Exceptional East Africa!
14 nights of exotic luxury that takes you from the No.1 Hotel in Africa to exceptional game viewing in the wilds of the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Masai Mara
Zanzibar – Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti – Masai Mara – Nairobi inc. all internal flights
This stunning unparalleled itinerary infuses you with the rich and exotic tapestry of African culture and stunning wildlife opportunities.
You’ll experience some of the best and most undisturbed game drives in Africa with some of the best cuisine and most luxurious accommodation. What more could you want from such an exclusive experience?
Just look at what it includes –
Day 1. Zanzibar
For centuries past, cardamom, clove and cinnamon culled from the fabled spice gardens of the enchanted island of Zanzibar have been prized by sultans and princes alike.
Now you can pick them for yourself on a spice tour that takes you from the winding alleys, carved doors and cool courtyards of Stone Town, through the slave caches of the coral bays, past the blue-domed bath-houses of long dead sultans and out onto the silver and blue ribbons of Zanzibar’s perfect beaches.
To enter the world of Zanzibar is to step through the looking glass into the world of a thousand and one nights and black eyes that smile from behind deep veils. There’s a House of Wonders and a street of food, a Palace Museum, an ancient slave market, an age-old fort, a ruined harem and the house where Dr Livingstone once lived.
There are Red Colobus Monkeys and dolphins and a bright tapestry of Arab, African and Swahili culture, folklore and cuisine that are as mesmeric as myth.
You’ll be met by our representative and transferred to your all inclusive Baraza Zanzibar
Baraza Resort & Spa is Zanzibar’s most exclusive boutique resort. With just 30 villas, this stunning fully inclusive resort evokes the heritage of Zanzibar dating back to the era of the Sultans.
A fusion of Arabic, Swahili and Indian design, with Swahili arches, intricate hand carved cement décor, beautiful antiques, handmade furniture and intricate brass lanterns; Baraza offers unparalleled standards of luxury on the Island of Zanzibar. Overnight in the hotel voted No.1 in Africa
Day 2. Zanzibar
Today spend your day at leisure in your all inclusive beach hotel or venture on a tour or into Stone Town.
Day 3. Karatu
Karatu is a small dusty town in the Northern Highlands of Tanzania. Set prettily on the outskirts south of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast, transfer to Zanzibar airport for your scheduled flight to Manyara. You’ll be met on arrival by 4×4 vehicle and guide and transferred to your lodge in Karatu followed by lunch. Afternoon spent at leisure followed by dinner and overnight at Kitela Lodge.
Kitela Lodge is a small, exclusive lodge situated on top of a valley overlooking a coffee plantation, the Eastern wall of the Ngorongoro crater and a beautiful waterfall. It consists of 20 spacious suites in cottages built in the style of an old colonial farm offering guests a relaxing, quiet atmosphere surrounded by beautiful gardens and its own pool.
The jewel in Ngorongoro’s crown is the deep, volcanic crater, the largest un-flooded and unbroken caldera in the world. About 20 kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq kms in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder replete with wildlife. This protected area is located in the Great Rift Valley. The Crater actually is a gigantic fracture of the earth’s crust. The magnificent landscape consists of volcanoes, mountains, plains, lakes, forests and archaeological sites. At 1600 meters altitude the bottom of the Crater, dotted with watering holes, offers shelter to almost 30.000 animals in an area naturally enclosed by the slopes of the volcano. The Crater elephants are strangely, mainly bulls. There is a small number of black rhino. The bird life is largely seasonal and is also affected by the ratio of soda and fresh water on the Crater floor.
Day 4. Karatu
Today after early breakfast, descend to the crater floor for a day in the Ngorongoro Crater in a 6 Seater 4×4. You’ll explore and discover lions, elephants, zebra, hippo, buffalos, and rhino. Your picnic lunch will be on the crater floor. After an exciting day of safari, you’ll return to the lodge early for dinner and overnight at Kitela Lodge.
Kitela Lodge – Full Board
Day 5. Serengeti
The name comes from the Maasai word “siringet” meaning ‘endless plain’. This 14,763sq. kms. park encompasses lakes, savannah grassland, wooded hills, rivers, swamps, and volcanic massifs. Due to this diverse ecosystem it is undoubtedly one of the world’s last great wildlife refuges.
Serengeti is home to over 2 million wildebeest, half a million Thomson’s gazelle, and a quarter of a million zebra, giraffe, eland, topi, kongoni, impala and other antelope. The predators are also well represented by lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena. In total, there are nearly 35 species of savannah animals and almost 500 species of birds including lilac-breasted rollers, barbets, and ring-necked doves living in this animal kingdom.
After breakfast, transfer to the local airstrip for your scheduled flight to Seronera. You’ll be met by your camp representative and enjoy shared game activities with all meals and overnight at Namiri Plains Camp.
Namiri Plains Camp combines traditional bush style with a fresh modern feel and highly personalised service. This six-tented camp is ideal for safari enthusiasts wanting bush luxury, advanced guiding and a deeper wildlife experience in this area that was closed to the world for over 20 years – creating a safe haven for the exceptional population of big cats including the highest density of cheetah in East Africa.
Day 6. Serengeti
Today enjoy shared game activities with all meals and overnight at Namiri Plains. Full Board
Day 7. Serengeti
Again, today enjoy shared game activities with all meals and overnight at Namiri Plains. Full Board
Day 8. Serengeti
Today after breakfast, check out and transfer to the local airstrip for your scheduled flight to Kogatende. Upon arrival you’ll be met by your camp representative and enjoy shared game activities with all meals and overnight at Sayari Camp, Northern Serengeti.
Sayari camp is located on the Mara River, in the northern part of the Serengeti. This is where the Migration typically resides from mid July/August until November. Outside the Migration season, there is an abundance of residential wildlife. At this time, Sayari Camp is the only permanent camp on the Tanzanian side of the Mara River area. It is an intimate seasonal tented camp of 9 guest tents.
‘Sayari’ is Kiswahili for universe/planet, capturing the vast plains and endless skies in which the camp is immersed. Guest tents are designed to be spacious and are equipped with fully en-suite bathroom facilities. Each tent has its own private verandah with a reclining couch and chairs, positioned to overlook the vast Serengeti. Inside the tent, king-size beds with beautiful cloth and contemporary furniture give the tent a very stylish yet homely feel.
Sayari Camp operates in the remotest areas of the Serengeti eco-system, allowing for long game drives undisturbed by other vehicles and affording our guests private and unique sightings.During the Migration season (mid July to November), guests have a very good chance of seeing famous Mara River wildebeest crossings.
Day 9. Serengeti
Today enjoy game shared activities with all meals and overnight at Sayari Camp. Full Board
Day 10. Serengeti
Today, again enjoy shared game activities with all meals and overnight at Sayari Camp. Full Board
Day 11. Masai Mara
The Masai Mara
Justifiably one of the most famous reserves in Africa, its dominant features are the great rolling plains of savannah grasslands, which sustain the greatest variety of wildlife in Africa and indeed in the world. The concentration of game is at its highest from July through October when the Mara is host to the annual migration of more than a million wildebeest.
However, game viewing is excellent year-round with giraffe, buffalo, zebra, eland, hartebeest and Thompson’s gazelle offering a rich choice for the predators – lion, leopard and cheetah.
The Maasai people, after whom the park is named, are nomadic.
While on game drives, you will often notice young tribesmen herding their cattle amongst the plains game. They are colourfully attired, usually wrapped in bright red cloths, and armed with spears.
After an early breakfast, transfer to the local airstrip for your scheduled flight to Masai Mara via Tarime. Upon arrival you’ll be transferred across the border where you will clear customs and immigration before being dropped off at migori airstrip for your scheduled flight to the Masai Mara. Upon arrival you’ll be met by your camp representative and enjoy shared game activities with all meals and overnight at Mara Plains Camp
Mara Plains Camp
Mara Plains Camp is located on a bend in the Ntiakitiak River in the heart of the Olare Motorogi Conservancy which abuts Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve to its south. It’s a small, high quality, seven-roomed camp under canvas with sweeping views across Kenya’s notable savannahs.
The camp caters for only 14 guests in seven uniquely designed octagonal canvas rooms. Each is raised on decks and opens on three sides to the outside. The rooms have a dressing area as well as en-suite facilities, private verandahs with seating and exquisite views. The decor pays homage to the essence of East Africa and its chief influences – Masai and Arab culture.
Day 12. Masai Mara
Today enjoy shared game activities with all meals and overnight at Mara Plains Camp. Full Board
Day 13. Masai Mara
Again, today enjoy shared game activities with all meals and overnight at Mara Plains Camp. Full Board
Day 14. Nairobi
As the birthplace of the safari, Nairobi city is a natural start or end point for most Kenya safari itineraries. Indeed nearly all of the famous safaris of colonial history set off from here, some with lines of ‘bearers’ miles long. But before you leave, you might like to spend some time relaxing and discovering for yourself some of the many treasures of this surprising Kenyan city.
After breakfast, check out and transfer to the local airstrip for your scheduled flight to Wilson. Upon arrival you’ll be met by our representative and transferred to your city hotel in Karen with lunch and dinner by your own arrangements with overnight at Hemingways Nairobi.
This 45-room boutique hotel elevates the standard of luxury service for travellers in the region. Beautiful in its symmetry and flooded with natural light, this plantation-style property is airy and spacious. Its 80 square metre bedrooms each have a private balcony overlooking the iconic silhouette of the Ngong Hills
Day 15. Nairobi
Today after breakfast, check out and transfer to the airport for your onward departure flight.
This itinerary is scheduled for November 2017 but can be shortened, tweaked, changed and adjusted to suit your requirements for any timing or budget.
Price per person – £9,800.00
Per adult sharing twin room inc. all internal flights, exc. international flights
Single person supplement £1,672.00
Fancy exploring East Africa on this or any other holiday? If you’d like to know more or to plan your own personal itinerary then simply phone 01202 030443 or click ‘enquire’
Some of the Small Print
Itinerary cost includes:
Arrival and departure transfers
All national park entrance fees
Services of a professional experienced English speaking Driver/Guide.
All extra meals as mentioned in the program
Use of Camp shared 4×4 vehicles with services of an English speaking guide in Serengeti
All excursions as indicated in the itinerary.
Transportation in 4×4 Land Cruisers or Nissan Patrol with services of a professional experienced English speaking Driver/Guide for Ngorongoro sectors
Complementary 1 litre mineral water per person per day in safari vehicle
Included scheduled flights:
-Scheduled flight Zanzibar – Manyara on day 03
-Scheduled flight Manyara – Seronera on day 05
-Scheduled flight Seronera – Kogatende on day 08
-Scheduled flight Kogatende – Masai Mara on day 11
-Scheduled flight Masai Mara – Wilson on day 14
– Lunch and dinner except where shown
– International air transportation
– Visa fees
– International departure tax unless included in international air ticket
– Incidental tips to hotel/lodge staff and porters; gratuity to tour driver/guide
– All items of a personal nature such as laundry and drinks.