KENYA & TANZANIA – Adventure Above and Below the Equator – 14 Days

This safari is subject to availability, and its price may vary.  Prices are per person, sharing a double room. Single supplement applies.

Day 1: Nairobi 

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you are welcomed by our airport representative and transported to Nairobi Serena Hotel. You will spend the rest of the day at your leisure, perhaps exploring central Nairobi.

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Overnight – Nairobi Serena Hotel 

Day 2: Nairobi – Samburu National Reserve

After breakfast, you have an early start for the drive north to Samburu on the south bank of the Uaso Nyiro River, downriver from Archer’s Post. North of the Equator some of the animals and vegetation are a little different from those commonly found south. Elephant, black rhino, lion, buffalo and cheetah and the usual buck and antelopes are common to both north and south of the equator. Unfamiliar animals are the Grevy’s zebra, the reticulated giraffe, and the Somali ostrich. After lunch, you can discover the long neck gerenuk, Beisa oryx, and hunting dog.  Crocodiles in the river can be seen from the lodge. The vegetation is usually dry grass with a few swampy patches. There is some forest cover along the Uaso Nyiro River and an abundance of doum palms. You end your day with dinner at the lodge.

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Overnight – Samburu Simba Lodge. 

Day 3: Samburu National Reserve

After breakfast, you embrace another day in this harshly beautiful terrain where wildlife abounds especially near the river which is their only source of drinking water. The Uaso Nyiro River flows gently through the dry landscape sustaining life in this arid land. Shaba National Reserve is where the famous conservationist George Adamson did his research on lions. Lunch and an afternoon of leisure at the pool or you can embark on another game drive in the late afternoon before dinner at the lodge.

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Overnight – Samburu Simba Lodge. 

Day 4: Mount Kenya

After breakfast you will depart the dry regions of northern Kenya, traveling to the lush greens lands of the central highlands – home to the highest mountain in Kenya. After your arrival at Mount Kenya National Park, you’ll have lunch at the Serena Mountain Lodge. Your afternoon is spent comfortably watching the forest animals approaching the waterhole and salt lick. In the early evening, the waterhole is floodlit so that the tourist is able to watch in silence and undercover. After dinner, as night falls the place gets crowded with large and small forest animals.

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Overnight – Serena Mountain Lodge. 

Day 5:  Lake Nakuru

After breakfast, you’ll drive past the northern tip of the Aberdares to descend into the Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru National Park. Lake Nakuru, the alkaline lake, is the breeding ground for the algae on which the thousands of flamingos live.  After lunch at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge, explore the park, which is home to a variety of buck and antelopes, the Burchell’s zebra, Rothschild giraffe, buffalo and even leopard has been sighted here. It is now a sanctuary for the white rhino. You’ll return for dinner to the lodge.

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Overnight – Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. 

Day 6:  Maasai Mara

After breakfast, you’ll depart for Kenya’s most famous park, Maasai Mara National Reserve. After lunch at the Mara Serena Lodge, you’ll embark on an afternoon game drive that will familiarize you with the variety of game animals and bird life in this beautiful park. The landscape alone will fill you with admiration for how the savannah sustains much life. Set in the heart of Africa’s Great Plains, the Maasai Mara boasts 1,672 square kilometers of unspoiled wilderness. It is home to the highest concentration of animals and birds anywhere on the continent. Throughout the year the Mara is a place of natural drama, a kaleidoscope of color and life. The famed “Big Five” – Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Buffalo, and Leopard – roam the reserve, together with hundreds of others from the fastest animal on earth, the Cheetah, to one of the most secretive, the Bat-eared Fox. After the rains, when the first flush of grass turns the Mara’s golden savannah green, the mesmerizing wildlife spectacle anywhere takes place here: the Great Migration. This is the time when 1.5 million Wildebeest, accompanied by vast numbers of Zebra and Gazelles make the long and dangerous trek from drier lands in Tanzania, northwards to this corner of Kenya. For most of the century, the Mara has drawn those searching for adventure and the thrill is still the same today with days spent face to face with nature at its most untouched and enthralling. A quiet dinner at the lodge is the perfect opportunity to reflect on the wonders of the surrounding lands.

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Overnight – Mara Serena Lodge. 

Day 7: Maasai Mara

You’ll embark on an early morning game drive after a hot cup of coffee or tea and cookies. This may be the best time to see a predator make a kill or the sight of one relishing its meal. Returning to the lodge for breakfast and a leisurely morning spent at the lodge pool can be followed up with a late afternoon game drive after lunch.

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Overnight – Mara Serena Lodge. 

Day 8:  Lake Victoria

After breakfast, you will Depart for Isebania where you will cross in Tanzania and meet your new driver/guide. You’ll enjoy a picnic lunch en route to Serenity on the Lake Eco Resort, which situated on the shores of Lake Victoria. A quiet dinner at the resort will end your first day in Tanzania

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Overnight – Serenity on the Lake Eco Resort

Day 9: Lake Victoria – Serengeti

After breakfast, you’ll travel further into the plains of the Serengeti National Park allowing you to follow the daily activities of its numerous species of animals and birds. Derived from the Maasai language, meaning endless plains, Serengeti National Park is a 12,000 square mile ecosystem known for the largest mammal migration in the world. Your game drives will cover the varied habitats present in the Serengeti plus focus on the migrations passing through the area. The day will conclude with dinner at the Serengeti Serena Lodge.

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Overnight – Serengeti Serena Lodge 

Day 10: Serengeti

After breakfast you’ll embark on a morning game drive, where you’ll discover the thrill of encountering the ‘Big Five’ – Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Rhinos and Cape Buffalos, returning to the lodge for lunch and departing again for a second game drive before dinner.

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Overnight – Serengeti Serena Lodge 

Day 11:  Ngorongoro

After breakfast, you’ll drive to the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact caldera in the world. Its enduring charm stems from its overwhelming physical beauty and the abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater floor. En-route, visit the Olduvai Gorge site of archaeological findings, where traces of pre-historic man dating back to 3.5 million years ago have been discovered. After enjoying a picnic lunch, arrive at the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge where you can relax at your leisure before dinner.

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Overnight – Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge 

Day 12: Ngorongoro 

After breakfast at the lodge, you’ll proceed on a half-day visit to the crater floor. Our 4×4 vehicle takes us down the steep walls of the Caldera into the primeval paradise of woodland, lake, river, swamp and plain that shelter approximately 20,000 animals. In the crater, you’ll see a spectacular array of wildlife including the “Big Five”. The crater has a variety of ecosystem including grassland forest and swamp.  The lake on the crater floor is a home to flamingos and many other species of birds.  You’ll return to the lodge for a relaxing lunch and dinner.

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Overnight – Ngorongoro Serena Lodge 

Day 13: Lake Manyara

After breakfast, you’ll depart for Lake Manyara, having lunch at the Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge upon arrival. You’ll spend the afternoon leisurely visiting the park, renowned for a large elephant and buffalo population, flamingo, and tree-climbing lions, capping the evening with dinner at the lodge.

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Overnight – Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge 

Day 14: Arusha

After breakfast, your driver/ guide will transport you to Arusha for lunch and an afternoon of leisure before you catch your flight home from Kilimanjaro International Airport.

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COST FROM $7,000 USD

INCLUDED FEATURES:

  • Meet and greet service by our local representatives at the airport upon your arrival
  • Round trip, private transportation to and from airport and hotel
  • Accommodation in standard rooms as described (or similar) with private en-suite facilities
  • Meals (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, denoted by B, L, D)
  • 1-litre bottled mineral water per person per day whilst on safari in a KWT vehicle.
  • Transportation by specially equipped non-air-conditioned  4×4 Land Cruiser with pop-up roofs
  • Services of a professional English speaking driver/guide
  • Game drives, sightseeing, and excursions as described in the itinerary, inclusive of applicable entrance fees
  • Applicable local and government taxes on accommodation and transportation
  • Temporary membership to Emergency Medical Evacuation Service whilst on safari

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International or domestic airfare, airport taxes, and security-related fees unless mentioned above
  • Meals not described in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities to driver/guide; hotel/camp and restaurant staff; room service etc…
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature i.e., telephone/internet usage, laundry, bottled water and other alcoholic and non- alcoholic beverages, etc…
  • Any optional tours or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary

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