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East African Explorer Safari - Discover the wonders of Tanzania and Kenya on our 13 day/12 night East African safari visiting Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Amboseli, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti.

Our most popular combined safaris includes some of the best selling adventures in Kenya and Tanzania.

Travel throughout is by road with border formalities at Namanga. These itineraries visit the same great parks and only vary in style of accommodation. Each programme is also packed with game viewing from the shared safari bus in Kenya and shared 4x4 in Tanzania.

Three weekly departures between the itineraries. Minimum 2 passengers to operate. Maximum 7 passengers in each vehicle. Price for sole participant supplements will apply as per information below. We can only accept a single traveller when at least 2 other travellers are confirmed.

Safari Routing
Day Activities OPTION A
01 Arrive in Nairobi and transfer to your hotel. Nairobi Serena Hotel Eka Hotel in a Superior room Safari Park Hotel BB
02 Morning drive to Masai Mara National Reserve.
Lunch at the lodge. Afternoon game drive.
Mara Serena Safari Lodge Keekorok Lodge Mara Sopa Lodge FB
03 Morning and afternoon game drives.
Visit a Maasai village in the morning.
04 Leaving the Masai Mara after breakfast travel across the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley,
stop en route for a picnic lunch. Keeping an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle as you head up the Mai-Mahiu, before arriving Lake Nakuru National Park for a game drive. The national park, known for its bird life, offers a possibility to view flamingos. Option A overnights in Soysambu Conservancy. Options B and C overnight in Lake Nakuru National Park. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Lake Elementaita Serena Camp Lake Nakuru Lodge Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge FB
05 Following an early breakfast, continue to Lake Naivasha for a boat ride (except option A which features a guided bird walk). Leaving the Rift Valley behind, travel to Amboseli National Park. You travel with a picnic lunch arriving at your lodge in the afternoon for time at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the lodge. Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge Ol Tukai Lodge Amboseli Sopa Lodge FB
06 You spend the day game viewing in Amboseli National Park. Option C takes lunch in the park while the other options have lunch at the lodge followed by an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
07 Travel to the Namanga border where you meet your Tanzania transfer driver and travel to Arusha arriving for lunch. Then continue to Lake Manyara National Park arriving at your lodge perched atop the Rift Valley with afternoon at leisure, dinner and overnight. Lake Manyara Serena Lodge Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge FB
08 Morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. Return to the lodge for lunch and then continue to Serengeti National Park arriving at the lodge for dinner and overnight. Serengeti Serena Lodge Serengeti Sopa Lodge FB
09 Morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park. Meals and overnight at the lodge.
10 Depart with a picnic lunch and game view en route to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Option C visits a Maasai village en route to the lodge. Dinner and overnight at the lodge. Ngorongoro Serena Lodge Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge FB
11 Descend in the morning to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater for an extended game drive on the crater floor. A picnic lunch is served overlooking a small lake populated with hippos. You return to the lodge in the late afternoon.
12 Depart to Tarangire National Park. Once you pass the park gate, you game view en route to the lodge arriving for lunch. After some time to relax and enjoy the lodge’s facilities, you have an afternoon game drive. You return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Tarangire Sopa Lodge FB
13 You have a final chance to view wildlife as you make your way to the park gate. Then travel by road to Arusha for lunch. Continue by road to Nairobi with dinner before your transfer to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward connections. L, D
FB = Full board (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
L = Lunch
D = Dinner
BB - Bed & Breakfast
PP = per person
SRS = Single room supplement
  Option A Option B
Departs from Nairobi on:
Price in US$ PP SRS PP SRS
01 November to 15 December 2019 5135 750 4665 590
16 December 2019 to 02 January 2020 6565 1060  5980 980
03 January 2020 to 29 February 2020 6050 935  5650 835
01 March 2020 to 31 March 2020 5350 810 4895 665
01 April 2020 to 19 May 2020 4850 220  4435 70
20 May 2020 to 18 June 2020 5825 720 5300  405
19 June 2020 to 31 October 2020 6575 1085  5905 945
01 November 2020 to 15 December 2020* 5225 760  4835 545
Option A: On this program, the accommodation on Day 1 cannot be changed as program is based on a Circuit. Breaking the circuit will entail supplementary costs.
  Option C
Departs from Nairobi on:
Tues & Thurs
Price in US$ PP SRS
01 November to 15 December 2019 4700 610
16 December 2019 - 31 December 2019 5190 800
01 January 2020 - 29 February 2020 5110 765
01 March 2020 - 31 March 2020 4810 670
01 April 2020 - 20 May 2020 4265 135
21 May 2020 - 22 June 2020 4915 490
23 June 2020 - 31 October 2020 5310 850
01 November 2020 - 15 December 2020 4825 680
Selected departures can be discounted so please use above rates as indicative only.

Xmas/New Years supplements will apply.
Sole travellers will only be confirmed when at least two people have confirmed on a departure and a further supplement may apply for transfers where there is no-one else arriving at the same time.
These tours are also available on a private basis (ideal for family groups or a group of friends)
Our private group tours can depart any day of the week (we can customize the itinerary to suit your family/group requirements but obviously this may affect the overall price).
Child/Third Adult Rates*
• Children younger than age 7 are not permitted on our seat in vehicle safaris. We welcome young children on private safaris.
• One child aged 7-11 years sharing with 2 adults pays 55% of safari cost
• Two children aged 7-11 years sharing their own room pay 75% of adult rate
• Children under 12 pay full festive supplements
• Third adult rate, same as per person sharing

Accommodation used:
Option A: Nairobi Serena Hotel
The Serena group is renowned for offering excellent hotel facilities throughout East Africa, and the Nairobi Serena is no exception. A member of the Leading hotels of the World, the Nairobi Serena enjoys a location on the edge of the Central Park and the City Centre. Shaded by the glorious Jacaranda, Bougainvillea and Acacia trees and surrounded by lush manicured gardens, the hotel provides a peaceful and luxurious retreat to travellers, business people and famous dignitaries in a bustling city.
Option B: Eka Hotel
A contemporary style hotel that provides all the comfort, convenience and efficiency to the discerning traveler, Eka Hotel is ideally located along Mombasa road in Nairobi the capital city of Kenya, it is an ideal business cum leisure hotel, close to the International and domestic Airports as well as the city centre. The hotel offers tastefully decorated rooms, two restaurants, bar, conference facilities, swimming pool and a host of other facilities.
Option C: Safari Park Hotel
An oasis of tranquility in the heart of Nairobi, the Safari Park Hotel blends stylishly elegant African architecture with supremely luxurious accommodation; sparkling water gardens with an inland beach and beautifully landscaped gardens, with a wide choice of international restaurants.

The Safari Park Hotel & Casino stands in 50 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens incorporating a wide variety of indigenous trees, and offering sanctuary to a startling array of birds and butterflies.

Offering a selection of 204 rooms; 36 suites, 168 deluxe rooms and 4 exclusive apartments. Antique furniture characterizes the theme and décor of each room, polished wooden floors and large garden-view rear and front balconies. The Safari Park Hotel is a fusion of international sophistication, safari style, theme-park fun and cultural creativity.

Masai Mara:
Option A: Mara Serena Safari Lodge

Serena Mara
A masterful interpretation of a traditional Masai village, Mara Serena Lodge seemingly floats on a sea of savannah. A beautiful pool looks out over the wide plains. The rooms are Masai-influenced in style yet extremely comfortable. The main dining room, where delicious meals are served, has three large domes and three small ones depicting Maasai manyattas (villages). Occasionally an African al fresco barbecue is served by the pool overlooking the Mara plains. Fresh fruit juices and cocktails, wines, spirits or liqueurs are available at the bar until late in the evening. At Serena, the views are stunning. It is on this very terrain, stretching endlessly before the lodge, that the annual migrations take place. Millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle pass through on their way to and from their alternative feeding grounds in Tanzania.
Option B: Keekorok Lodge
Keekorok is located within Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. Accommodation is on a Full Board basis that includes morning tea or coffee, breakfast, luncheon, afternoon tea and dinner.

Keekorok, meaning motley abundance in the local Masai language, was constructed in 1962 on a choice eighty acre site in an area of permanent springs and lush grassland.

The Masai Mara National Reserve is habitually teeming with wildlife. It is home to literally millions of plains game and their attendant predators particularly during the months from July to October when the migration of wildebeest and zebra reaches its northern apogee.

All kinds of animals and birds abound: 95 species of mammals and reptiles, and an astonishing 485 species of birds have been recorded in the reserve.

Option C: Mara Sopa Lodge
Mara Sopa Lodge - twin roomLocated high on the slopes of the Oloolaimutia Hills, Masai Mara Sopa Lodge was one of the first safari lodges to be built in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, a reason why its gardens and trees are so lush and mature. All the buildings follow the design of traditional African round houses with conical roofs, and these stretch along the line of the hills with the impressively large public area buildings and the swimming pool at their centre.

The lodge has fifty guest cottages divided into two wings to either side of the main public areas. Each of these house two spacious guest rooms with queen and king size beds; mosquito nets; electronic safes; dressing tables; en-suite bathrooms and sheltered verandas that all have views over the gardens and the game reserve beyond.

Six of the cottages each contain two suites with larger bedrooms and bathrooms, and both indoor and outdoor seating areas.

In addition to all of the above, the honeymoon suite has an extremely large, luxuriously appointed bedroom with a king size bed; dressing table and indoor seating area. Its lavishly appointed bathroom contains both a shower and a sunken bath; and its sheltered veranda offers some of the most magnificent views available over the African landscapes below.

Lake Nakuru:
Option A: Lake Elementaita Serena Camp
Flamingos on Lake Nakuru
This Luxury Camp is located on the Soysambu Conservancy, right on the shores of Lake Elementaita. Offering a blend of exclusivity and adventure, the new camp will comprise 25 luxury tents, a dining and lounge area, spa and swimming pool enjoying magnificent views of the Lake. Soysambu Conservancy is a wildlife sanctuary that offers uniqueness whilst boasting a broad range of wildlife and bird species, it is also home to the Rothschild giraffe and is East Africa’s only breeding ground for the Great White Pelican.
Option B: Lake Nakuru Lodge
Lake Nakuru Lodge is situated in the heart of the Lake Nakuru National Park.

Home to the largest population of both Black and White Rhino in Kenya, Lake Nakuru also boasts of over a million pink flamingos, which can often be seen as a pink mist in the distance.

The Lodge blends in perfectly with its surroundings, making it one of Kenya’s finest lodges, the perfect relaxation hideaway and offering stunning views of Lake Nakuru in the distance.

Lake Nakuru Lodge has 88 rooms all of which a feature stylish rustic African furniture designed to compliment the parks safari experience.
At the same time they offer a warm and cosy ambience and the majority offer views over the grounds or Lake Nakuru.

Option C: Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge
Located on a range of hills that form the western limits of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, the newest member of the Sopa family, Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge offers spectacular views over the vastness of Africa. Overlooking Lake Nakuru and its surrounding National Park, it is a paradise for bird watchers and wildlife lovers alike.

Amboseli National Park:
Option A: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
Lying in the shadow of Africa's highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli Serena is surrounded by a thick forest of acacia trees and exquisite gardens. Brightly decorated in an African motif, the lodge's 96 comfortable rooms emulate the architecture of a Maasai village with its manyattas or homes. In the late afternoons and evenings, relax on the beautiful lounge terrace adorned by gardens, pool and paths. From here, watch the nightly ritual of wildebeest, antelope, elephant and other animals coming into graze.

Option B: Ol Tukai Lodge

Ol Tukai LodgeOl Tukai Lodge is an 80 room tourist resort situated in the heart of the Amboseli National Park. The buildings are spaciously laid out and the property has well maintained flat lawns, gardens and wide open spaces.

It is an ideal spot for star gazers in the African tropical nights. The property overlooks Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro and the Amboseli plain to the south and the eastern boundary is amongst the best spots in the world to watch elephant.

There are 80 chalet-style twin rooms at Ol Tukai Lodge, all with an uninterrupted view of the wetlands or Kilimanjaro. The rooms are built from gum trees, local river stone and slate. All rooms are comfortably furnished and have private bathrooms and individual terraces. Two rooms have been designed according to EU standards for wheelchair users.

Option C: Amboseli Sopa Lodge
Amboseli Sopa Lodge - viewSet in 200 acres of private land, and with a rustic charm all of its own, the lodge nestles in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro which, at almost six thousand metres, is Africa’s highest and most famous snow capped mountain. It was this region of Kenya that, in the 1930’s, inspired Ernest Hemingway’s unforgettable stories ‘The Snows of Kilimanjaro’ and ‘The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber’ which were turned into more than successful feature films in the late 1940’s due to their renowned actors. All forms of wildlife still abound in this wilderness which continues all the way to the Amboseli National Park, an easy twenty minute drive away from the lodge.

While the park conserves over six hundred breeding species of birds as well a host of rare and wonderful wildlife, this is also home to the Maasai people, perhaps the world’s most renowned African tribe.

Well spaced cottages meander through the vast expanse of our mature gardens and house our eighty three guest rooms. These are all brightly decorated with Maasai themed wall murals, and each room has been purpose built to contain either one or two queen sized beds as well as a veranda.

Lake Manyara National Park:
Option A & B: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

Lake Manyara Serena LodgeIt would be difficult to find a more dramatic setting than the Lake Manyara Serena Lodge.

Situated at the edge of an escarpment, this deluxe lodge overlooks both the Great Rift Valley, which formed millions of years ago, and the beautiful soda lake of Manyara with is lavish supply of bird life. The birds themselves have provided the inspiration for the lodge's architecture. Graceful, curving and free flowing, it is built in the local circular style and exudes an atmosphere of peacefulness where man and nature co-exist. From the patterns in the reception area resembling bird migration paths, to the soft geometric designs in the bedrooms, there is barely a single straight line in its design.

The bar and restaurant offer guests both indoor and outdoor seating at each meal. Sumptuous menus, buffets and barbecues are served to guests alongside authentic African dishes.
Option C: Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge
Nestled on the rim of the Great Rift Valley with amazing views over Lake Manyara, the lodge is set in lush green gardens, alive with the sounds of the many birds that frequent the property. Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge is the ideal base for a visit to Lake Manyara National Park. Sitting around the outside fireplace watching the sun setting over the Great Rift Valley and listening to the humming of the birds in the background is a wonderful way to relax before your delicious evening meal. The lodge has a dining room where international, traditional and fusion cuisine is served inside and out. A relaxing lounge, cigar bar, television room, billiards room, internet cafe and children's activity room, plus a conference room are all located in the spectacular main house. There is also a beautiful rim flow swimming pool, an outside fireplace, a boutique and a spa.
The lodge 48 suites and 2 luxury 2 bedroom villas are all air-conditioned, tastefully decorated and have panoramic views of the surrounding area. Rooms are equipped with en suite bathrooms with bath, and inside and outside showers. Room facilities include a fireplace, mini bar, safe, wi-fi and private balcony.

Serengeti National Park:
Option A & B: Serengeti Serena Lodge
Serena Serengeti Safari LodgeThe Serengeti Serena reflects both the local culture and the surrounding environment. Set high on a hill with magnificent views of the sweeping Serengeti, the lodge is reminiscent of a traditional African village.
Rondavals built in the time-honored hut style, house luxury bedrooms with ensuite facilities. Simple in design, yet sophisticated in content, the Serengeti Serena's decor highlights African arts and crafts, including woodcarving, bead making and pottery. Everything from key tags to headboards for the beds have been specially made.

This uniquely African design skillfully incorporates the comforts and attention to detail that are the hallmark of every Serena Lodge. Therefore, if you wish to stay in a lodge, but want more of an African experience, then you will thoroughly enjoy your experience here.

Option C: Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Serengeti Sopa LodgeLocated on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the plains of the south-western Serengeti National Park, home to many thousands of wild and rare animals, Serengeti Sopa Lodge lies within an area of out-standing natural beauty. An oasis of cool relaxation from the equatorial sun.

The lodge allows its guests to experience magnificent sights and enjoy interaction with the land and animals difficult to find elsewhere, whilst at the same time enjoying the highest level of cuisine and hospitality.

69 standard rooms, all with 2 queen size beds, carpeted, and tastefully furnished with local fabrics and pictures. One entering the room is a lounge with a mini bar.

In the front is a verandah with 2 comfortable chairs and coffee table, with glass windows facing the vast Serengeti plains which extend as far as the naked eye can see.

Ngorongoro Crater:
Option A & B: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
Serena Ngorongoro Lodge - view over the craterRegularly voted one of the best hotels in the world, this unique lodge clings to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, the largest and most perfect volcanic crater on Earth. Long and low, the lodge is built from local river stone and camouflaged with indigenous vines. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the Crater 600 metres below.

Hugging the contours of the jagged Crater rim, the lodge takes its inspiration from the so-called ‘Cradle of Mankind', the prehistoric site of Olduvai Gorge, which lies close by. Linked by arched stone passages and timbered decks, its walls are decorated with stylized prehistoric cave paintings and lit by flaring torches. At the stone heart of the lodge burns a glowing fire, which is kept constantly alight. Decorated with cave paintings, the 75 rooms are strung around the Crater rim. Each has its own rock- enclosed balcony, and all enjoy completely uninterrupted views of the volcanic amphitheatre far below.

Option C: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge - view from poolFacing the always magnificent sunsets to the west, and located at the highest point on Ngorongoro crater’s entire rim, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge stands well over half a kilometre above the crater floor and offers unparalleled views across this enormous caldera.

Themed around traditionally circular African houses with conical roofs, and decorated with examples of Africa’s rich tapestry of artistic traditions by way of rich woodcarvings and sculptures, the lodge harmonizes perfectly with its dramatic surroundings. But the drama does not just stop with the great outdoors: it also flows through the split level interiors of the main building which all offer an unsurpassed generosity of space while somehow managing to combine an almost magically welcoming ambience of both warmth and cosiness.

Brightly coloured flowers of many species of shrubs border the paved pathways which lead away from both sides of the swimming pool to our guest rooms which are built to the same design.

When you step through your door, you will probably hold your breath while you stare over the two queen size beds, and through the window walling of the lower level, enclosed solarium at the view of the crater beyond.

And the luxury doesn’t stop there. 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 our evening turndown service; and our 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 during your stay with us. Among these are our wake up calls and complimentary coffee and tea, all of which will help to kick start an early morning game drive.

Tarangire National Park:
Option A, B & C: Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Tarangire Sopa Lodge - outlook 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.

Built to blend in with the vastness of its surroundings, Tarangire Sopa Lodge lies hidden among the kopjes, ancient baobab and grasses of the Tarangire National Park - home to the greatest concentration of elephants in Africa. Many can be seen around the lodge, allowing visitors a close encounter.

While the circular guest suites with their high, conical roofs fan out to either side of the public areas, it is worth mentioning a word of caution here. Because the lodge is not fenced in any way, wild animals are at liberty to come and go as they please and transits to your room and back might be – but rarely – delayed by an elephant or two.

Once inside the coolness of your room, you will be delighted at its space and airiness, and also the views from its sheltered veranda. With its mini-bar, two double beds and an extremely spacious, well appointed bathroom, you can only wish that you were staying an extra night.

75 spacious rooms, all with a private lounge on entering with a mini bar. Each room has 2 queen size beds with a mosquito net around them. 4 of these rooms are suitable for the physically challenged. 4 interconnecting rooms suitable for families.

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