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15 Days
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Seeing the wildebeest migration is one of the most spectacular sightings in the world. This itinerary is designed to include all the areas frequented by the migration on their annual route.


Follow the famous Serengeti migration and discover the unique culture of the Masai Mara on this 14 day round trip through spectacular Tanzania and Kenya.

Ernest Hemmingway called Lake Manyara the ‘loveliest lake in Africa’ (sorry Victoria!). The surrounding area is famed for its baboons, and is an excellent spot to see hippos, giraffes, elephants and tree climbing lions.

The world’s largest open, inactive volcanic crater, Ngorongoro is one of Africa’s finest wildlife conservation areas and home to over 25,000 large animals including lions, zebra wildebeest and gazelles. It is also one of your best opportunities to see black rhinos, the rarest of the Big 5.

Serengeti National Park is the crown jewel of Tanzania, known for its annual migration of wildebeest and zebra. Other animals include the Big 5 (more then 3,000 lions and 1,000 leopards call the Serengeti home), cheetahs, hyenas, baboons, African wild dogs and giraffes. Game drives across various regions of the park guarantee you an unforgettable experience. Bird watchers should also keep their eyes peeled for over 500 species that inhabit the plains.

The vast plains of the Serengeti cross the border into Kenya, becoming Masai Mara. This game reserve is famous for its large population of big cats and the colourful culture of the Masai people. This is one of the best preserved parts of Kenya, where life has changed little in the past century.

Spend an afternoon exploring Nairobi at leisure. Perhaps visit the Giraffe Centre or Mamba Village, a park famed for its crocodiles and ostriches. You can even hold a baby crocodile! Go on to Amboseli, famed as Africa’s best location to get close to free-ranging elephants, as well as zebra, giraffes, cheetahs, lions and many more. Your tour ends back in Arusha, in the shadow of awe inspiring Mount Kilimanjaro.


 

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Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,764

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Day 1

Arusha

Upon your arrival, you will be collected from the airport and transferred to your lodge in the lush forests surrounding the town of Arusha. If you arrive early enough, you will have an opportunity to explore the lodge grounds, take a dip in the swimming pool or partake in any of the offered additional activities available.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Moivaro Coffee Plantation Lodge

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    Moivaro Coffee Plantation Lodge



    You will find a charming atmosphere at Moivaro Coffee Plantation Lodge together with every comfort: an ideal spot to enjoy the impressive flora and fauna of East Africa. Moivaro Lodge is situated right in the heart of beautiful, natural scenery and yet is only 7 ...

    You will find a charming atmosphere at Moivaro Coffee Plantation Lodge together with every comfort: an ideal spot to enjoy the impressive flora and fauna of East Africa. Moivaro Lodge is situated right in the heart of beautiful, natural scenery and yet is only 7 km from the town of Arusha. There are 42 picturesque, spacious thatched brick garden cottages set in beautiful gardens, each with their own veranda and all the modern comforts.

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

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Day 2

Arusha to Manyara National Park to Lake Manyara

Your safari begins after breakfast this morning. Your first stop is Arusha town, for any last minute purchases before you head off on an exciting safari experience! Set off towards Lake Manyara National Park, with the drive being in the region of about 2 hours. Manyara NP is not only known 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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    The camp is set in the famous Rift Valley in the most sort after surroundings that are ideal for photographic opportunities. The lodge is set high in thick bush overlooking Lake Manyara. This lodge is an ideal base to visit the surrounding Northern circuit of ...

    The camp is set in the famous Rift Valley in the most sort after surroundings that are ideal for photographic opportunities. The lodge is set high in thick bush overlooking Lake Manyara. This lodge is an ideal base to visit the surrounding Northern circuit of National Parks such as Lake Manyara, Ngorogoro, Serengeti, Tarangire to name a few. These National Parks are some of the most spectacular in the world and visitors are guaranteed to a wildlife extravaganza. The lodge is designed around the ancient Masaai living with combining with international luxury with raw African beauty.

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    • Bar
    • Lounge(s)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant

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Day 3

Cultural Tour - 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, visit the nearby centre for disabled kids and school. Late afternoon 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 return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Tarangire National Park

Today you set out to Tarangire National Park for a full day of 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 5

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 Serengeti Camp

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    Kisura Serengeti Camp



    Kisura Serengeti Camp is a semi-permanent camp offering wilderness and luxury in Serengeti National Park. This semi-permanent camp consists of 18 luxury ensuite tents including a Family Tent all with king size beds and twin beds fitted with mosquito nets, ensuite flush toilets and shower ...

    Kisura Serengeti Camp is a semi-permanent camp offering wilderness and luxury in Serengeti National Park. This semi-permanent camp consists of 18 luxury ensuite tents including a Family Tent all with king size beds and twin beds fitted with mosquito nets, ensuite flush toilets and shower rooms accompanied with a large veranda perfect for holiday travellers.

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    • Game Drives
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Day 6

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: The 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 busier campsites. This is the part of the Serengeti that you will have seen in wildlife documentaries, characterised by the open plains of grassland, packed with animals. 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 7

Serengeti National Park (Seronera)

You have another exciting day of exploring the Serengeti National Park ahead of you. With lunch boxes provided you 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 drive back to the lodge for overnight.

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Day 8

Serengeti National Park to Lake Victoria

After breakfast you make your way to Lake Victoria. 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. 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, ...

    Speke Bay Lodge is located on the south-eastern shore of Lake Victoria in Tanzania, East Africa.
    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. Since the Lodge is outside but close to the Serengeti National Park, it is the ideal place to start or end your safari, or relax during your travels. Excursions in boats and on mountain bikes are offered, so you can truly experience Africa; you can fish from the beach for Tilapia, go out in a boat to catch Nile perch, or wander around on the Lodge's 100 hectares of savannah, looking for birds.
    Some activities include bird watching, fishing, mountain bike trips or local canoe excursions.

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

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Day 9

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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Masai Mara Eden Tented Camp

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    Masai Mara Eden Tented Camp


    The Masai Mara Eden Tented Camp property is 50 hectares and is unfenced to allow free movement of game within the property and adjoins the park with all features overlooking the river and the reserve. The camp has its own private entrance/exit to the reserve. ...

    The Masai Mara Eden Tented Camp property is 50 hectares and is unfenced to allow free movement of game within the property and adjoins the park with all features overlooking the river and the reserve. The camp has its own private entrance/exit to the reserve. The camp has 8 tents raised on wooden decks. Each tent is spaced out at intervals of 20 meters and close to the river.

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Day 10

Masai Mara National Park

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 11

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, you may 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, 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.

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    • 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 12

Nairobi to Amboseli

After breakfast you further 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. Then head to either Giraffe Centre or 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.

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Duration2 Nights
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Kibo Safari Camp

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    Kibo Safari Camp is a luxury tented camp based in Amboseli National Park, set at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa standing at 5896m. Amboseli National Park is the second most popular national park in Kenya. Kibo Safari Camp is only ...

    Kibo Safari Camp is a luxury tented camp based in Amboseli National Park, set at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa standing at 5896m. Amboseli National Park is the second most popular national park in Kenya. Kibo Safari Camp is only a 4 hours' drive away from Nairobi city. It is 15km away from the Amboseli airstrip and a five minutes' drive from the park gate. The ideal location of the camp ensures you get breath-taking views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Kibo safari camp offers complete tranquillity and privacy while bringing you closer to nature. Kibo Safari Camp has 73 self-contained tents. The beds have been custom designed and locally made using bush logs.

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Day 13

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. Amboseli is famous for its huge elephant bulls 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 14

Amboseli to Arusha

This morning after a leisurely breakfast, you make your way to the border and then onwards to Kilimanjaro Airport. On the way, you pass to Marangu waterfalls - which is a moderately strenuous walk (we do recommend sturdy shoes and a degree of walking fitness). Continue to KIA via Moshi town - the gateway to the Kilimanjaro National Park. Your lodge is situated close to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for an easy connection with your outbound flight tomorrow.

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Duration1 Night
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Kia Lodge

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    Kia Lodge



    Welcome to KIA Lodge, 'your door to Tanzania' at less than a 5 minute drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport. The lodge is situated on a secluded hill in the heart of beautiful savannah scenery that is so typical for East Africa. Guests can admire the ...

    Welcome to KIA Lodge, 'your door to Tanzania' at less than a 5 minute drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport. The lodge is situated on a secluded hill in the heart of beautiful savannah scenery that is so typical for East Africa. Guests can admire the vast views of the African plains and of course the grand Kilimanjaro Mountain that shows her snowy top mostly in the morning and at sundown. The Lodge offers 40 en-suite rooms in African-style thatched brick cottage, a tropical restaurant, an open air bar,and a hilltop swimming pool with view of Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Meru, the Blue Mountains and the Masaai plains.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 15

Arusha

The tour ends after breakfast this morning and you can proceed to the airport for your outbound flight.

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DEPARTURES:

2016: 
Sep 16; Oct 1*, 16; Nov 6, 28; Dec 20

2017: 
Jan 3, Feb 5, Mar 19, Apr 15, May 9, Jun 16, Jul 1, 16, Aug 1, 16, Sep 1, 16, Oct 1, 16, Nov 6, 28, Dec 20

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 14 nights in lodges and/or permanent tented camps with en-suite bathrooms as indicated or similar
  • All transport in a fully kitted-out 4x4 safari vehicle
  • Game drives and activities as per the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated
  • Park entrance fees

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Gratuities
  • Curios
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

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. 

Minimum 4 passengers, maximum 12 passengers.
*Guaranteed departures with no minimum group size required

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