Amboseli - Ngorongoro - Serengeti - Zanzibar
Amboseli – Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti – Zanzibar Island
Day 1 On your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta Airport, our representative will receive you and transfer to Hilton Hotel where you will spend the night on bed and breakfast basis. Hilton Hotel is located within the City Center, 20 kilometers from the airport.
Day 2 After breakfast at the Hotel, you will drive for close to two hours to Aberdares National Park. You will have lunch at Aberdare Country Club. After lunch, you’ll take the special shuttle bus into the Aberdare National Park for your night at the famous Ark Lodge. Make sure you bring a sweater at nearly 8,000 feet; it gets chilly in the evening. With it’s own waterhole and salt lick, the Ark offers superb game viewing from it’s myriad outdoor viewing platforms and verandas.Elephant, buffalo, waterbuck, hyena, leopard, the rare rhino and Bongo antelope are frequently spotted here.
Day 3 After breakfast, you’ll be collected by your driver/guide and to drive to the Great Rift Valley and Lake Nakuru National Park. Arriving in time to check-in at the Lion Hill Lodge, a delightful lodge with beautiful views. You will enjoy stunning views from this lodge over this alkaline lake with its famous flamingos. Enjoy lunch and an afternoon drive in the Park.
Nakuru is most famous for its concentrations of both Greater and Lesser Flamingo who feed upon the blue green algae with which the lake abounds. Up to one million flamingos turn the entire lakeshore to pink. Large numbers of Pelicans can also be seen on the southern and eastern shores. There are over 400 varieties of birds to spot. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
Day 4 After breakfast, you will drive to the magnificent Masai Mara where you will have lunch at Mara Sarova Tented Camp. Seated right inside the Reserve in an indigenous forested area with streams sprouting right here; the Camp grounds provide a peaceful retreat zone. The tents are en suite with hot water and most of the trappings of good living. Located to the south of Nairobi, and bordering Tanzania, the Masai Mara forms part of the huge Serengeti eco-system. The Mara spreads over 1510 square km of rolling plains, sudden rocky outcrops, and green winding rivers. The breath-taking beauty of the Masai Mara and its astonishing diversity of wildlife combine to ensure that the Mara is one of the most popular stops on a Kenyan safari.
Each year, between July and September, the Mara hosts the spectacular Wildebeest Migration, one of the natural wonders of the world. Hundreds of thousands of wildebeests move across the open plains in an endless stream stretching from horizon to horizon. This movement is fascinating as predators like lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dogs, who rely on the herd for food, closely follow the herd. You will have an afternoon game viewing drive until sunset when you will return to the Camp.
Day 5 Wake up early in the morning to enjoy a game drive before returning for breakfast and a relaxing morning at the Camp. Enjoy lunch followed by an afternoon game drive until sunset when you return to the Camp for dinner.
Day 6 You have another full day in the Mara to explore this vast animal sanctuary in early morning and afternoon game drives. This day you have a chance to witness the sunrise over the Masai Mara from a Hot Air Balloon, an optional extra that you should not miss.
Day 7 Early morning breakfast. You drive to Nairobi, where you will have lunch at Carnivore. Afternoon drive to Amboseli National Park, game viewing on the way as you drive to Amboseli Serena Lodge. Amboseli is a small National Park of 392 square km, but amazingly rich is both flora and fauna. Famous world researchers on elephant are based here.
Amboseli is most famous for its photographs of elephant with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. The mountain is situated on the boundary of the park and Amboseli National Park is certainly one of the finest locations for spotting the mountain.
The elephants are a major attraction in Amboseli. The bull elephant here have some of the largest tusks in Kenya. The elephants are generally found in larger herds than most other areas, and are surprisingly relaxed around safari vehicles, allowing excellent photography. Buffalo, zebra, giraffe, gazelle and other plains game are plentiful in the park and hippos live in the open waters and swamp channels.
You will spend the afternoon game driving through the park before dinner and overnight at the Amboseli Serena Lodge
Day 8 All day is spent in Amboseli. You will enjoy a morning and an afternoon game drive.
Day 9 After breakfast, drive to Namanga boarder town where the Tanzanian crew will receive you. Drive to Lake Manyara National Park arriving for lunch at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge. The Lodge is perched on the edge of the Mto Wa Mbu escarpment with one of the greatest views over the Great Rift Valley and its soda lake.
Lying in a shallow basin at the foot of the western wall of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park is well known for its herds of elephants, and for its unusual tree-climbing lions. The park is also home to hippos, baboons, giraffes, zebra, wildebeest, and is particularly good for bird watching with over 380 species having been recorded.
Day 10 After breakfast, drive to Serengeti National Park. You have a stopover at Olduvai Gorge – the cradle of mankind where the Leakeys unearthed the secrets of man’s early evolutionary heritage Serengeti. You will have lunch at Serengeti Sopa Lodge followed by an afternoon game drive.
Serengeti comes from the Masai word ‘Siringit’ meaning ‘the place where the land runs on forever’. The Park is estimated to contain over three million animals. The vast Serengeti Plains are the highlight of a Tanzanian wildlife experience. Here you will see massive herds of zebra, wildebeest and gazelle, large numbers of giraffe, buffalo and warthog, the big cats – lion, cheetah and leopard. The park is particularly known for the annual migration of the herds to Masai Mara.
Day 11 A full day in Serengeti National Park viewing wildlife in morning and afternoon drives.
Day 12 After breakfast, drive to Ngorongoro Crater. Arrive at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge for lunch. You will have an afternoon game viewing around the rim of the Crater before returning to the Lodge for dinner.
The immense volcanic Ngorongoro Crater is about 18 kilometers in diameter and it is a famous reserve with prolific wildlife. The walls of the crater are covered with dense forest and the crater floor has a permanent lake. There is a profusion of wildlife here including lions, elephants, buffalo, black rhino, hippos, zebra, wildebeest, antelope and leopard. The views from the rim are breathtaking, and the crater is full of animals throughout the year. The Crater is part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which covers 8,280 square km. You will have an afternoon game viewing session around the rim of the Crater before returning for dinner at the Lodge.
Day 13 Have breakfast at the lodge and then head down into the Crater for a full day game viewing. Enjoy a picnic lunch watching the abundant game before returning to the Crater rim and the Serena Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 14 You will have your breakfast then drive to Kilimanjaro Airport to catch the flight to Zanzibar for the six-night beach holiday. On arrival at Kisauni International Airport, you will be received and transferred to Bluebay Beach Resort. The Resort seats on the spectacular Kiwengwa Beach and has a beach frontage.
Day 15 to 19 You have five full days at this tranquil haven enjoying the sun, sand and sea. You may undertake optional extra activities here including deep sea fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling among others.
Day 20 You will have the whole morning at leisure. In good time, you will be picked up by our representative for the transfer to Kisauni International Airport, for the scheduled flight to Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi where you will connect to your departure flight.