfer
    • 2 days in Aberdare National Park; 1 day in Lake Nakuru National Park and 2 days in Masai Mara National Reserve and surrounding area (including entrance fees where applicable)
    • 1 day in Lake Manyara National Park; 2 days in the Serengeti National Park; 2 days in Ngorongoro Crater; and 1 day in Tarangire National Park (including entrance fees where applicable)
    • Authentic accommodation including in a 'Noah's Ark' inspired lodge at Aberdare National Park; in a permanent tented camp with ensuite facilities in Nakuru; and in a permanent tented camp in the Masai Mara
    • Transport in safari vehicles with a pop-top roof system to ensure excellent game viewing, and 4WD vehicles rather than minivans, allowing access to off-the-beaten-track places
    • Accommodation in Lake Manyara Serena Lodge overlooking Lake Manyara; in Serengeti Sopa Lodge; at a lodge located on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater; and in a safari lodge situated inside Tarangire National Park
    • Gratuities for essential services in tour package

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry - may be available at locations where we stay two or more nights
    • Optional tours or activities during free time
    • Gratuities for tour leader/safari leader

    Safety Information

    It is recommended that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information prior to your departure.

    Peregrine strongly recommends the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Please leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Most of our hotels will have a safety deposit box, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

    Your driver/guide will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your driver/guide will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and Peregrine makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your driver/guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

    Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

    Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Be aware that traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home.

    While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

    You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty.

    Some hotel balconies don't meet UK standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.

    Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.

  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Highlights of Kenya & Tanzania

    Gillian - Kenya, 12 Aug, 2012
    Overall Rating

    A memorable experience in a wonderful country of beautiful people. Everyone made us feel very welcome.

    Highlights of Kenya & Tanzania

    Barbara - Sippy Downs, QLD, 29 Dec, 2009
    Overall Rating

    the people we met on our travels through kenya and tanzania were beautiful..it made me feel very humble that these people had so little{materially} and yet were always smiling.The people in samburu haven't had rain for over 2 years and very little for their stock to eat, but they keep smiling and made us so welcome when we visited their village.


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Trip Code PFKT
Group size 1 - 6
Start City: Nairobi, Kenya
End City: Arusha, Tanzania
Style: Small Group

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