14 days safari and beach holiday tours, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park, Arusha, Zanzibar and back to Nairobi where the safari started.
Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi
Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the Sarova stanely Hotel. The 5-star Sarova stanely hotel/Similar stands in the very centre of Nairobi overlooking the city's central park. Dinner is not included in the package.
Day 2: Nairobi / Lake Nakuru
After breakfast, drive to Lake Nakuru in time for a late lunch at Lodge/Camp. After lunch, enjoy a game drive in the park. Entitled ‘the greatest bird spectacle on earth' thanks to the millions of fuchsia-pink flamingo that flock to feed on the teeming algae of its alkaline waters, the pink-frosted shores and sky-mirrored waters of Lake Nakuru yield some of the most evocatively beautiful photo-images in Africa. As Kenya's first and largest rhino sanctuary, sightings of both black and white rhino are almost guaranteed, while plentiful waterbuck, warthog, zebra, gazelle and buffalo graze the shoreline. Echoing to the haunting cries of the numerous fish eagles, this is also the park in which you have the best chance of seeing a leopard. Dinner and overnight at the lodge/Camp.
Day 3: Lake Nakuru / Masai Mara
Leaving the lodge/Camp after an early breakfast, continue up the floor of Rift, branching west towards Mount Kilimanjaro and the Tanzanian border. After a picnic lunch, arrive in the famous Masai Mara National Reserve and spend the afternoon game-viewing across its rolling savanna plains. Return in time for a swim and cocktails before dinner at the Lodge/Camp , which stands high on a hill overlooking the Mara River, home to hundreds of hippo.
Day 4: Masai Mara National Reserve
When it comes to game-viewing, there is nowhere in Africa richer in wildlife or more eventful in encounters than the Mara. A pristine wilderness of haunting beauty, it promises its visitors a profusion of wildlife, prolific bird life and the unprecedented opportunity of catching up with all the members of the ‘Big Five' in one morning. As to scenery, the 1,800 sq kilometres of this veteran reserve offer the classic mix of African imagery; miles of lion-gold grasslands, shoals of lilac-misted hills, a meandering river, acres of thorn-bush and mile upon mile of undulating wilderness. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Lodge/Camp.
Day 5: Masai Mara / Serengeti
After breakfast drive into the Serengeti National Park and enjoy an afternoon game drive en-route to the Lodge/Camp. Situated on the borders of the Serengeti National Park, this simple but authentic bush camp offers the ideal opportunity to experience real under-canvas bush life. Located on the path of the great migration (along the western corridor and taking in Kirawira and the Grumeti River), the camp offers easy access to the park, and all the advantages of not being within a designated national park - such as guided game walks and night game drives - neither of which are permitted within the parks. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge/Camp.
Day 6: Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, drive to the Serengeti National Park in time for lunch at the Lodge/Camp , then enjoy an afternoon's game drive before returning to the lodge for a swim, cocktails and dinner. Set high on the saddle of tree-clad ridge commanding panoramic views across the endless plains of the Serengeti, the lodge draws its inspiration from the circular ‘Rondavel ' dwellings and winding paths of a traditional Maasai village. Below the Lodge is a sky-blue pool and a hilltop vantage point from which to view the world famous annual ‘migration'. Dubbed the ‘Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth', the annual wildebeest migration features a cast of millions, covers an 800-kilometer circuit and weaves birth, life and death into a spectacular tapestry that illustrates the concept of ‘the survival of the fittest' in all of its tragic, comic, awesome splendour. Dinner at the lodge/Camp.
Day 7: Serengeti National Park
With a full day's game-driving in the Park, your options are wide. The Serengeti, whose Maasai name ‘Siringet ' translates as ‘the endless plains', offers unparalleled ornithological opportunities and an unrivalled natural arena wherein the glory and harmony of nature can be appreciated as nowhere else on earth. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the lodge/Camp, where guided nature walks can also be taken. Game drives can be taken morning and afternoon. Whilst the annual migration is the Serengeti's most famous attraction, the Park is also renowned for its lion, many of which have been fitted with radio-transmitter collars so that their movements may be tracked, and additionally for its wealth of cheetah, zebra, giraffe, Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, eland, impala, klipspringer, hippo and warthog. The Serengeti, whose Maasai name ‘Siringet ' translates as ‘the endless plains', offers unparalleled ornithological opportunities and an unrivalled natural arena wherein the glory and harmony of nature can be appreciated as nowhere else on earth.
Day 8: Serengeti / Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, leave the Serengeti and drive to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area via Olduvai Gorge the ‘cradle of mankind', and site of one of the most important and controversial Palaeolithic finds in recent history. After lunch at the site, continue into the crater for an afternoon tour. Often referred to as ‘the eighth wonder of the world' the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa's best-known wildlife arenas. A World Heritage Site, it is also one of the largest volcanic craters in the world (almost 20 kilometres wide, 610-760 metres deep and covering a total area of 264 square kilometres). An utterly unique biosphere, the Crater harbours grasslands, swamps, forests, saltpans, a fresh water lake and a glorious variety of birdlife, all enclosed within its towering walls. Due to its high concentration of wildlife, close-range viewing opportunities and striking scenery it is also Tanzania's most visited destination. In the late afternoon, ascend to the rim of the crater, which is the site of the Lodge/Camp . which enjoys magnificent views down into the crater. Dinner at the lodge.
Day 9: Ngorongoro Crater / Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, drive to the Tarangire National Park with a picnic lunch on the way. Game-drive through the park, which is second only to the Ngorongoro Crater as a dry-season sanctuary for vast herds of migratory creatures. Here the park's wildlife tend to follow clearly defined seasonal patterns: the first animals to move north-east, often as far as Lake Natron, are the zebras and wildebeests, which begin their trek in October. After them, trek the gazelles buffaloes, elands, oryxes and hartebeests. Finally, the elephants move out. The Defassa waterbucks, impalas, giraffes, lesser kudus, Kirk's dik and warthogs, meanwhile, remain resident. The return of the park's migratory species begins in June and July; firstly with the oryxes and elands, then the elephants; and finally, the zebras and wildbeest. In the late afternoon, arrive at the Lodge/camp . Built on top of a high bluff, and carved from the living landscape, below which flows the Tarangire River, this superb lodge offers one of the finest views in Africa. Attracting large numbers of game, the broad decks allow for optimum game-viewing, without ever leaving the lodge. Dinner at the lodge/Camp.
Day 10: Arusha to Zanzibar
After breakfast, drive to Arusha where lunch will be served in a local restaurant. Transfer to Arusha Airport for your flight (cost not included in this package) to Zanzibar. Upon arrival you will be met by your driver/guide and transported to the Beach Resort , which offers crystal blue waters, a wide selection of dining experiences, extensive sports, and a wide range of cultural entertainment. To enter the world of Zanzibar, meanwhile, is to step through the looking glass into the world of a thousand and one nights and black eyes that smile from behind deep veils. There's a House of Wonders and a street of food, a Palace Museum, an ancient slave market, an age-old fort, a ruined harem and the house where Dr Livingstone once lived. There are Red Colobus Monkeys and dolphins and a bright tapestry of Arab, African and Swahili culture, folklore and cuisine that are as mesmeric as myth. Lunch and dinner at the resort.
Day 11,12 & 13: Zanzibar
Three days of leisure in Zanzibar, where the activities at the hotel include swimming, snorkelling, sea kayaking, diving, water sports, dhow trips and nature trails plus visits to a dhow workshop and the brooding caverns of the Mangapwani Slave Caves where slaves were hidden after the abolishment of slavery made their shipment illegal. Other places of interest in Stone Town and around are: the Portuguese Fort, the Sultan's Palace, the old Dhow Port, the Old Slave Market, the House of Wonders, the Old Dispensary, the home of the slaver, Tippu-Tip, the Livingstone House, The Hamamni Bath, The National Museum, The Chukwani Palace, The Jozani Forest - the last red colobus monkey sanctuary, The Mtoni Palace ruins, The Maruhubi Palace ruins and the Persian Baths of Kidichi. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the resort.
Day 12: Ngorongoro/Nairobi
After breakfast, drive back to Nairobi with a picnic lunch enroute. Check into the Jacaranda Hotel/similar Situated in the affluent Westland's District of the city, the Jacaranda is located immediately adjacent to one of Nairobi's best shopping malls, and has its own swimming pool and peaceful grounds. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 14: Depart
After breakfast, transfer to Zanzibar airport for your onward flight.