10 Days Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Safari Itinerary

Planning an East African safari trip and want to enjoy the best of what the country has to offer? Below is our sample itinerary covering the best attractions in Kenya and Tanzania. We can customize it the way you want.

We as Mara Gates Safaris have the experience and manpower to create for you the best travel experiences in East Africa. At the end of the itinerary there is a form you can fill out to ask more questions and our tour consultant Agnes will get back to you within 24hrs.

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Some of the highlights of this trip

  1. Witnessing the Big Five in Masai Mara and Serengeti
  2. Exploring the diverse wildlife of Ngorongoro Crater
  3. Relaxing by the serene shores of Lake Victoria
  4. Experiencing the stunning landscapes and abundant birdlife of Lake Nakuru


Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi

  • Land in Nairobi and transfer to your hotel.
  • Relax and unwind after your journey.

Day 2: Lake Nakuru

  • Depart Nairobi for Lake Nakuru.
  • Explore Lake Nakuru National Park, famous for its flamingos, rhinos, and diverse birdlife.
  • Overnight stay near Lake Nakuru.

Day 3: Transfer to Masai Mara

animal running on field

  • After breakfast, depart for Masai Mara.
  • Arrive in Masai Mara and settle into your accommodation.
  • Enjoy an evening game drive in the iconic Masai Mara National Reserve.
  • Overnight stay in Masai Mara.

Day 4: Masai Mara

  • Spend the full day exploring Masai Mara.
  • Embark on morning and afternoon game drives to witness the abundant wildlife, including the Big Five.
  • Optional activities may include a hot air balloon safari or visiting a local Maasai village.
  • Overnight stay in Masai Mara.

Day 5: Transfer to Lake Victoria

  • Depart Masai Mara for Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa.
  • Arrive at Lake Victoria and relax at your lakeside accommodation.
  • Enjoy optional activities such as boat rides, fishing, or simply relaxing by the lake.
  • Overnight stay near Lake Victoria.

Day 6: Transfer to Serengeti

man riding on gray car during sunset

  • After breakfast, cross the border into Tanzania and head to the world-renowned Serengeti National Park.
  • Arrive in Serengeti and enjoy a game drive en route to your lodge or camp.
  • Experience the vast savannahs and diverse wildlife of the Serengeti.
  • Overnight stay in Serengeti.

Day 7: Serengeti

  • Spend the full day exploring the Serengeti.
  • Witness the Great Migration (seasonal) or encounter resident wildlife such as lions, cheetahs, and elephants.
  • Opt for a hot air balloon safari for a unique perspective of the park (optional).
  • Overnight stay in Serengeti.

Day 8: Transfer to Ngorongoro

black rhinoceros on green grass field during daytime

  • Depart Serengeti for Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
  • Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a thrilling game drive.
  • Explore the crater’s diverse habitats and spot an array of wildlife, including rhinos, lions, and hippos.
  • Overnight stay near Ngorongoro.

Day 9: Ngorongoro

  • Enjoy another game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater.
  • Marvel at the stunning landscapes and prolific wildlife within the crater.
  • Visit a local Maasai village to learn about their culture and traditions (optional).
  • Overnight stay near Ngorongoro.

Day 10: Transfer to Arusha and Departure

  • After breakfast, depart for Arusha, the gateway to Tanzania’s northern safari circuit.
  • Arrive in Arusha and transfer to the airport for your onward flight home, marking the end of your unforgettable safari adventure.

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    About Mara Gates Safaris

    Below are Google reviews posted about us by past clients

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    Luis Eduardo Torres R.
    Luis Eduardo Torres R.
    12:29 27 Dec 19
    Unbelievable experience! From planning and booking with Agnes, up to our last day, everything was great!Our driver, Jackson, was AMAZING! He definitely a big factor in making our experience so... unique.read more
    rommel carlos
    rommel carlos
    21:27 17 Oct 19
    Agnes of Mara Gates always responds within 24 hours regarding any of my inquiries. She made the process very easy and always accommodated changes to our itinerary. Ken our driver/guide is very... knowledgeable about animals and their behavior. Will definitely book another Safari trip with Mara Gates.!!!read more
    Robert Schlag
    Robert Schlag
    21:43 14 Oct 19
    Mara Gates provided us with an experience of a lifetime. The places that we visited were breathtakingly beautiful, the variety and number of animals and flora were spectacular. And our guide, Ken,... was so courteous, knowledgeable, and organized. The depth of his knowledge and explanations of animal behavior and the local environments was like traveling with a patient university professor of zoology, ornithology, and botany. Our lodging, food, and their support service staff were excellent. I give this company and its guide my highest recommendation. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.read more
    Malou Carlos
    Malou Carlos
    20:46 10 Oct 19
    We had a wonderful 9-day safari with Mara Gates. My husband found their website and came up with a custom-made itinerary, that Agnes gladly accommodated and made it even better. Communicating with... them was so easy because Agnes responds promptly. As soon as their office is open in Nairobi, they respond to our email inquiries quickly. We also met her at our hotel and we discussed the itinerary and she gave us pointers on what to expect during our trip. On the morning of the beginning of our safari, Ken our guide and driver promptly arrived and packed our van. Ken is a very intelligent, knowledgeable, wonderful person who gave us quick lessons on the different types of animals, birds, reptiles and also gave us lessons on their behavior. We would really like to go back and do another safari with Mara Gates, and most especially with Ken. Thank you so much for a wonderful trip!read more
    Rob Lovemore
    Rob Lovemore
    09:55 07 Oct 19
    our family booked a hot air balloon trip with Mara Gates. A very good driver collected us from our camp in a smart closed body Toyota Landcruiser. Our camp was nearly an hours drive from the balloon... site so it was a good commitment. Hot air ballooning is a must for visitors to the Mara. It's expensive but well worth it. We had a very competent pilot from Switzerland. The open air breakfast on the plains after we landed was also excellent. Then the same driver took us back home again. A great day out. Thanks Mara Gates.read more
    02:36 03 Sep 19
    We booked our African Safari trip with Mara Gates Safaris in May, '19. This was one of the best trips we have made so far and thanks to Mara Gates Safaris, it became the most memorable one. We... received all the help we needed starting from the booking until the end of the trip. Special thanks to our guide Ken who enlightened us so much about the nature and behavior of the animals in the wild and took us to some of the best viewing spots over the different parks.read more
    A Google User
    A Google User
    14:20 29 Aug 19
    My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our safari with Mara Gates. They were helpful from initial enquiries, through changes, to the final stop of getting us to the airport. The guide, hotels and meals... were all excellent. Our guide took great pains to ensure that we saw 'all' the animals and were able to take wonderful photos. We have great memories of this trip. At 84 and 72, we were comfortable all the way and felt well cared for. We would highly recommend this company and in fact we have to several friends. On another note, we had to cancel an earlier booking with this company because of an unexpected hospitalization. They were most kind and considerate and expeditiously handled refunds of our down-payment. Finally, from what I have seen, their prices are very good and certainly fall into the category of 'good value for the money'.read more
    Maurine Limo
    Maurine Limo
    12:12 10 Dec 18
    I had a wonderful experience with Mara Gates Safaris. I wanted a 5 day trip to the coastal town and they got me a very good safari. They are highly organized, excellent communicators- never once did... I not get my queries answered and very accommodating. Everything went exactly as scheduled and discussed. Ms. Agnes is easy to work with and a professional in her line of duty. First time with Mara Gates and I will definitely be using them.read more
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