Day 1: Nairobi
JAMBO – KARIBU!! Solani Tours representatives will warmly meet you upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport with our traditional, unique & special welcome. We will then transfer you to the Sarova Stanley Hotel, located in the heart of the central business district. Enjoy a welcome dinner & have an overnight stay.
Day 2: Nairobi – Amboseli National Park
Enjoy breakfast then depart to Amboseli National Park arriving at the lodge for lunch. This afternoon we depart on our first game viewing drive. Amboseli is home to lions, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, baboon, gazelle hippo and wildebeest among many others. It is also an ornithological paradise with over 400 species of birds, flora and fauna and some of the most soul-searing views in Africa. Enjoy dinner and overnight at a lodge.
Day 3: Amboseli National Park
Morning and afternoon game viewing drives. Amboseli offers some of the most breath-taking views in Africa. Her scenery – one of the best places for a photogenic view of Mount Kilimanjaro (weather permitting) is next to none. This is best seen on a clear day. Amboseli National Park provides the classic Hollywood image of Africa. The park is famous for her large herds of giant elephants. Enjoy meals and overnight at the lodge.
Day 4: Amboseli National Park – Tarangire National Park
Enjoy your delicious breakfast then depart with picnic lunch boxes and drive via the border town of Namanga where you will clear customs and immigration formalities then on to Tanzania. We arrive in time for an exciting game viewing drive in this area dotted with majestic baobab trees, stately eland antelopes among other game. Tarangire is home to the migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem – a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared Oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed. Enjoy dinner and overnight at your lodge.
Day 5: Tarangire National Park
Enjoy a full day at Tarangire national park. Get ready to explore the undiscovered Africa. Enjoy meals and overnight at the lodge.
Day 6: Tarangire National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Enjoy breakfast then we depart for Ngorongoro. Enroute we will stop for a cultural walk in the village of Mto wa Mbu where more than 120 different ethnic communities co-exist in peace and harmony. One is spoilt for the cultural diversity one experiences here. Continue to Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge for lunch. This afternoon just relax and enjoy the panoramic views of the crater below, the largest unbroken caldera in the world. It has been described as one of the great natural wonders of the world. Eight million years ago, the Ngorongoro Crater was an active volcano but its cone collapsed, forming the crater that is 610 meters deep, 20 kilometres in diameter, and covers an area of 311 sq. km. Spectacular as it is, the crater accounts for just a tenth of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The crater is home to many species of wild game and birds. With the exception of impala and topi (due to fierce competition with the wildebeest) and the giraffe (because there is not much to eat at tree level), almost every species of African plains mammal lives in the crater, including the endangered black rhino, and the densest population of predators in Africa. A strange thing is that the crater elephants are mainly bulls! The birdlife, which includes the flamingo, is mainly seasonal, and is also affected by the ratio of soda to fresh water in Lake Magadi on the crater floor. Enjoy dinner and overnight at your lodge. NOTE: Warm jacket/cardigan is highly recommended.
Day 7: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast we descend some 600 metres into the crater, which is home to an abundance of wildlife and a photogenic paradise, for a full day of game-viewing drive with picnic lunch. Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact caldera in the world teams with an abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater floor. Prides of lions, herds of Cape buffalo, rhino, golden & black-backed jackal, zebra, cheetah, leopard and the spotted hyena freely roam on the crater floor plains. Unmatched for its natural variety & breath-taking beauty, there are few places on earth where such a tremendous diversity of landscapes exist inside a region this size. Apart from its wildlife riches, the crater is also of great archaeological importance, with the remains of some of mankind’s earliest ancestors discovered in the area, also a home to hundreds of bird species, refreshing in the small lakes in the crater floor. Return for dinner and overnight at lodge.
Day 8: Ngorongoro Conservation Area – Serengeti National Park
Early morning breakfast and depart to Serengeti National Park with a brief stop at the Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world to learn on human evolution. We will enjoy an on-site talk on the interpretation of the gorge by the resident guide before continuing onto Serengeti Sopa Lodge for lunch. This afternoon proceed on a game viewing in this famed national park. Serengeti is of one the BEST game parks in Tanzania. Covering an area of 14,763 square kilometres, the world famous Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s oldest park, and one of the world’s last great wildlife refuges. The Serengeti ecosystem supports the greatest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa, including more than three million large mammals.
Day 9: Serengeti National Park
Enjoy full day of game viewing drives on the vast Serengeti plains. In the early morning and evening light, the Serengeti landscape is stunningly beautiful. The park is home to the black-manned lion, the savannah elephant, the Cape buffalo, wildebeests, the elusive leopard, cheetah, the spotted & stripped hyena, the rhino, topi, burchelle’s zebra, and the Maasai giraffe among many others. Serengeti National Park is one that can never disappoint. One is spoilt by the variety of bird and wildlife species in this game reserve with game-viewing drives. Hundreds of predators roam the vast savannah plains. Serengeti is also home to hundreds of bird species; among them ostrich and bizarre secretary bird, the black eagles among others. Enjoy meals and overnight.
Day 10: Serengeti National Park – Mwanza
We enjoy a hearty breakfast then depart to Speke Bay Lodge, arriving for lunch. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure by the shores of Lake Victoria which is largest freshwater lake in Africa and the second widest freshwater lake in the world. The lake was named after Queen Victoria by John Speke who in 1858 discovered the lake as the source of the Nile River. Enjoy dinner and overnight.
Day 11: Mwanza – Masai Mara Game Reserve
Early morning breakfast then depart with picnic lunch to Masai Mara via the Isebania border. Continue with a game drive enroute to Tipilikwani Camp. Enjoy dinner and overnight. The Rolling plains and grasslands, stretching far into the horizons as far as the eye can see is home to the black-manned lion, the savannah elephant, the Cape buffalo, wildebeests, the elusive leopard,cheetah,the spotted & stripped hyena, the rhino,topi,burchelle’s zebra, the Masai giraffe among many others. The Mara game reserve is one that can never disappoint. One is spoilt by the variety of bird and wildlife species in this game reserve….. For a long time, Mara Game Reserve has stubbed her authority as the ‘granary’ of wildlife in Kenya.
Day 12: Masai Mara Game Reserve
Enjoy breakfast then we depart with picnic lunch boxes for a full day oof game viewing drives in this game reserve in search of the ‘Big Five’. Enjoy dinner and overnight at the camp. OPTIONAL ACTIVITY:
- Balloon Safari
- Visit a traditional Masai Manyatta (off the beaten track).