Best of Kenya & Tanzania (Under Canvas)

Search for the Big Five in some of East Africa’s most celebrated safari parks and reserves with this 11 day (10 night) two-country tour. Starting in Nairobi the tour visits Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy – renowned for its projects to support endangered species and the award-winning Ol Kinyei Conservancy and famous Masai Mara National Reserve before flying to Tanzania. After a night in Arusha the itinerary includes the scenic and game-filled Lake Manyara National Park, the renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ngorongoro Crater as well as the Serengeti National Park.
Game drives are by 4×4 safari vehicles with expert guides, and some exciting bush walks are included giving you the opportunity to get close to flora and fauna often missed from drives. Night game drives to see nocturnal species are also included at Kenya’s Porini Camps.

Accommodation & Transport

Scheduled flights are included in Kenya to avoid long road transfers and maximise time at the camps. Here we have included the Porini Safari Camps set in vast wildlife conservancies where tourist numbers are limited to ensure an authentic “in the wilderness” experience, away from crowded lodges and parks.

In Tanzania we use the highly-acclaimed Lemala properties with excellent inclusions and standards of service. There is a choice of accommodation in the Serengeti – either travel by road to Lemala Ewanjan or transfer to the airstrip and fly to Lemala Kuria Hills.

Lemala Ewanjan is open year-round and is well-placed to see the Great Wildebeest Migration, particularly between April and June.

Lemala Kuria Hills is open all year except for Apr to May. It has an ideal setting near the Mara River where the Migration herds are generally between July and October.

On the last day you fly back to Kilimanjaro and connect to Nairobi.

In Summary:

 

Lake Manyara

With its sparkling soda lake, steep mountain scenery and dense woodlands Lake Manyara National Park offers a unique wilderness experience with varied terrain supporting diverse habitats.

The National Park was established to protect elephants and it now boasts a large population. The area is also famed for its unusual tree-climbing lions. There are also large herds of buffalo as well as cheetah, Masai giraffe and impala.

The lake shores can often be seen covered in large flocks of pink flamingos, and more than 400 other species of bird have been recorded here.

 

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro Crater, one of the wonders of the natural world, is an extinct volcano that collapsed in on itself around 25 million years ago thus forming a vast superbowl where the largest permanent concentration of African game is on display. The central bowl – the caldera – has sides roughly 1,950 feet high and a flattish centre with a diameter of about ten miles. The views from the top of the crater wall are absolutely breathtaking. The crater walls are forested but four wheel drive vehicles will take you down into this primeval paradise of woodland, lake, river, swamp and plain that shelters around 20,000 animals. Many of these are the large grazing animals such as wildebeest, buffalo, gazelle and zebra who depend on the open grasslands in the crater. These attract the attendant predators, the black-maned lion, the leopard and hyena.

Elephants feed on the giant sedges and hippo wallow in the pools. The Fever Tree forests shelter monkeys, bushbuck and waterbuck and the few black rhino that have taken refuge here. A soda lake, fed by the Munge river attracts water birds, including flamingos and is a favourite place for predators to make their kill.

One of the most fascinating attractions in the area is the Olduvai Gorge, where an old river has carved away the rock to expose layer upon layer of volcanic soil.

 

Serengeti National Park

The vast 14,763 square kilometres of the Serengeti are renowned as being one of the world’s leading safari destinations

Every year the Great Migration of over 1.5 million animals, mostly wildebeest but also zebra and Thompson’s gazelle, moves through the western corridor on its 1000 kilometre journey to the fresh grazing of the Masai Mara. Predators pick off the weak and the young and crocodiles feast as the vast herd crosses the rivers. This is one of the earth’s great sights – but it is by no means all the Serengeti has to offer.

The vast, flat central plains, made fertile by the ashes of the ancient volcanoes of the Ngorongoro highlands, are places of huge skies, of shimmering heat hazes, yet also of delicate wild flowers blooming after the rains. The savannah, sprinkled with Acacia Tortilis, has majestic termite mounds and rock formations called kopjes which make great vantage points for predators. The lion are abundant, the leopard are plentiful (yet still secretive) and black rhino and cheetah both breed here.

There are more than 500 species of bird and, interestingly, 100 sub-species of dung beetle – a sign of a varied animal population! Ndutu, in the south, has small lakes where you may see hippo and water birds. Perhaps one of the best ways to see the Serengeti is a hot air balloon ride when, in the cool of the early morning, you may admire the grandeur, the vastness and the stunning landscape.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi to Ol Pejeta

Pick up in Nairobi and transfer to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport for the morning flight to Nanyuki (duration 1 hr 10 mins). You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to Porini Rhino Camp, located in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, in the foothills of Mount Kenya. Spend 2 nights at Porini Rhino Camp (fully Inclusive of meals, beer, wine, soft drinks, mineral water, gin & tonics, game drives, sundowners, visit to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and park fees). Enjoy lunch and afternoon tea in camp and then head off on a game drive with your driver-guide in the camp’s 4×4 safari vehicle. Return to Porini Rhino Camp for dinner and overnight. (DBB).

Day 2: Ol Pejeta

Full day in Ol Pejeta with game drives and walking activities from camp. Dinner and overnight at Porini Rhino Camp. (LDBB).

Day 3: Ol Pejeta to Maasai Mara

After breakfast we depart Ol Pejeta and transfer to the airstrip for the direct flight to the Masai Mara (duration approx 1 hr 15 mins). Porini Mara Camp staff will meet you at the airstrip and transfer you to camp for 2 nights (fully inclusive of meals, beer, wine, soft drinks, mineral water, gin & tonics, day and night game drives, guided walks, sundowners and park fees) . After lunch take an afternoon game drive, stopping at a scenic point for a sundowner. Dinner and overnight at Porini Mara Camp. (LDBB).

Day 4: Maasai Mara

Following an early breakfast, take a game drive into the Masai Mara National Reserve in search of the Big Five. Return to camp in the late afternoon, after a picnic lunch in the Reserve. Later, head out on an evening game drive within Ol Kinyei Conservancy – stopping at a viewpoint for a sundowner. Continue on a night game drive looking for nocturnal animals. Dinner and overnight at Porini Mara Camp. (LDBB).

Day 5: Maasai Mara to Arusha

Take an early morning walk in the Conservancy escorted by Maasai warriors and return for breakfast. Transfer to the airstrip and fly back to Nairobi to connect to the 12.40h flight to Kilimanjaro (arrives approx 13.35h). At Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met and assisted by our local representative. Transfer to Arusha for overnight at Lemala Kilivillas (BB).

Day 6: Lake Manyara

After breakfast, check out and drive to Lake Manyara  for a game drive (we’ll carry picnic lunches from Lemala Kili Villas). Later, proceed to Karatu for dinner and overnight at Acacia Lodge (LDBB).

Day 7: Ngorongoro

After breakfast, drive to the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact caldera in the world. Its enduring charm stems from its overwhelming beauty and the abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater floor. Afternoon tour of the crater. Dinner and overnight at Lemala Ngorongoro (LDBB).

Day 8: Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, drive to the Serengeti National Park, undoubtedly the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and the greatest concentration of plains game anywhere. Arrive for lunch at the lodge (vehicle returns to Arusha, subsequent game drives in shared 4×4 camp vehicle). Afternoon game drive until sunset. Dinner and overnight at Lemala Ewanjan (LDBB).

Day 9: Serengeti National Park

Spend a full day in the Serengeti with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight at Lemala Ewanjan (LDBB).

Day 10: Serengeti National Park

Spend a full day in the Serengeti with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight at Lemala Ewanjan (LDBB).

Day 11: Departure

After breakfast, check out and transfer to Seronera airstrip for your scheduled flight to Kilimanjaro (departs at 0925hrs to arrive at 1230hrs approx) where you will be assisted to check in for scheduled flight back to Nairobi. Met at Wilson airport and transferred to JKIA for onward flight home.

BB: Bed & Breakfast    L: Lunch    D: Dinner

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11 DAY BEST OF KENYA & TANZANIA (4X4 & AIR SAFARI): prices are per person

PRICES INCLUDE: Pick up from Nairobi JKI Airport and transfer to Wilson Airport for scheduled flight to Nanyuki Airstrip, met and transferred to Porini Rhino Camp for 2 nights with daily Ol Pejeta Conservancy fees & visit to Chimpanzee Sanctuary then afterwards check out and fly to Ol Seki Airstrip, met and transferred to Porini Mara Camp for 2 nights with daily Ol Kinyei & Naboisho Conservancy fees and one day Masai Mara Game Reserve entrance fee. Fly back to Wilson Airport to connect to afternoon flight to Kilimanjaro. Met and transferred to the Lemala Kilivillas for 1 night (Bed & Breakfast basis). Next day start road safari: 1 night at Acacia Lodge on Full Board basis. 1 night at Lemala Ngorongoro (Full Board basis, inclusive of house drinks) 3 nights at Lemala Ewanjan (Full Board basis, inclusive of house drinks and shared game drives). Crater visit on Day 7. All game drives as per itinerary. All park entrance fees. Last day fly to Kilimanjaro where you shall connect to scheduled flight back to Nairobi. Met at Wilson airport and transferred to JKIA for onward flight home.

Accommodation at Porini Camps on full board basis and inclusive of soft drinks, beer, house wine, gin & tonic, mineral water.

Stay 4 pay 3 offer applied at Lemala Camps for all months excluding July & August

Important Note: Lunch on day 5 EXCLUDED. However, a light lunch is possible at Wilson airport, payable direct.

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DATES FROM DATES TO Per Person Sharing Single Room Supplement
01-Sep-18 31-Oct-18 7400 USD 1180 USD
01-Nov-18 15-Dec-18 5895 USD 600 USD
16-Dec-18 05-Jan-19 8015 USD 1205 USD
06-Jan-19 31-Jan-19 7040 USD 1050 USD
01-Feb-19 28-Feb-19 7195 USD 1205 USD
01-Mar-19 31-Mar-19 6400 USD 670 USD
01-Apr-19 15-Apr-19 6020 USD 620 USD
16-Apr-19 31-May-19 PORINI CAMPS CLOSED
01-Jun-19 30-Jun-19 6440 USD 670 USD
01-Jul-19 31-Aug-19 8645 USD 1365 USD
01-Sep-19 31-Oct-19 8015 USD 1205 USD
01-Nov-19 15-Dec-19 6020 USD 620 USD

Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and may change.

PRICES EXCLUDE: All International Flights + Taxes. Visas. Travel & Personal accident insurance. Tips & personal expenses. Excursions not detailed in above program.

LOW SEASON PRICES APPLY TO STAYS STARTED & COMPLETED WITHIN THE APPLICABLE DATE BAND

CHILD POLICY:

  • One child (8 to 16 years) sharing a room with 2 adults pays 70% of the above adult sharing rates
  • Reductions apply for one child sharing a tent with 1 adult – please contact us for details
  • Please note that children under 8 years are not allowed at Porini camps.

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR supplement at Porini Camps: US$ 40 per person per night on 24, 25, 26, 31 Dec & 1 Jan.

EXCLUSIVE USE OF VEHICLE at Porini Camps: sole use of the open sided 4×4 safari vehicle during game drive: US$ 375 per vehicle per day.

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