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14-Day Safari and Islands

Southern Sky Adventures: 14-Day Safari and Islands

Highlights

For those travelers desirous of an authentic East Africa tour, this 14-day trip takes in many of the places mentioned in many of the books we have read and films we have seen. This journey begins with two nights in Nairobi, Kenya, followed by three nights in the Serengeti, three nights in the Masai Mara and concludes with three nights at an Indian Ocean island locale.

Map

14 DAY SAFARI & ISLANDS

Itinerary (summary)

Day Route Overnight
Day 1 Depart USA Airline
Day 2 & 3 Nairobi, Kenya Giraffe Manor
Day 4, 5 & 6 Serengeti National Park – Tanzania Game Lodge
Day 7, 8 & 9 Masai Mara National Park – Kenya Game Lodge
Day 10, 11 & 12 Indian Ocean Island Island Accommodation
Day 13 Depart Nairobi, Kenya Airline
Day 14 Arrive USA

Itinerary (detailed)

This itinerary is designed for a 14-day trip, departing from the US on Day 1 and arriving into Nairobi, Kenya on the afternoon/early evening of Day 2.

Day 1

Currently, all airline carriers will have to route you from the US via Europe or Dubai, U.A.E. and then on to a connecting flight into Nairobi. These connecting flights are well timed and you should expect but a 2-3 hour layover before departing for Nairobi.


Day 2

Arrive into Nairobi International Airport in the afternoon or early evening where you will clear customs. A car from the Giraffe Manor will be awaiting your arrival and drive you to the Giraffe Manor hotel.

There will be time to eat dinner at the hotel and perhaps walk the grounds if arriving in the afternoon.

Overnight: Giraffe Manor


Day 3

DAY 3 - GIRAFFE MANORWith superb views, the Giraffe Manor, built in 1932 by Sir David Duncan, is surrounded by 140 acres of its own park and forest thirty minutes from the center of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city. In 1974 Jock Leslie-Melville and his American wife Betty, who also founded the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, bought the Manor. They then moved two highly endangered baby Rothschild giraffe to the estate, where they thrived and have produced several further generations of giraffe.

When Jock died, Betty decided to open her house, now called The Giraffe Manor, to visitors. It is the only place in the world where you can feed and photograph the giraffe over your breakfast table and at the front door, and even from a bedroom window.

There are six bedrooms at The Giraffe Manor. In addition, the Karen Blixen Suite is suitable for families.

In addition to visiting with the free roaming giraffes on the property, visitors can make a trip to the nearby Elephant Orphanage.

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Overnight: Giraffe Manor


Day 4, 5 & 6

DAY 4, 5 & 6 - MIGRATIONAfter breakfast you will be driven back to the Nairobi airport where you will take your connecting flight into Tanzania and the Serengeti National Park. World known as one of the best game viewing areas and home to the Great Migration, you can choose from a wide variety of game lodge accommodation. Everything from the luxuries of Singita’s Grumeti Camps to & Beyond to the rustic feel of portable tented camps are offered dependent upon your desires.

Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world-wide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing and treacherous crossings of the crocodile laden Grumeti River. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle.

The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest park. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the southeastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat.

Twice daily game drives will be enjoyed during your stay as well as copious meals.

The opportunity to visit the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara should be considered en route to the Serengeti.

Ngorongoro Crater

Lake Manyara

Overnight: Game Lodge


Day 7, 8 & 9

DAYS 7, 8 & 9 - SAFARIAfter your morning game drive, you will be driven back to the nearest landing strip and flown into Kenya and its world renowned Masai Mara National Park.

The Masai Mara is the Kenyan portion of the great Serengeti Plains, which means that it is quite simply one of the most astounding game parks in the world. Wildlife of all sorts is abundant here, but the particular attraction of the Serengeti has always been the migration of its enormous herds of wildebeest (1.3 million) and zebra (400,000). In search of water, the herds move north from the Serengeti in Tanzania in May or June, arriving in the Masai Mara around mid-July. The return to the South usually begins in the middle of October. Accompanying the herds, of course, are their natural predators, so that the migration also brings to the Masai Mara large prides of lion.

While the migration period is undoubtedly the best time to visit the Masai Mara, the reserve easily outpaces almost any other park even when the wildebeest are in the South. Many different species of antelope, elephant, leopard, cheetah, rhino, giraffe, and buffalo — virtually all of Africa’s big game animals in fact–can be found in abundance in Masai Mara.

The game lodge accommodation options represent a wide spectrum.

Overnight: Game Lodge


Day 10, 11, 12

14 DAY SAFARI & ISLANDSAfter spending the prior 10 days in some of the continent’s best game viewing areas, the last stop on this itinerary will be to the exotic island locales off the coast of Kenya and Tanzania. The islands in the Indian Ocean are among the most exotic and spectacular in the world. The mystical Seychelles; with their giant granite boulders and fabulous beaches; Mauritius’ lush tropical beauty and Madagascar’s tropical mountains; Zanzibar’s pristine white beaches are all very different, exotic and exciting. Other smaller islands closer to the coasts of Tanzania and Kenya such as Kiwayu offer exceptional exclusive getaways. Given the close proximity of these nearby islands flights can be as short as one hour from the major airports.

Overnight: Island Accommodation


Day 13

You will depart in time to make your connecting flight from Nairobi, Kenya. Most of the international flights depart Nairobi in the evening, landing in Europe the following morning. The connecting flight into the US will depart a few hours later.


Day 14

Arrive USA

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