Day 1 - Arrive Nairobi, Kenya
Arrive in Nairobi, where you are met and transferred to your
hotel. A microcosm of the African continent, this capital
city is your gateway to a dramatic procession of natural
spectacles in Kenya and Tanzania, among the most thrilling
destinations in the world.
Day 2 - Amboseli National Park
Drive to Amboseli National Park, known for its thriving
big-game population, especially elephants, more than 1,000
of which live in the park. From a distance, take in views of
the highest mountain in Africa, the snowcapped Mount
Kilimanjaro, with its impressive Uhuru Peak soaring to
19,341 feet. Arrive at your lodge set beneath acacia trees in
the shadow of Kilimanjaro. After lunch, explore the acacia
woodland, freshwater swamps, scrub brush and open plains
in search of wildlife. Part of the park is composed of a dried-up
lake bed, where mirages rise from the shimmering heat. This evening, share in a special welcome dinner with your
Day 3 - Amboseli National Park
Set out on early morning and afternoon game drives,
crisscrossing the landscape in search of the park’s large herds
of elephants, as well as zebras and wildebeests, along the salt
pan trails. Prepare for predator sightings as opportunistic
animals begin roaming the plains in search of prey. Return to
your lodge for dinner followed by a relaxing evening under
Day 4 - Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania
After crossing the border into Tanzania, stop for lunch
in Arusha. Then, continue to your lodge, located in a
picturesque spot above the Great Rift Valley. On arrival,
settle in, freshen up and relax a bit before venturing to a
nearby escarpment for stunning views of the valley below.
Here, enjoy a refreshing Scenic Sundowner as the equatorial
sun slips toward the horizon. This evening, gather with
fellow guests for a hearty dinner.
Day 5 - Ngorongoro Crater
Set out this morning on a game drive in Lake Manyara
in search of nonchalant baboons; dik-diks, which forage
for food beneath acacia trees; and large herds of buffalo,
wildebeests and zebras, which gather on the grassy, sun-drenched
plains. Along a narrow belt of acacia woodland,
you may even spot the region’s storied tree-climbing lions,
which ascend branches for a cool breeze. After a farm-fresh
lunch, travel to the Ngorongoro Crater, ascending its
outer wall through dense vegetation. Ngorongoro is the largest unbroken ancient caldera in the world and a likely
place to view lions, elephants, hyenas and gazelles. This
afternoon, participate in a Chef ’s Table demonstration in the
hotel kitchen, where you prepare and sample local dishes.
Day 6 - Ngorongoro Crater
This morning, descend into the crater, arriving ahead
of most visitors — thanks to the ideal location of your
accommodations on the crater’s rim — to view the resident
wildlife at its most active time of day. The prairies of this “Lost World” are great spots for watching buffalo and
elephants as well as the countless other species that roam the
crater’s 100-square-mile floor. You may even sight flamingos
(when in season) or the rare black rhino. Following lunch,
visit a Maasai village to gain a better understanding of the
nomadic cattle-herders’ daily life and culture.
Day 7 - Serengeti National Park
Drive to vast, wildlife-rich Serengeti National Park and
through its spectacular mix of savanna grassland and volcanic hills, stopping en route for a privately guided tour of
Olduvai Gorge, one of the key sources of prehuman hominid
fossils. Renowned paleontologists Mary and Louis Leakey
made many notable finds here, including “Nutcracker Man,”
who lived approximately 1.75 million years ago. Visit the
on-site museum, take in views from the lookout point and
examine the excavations, which revealed 3.7-million-year-old
footprints and the 1.8-million-year-old skull of a human.
Continue to your lodge, which is framed by commanding
views of this land of lions, leopards, hyenas, cheetahs, giraffes
and topi. The park also serves as a setting for the Great
Migration when it passes through each year. Enjoy your
rondavel room with private balcony and unique decor styled
to showcase cultural heritage and traditional art.
Day 8 - Serengeti National Park
Today, revel in true safari country as you Ride Like a Local,
searching for the Big Five (lions, leopards, Cape buffalo,
elephants and rhinos), along with giraffes, gazelles and
zebras. Along the rivers, plains and rocky outcroppings,
you may also spot some of the Serengeti’s more diminutive denizens, such as leopard tortoises and rhinoceros beetles.
Day 9 - Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya
Fly to the vast Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya’s finest
wildlife spectacle, offering excellent game viewing year-round.
The unending landscape hosts some 450 bird species,
95 animal species and all of the great predators, including the
country’s largest lion population. After familiarizing yourself
with your luxurious tented accommodations, ideally situated
at the confluence of the Mara’s four game-viewing regions,
drive through the famed reserve.
Day 10 - Masai Mara Game Reserve
Explore a region bestowed with over 500 square miles of
savannas, woodlands and tree-fringed rivers on morning and
afternoon game drives. You may observe crocodiles basking
in the sun, see ever-alert hippos wallowing in muddy water
and catch the antics of mischievous monkeys overhead.
Watch, too, as African elephants rumble along the forest edge
and giraffes snatch leaves from branches high above.
Day 11 - Masai Mara Game Reserve
Venture forth on a morning game drive. After lunch, enjoy
one of these Design Your Day activities:
Set Out on a Guided Bird Walk for the opportunity to
spot some of the nearly 500 species of birds in the region.
Make Beads with the Maasai, learning the craft of beading
from tribal members and creating your own jewelry.
Throw the Rungu with Maasai Warriors, testing your
skills with their traditional wooden hunting club.
Then, go on a late-afternoon game drive for a final look at the
Mara’s treasures. Later, enjoy a Scenic Sundowner, sipping
traditional cocktails while marveling at the incredible open
plains just before dusk — a relaxing prelude to a memorable
farewell dinner with your fellow guests.
Day 12 - Depart Nairobi
Return to Nairobi. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in a
reserved dayroom before your international departure flight