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Best Safari Experiences in Eastern Africa

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PRIVATE TOUR - 14 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 18398

Private Tour Highlights

  • Get a comprehensive African Safari experience
  • Journey through many large game breeding grounds
  • Visit two of the region’s premier parks
  • Witness a true wild and untamed Africa
  • Visit Amboseli in Kenya for the best views of Kilimanjaro
  • Travel through the rolling plains of the Serengeti
  • See the large, flooded volcanic Ngorongoro Crater
  • See grazing herds of Zebra and Buffalo
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Tour Overview

During this comprehensive tour you will enjoy some of the best safari experiences in Eastern Africa appreciating wildlife from both sides of the border between Kenya and Tanzania. On the Kenyan side you will visit Amboseli for the best views of Kilimanjaro and then spend a few days in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Leaving Kenya you will transfer to Tanzania to go on safari on the infamous plains of the Serengeti and visit the Ngorongoro Crater.

This trip offers the avid traveler the opportunity to go on safari in two of Kenya’s most pristine parks and reserves, Amboseli, boasting the best view of Kilimanjaro, and the Masai Mara, with Africa’s largest migration. With elephant and buffalo breeding grounds in Amboseli, and even more wildlife in Masai Mara, you will take days worth of game drives in both of these regions. You will also have the opportunity to visit a local Maasai village to experience the local traditions and culture. You will then transfer by air from Nairobi, into the plains of Tanzania for the second half of the trip.

The Ngorongoro Crater is a large, un-flooded volcanic caldera which formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself some two to three million years ago. It is 2000 feet deep and covers 100 square miles. The Crater is often called ‘Africa’s Eden’ and the ‘8th Natural Wonder of the World,’ and is a main draw for tourists coming to Tanzania as well as a definite world-class attraction. Within the crater rim exists large grazing herds of zebra and wildebeest, the endangered black rhino, and some of Africa’s large cats. Just outside the crater’s ridge, tall Masaai herd their cattle and goats over green pastures through the highland slopes, living alongside the wildlife as they have for centuries. The game viewing is truly incredible, and the topography and views of the surrounding Crater Highlands out of this world.

Serengeti is easily Tanzania’s most famous national park, and it’s also the largest, at 14,763 square kilometres of protected area that borders Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Park. Its far-reaching plains of endless grass, tinged with the twisted shadows of acacia trees, have made it the quintessential image of a wild and untarnished Africa. Its large stone kopjes are home to rich ecosystems, and the sheer magnitude and scale of life that the plains support is staggering. Large prides of lions laze easily in the long grasses, plentiful families of elephants feed on acacia bark and trump to each other across the plains, and giraffes, gazelles, monkeys, eland, and the whole range of African wildlife is in awe-inspiring numbers.

The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara attract visitors from around the world, who flock to the open plains to witness the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet. More than a million animals make the seasonal journey to fresh pasture to the north, then the south, after the biannual rains. The sound of their thundering hooves, raising massive clouds of thick red dust, has become one of the legends of the Serengeti plains. The entire ecosystem thrives from the annual migration, from the lions and birds of prey that gorge themselves on the weak and the faltering to the gamut of hungry crocodiles that lie in patient wait at each river crossing for their annual feed.

Inclusions
Price Includes:
All transfers between accommodation and airports, All domestic airfare including return flights from Nairobi to Amboseli and Nariobi to Masai Mara, Return international airfare from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro Airport, Overnight accommodations in each area visited, all meals and refreshments. All professional daily guided game drives in open top 4x4 vehicles, guided walks, and activities with English-speaking guides and trackers. National Park fees and all government taxes & levies.

Notes:
* This program is valid Sunday – Sunday, year-round.

* Program costs vary with season: please inquire with one of our sales consultants for further details.

* Listed prices not applicable from December 21 – January 2. Please contact a Yampu travel specialist for pricing and availability.
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Pricing Details
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Double N/A £$18398 £$23920 N/A
Single N/A £$21146 £$28661 N/A

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International flight to Nairobi

Overnight flight to Nairobi.

Overnight flight to Nairobi.

Day
2

Arrival in Nairobi

Upon arrival in Nairobi, reception and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Nairobi.

Upon arrival in Nairobi, reception and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Nairobi.

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3

Nairobi – Amboseli

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Transfer to Wilson Airport in Nairobi, catch a flight to Amboseli. Upon arrival at the Amboseli airport, reception and transfer to the safari camp; on the way, pass local Maasai villages and Amboseli's grounds. After unpacking, settle in and have lunch, then set off on the first game drive. With Mt. Kilimanjaro as its backdrop, Amboseli is considered one of Kenya’s most scenic national parks, and the wildlife that it offers is equally as spectacular as its grounds. Amboseli is best known for its elephants, so keep an eye open for these spectacular beasts. Wrap up the day with a night game drive back to the camp and dinner followed by a camp fire, to tell stories, talk to other travelers and listen to the sounds of the Bush at night. ...read less

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4

Game viewing in Amboseli

After coffee, tea and breakfast pastries, drive through the bush for a full morning of game viewing. Following lunch at camp or a picnic in the park, spend the afternoon at leisure. In the early evening go on another game drive, stop for a sundowner and find out more about nocturnal animals, such as aardvarks, several cats, caracals, bat-eared foxes and African wild cats. Return to camp for dinner and overnight.

After coffee, tea and breakfast pastries, drive through the bush for a full morning of game viewing. Following lunch at camp or a picnic in the park, spend the afternoon at leisure. In the early evening go on another game drive, stop for a sundowner and find out more about nocturnal animals, such as aardvarks, several cats, caracals, bat-eared foxes and African wild cats. Return to camp for dinner and overnight.

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Day
5

Amboseli – Masai Mara

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Transfer back to the Amboseli airstrip for a flight back to Wilson airport in Nairobi, to connect with a flight to the Masai Mara game reserve. Upon arrival at the Masai Mara airstrip, reception and transfer to the safari camp. After unpacking, settle in and have lunch, then set off on the first game drive, where the Mara's vast, rolling plains and some of the most sought-after wildlife in Africa will be seen. (The Mara is known for its abundance of wildlife: lions, elephants and giraffe are just a few examples.) Wrap up the day with a night game drive back to the camp and dinner followed by a campfire. ...read less

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6

Maasai cultural immersion

The Masai Mara Game Reserve Wake up before sunup and have some muffins and coffee, before taking a morning game drive. See how still and quiet the Bush is at dawn and watch it begin to stir as the sun comes up. Return to camp for a late brunch; then there will be the option to take a safari, on-foot, to a local Maasai Village, where Maasai traditions and nomadic culture will be explained. Head back to camp for lunch followed by a siesta, and finish up the day on an evening game drive, taking in another African sunset.

The Masai Mara Game Reserve Wake up before sunup and have some muffins and coffee, before taking a morning game drive. See how still and quiet the Bush is at dawn and watch it begin to stir as the sun comes up. Return to camp for a late brunch; then there will be the option to take a safari, on-foot, to a local Maasai Village, where Maasai traditions and nomadic culture will be explained. Head back to camp for lunch followed by a siesta, and finish up the day on an evening game drive, taking in another African sunset.

Day
7

Balloon Safari

The Masai Mara Game Reserve Early morning transfer to the balloon safari site, a highly-recommended optional excursion. There will be a chance to see lions, elephants, buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles, countless species of birds and vast, African plains from above. Afterward have breakfast and champagne in the middle of the Mara. Then take a game drive back to the camp, where lunch will be had. Take it easy in the afternoon and then head out on a night game drive around the conservancy and take in some nocturnal wildlife. Return to camp for dinner and a campfire that looks out on the Mara. ...read less

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Day
8

Masai Mara – Kilimanjaro

Transfer back to the Masai Mara airstrip, for a flight to Nairobi to connect to a flight to Kilimanjaro Airport. Transfer to accommodations. Embark on an afternoon game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater.

Transfer back to the Masai Mara airstrip, for a flight to Nairobi to connect to a flight to Kilimanjaro Airport. Transfer to accommodations. Embark on an afternoon game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater.

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Day
9

Exploring the Ngorongoro Highlands

Enjoy a relaxing morning breakfast, followed by some leisure time. In the afternoon after lunch go on a walk in the Ngorongoro Highlands with a guided ranger, or spend the afternoon doing a guided walk around the lodge grounds.

Enjoy a relaxing morning breakfast, followed by some leisure time. In the afternoon after lunch go on a walk in the Ngorongoro Highlands with a guided ranger, or spend the afternoon doing a guided walk around the lodge grounds.

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Day
10

Ngongoro Highlands – Serengeti

After breakfast transfer to accommodations in the Serengeti. Embark on an afternoon game drive.
Later this afternoon, return to the lodge for dinner and an evening camp fire.

After breakfast transfer to accommodations in the Serengeti. Embark on an afternoon game drive.
Later this afternoon, return to the lodge for dinner and an evening camp fire.

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Day
11

Game drive in the Serengeti

Early breakfast & depart for morning game drive. Return for lunch or have pack lunch on safari and embark on an afternoon game drive.
Later this afternoon, return to the lodge for dinner and an evening camp fire.

Early breakfast & depart for morning game drive. Return for lunch or have pack lunch on safari and embark on an afternoon game drive.
Later this afternoon, return to the lodge for dinner and an evening camp fire.

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Day
12

Exploring the Serengeti

Early breakfast & depart for morning game drive. Return for lunch or have pack lunch on safari and embark on the afternoon game drive.
Later this afternoon, return to the lodge for dinner and an evening camp fire.

Early breakfast & depart for morning game drive. Return for lunch or have pack lunch on safari and embark on the afternoon game drive.
Later this afternoon, return to the lodge for dinner and an evening camp fire.

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Day
13

Final full day on the Serengeti

Early breakfast & depart for morning game drive. Return for lunch or have pack lunch on safari and embark on the afternoon game drive.
Later this afternoon, return to the lodge for dinner and an evening camp fire.

Early breakfast & depart for morning game drive. Return for lunch or have pack lunch on safari and embark on the afternoon game drive.
Later this afternoon, return to the lodge for dinner and an evening camp fire.

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Day
14

Serengeti – Kilimanjaro

Early breakfast and morning game drive before transferring back to Kilimanjaro Airport for a flight home or optional Yampu Tours add-on.

Early breakfast and morning game drive before transferring back to Kilimanjaro Airport for a flight home or optional Yampu Tours add-on.

Nairobi, Kenya

Amboseli National Park, Kajiado, Kenya

The Masai Mara, Kingsbury Road, London, United Kingdom

The Masai Mara, Kingsbury Road, London, United Kingdom

Serengeti National Park, Serengeti, Mara, Tanzania

Places You'll See

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    Nairobi

    As one of the largest cities in all of Africa, there is much to see and do in Nairobi. Visit the Nairobi National Park, home to herds of Zebra, Giraffes, Lions, Hippos, and birldlife. Or the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage to play with baby elephants. Head to the Tana River for white water rafting, or the Nairobi National Museum to learn about Kenya’s history and culture.

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    Amboseli National Park

    For one of the best wildlife-viewing experiences of a lifetime, visit the Amboseli National Park. With an ecosystem of several swamps and dry, dusty ground, the park is home to over 400 species of wild birds, as well as many land animals such as African elephants, Cape buffalo, Masai lions and giraffes, and Plains zebra.

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    The Masai Mara

    One of the best known national reserves in Africa, the Masai Mara, offers the experience to see some of Africa’s wildlife in their natural environment. Take a morning, afternoon, or night drive through the reserve with a skilled guide who will help you spot animals you wouldn’t see on your own. Visit in the late summer and witness the Great Migration.

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    Ngorongoro Conservation Area

    The Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a crater caused by a collapsed volcano, is now home to a wide variety of wildlife and vegetation. With one of the densest populations of lions in the world, there’s a good chance of spotting one, along with zebra, buffalo, and even black rhinos. Also home to Olduvai Gorge, considered the seat of humanity.

  • Serengeti National Park

    Famous for its annual migration of nearly two million zebra and wildebeest, the Tanzanian national park of the Serengeti hosts many walks of wildlife including the “big five”; The Masi Lion, African Leopard, African Bush Elephant, Eastern Black Rhinoceros, and the African Buffalo. Declared a world heritage site, this national park provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the local wildlife.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Nairobi : Southern Sun

Nairobi : The Stanley Hotel

Nairobi : Palacina Hotel

Amboseli National Reserve : Sopa Lodge

The Masai Mara : Ashnil Mara Camp

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania : Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge

4 Star Properties

Nairobi : Windsor Golf & Country Club

Amboseli National Reserve : Serena Lodge

The Masai Mara : Mara Intrepids

The Masai Mara : Fairmont Mara Safari Camp

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania : Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Serengeti National Park : Serengeti Serena Lodge

5 Star Properties

Nairobi : House of Waine

Nairobi : Ngong House

Amboseli National Reserve : Porini Camp

Amboseli National Reserve : Toritilis Camp

The Masai Mara : Mara Explorer

The Masai Mara : Royal Mara Safari Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania : Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Serengeti National Park : Serengeti Migration Camp

Luxury Properties

Nairobi : Giraffe Manor (Halfboard)

Amboseli National Reserve : Ol Donyo Lodge

The Masai Mara : Mara Bushtops

The Masai Mara : Sanctuary Olonana

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