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East Africa Lodge Safari

  • 12 Day(s)
  • Trip Code : GADKKL

Whether you travel in style or by the seat of your pants, the sprawling grasslands of Kenya and Tanzania are a sight to behold. This trip stresses the former while capturing the spirit of the latter, transferring you swiftly between national parks and cushy lodges while still giving you the chance to get out and truly feel the majestic lands you- Whether you travel in style or by the seat of your pants, the sprawling grasslands of Kenya and Tanzania are a sight to behold. This trip stresses the former while capturing the spirit of the latter, transferring you swiftly between national parks and cushy lodges while still giving you the chance to get out and truly feel the majestic lands you-

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Day 1 Nairobi

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

On arrival at Nairobi airport you are met and transferred to your hotel. A brief departure meeting will be held in the hotel reception area in evening on Day 1 of your tour. Upon arrival look for information from your tour leader on the hotel bulletin board regarding the meeting time. Take today to wander the streets of central Nairobi, taking in old colonial architecture and the brightly coloured crowds to get a feel for Africa. The city-

Day 2 Aberdare National Park (1B,1L,1D)

Drive along the Great Rift Valley with stunning views from lookout points. Enjoy your first game drive in Aberdare, a National Park filled with wildlife including; Elephant, black rhino, leopard, spotted hyena, monkeys, cape buffalo, and warthog, to name

Drive along the Great Rift Valley with stunning views from lookout points. Enjoy your first game drive in Aberdare, a National Park filled with wildlife including; Elephant, black rhino, leopard, spotted hyena, monkeys, cape buffalo, and warthog, to name a few. Aberdare is a stunning National Park offering forests, ridges and river valleys. Adding to the beauty, the park is filled with wildlife including; African Elephant, black rhino, leopard, spotted hyena, olive baboon, black and white colobus monkey, sykes monkey, cape buffalo, warthog, common zebra (North Aberdare), bushbuck, reedbuck. Other more rareare sightings can include; Giant Forest hog, bongo, golden cat, serval cat, African wild cat, African civet cat, blue duiker. Approximate Distance: 150 km Estimated Travel Time: 4-5hrs

Day 3 Naivasha (1B,1L,1D)

Morning game drive then travel to Lake Naivasha where we take an afternoon boat ride to view hippos and birds who make the lake their home. Also, enjoy a nature walk in the surrounding forest.

Travel to Lake Naivasha where we take an afternoon boat ride to view hippos and other wildlife who make the lake their home. Also enjoy a nature walk in the surrounding forest. The name Naivasha comes from the Masai -

Days 4-5 Masai Mara Game Reserve (2B,2L,2D)

Daily game drives in the Masai Mara Game Reserve with insight into the wildlife and ecology of this famed area with your expert guide. In our downtime, relax at our lodge, conveniently located inside the reserve. Option to take a balloon safari and visit

After breakfast, we depart for the world famous Masai Mara Game Reserve. With its vast open plains and distinctive flat-topped acacia trees, no visit to Kenya would be complete without a visit here! In the afternoon we will arrive in the area, and get settled at our safari lodge, our base for our time here. Then we make our way into the reserve for an afternoon game viewing drive, with excellent chances of seeing the "Big 5" - lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino. Day 5 begins with a morning game drive, since the best time to spot wildlife is in the early hours of the morning. The day continues with more game viewing this afternoon and evening as you criss-cross the rolling hills of the African savannah. With this amount of time in the reserve, you will have a chance to venture further than most safari groups, into territoties in the western part of the reserve, considered to be the best areas for wildlife viewing. You will also have a chance to try the optional balloon safari, in addition to stopping at a Masai village to learn about, and interact with, the local Masai people. The Masai Mara (also spelled Maasai Mara) is a game reserve in south-western Kenya, which is effectively the northern continuation of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Named for the Masai tribes people, who are the traditional inhabitants of the area, and the Mara River, which divides it, the reserve is famous for its exceptional population of game and the annual migration of the wildebeest every September and October, a migration so immense to be called the Great Migration. Thousands of wildebeest die in the crossing due to crocodile attacks. The Great Migration is one of the most impressive natural events worldwide, involving an immensity of herbivores: some 1,300,000 wildebeest, 360,000 Thomson's gazelle, and 191,000 zebra. With an area of 1510 km sq., the Masai Mara is not the largest game park or reserve in Kenya, but it is probably the most famous. The entire area of the park is nestled within the enormous Great Rift Valley that extends from the Mediterranean Sea to Mozambique. The terrain of the reserve is primarily open grassland, with clusters of the distinctive acacia tree in the south-east region. The western border is the Esoit Oloololo Escarpment of the Rift Valley, and wildlife tends to be most concentrated here, as the swampy ground means that access to water is always good. The easternmost border is 224 km from Nairobi. The Masai Mara is perhaps most famous for its lions, though the other members of the "Big Five" (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, and rhinoceros) are as well found. This said, the population of black rhinoceros is severely threatened, with a population of only 37 recorded in 2000. Hippopotami are found in large groups in the Masai Mara and Talek Rivers, and many cheetah, zebra, impala, gazelles, hartebeest, warthog, ostrich, topi, the Masai giraffe, among other mammals, all consider the -

Day 6 Lake Victoria (1B,1L,1D)

Cross the border into Tanzania. Enjoy a boat ride on lake Victoria for bird watching and stunning views.

After a morning traverse across the Mara plain, we cross into Tanzania at Isebania to the shores of Lake Victoria where we enjoy a boat ride. Lake Victoria is the world's second largest freshwater lake covering an area of 67,850 sq km. This vast expanse, about the size of the Republic of Ireland, forms the headwaters of the Nile River. Three nations share the waters of the lake - Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, and Kenya's share is the smallest, at 3,785 sq km. There is a busy network of waterways between the trading towns and villages which lie along the shores of the lake. Passenger boats and small cargo vessels ply daily from Kisumu in Kenya as far as the Tanzanian border and north to Port Victoria near Uganda. Speke Bay is part of Speke Gulf, named after the famous explorer John Hanning Speke, who, in 1858, was the first westerner to determine that Lake Victoria to be the source of the Nile. Estimate Travel Time: 4-6 hrs depending on the road conditions/border formalities

Days 7-8 Serengeti National Park (2B,2L,2D)

Travel to the world famous Serengeti, one of Africa's premier game parks. Experience the vastness of this territory and marvel at the multitude of animal and bird life while cruising through this acacia-spotted savannah. Enjoy daily game drives and wildli

Travel to the world famous Serengeti, one of Africa's premier game parks. Along the way, we begin to experience the vastness of this territory and marvel at the multitude of animal and bird life while cruising through this acacia-spotted savannah. Enter from the less-visited western gate, and enjoy the multitude of animal and bird life while cruising through the acacia-spotted savannah. En route to the central Seronera plains, we enjoy a game drive and you will begin to experience the sheer vastness of this territory, and you will marvel at the multitude of animal and bird life while cruising through this acacia-spotted savannah. On Day 8, enjoy morning and afternoon game drives. The Serengeti National Park is to Tanzania what the Masai Mara Game reserve is to Kenya, but with an area of 5,678 sq miles (14,763 sq km), it is actually over 7 times as large. The Serengeti, which derives its name from the Masai for -

Day 9 Ngorongoro Conservation Area (1B,1L,1D)

Safari wildlife viewing as we continue out of the Serengeti and into the adjacent conservation area and our next lodge.

Safari wildlife viewing as we continue out of the Serengeti and into the adjacent conservation area and our next lodge. Approximate Distance: 160 km Estimated Travel Time: 4 - 6 hrs (including game viewing enrolee)

Day 10 Arusha (1B,1L)

Wake early and decent into the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which boasts a stunning concentration of game animals. After a picnic lunch, continue to a Masai village to learn about local people and the Planeterra-supported Clean Cooksto

Wake early and decent into the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which boasts a stunning concentration of game animals. Enjoy a full morning game drive then after a picnic lunch, continue to a Masai village to learn about local people and the Planeterra-supported Clean Cookstove project. Meet the local women engineers who have installed clean cookstoves throughout these communities before continuing to Arusha for the evening. The rich pasture and permanent water of the Crater floor supports a resident population of more than 20,000 to 25,000 large mammals. They are not confined by the crater walls, and can leave freely; they stay because conditions are favorable. Since most of the crater floor is grassland, grazing animals dominate: zebra, gazelles, buffalo, eland, and warthogs. The swamp and forest provide additional resources for hippos, some of Tanzania's last remaining black rhinos, giant-tusked elephants, waterbucks, reedbucks and bushbucks, baboons and vervet monkeys. All these animals in turn support large predators such as the lion and leopard, and scavengers such as hyenas and jackals. The 5,150 sq miles (8,300 km²) Ngorongoro Conservation Area is named after its central feature, the Ngorongoro Crater, the world-

Day 11 Nairobi (1B)

Cross the border back into Kenya and opt for a final night dinner with the group.

Cross the border back into Kenya by shuttle bus and opt for a final night dinner with the group. Approximate Distance: 200 km Estimated Travel Time: 6hrs

Day 12 Nairobi (1B)

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  • Tanzania > Kenya

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  • Trip Style: Small Group Adventures
  • Comfort Level: Superior
  • Physical Demands: There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

What's included?

  • Arrival transfer. Entrances and safari game drives in Aberdare National Park, Masai Mara Game Reserve, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Boat trip and nature walk at Lake Naivasha. Lake Victoria visit with boat ride. Masai village visit and the Planeterra-supported Clean Cookstove project. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Max 6, Avg 5.
  • 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners.

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