Karatu Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF AFRICA 471

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Local market

Day 1: Nairobi

(Tonight's room is booked for early check-in tomorrow).

Masai boy

Day 2: Nairobi - Amboseli

Welcome to Kenya! Upon arrival we will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel for a bit of rest. After breakfast, depart for Amboseli National Park, best known for its unrivalled views of Kilimanjaro and the local elephant population. There are over 1000 elephants in the parks eco-system, featuring some of the largest in Africa. Arrive in time for lunch at your lodge . Take an afternoon game drive with sundowners at the prehistoric site of Observation Hill (if staying at Serena), where the sunset over Kilimanjaro is magnificent. Return to the lodge in the evening.

Bird coming in to land

Day 3: Amboseli

Morning and afternoon game drives in the Amboseli National Park. Without a doubt, Amboseli is a photographer’s paradise with the snows of Kilimanjaro, white and crystalline forming a majestic backdrop to one of Kenya’ most spectacular displays of wildlife – lion, elephant, rhino, cheetah buffalo and a host of plain’s game.

Lion in Amboseli National Park

Day 4: Amboseli - Karatu

Leaving the incredible scenic land of Amboseli behind, you will begin your journey into Kenya’s equally charming neighbour, Tanzania. Changing drivers at the border our journey will take you to Arusha town, the central point between Cairo and Cape Town and the hub of all Tanzania safaris. Enjoy a delicious lunch before continuing your journey across the Great Rift Valley to just outside the lovely town of Karatu.

Taking it easy

Day 5: Karatu

A short drive from Plantation Lodge is the understated Lake Manyara National Park, consisting of a narrow strip running between the Gregory Rift wall to the west and Lake Manyara, an alkaline or soda-lake, to the east, and is famous for its population of flamingos. Lunch is taken at a scenic picnic location in the park.

Day 6: Karatu

Say goodbye to the enchanting Lake Manyara National Park only to be presented with another natural wonder, the Ngorongoro Crater. Enjoy a picnic on the edge of one of the crater’s lakes as you watch elephants quench their thirst from afar. Return to the lodge to relax and enjoy a well-earned feast.

Day 7: Karatu - Serengeti N.P.

Leaving the great spectacle of the crater behind you will drive to Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park the Serengeti. Mbalageti Serengeti is located in the western corridor of the Serengeti National Park. Chill out in the afternoon along side the swimming pool offering a 360 -degree view of the Serengeti – the perfect opportunity to cool off after a hot and dusty game drive.

Day 8: Serengeti N.P.

There’s nothing like an early morning start allowing you to experience one of the most ultimate game viewing experiences. After a hot cup of tea or coffee you will soon be wide-awake as you watch wildlife at its most active time. After lunch at camp, return to the parks open plains in search for more wildlife viewing and experiences.

Leopard surverying the area

Day 9: Serengeti N.P. - Lake Victoria

Wake up early this morning before setting out to the lakeside town of Musoma. Here you will be met by a boat, which will shuttle you to the amazing Lukuba Island Lodge, set on a secluded, soft sand beach on the eastern side of Lake Victoria, the second largest fresh water lake in the world. The Lukuba Island Lodge is comprised of eight intricately built stone bungalows with traditional grass thatched roofs, all with lake views, just steps from the beach.

Going in for a swim

Day 10: Lake Victoria

At dawn the sun rises slowly over the offshore islands, cormorants drying their wings as ancient dhows sail past. afterward can go for a leisurely boat ride around the island, or venture off on a hike, or try fishing with a traditional bamboo fly-rod, or even just sit in one of the canvas beach chairs and listen as the morning waves gently brush the shoreline. Lukuba Lodge exists in harmony with its environment. From Sunset rock, its highest point, you can watch the sun set over the great African lake, the afternoon's languid pace catching the rhythms of the island.

Masai Mara giraffe

Day 11: Lake Victoria - Masai Mara N.P.

After two days of relaxing on your own private island you leave for a full big day of travel to Kenya. Changing drivers at the border and start an interesting and scenic drive, crossing back to Kenya at the Isebania border, making your way to Masai Mara.

Lion in the Masai Mara

Days 12-13: Masai Mara N.P.

The next two days see more game viewing both in the morning and late afternoon. For the bird lovers there are over 450 species that have been identified in the Masai Mara Ecosystem.

Safely across the river during the migration

Day 14: Masai Mara N.P. - Zanzibar

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight (luggage limit of 15kg per person) departing approx. 11:00 to Nairobi arriving approx. 12:15. Upon arrival at Wilson airport, you will be met and transferred to the International airport for your departure flight to Zanzibar (not included). Upon arrival we will be there to pick you up and transfer you to your hotel for the evening.

Day 15: Zanzibar

This morning you will be met by your guide and taken on a guided tour of Stone Town and a Spice Tour where you will get the opportunity to see a spice plantation and the process involved in harvesting these perfumed ingredients that we today take for granted but were once as precious as gems or gold with pirates often cruising the coast pilfering ships for their precious spice cargo.

Days 16-17: Zanzibar

The next two days are free for you to relax or explore the town interdependently.

Days 18-20: Zanzibar

Today you will be transferred to the Breezes Beach Club with the next few days free for you to relax at leisure by the beach.

Day 21: Zanzibar

Sadly your final day with us with your departure airport transfer.

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