- Nogorongogo Crate
This volcanic caldera, with its glistening lake and low bush, shelters a unique ecosystem rich in wildlife.
- Respect for tradition
Visit a Masai village to discover the fiercely held traditions and culture of this proud and handsome tribe.
- Spot the Big 5
Serengeti is arguably Tanzania’s best park and sightings of big cats are common in the sparse scrub.
- The ‘Roof of Africa’
Magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro dominates the landscape at Kenya’s Amboseli National Park.
- Visit serene Lake Manyara
The Lake Manyara National Park, on the edge of the Rift Valley in Tanzania, attracts a rich variety array of wildlife.
- VIP door to door
- Full board
Discover Tanzania and Kenya in the shadow of Kilimanjaro
This amazing adventure is a great introduction to wildlife rich Kenya and Tanzania and the incredible natural wonders in the shadow of Kilimanjaro, the ‘roof of Africa.’ Staying in lodges and a tented camp you will be immersed in the natural world, as you discover the elephants of Amboseli, Lake Manyara’s blanket of flamingos, the Big 5 of the Serengeti and the teeming wildlife of the Ngorongoro Crater. Add to that an introduction to the majestic tribespeople of the Masai and you have the perfect overview of East Africa.
7 nights in hotels or lodges and 2 in flight
22 meals: 7 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 7 dinners
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
- Return flights and transfers
- Local expert guide
- Sundowner drink in a memorable location
- Porterage at all hotels
Excursions and visits
- Morning and evening safari drive in Amboseli National Park
- See the flamingos and hippos of Lake Manyara
- Serengeti National Park game drives
- Visit Olduvai Gorge and Museum
- Ngorongoro Conservation Area
- Visit a Masai village
Day 1 UK-Nairobi
Fly overnight to Nairobi.
Day 2 UK-Nairobi
On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport transfer to the Somak Safari Lounge where you can freshen up before departing for Amboseli National Park, with a packed lunch. Enjoy a scenic drive, pausing to take in sights of interest, as you travel to the locally rated 4-star Oltukai Lodge, a pretty and intimate lodge where you will stay for two nights. L, D
Day 3 Amboseli
Today look forward to an early morning and afternoon safari drive in Amboseli National Park. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, the parks unique ecosystem of dry lake beds and swamps supports an enviable collection of animals, including over 400 species of birds, Cape buffalo, impala, East African lion, cheetah, spotted hyena and Masai giraffes as well as the free-roaming herds of elephant for which the park has become famous. B, L, D
Day 4 Tarangire
After breakfast drive south to the Tanzanian border, meet your Tanzanian driver and guide and proceed to Arusha, where you lunch at a local restaurant. This dusty East African city, at the base of Mount Meru, is the gateway to the Serengeti and launchpad for climbing expeditions of Kilimanjaro. Your adventure will take you to Tarangire and the beautiful, locally rated 3-star Maramboi Tented Lodge for an overnight stay. This fantastic outpost in the bush is located near Lake Manyara and provides an impressive experience of the wildlife of Tanzania, with optional walking safari’s via its private access to the southern shores of the lake. Here, you’ll see flamingos and you might even spot hippo wallowing in the cool waters. B, L, D
Day 5 Serengeti
After breakfast set off for the Serengeti Game Reserve with plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife on the way. You’ll be staying in the locally rated 4-star Serengeti Sopa Lodge, where traditional African decor adds to the flavour of your experience. The lodge is also perfectly located to give you unrivalled access to the Serengeti and the seasonal flow of the Great Migration. After lunch, head out on an afternoon safari drive into what is arguably Tanzania’s best park. June and July provide peak viewing while the wildebeest calving season plays out in February. Sightings of big cats are common in the sparse scrub and herds of buffalo, elephant, giraffe, eland, topi, kongoni, impala and gazelle are year-round residents of the park. B, L, D
Day 6 Serengeti
Set off on a game drive before breakfast to catch a glimpse of the park at its most active, with big cats on the prowl for a kill. Return to the camp for a hearty breakfast and lunch before a late afternoon game drive. Here, safari vehicles are small, taking a maximum of seven passengers so, with the agreement of your fellow passengers and driver, you can tailor your experience to suit you. Your wildlife pictures are sure to be amazing! B, L, D
Day 7 Ngorongoro
Today drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, stopping briefly at Olduvai Gorge and Museum. Established in 1970 by Mary Leakey, the museum exhibits paleoanthropological artefacts from Olduvai Gorge, including skeletons and casts of footprint trails of an 3.9 to 2.9 million-year-old ancestor of modern man. Later, drive on to the locally rated 5-star Oldeani Mountain Lodge, a luxurious, beautifully furnished lodge situated on high ground overlooking Oldeani Mountain and the Ngorongoro Crater Rim. Perhaps spend your afternoon at leisure relaxing in the hotel’s infinity pool while admiring views of the surrounding wilderness. B, L, D
Day 8 Ngorongoro
After breakfast, drive to the Crater Floor, for a full-morning game drive followed by a picnic lunch. This volcanic caldera, with its glistening lake and low bush, shelters a unique ecosystem rich in wildlife, that has been protected from hunting since 1928. Indigenous hominids had lived harmoniously with nature for over three million years, and it wasn’t until Europeans arrived in 1892 that animals were senselessly slaughtered for sport. In the afternoon you’ll visit a Masai village, where proud Masai tribes people dressed in brightly coloured robes and jewellery will welcome you with a traditional dance. It will be a truly memorable experience. B, L, D
Day 9 Ngorongoro-UK
On your return drive to Kilimanjaro International Airport stop in the Arusha Coffee Lodge for lunch and gather your reflections of the sights and sounds of Africa. Take your overnight flight to the UK. B, L
Day 10 UK
Arrive in the UK and travel home.
Post-holiday extension - Half-board (Only available when flying with Ethiopian Airlines)
Stay four nights at the locally rated 4-star Sultan Sands Island Resort in Kiwengwa, a village on the Tanzanian island of Unguja, on the Zanzibar archipelago. The resort has a blend of Swahili and Arab architecture, an idyllic beach location and choice of leisure and dining options. Guests can also use some facilities at the neighbouring Bluebay Beach Resort, including the Oasis Spa and the Dive Centre. The 76 spacious rooms are built in a traditional Swahili style with thatched roofs, and feature hand-carved Zanzibari furniture. Delicious local specialities as well as Far-Eastern and European favourites are served buffet-style at breakfasts, lunches and themed dinners in the main Mwambao Restaurant, next to the pool and with ocean views. Other facilities include a Far Eastern Fusion beach bar and restaurant,a poolside bar and a coffee bar, which becomes a night-club after hours.
Regional departures with KLM follow a slightly different itinerary, staying overnight in Nairobi then joining the rest of the tour group on Day 2.