12 Day East Africa Safari

East Africa Safari (12 days)

Group Camping Safari – Exploring Kenya – Tanzania

Travelling in an over-land style vehicle this group safari endeavors to combine the highlights of both Kenya and Tanzania. Concentrating  on the internationally acclaimed Game Parks that are known to be “the home of the Discovery Channel”.  You will also visit lesser-known areas and  enjoy interaction with the local tribes, including the renowned Masai.
Weather and road conditions will influence the route chosen on each safari and clients should be flexible in this regard. Clients should be equipped with and an open mind and spontaneous disposition in order to best enjoy the superb offerings of the region.

Factfile

Duration 12 days / 11 nights Tour Starts Nairobi
Exclusivity Guided group tour Tour Ends Nairobi
Accommodation Participation Camping Prices From £1,415 pp
Operating Season All year Departures Fortnightly Every Saturday

Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrive Nairobi

Arrive in Nairobi and meet at the rest of your group at the hotel in the heart of this bustling city. For clients arriving early, there are a variety of optional tours and excursions on offer – these can be arranged at the hotel. At 18h00 there is a a pre-tour briefing before enjoying an own expense dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY 2: Drive North to Lake Nakuru

Leaving the city behind us, travel north, continually climbing to the lip of the escarpment from where you will enjoy a fantastic view of the Great Rift Valley. Descending into the valley, enter Lake Nakuru National Park where you will enjoy your first game drive in search of rhino, leopard, lion, buffalo and many other species that inhabit the park. Spend time taking in the breathtaking view of the vast flocks of flamingo that gather here. Tonight you will camp just below the equator at Kembu.

DAY 3 : Drive to camp at Lake Naivasha

A short drive today, will take you to the next camp on the shores of Lake Naivasha. After setting up camp amongst the Fever trees spend some time relaxing, watch the hippos and take in the spectacular scenery. In the afternoon visit Elsamere, the former home of Joy and George Adamson, for an afternoon tea and to gain some insight into their fascinating lives. Return to camp.

DAY 4: Drive Through the Masai Mara

Today you will traverse through some of Kenyas finest wilderness, using lesser known roads, passing numerous Masai villages on the way. Your camp for the next two nights is adjacent to the renowned Masai Mara National Park. Enjoy a hot shower with water heated on a traditional donkey boiler.

DAY 5: Game Drive in the Masai Mara

Early this morning enter the park to enjoy a full day of extensive game driving. The Masai Mara is well known for its large herds and ever-present predators, you will follow the seasonal migrations. Lunch today will be a picnic on the banks of the Mara river, known for its huge crocodile and hippo population. Return to camp for the night.

DAY 6: Drive to Lake Victoria

Leaving the Masai Mara behind us, today enter Tanzania and then descend toward the shores of Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria. This lake forms part of the Great Rift Valley and provides a livelihood for the many locals that fish its waters. Here you can spend time relaxing, exploring the markets, and trading with the local fishermen. Dinner tonight will be at your own expense at a local restaurant. Camp the night at the waters edge.

DAY 7: Visit to Serengeti National Park

Today you will enter what is arguably the worlds most acclaimed wildlife sanctuary, the Serengeti National Park. This park, with its huge concentrations of plains game, numerous predators and prolific birdlife all resident on the seemingly endless grass and acacia covered plains, epitomizes Africa’s game parks. Traversing the park west to east with extensive game viewing opportunities you will spend a night at the active Seronera campsite.

DAY 8: Leave Serengeti and Drive to Ngorongoro

After an extensive morning game drive leave the Serengeti and enter the Ngorongoro Conservation area to witness the spectacle of the Masai tribal people herding their cattle amongst the wildlife, still living their customary lifestyle as they have for centuries. Tonight  camp at the renowned Simba Camp on the edge of the magnificent Ngorongoro crater. The views from the camp are spectacular.

DAY 9: Leave Ngorongoro, travel to the Masai

At first light you will make the daring descent into the crater in smaller 4×4 safari vehicles and explore this marvel of nature with its sheer walls and fertile plains. With the possibility to view almost all of Africa’s animal species, including the rare black rhino, at close range in open plains – this has to be the finest game viewing available.
Returning to Simba camp to enjoy lunch before exiting the park and descending the escarpment to camp at a local village. Here you will camp for two nights, literally amongst the Masai people.

DAY 10: Exploring the Masai Village

Today explore the village and its surrounds on foot, spend time absorbing the unique culture,  experience Masai dancing and barter in the markets – all the time witnessing the traditional way of life.  

DAY 11: Drive to Arusha

After an early start  drive to Arusha, the town at the foot of the beautiful Mount Meru. Here you will spend the afternoon exploring this lively town and its local markets. Tonight enjoy an own expense meal at a local restaurant.

DAY 12: Shuttle Transfer to Nairobi

After breakfast you will be taken to the shuttle terminal to catch the shuttle transfer to Nairobi. This road travels through some spectacular scenery and on a clear day offers stunning views of the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. En-route to Nairobi city, the transfer will pass via the airport to facilitate clients who are flying out that day. If you are staying on in Nairobi you will be taken into the city center.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

To best enjoy this tour it should be approached with an open and flexible mentality. Road, weather, or other unforeseen conditions may necessitate changes to the itinerary and clients should be prepared for this.  Visas for both Kenya and Tanzania are required by most nationalities, these are you own responsibility and you are advised to pre-arrange these with the respective authorities. Seasonal precautions against Malaria are advisable.
The recommended currency for this tour is the US Dollar and notes in small denominations should be brought along for expenses not included. A small day pack is advisable. Our price includes transport-Nairobi to Nairobi, accommodation, entry fees, Park fees, permits, group equipment, professional guides, and most meals. Drinks, curios, tips, taxes, visas and optional excursions are for the client’s own expense. Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement agreeing to our booking conditions and general information. Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.

Prices, Departures & Essential Booking Information

Prices from: £1,415 per person
Single Supplement:  none, single clients of the same sex will be roomed together.
Group Size and Age Most groups are between 6 and 17 and are typically made up of singles, couples and groups of friends.  This tour is  recommended for clients from 18 to 55 years of age.
Included Transport – Nairobi to Nairobi; Accommodation; Park Entry Fees; Group Equipment;
Professional Guides; most meals (meals not included mentioned in itinerary above)
Excluded International Flights; Drinks; Curios; Tips; Taxes; Visas; Optional Excursions
Booking Deposit  20%
Balance of Payment  70 days before start date
Price Validity  01 January – 31 December 2012
Departures This trip departs fortnightly every Saturday and is subject to availability. Operating season is all year round.
International Flights Specialist Africa is licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and holds ATOL No. T10190.  If you would like a quotation for international or domestic flights to connect with this trip please get in touch.
Financial Protection As Specialist Africa is a fully bonded member of the Travel Trust Association (TTA) all prices include TTA supplier failure insurance cover and safe seat plan insurance to ensure your monies are 100% secure when booking through us.
Travel Insurance Travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for all clients. Specialist Africa’s travel insurance partner is Campbell Irvine, experts in providing insurance specifically tailored to travel in Africa. See our insurance page for rates and further details.

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