This exploration of Eastern Africa takes in the very best of both Kenya and Tanzania. Starting in northern Kenya you will be taken past the snowy peaks fo Mt Kenya before descending to the floor of the Rift Valley to visit Lake Nakuru and the millions of flamingos before carrying onto the Maasai Mara and Lake Naivasha. You will also have the unique opportunity to hike into the caves of Mt Suswa before exploring the rarely visited South Rift Magadi before Amboseli and eventually entering Tanzania and heading to the popular parks of Lake Manyara, Ngorogoro Crater and Serengeti. This is the most comprehensive safari holiday of Eastern Africa around and one that will keep you coming back year after year.
Up to 70 Species of Mammals
Luxury Bush Camps
Luxury Safari Lodges
Private Jeep Safaris Throughout
Unique Guided Walks
Up to 400 Species of Birds
Tour Dates: 3/9/2020 – 22/9/2020
Duration: 19 nights
Type / Focus: Mammals & Birds
Samburu National Reserve
On arrival in Nairobi you will be met by your local guide and transferred through central Kenya to Samburu National Reserve (6 hours) in the arid region north of Mt Kenya. This relatively small park allows for fantastic views of the undulating hills and rugged landscapes as well as being full of game such as lion, cheetah, leopards, elephants, buffalo, hippo and lots more grazing animals. You will lunch at your accommodation, level – Luxury safari lodge (Samburu Lodge) before enjoying an afternoon game drive here and your evening meal back the lodge.
Samburu National Reserve
Today you will have both a morning and afternoon game drive and during these drives you will should see all the usual wildlife as well as some rarer species which are common here but seldom seen anywhere else such as Beisa oryx, gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra reticulated giraffes and the blue-shanked Somali ostrich. Leopards are also commonly seen here during the game drives. You will once again have your lunch and evening meal at your accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Samburu Lodge).
Sweetwaters Game Reserve
Today after breakfast you will depart for Sweetwaters Game Reserve (3 hours) along the lower slopes of Mt Kenya. This is a private ranch with spectacular views of the snow capped Mt Kenya. You will have lunch here at your accommodation for the night, level – luxury tented camp (Sweetwaters Tented Camp). This reserve is a big five reserve and there are all the animals you would expect , in addition to this park there is Kenyas only chimpanzee sanctuary nearby and a visit here is a must. Once the sun goes down the game viewing does not stop, a popular waterhole is floodlit and there are optional night drives if you want.
Lake Nakuru National Park
After breakfast you will be driven down to the floor of the Great Rift Valley and to Lake Nakuru National Park (3 hours) after stopping at the amazing Nyahururu Thompson Falls en-route. You will have lunch at your accommodation for the night, level – Luxury safari lodge (Sarova Lion Hill Lodge). After lunch you will have an afternoon game drive and the star attraction is the huge colony of flamingos (1.5million) and another 400 plus species of birds. As well as the birds there are Rothschilds giraffe, black and white rhinos, waterbuck, reedbucks, lions, buffalo, leopard, baboons and many others which are regularly seen. Your evening meal will be back at the lodge.
After an early breakfast you will be driven further along the Rift Valley to the world famous and incredible Maasai Mara Game Reserve (6 hours). The rolling grasslands offer ideal game viewing and photographic opportunities. The large rocky outcrops that dot around the grassland are the perfect midday retreat for prides of lions and leopards and will be explored by you and your 4×4 jeep in turn. You will lunch at the Sarova Mara Tenetd Camp and continue the game drive to your accommodation, luxury safari lodge (Mara Serena Lodge).
Today is the first of two full days exploring this diverse and beautiful reserve. Wildlife is abundant year around and this time of year you will see all the new born calves and the cheeky predators trying to take advantage. African elephants, lion, black rhino, buffalo, leopard, cheetah, wildebeest, zebra and many gazelle species are all commonly seen. You will have morning and afternoon game drives to see all these animals. You will come back to your accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Mara Serena Lodge) for your meals.
Today once again you will have a morning and an afternoon game drive and as well as enjoying the hustle and bustle of life in the plains you will visit the numerous muddy rivers where hippos and crocodiles live out there lives. Once again all your meals will be served at your accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Mara Serena Lodge).
After your breakfast you will be transferred to Lake Naivasha. You will have lunch at your accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge) before heading to one of the most unique and special islands in the world. Crescent Island on Lake Naivasha is so special because it is devoid of predators which enables you to experience a walking safari amid the wild animals of the island. You will get up close to many species including giraffe, eland, zebra, buffalo and numerous antelope and gazelle species. The island is also home to some 400 species of birds as well as hippos in the lake itself.
This morning you will have a true adventure. Driving to the nearby Mt Suswa equipped with packed lunches you will be guided into the heart of the cave systems here. Mt Suswa is world renowned for its complex of caves carved out by lava long ago. They are considered to be the worlds most complex briaded system of lava tubes and of the 70 plus lava tubes you will visit 2 or 3. The experience is magical and a must for all adventurers and holiday makers wanting to experience different things. The rest of the day will be spent hiking on the carter of Mt Suswa, this is one of the most unique volcanoes in the world as the entire 11km diameter the remnant island is completely surrounded by a 60m deep collapse-ring. You will hike to the highest peak (3 hours) and the views over the surrounding country is out of this world and well worth it. Afterwards in the early evening you will be taken to Nairobi (2 hours) and your accommodation, level – 3* Hotel (Sarova Panafric Hotel) for your evening meal and well deserved rest.
This morning you will proceed to Lake Magadi (4 hours) in the South Rift region whilst enjoying the magnificent scenery of the Great Rift Valley. We will stop off at Lake Magadi to see the huge flocks of flamingos, pelicans and numerous other bird species on the lake edge. If you want, with prior arrangement, we can meet with Magadi Soda Company (Africas largest soda ash manufacturer). After the lake you will continue onwards to your accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge / bush camp (Loisiijo Lodge / Sampu Tented Camp) and your evening meal.
South Rift Valley
Over the next two days you will explore this rarely visited area of Kenya; the Shompole and Oliramatian Community managed conservancies. There are numerous activities which can be done here and depending on the local conditions your local guide will decide which ones to conduct over the next two days. The activities include; a morning walk with a troop of habituated baboons. Here you will understand their behaviour whilst walking with your Maasai guide Joel Njonjo who has a close affinity with the baboons. There are hikes leading up the Nguruman Escarpment, situated at the southern most tip of Kenya the area is stunning to walk around and the clear mountain streams, montane vegetation and wealth of wildlife will compel you to carry on walking all day. You may also make a cultural visit and see how the Maasai people live there lives. By talking and spending time around Maasai people you will fall in love with their traditions and how they live alongside the natural world in harmony. There are also of course day and night game drives to see the abundant wildlife such as over 60 species of mammals and 350 bird species. You will have all your meals at your accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge / bush camp (Loisiijo Lodge / Sampu Tented Camp). By staying at either accommodation you will be helping the local community who owns the facilities and directly helping to preserve the wildlife and environment in this vastly rich area.
South Rift Valley
Today you will continue to enjoy some of the activities listed above in day 4. Once again your meal will be at your accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge / bush camp (Loisiijo Lodge / Sampu Tented Camp).
Amboseli National Park
This morning you will continue your journey south and to the world famous Amboseli National Park. Lying at the foot of the impressive and very photogenic Mt Kilimanjaro the park is a photographers dream. There are around 50 species of mammal found in the park and the most conspicuous being the huge herds of elephants which dominate the park nearly as much as Mt Kilimanjaro. You will have both your lunch and evening meal at your accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Amboseli Serena Lodge).
Amboseli National Park
You will have an early start this morning as you have a pre-breakfast game drive. This is the best time to see Mt Kilimanjaro before the clouds set in and obscure the view and of course is the best time to find lions, leopards, hyenas and cheetah before they go into hiding during the heat of the day. After around 3-4 hours you will return to the accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Amboseli Serena Lodge) for a relaxed late breakfast and the rest of the morning at your leisure. You can have an optional visit to a local Maasai village before an afternoon game drive and a visit to the observation hill which gives you outstanding panoramic views of the park.
Lake Manyara (Tanzania)
This morning you will leave Amboseli and head to the Kenya / Tanzania border town of Namanga. Here you will change vehicles and drivers and proceed to Arusha for lunch at the Naura Springs Hotel. After lunch you will proceed to Lake Manyara (3 hours) and your accommodation, luxury safari lodge (Lake Manyara Serena Lodge). The lodge is set on the Mto Wa Mbu escarpment, overlooking the Great Rift Valley and the stunning soda lake. You will have your evening meal here watching the sunset in spectacular settings.
Serengeti National Park (Tanzania)
After an early breakfast you will be taken on a game drive around the lake. The park is sheltered by the massive escarpment and the area is home to large herds of buffalo and elephants. There are some unusually seen animals here including pangolins, aardvarks, civet as well as more common African mammals like zebra, giraffe and hippos but the stars of the show are the unusual tree-climbing lions. After returning to the lodge for lunch you will depart for one of the most famous wildlife destinations in the entire world. Serengeti National Park. You will have a game drive here en-route to your accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Serengeti Serena Lodge).
Serengeti National Park (Tanzania)
Today you can either have a morning and afternoon drive and come back to the accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Serengeti Serena Lodge) or head out all day with a packed lunch. The full day is of course recommended as the park is so vast and there are so many hidden gems that the most time spent here the better really. The reason for this park being so special is that the ecosystem here supports the largest remaining concentrations of game in all of Africa and the huge open spaces leave the animals free for migrations. You will return to the lodge for your evening meal.
Ngorogoro Crater National Park (Tanzania)
Early this morning you have another game drive before being transferred to Ngorogoro Crater. You will make a brief stop at Olduvai Gorge to visit the museum before reaching your accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Ngorogoro Sernea Lodge). The lodge is built into the rim of the dormant and collapsed volcano and provides spectacular views of the crater.
Ngorogoro Crater National Park (Tanzania)
Today after breakfast you will descend down into the crater. The crater is home to nearly all (barring impala, giraffe and topi) East Africas plains mammals. There are also hundreds of species of birds and the general wildlife viewing is truly exceptiona. The endangered black rhino is a particular delight to find and watch and there is nowhere better to try and see a hunt as the crater is home to Africas densest concentration of predators. The one strange feature of the animals here is that the majority of the elephants seem to be bulls. You will return to your accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Ngorogoro Serena Lodge).
This morning you will begin your journey home by leaving the crater and heading to Arusha for lunch at Naura Springs Hotel. From here you will either be assisted to board a shuttle back to Nairobi Airport or a transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport to catch your return flight home.
Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.
This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.
April and May are the rainy season in Kenya & Tanzania, but this is also the calving season and the abundant vegetation around means that animal numbers are at a peak at this time of year.
Everything mentioned in the itinerary is included. Including three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). There will be an amount of bottled water (approx 1ltr) available for each guest each day. We have our own private air conditioned vehicle with an excellent driver. We have a zoologist to escort you on all your excursions.
All our excursions including guided walks, morning, afternoon and night drives rides and park entrance fees are also included.
We recommend you bring along your own binoculars or scope as well as appropriate clothing; which should be light and airy clothes as well as comfortable walking shoes. As the nights can be chilly we recommend you bring a fleece, long trousers, scarf and a woolly hat. A water proof coat is also a good idea. Insect repellent is handy as there can be mosquitoes about during the evenings and nights. Andy medication, books or other items of a personal nature is of course up to you to bring along. Oh and please bring plenty of memory cards or film for your camera. Also do not forget sun cream, sun hat and sun glasses as the sun can be strong here during the day.
We provide a comprehensive species list of all the vertebrates present in the areas we are visiting as well as some of the best field guides and reference books for the areas we are visiting. There is usually a spare pair of binoculars but in a group of 4-6 people these do not stretch too far. Camera Traps will also be used to try and capture hard to see wildlife in the dead of night.
Nearly everything is included in this tour. The only things not included are international flights, travel insurance (contact us for more information one what is required from your insurance policy), any food bought outside of the three main meals, drinks outside of any offered with the meals and the bottled water provided each day and any items of a personal nature such as souvenirs and tips. Any applicable departure taxes and not included (but maybe included in the cost of your flights). Please check before departure.
As we are based in Manchester we recommend flights from Manchester International Airport
We recommend Qatar Airways as a good airline for flights to Nairobi and KLM for a return flight from Kilimanjaro Airport. One of the best websites to search for the best fares is www.odopo.co.uk. They are accredited by IATA which means you can book through them securly.
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All UK passport holders and most other nationalities are required to have a visa for Kenya and Tanzania. This is obtainable on arrival and costs around £20 (for Kenya) and £49 (for Tanzania) but for more information please visit http://www.kenyahighcommission.net/khccontent/index.php and http://www.tanzania-online.gov.uk for more information (be aware that this link leaves our site and we at Royle Safaris hold no responsibility for information on the site).
There are no mandatory vaccinations needed to visit Kenya or Tanzania, but it is recommended to be protected against TB, polio, typhoid, tetanus and hepatitis A and B as well as taking a form of malaria prophylactics. For people spending more time in Kenya before or after the tour it may be a good idea to also protect yourself against rabies and yellow fever if you travelling between infected countries in Africa and the Americas. Please consult your GP about your individual requirements for visiting Kenya or Tanzania as soon as you have decided on this trip.
Jenn & Rob Fogarty, Michigan
Ms. S. Halligan, London
Mr. F. Mazoud, Peterbourgh