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Caption: Seeing the sun rise above the Masai Mara from a hot air balloon is an unforgettable experience
Caption: Spotting the mighty African elephant is a safari highlight for most travellers
Caption: Serengeti predators
Caption: Graceful giraffes with Mt Kilimanjaro in the background
Caption: Learn about the lives of the local nomadic tribes
Caption: Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania is home to Africa's largest concentration of wildlife
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Activity level: Level 2 Requires moderate physical activity. You need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing steps and be comfortable with some periods of standing. Not suitable if you have limited mobility.
Destination: The Chairman’s Safari:
The Ultimate Kenya & Tanzania Flying Safari
Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Flight information: Please arrange your flights to arrive into Kilimanjaro Airport [JRO], Tanzania before 3pm on Day 1 and depart from Nairobi International Airport [NBO], Kenya after 6pm on Day 10
Pickup location: Kilimanjaro Airport [JRO], Tanzania

Overview

Jun 14 - 23, 2022

From elephants in the Serengeti, to lions in the Masai Mara and much more in between, this luxury flying safari of Kenya and Tanzania includes unique accommodation and fantastic experiences for the trip of a lifetime!

Join us on this Ultimate Flying Safari of Kenya and Tanzania, hand-crafted by our CEO, So. With his years of knowledge out on safari in Africa, he's put together this exclusive tour featuring four stunning safari destinations in East Africa's best safari destinations for you to discover!

Unique accommodation and attention to detail makes this extraordinary vacation extra special. This journey evokes the safari of old. Stylish accommodation offers sumptuous comfort, personal service and exquisite food, all of which enhances the original African spirit of adventure. Exceptional guides will take you to the very best spots to have a spectacular wildlife experience like no other full of magical moments. As we head from Tanzania into Kenya, travelling overland through the bustling towns and stunning landscapes and flying over the vast plains and savannas, you'll make special memories that will last for years - this really is the trip of a lifetime!

Tanzania’s prolific wildlife and stunning scenery make it one of our most sought after safari destinations. The Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater are stars of the show and are rightly world-famous as two of the best places on the planet to encounter ‘the Big 5’. Your safari will coincide with the migration, where over a million animals follow the rains. It is without doubt one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth!

Kenya offers diverse and plentiful wildlife viewing opportunities. Although many are attracted to the Masai Mara, one of the world’s greatest safari destinations, Kenya is also known for its pioneering wildlife conservancies such as the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, which offers guests an unforgettable combination of scenery, superb game viewing, excellent hospitality and conservation education.

Rwanda Tour Extension - What's more, if you'd like to extend your African adventure, then there's the possibility to extend your safari and travel to Rwanda to see the mountain gorillas. Please contact us for further information on this unique experience.

Itinerary

Itinerary summary: DAY 1 - Welcome to Tanzania
DAY 2 - To the Ngorongoro Crater
DAY 3 - To the Serengeti
DAY 4 - Serengeti Game Drive
DAY 5 - To the Masai Mara
DAY 6 - Discovering the Masai Mara
DAY 7 - The Marvellous Masai Mara
DAY 8 - To Lewa Conservancy
DAY 9 - Game Drives in Lewa Conservancy
DAY 10 - To Nairobi & Onwards Home
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DAY 1 - Welcome to Tanzania

This ultimate safari begins at Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania. On arrival, meet your driver, who will transfer you to the lovely Onsea House in nearby Arusha. Set in the hills with stunning views over the town, this boutique hotel has a fabulous restaurant and open-air swimming pool. It’s the perfect place to relax after a long flight.

We suggest you arrange your flights to arrive before 3pm to give you time to settle in before we all meet for dinner in the evening to start the tour.

Included meals: Welcome Dinner 
Accommodation: Onsea House, Arusha 

DAY 2 - To the Ngorongoro Crater

Day 2: To the Ngorongoro Crater

After an early breakfast, we head towards the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and descend into the Ngorongoro Crater.

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Ngorongoro Crater is 600 meters deep, 20km wide and is the largest unflooded, unbroken caldera in the world. It holds the greatest concentration of wildlife in Africa and is an extraordinary ecosystem, where you can find the Big Five and, if you’re lucky, the endangered black rhino. The greater Ngorongoro Conservation Area conserves the fragile Ngorongoro Crater ecosystem and serves as an important space for the animals of the Great Migration to give birth at Lake Ndutu, which borders the southern Serengeti.

When it was still active, the volcano deposited its ash on what are now the Serengeti plains towards the west, preserving many fossils in Olduvai (Oldupai) Gorge, discovered by Louis and Mary Leakey.

We will enjoy a game drive and stop for a picnic lunch in Ngorongoro, before driving to Pakulala Luxury Safari Camp late in the afternoon. Once checked-in, we will enjoy dinner together this evening.

Included meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch and Dinner 
Accommodation: Pakulala Luxury Safari Camp, Ngorogoro Crater 

DAY 3 - To the Serengeti

After breakfast, we leave Pakulala Luxury Safari Camp and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area behind us as we travel to the Serengeti National Park, which is famous for its mass migration of wildebeest and zebras.

Today, you will be out on a game drive for a large part of the day, before reaching the award-winning Bush Rover Migration Camp. A private and unique safari camp, right in the heart of the action but away from the crowds, the camp is seasonal and moves between 3 private sites depending on the migrations, but always within the Serengeti ecosystem.

The migration occurs year-round, but during the middle months of the year, the camp is located in the far north of the Serengeti, near the great Mara River and it can hop between Tanzania and Kenya following the animals.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Bush Rover Migration Camp, Serengeti River 

DAY 4 - Serengeti Game Drive

Today enjoy thrilling safaris in this game-rich area of Serengeti and marvel at the greatest safari spectacle in the world – the great wildebeest migration. Return to the camp after your game drive, relax in the mess tent or on the balcony of your Bush Rover suite and take in the surroundings before heading to the campfire for a sundowner and dinner prepared by your private chef.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Bush Rover Migration Camp, Serengeti River 

DAY 5 - To the Masai Mara

After breakfast, we head north towards the Serengeti Northern gate, Tabora B and the Isebania Border Post. Here you will cross the border into Kenya, where you will be met by your driver to transfer to the Neptune Mara Rianta Camp.

Upon arrival, enjoy the stunning views from the lodge over lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy your first game drive in the Masai Mara. There is an incredible variety of wildlife on offer here including elephants, lion, giraffe, buffalo and zebra to name just a few.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Neptune Mara Rianta Camp, Masai Mara 

DAY 6 - Discovering the Masai Mara

The Masai Mara, together with Tanzania’s Serengeti, forms Africa’s most famous wildlife area. The iconic landscape consists of endless grass plains and acacia trees. You will also probably see the colourful Maasai communities, after whom the game reserve is named.

Today, you can enjoy a morning and afternoon game drive in this iconic wildlife area before regrouping in the evening for dinner.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Neptune Mara Rianta Camp, Masai Mara 

DAY 7 - The Marvellous Masai Mara

The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Aside from the wildebeest are large prides of lions looking for an easy meal, plus a whole host of other ‘hangers on’ including elephant, gazelle, giraffe and eland. Most of today will be spent on game drives, viewing wild animals in their natural habitat, and realising why this experience is on most people’s bucket lists!

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Neptune Mara Rianta Camp, Masai Mara 
Optional extras: OPTIONAL EXTRA: Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise - $495 / £384 per person
Few balloon trips are as breathtaking as the one over the Masai Mara. Set out early to take off as the sun rises over the plains over the Masai Mara. Drift silently on the breeze, absorbing the sights, seeing the stunning scenery and animals from up high in pure tranquility. And what's more, upon touch down, you will be met by your jeep and transported to enjoy a champagne breakfast in the middle of bush! It really is an experience of a lifetime! 
 

DAY 8 - To Lewa Conservancy

After a final morning game drive in the Masai Mara transfers you to the Mara Airstrip, where we board a private charter flight to fly far north across Kenya to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. You will be met by our local drivers on arrival and transferred to the camp in time for lunch.

The Lewa Conservancy, located in the dry north close to the Equator and in sight of lofty Mount Kenya serves as a safe refuge for the critically endangered black rhino and the endangered Grevy’s zebra. It is also home to elephant, lion, giraffe, wild dog and other iconic wildlife species in Kenya as well as more than 400 species of birds.

After lunch at the camp, head out for your afternoon game drive in this unique wildlife conservancy, before returning for dinner together this evening.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Elewana Lewa Safari Camp, Lewa Conservancy 

DAY 9 - Game Drives in Lewa Conservancy

The Lewa landscape offers guests the trip of a lifetime with its unforgettable combination of scenery, superb game viewing, excellent hospitality and conservation education. Visitors to Lewa are privy to some of the most spectacular wildlife viewing that Kenya has to offer: lion, leopard and jackal thrive on the rich diversity of prey that inhabits the area. The Wildlife Conservancy is home to the largest concentration of Grevy’s zebra in the world, and its range of habitats attracts diverse birdlife and hosts over 200 black and white rhino.

During your stay at Lewa, you will not only be signing up for a great African adventure, you will also directly contribute towards wildlife conservation and community development.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: Elewana Lewa Safari Camp, Lewa Conservancy 

DAY 10 - To Nairobi & Onwards Home

After an early breakfast and a last morning game drive, transfer to Lewa Airstrip for your flight to Nairobi's Wilson Airport.

Upon arrival in Nairobi, transfer to Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight home.

Those with a late departure time can spend some time before transfer to the airport in the safari lounge.

N.B. - Please make sure that all international departure flights are arranged to depart from Nairobi after 6pm.

Included meals: Breakfast 
Optional extras: Rwanda Extension:
If you'd like to extend your African adventure, then there's the possibility to extend your safari and travel to Rwanda to see the mountain gorillas. Please contact us for further information on this unique experience. 
 

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What's includedWhat's not includedImportant information

What's included

  • Meet & Greet at Kilimanjaro Airport [JRO] on arrival.
  • Transfers as detailed in the itinerary in 4x4 vehicle with English-speaking driver-guide
  • Accommodation as detailed in the itinerary
  • Meals as detailed in the itinerary
  • Park Entrance Fees into specified Parks and Reserves
  • One way chartered flight: Mara Airstrip - Lewa Airstrip
  • One way economy flight: Lewa Airstrip - Nairobi Wilson Airport [WIL]
  • All activities, visits and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • 2 x ½ litre Mineral Water Bottles per person, per day in Safari vehicle
  • Tour Director from The Big Journey Company (subject to minimum group size being reached)

What's not included

  • International flights into Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania [JRO] and returning from Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenya [NBO]
  • Any meals and drinks not mentioned in itinerary
  • Visas and all other country entry requirements
  • Travel insurance
  • Phone calls, laundry, personal purchases
  • Personal purchases
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Any unforeseen tax increases
  • Any optional activities
  • All entrance fees to non-stipulated attractions
  • Any personal items and anything not mentioned under included in price above
  • Any meals or drinks not mentioned in itinerary
  • Any COVID tests or related entry & exit requirements

Important information

  • Vaccinations are recommended for Tanzania and Kenya. Please consult your doctor for advice.
  • US Passport holders require Visas to visit Tanzania & Kenya. Visas for Kenya are no longer available upon arrival and must be applied for prior to travel
  • Please ensure your departure flights leave Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta Airport after 6pm on the final day of the tour.
  • Please let The Big Journey Company know prior to travelling if you have any medical needs or take any medication that we need to be made aware of to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant tour.
  • Check in is after 2-3pm and check out is before 10am unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
  • Cancellation 90 – 0 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 100%. It is your responsibility to ensure the correct travel insurance in place to protect you against the need to cancel your holiday. Deposits are non-refundable. Balance payments due 14 weeks prior to departure.
  • Further terms and conditions apply and will be provided upon request or at the time of booking. The Big Safari Company reserves the right to withdraw any offer prior to accepting a reservation request. This does not affect your statutory rights. This offer is subject to availability and space is limited.
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