- Tourcan Vacations
15 Night Hosted Kenya & Tanzania Safari
CruisePlus Hosted Journey
February 1, 2020
Tourcan Vacations Land Tour
I have been lucky enough to have been to East Africa 8 times in my life. It’s sometimes hard to explain to people how this part of the world and its people can find such an amazing place in your heart and seeing the animals as they have lived for thousands of years in true nature is quite something.
We seem to get the greatest people to come along – soft adventure minded, animal lovers, those who appreciate the immense beauty of the savannahs and can look at majestic creatures through kind eyes.
My trip is heavily about the animals. We do it very comfortably, staying in 4 – 5* lodges, but it is not over the top. African 4 star is not North American 4 star – the food is fresh and delicious but it’s not gourmet. The accommodations are clean and authentic, but you’re not going to find high definition TV screens in the mirrors in your bathroom! This itinerary is quite comprehensive and really is the best of East Africa. With 5 internal flights, that believe me, save a ton of long bumpy drives, add to the overall value. Bring more photo capacity than you’d ever imagine, but remember to also see this vacation directly through your eyes, not just your camera lens, as you will have so many incredible memories. It’s a busy trip with many safaris – that promises to provide a whole bunch of highlights that you’ll talk about for your whole life. I can’t remember big cities as well as where I’ve seen leopards, cheetah, lion, elephant and giraffe in the freedom of their lands. I hope you can join me on trip #9!
Asante Sana! Dave
- Watch for lions, buffalo, rhino, giraffes, jackal, zebra, cheetah, leopard, hyena & more in the fascinating Ngorongoro Conservation Area
- Visit the famous Serengeti National Park, home to over 4 million different animals and birds
- See rescued chimpanzees and black rhino at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya
- So much more!
What we are Including
- 16-day guided tour with CruisePlus co-founder Dave Frinton
- 15 nights deluxe accommodation
- All transportation, including inter-tour flights
- Airport meet & greet, transfers & porterage
- 42 meals (15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 13 dinners)
- Post-tour dayroom in Nairobi
- Complimentary gratuities
*Ask us about arranging your international flights!
Please note: Optional excursions, additional meals, additional nights, and gratuities, porterage are extra and are not included. Tour requires a minimum of 16 participants.
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Day 1: (Sat) Feb 01, 2020 Arrive NairobiJAMBO - KARIBU!! Warmly met upon arrival at the airport with our traditional, unique and special welcome (bubbly, wet towels and presentation of authentic safari hat and a beautiful authentic canvas pouch filled with safari essentials). Transfer to your hotel in Nairobi, Kenya’s colourful capital city to check in to your city hotel. Rest of the day or evening is spent at leisure. Overnight: Nairobi Serena Hotel BB Situated in the heart of Nairobi, the extensive ground of Serena Hotel contains a fitness centre and spa. Guests can relax in a sun lounger beside the outdoor pool, which is surrounded by palm trees. The elegant and spacious rooms and suites are decorated with warm colours and wooden furniture. They are equipped with a TV, air-conditioning and a private bathroom. Free Wi-Fi is provided. Nairobi Serena Hotel offers a fine-dining restaurant with a seasonal menu and extensive wine cellar. Guests can enjoy a variety of snack and drinks at the poolside bar or a cocktail at the Aksum Bar.
Day 2: (Sun) Feb 02, 2020 NairobiBreakfast at the hotel. Meet your local guide in the hotel lobby and depart to visit: Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage: Chaired by Daphne Sheldrick, the elephant orphanage is run by Angela Sheldrick, the daughter of David and Daphne, who has been managing all of the Trust’s activities for over a decade. Growing up in Tsavo and later in the Nairobi National Park, Angela has been part of the Trust’s vision from the start, supported by her husband Robert Carr-Hartley and their two boys Taru and Roan, who are passionate about Kenya’s wildlife and eager to ensure that David and Daphne’s legacy continues. Giraffe Center: The Giraffe Center is located in Lang'ata, approximately 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from the centre of Nairobi, Kenya. It was established in order to protect the endangered Rothschild giraffe, Giraffa Camelopardalis Rothschild that is found only in the grasslands of East Africa. In 1979, the Giraffe Center, a nature sanctuary for visiting and including wildlife conservation education for urban school children, was started by Jock Leslie Melville, the Kenyan grandson of a Scottish Earl, when he and his wife Betty captured two baby giraffe to start a programme of breeding giraffe on their Langata property, site of the present Centre. Since then the programme has had huge success, resulting in the introduction of several breeding pairs of Rothschild Giraffe into Kenyan national parks. Then visit Karen Blixen Museum with lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden. Return to the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight: Nairobi Serena Hotel Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3: (Mon): Feb 03, 2020 Nairobi / Tarangire National Park Flight: Dep. at 2:10 pmBreakfast at the Hotel. Check out and meet your driver in the hotel lobby for your transfer to Wilson Airport to board your flight to Kilimanjaro. Upon arrival, you will be met by our local representative to assist and transfer you to Arusha Coffee Lodge for lunch. Thereafter, drive to Tarangire National Park, named after the Tarangire River which lures thousands of plains game to its banks. Check in to the lodge and later enjoy an afternoon game drive in this area dotted with majestic baobab trees, stately eland antelopes among other game. Dinner will be served in the lodge. Overnight: Tarangire Sopa Lodge Located in Madege, Tarangire Sopa Lodge provides accommodation with an outdoor pool, free WiFi, a garden and a bar. After enjoying a long leisurely game drive between herds of wild animals and along miles of Africa’s seemingly endless roads, you come over a slight rise and the lodge appears almost immediately below you. Built to blend in with the vastness of its surroundings, Tarangire Sopa Lodge lies hidden among the kopjes, ancient baobab and grasses of the Tarangire National Park - home to the greatest concentration of elephants in Africa. Many can be seen around the lodge, allowing visitors a close encounter. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4: (Tue): Feb 04, 2020 Ngorongoro Conservation AreaBreakfast at the hotel. After breakfast depart to the Ngorongoro Conservation area. Proceed towards the rim of the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater stopping occasionally to admire the breath-taking vista unfolding before you. Arrive for check-in, thereafter lunch. This afternoon, just relax and enjoy the panoramic views of the crater, the largest unbroken caldera in the world. It has been described as one of the great natural wonders of the world. Eight million years ago, the Ngorongoro Crater was an active volcano but its cone collapsed, forming the crater that is 610 meters deep, 20 kilometres in diameter and covers an area of 311 sq. km. Spectacular as it is, the crater accounts for just a tenth of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The crater is home to many species of wild game and birds. Dinner will be served at the lodge. Overnight: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge features free Wi-Fi and an outdoor pool. Some units have a seating area and/or a balcony. Facing the always magnificent sunsets to the west, and located at the highest point on Ngorongoro crater’s entire rim, the lodge stands well over half a kilometer above the crater floor and offers unparalleled views across this enormous caldera. Themed around traditionally circular African houses with conical roofs, and decorated with examples of Africa’s rich tapestry of artistic traditions by way of rich woodcarvings and sculptures, the lodge harmonizes perfectly with its dramatic surroundings. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner NOTE: Warm jacket /cardigan are highly recommended.
Day 5 (Wed): Feb 05, 2o20 Ngorongoro Conservation AreaBreakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, we descend some 610 metres into the crater, which is home to an abundance of wildlife and a photogenic paradise, for a full day of game-viewing drive with picnic lunch. Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact caldera in the world teams with an abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater floor. Prides of lions, herds of Cape buffalo, rhino, giraffes, golden & black-backed jackal, zebra, cheetah, leopard and the spotted hyena freely roam on the crater floor plains. Unmatched for its natural variety & breath-taking beauty, there are few places on earth where such a tremendous diversity of landscapes exist inside a region this size. Apart from its wildlife riches, the crater is also of great archaeological importance, with the remains of some of mankind’s earliest ancestors discovered in the area, also home to hundreds of bird species, refreshing in the small lakes in the crater floor. Return late afternoon to your lodge. Dinner is served in the lodge. Overnight: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6: (Thu) Feb 06, 2020 Serengeti National ParkBreakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast then depart for Serengeti via Oldupai Gorge where hominid footprints believed to be 3.6million years old were found. We will enjoy an on-site talk on the interpretation of the gorge by the resident guide Arrive at your lodge for lunch. Enjoy an afternoon game viewing drive. Covering an area of 14,763 square kilometers, the world famous Serengeti National Park is Tanzania's oldest park, and one of the world's last great wildlife refuges. It stretches as far as Lake Victoria to the West. Its name comes from the Maasai word Siringet, meaning 'endless plains'. The park's vegetation ranges from the short and long grass plains in the south, to the acacia savannah in the center and wooded grasslands concentrated around the tributaries of the Grumenti and the Mara rivers in the park. The western corridor is a region of wooded highland and extensive plains reaching the edge of Lake Victoria. In the early morning and evening light, the Serengeti landscape is stunningly beautiful. The Serengeti ecosystem supports the greatest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa, including more than three million large mammals. It is the sanctuary of an estimated four million different animals and birds. Wildlife that roam the vast park include lions (the adult males of Serengeti have characteristic black manes), cheetahs, hunting dogs, Savannah elephant, Cape buffalo, topis, wart hogs, hunting dogs and spotted hyena among others. Dinner will be served at the lodge. Overnight: Serengeti Sopa Lodge Located on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the plains of the south-western Serengeti National Park, home to thousands of wild and rare animals, Serengeti Sopa Lodge lies within an area of outstanding natural beauty. An oasis of cool relaxation from the equatorial sun, the lodge allows its guests to experience some magnificent sights and enjoy interacting with the land and animals difficult to find elsewhere, whilst at the same time enjoying the highest level of cuisine and hospitality. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7: (Fri): Feb 07, 2020 Serengeti National ParkBreakfast at the hotel. This morning after breakfast, we depart with picnic lunch boxes for a full day of game viewing drives on the vast Serengeti plains. In the early morning and evening light, the Serengeti landscape is stunningly beautiful. The rolling plains and grasslands, stretching far into the horizons as far as the eye can see is home to the black-maned lion, the savannah elephant, the Cape buffalo, wildebeests, the elusive leopard, cheetah, the spotted & striped hyena, the rhino, topi, Burchell's zebra, the Masai giraffe among many others. Serengeti National Park is one that can never disappoint. One is spoilt by the variety of bird and wildlife species in this game reserve with game-viewing drives. Enjoy dinner and overnight at our lodge. Overnight: Serengeti Sopa Lodge Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Dawn Balloon Safari over the Serengeti Plains ending with a champagne breakfast.
Day 8: (Sat): Feb 08, 2020 Amboseli National Park Flight: Dep. at 11:45 amBreakfast at your lodge. You will be then transferred to the airstrip for your flight for Arusha. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to Namanga Border with picnic lunches. Change to the Kenyan vehicles and drive to Amboseli National Park with game drive en-route to the lodge. Dinner will be served at the lodge. Overnight: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge is set against the magnificent backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, the glittering Mount Kilimanjaro; Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge enjoys a uniquely privileged position at the heart of this world-famous national park. Secluded within a grove of acacia trees, the lodge looks out over the golden savannah plains, with uninterrupted views of the mountain itself. Close by are a series of emerald green swamps, which are fed by the melting snows of Kilimanjaro. The luxury en suite rooms are accommodated in two single-stoned dedicated buildings. Each tastefully-appointed room features a Maasai-inspired, hand-painted, wall fresco, king-sized bed or luxurious twins, lavish all-encompassing mosquito-curtaining, bathroom (with walk-in shower), writing/vanity unit, and private veranda. The central dining area is reached by an internal timbered bridge over a melt-water stream and is flanked by water gardens. The walls feature hand-painted wildlife murals while the décor reflects the traditional artifacts of the Maasai people. The spacious lounge and bar feature a broad terrace and a blazing fire-pit where evening cocktails can be enjoyed. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and Dinner
Day 9: (Sun): Feb 09, 2020 Amboseli National ParkSpend a full day in Amboseli. Starting with an early morning game drive, return for breakfast in the hotel, thereafter the rest of the morning is at leisure. Enjoy lunch and some leisure time, before, later in the afternoon heading out for yet another game viewing drive on this majestic backdrop to one of Kenya's most spectacular displays of wildlife - lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, cheetah, buffalo and hosts of plains' game. Thereafter return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10: (Mon) Feb 10, 2020 Mount Kenya National Park Flight: Dep. at 9:50 am Nairobi /Nanyuki Flight: Dep. at 11:00 amBreakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight to Nairobi. Arrive at the Wilson Airport where you will be assisted to connect your domestic flight to Nanyuki. Upon arrival in Nanyuki, you will be met by our local representative and be driven to Mount Kenya Safari Club. Straddled around the Equator and located at the foot of the snow-covered Mt. Kenya giving you a closer and clearer view of the mountain. Lunch will be served and the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the extensive gardens and various facilities offered at the hotel. Dinner will be served at the club. Overnight: Mount Kenya Safari Club Situated in Nanyuki, Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club provides an outdoor swimming pool and tennis court. Featuring a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. The units in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Rooms are complete with a private bathroom fitted with a hairdryer, while some rooms at Fairmont Mount Kenya also feature a seating area. You can play table tennis and darts at this 5-star hotel, and the area is popular for cycling. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11: (Tue): Feb 11, 2020 Mount Kenya National ParkBreakfast at the lodge. Depart this morning for a full day game drive at Ol Pejeta Conservancy with lunch at Sweetwaters camp. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a 90,000-acre (360 km2) not-for-profit wildlife conservancy in Central Kenya's Laikipia County. It is situated on the equator west of Nanyuki, between the foothills of the Aberdares and Mount Kenya. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy works to conserve wildlife, provide a sanctuary for great apes and to generate income through wildlife tourism and complementary enterprises for re-investment in conservation and community development. The Conservancy boasts the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa and in 2013 reached a population milestone of 100 black rhino. It also houses the two remaining northern white rhino in the world, who were moved here from Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic. The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary is situated here and provides a haven for orphaned, abandoned and rescued chimpanzees. It is the only place in Kenya where these great apes can be seen. The Conservancy is host to the "Big five game" among a large selection of other African animals, which makes it a popular safari destination. It also operates a successful livestock program, which serves to benefit local pastoralists and wildlife. Later drive back to Mt. Kenya Safari Club where dinner will be served. Overnight: Mount Kenya Safari Club Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12: (Wed): Feb 12, 2020 Samburu Game ReservesEnjoy a sumptuous breakfast then drive to the Samburu National Reserve, set in the rugged semi-arid northern region with spectacular scenic landscape. Arrive in time for lunch and after a short siesta head for an afternoon game viewing drive. The water of the great Ewaso Nyiro River, dotted with doum palms, meanders through the reserve giving it an oasis setting and draws wildlife in great numbers to its banks. The verdant riverine forest is a stark contrast to the arid thorn studded plains. Samburu is visited by large herds of Elephants, drawn by the promise of water. In the dry season, the elephants use their tusks to dig deep into the dry river beds, unearthing precious water. These waterholes then become a focal point for other game. The Samburu region is the best place to find several endemic Northern species; including the Gerenuk (twiga gazelle) due to her long neck, the beisa Oryx, the Reticulated Giraffe, the Somali ostrich and Grevy’s Zebra. Samburu is also an ornithological paradise, home to many birds including local species such as the Palm Nut Vulture and the Vinaceous Dove. Leopards are often seen at dusk. The Samburu culture is a truly fascinating one, sharing a great deal of ancestral and linguistic ties to the Maasai. The entire Samburu region is a place of breathtaking and magical beauty, a place where the vision of a deep red sunset silhouetting the doum palms along the river as a leopard emerges to hunt brings the perfect end to a day on safari. Return to the lodge where dinner will be served. Overnight: Samburu Sopa Lodge Located inside the Samburu National Reserve in Northern Kenya, Samburu Sopa lodge is built atop high ground allowing panoramic views of the vastness of Samburu shrub land and the hills beyond. The lodge is built to reflect the architectural heritage of the local communities whose sons and daughters make up the majority of the work force at the lodge. Fifteen cottages, each with two bedrooms are built in an arch formation on either side of the public areas to surround the waterhole but leaving a wide gap to allow animals free movement to the water. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 13: (Thu) Feb 13, 2020 Samburu Game ReservesBreakfast at the lodge. Enjoy a full day of morning and afternoon game viewing in both Samburu game reserves. Leopards are often seen at dusk. The Samburu culture is a truly fascinating one, sharing a great deal of ancestral and linguistic ties to the Maasai. The entire Samburu region is a place of breathtaking and magical beauty, a place where the vision of a deep red sunset silhouetting the doum palms along the river as a leopard emerges to hunt brings the perfect end to a day on safari. Dinner will be served at the lodge. Overnight: Samburu Sopa Lodge Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Visit a Samburu Manyatta to see how the tribe lives in this harsh surrounding.
Day 14: (Fri) Feb 14, 2020 Masai Mara Game Reserve Flight: Dep. at 9:05 am & Arr. at 11:05 amBreakfast at the lodge. Later transfer to the airstrip for your flight to Masai Mara. Upon arrival in Masai Mara, you will be met and transferred to Mara Serena Lodge with a game drive en-route. Lunch will be served at the lodge, rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Depart for a game drive. Dinner will be served at your lodge. Overnight: Mara Serena Safari Lodge Located at the center of the Mara Triangle in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Serena Safari Lodge is set on a hill overlooking the African savannah and Mara River. The rooms at the lodge are equipped with tea-and coffee-making facilities, TV, mosquito nets and bathroom with shower. Mara Serena Safari Lodge has a restaurant and bar. Other facilities include a spa, fitness centre and outdoor pool. Guests can enjoy panoramic views of the reserve from the lobby and the terrace. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 15: (Sat): Feb 15, 2020, Masai Mara Game ReserveEnjoy breakfast then proceed on a full day of game viewing drives and adventure. Be on the look-out for the big five that Maasai Mara is famous for. These include the lion, Savannah (African) elephant, the Cape buffalo, the leopard and the black rhino. We may even be so lucky to witness a leopard or a cheetah sprint and make a kill! We return back to the camp for dinner and overnight. OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Balloon Safari over the Mara plains followed by a champagne breakfast or visit a traditional Masai Manyatta (off the beaten track) and experience the culture of this world famous community. The Masai still live as they did for centuries -interact with these nomadic people and experience their way of life as you learn about their customs and traditions. Overnight: Mara Serena Safari Lodge Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 16: (Sun): Feb 16, 2020 Depart NairobiAmka! Wake up early with coffee/tea and head off on your last trail of the African savannah – hopefully, you’ll see some big game. Return to the Lodge for breakfast. All good experiences must come to an end and sadly you must say Kwaheri to your wonderful Camp Manager and his team. Transfer to the airstrip for your domestic flight to Nairobi. Departing at 1100hrs. You are met on arrival and transferred to Nairobi Serena Hotel where a dayroom is booked for you. 6:00 pm: You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
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