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KZV003 - KENYA /TANZANIA- THE BEST OF EAST AFRICA

 12 Days safari -  Several short walks with local guides, mother nature exploration and road trips

This is a fun-filled 12-day safari where we start our journey on a road trip from Nairobi to Naivasha, for a view of Lake Elmeinteita. We then spend our second day at the Soysambu Conservancy where we also explore Kemu farm. We proceed from the Western parts of the country from Kericho to Maasai Mara for two days at the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Our exploratory journey takes us to the neighbouring Tanzania through Sirare and spend a night at Speke Bay Lodge. While in the beautiful Tanzania, we get the opportunity to explore Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Conservation Area and finaly do a flight from Arusha to Zanzibar.

SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lake Naivasha & Lake Elmeinteita
  • Soysambu Conservancy/Kembu on lake Elmenteita with lesser flamingoes and volcanic features such lava flows and volcanic cones
  • Maasai Mara which gives amazing views of the Mau escarpment, Savanna shrubs and Colobus monkeys from the West of the Rift Valley.
  • Maasai Mara Game Reserve
  • Serengeti National Park which has amazing animal scenes and the entrance is through the Western corridor which facilitates Wildbeest migration from Serengeti into the heart of Lake Victoria
  • Serengeti-Ngorongoro Conservation Area which is one of Africa's most important wildlife sanctuary with huge animal herds 
  • Ngorongoro crater
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ITINERARY

 
  • Day 1  Nairobi -
  • NairobiLakesNaivasha and Nairobi Elmeinteita. Road Trip.
  • Day 2 Soysambu Conservancy / Kembu . Camping 
  • Day 3 Kericho - Maasai Mara. Road Trip/Exploration
  • Day 4 & 5  Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Camping
  • Day 6 Tanzania / Frontiere De Poste Sirare / Speke Bay Lodge
  • Day 7-9 From Serengeti National Park
  • Day 10 Serengeti-Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Day 11 Ngorongoro crater/Karatu
  • Day 12 Ngorongoro/Arusha/Zanzibar

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Day 1 Nairobi-Lakes Naivasha and Nairobi Elmeinteita. The city was born in 1896 during the construction of the railway from Mombasa to Lake Victoria. It is on a plateau at 1600m altitude and was resident to the Maasai, and not far is river ''Enairobi'', which means ''cold'' or ''cool'' in their language, Maa. located 118 km North of Nairobi, Kenya. A light breeze constantly blows on its silver surface. Its waters, with a depth of 15m, are crocodile-free and its shores are home to over 300 bird species. Its surface can extend to 250 km2, though during periods of prolonged drought, it can barely measure more than 150km2. There's a ''farm sanctuary'' and a Crescent from which we take several hours observing wildlife and the multitude of birds that come to nest on the reeds along the East coast of the island. After a delicious lunch prepared from products of the ''sanctuary farm'', we hit the road to the shores of Lake Elmeinteita where we spend the night at Serena Lodge.

 

Day 2 Soysambu Conservancy/Kembu. The lake Elmeinteita is one of the few nesting sites of lesser flamingoes. The area is highly volcanic as seen from  ancient lava flows and volcanic cones that dot the landscape here. We spend a good part of the day exploring this unique pendoir. We then proceed to Soysambu Reserve, which has an area of 18500h, on horsebacks during anti-poaching patrols, sometimes with the Rangers. By late afternoon, we reach the Kemu farm where we spend the night.


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 Day 3 Kericho - Maasai MaraWhile on the Western side of the Rift Valley again, in Maasai territory, we head towards the Mau escarpment, West of the Rift Valley. The trail leaves the plains and into a savanna shrub, which in gaining altitude, gives way to a vast farmland. We are 2500 metres, a fortune the breeze. Continuing our progress on the Escarpment, at 300 metres, we are surprised to find a rainforest, where colobus monkeys are seen jumping from tree to tree. These well-watered lands are responsible for a big chunk of the country's production of tea.

Our route takes us down the Escarpment to the bottom of the Rift Valley, with the views of this huge flaw which is red on the green plains. We finally come across our first herbivores: impala, Grant's gazelle and closing Hammerkop Migration Camp, the first lions. We are in the heart of Maasai Mara.

 

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Day 4 and 5 MAASAI-MARA GAME RESERVE  Maasai Mara Game Reserve was established in 1961, with  an area of 1812 km2, and divided into two zones:The outdoor section, where the Maasai can enter and graze their cattle and the inner sanctum of 518 km2 where no intrusion is allowed. The Maasai Mara is a succession of rolling plains, rivers in rich. It harbours the largest populations of lions in Kenya and we saw large herds of antelopes, gazelles Thomson, zebras, giraffes, elephants etc...At the time of the great migration, we are privileged to observe immense herds exceeding the hundreds of thousands. One of the latest aerial census had counted 1.2 million wildbeests, 700,000 zebras, 400,000 gazelles and of course all the predators that feed on weaker species. We spend the night at Hammerkop Migration Camp at the heart of the reserve.

 

Day 6 Tanzania / Frontiere De Poste Sirare / Speke Bay Lodge By climbing the Lolgorian escarpment, we leave behind the Mara plains and large animals. In the highlands, the Nilotic tribes of Western Kenya have deciphered this inhospitable bush to plant sorghum, millet and of course corn, staple food to this kind and hospitable people. Only a few kilometres from Lake Victoria border post, it's much less friendly. But these are only a few formalities which are quickly behind us. Lake Victoria is the second largest freshwater lake in the world. It is a veritable inland sea, with 63000 km2, these villages Nilotics sinners, Arab dhow rig and the immense sandy beaches. In the Bay of Speke, the lake was built a small lodge in a simple and rustic comfort. Night bungalow.

 

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 Day 7-9 From Serengeti National Park We leave the shores of Lake Victoria. In fifteen kilometres, we reach the entrance of the Serengeti at the Western Corridor. The Corridor was created to facilitate the wildebeest migration between the Serengeti and the heart of Lake Victoria. The Corridor offers the opportunity to observe animal scenes at the heart of  one of the most important wildlife sanctuaries in Africa ''the Serengeti Natioanal Park.'' Covering an area of 14,500 km2, it is the most famous Tanzanian parks. Despite having not suffered from its notoriety, it is true that the tracks are often impassable and visitors must adapt to the terrain. We do a full board night at Kati Kati Camp, Serengeti.

 

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Day 10 Serengeti - Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The ecosystem of the Serengeti/Ngorongoro is one of the most important wildlife sanctuaries in Africa. During the period of the great migration, we got the privilege of observing huge herds of over hundreds of thousands of animals in January and February. These animals are concentrated at the foot of the crater and Ngorongoro plains, Oldovai. A passage to the origins of mankind is unavoidable. We spend a moment before climbing the slopes of the crater where we spent the night at the Rhino Lodge.

 

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Day 11 Ngorongoro Crater/ Karatu. Jewel in the Crown, the Ngorongoro Crater certainly is. The ''Ngorongoro Conservation Area'' was created as an entity separated from the Serengeti to protect the Maasai pastoralists. They found themselves indeed thrown out of their traditional grazing lands. It was decided that in order to protect this right, Maasai would be allowed to continue their pastoral wanderings on the ''Ngorongoro Conservation Area'', but not the Serengeti. This compromise proved to be a success. We spend the day in full at the crater floor to discover this exceptional site. By late afternoon, we leave the park to spend the night near the coffee producing town of Karatu. Night at Ngorongoro Farm House.

 

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Day 12 Ngorongoro/Arusha/Zanzibar. We continue our drive overlooking the Rift Valley and Lake Manyara. We go directly to the airport where we board a plane from Arusha to Zanzibar.

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

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