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German influence on the architecture in Swakopmund

Swakopmund

Founded in 1892 during the German colonial rule, the distinct colonial character has been well preserved. Swakopmund has several excellent ...

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Local market

Day 1: Nairobi

Welcome to Nairobi! We’ll be there to collect you at Nairobi Airport by our local representatives and transfer you to our hotel.

Masai boy

Day 2: Nairobi - Lake Nakuru

Leaving the hustle and bustle of Nairobi we head towards our first overnight stop at Lake Nakuru National Park, famous for the thousands of lesser and greater flamingos that flock to this soda lake’s edge. The numbers vary depending on the water level, and when it’s low, the lake almost turns pink. A truly spectacular sight! The park was established as a sanctuary for black and white rhino, which are often seen. We spend the afternoon searching for these pre-historic looking beasts as well as the elusive leopard, encountering buffalo, giraffe, various antelope and the occasional hippo along the way. Tonight we bushcamp within the park. Overnight - Lake Nakuru

Bird coming in to land

Day 3: Lake Nakuru - Lake Naivasha

After breakfast; head out on a morning game drive. The first hours of the day are usually the best time to spot predators that spend the night out hunting for their prey. With a little luck, we may even spot one of the resident leopards! After a game drive, we travel south-east to Lake Naivasha, home to a multitude of bird life, the most magnificent being the African Fish Eagle with his regal cry. At 1880 m, this is the highest of the Rift Valley lakes. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Lunch time at Limpopo Transfrontier Park

Day 4: Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara N.P.

We enter Masai land where these habitual pastoralists are often seen tending their cattle from the side of the road. We pass through the town of Narok, and continue our drive possibly getting a glimpse of some wildlife along the way. The Mara Simba lodge sits overlooking a dramatic bend on the bank of the Talek, a tributary of the Mara River, gently blending into the surrounding wilderness. Stretching almost a kilometre along the river the grounds on the bank remain in their virgin condition, while the landscaped gardens filled with indigenous trees at the back draw a great variety of birds and butterflies. Overnight Masai Mara N.P

Days 5-6: Masai Mara N.P.

Optional balloon ride in the Mara followed by a champagne breakfast. Morning and afternoon game drives in the Mara. The Masai Mara forms part of the huge Serengeti ecosystem and spreads over 1510 square kilometres of rolling plains, sudden rocky outcrops and green winding rivers. The Mara is blessed with a stunning landscape, and its animal diversity is one of the greatest in Africa. Surrounded by the grazing lands of the Masai people, it is a sanctuary for lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. The sweet grasses and abundant water ensure a full complement of grazing animals such as wildebeest, topi, Grant's gazelle and Thompson’s gazelle. The deep river pools provide a home for hippos and crocodiles. Overnight Masi Mara

Leopard surverying the area

Day 7: Kisii - Lake Victoria

After breakfast, depart with picnic lunches and head south into Tanzania, where you will be dropped off at Sirare border. After border formalities, our drive takes us through the scenic granite landscapes adjacent to Africa’s largest lake – Lake Victoria. Overnight – Speke Bay Lodge

Lion in the Masai Mara

Days 8-9: Lake Victoria - Serengeti N.P.

Today we head to the Serengeti National Park, entering the park after lunch. The Serengeti (Masai for “endless plains”) is famous for its enormous concentration of game (especially the big cats) and for the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelles. The abundance of plains game in this area is truly astounding. We enter the park through the lesser travelled western corridor and game drive en-route to our Accommodation. Overnight - Serengeti N.P. Overnight Mbalageti Tented Camp

Safely across the river during the migration

Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha

The Ngorongoro Crater with its 600 m high walls and 20 km width is a natural marvel. The Crater’s rim offers spectacular views, but the true scale of this caldera is only appreciated from the floor itself where the abundance of its animal inhabitants becomes apparent. It is home to nearly every species of African animal and offers a chance to view an incredible concentration of East African mammals, such as elephant, rhino, buffalo, hippo, lion and plain’s game. After spending the morning game driving in The Crater we continue to our Accommodation outside Arusha where we spend the evening musing over our thrilling wildlife experience. Overnight – Mount Meru Hotel

Flamingos fishing for food

Day 11: Arusha - Dar es Salaam

This morning we continue our journey towards Dar es Salaam. On the way we drive through the town of Moshi situated at the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain. Moshi is the base for Mount Kilimanjaro climbing expeditions, and weather permitting; we may even catch a glimpse of this magical mountain’s snowy summit - a photo opportunity not to be missed! We pass through vast sisal plantations surrounded by The Usambara and Pare Mountain ranges, before reaching our lovely accommodation nestled between these mountains, midway between Arusha and Dar es Salaam. Overnight – Muller’s Lodge in Lushoto

Warthogs snoozing in the sun

Day 12: Dar es Salaam

After breakfast, full day at Usambara Mountain, Overnight – Muller’s Lodge in Lushoto

Market stalls

Day 13: Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar

Transfer to Tanga airport for your flight to Zanzibar depart at 1330hrs arrive Zanzibar at 1350hrs, met and transfer to Sultan Sand for dinner and overnight

Days 14-15: Zanzibar

Spend another 2 days at Sultan Sand relaxing at the beach, dinner and overnight at Sultan

Day 16: Zanzibar

After breakfast, morning at leisure transfer to Zanzibar harbour for ferry to Dar depart at 1530hrs arrive Dar at 1630hrs met and transfer to Dar International Airport End of Service