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Day 1: Arrive Nairobi, Kenya
Upon arrival you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening enjoy a welcome drink as you meet your fellow travelers at an orientation meeting.
Day 2: Giraffe Center/Karen Blixen Museum/Overland to Sweetwater Reserve
We begin our day by visiting the Rothschild Giraffe Sanctuary. In 1979 when the center was founded, it was believed that there were only 120 animals left and efforts to save the sub-species began. In another suburb of Nairobi we will make a fascinating stop at the house where Karen Blixen lived from 1914 to 1931. Denys Finch-Hatton's books are still on the shelves.
Day 3: Sweetwaters and Chimpanzee Sanctuary
Today we enjoy morning and afternoon game drives through the reserve.
Day 4: Sweetwaters to Lake Naivasha
After an early morning game drive inside the Sweetwaters Reserve, we make our way to Lake Naivasha.
Day 5: To Maasai Mara National Park
Today we leave the lake behind, travelling towards Kenya's fertile highlands. as we head down the Rift Escarpment and continue to Maasai Mara National Reserve, easily one of the world's most famous parks. The reserve is home to the "big five" and a profusion of all types of wildlife. The annual migration is a spectacle worth seeing as millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle move from the Serengeti plains in late June and reside in the Mara until October. Explore this famous national park with game drives enroute to our camp.
Day 6: Masai Mara National Park
The Maasai Mara located in the Rift Valley Province in the southwestern part of Kenya, was established back in 1967. About 10 centuries ago the Cushitic people settled in this region and the Maasai, a warrior tribe, are descendants of these people. The Maasai can still be found in these regions living off the cattle they herd. They migrate in search of water and vegetation. The open savannah of flat grasslands and woodlands made up of acacia trees are a great places for elephants, giraffes and so much more.
Day 7: To Tanzania
After breakfast, we depart for the Kenya-Tanzania border. Crossing into Tanzania, we continue to the Serengeti National Park.
Days 8 - 9: Widlife Viewing in the Serengeti
After a relaxed breakfast, watch for big game as we travel to the Serengeti National Park. Enjoy a brief rest after lunch and then we are off on our afternoon game drive. The Serengeti could easily be the most famous national park in the world. The primeval paradise, roughly the size of Northern Ireland or Connecticut, has been the subject of countless wildlife films, each seeking to capture the unique spirit of these exhilarating eco-systems that was, until recently, the domain of the favoured few. The unfurling plains provide the stage for the most dramatic wildlife spectacle on the planet when the massive herds of millions of wildebeest congregate on the short grass plains for the great migration north to the Maasai Mara. The gently undulating hills of Lobo stretch up to the Kenyan border, an idyllic landscape, dotted with kopjes and shady arbors, in which we track the resident wildlife.
Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge
After breakfast, we continue our game drive out of the Serengeti National Park heading towards Ngorongoro Crater. Enroute, we will stop at the viewpoint overlooking the Olduvai Gorge. A river canyon cuts 300 feet into the volcanic Serengeti Plains which was once the home of our earliest ancestors. The Gorge was made famous by the discoveries of fossil fragments of Homo sapiens by the Leakey family in 1959 and we will visit the small, but excellent museum. While we have our picnic lunch, we can listen to a talk from museum staff about the discoveries made in the valley below us. We continue driving to Ngorongoro with the road offering spectacular views - sometimes over the Serengeti Plains and other times into the Crater itself.
Day 11: Ngorongoro Crater
One of the most identifiable sights in Africa, the Ngorongoro Crater is approximately 12 miles wide and has numerous species of animal found in East Africa. The views from the crater rim are spectacular, but once you get down to the crater floor, you will know why it has been compared to Noah's Ark. We will drive into the crater to get up close and personal with the wildlife found here. There are lions, elephants, buffaloes, wildebeests, Thomson's gazelles, zebras, reedbucks, rhinos, monkeys, baboons, hippos, hyenas, jackals and thousands of flamingos in the soda lake, Lake Magadi. After our picnic lunch in the crater, we make our way to our accommodations near Lake Eyasi in time for dinner.
Day 12: Lake Eyasi Bushman Experience
We have an early morning start to the day as we drive to Lake Eyasi where we will encounter the Hadzabe hunter-gatherers.
Day 13: Mto Wa Mbu Village Visit
Tanzania has over 120 different tribes and we will visit a village for a chance to meet with many of them. The cultural experience in Mto wa Mbu (pronounced ìUM-to WAM-buî) includes having lunch - we may even have the opportunity to help in the preparation. Food is grown locally and includes 30 varieties of banana - they even make banana beer! We can see local craftsmen from different tribes, visit their farms to see their innovative irrigation methods, visit the local school and most important, have the opportunity to meet and trade stories with the villagers.
Day 14: Tarangire National Park
This morning is at leisure before our transfer to Tarangire National Park, where we'll stay in comfortable tents in a secluded area of the park. Upon arrival, there is time for a guided walk before dinner.
Day 15: Safari in Tarangire National Park
Today enjoy the wildlife one final time as we experience Tarangire's diversity on a full-day game-viewing drive. The variety of wildlife here is excellent, from elephant, lion, cheetah and buffalo to a wealth of birdlife. The elephants are especially plentiful here, traveling in large herds that are not often seen elsewhere in Africa.
Day 16: To Arusha, fly to Zanzibar
After breakfast, we drive to Arusha arriving in time for lunch. After lunch, we continue to the Airport for your flight to Zanzibar.
Day 17: Snorkeling, 'Dhow' Sunset Sailing
Today we will kick back and relax, go swimming, snorkeling, diving or simply do nothing, but enjoy the ocean and the relaxed pace of Zanzibar.
Day 18: Explore Historic & Cultural Zanzibar
After breakfast we will make our journey back to Stone Town. Enroute, enjoy a guided exploration of Zanzibar's history including the slave trade, a visit to the slave market and the Anglican Church while learning about Livingstone. We will then visit the Kizimbani spice farm where you will be shown a few local spices, fruits and plants and be given an explanation about their uses and special properties.
Day 19: Sights and Sounds of Stone Town
Today we will explore the city of Stone Town by foot exploring local markets and breathtaking scenery. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. In the evening enjoy our Farewell Dinner.
Day 20: Depart Zanzibar
After breakfast enjoy your morning at leisure. You will be transferred back to the airport in Stone Town in the afternoon for your departure flight.
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