12-Day Wildlife and Beach Holiday Masai Mara to Zanzibar

12 Days

Trip info

  • 5 Star Hotels, Lodges & Tented Camps
  • Nairobi
  • All Year Round
  • Zanzibar
  • Guided
  • Available
  • All Meals
  • 4X4 Tour Van / Land Cruiser

Tour Overview

This Safari combines two famous East African countries Kenya & Tanzania Finishing in the island of Zanzibar. Start from Amboseli for the magnificent Kilimanjaro and the big herds of Elephants, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara & Serengeti for the big 5, Ngorongoro, And later fly to Zanzibar beaches. This safari will expose you to the best game parks in the East African region, filled with abundant and rare wildlife, diverse cultures, and landscapes. End your safari on the white sand beaches of Zanzibar.

Trip Attractions

  • Nairobi
  • Amboseli NP
  • Lake Nakuru NP
  • Masai Mara NR
  • Serengeti NP
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Zanzibar

Your Route

Your Itinerary

Our company representative will pick you up from the airport or your accommodation facility. After a short briefing about the safari, you will be handed over to your experienced driver guide in the morning for a scenic drive Southeast towards Amboseli National Park, arriving in good time for lunch. Embark on your first afternoon game drive exploring this acacia woodland, freshwater swamps, scrub brush, and open plains in search of wildlife returning at sunset for dinner and your overnight stay.

Amboseli National Park (392sq km) is famously known for the breathtaking view of Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest freestanding mountain on earth and the tallest in Africa (5895m). Amboseli is also an elephant’s paradise where the massive African savannah elephants roam from swamp to swamp grazing all day. Because of the abundance of water and pasture, other animals to be spotted here are cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, gnus, gazelles, hippos, and many others.

Leave the camp after breakfast, carrying your packed lunch to be enjoyed in the wild. Spend the whole day exploring the marshlands and swamps of Amboseli which are fed by subterranean water channels. Water is abundant throughout the year and so is the pasture. Elephants and various other herbivores are found here. Retreat to the lodge late in the afternoon after a long exploration of this 392sq km.

You'll also have an option of starting the day with an early morning game drive to search for animals when they're at their most active. Then return to the lodge for a relaxed breakfast and lunch.

Spend the hottest part of the day relaxing in the camp reading your favourite book or writing your journal about the safari or just listening to your favourite music while observing the birds. Don't stress, the animals will be doing the same. Afterwards, head off in the afternoon (4:00 pm) for another drive through the park. Return to the lodge at sunset for dinner and your overnight stay.

Today after an early breakfast, Drive west past Nairobi city for scenic views towards Lake Nakuru National Park. You will have a stopover at the spectacular Great Rift Valley viewpoint to stretch your legs and photograph the contrasting landscapes. Lunch today will be a local cuisine served at a local restaurant, en route to the park or an English buffet at your lodge/hotel. After lunch, proceed for a game drive in the park, and thereafter, check into your hotel later in the evening.

This is among Kenya's finest national parks. It is gorgeous all year round and boasts rocky escarpments, patches of yellow-barked acacia forest, and a waterfall. It is home to flamingos, both black and white rhinos, lions, leopards, buffaloes, and the endangered Rothschild's giraffe. The southern end of the lake is the best place to see wildlife. The forested area below the Rhino Cliff is a favourite lion-spotting point where lionesses love to sleep in the trees, and leopards frequent the same area.

Today after breakfast, you will drive through the Rift Valley floor to Masai Mara National Reserve arriving at the lodge in good time for lunch. Embark on your first game drive in the reserve this afternoon in search of the Big Five and other herbivores that roam around in this beautiful savanna. Return to your lodge at sunset for dinner and your overnight stay.

One of our favourite places to look for wildlife in Kenya is the Masai Mara National Reserve. That's because the wildlife here is incredible, with big cats (lions, leopards, and cheetahs) and elephants among the highlights. There's a very good chance you'll also see giraffes, buffaloes, wildebeests, zebras, hippos, hyenas, and, of course, impalas. And bring your binoculars, because more than 500 species of birds have been recorded in the reserve. It's a place of beautiful savannah landscapes as well, with lots of acacia trees. Visiting the reserve is a highlight for many travellers.

This is a full day spent game viewing across the rich tree-studded grassland and rolling hills of the famous Savanna. The Mara is renowned for its great herds of plains game animals like leopards, Cheetahs, Lions and other herbivores. It has virtually every other type of wildlife to be found in Kenya. You will have a full-day game drive in Masai Mara Savannah.

Your lunch today is picnic lunch boxes in the savannah under a flat-top acacia tree while watching the animals grazing. Continue with the game viewing on-route to your camp, arriving at your late in the afternoon after thoroughly exploring this massive grassland savannah measuring 1,500 sq.

You have an option of booking a balloon ride today which takes off early in the morning. After landing, the crew helps you out of the basket and escorts you to a lovely setting for a bush breakfast which is a lifetime experience and worth the
price. Later join your driver guide at a location and proceed with your full-day game drive.

Today after breakfast, carrying picnic lunch boxes, you will head towards the border separating Kenya and Tanzania (Isebania border post). Prepare to pay for your visas which cost $50 to $100 (visa cards NOT accepted) depending on your nationality. Then after clearing the border, you will be transferred to our Tanzanian driver guide and then proceed to the expanse of Serengeti National Park in Tanzania which means (endless plains).

You will have your first Serengeti game drive on-route to your camp keeping an eye out for millions of animals that call this place home. You'll be arriving at your camp late in the evening for dinner and your overnight stay.

Tonight you'll have a true African safari experience. The lodge is an unfenced site within the national park, right in the heart of the animal action. Your driver guide and the camp manager will give you a full safety briefing once you arrive.

Wake up to another glorious day in the Serengeti. Start the day with an early morning game drive to search for animals when they're at their most active. Then return to the lodge for a relaxed breakfast and lunch.

Spend the hottest part of the day relaxing in the camp reading your favourite book writing your journal about the safari or just listening to your favourite music while observing the birds. Don't stress, the animals will be doing the same. Head off again in the afternoon for another drive through the park. Return to the lodge for dinner and another night under the Serengeti's stars.

Note: There's also an option of an early hot air balloon ride here. Please ask the tour manager before booking this trip if you're interested.

Enjoy a final game drive through the Serengeti as you exit the park this morning. Drive through the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area en route to Karatu. This afternoon, you'll descend to Ngorongoro Crater's floor for a game drive. If all goes to plan, you'll see some or maybe even all of the Big Five animals that reside here.

The animals here are less wary of humans and vehicles and as a result, it's easier to watch them from up close. Take in the spectacular views from the rim of the crater as you make your way to the bottom, where animals roam the lakes, rivers, woodlands, and hills. Keep an eye out for wildebeest, lion, zebra, cheetah, buffalo, gazelle, and the endangered black rhino.

Later, you will drive out of the crater to your lodge located on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater your base for the next 1 night.

Today after an early breakfast, Drive to Arusha airport for your scheduled flight to the spice island of Zanzibar filled with idyllic beaches, winding cobblestone alleyways and bazaars. Upon arrival, You will be met by our company representative and drive to your hotel in Stone Town.

Zanzibar has a history comprising the slave trade, Arabian sultans and fruits and spice exporters. The traditional dhow sailing along the coast evokes what the island must have been in the Livingstone days. The old port of the main city is called Stone Town and the best way to see this city is on foot, exploring the markets, shops, mosques and churches. Enjoy a sundowner on a rooftop or a bar overlooking the seafront. Spend the night in Stone Town Dhow Palace Hotel.

Today after a leisurely breakfast, check out of your hotel and head to the northern beaches via an (optional) visit to the spice plantation... on this spice plantation guided tour you can learn all about the history of this island's renowned spice trade, and you will have an opportunity to touch, Smell and taste various spices such as cinnamon, vanilla and ginger among many. Sample some tea made with these spices too. After lunch, you will head to the northern beaches where white sand and sparkling blue sea and skies awaits you. This is the Indian Ocean at its best.

Enjoy free time at the beach in this beautiful archipelago today there are so many water activities that you can take including snorkelling in search of the exotic fish, scuba diving or simply relaxing in a hammock underneath a coconut tree with a good book or listening to some music.

Check out of your hotel this morning and make your way back to Stone Town arriving around noon. You will be transferred straight to the airport to mark this as the end of Your safari
NB: the easiest option to fly out is Zanzibar airport. However, if you have arranged to fly out of Dar es Salaam airport, ferries depart Zanzibar at 7:30 am, 930am, 1230pm, and 3:30 pm. It is important to allow enough time to get back to the mainland if you need to catch your departing flight from Dar es Salaam Airport.

It's a pity that it has to end, but this is where your safari will draw to a close. We're sure that you will return home with so many exciting and happy memories, and we hope that you will join us again on safari sometime in the future.

Day by Day Accommodations

Day 1 & Day 2

Amboseli National Park

Spend 2 nights at Kibo Safari Camp, a Mid-range tented camp just outside Amboseli NP.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Will be Provided

 

Day 3

Lake Nakuru National Park

Spend the night at Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge, a Mid-range lodge inside Lake Nakuru NP.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Will be Provided

 

Day 4 & Day 5

Masai Mara National Park

Spend 2 nights at Zebra Plains Mara Camp, a Mid-range tented camp bordering Masai Mara NR.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Will be Provided

 

Day 6 & Day 7

Serengeti National Park

Spend 2 nights at Matawi Serengeti Camp, a Mid-range tented camp inside Serengeti NP.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Will be Provided

 

Day 8

Ngorongoro Conservancy

Spend the night at Bougainvillea Safari Lodge, a Mid-range lodge located beside Ngorongoro Crater.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Will be Provided

 

Day 9

Zanzibar Stone Town

Spend the night at Golden Tulip Stonetown Boutique Hotel, a Mid-range hotel located in Stone Town.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Will be Provided

 

Day 10 & Day 11

Zanzibar Nungwi Beach

Spend 2 nights at Sunshine Marine Lodge, a Mid-range hotel located in  Zanzibar.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Will be Provided

 

Day 12

Last Day With Us

(End of Tour) No accommodations

Breakfast Will be Provided

NOTE: Additional Accommodation can be arranged at the end of your tour for an added fee.

Vehicle Options

Customized 4X4 Safari Tour Vans fitted with:

  1. Pop up roof
  2. 8 reclining seats & a baby seat
  3. Power charging points
  4. Cooler Box/fridge
  5. Binoculars
  6. First Aid Kit
  7. High-frequency radio
  8. Sandbags (for photography)

Customized 4X4 Safari Land Cruisers fitted with:

  1. Pop up roof
  2. 8 reclining seats & a baby seat
  3. Power charging points
  4. Cooler Box/fridge
  5. Binoculars
  6. First Aid Kit
  7. High-frequency radio
  8. Sandbags (for photography)

4X4 Toyota Prado

  1. Binoculars
  2. First Aid Kit
  3. Cooler Box/fridge
  4. High-frequency radio
  5. Power charging points
  6. Sandbags (for photography)
  7. 8 reclining seats & a baby seat

Toyota Noah

  1. Spacious for luggage
  2. Comfortable seats
  3. Suitable for airport transfers to and from your hotel.
  4.  Bottle Holders
  5. Fridge Bracket
  6. Sliding Window Glass.

Trip Cost

Important to Know

  • Rates are per person, excluding international flights from/to your home country.
  • Note; We provide tickets for international flights to and from Your Home for our clients and thus arrange the full trip from home and back.
  • This tour accepts children who are 3 years and older. Children under 13 receive a discount and children under 4 are free.

Rates Per Person Starting From:-


Start Dates                                                                                                               Rate


Jan 3-Jun 30                                                                                                              $5170


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Cost Includes & Excludes

Cost Includes

  • Binoculars
  • Park fees (For non-residents)
  • All activities (Unless labelled as optional)
  • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional English-speaking driver/guide
  • All transportation (Unless labelled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • AMREF flying doctor’s medical cover
  • Free visa application
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Cost Excludes

  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)

FAQs

What is the best time to go on this safari?

The safari is designed for year-round enjoyment. However, the ideal time is during the Great Migration season in the Masai Mara, typically from June to October.

Is travel insurance recommended for this safari?

Yes, travel insurance is highly recommended to cover unexpected circumstances. Ensure that your insurance includes medical coverage and trip cancellation protection.

What should I pack for the safari?

Packing essentials include comfortable clothing, a hat, sunscreen, binoculars, and a camera. We provide a detailed packing list upon confirmation of your booking.

How do I apply for a visa for this safari?

Visa applications are typically handled before your arrival. We recommend checking with the embassy or consulate in your home country for the most accurate and up-to-date visa requirements. For entry to Kenya please read the update here.

Are there any additional fees I should be aware of during the safari?

No, our safari packages are all-inclusive, covering accommodation, meals, park fees, and transportation. There are no hidden fees or additional costs during the safari.

Do I get a private room with a private bathroom and hot shower?

Absolutely! Your comfort is our priority. Throughout the safari, you’ll enjoy private rooms in well-appointed accommodations, complete with private bathrooms and hot showers for a relaxing and rejuvenating experience after each adventure-filled day.

Can I customize the itinerary to suit my preferences?

Yes, While the Tour has a carefully crafted itinerary, we understand that preferences vary. We’re happy to discuss any customization requests to ensure your safari aligns perfectly with your expectations.

What wildlife can I expect to see on this safari?

The safari encompasses diverse ecosystems, offering encounters with the Big Five, Lions, Rhinos, Elephants, Buffalos, and leopards—a myriad of other animals, and various bird species.

What COVID-19 safety measures are in place?

We prioritize your safety. Our team adheres to local health guidelines, and the accommodations and vehicles are regularly sanitized to ensure a safe and enjoyable safari experience.

Are vaccinations required for this safari?

Please consult your healthcare provider for the latest travel health advice. Common vaccinations include yellow fever, hepatitis A and B, and typhoid.

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12-Day Wildlife and Beach Holiday Masai Mara to Zanzibar