STT020: Nairobi | Maasai Mara | Rift Valley | Amboseli | Manyara | Ngorongoro - 10 Days


Day 1: Arrive in Nairobi

On arrival in Nairobi, you will be transferred to your fabulous Five Star accommodations.

Overnight: Nairobi Serena Hotel.

Day 2: Nairobi

Today the morning will be free for you to catch up on some sleep and have a late breakfast.

At noon, we shall venture out of our hotel for a Tour of Nairobi City, taking in the sights and sounds and getting a quick orientation of this “Green City in the Sun”. We shall drive through the central business district, parliament buildings as well as the shopping spots.

For lunch, you will be immersed in an authentic Kenyan cultural experience at the Bomas of Kenya. This is an amazing set up that offers you a first hand experience of the diverse culture and lifestyle of many of Kenya's 42 tribal groups. Enjoy an array of rich traditional dances, local villages and handicrafts on display here. Try an array of authentic Kenyan foods.

Dinner on your own, explore the city’s numerous eating spots.

Overnight: Nairobi Serena Hotel.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Maasai Mara

Depart Nairobi at 8:00 am and drive to the Great Rift Valley enjoying the breath-taking view of the valley and the two extinct volcanoes of Longonot and Suswa. Arrive at Maasai Mara in time for lunch. After lunch enjoy a game drive into the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, which forms the Northern part of Serengeti National Park and is renowned for it's abundant plain game and black-maned lion.

Meals & Overnight: Mara Serena Lodge.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:  Maasai Mara

Three game drives are provided on this day at Maasai Mara reserve, regarded as the world's greatest, with opportunities to see large herds of elephants and buffalo. Start the day with a 6:30am game drive before breakfast and another after breakfast and yet another after lunch.

Meals & Overnight: Mara Serena Lodge.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:  Rift Valley

After breakfast, depart Maasai Mara and drive to the Rift Valley, destination Lake Nakuru National Park. Arrive in time for lunch. After lunch an afternoon game drive is provided at Nakuru National Park including a stop at Lake Nakuru, home to some one million flamingoes.

Dinner & Overnight: Sarova Lion Hill Lodge or Rift Valley Golf Resort

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 6:  Amboseli

After an early breakfast, leave for Amboseli National Park via Nairobi, arriving at Amboseli in time for Lunch. Afternoon game drive is provided in this photogenic park, with the snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro in the background.

Meals & Overnight: Amboseli Serena Lodge.   Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 7:  Ngorongoro

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Namanga border where you will be met and transferred to Arusha for lunch. After lunch you will be driven to Ngorongoro for check-in at your fabulous accommodations.

Dinner & Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 8: Ngorongoro

Full day tour of Ngorongoro Crater with Picnic Lunch.

About the Crater: Had it not become the world's sixth-largest unbroken caldera, then what is now known as the Ngorongoro crater could have been a towering volcanic mountain, as high as Kilimanjaro. The crater is the flagship tourism feature for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It is a large, unbroken, un-flooded caldera, formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed some three million years ago. The Ngorongoro crater sinks to a depth of 610 metres, with a base area covering 260 square kilometres. The height of the original volcano must have ranged between 4,500 to 5,800 metres high. Apart from the main caldera, Ngorongoro has two other volcanic craters: Olmoti & Empakai, the former famous for its stunning waterfalls, and the latter holding a deep lake and lush, green walls. On the leeward of the Ngorongoro highlands protrudes the iconic Oldonyo Lengai, an active volcano and Tanzania's third highest peak after Kilimanjaro and Meru. Known to local people as the Mountain of God, Mount Lengai's last major eruption occurred in 2007. At the mountain's foot is Lake Natron, a major breeding ground for flamingoes.

Dinner & Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 9: Lake Manyara

Drive to Manyara in the morning and have a tour of Lake Manyara National Park with picnic lunch. Dinner & Overnight: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge.   Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 10:  Arusha – Depart

After breakfast proceed to Arusha stopping there for lunch. After lunch you will be transferred at leisure to the airport for your departure flight back home.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner