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Your 14-day journey promises the ultimate in romance, excitement and adventure, taking in luxurious lodges in the Mara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro before whisking you off to a blissful island retreat on Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean.

Begin the journey at Mara Plains in a private concession bordering the famed Masai Mara Reserve, where thrilling Big 5 adventures are coupled with a luxurious safari lodge boasting stunning views and impeccable service. Continue to the Serengeti in Tanzania, scene of the Great Migration and one of the Natural Wonders of the World, where teeming herds brave the dangers of a multitude of predators. Next, visit Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater, where one of the most astonishing wildlife spectacles on earth awaits you. Finally, wind down from your safari with four blissful nights at Zanzi Resort on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar.

Perfect as a honeymoon or anniversary trip, this journey promises to be the holiday of a lifetime, and a source of memories to last forever.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Witness the Great Migration in season
  • Lowest vehicle density in Kenya
  • Highest lion population in the Masai Mara
  • Excellent Big 5 game viewing with Swarovski binoculars & cameras provided
  • Day & night game drives
  • Guided safari walks & hot-air ballooning
  • Water sports, scuba diving & fishing on Zanzibar
  • Spice tours & visit enigmatic Stone Town

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Kenya

On arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by a representative and transferred to the House Of Waine boutique hotel.

Situated in the quiet, leafy and secure upmarket neighbourhood of Karen, the House Of Waine is an elegant retreat set in a beautiful tropical garden, and is the ideal place for you to unwind after your journey to Kenya. Designed in a timelessly stylish manner incorporating European and East African décor themes, there are several inviting lounge areas and a delightful pool garden in which to unwind. In the evening a sumptuous dinner will be served in the dining room, providing you with your first taste of top-class Kenyan cuisine.

Days 2-4

Adventures in the Mara

After a delicious breakfast, you are taken to Wilson Airport for your charter flight to the Mara.

Landing at the airstrip, you are met by your guide and taken for the short game drive through the Olare Motorogi Conservancy to Mara Plains Camp. The conservancy was borne of a partnership between the Maasai landowners and the safari operators in order to create a vast region bordering on the Masai Mara where both the wildlife and the people of this region may enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship. The result is that the wildlife has flourished, and the local herdsmen are prospering from being custodians of the game. Utilising a low-density and low-impact tourism model, the conservancy only allows certain numbers of visitors, ensuring an exclusive and authentic safari experience.

Arriving at Mara Plains Camp, you find an exquisitely designed lodge blending in perfectly with the forest crowding the banks of the Ntiakatek River. Teak decking supports stretched canvas structures supported by carved wooden beams, and the décor is reminiscent of the early campaign style, with brass and leather touches accentuating sumptuous and colourful furnishings with a distinctly East African pioneer theme.

Your enormous suite is tucked away among the trees a short distance away from the main building, and the open-plan design incorporates a huge bed swathed in mosquito netting, a lounge area and bathroom with a free-standing copper bath. The interior flows seamlessly to the expansive outer verandah, where a tremendous view is laid out before you.

Soon after, it is time to set off on your first game drive. Equipped with a complimentary professional camera, zoom lens and a pair of Swarovski binoculars, all you need to do is find the wildlife for which this area is famed.

The Olare Motorogi Conservancy has the lowest vehicle density in the Mara region, coupled with the highest lion population. This translates into an incredible sense of freedom as you traverse this untrammelled wilderness, along with a palpable sense of excitement as to what you may encounter. Here, the lion prides are strong, numbering in excess of a dozen, while leopards stalk the rocky koppies and deep woodlands.

Herds of zebra, wildebeest and gazelles graze peacefully in the open plains, watched closely by cheetahs on the lookout for the unwell, the old and the unwary.

As the first stars appear in the sky, you take the drive back to the lodge while your guide uses a spotlight to pick out the glowing eyes of nocturnal animals as they emerge into the night- bushbabies leap acrobatically from tree to tree and genets glide like quicksilver through the boughs of the acacias.

Arriving back, the lodge is warmly aglow in lantern and firelight, and delicious aromas waft from the kitchen. A sumptuous dinner is served shortly thereafter, and as you indulge with an appetite sharpened by the fresh air, the sounds of the African night reverberate around you.

On one of your mornings, you are able to take to the sky on a balloon safari, which ranks as one of the most amazing ways to experience this wondrous landscape as you silently drift above it. With a bird’s eye view, your sightlines command a vast area of the plains, woodlands and river, while herds of zebras, wildebeest and elephants dot the landscape and slowly drift by below you.

Days 5-7

Into the Serengeti

Enjoy your final breakfast on the terrace, then bid Mara Plains farewell as you head to the airstrip. A short flight delivers you to MIgori, where a representative meets you and drives you across the border into Tanzania, assisting you with the immigration procedures. You then board another light aircraft for the short hop into the Serengeti.

Although you are not a great distance from the Mara as the crow flies, the landscape is distinctly different. Below you are the endless, rolling plains known to the Maasai as Siringitu, ‘the place where the land moves on forever’. Arriving at the airstrip, your guide meets you for a game drive to Serengeti Safari Camp.

This one of the planet’s last remaining natural migration corridors and one of the oldest ecosystems on earth, the climate, vegetation and fauna have remained mostly unchanged over the past million years. The natural instinct that drives the annual Great Migration of more than a million wildebeest, gazelle and zebra is so powerful that neither drought nor crocodile-infested rivers can halt it. Outside of the migration period, a host of wildlife remains to be seen. This is classic Big 5 country set in an epic landscape of vast proportions.

Arriving at Serengeti Safari Camp, you notice this intimate explorer’s style camp is permeated by a sense of nostalgic adventure. Steeped in character, its opulence is delightfully out-of-place with the rugged terrain of the surrounding savannah plains. Wood, canvas, leather and detailed finishing touches are the dominant themes, where one might just feel as if you had stepped into a Hemingway story.

Game drives here are varied and exciting, and with thousands of hectares of wilderness available to explore with your expert guide, nature will hold you enthralled as you witness the dramas that unfold around you. As the sun starts to lower in the sky, lending a golden tinge to the landscape, toast the setting sun as it slowly disappears over the far-flung hills beyond the great open plains before you. This is a magical time in the African bush, as the day gives way to the evening stars above you and a fitting end to your first day in the Serengeti.

A spotlit night drive back to the camp reveals lesser-seen nocturnal creatures emerging to forage and hunt; their shining eyes in the darkness spotted by your observant guide.

Settle into the ancient rhythm of the land around you, an endless drama that unfolds in patterns as old as time itself. You rise with the sun, eager with the anticipation of what the morning’s game drive will bring. The dew glitters in the grass, the air is cool, animals are still active. The tracks and spoor on the ground tell the tale of the night before. Your guide reveals the marvels that surround you, the myriad secrets of the bush that show themselves to the careful observer. A drag-mark in the grass leads you to the tree where a leopard hid his kill the night before. You revel in the thrill of knowing that he may be somewhere nearby. As you breathlessly take in the scene, the lazy flick of a tail suddenly reveals the majestic cat, supine on a branch, perfectly camouflaged by his beautifully spotted coat.

Day 8

Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro

Bidding Serengeti Safari Camp farewell in the morning, you set off for the airstrip where your charter flight awaits to wing you to Manyara.

Your guide meets you at the airstrip, and you set off into Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive. This small but important park is incredibly diverse in habitat, giving a home to a great variety of species - famous for its tree-climbing lions; with herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra that congregate on the grassy plains, while the forests are home to impressively tusked elephants. The birdlife on the lake is spectacularly prolific, and sometimes huge flocks of flamingos turn the shores pink with their plumage.

You drive through huge stands of fig, mahogany and acacia trees where monkeys shriek and chatter above; drift out into the open plains, where the lake shimmers blue in the heat haze. Elephants moving toward the water take on a dreamlike quality as they shift in and out of focus in the distance. Moving closer, you watch as they plunge into the water to drink and bathe. Their sense of enjoyment is almost palpable as they splash water over their huge bodies, slurp up great trunkfuls to drink, and the youngsters cavort playfully in the shallows.

As the afternoon wears on, you ascend the towering escarpment to and proceed to the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, where Lemala Ngorongoro sits deep in a forest of ancient acacia trees.

Day 9

Into the Ngorongoro Crater

An early start sees you enjoying a light breakfast on the terrace before you set off to descend the crater walls.

The Ngorongoro Crater ranks as one of the most spectacular wildlife destinations on earth. This long-extinct volcano is the world’s largest intact caldera, and its walls contain an incredible array of habitats, which in turn support an astonishing population of game. With springs and streams to support their water needs, the animals need never leave the crater, and the natural barricades of its walls have protected a population of elephants with enormous tusks, black rhinos and black-maned lions.

With a density of game rarely seen elsewhere, combined with breathtaking scenery, the magic of Ngorongoro will begin to work on your senses. One of the few places in Africa where the Big 5 can be seen in one game drive, there is also so much more to absorb. Herds of gazelle, wildebeest and zebra are resident here, while smaller predators like caracal and serval are also seen, along with the spotted hyena. The Lerai forest and the marshes below it are the domain of enormous tuskers, where sightings of these beautiful animals are enhanced by spectacular scenery as a backdrop.

After a thrilling afternoon, you ascend the crater walls and return to camp, just in time to view a spectacular sunset view over the caldera.

Days 10-13

Zanzibar bliss

You depart Lemala Ngorongoro in the morning and make your way back to the airstrip for your flight to Zanzibar. You fly east over the vastness of Tanzania, and on a clear day, you might see Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance, its snowy cap rearing up from its cape of clouds.

Soon, the Indian Ocean comes into view, and you land at the airport outside Stone Town. A representative will meet you, and take you on the short drive up the west coast to Zanzi Resort.

As you drive through the warm tropical forests, the aromas of spices, frangipani and bougainvillea drift in through the windows - alluring, enticing and exotic: the essence of Zanzibar.

Arriving at the lodge, you find it perched on the ocean’s edge, a collection of Crusoe-chic makuti-roofed buildings set in expansive grounds planted with tropical gardens below palm trees gently waving in the breeze. This is the place you want to kick off your shoes, hide your watch and settle into the blissful pace of island life.

Each of the seven villas is perfectly positioned for privacy, set in its own garden leading down to the limpid sea below. A private pool and sala area are set out at the front, and within your villa you find a huge lounge, bedroom with a 4-poster romantically swathed in mosquito netting, and an en suite bathroom.

You settle into the gentle rhythm of island life, where you can be as active or as relaxed as you choose. After a delicious breakfast of fresh pastries and tropical fruits on your terrace, you decide the programme for the day, and your private concierge will happily arrange whatever you choose.

You can enjoy a host of water sports from right on the premises, with a coral reef perfect for snorkelling just metres away from the shore, or you can go scuba diving, kayaking, kite surfing or fishing if you are feeling active. Bicycles are on offer if you wish to explore the island at your own pace, or perhaps join a guided tour that takes in the spice plantations and the gorgeous historic streets of Stone Town.

The Spa at Zanzi is the ideal retreat if you wish to be pampered, spending a blissful afternoon or even a day indulging in a variety of treatments guaranteed to soothe your body and spirit, especially if you combine it with a yoga class, led by their experienced on-site instructor.

Day 14

Go well...

You enjoy a final breakfast on your terrace, gazing at the limpid ocean before you regretfully have to depart. A driver returns you to the airport for your flight to Dar Es Salaam, where you connect with your onward journey.

Inclusions

  • 9 nights accommodation on full board basis
  • 4 nights accommodation on half board basis
  • Game drives
  • Transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • Hot air balloon safari
  • Scheduled flights as specified in the itinerary
  • Tanzania park entrance fees
  • Tanzania government taxes and levies
  • Tanzania medical evacuation cover
  • Kenya conservancy fees

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 03 Sep 2014 - 03 Oct 2014 $13360
  • 04 Oct 2014 - 03 Nov 2014 $13360
  • 04 Nov 2014 - 04 Dec 2014 $10950
  • 05 Dec 2014 - 31 Dec 2014 $10950

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Lauren Johansson

Lauren Johansson

Africa Safari Expert

"An exclusive luxury tour that is ideal for romantics! These camps have that special something: great locations, spectacular wildlife and really very good guides. Winding down on the tropical island of Zanzibar is the perfect ending to a holiday in Africa."

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