When you experience the heart of Africa on such a scale, you will never want to leave. Discover the Masai Mara, Amboseli and the Ngorongoro Crater on this top safari. See an indescribable abundance of wildlife, birds galore, and a natural diversity found nowhere else. This 11-night package offers luxury accommodations, safe and secure travel arrangements, and the opportunity to experience these breathtaking destinations.
Explore East Africa Safari
- Experience the world’s largest “natural wildlife zoo”
- Game drives
- Experience the Great Rift Valley
Valid for travel 01 April – 30 June 2018 (other dates available on request)
Day 1: Nairobi
JAMBO - KARIBU!!
On arrival in Nairobi, your tour representatives will be there to greet you with a traditional, unique & special welcome (bubbly, wet towels and presentation of authentic safari hat and a beautiful authentic canvas pouch filled with safari essentials). You will then be transferred to the Sarova Stanley Hotel, located in the heart of the central business district. Enjoy overnight.
Day 2: Nairobi - Lake Nakuru National Park
Your guide/driver will pick you from the hotel after breakfast and you'll depart for the drive to Lake Nakuru with a brief stop at the Rift valley view point. After check-in, lunch will be available, and the afternoon will be spent on a game viewing drive. Some of the interesting places to visit include the baboon cliff, the lion hill and the Mau escarpment. The Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the best places to see the endangered black and white Rhino as well as many other species including prides of lion, Cape buffalo, waterbucks, wart hogs, the endangered Rothschild giraffes, the Burchell’s zebra, impalas, and the elusive leopard to name a handful. Over 300 bird species have been recorded here too. Enjoy dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
Day 3: Lake Nakuru National Park - Masai Mara Game Reserve
After an early morning breakfast you will depart for the drive to the Masai Mara National Reserve, with wonderful scenery and plenty of game en-route. On arrival at the intimate, 20-tent Tipilikwani Camp you will be welcomed for lunch after which you can have some time at leisure. This afternoon is the moment you have been longing for – you'll depart on an exciting game viewing drive. The Rolling plains and grasslands, stretching far into the horizons as far as the eye can see, is home to the black-maned lion, the Savannah elephant, the Cape buffalo, wildebeests, the elusive leopard, cheetah, the spotted & striped hyena, rhino, topi, burchell’s zebra, and the Masai giraffe among many others. The Mara game reserve is one that can never disappoint. You will be spoiled by the variety of bird and wildlife species in this game reserve. We return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Masai Mara Game Reserve
Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast and then depart for a full day adventure. Be on the look-out for the big five that Masai Mara is famous for. These include the lion, Savannah (African) elephant, the Cape buffalo, the leopard and the black rhino. In the early 20th century, Kenya was a famous hunting destination. Killing any of the big five gave one pride, a sense of class, a feeling of heroism. You may even be lucky enough to witness a leopard or a cheetah sprint and make a kill! We return back to the camp for dinner and overnight.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Balloon Safari over the Mara plains followed by a champagne breakfast or visit a traditional Masai Manyatta (off the beaten track) and experience the culture of this world famous community. The Masai still live as they did for centuries -interact with these nomadic people and experience their way of life as you learn about their customs and traditions.
Day 5: Serengeti National Park
We enjoy a hearty breakfast then depart with picnic lunch boxes via the Isebania & Sirari border where your guide/driver will help you through the immigration procedures then continue into Tanzania. Covering an area of 14,763 square kilometres, the world famous Serengeti National Park is Tanzania's oldest park, and one of the world's last great wildlife refuges. The Serengeti ecosystem supports the greatest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa, including more than three million large mammals. On arrival you'll check-in at the lodge, enjoy dinner and overnight.
OPTIONAL: To break the long journey to Tanzania, you may opt to fly to either Migori (at additional cost), and continue the rest of your journey by road OR enjoy a short road transfer across the Kenya | Tanzania border where you will board your onward flight directly to the heart of the Serengeti. The prices for the two domestic flights are available on request.
Day 6: Serengeti National Park
This morning after breakfast, you will depart with picnic lunch boxes for a full day of game viewing on the vast Serengeti plains. In the early morning and evening light, the Serengeti landscape is stunningly beautiful. The Rolling plains and grasslands, stretch far into the horizons as far as the eye can see and are home to the black-maned lion, the Savannah elephant, the Cape buffalo, wildebeest, the elusive leopard, cheetah, the spotted & stripped hyena, the rhino, topi, Burchell’s zebra, and the Masai giraffe among many others. Serengeti National Park is one that can never disappoint. You are spoiled by the variety of bird and wildlife species on game-viewing drives. Enjoy dinner and overnight at the lodge.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Dawn Balloon Safari over the Serengeti Plains ending with a champagne breakfast.
Day 7: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast, we depart to Ngorongoro. You'll stop at the Oldupai Gorge, one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world offering insights on human evolution. You will enjoy an on-site talk on the interpretation of the gorge by the resident guide. You'll arrive at the crater rim lodge to a warm welcome, check-in, and then enjoy lunch. This afternoon is for relaxation, and from the lodge you can enoy the breath-taking spectacular views of the crater below. Ngorongoro Crater has the largest unbroken caldera in the world. It has been described as one of the great natural wonders of the world. Eight million years ago the Ngorongoro Crater was an active volcano, but its cone collapsed, forming the crater that is 610 meters deep, 20 kilometres in diameter, and covers an area of 311 sq. km. Spectacular as it is, the crater accounts for just a tenth of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The crater is home to many species of wild game and birds. With the exception of impala and topi (due to fierce competition with the wildebeest) and the giraffe (because there is not much to eat at tree level), almost every species of African plains mammal lives in the crater, including the endangered black rhino, and the densest population of predators in Africa. The bird life, which includes the flamingo, is mainly seasonal, and is affected by the ratio of soda to fresh water in Lake Magadi on the crater floor. Dinner and overnight at crater lodge.
NOTE: Warm jacket/cardigan is highly recommended.
Day 8: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast we descend around 610 metres into the crater which is home to an abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater's floor and a photographer's paradise. To maximise your experience the lodge will pack you a picnic lunch to enjoy in these magnificent surroundings. Prides of lions, herds of Cape buffalo, impala, Thompson gazelles, rhino, giraffes, golden & black-backed jackal, zebra, cheetah, leopard and the spotted hyena freely roam on the crater floor plains. Unmatched for its natural variety & breath-taking beauty, there are few places on earth where such a tremendous diversity of landscapes exist inside a region this size. Bird species are abundant - refreshing in the small lakes in the crater floor. Apart from its wildlife riches, the crater is also of great archaeological importance, with the remains of some of mankind’s earliest ancestors discovered in the area. Return late afternoon to your lodge. Enjoy dinner and overnight.
Day 9: Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Tarangire National Park
Enjoy your breakfast then depart to Tarangire arriving at your lodge for lunch. This afternoon we depart on an exciting game viewing drive in this area dotted with majestic baobab trees, stately eland antelopes and other game. Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry Tarangire river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It is the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem - a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared Oryx and peculiar long-necked Gerenuk are regularly observed. Enjoy dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 10: Tarangire National Park - Amboseli National Park
An early morning departure will see you heading via the Namanga border to Amboseli National Park. You arrive at the lodge to a very warm welcome, check-in, then after lunch you'll depart on an afternoon game viewing drive. Amboseli is home to lions, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, baboon, gazelle, hippo and wildebeest among many others. It is also an ornithological and photographer's paradise with over 400 species of birds, flora and fauna and some of the most soul-searing views in Africa. Enjoy dinner and overnight at your lodge.
Day 11: Amboseli National Park
Morning and afternoon game viewing drives. Amboseli scenery offers one of the best places for a photogenic view of Mount Kilimanjaro (weather permitting). This is best seen on a clear day. Amboseli National Park provides the classic Hollywood image of Africa. The park is famous for her large herds of giant elephants. Enjoy meals and overnight at the lodge.
Day 12: Nairobi
This morning we enjoy our breakfast then check-out. Your last day you'll transfer to the Carnivore restaurant for lunch then on to the Jomo Kenyatta International airport for your home-bound flight.