Wednesday. Welcome to Nairobi! We’ll be there to collect you at Nairobi Airport. Your first night will be spent at our pre-expedition campsite. There will be a pre departure meeting at 17.00. Overnight - Nairobi
Day 2: The Great Rift Valley
Nairobi - Masai Mara. we climb the escarpment to our first stop, a viewpoint overlooking a section of the spectacular Great Rift Valley. Descending into the Rift Valley, we enter Masai land where these habitual pastoralists are often seen tending their cattle from the side of the road. Passing through the town of Narok we reach our campsite (which is just a stone's throw away from the reserve) in time to enjoy the sunset over the Masai Mara. Overnight - Masai Mara N.P. (D)
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On day 3 enjoy a memorable game drive through Kenya’s most famous natural attraction - the Masai Mara National Reserve, on the look out for the Big Five! If travelling between July to October you may be lucky enough to witness the incredible annual migration of the wildebeest and zebra. After breakfast on day 4 we make the journey back to Nairobi. Overnight - Masai Mara N.P. (B, L, D)
Masai Mara - Nairobi. Heading out of the Masai Mara we travel back into the surrounding Masai Land area where we may still catch a glimpse of the game that has migrated into the this region. The Masai Mara National Reserve is unfenced and so it’s common to see some wildlife migrating through this ‘buffer’ zone. Departing in the morning, we reach Nairobi in the late afternoon. Overnight - Nairobi (B)
Days 5 - 6: Arusha & Karatu
Nairobi - Arusha (Tanzania). On day 5 we depart Nairobi and head into neighbouring Tanzania, to a campsite in Meserani on the outskirts of Arusha. On the morning of day 6 we visit the Meserani Reptile Park and Masai Cultural Museum before travelling via the Masai town of Mtu Wa Mbu (Mosquito River) that lies adjacent to the Lake Manyara National Park and then up the Rift Valley Escarpment to picturesque Karatu. Karatu offers magnificent views over the surrounding hills and has many well established wheat farms that add to the picturesque panoramas. Overnight - Meserani (1) Karatu (1) (B:1, L:2, D:2)
Karatu - Ngorongoro Crater - Serengeti. We depart early to reach Ngorongoro Crater, which is a vast and unbroken volcanic crater ring. Thanks to a permanent water and pasture source, the crater floor plays host to nearly every species of African animal. Zebra, buffalo, black rhino and wildebeest graze amongst the predatory lion, cheetah and hyena. After our game drive in the Crater, we head down the crater rim and past the ‘Cradle of mankind’ before we reach Serengeti National Park. Crossing vast plains we game drive through the southern and central areas of the park. Tonight we camp out in a campsite without fences, surrounded by the African wilderness! Overnight - Serengeti N.P. (B, L, D)
Serengeti - Arusha. In the morning, we head off for another game drive and explore the landscape in search of the resident game. With some luck, we may see some of Africa’s ‘Big 5’! Following our morning drive, we retrace our journey back across the plains and along the lush Crater rim to our truck at Arusha, where we spend the evening musing over our thrilling wildlife experience Overnight - Arusha (B, L, D)
Arusha - Nairobi. This morning we have some time to spend in Arusha before joining a shuttle bus transfer for the drive back to Kenya, and onto Nairobi, where our trip comes to an end on arrival in the city centre. Arrival into Nairobi is usually in the afternoon, but may be delayed by traffic or the border crossing so we recommend booking any onward travel for the following day. (B)
Whether you're a dog or a cat lover, the big African cats are an amazing sight to be seen. Watch prides of lions roam the African plains, spot leopards in trees and speedy cheetahs chasing their prey. As well as the chance to see the big cats in their natural environments, we offer opportunities to have a close encounter with these wonderful animals. Why not opt to Walk with Lions in Zimbabwe, visit the Born Free centres in South Africa - home to rescued lions and leopards and get to know the friendly cheetahs in Cheetah Park, Namibia. A feline adventure awaits!
Enjoy the great outdoors, getting back to basics and soaking up the scenery. From camping for a night in the Sahara Desert, under a blanket of stars in Jordan's Wadi Rum or even on the snow in Antarctica! We also offer longer camping expeditions through the wilds of Africa. The choice is yours.
Imagine a giant bowl teeming with wildlife, in the middle of the African bush and you are close to an idea of the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, which is a vast and unbroken volcanic crater ring known as a caldera. Thanks to a permanent water and pasture source, the crater floor plays host to nearly every species of African animal. Zebra, buffalo, black rhino and wildebeest graze amongst the predatory lion, cheetah and hyena. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the last remaining areas in Tanzania where you can see the endangered Black Rhino.
The endless plains of east Africa are the setting for the world’s greatest wildlife spectacle – the pounding of more than 6 million hooves. From the vast Serengeti plains to the champagne coloured hills of Kenya’s Masai Mara over 1 million wildebeest, 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle and some 200,000 zebra, relentlessly tracked by Africa’s great predators, migrate in a clockwise fashion over 1,800 miles each year in search of rain ripened grass.
Highlights & Inclusions
Below is a list of key highlights and what is included on this tour. Further, where appropriate, we have listed the items that are not included in the tour price.
The Great Rift Valley
Meserani - Reptile Park, Masai Cultural Museum, Mount Meru
The Ngorongoro Crater and conservation area
The Masai Mara, one of Kenya's finest wildlife reserves and the Masai tribal lands
Rift Valley Escarpment and Karatu
Serengeti National Park
Arrival transfer from Nairobi Airport on day 1
Transport in fully equipped expedition truck. Shuttle bus from Arusha to Nairobi on day 9.
All camping fees & appropriate equipment
Park entry & game drive - Masai Mara NP, Serengeti NP & Ngorongoro Crater
1st night Kenya Comfort Hotel, 7 nights camping
Services of 3 person crew (leader, driver, cook)
7 breakfasts, 5 lunch, 6 dinner
All road taxes & tolls
What's Not Included
International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Sleeping bag and roll mat - please bring your own
Here's what some of our past travellers have written in to us and said about their experiences on this trip.
Go Ngorongoro Go - 9 days
A great trip, wonderful tour leader, amazing experiences!
Thanks for a fantastic time!
Go Ngorongoro Go - 9 days
Masai Mara National Park was the best! Seeing hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebras was incredible, I just couldn't believe my eyes!