13 Days The Great East African Safari Tour Package from Albatros Travel $4775/- (Posted on Jul 13 2011)

13 Days The Great East African Safari Tour Package from Albatros Travel $4775/-

THE GREAT EAST AFRICAN SAFARI TOUR

Day 1 – Nairobi to Amboseli National Park
Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by a representative from Albatros Travel and introduced to your driver/guide. You will then be transferred from Nairobi to Amboseli National Park, a drive of approximately 3.5 hours. Amboseli is best known for its unrivalled views of Kilimanjaro and the local elephant population. There are over 1,000 elephants in the parks eco-system, including some of the largest in Africa.

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park

Arrive in time for lunch at your accommodation, Amboseli Serena Lodge. This lodge is very secluded, situated within a grove of acacia trees and offers uninterrupted views of Mount Kilimanjaro beyond the golden savannah plains. Close by, the only source of water in this arid and starkly beautiful park can be found in the form of emerald green swamps, fed by the melting snows of Kilimanjaro, attracting huge numbers of wallowing elephants, hippos, buffalos and plains game.

Take an afternoon game drive with sundowners at the prehistoric site of Observation Hill, from where the sun setting over Kilimanjaro is magnificent.

Day 2 – Amboseli National Park
After a traditional breakfast you depart in the early morning on your first game drive of the day.

Amboseli with the white and crystalline snows of Kilimanjaro, forming the perfect backdrop to one of Kenya`s most spectacular displays of wildlife, Amboseli is no doubt a photographer’s paradise. Amboseli offers the opportunity to see Lion, elephant, rhino, cheetah buffalo and a host of plain’s game.

After lunch back at the lodge, you will set out on another game drive in the late afternoon, perhaps down on the plains for further game viewing. In addition to this parks incredible game, there is also a wide variety of other activates to partake in including hiking, bird watching and walking safaris. It is also possible to learn about the culture and way of life of the indigenous Masai population through homestead visits.

Choose to have dinner inside the lodge or underneath the great starry African sky with the chorus of the bush quietly humming in the background.

Day 3 – Amboseli National Park to Karatu (Tanzania)
This morning, you will leave the stunning and incredibly scenic land of Amboseli behind, as you begin your journey into Kenya’s equally charming neighbour, Tanzania. Your first stop will be for lunch in Arusha town, which is the central point between Cairo and Cape Town and the hub of all Tanzania safaris.

You will then continue your journey across the Great Rift Valley floor to the foothills of Ngorongoro, where you will spend the afternoon and overnight at Plantation Lodge. Plantation Lodge is a green oasis resting on the soft, red-brown hills amidst the vastness and silence of East Africa. The individually furnished rooms and suites at Plantation Lodge are dotted around within the beautifully flowering garden, offer comfort and relaxation. Plantation Lodge is owner run and managed giving the lodge an extremely personal atmosphere and a home-away-from-home feel. The furnishings have been individually selected with great attention to detail, and the service offered here leaves no wish unfulfilled.

Enjoy a variety of activities such as bird watching, a visit to the farm or coffee plantation or a simple massage.

Day 4 – Lake Manyara National Park
A short drive from Plantation Lodge is Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its population of flamingos in its alkaline soda-lake and often under-stated.

Lake Manyara National park is home to three very distinct habitats – a lush groundwater forest, open floodplains and acacia woodlands, favoured by Manyara`s legendary tree-climbing lions and elephants with extremely impressive tusks. The grassy plains provide the perfect habitat for large herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra as well as giraffes. In this extremely scenic park of contrasts, it is possible to see banded mongoose darting between the acacias, while the diminutive Kirk’s dik-dik forages in their shade. This is a great park and definitely worth a visit.

Lunch is taken at a scenic picnic location in the park, before returning to Plantation Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Day 5 – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Today you will have the opportunity to witness one of the most spectacular and magical wonders of the world, the Ngorongoro Crater. Located within the larger Ngorongoro Conservation Area, covering over 8,300 square kilometres, the actual crater is 260 square kilometres wide and 620m deep. It is thought that the original volcano was probably as high, if not higher than Kilimanjaro.

In order to maximise your experience and avoid the crowds, we recommend rising early for a half day game drive in order to be on on the crater floor as the sun begins to rise. It would be difficult not to be amazed by this natural phenomenon before you. Home to about 25,000 animals, the Ngorongoro crater is one of the last places in Tanzania where the Big Five can be seen.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is unique as it is a multi-use conservation area where the animals and the environment are protected, whilst the Masai continue to enjoy their pastoral  is considered one of the World Heritage Sites, and also one of the International Biosphere Reserves. Additionally, the NCA is unique because it is a multi-use conservation area – where the animals and environment are protected but the Masai are allowed to live and continue their pastoral lifestyle.

Enjoy a picnic on the edge of one of the crater’s lake as you watch elephants quench their thirst from afar. Return to the lodge to relax and enjoy a well-earned feast.

Day 6 – Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Serengeti National Park
Leaving the great spectacle of the crater behind you will drive to Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed as one of the 7 natural world wonders of modern time, the Serengeti National Park.

With an on-route game drive you will soon arrive at the luxurious Mbalageti, your accommodation for the next two days. Mbalageti Serengeti is located in the western corridor of the Serengeti National Park. The Lodge offers a breathtaking 360-degree panorama view of the Serengeti Plain lands and the Mbalageti River, where one of the main attractions is the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra. You will enjoy luxurious safari-style tents, each with en-suite bathroom and a spectacular view, The private veranda with its cooling thatched roof is a tranquil oasis and works as an extension of your bedroom.

Chill out in the afternoon alongside the swimming pool offering a 360 -degree view of the Serengeti – the perfect opportunity to cool off after a hot and dusty game drive.

Day 7 – Serengeti National Park
There’s nothing like an early morning start allowing you to experience one of the most ultimate game viewing experiences.

After a hot cup of tea or coffee you will soon be wide-awake as you watch wildlife at its most active time. The park is renowned for its annual migration; when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle.

For something completely different, we can arrange an early morning balloon safari over the Serengeti. View large pods of wildlife and watch the sun rise over the park’s endless plains, only to finish off this relaxing journey with a scrumptious champagne breakfast. After lunch at camp, return to the parks open plains in search for more wildlife viewing and experiences. As the evening light approaches, you will be thoroughly rewarded with all you game spotting with sundowners at a picturesque location in the park.

Day 8 – Serengeti to Lake Victoria
Wake up early this morning before setting out to the lakeside town of Musoma. Here you will be met by a boat, which will shuttle you to the amazing Lukuba Island Lodge, set on a secluded, soft sand beach on the eastern side of Lake Victoria, the second largest fresh water lake in the world.

Countless species of birds flock to its granite boulders, fish eagles and snowy egrets floating over the ripples, as Nile monitors and spotted neck otters swim up on the rocks to sun themselves. Enormous fig and mahogany trees create a lush green canopy which not only filters the equatorial light, but also provides a home for the vervet monkeys and red and blue agama lizards that frequent them. This is a nature lover paradise.

The Lukuba Island Lodge is comprised of eight intricately built stone bungalows with traditional grass thatched roofs, all with lake views, just steps from the beach. Set under massive fig trees and flanked by granite monoliths, the cabins provide a beautiful view of the rock islands scattered across the channel and yet are private enough to enjoy the quiet songs of the visiting shore birds. The Lodge is the perfect place to relax after a few days of safari. Lukuba provides everything you’ll need to unwind, to take a deep breath and let the sounds and visions of Lake Victoria overtake you.

Day 9 – Lake Victoria
At dawn the sun rises slowly over the offshore islands, cormorants drying their wings as ancient dhows sail past. You eat breakfast in an open, stone-walled dining room overlooking the bay, and afterward can go for a leisurely boat ride around the island, or venture off on a hike, or try fishing with a traditional bamboo fly-rod, or even just sit in one of the canvas beach chairs and listen as the morning waves gently brush the shoreline.

Lukuba Lodge exists in harmony with its environment. From Sunset rock, its highest point, you can watch the sun set over the great African lake, the afternoon’s languid pace catching the rhythms of the island. Lukuba offers an unparalleled way to experience the scenic beauty, the bountiful wildlife, history and culture of Lake Victoria, while being a perfect complement to a Serengeti safari.

Day 10 – Lake Victoria to Masai Mara
After two days of relaxing on your own private island you leave for a full day of travel to Kenya. An interesting and scenic drive, you will again cross back to Kenya at the Isebania border making your way to the prestigious Masai Mara.

For your three-night Mara stay, the stunning and intimate Karen Blixen Camp shall accommodate you. This camp offers an authentic ‘yesteryear’ experience for visitors wishing to gain that little extra from their safari, where one can obtain a sense of the exiting explorer days when such areas were seldom visited and sometimes after months of travelling – elaborate and comfortable camps were set up providing a luxurious and stylish retreat to come back to at the end of each days adventure.

Arrive for sundowners and experience a dinner with breathtaking views over the river, where the dramatic escarpment provides the perfect backdrop. Meals are made from the finest fresh ingredients prepared by experienced chefs; they offer pan-African, Italian and Asian fusion gourmet cuisine served alongside a comprehensive selection of wine.

Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria

Day 11 – Masai Mara
The Masai Mara is also home to the seasonal awe inspiring annual wildebeest migration, which has been described as `the greatest wildlife show on earth`. This breathtaking spectacle is enabled by the Mara being an extension of the renowned Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

The diversity of the Masai Mara scenery, including meandering rivers, towering escarpments and rolling grasslands, provide the perfect habitat for the abundance of game, including the Big Five, which can be found here.

Depending on the time of year, today will involve a drive down to the river or across the plains in search of the scores of wildebeest who gather here at certain times of the year, or admiring the resident game which can be found all year round.

Dinner and overnight at Karen Blixen Camp.

Day 12 – Masai Mara
This morning, there is the opportunity to rise early and experience a game viewing adventure from an entirely different perspective! A hot air balloon safari across the Masai Mara which takes off in the crisp morning air, and lasts for approximately an hour, allows for a beautifully peaceful experience floating silently high above plains, forests and rivers. Upon landing a fully cooked champagne breakfast awaits.

More game viewing opportunities arise later that morning en-route back to camp and in the afternoon. In addition to the spectacular game to be found here, there are also over 450 species of birds that have been identified in the Masai Mara Ecosystem.

Dinner and overnight at Karen Blixen Camp.

Day 13 – Nairobi to Masai Mara
It may be the last day of safari however your game viewing does not stop. After breakfast, experience an on-route game drive to the airstrip, before out of the Mara and onto Nairobi. You will arrive in Nairobi late afternoon, and will be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International airport in time for your onward journey or international flight.

 

DATES & PRICES:

Jul 2011 to Dec 2012
Price Start from $3,905/-

Special offer – Book and Pay by 1 August 2011 and receive 10% off!
Easter supplement: 06th, 07th, 08th & 09th April – USD40 per person per night
Christmas supplement: 24th, 25th, 26th & 31st December – USD50 per person per

Included in the price:

  • Full board accommodation at Amboseli Serena for 2 nights, Plantation Lodge for 3 nights, Mbalageti Tented Chalets x 2 Nights, Lukuba Island Lodge x 2 Nights and Karen Blixen Camp for 3 nights
  • Park entrance fees
  • Game drives and site seeing as per the itinerary in a custom built safari minibus in Amboseli
  • Game drives and site seeing as per the itinerary in a custom built safari 4×4 Land Cruiser in Tanzania
  • Game drives in an open vehicle in the Masai Mara on a shared basis
  • Transfers as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flight Mara – Nairobi
  • Professional English speaking driver guide
  • Government taxes and levies
  • All transportation as per itinerary

Excluded from the price:

  • International Airfares
  • International and domestic departure tax
  • Visas
  • Travel and health insurance
  • Gratuities to your guide, hotel staff and porters
  • Balloon flight
  • Any personal items and anything not mentioned under included in price

Practical information
Arrival & Departure Information – Kenya`s International airport is called Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Upon arrival you will be met by a representative from Albatros Kenya and introduced to your driver guide who will accompany you on the beginning part of your safari. You will also be transferred to the airport at the end of your safari for your onward arrangements. Depending on your flight timings it may be necessary to have an overnight in Nairobi at the beginning or end of your safari (at an addittional cost). Please let us know if you would like to be picked up at a hotel or the airport. If you have already booked your flight, let us know your flight details.

Visas – Certain nationalities (including Europeans and citizens of United States of America) require a visa to enter Kenya. The current cost of a single-entry visa is USD50 per adult & USD25 per child. Visas can be purchased on arrival in all major currencies.

Health Requirements – Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an endemic area. Please visit your doctor for further medical precautionary advise.

Weather – Given Kenya’s equatorial location, the climate is warm year round, however it can get chilly in the early morning and evenings.

Remember to pack – A fleece jacket for early morning and late evenings, long sleeved tops and light trousers for the evenings, sensible walking shoes, a sun-hat and a swimming costume.

Time difference – GMT +3 hours

Capital City – Nairobi

Major Languages – Swahili & English

Plug Size – British 13 amp three pin plug

Voltage – 230V

International Dialling Code – +254
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Rates quoted are inclusive of current statutory taxes but are subject to change in case of any taxation or levy increases.

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