If visiting the equator where you’ll be able to straddle two hemispheres isn’t enough then hopefully the vast array of animals, flora and landscapes will be. You might find yourself gazing at thousands of flamingos feeding on the shores of a soda lake complete with geysers and hot springs. You could witness immense herds of wildebeest and zebra migrating to find water whilst being hotly pursued by lions, leopards, cheetahs and crocodiles. You may experience the serenity of watching a herd of elephants peacefully grazing against the backdrop of a stunning African sunset. Along with opportunities to see all of the ‘Big Five’ you might be lucky enough to encounter the lesser known but equally impressive animals of Africa such as honey badgers, mongoose, porcupine and hundreds of bird species. You’ll see hippos wallowing, hear hyenas calling and experience the local culture and lifestyle of the people who call Africa home. Africa is always full of surprises but one thing we are sure of is that after this trip you’ll always want to come back.
Duration: 10-nights/11-days starting and ending in Nairobi.
Parks & Reserves: Lake Nakuru | Lake Bogoria | Maasai Mara | Serengeti | Ngorongoro | Lake Manyara | Amboseli
Accommodation: 4-star plus safari lodges
Game Drives: Three full days, eight half days plus two short drives
Highlights: Lake Nakuru | Equator crossing | Lake Bogoria | Hot springs & geysers | Maasai Mara | Serengeti | Ngorongoro Crater | Lake Manyara | Amboseli | Rhino | Elephant | Leopard | Lion | Buffalo | Large migratory herds (seasonal) | Over 500 bird species | Numerous antelope species | Maasai village visit
Your driver/guide will meet you at your Nairobi hotel at 7.00 am for a trip briefing before driving through the striking landscape of the Great Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru National Park. You’ll have lunch at your lodge before setting out on your first game drive .This soda lake ,brimming with thousands of flamingos and a large population of hippos , forms the center of the national park but there is a lot more to be discovered in the surrounding area. this is a great location to see both black and white rhino,thanks to its designation as a rhino sanctuary in the 1980s and a subsequent efforts to protect the dwindling population of these wonderful animals. Known as a region of scenic beauty, this park also has a robust resident population of lion, leopard , waterbuck and the endangered Rothschild giraffe with the latter two known to frequent the grounds of various lodges in the park.
Its not every day you can say you stopped at the equator but that is exactly what you’ll be doing today after a short game drive in the Lake Nakuru National Park on the way to Lake Bogoria. After crossing the equator from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere you’ll arrive at this volcanic lake that boasts hot springs, frequently erupting geysers and a huge population of flamingos. After a picnic lunch by the lake you’ll continue to Lake Naivasha where you’ll check into Naivasha Sopa Lodge or any other of similar standard, to enjoy dinner alongside the other resident guests that include waterbuck and giraffe. At night hippos often come out of the lake to graze on the lodge grounds so we hope their grunts don’t keep you awake.
Lake Naivasha has a large hippo population and many bird species that you’ll get to experience on a morning optional boat ride,among other optional activities. After taking lunch you’ll drive to Maasai Mara National Reserve via the famous Maasai town of Narok before checking into your lodge where you’ll have dinner and overnight in Sopa lodge or any other lodge of the same standard.
World famous for a good reason and home to the spectacular Great migration when more than a million animals move between here and the Serengeti between July and October. Year round, the Mara is a great place to see the big five and is renowned for having a strong population of big cats such as lion, leopard and cheetah. This beautiful reserve also boasts large numbers of hippo and crocodile along with numerous bird species. Located within Kenya and bordering Serengeti National Park, the Mara is easily accessible from Nairobi and promises an incredible safari experience. There is an optional maasai village visit at 20$ where this nomadic people will show case their culture. another optional activity is an hot air balloon at a cost of 450$, what you see below makes the experience like no other in the world.
After an early breakfast and armed with lunch boxes, you’ll enjoy some final Mara game as you exit the park and travel towards the Tanzanian border crossing whereby your Kenyan driver guide will hand you over to his Tanzanian counterpart who will be waiting to receive you at the border.today is a long drive and once you’re in Tanzania you’ll have lunch as you travel towards the park which might take several hours,then enter Serengeti National Park where game viewing is possible as soon as you check into the park from the west, Provided the border crossing didn’t take too long there should be time to find some animals en route to Serengeti Sopa Lodge or any other similar lodge, your home for the next two nights where you’ll also have dinner and over night.
So famous it hardly needs an introduction, the name Serengeti is a misspelling of the word SIRINGETI which in Maasai language means ” the endless plain”and when you arrive to take in a seemingly infinite visita of grassland dotted with trees,you’ll understand why. The Serengeti is teaming with all the wildlife you’d expect to see in Africa and is particularly good for big cat sightings.You can also see leopard, elephant, buffalo, cheetah,hyena, and even on rare occasions, rhino which might complete your encounter with the big five. The famous great migration passes through these vast plains, making it possible for those visiting at the right time to see gigantic herds of wildbeest and Zebra, all being pursued by mighty predators such as lions and crocodiles.
After breakfast and armed with lunch boxes,you’ll have one final game drive as you leave Serengeti for the incredible spectacle of Ngorongoro Crater. This truly magical place is an almost perfectly circular extinct volcanic caldera. The crater floor , a relatively small yet diverse plain with small forests, streams and grassland, is encircled by steep mountains that form the crater rim. This natural sanctuary was formed by a massive volcano millions of years ago and bustles with the activity of an estimated 25000 animals. this include elephant,rhino, lion, leopard, Zebra,large herds of wildebeest and buffalo. Bird life abounds with fish eagles,secretary birds,Kori bastards, ostrich and flamingos. You’ll enjoy an afternoon of game viewing before your jeep takes you on a thrilling climb back out of the crater before heading to your accommodation at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge or any other for dinner and overnight.
Once you’ve had breakfast you’ll descend from the highlands to Lake Manyara National Park. This beautiful park gained international attention for its tree climbing lions and the huge flocks of flamingos that feed on the lake’s shores during the wet season. The lake attracts a huge variety of wildlife and is particularly noted for bird watching with well over 400 recorded species.It isn’t unusual for visitors to encounter more than 100 species on any given day.Elephant, Giraffe, Leopard, blue monkeys and wallowing hippos are among the many other residents.At around sunset you’ll head to the farm house,your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Armed with lunch boxes,this morning you’ll drive to the border Post to cross from Tanzania back into Kenya before driving to the beautiful Amboseli National Park for an afternoon game drive and dinner at Amboseli Sopa Lodge or any other similar lodge, your home for the next two nights that is tucked in the foothills of mighty Mount Kilimanjaro. At the border, a Kenyan driver guide will be waiting to receive you from his Tanzanian counterpart, as it is not allowed for cross border guiding and vehicles. So the previous night, your Tanzanian guide will bid farewell to you.
Known for an intense concentration of elephants and hundreds of bird species, you can find plenty of other animals in this beautiful park too such as lions, buffalo,and cheetah. sparse vegetation makes the animals easier to spot and mighty Kilimanjaro serves as an iconic backdrop to your Amboseli experience.
A pre-breakfast game drive will allow you to make the most of early-morning wildlife sightings on your last game drive. Once you return you’ll have time for breakfast before heading back to Nairobi where your safari adventures conclude.
Ten nights full-board based on two people sharing a room
An English-speaking driver/guide with extensive tour and safari experience
Transport in 4×4 safari jeep with a pop-up roof for enhanced game viewing. All guests get a window seat.
All Park entrance fees
Pick up or drop off at Nairobi airport if required
Please note that personal expenses such as laundry costs, telephone calls and beverages are not included along with any additional optional tours and tips for your driver/guide.