Saturday, October 13
Arrive Nairobi 6:10 am
On arrival at JKIA clients will be met by Karibu Kenya Representative briefed and immediately transferred to hotel for dinner and overnight at Eka Hotel or similar.
Shaking off that jet lag!
Sunday, October 14: Nairobi – Sweetwaters
After breakfast, proceed to Ol Pejeta Conservancy arriving in time for lunch at Sweetwater’s Tented Camp. After lunch afternoon game drive in the sanctuary with a visit to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Dinner and overnight at the camp.
'Our tented camp'
Monday, October 15: Sweetwaters - Samburu
Leave Sweetwaters and drive North through the lush tea and coffee plantations of central Kenya and across the equator on the way to the Northern foothills of Mount Kenya, a 17,058-foot dormant volcano with glistening capS of ice and snow. Arriving in time for lunch at Ashnil Samburu Lodge in the grassland area which forms the bridge between Kenya’s lush south and perched North. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Rhinos, cheetahs and the elusive leopard!
Tuesday, October 16: Samburu
Have a pre-breakfast game drive at dawn when animals are most active and the light is good for photography. Return to the lodge for breakfast. An optional visit to the Samburu Masai Village (At an extra cost). Lunch at the lodge, followed by an afternoon game drive with a visit to EwasoNyiro River where vast herds of plains game come to water, braving lions in the grass, leopards in the trees and giant crocodiles. Stars of Samburu not easily seen elsewhere are the liver-red reticulated giraffes, the long-necked gerenuk antelopes, and the elegant gravy Zebra. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
Our Canadian flag flying proudly on both vehicles
More leopards on our last game drive in Samburu. That's a bonus!
Wednesday, October 17: Samburu – Sweetwaters
After breakfast depart for Sweetwaters Tented Game Reserve arriving in time for lunch at Sweetwaters Tented Camp.
Afternoon game drive in the park. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Weaver bird's nest
Ol Pejeta Conservancy Chimpanzees
Safe Haven for visitors in case the chimpanzees escape!
There are the common zebras
And there are the grevy zebras!
Thursday, October 18: Sweetwaters – Lake Nakuru
After breakfast depart for Lake Nakuru National Park with a stop at the Equator famous for its abundance of flamingoes and it is also home to the rare waterbuck, pelicans, Rothschild giraffe, the black and the white rhino arriving in time for lunch at Lake Nakuru Lodge. Brief relaxation, then proceed to the evening game drive around the park. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Impala or gazelle?
The ink dots are pink flamingos in Lake Nakuru
More white rhinos! They're black because they just got off from the mud bath
Birds of different feathers
Friday, October 19: Lake Nakuru Lodge – Maasai Mara
After breakfast at the lodge depart for the famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve arriving in time for lunch at the lodge. A brief relaxation after lunch then, embark on an extensive afternoon game drive from 1600hrs - 1830hrs. Return to the Lodge for dinner and overnight (Ashnil Mara Camp)
Early lion sightings!
A confusion of wildebeest!
Saturday, October 20: Maasai Mara
Early morning game drive and return to the lodge for breakfast. Rest of morning at leisure. Lunch at the lodge. A brief relaxation and then embark for afternoon game drive in the reserve. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
The plains of Masai Mara
In the middle of the Mara with nowhere to go? This is our coffee drop station
Mongoose and pumbas
A view from our balcony at Ashni Mara..hippos in the Mara river
Sunday, October 21: Maasai Mara – Lake Naivasha
After breakfast depart for Lake Naivasha arriving in time for lunch at Lake Naivasha Crescent Camp. Rest of afternoon at leisure or Optional boat ride around the lake.
A close encounter with hippos in Lake Nakuru
Boat safari in Lake Nakuru
Masai Mara Village
We brought pencils and notebooks for the children of the Masai tribe
Monday, October 22: Lake Naivasha – Amboseli
After breakfast depart with lunch boxes for Amboseli National Park at the foot of glorious Mt. Kilimanjaro arriving in time for lunch at Amboseli Serena Lodge. Afternoon game drive in the park with a visit to Observation Hill. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Mt. Kilimanjaro on a clear day
The rift valley
Amboseli National Park Pink flamingos
Tuesday, October 23: Amboseli – Ngorongoro
After breakfast at the lodge, You will be dropped at Namnga Border where you will be picked by Tanzania. Proceed to Arusha for lunch and thereafter drive to Ngorongoro National Park arriving in time for dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
Migration or chasing of the wildebeest?
This clock tower in Arusha represents the geographic center of Africa
600-year-old baobab tree
Cape buffaloes blocking our way
Wednesday, October 24: Ngorongoro
After breakfast, descend the crater with picnic lunches for a crater tour. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
Game drive traffic jam at Ngorongoro crater
Tabletop acacia trees
Thursday, October 25: Ngorongoro - Serengeti
After breakfast, drive to Serengeti National Park via Olduvai Gorge. Lunch at Serengeti National Park. Afternoon game drive in Serengeti National Park. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
A herd of cows slowed us down on the way to Serengeti!
Scenes on our way to the lodge in Serengeti
Spotted a total of 6 lions on our way to the lodge
Afternoon game drive
Friday, October 26: Serengeti
Morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park. All meals and overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge.
Water,beer or soda anyone?
Refreshment cart in the middle of the Serengeti
The plains of serengeti....as far as the eyes can see
Serengeti Serena lodge.
A very close encounter
The big 2 out of 5
Saturday, October 27: Serengeti – Zanzibar
After breakfast, drive to Seronera airstrip with packed lunches for a flight to ZNZ at 11.00 Hrs. Arrive Zanzibar Aiport at 1400hrs; meet transfer to Riu Palace Nungwi.
Sunrise over the Serengeti!
Our final game view.
Zanzibar here we come
Sunday, October 28: Zanzibar
Day at Leisure.
All inclusive accommodation at Riu Palace
Riu Palace Zanzibar
Relax and recharge and get ready to be swept away.
Carnivorous restaurant at the Riu
Monday, October 29: Zanzibar
Day at Leisure.
All inclusive accommodation at Riu Palace
In memory of those who suffered from the slavery market
Exact spot where the slaves were auctioned off at this Anglican Church in Stone town
Stonetown public market
The doors of Stonetown
Ishi Teppanyaki at Riu
Tuesday, October 30:
Transfer to Zanzibar Airport for a flight back home.
Time to say goodbye to this lovely paradise called Zanzibar
Time to relax at the spa before the long flight home
Back home in Canada with memories of a trip of a lifetime to remember!
We thank our Kenyan driver/guides for a job well done!
Our Tanzanian driver/guides:
Our game drives would always start with this song!