LOTUS SAFARIS

12 DAYS KENYA, TANZANIA & ZANZIBAR (FAMILY TWIST)

Duration
11 Nights / 12 Days
Validity
All year
Prices
USD 5,077
Code No
LS2013
Tour Description

Experience ultimate East African Safari—lands of breathtaking scenery, majestic wildlife, and a distinct culture! Witness some of nature’s great treasures as you embark on this timeless Africa safari in Kenya and Tanzania. Along the way, your expert Driver/Guide will share insights about the wildlife, local cultures, and diverse eco-systems you encounter. And it doesn't end here - slip over to Zanzibar, the Spice Isle, redolent of nutmeg and cinnamon. An island known for its white sand beaches and crystal waters. Sail the Indian Ocean in a traditional dhow; drop into crystal waters and picnic on uninhabited atolls. Zanzibar is a perfect relaxing end to your East African Adventure.

Travel Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi (-/-/-)
  • Upon arrival in Nairobi you will be picked up and transferred to you hotel.

      Logistic Info approx: 1 hr drive

  • Overnight in Nairobi.
Day 2: Nairobi - Masai Mara (B/L/D)
  • After breakfast, you will be transferred to Buffalo spring airstrip to catch your scheduled flight departing to Masai Mara National Reserve.

Logistic Info approx:

1 hr transfer & 2 hrs flight

1 hr transfer to hotel in Mara.

The most spectacular feature in the Mara is the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle from the plains of Serengeti that cross the Tanzanian border and rivers to reach the Mara’s grasslands from late June, tracked by predators and circled by vultures as the journey unfolds.

  • Upon arrival, transfer to your camp in Masai mara with afternoon shared game drive.
  • Overnight in Mara.
Day 3: Game Drives - Masai Mara (B/L/D)
  • After breakfast,  proceed for full day game drive (sharing) in this spectacular game reserve, all with superb photographic opportunities.

Logistic Info approx:

  • 5 hrs drive .

Apart from the seasonal migration, Game viewing is excellent year round. Game includes: - elephant, Black Rhino, buffalo, wildebeest, Burchell’s zebra, hartebeest, various antelope and gazelle, lion, leopard, giraffe, elephant cheetah, hippo, crocodile and much more. It is perhaps the only region left in Kenya where the visitor may see animals in the same super-abundance as existed a century ago You may opt for an early morning balloon excursion to experience the panoramic Mara from a birds-eye view (Optional and not included in the price). The flight over this African Paradise lasts about an hour and on landing a lavish champagne-style, picnic breakfast is served.

  • Overnight in Masai Mara.
Day 4: Masai Mara – Isibania – North Serengeti (B/L/D)
  • Early morning, proceed with a packed breakfast & lunch drive to Isebania border where you will clear customs & immigration formalities before proceeding and shift to Tanzania safari Car.

Logistic Info approx:

6hrs to Isabania + 1 hr change of vehicle and immigration + 5 hrs to North Serengeti.

  • Overnight in North Serengeti.
Day 5: North Serengeti – Central Serengeti (B/L/D)
  • After Breakfast, full day Southern Serengeti game drive but depending on Animals availability.

 Logistic Info approx:

5 hrs commuting and 3 hrs game drive.

  • Overnight in Central Serengeti.
Day 6: Full day game drive in Serengeti (B/L/D)
  • After Breakfast, proceed for Full day game drive in Serengeti National Park.

Logistic Info approx:

  • 8 hrs game drive

The Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and scientific value. With more than two million wildebeests, half a million Thomson's gazelles, and a quarter million zebras, it has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa. The wildebeest and zebra moreover form the star cast of a unique spectacular - the annual Serengeti migration. The name 'Serengeti' comes from the Maasai language and appropriately means an 'extended place'.

The National Park, with an area of 12,950 square kilometers, is as big as Northern Ireland, but its ecosystem, which includes the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the Maswa Game Reserve and the Maasai Mara Game.reserve (in Kenya), is roughly the size of Kuwait. It lies between the shores of Lake Victoria in the west, Lake Eyasi in the south, and the Great Rift Valley to the east. As such, it offers the most complex and least disturbed ecosystem on earth.

  • Overnight in Central Serengeti.
Day 7: Serengeti – Ngorongoro (B/L/D)
  • After breakfast, transfer from Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater.

       Logistic Info approx:

  • 156 kms to Ngorongoro crater / 3 hrs/38 mins drive.
  • 4 hrs game drive

The Ngorongoro crater is a conservation area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site located 210 km west of Arusha. Known as ‘the eighth wonder of the world' the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa's best-known wildlife arenas. It offers a unique biosphere, which has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. Deep within the Crater, enclosed by towering walls, some 25,000 large mammals wander the plains, lakes and forests of ‘the land that time forgot', dominated by enormous bull elephants, rhinos and lions.

  • Overnight in Karatu.
Day 8: Quid Bike & elephant Cave (B/L/D)
  • After breakfast, proceed for some adventure with Quad biking and a small hike to the Elephant Cave.
  • Overnight in Karatu.
Day 9: Karatu - Kilimanjaro-Zanzibar-Stone Town (B/L/D)
  • After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight to Zanzibar.
  • Upon arrival in Zanzibar, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
  • Overnight in Stone Town, Zanzibar.
Day 10: Stone Town – Safari Blue – Beach (B/L/D)
  • Breakfast, get transferred to Fumba for Dream trip into the ocean.

The excursion starts at the fishing village of Fumba, 30 minutes drive from Stone Town. Fumba is situated in the southwest corner of the island and an ideal starting point to explore Menai Bay, designated a Conservation Area. The bay has a number of beautiful uninhabited islands and sandbanks and is frequented by humpback and bottlenose dolphins.

On arrival at Fumba clients are given a briefing on the day and a life jacket demo. We then board the dhows and set off to explore the bay and find the dolphins. We are lucky enough to see dolphins on at least 85% of our trips.

Later in the morning we stop on a sandbank where we set up sunshades and fit the clients with snorkelling equipment. We have a large range of sizes and good quality equipment. Guides, who can safely lead the snorkelling session and show points of interest, accompany the clients. For beginners or those who are not confident swimmers, we have inflatable snorkelling vests and our guides can give tuition. After snorkelling we offer fresh green coconuts before we move to another sandbank for lunch. During the morning our catering boat has gone on ahead to prepare lunch which is served on teak picnic tables set up beneath smart canvas sunshades.

Lunch is a traditional Zanzibar meal and includes a selection of grilled fish, slipper lobster, squid, rice, tamarind and coriander sauces and barbecued chicken. A gastronomic fruit tasting follows with a selection of between 10 to 15 different tropical fruits. Cold drinks are available throughout the day and include mineral water, sodas , coffee and hard drinks are also served after lunch.

When the tide allows we visit a beautiful mangrove lagoon where it is possible to swim through the mangrove forest. We return to Fumba by sail and arrive back at 6 p.m. in time to see the colourful African sunset.

We advise clients that there are no formal changing facilities at Fumba so please wear your swimming things under your clothes. We also advise clients to bring waterproof shoes for boarding the dhows and to bring towels, sunscreen and a spare T-shirt for snorkelling.

  • Overnight in Beach Zanzibar.
Day 11: Day at leisure (B/L/D)
  • Breakfast, day at leisure.
  • Overnight in Zanzibar.
Day 12: Return back home (B/L/-)
  • Breakfast, transfer to Airport for your flight back home.

Logistic Info approx:

  • 40 minutes drive
Hotels Envisaged:

Hilton Garden Inn 3*  (1 night, 1 Twin Room)

Ashnil Mara Camp 3* Deluxe (2 nights 1, Twin Room)

Mara Kati Kati Tented camp 3* (2 nights, 1 Twin Room)

Serengeti Kati Kati Tented camp 3* (1 night, 1 Twin Room)

Ngorongoro Farm House 3* Deluxe  (2 nights, 1 Twin Room)

Maru Maru Zanzibar 3* Deluxe - (1 night, 1 Twin Room)

My Blue Hotel 3* (2 nights, 1 Double Standard room)

Inclusions
  • 01 night accommodation in Nairobi on Bed & Breakfast.
  • 02 nights accommodation Masai Mara on Full Board
  • 02 night accommodation North Serengeti on Full Board
  • 01 night accommodation Central Serengeti on Full Board
  • 02 nights accommodation in Karatu on Full Board
  • 01 night accommodation in Stonetown Zanzibar on Bed & Breakfast.
  • 02 night accommodation in Zanzibar beach on Full Board
  • 1 Vehicle Services of a 4x4 vehicle with driver and fuel for 6 days
  • 1 Vehicle Transportation in a 7-seater minibus with a hatch-roof & an experienced English speaking driver guide for 5 days (Kenya)
  • Extra Lunch
  • Quad Biking
  • Elephant Cave
  • Crater Entry
  • Park entrance fees in Masai Mara
  • Park Fees Ngorongoro
  • Park fees Serengeti
  • Concession fees Serengeti
  • Transfers in Zanzibar
  • One way Flight to Zanzibar
  • Safari Blue Tour in Zanzibar
  • Airport transfers
  • Water
  • Mini Fridge in Car for Soft Drinks. ( Alcohol not to be consumed inside Car due cultural norms )
Exclusions
  • International Flights
  • Local flights
  • Anything not mentioned under inclusions
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