Day 1 Arrival Nairobi (KENYA)
We are welcomed at the airport of the capital of Kenya and transferred to our hotel.
Overnight: Nairobi Serena Hotel (1 night)
Day 2 Nairobi/Mount Kenya
A rural African scenery as we drive north passing through rich Kikuyu farmlands of pineapple and coffee plantations and head towards the second highest peak in Africa, Mt. Kenya. The scenery both enroute and at Mt Kenya are diverse and majestic. The villages are known for their excellence in crafts and weaving and we get the opportunity of visiting the craft center villas , the Spinners & Weavers, a women's self-help project at Nanyuki. They produce beautiful African designs on cardigans, shawls, carpets, throws, pullovers, scarves and bedcovers. Arrive at Mt. Kenya Safari Club located on the southern foothills of Mountain, a 17,058-foot dormant volcano with a glistening cap of ice and snow. Arrive at the famous Mt Kenya Safari Lodge which straddles the equator in a glory of luxurious cottages and elegant buildings set amid manicured lawns and decorative ponds. Afternoon free at leisure
Overnight: Fairmount Mount Kenya Safari Lodge (1 night) (B, L, D)
Day 3 Mount Kenya/Aberdare
Contiunue on our 4 x 4’s through the lands of the Kikuyu tribe to the Aberdare National Park. Our lodge for the nights resembles Noah's Ark and has been designed with decks from where numerous balconies and lounges provide superb vantage points for game viewing. The Arks Lodge are built above the ground near floodlit waterholes with saltlicks allowing us to observe the animals at close range, as they come out to drink at night. View game in the privacy of your balcony!
Overnight: The Arks (1 night) (B, L, D)
Day 4 Aberdare/Lake Nakuru
We drive to the Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley*and take a game safari at Lake Nakuru National Park, famous for the flamingos and other birds that feed in the alkaline water. The Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley is home to 13 globally threatened bird species and some of the highest bird diversities in the world. It is the single most important foraging site for the lesser flamingo anywhere, and a major nesting and breeding ground for great white pelicans. The property features sizeable mammal populations, including black rhino, Rothschild's giraffe, greater kudu, lion, cheetah and wild dogs and is valuable for the study of ecological processes of major importance. Afternoon is an exciting game drive.
Overnight: Sarova lion Hill Lodge (1 night) (B, L, D)
Day 5 Lake Nakuru/Masai Mara
Embark on yet another game drive before traversing the Great Rift Valley to Masai Mara National Reserve, where we enjoy an exciting game safari before checking into our luxurious lodge. The Mara offers wildlife in variety and abundance that it is difficult to believe; over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. In the afternoon, enjoy an enthralling game viewing drive. Spotting Lions, Rhinos, Hippos, Crocodiles, Giraffe, Wildebeests, Zebras, Buffaloes, Warthogs, Hyenas, Jackals, and a variety of antelopes is the highlight of your day.
Overnight: Mara Serena Lodge (2 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 6 Masai Mara
Morning and afternoon game drives in this spectacular game reserve with superb photographic opportunities. Masai Mara is known for the abundance in wildlife. The Mara is also part of the majestic wildebeest migration route and has excellent game viewing year round. We also include a unique visit to a Masai Village for a very special cultural experience. See how they interact with modern society and the way they use local plants in ceremonial and medicinal ways. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Masai Mara/Serengeti (TANZANIA)
Crossing the Isebania Border to Tanzania we explore the incredible Serengeti National Park*. The vast Serengeti plains comprise 1.5 million hectares and is home to the largest herds of grazing animals in the world. The carnivores that prey on them provide a wildlife spectacle, second to none. There are large herds of antelope of many species. On the grasslands are eland, lesser kudu, roan antelope, oribi, Grant's gazelle, hartebeest, steenbock, topi and oryx, also buffalo. In the woodlands are grimmia, impala and Kirk's dikdik. In the swamps are reedbuck and waterbuck. Among the kopjes are klipspringer, as well as giraffe and olive baboon; and on the mountains, mountain reedbuck. Other characteristic larger mammals include leopard, cheetah, caracal, African elephant, black rhinoceros, hippopotamus and giraffe. Smaller mammals include numerous species of bat, bushbaby, vervet monkey, patas monkey, black and white colobus monkey and olive baboon, aardvark, ground pangolin, cape hare, porcupine, three species of hyrax and many other rodents, bat-eared fox, two species of otter, ratel, zorilla, common genet, large spotted genet, African civet, seven species of mongoose, aardwolf, serval, golden cat, African wildcat and bush pigs. Start with a game drive before checking into our lodge.
Overnight: Serengeti Serena Lodge (2 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 8 Serengeti
A full day of game drives home to over 2 million wildebeests including the Big Five. The great migrating herds are continuously moving through the entire ecosystem and the sights are most impressive when the animals travel en masse from the central plains to the permanent water holes on the western side of the park. The Serengeti ecosystem contains much more than these dominant species. The annual migration is dominated by wildebeest in enormous numbers; also by Burchell's zebra, Thomson's gazelle, with some eland and topi, each harvesting the grass most suited to it. The herds are followed by prides of lion numbering up to 3,000 individuals, spotted hyena, striped hyena, golden jackal, side-striped jackal and black-backed jackal. Optional early morning balloon excursion. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Serengeti/Ngorongoro Crater
Another scenic rural African drive to Olduvai Gorge, site of Louis and Mary Leakey’s renowned archaeological discoveries. Their findings include some of man’s earliest known ancestral remains. Continue to your lodge situated on the rim of the Ngorongoro crater. The crater covers over 250 square kilometres (over 100 square miles) of land and is the home of the rare black rhino, prides of lion, elephant, cheetah and great herds of buffalo, antelope and wildebeest. This afternoon we descend 600m (0ver 2000 feet) to the floor of the crater for a half day crater tour. and return to your lodge for lunch. Explore the forest areas that are inhabited by monkey and elephant, the lake area, where you may see the flamingos and the open savannah where the lions hunt for food.
Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge (1 night) (B, L, D)
Day 10 Ngorongoro Crater/Lake Manyara
Another cultural experience at the Mto wa Mbu . We meet farmers, visit traditional houses, traditional beer brewers, wood carvers and have lunch at a local restaurant. At the enchanting Lake Manyara we start with a game drive at the park famous for its prolific bird-life and other inhabitants such as hippos, monkeys, tree climbing lions.
Overnight: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge (2 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 11 Lake Manyara
Full day game viewing at the enchanting Lake Manyara. The park is famous for its prolific bird life and other inhabitants like the hippos, monkeys, tree climbing lions, etc. (B, L, D)
Day 12 Lake Manyara/Moshi/Kilimanjaro
Continue to Moshi - foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. We visit the village of Olpopongi where he have a wonderful encounter with the Masai and see their villafge life. Visit the museum, have a traditional lunch, do a walking safari with a Masai, learn Masai hunting skills and also get inside information of their natural medicine. Evening we join a ceremony with the Masai elders.
Overnight: Olpopongi Cultural Village, Kilimanjaro (B, L, D)
Day 13 Kilimanjaro/Zanzibar
Enjoy our last game safari at Mt Kilimanjaro – what better place before taking a short flight to Zanzibar. Upon arrival at Zanzibar we are met and transferred to our hotel. Zanzibar invokes so many different images for so many different people – history, culture, romance. This ancient island was once ruled by sultans of Oman; pirates and explorers considered it their stepping stone into the African Interior.
Overnight: Zanzibar Serena Inn (2 nights) (B, L)
Day 14 Zanzibar
We explore the Stone Town of Zanzibar*, a fine example of the Swahili coastal trading towns of East Africa. It retains its urban fabric and townscape virtually intact and contains many fine buildings that reflect its particular culture, which has brought together and homogenized disparate elements of the cultures of Africa, the Arab region, India, and Europe over more than a millennium. Here we visit the House of Wonders, the Palace Museum, Dr. Livingstone's House, the Arab Fort and the bustling bazaar, as we stroll through Zanzibar's winding streets and alleyways. Remainder of the day is free for personal activities. (B)
Day 15 Zanzibar/Mombasa (KENYA)
Our East African cultural heritage experience continues as we take our flight to Mombasa where we are welcomed and transferred to our hotel. Mombasa and Lamu on the Kenyan coast complete the Swahili cultural experience. However, for those wishing to end the tour at Zanzibar today please see the reductions on the tour cost below. Afternoon enjoy the silver sanded Bamburi beach at Mombasa.
Overnight: Serena Beach Hotel, Mombasa (2 nights) (B, D)
Day 16 Mombasa
We explore the Old Town and harbour, famous for its spices, Arabic architecture, narrow winding streets and busy markets, visiting Fort Jesus*, built by the Portuguese in 1593-1596 to the designs of Giovanni Battista Cairati to protect the port of Mombasa, is one of the most outstanding and well preserved examples of 16th Portuguese military fortification and a landmark in the history of this type of construction. The Fort's layout and form reflected the Renaissance ideal that perfect proportions and geometric harmony are to be found in the human body. The property covers an area of 2.36 hectares and includes the fort's moat and immediate surroundings. Balance of the day free. (B, D)
Day 17 Mombasa/Lamu
Today we take a flight to the most interest of all – Lamu. Explore the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa as we wander through the Old Town of Lamu*. Built in coral stone and mangrove timber, the town is characterized by the simplicity of structural forms enriched by such features as inner courtyards, verandas, and elaborately carved wooden doors. Lamu has hosted major Muslim religious festivals since the 19th century, and has become a significant centre for the study of Islamic and Swahili cultures. Lamu is almost a one street town, most transportation is on donkey back or on foot and the people are extremely friendly.(B)
Day 18 Lamu/departure
Day free to enjoy Lamu till we walk over to the airfield for our departure flight thus ending our incredible World Heritage Safari through Kenya and Tanzania. (B)
This tour can be combined with our Gorilla Trek in Uganda and Rwanda