Explore Kenya & Tanzania Camping Safari
A Kenya & Tanzania combined camping safari package to Kenya and Tanzania’s most famous parks filled with abundant wildlife throughout the year. Adventure walking and cycling at Hell’s Gate National Park. Holiday safari to Tanzania’s premier parks – Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara National Park and Tarangire National Park.
Camping in Kenya & Tanzania. Maasai Mara wildebeest migration. Walking and cycling tour. Maasai Mara wildebeest migration. Serengeti migration. Lake Mayara wildlife. Tarangire National Park. Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Self-contained tents in Nakuru, Masai Mara & Amboseli only while we pitch tents in Samburu. In designated campsites in Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Park.
Start: Nairobi End: Nairobi or Arusha
Day 1: Arrival – Nairobi, Kenya
Be met, greeted and assisted at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on arrival before you are transferred to Boulevard Hotel or similar facility for overnight stay.
Day 2: Nairobi – Samburu, Kenya
Pick up from your hotel at 0700 driving, driving by the majestic Mt. Kenya, to the open savannah of the Samburu Game Reserve.
We will camp in the narrow stretch of palms and woodlands by the Ewaso Nyiro River which provides water for the animals and some relief from the equatorial sun.
Day 3: Samburu National Reserve, Kenya
Full day spent exploring the Samburu Narional Reserve. Morning and afternoon game drives are offered. Dinner and overnight stay at a campsite.
The highlight of the Samburu Game Reserve is the spectacular scenic beauty, rivers and forests. It is an area where the local people have a rich and coluorful heritage. The reserves have numerous permanent springs and a wealth of wildlife which include leopard, hippo, elephant, lion, giraffe, Gravy’s zebra and crocodiles in the Ewaso Nyiro River.
Over 365 species of birds have been identified in the sanctuaries.
Day 4: Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
We will break the camp soon after breakfast and proceed to Lake Nakuru National Park.
Game is viewed as we exit the park, enjoying our lunch en-route. Dinner and overnight at a campsite in Nakuru National Park.
Lake Nakuru is a shallow alkaline lake on the edges of Nakuru town . The lake is world famous as home to millions of flamingos. The number of flamingos depends on the water level which determines the quantity of algae on which the birds feed. Flamingoes are known to migrate to other Rift Valley lakes whenever the water level is low.
The national park surrounds the lake and was gazetted to protect the colony of flamingos as well as provide sanctuary for endangered species such as the rhino. There are about 25 white and black rhinos, one of the largest concentrations in the country.
Predators are also residents to this park while Rothschild’s giraffe have been trans-located into the park for safety.
Day 5: Lake Nakuru – Maasai Mara, Kenya
Soon after breakfast, we will break camp and travel south through the beautiful savannahs and plains of the Rift Valley and reach our base camp site where we will enjoy another evening in the bush under the far-reaching African sky.
Game is viewed as we proceed to Mara Enchoro or Sidai Camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 7 – 6: Maasai Mara, Kenya
We will spend the next two days on game drives exploring the Masai Mara.
The open grasslands are home to incredibly rich and varied wildlife and the awesome, annual migration of millions of wildebeest and antelope are the highlights of any visit to Africa from July to September.
An optional balloon safari can be arranged at an extra cost.
The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is arguably Kenya’s most popular game sanctuary. The film ‘Out of Africa’ was made to a great extent in this reserve.
Virtually every type of wildlife can be seen in the Mara because of the migration from Serengeti in Tanzania. A spectacle worth seeing is the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle from the Serengeti plains, across the Tanzania border and the Mara River, to the Maasai Mara grazing fields from late June. The dramatic crossing of the river of the herds and the predators who prey on them can be viewed from early July to August.
The reserve is abounding with birdlife and nearly 452 species have been recorded.
Day 8: Masai Mara – Lake Naivasha, Kenya
We depart the campsite soon after breakfast and proceed to Lake Naivasha.
We visit Hell’s Gate National Park which can be explored on foot or by cycling- bicycles are available for hire at an extra cost. One is encouraged to hike and cycle in the park. This is a rarity in Kenyan national parks, and is made possible due to the lack of large predators such as lions and cheetahs.
Hell’s Gate National Park is characterised by diverse topography and geological scenery. It has historically been an important home for the rare lammergeyer, but it is now thought that the famous pair of birds may not have nested in the park for several years.
Dinner and overnight stay at Fish Eagle Camp.
Day 9: Lake Naivasha – Amboseli National Park, Tanzania
We will break camp and proceed to Amboseli National Park via Nairobi.
Amboseli is the magnificent park at the foot hills of Mt.Kilimanjaro. This small park (at 392 sq km) is the second most popular park in Kenya after Maasai Mara, mainly due to the spectacular backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, on the southern boundary.
Amboseli means ‘the place of water’ in Maasai language. The park has an endless supply of water which is filtered through thousands of meters of volcanic rock from Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Animal species seen include elephant, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, impala and leopard. The birdlife seen here includes pelican, bee-eater, kingfisher, African fish eagle and pygmy falcon running away from the ice-cold weather from Mount Kilimanjaro to sun bathing and tanning in the sunny, dry weather of the Amboseli.
Amboseli is one of the most popular parks and offers excellent accommodation facilities. There are five lodges and two campsites inside the park. Kilimanjaro forms the backdrop of this game sanctuary and it is a sight to see and marvel at. The nomadic richly decorated Maasai who are deeply steeped in Maasai culture entertain visitors with enchanting dances of ageless Africa.
We will have afternoon game drives followed by dinner and overnight stay at Kibo Safari Camp or similar facility.
Day 10: Amboseli National Park, Tanzania
Full day game drive and overnight.
Day 11: Amboseli – Lake Manyara, Tanzania
Enjoy an early morning game drive, return to the camp for breakfast, and drive into Tanzania via the Namanga border. We will also pass through Arusha on our way to Lake Manyara National Park, enjoying our lunch en-route. We proceed to a campsite for dinner and overnight stay.
Lake Manyara is a shallow, alkaline lake that is part of the Rift Valley wall; the lake is at the base of the dramatic western escarpment giving it a beautiful and serene setting.
In addition to this peaceful setting, Lake Manyara’s main attractions are its rich bird life, tree climbing lions and its hippos, which you can see at a closer range than from many other places. Lake Manyara also hosts thousands of flamingos at certain times of the year and has diverse vegetation ranging from savannah, to marshes and acacia woodland, enabling a variety of wildlife habitats including butterflies.
Day 12: Lake Manyara – Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park after which we proceed to Serengeti National Park. Game is viewed as we proceed to the campsite for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 13: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
We will have 2 days exploring the Serengeti National Park in which we will have morning and afternoon game drives. Dinner and overnight stay at a campsite.
Serengeti is Africa’s most famous, and Tanzania’s, largest park covering 14,736 sq km and adjoins the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. With a wildebeest population of about 2 million and several other hoofed species (which include zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, impala, topi, Grant’s gazelle, kongoni, eland, Kirk’s dik- dik, klipspringer, roan, oryx, oribi, waterbuck, buffalo, giraffe and warthog), the Serengeti is sure to attract a string of prey such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, golden jackals and bat eared foxes.
Elephants are in their very large numbers and the few remaining black rhinoceros are restricted to a special area, keeping them away from the poachers.
Serengeti also offers rewarding bird viewing with ostrich and kori bustard being common, a variety of larks, finches, and raptors can be seen but the most distinctive small bird is the lilac-breasted roller.
Day 14: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
We view game as we drive southeast up into the magnificent Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Enjoy a full afternoon crater tour followed by dinner and overnight stay at a Simba Campsite on the crater rim.
The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s biggest whole volcanic caldera at 8,300 sq km and is arguably the most stunning arena.
It is frequently described as one of the wonders of the world, not only because of its geological magnificence, but also because it serves as an extraordinary natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s largest populations of large mammals. Ngorongoro and other freestanding mountains are volcanic in origin, formed during the fracturing process that created the Rift valley 15 to 20 million years ago. When it peaked in size 3 million years ago it was a similar height to Mt. Kilimanjaro today.
Day 15: Ngorongoro – Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
We take an early breakfast then break camp and proceed to Tarangire National Park.
We enjoy a game drive and then have dinner and overnight stay at a campsite.
Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem – a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.
Day 16 : Arusha – Nairobi
Break camp soon after breakfast and drive to Arusha – lunch then board an afternoon shuttle bus to Nairobi. Drop off at the airport or be driven to KIA (if the plan is to leave from there) to board your home bound flight.
- Transport in a custom made tour van in Kenya and 4×4 land cruiser in Tanzania
- Crater service fees, conservation fees
- Services of a professional English speaking guide
- Game park or national park entry fees
- Accommodations in self contained tents in Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Amboseli National Park
- 1 night accommodations in Nairobi on bed and breakfast basis
- Arusha – Nairobi shuttle bus transfer
- Three meals per day whilst on safari
- 1 litre mineral water per person per day
- Cultural visits to Samburu, Maasai villages
- Sleeping bags
- Personal effects
- Kenya, Tanzania visas
- Hotel accommodation in Nairobi after the safari