Discover East Africa’s incredible natural beauty and diversity of wildlife on this 11-day safari to Kenya and Tanzania. Stay on the peaceful shores of a Rift Valley lake, see the vast herds of the Masai Mara and Serengeti, and go on game drives in wildlife-packed Ngorongoro Crater. Blending thrilling game viewing with luxurious lodge accommodation, this East Africa itinerary delivers a once-in-a-lifetime safari experience.
After clearing customs and immigration at Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi, you’ll be met by our travel representative and transferred to Fairmont The Norfolk hotel.
Built in 1904, this landmark hotel is surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens in bustling downtown Nairobi. Recover from your international flight in your spacious, air-conditioned suite; its comfortable bed, high quality linen and pillow menu ensuring a great night’s sleep in preparation for your East Africa safari.
Fairmont The Norfolk also has a cocktail bar and choice of restaurants - we’d recommend Tatu, a contemporary American steakhouse specialising in 12-day dry-aged steaks from Morendat Platinum beef; an outdoor heated swimming pool, health club with a gym sauna and steam room, and a day spa.
From Nairobi it’s a two-hour drive through the Great Rift Valley to Lake Elmenteita, in the Soysambu Wildlife Conservancy. Here you’ll be staying at Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp, an incredibly luxurious tented camp set on shore of this beautiful Rift Valley lake.
Each of the massive tents at Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp has a private veradah with comfortable chairs where you can sit back and take in the peaceful lake views. Waterbuck and monkeys are often seen in the camp’s pretty, tree-filled grounds, but what this lake is best known for is flamingos - in season flocks of up to a thousand are seen feeding in the shallow waters by the shore.
Go on day and night game drives in the Soysambu Conservancy, looking out for herds of zebra, eland and petite dik-diks (by day), as well as eagle owls and bat-eared foxes (by night). Another option is game drives in nearby Lake Nakuru National Park, just a half-hour’s drive away, which also has vast flocks of flamingos, and is a good place for spotting black rhino, Rothschild’s giraffe and (if you’re lucky) lion.
Travel to Kenya’s best known reserve, the Masai Mara, where you’ll spend the next two nights at Governors’ Camp with its beautiful views out over the Mara River. This really is a spectacular location in a game-rich region of the Mara: lie in bed listening to hippo in the river below and watch an elephant wander through the unfenced camp.
The Masai Mara is famous the world over for phenomenal big game viewing. Set off on morning and afternoon game drives across rolling golden grasslands and look forward to sightings of lion, cheetah, elephant, buffalo and giraffe; leopard stalk the woodlands, and if you travel between July and October you might find yourself amongst the huge wildebeest herds of the Great Migration.
Along with game drives, you can also opt for a dawn hot air balloon safari and the unforgettable experience of watching the sun rise as you drift over the Masai Mara plains.
From the Masai Mara you continue to Singita Grumeti Reserve, a vast private concession bordering Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. Here you’ll be staying at Singita Faru Faru River Lodge, in one of only eight suites overlooking the Grumeti River.
Not only is Faru Faru in a region known for excellent year-round game viewing, but it is also on the migratory route so if you travel between June and September you could see the thousands-strong herds of the Great Migration. Twice-daily game drives take you across the wide Serengeti plains, and since this is a private concession your guide is allowed to drive off road getting you up close to sightings of lion, cheetah, leopard and elephant.
There are plenty of other activities to choose from too including guided game walks, hot air balloon and horse riding safaris, or we won’t blame you for simply wanting to relax in your incredible suite with its huge windows letting in the beautiful river views. Of course being a Singita lodge you can rest assured that you’ll also be treated to superb cuisine, fine wine and faultless service.
Round off your safari with at the wonderfully unique Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, perched right on the rim of its namesake crater.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ngorongoro is world-renowned for consistently good big game viewing and is one of the best places in Africa to see the Big 5. Game drives at Ngorongoro tend to last a full day as you need to descend 2,000 feet to the floor of this steep-walled crater. Once there look forward to sightings of giant elephant in the dense forests, hippo and flamingos in the wetlands and predators on the open grasslands including cheetah, jackal, spotted hyena and a large number of lion.
After an exciting day on the crater floor, return to your sumptuous suite for a deep bubble bath surrounded by rose petals in your opulent, chandelier-lit bathroom. Or, after a quick freshen up, have a Maasai warrior escort you to the main lodge for sunset cocktails and those ever-present crater views. Eclectic and luxurious, a stay at Ngorogoro Crater Lodge is a fitting end to a phenomenal safari.
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