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Discover East Africa

Discover East Africa

14 Day Small Group Safari
2-15 July 2024

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Overview


Travel stories of this concise and comfortably-paced safari will be the envy of everyone you talk to!

Featuring three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with stops at some of the most reputed wildlife havens along the way may turn you snap-happy or into a David Attenborough wannabee! Seeing indigenous Maasai and their villages along the journey will make your experiences more personal and memorable. Staying at some lesser-visited locations and remaining longer at others will only enhance your adventure through this amazing region of Africa!

Escorted by some of the most knowledgeable guides on the continent, when it comes to nature, no subject is off limits; fauna or flora, big or small, creepy crawly or flying high. They are well-versed on everything safari and will point out things that may easily be missed.

With so many ‘same-same’ group travel packages on offer – come and ‘Discover East Africa’ with The Africa Safari Co!

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Itinerary


Day 1: 2 July 2024 – Arusha
“Jambo” – Welcome to Tanzania and the start of your ‘Discover East Africa’ safari!

On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, a private Meet & Greet will welcome you to one of East Africa’s safari gateways. Following a transfer to your hotel in the charismatic city of Arusha, you can relax and prepare for the excitement ahead!

Arusha is a major tourist hotspot as it is surrounded by no less than 5 national parks. Besides being a popular hop-on-hop-off travel hub, its somewhat ramshackle atmosphere is exciting and lively. Cultural museums, local markets and an exciting food and coffee scene will keep you entertained.
Overnight: Moivaro Lodge & Estate

Day 2: 3 July 2024 – Ngorongoro Region
Safari to the farming town of Karatu – also known as “Safari Junction” due to its location between some of the region’s nearby wildlife drawcards.

The Ngorongoro Crater is classed as a mixed World Heritage Site of natural and cultural significance. With its unbroken volcanic wall spanning nearly 20 km wide and over 600 metres high in some areas, the sunken Crater is a permanent home for its large concentration of wildlife. Ngorongoro is the Maasai word for ‘Big Hole’ and also relates to the sound of the Maasai cowbell when it swings from side to side.

Your lodge is neighboured by cultivated Iraqw farmlands that merge into the green vegetation of the nearby Ngorongoro Forest. This rural, peaceful setting serves coffee and fresh produce from neighbouring farms, as well as daily fresh bread and bakery treats. Relax on the private deck of your cottage and ready yourself for tomorrow’s journey to the natural amphitheatre beyond!
Overnight: Karatu Simba Lodge

Day 3: 4 July 2024 – Ngorongoro Region
Early this morning, descend into the depths of the sunken Crater for a safari. This environmentally rich region has been given many titles, from ‘Africas Eden’ to the unofficial ‘8th Natural Wonder of the World’. As you explore the different habitats and ecosystems, keep an eye out for monkeys and elephants that frequent the small woodland forest areas; you may see lesser flamingos wading in the salty basins of Lake Magadi; or even catch a glimpse of a lion hunting in the open savannah.

Stop for a scenic picnic lunch, returning to the lodge in the afternoon. After some time to relax and unwind, enjoy another African evening.
Overnight: Karatu Simba Lodge

Day 4: 5 July 2024 – Serengeti National Park
As we travel between two of Tanzania’s World Heritage Sites, our journey between the wildlife havens of Ngorongoro and Serengeti will become an impromptu game drive. These iconic destinations provide extraordinarily rich and diverse ecosystems, synonymous with African wildlife and stunning scenery.

Stop en route via Olduvai Gorge – regarded as having the earliest record of mankind’s existence.
Overnight: Kisura Serengeti Camp

Day 5: 6 July 2024 – Serengeti National Park
During the day’s game-viewing activities, continue to maximise your chances of spotting some of the fauna and flora you may have missed earlier in the journey. Look out for the lesser-seen species as well!

The famous migration of millions of herbivorous animals – known as ‘The Great Migration’, is a continuous annual cycle. The location of these animals depends on local weather and feeding conditions. By following the rains, the animals can take advantage of the abundance of fresh grass in preparation for birthing their young. This is one of the finest examples of the ‘Circle of Life’. Witnessing this natural phenomenon comes down to being in the right place at the right time. Even still, you will always witness large numbers of wildlife.
Overnight: Kisura Serengeti Camp

Day 6: 7 July 2024 – Serengeti National Park
Enjoy another day of morning and afternoon game viewing in Tanzania’s oldest national park. An initial game reserve was established in 1930, and was officially gazetted as a national park in 1951, covering southern Serengeti and the present-day Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This union threatened the local Maasai with eviction and did not permit them to graze cattle within the park boundaries. But in 1959, the two areas were split to afford a compromise; where the local Maasai residents continued living and grazing within the Ngorongoro Crater area but not within Serengeti National Park boundaries.
Overnight: Kisura Serengeti Camp

Day 7: 8 July 2024 – Lake Manyara National Park
Your next stop at Lake Manyara National Park is located in The Great Rift Valley region of northern Tanzania. This fracture in the earth’s crust stretches around 6500 km from The Middle East to Southern Africa.

Your lodge boasts magnificent views from atop Mto wa Mbu escarpment, with the main panoramic feature being the park’s namesake: Lake Manyara. On an afternoon game drive, enjoy the diverse scenery and try spotting the park’s reputed tree-climbing lions! Besides these well-known predators, other species include herds of elephants for which the park was established, various primates, antelope and giraffes – amongst many more.
Overnight: Escarpment Luxury Lodge

Day 8: 9 July 2024 – Amboseli National Park
As you depart Lake Manyara, keep watch for some of the park’s rich animal and birdlife. Before crossing the border from Tanzania into Kenya, stop for lunch back in Arusha.

Continue to Amboseli National Park – famed for having one of the finest views of Africa’s tallest peak. Mt Kilimanjaro is located just over the border in Tanzania, aptly known as “The Roof of Africa”.

Before transferring to your lodge, head off on an afternoon game-viewing activity. You may come across some of the large elephant herds the park is known for – commonly referred to as “The Land of Giants”.
Overnight: Amboseli Sopa Lodge

Day 9: 10 July 2024 – Amboseli National Park
‘Empusel’ – the indigenous name of Amboseli from the language of the Maasai translates to ”salty, dusty place”. But in contrast, the constant supply of water from melting glaciers atop Mt Kilimanjaro seeps through the soil to create freshwater springs.

Though it is one of Kenya’s smallest national parks, it is one of the most loved and visited. Even still, don’t let its size fool you; another day of morning and afternoon safaris will complement earlier wildlife sightings and showcase the exceptional biodiversity and iconic scenery.
Overnight: Amboseli Sopa Lodge

Day 10: 11 July 2024 – Lake Nakuru
The World Heritage Site of The Kenya Lake System, which includes Lake Nakuru National Park, is your next stop. Located on the floor of the Kenyan Great Rift Valley system, this fracture in the earth’s crust stretches around 6500 km from The Middle East to Southern Africa.

The was initially proclaimed a bird conservation area before receiving national park status; the birder’s haven can attract countless flamingos to its shallow soda lake. With the reintroduction of Rothschild’s giraffe, as well as black and white rhinos, game-driving can offer great opportunities for spotting these endangered mammals.

Ziwa Bush Lodge was created to support the EAST AFRICAN MISSION ORPHANAGE (EAMO). This charity was started by an Australian family as raising funds consistently to support the Kenyan orphanage was challenging. It is great to know a portion of money from our short stay provides direct support to the mission.
Overnight: Ziwa Bush Lodge

Day 11: 12 July 2024 – Masai Mara
The journey heads south towards Kenya’s best-known wildlife arena – the Masai Mara National Reserve. Enjoy images of the sun-kissed African sky, wildlife feeding on rolling savannah and spectacular scenery.

Experience authentic safari in your tented suite – ‘roughing it’ isn’t an option here! The camp is Kenyan-run, with a majority of the staff being indigenous Maasai. Arrive in the early afternoon, with time to relax before heading off for a ‘sundowner’ game drive.
Overnight: Zebra Plains Mara Camp

Day 12: 13 July 2024 – Masai Mara
The Masai Mara is home to around 90 species of mammals, a similar number of amphibians and reptiles, and over 450 bird species. Morning and afternoon game-viewing activities will showcase one of the most wildlife-abundant areas of Africa, with another chance to view the ‘Big Five’ (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard, and buffalo) and more. Other game includes hippopotami, cheetah, giraffe, wildebeest and numerous antelope species.
Overnight: Zebra Plains Mara Camp

Day 13: 14 July 2024 – Masai Mara
If there was an Olympics of Wildlife – The Masai Mara would surely be one of the top contenders! Along with The Serengeti, it forms a contiguous wildlife arena of global importance. The region forms one of Africa’s most diverse and spectacular ecosystems – ranking it as a big player in the world’s top safari destinations.

Make the most of your long stay and take in all that the region has to offer. Besides daily land-based game-viewing, why not experience an aerial view of the never-ending plains below – home to an abundance of wildlife. A truly thrilling way to experience this part of Africa – topped off with an indulgent open-air breakfast upon landing.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY:
HOT AIR BALLOON SAFARI – APPROXIMATELY USD$525.00 PER PERSON

Book this once-in-a-lifetime experience and float above the plains in a Hot Air Balloon! Bookings MUST be made before your departure to guarantee a place and is NOT included in the package cost.
Overnight: Zebra Plains Mara Camp

Day 14: 15 July 2024 – End of Itinerary
From the sweeping plains of the ‘Mara’, your journey heads back to the hustle and bustle of Nairobi’s urban jungle, with a transfer to the airport. As you head home to contemplate this ‘Discover East Africa’ journey, many forever memories will feature front and centre of your travel stories!

Price + Inclusions

Pre and post touring options available.

Discover East AfricaPrice per person
Twin Sharefrom $9,995
+ Additional Park Fees of $565.00
Single Supplementfrom $1,650

Departs: 2 July 2024

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Transfer as per itinerary (shared basis)
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Meet/greet on arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Activities as specified on a shared basis subject to change due to weather conditions
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Safari transport in special 4×4 Safari vehicles (maximum 6-7 people)
  • Park fees *
  • Emergency Air Evacuation cover
  • Travel Kit and documentation

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International Airfares
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature like Laundry and phone calls
  • Optional touring

Terms and Conditions:

  • Price is in Australian dollars
  • Price is correct as of 18 July 2023 but may fluctuate due to surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change

Accommodation Details


Moivaro Lodge & Estate

Karatu Simba Lodge

Kisura Serengeti Luxury Mobile Camp

Escarpment Luxury Lodge

Amboseli Sopa Lodge

Ziwa Bush Lodge

Zebra Plains Mara Camp

Detailed Itinerary

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