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Masai and Serengeti

The 12 Day Masai and Serengeti is probably one of the most sought after safaris in East Africa. Not only does it take place in the most well established safari destinations on the African continent, but the 12 Day Masai and Serengeti completes all of the Highlights of an East African Safari including Kenya and Tanzania 

Highlights:

  • ABERDARE
  • NANYUKI
  • LAKE NAKURU
  • MASAI MARA
  • LAKE VICTORIA
  • SERENGETI
  • NGORONGORO
  • LAKE MANYARA

Included:

  • Accommodation and meals as per program
  • Transportation in a chauffeur driven Private Safari minivan in Kenya and in Tanzania 4×4 Land Cruiser both with pop-up roof for easy game viewing & photography. – optional 4 x 4 in Kenya at a supplement
  • Game viewing drives and parks entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary at current level
  • All meet and greet services and services of English Speaking guide
  • 24 hours stand-by contact number.
  • 1 Crater Tour
  • Visit to Ol Duvai Gorge
  • Guaranteed window seat – based on 6 pax per vehicle
  • Two-way long range high frequency radio communication
  • Flying doctor’s coverage: Covers you within East Africa for a period of 14 days. In the eventuality of a medical emergency, you will be airlifted to Nairobi where you will be taken to a good hospital. Hospital bills are born by the patient.

Excluded:

  • All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills etc.
  • Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, camp staff and driver- guide(s)
  • Any local or international flight and departure taxes.
  • Visa fees
  • Laundry, drinks
  • Any other services not mentioned above as inclusive.

Day 01: Nairobi – Hotel (Nairobi Serena Hotel) (B)

On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International airport, you will be met by your Representative and after the immigration formalities you will be assisted to board your vehicle and drive to your city hotel for check in and overnight

  • Dinner on own arrangement

Day 02: Nairobi – Aberdare (The Ark Lodge) (B, L, D)

After breakfast, depart for Aberdare National Park through Nyeri Town to arrive for late lunch at Aberdare Country Club the Serving base for The Ark     

Afternoon transfer to The Ark in a lodge vehicle for your evening game viewing form your balcony

Set in the heart of the Aberdare National Park, this unique game lodge overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick which attracts a host of wildlife: elephant; rhino; leopard; bushbuck and occasionally an elusive bongo or giant forest hog.

Resembling, and named after Noah’s Ark, the Ark comprises three decks from which numerous balconies and lounges provide superb vantage points for game viewing. A ground level bunker provides excellent photographic opportunities and takes you closer than you would believe possible to the animals.

Day 03: Aberdare – Ol Pajeta (Sweetwaters Tented Camp) (B, L, D)

After breakfast drive transfer to your base hotel collect your stored luggage, rejoin with your driver guide and drive to OlPajeta via Nanyuki where you will have a chance for demonstration of Equator crossing before driving further North and to Sweetwaters Tented Camp for lunch.         

This beautiful tented camp lies in the heart of the private, 24,000-acre, Sweetwaters Game Reserve. Built in the early 70’s, the main building was originally the residence of billionaire Adnan Kashoggi’s ranch manager. The 30 luxuriously appointed en-suite tents have magnificent views across the plains to the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya.

Located in typical savannah grasslands, punctuated by the ‘whistling thorn’ shrubs and acacia trees, Sweetwaters really is an oasis. It offers guests the indulgence of a swimming pool, some of the finest tented accommodation in Kenya and personalised service and attention.

At Sweetwaters there is plenty to see. Giraffe, zebra, eland, Oryx, waterbuck, Grant’s gazelle, Thompson’s gazelle, elephant, buffalo, cheetah, lion, silver-backed jackals, ostrich, hartebeest, baboon and rhino. There are also several hundred-bird species to be observed. A resident naturalist will help you with your identification.

The private game reserve is also home to the only chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya. Most of the chimps came from the Jane Goodall Institute in Burundi and the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary now cares for them and is a non-profit making venture. Most of the chimps were rescued from the most appalling conditions and it is truly heart-warming to see them.

Day 04: Ol Pajeta – Lake Nakuru (Sarova Lion Hill Lodge) (B, L, D)

Early morning game drive, return to your camp for breakfast to depart thereafter after for Lake Nakuru National Park arriving at Sarova Lion Hill for lunch.

  • Afternoon game drive to return to your lodge for dinner and overnight

Day 5: Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara Reserve (Mara Serena Lodge) (B, L, D)

Leaving Lake Nakuru after breakfast, continue up the floor of Rift to arrive at the Masai Mara Serena Lodge in time for lunch and spend the afternoon game-viewing across the rolling savannah plains of the famous Masai Mara National Reserve.

Return in time to take a swim in the luxury pool before dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Masai Mara (Mara Serena Lodge) (B, L, D)

Full day safari in one of the world’s most famous reserves. Offering an abundance of herbivores, the Mara makes the ideal hunting ground for Kenya’s famous ‘big cats’ and hosts her largest population of lions. Historically teeming with wildlife, the Mara is famous for the large herds of elephant and buffalo that wander its plains, and for the annual migration of the wildebeest (seasonal). Spend the night in Mara Sopa Lodge.

Day 07: Masai Mara to Lake Victoria (Speke Bay Lodge) (B, L, D)

With Picnic lunches you will have early breakfast with drop off at Isebania border where you will go through immigration formalities, exchange vehicles and proceed to Tanzania safari with a visit to Lake Victoria – the source of River Nile. Proceed on to Speke Bay, only two hours away from the border & situated on the shores of this famous Lake.

Afternoon at leisure – optional activities on request at small fee

Day 08: Lake Victoria –Serengeti National Park (Serengeti Serena Lodge) (B, L, D)

Breakfast at the lodge then depart to Serengeti National park. Arrive in time for check in & lunch. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in the endless plains of the Serengeti for a chance to see the great herds of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles or a pride of lions lounging in the shade.

Day 09: Serengeti National Park (Serengeti Serena Lodge) (B, L, D)

Full day in Serengeti with both morning and afternoon game drives returning to the lodge for meals and overnight.

Serengeti is Africa’s largest national park and also one of its most popular. The park has an incredible number of animals, wildebeest being the most populous followed by zebra. Elephants are notably scarce. Cheetahs and the rest of the big cats are regularly sighted in the plains. The few remaining endangered black rhinos are restricted to the Moru Koppies area.

Day 10: Serengeti – Ngorongoro N. Park (Ngorongoro Serena Lodge) (B, L, D)

Drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area via Olduvai Gorge, the site of Louis and Mary Leakey’s renowned Archaeological discoveries. Their findings include some of the man’s earliest known ancestral remain, Lunch at your lodge

Your evening at leisure as you enjoy romantic sundowners or twilight dinners on your veranda with the astonishing landscape views of the dense forest. Watch wildlife, like elephants, roaming through the forest, hear the lions roar and listen to the magical sounds of the tropical night. It will be an experience you will never forget.

Day 11: Ngorongoro N. Park – Lake Manyara National Park (Lake Manyara Lodge) (B, L, D)

After breakfast with picnic lunches, descend to your Crater Tour

The Ngorongoro Crater and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area are without a doubt some of the most beautiful parts of Tanzania, steeped in history and teeming with wildlife. Besides vehicle safaris to Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, and surrounding attractions, hiking treks through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area are becoming increasingly popular options. Either way you choose to visit, the Crater Highlands are an unforgettable part of the Tanzanian experience.

After your picnic lunches, drive to Lake Manyara and proceed to your evening game drive

Day 12: Lake Manyara – Arusha

Early morning game drive, return to your lodge for breakfast with lunch today at your lodge before departing game drive en-route to Arusha – transfer to JRO for your onward departure flight

12 Day Masai and Serengeti_2018 Dates and Rates PDF Download

Please Note: 

  • All safari rates are on a per person sharing rate and a single supplement may apply for single travelers.
  • Safari rates are seasonal and will change accordingly.
  • Children under the age of 12 will be charged 65% of the Adult rate when sharing with Adults or 80% for own room.

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This is an all inclusive fully accommodated safari. This safari is subject to a single supplement for single travelers. 

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KenyaThe Republic of Kenya with its capital of Nairobi lies on the equator in Africa with the Indian Ocean to the south east, Tanzania to the South and Uganda on its western border. Warm humid climate along the coastline and rich wildlife grasslands inland towards the capital. Nairobi has a warm savannah climate and becomes Read more