East Africa in Style

Highlights of this Safari

  • Amazing wildlife: Big 5, wildebeest migration & predators
  • Superb camps in ‘Born Free’ & ‘Out of Africa’ locations
  • Fly-in comfort & generous, easy-paced itinerary
  • Huge range of activities & experiences with expert guides

FROM USD 12495 pps

Comfort Level: L Luxury Travel
Start/End: Start at Nairobi & End at Arusha
Countries: Kenya, Tanzania
Destinations: Meru National Park, Masai Mara Safari, , Ngorongoro Crater

Itinerary

Days 1 – 3: In Elsa’s Footprints

Arrive at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport & enjoy an assisted transfer to Wilson Airport. Fly to Meru National Park & check in at Elsa’s Kopje for 3 nights on a full board basis.

It was in Meru that George and Joy Adamson famously raised Elsa the lioness and it’s in her metaphorical pawmarks that you walk. Set amid striking vegetation and with commanding views, the 9-cottage camp combines simplicity with luxury to create an exclusive safari retreat in a little visited corner of Kenya. Lions are among the highlights here; there’s also cheetah and leopard as well as elephant and big herds of buffalo. You’ll see unusual animals too – the long-necked gerenuk – as well as less familiar northern species of zebra and giraffe. There’s now even a rhino sanctuary in the park. Game drives with expert guides take you into the heart of it all.

Days 4 – 6: Out of Africa

Fly to the Masai Mara & transfer overland to Angama Mara for 3 nights on a full board basis.

If the setting of your accommodation looks familiar, it’s because Angama Mara looks out over the scene made famous in the classic film ‘Out of Africa’. The Mara plains really are sweeping here, and teeming with wildlife too, not least when the great wildebeest migration rolls in from July to November – the camp is particularly well placed for the dramatic river crossings. But the game viewing is excellent all year round here, and you’ll be enjoying it from the vantage of open-sided vehicles as well as on foot and during spot-lit night drives. There’s also the option of a hot-air balloon flight over the savannah; others may want to visit a local Maasai village for an insight into life in big game country. Back at camp you’ll find some of the best amenities in the area, ranging from Wi-Fi and mobile phone connectivity to a gym, swimming pool and complementary laundry service.

Days 7 – 9: The Grumeti Experience

Fly to the border & cross into Tanzania with an assisted overland transfer. Catch a flight to the Serengeti’s private Grumeti Reserve & Faru Faru Lodge for 3 nights on a full board basis.

A riverside setting gives this extraordinary lodge prime location for game viewing. The Grumeti River attracts wildlife – and their predators – all year round but it’s when the thundering wildebeest herds arrive in June and July that the area earns its international reputation. It’s the time of the great river crossings, with wildebeest desperately trying to avoid monstrously sized crocodiles as the herds cross back into Kenya’s Masai Mara. Back at camp you can choose between archery, croquet, horse riding, mountain biking and dawn hot-air ballooning; your opulent suite comes complete with mini bar and viewing deck with a Swarovski spotting scope.

Days 10 – 11: A Big 5 Adventure

Fly to the Manyara Airstrip & transfer by road to the Manor at Ngorongoro, set close to the Ngorongoro Crater. Check in for 2 nights on a full board basis.

It’s a pleasant drive through gentle farmland after your flight from the Serengeti. Your destination is the Ngorongoro Highlands and your accommodation the Manor at Ngorongoro, lying on a coffee farm and surrounded by gorgeous gardens and views. It’s your very comfortable base from which to set out and explore the Ngorongoro Crater the next day. It’s a full day safari, complete with picnic under a tree. The crater is a biological marvel, home to one of the densest concentrations of big animals in Africa. You may even see the Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino – in the course of the day. Back at the Manor you’ll enjoy spacious suites, great service and wonderful food and wine.

Day 12: The Journey Ends

Take a morning flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport in Arusha where your safari comes to an end.

After breakfast you’ll transfer back to the airstrip for a scheduled flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport to connect with your flight to your next destination. If you’d like to add on a few days at an Indian Ocean resort, just ask us for advice and recommendations.

Excludes:

Full board accommodation at all properties, Soft drinks, house wines, beer & selected spirits at all properties, Conservation / Park fees, Game drives in 4 x 4 vehicles, Scheduled flights, Airport / Airstrip transfers, All domestic flight departure tax, AMREF Flying Doctors Membership, Laundry at all properties, All known Government taxes, Day trip into the Ngorongoro Crater with picnic lunch.

Champagne, spirits and luxury wines at all properties, Any activities not mentioned in the itinerary, All statutory increases beyond our control, International flights & visa fees, Gratuities to camp staff, Any unforeseen tax increases, Accommodation and meals in Nairobi or Arusha, Massage and spa treatments

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Reviews

It was a safari of a lifetime and exceeded all of our expectations!

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

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)
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.  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)
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!

Roger (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 excelled!!!

Lukas (Germany)
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. 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.