CROSS BORDER SAFARIS

14 days Kenya and Tanzania cross border
Enjoy your East Africa Safari by sampling both the attractions in Kenya and Tanzania during the same trip. The two neighboring countries offer a wonderfully contrasting and intersting diversity..

10 days Kenya and Tanzania Safari

This itinerary allows you the opportunity to sample the diversity of East Africa’s premier safari countries. We start in Kenya with a visit of the Great Rift Valley for a tour of its famous bird watching alkaline lakes – Nakuru, Baringo, Bogoria and Elementaita. At Bogoria you will get a chance to walk among wildlife while at Baringo and Elementaita you will do bird walks. At Nakuru you will do a game drive to see birds and other big game. We leave Kenya via the Amboseli national park and cross to Tanzania with cultural visits in the Maasai villages of Longido and Mto wa Mbu village (melting pot of Tanzania’s diverse cultures). Game drives in the now World Heritage site that is Ngorongoro Crater is a welcome activity to introduce you to the Tanzania’s big game. Finally the hike in the pristine and rarely visited Empakai Crater offers another chance to walk among wildlife - not to worry as we will have an armed game ranger to accompany us.

Day 1: Depart early from Nairobi to Lake Bogoria National Reserve. On the way we make numerous stops to admire the Great Rift Valley and its varied landscapes. We arrive at Lake Bogoria Hotel in time for lunch. In the afternoon we visit Lake Bogoria National Reserve. Lake Bogoria is a shallow alkaline lake on the floor of the rift valley and is a natural abode of thousands of flamingoes. With its steaming hot springs and geysers and a variety of bird and animal species, Lake Bogoria National Reserve is a truly one of the most beautiful reserves to explore on foot. It is this park that one has the chance to see the rare Greater Kudu. On arrival we either walk or drive along the lake shores stopping to admire flamingoes, geysers and hot springs and search for the rare greater Kudu among other wild animals. Dinner and overnight at Lake Bogoria Hotel.

Day 2: Day trip to Lake Baringo for boat ride on the lake and bird walk on the shores of the lake to see the abundant birdlife as well as crocodiles and hippopotamuses. Lake Baringo is one of the two fresh water lakes of the Gregorian Rift valley. Situated in the semi arid part of the country, this vast fresh water lake exudes the impression of calm and serenity surrounded by high mountains from afar. With over four hundred species of birdlife, this lake is truly birds’ paradise for those with an ornithological appetite. This lake has several islands which are inhabited by the Njemps herdsmen cum fishermen. The Njemps are one of the three Maa speakers others being the Samburu and Maasai. After the boat ride there is an option of a bird walk or visit of the Njemps village. Later you return to Lake Bogoria Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Depart from Bogoria via Lake Nakuru for game drive and later drive to the shores of lake Elementaita for overnight. At only 4kms from Nakuru town and covering an area of 180square kilometers, Lake Nakuru is a world famous bird and rhino sanctuary. The park encompasses Lake Nakuru, a rift valley soda lake, and two forests – acacia and euphorbia forests. Millions of flamingoes paint this park with its shimmering pink color. Other birds include pelicans, ostrich, marabou, ibis, eagles, vultures, woodpeckers, touracos, barbets, among others. Due to this park’s prolific birdlife, the park has lately been declared a World’s Important Bird Area. Apart from the bird life, Lake Nakuru is abundant with wild game including lions, leopard, rhinos, impalas, gazelles, eland, zebra, buffalo, and giraffe. Later drive to shores of Lake Elementaita for overnight at Viewpoint Lodge.

Day 4: Morning cultural activities around Lake Elementaita. This will include among others Kikuyu homestead visits, school visits, bird walks on the shores of the lake and visit of the Kariandusi prehistoric museum to see the stone tools that were being used by the early man. Lake Elementaita area is rich in history as it was one of the places that were inhabited by the British settlers during the colonial period. Some of the descendants of these colonialists still inhabit the area and where they practice intensive farming and keep wildlife ranches.  Later in the afternoon you transfer to Lukenya Campsite on the outskirts on Nairobi. Overnight at Lukenya campsite.

Day 5: Early transfer to Tsavo West national park. Early morning game drives to see some of the attractions of Tsavo west national park such as, wildlife that includes lion, elephant, leopard, giraffe and many other animals not forgetting the proverbial “Red elephants” of Tsavo. In fact these elephants are not red but they acquire colour after wallowing in brown mud. We cannot miss to visit the Mzima springs where you can see crocodile, hippo, and fish in the crystal clear waters of the spring. Overnight at public campsite in the park.

Day 6: Full day game drive in the park exploring the various attractions of Tsavo west national as you make numerous stops to observe the animals feed and groom each other. During the hot hours of the day you may visit one of the lodges in the park for a swim (at your own cost) or just to relax in the lodge gardens.  Overnight at public campsite in the park.

Day 7: Early morning game drive in the park and later depart for Amboseli national park. With its backdrop of the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa's highest mountain) and the abundant wildlife, Amboseli is a real spectacle. This is where you can see large herds of elephants and plains game, giraffes, gazelles, lions, leopards etc roaming the plains. The permanent swamps in the park ensure that there is a constant source of water for the animals and so through out the year one is assured of seeing wildlife in this park. The presence of these swamps is as a result of underground infiltration of water from the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Overnight at campsite on the edge of the park.

Day 8: Full morning game drive in the Amboseli national to search for the animals that we may have missed the previous day. In the afternoon you do a game walk accompanied by the Maasai Warriors to see some of the animals of Amboseli on foot ay you learn how the Maasai people live in harmony with the wildlife. Overnight at campsite on the edge of the park.
 
Day 9: After an early breakfast we have another game drive en-route to the border town of Namanga and cross into Tanzania then proceed to a Maasai village below the Longido Mountain. We have a picnic lunch here then visit a Maasai homestead and learn about medicinal plants and their use and age-old cultural practices. We set up camp near the Maasai village. Have dinner as you enjoy Maasai folktales told by the locals under star-lit night sky. Overnight in tents in bush campsite.
 
Day 10: Guided by Maasai warriors together with our own naturalist guide, leave camp early and follow narrow footpaths through a dense natural forest. After three hours you will be at the picturesque Dawa ya supu (medicine soup) view point. We then follow trails created by buffaloes to reach the top in another two hours climb. Our Maasai guides make loud cries intermittently to warn buffaloes of our presence. The views from the top are simply unbelievable. On clear days you can see for more than 200km and view all the mountains of Northern Tanzania (Mount Meru, Oldonyo Lengai and Kilimanjaro). Descend to campsite, have a short rest and a well deserved hot lunch. Our trek has taken the better part of 6 hours. We then board our vehicle(s) for the journey to Mto wa Mbu and check into our Lake Manyara Bandas and Campsite.

Day 11 Set of early with packed lunch to Ngorongoro Crater, a unique collapsed volcano which is a permanent residence of over 25,000 herbivores and a high density of predatory cats. We do a game drive in the Crater with high chances of seeing elephants, rhinos, zebras, lions, gazelles, wildebeests among others. Later in the afternoon we drive to Empakaai Crater close to Ngorogoro and set camp on the crater rim at an altitude of over 3000m. On a clear day Lake Natron and Mount Kilimanjaro are clearly visible.

Day 12 With a diameter of 6km, Empakaai is a much smaller crater than Ngorongoro, but comparably beautiful. Together with local guides and game rangers we go down into the crater floor for a hike that is time and again interrupted by sightings of animals and birdlife resident in the forest. We enjoy 6 -7 hours of quality walking in an area that’s rarely visited as a start of acclimatisation for our Kilimanjaro trek ahead. In late afternoon we break up camp and drive to our Lake Manyara Banda’s for a treat of a traditional African dinner.

Day 13 Today is a reasonably relaxed day. A short morning drive brings us to Mto wa Mbu village, a cultural melting pot for a mix of Tanzanian tribes. We alight from the vehicle(s) and hike into the village to learn about the different economic activities undertaken by the locals. Among these are small-scale horticultural farms, banana plantations, local beer brewery and Makonde wood carving workshops. and community project we support that include schools and water points. We return to our Camp for lunch then journey back to Arusha for a relaxed evening and guest house overnight!

Day 14: Early morning walk on the shores of lake Manyara and later depart to Arusha town. Late afternoon free day in the town with options of visiting the market, banana and coffee farms or just relax at the hotel gardens.

 

 
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