As part of our partner office – African Wildlife Adventures – Dennis and Di have been running a series of programmes to help people encounter Africa, having covered South Africa, Nairobi, Uganda and more within the last twelve months. Dennis and Di are off on another trip again this coming April and have two spaces left on their journey through Tanzania and Kenya.
So of you are interested in joining a tour led by Africa Experts through some of the most incredible sights and places in East Africa including the Masai Mara, the Serengeti, Amboseli and more, then read on!
Kenya, Tanzania Wildlife Safaris 21 nights – 22 days
Day 01. Sunday 5th April 2015 – Depart Australia via Perth for Mauritius.
For those travelling from Sydney our flight departure will be via Qantas QF 575 Sydney-Perth ETD 08:10 ETA 11:05. Connect with Air Mauritius MK 441 ETD 13:05 ETA 17:40. We lay over here on this Island paradise for two nights before connecting with our onward MK service to Kenya. Time to relax and do some local sight seeing or just relax. Hotel stay as yet to be advised on a bed & breakfast and return airport transfer basis.
Day 02. Monday 6th April 2015 – At your leisure on the Island of Mauritius – Indian Ocean.
Name of hotel stay as yet to be confirmed by Air Mauritius. It’ll be similar in style to the Hennessy Park Hotel. The stay will include return airport transfers, share twin/double or single bedded accommodation and appropriate meals during the two night layover on this Island Paradise.
Day 03. Tuesday 7TH April 2015– Depart Mauritius for Nairobi
Transfer from hotel to international terminal to connect with Air Mauritius MK 534 ETD08:40 ETA 12:50. Upon arrive in Nairobi at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Meet and greet by our local representative African Paradise Safaris and their Guides. You will be transferred to city hotel. Relax depending on your arrival time in the hotel. Overnight at Sarova Stanley hotel (meals plan, Half board) www.sarovahotels.com/stanley
Day 04. Wednesday 8th April 2015 – Nairobi – Amboseli National Park-3hrs After Breakfast and safari briefing, you will drive south from Nairobi to Amboseli National Park, set against the legendary Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. Amboseli is home to the “Big Five” of African wildlife: elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard. The view of the Amboseli plains, with elephant moving below the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro, is one of the most photographed vistas in Africa. A network of swamps and wetlands ensure excellent game viewing year-round. Upon arrival in the park have an enroute game drive heading to the lodge. check in and enjoy your lunch. After lunch embark to an afternoon game drive with an expert game driver..
All meals and overnight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge (meals plan. Full board)
Day 05.Thursday 9th April 2015 –Amboseli National Park – Lake Manyara National Park 6 hrs drive.
You will have your early morning breakfast, depart to Lake Manyara.
Upon arrival at Namanga (border of Kenya & Tanzania). You will clear with immigration, later exchange the vehicle.. We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge. After lunch we head into the an afternoon game drive. This impressive park is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park) at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. The park’s varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake.
All meals and overnight at Karurumu Manyara lodge (meals plan. Full board)
Day 06. Friday 10th April 2015 – Lake Manyara National – Tarangire National Park 3 hrs drive.
Have your morning breakfast at the lodge, later depart to Tarangire with enroute game drive at Lake manyara park. Upon arrival in the park have an enroute game drive heading to the lodge, check inn and have your lunch at leisure. Later in the evening have an afternoon game drive. The park’s dominant feature is the Tarangire River. Although it gets very dry, the park is relatively thickly vegetated with acacia shrubs and mixed woodland. Most memorable of which are the huge baobab trees dotted around in big numbers. Herds of up to 300 elephants can be found, looking for underground streams, in the dry riverbeds while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. Dry-country antelope such as fringe-eared Oryx and the long-necked gerenuk are also regularly spotted. Abandoned termite –mounds often house mongoose colonies. All the main predators are present but, because of thick vegetation, not spotted as often as in some of the other parks in northern Tanzania. All meals and overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge (meals plan. Full board) www.sopalodges.com/tarangire-sopa-lodge/overview
Day 07. Saturday 11th April 2015 – Tarangire National Park -Ngoro Ngoro conservancy. 3 hrs drive.
Today you will wake up very early to do an early morning safari before breakfast, to spot the animals when they are more active and also to have a fantastic sun rise in front of you. The sunrise in the African Savannah is one of the most beautiful experiences one can have. After the game drive, return to the lodge for breakfast. Depart to Ngoro Ngoro; arrive late in time for late lunch. Enroute game drive heading to the lodge. Enjoying your dinner at leisure.
All meals and overnight at Ngoro Ngoro Sopa lodge (full board)
Day 08. Sunday 12th April 2015 – Ngoro Ngoro conservancy.
Your will have breakfast at the lodge. Explore the conservancy with morning and afternoon game drives, visit of crater. With walls 2,000 ft high and a crater floor that spreads for 102 sq. miles, the crater is a virtual Noah’s Ark, inhabited by almost every species of wildlife indigenous to East Africa including the rare black rhino. In fact, the crater has the greatest concentration of wild life in the planet. It contains a river, several swamps, a soda lake that, from the top, looks like steam, full of flamingoes, a forest and open plains. The large bull elephants that reside here have extremely large tusk, due to the rich mineral content of the volcanic soil and its grasses. They are the most incredible elephants you’ll ever see in your life. All meals and overnight at Ngoro Ngoro Sopa lodge (full board)
Day 09. Monday 13th April 2015 – Ngoro Ngoro conservancy – Serengeti National Park – 3hrs 30 minute drive
You will have early morning game drive to catch up with animals you missed the previous day. return to the lodge for your breakfast, after breakfast to Serengeti national park, where you will arrive in time for lunch. Later enjoy an evening game in the park. Return to the lodge for leisure and dinner.
Tanzania’s Serengeti offers superb game-viewing even out of migration time, when vast herds of buffalo, eland, topi, waterbuck, impala, kongoni and Grant’s gazelle can be seen grazing in the thousands. The Serengeti is famous not only for its migrating wildebeest and herbivores but also for its high concentration of big cats and other predators that these grazers attract. The Serengeti is also home to smaller cats, such as the caracal and serval, as well as jackal, fox, mongoose and genet. Visit maasai villages in the afternoon.
All meals and overnight at Serengeti sopa lodge (full board)
Day 10. Tuesday 14th April 2015 – Serengeti National Park
Have a full day exploration of the Serengeti. With Morning and afternoon game drives. After breakfast leaves at your lodge with package lunch (or have lunch at the lodge) have game drive in the park and arrive at your lodge in late afternoon or on your request. 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. It is the Migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous. Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. So strong is the ancient instinct to move that no drought, gorge or crocodile infested river can hold them back. The Wildebeest travel through a variety of parks, reserves and protected areas and through a variety of habitat. Join us to explore the different forms of vegetation and landscapes of the Serengeti ecosystem and meet some of their most fascinating inhabitants.
All meals and overnight at Serengeti sopa lodge (full board)
Day 11. Wednesday 15th April 2015 – Serengeti National Park – Maasai Mara National Reserve – 6 hrs 30 minute drive
Have your breakfast, check out then depart with packed lunch to Isibania (border between Kenya and Tanzania). Do travel formalities. then you will exchange the vehicle, transferred to Maasai mara National reserve. Upon arrival in the park you will have an enroute game drive heading to the lodge, for check inn and relax. You will have an evening game drive. Later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. An exploratory drive around the 1,792 sq. km game park with its low hills and savannah type rolling grasslands, gallery forest on the Mara River and its tributaries. Get introduced to the herbivores; elephant, rhino, buffalo, and the variety of antelopes, the Masai giraffe and the Burchell zebra. The carnivores are the black mane lion, cheetah and leopard. Also to be seen are the largest bird, the Masai ostrich, the Secretary bird, the crested crane and saddle-bill stork. Crocodiles and hippos share the river. Meals and overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge (full board) www.sopalodge.com/maasaimara-sopa-lodge/overview
Day 12. Thursday 16th April 2015 – Maasai Mara National Reserve
Optional Early Morning balloon safari ride (US$450.00 per person ) across the Maasai Mara plain. Breakfast at the lodge then enjoy morning and afternoon game drives. Masai Mara is an extension of the Serengeti ecosystem to the south. Game abounds here; The Mara is noted for its abundance of lions – particularly the superb black maned males. Where great Migration over 1.5 million wildebeest and other antelopes crossing the mighty Mara River. You are also likely to see lots of elephants here often in large herds, as well as – if you’re lucky leopard, cheetah and rhino. All of the Big Five are residents. You’re sure to see the African buffalo. Get the cameras ready, stock up on film/tapes and enjoy yourselves! In the evening visit maasai village.
Meals and overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge (full board)
Day 13. Friday 17th April 2015 – Maasai Mara National Reserve –Lake Nakuru National Park – 6 hrs drive.
Waken by marching elephant and sounds of birds. Have breakfast at your lodge. Check out and drive through the cool Rift Valley environment towards Nakuru. Drive through the park and arrive at your lodge in time for lunch. Have an afternoon game drive at Lake Nakuru National Park. Nakuru is a small park with over 50% of its 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. Meals and overnight at Sarova Lion Hill lodge (full board) www.sarovahotels.com/lionhill/
Day 14. Saturday 18th April 2015 – Lake Nakuru National Park – Aberdare National Park 3 hrs drive.
You will have early morning game drive. Return to the lodge for your breakfast and check out. Depart to the Aderdare national park, on your way you will have a stopover Thomson’s fall, You will have the opportunity to explore the enchanting waterfalls that attract colorful birds and provide good photographic opportunities. A nature trail at the base of the falls and through the gorge is a safe haven for the endangered Columbus monkeys, baboons and small animals. Embark the safari to Aberdare national park. Where you will arrive in time for lunch. Which will be at aberdare country club (base serving hotel for the Ark). After lunch enter the national park for game drive, later head to the lodge for your dinner and overnight at the ARK lodge (meals plan. Full board) www.thearkkenya.com
The Park covers the higher areas of the Aberdare Mountain Range of central Kenya. The topography is diverse with deep ravines that cut through the forested eastern and western slopes. Animals easily observed in the park include; the Black Rhino, leopard, baboon, black and white Columbus monkey and sykes monkey. Rarer sightings include those of lions, the golden cat and the bongo- an elusive forest antelope that lives in the bamboo forest. Animals like the eland and spotted and melanistic serval cats can be found higher up in the moorlands. Visitors can also indulge in picnics, trout fishing in the rivers and camping in the moorlands. Bird viewing is rewarding, with over 250 species of birds in the park, including the Jackson’s Francolin, sparry hawk, goshawks, eagles, sunbirds and plover. You will be able to see a lot of animals coming to lick the salt at the watering point.
Day 15. Sunday 19th April 2015 – Aberdare National Park – Samburu National reserve 3hrs 30minute drive.
After your morning breakfast drive to Samburu with enroute game drive in Aberdare national park. arriving in time for check in and lunch. You will have some rest before you embark on the evening game drive in the famous Samburu game reserve, which is known for its “special 5”. If lucky you will be able to see them as they include; Reticulated Giraffe, gravy’s zebra, gerenuk, Somali ostrich, Baisa Oryx. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Meals and overnight at Samburu sopa lodge (meals plan. Full board)www.sopalodges.com/samburu-sopa-lodge/overview
Day 16. Monday 20th April 2015 – Samburu National reserve
Wake up call at 0600 hrs, tea / coffee and cookies at the lobby. Set off for the early morning game drive in the reserve. Return to the lodge for breakfast at the lodge and thereafter, rest of the morning will be at leisure. Lunch will be served at the lodge, and in the evening, set off for the late evening game drive.
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 this river and adds striking beauty to the panorama. Wildlife is surprisingly abundant for such a dry place and includes several species, which are unique to the area such as; gerenuk gravy’s zebra, beisa Oryx, reticulated giraffe and 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
Meals and overnight at Samburu sopa lodge (meals plan. Full board)
Day 17. Tuesday 21st April 2015 – Samburu National reserve – Meru National Park – 3 hrs drive
After your morning breakfast, have game drive in samburu national park. Later depart to Meru national park. takes you through the Isiolo highways via the fertile farmlands and scenic surroundings and past the highest mountain in Kenya (Mt. Kenya). Proceed to the green and highlands of Meru region to the park situated farthest in the wilderness of Meru. Arrive in the afternoon with an enroute game viewing drive to the lodge for Lunch. Afternoon have a game viewing drive in the park . Meals and overnight at Murera Springs Eco Lodge (meals plan. Full board) http://www.wildernessgetawaysea.com/murerasprings.php
Day 18. Wednesday 22nd April 2015 – Meru National Park
Spend the whole day at leisure with 2 extended game viewing drives searching for the plain games leaving in this park almost undisturbed. Wildlife here includes: Gravy Zebra, Elephants, Eland, Bush Pig, Waterbuck, Cheetah, Leopard, Reticulated Giraffe, Hippopotamus, Bohor Reedbuck, Hartebeest, Python, Puff Udder, Cobra, Buffalo, more than 427 recorded species of birds. This park is also known as the home of Joy Adamsons and other attractions includes; Former home of Joy and George Adamson and Elsa the lioness, Rivers and riverine habitats, Adamson’s falls and Tana River. the park also has the Rhino sanctuary which host the white Rhinos which have been captured, tranquillized, and transported from areas where their population was exceeding its carrying capacity. Everything in this park is outstanding and the reputation of the Park was enhanced by the fact that George and Joy Adamson reared and weaned here Elsa, arguably the most famous lioness in the world thanks to the book “Born Free” and the subsequent movie. Elsa was returned to the wild in Meru and here she died in 1961 by natural causes. The Adamsons stayed on and reared in the Park many others orphaned lions. Meals and overnight at Murera Springs Eco Lodge (meals plan. Full board)
Day 19. Thursday 23rd April 2015 – Meru National Park – Nairobi
After breakfast in the morning , you will have game drive in the park, departure from Meru with packed lunches. and be driven to Nairobi where you arrive in your hotel in the evening. Check inn , refresh and relax while awaiting your dinner.
Meals and overnight at Sarova Stanley hotel (meals plan. Half board) www.sarovahotels.com/stanley
Day 20. Friday 24th April 2015 – Sightseeing Tour of Nairobi
You will have your morning breakfast in the hotel. Later you will have city tour and drive to Giraffe centre and Karen Blixen; you will have your lunch at famous carnivore restaurant, later in the evening go shopping at maasai market. Return to the hotel for the dinner on your own.
Meals and overnight at Sarova Stanley hotel (meals plan. Half board)
Day 21. Saturday 25th April 2015 – Nairobi via Mauritius to Perth departure
Enjoy your breakfast at leisure.at around 10.00am you will be transferred to the airport for your home flight. Bring to an end of Kenya, Tanzania wildlife and big five safaris. Exit flight is via Air Mauritius MK 535 ETD 13:15 ETA 18:30. Direct transfer to our onward service Mauritius-Perth MK 440 ETD 22:10
Day 22. Sunday 26th April 2015 – Arrival Perth with connections onto East Coast destinations ETA 09:45. Perth – Sydney Qantas QF 580 ETD 12:20 ETA 18:35. If your home destination is other than Sydney then flight departure and arrival times vary. Home from another African Wildlife Adventure
Cost: As at 5th August 14 – subject to variation in rates of exchange at time of final payment. AUD 9,755.00 pp share twin. Single sole use room is an extra cost of AUD 468.00
Kenya & Tanzania 5th – 26th April 2015
Tour Programme Inclusions: Cost A$ 9,755.00 pp share twin.
- Economy class airfares flying Sydney-Perth-Mauritius-Nairobi and return over the same sectors. Sydney-Perth-Sydney is with Qantas the remainder with Air Mauritius.
- All port taxes and fuel surcharges as at 5th August 2014, subject to any increases imposed between now and departure by governments or carriers.
- Two nights stop-over on Mauritius west bound en-route to Nairobi.
- Eighteen (18) nights accommodation in designated hotel, lodges and safari camps as detailed in the attached itinerary.
- Full board from the 8th – pm 22nd April + half board (breakfast & dinner) in Nairobi 23rd-24th April.
- All transfers as detailed in itinerary.
- Transport from arrival Nairobi Tuesday 7th to Saturday 25th April in 4 x 4 WD Safari Land Cruiser type vechicles.
- Boxed lunches (due travel distances) on 15th & 23rd April 2015
- All Park entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary and tours as included in the text of the programme.
- Complimentary bottled water daily whilst on safari x 1 litre per person per day.
- Local English speaking safari guide service.
- Emergency air evacuation to Nairobi if or as required on safari between 8-24th.
- Visas for both Kenya & Tanzania issued on arrival Nairobi and at the border crossing into Tanznia.
- Gatuities to local guide/drivers based on a driver guide per vehicle.
- Fully escorted ex Australia.
- Maximum number of invited guests on this departure will be thirteen (13) inclusive on myself as escort.
- Any service not detailed in the printed itinerary
- Items of a personal nature: i.e. room service, laundry, telephone, alcoholic drinks.
- Optional activities, such as extension of travels or additional stopovers.
- Comprehensive personal travel insurance for the journey.
- Travel documentation ( i.e.) issue of valid passport.
Possible Optional Extras Whilst On Tour:
A balloon Safari over Maasai Mari at a cost of USD 450.00 per person, this option needs to be pre-booked before departure, so if interested please advise
Cultural village visit at a cost of USD 30.00 per person
Take a horse ride at Meru National Park – cost to be advised.
Extend your stay in Africa and visit adjoining countries of your choice
A second stop over en-route eastbound at Mauritius to do a little R&R and explore this Island Paradise.
Or stay a few days in Perth before heading home to the East Coast and explore their excellent wine country around Margaret River.
For further information please contact Tour Director – Dennis Weatherall -African Wildlife Adventures
Telephone on (02) 95206023
This is a boutique departure with a maximum of twelve guests plus escort.