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Plains, Cranes & Bumpy Automobiles

Trip Length

Trip Code

8 days GATT

Maximum Passengers

22 people
Minimum Age

Countries Visited

Kenya, Tanzania

Start City

End City

Nairobi, Kenya Nairobi, Kenya
Plains, Cranes & Bumpy Automobiles

Tanzania and Kenya – the best of both safari worlds. In Kenya you get the Great Rift Valley and the Maasai. In Tanzania you get Lake Victoria, the Big 5 in the Serengeti and the Also Big But Not As Big As The Big 5 in Ngorongoro Crater. Get down with the village people of Mto Wa Mbu before returning to Nairobi.


Ever heard of the African massage? No, it's not some kind of holistic approach to back pain administered by a professional. It's where we put you in our big truck and take you driving along bumpy roads. Cute, huh?

Plains, Cranes & Bumpy Automobiles

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi

Nairobi airport can be a little intimidating so just go with the flow through customs and the visa line. This means you should keep your angry pants zipped firmly inside your backpack.

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm.

Perhaps explore the bars, restaurants, markets and shops during any free time you have Optional visits to the National Museum of Kenya, the Karen Blixen Museum (author of Out of Africa) or Bomas of Kenya.
Why not head out on a safari walk in Nairobi National Park or visit the Giraffe Centre.

Day 2: Kisii

The Great Rift Valley is named so because it is great, and because it is a rift valley. Makes sense. Drive through it, then stock up on supplies in Kisii.

Board your safari truck and travel west

Cross the scenic Great Rift Valley on the way to the tea-growing highlands

Pass through the ancient homeland of the Maasai, keeping a look out for the tall, graceful tribesmen

Stop for a picnic lunch in the town of Narok

Make a final stop near the hilltop town of Kisii, your last chance to stock up on supplies before heading into the wilderness

Today's drive will take about 8-9 hours (310 km) and the roads are pretty rough


Day 3: Lake Victoria

Watch soapstone craftsmen, travel into Tanzania, mingle with locals in Musoma's market, sleep overnight on a quiet stretch of shore beside Lake Victoria. That's today in a nutshell.

Travel towards the Kenya-Tanzania border and the shores of Lake Victoria (250 km, approx 7-8 hrs)
Spend time at a soapstone carving cooperative
Perhaps hire bicycles
Stop by an African market place and interact with the locals, or just relax by the lakeside
Spend the night camping on the shores of the lake

Day 4-5: Serengeti National Park

You can drive around the Serengeti for hours and not see another vehicle, because it covers a whopping area of about 14,763sq km. That's around 30,000 football stadiums for those playing at home.

Rise early and leave the truck behind to head out for your excursion into the Serengeti

View plenty of animals and birdlife, from members the Big Five to perhaps some creatures you don't expect

Camp out at night and perhaps hear lions off in the distance
An optional sunrise balloon ride makes for an unforgettable memory
You'll notice many Maasai villages in the region of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. While it's of course fascinating to visit different cultures, past experience has shown that these villages exist primarily as tourism businesses offering somewhat contrived performances of their traditional ways. You'll be charged an entry fee of approx US$20-35 and the Maasai will try very hard to sell souvenirs to you. While many clients still enjoy the experience, others have found it artificial and uncomfortable. We recommend our travellers bypass this activity as our Kenyan colleagues observe that it negatively impacts the Maasai culture and travellers' perception of this culture.

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater

Set up camp on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Look out for the Masai with their herds of cattle on the roads. The more cattle, the wealthier the warrior and the more wives he's allowed to take.

Rise with the sun and leave the Serengeti for Ngorongoro Crater, home to some 30,000 animals (approx 3 hrs drive)

After a picnic lunch, descend onto the floor of the crater for a safari lasting four-five hours

Depart the crater in the afternoon and relive the safari experience at the bar

Day 7: Meserani

Take one last 4WD excursion across the crater, then visit Mto Wa Mbu and get involved in village life. Camp overnight in Meserani.

Drive out of the crater and head to Mto Wa Mbu for a look around the town
Continue on to your campsite (140 km, approx 5-6 hrs)
Get a close-up look at life in an African town away from the main tourist trail

Camp overnight in Meserani

Day 8: Nairobi

Take a brief look at the organised chaos of Arusha, where piki-pikis (motorbikes) and dala dalas (public taxi vans) share the dusty roads with mamas in their brightly coloured kangas (sarongs), en route to Nairobi.

Set off early, heading for the border with Kenya and on to Nairobi (390 km, approx 7-8 hrs)
This is a transport day to Nairobi. You can finish your trip in Arusha this morning if you wish to travel further in Tanzania or catch a flight.
On arrival in Nairobi you'll be dropped at your finishing point hotel. No accommodation is provided for tonight, but we are able to book you additional accommodation in Nairobi. Please ask at time of booking.

Important: Please don't book any flights until after 6pm this evening.

**This trip is run by our sister company Intrepid**

Your Trip

What to know

This trip includes 1 day in Ngorongoro Crater and 1 day in Serengeti National Park.

Nuts and Bolts

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals



Not Included

International flights, airport transfers, departure taxes, visas, insurance (compulsory on all trips), meals not listed, any optional tours or activities during free time, camera fees, excess baggage charges, tips and items of a personal nature.

Important Information


An optional sunrise balloon ride in the Serengeti National Park is possible on this itinerary. Please see Days 4-5 for full details of this activity. As the balloon only holds 16 people, places are limited and we recommend that you book in advance. Please inquire when booking your trip to book this optional activity.


This trip finishes upon arrival in Nairobi on Day 8. Please do not book any flights until after 6pm this evening.

**This trip is operated by our sister company Intrepid**


Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements deriving from past travellers' and local operator feedback. The information given in this itinerary may differ slightly to that in the brochure. It's imperative that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

For the latest updated itinerary please visit our website:

Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some of the changes that may occur in our itineraries could be due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transportation. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for the chance of possible modifications to the trip en-route.


Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, and all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the activities that are included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded to you.


There are a selection of optional activities listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This is not an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices listed are for entrance only and do not include transport costs to and from the sites or local guides unless otherwise indicated. Please also be aware that it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.

Optional activities aren't necessarily endorsed or recommended by Geckos nor included in the price of this trip. If you do any optional activities, you do so at your own risk and it must be clearly understood that your participation is your own decision and doesn't form part of your contract with Geckos.

You may be required to sign/complete a waiver form for some of the optional activities you choose to participate in.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

14 July 2014

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