7-DAY – 4 PARKS: MASAI MARA/SERENGETI/NGORONGORO CRATER & LAKE MANYARA

BEST OF KENYA-TANZANIA SAFARI

Starting from/returning to Nairobi area hotels, the airport, or location of your choice.

(Choice of Finishing in Arusha)

We’ll pick you up in style – your own private 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep.

The two greatest parks in the world – the Masai Mara and the Serengeti – experience both of these natural wonders on this full-week safari adventure. These are perhaps the densest ecosystems of wild animals in the world and you’ll witness the journey of the Serengeti’s uncountable wildebeest and zebra pour into the neighboring Mara lands.

This cross-border tour will leave you breathless as you explore these vast landscapes holding thousands of big cats and grazers by the millions. But more adventure still awaits as we head to another peak moment: the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact volcanic caldera on earth.

Everything about the Ngorongoro Crater borders on the unbelievable – its immense ecosystem, cut off from the rest of Africa is home to a fantastic variety of animals – from lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and giraffes to hippos and even great flocks of pink flamingoes.

Our final park, Lake Manyara, is a small gem holding many surprises. You’ll find pelicans and flamingoes around the lake. But look up into the trees and you’ll see something quite unexpected. The park is known for its prides of unique tree-climbing lions! What an incredible way to complete a week exploring these two safari-rich countries – Kenya and Tanzania.

What’s Cool About These Parks?

If lions, leopards, and cheetahs are why you came to safari, you’ll love the Masai Mara with its rolling green hills, perfect acacia trees, and lots of the big cats. You’ll also find jackal, hyena, and other smaller predators in this, Kenya’s most popular park.

Although it lies across the border in Tanzania, the Serengeti could be considered the Mara’s sister park. Part of the same rich ecosystem, the great vast plains of the Serengeti are home to over 3,000 lions. And it is here on this immense space that uncountable wildebeest and zebra breed and begin their annual trek, the Great Migration into the Masai Mara.

Stunningly unique, the self-contained environment of the Ngorongoro Crater is a true wonder of the world. This vast intact volcanic caldera holds its own universe of wildlife – profound in numbers, variety, and colors, expect to see every manner of animal from lions to buffalo, gazelle, zebra, hippos, and water birds.

In contrast to the wide-open spaces of the aforementioned great parks, Lake Manyara is a small jewel where you won’t have to travel far to find wildlife. The lake teems with colorful water birds and the trees are alive with the shocking sight of lions resting in the branches!  Are you ready for this 7-Day Best of Safari?

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Fast & Flexible

At AKS you write the rules. Travel and explore at your own pace in you own way. We’re fast, flexible, and always ready to respond to your requests. Book in advance or even the day before. We’ll get you out on safari – pronto!

The Extras

Depending on your choice of accommodation you can enjoy extras like a bush breakfast/lunch/ dinner, traditional dances around the boma, massage, aromatherapy, Ayurveda, special dietary menus, dinner at a Maasai homestead, game walks, overlook a natural watering hole, and more.

Stay Connected or Not. Your Choice.

We realize you’re on safari to get away from the usual. Still, there are times you may want to go online… perhaps to share your photos and adventures with friends. Our safari vehicles connect with Wi-Fi, about 75% of the time so you can usually connect when you want.

The Details

No one is more important to the success of your safari than your guide. At Africa Kenya Safaris, we have the friendliest, most experienced driver/guides. They will guide, host, inform and look after you like the special guest you are. That’s our guarantee.

You’ll safari in style out to the parks in your own private 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep – the best way to experience Africa with its higher seating for better views and its rugged all-wheel drive.

We give you more at AKS – customization, flexibility, and lots of choices. Your safari includes park entrance fees, game drives, accommodations, and meals. Plus, we always offer economy, comfort, superior comfort, or luxury safari lodges or tented camps.

Please give us a shout at Africa Kenya Safaris to set up your personalized safari adventure for yourself, your family, and your friends.

Check Out Your Ride

Experience your Africa Kenya Safari in a customized pop-top roof 4x4x Safari Jeep that features: Portable fridge/Cooler Box, 4 Binoculars, long-range high-frequency radio, 4G/LTE broadband WIFI connectivity, AC 230 V Power Outlets, First Aid Kit, Safari Guide Books, Baby Seats (on request), Side steps (on request) and most importantly an expert multi-lingual safari guide who will ensure you have an incredible safari experience.

Day 1

Nairobi – Masai Mara

4 Hour Drive

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

7:30 am:  Your week-long Africa safari is about to begin! Be ready to board the private 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep as your Africa Kenya Safaris driver/guide arrives to pick you up at your hotel, residence, the airport, or other place of your choosing. 

Hop in and we’re off, heading south to the Masai Mara National Reserve. We’ll travel through Kenya’s central highlands, viewing the local homesteads and communities. Breaking up the ride, we’ll stop to rest and enjoy dramatic views of the Great Rift Valley escarpment.

Entering Maasai country, keep an eye out for the local herders in their colorful shukas, tending to their cattle.

Arriving at the park around lunchtime, we’ll freshen up at our accommodation, enjoy lunch, and then begin our first game drive of this exciting week.

The Mara is easy on the eyes with its green rolling hills, dotted with signature acacia trees. It won’t take long before we begin to spot the wildlife, the park is dense with animals – predators and grazers.

Toward late afternoon, we may be treated to one of the park’s blazing sunsets. This is the Africa you dreamed about.

We’ll head to our Masai Mara safari lodge or tented camp to rest, enjoy dinner, and swap tales of our first day on safari.

Day 2

Full Day Masai Mara

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This will be a day of unlimited game drives – safari as much or as little as you please. Just discuss with your driver/guide how you would like to plan your day. The choice is always yours.

But to get the most out of your Masai Mara experience we suggest an early rise to see the soft morning sun light up the park and its many creatures. You’ll enjoy making your first sightings of the day whether it be gazelle, zebra, or a lion on the hunt.

We’ll journey down to the Mara River for a picnic lunch and see the hippos and crocs in their natural habitat. This is the site of the Great Migration (July – October) and you’ll be treated to the spectacle here of thousands of wildebeests, zebra, and gazelle crossing into the park from the neighboring Serengeti.

It is an awesome display of raw nature in play – the grazers… and the predators who await them.

You may want to view this migration and the park from a different perspective – high above it all. Take our optional hot air balloon safari over the Masai Mara. You’ll rise at dawn as the park comes alive, floating gently over the rolling hills and savannahs. An unforgettable experience.

Toward the evening, we’ll be treated to another glowing sunset as we make our way back to our accommodation for a relaxing dinner.

   

Day 3

Masai Mara – Serengeti

6 – 7 Hour Drive

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We’ll enjoy one last game drive in the Masai Mara as we exit the park and head for Tanzania and the Serengeti. At the border town of Isebania, we’ll go through the formalities, switch vehicles, and meet our new driver who will be our guide for the next several days.

Arriving at the great Serengeti, you’ll see it lies in contrast with the Masai Mara with its vast, almost treeless plains. But don’t be fooled, this immense ecosystem is home to thousands of lions and millions of wildebeests and zebra.

It’s here in the Serengeti that these incredible numbers of grazers breed and multiply before becoming part of the immense migration into the Masai Mara.

We’ll settle into our Serengeti safari lodge or tented camp for dinner and a relaxing evening.

Day 4

Full day at Serengeti

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Once again, we’ve designed a full day of safari going so you can appreciate this vast and active reserve.

We’ll go for morning and afternoon game drives… but again, you can also carve out time for rest and relaxation at your accommodation.

The Serengeti abounds with a dazzling array of wildlife – we’ll be looking for lions, cheetahs, zebra, gazelle, eland, impala, hippos, and warthog, amongst others. But you can’t miss the massive herds of innumerable wildebeests populating this great wild space.

We’ll certainly have stories and sightings of the day to discuss this evening over dinner at our Serengeti safari lodge or tented camp. 

Day 5

Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater

3 – 4 Hour Drive

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Another very full day awaits us as we take our final game drive through the Serengeti, exiting the park on our way to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

But before we get there, we’ll make a stop at Oldupai Gorge, the world-famous site of early man’s preserved antiquities. This is the spot where thousands of fossilized remnants of tools and other artifacts were discovered. A brilliant record of our evolution from millions of years ago.

Next on our journey of awesome wonders… we’ll look down upon the great expanse of the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact volcanic caldera on the planet. This is a world unto itself, of richly concentrated big game and every manner of wildlife and birds.

Hang on as we descend the steep crater walls in our 4 x 4, coming to a unique ecosystem of lions, leopards, elephants, rare black rhinos, great herds of zebras, and even hippos and pink flamingoes!

Cut off from the rest of Africa, the wildlife thrives on the expansive crater floor. This will be our field of exploration today, discovering every sort of wildlife in this blue/green world.

We’ve brought along a picnic lunch and will stop by Ngoitoktok Springs to eat, relax and enjoy the company of hippos, and water birds, including the bright flamingoes that accent the shoreline.

Thus, we’ll spend the rest of the day, searching out lions, elephants, buffalo, antelope, zebra, and more.

As the sun begins to wane, we’ll head back up the crater’s wall in time to catch a brilliant blazing sunrise at the rim – one of Africa’s signature moments.

Day 6

Ngorongoro Crater – Lake Manyara Park

1.5 Hour Drive

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Let’s get up early because an astonishing sunrise awaits us back at the crater’s rim!

Then, we’re off to Lake Manyara National Park. The park presents us with a change of venue and a change of pace. This is a small but very charming reserve – the deep blue lake presents a canvas for the contrast of bright pink flamingoes carpeting its shores. Yet another magnificent moment on your African safari.

Now look overhead and you might find yourself staring up at a lion, resting above in the branches! Lake Manyara Park is famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions. As noted, the park is a special spot to relax and enjoy the beauty, variety, and colors of nature.

Dinner will be served at our Lake Manyara lodge or tented camp.

Day 7

Lake Manyara Park – Arusha - Nairobi

3 Hour Drive to Arusha
7 Hour Drive to Nairobi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

It’s our final day on safari and we’ll take one last game drive around the park to soak up its unique charms and see more of those tree-climbing lions… not to mention the carpet of pink flamingoes.

We’ll also look for gazelle, giraffe, impala, hippo, and baboon.

Then we’re off to Arusha, where you can choose to be dropped off at your hotel or nearby Kilimanjaro airport.

You can also head back to Kenya and its capital of Nairobi where we will bring you to your hotel, the international airport, or other location of your choice.

From the great fields and big cats of the Masai Mara and Serengeti to the world of wonder down in the Ngorongoro Crater to the lovely sightings at Lake Manyara, this has been a non-stop tour of everything an African safari can be. We hope you loved every minute of it! We loved showing you our special world. From all of us at Africa Kenya Safaris we thank you for your patronage.

Tour Highlights

Optional Trip Enhancements

  • We offer an optional visit to a Masai village at Masai Mara. Please arrange this with your driver/guide. Cost: $20 per person.

  • Hot air balloon ride at Masai Mara. See vast wildlife herds and landforms below. An unforgettable experience. Please enquire with us. Cost: $420 per person.

Accommodations

Masai Mara

Luxury level
Lodge/tented Camp options

Ashnil Mara Camp, Mara Eden Safari Camp, Mara Serena Safari Lodge, Sarova Mara Game Camp, Mara Engai Lodge, Ilkeliani Camp.

Comfort level
Lodge/tented camp options

Zebra Plains Mara Camp, Mara Sopa Lodge, Losokwan Luxury Camp.

Economy level
Lodge/tented camp options

Enkorok Mara Camp, Mara Chui Camp, Elangata Olerai Camp.

Luxury level
Lodge/tented Camp options
Serengeti serena lodge, Serengeti Sopa Lodge , Ole Serai Tented, Kubu Kubu Tented Camp/lodge , Mbalageti tented Lodge Chalet Rooms, Ndutu Under Canvas , Mara Under Canvas, Lahia Tented Lodge
Comfort level
Lodge/tented camp options

Kirurumu Serengeti Central Camp, Kirurumu Serengeti North Camp, Kirurumu Serengeti South Camp, Ang’ata Tented Camp, Mbalageti Lodge, Acacia Seronera Luxury Camp, Acacia Central Camp, Lobo Wildlife Lodge, Seronera Wildlife Lodge

Economy level
Lodge/tented camp options
Serengeti Ikoma Wild Camp, Serengeti Wild Camp , Serengeti Wildebeest Camp, Serengeti Safari Lodge, Serengeti Osopuko Camp, Pamoja Serengeti Luxury Camp

Ngorongoro Crater

Luxury level
Lodge/tented Camp options
Ngorongoro serena lodge, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro farmhouse Suite , Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge, Kitela camp
Comfort level
Lodge/tented camp options
The Retreat at Ngorongoro,Hhando Coffee Lodge, Acacia Farm Lodge, Angata Ngorongoro Tented Camp,Ngorongoro farmhouse , Ngorongoro Coffee Lodge, Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge
Economy level
Lodge/tented camp options
Ngorongoro Wild Camp, Ngorongoro Safari Lodge, Tloma Lodge, Marera Valle Lodge Karatu , Octagon Lodge Karatu, Country Lodge Karatu, Bougainvillea Safari Lodge, Ngorongoro Forest Lodge, Pamoja Africa Lodge Karatu

Lake Manyara

Luxury level
Lodge/tented Camp options
Lake Manyara Serena safari Lodge, Kilimamoja Lodge, Escarpment Luxury Lodge
Comfort level
Lodge/tented camp options
Kirurumu Tented Lodge
Economy level
Lodge/tented camp options
Highview Hotel, Highview Coffee Lodge , Octagon Lodge Karatu

ALL SAFARI PRICES ARE LISTED BY SEASON, NUMBER OF PERSONS, AND COMFORT TIER

Please check out our prices for these private safaris – you’ll see they are the most reasonable anywhere for each tour. There are no hidden fees, plus you’ll travel in safari-style in a 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep.

Prices are in USD per person for a double/twin en-suite room.

To view our tour prices for the 3 Safari Seasons, please click High, Peak or Low

Your Tour Includes

  • Transport in a private 4 x 4 Landcruiser Jeep
  • Nairobi airport/hotel pick up and drop off
  • Stay in economy, comfort or luxury lodge/tented camps (your choice)
  • Our experienced and friendly English speaking/other language guide/driver
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Park entrance fees
  • Game viewing drives
  • All meals on safari
  • Government taxes and local levies
  • The Flying Doctors emergency medical evacuation/rescue insurance cover
Not Included In the Tour Price:

– Bottled & Soft Drinks
– Items and services of a personal nature
– Tips & Gratuities

Lots of Ways To Stay

Safari Lodge or Tented Camp?
Economy, Comfort, or Luxury?

We offer lots of ways to settle into your safari evening. Some people like the familiar four walls of a traditional lodge. Others go for the outdoors feel of a tented camp. Either way, both lodge or tented camp come in economy, comfort, and lux editions. Choose the accommodation style that suits your needs. And then, which level of service works for you.

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