14 Day Kiboko Safari
Showcasing a panoramic north-south selection of Kenya's most famous national parks, this cross-border safari includes a visit to the shores of Africa's largest inland lake, Lake Victoria, before crossing into Tanzania's mighty Serengeti and thereafter descending into the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World', the sensational Ngorongoro Crater. Leaving the crater ...Read Full Description
- Kenya; Nairobi, Kenya; Samburu, Kenya; Tanzania
- Trip Length:
- 14 days
- Best Time to Go:
- Any time.
- Recommended for:
Adults (30 - 39)
Adults (40 - 64)
Group Retreat, Romantic Getaway, Trip Around the World
Detailed Trip Description
Showcasing a panoramic north-south selection of Kenya's most famous national parks, this cross-border safari includes a visit to the shores of Africa's largest inland lake, Lake Victoria, before crossing into Tanzania's mighty Serengeti and thereafter descending into the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World', the sensational Ngorongoro Crater. Leaving the crater behind, this extensive and ideally-priced road tour then introduces visitors to the pristine and seldom-visited Tarangire National Park before crossing back into Kenya and concluding in the world-famous Amboseli National Park. Uniquely varied, this essential travel itinerary also includes stays in both traditional tented safari lodges and luxury tented camps.
Day 1 - Nairobi
Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the historic 5-star Sarova Stanley Hotel. One of Nairobi's oldest and best renowned city hotels, it stands in the city centre within easy reach of both shops and tourist attractions, and offering a health club, roof-top swimming pool and a wide selection of restaurants and bars. Optional dinner at the hotel.
Day 2 - Samburu
After an early breakfast, drive north to the Samburu National Reserve arriving in time for a late lunch at the Samburu Sopa Lodge. Standing at the centre of this pristine reserve, it features a curve of cottages clustered around a waterhole, which attracts a wide range of wildlife both day and night. About the Samburu National Reserve A place of endless skies, dust-red plains and palm-fringed rivers, Samburu National Reserve lies on the fringes of the vast and arid desert once known as the Northern Frontier District, whose heat-scorched scrublands extend all the way to the jade-green waters of Lake Turkana and beyond. Physically dramatic, the 104 sq kilometre landscape of the Reserve features rocky battlements, craggy scarps, dry river beds and fallen boulders rising out of the thorn scrub against a backdrop of the far-distant hills and the great red table mountain known as Ololokwe.
Day 3 - Samburu
Enjoy a full day on safari in Samburu followed by sundowners and dinner at the lodge.
Day 4 - Kenya
Leave the lodge after breakfast and travel south along the flanks of Mount Kenya before arriving in the Aberdare National Park. After lunch at the lovely Aberdare Country Club, transfer to The Ark. The Ark is world-famous and one of Kenya's ‘must do' experiences. Built to resemble Noah's Ark it floats amid the forests of the Aberdare National Park, joined to the world by its own wooden drawbridge. The Yasabara Waterhole, meanwhile, attracts animals from all over the park - notably large herds of elephant. Spend the afternoon and evening game-viewing from viewing decks of The Ark. About the Aberdare National Park Aptly dubbed ‘Scotland with Lions', this atmospheric park showcases the chill, wild and beautiful moorlands of the Aberdare mountain range. An often mist-wreathed realm where elephants roam through lichen-hung forests; spectacular waterfalls plunge into churning pools, and trout-filled streams cascade through mossy dells, it offers matchless views of the glittering coronet of Mount Kenya and the sparkling lakes of the Great Rift Valley.
Day 5 -
After breakfast, drive to Lake Nakuru National Park in time for a late lunch at Lake Nakuru Lodge. After lunch, enjoy a game drive in the park before returning to the lodge in time for a swim, cocktails and dinner. About Lake Nakuru Entitled ‘the greatest bird spectacle on earth' thanks to the millions of fuchsia-pink flamingo that flock to feed on the teeming algae of its alkaline waters, the pink-frosted shores and sky-mirrored waters of Lake Nakuru yield some of the most evocatively beautiful photo-images in Africa. As Kenya's first and largest rhino sanctuary, sightings of both black and white rhino are almost guaranteed, while plentiful waterbuck, warthog, zebra, gazelle and buffalo graze the shoreline. Echoing to the haunting cries of the numerous fish eagles, this is also the park in which you have the best chance of seeing a leopard.
Day 6 - Kenya
After breakfast depart very early and drive to the Masai Mara National Reserve in time for a late lunch at Ashnil Mara Camp, which offers 30 luxury tents close to the Mara River. After lunch, enjoy your first game drive in the Mara. In the evening, perhaps take an early swim before enjoying sundowners in the bush or back at the lodge, followed by dinner. About the Masai Mara National Reserve Offering an abundance of herbivores, the Mara makes the ideal hunting ground for Kenya's famous ‘big cats' and hosts her largest population of lions. It also offers the best chance of spotting a leopard in the wild. Other predators include cheetah and spotted hyena. Historically teaming with wildlife, the Mara is famous for the large herds of elephant and buffalo that meander its plains; also for the fat pods of hippo that wallow in its mud-brown rivers. Other stars include the distinctive Masai giraffe, plum-coloured topi, Coke's hartebeest, Grant's and Thomson's gazelle, zebra, impala, Kirk's dik-dik, bushbuck, waterbuck and red duiker. The Reserve also boasts plentiful Nile crocodile, monitor lizard, baboon, vervet; blue and red-tailed monkeys, nocturnal bush babies, and tree hyrax. There are over 550 resident and migratory species of birds.
Day 7 - Kenya
With a full day to enjoy all that the Mara has to offer, your options are wide. The camp offers guided nature/bird-spotting walks, game drives morning and afternoon, and cultural visits to local Maasai villages. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the lodge.
Day 8 - Tanzania
After breakfast cross the border between Kenya and Tanzania at Isabenia (with a picnic lunch) and enter the Serengeti National Park arriving in late afternoon at Mbalageti Serengeti Tented Camp, which stands on the banks of a river in the western corridor of the Serengeti and enjoys spectacular views over the plains. About the Serengeti National Park Covering 14,763 sq km of endlessly rolling savannah plains, the Serengeti is Tanzania's first-established, largest and most famous park wherein tens of thousands of hoofed animals roam in a constant and unremitting search for the fresh grasslands upon which their survival depends.
Day 9 - Tanzania
After breakfast drive to Lake Victoria, where a visit to a local village and a boat trip on the lake are planned. In the afternoon, re-enter the Serengeti National Park and drive to Seronera Wildlife Lodge, which is ideally located for safari game drives, balloon safaris and guided walks. Artfully constructed round a rocky outcrop, known as a kopje, this beautiful lodge is surrounded by a number of waterholes, which attract wildlife by both day and night. Dinner at the lodge.
Day 10 - Tanzania
With a full day's game-driving in the park, your options are wide. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the camp, where guided nature walks can also be taken. Game drives can be taken morning and afternoon. Whilst the annual migration is the Serengeti's most famous attraction, the Park is also renowned for its lion, many of which have been fitted with radio-transmitter collars so that their movements may be tracked, and additionally for its wealth of cheetah, zebra, giraffe, Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, eland, impala, klipspringer, hippo and warthog.
Day 11 - Tanzania
After breakfast and a morning game drive, drive through the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, stopping enroute for a picnic lunch and a visit to the world-famous Olduvai Gorge Palaeolithic site and reputed ‘Cradle of Mankind'. Scale the side of the crater, circle the rim and arrive at the Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge, which offers the finest location of all the crater rim lodges, lying on the southern rim of the crater, directly above the yellow fever trees of the Lerai Forest. In the afternoon take a half-day guided tour of the crater before returning to the lodge for the evening and dinner. About the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area Often referred to as ‘the eighth wonder of the world' the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa's best-known wildlife arenas. A World Heritage Site, it is also one of the largest volcanic craters in the world (almost 20 kilometres wide, 610-760 metres deep and covering a total area of 264 square kilometres). An utterly unique biosphere, the Crater harbours grasslands, swamps, forests, saltpans, a fresh water lake and a glorious variety of birdlife, all enclosed within its towering walls. Due to its high concentration of wildlife, close-range viewing opportunities and striking scenery it is also Tanzania's most visited destination. Dinner at the lodge.
Day 12 - Tanzania
After breakfast drive to Tarangire National Park, where you will take a picnic lunch and a game drive before arriving at Maramboi Tented Camp, which is situated on a 25,000 hectare Maasai communal ranch and offers just 20 spacious tents, all surrounded by timber decks, while activities include guided walks, ornithology and cultural interaction with the Datoga and Maasai people, whose communities lie adjacent to the camp. The camp also offers its own swimming pool.
Day 13 - Tanzania
After breakfast drive to Arusha and the Namanga Kenya/TZ border. Complete immigration formalities and change vehicles. After a picnic lunch, drive to Amboseli National Park and enjoy an afternoon game drive before checking in to the Ol Tukai Lodge, which is one of Amboseli's best-known lodges and lies at the very centre of the park. In the evening, enjoy sundowners in one of the lodge's two bars, explore the wildlife library, or take a swim in the pool. After dinner in the atmospheric central dining room, enjoy a display of traditional Maasai dance or a wildlife talk. Amboseli National Park Towered over by the magnificent bulk of Mount Kilimanjaro (5,896 m), Africa's highest mountain, Amboseli is one of Kenya's oldest, famous and most-visited parks. Endlessly panoramic, yet comparatively compact, it is dotted with emerald green swamps in which great herds of elephant wallow; half submerged in the papyrus grasses. The permanent marshlands also provide a potent draw to hippos and buffaloes, while offering a haven for the abundant water birds. An International Biosphere Reserve, the park largely constitutes the usually dried-out lakebed of Lake Amboseli, which is surrounded by flat grasslands relieved by very few trees. On the plains are numerous antelopes, spotted hyenas, jackals, warthogs, olive baboons and vervet monkeys. Lions are rare. Observation Hill, a conical peak, which is easily climbed, offers stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Day 14 - Kenya
After breakfast at the lodge, drive to Nairobi and take lunch at the famous Carnivore Restaurant with its glowing BBQs serving all manner of meats to include ostrich, gazelle, crocodile and more (plus fish, vegetarian choices, salads etc). Depart for your flight home.
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