The Ultimate East Africa Safari: 16 days and 15 nights

AREAS VISITED: Mount Kenya / Aberdare / Lake Nakuru Masai Mara/ Ngorongoro Crater/ Olduvai Gorge /  Serengeti

Activities:  Wildlife Viewing, Cultural interaction
Activity Level: Easy

Arrive Nairobi in the morning and drive through Kenya’s lush farmland, to Naro Moru village at the base of Mt. Kenya. You will get to the lodge in time for lunch. After lunch you have a few options of how to spend your time; visit Manyatta primary school, enjoy being at the Lodge which is a beautiful place to stroll and bird watch or relax by the pool with the spectacular views of Mt. Kenya in the background.  Lunch and dinner included.

Leave Naro Moru mid-morning and drive to the Aberdare mountain range. You will have lunch at the Aberdare Country Club and spend the afternoon riding horses amongst the giraffe, taking walks on the grounds of the country club, playing golf or spend a relaxing time by the pool. In the late afternoon you will take a bus up to The Ark where you will eat dinner and spend the evening watching the animals come to the salt lick and watering hole. It is a spectacular opportunity to watch during the day and nighttime the interactions and group behaviors of many different types of animals. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
After breakfast you will drive through spectacular scenic views of the Great Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru National Park, home to thousands of flamingos that live on this shallow soda lake containing blue green algae. Birding is spectacular here because it is also home to over 400 species of birds! The park is a sanctuary for animals and it is a good place to see the rare white and black rhinoceros as well as the endangered Rothschild giraffe. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
You will have full day at Lake Nakuru National Park. There will be two game drives, one early in the morning and the other in the late afternoon. In between the game drives you will relax at the hotel or enjoy a nature a walk around the hotel perimeters. Since the hotel is set on a plateau in the rift valley, the panoramic views from the hotel reveals a shimmering pink glow across the lake created by thousands of flamingos, pelicans and the marabou storks. The landscape is beautiful with natural foliage and a startling variety of flower gardens. Breakfast, lunch, dinner included.
Today you will drive to Masai Mara, which is an extension of the Serengeti Eco-system and is located at the Southwest corner of Kenya. It is Kenya’s most popular park and among the top game reserves in East Africa where the wildlife is abundant and where the great wildebeest migration occurs in the months of June and July. The accommodation is located in the game reserve and is an excellent location to depart on an early morning and late afternoon game viewing. Breakfast and dinner included.
Today we shall spend a full day in Masai Mara and there will be two game drives, early in the morning and late in the afternoon. In between the game drives you will have lunch and then visit a Masai Boma village where you will get the opportunity to see how the Masai live and watch them dance and talk with the Masai about their culture and society. In the evening, after dinner we will enjoy traditional dancers by a bonfire. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

**** Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride Available on this day****
This is not included in the cost of the safari. We can organize a balloon ride for you if you are interested.
Today you will have another beautiful day in a different part of Masai Mara. After breakfast you will go for a long game drive across the plains of Masai Mara to the hippo pools in the Mara River. Here you will sit on the edge of the river and watch the herd of hippos and their babies all interact with each other while the crocodiles sunbathe across the river. The scene is truly spectacular! Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Today you will drive back to Nairobi. Time allowing, you will visit the museum or hang out in the hotel in preparation for the next phase of the safari.
In the morning you will drive to Namanga town which is at the border of Kenya and Tanzania. After clearing with customs and immigration at the border, we will transfer to Tanzanian vehicles and drive to Arusha, which is situated, on lush foothills of Mt Meru.
Today you will drive to Ngorongoro Crater one of the world’s largest calderas with an amazing balance between the wildlife and the Maasai people who have lived here for centuries. You will relax at your hotel and enjoy the spectacular views from your hotel located on the edge of the crater.
Today you will take a packed lunch and descend with a 4-wheel vehicle to the bottom of the Ngorongoro Crater for an all day game drive. The crater is a self-contained wildlife haven packed with nearly every mammal species to be found in East Africa. We will eat our picnic lunch in the park by a beautiful lake situated in the crater with hippos and many different types of birds. We will ascend from the crater and then drive back to the hotel for a hot dinner.
For the next three days, you will be in for quite an adventure with game viewing in the Serengeti plains as we venture out on multiple game drives. Our driver and guide are experienced and masters at spotting the elusive species such as the leopard, bat-eared fox, and the rare golden and silver jackals. On the way to Serengeti, you will stop at Olduvai Gorge to visit the small but very informative museum and excavation site. Olduvai Gorge is a place rich with history because it is the place believed to be the birthplace of mankind and where the Leaky’s have worked for over two decades. The accommodation will be at beautiful lodge located in Serengeti Park.
This will be a full day of game viewing we shall head out on two game drives early in the morning and one in the late afternoon. We will travel into the vast Savannah plains of the Serengeti and enjoy the sight of herds of animals running across the plains and the predators stalking them in this untamed wilderness. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
You will be in for quite an adventure today with a brief game viewing in the Serengeti plains before our flight to Arusha. We will then drive to Amboseli National Park. Which is set in the shadow of Mt Kilimanjaro. It’s one the most popular parks in Kenya and an excellent place to view the multitude of wildlife. Breakfast and dinner included.
This is a full day in Amboseli National park and there is game viewing scheduled for early morning and late afternoon. Amboseli has more than 400 species of birds and today would be another exciting day of viewing the birds and other unique animals including the Burchell’s zebra. We shall also see the Amboseli’s elephant, which are believed to be the biggest in the country and are fond of swamps where they share water with hippos that hide beneath the papyrus plants.

Amboseli /Nairobi/ Homeward Bound