Best of East Africa and Gorillas

Overview

This 13-day scheduled safari, exclusive to African Travel Specialists, offers excellent value for money, staying in 4-star hotels and lodges, with an unforgettable safari experience. This exciting safari starts in Arusha, Tanzania, with game viewing in Lake Manyara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater, including a visit to a Masai village. The safari continues into Kenya with game viewing in Amboseli, Lake Nakuru and the famous Masai Mara, and finishes in Uganda, with a visit to Bwindi National Park with a trek to see the unforgettable mountain gorillas.

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARUSHA
On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Arusha. Overnight at FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON HOTEL.

DAY 2: ARUSHA – SERENGETI
Today you will be transferred to Arusha Airport for your flight to Seronera Airstrip in the Serengeti National Park. On arrival, you will be met by your Tanzanian African Travel Specialists driver/guide who will start your safari with a transfer to Ole Serai Luxury Camp in the Serengeti. You will then be taken on an afternoon game drive in one of the best areas to see lion, cheetah
or even the elusive leopard. Two nights at OLE SERAI LUXURY CAMP (B, L, D)

DAY 3: SERENGETI
Today, you will be taken on morning and afternoon game drives. (B, L, D)

DAY 4: SERENGETI – NGORONGORO CRATER
After breakfast, you will depart for Ngorongoro Crater, stopping en-route for a picnic lunch. Two nights at OLDEANI MOUNTAIN LODGE , located on the eastern rim of the crater. (B, L, D)

DAY 5: NGORONGORO CRATER
This morning you will be taken down into the crater for a full day of game viewing with a picnic lunch to enjoy on the crater floor. Ngorongoro Crater is the only “living” caldera in the world, and is home to thousands of animals that live within the crater walls. Visit a Maasai Village before returning to your lodge in the late afternoon. (B, L, D)

DAY 6: NGORONGORO – LAKE MANYARA – ARUSHA
After breakfast, you will travel by road to Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive and a picnic lunch. Continue to Arusha for your overnight stay at THE FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON HOTEL. (B, L)

DAY 7: ARUSHA – AMBOSELI
Today you will head to the Namanga Border Post. After clearing immigration formalities, you will meet your Kenyan African Travel Specialists’ driver/guide who will drive you to Amboseli National Park. Enjoy a game drive en-route to your lodge. Two nights at OL TUKAI LODGE (B, L, D)

DAY 8: AMBOSELI
Today, you will be taken on morning and afternoon game drives within the park. (B, L, D)

DAY 9: AMBOSELI – MASAI MARA
Today, you will be transferred to Wilson Airport for your flight to one of the most famous game reserves in Africa – the Masai Mara. After lunch you will be taken on a game drive in search of
lion, cheetah, leopard and other predators, before returning to the camp. Two nights at ENAIDURA LUXURY TENTED CAMP. (B, L, D)

DAY 10: MASAI MARA
Enaidura is a beautiful luxury camp offering classic safari styling with every modern comfort and located in the best position in the Mara during the wildebeest migration. The most outstanding part of your stay is heading out on game drives with the camps’ exceptional guides. This is the only camp or lodge in East Africa with all Gold guides – recognised as the best. (B, L, D)

DAY 11: MASAI MARA – KISUMU
This morning you will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight to Entebbe, via Kisumu, for your flight to Kihihi airstrip where you will be met and transferred to your lodge overlooking the rainforest. Two nights at BUHOMA LODGE. (B, L, D)

DAY 12: BWINDI NATIONAL PARK
Today, you will trek to see the amazing mountain gorillas, where you will have the opportunity to spend an hour with these magnificent creatures – an hour that will be one of your most memorable. (B, L, D)

DAY 13: BWINDI – ENTEBBE
Today, you will be transferred to Kihihi Airstrip for your flight to Entebbe, where your tour will come to an end. (B)

Includes

• 12 nights accommodation on a twin share basis
• Meals as indicated (B, L, D)
• All airport transfers
• Flights: Masai Mara – Entebbe & Entebbe – Kihihi return
• Game drives in African Travel Specialists 4 x 4 landcruisers
• Services of African Travel Specialists driver/guides

NOTE:
Excludes gorilla trekking permits – currently USD 700 per trek. Minimum age for Gorilla Trekking is 15 years. Excludes chimp permits – currently USD 200 per person. This safari is based on a minimum of 2 passengers travelling together. Please check with African Travel Specialists for departure dates.

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Buhoma Lodge

Ideally located less than 5 minutes by foot from the gorilla trekking point start, Buhoma Lodge boasts uninterrupted, scenic views of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Each spacious cottage boasts a private veranda, an en-suite bathroom and an in-room safe. A family cottage is also available. After a day exploring the forest, relax in the lounge and share stories of the day with a drink from the bar.

Enaidura Luxury Tented Camp

Enaidura means migration in the Maa language and fits perfectly as this camp is set along the Talek River near its confluence with the Mara River – the absolute heart of the Masai Mara. The camp has excellent guides and offers classic safari styling with every modern comfort. In addition, the entire camp can be booked on a private basis.

Ol Tukai Lodge

Ol Tukai Lodge is a comfortable lodge in Amboseli National Park offering excellent views of Africa’s highest mountain – Mt Kilimanjaro. This lodge has 80 chalet-style rooms and a restaurant offering a la carte menus as well as set buffets offering views of the elephants, zebras, and buffalos out on the plains. Relax in the pool, lounge, or unwind with a drink at the bar.

Oldeani Mountain Lodge

With panoramic views of Oldeani Mountain and the Ngorongoro Crater Rim, the lodge hosts 50 suites, and an on-site restaurant that serves traditional and international cuisine prepared by local chefs. In the main house relax in an infinity pool, an outside fire pit, a formal lounge, an entertainment room with TV, a full-size snooker table and games, a gym, and a spa.

Ole Serai Luxury Camp

Ole Serai Luxury Camp is ideally located within Central Seronera area of the Serengeti National Park, perched on the banks of the Seronera River. The camp offers 20 luxury tents that are tastefully decorated, and food and beverages are served in the spacious dining tent that offers 180-degree views of the Serengeti. Guests can choose from a wide range of activities including walking safaris, star gazing, Swahili lessons and bush lunches.

Four Points by Sheraton Arusha

Conveniently located in the city centre of the safari capital of Tanzania is Four Points by Sheraton. This hotel offers 106 air-conditioned rooms and suites with modern African-style decor. Hotel amenities include four restaurants, an outdoor pool, a coffee lounge, a garden, a fully equipped gym and massage services.