KENYA & TANZANIA LUXURY FLYING SAFARI- Asilifrom
13 DAYS, 12 NIGHTS COMBINING KENYA MARA NABOISHO CONSERVANCY, TANZANIA SERENGETI, RUAHA AND ZANZIBAR
- 3 nights Encounter Mara, Mara Naboisho Conservancy
- 3 nights Ubuntu Migration Camp, Serengeti National Park
- 3 nights Kwihala, Ruaha National Park
- 3 nights Matemwe Lodge, Zanzibar Island
STARTS: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, Kenya
ENDS: Dar es Salaam International Airport, Tanzania
Experience some of East Africa’s highlights, combining safari and beach. Begin in the Masai Mara searching for cheetah and learning about Maasai culture before flying across the border to the Serengeti, staying in a tented camp which moves around the park following The Great Migration. Fly south to the lesser known Ruaha, watching herds of elephant dig for water in dry riverbeds and leopards lurking in the trees. Finally, unwind on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar, swimming in the warm Indian Ocean.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Group Size Small Group
DAY 1: MARA NABOISHO CONSERVANCY
On arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by an Asilia driver who will transfer you by private vehicle to the domestic airport, Wilson Airport. Fly from here to the Masai Mara, a journey of approximately 1 hour (15kg luggage limit per person; soft bags required for all flights on this itinerary). A guide from Encounter Mara will meet you here and game drive you back to camp, offering the perfect introduction to the vast savannah plains and stopping to watch any wildlife you encounter on the way. Settle into your tent and enjoy lunch and time to relax. After afternoon tea and cake, head out on a game drive to search for big cats and other wildlife in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy.
MARA NABOISHO CONSERVANCY- Highlights:
- Part of the Greater Masai Mara, the Mara Naboisho Conservancy offers excellent wildlife densities as well as an insight into how the Mara Conservancies balance the needs of local communities with wildlife conservation
- Wildlife: Lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, hippo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, hyena
- Safari activities: Game drives, night drives, cultural visits and hot-air ballooning (additional cost)
This charming tented camp blends the adventure of sleeping under canvas with plenty of creature comforts. The camp is in a secluded part of the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, where guests spend their days exploring on game drives, and visits to the local Maasai communities. There are ten spacious guest tents, each with a daybed on the veranda and en-suite bathroom with hot shower. Between game drives, relax on the viewing deck beneath a thatched roof and watch wildlife visiting the salt lick nearby. In the evenings, guests chat around the campfire before delicious three-course dinners.
- All tents have en suite bathrooms with indoor showers
- Viewing deck overlooking a salt lick where wildlife often congregates
- Communal dining, often outdoors under the African stars
- Excellent guiding and hosting
DAYS 2 – 3: Mara Naboisho Conservancy
Enjoy morning and afternoon safari activities at Encounter Mara. A visit to one of the local villages offers authentic insight into Maasai culture and your guide will explain how the Mara Naboisho Conservancy carefully balances the needs of wildlife conservation with the local communities’ livelihoods. Night drives offer a unique chance to search for nocturnal species as well as predators on the move.
DAY 4: Serengeti National Park Tanzania
After breakfast, you will be driven to the airstrip to begin your journey across the border into the Serengeti in Tanzania. You will fly to Migori near the border, where a driver and vehicle will meet you and drive you across the land border, stopping to complete immigration formalities.
From there it’s a short distance to Tarime on the Tanzania side, to arrive in time for your flight into the Serengeti. The whole journey takes approximately two and a half hours and, after having breakfast in the Masai Mara, you’ll arrive at your Serengeti camp in time for lunch and a well-earned rest. In the afternoon, go out on a game drive to explore the vast savannah with your guide from Ubuntu Migration Camp.
Serengeti National Park – Highlights:
- 15,000 km2 of vast savannah plains.
- One of Africa’s most wildlife-rich and iconic national parks.
- Part of the larger Masai Mara-Serengeti ecosystem where the 2-million-strong herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle make their Great Migration year-round.
- Wildlife: Lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, hyena, hippo.
- More than 300 bird species.
- Safari activities: Game drives and hot-air ballooning (additional cost).
UBUNTU MIGRATION CAMP
Known as a mobile camp, Ubuntu Migration Camp moves around the Serengeti several times each year to locate itself as close as possible to the predicted location of The Great Migration herds of up to 2 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle. As with all wildlife sightings, viewing of the migration cannot be guaranteed, but the camp aims to give you good chances of being in the right location at the right time. There are eight large tents, each with a veranda and en-suite bathroom with a hot bucket shower. There is also a lounge tent and dining tent, although meals are served under the stars whenever possible.
- Mobile tented camp which moves around the Serengeti several times each year, following the pattern of The Great Migration.
- All tents are en-suite with hot bucket showers.
- Communal dining.
DAYS 5 & 6: Serengeti National Park
Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives from Ubuntu Migration Camp, searching with your guide for the plentiful wildlife that is found in the Serengeti year-round. If your safari coincides with the timing of The Great Migration, you’ll also seek out these large herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle as they journey through the plains in search of fresh grazing.
DAY 7: Ruaha National Park
After breakfast in camp, you will be driven to the airstrip for your flight south to Ruaha National Park, a journey of roughly 2 hours. A guide from Kwihala will be there to greet you and game drive you back to camp, introducing you to the very different landscape of this southern park.
After lunch and a little time to relax, you will go out on an afternoon game drive and stop for sundowner drinks and snacks. Night-drive back to camp, watching out for nocturnal species such as the bat-eared fox, or predators such as lion, that start to prowl as darkness falls.
RUAHA NATIONAL PARK
- Home to 10 percent of Africa’s lion population.
- Wildlife: Lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, hyena, buffalo, elephant, giraffe and rare antelope species such as sable and roan.
- Safari activities: Game drives, night drives, walking safaris.
- Unique habitat includes baobab forests, dry riverbeds, rocky kopjes and miombo woodland.
Kwihala combines raw beauty with simple excellence. Situated in the safari frontier of Ruaha in Tanzania, this is a charming, authentic tented camp located on a sandy riverbed in the prime wildlife area of the park. With just six guest tents, excellent guides and a variety of safari activities available, including walking safaris, night drives and game drives, it is the perfect base for your safari.
- Authentic frontier-style tented camp
- All tents are en suite with hot bucket showers
- Located on the banks of the sandy Mwagusi River
- Communal dining — often outdoors under the shade of a tree or dinners lit by lantern in the riverbed
DAYS 8 & 9: Ruaha National Park
Safari activities take place in the early morning and late afternoon, when wildlife is most active. You will join expert guides on game drives to explore further afield on walking safaris to seek out the smaller details and learn how to track wildlife from prints and signs in the bush, and on night drives to watch nocturnal species. Breakfast is often a picnic to maximize your explorations, and you will return to camp for lunch and a siesta.
DAY 10: Zanzibar
After breakfast, depart camp and game drive to the airstrip, where you will fly to Zanzibar, two and a half hours away. On arrival, you will be met and driven by private vehicle to Matemwe Lodge, northeast of the island. Spend the rest of the afternoon unwinding in your thatch-and-stone chalet right on the ocean, snoozing in a hammock or swimming in one of the two pools.
ZANZIBAR ISLAND HIGHLIGHTS
- Indian Ocean island with warm tropical sea waters to swim in.
- Snorkeling and diving on reefs — enjoy abundant marine life including turtles and dolphins.
- Other water sports include kayaking, kite surfing and stand-up paddle boarding.
- Mix of African and Arabic culture and history.
- Powder-soft white, sandy beaches.
- Watch fishermen sail in traditional dhow and ngalawa boats.
- Stone Town, a historic UNESCO World Heritage Site, is well worth a visit to shop for curios and photograph iconic Zanzibar carved doorways.
One of the first boutique lodges in Zanzibar, Matemwe Lodge is perched on a coral rock outcrop overlooking a sandy beach gently sloping into the Indian Ocean. Adjacent to the lodge, the coral reef surrounding the Mnemba Atoll offers superb diving and snorkeling. Fresh seafood, refreshing cocktails and relaxing massages are just some elements of the laid-back daily routines of Matemwe’s guests. Matemwe Lodge is made up of only 12 beach chalets, all overlooking the Indian Ocean. Each of the private verandas is furnished with large hammocks and sofas, perfect for whiling away the time as the occasional dhow drifts past in the distance.
- Located on the northeast of Zanzibar
- 1 Hour drive from Zanzibar International
- Airport and Stone Town Included activities: Kayak hire, guided reef walks at low tide, village visits
- Additional cost activities: Snorkeling, diving, sandbank picnic, kitesurfing, stand-up paddle boarding, spice farm tour, Stone Town tour
DAYS 11 & 12: ZANZIBAR ISLAND
Spend your days at Matemwe Lodge relaxing and swimming in the warm Indian Ocean, taking a boat to the reef to snorkel or dive, kayaking along the shoreline looking for turtles, sailing in a dhow watching for dolphins or taking a picnic lunch on a remote sandbank. Other watersports on offer include stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and kitesurfing (seasonal).
DAY 13: ZANZIBAR ISLAND- DEPARTURE
After breakfast, you will be driven back to Zanzibar International Airport for your flight to Dar es Salaam International Airport, only 20-minutes’ drive away, where you can connect to your international flight home.
END OF OUR FLYING SAFARI
6 Jan – 31 January 2022, March 1-14 2022 & Nov – 19 Dec 2022
Per person Sharing = US$8,420
Single Room ===== US$9,530
Triple Room ===== US$7,980
1 – 30 June 2022: 1- 28 Feb 2023
Per person Sharing == US$8,620
Single Room ====== US$10,000
Triple Room =======US$8,160
1 Sep – 31 Oct 2022:
Per person Sharing == US$9,200
Single Room ====== US$ 11,330
Triple Room ======US$8,710
1 Jul – 31 Aug 2022
Per person Sharing == US$9,720
Single Room ====== US$ 12,000
Triple Room ======US$9,140
20 – 31 December 2022: 1 – 5 Jan 2023
Per person Sharing == US$9,680
Single Room ====== US$11,260
Triple Room =======US$8,840
- All logistics starting at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and ending at Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam International Airport,
- All light aircraft flights within Kenya and Tanzania,
- Shared road transfer across the Kenya-Tanzania border as outlined,
- All park fees and taxes,
- Shared safari activities,
- All meals and house drinks on safari,
- Half-board on Zanzibar (breakfast and dinner included), and medical evacuation insurance.
- International flights to East Africa,
- Kenya entry visa,
- Tanzania entry visa,
- Gratuities, additional activities, additional meals and drinks.