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[ACMC12]: Best of Kenya and Tanzania Safari (13 Days)

Savvy travelers and novices alike include East Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, on their list of dream destinations, and for very good reason. These countries are blessed with an abundance of spectacular wildlife and lavishly gorgeous, incredibly photogenic landscapes. Everywhere you go, from the teeming cities to the plains of the Masai Mara, the people are friendly and welcoming. Tourist infrastructure is amazing, often offering white glove service where the basics of running water and electricity appear impossible to find. Game reserves are magnificent, filled with all manner of wildlife, beautiful lakes and beaches, and sweeping vistas that seem to go on forever.

With more than 50 parks to choose from in Kenya alone, and almost 25% of Tanzania protected as nature reserves, it's hard to decide where to go. But everyone agrees on the top three must-visit parks in Kenya, Masai Mara, Samburu and Amboseli, and the top must-visit sites in Tanzania includes the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. Our multi-country safaris includes them all plus a lot more! And like all our tours, you'll enjoy the best of these countries at prices that are as amazing as the countries themselves. Learn More >

ITINERARY: Best of Kenya and Tanzania Wildlife Safari

Day 01 - Nairobi - Nairobi Safari Club
Arrival at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta Airport, met and greeted in our traditional style by uniformed AfriChoice! representatives, transfer to your city hotel. An hour after checking, we take you on a city orientation tour that takes you through the Central Business District viewing the shopping areas, parliament buildings, Conference Centre ( KICC) and the Railway station and many of Nairobi's modern and historical buildings. Our city tour also takes you to places of interest such as the View Point to get a panaromic view of the city, National Museums of Kenya, the famous snake park and the colourful city market. Balance of the day is spent at leisure at your hotel. Dinner on own in your hotel. Overnight at Nairobi Safari Club, Bed & Breakfast.

Day 2: Samburu Game Reserve.
Depart after breakfast and drive north via Nanyuki and Mt. Kenya to the remote Samburu. This is the homeland of the nomadic Samburu people, whose culture attaches great value to tending their livestock of cattle, sheep, goats and camels as their main economic activity. Samburu ReserveSamburu is rich in species not seen in southern Kenya's more famous parks, such as Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, kudu and gerenuk. You'll also have a good chance at spotting lions, cheetahs and the elusive leopard. The semiarid landscape is dramatic, with the rugged outcrop known as Mt. Ololokwe a prominent feature. The Ewaso Ngiro River, which forms the southern boundary of the reserve, attracts many birds and is a popular watering hole for elephants. Arrive at your lodge in time for lunch and some relaxation, then take an evening drive for more game viewing. Samburu Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 3: Samburu Game Reserve.
Enjoy another day of game viewing drives in the Samburu Game Reserve during two safari drives, one in the morning and another in the early evening, in a safari vehicle with roof hatch access for perfect game viewing and photography. Enjoy searching for animals native to this fascinating and beautiful area guided by your expert driver, who will amaze you with his ability to spot game hidden in the bush. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Aberdares National Park.
After breakfast, enjoy the scenic drive to the Aberdare region, also known as Nyandarua, whose diverse topography includes waterfalls, rain forests, rivers and, at the highest elevations, open moors. After lunch at the Aberdares Country Club or Outspan Hotel, take time to relax and enjoy the gorgeous scenery. Here you will be able to experience game viewing from the lodge balconies which overlook a game watering hole. Fairmount Ark Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 5: Lake Nakuru National Park.
Early this morning, you'll drive to down the floor of the Great Rift Valley escarpment to the Kigio Wildlife Sanctuary, a 3500 acre conservancy between Nakuru and Naivasha. Later this afternoon, travel to Lake Nakura National Park to enjoy a game viewing drive to view some of the two million flamingos at close range as well as other animals that inhabit the park. This park is a rhino sanctuary, offering the rare opportunity to see these endangered animals. It's also home to rare Rothschild's giraffes as well as buffalo, leopards and lions, which are known to climb trees. This evening, take a guided nature walk in the sanctuary. Lake Nakuru Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 6: Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.
After breakfast, board your touring coach for the Masai Mara National Reserve, which borders Tanzania's Serengeti National Park. Every year, between June and September, millions of wildebeests and zebras migrate into the Mara in search of water. The timing of this phenomenon varies, depending on the rains, but they usually start heading back to the Serengeti in October. Whether you see the migration or not, the Mara almost guarantees you'll enjoy a magnificent time in Kenya. Here among the grassy plains and lush landscape, you'll find a huge variety of game, the largest in Kenya, including lions, cheetahs, buffalo and abundant bird life such as ostriches, cranes and storks. Enjoy lunch at your lodge then relax until later this afternoon when you'll take your first game drive through this haven of wildlife. This afternoon you'll have an optional opportunity to visit to a Masai Village for an in-depth look at this colorful and pastoral people in their natural setting ($20). Keekorok Lodge or similar (B,L,D)

Day 7: Masai Mara National Reserve.
Today you will take two safari drives, one in the morning and another in the early evening, in a safari vehicle with roof hatch access for perfect game viewing and photography. You will have the option of replacing one safari drive with an optional balloon safari ($425) which provides a thrilling opportunity to soar high over the plain for animal viewing from above. Whether you go by air or land, you will enjoy searching for animals native to this fascinating and beautiful area guided by your expert driver, who will amaze you with his ability to spot game hidden in the bush. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Amboseli National Park.
This morning after breakfast, transfer to the airport for a short flight to Nairobi. After lunch, you will drive to Amboseli, which lies in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The combination of salt flat and marshland provides one of the most dramatic settings in Kenya, and the mountain makes an amazing background for photographing animals. Enjoy lunch en route at Toona Tree Restaurant, then continue to Amboseli, with opportunities for animal viewing en route to your lodge. Ol Tukai Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 9: Amboseli National Park.
Waking up for an early morning game viewing drive you return to your lodge for breakfast. From your lodge you enjoy unrivalled views of Mt Kilimanjaro and Meru which can be clearly seen in the morning, particularly before 10 am. The rest of the morning is spent at leisure perhaps enjoying the panoramic views of the park, particularly atop Observation Hill, where you'll also find young Masai ready to have their pictures taken (for a fee). In the evening you undertake another game viewing drive to appreciate the abundance of wildlife that thrives here. Amboseli is known for its elephant herds, amazing to watch as they and buffalo stand in the marshes to keep cool, drink water and munch on vegetation. Other animals, such as zebras and wildebeests and even lions are also found here. This park, like others you visit, is a bird-watcher's paradise. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Arusha & Tarangire National Park, Tanzania.
After breakfast, board your touring coach and drive to the Kenya/Tanzania border at Namanga. Continue to Arusha and enjoy lunch at the Arusha Hotel. After lunch drive to Tarangire National Park, home to thousands of elephants, and, in the dry season, game which congregates along the river after having migrated from the Masai Mara. Tarangire is an ornithologist's paradise, rich in an incredible diversity of birds. In addition, large herds of antelope, zebras, gazelles, buffalo, wildebeest, leopards, elephants, rhinos and lots of smaller mammals make the park their home. Arrive at your lodge later in the afternoon, with game viewing en route. Tarangire Sopa Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 11: Lake Manyara National Park.
After breakfast drive to Lake Manyara National Park. Located at the base of the Great Rift Valley, the park is covered with forest, woodland, grasslands, and swamps. After lunch, take a game drive in search of tree climbing lions and the flamingos that congregate in the thousands on the lake. Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 12: Ngorongoro Conservancy.
After breakfast drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area arriving at in time for lunch at the lodge. This extinct volcano, whose completely intact rim rises 1800 ft above the floor, offers among the very finest game viewing in Africa. It is considered one of the world's greatest natural wonders, and its abundant game, including rare species such as black rhinos and cheetahs and magnificent scenery will thrill even the most experienced safari traveler. After lunch, descend into the crater, whose floor, with the passage of time, has become grassland with a lake in the middle that is a sanctuary and source of water for the abundance of wildlife found. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 13 - Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha (approximately 3½ hours), Nairobi
Today you’ll depart after breakfast and head east, down the fascinating escarpment of the Rift Valley towards the village of Makuyuni and onto Arusha. The journey will pass through the Masai Steppe filled with many picturesque African villages as well as maize, coffee and banana plantations. Upon arrival into Arusha you’ll have lunch before being dropped of to catch the flight to Nairobi. From here, you will be transferred for your onward arrangements.

PRICE GUIDE: 2016-2017 Kenya / Tanzania Travel Planner
NO. OF
PAX
PER PERSON
SHARING TWIN
SINGLE ROOM
SUPPLEMENT
EXTRA
NIGHT
2-4
USD 6795
USD 929
USD 325
5-8
USD 6685
USD 929
USD 325
8-12
USD 6620
USD 929
USD 325
ABBREVIATION KEY: NO. Of Pax = NO. Of Participants, USD = U.S. Dollar
CHILDREN POLICY : Between 2-12 Yrs= 50% of Adult, Under 2 Yrs= FREE
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INCLUDED - Kenya / Tanzania Wildlife Safaris
Meet and Greet Services with airport assistance
Arrival and departure airport transfers with assistance
Complimentary Gateway City Orientation Tour on the arrival Day
Complimentary baggage handling of two pieces per person
Free excess baggage storage in the Gateway City
Express check-in with assistance in your city hotels and safari lodges
Bed and breakfast accommodation in your City Hotels
Full board accommodation whilst on Safari
Half board accommodation if stying at the East Africa Coast Hotels
Transport in a custom-built safari vehicle with window seat guarantee
At least a pair of standard Binoculars in each safari vehicle
All parks and game reserve entry gate fees including vehicle & driver fees
Complimentary bottled mineral water on safari and game drives
Unlimited game viewing drives per day whilst on safari
(Optional) Day rooms, if required, on the last day at a City Hotel
Services of an English - speaking and professional safari driver/guide
Guided Pre-Departure Shopping Tour at an African Market or Arts Store
NB: Government taxes and levies are EXCLUDED
EXCLUDED - Kenya / Tanzania Wildlife Safaris
International Airfares
Tourist entry Visa to Kenya, Tanzania or any other country
Travel Insurance Cover, Personal or Baggage (Recommended)
International airport(s) departures taxes (if not included in your ticket)
Optional excursions not mentioned in the inclusions and/or quoted separately
Expenses of personal nature such as phone calls, internet, laundry etc.
All alcoholic drinks, wines and spirits.
Tips and gratuities to driver guides/lodge/hotel staff
All other extras not mentioned in the 'included'
VALUE ADDED FEATURES: The AfriChoice! Difference
Membership to AMREF's Flying Doctors Emergency Evacuation Programme*
Illustrated Spectrum Guide® to Africa Wildlife Safaris and Animal Spotter®
Assorted and Pre-Stamped 'AfriChoice!® African Safari Post Cards
Complimentary 'AfriChoice!® Authentic African Safari Hat

NB: The AMREF's Flying Doctors Emergency Evacuation Programme ONLY covers the cost of evacuating the casualties from emergency site to the nearest hospital by air or ground ambulance but does not cover hospitalization bills.
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