13 Days / 12 Nights Encounter East Africa By Air & Road

Arrive/Nairobi – Amboseli National Park – Samburu National Reserve – Lake Manyara National Park – Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti Western Corridor –Arusha/Depart

Introduction

Accommodation preview

Destinations

Start

End

Basis

Duration

Macushla House Nairobi Day 1 Day 3 HB 2 Nights
Elewana Tortilis Camp Amboseli Amboseli National Park Day 3 Day 5 FB+ 2 Nights
Samburu Intrepids Tented Camp Samburu National Reserve Day 5 Day 7 FB+ 2 Nights
Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge Lake Manyara National Park Day 7 Day 8 FB   1 Night
Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge Ngorongoro Conservation Area Day 8 Day 10 FB 2 Nights
Kirawira Serena Camp Serengeti Western Corridor Day 10 Day 13 FB 3 Nights
Not Included Transfer to International Airport for  departure flight Day 13 Day 13 Breakfast No Included

Key
HB: Half Board – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.

FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch.

FB+: Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

TBA: To Be Advised

Internal Flight

Date Flight Airline Departure Airport  Time Arrival Airport Time
Day 3 Scheduled  TBA Wilson Airport  TBA Amboseli Airstrip  TBA
Day 5 Scheduled   Amboseli Airstrip   Samburu Airstrip  
Day 7 Scheduled   Samburu Airstrip   Wilson Airport – Manyara Airstrip  
Day 13 Scheduled   Western Serengeti Airstrip   Kilimanjaro International Airport  

DAY 1: MACUSHLA HOUSE, NAIROBI  

Nairobi

Situated in along the Nairobi River in beautiful Kenya, the capital of Nairobi is East Africa’s most cosmopolitan city. It serves as an excellent starting point for African safari trips around Kenya. Nairobi is Africa’s 4th largest city and is a vibrant and exciting place, and although it has developed a reputation which keeps tourist visits brief, there are some fascinating attractions: its cafe culture, unbridled nightlife, the National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum, Giraffe Centre and most notably just 20 minutes from the city centre wild lions and buffalo roam in the world’s only urban game reserve. Make sure you pay a visit to the Elephant orphanage operated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Day Itinerary

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport ex international flight, you will be met by a VIP handler Trade Winds Representative right at the air-side who will assist you with clearance and immigration formalities before handing you over to our AMA Safaris tour manager / driver guide. You will thereafter be transferred to the hotel for check -in and rest of the afternoon spent on leisure. Dinner and Overnight – Macushla House HB 

Overnight: Macushla House

Charmed by the warmth and hospitality of the Irish on a visit to the Emerald Isle, in the last century, the founder of Macushla House (Gaelic for ‘my beloved’) opened the doors to those seeking the natural joys of life. The house is surrounded by indigenous bushland and offers privacy and space in an informal atmosphere. Public areas are home to an eclectic celebration of artifacts from countries as far flung as Yemen to Australia. Birdsong and wind chimes accompanied by flowing water from the swimming pool dragon are part of the daily concert.

Basis

Half Board – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

DAY 2: MACUSHLA HOUSE, NAIROBI

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, you will be picked at around 1000hrs for your day’s activities. You will visit David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a foundation to raise orphaned elephants and integrate them back into nature.

You can see their daily bath mud from 1100hrs to 1200hrs; get to enjoy an hour with the baby elephants. The visit is great spectacle of nature; you will gladly accept and is an exceptional excursion, later visit the nearby Giraffe Centre a sanctuary for the rare and protected Rothschild Giraffe, one of the 3 races of giraffe found in Kenya. One may touch, and feed by hand the beautiful creatures that live in the private reserve of the Giraffe Manor. You will have lunch at Utamaduni where you can have a chance to sample African artifacts and even shop if you wish. You will be dropped back to your hotel. Dinner and Overnight Macushla House –HB  

Basis

Half Board – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

DAY 3: ELEWANA TORTILIS CAMP AMBOSELI, AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK      

Amboseli National Park

Located in the southern reaches of Kenya, the Amboseli National Park is renowned for its excellent variety of wildlife such as Masaai giraffe, elephant, lion and cheetah and not surprisingly it is one of Kenya’s most popular parks. The landscape of Amboseli is dominated by the majestic snow cap of Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as open plains, acacia woodland, swamps and the massif of Ol Doinyo Orok. The birding is excellent, especially closer to the lakes and swamps. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to large herds of elephants among other wildlife species. Other attractions of the park include opportunities to meet the Maasai people and soak up spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

Day Itinerary

After early breakfast, you will be picked up at 0600hrs and transferred to Wilson airport for your flight to Amboseli departing on Safarilink/Air Kenya at 0730hrs to arrive approximately 0805hrs. Upon arrival at the local airstrip, you will be met by camp vehicle and guide. Begin your drive to camp with game drive en route. Check in, lunch will be served afterwards then relax at the camp. In the evening depart for afternoon game drive and return at the camp before sunset. You will be on private game drives. All Meals and Overnight at Tortilis Camp – Private Ground Package

Overnight: Elewana Tortilis Camp Amboseli        

Amboseli is best known for its unrivalled views of Kilimanjaro and the local elephant population. There are over 1000 elephants in the park’s eco-system, featuring some of the largest in Africa. Elewana Tortilis Camp is situated in one of Amboseli’s areas of Acacia Tortilis woodland, with the majestic backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, and the World’s highest free – standing mountain, snow-capped Kilimanjaro. Game drives, walks, sundowners and bush meals take place both inside the park, and within a private 30,000 acre game concession. The tents are all spacious, with king or twin beds and elegant ensuite bathrooms. There is a main lounge, bar and dining area, all exquisitely built with natural materials and thatched roofs.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

DAY 4: ELEWANA TORTILIS CAMP AMBOSELI, AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

Day Itinerary

Full day spent in Amboseli National Park with morning and afternoon game drives.

All Meals and Overnight at Tortilis Camp – Private Ground Package

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

DAY 5: SAMBURU INTREPIDS TENTED CAMP, SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE

Samburu National Reserve

Resting on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro River and neighbouring the Buffalo Springs Game Reserves, Samburu Game Reserve is remote, hot and arid. The reserve spans over 165 square kilometres of spectacularly scenic landscape featuring rugged hills, undulating plains and riverine forests. The park is home to abundant wildlife including a variety of rare species such as the reticulated giraffe, the long necked gerenuk, Somali ostrich, Grevy’s Zebra and Beisa Oryx. Samburu was one of the homes of ‘Elsa the Lioness’, star of the bestselling book and award-winning movie ‘Born Free’. Visitors can enjoy viewing over 900 elephants, a variety of predators, and over 450 bird species.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the local Amboseli Airstrip for your Safarilink/Air Kenya flight back to Wilson at 0815hrs  then connect to Safarilink /Air Kenya flight at 0915hrs to Samburu.  Upon arrival at about 1045hrs, you will be met by camp vehicle and guide. Drive towards your camp with game drive en route. After lunch, depart for an afternoon game drive later. You will be on private game drives.

All Meals and Overnight at Samburu Intrepids – Private Ground Package

Dry, rugged and stunning, Samburu’s landscape is at once stark and sensual, with its iconic loaf shaped Lolokowe Mountain and hills spreading in every horizon. Its life lung is the Usao Nyiro River coursing through its craggy terrain full of stone, thorn bush and the forked doum palms. In this arid zone where water is scarce and the land baked by the eternal sun, herds of elephants and the big cats roam the plains with the Samburu special – the Reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and the long necked antelope, the gerenuk easily seen despite its harsh climes.

Located 34kms north of Nairobi, the journey to the camp involves a 50-minute flight to the Samburu airstrip followed by a 20-minute drive through the reserve.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

DAY 6: SAMBURU INTREPIDS TENTED CAMP, SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE

Day Itinerary

Full day spent in Samburu National Reserve with morning and afternoon game drives.

All Meals and Overnight at Samburu Intrepids – Private Ground Package

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

DAY 7: LAKE MANYARA SERENA SAFARI LODGE, LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

Lake Manyara National Park

Situated in Tanzania’s central-northern region with the Lake Manyara on its east and the Manyara Escarpment to its west, the Lake Manyara National Park offers breathtaking views and a large variety of habitats supporting an array of wildlife. This small park is home to surprising biodiversity and features a magnificent landscape of acacia woodlands, water forests, baobab strewn cliffs, algae-streaked hot springs, swamps and the lake itself. The park supports 400 species of bird, and the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world. Other species include giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, warthog, the Cape clawless otter, and Egyptian mongoose. Don’t miss the opportunity to see thousands of flamingos on the lake, the renowned tree-climbing lions, and large families of elephants strolling through the forest.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the local airstrip for your Safarilink /Air Kenya flight to Wilson airport departing at 1055hrs. Upon landing at about 1240hrs, you will be given your picnic lunch then quickly connected to your next scheduled flight to Kilimanjaro/Arusha departing at 1315hrs. Upon landing at 1410hrs, you will be met by our Tanzania Representative guide and depart for Lake Manyara to arrive in the evening at your lodge.

All Meals and Overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge – FB

Overnight: Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge    

Standing high on the bluff of a dramatic ochre and terracotta streaked cliff above the flamingo-frosted expanse of Lake Manyara’s gleaming alkaline waters, the Lodge commands panoramic views across the volcano-studded floor of the Great Rift Valley.  Designed to reflect the brilliance of Lake Manyara’s unique birdlife, the Lodge draws on an inspirational architectural motif that melds swooping avian curves with the gentle concentric patterns of traditional Maasai ‘Bomas’ (encampments) whilst the vibrantly coloured frescoes lining the walls are designed to depict the colourful intricacy of bird migratory patterns.  The ambiance of the Lodge is a fusion of lakeside tranquillity, towering volcanic splendour and adventure-packed sporting activity.

As to wildlife, the park offers abundant sightings of; monkey, jackal, mongoose, hyena, hyrax, zebra, hippo, warthog, buffalo, Masai giraffe, duiker, waterbuck and impala. Significant numbers of elephant are also resident in the Park whilst sightings of black rhino and leopard are not uncommon. Manyara is also especially noted for its wealth of bird life, being visited by many thousands of sugar-pink Lesser Flamingos, significant numbers of Greater Flamingos and a host of other woodland, plains and water birds.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 8: NGORONGORO SERENA SAFARI LODGE, NGORONGORO CRATER

Ngorongoro Crater

Located in Northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater is best known for its natural beauty and abundance of diverse wildlife; which makes it one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations. Surrounded by Tanzania’s highlands, this UNESCO-listed crater is said to be the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Visitors can look forward to spotting the world-renowned Big Five and a host of other wildlife species including large herds of zebra and wildebeest. It is famed as one of Tanzania’s best tourist attractions offering visitors an array of wonderful activities including excellent bird watching, trekking, wildlife viewing, and mountain biking and visiting a local Maasai village. Don’t miss the opportunity to jump on an excursion to the magnificent Olduvai Gorge.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, game drive in Lake Manyara Park before exiting the park.  Drive towards Ngorongoro crater with Maasai village visit. Check in to your lodge in time for lunch. Afternoon is spent on leisure.

All Meals and Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge – FB

Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge       

Perched on the jagged rim of the crater, wreathed in morning mist, camouflaged in river-stone and cloaked in indigenous creepers, the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is a triumph of ecological and architectural fusion. Sensitively constructed so as to take nothing from its environment whilst affording endless views over the heat-shimmering of the crater below, the clustered boulder-built buildings of the Lodge hug the crater rim, linked by rope-lashed timber walkways that skirt the buttressed roots of ancient, liana-hung trees.

The interior, radiating out from the primeval log fire glowing at the heart of the Lodge, blends the concentrated hush of a game-viewing hide with the ochre, rust and charcoal images of a prehistoric cavern. Lit by flaming wall-lanterns, clad in gigantic volcanic boulders and decorated by the iron spears, bright-beaded robes and intricately carved artefacts of the Maasai, the Lodge is a unique blend of world-class luxury, timeless volcanic splendour and ethnic style. As for the views, from lilac-streaked sunrise, to indigo star-studded night, the immeasurably ancient Ngorongoro Crater delivers a theatre of vistas, most unchanged since the dawn of time.

Strung around the crater rim, each with its own rock-enclosed balcony, the rooms feature brass lamps, embossed leather headboards, wildwood mirrors, Maasai carvings and flamboyant prehistoric wall motifs depicting fleeing giraffes, stylised gazelle and plunging buffalo. Each room draws on a cave-grey, indigo-blue and jasper-red colour-scheme, is fully air-conditioned and enjoys uninterrupted views over the Crater’s unmatched splendour. At the end of an action-packed day, guests can also follow a gentle nature trail that loops around the Lodge through moss-hung glades and plunging ravines, take a guided walk to the Crater’s rim, relax with a herbal massage, or watch as the burning sun sinks behind the mountains from a unique vantage point on the craggy heights of the Crater’s rim.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 9: NGORONGORO SERENA SAFARI LODGE, NGORONGORO CRATER

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, depart with picnic lunch box and descend with your 4×4 safari vehicle into the Crater floor. Enjoy game viewing in the crater with a brief stop for lunch. Later return to your lodge.

All Meals and Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge – FB

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 10: KIRAWIRA SERENA CAMP, SERENGETI WESTERN CORRIDOR      

Serengeti Western Corridor

Defined by its two parallel rivers, the Mbalageti and the Grumeti, the Serengeti’s remote Western Corridor is home to a dazzling array of animal, bird and floral species. This region becomes a hive of activity around July, when it offers front row seats to the Great Migration, with hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and other migratory species thundering through the area’s woodlands and across its plains. While this is undoubtedly the annual wildlife highlight, the Western Corridor offers good game viewing throughout the year, with guided walks, horse riding safaris and balloon trips offered as an alternative to drives.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, depart for your journey to Serengeti National Park. You will enjoy game drive en route and arrive in time for lunch. Later on, depart for afternoon game drive and return to the lodge before dusk.

All Meals and Overnight at Kirawira Serena – FB

Overnight: Kirawira Serena Camp  

Standing high on the bluff of a bush-cloaked ridge, commanding panoramic views over the endlessly rolling reaches and volcanic reefs of the Serengeti National Park, Kirawira Camp is the epitome of colonially-styled safari luxury. Each room has a personal valet and has been accommodated in a spacious canvas tent, erected on raised platforms of rope-lashed logs and sheltered by a bush-thatch roof.

Basis:

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 11: KIRAWIRA SERENA CAMP, SERENGETI WESTERN CORRIDOR      

Day Itinerary

Full day spent in Serengeti National Park with morning and afternoon game drives.

All Meals and Overnight at Kirawira Serena – FB.

Basis:

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 12: KIRAWIRA SERENA CAMP, SERENGETI WESTERN CORRIDOR      

Day Itinerary

Full day spent in Serengeti National Park with morning and afternoon game drives.

All Meals and Overnight at Kirawira Serena – FB

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 13: END OF ITINERARY      

Day Itinerary

After breakfast. Please pick lunch boxes. You will be transferred to the local airstrip for your flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport to connect on another flight for Wilson airport in Nairobi.

Upon arrival, you will be met by AMA Safaris representative and transferred to Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Airport for day room. Later you will be transferred by the hotels shuttle to the respective terminal for your outbound flight. End of Services!!

Basis

Breakfast

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