Embrace the magic of the African savannah as you follow in the footsteps of nature’s most prolific beasts. Here in the birthplace of the safari lies Eastern Africa’s most elite national parks and game reserves, teeming with giraffes, lion, cheetah and leopard. Witnessing hundreds of big-tusked elephants roam against the backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro is one of life’s great revelations. Enjoy several daily game drives with the most awe-inspiring wildlife interactions and scenery.
A safari through Amboseli National Park is one of Kenya’s premier wildlife experiences. This is the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants. Meet the nomadic Masai tribespeople, Africa’s last great warriors. Cross into Tanzania to visit Arusha's famous souvenir markets or continue straight on to the cool heights of Ngorongoro. The Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest caldera, an extinct volcano that is home to approximately 25,000 wild animals. Continue your African adventure past the Olduvlai Gorge on your way through the Serengeti game park for world class game viewing. Here you will have the chance to spot lion, leopard, cheetah and more! Finish your safari in the Masai Mara, the world's top game park, where you will see elephant, giraffe, lion and many more animals with your skilled private guide. Venture into the thick of the plains in search of zebras, gazelles, impalas, and of course wildebeests, who thunderously feed and migrate from the Serengeti and through the Mara area every year. Finish in Nairobi where you'll enjoy time for some final sightseeing, souvenir shopping or dinner before returning home from this incredible adventure.
This trip offers unparalleled game viewing with evening relaxation in excellent quality tented camps and game lodges. Kensington Tours offers local support in each region you visit, another reason we deliver unbeatable value. Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
Upon arrival to Nairobi, a welcome package including travel documents and a map will be provided to you.
Enjoy a private transfer between your hotel and the airport in Nairobi.
While in our care, your safety and security are our number one priority. As such, in the unlikely event of serious illness or injury, all guests are provided with a “Flying Doctors” insurance policy. This emergency evacuation insurance covers the cost of the evacuation flight back to Nairobi for treatment, however, does not cover the cost of any medical treatment received. We highly recommend travel insurance for full coverage.
Depart from Nairobi this morning, passing through savanna grasslands, to reach your lodge in Amboseli. Upon arrival, set out into Amboseli National Park for a chance to share the terrain with the parks famed herds of free roaming elephants, as well as some of the world’s most elusive animals. Game viewing can be arranged either before or after checking into your camp, so call upon the knowledge of your expert guide to gain their recommendations based on your arrival time, animal activity and park hours.
This afternoon you’ll meet with your guide and head into Amboseli National Park. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to spot free-roaming elephants, however, a wide array of other species including bushbucks, dik-diks, duikers, and warthogs are also commonly found here. The park is also host to an incredible range of birdlife, with over 400 species identified, and on a clear day, you’ll also enjoy spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. After an afternoon exploring the park, you will return to your lodge to get set for a delicious safari dinner.
Today you will bid a fond farewell to Kenya as your guide drives you from Amboseli to the Kenya/Tanzania border crossing of Namanga.
Upon arrival to the Namanga Border Crossing, make a quick stop to switch between Kenyan and Tanzanian guides and vehicles before continuing on your safari.
Tanzanian Visas can be purchased at the border at the cost of $100 USD for US citizens, and $50 USD for all other nationalities. Please Note: Visas must be paid in USD, and in cash. No bills can be older than 2006 as a local counterfeiting safeguard. A Single Entry Visa is valid for three months and can be used for multiple entries into Kenya and Tanzania. It is also required that you have your Yellow Fever certification handy upon crossing.
Once you're through Customs you will proceed with your Tanzanian guide to Ngorongoro.
During your stay at Ngorongoro there are many optional activities available to you. Depending on which lodge you're staying at, activities may include nature walks, cultural village visits, a hike to the Endoro waterfalls, bicycle tours, coffee plantation tours and more. Many of these activities can be arranged in advance by your Destination Expert while others must be booked directly with the lodge upon arrival; please speak to your Destination Expert for more information.
An experienced tracker-guide and private vehicle will accompany you today while exploring Ngorongoro National Park.
Today, discover one of the most remarkable wildlife conservation areas in Tanzania; the Ngorongoro Crater. Departing from your camp in a privately driven vehicle alongside a local expert guide, make your way to the entrance of the park, then drive a further 20 minutes to reach the rim of Ngorongoro Crater: the world’s largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera. This geological marvel was formed as the result of a gigantic explosion which caused the volcano to collapse on itself, thereby creating the massive crater. Roughly 12 miles wide and some 2,000 feet deep, the trip from crater rim to floor takes approximately 45 minutes by vehicle. The extremely fertile crater floor has attracted incredibly dense populations of wildlife, and at present over 25,000 large animals call the crater home, including some of the world’s last remaining black rhinos. The crater floor is also host to some of the highest concentrations of carnivores in the world, featuring large prides of lions, packs of hyenas and solitary predators like cheetahs and jackals. A keen eye paired with expertly procured search patterns from your guide is sure to help you spot a wide range of wildlife and perhaps some of the more elusive species like leopards, servals, and bat-eared foxes.
Your guide will pick you up from your lodge in Ngorongoro and drive you to the famous plains of the Serengeti. On this drive you will have the option of stopping at Olduvai Gorge, the Serengeti Welcome Center and Lookout Point, or to stop for a picnic lunch. After entering the Serengeti, you will have the chance to enjoy a game viewing drive as you track through the park en route to your next accommodation. The drive takes five to six hours depending on the number of stops you make and the length of your game viewing experience. Longer transit times should be expected during the rainy seasons.
The massive Olduvai Gorge, or Oldupai Gorge, is often referred to as “The Cradle of Mankind.” Beginning in the eastern Serengeti plains, the cavernous ravine is some 30 miles long and is the result of millions of years of natural erosion. The gorge features a steep-sided gully that cuts its way through the Great Rift Valley stretching along eastern Africa, and is named after a commonly used plant by the Masai people; Sansevieria-Ehrenbergii, or Olduvai for short. This plant grows plentifully in the area, and is used for making bandages, rope, baskets, roofs and clothing. Today, discover the Olduvai Gorge firsthand alongside your expert local guide.
This morning, your African adventure begins with an exploratory game drive through Tanzania’s oldest and most recognized National Park, the Serengeti. A land of unparalleled game viewing, from great herds of grazing herbivores to tactically cunning packs of carnivores, life on the plains of the Serengeti truly epitomizes the “circle of life.” A paradise for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts alike, it is all but guaranteed that you will spot giraffes and elephants feasting on shrubbery, impalas, gazelles and buffaloes traipsing carefully through the plains to avoid being noticed by on-looking lions, cheetahs and hyenas, and a spectacular range of birdlife flitting through the sky.
Spend the afternoon searching for and tracking the impala, one of Africa's most beautiful and graceful animals. Previously thought to be a sub-species within the gazelle family, impalas have been found to be so different that they are now classified as their own species. When frightened or startled, impala herds begin to leap randomly so as to confuse predators and can jump distances of more than 33 feet and approximately nine feet high. Leopards, cheetah, lions and wild dogs are the primary predators of the impala, however, with a top speed of 55 miles per hour, impalas are often times able to escape prowling hunters.
This morning, your guide will drive you from Serengeti to the Isebania border. This day-long commute includes game viewing in the Serengeti en route, as well as a multi-hour drive across highway and bumpy patches of road to the border. Depending on your camp location and the stops on your game drive along the way, the drive to the Isebania Border is anywhere between three and five hours.
Upon arrival to the Isebania Border Crossing, switch to a Kenyan vehicle and continue your safari with a Kenyan guide.
Kenyan Visas can be purchased at the border at the cost of $50 USD. Please Note: Visas must be paid in USD, and in cash. No bills can be older than 2006 as a local counterfeiting safeguard. A Single Entry Visa is valid for three months and can be used for multiple entries into Kenya and Tanzania. It is also required that you have your Yellow Fever certification handy upon crossing.
After clearing the Isebania Border Crossing, you will continue onward to the Masai Mara. This last section of driving will be partly on a paved highway and partly by dirt road. Approximate travel time to the Masai Mara is between two to four hours, depending on road conditions.
Just like the wildlife, your day’s adventure will begin bright and early this morning. Alongside an experienced tracker-guide, set out for the day’s first game drive and discover the dazzling bio-diversity of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The most recognized animals are known worldwide as the African Big 5, and this group includes the African elephant, Cape buffalo, rhinoceros, leopard, and the king of the beasts, the lion. The term “Big 5” was first coined by big-game hunters as a way to acknowledge that these species were the most difficult and dangerous to track and hunt, however, in subsequent years the term has been adopted and re-purposed by the tourism industry and painted in patently positive light, focusing now on the preservation and protection of these magnificent creatures. Numerous other species of bird and wildlife also inhabit this dynamic region, including hyenas, gazelles, impalas, giraffes, zebras, vultures, cranes, eagles, falcons, and ostriches, many of which you’ll spot on this morning drive through the Masai Mara Game Reserve.
Head out this afternoon on an exciting game viewing adventure. The locations visited will be determined by your expert guide as they have an intimate understanding of the daily routines of animals and how best to track them. On this afternoon excursion, visit several wildlife hot-spots with an aim to espy elusive animals such as the leopard. These spotted cats blend almost seamlessly into the tall grass and shrubbery, and are even more challenging to spot when in their favorite hangout, the trees. Exploring the region, your guide will take you to nearby watering holes where on a hot day you’ll spot many birds and mammals, including, with luck, the elusive leopard. After a thrilling afternoon game drive, you will be returned to your lodge in time to freshen up for a delicious safari dinner.
The famed Masai Mara Game Reserve was named after the indigenous inhabitants of this land, the Masai, and the provider of life to the area, the Mara River. Game viewing is almost guaranteed at some point along the Mara River, and your experienced tracker-guide will know all the best spots to explore to maximize your chances of seeing some of the many animals that call this land their home. Be sure to have your camera handy as amazing photo opportunities will present themselves; elephants on the riverbanks and hippos in shallow waters are common sights in this area.
Set out this afternoon with your tracker-guide on another exciting game drive through the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The Mara is one of only a few places left in Africa where guests can still spot free roaming rhinos in the wild, as – troublingly - it is estimated that there are only 4,000 black rhinos left on the continent. Today your guide will take you to locations where rhino sightings have been recently reported with an aim to bring you within camera range of these lumbering, beautiful giants.
Your guide will drive you from Masai Mara to Nairobi, with short stops for refreshments and souvenirs along the way. Be aware that during this commute you will drive across some unfinished, bumpy patches of road. This drive will take approximately six hours.
Please note that the first half of this drive will be on paved roads and the last half will be rough & bumpy roads.
Before departing Nairobi, make a stop at the local Kensington office for free internet and lounge access. If you so desire, reservations for dinner at a local restaurant can also be arranged. Please speak to your Destination Expert in order to make dining reservations, and also be sure to mention any dietary restrictions or preferences.
The Fairmont Norfolk Hotel is situated in the center of the bustling city of Nairobi and has grown over time with the city. Surrounded by private tropical gardens, the 170 guest rooms and suites are comfortable with all the necessities of home. Dining is offered at a number of on-site restaurants, and the breakfast buffet is especially delightful. Spend some time getting to know the city then escape to the tranquility of the hotel. At your pleasure, enjoy the wonderful swimming pool facilities, the health club, and the relaxing spa.
There are six restaurants in the hotel, one to suit every mood and palate. The Tea Room offers traditional high-tea in a comfortable setting. The relaxed setting of the Cin Cin Wine Bar is the perfect spot to unwind, while the Lord Delamere Terrace is the ideal spot for people watching. The extensive room service menu is always an option when a more private setting is preferred.The Poolside Restaurant is also the perfect setting for intimate, leisurely lunches. Light refreshments and drinks are served throughout the day, besides an a la Carte lunch.
The Fairmont Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi offers extensive recreation facilities. The outdoor heated pool is surrounded by lush gardens. Separate facilities for men and women include changing rooms with showers, steam bath, sauna, restrooms and treatment rooms. Towels are provided here, along with mattresses for the sun beds. The Health & Fitness Centre is located above the poolside restaurant. Trained professional staff is located within the facility. Services include aerobics classes, one-on-one training and registered massages. The fitness center offers state-of-the-art equipment including free weights along with treadmills, lifecycles and nautilus machines. Separate spa facilities for men and women include changing rooms with showers, steam bath, sauna, restrooms and spa treatment rooms.
Tawi Lodge is located on a private conservancy of 6,000 acres just five minutes from Kimana Gate, the eastern entrance to Amboseli National Park, at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s largest free-standing mountain. The lodge is an Eco-friendly operation, which takes maximum care of the environment and its people. The lodge consists of 13 cottages ideally located on bush land facing Kilimanjaro and offers a bio-pool. The style of the lodge is a harmonious combination of modern (for your comfort) and traditional (to remind you that you are in Africa). Other facilities at Tawi Lodge include reception, bars, dining area, library, shop, a unique bio-pool and a relaxing massage area with hot bath and also a cellar with a selection of fine wines.
Dining options at Tawi Lodge consists of a combination of traditional African cuisine and the more famous westernized menu choices to satisfy the needs of every guest. Where possible, the staff use locally grown produce to create an authentic dining experiences and support the local community. Before and after dinner, relax by the campfire, or at the very special bush bar, and listen to the magical sounds of the savannah - all this under the spectacular African sky where the stars seem brighter than anywhere else.
Activities at Tawi include day and night game drives in 4X4 vehicles, bird watching treks, hiking, picnic lunches, and bush breakfasts and dinners, just to name a few.
4 different lounges with deep comfortable sofas, safari chairs, recliners serviced by 2 bars for a drink, a read, relaxing… by the fire place or the wildlife water hole. Day or evening. You can also choose the “bush lounge” for a magical sundowner drink and bitings. This one is situated on a different spot everyday with view on the Kilimanjaro, surrounded by the sounds of the African bush, birds and the wildlife.
Filled from the bore hole, solar heated yet comfortably cool for refreshing morning, afternoon or evening dips. If your timing is right, you will enjoy your swim while looking at the elephants bathing in the nearby water hole right in front of you. There is also a wading pool for the smaller ones.
Acacia Farm Lodge is a romantic Country Lodge nestled in an active mixed farm located high on the spectacular Great Rift’s escarpment area with commanding panoramic views of the amazing Karatu farmlands and the nearby Ngorongoro forest area. Unrivalled area’s natural beauty is finely complemented by the elegant lodge. A timeless tranquility emanates from the exuberance of birdsong, mature trees and the lovely coffee plants. Whether you seek adventure or simply a quiet time to soothe your soul, come to Acacia Farm Lodge where ambient surroundings, friendly service and superior lodging you can afford, will leave you feeling refreshed, revitalized and relaxed. This boutique lodge, where the hospitality exceeds the area’s tranquility, is located in a 25 acres farm in the calm outskirts of the agricultural town of Karatu. It is a sensitively eco-friendly luxury lodge which in order to harmonize with the environment has been very unobtrusively designed and positioned within the farm.
Acacia Farm Lodge has numerous top-class facilities for the in-house guests to use including the main public area where there is a gorgeous lounge and a cozy bar as well as an intimate dining room and a lovely coffee shop.
Guests can enjoy a well-stocked curio shop, an inviting Swimming Pool and it’s bar area as well as a well-equipped Gym and a refreshing Spa.
Activities include farm tours, town tours, cultural experiences, game drives, nature walks, hiking and more.
The Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania, is nestled in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tanzania's Serengeti National Park. In addition to the magnificent surrounding wildlife, Four Seasons delivers memorable ways to experience the Serengeti, with unique activities that include hot-air balloon rides across the plains, picnics in the bush, and safari photography classes. The Discovery Centre is a great place to learn about African culture and history. You can get to know the local Maasai people and become involved in socially responsible programs, such as those that help local schools and support wildlife conservation. Experience thrilling Serengeti game drives and rare opportunities to connect with the local people and culture. Then return to the Safari Lodge, where the secluded guest rooms, elegant spa and infinity pool promise a luxurious respite during your African adventures.
The Four Seasons Safari Lodge has several luxury dining options for the guests to choose from. Take in spectacular Serengeti views while enjoying locally sourced African-inspired cuisine and a range of international wines at the Kula’s Restaurant. Savour the authentic African feast around an open-air fire pit at the Boma Grill or enjoy some cocktails at the Maji Bar overlooking the pool. During the evening or at your preference enjoy the Sundowner Bar and Wine Cellar. If you just feel like a relaxing evening take advantage of the delectable In-Room Dining option.
Relax into intuitive Four Seasons care in one of the six free-standing treatment pavilions, all large enough for couples. Some pavilions include outdoor bathtubs, while the changing rooms feature steam showers to enhance your sense of tranquillity. Treatments are also available in the privacy of your guest room or suite.
Take a break from your Tanzanian adventures and cool off in the free-form infinity pool overlooking the watering hole and Serengeti plains. With sunbeds and bar service, it’s an idyllic setting from which to watch a glorious sunset or admire a turquoise sky. Drinks are served from sunrise to sunset.
Relax tone and challenge yourself in the luxurious 72-square-metre (775-square-foot) Fitness Centre overlooking the pool and the great Serengeti plains. The fitness studio includes a complete range of free weights and extensive cardiovascular equipment. Choose from a selection of treadmills, bikes and elliptical trainers, or work on strength training as you take in stunning views of the pool and the Serengeti.
Enjoy a half or full day with an experienced driver who also serves as your guide, thanks to his or her knowledge of the location and its wildlife. Lunch boxes are available for a Four Seasons dining experience in the heart of the Serengeti, which is home to millions of stunning wildebeests during the migration period, as well as numerous species of birds and mammals, especially the big cats: leopards, cheetahs and lions. Guests can also book trips to the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken caldera in the world and home to staggering numbers of wildlife. Charges apply for safari services.
Children and Teens are welcomed to enjoy the complimentary friendly activities. These include the Kijana Klub. Learn traditional bush skills from a Maasai Warrior or contribute to engaging research projects in the Discovery Centre as part of a fun-filled programme at the kids club. Activities also include arts and crafts, foozball, board and video games and a library of books and DVDs. Kids Menus are available in all three of the Lodge's restaurants. Kids Yoga, little ones benefit from strength, flexibility and balance in these tailored sessions, with breathtaking views of the Serengeti Plains beyond to keep an eye out for any passing wildlife. Kids Serengeti Passports are offered to every child staying at the Lodge. Kids can collect their stamps of the animals seen on the day's adventures each time they return from a game drive.
Laid out along the Sabaringo River on the edge of the Oloololo escarpment, &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Masai Mara Tented Camp looks out onto the plains of the Masai Mara. Set on a private concession leased from Masai landlords in the north of the Mara, the camp offers total seclusion and abundant wildlife. It was included as one of Travel & Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels, as selected by their readers. Each of the tents and suites are laid out on immaculate grounds, with leisurely groups of warthog feeding right outside the tent doors. Browse for souvenirs from your safari in the well-stocked Safari Shop or share your experiences around an evening cocktail in the bar. Meals packed with fresh ingredients and flavoured with aromatic spices are served in the simple but elegant dining room, open to the warm breezes coming off the Mara or beneath myriad stars looking out onto the African plains.
Early morning bush breakfasts, romantic sundowners featuring spectacular views across the Mara, and dramatic candlelit dinners beside the Mara River add an unforgettable dimension to your safari experience. Relax in the candle lit bar in the evening before enjoying delicious Pan-African cuisine served al fresco style outdoors or in the main dining area.
Activities include interpretive bush walks led by highly skilled guides and traditionally attired Masai naturalists, as well as wilderness walks along the Mara River and up the Oloololo Escarpment, one of the steps of the Great Rift Valley will bring you face to face with wild Africa at its best. The daily lectures by a Maasai naturalist and visits to a Maasai cultural village offer an incredible insight into the fascinating lives of the brilliantly-clad Maasai people.
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