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13 Days

ITINERARY

13 days/12 nights – Nairobi, Masai Mara National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Naivasha, Amboseli National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park

Tour overview:
Each year millions of wildebeest, zebra and others embark on a journey north from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve in search of food. Both countries support numerous national parks; several you will visit on this tour to one of Africa’s richest animal grounds.

Day 1 – Arrive Nairobi

Upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi you will be met and assisted by a representative for transfer to your hotel where you will be assisted with the check-in formalities.


Day 2 – Nairobi / Masai Mara National Reserve

Leaving Nairobi after breakfast, you’ll travel towards Kenya’s fertile highlands and head down the Rift Escarpment on a road built by Italian prisoners of war during World War II. Look for the charming chapel they built at the foot of the escarpment. You’ll pass the impressive Longonot earth satellite station as you head across the Valley to Narok, and then travel across acres of wheat and barley, before you reach the Masai Mara in time for lunch. Following lunch and a siesta, there is an afternoon game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets. (BLD)


Day 3 – Masai Mara National Reserve – Village Visit

After an early breakfast, depart on a morning game drive, returning to the lodge for lunch. After a siesta set off for an afternoon game drive and visit to a local Masai Village, returning to the lodge as the sun sets. (BLD)


Day 4 – Masai Mara / Lake Nakuru National Park

Leaving the Masai Mara after breakfast, you’ll travel across the ‘breadbasket’ of Kenya, where acres of wheat and barley litter the landscape as you head north to Narok, the district headquarters of this part of Maasailand. Now travel across the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley, keeping an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle as you head up the Mau Escarpment, before arriving at our lodge for lunch. The waters here are often colored shimmering flamingo pink, from thousands of the beautiful birds lining its shores. After lunch you will take an afternoon game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park. (BLD)


Day 5 – Lake Nakuru / Lake Naivasha / Amboseli National Park

After an early breakfast continue to Lake Naivasha for a boat ride. Later, leaving the Rift Valley behind, proceed to Nairobi, collect a picnic lunch and then head south towards Amboseli. Game viewing en route, arriving at your lodge by late afternoon. (BLD)


Day 6 – Amboseli National Park

Depart the lodge after a sumptuous breakfast for a full day game drive. Enjoy a hot picnic lunch at a picnic site returning to the lodge in the late afternoon. (BLD)


Day 7 – Amboseli National Park / Lake Manyara

After breakfast at your lodge you will be collected for a drive to the border town of Namanga where you will undergo customs and immigration formalities. Here you may bid farewell to your fellow travelers completing their Kenya safari, and may meet up with a new group of travelers for the Tanzania portion of this safari. Proceed in Tanzanian vehicles to Arusha town where you will stop over for a lunch break. Travel to your lodge on the rift valley escarpment overlooking Lake Manyara. (BLD)


Day 8 – Lake Manyara National Park / Serengeti National Park

After breakfast enter your safari vehicle and spend the morning exploring and driving through Lake Manyara National Park. About midday return to the lodge for lunch and then depart for Serengeti National Park with some game viewing en route arriving at your lodge as the sun begins to set. (BLD)


Day 9 – Serengeti National Park

Morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park exploring this famous park and all that it has to offer. (BLD)


Day 10 – Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast you depart for Ngorongoro viewing game across the vast Serengeti plains. After a picnic lunch you continue towards the crater with a short visit of a Masai Village. Late afternoon continue to your lodge, set high on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater. (BLD)


Day 11 – Ngorongoro Crater

A highlight awaits you this morning as you depart to explore what is commonly referred to as the World’s largest natural wildlife zoo. After breakfast, you descend with a picnic lunch through the early morning mists 2,000 feet into the crater. Ngorongoro Crater is the World’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Due to its size and diversity, the crater floor is comprised of several distinct areas, ranging from forest, swamps, lakes and springs, to open grassland and some sandy dunes. It’s an awesome wildlife experience. You return to the lodge in the late afternoon. (BLD)


Day 12 – Ngorongoro / Tarangire National Park

Departing Ngorongoro Crater after breakfast and head south east en route to Lake Manyara, Mto wa Mbu village and Tarangire beyond. Through the highlands and the Karatu district, you’ll view the scenic wheat plains and coffee plantations here before journeying down the spectacular escarpment where you turn south on to the main Arusha – Dodoma road and into the park. From here you’ll enjoy a game drive en route to your lodge. After lunch and perhaps a swim, the remainder of the afternoon will be spent on a game drive. (BLD)


Day 13 – Tarangire National Park / Arusha / Nairobi

Depart Tarangire after breakfast and drive back to Arusha arriving in time for lunch. After lunch you continue the journey by road to Nairobi arriving in Nairobi late afternoon and proceed for dinner in Nairobi city centre before drop off at the airport. (BLD)


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2021
With SOPA LODGES
Join-in Tour Departs - Select Tuesdays & Thursdays, minimum 2 passengers
Join-In Tour Departure Dates Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Jun 03 - Jun 15 6675 7495
Jun 10 - Jun 22 6675 7495
Jun 15 - Jun 27 6675 7495
Jun 17 - Jun 29 6675 7495
Jun 24 - Jul 06 7195 8495
Jun 29 - Jul 11 7195 8495
Jul 01 - Jul 13 7195 8495
Jul 08 - Jul 20 7195 8495
Jul 27 - Aug 08 7195 8495
Aug 05 - Aug 17 7195 8495
Aug 10 - Aug 22 7195 8495
Aug 17 - Aug 29 7195 8495
Aug 26 - Sep 07 7195 8495
Aug 31 - Sep 12 7195 8495
Sep 02 - Sep 14 7195 8495
Sep 07 - Sep 19 7195 8495
Sep 14 - Sep 26 7195 8495
Sep 16 - Sep 28 7195 8495
Sep 21 - Oct 03 7195 8495
Sep 30 - Oct 12 7195 8495
Supplements may apply for special events and holidays
Private departures - Daily, on request, minimum 2 passengers
Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Apr 1 to May 20 7575 7925
May 21 to Jun 22 8475 9295
Jun 23 to Oct 31 9095 10395
Nov 1 to Dec 15 8375 9450
Dec 16 to 31 9795 11140
Private tour pricing based on larger group sizes available on request
Supplements may apply for special events and holidays
With SERENA LODGES
Private departures - Daily, on request, minimum 2 passengers
Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Apr 1 to May 19 8350 8800
May 20 to Jun 18 9695 10825
Jun 19 to Oct 31 10850 12470
Nov 1 to Dec 15 8875 10055
Dec 16 to 31 11650 13375
Private tour pricing based on larger group sizes available on request
Supplements may apply for special events and holidays

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions & Highlights

  • Accommodation in first-class hotel and lodges
  • 12 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Transportation and game viewing in specially outfitted safari vehicles
  • Park entrance fees
  • Local guide
  • Bottled water in safari vehicles
  • Join-in tour

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