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Discover East Africa 2019
13 days with African Travel  |  See Prices

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Day 1 Arrive Nairobi, Kenya
Jambo na Karibu! With a warm Swahili welcome, you will be met upon your arrival, by an African Travel Inc. representative and transferred to the Panafric Hotel. You will be assisted with checking in at your hotel and given a brief for the safari ahead.
 
Day 2 Nairobi / Masai Mara
After breakfast, you will be driven to world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve, backdrop to the “greatest wildlife spectacle on earth”, the annual migration of over one million wildebeest. The Masai Mara National Reserve is an extension of the Serengeti National Park. Named for the Maasai tribes people (the traditional inhabitants of the area) and the Mara River which divides it, it is famous for its exceptional population of wildlife. Arrive in time for lunch at your lodge followed by an afternoon game drive on safari in Kenya's most popular reserve. (BLD)
 
Day 3 Masai Mara
Spend the day on safari in one of Africa's richest wildlife viewing arenas with morning and afternoon game drives. The Masai Mara National Reserve offers wonderful scenery of breathtaking vistas, panoramas of vast rolling plains, hills and woodland groves, well watered by the lovely Mara River. The Mara is home to the largest population of lions in Kenya; these magnificent predators spend most of the day sleeping in the shade of Acacia trees. The waters of the Mara River are home to crocodiles and pools of hippo, while the woodlands and forests are favored by leopard and elephant. The open savannah areas play host to the plains’ game. All of the “Big Five” - Lion, Rhino, Buffalo, Elephant and Leopard - are here, as well as cheetah, hippo, hartebeest, gazelle, topi, antelope, zebra and many other animals. You may choose an optional visit to a Maasai village, a fantastic cultural experience (own account). Spend the evening at the lodge where colorful Maasai dance and cultural performances are offered. (BLD)
 
Day 4 Masai Mara / Lake Nakuru
After an early morning breakfast, bid farewell to the dotted plains as you drive to Lake Nakuru which is the most famous of the Great Rift Valley lakes and home to a shifting population of over one million flamingos. Arrive in time for lunch at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. Spend the afternoon on safari in Kenya's first and largest rhino sanctuary where sightings of both black and white rhino are almost guaranteed and where you have a higher than average chance of spotting a leopard. Other wildlife includes; lion, hippo, the rare Rothschild's giraffe, Colobus monkey, numerous plains game and 450 species of birds. (BLD)
 
Day 5 Lake Nakuru / Amboseli National Park
After breakfast, drive to Nairobi arriving in time for an early lunch at a local Restaurant. After lunch drive through the scenic Athi Plains and into the bush country of Amboseli National Park, home to the legendary Maasai tribesmen and famous for huge herds of elephant. In addition to elephant, antelope, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and the elusive leopard, nearly every vista within the park is framed by majestic Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance. (BLD)
 
Day 6 Amboseli National Park
Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives where photographic opportunities are incredible, with plentiful game and Mount Kilimanjaro (the highest freestanding mountain in the world) providing an impressive and majestic backdrop. Amboseli, meaning “salty dust” in Maasai, is a place of stark contrast. Despite Amboseli’s sometimes dry and dusty appearance, it has an endless supply of water filtered through thousands of feet of volcanic rock from Mount Kilimanjaro’s snow melt. These underground streams converge into clear fresh water springs in the heart of the park. The powder like dust is volcanic ash, which was thrown from Kilimanjaro millennia ago. An amazing spectacle of Amboseli is the shimmering dry lake bed where false mirages of populated horizons, punctuated by real herds of zebra and gnu hover in front of you. The main attraction of Amboseli is its vast herds of elephant within the park. The bull elephants here have some of the largest tusks in Kenya. (BLD)
 
Day 7 Amboseli / Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast, bid farewell to Amboseli as you transfer to the border town of Namanga for customs and immigration. Thereafter transfer to the town of Arusha, arriving in time for lunch at a local restaurant. Later on, drive to the beautiful Lake Manyara, a shallow alkaline lake that shimmers in a cleft in the Great Rift Valley. Enjoy an evening game drive at Lake Manyara National Park. A small but uniquely diverse national park, Manyara is home to the world-famous tree-climbing lions, thousands of seasonal flamingos and nearly 500 species of birds. (BLD)
 
Day 8 Lake Manyara National Park / Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, arriving in time for lunch. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area features rolling plains, lakes, craters, mountains and dormant volcanoes. Journey up the side of the vast Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site, which is one of the largest volcanic craters in the world (almost 12 miles wide, 2,000-2,500 feet deep and covering a total area of 165 square miles). (BLD)
 
Day 9 Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, descend into the ‘8th Wonder of the World’, a unique biosphere that has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. Enclosed within its towering walls are grasslands, swamps, forests, salt pans, a fresh water lake and a glorious variety of bird life. Over 30,000 animals live within this enormous natural bowl, the most densely packed concentration of wildlife in Africa. You should see wildebeest, elephant, lion, dik-dik, and wart-hog, whilst on the lakeside there are pelican, ibis and flamingo. Here too are all the members of the ‘Big Five’ (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo) as well as a large cast of plains game and one of Africa’s densest populations of predators. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the crater floor before climbing back up to the lodge in time for relaxation before dinner. (BLD)
 
Day 10 Ngorongoro / Serengeti National Park
After an early breakfast, drive to Serengeti National Park stopping en route at Olduvai Gorge. Known as the “Cradle of Mankind”, this is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world. Pioneered by famous paleontologists Louis and Mary Leakey in the 1950s, it offers a glimpse into life two million years ago. Arrive at your lodge in time for lunch at your lodge. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in the greatest game sanctuary in the world, fantastic in its natural beauty and unequaled in its scientific value. The grasslands and savannahs of the Serengeti National Park sustain a huge animal population and are world-famous for the Great Wildebeest Migration. Tirelessly following almost the same pattern each year, the wildebeest fill the horizons accompanied by their predators, lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena. Yet even when the Great Migration has passed, the Serengeti offers arguably the most captivating game-viewing in Africa with great herds of buffalo, elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, impala and Grant's gazelle. The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania's greatest park. 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. The sense of space that characterizes the endless Serengeti Plains is an experience not to be missed. (BLD)
 
Day 11 Serengeti National Park
Today enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in this amazing safari area. The Maasai word Serengeti means ‘endless plains’, a perfect description of this magnificent area of over 6,000 square miles. The variety of wildlife in the Serengeti is endless, and on your game drives today you should see the ‘Big Five’ (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) as well as huge herds of zebra and wildebeest. To enhance your safari we highly recommend an optional hot-air balloon safari - an experience that will surely be the highlight of your trip! (optional and for own account). (BLD)
 
Day 12 Serengeti National Park / Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, drive to Tarangire National Park arriving in time for lunch at Sopa Lodge. The park is well known for its huge herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as lion, cheetah and leopard. With its varied habitats and the constant water areas, the park hosts a large diversity of wildlife; 94 species of mammals and over 500 bird species. After enjoying a long leisurely game drive between herds of wild animals and along miles of Africa’s seemingly endless roads, you come over a slight rise and the lodge appears almost immediately below you. (BLD)
 
Day 13 Tarangire National Park / Depart
After breakfast, drive to Arusha town in time for lunch at a local restaurant. Thereafter transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport in time for your departure flight. Bid farewell to Africa until the next time. (BL) The order of this itinerary can vary by departure.
For more information about safari accommodations on this trip, click the link next to any lodge or camp name below.

Nairobi: Sarova Panafric Hotel
Masai Mara: Sarova Mara Game Camp more...
Lake Nakuru: Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge more...
Amboseli N.P.: Amboseli Serena Lodge more...
Lake Manyara N.P.: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge more...
Serengeti N.P.: Serengeti Sopa Lodge more...
Ngorongoro Crater: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge more...
Tarangire N.P.: Tarangire Sopa Lodge more...
Experience the breathtaking highlights and wildlife of Kenya and Tanzania on this classic overland safari. Overlooking panoramic landscapes, your comfortable lodges and traditional tented camps are ideally located in prime viewing areas. 
  • Explore the endless plains of the Maasai Mara and Serengeti.
  • Discover an ancient caldera teeming with wildlife.
  • Experience glamping in a luxury tent in the Maasai Mara.
  • Enjoy interactions with a local Maasai community and learn about their culture and customs.

  • The order of this itinerary may vary by departure.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information. 


 
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