East Africa: In Search of the Big Five (QH) - 2015

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12 Day Tour from Arusha to Nairobi


East Africa:  In Search of the Big Five
The Serengeti National Park is a well known animal sanctuary and its annual migration
The Serengeti National Park is a well known animal sanctuary and its annual migration
Elephants in Tanzania
Manyara National Park
Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Africa

Vacation Overview

This extraordinary safari brings you up close to the best that Tanzania and Kenya have to offer—from the plains of the Serengeti to the depths of Ngorongoro Crater and from the swamps of Amboseli National Park to the famed Maasai Mara. As you journey through these remarkable lands you will see a plethora of wildlife, including the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo.

Explore Lake Manyara National Park, home to many species including elephant, giraffe, and the highest concentration of baboons in the world. Ngorongoro Crater, a caldera, offers you the best possibility of seeing the rare black rhinoceros. Here an exclusive bush breakfast awaits you at the floor of the crater, a truly unique experience in the bush!

Visit the Serengeti ecosystem, which includes the famed Maasai Mara in Kenya and Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. This region is home to the annual wildebeest migration. It protects a diverse collection of wildlife and has one of the world’s highest concentrations of large mammals. Keep an eye out for lion, Cape buffalo, cheetah, leopard, hyena, elephant, giraffe, rhino, and more on your many game drives.

Other highlights include sundowner drinks and a Maasai dance performance in Amboseli National Park and bush dinners in the Serengeti and Maasai Mara.

You are sure to have many wonderful memories of this trip to share with your friends and family.

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NOTES:

  • 4-wheel-drive safari vehicles carry a maximum of six passengers, ensuring you’ll always have a window seat. They also feature a pop-up roof for easy game viewing and photography.
  • Check with your physician regarding the latest health requirements for travel to Kenya and Tanzania.
  • All game viewing is done at your own risk. We will require a signed liability waiver prior to travel.
  • We do not recommend this vacation to people with serious back problems, as it can be quite rough on some roads and game park trails in East Africa.
  • Due to limited capacity on safari vehicles and flights, your suitcase must be soft-sided and can’t exceed 33 lbs including hand luggage.
  • Some minor changes in your daily itinerary may be expected due to wildlife migrations and viewing.
  • Small-Group Discovery – We never allow more than 20 travelers on our Small-Group Discovery vacations, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the destination and local culture.


DAY 1Arrive in Arusha, Tanzania

Welcome to Africa! Check in to your hotel and prepare for your adventure!

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DAY 2Arusha–Lake Manyara National Park–Ngorongoro Crater

Today, drive south to LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK at the base of the Rift Valley escarpment. This small park is ecologically diverse, with groundwater forests, grassy plains, and alkaline Lake Manyara itself. Enjoy a GAME DRIVE, with the chance to see elephant, giraffe, zebra, and Cape buffalo. The park is also home to the world’s largest concentration of baboons. Continue on to the rim of NGORONGORO CRATER, which is part of the larger Ngorongoro Conservation Area. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Manyara National Park Ngorongoro Conservation Area Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania The Ngorongoro Conservation Area provides protection for wildlife 
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DAY 3Ngorongoro

Descend into the crater, where an exclusive Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BUSH BREAKFAST has been arranged for you. Sip on a mimosa as you savor every moment of the memorable experience! Afterward, begin your FULL-DAY GAME DRIVE. Ngorongoro Crater is technically a caldera—the world’s largest unflooded one, in fact, at over 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. Views from the rim are stunning, especially at sunrise and sunset! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 4Ngorongoro–Serengeti National Park

This morning, depart Ngorongoro Crater for SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, Tanzania’s largest and most famous park. Home to the annual wildebeest migration, it attracts visitors from around the world and is great for game viewing year round. Enjoy lunch at your lodge before an afternoon GAME DRIVE. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Days 5-6Serengeti

Enjoy MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES both days. The Serengeti is home to all of the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, elephant, and rhino—as well as an abundance of other animals, including cheetah, giraffe, gazelle, and eland. On one of the evenings, a special Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BUSH DINNER has been arranged for you. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily)

The Serengeti National Park is a well known animal sanctuary and its annual migration 
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DAY 7Serengeti–Arusha–Amboseli National Park, Kenya

This morning, transfer to the airstrip for your flight back to Arusha. After lunch, drive north and cross the border into Kenya and continue on to AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 8Amboseli

MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES are included today. Amboseli is best known for views of spectacular Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at some 19,341 feet. The park affords you the best opportunity to get close to the mighty elephant. You might also spot Cape buffalo, zebra, wild dog, and others. Return to your lodge for breakfast and time to relax. This evening, as the sun sets with “Kili” as the backdrop, sip on SUNDOWNER DRINKS and watch a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite TRADITIONAL MAASAI DANCE PERFORMANCE. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 9Amboseli–Maasai Mara National Reserve

This morning, transfer to the airstrip for your flight (via Nairobi) to MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE, Kenya’s most famous game area. Enjoy a GAME DRIVE this afternoon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Days 10-11Maasai Mara

The Maasai Mara is part of the Serengeti ecosystem and boasts a strong permanent population of game. When the Great Migration of zebra, gazelle, and wildebeest arrives, typically in early August, the population enlarges by almost 2 million. This provides a great food source for predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, and hyena. Be sure to watch for elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo, too. Enjoy MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES both days. On one of your morning game drives, a special Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BUSH BREAKFAST has been arranged for you. Sip on a mimosa as you savor every moment of the memorable experience. On your last evening, join your traveling companions for a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite FAREWELL BUSH DINNER—the perfect way to end your safari! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily)

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DAY 12Maasai Mara–Nairobi–Homebound Flight

Today, fly back to Nairobi, where your tour ends with lunch. We have secured a day room for you at the Ole Sereni Hotel before a transfer to the airport for your late-evening flight. Book homebound flights after 5 pm. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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American breakfast daily, 11 lunches, 10 dinners


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