Best of East Africa Tour

from £5,175.00

Experience the untamed beauty of East Africa with this iconic tour. The journey takes you through the rolling plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara to the final destination of Mt. Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain. Along the way experience the beauty of Lake Manyara, the serenity of the Ngorongoro crater and the majesty of the Amboseli elephant park.

This is a once in a lifetime journey into the heart of Africa.

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  • Group Size Medium Group
    16
All about the Best of East Africa Tour.

East Africa in known for its unparalleled beauty, incredible wildlife and iconic landscapes. Each year, the primal drama of survival plays out on an epic scale on the plains of the Serengeti. An estimated two million wildebeest, along with hundreds of thousands of zebras, make a 3000 kilometre circuitous journey across the vast grasslands that stretch across the Serengeti plains to the Northern Serengeti and the Masai Mara in Kenya.

 

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Transfersto and from Nairobi Airport with English speaking driver guide
  • Accommodation in Nairobiwith breakfast
  • Accommodation on safarion full board basis (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Shared 4×4 stretched Land Cruiser safari vehicle
    • Roof pop tops for better photography and game viewing vantage points
    • Mini-fridge you can use to stock with drinks (for your own account)
    • Reference books & maps
    • Litre of water per person per day during game drives
  • 1x Ngorongoro Crater tour
  • Unlimited game drives during the safari
  • Services of your professional and knowledgeable Kenya/Tanzanian English-speaking driver guide
  • All national park entrance fees (park fees are valid for 24 hours – if you enter the park at a particular time, you need to exit at the same time)
    • Driving in the parks is allowed between 6 am and 6 pm only (no night drives allowed)
  • Comprehensive support from our operational office in Tanzania for the duration of the safari
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • International flights
  • Entry visa to Tanzania
  • Travel Insurance (Highly recommended)
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Laundry services
  • Gratuities to the driver/guide, hotel staff & porters – our recommendations:
  • Driver/guide – suggested at US$10 per person per day (US$60pp for entire safari)
  • Hotel staff – at your discretion
  • Porters carrying suitcase/s – recommend US$1 per suitcase
  • Balloon safari
  • Maasai Boma visit fee
  • All expenses of personal nature
  1. Day 1 Nairobi

    On arrival at Nairobi Airport, you will be welcomed by our friendly safari team and transferred to your hotel in Nairobi.

    Overnightat Nairobi Serena Hotel (standard room) with breakfast included.

  2. Day 2 Nairobi - Lake Naivasha

    After breakfast, you will receive a safari briefing before your East Africa safari start. Your day begin spending time in Nairobi where we visit the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation centre in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa.

    We also visit the Giraffe Centre, which protects the highly endangered Rothschild’s giraffe’s and end the tour with a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum. Enjoy lunch in Nairobi before we drive through the Rift Valley to Lake Naivasha.

    Overnightat Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge (standard room) with lunch, dinner and breakfast included.

  3. Day 3 Lake Naivasha - Lake Nakuru

    After breakfast, drive to Lake Nakuru National Park where you will enjoy a full day with game drives. Lake Nakuru is a shallow alkaline lake in the Rift Valley, renowned for its spectacular flamingo population and one of the world’s greatest ornithological spectacles. Although Lake Nakuru is primarily a bird sanctuary, animals such as zebras, gazelles, Rothschild giraffe, impala, rhino (sanctuary), lion and leopard are also found at the lake.

    Overnightat Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge(standard room) with lunch, dinner and breakfast included.

    Lake Nakuru National Park

    Lake Nakuru is internationally known for its flamingos. This alkaline lake is recognised as being one of the natural wonders of the world. Lake Nakuru is also a rhino sanctuary, protecting a population of over 40 black and over 60 white rhino, but the flamingos, of course, have always been the main attraction. At times there may be almost two million flamingos inhabiting the area, forming a stunningly beautiful deep-pink band around the edges of the lake shore. Although over 400 bird species have been recorded at Nakuru, they are not the only attraction the lake has to offer; over 50 species of mammal have also been recorded and it is perhaps the best place in Kenya to spot a leopard. Troops of black-and-white Colobus monkeys can be seen in the yellow-barked acacias. Black and white rhino, the rare Rothschild’s giraffe, herds of buffalo, dik-dik, klipspringer, eland, the occasional leopard and many other plain’s game are also found here.

  4. Day 4 Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara

    Enjoy a boat excursion on Lake Naivasha, which is the highest lake in the Rift Valley and one of its most beautiful. Fringed by papyrus and with the extinct Mount Longonot as a backdrop, this is a wonderful place to watch and photograph birds.

    We leave the lake area behind and drive through the Rift Valley to the Masai Mara National Reserve, followed by an afternoon game drivein the park. The annual highlight is the Great Wildebeest Migration (between July and end October), creating one of the world’s supreme natural spectacles. The wildebeest forms a magnificent sight when they enter into the Mara and cross the crocodile infested waters of the Mara River.

    Overnightat Mara Serena Safari Lodge (standard room) with lunch, dinner and breakfast included.   

    Masai Mara Game Reserve

    Bordering Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, Masai Mara offers a wide variety of wildlife and the best opportunity to see lions (some with gorgeous, long black manes) and cheetahs. It is common to see lions, hippos, crocodiles, antelope, giraffes, wildebeest, warthogs, baboons, hyenas, jackals, zebras, cape buffalo and dozens of birds, including ostriches, cranes, secretary birds, and storks in just one day of game viewing. Every year, millions of wildebeest and zebras migrate into the Mara in search of water.

    The timing of this phenomenon varies, depending on the rains. Whether you see the migration or not, wildlife watching is good year-round, and the Mara will leave you with a lasting impression of Kenya.  Rivers cross the landscape of rolling plains and dotted with lone acacia trees.

  5. Day 5 Masai Mara

    Enjoy a full day in Masai Mara with morning and afternoon game drives or afull day game drive. With a bit of luck, you will see some of the ”big five.”  The great diversity of species present in this area is impressive. The Masai Mara has the highest concentration of land mammals compared to all other parks!

    Overnightat Mara Serena Safari Lodge (standard room) with lunch, dinner and breakfast included.   

  6. Day 6 Masai Mara - Serengeti

    After breakfast drive from the Masai Mara via the Kenya/Tanzania border at Isebenia/Sirari (which is west of the national parks) to the Serengeti. Enter the Serengeti National Park through the NdabakaPark gate in Western Serengeti and enjoy en-route game drivesto the lodge. Arrive late afternoon in the Central Serengeti with herds of animals running across vast open spaces and predators hunting their prey.

    Overnightat Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge (standard room) with lunch, dinner and breakfast included.   

    Serengeti National Park

    The Serengeti’s endless plains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are patrolled by Africa’s big cats, elephant, buffalo, gazelle and giraffe, and is perhaps most famous for the migration of animals. The principle players are the wildebeest, whose numbers appear to have increased to approximately 2 million. Also, about 250,000 zebras make the seasonal journey to fresh pastures, first to the north, then to the south after the rains.

    So strong is their ancient instinct to move that no drought, gorge or crocodile infested river can hold them back.  In February, the wildebeest cows drop their young in a synchronized birthing that sees some 300,000 to 400,000 calves born within two to three weeks of one another. Bird watching in the Serengeti is good all year round, but at its very best during November through April. This is when European and North African migratory birds are present for resident species.

  7. Day 7 Serengeti

    Enjoy a full day in Serengeti National Park with morning and afternoon game drives or afull day game drive.  Relax and enjoy the vast beauty that Africa has to offer. The Serengeti is one of the few places in Africa where game sanctuaries have remained completely unspoiled.

    Overnightat Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge (standard room) with lunch, dinner and breakfast included.   

  8. Day 8 Serengeti - Ngorongoro Crater

    Enjoy a morning en-route game drive to the park gate followed by a picnic lunch before heading to Ngorongoro Crater. After bidding the Serengeti farewell, you will visit Olduvai Gorge, a famous archaeological site. The gorge lies on the location of an ancient lake, covered by thick layers of volcanic ash, which carefully preserved the world’s earliest records of humankind and which was unearthed by the devoted Leakey family.

    The museum displays some of their fascinating discoveries and remarkable artefacts. En-route to Ngorongoro, you can opt to visit a Maasai Villagenear the crater. (The Maasai charge US$30 per person. The proceeds are used to buy water and other necessities for the tribe that you will visit. This entrance fee to the village will be for your account and is not included in your package).

    Overnightat Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge (standard room) with lunch, dinner and breakfast included.   

    Ngorongoro Crater

    The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest unbroken volcanic caldera and is regarded as the 8th wonder of the world. It is one of the most diverse and fascinating areas of Tanzania and has been granted the prestigious status of a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve.

    The fertile slopes and steep forest-covered walls are home to approximately 30,000 animals including the rare black rhino. The various ecosystems found within the 260 square kilometre crater floor sustain Cape buffalo, elephants, wildebeest, zebras, elands, gazelles, hippos, numerous bird species as well as a high concentration of predators. Although birdlife is excellent throughout the year, from November to April, migratory birds from Europe and Northern Africa are present and many resident birds are in breeding plumage.

  9. Day 9 Ngorongoro Crater - Lake Manyara

    After breakfast, descend 600 m into the magnificent crater for game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater. Witness an unforgettable spectacle of African wildlife – a world teeming with animals. The park sustains a vast variety of animals, including the black rhino, with its year-round water supply and fodder.

    Another big drawcard to this picturesque park is its dense population of predators, which includes lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard.  Enjoy a picnic lunchat the hippo pool near the Mandusi Swamp and a drive through the forest will allow you to feast your eyes on some of the most spectacular green vegetation you will ever see. Later in the afternoon, you will ascend to the crater rim and drive to Lake Manyara.

    Overnightat Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge (standard room) with lunch, dinner and breakfast included.   

  10. Day 10 Lake Manyara

    After breakfast, drive down into the Rift Valley on the way to Lake Manyara National Park followed by full day game driveswith a picnic lunch.  The mosaic of the Park’s different habitats is easily seen: the rift wall, the ground water forest, acacia woodlands, open grassland, the lake shore, swamp and the lake itself.

    Overnightat Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge (standard room) with lunch, dinner and breakfast included.   

    Lake Manyara National Park

    Located on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Manyara is a remarkably species-rich reserve, especially known for its birds, elephants, flamingos and tree-climbing lions.

    En-route to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, Lake Manyara is well worth a stop in its own right. Its forests, bush plains, baobab-strewn cliffs and hot springs offer an incredible variety in a small area. The alkaline soda lake is home to an amazing array of bird life with the best bird watching from November to April.

    During this time the migratory birds from Europe and Northern Africa can be observed and many birds can be seen in their breeding plumage.

  11. Day 11 Lake Manyara - Arusha - Amboseli

    After breakfast proceeds to Arusha, the central point of the Cape to Cairo route.  Continue to Amboseli National Park, crossing and clearing customs at the Tanzania/Kenya border of Namanga.  Enter Kenya and drive to Amboseli National Park; if time permits you will be treated with a game drive.

    Overnightat Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge (standard room) with lunch, dinner and breakfast included.   

    Amboseli National Park

    Amboseli National Park is 392 sq. km in size at the core of an 8,000 sq. km ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants among other wildlife species.

    Other attractions of the park include opportunities to meet the Maasai people, and it also offers spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world. Amboseli is a very fragile ecosystem, submitted to significant seasonal variations. During the wet season, the rains flood the lake bed and the surrounding area. Because of the high salt deposits in the lakebed few trees grow in the park, with only small patches of acacia and some palm trees far off from the lake. The herbivores appreciate Salt-rich pastures.

    Despite the first impression of a dusty and arid land, Amboseli is overflowing with water all year round below the ground surface. Waters converge into various underground streams that rise into two clear water springs in the centre of the park, giving birth to large marshes like the Loginya Swamp where elephants, hippos and buffalo’s find shelter.

  12. Day 12 Amboseli - Nairobi Airport

    Enjoy a morning game drive before returning to the lodge for lunch. Afternoon transfer to Nairobi Airport for your onward flight home or option to extend trip to Zanzibar*

    (Please arrange your flight to depart late afternoon or arrange with us any extra overnight accommodation and transfers you may need).

     

     

Accommodation

Night 1: The Nairobi Serena Hotel

Situated in beautiful manicured gardens on the border of Nairobis Central Park is the stunning Nairobi Serena Hotel. It’s understated elegance provides guests with a truly relaxing environment from which to explore the surrounding metropolis.

Nights 2 -3: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge 

Ideally located on the shores of Lake Naivasha – Sopa lodge offers guests unparalleled views out across the Savannah, with numerous game cascading across the open landscape. The accommodations are luxurious with exceptional dining options.

Nights 4 – 5: Mara Serena Safari Lodge

Situated in the heart of the world famous Mara reserve lies the stunning Mara Serena lodge. The lodge is African elegance at its best, with stunning accommodation, excellent service and unparalleled views across the plains.

Nights 6 – 7: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge 

The Serengeti Serena Safari lodge is situated on the plains ideally located near the Grumeti river. Wildlife sightings are in abundance. The rooms are traditional African thatch beehives adding to the truly unique African flavour.

Night 8: Ngorongro Serena Safari Lodge 

Built out of local rock on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serena lodge has spared no expense in creating a breath taking environment in which to immerse yourself in the beauty of Africa. Luxury rooms, beat

Nights 9 – 10: Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

The Lake Manyara Serena lodge is an awe inspiring combination of idilic mountain landscapes and panoramic lakeside views. The lodge provides quintessential  African luxury and treats each guest to an outstanding getaway experience.

Night 11: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

Amboseli Serena lodge is spectacularly situated over looking the mighty Mt. Kilimanjaro mountain. Well known for the incredible wildlife in the park and unparalleled hospitality and  luxurious rooms.

Accommodation Luxury in Africa

Nairobi Serena Hotel

Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge

Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge

Mara Serena Safari Lodge

Mara Serena Safari Lodge

Great Migration Tour Tanzania

Serengeti Serena Lodge

Ngorongro Serena Safari Lodge 

Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

Tanzania is a malaria risk area – please consult your physician/travel clinic before you travel to Tanzania for advice on precautions against malaria.

You do NOT need a yellow fever vaccination to enter Tanzania, except if you travel through an endemic country (or been in transit for 12 hours or more in such a country) you required presenting a yellow fever vaccination certificate. We recommend that you check the latest health information before departure.

We use 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser for our safaris. The vehicles take up to 6 clients in 3 rows of seating (guaranteed window seat for all) with a pop-up roof, which can raise for wildlife viewing. The pop-up roof also provides shade while enjoying your safari.  The Land Cruiser is equipped with binoculars, reference books on African mammals and birds. We offer you unlimited kilometerson your safari to make sure you get the best game viewing opportunities while on your safari.

Our safari guides are the ones who make the difference between a standard safari in Tanzania and a once in a lifetime experience.

You can rest assured that you will be taken care of from the very moment you arrive until you depart with some truly memorable experience. The guides who accompany our groups are doing it for many years and therefore understand our clientele.

It is STRONGLY ADVISED that all clients take out adequate insurance cover to cover instances such as cancellation due to illness, accident or injury, personal accident and personal liability, loss of or damage to baggage and travel delays (Note that this is not an exhaustive list). eXplore Plus will NOT BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE if you, the client, fails to take adequate insurance cover.

 

PASSPORT & VISA’S REQUIRMENTS:

Please note that anyone travelling abroad is obliged to have a valid passport with a minimum of six months validity from the date of return with at least 3 blank pages.

Most passport holders require a visa for Tanzania. Visas are obtainable from the Tanzania High Commission. Remember that visa requirements can change with little or no notice. Please double-check foreign entry requirements according to your nationality by contacting eXplore Plus or the Tanzania High Commission. Please note it’s your responsibility to obtain a visa as we accept no liability for your failure to do so.

Overall Rating
5/5
Hans Schroeder
Reviewed On 01/04/2019
5/5

The people and places to visit in East Africa are incredible. Great food, amazing wildlife experiences and superb tour guides. Very Knowledgable. HIGHLY Recommended!

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17th July 2020 - 28th July 2020
Partially Available
£5,175.00
£5,675.00
3rd July 2020 - 14th July 2020
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£5,275.00
£5,675.00
6th March 2020 - 17th March 2020
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£5,175.00
£5,675.00
19th June 2020 - 30th June 2020
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£5,175.00
£5,675.00
5th June 2020 - 16th June 2020
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£5,175.00
£5,675.00
15th May 2020 - 26th May 2020
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£5,175.00
£5,675.00
3rd April 2020 - 14th April 2020
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£5,175.00
£5,675.00