Explore East Africa

Highlights

  • 13 days
  • visit the Masai Mara, Serengeti & Ngorongoro
  • Daily safari activities
  • FULLY INCLUSIVE: accommodation, meals, park fees & transfers
Overview

A shortened version of the classic Tanzanian Northern Circuit, suitable for those with a little less time but still including highlights such as the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park. Experience some of East Africa’s most wildlife-rich national parks, and travel with your own private safari guide and 4×4 vehicle throughout (excluding the return journey from the Serengeti to Kilimanjaro which will be taken in scheduled light aircraft).

Shoulder Season

Jun / 1-14th Nov / 1-19th Dec

From USD$ 13062 per person sharing

Peak Season

Jul / Aug / Sept / Oct

From USD$ 15100 per person sharing

Shoulder Season

20 Dec 2021 – 5 Jan 2022

From USD$ 15 226 per person sharing

Day 1
NAIROBI

Arrive at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where an Asilia driver will meet you and transfer you by private vehicle to your overnight hotel. We can offer a range of activities in Nairobi if you have a full day or afternoon free and wish to do some sightseeing – please ask your Asilia consultant for details.

Day 2
MARA NAIBOSHO

After an early breakfast at Hemingways, pack your bags and depart with an Asilia representative for your transfer to Wilson Airport. Catch your flight to Ol Seki Airstrip, arriving in the beautiful Mara Naboisho Conservancy of the Greater Masai Mara, where your safari begins. A guide will meet you here and drive you back to camp, stopping for any wildlife sightings on the way. You will arrive in time to enjoy lunch in your new surroundings. There’s time for a siesta during the heat of the day before afternoon tea is served. Afterwards, you can go out and you can go out on an afternoon game drive (these drives are operated by the camp, are in open vehicles and are shared with other guests in camp). The Mara Naboisho Conservancy is home to a spectacular array of wildlife, including good populations of lion, leopard and cheetah, herds of elephant and buffalo, and much more

Day 3-4
MARA NAIBOSHO

Enjoy morning and afternoon shared activities from your camp, exploring the Mara Naboisho Conservancy. Game drives, walking safaris and cultural visits to the local Maasai community are included and it’s also possible and really rewarding to visit one of the camp’s partner charities

Day 5
SERENGETI

After breakfast, you will be driven to the airstrip to begin your journey to the Serengeti in Tanzania. You will fly to Migori near the border, where a driver and vehicle will meet you and drive you across the land border, stopping to complete immigration formalities. From there, it’s a short distance to Tarime Airstrip on the Tanzanian side, arriving in time for your flight into the Serengeti. The whole journey takes approximately two-and- a-half hours and, after having breakfast in the Masai Mara, you’ll arrive at your Serengeti camp in time for lunch and a well-earned rest. In the afternoon, go out on a game drive to explore the vast savannah with your guide from OlakiraMigration Camp.

Day 6-7
NORTHERN SERENGETI

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives from Olakira Migration Camp, searching with your guide for the plentiful wildlife that is found in the Serengeti year-round. If your safari coincides with the Great Migration, you’ll also seek out these large herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle as they journey through the plains and famously cross the Mara River in search of fresh grazing.

Day 8
CENTRAL SERENGETI

After an early breakfast, meet your guide for your transfer to Kogatende or Ndutu Airstrip. You will then catch your connecting flight to Seronera Airstrip in the central Serengeti. A guide from Dunia will meet you at the airstrip and drive you back to camp, stopping at any wildlife sightings along the way. Once in camp, you will have the opportunity to freshen up and settle into your new surroundings before heading to the dining area for lunch. You then have the choice to either relax in camp or head out on an afternoon game drive in an open safari vehicle. Once back at camp, you will enjoy a three-course meal and a drink around the campfire with fellow travellers.

Day 9-10
CENTRAL SERENGETI

Safari activities at Dunia take place in the early morning and late afternoon, when the wildlife is most active. You will explore with expert guides on game drives, looking for the big cats that have made the Serengeti famous, as well as hippo wallowing in muddy pools and giraffe browsing the fresh shoots of an acacia trees. In between, you will return to camp for a delicious lunch, and to have a siesta or catch up on a good book. Evenings are spent sharing stories of your day’s adventures with other guests around the dinner table

Day 11
NGORNGORO CRATER

After breakfast you will depart for your transfer to Seronera Airstrip, and from there you will catch your flight to Manyara Airstrip. On arrival at Lake Manyara, a guide from The Highlands will drive you through coffee plantations towards the Ngorongoro Crater. The journey will take you three hours, with a packed lunch along the way. Stop at the viewpoint overlooking Olmoti Crater to soak in the spectacular landscape and continue your drive around the rim until you reach the crater itself, where you will stay for the next two nights. Once in camp, relax and unwind or, if you feel like stretching your legs, opt for a guided walk from the camp up to the rim of Olmoti Crater, passing through dense forest and waterfalls on the way. This evening, once refreshed, make your way to the dining tent, where you will enjoy a delicious three-course meal prepared by the amazing chef. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a drink at the bar or relax by the indoor wood-burning campfire.

Day 12
NGORNGORO CRATER

Wake up with the rising sun and begin the 40-minute drive from The Highlands to the Ngorongoro Crater rim. Look out for the zebra interspersed with the Maasai cattle as they are brought out to pasture, and the magnificent view down to the crater. You will spend the morning exploring the vast 300 km2 crater floor with the opportunity to spot one of the resident black rhino. You can see all of the Big 5 in the crater (rhino, lion, leopard,elephant and buffalo) alongside other herbivores grazing on the plants that flourish in the mineral-rich soil. You’ll enjoy a picnic lunch during the heat of the day in a shady spot before driving back to where you can relax a little. In the late afternoon, a guide will take you to one of the nearby Maasai villages, where you can learn more about this rich culture and take part in their afternoon activities, which often include rounding up cattle into the boma for the night

Day 13
DEPARTURE

After breakfast, pack your bags and meet your guide for your airport, so you can simply collect your luggage and check in for transfer to Manyara Airstrip. Here, you will connect with your your flight home.
flight to Kilimanjaro Airport. You will land at the international airport, so you can simply collect your luggage and check in for your flight home