The Masai Heartlands Itinerary

The wonders of Kenya and Tanzania unfold on this African adventure tour. Enjoy Serengeti safaris, the Ngorongoro Crater, Nakuru, Naivasha and the magical Masai Mara.

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    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $1,275
      CAD $1,290
      AUD $1,335
      EUR €910
      GBP £805
      NZD $1,590
      ZAR R12,235
      CHF FR1,120
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $915
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $2,190*
      CAD $2,281*
      AUD $2,346*
      EUR €1,578*
      GBP £1,411*
      NZD $2,672*
      ZAR R21,964*
      CHF FR1,929*
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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later The Masai Heartlands.
Masai warrior, Kenya

Cheetah family, Kenya

Lion

Traveller meeting Masai women in Loita Hills

Elephant, Ngorongoro Crater

Flamingos and elephants, Ngorongoro crater

Day 1 Nairobi

The journey begins in Kenya's bustling capital, Nairobi. Get to know this modern city with its colourful markets and atmospheric bars.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 2 Lake Nakuru

Pitch tents before heading 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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 3 Lake Naivasha

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 5 Loita Hills

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 6-7 Masai Mara National Reserve

Check out some of the locals 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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Day 8 Nairobi

Head back to Nairobi and check out some of the Urban Adventures on offer before kicking off the next part of the trip.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 9 Kisii

Weave through the breathtaking Great Rift Valley into Kenya's fertile highlands. Stock up on essential supplies in the hilltop town of Kisii – the last stop before the adventure safari begins.
ACCOM: Dormitory - 1

Day 10 Lake Victoria

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 11-12 Serengeti National Park

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 2

Day 13 Ngorongoro Crater

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 14 Meserani

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 15 Nairobi

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.