13 DAY - BEST OF EAST AFRICA SMALL GROUP (Book Now)
Day 2: LAKE ELEMENTAITA (B / L / D)
breakfast, you will meet your guide who will transfer you for excursions in the
surrounding Karen Suburbs. Your first stop during the tour is Giraffe Centre
where you will spend about an hour. The centre offers guests the unique
experience of hand-feeding these gentle giants at eye level from a raised
platform, while watching the warthogs below snuffle around looking for tidbits.
Thereafter drive a short distance to Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage –
where you have an opportunity to visit the many baby elephants that have been
rescued from threatening situations in Kenya’s various national parks and even
get a chance to see the calves being fed and playing with the staff.
Day 3: LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK (B / L / D)
hearty breakfast we will set out on a full day’s game drive to Lake Nakuru
National park which is about thirty minutes’ drive from Elementaita. The lake is
situated in the middle of the national park to which it gives its name. Teeming
with wildlife the park has so much to offer. Lions, buffalos as well as the many
rhinos that call this corner of Kenya home, If you are lucky you may even spot a
leopard relaxing in a tree beside the lake.
Day 4: MASAI MARA (B / L / D)
Today we make our way by road to the Masai Mara National
Reserve. We will arrive for lunch at camp and spend some time relaxing by the
pool. In the late afternoon, when the temperature cools, we head out on your
first Mara game drive. The Masai Mara is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife
reserves. Acacia dotted plains, tree-lined rivers and woodlands are abundant
with wildlife and an array of birdlife. Game viewing is spectacular year round;
you may see a pride of lions stalking their prey, observe a herd of elephant and
their fascinating social structure, or see pods of hippo wallowing in the
rivers. The great wildebeest migration is one of nature’s wonders; an estimated
two million animals migrate in a year-round pattern through Tanzania and Kenya,
following the rain. Around July each year the huge herds begin dramatic river
crossings and the grasslands of the Mara are covered by a mass of moving
wildebeest, offering easy opportunity for crocodile and predators that are never
far away. When in the Mara visit a traditional Maasai village or take a balloon
safari at an extra cost.
Day 5/6: MASAI MARA (B / L / D)
This morning, there is the
opportunity to rise early and experience a game viewing adventure from an
entirely different perspective! A hot air balloon safari across the Masai Mara
(at additional cost) which takes off in the crisp morning air, and lasts for
approximately an hour, allows for a beautifully peaceful experience floating
silently high above plains, forests and rivers. If you have not booked a balloon
ride, after breakfast you will drive across the mara plains in search of the big
five and other plains game. Keep your eyes peeled as you hunt for the last
members on your “must see” list.
Day 7: MOUNT MERU (B / L / D)
After breakfast you will be
driven back to Nairobi, stopping beside the Rift Valley for one last photo.
After lunch, you will board the bus shuttle service and make the journey to
Tanzania, through Namanga border, by road. Flights are available at an extra
charge of about $300 USD per person.
Day 8: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK (B / L / D)
This morning, wake to the views of Mt Meru before heading down to breakfast.
After collecting your packed lunch, you will join your guide as we head to
Tarangire National Park. On clearing the paperwork at the entrance you will head
into the park for a full day game drive. Tarangire National Park extends over
some 2,600 sq km (1,615 square miles) in the Rift Valley. Arid and studded with
giant termite mounds, it is here that you can witness massive herds of elephant
with some reaching as many as 500 elephants. During the dry season the park
becomes a haven for many migratory species and this is the best time to see
animals as they cluster around various water sources. When the rains arrive the
animals become more widely distributed once more and the region’s swamps are
alive with bird life. The many herds of elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, impala,
gazelle and eland feast on the green shoots, eventually depleting them and being
forced to return to the river systems once more.
Day 9: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (B / L /D)
After breakfast and check out, we depart to the Serengeti with a packed
lunch. On arrival into the park, we have a game drive towards our camp. The
Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park. Its
name means 'endless plain' in the Masai language. It is from here that massive
concentrations of wildebeest, zebras and other animals commence the annual Great
Migration in search of new pastures, providing one of the greatest natural
spectacles to be found anywhere in the world. You can watch golden-maned lions
stalking the migrating herds, spot leopards at rest in trees at dusk and take a
hot-air balloon tour at dawn as the sun’s golden rays illuminate the land.
Day 10: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (B / L / D)
Enjoy a full day, with morning and evening games drives in Serengeti National Park. Enjoy quiet evenings by the camp fire and the exclusivity of absolute comfort combined with the authenticity of a night spent in the African bush, an extraordinary experience for all nature lovers.
Accommodation: Serengeti Kati Kati Camp - (Full Board)
Day 11: NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA (B / L / D)
After breakfast we depart with a packed lunch and drive
towards the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. On the way you will one of the world's
most important prehistoric sites, Olduvai Gorge, for a tour and lecture. Learn
how the gorge became famous for the African origin of humankind and in turn, why
it is referred to as the 'Cradle of Mankind'. Proceed on to the Ngorongoro
Conservation Area where we will drive through the Crater Rim from where we will
have the opportunity – weather permitting – to see the Crater, in all its glory.
Drive onto your Lodge, located in lush grounds within the Karatu Area. On
arrival you will be assisted with check in and shown your room.
Day 12: NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA (B / L / D)
Get up early to make the most out of
your day in the Ngorongoro Crater. Ngorongoro Crater is a deep, volcanic crater,
the largest un flooded and unbroken caldera in the world, measuring about 20kms
across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq kms in area. The high walls of the crater
itself serve as a natural enclosure for an abundance of wildlife. There is a
large resident population of varied game with the very real chance of you being
able to see the "Big Five”. Among the notable birds are Lammergeyer, Vereaux's
Eagle and Egyptian Vulture, which make their home in the highest of the crater
wall; the beautiful Rosy-breasted Longclaw, which appears on the plains after
rains; and flocks of lesser and Greater Flamingos which are occasional visitors
to the crater lakes.
Accommodation: Acacia Farm Lodge (Full Board)
Day 13: LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK - HOME (B / L)
After breakfast and check out and drive
to Lake Manyara National Park. Lake Manyara National Park is small compared to
Tanzania’s other parks. At only 330 km2 it fits neatly into the Great Rift
Valley, it is the real Cinderella of Tanzanian parks. This park is often
overlooked and underrated but this gem was described by Ernest Hemingway as ‘the
loveliest place I have ever seen’. The shallow alkaline lake is often covered by
resident flamingos and whatever the park lacks in size it makes up for in
diversity. Apart from the lake and the many lions that roam the park, there is
an expanse of tropical jungle filled with troops of baboons and other occupants
of the rainforest. Large herds of buffalos and zebras wander on the plains and
in the distance are the ever present jagged peaks of volcanoes.
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