East Africa Discovery

Local wildlife and local culture await in Kenya and Tanzania

Accommodation Escorted Tours Fly

11 Nights from $ Per Person

Peregrine

  Fly Stay

  Kenya & Tanzania

  11 Nights

  PAACAH7


Description

The vast grasslands of East Africa support the largest concentration of wildlife in the world. Over twelve days you'll get among the massive herds and their predators from the comfort of a 4WD Landcruisers with our expert local leaders at the helm. From Nairobi, travel to the waters of lakes Naivasha and Nakuru, then take in quintessential, breath-taking Africa in the Masai Mara, the Serengeti, and the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater – all filled with iconic vistas and animals. Enjoy plenty of included game drives and walks to spot the local inhabitants – lions, cheetahs, elephants and more. There is nothing quite like staying in the heart of these incredible national reserves, returning to a welcoming camp after days exploring the plains with guides who have grown up on this land, and falling asleep to the sounds of east Africa. This is an unforgettable journey.


Your Fly & Tour Package Includes:

  • Economy class flight from Sydney to Nairobi, returning from Arusha
  • 12 day East Africa Discovery guided holiday with Peregrine
  • Includes 11 nights accommodation (3 nights in a Feature Stay tented camp), 30 meals, activities + more
  • 1 night’s accommodation in Arusha including breakfast
  • Airline taxes

Extend your flights and stay longer - talk to our travel experts about more options

Why you'll love this trip:

  • Explore two of Africa's premier regions for viewing wildlife – the Serengeti and Masai Mara.
  • Relax in the Ang'ata Serengeti Tented Camp, your feature stay in the Serengeti, perfectly located in the heart of the park but away from the crowds.
  • Visit the Maasai, known for their vibrant red dress and elaborate jewellery, and enjoy a fascinating talk, full of insights into this remarkable and ancient culture.
  • Venture through the spectacular World Heritage-listed Ngorongoro Crater by 4WD.
  • Enjoy a private dinner under the stars within our permanent tented camp while listening to the sounds of the Serengeti.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Purpose-built 4WD Safari Landcruisers are used for the duration of the trip.
  • This itinerary features some long travel days, which can be exacerbated by bumpy African roads. It is recommended that you pay close attention to the given approximations of driving hours.
  • There will be many early starts either to make use of the better safari time or to beat the morning traffic on long travel days.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Nairobi

Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya's capital. Meet your Peregrine representative and be driven to your hotel (approximately 45 minutes). There will be an important group meeting at 6 pm this evening. More details about this meeting can be found at the hotel reception. Spend free time today at your leisure.

Accommodation: Panafric Hotel or similar (1 night)

Included Activities: Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer

Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

Special Information: It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.

An airport arrival transfer is included. This transfer is only valid if arriving on day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Peregrine. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel.

Day 2: Lake Naivasha / Lake Nakuru

Depart Nairobi for Elsamere after breakfast and head north, driving along the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley (approximately 4 hours of driving in total). Elsamere is the former home of the writer Joy Adamson, whose 1960 book 'Born Free' helped bring wildlife conservation into the mainstream. The house is a veritable museum that dedicated to the works of Joy and George Adamson, with many photos of Elsa, the lioness that started it all. You'll then embark on a boat trip on Lake Naivasha, the highest of all lakes in the Great Rift Valley and home to many a hippopotamus. Later, enjoy lunch with the lake as a serene backdrop. After lunch, continue to your Lake Nakuru lodge, arriving in the early evening.

Accommodation: Lake Nakuru Lodge or similar (1 night)

Included Activities: Lake Naivasha - Boat trip, Lake Naivasha - Elsamere Conservation Centre

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Lake Nakuru National Park

This morning you will visit Lake Nakuru National Park by 4WD. Mornings can be cold so it's important to bring warm clothes. You might see why this great soda lake has been described as the world's greatest ornithological spectacle; it amazingly turns into a sea of pink on occasion. Flooding in recent years has unfortunately caused a decline in birdlife. The park boasts substantial numbers of other species, including waterbuck, reedbuck and gazelle. Leopards are also to be found here, and the chances of sighting one is significant. Keep your eyes peeled too, for one of Africa's most endangered creatures, the elusive black rhinoceros (white rhinos are much easier to spot).

Accommodation: Lake Nakuru Lodge or similar (1 night)

Included Activities: Lake Nakuru - Afternoon Game Drive (4x4), Lake Nakuru - Morning 4x4 Game Drive

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Masai Mara National Reserve

Today you will head southwest to the Masai Mara (approximately 6–7 hours), arguably one of the finest game reserves in Africa. Before you arrive, you'll first cross the Great Rift Valley, Africa's immense and spectacular great divide. Pass by the remote region of Loita Hills, home of the traditional Maasai people known for their vibrant red dress and elaborate jewellery. This is one of the key places where the Maasai people still practice their traditional way of life, with little influence from the western world. Make a stop at Tepesua Village, which is known for championing Maasai women’s health and education. You’ll be welcomed by Maasai Warriors by way of traditional song and dance. Meet your Maasai hosts and enjoy a fascinating talk, full of insights into this remarkable and ancient culture. Take a walk to the community village which was founded for widows who had lost their cows due to drought, and can never remarry. The village offers support, safety and economic growth through the ‘Tepesua Widows Income Project’. Here the women are engaged in making handicrafts and sewing eco-friendly handbags, washable sanitary pads, and backpacks to sell to visiting travellers and locals. Learn about village life and be shown around a traditional Maasai home, and their cattle enclosures. We then continue on your journey to ‘The Mara’. After checking into the park, take a short game drive on the way to camp. Set in what is considered Kenya's prime wildlife area, Mara Leisure Camp is located along the Talek River, on the northern boundary of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Facilities at the camp include a swimming pool, gift shop, bar and restaurant.

Accommodation: Mara Leisure Tented Camp or similar (1 night)

Included Activities: Loita Hills - Cultural talk and village visit

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Masai Mara National Reserve

Explore more of the park by 4WD today with further game drives in the morning and afternoon. Witness the wonderful procession of wildlife that inhabits the area. Wildebeest, zebra and gazelle are plentiful, and you might even spot predators keeping a casual eye on their movements. Elephants, giraffes and elands are also commonly sighted, along with plenty of bird life. The area is known for its rolling green plains and riverine woodlands, and amongst the many species of game, a black-maned lion, leopard or cheetah might appear, with some luck. As dusk falls, a variety of animals might be visible in the vicinity of your camp also.

Accommodation: Mara Leisure Tented Camp or similar (1 night)

Included Activities: Masai Mara - 4x4 Game Drive

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Masai Mara National Reserve

Today is a free day. If you wish to continue your exploration of arguably one of the finest game reserves on the continent there are a number of optional activities that you can choose from including half-day or full-day game drives or walking safaris. A morning game drive involves waking at dawn for a light breakfast followed by an early morning game drive, setting off at sunrise and returning to the camp three to four hours later. An afternoon game drive departs around 4 pm and returns after sunset. On returning to the camp, freshen up before joining other guests around the campfire for a pre-dinner drink. An optional balloon ride over the Masai Mara at sunrise is an unforgettable experience. If you have pre-booked this activity you will be picked up from camp before dawn and driven to the launch site for a safety briefing with your pilot. You then glide through the dawn, sometimes at tree height, making the most of the amazing photo opportunities. Sometimes you'll ascend to get an overview of the enormity of the Masai Mara plains and the early-morning movements of the teeming herds. Upon landing you'll be treated to a bush breakfast before re-joining your group.

Accommodation: Mara Leisure Tented Camp or similar (1 night)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Special Information: The balloon ride is offered as a pre-booked service which will guarantee you a place. If you would rather wait and try to get a better price by booking this locally on the ground, you are welcome to, but keep in mind that this is a popular activity and places are limited.

Day 7: Kisii

Say goodbye to the Mara and head to Kisii (approximately 5 hours). Once arrived stop for lunch (at your own expense) and visit a local soapstone factory in Kisii. This town is home to the best soapstone carvers on the continent. Their products are quite popular around the world. It's a favourite stopover for travellers seeking a taste of the exquisite Kisii carvings.

Accommodation: Kamel Park Hotel or similar (1 night)

Included Activities: Kisii - Soapstone factory visit and demonstration

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 8: Serengeti National Park

Cross into Tanzania before heading to the Serengeti National Park (approximately 8 hours, not including time spent at the border). These 'Endless Plains' span some 14,700 square kilometres, but their main claim to fame is 3 million or so animals. The game most likely to be seen in the Serengeti are the wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, lion, cheetah, warthog, hyena, hippo and ostrich. You'll take a game drive en route to your camp and watch the landscape change within the park from the vast treeless central plains to thick scrub and forest in the north. Linking these areas is the savannah, dotted with acacia trees and magnificent rock outcrops. Pull up in the park and enjoy a refreshing sundowner and some nibbles before carrying on to you camp. The next two nights are spent at a mobile tented camp, our feature stay on this trip. Meru-style tents are a great place to relax at the end of the day and have large beds, table, clothes rack, sink, 'bucket' showers and a toilet. The eco-friendly camp has a comfortable lounge area, and a cosy mess tent located in the centre of the camp where meals are served. The campfire is ready every evening for appetizers before dinner. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari camp experience with modern comforts.

Accommodation: Feature Stay at Ang'ata Serengeti Tented Camp or similar (1 night)

Included Activities: Serengeti - Game Drive (Overland Vehicle), Serengeti - Sundowner in the Park

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9: Serengeti National Park

Enjoy a full day of game drives in the truck in the magnificent Serengeti. Pull up in the park and enjoy a refreshing sundowner and some nibbles before returning to camp. Perhaps the ultimate way to go game viewing is on a hot air balloon safari over the great plains of the Serengeti National Park. Hot-air ballooning in East Africa can be an unforgettable experience, an exceptional way to see this part of the world. We strongly recommend booking this extra activity prior to departure if you're interested. Tonight we have a private dinner under the stars within our permanent tented camp while listening to the sounds of the Serengeti.

Accommodation: Feature Stay at Ang'ata Serengeti Tented Camp or similar (1 night)

Included Activities: Serengeti - Game Drive (Overland Vehicle), Serengeti - Private Dinner

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Ngorongoro Highlands

After an early morning game drive, it's time to leave the park and travel through the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area to Karatu (approximately 5 hours). It's one of Africa's most beautiful nature reserves and the world's largest intact caldera. Upon arrival you will check into your accommodation, which is located on the lower slopes outside of the crater. This small and exclusive lodge faces the Oldeani Volcano and is located approximately 15 kilometres from the Ngorongoro Lolduare gate.

Accommodation: Farm of Dreams Lodge or similar (1 night)

Included Activities: Serengeti - Game Drive (Overland Vehicle)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Ngorongoro Highlands

In the morning, climb aboard the 4WD for your descent to the crater floor. Hopefully you'll see some, or all, of the 'big five' creatures that rule here. Animals within the Ngorongoro Crater are less shy of people and safari vehicles, so it's easier to see them up close. Views from the rim of the crater are sensational. On the crater floor, grassland blends into swamps, lakes, rivers, woodlands and hills. The Masai are permitted to water their cattle at the permanent lake and can be seen leading their animals in and out of the crater. The most commonly seen animals are the lion, wildebeest, zebra, eland, bushbuck, cheetah, jackal, buffalo, Grant's gazelle, Thompson's gazelle and black rhinoceros. The afternoon is yours to spend as you please, perhaps with optional walking activities or a coffee tour.

Accommodation: Farm of Dreams Lodge or similar (1 night)

Included Activities: Ngorongoro Crater - 4x4 Game Drive

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12: Arusha / Nairobi

Drive to Arusha (approximately 3 hours) where your East African adventure comes to an end at the finishing point hotel. Any flights out of Arusha should not be booked to depart prior to 3pm. Alternatively, you can continue on to finish in Nairobi (approximately another 6 hours). Please see 'Special Information' below for more details.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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