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Best of Kenya and Tanzania - 12 days

Day 1 - Arrive Nairobi

Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and transfer to the Norfolk Hotel, possibly Kenya's most famous hotel - and certainly one of its oldest.  The Norfolk has been drawing the rich and famous to its hallowed doors since they first opened on Christmas Day 1904. In many respects, Nairobi grew up around the Norfolk, which occupies a central but quiet location opposite the National Theatre.  Located just south of the equator, Nairobi's main avenues blaze with colour from tropical bushes and vines. The nearby Nairobi National Park boasts the presence of all but one of the 'Big Five'.  Shopping in Nairobi varies from African clothing and craft shops to open-air markets. There are excellent museums, offering insights into the fauna, culture and history of Kenya.
                                                                                                                                                       
The rest of the day is free to relax or, if time permits, enjoy some sightseeing.

Overnight: The Norfolk Hotel

Meal Plan: D

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Accommodation: The Norfolk Hotel, Kenya

A beloved landmark dating back to 1904, Fairmont The Norfolk has played a pivotal role in Kenya’s historical legacy notably as the town and later the modern city of Nairobi grew around the property. A hidden gem with alluring old-world charm and elegant contemporary design, Fairmont The Norfolk offers guests a sophisticated retreat in the city with easy access to key business districts of Gigiri, Westlands and Upperhill in addition to leisure hubs and the bourgeoning Nairobi art scene. 

The hotel boasts of 27 luxurious suites and 143 rooms set around tranquil tropical gardens, a heated outdoor swimming pool and a health club with a fitness centre and indulgent spa facilities. The rooms combine classic elegance and modern design with discreet technology. Many rooms offer breathtaking elevated views of the landscaped courtyard, while the signature suites are an excellent choice for guests seeking to experience luxury intertwined with the rich history of the city.  



Day 2 - Nairobi - Amboseli

After breakfast, begin your drive south to Amboseli and arrive at Amboseli Serena Lodge in time for lunch. Situated in the formidable shadow of Africa's highest mountain, the lodge offers luxurious rooms and fine dining in one of Kenya's purest natural settings.  Accommodations are in spacious rooms designed in the style of  traditional Maasai manyattas and decorated with authentic Africana and attractive murals painted by a local artist.  A natural spring and waterhole in the lodge's immediate vicinity draw a steady stream of big game, from lion, buffalo, giraffe,and wildebeest, to some of Africa's largest elephant herds. The lodge also features a sculpted swimming pool and several protected jogging trails.
 
Overnight: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: B,L,D

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Accommodation: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge was created for adventurers with an African dream. With Mount Kilimanjaro soaring majestically just beyond the golden, acacia-specked savannah, the safari lodge offers a graceful blend of stark beauty and lavish comfort in the heart of Kenya’s Amboseli National Park. Nestled in an acacia grove by a gentle mountain spring, our hotel, comprising a Maasai-inspired design, a garden restaurant and a palm-shaded swimming pool and sundeck, provides uninterrupted views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the surrounding landscape. In every detail, the ambience captures the essence of Maasai culture, warmth and indomitable spirit. The setting our Amboseli safari lodge is breathtakingly beautiful, the wildlife abundant and the cuisine, hospitality and amenities unrivalled.



Day 3 - Amboseli

Today is a full day to explore Amboseli National Park which lies southeast of Nairobi, at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro.  The snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro rising above a saucer of clouds, dominates every aspect of the park and provides a backdrop to a spectacular display of wildlife including lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, cheetah, buffalo and a host of plains game. The Tanzania border runs along its base and  forms the boundary of the park. Amboseli has five main wildlife habitats- open plains, acacia woodland, rocky thorn bush country, swamps and marshland.
 
Overnight: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: B,L,D

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Accommodation: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge was created for adventurers with an African dream. With Mount Kilimanjaro soaring majestically just beyond the golden, acacia-specked savannah, the safari lodge offers a graceful blend of stark beauty and lavish comfort in the heart of Kenya’s Amboseli National Park. Nestled in an acacia grove by a gentle mountain spring, our hotel, comprising a Maasai-inspired design, a garden restaurant and a palm-shaded swimming pool and sundeck, provides uninterrupted views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the surrounding landscape. In every detail, the ambience captures the essence of Maasai culture, warmth and indomitable spirit. The setting our Amboseli safari lodge is breathtakingly beautiful, the wildlife abundant and the cuisine, hospitality and amenities unrivalled.



Day 4 - Amboseli - Namanga - Arusha - Manyara

Enjoy breakfast at the lodge and then drive to the Kenya/Tanzania border town of Namanga.   After immigration and customs formalities, meet your Tanzania driver guides and proceed to the town of Arusha for lunch.  After lunch, continue to Manyara which is dramatically situated on top of the Mto Wa Mbu escarpment, overlooking the vast expanse of the Great Rift Valley. The lodge is located only a few minutes from Lake Manyara National Park with the rooms blending gracefully with the serene natural surroundings
 
Overnight: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

Meal Plan: B,L,D

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Accommodation: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

High on the bluff of a dramatic cliff above Lake Manyara, the Lake Manyara Serena Lodge commands panoramic views across the volcano-studded floor of the Great Rift Valley. The circular, closely-thatched rooms echo the traditional Masai “Boma” style of construction, and each room has a private veranda and breathtaking views of the shimmering lake.



Day 5 - Manyara - Ngorongoro

Enjoy a morning game drive in the park before driving to the Ngorongoro Conservation area.  Stop at Gibbs Farm, an old-colonial farmhouse built by German settlers in the early 20th century, for lunch. The house still has the character of a well looked after private house with log fires and friendly service. It lies perched on the outer slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands, surrounded by coffee plantations and a vegetable farm with views over this lush agricultural area.  After lunch, continue to the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge which is nestled on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, one of the natural wonders of the world. Your lodge is designed in stone and wood and almost unseen as it blends in with the vegetation that is left natural.  All rooms have breathtaking views of the crater.

Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: B,L,D

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Accommodation: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Perched on the jagged rim of the crater, the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is a triumph of ecological and architectural fusion. The clustered boulder-built buildings of the Lodge hug the crater rim, linked by rope-lashed timber walkways that skirt the buttressed roots of ancient, liana-hung trees. The Lodge is indeed a unique blend of world-class luxury and ethnic style.



Day 6 - Ngorongoro Crater

This morning drive down the crater walls and spend a full day game viewing in the Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest intact caldera. With an area of just 260 km² (102 square miles), the Ngorongoro is a true Garden of Eden. Highland forest covers the 610 meter (2,000 ft) sheer sides of the caldera, creating a spectacular barrier encircling and protecting the roaming plains wildlife which patrol the flat crater floor.   All the ‘Big Five’ are here – elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and even rhino can still be found. The central soda lake attracts birds and sometimes flocks of flamingo. This is a world of wide grassland plains, acacia copses, pools and streams.

Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: B,L,D

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Accommodation: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Perched on the jagged rim of the crater, the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is a triumph of ecological and architectural fusion. The clustered boulder-built buildings of the Lodge hug the crater rim, linked by rope-lashed timber walkways that skirt the buttressed roots of ancient, liana-hung trees. The Lodge is indeed a unique blend of world-class luxury and ethnic style.



Day 7 - Ngorongoro Crater - Serengeti

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the lodge before beginning your drive to Olduvai Gorge, often called the 'Cradle of Mankind'. This is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world. Visit the museum at the site to comprehend how this area played an important part in understanding early human evolution. Depart Olduvai continuing to the Serengeti, one of the most magnificent parks in Africa.  Upon your arrival, drive to your lodge with game viewing en-route. Serengeti is the home of the great wildebeest migration and the short, grass plains around your accommodation provide the perfect setting for the wildebeest as they mass around the area during the birthing of their young in the early months of each year.  Kusini is perfectly located in a private corner of the Serengeti and sited among a cluster of kopjes (beautiful outcrops of granite rock).  Part of Kusini’s charm is its remote and private location within the park borders and with no other camps in the near vicinity Kusini offers exceptional and essentially private game viewing.
 
Overnight: Kusini

Meal Plan: B,L,D

Day 8 - Serengeti

Today is a full day to explore the Serengeti.  The Serengeti’s abundance of game is legendary and it is famed for the annual wildebeest and zebra migration which mass on its grassland plainsd which are dotted with acacia.
 
Overnight: Kusini

Meal Plan: B,L,D

Day 9 - Serengeti - Masai Mara

After breakfast, take a scheduled flight to Kilimanjaro Airport and connect with your flight to Nairobi. From Nairobi, fly to the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve. Your guide will meet you upon your landing at the airstrip and take you on a short game drive en route to your camp. You may be rewarded with sightings of elephant, buffalo, giraffe and a host of other plains game.  Olonana is at the forefront of eco-tourism in Kenya with solar power, biodegradable products, and an ingenious wetlands project which allows for all used water to be totally recycled and returned to the river clean.  Your room is a permanent canvas structure. The camp comprises of just 14 spacious and airy en suite accommodation tents; all with floor to ceiling mosquito net ‘windows’ and river view verandahs. Lunch is served at the main cottage’s lounge and dining area with its spacious verandah which overlooks the river where the resident hippo pods spend their days wallowing.   Following lunch there is time to relax before enjoying an activity of your choice.
 
Overnight: Olonana

Meal Plan: B,L,D

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Accommodation: Olonana

Olonana is situated on the banks of the Mara River, in the heart of Kenya's Big Game country.  In addition to big game viewing in the Masai Mara Reserve, visitors are offered a rare glimpse of the day-to-day lives of the Masai people in the adjacent Masai village. No other lodge in the Mara offers such a close cultural experience with the Masai.  Enjoy a quiet evening drink, cozily seated on your veranda, watching the hippo frolick before their nightly grazing.



Day 10 - Masai Mara

The next two days are yours to enjoy game viewing as you venture out in open 4X4 vehicles led by your expert driver/guide.  A wide range of activities are offered at Olonana and you can plan your day to be as active or as leisurely as you wish.  Visit the adjacent Maasai village, take a morning bush walk with an armed ranger or enjoy sundowners in the evening or even dinner under the stars in the middle of the African bush.  In the Mara, the wildlife is abundant and the swaying grasslands ensure that animals are never out of sight.  Elephants browse amongst the large herds of wildebeest, topi, gazelle, eland and buffalo. The plains offer a rich variety of food for the dominant predators: lion, leopard, hyena and cheetah.  In the Mara River, hippos submerge while crocodiles sunbathe on the riverbanks.  Between July and September (dependingon the rain),  the Masai Mara is host to the famous wildebeest migration which is one of the few remaining mass migrations of mammals in the world.  During this time, herds of over a million wildebeest will trawl their way through this region and become the major focus for predatory activity as drama unfolds at every corner.

There are also options for a morning balloon safari or a half-day visit to Lake Victoria:

Balloon Safari:  As the balloon is inflated against the first rays of sunrise, your pilot will discuss the safety procedures. Once aloft, the balloon will float gently over the plains, giving a bird’s eye view of the game below as the sun creeps slowly over the horizon. After approximately one hour, the balloon will land and nearby, breakfast will be prepared and glasses of bubbly will be available to toast your flight in a tradition initiated by the Montgolfier brothers, inventors of the first practical hot air balloon.

Lake Victoria Adventure: This adventure begins early in the morning with a transfer to take you to the airstrip for a flight by light aircraft to Lake Victoria. Upon arrival, enjoy an appetizing full English breakfast prior to boarding the boat which is captained by an experienced and knowledgeable fisherman. There will be an opportunity to fish for the legendary giant Nile perch found in these waters as you explore the myriad of tiny islands in this region of the lake. There is also a chance to stop at a traditional fishing village and experience the day to day lives of the villagers before returning to the airstrip for your return flight to the Masai Mara.

Overnight: Olonana

Meal Plan: B,L,D

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Accommodation: Olonana

Olonana is situated on the banks of the Mara River, in the heart of Kenya's Big Game country.  In addition to big game viewing in the Masai Mara Reserve, visitors are offered a rare glimpse of the day-to-day lives of the Masai people in the adjacent Masai village. No other lodge in the Mara offers such a close cultural experience with the Masai.  Enjoy a quiet evening drink, cozily seated on your veranda, watching the hippo frolick before their nightly grazing.



Day 11 - Masai Mara

As above

Overnight: Olonana

Meal Plan: B,L,D

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Accommodation: Olonana

Olonana is situated on the banks of the Mara River, in the heart of Kenya's Big Game country.  In addition to big game viewing in the Masai Mara Reserve, visitors are offered a rare glimpse of the day-to-day lives of the Masai people in the adjacent Masai village. No other lodge in the Mara offers such a close cultural experience with the Masai.  Enjoy a quiet evening drink, cozily seated on your veranda, watching the hippo frolick before their nightly grazing.



Day 12 - Masai Mara - Depart Nairobi / Option to extend to Lamu Island

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your scheduled flight back to Nairobi. Upon arrival at Wilson Airport, you will be driven to the Norfolk Hotel where dayrooms have been reserved. The remainder of the day is free for you to relax and freshen up or to go sightseeing and shopping.  This evening you will be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your international departure flight.

Option to extend to Lamu Island:

Fly from Masai Mara to Nairobi where you will be transferred to the Carnivore Restaurant for lunch.  Situated on the edge of Nairobi National Park, the focal point of the main restaurant is the roasting pit where a staggering array of both game and domestic meat is roasted on huge metal spears.  Waiters bring these different meats to the table and carve them onto piping hot plates.  For herbivores, there is an extensive vegetarian menu.  Transfer back to Wilson Airport for a scheduled flight to Manda Island.  The Peponi staff will be there to meet you and take you by boat to your hotel on Lamu Island, an unspoiled island just off the coast of Kenya.  Peponi was opened in 1967 and it still retains much of the character and charm that it had then as the ultimate ‘home away from home’ retreat.  Tucked into its own headland, with the bustling Swahili town of Shela on one side and the sweep of a shimmering beach on the other,  Peponi occupies a special position between the old and new worlds.  As well as gentle journeys aboard ancient dhows (a traditional sailing vessel),  the hotel offers a host of water sports, from water skiing and windsurfing to scuba diving and bountiful big game fishing.
 
Overnight: Peponi Hotel

Meal Plan: B,L,D

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Accommodation: Peponi Hotel, Lamu

The hotel still retains much of the character and charm that it had from the beginning. Small and personal, it is the perfect rest after a safari or a hide away holiday from modern life. Innovative breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus and stunning settings offer some of the best dining in East Africa.  Choose to experience some of the many activities offered  or make the most of the view and wind down and relax.



Day 13  - Lamu Island

The next two days are to spend at your leisure to relax and fall into the peace, tranquility, and coastal pace of this unique island.  Lamu is an ancient Arab island, blissfully lost in the tides of the past with its historical mosques and  narrow streets.  The main form of transportation is the donkey as there are no cars on the island's narrow streets similiar to bygone centuries.

Overnight: Peponi Hotel

Meal Plan: B,L,D

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Accommodation: Peponi Hotel, Lamu

The hotel still retains much of the character and charm that it had from the beginning. Small and personal, it is the perfect rest after a safari or a hide away holiday from modern life. Innovative breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus and stunning settings offer some of the best dining in East Africa.  Choose to experience some of the many activities offered  or make the most of the view and wind down and relax.



Day 14 - Lamu Island

As above.

Overnight: Peponi Hotel

Meal Plan: B,L,D
 

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Accommodation: Peponi Hotel, Lamu

The hotel still retains much of the character and charm that it had from the beginning. Small and personal, it is the perfect rest after a safari or a hide away holiday from modern life. Innovative breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus and stunning settings offer some of the best dining in East Africa.  Choose to experience some of the many activities offered  or make the most of the view and wind down and relax.



Day 15 - Lamu - Depart Nairobi

 After breakfast transfer by boat to the airstrip for your scheduled flight back to Nairobi. Upon arrival at Wilson Airport, you will be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your international departure flight.

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  • Accommodations based on 2 adults sharing
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Consider these excursions and extensions:

  • Hot air balloon over the Mara
  • Masai Village visit
  • Zanzibar - Exotic and enchanting this Indian Ocean Island has been an allure to travelers and explorers alike.