Best Of East Africa Safari Experince – 9 Days

Maasai Elder watching the sunset over the Maasai Mara - Serengeti Plains 

 Experience the best safari experiences in the East African countries of Kenya and Tanzania from Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Serengeti and the renowned Masai Mara Game Reserve in nine magical days staying in selected camps and lodges offering world-class international luxury accommodations.


Overview

9 Days / 8 Nights Best Of East Africa Safari Holiday Vacation Highlights

Arusha Town - Tarangire National Park - Serengeti National Park – Nairobi City - Maasai Mara Game Reserve


Day 1: Arusha Town

Day 2: Arusha - Tarangire National Park

Day 3: Tarangire National Park

Day 4: Serengeti National Park

Day 5: Serengeti National Park

Day 6: Serengeti National Park - Arusha - Nairobi - Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Day 7: Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Day 8: Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Day 9: Maasai Mara - Nairobi


One More Reason To Book This Safari Experience

  • Stay at a lodge located within an active working coffee plantation in Arusha.
  • Visit a park famed for its large herds of elephants and the gigantic baobab trees the Tarangire National Park.
  • At the Serengeti National Park get a chance to contribute to cheetah conservation through the Cheetah Watch Campaign by submitting your sightings of cheetah to help monitor and learn about cheetahs.
  • View the prolific game in the endless Serengeti plans that spread out as far as the eye can see.
  • Get a chance to view the Great Annual wildebeest migration between Mid December and April At the Serengeti National park.
  • See and experience the calving season when new zebra and wildebeest are born at the Serengeti National Park.
  • Visit a place that has been declared a Seventh Wonder of The Natural World the Maasai Mara Game Reserve.
  • Take a safari to a place known for the big cat and big five sightings on game drives The Maasai Mara Game Reserve.
  • Get a rear chance to see the Great Annual Wildebeest Migration up-close at the Maasai Mara from Mid June to October every year.
  • Take a guided walk with a naturalist and learn about plants, trees, insects and even how to approach animals on foot at the Maasai Mara.
  • Take help reduce your carbon foot print and conserve the environment by planting an indigenous tree, leaving a positive mark on a piece of Africa at the Maasai Mara.
  • Relax by the pool or revitalize at the mini-spa which offers a range of treatments from facials to body massages while not on safari at the Maasai Mara.
  • Get a bird’s eye views of the Maasai Mara gliding on a Hot Air balloon at dusk watching the sun rise and the animals below followed by a champagne breakfast where you land in the bush.

Itinerary

The Detailed Luxury Safari Holiday Vacation Itinerary


Day 1: Arusha Town

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met by an And Africa Travel representative and transferred by private vehicle to your lodge located on the outskirts of Arusha. The remainder of your day is at leisure.

Arusha Coffee Lodge is located on a coffee plantation on the outskirts of Arusha. Designed around the original plantation houses but completely renovated to achieve the highest standards of comfort, the décor is luxuriant and stylish with undertones of the bygone days of early exploration. Each of the 18 plantation houses has been lavishly furnished and features a split level living area and a private deck. The lodge also boasts a coffee shop, patisserie, conference facilities and a swimming pool.

Please note optional transfers to Arusha will be availed to guests arriving at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi at a cost.

Meals Included: Dinner

Overnight: Arusha Coffee Lodge


Day 2: Arusha - Tarangire National Park

Early this morning you will be met and transferred by private vehicle to Arusha airstrip for you onward flight to Tarangire National Park. Upon arrival you will be met by a Sanctuary Swala’s Camp Representative and transferred to Sanctuary Swala camp in a customized open safari vehicle, driving time is approximately 30 minutes with game viewing en route.

At Sanctuary Swala Camp each of the twelve tents is shaded by tall acacia trees and ancient baobabs and is within sight of the well-frequented waterhole. In the afternoon there is time to relax before enjoying an exciting game drive by open four wheel drive vehicle. Huge herds of elephant, greater kudu, Impala and Zebra are all easily spotted whilst leopard lurk in the trees.

Due to the camp's secluded location you are unlikely to see many vehicles as you venture out into the national park. As the sun fades enjoy a sundowner as you watch the game carry on with their daily activities. Return to camp to freshen up before dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Swala


Day 3: Tarangire National Park

This morning awaken to the sounds of the bush as a steaming hot cup of tea or coffee is served on your tent's deck. The rest of the morning is at leisure to enjoy the activities on offer. Return to your camp where your hosts will greet you with a refreshing drink and a well-deserved lunch.

During the afternoon you have time to take a refreshing swim in the pool or relax on your private deck with a cool drink and gaze out to the waterhole and watch as the game lazily congregates in the shade to escape the midday sun. As the afternoon progresses you may like to return to the Tarangire on an afternoon game drive. Return to your lodge to freshen up before meeting around the camp fire for a pre-dinner drink as you discuss the day's adventures.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Swala


Day 4: Serengeti National Park

Rise this morning for an early breakfast before transferring to Kuro airstrip for your light aircraft flight to the Serengeti. Flying time is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. Upon arrival you will be met by a Sanctuary Kusini representative and transferred to the camp. Driving time to Sanctuary Kusini is 15 minutes from the airstrip through the Serengeti with game viewing en-route. Arrive at camp with time to freshen up before lunch is served.

At Sanctuary Kusini accommodation is offered in twelve double tents which are scattered around the main kopje. Each tent is attended by a personal tent attendant and has en-suite facilities with hot and cold running water. Private verandas with comfortable furnishings extend in front of each unit. The dining area, lounge and library are housed in the main area, which affords spectacular views from its wooden deck and the adjacent kopje. This afternoon get a glimpse of why the Serengeti is an icon of Africa on an afternoon game drive before returning to camp to freshen up before dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Kusini


Day 5: Serengeti National Park

Remain close to camp with morning and afternoon game drives. The area around Sanctuary Kusini is famed for its cheetah. Whilst at Sanctuary Kusini you have the chance to contribute to cheetah conservation through the Cheetah Watch Campaign by submitting your sightings of cheetah in Tanzania to the Serengeti Cheetah Project.

On a morning game drive learn how to identify cheetah and record their behavior before combining this data with photos and a record of their location. This information is sent to the Cheetah Project's researchers who use it to help them monitor cheetahs, and in return will provide you, where possible, with a background of your cheetah, including its name, age and its family history.

Alternatively you may prefer a full day game drive into the heart of the Serengeti with a picnic lunch. The open plains spread out as far as the eye can see so it is no surprise that the name Serengeti comes from the Maasai language meaning "endless plains." The park itself covers 14,763 square kilometers, making it one of the world's largest wildlife sanctuaries and hosts one of the world's largest land migrations. Every year 1.5 million wildebeest migrate from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara followed by hundreds of thousands of zebra, gazelle and other plains game in search of fresh grazing pastures. Sanctuary Kusini is ideally placed to catch the migration that can be found in this area of the park from mid-December to April when the zebra and wildebeest drop their young.

This evening, return to camp and climb to the top of the kopje for stunning 360 degree views of the Serengeti. Relax with your preferred drink as you watch the setting sun paint the Serengeti with pinks, oranges and reds. Following dinner retire to the kopje where you may take this rare opportunity to enjoy a star safari as the camp manager unravels the myths of the night sky.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Kusini


Day 6: Serengeti National Park - Arusha - Nairobi - Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Today you may choose to relax at camp or venture out for one last game drive in the Serengeti before your mid-morning departure. You will be transferred to the airstrip for your onward flight to Kilimanjaro via Arusha. Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you will be escorted to your connecting flight to Nairobi's Wilson Airport where you will be met by an And Africa Travel representative who will assist you with your flight to the Masai Mara.

Upon arrival in the Masai Mara, one of Africa's greatest parks, you will be met by a Sanctuary Olonana guide who will transfer you to the camp. It is only a short 15 minute drive, but it is not uncommon to be rewarded with sightings of elephant, buffalo, giraffe and a host of other plains game.

The 14 luxury tents at Sanctuary Olonana are very spacious and have floor to ceiling mosquito netting, en-suite bathrooms with hot showers, flush lavatories, solar lighting and large, river view verandas. The main dining room and veranda command a dramatic stretch of the Mara River providing the perfect setting for breakfast, afternoon tea and after dinner star gazing. This afternoon you can enjoy a short game viewing drive en-route to the camp for check in and overnight.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Olonana


Day 7: Maasai Mara Game Reserve

This morning after breakfast at the camp, it is time to explore the Masai Mara with your guide.

The Mara is a fabulous place for seeing big cats and all of the big five, a variety of plains game and over 300 bird species. The plains offer a rich variety of food for the dominant predators including lion, leopard, hyena and cheetah. Spot elephants browsing amongst the large herds of wildebeest and topi, eland and buffalo, Thompson's and Grant's gazelle.

In the Mara River, hippos submerge to snort and grumble while crocodiles sunbathe, mouths agape, on the riverbanks. From around July to October, the Masai Mara also hosts the greatest show on earth - the wildebeest migration.

There are many different activities available at Sanctuary Olonana. You might choose to walk with our naturalist and learn about plants, trees, insects and even how to approach animals on foot, as your guide shows you how to spot animal signs which are everywhere but not easily noticed.

After an exciting game activity you can relax by the pool or revitalize at the mini-spa which offers a range of treatments from facials to body massages. Sanctuary Olonana has earned a Gold Award from Ecotourism Kenya. You can visit the wetlands which cleanses wastewater before returning it to the natural environment or take part in our tree planting initiative which offers an opportunity to purchase and paint an indigenous tree, leaving a positive mark on a piece of Africa.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Olonana


Day 8: Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Another full day to explore and experience the legendary Masai Mara Game Reserve. Apart from the wide range of activities offered at Sanctuary Olonana, there are also activities that can be booked on request.

A balloon safari is an exciting way to see the Mara. Float gently over the plains with a bird's eye view of the game below as the sun rises slowly over the horizon. After around one hour the balloon lands and nearby a full breakfast is served in the middle of the bush with glasses of bubbly to toast your flight!

Try fishing for the legendary giant Nile perch found in these waters as you explore the myriad of tiny islands. Stop and visit a traditional fishing village before flying back to the Masai Mara.

On your last evening your guide will drive you out into the bush where a private and secluded clearing has been prepared for an elegant dinner in the middle of the wilderness. The table setting is as sophisticated and elegant as found in the finest restaurants. Candles flicker in the darkness, throwing golden lights on the table cloth as smiling waiters serve a delicious dinner. After dinner, retire to the warmth of the campfire where brandies and liqueurs are served as you absorb the peace and beauty of an African night.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Sanctuary Olonana


Day 9: Maasai Mara - Nairobi

Today, you have the option of going out on one last game drive or relaxing in the camp and enjoying the views from the deck. After lunch you will be transferred to the airstrip for your afternoon scheduled flight to Wilson Airport in Nairobi. Upon arrival at Wilson you will be met by an And Africa Travel representative and transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward flight.

Alternatively you can opt for a day room in a Nairobi Hotel, a sightseeing excursion in Nairobi and a gift and souvenir shopping experience.

Meals Included: Breakfast


 

Prices and Inclusions

Prices

Please treat the prices shown as a price estimate. Your final price might go up or down following seasonal prices in the different lodges, camps and resorts. All prices indicated are per person, based on 2 persons sharing a room, and on estimated high season rates.


Rates Include

  • Accommodation
  • Three meals daily (depending on arrival and departure times)
  • Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers at the game lodges
  • Teas and coffees at the game lodges
  • Refreshments while on game viewing drives
  • Laundry at the game lodges
  • Park fees
  • 2 daily scheduled shared safari activities with our highly qualified guides including:
  • Morning and afternoon game drives
  • Maasai village visit
  • Nature walk
  • Sundowners and bush meals in specially selected spots
  • Transfers from the Airport in Nairobi and the Mara
  • Scheduled flight from Wilson Airport in Nairobi to KTC airstrip in the Mara return

Rates Exclude

  • Items of a personal nature i.e. Gratuities; premium brand beverages; curios; telephone accounts etc.
  • Visas and travel insurances
  • Private game drives Optional upgrade option
  • Bank charges
  • Balloon flights and fishing excursions at Sanctuary Olonana booked on request
  • Any other item not mentioned above
  • All optional excursions or activities i.e. spa treatments at any of the camps or lodges booked on request

How To Book

  1. Contact a destination specialist

Whether you wish to plan your holiday trip around this itinerary idea or you have other ideas, please do get in touch by filling the booking form below or online. If using our online form, an And Africa Travel safari destination specialist will contact you by email to discuss your requirements. 

  1. Discuss your requirements

Our destination safari specialists have the first hand knowledge about Africa required to put your holiday plans into action. They can answer your questions, offer suggestions and advice to suit your tastes, needs, likes and budget.

  1. Refine your tailor-made itinerary

Your safari specialist will carefully design your holiday trip, creating a detailed itinerary which you will receive on email. Your safari specialist will answer any further questions you have and refine it until you are completely happy.

  1. Confirmation

Once you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit of 40% of the total cost of your trip.

  1. Staying in touch

Even after booking, you’ll undoubtedly think of more questions. Feel free to call your specialist at any time. The same safari specialist will handle your trip from start to finish.

  1. Fill The Online Booking Form Now To Get Started

Please complete the enquiry form below in as much detail as possible and one of our safari specialists will respond to your enquiry within 24 hours (48 hours on a weekend) with free, no-obligation advice, or a quote if appropriate.

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