The Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtakingly beautiful setting and the best place in Tanzania to see the Big Five. However, as one of the world's most astonishing and renowned natural wonders, the Ngorongoro Crater does get busy, and at times very busy. Due to the crowds we recommend a two-night stay only here, then moving on to the Serengeti for a quieter, more private safari experience.
Embark on an exciting expedition with Gid Tours & Travels, starting from an exciting safari to jaw dropping scenic beauty. Let every moment of this leisure become a spectacular experience for you.
You'll be collected from the airport (or hotel).
Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.
Day 1: Nairobi
You will be pick up from the airport to your hotel by a tour guide after which you will be given pre-departure meeting in the office. Then you will be taken to your hotel where you will spent the whole night waiting for the tour journey to begin after having your breakfast.
Day 2: Nairobi to Lake Elementaita
Morning Picked up from your hotel and driven to Jacaranda Lake Elementaita Lodge. On arrival you get a welcome drink and shown to your room. After lunch take a late afternoon guided leisure walk along the bird rich lake. End up at the hot spring for a relaxing dip. Return to the lodge for dinner and campfire thereafter.
Day 3: Lake Nakuru National Park
You will wake up for a morning breakfast. Then depart to lake Nakuru.
Today you will have full day game drive with picnic lunch in the park,
On arrival you will head to the park for game drives in search for the big five animals i.e. lion, rhino, leopard and cheetah and more other animals. Lake Nakuru is famous for its millions of flamingos and migrant birds from over the world, in Nakuru we have up to 425 different bird species. You will leave back to the lodge before dark for your dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Masai Mara Game Reserve
Early Morning breakfast the drive through the Great Rift Valley on to Kenya's premier wildlife reserve. In the afternoon we will arrive in the area, and get settled at our safari lodge, our base for our time here. Then we head out for a late afternoon game viewing drive, with excellent chances of seeing the big five animals which are lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino. The varied wildlife and natural environment come together to provide a spectacular safari experience. The Masai Mara also spelled Maasai Mara is a game reserve in south-western Kenya, which is effectively the northern continuation of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.
Day 5: Masai Mara national Reserve
In the morning after long and sound full sleep, tea or coffee and cookies will be served in the campsite, set out for an early morning game drive in the reserve. This is usually the most popular game viewing time. During the early hours temperatures are low, thus providing a favourable atmosphere both for the game and the viewer. Lion, cheetah and Leopard roam the vast grasslands in search for their next prey, it may be an unsuspecting impala or even a small one like the warthog. Whatever the players, the spectacle of nature unfolding is always awe inspiring.
Day 6: From Maasai Mara to Amboseli National Park
We depart to Amboseli via Nairobi in the morning after breakfast and drive south through Masai country to the plains below Mt. Kilimanjaro where Amboseli is situated. After a picnic lunch en-route. With the majestic backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro, spectacular displays of wildlife animals like lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, cheetah, buffalo and various plains, platues game, postcard perfect pictures are almost always guaranteed and finally you will return to your hotel.
Day 7: Amboseli National Park
Spend a whole day in Amboseli National Park, with morning and afternoon game drives. This park is termed as an Animal's paradise. Visit Masai Village and learn their rich culture at an extra cost. In the early evening, the clouds clear, exposing the snow -capped dome of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Day 8: Amboseli-Arusha-Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast you will drive out of the park with the view of Mt Kilimanjaro, then drive to the boarder of Tanzania and Kenya at Namanga boarder, After the immigration clearance, you will be transferred to lake Manyara for its famous Tree climbing lions, You will arrive in for early game drive at 12 pm you will set your early lunch then by 1500 hrs you will leave for afternoon game drive.
Day 9: Lake Manyara-Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, we will be transferring to the famous Serengeti National Park. This park is to Tanzania, what the Masai Mara Game Reserve is to Kenya. Covering 14,763 sq km, the Serengeti NP is dominated by vast, open plains with an abundance of wildlife. A picnic lunch will be provided en route, and the afternoon will be spent viewing game and absorbing the breathtaking scenery of the almost treeless plains of the Serengeti. After an early breakfast we will proceed on an early morning game drive, returning for a hearty lunch. After a brief rest, there will be an afternoon game drive to further explore this world-famous park. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti green hills Tented Camp.
Day 10: Serengeti-Ngorongoro Crater
We will transfer to the Ngorongoro crater, via Olduvai Gorge. Ngorongoro is an impressive 20 km wide volcanic crater with 600 m walls. The views from the crater rim are breathtaking, and there is an ever-present abundance of wildlife, due to the permanent water supply on the crater floor. Olduvai Gorge is famed for the discovery of 3.5 million year-old fossil fragments of an early human civilization. We will enjoy lunch overlooking the crater, and the afternoon will be spent at leisure. We will embark on a half-day crater tour, overnight at Octagon Lodge.
Day 11: Ngorongoro Crater-Arusha-Zanzibar
After breakfast you will be driven back to Arusha for your flight to Zanzibar Island. Upon arrival in Zanzibar, you will meet Zanzibar Ocean Blue chauffeur and take you to retreat Resort. You will have good time. This will be your residence for the next 4 days-relaxing.
Day 12: Zanzibar
Today after you enjoy your full buffet breakfast, you will enjoy a full day uninterrupted relaxing time. After the long game drives viewing wildlife, you will be having free time in a cool and quite environment. This day will be well spent in the beach.
Day 13: Zanzibar Island
Today you go on an excursion to the spice and fruit plantations close to Stone town for the famous Spice Tour. We have developed a special Spice Tour with in depth information not only about spices, but also organically grown herbs and a detailed description about their traditional uses in medicine cosmetics and cooking. After the tour we invite for an opulent lunch at our guides’ home, where you can taste the spices and fruits.
Day 14: Zanzibar-Nairobi
After a luxurious Safari experience and a relaxing beach holiday, bid farewell to Tanzania as you are transferred to the airport for your flight home (via Nairobi ).
End of tour
Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
You'll be dropped off at the airport (or hotel).
Park fees(For non-residents)
All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
All accommodation(Unless listed as upgrade)
A professional driver/guide
All transportation(Unless labeled as optional)
Roundtrip airport transfer
Meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
International flights(From/to home)
Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
Some meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)