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Sample Itinerary - REF AFRICA 94

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Local market

Day 1: Nairobi

We will meet you at Niarobi airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Masai boy

Day 2: Nairobi - Samburu N.R.

After breakfast you drive North to Samburu National Reserve. You will arrive in time for a leisurely lunch and check in at Samburu Game Lodge before taking an afternoon game drive. Samburu National Reserve is well known for its peaceful atmosphere. Due to the river Uaso Nyiro running through the reserve a great deal of wildlife is attracted to the area including all three big cats - lions, cheetahs and leopards - as well as elephants, buffalo, hippopotamus, zebra, impala and gazelle and a huge population of crocodiles. Samburu is also famous for being one of the areas where conservationists George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the lioness, made famous by the book and the film 'Born Free'.

Reaching for leaves

Day 3: Samburu N.R.

Today you will take both morning and afternoon game drives and will also have the option to take part in a safari to Buffalo Springs. Buffalo Springs Nature Reserve is not part of Samburu National Reserve, being separated by the river. It is smaller, less hilly and dense than its neighbour but in no way any less impressive. The bird life is prolific and the Somali Ostrich dominates the plains, an impressive sight as it is much larger than its relative the Masai Ostrich.

Zebra in Samburu National Reserve

Day 4: Samburu N.R. - Lake Nakuru

This morning after breakfast you depart for Lake Nakuru National Park with a stop for lunch at Thompson Falls Lodge. After which you will proceed to Lake Nakuru Lodge with game viewing on route. Lake Nakuru National Park is famous for its flamingo rimmed lake in the centre. The park also offers some of the best opportunity of seeing the very rare rhino as well as the elusive leopard.

Flamingos fishing for food

Day 5: Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara N.P.

This morning, after breakfast you will set off for what is possibly Africa's and the world's most famous game park, the Masai Mara. You will arrive in time for lunch at our home for the next few days, the Mara Sopa Lodge after which you will take an afternoon game drive. Then return to your lodge in the late afternoon, in time to enjoy a relaxing sun downer.

Lion in the Masai Mara

Day 6: Masai Mara N.P.

Full day game drive. Today you will set off on a full day’s game drive taking a picnic lunch. You will have more time to explore a larger area of the Masai Mara, with its various landscapes, from savannahs, forests, dry river beds and rocky kopjes, all of which offering a better environment for a whole range of animals. Your picnic lunch will be enjoyed in a scheduled spot in the reserve among the wildlife.

Masai warrior jumping

Day 7: Masai Mara N.P.

The Mara is technically an extension of Tanzania’s renowned Serengeti National Park, but it’s 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. 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.

Safely across the river during the migration

Day 8: Masai Mara N.P. - Serengeti N.P.

Morning drive to Sirare Border. Here you meet your Tanzanian driver for the onward safari in Tanzania. Pick up Sirari Border with picnic lunch box and drive to Serengeti National Park for game drive en route to Mbalageti Tented Camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 9: Serengeti N.P.

Today you will set off on a full day game drive taking a picnic lunch with you. You will have more time to explore a larger area of the Serengeti, with its various landscapes, from savannahs, forests, dry river beds and rocky kopjes, all of which offering a better environment for a whole range of animals. Your picnic lunch will be enjoyed in a secluded spot in the park among the wildlife. Return to your lodge in the late afternoon, in time to enjoy a relaxing sun downer on your verandah.

Leopard surverying the area

Day 10: Serengeti N.P.

Another full day of game drives in the Serengeti.

Day 11: Serengeti N.P.

Today we will head to the Central Serengeti to Serengeti Medium Camp, with a game drive en-route.

Day 12: Serengeti N.P.

A full day of game drives in the Central Serengeti region, a region that is home to the large predators, especially lion, hyena, leopard and cheetah.

Day 13: Serengeti N.P. - Ngorongoro Crater

Say goodbye to the enchanting Serengeti National Park and hello to 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. You will be staying at the Ngorongoro Farm House, an exclusive lodge facing the Oldeani Volcano, in Ololdukan, located on a 500 acre coffee farm and only a short drive from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Lunch time at Limpopo Transfrontier Park

Day 14: Ngorongoro Crater

Today you will depart for the Ngorongoro Crater, descending into the crater floor itself, for a game drive. Spend the morning exploring this fascinating wildlife amphitheater. Home to nearly 25,000 animals, which remain in the crater due to the constant supply of water from the springs. There is a very good chance of spotting the big five: lion, elephant, endangered black rhino, buffalo and leopard plus countless other African mammal species.

Day 15: Ngorongoro Crater

Another day of game drives in the Crater. This caldera, formed by a volcano sinking, hosts a unique cross-section of eco-systems, from Soda Lake to savannah and is home to almost every major species of African mammal.

Day 16: Ngorongoro Crater - Lake Manyara N.P.

We drive to Lake Manyara National Park today with a game drive en route to our lodge.

Buffalo herd

Day 17: Lake Manyara N.P. - Victoria Falls

We drive to to Arusha today and transfer you to the airport for the flight to Victoria Falls. On arrival in Victoria Falls we will transfer you to the hotel.

The Smoke that Thunders

Day 18: Victoria Falls

After breakfast you are taken on a guide tour of the Victoria Falls, which are of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The afternoon is free for many activities offered here: Helicopter Flights, Whitewater Rafting, Canoeing, Bungi-Jumping, Boat Cruises or Horse Riding.

Victoria Falls, ZImbabwe

Day 19: Victoria Falls - Chobe N. P.

We leave Victoria falls today and drive you to Chobe National park.

Antelope watching out for predators, Chobe

Day 20: Chobe N. P.

We have a morning game drive and in the afternoon we have a sunset cruise on the Chobe River. Here we can watch elephants, hippos, lions, crocodiles and a variety of birds and more without having to even reach for our binoculars!

Lioness in Chobe National Park

Day 21: Chobe N. P. - Maun

We will transfer you to Kasane airport for the flight to Maun. On arrival in Maun we will transfer you Thamalakane River Lodge.

Going in for a swim

Day 22: Maun - Khwai River

We will transfer you through to the Khwai River region today. Surrounding the Khwai River, wildlife and birdlife are in abundance. This area is a regular host to a wide variety of animals which include: elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, serval, cheetah and the wild dog. The wild dog particularly, is a regular feature, and has been the subject of a project being run in the area since 1989. The waters of the river are also frequented by hippos – often seen during the day and heard at night.

Day 23: Khwai River

You will have a full day of game drives today. Surrounding the Khwai River, wildlife and birdlife are in abundance. This area is a regular host to a wide variety of animals which include: elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, serval, cheetah and the wild dog. The wild dog particularly, is a regular feature, and has been the subject of a project being run in the area since 1989. The waters of the river are also frequented by hippos – often seen during the day and heard at night.

Day 24: Khwai River - Maun

We will have a full day of game driving in Moremi National Park before heading back to Maun. Moremi Game Reserve covers some 4,871 km2 and is considered one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Africa as it combines mopane woodland and acacia forests, floodplains and lagoons.

Zebra at Sabi Sands Reserve

Day 25: Maun - Windhoek

We will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Windhoek (flight not included). When you arrive at Windhoek airport, your car will be ready for collection and the start of your self drive through Namibia begins.

One of the churches in Windhoek

Day 26: Windhoek - Etosha N.P.

Head into Etosha today for game drives. The Etosha Pan dominates the park. The salt pan desert is roughly 130 km long and in places as wide as 50 km. The salt pan is usually dry, but fills with water briefly in the summer months, when it attracts pelicans and flamingos in particular. Animals are easier to spot due to the low vegetation and waterholes can be surrounded by a myriad of wildlife.

Desert elephant of Namibia

Day 27: Etosha N.P.

Another day of game drives or if you like you can book a game drive through the lodge, so you can sit back and concentrate on game viewing (book and pay locally).

Zebras in Etosha before the rains

Day 28: Etosha N.P.

Another day of game drives or if you like you can book a game drive through the lodge, so you can sit back and concentrate on game viewing (book and pay locally).

Rhino at a waterhole in Etosha National Park

Day 29: Etosha N.P. - Damaraland

Today you will need to drive through to Damaraland and you have the option to stop off at a Himba village along the way. Head out on a game drive in the Palmwag Concession.

Day 30: Damaraland - Swakopmund

Drive to Swakopmund today and in the afternoon you can choose one of the many optional adrenalin sports available in what is the adventure capital of Namibia.

German influence in Swakopmund

Day 31: Swakopmund

Free day in Swakopmund. relax or try some more of the optional activities available - quad biking, sand boarding, sky diving, dolphin cruise, kayaking and horse riding.

Heading for the top of Dune 45

Day 32: Swakopmund - Sesriem

Drive out to Sesriem and the Sossusvlei dines today. You can walk up to the top of Dune 45, one of the highest sand dunes in the world and walk back through the petrified forest.

Quiver tree, Namibia

Day 33: Sesriem

A free day to explore the area, which is in the Namib Naukluft National Park.

Day 34: Sesriem - Windhoek

Drive back to Windhoek today for you last night.

Clock Tower in Windhoek city centre

Day 35: Windhoek

Drive to the airport and drop off the hire car, in time for your departure flight

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