Lake Manyara N.P. Holidays

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Local market

Day 1: Nairobi

On arrival at Nairobi airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. There is a short safari briefing before arriving at the hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Masai boy

Day 2: Nairobi - Amboseli

This morning we drive to Amboseli National Park in time for lunch at the lodge. Later on as the evening draws in we will head out on our first game drive in the park. Amboseli is most famous for its free ranging elephants and views of Mount Kilimanjaro - which on a clear day are truly breath-taking.

Bird coming in to land

Day 3: Amboseli

As the sun rises on another day in Amboseli, we get up early to make the most of the early morning game drives. These early mornings are arguably the best time to try and view Mount Kilimanjaro in all its glory. Later on take an informative guided nature walk before dinner and our final night at the lodge.

Lion in Amboseli National Park

Day 4: Amboseli - Lake Manyara N.P.

Today we cross the border into Tanzania where we are met and transferred to Arusha for lunch at the Mount Meru Hotel. After lunch we drive to Lake Manyara National Park for an afternoon game drive and an evening drive to the camp.

Buffalo herd

Day 5: Lake Manyara N.P.

We depart after breakfast and take a picnic lunch box for our drive to Tarangire National Park. Once in the park we begin a game drive before heading back to camp for dinner.

Going in for a swim

Day 6: Lake Manyara N.P. - Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast we drive to Ngorongoro where we descend down into the crater floor for a full day's game drive. By late afternoon we ascend back up the crater and drive to the lodge for the night.

Lunch time at Limpopo Transfrontier Park

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater

We have another game drive today and also a stop at Olduvai Gorge to visit the site where Mary and Louis Leakey first discoved the remains of Zinjanthropus Bosei, a distant ancestor of man believed to be 1.8 million years old, Australopithecus Bosei, the ‘Nutcracker Man’, a species that became extinct about 1 million years ago and fossilised footprints that date back 3.6 million years. Through this discovery Tanzania has become known as the ‘cradle of mankind’.

Zebra at Sabi Sands Reserve

Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater - Serengeti N.P.

Say goodbye to the enchanting Ngorongoro Crater drive to Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world-wide wonder, the Serengeti National Park. The park 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.

Day 9: Serengeti N.P.

There’s nothing like an early morning start to experience one of the most ultimate game viewing sessions. After a hot drink you will soon be wide-awake as you watch wildlife in its most active time. For something completely different, we can arrange an early morning balloon safari over the Serengeti (optional). After lunch at camp, return to the 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 sundowners.

Leopard surverying the area

Day 10: Serengeti N.P. - Masai Mara N.P.

After breakfast we drive back to Kenya and to Migori Airstrip for our flight to the Masai Mara. The Mara is technically an extension of the Serengeti National Park, but its rolling grasslands, meandering rivers and towering escarpments equals to an endless amount of game viewing. Home to a wide variety of animals, the Mara is also famous for its Big Five.

Warthogs snoozing in the sun

Day 11: Masai Mara N.P.

We set out early for our 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 proceed back to the lodge for a late lunch, only to return again in search of more wildlife action late afternoon.

Day 12: Masai Mara N.P.

Rise early and take the option of a balloon safari across the Masai Mara. Take off in the crisp morning air, only to experience a game-viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective. As you silently float across the plains, forest and rivers for approximately an hour, your journey comes to end back on land but accompanied with a fully cooked champagne breakfast. 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.

Having a clean

Day 13: Masai Mara N.P. - Lake Naivasha

After breakfast we depart for Lake Naivasha to arrive in time for lunch. The afternoon is at leisure where it is possible to take trips out in a boat, a Crescent Island Tour or visit Elsamere - the famous home of Born Free's Joy Adamson.

Day 14: Lake Naivasha

This morning is spent travelling to Lake Nakuru and exploring this beautiful national park. Giraffe, antelope and bords are plentiful here and we may even be lucky enough to spot a lion or a leopard.

Solo springbok

Day 15: Lake Naivasha

Today is the last day of the trip and arrangements end after your transfer back to Nairobi Airport.

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