Day 1: Arrival - Nairobi
You will be collected at the airport by the company representative where you will get the pre-Departure Meeting. Overnight at Sarova Stanley Hotel BBhttp://www.sarovahotels.com/stanley/
Day 02: Nairobi - Mt. Kenya
Pick up from your hotel and depart for Mt.Kenya passing via Thika, which boasts the world's third largest pineapple plantation and Karatina with its colorful market. Soon you'll be at Nyeri, Arrive at your hotel in time for check-in and lunch. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at (LDB) BANTU LODGE http://www.mountainrockkenya.com/Bantu%20Lodge/rooms.html
Day 03: Mt. Kenya - Samburu
After breakfast drive to Samburu arriving in time for check in and lunch. You will have some rest before you embark on the afternoon game drive in the famous Samburu game reserve. The landscape of the Samburu area is beautiful - arid and scrubby with magnificent mountains in the background. An unusual forked palm; the doum palm, grows along the banks of the river and adds striking beauty to the panorama. Wildlife is surprisingly abundant for such a dry place and includes species unique to the area including; Gravy's zebra, beisa Oryx, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk & Somali ostrich. Not to be overlooked are the hundreds of species of birds to be found here. This is home to the Samburu people, "cousins" to the Maasai and the young warriors' colorful dress and ornamentation distinguishes them from other members of the tribe. Dinner and overnight at Samburulodge (LDBB) http://www.wildernesslodges.co.ke/samburu_info.html
Day 04: Samburu
Wake up call at 0600 hrs, tea / coffee and cookies at the lobby. Set off for an early morning game drive in the reserve. Return to the lodge for breakfast and thereafter, you will have the rest of the morning at leisure. Lunch will be served at the lodge, and in the evening, proceed for the late evening game drive until dusk. Dinner and overnight at Samburu LODGE (LDBB)
Day 05: Samburu -Nanyuki
Breakfast at the lodge. Thereafter embark on a road transfer to Sweetwater's. Arrive for check in and lunch. Afternoon embark on a game drive in the Sanctuary returning to the camp before sunset and later on dinner at the camp. This 24,000 acre rhino sanctuary is located in typical savannah grasslands interrupted by "whistling thorn" shrubs, acacia trees and lush green vegetation along The UasoNyiro River. Here giraffe, zebra, eland, Oryx, waterbuck, grants gazelle, Thompson's gazelle, elephant, Buffalo, silver backed jackal, ostrich, hartebeest, baboon, hippo, and rhino roam free. There are also several bird species to observe. Dinner and overnight at TreeTop LODGE (LDBB)http://www.aberdaresafarihotels.co.ke/treetops/
Day 06: Nanyuki-L.Nakuru
Breakfast at the camp then check out & proceed via Nyahururu (Thomson's falls) standing at an altitude of 7,738 feet. Descend into the Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru National Park, arriving in your lodge in time for check in & lunch.
In the afternoon, go for a game drive to enjoy the sight of the pelicans bathing in the fresh water streams draining into the Lake. L. Nakuru is a small park with over 50% of it area covered by the Lake. Located in the middle of the Rift valley, L. Nakuru has a wide variety of animals which includes the Rothschild Giraffe, Lions, White and Black rhinos as well as the Leopard. All these can be spotted depending on your luck. The park is also considered by birdwatchers as an ornithological paradise! A myriad of both Greater and lesser flamingoes has made this lake their home. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Dinner and overnight at CHESTER HOTEL - http://kranhotels.com/chester/
Day 7, 8: Lake Nakuru City - Lake Bogoria - Kakamega Forest
Breakfast will be at 6.30am (supplied) then you will check out from the hotel at 7.30am You will be driven to Lake Bogoria which is famous for its abundant birdlife. More than 450 of Kenya 's recorded 1200 bird species have been sighted here. . There will be a local guide to show pax around for a couple of hours. Bogoria is a popular stopover for its hot, warm and cold geyser springs which where formed due to volcanic activities. You will stop here for a picnic lunch at noon and then continue on to Kakamega Forest
At 1100hrs you will be collected and drive towards the western part of the country pass kitale town, picnic lunch is enroute.you will reach in Kakamega forest which is one of the rain forest in Kenya, kakamega its known for its differents species of birds, trees, butterfly and the blue monkey. You will arrive at the rondo at 1500hrs then you will go for your evening walk .By 1800hrs you are suppose to be at the campsite for your overnight and dinner at RONDO LODGE.BLD
Day 9: Kakamega Forest to Kisumu-kericho
Breakfast will be at 6.30am. You will go for morning walk in the forest at 7.30am accompanied by the ranger guide, until 10.00am. We then pack and check out. We are then driven to third biggest city in Kenya (Kisumu) Arrive at Kisumu at 11.00am approx Kisumu is an important port city on the shore of Lake Victoria, the third biggest freshwater lake in the world. The group will have time to walk along the lake side and enjoy the local food like Nyama choma (roasted meat), kuku choma (roasted chicken), and fish choma (roasted fish) just to name a few. This area is home to the second biggest tribe in the country, the Luo. At 1200am ,Take your lunch then drive to kericho for tea plantionland.You will arrive at 1700hrs over night at Kericho country Club Hotel
Day 10: kericho - Maasai Mara
Breakfast at the lodge then head due south towards Narok; getaway to the Mara and district headquarters of this part of Maasai land. You'll travel across the "breadbasket" of Kenya, covered with acres of wheat and barley before you reach your destination. Check in and lunch at your lodge/camp. Afternoon embark on a game drive in the reserve. The Mara offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that is difficult to believe: over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. You're likely to see lion, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, leopard and many kinds of antelopes. Dinner and overnight at keekrok lodge(LDBB)
Day11: Masai Mara
Today there will be a possibility to take a hot air balloon ride (costs not incldued).
"Take to the skies for the ultimate Maasai Mara wildlife adventure, soaring in a hot air balloon over herds of game to the inner reaches of the Mara. You'll ascend in the early morning, when winds are calmest. Watch as the professional crew fills the balloon with hot air. Slowly the big, colorful bag begins to bulge and take shape. Now board the traditional wicker gondola basket while the expert pilot makes final adjustments. As the pink and red fireball of the sun rises in splendor over the plains, you're up, up and away - for the flight of a lifetime!
Your balloon can soar over the most inaccessible and undisturbed parts of the Mara, with only the intermittent whisper of the balloon's gas burners punctuating the silence of your majestic flight. Because wind and weather conditions vary, every flight is a new and different experience! From your vantage point about 50-500 feet above the reserve, you have a fantastic 360-degree bird's-eye view as one of the most dramatic scenes in nature unfolds beneath you. Depending on the season, you might witness herds of antelope flowing like schools of fish across the plain, groups of elephants grazing undisturbed in a remote ravine, lionesses stealthily stalking a herd of grunting wildebeest, or zebras conferring in a confusion of black and white stripes and bark-like calls. After your incredible flight, it's time to come back down to earth for breakfast. As you sip champagne and dig into a splendid breakfast of sizzling bacon, eggs, sausage, home-made breads, fresh tropical fruit and steaming cups of Kenyan coffee or tea under the clear blue sky, you might wonder what all the ordinary people are doing on this perfect African morning! Before leaving, the pilot will present you with your balloon flight certificate, and then you'll enjoy a game drive en route back to the camp. No flight of the imagination can match this airborne experience!
Note: Comfortable clothes, a hat or visor, sunglasses, sunscreen and a
light jacket or sweater are recommended. This tour will be offered at a
very special price if booked together with the safari.
6.00am : Wake up call. Tea, coffee and cookies will be served in the campsite.
6.30am : Set out for an early morning game drive in the reserve. This is usually the most popular game viewing time. During the early hours temperatures are low, thus providing a favorable atmosphere both for the game and the viewer. Lion, Cheetah and Leopard roam the vast grasslands in search for their next meal, it may be an unsuspecting impala or even a small one like the warthog.whatever the players, the spectacle of nature unfolding is always awe inspiring!
8.30am : Back at the camp, enjoy your sumptuous breakfast.
10.00am :Mid morning game drive.
12.30pm : Lunch in the campsite then its time at leisure to relax by the Swimmi ng pool.
4.00pm : Afternoon game drive. Return to the campsite before dark.
7.30pm : Dinner in the Lodge
Overnight: keekrok lodge LDB
Dinner and overnight at keekrok lodge(LDBB)
Day 12 : Masaai Mara - Lake Naivasha
You will wake up in the morning breakfast and the game drive enroute outside the national park, Drive through rich Kikuyu farmland to the edge of the Rift Valley, Ascend the escarpment and drive via Great rift valley view points. The afternoon will be free time to wander around a 'non-touristy' town where the pax can do some shopping, internet .
Overnight at the Naivasha Sopa Resort - http://www.sopalodges.com/lake-naivasha-sopa-lodge/about-lake-naivasha
Day 13, 14: Green Crater Lake Walk
Breakfast will be at 7.00 am and you will be picked up by a driver from 'Kenya Walking Survivor Safaris' at 8.00am. The road to the Green Crater Lake takes you out of Naivasha and along a rough and bumpy road down the edge of lake Naivasha, passing by huge Greenhouses where roses and other flowers are grown for the export market. You will arrive at the Green Crater Lake at 9.30am approx and you will begin your morning game walk. The green Crater Lake was formed by volcanic activity. The group will walk in a reserve where its possible to get up close to Giraffe and many varieties of antelope. It's a great opportunity for photos. The guides will answer questions about the animals, birdlife etc and point out the rocks formed due to the volcanic activity.
At 12.00pm you will leave for lunch at 'canary camp' about 20 minutes back down the road toward Naivasha town. This lunch will be supplied by KWSS and will be prepared by their cook. carnary camp is a lovely camp on the shore of Lake Naivasha and has a large resident bird population inc Ibis, superb starling. Lovebirds, fisheagle and Hoopoe and is a great opportunity to see the Black and White colobus monkey. After lunch you will have some free time. You could sit back at the campsite bar and enjoy a cold drink and a game of pool or participate in some optional activities like cycling around the village or hire a small power boat for a trip out on to the lake. An option worth considering for inclusion in the Itinerary.
Elsamere, the home of the late Joy and George Adamson is just a few kilometers away. Joy is famous for her book 'Born Free' and was an artist of some note. For an entry fee of Ksh 1000 per pax (approx USD$10) they get to visit the small museum, watch a documentary video of their life and then sit in the lovely gardens beside the lake and enjoy an afternoon tea of beautiful cakes, scones and slices and tea and coffee. Elsamere opens at 3.30pm and I recommend INCLUDING this option. It will take about 2 hours.
Overnight at the Naivasha Sopa Resort - http://www.sopalodges.com/lake-naivasha-sopa-lodge/about-lake-naivasha
Day 15: Lake Naivasha - Nairobi - Arusha
Breakfast is at 8.00 (included The group will depart the hotel at 9.00 and proceed to Nairobi, Then drive for 3 hrs to the Boader Namanga .
Approximate Distance: 375 km
Estimated Travel Time: 5hrs
The early morning is at your leisure. By mid-morning you will be transferred to the picturesque town of Arusha which sits at the foot of rugged Mount Meru, at 4.556m, the fifth highest mountain in Africa. Arusha is the gateway to Tanzania's safari areas. At this point you may be joined by other G Adventures travelers who have started their safari trip in Kenya. A group meeting with your tour leader for this safari portion of your trip is scheduled for the early evening. Please look for information from your tour leader on the hotel bulletin board regarding the time of this meeting.
Arusha, also known as Tanzania's "safari capital", is undoubtedly the most important center in northern Tanzania. With many protected national parks, reserves, and mountains nearby (on a clear day, it may be possible to see Mt. Kilimanjaro in the distance), Arusha is a modern town, and with its markets, services, and fine location, it is a great base for your safari trip.
Arusha officially became a city on the 1st of July 2006. The primary industry of the region is agriculture with large vegetable producers sending high-quality produce to Europe. The city and its environs are also spotted with large coffee plantations, adding to the area's charm. Though in recent years, due to the coffee crisis, many local farmers have been badly hit, and now subsistence farming is the most common source of livelihood.
Arusha owes its name from the local Wa-arusha people who resided here for hundreds of years, and is historically and politically significant city within East Africa. In 1961 the official documents ceding independence to Tanzania were signed by the United Kingdom in Arusha. Six years later the Arusha Declaration of Self Reliance in Tanzania was signed. On the 4th of August 1993 the Arusha Accords were signed by representatives of competing factions in the civil war in neighboring Rwanda. After the Rwandan genocide, the UN Security Council decided by its Resolution 955 of 8 November 1994 that Arusha should host the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. The establishment of the tribunal with its employees has influenced the local economy of Arusha lodge
Overnight at Meru Inn Hotel - http://meruhouseinn.com/
Day 16: Arusha-Lake Manyara National Park (B,L,D)
Approximate Distance: 130 km
Estimated Travel Time: 2-3 hrs
After breakfast, we make our way to Lake Manyara National Park and take part in a village tour to learn a little about what a typical village in the area is like. The village - Mto wa Mbu, whose name means "mosquito river," has over 18,000 inhabitants from 120 tribes. This two hour tour will take you from the village's local market through several different farms, local huts, and artisan shops, and back to the market, giving you the opportunity to get a true glimpse of northern Tanzanian culture!!
After lunch in the village spend the afternoon touring and viewing wildlife in the park. This area is truly stunning, as the western wall of the Rift Valley escarpment provides a backdrop for your search of the park's phenomenal birdlife, tree-climbing lions, elephants, giraffes, and hippos. The afternoon is spent game viewing along the main road that winds for several kilometers through a cool, lush, mature groundwater forest dominated by large fichus trees and a tangle of green epiphytes.
The name Manyara is derived from the Masai word "Emanyara", which is a Euphorbia species of plant that is found around a family homestead in the area. The lake itself is a shallow, alkaline lake stretching 50km at the base of the sheer 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment. This forms part of the national park that covers an area on roughly 330km sq.
Lake Manyara National Park is home to the giant fig trees, acacia woodlands, mahogany trees and grassy flood plains. The contrasts of this area are simply breathtaking, with the open plains, huge escarpment, central soda lake, dense woodlands, and distance volcanic peaks coming together in an area best described by Ernest Hemingway as "the loveliest I had seen in Africa".
Animals such as blue monkeys, hippo, impala, elephant, wildebeest, buffalo, warthog, and giraffe all roam the park's territory. The park is also home to legendary tree-climbing lions, and also has small populations of leopard. Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania's bird life, with over 400 species having been recorded within the parks boundaries. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.
Day 17: Ndutu Area
After breakfast we will start morning for a full day Ndutu area. A striking characteristic of this area is the stunning acacia woodland, which is immediately surrounded by the short grass plains. Within this wooded area is Lake Ndutu - one of the Rift Valley's soda lakes. At the height of the wildebeest migration, and when heavy rains have fallen, often lines of wildebeest can be seen crossing the lake. Accompanying the wildebeest are large numbers of zebra and Thomson gazelles. Tanzania is spoilt because of the migration. No other African county has game like it. In the dry season, the game around Ndutu is much like game viewing in any of the southern African countries. In some cases it is still better and you can never take away the feeling of space and wonder that the Serengeti evokes.in the evening you turn back your Camp or Lodge for Dinner and overnightOvernight at Nduta Lodge
Day 18,19: Serengeti National Park (2B,2L,2D)
Approximate Distance: 220 km
Estimated Travel Time: 5-6 hrs
Today marks an early start as we visit Eleyo Masai village before continuing on to the Serengeti, one of Africa's premier game parks. The park is to Tanzania what the Masai Mara Game Reserve is to Kenya, though with an area of 14,763 sq km, it is actually over 7 times as large! The area where you will be staying and game viewing is in the central Serengeti 'Seronera' area, which lies in the southeast of the National Park. Because of the sheer size of the National Park other areas will not be accessible during your stay.
As we drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and on to the Serengeti National Park, en route 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 10, after an early rise we enjoy an early morning game drive, returning for a hearty lunch followed by a brief but well-deserved rest. Continue your search for the "Big 5" - lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino - while taking in the vastness of the Serengeti plains.
The Serengeti National Park is to Tanzania what the Masai Mara Game Reserve is to Kenya, though with an area of 14,763 sq km, it is actually over 7 times as large! The Serengeti, which derives its name from the Masai for "endless plain", is the jewel of Tanzania's protected areas, together with the Masai Mara and the Ngorongoro Conservation area it protects the most varied and greatest collection of wildlife on earth. With the Big Five, the Small Five and the extensive amounts of wildlife, this region offers arguably the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the world. That said, with its vast size and varied terrain, game viewing is only one aspect of the Serengeti - the scenery is simply breathtaking.
The Masai people arrived into the Serengeti plains in the 17th century, displacing the Datoga pastoralists who had previously lived there. They lived an undisturbed, nomadic life in the region for hundred of years, until the first westerner, American Stewart Edward White, passed through in 1913. He recorded the plains in the chronicles of a journey that began in Nairobi, Kenya. What he wrote still applies today: "... We walked for miles over burnt out country... Then I saw the green trees of the river, walked 2 miles more and found myself in paradise" .
There is no bad time to visit the Serengeti as every season has its own special highlight - even the rainy season has the daily thunder and lightening to look forward to. Changing seasons and light patterns form the most beautiful backdrop to view Africa's majestic and incredible wildlife. It has more than 1.6 million herbivores and thousands of predators. Blue Wildebeests, gazelles, zebras and buffalos are the animals most commonly found in the region.
This area is most famous for the migration that takes place every year; in october over a million herbivores travel toward the southern plains, crossing the Mara River from the hills to the north. They continue west across the Serengeti, and then north once again, crossing the Mara River, after the rains around April, and often totals more than 800km. This phenomenon is sometimes also called the Circular Migration. Over 250,000 wildebeest alone will die along the journey from Tanzania to Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya.http://www.sopalodges.com/serengeti-sopa-lodge/overview
Day 20: Ngorongoro Crater
Approximate distance: 160 km
Estimated Travel Time: 8 hrs (including game drive out of Serengeti)
Before leaving the Serengeti, enjoy one last morning game drive to see the animal kingdom come to life in this incredible expanse of grassland savannah. You will return and break camp, and journey to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, famous for Africa's best game viewing. The views from the Ngorongoro Crater rim are stunning, and there is an ever-present abundance of wildlife, due to the permanent water supply on the crater floor. You will arrive at your campsite at the crater rim in the late afternoon.
The 8,300 km2 Ngorongoro Conservation Area is named after its central feature, the Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest intact volcanic caldera, and arguably its most spectacular natural arena. Ngorongoro Crater has often been described as one of the wonders of the world, not only because of its inherent geological significance, but also because it serves a quite extraordinary natural sanctuary for some of Africa's most dense population of large mammals. The Ngorongoro was part of the original Serengeti National Park proclaimed in 1951, but it was made a separate conservation area in 1956 so that the Masai could graze their cattle there. The Ngorongoro Crater became a World Heritage Site in 1978.
Land in the conservation area is unique to Tanzania as it provides protection for the wildlife whilst allowing human habitation. The landscape is made up of a blend of volcanoes, grasslands, waterfalls and mountain forests, where the wildlife is extensive. The southern and eastern boundaries are approximately defined by the rim of the Great Rift Valley, which also prevents animal migration in these directions. The annual ungulate migration passes through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, with wildebeest and zebra moving south into the area in December and moving north in June. The area has healthy resident populations of most species of wildlife.
Day 21: Marangu
Approximate distance: 200 km
Estimated Travel Time: 6 hrs (including game drive in Crater)
After breakfast we embark on a half-day crater tour. 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 favourable. Since most of the crater floor is grassland, grazing animals predominate: 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 lion and leopard, and scavengers such as hyena and jackals.
After this fabulous experience within the crater, we have to leave the wildlife behind us and start to the base slopes of Kilimanjaro in Marangu where we will set up for the night. KARATU LODGE http://www.kuducamp.com/
Day 22: Arusha -zanzibar
Today you will be transferred to Arusha airport after breakfast then arrive in Arusha for lunch then leave to the Airport.
Estimated Travel Time: 3 hrs
Depart Zanzibar. The city started as a fishing village in the Mid 19th century before becoming a port and trading centre.
Between independence and 1996 - Dar Es Salaam was the countries capital. Today, Dar remains the principal commercial city and the de facto seat of most government institutions in Tanzania. It is the major seaport for the country and its landlocked neighbours.
Zanzibar - Arabic for "Abode of Peace" (a word closely related to the familiar "Yer u-salem" in Israel) - is the largest city in Tanzania. With a population estimated around 2,500,000, it is also the country's richest city and an important economic centre
Overnight at Zanzibar Ocean Blue - http://www.zanzibaroceanblue.com/
Day 23- Zanzibar/Stone Town/Nungwi (4B)
Day 24 - Estimated Travel Time: 2 hrs (including 1hr Spice Tour)
Day 25 - Estimated Travel Time: free
After arriving on Zanzibar, spend the remainder of the day exploring Stone Town, the heart of the island. It has an intriguing maze of narrow, cobbled lanes hemmed in by Arabic buildings. The best way to see the Stone Town is, literally, to get lost. You can spend hours just wandering the alleys and squares, drinking potent coffee from pavement vendors, or buying sweetmeats from scores of tiny cafes. At this point you may be joined other G Adventures travellers who are continuing their tour here on Zanzibar. A group meeting with your tour leader is scheduled for the early evening.
Zanzibar Island, 'the spice island,' has an extremely interesting history and culture as it was the centre of the slave and spice trade in the 1800s. Zanzibar is one of the most fascinating places in East Africa, despite a heavy increase in tourism since the early 1990s. Thanks to an ambitious and far-reaching preservation programme funded by UNESCO and the Aga Khan, many famous old buildings have been restored, or are in the process of being renovated.
The following morning we head north to Nungwi for two days/ two nights at one of Zanzibar's major highlights. Here you can either relax on the idyllic white-sandy beaches, take an optional diving/snorkeling excursion, or take a wander through the village of Nungwi.
No visit to Zanzibar would be complete without a visit to the spice plantations - an activity that is included on our way north to Nungwi on Day 7. Your senses will be aroused as you will receive a detailed description on the assortment of spices (black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, breadfruit, jackfruit, vanilla, lemon grass) and their various uses. It was the wonderful spice plantations that brought the beginnings of Zanzibar's infamous slave trade dating back to the 1840's.
On our fourth day on the island, we head back south to Stone Town, for our final night on this enchanting island. It's your last chance to shop and/or enjoy all that Stone Town has to offer, and to spend one last night with your fellow travellers before your tour ends the next day.
Remember that Zanzibar is a Muslim society, and immodestly dressed women, or men in shorts, will get harassed and cause great offence in Stone Town. In Nungwi, customs are a little more relaxed, but passengers are encouraged to be respectful of the islands culture and still cover up when walking around. Never try to take a photograph without asking permission. The polite way to ask is "Tafadhali (pronounced tougher - thaarli) naomba ruhusu kwa kupiga picha yako." Many guidebooks say the correct phrase is "nataka kupiga picha yako", but this is incredibly rude, the equivalent of saying "give me your picture".
Overnight at Zanzibar Ocean Blue - http://www.zanzibaroceanblue.com/
Day 26: Zanzibar
Depart Stone Town you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Nairobi.
TOTAL COST PER PERSON IS FOR 25 DAYS USD$ 4,987 (MINIMUM OF TWO PERSONS)