DAY 1: ARRIVE NAIROBI
Arrive this morning in Nairobi. Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, is a cosmopolitan and lively city, the largest between Johannesburg and Cairo. Set against city skyscrapers is a national park full of wild animals, Nairobi National Park - a haven for lions and rhino as well as zebra and many antelopes. Upon arrival, you are met by Ashford Tours Representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the morning is a free day. In the afternoon you join on a City tour of Nairobi that includes a visit to Karen Blixen and Giraffe Center. Then back to your hotel for overnight. Hotel: THE STANLEY HOTEL B/B
DAY 2: NAIROBI - MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE.
Your “Old world” safari adventure begins today. Drive to Masai Mara Game Reserve, often considered the finest game sanctuary in the country. Located In the south-western corner of Kenya, this vast rolling plain beneath the Mara escarpment, are home to an incredible scene of millions of wildebeest and zebra migrating north from the Serengeti plains during the migration season (July/September) offering the reserve’s resident lions plenty of meals. During your stay, early morning game and afternoon drives are scheduled with your expert game tracker in your private safari vehicle.
Here you’ll find a great variety in species: wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, impalas and topi. Lions are common and cheetahs are numerous. You’ll also see rhinos, hippos, elephants and a diverse bird life population. You may also see the proud Maasai warriors herding their cattle alongside a spectacular wildlife backdrop. Maasai tribe’s people live on the reserve’s fringes and are co-owners of the reserve, sharing in revenues from tourism. We recommend bringing plenty of film! Dinner and overnight at MARA SOPA LODGE (B/B, L, D).
DAY 3: FULL DAY IN MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE
An early morning game drive reveals the hundreds of bird species in the reserve, including the Kori Bustards. Large orange-buff pel’s fishing owl is a common sight along the river, but rare elsewhere. Or for a different perspective, join an optional hot-air balloon safari above the sweeping plains of the Mara, ending with a champagne breakfast in the bush (US$400). After spending the balance of the morning at leisure, in the afternoon you can join for an optional visit to a Masai Village (US$20) where you learn about the customs and culture of the Masai people.
Then we are back on safari this evening. Our experienced driver guides will point out the different environments and explain their significance to the Mara’s ecosystem. You will also have the chance to see rhinoceros, once abundant, but now severely decimated by poachers for the high black market value of their horns. Return back to your lodge. Dinner and overnight at MARA SOPA LODGE (B/B, L, D).
DAY 4: MASAI MARA - LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast at Masai Mara, travel to Lake Nakuru, well known for its splendid birdlife. Lake Nakuru is part of the shallow lakes formed on the floor of the Rift Valley. Here you’ll find a huge concentration of flamingo. Abundant fish in the lake also attract pelicans, herons, cormorants and fish eagles. There are more than 400 special of birds here. Enjoy bird watching walks and plenty of photo opportunities. Optional Horse ride can be done here. Dinner and overnight at LAKE NAKURU LODGE (B/B, L, D).
DAY 5: LAKE NAKURU - NAIROBI - AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
After Breakfast, drive to Nairobi via Lake Naivasha. Optional boat ride can be done in this fresh water lake. A souvenir stopover is also recommended in this area. Your lunch today will be at the unique and famous Carnivore Restaurant, featuring a variety of wild game meat roasted on spits. After lunch, head south from Nairobi into Amboseli National Park, set against the legendary Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain. Amboseli is home to the “Big Five” of African wildlife: elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard. The view of the Amboseli plains, with elephant moving below the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro, is one of the most photographed vistas in Africa. A network of swamps and wetlands ensure excellent game viewing year-round. Enjoy an afternoon drive with an expert game tracker/driver and guaranteed window seat each day in your private safari vehicle. Dinner and overnight at AMBOSELI SERENA LODGE (B/B, L, D).
DAY6: FULL DAY IN AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK.
The best time for viewing wildlife is in the relative coolness of the morning and the late afternoon. A typical day on safari begins with an early morning game drive. This will usually last until mid-morning, when you return to your lodge for breakfast. You can then either choose to relax or do another game drive. After lunch and a relaxing afternoon an evening game drive awaits you. This lasts from mid-afternoon until sunset. There are 425 recorded bird and 56 mammal species in the park, including lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, hippo, black rhino, Masai giraffe, gerenuk, and zebra. Dinner and overnight at AMBOSELI SERENA LODGE (B/B, L, D).
DAY 7: AMBOSELI - NAMANBA BORDER - ARUSHA - NGORONGORO CRATER.
Set off from Amboseli after breakfast. drive to Tanzania border. After being assisted with border formalities continue on to Arusha for lunch. Continue after lunch to the rim of the great Ngorongoro Crater, an ancient volcanic caldera and great natural amphitheater. Dinner and overnight at NGORONGORO SOPA LODGE, (B/B, L, D).
DAY 8: FULL DAY IN NGORONGORO CRATER.
Experience the Africa of bygone days when you explore the “lost world of Ngorongoro Crater. Within the Crater’s walls lie short grassland, swamps, forests and fresh Water Lake, inspiring continual migration of animals. From your 4x4 vehicle, you will have an opportunity to spot the ‘big five’- buffalo, elephant, leopard, the black manned lion and the endangered rare black rhinoceros. Zebras, wildebeest and gazelles are common here. A picnic lunch in the heart of the crater is the highlight. Dinner and overnight at NGORONGORO SOPA LODGE, (B/B, L, D).
DAY 9: NGORONGORO - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK.
After breakfast in Ngorongoro, starts a timeless journey to Serengeti, with reminders of how earth was millions of years ago. Visit Olduvai Gorge and explore the history of mankind. It was here that the Leakey family unearthed ancient stone tools and early fossils. Continue your journey across the Serengeti. Millions of animals live here. Dinner and overnight at SERENGETI SOPA LODGE, (B/B, L, D).
DAY 10: FULL DAY IN SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK.
Morning and afternoon game drives take you into the heart of the vast Serengeti Savanna. You may spot numerous prides of lions, zebras, hyena, leopard, cheeter, elephant, rhinoceros, hippo, buffalo, jackals, gazelles and primates. Nothing is quite as memorable as the spectacular African sunsets. Dinner and overnight at SERENGETI SOPA LODGE, (B/B, L, D).
DAY 11: SERENGETI - LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK.
Today is the last day for game viewing. Drive to Lake Manyara National Park arriving for lunch. A busy afternoon. Discover the ecological and medicinal value of the park’s flora and fauna as your experienced driver guide takes you for a short nature walk. Followed by a game drive, in additional to tree-climbing lions, hippos, baboons and herds of elephants are likely to be seen. Lake Manyara is a bird-watcher’s delight. A unique safari by canoe for some fascinating game viewing is an optional activity. The acacia woodland surrounding the lake attracts continual herds of herbivorous. Dinner and overnight at LAKE MANYARA SERENA LODGE, (B/B, L, D).
DAY 12: LAKE MANYARA - ARUSHA - NAIROBI - DEPART.
Drive to Arusha for lunch. Then drive across the Namanga border to Nairobi arriving in the evening. Transfer to the Airport for your departure flight. Alternatively one can depart from Tanzania at Kilimanjaro Airport.
NB// THIS PROGRAM IS BASED ON A FLIGHT DEPARTING FROM KILIMANJARO AIRPORT BY 09.00PM HRS OR FROM JKIA FROM 10:00PM. IF YOUR FLIGHT IS EARLIER THAN THIS TIME, THEN WE RECOMMEND AN ADDITIONAL NIGHT IN NAIROBI OR ARUSHA
Note: Tour Available as Private or Seat in a Safari vehicle, with Excellent Accommodation in Lodges or alternative of Executive Tented Camp or Tailor made option.
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PRICES ARE STRUCTURED ACCORDING TO THE FOLLOWING SEASONS:
High Season – 16th December to 31st March & 01st July to 15th December
Low Season – 01st April to 30th June
Minimum cost (US$2825.00)based on over 4 pax traveling together in the month of April to May.
Maximum cost (US$4440.00) based on 2 pax travelling together in the Month of JULY to OCTOBER.
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