The Best of East Africa

East Africa is known for its bountiful wildlife and breathtaking scenery and you will see the best of it on this spectacular journey through both Kenya and Tanzania.

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You will stay in suberb lodges and camps in renowned national parks over a period of 12 glorious days! Amboseli, the Serengeti and the Masai Mara are all on the itinerary on this exciting safari.

Itinerary

Day 1 - NairobiMeals: D
On arrival at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met by an Albatros Travel representative and given a short safari briefing before being taken to the new Eka Hotel which is perfectly situated a short drive from the airport. Eka oozes modernist luxury and is the perfect place to spend the night after your flight. The food is outstanding and there are always helpful members of staff on hand to help with anything you may need.

Accommodation: The Eka Hotel
Day 2 - Nairobi - AmboseliMeals: B L D
This morning after breakfast you will be collected from the hotel by your Albatros safari guide and taken to Amboseli National Park for your stay at the Ol Tukai Lodge. The lodge is perfectly sited between the trees and with Mt Kilimanjaro as a backdrop there really couldn’t be a more idyllic setting. The lodge is equipped with luxury rooms all well-furnished for a comfortable stay. After a light lunch you can either relax by the pool or explore the grounds. Later in the afternoon as evening draws closer it’s time for the first of your safari game drives. Back at the lodge and after a refreshing shower you can enjoy a drink by the fire before sitting down to a lovely meal in the restaurant.

Accommodation: Ol Tukai Lodge
Day 3 - AmboseliMeals: B L D
As the sun rises on a new day in Amboseli you might want to get up early and make the most of an early morning games drives. It is at this time of the day that there is the best chance of seeing Mt Kilimanjaro in all its glory. Back at the lodge a sumptuous breakfast awaits. Afterwards we suggest a bird walk around the lovely grounds. The variety of birds to be found around the lodge is huge and you could spend hours observing them. The afternoons in Amboseli are generally hot and the lodge’s pool is a welcome and refreshing sight. You might want to spend the afternoon on a sunbed with a good book before your afternoon game drive and evening meal.

Accommodation: Ol Tukai Lodge
Day 4 - Amboseli - NgorongoroMeals: B L D
Today you will cross the border into Tanzania where an Albatros driver guide from our Tanzanian office will be waiting to meet you. You will then be driven to the Rift Valley Photographic Lodge which is ideally located a short drive from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Set in lush gardens and exhibiting an ornamental splendor not often found these days, this is the ideal place to lose yourself in rest and relaxation. After a late lunch an afternoon game drive in the Lake Manyara National Park is on the cards as you get your first taste of Tanzanian game viewing.

Accommodation: Rift Valley Photographic Lodge
Day 5 - NgorongoroMeals: B L D
Today you will be taken on a tour to the Ngorongoro Crater. Famed throughout the world as the place where you can see so much of Africa's iconic wildlife, the crater never disappoints. Back at the Lodge this evening you will sit down to a sumptuous evening meal in the lodge dining room at the end of what will surely have been an eventful day.

Accommodation: Rift Valley Photographic Lodge
Day 6 - SerengetiMeals: B L D
Today you will be transported to the Serengeti National Park and the Ndutu Safari Lodge. This lodge is perfectly situated so that you are right in the heart of the Serengeti. The camp offers very comfortable accommodation enabling you to experience a real safari setting in the heart of the bush. This evening you will be able to sit round the camp fire and exchange safari stories with fellow guest as you wait for dinner to be served, gin and tonic in hand.

Accommodation: Ndutu Safari Lodge
Day 7 - SerengetiMeals: B L D
After a full days game driving Ndutu Safari lodge is a pleasure to come back to. Dinner under the starts discussing the days events is on the menu tonight.

Accommodation: Ndutu Safari Lodge
Day 8 - SerengetiMeals: B L D
Today is the turn the Ikoma Bush Camp in the Serengeti National park. You will depart with picnic lunch boxes to enjoy while you spend the afternoon exploring this famous park before arriving at the Ikoma Tented Camp in time for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Ikoma Tented Camp
Day 9 - SerengetiMeals: B L D
A full day game drive in Serengeti National Park is surely a trip highlight, teaming with game and birdlife the park provides an excellent day out with picnic lunch boxes. As evening starts to draw closer you will make your way back to the Ikoma Tented Camp for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Ikoma Tented Camp
Day 10 - Serenegti - Masai MaraMeals: B L D
After breakfast, depart and drive to Migori Airstrip for the flight to Maasai Mara – the flight departs Migori at 1215 hrs to arrive at 1245 hrs. Your driver guide will meet you upon arrival at the airstrip and transfer you to the lodge for lunch. For your three-night Mara stay, the stunning and perfectly located Mara Simba Lodge shall accommodate you. The Mara Simba lodge sits overlooking a dramatic bend on the bank of the Talek, a tributary of the Mara River, gently blending into the surrounding wilderness. Stretching almost a kilometer along the river the grounds on the bank remain in their virgin condition, while the landscaped gardens filled with indigenous trees at the back draw a great variety of birds and butterflies.

Accommodation: The Mara Simba Lodge
Day 11 - Masai MaraMeals: B L D
Today it’s an early start as you head out into the Masai Mara, on a full day's game drive adventure. This is a full day outing and breakfast and lunch will be picnic style. The Masai Mara needs little introduction and it certainly doesn’t ever leave anyone disappointed. Bring plenty of camera memory and don't forget your sun hat! After a long day the sight of the lodge in the distance as you approach is a welcome one. Dinner will be served at the lodge after you have had a chance to take a shower and relax with a drink or two.

Accommodation: The Mara Simba Lodge
Day 12 - Masai MaraMeals: B L D
This morning take the opportunity to rise early and view the Mara from a different angle on a balloon safari across the Masai Mara (additional cost). Take off in the crisp morning air, only to experience a game-viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective. As you silently float across the plains, forest and rivers for approximately an hour, your journey comes to end back on land but accompanied with a fully cooked champagne breakfast. The day sees more game viewing both in the morning and late afternoon, followed by dinner back at the lodge.

Accommodation: The Mara Simba Lodge
Day 13 - Masai Mara - Lake NaivashaMeals: B L D
After breakfast you will leave the Masai Mara behind you as you head for your final safari destination Lake Naivasha. You will arrive in time for lunch at the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge. Your afternoon can be spent in any way you wish. Enjoy optional activities like boat riding and Crescent Island Tour (additional costs).

Accommodation: The Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge
Day 14 -Lake Naivasha Meals: B L D
After breakfast depart for Lake Nakuru National Park. The Park is famous for the thousands of lesser and greater flamingos that flock to this soda lake’s edge. The numbers vary depending on the water level, and when it’s low, the lake almost turns pink. A truly spectacular sight! The park was established as a sanctuary for black and white rhino, which are often seen. Picnic lunch in the park, after which you drive back to your lodge in Naivasha for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: The Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge
Day 15 - Depart Meals: B
Depart after breakfast and drive to Nairobi. Drop off at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your departure flight.
Additional information

Please note:

Depending on the time of year we will be using Kati Kati for one night and a mobile camp for two nights. The location of the migration camp will determine whether we start with the mobile or end with the mobile. In April and May it will be three nights at Kati Kati as the mobile camp doesn’t operate during that time.

Included
  • All accommodation and meals on full board basis
  • Vehicle based on a 4x4 driven by an English speaking driver guide during the transfers and game drives
  • All park entry fees
  • All local government taxes and levies
Excluded
  • Drinks other than water/tea/coffee
  • Laundry
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Visa and travel insurance
  • Flying doctor service, telephone calls, any other items of a personal nature
  • Tips/ gratitude to drivers and hotel staff, etc.

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 additional 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.

Time difference - GMT +3 hours

Capital City - Nairobi (Kenya) Dodoma (Tanzania)

Major Languages - Swahili & English

Plug Size - British 13 amp three pin plug

Voltage - 230V

International Dialling Code - +254 (Kenya) +255 (Tanzania)

Rates quoted are inclusive of current statutory taxes but are subject to change in case of any taxation or levy increases

What to wear:

Weather - Given Kenya’s equatorial location, the climate is warm year round, however it can get chilly in the early morning and evenings. The weather in Tanzania varies from tropical near the coast (hot & humid) to temperate in the north east highlands. Tanzania`s interesting and varied geography causes differing climatic conditions, and it can be cool at night.

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.

Health and vaccinations:

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

Visa requirements:

Visas - Certain nationalities (including Europeans and citizens of United States of America) require a visa to enter Kenya & Tanzania. The current cost of a single-entry visa is USD50 per person. Visas can be purchased on arrival, for most national, in all major currencies.

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