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

12 Day Tour from Arusha to Nairobi

2016 Tour Details

This extraordinary Africa safari brings you inside the best national parks and reserves in Tanzania and Kenya. 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. And with no more than 6 guests per vehicle and 20 guests total in each group you’ll experience distinguished service by your professional Tour Director and experienced Driver/Guide.

Visit the Serengeti ecosystem, one of Africa’s premier safari destinations, which includes the famed Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya and Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. This region is home to the annual wildebeest migration 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. We have arranged exclusive bush breakfasts for you in both the Serengeti and Maasai Mara, a truly unique experience included by Globus!

A full-day game drive in Ngorongoro Crater offers you the best possibility of seeing the rare black rhinoceros, while your best chance to get close to giant elephants is in the swamps of Amboseli National Park. Explore Lake Manyara National Park, home to many species, including elephant, giraffe, and the highest concentration of baboons in the world.

End your safari adventure with an unforgettable farewell dinner in the bush with traditional Maasai dancers! So, what are you waiting for? Book this amazing Africa safari today!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
Game drive; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite bush lunch
NGORONGORO CRATER
Full-day game drive
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Five game drives; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite bush breakfast; sundowner drinks
AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
Two game drives
MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
Five game drives; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite bush breakfast; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite farewell bush dinner; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite traditional Maasai dance performance

NOTES:

  • 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.

Transportation:

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.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

American breakfast daily, 11 lunches, 10 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Arusha, Tanzania

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

Day 2 Arusha–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. A GAME DRIVE in the park affords the opportunity to see elephant, giraffe, zebra, and Cape buffalo. The park is also home to the world’s largest concentration of baboon. Afterward, take in spectacular views of Lake Manyara during a special Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BUSH LUNCH. Continue on to the rim of NGORONGORO CRATER, which is part of the larger Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

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Day 3 Ngorongoro

Descend into the crater for a FULL-DAY GAME DRIVE. Ngorongoro Crater is technically a caldera—the world’s largest unflooded one, 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.

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Day 4 Ngorongoro–Serengeti National Park

This morning, depart Ngorongoro Crater for 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 at your lodge before an AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE.

NOTE: The Great Migration is a natural event, and the exact arrival/departure of the migrating herds varies slightly from year to year.

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Day 5 Serengeti

Rise early for a MORNING GAME DRIVE and search for the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, elephant, and rhino—as well as an abundance of other animals, including cheetah, giraffe, gazelle, and eland. Afterward, 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! Return to your lodge and relax prior to your AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE.

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Day 6 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. Between game drives, enjoy some down time at your lodge. Before dinner, relish SUNDOWNER DRINKS in the bush as the sun sets over this magnificent landscape.

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Day 7 Serengeti–Arusha–Amboseli National Park, Kenya

This morning, transfer to the airstrip for a flight back to Arusha. After lunch, drive north to the border and cross into Kenya. Continue on to AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK, best known for spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at some 19,341 feet.

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Day 8 Amboseli

MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES are included today. Amboseli affords you a great opportunity to get close to the mighty elephant. You might also spot Cape buffalo, zebra, wild dog, giraffe, and more. Relax at your lodge during the heat of the day.

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Day 9 Amboseli–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. “The Mara,” as it is called by locals, is part of the Serengeti ecosystem and boasts a strong permanent population of game. When the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra arrives, generally from August to early November, the population enlarges by almost 2 million. This provides a great food source for predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, and hyena. After lunch at your camp, set out on an AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE.

NOTE: The Great Migration is a natural event, and the exact arrival/departure of the migrating herds varies slightly from year to year.

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Day 10 Maasai Mara

Rise early for a MORNING GAME DRIVE. Be sure to watch for elephant, rhino, giraffe, topi, hyena, and much more. Before returning to camp, stop for a special Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BUSH BREAKFAST overlooking a hippo pool in the Mara River. Return to your camp for time at leisure prior to an AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE.

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Day 11 Maasai Mara

Further explore this magical place on MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES. Tonight, join your traveling companions for a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite FAREWELL BUSH DINNER and a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite TRADITIONAL MAASAI DANCE PERFORMANCE—the perfect way to end your safari!

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Day 12 Maasai Mara–Nairobi–Homebound Flight

Today, fly back to Nairobi, where your tour ends with lunch at the famed Carnivore restaurant. 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.

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 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

GERION KAVISHE

Years of Experience: 18

Whether you are interested in viewing wildlife on a private safari or relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar, Tanzania offers all you could imagine and more! Come learn about our history and culture while taking in the country's endless beauty. I have spent 17 years guiding travelers through this great country, and I look forward to sharing with you my love of Tanzania.

Tour Director - GERION KAVISHE

 Accommodations

Arusha
Ngorongoro Crater
Serengeti National Park
Amboseli National Park Area
Maasai Mara National Reserve Area

Arusha

Lake Duluti Serena Hotel

Lake Duluti Serena Hotel , Arusha,  Tanzania


Arusha, Tanzania

Designed to echo the traditional style of the colonial coffee farm, which originally stood on this site, Lake Duluti Serena Lodge offers a range of tastefully presented cottage-styled rooms set amid extensive landscaped grounds. Electricity is provided 24 hours a day.

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Restaurant On-Site

Room Amenities

  • Window Opens
  • Internet Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Wake-Up Calls

Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge Ngorongoro Crater Rim, Ngorongoro Conservation Area,  Tanzania

Ngorongoro Crater Rim
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Regularly voted one of the best hotels in the world, this unique lodge clings to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, the largest and most perfect volcanic crater on Earth. Long and low, the lodge is built from local river stone and camouflaged with indigenous vines. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the Crater 600 meters below. Hugging the contours of the jagged Crater rim, the lodge takes its inspiration from the so-called 'Cradle of Mankind', the prehistoric site of Olduvai Gorge, which lies close by. Linked by arched stone passages and timbered decks, its walls are decorated with stylized prehistoric cave paintings and lit by flaring torches. Electricity is provided 24 hours a day.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free WiFi

Room Amenities

  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Window Opens
  • Internet Access

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge , Serengeti National Park,  Tanzania


Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Centrally located adjacent to the famous Western Corridor and Grumeti River, the lodge has been designed to blend completely into the living landscape. A series of traditional domed 'rondavels' are widely spaced throughout the grounds, which are cooled by groves of acacia trees and watered by sparkling streams. On the very edge of the ridge is a 'vanishing horizon' pool, which looks out over the 'endless plains' after which the Serengeti is named. Electricity is provided 24 hours a day.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge desk
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Pool
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Phone
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Window Opens
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service

Amboseli National Park Area

Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge Amboseli National Park, Amboseli National Park Area,  Kenya

Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park Area, Kenya

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

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. At the center of ""Maasailand"", the lodge's décor reflects the brilliant primary colors and iconic shapes representative of these legendary warriors. At the heart of the lodge, shaded by palm trees, is a free-form swimming pool; to either side of which stretch the rooms. Electricity is provided 24 hours a day.

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site

Room Amenities

  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Window Opens
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone

Maasai Mara National Reserve Area

Ashnil Mara Camp

Ashnil Mara Camp , Maasai Mara National Reserve,  Kenya


Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

The Ashnil Mara Camp property is comprised of 40 luxury tents overlooking the plains of the Maasai Mara and includes luxury ensuite bathrooms, walk-in closets and a sun deck for relaxation while watching game. Electricity is provided during limited hours: 5 am to 10:30 am, 12 pm to 4 pm & 6 pm to midnight. 24-hour power may be requested for breathing machines.

Hotel Amenities

  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • Pool

Room Amenities

  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Toiletries

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