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Transfer from Nairobi to Amboseli National Park, best known for its unrivalled views of Kilimanjaro and the local elephant population. Arrive just in time for lunch at your accommodation. Take an afternoon game drive with sundowners at the prehistoric site of Observation Hill, where the sunset over Kilimanjaro is magnificent. (International flights not included).
After a traditional breakfast you depart in the early morning 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. But it’s just not all about this parks incredible game, there is an assortment of other activities to choose from including hiking, bird watching and walking safaris. Visitors can also learn about the culture and way of life of the indigenous Masai population through homestead visits.
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.
A short drive from your Lodge is the understated 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, and 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. This very scenic park will no doubt delight your senses. Lunch is taken at a scenic picnic location in the park.
Say goodbye to the enchanting Lake Manyara National Park only to be presented with another natural wonder, the Ngorongoro Crater. 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. The Ngorongoro Crater is home to about 25,000 animals and is one of the last places in Tanzania where the Big Five can be seen. The NCA is considered one of the World Heritage Sites and also one of the International Biosphere Reserves. Additionally, the NCA is unique because it is a multi-use conservation area - where the animals and environment are protected but the Masai are allowed to live and continue their pastoral lifestyle.
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. With an on-route game drive you will soon arrive at your accommodation for the next two days. Chill out in the afternoon with free time.
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. After lunch at camp, return to the parks open plains in search for more wildlife viewing and experiences. As the evening light approaches, you will be thoroughly rewarded with all you game spotting with sundowners at a picturesque location in the park.
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 your Lodge.
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.
After two days of relaxing on your own private island you leave for a full day of travel to Kenya. An interesting and scenic drive, you will again cross back to Kenya at the Isebania border making your way to the prestigious Masai Mara. Arrive for sundowners and 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 to the reserve’s open plains late afternoon for more game viewing and sundowners in the bush.
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. For your last night in the African bush, you will experience an amazing bush dinner underneath the starry African sky as the bush quietly hums in the background.
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 flight (dep 10:15 - arr 11:45) out of the Mara and onto Nairobi. You will arrive in Nairobi late afternoon in time for you onward journey or international flight. (International flights not included - suggest to book a flight leaving no earlier than 17:00pm and wait until tour is confirmed before booking international flights).