The Great Migration Safari In Style: Luxury Lodge Edition (2015)

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Limited to 18 guests
Days: 14  |  From: $16,995


The Great Migration Safari In Style: Luxury Lodge Edition

Day 1: Arrive Nairobi, Kenya

Arrive in Nairobi and transfer to your luxurious accommodations.

Fairmont The Norfolk

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

Drive to Amboseli National Park at the base of soaring, snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 19,341 feet. 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 safari adventure.

Tawi Lodge   |   Meals: B L D

Day 3: Amboseli National Park | Elephant Encounter

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

Tawi Lodge   |   Meals: B L D

Day 4: Lake Manyara National Park | Abundant Game Viewing

Drive to Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania. See elephants shaded by baobab trees, prolific birdlife and monkeys, who playfully scamper through the groundwater forest.

Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge   |   Meals: B L D

Day 5: Lake Manyara National Park | Into the Wild

Spend a full day exploring Lake Manyara National Park, backdropped by the spectacular, rust-hued Great Rift Valley. Cast your eye beyond the floodplain to acacia woodlands, favored by resident lions that perch in the branches to escape the day’s heat.

Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge   |   Meals: B L D

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater | Wildlife-Rich Haven

Travel overland to Ngorongoro, stopping en route for a Market Visit at Mto Wa Mbu Market. Arrive at your elegant Cape Dutch-style lodge, set within an Arabica coffee estate.

The Manor at Ngorongoro   |   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 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. You also witness a traditional bead work demonstration as part of an Artisan Visit.

The Manor at Ngorongoro   |   Meals: B L D

Days 8-10: 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 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.

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti   |   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 riverside accommodation 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 dinner.

Sanctuary Olonana   |   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.

Sanctuary Olonana   |   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 to Victoria Falls.

Fairmont The Norfolk (dayroom)   |   Meals: B

Victoria Falls Post-Tour Extension

4 days, priced from $1,995; internal air priced from $1,525
Available on the Jan 11, Feb 22, Jul 5, Jul 19 and Sep 13 departures.
Day 1: Rest and overnight in Nairobi. Fairmont The Norfolk
Day 2: Fly to Livingstone in Zambia and continue to your accommodations at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma, where you stay in a luxury tree house at the shores of the Zambezi River. Your afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the many activities on offer, including game drives in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone city tours, nature walks and a sunset boat cruise on the lively river. Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma | Meals: B L D
Day 3: Experience guided walks on both sides of Victoria Falls, each equally thrilling and unique. Begin in Zambia for all-encompassing views and then tour the lush, mist-drenched Zimbabwe side. Return to your lodge and to continue enjoying the activities there. Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma | Meals: B L D
Day 4: Begin your journey home via Johannesburg. Meals: B

Extend Your Journey | Enhance your journey with a post-tour extension to Victoria Falls (4 days, from $1,995).

Take This Journey Private | This itinerary is also available as an independent journey, Signature Great Migration Safari, with A&K local guides.

Customize This Journey | If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, click here to inquire, or speak to your travel professional.

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