Best of East Africa
• Samburu National Reserve • Aberdere Nationl Park • Lake Nakuru National Park • Lake Naivasha • Amboseli National Park • Lake Manyara • Serengeti National Park • Ngorongoro Crater
Follow the call of the wild! Visit savannahs, home to immense herds of wildlife, and meet the traditional peoples with their fascinating cultures. See the world famous Masai Mara with majestic scenery and wildlife, and explore the vast plains of the Serengeti National Park. It is here where one of earth's most natural wildlife cycles takes place - the Great Migration. The safari also takes in the arid landscapes of Samburu National Park, the rift valley lakes of Nakuru and Naivasha and Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact caldera in the world.
Day 1: Nairobi > Samburu National Reserve Pick up on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (or from your hotel) and drive to Samburu National Reserve. On arrival in the reserve enjoy a game drive en-route to your lodge.
Day 2: Samburu National Reserve Full day spent in the reserve with morning and afternoon game drives. Samburu is different from many of Kenya's other parks with its dry and dramatic terrain and specially adapted wildlife such as oryx, Somali blue necked ostrich and Grevy's zebra.
Day 3: Samburu > Aberdare National Park Drive to Aberdare National Park. From the lodge you can watch as animals come to the waterhole to drink.
Day 4: Aberdare > Lake Nakuru National Park > Lake Naivasha Game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park, one of Kenya's finest parks and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Then travel to Lake Naivasha, a bird watcher's haven.
Day 5: Lake Naivasha > Masai Mara National Reserve Transfer to the Masai Mara National Reserve with its flat-topped acacia tress, home to massive herds of zebra and wildebeest. Afternoon game drive.
Day 6: Masai Mara National Reserve Optional balloon safari this morning (not included). Morning and afternoon game drives.
Day 7: Masai Mara > Lake Naivasha Drive to Lake Naivasha and enjoy an afternoon boat ride.
Day 8: Lake Naivasha > Amboseli National Park Transfer to Amboseli National Park for an afternoon game drive. Amboseli is famous for its large herds of elephant and views of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Day 9: Amboseli National Park Full day spent in the park with morning and afternoon game drives.
Day 10: Amboseli > Lake Manyara National Park > Karatu Drive to the Namanga border and cross into Tanzania. Afternoon game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. Overnight at a charming country lodge on a working farm in the picturesque agricultural district of Karatu.
Day 11: Lake Manyara > Serengeti National Park Travel to Serengeti National Park for an afternoon game drive seeking out the resident wildebeest, impressive herds of which can be seen year-round. The park is also renowned for its predators including lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena, jackal and wild dog.
Day 12: Serengeti National Park Full day spent in the park with morning and afternoon game drives.
Day 13: Serengeti > Ngorongoro Crater > Karatu Transfer to Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive with picnic lunch - this ancient volcano shelters more than 30,000 protected animals. Overnight in a colonial lodge near Karatu.
Day 14: Karatu > Kilimanjaro Drive to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward flight.
• Small group tour with expert guides (max 7 guests, min 2) • 13 nights' accommodation • Transport in 4x4 safari vehicles in Kenya and Tanzania • 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 13 dinners
Pricing (per person) $NZD
6, 20 Jan
10, 24 Feb
10, 24 Mar
7, 28 Apr
12, 19 May
2, 16 Jun
7, 21 Jul
4, 25 Aug
8, 22 Sep
6, 27 Oct
10, 24 Nov
6, 20 Jan
Booking conditions • Price on application for cross-season itineraries
• Surcharges apply over peak period
• Minimum 2 guests
• Children aged 6 to 11 years pay 70% of the adult cost
• Price on application for cross-season itineraries • Surcharges apply over peak period • Minimum 2 guests • Children aged 6 to 11 years pay 70% of the adult cost
Kenya - An eye opener travelling between the parks and seeing how the Kenyan people in the various towns live. Tanzania, Serengeti National Park - Experiencing the migration of zebras and wildebeest as they were just arriving into the park and watching the leaders carefully scope out whether it was safe to cross the swamps and streams before the stampede of those following. Ngorongoro Crater - Just the feeling of being inside the crater and seeing so many of the animals in one place.
Paul & Carolyn
We met our safari driver and guide and away we went... to Ashnil Samburu Camp Buffalo Springs Game Reserve. Very good communication along the way! On arrival at the Park, we went immediately into our game drive - spotting animals and birds became the focus. Nature treated us well and we arrived at about 5.30, checked in and were ushered to our fixed tented accommodation, very nice. Open air under cover silver service with, oh my word, every choice available, we were walked to bed and were serenaded to sleep by the hippos! A 6.30 am start and a full day game drive. Once again nature treated us well. Highlights being Cheetah mum and 18 month old cub and a leopard resting out along a limb, along with mum elephant and a suckling calf, WOW! Next morning off to Samburu National Reserve! Luckily on the way 2 lionesses with a cub treated us. On the way we met the Samburu people at their village. So friendly, the children were amazing and recited the alphabet and counted to 10 for us. Travelling to Serena Mountain Lodge we criss crossed the equator many times, no bump as we went over it! On the road again to Serena Mountain Lodge and night viewing. Mt Kenya was behind us and we were 2134 metres above sea level. It's marvellous seeing the people as we're driving, village life, massive greenhouses growing roses and carnations for export. On cloud 9, truly didn't expect to see so many animals. Lake Nakuru is a salt water lake 45 square kilometres. Lunched at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, sumptuous and choices galore! The birdsong was deafening and bird life amazing. To see so many animals roaming together with the flamingo in the background, breathtaking! Just a short drive to Enashipai, we have had amazing accommodation to date, this blew us away! Another fantastic silver service meal with a great sleep to follow. On the road again to the Masai Mara, within seconds of entering the park animals and birds abound. We stayed at Basecamp Masai Mara, another fixed tented accommodation. When President Obama was a Senator, his family stayed there and planted a tree each. If we needed to go out at night we shone our torch and a Maasai Warrior came and escorted us. An absolute cacophony of animal sounds for our night and day break chorus. If your guests are able to, pay for and enjoy the hot air balloon ride over the Mara, breathtakingly peaceful just floating along, and a champagne silver service breakfast to boot! Fantastic. We walked down to the lakes edge where the hippos are grazing and we had a boat ride on the lake, another excellent day. Well to date we have been blown away with what we've seen and now how can we contain ourselves the magical Amboseli, with to me the magical Mt Kilimanjaro by us, out of this world. Game drives through the two swamps and the Amboseli Maasai Mara people and the children, how they smile (wish our kids would do the same. With the help of my family friends and clients we've donated 100 kilograms of stationery and clothes to these people). To see the children when we visited the school and their eyes alight singing to us, tears streaming down my face, gut wrenching, and to see their smiles with their eyes lighting up, wow so humbled. Nextâ€¦.wow, the elephants of Amboseli under Mt Kilimanjaro, magical! We leave Amboseli, Arusha here we come, the town clock is the centre of Africa, Cairo in the North, Cape Town in the South, Dar es Salaam in the East and Accra Ghana in the West! And yes more silver service and food mind blowing for choice, don't travel with World Journeys to lose weight! Off to Lake Manyara, we stayed in Karatu, Acacia Farm Lodge, fantastic sunset greeted us and of course luxury accommodation and silver service for our food! In the morning we drove to the Serengeti, game driving along the way and stopping to lookout at the Ngorongoro Crater all shrouded in mist. Along the route we saw amazing, infinite scenery again, the vastness unbelievable, and the Maasai people along with the young lads who had had their initiation into warrior hood. Made it to Kati Kati Tented Camp, awesome. All of our accommodation has been fantastic, tonight's at the Oldeani Mountain Lodge wow, wow, wow outstanding. Our fantastic Safari is over... so many memories.