Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. Our trips throughout Kenya and Tanzania have a maximum group size of six travellers in addition to a CEO and a driver who are both trained safari guides. That means everyone gets a window seat and twice the insight about the astounding wildlife all around you.
Rise early for our drive to Lake Nakuru, which is known for housing a large variety of birds. We'll arrive at our lodge inside the park around lunchtime. Get settled and head out to spot some rhinos and other wildlife on an afternoon safari drive.
Enjoy two safari drives; one in the morning and one in the afternoon, catching this park and the wildlife at different times of day. Afterwards, drive along the shimmering shores of Lake Nakuru before stopping at the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). At this government institution you will hear a talk from a representative discussing the issues surrounding the poaching of rhinos and what is being done to manage their conservation.
Travel south to Lake Naivasha passing through the lands of the Great Rift Valley en route. This large freshwater lake is surrounded by olive trees and grassy banks. We'll set off on a boat to cruise the waters in search of hippos, crocodiles, and buffalo. Then, enjoy a guided walk on Crescent Island??a peaceful wildlife sanctuary located in the middle of the lake. Immerse yourself in this wildlife haven. Listen to colobus monkeys call from the trees, watch buffaloes stagger through the swamps, and peer through your binoculars searching for lovebirds, ibis, and fish eagles. The name Naivasha comes from the Maasai "Nai'posha", which means "rough water", but Lake Naivasha is generally calm as we watch for animals in its depths.
Adventure onward to the legendary National Reserve of the Masai Mara. Once here settle into our tented camp and embark on an afternoon safari through the lands. Pass through acacia-dotted plains and be on the lookout for the African "big five". The evening brings time to relax in camp and marvel at the vast rolling plains. We can't start a day of adventure on an empty stomach! Tuck into breakfast before we depart for the famous National Reserve of the Masai Mara. Arrive in the afternoon and take some time to settle into our safari camp before venturing into the reserve on a wildlife safari drive. There will be an excellent chance here of seeing the "big five": buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino.
Rise and shine for an early morning safari drive into the reserve to try and track the animals that roamed through the savanna during the night. This is the time of day when ungulates like Thompson's and Grant's gazelle are at their most active. In the late afternoon, set out on another safari drive to appreciate the timeless landscapes of the Masai Mara.
Check another item off those travel lists as you watch the sunrise over the savannah on your final safari in Masai Mara. Afterwards, journey back to Nairobi stopping along the way at Cafe Ubuntu, a G Adventures–supported project that trains and employs local women and mothers of children with disabilities. Here, visit the craft centre to meet some of the women and sit down for a wonderful farm-to-table lunch. Rise early for a final morning wildlife safari drive, enjoying the African sun as it rises over the savannah of the Mara plains. Return to Nairobi in the late afternoon and opt to join the CEO in a farewell dinner.
Fly to Arusha, gateway to the Serengeti and the northern parks of Tanzania, and settle into your lodge.
This morning take a guided walk through the Mto wa Mbu village where you will visit the local market and meet artisans in their workshops. Then share a traditional lunch with a local family before continuing to the Rift Valley escarpment to settle into our safari camp. Be on the lookout for lions, elephants, hippos, giraffes, and other wildlife on our first safari drive in Lake Manyara National Park. The western wall of the Rift Valley escarpment provides a beautiful backdrop in your search for wildlife during our time here. In the afternoon we spend more time viewing the park's bird life and other wild animals along the main road that winds through the forests of large ficus trees covered in ferns.
Today arrive in a Maasai village after driving through the Rift Valley and learn about the G Adventures–supported Clean Cookstoves Project. Experience a presentation by a Massai woman detailing the impact that this project has had in these communities and end with a guided tour of the village. Along the way to our safari camp in Serengeti National Park we will stop at the Olduvai Gorge Museum and Visitor's Centre.
It's all about safaris today on this visit to one of Africa's most celebrated wildlife reserves; the Serengeti. Set out on morning and afternoon safaris in a 4x4 through the flowing grasslands. If luck is on your side, spot all of Africa's "big five" animals before settling in at the Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre to enjoy a talk by one of the visiting researchers.
Search for more wildlife as you depart the Serengeti in the morning and continue scanning the landscape on the way to our tented camp near the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Check a UNESCO World Heritage site off your travel lists while you enjoy the vibrant colours of an African sunset from the viewing deck.
Descend into the green-walled paradise of the Ngorongoro Crater to spot more wildlife on an early morning safari. Ngorongoro also happens to be the largest non-flooded caldera in the world. Scan the world within during our picnic lunch on the floor of this crater and then settle in on the drive to Arusha.