8 Days Masai Mara, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Safari

This 8 Days Safaris in the Masai Mara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (Masai Mara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater Lodge)  This East Africa Lodge Safari tours the Masai Mara National Reserve, the Serengeti National Park, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, three of Africa’s most popular wildlife destinations.

When game-viewing in Kenya and Tanzania, two of the world’s most legendary safari nations, stay in comfortable lodges and tented camps.  This greatest game-viewing safari takes you to Africa’s famed bush landscapes, where a diverse range of wild animals roam peacefully on the open plains.  During the year, game drives would enable you to see the Big Five, cheetahs, plains game, and more, as well as witness the annual Great Migration between the Serengeti and the Masai Mara.  Visit Olduvai Gorge, a historic spot, and the Ngorongoro Crater, host to one of the world’s highest concentrations of biodiversity.

Day 1: Nairobi to Masai Mara

This budget/luxury East Africa safari begins with pickup from your pre-tour hotel in Nairobi at 7:30 a.m., accompanied by a briefing on the thrilling journey ahead.  We leave Nairobi and travel down the Great Rift Valley to our camp near the Masai Mara National Reserve, taking in the scenery.  After lunch at our tented camp, we went for a game drive in the world-famous game reserve.  This is considered as the birthplace of authentic African safaris and is one of the finest game-viewing destinations in the country.

We return to the lavish tented camp for dinner and rest after our first game drive in Kenya, East Africa.  The camp is located on the banks of a river in a private conservancy area where a variety of wildlife can be seen on a regular basis.

Day 2: Masai Mara Game Reserve,

In Masai Mara, the entire second day is devoted to game viewing.  Over 450 species of wild animals live in the Masai Mara’s famous plains, including the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo.  Today, you’ll travel across Africa’s wild savannahs, where you’ll see hippos, wild dogs, crocodiles, wildebeest, zebras, hyenas, giraffes, jackals, among several other species.  Masai Mara is famous for its dramatic animal movement, which lets millions of wildebeest, zebras, gazelles, and other herbivores stampede through the plains and rivers.  The Great Migration, which takes place every year between Kenya’s Masai Mara and Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, attracts a slew of predators.

An optional balloon trip over the Masai Mara plains is also available.  This optional balloon trip is one of the most spectacular ways to see Masai Mara and the reserve’s wealth of wildlife, and it costs extra.  We’re staying in tented rooms with en-suite bathrooms and verandahs at the same cozy camp near Masai Mara tonight.

Masai Mara & Speke Bay on Day 3 

Before driving to the Isebania Border Post and moving into Tanzania, get up early for breakfast at camp.  Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake, is the first destination in Tanzania.

We stay at Speke Bay Lodge on Tanzania’s Northern Safari Circuit, which is just 15 kilometers from Serengeti National Park.  This afternoon is yours to chill at the Great Lake’s south-eastern shores cabin.  You may even go fishing or have a cruise ride on Lake Victoria (at an additional cost).  The Speke Gulf was named after British adventurer John Hanning Speke, who was the first European to arrive at Lake Victoria in the mid-1800s and acknowledge the Great Lake as the Nile’s source.

Day 4: From Speke Bay to Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park 

On day four, we fly to the remote western corridor of the Serengeti National Park, entering via the Ndabaka Gate.  The Serengeti is visited for the whole day, with a picnic lunch served along the way.  The Serengeti National Park, together with the Masai Mara, is considered the birthplace of the standard African safari and one of the continent’s most famous safari destinations.  The Serengeti Plains, which are part of the same biome as the Mara, have the quintessential African savannah landscape, but cover 14 763 km2.

We have dinner at Ikoma Safari Camp (or a related location) after our game drive and will spend the night there.

Day 5: Serengeti National Park (Tanzania) 

The fifth day is set aside for game drives in the world-famous Serengeti National Park.  During the brief rainy season (October and November), over a million herbivores move south from the northern to southern Serengeti plains, moving north during the long rainy season (April to June).  We can see lots of plains game and predators wandering the plains because the Serengeti National Park offers outstanding wildlife watching all year.

At the end of the day, we return to Serengeti Ikoma Tented Lodge (or anything similar) for dinner and another overnight stop.

Day 6: Serengeti to Ngorongoro Conservation Area via Olduvai Gorge 

Until returning to the lodge for breakfast, we’ll go on an early morning game drive in Serengeti National Park.  After that, we travel to the Olduvai Gorge, a wide gorge in the East African Rift Valley.  Along the road, we stop for a picnic lunch and some game watching.

One of the world’s most popular prehistoric sites, the gorge is host to some of our mammalian ancestors’ oldest fossils.  We visit the Olduvai Gorge Museum to see the excavated fossils of our forefathers, including 1.2 million-year-old Homo erectus bones.

We travel from Olduvai to the Ngorongoro Forest Tented Lodge (or anything similar) for dinner and the night.

Day 7: Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater

We eat breakfast early on day seven and descend 600 meters into the crater for an action-packed day of game watching in this wildlife haven.  Our 4×4 game drive brings us across the diverse landscapes of the crater floor, where we encounter a variety of wild animals.

In the crater, we have a picnic lunch.  The Ngorongoro Crater is known for having a large concentration of mammals, with nearly every type of wildlife depicted.  We would hope to see a wide variety of wildlife in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area due to the high density of animal species. We climb the crater walls after our game watching expedition and return to Ngorongoro Forest Tented Lodge (or similar) for dinner and our final overnight stop.

Day 8: Arusha and Nairobi from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area 

Before leaving for Arusha, we start the day with a leisurely breakfast.  We eat en route by bringing prepared lunches from the cabin.  You have the option of stopping your safari in Arusha or continuing on to Nairobi, Kenya, when you arrive about midday.  We take the 2:00 p.m. shuttle from Arusha’s Kibo Palace Hotel to Nairobi, where you will be transferred to the airport or your post-tour lodging.  You would have had an unforgettable game watching experience in three of Africa’s finest wildlife havens when the safari ends in Nairobi.

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