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.

Day 1: Nairobi

On arrival you will be met and transfer to the Tamarind Tree Hotel for your overnight rest.

Day 2 - 4: Mara-Naboisho Conservancy

After breakfast transfer to Wilson airport for your flight to the Mara-Naboisho Conservancy and Encounter Mara for the next three nights. The eco-friendly camp in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, in the heart of the Masai Mara ecosystem but away from the mass tourism of the National Reserve. The camp itself is tucked away in a stunning valley and offers extremely comfortable classic safari accommodation with views from each of the twelve guest tents. After arriving to Encounter Mara, you may settle into your accommodations and enjoy a full brunch. During the hotter hours of the day, there are a variety of options of ways to spend your time: from relaxing in a hammock or reading in the lounge to spending time with your camp hosts. Later in the afternoon, you will enjoy a high tea (a relaxed affair with cold and hot drinks and a selection of sweet and savory delicacies) before departing on your afternoon game drive. Returning at dusk, you will enjoy dinner featuring international cuisine. Because we realize your safari can only ever be as good as your guide, we provide expert Masai guides, who will accompany you on the entirety of your game drives.

 

About the Mara Naboisho Conservancy

Guests at Encounter Mara will often find themselves the only vehicle in sight, surrounded by a pride of lions. The “rat race” of the National Reserve’s hoards of reckless vans will be in stark contrast to the natural rhythm of the camp’s activities. Well-trained guides will passionately reveal a world of wonder to their guests, taking the time to enjoy and explain the more subtle aspects of the bush, as well as ensuring unrivalled encounters with Africa’s revered big game species. The valley in which the camp is located is well-known as being the territory of a pride of 22 lions, several resident leopards and a wide variety of plains game, including large herds of elephant and giraffe. The open savannah found on either side of the valley also provides frequent cheetah sightings, as they hunt the bountiful herds of gazelle. The conservancy receives impressive numbers of wildebeest during the annual migration, and between June and October guests will be astounded by these herds as they flood into the conservancy by their tens of thousands from the Northern Loita plains and Southern Serengeti herds.

 

Over the next three days enjoy your choice of twice daily safari activities.

 

Game Drives

Game drives are offered twice daily and take in the Conservancy. In the conservancy, off-road driving is permitted – this gives you the liberty to explore every hidden valley and secret corner. Also available is the opportunity to spot some of Kenya’s famous ‘nightlife’ on an evening game drive when darkness falls. Game Drives are also possible in the adjoining Masai Mara Reserve (additional costs apply).

 

Nature Walks

In between morning and afternoon game drives, explore the area near camp on a short nature walk with your guide, taking in the smaller details of the savannah ecosystem such as birdlife and plantlife.

 

Cultural & Community Visits

The majority of Encounter Mara’s guides are drawn from the local Maasai communities and are landowners in the conservancy. They are always eager to share their culture and way of life with interested guests, and visits to nearby villages and homesteads are easily arranged. Please note cultural & community visits are at an additional cost of US$30 per person.

 

Fly Camping

Spend the night in a simple fly camp in a quiet corner of the conservancy and enjoy splendid meals cooked over the campfire with only the sounds of the bush for company (at an additional cost).

 

Hot-air Balloon Safaris

This is a romantic and evocative way to experience the wilderness of East Africa. Nothing can beat the feeling of gliding silently over the game-filled plains on a balloon safari, as the early-morning sun rises over the horizon (at an additional cost).

Day 5 - 7: Northern Serengeti

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 Ubuntu Camp in time for lunch and a well-earned rest. Settle into Ubuntu Camp for the next three nights.

 

From late July to October, Ubuntu is positioned to intercept the Great Migration in the northern Serengeti as the herds make their way towards Kenya and the Maasai Mara. Daily game drives stop regularly at the Mara River to observe the spectacular river crossings across waters populated with Nile crocodiles and hippo, providing dramatic and exciting game viewing. The northern plains are home to large herds of resident plains game throughout the year – this draws high numbers of predators, and so sightings of lion, leopard and cheetah roaming the grasslands are frequent. Herds of elephant can be found in the lush woodland that lines the Mara River as well as an astounding array of birdlife, with over 500 species in the area.

 

Over the next three days enjoy your choice of twice daily safari activities.

 

Game Drives

Ubuntu’s experienced guides help you to explore the finest areas of the Serengeti on morning and evening daily game drives in open 4×4 vehicles.

 

Cultural & Community Visits

The friendly atmosphere at Ubuntu focuses on community, and when Ubuntu is in the north (July to October) it is possible to visit the nearby local villages for a glimpse into the traditional way of life of the Kuria people.

 

Hot-air Balloon Safaris

There is nothing quite like gliding serenely over the vast plains of the Serengeti as the wildlife teems below, on a romantic and evocative balloon safari (at an additional cost).

Day 8 - 10: Ruaha

Depart this morning from the airstrip for your flight to Msembe airstrip in the Ruaha NP. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Kwihala Camp for your three night stay. Set in Tanzania’s iconic Ruaha National Park, this small frontier-style camp provides exceptional access to the park’s huge populations of big cats, buffalo and elephants. Relatively unexplored, Ruaha is one of the largest national parks in Africa, ensuring a true wilderness experience. Kwihala is an intimate six-bedroom camp where simple excellence is the order of the day. The adventurous will relish the remarkable concentration of wildlife roaming this diverse landscape, which ranges from baobab trees and granite kopjes to open plains with cooling rivers and woodland valleys. With the option of bush walks and night drives with our highly knowledgeable guides, safari doesn’t get better than this.

 

Over the next three days enjoy your choice of twice daily safari activities.

 

Game Drives

Guided game drives are offered twice a day. Our six-seater game-viewing vehicles are open-sided with a canvas roof and the canvas sides can be rolled down in case of rain (ponchos are provided). All vehicles have power points where you can recharge your devices and all are fitted with fridges to keep your drinks deliciously frosty. In the morning, maximize your game-viewing time by taking a delicious breakfast picnic with you to enjoy under the shade of a tree. In the evening, sip a cold gin & tonic in the heart of the bush as the sun sinks below the horizon.

 

Night Drives

When the sun descends, the elusive night animals come out to play. Explore the secrets of these shy creatures on a night game drive through Ruaha National Park.

 

Walking Safaris

A walking safari is one the most intimate ways to experience the bush and can be enjoyed with one of Kwihala’s experienced armed guides and local trackers. Eye-to-eye with the wildlife, your senses are heightened and the sights, sounds and smells of the bush come alive.

Day 11 - 13: 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 in the north east of the island. Spend the rest of the afternoon unwinding in your thatch- and-stone chalet right on the ocean, snoozing in the hammock or swimming in one of the two pools.One of the first boutique lodges in Zanzibar, Matemwe is perched on a coral rock outcrop overlooking a sandy beach gently sloping into the Indian Ocean. Adjacent to the lodge, the corals surrounding the Mnemba Atoll offer superb diving and snorkelling. Fresh seafood, refreshing cocktails and relaxing massages are just some elements of the laid-back daily routines of Matemwe’s guests.

 

Matemwe 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. Spend your days at Matemwe 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 to a remote sandbank.

Departure Day

After breakfast you will be driven back to Zanzibar Airport for your flight to Dar es Salaam, only 20 minutes away, where you can connect to your international flight home.  Extra nights in Zanzibar are available on request.

Start Date:End Date:Price Sharing:Single Add:
01 Nov 201919 Dec 2019 USD $8130 USD $1090
20 Dec 201905 Jan 2020 USD $9070 USD $1860
06 Jan 202031 Jan 2020 USD $8130 USD $1090
01 Feb 202029 Feb 2020 USD $8320 USD $1360
01 Mar 202014 Mar 2020 USD $8130 USD $1090
01 Jun 202030 Jun 2020 USD $8920 USD $1380
01 Jul 202031 Aug 2020 USD $10020 USD $2100
01 Sep 202031 Oct 2020 USD $9500 USD $2130
01 Nov 202019 Dec 2020 USD $8720 USD $1110
20 Dec 202005 Jan 2021 USD $9680 USD $1880
06 Jan 202131 Jan 2021 USD $8720 USD $1110
01 Feb 202128 Feb 2021 USD $8920 USD $1380
01 Mar 202114 Mar 2021 USD $8720 USD $1110

Dates Reflect Seasonality, Departs Daily on Request. Discounts available for Children.

Price Includes:

Transfers, all light-aircraft flights within Kenya and Tanzania, all park fees and taxes, shared safari activities, all meals and house drinks on safari (except half-board in Zanzibar) and medical evacuation insurance.

Price Excludes:

International flights, visa, gratuities, additional activities and items of a personal nature.

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