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Summary : Enjoy traveling with the tour operator named "World's Best" by readers of Travel+Leisure magazine for an unprecedented eight years in a row. This safari is an ingeniously crafted program offering both Kenya and Tanzania in less than two weeks. For travelers with a limited timeframe, yet who desire to see both countries, it is the ideal safari. The focus is on wildlife and the big herds, visiting four of East Africa's most renowned game viewing areas: the Maasai Mara, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, and Lake Manyara National Park. Three flights make the adventure as comfortable as it is comprehensive. Your accommodations are outstanding--exclusive, romantic, remote yet luxurious and reflecting the indigenous natural materials, art and culture.
Activities : Birding, Culture
$999,999,999 to $0
Your Micato safari begins today as you fly to Europe.
Welcome to Nairobi, Kenya's capital city. An awaiting guide accompanies you to an elegant hotel where your room is ready and waiting.
The day begins with a safari briefing and safari outfitting if you so desire, followed by a fascinating lecture by Maasai Elder Rakita. Next is the city tour, including a private tour of the National Museum, Kenya's premier institution devoted to national culture and heritage. A visit is also made to Giraffe Centre, an elevated treetop aerie where you may hand feed giraffes, quite literally face-to-face. Here a resident expert also presents a private briefing on the Centre's work to save the endangered Rothschild giraffe. Your sightseeing also includes the home of Karen Blixen, author of the inspired autobiography, Out of Africa. Tonight your welcome is made complete at the home of Felix and Jane Pinto for cocktails and dinner. The Pintos take great pleasure in meeting all guests personally, enjoying together an evening where fond friendships are forged.
Fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania. After lunch, wing the way to the ancient lake of Manyara, where game is plentiful and the birdwatching magnificent. It is also one of the few places in Africa to see tree-climbing lions. Your deluxe accommodations at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge overlook the gleaming water below, where you may spy a flurry of the area's pink flamingoes serving as a frantic counterpoint to the hippos lounging in the lake.
Daybreak over the rolling plains is transcendentally lovely as viewed from your room's private verandas. Then you're off on the next leg of your journey to Ngorongoro, the eighth wonder of the natural world. Along the way you drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area—a region created to accommodate the grazing needs of the Maasai people and a unique test of the idea that humans leading a pastoral lifestyle can coexist with wildlife. You arrive at Ngorongoro in time for lunch at our stunning lodge, situated on the rim of the crater. Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
This morning you descend 2,000 feet into the giant caldera of this extinct volcano. This magnificent natural amphitheatre contains the largest concentration of animals in all of Africa. Prides of lion, black rhino and elephant share this land with the legendary Maasai tribesmen. Because the grasses are short, game is easily spotted and can be approached quite closely. You spend a splendid morning on the floor of the crater observing wildlife in this ageless World Heritage Site.
The Serengeti National Park is your destination today. En route you stop at Olduvai Gorge, the "cradle of mankind" where the Leakey family uncovered the fossil of Homo habilis who lived 1.75 million years ago. Arriving at your lodge in time for lunch, you find yourselves deep in the heart of this famous migration corridor. With its wide-open spaces, bright blue skies and creature-filled landscape, over the next two days you will discover why the fabled Serengeti typifies the dream of "Old Africa." Large prides of lions laze in the long grasses, plentiful families of elephants feed on acacia bark and trumpet to each other across the plains, while giraffes, gazelles, monkeys, eland and the whole range of African wildlife present themselves in awe-inspiring numbers. Overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge.
You wing your way across the great plains to the Maasai Mara via Arusha and Nairobi. A game reserve shared with the Maasai people, the Mara most certainly offers the finest game viewing in Kenya as well as the ideal location for an exhilarating Hot Air Balloon Safari. During your time in the Mara, you also visit a Maasai village in the company of an insightful tribal Elder. And, romance awaits in the form of an extraordinary sunset cocktail party in the bush overlooking the Great Rift Valley. Your accommodations will also thrill in an exclusive tented camp: Mara Safari Club/Kichwa Tembo Camp.
Flying back to Nairobi this morning, you may wish to visit an AmericaShare project, revisit a favourite site or simply relax in your dayroom. Later this evening you proceed to the airport, already fondly recalling the trip of a lifetime.
You arrive in Europe and continue to homebound flights.
First-class hotel accommodations based on twin-bedded rooms with private bath or showers; three meals daily based on evening arrives on Day 2; transport and handling of two pieces of luggage per person per airline regulations (Guests are urged to travel with only one medium-sized suitcase. On certain flights within Africa, strict luggage restrictions apply; details are provided in tour documentation. Luggage and personal effects are at the owner's risk throughout the tour.); hotel taxes as imposed by city and state governments, entrance fees to National Parks and Game Reserves, and airport taxes for intra-country flights; internal airfare (Nairobi / Manyara; Serengeti / Maasai Mara / Nairobi).
International airfare; cost of obtaining passports, visa, travel insurance; excess baggage charges; items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, communication (calls, faxes, emails, etc.); international airport departure tax (to be paid in US dollars or acceptable foreign currencies); deviations from the tour; gratuities to safari directors; tour leaders, drivers, rangers and trackers are at your discretion.
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Economy Class from $1,200
Business Class from $5,100