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Kenya and Tanzania Safari with Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 16 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 7 people
Destination(s): Kenya   Tanzania   Zimbabwe  
Specialty Categories: Wildlife Viewing   National Parks  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 5645 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 6925 US Dollar (USD)

An artistically designed safari for both individuals and families. In East Africa we start chasing the Big Five and many other species in world renowned game reserves of Masai Mara, Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Lake Manyara. The 12 days wild game safari culminates with a flight down south of the African continent. Here we are treated with a unique experience witnessing the World Heritage Site of the majestic Victoria Falls. From the VFA we have options of yet another but very different game safari in Botswana and to end the African experience at amongst the most beautiful city in the world – Cape Town.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Nairobi (Kenya).
Karibu! We are warmly received in Kenya's capital, Nairobi and transferred to our hotel. The Kiswahili language here is often easily understood as many people mix the vernacular with English words. In fact, more people in Kenya speak English than in any other African country. Overnight: Nairobi Serena Hotel, Nairobi (1 night).

Day 2: Nairobi/Lake Naivasha (Drive).
After an early breakfast, we set off on an exciting sightseeing tour of Nairobi, giving us a chance to learn about this city’s beauty and history. We stop at Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage to interact with the gentle and fascinating animals living here, visit the giraffe center and explore the Karen Blixen museum, the former home of the famous Danish author of Out of Africa. Following a hot lunch, we drive to Lake Naivasha, located north-west of Nairobi. En route we stop to enjoy the beautiful views of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment. Lake Naivasha is a stunning freshwater lake in Kenya. The waters of the lake draw a great range of game to its shores. Giraffes wander among the acacia, buffalo wallow in the swamps and colobus monkeys call from the treetops while the lake’s large hippo population sleep the day out in the shallows. Overnight: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, Naivasha (2 nights) (B, L, D).

Day 3: Lake Naivasha/Lake Nakuru/Lake Navaisha.
Following breakfast, we journey to Lake Nakuru National Park, which lies on the floor of the Great Rift Valley. This scenic lake’s abundance of algae attracts a vast number of flamingos and other water birds. The park also provides the rare opportunity to see white and black rhinos, the latter of which is a critically endangered species. We spend the morning and afternoon on a game drive through this stunning region, returning to our lodge in the late afternoon for dinner. (B, L, D).

Day 4: Lake Naivasha/Masai Mara (Drive).
Before leaving Lake Naivasha, we have the opportunity to enjoy an optional add-on excursion (priced at US$ 50 per person): a morning boat safari along the lake. Game viewing from the water provides a unique perspective as we spy giraffes, hippos and an extraordinary variety of bird life from our boat. Afterwards, we traverse the Great Rift Valley and ascend to its western rim into the Maasai land. In this stunning landscape, red-clad Maasai warriors tend their herds of cattle among the wildlife, admirably unmoved by the presence of large predators. Every summer, over 2 million animals migrate to the Mara from Serengeti. After lunch at our lodge, we embark on one of the most exciting game drives African safari trips can offer, with the opportunity to see lion, leopard, cheetah and a large variety of herbivores. Overnight: Serena Safari Lodge/Ashnil Mara/Sarova Mara Camp, Masai Mara (2 nights) (B, L, D).

Day 5: Masai Mara.
An adventurous day ahead as we enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the spectacular Masai Mara Game Reserve. Blessed with a permanent water supply, Masai Mara has a year-round population of plains game. All of the Big Five animals – elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, and rhino – are quite common on this scenic grassland. The option here as well to take an amazing early morning balloon safari followed by champagne breakfast right in the middle of the park, giving us a birds-eye view of the vast Mara. This is a popular activity and space on the balloons is limited. Please contact Bestway Tours and Safaris to prebook. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Masai Mara/Serengeti (Drive).
Today we depart for Tanzania, home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the exotic spice island of Zanzibar and some of the best game viewing in the world at Serengeti* and Ngorongoro Crater game parks. Our destination today is Serengeti, which literally means “endless plains”. While this day is a long drive, we will enjoy incredible views of the African countryside and stops at scenic villages along the way. Serengeti is the top place to witness the Great Migration when over 2 million animals cross the plains and the Grumeti River. Overnight: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge/Serena Mbuzi Mawe Camp/Mbalageti Tented Lodge, Serengeti (2 nights) (B, L, D).

Day 7: Serengeti.
We begin our Tanzanian adventure at the world-famous wildlife sanctuary of Serengeti National Park which, at 14,763 square kilometers, is the largest national park in Tanzania. Serengeti contains the largest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa, on a scale which has no parallel anywhere in the world. The abundance of herbivores includes wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, topi, buffalo, and hartebeest, to name but a few. Serengeti is also famous for its predator population, including lion, cheetah, leopard, and hyena, as well as a wide variety of birdlife, believed to be in the region of 500 species. Recently, the park has also become home to rare tree-climbing lions. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Serengeti/Ngorongoro Crater (Drive).
Another day of exciting game drives in Serengeti National Park with picnic lunch. The extensive grasslands are interspersed with kopjes, rocky outcrops resembling islands on the flat plain that each hosts their own wildlife communities. We also discover the Seronera River, which flows through the park, providing habitats for a variety of birds, mammals, and reptiles. Afternoon we proceed to Nabi Hill gate, where we enjoy our picnic lunch before journeying to the Malanja depression and entering the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge/Ngorongoro Exploreans, Ngorongoro (1 night) (B, L, D).

Day 9: Ngorongoro Crater/Lake Manyara (Drive).
Today we explore the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands, and forests. Established in 1959 as a multiple land use area, the region is a number one wildlife destination for Africa safari trips. It features wildlife coexisting with semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists practicing traditional livestock grazing. Its crowning jewel is the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest caldera. We descend to the famous Ngorongoro Crater for a day of superb game viewing, as it is a haven for an estimated 30,000 large mammals. We have the chance to spot lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, hyena, hippo, wildebeest, baboon, gazelle, the endangered black rhino, and many more species. After our safari, we drive to Lake Manyara in the late afternoon. Ernest Hemingway called Manyara “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. Buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and tree-climbing lions are all part of the game experience here. Overnight: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge/Kirurumu Tented Lodge, Lake Manyara (2 nights) (B, L, D).

Day 10: Lake Manyara.
We drive down to Lake Manyara National Park, which is one of the finest parks in Tanzania, where we enjoy a game drive. After lunch, we take another scenic drive crossing the beautiful Great Rift Valley to the colorful villages of Mto Wa Mbu before proceeding to our safari lodge. Evening, enjoy the spectacular view of Lake Manyara National Park. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Lake Manyara/Arusha/Amboseli (Drive) (Kenya).
We continue our journey today to Arusha. At Arusha, which is the exact center between Cape Town and Cairo, we stop for lunch. We then cross the Namanga border between Tanzania and Kenya and drive to Amboseli National Park, situated at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. After another exciting game drive, we check in to our lodge for the night. Overnight: Amboseli Serena Lodge/Ol Tukai Lodge, Amboseli (1 night) (B, L, D).

Day 12: Amboseli/Nairobi (Drive).
After breakfast, our exciting journey comes to an unforgettable end with a safari through Amboseli against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. Amboseli is famous for its vast herds of elephants and stunning views of Kilimanjaro on clear days, so be sure to have cameras ready! After lunch at the lodge, we proceed to Nairobi, where we spend the night. Overnight: Nairobi Serena Hotel, Nairobi (1 night) (B, L).

Day 13: Nairobi/Victoria Falls (Flight) (Zambia/Zimbabwe).
This morning, we are transferred to the airport for our flight from Nairobi to Victoria Falls. Depending on our flight itinerary, we may fly either to Victoria Falls (VFA) or Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI). At either of these airports, we will be met and transferred to our hotel. In the afternoon, we enjoy an exciting tour of majestic Victoria Falls from the Zambian side. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. Every minute, more than 550 million liters of water drop almost 100 meters into the river below. Overnight: Ilala Lodge /The Kingdom Hotel, Victoria Falls (3 nights) (B) (Upgrade to Victoria Falls Hotel at US$ 150 per person sharing. Single supplement US$ 150).

Day 14: Victoria Falls.
Following breakfast, we embark on a tour of the falls from the Zimbabwe side, enjoying one of the seven wonders of the natural world on foot. This is a walking tour, and it is advised that you carry protective coverings like ponchos and waterproof camera bags. In the afternoon, we enjoy a relaxing and scenic sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, with remarkable game viewing opportunities while we are on the water. Finger snacks, soft drinks, beer, and champagne will also be part of the cruise experience. Optional Boma dinner at $60 per person. (B, Sn)

Day 15: Victoria Falls.
We have the day free to enjoy the many optional activities that Victoria Falls has to offer. A magnificent helicopter flight over Victoria Falls, a horseback safari, or a gorgeous hike through Batoka Gorge and tour of Ndebele Village are just a few of the many options. Please contact Bestway Tours and Safaris to prebook. Alternatively, relax in front of the pool and soak up the African atmosphere. (B)

Day 16: Depart Victoria Falls.
Our exciting African safari vacation comes to an end as we are transferred to the airport for our departure flight. Options here to continue our journey with a visit to one of Africa’s most vibrant cities, Cape Town, or join a gorilla safari in Rwanda or Uganda. (B)

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
- 37 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, Sn=Snack, D=Dinner)
- All game drives and transfers by 4 x 4 loose top jeeps
- Services of local English speaking guides
- Window seating for each adult paying passenger
- Includes fees for 15 Game Safaris (currently at US$ 890)*
- Tour of Victoria Falls
- Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River

Price Excludes:
- Any airfares (ask for assistance)
- Insurance/visas
- Tips/gratuities

Optional:
Optional Balloon Safaris at either Masai Mara or Serengeti at US$ 550 per person
Optional Masai Bomas visit at Ngorongoro US$ 50 per person

About This Supplier
Location: Canada
Joined InfoHub: Jul 2017

Since 1978, our company has been offering small group tours that bridge cultural divides through people-to-people contact.Bestway was voted as one of Canada’s Top Ten Adventure Operators by the Canadian Travel Industry in 2014 and holds long-standing memberships with the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies. They...

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