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Suggested African Safari Itineraries

At Africa Serendipity, we custom design all safari itineraries to meet our individual client’s wishes. Though it is rare that any two itineraries will be exactly the same, there are certain locations in both Kenya and Tanzania that seem to appeal to the majority of clients for whom we plan African safaris.

In order to get you started with ideas of what your African safari might look like, below you will find suggestions of the kinds of safari itineraries that can be arranged – as is, or modified in any combination of ways, to meet whatever you desire your safari to be.

These itineraries assume driving to and from and between locations, except where we suggest that flying to/from would be the most efficient means of transport.

Booking a Kenya Safari

“BEST OF KENYA” – 6 Days
Begins / Ends in Nairobi – Mt. Kenya (1), Samburu (2), Masai Mara (3)
Drive from Nairobi to Mt. Kenya area where you will be able to view the animals that come to the “salt-lick” at night; depart by road north to Samburu and your lodging where you will enjoy two game drives (morning and afternoon) while here; fly the Masai Mara and be transferred to your lodge/camp to enjoy two game drives daily; drive or fly to Nairobi. All meals included while on safari.
– Fly to (from) Masai Mara

“CLASSIC KENYA” – 8 Days
Begins / Ends in Nairobi – Aberdares (1), Samburu (2), Nanyuki (1), Lake Nakuru (1), Masai Mara (3)
Drive from Nairobi to the Aberdares for lunch then transfer to The Ark for overnight where you will view the animals that come to the “salt-lick” from dusk on; depart by road north to Samburu and your lodging to enjoy two game drives during your stay; driving south to Nanyuki for overnight at Sweetwater’s on private concession lands and visit Jane Goodall Chimp Sanctuary; drive to Lake Nakuru where you will have game drives and see the flamingoes for which this area is known; early start for the drive to the Masai Mara to enjoy two game drives daily; return to Nairobi by road. All meals included while on safari.

“KENYA OFF THE BEATEN PATH” – 13 Days
Begins / Ends in Nairobi – Meru (3), Laikipia (3), Masai Mara (4), Shompole (3)
Fly from Nairobi to Meru where you will be transferred to your lodging, here you will enjoy two game drives daily; fly to Laikipia and be driven to your lodging – time here is on your schedule as you wish with choice of game drives, game walks, camel safaris, fishing, village visits; option – one-night at “Starbeds”; fly to Masai Mara and be transferred to your lodge/camp with two game drives daily or walks and bush meals during your stay; fly to Shompole, an alternative to the beach for R&R… an ideal spot at which to conclude your safari; fly to Nairobi. All meals included while on safari.
- Fly to/from/between

Beach and Island Escape mini-packages can be added to any of the game viewing safaris:

“MOMBASA ESCAPE” – 3 Days – Fly to/from

“MALINDI or LAMU ISLAND ESCAPES” – 3 days – Fly to/from

“WEDDINGS and MARRIAGE VOW-RENEWAL CEREMONIES” – Official/legal or traditional tribal weddings or marriage vow-renewal ceremonies can be arranged while on safari or at your beach resort. Ask for details.

Booking a Tanzania Safari

“CLASSIC TANZANIA - – 7 Days
Begins / Ends in Arusha – Tarangire (2), Ngorongoro Crater (1), Serengeti* (3), Lake Manyara (1)
(* Southern, Central, Western or Northern Serengeti (3) – depending on season) Drive from Arusha to Tarangire, enjoying your first game drive as you enter the park area, arriving at your lodging, enjoy two game drives (morning and afternoon) the next day; drive to the Ngorongoro Crater for afternoon crater tour; next morning optional crater tour; drive with stop at the Oldupai Gorge, continuing onto the Serengeti, enjoying game drive along the way to your lodging and two games drives the following days; drive or fly from the Serengeti to Lake Manyara and transfer to your lodging, here to enjoy game drives; return by road to Arusha. All meals included while on safari.
– Drive from Southern or Central Serengeti or Fly from Western or Northern Serengeti to Lake Manyara

“TANZANIA’S TREASURES” – 7 or 8 Days
Begins / Ends in Arusha – Northern Serengeti (3), Central Serengeti (1), Ngorongoro Crater (2), Lake Manyara* (1)
(*or Tarangire (2) – Depending on season)
Fly from Arusha to the Northern Serengeti and transfer to your lodging, here you will enjoy two game drives daily; drive south to the Central Serengeti enjoying game drive along the way, arrive at your lodging, to enjoy a late afternoon game drive; from here travel with a stop at Oldupai Gorge to your lodging at the Ngorongoro Crater for afternoon crater tour; next morning optional crater tour; drive to Lake Manyara lodging and enjoy an afternoon game drive; return to Arusha by road. All meals included while on safari.
– Fly to Northern Serengeti

“TANZANIA UNDER CANVAS” – 9 Days
Begins / Ends in Arusha – Tarangire (3), Ngorongoro Crater (2), Serengeti (3), Lake Manyara (1)
Drive from Arusha to Tarangire and enjoy your first game drive entering the park on way to your camp, enjoy two game drives daily; continue by road to the Ngorongoro Crater arriving at your camp site, and afternoon crater tour; next morning optional crater tour; continue by road with a stop at the Oldupai Gorge to the Serengeti enjoying game drive along the way to your camp, enjoy two game drives daily over the next days, and/or game walks; drive to Lake Manyara to your camp and enjoy afternoon game drive, and morning game drive the following day when returning by road to Arusha. All meals included while on safari.

“SOUTHERN TANZANIA” – 7 Days
Begins / Ends in Dar-es-Salaam – The Selous (4), Ruaha (3)
Fly from Dar-es-Salaam to The Selous and transfer to your lodging where you will enjoy game drives, game walks and river safaris during your stay; fly onto Ruaha and transfer to your lodging, to enjoy game drives and game walks daily; fly to Dar-es-Salaam. All meals included while on safari.
– Fly to/from/between

Island Escape mini-packages can be added onto any of the above safaris:

“THE SPICE ISLAND ESCAPE” – 3 Days
Zanzibar Island – Accommodations are available, at every budget throughout Zanzibar, including charming B&Bs in the World Heritage Site of Stone Town.
– Fly to/from Dar-es-Salaam or Arusha

“MNEMBA ISLAND PRIVATE RETREAT” – 3 Days
Mnemba Island Lodge – Located off the coast of Zanzibar, this is a private single resort island, all inclusive.
– Fly to/from Dar-es-Salaam or Arusha or Nairobi (Closed April-May)

“MAFIA ISLAND DIVE ESCAPE” – 3 Days
Kinasi Lodge or Pole Pole Lodge – Ideal for dive aficionados. Deep-sea fishing is also available.
– Fly to/from Dar-es-Salaam (Closed from after Easter to June 1)

“WEDDINGS and MARRIAGE VOW-RENEWAL CEREMONIES”
Official/legal or traditional tribal weddings or marriage vow-renewal ceremonies can be arranged while on safari or at your beach resort. Ask for details.

Booking an African Safari itinerary in Kenya and Tanzania

“EAST AFRICA EXPLORER” – 9 Days
Begins in Nairobi / Ends in Arusha – Amboseli (2), Masai Mara (3), Tarangire (2), Ngorongoro Crater (2)
Drive from Nairobi to your Amboseli lodging where you will enjoy two daily game drives (morning and afternoon); fly via Nairobi to the Masai Mara lodging, to enjoy two game drives daily; fly to Nairobi and transfer to fly to Arusha/Kilimanjaro, Tanzania where you will have a late lunch; continue onto Tarangire where you will have two daily game drives; drive to your lodging at the Ngorongoro Crater, enjoy afternoon crater tour; next morning optional crater tour before returning by road to Arusha. All meals included while on safari.
– Fly from Amboseli; Fly to/from Masai Mara; Fly to Arusha/Kilimanjaro

“EAST AFRICA ODYSSEY” – 13 Days
Begins in Arusha / Ends in Nairobi – Lake Manyara (1), Ngorongoro Crater (1), Serengeti (3), Nairobi (1), Sweetwater’s/Ol Pejeta (1), Samburu (2), Mt. Kenya (1), Masai Mara (3)
Drive from Arusha to Lake Manyara and your lodging, enjoy afternoon game drive and morning game drive next day; continue by road to the Ngorongoro Crater for afternoon crater tour; next morning optional crater tour, afternoon at leisure; continue by road with a stop at the OlduPai Gorge then to the Serengeti enjoying game drive along the way, enjoy two game drives daily; fly from the Serengeti to Arusha/Kilimanjaro; fly to Nairobi where you will have the afternoon for optional tours/shopping and overnight; drive north to Sweetwater’s/Ol Pejeta where you visit the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Sanctuary; continue north to Samburu, enjoying an afternoon game drive, then two game drives the next day; drive south to Mt. Kenya for an overnight at the world famous Mt. Kenya Safari Club; fly to the Masai Mara and be transferred to your lodging, enjoying two game drives daily; fly to Nairobi. All meals included while on safari.
– Fly from Serengeti to Arusha/Kilimanjaro; Fly to Nairobi; Fly to/from Masai Mara

“PANORAMA MIGRATION” SAFARI – 14 Days
Begins in Arusha / Ends in Nairobi – Tarangire (2), Ngorongoro Crater (2), Central Serengeti (1), Western or Northern Serengeti (3), Amboseli (2), Masai Mara (4)
Drive from Arusha to Tarangire, enjoy your first game drive upon entering the park and morning and afternoon game drives the next day; drive to the Ngorongoro Crater for afternoon crater tour; next morning optional crater tour, afternoon at leisure; continue by road with a stop at the Oldupai Gorge to the Central Serengeti enjoying game drive along the way to your lodge; next morning continue onto the Western or Northern Serengeti (depending on season) enjoying game drive along the way to your camp, you will have two game drives daily while here; fly to Arusha where you will transfer by road via the Namanga border into Kenya on your way to Amboseli, here to enjoy afternoon game drive and two game drives the following day; fly via Nairobi to the Masai Mara and be transferred to your lodging to enjoy two game drives daily during your stay, fly to Nairobi. All meals included while on safari.
– Fly from Western or Northern Serengeti to Arusha; Fly to/from Masai Mara
– Ideal for period July thru October

Contact us for accommodation choices and prices on any of these itineraries, or with your own ideas for an outstanding African safari in Kenya or Tanzania or both.

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