Rise early for a scrumptious breakfast at Hemingways. We then leave Nairobi behind, boarding a light aircraft bound for the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Spanning across 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 we set out for our 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.
Today we 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. We 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).
Today we 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.
We will 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 baboon, elephant, buffalo, hippo, and leopard.
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.
This morning we say goodbye to Kenya and make our way into Tanzania via light aircraft. After clearing customs, re-board our aircraft and fly into Tanzania's famous Serengeti National Park.
The Serengeti is perhaps Africa's most famous national park, and you will soon experience why. Widely known for its prime wildlife-viewing opportunities, the Serengeti's picture-perfect landscape is characterized by endless stretches of savannah-covered plains interspersed by rocky outcrops of granite and acacia woodlands. The park is home to a variety of wildlife and the annual Great Migration. Popular activities include game viewing, cultural tours, horse riding safaris, and hot air ballooning over the spectacularly scenic terrain.
Settle in upon arrival at Singita Faru Faru Lodge. After lunch we set out for an exciting game drive in Grumeti Game Reserve, a wildlife reserve located on the Serengeti's north-western border.
Today we check out after breakfast and transfer to the local airstrip. From here we will board our flight to Manyara and onwards to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Reach the &beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge in time for a late lunch and with plenty of time to relax and enjoy this unique lodge and its magnificent views.
Rise early to make the most of our day in the Ngorongoro Crater! The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest un-flooded and unbroken caldera in the world, covering 300 square kms in Northern Tanzania. The Crater's high walls serve as a natural enclosure for its abundance of wildlife. Keep your eyes sharp, for we 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.
Check out after breakfast, making our way toward the Great Rift Valley and Tarangire National Park. Upon arrival we will take time to enjoy lunch and familiarize ourselves 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.
Little Chem Chem is Big Game country, and soon all of your senses will 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 our 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.
Initial deposit is 25%, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card.
Final payment is due Final payment is due 70 days (10 weeks) prior to departure by bank transfer, check or credit card. All final payments by credit card may be subject to a surcharge and maximum of $20,000 charge. prior to departure
1) Both US Dollars and Tanzania Schillings are equally accepted. Most tourist stores and restaurants price items
in USD. Therefore, it is not necessary to have Schillings, if travelers bring enough USD.
2) If travelers do bring USD, bring small bills ($20$10$5$1). Old $100 bills are not accepted and vendors are reluctant to accept new ones.
3) Travelers can get Schillings if needed, but there are very few ATMS.
Travelers will need to plan ahead with the guide to get cash. It is best to withdraw a large amount at once since there are so few opportunities.
4) Most stores and restaurants will accept major credit cards, however they will
charge you a fee (typically 4-5%).
This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.