Description / Itinerary:
East Africa is known for its many national parks and magnificent wildlife. Over 12 incredible days you will encounter wildlife in parks such as Amboseli, the Ser engeti and the Masai Mara. This is a once in a lifetime journey through Kenya and Tanzania.
Day 1 – Nairobi
On the transfer from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to the nearby Eka Hotel your guide will give you a brief talk on what to expect on safari. Eka exudes luxury and is the perfect place to spend your first night. The food is outstanding and there are always helpful smiling members of staff on hand to help with anything you may need.
Day 2 – Nairobi to Amboseli
Today you begin your African safari, heading to Amboseli National Park. Your accommodation for the next couple of days is in Ol Tukai Lodge which is nestled in the trees with Mt Kilimanjaro as a backdrop; you really couldn’t ask for a more idyllic setting from which to begin game spotting. The Lodge has 80 luxury rooms, all tastefully furnished ensuring your stay will be very comfortable. After a light lunch, you can either relax by the lodge’s pool or explore the grounds. During the late afternoon you head out in search of your favourite animals on a game drive. Back at the lodge dinner is prepared and on your return freshen up and enjoy a drink by the fire before sitting down to a truly African meal.
Day 3 – Amboseli National Park
As the sun rises on another day in Amboseli you depart the lodge on a morning game drive. This time of day is best for game viewing and also offers the best chance of seeing Mt Kilimanjaro in all its glory. When you return to the lodge waiting for you will be a full mid-morning breakfast complete with bacon and eggs. Your day is relaxed and the list of activities on offer is endless. We suggest a bird walk as the variety of birds to be found around the lodge is huge. After your birding and a late lunch it may be time for a cooling swim and a bit of relaxation with a good book before your afternoon game drive.
Day 4 – Amboseli to Ngorongoro
Today you cross the border into Tanzania and drive to Plantation Lodge which is ideally located a short drive from the Ngorongoro Conservation area. Plantation Lodge encourages its guest to immerse themselves in rest and relaxation. With only 16 rooms, the lodge is well equipped to provide excellent personal service. After a late lunch, an afternoon game drive in the Lake Manyara National Park is on the cards as you get your first taste of Tanzanian game viewing.
Day 5 – Ngorongoro Crater
Today you will be taken on a full day tour of the crater complete with a picnic lunch to be enjoyed under the shade of an acacia tree. If you are lucky, you will spot many of the animals on your ‘must see’ list. The crater is a natural amphitheatre with resident herds and predators, some never leaving the crater for their entire lives.
Day 6 – Ngorongoro to Serengeti
Today in the famous Serengeti National Park you will catch up with the Angata Migration Camp which changes location between Ndutu and Central Serengeti in order to get closer to the migration and offer an enhanced safari experience. The camp’s 12 tents also allow for a more intimate atmosphere. Arrive at the camp for an al fresco lunch served under the trees before heading out for your first Serengeti game drive. Make your way back before nightfall for dinner and an evening socialising around a blazing fire.
Day 7 – Serengeti National Park
An early morning will allow you to take full advantage of the wildlife at its most active; the cool mornings are the best times to spot game. Return to camp for a lavish mid-morning breakfast and perhaps a nature walk (additional cost) with a Masai guide for a chance to discover some of the smaller species that reside here. Enjoy a light lunch and an afternoon relaxing as you wait for the afternoon to cool to head out on the day’s last game drive.
Day 8 – Serengeti National Park
Leave your exclusive mobile camp in exchange for the more permanent Kati Kati Tented Camp. This 15 tent camp is perfectly located so that you are right at the centre of the action of the Serengeti. Kati Kati offers comfortable accommodation enabling clients to experience a real safari setting in the heart of the bush. This authentic camping experience is the perfect way to spend your last evening in the famous Serengeti as you exchange stories with other guests before dinner is served.
Day 9 – Serengeti to Masai Mara
Today fly back into Kenya, from one famous park to another, as you arrive in Kenya’s Masai Mara. Karen Blixen Camp is situated on the edge of the National Reserve in the exclusive Mara North Conservancy.
This beautiful camp has 22 richly furnished tents and offers an authentic ‘yesteryear’ experience for guests. The Karen Blixen dining room is set overlooking the Mara River and the resident pod of hippos are on hand to keep you entertained. After lunch you might want to base yourself by the pool or maybe you would prefer to head straight out and enjoy your first Masai Mara game drive. The conservancy teems with wildlife and you are bound to see some of your favourites. Back at Camp dinner is served under the African sky.
Days 10–11 Masai Mara
Another early start is best, followed by a full day in the Masai Mara National Reserve. Breakfast and lunch will be carried with you picnic style. The Reserve is one of the most famous in the world and certainly doesn’t ever leave anyone disappointed. After your day out you will thoroughly enjoy a long hot shower under the stars and you will be ready for your final evening drink and dinner in the Masai Mara.
Day 12 – Depart
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip in time for your local scheduled flight back to Nairobi.