East Africa Private Journey

The Wildlife Paradise of the Serengeti and Masai Mara

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $10,695.0  
Length: 11 days
Arrive: Nairobi, Kenya
Depart: Arusha, Tanzania
Lodging: 10 nights in luxury tents/game lodges
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level: Night game drives, Masai-led walking safaris, off-road game drives by 4WD
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Highlights

  • Phenomenal “big five” gameviewing in the famed Masai Mara and Serengeti
  • Exciting game tracking on foot with your Masai guide
  • Optional hot air balloon rides over the Masai Mara


Everything about each lodge exceeded my expectations. They were all unique and had the “wow” factor.Shawna M.—Loomis, CA

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

Golden savannas, prowling lions, red-robed Masai warriors, the snows of Kilimanjaro—all the mystique and wonder of East Africa await you on this Private Journey. To bring you wildlife encounters in the most legendary settings in Kenya and Tanzania, we’ve combined three world-renowned sanctuaries—the breathtakingly beautiful Masai Mara, the famed Serengeti, and the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. Expert naturalist guides, fascinating bush walks, exciting game drives, Masai culture, and fantastic accommodations in prime locations make this the quintessential East African safari. Post-trip, enjoy a visit to the paradisaical private island of Mnemba off Zanzibar.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-4
Masai Mara, Magnificent Gameviewing

At an altitude of 5,000 feet, the Masai Mara Game Reserve is breathtakingly beautiful. The wide Mara River snaking through its rich, tree-studded grasslands is full of frolicking hippos, while enormous groups of elephants wander through the rich marshes along its edge. Buffalo graze here in abundance, baboons leap through the brush, and solitary leopards survey from their perches in acacia trees. Kichwa Tembo Bateleur Camp, one of Kenya’s most exquisite tented camps, is on private Masai lands directly adjoining the famed Mara parklands and is not restricted by park rules. This keeps you far from the main safari circuit and allows you the freedom to enjoy spectacular off-road game drives in open 4WD vehicles, interpretive bush walks accompanied by Masai warriors, and night game drives to look for nocturnal animals and lions on the hunt. Optional hot air balloon safaris are an especially amazing experience in the Mara.

Days 5-7
Ngorongoro and Olduvai

At the eastern edge of the Serengeti in Tanzania is the largest unbroken ancient caldera in the world, Ngorongoro, ringed by steep walls and sheltering over 30,000 resident wildlife. Head down to the grassy crater floor to explore by 4WD in this fantastic Eden-like setting, one of the best places in Africa to see the endangered black rhino, and enjoy an optional visit to the famed archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge, “the cradle of mankind.” (Our mid-trip extension to Campi Ya Kanzi begins on Day 5, followed by Ngorongoro and Serengeti.)

Days 8-11
The Serengeti Wilds

The Serengeti is a beautiful mosaic of woodlands and grasslands, laced with wild rivers and riverine forests, and punctuated by rounded granite outcrops called kopjes, a favorite resting spot for lions. Its celebrated untamed tracts have inspired writers from Ernest Hemingway to Peter Matthiessen, as well as renowned photographers and filmmakers. You’ll feel as if you have the Serengeti all to yourself at your small and luxurious safari camp in the wild northern reaches of the park. In this “kingdom of predators,” head out by 4WD to look for lions, cheetahs, and other big cats, clans of spotted hyena, and a breathtaking array of plains game, including more than a million wildebeests and zebras during the annual Great Migration. You’ll see more wildlife than you ever thought possible! Your lodging is strategically located, both offering superlative wildlife encounters and solitude amid Serengeti’s wild beauty. Depart on Day 11.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated Level 2. It is a luxury camping and lodge safari with game viewing by 4WD vehicle. It can be enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health. On safari, there are long driving days over rugged dirt tracks.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

When to go

June to October
December to March

For our Private Journey trips, you choose your own group and your preferred dates—there are no set departure dates. Private Journeys are available to groups as few as two people or as large as you like. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2014
$10,695 per person, double occupancy
Single supplement: $295
Internal airfare: $1550 (subject to change)
Optional Upgrade to Grumeti or Klein’s Camp: $1000 per person

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Costs
Gorilla Tracking In Rwanda's Parc Des Volcans
   from: $1995

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Accommodations, based on double occupancy
  • All meals included except 1 dinner
  • Services of safari guides and camp staff
  • 4WD safari vehicles
  • Land and internal air transportation as noted in the Full Trip Brochure
  • All airport transfers
  • Park fees

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare; private safari vehicles; charter flights (see separate cost above); any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure; any activities described as optional; airport departure taxes; optional tipping or gratuities to staff; additional hotel nights made necessary by airline schedule changes or other factors; pre-trip expenses such as medical immunizations (if any); travel insurance, passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature.

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20%
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

More than 90 days prior to departure: $250 per person
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

House of Waine

House of Waine

Day 1 (1 night), Nairobi, Kenya

In the leafy suburb of Karen, this 11-room colonial-style manor has spacious rooms, wonderful gardens, and a swimming pool. The service is friendly ...
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Kichwa Tembo Bateleur Camp

Kichwa Tembo Bateleur Camp

Days 2 to 4 (3 nights), Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya

This is a fantastic camp with an absolutely stunning location in the Masai Mara. There are actually two separate camp areas, with nine “luxury ...
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Gibb’s Farm

Gibb’s Farm

Day 5 (1 night), Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

This is quite a special place adjacent to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The main facilities are situated in the old colonial farmhouse built by ...
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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Days 6 to 7 (2 nights), Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

One of the most luxurious lodges in East Africa, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge appeared on Condé Nast Traveler’s prestigious Gold List ...
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Serengeti Under Canvas

Serengeti Under Canvas

Days 8 to 10 (3 nights), Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

This mobile, Hemingway-style camp offers an authentic experience of the African bush in total comfort—the romance of yesteryear without ...
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Grumeti River Camp

Grumeti River Camp (Optional Upgrade)

Days 8 to 10 (3 nights), Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Set in a remote valley in the Western Corridor of Serengeti National Park, Grumeti provides excellent year-round gameviewing (particularly in June ...
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Klein’s Camp

Klein’s Camp (Optional Upgrade)

Days 8 to 10 (3 nights), Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

One of the most strategically positioned wildlife sanctuaries in the world, Klein’s is set on the edge of the Kuka Hills in the northwest ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

Rwanda

mountain gorillas silverback rwanda parc des volcans

Gorilla Tracking In Rwanda's Parc Des Volcans

One of the World’s Most Thrilling Wildlife Experiences

Hiking / Trekking, Wildlife & Natural History
4 days  -  Level 4

Tanzania

mnemba island zanzibar

Zanzibar Extension: Mnemba Island

Snorkeling and Diving in a Magnificent Aquatic World

Cultural Adventures, Sea Kayaking, Snorkeling
4 days  -  Level 2

zanzibar tanzania indian ocean beach

Zanzibar Extension: Serena Inn, Breezes or Palms Resort

Tropical Island Beauty and Indian Ocean Snorkeling

Cultural Adventures, Sea Kayaking, Snorkeling
4 days  -  Level 2

Client Comments

Everything about each lodge exceeded my expectations. They were all unique and had the “wow” factor. Shawna M., Loomis, CA
Thank you for a magical experience. Stephen W., Ithaca, NY