East Africa: In Search Of The Big Five With Nairobi

Day 1 - Arrive in Arusha, Tanzania. Welcome to Africa! Check in to your hotel and prepare for your adventure!
Day 2 - Arusha - Lake Manyara National Park - Ngorongoro Crater. Today, drive south to LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK at the base of the Rift Valley escarpment. This small park is ecologically diverse, with groundwater forests, grassy plains, and alkaline Lake Manyara itself. A GAME DRIVE in the park affords the opportunity to see elephant, giraffe, zebra, and Cape buffalo. The park is also home to the world's largest concentration of baboon. Afterward, take in spectacular views of Lake Manyara during a special [LF] BUSH LUNCH. Continue on to the rim of NGORONGORO CRATER, which is part of the larger Ngorongoro Conservation Area. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Ngorongoro. Descend into the crater for a FULL-DAY GAME DRIVE. Ngorongoro Crater is technically a caldera"the world's largest unflooded one, in fact, at more than 2,000 feet deep with a floor covering over 102 square miles. Game viewing here is fantastic, as most of the animals stay in this area year round. You can see lion, Cape buffalo, hippo, elephant, and flamingo. This is also your best chance to see the rare black rhinoceros. A picnic lunch will be served in the crater. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Ngorongoro - Serengeti National Park. This morning, depart Ngorongoro Crater for SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, Tanzania's largest and most famous park. Home to the annual Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra, generally between late November and July, it attracts visitors from around the world and is great for game viewing year round. Enjoy lunch at your lodge before an AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE. (B,L,D)

NOTE: The Great Migration is a natural event, and the exact arrival/departure of the migrating herds varies slightly from year to year.
Day 5 - Serengeti. Rise early for a MORNING GAME DRIVE and search for the "Big 5""lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, elephant, and rhino"as well as an abundance of other animals, including cheetah, giraffe, gazelle, and eland. Afterward, a special [LF] BUSH BREAKFAST has been arranged for you. Sip on a mimosa as you savor every moment of the memorable experience! Return to your lodge and relax prior to your AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Serengeti. The Serengeti covers an area of roughly 5,700 square miles, so it is no surprise that the name comes from the Maasai word siringit, meaning "endless plains." Continue exploring this vast park during MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES. Between game drives, enjoy some down time at your lodge. Before dinner, relish SUNDOWNER DRINKS in the bush as the sun sets over this magnificent landscape. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Serengeti - Arusha - Amboseli National Park, Kenya. This morning, transfer to the airstrip for a flight back to Arusha. After lunch, drive north to the border and cross into Kenya. Continue on to AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK, best known for spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at some 19,341 feet. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Amboseli. MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES are included today. Amboseli affords you a great opportunity to get close to the mighty elephant. You might also spot Cape buffalo, zebra, wild dog, giraffe, and more. Relax at your lodge during the heat of the day. (B,L,D)
Day 9 - Amboseli - Maasai Mara National Reserve. This morning, transfer to the airstrip for your flight (via Nairobi) to MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE, Kenya's most famous game area. "The Mara," as it is called by locals, is part of the Serengeti ecosystem and boasts a strong permanent population of game. When the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra arrives, generally from August to early November, the population enlarges by almost 2 million. This provides a great food source for predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, and hyena. After lunch at your camp, set out on an AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE. (B,L,D)

NOTE: The Great Migration is a natural event, and the exact arrival/departure of the migrating herds varies slightly from year to year.
Day 10 - Maasai Mara. Rise early for a MORNING GAME DRIVE. Be sure to watch for elephant, rhino, giraffe, topi, hyena, and much more. Before returning to camp, stop for a special [LF] BUSH BREAKFAST overlooking a hippo pool in the Mara River. Return to your camp for time at leisure prior to an AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE. (B,L,D)
Day 11 - Maasai Mara. Further explore this magical place on MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES. Tonight, join your traveling companions for a [LF] FAREWELL BUSH DINNER and a [LF] TRADITIONAL MAASAI DANCE PERFORMANCE"the perfect way to end your safari! (B,L,D)
Day 12 - Maasai Mara - Nairobi. Today, fly back to Nairobi. Upon arrival, visit the KAREN BLIXEN MUSEUM, dedicated to the author of Out of Africa. Next, stop at the GIRAFFE CENTER, a non-profit organization focused on saving the Rothschild's giraffe. Here you will learn a bit more about this sub-species and have the opportunity to feed them. Transfer to your hotel for the evening. (B,L)
Day 13 - Nairobi - Homebound Flight. This morning, visit the [LF] SHELDRICK ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE, founded and managed by Daphne Sheldrick. Here you will learn about elephant conservation and meet elephant calves orphaned by poachers before they are reintroduced to the wild. Return to your hotel, where we have secured late check out for you before a transfer to the airport for your late-evening flight. Book homebound flights after 4 pm. (B)


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  Tour Name   East Africa: In Search Of The Big Five With Nairobi
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  Tour Duration    13 Days
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Pricing (Per Person)

    Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
    Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Globus, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $790. Required intra-vacation air segments are: Serengeti/Arusha; Amboseli/Maasai Mara; Maasai Mara/Nairobi. Air prices were effective on July 15, 2015, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.

    Prices based on double room occupancy.

    Park entrance fees of $715 per person are included.

    Effective July 1, 2016, the Tanzania government implemented a new value added tax (VAT) on transportation and park entry fees. Due to this a per person surcharge of $81.10 will apply.

    Single Room Supplement:
    $530 to $1,135

    Triple Room Reduction per person:
    $135 to $195

    Extra Nights per person in Arusha:
    January-February & June-October: in single room $194; in twin room $120; in triple room $107
    March: in single room $166; in twin room $110; in triple room $96

    Extra Nights per person in Nairobi:
    in single room $242; in twin room $142; in triple room $126

    2017 prices and itineraries are subject to change. Details will be available in July 2016.


  • City Highlights
    Game drive; [LF] bush lunch
    Full-day game drive
    Five game drives; [LF] bush breakfast; sundowner drinks
    Two game drives
    Five game drives; [LF] bush breakfast; [LF] farewell bush dinner; [LF] traditional Maasai dance performance
    Visit the Karen Blixen Museum, the Giraffe Center, and the [LF] Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
  • Launch Date
  • 07/14/15 8:00pm
  • Meals
  • American breakfast daily, 11 lunches; 10 dinners
  • Notes
  • NOTES:
    • Check with physician regarding the latest health requirements for travel to Kenya and Tanzania.
    • All game viewing is done at your own risk. We will require a signed liability waiver prior to travel.
    • We do not recommend this vacation to people with serious back problems, as it can be quite rough on some roads and game park trails in East Africa.
    • Due to limited capacity on safari vehicles and flights, your suitcase must be soft-sided and can't exceed 33 lbs including hand luggage.
    • Some minor changes in your daily itinerary may be expected due to wildlife migrations and viewing.
    • Small-Group Discovery - We never allow more than 20 travelers on our Small-Group Discovery vacations, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the destination and local culture.
  • Title
  • East Africa: In Search of the Big Five with Nairobi
  • Transportation
  • 4-wheel drive safari vehicle, between destinations and for game drives, with a pop-up roof for easy game viewing and photography. We limit each vehicle to a maximum of 6 people, ensuring you'll always have a window seat.
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