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May 14-29, 2014

Visiting: Sheldricks Elephant Centre, Giraffe Centre, Karen Blixen Museum, Lake Manyara, Ngongoro Crater, Maasai Village, Serengeti, Grumetti River, Lake Victoria, Balloon Safari, and Olduvai Gorge.

 Download a printable itinerary which also includes photos.

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

  Departure from Canada on May 13, 2014
DAY 01
May 14


DAY 02
May 15
ARRIVAL IN NAIROBI - Rest Day Nairobi Hilton Hotel
Upon arrival in Nairobi, the group will be met by Xavier, a representative of our Kenyan tour operator.

Visas for Kenya on arrival is USD $50pp (cash). Only single entry visa is required.

After clearing customs, exit to the left where we will be waiting in front of the Kenetco taxi office area. FYI there is also a Hilton desk at arrivals.

Overnight at the Nairobi Hilton Hotel. Meals: B
DAY 03
May 16
Sheldricks Elephant Centre/Giraffe Centre/Karen Blixen Museum
After breakfast, Day tour of the Sheldricks Elephant Centre/Giraffe Centre/Karen Blixen Museum. Return back to the Hilton to freshen up & transfer to Carnivore Restaurant for a carnivore feast.

Overnight at the Nairobi Hilton Hotel. Meals: B, D
DAY 04
May 17
After breakfast, we will board a private shuttle bus at 0800 hrs from Nairobi to Arusha (Tanzania) where we will clear customs and Immigration formalities at Namanga border.

Visas for Tanzania are US$50pp (cash) and payable on arrival at border town

Yellow fever vaccine and certificate of proof is now a requirement to enter Tanzania. Rules and regulations for each country vary so be advised, that visas, airport taxes, health requirements, etc., can change.

Lunch at African Tulip hotel then drop off at the Serena Mountain Village Hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Serena Mountain Village
This evening before dinner there will be a "must attend" pre-safari briefing.

PS: for safety precautions, under no circumstances is anyone allowed to leave the property without consulting with Christine or Xavier.

Overnight at the Serena Mountain Village. Meals: B, L, D
DAY 05
May 18
After breakfast, pick up from the Mountain Village Lodge at 0830 hrs and proceed to "Lake Manyara National Park" with picnic lunches. Along the way, have two very brief stops at African Souvenir stores before entering Tree Climbing Lionsthe Park for a full day of game viewing. This park is noted for being the home of the tree-climbing lions.
  Lake Manyara Nat’l Park is nestled in the rift valley system a fault line which stretches from Jordan in the Middle East, across the Red Sea and all the way across Africa ending up in Mozambique.
  At sunset, we will proceed to Lake Manyara Serena Safari LodgeSerena Lake Manyara situated at the top of the rift valley for dinner and overnight stay.

Overnight at the Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge. Meals: B, L, D
DAY 06
May 19

DAY 07
May 20
After breakfast at 0730 hrs we proceed along the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater en route to The Serengeti National Park - home toMaasai the wildebeest migration noted as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world.
  Along the way we will visit a Masaai Village where you get to see the famed Masaai people’s way of life. We then enter the Serengeti National Park via Naabi Hill gate (its southern most entrance) where we most likely stop for a picnic lunch, rest and washrooms.
  In the afternoon continue game Mbuzi Mawe Tented Campviewing en route just past the midpoint of the Serengeti, where the low rich grass plains transition to an ecotone zone.
2 nights at Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp.  Meals: B, L, D
DAY 08
May 21
Early a.m. wake up call for a pre-dawn game run, returning for late breakfast or lunch (depending on whether anything exciting happens with the game).
  In the afternoon, we will head to the Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp in time for dinner. Kirawira is located in the remote western corridor of the Serengeti and the famed Grumetti river, home toWildebeest Migration / Serengeti the giant Nile crocodile and arena of the 'Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth' - the annual migration of over one million wildebeest.
  Game viewing along the way in timKirawira Luxury Tented Campe for dinner.

Overnight at Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp. Meals: B, L, D
DAY 09
May 22
Early a.m. wakeup call with coffee in bed. It‘s a time to rise and catch the spectacular “African Sunrise” on the game drive returning back to the lodge for late breakfast or lunch followed by some siesta time and R&R by the pool.
  In the late afternoon we head out for an afternoon game drive and back at sunset for dinner.
Overnight at Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp. Meals: B, L, D
DAY 10
May 23
After breakfast, morning game drive and a visit to Lake Victoria, depending on road and weather conditions, followed by lunch. In the afternoon we proceed to the central part of Serengeti forKirawira Luxury Tented Camp dinner and overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge. Game viewing along the way.

  For those doing the balloon safari, there will be a very informative MUST attend briefing before dinner in the Serena lobby with balloon reps covering general info, wakeup call, waiver forms, and any questions you may have. This is considered one of the top 20 things on the bucket list so we wish you well and have a safe flight.
Overnight at the Serengeti Serena Lodge. Meals: B, L, D
DAY 11
May 24
Serengeti Balloon RidePickup at 5am. For more information, see

For those not attending on the balloon safari, after breakfast, there will be a morning game drive in the Serengeti. After which, we all meet-up with the high-fliers before returning to the lodge for lunch or picnic lunch.Retima Hippo Pool
  In the late afternoon we’ll visit the Retima Hippo Pool (not to be missed!).   Continue game viewing then return to Serena Lodge for a BUSH DINNER. Note: No open shoes or sandals for bush dinner. Long pants will be required.
Overnight at the Serengeti Serena Lodge. Meals: B, L, D
DAY 12
May 25
After breakfast, we depart for a morning game viewing in Serengeti en route to the Gol plains with picnic lunches (subject to wildebeest patterns).
  We now enter a very restricted area of the Serengeti known for its wide-open plains & kopjes (rock formations) for which the Serengeti is so famous. Ndutu Safari Lodge
  We will then proceed to Ndutu Safari Lodge for tea followed by an afternoon/evening game viewing in the Ndutu area. It is this area that most of the National Geographic, BBC & TV crews do a lot of their filming.
Dinner and overnight stay at the Ndutu Safari Lodge. Meals: B, L, D
DAY 13
May 26
Lake Masek Tented CampAfter breakfast, have a full day game viewing in Ndutu followed by lunch. Then proceed to Lake Masek Camp for check- in followed by an late afternoon game drive and back in time for dinner.

Overnight at Lake Masek Camp. Meals: B, L, D
DAY 14
May 27
After breakfast short AM game viewing in Ndutu area before proceeding to Olduvai Gorge to see the archeological site where the earliest African fossils and descendents of mankind were first discovered by Dr. Leakey. This area is known as the cradle of mankind.
  Ngorongoro CraterAfter a picnic lunch, we drive to the famed Ngorongoro Crater (7th wonder of the world and a world heritage site) & descend into the Crater for an afternoon of game viewing. In the evening we will ascend to the rim of the Crater (approx. up to 8,000 feet aboveSerena Ngorongoro Lodge sea level) for dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge.
Overnight at the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge. Meals: B, L, D
DAY 15
May 28
After breakfast, drive back to Arusha with a quick shopping stopOstrich - Tarangire (if you wish) then lunch at the African Tulip Hotel in Arusha. After lunch (2 pm sharp) we bid our driver/guides farewell and depart on the private shuttle bus back to Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi, Kenya in time for those leaving tonight. Thereafter to the Nairobi Hilton for those overnighting and departing May 29th with late check-out at 7:00 - 7:30pm.
  Overnight at The Nairobi Hilton. Meals: B
DAY 16
May 29
Day rest at the Hilton and late check-out for your flight back home.


We bid you farewell and see you in Canada. Safe flight home


  1. The above program costs US $6,492* per person based on double occupancy and includes airfare.
  2. All prices subject to change without notice. Please contact us for the latest pricing.
  3. The safari itinerary planning could change daily depending on animal patterns and as conditions warrant. We will do a daily briefing if any changes need to be made. eg. Picnic box lunches instead of lunch, weather and park conditions, etc.

Rates Include:

  • Economy Class return air fare Halifax/Montreal/Ottawa/Toronto to Nairobi
  • Nairobi Airport transfers as specified
  • The services of a English speaking guide
  • Accommodation as specified in the above itinerary
  • Meals as outlined in the above itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
  • All private bus, park entrance fees, driver / guides, transportation in 4 wheel drive Toyota Land Cruises with pop-up roofs
  • Game drives as outlined in the above itinerary 
  • Bottled water (one per person per day) until departure on May 28th 2013
  • Very detailed pre-departure information by your escort and pre-safari briefings by the local tour operators

Rates Exclude:

  • Trip cancellation & medical insurance
  • All items of a personal nature
  • All meals not specified in the above itinerary
  • Porter, driver and guide gratuities
    • Porters at the lodges: US$1-2
    • Camp staff US $5 per day
    • Driver / guide suggested guideline: US$15-20 per day per truck (at end of safari)
  • All drinks and beverages
  • Single room supplementary costs
  • Visa fees

Guidelines while on Safari

  • Baggage allowance on safari: 15 kg PER PERSON, soft bags
  • Please observe all park rules, these are posted at each park entry points
  • Do not encourage your guide to drive off track
  • Do not introduce any foreign matter whilst in the parks
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