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Balloon safari, Masai Mara
Aurora Ozone Hotel, Kangaroo Island
Zebras, Masai Mara
Lake Nakuru game drive Mbweha Camp
Elephants, Amboseli National Park
Tanzania Tarangire National Park elephants
Lake Manyara National Park
Cheetah, Serengeti National Park
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Zebras In Front Of The City, Nairobi

East African Explorer

13 day Safari – from £4519

With flights from £5169

The perfect safari for those seeking cultural experiences, stunning landscapes and excellent game viewing across Kenya and Tanzania

Highlights:
  • Search for the ‘Big Five’ in the Masai Mara and Serengeti
  • Spend a night in the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest peak
  • Look out for endangered Rothschild’s giraffe at Lake Nakuru
  • Stay at Ngorongoro Crater, a volcanic caldera laden with wildlife
  • Watch elephants wander amongst the baobab trees of Tarangire

Your Itinerary

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If you would like to add a Mombasa or Zanzibar beach stay after your Kenya safari just let us know.

Aurora Ozone Hotel, Kangaroo Island

Day 1 – Nairobi

Upon arrival into Nairobi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the afternoon…

Upon arrival into Nairobi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the afternoon at leisure.

Eka Hotel offers contemporary accommodation off the Mombasa Road in Nairobi. Facilities include two restaurants, a bar and a swimming pool.

    Eka Hotel

Aurora Ozone Hotel, Kangaroo Island
Zebras, Masai Mara

Day 2 to 3 – Masai Mara National Reserve

Travel through Kenya’s fertile highlands and down the Rift Escarpment to arrive at your lodge in…

Travel through Kenya’s fertile highlands and down the Rift Escarpment to arrive at your lodge in time for lunch. Later there is an afternoon game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets.

The next day enjoy further opportunities for game spotting on morning and afternoon game drives with the option to book an early morning balloon safari. The park is famous for its zebra and wildebeest migration when the plains become covered with these herbivores enjoying the lush grasslands. Lion, leopard and cheetah are all present here too.

Keekorok Lodge lies at the southern end of Masai Mara National Reserve in a prime game viewing location. In front of the lodge, there is a 300m elevated walkway that meanders to a waterhole where resident hippo are regularly seen. Facilities include a dining room and an outdoor swimming pool.

    Keekorok Lodge

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Zebras, Masai Mara
Lake Nakuru game drive Mbweha Camp

Day 4 – Lake Nakuru National Park

Travel across the ‘bread basket’ of Kenya and into the Great Rift Valley on the way…

Travel across the ‘bread basket’ of Kenya and into the Great Rift Valley on the way up to Lake Nakuru. Once in the park, take a game drive en route to the lodge. Both black and white rhino are present in the park as well as the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe. Also keep an eye out for buffalo, leopard, zebra, eland, waterbuck and lion.

Lake Nakuru Lodge: is located in the south-east portion of the park, with commanding views over the lake. Lush gardens surround the lodge and facilities include an outdoor pool. There is a good programme of activities and evening entertainment.

    Lake Nakuru Lodge

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Lake Nakuru game drive Mbweha Camp
Elephants, Amboseli National Park

Day 5 to 6 – Amboseli National Park

After breakfast continue to Lake Naivasha for a boat ride, before heading southwards to Amboseli. The…

After breakfast continue to Lake Naivasha for a boat ride, before heading southwards to Amboseli. The park is known for its magnificent views of Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, as well as large herds of free ranging elephants which you will have the chance to see on tomorrow’s full day game drive.

Ol Tukai Lodge lies within the Amboseli National Park with cottage style rooms spread out on either side of the main lodge, each offering views of either the wetlands or Mount Kilimanjaro. There is a great swimming pool shaded by acacia trees, a library, bar, and lush gardens to enjoy.

    Ol Tukai Lodge

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Elephants, Amboseli National Park
Tanzania Tarangire National Park elephants

Day 7 – Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, continue the journey over the Tanzania border and then on to Arusha in time…

After breakfast, continue the journey over the Tanzania border and then on to Arusha in time for lunch. Later drive across the Masai Steppe filled with many picturesque African villages as well as maize, coffee and banana plantations. At the town of Makuyuni continue to Tarangire National Park and enjoy game viewing en route to your lodge.

Tarangire is recognised as one of the best parks in northern Tanzania for elephant viewing, especially  during the dry season when large herds are attracted to the permanent water source of the Tarangire River. You will also see the many baobab trees to be found in the park.

Tarangire Sopa Lodge is built to blend in with its surroundings and lies hidden amongst the kopjes and ancient baobabs of the park. The comfortable rooms are housed in buildings with conical roofs and there is an outdoor pool to cool off in on those hot afternoons.

    Tarangire Sopa Lodge

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Tanzania Tarangire National Park elephants
Lake Manyara National Park

Day 8 – Lake Manyara National Park

This morning seek out the lion prides and elephant herds as you drive through the baobab…

This morning seek out the lion prides and elephant herds as you drive through the baobab tree lined park and explore the silale swamp.

After lunch drive north through the park and to the town of Makuyuni where the journey continues up the scenic escarpment to your lodge.

Lake Manyara Serena Lodge: Nestled on the rim of the Great African Rift Valley with stunning views over Lake Manyara, the Lodge is set in charming landscaped gardens visited by over 130 species of birds. Dotted around the grounds are the rooms housed in rondavel style buildings, many with wonderful views over the lake.

Please note that Kilimamoja Lodge may be used as an alternative which has equally stunning views.

    Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Lake Manyara National Park

Day 9 – Serengeti National Park

After breakfast spend the morning driving through Lake Manyara National Park with its giant fig and…

After breakfast spend the morning driving through Lake Manyara National Park with its giant fig and mahogany trees. Look out for hippos, elephants, warthogs and the elusive leopard.

Return to the lodge for lunch, before departing for the Serengeti National Park. The journey continues North West across the stunning countryside of the highlands which is filled with wheat and coffee plantations, and then into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. From here lie the vast plains of the Serengeti, where you begin spotting wildlife as you drive through.

Serengeti Serena Lodge is set on a tree-clad ridge with commanding views across the Serengeti. Centrally located adjacent to the famous Western Corridor and Grumeti River, the lodge is in a prime position for game viewing. Traditional style domed ‘rondavels’ are spread throughout the grounds and a ‘vanishing horizon’ pool, makes the most of the open views.

    Serengeti Serena Lodge

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Cheetah, Serengeti National Park

Day 10 – Serengeti National Park

Today morning and afternoon game drives will allow plenty of time to explore this world famous…

Today morning and afternoon game drives will allow plenty of time to explore this world famous park. Sharing the same ecosystem as the Masai Mara in Kenya, the annual zebra and wildebeest migration moves in a constant cycle between the two borderless parks. The big cats are here in good number too including Cheetah who like the open grassy plains. It is possible to book an early morning balloon flight for that sublime experience of drifting above the park – ask you consultant for details.

    Serengeti Serena lodge

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Cheetah, Serengeti National Park
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Day 11 – Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast depart for Ngorongoro with a picnic lunch, viewing game as you head out of…

After breakfast depart for Ngorongoro with a picnic lunch, viewing game as you head out of the Serengeti. Travel up through the lush greenery of the Crater Highlands, before arriving late afternoon at your lodge.

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge is positioned on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater and offers magnificent views. Built from local stone and camouflaged with indigenous vines, the lodge is designed to blend completely into the landscape. At the heart of the lodge burns a glowing fire, which is kept constantly alight and the rooms offer uninterrupted views of the volcanic amphitheatre far below.

    Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Day 12 – Ngorongoro Crater

A highlight awaits you this morning as you depart to explore what is commonly referred to…

A highlight awaits you this morning as you depart to explore what is commonly referred to as the World’s largest natural zoo. Descend through the early morning mists and 2,000 feet into what is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Due to its size and diversity, the crater floor has distinct areas including forest, swamps, lakes and open grassland. It’s a fantastic wildlife experience with good chances of seeing a wide variety of game.

    Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Zebras In Front Of The City, Nairobi

Day 13 – Nairobi and farewell

Today head back to Nairobi, stopping in Arusha for lunch. Enjoy dinner in Nairobi, before being…

Today head back to Nairobi, stopping in Arusha for lunch. Enjoy dinner in Nairobi, before being dropped off at the airport or hotel. It is also possible to be dropped off at Arusha or Kilimanjaro airport if preferred.

    Breakfast
Zebras In Front Of The City, Nairobi

Your Itinerary

If you would like to add a Mombasa or Zanzibar beach stay after your Kenya safari just let us know.

Day 1

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Nairobi

Upon arrival into Nairobi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the afternoon at leisure.

Eka Hotel offers contemporary accommodation off the Mombasa Road in Nairobi. Facilities include two restaurants, a bar and a swimming pool.

    Eka Hotel

Aurora Ozone Hotel, Kangaroo Island

Day 2 to 3

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Masai Mara National Reserve

Travel through Kenya’s fertile highlands and down the Rift Escarpment to arrive at your lodge in time for lunch. Later there is an afternoon game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets.

The next day enjoy further opportunities for game spotting on morning and afternoon game drives with the option to book an early morning balloon safari. The park is famous for its zebra and wildebeest migration when the plains become covered with these herbivores enjoying the lush grasslands. Lion, leopard and cheetah are all present here too.

Keekorok Lodge lies at the southern end of Masai Mara National Reserve in a prime game viewing location. In front of the lodge, there is a 300m elevated walkway that meanders to a waterhole where resident hippo are regularly seen. Facilities include a dining room and an outdoor swimming pool.

    Keekorok Lodge

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Zebras, Masai Mara

Day 4

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Lake Nakuru National Park

Travel across the ‘bread basket’ of Kenya and into the Great Rift Valley on the way up to Lake Nakuru. Once in the park, take a game drive en route to the lodge. Both black and white rhino are present in the park as well as the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe. Also keep an eye out for buffalo, leopard, zebra, eland, waterbuck and lion.

Lake Nakuru Lodge: is located in the south-east portion of the park, with commanding views over the lake. Lush gardens surround the lodge and facilities include an outdoor pool. There is a good programme of activities and evening entertainment.

    Lake Nakuru Lodge

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Lake Nakuru game drive Mbweha Camp

Day 5 to 6

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Amboseli National Park

After breakfast continue to Lake Naivasha for a boat ride, before heading southwards to Amboseli. The park is known for its magnificent views of Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, as well as large herds of free ranging elephants which you will have the chance to see on tomorrow’s full day game drive.

Ol Tukai Lodge lies within the Amboseli National Park with cottage style rooms spread out on either side of the main lodge, each offering views of either the wetlands or Mount Kilimanjaro. There is a great swimming pool shaded by acacia trees, a library, bar, and lush gardens to enjoy.

    Ol Tukai Lodge

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Elephants, Amboseli National Park

Day 7

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Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, continue the journey over the Tanzania border and then on to Arusha in time for lunch. Later drive across the Masai Steppe filled with many picturesque African villages as well as maize, coffee and banana plantations. At the town of Makuyuni continue to Tarangire National Park and enjoy game viewing en route to your lodge.

Tarangire is recognised as one of the best parks in northern Tanzania for elephant viewing, especially  during the dry season when large herds are attracted to the permanent water source of the Tarangire River. You will also see the many baobab trees to be found in the park.

Tarangire Sopa Lodge is built to blend in with its surroundings and lies hidden amongst the kopjes and ancient baobabs of the park. The comfortable rooms are housed in buildings with conical roofs and there is an outdoor pool to cool off in on those hot afternoons.

    Tarangire Sopa Lodge

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Tanzania Tarangire National Park elephants

Day 8

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Lake Manyara National Park

This morning seek out the lion prides and elephant herds as you drive through the baobab tree lined park and explore the silale swamp.

After lunch drive north through the park and to the town of Makuyuni where the journey continues up the scenic escarpment to your lodge.

Lake Manyara Serena Lodge: Nestled on the rim of the Great African Rift Valley with stunning views over Lake Manyara, the Lodge is set in charming landscaped gardens visited by over 130 species of birds. Dotted around the grounds are the rooms housed in rondavel style buildings, many with wonderful views over the lake.

Please note that Kilimamoja Lodge may be used as an alternative which has equally stunning views.

    Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Lake Manyara National Park

Day 9

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Serengeti National Park

After breakfast spend the morning driving through Lake Manyara National Park with its giant fig and mahogany trees. Look out for hippos, elephants, warthogs and the elusive leopard.

Return to the lodge for lunch, before departing for the Serengeti National Park. The journey continues North West across the stunning countryside of the highlands which is filled with wheat and coffee plantations, and then into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. From here lie the vast plains of the Serengeti, where you begin spotting wildlife as you drive through.

Serengeti Serena Lodge is set on a tree-clad ridge with commanding views across the Serengeti. Centrally located adjacent to the famous Western Corridor and Grumeti River, the lodge is in a prime position for game viewing. Traditional style domed ‘rondavels’ are spread throughout the grounds and a ‘vanishing horizon’ pool, makes the most of the open views.

    Serengeti Serena Lodge

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10

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Serengeti National Park

Today morning and afternoon game drives will allow plenty of time to explore this world famous park. Sharing the same ecosystem as the Masai Mara in Kenya, the annual zebra and wildebeest migration moves in a constant cycle between the two borderless parks. The big cats are here in good number too including Cheetah who like the open grassy plains. It is possible to book an early morning balloon flight for that sublime experience of drifting above the park – ask you consultant for details.

    Serengeti Serena lodge

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Cheetah, Serengeti National Park

Day 11

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Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast depart for Ngorongoro with a picnic lunch, viewing game as you head out of the Serengeti. Travel up through the lush greenery of the Crater Highlands, before arriving late afternoon at your lodge.

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge is positioned on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater and offers magnificent views. Built from local stone and camouflaged with indigenous vines, the lodge is designed to blend completely into the landscape. At the heart of the lodge burns a glowing fire, which is kept constantly alight and the rooms offer uninterrupted views of the volcanic amphitheatre far below.

    Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Day 12

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Ngorongoro Crater

A highlight awaits you this morning as you depart to explore what is commonly referred to as the World’s largest natural zoo. Descend through the early morning mists and 2,000 feet into what is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Due to its size and diversity, the crater floor has distinct areas including forest, swamps, lakes and open grassland. It’s a fantastic wildlife experience with good chances of seeing a wide variety of game.

    Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Day 13

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Nairobi and farewell

Today head back to Nairobi, stopping in Arusha for lunch. Enjoy dinner in Nairobi, before being dropped off at the airport or hotel. It is also possible to be dropped off at Arusha or Kilimanjaro airport if preferred.

    Breakfast
Zebras In Front Of The City, Nairobi

Meals & Inclusions

12 nights accommodation
12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners
Travel by 4×4 vehicle
Game drives led by an expert guide
National Park fees
Arrival and departure transfers

Flights & More

With FREEDOM, you can book your East African Explorer safari and flights together, as an ATOL protected package. Our Travel Experts can find the best priced Economy, Premium or Business Class flights for you.

You can also personalise your holiday. Why not add:

  • A hot air balloon safari on day 3 from £439
  • A Zanzibar beach stay after your safari
  • A stopover in Dubai on your way home

Next Step

Please get in touch with our Africa Experts to start planning your holiday. You’ll have a single point of contact from your first enquiry through booking.

East African Explorer

13 day Safari – from £4519

With flights from £5169

Price typical for travel in April or May, flying from London. Please note, prices can vary throughout the year and are higher during peak seasons. Prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room and include en suite accommodation, game drives and most meals. On occasion it may be necessary to substitute accommodation.

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