Routing ( 1 night Nairobi, 1 night Aberdares, 2 nights Masai Mara, 1 night Lake Victoria, 2 nights Serengeti, 1 night Ngorongoro, 1 night Lake Manyara, 4 nights Zanzibar – Departure)
Day 1: Arrival, meet and greet – Nairobi
Meet our representative at the Airport upon arrival and transferred to Panafric hotel. Our Airport Rep will brief you on the adventure to come. Overnight: The Stanley Hotel B www.sarovahotels.com booked on Bed and breakfast.
Day 2: Nairobi- Aberdares National Park
After breakfast, you will be picked by our driver/guide and head northwest to Aberdare National Park. Along the way, you may stop at the colourful Karatina Market and sample the local wares. Karatina is the largest Open Air Market in East Africa. Proceed on through the Kikuyu tribesmen farms and arrive for lunch in your base hotel. You will check in at Outspan hotel, this is base hotel where you check and deposit your luggage ready to go to Aberdare National Park. NOTE: Only overnite hand luggage is allowed at both Treetops/Ark. This park is made famous by Queen Elizabeth the 2nd who ascended to the throne in 1952 while on a holiday visit. Here animals come for salt lick and you view them from the Balcony of the lodge. Dinner and overnight – Treetops – www.aberdarehotels.com (L,D). Distance from Nairobi – approx.210km.
Day 3: Aberdares-Masai Mara Game Reserve
After breakfast climb the Western Escarpment of the Rift Valley and head towards Masai Mara. With its vast open plains and distinctive flat-topped acacia trees, acacia trees, no visit to Kenya would be complete without a visit here. Enjoying views of picturesque Masai tribesmen herding cattle on the way, you arrive in time for lunch or have a picnic lunch box and a short rest Afternoon game drive includes searching for the Big Five, elephants, Buffalos, lions, Rhinos and leopards, before returning to your lodge as the sun sets! Dinner and overnight – Mara Sarova Luxury tented camp (BLD) www.sarovahotels.com Distance Approx. 450 kms – 7 hrs drive (Poor road network- Half of the way roads are in poor state and with potholes and it may take more time than the estimated.)
Day 4: Masai Mara Game Reserve
Pre-breakfast morning game drive in the reserve, a great opportunity to explore the vast flora and fauna of this magnificent reserve, after a rewarding game drive, return to your lodge for late morning breakfast. Later just relax till afternoon game drive or visit the nearby Masai Mara village as optional excursions. OR a full day game drive with picnic lunch boxes which include visits to Mara River, Kenya -Tanzania Border Post and a great chance to view the “Big Five”. You will have your picnic lunch at Hippo Pool as you watch the crocodiles living in harmony with hippos. Return to your lodge late in the afternoon Dinner and Overnight – Mara Sarova Luxury Tented Camp or similar (B,L,D)
Day 5: Masai Mara – Lake Victoria
Check out of your Hotel with packed picnic lunch boxes and have a game drive enroute to Isebania border. (Kenya- Tanzania border). Arriving at around 14h00 and you will change vehicles and drivers as well. Then proceed for an hour drive to the shores of Lake Victoria with good views of picturesque Tanzania tribesmen. You will be transferred by boat to Lukuba Island and rest of the evening will be at leisure to explore the beautiful lodge. Dinner and Overnight: Lukuba Island Lodge B,L,D. Distance Approx: 170 kms 4 hrs drive
Day 6: Lake Victoria –Serengeti National Park
Check out early and proceed with the stunning views of country side. Along the way enjoy your picnic lunch. Continue your drive across the treeless plains of Serengeti and be prepared for a few bumps and bounces along this unpaved road to the famous Serengeti. There are plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing en route to your lodge. An afternoon game drive in Serengeti National Park introduces you to one of Africa’s premier game sanctuaries. After your game drive, transfer to your lodge as the sun sets! Dinner and Overnight: Serengeti Sopa lodge. www.sopalodges.com B,L,D. Distance Approx: 370 kms 6 hrs drive (Poor road network- Half of the way roads are in poor state and with potholes and it may take more time than the estimated.)
Day 7: Serengeti National Park
Both morning and afternoon game drives are included today. The breathtaking savannahs of the park are a stunning backdrop to a diverse and abundant wildlife population throughout the year. Serengeti is unique as its name, with plains, rivers and rocky outcroppings known as ‘Kopjes’ all have resident populations of wildlife and panoramas are breathtaking. You will explore this park with morning and afternoon game drives in search of large predators and the gentle herbivores which they depend on for survival. Dinner and Overnight: Serengeti Sopa Lodge: BLD
Day 8: – Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast depart with packed picnic lunch boxes for full day Crater game drive in the Park, returning to the lodge later in the afternoon. Ngorongoro crater is at the depth of 2,000 feet, this is caldera, created by the collapse of an extinct volcano, contains what might be called “LOST WORLD” of wildlife and in co-existence of cattle herding Masai, over 30,000 species of wildlife have been recorded in this park. Dinner and Overnight: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge www.sopalodges.com B, L, D Distance Approx: 80 kms 2 hrs drive.
Day 9: Lake Manyara National Park
After an early breakfast, we depart and drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a morning game drive.
Lake Manyara is a shallow, alkaline lake at the base of a sheer stretch of the western Rift Valley escarpment. The north-western area of this lake is protected in a 330 square kilometre, which contains a remarkable diversity of terrestrial habitats: the grassy floodplain of the lakeshore, the rocky base of the escarpment, a belt of thick acacia woodland and a lush patch of groundwater forest just inside the northern entrance gate. An interesting bio-diversity of fauna and flora can be observed here as well as a variety of large mammal species including elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe and lion. Perhaps, however, the most immediately visible residents are the troupes of olive baboon, sometimes found in the company of the smaller and rather beautiful blue monkey. This is also a wonderful location for viewing groups of elephants and, for keen birders, Manyara has recorded almost 400 species due to the wide habitat diversity. Lunch and afternoon game drive are included. Dinner and Overnight: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge. – www.serenahotels.com or similar BLD. Approx Distance: 60 km – 1 ½ hrsDay 10: Lake Manyara – Arusha – Zanzibar
Pre-breakfast morning game drive, return for breakfast and later journey out for Arusha to connect your Zanzibar flight at around 13h50. Arrive and transfer to your beach resort. Dinner and Overnight: Fumba Beach. Or similar – flying time approx 2hrs – www.fumbabeachlodge.com
Day 11: Zanzibar-
Free at leisure: Dinner and Overnight: Fumba Beach Lodge or similar- HB
Day 12: Zanzibar
Free at leisure: Dinner and Overnight: Fumba Beach Lodge or similar- HB
Day 13: Stone Town –
After breakfast, transfer for stone town tour later drive to Swahili House or similar for Dinner and Overnight – HB
Day 14: Departure
After breakfast, transfer to Zanzi airport for your flight to Dar where you connect your outbound flight.
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TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES
- All transfers to and from Airports/Airstrips
- All park entry fee/charges
- Domestic flights – Arusha – Zanzibar – Dar
- All transportation as mentioned in a special six seater safari minibus in Kenya and 4 x 4 in Tanzania with window guaranteed seats and pop up roof for game viewing
- Accomplished English speaking driver
- Spanish Speaking Guide during safari
- Drivers allowance/salary during the entire tour
- Accommodation in standard rooms and meals as mentioned in itinerary i.e Breakfast Lunch, dinner, (B,L,D) and bed and breakfast in Nairobi and halfboard in Zanzibar
- A complimentary bottle of mineral water – 1 bottle per person per day during safari
- All hotel and government taxes
- International ticket
- Telephone and/or Fax
- Beverages excluding bottled water
- Tips / gratuities for driver / hotel staff
- Any extras that are not mentioned above.
- Airport Departure Tax for International Flights
- Items of personal nature i.e laundry, souvenirs etc
- Travel insurance including damage or loss of luggage and/or personal injury
- Extra cost incurred if change in DATE, reduction in number of Persons or deviation from above itinerary.