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Kenya Highlights

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Using the imaginative and well recognized Sarova Lodges, this safari has a consistently comfortable standard of accommodation, including stylish tents...
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Tordes Schaefer-Charlton
My love of travel and discovering new places began when I was very young, with my parents regularly taking me abroad on family vacations. Later, as a teenager, if not off having adventures in foreign lands, I could be found reminiscing and daydreaming about travel and sharing my passion with others. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have set foot on all seven continents (the most recent being Antarctica in 2011), to have visited over 65 countries worldwide and to have lived for extended periods in five remarkable destinations: Wales, France, Germany, Australia and Bali. Now in my 15th year in the travel industry, my passion is as fervent as ever and these days I am the one planning the family vacations; taking my own children out to discover the world and to see them grow through their experiences. From snorkelling with sharks in Belize and zip-lining at Copan to watching orangutans in the wild in Borneo and climbing the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, I hope that I have instilled a love of travel in them and that they find as rewarding as I have over the years. Helping people discover the pleasure of travel and watching them get bitten by the travel bug is what I enjoy most.
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Description
An African safari touches something deep within all of us, for it is an experience that will never be forgotten. The following two safari options follow the same route and combine intriguing cultures, beautiful landscapes and an excellent opportunity for spotting the Big-5. The driver-guides are all very experienced and will certainly make this safari feel special.
Tour Highlights
Explore the Masai Mara National Reserve for wildlife, one of Africa’s best wildlife reserves
Discover the Amboseli National Park with its 400 different species of birds
Search for the Big 5, in their natural habitat during several game drives on-board 4x4wd safari land cruiser
Admire the breath-taking scenery as you tour the Ngorongoro Crater in search of wildlife
Visit the Serengeti National Park and see why this region is truly the game-viewing capital of the world



   

East Africa Explorer 13 Days


DAY
1
NAIROBI ARRIVAL
Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight in Nairobi.

Optional Nairobi Excursion for early morning arrival: Daphne Sheldricks Elephant Orphanage Excursion
Clients will be transferred to Eka Hotel on arrival for breakfast on own arrangements and then continue with the excursion. Depart to Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage situated on the outskirts of Nairobi (approximately 45 minutes’ drive). The Sanctuary is run by Daphne Sheldrick and is set in the grounds of her house. Here, you will see the orphaned animals and meet the people who handle and care for these animals. It’s an interesting excursion and the team who run the orphanage are always willing to spend time answering any questions guests have to ask. Upon completion, return to hotel or city centre by approx. 12.45 hrs (lunch is not included). It is suggested that due to demand, visits should be pre-booked and at times there may not be any animals in care. Visiting times are limited to approximately one hour and are between 11:00hrs and 12:00 hrs daily.

Optional activity: Half day out of Africa Excursion
Follow in the footsteps of Karen Blixen as you travel towards the Ngong Hills, you feel swept immediately onto the film set of Out of Africa the moment you arrive. The old colonial farmhouse is simple, housing a few items that Karen Blixen chose and once enjoyed herself. There are also the colorful gardens to explore, where several old coffee machines have laid untouched for decades. From here visit the Giraffe Centre, where the highly-endangered Rothschild giraffe lives in peace. With an elevated viewing-cum-feeding platform, this tour is wonderful for children


DAY
2
NAIROBI - MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE (B/L/D)
Leaving Nairobi after breakfast, you'll travel towards Kenya's fertile highlands and head down the Rift Escarpment on a road built by Italian prisoners of war during World War II. Look for the charming chapel they built at the foot of the escarpment. You'll pass the impressive Longonot earth satellite station as you head across the Valley to Narok, and then travel across acres of wheat and barley, before you reach the Masai Mara in time for lunch. Following lunch and a siesta, there is an afternoon game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets.
Overnight in Masai Mara.


DAY
3
MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE (B/L/D)
After an early breakfast, clients will depart on a morning game drive, returning to the lodge for lunch. After a siesta set off for an afternoon game drive and visit to the Masai Village, returning to the lodge as the sun sets.
Overnight in Masai Mara.

Optional morning excursion: Early morning Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon Safari
This is the ultimate way to view wildlife in Africa. You will be woken before dawn (between 04:30 and 05:30 am) and then driven to a remote location. Taking off as the sun rises, you will drift quietly above plains, rivers and forests while gazing at spectacular scenery and with luck, take some incredible photographs. The flight is approximately one hour and gives a ‘birds-eye’ experience to game-watching which many find to be the climax of their safari. On landing in the middle of nowhere there will be a full bush-style breakfast set up served with Champagne, with a table decked in silver cutlery, fresh Kenyan coffee, tea and fruits. It is a truly magical experience.
Recommendations: Flat comfortable shoes should be worn. A jacket, sweater or fleece which can be easily removed during the flight as the sun warms up the air is ideal. Sun hats & sun glasses are also recommended.


DAY
4
MASAI MARA – LAKE NAKURU (B/L/D)
Leaving the Masai Mara after breakfast, travel across the ‘breadbasket’ of Kenya, where acres of wheat and barley litter the landscape as you head north to Narok, the district headquarters of this part of Maasailand. Now travel across the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley, keeping an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle as you head up the Mai -Mahiu, before arriving at Lake Nakuru around midday. Once in the park, view game en route to the lodge. Following lunch and a siesta, there is an afternoon game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets. The national park, known for its birdlife, offers a possibility to view flamingoes. It is also home to Black and White rhinos as well as the endangered Rothschild Giraffe.

DAY
5
LAKE NAKURU - AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK (B/L/D)
After an early breakfast continue to Lake Naivasha for a boat ride. Later, leaving the Rift Valley behind, proceed to Nairobi for an early lunch (or picnic lunch dependent on road conditions). Later head south towards Amboseli arriving at your lodge by late afternoon. Arid looking as Amboseli is, it has historically supported both game and the Maasai that kept their herds of cattle here. It is thanks to the waters that run off Africa's greatest mountain that the apparently dry Amboseli, Kenya's first game sanctuary is able to support its wildlife. Mount Kilimanjaro broods high over Amboseli, generally cloaked by clouds but appearing in all its snow-shrouded magnificence from time to time. Kilimanjaro was once part of Kenya, but on the marriage of Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany Queen Victoria gifted it to her beloved grandson, whose colony Tanzania then was, as the perfect wedding present.
Overnight at Amboseli National Park.


DAY
6
AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK (B/L/D)
Depart the lodge after a sumptuous breakfast for a full day game drive, enjoy a hot picnic lunch at a picnic site returning to the lodge at 1600hrs. Mt Kilimanjaro now provides water for the park, wonderful views and, of course, the most glorious background for animal photography. There has been serious erosion in the park. Elephant feeding habits combined with light soil have made serious inroads in the Amboseli vegetation. Nonetheless, there are still high numbers of the elephant for which the park is famous, and it is here that much research has been done on the largest land mammal. Indeed, a cursory examination will show that humankind is not the only animal to destroy its own environment. The grasslands in the park can be undeniably lovely when made verdant by the rains and the three major swamps could star in a dinosaur movie. The swamps on the east of the park attract wildebeest, zebra and antelope with the predators that live off them, chiefly lion which tend to be easy to view here. In the south, Enkongo Narok swamp attracts hippos to the larger pools and plenty of buffalo, buck and teeming birdlife including the jacanas that pick their way elegantly and carefully. Giraffe are here and in areas still sufficiently treed there are leopard. Cheetah, caracal and civet may be seen. In the west of the park lies Lake Amboseli, a seasonal soda lake, sometimes with flamingos.
Overnight in Lake Manyara.


DAY
7
AMBOSELI – LAKE MANYARA (B/L/D)
After breakfast, continue your journey to the Tanzania border post and then on to Arusha for lunch. After lunch, drive across the Masai Steppe to the Great Rift Valley. The main eastern Rift Valley runs from the Jordan Valley in the north, takes in the whole of the Red Sea, sheers through Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi, and finally reaches the sea near the Zambezi Delta. In places, the walls of the Rift rise little more than 30 metres (100ft) above the valley floor, elsewhere, steep cliffs rise sharply to 1,200 metres (4,000ft) above the floor. In addition to the towering walls that contain it, the base of the Kenyan Rift Valley is studded with steaming geysers and dormant volcanoes, relicts of the violent tectonic activity that is also responsible for such montane giants as Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya and Elgon. Your hotel is perched high on the rim overlooking the park below.
Overnight in Lake Manyara.


DAY
8
LAKE MANYARA - SERENGETI (B/L/D)
After breakfast enter your safari vehicle and spend the morning exploring and driving through Lake Manyara National Park. About midday return to the lodge for lunch and then depart for Serengeti National Park with some game viewing en route. Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and the greatest concentration of plains game anywhere. Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebras and 300,000 Thomson's gazelles join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of elands, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle. Arrive for lunch at your lodge. Enjoy an afternoon game drive until sunset. Overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge on a full board basis arriving at your lodge as the sun begins to set.
Overnight in Serengeti.


DAY
9
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (B/L/D)
Spend the whole day spend in the Serengeti National Park with morning and afternoon game drive only returning to the hotel for lunch and in time for dinner. The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest park. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the south-eastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat. Overnight in Serengeti.

DAY
10
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK - NGORONGORO CRATER (B/L/D)
After breakfast, you depart for Ngorongoro with a picnic lunch viewing game across the vast Serengeti plains, after a picnic lunch you continue towards the crater with a short visit of a Masai Village. Late afternoon, continue to your lodge, set high on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater. This caldera supports around 20,000 large animals, including the world’s densest population of lions and spotted hyenas, several massive old tuskers, and some of East Africa’s last black rhinos. Arrive to your lodge for dinner.
Overnight in Ngorongoro.


DAY
11
NGORONGORO CRATER (B/L/D)
A highlight awaits you this morning as you depart to explore what is commonly referred to as the World’s largest natural wildlife zoo. After breakfast, descend with a picnic lunch through the early morning mists and 2,000 feet into the crater. The Ngorongoro Crater is a world heritage site, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and commonly referred to as the 8th wonder of the world. Due to its size and diversity, the crater floor is comprised of several distinct areas, ranging from forest, swamps, lakes and springs, to open grassland and some sandy dunes. It’s an awesome wildlife experience. The 2,000 feet high walls of the approximately 10-mile-wide crater create a natural amphitheatre for the densest populations of large animals anywhere. It is a microcosm of the vast Serengeti National Park and in one day it is possible to see a staggering array of East African wildlife including all the big carnivores. The crater lives up to its infamous reputation with abundant and easily accessible wildlife and offers a chance to see lion, hyena or cheetah in action. The Crater is truly awe-inspiring and will surely be one of the highlights of your safari. The rim of the Ngorongoro Crater ranges in altitude from about 7,000 feet to 8,000 feet. Down below, the relatively flat floor of the Crater rests at an elevation of about 5,500 feet. The Ngorongoro Crater's rich soils and abundant, year-round water provide an ideal habitat for a variety of animals. The Crater is not a self-contained ecosystem and some animals do migrate in and out but only in small numbers. Most of the animals in the Crater are resident and remain year-round. There are approximately 20,000 large mammals at any given time within the Crater walls. Return back to the lodge in time for lunch. You return to the lodge in the late afternoon for dinner and overnight.
Overnight in Ngorongoro.


DAY
12
NGORONGORO CRATER - TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK (B/L/D)
Departing Ngorongoro Crater after breakfast and head south east en route to Lake Manyara, Mto wa Mbu village and Tarangire beyond. Through the highlands and the Karatu district, you’ll view the scenic wheat plains and coffee plantations here before journeying down the spectacular escarpment where you turn south on to the main Arusha – Dodoma road and into the park. From here to the lodge, you’ll enjoy a game drive en route to your lodge. After lunch and perhaps a swim, the remainder of the afternoon will be spent on a game drive.
Overnight in Tarangire National Park.


DAY
13
TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK - NAIROBI (B/L/D)
Depart Tarangire after breakfast and drive back to Arusha arriving in time for lunch. After lunch, you continue the journey by road to Nairobi arriving in Nairobi late afternoon and proceed for dinner in Nairobi city centre before drop off at JKIA airport or City Centre Hotel at around 07:00 pm.

Departures on selected Tuesdays & Thursdays

FIXED DATE - EVERY WEEK:

March - 2017:
7 + 14 + 21 + 28
Superior Category  
Price Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis  USD $ 4525.00  Per Person
Supplement for Single Room  USD $ 599.00  Per Single

FIXED DATE - EVERY WEEK:

March - 2017:
2 + 9 + 16 + 23 + 30
Superior Category  
Price Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis  USD $ 4525.00  Per Person
Supplement for Single Room  USD $ 599.00  Per Single

FIXED DATE - EVERY WEEK:

April - 2017:
4 + 11 + 18 + 25
May - 2017:
2 + 9 + 16
Superior Category  
Price Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis  USD $ 3999.00  Per Person
Supplement for Single Room  USD $ 75.00  Per Single

FIXED DATE - EVERY WEEK:

April - 2017:
6 + 13 + 20 + 27
May - 2017:
4 + 11 + 18
Superior Category  
Price Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis  USD $ 3999.00  Per Person
Supplement for Single Room  USD $ 75.00  Per Single

FIXED DATE - EVERY WEEK:

May - 2017:
23 + 30
June - 2017:
6 + 13 + 20
Superior Category  
Price Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis  USD $ 4775.00  Per Person
Supplement for Single Room  USD $ 425.00  Per Single

FIXED DATE - EVERY WEEK:

May - 2017:
25
June - 2017:
1 + 8 + 15 + 22
Superior Category  
Price Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis  USD $ 4775.00  Per Person
Supplement for Single Room  USD $ 425.00  Per Single

FIXED DATE - EVERY WEEK:

June - 2017:
27
July - 2017:
4 + 11 + 18 + 25
August - 2017:
1 + 8 + 15 + 22 + 29
September - 2017:
5 + 12 + 19 + 26
October - 2017:
3 + 10 + 17 + 24 + 31
Superior Category  
Price Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis  USD $ 4950.00  Per Person
Supplement for Single Room  USD $ 700.00  Per Single

FIXED DATE - EVERY WEEK:

June - 2017:
29
July - 2017:
6 + 13 + 20 + 27
August - 2017:
3 + 10 + 17 + 24 + 31
September - 2017:
7 + 14 + 21 + 28
October - 2017:
5 + 12 + 19 + 26
Superior Category  
Price Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis  USD $ 4950.00  Per Person
Supplement for Single Room  USD $ 700.00  Per Single

FIXED DATE - EVERY WEEK:

November - 2017:
7 + 14 + 21 + 28
December - 2017:
5 + 12
Superior Category  
Price Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis  USD $ 4550.00  Per Person
Supplement for Single Room  USD $ 599.00  Per Single

FIXED DATE - EVERY WEEK:

November - 2017:
2 + 9 + 16 + 23 + 30
December - 2017:
7 + 14
Superior Category  
Price Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis  USD $ 4550.00  Per Person
Supplement for Single Room  USD $ 599.00  Per Single

Accommodation on twin sharing basis in mentioned hotels/lodges or similar
Private meet and greet in Nairobi
Private use of specially designed 4x4wd safari land cruiser whilst on Safari in Kenya & Tanzania
Transfers in Kenya and travel between Kenya and Tanzania may be in coach or safari bus
Services of a Professional English Speaking guide/driver
Daily breakfast
12 Lunch + 12 Dinner
All game drives as specified in the itinerary in a 4x4
Park Entry Tickets to Amboseli, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Tarangire parks
½ litre bottle mineral water per person per day on game drives
Local taxes and service charges
All international and domestic flights
Items of a personal nature
Tips and gratuities
Beverages with meals
Meals not specified as included
Travel insurance
Visas, if necessary
Optional tours and activities
12 nights
Accommodation will be provided a twin sharing basis
Accommodation Type - Superior
Sopa Lodge Masai Mara (Masai Mara)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Located on the slopes of Oloongams Hills, it is one of the first lodges to be built in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Guests are drawn to this lodge built in an ethnic design, surrounded by a rich landscape, covered in fauna, from huge desert cacti to sweet smelling jasmine flowers, all within the fabled Masai Mara game reserve.
Sopa Lodge Amboseli (Amboseli )
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Nestled in 190 acres of wooded Masai land, the lodge sits on the foot hills of Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro. Mature wooded gardens with a variety of trees and plants, from thorn trees and acacias, to fragrant frangipanis, colourful bougainvillea and giant cactus plants thrive in these surroundings. Different species of birds build their nests while monkeys with babies clinging under their bellies and squirrels dart through the gardens.
Sopa Lodge Ngorongoro (Ngorongoro)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Perched on the rim of the collapsed volcano, the Ngorongoro Crater, a world heritage site, often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. It has the most magnificent views over the crater floor, which is home to vast herds of buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, the rare and endangered black rhino, elephant, cheetah, leopard, lion and herds of gazelle and wildebeest. Its position on the Eastern rim allows the most spectacular and uninterrupted views of the sunset.
Sopa Lodge Serengeti (Serengeti)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Nestled in the acacia woodland on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the plains of the south-western Serengeti National Park, one of the most famous parks in the world, and host to the largest and most spectacular annual migration of the wildebeest.
Sopa Lodge Tarangire (Tarangire)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Hidden among the kopjes, lies Tarangire Sopa Lodge, surrounded by ancient baobab trees. It is the home of the greatest concentration of elephants in Africa, and other game including the elusive leopard. Over 400 bird species can be spotted here as well. With water constantly available in the area, the greenery is lush providing a wonderful contrast to the burnt ground..
Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge (Manyara)
Our Rating: 5 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Standing high on the edge of a towering terracotta escarpment with panoramic views over the glittering alkaline waters of Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of tranquillity, wildlife discovery, and ornithological richness. The unprecedented range of high-adventure sports, meanwhile, include mountain biking, canoeing and forest walks, while cultural choices include tours of the neighbouring villages and dance displays by the local Iraqw and sukuma people.
Lake Nakuru Lodge (Lake Nakuru)
Our Rating: 3 Star   |   Local Rating: 3 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
The Lake Nakuru Lodge is situated in a wander land which lies in the heart of Kenya’s most densely animal-populated wetland National parks (Ramsar Site), only two hours leisurely drive-on first class road-from Nairobi, through some of the most exiting scenery to be seen anywhere in Africa. The 165 km Nairobi-Nakuru road gives the visitors an unrivalled view of the majestic Great Rift Valley, winding through a series of lakes and forested uplands and all the way to the bustling market town of Nakuru. The views are equally impressive for the visitors who use a charter aircraft for the 25 minutes flight to the Lake Nakuru National Park
Safari Park Hotel (Nairobi)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
The Safari Park Hotel & Casino stands in 50 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens incorporating a wide variety of indigenous trees, and offering sanctuary to a startling array of birds and butterflies. Offering a selection of 204 rooms; 36 suites, 168 deluxe rooms and 4 exclusive apartments. Antique furniture characterizes the theme and décor of each room, polished wooden floors and large garden-view rear and front balconies. The Safari Park Hotel is a fusion of international sophistication, safari style, theme-park fun and cultural creativity.
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