The Best of East Africa

East Africa is known for its wildlife and you will see the best of it on this once-in-a-lifetime journey through Kenya and Tanzania.

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Stay in world famous national parks and visit spectacular lodges and camps all in 12 glorious days! Amboseli, the Serengeti and the Masai Mara are all on the itinerary in this exciting safari.

Itinerary

Day 1 - NairobiMeals: D
On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta international Airport you will be met by an Albatros Travel representative and given a short safari briefing then transferred to the new Eka Hotel perfectly situated a short drive from the airport. Eka oozes luxury and is the perfect place to spend the night after your flight. The food is outstanding and there are always helpful smiling members of staff on hand to help with anything you may need.

Accommodation: Eka Hotel
Day 2 - Nairobi - AmboseliMeals: B L D
This morning after breakfast you will be collected from the hotel by your Albatros safari guide and taken to Amboseli National Park for your stay at the Ol Tukai Lodge. The lodge is perfectly sited between the trees and with Mt Kilimanjaro as a backdrop there really couldn’t be a more idyllic setting. The lodge is equipped with luxury rooms all well-furnished for a comfortable stay. After a light lunch you can either relax by the pool or explore the grounds. Later in the afternoon as evening draws closer it’s time for the first of your safari game drives. Back at the lodge and after a refreshing shower you can enjoy a drink by the fire before sitting down to a lovely meal in the restaurant.

Accommodation: Ol Tukai Lodge
Day 3 - Amboseli National ParkMeals: B L D
As the sun rises on a new day in Amboseli you might want to get up early and make the most of an early morning games drives. It is at this time of the day that there is the best chance of seeing Mt Kilimanjaro in all its glory. Back at the lodge a sumptuous breakfast awaits. Afterwards we suggest a bird walk around the lovely grounds. The variety of birds to be found around the lodge is huge and you could spend hours observing them. The afternoons in Amboseli are generally hot and the lodge’s pool is a welcome and refreshing sight. You might want to spend the afternoon on a sunbed with a good book before your afternoon game drive and evening meal

Accommodation: Ol Tukai Lodge
Day 4 - Ngorongoro CraterMeals: B L D
Today you will cross the border into Tanzania where an Albatros driver guide from our Tanzanian office will be waiting to meet you. You will then be driven to the Rift Valley Photographic Lodge which is ideally located a short drive from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Set in lush gardens and exhibiting an ornamental splendor not often found these days, this is the ideal place to lose yourself in rest and relaxation. After a late lunch an afternoon game drive in the Lake Manyara National Park is on the cards as you get your first taste of Tanzanian game viewing.

Accommodation: Rift Valley Photographic Lodge
Day 5 -Ngorongoro CraterMeals: B L D
Today you will be taken on a tour to the Ngorongoro Crater. Famed throughout the world as the place where you can see so much of Africa's iconic wildlife, the crater never disappoints. Back at the Lodge this evening you will sit down to a sumptuous evening meal in the lodge dining room at the end of what will surely have been an eventful day.

Accommodation: Rift Valley Photographic Lodge
Day 6 - Serengeti National ParkMeals: B L D
Today you will be transported to the Serengeti National Park and the Ndutu Safari Lodge. This lodge is perfectly situated so that you are right in the heart of the Serengeti. The camp offers very comfortable accommodation enabling you to experience a real safari setting in the heart of the bush. This evening you will be able to sit round the camp fire and exchange safari stories with fellow guest as you wait for dinner to be served, gin and tonic in hand.

Accommodation: Ndutu Safari Lodge
Day 7 - Serengeti National ParkMeals: B L D
After a full days game driving Ndutu Safari lodge is a pleasure to come back to. Dinner under the starts discussing the days events is on the menu tonight.

Accommodation: Ndutu Safari Lodge
Day 8 - Serengeti National ParkMeals: B L D
Today is the turn the Ikoma Bush Camp in the Serengeti National park. You will depart with picnic lunch boxes to enjoy while you spend the afternoon exploring this famous park before arriving at the Ikoma Tented Camp in time for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Ikoma Tented Camp
Day 9 - Serengeti National ParkMeals: B L D
A full day game drive in Serengeti National Park is surely a trip highlight, teaming with game and birdlife the park provides an excellent day out with picnic lunch boxes. As evening starts to draw closer you will make your way back to the Ikoma Tented Camp for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Ikoma Tented Camp
Day 10 - Serengeti - Masai MaraMeals: B L D
After breakfast, depart and drive to Migori Airstrip for the flight to Maasai Mara – the flight departs Migori at 1215 hrs to arrive at 1245 hrs. Your driver guide will meet you upon arrival at the airstrip and transfer you to the lodge for lunch. For your three-night Mara stay, the stunning and perfectly located Mara Simba Lodge shall accommodate you. The Mara Simba lodge sits overlooking a dramatic bend on the bank of the Talek, a tributary of the Mara River, gently blending into the surrounding wilderness. Stretching almost a kilometer along the river the grounds on the bank remain in their virgin condition, while the landscaped gardens filled with indigenous trees at the back draw a great variety of birds and butterflies.

Accommodation: Mara Simba Lodge
Day 11 - Masai MaraMeals: B L D
Today it’s an early start as you head out into the Masai Mara, on a full day's game drive adventure. This is a full day outing and breakfast and lunch will be picnic style. The Masai Mara needs little introduction and it certainly doesn’t ever leave anyone disappointed. Bring plenty of camera memory and don't forget your sun hat! After a long day the sight of the lodge in the distance as you approach is a welcome one. Dinner will be served at the lodge after you have had a chance to take a shower and relax with a drink or two.

Accommodation: Mara Simba Lodge
Day 12 - Masai MaraMeals: B L D
This morning take the opportunity to rise early and view the Mara from a different angle on a balloon safari across the Masai Mara (additional cost). Take off in the crisp morning air, only to experience a game-viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective. As you silently float across the plains, forest and rivers for approximately an hour, your journey comes to end back on land but accompanied with a fully cooked champagne breakfast. The day sees more game viewing both in the morning and late afternoon, followed by dinner back at the lodge.

Accommodation: Mara Simba Lodge
Day 13 - Masai Mara - Lake NaivashaMeals: B L D
After breakfast you will leave the Masai Mara behind you as you head for your final safari destination Lake Naivasha. You will arrive in time for lunch at the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge. Your afternoon can be spent in any way you wish. Enjoy optional activities like boat riding and Crescent Island Tour (additional costs).

Accommodation: The Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge
Day 14 -Lake NaivashaMeals: B L D
After breakfast depart for Lake Nakuru National Park. The Park is famous for the thousands of lesser and greater flamingos that flock to this soda lake’s edge. The numbers vary depending on the water level, and when it’s low, the lake almost turns pink. A truly spectacular sight! The park was established as a sanctuary for black and white rhino, which are often seen. Picnic lunch in the park, after which you drive back to your lodge in Naivasha for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: The Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge
Day 15 - DepartMeals: B
Depart after breakfast and drive to Nairobi. Drop off at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your departure flight.
Additional information

Important note: Visa Information and Requirements
We are always happy to supply you with relevant travel documents that may be needed to apply for a visa, if you need one. Each country has different requirements that need to be met so please contact your local embassy or click on the following link to find out exactly what visa requirements and processes are applicable: www.projectvisa.com

Included
  • All accommodations and meals on full board basis
  • Vehicle based on a 4x4 driven by an English speaking driver guide during the transfers and game drives
  • All park Entry fees
  • All local government taxes and levies
  • Soft Drinks, beer and wine at Karen Blixen Camp
Excluded
  • Drinks and beverages
  • Laundry
  • International Airport departure taxes
  • Visa and Travel insurance
  • Flying Doctor service,Telephone calls, any other items of a personal nature
  • Tips/ gratitude to drivers and hotel staff, etc

Tour starts/ends:

Starts: Unless otherwise stated, most tours start in Arusha. Zanzibar tours start at Zanzibar Airport.
Ends:  See itinerary for details
Note: we can also pick you up or drop you off at the hotel of your choice in the greater Arusha area if you notify us in advance.

Expected group size:

On regular group tours the expected total group size is between 2 and 10 travellers.

Type of vehicles used:

In Tanzania all your transfers and game drives will be in 4x4’s.

Level of ability required:

Although there will be no special strength and fitness requirements, please note that safari lodges situated in remote areas are by their very nature lacking in many of the modern conveniences found in cities. For this reason please be prepared for uneven floors and sometimes challenging access.
You must be able-bodied and have the ability to move independently without help on most of our tours. If you have any specific mobility requirements please contact us beforehand.

Food and dietary information:

The food prepared at the lodges and/or hotels on this tour will be of an international nature and suited to a broad range of visitors. If you have any specific dietary requirements please let us know in advance so that we can inform the lodges and hotels along the route. Alcoholic drinks, unless specifically mentioned in the itinerary, are not included in the price.

Health and vaccinations:

You should speak to your health provider about what vaccinations you will need for your trip to Tanzania. In addition, most doctors recommend taking anti-malarial pills for your visit and following measures to avoid being bitten by mosquitos, such as covering up exposed arms and legs. Lodges will provide mosquito nets over the beds.
If you take any medication, be sure to bring it with you, as well as details of your prescription.
We advise all travellers to take out comprehensive travel insurance before their trip.

What to wear:

Although Tanzania lies in the tropics it can get chilly in the evenings and early mornings. On this trip we recommend that you include the following in your baggage:
- A pair of sturdy lightweight shoes or boots
- Light coloured clothing with long sleeves and legs for the evenings and early mornings
- A hat to keep the strong sun off your head

Baggage and what to bring:

Important note: If your itinerary includes a leg of the journey on a light aircraft then please be advised that the maximum TOTAL weight allowance including hand luggage is 15kg (approx.. 33lbs) and all luggage must be in a soft bag i.e. NOT a suitcase. These rules are imposed by the airlines and we are unable to make allowances.
We recommend that you do not forget to pack the following:
- Insect repellant cream/spray
- Camera and binoculars
- A torch (flashlight)
- A waterproof/dustproof bag

Visa requirements:

Depending on your nationality you will probably need a tourist visa to enter Tanzania for this tour. The current cost of a single-entry tourist visa is USD 50 per person if traveling on a British Passport and $100 per person for an American passport holder (subject to change) Other nationalities vary in fee’s from free to $50, and these can be purchased on arrival, for most nationals, in all major currencies.
For more comprehensive information visit the Project Visa website.

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