Kenya & Tanzania Lodge Safari Over View
Kenya & Tanzania luxury lodge safari takes you to Mount Kenya where you get to view game from balconies of mountain lodge - wildlife is atracted by salt licks and flood lights.
Samburu "Northen Frontier" offers you an opurtunity to encounter unique species like the gerenuk, baisa oryx, grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe and Somali ostrich.
Sweetwaters is a private sanctually for chimps and black rhino's and its one of a kind in Kenya.
Amboseli N/P which has an amazing view of the snow caps of mount Kilimanjaro visible early morning or in the evening when clouds are clear.
Lake Manyara fomous for its tree climbing lions, Serengeti which has endless plains and the venue to the annual wildebeest migration
Ngorongoro Crater described by many as "The Garden Of Eden" and finally visit Tarangire famous for its tree climbing pythons.
The lodge safari takes a duration of twelve days giving you an oppurtunity to experience the best East Africa has to offer, the tour begins from Nairobi and ends at Arusha. Accommodation in lodges or luxury tented camps.
Twelve Days East Africa Vacation
Twelve Days Mount Kenya, Samburu, Sweetwaters, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire Lodge Safari Travel
Day One: Nairobi - Mount Kenya
A representative from goshawk tours will meet you at your hotel or pick you up from the airport and after briefing you he or she will introduce you to your safari guide. Youwill be driven to Mount Kenya region of the country arriving the Serena Mountain Lodge in time for lunch. The unique architecture of Mountain Lodge, with its numerous viewing decks ,balconies and lounges over looking the salt-lick waterhole allow for the pleasure of all night game viewing. You can place a wake up call for a specific spotting of a particular wildlife. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day Two: Mount Kenya - Samburu
Depart Mountain lodge after breakfast and drive to the northern frontier. This area is a semi desert and thus very dry most of the year. Arrive Samburu Lodge in time for lunch. Spend the afternoon at leisure and later go for the evening game drive. Game to view includes the Big five, antelopes, gazelles, baisa oryx, grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, gerenuk and abundant bird life. Dinner and overnight at Samburu lodge.
Day Three: Samburu
On this day you will have morning and evening game drives. A visit to the Ewaso Ngiro river is most rewarding because it's the only source of water that sustains the wildlife in this reserve. Wild animals converge at the river to quench their thirst. Samburu people and their culture is another attraction and on request the driver guide can take you to the samburu village to experience their culture. All meals and overnight at Samburu Lodge.
Day Four: Samburu - Sweetwaters
Have an early breakfast then depart; en route game drive and then proceed to Sweetwaters, a chimpanzee sanctuary and the only one of its kind in Kenya. The endangered Black Rhinos are also found here. Arrive in time for lunch. Spend the afternoon at leisure and later do a game drive. One has the option of doing a walking safari or night game drive at an extra cost. Dinner and overnight at the Sweetwaters game lodge.
Day Five: Sweetwaters - Amboseli
Have breakfast early morning and drive to Amboseli via Nairobi arriving late afternoon. Spend the afternoon at leisure and later go for the evening game drive. Amboseli has a wide variety of wildlife raging from the Big five, cats, plains game and birdlife. Dinner and overnight at Amboseli Serena Lodge.
Day Six: Amboseli
Wake up to the intoxicating view of Mt. Kilimanjaro, on a clear day the snow peaks are visible. After breakfast go for the morning game drive. Amboseli has the highest population of elephants and has been the centre for elephant research for the last thirty years. Return to the lodge for lunch and spend the afternoon at leisure. Later go for the evening game drive. All meals and overnight at Amboseli Serena Lodge.
Day Seven: Amboseli - Namanga Border - Lake Manmyara
Depart Amboseli after breakfast and drive to Lake Manyara via the Namanga border and Arusha town arriving in time for lunch. After lunch spend the afternoon at leisure and later go for the evening game drive. Lake Manyara is 230 kilometers squared while the whole park is 330 kilometers squared inclusive of the lake. Lake Manyara is located under the wall of the Rift Valley and has the highest population of elephants per square kilometer in the country. This park is famous for its tree climbing lions. Dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge.
Day Eight: Lake Manmyara - Serengeti
After breakfast depart and head to Serengeti passing through Olduvai Gorge, a fossil site excavated by the leakey family where they discovered human fossil dating back 2 million years. Later proceed to the world famous Serengeti National Park. Serengeti is one of the largest wildlife sanctuary in the world and it is also the site of the most breathtaking events in the animal kingdom. The migration of over a million of wildebeest to the Masai Mara game reserve. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge.
Day Nine: Serengeti
Serengeti is characterized by a savannah type of topography with treeless vast plains, scattered acacia trees, rock outcrops, riverine bushes, scrubs, rivers and swamps. These features give Serengeti a fascinating variety of sceneries. The day is spent exploring this amazing park with morning and evening game drive. The parks animal population is over 4 million and over 400 bird species. Meals and overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge.
Day Ten: Serengeti - Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, drive towards Ngorongoro Crater, check inn at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. Descend 2000 meters with a four wheel drive vehicle to the floor of the crater with packed lunch. Ngorongoro crater has plenty of game. The park has recorded over 14000 wildebeest. Bird life is also abundant. Spend the day exploring this natural habitat taking a break to have a picnic lunch. Ngorongoro Crater is also called the Garden of Eden. Later ascend back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day Eleven: Ngorongoro Crater- Tarangire
Depart Ngorongoro early morning and drive to Tarangire National Park arriving in time for lunch. Spend the afternoon at leisure and later go for the evening game drive. Tarangire lies south of the Maasai land along the Arusha - Dodoma road. Tarangire's topography is characterized by open acacia woodland, bushes, swamps, rivers and scattered baobab trees. Tarangire is famous for its tree climbing pythons. Game to view in this park includes zebras, heartbeests, elephants, buffalos, waterbucks, gazelles, oryx and abundant birdlife. Dinner and overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge.
Day Twelve: Tarangire - Arusha
After breakfast head out for your final game drive and then depart afterwards and drive to Arusha. Drop off at a hotel in Arusha or the airport to board a flight to your next destination.
Safari Pricing Includes:
- Transport in a custom safari minibus & 4x4 land rover with pop up roof.
- All park entrance fees.
- Meals as described in the itinerary.
- Game drives and other activities as described in the itinerary
- Services of an English speaking driver guide.
- Complimentary Bottled water 1 Litre per person per day.
- All government taxes.
Safari Pricing Excludes:
- International airfares.
- All expenditure of personal nature such as telephone calls, hard drinks, soft drinks and laundry.
- Travel Insurance.
Mount Kenya offers accommodation in form of a tree hotel. Mountain lodge is cool, tranquil and hushed for optimum game-sightings. The open-air viewing-deck looks down on to its own water hole and salt-lick, which attracts numerous herds of elephant and buffalo. Amenities include Bar with central fireplace and viewing deck, Gift shop and business centre, Bush breakfast, Bush lunch and Dinner at the Rooftop, Massages, facials, pedicures, manicures, Board games and library of Africana books.
Samburu game reserve has several lodges to chose from, some of them are built near the Ewaso Ngiro river giving superb views of game whioch frequents the river banks to drink water. Amenities include swimming pools, Conference centre, WiFi, Satellite TV and Gift shops. The lodges include Samburu Game Lodge, Larsens Tented Camp, Samburu Sopa Lodge, Elephant Bed Room, Ashnil Samburu Camp, Samburu Intrepids, Saruni Samburu, Sasaab Lodge and Samburu Simba Lodge.
Sweetwater Conservancy accommodation is in form of two lodges owned and managed by Serene Group of hotels. The Sweetwater game lodge and Olpajeta House are the only lodges in this sanctuary. Amenities in the lodges include swimming pools, Conference centre, WiFi, Satellite TV and Gift shops.
The famous Amboseli National Park offers different lodge accommodation with different amenities. Most Lodges and tented camps have a swimming pool, sauna, hot steam baths, massage services, wifi, satellite tv, central dinning room, bar and baby siting services. Meals are in form of buffet style, 3 course meals or a la carte menu. Lodges include Oltukai lodge, Amboseli serena lodge, amboseli sopa lodge, Tortilis, Kibo Safari Camp, Sentrim camp.
Lake Manyara accommodation comprises of lodges, hotel and a luxury tree hotel all located at Lake Manyara National Park. Amenities offered by the lodge include a bar, gift shops, wifi, conference facilities, spas, satellite tv and different sport activities. The lodges include Lake Manyara Hotel, E Unoto Retreat Lodge, Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge, Lake Manyara View Lodge and Lake Manyara Tree Lodge.
Serengeti accommodation comprises of lodges and luxury tented camps all rated according to the amenities they offer. Amenities in the lodges and tented camps include bush dinners, swimming pool, massage, hair styling, beauty treatments, gift shop, wifi, housekeeping services, babysitting on request, full medical back-up and emergency evacuation facilities. The lodge to choose from for your Tanzania lodge safari holiday travel include Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, Serengeti Sopa Lodge, Lobo Wildlife Lodge, Serengeti Seronera Lodge, Migration Tented Lodge, Kleins Lodge, Lemala Mara River Camp, Buffalo Springs Tented Lodge, Serengeti Bush Tops Camp, Mbalageti Tented Lodge, Kirawira Tented Lodge, Serengeti Soroi Lodge, Mbuzi Mawe Tented Lodge, Moru Kopjes Private Luxury Camp, Bilila Lodge, Lemala Seronera Camp, Grumeti River Tented Lodge, Serena Kirawira Camp, Ikoma Safari Camp, Kusini Tented Lodge, Ndutu Safari Lodge, Ndutu Private Luxury Camp, Olduvai Tented Lodge, Lemala Ndutu Camp and Lake Masek Tented Lodge
All accommodation at Ngorongoro crater is ideally perched at the rim of the crater, while others are at a short driving distance to the crater. There isn't any form of accommodation within the crater. Amenities offered by the lodge include a bar, gift shops, wifi, conference facilities, spas, satellite tv and different sport activities. The lodges include Ngorongoro sopa lodge, Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge, Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Gibbs Farm, Ngorongoro Farm House and Tloma Lodge.
Tarangire National Park accommodation is composed of lodges and luxury tented camp which have different amenities and are rated differently. Amenities include a bar, gift shops, wifi, conference facilities, spas, satellite tv and different sport activities. For Tarangire Lodge safari this are some of the lodges and luxury tented camps to chose from, they include Tarangire Safari Lodge, Tarangire Sopa Lodge, Maweninga Tented Lodge, Swala Camp and Oliver's Camp.
Samburu Game Reserve
Samburu game reserve is the most popular parks of the northern frontier fauna sanctuaries. The game park occupies an area of 165 km2. The driving distance from Nairobi is 350 km and 65km from Isiolo town to achers post gate. The park lies on the northen bank of Uaso Nyiro River, the river serves as the only source of water without which the game in the reserve could not survive in the arid country.
Samburu National Reserve was one of the two areas in which conservationists George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness made famous in the best selling book and award winning movie Free. The Samburu National Reserve is also home of Kamunyak, a lioness famous for adopting oryx calves.
Samburu's topography is composed of river Uaso Nyiro which flows from the Kenyan highlands and flows to lorian swamp, scattered acacia, riverine forest, thorn trees and grassland vegetation. The climate for Samburu is hot dry with cool nights with an average annual maximum temperature of 30ºc (86F) and minimum annual temperature of 20ºc (68F). There is a wide variety of animal and bird life seen at Samburu National Reserve. Several species are considered unique to the region, including its ts unique dry-country animal life: All three big cats, lion, cheetah and leopard, can be found here, as well as elephants, buffalo and hippos, Olive baboon, gerenuk, warthogs, Grant's gazelle, Kirk's dik-dik, impala, waterbuck, Grevy's zebra, Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe and over 350 bird species.
Samburu is also a masai land, the Masai people whom by definition speak the Maa language hence the name Maasai have held on to their culture even in these times of modernization. A maasai's home is called a manyatta where he lives with his wives and children. From childhood boys are obligated to look after their fathers cows while girls are obligated to doing house chores, fetching water and milking the cows. After every fifteen years there is an initiation where boys are circumcised and they become young morans and the existing morans graduate to junior elders. The Masai enjoy eating meat, milk mixed with blood during rituals such initiation and marriage. The use of herbs as medicine is still embedded in their day to day life. The Maasai are an attraction in Kenya since they managed to stick to their culture.
Sweetwaters Sanctuary/Ol Pejeta Conservancy
The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary opened in 1993 in a negotiated agreement between the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Jane Goodall Institute. The facility was initially established to receive and provide lifelong refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees from West and Central Africa. An initial group of three chimpanzee orphans were brought to the sanctuary from a facility in Bujumbura, Burundi in 1993. This group of chimpanzees needed to be evacuated due to the outbreak of civil war in Burundi. This was followed in 1995 by another group of 9 adult chimpanzees, followed by another 10 in 1996.
Over the last decade Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary has been compelled to keep accepting chimpanzees rescued from traumatic situations bringing the total number of chimpanzees in the Sanctuary to 41. At Sweetwaters Sanctuary chimpanzees are being carefully nursed back to health so they can enjoy the rest of their days in the safety of a vast natural enclosure. The chimpanzees live in two large groups separated by the Ewaso Nyiro River. As an integral part of the Laikipia/Samburu ecosystem, Ol Pejeta is also home to the "Big Five" and carries one of the highest wildlife densities in Kenya. In an attempt to ensure some connectivity with the greater Liakipia landscape, there are corridors along the Conservancy's northern boundary ensuring free movement of all animals, especially the large herbivores such as elephants. Predators are also closely monitored as they play a crucial role in the ecosystem of controlling prey densities.
The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the Largest Black Rhino Sanctuary in East Africa and home to 87 black rhinos after the single largest rhino translocation ever undertaken in East Africa on February 3, 2007. The translocation was a combined effort between Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. In a period of 2 ½ weeks, 27 more black rhinos were successfully released into the enlarged 75,000 acres of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The black rhinos were moved from adjacent Solio Rhino Sanctuary - which held a surplus of 30 rhinos. This crucial translocation has helped ensure that maximum breeding rates are achieved and adequate food resources maintained. During the translocation, the experienced team equipped each rhino with a transmitter, placed in the horn. Since the release of the animals, these transmitters have allowed complete monitoring of the animals, ensuring their well-being and safety.
Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park is located south of Nairobi 140 kilometers which is a four hours drive from Nairobi. The park occupies an area of 392 km2. The ecosystem is made up of a seasonal lake called Lake Amboseli where the park derives its name from, swamps, open plains, acacia woodland, rocky out crops, thorn bushes and marches. The landscape is dominated by the backdrop of the majestic snow-cap of Mount Kilimanjaro the highest mountain in Africa. The snow capes are visible when the clouds are clear mainly early morning and late evenings and this scene gives one the opportunity to capture wonderful memories on camera for friends and loved ones back at home.
Amboseli national park is considered Kenya second best after Masai Mara game reserve by many tourist and is the only national park in Kenya that has the highest population of elephants. The ecosystem of Amboseli though small compared to other parks sustain a large number of bird species and game. Amboseli offers some of the best opportunities to see African animals because its vegetation is sparse due to the long dry months. The park is considered most ideal for writers, filmmakers and researchers.
The Maasai are the local habitant of this area, which they call Empusel meaning "Dusty place". Other community tribes have moved to Amboseli in search of greener pastures. Beside game viewing and the ecstatic views of Mount Kilimanjaro one can visit a local Masai village to learn their way of life and to interact with the locals.
Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara lies 127 kilometers west of Arusha town a driving distance if 2 hours. The park covers an area of 330 km2 which consist of dry arid land, forest and the lake. The Lake covers an area of 200 km2 and its alkaline, the lake dries up during the dry season and it almost non existence. Most of the land area of the park is a narrow strip running between the Gregory Rift wall to the west and Lake Manyara to the east. Ernest Hemingway once described the park as "the loveliest I had seen in Africa.
The park's terrain is vast and impressive including large areas of ground water forest with giant fig and mahogany trees alternating with acacia woodlands and open plains. A good network of roads and tracks gives the tourist a maximum game and bird watching opportunity.
The lake is famous for its tree climbing lions, this behavior has been attributed to the torment of biting flies which is minimal while arboreal. The lake attracts thousands of lesser flamingos as well as other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks. due to its alkaline nature. Over 400 hundred bird species have been recorded in the park. Game to view include Leopards, lions, elephants, blue monkeys, dik-dik, gazelle, hippo, giraffe, impala, wildebeests and zebras.
Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti National Park is widely regarded as the best wildlife reserve in Africa due to its density of predators and prey. The park covers 14,763 km2 (5,700 sq mi) of grassland plains and savanna as well as riverine forest and woodlands. The park lies in the north of the country, bordered to the north by the national Tanzania and Kenyan border, where it is continuous with the Masai Mara National Reserve.
The park is usually described in three regions Serengeti plains, Western corridor and Northern Serengeti. Serengeti plains are characterized by the endless, almost treeless grasslands. This is where the wildebeest breed, as they remain in the plains from December to May. Other ungulates also occur in huge numbers during the wet season. Kopjes are granite florations which are very common in the region, and they are great observation posts for predators, as well as a refuge for hyrax and pythons. The Western corridor the "black cotton" soil covers the swampy savannah of this region. Grumeti river is home to enormous Nile crocodiles, colobus monkey, and the martial eagle. The migration passes through from May to July. The Northern Serengeti landscape is dominated by open woodlands and hills, ranging from Seronera in the South, to the Mara river in the limit with Kenya. Apart from the migratory wildebeest and zebra (which occur from July to August, and in November), the bushy savannah is the best place to find elephant, giraffe and dik dik.
Human habitation is forbidden in the National Park with the exception of staff for TANAPA, researchers, Frankfurt Zoological Society staff, and staff of the various lodges and hotels. The main settlement is Seronera which houses the majority of research staff and the park's main headquarters, including its primary airstrip.
As well as the migration of ungulates, the park is well known for its healthy stock of other resident wildlife, particularly the "Big Five". The park also supports many further species, including cheetah, Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, topi, eland, waterbuck, hyena, baboon, impala, African wild dog and giraffe. The park also boasts about 500 bird species, including ostrich, secretary bird, Kori bustard, crowned crane, marabou stork, martial eagle, lovebirds and many species of vultures.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
The Ngorongoro conservation area was established in the year 1959 and later become a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. The crater is one of the biggest caldera in the world and has been described as one of the most spectacular game hunts in Africa. The crater has a diameter of 14.5km and a depth of 2000ft - 2500ft. The crater covers an area of 264 km2.
The crater highlands on the side facing the easterly trade winds receives 800-1200 mm of rain a year and is covered largely in montane forest, while the less-steep west wall receives only 400-600 mm; this side is grassland and bush land dotted with Euphorbia trees. The crater floor is mostly open grassland with two small wooded areas dominated by Acacia xanthophloea. The major source of water for the park is Ngoitokitok Spring, Munge Stream and Lerai Stream.
The best vantage point is the flat-topped Engitati Hill in the north-eastern corner of the park. Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the south-western corner, is the main feature of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually been seen here. The Lerai Forest a fever tree forest located in the south is a good place in the park to see animals such as elephants, waterbuck and flitting sunbirds. Swamps, thorn scrub and grassland fill the rest of the park and provide the bulk of wildlife viewing.
The park is one of the most densely crowded wildlife areas in the world and is home to an estimated 30,000 animals. There are no giraffe, topi or impala in the park - they probably find it to difficult to negotiate the crater rim cliffs and there is also insufficient grazing for large herds of antelope, inside the park. However the park teems with wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, aggressive pack hunting hyenas and resident lion prides. Supported by a year round supply of water and fodder, the park supports a vast variety of animals, which include impressive herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, giant elephants and a small population of black rhino. Another big draw to this picturesque park is it dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot.
The Ngorongoro Crater is only open from 06h00 to 16h00 and only 6 hour safari permits are issued which allows for only a single 6 hour morning game drive or 6 hour afternoon game drive to the park. There are two picnic and toilet spots - the one in the Lerai Forest and at the other at the Ngoitokitok Springs located in the south-eastern section of the park.
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park lies 118 km southwest of Arusha town and covers an area of 2,850 square kilometers. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire river that crosses through the park, being the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. The Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania after Ruaha, Serengeti, Mikumi, Katavi and Mkomazi. The landscape is composed of scattered baobab trees alternating with open acacia woodlands, open bush, plains, swamps, rivers and palm trees.
The park is famous for its huge number of elephants, baobab trees and its tree climbing pythons. Visitors to the park can expect to see any number of resident zebra and wildebeest in addition to the less common animals. Other common animals include waterbuck, giraffe, and olive baboons.
Home to more than 550 species, the park is a haven for bird enthusiasts who can expect so see dozens of species even in the dry season. The swamps are the focus of the largest selection of breeding birds anywhere in the world. Yellow-collared Lovebirds are a common bird sighting in the trees along the Tarangire River. The park is also famous for the termite mounds that dot the landscape. Those that have been abandoned are often seen to be home to dwarf mongoose.
Tarangire National Park can be reached via paved road from Arusha in under four hours. Lake Manyara National Park is only a 70 kilometers (43 mile) drive from Tarangire. One can visit the park all year round but the month of June to September are the driest months and wildlife population decreases. Besides game viewing other activities include Guided walking safaris, day trips to Maasai and Barabaig villages, as well as to the hundreds of ancient rock paintings in the vicinity of Kolo on the Dodoma Road.
Do's And Don'ts In The Game Reserves & National Park.
- Do not Litter the reserve/park.
- Do not feed the animals, i.e. monkeys or baboons.
- Do give the animals the right of way and do not disturb wildlife.
- Do not take any plant or animals remains, dead or alive.
- Do not start fires or throw cigarettes in the reserve.
- Do stay in your vehicle except at designated viewing points.
- Do not shout, laugh loudly, play radio or cassettes as this will keep away the animals.
- Do not provoke any animals its dangerous.