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Epic East Africa

Trip Length 12 days

From $10,295

  • Track dazzling wildlife herds—including the Great Migration—in this special MTS round-up of Kenya and Tanzania's most famous private concessions, reserves, and national parks
  • Awake to incredible game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti, the Masai Mara, Tarangire and Lake Manyara!
  • Meet the Datoga and Wahadzabe people, and learn about their traditions first hand in authentic settings
  • Avoid peak season's big crowds in our hand-picked remote camps and lodges, miles from the tourist throngs

This is the quintessential big-game safari of your dreams—a comprehensive, deluxe journey through some of Kenya and Tanzania's most memorable private concessions, reserves, and parks: Tarangire, Lake Manyara, UNESCO-listed Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, and Masai Mara, home to the greatest concentration of wildlife on the continent. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to track migrating wildebeest, zebra, leopards, lions, and elephants and watch bathing hippos and crocodiles. Authentic encounters with local tribes, the highest-caliber expert trip leaders, and remote, luxury accommodations—handpicked to get you away from the crowds without sacrificing the big-game experience—will give you every opportunity to forget about home and immerse yourself in the primal wonder that is East Africa.

Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania & Transfer to Arusha

Welcome to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania! An MTS representative will meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Arusha. It's an hour's drive, but only moments in you're on an open road with civilization behind you and feel like you're on safari already. Our boutique hotel is set on five acres of land, with beautifully manicured gardens that provide a home to many varieties of birdlife and endemic plant species. Here we soak in the relaxing atmosphere, leave our usual daily hustle and bustle behind, and ease into the slow pace of safari life.

  • Accommodation:Arusha Hotel

Day 2: Arusha / Tarangire National Park

A morning drive takes us to the Shanga River House, a project devoted to empowering disabled Tanzanians. Located on one of the country’s oldest coffee plantations, the grounds are exceptionally beautiful, and the organization has a workshop and a boutique on-site with crafts made by disabled artists. We may have a chance to meet a few of the artists on site, stroll the property and possibly eat in their restaurant—a haven of fresh and delicious regional cuisine. Shanga takes its name from the Swahili word for “bead,” which the local artists make by hand from recycled glass bottles to use in their jewelry and crafts. After a leisurely visit, we’ll get back on the road and drive to our deluxe tent camp in Tarangire. Designed to create an intimate camping experience, the camp provides a classical colonial bush experience with solid wooden furniture, comfortable chairs, a library on the local flora and fauna, and rooms with their bathroom and veranda.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Oliver

Day 3: Tarangire National Park

Today, we’ll be treated to a full day touring Tarangire National Park, home to the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti. Tarangire is the sixth largest park in the country and relatively less well known to tourists. As such, we’ll feel entirely on our own, face to face with enormous herds of elephants, wildebeest, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland. After a long day tracking game by foot, we’ll return to our deluxe camp for refreshing sundowners and a delicious dinner.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Oliver

Day 4: Tarangire National Park / Mto wa Mbu / Lake Manyara National Park

This morning, we’ll tour Mto wa Mbu, a village of farmers and craftspeople. The local people will take us through the farming areas to see their milling machine, local homes, the market, and their farmlands. The area specializes in woodcarvings and handiwork that you can find at their market. Later, we’ll head to Lake Manyara for a game drive before continuining on to our lodge. Considered the “Cinderella” of the country’s parks for its small size, Lake Manyara is still no less magnificent. In fact, Ernest Hemingway described it as, “the loveliest place I have ever seen.” The shallow alkaline lake is often covered by resident flamingos. Apart from the lake and the many lions that roam the park, there is an expanse of tropical jungle filled with troops of baboons and other rainforest wildlife. Large herds of buffalo and zebras wander on the plains with a horizon of jagged peaked volcanoes in the distance. Later, we’ll drive to our mountain lodge in Ngorongoro, a unique property situated on the outskirts of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. With superb, unobstructed views of the mountains and luxury rooms and amenities, you may never want to leave.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Escarpment Lodge

Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, we’ll drive to Ngorongoro Crater for a full-day crater tour with picnic lunch. The crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is celebrated for tis abundance of “big five” game and birds. We’ll descend into the sunken cone and track game driving along the crater floor. The crater’s high walls serve as a natural enclosure for an abundance of wildlife. Keep on the lookout for exceptional birds such as the lammergeyer, Verreaux's eagle and the Egyptian vulture, which make their home in the highest of the crater wall, the beautiful rosy-breasted longclaw, which appears on the plains after rains, and flocks of lesser and greater flamingos. We’ll end the day back at our lodge outside the conservation area for sundowners and dinner.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Escarpment Lodge

Day 6: Lake Eyasi

Today, we’ll tour villages of the Datoga and meet with the very secretive Wahadzabe people, who live around Lake Eyasi. The Wahadzabes are an off-shoot of the Acadi Tribe and it is believed that they separated from the Acadi’s in the 1700s. Never numbering more than 30 people, the Wahadzabes are a very secretive and protective community, although more visible than their parent tribe. They are primarily a hunting and gathering community whose livelihood depends on wildlife and other forest resources. They are one of the most traditional and ‘primitive’ tribes in all of Africa. In 1995, reports suggested that they were on the verge of extinction, due to a denial of rights to own and use land in the area they occupy. Small in stature and speaking in an ancient click dialect, these bush men survive by their ability to blend into their surroundings and subsist off the land. 

Lake Eyasi lies in one of the oldest parts of the Eastern Rift Valley, running northeast to southwest for a distance of about 50 miles below the impressive 3000-foot escarpment. Natural beauty comes in many forms here, particularly in its bird population of African fish eagles, crowned cranes, hammerkops, and resident Verreaux’s eagle owls. Here, at Lake Eyasi, we will also have the privileged opportunity to meet with the Wahadzabe tribe, and try our hands at hunting and gathering techniques that have remained unchanged for thousands of years. We’ll learn to hunt with a bow and arrow, start a fire, or join the women gathering roots, tubers and wild fruit, and preparing food. Discovering their way of life is an unforgettable experience. We’ll then return to our mountain lodge in Ngorongoro.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Escarpment Lodge

Day 7: Serengeti National Park

From Ngorongoro, we’ll head to Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we’ll relax and settle into our authentic mobile safari tent camps—just like Out of Africa. Regarded as one of the best tent camping experiences available, our camp enables us to blend in with and become part of the environment. Best of all, once we depart there is little, if any evidence of our visit. The camp staff treats their “leave no trace” policy very seriously. Spacious and comfortable accommodations provide welcome respite at the end of long days of tracking. This evening, we’ll head out for a game drive to acquaint ourselves with the surroundings. We’ll return to sit around the campfire and share stories of the day’s greatest discoveries. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Private Serengeti Camp

Day 8: Serengeti National Park

Today, we’ll head into the south-central corner of Serengeti National Park, an area of the park that sees few tourists. Serengeti NP is Tanzania’s oldest and most popular park, which in addition to being a UNESCO-protected site is also considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Filled with savannas, plains, forests and woodlands, the park is best known for its huge population of wildebeest, zebra and crocodile. And where there is prey, there are certain to be predators. Keep on the lookout for majestic lions, striding across the savanna, stretched out under the trees, or waiting to pounce from the grasses. We’ll focus our game-viewing here in the early mornings and late afternoons, exploring the plains around camp. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Private Serengeti Camp

Day 9: Mara North Conservancy

After breakfast, we’ll fly to Tarime and join our connecting flight to Migori, Kenya. A driver will pick us up upon arrival and bring us to Mara North Conservancy, just north of the Masai Mara National Reserve, approximately a two-hour drive away. En route, we’ll enjoy a leisurely game drive in search of lions, hippos, crocodiles, cheetahs and leopards. The Mara North Conservancy is a private concession that partners with a few member camps and 800 Maasai landowners to establish a protected wilderness area, with minimal an impact on the local communities. The conservancy’s savannas and grasslands attract herbivores of all kinds, from elephants, giraffes and zebras to gazelles and impalas. 

We’ll arrive to our luxury tent camp in time for lunch. Our camp, named for the great writer and explorer Karen Blixen, paints the perfect picture of the colonial safari experience…and then some! Each of the camp’s 22 safari tents are furnished with real beds and furniture, en suite bathrooms, and a private veranda. As good fortune would have it, the camp also has an on-site culinary school to train prospective local chefs, giving us access to fresh and delicious meals during the entirety of our stay.

  • Accommodation:Karen Blixen Camp

Day 10: Mara North Conservancy

As the sun rises on our first morning in the Masai Mara, we’ll wake to the smell of freshly brewed coffee which will help kick start us for our first morning game drive in Kenya. The early mornings are one of the best times to view the animals, as this is when they are their most active before the day heats up. After our game drive, we’ll return to camp for a hearty breakfast and a nature walk around camp. Later in the afternoon, we’ll set off on a game drive with some drinks and nibbles so we can enjoy happy hour out in the bush. Back at camp, dinner preparation will be in full swing, leaving us enough time to have a hot shower before the first course is served.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Karen Blixen Camp

Day 11: Masai Mara National Reserve

We’ll start the day early, setting out for the gates of the Masai Mara National Reserve. With a packed picnic lunch, we’ll have the whole day to explore another part of this famous conservation area. Visit the Mara River and marvel at the famous migration routes. As we arrive back at camp after a long day, there may be time for a quick swim or a walk before the sun starts to set on our final day in the Masai Mara. Tonight, we’ll raise our glasses together to toast to our last night of this fabulous adventure!

  • Accommodation:Karen Blixen Camp

Day 12: Nairobi, Kenya

After breakfast, we’ll board our flight to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital and largest city. A driver will meet us at the airport and bring us to our hotel, where we’ll have use of all the facilities, including a heated swimming pool, fully equipped day rooms, and restaurant until our departures this afternoon and evening. Enjoy the hotel’s modern accommodations and refresh yourself before heading back to the airport for your flights home.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:House of Waine

No group departures scheduled. Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability. Call us for details.

pricing

2017 Dates, per person

February 6 Departure*
Land Price: $8,695 (3 to 5 guests)
Land Price: $8,195 (6-16 guests)
Park Fees: $650
Internal Air: $1,500
Single Supplement: $1,500

*February trip in reverse order for maximum opportunity to view the Great Migration at the end of the itinerary.

July 4, August 5 & September 4 Departures
Land Price: $11,495 (3 to 6 guests)
Land Price: $10,995 (7-16 guests)
Park Fees: $600
Internal Air: $1500
Single Supplement: $1,000

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Arusha Hotel — Arusha

The Arusha Hotel is a luxury hospitality experience Northern Tanzania and a calming retreat for those exploring East Africa's many natural treasures. Established in 1894, the hotel is set in five acres of beautifully manicured gardens, providing a home to many varieties of birds and indigenous plants. Its 86 elegantly furnished rooms come equipped with satellite TVs, Wi-Fi, and air conditioning, and there is a fully equipped gym and temperature-controlled swimming pool on site. The Arusha Hotel has a reputation for its excellent dining facilities within a contemporary restaurant and terrace setting. Its vast selection of modern and innovative cuisine, coupled with an extensive wine list, ensures that the tastes of all guests are satisfied.

Escarpment Lodge — Lake Manyara National Park

Escarpment Lodge is a handsome safari camp located in Lake Manyara National Park, where the trees teem with monkeys, hippos cool off in the lake, and elephants trundle by. Sixteen well-appointed chalets offer guests privacy, comfort and elegance, and the attached private decks are an excellent place to enjoy your morning coffee. In the luxurious lounge, expansive windows let in the staggering beauty of the African bush. A sprawling deck surrounds the main lodge and gives you breathtaking views of the lake and the gorge—a perfect place for sundowner cocktails.

House of Waine — Nairobi

House of Waine is a family owned and run property, which was lovingly converted from a private home to an elegant boutique hotel in 2004. Set on 2½ acres and surrounded by beautiful, lush gardens, House of Waine features a refreshing outdoor pool, a gourmet restaurant, and impeccable service. Rooms are very spacious, each individually decorated based on a different African theme, and luxuriously appointed. Many return to the House of Waine time and again!

Karen Blixen Camp — Masai Mara

Named for the author of the classic novel, Out of Africa, this eco-friendly camp harkens back to a time when the savannah was seldom visited and camps provided a stylish retreat after each day's adventure. Comprised of 22 large, luxury canvas tents each with undisturbed views of the Mara River, Karen Blixen Camp delivers a safari experience with historical significance, modern comforts and attentive service. There is a stylish restaurant, a refreshing swimming pool and a resident masseuse to soothe tired muscles at the end of a long day. Karen Blixen Camp is the perfect place to sit back and relax with a gin and tonic overlooking the Mara River and see the wildlife coming to drink, while exchanging exciting tales of your safari adventure.

MTS Private Serengeti Camp — Serengeti National Park

Our MTS Private Serengeti Camp is staffed by private chefs, private butlers and private tent attendants all of whom are on call to cater to your every need. Because our camps are for your own private use only, we are able to tailor the services we provide to your specific requirements. Hence, the menus served during the course of your stay, the drinks available from our well stocked bar, the types of beds made available in your tents and even the distances between one tent and another are all discussed and agreed with you prior to your visit so that your enjoyment of your camp in assured.

Each sleeping tent consists of a veranda, bedroom area, dressing area, and a separate shower and toilet. The dressing area, shower and toilet are all open air, so as to heighten the experience of living as one with your surroundings. Despite being able to enjoy some breathtaking views as you prepare yourself for the day ahead, privacy is still assured due to the clever design of our tents. The majority of our tents incorporate unique stargazer windows in their roofs which allow you to gaze at the star-filled African night sky from the comfort of your bed. There is something magical about being bathed in silvery moonlight whilst you sleep! As an added convenience, each tent is provided with enough power for lighting as well as for charging mobile telephones, cameras and laptop computers. Otherwise, just unplug and relax.

Oliver — Tarangire National Park

Situated in the exclusive southern part of Tarangire National Park, Oliver's Camp offers ten well-spaced guest tents, which ensures a feeling of privacy and exclusivity. The camp was designed to provide a classical bush experience: solid wooden furniture, comfortable chairs and a library with books on the surrounding nature and wildlife. After activities, guests fare able to quietly reflect and relax on their private veranda, in the lounge/library tent or dining tent or around the fireplace.

"Epic East Africa was exactly that and more, it was amazing to stay in camps inside the parks so close to the wildlife.  Listening to leopards, elephants and lions near camp at night under a full moon was an experience I'll always treasure." Guillermo Barton   

"Every day presented an OMG moment that will be remembered for a lifetime." Florence Crafton

"In 1982, I went on a multi-week horseback safari in Kenya. It was the trip of a lifetime and spoiled me because no other trip could ever equal it. This one did—in very different ways—and now I've had TWO trips of a lifetime. Thank you, MT Sobek and Joseph (guide)." Linda Haines 

 

  • Track dazzling wildlife herds—including the Great Migration—in this special MTS round-up of Kenya and Tanzania's most famous private concessions, reserves, and national parks
  • Awake to incredible game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti, the Masai Mara, Tarangire and Lake Manyara!
  • Meet the Datoga and Wahadzabe people, and learn about their traditions first hand in authentic settings
  • Avoid peak season's big crowds in our hand-picked remote camps and lodges, miles from the tourist throngs

This is the quintessential big-game safari of your dreams—a comprehensive, deluxe journey through some of Kenya and Tanzania's most memorable private concessions, reserves, and parks: Tarangire, Lake Manyara, UNESCO-listed Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, and Masai Mara, home to the greatest concentration of wildlife on the continent. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to track migrating wildebeest, zebra, leopards, lions, and elephants and watch bathing hippos and crocodiles. Authentic encounters with local tribes, the highest-caliber expert trip leaders, and remote, luxury accommodations—handpicked to get you away from the crowds without sacrificing the big-game experience—will give you every opportunity to forget about home and immerse yourself in the primal wonder that is East Africa.

reviews

"Epic East Africa was exactly that and more, it was amazing to stay in camps inside the parks so close to the wildlife.  Listening to leopards, elephants and lions near camp at night under a full moon was an experience I'll always treasure." Guillermo Barton   

"Every day presented an OMG moment that will be remembered for a lifetime." Florence Crafton

"In 1982, I went on a multi-week horseback safari in Kenya. It was the trip of a lifetime and spoiled me because no other trip could ever equal it. This one did—in very different ways—and now I've had TWO trips of a lifetime. Thank you, MT Sobek and Joseph (guide)." Linda Haines 

 

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania & Transfer to Arusha

Welcome to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania! An MTS representative will meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Arusha. It's an hour's drive, but only moments in you're on an open road with civilization behind you and feel like you're on safari already. Our boutique hotel is set on five acres of land, with beautifully manicured gardens that provide a home to many varieties of birdlife and endemic plant species. Here we soak in the relaxing atmosphere, leave our usual daily hustle and bustle behind, and ease into the slow pace of safari life.

  • Accommodation:Arusha Hotel

Day 2: Arusha / Tarangire National Park

A morning drive takes us to the Shanga River House, a project devoted to empowering disabled Tanzanians. Located on one of the country’s oldest coffee plantations, the grounds are exceptionally beautiful, and the organization has a workshop and a boutique on-site with crafts made by disabled artists. We may have a chance to meet a few of the artists on site, stroll the property and possibly eat in their restaurant—a haven of fresh and delicious regional cuisine. Shanga takes its name from the Swahili word for “bead,” which the local artists make by hand from recycled glass bottles to use in their jewelry and crafts. After a leisurely visit, we’ll get back on the road and drive to our deluxe tent camp in Tarangire. Designed to create an intimate camping experience, the camp provides a classical colonial bush experience with solid wooden furniture, comfortable chairs, a library on the local flora and fauna, and rooms with their bathroom and veranda.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Oliver

Day 3: Tarangire National Park

Today, we’ll be treated to a full day touring Tarangire National Park, home to the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti. Tarangire is the sixth largest park in the country and relatively less well known to tourists. As such, we’ll feel entirely on our own, face to face with enormous herds of elephants, wildebeest, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland. After a long day tracking game by foot, we’ll return to our deluxe camp for refreshing sundowners and a delicious dinner.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Oliver

Day 4: Tarangire National Park / Mto wa Mbu / Lake Manyara National Park

This morning, we’ll tour Mto wa Mbu, a village of farmers and craftspeople. The local people will take us through the farming areas to see their milling machine, local homes, the market, and their farmlands. The area specializes in woodcarvings and handiwork that you can find at their market. Later, we’ll head to Lake Manyara for a game drive before continuining on to our lodge. Considered the “Cinderella” of the country’s parks for its small size, Lake Manyara is still no less magnificent. In fact, Ernest Hemingway described it as, “the loveliest place I have ever seen.” The shallow alkaline lake is often covered by resident flamingos. Apart from the lake and the many lions that roam the park, there is an expanse of tropical jungle filled with troops of baboons and other rainforest wildlife. Large herds of buffalo and zebras wander on the plains with a horizon of jagged peaked volcanoes in the distance. Later, we’ll drive to our mountain lodge in Ngorongoro, a unique property situated on the outskirts of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. With superb, unobstructed views of the mountains and luxury rooms and amenities, you may never want to leave.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Escarpment Lodge

Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, we’ll drive to Ngorongoro Crater for a full-day crater tour with picnic lunch. The crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is celebrated for tis abundance of “big five” game and birds. We’ll descend into the sunken cone and track game driving along the crater floor. The crater’s high walls serve as a natural enclosure for an abundance of wildlife. Keep on the lookout for exceptional birds such as the lammergeyer, Verreaux's eagle and the Egyptian vulture, which make their home in the highest of the crater wall, the beautiful rosy-breasted longclaw, which appears on the plains after rains, and flocks of lesser and greater flamingos. We’ll end the day back at our lodge outside the conservation area for sundowners and dinner.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Escarpment Lodge

Day 6: Lake Eyasi

Today, we’ll tour villages of the Datoga and meet with the very secretive Wahadzabe people, who live around Lake Eyasi. The Wahadzabes are an off-shoot of the Acadi Tribe and it is believed that they separated from the Acadi’s in the 1700s. Never numbering more than 30 people, the Wahadzabes are a very secretive and protective community, although more visible than their parent tribe. They are primarily a hunting and gathering community whose livelihood depends on wildlife and other forest resources. They are one of the most traditional and ‘primitive’ tribes in all of Africa. In 1995, reports suggested that they were on the verge of extinction, due to a denial of rights to own and use land in the area they occupy. Small in stature and speaking in an ancient click dialect, these bush men survive by their ability to blend into their surroundings and subsist off the land. 

Lake Eyasi lies in one of the oldest parts of the Eastern Rift Valley, running northeast to southwest for a distance of about 50 miles below the impressive 3000-foot escarpment. Natural beauty comes in many forms here, particularly in its bird population of African fish eagles, crowned cranes, hammerkops, and resident Verreaux’s eagle owls. Here, at Lake Eyasi, we will also have the privileged opportunity to meet with the Wahadzabe tribe, and try our hands at hunting and gathering techniques that have remained unchanged for thousands of years. We’ll learn to hunt with a bow and arrow, start a fire, or join the women gathering roots, tubers and wild fruit, and preparing food. Discovering their way of life is an unforgettable experience. We’ll then return to our mountain lodge in Ngorongoro.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Escarpment Lodge

Day 7: Serengeti National Park

From Ngorongoro, we’ll head to Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we’ll relax and settle into our authentic mobile safari tent camps—just like Out of Africa. Regarded as one of the best tent camping experiences available, our camp enables us to blend in with and become part of the environment. Best of all, once we depart there is little, if any evidence of our visit. The camp staff treats their “leave no trace” policy very seriously. Spacious and comfortable accommodations provide welcome respite at the end of long days of tracking. This evening, we’ll head out for a game drive to acquaint ourselves with the surroundings. We’ll return to sit around the campfire and share stories of the day’s greatest discoveries. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Private Serengeti Camp

Day 8: Serengeti National Park

Today, we’ll head into the south-central corner of Serengeti National Park, an area of the park that sees few tourists. Serengeti NP is Tanzania’s oldest and most popular park, which in addition to being a UNESCO-protected site is also considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Filled with savannas, plains, forests and woodlands, the park is best known for its huge population of wildebeest, zebra and crocodile. And where there is prey, there are certain to be predators. Keep on the lookout for majestic lions, striding across the savanna, stretched out under the trees, or waiting to pounce from the grasses. We’ll focus our game-viewing here in the early mornings and late afternoons, exploring the plains around camp. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Private Serengeti Camp

Day 9: Mara North Conservancy

After breakfast, we’ll fly to Tarime and join our connecting flight to Migori, Kenya. A driver will pick us up upon arrival and bring us to Mara North Conservancy, just north of the Masai Mara National Reserve, approximately a two-hour drive away. En route, we’ll enjoy a leisurely game drive in search of lions, hippos, crocodiles, cheetahs and leopards. The Mara North Conservancy is a private concession that partners with a few member camps and 800 Maasai landowners to establish a protected wilderness area, with minimal an impact on the local communities. The conservancy’s savannas and grasslands attract herbivores of all kinds, from elephants, giraffes and zebras to gazelles and impalas. 

We’ll arrive to our luxury tent camp in time for lunch. Our camp, named for the great writer and explorer Karen Blixen, paints the perfect picture of the colonial safari experience…and then some! Each of the camp’s 22 safari tents are furnished with real beds and furniture, en suite bathrooms, and a private veranda. As good fortune would have it, the camp also has an on-site culinary school to train prospective local chefs, giving us access to fresh and delicious meals during the entirety of our stay.

  • Accommodation:Karen Blixen Camp

Day 10: Mara North Conservancy

As the sun rises on our first morning in the Masai Mara, we’ll wake to the smell of freshly brewed coffee which will help kick start us for our first morning game drive in Kenya. The early mornings are one of the best times to view the animals, as this is when they are their most active before the day heats up. After our game drive, we’ll return to camp for a hearty breakfast and a nature walk around camp. Later in the afternoon, we’ll set off on a game drive with some drinks and nibbles so we can enjoy happy hour out in the bush. Back at camp, dinner preparation will be in full swing, leaving us enough time to have a hot shower before the first course is served.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Karen Blixen Camp

Day 11: Masai Mara National Reserve

We’ll start the day early, setting out for the gates of the Masai Mara National Reserve. With a packed picnic lunch, we’ll have the whole day to explore another part of this famous conservation area. Visit the Mara River and marvel at the famous migration routes. As we arrive back at camp after a long day, there may be time for a quick swim or a walk before the sun starts to set on our final day in the Masai Mara. Tonight, we’ll raise our glasses together to toast to our last night of this fabulous adventure!

  • Accommodation:Karen Blixen Camp

Day 12: Nairobi, Kenya

After breakfast, we’ll board our flight to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital and largest city. A driver will meet us at the airport and bring us to our hotel, where we’ll have use of all the facilities, including a heated swimming pool, fully equipped day rooms, and restaurant until our departures this afternoon and evening. Enjoy the hotel’s modern accommodations and refresh yourself before heading back to the airport for your flights home.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:House of Waine
lodgings

Arusha Hotel — Arusha

The Arusha Hotel is a luxury hospitality experience Northern Tanzania and a calming retreat for those exploring East Africa's many natural treasures. Established in 1894, the hotel is set in five acres of beautifully manicured gardens, providing a home to many varieties of birds and indigenous plants. Its 86 elegantly furnished rooms come equipped with satellite TVs, Wi-Fi, and air conditioning, and there is a fully equipped gym and temperature-controlled swimming pool on site. The Arusha Hotel has a reputation for its excellent dining facilities within a contemporary restaurant and terrace setting. Its vast selection of modern and innovative cuisine, coupled with an extensive wine list, ensures that the tastes of all guests are satisfied.

Escarpment Lodge — Lake Manyara National Park

Escarpment Lodge is a handsome safari camp located in Lake Manyara National Park, where the trees teem with monkeys, hippos cool off in the lake, and elephants trundle by. Sixteen well-appointed chalets offer guests privacy, comfort and elegance, and the attached private decks are an excellent place to enjoy your morning coffee. In the luxurious lounge, expansive windows let in the staggering beauty of the African bush. A sprawling deck surrounds the main lodge and gives you breathtaking views of the lake and the gorge—a perfect place for sundowner cocktails.

House of Waine — Nairobi

House of Waine is a family owned and run property, which was lovingly converted from a private home to an elegant boutique hotel in 2004. Set on 2½ acres and surrounded by beautiful, lush gardens, House of Waine features a refreshing outdoor pool, a gourmet restaurant, and impeccable service. Rooms are very spacious, each individually decorated based on a different African theme, and luxuriously appointed. Many return to the House of Waine time and again!

Karen Blixen Camp — Masai Mara

Named for the author of the classic novel, Out of Africa, this eco-friendly camp harkens back to a time when the savannah was seldom visited and camps provided a stylish retreat after each day's adventure. Comprised of 22 large, luxury canvas tents each with undisturbed views of the Mara River, Karen Blixen Camp delivers a safari experience with historical significance, modern comforts and attentive service. There is a stylish restaurant, a refreshing swimming pool and a resident masseuse to soothe tired muscles at the end of a long day. Karen Blixen Camp is the perfect place to sit back and relax with a gin and tonic overlooking the Mara River and see the wildlife coming to drink, while exchanging exciting tales of your safari adventure.

MTS Private Serengeti Camp — Serengeti National Park

Our MTS Private Serengeti Camp is staffed by private chefs, private butlers and private tent attendants all of whom are on call to cater to your every need. Because our camps are for your own private use only, we are able to tailor the services we provide to your specific requirements. Hence, the menus served during the course of your stay, the drinks available from our well stocked bar, the types of beds made available in your tents and even the distances between one tent and another are all discussed and agreed with you prior to your visit so that your enjoyment of your camp in assured.

Each sleeping tent consists of a veranda, bedroom area, dressing area, and a separate shower and toilet. The dressing area, shower and toilet are all open air, so as to heighten the experience of living as one with your surroundings. Despite being able to enjoy some breathtaking views as you prepare yourself for the day ahead, privacy is still assured due to the clever design of our tents. The majority of our tents incorporate unique stargazer windows in their roofs which allow you to gaze at the star-filled African night sky from the comfort of your bed. There is something magical about being bathed in silvery moonlight whilst you sleep! As an added convenience, each tent is provided with enough power for lighting as well as for charging mobile telephones, cameras and laptop computers. Otherwise, just unplug and relax.

Oliver — Tarangire National Park

Situated in the exclusive southern part of Tarangire National Park, Oliver's Camp offers ten well-spaced guest tents, which ensures a feeling of privacy and exclusivity. The camp was designed to provide a classical bush experience: solid wooden furniture, comfortable chairs and a library with books on the surrounding nature and wildlife. After activities, guests fare able to quietly reflect and relax on their private veranda, in the lounge/library tent or dining tent or around the fireplace.

Dates and Pricing

No group departures scheduled. Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability. Call us for details.

pricing

2017 Dates, per person

February 6 Departure*
Land Price: $8,695 (3 to 5 guests)
Land Price: $8,195 (6-16 guests)
Park Fees: $650
Internal Air: $1,500
Single Supplement: $1,500

*February trip in reverse order for maximum opportunity to view the Great Migration at the end of the itinerary.

July 4, August 5 & September 4 Departures
Land Price: $11,495 (3 to 6 guests)
Land Price: $10,995 (7-16 guests)
Park Fees: $600
Internal Air: $1500
Single Supplement: $1,000

Activity Level Easy
Trip Length 12 days

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