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  • Search for mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
  • Kayak, picnic, and relax on the tranquil beaches of Zanzibar.
  • Game drives in the Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and more.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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They say the human race originated in East Africa, which explains why a land so unlike anything you’ve ever experienced feels so much like home.

Your journey will take you through some of the most stunning scenery on the entire continent. Each day your personal guide will pick you up in your very own 4x4 vehicle to explore wild jungles, primeval forests and expansive grassy plains. From spotting mountain gorillas in the early morning mist, to glimpsing a lioness and her cubs at water’s edge, your days will be filled with the wonders of Africa. At night relax in accommodations that offer serenity and luxury, all under a sky full of resplendent stars.

Head out for the Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest at dawn for a sighting of the extraordinary mountain gorillas, made famous by Dian Fossey’s book “Gorillas in the Mist,” and the film by the same name. Just a short flight away is the world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve which is home not only to the "Big Five" (lion, rhino, elephant, water buffalo and leopard), but is also the sight of the annual migration of the wildebeests, one of the grandest spectacles in all of Africa and a highlight of any safari. Cross into the Serengeti to see big cats and wild dogs roaming the grassy plains. Head to Zanzibar to explore the azure waters of the Indian Ocean and be mesmerized by the life that calls it home. ... Show More »

Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.

NOTE: Gorilla permits are secured with you trip's deposit. Once secured they are non-refundable. It will take 24-48 hours to secure the purchase from the authorities as they are sold on a first come first served basis. The park authority/management reserves the right to cancel any permit without any refund or further reference. « Show Less

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Entebbe to Kampala
    Entebbe to Kampala
    • Welcome to East Africa - Arrival
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Meet & Greet(6)
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park
    Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park
    • Kampala - Lake Mburo National Park [Drive (5hrs)] - 4x4/Guide(5)
    • Game Drive 1 - 4x4/Guide/Entrance(5)
    • Park Fee - Park Fees
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3 Lake Mburo National Park to Bwindi
    Lake Mburo National Park to Bwindi
    • Lake Mburo National Park - Bwindi [Drive (6 to 7hrs)] - 4x4/Guide(5)
    • Afternoon at Leisure
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Bwindi
    Bwindi
    • Gorilla Trek - Permit/4x4/Guide/Driver(5)
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Bwindi to Kigali to Nairobi
    Bwindi to Kigali to Nairobi
    • Bwindi - Kigali [Drive (5 to 7hrs)] - 4x4/Guide(5)
    • 1/2 Day City Tour & Genocide Museum - 4X4 Land Cruiser/Guide(6)
    • Kigali - Nairobi [Direct - KQ (1hr 30mins)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(6)
  • Day 6 Nairobi to Masai Mara
    Nairobi to Masai Mara
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(6)
    • Nairobi - Masai Mara [Direct (45min)] - Economy - SL
    • Airstrip Pick Up & Game Drive - Game Van (6)
    • Afternoon Game Drive
    • Park Fees - Masai Mara
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Masai Mara
    Masai Mara
    • Morning Game Drive - Game Van (6)
    • Afternoon Game Drive - Big 5
    • Park Fees - Masai Mara
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 Masai Mara
    Masai Mara
    • Morning Game Drive - Migration - Game Van (6)
    • Afternoon Game Drive - Rhino
    • Park Fees - Masai Mara
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9 Masai Mara to Isebania to Serengeti
    Masai Mara to Isebania to Serengeti
    • Masai Mara - Isebania [2-4 Hour Drive] - Game Van/Guide(6)
    • Isebania Border Crossing
    • Isebania - Serengeti [3-5 Hours] - 4X4 - TZ(5)
    • Park Fees - Park Fees
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10 Serengeti
    Serengeti
    • Morning Game Drive - 4X4/Guide(5)
    • Afternoon Game Drive
    • Park Fees - Park Fees
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11 Serengeti to Ngorongoro
    Serengeti to Ngorongoro
    • Serengeti - Ngorongoro [5-6 hours] - 4X4/Guide(5)
    • Private - Olduvai Gorge - Entrance
    • Park Fees - Ngorongoro
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12 Ngorongoro
    Ngorongoro
    • Crater Tour for Crater Lodges - 4X4/Guide(5)
    • Private Vehicle & Guide - 4X4/Guide(5)
    • Park Fees - Ngorongoro
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13 Ngorongoro to Manyara to Zanzibar
    Ngorongoro to Manyara to Zanzibar
    • Ngorongoro - Manyara [Manyara Airstrip Transfer (45mins - 1hr)] - 4X4/Guide(5)
    • Manyara - Zanzibar [Scheduled Charter Flight: From 11:30AM-15:30PM] - Economy
    • Transfer - Airport from/to Beach Resort - Minivan/Guide(7)
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 14 Zanzibar
    Zanzibar
    • Optional Activities
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 15 Zanzibar
    Zanzibar
    • Shared - Indian Ocean Special Full day Menai Bay - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 16 Zanzibar to Nairobi
    Zanzibar to Nairobi
    • Transfer - Airport from/to Beach Resort - Minivan/Guide(7)
    • Departure & Infrastructure Tax - To Be Paid Locally - Not Included
    • Zanzibar - Nairobi [Direct - PW (1hr 40mins)] - L-Class
    • Tour - Private - Transportation - Game Van/Guide(6)
    • Private - Souvenir Shopping
    • Kensington Office
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Day 1: Entebbe - Kampala

Welcome to the East African primate capital, the heavily forested country of Uganda!  Upon arrival to the Entebbe International Airport, a representative will meet and you load up your entire luggage and head towards the Ugandan capital city of Kampala where you will overnight. 

Accommodation: Cassia Lodge Hotel

Cassia Lodge is located on Buziga Hill, one of the highest hills of Kampala, close to Lake Victoria. With the environmental temperatures being cool, guest can relish in that there are very few mosquitoes around when outside of the property enjoying the astonishing view of the lake as well as the city. The lodge offers excellent international cuisine in a serene environment, with a highly trained and experienced culinary staff at the helm. The lodge itself offers guests stays in one of the twenty luxurious rooms which all feature satellite television, mini-bar and spectacular balconies with overlooking views of the lake.  Guest can also enjoy use of the swimming pool during those sunny afternoon hours to cool down.

Street Vendor at Kampala Fruit Market
Street Vendor at Kampala Fruit Market
Cassia Lodge
Cassia Lodge

Day 2: Kampala - Lake Mburo National Park

Depart the Ugandan capital of Kampala en-route to the Lake Mburo National Park grounds.  Your driver will travel in a south-westerly direction for the specific purpose of travelling to workshops of the Mpigi Drum Makers.  It is here where you’ll watch numerous ceremonial drums being hand-crafted using the traditional methods passed down from one generation to another.  Next, you’ll travel to the extreme center of the Earth, the Equator.  After some time spent snapping photos, it’s off to the Papyrus swamps, where tracts of dense, tropical rainforest merge seamlessly into the rolling plains of Ankole.  Shortly after travelling through the swamps, you’ll arrive within the confines of the Lake Mburo National Park grounds.

Set out on an adventurous game drive around the Lake Mburo National Park grounds today.  The eco-diversity of this park makes for quite the journey as you explore some of the many hillsides, grasslands and water based wildlife habitats.  To hone in on the specific wildlife one would want to see, the park has designated routes or “tracks” which travel to the specific landscape where these wildlife species thrive.  Travelling along the “Zebra Track” will boast a variety of plain-game including Burchell zebra, bushbuck, oribi and reed buck.  To find species like the elusive klipspringer one would have to travel along the “Ruroko Track.”  This track is home to wildlife that requires a habitat that features a wetland basin surrounded by thick acacia shrub and woodlands.

Your park fees are included for this day.

Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge

The exclusive Mihingo Lodge is a peaceful retreat which strategically sits adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park. The property features ten tented rooms which have been built on raised wooden platforms that are covered by a thatched roof. Suspended under the thatched roof is a spacious and comfortable tent which has been equipped with safari style amenities and facilities including en-suite bathrooms that produce both hot and cold running water for the shower, and flushing toilets. The property also features a large dining area and an infinity pool.

Hippo Mom and Baby
Hippo Mom and Baby
Mihingo Lodge
Mihingo Lodge

Day 3: Lake Mburo National Park - Bwindi

Wake up bright and early today to enjoy an exciting morning game drive around Lake Mburo.  After your game drive, you'll depart the confines of the Lake Mburo National Park and head towards the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.   Often referred to as the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, this area boast some truly thick vegetation consisting of massive evergreen trees that stretch to great heights for sunlight.  It is here within the Impenetrable Forest where almost half of the world’s population of Mountain Gorilla reside.  The travel time between these two diverse locations is approximately 6 to 7 hours depending on weather conditions.

In the afternoon, enjoy some time on your own to relax.

Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge

The Buhoma Lodge is located within the confines of the Impenetrable Bwindi Forest area of western Uganda.  Within walking distance to the Gorilla trailhead, this property is the ideal accommodation for those in search of some excellent Mountain Gorilla photography. The lodge features 8 comfortable chalets that are all equipped with en-suite bathing facilities and mosquito proofing.

Mountain Gorilla
Mountain Gorilla
Buhoma Lodge
Buhoma Lodge

Day 4: Bwindi

Wake up very early and depart with a picnic lunch to track the rare Mountain Gorillas (hiking boots required). The tracking may take between 5 and 8 hours. The Park Guides with you interpret the flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas. Return in the evening for dinner and overnight at the lodge. Only persons age 15 and over are allowed to track the gorillas.

Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge
Gorilla Trek
Gorilla Trek

Day 5: Bwindi - Kigali - Nairobi

Ride aboard a private vehicle with English speaking driver during this transfer traveling between Bwindi and Kigali today.  The approximate travel time is 5 to 7 hours.  You will cross the border between Uganda and Rwanda at the kyanika border.

Prepare your senses for an explosion of culture and emotion during today’s excursion through Kigali.  Begin by visiting some of the popular market places to view and purchase if you’d like some of the local products.  Next, you’ll travel to a location stained with heart aching cultural history, The Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre.  This tragic memorial was constructed in April 2004 to honour those whom lost their lives during the Rwandan Genocide.  The centre was built on the site where an estimated 250000 victims were buried.  This location serves as a place where individuals can grieve the loss of their loved ones as well as to provide educational information regarding the genocide.  Rwandans believe that although the gruesomeness and painful emotions associated with this tragedy may be construed as negative it is extremely important that the younger generations of Rwandans fully understand the reasons and effects of such an event on a nation.  The Centre features three permanent exhibits which depict the events of 1994, as well as a children’s memorial which exhibits the history of genocidal violence towards children from all over the world. 

Relax during this short flight departing Kigali, Rwanda and traveling to the urban hub of Nairobi, Kenya.  The approximate flight time is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer between the hotel and airport. After your guide has loaded up your luggage you will be driven through Nairobi admiring some of the sights (time permitting). Your guide will brief you on your itinerary en-route.

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Nairobi

Situated in the trendy new Upper Hill financial district of Nairobi, Crowne Plaza Nairobi is the model of modern five-star elegance.  The property embodies an ideal fusion of thoughtful design and indulgence, and comes ripe with opportunity to discover nearby Nairobi National Park to see big cats and giraffes at the Masai Mara game reserve.  Earthy textures and dark wood throughout Crowne Plaza Nairobi evoke the wild plains and acacia trees of Kenya's big game reserves.  The property offers a host of amenities and facilities including a luxurious health club, a stylish unisex hair salon, a 24-hour state of the art gymnasium, and an outdoor swimming pool.  Five floors comprised of Rooms, Suites, and Club Rooms are all equipped with the latest in technology, high speed complimentary Internet, Wi-Fi, minibar, in-room safe, tea and coffee facilities, and 24 hour room service.

Wildlife of Nairobi
Wildlife of Nairobi
Crowne Plaza Nairobi
Crowne Plaza Nairobi

Day 6: Nairobi - Masai Mara

A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer between the hotel and airport. After your guide has loaded up your luggage you will be driven through Nairobi admiring some of the sights (time permitting). Your guide will brief you on your itinerary en-route.

Sit back and relax during this short, scenic flight from Nairobi to Masai Mara today. The flight duration is approximately 45 minutes. On all services the luggage allowance is 15 kilos in soft bags. This allowance shall include all hand baggage.

A representative from your camp will meet you at the airstrip upon your arrival into the Masai Mara area.  Once your luggage has been secured, you are off for an expertly guided game drive en-route to your camp.  Keep a close eye on the bush for the sparkle of eyes as the sun glistens off the irises of some stealthy, stalking predators and their elusively cunning prey.

Head out this afternoon, accompanied by an experience tracker-guide, on an exciting game viewing adventure.  Search some of the area`s wildlife hot-spots determined by your guide, as they`ve learned and now understand the games daily routines through tracking.  Some wildlife is more difficult than others to spot, for instance the Leopard.  These spotted cats blends almost seamlessly into the tall grass and shrubbery, and are even more challenging to spot up in their favorite hangout, the trees.  Your guide will take you to nearby watering holes, where on a hot day, you`ll spot many bird and wildlife species, including the elusive Leopard.

Accommodation: Mara West

Nestled against a wooded thicket and surrounded by savannah, Mara West combines luxury accommodations with the breathtaking adventures of an unforgettable African safari. The rooms are perched in secluded spots on the edge of the Oloololo Escarpment, offering guests panoramic views of the Masai Mara Game Reserve below and a sense of exclusive privacy. The camp is home to resident herds of gazelles, impalas and zebras, as well as an abundance of bird life, and is visited regularly by a variety of wildlife passing to and from the park. The stunning beauty of the Mara, the uninterrupted grazing of the antelope, the night calls of the bush babies, and the early morning chorus of songbirds, all this, combined with the comfortable and tasteful ambiance of the camp, is part of the Mara West experience and what makes it a unique paradise for nature lovers.

Masai
Masai
Mara West Main Building
Mara West Main Building

Day 7: Masai Mara

Just like the local wildlife, you’ll head out bright and early this morning, alongside an experienced tracker-guide for the day’s first game drive.  The eco-diversity and sheer size of the Masai Mara Game Reserve provides the necessary requirements to house a wide range of animal species.  The most recognized are known worldwide as the African Big 5, which includes the African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Rhinoceros, Leopard, and the King of the beasts, the Lion.  The term Big 5 was coined by big-game hunters, as these species were the most difficult and dangerous to track and hunt.  Subsequently the term was adopted by the tourism industry for marketing purpose, spinning a web of positivity opposed to the negative effect portrait by the original terminology.  Numerous other species of bird and wildlife inhabit this dynamic location including Hyenas, Gazelles, Impalas, Giraffes, Zebras, Vultures, Cranes, Eagles, Falcons, and Ostriches.

On today’s afternoon game drive, the choice is up to you: search for the Big 5 or expand your horizons to discover something different. Masai Mara not only has a rich mix of animals – it also has an incredible array of bird life with almost 450 different species.

Accommodation: Mara West
Bateleur or Short Tailed Eagle
Bateleur or Short Tailed Eagle
The King and Prince
The King and Prince

Day 8: Masai Mara

Set out bright and early this morning on a "Migration" inspired game drive with your experienced guide.  Your journey today will take you into the thick of the Masai Mara plains, in search of some of the many grazing species that take part in the annual migration yearly, an event that has been going on for centuries.  Exceptional populations of Zebras, Gazelles, Impalas, and of course Wildebeests thunderously feed and migrate from the Serengeti and through the Mara area every year from July to October.

Set out this afternoon accompanied by your guide on another exciting game drive through the Masai Mara Game reserve.  The Mara area is one of the few places left in Africa where one can still spot Rhinos in the wild.  Your guide will take you to locations where Rhinos have been recently reported to see if you can snap some photos of these elusive lumbering giants.

Accommodation: Mara West
Rhino
Rhino
Wildebeest Crossing the Mara River
Wildebeest Crossing the Mara River

Day 9: Masai Mara - Isebania - Serengeti

You`ll depart the Masai Mara Game Reserve today in a privately driven vehicle with guide and travel towards the Isebania border crossing.  Enjoy game viewing or depart first thing, driving past towns and villages along the way. Upon your arrival, your guide will arrange the necessary documentation for your entry into Tanzania. 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please be aware that this portion of the drive can be long depending on rains as this is a dirt road. In dry season you can reach the border in 2 hrs or less. Upon entry into Tanzania, you`ll notice an improvement in stability and comfort as roadway heading toward the Serengeti National Park is newly paved.  

When traveling across the Kenyan-Tanzanian border a few things must occur.  Upon arrival to the Isebania Border Crossing, you will switch vehicles and guides according to the country you'll be entering.
 
You will be required to purchase a Visa; for Kenya it’s a per person cost of 50$ USD, and for Tanzania it's a per person cost of 100$ USD for American Citizens and 50$ USD for all other Nationalities. 

Please Note: Visas must be paid in USD, and in CASH.  No bills can be older than 2006 as a local counterfeiting safeguard.  A Single entry Visa is valid for 3 months and can be used for multiple entries into Kenya and Tanzania.  It is also required that you have your Yellow Fever certification handy upon crossing. 

After you have crossed through Isebania Border you will switch vehicles and guides according to the country you'll be entering.

You`ll continue in your specialized, Tanzanian guided and driven vehicle towards the Serengeti Game Park. Please advise your guide if you would like to make any additional stops at shops, villages or stop at Lake Victoria. For instance, a stop at a local fishing village can be scheduled if you’re craving some cultural inspiration. Have your camera handy, as you enjoy some game viewing upon entry into the park whilst traveling to your Serengeti based lodging.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Upon entry into Tanzania, you`ll notice an improvement in stability and comfort as roadway heading toward the Serengeti National Park is newly paved.  Once you arrive in Serengeti you'll drive on dirt roads through the park and enjoy game viewing on your way to the lodge/camp. These dirt roads can be bumpy and/or muddy in rainy season. The approximate total travel time between Masai Mara and Serengeti can range between 6 to 9 hours depending on road conditions, traffic and weather.

Accommodation: Mbalageti Camp

Mbalageti Serengeti features luxury tented chalets on the slopes of the rising Mwamweni hill, as well as lodge style standard rooms. Each room type is equipped with all the utilities of home, such as an en-suite bathroom and a veranda with a stunning view. Dining takes place both in the bush, privately or with small groups, or in the dining tent, where local and continental cuisine forge new roots. English tea is served in the gardens with pastries daily. Activities range from spending some alone time in the loft reading books or a relaxing float in the tranquility pool, with the Serengeti plains as the backdrop.

Serengeti
Serengeti
Mbalageti Camp - Bar & Pool
Mbalageti Camp - Bar & Pool

Day 10: Serengeti

This morning’s African adventure begins with an exploratory game drive through Tanzania’s oldest and most recognized National Park, the Serengeti.  This location offers the most expansive game viewing in Tanzania. From predators to prey, great herds of grazing herbivores to tactically cunning packs of carnivores, life on the plains of the Serengeti can best be defined as a complete “circle of life.”  A photographic dream unfolds before your eyes as giraffes and elephants feast on tasty shrubbery, whilst impalas, gazelles and buffalos dance carefully through the plains as to not become the latest meal for on-looking lions, cheetahs and hyenas.

Get ready for an afternoon to remember as you set out accompanied by an experienced tracker-guide into the seamlessly never-ending expanses of the Serengeti.  The park is world renowned for its healthy stock of resident wildlife species, in particular the African Big 5 which or course includes buffalos, elephants, rhinoceros, leopards and lions.  Although with sightings considered a rarity, very few black rhinoceros still live within the confines of the park grounds.  The Serengeti is also home to the largest population of lions and giraffes in all of Africa.  Heavy concentrations of topi, gazelle, waterbuck and Coke’s hartebeest provide an ample food source for local carnivores including cheetah, hyenas and African wild dog.  The park is also home to some 500+ species of birds, ranging in size and weights some of these bird including ostrich, crowned crane, marabou stork and secretary bird are the most sought after photogenic birds on the planet.

Accommodation: Mbalageti Camp
Pride of Lions
Pride of Lions
Giraffe Snacking
Giraffe Snacking

Day 11: Serengeti - Ngorongoro

This African journey continues as you board a privately driven vehicle, accompanied by a local tracker-guide for your visit to the overwhelming large Ngorongoro Conversation Area.  You’ll depart the Serengeti National Park grounds at a somewhat slower pace as to get in some more game-viewing.  An optional stop at the Olduvlai Gorge is highly recommended, where at the Serengeti Welcome Centre you’ll have an opportunity to marvel at a panoramic view of the surrounding area from the lookout point.  A stop for a picturesque picnic is also scheduled during this journey.  Upon your arrival into the conservation area, you’ll head towards your overnight accommodation whilst taking in the overwhelming size of the Ngorongoro crater.  The approximate travel time may vary between 5 to 6 hours depending on weather conditions and the number of stops you’ve made along the way.  During the heavy rainy season, longer travel times should be expected.

The massive Olduvai Gorge or Oldupai Gorge is often referred to as “The Cradle of Mankind.”  Beginning in the eastern Serengeti plains, the gorge is roughly some 48 kilometers long.  Resulting from millions of years of natural erosion, this gorge boasts a steep-sided ravine that cuts and stretches its way through the Great Rift Valley along eastern Africa.  The gorge is named after a commonly used plant by the Masai people with the scientific name of Sansevieria-Ehrenbergii, or Oldupai for short.

Accommodation: Serena Safari Lodge Ngorongoro

Perched on the jagged rim of the crater, wreathed in morning mist, camouflaged in river-stone and cloaked in indigenous creepers, the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is a triumph of ecological and architectural fusion. Sensitively constructed so as to take nothing from its environment, while affording endless vistas over the heat-shimmering reaches of the crater below, the clustered boulder-built buildings of the Lodge hug the crater rim, linked by rope-lashed timber walkways that skirt the buttressed roots of ancient, liana-hung trees.  The interior, radiating out from the primeval log fire glowing at the heart of the Lodge, blends the concentrated hush of a game-viewing hide with the ochre, rust, and charcoal images of a prehistoric cavern. Lit by flaming wall-lanterns, clad in gigantic volcanic boulders and decorated by the iron spears, bright-beaded robes and intricately carved artifacts of the Maasai creating a very unique lodge. All of the guest rooms and suites have been elegantly decorated with brass lamps and leather headboards & Afro- Arabian artifacts. Dining combines international & Pan-African fare, often served in the bush where barbeque cuisine is a delight. Take part in game drives and hikes around the rich Ngorongoro Crater, full of life and discoveries.

Life in the Crater
Life in the Crater
Serena Safari Lodge Ngorongoro
Serena Safari Lodge Ngorongoro

Day 12: Ngorongoro

Explore one of the most recognized wildlife conservation areas in Tanzania today. Depart your camp or lodge in a privately driven vehicle, along with a local expert guide, towards the Ngorongoro Crater.  The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera.  This geological masterpiece was formed as a result of an extremely large volcanic explosion which caused the volcano to collapse in on itself, thus creating a crater.  The crater is roughly 20 kilometers wide and some 2000 feet deep, making the trip from crater floor to rim around 45 minutes by 4x4.  The extremely fertile crater floor is the reason why there is such a highly concentrated amount of wildlife here.  Over 20000 mammals call the crater home, including some of the only remaining black rhinos in the world.  The crater floor also boasts one of the highest carnivore densities in the world including large prides of lions, packs of hyenas and solitary predators like cheetahs and jackals.  A keen eye, and expertly recommended search patterns from your guide may help you spot some of the less common species like leopards, servals, and bat-eared foxes.

You are provided with a personalized, experienced tracker-guide and private transportation today whilst exploring around the Ngorongoro National Park grounds.

Accommodation: Serena Safari Lodge Ngorongoro
Private Game Vehicle
Private Game Vehicle
Hey Mom, Look Down Here!
Hey Mom, Look Down Here!

Day 13: Ngorongoro - Manyara - Zanzibar

A representative from your lodge will provide you with a transfer to the Manyara airstrip.  The transfer time will take approximately 45 minutes to an hour.

Relax during this short flight which departs the Tanzanian mainland airstrip in Manyara and travels to the island of Zanzibar.  This flight will take approximately 4 hours to complete and will stop in arusha along the way.

Luggage restriction applicable to this flight: 15kg (32 lb) per person, for both carry-on and checked luggage. Your checked luggage needs to be soft-sided - no wheels / no spine, a duffel bag is recommended. A small purse/backpack, is recommended as a carry-on, to keep your camera, passport, hat, sunblock or other items you need within easy reach.

A privately driven vehicle with guide will provide you with a transfer today traveling between the airport and your resort, or vice versa.

Accommodation: Breezes Beach Club and Spa

Breezes Beach Club and Spa is a tasteful haven situated on a gorgeous beach off the east coast of the most magical island of Zanzibar, in Tanzania. The 70 rooms and suites are fully air conditioned and decorated in earthy, natural tones and finishes, each festooned with authentic Zanzibar carvings from locals. Dining is an experience to look forward to, where ones taste buds are host to a mélange of refreshing flavors (dress code in effect). Seafood is fresh, succulent, and incomparable. Activities vary depending on interest, from lounging on the beach to marine activities, spa, and yoga classes.

Zanzibar
Zanzibar
Breezes Beach Club and Spa
Breezes Beach Club and Spa

Day 14: Zanzibar

If time permits, Zanzibar provides visitors with variety of activities to enjoy.  Choose from half or full day tours that include Swahili Cultural tours, Spice tours,  Stone Town tours and cooking lessons.  Some other adventures whilst in Zanzibar include Dolphin Sandbank picnics, Mangapwani Beach and Slave Market cultural experiences.  Of course your lodging accommodation boasts some other activities to enjoy including snorkelling, deep sea fishing or reef kayaking.

Accommodation: Breezes Beach Club and Spa
Kayaking at Zanzibar Islands
Kayaking at Zanzibar Islands

Day 15: Zanzibar

Enjoy your Indian Ocean Special full day trip by local dhow to a beautiful conservation area of Menai Bay, which is home to two different species of dolphins, the Indo-pacific humpback and the bottlenose.

Menai Bay has been designated as a Conservation Area since 1998 due to its outstanding natural beauty. The bay has a number of pristine sandbanks, naturally carved by the sea, wind and waves. The sandbanks and uninhabited islands that litter the bay are perfect stepping stones to explore the area. The dhow sailing starts from the village Bweleo in South West Zanzibar. The first stop on your sailing journey is sandbank where you have chance to rest and refresh yourself with local coconut juice and fresh tropical fruits. After refreshment you are ready to explore tropical sea life and pristine coral reef with your snorkeling experienced local guide. After snorkelling you go to Kwale island where a special restaurant is set up only for you. The buffet lunch includes fish, slipper lobster, calamari, beans, rice, all served hot from the grill. Indian Ocean Crew crew also prepares and presents a gastronomic fruit tasting with a large selection of delicious tropical fruits. You will be offered ice cold sodas, mineral water and beer and Arabic coffee. When the tide permits you will be taken to explore the natural lagoon found on Kwale island. The lagoon is surrounded by a mangrove forest and you will be taken for swimm in the lagoon which is an unforgettable experience. As Indian Ocean Special comes to an end and you return by traditional lanteen sail to Fumba, the full splendour of the African sunset reveals itself.

Accommodation: Breezes Beach Club and Spa
Dhow Sailing
Dhow Sailing

Day 16: Zanzibar - Nairobi

A privately driven vehicle with guide will provide you with a transfer today traveling between the airport and your resort, or vice versa.

Please be aware that an additional Departure Tax of USD 49 per person is required by all whom visit the island of Zanzibar. Hotels will also charge $1 per person, per day for infrastructure tax.  This must be paid on-site before departing.

Take your flight from Zanzibar to Nairobi today. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes. Please note that a departure tax in Zanzibar needs to be paid locally. 

(Flight runs every two hours from Zanzibar to Nairobi, be aware that the airline reserves the right of canceling your flight and placing you on the next available flight. Kensington recommends ample connecting time in Nairobi if you are flying internationally).

A privately driven vehicle with guide is made available for usage today in Nairobi. 

The opportunity to explore the local markets and shops presents itself today as so you can interact with the local vendors in search for the perfect handicraft or souvenir for yourself or your loved ones. 

Before leaving that night, stop by the Kensington office for free use of Internet and lounge. If you like, we can make reservations for dinner at a local restaurant as well. Please let us know in advance and if you are vegetarian.

Accommodation:
Nairobi Office Lounge
Nairobi Office Lounge
Masai Market, Nairobi
Masai Market, Nairobi
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Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Cassia Lodge Hotel: Kampala

Cassia Lodge is located on Buziga Hill, one of the highest hills of Kampala, close to Lake Victoria. With the environmental temperatures being cool, guest can relish in that there are very few mosquitoes around when outside of the property enjoying the astonishing view of the lake as well as the city. The lodge offers excellent international cuisine in a serene environment, with a highly trained and experienced culinary staff at the helm. The lodge itself offers guests stays in one of the twenty luxurious rooms which all feature satellite television, mini-bar and spectacular balconies with overlooking views of the lake.  Guest can also enjoy use of the swimming pool during those sunny afternoon hours to cool down.

Cassia Lodge
Cassia Lodge

Mihingo Lodge: Lake Mburo National Park

The exclusive Mihingo Lodge is a peaceful retreat which strategically sits adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park. The property features ten tented rooms which have been built on raised wooden platforms that are covered by a thatched roof. Suspended under the thatched roof is a spacious and comfortable tent which has been equipped with safari style amenities and facilities including en-suite bathrooms that produce both hot and cold running water for the shower, and flushing toilets. The property also features a large dining area and an infinity pool.

Mihingo Lodge
Mihingo Lodge

Buhoma Lodge: Bwindi

The Buhoma Lodge is located within the confines of the Impenetrable Bwindi Forest area of western Uganda.  Within walking distance to the Gorilla trailhead, this property is the ideal accommodation for those in search of some excellent Mountain Gorilla photography. The lodge features 8 comfortable chalets that are all equipped with en-suite bathing facilities and mosquito proofing.

Buhoma Lodge
Buhoma Lodge

Crowne Plaza Nairobi: Nairobi

Situated in the trendy new Upper Hill financial district of Nairobi, Crowne Plaza Nairobi is the model of modern five-star elegance.  The property embodies an ideal fusion of thoughtful design and indulgence, and comes ripe with opportunity to discover nearby Nairobi National Park to see big cats and giraffes at the Masai Mara game reserve.  Earthy textures and dark wood throughout Crowne Plaza Nairobi evoke the wild plains and acacia trees of Kenya's big game reserves.  The property offers a host of amenities and facilities including a luxurious health club, a stylish unisex hair salon, a 24-hour state of the art gymnasium, and an outdoor swimming pool.  Five floors comprised of Rooms, Suites, and Club Rooms are all equipped with the latest in technology, high speed complimentary Internet, Wi-Fi, minibar, in-room safe, tea and coffee facilities, and 24 hour room service.

Crowne Plaza Nairobi
Crowne Plaza Nairobi
Pool
Pool

Mara West: Masai Mara

Nestled against a wooded thicket and surrounded by savannah, Mara West combines luxury accommodations with the breathtaking adventures of an unforgettable African safari. The rooms are perched in secluded spots on the edge of the Oloololo Escarpment, offering guests panoramic views of the Masai Mara Game Reserve below and a sense of exclusive privacy. The camp is home to resident herds of gazelles, impalas and zebras, as well as an abundance of bird life, and is visited regularly by a variety of wildlife passing to and from the park. The stunning beauty of the Mara, the uninterrupted grazing of the antelope, the night calls of the bush babies, and the early morning chorus of songbirds, all this, combined with the comfortable and tasteful ambiance of the camp, is part of the Mara West experience and what makes it a unique paradise for nature lovers.

Mara West Main Building
Mara West Main Building
Mara West Chalet View
Mara West Chalet View

Mbalageti Camp: Serengeti

Mbalageti Serengeti features luxury tented chalets on the slopes of the rising Mwamweni hill, as well as lodge style standard rooms. Each room type is equipped with all the utilities of home, such as an en-suite bathroom and a veranda with a stunning view. Dining takes place both in the bush, privately or with small groups, or in the dining tent, where local and continental cuisine forge new roots. English tea is served in the gardens with pastries daily. Activities range from spending some alone time in the loft reading books or a relaxing float in the tranquility pool, with the Serengeti plains as the backdrop.

Mbalageti Camp - Bar & Pool
Mbalageti Camp - Bar & Pool

Serena Safari Lodge Ngorongoro: Ngorongoro

Perched on the jagged rim of the crater, wreathed in morning mist, camouflaged in river-stone and cloaked in indigenous creepers, the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is a triumph of ecological and architectural fusion. Sensitively constructed so as to take nothing from its environment, while affording endless vistas over the heat-shimmering reaches of the crater below, the clustered boulder-built buildings of the Lodge hug the crater rim, linked by rope-lashed timber walkways that skirt the buttressed roots of ancient, liana-hung trees.  The interior, radiating out from the primeval log fire glowing at the heart of the Lodge, blends the concentrated hush of a game-viewing hide with the ochre, rust, and charcoal images of a prehistoric cavern. Lit by flaming wall-lanterns, clad in gigantic volcanic boulders and decorated by the iron spears, bright-beaded robes and intricately carved artifacts of the Maasai creating a very unique lodge. All of the guest rooms and suites have been elegantly decorated with brass lamps and leather headboards & Afro- Arabian artifacts. Dining combines international & Pan-African fare, often served in the bush where barbeque cuisine is a delight. Take part in game drives and hikes around the rich Ngorongoro Crater, full of life and discoveries.

Serena Safari Lodge Ngorongoro
Serena Safari Lodge Ngorongoro
Lounge
Lounge

Breezes Beach Club and Spa: Zanzibar

Breezes Beach Club and Spa is a tasteful haven situated on a gorgeous beach off the east coast of the most magical island of Zanzibar, in Tanzania. The 70 rooms and suites are fully air conditioned and decorated in earthy, natural tones and finishes, each festooned with authentic Zanzibar carvings from locals. Dining is an experience to look forward to, where ones taste buds are host to a mélange of refreshing flavors (dress code in effect). Seafood is fresh, succulent, and incomparable. Activities vary depending on interest, from lounging on the beach to marine activities, spa, and yoga classes.

Breezes Beach Club and Spa
Breezes Beach Club and Spa
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Cathleen Werblin — July 07, 2015 — Africa

    The entire trip went without a flaw. Everything lived up to my dreams and Kensington did an outstanding job in arranging tours and guides to exceed our expectations.

  • TiaRazon — May 11, 2015 — Africa

    We were a group of 5 to Morocco. We were impressed at how seamless our private guided tour went. Accommodations were five star, the choice of family run hotels, beautifully appointed with Moroccan furnishings and large breakfasts, contributed to our experience. Our guide, Ishmail and driver, Abdul, made us feel like family. Ishmail showed off his country with pride, listened to our needs and was flexible to our style and speed of travel. We couldn't be happier with our Kensington experience beginning with the pre-planning in the US with Lily Baffour. Thank you very much for a memorable experience!

  • JamesSmith — May 12, 2015 — Africa

    Our guide, Chakim, was fantastic, and our driver was excellent. We were very pleased with our accommodations. Only negative comments would be the villa in Essaouira (room, food, service not good although people very nice), and, while probably not an issue for other travelers, we were disappointed that we could not relax over a glass of wine at the end of our journey because Hotel Le Doge did not offer alcoholic beverages. We are currently scheduled with Kensington Tours for India in November and we are now planning on scheduling with Kensington for all our trips - right now that would be Thailand to Mynamar, and Egypt with Dubai extension. We are extremely happy with Kensington Tours and their travel agents. We would recommend Lily Balfour to anyone.

  • EarleBarnwell — April 08, 2015 — Africa

    Kensington and its partners did not miss a single deadline, appointment or function to our total satisfaction. The result, no stress and total enjoyment.

  • StephenReeves — April 08, 2015 — Africa

    Christine was absolutely superb both in helping us frame and develop a custom tour as well as in constant follow up until we left. Inevitably things will change on the ground when trips are planned in advance and Christine was consistently on top of the changes and advised us accordingly. As first time travelers to Kenya and Tanzania Christine's advice and guidance was simply excellent. Rose, in Kensington's Nairobi office was likewise superb. Totally responsive to our needs, she helped make a few final adjustments while we were there. Once again, an exceptional experience made possible by Kensington.

  • Sachi Gowda — December 15, 2014 — Africa

    We are extremely happy with your service from beginning to end and we had very a memorable trip.

  • Ronald Jones — December 12, 2014 — Africa

    I cannot express how fabulous our trip was!! I know it was made that way thanks to ALL the kind, knowledgable, and helpful people that you all placed in our path. Many went above and beyond to make our experience even more positive. From drivers, to guides, to hotel staff---we met some wonderful people that we can now call friends. Thank you Christine and Kensington tours for this once in a lifetime African adventure!

  • RonJones — December 15, 2014 — Africa

    Christine, our family trip was ALL we wanted it to be. The hotel accommodations in the cities were GREAT. We needed to make some room assignment adjustments but that's to be expected with a large family with children and same names.

    I don't know where/how ya'll got those guides but...KEEP'EM! In both Cape Town and Joberg the guys knew their cities and environs excellently. Their English was very good...so good in fact that several got the sarcasm and even joked some. I do apologize if we over-tipped. I relied on each family to tip their own driver but, I wasn't sure of their "sense of what was right" so I followed up with something for each.

    Simbavati was "PERFECT". As much as Glenda and I really liked Ngala, I do not think they could have handled a family as well...UNLESS, they had accommodations we did not see.

    Please rest assured when ever I plan to travel on a multi-dimensional trip in the future, for sure with a group, or maybe just Glenda and I, I'll be calling Kensington... Christine and Donna specifically. And most definitely, anytime I can recommend a travel professional, your company and you two will be mentioned by name!

    Thank you again Christine...you presented us the exact trip we dreamed about for our family and your folks on the ground made it happen! I sincerely hope you, Donna and everyone else involved have a most Blessed Christmas and a wonderful, successful New Year!

  • Bruce Lundstrom — December 15, 2014 — Africa

    Morocco has a lot to offer. Food, historic sites, craftsmen (rugs, jewelry, ceramics, furniture, etc.), natural beauty, roads and infrastructure, and a reasonably safe environment. Both Guide (Abdel) and Driver were excellent. Service-oriented, timely and easy going. Abdel was not afraid to speak his mind, offer suggestions and give us feedback on ideas. We enjoyed their company.

  • AlbertLind — December 09, 2014 — Africa

    A truly wonderful trip......first class accommodations and service in each venue....the guides were knowledgable and went out of their way to insure that we could see and understand Africa. Capetown is a fascinating city, Sabi Sands an extraordinary private game preserve, and Zimbabwe with Victoria Falls and the Victoria Falls Hotel a once in a lifetime experience. For those who want to visit Africa we enthusiastically recommend Kensington Tours. And Jolene Plant stayed with us in every step during the planning of our trip and itinerary. We saw as much of Africa as much as anyone can during our two weeks vacation.

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