8 Days Highlights of Kenya and Tanzania Safari

8 days highlights of the Kenya and Tanzania safari combines two destinations – Kenya and Tanzania. During this safari, you will have a close encounter with the wildlife in the different destinations visited. The safari will start from Nairobi in Kenya and will end in Arusha Tanzania. Some of the destinations to be visited include; Lake Nakuru National Park, Masai Mara National Reserve, Serengeti National Park, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The activities include the Masai cultural encounters, game drives, and hot air balloon safari. These will give you a close encounter with the wildlife in these destinations and cultures. Below is a detailed itinerary for the 8 days highlights of the Kenya and Tanzania safari.

Safari Summary

  • Day 1: Pickup and transfer to Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Day 2: Adventure in Lake Nakuru and transfer to the Masai Mara National Park
  • Day 3: Full day in Masai Mara National Park
  • Day 4: Departure to the Serengeti National Park
  • Day 5: Full day in Serengeti National Park
  • Day 6: Transfer to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Day 7: Full day in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Day 8: Transfer back to Arusha – Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Pickup and transfer to Lake Nakuru National Park

You will meet your guide in Nairobi who will first brief you on the 8-day highlights of Kenya Tanzania safaris. Then later, you will embark on about 4 hours of drive to the Lake Nakuru National Park. You will arrive in lunch at Lake Nakuru National Park where you will have your lunch and be left to rest for a while. Later in the evening, you will go ahead with an evening game viewing within the park. You will have the opportunity to see the different wildlife in the park. You will also have the chance to see some of the big five animals like rhinos, elephants, lions, leopards and many others. While on the visit to the lake, you will also see different bird species like the lesser flamingoes

Meal plan: lunch and dinner

Day 2: Adventure in Lake Nakuru and transfer to the Masai Mara National Park

You will start the day with an early morning game drive. During the game drive, you will have the opportunity to see endemic species like the black rhinos. The wildlife like the lions, leopards, zebras, buffaloes, hippos and many others. Later on, you will have your picnic breakfast. Then you will go ahead with the transfer to the Masai Mara National Reserve.  As you transfer to the Masai Mara National Reserve, you will enjoy scenic views of the landscapes of Kenya. Lunch will be along the way. Upon arrival, check in to your lodge for dinner and spend the night over.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Full day in Masai Mara National Park

The 3rd day of your 8 days highlights of the Kenya and Tanzania safari will start the day with an early morning breakfast. Then head into the Masai Mara National Reserve for the full-day adventure. You will start the adventure with a morning game drive. During the game drive, you will see different wildlife like lions, wildebeests, leopards, giraffes, zebras, and many others. Later on, you will go ahead with the picnic lunch in the bush. Then, you will head into the Masai community and engage with the community. This is one of the communities that are still in the real African lifestyle. You will engage in the cattle rearing.  you will try the Masai clothes and many others. Later in the evening, you will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Departure to the Serengeti National Park

You will wake up very early in the morning and then embark on a full-day transfer to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Upon arrival at the Isebania border, you will be checked by the migration office of Tanzania. Later, you will go ahead with the transfer to the Serengeti National Park.  As you arrive in the evening hours, you will go ahead to check into the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Full day in Serengeti National Park

After your early morning breakfast, you will head into the Serengeti National Park for a full-day adventure. While in the park, you will start the day with an early morning hot air balloon. During the hot air balloon safari, you will view different wildlife while in the air like elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, and many others. You will also have the best aerial view of the park. Then later, you will return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. After lunch, you will drive into the park to have a close encounter with the wildlife while viewing them. Later in the evening, you will have a relaxation in the park with the view of the sunset.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6: Transfer to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area

You will start day 6 of the 8 days highlights of the Kenya and Tanzania safari with an early morning game drive within the Serengeti National Park. Then later, you will embark on the transfer to the Ngorongoro conservation area. You will arrive at lunchtime. You will start over with the lunch and then proceed with the relaxation at the lodge. Later in the evening, you will be driven into the park for the evening relaxation as you view the sunset view.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7: Full day in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area

On your second last day of the 8 days highlights of Kenya and Tanzania, you will drive into the Ngorongoro Crater for a full-day game drive. During the game drive in the crater, you will have the opportunity to see the big 5 animals and other wildlife that are found within the crater. Later in the afternoon after your lunch, you will go ahead with the crater drive around the Ngorongoro crater also seeing different wildlife and landscapes of the area. You will also be able to see the moving dunes which move at a speed of the 17kilometers per year.  These dunes are believed to be the volcanic ashes that occurred a thousand years ago.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8: Transfer back to Arusha – Departure

On the last day of the 8 days highlights of Kenya and Tanzania safari, you have an early morning breakfast. You will proceed with the game drive as you transfer back to Arusha in Tanzania. The transfer will take about 2 to 3 hours of the day. Upon arrival in Arusha, you will arrive during lunchtime. After your lunch, you will either be transferred to the airport or the hotel of your choice which will make the end of your safari.

Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch

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