13 NIGHTS – DC012 - EAST AFRICA ADVENTURE.

Day 1:

Met on arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, briefed by our representative and drive north through the lush Kikuyu farmlands and coffee plantation to the cool Kenyan highlands to arrive at the Samburu Lodge / Similar in time for lunch. At 1600 hours, enjoy an afternoon game drive within the park to introduce you to the game in the area. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 2:

Full day in the reserve with game drives at 0630hrs and 1600 hours respectively. Samburu is famous for its rare mammals that only survive north of the equator. These are the gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, Beira oryx and grevy's zebra. Dinner and overnight at the Samburu Lodge / Similar. All meals and overnight at the Samburu Lodge.

Day 3:

Depart after breakfast and proceed south to the Aberdare Country Club. The club is the base hotel for the tree hotel – The Ark. Lunch at Aberdare Country Club and at 1430 hours, transfer to The Ark, which is located in the Aberdare National Park, with small overnight bags as most of the luggage is left at Outspan. The Ark has various decks and balconies for easy viewing and photography of wild game. Dinner and overnight of game viewing at the lodge.

Day 4:

After breakfast, transfer back to the base hotel to retrieve rest of your luggage and drive towards the Great Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru National Park arriving at Lake Nakuru Lodge / Similar in time for lunch. Short siesta and at 1600 hours, enjoy an afternoon game drive in park that also takes you to the shores of the lake famous for its birdlife especially flamingos that form a pink hue across the lake. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 5:

Depart Nakuru after breakfast and drive through the floor of the Rift Valley to the world famous game reserve, the Masai Mara arriving at Keekorok Lodge / Similar in time for lunch. At 1600 hours enjoy an afternoon game drive in the reserve. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 6:

Full day in the reserve with both morning and afternoon game drives at 0630hrs and 1600 hours respectively. Considered by many to be Kenya's finest game reserve, the 650sq miles of the Masai Mara adjoin Tanzania's well-known Serengeti, forming one ecosystem. The open rolling savannah grassland of the Mara is the home of numerous wildlife species including elephant, rhino, lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena, jackal, buffalo, eland, topi, impala, gazelle, warthog and zebra. From June to September, the annual Wildebeest migration takes place when thousands of these animals sweep across the plain and seek out new grazing areas. All meals and overnight at Keekorok Lodge / Similar.

Day 7:

After breakfast, embark on a 3-hour drive to Isebania border post, between Kenya and Tanzania with your lunch boxes. Once in Tanzanian territory, drive to Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge / Similar, arriving in mid afternoon. The Serengeti is the most famous of Tanzania's National Parks and is known for its large amount of grazing mammals, including 1.5 million wildebeest. Serengeti is derived from the Masai word "Serengeti" meaning "wide open space". At 1600 hours enjoy an evening game drive and then return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 8:

Full day in the game reserve with morning and afternoon game drives. The great plains of Serengeti are where endless streams of wildebeest and zebra pour south towards Ngorongoro or north towards the Masai Mara. Our game drives will cover the varied habitats and ecosystem of Serengeti. An optional balloon safari is highly recommended to get an eagle-eye view of the magnificent wilderness and wildlife of Serengeti. The safari ends with champagne under a lone acacia tree surrounded by vast savannah grasslands. Overnight stay at Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge / Similar.

Day 9:

Early morning game drive at 0630 hours, breakfast and then depart to Ngorongoro National Park via Ol Duvai Gorge, arriving at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge / Similar in time for lunch. Ngorongoro conservation area is referred to by many as the eighth wonder of the world. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Day 10:

Depart the lodge with picnic lunch boxes for a half-day of game viewing in the Ngorongoro crater. Descend down the steep walls of the caldera into a paradise of woodlands and lakes that provide for abundant wildlife. Gazelle, buffalo, elephants, wildebeest as well as big cats, particularly the black manned lion, leopards and hyena. A multitude of birds including flamingos are sighted regularly. Wildly beautiful as it is, it is not surprising that Ngorongoro crater has been called a Garden of Eden. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge / Similar.

Day 11:

After breakfast depart Ngorongoro and drive to Lake Manyara National Park, arriving in time for lunch at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge / Similar. Short siesta and at 1600 hours, enjoy another game drive in the Park. Manyara is a Masai word for a plant used by local people in making living stockades for their livestock. Lake Manyara National Park is situated spectacularly between the Great Rift Valley Escarpment and Lake Manyara. The most famous spectacle is the tree-climbing lions, which are occasionally seen along branches of Acacia trees. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 12:

Depart Manyara after breakfast and drive to Arusha to collect picnic lunch boxes. Proceed to Nairobi via Namanga border post. Proceed to Amboseli National Park, famous for its spectacular view of the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro (weather permitting). Arrive at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge / Similar in the late afternoon. Dwarfed by the majestic snow-capped peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Amboseli Serena Lodge draws on a subtle Masai cultural motif, featuring natural wood carvings, traditional artefacts and a glowing selection of local art. At 1600 hours enjoy an afternoon game viewing drive in the park. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Day 13:

Full day in Amboseli with game drives at 0630 hours and 1600 hours. Amboseli National Park, at the foot of Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, is one of Kenya's most popular national parks. It lies 150 miles south-east of Nairobi, very close to the Tanzania border. The snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro rising above the clouds dominates every aspect of Amboseli. All meals and overnight at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge / Similar.

Day 14:

After breakfast, breakfast and drive back to Nairobi arriving early afternoon. Lunch at the Carnivore restaurant and then transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your international flight back home.

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