Visit the most famous wildlife parks in Kenya and Tanzania on the most comprehensive itinerary available—a perennial favorite!
Can’t decide between Kenya and Tanzania for your safari adventure? You don’t have to! See the best of both on this outstanding trip—the most comprehensive survey of the great wildlife paradises of East Africa. MTS has been offering safaris in Africa since 1971, and this adventure is one of our perennial favorites. Our long history in the region means we’re always able to reserve preferred dates during the high season, and we have excellent relationships with both the local guides and the native tribes.
On your far-reaching safari, you’ll not only encounter an extraordinary array of wildlife, but view spectacular scenery, from the snows of Kilimanjaro and the vast plains of the Serengeti and Masai Mara, to the velvety green walls of Ngorongoro Crater and the baobab-studded grasslands of Tarangire. These celebrated parks, with their varied ecosystems, are the top wildlife areas of East Africa.
Arguably the most famous of them all is the Serengeti, the “kingdom of predators”—the domain of lion, cheetah, hyena, jackal, and leopard, and home to the greatest density of wildlife. During the Great Migration millions of animals slowly graze their way through the southern and eastern plains of the Serengeti. Concepts like “safety in numbers” and “survival of the fittest” spring to mind as hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra are born, and within hours, are ready to join the galloping herds.
Tarangire is a fabulously unusual park, not only because of the unique beauty of its baobab woodlands and the fantastic concentrations of game attracted to its river in the “dry” season—including the highest concentration of elephants per square mile in the world—but because it is rarely visited by tourists. And the 102-square-mile crater floor of Ngorongoro Crater, a veritable “Garden of Eden” with its lush greenery and abundant wildlife, is one of the world’s greatest natural wonders.
Crossing the border into Kenya, you’ll head to Amboseli National Park, whose skyline is dominated by the iconic peak of Kilimanjaro (indeed, this is where most of the classic photographs of the mountain are taken). Kili provides the life-giving waters necessary to the wildlife of Amboseli,not the least of which are the park's huge elephant herds, its most famous residents. Our safari concludes with wildlife watching in the Masai Mara National Reserve, the northern extension of the Serengeti ecosystem and home to the great herds of Africa. Here you’ll see the whole gamut of African wildlife. In fact, you might see all the major game in one day!
Like all our safaris, you’ll travel in rugged four-wheel-drive vehicles that offer maximum game viewing opportunities, and overnights are at comfortable lodges or deluxe tented camps that guarantee your every comfort.
This quintessential safari is perfect for first-timers who want to see it all. But whether it’s your first trip to Africa or your tenth, you couldn’t ask for more!
Game viewing by 4-wheel-drive vehicle
- Classic safari brought to you by the experts since 1971! See all the major game parks of East Africa’s Tanzania and Kenya on one great adventure
- Visit Tanzania’s “must-see” spots—Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Oldupai Gorge
- Explore Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, noted for its elephant herds and dramatic views of Kilimanjaro, and the Masai Mara, offering game viewing par excellence
- Fascinating, authentic cultural visits with the Maasai
Duration: 14 days Start Location: Arusha, Tanzania End Location: Nairobi, KenyaDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive in Tanzania
Meet in Arusha, Tanzania, and transfer to a nearby lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 2 : To the Serengeti
Fly to the Serengeti and transfer to our lodge for the next three nights, watching for wildlife along the way.
Days 3 - 4 : In the Serengeti
Game viewing in the Serengeti. The sheer volume of wildlife is staggering: buffalo, giraffe, dik-dik, reedbuck, impala, waterbuck, baboons, and vervet monkeys are all common resident species, as are lion, cheetah, leopard, and hyena. The bird life is also extremely varied and prolific!
Day 5 : Oldupai Gorge – Ngorongoro Crater
Game drive en route to Oldupai Gorge, where you'll visit the famed Leakey museum. Explore the environs of Ngorongoro Crater, a tranquil misty world that invites comparison with the Garden of Eden and Noah's Ark.
Day 6 : Ngorongoro Crater
Spend the morning exploring the wild sanctuary of Ngorongoro Crater. In the afternoon we'll drive into the crater highlands where we'll take an easy hike to the summit of Olmoti volcano. We'll meet the local Maasai and visit with them in their traditional manyatta (village).
Days 7 - 8 : Tarangire National Park / Tarangire National Park
Drive to Tarangire National Park along the path of the Tarangire River. You’ll see family groups of elephants (often in concentrations of hundreds), huge herds of buffalo, wildebeest, and zebra, as well as predators like lion and leopard.
Day 9 : Arusha – Amboseli National Park
Return to Arusha and transfer to the Kenya border. Continue to Amboseli National Park for a day of wildlife viewing. Amboseli is famous for its abundant wildlife and classic views of glacier-capped Kilimanjaro.
Day 10 : Amboseli National Park
Spend the day exploring Amboseli, all the while watching for its abundant and varied wildlife, including uncommon species like the fringe-eared oryx and the gerenuk.
Days 11 - 13 : Masai Mara National Reserve
Fly to the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya’s portion of the Serengeti ecosystem and home to an incredible diversity and density of wildlife species (and legendary for leopard and cheetah sightings!).
Day 14 : Departure
Fly to Nairobi and depart, or join one of our extensions in East Africa.
DATES: Departures: Dec 18 - 31, 2014 Feb 8 - 21, 2015 Jun 10 - 23, 2015 Aug 12 - 25, 2015 Dec 19, 2015 - Jan 1, 2016
Age 10-12yrs: $500 off Park Fees and $600 off Land Cost
Mountain Village LodgeArusha, Tanzania
Set in the midst of a coffee plantation on the shores of Lake Duluti and at the foot Mount Meru, this unique hotel boasts stunning vistas of nearby Mount Kilimanjaro. Thatched rondavels, flowered gardens and groves of coffee bushes make this lodge an idyllic haven.
Serengeti Serena Safari LodgeSerengeti National Park, Tanzania
Inspired by the circular rondavel dwellings and winding paths of a traditional Maasai village, the lodge features thatched, stone-built rooms set among groves of trees cooled by a sparkling stream and papyrus-fringed pond.
Ndutu Safari LodgeTanzania
Ndutu Safari Lodge is situated in the South-eastern part of the Serengeti ecosystem. Shaded by majestic acacia trees, each of the thirty four cottages, which are built of local materials, has a private verandah facing Lake Ndutu. The Lodge is surrounded by indigenous trees and shrubs which encourage a host of birds and mammals to come right to your front door.
Mara Simba LodgeKenya
At the Mara Simba Lodge the ambiance is Masai, and the decor incorporates ethnic design elements from the local tribes. The grounds extend almost a kilometer along the Talek River with the beautiful riverbank left in its virgin state. Further back, lush landscaped gardens of indigenous plants and trees attract colorful birds and butterflies. The lodge overlooks a dramatic bend in the river and is designed to complement its natural setting. The 84 guest rooms, arranged in clusters of 6, are outfitted in natural wood tones and stone banda. Guest rooms have ensuite showers and tiled bathrooms with natural granite. Each spacious room opens onto its own private veranda with uninterrupted views across the river.
Ol Tukai LodgeAmboseli National Park, Kenya
Ol Tukai Lodge is a comfortable safari lodge situated in the heart of Amboseli National Park. The property overlooks Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro and the Amboseli plain to the south and the eastern boundary is amongst the best spots in the world to watch elephant.There are 80 chalet-style twin rooms at Ol Tukai Lodge, all with an uninterrupted view of the wetlands or Kilimanjaro. The rooms are built from gum trees, local river stone and slate. All rooms are comfortably furnished and have private bathrooms and individual terraces.
Tarangire Safari LodgeTarangire National Park, Tanzania
Built high on a bluff overlooking the game-rich Tarangire River, the lodge offers you an uninterrupted view of the landscape and wildlife below. Luxury tents combine modern comforts with the authentic safari atmosphere.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way. This trip features two separate guides—one on Tanzania and one for the Kenya portion. The national parks of both Kenya and Tanzania have certain restrictions on using foreign guides, and we find that using 2 in-country guides, each experts in their particular region and culture, enhances your safari experience. One of our often-assigned Tanzania guides is:
James Adiel Kivuyo was born in Arusha, Tanzania. He is interested in the conservation of biodiversity in African wildlife, and has had previous experience as an interpreter. James speaks a number of languages from English and Masaai to the local dialect of Chagga and Kiswahili—the national language of Tanzania. He enjoys using his knowledge of other languages to communicate with people from a broad cultural spectrum, and loves sharing his experience with travelers from around the globe. He has also been helping travelers climb Kilimanjaro for more than a decade, with qualification to respond to emergencies on the mountain.