east africa highlight tour

Tour Operator in Chicago, America Tours, Africa Safari Tours

Horizon Africa Safari is an owner-managed travel operation (LLC) specializing in East Africa and based in Chicago, IL.

East Africa Highlight Tour

  • Price
    USD
  • Package Duration
    11 Days / 10 Nights
  • Destination Covered:
    Nairobi - Masai Mara Game Reserve - Lake Victoria - Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Amboseli National Park
  • Tour Validity
    01/05/2016 to 31/12/2017
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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Nairobi

Upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport, Our representatives will warmly meet you and welcome you to Kenya. . We then transfer to our hotel, located in a serene environment; offering peace of heart and mind, a nice place to relax and unwind before you begin your safari. Nairobi is Kenya’s principal economic, administrative, and cultural center and is one of the largest and fastest growing cities in Africa. Nairobi means ‘place of cool waters’ in the Masai language. Our representative will help you through check-in and make sure you settled in well. 
Overnight at Sarova Panafric Hotel

Meals : BB

 

 

Day 2: Nairobi - Masai Mara Game Reserve

A hearty early morning breakfast then drive to the Masai Mara National Reserve, offering wonderful scenery and plenty of game. We arrive at our camp to a very warm welcome for lunch, some leisure. This afternoon is the moment we have been longing for – we depart on an exciting game viewing drive. The Rolling plains and grasslands, stretching far into the horizons as far as the eye can see is home to the black-manned lion, the savannah elephant, the Cape buffalo, wildebeests, the elusive leopard, cheetah, the spotted & stripped hyena, the rhino, topi, burchelle’s zebra, the Maasai giraffe among many others. The Mara game reserve is one that can never disappoint. One is spoilt by the variety of bird and wildlife species in this game reserve….. For a long time, Mara Game Reserve has stubbed her authority as the ‘granary’ of wildlife in Kenya. 
Dinner and overnight at Mara Leisure Camp

Meals : LDBB

 

 

Day 3: Masai Mara Game Reserve

Sumptuous breakfasts then we depart for a full day adventure; we are right in time for the greatest spectacle on earth; the eighth wonder of the world – the wildebeest migration. From July to October, the fields are awash with thousands of wildebeests that yearly migrate from the Serengeti National park in Tanzania to Masai Mara in search of pasture. They cross the Nile crocodile invested Mara River. Tens of them drawn in the ranging waters, others are captured and killed by the giant crocodiles. The wildebeests are closely followed by Burchell’s zebras and impalas. Predators too in their hundreds also follow and lay in wait for those animals that become weak or incapacitated during the long journey for a kill.. 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. In the early 20th century, Kenya was a famous hunting destination. Killing any of the big five game one pride, a sense of class, a feeling of heroism. We may even be so lucky to witness a leopard or a cheetah sprint and make a kill! We return back to the camp before dusk.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Today’s adventure begins just before dawn. Flames from the hot air balloon burners light the darkness as the crew inflate their craft. The first, pink tongues of sunlight flicker across the skies and the hot air balloon fills then rises. Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbow-coloured canopy, you're off for a game-viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective. Apart from the occasional hiss of the burners, a lion's roar, elephants crashing through the bush, baboons perched in the tips of the trees startled and screeching to see something above them, the flight above the Masai Mara plains is magically silent. At the end of the flight, the passengers are treated to a champagne breakfast in the bush, complete with flowers. China and crystal are set out on the table that is placed under a convenient acacia tree. The finishing touch to the flight is a game drive back to the camp, and the possibility of seeing the same pride of lions, or herd of elephants that had been viewed while ballooning. A flight certificate is issued on completion of the balloon safari. 

Dinner and overnight at Mara Leisure Camp

Meals : LDBB

 

 

Day 4: Masai Mara Game Reserve

Sumptuous breakfasts then we depart for a full day adventure; we are right in time for the greatest spectacle on earth; the eighth wonder of the world – the wildebeest migration. From July to October, the fields are awash with thousands of wildebeests that yearly migrate from the Serengeti National park in Tanzania to Masai Mara in search of pasture. They cross the Nile crocodile invested Mara River. Tens of them drawn in the ranging waters, others are captured and killed by the giant crocodiles. The wildebeests are closely followed by Burchell’s zebras and impalas. Predators too in their hundreds also follow and lay in wait for those animals that become weak or incapacitated during the long journey for a kill.. 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. In the early 20th century, Kenya was a famous hunting destination. Killing any of the big five game one pride, a sense of class, a feeling of heroism. We may even be so lucky to witness a leopard or a cheetah sprint and make a kill! We return back to the camp before dusk.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Today’s adventure begins just before dawn. Flames from the hot air balloon burners light the darkness as the crew inflate their craft. The first, pink tongues of sunlight flicker across the skies and the hot air balloon fills then rises. Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbow-coloured canopy, you're off for a game-viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective. Apart from the occasional hiss of the burners, a lion's roar, elephants crashing through the bush, baboons perched in the tips of the trees startled and screeching to see something above them, the flight above the Masai Mara plains is magically silent. At the end of the flight, the passengers are treated to a champagne breakfast in the bush, complete with flowers. China and crystal are set out on the table that is placed under a convenient acacia tree. The finishing touch to the flight is a game drive back to the camp, and the possibility of seeing the same pride of lions, or herd of elephants that had been viewed while ballooning. A flight certificate is issued on completion of the balloon safari. 

Dinner and overnight at Mara Leisure Camp

Meals : LDBB

 

 

Day 5: Masai Mara Game Reserve - Lake Victoria

Masai Mara Game Reserve - Lake Victoria
Today we will have an early morning breakfast then we depart with picnic lunch boxes to Lake Victoria – Speke Bay - via the Isebania & Sirari border. Our guide driver will help you through the immigration procedures. We arrive early in the afternoon at Speke Bay Lodge - located on the south-eastern shore of the beautiful Lake Victoria. Named for the famous explorer John Hanning Speke, this lovely lodge looks like a small village, blending in perfectly with its surroundings, and offering comfort and luxury in this tranquil and laid-back corner of the world. Afternoon we will enjoy a boat ride at Lake Victoria.
Dinner and overnight at Serenity Lake Victoria

Meals : LDBB

 

 

Day 6: Lake Victoria - Serengeti National Park

Breakfast at your lodge then we depart with picnic lunch boxes to Serengeti National park – a time for an exciting game viewing drive in one of the BEST game parks in Tanzania. Covering an area of 14,763 square kilometres, 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 Serengeti ecosystem supports the greatest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa, including more than three million large mammals. 
Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge

Meals : LDBB

 

 

Day 7: Serengeti National Park

Breakfast at your lodge then we depart with picnic lunch boxes on a game-viewing drive towards Central Serengeti. 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. 
Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge

Meals : LDBB

 

 

Day 8: Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Early breakfast at your lodge, check-out and depart to Ngorongoro with our packed lunches descend some 600 metres into the crater, which is home to an abundance of wildlife and a photogenic paradise, for a Half day of game-viewing at the crater. 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, impala, thompsons gazelles, rhino, golden & black-backed jackal, zebra, cheetah, leopard and the spotted hyena. 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 a home to hundreds of bird species, refreshing in the small lakes in the crater floor. Later in the evening ascend to the craters rims before dusk for check-in and evening overlooking the crater.
Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Meals : LDBB

 

 

Day 9: Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Amboseli National Park

After a nice, hot breakfast, we depart via Arusha, on to the Namanga border where we will clear with the immigration and proceed to Amboseli National park. Enjoy Picnic lunch en-route. We arrive in time for an afternoon game viewing drive & adventure. Amboseli National Park provides the classic Hollywood image of Africa. Set in rolling savannah scenery, it is dwarfed by the presence of the pink-tinged, snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing volcanic mountain in the world and topped by one fifth of all the ice in Africa. Her breath-taking scenery - one of the best places for a photogenic view of Mount Kilimanjaro; weather permitting is next to none. 
Dinner and overnight at Amboseli Serena Lodge

Meals : LDBB

 

 

Day 10: Amboseli National Park

Morning and afternoon game viewing drives in the game park. On the park’s endless plains and grasslands roams vast herds of 'giant' elephant accompanied by a kaleidoscope of other fabulous beasts - lion, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, baboon, gazelle hippo and wildebeest. Amboseli National Park is also an ornithological paradise with over 400 species of birds, all manner of reptilian, flora and fauna and some of the most soul-searing views in Africa. 
Dinner and overnight at Amboseli Serena Lodge

Meals : LDBB

 

 

Day 11: Nairobi & Depart

Today we will enjoy breakfast, check-out and bid goodbye to your lodge manager for hosting; not empty handed though. With us are photographs – a capture of the special moments we have had on this tour to immortalize the experience. Drive to Nairobi to arrive in early in the afternoon and proceed to your hotel (Day room) in time for check-in. Later in the evening you will be picked and transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International airport in time for your onward international flight.

***Thank you for choosing Horizon Africa Safari**

Meals : BB

Tour Detail:

Meal Plan

L-Lunch, D-Dinner, BB-Bed and breakfast, LDBB-Lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast, Trsf-Transfer, E-Early morning game drive, A-Morning game drive, P-Afternoon game drive, HDS-Half Day sightseeing, FDS-Full Day Sightseeing

 

Day Location Meal Plan Activity
1 Nairobi BB Trsf
2 Masai Mara Game Reserve LDBB P
3 Masai Mara Game Reserve LDBB AP
4 Masai Mara Game Reserve LDBB AP
5 Lake Victoria LDBB AP
6 Serengeti National Park LDBB AP
7 Serengeti National Park LDBB AP
8 Ngorongoro Conservation Area LDBB P
9 Amboseli National Park LDBB P
10 Amboseli National Park LDBB AP
11 Depart Trsf Trsf
 

Includes :

  • 1 night Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Nairobi
  • Transportation and game drives whilst on safari in a 6-seater safari minivan in Kenya and a 4x4 vehicle (landcruiser/land lover) in Tanzania, driven by a professional English-speaking driver/guide
  • Services of English-speaking guide for briefings in Arusha and Nairobi
  • Boat ride at Lake Victoria
  • Ngorongoro Crater Tour in 4x4 vehicle
  • Complimentary bottled mineral water in vehicle, on safari.

Excludes:

  • Travel Insurance - we strongly recommend that comprehensive travel insurance be purchased for the duration of your journey to protect against any missed or delayed flights, illnesses etc that may cause cancellation of your travel plans.
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