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Kenya & Tanzania Masai Mara Immersion Safari

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Kenya & Tanzania Masai Mara Immersion Safari

Encompassing a variety of natural and cultural wonders, International Expeditions’ Kenya and Tanzania safari offers an inspiring adventure. Nestled alongside rivers, tucked at the base of a towering peak or surrounding permanent watering holes, East Africa’s parks and reserves protect an astounding variety of wildlife and centuries of tribal customs. In these sanctuaries, you can experience the thrill of game drives with only the savannah between you and the storied “Big Five,” or stroll the grounds of a village, listening as tribal lore becomes part of your tale of Africa.

Experience an East Africa Safari

Drawing on our decades of experience in East Africa, International Expeditions’ Kenya and Tanzania safari offers an unparalleled safari experience – a privileged picnic among the wildlife and exploration of signature parks. Travel to locales where the wildlife is most abundant and you're likely to encounter rarities like black rhino, as well as lion, leopard, elephant, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe and more in the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem. Experience East Africa's migration any time of year! Our Kenya and Tanzania adventure is a thrilling and comprehensive look at the wildlife — as well as a great value! 

Authentic Serengeti Camping

Spend nights under canvas at our deluxe Serengeti tented camp, featuring large, cabin-style walk-in tents — each serviced by a personal butler. In authentic safari style, your small group will enjoy great service and an old-fashioned safari atmosphere. And our staff will situate the camp where the wildlife is most abundant during your Kenya and Tanzania safari. Every meal is a "bush meal" beneath the boundless African sky!

Discover Your Kenya and Tanzania Safari Moment

The gallop of giraffes toward an acacia tree; thousands of zebras dashing wildly across the Mara River; or a cheetah stalking its prey before the heat of the day — thousands of scenes capture the daily drama of life in Africa. Perhaps you’ll discover your “safari moment” watching the sun spill across the savannah on an early-morning game drive or chatting around a campfire with IE’s personal local guides.

Wildlife of Africa

Daily Itinerary

Kenya and Tanzania - Masai Mara Survey

  • Day
    1-2

    U.S. / Nairobi, Kenya

    Fly independently to Nairobi, where we stay at the Eka Hotel. (Meals Aloft)

  • Day
    3

    Nairobi / Masai Mara Reserve

    Fly to the Masai Mara Reserve, a rich savannah famous for its concentration of plains game and predators, including leopard, cheetah and hyena. After checking into the Mara Serena Safari Lodge, enjoy the first game drive of your safari in Kenya and Tanzania. From our lodge, enjoy expansive views of the plains below. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    4-5

    Masai Mara Reserve

    Our safari in Kenya and Tanzania itinerary includes morning and afternoon game drives in the famed Masai Mara Reserve. Here in this northern extension of the Serengeti Plains, the land is teeming with elephant, large prides of lion, buffalo, Thomson’s gazelle, giraffe and even topi — the only place in Kenya where they are common. You may even rise early one morning for an optional hot air balloon safari. (B,L,D Daily)

  • Day
    6

    Masai Mara Reserve / Amboseli National Park

    Enjoy one last game drive (time permitting) in the Mara before flying to Nairobi. From Nairobi, fly to Amboseli National Park, tucked on the Kenya/Tanzania border. On a clear day, every vista of this scenic park is dominated by views of Mt. Kilimanjaro — making a superb backdrop for your wildlife photography. Savor an afternoon game drive, watching the sun set across the park, before continuing to Amboseli Serena Lodge, where we spend the next two nights of our Kenya and Tanzania expedition itinerary. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    7

    Amboseli National Park

    Amboseli is one of the largest of Kenya’s parks. Although this is dry country, Amboseli’s location in the rain shadow of Kilimanjaro means that the park enjoys year-round water. Two permanent swamps are ideal for game viewing, drawing the park’s signature elephants, as well as giraffes and a variety of bird life, which we’ll look for during our game drives. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    8

    Amboseli / Tarangire National Park

    Cross into Tanzania at Namanga and continue to Tarangire, Tanzania’s third largest national park. Before checking into our comfortable accommodations at the Tarangire River Camp, we journey through the rolling countryside searching for the park’s populations of black rhino, antelope, leopard, lion and cheetah. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    9

    Tarangire National Park

    Sunrise will just be sweeping across the savannah on our morning Tanzanian safari, where our naturalist travel guides will point out elephants and some of the park’s 260 recorded bird species. Tarangire also hosts migrating herds of wildebeest, zebra and Grant’s gazelle, which we’ll look for during our escorted afternoon game drive. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    10

    Tarangire / Lake Manyara National Park / Ngorongoro Crater

    After breakfast, set out across the Great Rift Valley toward Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its herds of elephant and tree-climbing lions. Game drives here are an opportunity to see buffalo, baboon, waterbuck, flamingo and prides of lion. After a lovely picnic lunch, continue toward Ngorongoro, where we spend the next two nights at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, which features a wonderful view of the crater. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    11

    Ngorongoro Crater

    After a sumptuous breakfast, set out for the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest unflooded caldera (collapsed cone of a volcano). Protected from the outside world by a huge rim, Ngorongoro’s abundance of food and fresh water support more than 30,000 large mammals. We’ll descend 2,000 feet into the crater for thrilling game drives among Africa’s "Big Five" (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard), but also search out the rare black rhino — this is your greatest chance to observe the black rhino in East Africa. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the crater floor, and continue our drive before returning to the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    12

    Olduvai Gorge / Serengeti National Park

    Head for the Serengeti, en route visiting Olduvai Gorge, where early evidence of man was found by the Leakey family in the late 1950s. The Serengeti Plains are home to the greatest concentration of large mammals on Earth, and our frequent game drives are a chance to see immense herds. We spend the next two nights under canvas at Serengeti Explorer mobile tented camp, positioned to be as close to the animals as possible. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    13

    Serengeti National Park

    Our Kenya and Tanzania expedition itinerary features daily game drives through the acacia savannahs and grasslands of the Serengeti offering opportunities to spot wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, topi, impala and hartebeest along with predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and wild dog. Along the network of rivers and lakes, we may find hippos and crocodiles. You’ll have ample opportunity in camp to learn more about our expert driver/guides and staff, personable locals who strive to bring Africa to life during your safari. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    14

    Serengeti / Arusha / En Route

    After the final game drive (time permitting) of your safari in Kenya and Tanzania, travel to the airstrip and fly to Arusha. Dayrooms are available at the Lake Duluti Serena Hotel before transferring to the airport for your independent flight home. (B,L)

  • Day
    15

    U.S.

    Arrive back in the U.S.

Things to Know

What is included in the price of IE's Kenya and Tanzania Safari?

Included in the price of your trip are the following.

Accommodations, excursions, meals and transportation as listed in the itinerary
Game drives in 4x4 safari cruisers, with guaranteed window seat and no more than six people per vehicle
Services of private IE driver/guides
Masai village visit
Arrival and departure transfers between the group hotel and airport no matter what day or time
One soft drink or local beer per person per included lunch and dinner
Bottled water on excursions, group transfers, at included lunches and dinners and in rooms daily
All gratuities to group service staff except your IE driver/guide and room/tent staff

What is the activity level on IE's Kenya and Tanzania Safari?

A trip to Kenya and Tanzania is a mildly active holiday that calls for decent health and mobility.  The vast majority of excursions are by vehicle and require no walking, other than getting to and from the vehicle and your room.  While these excursions require little physical effort, roads in and between the parks can be quite bumpy and dusty.  This can take a toll on your energy and bouncing can aggravate some medical conditions.  The optional balloon safari requires a higher level of activity. 

Early morning game drives typically occur before breakfast, starting before sunrise when the animals are most active, and ending with breakfast back at the camp.  Afternoon game drives occur a few hours before sunset, when the heat of the day subsides and the animals are active again, and end back at camp before dinner.  Because you will be getting up early most days of your safari, leisure time is built in  to let you recuperate and catch up on your reading and/or species lists…or just catching a nap or enjoying a relaxing view or walk around the camp.

The roads in Kenya and Tanzania have improved greatly over the last few years but sections can still be somewhat in a state of disrepair. The governments of Kenya and Tanzania, in order to slow down road deterioration, are now enforcing lower speeds for highway travel.

Drive from Amboseli to Tarangire – This is a full day transfer, including clearing Customs and Immigration at the border and lunch in Arusha. The road in Amboseli is dirt and subject to weather and wind conditions.  The road from the park to Namanga is gravel and bumpy in places.  The roads around Arusha are tarmac and then once inside Tarangire the roads are dirt park roads, which are be bumpy and windy.

Drive from Tarangire to Ngorongoro – This is a full day excursion with a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park.  Park roads are dirt roads and will be bumpy and driving will be slow. The road from Arusha to Ngorongoro is tarmac and in good condition, until you are close to your accommodations in Ngorongoro, where you must leave the main road and take dirt park roads to the lodge.

Drive from Ngorongoro to Serengeti – This is a full day excursion including a stop at Olduvai Gorge and game viewing en route to your camp in the Serengeti, with picnic lunch.  The road from Ngorongoro to Serengeti is gravel and subject to rutting and damage from the weather.  Once inside the Serengeti, you will be on dirt park roads and will stop for wildlife viewing en route to the camp. How long all this takes depends on the road, wildlife and weather conditions relative to where the camp is set up at a particular time of year.  Typically, it’s a full-day drive with game viewing most of the way.

When is the best time to visit Kenya and Tanzania?

There really is no bad time to visit Kenya or Tanzania because game is good year-round (especially in the Mara and Serengeti) and the rains, which can be heavy, typically don’t last long. 

Historically, Kenya and Tanzania have three kinds of seasons: a wet season in April and May with long rains, a wet season in November and December with short rains, and the remainder of the year as dry season.  Rain tends to be strong but short, affecting very little or not at all how the safaris operate. Guests anytime of the year can expect periods of rain and should bring light raingear, though the vehicles can be closed up to protect you from the rain and still enjoy the scenery and the animals. 

Because this safari spends five nights in the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem you are able to see the migration at any time in the year. However, their exact arrival or departure time cannot be accurately predicted. They follow the rain and the grass. With changing weather, rain, and heat patterns it is becoming more and more difficult to predict when the migration will be where.  Below is a general guideline.


January – The migration is found in the southern Serengeti, where they are calving
February – The migration is found in the southern Serengeti, where they are calving
March – The migration is found in the southern Serengeti, where they are calving
April – The migration begins to move north and to the west as the southern Serengeti plains begin to dry up.
May – The migration continues to move north through the Seronera and Kirawira sections of the Serengeti.
June – The migration continues to move north through the Western Corridor and Lobo sections of the Serengeti.
July – The migration crosses into Kenya and the Masai Mara.
August – The migration is in the Mara.
September – The migration is in the Mara.
October – By mid to late October the grass has been depleted in the Mara and the rain there is not enough to sustain growth.  The herds move south toward Tanzania.
November – The migration is moving south into Tanzania and through the Western Corridor and Lobo sections.
December – The migration is moving south through the Kirawira and Seronera sections of the Serengeti and into the southern portion of the Serengeti.  Calving begins.

Is IE's Kenya and Tanzania Safari a "birding" trip?

This is not a birding-only trip. Our safari is designed to provide opportunities to view as many types of wildlife as possible, from amphibians and reptiles to mammals and insects.  However, birds are ubiquitous and prolific, as well as beautiful and interesting, in the places you will be visiting.  As such, birds are a highlight and you can expect to enjoy seeing as many species as possible while still enjoying the other wildlife the region has to offer.

Do you offer optional extensions to IE's Kenya and Tanzania Safari?

We do offer optional extensions to other wonderful places in the region to enhance and complete your experience, should you choose to do so. Information on these extensions is listed on the webpage for this program and feel free to contact our office for more info. 

Are you able to customize a trip to Kenya and Tanzania to feature destinations and activities of my choice?

Yes! If our Kenya and Tanzania Safari itinerary does not suit your desires please contact our Custom Department where a specialist can craft the kind of experience that will make your adventure the trip of a lifetime.

Accommodations

Mara Serena Lodge

Mara Serena Lodge

Deep within the Masai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Serena Safari Lodge is the ultimate safari destination. Drawing inspiration from the Maasai culture, the Mara Serena offers a blend of raw African splendor and sumptuous sophistication — perfect for Kenya and Tanzania travel. The ethnic décor draws on a vibrant color-palette of sunburst colors, embellished by Maasai art to create the look and feel of a traditional bush encampment. The lodge features individual rooms, each with their own balcony, a swimming pool and a spectacular restaurant overlooking a watering hole, where a fantasia of creatures collects to drink. While here, you may enjoy an optional balloon safari.

Amboseli Serena Lodge

Amboseli Serena Lodge

Framed against Mount Kilimanjaro and surrounded by rolling grasslands, the Amboseli Serena Lodge draws on a subtle Maasai cultural motif, featuring natural woodcarvings, traditional artifacts and a glowing selection of local art. Sensitively located and built from ecologically sympathetic materials, its architectural shapes, style, textures and colors reflect the true essence of the African bush. To help you further enjoy your Kenya and Tanzania travel accommodations, each room offers an uninterrupted view over the ever-changing vistas of the African plains. Guests can enjoy an acacia-shaded swimming pool fed daily by the melt-waters of Kilimanjaro, a selection of natural timber game viewing decks and a water hole for the animals.

Tarangire River Camp

Tarangire River Camp

Tarangire River Camp set within 25,000 hectares of concession area. The camp accommodates guests in 20 safari tents, with en-suite hot and cold running water. The tents are tastefully furnished with all the comforts you will need and open out onto stunning views of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. Meals are a delicious affair, dinners are served by candlelight in the thatch and timber elevated dining area, with dramatic views across the Masai plains, where a friendly and attentive staff are always on hand to cater to your every need. The camp provides close access to premier wildlife viewing areas of the park. Special arrangements have been made with the native residents to share their land and the income brought into the area from the camp.

Ngorongoro Sopa

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Perched on the rim of the collapsed volcano, Ngorongoro Crater, the lodge has the most magnificent views over the crater floor, which is home to vast herds of buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, the rare and endangered black rhino, elephant, cheetah, leopard, lion and herds of gazelle and wildebeest. All 91 double bedrooms feature two queen sized beds and a separate dressing area. Each room has a glass-fronted verandah, where you may enjoy a private view of the Crater. The lodge features a gift shop, internet café (for a fee), laundry service, and a swimming pool.

Serengeti Explorer Camp

Serengeti Explorer Camp

Mobile tented camps ensure that you are as close to the action as possible and give you a sense of being in the wilds of the Serengeti. Impeccable service and fine dining provide a level of luxury and comfort in the middle of the African bush…where every meal is a “bush” meal. The tents are spacious with a veranda, easy chairs, proper beds and an en suite bathroom with flush toilets and hot water showers. Hot water is provided by camp staff in buckets. The lounge tent has a well–stocked bar as well as books on the Serengeti. The dining tent is well-appointed and the food is delicious. Each tent has a butler to attend to your every need. A full crew will accompany your expedition to take care of all the work and details involved in setting up and moving the mobile camps, as well as the housekeeping and catering services.

Lake Duluti Serena

Lake Duluti Serena Hotel

Nestled at the foot of the wooded slopes of Mount Meru, this unique hotel stands amid coffee plantations on the shores of tranquil Lake Duluti. Designed to echo the traditional style of the colonial coffee farm, which originally stood on this site, Lake Duluti Serena offers a range of tastefully presented cottage-styled rooms set amid extensive landscaped grounds. Standing at the gateway to the famous Tanzanian ‘Northern Safari Circuit', the hotel offers a broad range of attractions, which include: walking, mountain biking, canoeing on the lake, and trips to the nearby Arusha and Mount Meru national parks. The hotel features a stone-built reception with adjoining lounge, library, restaurant, boutique and business center. Imposing in stature and spacious in concept, the design of the new building echoes the hotel's original incarnation as a working coffee farm dating back to colonial times. The lodge features a gift shop, business center, and Wi-Fi (for a fee).

Field Leaders

Safari Guide Benjamin Nzuve

Benjamin Nzuve

Naturalist Guide

Benjamin has been a naturalist guide since 2002, after attending Kenya Utalii College. He is a KPSGA Bronze Medal holder and speaks English and German fluently. His passion is birds and showing visitors the wonderful wildlife and culture of his native Kenya.

Safari guide Alex King'oo

Alex King'oo

Naturalist Guide

Alex trained as a naturalist guide at Kenya Utalii College in 2003 and has been leading groups ever since.  He is a KPSGA Bronze Medal holder and has taken care of many special interest groups on safari.  He is very detail oriented and enjoys taking great care of our guests while showing them the wonderful flora and fauna of his country.

Safari guide Stephen Ndungu

Stephen Ndungu

Naturalist Guide

Stephen is a Bronze Medal holder from KSPGA and a graduate of Kenya Utalii College. He has been leading groups since 1998 and is a favorite among IE guests.

Safari guide Joseph Njiiri

Joseph Njiiri

Naturalist Guide

Joseph is a Bronze Medal holder from KSPGA and is fluent in English and French. A true safari man, he is committed to delivering quality service and ensuring memorable safaris.

Safari guide Felix Kioko

Felix Kioro

Naturalist Guide

Felix has been leading safaris since 1988 and is a Bronze Medal holder from KSPGA. He is fluent in English and French.  His years of experience and dedication to customer care make him one of the best guides in Kenya.

A Note About Field Staff

This is just a selection of the Expedition Leaders and Naturalists who may lead your ecotour.  A particular departure may be escorted by any one of them.  If you would like to find out which leaders are scheduled to lead each departure, please contact our office.

Wildlife

Southwest African Lion

Nile Crocodile

Dik Diks

From: $8,998 per person
Duration
15 Days, 14 Nights
Departs From
Nairobi, Kenya
Guest Capacity
12 Guests
Trip Type
Travel Style

Special Offers

  • Free Hot-Air Balloon Safari

    Reserve space on our 2017 either of our Kenya & Tanzania escorted safaris and receive a free hot-air balloon excursion.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore five signature parks, staying in both the Mara & Serengeti for the best viewing of wildlife
  • Unparalleled safari experience featuring a picnic among the wildlife.
  • Survey the African savannah from your windown seat in our 4x4 Land Cruisers
  • Learn from Local expert guides.