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2023 Tour Details
Africa conjures up dreamy images of mystical mountains, savanna grasslands, and endless plains, but for the adventure seeker, it’s where the wild things are. The “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo await you on this ultimate safari through East Africa. Featuring unique lodges and tented camps, custom-made 4-wheel-drive safari vehicles, and exclusive meals in the bush, this Kenya and Tanzania tour promises larger than life experiences and countless memories. You’ll savor the unique terrain and wildlife at seven renowned national parks, reserves, and conservancies, including the famous Maasai Mara National Reserve, and the vast, volcanic Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Beyond sightings of the “Big 5,” be on the lookout for cheetah, wildebeest, crocodile, hippo, and rhino. On the tamer side, you’ll also enjoy a visit to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary as well as the endearing experience of meeting the local children at a primary school in Karatu.Explore more on your tour of Africa with time in Nairobi and Zanzibar. In Nairobi, feed endangered giraffes at the Giraffe Center and meet orphaned elephant calves at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Decelerate after an exhilarating vacation of game drives on a breezy, island getaway to Zanzibar. Move too fast and the hospitable locals will offer the gentle reminder, “Pole, pole!” meaning “Slowly, slowly!”
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NAIROBI Visit the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Karen Blixen Museum, and the Giraffe Center; Host service during your stay SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE Three game drivesOL PEJETA CONSERVANCY Game drive; visit a chimp sanctuaryNYAHURURU FALLS Visit the fallsLAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK Game driveMAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVEThree game drives; bush breakfastAMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK Three game drives; sundowner drinks LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK Game drive; bush lunch TLOMA Visit a local family’s home to learn about the Iraqw culture, and visit a local primary school NGORONGORO CRATER Full-day game drive SERENGETI NATIONAL PARKThree game drives; farewell bush dinner; traditional Maasai dance performanceSTONE TOWN Walking tour of Stone Town; visit Jozani Forest; Host service during your stay
All game viewing is done at your own risk. We will require a signed liability waiver prior to travel. We don’t recommend this tour to guests with serious back problems due to rough driving on/off road in/between game parks.
Sightseeing vehicles in Nairobi & Stone Town. 4-wheel drive safari vehicle, between destinations and for game drives, with a pop-up roof for easy game viewing and photography. We limit each safari vehicle to a maximum of 6 people, ensuring you’ll always have a window seat.
Breakfast daily, 14 lunches, 12 dinners
ARRIVE IN NAIROBI, KENYA Jambo, Kenya!Welcome to Nairobi, gateway to your dream safari. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
NAIROBI Conservation MattersGuided sightseeing starts at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to learn about elephant conservation and see orphaned elephant calves. After lunch, visit Karen Blixen Museum, dedicated to the Danish baroness and author of Out of Africa – a 1937 autobiographical account (later, an Academy Award winning film) illustrating her time living and operating a coffee farm in Kenya. You’ll also visit the Giraffe Centre, followed by free time this evening.
Breakfast Lunch TOUR HIGHLIGHTYOUNG & HUNGRY The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, founded by Dame Daphne Sheldrick. Here, guests will learn about elephant conservation and meet elephant calves, orphaned by poachers, before they are re-introduced to the wild. View the elephant calves from a distance during their feeding time.TOUR HIGHLIGHTTALL ORDERS Operated by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, the Giraffe Centre in Nairobi is a non-profit organization focused on saving the Rothschild giraffe. During a visit to this remarkable sanctuary, you’ll learn about this giraffe sub-species and can meet them up close and feed them. Get closer on the feeding platform, and you may just get a kiss!
NAIROBI–OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY To the Foot of Mount KenyaDrive north out of the city to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the largest rhino sanctuary in all East Africa. After lunch and some time to settle in, embark on a game drive to begin your search for the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. End the day with a welcome barbeque dinner in the bush.
Breakfast Lunch DinnerTOUR HIGHLIGHTACCOMMODATION SPOTLIGHT A guest favorite, Sweetwaters Serena Camp is in the heart of the conservancy with magnificent views of Mount Kenya. Globus guests are always given tents directly in front of the floodlit waterhole where wildlife comes to drink day and night—see animals directly from your private verandah!LOCAL FAVORITEA WILD WELCOME Join your traveling companions for a special welcome dinner in the bush overlooking the Ewaso Ng’iro River. Share stories of the day over food and drink and look forward to the adventure ahead.
OL PEJETA Safari SensationRise early for a morning game drive with beautiful Mount Kenya as the backdrop. Beyond the “Big 5,” you may spot cheetah, zebra, gazelle, and more. If you are lucky, you might even spot rare wild dogs. After some down time and lunch, visit the Sweetwaters Chimp Sanctuary then set out on an afternoon game drive. Dinner at camp concludes your first full day on safari!
Breakfast Lunch DinnerLOCAL FAVORITETAKE SANCTUARY Learn more about the plight of chimpanzees during a visit to Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary. In partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Jane Goodall Institute, the sanctuary offers a long-term home to orphaned and abused chimpanzees—a moving example of wildlife conservation for future generations.
OL PEJETA–NYAHURURU FALLS–LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK High and MightyLeave Ol Pejeta and journey through the beautiful Kenyan highlands, one of the most fertile agricultural areas in all of Africa. Stop at scenic Nyahururu Falls and then on to Lake Nakuru National Park for an afternoon game drive and a chance to see giraffe, impala, flamingo, striped hyena, and a variety of birdlife along the water’s edge.
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LAKE NAKURU–MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE Jewel of KenyaThis morning, depart for 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, typically from August to early November, their population grows by almost 2 million - a bountiful food source for predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, and hyena. After lunch at your lodge, set out on an afternoon game drive.
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MAASAI MARA Magical MaraRise early for a morning game drive including an exclusive bush breakfast. Be sure to watch for elephant, rhino, giraffe, topi, hyena, and much more. Return to your camp and relax prior to your afternoon game drive.
Breakfast Lunch DinnerLOCAL FAVORITEBREAKFAST IN THE BUSH As part of your morning game drive, you’ll be treated to this time-honored safari experience in Africa’s unmatched landscapes, reminiscent of Africa’s early explorers. Sip mimosas as you savor this memorable experience in the wild.
MAASAI MARA–AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK In the Shadows of “Kili” After breakfast, fly to Amboseli National Park, known for spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro or “Kili” as the locals call it, the highest mountain in Africa. After lunch at the lodge, embark on an afternoon game drive.
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AMBOSELI Adventure in Amboseli Morning and afternoon game drives are included today. Amboseli affords you a terrific opportunity to get close to the mighty elephant. You might also spot Cape buffalo, zebra, wild dog, and more. Stop for sundowner drinks prior to returning to your lodge for dinner.
Breakfast Lunch DinnerTOUR HIGHLIGHTSUNDOWNER DRINKS This evening, as the sun sets with “Kili” as the backdrop, savor a memorable happy hour in the bush!
AMBOSELI–ARUSHA, TANZANIA–LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK Border Duties & Into TanzaniaThis morning, cross the border into Tanzania. Enjoy lunch in Arusha. Proceed to your lodge along the rim of the Great Rift Valley escarpment. Check in and enjoy some leisure time prior to dinner.
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LAKE MANYARA–KARATU–NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA From Forest Floor to Crater’s EdgeLake Manyara National Park is a small, ecologically diverse park with groundwater forests, grassy plains, and alkaline Lake Manyara itself. The park is also home to the world’s largest concentration of baboon. Watch for these mischievous primates, giraffe, hippo, and more on your morning game drive. After lunch, journey to Karatu where you’ll visit a local primary school. Continue to your lodge on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, which is part of the larger Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Breakfast Lunch DinnerLOCAL FAVORITECLASS IS IN SESSION Visit a local primary school to meet the children and learn about the educational system in rural Tanzania.
NGORONGORO Into Africa’s EdenDescend 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 more. This is also your best chance to see the rare black rhinoceros. An exclusive bush lunch will be served in the crater.
Breakfast Lunch DinnerLOCAL FAVORITECRATER CATERING Because of the time it takes to descend into and ascend out of the crater it’s normal practice to eat lunch in the crater. The standard fare is a box lunch, but why settle when you can have an exclusive, freshly cooked lunch served under a grove of Acacia trees?
NGORONGORO–SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK On the Endless PlainsDrive to Serengeti National Park, Tanzania’s largest and most famous park. 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.” Enjoy lunch at your tented camp before an afternoon game drive. You have the chance to see the big cats—lion, leopard, and cheetah—as well as an abundance of other animals, including the Nile crocodile, giraffe, gazelle, and eland. With some luck you may even spot something much rarer, like a caracal, a beautiful cat with distinctive ears.
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SERENGETI Serengeti SerendipityContinue your exploration during morning and afternoon game drives. Home to the annual Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra, generally between late November and July, the Serengeti attracts visitors from around the world and is great for year-round game viewing. Tonight, join a farewell dinner in the bush featuring a traditional Maasai dance performance.
Breakfast Lunch DinnerLOCAL FAVORITEDINNER & DANCE The Maasai people bring a history of colorful culture tied to this wilderness known as the cradle of life. Your special farewell dinner in the bush includes a traditional Maasai dance performance celebrating an ancient culture amid the majestic wildlife who find sanctuary here. The perfect ending to a spectacular safari adventure.
SERENGETI–STONE TOWN, ZANZIBAR Island Life BeckonsEmbark on a final game drive in the Serengeti before flying to Stone Town (via Arusha), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Settle into your oceanfront hotel.
STONE TOWN Walk on the Wild SideTake a walking tour of Stone Town to see the Old Fort, National Palace, slave caves, and colorful spice markets, followed by a visit to Jozani Forest for a guided walk. Free time in the late afternoon and evening.
Breakfast Lunch TOUR HIGHLIGHT MONKEY BUSINESS Foray into the forest fauna of Jozani Forest, the tranquil national park known for monkeys, mangrove trees, medicinal plants, and one of the last remaining sanctuaries of the rare red colobus monkey, found only in Zanzibar. Also keep an eye out for bushbabies, 50 butterfly varieties, and 40 species of birds.
STONE TOWN–DAR ES SALAAM Kwaheri, AfricaFly to Dar es Salaam, where a day room has been reserved for your use. Schedule departing flights after 4 pm.
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Escorting tours for more than 20 years
"Join me as we embark on a journey through this unique country. From the bustle of Nairobi to the wilderness and bush of our national parks and reserves, there are many reasons why Kenya is one of the most popular destinations in Africa. I am honored to have the opportunity to share with you my passion about Kenya, and I'm delighted to guide you through such a spectacular destination!"
Escorting tours for more than 20 years
"Join me as we embark on a journey through this unique part of the world. From the bustle of Nairobi to the wilderness and bush of the national parks and reserves, there are many reasons why East Africa is such a popular destination. I am honored to have the opportunity to share with you my passion about Kenya, and I'm delighted to guide you through such a spectacular destination!"
Escorting tours for more than 15 years
"Living my dream...I am a member of the Maasai tribe and was raised by a missionary family near my native Ngorongoro. As a child I remember seeing safari vehicles with the red Globus sign and vowed that one day I would guide those safaris. Join me for an unforgettable adventure as I share with you my love of wildlife and insights on my unique culture and traditions."
"As a child, I was fascinated by wildlife documentaries and dreamt of becoming a guide. Now, with more than two decades of experience, I love sharing my extensive knowledge of local wildlife and culture with guests!"
Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is cleverly laid out such that most rooms and sitting areas afford stunning views of Lake Nakuru. The Lodge incorporates natural landscaping with tall acacia trees, winding walkways and greens dotted with bird feeds. The Lodge is a natural haven for bird life and attracts over 50 species of birds. Electricity is provided 24 hours a day.
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.
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.
The Zanzibar Serena Inn is located on the seafront in ancient Stone Town flanked by an exotic mix of buildings, dhows, and bazaars. The hotel offers live music nightly, massage services, restaurants and lounges, swimming pool, and adventure planning for guest's convenience and pleasure. The rooms are designed with traditional Swahili style featuring accents from the local community, and have modern comforts. The honest and friendly staff at the Zanzibar Serena Inn to serve traveler's needs.