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[ACMC14]: Kenya and Tanzania Safari Odyssey (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 must-visit parks/places includes, Masai Mara Game Reserve, Great Rift Valley, Amboseli National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park. 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: Kenya and Tanzania Wildlife Safari Odyssey

Day 1 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 Nairobi - Masai Mara Game Reserve
Leaving Nairobi after breakfast, you'll travel towards Kenya's fertile highlands and head down the Rift Escarpment on a road built by Italian prisoners of war during World War II. You'll pass the impressive Longonot earth satellite station as you head across the Valley to Narok, and then travel across acres of wheat and barley, before you reach the Masai Mara in time for lunch. Following lunch and a siesta, there is an afternoon game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets. Overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge on a full board basis.

Day 3 Masai Mara Game Reserve
Early morning and afternoon game drives. Overnight at the Masai Mara Sopa Lodge .This Reserve is one of Africa's best known wildlife areas, and is part of the Serengeti ecosystem. A land of undulating hills and rolling grasslands it supports a large animal population. Even a casual visitor is treated to the sight of lions in prides sometimes numbering more than thirty beasts with a handsome black maned male in dominance; a cheetah at great speed runs down its prey; a leopard in the lower branches with its kill. In the Mara river there are crocodiles sunning themselves on the banks, and hippos playing in the water. Elephant, Cape buffalo, giraffe, Topi, gazelle are all in abundance, and during the months of July to September the great migration of wildebeest and zebras spill over from the Serengeti. The sight of these beasts legging it across the Mara River, avoiding both the crocodiles in the river, and the predators harassing them from behind is amazing, and the topic of some of the most spectacular photography ever seen. In the afternoon there is a game drive followed by dinner and overnight at the Masai Mara Sopa Lodge.

Day 4 Masai Mara Game Reserve- Great Rift Valley
Leaving the Masai Mara after breakfast, you'll travel across the ‘breadbasket’ of Kenya, where acres of wheat and barley litter the landscape as you head north to Narok, the district headquarters of this part of Maasailand. Now travel across the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley, keeping an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle as you head up the Mau Escarpment, before arriving at Lake Nakuru lodge for lunch. The waters here are often coloured shimmering flamingo pink, from thousands of the beautiful birds lining its shores. After lunch you will take an afternoon game drive in Nakuru National park before continuing to Lake Nakuru for overnight. Overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge on a full board basis.

Day 5 Great Rift Valley - Amboseli National Park
After an early breakfast you will depart with a picnic lunch, leaving the Rift Valley behind, you continue towards Nairobi and then head south towards Amboseli Sopa Lodge. Then proceed with afternoon game drive in the park enroute to the Amboseli Sopa Lodge arriving in the evening. Overnight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge on a full board basis. Each of the 47 rooms has their own private veranda on which to relax, sunbathe and take in the views. All rooms are en suite, with walk-in shower, lavatory, wash basin and shaving socket – they’re all modern, spacious and comfortable. Overnight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge on a full board basis.

Day 6 Amboseli National Park
Early morning and afternoon game drives in Amboseli. Overnight Amboseli Sopa Lodge. Set on 200 acres of private land on the foothills of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, the lodge is perfectly poised to provide a luxurious base from which to explore the park and get some great pictures of this incredible mountain. The lodge is also close to where Ernest Hemingway lived whilst writing his famous novel, The Snows of Kilimanjaro. Meals are a cosmopolitan combination of European, African and Asian dishes, all made with fresh produce and served from a colourful buffet. There are also several bars, a great pool, TV lounge and many other small niceties that make this a superb location. Overnight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge on a full board basis.

Day 7 Amboseli National Park - Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast, you continue the journey to the Tanzania border post and then on to Arusha for lunch. After lunch, drive across the Masai Steppe to the Great Rift Valley. Here, your hotel is perched high on the rim overlooking the park below. Overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge on a full board basis.

It would be difficult to find a more dramatic setting than the Lake Manyara Serena Lodge. Situated at the edge of an escarpment, this deluxe lodge overlooks both the Great Rift Valley, which formed millions of years ago, and the beautiful soda lake of Manyara with is lavish supply of bird life. The birds themselves have provided the inspiration for the lodge's architecture. Graceful, curving and free flowing, it is built in the local circular style and exudes an atmosphere of peacefulness where man and nature co-exist. From the patterns in the reception area resembling bird migration paths, to the soft geometric designs in the bedrooms, there is barely a single straight line in its design. The bar and restaurant offer guests both indoor and outdoor seating at each meal. Sumptuous menus, buffets and barbecues are served to guests alongside authentic African dishes. Dinner and overnight at the Lake Manyara Serena Lodge.

Day 8 Lake Manyara National Park - Serengeti National Park
After breakfast there is a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park that returns to the lodge for lunch. Leaving Lake Manyara after lunch, the journey continues north west across the stunning hilly countryside of Karatu and the highlands which is filled with wheat and coffee plantations, and then into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. From here, lies the vast plains of the Serengeti, where you’ll hopefully start spotting game well before you enter into the park. Overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge on a full board basis.

Day 9 Serengeti National Park
Morning and afternoon game drives. Dinner and overnight at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge. Each year, after the traditional " short " rains in November the migration starts when the herds amass in their thousands on the plains below the Ngorongoro highlands. During February they move north and west following the rains and the new grasslands, and they start to move into the Masai Mara in July. In October they move back to Tanzania. This annual phenomenon involves more than 1.5 million animals, including the Lion and other predators who follow the herds for easy pickings. The whole process affects the lives of thousands of other species who rely on the passage of the migration for their survival, even the insects, not to mention the trees and plants which rely on the droppings for their fertilization.

The Serengeti Sopa lodge is located in the Nyarboro Hills in the south west of the Serengeti National Park and is the only tourism development in this section of the park. Year round water and the acacia woodland in this area create an ideal environment for the wide variety of wildlife seen in the immediate vicinity of the lodge. Looking out over the seemingly endless Serengeti plains, this hill side lodge is a tranquil oasis set in thousands of square kilometres of Serengeti National Park. The lodge can accommodate around 170 guests in 79 suites, each enjoying wall-to-wall carpeting, a private lounge with a mini bar, a bedroom with two queen size beds and ample room for a third guest. Each has a private veranda which offers stunning views over the plains. As the sun sets, you may enjoy sundowner cocktails by the pool, and in the evening, after a 4-course dinner, traditional dancers entertain guests. Slide presentations are also held daily by resident naturalists.

Day 10 Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast you depart for Ngorongoro Crater, viewing game across the vast Serengeti plains and stopping off at Olduvai Gorge en route. The Gorge acquired its name from the Sansevieria bush that grows profusely in the area, named Olduvai by the Maasai. The Gorge is about 50km long and in some places around 90m deep and is found between the Crater and the Serengeti. It was first discovered by a German entomologist named Professor Kattwinkel, who instigated an expedition just before the First World War. Later, the exploration was continued by Dr Louis Leakey and his wife, who in 1959 found humanoid remains of Zinjanthropus, later renamed Australapithicus Boisei, an early form of man. You will have time to walk through the simple small museum at the gorge, where you can view copy displays of some of the finds as well as pictures of what life was like for the gorge’s earliest inhabitants. After a picnic lunch you continue to your lodge, set high on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater. Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge on a full board basis.

"It is impossible to give a fair description of the size and beauty of the Crater , for there is nothing with which one can compare it. It is one of the Wonders of the World." This is how the Crater is described by Bernard Grzimek in his classic "Serengeti Shall Not Die". The area is given over to Wildlife Conservation and comprises 8300 square kilometers of which the Crater is 260 square kilometers, and consists of grasslands, swamps, forests, rivers, and even an arid area of shifting dunes. The Crater supports a year round resident population of varied wildlife, and as the game is concentrated into a relatively small area you are likely to see lion, elephant, hyena, jackal, cheetah, the very rare Black rhino, primates and many more. The area is also home to the proud and colorful Masai tribe. Dinner and overnight at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.

Day 11 Ngorongoro Crater
A highlight awaits you this morning as you depart by 4x4 to explore what is commonly referred to as the World’s largest wildlife zoo. After breakfast, you’ll descend through the early morning mists and 2,000 feet into the crater for game viewing return to lodge for lunch. Afternoon visit Masai Village returning to the lodge late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.

Day 12 Ngorongoro Crater - Tarangire National Park
Morning drive to Tarangire National Park arriving in time for lunch and a siesta. This afternoon will be spent on a game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets. Tarangire is recognised as one of the best parks on the northern circuit for elephant viewing during the dry season and Tarangire Sopa is ideally placed to experience this. The lodge welcomes guests to its vast marble-floored reception area with cold flannels and iced juice. In the pretty gardens a large circular pool with a central island, a pool bar and elegant wooden loungers demonstrates the lodge's commitment to comfort. Delicious barbecue lunches are often served here. A broad veranda wraps itself around the lodge and gives prime viewing for the waterhole below, which is filled during the dry season and becomes a magnet to wildlife. The rooms at the lodge are simple, comfortable and spacious and arranged in groups of four, in African-style buildings. Large sliding doors open to a private balcony. Overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge on a full board basis.

Day 13 - Tarangire - Arusha (approximately 2½ 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 5895
USD 899
USD 395
5-8
USD 5780
USD 899
USD 395
8-12
USD 5625
USD 899
USD 395
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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