Enjoy the big-game safari of your dreams in Kenya and Tanzania's most memorable private concessions, reserves, and parks. Visit Tarangire, Lake Manyara, UNESCO-listed Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, and Masai Mara, home to the greatest concentration of wildlife in Africa. Learn bow and arrow hunting from the indigenous Wahadzabe people. Track migrating wildebeest, leopards, lions, and elephants, and spot bathing hippos and crocodiles. Relax at remote luxury wilderness lodgings, handpicked to get you away from the crowds without sacrificing the big-game experience, and immerse yourself in the primal wonder of East Africa.
Journey to Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Masai Mara, Tarangire, and Lake Manyara
Meet the Datoga and Wahadzabe people and learn about their millenia-old traditions firsthand
Witness a dazzling variety of big game wildlife and track migrating wildebeest
Welcome to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania! Meet with an MT Sobek representative for an hour's drive to Arusha. Check into the boutique hotel set on five acres of land, with beautifully manicured gardens that provide a home to many varieties of birdlife and endemic plant species. Ease into the slow pace of safari life, leaving the daily hustle and bustle behind.
Take a morning drive to the Shanga River House, a project devoted to empowering disabled Tanzanians, located on one of the country's oldest coffee plantations. Tour the workshop and boutique selling jewelry and crafts handmade by disabled artists using recycled glass bottles. There may be a chance to meet some of the artists and savor the fresh and delicious regional cuisine served at the restaurant. After a leisurely visit, get back on the road and drive to the deluxe tent camp in Tarangire.
Today is devoted to a full day touring of Tarangire National Park, home to the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti. Tarangire is the sixth largest park in the country and relatively less well known to tourists. Feel entirely on your own, come face to face with enormous herds of elephants, wildebeest, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest, and eland. After a long day tracking game by foot, return to the deluxe camp for refreshing sundowners and a delicious dinner.
This morning, tour Mto wa Mbu, a village of farmers and craftspeople. Follow locals through their homes and farmlands, visit the milling machine, and the market where their woodcarvings and handiwork are sold. Head to Lake Manyara, a shallow alkaline lake often covered by resident flamingos. Apart from the lake and the many lions that roam the park, there is an expanse of tropical jungle filled with baboons and other rainforest wildlife. Later, drive to the mountain lodge, uniquely situated on the outskirts of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Drive to Ngorongoro Crater for a full-day of game watching with a picnic. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is famed for its abundance of "big five" game and birds. Descend into the sunken cone to track game along the crater floor, its high walls serving as a natural enclosure for an abundance of wildlife. Look out for exceptional birds such as the lammergeyer, Verreaux's eagle, Egyptian vulture, rosy-breasted longclaw, flocks of lesser, and greater flamingos. End the day with sundowners and dinner back at the lodge outside the conservation area.
Tour villages of the Datoga and meet with the Wahadzabe people, who live as hunter-gatherers around Lake Eyasi, one of the oldest parts of the Eastern Rift Valley, renowned for its colorful bird life. An off-shoot of the Acadi tribe, the Wahadzabes are a very secretive and protective community. Learn to hunt with a bow and arrow, start a fire, or join the women gathering roots, tubers and wild fruit. Discover their way of life - an unforgettable experience - and return to the mountain lodge in Ngorongoro.
From Ngorongoro, head to Serengeti National Park, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Relax at safari tent camps just like Out of Africa. MT Sobek mobile camps allow blending in with the environment, and upon departure, there is little if any evidence of camping left behind. Spacious and comfortable accommodations offer a good rest after long days of tracking. Come evening, head out for a game drive, then sit around the campfire to share stories of the day's greatest discoveries
Besides being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Serengeti is Tanzania's oldest and most popular park, as well as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Today head into the south-central corner, an area that sees few tourists. Witness majestic lions, herds of wildebeest, zebra and crocodile in the savannas, plains, forests and woodlands. Enjoy game-viewing in the early morning and late afternoon.
After breakfast, fly to Tarime for a connecting flight to Migori, Kenya and a two-hour drive to Mara North Conservancy, just north of the Masai Mara National Reserve. En route, enjoy a leisurely game drive, spotting lions, hippos, crocodiles, cheetahs, and leopards. A private concession, the Mara North Conservancy partners with a few member camps and 800 Maasai landowners to establish a protected wilderness area. Its savannas and grasslands attract herbivores of all kinds, from elephants, giraffes and zebras to gazelles and impalas. Arrive to the luxury tent camp at lunchtime.
Wake to the smell of freshly brewed coffee for the first morning game drive in Kenya. Early mornings are one of the best times to view wildlife, as most activity goes on before the day heats up. Return to camp for a hearty breakfast and a nature walk in the wild. In the afternoon, set off on a game drive with drinks and snacks for happy hour out in the bush. Back at camp, enjoy a hot shower before dinner is served.
Start the day early and set out towards the gates of the Masai Mara National Reserve. With a packed picnic lunch, enjoy the whole day exploring another part of the famous conservation area. Visit the Mara River and marvel at the famous migration routes. Arrive just in time for a quick swim in the pool or an easy walk before sunset. Enjoy dinner and celebratory drinks to end the extraordinary African adventure.
After breakfast, board a flight to Nairobi, Kenya's capital city, and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the heated swimming pool, fully equipped day rooms and the hotel's restaurant prior to departure. Refresh and relax before hitting the road to the airport for international flights home.
By combining Kenya's Maasai Mara and Tanzania's Seregenti we're maximizing the chances to see the Great Migration on our August and December departures!
This quintessential safari is perfect for first-timers or wildlife enthusiasts who want to see it all.
Travel in rugged 4x4 vehicles that offer maximum game viewing opportunities. Overnights at comfortable lodges or deluxe tented camps will guarantee your every comfort.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Thrilling game drives through Kenya and Tanzania's famed private concessions, reserves and national parks, and encounters with secretive native tribes.
Bookend the journey at boutique hotels; in the wilderness, enjoy deluxe tailor-equipped safari camps.
You will be blessed with a temperate climate year-round. Although the weather is usually dry, rain or thundershowers are always a possibility.
A current passport valid for up to 6 months after the return date of your trip is needed to travel anywhere in East Africa. U.S. citizens also need a visa for entry into Tanzania and Kenya.
We always recommend you speak to your doctor or a health professional about vaccinations and malaria tablets well in advance of your safari. At present, certain areas of Tanzania and Kenya are affected by malaria.
Tap water is generally unsafe in East Africa. Bottled water is provided in the safari vehicles for all of our game drives and in the bathrooms at the lodges for brushing your teeth.
Yes, please contact us if you aren't able to travel on the set departure dates listed. Most safaris can be arranged on alternative departure dates as long as camps are available.
Each camp and lodge varies, but there are usually two game drives or walks per day; one in the morning lasting about 3-5 hours, and one in late afternoon which lasts about 3 hours.
Yes! This trip helps support the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust by visiting the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage to learn about rescue and preservation efforts to protect local wildlife and habitats. For every guest, MT Sobek "adopts" one orphan elephant.
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"Every day presented an OMG moment that will be remembered for a lifetime."
MT Sobek Guest, Epic East Africa
"Epic East Africa was exactly that and more, it was amazing to stay in camps inside the parks so close to the wildlife. Listening to leopards, elephants and lions near camp at night under a full moon was an experience I'll always treasure."
MT Sobek Guest, Epic East Africa