14-day East Africa Tented Safari and Zanzibar

Offering ultimate value-for-money, our popular 14-day East Africa Tented Safari and Zanzibar showcases Kenya’s most famous wildlife area, the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Crossing into Tanzania, you spend a night on the shores of Lake Victoria before driving to Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park. Finally as the perfect contrast to the traditional East African safari, you finish with four nights of relaxation, historic discovery and Indian Ocean pleasure on the magical island of Zanzibar.

 

Highlights

  • Eastern Serengeti
  • Karatu / Ngorongoro
  • Nairobi
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Kenya
  • Zanzibar
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Tanzania

Tour Summary

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Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1 : Nairobi

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the 5-star hotel Boma Hotel. Dinner (not included) can be taken at the hotel or at any of the cities many restaurants.

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Day 2 :

Leaving the lodge after breakfast, continue up the floor of Rift to arrive in the famous Masai Mara National Reserve, and at the Entim Mara Camp in time for a late lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy your first game-drive in the Mara. World renowned for the breath-taking spectacle of ‘the greatest wildlife shows on earth’, the awe inspiring annual migration of the wildebeest, the Mara is Kenya’s most visited protected area. Technically an extension of Tanzania’s renowned Serengeti National Park, the Mara constitutes only 4% of the entire Serengeti ecosystem but its rolling grasslands, meandering rivers and towering escarpments offer one of the world’s most rewarding and evocative wildlife arenas. Returning to the camp, enjoy some relaxation on your private veranda, sundowners and dinner in the central restaurant.  All meals and overnight at Entim Mara Camp (NB: Il Keliani Camp will be used in April, May) Distance/drive time: 270m / 5hours

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Day 3 :

Spend all day on safari in the reserve with morning and afternoon game drives and breakfast, lunch and dinner at the camp. When it comes to game-viewing, there is nowhere in Africa richer in wildlife or more eventful in encounters than the Mara. A pristine wilderness of haunting beauty, it promises its visitors a profusion of wildlife, prolific bird life and the unprecedented opportunity of catching up with all the members of the ‘Big Five’ in one morning.  All meals and overnight at Entim Mara Camp (NB: Il Keliani Camp will be used in April, May)

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Day 4 :

You have yet another exciting day in Masai Mara enjoying morning and afternoon game drives,   with meals and overnight at Entim Mara Camp (NB: Il Keliani Camp will be used in April, May)

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Day 5 : Serengeti National Park

After breakfast transfer to the local airstrip in Masai Mara for a scheduled Airkenya Flight to Serengeti Seronera Airstrip via Migori and Tarime Airstrips near the border of Kenya and Tanzania respectively.  The flight which departs Masai Mara approximately 0910hours is half an hour to Migori Airstrip where upon arrival you are put on a road transfer across the border for immigrations and custom procedures, then on to Tarime Airstrip to connect to Tanzanian domestic flight departing 1030hours to arrive approximately 1105hours in Serengeti National Park and to Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp, which is ideally located for safari game drives as well as optional activities such as balloon safaris, guided walks etc. Lunch and afternoon game drive.  Dinner and overnight at Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp (NB: some Sept, Oct departures may use Lahia Tented Lodge) Distance/drive time: 250km / 5 hours

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Day 6 : Serengeti National Park

With a full day on safari (morning and afternoon game drives included) your options are wide. The Serengeti, whose Maasai name ‘Siringet’ translates as ‘the endless plains’, offers unparalleled ornithological opportunities and an unrivalled natural arena wherein the glory and harmony of nature can be appreciated as nowhere else on earth.  All meals and overnight at Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp (NB: some Sept, Oct departures may use Lahia Tented Lodge)

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Day 7 : Serengeti National Park

You have yet another exciting day in The Serengeti enjoying morning and afternoon game drives with all meals and overnight at Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp (NB: some Sept, Oct departures may use Lahia Tented Lodge)

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Day 8 : Karatu / Ngorongoro

After breakfast depart with game drive en route through the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. We will stop for a visit to the world-famous Olduvai Gorge Paleolithic site and reputed ‘Cradle of Mankind’. This afternoon you will visit a traditional Masai homestead to gain insight into their life and customs. Continue to check into the elegant Acacia Farm Lodge located in the Karatu area set on a coffee plantation.  Dinner and overnight at Acacia Farm Lodge.  Distance/drive time: 145 km / 3 hours

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Day 9 : Lake Manyara National Park

Rise early with a packed breakfast to descend for half day game drive in the crater. Often referred to as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’ the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s best-known wildlife arenas. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the largest volcanic craters in the world covering a total area of 264 square kilometers. An utterly unique biosphere, the Crater harbors grasslands, swamps, forests,  salt  pans,  a  fresh  water  lake  and  a  glorious variety  of  birdlife,  all  enclosed within  its  towering  walls.  It  boasts  a  high concentration of wildlife with exceptionally close range viewing opportunities.  Leaving the crater behind, we will continue to the visit our local school project, Simba Milima Primary School where you will have the opportunity to learn about the school and interact with the students. After this experience continue to check in to the Escarpment Luxury Lodge for a late lunch and much needed rest.  Dinner and overnight at Escarpment Luxury Lodge -Chalet   Distance/drive time: 150 km / 2½ hours

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Day 10 : Zanzibar

Depart the camp this morning for a game drive at Lake Manyara National Park. Stretching for 50km along the base of the rusty-gold 600m high Rift Valley Escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”.  Continue to check in for your flight from Manyara airstrip to Zanzibar (cost not included in this package), OR we will transfer you to Arusha Airport for a scheduled flight to Zanzibar (cost not included in this package)  Distance/drive time (to Arusha): 150 km / 2.5 hours

Upon arrival in Zanzibar you will be met by our representative and transferred to the Ocean Paradise Resort, which offers crystal blue waters, a wide selection of dining experiences (breakfast and dinner are provided in your package), extensive sports, and a wide range of cultural entertainment (some or all of which may be charged additionally).  Dinner and overnight at Ocean Paradise Resort (superior garden room)-Half Board/DBB

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Day 11 – 13 : Zanzibar

Three days of leisure in Zanzibar, where activities at the hotel include (some are charged) swimming, snorkelling, sea kayaking, diving, water sports, dhow trips and nature trails plus visits to a dhow workshop and the brooding caverns of the Mangapwani Slave Caves where slaves were hidden after the abolishment of slavery made their shipment illegal. Other places of interest in Stone Town and around are: the Portuguese Fort, the Sultan’s Palace, the old Dhow Port, the Old Slave Market, the House of Wonders, the Old Dispensary, the home of the slaver, Tippu-Tip, the Livingstone House, The Hamamni Bath, The National Museum, The Chukwani Palace, The Jozani Forest – the last red colobus monkey sanctuary, The Mtoni Palace ruins, The Maruhubi Palace ruins and the Persian Baths of Kidichi. Breakfast and dinner only (lunch not provided) are provided at the resort.  Dinner and overnight at Ocean Paradise Resort (superior garden room)-Half Board/DBB

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Day 14 : Departure

After breakfast, depart to Zanzibar airport to connect to your onward international flight.

Included

All meals as specified in the itinerary (half-board only in Zanzibar)
Olduvai Gorge visit
Half-day Ngorongoro Crater tour
One litre of mineral water per day
Game drives, park fees
Flight from Masai Mara to Serengeti
English-speaking driver guide

Excluded

Fight Arusha to Zanzibar
Dinner at The Boma hotel
Lunches in Zanzibar
Guided walks, biking, fishing
Sundowner cocktails
Balloon safaris and other activities not included in the package price.
International flights
Travel insurance
Optional activities
Visas
Vaccinations
Gratuities
Increases in park fees, government taxes and levies and fuel