27 Days / 26 Nights On African Soul Journey Kenya,Tanzania + Victoria Fall

Arrive/Nairobi – Samburu National Reserve – Aberdare National Park – Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara – Olare Motorogi Conservancy – Lake Naivasha – Amboseli National Park –Tarangire National Park – Karatu – Seronera Central Serengeti National Park – Victoria Falls – Nairobi/Depart

Introduction

Accommodation preview

Destinations

Start

End

Basis

Duration

Fairmont The Norfolk Nairobi Day 1 Day 3 B&B  2 Nights
Ashnil Samburu Camp Samburu National Reserve Day 3 Day 5 FB  2 Nights
Treetops Lodge Aberdare National Park Day 5 Day 7 FB  2 Nights
Flamingo Hill Tented Camp Lake Nakuru National Park Day 7 Day 8 FB    1 Night
Enashipai Resort & Spa Lake Naivasha Day 8 Day 9 FB    1 Night
Sarova Mara Game Camp Masai Mara National Reserve Day 9 Day 11 FB  2 Nights
Loyk Mara Luxury Camp Olare Motorogi Conservancy Day 11 Day 13 FB  2 Nights
Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort Lake Naivasha Day 13 Day 14 FB    1 Night
Ol Tukai Lodge Amboseli National Park Day 14 Day 16 FB  2 Nights
Tarangire Maramboi Lodge Tarangire National Park Day 16 Day 17 FB    1 Night
Acacia Farm Lodge Karatu Day 17 Day 18 FB    1 Night
Embalakai Camp Seronera Central Serengeti Day 18 Day 20 FB  2 Nights
Ngorongoro Oldeani Mount Lodge Karatu Day 20 Day 21 FB  1 Nights
Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport Hotel Nairobi Day 21 Day 22 B&B    1 Night
Victoria Falls – The Falls Victoria Falls Zimbabwe Day 22 Day 26 B&B  4 Nights
Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport Hotel Nairobi Day 26 Day 27 B&B    1 Night
Not Included Nairobi Departure Int’ Flight Day 27 Day 27 Breakfast No Included

Key
B&B:-
Bed and Breakfast.

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

LDBB:- Lunch, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

TBA:To Be advised

REGIONAL Flights Information

Date Flight  Airline Departure Airport  Time Arrival Airport  Time
Day 18 Scheduled  TBA Kilimanjaro Int Airport [JRO]  TBA Jomo Kenyatta Int Airport [NBO]  TBA
Day 19 Scheduled   Jomo Kenyatta International Airport [NBO]   Victoria Falls International Airport [VFA]  
Day 26 Scheduled   Victoria Falls International Airport [VFA]   Jomo Kenyatta International Airport [NBO]  

DAY 1: FAIRMONT THE NORFOLK, 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 ETA – TBA you will clear with customs and immigration procedures. You will then be met by a AMA Safaris Representative outside the arrivals hall for transfer to your hotel. Overnight at Fairmont Norfolk Hotel – BB

Overnight: Fairmont The Norfolk  

Situated in the heart of Kenya, the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel offers a sophisticated retreat that is within easy reach of world-renowned wildlife centres, golf courses, and museums. The luxurious rooms and suites are tastefully furnished and include en-suite bathrooms, armchairs, work desks, and plasma screen TVs. The hotel offers four dining establishments featuring a variety of cuisines, as well as an all-day dining restaurant. Guests can enjoy leisurely walks through the tropical gardens, have a splash in the pool, work out at the fitness centre, or enjoy relaxing massages and treatments at the spa.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

DAY 2: FAIRMONT THE NORFOLK, NAIROBI      

Day Itinerary

Breakfast at the hotel. 0800hrs: Thereafter you will tour Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Center and Karen Blixen Museum. Lunch at Tamambo Karen Blixen restaurant. Later, transfer to your city hotel. Dinner on own arrangement.

Overnight at Fairmont Norfolk Hotel – BB

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

DAY 3: ASHNIL SAMBURU CAMP, SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE   

Samburu National Reserve

Resting on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro River and neighbouring the Buffalo Springs National Reserve, 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 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

0900hrs: Pick up from your hotel in Nairobi. Met and greet, assisted by our driver guide. Immediately drive to Samburu National Reserve. Lunch enroute at Trout Tree restaurant. Game drive enroute to Ashnil Samburu Camp for check in, dinner and overnight stay. LDBB.

Overnight: Ashnil Samburu Camp

Ashnil Samburu Camp sits in Buffalo Springs National Reserve which takes its name from an oasis of crystal clear water at the western end of the reserve. It is separated from Samburu National Reserve by Ewaso Nyiro River and is less hilly and dense yet equally very attractive.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 4: ASHNIL SAMBURU CAMP, SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE   

Day Itinerary

Full day spent in the reserve with morning and afternoon game drives.

Meals and overnight stay at the Ashnil Samburu Camp. LDBB

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 5: TREETOPS LODGE, ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK       

Aberdare National Park

Located northeast of Nairobi, Kenya, the Aberdare National Park was created to protect the Aberdare Mountain Range, the peaks of which soar to 3930 metres. The landscape is characterised by steep forested slopes, expansive moors, and deep ravines scattered with cascading waterfalls, crystal-clear streams and rushing rivers. The park is inhabited by a variety of African wildlife such as: elephant, lion, spotted hyena, rhino, black leopard and the very elusive bongo antelope that lives in the high altitude bamboo forests. The park offers the perfect environment for picnics, camping in the moorlands, trout fishing in the rivers, and excellent bird watching with over 250 species of birds including hawks, eagles, sunbirds and plovers.

Day Itinerary

Breakfast at the camp. Drive to Aberdare Ranges – Mount Kenya region arriving at Outspan Hotel for lunch and check in followed by an afternoon transfer to Treetops Lodge with the rest of the day game viewing from the balcony, floodlit by night. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge. LDBB

Overnight: Treetops Lodge

Nestled deep in the forest of Aberdare National Park, the world-renowned rustic Treetops is dedicated to game viewing. This lodge-on-stilts is as space-efficient on the inside as it is unassuming on the outside. Trees grow right through the building, which has four decks and a rooftop viewing platform. There are 48 cozy rooms and two suites, a lounge overlooking the waterhole and two bars. There is also a restaurant where dinner is served on charming old world refectory tables with bench seating.

Treetop lies in the path of an ancient elephant migratory route between the Aberdare Mountains and Mt Kenya National park, and is strategically set right in front of a watering hole and salt lick. Die-hard animal lovers needn’t worry about missed sightings, even into the early hours of the morning. An optional buzzer in the rooms alerts the guests when a spectacle is unfolding at the waterhole. Game drives and a lecture about Treetops are also available to the guests.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 6: TREETOPS LODGE, ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK       

Visit the Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Resting at the foothills of Mount Kenya and the Aberdare Mountain Range, in central Kenya’s Laikipia County, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. It is also home to the last three remaining northern white rhino in the world. Originally a working cattle ranch in colonial Kenya and now a pioneering wildlife conservancy, Ol Pejeta works to protect wildlife and provide a sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees. The Conservancy is a popular safari destination and is home to the renowned ‘Big Five’ as well as a wide selection of other African animals including: zebra, giraffe, hippo, cheetah, jackal, serval, hyena, vervet monkey and many more. Visitors can enjoy an assortment of outdoor activities such as horse rides, game walks, and nocturnal game drives.

Day Itinerary

This morning after breakfast, depart for a Day trip safari at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy with a stopover lunch at Sweetwaters Serena Camp in the conservancy. Continue with an afternoon game viewing drive till late evening when we return to the Aberdare ranges for the second night at the Treetops Lodge.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and – Lunch served at Sweetwaters Serena Camp

DAY 7: FLAMINGO HILL TENTED CAMP, LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

Nakuru

Nakuru is a city on the shores of western Kenya’s Lake Nakuru, within a reserve that sprawls across almost 200km². It is the capital of Nakuru County, located in the Great Rift Valley. Ten kilometres from town lies the massive Menengai Crater. A hiking trail leads up to the rim of this ancient caldera, offering bird’s eye views over the lake and surrounds then plunges 400 metres down to the floor below, where you will find ancient forests. Lake Nakuru National Park, surrounding Nakuru, is home to exceptional birdlife, as well as over 50 varieties of mammals. These include lion, leopard, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, rhino, antelope and various primates.

Day Itinerary

0700hrs. Return for breakfast at the Outspan Hotel. We will circle the Nyandarua, or Aberdare ranges, to the north. Crossing the Equator, a brief stop-over gives us the opportunity of visiting the Thompson’s Falls, in Nyahururu, the highest town in Kenya. We proceed in a south-westerly direction to the Lake Nakuru National Park regarded by avid birders’ as the greatest World ornithological spectacle on Earth.  Arrive for lunch at Flamingo Hill Tented Camp. The Park is Sanctuary to the Black Rhino, White Rhino and the Rothschild Giraffe and a variety of bird life. 1600hrs: Afternoon game drives returning to camp in the evening for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Flamingo Hill Tented Camp     

Flamingo Hill Tented Camp is situated within the famous Lake Nakuru National Park, which lies within the Great Rift Valley of Kenya. Nestled between the “honeymoon hills”, and set in beautifully landscaped grounds with natural foliage and a variety of indigenous African plants and flowers, Flamingo Hill Tented Camp provides superb, tented accommodation. Flamingo Hill Tented Camp is an eco-friendly establishment. Part of the money earned from the camp is used for environmental restoration and endangered species. Cosy, warm and inviting with a personal touch, Flamingo Hill Tented Camp offers the traveler a home away from home.

Basis

Full Board:- Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 8: ENASHIPAI RESORT & SPA, LAKE NAIVASHA     

Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is the highest of the Great Rift Valley Lakes and despite having no outlet; it is one of only two Rift Valley freshwater lakes. This beautiful lake is fringed by papyrus and acacia trees, a unique geologic landscape and supports a vast array of over 450 bird species. It serves as the main drinking hole for wildlife in the area such as zebra, eland, hippo, waterbuck, buffalo and much more. Visitors can look forward to excellent game viewing, intriguing night safaris, and boat ride excursions around the lake as well as to Crescent Island for spectacular bird watching opportunities. Other popular activities include: guided nature walks, horse riding, village visits and tours to neighbouring national parks.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast at the Camp. Drive to morning game drive as you exit the park and onwards to Lake Naivasha. Check in for lunch, and later relax while you opt for an activity around the Lake Naivasha, dinner and overnight stay at the Enashipai Resort & Spa. LDBB

Overnight: Enashipai Resort & Spa          

Enashipai is a Masaai word meaning “a place of happiness”. Located within the splendour of the Great Rift Valley by the shores of Lake Naivasha, Enashipai is an award winning resort providing both leisure and conference facilities. The resort offers 135 lavish rooms adorned with afro-chic décor, state of the art Entumo Conference Centre with a capacity for 500 people, the Siyara Spa, a privately registered Maa Museum and a night club. Other conveniences include a fully equipped gym, business centre, in and outdoor playgrounds, an outdoor swimming pool and a gift shop.

The resort is located only an hour away from Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, and is strategically located close to key attractions such as Mt. Longonot, Hell’s Gate and the Lake Nakuru National Park. Excursions to the Maasai Mara and other destinations can be arranged.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 9: SAROVA MARA GAME 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

Breakfast at the lodge. Drive to Masai Mara National reserve. Check in and at the Sarova Mara Game Camp. Afternoon game drives in the reserve. Dinner and overnight stay at the Camp. FB

Overnight: Sarova Mara Game Camp        

Nothing quite captures the true spirit of East Africa like a safari in Kenya’s richest game reserve, the Maasai Mara. Sarova Mara Game Camp offers front seats to nature’s most breathtaking show – the wildebeest migration. The endless plains of East Africa are the setting for the world’s greatest wildlife spectacle where, from the vast Serengeti plains to the champagne coloured hills of Kenya’s Maasai Mara, over 1.4 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra and gazelle, relentlessly tracked by Africa’s great predators, migrate in a clockwise fashion over 1,800 miles each year in search of rain ripened grass.

Sarova Mara Game Camp is well positioned to enjoy this unique phenomenon. The rolling plains around the Camp are teeming with wildebeest, gazelles and zebras during the migration months, and the Camp is situated right in the center of their migration path. A wildlife safari puts you right in the middle of all this action. Get a first-hand account of this epic phenomenon and live to tell the tale. A safari also helps you acquaint yourself with the landscapes of this beautiful African setting.

Sarova Mara Game Camp is also the ideal choice for those seeking a richer experience of the Maasai Mara that goes much beyond just game drives. By virtue of its location and layout, the Camp offers an unparalleled plethora of activities and experiences from luxury tented living to bird-watching, mini golf, sport fishing and a unique insight into the Maasai culture at the adjoining Maasai village.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 10:  SAROVA MARA GAME CAMP, MASAI MARA   

Day Itinerary

Full day spent in the reserve with morning and afternoon game drives. During the first hours of the morning, the savannah is filled with a special animation. This is when the larger predators hunt for their food, before the temperature becomes too hot for any excessive physical activity.

This is the time we have the highest chances of watching a hunt in action (also likely in the early evening). The colours of the landscape are also more accentuated, and help us to take great photographs.

Meals and overnight at the Sarova Mara Game Camp – FB

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 11: LOYK MARA CAMP, OLARE MOTOROGI CONSERVANCY

Olare Motorogi Conservancy

The Olare Motorogi Conservancy is an 85km² expanse of prime private wilderness in southwest Kenya which forms part of the Maasai Mara – Serengeti ecosystem and wildlife dispersal zone. The conservancy lies immediately to the northwest of the main Maasai Mara Reserve. Tourism is limited to a maximum of 94 beds which maximizes the client wilderness experience and minimizes the environmental impact of tourism. Open hills provide a habitat for a diverse range of grazers, including giraffes, zebras, hartebeests, and warthogs. These herds attract large numbers of predators, including lions, cheetahs, hyenas, and jackals. In between the hills run a number of small seasonal streams, fringed by stretches of forest which are home to a broader range of species including baboons, elephants, buffaloes, hippos, and leopards.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, game drive enroute to the Olare Motorogi Conservancy offering wonderful scenery and plenty of game. It is one of the conservation areas the nothern part of the wider mara ecosystem and  where the visitor may see animals in the same super-abundance as existed a century ago.

Arrive for lunch at your Camp. Afternoon game drives until sunset.

Overnight: Loyk Mara Camp          

Loyk Mara Luxury Camp is exclusively located in Olare Motorogi Conservancy on the boarder of Ntiakitiak River. The Camp has been settled down on 50acres of private land where you are surrounded by nothing else but exceptional and stunning scenery and a panoramic background view of wildlife.

The Camp has 16 fabulously superior en-suite rooms that captures the essence of the modernized African design, culture and tradition in combination with a stylish and exclusive atmosphere, excellent food and personalized services. We accommodate business and leisure travelers and make sure their stay with us is memorable.

For fly in Clients we use Olekiombo Airstrip 20km from the camp and take 30 minutes drive with the game drives to the camp. For drive in from Nairobi It’s between 6 – 7 hours drive with stopovers.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 12: LOYK MARA CAMP, OLARE MOTOROGI CONSERVANCY

Day Itinerary

Full day spent in the reserve with morning and afternoon game drives. During the first hours of the morning, the savannah is filled with a special animation. This is when the larger predators hunt for their food, before the temperature becomes too hot for any excessive physical activity.

This is the time we have the highest chances of watching a hunt in action (also likely in the early evening). The colours of the landscape are also more accentuated, and help us to take great photographs.

Meals and overnight at the Loyk Mara Camp

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 13: LAKE NAIVASHA SOPA RESORT, LAKE NAIVASHA

Lake Naivasha

As previously described

Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is the highest of the Great Rift Valley Lakes and despite having no outlet, it is one of only two Rift Valley freshwater lakes. This beautiful lake is fringed by papyrus and acacia trees, a unique geologic landscape and supports a vast array of over 450 bird species. It serves as the main drinking hole for wildlife in the area such as zebra, eland, hippo, waterbuck, buffalo and much more. Visitors can look forward to excellent game viewing, intriguing night safaris, boating excursions around the lake as well as to Crescent Island for spectacular bird watching opportunities. Other popular activities include: guided nature walks, horse riding, village visits and tours to neighbouring national parks.

Day Itinerary

Breakfast. Depart for Lake Naivasha to arrive in time for lunch at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge. Late afternoon at leisure enjoying facilities of the lodge. Dinner and overnight at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge.

Overnight: Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort     

Naivasha is a Masai name given to the area, denoting the characteristics of the lake. 21 cottages are built in a crescent shape, and each has four rooms, totaling 80 standard rooms and Two suites.  Two of these rooms are suitable for the physically challenged.  Six of the 21 cottages have interconnecting rooms on the ground floor. Rock gardens feature vibrantly coloured flowers, which give a beautiful contrast to the greenery of the well-manicured lawns.  Monkeys play on the lawns and different species of birds chip in the trees.  Pathways wind between the open lawns and frangipanis, with aloes and proteas growing in abundance.  The acacia trees are plentiful in this area and provide welcome shade.  The stone exterior walls of the cottages are carried into the rooms.  Ground-floor rooms have two queen-size beds and a sunken living room at the front, which opens out on to the beautifully manicured lawns.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 14: OL TUKAI 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

Breakfast at the lodge, Drive to Amboseli National Park. Lunch enroute at the Eka Hotel. Proceed to your lodge with a game drive enroute. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge. L- DBB

Overnight: Ol Tukai Lodge  

Ol Tukai Lodge is one of the best spots in the world to watch elephants with the backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. Writers have described Ol Tukai and the surrounding Amboseli National Park as ‘a home for the gods’. A place of rugged beauty, abundant water, lush green grass and forest, set like an oasis in the surrounding savannah shrubland. To crown it all, this is where you get one of the world’s most awe-inspiring sights – dawn breaks and the sunsets over the 19,000-foot snow-capped dome of Africa’s highest mountain!

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 15: OL TUKAI LODGE, AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK       

Day Itinerary

Full day spent in the reserve with morning and afternoon game drives. During the first hours of the morning, the savannah is filled with a special animation. This is when the larger predators hunt for their food, before the temperature becomes too hot for any excessive physical activity.

This is the time we have the highest chances of watching a hunt in action (also likely in the early evening). The colours of the landscape are also more accentuated, and help us to take great photographs.

Meals and overnight at the Ol Tukai Lodge. LDBB

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 16: MARAMBOI TENTED CAMP, TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

Tarangire National Park

Located just a few hours’ drive from the town of Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for safaris travelling through the northern circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. The park extends into two game controlled areas and the wildlife is allowed to move freely throughout. After the Serengeti, Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania and in the dry season the Tarangire River is a magnet for thirsty wildlife. Large herds of elephants and migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland gather and not surprisingly the predators follow. This is also the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as Oryx and gerenuk are regularly spotted.  Tarangire is also known for its spectacular baobab trees and its breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe and the mountains to the south.

Day Itinerary

After Breakfast at your hotel and check out, you will depart and drive to Tarangire National Park, the Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania, and it is located in Manyara Region. Arrive at Namanga border, customs and immigration, hand over to your Tanzania driver-guide and drive to Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Arusha for lunch. Thereafter, head towards the Tarangire National Park  to arrive for afternoon game drives till sunset.

The name of the park originates from the Tarangire River that crosses the park. The Tarangire River is the primary source of fresh water for wild animals in the Tarangire Ecosystem during the annual dry season. The Tarangire Ecosystem is defined by the long-distance migration of wildebeest and zebras.

Overnight Tarangire Maramboi Lodge – LDBB.

Basis:

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 17: ACACIA FARM LODGE, KARATU, LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK 

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 at the lodge. Depart for Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive,Lake Manyara National Park is home to the famous population of tree-climbing lions. Lions climb trees in other parks, too, but it’s a real specialty here – scientists speculate that they may have developed the habit to escape a nasty biting fly that devastated the Ngorongoro Crater lion populations back in the 1960s. Tracking them down can be tricky, but worth the effort.Transfer to Acacia Farm Lodge for check in, dinner and overnight stay. LDBB

Overnight: Acacia Farm Lodge       

Acacia Farm Lodge is a romantic Country Lodge nestled in an active mixed farm located high on the spectacular Great Rift’s escarpment area with commanding panoramic views of the amazing Karatu farmlands and the nearby Ngorongoro forest area. Unrivalled area’s natural beauty is finely complemented by the elegant lodge. A timeless tranquillity emanates from the exuberance of birdsong, mature trees, and the lovely coffee plants.

Acacia Farm Lodge is strategically located between the Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks on one side and Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park on the other, this is a perfect base from which to explore these world-famous reserves as well as enjoy many other adventurous activities and impressive cultural experiences found in the local area.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 18: EMBALAKAI CAMP, SERONERA, CENTRAL SERENGETI

Seronera

The Seronera region, in the central Serengeti, is set directly on the Great Migration route, and offers excellent viewing of this incredible annual phenomenon, when countless wildebeest flood across the plains. While migratory game populations fluctuate seasonally, Seronera is still a wildlife hotspot at other times of the year, sheltering the Big Five, among many other species. A number of small campsites provide accommodation and visitors can enjoy hot air balloon trips and walking safaris as well as guided game drives.

Day Itinerary

Breakfast at the lodge. 0800hrs: Drive to Serengeti National Park. Check in and lunch at Embalakai Camp. Afternoon game drives in the park. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge – FB

Overnight: Embalakai Camp

Embalakai is intimately set in the heart of the Serengeti, allowing guests to take a break from the crazy busy, fast-paced world out there. The greatest Luxury comes from being able to truly connect with nature, the heart of our very existence. Embalakai Camp offers the opportunity to hit the pause button on the regular daily grind giving guests the priceless gift of time, taking a moment to relax on the deck or by the campfire under the Serengeti dark velvet night sky, looking up at the millions of stars overhead in the pure unfiltered wilderness. There is no greater feeling than ‘letting go’ and embracing the beauty of present moment life, living on natures clock where time is determined by the sunrise and sunset, allowing the day’s events in between to unfold in their own magical and furtive ways.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 19:  EMBALAKAI CAMP, SERONERA, CENTRAL SERENGETI

Day Itinerary

0530hrs: Pick up from the camp and transfer to the balloon launching site. Go on a spectacular balloon ride. The balloon safari adventure begins in the pre-dawn hours and the magnificent view over the park is thrilling. Towards the end of the flight, you rise to a height of 1500 feet for a panoramic view of the twisting Mara River and the savannah below. After an hour or so in the air, your safari finishes with a flourish: a champagne breakfast in the bush, cooked on the balloon’s burners!

Full day spent in the park with morning and afternoon game drives.

Meals and overnight stay at Embalakai Camp. FB

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 20: NGORONGORO OLDEANI MOUNTAIN LODGE, KARATU  

Karatu

As previously described

Day Itinerary

Breakfast at the lodge. Drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area; descend into the crater for a game drive with lunch boxes. Drive to Oldeani Lodge for check in, dinner and overnight stay. LDBB

Overnight: Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge          

O’ldeani Ngorongoro Mountain Lodge is a colonial lodge situated on a picturesque hill with spectacular views of Oldeani Mountain and the Ngorongoro Crater Rim. The lodge is elevated, featuring magnificent views that extend all the way to Lake Eyasi and Lake Manyara.

The property is set on 40 acres of lush green gardens and local vegetation, with over 130 species of birds. The lodge is accessed over a pond and one’s first impression is the grand central hallway with wooden trusses looking out over the fireplace, infinity pool and out to Mount O’ldeani, which is part of the caldera of the Ngorongoro crater, only 12km away.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 21: CROWNE PLAZA NAIROBI AIRPORT HOTEL, NAIROBI        

Nairobi

As previously described

Day Itinerary

After breakfast at the lodge. Pick up from your hotel and transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your KQ 427 flight departing at 1510hrs to Nairobi. Upon arrival in Nairobi at approximately 1610hrs, you will be met by our airport representative and transferred to your hotel. Dinner on own arrangements. Overnight at Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport HotelBB

Overnight: Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport Hotel  

Crown Plaza Nairobi Airport Hotel is the only official hotel located at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The hotel offers 144 spacious, adaptable, contemporarily designed rooms, with a large ergonomic working area consisting of suites, interconnecting rooms, double and twin rooms, convenient for business, family and leisure travelers.  The hotel features a contemporary café with round the clock menu offering local and global cuisine, and a coffee shop a conference center and 3 meeting rooms.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

DAY 22 – 25:  VICTORIA FALLS – THE FALLS  

Day Itinerary

0530hrs: You will be picked up from your hotel by Crowne Plaza Airport hotel representative and transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport’s international departure terminal for your KQ 782 flight departing at 0735hrs to Victoria Falls where you will be for the next 4 NIGHTS.

Overnight: Victoria Falls – The Falls           

One of the original natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls is breathtaking and not surprisingly a World Heritage Site. Known locally as ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ this spectacle is accessible from both Zambia and Zimbabwe. Unlike other waterfalls Victoria Falls has a natural catwalk across from the falls which provides for spectacular viewing.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

DAY 26:  CROWNE PLAZA NAIROBI AIRPORT HOTEL, NAIROBI        

Nairobi

As previously described

Day Itinerary

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport ex KQ 793 ETA 2205hrs, you will clear with customs and immigration procedures. You will then be met by a Crowne Plaza Airport hotel’s guide outside the arrivals hall for transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport Hotel – BB

Crown Plaza Nairobi Airport Hotel is the only official hotel located at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The hotel offers 144 spacious, adaptable, contemporarily designed rooms, with a large ergonomic working area consisting of suites, interconnecting rooms, double and twin rooms, convenient for business, family and leisure travelers.  The hotel features a contemporary café with round the clock menu offering local and global cuisine, and a coffee shop a conference center and 3 meeting rooms.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

DAY 27:  END OF ITINERARY     

Day Itinerary

Breakfast and relax at the hotel or choose an activity/excursion, later you will be picked up from your hotel by Crowne Plaza Airport hotel representative and transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport’s international departure terminal for your international flight departing at TBA back home. End of our services

Basis

Breakfast

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