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The Masai Heartlands

15 Days | Cross Kenya and Tanzania through the fertile Masai Mara

5 out of 5 based on 20 reviews submitted.
Overland
Wildlife
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GBP £2,620
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Watch the wonders of Kenya and Tanzania unfold before you on this incredible 15-day overland adventure. Head deep into the heartland of the Maasai tribespeople and the finest game parks in eastern Africa. Travelling through the acclaimed Masai Mara and the vast Serengeti plains 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. Follow in the footsteps of the Maasai with local knowledge each step of the way, leaving you with memories of Africa to last a lifetime.

Trip overview

Map of The Masai Heartlands including Kenya and Tanzania, United Republic Of
Start
Nairobi, Kenya
Finish
Nairobi, Kenya
Theme
Overland, Wildlife
Destinations
Tanzania, Kenya
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 22
Trip code
YGOCC
This trip generates 17 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Explore Amboseli National Park, home to the largest population of African elephants in Kenya - known for large tuskers and exquisite views of Mt Kilimanjaro on clear days.
  • Learn about rural Tanzanian life as you join the community for a guided afternoon stroll around the farming area of Mto wa Mbu, before enjoying a traditional meal together.
  • Spend the night in a Maasai village to learn about life from community elders, visit a widows’ community and maybe even learn to throw a spear.
  • Head out on an early morning game drive through Lake Nakuru National Park. This might be your best chance of seeing black and white rhinoceroses in the flesh.
  • Embark on unforgettable safaris across Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti for a chance to spot Africa's iconic wildlife.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This is an overland trip. That means you’ll be travelling with a group in a purpose-built vehicle, visiting remote communities, setting up your own tent, occasionally roughing it in the bush with no facilities, and getting the best possible views of the Big Five. While the trucks don’t have air conditioning, they do have sliding windows which let in the breeze and make it even easier to take spectacular snaps of the local wildlife. The drive days can be long, but it’s as much about the journey as the destination, and half the fun is the camaraderie. For more info on this style of travel, see our Africa overland page: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/au/africa/overland
  • In Loita Hills you will stay in a secure bush camp with basic facilities and cold showers. There is no Wi-Fi or upgrades available but the rewards of experiencing Maasai culture should more than make up for the lack of creature comforts.
  • As the early bird catches the worm, the early camper sights the animals. There will be many early starts either to make use of the better safari time or to beat the morning traffic on long travel days.

Itinerary

Map of The Masai Heartlands including Kenya and Tanzania, United Republic Of

Inclusions

Meals

13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners

Transport

Overland vehicle, 4x4 Safari Vehicle

Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (8 nights), Hotel (2 night), Camping (with basic facilities) (3 night), Basic Hotel (1 night)

Activities
  • Lake Nakuru - Village Walk & Cooking Class
  • Lake Nakuru - Overland Vehicle Game Drive
  • Lake Naivasha - Boat trip
  • Loita Hills - Cultural talk and village visit
  • Masai Mara - 4x4 Game Drive
  • Amboseli National Park - Overland Vehicle Game Drive
  • Mto Wa Mbu - Village walk & local dinner
  • Serengeti National Park - Overland Vehicle Game Drive
  • Serengeti National Park - Morning Overland Vehicle Game Drive
  • Serengeti National Park - Afternoon Overland Vehicle Game Drive
  • Ngorongoro Crater - 4x4 Game Drive
Add on activities
  • Nairobi - City Experience Urban Adventure - USD45
  • Lake Naivasha - Hell's Gate NP (Game Drive) - USD65
  • Lake Naivasha - Game Walk in Crater Lake Game Sanctuary (entrance fee) - USD50
  • Masai Mara National Reserve - Balloon ride (from price) - USD625
  • Serengeti National Park - Balloon Ride (from price) - USD745
  • Ngorongoro Forest - Elephant Cave Trek - USD80
  • Lake Manyara Game drive - USD100
  • Karatu - Village Visit - USD20
  • Karatu - Coffee Tour - USD25

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. This trip is a combination of YGOK and YGOT, two of our most popular itineraries. As such, the make up of your group and your leader may change on Day 8.
3. This trip finishes upon arrival in Nairobi on Day 15. Please do not book any flights until after 8pm this evening.
4. If it is more convenient, we offer the option to finish the trip in Arusha or Nairobi. Please do not book flights out of Arusha airport until after 10.30 am.
5. An optional sunrise balloon ride in the Masai Mara or Serengeti National Park is possible on this itinerary. Please see the itinerary above for full details of this activity. As the balloon only holds 16 people, places are limited, and we recommend you book in advance. Please inquire when booking your trip to book this optional activity.

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Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 20 reviews submitted.
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Judith · Traveled June 2024
I don’t want this review published but this is only place to add comments. # safari vehicle (first)very good but needs mike system # bus windows should be at least clean on first day # Sandra was terrific cook. Her donut recipe should be standard # need some form of portable lighting for eating and washing up - too many things needing to be done in the dark # food on second half of journey not as interesting as Sandra and often inadequate especially at breakfast # dinner needs to be ready by 7pm at the latest and hot meals do not need to be provided for lunches. Salad sandwich perfectly acceptable. Need to cook and clean up after hot meal added considerably to the length of the day #rattle on bus of second half of trip fixed by guests. Should have been fixed prior to trip start. # travel bags given out were great but in terms of sustainability won’t last as the stitching is too loose. # time estimates consistently under quoted.
Review submitted 25 Jun 2024

Justin · Traveled June 2024
June 8 trip - Overall Amazing! Unfortunately did not see the great migration...i think its supposed to be July/Aug for Kenya. Got to see all big 5!!! Tim Tim is a great leader!
Review submitted 26 Jun 2024

Kate · Traveled April 2024
The Maasai heartlands tour in Paril was fantastic. The people in Kenya and Tanzania as incredible welcoming and passionate about their wildlife and landscapes. My tour crew were friendly, caring and knowledgeable and my fellow travellers and I shared so many amazing experiences together. I would recommend this trip, especially as a first trip to Africa.
Review submitted 20 Apr 2024

Ewa · Traveled February 2024
I just returned from the “ Masai Heartland” tour. I had no expectations but it turned out to be fantastic. Well organised and executed. Friendly, caring and knowledgeable leaders, always willing to help. I will definitely travel with Intrepid again, I simply trust them, Ewa B.
Review submitted 06 Mar 2024

Sophie · Traveled November 2023
Unforgettable experience. Perfect mix of nature and culture - local guides and crew were great and made the trip seamless. Would definitely recommend!
Review submitted 10 Nov 2023
The Masai Heartlands
From
GBP £2,620