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12-DAY TSAVO EAST WEST AMBOSELI LAKE NAKURU MAASAI MARA GAME RESERVE SAFARI

Amboseli National Park is in southern Kenya. It’s known for its large elephant herds and views of immense Mount Kilimanjaro, across the border in Tanzania. Observation Hill offers panoramas of the peak and the park’s plains and swamps. Varied wildlife includes giraffes, zebras, cheetahs and hundreds of bird species.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $3484 - $3634
Includes internal flights: Yes
Length of safari: 12 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Kenya Kenya
Parks visited: Amboseli, Masai Mara, Tsavo, Lake Nakuru
Activity level: Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
  • Big five
  • Night drive
  • Cultural
  • Birding
This is a simple and enjoyable 12 day en route, just design in consideration with our client test for their preferences .An amazing opportunity to offer the best to our client out of his or her trip.
Day 1: Nairobi Masai Mara After breakfast you will be pick up by Kenya Walking Survivors Safaris driver-guide, thereafter you will be driven towards the escarpment into the Great Rift Valley where you will have good photos of the Rift at the view point. Continue with you drive via Narok town to Maasai Mara National reserve. You will have your lunch en route and on arrival if time allows you will head to the reserve for your evening game drive. Later head to the campsite for dinner and overnight. Masai Mara is the land of the Masai tribe. The proud young Maasai warrior-nomads with their plaited hair, red cloaks, and spears, challenge your curiosity. The 700-square-mile Game Reserve is the Africa of your dreams, complete with wild animals grazing amid the superb rolling landscape of gentle hills and acacia woodlands. • Main destination: Masai Mara National Reserve • Accommodation: Wajee Mara Camp - Budget tented camp located at Masai Mara • Meals & drinks: All meals & drinking water included (Other drinks not included) • http://wajeemaracamp.co.ke/ Day 2: Masai Mara Full Day Optional: Today there will be a possibility to take a hot air balloon ride. "Take to the skies for the ultimate Maasai Mara wildlife adventure, soaring in a hot air balloon over herds of game to the inner reaches of the Mara. You'll ascend in the early morning, when winds are calmest. Watch as the professional crew fills the balloon with hot air. Slowly the big, colorful bag begins to bulge and take shape. Now board the traditional wicker gondola basket while the expert pilot makes final adjustments. As the pink and red fireball of the sun rises in splendor over the plains, you're up, up and away - for the flight of a lifetime! Your balloon can soar over the most inaccessible and undisturbed parts of the Mara, with only the intermittent whisper of the balloon's gas burners punctuating the silence of your majestic flight. Because wind and weather conditions vary, every flight is a new and different experience! From your vantage point about 50-500 feet above the reserve, you have a fantastic 360-degree bird's-eye view as one of the most dramatic scenes in nature unfolds beneath you. Depending on the season, you might witness herds of antelope flowing like schools of fish across the plain, groups of elephants grazing undisturbed in a remote ravine, lionesses stealthily stalking a herd of grunting wildebeest, or zebras conferring in a confusion of black and white stripes and bark-like calls. After your incredible flight, it's time to come back down to earth for breakfast. As you sip champagne and dig into a splendid breakfast of sizzling bacon, eggs, sausage, home-made breads, fresh tropical fruit and steaming cups of Kenyan coffee or tea under the clear blue sky, you might wonder what all the ordinary people are doing on this perfect African morning! Before leaving, the pilot will present you with your balloon flight certificate, and then you'll enjoy a game drive en route back to the camp. No flight of the imagination can match this airborne experience! Note: Comfortable clothes, a hat or visor, sunglasses, sunscreen and a light jacket or sweater are recommended. This tour will be offered at a very special price if booked together with the safari. Otherwise: After your breakfast you will leave with your picnic lunch for a full day game drive in the reserve in search of the big five as well as other numerous plain animals. You will have a lunch break in the reserve after which continue with your game drive till evening when you will return to your campsite for dinner and overnight. You will have an opportunity to see Lion, Cheetah and Leopard roam the vast grasslands in search for their next meal, 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! . • Main destination: Masai Mara National Reserve • Accommodation: Wajee Mara Camp - Budget tented camp located at Masai Mara • Meals & drinks: All meals & drinking water included (Other drinks not included) • http://wajeemaracamp.co.ke/ Day 3: Lake Naivasha to Arusha After your breakfast then depart to Arusha via Nairobi. Our journey will take us across the border of Kenya into Tanzania. Once on the border you will clear with the immigration procedures and then continue with your drive arriving in the picturesque town of Arusha in time for lunch. Arusha sits at the foot of rugged Mount Meru, and is the gateway to most of Tanzania's safari areas. The afternoon will be spent at leisure. Later in the evening settle down for dinner and overnight • Main destination: Arusha • Accommodation: The Charity Hotel - Mid Range Hotel in Arusha • Meals & drinks: All meals & drinking water included (Other drinks not included) • http://www.thecharityhotel.com/ Day 4 : Arusha - Serengeti National Park After breakfast you will be transferred 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 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 led by Kenya Walking Survivors Safaris guide and absorbing the breathtaking scenery of the almost treeless plains of the Serengeti. You will continue with your game drive till late in the evening when you will be transferred to your campsite for dinner and overnight. • Main destination: Masai Mara National Reserve • Accommodation: Wajee Mara Camp - Budget tented camp located at Masai Mara • Meals & drinks: All meals & drinking water included (Other drinks not included) • http://wajeemaracamp.co.ke/ Day 5 : Ngorongoro Crater After breakfast you will have game drive en route as you depart Serengeti for 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. Later you will be transferred to your lodge for dinner and overnight • Main destination: Ngorongoro Crater • Accommodation: Octagon Lodge - Mid Range Lodge in Karatu • Meals & drinks: All meals & drinking water included (Other drinks not included) • http://www.octagonlodge.com/ Day 6: Karatu - Moshi Today you will wake in the morning, after breakfast you will drive to Moshi town with lunch en route. A pre-departure group meeting with your mountain guide is scheduled for the early evening. Situated in the heart of a major coffee growing region, Moshi is an attractive small town of about 150,000 people and it lies at the base of Kilimanjaro. Despite the teasing proximity of snow-capped Kilimanjaro, Moshi is not the cool highland settlement you might expect. Instead, lying at an altitude of 810 meters, it has a surprisingly humid, sticky climate, reminiscent of the coast. Moshi means smoke in Swahili, but the origin of this name is something of a mystery. Day 7: Machame Gate to Machame Camp (B,L,D) Hiking Time: 6-7 hrs Total Distance: 18km Starting Altitude: 1490m Final Altitude: 2980m Habitat: Montane (rain) Forest After breakfast, we drive approximately 1 hour drive to the village of Machame. Depending on the condition of the road, it may be possible to drive 3km further from the village to the Machame gate of the Mt. Kilimanjaro National Park (1815m). After registering at the gate office, you start your ascent and enter the lush rain forest. Here, you will listen to the sounds of many exotic birds, and may even see monkeys such as the black & white colobus - these monkeys are black with a long 'cape' of white hair and a flowing white tail. Most of today's day is spent in the gorgeous and fascinating forested slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, most of which is considered to be rainforest zone. It is very possible that we will see some rain today, or that at least the trail will be moist and soggy, and possibly muddy. We cover a lot of distance today, though the gradient is gradual. We climb the lower slopes of the mountain, ending at the Machame Campsite, just beyond the rain forest and within the fascinating heath-land. Day 8: Machame Camp to Shira 2 Camp (B,L,D) Hiking Time: 6-7 hrs Total Distance: 9km Starting Altitude: 2980m Final Altitude: 3840m Habitat: Moorland Rise early and climb steeply through the heath land of savannah, and trees such as Giant Heather and Erica. You will reach a gentler ascent through the lower alpine moorland, which is notable for beautiful wild alpine flowers and the unique giant lobelia and giant groundsel (senecio kilimanjari) plants. If its a clear day, you will have direct views of Kibo, the peak and ultimate goal of your adventure. After a short lunch and rest, traverse across the Shira plateau west towards a river gorge, and finally you will reach the Shira campsite. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing. Day 9: Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp (B,L,D) Hiking Time: 7-8 hrs Total Distance: 15km Starting Altitude: 3840m Final Altitude: 3950m (via 4630m) Habitat: Montane Semi-Desert Today we turn east and continue to climb "pole pole" (slowly, slowly) through increasingly rocky and barren terrain. We have lunch and ascend the rocky scree path to the Lava Tower (4630m). The trek now starts to become more difficult, as the trail steepens, and most hikers start to feel the affects of the altitude, such as weakness and lack of breathe. From the Lava Tower, we descend steeply for 2 hours down more than 600m into the Great Barranco Valley. This descent affords fantastic views and some great photo opportunities of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. You will also feel here the clear benefits of this acclimatization day as we lose altitude down to the camp. Barranco Camp is set on a col (flat area) enclosed on three sides by the Breach Walls, and the Kibo massif itself. Hanging glaciers glint in the sunshine above, amidst the eerie landscape of plants such as the giant groundsels, and the uniquely endemic Giant Lobelia. This is definitely the toughest day so far, but incredibly beautiful. Day 10: Barranco camp to Barafu camp (B,L,D) Hiking Time: 7-8 hrs Total Distance: 13km Starting Altitude: 3950m Final Altitude: 4550m Habitat: Alpine Desert Today we tackle the Great Barranco Wall - an imposing face above your camp. A steady climb up the eastern wall takes us just below the Heim Glacier, where we may have some awesome views of Kilimanjaro. Our trail continues down into the Karanga Valley, and then joins up with the Mweka route - our descent trail. In this valley, your porters will stop to collect water, as there will be none further up. Here the temperature will grow colder as we follow the trail climbing through this empty and dry landscape up to Barafu Camp. The two peaks Kibo and Mawenzi can been seen from our camp. Barafu is the Swahili word for "ice", and the camping area is on a ridge in an narrow and exposed flat area. Here there are ever-present gale winds that come off the mountain peaks. In preparation for your final ascent the same night, you will familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark, and prepare your equipment and thermal clothing for the summit attempt. Sleep may be difficult, but you will lie down after dinner to rest for the 1345m final ascent. Day 11: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp (B,L,D)Hiking Time: 7 hrs to summit, 7-8hrs descent Total Distance: 7km to summit, 23km descent Starting Altitude: 4550m Summit Altitude: 5895m - Uhuru Peak Final Altitude: 3100m Habitat: Stone Scree, ice capped summit, Alpine desert Today you will be woken at approximately in time to leave camp by around 12am, and after a warm drink and a light snack, you will begin the most difficult though most rewarding day of the trek - your hike up to the top of Africa. Climbing through the dark, you will ascend northwest on rough scree passing between the Rebmann and Tarzel glaciers. After approximately 6 hours of slow but strenuous hiking, you will reach the rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5685m. It is here where you will be rewarded with a breath-taking sunrise (weather permitting), which we enjoy while taking a short rest. From Stella Point the trail is normally snow-covered, and every step of the 3 hour ascent to Uhuru peak is challenging. At 5895m, Uhuru, which means "freedom" in Swahili, is the highest point in Africa. Take a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment, as this is day to remember for the rest of your life! The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions; the temperatures range from just below freezing at midnight, to between -12 C to -23 C just before dawn. We start back down the same trail, and descend back to Barafu camp. Here you will have a well earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear. We then head down the rock and scree path into the moorland zone, reaching the forest, and eventually arriving at Mweka hut in the late afternoon. Today is the longest, and the most mentally and physically challenging of the trek. But a day that will stay with you forever, as you conquered the heights of Kilimanjaro. Day 12: Descent - Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Moshi (B,L,D) Hiking Time: 4-5 hrs Total Distance: 12km Starting Altitude: 3100m Final Altitude: 1980m Habitat: Montane Rain Forest At a much lower altitude than the last few mornings, today you will wake up full of oxygen and ready to descend the short hike to the Mweka Gate. Enjoy the forest on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and upon arrival at the Mweka gate, successful hikers will receive their summit certificates (gold for Uhuru Peale, Green for Stella point). From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village for lunch, normally a muddy 1 hour hike. Upon arrival to Moshi in the afternoon, relax, or have that much-deserved shower and congratulatory beverage. HAVE A WONDERFUL TOUR - SEE YOU ON THE ROAD…....... TOTAL COST PER PERSON IS USD $ 3,484 INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE • Accommodation as detailed in the itinerary • AMREF (Travel insurance) Flying doctors services in East Africa. (In case of emergency) • All meals noted in the itinerary. Each day generally includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner buffets consisting of both western and local dishes. • Transportation in standard game viewing safari vehicle complete with pop-up roof for easy viewing and photography • Every passenger is guaranteed a window seat. • Your driver/guide speaks English and has in-depth knowledge of the flora, fauna, landscape, and Kenyan culture safaris. • A minivan outfitted with two-way, long range high frequency radio communications equipment. • Each 4x4 Toyota Hiace minivan carries safari accessories including window sills, a first-aid kit, an ice-chest, and a fire extinguisher. • Bottled mineral water during game drives. • Park entrance fees and game drives as noted in the itinerary. • All government taxes, levies and fees • Pick up and drop off transfers NOT INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE • International airfares and departures taxes. • Personal communications charges for telephone calls, faxes, email, etc. • Tips and gratuities for your driver/guide. • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. (Bottled mineral water is provided in the minivan while on game drives.) • Laundry services. • Between meal snacks, parks, attractions, and events not included in your itinerary • Rain jackets, hand cloves • Balloon safari in Masai Mara (USD$ 475) per ride • Personal needs • Masai village visit (US$ 15 - 20) • Night game drive ($150 per person)

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Wajee Mara camp- http://wajeemaracamp.co.ke/
  • Charity Hotel - http://www.thecharityhotel.com/
  • Octagon Lodge -http://www.octagonlodge.com/
  • Machame Campsite

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