Safari Pongo (Kenya-Tanzania)

 

Highlights:

  • Lake Nakuru – “Between flamingos, rhinos and leopards”
  • Massai Mara – “African Wildlife”
  • Lake Naivasha – “Giraffes and hippos in the garden”
  • Amboseli National Park: “The Kilimanjaro in sight”
  • Tarangire National Park – “Elephant under Baobab trees”
  • Lake Manyara – “Tree lions and flamingos”
  • Ngorongoro Crater – “The big five on the trail”
  • Serengeti National Park – “UNESCO world natural heritage”
  • Olduvai Canyon – “On the trail of the first men”
  • Ngorongoro reserve – “Maasai and wildlife”

 

Day 1: Arrival Nairobi – Mvuli House (D) – 15 km – 0,5h

We pick you up from Nairobi airport and drive you directly to your hotel, where you have dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Lake Nakuru National Park – Lake Nakuru Lodge (B L D) – 155 km – 3h

After breakfast we will experience the first highlight of the tour, the Lake Nakuru National Park. Here we will visit Lake Nakuru as the most well-known lake of the Rift Valley. For being famous all over the world for its flamingoes, the lake is one of the natural wonders of the earth. Depending on the amount of water in the lake, sometimes there are many flamingoes at the lake, which form a beautiful pink ribbon around the shore. In addition to seeing this amazing scenery, we also have a good chance of seeing rhinos and leopards, which have become very rare these days. From our lodge we have a magnificent view over the lake. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 3: Massai Mara Game Reserve – Mara Sopa Lodge (B L D) -240 km / 7 hours

After breakfast, our journey brings us to the Masai Mara. It is considered as one of the largest and most beautiful protected areas of Kenya and reveals an insight into the originality of Africa. After lunch on-site, we embark on the first game drive through the savannah landscape of the Masai Mara Game Reserve, with a good chance to track down the Big Five (elephant, buffalo, lion, rhino, leopard). Dinner and overnight stay at the Mara Sopa Lodge (ECOtourism Kenya silver certificate).

Day 4: Masai Mara Game Reserve – Mara Sopa Lodge (B L D)

After breakfast, we embark on a full day game drive in the Masai Mara. It is famous for its savannah landscape and its wildlife. The prospects are good to observe all those fascinating animals that can usually only be seen in numerous nature documentaries. We will have a picnic at the Mara River, bordering the Serengeti. The river is part of the Masai Mara-Serengeti ecosystem, which is particularly known for the largest wildlife migration on earth in the world. Every year, the huge animal trains cross the brown, foaming river full of crocodiles. Overnight stay and dinner at the Mara Sopa Lodge.

Day 5: Lake Naivasha – Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge (B L D) – 200 km / 6 hours

After breakfast we drive to Lake Naivasha. Lake Naivasha is the highest and most beautiful lake in the Rift Valley, where especially the bird-watchers, with over 400 documented bird species will be pleased. At an altitude of 1910 m, the water is crystal clear and surrounded by thick papyrus. The residents of Nairobi use the lake for recreation. On a boat tour on the lake you may have the best views of the surrounding. The Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge is surrounded by a vast terrain, which varies in landscape. Thus we find steppe landscape, but also grass and trees come close like in a local park. You may be able to observe the many animals roaming around the Lodge in search for plants to eat. At night it is fun to look out the window and see the hippopotamus within a few meters from the lodge. Dinner and overnight stay at the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge (ECOtourism Kenya silver certificate).

Day 6: Amboseli National Park – Ol Tukai Lodge (B L D) – 320 km / 6 hours

After breakfast we will proceed to the world-famous Amboseli National Park. This park jewel provides not only a unique panorama of Mount Kilimanjaro, but is also one of the best wildlife areas to observe elephants at close quarters. The incredible abundance of animals at the foot of the highest mountain in Africa is an amazing experience. On our game drives after lunch we also come to Observation Hill, offering a magnificent view over the landscape and the Kilimanjaro. The rims of the swampland provide another good opportunity to watch animals from up close. This is where we will have lunch. After our spectacular safari, we return for dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 7: Tanzania – Impala Hotel (B) – 165 km – 5h

We start the day with an early game drive to watch the animals during their morning activities in front of the Kilimanjaro. After breakfast we proceed to the boarder of Tanzania. From there we proceed to Arusha along Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain of Africa. We reach our hotel in Arusha in the early afternoon, where you can enjoy a short walk through the city of Arusha to get a first impression of Tanzanian life. Optional you can have lunch and dinner in a restaurant in town or in your hotel.

Day 8: Lake Manyara National Park – Lake Manyara Wildlife Camp (B L D) – 110 km – 3h

After breakfast we proceed to see the first highlight of our Tanzania safari, Lake Manyara National Park. The parl is located in the North of Tanzania, in the Rift Valley. The soda lake in the park is surrounded by forest, where you can watch elephants, buffalos, giraffes, and different types of antelopes. The lions in this park like to climb the trees to avoid the wet grassland. We enjoy our first game drive in the park and have our picnic lunch here. Then we proceed to our camp, from which we can enjoy a wonderful view on the park and the lake.

Day 9: Serengeti National Park – Mapito Tented Camp (B L D) – 220 km – 4h

Today we drive to Serengeti, the second largest park in Africa. The protected area was founded in 1951 and is consequently the oldest in Tanzania. Many hills and maintain ranges criss-cross the Serengeti making a beautiful scenery. It is the heart of an impressive eco system with many species of animals like at no other place on earth. In Maa (Maasai language), Serengeti means “endless plains“. This is an effective description of this park, being the southern end of the Mara-Serengeti eco-system. The park is vast, extending for over 14,000 square kilometers. Thus, it’s not a surprise that the park is not crowded, although it receives many visitors. Wildlife is in plenty, ranging from the king of the jungle (the lion), leopards, cheetah, elephants, rhino, topi, giraffe and much more. Crocodiles and hippos haunt the Seronera River. Notably, the Serengeti is a UNESCO Wild Heritage Site and hosts the great wildebeest migration, together with the equally scintillating Maasai Mara in Kenya. We enjoy our first game drives in the Serengeti with picnic lunch. In the evening we reach Mapito Tented Camp, an eco camp with big luxury safari tents.

Day 10: Serengeti National Park – Mapito Tented Camp (B L D)

Optional you can do an early morning walking safari in the Grumeti Reserve. Enjoy the beautiful sunrise in the wilderness and later return for breakfast at the camp. After that we proceed again for game drives in the Serengeti, fascinating savannah grassland with enormous fauna richness, reminiscent of the natural and unspoiled world as it was thousands of years ago on earth. Dinner and overnight at our Camp.

Day 11: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area – Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge (B L D) – 190 km – 3h

After breakfast, drive through the vast plains of the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of the few places on earth where people and wildlife co-exist in harmony. It is also a UNESCO Heritage Site. The Maasai have tended to this area for a few hundred years. Learn a few facts of their rich culture and hospitality to wildlife and cattle. You will have your picnic lunch in the park and reach the lodge in the afternoon. The road takes you through lush mountain forests with a breath taking view of the caldera of the Ngorongoro Crater. Optional activity: in the afternoon you can enjoy a walking safari on the crater rim, guided by Maasai elders. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 12: Ngorongoro Crater – Endoro Lodge (B L D) – 50 km – 1h

After an early breakfast, head to the 600 m deep Ngorongoro Crater, home to a huge population of wildlife. Here you can find almost all species of animals found in East Africa. Full day game drives on the floor of the crater with picnic lunch. You will have very high chances of spotting and watching cheetahs, rhinos, buffalo, lions, elephants and others animals. Afterwards we drive to Karatu for dinner and overnight at Endoro Lodge.

Day 13: Tarangire National Park – Maramboi Camp (B L D) – 100 km – 2,5h

Today you will conduct extensive game drives through the “little Serengeti“, the Tarangire National Park. The Tarangire River and the big swampy areas in the southern part of the park attract many wild animals in the dry season. The Tarangire National Park covers about 2600 km². Huge Baobab trees abound and so do mighty herds of elephants. In addition, the landscape is breathtaking; birdlife is in plenty as well as plant life. Apart from the thousands of elephants, other animals that have made Tarangire their home include giraffes, impala, warthogs, oryx, gerenuk, lesser kudu and even the African wild dog. We take our lunch at a lodge within the park and later on proceed with game drives. In the evening we reach our camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 14: Airport Transfer (B L) – 180 km – 3,5h

Early in the morning you can make a game walk in the game-rich area around the camp (optional activity). After breakfast we drive to the airport with lunch on the way, from where you will take your flight back to your home country.