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This is Africa is a rapidly growing wholesale and retail travel company which specialises in selling tailor-made and package tours to Africa.

Visits: Nairobi, Masai Mara National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Naivasha, Amboseli National Park, Arusha, Lake Manyara, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park
Start: Nairobi Finish: Nairobi
Duration: 13 days
Style: standard, small group safari
Group size: maximum 7
Product code: NBOSPARP001EAESO 

Operates: Tuesdays and Thursdays

This small group safari combines some of the most popular adventures in Kenya and Tanzania. Wildlife abounds as you visit world renowned game parks, as well as lesser known areas. The focus is on game viewing, but you will also enjoy a visit to a Maasai village. With diverse wildlife and cultures, plus spectacular scenery, this is an excellent safari if you are keen to spend two to three weeks in this region.

Day 1: Nairobi
Meet and greet transfer to your Nairobi hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Safari Park Hotel
Day 2: Masai Mara National Reserve
Drive through the rift escarpment to the Masai Mara National Reserve, followed by an afternoon game drive. Mara Sopa Lodge
Day 3: Masai Mara National Reserve
A day of wildlife spotting with morning and afternoon game drives. Enjoy a visit to a Maasai village. Mara Sopa Lodge
Day 4: Lake Nakuru
Spot wildlife en route to Lake Elementaita, where you enjoy lunch. This afternoon game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park. Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge
Day 5: Amboseli National Park
Enjoy a morning boat ride on Lake Naivasha, then depart the Rift Valley for Amboseli National Park. Amboseli Sopa Lodge
Day 6: Amboseli National Park
With Mt Kilimanjaro as your backdrop you enjoy a full day of wildlife spotting during morning and afternoon game drives. Amboseli Sopa Lodge
Day 7: Lake Manyara National Park
Enter Tanzania. Drive through the Rift Valley Escarpment and past many picturesque African villages and plantations on your way to Lake Manyara. Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge
Day 8: Serengeti National Park
Morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. Drive to Serengeti National Park, viewing game en route. Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Day 9: Serengeti National Park
A day of wildlife viewing in the Serengeti with morning and afternoon game drives. Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Day 10: Ngorongoro Conservation Area

A final game drive in the Serengeti whilst driving to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Day 11: Ngorongoro Crater

Full day guided safari in the Ngorongoro Crater, viewing masses of wildlife within the volcanic caldera. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Day 12: Tarangire National Park
Head to Tarangire National Park, passing Maasai herdsmen en route. Afternoon game drive. Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Day 13: Nairobi
Drive to the Kenyan border and on to Nairobi for a group dinner prior to transferring to the airport.


Safari information:
Accommodation: standard game lodges
Transport: 4WD vehicle with photo roof (guaranteed window seat / maximum 7 passengers)
Meals: most meals (refer to inclusions tab)
Guide: English speaking driver / guide
Activities: game drives within seven national parks and reserves, boat excursion Lake Naivasha, Maasai Village visit

This safari combines some of the most popular adventures in Kenya and Tanzania. Wildlife abounds as you visit world renowned game parks, as well as lesser known areas. The focus is on game viewing, but you will also enjoy a visit to a Masai village. With diverse wildlife and cultural experiences, plus spectacular scenery, this safari is an excellent way to spend two to three weeks in the region.

Day 1: Nairobi
On arrival in Nairobi you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Safari Park Hotel. 

Safari Park Hotel

Situated only 10km from the city center and 20km from the international airport, the lively Safari Park Hotel is an African-theme resort providing deluxe accommodation in 64 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and indigenous forest. All of the 204 distinctively designed and decorated rooms are airy and contain television, bathroom facilities and private balconies. Antique furniture, polished wooden floors and large garden-view rear and front balconies create a light-filled ambience. Its six restaurants are excellent and cater to all tastes and there is a large pool area, a casino, several bars, a health club and tennis and squash courts (golf nearby).

Day 2: Masai Mara National Reserve
Today your safari commences. Leaving Nairobi, at 7:30 am, you travel towards Kenya's fertile highlands and head down the Rift Escarpment on a road built by World War II Italian prisoners of war. 

The Masai Mara is Kenya’s premier wildlife viewing reserve and is famous for its exceptional population of game and the annual migration of over one million wildebeest and thousands of zebra and gazelle. The migration takes place from July to October and watching these animals cross the Mara River from Tanzania into Kenya is truly a remarkable spectacle. Thousands die in the dramatic river crossing, with predators and crocodiles the winners. The concentration of game during the mass migration is phenomenal and this is one of the few areas in East Africa where you are likely to see all of the ‘big five’ (buffalo, elephant, rhino, lion and leopard) in one place. Other animals found in the Mara include: cheetah, zebra, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal, hippo, giraffe and eland. Following lunch is an afternoon game drive. Mara Sopa Lodge (BLD).

Mara Sopa Lodge
The lodge is set in the Oloolaimutia Valley and built into the surrounding hillside landscape. A fabulous wealth of wildlife, birdlife and natural flora can be seen in every direction. The lodge is luxuriously appointed with all the mod cons one would expect from a Sopa styled lodge in the bush. The bedrooms are spacious, the large pool has wonderful views and there’s evening wildlife films and CNN to enjoy during down-time. 

Day 3: Masai Mara National Reserve
After an early breakfast you enjoy a game drive in the Masai Mara, returning to the lodge for lunch and perhaps a siesta. Big cat viewing is particularly interesting in the morning with one of the largest concentrations of predators in Africa inhabiting this reserve. In the afternoon you visit a Maasai village to learn about this fascinating culture. Habitual pastoralists, the Masai are often seen tending to their cattle from the side of the road. Return to the lodge at sunset. (It is possible to pre-book an optional early morning balloon safari). Mara Sopa Lodge (BLD).

Day 4: Lake Nakuru National Park
Leaving the Masai Mara after breakfast, you travel across the ‘breadbasket’ of Kenya where acres of wheat and barley litter the landscape as you head back to Narok. Travel across the vast plains of the Rift Valley and up the Mau Escarpment, before arriving at Lake Nakuru around midday. After lunch you depart for an afternoon game drive in the national park. Within the park’s 188 square kilometres lies the shallow and strongly alkaline Lake  Nakuru, which at times can support up to a million lesser flamingos. The park is set in a picturesque landscape of surrounding wood and grasslands. Aside from  flamingo and other waterbirds which abound, other wildlife highlights include black and white rhino, hippo, Rothschild giraffe, lion, leopard and a variety of primates, including vervet monkeys, baboons and black and white colobus. Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge (BLD). 

Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge 
Located on the range of hills that form the western limits of Africa’s Great Rift Valley Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge offers spectacular views over the lake and it’s surrounding National Park. Opened in 2015 the lodge is a showcase for modern African décor. Each of the sixty suites has an open balcony, private ensuite, mini-bar and Wi- Fi connectivity. The lodges 'communal lounges, two bars and dining areas are all located on sheltered terraces affording extensive views of the local wildlife. The infinity pool overlooks Lake Nakuru itself which is often home to a vast flamingo population.  

Day 5: Amboseli National Park
After an early breakfast you continue to Lake Naivasha for a boat ride. The lake supports resident hippo and a host of waterbirds, including: African fish eagles, pied kingfishers, pelicans, flamingos and waterfowl. Following the boat ride, you leave the Rift Valley behind and proceed to Nairobi, where you collect a picnic lunch. From Nairobi you head south towards Amboseli, arriving at your lodge by late afternoon. Amboseli Sopa Lodge (BLD).

Amboseli Sopa Lodge
Set on 200 acres of private land on the foothills of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, the lodge is perfectly poised to provide a luxurious base to explore the park and get great pictures of this incredible mountain. Each of the 47 rooms has a private veranda on which to relax, sunbathe and take in the views. All rooms have an en suite and are modern, spacious and comfortable. Meals are a cosmopolitan combination of European, African and Asian dishes and are made with fresh produce. There are also several bars, a great pool, TV lounge and many other small niceties that make this a superb location.

Day 6: Amboseli National Park
Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast before heading off on a full day’s safari game drive in Amboseli. Amboseli National Park covers 400 square kilometres of plains with the stunning spectacle of Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, towering over it. One of the most popular parks in Kenya, wildlife viewing here is great all year round. The melting snows of Kilimanjaro flow underground into the park, continually feeding water to springs, swamps and marshes. Amboseli is a favourite spot for wildlife, in particular elephant, with over 1000 living in the park eco-system. Along with elephant there’s hippo, giraffe, oryx antelope, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra and gazelle, plus a profusion of birdlife. Lions are very rare, but cheetahs are seen fairly frequently. A hot lunch is served at a picnic site, followed by more game viewing before you return to the lodge at around 4.00 pm in time to relax and freshen up before dinner. Amboseli Sopa Lodge (BLD).

Day 7: Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast you continue your journey on to the Tanzanian border, before arriving in Arusha for lunch. After lunch we drive across the Masai Steppe and onto the Great Rift Valley, where your lodge is located high on the rim of the valley overlooking the national park. Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge (BLD)

Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge
Set in lush green gardens and offering stunning views over Lake Manyara, and on a clear day, Mount Kilimanjaro, Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge is the ideal place to explore the great rift valley. The Ngorongoro Crater, Oldeani, Lake Eyasi, Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro highlands are all within a half days’ drive from the lodge. Each of the 50 suites and two bed villas have inside and outside showers, a bath, air-conditioning, fire places, Wi-Fi, mini bar, safe and private balcony.  The spacious main house highlights local stone work and includes a main lounge, grand hallway, dining room, spa, boutique, conference room, media room, outside fire place, billiards room, internet cafe and children's activity room. Kilimamoja is a friendly lodge where guests can enjoy a refreshing dip in the infinity pool, linger over a dinner featuring a selection of dishes from around Africa and sit around the outside fireplace watching the sun set over the great rift valley. 

Day 8: Serengeti National Park
After breakfast enjoy a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, returning to the lodge for lunch. Leaving Lake Manyara behind your journey continues the stunning countryside of the highlands and into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. From here lie the vast plains of the Serengeti, where you will start spotting game well before you get into the park. At just 15,000 square kilometres in size, the Serengeti contains over three million animals. Most take part in seasonal migrations, unparalleled in nature. Serengeti Sopa Lodge (BLD).


Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Located in the Nyarboro Hills in the south-west of the Serengeti National Park, the lodge is the only tourism development in this section of the park. A year round supply of water and the acacia woodland create an ideal environment for the wide variety of wildlife seen in the immediate vicinity of the lodge. Looking out over the seemingly endless Serengeti plains, this hillside lodge is a tranquil oasis set within thousands of square kilometres of Serengeti National Park.  The lodge can accommodate around 170 guests in 79 suites, each enjoying wall-to-wall carpeting, a private lounge with a mini bar, a bedroom with two queen size beds and ample room for a third guest. Each has a private veranda which offers stunning views over the plains. As the sun sets you can enjoy sundowner cocktails by the pool, and in the evening after a four-course dinner, traditional dancers entertain guests. Slide presentations are also held daily by resident naturalists.

Day 9: Serengeti National Park
Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the Serengeti. Serengeti Sopa Lodge (BLD). 

Day 10: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast you depart for the Ngorongoro with a picnic lunch, viewing game across the vast Serengeti plains en route. After stopping for a picnic lunch you continue on to your lodge, which is located on Lemala Hill on the uppermost eastern rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. The views to the crater floor from your room are spectacular. A major advantage of this lodge is its close proximity to the park gate, allowing guests to be on safari in the crater within minutes. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (BLD).

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
The lodge is located on Lemala Hill on the uppermost eastern rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, making it the only tourist development on the eastern rim of the crater. The views to the crater floor are spectacular and the sunsets are magnificent. A major advantage of this lodge is that you are on safari within five minutes of leaving the property as the park gate is very close. The lodge is tastefully decorated, spacious and all the bedrooms are modern, comfortable and well equipped. With an altitude of 2,375 metres, the lodge experiences cool and even cold weather, especially during the winter months of June and July.  

Day 11: Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast you descend with a picnic lunch 2,000 feet into the crater. Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. You will spend a whole day game viewing in the crater which is home to an estimated 25,000 animals. Grazing animals dominate with zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, buffalo, eland, hartebeest, warthog and rhino all common. A large concentration of predators, mainly lion, add to this unequalled wildlife experience. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (BLD).

Day 12: Tarangire National Park
Today you head east to Tarangire. Once you enter the park game can be spotted en route to your lodge, arriving for lunch. After lunch and perhaps a swim, the remainder of the afternoon is spent game driving in the park. Famous for its huge elephant herds and thousands of distinctive baobab trees, Tarangire offers unique game viewing. Tarangire Sopa Lodge (BLD).

Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Tarangire is recognized as one of the best parks on the northern circuit for elephant viewing during the dry season and Tarangire Sopa is ideally placed to experience this. The lodge welcomes guests to its vast marble-floored reception area with cold flannels and iced juice. In the pretty gardens a large circular pool with a central island, a pool bar and elegant wooden loungers demonstrates the lodge's commitment to comfort. Delicious barbecue lunches are often served here. A broad veranda wraps itself around the lodge and gives prime viewing for the waterhole below, which is filled during the dry season and becomes a magnet for wildlife. The rooms at the lodge are simple, comfortable and spacious and arranged in groups of four, in African-style buildings. Large sliding doors open to a private balcony.

Day 13: Nairobi 
Depart Tarangire after breakfast and drive back to Arusha, arriving in time for lunch. The journey will pass through the Masai Steppe filled with many picturesque African villages as well as maize, coffee and banana plantations. After lunch you continue on to Nairobi, arriving in time for a farewell dinner with your group before transferring to your hotel at around 7:00pm. (BLD).

 




 

Flights
No flights included
Accommodation
Twelve nights in safari lodge and Nairobi hotel accommodation in the properties listed 
Meals 
12 x breakfast
12 x lunches
12 x dinners
Park Fees & taxes
All park fees and taxes applicable at the time of booking.
Prices for airport taxes, park fees and applicable government taxes and levies may be changed without prior notice. Any change is beyond our control and any increase levied will be passed on to the client.
Transport
Safari 4 wheel drive custom built vehicle with photo roof
All passengers guaranteed a window seat
Maximum of 7 passengers

Transfers
Meet and greet day 1 airport transfer
Departure transfer to JKI airport at end of tour on day 13

Activities
Maasai Village Visit
Two afternoon and one morning game drive in Masai Mara National Reserve
Afternoon game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park
Boat excursion Lake Naivasha
Full day game drive in Amboseli National Park
Morning game drive in Lake Manyara
Morning and afternoon game drive in Serengeti National Park
Game viewing in Serengeti National Park when driving from Lake Manyara and to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Full day game drive in Ngorongoro Crater

Afternoon game drive in Tarangire National Park
Tour essentials
Services of an English-speaking guide / driver
One bottle of mineral water per person per day during game drives
Small group touring


Important information
It is the responsibility of the client to be at the tour departure point at the time assigned by the tour operator. On completion of the tour, flights must be booked taking into consideration the time recommended by the tour operator.
The tour operator may re-route the itinerary or change the accommodation in rare cases of non-availability, or if local conditions restrict accessibility.
Transfers may be in a two-wheel drive seven passenger minibus or 24 passenger coach.
During peak season multiple vehicle departures may occur and vehicles may travel together.
This safari is modular. On the Kenyan section of your safari you will have a Kenyan guide and vehicle. This will change to a Tanzanian guide and vehicle once in Tanzania. A transfer vehicle may be used between the border and Arusha where you meet your guide and vehicle for the Tanzanian section of your safari.
It is the responsibility of the client to have all necessary documentation, including visas and inoculation certificates relating to this tour.
Prices may vary when booking seasons overlap. Bookings over Christmas, New Year and Easter incur holiday supplements. Please ask for a date-specific quote for travel during these dates.
Children younger than seven are unable to join seat-in-vehicle safaris, however we would be pleased to book a private safari for families with young children.
Due to limited luggage space in vehicles, suitcases are unsuitable for scheduled road safaris. We recommend luggage packed in inexpensive barrel style bags or soft sided bags not exceeding 15kgs and 65 x 46 cm.
As prices are calculated in foreign currencies it may become necessary to add a currency surcharge.
Please refer to our terms and conditions for amendments and cancellation policies if necessary.

 

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