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KENYA AND TANZANIA

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Eastern Africa

The Serengeti in Tanzania and Maasai Mara in Kenya are two of the world’s most famous National Parks and are home to the Great Migration. These parks are known for their open short grass plains with abundant wildlife. The Serengeti is also renowned for its large lion population and is one of the best places to observe prides in their natural environment.

The Great Migration is a natural phenomenon determined by the availability of grazing for Wildebeest and Zebras. As the rains end in May in the south eastern part of the Serengeti, the animals start moving northwest into the areas around the Grumeti River, where they typically remain until late June. Their big obstacle, the crossings of the crocodile infested Grumeti and Mara rivers into the Maasai Mara begins in July. At this time tens of thousands of Wildebeest and Zebras can be seen in large herds. Watching the animals cross these waters can be very spectacular with regular occurrences of panic and confusion. In October the herds start migrating south once again, returning to the short grass plains of the Serengeti in November. The precise timing of the wildebeest migration is entirely dependent upon the rainfall patterns each year.

The Ngorongoro Crater is a deep, volcanic crater, the largest un-flooded and unbroken caldera in the world. It is about 20 kilometres across, 600 meters deep and 300 square kilometres in area and is a truly a breath-taking natural wonder.

Currency

Kenya: Kenyan Shilling
Tanzania: Tanzanian Shilling

Time Zone

The time zone in Eastern Africa is GMT +3.

Official Language

English and Swahili are widely spoken in Kenya and Tanzania.

Visa requirements

Kenya

British passport holders require a visa to enter Kenya. You can either get a visa on arrival at the airport, or before you travel. To minimise time spent queuing at the airport, it is advisable to obtain a visa before you travel.

Tanzania

All British passport holders need a visa to enter Tanzania. You should obtain one from the Tanzanian High Commission before you travel.

  • NAIROBI

    Nairobi is Kenya’s bustling capital city, often used as a jumping-off point for safari trips.

    Nairobi, the vibrant, modern Safari capital of Africa boasting with cultural and natural diversity ranging from an elephant orphanage to the Karen Blixen museum. A short scenic drive to the north of Nairobi lies the sweeping wilderness of Laikipia, a paradise for walkers, birders and luxury safari enthusiasts.

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  • MAASAI MARA & SERENGETI

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

    Game Drives

    Daily game drives with professional guides and trackers provide the perfect opportunity to get up close to Africa’s incredible animals, while spot lit night time drives reveal the elusive magic of nocturnal Africa. The game drives are all conducted in state-of-the-art Land Cruisers, each accommodating a maximum of six guests.

    Horseback Riding

    Horseback outrides on the plains of the Serengeti are an enchanting way to explore this spectacular landscape.

    Hot Air Balloon Safari

    With a panorama that is unique to this part of the world, guests looking for something out-of-the ordinary need look no further than hot-air ballooning over the Serengeti plains. Game viewing is taken to extraordinary new heights, aerial photography offers a different angle, the freedom of flight is yours and the silent whispers of the breeze entice you on an unforgettable adventure. You will depart from your lodge or tented camp to the balloon launch site. Your pilot will welcome you, give you a full briefing and you will watch the inflation of the hot-air balloon. Climb aboard and rise as the sun rises to view Africa aloft. The balloon floats in whichever direction the winds guide while your pilot precisely controls the altitude of the balloon – sometimes at treetop height, at other times ascending to 1 000 feet to see the enormity of the reserve.

  • NGORONGORO CRATER

    NGORONGORO CRATER LODGE
    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

    Olduvai & Shifting Sands Tour

    Explore the breathtaking surrounds of the archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge, the cradle of mankind, best known as home of the earliest remains of homo sapiens, discovered by Mary Leaky. Move on to crescent-shaped volcanic ash dunes knows as Shifting Sands, which slowly creep across the desert floor in response to prevailing winds.

    Crater Floor Banquet

    Enjoy a tasty hot lunch served in breathtaking surroundings at a private picnic spot on the Crater floor. Personalised butler service combines with breathtaking surroundings in the midst of the wildlife action.

    Wine Sommelier Sessions

    Enjoy award-winning wines with an award-winning sommelier. The sessions consist of an intimate Tanzania Signature wine tasting, or a tasting and hosted meal.

    Maasai Delight

    Be touched by the spirit of Africa whilst listening to the traditional singing and chanting of Maasai (20 Maasai warriors) whilst enjoying sundowner drinks or pre-dinner drinks.

    Empakai Crater Hike

    From the beautiful forests that surround the Empakaai Crater walls to impressive strangler figs and fantastic birdlife, this energetic full day hiking adventure promises guests an up close experience with nature.

    Crater View Walk

    This popular late afternoon walk along the western rim of the Ngorongoro Crater allows guests to experience various natural habitats, including the acacia woodland, thick lush forests and open grasslands.

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