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There’s nothing like the experience of the quintessential safari game drive and this tantalizing 12 day adventure provides the ideal setting. From Kenya’s Mara Game Reserve to Tanzania’s Serengeti, experience phenomenal wildlife encounters combined with all-inclusive style and comfort.
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Walking / Hiking
Active Level - Hobby
Independent Holiday Packages

Highlights

Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage

Lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden

Game Drive Safari Experiences

Ngorongoro Full Day Crater Tour

Authentic Maasai Cultural Experience

2 days of Freedom of Choice activities

Learn about conservation efforts and witness adorable elephants feeding and playing at the Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage. Enjoy lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden surrounded by trees and lush gardens.

In your spare time you may choose to visit the Karen Blixen Museum home of the renowned author made famous by the ‘Out of Africa’ movie or snag a special giraffe kiss at the Giraffe Centre.

The word "safari" means to be out and away, to be on a journey or travelling in remote areas. It is both a physical and spiritual journey that can be undertaken in many ways. Enjoy your first safari experience at the Mara Game Reserve, Kenya’s best and most scenic game park. World renowned for hosting the Great Migration, Mara is also home to Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo) and the Masaai people. The reserve offers excellent game viewing throughout the year and not only during the migration. In between safari’s savour the all-inclusive experience at the deluxe Saruni Mara safari lodge enjoying bushwalks, bird feeding and delicious Saruni cuisine.

You may choose to enhance your experience with a thrilling Hot Air Balloon ride viewing the brilliance of the Mara from above. (extra costs apply).

Experience safari game drives in the Serengeti National Park, one of the world’s largest and most unspoiled tracts of wilderness, renowned for having the largest concentration of migratory animals in the world, and for its large lion population. Located in Tanzania, the vast grasslands of Serengeti National Park provide the quintessential African game viewing experience. Experience incredible closeness with nature without compromising on comfort in an all-inclusive style at the Legendary Serengeti Camp.

You may choose to enhance your experience with a breath-taking Hot Air Balloon ride floating above the wilderness at dawn then enjoying a sumptuous breakfast with bubbles out on the plains. (extra costs apply – only available at Legendary Serengeti Camp West & North).

Take in the stunning beauty of the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest inactive, unbroken and unfilled volcanic caldera. Descend 600m to the floor of the crater and explore forest areas inhabited by monkey and elephant, the lake area where you may see flamingos, and the open savannah where the lions hunt. Take advantage of the close location to the crater staying at Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp in an all-inclusive style.

In your spare time savour a Private hot lunch on the crater floor, or take a guided rim walk with a ranger and Maasai guide.

Take an authentic glimpse into the distinctive Maasai culture with a visit to a Maasai boma. Enjoy a home cooked meal in a local Moma’s home and participate in a variety of unique cultural activities.

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Included

2 nights at Palacina Hotel - 5*
3 nights at Saruni Mara - 4.5*
3 nights at Legendary Serengeti Camp - 4.5*
2 nights at Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp - 4*
1 night at Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge - 4*
Road transfer from Migori / Tarime via Isebania border (Kenya to Tanzania)
Transport in a 4x4 Safari Landcruiser with hatch roof and an English speaking driver/guide.
Scheduled flights: Wilson/Masai Mara; Masai Mara / Migori; Tarime / Kogatenda; Kogatenda / Manyara
27 Meals included - 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 dinners
8 nights with all-inclusive local alcoholic drinks included
Daphne Sheldrick - Elephant Orphanage Tour
Game Drive Safari Experiences
Authentic Maasai Cultural Experience
Game Drive Safari Experiences
Lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden
Ngorongoro Full Day Crater Tour
Freedom of Choice Days

Freedom of Choice

For this package we have included Freedom of Choice days in the itinerary. Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day.

Pre-select one tour on the following days:

  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 2
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 10

Expand the itinerary below for more details.

 

Optional Extras:

  • Choose to add a Hot Air Balloon experience at the Mara (Day 4 / 5) for an additional $1,135 per person.
  • Choose to add a Hot Air Balloon experience at the Legendary Serengeti Camp (Day 7 / 8) for an additional $1,283 per person. (only at Legendary Serengeti Camp West or North - not possible from South)

Itinerary

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Day 1
Airport → Nairobi

Your flight will land at Jomo Kenyatta Airport. Welcome to Africa! Look forward to a journey through majestic, unspoiled landscapes to fabulous game reserves where the dark continents incomparable wildlife is protected in its natural habitat.

After disembarking from the aircraft you will be met by our Customer Service Manager who will lead you to clear customs and immigration formalities and proceed to the arrivals lounge. You will be assisted to your transfer vehicles. Transfer by road to your hotel.

Overnight stay in Nairobi at Palacina Hotel in a Palacina Suite.

Airport → Nairobi
Nairobi CBD
Day 2
Nairobi

Breakfast at your hotel. Your guide will pick you up for a public visit to the Daphne Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage . You continue to Karen Blixen Coffee Garden for Lunch.   

Daphne Sheldrick - Elephant Orphanage

Daphne Sheldrick (As part of the David Sheldrick Conservation Foundation) rehabilitates orphaned baby elephants and other wildlife here at her home just outside of Nairobi National Park. These babies have lost their mothers to poaching, death, injuries, on getting lost in the wild or other tragedies. Daphne and her dedicated staff raise them to be released back into the wild when they are ready. 

Enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Visit Karen Blixen Museum - Drive to Karen Blixen Museum which is the restored former house and estate of Danish author Karen Blixen, aka Isak Dinesen.  The farm-house is well designed, with square, wood-paneled rooms furnished with a few original and period pieces. Mementos of Karen Blixen’s life and work are also on exhibit.

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  • Visit to the Giraffe Center - Drive to the Giraffe Center which provides a opportunity to come face to face with Africa’s tallest mammal – Rothschild Giraffes. Set in 15 acres of indigenous forest and funded by East African Fund for Endangered Wildlife The children as well as the adults are enchanted by the chance to observe and feed giraffes. One can also see the warthogs running around the center. 

Overnight stay in Nairobi at Palacina Hotel in a Palacina Suite.

Breakfast
Nairobi
Sheldrick
Day 3
Nairobi → Mara North Conservancy

After breakfast transfer to Wilson Airport for your schedule flight to the Mara Game Reserve. The flight departs at 10:00am and arrives at Mara airstrip at 11h00.   Welcome to Masai land!  You will be met at Kichwa Tembo airstrip by the camp driver/guide and transfer to the lodge.  The Maasai Mara, is the northernmost extension of the Serengeti and a gem in itself. The migration of wildebeest covers July through October, quickly followed by the birthing season from October to March. April and May offer the best opportunities for keen ornithologists and those wishing to enjoy the solitude and verdant green of the quiet season. Lunch at the camp and thereafter enjoy your first game viewing drive. Return to the camp at sunset for dinner and retire for the night at Saruni Mara.

Overnight stay in Mara North Conservancy at Saruni Mara in a Standard Cottage.

Fully Inclusive - all meals, fees, activities and all local brands (spirits, wine and beers) included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Nairobi → Mara North Conservancy
Mara Game Reserve
Day 4-5
Mara North Conservancy

Early Morning and afternoon game drives in the MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE, Kenya’s best and most scenic game park. At the northern extremity of the unique Serengeti ecosystem, blessed with a permanent water supply, the Maasai Mara has a thriving, permanent population of plains game, augmented in the dry season by the migration of two million gnus and zebras from the vast, parched Serengeti plains. Of the "big five," elephant, buffalo, lion, and leopard are quite common, while even the much rarer rhino might come out of the thicket for you. Hyenas are plentiful and the cheetah, a 60-miles-per-hour daytime hunter, is often seen. Besides being the setting for the ancient and often tragic spectacle of the Great Migration, other marvels of the Masai Mara include giraffe, elephant, red-tailed monkeys and a host of antelope. Twice-daily interpretive game-drives led by our highly trained and experienced rangers, bird watching with resident guides and naturalists reveal the wonders of the Mara.

You have the option to go on a early morning Hot Air Balloon excursion to experience the panoramic Mara from a birds-eye view during your stay at Saruni Mara (activity not included; extra costs applies) 

Saruni offers unique and authentic safari experiences – an exciting and varied range of unforgettable activities, from the adventurous to the luxurious, the thrilling to the tranquil.

While at Mara North Conservancy, activities offered and included in the rates are:

  • Day and Night Game Drives - The word "safari" means to be out and away, to be on a journey or travelling in remote areas. It is both a physical and spiritual journey that can be undertaken in many ways. For our safaris we use comfortable, fully-open Land Rovers, specially designed to give you maximum visibility over the landscape and the animals. On foot safaris we walk, on the plains and in the mountains and hills, that surround Saruni Mara.
     
  • Warriors Academy (to be booked in advance) - This a special interactive wildlife safari with a strong educational “flavour”, designed especially for families or small groups. It is a family learning holiday, or as a parent and older child adventure, that allows you to explore and learn about wildlife, wilderness and ‘life’ from one of the most well known and culturally interesting cultures left in Africa, the Maasai. Under the tutelage of their ‘Moran’ or Warrior class, our guests get to know, enjoy and understand these unique people and their way of life.
     
  • The Maasai Wellbeing Space (includes 1x complimentary Back & Neck massage - 30 minutes per room per stay) - Private cottage hidden in our valley's olive and cedar forest and devoted to the use of local plants for beauty and relaxation treatments. In collaboration with Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees (Stresa, Italy) and its world-famous spa - Centro Benessere Stresa, Saruni runs the Maasai Wellbeing Space. It is a unique feature in the Masai Mara: in the most serene and relaxing environment, our guests enjoy massage and wellness treatments under the supervision of highly trained staff. Considered one of the most professional and inspiring "beauty centres" in Kenya, the Maasai Wellbeing Space has been designed by Kenyan designer Mark Glen. It's a private cottage hidden in our valley's olive and cedar forest and devoted to the use of local plants for beauty and relaxation treatments.
     
  • Bush Breakfast, Bush Lunch and Bush Dinner - We'd love to take you to our secret spots, especially for bush breakfast, bush lunch or bush dinner. Deep in the forest or by the river Mara overlooking a "hippo beach", a nicely decorated table is waiting for us, providing us with the thrilling experience of a gourmet meal in the middle of the bush.
     
  • Bush Walks  - On a game walk you will feel, touch and smell the trees, the bushes, the rocks and the tracks - and even the animal droppings - that make our area unique. To walk with the Maasai warriors in the African bush is a fantastic experience and you will learn how they use the berries and the leaves, about their traditions and about their life.
     
  • Saruni Library - A unique feature of Saruni is its collection of books and its library, the most beautiful in the African bush. With thousands of rare books and its very private location, Saruni's library is a place where to meditate, to rest, to think.
     
  • Birdwatching - If your guests are passionate about birds, the Mara is the perfect place to visit. Not only are the species abundant, but the birds can be easily spotted and photographed. Saruni guides are birdwatchers by instinct and training and share a love for birds. Saruni guides always carry field guides in the vehicles.
     
  • Drive to Kilileoni (offered at no cost) - Drive to Kilileoni, the highest peak in the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem, where at the top guests can enjoy a panoramic view over the Mara plains and forests with the Tanzanian border visible on the horizon. During the ascent, guests can encounter rare antelope species that live at high altitude and once they reach the peak, they may chance across elephant and buffalo grazing. It is one of the least explored and most spectacular corners of the Masai Mara. Guests will need to allow half a day at a minimum to best experience this unique drive.
     
  • Star-Gazing and the incredible sky of the Mara - The night skies above Saruni Mara are among some of the brightest and most beautiful in the world. The air is unpolluted and offers unobscured, clear star-gazing opportunities – a unique and deeply fulfilling activity. Every evening provides guests with an alternative ‘playground’.
     
  • Sundowners - The sundowner is a well-deserved drink at the end of a long day on safari to ‘salute’ the African sun as it is setting. Saruni guides drive guests to secret corners and on top of the highest peak in the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem and serve guests their favourite drinks along with a selection of scrumptious ‘bitings’; small snacks to whet the appetite ahead of the delicious dinner which awaits.

Fully Inclusive - all meals, fees, activities and all local brands (spirits, wine and beers) included.

Overnight stay in Mara North Conservancy at Saruni Mara in a Standard Cottage.

 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mara North Conservancy
Maasai Mara National Reserve
Day 6
Mara North Conservancy → Northern Serengeti

Breakfast at the camp. Transfer to the airstrip for your scheduled flight to Serengeti via Migori.  The flight departs at 08h45 and arrives at Migori Airstrip at 09h30; here you will be met and transferred by road to the Kenya/Tanzania border. Clear customs and immigration formalities on both sides of the border. At 10h00 proceed by road to Tarime Airstrip arriving at 10h30. Your Coastal Aviation flight departs at 11h15 from Tarime Airstrip to Serengeti. On Arrival at approx. 13h00 you will be met by the camp driver/guide at the Kogatende Airstrip. Enjoy a short game drive en route to the camp.

The vast grasslands of the renowned Serengeti National Park provide what many consider to be the quintessential African game viewing experience. Meaning ‘endless plains’ in the language of the Maasai, this land of immense open spaces is home to literally millions of large herbivores, as well as the accompanying carnivores. The Serengeti is renowned for having the largest concentration of migratory animals in the world, and is also famous for its large lion population.  The Serengeti National Park forms part of a huge conservation area, encompassing the adjacent Ngorongoro Conservation Area, as well as the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. With no fences or man-made barriers, huge numbers of wildlife move freely throughout this area. Lunch at your camp. Afternoon game drive. 

Overnight stay in Northern Serengeti at Legendary Serengeti Camp in a Tent. 

Fully Inclusive - all meals, fees, activities and all local brands (spirits, wine and beers) included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mara North Conservancy → Northern Serengeti
Masai Mara National Reserve
Day 7-8
Northern Serengeti

Depending on your preference, there are a couple of options with regards to how your day is structured. One option is to break lodge early and head out with a picnic breakfast returning to lodge in time for lunch. Alternatively, you can eat breakfast in lodge and head out with picnic lunch returning in the mid afternoon. Despite sharing vehicles on a game package basis, the camp will do everything it can to ensure that your ideal structure is met. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

While at Legendary Serengeti Camps, activities offered and included in the rates are:

  • Morning drives - Get an early start and have breakfast in camp, before heading out to the endless Serengeti plains where you will spend the day drifting through the wildebeest herds and taking in the plethora of wildlife.
     
  • Breakfast & Lunch Picnics - The team is happy to pack a breakfast and/or for you to eat out in the wilderness. Your guide will find the perfect spot - either a scenic site under a tree, or a rock with a view... and will set up table, chairs, and delectable goodies to feast on.
     
  • Walking Safaris & Night Drives (Night drives in Maswa Only) - When camp is situated in Maswa (December to April), guests can set out on foot and explore the surrounds of the Maswa Kimali Game Reserve. Head out on a walk in the wild and meander across the landscape in search of sights to see. As the day winds to a close, your guide will find a stunning spot with a view. Ice-cold drinks and snacks will be conjured from the vehicle, and sunset is accompanied by a toast to the fading day. Head straight back to camp, or take the slow way home with a spotlight to see what nocturnal life is out and about.
     
  • Day Safari to Ndutu or Southern Serengeti - Get an early start and have breakfast in camp, before heading out to the endless Serengeti plains where you will spend the day drifting through the wildebeest herds and taking in the plethora of wildlife that populates the Southern Serengeti and Ndutu areas. Find a tree to park under for a lazy picnic lunch, and maybe a snooze in the shade before roaming further.
  • Authentic Cultural Experience (Maswa) - When camp is situated in Maswa (December to April) guests can visit the Datoga tribe for a glimpse into their culture and traditions as they go about their way of life. The Datoga are nomadic herders, depending largely on cow and goat meat and milk for their diet. In contrast to the Hadza, the Datoga woman wear beautiful jewellery that they make themselves and colourful traditional wear. The bracelets around their wrists and ankles create a percussive beat for their singing, dancing and jumping, which can go on for days and even years!

You have the option to go on a Hot Air Balloon Safari during your stay at Legendary Serengeti Mobile Tented camp (activity not included; extra costs applies)

  • Hot Air Ballooning (Only at LSC West and LSC North - not possible from South) - Get a pre-dawn start and board the vehicle that takes you to the launch site. Climb aboard the basket, and enjoy the experience of floating quietly above the wilderness in the peace of the early dawn. Land and enjoy a sumptuous breakfast with bubbles, then head back to camp.

Fully Inclusive - all meals, fees, activities and all local brands (spirits, wine and beers) included.

Overnight stay in Northern Serengeti at Legendary Serengeti Camp in a Tent. 

 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Northern Serengeti
Serengeti Plains
Day 9
Northern Serengeti → Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast transfer back to Kogatende Airstrip for your scheduled flight departing at 10h05 to Lake Manyara Airstrip. Upon arrival at 11h25 you will be met by our driver guide. Drive to your lodge in Karatu Area. Lunch at your lodge. Afternoon spent at leisure. 

Overnight stay in Ngorongoro Crater at Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp in a Double Tent. 

Fully Inclusive - all meals, fees, activities and all local brands (spirits, wine and beers) included.

 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Northern Serengeti → Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro
Day 10
Ngorongoro Crater

Depart from the lodge after breakfast and drive to the crater rim.  You will descend 600m (0ver 2000 feet) to the floor of the crater for a full day crater tour with picnic lunch boxes. Explore the forest areas that are inhabited by monkey and elephant, the lake area, where you may see the flamingos and the open savannah where the lions hunt for food. Return at sunset for dinner and overnight at the camp.

Enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Private hot lunch crater floor - No safari is complete without experiencing a traditional bush lunch. Relax under the natural canopy of an acacia tree, whilst your personal butler serves up a feast. Nothing is quite so essentially safari as this. Tailored service with cold drinks and your private chef preparing delicious meals surrounded by breath-taking surroundings in total privacy totally completes this Out of Africa experience. After enjoying your morning game drive, your guide will bring you to your private location within the Ngorongoro Crater where our team awaits to seat you.

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  • Maasai Boma Experience  - Maasai Boma Visit to a genuine authentic Boma + experience . An authentic glimpse into the distinctive Maasai culture is a must whilst in Tanzania. Preservation of their proud traditions has set the Maasai apart from other indigenous groups in Tanzania, and embodies a side of Africa with which few outsiders can contact. We offer guests a memorable opportunity to interactively experience the Maasai way of life through an excursion to a traditional boma where guests will be able to participate in a variety of unique cultural activities, and encouraged to delve as deep into the experience as possible!

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  • Guided Rim Walk - An educational and interactive walk along the edge of the Crater with a Ranger and Maasai guide. Your guests will learn about the uses of the flora and fauna in the daily lives of the local Maasai, spot wildlife tracks and experience the fresh outdoors of the Ngorongoro Highlands. Walk lasts about 1 & 1/2 hours and is available in the late afternoon from 1600 hrs

Overnight stay in Ngorongoro Crater at Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp in a Double Tent. 

Fully Inclusive - all meals, fees, activities and all local brands (spirits, wine and beers) included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater
Day 11
Ngorongoro Crater → Arusha

Breakfast at your camp.  After check-out procedures continue to Mto Wa Mbu for a visit to the local village and have lunch with the locals.

Visit a Maasai boma and see the lifestyle of this legendary tribe up-close. Along with a guided tour of the boma and an introduction to the local Maasai population, tribesmen will offer to paint traditional Maasai tattoos for visitors and even let them milk their prized cows. Enjoy a delicious, home-cooked meal in a local Moma’s home. Over lunch, the guide will provide a history of region and many local tribes.

Afternoon drive to Arusha Town where you spend the night at your own leisure. 

Overnight stay in Arusha at Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge in a Plantation Suite. 

Breakfast
Ngorongoro Crater → Arusha
Maasai boma
Day 12
Arusha → Airport

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to Kilimanjaro / Arusha Airport for your onward flight.

Breakfast
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Nairobi
Arusha
Walking / Hiking
Active Level - Hobby, Independent Holiday Packages
05 January 2021 - 31 March 2021 | 01 June 2021 - 15 December 2021

Hotel options

Palacina Hotel
Palacina Hotel

Nairobi
Offering all the luxuries, with special personalized service, a relaxed ambiance and great attention to detail, Palacina Hotel invites guests in an atmosphere of understated elegance and warm hospitality.

Saruni Mara
Saruni Mara

Mara North Conservancy
Nestled in a secluded valley in the heart of the Africa's most enthralling wilderness, Saruni Mara is an eco-friendly deluxe safari lodge, with elegant cottages decorated to a unique theme with luxurious, classic safari feel.

Legendary Serengeti Camp
Legendary Serengeti Camp

Northern Serengeti
A mobile luxury tented camp hidden under the deep shade of acacia canopies, following in the footsteps of the Great Migration to the procession of more than two million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle.

Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp
Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp

Ngorongoro Crater
Intimately set in a delightful ancient acacia forest close to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, Lemala Ngorongoro offers spacious tents positioned carefully to provide privacy and with minimal impact on the pristine forest environment.

Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge
Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge

Arusha
Located in the middle of a verdant coffee plantation, Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge is a luxurious sanctuary of aromatic tranquility and a welcome retreat after a long day or the dust and excitement of a thrilling bush safari.

Important notes

We work with a selection of hotels in each location. All bookings are subject to availability, which means our team will confirm your specific hotels upon confirmation and payment of deposit. The package price is based on 4-star accommodation.

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