13 Days Connoisseur Safari

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13 Days/ 12 Nights Kenya & Tanzania 

 

Tour Code: East Africa Safari Connoisseur 

 

Price per Person: USD 8840.00

 

Summary Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi arrival. Overnight at the Norfolk Hotel

Day 2: Explore Nairobi 

Day 3: Nairobi - Lake Naivasha. Overnight at Naivasha Sopa Lodge 

Day 4: Lake Naivasha (visit Lake Nakuru for a day trip). Overnight at Naivasha Sopa Lodge

Day 5: Lake Naivasha – Nairobi – Fly Masai Mara Game Reserve. Overnight at Mara Sarova  

             Game Camp 

Day 6: Masai Mara Game Reserve. Overnight at Mara Sarova Game Camp 

Day 7: Masai Mara Game reserve. Overnight at Mara Sarova Game Camp 

Day 8: Fly to Nairobi – Fly Kilimanjaro – Fly Serengeti. Overnight at Mbalageti Serengeti 

            Lodge

Day 9: Serengeti National Park. Overnight at Mbalageti Serengeti Lodge

Day 10: Serengeti National Park. Overnight at Mbalageti Serengeti Lodge

Day 11: Drive Ngorongoro Crater. Overnight at Lemala Ngorongoro Luxury Camp 

Day 12: Ngorongoro Crater. Overnight at Lemala Ngorongoro Luxury Camp

Day 13: Ngorongoro – Drive Lake Manyara – Fly Kilimanjaro – Fly Nairobi –Depart

 

  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi arrival

Arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, a Tracks Berg Travel representative will whisks family members from the airport to the Norfolk Hotel, historic centerpiece of Nairobi and epitome of luxury since 1904.

 

Overnight at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel Nairobi 

Meal Plan: {Bed & Breakfast}

 

Day 2: Explore Nairobi

Today will be a tour of Nairobi; our expert driver guide will pick you up from the Norfolk hotel.

 

08:00am – Start with a city tour of Nairobi

11:00am – Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

12:00 pm – Visit the Giraffe centre

13:00 hrs – Lunch at the Carnivore restaurant Giraffe Centre

14:30 hrs – Bomas of Kenya

16:00 hrs – Drive back to the Norfolk hotel

 

Nairobi City Tour: Today our adventure begins from our hotel. As we tour the city, we see the most interesting elements of Nairobi – Parliament buildings, Kenyatta International Conference Center, City market and 1998 US Embassy Bomb blast site in Nairobi.

 The city begun in 1899, and grew as a central point for the Kenya – Uganda Railway. Nairobi comes from the Masai word, "Enkare Nyrobi" meaning the "place of cool water". We then proceed to the David Sheldrick Orphanage

 

Daphne Sheldrick is a world–class conservation figure and the premier authority on the successful raising of milk–dependent infant elephant and rhino orphans. Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage can only be visited for an hour every day between 11am and noon.

 

During this hour the baby elephants are brought out to play and to feed, and visitors can watch them from behind a rope. Wardens are on hand to explain the work of the orphanage and to answer any questions.

 

After Lunch we visit The AFEW (African Fund for Endangered Wildlife) Giraffe Centre is located in Karen, just outside Nairobi. 

 

The centre has been ostensibly set up as a breeding centre for the endangered Rothschild giraffe, but now operates conservation/education programs for Kenyan school children. 

 

There is good information on giraffes available here, and an elevated feeding platform where visitors meet the resident giraffes face to face. 

 

Hand feeding giraffes is an education in itself. You will see, close at hand, how they use their long, prehensile tongues to remove leaves from prickly acacia branches.

 

The AFEW centre is also home to Giraffe Manor, a beautifully maintained colonial home, now an exclusive guesthouse. 

 

The centre's giraffe population wanders freely through the lush gardens, and pays an occasional visit to the house itself, often pushing their heads through the French Windows to inspect the breakfast table.

Carnivore restaurant:

No Safari to Kenya would be complete without Lunch at the world-famous Carnivore restaurant, where you will dine on an endless supply of meat! Everyone who comes to Kenya must try the carnivore if they are true meat eaters.

Sample of the complete meat eating experience from regular meat to crocodile (all farm raised), camel etc. The restaurant also offers vegetarian dishes

 

Bomas of Kenya.

A ‘Bomas’ is a homestead and just a few minutes from the city center, numerous homesteads reflecting Kenya’s diverse cultures have been recreated for visitors both local and international to see the traditional village life. The main attraction is a visit to the display of the traditional dancing and folklore songs performed in the splendid arena.  

 

After an exciting tour of Nairobi we proceed back to the hotel

 

Overnight at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel Nairobi 

Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

 

Day 3: Nairobi – Drive to Lake Naivasha

Next, we overland to papyrus-fringed Lake Naivasha, a cool and peaceful escape from Nairobi’s big-city bustle. With over 400 species of bird, this freshwater lake is a birding Paradise.

 

Along the lake’s fabled waters, we are bound to see some of the area’s more intriguing species—hippos, giraffes, buffalo and even the arboreal colobus monkey.

 

Lake Naivasha lies in the Great Rift Valley and the name derives from the local Masai name Nai'posha, meaning "rough water" because of the sudden storms which can arise.

 

After lunch we visit Crescent island — a private sanctuary, where you can walk beneath yellow-barked acacias (yellow fever trees) in search of giraffes, wildebeest , impala , dikdiks, thompson’s and grant’s gazelles, elands, waterbucks and countless bird species.

 

Oh, and there are some rather gigantic pythons too! We are allowed to walk with the animals since all were introduced during the filming of Out of Africa. An optional boat ride on the lake reveals many water bird species and schools of Hippos.

 

Overnight at Naivasha Sopa Lodge 

Meal plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

 

Day 4: Lake Naivasha — Visit Lake Nakuru for a day trip — Lake Naivasha

After a delicious breakfast, we travel overland to Lake Nakuru National Park for a full day game viewing experience. The spectacular alkaline Lake is famously known as the feeding ground of both lesser and greater flamingos.

 

This National Park, which is fenced all round is a sanctuary for birds, Rothschild giraffes and both black and white-rhinos. Other mammals in abundance include Waterbucks, Buffalos, Gazelles, Lions, Baboons and the elusive Leopards sometimes seen sleeping on the horizontal branches of the “Fever trees”.

 

Lunch will be served at one of the lodges located in the Game Park, offering its own local specialties, served with fresh produce from the region. Later we retire to our delightful rooms with their four-poster beds of local woods and the ever-stoked fireplace. It is indulgent luxury that is thoroughly African.

 

Overnight at Naivasha Sopa Lodge 

Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

 

Day 5: Lake Naivasha – Drive to Nairobi – Fly Masai Mara Game Reserve

After a leisure breakfast at Naivasha Sopa Lodge, depart overland to the Masai Mara Game Reserve-jewel of Kenya's Game Park. We return to Nairobi and fly to the Mara.

 

The Masai Mara is Kenya's finest and most outstanding wildlife sanctuary where gentle rolling grassland ensures animals are never out of sight. The climate is gentle, rarely too hot and well spread rainfall year round. The sensation of the great wildebeest migration between July and October is unparalleled.

 

The wildlife is far from being confined within the Reserve boundaries and an even larger area extends beyond the game Reserve. Centuries of close association with the wildlife has resulted in an almost symbiotic relationship where wildlife and Masai people live in peace with one another.

 

After lunch, explore the Reserve on a late evening game drive. No matter how much you have thought about Africa, this is more than you expected—the big five-Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino and Cape buffalo are in abundance.

 

Overnight at Mara Sarova Game Camp 

Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

 

Days 6 & 7: Explore Masai Mara Game Reserve

We spend two nights here, giving us the luxury of time to appreciate the region’s rich wildlife by game drive or even Hot-Air Balloon. Zebra, wildebeest, topi and hippos are common, as are leopards, lions and cheetahs. We’ll also immerse ourselves in the Masai culture by visiting villages and schools, witnessing rituals and activities that have survived innumerable generations.

 

Our game drives are colored with bush lore courtesy of our expert guides, who also explain the dynamics of the wild and the importance of conservation. Young travelers can enjoy a Bush Treasure Hunt, while teens check out the Swahili Music.

 

Meanwhile, adults will appreciate Bush Sundowners—a civilized cocktail party staged in the untamed wilds of Africa—and a gourmet dinner. Kids, on the other hand, will feast on their favorites like pasta!

 

Overnight at Mara Sarova Game Camp 

Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

 

Day 8: Masai Mara – Fly Nairobi – Fly Kilimanjaro – Fly Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti National Park is our destination today. The planet’s most amazing wildlife is on display here and the daily drama of this famous savannah will excite you.

 

We find ourselves deep in the heart of this famous migration corridor. With its wide-open spaces, bright blue skies and creature-filled landscape, over the next two days we will discover why the fabled Serengeti typifies the dream of “Old Africa.”

 

Large prides of lions laze in the long grasses; plentiful families of elephants feed on acacia bark and trumpet to each other across the plains, while giraffes, gazelles, monkeys, eland and the whole range of African wildlife present themselves in awe-inspiring numbers.

 

Overnight at Mbalageti Serengeti Lodge

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

 

Days 9 & 10: Discover Serengeti National Park

Two Serengeti game viewing days. The great diversity of Serengeti wildlife is also evident here—look for buffalo, hippopotamus, elephant, giraffe, antelope, Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelle, lions, and in season the spectacular migration of the wildebeest. In late afternoon we venture out in another game drive.

 

Everywhere there are animals, monkeys and, yes, birds…but look closely and you will thrill to the huge jungle cats—lion, leopard and cheetah—just watching the world go by. And go by it does. Rhino, gazelle, antelope and massive elephants by the hundreds.

 

Animals in the trees, on the wing, camouflaged in the bush, in rivers and in streams. The adventure of a lifetime. Children will not only learn how to shoot an arrow, but how to make their own bow. If you aren’t feeling adventurous, bring the clan inside for some board games—the wilderness will be there when you’re ready.

 

Overnight at Mbalageti Serengeti Lodge

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

 

Day 11: Serengeti – Drive to Ngorongoro Crater

Our adventure today takes us to Ngorongoro Crater, where our lodge sits dramatically on the rim of the crater, revealing an awesome panorama of the world’s largest, unflooded and unbroken caldera.

 

We make a stop in the Great Rift Valley, the noted “Cradle of Mankind” where the Leakey family discovered human fossils which date back almost two million years, before continuing to Ngorongoro Crater.

 

Be prepared for some remarkable views down into the crater. The caldera of Ngorongoro marks the ancient walls of a collapsed volcano, which was probably once the size of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

 

Today the completely enclosed circular crater is some twelve miles across, with steep walls of over 2,000 feet. We are at an altitude of approximately 7,500 feet above sea level, the highest point on our trip. After our time on the lower plains, the cooler air here is refreshing.

 

This afternoon enjoy a short nature walk to learn more about the local fauna, or just stay at the lodge and admire the view.

 

Overnight at Lemala Ngorongoro Luxury Camp

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner}

 

Day 12: Discover Ngorongoro Crater

Early this morning we descend 2,000 feet to the crater floor to explore this natural zoological park, and observe an extraordinary variety of wildlife: elephant, rhinoceros, lion, hyena, zebra, wildebeest, Thomson's gazelle, reedbuck, and buffalo.

 

The lovely crested crane (similar to a peacock) can be found in great profusion here and maybe you'll spot a bat-eared fox. The balance of predator and prey in this extraordinary ecosystem is so precise that animals seldom leave.

 

Our exact route is decided on the spot by our expert safari guides, depending on where the animals are. An insider's tip: bring plenty of film-you may never take better wildlife photos anywhere else.

 

Ngorongoro Crater is said to be one of the natural wonders of the world. A spectacular game haunt, the 102-square-mile crater is a perfect caldera, one of the largest on earth. Millions of years ago a smoldering volcano collapsed, creating the crater and a home for thousands of animals amidst its many types of vegetation grown and nourished over the centuries.

 

Over 30,000 animals live here: prides of lion, elephant, leopard, cheetah and giraffe, gazelle by the thousands and multitudes of wildebeest. Uniquely beautiful, we will never see its likes again.

 

We spend a memorable morning ensconced in the crater, exploring its breadth and depth returning to the lodge for a late lunch. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. The views from our lodge are outstanding and there are various outlooks from which you can survey the crater.

 

And tonight, as we delight in another luscious meal at this exceptional lodge, we are once again stunned by the beauty of the orange sunset that hovers in the wild African sky, signaling the end to yet another unforgettable day on safari.

 

Overnight at Lemala Ngorongoro Luxury Camp 

Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner}

 

Day 13 : Ngorongoro – Drive Lake Manyara – Fly Kilimanjaro– Fly Nairobi – Depart

We enjoy leisure breakfast and then we drive to Lake Manyara Airstrip, fly to Nairobi via Kilimanjaro International Air port.

 

The rest of your afternoon is at leisure. You might take this opportunity to visit our local stores. They displays items pertaining to Kenya and Tanzania's cultural heritage, and offers unique carvings, artifacts, clothing and gem stones to augment and expand the experiences you've had on your visit.

 

If you are returning to the United States, you have a day room available for the afternoon and dinner at the Hotel is included. As we leave Africa we know that the old adage is true: you may leave Africa, but Africa will never leave you.

 

Dayrooms at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel Nairobi

Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner}

 

Safari includes!

• With exception of transfers within Nairobi, when mini-buses are used, we use four-wheel-drive vehicle- custom built safari land cruiser for the entire safari

 

v9 Days in National Parks and Reserves

—1 Lake Nakuru

—2 days in Ngorongoro

—3 Days in Masai Mara

—3 Days Serengeti

vBaggage handling included at hotels, camps and airports (for 1 piece of luggage per person, including tips)

vAccommodations — only the most deluxe hotels .lodges and selected camps selected for the program

v2 bottles of water per person, per day (1 bottle provided by your Trip Leader and 1 bottle at the lodge)

vComplimentary travel to and from airports for all our travelers, at any time

vDetailed daily briefings by our Tour Leaders and Safari directors

vGuaranteed window seat; open top for easy photography

vPre –tour documentation with extensive travel information

vDaily small group exploration and unique cultural activities

v36 Meals — 12 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 12 Dinners

vExpert African Tracks Berg Travel Trip Leader and driver-guides

vNo surcharge or supplementary cost ever imposed

vOnce booked your trip will depart as scheduled

vFlying Doctor services in Kenya and Tanzania

vExtra game drives gladly provided

vAll park and conservation fees

vUp to 14 game drives

 

Safari Prices Excludes:

* International Airfare

* Cost of obtaining passport and visas

* Gratuity for your professional driver guide