Best of East Africa

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  • Lion-in-Ngorongoro
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The Great Wildebeest Migration of East Africa is an amazing natural cycle and Masai Mara

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Nairobi
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
INCLUDED
  • Meet and greet services.
  • All transport and game drives on safari sector will be in a safari minibus with pop-up
  • roof (maximum 7 passengers) with a Bi-lingual English speaking driver-guide on shared basis.
  • Guaranteed window seat.
  • Meals and accommodation as specified.
  • All park fees and government taxes.
  • ½ litre bottle mineral water per person per day on game drives.
NOT INCLUDED
  • Airport transfers.
  • Visas and international flights.
  • Airport taxes (clients pay direct).
  • Driver-guide gratuities.
  • Drinks, dining rooms tips, porterage.
  • Personal travel, baggage and medical insurance.
  • Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature.
  • Balloon Safari.
  • Passenger Information.
  • Passengers should bring only soft sided bags**.
  • The tour is modular and combines with other tours so there may be need for clients to change vehicles on occasion.
ITINERARY

Days of Operation – Daily
Duration – 13 Days
Vehicle – Safari Minibus (Scheduled)
Pick up Point
Sankara Hotel 0730h
Drop off Point JKIA l 1200h
Safari Briefing: Day 01 at 0700hrs approx.
Departs on Day 01: 0730hrs approx.
Returns on Day 08: 1200hrs approx. (flights to be booked)

 

Luggage

Due to limited luggage space in vehicles, suitcases are unsuitable for scheduled road safaris. We recommend luggage packed in inexpensive barrel/sausage bags or soft sided bags not exceeding 15kgs and 65×46 cm.
Excess luggage can be handed over to the representative at time of briefing. It will be handed over to you on your return from safari. Additional costs may apply to pick up drop off luggage at specific points.

Additional remarks:-

– We may have to reroute the itinerary or accommodate in similar lodges in case of non- availability
– Prices for domestic flights, airport taxes or park fees may be changed without prior notice. This is beyond our control and any increase levied will be passed to you

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Day 1: Nairobi

Transfer from Nairobi airport to the Nairobi Serena hotel for overnight BB.

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Day 2: Samburu; B,L,D

Depart on safari after breakfast. Leave Nairobi, heading north through a patchwork of coffee

plantations and small farms towards Mount Kenya and the highlands. Gaining altitude, the scenery becomes more lush, the air cooler and the roadside becomes a fascinating ribbon of small shops and stallholders. Stop en route at Karatina market. continue over the shoulder of Mount Kenya before descending the spectacular road down to the plains of Samburu game reserve. Arrival in time for lunch the Lodge. There will be time to relax by the pool before a late afternoon game viewing drive in the reserve. Spend two nights at Samburu Intrepids club.

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Day 3: Samburu :B,L,D

Morning and afternoon game viewing in Samburu, a game reserve unlike any other in Kenya with its dramatic scenery and unusual animal species. The Uaso Nyiro river forms the life blood of this arid area and is home to both crocodile and hippo while elephant, lion and leopard can be found along the shady river banks. Meanwhile, the rare and often more handsome species of well-known plains game such as Reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra and long necked Gerenuk graze in the more open bush land.

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Day 4: Sweetwaters : B, L, D.

A morning drive back to the Kenya Highlands and on to the Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy. Lunch and afternoon game drive in Sweetwaters private game reserve including a visit to the chimpanzee conservation project. Sweetwaters is a small reserve and contains a very high concentration of wildlife. Virtually guaranteed sightings of Black rhino, elephant and buffalo, with high chances also of spotting lion. Overnight at Sweetwaters tented lodge. Optional night game drive, camel ride or guided walks can be booked at camp reception.

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Day 5 : Riftvalley; B,L,D

Leaving the green and fertile highlands, visit Thomson’s water falls before descending into the Rift valley. Continue to Lake Elementaita. Lunch and afternoon game drive in Soysambu private game sanctuary. OPTIONAL excursion to Lake Nakuru, seasonal home to over 450 species of bird including great flocks of Flamingo lining the shore (Due to the unpredictable presence of flamingos we offer this as an option with park entry fees payable locally). Overnight at Lake Elementaita Serena tented lodge, overlooking lake Elementaita.

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Day 6: Masai Mara; B,L,D

A morning drive to Masai Mara game reserve, passing by the dormant Longonot volcano and arriving in time for lunch at a lodge. Continue during the afternoon through the reserve, game viewing en route . The next two nights are spent at Mara Ashnil tented camp or Mara Serena lodge.

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Day 7: Masai Mara; B,L,D

A full day game viewing in the Mara, Kenya’s finest wildlife reserve. Elephant and Buffalo abound in the riverine forests, while out on the grasslands Impala and Thompson’s gazelle can be seen together with their attendant predators such as lion, Cheetah, Hyena and Jackal. The Mara is, in fact, the northern part of the Serengeti ecosystem and plays host to the vast herds of wildebeest and zebra during the months of July to October. Lesser known species such as topi, hartebeest, waterbuck Eland and many small mammals create a kaleidoscopic picture of wildlife. An optional balloon safari, guided nature walk or breakfast in the bush may also be booked in advance.

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Day 8: Nairobi; B,L

A scenic drive back to Nairobi for lunch at a hotel. Afternoon free to relax or go shopping in town. Tonight we recommend dinner at one of Nairobi’s many excellent restaurants (pay locally). Overnight at Nairobi Serena hotel.

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Day 9: Lake Manyara; B,D

Transfer to the airport for flight to Arusha (lunch can be taken at the airport terminal – pay locally). Continue on safari, crossing the Great Rift valley and ascending the escarpment for overnight at Manyara Kirurumu tented lodge, with panoramic views of Lake Manyara far below.

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Day 10: Serengeti B,L,D

A morning game drive in Lake Manyara National park. This park is unique for its diverse and distinct Ecological zones ranging from the rocky Rift wall and ground water forest to woodland, open grassland, thermal springs and swamp. This diversity of habitat allows the visitor to see a wide variety of wildlife in a relatively small area. Look out for the rare tree-climbing Lions, monkeys galore in the tropical rain forest, hippo and flamingo around the lake and plenty of plains game grazing on the savannah. Lunch at the lodge and afternoon drive to Ndutu Conservation area or the Serengeti plains. Spend the next two nights at Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented lodge (Nov – Mar) or Serengeti Serena lodge (Apr – Oct).

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Day 11: Serengeti B,L,D

Morning and afternoon game viewing in Serengeti, perhaps the greatest symbol of African wildlife heritage. Being centrally located, Serengeti Serena Lodge is an ideal base for exploring this hugely diverse Park. The short grass plains dotted with rock outcrops “kopjes” dominate the south and supports a combined population of more than 2.5 million Wildebeest, Zebra and gazelle during the wet season December to April. As drier weather approaches in May, the wildebeest migrate to the centre and Western corridor of the park where acacia savannah predominates and giraffe are more likely to be found. Don’t forget to look out for leopard and hippo along the riverine forest. By July, the herds arrive in the north where the plains give way to densely wooded hills and elephant country. Here they remain until the coming of the short rains in November signal the start of the Great Trek south again.

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Day 12: Ngorongoro B,L,D

Morning drive to Ngorongoro. Lunch and remainder of the afternoon free to relax by the pool or take an optional walk to the Elephant caves, visit an Iraqw village or visit a coffee estate (supplementary costs payable locally). Spend the next 2 nights at Acacia farm lodge, situated in the coffee growing areas of the Ngorongoro highlands .

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Day 13: Ngorongoro B,L,D

A half day game viewing in the crater with picnic lunch. A first glimpse of Ngorongoro leaves one literally breathless. Once a huge volcano, probably larger than Kilimanjaro, it is now a vast circular amphitheatre, spectacularly beautiful and a garden of Eden for huge numbers of wildlife. The animals are resident throughout the year and it is not difficult to find the “Big Five” Elephant, Lion, Buffalo, Rhino and Leopard. Centre-piece of the extensive floor is Crater lake with its pink mantle of Flamingo and other birdlife.

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Day 14: Depart B,L

Drive to Arusha for lunch and afternoon transfer to JRO or ARK airport for departure.