World's Greatest Show & Safari - Mara
12 days from $9,795 per person
* Prices are in US dollars, based on double occupancy.
The Highlights of World's Greatest Show & Safari - Mara
This safari captures the very best of Kenya and Tanzania and the most likely route for observing the Great Migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra across the great plains of East Africa. Marvel at the snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the highest free-standing extinct volcano in the world, originally in Kenya but given to the Kaiser by Queen Victoria as she already had Mt. Kenya! Explore the lush pastures of the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, the world’s largest caldera, with its full kaleidoscope of African wildlife happily living in the bowl of the crater.
Explore Ngorongoro Crater, hailed as one of the Natural Wonders of the World, and home to both predator and prey.
Discover the beauty of Amboseli with its famous large tusked elephants and views of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro.
Experience the thrill of tracking Africa's Big Five and watching millions of wildebeest and zebras during their annual migration crossing the Mara River.
Enjoy aerial game viewing as you fly between locations maximizing your safari time each step of the way.
1. House of Waine
Converted from a private home to a charming boutique hotel, House of Waine blends elegance with modern living in an exclusive and serene setting in the suburbs of Nairobi. The bedrooms are uniquely and individually styled and named. Each room has a separate shower and bath, toiletries, hairdryer, and telephone. All rooms have individually controlled air conditioning, room safe, direct dial telephone, flat screen TV with local and satellite channels, tea/coffee making facilities with cookies, fresh milk and freshly ground coffee delivered daily, complimentary non-alcoholic mini bar, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel also features a restaurant, various dining areas, and a heated swimming pool with a poolside bar.
2. Tortilis Camp
Kenya, Amboseli National Park
Tortilis Camp is named after the local Acacia Tortilis tree, and is situated just outside the Park in an area of unspoiled woodland. The thatch covered tents are large and spacious, and feature king or twin beds, elegant en-suite bathrooms and private verandas. With Mt. Kilimanjaro peering down over the entire camp, each of the tents have glorious views of the mountain. Tortilis Camp prides itself in serving up fresh homegrown salads and vegetables from its healthy vegetable garden. From impressive bush breakfasts out in the middle of the plains, to homemade pasta and bread at the camp, the Tortilis chefs excel with every meal. The camp guides are based in camp and know their backyard intimately. More than half of the guides are Maasai, and together, have combined guiding experience of 80 years. In between safari activities, enjoy the swimming pool, or indulge in a massage, manicure or pedicure.
3. Lewa Safari Camp
Kenya, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Sprawling over the Laikipia plains, this unique and exclusive retreat offers privileged access to 65,000 acres of private protected wilderness. Featuring large tented bedrooms with spacious verandas and full en-suite bathrooms, the camp offers authentic comfort. The central areas have exquisite gardens with a large sunny veranda and a swimming pool to enjoy during the day. At night, cozy log fires in the lounge and dining room are perfect for chilly evenings. Meals are prepared by a team of skilled cooks, using the freshest ingredients sourced from the mountain highlands. Lewa offers a host of activities for observing animals in their natural habitat. Choose from day and night game drives or guided bush walks. Evening horse rides allow you to get very close to plains game, while evening camel rides, is another picturesque experience. Horse rides are for experienced riders only and camel rides are suitable for non-experienced riders.
4. Sand River Masai Mara Camp
Kenya, Masai Mara
Sand River Masai Mara is located on the banks of the Sand River, within the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Comprising only 16 tents, including a family tent, the camp replicates the heyday of exclusive tented camps of the late 1920’s. The spacious en-suite tents feature a bedroom and lounge, and amenities include a bathtub, outdoor shower, solar heated hot water, twin vanity, writing desk, hairdryer, digital safe and a charging point with universal adapter. The camp is divided into two separate but adjoining campsites, with each area possessing its own designated dining and public areas, thereby creating an increased sense of exclusivity and privacy. Additional facilities include a billiard room, library and refreshing swimming pool with a large sun deck. Wi-Fi is available in the main reception areas. Sand River Masai Mara is an ideal destination for exceptional game viewing at any time of the year.
5. Arusha Coffee Lodge
Arusha Coffee Lodge is hidden among one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations and beautifully positioned below the rugged peak of Mount Meru. The theme of coffee is never far away at Arusha Coffee Lodge as evidenced by the beautifully designed plantation suites and rooms, all adorned with comfortable furnishings. Each room features an ensuite bathroom including a triple-headed shower, bathrobes and slippers, hairdryer, electronic safe, mini-bar, telephone, tea and coffee making facilities. The homey feel of the lodge is by no means accidental as the origins of the homestead continue to emit glimpses of times-gone-by. The main Plantation House is home to an à la carte restaurant, an intimate bar and a cozy lounge, all of which have inviting open log fires. There are two boutiques, an enclosed swimming pool and a popular garden terrace. The common areas also offer complimentary Wi-Fi.
6. The Manor at Ngorongoro
Tanzania, Ngorongoro Conservation Area
The Manor at Ngorongoro is located within a 1500-acre coffee estate, surrounded by flowering gardens and age-old trees. Reminiscent of an elegant up-country Cape Dutch estate, the luxurious cottages are positioned to ensure that every guest experiences the natural beauty of the landscape, as well as the privacy and intimacy characteristic of an old world manor home. Each cottage has its own private entrance and adjoining sun terrace. A double open-fronted log-burning fireplace divides the room's interior. The en-suite bathroom has a Victorian-style bath, as well as twin vanity basins and a large rainfall shower. Cottage amenities include a hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, in-room electronic safe, universal power adapters and charging points. The main Manor House features fireplace lounges, a formal dining room, dining conservatory, bar, private wine cellar, library with Internet, home theatre, snooker room, a massage room, swimming pool, and horse stables. Wi-Fi is available at the main Manor House.
Day 1. Arrive Nairobi, Kenya
Jambo na Karibu! With a warm Swahili welcome upon your arrival, you'll be transferred to your boutique hotel on the outskirts of Nairobi. Spend the rest of your day as you please.
House Of Waine
Day 2. Nairobi / Amboseli National Park
Your safari takes off with a flight to Amboseli National Park. Upon checking into your well-appointed tented camp, meet your expert ranger for an afternoon game drive. Capture panoramic photos of some of Africa's largest elephants as they amble through the grasslands with the snowcapped Mt. Kilimanjaro as the backdrop. Cap off your day with traditional sundowners as you marvel at views of Africa's highest mountain glowing in the twilight. (BLD)
Day 3. Amboseli National Park
Rise with dawn's early light for your game drive - you may catch up with the big cats, sated after their night hunt. Watch for wildebeest, zebra, impala and warthogs and see how many of the 300 species of birds you can spot. Tonight, unwind and be mesmerized by the dazzling blanket of stars. (BLD)
Day 4. Amboseli / Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Fly north to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Arrive at your camp in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive in search of the unique species found in this region including the Grevy zebra and reticulated giraffe. (BLD)
Lewa Safari Camp
Day 5. Lewa Wiildlife Conservancy
Start the day with an early morning game drive in the quiet serene wilderness. Perhaps you'll come upon a cheetah snuggling with her cubs or a herd of gerenuk browsing in the foliage. Before your afternoon game drive, laze poolside and take in the views of wildlife lingering nearby. (BLD)
Lewa Safari Camp
Day 6. Lewa Wildlife Conservancy / Masai Mara
Your adventure continues as you take wing to the Masai Mara, Kenya's premier game reserve. Your traditional safari camp is located along the Sand River, where over a million wildebeest and zebra make their migration crossing every year. With your camera gear ready, meet your expert rangers and take off on a game drive across the reserve's tree-flecked grasslands. You’ll be amazed by the herds of plains game, elephants and a wide variety of other animals and birds. (BLD)
Sand River Masai Mara
Day 7. Masai Mara
Awaken with the animals to join your morning game drive. Keep a lookout for the black-maned lion, leopards and cheetahs returning from their night hunt. Explore the bends of the traversing river where hippos and crocodiles spread out in their favorite feeding grounds. This afternoon, set out for a second game drive. (BLD)
Sand River Masai Mara
Day 8. Masai Mara
Spend the day enjoying various game viewing activities. Perhaps greet the sunrise with an optional hot air balloon ride, or visit a traditional Maasai homestead and learn more about their cattle-based culture. After dinner, gather around the campfire and share your favorite wildlife photos with your safari companions. (BLD)
Sand River Masai Mara
Day 9. Masai Mara / Arusha, Tanzania
Cross the border with a flight to Arusha, where you’ll be met on arrival and transferred to your lodge, a peaceful retreat tucked within a large coffee plantation. Relax and explore as you please. (BLD)
Arusha Coffee Lodge
Day 10. Arusha / Ngorongoro Crater
Explore magical Lake Manyara, with seasonal pink-hued flamingos lining its shore and some 400 species of birds. Your ranger will diligently seek out the park’s fabled tree-climbing Manyara lions and blue monkeys to round out your photo gallery. Continue on to your beautiful lodge near the Ngorongoro Crater. (BLD)
The Manor At Ngorongoro
Day 11. Ngorongoro Crater
Descend some 2,000 feet to explore Ngorongoro's sprawling crater floor. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this unique biosphere has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. The crater is home to numerous herds of elephants, large prides of lions, leaping gazelles, and countless zebras and wildebeest. Watch the amusing antics at the hippo pool. After dinner, be awed by the equatorial constellations as they illuminate the endless sky. (BLD)
The Manor At Ngorongoro
Day 12. Ngorongoro / Depart
After a short flight to Arusha, you'll enjoy lunch and a place to relax at a reserved hotel day room until transferring to the airport for your onward arrangements. (B)
Land Arrangements (Price per person)
**Surcharges Apply Jan 01-10, Dec 15-31.
Air Arrangements (Internal Airfare)