2009 African Chapter Tours & Travel

 

 
Safari Itenerary: Kenya - Tanzania Combined

Splendors of East Africa (13 day safari)


The Splendors of East Africa safari takes you through the diverse ecosystem of East Africa specifically, Kenya and Tanzania, where you will experience the lush high altitude climates and the almost hash desert conditions all in one circuit. This safari takes you through Samburu National Park, The Mt. Kenya National Park, The Lake Nakuru National Park and The Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya and across to Serengeti game Reserve, The Olduvai Gorge, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and The Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania. This is a medium budget safari for the true African spirit lover.

Day 1:

0800hrs: Depart Nairobi for Arusha. Arrive Arusha at 1330hrs. You will be met by your safari guide and after briefing and lunch proceed for a drive to Lake Manyara National park with a game drive en-route, dinner and overnight at Migunga Tented Camp

Lake Manyara National Park is a small but scenic safari park, excellent for bird watching and a good area to find elephant, as well as the potential excitement of spotting a legendary Lake Manyara tree-climbing lion.
Lake Manyara is a good soft introduction to the safari experience. It is a magical and pretty park that winds its way around a mainly forested driving route between the banks of Soda Water Lake and the impressive rise of the Great Rift escarpment. Elephant, giraffe, buffalo and wildebeest can be found grazing in unexpected clearings or heading towards the water to drink or wash, and the rivers and riverbeds provide scenic vistas for possible animal spotting.
Warthog seem to thrive here, growing notably fat with tusks, and it is a natural playground for baboons and monkeys. Three-climbing lion of Lake Manyara inspire extensive theorising as to the wonders of evolution, and are also notoriously rarely seen.

Day 2:

After breakfast, depart with picnic lunch for Serengeti Park with game drives en route, dinner and overnight at Seronera Wildlife Lodge

This land is justifiably famous for its huge concentrations of wildlife, especially the big cats, as well as being the stomping ground of the Great Migration, a massive accumulation of 1.5 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebras and 350,000 gazelles stretching their legs over 1,200 miles in an annual race to find enough water and green grass for their survival.
The National Park is broadly divided into three distinct areas, the Seronera Valley and Seronera River, the Western Corridor and the Northern Lobo area that extends northwards through the Lamai Wedge to the Maasai Mara.
Most visitors enter the Serengeti through the southern Naabi Hill Gate, which opens onto the Seronera Valley; a vibrant wildlife area at the heart of the Serengeti.

Day 3:

Full day Serengeti park game drives {with option of an early morning game drives at 0630hrs} all meals and overnight at Seronera Wildlife Lodge

Day 4:

After breakfast take a game drive in Serengeti Park. After lunch at lodge, drive to Ngorongoro with game drives en route, dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge.

Ngorongoro is a fascinating and unusual Conservation Area which includes the Ngorongoro Crater at its centre, and then extends through the Crater Highlands, in which local tribes are permitted to maintain their traditional lifestyles in as natural environment as possible.
This extraordinary volcanic landscape is rich and fertile, with stunning craters and lakes, and the high altitude creates a malaria-free micro climate.
The crater is said to have the most dense concentration of wildlife in Africa. As such, Ngorongoro Crater has achieved world renown, and attracts a growing number of visitors each year. Even if time is limited this natural but accessibly small caldera ensures a rewarding safari.

-The Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest intact caldera in an exceptional geographical position, forming a spectacular bowl of about 265 sq km with sides up to 600m deep. It is the stalking ground of 20 - 30,000 wild animals at any one time.

The crater floor consists of a number of ecological environments that include grassland, swamps, forests and Lake Makat, a central soda lake filled by the Munge river. All these various habitats attract various wildlife to drink, wallow, graze, hide or climb.

-Although animals are free to move in and out of this contained environment, the rich volcanic soil, lush forests and spring source lakes on the crater floor tend to incline both grazers and predators to remain throughout the year.
-Ngorongoro Crater is also presently one of the most likely areas in Tanzania to see the endangered Black Rhino, as a small population are thriving in this idyllic and protected environment one of the only areas where they continue to breed in the wild.

-The Crater rim, over 2,200 metres high, touches swathes of clouds for most days of the year, with cool high altitude vapours that seem to bring a clean lightness to the air, and also a chill. These highlands wake up to a misty fog in most months.

Day 5:

After breakfast descent into the Crater with picnic lunch boxes for game drive, then drive to Lake Natroni for dinner and overnight at Natroni Tented Camp

Day 6:

Excursion around lake Natroni, with visits to the Masai tribes/villages and water falls etc {guiding fees & tipping to be paid direct}, dinner and overnight at Natroni Tented Camp.

Day 7:

After breakfast, depart for Tarangire park with game drives en-route arriving in Arusha town for lunch. At 1300 hrs, catch your flight for Zanzibar arriving at 14:30hrs. Transfer to Nungwi beach (Amaan Bungalows).

Day 8 -11

Relax and enjoy the endless beaches of Zanzibar while staying in your beach hotel. There is a wide range of water sport activities you can do, like snorkelling, scuba diving, boat trips and more. (Amaan Bungalows) .Half Board

Day 12 Stone Town Dhow Palace

After breakfast transfer to the Dhow Palace in Stone town.

Activities: On the way we will do the famous Spice Tour: We have developed a special Spice Tour with in depth information not only about spices, but also organically grown herbs and a detailed description about their traditional uses in medicine cosmetics and cooking. After the tour we invite for an opulent lunch at our guides' home, where you can taste the spices and fruits.

Overnight in the Dhow Palace. Bed & breakfast

Day 13: Stone Town Dhow Palace

Activities: You may take the stone town tour. This tour takes you through fabled Stone Town, where history appears to stand still. With visits to the House of Wonders, the Palace Museum (People's Palace), Dr Livingston's House and the Arab Fort amongst others, it is a fascinating look at the essence of Zanzibar. You will see Zanzibar's bustling market, winding alleyways, ornately carved and studded doors, two cathedrals and countless mosques!

Alternatively you can do a boat tour to Prison Island, the Safari Blue or a private island trip.

Overnight at the Dhow Palace, breakfast.

Day 14

Departure to airport for your flight back home (When you book your flight home use Zanzibar as your Airport of departure.

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