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GAME PARKS OF AFRICA – 16 days visiting Kenya and Tanzania
(4-19 September 2024)

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Overview


A front-row seat awaits you on this ‘Game Parks of Africa’ journey – absorb the unique experiences that Kenya and Tanzania possess en masse. This well-paced tour features a mix of memorable highlights – combining the joy of safari and wildlife, tradition and culture. Begin the adventure in the cosmopolitan capital of Nairobi before commencing to some of the most spectacular animal sanctuaries of East Africa. This broad and diverse circuit will create an insatiable hunger for Africa and its gifts of nature, from – Amboseli and Lake Manyara National Parks; to the Masai Mara National Reserve, as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. As you collect authentic experiences and interactions – the bite of the safari bug is a souvenir unlike anything you can buy off the shelf!

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Itinerary


4 September 2024 – Nairobi
“Karibu” – Welcome to Kenya and the start of your ‘Game Parks of Africa’ journey!

On arrival at Nairobi Airport, a private Meet & Greet will welcome you to Kenya’s energetic and bustling capital city. Once at your hotel, spend the remainder of the day relaxing and preparing for the excitement ahead!

This urban and bustling metropolis is regarded as one of the continent’s major safari hubs, only a stone’s throw away from the wildlife escapades awaiting you on this exciting adventure.

5 September 2024 – Nairobi
This morning, meet your fellow travellers and join a full-day guided tour of Nairobi. Experience many of the city’s philanthropic and conservation highlights with a dose of history and culture. Enjoy a visit to the informative and interactive Giraffe Centre; the old Karen Blixen farmhouse from “Out of Africa” fame – now a museum; as well as the Kazuri Beads Factory, which employs over 300 women.

Lunch will be hosted at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden or the Carnivore Restaurant. On return to the hotel, spend the remainder of the evening at leisure.

6 September 2024 – Amboseli National Park
With your knowledgeable driver/guide, head south 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”.

Experience game-viewing en route to your lodge – no better introduction to the joys of safari, where you can begin ticking off your wildlife list!

7 September 2024 – Amboseli National Park
Whilst on safari in Amboseli National Park, you may come across some of the large elephant herds the park is known for – commonly referred to as “The Land of Giants”.

During morning and afternoon game-viewing activities, the well-trained eyes and ears of your driver/guide will help spot the varied flora and fauna of this popular park.

8 September 2024 – Lake Manyara National Park
As you depart Amboseli, keep watch for some of the park’s rich animal and birdlife. After crossing the border from Kenya into Tanzania, continue south for lunch in the city of Arusha – Tanzania’s safari gateway.

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 the 900-metre Mto wa Mbu escarpment, with the main panoramic feature being the park’s namesake: Lake Manyara.

9 September 2024 – Lake Manyara National Park
Spend the morning and afternoon on game-viewing activities at Lake Manyara National Park. 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.

10 September 2024 – Ngorongoro Region
From Lake Manyara, safari to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area via Olduvai Gorge – regarded as having the earliest record of mankind’s existence.

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 farm lodge sits high on the Great Rift’s escarpment area in the Karatu Highlands. Panoramic views of the cultivated Iraqw farmlands merge into the green vegetation of the nearby Ngorongoro Forest. Ready yourself for tomorrow’s journey to the natural amphitheatre beyond!

11 September 2024 – Ngorongoro Region
Early this morning, descend into the depths of the sunken Crater for a full-day 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.

12 September 2024 – Serengeti Western Corridor
As we travel between two of Tanzania’s World Heritage Sites, our journey between the wildlife havens of the 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.

Arrive at your lodge in time for lunch, with the remainder of the day free to relax and enjoy the facilities.

13 September 2024 – Serengeti Western Corridor
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.

14 September 2024 – Serengeti Western Corridor
Enjoy another day of morning and afternoon game viewing in the premier savannah of the Serengeti – Tanzania’s oldest national park.

An initial game reserve was established in 1930, which is now the southern and eastern regions of today’s Serengeti. The national park was officially gazetted 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 national 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.

15 September 2024 – Masai Mara National Reserve
This morning, bid farewell to Tanzania as you head back into Kenya. Wildlife enthusiasts wanting to travel the path of the Great Migration are in for a treat! Even though the ‘Mara’ only welcomes migrating animals from the Serengeti for around three months of the year, the area is part of a safari circuit that represents one of nature’s grandest spectacles.

You will experience total luxury in one of the only lodges in the famed Mara Triangle – your remote corner of the Masai Mara National Reserve. Arrive in the early afternoon, with time to relax and enjoy the sweeping views of the surrounding savannah and the meandering Mara River.

16 September 2024 – Masai Mara National Reserve
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.

17 September 2024 – Masai Mara National Reserve
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.

18 September 2024 – Masai Mara National Reserve
Kenya’s famed Masai Mara National Reserve plays host to the journey’s final game-viewing experiences. Enjoy images of the sun-kissed African sky, wildlife feeding on rolling savannah and spectacular scenery.

19 September 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 ‘Game Parks of Africa’ journey, many forever memories will feature front and centre of your travel stories!

Price + Inclusions

Game Parks of AfricaPrice per person
Twin Sharefrom $12,995
+ Additional Park Fees of $955.00
Single Supplementfrom $2,495

Departure date from Nairobi: 4 September 2024

Price Includes:

  • 15-nights’ accommodation
  • Transfers as specified in the itinerary on a shared basis
  • Meet/greet service on arrival at Nairobi Airport
  • Meals as specified
  • Activities as specified on a shared basis- subject to change due to weather conditions
  • Nairobi day trip – including the Giraffe Centre, Kazuri Beads Factory, Karen Blixen Museum and lunch at Karen Blixen Coffee Gardens
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Safari transport in custom 4×4 Safari vehicles (maximum 6-7 people)
  • Game drives in national parks & reserves as per itinerary
  • Park fees
  • Emergency Air Evacuation cover
  • Travel Kit and documentation

Price Excludes:

  • Flights, visas and airport taxes
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry, phone calls etc.)
  • Optional extras (touring, activities etc.)

Terms and Conditions:

*Price is in Australian dollars  Price correct as of 12 July 2023 but may fluctuate due to surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change.

^Deposit conditions apply. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for card payments. Packages may be withdrawn without notice. Gratuities, vaccinations, visas & travel insurance are not included. Please check prices, availability & other information with your travel consultant before booking.

Accommodation Details


Tamarind Tree Hotel

Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

Acacia Farm Lodge

Lahia Tented Lodge

Mara Serena Safari Lodge

Detailed Itinerary

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