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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. Take an afternoon game drive with sundowners at the prehistoric site of Observation Hill, where the sunset over Kilimanjaro is magnificent.
After breakfast you depart 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. Choose to have dinner inside the lodge or underneath the great starry African sky with the chorus of the bush quietly humming in the background.
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.
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, is famous for its population of flamingos. 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. You will have a full day of game driving.
Say goodbye to the enchanting Lake Manyara National Park only to be presented with another natural wonder, 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. To experience the crater without the crowds you will 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.
Leaving the great spectacle of the crater behind you will 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.
There’s nothing like an early morning start allowing you to experience one of the most ultimate game viewing experiences. 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: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle.
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 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.
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. 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.
After breakfast, we depart and drive to Migori Airstrip for the flight to Masai Mara – the flight departs Migori at 1215 to arrive at 1245 (We have included a flight instead of an overland transfer due to the poor road conditions). You will be met upon arrival at the airstrip and transferred to your camp. Over the next three days you will experience some of the finest game viewing Africa has to offer. This afternoon is your first in the Mara North Conservancy. This evening experience a dinner with breathtaking views over the river, where the dramatic escarpment provides the perfect backdrop.
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 late afternoon for more game viewing and sundowners in the bush.
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.
It may be the last day of safari however your game viewing does not stop. After breakfast, experience an on-route game drive to the airstrip, before out of the Mara and onto Nairobi. You will arrive in Nairobi late afternoon in time for you onward journey or international flight.