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

The journey begins in Kenya's bustling capital Nairobi. Get to know this modern city with its colourful markets and atmospheric bars.
Pitch tents alongside glistening Lake Nakuru then head out on an afternoon game drive. Fringed by acacia trees, Nakuru Lake is transformed into a shimmering pink haze as hundreds of flamingos descend upon it. Keep an eye out for other wildlife - the savanna area also boasts a wide variety of animals including giraffes and lions.
Encounter friendly locals on a village visit before reaching Lake Naivasha - a birdwatcher's paradise with floating islands of papyrus reeds. Camp by the lake and explore this beautiful area independently.
Travel across the Great Rift Valley floor to Loita Hills, right in the heart of Maasai country. Tonight, camp amongst these friendly, semi-nomadic tribes and learn about their ancient culture from a local elder. Perhaps pick up a local recipe while sharing a campfire meal.
Check out some local handicrafts before tackling the world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve; a huge area of woodlands and open plains backed by the striking Esoit Oloololo Escarpment. Safaris through the park might reveal prides of lions, herds of elephants and perhaps even a stealthy cheetah. In the rainy season, this area is flooded by over a million wildebeest on their annual migration.
Return to Nairobi and spend some time exploring the city.
Weave through the breathtaking Great Rift Valley into Kenya's fertile highlands. Stock up on essential supplies in the hilltop town of Kisii.
Watch master soapstone craftsmen at work and perhaps collect a few of their carvings. Travel across the border into Tanzania and mingle with the locals in Musoma's lively marketplace. Tonight, stay on a quiet stretch of shoreline beside one of the world's largest lakes, Lake Victoria.
Be awed as the famous grasslands and river valleys of the Serengeti unfold on game-viewing safaris. Tanzania's world-renowned plains are home to Africa's Big Five - lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffaloes - plus a host of other fascinating species including zebras, gazelles, cheetahs, wildebeests, giraffes and an abundance of birdlife. Once tucked up safe and sound at camp, be lulled to sleep by the nocturnal chatter of the remote African wilderness.
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.
Jump in a 4x4 and embark on a mind-blowing safari across the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater. Thousands of resident animals live in this lush landscape, including elephants, rhinos and lions. Visit the town of Mto Wa Mbu and browse the colourful marketplace to experience quintessential African village life. Set up camp in Meserani.
Travel across open plains and through Arusha, a regional centre at the foot of Mt Meru, on the return journey to the busy streets of Nairobi.
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Inclusions

Meals
14 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 12 dinners
Transport
4x4 Safari Vehicle, 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

1. This is a combination trip. Please see trip notes (Important notes) for more details.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip.
3. This trip finishes upon arrival in Nairobi on Day 15. Please do not book any flights until after 6pm this evening.

TRIP CHANGE 2014

In 2014 this trip will head back to Nairobi on Day 8 instead of spending the night in Narok. The reason for the change is because passenger feedback has suggested that people would prefer to head back to Nairobi and meet the new passengers joining the second half of the trip.

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