Kenya & Tanzania, Luxury Cross Boarder Safari: 10 days

This 10-days luxury cross-border safari provides exclusive adventure as you discover spectacular landscapes, wildlife environments and varied African cultures. Lake Nakuru, Maasai Mara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater are certainly the most spectacular safari destinations in Eastern Africa. The tour starts in Nairobi (Kenya) and ends in Arusha (Tanzania).

Additionally to wildlife and game-viewing you are able to interact with the local people in the villages. Most tourists are driven past unique community areas leaving only trails of dust but South Expedition Africa includes visits to the villages to enhance a deep understanding of African culture. We support the community initiatives and ecotourism projects to ensure that the benefits from tourism reach the locals directly.

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Day 1:
Depart Nairobi passing through the Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru National Park for game viewing. Lake Nakuru is a small picturesque park with an incomparable chance of seeing the scarce black and white rhino as well as the elusive leopard and the uncommon Rothschild's giraffe at close range. It has also had almost 400 species of birds and  thousands of flamingo that crowd the shoreline of Lake Nakuru. Overnight at Elementaita Country Lodge (or similar).

Day 2:
Visit a local Kikuyu homestead at Elementita in the morning morning to get some insights into the small scale farming culture of the Kikuyu Bantu people. Drive to small Maasai village at a spot christened Maji Moto (hot springs) on the northern tip of the Loita hills. You spend time in true Maasailand and freely visit Maasai Bomas to witness the work and life of women and children. Overnight camp under giant euphorbia trees, in large safari tents, beds and en suite.

Day 3:
Early morning hike led by Maasai Morans guide and trek to the Loita plains or hills. Enjoy striking views while spotting wild animals and birds. Watch warrior training activities like body decoration, spear throwing and arrow shooting. learn about wilderness survival tactics like making fire from rubbing sticks and healing herbs used by the locals. After lunch drive to Maasai Mara National Reserve, which is probably the best game reserve in East Africa. Enjoy a late afternoon game drive where you most likely see elephants, buffaloes lions, zebras, giraffes and birds in their natural habitat. Overnight at Mara Simba Lodge (or similar).

Day 4:
Start the day with an optional hot air balloon ride early in the morning. Enjoy a full day of game driving in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The most interesting annual event in Maasai Mara is the Wildebeest migration that occurs between the months of July and September. Every July, millions of wildebeests and zebra move from Serengeti to Maasai Mara on their annual migration, attracting an entourage of cheetahs, lions and other predators. Overnight at Mara Simba Lodge (or similar).

Day 5:
Drive to Lake Victoria and enjoy a last Maasai Mara game drive en-route. If the road conditions are well we go through the shorter Olololo route to Isibania/Sirari for border crossing and lunch break. 3 hours drive through farmland to Speke Bay Lodge where you enjoy sight seeing and explorations on the shores of Lake Victoria. Overnight at Speke Bay Lodge (or similar).

Day 6:
Enjoy a boat ride on Lake Victoria after breakfast. Drive to Serengeti National Park and access the park through the Ndabaka gate and amazing Western Corridor. "Serengeti" means "endless plains" in Maasai language. The park is most famous for its annual migration of over one and a half million white bearded wildebeests, more than 250,000 zebras and many crocodiles. Serengeti National Park is widely regarded as the best wildlife reserve in Africa due to its density of predators and prey. Overnight at Seronera Wildlife Lodge.

Day 7:
Enjoy a full day of game drives in Serengeti National Park. Depending on the time of the year and position of the migratory herds you can expect to see wildebeest, lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, hippos, rhinos, bat-eared fox, golden backed jackal and hundreds of birds like the beautiful Purple Grenadier or the Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu. Overnight at Serenera Wildlife Lodge.

Day 8:
Enjoy a game drive early in the morning before breakfast. Drive to Ngorongoro Crater and enjoy a last game-viewing drive in Serengeti en-route. Stopover at the Olduvai Gorge an archaeological site where anthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey excavated many fossils of early mankind. Visit a local Maasai village and meet the Tanzania Maasai tribesmen to witness some of their longstanding traditions. Overnight Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge (or similar).

Day 9:
The hike to the Ngorongoro Crater starts early in the morning. We descend to the floor of the crater for game viewing. The Ngorongoro Crater is a large, unbroken and unflooded volcanic caldera. The crater was formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself some two to three million years ago. Most of the wildlife remains in the crater all year-round because of permanent water supply and a precise balance of predator and prey. Therefore you can expect to see lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes and many birds. Overnight Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge (or similar).

Day 10:
Drive to Mto wa Mbu. Explore the cultural melting pot in Mto wa Mbu village and enjoy a walk through surrounding farmlands and villages. After an African lunch at the Boma camp we arrive Arusha where the unforgettable adventure ends.

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