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Day 1: Nairobi - Amboseli

Transfer from Nairobi to 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 just in time for lunch at your accommodation, Amboseli Serena Lodge. Secluded within a grove of acacia trees, the lodge looks out over the golden savannah plains, with uninterrupted views of the mountain itself. Take an afternoon game drive with a sundowner at the prehistoric site of Observation Hill, where the sunset over Kilimanjaro is magnificent.

Bird coming in to land

Day 2: Amboseli

Depart in the early morning on your first game drive of the day. 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. Returning back to the lodge for lunch, you will then proceed to the plains late afternoon for further game viewing. But it’s just not all about this parks incredible game, there is an assortment of other activities to choose from including hiking, bird watching and walking safaris. Visitors can also learn about the culture and way of life of the indigenous Masai population through homestead visits.

Lion in Amboseli National Park

Day 3: Amboseli - Karatu

Leaving the incredible scenic land of Amboseli behind, you will begin your journey into Kenya’s equally charming neighbour, Tanzania. Your 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, located on the foothills of Ngorongoro.

Day 4: Karatu

A short drive 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. The park encompasses three distinct habitats including a lush groundwater forest, open floodplains and acacia woodlands. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds can be seen on the grassy plains, as do giraffes, where as the narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favoured haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants. Squadrons of banded mongoose dart between the acacias, while the diminutive Kirk’s dik-dik forages in their shade.

Day 5: Karatu

Enjoy a day trip to the Ngorongoro Crater. This incredible formation is part of the larger Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which covers more than 8300 square kilometres. The actual crater is 260 square kilometres and 620m deep. The original volcano was probably as high, if not higher than Kilimanjaro. Rise early for a half day game drive. Reaching the crater floor as the sun begins to rise, you will undoubtedly be amazed at this natural phenomenon before you. The Ngorongoro Crater is home to about 25,000 animals and is one of the last places in Tanzania where the Big Five can be seen. The NCA is considered one of the World Heritage Sites and also one of the International Biosphere Reserves.

Day 6: Karatu - Serengeti N.P.

We drive to Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed as one of the 7 natural world wonders of modern time, the Serengeti National Park. With an on-route game drive you will soon arrive at the luxurious Mbalageti. Mbalageti Serengeti is located in the western corridor of the Serengeti National Park. The Lodge offers a breathtaking 360-degree panorama view of the Serengeti Plain lands and the Mbalageti River, where one of the main attractions is the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra. 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 7: Serengeti N.P.

The Serengeti is renowned for its annual migration; when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle. After lunch at camp, return to the parks open plains in search for more wildlife viewing and experiences. As the evening light approaches, you will be thoroughly rewarded with all your game spotting with a sundowner at a picturesque location in the park.

Leopard surverying the area

Day 8: 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. Countless species of birds flock to its granite boulders, fish eagles and snowy egrets floating over the ripples, as Nile monitors and spotted neck otters swim up on the rocks to sun themselves. Enormous fig and mahogany trees create a lush green canopy which not only filters the equatorial light, but also provides a home for the vervet monkeys and red and blue agama lizards that frequent them. This is a nature lover paradise.

Day 9: Lake Victoria

At dawn the sun rises slowly over the offshore islands, cormorants drying their wings as ancient dhows sail past. You eat breakfast in an open, stone-walled dining room overlooking the bay, and 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.

Day 10: Lake Victoria

Drive to Musoma to spend the day at Shirati including transfers to your two Orphanages. Overnight Speke Bay Lodge

Day 11: - Masai Mara N.P.

After two days of relaxing on your own private island, we drive to Migori airstrip for your flight to the Mara. You will be met at the airport, enjoy your your packed lunch and an afternoon game drive, then experience a sundowner and dinner, wow what a day!

Lion in the Masai Mara

Day 12: Masai Mara N.P.

Depending on the time of year, we set out early morning for the breathtaking spectacle of ‘the greatest wildlife show on earth’, the awe inspiring annual migration of the wildebeest. The Mara is technically an extension of Tanzania’s renowned Serengeti National Park, but its rolling grasslands, meandering rivers and towering escarpments an endless amount of game viewing. Home to a wide variety of animals, the Mara is also famous for its Big Five. Depending on the game drive we’ll drive back to the lodge for a late lunch, only to return again to the reserve’s open plains late afternoon for more game viewing and a sundowner in the bush.

Masai warrior jumping

Day 13: Masai Mara N.P.

The day sees 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. For your last night in the African bush, you will experience an amazing bush dinner underneath the starry African sky as the bush quietly hums in the background.

Safely across the river during the migration

Day 14: Masai Mara N.P.

After breakfast, drive to the airstrip to fly out of the Mara and onto Nairobi. You will arrive in Nairobi late afternoon in time for you onward journey or international flight.

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