Expedition of the Eighth Wonder of the World
Explore East Africa in a wildlife safari expedition that will take you to amazing attractions tucked in pristine sections of Kenya and Tanzania. Enjoy a road trip through beautiful plains and valleys, villages and bustling cities for a quiet time in out of town locations where peace and tranquility is the norm.
Find out what makes East African communities unique when it comes to conservation by exploring regions that are still intact and natural despite rapid developments in the cites around them.
Experience the joy of waking up to the sound of birds and sleeping to the snorts of hippos and the roars of lions a footstep away from the camp. See the sun piercing through the clouds as its rays shine over the plains to wake up wildlife in the savannah and forests. See the sun setting in the horizon with its orange glow sinking into the ground as wildlife leaves the plains to look for shelter for the night.
Bring your family or your spouse along for this multi-destination wildlife safari expedition that will leave all of you with memorable experiences.
When you arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), our ground representative will be there to welcome you to Kenya. You will be escorted to Crowne Plaza Hotel, about 30 minutes from JKIA, for a night’s rest in the superior room ahead of a remarkable wildlife safari expedition.
Crowne Plaza is a lavish hotel situated in the financial district of Nairobi. The serene, corporate, environment around the hotel consists of financial institutions and ambassadorial offices. Check in, and relax before a sumptuous meal in the evening. This hotel has several restaurants on site. Baraza Restaurant overlooks the terrace and the pool, and it is the perfect place for African and international dishes from burgers to biryani, pizzas and tilapia fillet to mutton. Sikia Restaurant is on the floor above Baraza Restaurant and it has the best ambience for a business lunch or dinner for two. Alabaster Coffee Lounge will pamper you with hot or cold beverages and a handful of delicious sandwiches.
Drive out of the capital city into the expansive plains of Amboseli National Park about six hours away. Enjoy the view of flora and fauna as you navigate your way through the park to Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge. With Mount Kilimanjaro majestically perched in front of the lodge and a carpet of savannah vegetation spread out from the foot of the mountain to the camp, the beauty of this place will make want to spend eternity in Amboseli. Water oozes from underground springs of Mount Kilimanjaro creating swamps a short distance from the lodge. These swamps attract hippos, elephants and buffalos so you can expect to see dozens of animals just around the property.
Since this is the land of the Maasai, the best way to make you feel at home is to bring an element of this community’s rich culture to your holiday experience. Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge does this perfectly by giving you a luxury room designed like the home of the Maasai, popularly known as manyattas. The African themed exterior ushers you into a beautiful, radiant interior with wildlife murals on the walls.
Dine in table d’hôte style for dinner. Enjoy a wide range of cuisines from soups to puddings, beverages and vegetarian main courses. Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge makes the dining experience a story of its own because it even organizes themed nights so you can enjoy excellent meals from one region or community. For example, the Italian night lays out a choice of pastas and sauces while the Kenyan night gives you the best of East African cuisine.
Wake up to a cup of coffee or tea to get you ready for the first game drive before dawn. Explore the plains when the animals are huddled in the thickets and in the bushes. Get back to the lodge for a hearty breakfast and spend the rest of the day in excursions.
Enjoy another game drive in the morning before the road trip across the border into Tanzania. Clear with the customs office in the crossing point and proceed to Arusha. This city has a bit of both worlds. It has bustling city streets, and a countryside with large coffee farms and villages. You will stay here, away from the city, but still close enough for you to enjoy the shelter of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro that surround Arusha. Check in at Serena Mountain Village and have some quiet time relaxing in the resort.
Serena Mountain Village is a luxury hotel at the foothills of Mount Meru close to large coffee farms and Lake Duluti. Its cottages overlook the lake and they are en-suite and spacious.
Tarangire National Park
Have breakfast at Serena Mountain Village and depart for Tarangire National Park. Check in and have lunch at Tarangire Sopa Lodge before heading out for an afternoon game drive. Tarangire Sopa Lodge is an oasis of luxury within the indigenous forests of baobab trees and savannah vegetation that make up Tarangire National Park. The beauty of it all is the fact that this lodge, and the park, is not as crowded as other places in Tanzania so you can rest assured it is going to be an intimate experience. This forgotten region is home to elephants, zebras, wildebeests, giraffes, waterbucks, tree climbing lions and over 550 species of birds.
Enjoy a full day of game drives and a bird watching wildlife safari expedition to spot as many species as you can.
Lake Manyara National Park
Since Tarangire National Park is within Manyara region, the trip to Lake Manyara is short. Leave Tarangire Sopa Lodge after breakfast to stay in Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge overlooking the pristine waters of the lake. The sheer beauty of this landscape and the alkaline lake made the great author, Ernest Hemingways, call it the most beautiful place he had ever seen in Africa. From the lodge, you can see the national park around the lake. It will be a day to discover tree climbing lions, leopards, elephants, monkeys and hippos among others.
Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge will take care of your accommodation needs by checking you into a lovely room housed in a two-storey rondavel. Enjoy meals in the central dining room or from the terrace as you watch wildlife activity on the lake. After all, Lake Manyara also has a rim of flamingos around it so there is much to see.
Drive from Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge to a beautiful lodge on Gibb’s Farm in Ngorongoro highlands. Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge sits on the rim of the caldera. The ride through the farmland and beautiful scenery is enough to tell you that you will have a great time in Ngorongoro. Check in and rest in the lodge.
Explore the floor of Ngorongoro Crater the following day. Descend to the floor for a spectacular safari experience. This caldera has a variety of vegetation, each hosting different species of animals. Tour each of these landscapes from forests to the freshwater lake and the savannah around it. Animals to see in the caldera are elephants, flamingos, monkeys and rhinos among others. When satisfied with the safari, climb up and back to the lodge for a sumptuous meal and rest for the night.
Serengeti National Park
Start this day with a visit to a Maasai village to learn about their culture and traditions. Drive out of Ngorongoro area to Ol Duvai Gorge on our way to the Serengeti National Park. The famous Leakey family discovered human fossils in this region, making it an important pre-historic site. After this stop over, continue with your trip to Serengeti.
Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp will be your residence in the Serengeti. This camp is popularly known as the place of the klipspringer and it rests amidst granite rocks jutting out the surface. It is on the route of the great annual migration in which over two million wildebeests cross the plains of Serengeti on their way to the lush savannah in Maasai Mara.
The tents have thatched roofs and they sit on a concrete platform. Each unit has en-suite facilities and a private terrace where you can watch the expansive plains of Serengeti. Rest on the first day, and spend the next two days in morning and afternoon game drives on the endless plains. It is home to all the wildlife animals you can expect to see in a safari.
If this is the last day of your safari, enjoy a morning game drive before flying back to Arusha where you will have lunch. You will relax in a day room at Serena Mountain Village ahead of your flight back home. If you wish to spend a few more days on safari, it is time to leave Tanzania and explore Kenya again.
Fly from Serengeti National Park into Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve. Check in at Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp, which is on a private conservancy adjacent to Maasai Mara. The great wildebeest migration takes place along Mara River. Spend most of your time in Maasai Mara for a glimpse of the many herbivores and carnivores that thrive here.
Enjoy two days of adventure watching elephants, lions, cheetahs, hyenas, wildebeests and zebras among hundreds of other species. Kichwa Tembo Camp will feed you with a wide range of dishes every day of your stay at this luxury resort.
End your safari in Africa with a morning game drive before a flight back to Nairobi to wait for your flight out of the country.