2017: East Africa Private Safari with Selous Game Reserve (IQHF)
14 days from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam
- Tour Operator
- Offer valid through 6/30/2017
- 14 Days
- Escorted - No
|Day 1||Nairobi||Welcome to Africa! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.|
|Day 2||Maasai Mara National Reserve Area||Today, drive to MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE, Kenya's most famous game area. Stop for lunch en route before embarking on your first GAME DRIVE in search of the 'Big 5'-lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. (B,L,D)|
|Day 3||Maasai Mara||Today, your Driver/Guide pilots you on MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES in the 'Mara,' as it is called by the locals. Part of the Serengeti ecosystem, it boasts a strong permanent population of game. When the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra arrives, generally between August and early November, the population enlarges by almost 2 million. This provides a great food source for predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, and hyena. Between game drives, take advantage of leisure time to relax. (B,L,D) NOTE: The Great Migration is a natural event, and the arrival/departure of the migrating herds varies slightly year to year.|
|Day 4||Amboseli National Park Area||After breakfast, board a plane for the quick flight to Nairobi. After a short break, drive to AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK, best known for spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at some 19,341 feet. Embark on an AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE before settling in at your lodge or camp. (B,L,D)|
|Day 5||Amboseli Area||Today features MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES. Amboseli offers you a great opportunity to get close to the mighty elephant. You might also spot Cape buffalo, zebra, wild dog, and more. Relax between game drives. (B,L,D)|
|Day 6||Lake Manyara National Park Area||This morning, cross the border into Tanzania. After lunch in Arusha, proceed to your lodge along the rim of the Great Rift Valley escarpment. Check-in and enjoy some leisure time prior to dinner. (B,L,D)|
|Day 7||Ngorongoro Conservation Area||After breakfast, embark on a MORNING GAME DRIVE in LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK. This small park is ecologically diverse, with groundwater forests, grassy plains, and alkaline Lake Manyara itself. Watch for elephant, Cape buffalo, giraffe, and more. The park is also home to the world's largest concentration of baboon. Then, drive to beautiful Gibb's Farm for a relaxing lunch featuring sumptuous farm-to-table cuisine. Afterward, continue to the NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA for the night. (B,L,D)|
|Day 8||Ngorongoro Area||Today, enjoy a FULL-DAY GAME DRIVE in Ngorongoro Crater. The crater is technically a caldera-the world's largest unflooded, in fact, at more than 2,000 feet deep with a floor covering over 102 square miles. Game viewing here is fantastic, as most of the animals stay in this area year round. You can see lion, Cape buffalo, hippo, elephant, and flamingo. This is also your best chance to see the rare black rhinoceros. A picnic lunch will be served in the crater. (B,L,D)|
|Day 9||Serengeti National Park||Today, drive to SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, Tanzania's largest and most famous park. Home to the annual Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra, generally between late November and July, it attracts visitors from around the world and is great for game viewing year round. Enjoy lunch and some down time prior to your AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE. (B,L,D)NOTE:The Great Migration is a natural event, and the arrival/departure of the migrating herds varies slightly year to year.|
|Day 10||Serengeti||The Serengeti covers an area of roughly 5,700 square miles, so it is no surprise that the name comes from the Maasai word siringit, meaning 'endless plains.' Continue exploring this vast park during MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES. Search for leopard, rhino, and an abundance of other animals, including cheetah, giraffe, gazelle, and eland. (B,L,D)|
|Day 11||Selous Game Reserve||This morning, fly to Selous Game Reserve (via Arusha & Dar es Salaam), the second oldest game reserve in the world and Africa's largest at more than 15,000 square miles. The reserve is relatively untouched by humans, so vital ecological and biological processes are able to sustain a wide variety of animals and habitats, including woodlands, grasslands, riverine forests, and swamps. For these reasons, the reserve has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Natural Site. (B,L,D)|
|Day 12||Selous||Explore this magical place on MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME ACTIVITIES both days. The reserve is home to roughly half of Tanzania's elephant population and what many consider to be the world's largest populations of lion, hippo, and the rare wild dog. In addition, there are a myriad of other animals you'll have a chance to spot, including leopard, giraffe, cheetah, Cape buffalo, wildebeest, Nile crocodile, impala, and more! Spend the middle of the day at your leisure. (B,L,D daily)NOTE:Shared game activities in the Selous vary by lodge/camp.|
|Day 13||Selous||Explore this magical place on MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME ACTIVITIES both days. The reserve is home to roughly half of Tanzania's elephant population and what many consider to be the world's largest populations of lion, hippo, and the rare wild dog. In addition, there are a myriad of other animals you'll have a chance to spot, including leopard, giraffe, cheetah, Cape buffalo, wildebeest, Nile crocodile, impala, and more! Spend the middle of the day at your leisure. (B,L,D daily)NOTE:Shared game activities in the Selous vary by lodge/camp.|
|Day 14||Homebound Flight||One last GAME ACTIVITY this morning before flying to Dar es Salaam, where your vacation ends. We have secured a day room at the Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel for you to use prior to your homebound flight. Book homebound flights after 5 pm. (B)|
- US$ Price Details
Dates & Prices do not include air travel.Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Monograms, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $984. Required intra-vacation air segments are Maasai Mara/Nairobi; Serengeti/Selous; Selous/Dar es Salaam. Air prices were effective on July 13, 2016, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your vacation, air prices may be higher. Safari package includes park entrance fees of $585 per person.Upgrade to a 4x4 vehicle in Kenya is available for $100-$270 per person (depending on party size). Ask for details at time of booking.2018 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in July 2017.NOTES:
- Bottled water is included on all game drives and with all meals.
- All game viewing is done at your own risk. We will require a signed liability waiver prior to travel.
- Check with your travel agent or physician regarding the latest health requirements for travel to Kenya & Tanzania.
- We do not recommend this vacation to people with serious back problems, as it can be quite rough on some East Africa roads and game park trails.
- Due to limited capacity on safari vehicles and flights, your suitcase must be soft-sided and cannot exceed 33 lbs including hand luggage.
- Some minor changes in your daily itinerary may be expected due to wildlife migrations and viewing.
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