Group Size: 12 passengers
Departs: 12 June 2024
Embark on an immersive 16-day safari through the captivating landscapes and rich wildlife of Kenya and Tanzania on Bench Africa's Fully Escorted East Africa Safari. Designed to provide an intimate and personalised experience, this carefully crafted journey guarantees an immersive exploration of the region's most iconic destinations.
Limited to a small group of 12 passengers and led by a dedicated Bench Africa host, this safari ensures a seamless and enriching travel experience. From the vibrant streets of Nairobi to the vast plains of the Serengeti and the iconic sweeping savannahs of the Masai Mara, every stop unveils a new highlight of this beautiful corner of Africa.
Go wild in the vast expanse of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara, where the enchanting savannahs come alive with unparalleled wildlife sightings. Engage with the Maasai tribes and delve into their vibrant culture, gaining valuable insights and forging meaningful connections. Prepare to be enchanted by a kaleidoscope of vibrant birdlife in Elementaita and Lake Nakuru National Park.
Experience the utmost comfort in handpicked accommodations, embark on exhilarating game drives, and create lifelong memories through unforgettable wildlife encounters. Join us on this extraordinary safari, where adventure and discovery await at every turn, offering a truly unforgettable journey through East Africa's natural wonders.
Day 1 – Nairobi
On arrival at Nairobi International Airport you will be met and transferred to the House of Waine.
House of Waine was originally built in the 1970s as a private home. It was acquired by a local family and carefully refurbished over two years resulting in the unique boutique property that exists today, and retains the charm of a family home.
It is an 11-bedroom property on 2.5 acres that blends the elegance of gracious living with the spirit of modern living in an exclusive and serene setting. Upon entering the gates one is transported to another place, one with a gentler, quieter pace, a private retreat.
As the day breaks in Karen to the exotic sounds of African bird life, you awake in one of our 11 lavish en suite rooms elegantly furnished to reflect their individual themes. That is not to say though that the House is lacking in the amenities present in any city hotel. You will find a complimentary non alcoholic mini bar in each room as well as direct dial telephones, TVs with satellite and local channels, tea and coffee making facilities, fresh flowers and cookies that are delivered daily to your room. That’s life at House of Waine, where we like to do things a little bit differently.
Day 2 – Nairobi
This morning after breakfast enjoy a tour of the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe centre, Karen Blixen museum and Kazuri beads. (B)
Visit the world renowned Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage to see the cute baby elephants wallow in their mud baths. This is a great opportunity to learn about elephants and have you will also have the opportunity to adopt one.
Day 3 - Tarangire National Park
This morning after breakfast you will be met and transferred to Nairobi Airport for your onward flight to Kilimanjaro (included in costing). On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met and transferred with your lunch boxes to Tarangire National Park. (BLD)
Tarangire Ndovu Tented Lodge is located in the heart of Tarangire, Tanzania’s wild land and landscapes. Tarangire is famed for its massive elephant herds, true sense of wilderness and a gentle backdrop of baobabs. It is the lesser visited but more intriguing park on the northern circuit. At Tarangire Ndovu Tented Lodge, we have 12 permanent tents made up of ten standard suites, and 2 x two bed room inter-connected family suites.
The camp is open all year around and especially during the dry months, the massive elephant herds travel through the corridor between Manyara and Tarangire and spend their time in and around the park. This is because of their ability to uncover permanent sources of fresh water. We endeavour to retain the uniqueness and intimacy of the camp, while being directed by the location, wildlife and other factors of responsible tourism.
Each tent is 20m long by 8m wide and framed with wooden logs, metal piping and then wrapped in heavy duty safari rip-stop canvas made locally at Morogoro, southern Tanzania, plus the additional cooling feature of shade-clothing over the entire tent. You are met at the entrance by climbing specially crafted stairs and onto a balcony with love seat and side table for relaxing when you have a moment. The front of the tents has double sliding doors, including a layer of mosquito netting for your comfort. Once you step into the tent into the bedroom area, you will see an arrangement of unique furniture like a desk and chair, bench seat, side tables, matting and incredible local imagery. Once you walk through the bedroom and into the ensuite, the polished concrete floors with wardrobe, robes, separate shower and toilet cubicles and handcrafted wash stand with carefully created terracotta basins. All the fittings depict colours in natural tones to adhere to the intrinsic area we are located. We offer double, twin, single, triple and family tents. The beds are fitted with imported cotton sheets, double pillows, duvets and bed runners for your comfort.
Day 4 - Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, you will depart for a full day game drive in Tarangire National park. (BLD)
Day 5 - Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast you will depart and drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. (BLD)
The Ngorongoro Tortilis Camp respects this space and incorporates the Maasai into much of the activities of this Tortilis Camp. Our Ngorongoro Tortilis Camp is a special oasis nestled under a forest canopy at the end of a valley. A magical place of dappled light, surrounded by the lushest green vegetation, and buzzing with an energy of this high altitude wonderland. Just 13km away is the Ngorongoro crater rim. The crater itself is a must-visit wonder of nature, but you’ll be happy to be staying away from the cold and mist which envelops the crater rim for much of the year.
This Tortilis Camp has many activities to enjoy. Join the Maasai staff for a hike to the top of Mount Makarot a steep and exciting challenge with a peak over 3100m and when you reach the summit enjoy the rewards with spectacular views of the Serengeti, a peek into the Ngorongoro crater, and, on a clear day, Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance.
On offer too is an authentic Maasai wedding with the local tribe. A pulsating experience and unique spectacle with you and your partner at the very centre of it all.
Day 6 - Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast, you will depart with packed lunches for full day crater tour. (BLD)
Day 7 - Serengeti National Park
This morning after breakfast, you will depart with packed lunches and drive to the Serengeti National Park. (BLD)
From the first sunray that glistens across the grassland into the sophisticated suites to the crackling campfire singing with the nightlife, The Serengeti Sametu camp offers your experience the perfect balance between a safari in the wild and the comfort of luxury hospitalities. Intentionally situated in a secluded part of the eastern edge of Central Serengeti, a fairly small distance from the Ngare Nanyuki River, the luxury boutique accommodation never ceases to gift you with an endless horizon silhouetted by grazing wildebeest, zebra, and various antelope species, as well as several hundred bird species gliding from one acacia tree to the next in search for suitable nesting space.
Use our spacious and comfortable Lounge and Dining areas for a range of activities like a spot for sharing your photos and stories of your safari with family and friends, siting herds of elephants striding across the area with a pair of binoculars, or gathering soulfully to eat and drink under the African starry night over a campfire. Sametu Camp is made up of eight spacious luxury tents, eight luxury suites, and two-family suites. These flourishing rooms are designed to make you feel right at home in the wild, with the wall being made of thin canvas, still giving you the opportunity to sleep and wake with the music of the wild Serengeti just outside.
Day 8 to Day 9 - Serengeti National Park
Enjoy morning and afternoon game viewing activities. (BLD)
Day 10 - Masai Mara Game Reserve
This morning after breakfast you will depart with a picnic lunch and transfer to Kogatende Airstrip for your scheduled flight to the Masai Mara. On arrival, you will be met by a Private Southern Cross Safari 4X4 Safari land cruiser and transferred to the Mara Intrepids camp with a game drive enroute. (BLD)
Overlooking the Talek River, at the very confluence of the Mara’s four game-viewing areas, Mara Intrepids Camp enjoys one of the most spectacular locations in the world’s best-known wilderness.
Sitting on a shady raised platform facing the Talek river, each luxury tent covers approximately 26 sq. metres and is fitted with a 150cmX190cm queen size bed or two twin beds of 90cmX190cm. It is furnished in the classic style of the grand African safaris; with large poster beds and reproduction furniture, offset by modern en-suite bathroom with a hot shower; flush toilets and all the necessary amenities.
Day 11 to Day 12 - Masai Mara Game Reserve
Enjoy activities as offered by the camp. (BLD)
Day 13 - Soysambu Conservancy
This morning after breakfast you will drive to the Soysambu Conservancy. (BLD)
Tucked among golden-barked acacia trees, under the shadow of ancient volcanoes, Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp is a truly magical holiday setting with a small, immaculately maintained tented upscale safari camp on the shores of Lake Elementaita, a flamingo filled Lake in Kenya’s Soysambu Conservancy. Just a two-hour drive from Nairobi, Elmenteita Serena Camp offers modern comforts of a five-star facility blended seamlessly with the rich history and culture for which Soysambu is famous. Activities include easy undisturbed game drives in the conservancy, nature walks, archery, horse riding, and note least birdlife too.
Airy, environmentally friendly safari tents offer British Colonial décor, plush bedding with mosquito nets, bathrooms with double vanities and hot water, a large private veranda and free Wi-Fi. The stunning Flamingo Suite is tailor-made for honeymooning couples, and offers a separate bedroom, a lounge with a television and a Jacuzzi with breath-taking lake views. Sample the bounty of the area in our peaceful dining room, or plan an unforgettable meal in the bush, and dine amidst the conservancy’s 450 bird species and 15,000 wild animals. Embark on a captivating game ride, relax poolside, spoil yourself with a spa treatment or participate in one of the many activities offered within the camp.
Day 14 - Lake Nakuru Game Reserve
This morning after breakfast, you will drive to Lake Nakuru National Park. Enjoy lunch followed by an afternoon game drive. (BLD)
Lake Nakuru National Park is a popular safari destination for game drives, bird watching, hiking, picnics and more. It is home to a large variety of wildlife (including the black rhino). Its beautiful lake and green surroundings have attracted people from far and near making this National Park a favourite getaway destination. Lake Nakuru is Kenya’s third largest lake, after Lake Turkana and Lake Victoria, and has one of the largest populations of flamingos in the world.
Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is set along “the Lion Hill” in Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya. Concealing its remote location amidst Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, the safari lodge offers the most scenic and spectacular views of the Lake and the National Park from its 67 chalet style rooms, all with terraces and a sense of calm and relaxation provided by its classic aesthetic and timeless design. Beyond the stunning views and amazing wildlife, Lion Hill offers great food, a Panoramic Bar Terrace, organic gardens, a swimming pool and a spa.
Day 15 – Nairobi
After breakfast, you will drive back to Nairobi. (B)
Contemporary in design and created to delight the senses, the 172 room hotel offers all the modern amenities and comforts a traveller needs. From spacious rooms and signature Four Points beds, to rain showers and 42″ LED TVs they have thought of it all. And because you like to keep your body energized they have a rooftop pool and a fully-equipped fitness room. There is a variety of dining options because they know not everyone has the same taste.
Day 16 - End of East Africa Highlights
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Nairobi International Airport by shuttle bus. (B)
Dates and Pricing
- 12 Jun 24 $16,840 $19,485
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.