Kenya&Tanzania Cradle of Mankind.

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10 DAYS - 9 NIGHTS
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This trip offers unparalleled game viewing with evening relaxation in excellent quality tented camps and game lodges.

Discover the best game viewing circuit in East Africa. From Nairobi to Amboseli, Arusha, Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Masai Mara and Lake Naivasha, as you join a group of six others using your 4×4 vehicle and driver guide.

The safari through Amboseli National Park is one of Kenya’s premier wildlife experiences. This is the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants. Meet the nomadic Masai tribes people, Africa’s last great warriors. Cross into Tanzania to visit Arusha’s famous souvenir markets or continue straight on to the cool heights of Ngorongoro. The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest caldera, an extinct volcano that is home to approximately 25,000 wild animals.

Continue your African adventure past the Olduvlai Gorge on your way through the Serengeti game park for world class game viewing. Here you will have the chance to spot lion, leopard, cheetah and more! Finish your safari in the Masai Mara, the world’s top game park, where you will see elephant, giraffe, lion and many more animals with your skilled safari guide. Venture into the thick of the plains in search of zebras, gazelles, impalas, and of course wildebeests, who thunderously feed and migrate from the Serengeti and through the Mara area every year. Continue to Lake Naivasha for Kenya’s only boat safari and nature walk on Crescent Island. Finish in Nairobi where you’ll enjoy time for some final sightseeing, souvenir shopping or dinner before returning home from this incredible adventure.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Nairobi – Amboseli
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the trip.
INCLUDED
Accommodations
10 days cruise Professional guide
NOT INCLUDED
Meals
Guide gratuity

 

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Day 1: Nairobi - Amboseli

Sweeping across the Kenya-Tanzania border, the savannah grassland of Amboseli National Park is your playground for the day. This morning you’ll meet with your guide and set out into the park for a chance to share the terrain with some of the world’s most elusive animals. You have the option to do your game viewing either before or after check-in, so call upon the knowledge of your expert guide for their recommendation based on your arrival time and park hours.

This afternoon you’ll meet with your guide and head into Amboseli National Park. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants among other wildlife species, and its other attractions include opportunities to meet the Masai Tribe’s people. On a clear day, you’ll also have spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Dinner and overnight at the Kibo Safari Camp

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Day 3: Amboseli - Namanga – Tarangire

Today you will bid a fond farewell to Kenya as your guide drives you from Amboseli to the Kenya/Tanzania border crossing of Namanga. Meet your Tanzania guide.

Visas can be purchased at the border:  for Kenya it’s a per person cost of 50$ USD, for Tanzania it's a per person cost of 100$ USD for American Citizens and 50$ USD for all other Nationalities. Please Note: Visas must be paid in USD, and in CASH. No bills can be older than 2006 as a local counterfeiting safeguard. A Single entry Visa is valid for 3 months and can be used for multiple entries into Kenya and Tanzania. It is also required that you have your Yellow Fever certification handy upon crossing. Enjoy a box lunch while you travel (included in tour price).

Overnight at Roika Lodge.

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Day 4: Tarangire-Ngorongoro

Your guide will meet you at the reception at an agreed time and you will depart to Ngorongoro.It will take two hours and twenty minutes to reach the crater rim itself.   The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera.  This geological masterpiece was formed as a result of an extremely large volcanic explosion which caused the volcano to collapse in on itself, thus creating a crater.  The crater is roughly 20 kilometers wide and some 2000 feet deep, making the trip from crater floor to rim around 45 minutes by 4x4.  The extremely fertile crater floor is the reason why there is such a highly concentrated amount of wildlife here.  Over 20000 mammals call the crater home, including some of the only remaining black rhinos in the world.  The crater floor also boasts one of the highest carnivore densities in the world including large prides of lions, packs of hyenas and solitary predators like cheetahs and jackals.  A keen eye and expertly recommended search patterns from your guide, may help you spot some of the less common species like leopards, servals, and bat-eared foxes.  Overnight at the Rhino Lodge.

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Day 5: Ngorongoro - Serengeti

Your guide will pick you up from the Ngorongoro Conservation area and drive you to the famous plains of the Serengeti.  On this drive you have the option of stopping at Olduvlai Gorge, the Serengeti welcome centre and lookout point, or stop for lunch at a picnic spot.  After entering Serengeti Park you will have the chance to enjoy game viewing as you drive through the park to your next accommodation. This drive takes 5 hours depending on the number of stops you make and how much game viewing you enjoy along the way.

The massive Olduvai Gorge or Oldupai Gorge is often referred to as “The Cradle of Mankind.”  Beginning in the eastern Serengeti plains, the gorge is roughly some 48 kilometers long.  Resulting from millions of years of natural erosion, this gorge boasts a steep-sided ravine that cuts and stretches its way through the Great Rift Valley along eastern Africa.  The gorge is named after a commonly used plant by the Masai people with the scientific name of Sansevieria-Ehrenbergii, or Oldupai for short. Overnight would be at the Serengeti Serena Lodge.

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Day 6: Serengeti

This morning’s African adventure begins with an exploratory game drive through Tanzania’s oldest and most recognized National Park, the Serengeti.  This location offers the most expansive game viewing in Tanzania. From predators to prey, great herds of grazing herbivores to tactically cunning packs of carnivores, life on the plains of the Serengeti can best be defined as a complete “circle of life.”  A photographic dream unfolds before your eyes as giraffes and elephants feast on tasty shrubbery, whilst impalas, gazelles and buffaloes dance carefully through the plains as to not become the latest meal for on-looking lions, cheetahs and hyenas.

Spend today searching out Impala, one of Africa's most beautiful and graceful animals. Previously thought to be part of the gazelle tribe, Impalas have been found to be so different that they are now classified as their own sub-family status. When frightened or startled the whole impala herd starts randomly leaping to confuse their predator. They can jump distances more than 10 meters (33 ft.) and 3 meters (9 ft.) high. Leopards, cheetah, lions and wild dogs prey on impala. Impala can reach running speeds of approximately 50 to 55 mph (80 to 90 km/h) to escape its predators. See if you can track these incredible animals!

Accommodation: Serenet Lodge.

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Day 7: Serengeti - Isebania - Masai Mara

We will drive you from Serengeti to the Isebania border.  Once there, you'll meet up with your Kenyan guide and continue into Kenya to the Masai Mara.  This full day commute includes game viewing in Serengeti and Masai Mara. The excursion will include a multi-hour drive across highway and bumpy patches of road to the border.  You'll have the option to enjoy a boxed lunch at Lake Victoria, visit a local fishing village, or simply drive straight to the border.

NOTE: This is a scenic drive through rural East Africa. A good part of this drive cuts across the national park so there is plenty of opportunities to still see amazing wildlife. Depending on your camp location and the stops on your game drive along the way, the drive to the Isebania Border is anywhere between 3-5 hours.

When traveling across the Kenyan-Tanzanian border a few things must occur.  Upon arrival to the Isebania Border Crossing, you will switch vehicles and guides according to the country you'll be entering.

After the Kenya/Tanzania border crossing, continue on to the Masai Mara with your Kenyan guide and vehicle. This last section of driving will be partly on highway and partly by dirt road. The last hour by dirt road can be longer in rainy season. Enjoy game viewing on the way to your lodge. The approximate total travel time between Masai Mara and Serengeti can range between 6 to 9 hours depending on road conditions, traffic and weather. Overnight at the Siana Springs Camp.

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Day 8: Masai Mara

Just like the local wildlife, you’ll head out bright and early this morning, alongside an experienced tracker-guide for the day’s first game drive.  The eco-diversity and sheer size of the Masai Mara Game Reserve provides the necessary requirements to house a wide range of animal species.  The most recognized are known worldwide as the African Big 5, which includes the African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Rhinoceros, Leopard, and the King of the beasts, the Lion.  The term Big 5 was coined by big-game hunters, as these species were the most difficult and dangerous to track and hunt.  Subsequently, the term was adopted by the tourism industry for marketing purposes, spinning a web of positivity opposed to the negative effect portrayed by the original terminology.  Numerous other species of bird and wildlife inhabit this dynamic location including Hyenas, Gazelles, Impalas, Giraffes, Zebras, Vultures, Cranes, Eagles, Falcons, and Ostriches.

Head out this afternoon, accompanied by an experienced tracker guide, on an exciting game viewing adventure.  Search some of the area’s wildlife hot-spots, determined by your guide, as have an understanding of the games daily routines through tracking.  Some wildlife, for instance the Leopard, is more difficult to spot than others. These spotted cats blend almost seamlessly into the tall grass and shrubbery, and are even more challenging to spot up in their favorite hangouts, the trees.  Your guide will take you to nearby watering holes, where on a hot day you’ll spot many bird and wildlife species, including the elusive Leopard. Overnight at the Ol Moran Camp

Accommodation:

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Day 9: Masai Mara - Naivasha

Your guide will drive you from Masai Mara to Naivasha, which will include short stop-overs for refreshments and souvenir's. This drive will take approximately 5 hours.

Sign up for optional activities on-site. Activities include Crescent Island boat tour, hiking and day trip excursions to Mt Longonot and Hell's Gate, or simply walk along the lakeshore and relax at your lodge.

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*ActDay 10: Naivasha - Nairobi

A local guide will drive you from Lake Naivasha, along the beautiful Rift Valley, to the urban city of Nairobi. This drive will take 1 and a half hours.

The opportunity to explore the local markets and shops presents itself today as so you can interact with the local vendors in search for the perfect handicraft or souvenir for yourself or your loved ones.

Before leaving that night, stop by the Kensington office for free use of Internet and lounge. If you like, we can make reservations for dinner at a local restaurant as well. Please let us know in advance and if you are vegetarian.

Activity fees vary and are paid on-site to the lodge and/or park authority.

4 reviews for Kenya&Tanzania Cradle of Mankind.

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    admin

    Hi World Escapes & Adventures team, Sorry for the delay, but you know how it is coming back after a long vacation! Overall, the trip was wonderful – definitely a bucket list dream come true! Botswana & Namibia, in particular, had been on my bucket list since I was a child. I think this was my first time staying in a Wilderness Safari lodge/camp – definitely impressed. Especially with their premier camps. At times, I could have used 1 more day here or 1 less day there, but generally speaking, 2-3 days seems about right. There were one or two misses in the airport between me & people there to collect me, but usually because they weren’t where I expected them to be or I didn’t see the sign they had. Mostly, they were in place & we were able to sync up. They definitely helped make the process smoother & easier. At Vumbura Plains, they had a hot bubble bath run for me upon me checking in & going to my room. That made my fricking day! LOL. I posted photos on social media
    bragging about how they were taking such good care of me! The food was pretty good & fairly consistent throughout.

    However, I wasn’t impressed with the food at two places primarily – Sabyinyo in Rwanda & Onguma the Fort in Namibia. I realize they are some of the better places to stay in those areas, and maybe that’s why I was a bit disappointed in the food – just didn’t seem to live up to the hype. Sabyinyo – I would definitely make sure people understand there’s a bit of uphill hiking to do to get to the room & around the lodge itself. Combined with the altitude, and/or if you’re not physically fit for hiking, just going to your room can tire you out! The boat ride in Swakopmund was a nice contrast to the desert & a chance to try Namibian oysters as well as learn some of the historical & economic aspects of the country. I enjoyed that, as did everyone else. Anyway, those are some things that immediately come to mind. If I think of anything else, I’ll be sure to shoot you an email. Thanks for everything!
    Grace M.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    admin

    We had good game viewing although there were tse-tse flies around. You should not wear dark colors especially dark blue and black as they say it attracts the flies.
    We saw the river crossing, Gnus in their thousands. We saw a large heard of gnus numbering in their thousands. It was a stunning safari drive surrounded by Zebras and lions on the endless plains. It is true that the Grumeti Crocodiles are the largest in Africa if not the World.
    On a side note, the camp had WI-FI which was welcome and a Large TV which was only used for World cup matches given the different nationalities of the people at the camp along with flowing alcohol, it was a potent combination of some raucous games at night.
    All in all we had a wonderful Safari and we are hoping to travel to South Africa with World Escapes hopefully in two years.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    admin

    Go with World Escapes for your safari! I did a 10-day package with them (Jan, 2020). After checking with several safari companies (both U.S. and abroad) World Escapes had the best price. I went on a Tanzania safari which included Lake Manyara, Serengeti, and then Ngorongoro Crater. Afterwards, I flew to Zanzibar Island for a few days and stayed at a wonderful east coast beach resort.

    I was so thankful to have Napthtally organizing my trip. I thought it would be tough doing everything by email, but he was very prompt (and patient!) in answering my questions and was very accommodating to my preferences.

    I had late notice that I had to do the trip alone, and being a single female in a very foreign country made me a bit panicked. However, Napthtally was very reassuring (even through emails) that he would arrange for everything and that I would be taken care of every step of the way. He was not lying! He was waiting on me with a warm greeting when I arrived at Nairobi’s airport. I stayed at a fantastic and historic hotel: the Stanley Hotel. At no point on my trip did I feel unsafe or confused as to what I was doing or where I was going because there was always someone meeting me and taking me to where I needed to go! It was good to feel secure.

    My last night before I flew home Naph took me to Carnivore Restaurant. Ask anyone who’s been to Nairobi, and they will mention this famous restaurant. He was great dinner company and the food was meat heaven.

    One caution: If I could do anything different, I would have wired the money before I went to Kenya. I found out when I got there that it’s a pain to convert and pay for the safari with traveller’s checks – even though I went to a large bank in downtown Nairobi. It would have made my first day less complicated.

    In case your curious, here’s a list of the places I stayed. I love to camp and I was on a budget, so these places aren’t luxurious, but they were VERY NICE tented lodges and I have no complaints about any of them!

    Lake Manyara – Mgunga Forest Camp (monkeys outside your tent – sooo cool!)

    Serengeti – Ikoma Safari Camp (friendly service)

    Ngorongoro Crater – Crater Forest Camp (wonderful!)

    Zanzibar Island – Mtemwe Beach (best food and an awesome, clean beach!)

    Asante sana, Napthtally, for making my trip a good experience and a very memorable one. I hope to see you again soon!

    June in Ohio

  4. Rated 4 out of 5

    admin

    An incredible trip that worked out very well, considering the number of us and all the logistics like transport and flights that was involved. We learnt that wild animals are very unpredictable and that patience is the key if you want to have a great game viewing experience. I would recommend spending a little more time in one spot instead of rushing to the next sighting. Take for example a sleeping lion. We did and saw them mating after the safari vehicle left. The river crossing in Maasai Mara took a lot of patience. I am pretty much sure that we would have witnessed a croc attacking had we spent a little more time in the same spot. Pure luck helps too as does being in the right place at the right time- our leopard Kill for example was luck, also my finest moments of the safari are not the finest sightings but rather those silent moments in the Maasai Mara and Serengeti plains waiting for action but at the same time being in absolute awe of the natural beauty unfolding in front of our
    eyes. Saving the best for last did not work for us, the best was front loaded in the Maasai Mara and the presumed sure thing-the Ngorongoro Crater turned out to be a bit of an off day for us but even down there I realized just how fortunate we were and the incredible scenery. We had no idea however that the Migration would be so early in the Mara this year and the Western Serengeti was supposed to be the best chance of seeing the Migration.
    We saw the animals in the wild and hoped for more except a cheetah. The leopard kill , the morning with the pride of Lions and zebras in the Mara and the river crossings with thousands of gnu in the Serengeti, the misty sunrises amidst the acacia trees will stay with me forever.
    I hope in some small way we contributed to the continued sustaining of the ecosystem and that the private conservancies will continue doing a great job employing the Masai and other local people and making them realize the animals are definitely worth saving.
    We hope to return.

    Asante sana.

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