LOTUS SAFARIS

THE GREAT FAMILY SAFARI

Duration
11 NIGHTS/12 DAYS
Validity
All year
Prices
USD5077
Code No
LS2013
Tour Description
Travel Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Nairobi (-/-/-)
  • Upon arrival in Nairobi you will be picked up and transferred to you hotel.

      Logisitic Info approx:

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

Logisitic Info approx:

  • 1hr transfer & 2hrs 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 at Mara.
Day 3 : Game Drives - Masai Mara
  • Morning and afternoon game drives a SHARING GAME drive in this spectacular game reserve, all with superb photographic opportunities. Apart from the seasonal migration,

Logisitic Info approx:

  • 5 hrs drive .

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 at Masai Mara.
Day 4: Masai Mara – Isibania – North Serengeti.
  • 06H00 with packed breakfast & lunch drive to Isebania border where you will clear customs & immigration formalities before proceeding and shift to Tanzania safari Car.

Logisitic 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 but depending on Animals availability.

 Logisitic Info approx:

  • 5hrs commuting and 3hrs game drive.
  • Overnight in Central Serengeti.
Day 6: Full day game drive in Serengeti. (B/L/D)
  • After Breakfast, Full day Serengeti National Park.

Logisitic Info approx:

  • 8hrs 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)
  • Breakfast, transfer from Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater.

       Logisitic Info approx:

  • 156kms to Ngorongoro crater / 3hrs/38mins drive.
  • 4hrs 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, Quid bike and Elephant Cave
  • Overnight in Karatu.
Day 9: Karatu - Kilimanjaro-Zanzibar-Stone Town (B/L/D
  • 09H00 catch flight to Zanzibar.
  • On Arrival to Zanzibar you will be met and transferred to your hotel
  • Overnight in Stone Town, Zanzibar.
Day 10: Stone Town – Safari Blue – Beach (B/-/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.

Logisitic Info approx:

  • 40 minutes drive
Inclusions
  • 01 night accommodation in Nairobi as indicated above
  • 02 nights accommodation Masai Mara as indicated above
  • 02 night accommodation North Serengeti as indicated above
  • 01 night accommodation Central Serengeti as indicated above
  • 02 nights accommodation Karatu as indicated above
  • 01 night accommodation in Stonetown Znz
  • 02 night accommodation at selected hotel on Znz Beach
  • 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
  • Park entrance fees in Masai Mara
  • Park Fees Ngorongoro
  • Quad Biking & Elephant Cave
  • Crater Entry
  • Park fees Serengeti
  • Concession fees Serengeti
  • Airport transfers
  • Water
  • Flight
  • Transfers in Zanzibar
  • 1 Tour in Zanzibar
  • Mini Fridge in Car for Soft Drinks. ( Alcohol not to be consumed inside Car due cultural norms )
Exclusions
  • International Flight
  • Local flight
  • Anything not mentioned
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