Sample Trip

Kenya & Tanzania Combined Safari

“Experience some of East Africa’s highlights, combining safari and beach”

Budget level: High-End
Country
Kenya, Tanzania
When to Go
Jun to Mar
Duration
12 Nights
Safari Type
Flying, Lodge and Canvas
Kids Min Age
5

Begin in the Masai Mara searching for cheetah and learning about Maasai culture before flying across the border to the Serengeti, staying in a tented camp which moves around the park following The Great Migration. Fly south to the lesser known Ruaha, watching herds of elephant dig for water in dry riverbeds and leopards lurking in the trees. Finally, unwind on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar, swimming in the warm Indian Ocean.

The Kenya & Tanzania Combined safari promises to deliver outstanding wildlife sightings whilst staying in luxury canvas accommodation and finally, the perfect beachside retreat. Flying between each destination eliminates the long transfers by road, ensuring maximum time to experience these incredible wildlife destinations.

This safari starts from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met and transferred to the domestic airport, Wilson Airport. Fly from here to the Masai Mara where you still spend 3 nights. The wildlife viewing is excellent year–round, and this, combined with the comfort of the camp and its excellent environmental credentials, means there are few more rewarding places to experience this slice of the Kenyan wilderness. After your time in the Mara you will fly to the border of Tanzania and Kenya, where you will be met by a driver and cross by land before catching another flight on the Tanzanian side into the Serengeti. You’ll then spend 3 nights in a luxurious mobile camp that follows the annual wildebeest migration throughout the year. Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives, searching with your guide for the plentiful wildlife that is found in the Serengeti year-round. After the Serengeti, you’ll catch another flight taking you to the incredible Ruaha National Park. Spend 3 nights here in a charming, authentic tented camp located on a sandy riverbed in the prime wildlife area of the park. With just six guest tents, excellent guides and a variety of safari activities available, including walking safaris, night drives and game drives, it is the perfect base for your safari in Ruaha. After your time in Ruaha its time to head to Zanzibar by flight. Spend your days relaxing and swimming in the warm Indian Ocean, taking a boat to the reef to snorkel or dive, kayaking along the shoreline looking for turtles, sailing in a dhow watching for dolphins or taking a picnic lunch on a remote sandbank.

This Kenya & Tanzania Combined safari is perfect for high-end couples or families (min age is 5) wishing to experience a luxury ‘under canvas’ safari and beach holiday in some of East Africa’s finest destinations. This itinerary is also perfect for photographers wishing to maximise their time in incredibly productive wildlife areas.

Itinerary in Brief

3 Nights Encounter Mara

3 Nights Ubuntu Migration Camp

3 Nights Kwihala Camp

3 Nights Matemwe Lodge

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detailed itinerary

On arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by an Asilia driver who will transfer you by private vehicle to the domestic airport, Wilson Airport. Fly from here to the Masai Mara, a journey of approximately 1 hour (15kg luggage limit per person; soft bags required for all flights on this itinerary). A guide from Encounter Mara will meet you here and game drive you back to camp, offering the perfect introduction to the vast savannah plains and stopping to watch any wildlife you encounter on the way. Settle into your tent and enjoy lunch and time to relax. After afternoon tea and cake, head out on a game drive to search for big cats and other wildlife in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy.

Enjoy morning and afternoon safari activities at Encounter Mara. A visit to one of the local villages offers authentic insight into Maasai culture and your guide will explain how the Mara Naboisho Conservancy carefully balances the needs of wildlife conservation with the local communities’ livelihoods. Night drives offer a unique chance to search for nocturnal species as well as predators on the move.

After breakfast, you will be driven to the airstrip to begin your journey across the border into the Serengeti in Tanzania. You will fly to Migori near the border, where a driver and vehicle will meet you and drive you across the land border, stopping to complete immigration formalities. From there it’s a short distance to Tarime on the Tanzania side, to arrive in time for your flight into the Serengeti. The whole journey takes approximately two and a half hours and, after having breakfast in the Masai Mara, you’ll arrive at your Serengeti camp in time for lunch and a well-earned rest. In the afternoon, go out on a game drive to explore the vast savannah with your guide from Ubuntu Migration Camp.

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives from Ubuntu Migration Camp, searching with your guide for the plentiful wildlife that is found in the Serengeti year-round. If your safari coincides with the timing of The Great Migration, you’ll also seek out these large herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle as they journey through the plains in search of fresh grazing.

After breakfast in camp, you will be driven to the airstrip for your flight south to Ruaha National Park, a journey of roughly 2 hours. A guide from Kwihala will be there to greet you and game drive you back to camp, introducing you to the very different landscape of this southern park. After lunch and a little time to relax, you will go out on an afternoon game drive and stop for sundowner drinks and snacks. Night-drive back to camp, watching out for nocturnal species such as the bat-eared fox, or predators such as lion, that start to prowl as darkness falls.

Safari activities take place in the early morning and late afternoon, when wildlife is most active. You will join expert guides on game drives to explore further afield, on walking safaris to seek out the smaller details and learn how to track wildlife from prints and signs in the bush, and on night drives to watch nocturnal species. Breakfast is often a picnic to maximise your explorations, and you will return to camp for lunch and a siesta.

After breakfast, depart camp and game drive to the airstrip, where you will fly to Zanzibar, two and a half hours away. On arrival, you will be met and driven by private vehicle to Matemwe Lodge, northeast of the island. Spend the rest of the afternoon unwinding in your thatch-and-stone chalet right on the ocean, snoozing in a hammock or swimming in one of the two pools.

Spend your days at Matemwe Lodge relaxing and swimming in the warm Indian Ocean, taking a boat to the reef to snorkel or dive, kayaking along the shoreline looking for turtles, sailing in a dhow watching for dolphins or taking a picnic lunch on a remote sandbank. Other water-sports on offer include stand-up paddle-boarding, kayaking and kitesurfing (seasonal).

After breakfast, you will be driven back to Zanzibar International Airport for your flight to Dar es Salaam International Airport, only 20-minutes drive away, where you can connect to your international flight home.

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