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Kenya | Tanzania, The Endless Plains

Massai Village

Maasai young men jump high to be superior among others. Higher they jump, more eligible bachelors they are to attract brides. So why they jump and not kill lions or predators? They used to, not anymore. They too learned to live with others in wild who roam free in their vast Serengeti, the endless plains.

Visiting this part of the world, East Africa was a dream for long. And it’s now about to come true. We two, both full time professionals with limited time-off from work. So when we leave home to explore, every hour counts, we simply can’t spare a day not doing much on travel track .

I did some research, contacted few companies/lodges in the vicinity of Maasai Mara and Serengeti. And almost after 100s of emails, I settled our custom private tour with Sanctuary Retreats, very reputable company manages all inclusive lodges/tents in Kenya, Tanzania.

Itinerary set for 8 days/7 nights in three national parks

Maasai Mara-Kenya


Ngorongoro Crater-Serengeti

Mara and Serengeti is basically one open land with invisible land border between Kenya and Tanzania. Crossing border requires immigration and customs clearance. Flying between two countries has to be through international airports, but that would take us back to Nairobi (Kenya) and Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), far east and backward. These two parks (Mara-Serengeti) sitting next to each other, and driving between parks isn’t an option for us, it takes more than half a day, and no paved roads becomes difficult during rainy season.

Fastest way to explore Maasai Mara and Serengeti is small aircrafts (4-8 people) using airstrips between lodges, this case instead of one flight there will be two flights across the border. Crossing border here is always on foot/vehicle. There are many airstrips throughout both parks, and it’s a popular way to explore few parks within a short period of time.

We planned for 7 nights in three parks.

Three nights in Maasai Mara

Two nights in Serengeti

Two nights in Ngorongoro Crater

Route Plan:

International flights between New York City to Nairobi via Doha (managed by us)

One night stay in Nairobi (managed by us)

Domestic flight from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Mara Kichwa Tembo (managed by us).

Our all inclusive private tour with Sanctuary Retreats starts from this airport, Mara Kichwa Tembo.

From here to end of our trip at Kilimanjaro International Airport (Tanzania) is managed by Sanctuary. This would include four domestic flights between parks, Full Board Plus - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities.


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