The ultimate 7-day Kenya-Tanzania safari, where adventure, wildlife, and breathtaking landscapes await you! This extraordinary journey will take you through two of East Africa’s most iconic national parks – the Masai Mara in Kenya and the Serengeti in Tanzania.
Prepare to be captivated by the boundless beauty of the African savannah as we embark on thrilling game drives in search of the “Big Five” – lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards, and rhinos. Our expert guides from Africa Kenya Safaris will be your companions, sharing their wealth of knowledge about the diverse flora and fauna that call these vast wildernesses home.
Witness the awe-inspiring Great Migration in action, where millions of wildebeests and zebras traverse the plains, an unforgettable spectacle of nature. Whether it’s observing the stunning wildlife, relaxing at luxurious lodges, or immersing yourself in the rich culture of the Maasai people, this 7-day safari promises an experience of a lifetime.
Experience both of these natural beauties on this seven-day safari excursion, which visits the Masai Mara and the Serengeti, two of the greatest parks in the world. You will see the migration of the Serengeti’s countless wildebeest and zebra spill into the nearby Mara areas. These are perhaps the densest ecosystems of wild animals in the world.
As you go across borders, you will be astounded by the enormous landscapes that are home to millions of grazers and thousands of big cats. As we move to another apex, the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest preserved volcanic crater on earth, more adventure is still in store.
The Ngorongoro Crater is a vast habitat that is cut off from the rest of Africa and is home to an incredible diversity of creatures, including lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, giraffes, hippos, and even large flocks of pink flamingos.
Our last park is Lake Manyara, a little jewel full of surprises. Around the lake, you can see flamingos and pelicans. However, if you glance up into the trees, you’ll notice something pretty surprising. A distinctive feature of the park is its prides of lions that can scale trees. What a fantastic way to cap off a week spent discovering these two nations, Kenya and Tanzania, which are renowned for their abundance of safari opportunities.
Join us on this immersive wildebeest migration crossing journey into the heart of Africa, as we delve into the untamed beauty of the Masai Mara and Serengeti, and create lasting memories in the company of remarkable wildlife and natural wonders. Are you ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime? Let’s make your dream safari a reality!
Day-by-Day Itinerary: 7 Day Kenya + Tanzania Safari to Masai Mara & Sarengeti
Day 1: Nairobi to Masai Mara – Game drive upon arrival.
Day 2: Full day in Masai Mara – Unlimited game drives, optional hot air balloon safari.
Day 3: Masai Mara to Serengeti – Crossing the border, entering Serengeti.
Day 4: Full day in Serengeti – Abundant wildlife sightings, morning and afternoon game drives.
Day 5: Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater – Oldupai Gorge visit, descending into the crater.
Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater to Lake Manyara – Tree-climbing lions, serene beauty of the lake.
Day 7: Lake Manyara to Arusha/Nairobi – Final game drive, return to Arusha or Nairobi.
7 Day Kenya & Tanzania Safari Combined Highlights
Highlights of the 7-day Kenya-Tanzania Safari:
- Masai Mara Game Reserve: Experience the world-renowned savannahs and abundant wildlife, including lions, elephants, giraffes, and the Great Migration.
- Unlimited Game Drives: Enjoy full days of thrilling game drives in both Masai Mara and Serengeti, maximizing your chances of wildlife sightings.
- Spectacular Landscapes: Witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the Great Rift Valley and the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro as the backdrop of your safari adventure.
- Serengeti National Park: Explore the vast plains of Serengeti, home to a massive concentration of wildlife, including the Big Five, cheetahs, and countless wildebeests and zebras.
- Olduvai Gorge: Visit the renowned archaeological site where early man’s artifacts were discovered, gaining insights into human evolution.
- Ngorongoro Crater: Descend into the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and encounter diverse wildlife, from majestic lions to endangered black rhinos.
- Tree-Climbing Lions: Witness the unique behavior of lions in Lake Manyara National Park as they rest on tree branches, a rare sight in the animal kingdom.
- Pink Flamingoes: Be captivated by the mesmerizing sight of fuchsia flamingoes gracefully wading in Lake Manyara, creating a vibrant, colorful scene.
- Optional Hot Air Balloon Safari: Take to the skies and enjoy a magical hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara, offering an unforgettable aerial perspective of the wildlife below.
- Cultural Encounters: Interact with the Maasai people, learning about their fascinating traditions and way of life in East Africa.
This safari promises an unforgettable adventure, immersing you in the breathtaking landscapes and diverse wildlife of two of Africa’s most iconic destinations.
Masai Mara vs Serengeti National Park
Comparing the size of Masai Mara and Serengeti, the Serengeti is significantly larger and offers a more extensive wilderness experience amnd both are exceptional safari destinations and the choice of which is better depends on individual preferences. If you prefer a more intimate and easily accessible safari experience with a high concentration of wildlife, Masai Mara might be the preferred choice. On the other hand, if you desire an immersive and extensive wilderness adventure with a chance to witness the Great Migration and explore vast landscapes, the Serengeti offers a truly remarkable and unmatched safari experience.
- Masai Mara: The Masai Mara National Reserve covers an area of approximately 1,510 square kilometers (583 square miles). While sizable and diverse, it is relatively smaller compared to the Serengeti.
- Serengeti: The Serengeti National Park is vast, covering approximately 30,000 square kilometers (11,580 square miles). It is one of the largest national parks in Africa and offers an immense and diverse landscape.
- Masai Mara: Due to its smaller size, the Masai Mara can feel more intimate and easier to explore in a shorter period. The concentration of wildlife is generally high, making game viewing more accessible in certain areas.
- Serengeti: The vastness of the Serengeti creates a more immersive and authentic wilderness experience. Its vast plains, diverse ecosystems, and the Great Migration provide visitors with a sense of untouched wilderness and the opportunity to witness the raw power of nature on a grand scale.
- Masai Mara: The Masai Mara is known for its high wildlife density, especially during the Great Migration season, where millions of wildebeest, zebras, and other grazers congregate in the area.
- Serengeti: The Serengeti also boasts incredible wildlife density, particularly during the Great Migration periods when vast herds of wildebeest and zebras roam the plains. However, due to its size, it can provide more varied and dispersed wildlife sightings throughout the year.
- Masai Mara: During peak tourist seasons, certain areas of the Masai Mara, especially near the river crossings during the Great Migration, can get crowded with safari vehicles and tourists.
- Serengeti: The Serengeti’s vastness provides more opportunities for secluded and less crowded safari experiences, particularly in the less-visited northern and western regions.
Both the Serengeti and the Masai Mara provide a wide range of lodging options to accommodate varied travel needs. Tented camps (both affordable and high-end exclusive), small rustic lodges, and larger chain hotels/resorts are some of the different types of lodging. Camps with tents are very well-liked. These could be fully furnished accommodations with canvas walls or basic standing tents with just twin beds and a few other essentials. Many upscale resorts make an effort to blend in with their surroundings and are surprisingly approachable. They might not provide many modern conveniences. Instead, they strive to be environmentally responsible while providing a premium experience with excellent service, cuisine, and coaching.
Mobile camps are even more simple but quite exclusive. These transitory settlements move along with the migratory undetected. Both parks offer accommodations at every level, but the Serengeti may have the greatest assortment of tiny, upscale places. There are several further mid-range lodging alternatives in the Masai Mara, in addition to a large number of cheap lodgings located nearby. Unlike inexpensive camping tours to the Masai Mara, which typically stay outside the reserve, camping trips to the Serengeti typically remain inside the park.