Day 01: Johannesburg/Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Morning flight from OT Johannesburg Airport to Victoria Falls (VFA) in Zimbabwe where we are warmly received and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi. This cruise may, at times, be scheduled for the next day.
Overnight: Ilala Lodge/Victoria Falls Hotel, Victoria Falls (2 nights)
Day 02: Victoria Falls
After breakfast, a guided tour of the majestic Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Afternoon free. Optional excursion to Livingstone in Zambia to see the Falls from the Zambian side. (B)
Day 03: Thu: Victoria Falls / Nairobi
Morning free. PM transfer to the airport for your flight to Nairobi. You are in transit at Johannesburg airport. Optional sightseeing of Soweto. The flight to Nairobi has to be an overnight flight. (B)
Day 04: Arrive Nairobi (Kenya)
Karibu! We are warmly received in Africa’s most well known capital – Nairobi. The Kiswahili language here is often easily understood as many people mix in English words, in fact more people in Kenya speak English than in any other African country. We are transferred to our hotel in Nairobi. Rooms available at hotel check in time.
Overnight: Pan Africa Hotel (1 night)
Day 05: Nairobi/Lake Naivisha (105 Kms)
After breakfast we drive to Lake Naivasha which is located north west of Nairobi, outside the town of Naivasha. It is part of the Great Rift Valley. Enroute we stop at the viewpoint to enjoy the beautiful views of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment. Lake Naivasha is a beautiful freshwater lake in Kenya. The lake has a vast surface area of 139 square kms and averages at 6 meters in depth. We arrive just in time for lunch after which we enjoy a unique experience on a boat safari on Lake Naivasha. The waters of the lake draw a great range of game to these shores. Giraffes wander among the acacia, Buffalo wallow in the swamps and Colobus monkeys call from the treetops while the Lakes large hippo population sleep the day out in the shallows.
Overnight: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge/Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge (1 night) (B, L, D)
Day 06: Lake Naivasha/Masai Mara (310 Kms)
After breakfast we continue on our 4x4’s to the incredible Masai Mara Game Reserve known for its game drives through rough and country side road and home to the Big Five and Big cats, Lion, Leopard and Cheetah. As we enter the Mara we start with a game drive before reaching our deluxe lodge.
Overnight: Mara Serena Lodge /Ashnil Lodge or Mara Sarova Camp (2 nights)(B, L, D)
Day 07: Masai Mara
Morning and afternoon game drives in this spectacular game reserve, all with superb photographic opportunities. Blessed with a permanent water supply, Masai Mara has a permanent population of plains game. The "big five" - elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino are quite common. Today we may opt for an early morning optional balloon excursion to experience a birds-eye view of the vast Mara. (B, L, D)
Day 08: Masai Mara / Serengeti (Tanzania) (275 Kms)
After breakfast we depart for Tanzania home to the best game life in the world. We cross the Kenya/ Tanzania boarder of Isebania and Serari where you will clear customs and Immigration, than proceed to Tanzania entering Serengeti National Park via Ndabaka, The park's name, Serengeti, means 'endless plains' and is derived from the Masai language. The park lies in a high plateau between the Ngorongoro highlands and the Kenya and Tanzania border. Time permitting, we will have a game drive at the Serengeti before settling at our lodge.
Overnight: Serengeti Serena Lodge/Serena Mbuzi Mawe Camop/ Mbalagti Tented Lodge (2 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 09: Serengeti
We begin our Tanzanian adventure at the world famous wildlife sanctuary - the Serengeti National Park which at 14,763 sq kms is the largest National Park in Tanzania. Summed up as 'one of the most unique areas in the world', Serengeti contains the largest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa, on a scale, which has no parallel any where in the world. The abundance of herbivores includes wildebeest, Zebra, Gazelle, Topi, Buffalo, Hyena and Hartebeest, to name but a few. Serengeti is also famous for Predators e.g. Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Hyena and contains a wide variety of birdlife, believed to be in the region of 500 species. This is an ideal day to do the early morning optional balloon safari. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Serengeti / Ngorongoro Crater (145 Kms)
After breakfast enjoy yet another game drive in the Serengeti with picnic lunch. Your safari guide will explore various areas of the Moro kopjes and Gol kopjes. The extensive grasslands are interspersed with Kopjes rocky outcrops like islands in the flat plain, each with their own wildlife communities. Discover the Seronera rivers flow through the park, providing habitats for a variety of birds, mammals and reptiles. Afternoon proceed to Nabi Hill date were you will enjoy your memorable picnic lunch, after which we proceed to the Malanja depression entering the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Afternoon we proceed to Nabi Hill gate were you enjoy our picnic lunch before proceeding to the Malanja depression entering the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge/ Ngorongoro Explorean (1 night)(B, L, D)
Day 11: Ngorongoro Crater / Lake Manyara (60 Kms)
Today after breakfast prepare yourself for Africa's Eden: 6 hours safari in the Ngorongoro Crater. The Ngorongoro Crater is a famous for its Big Five and home to rare Black Rhino and has its own Soda Lake. The concentration of animals means that you are likely to see several Lions in a short period of time. You descend 2,200 feet for a thrilling day among Africa's Big Five Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Black Rhino and Leopard, before reaching our lodge in Lake Manyara region.
Overnight: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge / Kirurumu Tented Lodge (2 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 12: Lake Manyara
Lake Manyara National Park is one of the finest parks in Tanzania. Here you enjoy your morning and afternoon game drives with picnic lunch. PM depart towards the village of Mto wa Mbu and the Great Rift Valley than proceed to your unique safari lodge which offers a spectacular view of the Lake Manyara National Park. (B, L, D)
Day 13: Lake Manyara / Arusha / Amboseli (Kenya) (205 Kms)
After our Northern Tanzania game experience, we drive to Arusha - the exact center between Cape Town and Cairo. We then cross the Namanga Manyara border between Tanzania and Kenya and then drive to the Amboseli National Park situated at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro (5922 meters/19,430 ft). Amboseli is also famous for its vast herds of elephants and stunning views of Kilimanjaro. Time permitting we take the opportunity of the first of our Amboseli game drives before checking into our lodge for the night.
Overnight: Amboseli Serena Lodge / Amboseli Oltukai Lodge (2 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 14: Amboseli
After breakfast we are on the spectacular left to end safari at the Amboseli situated at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro (19,430 ft). Amboseli is famous for its vast herds of elephants and stunning views of Kilimanjaro on clear days. Be sure to have your camera ready. Lunch at the lodge and afternoon game drive en route to your lodge in search of Elephant, Giraffe, Buffalo and much more. (B, L, D)
Day 15: Amboseli / Nairobi departure (220 Kms)
After breakfast at our lodge, we go on a farewell safari at the Amboseli.. With lunch at the lodge, we bid kwaheri as we drive to Nairobi airport for our departure flight. For optional extension to Zanzibar, Mombasa, Lamu or joining our gorilla safaris, please ask for details. (B, L)