This exotic tour takes in the countries of Kenya and Tanzania and will start and finish in Nairobi. We will stay in luxury lodges and tented camps and will travel in long wheel base 4WD vehicles throughout as well as taking flights where the roads are deemed too difficult. Maximum of 14 travellers including your tour escort, Judy. Due to expression of interest pre-sales there are only 6 places left on this exciting adventure!
Tuesday 21 August 2018 - Depart Australia for Nairobi flying Emirates
Wednesday 22 August 2018 NAIROBI (2 nights)
On arrival at Nairobi Airport you will be met and transferred to your Hotel.
Accommodation: 2 nights Sarova Panafric Hotel including breakfast
Most city hotels insist on blending into the concrete jungle, thankfully, Sarova Panafric refuses to succumb to this urban order. Idyllically located 5 minutes' drive from the CBD and 18 km from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, amidst beautifully landscaped gardens in a quiet suburb of Nairobi, Sarova Panafric offers 162 rooms in a range of Superior, Executive, Club, Studio and Themed Suites - all recently refurbished and decorated in a contemporary vibrant African style.
Thursday 23 August 2018 NAIROBI
This morning after breakfast you will be met for your tour of Daphne Sheldricks elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Centre, Kazuri Beads and Karen Blixen Gardens for lunch. (BL)
Friday 24 August 2018 NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA (2 nights)
This morning after breakfast you will be met and transferred to Nairobi Wilson Airport for your onward flight to Kilimanjaro. (B)
Flight from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro – INCLUDED IN COSTING
On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met and transferred to Ngorongoro. Rest of the afternoon at leisure. (LD)
Accommodation: 2 nights Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge including all meals and scheduled game viewing activities.
Facing the always magnificent sunsets to the west, and located at the highest point on Ngorongoro Crater’s entire rim, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge stands well over half a kilometre above the crater floor and offers unparalleled views across this enormous caldera.
Themed around traditionally circular African houses with conical roofs, and decorated with examples of Africa’s rich tapestry of artistic traditions by way of rich woodcarvings and sculptures, the lodge harmonises perfectly with its dramatic surroundings. But the drama does not just stop with the great outdoors: it also flows through the split level interiors of the main building which all offer an unsurpassed generosity of space while somehow managing to combine an almost magically welcoming ambience of both warmth and cosiness.
Saturday 25 August 2018 NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
After breakfast you will descend to the Ngorongoro Crater floor for a long game drive with picnic lunch before returning to the camp to spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. The crater covers over 102 square miles (250 square kilometers) of land and is the home of the rare black rhino, prides of lion, elephant, cheetah and great herds of buffalo, antelope and wildebeest. (BLD)
Sunday 26 August 2018 SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (3 nights)
After breakfast travel to Olduvai Gorge, the site of Louis and Mary Leakey’s renowned archaeological discoveries. Their findings include some of man’s earliest known ancestral remains. Continue on to Tanzania’s abundant Serengeti National Park in time for lunch. This enormous park supports every variety of animal imaginable from large predators to the smaller herbivores they prey on. Enjoy an afternoon safari in the Serengeti National Park and overnight at the Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp. (BLD)
Accommodation: 1 night Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp including all meals and scheduled game viewing activities.
A mobile tented camp located in Central Serengeti, strategically located to cover the vast Serengeti Plains. The camp offers comfortable accommodation and a unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari camp experience. The camp is only a two hour scenic drive from Olduvai Gorge Museum and Grumeti River. A cosy mess tent is located in the centre of the camp where meals are served. The campfire is ready every evening for appetizers and snacks before dinner. 10 tents with en-suite facilities.
Monday 27 August 2018 SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the Central Serengeti National Park. (BLD)
Accommodation: 3nights Serengeti Serena Lodge including all meals and scheduled game viewing activities.
Set high on the saddle of a tree-clad ridge, commanding panoramic views across the Serengeti, this lodge is the ultimate fusion of traditional African architecture and world-class style.
Centrally located adjacent to the famous Western Corridor and Grumeti River, the lodge has been designed to blend completely into the living landscape. A series of traditional domed ‘rondavels' are widely spaced throughout the grounds, which are cooled by groves of acacia trees and watered by sparkling streams. On the very edge of the ridge is a ‘vanishing horizon' pool, which looks out over the ‘endless plains' after which the Serengeti is named.
Each of the 66 charmingly presented rooms at Serengeti Serena Lodge in Tanzania are accommodated in a two-storey stone-built, traditionally thatched ‘Rondavel'. Looking out over the plains, each has its own private balcony, private entrance, spacious bedroom, natural stone bathroom and intricately carved furniture.
Tuesday 28 August 2018 SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives. (BLD)
Wednesday 29 August 2018 AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK (2 nights)
This morning after breakfast and a possible morning game drive you will be transferred to the airstrip for your onward flight to Arusha. (B)
Flight from Serengeti to Arusha – INCLUDED IN COSTING
On arrival at Arusha Airport you will be met for your transfer over the Tarakea border crossing into Kenya and on to Amboseli. This afternoon enjoy a game drive or walk on the Elerai Conservancy. (LD)
Accommodation: 2 nights Satao Elerai including all meals and scheduled game viewing activities.
Satao Elerai is located in a quiet, unspoilt, unique setting on a 5000 acres private conservation area 12kms south east of Amboseli National Park at the foot of Africa’s largest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro. The camp looks over Amboseli National Park and Mt Kilimanjaro, giving you what is arguably the best location of any camp in the area.
The camp offers 12 tents and 5 suites. Each tent has its own en-suite bathroom with solar hot showers and a toilet with a view. Raised cedar wood floors, acacia poles and makuti (thatch) roofing complement the surrounding environment. Large balconies with relaxing day beds combine to offer the perfect place to lie as you take in the ambiance when relaxing.
The elegantly furnished suite rooms have large sliding doors that open out onto your own private veranda overlooking the plains below and Amboseli National Park. Elephants, giraffe’s and zebra are seen most days from the comfort of your room. Designed using natural rock and acacia wood, the bathrooms have their own naturally crafted bathtub and shower which is unique to Elerai.
Thursday 30 August 2018 AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy a morning and afternoon game drive in Amboseli National Park. (BLD)
Friday 31 August 2018 MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE (3 nights)
This morning you will be transferred to the airstrip for your onward flight. (B)
Flight from Amboseli to Nairobi Wilson to Masai Mara – INCLUDED IN COSTING
On arrival at the airstrip you will be met and transferred to your Tented Camp. (LD)
Accommodation: 3 nights Mara Sarova Camp including all meals and scheduled game viewing activities.
The Sarova Mara Camp is well positioned to enjoy the unique phenomenon of the seasonal migration. The rolling plains around the camp can be teeming with wildebeest, gazelles and zebras during the migration months, as situated right in the centre of the migration path.
Located inside the African bush, the Sarova Mara Camp offers 50 standard tents, 20 club tents and 2 family tents. Each tent has permanent roofs, zip-up fronts, and electricity and en-suite facilities. The tents are simply furnished but offer a private terrace from which to view the river and relax in-between game drives. The Camp is set within beautiful grounds and river that attracts a vast amount of birdlife, and features a swimming pool, restaurant and bar. Relaxing outside your own tent listening to the Orchestra of rasping Cicadas, croaking Tree Frogs and the intermittent call of birds and monkeys is a memorable symphony.
Saturday 1 September 2018 to Sunday 2 September 2018 MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE
Today you will get to see the real Kenya as we enjoy a full day game drive through the Masai Mara Game Reserve, searching for the 'Big Five' (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo), with a break for lunch back at the camp. (BLD)
Monday 3 September 2018 LAKE NAKURU GAME RESERVE (2 nights)
Today you will travel to Kenya’s vibrant Lake Nakuru National Park, famous for its flamingos and pelicans. The park also boasts a good number of rhinos as well as leopard and lion. Lunch is taken at the lodge, followed by an afternoon game drive in the park (BLD)
Accommodation: 2 nights Sarova Lion Hill Lodge including all meals and scheduled game viewing activities.
Sarova Lion Hill Lodge is nestled along the Lion Hill overlooking the spectacular Lake Nakuru. Its location affords panoramic views of the lake and the picturesque Lake Nakuru National Park. A short two-hour drive from Nairobi, Sarova Lion Hill Lodge is a favourite with residents and visitors to Kenya.
Sarova Lion Hill Lodge is cleverly laid out in such a way that most rooms and sitting areas afford stunning views of the lake and the park. The Lodge incorporates natural landscaping with tall acacia trees, winding walkways and greens dotted with bird feeds.
Tuesday 4 September 2018 LAKE NAKURU GAME RESERVE
Full day exploring Lake Nakuru Game Reserve. (BLD)
Wednesday 5 September 2018 NAIROBI (1 night)
Your day will start with an early morning game drive before breakfast through the Lake Nakuru National Park. Return by road to Nairobi. (B)
Accommodation: 1 night Sarova Panafric Hotel including breakfast
Thursday 6 September 2018 END OF EAST AFRICA TOUR
This morning after breakfast you will be met and transferred to Nairobi International Airport for your onward flight. Flight times TBA (B)
Friday 7 September 2018 - Arrive back in Australia.
• International flights with Emirates economy class
• Meals and transfers as stated in the itinerary, Breakfast daily, 13 lunches, 12 dinners
• Scheduled game viewing activities
• Scheduled flights: Nairobi - Kilimanjaro / Serengeti - Arusha / Amboseli - Nairobi Wilson - Masai Mara
• Visits to Daphne Sheldricks Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Centre
• Luxury lodges and tented camps on safari
• Private 4WD vehicles
• English speaking driver/guide
• Full time tour escort
• Any flights or departure taxes except those specified above
• Meals other than those specified
• All items of a personal nature
• Gratuities (this is not compulsory - a guideline is guides US$10 and general staff US$5 per guest per day)
• Visa fees Kenya USD51, Tanzania AUD$95
• Comprehensive travel insurance
• Any items not mentioned in the above itinerary
DEPOSIT / PAYMENT
A deposit of $2,500 is required along with a completed and signed booking form. Please read terms and conditions before completing form and paying deposit.
Final payment due on or before 16th May, 2018.
NOTE: It may be possible to upgrade your flights from economy to business class at your own cost. If you would like to request a quote to upgrade please contact Judy on the email shown below.
Your Girls On Tour escort for this tour will be Judy Polkinghorne.
Cost - $14,667* pp twin share ex Brisbane* plus approximate airline taxes $250 (taxes subject to change until ticketing)
Other capital city departures available on request and subject to availability.
Single Supplement $1,845
* based on minimum group of 10 and subject to major currency fluctuations.
Note: Luggage is restricted to 15 kgs per person and soft bags are highly recommended. Due to limited space available for storage in safari vehicles and regional aircrafts, we strongly recommend the use soft bags (duffle style) rather than hard Samsonite type suitcases on safari. Other baggage may be left at the hotel in Nairobi.