Cross Kenya and Tanzania through the rich, fertile Masai Mara

The wonders of Kenya and Tanzania unfold before you on this incredible overland adventure, which goes deep into the heartland of the Maasai tribespeople and the finest game parks in eastern Africa. While travelling through the world-renowned Masai Mara and the vast open Serengeti plains and on to the stunning lakes of the Great Rift Valley and the dramatic scenery of the Ngorongoro Crater, you'll spot a wealth of exotic predators and peaceful herbivores. Heading off the beaten track to walk in the footsteps of the Maasai will leave you with memories of Africa that will last a lifetime.

Start
Nairobi, Kenya
Finish
Nairobi, Kenya
Countries
Kenya,
Tanzania
Themes
Overland, Wildlife
Code
YGOCC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 1, Max 22
Carbon offset
449kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Watch flamingo flocks make Lake Nakuru blush pink
  • Experience tribal life with Maasai warriors
  • Visit Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley
  • Spot lions in the Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Travel on safari through the renowned Serengeti plains
  • Camp on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Shop for local sculptures and textiles at a bustling Musoma market

Itinerary

Arrive in modern Nairobi. If arriving early, Kenya's National Museum is an interesting place to visit.
Witness the magic of a thousand flamingos taking flight and enjoy a game drive to seek out some of the iconic African wildlife that call Nakuru Park their home.
Visit a village to interact with locals and learn about their daily activities. Travel on to Lake Naivasha, a freshwater lake in the Great Rift Valley which is home to eagles, cormorants and kingfishers.
Camp among a local tribe in the heart of Maasai country to learn about the lives of these red-robed warriors.
The rivers and plains of the Masai Mara National Reserve are home to some of the world's most famous predators - spend the next few days exploring the area in search of them.
Chill out poolside or head into town to mingle with the many Maasai residents.
Follow the contours of the Great Rift Valley to the town of Kisii, surrounded by miles of tea plantations.
Watch master soapstone craftsmen at work and observe local life at the Musoma market. Cross into Tanzania and camp on the shores of the largest lake in Africa, Lake Victoria.
Embark on a sunset safari across the Serengeti's golden grasses to spot cheetahs, lions and zebras. Sleep in the heart of the national park and drift off to sleep as nocturnal animals come to life.
Camp on the rim of the extraordinary Ngorongoro Crater. With endless views of jagged volcanic peaks and open grasslands below, this is one of the most spectacular camping spots in the world.
Look for Africa's famous animals in the densely populated Ngorongoro Crater before making tracks to the small village of Mto Wa Mbu and browsing the village markets.
Conclude the Masai Heartlands tour upon return to Kenya's capital, Nairobi.
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Inclusions

Meals
14 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 12 dinners
Transport
Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (9 nights), Dormitory (1 night), Hotel (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Kisii - Soapstone carving cooperative
  • Lake Nakuru - Game drive
  • Lake Nakuru - Village walk
  • Loita Hills - Cultural talk and village visit
  • Masai Mara - Game drive
  • Mto Wa Mbu - Market Visit
  • Musoma - Market visit
  • Ngorongoro Crater - Game drive
  • Serengeti - Game drive
  • Visit to New Hope Children's Centre

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Important notes

This is a combination trip. Please see trip notes (Important notes) for more details A single supplement is available on this trip.

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Reviews

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