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Deluxe Kenya and Tanzania (13 days)

Abercrombie & Kent Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya To Nairobi, Kenya

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Sep 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Nairobi, Kenya
Hemingways Nairobi None

Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.


After customs and immigration formalities, proceed to the Arrivals Hall where you arewill be met by an A&K representative and transferred to Hemingways Hotel.


Hemingways Nairobi is the new luxury boutique hotel in the serene Karen suburb.  Ideally positioned to give sweeping views of the Ngong hills, the property offers 45 enchanting rooms housed in an elegant plantation-style building. Each room is large and airy with un-interrupted views of the forested valleys and the rolling hills in the distance.


Hemingways Nairobi prides itself in offering outstanding, personal service which includes valet and butler service for each room. Other amenities include express check in and checkout, free WIFI connectivity, satellite television, gym, spa, pool and unlimited supply of mineral water in the room. The property is located 16kms away from the bustle of Nairobi city centre, making it a great alternative to any city hotel.

Day 2
Lewa Downs, Kenya
Nairobi, Kenya
Sirikoi Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel, meet your A&K representative at the hotel reception and transfer to Wilson Airport.


10:20 – Depart on a scheduled flight for Lewa Downs


11:30 – You are met by lodge staff and transferred to Sirikoi Lodge for lunch


Willie Roberts and his wife Sue set up Sirikoi on Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Willie knows everything about the bush and is a great raconteur about his time living in the Mara and working on anti-poaching there in the 1990s. This is a great camp in which to listen and learn and being on Lewa, it has fabulous wildlife.


Four beautifully appointed tents, each with Victorian baths, overlook the well-watered lawn which attracts the grazing animals. There are also two standard tents and a secluded two bedroom cottage which is situated in a private corner of the camp near the wetlands where elephant and buffalo are regular visitors. In 2010, the three-bed roomed Sirikoi house became the lodge's latest opening. Two bedrooms were built in one unit whilst the master bedroom was a unit on its own with a large sitting and dining room separating them.

Day 3
Lewa Downs, Kenya
Sirikoi Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You have the day to explore the conservancy on morning and afternoon game drives


The swimming pool offers the perfect spot to watch game and birdlife and the lodge also has a 20ft hide, which is a great spot for viewing the diverse landscape, having sundowners and stargazing. Rhino, elephant and Grevy's zebra can be seen on bush walks, horseback rides or from safari vehicles.

Day 4
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Lewa Downs, Kenya
Sanctuary Olonana Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast at the camp and transfer to the airstrip.


09:35 – Depart for Maasai Mara on a scheduled flight


11:00 – You are met by camp staff and transferred to Sanctuary Olonana for lunch


Sanctuary Olonana is a small exclusive camp located on a private stretch of the Mara River, at the foot of the impressive Siria Escarpment.  Accommodation is in fourteen huge canvas pavilions with en-suite bathrooms, floor to ceiling mosquito netting,  solar lighting and large verandas overlooking the river where the hippos wallow.   The main dining room and veranda also command views over the Mara River and offer the perfect setting for after dinner star gazing. There is a swimming pool and our mini-spa is a treat, here, in the middle of the African bush, guests can experience traditional African remedies alongside French marine therapies from Thalgo.  


Conservation is integral to everything Sanctuary Retreats do and at Olonana an innovative wetlands system allows for used water to be recycled naturally before it is returned to the environment. The tree-planting project gives guests an opportunity to plant a tree and leave a positive mark on a piece of Africa

Day 5
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Sanctuary Olonana Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A wide range of activities are offered including game drives, bush walks, sundowners and bush meals. Olonana works closely with a local Maasai village and visitors to the village get an insight into the traditional way of life of the Maasai tribe.

Day 6
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Sanctuary Olonana Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

There is an option of viewing game aloft a hot air balloon.


As the balloon is inflated against the first rays of sunrise your pilot will go through safety procedures. It’s then time to climb aboard. Once aloft, the balloon floats gently over the plains, giving a bird’s eye view of the game below as the sun creeps slowly over the horizon. Spread beneath you is a panorama of Africa – elephants looking improbably small; giraffe browsing amongst the treetops; antelope grazing; a pair of lionesses stalking a herd of wildebeest; an eagle guarding his eerie; and cheetah glancing up as the shadow of the huge balloon crosses their paths. After around one hour the balloon lands and nearby breakfast is already being prepared. The smells of bacon, sausages and eggs drift on the breeze as you begin breakfast with platefuls of exotic Kenyan fruits and homemade pastries and, of course, glasses of bubbly to toast your flight in a tradition initiated by the Montgolfier brothers.

Day 7
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Tarime, Tanzania
Migori, Kenya
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Namiri Plains Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After an early morning game drive and breakfast, you will transfer to the airstrip.


11:30 – Depart for Migori in a scheduled flight


12:00 – You are met and driven with picnic lunches across the border to Tarime Airstrip


14:30 -Depart Tarime airstrip on a scheduled flight to Seronera airstrip


16:35 -Arrive Seronera Airstrip. Game drive (approx. 1 hour) to Namiri Plains Camp.


An exclusive and intimate 6 tented safari camp, ideally located in the "secret Serengeti" that is Soit Le Motonyi. 1.5 hours east of Seronera, the camp is located in a small fever tree forest overlooking the Serengeti plains that lie to the north of Gol Kopjes. The spacious tents are equipped with king size beds and en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets and safari showers. The open camp fire provides the perfect location in which to swap stories and recount the events of the day.


For over 20 years, the area of Soit Le Motonyi was closed to tourism and reserved as a cheetah conservation and breeding program. As a result of this program, the area now features the highest density of cheetah in East Africa, along with high numbers of lion and leopard, allowing for excellent year round game viewing. Between November and May, the camp is well positioned to access the vast herds of the annual Migration as they pass through Soit Le Motonyi and gather on the plains to the south west of Namiri Plains.

Day 8
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Namiri Plains Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Full day game drives in Namiri.


One of the world's last great wildlife refuges, the Serengeti, stretches between the Ngorongoro Highlands and Lake Victoria.  The name comes from the Maasai word siringet, meaning "endless plains". The Serengeti's 14,763 square kms contains about three million large animals, many of them taking part in seasonal migrations, unparalleled in nature.


Every year, triggered by the rains, 1.3 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle gather to undertake the long trek to new grazing lands. The migration of the herbivores roughly defines the boundaries of Serengeti National Park, which is the central zone of the Serengeti ecosystem, an area that also takes in Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Maswa Game Reserve in the west.

Day 9
Serengeti, Tanzania
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Mwiba Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

07:00 – Breakfast and transfer to Seronera Airstrip game viewing along the way


09:25 - Depart Seronera airstrip in a scheduled flight to Mwiba airstrip


10:30 - Arrive Mwiba airstrip drive a short distance to the lodge game viewing along the way


13:00 - Lunch at the lodge


16:00 - Afternoon game drive and return to the lodge at dusk


Mwiba, a secluded, sophisticated haven set among massive stone boulders, ancient coral trees and acacias, overlooking a rocky gorge on the Arugusinyai River, is the latest addition to the Legendary Expeditions portfolio. Set in harmony with this idyllic natural backdrop, Mwiba offers an unmatched experience in luxury adventure. This exclusive destination mixes both traditional and modern design elements, creating an inviting, sophisticated hideaway.


The interiors artfully integrate the natural surroundings with layer upon layer of textured creams paired with suede, tans and accents of chocolate and charcoal. From the linen dressed slope-armed sofas to ornately carved wooden leg tables and cascading lighting, the eight double suites all give way to a wide-open layout where each room flows to another.  The bathroom brings the outdoors inside with traditional canvas walls accented with copper fixtures, large soaking tubs with private outside showers, all with transporting views from hardwood plank decks. The grey slate-lined infinity-edge pool overlooks three springs where guests can enjoy the sights and sounds of a constant parade of wildlife.  

Day 10
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Mwiba Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You have the day to explore Mwiba.


Vast and privately controlled, this exquisite 51,000 acre wildlife reserve is vibrantly lush with color-infused botanicals, 33 freshwater springs and a diverse array of wildlife. Game drives, bush walks and cultural excursions to the local tribe’s village are just a few of the magical experiences that begin at the Mwiba, where a world of adventure awaits.

Day 11
Ngorongoro, Tanzania
Manyara, Tanzania
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

09:00 - Breakfast at the lodge and transfer to the airstrip


10:30 - Depart on a schedule flight to Manyara airstrip


12:00 - Arrive Manyara airstrip, meet and transfer to Ngorongoro Crater Lodge for lunch

 

The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure


Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is dramatically beautiful, perched at the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater with spectacular views of the World Heritage Site.  All the suites at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge have en-suite chandelier-lit bathrooms where absolute glamour and opulent interiors can be indulged in whilst taking in the rich wildlife. Through large glass windows in the bathroom, bedroom and lounge area, truly remarkable and memorable views can be enjoyed whilst lounging in absolute comfort and style. The domed dining room, with its welcoming fireplace, crystal, silver and massive wooden platters, treat ever meal as a special occasion. Truly food for the soul, this mélange of traditional African recipes is enhanced by Africa's famous spices - saffron, vanilla, cumin and nutmeg.

Day 12
Ngorongoro, Tanzania
andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The day is yours to explore Ngorongoro Crater on game drives.


Your game drive today will be like no other as you visit one of the most dramatic safari destinations in Africa, the Ngorongoro Crater. Descend to the crater floor in search of the big 5 with the back drop of the forest covered crater walls surrounding you, creating stunning back drops for all of your wildlife photographs. Travel through the Lerai Forest looking for leopard and onto the plains where the wildebeest and zebra graze whilst cheetah and lion lay and watch. Old elephants pass your vehicle whilst further afield rhino wander and hippos hide in the pools. A picnic lunch is provided so you can maximize your day in the crater.


Ngorongoro Crater is a deep, volcanic crater and the largest unbroken caldera in the world. About 20kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq kms in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder. Within the crater rim large herds of zebra and wildebeest graze nearby while sleeping lions laze in the sun. At dawn, the endangered black rhino returns to the thick cover of the crater forests after grazing on dew-laden grass in the morning mist. Just outside the crater's ridge, tall Maasai herd their cattle and goats over green pastures living alongside the wildlife as they have for centuries.


Visit Maasai village  


The Masai are semi nomadic people and one of the most recognisable tribes in East Africa with their red shukas and elaborate beading.  Visit a Masai Boma today and meet with the village elder who will introduce you to the traditional Masai lifestyle and culture that has been maintained successfully for centuries and still continues to thrive in our ever changing world.

Day 13
Nairobi, Kenya
Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania
Ngorongoro, Tanzania
None Breakfast, Lunch

Breakfast at the lodge and transfer to Manyara Airstrip


11:50 – Depart in a scheduled flight via Arusha to Kilimanjaro Airport


12:45 – Arrive and enjoy packed lunches as you connect flights


13:50 – Depart for Nairobi in a scheduled flight


14:45 – You are met and transferred to Jomo Kenyatta Airport for check-in


17:50 – Depart on your homebound flight

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An incredible itinerary to Kenya and Tanzania that combines a wonderful safari in amazing destinations and the most luxurious camps and lodges.

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Helicopter day trips to Mount Kenya or Turkana are a worthwhile safari addition.

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By: Murf


Reviewed on: 13 Feb 2014

Abercrombie & Kent Kenya, especially Fiona and Benton, ensured that our trip to Kenya was an unforgettable experience.  My sister and I went to Kenya to visit animal orphanages. Abercrombie & Kent Kenya met us at the Nairobi airport and made the entire trip a seamless experience.   Abercrombie & Kent Kenya staff drove us to our destinations, took us on game drives and delivered us to our flights. Abercrombie & Kent Kenya's staff brought a wealth of information including knowledge about the animals, history and culture.  I would not hesitate to recommend Abercrombie & Kent Kenya.  The company and staff ensured that our trip was amazing.    
Travel Advisor:  Martha Rhodes

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By: laurarobi


Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2014

Thank you for a wonderful vacation! I feel like I attended a semester in college, I learned so much on safari. Our guides were great, accommodations were excellent and connections flawless. Patricia, in Nairobi, was especially fun and extremely helpful. You have a real gem in her! I will recommend your company any time!
Travel Advisor:  Michael King

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By: Jim H


Reviewed on: 14 Nov 2017

A&K put together, along with my Travel Advisor, a custom 8 week long tour of Africa for me involving 8 countries. It was a great trip. It covered everything I had wanted to see and more, providing great variety. The travel arrangements all worked smoothly, The accommodations, guides, excursions provided were all first rate. I've used A&K on many trips before. This was probably the most complicated one they have organized for me and I am delighted with how smoothly it went.
Travel Advisor:  Karina Fong