This safari sets to explore some of Kenya’s and Tanzania’s premier destinations. This safari starts with 2 nights at Sweetwaters Camp, Ol Pajeta Conservancy, before heading to the Rift Valley for 2 nights in Lake Naivasha. Next stop - the famous Masai Mara, Lake Victoria, Serengeti, Ngorongoro and culminates in Arusha. The safari takes on a sure pace, offering ample time to savour each safari location, allowing for the ultimate East African safari experience!
This safari sets to explore some of Kenya’s and Tanzania’s premier destinations. Leaving the hustle of the city behind, this safari heads to Ol Pajeta Conservancy for 2 nights at Sweetwaters Camp, before heading to the Rift Valley for 2 nights in Lake Naivasha. Next stop - the famous Masai Mara, Lake Victoria, Serengeti, Ngorongoro and culminates in the serenity of Arusha’s town. The safari takes on a sure pace, offering ample time to savour each safari location, allowing for the ultimate East African safari experience!
Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi
Day 2: Nairobi to Ol Pejeta Ranch
About Ol Pejeta Ranch
Ol Pejeta Game Conservancy boats a higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any of Kenya's national parks, the camp offers unprecedented opportunities for wildlife watching, either by guided walks, camel treks, or by day and night game drives, while likely sightings include all the members of ‘The Big Five' (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard).
Distance/drive time: 220km / 3½ hours
Day 3: On safari in Ol Pejeta
Enjoy an entire day exploring the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy with game drives, Rhino Sanctuary and Chimpanzee sanctuary visits. Optional activities: Guided bush walks, bird watching, local community visits and so many more activities here.
About Ol Pejeta Game Conservancy
Situated between the foot hills of the Aberdares and the magnificent snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya, the 110,000-acre private wilderness of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy boasts an astounding variety of wildlife, including all the members of the ‘Big Five' (the endangered black and white rhino , leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion). Offering one of the highest wildlife densities in Kenya and a higher wildlife to acre ratio than any Kenyan national park, the conservancy offers sanctuary to a number of endangered species, most notably the rare Grevy's zebra and the Jackson's hartebeest. The largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, the conservancy also hosts the only sanctuary for chimpanzees in Kenya.
Day 4: Ol Pejeta to Lake Naivasha
After breakfast, drive to Lake Nakuru National Park in time for a late lunch at Flamingo Hill Tented After breakfast, drive south to Lake Naivasha in time for lunch at the charmingly located Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge. The lodge stands in 120 acres of lakeside land, most of which is covered in green riparian meadows, which sweep down to the shores of the lake, one of the most beautiful in the Great Rift Valley. A jetty has been built out onto the lake, from where guests can watch the antics of the hippos in the lake and experience 360-degree views, which include Crescent Island, Mount Longonot, the Mau Escarpment and the misty outline of the Aberdares. The grounds are alive with a colourful selection of birds, and the trees with monkeys.
Day 5: On safari in Lake Naivasha
Distance/drive time: 365 km / 5½ hours
Day 7: On safari in the Mara
Day 8: Mara into Tanzania and onto Lake Victoria
Distance/drive time: 470 km / 8½ hours
Day 9: Lake Victoria to Serengeti
After breakfast explore Lake Victoria with 1.5hour canoe ride and visit to local fish village. Depart and drive to the Serengeti National Park and to Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp which is scenically located in a glade, known as ‘the place of the klipspringer’ (mbuzi mawe), and guarded by three-million-year-old granite towers. The camp is cleverly located on one of the main annual migration corridors. Enjoy lunch and afternoon game drive, dinner and overnight at the camp.
About the Serengeti
Covering 14,763 sq km of endlessly rolling savannah plains, the Serengeti is Tanzania’s first-established, largest and most famous park wherein tens of thousands of hoofed animals roam in a constant and unremitting search for the fresh grasslands upon which their survival depends.
Distance/drive time: 250km / 5 hours
Day 10: On safari in the Serengeti
With a full day on safari (morning and afternoon game drives included) your options are wide. The Serengeti, whose Maasai name ‘Siringet’ translates as ‘the endless plains’, offers unparalleled ornithological opportunities and an unrivalled natural arena wherein the glory and harmony of nature can be appreciated as nowhere else on earth. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served at the camp.
Day 11: To the Ngorongoro Crater vi Olduvai Gorge
After breakfast, enjoy a morning game drive as you leave the Serengeti with picnic lunch and drive to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area via Olduvai Gorge. Popularly known as the ‘Cradle of Mankind’, Olduvai is the site of one of the most important and controversial Palaeolithic finds in recent history. In the late afternoon, arrive at the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, a unique lodge clinging to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the Crater 600 metres below. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
About the crater
Often referred to as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’ the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s best-known wildlife arenas. A World Heritage Site, it is also one of the largest volcanic craters in the world (almost 20 kilometres wide, 610-760 metres deep and covering a total area of 264 square kilometres). An utterly unique biosphere, the Crater harbours grasslands, swamps, forests, saltpans, a fresh water lake and a glorious variety of birdlife, all enclosed within its towering walls. Due to its high concentration of wildlife, close-range viewing opportunities and striking scenery it is also Tanzania’s most visited destination.
Distance/drive time: 150 km / 3 hours
Day 12: Ngorongoro to Arusha
After breakfast drive to Arusha - to the foot of the wooded slopes of Mount Meru. Check-in to the Mount Meru Hotel, a modern hotel nestled against one of the most majestic backdrops – the Mount Meru. Lunch and afternoon will be at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel
Distance/drive time: 223 km / 4.5 hours
Day 13: Departure
After breakfast, transfer to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward flights.
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