East Africa is THE family vacation destination. It is a combination of world famous African game coupled with an experience of the interesting local culture. More than this is the beautiful landscape scenery and the opportunity to add either gorilla viewing at Rwanda and Uganda or an African beach stay in the island of Zanzibar. These features combine to make this a unique safari experience – one that will never be forgotten. Small group sizes (maximum 7 persons) with each person getting a window seat, enough space for your cameras and binoculars - this then is the way wildlife game has to be seen and experienced.
|Tour Duration||:||12 days|
|Min. Tour Size||:||02 persons|
|Max. Tour Size||:||07 persons|
|Includes international air|
|Tour Price (from)||:||US$|
Day 01: Arrive Nairobi (KENYA)
Karibu! We are warmly received in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. The Kiswahili language here is often easily understood as many people mix in English words, in fact more people in Kenya speak English than in any other African country.
Overnight: Pan Africa Hotel, Nairobi (1 night)
(Upgrade to Nairobi Serna at $30 per person sharing. Single supplement $40)
Day 02: Nairobi/Lake Naivasha (Drive)
After breakfast we drive to Lake Naivasha located north west of Nairobi. It is part of the Great Rift Valley. Enroute we stop at the viewpoint to enjoy the beautiful views of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment. Lake Naivasha is a beautiful freshwater lake in Kenya. The lake has a vast surface area of 139 square kms and averages at 6 meters in depth. We arrive just in time for lunch after which we enjoy a unique experience on a boat safari on Lake Naivasha. The waters of the lake draw a great range of game to these shores. Giraffes wander among the acacia, Buffalo wallow in the swamps and Colobus monkeys call from the treetops while the Lakes large hippo population sleep the day out in the shallows.
Overnight: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge/Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge, Naivasha (1 night) (B, L, D)
Day 03: Lake Naivasha/Masai Mara (Drive)
After breakfast we traverse the Great Rift Valley and ascend to its western rim into the Maasai land. Red-clad Maasai warriors tend their herds of cattle among the wildlife, admirably unmoved by the presence of large predators. Here we also find the Masaai giraffe. Every summer, over 1.4 million animals migrate to the Mara from Serengeti. After lunch, at our lodge, we embark on one of the most exciting game drive Africa has to offer including Big Five, Lions, Leopard, Cheetah, etc.
Overnight: Serena Safari Lodge/Ashnil Mara/Sarova Mara Camp, Masai Mara (2 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 04: Masai Mara
Morning and afternoon game drives in this spectacular game reserve, all with superb photographic opportunities. Blessed with a permanent water supply, Masai Mara has a permanent population of plains game. The "big five" - elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino are quite common. We may take an early morning optional balloon excursion to experience a birds-eye view of the vast Mara. (B, L, D)
Day 05: Masai Mara/Serengeti (Drive) (TANZANIA)
Today we depart for Tanzania, home to the best game life in the world. We cross the Isebania Border to Tanzania – also home to Mount Kilimanjaro and the world famous Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater Game Parks as well as the spice island of Zanzibar. Our destination is Serengeti, which literally means “endless plains”. Whilst this day is a long drive we will enjoy African countryside viewing and stops at villages. Serengeti, is the place to be to witness the great migration when over 1.4 million animals cross the plains and cross the Grumeti River.
Overnight: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge/Serena Mbuzi Mawe Camp, Serengeti (2 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 06: Serengeti
We begin our Tanzanian adventure at the world famous wildlife sanctuary - the Serengeti National Park which at 14,763 sq kms is the largest National Park in Tanzania. Summed up as 'one of the most unique areas in the world', Serengeti contains the largest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa, on a scale, which has no parallel anywhere in the world. The abundance of herbivores includes wildebeest, Zebra, Gazelle, Topi, Buffalo, and Hartebeest, to name but a few. Serengeti is also famous for Predators e.g. Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Hyena and contains a wide variety of birdlife, believed to be in the region of 500 species. As of recent, Serengeti has also become a home to tree climbing lions. (B, L, D)
Day 07: Serengeti/Ngorongoro Crater (Drive)
Another day of exciting game drive in Serengeti National Park with picnic lunch. We explore various areas like Moro kopjes and Gol kopjes. The extensive grasslands are interspersed with Kopjes rocky outcrops like islands in the flat plain, each with their own wildlife communities. Discover the Seronera River, which flows through the park, providing habitats for a variety of birds, mammals and reptiles. Afternoon we proceed to Nabi Hill gate were you enjoy our picnic lunch before proceeding to the Malanja depression entering the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge/Ngorongoro Exploreans, Ngorongoro (1 night) (B, L, D)
Day 08: Ngorongoro Crater/Lake Manyara (Drive)
Today we explore the Ngorongoro Conservation Area*, which spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands and forests. Established in 1959 as a multiple land use area, with wildlife coexisting with semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists practicing traditional livestock grazing, it includes the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest caldera. Extensive archaeological research has also yielded a long sequence of evidence of human evolution and human-environment dynamics, including early hominid footprints dating back 3.6 million years. We descend to the famous Ngorongoro Crater for a day of superb game viewing as it is a haven for an estimated 30,000 large mammals, including lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, hyena, hippo, wildebeest, baboon, gazelle and the endangered black Rhino. After our safari we drive to Lake Manyara in the late afternoon. Manyara was Ernest Hemingway’s “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. Large buffalo, wildebeest, zebra giraffe and tree climbing lions is part of the game experience.
Overnight: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge/Kirurumu Tented Lodge, Lake Manyara (2 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 09: Lake Manyara
We drive down to Lake Manyara National Park, which is one of the finest parks in Tanzania. We enjoy our game drive followed by lunch. After lunch, we visit the village of Mto Wa Mbu and see the The Great Rift Valley before proceeding to our safari lodge. Evening enjoy the spectacular view of Lake Manyara National Park. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Lake Manyara/Arusha/Amboseli (Drive) (KENYA)
After our Northern Tanzania game experience, we take another scenic drive crossing the beautiful Great Rift Valley to the colorful villages of Mto wa Mbu and Makuyuni. At Arusha, which is the exact center between Cape Town and Cairo, we stop for lunch. We then cross the Namanga border between Tanzania and Kenya and drive to the Amboseli National Park situated at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro (5922 meters/19,430 ft). Amboseli is also famous for its vast herds of elephants and stunning views of Kilimanjaro. We take the opportunity of another game drive before checking into our lodge for the night.
Overnight: Amboseli Serena Lodge/Ol Tukai Lodge, Amboseli (2 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 11: Amboseli
After breakfast, we safari through Amboseli with the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. Amboseli is famous for its vast herds of elephants and stunning views of Kilimanjaro on clear days. Be sure to have your cameras ready. Lunch at the lodge and afternoon game drive en route to your lodge in search of Elephant, Giraffe, Buffalo and much more. (B, L, D)
Day 12: Amboseli/Nairobi Departure
After breakfast at our lodge, we have our last game experience in Kenya seeing herds of elephants and enjoying taking photo shots as Amboseli is truly the best game park for photography. With lunch at the lodge, we bid farewell to the game experience and are transferred to Jomo Kenyatta Airport for our flight. For optional extension to Zanzibar see: http://bestway.com/tours/zanzibar-spice-island/ For optional extensions to Mombasa, Lamu or joining our gorilla safaris in Rwanda and/or Uganda, please ask for details. (B, L)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).
Jan 01, 15 & 29; Feb 12 & 26; Mar 12 & 26; Apr 09 & 23; May 07 & 21; Jun 04 & 18; Jul 02, 16 & 30; Aug 13 & 27; Sep 10 & 24; Oct 08 & 22; Nov 05 & 19; Dec 03 & 17
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|Season(s) 2017||Per Person on Twin Sharing||Single Room Supplement|
Apr 23 to Jun 01
|US$ 4075||US$ 295|
|Mar 26 to Apr 20||US$ 4345||US$ 350|
|Nov 05 to Dec 14||US$ 4495||US$ 595|
|Jan 01 to Feb 23||US$ 5195||US$ 695|
|Feb 26 to Mar 23||US$ 4590||US$ 650|
|Jun 04 to Jun 29||US$ 5195||US$ 695|
Jul 02 to Nov 02
|US$ 5595||US$ 795|
Dec 17 to Dec 28
|US$ 5430||US$ 695|
|SPECIAL: 3 persons sharing one room discount of $150 per person|
* Game park fees subject to change
Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)
This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 07 participants
If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.
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