iExplore East Africa Experience

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $4,709
  • Length: 15 days
  • Operator: iExplore Exclusive
  • 1-800-267-33479am - 5:30pm Eastern
    Destinations: Africa, Kenya, Tanzania
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Tour Description

Get the heart-pounding thrill of a safari while still enjoying the comforts of luxury accommodations on this East Africa adventure. Depart early morning for a game drive just as the dawn sunlight begins to stir the sleeping lions, zebras, and giraffes.

At the eastern edge of the Serengeti, and nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera of the once-volcanic Ngorongoro shelters the most beautiful wildlife left on Earth. The Crater is home to countless cheetah, serval, wildebeest, gazelle, zebra, leopard, and jackal.

From there it's on to the Serengeti National Park, famous for the annual wildebeest and zebra migration. During June and July, mind-boggling numbers of hoofed animals make the long trek from Tanzania to Kenya, allowing for superb wildlife viewing.

You will then visit the vast grasslands of the Maasai Mara, Kenya. This is when the elephants, wildebeest, and hippos are most visible as they take to watering holes to cool off. Return to your rooms and sip a sundowner on your private verandah as inky darkness washes over the landscape and the night sounds of the Maasai Mara come alive.

Itinerary

Day 1: NAIROBI

Upon arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met by our representative and driven to your hotel.

Sarova Stanley Hotel or similar.

Day 2: NAIROBI – SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE

After breakfast, drive northwards to Samburu, arriving in time for a late lunch. Your accommodation is situated around a watering hole attracting wildlife both day and night.

Samburu Ashnil Camp or similar.

Day 3: SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE

Enjoy a full day game drive exploring the dust-red plains and palm-fringed rivers of the reserve.

Samburu Ashnil Camp or similar.

Day 4: SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE - OL PAJETA

Departing the lodge after breakfast, we drive along the south flanks of Mt. Kenya to Ol Pajeta Ranch. The ranch sits in the Ol Pajeta Conservancy which boasts a high wildlife-to-area ratio where it is possible to view the ‘Big Five.’

Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp or similar.

Days 5: OL PAJETA - LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

With an early wake-up call, depart for Lake Nakuru National Park and arrive in time for a late lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a game drive before returning to the lodge for some evening relaxation.

Lake Nakuru Lodge or similar.

Day 6: LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK - MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

Today, an early morning departure takes you to the Masai Mara National Reserve. The Masai is the Kenyan portion of the Serengeti Plains where wildlife abounds. Upon arrival, enjoy some lunch before partaking in an afternoon game drive.

Ashnil Mara Camp or similar.

Day 7: MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

Spend a full day in the Masai Mara with morning and afternoon game drives. Time permitting, enjoy optional activities such as guided walks or visit to a local Masai village.

Ashnil Mara Camp or similar.

Day 8: MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE - LAKE VICTORIA

Today, depart for Tanzania with a picnic lunch en-route. Driving along the shores of Lake Victoria , the largest inland lake in the world, we arrive at our lodge in time to enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Lukuba Island Lodge or similar.

Day 9: LAKE VICTORIA

With its countless species of birds and lush green forest canopy, we spend the day on Lukuba Island enjoying optional activities like kayaking, guided walks or a boat trip.

Lukuba Island Lodge or similar.

Day 10: LAKE VICTORIA - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, depart for Serengeti National Park and arrive in time for an afternoon game drive. The lodge is a great place to enjoy optional activities such as guided walks and balloon safaris.

Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp or similar.

Day 11: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Wildlife abounds and the full day’s game drive gives ample opportunity to spot the ‘Big Five.’

Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp or similar.

Day 12: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK - NGORONGORO CRATER

We depart early for one last game drive in the Serengeti before making our way to the Ngorongoro Crater with a stop at Ol Duvai Gorge – the ‘Cradle of Mankind.’ Upon arrival, enjoy an afternoon game drive with a picnic lunch.

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge or similar.

Day 13: NGORONGORO CRATER - AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, drive to Arusha and continue to Namanga, where we clear border formalities. Then continue to Amboseli National Park, famous for its big game and dominating view of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Upon arrival, an afternoon game drive will take place and later at the lodge, enjoy a traditional Masai dance performance. Kilima Safari Camp or similar.

Day 14: AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

Today, enjoy an entire day game drive in the park. For the ultimate view of rolling savannahs and Mt. Kilimanjaro, choose an easy climb up Observation Hill.

Kilima Safari Camp or similar.

Day 15: AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK - NAIROBI

After breakfast, depart for Nairobi and arrive in time for lunch at the Carnivore Restaurant. Afterwards, transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward flight.

Departures

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Pricing Information

2012 Tour Dates Price per Person (USD)
Jan 28- Feb 11 $5399
Feb 11- 25 $5399
March 10- 24 $4999
March 24- April 7 $4999
April 21- May 5 $4709
May 19- June 2 $4709
June 2-16 $4709
June 16-30 $5369
July 7-21 $5369
July 21- Aug 4 $5929
Aug 18- Sept 1 $5929
Sept 1- 15 $5929
Sept 15- 29 $5929
Sept 22- Oct 6 $5929
Sept 29- Oct 13 $5929
Oct 13- Oct 27 $5929
Oct 27- Nov 10 $5369
Nov 3- 17 $5199
Nov 17- Dec 1 $5199
Dec 1- 15 $5199

Duration:15 days
Group Size: 2-12 passengers. Departure guaranteed with a minimum of 2
Transport: Minivan and 4x4 vehicles
Accommodations: Hotels, safari lodges and luxury tented camps.
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches & 13 dinners

Inclusions: Accommodations as per itinerary, meals as indicated, airport transfers, park fees, game drives & activities as described in the itinerary, transportation on tour, professional guide.
Exclusions: International airfare, optional activities, beverages, gratuities, visas, insurance and items of a personal nature. 

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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