Departure city: Nairobi, Kenya | 10 days | Departure: Jan 29, 2018
Accommodation: Comfort | National Parks: Amboseli NP, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti NP, Masai Mara, Lake Naivasha | Special Interest: Wildlife Safari
* based on 6 participants
This trip offers unparalleled game viewing with evening relaxation in excellent quality tented camps and game lodges. Discover the best game viewing circuit in East Africa. From Nairobi to Amboseli, Arusha, Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Masai Mara and Lake Naivasha, as you join a group of six others using your 4×4 vehicle and driver guide. The safari through Amboseli National Park is one of Kenya’s premier wildlife experiences.
This is the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants. Meet the nomadic Masai tribespeople, Africa’s last great warriors. Cross into Tanzania to visit Arusha’s famous souvenir markets or continue straight on to the cool heights of Ngorongoro. The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest caldera, an extinct volcano that is home to approximately 25,000 wild animals. Continue your African adventure past the Olduvlai Gorge on your way through the Serengeti game park for world-class game viewing. Here you will have the chance to spot lion, leopard, cheetah and more!
Finish your safari in the Masai Mara, the world’s top game park, where you will see elephant, giraffe, lion and many more animals with your skilled safari guide. Venture into the thick of the plains in search of zebras, gazelles, impalas, and of course wildebeests, who thunderously feed and migrate from the Serengeti and through the Mara area every year. Continue to Lake Naivasha for Kenya’s only boat safari and nature walk on Crescent Island. Finish in Nairobi where you’ll enjoy time for some final sightseeing, souvenir shopping or dinner before returning home from this incredible adventure.
Day 1: Nairobi – Amboseli
Sweeping across the Kenya-Tanzania border, the savannah grassland of Amboseli National Park is your playground for the day.
This morning you’ll meet with your guide and set out into the park for a chance to share the terrain with some of the world’s most elusive animals. You have the option to do your game viewing either before or after check-in, so call upon the knowledge of your expert guide for their recommendation based on your arrival time and park hours.
In the afternoon you’ll meet with your guide and head into Amboseli National Park. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants among other wildlife species, and its other attractions include opportunities to meet the Masai Tribe’s people. On a clear day, you’ll also have spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
Day 2: Amboseli – Namanga – Arusha
Today you will bid a fond farewell to Kenya as your guide drives you from Amboseli to the Kenya/Tanzania border crossing of Namanga – here you will meet your Tanzanian guide.
Please note: Visas can be purchased at the border: for Kenya it’s a per person cost of 50$ USD, for Tanzania it’s a per person cost of 100$ USD for American Citizens for all other Nationalities 50$ USD. Visas must be paid in USD, and in cash. No bills can be older than 2006 as a local counterfeiting safeguard.
A Single entry Visa is valid for 3 months and can be used for multiple entries into Kenya and Tanzania. It is also required that you have your Yellow Fever certification handy upon crossing. Enjoy a box lunch while you travel (included in tour price).
Day 3: Arusha-Ngorongoro
Your guide will meet you at the reception at an agreed time and you will depart to Ngorongoro. It will take three hours and half to reach the crater rim itself.
The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera. This geological masterpiece was formed as a result of an extremely large volcanic explosion which caused the volcano to collapse in on itself, thus creating a crater. The crater is roughly 20 kilometres wide and some 2000 feet deep, making the trip from crater floor to rim around 45 minutes by 4×4. The extremely fertile crater floor is the reason why there is such a highly concentrated amount of wildlife here. Over 20000 mammals call the crater home, including some of the only remaining black rhinos in the world.
The crater floor also boasts one of the highest carnivore densities in the world including large prides of lions, packs of hyenas and solitary predators like cheetahs and jackals. A keen eye and expertly recommended search patterns from your guide may help you spot some of the less common species like leopards, servals, and bat-eared foxes.
Day 4: Ngorongoro – Serengeti
Your guide will pick you up from the Ngorongoro Conservation area and drive you to the famous plains of the Serengeti. On this drive, you have the option of stopping at Olduvai Gorge, the Serengeti welcome centre and lookout point, or stop for lunch at a picnic spot. The massive Olduvai Gorge or Oldupai Gorge is often referred to as “The Cradle of Mankind.” Beginning in the eastern Serengeti plains, the gorge is roughly some 48 kilometers long. Resulting from millions of years of natural erosion, this gorge boasts a steep-sided ravine that cuts and stretches its way through the Great Rift Valley along eastern Africa. The gorge is named after a commonly used plant by the Masai people with the scientific name of Sansevieria-Ehrenbergii, or Oldupai for short.
After entering the Serengeti National Park you will have the chance to enjoy game viewing as you drive through the park to your next accommodation. This drive takes 5 hours depending on the number of stops you make and how much game viewing you enjoy along the way.
Day 5: Serengeti
This morning’s African adventure begins with an exploratory game drive through Tanzania’s oldest and most recognized National Park, the Serengeti. This location offers the most expansive game viewing in Tanzania. From predators to prey, great herds of grazing herbivores to tactically cunning packs of carnivores, life on the plains of the Serengeti can best be defined as a complete “circle of life.”
A photographic dream unfolds before your eyes as giraffes and elephants feast on tasty shrubbery, whilst impalas, gazelles and buffaloes dance carefully through the plains as to not become the latest meal for on-looking lions, cheetahs and hyenas. Spend today searching out Impala, one of Africa’s most beautiful and graceful animals. Previously thought to be part of the gazelle tribe, Impalas have been found to be so different that they are now classified as their own sub-family status. When frightened or startled the whole impala herd starts randomly leaping to confuse their predator. They can jump distances more than 10 meters (33 ft.) and 3 meters (9 ft.) high. Leopards, cheetah, lions and wild dogs prey on impala. Impala can reach running speeds of approximately 50 to 55 mph (80 to 90 km/h) to escape its predators. See if you can track these incredible animals!
Day 6: Serengeti – Isebania – Masai Mara
We will drive you from Serengeti to the Isebania border. Once there, you’ll meet up with your Kenyan guide and continue into Kenya to the Masai Mara. This full-day commute includes game viewing in Serengeti and Masai Mara. The excursion will include a multi-hour drive across the highway and bumpy patches of road to the border.
You’ll have the option to enjoy a boxed lunch at Lake Victoria, visit a local fishing village, or simply drive straight to the border.
Please note: This is a scenic drive through rural East Africa. A good part of this drive cuts across the national park so there is plenty of opportunities to still see amazing wildlife.
Depending on your camp location and the stops on your game drive along the way, the drive to the Isebania Border is anywhere between 3-5 hours.
When travelling across the Kenyan-Tanzanian border a few things must occur. Upon arrival to the Isebania Border Crossing, you will switch vehicles and guides according to the country you’ll be entering. After the Kenya/Tanzania border crossing, continue on to the Masai Mara with your Kenyan guide and vehicle. This last section of driving will be partly on a highway and partly by dirt road. The last hour by dirt road can be longer in a rainy season. Enjoy game viewing on the way to your lodge. The approximate total travel time between Masai Mara and Serengeti can range between 6 to 9 hours depending on road conditions, traffic and weather.
Day 7/8: Masai Mara
Just like the local wildlife, you’ll head out bright and early this morning, alongside an experienced tracker-guide for the day’s first game drive.
The eco-diversity and sheer size of the Masai Mara Game Reserve provides the necessary requirements to house a wide range of animal species. The most recognized are known worldwide as the African Big 5, which includes the African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Rhinoceros, Leopard, and the King of the beasts, the Lion. The term Big 5 was coined by big-game hunters, as these species were the most difficult and dangerous to track and hunt. Subsequently, the term was adopted by the tourism industry for marketing purposes, spinning a web of positivity opposed to the negative effect portrayed by the original terminology. Numerous other species of bird and wildlife inhabit this dynamic location including Hyenas, Gazelles, Impalas, Giraffes, Zebras, Vultures, Cranes, Eagles, Falcons, and Ostriches.
Head out this afternoon, accompanied by an experienced tracker-guide, on an exciting game viewing adventure. Search some of the area’s wildlife hot-spots, determined by your guide, as have an understanding of the games daily routines through tracking. Some wildlife, for instance, the Leopard, is more difficult to spot than others. These spotted cats blend almost seamlessly into the tall grass and shrubbery and are even more challenging to spot up in their favourite hangouts, the trees.
Your guide will take you to nearby watering holes, where on a hot day you’ll spot many bird and wildlife species, including the elusive Leopard.
Day 9: Masai Mara – Naivasha
Your guide will drive you from Masai Mara to Naivasha, which will include short stop-overs for refreshments and souvenirs. This drive will take approximately 5 hours.
Sign up for optional activities on-site. Activities include Crescent Island boat tour, hiking and day trip excursions to Mt Longonot and Hell’s Gate, or simply walk along the lakeshore and relax at your lodge.
Day 10: Naivasha – Nairobi
A local guide will drive you from Lake Naivasha, along the beautiful Rift Valley, to the urban city of Nairobi. This drive will take 1 and a half hours. If you like, we can make reservations for dinner at a local restaurant as well. Please let us know in advance and if you are vegetarian.
Amboseli Serena Lodge
Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge was created for adventurers with an African dream. With Mount Kilimanjaro soaring majestically just beyond the golden, acacia-specked savannah, it offers a graceful blend of stark beauty and lavish comfort in the heart of Kenya’s Amboseli National Park.
Nestled in an acacia grove by a gentle mountain spring, the hotel, comprising a Maasai-inspired design, a garden restaurant and a palm-shaded swimming pool and sundeck, provides uninterrupted views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the surrounding landscape. In every detail, the ambience captures the essence of Maasai culture, warmth and indomitable spirit. The setting is breathtakingly beautiful, the wildlife abundant and the cuisine, hospitality and amenities unrivalled.
Mornings bring stirring views of Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped peaks. Whether embarking on a safari to see “The Big Five” (elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino), planting your very own tree as part of the Re-Forestation Programme, or enjoying a bush dinner and glass of wine as the bonfire cinders waft into the indigo night, your stay will be infused with unforgettable moments.
Answer the call of the wild at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge – a destination rich in undiscovered experiences.
Arusha Safari Lodge, Arusha
Welcome to Arusha Safari Lodge, a grand private residence set in lush expansive grounds complete with a swimming pool and an “Out of Africa” style restaurant for afternoon tea and sundowners. Arusha Safari Lodge is a small-secluded hideaway equipped to cater for discerning travellers and consists of 9 rooms in total, 7 spacious and comfortable guest cottages plus 2 spacious rooms in the main building.
The lodge is tucked away on volcanic hills with spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru, located only four kilometers outside of Arusha. The lodge goes to great lengths to ensure all guests are personally taken care of. All cottages are privately set with views of the swimming pool and lush gardens and furnished with Zanzibar beds.
Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge is an award-winning gem of a hotel in one of the most beautiful settings in Tanzania. Seamlessly blended high into an acacia-lined ridge, our African-style lodge and infinity pool offer panoramic views across the Serengeti’s vast, endless grasslands, where lions and cheetahs stalk their prey and massive migrating wildebeest herds darken the landscape in a relentless search for fresh grazing grounds.
Here, you will savour the ancient stillness and serenity of one of the most magnificent destinations on earth. Discover the warmth and cosiness of stone-built, traditionally thatched “rondavel” lodging. Dine under an indigo blanket of stars and enjoy unforgettable adventures and experiences ranging from private safaris and day trips to the prehistoric Ngorongoro Crater to Swahili lessons, guided nature walks and massage treatments.
Take pleasure in a destination where time seemingly stands still and your room remains at the threshold of undisturbed, untamed Africa.
Keekorok Lodge, Masai Mara
Keekorok Lodge is the first property located in the Masai Mara Game Reserve and it offers traditional accommodations with private patios. Guests can enjoy views of the wildlife from the outdoor pool or the sundeck.
All spacious rooms have a balcony, overlooking the garden, pool or Reserve. They are equipped with a ceiling fan, allergy free bedding and mosquito nets. The Lodge serves traditional dishes in the Hippo Bar, overlooking the lake. The Elephant Deck provides a good setting for experiencing a bush dinner. Guest can explore the Keekorok Nature Reserve with a safari and the 24-hour reception can assist. For the younger guests a children’s playground is also provided. Keekorok Airstrip is only a 10-minute drive away and a shuttle service is provided on request.
Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge
Lake Naivasha Simba lodge is an enchanting setting where contemporary comfort blends stylishly with nature to offer an environment where guests can refresh their senses, rekindle their love of travel and reconnect with the world around them.
Each room is blissfully private; you can sit on your balcony and watch our resident wildlife, take a nap and wake up to stunning bush views. Cocoon yourself in this exclusive hideaway and let your heart start to beat to the rhythm of africa.
Price of the entire trip: $ 2770 * p.p with 6 people onboard.
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