The Best of Kenya & Tanzania

By | September 28, 2021

Get the most unforgettable experiences of Tanzania and Kenya’s best national parks and climb Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro.

On this trip you will experience the Kenyan capital Nairobi, where a private guide will show you some of the city’s highlights including visits to the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, AFEW Giraffe Center, Kazuri Bead Workshop and Karen Blixen’s African farm.

From Nairobi, the journey then goes to Mount Longonot where you have the opportunity to warm up a bit before Kilimanjaro in the most beautiful of surroundings. After a fantastic day trip, you will go to Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru, two of Kenya’s most beautiful lakes, both of which offer dynamic wildlife. At Lake Nakuru you can see some of the last free-living rhinos in Kenya featured by getzipcodes.

Next, visit the Masai Mara National Park, the most spectacular safari park in all of Kenya. Here you have the opportunity to experience an impressive diversity of wildlife – lion, elephant, buffalo, zebra, hippopotamus, antelope, gazelle, wildebeest, giraffe, hyena, crocodile and much more. After some adventurous safaris in Kenya’s national parks, we drive on to a Maasai village in the Masai Mara Conservancy. Here you spend the night in a camping tent for two nights while you follow the everyday life of the Maasai and learn more about their fascinating culture. From Kenya, the journey continues to Tanzania and you will here trek to Kilimanjaro to then end this sensational journey on Zanzibar’s beautiful turquoise blue sandy beaches.

Kilimanjaro’s mountain peak is one of the most memorable pictures you will take with you from East Africa. This is Africa’s highest mountain and the world’s highest free – standing mountain. On this tour you follow the Machame route, the most beautiful road on Kilimanjaro. The route offers a richly varied landscape with fantastic nature experiences and fantastic views. Here you walk through semitropical rainforest, open moors, rocky deserts and steep cliffs as well as glacial streams, snow and ice. Machame is one of the longer and more physically demanding routes to the top (a total of about 100 km), but the Machame route allows better acclimatization (and even better if you take an extra day) than many of the other routes, which means more people manages to reach the top via this road. On the Machame route, you sleep in tents and only walk with your backpack,

On Zanzibar you will find some of the world’s best sandy beaches with turquoise waters and swaying palm trees. There are many opportunities for various activities such as visiting the various beaches of paradise and sunbathing or snorkeling in the Indian Ocean. Zanzibar also offers other attractions, such as cozy towns, impressive corals and giant turtles.

Day 1: Departure from Scandinavia

Departure from Scandinavia to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, where you will arrive the next day. Depending on which airline you have chosen, there will be 1-2 stops on the way.

Day 2: Arrival in Nairobi

In Nairobi you will be picked up at the airport by our driver and driven to Wildebeest Eco Camp. The rest of the day is at your disposal.

Day 3 – Nairobi

After breakfast you will be picked up for an excursion around Nairobi and you will visit the following places: Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage: You will visit Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, home of orphaned elephant children preparing to return to nature. All elephants have their own individual “development plan” for how they can best be trained to be reintroduced into nature and no elephants will remain in the orphanage. Depending on the age of the baby elephant, it can take anywhere from one to ten years. Giraffe Center: The day also includes a visit to the AFEW (African Fund for Endangered Wildlife) Giraffe Center to see the center’s Rothschild giraffes, which are an endangered breed in Kenya. Today, Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the few places where they can be experienced outdoors. Rothschild giraffes are known for their long white “socks” which goes all the way to the knees as opposed to the Massage giraffes, which only have white “ankle socks”. The center also offers an informative exhibition on giraffes and here is a nice little cafe. Local English speaking guide included. Kazuri Jewelry and Ceramics Workshop: You will also have a visit to the Kazuri Jewelry and Pottery Workshop. The Kazuri project started in 1975 and helped single mothers support themselves and their children. The women hand-painted jewelry and ceramics and sold them. The project has now become so popular that over 200 women are employed and their goods are sold all over the world. Everything is done by hand and it is incredibly exciting to experience the women’s skills. Local English speaking guide included. Karen Blixen’s house: The excursion ends at Karen Blixen’s African house 20 km west of Nairobi – one of the capital’s main attractions. The Baroness’s home was converted into a museum in 1985 due to the film adaptation of the now famous film “My Africa” ​​starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. to go for a walk in the beautiful park overlooking the Ngong Hills. ( There will be time to take a walk in the beautiful park overlooking the Ngong Hills. ( There will be time to take a walk in the beautiful park overlooking the Ngong Hills. (F )

Day 4: Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru National Park

After breakfast there is a departure from Lake Naivasha towards Lake Nakuru. After the first safari in the park, we enjoy lunch by the lake and in the afternoon we take another safari tour in Lake Nakuru National Park. The area is especially known for its hundreds of thousands of flamingos that come to the lake during different periods of the year in search of food. Here you can actually be lucky enough to experience up to three million (!) Flamingos that form a wide pink band around the entire lake. Nakuru also has the status of a reserve for rhinos, which can always be seen during safaris in the park. There are also good opportunities to experience buffalo, giraffe, zebra, water buffalo and maybe even the volatile leopard. You arrive at your hotel on Lake Nakuru in the afternoon. The rest of the day is on its own. ( F , L, M )

Day 5: Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara

After breakfast, leave the Lake Nakuru area and travel to the Masai Mara National Park. During the car ride you stop and have lunch. After a short stop at your camp, the first samples of the national park’s fantastic wildlife and its varied and hilly landscapes are common. Note that the car ride is really tough during the last part of the stretch, where the roads are in a rather primitive condition. The rest of the evening is at your own disposal. ( F , L , M )

Day 6: Safari and Masai Mara

The whole day is set aside for driving around and observing wildlife in the reserve. You start early in the morning, when the chance of seeing lions, cheetahs and leopards is greatest. Kenya’s leading Masai Mara Safari Reserve is a continuation of the Serengeti Plain and world famous for the unique and spectacular migration of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebras. From June they start arriving at the Masai Mara in search of food and in October the grass is eaten and they start hiking back to the Serengeti. Masai Mara is also rich in resident animals with over 95 different species, which makes the park a great animal experience all year round. In the Masai Mara you will find the whole “The Big Five”, ie elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and a small number of rhinos, but also giraffes, hippos, hyenas and countless antelopes. The national park also has an incredibly rich and varied bird life with over 480 species. (F , L , M )

Day 7: Masai Mara

Early ascent for a morning safari followed by breakfast in your camp. From here you drive to a Masai village in the Masai Mara Conservancy and arrive in the morning. We will stay here for the next two nights. Upon arrival you will be welcomed by Maasai warriors from the village. After the welcome, you visit the huts while the guide explains the many aspects of village life. You will learn more about how they build the huts, hold wedding ceremonies, provide food and clothing, and hear stories about their family life, leadership, and traditional medicine. After lunch in the camp, you have the opportunity to go hiking in the area and participate in daily life. You are back in the village when the animals return from their pasture. You are welcome to participate in the milking of the villages and make sure that they are fenced in before the night. ( F , L , M )

Day 8: Masai Conservancy

Time for an early breakfast and a final bush walk with the local Maasai warriors and their families, where you can learn more about this exciting tribe. ( F , L , M )

Day 9: Masai Village Bush Camp – Nairobi

After breakfast you can enjoy the morning activities in the Maasai village. Later in the morning you travel to Nairobi with lunch on the way. ( F , L )

Day 10: Nairobi – Moshi

Early ascent and then taxi to the shuttle bus to Moshi. The bus departs from Nairobi at 08.00 and arrives in Moshi around 15.00. It costs $ 50 to cross the border. The afternoon in Moshi can be spent exploring the small town and arranging the equipment for the Kilimanjaro ascent. ( F )

Day 11: Moshi – Kilimanjaro: Machame Camp

Departure from Moshi. The trekking tour starts from Machame Gate, where you hike through the subtropical forest up to Machame Camp at an altitude of 3018 meters. Estimated hiking time: 6 hours. Dinner and overnight in the Machame camp. ( F , L , M )

Day 12: Kilimanjaro: Machame Camp – Shira Camp

This day begins with a steep ascent, after which the tour is gradually leveled out towards lunchtime. After lunch, the hike continues along steep cliffs and through moors towards the Shira plateau, where our camp is located at 3800 meters. Estimated hiking time: 6 hours. Dinner and overnight in Shira Camp. ( F , L , M )

Day 13: Kilimanjaro: Shira Camp – Barranco Camp

After breakfast we continue east through the stone desert and over the glacier falls until we reach the Lava Tower at about 4600 meters altitude. From Lava Tower we go down to Barranco Camp at 3972 meters altitude, where we have lunch and enjoy the impressive view of the Barranco Wall. Estimated hiking time: 4-5 hours. ( F , L , M )

Day 14: Kilimanjaro: Barranco Camp – Barafu Camp

This day we start by giving up on Barranco Wall which fortunately is easier to climb than it looks. After a rest at the top of the Barranco Wall, we hike down the Karanga Valley and up to the Barafu camp at an altitude of 4633 meters. Estimated hiking time: 6-7 hours. ( F , L , M )

Day 15: Kilimanjaro: Barafu Camp – Top Trial Uhuru Peak – Mweka Camp

Around midnight, the summit of Uhuru Peak – Africa’s highest point at 5866 meters altitude, which you have the opportunity to reach around sunrise, begins. After enjoying the beautiful view from the top, the descent to Mweka Camp begins, where relaxation, dinner and overnight stays are on the program. Estimated hiking time: 12-15 hours. ( F , L , M )

Day 16: Kilimanjaro: Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate – Moshi

On the last day of the trek, we return to Mweka Gate, where we say goodbye to our team. From here you will be driven to your hotel in Moshi, where you will have lunch. Estimated hiking time: 3-4 hours. ( F , L )

Day 17: Moshi – Kilimanjaro Airport – Zanzibar – Kendwa Beach

You will be picked up at your hotel and driven to Kilimanjaro Airport, where you will take your flight to Zanzibar. When you arrive at Zanzibar Airport you will be taken to your beach hotel. ( F )

Day 18-19: Zanzibar

Enjoy the last days on Kendwa Beach’s beautiful white beaches. Zanzibar offers lots of different activities such as snorkeling, diving or pure relaxation on the beach with a refreshing drink in hand under the palm trees. ( F )

Day 20: Zanzibar – Zanzibar Airport – Scandinavia

Departure to Zanzibar Airport, from where the return journey begins. ( F )

Day 21: Arrival in Scandinavia

Overnight stays

Two nights in stationary tent at camp – Nairobi
One night at guesthouse- Lake Nasivasha
One night at simple hotel – Lake Nakuru
Two nights in stationary tent at a camp just outside the Masai Mara
Two nights at simple camping at a Masai village in Masai Conservancy
Two nights at simple hotel – Moshi
Five nights in a camping tent at Kilimanjaro
Three nights at a simple beach hotel – Kendwa Beach Zanzibar

The Best of Kenya & Tanzania