Arrive Nairobi, Kenya
Arrive in Nairobi and transfer to your luxurious accommodations. Probably Kenya’s most famous hotel, Fairmont The Norfolk is in many ways the heart of Nairobi and has been welcoming generations of safari-goers since it first opened its doors on Christmas Day, 1904.
Amboseli National Park | At the Foot of Kilimanjaro
Today, drive to Amboseli National Park at the base of soaring, snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, which, at 19,341 feet, is the highest freestanding mountain in the world. Set out in search of the region’s spectacular wildlife — African savanna 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 celebrating the start of your unforgettable safari adventure.
Amboseli National Park | A Full Day in the Bush
Spend a full day exploring wildlife-rich Amboseli National Park, watching for lions and buffalo. Enjoy a morning on safari before returning to your lodge for lunch. This afternoon, make another game drive and cap it with a refreshing sundowner, sharing stories of your day, in keeping with a tradition celebrated since the earliest days of African safaris.
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania | Wildlife-Rich Haven
Drive from Kenya into Tanzania, stopping in Arusha for lunch. Then, fly to Manyara and continue to your lodge. Reminiscent of an elegant up-country farm home in the Cape Dutch style of architecture, The Manor at Ngorongoro is set within an Arabica coffee estate in the green, rolling hills just south of Ngorongoro Crater.
Ngorongoro Crater | Maasai Village Visit
Today, venture into Ngorongoro Crater on a full-day game drive, exploring the panoramic, short-grass prairies along the floor of this ancient volcanic caldera, home to rare black rhinos as well as lions, hyenas and gazelles. The diverse and profuse wildlife dwelling within the encircling crater walls led this incredible “Lost World” to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also see 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. Stay to witness a traditional beadwork demonstration for an authentic artisan visit.
Serengeti National Park | Telling 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 millions of herbivores trek across the Serengeti plains in search of water and fresh grass, with hungry predators awaiting them every step of the way.
Serengeti National Park | Spectacular Game Viewing
Continue your exciting Serengeti adventure, taking part in morning and afternoon game drives that may reveal giraffes, wildebeests, elephants and far more. You may also opt for a hot air balloon ride across the boundless Serengeti, at an additional cost, for an exciting new perspective on the region’s free-roaming wildlife.
Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya | Kenya’s Crown Jewel
Fly to the northern extension of the Serengeti and settle into your accommodation situated within the Masai Mara. Immerse yourself in the wild during an afternoon game drive, following the Mara River to see crocodiles basking in the sun; hippos as they wallow in muddy water; and monkeys, busy sparking mischief overhead. Look skyward to observe some of the over 500 species of birds living here, among them eagles who glide effortlessly above the sun-soaked landscape. During your time in the Mara, enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your large, comfortable tents await you at each day’s end. Each tent also features a private veranda for game viewing, reading or simply absorbing the magical scenery around you. Tonight, join fellow guests for a Scenic Sundowner, followed by an elegant dinner. Mara Explorer/Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge
Masai Mara Game Reserve | Day of Discovery
Today, explore the open savanna, woodlands and tree-fringed rivers of the Masai Mara, where patience is rewarded with unique sightings — perhaps a leopard retrieving a kill from the branches of an acacia tree or elephants protecting their young from opportunistic lions. During one of your mornings here, enjoy another opportunity for an optional hot air balloon ride over the sprawling Mara plains, observing Africa’s wild inhabitants from a serene vantage point.
This morning, bid kwaheri (goodbye) to your camp staff and fly back to Nairobi, where you spend the afternoon at leisure in a comfortable dayroom. In the evening, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.