Experience East Africa's landscapes and wildlife at their finest on this independent itinerary, embarking on game drives through majestic national parks and reserves in Kenya and Tanzania, keeping watch for the famous "Big Five," and visiting a Maasai village and a local primary school supported by A&K Philanthropy.
Day 1. Arriva Nairobi, Kenya
Arrive in Nairobi by overnight flight, where you are met and transferred to your accommodations.
Day 2. Amboseli National Park - Game & Mountai Vistas
Drive to Amboseli National Park, known for its thriving big game population and views of towering Mount 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 lakebed, where mirages rise from the shimmering heat.
Day 3. Amboseli National Park - Mountainside Sightings
Set out at dawn, watching for elephants, zebras and wildebeest along the saltpan trails. Spend midday at leisure before taking an afternoon game drive.
Day 4. Tarangire National Park - Abundant Game Viewing
Drive to the Tanzania border, stopping for lunch in Arusha. Fly from Arusha to Tarangire National Park. See elephants shaded by baobab trees, prolific birdlife and monkeys, who playfully scamper through the groundwater forest.
Day 5. Tarangire National Park - Into the Wild
Spend a full day exploring Tarangire National Park, backdropped by the spectacular, rust-hued Great Rift Valley. At Tarangire, find a stunning concentration of animals — herds of elephants, impalas and zebras — all of which traverse the sprawling plains.
Day 6. Ingorongoro - Wildlife-Rich Haven
Learn how Africans live today, exploring in and around the village of Mto wa Mbu, as you ride by tuk-tuk, a major form of transport here. See rice fields and a banana plantation, and try banana beer at a local bar. In the village, enjoy a walk through the local market to see the colorful produce on display. After lunch in the village, head toward Ngorongoro Crater. Arrive at Gibb’s Farm, on the forested slopes of Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Established as a coffee farm in the 1920s and refurbished as a luxurious boutique inn, Gibb’s Farm offers you the charm of another era.
Day 7. Ingorongoro Crater - Ma Sai Village Visit
Set out on a full-day game drive in Ngorongoro Crater to explore the panoramic, short-grass prairies along the crater floor — home to rare black rhinos as well as lions, hyenas and gazelles. See colorfully garbed Maasai herdsmen, who call the stunning landscape home. This afternoon, visit a Maasai village and meet with an elder to learn about local culture and traditions.
Days 8-10 Seremgeti National Park - Historic Excavations
Drive to Serengeti National Park, pausing en route for a privately guided visit at archaeologically rich Olduvai Gorge. The vast Tanzanian landscape hosts one of earth’s last remaining wildlife spectacles: the annual Great Migration, when a staggering number of herbivores trek across the Serengeti plains in search of water and fresh grass — hungry predators following in their wake. Over the next two days, your adventure may reveal giraffes, wildebeest, elephants and much more on morning and afternoon game drives through the boundless Serengeti, home of one of the largest wildlife populations in the world. Keep your camera at the ready for a pack of cheetahs, herd of buffalo or pride of lions. Here, too, reside over 500 species of birds, among them eagles, who glide effortlessly above the sun-soaked landscape.
Day 11. Masai Mara Game Reserve - Kenya's Crown Jewel
Fly to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. This afternoon, set out on a game drive that introduces you to the famed reserve, where you find the greatest concentration of species in all of Kenya.
Days 12-13. Masai Mara Game Reserve - The "BIG FIVE"
Spend the next two days in the Mara, more than 500 square miles of savannas, woodlands and tree-fringed rivers that shelter an astonishing range of wildlife, including 400 bird species and all the great predators. You may also encounter crocodiles, hippos, monkeys, elephants and giraffes. One morning, you may opt for a hot air balloon ride across the sprawling Mara, at an additional cost, for an exciting new perspective on wildlife.
Day 14. Depart Nairobi
Fly back to Nairobi and spend the afternoon at leisure in a comfortable dayroom. In the evening, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.