8-Day Kenya and Tanzania Safari

Explore 5 Stunning National Parks in Tanzania & Kenya!

8 Day Kenya & Tanzania Safaris From Your Chosen Nairobi Pickup Point

(Option to Switch Out Lake Victoria For An Extra Day at Masai Mara or Serengeti)

A map of an 8 day Kenya and Tanzania safari tour route going through Nairobi, Arusha and the Serengeti

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

This active 8-day tour has everything: the world’s greatest savannahs, its largest volcanic crater, and Africa’s most immense lake. And filling these iconic landscapes, every conceivable form of wildlife – from big cats to elephants to wildebeests and colorful birdlife.

Both Kenya and Tanzania boast world-class parks and almost seem to outdo each other with their active displays of animals, natural wonders, and cultural touch points.

We’ll begin our safari at the world-famous Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya, home to lions, leopards, cheetah, and thousands of herding wildebeests and zebra. Then we’ll switch gears, crossing into Tanzania, to explore the immense blue shores of Lake Victoria, Africa’s signature body of water.  

The massive plains of the Serengeti beckon and we’ll swing back into intense game viewing mode, moving over this vast sweep of lion country. We’ll also explore Olduvai Gorge, the most intact site of prehistoric man. Then onto the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, with its densely concentrated world of wildlife and finally finish up, tracking for lions, elephants, and zebra at Tanzania’s Tarangire Park. 

Are you ready? Eight solid days of exclusive safari-going with the best East Africa has to offer!

Customize Your Safari Vacation

When you book with Africa Kenya Safaris we’ll always offer you a variety of choices for your safari and the opportunity for customization. If you would like to substitute your visit to Lake Victoria for an extra day at Masai Mara or the Serengeti, just let us know!

What’s Cool About These Parks?

The Masai Mara never fails to impress – 95 species of mammals, all of Africa’s “Big Five”, numerous prides of lions, and the thousands of wildebeests of the Great Migration.

Across the Mara River and the border with Tanzania, the great Serengeti is the breeding ground for uncountable grazers – herding, calving, and filling the vast plains with the awesome spectacle of their numbers.

To say the Ngorongoro Crater is unique would be an understatement – it’s the largest intact volcanic crater in the world. But even more impressive is the varied and dense population of wildlife filling this blue/green expanse. Every manner of wildlife makes this region its home, from lions to flamingoes! 

Our safari wraps up at pretty Tarangire Park where you’ll find lots of elephants and other big game – the perfect finish to this very complete Africa, two-country safari vacation.

Wildebeest grazing in Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania

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!

A pair of cheetahs walking in file through Ngorongoro Crater

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.

A group of Zebra cross a dry grassy plain in Ngorongoro Crater

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

5 Hour Drive

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

7:30 am:  Say ‘Hi’ to your new best friend, your Africa Kenya Safaris driver/guide who will swing by in a 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep to pick you up for your safari adventure. Your guide will share his vast experience and knowledge of the wildlife and parks with you.

We’ll take off heading south through Kenya’s central highlands, viewing passing homesteads and small communities. Driving through the Rift Valley escarpment, we’ll make stops to rest and view the scenic wonders of the great valley. 

Arriving at the Masai Mara National Reserve, we’ll freshen up at our accommodation and enjoy a hearty lunch.

Then, it’s safari time – you’ll head out on our first of many game drives over the next eight days. Enjoy the pretty vistas of the park’s rolling hills and soon make your first animal sightings.

Toward late afternoon we’ll head back to your Masai Mara safari lodge or tented camp for dinner and perhaps recap your first day of adventure. 

Day 2

Full Day at the Masai Mara

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Welcome to your first full day of game drives!  The Masai Mara offers an unending choice of environments to explore. Known for its many prides of lions and other big cats, your guide will be tracking for them along with elephants, buffalo, rhinos, and every sort of wildlife.

We’ll bring a picnic lunch to enjoy down at the Mara River, site of the Great Migration of wildebeests and zebras… sometimes by the thousands.

You may want to take advantage of several optional extras we offer to enhance your safari experience. For a change of pace and a deeply cultural moment, we recommend a visit to the local Maasai village. Here you’ll meet these indigenous people, learn about their way of living and perhaps partake in a dancing ceremony.

For an unforgettable safari moment, sign up for an optional hot air balloon safari over the park. You’ll rise with the sun as the park comes alive below… simply magnificent!

We’ll spend our second safari evening at our Mara lodge or camp.

Day 3

Masai Mara – Lake Victoria

5 – 6 Hour Drive

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Let’s see as much of the Masai Mara as possible with an early morning game drive. Then, we’ll head for Tanzania, crossing over at the border town of Isebania.

Here, we’ll switch our vehicle and meet our new Tanzania driver/guide.

Lake Victoria is our next stop and we’ll arrive in the late afternoon, freshening up at our lodge.

We’ll have time to explore the lake’s environment and perhaps visit the nearby Bunda Market.

Dinner and rest tonight at our Lake Victoria accommodation.

Day 4

Lake Victoria – Serengeti National Park

3 Hour Drive

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we’ll explore Lake Victoria‘s environs, visit a fishing village, and take a guided tour. This cultural moment will introduce us to the area’s traditional lifestyle, including fishing techniques and marketing the local wares.

Now, we’re off to the nearby Serengeti Park, another massive ecosystem, holding great numbers of wildlife.

We’ll arrive in time for an afternoon game drive and you’ll get your first taste of this world-famous reserve. 

Settling into our Serengeti lodge or tented camp we’ll make plans for tomorrow’s full day at the park.

Day 5

Full Day Serengeti Game Reserve

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ready for some massive game viewing? We have a full day of game drives planned for you over these vast and busy plains.

But the choice is always yours as to how busy you wish to be. You can choose to explore the Serengeti for the entire day or go for morning or just afternoon safaris. Just discuss with your guide what you’d like to do.

The park is known for its over 3,000 lions plus uncountable wildebeests and zebra. But you’ll also find cheetah, zebra, giraffe, gazelle, eland, impala, klipspringer, warthog, and near its lakes… hippos.

After a busy day, you’ll want to kick back and relax at your Serengeti accommodation.

Day 6

Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater

3 – 4 Hour Drive

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will descend into the largest volcanic crater in the world. But first, let’s enjoy one more game drive through the Serengeti as we exit the park.

Arriving at the Ngorongoro Crater, you’ll see stretched out before you a magical world of color and wildlife. We’ll drive down the crater wall to the floor of this unique ecosystem.

Here, we’ll be tracking for rhino, elephant, buffalo, hippo, and of course cheetah and lions. The wildlife is dense in this self-contained universe, cut off from the rest of the world.

We’ll have lunch at one of many scenic viewing spots and continue with afternoon game drives.

Then, another special treat awaits: Toward late afternoon we’ll ascend back up the caldera wall and catch a spectacular African sunset at the crater’s rim!

The fading light will bring us to our Ngorongoro accommodation for the evening.

Day 7

Ngorongoro Crater – Tarangire Park

3 Hour Drive

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

If we’re up early enough, we can take in a gorgeous sunrise at the crater’s rim. What a great way to begin the day before we head to Tarangire Park.

This small but lovely park will treat us to a wonderful variety of game, especially lots of elephants.

The park is also home to its own small migration, offering safari-goers a unique treat.

We’ll spend our final safari evening at our Tarangire lodge or tented camp.

Day 8

Tarangire Park – Arusha or Nairobi

3 Hour Drive to Arusha
7 Hour Drive to Nairobi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Let’s take one more morning game drive before we complete our safari.

If you’re returning to Nairobi, we’ll cross back into Kenya at Namanga and arrive at the capital city in the early evening.

Should you choose to wrap up in Arusha, we’ll bring you to Kilimanjaro Airport.

Not too many can say they’ve been to Kenya and Tanzania and have seen the Masai Mara and the Serengeti. But you’ve got the photos, stories, and memories to prove it. All of us at Africa Kenya Safaris loved showing you the lands and wildlife of East Africa and we thank you for your deep interest in this, our natural world.

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.


Masai Mara

Safari tourists have tea and admire a view of a safari park from a patio by their safari accommodation
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.

A lounge area with a view of a safari park within safari park accommodation
Comfort level
Lodge/tented camp options

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

View into national park from a Kenya safari tented camp
Economy level
Lodge/tented camp options

Orng’atuny Mara King Camp, Mara Chui Camp, Jambo Mara Safari Lodge, Explore Nature Mara Lodge.

View of safari accommodation exterior at Serenity on the Lake
Luxury level
Lodge/tented Camp options

The Serenity of the Lake lodge

Four poster bed for couples at the Serenity on the Lake safari holiday resort
Comfort level
Lodge/tented camp options

The Serenity of the Lake lodge

Swimming pool at Serenity on the Lake safari accommodation
Economy level
Lodge/tented camp options

The Serenity of the Lake lodge

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, Serengeti National Park Tanzania safari - Africa Kenya Safaris
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, Kirurumu Serengeti Central Camp, Kirurumu Serengeti North Camp, Kirurumu Serengeti South Camp
A four poster bed with complimentary cocktails at Acacia Seronera Luxury Camp safari accommodation
Comfort level
Lodge/tented camp options

Ang’ata Tented Camp, Mbalageti Lodge, Acacia Seronera Luxury Camp, Acacia Central Camp, Lobo Wildlife Lodge, Seronera Wildlife Lodge

A room with two single beds at the Serengeti Osopuko Camp safari accommodation
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

A large luxurious double room with African themed decor at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
Luxury level
Lodge/tented Camp options
Ngorongoro serena lodge, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro farmhouse Suite , Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge, Kitela camp
Breakfast with a view of the swimming pool at The Retreat at Ngorongoro
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
A single bed in a room in Octagon Lodge safari accommodation
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

Tarangire National Park

The swimming pool at Tarangire Sopa Lodge safari accommodation
Luxury level
Lodge/tented Camp options
Tarangire Osupuko lodge, Tarangire Sopa Lodge, Tarangire Safari Lodge
A four poster double bed with bird towel decorations at the Acacia Tarangire Luxury Camp safari accommodation
Comfort level
Lodge/tented camp options
Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge, Ang’ata tented Camp – Tarangire, Maramboi Tented Lodge, Acacia Tarangire Luxury Camp
A table and chair at Sangaiwe Tented Lodge with tea, a journal, safari guide books and a safari hat
Economy level
Lodge/tented camp options
Sangaiwe tented camp, Burunge Tented Lodge


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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