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East Africa Discoverer

Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,554

Explore the finest national parks and game reserves in Kenya and Tanzania, with expert guides on hand to help bring to fruition the Africa safari you’ve always dreamed of. See the route of the annual migration across the Serengeti, admire the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro, and look sharp for big cats in the Maasai Mara.


This 15-day East Africa safari offers a round-trip from either Nairobi, Kenya, or Arusha, Tanzania, taking in the best national parks and game reserves of both countries.

From Nairobi, head south to Amboseli National Park, land of the ‘big tusker’ elephants who graze the plains in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. Prepare for some spectacular photos of large herds, elephant families, and elusive predators as you explore this land, moistened by snowmelt from the planet’s highest free-standing mountain.

Cross the border and round Kilimanjaro’s base to Arusha in Tanzania, then go on to Lake Manyara. The area is famous for its large flocks of flamingos and unusual tree-climbing lions. There’s more to see here than just animals however. Visit a local Chugga village for a home-cooked meal in traditional style, and visit the Maasai, the semi-nomadic herders who’ve lived in this land for centuries. Your final stop in this region is Tarangire National Park, famous for its boab trees and large elephant population. It’s also part of the annual Great Migration route, as is your next overnight destination, Serengeti National Park.

On the way to Serengeti, stop at Ngorongoro Crater, where the protected geography has nurtured a wide variety of wildlife, including the Big 5 – elephants, black rhinos, African buffalo, lions, and leopards. The Serengeti itself of course is synonymous with the Great Migration, but it offers perhaps Tanzania’s best game viewing year-round. To embark on a safari here is to feel like one has immersed themselves in a classic, romantic image of Africa at its finest. Go on to another of its grand jewels, Lake Victoria. Here, you’ll visit the Sukuma tribe, and perhaps take a bird walk along the shore.

Back in Kenya, it’s time to explore the Maasai Mara, the country’s most famous game viewing region. Of course, it’s an extension of the same plains that form the Serengeti, and as such offers the same wonderful opportunities. But the Mara is particularly well known for its big cats, so keep your eyes peeled for cheetahs, leopards, and of course the ubiquitous lions – kings (and queens) of the Mara.

Return to Nairobi for your final departure, perhaps visiting the Kazuri Beads Centre if time allows.


 

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Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,554

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Day 1

Nairobi

On your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel for relaxation and overnight.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Eka Hotel

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    Eka Hotel



    Eka Hotel is ideally located along Mombasa Road in Nairobi the capital city of Kenya. It is situated minutes away from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, 5km from Wilson Airport and 5km from the bustling central business district. The hotel rooms offer the very best ...

    Eka Hotel is ideally located along Mombasa Road in Nairobi the capital city of Kenya. It is situated minutes away from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, 5km from Wilson Airport and 5km from the bustling central business district.

    The hotel rooms offer the very best in comfort, convenience and efficiency, each room is air-conditioned with all the modern conveniences.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 2

Nairobi to Amboseli National Park

After breakfast, you explore Nairobi with a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum. The museum is the beautiful and historic farmhouse where Karen Blixen, author of "Out of Africa", lived between 1917 and 1931 until she left Kenya after a series of personal tragedies. Thereafter, you head to the Giraffe Centre and the Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage for a visit. The institution is named after the wife of the late famous Naturalist, David William Sheldrick who was the founder warden of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya from its inception in 1948 to 1976. At 11:00, the baby animals are brought from the national park for a mud-bath at the orphanage, where for an hour you can get close to them and sometimes touch them. Lunch will follow before driving down to Amboseli National Reserve, arriving in the afternoon.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Kibo Safari Camp

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    Kibo Safari Camp



    Kibo Safari Camp is a luxury tented camp set at the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Amboseli National Park in Kenya. Kibo Safari Camp is set only Five Minutes Drive from the Park entry gate and 15 kilometers from Amboseli Airstrip. Amboseli National Park, approximately ...

    Kibo Safari Camp is a luxury tented camp set at the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Amboseli National Park in Kenya. Kibo Safari Camp is set only Five Minutes Drive from the Park entry gate and 15 kilometers from Amboseli Airstrip. Amboseli National Park, approximately 260 Km's (4 hours) from Nairobi on the border of Kenya and Tanzania.

    Facilities

    • Art Gallery
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Dining Room
    • Gift Shop
    • Massages
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 3

Amboseli National Park

Today you will head into the Amboseli National Park for a full day of game viewing in one of Kenya's most famous parks. Ambseli is known for its huge elephant bull with their magnificent tusks, which make for the ultimate safari picture with the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro in the background.

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Day 4

Amboseli to Arusha

This morning after a leisurely breakfast, you make your way to the border and then onwards to Arusha. En route, you pass the Marangu waterfalls-which is a moderately strenuous walk (we do recommend sturdy shoes and a degree of walking fitness). You continue to Arusha via Moshi town- the gateway to the Kilimanjaro National Park.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Moivaro Coffee Plantation Lodge

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    At Moivaro Lodge they will ensure that you are looked after in a unique, friendly and peaceful manner, helping you to prepare for your safaris and cosseting you on your return in the evening. Our spacious thatched brick cottages are set in a lovely tropical ...

    At Moivaro Lodge they will ensure that you are looked after in a unique, friendly and peaceful manner, helping you to prepare for your safaris and cosseting you on your return in the evening. Our spacious thatched brick cottages are set in a lovely tropical garden, with private verandas ensuring every visitor all the privacy needed. Relax and enjoy the beautiful views of Mount Meru from the comfortable veranda, go for a stroll around the Moivaro property, or laze at the pool nestling in the midst of tropical trees and coffee plants.

    Facilities

    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 5

Arusha to Manyara National Park to Lake Manyara

After breakfast, you will be collected from the hotel and set off towards Lake Manyara National Park. The spectacular reserve is located at the north-western corner of Lake Manyara, a hallow soda lake, which lies at the foot of the Great Rift Valley's western escarpment. You enjoy a scenic drive in the park known not only for its large flocks of flamingos, but also for the elusive tree climbing lions.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
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Rift Valley Photographic Lodge

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    Rift Valley Photographic Lodge



    Rift Valley Photographic Lodge is located in the world-renowned Rift Valley and surrounded by the most sought after photographic safari destinations. The lodge is set high, in a bush-cloaked ridge, with magnificent views over Lake Manyara. Rift Valley Lodge provides visitors with an ideal base ...

    Rift Valley Photographic Lodge is located in the world-renowned Rift Valley and surrounded by the most sought after photographic safari destinations. The lodge is set high, in a bush-cloaked ridge, with magnificent views over Lake Manyara.

    Rift Valley Lodge provides visitors with an ideal base to explore the Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, Lake Natron and Engaruka Ruins for the most extraordinary holiday where everything that is Africa, converges in a beautiful display. Rift Valley Lodge stands centre-stage to one of Africa most dramatic wildlife arenas, providing visitors with ringside seats for the greatest wildlife show on earthv

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Lounge(s)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Satellite/Cable Television
    • Special Diet Meals
    • Wi-Fi Lounge

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Day 6

Culture Tour to Lake Manyara

After breakfast, you set out to experience the cultural diversity of Mto-wa-Mbu, starting at the market and visiting a Chagga family producing banana beer and passing by many different farms. On the way, your guide will introduce you to the various fruits and vegetables growing in the area and explain the irrigation system that sustains local crops. After having a delicious, home-cooked meal in a local Mama's home, you visit the nearby centre for disabled kids and school. Late afternoon you enjoy a visit to the Maasai Boma for the cultural encounter of a life time. The Maasai people are semi-nomadic herders, who choose to live a traditional lifestyle and are known for their distinctive traditional attire. On completion you return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

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Day 7

Tarangire National Park

Today you set out to Tarangire National Park for a full day's game drives. The breath-taking views of the Maasai Steppe, and the mountains to the south, make a stop at Tarangire a truly memorable experience. Tarangire is as well known for its huge elephant population and baobab trees. It forms the centre of an annual migratory cycle that includes up to 3000 elephant, 25,000 wildebeest and 30,000 zebra.

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Day 8

Manyara to Ngorongoro to Serengeti National Park

This morning you have an early departure for a game drive in the world renowned Ngorongoro Crater. For many, this wildlife spectacle is the pinnacle of their safari experience. The Ngorongoro Crater boasts all of the 'Big 5', including a small population of endangered black rhino. After a picnic lunch, you head towards the Serengeti through the stunning Southern Plains. This is the area that the Serengeti is best known for - the endless, undulating grass savannah with rocky outcrops that serve as isolated wildlife refuges.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
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Kisura Kenzan Tented Camp

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    Kisura tented camp, overlooking the magnificent Savannah Plains of the Serengeti National Park is the absolute jewel in the crown. This intimate safari camp of just 10 luxury tents offers premium tented accommodation with first class service. Here is the perfect base to indulge in ...

    Kisura tented camp, overlooking the magnificent Savannah Plains of the Serengeti National Park is the absolute jewel in the crown. This intimate safari camp of just 10 luxury tents offers premium tented accommodation with first class service. Here is the perfect base to indulge in one's passion for wildlife without missing out on home comforts.

    Facilities

    • Bar/Lounge
    • Family Room
    • Laundry Service
    • Non-Smoking Property
    • Parking
    • Restaurant

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Day 9

Serengeti National Park (Seronera)

Today you will be spending a full day game driving around the Seronera area of the Serengeti. The Serengeti is divided into three main areas: Seronera is the most central and accessible region and this is where the Park HQ is based, as well as most of the larger lodges and communal campsites. This part of the Serengeti is characterised by open plains of grassland, packed with animals. The Seronera River is the lifeblood of the Serengeti and this area is renowned for great game viewing all year round. It is also particularly good for lion and cheetah sightings, as well as the most elusive of all big cats, the leopard.

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Day 10

Serengeti National Park (Seronera)

You have another exciting day of exploring the Serengeti National Park ahead of us. With lunch boxes provided we continue with game drives throughout the afternoon, scanning the endless plains, spotting many animals and truly realizing just why this national park is so famous. In the late afternoon you drive back to the lodge for overnight.

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Day 11

Serengeti National Park to Lake Victoria

After breakfast you make our way to Lake Victoria. You pass through the villages of the Sukuma tribe, who grow ground nuts, sorghum and cassava as well as keeping livestock. Life carries on here simply as it has done for ages, but with a few poignant reminders of the 20th century. Some leisure time in the afternoon, or to possibly take a bird walk along the lake shore.

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Duration1 Night
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Speke Bay Lodge

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    Speke Bay Lodge



    Speke Bay Lodge is located on the south-eastern shore of Lake Victoria in Tanzania, East Africa. It is 15 kilometres from the Serengeti National Park, and 125 kilometres north of Mwanza. Speke Bay is part of Speke Gulf, named after the famous explorer John Hanning ...

    Speke Bay Lodge is located on the south-eastern shore of Lake Victoria in Tanzania, East Africa. It is 15 kilometres from the Serengeti National Park, and 125 kilometres north of Mwanza. Speke Bay is part of Speke Gulf, named after the famous explorer John Hanning Speke, who, in 1858, discovered Lake Victoria to be the source of the Nile. Embraced by savannah, the Lodge looks like a small village, stretched out along the shores of the lake. The main buildings and luxury accommodation are round in form, built to perfection, painted white and thatched with a grass roof in the traditional style of the local tribe, the Sukuma.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bicycles
    • Fishing Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Lounge(s)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 12

Lake Victoria to Masai Mara

This morning you have the opportunity to take part in a boat excursion to one of the local fishing villages, before you bid Lake Victoria farewell and continue your journey northwards across the border into Kenya. Here you head to the Masai Mara, the traditional land of the Maasai people, who are permitted to graze their cattle in this area. The Masai Mara covers an area that includes the riverine forests along the banks of the Mara and Talek Rivers, acacia forests and the open plains of the savannah.

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Duration2 Nights
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Mara Eden Safari Camp

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    Mara Eden Safari Camp



    Hidden deep in the Maasai Mara game reserve, along the great Mara river, lies a magical, untouched and untamed valley with crocodiles basking on the banks of the river and hippos fighting for dominance against a backdrop of absolute wilderness, for centuries the great wildebeest ...

    Hidden deep in the Maasai Mara game reserve, along the great Mara river, lies a magical,
    untouched and untamed valley with crocodiles basking on the banks of the river and hippos fighting for dominance against a backdrop of absolute wilderness, for centuries the great wildebeest migration has thundered through this hidden valley and crossed the Mara river.
    Nestled in the midst of this valley is this little boutique tented camp, sit out on the varendah and watch the magic of the african wilderness unfold before you.

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    • Airport Shuttle Service
    • Credit Card Services
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking facilities
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • WiFi

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Day 13

Masai Mara National Reserve

Today you spend the whole day game viewing in the world famous Masai Mara National Park. Here the various habitats are home to a great variety of game including lion, leopard, cheetah, zebra, wildebeest (gnu), giraffe, buffalo, jackal, topi, gazelle, impala and elephant. Hippopotamus and crocodile are also plentiful in the rivers and the bird life is very abundant.

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Day 14

Masai Mara to Nairobi

After breakfast you head off towards Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. You have the afternoon at leisure or to explore the city. Time allowing, we visit the Kazuri Beads Centre and workshop for those interested in shopping. Kazuri means "small and beautiful" in Swahili and it describes each striking ceramic bead which is shaped by hand by the women employed at the Kazuri workshop. Nairobi is a cosmopolitan, lively and interesting city. Its central business district is nicely compact and it is therefore a great place to tune into modern urban African life. Later in the afternoon, you head to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

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Duration1 Night
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Eka Hotel

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    Eka Hotel



    Eka Hotel is ideally located along Mombasa Road in Nairobi the capital city of Kenya. It is situated minutes away from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, 5km from Wilson Airport and 5km from the bustling central business district. The hotel rooms offer the very best ...

    Eka Hotel is ideally located along Mombasa Road in Nairobi the capital city of Kenya. It is situated minutes away from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, 5km from Wilson Airport and 5km from the bustling central business district.

    The hotel rooms offer the very best in comfort, convenience and efficiency, each room is air-conditioned with all the modern conveniences.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 15

Nairobi

The tour ends after breakfast this morning and you will be transferred to the airport for your outbound flight.

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DEPARTURES:

2019
From Nairobi: Feb 24; Mar 28; Apr 24; Jun 1; Jul 8; Aug 8, 23;
Sep 8, 24; Oct 10; Nov 12; Dec 7
From Arusha: Jan 11; Feb 5; Mar 19; Apr 15; Jun 16; Jul 1, 16; Aug 16;
Sep 1, 16; Oct 1, 16; Nov 6, 28; Dec 20

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 14 Nights Lodge / Tented Camp accommodation
  • All transport in appropriate vehicle
  • Game drives as mentioned
  • Meals and activities as mentioned in itinerary
  • Park entrance fees
  • Experienced professional guide

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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