19 Days / 18 Nights East Africa Timeless Wilderness & Diani Beach

Arrive/Nairobi – Samburu National Reserve – Lake Nakuru National Park – Masai Mara National Reserve – Central Serengeti – Karatu – Amboseli National Park – Diani Beach/Depart

Introduction

Accommodation preview

Destinations

Start

End

Basis

Duration

Eka Hotel Nairobi Day 1 Day 2 B&B   1 Night
Sentrim Samburu Lodge Samburu National Reserve Day 2 Day 4 FB 2 Nights
Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge Lake Nakuru National Park Day 4 Day 5 FB   1 Night
Mara Sentrim Camp Masai Mara National Reserve Day 5 Day 7 FB 2 Nights
Serenget Kati Kati Tented Camp Central Serengeti National Park Day 7 Day 9 FB 2 Nights
Country Lodge Karatu Karatu Day 9 Day 10 FB   1 Night
Sentrim Amboseli Lodge Amboseli National Park Day 10 Day 12 FB 2 Nights
Leopard Beach Resort Diani Beach South Coast Mombasa Day 12 Day 19 HB 7 Nights
Not Included Transfer for International departure out Day 19 Day 19 Breakfast Not Included

Key
B&B: – Bed and Breakfast.

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

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

DAY 1: EKA HOTEL, 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 the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. AMA Safaris representative will pick you up upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and transfer you to Eka Hotel for overnight.

Dinner own arrangement- NOT included

Overnight: Eka Hotel           

Welcome to Eka, a contemporary style hotel that provides all the comfort, convenience and efficiency to the discerning traveller. Ideally located along Mombasa road in Nairobi the capital city of Kenya, Eka Hotel has five meeting rooms designed to suit every occasion, complimented with stylish accommodation offering the best choice venue for your Business and Leisure stay. The hotel is situated with convenient access to all the city’s tourist attractions such as; Nairobi National Park, Karen Blixen Museum, National Museum, Bomas of Kenya and The Giraffe Center among others. In addition, there is easy access to all key Government offices, corporate firms, diplomatic missions and industries. It also has easy reach to the city’s main attractions, eateries and entertainment venues.

Basis: Bed & Breakfast

DAY 2: SENTRIM SAMBURU LODGE, SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE   

Samburu National Reserve

Resting on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro River and neighbouring the Buffalo Springs National Park, Samburu National 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 best selling 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. Depart for Samburu National Reserve to arrive in time for lunch at Samburu Sentrim. Late afternoon game drives in Samburu National Reserve. Dinner and overnight at Samburu Sentrim

Overnight: Sentrim Samburu Lodge          

Sentrim Samburu Lodge is located in the Samburu Game Reserve, in Northern Kenya. The Samburu Game Reserve is a natural habitat for leopards, lions, elephants, cheetahs, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and oryx, as well as many different species of birds. The region’s open landscape is sparsely populated with acacia trees and indigenous shrubs.

The lodge is situated 450 km away from Nairobi. Guest accommodations at the lodge feature 21 luxury tents with seating areas inside and outside, as well as 1 family house with a kitchen, a lounge and 2 en suite bedrooms. Each tent has a shower and amenities that include coffee making resources. Facilities at the lodge offer a restaurant and bar, outdoor swimming pool, satellite TV, laundry services and a curio shop.

Basis

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

DAY 3: SENTRIM SAMBURU LODGE, SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE   

Day Itinerary

After breakfast. Morning and afternoon game drives in Samburu National Reserve.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Samburu Sentrim

Basis

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

DAY 4: LAKE NAKURU SOPA LODGE, LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK       

Lake Nakuru National Park

Located in the Great Rift Valley surrounded by yellow acacia woodlands and bushy shrublands, the Lake Nakuru National Park was created to protect the Lake and its large flocks of Lesser Flamingo, which are drawn to the algae that flourish in the saline waters of this soda lake. The national park is inhabited by over 50 mammal species including hippo, black and white rhino, Rothschild giraffe, buffalo and eland. Known as a bird watcher’s paradise, the park is home to over 450 bird species. Visitors can look forward to hiking through the scenic landscape, picnicking next to this magnificent lake, and spotting an array of wildlife on a game drive. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the beautiful Makalia Waterfall.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast. Depart for Lake Nakuru National Park to arrive in time for lunch at Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge. Late afternoon game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park.

Dinner and overnight at Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge.

Overnight: Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge Lake Nakuru Sopa lodge is located on a range of hills that form the western limits of Africa’s Great Rift Valley; the Lodge offers spectacular views over the vastness of Lake Nakuru and its surrounding National Park.

The park supports a wide ecological diversity with Flamingos and other water birds being the major attraction of the area. The ecosystem provides for about 56 different species of mammals including the white and black rhino, buffaloes and others. The Lodge is 20km from the park main gate and 15 minutes drive from Naishi airstrip. Lodge accommodation consists of 60 rooms which include 2 inter-connecting rooms, 2 rooms accessible on wheel chair. Rooms are grouped into single, twin or triple rooms. All rooms have a clear view of the lake and you are able to view the sun rise from the balcony. All rooms have safe box, tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar is stocked on request and telephone extension are also provided in all rooms.

Basis

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

DAY 5: MARA SENTRIM CAMP, MASAI MARA     

Masai Mara

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast. Depart for Masai Mara to arrive in time for lunch at Mara Sentrim. Afternoon game drives in the afternoon till sunset. Dinner and overnight at Mara Sentrim Camp.

Overnight: Mara Sentrim Camp     

Nested in a valley between two hills in the most exciting African wilderness 1780 metres above the sea level, Sentrim Mara is a deluxe intimate design Camp located right on the North Eastern edge of the famous Masai Mara. This is a home away from home for those who enjoy a personalized experience. This mid range safari camp offers a new concept in the African safari, the thrill of an adventure lived with our tradition, coupled with high standard of service and cuisine. This Safari Holidays Camp is simply the best choice in the wild.

Ngama Hills where the Camp is situated, and after which this Africa safari Camp is named, is a prominent land mark in the reserve. This is one of the main features that break the monotony of the flat savannah plains which is a main characteristic of the Mara. These hills are also the source of a few streams that runs down across the plains below and quenches the thirst of the reserves numerous herds of animals. This spectacular country, with rich montane bush all around the Camp pass in through the hills. Below, the Africa wilderness in form of open plains, stretch as far as the eye can see. You are welcome to visit this magnificent African wilderness through Ngama hills tented camp.

Basis

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

DAY 6: MARA SENTRIM CAMP, MASAI MARA     

Day Itinerary

Spend a full day in Mara with morning & afternoon game drives or a full day game drive with picnic lunch.

All meals and overnight at Mara Sentrim Camp.

We awaken to the sounds of Africa and begin our day with a morning game drive, affording an intimate and profoundly personal bond to the world of the wild. Our expert driver guide is hard at work, pointing our each individual miracle of the land that we are now part of.

An extensive afternoon game drives run explores the depths of the deep Masai mara. Everywhere there are animals, including monkeys and yes birds…but look closely and you will thrill to the huge jungles cats- Lions, Leopards and cheetahs just watching the earth go by. And go by it does: rhino, gazelles, antelopes and massive elephants by the herds. There are animals in the trees, on the wing, camouflaged in the bush, in rivers and streams.

Basis

Full Board: Dinner, bed, breakfast and lunch

DAY 7: SERENGETI KATI KATI TENTED CAMP, CENTRAL SERENGETI       

Central Serengeti

Situated in the heart of Tanzania, the Central Serengeti encompasses the world-famous Seronera Valley which is known for its prime wildlife-viewing opportunities. This picture-perfect landscape is characterized by endless stretches of savannah-covered open plains, interspersed by rocky outcrops of granite, scattered with acacia woodlands and covered in a network of rivers and streams. The Central Serengeti forms part of the great wildebeest and zebra migration and provides an ideal habitat for a variety of wildlife such as giraffe, impala, waterbuck, hippo, elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, hyena, jackal, serval and much more. Popular activities include: game viewing, cultural tours, horse riding safaris, and hot air ballooning over the spectacularly scenic terrain.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast. Depart with picnic lunches and proceed to Isebania border a common border post of Kenya and Tanzania where you will clear customs and immigration formalities and proceed to Serengeti National Park to arrive in time to check in for dinner and overnight at Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp.

Overnight: Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp       

The camp offers comfortable accommodation and a unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari camp experience. The camp is only a two hour scenic drive from Olduvai Gorge Museum and Grumeti River. A cosy mess tent is located in the centre of the camp where meals are served. The campfire is ready every evening for appetizers and snacks before dinner. Ten double tents and one family tent with en suite facilities. There are several airstrips in the National Park that receive schedule flights from Arusha as well as charter flights.

Basis:

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

DAY 8: SERENGETI KATI KATI TENTED CAMP, CENTRAL SERENGETI       

Day Itinerary

After breakfast. Morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp.

Basis

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

DAY 9: COUNTRY LODGE KARATU, KARATU      

Karatu

Travellers heading for the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater will inevitably pass through the town of Karatu in the green hills of Tanzania’s northern highlands. Presided over by the towering Ol Deani Volcano, this small, colourful town serves as a popular overnight stop for visitors exploring the area’s many game parks. The town offers a variety of activities including browsing the bustling marketplace, sampling beer at a local brewery, visiting a traditional Iraqw homestead, or taking a guided walk through the Ngorongoro Forest in search of waterfalls and elephants caves. Whether you are looking for cultural tours, hiking and biking opportunities, a chance to enjoy an authentic rural Tanzania experience, or simply a break between safari game drives, this underrated town has plenty to offer.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast. Depart with picnic lunches for Ngorongoro and descend to the crater for a half day crater tour. Dinner and overnight at Country Lodge, Karatu

Overnight: Country Lodge Karatu  

Located on the outskirts of Karatu, a quaint country town on the Great Escarpment, midway between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Country Lodge is situated in the centre of Northern Tanzania’s green belt district and farming community. Country Lodge Karatu symbolizes simple country comforts, providing pleasant and affordable lodging in the heart of Tanzania’s rich and scenic highlands. We are the ideal ‘Stepping Stone’ for safaris into Ngorongoro Crater and beyond, as well as other travellers visiting the area. Our lodge sits within five acres nestled on the edge of Karatu town, surrounded by rolling plains reaching up to the coffee hills of Oldeani and the forests’ of Ngorongoro. Garden paths led to eleven double cottages surrounded by green lawns, hedged by brightly flowered bougainvillaea, tropical plants and trees. Birds and butterflies feel right at home in the garden, as you will in our lodgings. Come and enjoy the tranquillity, home comforts and warm Tanzanian hospitality that Country Lodge offers.

Basis

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

DAY 10: SENTRIM AMBOSELI LODGE, 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 breakfast. Drive to Arusha for lunch. Transfer to Namanga Border a common border of Kenya and Tanzania and after immigration formalities, we proceed to Amboseli National Park to arrive in time evening game drive enroute to check in for dinner and overnight at Sentrim Amboseli Camp.

Overnight: Sentrim Amboseli Lodge         

Sentrim Amboseli is a relatively new lodge offering 60 luxurious and comfortable deluxe tents, evenly spread out and with fantastic views of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  The main guest area consists of the reception, lounge area, restaurant and bar lounge and a gift shop. Sentrim Amboseli is located right next to Kimana gate of Amboseli National Park. Its location guarantees close encounters with the park’s renowned elephants. Also happily roaming the grasslands are buffalos, wildebeest, zebra, giraffes, impalas and several predators. Located 280 kilometres south of Nairobi and 260 kilometres north of Mombasa.

Basis

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

DAY 11: SENTRIM AMBOSELI LODGE, AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK       

Day Itinerary

After breakfast. Morning and afternoon game drives in Amboseli National Park.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Amboseli Sentrim Lodge.

Basis

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

DAY 12: LEOPARD BEACH RESORT, DIANI BEACH SOUTH COAST

Diani Beach South Coast

Famous for its gorgeous palm trees and its powder white sand lapped by glistening azure waters, Diani Beach is a popular resort area resting on Kenya’s magnificent Indian Ocean shoreline. The area’s wonderfully warm waters and exquisite coral reefs provide an ideal environment for an array of exhilarating water-based activities including snorkelling, scuba diving and boat safaris where you can witness the richly diverse marine life for which the southern coast of Kenya is known. You’re likely to see turtles, mantas, barracuda and, if you are lucky, even the elusive and exceptionally large whale shark. Don’t miss: the Colobus Conservation which provides a sanctuary for these fascinating endangered primates; the Shimba Hills National Reserve which offers an exceptional and unforgettable safari experience; and the nearby Kisite Marine National Park close to the Tanzanian border.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, drive for Mombasa then crossover to South coast for drop off at Leopard Beach Diani Beach South Coast. Lunch not included. Dinner and overnight at Leopard Beach Resort.

Overnight: Leopard Beach Resort  

Voted ‘Kenya’s Leading Resort 2010, 2011 , 2012, 2013 & 2014 ’ at the prestigious World Travel Awards, Leopard Beach Resort & Spa has a reputation for excellence. We were in addition voted Africa’s Leading Spa Resort 2013 & 2014. As well as enjoying prime position on Diani Beach on Kenya’s South Coast, the resort has extensively upgraded accommodation and facilities making it the preferred destination for holidaymakers and business travellers alike.

Accommodation comprises of standard and superior rooms, suites, cottages and luxurious private villas.  We have now recently opened the Residences; a distinctly up-market development of 28 fully furnished and serviced villas set in 15 acres of indigenous forest located within the Leopard Beach Resort & Spa. The Residences offer four villa types boasting a modern and spacious design, privacy and security, and a host of facilities and amenities that set a new benchmark for the region. Guests at the Residences also benefit from the excellent facilities and services of the adjoining Resort.

Basis

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

DAY 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 & 18: LEOPARD BEACH RESORT, DIANI BEACH     

Day Itinerary

Breakfast. Full day at leisure.  Lunch not included. Dinner and overnight at Leopard Beach Resort.

Basis

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

DAY 19: END OF ITINERARY      

Day Itinerary

Breakfast. Check out by 1000hrs. Drop off Moi International Airport to fly to Nairobi for connection back home.

Basis

Breakfast

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