Visit East Africa’s top game reserves, including Amboseli, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti and the Masai Mara, all abundant with Kenya and Tanzania’s fascinating wildlife.
Day 1: Arrive Nairobi, Kenya Arrive in Nairobi by overnight flight. Fairmont The Norfolk (Gold) or Nairobi Serena Hotel (Silver) Day 2: Amboseli National Park | Game and Mountain Vistas Take a scenic flight to Amboseli National Park, known for its thriving big game population and views of towering Mount Kilimanjaro. After lunch, explore the acacia woodland, freshwater swamps, scrub brush and open plains in search of wildlife. Part of the park is composed of a dried-up lakebed, where mirages rise from the shimmering heat. Tortilis Camp (Gold) or Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge (Silver) | Meals: B L D Day 3: Amboseli National Park | Mountainside Sightings Set out at dawn, watching for elephants, zebras and wildebeests along the saltpan trails. Spend midday at leisure before taking an afternoon game drive. Tortilis Camp (Gold) or Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge (Silver) | Meals: B L D Day 4: Lake Manyara National Park | Tree-Climbing Lions Travel by road to Arusha for lunch. Fly to your lodge, located in a picturesque region overlooking shallow, freshwater Lake Manyara, one of a chain of lakes in Africa’s Great Rift Valley. Walk along a nature trail or relax with a book by the pool. Escarpment Luxury Lodge (Gold) or Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge (Silver) | Meals: B L D Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater | Wildlife in the Round Enjoy a game drive through Lake Manyara National Park and discover diverse wildlife and many bird species amid a tangle of rainforest-like foliage. After a farm-fresh lunch, continue to the Ngorongoro Crater, ascending its outer wall through dense vegetation. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (Gold) or Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge (Silver) | Meals: B L D Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater | Natural Wildlife Haven Wind your way through the landscape of Ngorongoro Crater. Its prairies are an ideal spot to see hyenas, buffalo and gazelles. Following a picnic lunch near a hippo pool, visit a Maasai village to experience its culture firsthand. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (Gold) or Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge (Silver) | Meals: B L D Days 7-8: Serengeti National Park | Rambling Plains Fly (or drive, if you are on the Silver itinerary) to the vast, wildlife-rich Serengeti National Park, home to lions, leopards, hyenas, cheetahs, giraffes and topi and setting of the Great Migration. Search for these and much more on morning and afternoon safaris, and keep an eye out for the Little Five, including leopard tortoises and rhino beetles along plains, rivers and rocky outcroppings. Sanctuary Kusini (Gold) or Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge (Silver) | Meals: B L D Day 9: Masai Mara Game Reserve | Kenya’s Crown Jewel Fly to the Masai Mara Game Reserve, This afternoon, a game drive introduces you to the famed reserve, where you find the greatest concentration of species in all of Kenya. Sanctuary Olonana (Gold) or Mara Serena Safari Lodge (Silver) | Meals: B L D Days 10-11: Masai Mara Game Reserve | The Big Five, and Beyond Spend the next two days in the Mara, more than 500 square miles of savannas, woodlands and tree-fringed rivers that shelter an astonishing range of wildlife, made up of more than 400 bird species and nearly a hundred animal species, including all the great predators. Watch crocodiles bask in the sun, hippos wallow in the muddy water and monkeys frolic overhead; see elephants roam the forest edge as well as lanky, graceful giraffes survey the plains. You also may visit a local primary school supported by A&K Philanthropy. Sanctuary Olonana (Gold) or Mara Serena Safari Lodge (Silver) | Meals: B L D Day 12: Depart Nairobi Return to Nairobi, stopping for lunch at Carnivore Restaurant. Afterward, visit the Giraffe Center and Karen Blixen house and museum. Spend the afternoon relaxing in a reserved dayroom prior to your international departure. Fairmont The Norfolk (dayroom) (Gold) or Nairobi Serena Hotel (dayroom) (Silver) | Meals: B LLESS