Depart for Kenya to begin your once in a lifetime African Safari experience!
“Karibu”, means WELCOME in the Swahili language! Upon arrival at Nairobi Airport in the morning, meet and greet by our Kenyan representative for safari briefing and depart to Aberdares National Park, a beautiful mountain range in the central highlands of Kenya.
Set in the heart of the Aberdare National Park, the Ark Lodge overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick which attracts a host of wildlife – elephants, rhinos, leopards, bushbucks 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.
This morning, we travel through the Great Rift Valley to Nairobi for lunch and continue our journey to Lake Nakuru National Park. This lake offers one of the world’s most spectacular wildlife sights that of brilliant pink flamingos as far as the eye can see. When conditions are right (subject to weather and climate), between one and two million flamingos feed around the shores of the shallow soda lake, together with tens of thousands of other birds. You will also be able to spot rhinoceros (both black and white) easily.
Breakfast and check out.
Drive via Narok to the Masai Mara National Reserve offering wonderful scenery and plenty of game. It is perhaps the only region left in Kenya where visitors may see animals in the same super-abundance as existed a century ago. Masai Mara is blessed with a permanent water supply and has a permanent population of plains game. The “big five” – elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino are quite common. Have a picnic lunch break on the way. Do an afternoon game drive in the reserve, arrive at the camp and check in.
Dinner and overnight stay.
Early morning start as we enjoy a hot air balloon ride (optional USD425pp) to watch the spectacular sun rise over the Masai Mara National Reserve teeming with animals. You will gain a different view of the park from the sky where your views are unlimited. You will be presented with a certificate of your flight before enjoying a freshly cooked breakfast with champagne served on white linen tables on the plains of the Masai Mara with animals grazing next to you. The day will be spent in the Masai Mara with morning and afternoon game drive. Later you will visit a Masai native village where you will have a chance to hear their songs and dances, and appreciate their way of life. You will be able to enter their mud houses and pick up some local handicraft.
Depart towards the Isebania border with picnic lunch boxes, game drive en route. Border crossing formalities and change of vehicle and driver-guides, then drive along the scenic road towards Lake Victoria. The area has a lot of bird life and the local tribes thrive mainly on fishing and farming.
Arrive at your hotel for check in, dinner and overnight stay.
Depart for Serengeti National Park via the Ndabaka / Fort Ikoma Gate with picnic lunches, afternoon game drive and arrive at the lodge for check in.
Full day in Serengeti National Park with at least two game drives. Admire the endless rolling plains, large herds of antelopes and birds in this unspoilt wilderness. All meals and accommodation at the lodge.
Depart for Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The road passes through beautiful countryside inhabited by pastoralists with large herds of cows and goats, volcanic hills and flat topped acacias.
Arrive at the lodge, check in and have a hot lunch.
Afternoon descend the crater for a game drive on the crater floor.
An early breakfast before driving to Arusha. The route passes through magnificent countryside with rolling hills and sparse wildlife, tribal villages and herds of livestock. Transfer to Arusha Airport for flight to Zanzibar, located off Tanzania in the Indian Ocean. Over centuries different cultures have influenced Zanzibar to become what it is today. It is characterized by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, and the magic of the historic Stone Town, said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa.
Morning tour of Stone Town, the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar, little changed in the last 200 years. It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses whose original owners vied with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings. As you walk through the town, please remember that Stone Town is very much a real community, where real people live and work. It is not a museum piece or theme park created for tourists, and sensitivity should be shown to the local people.
At leisure until transfer to airport for flight home.
Home sweet home with an unforgettable experience of your once in a lifetime safari!