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East Africa Wildlife Safari
Lake Nakuru, Serengeti, Maasai Mara, Ngorongoro Crater, Mt. Kilimanjaro and more
Jan 23 - Feb 03
2013
If you ever asked us what are the two most breathtaking natural phenomena of East Africa, we don't have to think long about the answer: The wildebeest migration in the Serengeti National Park and the majestic snow-capped Kilimanjaro. By combining these two into one single trip, we know that you will have a classic, unforgettable experience unlike anywhere else in the world. In addition, you will get to experience such gems as Lake Nakuru of Kenya and the world famous Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. This trip with WANT Expeditions is a must for all wildlife lovers and photographers, so come join us on this trip that will be a milestone in your lifetime of travels!
Detailed itinerary:
Jan 23 Nairobi/Lake Nakuru National Park
  Since most of the large international carriers arrive early in the morning to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, we intend to make the most of our time and begin our safari program this morning, upon arrival of our group members. After we have purchased our visas and collected our luggage, we will meet our drivers, go through a short introductory briefing, and then jump on our safari vehicles and drive to Lake Nakuru National Park. After about three hours of excellent driving through breathtaking African landscape, we arrive at the lodge in the middle of Lake Nakuru National Park. After taking our rooms, we will have lunch at the lodge and take off for our afternoon game drive - an exciting first drive on our East Africa Safari! We will return to the lodge after sunset, take a well-deserved shower after the long 24 hours that are behind us, and gather for our Welcome Dinner at the lodge. We will go through the program of our next 12 days, discuss all questions that you have after the first game drive and will discuss the species and sightings we encountered. We will probably fall straight to bed afterwards, in order to be well rested for our dawn excursions the next morning.
  Accommodation: Lodge
Jan 24 Lake Nakuru National Park
  Our very first full day on Safari! Since we are out in the bush and would like to observe animals in their natural environment, we have to set our daily program and activities according to their daily schedule. This involves waking up very early in the mornings, which is an unbelievable, exciting time of the day. The nocturnal cats are still on the move, returning to their favorite daytime hides, vultures slowly discover the leftover prey taken down by carnivores the night before, diurnal animals start waking up, and every one of them wants us to hear their voice. On top of all the wildlife activities, we have amazing scenery around us, painted with colours of orange and gold by the rich morning lights. We will take advantage of this morning harmony for as long as we can, likely being out on the road until lunchtime. After our delicious lunch at the lodge, we take a short siesta, before we head out on our safari vehicle again, to witness the reverse of the morning events in the bush - diurnal animals preparing themselves for the night and the nocturnals taking off in the hope of catching some African "fast-food" for breakkie. This afternoon we will attempt to get as near as we can to Lake Nakuru's several hundred thousand pink flamingos to be able to take those breathtaking African images. If we are lucky, we can catch a black or white rhino, wandering along the lakeshore. After the lake, we drive until the lights of day begin to fade, and then return to the lodge for a fantastic dinner. It is always exciting to sit around and discuss the events of the day, but we'll keep it short because we will need to get another full night of sleep. As many of our mornings on this trip will have us be up and running by 6am, an early night is advisable.
  Accommodation: Lodge
Jan 25 Lake Nakuru National Park/Maasai Mara Game Reserve
  We have a long and exciting day ahead of us, which, of course, will find us on the dirt roads of the national park as soon as we have any light to navigate by. We are hoping to find one of the park's famous rhinos and every other species we didn't have a chance to photograph yet. This morning will be a short drive though, as we are heading to Southern Kenya, towards the legendary Maasai Mara Game Reserve. We will leave our lodge early in the morning with all of our luggage, and in a few short hours, we will be on the Kenyan roads to the south. We will drive by several famous sites of the Great Rift Valley, which will all give us opportunities for breathtaking landscape photographs. Depending on our progress, we will arrive at our new lodge for a late lunch, and after a short siesta, take off on the park's roads again for an exciting afternoon drive. We only return to our lodge after we loose the last bits of daylight and gather in the dining room for our well-deserved special African dinner and entertainment. As always, an early night is advisable.
  Accommodation: Tented Camp
Jan 26 Maasai Mara Game Reserve
  Our entire day is dedicated to safari game drives in the Maasai Mara. Needless to say, the first light of day will find us on the road, painting the African landscape with breathtaking morning colors, and providing opportunities for amazing photography. Once it is too hot, we return to the camp for a short break and lunch. In the early afternoon, we will be out in the bush again, tirelessly searching for great wildlife sightings and excellent images to take home. Dinner will be served after dark and we will perform a small celebration, thanking Kenya for being kind to us and showing us all the amazing wildlife sights we have experienced the last four days.
  Accommodation: Tented Camp
Jan 27 Maasai Mara Game Reserve/Serengeti National Park
  Today will be our longest driving day on this trip, so we will pack our belongings before breakfast and get on the road immediately afterward. Within about three hours (most of it as a game drive inside Maasai Mara), we arrive at the Kenya-Tanzania border at Isebania. Once we have completed the formalities and entered Tanzania, we will drive straight to Victoria Beach on Lake Victoria and have a fulfilling lunch in a local restaurant. From here, a combination of paved and dirt roads lead us to the Ikoma Gate of Serengeti National Park. Once inside the park, we have another two hours or so for great game viewing and photography, en route to our breathtaking home for the next three nights. Upon arrival at dusk, we check in, have a well-deserved shower and gather in the unique dining room for our first dinner in Tanzania.
  Accommodation: Wildlife Lodge
Jan 28 Serengeti National Park
  Today we wake up and realize that we have two full days of exploration in the most famous National Park of Africa. Between the Ngorongoro Highlands, Lake Victoria and Tanzania's northern border with Kenya stretches one of the world's last great wildlife refuges - the Serengeti. The name comes from the Maasai "siringet," meaning "endless plains". The Serengeti's 14,763 square km contains about three million large animals, most taking part in seasonal migrations, unparalleled in nature. Twice a year, triggered by the rains, 1.4 million wildebeest, 300,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle gather to undertake the long trek to new grazing lands. The migration of the herbivores roughly defines the boundaries of Serengeti National Park, which is the central zone of the Serengeti ecosystem, an area that also takes in Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Maswa Game Reserve in the west. Within this 25,900 square km of varied landscape live thirty-five species of plains game and 500 bird species. Our daily movement will truly be determined by the migration and other game movement. Our drivers and guides will do the very best to find what we want to see and to provide us with the best wildlife photography possibilities. We will be back to the lodge for a short midday siesta, and again at dark, to enjoy our well-deserved dinner and prepare ourselves for another exciting day tomorrow.
  Accommodation: Wildlife Lodge
Jan 29 Serengeti National Park
  Another early sunrise will find us on the safari roads of the park, searching for the largest herds of migrating wildebeest. Our driver-guide will choose our route based on his extensive knowledge of the park and the local conditions, but the Serengeti rarely disappoints. Careful planning and local knowledge will allow us to make the most of the trip, which will hopefully include a chance to witness the most amazing animal spectacle in the world, the wildebeest migration. As well as this annual spectacle, we may trail along the banks of the Grumeti River in search of basking lions, track cheetah through the Gol Kopjes, or hunt leopard along the Seronera River. That evening, we will return to our accommodation with more amazing experiences and enjoy the exciting night sounds of the African bush.
  Accommodation: Wildlife Lodge
Jan 30 Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro Crater
  As we begin or day with another early morning, we will find ourselves on the road again, heading South-East at this time, towards another world famous safari site, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This is a lengthy drive, which will allow us to see the always-changing Africa landscape and stop for quite a few interesting photographs. Once we reached Serengeti's Naabi Gate, and drove through some dry Maasai land, we start to ascend on the outer slopes of the Ngorongoro mountains, until we reach the rim. Soon after, the road will descend into the crater's bottom. We will transfer our luggage into the vehicles of our accommodation for that night before we enter the crater road, and start our great all-day safari in the Ngorongoro Crater. We spend the rest of the day descending the 2000ft walls of the crater (a World Heritage Site) and exploring this home to nearly 25,000 animals. At this time, we take picnic lunches with us, in order to spend as much time down there as possible. This caldera, formed by a volcano sinking, hosts a unique cross-section of ecosystems, from soda lake to savanna and is home to almost every major species of African mammals. Our presence does not threaten the wildlife, making for an exhilarating proximity to the game that is rarely encountered elsewhere. Later in the afternoon, our time will run out and we will ascend on the steep slopes, back to the rim of this world famous crater. From here, it is only 10 minutes to our lodge, which bears one of the greatest possible vistas in the world -a sight truly to behold. Once we settle in and had a great sunset cocktail on the terraces, we gather for a very enjoyable dinner and save ourselves for more explorations in the coming days.
  Accommodation: Wildlife Lodge
Jan 31 Ngorongoro Crater/Tarangire National Park
  After a fantastic sunrise over the crater, we take our fulfilling breakfast, and take off from our lodge, towards the last safari destination of our voyage, another brilliant park of Africa - Tarangire National Park. Our goal is to visit a non- touristic traditional Maasai Village en route, and spend a couple of hours exploring the village and experiencing the local life of these proud, yet controversial African people. We will continue our drive to the gate of Taranagire National Park and head straight to our lodge. Upon arrival, we have a quick lunch, followed by a short sieasta, before we will be back on the road again, exploring the park in the afternoon lights. The Tarangire River by now will be shriveled to a shadow of its wet season self, but it is still choked with wildlife. Thirsty nomads have wandered hundreds of parched kilometres knowing that here, always, there is water. Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It's the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem - a smorgasbord for predators and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx, and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed. Tarangire's mobs of elephant are easily encountered, wet or dry. The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world. On drier ground you find the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird; the stocking-thighed ostrich, the world's largest bird; and small parties of ground hornbills blustering like turkeys. More ardent bird-lovers might keep an eye open for screeching flocks of the dazzlingly colourful yellow-collared lovebird, and the somewhat drabber rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling -all endemic to the dry savannah of north-central Tanzania. Disused termite mounds are often frequented by colonies of the endearing dwarf mongoose, and pairs of red-and-yellow barbet which draw attention to themselves by their loud, clockwork-like duetting. Tarangire's pythons climb trees, as do its lions and leopards, lounging in the branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail. In the evening, just after the sun sets and we acquire all the sunset pictures we could want, we will proceed to our accommodation for a well-deserved dinner and rest.
  Accommodation: Safari Lodge
Feb 1 Tarangire National Park/Arusha
  Today, one last time on this trip, we drive out with the rising sun onto the savannas of East Africa, to experience this amazing and touching world of vast open spaces, grasslands and their wildlife. We will return to our lodge for a proper lunch, then pack our belongings and head north-east, towards Arusha, where we have saved the best for last! Mount Kilimanjaro! To explore the forests and wildlife of this amazing environment, we need at least a full day, so we are not rushing all the way to the mountain. Instead, we drive from Tarangire to Arusha and settle at a lodge for our last two nights of our safari. We will arrive sometime late in the afternoon, settle in our rooms and take our rare opportunity to relax by the pool for an hour, enjoying the sunset over the surrounding areas. We will gather in the bar soon after for a briefing, before we enjoy an excellent African dinner and hospitality. Then it's off to bed to prepare for our exciting day ahead of us!
  Accommodation: Lodge
Feb 2 Arusha/Mount Kilimanjaro/Arusha
  Today is the day of our long-awaited exploration of Mount Kilimanjaro. After a very early breakfast, we will drive to one of the entrances of Kilimanjaro National Park called Marangu Gate. Upon arrival, we warm up our muscles a little bit while registering for the hike, then set off for a day hike towards one of the lower huts on the mountain: Mandara Hut. Our hike should take about 3-4 hours up and about 3 hours down, which means we will be back to Marangu Gate about an hour before the sun sets. Along the hike, we'll keep our eyes out for new species like Black and White Colobus Monkeys. Once we return from our rewarding hike, we have but one exciting event left on our agenda: an excellent Farewell Dinner at the lodge! We will all pull out our last secret clean shirts and celebrate the fact that we were lucky enough to be able to play witness to this absolutely unique and marvelous corner of the world.
  Accommodation: Lodge
Feb 3 Arusha/departure
  Today is our day of departure. Have a safe and pleasant trip home!
 
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Trip price: in double room: USD 6,946
  in single room: USD 7,951

Trip images:
African Elephant in the Ngorongoro CraterCopyright © WantExpeditions
African Lion at Tarangire NPCopyright © WantExpeditions
Mating African Lions in the Serengeti, TanzaniaCopyright © WantExpeditions
Baglafecht Weaver in the Ngorongoro CraterCopyright © WantExpeditions
Black Rhino at Lake NakuruCopyright © WantExpeditions
Black-backed Jackal in the Ngorongoro CraterCopyright © WantExpeditions
Blue Wildebeest in the Ngorongoro CraterCopyright © WantExpeditions
Cheetah in Serengeti NPCopyright © WantExpeditions
Common Warthog at Tarangire NPCopyright © WantExpeditions
Golden Jackal in the Ngorongoro CraterCopyright © WantExpeditions
Grant's Gazelle in the Ngorongoro CraterCopyright © WantExpeditions
Helmeted Guineafowl in the Masaai MaraCopyright © WantExpeditions
Hippopotamus in the SerengetiCopyright © WantExpeditions
Serengeti National ParkCopyright © WantExpeditions
Lappet-faced Vulture in Maasai MaraCopyright © WantExpeditions
Leopard in the SerengetiCopyright © WantExpeditions
Leopard in the SerengetiCopyright © WantExpeditions
Leopard Tortoise in the Maasai MaraCopyright © WantExpeditions
Maasai Giraffe at Lake NakuruCopyright © WantExpeditions
Olive Baboon at Lake NakuruCopyright © WantExpeditions
Olive Baboon at Lake NakuruCopyright © WantExpeditions
Plains Zebras in the SerengetiCopyright © WantExpeditions
Fighting Plains Zebras in the SerengetiCopyright © WantExpeditions
Rainbow in the Maasai MaraCopyright © WantExpeditions
Thomson's Gazelles in the SerengetiCopyright © WantExpeditions
Lake Nakuru National ParkCopyright © WantExpeditions
Lake Nakuru National ParkCopyright © WantExpeditions
Mount KilimanjaroCopyright © WantExpeditions
Tarangire National ParkCopyright © WantExpeditions
White Rhino at Lake NakuruCopyright © WantExpeditions


Trip price: in double room: USD 6,946
  in single room: USD 7,951
Price includes:
· all accomodation
· all meals
· all activities mentioned in the program
· all land transportation
· bottled water in transport vehicles
· all airport and local transfers
· all national park fees
· all entrance fees
· all local guiding fees
· international tour leader
· all tips
· all government taxes and levies
· photography education and assistance

Price excludes:
· international flights
· travel insurance
· personal expenses at accommodation
· departure taxes at airports
· visa fees
· any other items not mentioned above