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    $3080 p/p in USD
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Classic Journeys Africa

  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
Destinations

Destinations

Kenya, Tanzania,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Mid Range

Tour Overview

This offers the best safari experience; stay in beautifully located camps and lodges, explore Kenya’s celebrated Masai Mara, Tanzania’s Serengeti teeming with game and the unique Ngorongoro Crater which has remained unchanged for decades, for an in-depth safari experience with the help of our professional safari guides who are ready to show you what our great East Africa parks have to offer. Finally, head to Zanzibar’s stunning white sandy beaches and wildlife-rich sea for some rest and relaxation and discover this spectacular spice island. We hope that you will join us soon in discovering what our Classic Wonders of Kenya, Tanzania & Zanzibar has to offer!

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Big Five Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Maasai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Zanzibar
  • Activities:
    Game Drive
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Nairobi

Summary

  • Day 1 – Nairobi – Transfer in
  • Day 2 – Masai Mara – Game viewing
  • Day 3 – Masai mara – Game viewing / optional cultural village visit / optional hot air balloon ride
  • Day 4 – Serengeti – Game viewing
  • Day 5 – Serengeti – Game viewing / optional cultural village visit
  • Day 6 – Ngorongoro – Game viewing
  • Day 7 – Ngorongoro – Game viewing / optional cultural village visit
  • Day 8 – Zanzibar – Tranfer to Arusha 
  • Day 9 – Zanzibar – Excursion
  • Day 10 – Zanzibar – Excursion
  • Day 11 – Zanzibar Airport – Depart

Typical Day on Safari

Our professional guides are there to assist you every step of the way. Even though there is a general outline of your safari, your guide will talk with you regarding each day’s plans. He will tell you about the country you are visiting, its history, traditions, the area you are visiting, what you see; he will take you to the loveliest places, look after any formalities or negotiations with the local people, and take care of your safety and comfort. Our professional guides are all proficient in bush craft and can also tell you about the local traditions, identify wildlife and birds, and help you learn more about the world around you. All our guides speak English as well as their local language and some speak French and Spanish as well. Days will vary depending on your specific schedule, road conditions, and what you would like to do. A typical day may unfold like this:

You will get up before dawn when hot coffee and tea are served. The air is cold as the sun rises and shimmers on the open plains. This is the best time to see the wildlife. Your camera is ready to go and you have layered your clothing to keep you warm. Head into the bush and search for lions, elephant, giraffe and plains game. Each turn will offer something unique – a lioness and her cubs, a herd of elephant moving to a waterhole, a cheetah stalking a gazelle. Your morning game drive lasts about two hours, depending on what you see. Return to the lodge for a delicious breakfast. After breakfast there is time to relax from being up at sunrise or now is the time to participate in any additional activities that the lodge may offer such as walks, village visits or bike rides.

Lunch is usually served in camp/lodge, unless you are out for a full day’s game drive, when there will be a picnic lunch. You will head out again in the afternoon, searching for the special species that may have eluded you. As the sun sets, return to camp for a hot shower. Then indulge in a delicious dinner and after dinner drinks in the lounge. There may also be a chance to sit around the campfire exchanging tales of the bush. Everyone retires early with great anticipation of the next day’s adventure!

When you are out on safari your schedule is flexible at most locations, however some locations have set times for game drives or walks. You can always talk with the hosts of the camps/lodge to adjust schedules and they will try to accommodate you. The restriction will be to stay within park rules and travel times required to get you to your destination. Your guides will always give their recommendations but are there to listen to your needs.

RATES – PER PERSON USD

From USD 2,450 per person

What's Included

  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
  • Transportation in a private safari minivan in Kenya and 4×4 Land Cruiser in Tanzania on safari with pop-up roof for easy game viewing & photography (supplement for 4×4 Land Cruiser in Kenya quoted separately)
  • Services of an English (or Spanish / French) speaking driver-guide
  • Unlimited game viewing drives
    Park entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Flight from Arusha to Zanzibar
  • All Government taxes and levies
  • Complimentary 1500 ml mineral water per person per day in the safari vehicle
  • All meet and greet services
  • All arrival and departure transfers
  • 24 hours stand-by contact number
  • Two-way long range high frequency radio communication in each vehicle
  • On safari accessories in each vehicle:- first-aid kit, wildlife books, binoculars, cool box
  • Flying doctors coverage which covers you within East Africa for a period of 14 days. In the eventuality of a medical emergency, you will be airlifted to Nairobi where you will be taken to a good hospital. Hospital bills are born by the patient.          

What's Excluded

  • International flights and local flights not mentioned in itinerary
  • Visas and departure taxes
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills etc.
  • Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, camp staff and driver/guide(s) (budget approx. $2-$4 per person per day for lodge and hotel staff, $1 per bag for porters, $5-$10 per person per day for driver-guides)
  • Laundry services
  • Any other item(s) not included in itinerary

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Classic Journeys Africa
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Classic Journeys Africa‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

JAMBO!Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, you will be met by Classic Journeys Africa Customer Care Representative who will assist you with the transfer to your hotel. Before checking in at hotel, he will brief you on your program ahead and introduce the Driver Guide who will be with you throughout your safari.

Accommodation: Longview Suites
Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast and a short briefing by your driver guide, set off to the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve, backdrop to ‘the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth’, the annual migration of over one million wildebeest. You will arrive in the Masai Mara in time for lunch followed by an afternoon game viewing drive in Kenya’s most popular reserve. Head back to the lodge in time for campfire cocktails and dinner.

Accommodation: Mara Sopa Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Your day will be spent on safari in one of Africa’s richest wildlife viewing arenas. Historically teeming with wildlife, the Mara hosts Kenya’s largest lion prides and elephant herds. Other predators include leopard, cheetah and spotted hyena; while in the Mara River you will see fat pods of hippo and vast Nile crocodiles. Other highlights include giraffe, gazelle, zebra, buffalo and over 550 species of birds.

Options (additional cost): Take the opportunity to fly over the Mara in a hot air balloon, including a champagne breakfast in the wild. Viewing abundant game afloat in a balloon is an unforgettable experience! Alternatively visit a Masai village and learn about the Masai culture.

Accommodation: Mara Sopa Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

After breakfast, drive into neighbouring Serengeti National Park with picnic lunch boxes. A brief stop will be at Isebania border for customs and immigration formalities. Drive to Serengeti National Park to arrive at your camp in time to relax and enjoy a classic safari supper.

Accommodation: Serengeti Kati Kati Camp
Meal Plan: Full Board

After breakfast, enjoy a full day’s game drive (meals taken in true safari style ‘in the bush’) in the vast and sensational Serengeti, which covers 14,763 sq km of endlessly rolling savannah. Venue for ‘the greatest wildlife show on Earth’, the annual migration of over one million wildebeest, the park is also renowned for its lions, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes and plains game. Overnight at the camp.

Accommodation: Serengeti Kati Kati Camp
Meal Plan: Full Board

This morning depart for Ngorongoro Conservation Area with picnic lunch boxes, stopping en route at Ol Duvai Gorge. Known as the ‘Cradle of Mankind’, this is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world. Pioneered by famous paleontologists Louis and Mary Leakey in the 1950s it offers a glimpse into life two million years ago. Proceed to the remarkable Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area (NCCA) with its rolling plains, lakes, craters, mountains and dormant volcanoes. Arrive at your lodge in time for dinner and relaxation or an optional cultural village visit.

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Farm House
Meal Plan: Full Board

After breakfast, descend into the ‘8th Wonder of the World’, a unique biosphere that has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. Enclosed within its towering walls are grasslands, swamps, forests, saltpans, a fresh water lake and a glorious variety of birdlife. Here too are all the members of the ‘Big Five’ (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo) as well as a large cast of plains game and one of Africa’s densest populations of predators. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the crater floor before climbing back up to the lodge in time for relaxation before dinner.

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Farm House
Meal Plan: Full Board

This morning breakfast will be at your lodge before driving to Arusha. Lunch will be on your own account. Transfer to Arusha Airport where you will fly to Zanzibar at 1400 hrs, arriving at Zanzibar 1530 hrs. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel, Uroa Bay Beach Resort, located on the serene shores of Zanzibar. The resort enjoys uninterrupted access to its very own private stretch of beach. Sun yourself on ivory sands while refreshing cocktails are served to you from the bar. Venture to the quaint fish market where freshly caught seafood is sold at the village auction. Take a tour of vibrant Stone Town, hop on a traditional Dhow, and swim with dolphins in the clear blue sea. In the mood for a little pampering? Book a treatment at the full-service spa, then take a seat at the restaurant where a spectacular buffet of local and international cuisine is served. Experience a captivating combination of luxury and local charm at Uroa Bay Beach Resort.

Also on offer are a wide variety of tours and excursions which are part of the Tulia Zanzibar, each one offering an adventure to relish. The land excursions will acquaint you with the history, culture, fauna and flora of this pristine Island whilst the Indian Ocean presents a wonderful opportunity for sea excursions. For ocean lovers, the choices range from diving to snorkeling, fishing and sailing trips. Some of these are provided in traditional dhows, others in powerful speed boats. Sea excursions can take place from just about anywhere on the Island. The most popular excursions which can be arranged for you at an extra cost are:

The Spice Tour: Zanzibar, for centuries famed for its cloves, is still the pre-eminent spice market of eastern Africa. This tour enables guests to touch, smell and taste a whole world of spices.

Stone Town Tour:  This tour takes you to historical Stone Town, famous for its intricate architecture and rich history. The excursion includes visits to the town market, the Tipu Tip House (where one of Africa’s most colorful buccaneers once lived), the Slave Market (which was the centre of east Africa’s slave trade), the unforgettable Slave Chambers, the National Museum, the High Court of Zanzibar, the Sultans Palace, the House of Wonders and the Old Fort.

Jozani Forest Tour: This tour will take you tothe south east of Zanzibar, right at the heart of beautiful green mangrove forest. The forest is home to a number of endemic species, including the rare Zanzibar red colobus monkey.

Dolphin Adventure: This excursion diverts to the southern tip of the Island where bottlenose and spinner dolphins are frequently seen. The trip doubles as an exceptional opportunity to snorkel or just swim in the Indian Ocean. Lunch of a variety of local and seafood dishes is served in one of the many small restaurants on the beach.

The Blue Safaris: This adventurous excursion will take you in a motorized dhow to the south west of the Island. The trip will take you to the mangroves forest, then on to one of the many sand banks for snorkeling before making a stop on the famous Kwale Island where your chance of making new acquaintances with dolphins is a remarkable 85%. Lunch on the Island is a sumptuous BBQ affair with local specialties and a choice of homemade local sauces. Late afternoon offers a choice of further snorkeling, swimming or just relaxing.

Overnight: Uroa Bay
Meal Plan: Half Board

Today you will spend the day at leisure enjoying the facilities at the hotel. Later you will be transferred to Zanzibar Airport for your flight to back home.

Say good bye to the wonderful country and promise to join us on another expedition!

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