AVS 51: Special Departure 06 - 12 DAYS MASAI MARA / NAKURU / MANYARA / NGORONGORO / SERENGETI
Arrive Nairobi. Welcome to Nairobi, Kenya's cosmopolitan capital. Once little more than a watering hole for Masai tribes, today's Nairobi is the largest city between Cairo and Johannesburg.
If arrival is in the morning, then we drive to Karen Von Blixen's former home, now a museum. Continue to the Giraffe Center where you can feed and photograph giraffe from an elevated platform. ** Complimentary dinner at The Carnivore Restaurant. Nairobi has many restaurants offering a variety of exotic and African cuisine. However, none bAVS Carnivore for its uniqueness: It is for carnivorous. It is the only place you can get a variety of game Meat served in one meal. Its succulent steaks and barbecue dishes are recommended for every one especially as a welcome or a farewell Dinner/Lunch. Overnight at Pan Africa or similar.
Day 2: Nairobi - Masai Mara
Meet at the airport on arrival and transfer to our office for briefing. Depart from Nairobi at 09.00hrs and drive to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, the northern part of the Serengeti, one of Kenya's most favored game-viewing areas. The reserve covers 700 square miles of magnificent wilderness. It is the Africa of the imagination; endless reaches of acacia-dotted grasslands studded with hazy hills. Afternoon game drive to see the sundowner as hoping to see Lions in large prides, Elephants, buffalos, zebras and numerous plain animals. Dinner and overnight at the Mara Sopa Lodge or similar/Camping
Day 3: Masai Mara
Full day game viewing coupled with exploring this spectacular Park. The Mara is the land of African legend: Lion are abundant throughout the park, as are the elephants, giraffes, and a variety of gazelle species and zebra. Cheetah and leopard are also regularly seen and, less commonly, rhino. The annual wildebeest migration, one of nature's few remaining wildlife spectacles, occurs in the Mara from July to September where the big animals and their predators are to be present in abundance during the time frame of this trip. Several species of Bee-Eater, the flying rainbow that heads the list of the Mara's birds, occur in the reserve. As well as wildlife, the Maasai Mara is also home to many members of the colorful Maasai tribe who may be seen around the borders of the park - Morans (warriors) loping across the plains, young boys herding goats, or elders grouped under a tree discussing matters of the day .A visit to a Maasai boma (homestead) reveals this outstanding culture and customs. All meals and overnight at the Mara Sopa Lodge or similar/Camping.
Day 4: Masai Mara - Nakuru
A last game run in the picturesque Maasai Mara in the morning through the Rift Valley drive to Lake Nakuru, a shallow alkaline lake in the Rift Valley, renowned for its spectacular flamingo population as one of the world's greatest ornithological spectacles. Although Lake Nakuru is primarily a bird sanctuary, there are a considerable number of animals to be encountered, such as many large game animals such as zebras, elephants and gazelles, this is one of our best chances of seeing rhinos. Lake Nakuru National Park was the first place in Kenya selected as a rhino reserve. Here is one of the few places where we can see Rothschild's giraffes. Dinner and overnight at the Lake Nakuru Lodge or similar/Camping.
Day 4: Nakuru - Nairobi
After breakfast, morning spent game viewing, watching and photographing birds at Nakuru National Park. Leave for Nairobi with lunch enroute and a stop for panoramic views of the Great Rift Valley. Arrive Nairobi late in the afternoon after driving through lush Kikuyu farmland. You will be dropped at Silver Springs Hotel.
Day 5: Nairobi - Arusha
Pick from the hotel at 07.30hrs after breakfast. Depart from Nairobi at 08:00 hrs and drive to the border town of Namanga where you will clear with customs and immigration formalities. Proceed into Tanzania to Arusha town. On arrival at 13.30hrs, you will be dropped at Impala hotel or similar for overnight. Accommodation is on double room sharing.
Day 6: Arusha - Lake Manyara
Depart from Arusha at around 09.00hrs and drive to Lake Manyara National Park with your Picnic Lunch for the Game drive. Lake Manyara is a fresh Water Lake in the Rift valley part of Tanzania. This park is generally visited as the first stop of safari, which covers among this park, Ngorongoro and Serengeti. Animals seen are hippos, elephant, and birds such as the greater and lesser flamingos, wildebeest, giraffe, baboon, and the famous tree-climbing lions. A village market also exist selling mainly fabrics and crafts. Dinner and overnight at Manyara Wildlife lodge/Camping.
Day 7: Lake Manyara- Ngorongoro conservation
Breakfast at around 07.00hrs. Take Picnic Lunch with you and drive to Ngorongoro Crater floor for a full day game viewing. One of the world's largest craters containing prolific wildlife. It is a 20-km wide volcanic crater with 600m walls, packed with just about every species of wildlife to be found in East Africa. The crater floor has been compared to Noah's Ark and the Garden of Eden. Animals seen are: lion, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Wildebeest, Thomson gazelle, Zebra, Reedbuck and Flamingos in Lake Magadi - the Soda Lake on the floor of the crater. This is a favored spot for wildlife and the local Masai tribes people because there is permanent water and grassland on the crater floor. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife lodge the edge of the crater rim/Camping.
Day 8: Ngorongoro
Morning and afternoon game drive. All meals and overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife lodge/Camping.
Day 9: Ngorongoro - Serengeti
Breakfast at around 07.00hrs.You will proceed to Serengeti National Park with Game drive and Picnic lunch enroute. This is Tanzania's most famous Game Park, covering 14763 sq. km, where wildebeest migrate across vast plains and landscape in search of precious grassland. Nowhere else on earth will you see wildebeest, zebra, and antelope in such enormous and mind boggling numbers. The gently rolling Savannah (flat grassland), with bushes and trees only in cluster along riverbanks makes spotting wildlife easy. Other animals seen are lion, hyena, Thomson's gazelle, impala, buffalo, topi, eland, giraffe, elephants, cheeter, rhino, and crocodiles on riverbanks. The hoofed animals are constantly on the move in search of grassland, and are watched and pursued by the predators, which feed off them. This is one of the most incredible sights you will see and the numbers are simply overwhelming. Also seen are the Masai tribes people grazing cattle in their age-old tradition. Serengeti National Park is also the only Tanzanian Park where you can take HOT AIR BALOON flight similar to those available in Masai Mara in Kenya. Dinner and overnight at Seronera lodge/Camping.
Day 10: Serengeti
Morning and afternoon game drive. All meals and overnight at Seronera lodge/Camping
Day 11: Serengeti - Arusha
Breakfast at the campsite around 06.30hrs. Take Picnic lunch with you and drive to Arusha with Game drive enroute. Arriving in Arusha late in the evening where your tour ends. Overnight at Impala hotel or similar.
Day 12: Arusha - Nairobi
After breakfast, board shuttle bus at 07.30hrs. Depart for Nairobi at 08.00hrs to arrive at around 13.30hrs. Transfer to the airport for flight back home.
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