For that once-in-a-lifetime, bucket-list vacation or a celebratory holiday or honeymoon with a difference, look no further than spending 14 days experiencing some of the most thrilling wildlife encounters East Africa has to offer.
Kicking off with a night in Nairobi, you are soon jetting into the Masai Mara for three nights at Sand River. Here, in addition to classic game drives in search of the Big 5, you will be treated to dinner under the stars, a bush lunch and a dawn hot-air balloon ride to see the awakening herds and rising sun, followed by a champagne breakfast. Leaving Kenya behind, you fly into Tanzania for the twinkling shores of Lake Manyara, home to a mega-flock of dusty pink flamingos.
After three nights in a luxurious suite at Escarpment Lodge near the lake, it is time to head west to Rwanda and the extraordinary Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge in Volcanoes National Park. Here, you will follow a guide to see one of the few remaining troupes of mountain gorillas, which are highly endangered and have such ‘human’ expressions and gestures. But there are other unusual species to see, too, such as golden monkeys, which are considered Old World monkeys and have adorable blue faces.
Finally, bag your bags for the wonder of the Serengeti. Lemala Kuria Hills is the perfect spot for a walking safari that revitalises your senses to the sounds, smells and textures of the bush. And a balloon safari over ‘the land that moves forever’ is another unforgettable way to experience Tanzania.
From Nairobi to Rwanda, and the Big 5 to impressive silverbacks, this East African vacation has it all, with a fly-in service to every destination.