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Spend 14 memorable days exploring the best of Kenya and Tanzania's national parks and wildlife reserves. Here you'll experience world-class game viewing from coveted private reserves in the Serengeti and Masai Mara ecosystems, search for diverse wildlife from the back of a 4x4 Land Cruiser, and stay in luxurious safari lodges. Scenic light aircraft flights between destinations ensure maximum time on the ground, promising the trip of a lifetime in style and comfort! 
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Highlights
  • Explore private reserves and concessions in Kenya and Tanzania
  • Stay in world-class safari lodges
  • Search for the Big 5 in the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Enjoy scenic light aircraft flights between destinations
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Activity Level: Easy Active
Moderately active but not overly strenuous. This level includes activities like casual cycling, yoga, or excursions/activities that typically last 3-5 hours total each day.
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Day 1: Arrive Nairobi

Arrive in Nairobi today on the flight of your choice. After meeting your driver, transfer to the luxurious Hemingways in Nairobi for a restful evening. 

Day 2: Fly to Lewa Conservancy

Rise early for breakfast at Hemingway's. Then leave Nairobi behind, boarding a light aircraft bound for the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Spanning thousands of hectares of open grasslands, Lewa Conservancy is renowned as a pioneer in responsible tourism and actively advances community engagement and wildlife conservation programs. The park boasts a large diversity of wildlife, including the endangered black rhino, white rhino, elephant, lion, buffalo, wild dog, giraffe, cheetah, and over 400 bird species. 

After settling in, set out for your first game drive in Lewa Downs sanctuary. Return to the lodge in time for dinner, exchanging stories with fellow guests about your first day out on safari. 

Day 3: Lewa Conservancy

Today, explore Lewa Downs sanctuary and its abundance of wildlife. Set out early in the morning to observe wildlife before the sun casts its warm rays across the savannah, returning to the lodge in time for lunch and a quick rest. Set out again in the late afternoon, just as the sun begins to retreat and the wildlife emerges with the cooling temperatures. 

For those looking to participate in additional activities, the conservancy also offers escorted bush walks, horse riding, game watching from secluded game blinds, camel treks, bird watching, educational talks, walking safaris, and cultural visits with local communities (some activities may incur additional cost, please inquire).

Day 4: Fly to Olare Motorogi Conservancy

Today, enjoy an early breakfast before boarding an aircraft to the Masai Mara. Arrive at camp in time for a late lunch and an evening game drive in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy. This 85-square-kilometer private wilderness conservancy forms part of the Masai Mara-Serengeti ecosystem, ensuring a true wilderness experience with one of the lowest tourist densities in the Mara region. 

Settle in at Mara Plains Camp for a restful evening in the Masai Mara. 

Day 5-6: Olare Motorogi Conservancy

Spend the next two days exploring the vast spaces and rolling hills of this famous ecosystem. Search for giraffe, zebra, hartebeest, warthog, and the predators that inevitably follow, including lion, cheetah, hyena, and jackal. In between the hills run a number of small seasonal streams, fringed by stretches of forest which are home to baboons, elephants, buffalo, hippos, and leopards.

Find time to rest and relax in between game drives. Or, opt to visit a local village, set out on a wildlife walk or visit the home of a Masai tribesman (additional costs may apply). 

Conclude each day with a drink or cup of tea in the lounge or on your private deck, basking in the solitude of the Mara.

Day 7: Fly to Singita Serengeti Grumeti

Begin your day with an early breakfast before transferring to the Airstrip for your scheduled flight to Migori Airstrip. From there, you'll journey by road to Tarime, where you'll complete customs and immigration procedures before boarding your next flight to Sasakwa Airstrip.

Upon arrival in the Serengeti, you'll be greeted by your camp's safari vehicle and driver guide. A short game drive takes you to Singita Faru Faru Camp, nestled on a gentle slope near the Grumeti River and plains. Once there, you'll receive a warm welcome at Reception, followed by a brief safari orientation before being escorted to your room.

After lunch, embark on your first game drive within the expansive Grumeti Game Reserve, covering 2,000 square kilometers. This reserve is part of the larger Serengeti-Maasai Mara ecosystem, renowned for the annual wildebeest migration from July to October. Situated along the northwestern border of Serengeti National Park, Grumeti provides ample opportunities to witness diverse wildlife congregating around water sources. It's here that you may witness the awe-inspiring spectacle of vast herds of wildebeest and zebra, epitomizing the Serengeti/Mara ecosystem.

Day 8: Singita Serengeti Grumeti

Spend a full day looking for games while enjoying the magic that this Reserve has to offer. Early morning game drives are the best to catch the animals at their most active or relax in the camp. Later, on your afternoon game drive, the chances to spot Africa’s famous Big Five abound, thanks to the park’s density of both predators and prey.

Day 9: Fly to Manyara | Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, transfer to Sasakwa airstrip, where you board your scheduled flight to Manyara. Upon arrival in Manyara, meet a representative driver guide and be transferred to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Reach the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge in time for a late lunch. Spend the afternoon relaxing and enjoying the breathtaking views by staying in this remarkable property.

Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater

Rise early to make the most of your day in the Ngorongoro Crater! The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest un-flooded and unbroken caldera in the world, covering 300 square km in Northern Tanzania. The Crater's high walls serve as a natural enclosure for its abundance of wildlife. Keep your eyes sharp,  for you have a very real opportunity to view the Big 5 today.

Spend the full day exploring this vast area, learning about the historical significance of the Crater and the harmonious relationship between people and animals. Return to the lodge for a delicious dinner and relaxing evening above the Crater's high walls. 

Day 11: Chem Chem Concession

Check out after breakfast, making your way toward the Great Rift Valley and Tarangire National Park. Upon arrival, take time to enjoy lunch and familiarize yourself with this special Conservancy before dinner.

Situated between the endless savannas of Tarangire and the bird-rich waters of Lake Manyara, Chem Chem Concession lies in the renowned migration corridor. The private concession covers 20,000 hectares of Tanzanian wilderness, characterized by vast grasslands dotted with ancient Baobab trees. This area is inhabited by herds of elephant, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, impala, and over 400 species of bird.

Day 12-13: Chem Chem Concession

Little Chem Chem is Big Game country, and soon all of your senses come alive with the roar in the night, the scent in the breeze or the padded paw-print in the sand. Enjoy the next two days exploring this private concession: watch a cheetah sprint across the savannah, observe elephant herds on the move, or spot the rare tree-climbing lion. It is clear that the wilderness is all around you.

Settle in each evening under the stars, reminiscing as your time in East Africa comes to a close.

 

Day 14: Transfer to Arusha | Departure

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Rise early for one final game drive before transferring to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward flight home. 
 

Accommodations

Hemingways Nairobi

Bright interiors of the executive suite
Relax with a sundowner in the hotel bar
Deluxe Suite

Lewa House

Experience wild luxury in Kenya's Lewa House
Experience wild luxury in Kenya's Lewa House
Experience wild luxury in Kenya's Lewa House

Mara Plains Camp

Intimate luxury at the Mara Plains Camp
Intimate luxury at the Mara Plains Camp
Intimate luxury at the Mara Plains Camp

Singita Faru Faru Lodge

Experience unrefined luxury at Singita Faru Faru Lodge
Luxury tents offer unparalleled views and comfort
Find solitude at Singita Faru Faru

&Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Enjoy relaxing evenings at andBeyond
Find peaceful night's sleep in your luxury suite
Wine tasting in the well-appointed cellar

Little Chem Chem

Experience solitude and luxury at Little Chem Chem
Experience solitude and luxury at Little Chem Chem
Experience solitude and luxury at Little Chem Chem

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Included
  • 13 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 12 Dinners, 2 Box Lunches
  • 13 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Internal flights as indicated in itinerary
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Tourist Visa

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