Masai Tribe | Kenya & Tanzania | Africa
FROM: USD $7,225 pp
The Best of East Africa - 12 days map

PRIVATE SAFARI: This is the ultimate East African Safari taking you from the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro across the Great Rift Valley to the eighth wonder of the world in Ngorongoro, across the endless plains of the Serengeti, ending with the jewel of Kenya's crown; the Masai Mara. This safari will give you some of the best game viewing experiences in some of the most scenic areas of the world.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Amboseli National Park - Admire the view of Mt Kilimanjaro and spot elephants on safari in the park
Ngorongoro Crater - Traverse the floor of the UNESCO-listed crater, one of the best places in Africa for game viewing
Masai Mara - Spend three days exploring the Mara, home to an incredible array of wildlife, which can be spotted on safari or from the air on a hot air balloon ride
Lake Manyara National Park - See some of the famous pink flamingos that live around the soda lake and search for elusive tree-climbing lions
Serengeti National Park - Head out on safari in search of the Big Five in one of the world's most famous national parks
Nairobi - End your adventure in the Kenyan capital and opt to extend your stay to see more of the country

Included

11 nights STANDARD accommodation. SUPERIOR or DELUXE accommodation upgrade options are available upon request. Accommodation rating – See Trip Notes for details
Airport arrival and departure transfer
Game drives in Amboseli National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park and the Masai Mara
Park entrance fees
11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners
Two flights: Migori - Mara and Mara - Nairobi. Luggage allowance 15kgs
Game drives in 4x4 safari vehicles
Government taxes and levies

Not Included

International flights and visas
Optional activities
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Nairobi

On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta international Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the evening, just a short drive away. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Nairobi

Day 2

Amboseli National Park

Nairobi - Amboseli National Park. This morning you will be transferred 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. Arrive just in time for lunch and later enjoy your first game drive through the park.
Overnight: Amboseli National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Amboseli National Park

As the sun rises on another day in Amboseli, get up early to make the most of the early morning games drives. This time of day is also the best chance you may have of seeing Mt Kilimanjaro in all its glory. 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.
Overnight: Amboseli National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Lake Manyara National Park

Amboseli National Park - Lake Manyara National Park - Karatu (Tanzania). Leaving the incredible scenic land of Amboseli behind, travel into neighboring Tanzania where you'll enjoy a delicious lunch at Arusha Coffee Lodge before continuing your journey to Lake Manyara National Park.

Lake Manyara National Park encompasses three distinct habitats including a lush groundwater forest, open floodplains and acacia woodlands. 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 favored 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. Explore Manyara on an afternoon game drive before travelling on to your lodge in the evening.
Overnight: Karatu  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Ngorongoro Crater

An early departure this morning will take you to the incredible Ngorongoro Crater. Descend down to the crater floor for a full day game drive. This incredible formation is part of the larger Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which covers more than 8300 square kilometers. The actual crater is 260 square kilometers and 620m deep. 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. Additionally, the Ngorongoro Crater 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.
Overnight: Karatu   |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Serengeti National Park

Ngorongoro Highlands - Serengeti National Park. Travel on to Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park today. The vast open plains of the Serengeti offer arguably the most scintillating game viewing in Africa. Game drive through the park en route to your lodge, arriving in time for dinner.
Overnight: Serengeti National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 7-8

Serengeti National Park

Spend the next two days exploring the Serengeti which 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 best 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.
Overnight: Serengeti National Park  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 9-11

Masai Mara

Serengeti - Masai Mara. After breakfast on day 9, drive to the Migori Airstrip for your flight to Mara. Upon arrival you will be enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Masai Mara on the way to your camp for the next three nights.

The Masai 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 Masai Mara is also famous for its Big Five.

Depending on the lodge you're staying at enjoy morning and afternoon game drives or full day game drives within the park on days 10 and 11. There will also be the option to take an early morning balloon safari across the Masai Mara, offering an entirely different perspective of the park. As you silently float across the plains, forest and rivers for approximately one hour, your journey would come to an end back on land but accompanied with a fully cooked champagne breakfast.
Overnight: Masai Mara  |  Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3

Day 12

Nairobi

It may be the last day of safari however your game viewing does not stop. Enjoy one final early morning game drive before breakfast then drive to the airstrip for your flight back to Nairobi, arriving around midday. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the international airport for your departure flight
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single Room' price is applicable when a single room is required, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults.

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2024
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Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Eka Hotel, Nairobi

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Modern and bright, the Eka Hotel is a great base for further exploring Kenya. Boasting spacious rooms, a refreshing outdoor pool and complimentary Wi-Fi - it's the perfect place to stay whilst avoiding having to navigate central Nairobi madness. Enjoying a meal at the internationally acclaimed Spur restaurant and sipping on a Tusker beer in the Galaxy bar are a great way to spend an evening. The Eka Hotel is perfectly located close to Nairobi International Airport on the Mombasa Road.

Amboseli Sopa Lodge, Amboseli National Park

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Located at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli Sopa Lodge, has the rustic charm you would expect from an African lodge. Guest rooms are spacious and beautifully designed with earthen tones in a classic African theme. The lodge also boasts a refreshing outdoor pool and cosy living spaces. The onsite Hemingway's Bar is a must to pay a visit to. Offering 360 degree views of the park - it is the perfect place for an evening sundowner and to reminisce over the days activities. The lodge is well located near Amboseli National Park and Mount Kilimanjaro.

Bougainvillea Safari Lodge, Karatu

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Set around beautiful gardens, Bougainvillea is a popular safari lodge near the Ngorongoro Crater. The cottages are dotted around the gardens and are well furnished, each with a private veranda from which to enjoy the views. The refreshing outdoor pool is great for a a dip before you tuck into a gourmet dinner, freshly prepared onsite. The lodge is perfectly located on the outskirts of Karatu town about midway between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater.

Mara Kati Kati , Serengeti National Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Mobile Camp

Camp under the stars where the wild things are at one of the Serengeti's best mobile camps. Mara Kati Kati offers comfortable and spacious tents with a private porch overlooking the Savannah and an en suite with a bucket shower. The camp has two dining tents where delicious meals are served. This wonderful camp is strategically located in north Serengeti, ideal for exploring the Mara Ecosystem.

Fig Tree Camp, Masai Mara

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Tented Camp

Fig Tree Camp is located in the heart of the Masai Mara on the banks of the Talek River. The camp offers luxury Ngamboli tents and garden lodge rooms. All featuring en suite bathrooms and a large verandah. The camp has a swimming pool with loungers, perfect for cooling off in the midday heat and relaxing between game drives. There's restaurant onsite and two bars. In addition to game drives and game walks, the camp offers bush dinners and champagne breakfasts on the planes of the Masai Mara. Adventures Aloft Balloon Safaris is also located on site, which flies daily from the camp.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Nairobi
Ends
Nairobi
Departs
Any day of the year
Group Size
Min 2 / Max Private tour
Hotel Rating
Standard (Superior & Deluxe upgrade available)
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included game activities.
Meals
Breakfast: 11, Lunch: 10, Dinner: 10
Countries
Minimum Age
8 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
Yes
Herd of Elephants walking across savannah at Amboseli
Giraffe in front of the lake at the Lake Manyara National Park
Hundreds of wildebeests on the savannah plains of Ngorongoro Crater
Family of elephants walking across the road in front of a jeep in the Serengeti National Park
Family of elephants walking across the road in front of a jeep in the Serengeti National Park
Masai Mara tribespeople standing in a row wearing colourful clothes

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