Days
11
Price from
$7,460AUD

The vast grasslands of East Africa support the largest concentration of wildlife in the world. Over 11 days you'll get among the massive herds and their predators in an overland truck and 4x4's with our expert local leaders at the helm.


Start
Nairobi, Kenya
Finish
Nairobi, Kenya
Country
Kenya, Tanzania
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Wildlife
Code
PFED
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
(41 reviews)
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 15

Why we love this trip

  • Visit two of Africa's premier regions for viewing wildlife – the Serengeti and Masai Mara

  • The Kati Kati Tented Camp, your feature stay in the Serengeti, is perfectly located – in the heart of the park but away from the crowds

  • Settle in under a blanket of stars in the Mara, then wake to the sounds of calming birdsong

  • Explore the spectacular World Heritage-listed Ngorongoro Crater by 4WD

  • Between major destinations, there are some excellent stopovers on this trip, including Joy Adamson's former home and the world-class soapstone carvers of Kisii

Is this trip right for you?

  • Purpose-built overland vehicles are used for the duration of the trip. It is important to note that while these vehicles are not air-conditioned, all windows do open to allow for fresh air. Be prepared for some dust, heat and wind. Curtains are fitted to minimise the sunshine.

  • This itinerary features some long travel days, which can be exacerbated by bumpy African roads. It is recommended that you pay close attention to the given approximations of driving hours.

  • You don't have to be an athlete to take a Peregrine overland safari, but a general level of physical movement is required. For example, simply entering and exiting the vehicles several times a day will require a certain level of physical fitness and capability.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 May 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2015 - 30 April 2016

Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya's capital. Meet your Peregrine representative and be driven to your hotel (approximately 45 minutes). There will be an important group meeting at 6 pm this evening. More details about this meeting can be found at the hotel reception. Spend free time today at your leisure.
Accommodation
  • Panafric Hotel or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • National Museum - USD10
  • Karen Blixen museum - USD14
  • Bomas of Kenya - USD12
  • Langata Giraffe Sanctuary - KES1200
  • Carnivore Restaurant - KES3500
  • Nairobi National Park safari walk - USD30
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Depart Nairobi after breakfast and head north, driving along the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley (approximately 4 hours of driving in total). You'll head for Elsamere, stopping for lunch with the lake as a serene backdrop. 'Elsamere' is the former home of the writer Joy Adamson, whose 1960 book 'Born Free' helped bring wildlife conservation into the mainstream. The house is a veritable museum that dedicated to the works of Joy and George Adamson, with many photos of Elsa, the lioness that started it all. After lunch, you'll embark on a boat trip across Lake Naivasha, the highest of all lakes in the Great Rift Valley and home to many a hippopotamus. Continue to your tented camp, arriving in the early evening. The camp is located on a lava outcrop commanding stunning views. The Camp’s dining area features an outdoor terrace with camp fire pit and a safari bar. The terrace overlooks a water hole which attracts wildlife in the mornings and evenings.
Accommodation
  • Sleeping Warrior Tented Camp or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lake Naivasha - Boat trip
  • Elsamere Conservation Centre
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning you will visit Lake Nakuru National Park by 4WD. Mornings can be cold so it's important to bring warm clothes. You might see why this great soda lake has been described as the world's greatest ornithological spectacle; it amazingly turns into a sea of pink on occasion. Flooding in recent years has unfortunately caused a decline in birdlife. The park boasts substantial numbers of other species, including waterbuck, reedbuck and gazelle. Leopards are also to be found here, and the chances of sighting one are significant. Keep your eyes peeled, too, for one of Africa's most endangered creatures, the elusive black rhinoceros (white rhinos are much easier to spot). 
Accommodation
  • Sleeping Warrior Tented Camp or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lake Nakuru - Evening game drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today you will head southwest to the Masai Mara (approximately 6–7 hours). This is arguably one of the finest game reserves in Africa. You'll embark on an afternoon game drive in the truck on the way to your tented camp. Set in what is considered Kenya's prime wildlife area, Mara Leisure Camp is located along the Talek River, on the northern boundary of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Facilities at the camp include a swimming pool, business centre, gift shop, bar and restaurant.
Accommodation
  • Mara Leisure Tented Camp or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Masai Mara - Game drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Explore more of the park by 4WD today with further game drives in the morning and afternoon. Witness the wonderful procession of wildlife that inhabits the area. Wildebeest, zebra and gazelle are plentiful, and you might even spot predators keeping a casual eye on their movements. Elephants, giraffes and elands are also commonly sighted, along with plenty of bird life. The area is known for its rolling green plains and riverine woodlands, and amongst the many species of game, a black-maned lion, leopard or cheetah might appear, with some luck. An optional balloon ride over the Masai Mara at sunrise is an unforgettable experience. If you have pre-booked this activity you will be picked up from camp before dawn and driven to the launch site for a safety briefing with your pilot. You then glide through the dawn, sometimes at tree height, making the most of the amazing photo opportunities. Sometimes you'll ascend 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 rejoining your group. As dusk falls, a variety of animals might be visible in the vicinity of your camp also.
Accommodation
  • Mara Leisure Tented Camp or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Masai Mara Balloon ride (from price) - USD500
  • Masai village visit - USD25
Included Activities
  • Masai Mara - Game drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Say goodbye to the Mara and head to Migori (approximately 6.5 hours). On the way you will stop for lunch (at your own expense) and visit a local soapstone factory in Kisii. This town is home to the best soapstone carvers on the continent. Their products are quite popular in Australia, Europe and the USA. It's a favourite stopover for travellers seeking a taste of the exquisite Kisii carvings.

Notes: Accommodation tonight is quite basic, due to very few options in the area and the need to break up the journey.
Accommodation
  • Grabo County Dream Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Cross into Tanzania before heading to the Serengeti National Park (approximately 8 hours, not including time spent at the border). These 'Endless Plains' span some 14,700 square kilometres, but their main claim to fame is 3 million or so animals. The game most likely to be seen in the Serengeti are the wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, lion, cheetah, warthog, hyena, hippo and ostrich. You'll take a game drive en route to your camp and watch the landscape change within the park from the vast treeless central plains to thick scrub and forest in the north. Linking these areas is the savannah, dotted with acacia trees and magnificent rock outcrops. The next two nights are spent at the feature stay of the trip: Kati Kati mobile tented camp. Meru-style tents are a great place to relax at the end of the day with their big beds, table, clothes rack, sink, shower and a toilet. The camp has a comfortable lounge area, and a cosy mess tent located in the centre of the camp where meals are served. The campfire is ready every evening for appetizers before dinner. It's also eco-friendly, with solar power.
Accommodation
  • Kati Kati Tented Camp or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Serengeti Game drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Enjoy a full day of game drives in the truck in the magnificent Serengeti. Perhaps the ultimate way to go game viewing is on a hot air balloon safari over the great plains of the Serengeti and Masai Mara. Hot-air ballooning in East Africa can be an unforgettable experience, an exceptional way to see this part of the world. We strongly recommend booking this extra activity prior to departure if you're interested.
Accommodation
  • Kati Kati Tented Camp or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Balloon ride (from price) - USD500
Included Activities
  • Serengeti Game drive
  • Serengeti - Game drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After an early morning game drive, it's time to leave the park and travel to the Ngorongoro Crater (approximately 5 hours). It's one of Africa's most beautiful nature reserves and the world's largest intact caldera. Upon arrival you will check into your accommodation, which is located just outside of the crater. This small and exclusive lodge faces the Oldeani Volcano, and is located approximately 5 kilometres from the Ngorongoro Lolduare gate.
Accommodation
  • Ngorongoro Farmhouse or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Serengeti Game drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
In the morning, climb aboard the 4WD for your descent to the crater floor. Hopefully you'll see some or all of the 'big five' creatures that rule here. Animals within the Ngorongoro Crater are less shy of people and safari vehicles, so it's easier to see them up close. Views from the rim of the crater are sensational. On the crater floor, grassland blends into swamps, lakes, rivers, woodlands and hills. The Masai are permitted to water their cattle at the permanent lake and can be seen leading their animals in and out of the crater. The most commonly seen animals are the lion, wildebeest, zebra, eland, bushbuck, cheetah, jackal, buffalo, Grant's gazelle, Thompson's gazelle and black rhinoceros. The afternoon is yours to spend as you please, perhaps with optional walking activities or a coffee tour.
Accommodation
  • Ngorongoro Farmhouse or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ngorongoro Crater - Game drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Drive to Arusha (approximately 10 hours, not including border formalities). Those continuing back to Nairobi will be transferred back to the starting hotel in Nairobi; others will depart from here. Your East African adventure comes to an end on arrival in Nairobi in the early evening. Any flights out of Nairobi should not be booked to depart prior to 9 pm. Spending an extra night in Nairobi is highly recommended, as the journey from Arusha is a tiring one, and sometimes there are unexpected delays.

Notes: Due to safety reasons, you won't be able to be dropped off at the airport en route to the hotel. The six-hour drive from Arusha to Nairobi can be replaced by a short flight between Kilimanjaro Airport and Nairobi (at your own expense).
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners

Transport

Boat, Custom-built overland vehicle, Open 4WD vehicles, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Farmstay (2 nights), Hotel (2 nights), Permanent tented camp (6 nights)

Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Lake Naivasha - Boat trip
  • Elsamere Conservation Centre
  • Lake Nakuru - Evening game drive
  • Masai Mara - Game drive
  • Serengeti Game drive
  • Serengeti - Game drive
  • Ngorongoro Crater - Game drive

Reviews

Our East Africa Discovery trips score an average of 4.76 out of 5 based on 41 reviews in the last year.

East Africa Discovery, January 2016

Toni and Peter Stewart

East Africa Discovery, September 2015

Robyn Bury

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Important notes

On the final day you can end tour in Arusha or Nairobi.
This trip is operated in a Peregrine overland truck.
As an arrival transfer is included, please ensure the correct details are provided to Peregrine prior to your departure.

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