East Africa and Zanzibar Safari Schedule
Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi
Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the 5-star hotel Fairmont Norfolk Hotel. Dinner (not included) can be taken at the hotel or at any of the cities many restaurants.
Day 2: Nairobi to Masai Mara
Leaving the lodge after breakfast, continue up the floor of Rift to arrive in the famous Masai Mara National Reserve, and at the Entim Mara Camp in time for a late lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy your first game-drive in the Mara. World renowned for the breathtaking spectacle of ‘the greatest wildlife show on earth’, the awe inspiring annual migration of the wildebeest, the Mara is Kenya’s most visited protected area. Technically an extension of Tanzania’s renowned Serengeti National Park, the Mara constitutes only 4% of the entire Serengeti ecosystem but its rolling grasslands, meandering rivers and towering escarpments offer one of the world’s most rewarding and evocative wildlife arenas. Returning to the camp, enjoy some relaxation on your private veranda, sundowners and dinner in the central restaurant.
About the Mara
When it comes to game-viewing, there is nowhere in Africa richer in wildlife or more eventful in encounters than the Mara. A pristine wilderness of haunting beauty, it promises its visitors a profusion of wildlife, prolific bird life and the unprecedented opportunity of catching up with all the members of the ‘Big Five’ in one morning.
Distance/drive time: 270m / 5hours
Day 3: On safari in the Mara
Spend all day on safari in the reserve with morning and afternoon game drives and breakfast, lunch and dinner at the camp. When it comes to game-viewing, there is nowhere in Africa richer in wildlife or more eventful in encounters than the Mara. A pristine wilderness of haunting beauty, it promises its visitors a profusion of wildlife, prolific bird life and the unprecedented opportunity of catching up with all the members of the ‘Big Five’ in one morning. All meals and overnight at Entim Mara Camp
Day 4: On safari in the Mara
You have yet another exciting day in Masai Mara enjoying morning and afternoon game drives, all meals and overnight at Entim Mara Camp
Day 5: Tanzania and Lake Victoria
After breakfast cross the border between Kenya and Tanzania at Isebaniaand drive to the shores of Lake Victoria with a picnic lunch on the way. Check into the Speke Bay Lodge, which is on the lake shore, and spend a restful afternoon on the largest inland lake in the world. The white-painted lodge, which offers a series of traditional round or ‘rondavel’ thatched buildings, has been styled to resemble a small village of the local Sukuma people and offers guided walks, biking, fishing, canoeing and more (some or all of which may be charged additionally). Dinner at the lodge.
Distance/drive time: 480 km / 9 hours
Day 6: Lake Victoria
Day spent at the shores of Lake Victoria with 1.5hour boat ride and visit to local village. All meals and overnight at Speke Bay Lodge
Day 7: Lake Victoria to Serengeti
After breakfast enjoy a morning walk. Later check out and drive to the Serengeti National Park and to Serengeti Sopa Lodge, which isideally located for safari game drives as well as optional activities such as balloon safaris, guided walks etc.
En route afternoon game drive with picnic lunch at a site in the park and arrive at sunset for check in, dinner and overnight at the lodge.
About the Serengeti
Covering 14,763 sq km of endlessly rolling savannah plains, the Serengeti is Tanzania’s first-established, largest and most famous park wherein tens of thousands of hoofed animals roam in a constant and unremitting search for the fresh grasslands upon which their survival depends.
Distance/drive time: 250km / 5 hours
Day 8: On safari in the Serengeti
With a full day on safari (morning and afternoon game drives included) your options are wide. The Serengeti, whose Maasai name ‘Siringet’ translates as ‘the endless plains’, offers unparalleled ornithological opportunities and an unrivalled natural arena wherein the glory and harmony of nature can be appreciated as nowhere else on earth. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the lodge.
Day 9: To the Ngorongoro Crater via Olduvai Gorge
After breakfast, leave the Serengeti and drive to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area via Olduvai Gorge the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ and site of one of the most important and controversial Palaeolithic finds in recent history. After lunch at the site, continue into the crater for an afternoon tour. In the late afternoon, arrive at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, which enjoys magnificent views down into the crater. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
About the crater
Often referred to as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’ the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s best-known wildlife arenas. A World Heritage Site, it is also one of the largest volcanic craters in the world (almost 20 kilometres wide, 610-760 metres deep and covering a total area of 264 square kilometres). An utterly unique biosphere, the Crater harbours grasslands, swamps, forests, saltpans, a fresh water lake and a glorious variety of birdlife, all enclosed within its towering walls. Due to its high concentration of wildlife, close-range viewing opportunities and striking scenery it is also Tanzania’s most visited destination.
Distance/drive time: 145 km / 3 hours
Day 10: Ngorongoro to Tarangire
After breakfast drive to Tarangire National Park, an arid haven, peppered with ancient baobab trees, towering termite mounts, and home to huge herds of elephant. Enjoy lunch at Tarangire Sopa lodge. The lodge also offers its own swimming pool. Afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Distance/drive time: 200 km / 3 hours
Day 11: Arusha to Zanzibar
After breakfast, drive to Arusha where lunch will be served in a local restaurant. Transfer to Arusha Airport for your flight (cost not included in this package) to Zanzibar. Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to the Ocean Paradise Resort, which offers crystal blue waters, a wide selection of dining experiences (breakfast and dinner are provided in your package), extensive sports, and a wide range of cultural entertainment (some or all of which may be charged additionally).
Distance/drive time (to Arusha): 150 km / 2.5 hours
Day 12, 13 & 14 On the ‘spice isle’ of Zanzibar
Three days of leisure in Zanzibar, where activities at the hotel include (some are charged) swimming, snorkelling, sea kayaking, diving, water sports, dhow trips and nature trails plus visits to a dhow workshop and the brooding caverns of the Mangapwani Slave Caves where slaves were hidden after the abolishment of slavery made their shipment illegal. Other places of interest in Stone Town and around are: the Portuguese Fort, the Sultan’s Palace, the old Dhow Port, the Old Slave Market, the House of Wonders, the Old Dispensary, the home of the slaver, Tippu-Tip, the Livingstone House, The Hamamni Bath, The National Museum, The Chukwani Palace, The Jozani Forest – the last red colobus monkey sanctuary, The Mtoni Palace ruins, The Maruhubi Palace ruins and the Persian Baths of Kidichi. Breakfast and dinner only (lunch not provided) are provided at the resort.
Day 15: Depart
After breakfast, depart to Zanzibar airport to connect to your onward flight.