Renowned for their vast plains, the Serengeti and Masai Mara comprise one large contiguous region teeming with wildlife, including lion, lepoard, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, gazelle, wildebeest, elephant, buffalo, hippo, and rhino. Visiting these parks, along with Ngorongoro, Amboseli, and Lake Manyara is truly a classic safari. Join us on this new African safari in 2020.

Starting at: $10,396 Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Wildebeest, cranes, and flamingos along the water, Ngorongoro Crater  Maasai in traditional garments. Credit: Smithsonian Journeys Expert Kirt Kempter  Viewing lions during a game drive  Elephants in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, with Mt. Kilimanjaro in the background  Lone cheetah on the watch  Giraffes on the savanna  Zebras on the Great Migration Credit: Smithsonian Journeys Expert Don Wilson  Grey-crowned Cranes  Wildebeest on the Serengeti at sunset

Safari in Kenya and Tanzania

From the Serengeti to the Masai Mara

16 days from $10,396

Renowned for their vast plains, the Serengeti and Masai Mara comprise one large contiguous region teeming with wildlife, including lion, lepoard, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, gazelle, wildebeest, elephant, buffalo, hippo, and rhino. Visiting these parks, along with Ngorongoro, Amboseli, and Lake Manyara is truly a classic safari. Join us on this new African safari in 2020.

or Call 855-330-1542

SPECIAL VALUE

This tour is specially designed for a small group of 16 to 24 Smithsonian travelers and offers outstanding travel value. Prices include airfare, airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees.

Overview

Renowned for their vast plains, the Serengeti and Masai Mara comprise one large contiguous region teeming with wildlife, including lion, leopard, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, gazelle, wildebeest, elephant, buffalo, hippo, and rhino. Visiting these parks, along with Ngorongoro, Amboseli, and Lake Manyara is truly a classic safari. Join us on this new African safari in 2020.

Highlights Include

  • The Serengeti and Masai Mara: The Serengeti spans approximately 12,000 square miles in Tanzania and is considered one of Africa’s finest parks, while Masai Mara is Kenya’s premier game reserve and the traditional homeland of the native Maasai people. Gaze in awe at the diversity of mammals during game drives in both parks.
  • Amboseli: In the shadow of snowcapped Mt. Kilimanjaro stands Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, known for its dry plains and large elephant population, which you’ll witness during game drives. At a nearby Maasai village, see everyday life up close as you meet with villagers and visit a school.
  • Lake Manyara: See abundant birdlife, tree-climbing lions, and hippos during game drives in one of Tanzania’s smallest and most diverse parks.
  • Ngorongoro: This UNESCO Conservation Area is home to the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera, measuring 100 square miles. On the crater’s floor is Africa in microcosm: grassland, swampland, lakes, forest, mountains, and unparalleled wildlife. Descend into the crater to see all of Africa’s “Big Five”—lion, elephant, rhino, Cape buffalo and leopard—in one place!
  • Nairobi: Tour the Karen Blixen Museum, former home of the author of Out of Africa (as Isak Dinesen) and see the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe at the Giraffe Centre.
  • Safari Comfort: Stay in deluxe Serena Safari Lodges, offering the most upscale lodge experience in Tanzania. In Kenya, the Sarova Mara Game Camp offers a luxurious three-night tented camp experience.
  • Extension to Mount Kenya: During an optional three-day extension, spend a day at Mpala Research Centre, where Smithsonian fellows and research staff lead important research projects. You’ll also visit the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Sanctuary and stay at the famed Mount Kenya Safari Club.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Depart the U.S. for Nairobi, Kenya

Day 2 – Arrive in Nairobi

After arriving in Nairobi, transfer to your hotel. As arrival times may vary greatly, there are no group activities or meals planned.

Day 3 – Nairobi

See highlights of Kenya’s cosmopolitan capital city today, stopping for a tour of the Karen Blixen Museum, the one-time home of the Danish writer who, as Isak Dinesen, wrote Out of Africa.

Also visit the Giraffe Centre, which provides nature education to Kenyan schoolchildren and where you see several of the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe up close.

After returning to your hotel late this afternoon, tonight enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel. (B,D)

Day 4 – Nairobi / Amboseli

Travel this morning to Amboseli National Park in the shadow of snowcapped Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Maasai’s “white mountain” and the world’s tallest free-standing mountain at 19,336 feet. Known for its large elephant population, Amboseli boasts wide, dry plains also teeming with herds of wildebeest, zebra, impala, and giraffe – as you may see on this afternoon’s game drive. (B,L,D)

Day 5 – Amboseli

Early this morning visit a nearby Maasai village to meet the people before they leave to tend their cattle, and to see everyday life up close. Also, visit a local school where you have an opportunity to interact with the children and their teachers.

Then return to your lodge for breakfast and lunch followed by a late afternoon game drive. In between enjoy time to relax at your comfortable lodge in the foothills of Kilimanjaro beneath a copse of feathered acacia trees. (B,L,D)

Day 6 – Amboseli / Lake Manyara

Tanzania has 13,000 square miles of protected parkland, more than any other country.

Travel today to peaceful Lake Manyara National Park, one of Tanzania’s smallest and most diverse parks. Bordered by the dramatic Western Escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Manyara is notable for its abundant birdlife, diverse vegetation, tree-climbing lions, and hippos.

Take an afternoon game drive. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – Lake Manyara / Ngorongoro Conservation Area

This morning enjoy another game drive at Lake Manyara, then after lunch set out for Ngorongoro, a Conservation Area, International Biosphere Reserve, and site of Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. On the crater’s floor is Africa in microcosm: grassland, swampland, lakes, forest, mountains, and unparalleled wildlife, including the rare black rhino, hippo, wildebeest, zebra, eland, gazelle, and black-maned lion. (B,L,D)

Day 8 – Ngorongoro Crater

On the morning tour of the 100-square-mile crater you have your only chance to see all of Africa’s “Big Five” – elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion, and leopard – in one place.

The afternoon is at leisure to relax at your lodge on the crater’s rim. (B,L,D)

Day 9 – Ngorongoro / Serengeti National Park

You’re bound this morning for the Serengeti, the Maasai’s 5,700-square-mile “endless plain” considered Africa’s finest park and one of the world’s last great wildlife refuges.

En route visit 31-mile Olduvai Gorge, where, in 1959 anthropologist Mary Leakey discovered the 1.8-million-year-old skull of Australopithecus boisei – and revolutionized the study of human evolution.

Reaching your lodge, embark on an afternoon game drive. (B,L,D)

Day 10 – Serengeti

Twice a year, some 1.3 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra, and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle migrate to new grazing lands between Masai Mara and the Serengeti, sparking one of nature’s most spectacular sights. But the Serengeti’s vast treeless plains teem with animal life year-round, and this is the best place to see lion and cheetah up close. Perhaps you will on today’s two game drives. (B,L,D)

Day 11 – Serengeti / Masai Mara

Leave Tanzania today, flying to Masai Mara, Kenya’s premier game reserve rich with animal life and the traditional homeland of the native Maasai people. Known especially for the annual migration that sees some two million wildebeest, zebra, and Thomson’s gazelle, along with other wildlife. These creatures migrate here from the Serengeti, the Mara sits in the Great Rift Valley and comprises 583 square miles of vast plains, acacia forests, grass-covered hills, and slow-flowing rivers. 

Take your first game drive after checking in to your tented camp. (B,L,D)

Day 12 – Masai Mara

Spend today “on safari,” venturing out on early morning and late afternoon game drives during prime viewing hours to glimpse some of the lion, leopard, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, gazelle, wildebeest, elephant, buffalo, hippo, rhino, and other wildlife that call the Mara home. (B,L,D)

Day 13 – Masai Mara

Again today you’re “on safari,” with morning and afternoon game drives in this preserve that is just slightly larger than the state of Rhode Island.

When not out in the bush, you are at leisure to enjoy the amenities of your luxury tented camp, including a spa and swimming pool. (B,L,D)

Day 14 – Masai Mara / Nairobi

Today re-enter the urban world as you fly from the Mara back to Nairobi. Have some time at leisure to freshen up and repack at your hotel.

Tonight toast your safari adventure at a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 15 – Nairobi / Depart for the U.S.

After a morning at leisure, transfer to the Nairobi airport and board your connecting flight to the U.S. (B)

Day 16 – Arrive in the U.S.

Reach the U.S. today and connect with your flights home.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)