Destinations Destinations
Tanzania, Kenya
Serengeti, Arusha, Karatu, Nairobi, Masai Mara National Park
Activity Activity
Nature & Wildlife, Safari, Luxury, Family, National Parks
Physical Level Physical Level
Mild
Season Season
January - December

Begin your trip in Kenya's cosmopolitan Nairobi, where you can explore the city's busy nightlife, notable museums and restaurant scene. From here, head to the Masai Mara for world-class wildlife watching, including all of the Big Five. Take a guided trek for a thrilling chance to get among the animals. After the Mara, cross into Tanzania to see wildlife from the Serengeti. Again, the Big Five are on offer, but time your trip right and you'll have the chance to see the river crossings of the Great Wildebeest Migration. Next, travel to Karatu's farmlands where you can journey into the Ngorongoro Crater, before finishing your trip at the foot of Mount Meru in Arusha, known for its coffee and crafts. Fly home from Dar es Salaam.

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Explore cosmopolitan Nairobi

Start your trip overlooking the Nairobi River and explore Kenya’s capital city through its notable museums, elephant orphanage and buzzing nightlife. A twenty-minute drive takes you to the world’s only urban game reserve, where you can watch lions hunt buffalo.

Feed a baby elephant at a Nairobi sanctuary

Feed a baby elephant at a Nairobi sanctuary

Many trips to Kenya start and finish in its largest city and capital, Nairobi. For a shot of cuteness, visit one of its wildlife sanctuaries to see baby elephants — many of which are orphaned due to poachers — feeding and playing happily in the mud.

Into the Mara North wilderness

Many naturalists have been inspired by the Mara, which is one of the richest places in the world for wildlife. Here, you can spot elephants, lions, buffalo, rhino and much more. Your guides will seek out the animals you’re most curious about and teach you more about the region. Guided forest and escarpment walks are also available, offering spectacular views and rare birdlife.

Enter Tanzania’s Serengeti for the wildebeest migration

Cross the Kenya/Tanzania border and you can look forward to seeing one of nature’s most memorable spectacles. The great wildebeest migration is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet and your semi-permanent camp will find the best place to witness it. Head into the Serengeti and you’ll be able to see lions, buffalo, giraffes, zebras and gazelles.

Explore Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Karatu is a small but lively town on the edge of Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Most visitors pass through en-route to safari camps, but if you have some spare time it's worth slowing down to make some cultural connections. But the town's main appeal is its proximity to the rolling Ngorongoro highlands and the world-famous Ngorongoro crater. You can easily spend several days here enjoying guided nature hikes through thick forests and coffee plantations and, of course, a visit down to the vast crater floor.

Spend a day in Ngorongoro’s volcanic crater looking for wildlife

Spend a day in Ngorongoro’s volcanic crater looking for wildlife

Ngorongoro’s crater floor is home to a range of animals, including elephants, rhinos, leopards and many lions. Look out for the pink flamingos at Lake Magadi.

Finish at Arusha, in the shadow of Mount Meru

You’ll head back to city accommodation before your flight home, in a location that many safari tours use as a gateway to the Serengeti. As your trip began in Kenya, however, you’ll finish in Tanzania’s Arusha, which offers calmer surroundings than the bustling Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

You may wish to enjoy a canoeing trip out on the lake before the end of your trip, or you could just relax in your hotel’s swimming pool and onsite restaurant.

Take a cultural tour with the Masai or Meru peoples

Take a cultural tour with the Masai or Meru peoples

Immerse yourself in local culture with a visit to a traditional village, witnessing daily life and learning more about the lives and history of these semi-nomadic people.

Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport from your Arusha accommodation.

Where to stay

Sample accommodations & classes

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Classic Tented Camp

The classic safari experience; you'll be in a tent but it's nothing like 'normal' camping...

Expect to pay $500 per night
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Superior Tented Camp

All the benefits of a tented camp with an extra splash of luxury to make an extra special trip...

Expect to pay $700 per night
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Superior Safari Lodge

Safari lodges are permanent structures, as opposed to mobile camps, which allow extra creature comforts such as a swimming pool, verandas and bar for you to relax with a sundowner after a long day's safari...

Expect to pay $700 per night
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Deluxe Safari Lodge

The premier, no expense spared option for a once-in-a-lifetime trip...

Expect to pay $1,200 per night
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