Visits: Great Rift Valley, Masai Mara National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park
Start: Nairobi Finish: Nairobi
Duration: 11 days
Style: overland tour
Group size: maximum 34
Product code: NBOGTAFRTCOATNKTN
Incorporating four amazing game reserves over ten days this trip really does highlight the best of East Africa. Lake Nakuru National Park is famous for its thousands of pink flamingos and healthy rhino populations whilst the Masai Mara National Reserve is world renowned for big five sightings. In Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, the vast plains support thousands of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle and the predators that follow in their wake, while the Ngorongoro Crater is packed with animals and offers sweeping views from its rim.
Day 1: Nairobi
Meet and greet transfer to your Nairobi hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Wildebeest Eco Camp – dorm room.
Day 2: Masai Mara National Reserve.
Drive through the rift escarpment to the Masai Mara National Reserve. Acacia Camp
Day 3: Masai Mara National Reserve
A full day of wildlife spotting on a game drive. Acacia Camp
Day 4: Lake Nakuru
Spot wildlife en route to Lake Nakuru National Park. Campsite
Day 5: Lake Nakuru
This morning we begin our exploration of the Lake Nakuru National Park - famous for the thousands of lesser and greater flamingos that flock to this soda lake’s edge. Campsite
Day 6: Kisii/Kericho Area
After breakfast we leave the Lake Nakuru area and head to Kisii/Kericho passing through the picturesque tea plantations along the way. Campsite
Day 7: Musomo
Today we depart Kenya and head south into Tanzania. We spend the night at a campsite on the banks of Lake Victoria in the fishing town of Musoma. Campsite
Day 8: Serengeti National Park
After stocking up on supplies for the next couple of days, we head to the Serengeti National Park, entering the park after lunch. Campsite
Day 9: Ngorongoro Crater
After an early start we pack up our camp and continue our game drive through the Serengeti National Park. We cross from the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Conservation area at lunch time and begin our climb up the steep Crater edge.
Day 10: Arusha
After breakfast we depart the conservation area for the town of Arusha. Campsite
Day 10: Arusha to Nairobi
Return drive to Nairobi.
Transport: Overland vehicle
Meals: most meals (refer to inclusions tab)
Guide: English speaking guide, driver and safari cook
Activities: game drives within four national parks and reserves - Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater
Incorporating four amazing game reserves over ten days this trip really does highlight the best of East Africa. Lake Nakuru National Park is famous for its thousands of pink flamingos and healthy rhino populations whilst the Masai Mara National Reserve is world renowned for big five sightings. In Tanzania's Serengeti Nationla Park, the vast plains support thousands of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle and the predators that follow in their wake, while the Ngorongoro Crater is packed with animals and offers sweeping views from its rim.
Day 1: Nairobi to Masai Mara (LD)
Today is an arrival day and a chance to relax before you commence your safari. Upon arrival into Nairobi our representative will be there to greet you and transfer you to your pre-tour accommodation for the evening.
Day 2: Nairobi to Masai Mara (LD)
Today we head on to the Masai Mara National Reserve. We enter Masai land where these habitual pastoralists are often seen tending their cattle from the side of the road. We pass through the town of Narok, and continue our drive possibly getting a glimpse of some wildlife along the way.
The main section of road between Nairobi and the Reserve is in a very poor state, so be prepared for a rough ride! We arrive at our campsite, Acacia Camp in the evening. Acacia Camp looks on to the Meguarra hills and the stream that meanders by on the bottom end forms a natural border to the Masai Mara National Reserve. The Reserve remains unfenced, allowing wildlife to roam freely across into the surrounding area and if they choose – through our own camp! No need to be afraid, as the local ‘Askari’ will keep a look out for any unwanted predators.
Included activity: Masai Mara Game Reserve excursion.
Day 3: Masai Mara (BLD)
We depart shortly after sunrise on our game drive into the Masai Mara Reserve. The Masai Mara is well known as one of East Africa’s best National Reserves and is home to a wide variety of wildlife species. Most famous for the Annual Migration, that consists of the impressive herds of over 1 million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle that cross over from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania; the Masai Mara is most popular between July and October when these vast herds feast on the fresh grazing here. Following these herbivores are Africa’s predators that are often seen at a kill during this period. We game drive through a section of the park in search of the ‘Big 5’- elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion & leopard; along with the many other species of animals, reptiles and birds who make call this wilderness home.
Day 4: Masai Mara to Lake Nakuru National Park (EAMO) (BLD)
Leaving Masai Mara we head towards our first overnight stop in the area of Lake Nakuru National Park, where our overnight campsite will be at EAMO; East African Mission Organisation. We will have the chance to interact with the local kids as well as a chance to learn more about this wonderful organisation.
Included activity: EAMO: East African Mission Organisation
Day 5: Lake Nakuru National Park (BLD)
This morning we begin our exploration of the Lake Nakuru National Park - famous for the thousands of lesser and greater flamingos that flock to this soda lake’s edge. The numbers vary depending on the water level, and when it’s low, the lake almost turns pink. A truly spectacular sight! The park was established as a sanctuary for black and white rhino, which are often seen. We spend the day searching for these pre-historic looking beasts as well as the elusive leopard, encountering buffalo, giraffe, and various antelope. After our game drive, we head back to EAMO for the night.
Optional Activity: Spending time with the kids at the orphanage / sponsoring pens, pencils, notepads and so forth.
Included Activity: Game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park
Day 6: Kisii / Kericho Area (BLD)
After breakfast we leave the Lake Nakuru area and head to Kisii/Kericho passing through the picturesque tea plantations along the way. These towns are the main commercial centres in the Gusii Highlands, where cash crops like tea and coffee thrive because of its equatorial climate. We replenish our stocks before heading for Tanzania tomorrow.
Day 7: Musoma (BLD)
We depart Kenya and head south into Tanzania. After border formalities, our drive takes us through the scenic granite landscapes adjacent to Africa’s largest lake – Lake Victoria. We spend the night at a campsite on the banks of Lake Victoria in the fishing town of Musoma.
Day 8: Serengeti National Park (BLD)
After stocking up on supplies for the next couple of days, we head to the Serengeti National Park, entering the park after lunch. The Serengeti (Masai for “endless plains”) is famous for its enormous concentration of game (especially the big cats) and for the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelles. The abundance of plains game in this area is truly astounding. We enter the park through the lesser travelled western corridor and game drive en-route to our campsite in the centre of the park. Tonight we bush camp (no ablutions) in the wild surrounded by the sounds of the African bushveld, pierced only by the calls of the nocturnal wildlife. In the morning, we head off for another game drive and explore the landscape in search of the resident wildlife. With some luck, we may see some of Africa’s ‘Big 5’!
Included activity: Excursion to Serengeti National Park in ATC vehicle
Day 9: Ngorongoro Crater (BLD)
After an early start we pack up our camp and continue our game drive through the Serengeti National Park. We head to the southern part of the park where the have the chance to see the endless plains this park is renowned for. We cross from the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Conservation area at lunch time and begin our climb up the steep Crater edge. Tonight’s camp (basic ablutions) on the crater rim sharply contrasts the warmer plains below - we suggest you bring your winter woollies as it can get very cold at night.
Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha (BLD)
The Ngorongoro Crater with its 600 m high walls and 20 km width is a natural marvel. The Crater’s rim offers spectacular views, but the true scale of this caldera is only appreciated from the floor itself where the abundance of its animal inhabitants becomes apparent. It is home to nearly every species of African animal and offers a chance to view an incredible concentration of East African mammals, such as elephant, rhino, buffalo, hippo, lion and plain’s game. After spending the morning game driving in The Crater we continue to our campsite outside Arusha where we spend the evening musing over our thrilling wildlife experience.
Included activity: Ngorongoro Crater excursion in 4x4 vehicle
Day 11: Arusha to Nairobi (Breakfast / Lunch)
After breakfast, we begin our journey back to Nairobi. On arrival in the late afternoon, we exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced a trip of a lifetime!
A compulsory local payment of US$990.00 (2019) cash per person is paid directly to the guide on day 1. This may be prepaid in AUD to This is Africa with prior arrangements. The local payment covers food, campsite and park fees and is subject to change at any time.
No flights included
one night in basic dorm accommodation in Nairobi
9 nights camping in two-person self-erected dome tents with mosquito nets over the door and window areas, a sewn in ground sheet and a separate flysheet, which you share with a fellow traveller. If you’re a camping novice, rest assured, the tents are very easy to put up and your trip leader will give you a demonstration. You will have to provide your own sleeping bag and remember a small pillow is always great for extra comfort! There is also the option to camp under the stars instead of in your tent on some occasions, just check with your trip leader to see when it is possible to do so. There are a few opportunities to upgrade to a dorm bed or single/double room along the way. Your trip leader will let you know where these opportunities are available and can advise you of the costs involved as you will have to pay the difference between the camping price and the price of the dorm/room
9 x breakfast
11 x lunches
10 x dinners
Park Fees & taxes
All park fees and taxes applicable at the time of booking.
Prices for airport taxes, park fees and applicable government taxes and levies may be changed without prior notice. Any change is beyond our control and any increase levied will be passed on to the client.
Overland vehicle throughout, safari 4-wheel drive vehicle for Ngorongoro Crater excursion and Minivan for airport transfers.
Meet and greet day 1 airport transfer
Maasai Mara game drive on day 3, EAMO: East African Mission Organisation, Lake Nakuru game drive on day 5, Serengeti National Park excursion on day 8 & Ngorongoro Crater excursion on day
Services of three crew members – Driver, safari cook and English-speaking guide.
It is the responsibility of the client to have all necessary documentation, including visas and inoculation certificates relating to this tour.
Prices may vary when booking seasons overlap.
Due to limited luggage space in vehicles, suitcases are unsuitable for scheduled road safaris. We recommend luggage packed in inexpensive barrel style bags or soft sided bags not exceeding 15kgs and 65 x 46 cm.
As prices are calculated in foreign currencies it may become necessary to add a currency surcharge.
Please refer to our terms and conditions for amendments and cancellation policies if necessary.
Is overlanding for you
If you’re the adventurous type who’d rather spend a night roughing it in a rain forest than luxuriating in a boutique hotel, then overlanding is for you. With overlanding you experience Africa first-hand - buying and cooking food from markets then sharing a drink with villagers in a local bar. It’s perfect for people travelling as a group of friends, a couple or alone. Most things are done as a group and chores are shared, so everyone works and plays together. If you’re a first-time traveller, joining an overland tour still gives you that sense of adventure, but a Trip Leader, Driver and Safari Cook and the companionship of the group, means you’ll always have backup. Finally, the purpose built trucks means that most trips get well away from the usual safari circuits and you get to see Africa away from the armies of pop-up minibuses seen in the more popular game parks. If you’re looking for a trip which goes beyond a mere holiday and gives you the opportunity to make a lot of new friends and see a lot of new places in a relatively short period of time, then overlanding is for you!
The African continent includes over 50 countries, each with individual tribal groups, traditions, dialects, landscapes and wildlife species.
Hours of operation
Mon to Fri: 9am – 5.30pm
Sat: 9am – 3pm