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Don’t cry when you leave Nairobi – you’ll be back here in two weeks. Perve at the pretty pink flamingos in Lake Nakuru, loiter in the Loita Hills and rub shoulders with warriors in the Masai Mara. Lake Victoria’s mad big – look at it and you’ll see. Serengeti and Ngorongoro are a paradise for both animals and animal wannabes alike.
Don't leave East Africa with trying: chipsi mayai (omlette stuffed with chips), nyama choma (barbecue) or ugali na mchicha (starchy stuff with spinach). Wash it down with a Kili or Serengeti beer or maybe a shot of konyagi (local gin) if you're brave.
No activities planned, so head to the Kenyatta market and grab some choma from one of the little stalls at the entrance.
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm.
Settle in for a full day of game drives. This means wildlife. Lake Nakuru is a soda lake (not that kind of soda) which is usually full of flamingos. These creatures aren't born fabulous, they actually start life a boring grey but gradually turn pink from all the plankton.
Drive north-west past great views of the Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha and Elementaita to Lake Nakuru National Park
Drive to Lake Naivasha for a boat cruise and a wander with zebras and giraffes. Meet the locals and camp by the lake. It's the stuff dreams are made of.
Head across the Great Rift Valley floor to Loita Hills. Camp with the friendly and semi-nomadic Masai people and learn about their ancient culture from a local elder. He's like the wise African grandfather you never knew you wanted.
Depart Lake Naivasha and stop in town to do a spot of food shopping, taking a lunch break en route to the camp site at Loita Hills (220 km, approx. 5-6 hours)
Today's drive crosses the Great Rift Valley and journeys into the remote region of Loita Hills
Visit the Maasai people and gain an insight into their ancient culture
After passing the Masai mamas selling their goods at the gate ("mzungu, mzungu" means "foreigner, foreigner", by the way), it won't take long for your first wildlife sighting.
Drive from Loita to Masai Mara (approx. 1-2 hours)
Set camp (outside the park) and have lunch before reboarding the truck
Enjoy an entire day to explore the surrounds and view a multitude of wildlife
Perhaps embark on an optional balloon ride over the Masai Mara at sunrise
Head through the Great Rift Valley and stop for supplies in Kisii before the safari excursion. You can't prepare yourself for the amount of awesome you're about to be subjected to. So just sit back and let it happen.
Board your safari truck and travel west
Cross the scenic Great Rift Valley on the way to the tea-growing highlands
Pass through the ancient homeland of the Maasai, keeping a look out for the tall, graceful tribesmen
Stop for a picnic lunch in the town of Narok
Make a final stop near the hilltop town of Kisii, your last chance to stock up on supplies before heading into the wilderness
Today's drive will take about 8-9 hours (310 km) and the roads are pretty rough
Camp on the shores of Lake Victoria, Africa's largest lake. It's just like camping beside other lakes, only better.
Don't be that person who is constantly shoving and elbowing their way into the prime wildlife position, just wait your turn. If you forgot to bring your binoculars you'll be kicking yourself by now.
Rise early and leave the truck behind to head out for your excursion into the Serengeti
View plenty of animals and birdlife, from members the Big Five to perhaps some creatures you don't expect
Your big truck gets a rest today as we take 4WDs down to the crater floor. With pop-top roofs and easy access to your driver (and all their stories), you'll love this change for the day.
Rise with the sun and leave the Serengeti for Ngorongoro Crater, home to some 30,000 animals (approx 3 hrs drive)
After a picnic lunch, descend onto the floor of the crater for a safari lasting four-five hours
Depart the crater in the afternoon and relive the safari experience at the bar
Take a final 4WD excursion across the Ngorongoro Crater. Press on to Mto Wa Mbu, browse the markets and camp in Meserani.
Camp overnight in Meserani
Head back to Nairobi, travelling through Arusha en route. Nyama Choma Place on Milimani Road is the perfect spot for a final group barbecue.
Important: Please don't book any flights until after 6pm this evening.
**This trip is run by our sister company Intrepid**
Kisii - Soapstone carving cooperative, Lake Nakuru - Game drive, Lake Nakuru - Village walk, Loita Hills - Cultural talk and village visit, Masai Mara - Game drive, Mto Wa Mbu - Market Visit, Musoma - Market visit, Ngorongoro Crater - Game drive, Serengeti - Game drive, Visit to New Hope Children's Centre
14 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 12 dinners
International flights, airport transfers, departure taxes, visas, insurance (compulsory on all trips), meals not listed, any optional tours or activities during free time, camera fees, excess baggage charges, tips and items of a personal nature.
HOT AIR BALLOONING:
An optional sunrise balloon ride in the Masai Mara or Serengeti National Park is possible on this itinerary. Please see Days 6-7 and 11-12 for full details of this activity. As the balloon only holds 16 people, places are limited and we recommend that you book in advance. Please inquire when booking your trip to book this optional activity.
This is a combination trip made up of 2 or more shorter trips. This means the composition of your group may change in Nairobi as some group members leave and new ones join you.
This trip finishes upon arrival in Nairobi on Day 15. Please do not book any flights until after 6pm this evening.
**This trip is operated by our sister company Intrepid**
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
5 October 2014