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Kenya & Tanzania Safari Tour

Tour departs: 09 June 2017
Tour length: 21 Days

We visit some of the most famous of the Game Reserves and National Parks in Africa, boasting an astonishing amount of game. Not only the game, but the areas we visit are ravishingly beautiful and also offer long undisturbed views and dramatic panoramas.

Overview

Tour Departs – 09 June 2017.

Tour Length – 21 Days.

An African safari is a truly awe-inspiring and humbling experience where we become immersed in the rich history and culture of the local people as well as the spectacular wildlife of the region. After the last six years of very successful tours, we are delighted to again offer this tour to the regions of Kenya and Tanzania.  With perhaps the most amazing and famous game reserves and national parks of anywhere on earth, this region offers an astonishing amount of game in the midst of ravishingly beautiful and dramatic panoramas that will simply take your breath away.

Discover and experience the landscapes, the wildlife and the culture in the ultimate Big Safari areas of Kenya and Tanzania, from the open plains of the Masai Mara, to the snowy peaks of Mt Kilimanjaro. This adventurous safari (in absolute comfort) showcases the ultimate in East Africa’s national parks and diverse scenery and provides the perfect opportunity to spot the “Big Five” as well as the myriad of other wildlife that populate the region.

Tour Highlights

The tour is full of daily highlights but some of the more prominent highlights include:

  • Diverse modern Dubai.
  • Nairobi, the Kenyan capital.
  • Mt Kenya & Mt Kilimanjaro.
  • The Great Rift Valley.
  • Masai Mara National Reserve.
  • Visit a Masai Village.
  • Serengeti National Park, the former home of George & Joy Adamson of “Born Free” fame.
  • Amboseli & Lake Nakuru National Parks.
  • Outstanding hotel, lodge and tented camp accommodation.

Itinerary

Friday 09 June

Home – Dubai

Late this afternoon, we report to the airport and join the flight to Dubai.


Saturday 10 June

Dubai (B)

We arrive in Dubai early this morning and after clearing Customs and Immigration formalities, we are met and transferred to our hotel for a two night stay. There is time to rest up after the flight until mid-afternoon when we take a sightseeing tour of the city – a fascinating historical excursion which takes you to the magnificent Jumeirah mosque, past modern palaces sprawled along the coast. In Bastakiya, see the old wind-towered houses built by wealthy merchants and the 150-year old Al Fahidi Fort.

We continue our journey by abra (local water taxi) and as you cross the Creek, you see the modern metropolis with its splendid architecture, dwarfing the bustling alleys of our next destination – the gold and spice souks. Time to walk through the bustling alleys with the aromas of the numerous spices and dazzling jewellery before returning to the hotel early evening.


Sunday 11 June

Dubai (B,D)

This morning, we have the option to visit the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world at 160 stories high. We travel to the observation deck which will provide you with a breath-taking unobstructed 360-degree view of the city, desert and ocean. Late in the afternoon we enjoy our first safari – albeit a desert one – as we join a four wheel drive excursion over rolling dunes deep into the heart of the desert. Watch the sun cast its orange glow over the shimmering sand and enjoy dinner and entertainment under the stars in Bedu tents. Later in the evening, we return to our hotel.


Monday12 June

Dubai – Nairobi (B.D)

A morning transfer to the airport where we join the 5 hour flight to Nairobi. We are met on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta Airport and transferred to the Nairobi Serena Hotel, Nairobi’s finest hotel, for an overnight stay.


Tuesday 13 June

Nairobi – Mt. Kenya (B.L.D)
After breakfast at the hotel, we enjoy a morning drive to the Mount Kenya region, arriving in time for lunch at our lodge. In the afternoon, our game drive will take us to the Chimpanzees Sanctuary before we enjoy game viewing on our way back to the lodge for dinner. Our accommodation is at Sweet Waters Tented Camp, with magnificent views across the plains to the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya. The luxury tents overlook the waterhole, floodlit at night, providing excellent and rarely seen game viewing.


Wednesday 14 June

Mt. Kenya – Great Rift Valley (B.L.D)

After breakfast, our drive takes us to the floor of the Great Rift Valley up the Mau Escarpment, destination Lake Nakuru National Park where the waters of the lake are often coloured shimmering Flamingo pink from thousands of birds lining the shore.

We enjoy a hot lunch before proceeding on an afternoon game-viewing drive. We end the day at Soysambu Conservancy, where we can relax for 2 nights at our stunning accommodation, Lake Elementeita Serena Luxury Camp.


Thursday 15 June

Lake Bogoria Game Reserve (B.L.D)

After breakfast, the drive will take us to Lake Bogoria game reserve. This is another famous lake that has a plentiful population of aquatic birds who enjoy the alkaline lake environment.


Friday 16 June

Great Rift Valley – Masai Mara (B.L.D)

We drive to the Masai Mara National Reserve offering wonderful scenery and plenty of game. It is perhaps the only region left in Kenya where the visitor may see animals in the same super abundance as existed a century ago. We arrive at our camp in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive. Our home for 3 nights is the Mara Serena Lodge. It is on this very terrain where the great annual migration takes place, when millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle traverse the landscape to feed on rich new grass and give birth to their young calves. The Masai Mara National Reserve is home to gazelle, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, elephant, buffalo, cheetah, leopard, the legendary black-maned lion and many more. Our lodge is ideally located to enjoy this unique phenomenon.


Saturday 17 June

Masai Mara (B.L.D)

We spend the full day in the area with morning and afternoon game drives and visits to neighbouring Masai communities. The game viewing is excellent with a large population of the “Big Five” – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard, together with prolific wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, cheetah and hyena. Our lodge is the perfect base to explore the area.


Sunday 18 June

Masai Mara (B.L.D)

Today, we can take some time out to relax and enjoy our surroundings. The early risers may wish to enjoy an optional balloon ride offering spectacular views over the region or you may wish to have another morning game drive. For some, just sitting by the wonderful pool enjoying the view will suit just fine.


Monday 19 June

Masai Mara – Serengeti (B.L.D)

Today, we cross the border into Tanzania as we drive to the Serengeti National Park, undoubtedly the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and the greatest concentration of game anywhere. The exquisite Kirawira Tented Camp stands high on the bluff of a bush-cloaked ridge, commanding panoramic views over the endlessly rolling reaches and volcanic reefs of the Serengeti National Park, the epitome of colonially-styled safari luxury.


Tuesday 20 June

Serengeti (B.L.D)

A full day in the Serengeti with game drives and the opportunity to relax. (Look out for the surprise breakfast today!). It was 1913 and great stretches of Africa were still unknown to the white man when Stewart Edward White, an American hunter, set out from Nairobi. Pushing south, he recorded: “We walked for miles over burnt out country… Then I saw the green trees of the river, walked two miles more and found myself in paradise.” He had found Serengeti which has come to symbolize paradise to many, especially the Masai, who have grazed their cattle on the vast grassy plains for millennia. To them it was Siringitu – “the place where the land goes on forever.”


Wednesday 21 June

Serengeti (B.L.D)

After breakfast, we move on to the central part of the Serengeti ecosystem to our overnight accommodation at Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, which is set on a ridge overlooking the savanna in the Seronera Valley, Serengeti National Park. The location is fairly central and most parts of the park can be reached during game drives, including the open savannas.


Thursday 22 June

Serengeti – Ngorongoro Conservation Area (B.L.D)

We drive to the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact caldera in the world. Its endearing charm stems from its overwhelming physical beauty and the abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater floor. En route, we visit Olduvai Gorge, site of archeological findings where traces of pre-historic man dating back 3.5 million years have been discovered. We arrive at our lodge in time for lunch with the remainder of the day at leisure. We spend 2 nights at Neptune Ngorongoro Lodge, set in a delightful acacia forest on the rim of the crater.


Friday 23 June

Ngorongoro Conservation Area (B.L.D)

The jewel in Ngorongoro’s crown is the deep volcanic crater, the largest un-flooded and unbroken caldera in the world. About 20kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 square kms in area, the crater is a breath-taking natural wonder. It contains a huge number and variety of wildlife and fauna. We have the full day to explore the crater.


Saturday 24 June

Ngorongoro – Amboseli (B.L.D)

Today we drive back across the border into Kenya and Amboseli National Park set below the most famous symbol in Africa – Mt. Kilimanjaro. Our home for the next 2 nights is Amboseli Serena Lodge in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro set beside acacia trees and a natural spring amidst more big game than perhaps anywhere else in Africa. The Lodge is in harmony with its environment offering unique guest services and exceptional amenities.


Sunday 25 June

Amboseli (B.L.D)

We will have plenty of time for morning and afternoon game drives, enjoying the view of “The Roof of Africa”, Mt Kilimanjaro. Here the major attraction is the large herds of elephants.


Monday 26 June

Amboseli – Nairobi (B.L.D)

After breakfast, we return back to Nairobi, Kenya’s colourful capital city for an overnight stay. Enjoy a farewell dinner together on our final night in Africa.


Tuesday 27 June

Nairobi – Dubai (B)

The morning is at leisure and this afternoon we transfer to the airport and join the flight back to Dubai. Arrival time is late evening and overnight accommodation is reserved inside the airport.


Wednesday 28 June

Depart Dubai – Home (B)

Time for the last leg of our journey for our flight home.


Thursday 29 June

Arrive Home

Our flight arrives home today, the end of a wonderful tour.

Map

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Accommodation

For this tour, we have chosen some of the very best of luxury lodges and wildlife camps available. These include:

  • Lake Elementeita Serena Luxury Camp
  • Mara Serena Lodge
  • Kirawira Serena Tented Camp, Serengeti
  • Neptune Ngorongoro Lodge, Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Amboseli Serena Lodge in the shadow of Mt Kilimanjaro

Some of the camps offer tented accommodation but these tents are something else. All the accommodation tents include ensuite bathrooms, wooden floors, electricity and heating and the finest of bed linen. The “mess” and lounge tents are furnished with your comfort in mind even to the point of chandelier lighting, grand sofas and bookcases.

Enjoy sundowner drinks around the campfire in the evening before retiring to the “mess” tent for “silver service” dinner. “Out of Africa” safari camp luxury!

Prices

Tour Costs

Per Person Share Twin Room: $16,950
Supplement for Single Room (if required): $2,700

Costs include
  • Economy class air travel from the tours international departure point
  • (Upgrade to Business Class available at additional cost)
  • Airport, government and security taxes as known at 01 September 2016
  • First Class / Deluxe hotel, lodge or camp accommodation
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner
  • Sightseeing, entrance fees and game drives as indicated in the itinerary
  • Baggage handling of one suitcase per person
  • Tips to local guides and coach drivers
  • Fully escorted by a Maher Tours Escort
Costs exclude
  • Any meals and sightseeing not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Passsport and Visa fees
  • Travel insurance – advice and assistance offered
  • Items of a personal nature such telephone charges, laundry, drinks etc.

Be prepared for a fantastic experience!  The tour is excellent value for money and totally exceeded my expectations.

Muriel Masters

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