Vast National Parks full of wildlife, an orphanage for elephants, a Maasai village and an ancient volcano: this isn't a film plot, it's just a taste of what East Africa has to offer. We've included morning and afternoon game drives in the Masai Mara and Serengeti for your best shot at seeing the Big 5, and even better, you'll be driving through valleys and plains in open-top vehicles and staying in African lodges for a true safari experience.
Your Africa adventure begins as the plane touches down in red-earthed Nairobi. You'll be greeted by a transfer rep at the airport and driven to your accommodation for the night through the modern city centre in private transportation. Set your bags down at the hotel and feel the excitement build as your Trip Manager runs through the itinerary. This evening you'll have a chance to head out for some dinner at a local restaurant, a perfect time to practise your 'Jambo' (hello) and 'Asante-sana' (Thank you very much). Get to know your new mates over a hearty Kenyan meal before a big day tomorrow.
We start the day with a hot breakfast at the hotel before meeting our local guides and loading up in the safari vehicles for the start of our great Masai Mara adventure.
We'll pass down and through the Great Rift Valley as we arrive at our classic African safari lodge, just in time for lunch in the famous Masai Mara. After lunch, you'll have time for a quick siesta or a dip in the pool. This afternoon will include your first game drive, seeing some of Africa's vast array of wildlife both big and small on the rolling hills of this magnificent nature reserve.
This morning you have the option for a once-in-a-lifetime hot air balloon Safari experience, or join the early morning game drive - one of the best times to see the wild animals as they relax in the cooler climate before the midday heat. In late morning we'll all head back to the lodge for some lunch and lounging around the pool, before departing on an evening game drive in search of Africa's elusive big cats: the lion, leopard and cheetah. This reserve is the scene of one of nature's most incredible and humbling events: the Great Migration. During the right season, watch with your jaw open as millions of wildebeest and zebra risk their lives crossing crocodile-infested waters with lions lurking on the banks as they bravely press forward to greener pastures.
We'll treat ourselves to one last morning drive in the unforgettable Masai Mara before we head north. Make sure your camera is ready for your last glance of this extraordinary location.
This afternoon we're passing through Lake Naivasha, where some scenes from the epic 1985 film Out of Africa were shot. We end up on the shores of Lake Elementaita for the evening. There'll be time for a rest and revive before we sit down together for a buffet dinner.
Before we reach our next destination of Amboseli, our route today takes us back past Nairobi where we have the chance to get up close to some of Africa's biggest land mammals. This includes a visit to the giraffe centre for selfies with the world's tallest animal, and a heartwarming trip to an elephant orphanage sanctuary, to see the amazing work being done rehabilitating baby elephants back into the wild.
We'll have a picnic lunch, and the afternoon will take us to our lodge on the edge of the Amboseli National Park with dinner included.
We have the opportunity of a full day of exploring this National Park, famous for its iconic shots of elephants and wildlife feeding in the foreground while the peak of Africa rises in the background: Mt Kilimanjaro. It's a photographer's dream, and it's all yours. A buffet lunch will be included back at the lodge. Today you'll also have the chance to visit a Maasai village, before eating a final Kenyan dinner with the group.
After breakfast we'll drive through Amboseli to the Tanzania border.
Tanzania is calling and we're ready to explore. When we arrive in Arusha, you'll be delivered to the hotel to drop off your bags. Find yourself some local dinner before turning in for an early night. Part Two of our African Adventure starts tomorrow!
We start the day with a hot breakfast at the hotel before meeting our local guides and jumping into the safari vehicles. We'll have a chance to stop and pick up any last minute items we might need on our adventure en route to our lodge.
After lunch, you're free to relax and hang around the pool in the heat of the midday sun before we depart on an afternoon game drive in Tarangire National Park, known for its giant Baobab trees and equally huge herds of elephant. Dinner is a generous buffet spread back at the lodge.
An early start this morning will take us back into the Tarangire National Park for a full day, in the hopes for a glimpse of some of its elusive predators and changing landscapes. We'll either stay the whole day here with a packed lunch provided, or head back to the lodge to enjoy a hot lunch and a swim in the pool. Save some room for our buffet dinner tonight.
After breakfast we'll set out in our safari vehicles to our next destination: the Serengeti.
We take in views of the Rift valley and the rim of Ngorogoro Crater as we make our way to the main gate of the Serengeti, stopping off to visit Mto Wa Mbu Village and a local market. We'll drive through the endless plains of this vast reserve to reach our accommodation for the night. Tonights accommodation will be a safari-style lodge in the middle of the Serengeti. A buffet meal will be served for dinner, and you're free to sit outside and listen to the sounds of nocturnal animals waking up to forage or hunt, all while sitting under the bright canopy of stars in the African sky.
We'll spend a full day seeking out the game of Africa's plains, with predators in hot pursuit of their prey. If the Wildebeest migration is around, then you are in for a wildlife treat: millions of wildebeest and zebra grazing for as far as the eye can see really is one of Africas' greatest spectacles to observe. If you want to make today even more unforgettable, you can opt in for a once-in-a-lifetime Balloon safari. A buffet dinner awaits us back at camp.
Enjoy some breakfast before we depart the Serengeti with a morning game drive on our way to our next destination, the Ngorogoro Crater.
In the late morning we reach the Ngorogoro Crater, an ancient volcano, boasting one of the highest densities of predators stalking the abundant wildlife enclosed inside the volcano's centre. We'll stop here for a picnic lunch before we ascend the plateau. A true natural wonder, only found in Africa.
Our final breakfast will be provided at the hotel before we set off. It's your last chance to do some souvenir shopping this morning, before we enjoy a final spectacular view of the Great Rift Valley on our way back to Arusha.
With full hearts and memories made, it's time to say fond farewells to your new lifelong friends, and to our African adventure.
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Trip Name: East Africa Safari
Duration: 13 Days
From Price: £3,149
Supplier Tour ID: 296/232350
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