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Overview
The Mara & Serengeti tour starts in Nairobi and ends in Arusha. The Mara & Serengeti is an Adventure tour that takes 10 days taking you from Nairobi to Arusha and through other destinations in Africa.

A short ten-day tour packed with safaris and wildlife viewing opportunities, this group tour takes you to three of east Africa’s most well-known national parks and conservation areas. Home to the annual wildebeest migration which takes place around the Mara River between July and September, these national parks are packed with predators and prey and it is your best chance at seeing the big five in action.
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“Such a fab tour really enjoyed. Kim and all the guides were amazing they couldn't do enough to make sure everything was perfect. Highly recommend”
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“Tucan are just budget enough for me. Most nights are spent in tents, cooking your own food and doing your own washing up (this is the budget, no-frills part) and a hot shower is a luxury (but a hot shower is a luxury most places in Africa- even relatively expensive hotels and safari lodges). However, you do not miss out when it is really important- the activities, experiences- in fact you probably get far more from it. Would you rather sleep in a 4 star safari lodge encampment, or in a camp listening to lions roar, bushbabies wail and with wild zebras and elephants wandering around the campsite?�While they are budget, they are not as cheap as some, however with Tucan we went on safari in proper safari vehicles rather than in the expedition truck and had our tents put up and taken down for us, food cooked and packed lunches made so the full day could be spent viewing animals rather than cooking and preparing camp.�The vehicles were the nicest I've seen, the guides were excellent (we saw an astonishing number of animals)- highly recommended.”
Many travellers use Nairobi as a stop off point on their way to other parts of Eastern Africa, but there are many sights and sounds to experience in the city on the first day of your adventure.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Kenya Comfort Hotel or similar . No single room upgrade available.
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • The Flip Flop Recycling Company – free (excluding transportation)
  • Karen Blixen Museum, coffee garden & cottages – KES2000 and free entrance to the bar (excluding transportation).
We depart Nairobi early, after breakfast and drive to our lunch spot where we will exchange our expedition truck for 4WD safari van before continuing on to the Masai Mara Nature Reserve. On arrival we get straight into our first game drive in one of the world's most famous and expansive wildlife reserves.

Covering over 1,500 square kilometres and providing habitat for thousands of animals, the Masai Mara Nature Reserve is deservedly one of Kenya’s most popular safari spots. Animals present in the reserve include the big five (lions, elephants, Cape buffaloes, leopards and rhinoceros), various grazing mammals which attract carnivores such as cheetahs, hyenas and jackals, and over 500 recorded species of birds. We stay just outside the park in permanent tents, enjoying a buffet dinner in the evening.

The following morning we leave camp early for a second game drive, visiting the mighty Mara River. During the annual Great Migration, this is the setting for the thunderous display of thousands of wildebeest crossing the river while canny crocodiles lie in wait. At any time of year, the river is vitally important to the ecosystem and a good spot to view animals. You will also have the opportunity to visit a local Masai village, learning about the vibrant, semi-nomadic herders’ way of life and join them in a local dance.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in tented camps at Miti Mingi Eco Camp or similar . No single room upgrade available.
Meals
  • 2 Buffet Breakfast(s), 2 Local Lunch(es), 2 Dinner(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Hot air balloon over the Masai Mara National Reserve – US$450 per person
Today we leave the incredible Masai Mara behind and head back to Nairobi. Later we get a chance to get up close and personal at the elephant orphanage in time to experience feeding them before making our way to the Giraffe centre. Spend time learning more about the wildlife at the educational centre and take snaps of these magnificent creatures. We will then arrive back mid-late afternoon and you have the evening free to relax and reflect on the incredible experiences you have had over the last few days.

Returning to Nairobi also gives you the chance to experience some of the activities around the capital city you may have missed first time around. You may wish to enjoy a meal at the famous African buffet restaurant called Carnivores, where meat is served from Masai spears until you can eat no more and raise your flag in surrender!

Approximate Travel Time: Six hours to Nairobi
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Kenya Comfort Hotel or similar . No single room upgrade available.
Meals
  • 2 Breakfast(s), 1 Lunch Box
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • The Flip Flop Recycling Company – free (excluding transportation)
  • Karen Blixen Museum, coffee garden & cottages – KES2000 and free entrance to the bar (excluding transportation).
Crossing the border into Tanzania, we make our way to Arusha. It is here that we will prepare to enter the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Arusha is a busy, bustling town with WI-fi, coffee shops, banks and many other modern amenities. You will stay here for the night, leaving your belongings with the truck and taking only an overnight bag on your included excursion to the Serengeti NP and Ngorongoro Crater.

Approximate Travel Time: Six hours depending on the border
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels . No single room upgrade available.
Meals
  • 1 Buffet Breakfast(s), 1 Lunch(es)
A place that needs no introduction, the Serengeti National Park is the most famous safari destination in Africa. We’re picked up after breakfast and taken by 4WD to the national park. The afternoon is spent game driving to our lodge, located inside the national park to maximise our time and wildlife viewing opportunities. Before we reach the Serengeti plains, we’ll stop for a stunning vista overlooking the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken, unflooded caldera in the world. The vast 300 square kilometre crater stretches out in front of you in a kaleidoscope of blues and greens and it’s not until you spot the barely discernible grey speck of an elephant that you truly grasp its scale.

Every safari is unique and you will never know what’s in store for you until you arrive. Among the hundreds of species in the park, you may encounter zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, buffalo, lion, cheetah, leopard, hippopotamus, hyena, elephant, vulture, monkey, warthog, gazelle and impala. Each season offers a different highlight.

Our second day in the park is a full day of game driving, trying to spot the more elusive members of the animal kingdom before heading to our lodge just outside the Ngorongoro Crater.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in lodges . No single room upgrade available.
Meals
  • 2 Local Breakfast(s), 2 Lunch Box, 2 Dinner(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Olduuvai Gorge – 27,000TS or US$18
  • Masai Village- US$10
  • Hot Air Ballooning with champagne breakfast – US$550 (cash payment) or US$565 (credit card payment)
Our final morning game driving is spent inside the crater itself - a good place to spot black rhinoceros, elephant and lions.

This afternoon, we return to stay in Arusha and reunite with the overland truck.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels . No single room upgrade available.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s), 1 Lunch Box
Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s)
what’s included
Accommodation
  • 5 night(s) in hotels, 2 night(s) in tented camps, 2 night(s) in lodges
Meals
  • 3 Buffet Breakfast(s), 1 Local Lunch(es), 4 Dinner(s), 5 Breakfast(s), 5 Lunch Box, 1 Lunch(es), 1 Local Breakfast(s)
Transport
  • Overland Truck, 4WD
Excursions
  • Game Drives in the Masai Mara Nature Reserve
  • Masai Village
  • Visit to David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage & Giraffe Centre
  • Game Drives in the Serengeti National Park
  • Morning Game Drive in the Ngorongoro Crater
what’s excluded
  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Spending money ampndash budget for meals snacks drinks limited souvenirs laundry tips and any extras
  • International flights tofrom the startend of your tour and departure taxes
  • Tips on excursions visas travel insurance personal items and single rooms.
  • Optional excursions - On each trip you may find there are some excursions that are not included. This might be because they are not to everyones taste or there may be various options of differing value to choose from. More information on the excursions we recommend is listed under each day of your itinerary though prices may vary. If you are after something in particular dont hesitate to ask your tour leader.
  • Airport transfers and pre and post tour accommodation
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 10 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 18 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Nairobi, Kenya/ Arusha, Tanzania
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A deposit of 500 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 60 days before departure. For any departures within 26 July 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Mara & Serengeti tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Mara & Serengeti tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Mara & Serengeti tour. You can cancel the tour up to 61 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 60 days of departure.
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