Best of East Africa

Highlights of this Safari

  • Tented camps, safari style & game viewing from Day One
  • Big 5, wildebeest migration, predators & bird watching
  • Game drives, guided walks, night drives & cultural tours
  • Fly-in comfort, assisted transfers & expert guides

FROM USD 8390 pps

Comfort Level: M Midrange Holidays
Start/End: Start at Nairobi & End at Arusha
Countries: Kenya, Tanzania
Destinations: , Mount Kenya, Masai Mara Safari, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park

Itinerary

Day 1: An Authentic Safari Start

Arrive at Nairobi International Airport & transfer to Nairobi National Park. Check in for 1 night at Nairobi Tented Camp on a full board basis.

This safari starts not with a city hotel but a tented camp tucked away in a national park complete with big game and the sounds of the wild. Just 30 minutes from the airport, Nairobi Tented Camp will start your safari in comfort and there’s even time for an afternoon game drive too – a great chance to see black rhino, one of the most endangered animals in Africa. Your first night is spent around a crackling camp fire in true safari style.

Days 2 – 3: The Elephants of Amboseli

Transfer by minibus from Nairobi to the Amboseli National Park. Check in at Porini Amboseli Camp for 2 nights on a full board basis.

Arriving at Porini Amboseli Camp before lunch gives you time to settle in and take stock of your new surroundings. It’s an ideally located camp, sitting in its own private conservancy and with a discreet entrance to the Amboseli National Park. Game drives are the main focus here but you’ll also go on spot-lit night drives in search of nocturnal life. It’s a park with good year-round wildlife, but the most sought-after sighting is a herd of Amboseli elephants, framed by Mount Kilimanjaro itself.

Days 4 – 5: A Conservation Retreat

Fly to Mt Kenya via Nairobi. Transfer overland to Porini Rhino Camp in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy for 2 nights on a full board basis.

Rhino Camp sits in the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a research-based body that has earned itself a stellar reputation for conserving the area’s wildlife. The conservancy is home to the Big 5: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino – indeed, it is the best place in Kenya to see rhino. There’s a chimpanzee sanctuary to visit and guided nature walks to go on. With only six tents, the camp is a small and intimate one; you’ll have your own bathroom and veranda with sweeping views.

Days 6 – 7: To the Masai Mara

Fly to the Masai Mara & the Ol Kinyei Conservancy for 2 nights at Porini Lion Camp on a full board basis.

Most famous for the thundering wildebeest migration, the Masai Mara is nevertheless an ideal all-year round destination. The scale of its wildlife, regardless of season, is evident once you settle in at Porini Lion Camp and explore the area on game drives. Set next to a river, you’ll be at the heart of the drama in a game-rich region with a name for predators. There’s a chance to go on a hot-air balloon flight and you’ll visit local Maasai villages for a taste of life on the savannah.

Day 8: Overnight in Arusha

Fly to Arusha Airport in Tanzania & transfer to Arusha Coffee Lodge for 1 night on a full board basis.

It’s a day of travel today, moving across the border to Tanzania. A night at the comfortable Arusha Coffee Lodge means there’s no rush and you can relax later that afternoon with views over Mount Meru and the freshest cup of coffee imaginable – this is after all a working coffee farm. You’ll enjoy a peaceful, night in your luxurious cottage, complete with bathroom, veranda, lounge and fireplace.

Days 9 – 10: Discover Tarangire

Travel to Tarangire National Park & check in at Swala for 2 nights on a full board basis.

Set under sprawling acacia trees, Swala is a small and romantic camp with each of its nine tented suites attended to by a butler. Tucked away in a quiet corner of this reserve, the camp offers crowd-free game drives and walking safaris along with night drives and village visits. Tarangire is best experienced in the long dry season when great numbers of animals are gathered at the eponymous Tarangire River, attracting predators. Enormous squat baobab trees and some of East Africa’s biggest elephant herds give Tarangire a super-sized appearance.

Days 11- 12: A Big 5 Safari

Travel to the town of Karatu & Acacia Farm Lodge, overlooking the Ngorongoro plains. Check in for 2 nights on a full board basis.

A boutique lodge experience awaits the traveller: Acacia Farm Lodge offers a serene and luxurious retreat, surrounded by lovely gardens and set on a working coffee farm. It’s your base from which to set out and explore the nearby Ngorongoro Crater the following day. Home to perhaps the densest concentration of big animals in Africa, the steep-sided crater is Big 5 country and you’ll also be on the lookout for hippos, hyenas and flocks of flamingos. A hearty picnic lunch is served under a shady tree; back at the lodge, sophisticated cuisine is served by candlelight.

Days 13 – 14: Serengeti Hills

Travel to the northern Serengeti & check in at Kuria Hills, your accommodation for 2 nights on a full board basis.

Set next to the Mara River gives Kuria Hills grandstand seats for the June and July river crossings, the most dramatic chapter of the annual wildebeest migration. The herds are forced to cross the crocodile-infested river to reach the Masai Mara; your expert guide takes you into the heart of the action. But this region is rich in wildlife all year round and with a camp famous for its beautiful interior design and fantastic service, part of the experience is treating yourself to fine food and wine and retiring to the spa for massages and beauty treatments.

Day 15: The Journey Ends

Travel to Arusha International Airport for your onward connection.

After breakfast it’s time to say goodbye to the Serengeti & travel to Arusha International Airport for the end of the tour. If you’d like to add a few days on at an Indian Ocean beach resort, simply ask us and we’ll arrange it.

Includes:

Accommodation, Meals as specified, Activities at Safari Lodges, Local Drinks & Laundry at Safari Lodges, All internal flights in Kenya & Tanzania, Road Transfers as specified, All Park & Conservation fees, Airport taxes

Excludes:

Flight to Nairobi (Kenya) Flight from Arusha (Tanzania) Premium Drinks at Safari Camps, Gratuities, Meals that are not Specified, Items of personal nature, Travel Insurance

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Reviews

Best trip I have ever been on. Highly recommend.

Would highly recommend. Safari online asked questions when booking and were efficient and knew exactly what we were looking for in terms of accommodation and animals were wanted to see. Actually got to see the Big 5 which was perfect. Gave advice on a few little extras with no pressure, which we did and am very grateful which make trip even more exciting. Would definitely recommend booking with them.

An incredibly well organised tour with no hassles whatsoever.

Safari Online understood our needs and was able to present us with sensible options to choose from. It was evident that this tour operator has knowledgable and experienced agents who can arrange a seemless tour. We were provided with a professional online itinary which was comprehensive and easy to use, knew exactely what to expect, and encountered no stumble blocks along the way.

Gwen (AU)
It was a safari of a lifetime and exceeded all of our expectations!

I have so many wonderful things to say about Walter and Safari Online that I don’t even know where to begin! Our mom grew up in Central and South Africa so we had visited the continent many times. My sister and I wanted to take our teens and husbands to Africa to experience the magic. We had a limited budget but big and specific expectations and by some miracle Walter was able to manage both.

Heather (USA)
Safari Online made our fantastic family holiday dream come true!!

Safari Online have been nothing but professional and incredible from the time we made our first enquiry to the last day of our stunning holiday. Nothing was too much trouble for Walter. We are now starting to plan our next family Safari for 2019. Guess who we will be booking with??? Safari Online we hope you are ready!!!!!

Penni (AU)
Professional, patient, efficient and responsive. Met all our travel needs and requirements spot on

Communication was excellent – I asked A LOT of questions and did a ton of research myself and Walter was extremely patient with me and very responsive. he was straight forward and extremely professional. Tour itself was excellent – an incredible experience and one never to be forgotten. Everything was spot on.

Neena
Karina was absolutely instrumental to our safari success.

Our experience with Safari Online was excellent. After becoming very frustrated trying to search for a safari destination on our own, we turned to Karina for help and she was a lifesaver. She responded to our requests promptly and gave us several options with links to each option; we ultimately chose Lukimbi. We had an amazing safari adventure at the lodge–the experience of a lifetime–and are so grateful for her help. We literally couldn’t have done it without her!

Chris (USA)
Very helpful good suggestions for holiday ideas always available for questions good organising

Excellent service and they supplied good suggestions for our holiday they also organised all internal flights and arranged check in for us so we had no worries while on holiday. Tongazebi was one place we stayed in a tree house amazing and friendly place our safari was in Savanna Lodge an incredible place to stay and amazing safari we got to see the big five and many others birds and animals. All very close you would not believe how close you get to the wildlife. We are so happy that this was organised for as we have had a most memorable holiday staying at wonderful places thanks to Sabrina and Safari Online. Would recommend Safari Online to organise your holiday.

Lorraine (UK)
Professional, quick and top of the edge service!!!

From the very first contact we’re very happy about the respond time and quality of information from safari-online.com. Based on the received first tailor-made quote, which is a weblink with all the details about the flights, photos of the lodges etc. we knew that this is “our” partner for this trip.
Our expectations were exceled!!! We’ve been to three different Wilderness lodges in Botswana and Zambia. It was more than WOW.
The lodges itself, the service, the food, the kids (8+10) care and the animal world. All the connections by plane, boat and car were perfectly organized. There was always a responsible person waiting for us. We felt very special from the first to the last day. We highly recommend safari-online.com and we’ll do our next Wilderness tour definitely with them.

Lukas (Germany)
Safari Online were extremely efficient and absolutely charming to work with.

I have a severe intolerance to chemical products such a fabric softener. This can create difficulties when you travel. But the team at Safari Online made sure that all the destinations on our itinerary met our unusual demands. Our 28-day itinerary took us to South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana. A magnificent and unforgettable adventure. Everything ran smoothly and efficiently from the flights, transfers, rides, connections, etc. Absolutely wonderful! Can’t thank them enough!

Ann and Mario (Canada)
Walter has always been an excellent communicator and has supported us fully

We have been to Africa for 24 of the last 27 years so know a bit about what is involved.
Walter has arranged the details for the last couple of years, and has done a superb job. He is always quick to respond and comes up with answers immediately……..no evasive tactics, always head-on! This year we went back to Luangwa and had a terrific six days there. It was very dry so a slightly different environment than in past years when we have found October to be more conducive to wildlife viewing. Walter couldn’t have done more for us!

Roger (UK)