Experience some of East Africa’s highlights, combining safari and beach. Start your adventure in the Masai Mara searching for cheetah and learning about Maasai culture before flying across the border to the Serengeti, staying in a tented camp which moves around the park following the Great Migration. Next you will fly south to the lesser known Ruaha, watching herds of elephant dig for water in dry riverbeds and leopards that watch over from the trees. An amazing end to your journey, unwind on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar, swimming in the warm Indian Ocean.
INCLUSIONS: All logistics starting at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and ending at Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam International Airport, all light aircraft flights within Kenya and Tanzania, shared road transfer across the Kenya-Tanzania border as outlined, all park fees and taxes, shared safari activities, all meals and house drinks on safari, half-board on Zanzibar (breakfast and dinner included), and medical evacuation insurance.
EXCLUSIONS: International flights to East Africa, Kenya entry visa, Tanzania entry visa, vaccinations, gratuities, additional activities (e.g. hot-air ballooning in Serengeti and Mara Naboisho Conservancy), additional meals and drinks.
Your journey begins
3 x night’s in Mara Naboisho Conservancy
Part of the Greater Masai Mara, the Mara Naboisho Conservancy offers excellent wildlife densities as well as an insight into how the Mara Conservancies balance the needs of local communities with wildlife conservation
Wildlife: Lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, hippo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, hyena
Safari activities: Game drives, night drives, cultural visits and hot-air ballooning (additional cost)
3 night’s at Encounter Mara
Authentic culture and wildlife wonders...
DAY 1: On arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by a driver who will transfer you by private vehicle for your domestic flight, Wilson Airport. You will be flown to the Masai Mara, a journey of approximately 1 hour. Upon arrival you will be met by a private guide from Encounter Mara who will game drive you back to camp, offering the perfect introduction to the vast savannah plains and stopping to watch any wildlife you encounter on the way. Settle into your tent and enjoy lunch and time to relax. After afternoon tea and cake, you will head out on a game drive to search for big cats and other wildlife in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy.
DAYS 2 AND 3: Enjoy morning and afternoon safari activities at Encounter Mara. A visit to one of the local villages offers authentic insight into Maasai culture and your guide will explain how the Mara Naboisho Conservancy carefully balances the needs of wildlife conservation with the local communities’ livelihoods. Night drives offer a unique chance to search for nocturnal species as well as predators on the move.
Your adventure continues
3 x night's in Serengeti National Park
15,000 km2 of vast savannah plains. One of Africa’s most wildlife-rich and iconic national parks . Part of the larger Masai Mara-Serengeti ecosystem where the 2-million-strong herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle make their Great Migration year-round .
Wildlife: Lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, hyena, hippo and more than 300 bird species
Safari activities: Game drives and hot-air ballooning (additional cost)
3 nights Ubuntu Migration Camp
The vast savannah
DAY 4: After breakfast, you will depart camp with a packed lunch and make your way towards the airstrip to begin your journey across the border into the Serengeti in Tanzania. You will fly to Migori near the border, where a driver and vehicle will meet you and drive you across the land border, stopping to complete immigration formalities. There is a short distance to Tarime on the Tanzania side, to arrive in time for your flight into the Serengeti. The journey into the northern Serengeti takes approximately 3 to 4 and half hours into the southern Serengeti. In the late afternoon you will embark on a game drive to explore the vast savannah with your guide from Ubuntu Migration Camp.
DAYS 5 AND 6: Delight in morning and afternoon game drives from Ubuntu Migration Camp, searching with your guide for the abundant wildlife that is found in the Serengeti year-round. If your safari coincides with the timing of the Great Migration, you’ll also seek out these large herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle as they journey through the plains in search of fresh grazing.
YOUR ADVENTURE CONTINUES
3 x night's in Ruaha National Park
Home to 10 percent of Africa’s lion population
Wildlife: Lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, hyena, buffalo, elephant, giraffe and rare antelope species such as sable and roan
Safari activities: Game drives, night drives, walking safaris • Unique habitat includes baobab forests, dry riverbeds, rocky kopjes and miombo woodland
3 nights at Kwihala
a unique habitat to explore..
DAY 7: Breakfast will be enjoyed in camp, after you will be driven to the airstrip for your flight south to Ruaha National Park, a journey of approximately 2 hours. A guide from Kwihala meet you upon arrival and game drive you back to camp, introducing you to the remarkably different landscape of this southern park. After lunch and you have time to relax, you will then enjoy an afternoon game drive and stop for sundowner drinks and snacks. Night-drive back to camp, watching out for nocturnal species such as the bat-eared fox, or predators such as lion, that start to prowl as darkness falls.
DAYS 8 AND 9: Safari activities take place in the early morning and late afternoon, when wildlife is most active. You will join expert guides on game drives to explore further afield, on walking safaris to seek out the smaller details and learn how to track wildlife from prints and signs in the bush, and on night drives to watch nocturnal species. Breakfast is often a picnic to maximise your explorations, and you will return to camp for lunch and a siesta.
YOUR ADVENTURE CONTINUES
3 x night's in Zanzibar Island
Indian Ocean island with warm tropical sea to swim in. Snorkelling and diving on reefs — enjoy abundant marine life including turtles and dolphins and powder-soft white, sandy beaches
Other watersports include kayaking, kitesurfing and stand-up paddle boarding
Watch fishermen sail in traditional dhow and ngalawa boats
Stone Town, a historic UNESCO World Heritage Site, is well worth a visit to shop for curios and photograph iconic Zanzibar carved doorways
3 nights at Matemwe Beach Lodge
White sandy beaches...
DAYS 11 AND 12: Spend the next few days at Matemwe Lodge relaxing and swimming in the warm Indian Ocean, taking a boat to the reef to snorkel or dive, kayaking along the shoreline in search for turtles, sailing in a dhow watching for dolphins or taking a picnic lunch on a remote sandbank. Other watersports on offer include stand-up paddle-boarding, kayaking and kitesurfing (seasonal).
DAY 13: After breakfast, you will be driven back to Zanzibar International Airport for your flight to Dar es Salaam International Airport, approximately 20-minutes drive away, where you will connect to your international flight home.
Or spend a couple nights in Stone Town (not included).
The END OF THE ROAD….for now