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Welcome to Africal and the start of your holiday. Upond arrival you will be met by our representatives and transferred to you hotel. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight Nairiobi.
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
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
From Lake Naivasha, this safari only gets better as you proceed to the world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve. Enjoy an afternoon game drive. Spend the evening at your leisure at the accommodation which 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. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Optional balloon ride in the Mara followed by a champagne breakfast. Morning and afternoon game drives in the Mara. Mara means ‘contrast’ in the Maa tongue and it refers to the contrast of fair, savannah land and dark trees in the region. 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. Not only is the Mara blessed with this stunning landscape, but 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.
After breakfast we leave the Masai Mara and head to Kisii/Kericho passing through the picturesque tea plantations along the way. These towns are the main commercial centres in the Gusii Highlands, where cash crops like tea and coffee thrive because of its equatorial climate. Dinner and overnight at your hotel
After breakfast, depart with picnic lunches and head south into Tanzania, where you will cross into Tanzania at the Sirare border. After border formalities, our drive takes us through the scenic granite landscapes adjacent to Africa’s largest lake – Lake Victoria.
Musoma - Serengeti. 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
Serengeti - Ngorongoro Crater. After an early start we pack up our camp and continue our game drive through the Serengeti National Park in search of the resident wildlife and head to the southern part of the park where we have the chance to see the endless plains this park is renowned for. With some luck, we may see some of Africa’s ‘Big 5’! We cross from the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Conservation area at lunch time and begin our climb up the steep Crater edge. Overnight - Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
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
Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your up to Victoria Falls.