A Kenya and Tanzania combo of great game viewing, popular lodging and fantastic food! Experience a kaleidoscope of game reserves set in many different landscapes that show off East Africa at its finest. Travel through Kenya’s famous parks; Nakuru and Masai Mara before crossing into Tanzania’s vast Serengeti Reserve. Next marvel at game rich Ngorongoro Crater and lovely Lake Manyara. Conclude your busy safari adventure in Zanzibar. Known as the Spice Island, the beautiful island of Zanzibar on Africa’s east coast is bursting with culture and history.
Day 1 Depart CANADA
Day 2 Nairobi, KENYA Hotel Stay
Day 3 Ol Pejeta Conservancy, KENYA Tented Camp
Day 4 Ol Pejeta Conservancy, KENYA Tented Camp
Day 5 Aberdare National Park, KENYA Lodge Stay
Day 6 Lake Nakuru National Park, KENYA Lodge Stay
Day 7 Masai Mara Game Reserve, KENYA Lodge Stay
Day 8 Masai Mara Game Reserve, KENYA Lodge Stay
Day 9 Masai Mara Game Reserve, KENYA Lodge Stay
Day 10 Serengeti National Park, TANZANIA Lodge Stay
Day 11 Serengeti National Park, TANZANIA Lodge Stay
Day 12 Ngorongoro Conservation, TANZANIA Lodge Stay
Day 13 Ngorongoro Conservation, TANZANIA Hotel Stay
Day 14 Tarangire National Park, TANZANIA Tented Camp
Day 15 Tarangire National Park, TANZANIA Tented Camp
Day 16 Arusha, TANZANIA Hotel Stay
Day 17 Stone Town, ZANZIBAR Hotel Stay
Day 18 Stone Town, ZANZIBAR Hotel Stay
Day 19 Stone Town – Dar Es Salaam, ZANZIBAR
Evening departure for CANADA
Day 20 Afternoon arrival back in CANADA
Only 6 guests per jeep are accommodated on our adventure!
Day 1 – September 21, 2020 / Monday – CANADA – KENYA
Meet our tour host at the Toronto airport for your flight with Air France bound for Kenya.
Day 2 – September 22 / Tuesday – NAIROBI, KENYA
JAMBO – KARIBU!! It is ‘touch down’ at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Our local representative is eagerly awaiting your arrival in our unique and traditional African style – wet towels and welcome (‘bubbly’ or non-alcoholic) drink. It is a tradition in Africa to present a gift as an expression of our joy and happiness – what better gift than an authentic safari hat and a safari pouch filled with safari essentials! Nairobi is used as a jumping off point for safari trips in Kenya or East Africa. Accommodation: SHERATON NAIROBI or similar (1 night).
Day 3 – September 23 / Wednesday – OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY, KENYA
After breakfast you will depart to Sweetwaters Game Sanctuary to arrive at Sweetwaters Tented Camp in time for lunch. Serena Sweetwater’s Tented Camp is located in the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy, renowned for its rhino conservation success. The camp is built around a waterhole which attracts a wide variety of game during the day and at night. The main area was once a colonial farm and the restaurant is housed in the former manager’s house along with a bar and lounge with cosy log fire and a swimming pool nearby. After lunch you will proceed for your first game drive in the conservancy before returning to your camp in the evening for dinner. Accommodation: SWEETWATERS TENTED CAMP or similar (2 nights). (B/L/D)
Day 4 – September 24 / Thursday – OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY, KENYA
A full day to explore exotic Sweetwaters Sanctuary. The camp overlooks one of the busiest waterhole’s in the area and offers an astounding variety of animals including all the Big Five and myriad plains game. This is Africa as Teddy Roosevelt saw it years ago when he led one of the first safaris to tour Africa in comfort and splendor. The tents at Sweetwaters will remind us of this past era. The combination of amazing wildlife and stunning views across the open plains of Ol Pejeta guarantees an unforgettable safari experience. All your meals will be served at the camp. (B/L/D)
Day 5 – September 25 / Friday – ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK, KENYA
After breakfast depart for Aberdares National Park, a beautiful mountain range in the central highlands of Kenya. Arrive in time for lunch at your ground serving hotel – Aberdares Country Club. Afternoon transfer to your overnight lodge build deep in the forest. Enjoy game viewing at the floodlit water hole and salt lick from the comfortable lounge areas or from your room at any time of night such as the savannah elephant, rhino, Cape buffalo, bush bucks, giant forest hogs, Sykes monkey, leopard, and the rare bongo. A ground level bunker provides excellent photographic opportunities and takes you closer than you would believe possible to the wildlife. A warm jacket/sweater is highly recommended. Dinner and overnight at your hotel. Please note: Pack an overnight bag, the rest of the baggage to be left at Aberdare’s Country Club in safe deposit. Accommodation: ARK LODGE or similar (1 night). (B/L/D)
Day 6 – September 26 / Saturday – LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK, KENYA
After breakfast depart for Lake Nakuru National Park with a brief stop over at the Thompson’s Falls named after Joseph Thompson who was the first European to walk from Mombasa to Lake Victoria in the early 1880’s. Proceed to Lake Nakuru, famous as home to thousands of lesser and greater flamingos. The lake also is inhabited by water mammals mainly hippopotamus and clawless otters. This park also provides sanctuary for Rothschild giraffe, black and white rhino and the elusive leopard. Arrive in time for lunch at your preferred choice of accommodation and some leisure time, later in the afternoon head out for game viewing drive in search of both the black and white rhino, the endangered Rothschild Giraffe (Twiga), the elusive leopard as well as a host of other plains game and with a chance to visit the shores of the lake where you may walk with millions of flamingos. Accommodation: SAROVA HILL LODGE or similar (1 night). (B/L/D)
Day 7 – September 27 / Sunday – MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE, KENYA
After breakfast, drive through the Rift Valley floor to 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. Arrive for lunch at your camp. Enjoy afternoon game viewing drive in this vast and expansive reserve teeming with game. Mara game reserve is famous for her big five; the most sought after in the early 20th century, when Kenya was a hunters’ paradise. These include the lion, Cape buffalo, the savanna elephant, black rhino and the elusive leopard. The vast savanna grasslands as far as the eye can see is home to impalas, masai giraffe, waterbuck, wart hog, Thompson & grand gazelle, topi, the resident wildebeest among many others. Dinner at your camp. Accommodation: TIPILIKWANI LUXURY MARA CAMP or similar (3 nights). (B/L/D)
Day 8 & 9 – September 28 / Monday – September 29 / Tuesday – MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE, KENYA
Spend two more days game viewing in this wildlife haven. Your driver guide will plan your days with you, which can be as active or as leisurely as you wish. You may decide to spend the whole day in the park with picnic lunches or enjoy a morning game drive and return to the camp for a leisurely lunch and time to relax before going out game viewing again in the cooler hours of the afternoon. Masai Mara is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves. Acacia dotted plains, tree-lined rivers and woodlands are abundant with wildlife and an array of birdlife. Game viewing is spectacular year-round you may see a pride of lions stalking their prey, observe a herd of elephant and their fascinating social structure, or see pods of hippo wallowing in the rivers. The Mara plays host to one of the natural wonders of nature – The Great Wildebeest Migration. An estimated two million animals migrate in a year-round pattern through Tanzania and Kenya, following the rain. OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Balloon Safari over the Mara plains followed by a champagne breakfast or visit a traditional Masai Manyatta (off the beaten track) and experience the culture of this world-famous community. The Masai still live as they did for centuries interact with these nomadic people and experience their way of life as you learn about their customs and traditions. (B/L/D)
Day 10 – September 30 / Wednesday – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA
Breakfast at your camp. After breakfast you will drive with packed lunches to Isebania border where you will swap the vehicle at the border after clearing with immigration and continue with the safari with our Tanzanian driver guide who will be waiting for you at the border. After the vehicle swap you will proceed to Serengeti, arrival followed by check in at your lodge. Dinner and overnight at the lodge. Accommodation: SERENGETI SOPA LODGE or similar (2 nights). (B/L/D)
Day 11 – October 1 / Thursday – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA
Breakfast at the lodge. Spend another day in Serengeti National Park. You can opt to go on a full day game drive with packed lunches or morning and afternoon game drive. You are free to discuss this with your safari guide on best timings for game. The name ‘Serengeti’ comes from the Maasai language and means ‘endless place’ The vast open savannahs and wooded grasslands are home to large predators like lion, leopard, cheetah, herds of buffalo, elephant, giraffe and also to a host of plains game and a wide variety of birdlife. The Serengeti / Ngorongoro Conservation area plays host to the Great Wildebeest Migration which is one of the natural wonders of the animal world – millions of wildebeest and zebra migrate in a year round pattern through Tanzania and Kenya and in the early months of each year the short grass plains in this area provide the perfect setting for the calving season where hundreds of calves are born. OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Dawn Balloon Safari over the Serengeti Plains ending with a champagne breakfast. (B/L/D)
Day 12 – October 2 / Friday – NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA, TANZANIA
After breakfast, we depart to Ngorongoro. We stop at the Oldupai Gorge, one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world to learn on human evolution. We will enjoy an on-site talk on the interpretation of the gorge by the resident guide. We arrive at our lodge to a warm welcome, check-in then lunch. This afternoon we relax and from our lodge enjoy the breath-taking spectacular views of the crater below. Ngorongoro Crater has the largest unbroken caldera in the world. It has been described as one of the great natural wonders of the world. Eight million years ago, the Ngorongoro Crater was an active volcano, but its cone collapsed, forming the crater that is 610 meters deep, 20 kilometres in diameter, and covers an area of 311 sq. km. Spectacular as it is, the crater accounts for just a tenth of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The crater is home to many species of wild game and birds. With the exception of impala and topi (due to fierce competition with the wildebeest) and the giraffe (because there is not much to eat at tree level), almost every species of African plains mammal lives in the crater, including the endangered black rhino, and the densest population of predators in Africa. The birdlife, which includes the flamingo, is mainly seasonal, and is also affected by the ratio of soda to fresh water in Lake Magadi on the crater floor. Dinner and overnight at your lodge. NOTE: Warm jacket/cardigan is highly recommended. Accommodation: NGORONGORO SOPA LODGE or similar (2 nights). (B/L/D)
Day 13 – October 3 / Saturday – NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA, TANZANIA
Breakfast will be served at the lodge. After breakfast we descend some 610 metres into the crater, which is home to an abundance of wildlife and a photogenic paradise, for a full day of game-viewing drive with picnic lunch. Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact caldera in the world teams with an abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater floor. Prides of lions, herds of Cape buffalo, rhino, giraffes, golden & black-backed jackal, zebra, cheetah, leopard and the spotted hyena freely roam on the crater floor plains. Unmatched for its natural variety & breath-taking beauty, there are few places on earth where such a tremendous diversity of landscapes exists inside a region this size. Apart from its wildlife riches, the crater is also of great archaeological importance, with the remains of some of mankind’s earliest ancestors discovered in the area, also a home to hundreds of bird species, refreshing in the small lakes in the crater floor. Return late afternoon to your lodge. Enjoy dinner and overnight. (B/L/D)
Day 14 – October 4 / Sunday – TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA
After breakfast depart for Lake Manyara which apart from its abundant bird life, is known for its tree-climbing lions. From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater forest where hundred-strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside, blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees, dainty bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and outsized forest hornbills honk cacophonously in the high canopy. Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes – some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance. Arrive for lunch followed by afternoon game drive in this small but attractive park squeezed between the stunning Manyara soda lake and the steep rim of the rift valley. You will have lunch at local restaurant before you are transferred to Maramboi Tented Camp. Dinner and overnight at your camp. Accommodation: MARAMBOI TENTED CAMP or similar (2 nights). Optional activity: Afternoon cultural walk in the village of ‘Mto wa Mbu’. (B/L/D)
Day 15 – October 5 / Monday – TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA
Breakfast then we set off to Tarangire National Park; which of all Tanzania parks boasts of the largest number of savannah elephants. Return for lunch at Maramboi Tented Camp. This afternoon we depart on a game viewing drive in the vast, wildlife-rich game park. Tarangire is home to wildebeests, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, and hartebeest among many other wildlife species. This park has the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem – a smorgasbord for predators and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared Oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed. The swamps tinged green year-round are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world. On drier ground you may find the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird; the stocking-thighed ostrich, the world’s largest bird; and small parties of ground hornbills blustering like turkeys. Enjoy meals and overnight at the camp. (B/L/D)
Day 16 – October 6 / Tuesday – ARUSHA, TANZANIA
Wake up early with tea/coffee and head off on your last trail of the African Savana. – Hopefully you’ll see some more animals. After breakfast you will drive to Arusha to arrive early afternoon. Check in at your town hotel in Arusha. Lunch is on your own with free time at your leisure. Dinner will be served followed by overnight. Accommodation: LAKE DULUTI SERENA HOTEL or similar (1 night). (B/D)
Day 17 – October 7 / Wednesday – ZANZIBAR, TANZANIA
Breakfast will be served at your town hotel in Arusha. After breakfast you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight to Zanzibar. Upon arrival in Zanzibar International Airport you will be met by our representative who will welcome you and transfer you to the Hotel. Zanzibar is the semi-autonomous part of Tanzania in East Africa. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometres off the coast of the mainland and consist of many small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, referred to informally as Zanzibar) and Pemba. The capital is Zanzibar City, located on the island of Unguja. Its historic centre is Stone Town, which is a World Heritage Site. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Lunch is on your own. Dinner will be served at the Hotel. Accommodation: ZANZIBAR SERENA HOTEL or similar (2 nights). (B/D)
Day 18 – October 8 / Thursday – ZANZIBAR, TANZANIA
Known as the Spice Island, the beautiful island of Zanzibar on Africa’s east coast is bursting with culture and history, seemingly at odds with its idyllic geography of white-sand beaches with palms swaying lazily in the sea breeze. Together this makes Zanzibar a fabulous place to explore as well as a dream to relax and unwind. On this day you will go for a full day stone town served on spice. After breakfast the guide will introduce you to all the buildings of interest and famous viewpoints. Stone town and its buildings are full of history and stories of the ancient times when Sultans, Arabs, Europeans and Zanzibar on the history of this beautiful island. You will visit the Anglican Cathedral and the Slave markets, the Palace of the Sultans, Tip Tip’s House, the Old Arabic Fort, Forodhani Park and of course the famous Zanzibar Doors while walking in the petite streets. We will show you Henna Art and bring you to the fruit and vegetable market. So be prepared for a walk through the long history of Zanzibar and its numerous rulers. Enjoy at a local restaurant followed by a visit to the spice farm, you will first receive a short introduction in how to cook Swahili style with our many spices – Swahili cooking at its best!! Then you will enjoy a delicious Swahili style buffet lunch. After lunch, you will enjoy a tour through the farm learning about each and every spice you can find on Zanzibar. You wouldn’t believe it if you haven’t seen it for yourself; did you know that the Cinnamon Tree has 3 different smells? After you have finished your tour you will enjoy a fruit tasting from fruits harvested on the farm and after being fully packed with nature’s secrets, you will have time to buy spices, soaps and crèmes which are all hand made by the community within the farm and also enjoy a free lesson on traditional weaving. (B/L/D)
Day 19 – October 9 / Friday – ZANZIBAR – DAR ES SALAAM – AMSTERDAM
After breakfast and check out from your resort. All good experiences must come to an end and sadly you must say Kwaheri to the resort staff and friends you will have made. You will be transferred to Zanzibar International Airport for your flight back home via Dar es Salaam with KLM. (B)
DAY 20 – October 10 / Saturday – AMSTERDAM – CANADA
Upon arrival in Amsterdam you will connect with another KLM flight back to Canada.
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Return airfare from TORONTO including flights within Africa, other cities are available upon request.
13 Nights first class hotel and lodge accommodation.
4 Nights first class tented camp accommodation.
Full buffet breakfast each morning at the hotel/lodge.
13 Lunches and 16 Dinners during your adventure.
Fully guided sightseeing as per our itinerary.
Tipping for local guides/game rangers and drivers.
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Please Note: Entry visa is required for Kenya & Tanzania, currently it can be obtained upon arrival at the airport.