East African Wildlife Safari

Our classic East African Safari will take you to Kenya and Tanzania's most celebrated game parks, the very places where the concept of wildlife safaris originated in the 1890's. It will include the Masai Mara, Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru National Parks in Kenya and the Serengeti / Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Lake Tarangire and Arusha National Parks in Tanzania, plus many other less visited reserves, conservation areas, cultural and historical attractions.

At the conclusion of the 16-day safari, fly to the exotic Tanzanian island of Zanzibar for a five-night stay; two-nights in historic Stone Town and three-nights at a gorgeous beach resort, located on the beach front at beautiful Nungwi Beach.

Game-viewing in the wild with no fences is an amazing experience; as watching the animals at such close range, you are in their world. You'll never forget the awesome moments: watching a pride of lions carefully guide its cubs as they approach a waterhole, seeing herds of wildebeest and zebras moving across the grasslands and elephant families teaching the young ones to dig for water in a dried-up river bed. Observing an elusive leopard patiently waiting for his "dinner" to come within strike range or the lightning speed of a cheetah on the chase.   

On our last Safari, we found the wildlife to be very prolific and to see large groups of animals at a time was the norm. The animals appeared largely unconcerned by our presence so we enjoyed close viewings and exciting photographic opportunities. For example, in the Masai Mara, we saw the "Big 5" in one afternoon and we captured images of them all!

An African Safari really is a most magical experience and a photographer's delight!  

Draft Itinerary outline: 

Day 1: Flight via Dubai - depart early evening

Day 2: Nairobi - arrive early afternoon, Overnight at Hotel Eka

Day 3: Lake Nakuru - begin our safari by visiting the Giraffe Centre, before driving to Lake Nakuru National Park. Overnight, Lake Nakuru Lodge.

Day 4: Lake Naivasha - drive to Lake Bogoria, an alkaline lake which at times is home to around two million flamingos. Overnight, Elsamere Lodge, once the home of Joy Adamson.

Day 5: Lake Naivasha - visit the Hell's Gate National Park, a unique cycling option for those who wish. Later hike the river bed canyon before returning to the lake for a sunset cruise.

Day 6: Masai Mara - The most spectacular feature of this reserve is the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle that cross the Tanzanian border and crocodile infested rivers to reach the Mara’s lush grasslands. Overnight, Keekorok Lodge.

Day 7: Masai Mara - a morning balloon ride over the Masai Mara, before continuing our day's game drive. Apart from the seasonal migration, game viewing is excellent all year round as the Mara is perhaps the only region left in Kenya where visitors may see animals in the same super- abundance as existed a century ago.

Day 8: Masai Mara - game viewing as we travel through the wildlife rich Western Triangle region of the Mara. Overnight, Governor's  tented-camp.

Day 9: Speke Bay - leave Kenya and drive south to Lake Victoria, the World's 2nd largest lake. Overnight, Serenity Lodge.

Day 10: Serengeti National Park Central - a morning visit to a fishing village on Lake Victoria before entering the Serengeti National Park where you will have the opportunity to see big prides of lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, and other wildlife. Overnight, Serengeti Central Bush Camp.

Day 11: Serengeti Central - game drives

Day 12: Serengeti National Park North -   game view drives along the Mara river exploring the great migration crossing points. Please be aware that actually seeing a crossing can never be guaranteed. Overnight, Serengeti North Bush Camp

Day 13: Serengeti North -  game drives.

Day 14: Serengeti Central/Olduvai Gorge - game viewing and a visit to the site where Dr.   and Mary Leakey found early hominid fossils in the 1930's. Overnight, Bougainvillea Lodge or Country Lodge.

Day 15: Ngorongoro Crater -  an early morning game drive in the famous crater. Later visit an art and craft market in Karatu before returning to our Lodge.

Day 16: Lake Manyara National Park - This park has a large concentration of monkeys and if you're lucky, you might see the famous tree climbing lions. Overnight, Sangaiwe Tented Lodge.

Day 17: Lake Tarangire National Park - Tanzania's third largest national park and sanctuary for its large elephant population. Majestic baobab trees are an interesting feature of the park, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. Animals concentrate along the Tarangire River, which provides the only permanent water supply in the area. Overnight, Ambureni Coffee Lodge, in Arusha.

Day 18: Arusha National Park/ Olpopongi -  Arusha National Park is a small but beautiful park on the slopes of Mt Meru. After a short visit continue to the Olpopongi Masai Cultural Village, for a most authentic village experience.  Overnight, Olpopongi Masai Village.

Day 19: Stone Town (Zanzibar) - take the short flight to Zanzibar for a 2-night stay in ancient Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its rich cultural heritage of Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements. Overnight, a central Stone Town hotel.

Day 20:  Stone Town - explore the old town and its fascinating history and architecture and  nearby Prison Island, now a turtle colony.

Day 21: Nungwi Beach - en route to our beach resort visit a Spice Farm and theJozani Forest Reserve where you will see the rare Red Colobus monkeys. Overnight, Diamond's Resort.

Day 22: Nungwi Beach - a day of R & R.

Day 23: Nungwi Beach - a final day to enjoy this fabulous location, optional water sports such as sailing, kayaking and snorkelling are available.

Day 24:  Dubai - take a late morning flight to  Dar es Salaam from where you will fly to Dubai for an overnight stay.

Day 25: Flight to Auckland - a mid morning flight

Day 26: Auckland - arrive mid morning

 

Transport: High quality 4 x 4 Safari vehicles with 4 people + driver in each,  although it may work out that one vehicle will have 5 people, on a rotation basis.  These vehicles actually have seating for 7 people + driver,  so we will have plenty of room which is perfect for game viewing.

Accommodation:  Hotels, very comfortable Safari Lodges and tented-camps with private facilities. One night in a Masai Cultural Village, with shared facilities.  Single rooms are not an option on this trip. 

Meals:  Almost all meals are included, the anticipated non-inclusions being;  1 dinner in Nairobi, 2 lunches and 2 dinners in Stone Town, possibly 1 or 2 meals during the safari period and any meals taken at airports. The exact number of exclusions will be confirmed when the  itinerary details are finalised.    

Water: Unlimited mineral water from Day 2 until Day 18.

What is Included: Airfares, departing Auckland return, an fully inclusive safari with driver/guides and a New Zealand leader, all entries and park permits, lodge and good quality tented camps with ensuites and all meals plus one night in a Masai Cultural Village. Group tipping of drivers, guides, hotel/camp staff. Flights to and from Zanzibar, 5 nights on Zanzibar with excursions.   

What is Not Included: Personal tipping for requested services e.g  laundry, a few non included meals on Zanzibar and dinner in Nairobi, alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, snacks enroute, bar bills, personal  shopping. Any item not listed as included.

FACT FILE

Trip Code: EA 2020

Trip Date:  Last week of September 2020  

Duration: 26 days

Party:  15 + 1 leader max.,

Price Range Guide:  2019 price was est.,  $17,600 to $18,100 -  the 2020 price is to be confirmed

Current Status:  Preliminary Registration, $100 refundable.