Day 1, Aug. 26: Depart USA Nairobi, Kenya
The adventure begins!
Day 2, Aug. 27: Arrive Nairobi, Kenya
Today you will arrive in Nairobi, Kenya; upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 3, Aug. 28: Nairobi – Mount Kenya Region
After breakfast at the hotel you will be driven to Mount Kenya Region! 10:00am Thereafter, depart and drive to Mt. Kenya Region. Arriving by noon for check in. 1:00pm Lunch at the lodge. Rest of the afternoon spent at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Serena Mountain Lodge - Full Board Basis. This tree lodge is situated on the slopes of Mount Kenya, offering very good viewing from the reception, the open balcony, the bird's eye panorama of the rooftop and down to the underground tunnel leading to the waterhole for prefect hoof level photography. Situated approximately 7,000ft above sealevel the lodge is rustically indulgent, with unique visitors from the mountain such as Giant Forest Hog, the elusive Bongo, genets and mongooses as well as rich bird life.
Serena Hotels has taken over management of a new property bringing the total number of hotels to eleven. This new venture, Mountain Lodge stands at 7200 feet on the slopes of Mt Kenya approximately two and a half hours drive from Nairobi and has been positioned as the leading Tree Hotel in East Africa. With all rooms ensuite and with spacious verandas it is the only tree hotel where you drive yourself there and you are not require d to pay park entrance fees. Game viewing throughout the evening and night include Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino, Waterbuck and Giant Hog a specially constructed viewing bunker connected to the lodge by a short tunnel offers spectacular closer views of wildlife at the waterhole while a newly introduced 'Nature Walk' offering a brief overview on historical aspects of Mt Kenya forest area including the 'Mau Mau' freedom fighters is proving very popular.
Day 4, Aug. 29: Mount Kenya Region – Samburu National Reserve
8:00am After breakfast drive to Samburu National Reserve. The drive to Samburu from Nairobi is a little long but very scenic and interesting. Depart your Nairobi hotel early and head north towards the town of Thika, continuing northward towards Mt.Kenya. Along the way the lush central highlands reveal themselves with numerous plantations, small shambas and coffee farms. Skirt the Aberdare Mountain Range and pass within sight of Mt. Kenya. Altogether the drive is about seven hours but the day will be broken up with several rest stops including one for lunch. At the town of Isiolo pass through the barrier to the Northern Frontier District. The road here is bumpy and dusty but you’ll shortly be rewarded at the park gates with a game drive into the lodge.
1:00pm Lunch at the lodge. 3:30pm Afternoon game drive in the national reserve. The landscape of the Samburu area is beautiful - arid and scrubby with magnificent mountains in the background. The three reserves of Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo Springs are situated about 350 kms north of Nairobi. The Ewaso Niro River, the only water source in the dry season, bisects Samburu and Buffalo Springs Reserves and crocodiles are often spotted sunning themselves along its edges and sand bars. An unusual forked palm, the doum palm, grows along the banks of this river and adds striking beauty to the panorama.
Wildlife is surprisingly abundant for such a dry place and includes species such as gerenuk, dik-dik, grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles, elephant, cheetah, leopard and lion. There are several species, which are unique to the area including; Grevy’s zebra, beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe and Somali ostrich. Not to be overlooked are the hundreds of species of birds to be found here. This is home to the Samburu people, “cousins” to the Maasai and the young warriors’ colourful dress and ornamentation distinguishes them from other members of the tribe. Dinner and overnight at Sarova Shaba Lodge - Full Board Basis.
Day 5, Aug. 30: Samburu National Reserve
Full day with morning and afternoon game drives in the national reserve. All meals and overnight at Sarova Shaba Lodge - Full Board Basis. Shaba is the area where Joy Adamson did much of her work with wildlife and it’s a dry, rocky, wildly beautiful place. There is game to be found and the reserves of Buffalo Springs and Samburu are close by. The Sarova lodge is set right along the river bank which is lined with forked doum palms. Accommodation is in wooden chalets which face the river and views of unusual and remarkable mountains. Common areas are comfortable and inviting and the pool is spectacular.
Day 6, Aug. 31: Samburu National Reserve - Lake Nakuru National Park
8:00am After early breakfast, depart and drive to Lake Nakuru National Park. Lake Nakuru National Park surrounds Lake Nakuru, a shallow alkaline lake famous for the thousands of lesser flamingoes who flock here year round. The park is about a four hour drive from Nairobi and is a favourite with visitors. Besides the rich and varied bird life this is a popular place to encounter leopard. Waterbuck are usually sighted along the lake shore, two species are resident here, and this is the home of the Rothschild’s giraffe. Baboon, impala, buffalo, monkeys, warthog, impala, Reedbuck and eland are also resident. However, the main attractions are the rhino. The park had been designated a rhino sanctuary and is entirely fenced. Both black and white rhinoceros are thriving here and this is one of the best places in Kenya to observe them.
1:00pm Lunch at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. 4:00pm Afternoon game drive in the park. Dinner and overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge - Full Board Basis. Sarova Lion Hill Lodge is situated within Lake Nakuru National Park with sweeping views down to the lake. A rock outcropping at the entrance of the lodge is home to hyrax and other small creatures and occasionally leopard have been sighted right there. There is a swimming pool, bar and gift shop and accommodation is in comfortable individual stone cottages.
Day 7, Sept. 1: Lake Nakuru National Park - Maasai Mara Game Reserve
8:00am After early breakfast, depart and drive to Maasai Mara Game Reserve for lunch at Sarova Mara Camp. The Mara, as it’s popularly referred to, is Kenya’s most frequented wildlife viewing area. Situated about 180 kms from Nairobi the name means “Spotted Plain” in the language of the Maasai, the colourful and interesting tribe which inhabits the surrounding areas. The Maasai have been living in harmony with nature and wildlife for centuries and it is mostly due to their beliefs and traditions that the area is still rich in wildlife.
Whilst staying in the Maasai Mara, it’s possible to visit an authentic manyatta or village for insights into the culture and lifestyle of the Maasai. During the seasonal migrations, the Mara is home to up to half a million wildebeest and an equally impressive number of zebra who move into the area from neighbouring Tanzania. These large numbers of animals give rise to a proportionate number of predators, especially the big cats. Lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena roam the vast grassy plains on the lookout for their next meal. It may be an unsuspecting impala or gazelle or even something small like a warthog or African hare.
Whatever the players, the spectacle of nature unfolding is always awesome. Here it’s also possible to observe; elephant, giraffe, baboon, African buffalo, eland, ostrich, bat-eared fox, jackal and sometimes the rare rhino. The rivers abound with hippos and crocodiles. 3:30pm Proceed for afternoon game drive in the reserve. Dinner and overnight at Sarova Mara Camp - Full Board Basis.
Day 8, Sept. 2: Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Optional: Balloon Safari - Price out – Some might want this
5:15am Wake up call for Balloon Safari. Tea / Coffee & cookies served with cookies at the lounge
5:40am You will be escorted to the balloon lounge site – which will also have tea/coffee available as you watch the balloon being inflated.
5:50am After briefing, you embark on the balloon for a take off at 0600hrs for a one hour balloon ride.
Imagine gliding freely over the endless savannas of Africa while the drama of nature unfolds below. Perhaps you'll see a herd of Eland, the largest of the antelope or set eyes on a pride of lions feasting on the previous night’s kill. But most awe-inspiring is the vista - unbroken by power lines or any sign of man’s habituation except perhaps the occasional Maasai manyatta (village) which has existed harmoniously in this place for centuries. This unforgettable experience is possible in the Maasai Mara area.
Participants arrive at the launch site early for tea and coffee and watch as hot air fills the balloon. Then, just about sunrise, the ropes are set free and the basket silently rises. After about an hour of drifting with the prevailing winds, going high or low according to conditions, the pilot sets down watching all the while for termite mounds! Now more fun begins. A full champagne breakfast is served up right on the open plain. A balloon safari is a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed. 7:30am Champagne breakfast in the bush and thereafter presentation of balloon certificates. 9:00am Transfer back to the camp with game viewing en route.
Optional: Early Morning Treat & Game Drive
6:00am Early wake up call. Tea/Coffee/Chocolate served with cookies at the lounge.
6:30am Depart for early morning game drive in the reserve. Return to the camp for full buffet breakfast between 0830 & 0900 hrs.
Includes: Maasai Village Visit
10:30am Morning Maasai Village Visit.
Learn about the Maasai culture – Hut building skills, use of herbs and plants for medicine , fire making skills, traditional dancing etc.
1:00pm Lunch at the camp.
3:30pm Proceed for afternoon game drives in the reserve. Return to the camp in the evening.
Dinner and overnight at Sarova Mara Camp - Full Board Basis.
A Luxury tented camp in the heart of the Maasai Mara, set in the eastern corridor of the Migration, nestled amidst the rich indigenous flora and boasting an extensive collection of exotic birds and butterflies that have taken up residence in the lush surroundings.
Day 9, Sept. 3: Maasai Mara Game Reserve – Lake Victoria (Western Serengeti)
7:00am After early breakfast, depart and drive to the Tanzania Border at Isabania for brief border formalities. Thereafter meet with your Tanzanian driver guide and drive to Speke Bay Resort. Picnic lunch boxes en route to the lodge. Situated to the south and west of Kenya is neighbouring Tanzania. The country gained its name from the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. Geographically, a vast central plateau, surrounded by three great lakes, slopes down towards the Indian Ocean where in sit the islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia.
The country is intersected by the Great Rift Valley, the earth’s largest fault, and dotted with volcanoes including Africa’s highest and the world’s largest standing mountain, Kilimanjaro. Inhabited by about one hundred and twenty ethnic groups including the Maasai, this is a peaceful and friendly nation. The Swahili coast has a rich history dating back centuries to when Arab, Indian, Chinese and Portuguese explorers dropped anchor. About ten percent of the landmass is devoted to national parks and reserves. The wildlife population is bountiful and over one thousand species of birds have been recorded here. Visas are required for citizens of most countries and a yellow fever inoculation is a must, check with the nearest Tanzanian Consulate. Rest of the afternoon spent at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Speke Bay Resort Lodge - Full Board Basis.
Day 10, Sept. 4: Lake Victoria (W. Serengeti) - Serengeti National Park
7:00am After breakfast drive to Serengeti National Park with morning game drive en route. Check in. 1:00pm Lunch at the camp. 3:30pm Proceed for afternoon game drive in the Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti eco-system comprises about 30,000 sq km and includes neighbouring Ngorongoro Conservation Area as well as Kenya’s Maasai Mara. The name Serengeti comes from the Maasai word which refers to an “endless plain” and the national park covers 14,763 sq. km. It takes about six hours to reach the southern area of the Serengeti by vehicle. There is an airstrip in Seronera with daily one hour flights to/from Arusha. This massive wilderness area, one of the last great eco-systems in the world, is the stage for possibly the greatest natural event on earth - the annual migration of over a million wildebeest and several hundred thousand zebra.
The herds move constantly and take a year to complete the route, ending up in the southern area of Ndutu each February to drop their calves within a three week period. The volcanic origins of the area established the rich soil which supports the grassy plains w hich in turn provide pasture for the grazers, prey to the carnivores. An unprecedented species of hoofed mammals are resident as well as elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena (2 species) several species of jackal, bat-eared fox, buffalo, warthog, ostrich, giraffe, baboon, monkeys and the list goes on. The Western Corridor, scene of the migration in June and July is home to massive Nile crocodiles who lurk in the Grumeti River, awaiting the arrival of the wildebeest.
There are areas of forest and woodland in the north and beautiful rocky outcroppings called kopjes dot the landscapes in several areas. The Seronera area a rich valley with year round water is possibly the most reliable area for wildlife viewing for those with a limited time to spend in this, the most studied and well known wildlife area in the world. Dinner and overnight at Kuhama Camp - Full Board Basis.
Day 11, Sept. 5: Serengeti National Park
Full day with morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park. All meals and overnight at Kuhama Camp- Full Board Basis. Nothing can be compared to the experience of camping in the heart of the African bush. The sounds of the night, the light of the sunset, the tales around the camp fire under the blanket of stars…. There is not better way to enjoy the sounds, aromas and heartbeat of Africa than camping in the bush. Kuhama Camp offers you the whole experience of this communion with the nature combined with a 5 stars comfort and service. Spending the night in a tent in Africa is an unforgettable experience that makes us feel all the magic of this mythic continent. 15 tents provide a complete feeling of adventure combined with maximum comfort.
Day 12, Sept. 6: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater
7:30am After early breakfast, depart with morning game drive and drive to Ngorongoro. Crater with a visit to Olduvai Gorge en route. The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact caldera (collapsed volcano) in the world. It’s a natural wonder with countless numbers of creatures inhabiting the bottom. The crater is a component of the surrounding Conservation Area which comprises 8,300 sq km, and is part of the larger Serengeti eco-system. From the rim, 2,000 ft. above the floor, one can gaze down through the euphorbia forest to the flamingo packed soda lake and the water holes where Maasai herdsman bring their cattle each morning.
The crater is currently home to over twenty endangered black rhinoceros and also provides habitat for numerous lions, hyena, wildebeest, zebra. eland, gazelles, hippo and more. It’s been said that if you only have one day to spend in Africa, this is the place to go. There are several lodges scattered about the rim of the crater, all with fantastic views. To reach here by road from Arusha is about a four hour drive. The nearest airstrip is Lake Manyara although there is one on the crater rim, the weather is too unreliable to guarantee unrestricted access. Within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is also loca ted the Olduvai Gorge. Here the Leakey family and other dedicated scientist spent years researching the origins of mankind.
There is a paleontology museum situated on the rim of the gorge within sight of the spot where Mary Leakey made her significant discovery of a skull which pushed the window of our ancestry back by over a million years. 12:30pm Lunch at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. 2:00pm Afternoon Maasai Village Visit. Return to the lodge in the evening. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge - Full Board Basis.
Day 13, Sept. 7: Ngorongoro Crater
7:00am After breakfast, depart for half day Crater Tour. Return to lodge for lunch. Rest of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge - Full Board Basis. The lodge is built right on the rim of the collapsed volcano known as the Ngorongoro Crater. The lodge is reached from the main gate by driving up and then around the rim of the crater. The drive gives you tantalizing glimpses of the magnificent crater. The terrace holds a swimming pool and extensive grassed area- which provides the perfect spot from which to watch the magnificent sunsets over the edge of the crater. The bedroom bungalows on both wings of the lodge are reached by prettily planted walk- ways. The rooms are inside round bungalows holding 4 rooms each. All rooms are fully carpeted and decorated to a simple, but very high standard.
Day 14, Sept. 8: Ngorongoro Crater – Lake Manyara National Park
9:00am After breakfast, depart and drive to Kirurumu Camp for lunch. 3:30pm Proceed for afternoon game drive in the park. Nestled between the escarpment (cliff wall) of the Great Rift Valley and the soda Lake Manyara, this national park is a real treat. It has the highest density of elephant (seven per sq km) in Africa and is famous for its tree climbing lions. The ecosystem is varied and includes several types of forests as well as the soda lake which is home to masses of flamingoes and pelicans. Other bird species are prolific (almost 400 species total) and some of the more interesting ones include the African fish eagle and malachite kingfisher. Hippo are in abundance and giraffe, zebra, monkey and antelope species are also to be found. The 325 sq km park is a two and a half hour drive or a thirty minute flight from Arusha. Dinner and overnight at Kirurumu Tented Camp - Full Board Basis.
15 minutes from Lake Manyara Hotel, Kirurumu was opened 10 years. Built upon the Gregorian Escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, overlooking the Lake Manyara National Park. This camp is opened all year round. Facilities include 20 tents - 17 twins, 3 doubles (Honeymooners), open air dinning room with a capacity of 40 - 60 people seating, a bar which can be converted into more dinning room area.
Day 15, Sept. 9: Lake Manyara National Park – Kilimanjaro
8:00am After breakfast, drive to Arusha for lunch at KIA Lodge. You will be taken to a nice vantage point to view Kilimanjaro. Dinner and overnight at KIA Lodge – Full Board Basis.
Day 16, Sept. 10: Kilimanjaro – Zanzibar.
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Zanzibar. Upon arrival transferred to the Blue Bay Resort. Includes: (B).
Days 17-19, Sept. 11-13: Free days at Blue Bay Resort
Day 20, Sept. 14: Depart Zanzibar
Today you will take the ferry back to Dar Es Salaam where you will then be transferred to the airport for your flight to the USA with a lifetime of memories! Includes: (B).
Note: You can also book your international flight home from Zanzibar instead of taking the ferry. Exact Tour Itinerary & Information are subject to change.
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