- Masai Mara • Serengeti National Park • Ngorongoro Crater • optional Zanzibar Extension
This once-in-a-lifetime journey is for those who want to experience the best of Kenya and Tanzania in luxury and style. Visit the wilderness hotspots of the Masai Mara, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. You will enjoy the stunning contrasts of these destinations and encounter a myriad of wildlife on twice daily game drives. Stay at our hand-picked exclusive safari camps, flying between to maximise your time on safari. You’ll be treated to exceptional cuisine and impeccable service – you may never want to leave! A Zanzibar extension to flop on the beach for a few days is an ideal optional add-on (additional cost).
Day 1: Nairobi – Masai Mara
Fly from Nairobi to the Masai Mara – Kenya’s most renowned game park and legendary for great sightings of wildlife year-round, for two nights at the intimate and vintage safari style of Bateleur Camp overlooking where the final scene in Out of Africa was filmed. Enjoy game drives with expert guides in open 4×4 vehicles with guaranteed window seats and uninterrupted views.
Day 2: Masai Mara Game Reserve
Take thrilling morning and afternoon game drives to spot the Big Five. Enjoy views of the Mara from the pool and lounge area at camp. The migratory wildebeest, zebra, kongoni and topi join abundant elephant, hippo, buffalo, giraffe, lion and cheetah. Leopard and serval are frequently encountered, while endangered black rhino can be found in the dense bush thickets.
Day 3: Masai Mara – Serengeti National Park
Fly to the Serengeti, undoubtedly one of the world’s most celebrated wilderness areas. Spend three nights at AndBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp, or AndBeyond Kleins Camp, or AndBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas.
Days 4 & 5: Serengeti National Park
Every day is different, with twice-daily or full day safari depending on the season. Head out after breakfast and return for lunch and siesta at camp and then a late afternoon safari ending in sundowners under African skies; or go on a full-day migration safari with a hearty picnic lunch, returning to camp to relax in the evening. A balloon safari (optional) over the Serengeti is a highly recommended option.
With no fences or man-made barriers, huge numbers of wildlife move freely throughout this area, constantly recreating an ageless natural cycle. The magnificent Serengeti is famed for its vast tree-less grasslands, allowing for excellent wildlife sightings.
Day 6: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater
Fly to Manyara and spend two nights near the Crater at the iconic AndBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, perched on the rim of the crater with magnificent views. Steeped in romance, each stilted, handcrafted mud and thatch suite is adorned with graceful antiques. Ensuite bathrooms, with a centrepiece of fresh roses, feature huge showers and chandelier-lit bathtubs, while floor-to-ceiling windows ensure breathtaking views from everywhere.
Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater
Spend the day in the Ngorongoro Crater – this ancient volcano shelters more than 30,000 protected animals. Stop for a picnic on the Crater floor – surrounded by some of Africa’s most iconic scenery, as well as masses of wildlife, the appetite is sharpened and the taste buds awakened. Continue on your wildlife adventure after lunch, returning to the Lodge in the early afternoon.
Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater – Manyara – Kilimanjaro or Zanzibar
Transfer to the Manyara Airport for your flight to Kilimanjaro or Zanzibar. Connect to your onward international flights.
Optional Zanzibar Extension:
Day 8: Ngorongoro – Zanzibar
Fly from Manyara to Zanzibar Island via Arusha. You will quite possibly get astounding views of Kilimanjaro as you fly by! Transfer and spend three nights relaxing at your chosen hotel or resort.
Days 9 & 10: Zanzibar
Days at leisure. Staying at a Zanzibarian beach resort gives you flexibility to do as you like – whether that be lots of activity – scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing and sailing – or do as little as you please. The markets and old Stone Town are a must during your stay and will definitely indulge your “culture-vulture”!
Day 11: Zanzibar
Transfer to the airport for your onward flights.
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