Tanzania & Kenya Classic: Serengeti, Masai Mara & Beyond

Safari, Tanzania & Kenya Classic: Serengeti, Masai Mara & BeyondSafari, Tanzania & Kenya Classic: Serengeti, Masai Mara & Beyond

Tanzania & Kenya Classic

Serengeti, Masai Mara & Beyond

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Tanzania. Kenya. The Serengeti. Masai Mara. Their very names conjure up the extraordinary game parks where wildlife, and your spirit of adventure, run free. Here, in one of the oldest inhabited regions on earth, time stands still and invites you to experience eternity. This Classic CW Safari features the best of Kenya and Tanzania in one life-changing trip.

Travel by road throughout Eastern Africa’s game parks. Observe big cats, migrating zebra, gazelle, wildebeest, and countless other species as you delve into the Masai Mara and Serengeti. Journey to the Great Rift Valley, Mount Kenya, and Mount Kilimanjaro. Visit world-famous Ngorongoro Crater, three million years old and two thousand feet deep. Each evening, refresh yourself in classic lodges and tented oases. Amboseli. Lake Nakuru. Samburu. Their treasures lie before you like jewels on a map. As you safari, your discovery of bountiful wildlife and dramatic landscapes is enriched by impromptu cultural encounters that welcome you into the heart of African life.

Activity Level
Limited easy walking
with travel and
safari days
interspersed
Meet
Nairobi, Kenya
Depart
Nairobi, Kenya
Reading List
Recommended
pre-trip reading
Safaris 
14 days, 13 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable guides
  • All meals included, except for one dinner
  • Safari lodges and classic tented camps (with private baths) while on tour
  • Airport “meet and greet” service
  • Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
  • All park fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Country Walkers staff
per person double occupancy
Solo surcharge + $0
 

*7+ traveler pricing available on request. Single Supplement rates vary seasonally. Please contact us for accurate pricing.

Call 800.234.6900 to book this trip.

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Itinerary and Accommodations

Days
Destination
1
Nairobi
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2 - 3
Samburu
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4
Ol Pajeta Ranch
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5
Lake Nakuru
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6
Masai Mara
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Masai Mara
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Masai Mara to The Serengeti
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The Serengeti
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The Serengeti
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The Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater
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12
Amboseli
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13
Amboseli
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14
Amboseli to Nairobi
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Day 1

Nairobi

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide and assisted in your transfer to the Sarova Stanley Hotel in the heart of Nairobi. Capital of Kenya, this dynamic and sophisticated “Green City in the Sun” offers many attractions. Spend your afternoon at leisure, resting up at your hotel or exploring Nairobi’s streets, shops, and cultural offerings—such as the National Park with a safari walk, and National Museum.

Included: Arrival transfer/no meals provided

Sarova Stanley

Nairobi, Kenya

The historic, five-star Sarova Stanley is one of Nairobi’s oldest and most renowned hotels. Located in the city center, it places you within easy reach of many entertaining options. Or simply relax and take advantage of the hotel’s own amenities: health club, rooftop swimming pool, and a selection of restaurants and bars.

Day 2 - 3

Samburu

After an early breakfast, drive north to the Samburu National Reserve. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed with lunch at the Samburu Ashnil camp, followed by a game drive in the twin Samburu and Buffalo Springs reserves. Above you: endless skies; before you: dust-red plains and palm-fringed rivers. Samburu National Reserve lies on the borderland of a vast, physically dramatic desert featuring rocky battlements, craggy scarps, dry riverbeds, and fallen boulders. Thorn scrub rises against a backdrop of distant hills and the great red table mountain known as Ololokwe. The following day’s game drives provide ample opportunity to explore this fascinating reserve. Both evenings, return to camp for time to relax, and enjoy sundowner cocktails and dinner at the lodge.

Included: Land transfer and game drive/ Meals: BLD
Approximate Travel Time: 5½ hours

Samburu Ashnil

Samburu. Kenya

Samburu Ashnil is a traditional Kenyan safari camp set on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River. It is a verdant spot, with serene surroundings and breathtaking sunsets. Its 24 spacious tents include dressing area, sitting area, luggage rack, and en suite facilities to provide a memorable stay close to nature. Public areas include reception, lounge, restaurant and bar, pool, and veranda deck with river view. The restaurant offers international and traditional African dishes.

Day 4

Ol Pajeta Ranch

After breakfast, travel south along the scenic flanks of Mount Kenya to Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp. This will be your vantage point for exploring the riches of Ol Pajeta Ranch. Ol Pajeta Game Conservancy boasts a higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any other Kenyan national park. Enjoy unprecedented opportunities for wildlife watching via guided walk, camel trek, or day and night game drives. Sightings of the Big Five (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard) typically abound.

Included: Land transfer and game drive. Walk option. Meals: BLD
Approximate Travel Time: 3½ hours

Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp

Ol Pajeta Ranch, Kenya

Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp is a sheltered oasis clustered around a water hole in the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Camp is a charming blend of close-to-nature ambiance and premium safari comfort. The tents have en suite facilities and private balconies or verandas. Amenties include the Kashoggi Bar and Lounge with its blazing log fire, and the Waterhole Bar, built in the style of a game-viewing blind—a great spot for wildlife watching. Many service extras cater to families; babysitting. children's menus, high chairs, and early dining times. Youngsters will love the activities, and can join in evreything from family breakfasts by the riverside to local school visits and nightly wildlife talks.

Day 5

Lake Nakuru

After breakfast, drive to Thomson Falls and feel the cooling mist from it’s 236-foot cascade which feeds the dense forest below. Then proceed to Subukia Hills Farm, a working coffee and tea farm where your hosts will welcome you for a tour and lunch, following which you’ll safari on to Lake Nakuru National Park for an afternoon game drive.

Sunken deep in the cleft of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru National Park is ringed by shoals of extinct and dormant volcanoes and presided over by one of the largest craters in the world. This remarkable location offers “the greatest bird spectacle on earth.” Millions of fuchsia pink flamingos gather to feed on the teeming algae of the alkaline waters (their comings and goings are unpredictable and cannot be guaranteed). Lake Nakuru yields some of Africa’s most evocative photos. Further adventure awaits you at Kenya’s first and largest rhino sanctuary, where sightings of both black and white rhino are almost guaranteed. Plentiful waterbuck, warthog, zebra, gazelle, and buffalo graze the shoreline. As the haunting cries of fish eagles echo above, you may even spy an elusive leopard. Return to the lodge in time for a swim, optional cocktails, and dinner.

Included: Land transfer, game drive, and rhino sanctuary visit. Meals: BLD
Approximate Travel Time: 3 hours

Flamingo Hill Camp

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Small and exclusive Flamingo Hill Camp is comprised of just 25 tents meticulously furnished in understated luxury. Its peaceful safari atmosphere is enhanced by neutral tones, natural woods, wrought iron, and four-poster beds comfortably made with crisp cottons and mosquito netting. Each private tent compound includes en-suite facilities, writing desk, and private verandah overlooking the plains. Pool, jacuzzi, massage services, elegant boutique, and fine dining offer lovely diversions

Day 6

Masai Mara

An early departure brings you to the Masai Mara National Reserve in time for late lunch at Ashnil Mara Camp. After lunch, enjoy the excitement of your first game drive in the Mara. Teeming with wildlife, the Mara is famous for large herds of elephant and buffalo that meander its plains, and for the fat pods of hippo that wallow in its mud-brown rivers. With its abundance of herbivores, the Mara makes an ideal hunting ground for big cats. Here you will find Kenya’s largest population of lions, and your best chance of spotting a leopard in the wild. Other predators include cheetah and spotted hyena. Keep watch for the distinctive Masai giraffe, plumcolored topi, Coke’s hartebeest, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle, zebra, impala, Kirk’s dik-dik, bushbuck, waterbuck, and red duiker. Also on the reserve: plentiful Nile crocodile, monitor lizard, baboon, vervet, blue- and red-tailed monkeys, nocturnal bush babies, and tree hyrax. Adding to this natural splendor are over 550 resident and migratory species of birds. In the evening, refresh yourself with a swim before enjoying sundowners in the bush or back at the lodge, followed by dinner.

Included: Land transfer and game drive. Meals: BLD
Approximate Travel Time: 4½ hours

Ashnil Mara Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

Ashnil Mara Camp offers 40 luxury tents close to the Mara River, famous for the wildebeest migration. The camp sits on 25-million-year-old prehistoric land that spans virtually all stages of life’s evolution and the fossil record. Each private tent includes en suite bathroom, walk-in closet, and a sundeck from which to observe the abundant flora and fauna amid gently rolling grasslands.

Day 7

Masai Mara

Take full advantage of all the Mara has to offer with an entire day to explore. Choose from a wide range of activities including morning and afternoon game drives, optional guided nature and bird-spotting walks, and cultural visits to local Maasai villages to learn traditional folkways.

Included: Game drives. Nature walk and village visit offered at own expense. Meals: BLD
Approximate Travel Time: 4½ hours

Ashnil Mara Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

Ashnil Mara Camp offers 40 luxury tents close to the Mara River, famous for the wildebeest migration. The camp sits on 25-million-year-old prehistoric land that spans virtually all stages of life’s evolution and the fossil record. Each private tent includes en suite bathroom, walk-in closet, and a sundeck from which to observe the abundant flora and fauna amid gently rolling grasslands.

Day 8

Masai Mara to The Serengeti

After breakfast, take off on a visually dramatic road safari as you cross the border between Kenya and Tanzania. Stop for a picnic lunch in the border town of Isebenia before heading into the spectacular Western Serengeti. Your adventure here begins with a game drive enroute to your camp.

Included: Land transfer, border crossing, and leisure time. Meals: BLD
Approximate Travel Time: 9 hours

Mbalageti Serengeti Tented Camp

Western Serengeti, Tanzania

Gorgeous views and warm, friendly service welcome you to Mbalageti Lodge. Its exclusive location in the Simiti Hills of Tanzania’s western Serengeti National Park offers a breathtaking 360-degree panorama of the plains and Mbalageti River. In this unique spot off the beaten track, tranquility is guaranteed and nature offers impressive spectacle, including the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, topi and other wildlife for which this region is renowned. Luxurious tented chalets are designed with ensuite bathroom and private veranda with cooling thatched roof – a tranquil oasis of your own. Other amenities include a restaurant serving fine cuisine, pool built from local rocks with breath-taking hillside views, spa, bar, lounge, and gift shop.

Day 9

The Serengeti

Today, be immersed in Africa’s wild beauty with a full day to spend on safari in the Park. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the camp, your taking-off point for optional guided nature walks as well as morning and afternoon game drives. While the annual migration is the Serengeti’s most famous attraction, the Park is also renowned for its population of lions. Many of these magnificent beasts have been fitted with radio-transmitter collars so their movements can be tracked and more easily followed. Adding to the wealth of wildlife are cheetah, zebra, giraffe, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, eland, impala, klipspringer, hippo, and warthog.

Included: Game drives, nature walks (own expense). Meals: BLD

Mbalageti Serengeti Tented Camp

Western Serengeti, Tanzania

Gorgeous views and warm, friendly service welcome you to Mbalageti Lodge. Its exclusive location in the Simiti Hills of Tanzania’s western Serengeti National Park offers a breathtaking 360-degree panorama of the plains and Mbalageti River. In this unique spot off the beaten track, tranquility is guaranteed and nature offers impressive spectacle, including the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, topi and other wildlife for which this region is renowned. Luxurious tented chalets are designed with ensuite bathroom and private veranda with cooling thatched roof – a tranquil oasis of your own. Other amenities include a restaurant serving fine cuisine, pool built from local rocks with breath-taking hillside views, spa, bar, lounge, and gift shop.

Day 10

The Serengeti

Rise early for a morning game drive, followed by breakfast at camp. After breakfast, embark on a leisurely drive through central into southern Serengeti National Park. As you safari, you will come to understand why no words can do justice to the wonders of the fabled Serengeti. The name is Maasai for “endless plain,” and that is what stretches before you. In this land of infinite vistas, reality becomes dreamlike. Thundering herds, vast flocks of birdlife, and an endless abundance of natural beauty make this one of the most legendary places on earth.

Included: Land transfer and game drive. Meals: BLD
Approximate Travel Time: 2½ hours (plus game drive enroute)

Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Southern Serengeti, Tanzania

Located in the Southern Serengeti, hidden among rocky outcrops, Serengeti Pioneer Camp is ideally situated for superlative access to the annual migration and sightings of the Big 5, along with sweeping views overlooking Moru Kopjes, Lake Magadi, and the endless plains. The camp pays homage to the mobile camps of the 1930’s, when an African safari was truly a journey into the unknown. Its ‘zero footprint’ design offers a remarkable proximity to nature. Its ten luxury tents include ensuite facilities. The dining tent serves you in serene luxury under the African sky.

Day 11

The Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, enjoy a game drive en route through the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. On the way, you’ll stop to explore the world-famous Olduvai Gorge Paleolithic site, setting foot in the reputed “Cradle of Mankind.” Then it’s on to the truly astounding sight of Ngorongoro Crater, one of the world’s largest and most perfect volcanic craters. Called “the eighth wonder of the world,” it is an utterly unique biosphere that has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. Deep within the crater, enclosed by towering walls, some 25,000 large mammals wander the plains, lakes, and forests of this “land that time forgot,” dominated by enormous bull elephants, rhinos, lions, and a glorious variety of birdlife. After scaling the side of the crater, circle the rim to enjoy the views, then descend into the lush landscape for a half-day guided tour. Lunch served at the crater floor will be one of your most memorable picnics ever.

Included: Land transfer and game drive. Meals: BLD
Approximate Travel Time: 3½ hours

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge offers an ideal perch from which to drink in the wonders of this location. In addition to its view of the crater floor, its position on the Eastern rim affords uninterrupted views of the spectacular sunset. Rooms are spacious with two queen sized beds and separate dressing area. Views envelop you throughout the lodge, from the glass-domed lobby to the panoramic dining room where you will be tempted to try a traditional African dish. Other amenities include swimming pool, coffee bar, Internet café, bar, gift shop, and more.

Day 12

Amboseli

Following breakfast, a road safari brings you to Arusha and the Namanga Kenya/Tanzania border. Upon completing immigration formalities and changing vehicles, a picnic lunch is served. Then on to Amboseli National Park and check-in at Tortilis Camp. Dominated by the magnificent presence of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, Amboseli is one of Kenya’s oldest and most famous parks. Endlessly panoramic yet comparatively compact, it is dotted with emerald-green swamps in which great herds of elephant wallow, halfsubmerged in the papyrus grasses. The permanent marshlands also provide a potent draw to hippo and buffalos, while offering a haven for abundant waterbirds. In the afternoon, a game drive will introduce you to the lush swamps of this fascinating landscape. As evening falls, return to camp and enjoy sundowners by the campfire before dinner in the central dining room.

Included: Land transfer, border crossing, and game drive. Meals: BLD
Approximate Travel Time: 3 hours

Tortillis Tented Camp

Amboseli, Kenya

Tortillis Tented Camp boasts soaring views of the legendary snows of Kilimanjaro. Its on-site waterhole attracts a great diversity of animal life, particularly elephant. The camp is named for the flat-topped, umbrella thorn trees that comprise the surrounding woodland. Tents are large and spacious, with king or twin beds and elegant en suite bathrooms. The main lounge, bar, and dining area are exquisitely built with natural materials and thatched roofs, featuring magnificent views of Kilimanjaro. Amenities include pool and “bush spa.”

Day 13

Amboseli

A wildlife preserve this rich provides endless wonders, so enjoy a full day game-driving. The park, an International Biosphere Reserve, has many fascinating features including the dried-out lakebed of prehistoric Lake Amboseli, rolling savannah, and lush green swamps. The plains are alive with antelopes, spotted hyenas, jackals, warthogs, olive baboons, and vervet monkeys. With luck and intrepid tracking, you may sight a lion, leopard, or cheetah. Observation Hill, a conical peak which is easily climbed, offers stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Lunch and dinner will be taken at the Camp, whose grounds also offer optional nature walk with bird-watching; there are 150 species in the grounds alone.

Included: Game drives. Nature walk at own expense. Meals: BLD

Tortillis Tented Camp

Amboseli, Kenya

Tortillis Tented Camp boasts soaring views of the legendary snows of Kilimanjaro. Its on-site waterhole attracts a great diversity of animal life, particularly elephant. The camp is named for the flat-topped, umbrella thorn trees that comprise the surrounding woodland. Tents are large and spacious, with king or twin beds and elegant en suite bathrooms. The main lounge, bar, and dining area are exquisitely built with natural materials and thatched roofs, featuring magnificent views of Kilimanjaro. Amenities include pool and “bush spa.”

Day 14

Amboseli to Nairobi

After breakfast at the lodge, drive to Nairobi. Your return to the city will be celebrated with lunch at the famous Carnivore Restaurant with its glowing barbecues serving all manner of meats. Sample ostrich, crocodile, and more, plus fish, vegetarian choices, salads, and many other delicacies. After this one last taste of Africa, depart for your flight home.

Included: Land transfer and airport transfer. Meals: BL
Approximate Travel Time: 4½ hours

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

Guides

Chris Nyambu

Chris brings knowledge and dedication to his career as a safari guide. Highly focused and passionate about his profession, he is accredited by the Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association with eight years guiding experience. Because Chris speaks fluent English and Swahili, he is a perfect bridge between our safari guests and the places they visit. His conversance with the African wilderness—its geography, flora, and fauna—is equally fluent. Driven by his love for wildlife and desire to conserve nature, he became a member of the Friends of Tsavo. Among his favorite places to travel: Masai Mara, Samburu, and Lake Nakuru. When not travelling or guiding, he enjoys football and photography. His favorite subject? The African elephant.

Stephen M. Kyengo

Stephen is a proficient safari driver and enthusiastic guide. His wealth of knowledge about the African wild, combined with his fluency in English, Swahili, and intermediate Japanese, make him a most remarkable travel companion. His seven years experience in safari guiding is reflected in his intimate familiarity with the flora and fauna. His passion for the region may be partly inherited, as his father is also a professional safari guide. Outgoing and lively, Stephen loves meeting new people and is an accredited member of the Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association. His favorite parks are Samburu and Masai Mara; his favorite animal is the giraffe.

Guest Comments

K. & R. Wilkens, California, March 2013

Every day brought unexpected sights. The tented camps were quite comfortable and the food was delicious.

S. Townsend, Florida, June 2013

This was a well-planned safari-which allowed for a diversity of habitat, animals and accommodations. The guides were more than awesome in their efforts to ensure that our experience was optimized. In addition, both guides were extremely knowledgeable-not only about the safari itself, but about some of the historical, social and political factors which impacted the towns and villages we traversed on our journey.

J. Kasen, California, June 2013

This was one of the best trips I've ever taken and I have traveled to SE Asia, China, Peru, the Mayan lands, and much of Europe. Each trip is wonderful and interesting in its own right, but seeing the human homeland and the animals and people who inhabit it was a privilege I'll never forget.

L. Perron, Pennsylvania, August 2013

It was as though a family member was showing his extended family one of the wonders of the world.

J. McBee, Colorado, September 2012

The safari experience is amazing. The National Parks that were selected on our trip to Kenya and Tanzania were all unique and made you aware that the more you toured the more you wanted to see all of them.”
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