The Great Migration Safari In Style: Under Canvas Edition

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Nairobi, Kenya

Arrive in Nairobi and check in to your accommodations.

Fairmont The Norfolk
Day 2: Amboseli National Park | At the Foot of Kilimanjaro

Drive to Amboseli National Park at the base of soaring, snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro. Set out in search of its spectacular wildlife — African savannah elephants, leopards, cheetahs and hosts of plains game — all roaming freely amid swamps, springs and a shimmering, dried lakebed. This evening, gather with fellow guests for a welcome dinner.

Tortilis Camp   |   Meals: B L D
Day 3: Amboseli National Park | Elephant Encounter

Spend a full day exploring wildlife-rich Amboseli National Park, keeping watch for mighty lions and buffalo during morning and afternoon game drives. After lunch, visit the Amboseli Elephant Research Project to learn about elephant family structure, life cycle and behavior.

Tortilis Camp   |   Meals: B L D
Day 4: Tarangire National Park | Abundant Game Viewing

Drive to the Tanzania border, continuing to Tarangire National Park. Wide panoramas of wooded savannah stretch in every direction at Tarangire National Park, which is fed and nurtured by the permanent Tarangire River and populated by an abundance of big game, including majestic lions, elephants and buffalo. Its dusty red landscape also hosts a large bird and lesser game population.

Sanctuary Swala   |   Meals: B L D
Day 5: Tarangire National Park | Into the Wild

Spend a full day exploring Tarangire National Park, back-dropped by the spectacular, rust-hued Great Rift Valley. In the former, look beyond the floodplain to acacia woodlands, favored by resident tree-climbing lions. At the latter awaits a stunning concentration of animals — mobs of elephants and impalas and zebras — all of which traverse the plains until the river calls. Look, too, for pythons and the twitching tails of leopards, who hide high above in sausage trees.

Sanctuary Swala   |   Meals: B L D
Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater | Wildlife-Rich Haven

Travel overland to your elegant Cape Dutch-style lodge, set within an Arabica coffee estate, or your exclusive mobile tented camp, nestled amid wildlife-populated grasslands of the Ngorongoro Crater, an ancient volcanic caldera.

A&K Exclusive Mobile Tented Camp   |   Meals: B L D
Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater | Maasai Village Visit

Set out on a full-day game drive to explore the panoramic, short-grass prairies along the crater floor, home to rare black rhinos as well as lions, hyenas and gazelles. See vibrant flamingos mirrored in shallow waters and a near-endless procession of other winged wonders, all coexisting with colorfully garbed Maasai herdsmen, who call the stunning landscape home. This afternoon, visit a Maasai village and meet with an elder to learn about local culture and traditions.

A&K Exclusive Mobile Tented Camp   |   Meals: B L D
Days 8-10: Serengeti National Park | Fascinating Excavations

Drive to Serengeti National Park, pausing for a privately guided visit at archaeologically rich Olduvai Gorge en route. The vast Tanzanian landscape hosts one of earth’s last remaining wildlife spectacles: the annual Great Migration, when a staggering number of herbivores trek across the Serengeti plains in search of water and fresh grass, hungry predators following in their wake. Over the next two days, your adventure may reveal giraffes, wildebeests, elephants and much more on morning and afternoon game drives through the boundless Serengeti, home of one of the largest wildlife populations in the world. Keep your camera at the ready for a flash of cheetahs, herd of buffalo or pride of lions. Here, too, reside over 500 species of birds, among them eagles, who glide effortlessly above the sun-soaked landscape.

Sanctuary Kusini   |   Meals: B L D
Day 11: Masai Mara Game Reserve | Kenya’s Crown Jewel

Fly to the Masai Mara via Arusha and Nairobi. After settling into your lodge or tented accommodations within the Masai Mara, the northern extension of the Serengeti, immerse yourself in the wild during an afternoon game drive. Follow the Mara River to see crocodiles bask in the sun; hippos as they wallow in muddy water; and monkeys, busy sparking mischief overhead. Join fellow guests for cocktails, followed by an elegant, informative dinner highlighting the days ahead.

A&K Exclusive Mobile Tented Camp   |   Meals: B L D
Days 12-13: Masai Mara Game Reserve | Unmatched Wildlife

Spend two full days exploring the open savanna, woodlands and tree-fringed rivers of the Masai Mara, where patience is rewarded with unique sightings: leopards, who retrieve kills from acacia branches high above, or elephants protecting their young from opportunistic lions. Game viewing is never dull in the Mara, especially when the dramatic, annual Great Migration unfolds. Keep your eyes trained for elephant, zebra and lion sightings as well as a variety of gazelle species. Amid stunning scenery and inspiring wildlife, see Maasai tribesmen traverse the plains or herd goats and cattle.

A&K Exclusive Mobile Tented Camp   |   Meals: B L D
Day 14: Depart Nairobi

Fly back to Nairobi and spend the afternoon at leisure in a comfortable day room. In the evening, transfer to the airport for your departure flight or begin a Post-Tour Extension in Victoria Falls.

Fairmont The Norfolk (dayroom)   |   Meals: B
Samburu & Mount Kenya Pre-Tour Extension

6 days, priced from $4,195; internal air priced from $290
Available on the Jan 19, Feb 9, Mar 2, Mar 23, Jun 9, Jul 14, Jul 28, Aug 18, Sep 15 and Oct 6 departures.
DAY 1: Fly overnight to Nairobi and check into your hotel. Fairmont The Norfolk
DAYS 2-3: Fly to Samburu Game Reserve, and spend two days in search of leopards, elephants and buffalo during morning and afternoon game drives. Pay an optional visit to a Samburu village. Larsens Camp | Meals: B L D
DAYS 4-5: Drive to Nanyuki and check in to your hotel on the outskirts of Mount Kenya. Stroll the lush grounds or partake in optional activities at an extra cost, such as a guided walk or horseback safari. Or simply enjoy your hotel’s facilities, and pay an optional visit to Nanyuki Spinners & Weavers, a rug initiative supporting local women. Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club | Meals: B L D
DAY 6: Drive to Nairobi to join fellow guests. Meals: B

Victoria Falls Post-Tour Extension

4 days, priced from $1,995; internal air priced from $1,890
Available on the Jan 19, Feb 9, Mar 2, Mar 23, Jun 9, Jul 14, Jul 28, Aug 18, Sep 4, Sep 15 and Oct 6 departures.

DAY 1: Arrive in Johannesburg via Nairobi, and transfer to your hotel, where you may spend the rest of the day at leisure. InterContinental OR Tambo Airport Hotel
DAY 2: Fly to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, and settle in to your Edwardian-style hotel within The Victoria Falls National Park, featuring a private path to the misty chasm. Bring your camera and binoculars, and embark on an afternoon sunset cruise aboard a small luxury vessel adorned with period décor and historic memorabilia. Victoria Falls Hotel | Meals: B
DAY 3: Take a guided walking tour of thunderous Victoria Falls as it plunges into wild white foam. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Victoria Falls Hotel | Meals: B
DAY 4: Depart Victoria Falls for Johannesburg and your onward journey. Meals: B