About this tour
Travel Date Days Price Mon, Nov 21, 2016 15 days $8,109.00 CAD
Imagine 15 days of waking up happy and exhilarated when you are on a private safari through Kenya and Tanzania. Your journey take you to two incredible African nations, filled with unforgettable landscapes, warm hospitality, and some of the world’s best national parks, reserves, and conservation areas.
This tour including 19 game drives throughout your vacation. With this much time in pursuit of wildlife, you have an excellent chance of spotting the Big 5, Samburu Special 5, and many other animals and birds in the wild!
SAFARI PARK HOTEL
Welcome to the Safari Park Hotel & Casino, Nairobi’s famous resort and Africa’s largest and most exciting conference destination. An oasis of tranquility in the heart of Nairobi, the Safari Park Hotel blends stylishly elegant African architecture with supremely luxurious accommodation; sparkling water gardens with an inland beach and beautifully landscaped gardens, with a wide choice of international restaurants.
SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE AREA
SAMBURU SOPA LODGE
Located inside the Samburu National Reserve in Northern Kenya, Samburu Sopa lodge is built atop high ground allowing panaromic views of the vastness of Samburu shrub land and the hills beyond.
The lodge is built to reflect the architectural heritage of the local communities whose sons and daughters make up the majority of the work force at the lodge. Fifteen cottages, each with two bedrooms are built in an arch formation on either side of the public areas to surround the waterhole but leaving a wide gap to allow the animals free movement to the water.
LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK AREA
LAKE NARUKU LODGE
The Lake Nakuru Lodge is situated in a wonderland which lies in the heart of one of the Kenya’s parks (Ramsar site), only two hours leisurely drive on first class roads-from Nairobi, through some of the most exciting scenery to be seen anywhere in Africa. The 165 km Nairobi-Nakuru road gives the visitors an unrivalled view of the majestic Great Rift Valley, winding through a series of lakes and forested uplands and all the way to the bustling market town of Nakuru. The views are equally impressive for the visitors who use a charter aircraft for the 25 minutes flight to the Lake Nakuru National Park airstrip situated at the southern side of the park at the Rhino Sanctuary headquarters-Naishi.
MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
MARA SOPA LODGE
Located high on the slopes of the Oloolaimutia Hills, Masai Mara Sopa Lodge was one of the first safari lodges to be built in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, a reason why its gardens and trees are so lush and mature. All the buildings follow the design of traditional African round houses with conical roofs, and these stretch along the line of the hills with the impressively large public area buildings and the swimming pool at their centre.
AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK AREA
AMBOSELI SOPA LODGE
Set in 200 acres of private land, and with a rustic charm all of its own, the lodge nestles in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro which, at almost six thousand metres, is Africa’s highest and most famous snowcapped mountain. It was this region of Kenya that, in the 1930’s, inspired Ernest Hemingway’s unforgettable stories ‘The Snows of Kilimanjaro’ and ‘The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber’ which were turned into more than successful feature films in the late 1940’s due to their renowned actors. All forms of wildlife still abound in this wilderness which continues all the way to the Amboseli National Park, an easy twenty minute drive away from the lodge.
TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK AREA
TARANGIRE SOPA LODGE
After enjoying a long leisurely game drive between herds of wild animals and along miles of Africa’s seemingly endless roads, you come over a slight rise and the lodge appears almost immediately below you. Built to blend in with the vastness of its surroundings, Tarangire Sopa Lodge lies hidden among the kopjes, ancient baobab and grasses of the Tarangire National Park – home to the greatest concentration of elephants in Africa. Many can be seen around the lodge, allowing visitors a close encounter.
NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
NGORONGORO SOPA LODGE
Facing the always magnificent sunsets to the west, and located at the highest point on Ngorongoro crater’s entire rim, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge stands well over half a kilometre above the crater floor and offers unparalleled views across this enormous caldera. Themed around traditionally circular African houses with conical roofs, and decorated with examples of Africa’s rich tapestry of artistic traditions by way of rich woodcarvings and sculptures, the lodge harmonizes perfectly with its dramatic surroundings. But the drama does not just stop with the great outdoors: it also flows through the split level interiors of the main building which all offer an unsurpassed generosity of space while somehow managing to combine an almost magically welcoming ambience of both warmth and cosiness.
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
SERENGETI SOPA LODGE
Located on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the plains of the south-western Serengeti National Park, home to many thousands of wild and rare animals, Serengeti Sopa Lodge lies within an area of out-standing natural beauty. An oasis of cool relaxation from the equatorial sun.
The lodge allows its guests to experience magnificent sights and enjoy interaction with the land and animals difficult to find elsewhere, whilst at the same time enjoying the highest level of cuisine and hospitality.Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.
Day 1: DAY 1: ARRIVE IN NAIROBI, KENYA
Welcome to Africa! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2: DAY 2: NAIROBI – MOUNT KENYA – SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE AREA
This morning, depart Nairobi to begin your safari adventure. First, stop at the famed Mount Kenya Safari Club for lunch with stunning views of Mount Kenya. Continue on to SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE, home to a diverse population of animals.
Enjoy a GAME DRIVE this afternoon, where you have the chance to see animals unique to this part of Kenya. These animals are referred to as the Samburu “Special 5” and consist of the Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, Beisa oryx, and the gerenuk, a long-necked antelope that feeds while standing on its hind feet.
Day 3: DAY 3: SAMBURU AREA
Today, enjoy MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES. In addition to the Samburu “Special 5,” this area is home to an abundance of other species. Large numbers of elephant and Nile crocodile can be seen, as well as waterbuck, Kirk’s dik-dik, and Grant’s gazelle. Where there is prey, predators can be found, so lion and leopard are often spotted.The area is also great for bird watching, with more than 300 species. During the heat of the day, take advantage of leisure time to relax.
Day 4: DAY 4: SAMBURU AREA – LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK AREA
Today, drive to the Lake Nakuru area. The journey will take you through the beautiful Kenyan highlands, one of the most fertile agricultural areas in all of Africa, where farmers grow crops such as corn, wheat, coffee, and tea. Stop for lunch at Aberdare Country Club en route.
Day 5: DAY 5: LAKE NAKURU AREA
Today, explore LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK during MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES. The park is home to a variety of animals, including giraffe, impala, Cape buffalo, and striped hyena.
This is also your best chance to see white rhino, which are commonly spotted here. NOTE: If you choose to stay at Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp, you may opt to do your afternoon game drive in Soysambu Conservancy, which is closer to the camp.
Day 6: DAY 6: LAKE NAKURU AREA – MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE AREA
Drive south to the MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE, Kenya’s most famous game area. Stop for lunch en route before embarking on an AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE.
“The Mara,” as it is called by the locals, is part of the Serengeti ecosystem and boasts a strong permanent population of game. When the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra arrive, generally between August and early November, the population enlarges by almost 2 million. This provides a great food source for predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, and hyena.
NOTE: The Great Migration is a natural event, and the arrival/departure of the migrating herds varies slightly from year to year.
Day 7: DAY 7: MAASAI MARA AREA
Further explore this magical place during MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES. Watch for elephant, rhino, topi, cheetah, and more.
Day 8: DAY 8: MAASAI MARA AREA – NAIROBI – AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK AREA
After breakfast, board a plane for the quick flight to Nairobi. After a short break, drive to AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK, best known for spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at some 19,341 feet. Embark on an AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE before settling in at your lodge or camp.
Day 9: DAY 9: AMBOSELI AREA
Today features MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES. Amboseli offers you a great opportunity to get close to the mighty elephant. You might also spot Cape buffalo, zebra, wild dog, and more. Relax between game drives.
Day 10: DAY 10: AMBOSELI AREA – ARUSHA, TANZANIA -TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK AREA
This morning, cross the border into Tanzania. After lunch in Arusha, proceed to TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK, where the savannah grasslands are dotted with baobab and acacia trees. Upon arrival, embark on an exciting AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE.
Day 11: DAY 11: TARANGIRE AREA–LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK–NGORONGORO CONSERVATIO
One last GAME DRIVE in Tarangire en route to LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK at the base of the Rift Valley escarpment. This small park is ecologically diverse, with groundwater forests, grassy plains, and alkaline Lake Manyara itself.
During a GAME DRIVE, watch for elephant, Cape buffalo, and giraffe. The park is also home to the world’s largest concentration of baboons. Continue to the NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA for the night.
Day 12: DAY 12: NGORONGORO AREA
Today, a FULL-DAY GAME DRIVE in Ngorongoro Crater. The crater is technically a caldera—the world’s largest unflooded, in fact, at more than 2,000 feet deep with a floor covering over 102 square miles.
Game viewing here is fantastic, as most of the animals stay in this area year round. You can see lion, Cape buffalo, hippo, elephant, and flamingo. This is also your best chance to see the rare black rhinoceros. A picnic lunch will be served in the crater.
Day 13: DAY 13: NGORONGORO AREA–SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Today, drive to SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, Tanzania’s largest and most famous park. Home to the annual Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra, generally between late November and July, it attracts visitors from around the world and is great for game viewing year round. Enjoy lunch prior to your AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE.
NOTE: The Great Migration is a natural event, and the arrival/ departure of the migrating herds varies slightly from year to year.
Day 14: DAY 14: SERENGETI
The Serengeti covers an area of roughly 5,700 square miles so it is no surprise that the name comes from the Maasai word siringit, meaning “endless plains.” Continue exploring this vast park during MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES. Search for the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, elephant, and rhino—as well as an abundance of other animals, including cheetah, giraffe, gazelle, and eland.
Day 15: DAY 15: SERENGETI – ARUSHA – HOMEBOUND FLIGHT
This morning, fly back to Arusha, where your vacation ends with lunch. We have secured a day room for you at the Mount Meru Hotel before a transfer to the airport for your late-evening flight. Book homebound flights after 5 pm.
14 nights’ accommodation as per itinerary based on twin shared room
Meals as per itinerary
Transportation as per itinerary: Between destinations and for game drives – Private Safari mini-bus in Kenya; 4 wheels drive with pop-up roof in Tanzania; transfers to/ from airport for all intra-vacation flights
Private Safari driver/ guide
Private sightseeing and game drive as per itinerary
Flights and airport taxes (if applicable)
Visa Fees (if applicable)