11 days

East Africa Discovery

East Africa Discovery

Game drives in the Masai Mara

Lake Naivasha's hippos

Masai Mara's mammal migrations

Tented camp stays

The 'Garden of Eden' of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ngorongoro Crater

The flamingos of Lake Nakuru

Game drives in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Serengeti

The black-maned tree-climbing lions and flamingos of Lake Manyara National Park

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  • The vast grasslands of East Africa support the largest concentration of wildlife in the world. Over 11 days you'll get among the massive herds and their predators in the comfort of our top-notch safari vehicles and with our expert local leaders at the helm.

    Why we love it

    • The endless plains of the Serengeti where the horizon seems to stretch on forever
    • Interacting with the local kids from the villages we visit along the way, their smiles are infectious and they love to wave at us and say Mzungu (White people)!
    • Be surrounded by the blanket of stars across the night sky of the Mara, then wake to the sounds of the calming birdsong

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Nairobi

    • On arrival in Nairobi, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel by our Peregrine representative. You may wish to speak to our representative regarding any additional tours or activities that you might wish to do while you’re in Nairobi. There will be a trip briefing at the hotel at approximately 6.00pm this evening.
    • The rest of the day is spent at your leisure. Please note this is an arrival day – you can arrive at any time.
    • Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, was established at the turn of the 20th century by Europeans as a stores depot during the construction of the East African Railway.
    • Without plan or design, it established itself as the capital of the British protectorate, and today has a population of around three million.
    Panafric Hotel or similar

    Day 2 - Lake Nakuru

    • We depart Nairobi after breakfast and head north, driving along the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley.
    • This morning we will drive to Elsamere, stopping for lunch with the lake as a serene backdrop. 'Elsamere' is the former home of the writer, Joy Adamson. 'Born Free' was written in 1960 and did much to bring the issue of African wildlife conservation into the mainstream. The house is a veritable museum that dedicated to the works of Joy and George Adamson, and of course there are many photos of Elsa – the lioness that started it all!
    • After lunch we will enjoy a boat trip on Lake Naivasha, where we look out for some of the many resident hippos that live on the waters. Lake Naivasha – the second largest lake in Kenya and the highest of the lakes (1884m) in the Great Rift Valley.
    • Continue to our tented camp, arriving in the early evening. Our camp is situated within the Lake Elementaita conservation area.
    Sleeping Warrior Tented Camp or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 3 - Lake Nakuru National Park

    • This morning we visit Lake Nakuru National Park; the centrepiece of the park is the lake itself. Lake Nakuru is a soda lake which is home to massive numbers of flamingos - up to two million on occasion - and thousands of other birds. It has been described as the world's greatest ornithological spectacle and, at times, the lake is literally a sea of pink. In addition, the park itself also boasts substantial numbers of other species, including waterbuck, reedbuck and gazelle. Leopards are also to be found here, providing good chances for sightings (although there are no guarantees!). Perhaps we may also be fortunate enough to encounter one of Africa's most endangered animals - the rhinoceros. There is quite a good chance of seeing white rhinos, whilst black rhinos may prove to be more elusive.
    • After lunch we will head to the East Africa Mission Orphanage, just outside Nakuru. Here we meet the children who call this orphanage home. They love to practice their English skills and also are excited to know more about the world - be warned they will have lots of questions for you! The East Africa Mission Orphanage looks after more than 100 children ranging in age from just a few days old to 15 years years of age. The complete needs of the children, including full school education, are provided for by the orphanage. This orphanage is actually the result of the dream of one family, who arrived in Kenya in 1997 with nothing more than two suitcases each. It is a charitable institution, registered with the Kenyan Government for the purposes of caring for the many of homeless orphans that would end up either dying a premature death through malnutrition, walking the streets in search of food or turning to prostitution as a means of survival. The orphanage is taking up the challenge to reach out to these children before they have to fend for themselves out in the streets. We are proud to help support the efforts of this family and their incredible orphanage, and are excited to be able to take clients right into the orphanage itself!
    Sleeping Warrior Tented Camp or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4-5 - Masai Mara National Reserve

    • Today we head south-west to our next destination, the Masai Mara – arguably one of the finest game reserves in Africa. We will have an afternoon game drive on the way to our tented camp.
    • The next day we’ll explore more of the park with morning and afternoon game drives as we witness the wonderful procession of wildlife that inhabits the area. Wildebeest, zebra and gazelle are plentiful and, with any luck, we may spot the predators keeping a casual eye on their movements. Elephant, giraffe and eland are also commonly sighted, along with plenty of bird life.
    • The area is known for its rolling green plains and riverine woodlands, and amongst the many species of game, we may be lucky to observe black-maned lion, leopard and cheetah.
    • As dusk falls we may see a variety of animals in the vicinity of our camp too!
    Mara Leisure Tented Camp or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6 - Migori

    • We leave the Masai Mara behind and make our way onward to Migori. On the way we will stop for lunch (own expense) and visit a local Soapstone factory in Kisii.
    • Kisii town is home to the best soapstone carvers in the continent. Their products are very popular in Australia, Europe and the USA. Kisii is a favourite stopover for tourists who want a taste of the exquisite Kisii carvings.
    Grabo County Dream Hotel or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 7-8 - Serengeti National Park

    • This morning at 7am cross into Tanzania before heading to the Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti, which means 'endless plains' in Masai, is Tanzania's largest park, covering an area of 14,700 square kilometres. Its main claim to fame lies in the fact that it is home to over three million animals including a multitude of plains animals that provide for the greatest wildlife spectacle in the world. A unique phenomenon is the annual migration. Hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra trek the route annually, in some places simply grazing, in other places rushing madly across rivers and plains. The game most likely to be seen in the Serengeti in addition to the wildebeest and zebra are gazelle, lion, cheetah, warthog, hyena, hippo and ostrich. In all there are more than thirty-five species of plains animals, as well as a great profusion of bird life. The landscape changes within the park from the vast treeless central plains to thick scrub and forest in the north. Linking these areas is the savannah, dotted with acacia trees and magnificent rock outcrops.
    • We’ll enjoy a further full day of game drives on Day 8 in the magnificent Serengeti.
    • Perhaps the ultimate way to go game viewing is on a hot air balloon safari over the great plains of the Serengeti and Masai Mara. Hot-air ballooning in East Africa offers an unforgettable way to see a truly spectacular part of the world and we strongly recommend booking this activity prior to departure.
    Kati Kati Tented Camp or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 9 - Ngorongoro Highlands

    • After an early morning game drive we depart for the Ngorongoro Crater. Upon arrival we check into our accommodation just outside of the crater.
    • This small and exclusive lodge faces the Oldeani Volcano, and is located approximately 5 kilometres from the Ngorongoro Lolduare gate.
    Ngorongoro Farmhouse or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 10 - Ngorongoro Highlands

    • In the morning we descend to the crater floor, where we hope to see some, if not all, of the 'Big Five'. Ngorongoro Crater is indisputably one of Africa's most beautiful nature reserves and is certainly one of the most spectacular settings found anywhere. It is the largest intact crater in the world and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1978. Geologically, Ngorongoro is the remnant of a volcano that blew apart, leaving a flat plain area ringed with steep walls. The Ngorongoro volcano, before it exploded and collapsed 2 million years ago, was one of the world's tallest mountains. Unlike the Serengeti and Masai Mara, the migration in the Ngorongoro Crater is scant, as it has an abundant year-round food and water supply, and the walls of the collapsed volcano discourage migration. Animals within the Ngorongoro Crater are less shy of people and safari vehicles, so it's easier to view the animals up close. Views from the rim of the crater are sensational. On the crater floor, grassland blends into swamps, lakes, rivers, woodland and hills. The Masai are permitted to water their cattle at the permanent lake and can be seen leading their animals in and out of the crater. The most commonly seen animals are lion, wildebeest, zebra, eland, bushbuck, cheetah, jackal, buffalo, Grant's gazelle, Thompson's gazelle and black rhinoceros.
    • Afternoon at leisure to do optional walking activities or perhaps a coffee tour.
    Ngorongoro Farmhouse or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 11 - Lake Manyara National Park - Nairobi

    • We’ll enjoy an early morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, keeping our eyes out for its famous tree climbing lions, before we head to Arusha in time for lunch (own expense).
    • We’ll farewell those leaving us in Arusha while those of us continuing back to Nairobi will be transferred back to our starting hotel in Nairobi. En route, those who wish to be dropped off at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) can do so, but prior notice must be provided, together with full details of your departing flight.
    • Your East African adventure comes to an end on arrival in Nairobi in the early evening. Any flights out of Nairobi should not be booked to depart prior to 9pm. Spending an extra night in Nairobi is highly recommended, as the journey from Arusha is a tiring one and there are sometimes unexpected delays. The six-hour drive from Arusha to Nairobi can be replaced by a short flight between Kilimanjaro Airport and Nairobi (own expense).
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of Peregrine’s expert English-speaking local tour leader
    • Arrival transfer
    • 1 day in Lake Nakuru National Park; 2 days in Masai Mara National Reserve and surrounding area (including entrance fees where applicable).
    • 2 days in the Serengeti National Park; 1 day in Ngorongoro Crater and 1 day in Lake Manyara National Park (including entrance fees where applicable).
    • Authentic accommodation in a permanent tented camp with en suite facilities in Nakuru; in a permanent tented camp in the Masai Mara staffed entirely by Masai people and reminiscent of the old safari camps.
    • Accommodation in a permanent tented camp with en suite facilities in Serengeti National Park; in a small and exclusive lodge at Ngorongoro Crater.
    • 4x4 game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park, Masai Mara National Reserve and in the Ngorongoro Crater.
    • Transfer back to Nairobi on the final day of the tour.

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Meals not specified in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry - may be available at locations where we stay two or more nights
    • Optional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips - this is something to consider, and it might be worthwhile speaking to your group about making a group contribution at the end of the trip

    Safety Information

    It is recommended that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information prior to your departure.

    Peregrine strongly recommends the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Please leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Most of our hotels will have a safety deposit box, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

    Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and Peregrine makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

    FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
    Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

    TRAFFIC AND DRIVING CONDITIONS:
    Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Be aware that traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home.

    PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
    While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

    SWIMMING POOLS:
    You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty.

    BALCONIES:
    Some hotel balconies don't meet UK standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.

    SEAT BELTS:
    Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.

  • Map Itinerary

  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    East Africa Discovery

    John - Australia, 22 Jul, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    An excellent tour to start our Africa safari. Both the tour leader and driver were great and easy to get along with. Both had the local knowledge needed to ensure the tour ran smoothly.

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Trip at a glance

Trip Code PFED
Group size 6 - 16
Start City: Nairobi, Kenya
End City: Arusha, Tanzania or Nairobi, Kenya

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