Group Size: 2 - 7 passengers
Departs: Weekly on Tuesdays
Experience the highlights of East Africa on this all-encompassing small group adventure to Kenya and Tanzania by road. Visit the spectacular Serengeti National Park with its incredible game viewing opportunities, the world famous Masai Mara and its seasonal annual migration, the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater and Amboseli National Park standing in the shadow of Africa’s highest mountain - Mt Kilimanjaro. Enjoy 13 days of wildlife and culture on this scheduled small group departure with a maximum of seven passengers per vehicle.
An East Africa safari offers a unique and wonderfully authentic safari experience in one of the world's most beautiful corners. East Africa travel offers up the opportunity to experience a multitude of landscapes, from wide expanses of savanna plains to volcanic landscapes. East Africa travel offers up some of the most bountiful and beautiful wildlife experiences available on the African continent.
Join the Highlights of East Africa between the months of July and September to be in with a chance to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration (river crossing), or if you want to avoid the crowds then East Africa travel is best through the months of November to June when tourist numbers are lower.
Day 1 - Arusha
On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Arusha (approximately 48 KM / 1 hour).
Situated at the foothills of Mount Meru in the city of Arusha, Tanzania, the Mount Meru Hotel lies on 9 acres of lush landscape, surrounded by some of Africa’s most breath-taking vistas, rich with a diverse array of wildlife, etched against the fertile slopes of this beautiful mountain. Give your imagination wings as you sit at the mountain’s feet, and listen as it reveals stories it has kept hidden for centuries.
Tanzanian warmth and kindness is renowned all over the world and the opportunity to prove this fact much more than mere legend is an exhilarating opportunity to all at this pinnacle of splendour, and our home, the Mount Meru Hotel.
Day 2 - Ngorongoro Crater
Enjoy your morning at leisure. After lunch depart by road and drive through the Ngorongoro Highlands to your lodge in Karatu, located just outside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (approximately 175 KM / 3.5 hours). (BLD)
Located in the Ngorongoro Highlands, the farm is only a short distance from the Ngorongoro National Park entry gate. 52 spacious chalets are built in the style of an old colonial farm, rustically decorated with local materials, complete with en-suite bathroom. Additional facilities include a swimming pool, outdoor deck, two dining areas and massage facility. The 500 acre working farm on the slopes of the crater features a six acre organic vegetable garden which not only supplies the lodge, but many other lodges and mobile camp operations throughout northern Tanzania. Enjoy fresh roasted coffee from the 15 acre plantation.
Day 3 - Ngorongoro Crater
Enjoy breakfast before descending over 600m down to the Ngorongoro Crater floor. Covering over 250 sq km of land, the Ngorongoro Crater is home to the rare black rhino, lion, elephant, cheetah and great herds of buffalo, antelope and wildebeest, and is one of Africa’s most unbelievable landscapes. Explore the forest and lake areas where you may see flamingos and open savannah. A picnic lunch will be served in the crater, before driving back late afternoon to Ngorongoro Farm House for dinner and overnight. (BLD)
Day 4 - Serengeti National Park
After breakfast we travel to Ol’Duvai Gorge, the site of Louis and Mary Leakey’s renowned archaeological discoveries. Their findings include some of man’s earliest known ancestral remains. Continue on to Tanzania’s abundant Serengeti National Park in time for lunch. This enormous park supports every variety of animal imaginable – from large predators to the smaller herbivores they prey on. Enjoy an afternoon safari in the Serengeti National Park and overnight at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge (approximately 200 KM / 4 hours). (BLD)
**SEE THE SERENGETI or MASAI MARA FROM ABOVE**
Why not pre-book a hot air balloon flight over the Serengeti or Masai Mara? Whilst staying in the Serengeti or Masai Mara you can choose to float above the open savannah for a unique perspective of the wildlife below, with superb photographic opportunities. The flight lasts about an hour and you can celebrate in the traditional manner with champagne on landing.
The price starts from AUD$650 per person. Early booking is recommended.
Located on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the plains of the south-western Serengeti National Park, home too many thousands of wild and rare animals, Serengeti Sopa Lodge lies within an area of outstanding 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. The lodge has 69 standard rooms, all with 2 queen size beds, carpeted, and tastefully furnished with local fabrics and pictures.
Day 5 - Serengeti National Park
Experience the Serengeti National Park in full colour and sound during an entire day spent on game drives through the park (picnic lunch included). (BLD)
Day 6 - Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast depart for Lake Manyara, a mineral lake in the basin of Africa’s Great Rift Valley. Lunch is taken at Kirurumu Tented Lodge, followed by an afternoon game drive in the park, the home of the so-called ‘tree-climbing lions’. Apart from the varied types of landscape including forest, swamp and savannah, Lake Manyara National Park supports a large variety of animals including giraffe, zebra, elephant, hippos, monkeys and a large variety of birdlife (approximately 225 KM / 5 hours). (BLD)
Kirurumu Manyara Lodge is located on the edge of Lake Manyara National Park about a 30 minute drive from Manyara Airstrip and about 2 hours from Arusha. In total there are 27 tented rooms, 2 honeymoon suites and 2 family cottages all of which are tented and raised slightly off the ground with a wooden decking, of which each has an amazing view of the Great Rift Valley of Lake Manyara National Park.
Day 7 - Amboseli National Park
After breakfast depart Lake Manyara for Arusha and continue to Tarakea for border crossing into Kenya and on to Amboseli (approximately 355 KM / 7 hours). (BLD)
Satao Elerai is located in a quiet, unspoilt, unique setting on a 5,000 acres private conservation area 12kms south east of Amboseli National Park at the foot of Africa’s largest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro. The camp looks over Amboseli National Park and Mt Kilimanjaro, giving you what is arguably the best location of any camp in the area.
The camp offers 12 tents and 5 suites. Each tent has its own en-suite bathroom with solar hot showers and a toilet with a view. Raised cedar wood floors, acacia poles and makuti (thatch) roofing complement the surrounding environment. Large balconies with relaxing day beds combine to offer the perfect place to lie as you take in the ambiance when relaxing. The elegantly furnished suite rooms have large sliding doors that open out onto your own private veranda overlooking the plains below and Amboseli National Park. Elephants, giraffe’s and zebra are seen most days from the comfort of your room. Designed using natural rock and acacia wood, the bathrooms have their own naturally crafted bathtub and shower which is unique to Elerai.
Day 8 - Amboseli National Park
Following an early breakfast, depart on a full day game drive in Amboseli National Park. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the Park before returning late afternoon to Satao Elerai for dinner and overnight. (BLD)
Day 9 - Lake Naivasha
After breakfast, depart Satao Elerai and continue to Lake Naivasha, where you will arrive at your lodge in time for lunch. This afternoon is at leisure (approximately 350 KM / 6.5 hours). (BLD)
Day 10 - Masai Mara Game Reserve
After breakfast, depart Lake Naivasha past the extinct Volcano of Mt Longonot and Suswa, into the homelands of Kenya’s Masai. The Masai Mara Game Reserve constitutes the northern stretch of the Serengeti and has the richest concentration of animals in Kenya (approximately 250 KM / 5 hours). (BLD)
Masai Mara Sopa Lodge is set in the Oloolaimutia Valley, where the lodge totally blends in perfectly with its surrounding hillside landscape. The lodge has 86 rooms, 12 suites and 1 presidential suite, all of which have en-suite bathroom facilities with hairdryers. Every room and suite has a private, elevated veranda with views across the valley and on which guests can relax, sunbathe and watch resident birds and wildlife. Minibar are also available in each room. The lodge has direct-dial telephone facilities as well as satellite television and video options. The lodge has a freeform, freshwater pool which offers spectacular views over the valley.
Day 11 - Masai Mara Game Reserve
Today you will get to see the real Kenya as you enjoy a full day game drive through the Masai Mara Game Reserve, searching for the ‘Big Five’ (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo), with a break for lunch back at the camp. (BLD)
Day 12 - Lake Nakuru National Park
Today you will travel to Kenya’s vibrant Lake Nakuru National Park. The park also boasts a good number of rhinos as well as leopard and lion. Lunch is taken at the lodge, followed by an afternoon game drive in the park (approximately 350 KM / 8 hours). (BLD)
Located on a range of hills that form the western limits of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, the lodge offers spectacular views over the vastness of Africa. The lodge, which has 84 rooms in total also overlooks Lake Nakuru and its surrounding National Park, one that is a paradise for bird watchers and wildlife lovers alike. Lake Nakuru National Park is mainly a wooded and bushy grassland with a wide ecological diversity and characteristic habitats that range from the lake waters to the escarpment and ridges.
Day 13 - End of Highlights of East Africa Tour
Today you will return by road to Nairobi for lunch at the famous Carnivore Restaurant and end of safari (approximately 184 KM / 3 hours). (BL)
Dates and Pricing
- 18 Dec 18 $7,310 $8,270
- 25 Dec 18 $7,520 $8,480
- 01 Jan 19 $6,785 $7,710
- 08 Jan 19 $6,570 $7,500
- 15 Jan 19 $6,570 $7,500
- 22 Jan 19 $6,570 $7,500
- 29 Jan 19 $6,570 $7,500
- 05 Feb 19 $6,570 $7,500
- 12 Feb 19 $6,570 $7,500
- 19 Feb 19 $6,570 $7,500
- 26 Feb 19 $6,400 $7,300
- 05 Mar 19 $6,400 $7,300
- 12 Mar 19 $6,400 $7,300
- 19 Mar 19 $6,400 $7,300
- 26 Mar 19 $5,755 $5,830
- 02 Apr 19 $5,755 $5,830
- 09 Apr 19 $5,885 $5,960
- 16 Apr 19 $6,010 $6,090
- 23 Apr 19 $5,755 $5,830
- 30 Apr 19 $5,755 $5,830
- 07 May 19 $5,755 $5,830
- 14 May 19 $5,755 $5,830
- 21 May 19 $6,295 $6,730
- 28 May 19 $6,295 $6,730
- 04 Jun 19 $6,295 $6,730
- 11 Jun 19 $6,295 $6,730
- 18 Jun 19 $6,295 $6,730
- 25 Jun 19 $6,815 $7,780
- 02 Jul 19 $6,815 $7,780
- 09 Jul 19 $6,815 $7,780
- 16 Jul 19 $6,815 $7,780
- 23 Jul 19 $6,815 $7,780
- 30 Jul 19 $6,815 $7,780
- 06 Aug 19 $6,815 $7,780
- 13 Aug 19 $6,815 $7,780
- 20 Aug 19 $6,815 $7,780
- 27 Aug 19 $6,815 $7,780
- 03 Sep 19 $6,815 $7,780
- 10 Sep 19 $6,815 $7,780
- 17 Sep 19 $6,815 $7,780
- 24 Sep 19 $6,815 $7,780
- 01 Oct 19 $6,815 $7,780
- 08 Oct 19 $6,815 $7,780
- 15 Oct 19 $6,815 $7,780
- 22 Oct 19 $6,815 $7,780
- 29 Oct 19 $6,400 $7,300
- 05 Nov 19 $6,400 $7,300
- 12 Nov 19 $6,400 $7,300
- 19 Nov 19 $6,400 $7,300
- 26 Nov 19 $6,400 $7,300
- 03 Dec 19 $6,400 $7,300
- 10 Dec 19 $6,400 $7,300
- 17 Dec 19 $8,225 $9,310
- 24 Dec 19 $8,460 $9,540
- 31 Dec 19 $7,630 $8,680
- 07 Jan 20 $7,395 $8,440
- 14 Jan 20 $7,395 $8,440
- 21 Jan 20 $7,395 $8,440
- 28 Jan 20 $7,395 $8,440
- 04 Feb 20 $7,395 $8,440
- 11 Feb 20 $7,395 $8,440
- 18 Feb 20 $7,395 $8,440
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.
My wife and I recently did Highlights of East Africa, followed immediately by Historical Jordan, with Bench. Both tours were excellent! The organisation was first class and almost all the hotels were very good, with an interesting range of properties across both tours. The guides were very good indeed and the way the tours were managed on the ground was outstanding. We had a wonderful holiday and would recommend Bench to anyone thinking of doing tours like this.
The only minor negative was the appallingly bad and inefficient service (in the restaurant and in Reception) at an otherwise beautiful property - the Sopa Lake Nakuru.