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East Africa Safari(Twin Room,Start Nairobi, End Arusha)

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$3,546

$4,235

12 days

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Overview

Vast National Parks full of wildlife, an orphanage for elephants, a Maasai village and an ancient volcano: this isn't a film plot, it's just a taste of what East Africa has to offer. We've included all our morning and afternoon game drives in all the national parks including the Maasai Mara and Serengeti for your best shot at seeing the Big 5, and even better, you'll be driving through valleys and plains in our top of the range open-top vehicles and staying in some of the best lodges and luxury campsites for the ultimate safari experience.

Locations Visited

Nairobi, Masai Mara, Lake Elementaita, Amboseli, Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorogoro Crater, Arusha

Countries Visited

Kenya, Tanzania

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Accommodations

11 nights included

Age Requirements

Social travel experiences for 18-35 year olds

Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive Nairobi

Your Africa adventure begins as the plane touches down in red-earthed Nairobi. You'll be greeted by a transfer rep at the airport and driven to your accommodation for the night through the modern city centre in private transportation. Set your bags down at the hotel and feel the excitement build as your Trip Manager runs through the itinerary. This evening you'll have a chance to head out for some dinner at a local restaurant, a perfect time to practise your 'Jambo' (hello) and 'Asante-sana' (Thank you very much). Get to know your new mates over a hearty Kenyan meal before a big day tomorrow.

  • Accommodation

    Jacaranda Hotel (or similar)

Day 2

Nairobi to Masai Mara

We start the day with a hot breakfast at the hotel before meeting our local guides and loading up in the safari vehicles for the start of our great Masai Mara adventure.We'll pass down and through the Great Rift Valley as we arrive at our classic African safari lodge, just in time for lunch in the famous Masai Mara. After lunch, you'll have time for a quick siesta or a dip in the pool. This afternoon will include your first game drive, seeing some of Africa's vast array of wildlife both big and small on the rolling hills of this magnificent nature reserve.

  • Accommodation

    Sentrim Mara (or similar)

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Day 3

Masai Mara

This morning you have the option for a once-in-a-lifetime hot air balloon Safari experience, or join the early morning game drive - one of the best times to see the wild animals as they relax in the cooler climate before the midday heat. In the late morning we'll all head back to the lodge for some lunch and lounging around the pool, before departing on an evening game drive in search of Africa's elusive big cats: the lion, leopard and cheetah. This reserve is the scene of one of nature's most incredible and humbling events: the Great Migration. During the right season, watch with your jaw open as millions of wildebeest and zebra risk their lives crossing crocodile-infested waters with lions lurking on the banks as they bravely press forward to greener pastures.

  • Accommodation

    Sentrim Mara (or similar)

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Day 4

Masai Mara to Lake Elementaita

We'll treat ourselves to one last morning drive in the unforgettable Masai Mara before we head north. Make sure your camera is ready for your last glance of this extraordinary location.This afternoon we're passing through Lake Naivasha, where some scenes from the epic 1985 film Out of Africa were shot. We end up on the shores of Lake Elementaita for the evening. There'll be time for a rest and revive before we sit down together for a buffet dinner.

  • Accommodation

    Sentrim Lake Elementaita (or similar)

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Day 5

Lake Elementaita to Amboseli

Before we reach our next destination of Amboseli, our route today takes us back past Nairobi where we have the chance to get up close to some of Africa's biggest land mammals. This includes a visit to the giraffe centre for selfies with the world's tallest animal, and a heartwarming trip to an elephant orphanage sanctuary, to see the amazing work being done rehabilitating baby elephants back into the wild.We'll have a picnic lunch, and the afternoon will take us to our lodge on the edge of the Amboseli National Park with dinner included.

  • Accommodation

    Sentrim Amboseli (or similar)

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Day 6

Amboseli

After our morning's buffet breakfast, we will do a short safari walk to a Maasai village, guided by Masaai warriors as they teach us about their culture and everyday lives co-existing with wild animals. After lunch we will head out to Amboseli National Park, famous for its iconic shots of elephants and wildlife feeding in the foreground while the peak of Africa rises in the background: Mt Kilimanjaro. It's a photographer's dream, and it's all yours. Our final dinner in Kenya will be included back at the lodge.

  • Accommodation

    Sentrim Amboseli (or similar)

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Day 7

Amboseli to Tarangire via Arusha

This morning we will have one final game drive in Amboseli before we head across to the Tanzanian border. We say goodbye to our Kenyan guides as we are welcomed by our Tanzanian guides and drive to the town of Arusha.Here we will visit the Shanga Community Project, offering employment opportunities to disabled community members through arts and crafts.After lunch we will head off to our first lodge and national park in Tanzania - Tarangire. Famed for its Africa's two giants; the elephant and baobab trees.

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

Tarangire

An early start this morning will take us back into the Tarangire National Park for a full day, in the hopes for a glimpse of some of its elusive predators and changing landscapes. We'll either stay the whole day here with a packed lunch provided, or head back to the lodge to enjoy a hot lunch and a swim in the pool. Save some room for our buffet dinner tonight.

  • Accommodation

    Roika Tented Camp

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Day 9

Tarangire to Serengeti

After breakfast we'll set out in our safari vehicles to our next destination: the Serengeti.We take in views of the Rift valley and the rim of Ngorogoro Crater as we make our way to the main gate of the Serengeti, stopping off to visit Mto Wa Mbu Village and a local market. We'll drive through the endless plains of this vast reserve to reach our accommodation for the night. Tonights accommodation will be a safari-style lodge in the middle of the Serengeti. A buffet meal will be served for dinner, and you're free to sit outside and listen to the sounds of nocturnal animals waking up to forage or hunt, all while sitting under the bright canopy of stars in the African sky.

  • Accommodation

    Wildebeest Camp (or similar)

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Day 10

Serengeti

We'll spend a full day seeking out the game of Africa's plains, with predators in hot pursuit of their prey. If the wildebeest migration is around, then you are in for a wildlife treat: millions of wildebeest and zebra grazing for as far as the eye can see really is one of Africas' greatest spectacles to observe. If you want to make today even more unforgettable, you can opt in for a once-in-a-lifetime Balloon safari. A buffet dinner awaits us back at our luxury campsite.

  • Accommodation

    Wildebeest Camp (or similar)

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Day 11

Serengeti to Ngorogoro Crater

Enjoy some breakfast before we depart the Serengeti with a morning game drive on our way to our next destination, the Ngorogoro Crater.In the late morning we reach the Ngorogoro Crater, an ancient volcano, boasting one of the highest densities of predators stalking the abundant wildlife enclosed inside the volcano's centre. We'll stop here for a picnic lunch before we ascend the plateau. A true natural wonder, only found in Africa.

  • Accommodation

    Eileen's Tree Inn (or similar)

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Day 12

Ngorogoro Crater to Arusha

Our final breakfast will be provided at the hotel before we set off. It's your last chance to do some souvenir shopping this morning, before we enjoy a final spectacular view of the Great Rift Valley on our way back to Arusha.With full hearts and memories made, it's time to say fond farewells to your new lifelong friends, and to our African adventure.

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Highlights

  • Masai Mara
  • Morning Game drive in the Masai Mara

  • Afternoon Game drive in the Masai Mara

  • Masai Mara to Lake Elementaita
  • Morning Game drive in the Masai Mara

  • Lake Elementaita to Amboseli
  • Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary visit

  • Get close to giraffes at the giraffe centre

  • Amboseli
  • Game drive in Amboseli National Park

  • Maasai Village Locally Guided Tour

  • Amboseli to Tarangire via Arusha
  • Morning drive in Amboseli

  • Tarangire
  • Game drive in Tarangire National Park

  • Tarangire to Serengeti
  • Afternoon Game Drive in the Serengeti

  • Serengeti
  • Morning Game Drive in the Serengeti

  • Afternoon Game Drive in the Serengeti

  • Serengeti to Ngorogoro Crater
  • Morning Game Drive in the Serengeti

  • Ngorogoro Crater to Arusha
  • Rift Valley View

  • African Galeria shopping visit

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What's Included

  • Accommodation

  • We'll stay in a comfy hotel in Nairobi on our first night, then the rest of the time we're having the full safari experience in African lodges and luxurious campsites. This is doing Africa in style in twin share raised canvas tents with full bathrooms, patios and all the amentites you would expect of a hotel room. It doesn't get any better than sleeping in luxury under the African stars.

  • Food

  • Being on safari sure works up an appetite. We'll provide breakfast every day, plus 9 lunches and 10 dinners. That's a big stack of included meals, and when we are eating at the lodge, it's always buffets! Choose what you want and how much you want from local to global cusines. We'll even throw in some picnic lunches or breakfasts for when we are exploring on game drives or driving between lodges. The rest of the time, there's a chance for you to taste the local cuisine.

  • Staff

  • You’ll be safe in the hands of your professional Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides, whose knowledge of Africa and wildife will keep you enthralled throughout the duration of your trip.

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