Discover East Africa
13 days from $3,999 per person
* Prices are in US dollars, based on double occupancy.
The Highlights of Discover East Africa
Experience the breathtaking highlights and wildlife of Kenya and Tanzania on this classic overland safari. Overlooking panoramic landscapes, your comfortable lodges and traditional tented camps are ideally located in prime viewing areas.
*All prices are in US Dollars per person based on double occupancy accommodations unless otherwise stated. Package is subject to availability, may change without notice, blackouts, peak period surcharges, cancellation charges and other restrictions may apply. A 50% deposit is due at the time of booking to confirm program. Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure. Click here for additional Terms & Conditions. CST # 207144-20
Explore the endless plains of the Masai Mara and Serengeti.
Discover an ancient caldera teeming with wildlife.
Experience glamping in a luxury tent in the Masai Mara.
Enjoy interactions with a local Maasai community and learn about their culture and customs.
1. Sarova Panafric Hotel
Sarova Panafric Hotel is located just 11 miles from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, amidst beautifully landscaped gardens in a quiet suburb of Nairobi. Inspired by different regions and cultures in Africa, the rooms are all decorated in a contemporary vibrant African style. The expansive rooms feature spacious bedrooms, ensuite bathrooms and large wardrobes, cool granite tiled floors and richly colored furnishings. All rooms have a vantage city view. Rooms amenities include tea/coffee making facilities, wireless internet connectivity, satellite TV, direct dial telephone and 24 hour room service. The selection of restaurants offer dining oportunities for any occasion, from al-fresco dining to vibrant social nightlife. Additional hotel amenities include a large size pool surrounded by a landscaped garden and a wellness facility located on the first floor.
2. Sarova Mara Game Camp
Kenya, Masai Mara
Sarova Mara Game Camp is set amidst wide gardens of manicured lawns and exotic plants. The camp offers spacious luxurious tents attractively constructed in light beige canvas with large “windows”, wooden flooring and a permanent roof. All have ensuite bathrooms with hairdryers, shaver outlets for 110v and 200v and fully stocked mini bar. Large wooden decks offer a place to relax outside your tent. Enjoy the wonderful view while listening to the orchestra of rasping cicadas, croaking tree frogs and the intermittent call of birds and monkeys - a memorable symphony. All meals are served at the Isokun Restaurant overlooking the main pool, with a backdrop of the beautiful forest cover that surrounds the camp. The camp is uniquely laid out over the sprawling grounds that include rolling manicured greens, a virtual mini forest of indigenous shrubs and exotic trees, a large pond stocked with fish, mini bird sanctuary and an authentic Maasai village adjoining the Camp.
3. Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge
Kenya, Lake Nakuru National Park
Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is nestled along the Lion Hill overlooking the spectacular flamingo pink rimmed Lake Nakuru. The location offers an ideal place for panoramic views of the lake and the picturesque Lake Nakuru National Park. The lodge is a natural haven for bird life and attracts over 50 species of birds among the 400 species that inhabit the park. Each chalet offers private patios with panoramic views of Lake Nakuru, ensuite bathrooms with showers, running hot and cold water, razor outlets, beds with mosquito nets, hair dryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The Flamingo restaurant serves buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. The rift valley bar is just the right spot for that magical sundowner. The bar opens into an amphitheater where cultural dancers entertain visitors each evening. An inviting swimming pool & sauna facilities are also available. Guests can also enjoy outdoor massage treatments.
4. Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
Kenya, Amboseli National Park
Set against the magnificent backdrop of Africa's highest mountain, the glittering Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge enjoys a uniquely privileged position at the heart of this world-famous national park. Secluded within a grove of acacia trees, the lodge looks out over the golden savannah plains, with uninterrupted views of the mountain itself. Close by are a series of emerald green swamps, which are fed by the melting snows of Kilimanjaro. These, the only sources of water in this otherwise starkly beautiful but arid park, attract huge numbers of wallowing elephants, hippos, buffalos and plains game. Meanwhile, from the prehistoric site of Observation Hill, the sunset over Kilimanjaro is magnificent.
5. Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
Tanzania, Lake Manyara
Standing high on the edge of a towering terracotta escarpment with panoramic views over the glittering waters of Lake Manyara, the lodge offers peace and tranquility, wildlife discovery, and ornithological richness. The two story ensuite rondavel rooms are strung out along the edge of the cliff to allow for maximum views. The interior décor reflects the blue of the lake and the pink of its flamingos. Each room has a telephone, hair dryer, bathrobe, slippers and Wi-Fi connectivity. Grouped around a central vanishing horizon pool, the lodge features a reception area, built in traditional African style, which is accessed via a bridge over a small stream. Beyond reception, lies the central dining room, bar and veranda, below which lies the pool. Perched on the very edge of the cliffs, with stunning views of Lake Manyara National Park is the pool bar and observation point. The lodge has a gift shop, room with satellite TV, laundry service.
6. Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Tanzania, Serengeti National Park
Serengeti Sopa Lodge lies within an area of out-standing natural beauty located on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the plains of the south-western Serengeti National Park. Fully en suite guestrooms and suites have been designed, decorated and furnished with your total comfort in mind. 69 standard rooms all have two queen size beds and are tastefully furnished with local fabrics and pictures. On entering the room is a lounge with a mini bar. In the front is a verandah with two comfortable chairs and coffee table, with glass windows facing the vast Serengeti plains which extend as far as the naked eye can see. An open dining area is spacious, airy and allows a magnificent view of the plains. The Bar area is strategically placed also to provide an uninterrupted view, and has a terrace with comfortable chairs for lounging and relaxation.
7. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Tanzania, Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Facing the always magnificent sunsets to the west, and located at the highest point on Ngorongoro crater’s entire rim, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge offers unparalleled views across this enormous caldera. The lodge is themed around traditionally circular African houses with conical roofs, and decorated with examples of artistic traditions by way of rich woodcarvings and sculptures. Guest rooms offer two comfortable queen size beds, and a great view through an enclosed solarium at the view of the crater beyond. Because of its altitude the lodge can be chilly at night so each room has central heating; hot water bottles are placed in every bed during the evening turndown service; and the luxuriously appointed bathrooms have extremely spacious showers under which you can reminisce about the wonders of this awesome, almost magically mystical place called Ngorongoro. All rooms are equipped with amenities to ensure maximum comfort. Continental and local cuisine is served at the Lemala Hill restaurant and the Crater View Bar is the place for relaxing! Whether you’re inclined towards refined single malt whiskeys, aged red wine or you simply crave the award-winning local beers, the Crater View Bar’s timelessly elegant fireplace offers the ideal place to cozy up during chilly evenings.
8. Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Tanzania, Tarangire National Park
Tarangire Sopa Lodge is nestled among the small rocky hills or kopjes scattered with ancient baobab trees. All spacious rooms at this lodge have a private lounge with a mini bar. Each room has two queen-size beds with a mosquito net around them. Ceiling fans keep the rooms cool and glass sliding doors open out on to a balcony, with a great view of the landscape beyond. Wildlife can sometimes be spotted while sitting on the balcony. The bar is located between the lobby and the dining room furnished with comfortable seats for total relaxation. The dining room is a large, spacious, and airy room with an enormous outdoor patio. All meals are included.
Day 1. Arrive Nairobi, Kenya
Jambo na Karibu! With a warm Swahili welcome, you will be met upon your arrival, by an African Travel Inc. representative and transferred to the Panafric Hotel. You will be assisted with checking in at your hotel and given a brief for the safari ahead.
Sarova Panafric Hotel
Day 2. Nairobi / Masai Mara
After breakfast, you will be driven to world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve, backdrop to the “greatest wildlife spectacle on earth”, the annual migration of over one million wildebeest. The Masai Mara National Reserve is an extension of the Serengeti National Park. Named for the Maasai tribes people (the traditional inhabitants of the area) and the Mara River which divides it, it is famous for its exceptional population of wildlife. Arrive in time for lunch at your lodge followed by an afternoon game drive on safari in Kenya's most popular reserve. (BLD)
Sarova Mara Game Camp
Day 3. Masai Mara
Spend the day on safari in one of Africa's richest wildlife viewing arenas with morning and afternoon game drives. The Masai Mara National Reserve offers wonderful scenery of breathtaking vistas, panoramas of vast rolling plains, hills and woodland groves, well watered by the lovely Mara River. The Mara is home to the largest population of lions in Kenya; these magnificent predators spend most of the day sleeping in the shade of Acacia trees. The waters of the Mara River are home to crocodiles and pools of hippo, while the woodlands and forests are favored by leopard and elephant. The open savannah areas play host to the plains’ game. All of the “Big Five” - Lion, Rhino, Buffalo, Elephant and Leopard - are here, as well as cheetah, hippo, hartebeest, gazelle, topi, antelope, zebra and many other animals. You may choose an optional visit to a Maasai village, a fantastic cultural experience (own account). Spend the evening at the lodge where colorful Maasai dance and cultural performances are offered. (BLD)
Sarova Mara Game Camp
Day 4. Masai Mara / Lake Nakuru
After an early morning breakfast, bid farewell to the dotted plains as you drive to Lake Nakuru which is the most famous of the Great Rift Valley lakes and home to a shifting population of over one million flamingos. Arrive in time for lunch at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. Spend the afternoon on safari in Kenya's first and largest rhino sanctuary where sightings of both black and white rhino are almost guaranteed and where you have a higher than average chance of spotting a leopard. Other wildlife includes; lion, hippo, the rare Rothschild's giraffe, Colobus monkey, numerous plains game and 450 species of birds. (BLD)
Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge
Day 5. Lake Nakuru / Amboseli National Park
After breakfast, drive to Nairobi arriving in time for an early lunch at a local Restaurant. After lunch drive through the scenic Athi Plains and into the bush country of Amboseli National Park, home to the legendary Maasai tribesmen and famous for huge herds of elephant. In addition to elephant, antelope, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and the elusive leopard, nearly every vista within the park is framed by majestic Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance. (BLD)
Amboseli Serena Lodge
Day 6. Amboseli National Park
Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives where photographic opportunities are incredible, with plentiful game and Mount Kilimanjaro (the highest freestanding mountain in the world) providing an impressive and majestic backdrop. Amboseli, meaning “salty dust” in Maasai, is a place of stark contrast. Despite Amboseli’s sometimes dry and dusty appearance, it has an endless supply of water filtered through thousands of feet of volcanic rock from Mount Kilimanjaro’s snow melt. These underground streams converge into clear fresh water springs in the heart of the park. The powder like dust is volcanic ash, which was thrown from Kilimanjaro millennia ago. An amazing spectacle of Amboseli is the shimmering dry lake bed where false mirages of populated horizons, punctuated by real herds of zebra and gnu hover in front of you. The main attraction of Amboseli is its vast herds of elephant within the park. The bull elephants here have some of the largest tusks in Kenya. (BLD)
Amboseli Serena Lodge
Day 7. Amboseli / Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast, bid farewell to Amboseli as you transfer to the border town of Namanga for customs and immigration. Thereafter transfer to the town of Arusha, arriving in time for lunch at a local restaurant. Later on, drive to the beautiful Lake Manyara, a shallow alkaline lake that shimmers in a cleft in the Great Rift Valley. Enjoy an evening game drive at Lake Manyara National Park. A small but uniquely diverse national park, Manyara is home to the world-famous tree-climbing lions, thousands of seasonal flamingos and nearly 500 species of birds. (BLD)
Lake Manyara Serena Lodge
Day 8. Lake Manyara / Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, drive to Serengeti National Park arriving in time for lunch at your lodge. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in the greatest game sanctuary in the world, fantastic in its natural beauty and unequalled in its scientific value. The grasslands and savannahs of the Serengeti National Park sustain a huge animal population and are world-famous for the Great Wildebeest Migration. Tirelessly following almost the same pattern each year, the wildebeest fill the horizons accompanied by their predators, lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena. Yet even when the Great Migration has passed, the Serengeti offers arguably the most captivating game-viewing in Africa with great herds of buffalo, elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, impala and Grant's gazelle. The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania's greatest park. Lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the south eastern plains. The sense of space that characterizes the endless Serengeti Plains is an experience not to be missed. (BLD)
Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Day 9. Serengeti National Park
Today enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in this amazing safari area. The Maasai word Serengeti means ‘endless plains’, a perfect description of this magnificent area of over 6,000 square miles. The variety of wildlife in the Serengeti is endless, and on your game drives today you should see the ‘Big Five’ (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) as well as huge herds of zebra and wildebeest. To enhance your safari we highly recommend an optional hot-air balloon safari - an experience that will surely be the highlight of your trip! (optional and for own account). (BLD)
Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Day 10. Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater
Enjoy an early morning breakfast and then depart for Ngorongoro Conservation Area which features rolling plains, lakes, craters, mountains and dormant volcanoes. Journey up the side of the vast Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site, which is one of the largest volcanic craters in the world (almost 12 miles wide, 2,000-2,500 feet deep and covering a total area of 165 square miles) stopping en route at Olduvai Gorge. Known as the “Cradle of Mankind”, this is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world. Pioneered by famous paleontologists Louis and Mary Leakey in the 1950s it offers a glimpse into life two million years ago. Later on, drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area arriving in time for lunch at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. (BLD)
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Day 11. Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, descend into the ‘8th Wonder of the World’, a unique biosphere that has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. Enclosed within its towering walls are grasslands, swamps, forests, salt pans, a fresh water lake and a glorious variety of bird life. Over 30,000 animals live within this enormous natural bowl, the most densely packed concentration of wildlife in Africa. You should see wildebeest, elephant, lion, dik-dik, and wart-hog, whilst on the lakeside there are pelican, ibis and flamingo. Here too are all the members of the ‘Big Five’ (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo) as well as a large cast of plains game and one of Africa’s densest populations of predators. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the crater floor before climbing back up to the lodge in time for relaxation before dinner. (BLD)
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Day 12. Ngorongoro Crater / Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, drive to Tarangire National Park arriving in time for lunch at Sopa Lodge. The park is well known for its huge herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as lion, cheetah and leopard. With its varied habitats and the constant water areas, the park hosts a large diversity of wildlife; 94 species of mammals and over 500 bird species. After enjoying a long leisurely game drive between herds of wild animals and along miles of Africa’s seemingly endless roads, you come over a slight rise and the lodge appears almost immediately below you. (BLD)
Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Day 13. Tarangire National Park / Depart
After breakfast, drive to Arusha town in time for lunch at a local restaurant. Thereafter transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport in time for your departure flight. Bid farewell to Africa until the next time. (BL) The order of this itinerary can vary by departure.
Land Arrangements (Price per person)
**Surcharges Apply - none - The order of this itinerary may vary by departure.
Air Arrangements (Internal Airfare)
No internal air is required for this itinerary.
Currently there are no add-ons for this tour