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Maasai Footsteps

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Day 1  Arrive Nairobi
Welcome to Kenya! Upon arrival in Nairobi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Nairobi Serena Hotel

Nairobi Serena Hotel

Peacefully set in landscaped gardens, the five star Nairobi Serena Hotel overlooks Central Park and is five minutes walking distance from the city center.

Each room has satellite TV, minibar, electronic safe, direct dial telephone, air conditioning, private bath and shower, telephone in bathroom, hair dryer and shaving mirror. All bedrooms and halls are newly renovated. All suites fitted with facsimile.

The hotel is renowned for efficient, personalized and attentive service. Dining: Mandhari Restaurant offers fine a la carte dining with modern contemporary cuisine. Cafe Mahred is an all day restaurant with theme buffets and a la carte menu.

A residents lounge and pool bar are also available. Sports: Maisha Health and Fitness Center with sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, gymnasium and massage. Fresh water swimming pool. Complimentary golf facilities nearby.

Additional features: business center with PC, facsimile and meeting room. Conference rooms for 10 to 250 people, audio visual equipment, boutiques, hair salon, car rental, free parking, 24 hour room service, free courtesy bus to and from town.

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Day 2  Nairobi-Sweetwaters (BLD)
A short flight takes you to Nanyuki at the foot of Mt. Kenya. Your camp lies in the heart of the private 24,000 acre Sweetwaters Game Reserve. After lunch, search for giraffe, zebra, elephant, cheetah and lion on an afternoon game drive.
Sweetwaters Tented Camp

Sweetwaters Tented Camp

Sweetwaters Tented Camp lies in the heart of privately owned 24,000 acre Sweetwaters Game Reserve, enjoying magnificent views across the game-studded plains to the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya. Overlooking a floodlit waterhole, the camp offers visitors an unforgettable opportunity to watch and photograph animals in their natural habitat.

Accommodation is provided in luxuriously appointed tents, set under thatch, with en suite facilities and private verandah. Each tent overlooks the waterhole. Within the quaint, original farmhouse is the dining room, bar and reception.

Day and night game drives by four-wheel drive vehicles, walking safaris escorted by a knowledgeable ranger, bird walks, camel safaris and outdoor dining ensure there is always plenty to do.

With its superb accommodation, personal service, first class cuisine and outstanding array of activities, Sweetwaters is in a class of its own.

Facilities:

  • 30 en suite tents
  • Waterhole and salt lick
  • Swimming pool
  • Bird walks
  • Walking safaris
  • Camel safaris
  • Bush luncheons & dinners
  • Safari sundowners
  • "Out of Africa" weddings

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Day 3  Sweetwaters-Masai Mara (BLD)
A light aircraft flight takes you to Kenya's most famous reserve, arriving in time for lunch. Birdwatchers will delight in the Masai Mara, as more than 500 species of birds have been recorded. There are over 16 species of eagles and 9 species of sunbird.
Mara Serena Lodge

Mara Serena Lodge

An interpretation of a traditional Masai Manyatta village of domed huts, Mara Serena Safari Lodge is set on the saddle of a hill where it overlooks the 1,800 square kilometers of rolling plains, woodlands and rivers that make up the Masai Mara Triangle - one of the world's richest wildlife sanctuaries. No other lodge has such a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape or the game and birdlife that inhabit it. It is on this very terrain stretching endlessly before the lodge where the annual migrations take place, where millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle traverse the landscape to feed on the rich new grass and give birth to their young.



74 Guest Rooms

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Day 4  Masai Mara (BLD)
Morning and afternoon game drives in the Mara are exciting. Teeming wildlife includes a variety of plains game such as zebra, buffalo, wildebeest, gazelle, as well as predators such as hyena, jackal, lion, leopard and cheetah.
Mara Serena Lodge

Mara Serena Lodge

An interpretation of a traditional Masai Manyatta village of domed huts, Mara Serena Safari Lodge is set on the saddle of a hill where it overlooks the 1,800 square kilometers of rolling plains, woodlands and rivers that make up the Masai Mara Triangle - one of the world's richest wildlife sanctuaries. No other lodge has such a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape or the game and birdlife that inhabit it. It is on this very terrain stretching endlessly before the lodge where the annual migrations take place, where millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle traverse the landscape to feed on the rich new grass and give birth to their young.



74 Guest Rooms

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Day 5  Masai Mara-Serengeti (BLD)
We cross the border from Kenya into Tanzania at Isebania and continue by road to the Serengeti. The short grass plains of the Serengeti are ideal for a cheetah on the hunt - and the plentiful Thomson's and Grant's gazelle provide good targets. Unlike some of the other cats, cheetah will hunt in daylight, so with luck, you might see one on the prowl.
Serengeti Serena Lodge

Serengeti Serena Lodge

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge is set high on a hill with breathtaking vistas of sweeping grasslands and the unspoiled wilderness landscape of the Serengeti plains. Big game feed in full view of the lodge. The Serengeti is a natural paradise and home to one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth - the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle.

The lodge design is simple but stunning. Inspired by a traditional African village, separate rondavel "huts" house the luxury guest rooms that have their own view of the vast Serengeti plains. From the overall impression to the smallest detail, the lodge is rich in local atmosphere created by indigenous handicrafts and art.

A delightful water feature runs through the main public areas, creating a natural source of waterborne plants and provides a home to many indigenous species of reptiles, amphibians and birds.

All 66 guest rooms have private balconies with views of the Serengeti Plains

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Day 6  Serengeti (BLD)
Morning and afternoon game drives give you time to experience the expansive open plains of the Serengeti. Thousands of wildebeest, zebra and other plains game seem like dots across the horizon.
Serengeti Serena Lodge

Serengeti Serena Lodge

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge is set high on a hill with breathtaking vistas of sweeping grasslands and the unspoiled wilderness landscape of the Serengeti plains. Big game feed in full view of the lodge. The Serengeti is a natural paradise and home to one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth - the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle.

The lodge design is simple but stunning. Inspired by a traditional African village, separate rondavel "huts" house the luxury guest rooms that have their own view of the vast Serengeti plains. From the overall impression to the smallest detail, the lodge is rich in local atmosphere created by indigenous handicrafts and art.

A delightful water feature runs through the main public areas, creating a natural source of waterborne plants and provides a home to many indigenous species of reptiles, amphibians and birds.

All 66 guest rooms have private balconies with views of the Serengeti Plains

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Day 7  Serengeti-Ngorongoro (BLD)
This morning, game drive your way across the plains, stopping for a picnic lunch before continuing to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Arrive at your lodge early this afternoon. Later visit a nearby Masai village and learn about the Masai way of life.
Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

As if in a land before time, Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is built into the rim of a dormant and collapsed volcano (known as a caldera), the plant and ivy-covered native stone blending masterfully with its surroundings. Close by lies the Olduvai Gorge, the "birthplace of man". Today the volcano and surrounding landscape are part of a vast conservation area inhabited by the Masai tribe, as well as an extraordinary variety of big game and birdlife. Most guest rooms have private terraces with views of the crater floor where countless animals make their home. At Ngorongoro Serena Lodge visitors co-exist in perfect harmony with the natural environment and the wildlife that inhabits it.

Facilities

  • 75 rock-built rooms with panoramic private balconies
  • Rock built dining room and bar with central fire
  • Extensive viewing terraces
  • Game drives into the Crater daily
  • Wedding planning and honeymoon venue
  • Gift shop, business centre, WiFi
  • Tented conference centre
  • Extensive selection of sports and activities
  • Cultural dance and music
  • TV room with satellite TV






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Day 8  Ngorongoro (BLD)
This morning you will descend about 2,000 feet to the crater floor for a full day of game viewing. The Crater's variety of eco-systems provides abundant food and water for its residents and it is estimated that 25,000 animals live in the crater. There are several animals noted for their absence - one of them is the giraffe, because there is insufficient food supply to sustain them.
Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

As if in a land before time, Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is built into the rim of a dormant and collapsed volcano (known as a caldera), the plant and ivy-covered native stone blending masterfully with its surroundings. Close by lies the Olduvai Gorge, the "birthplace of man". Today the volcano and surrounding landscape are part of a vast conservation area inhabited by the Masai tribe, as well as an extraordinary variety of big game and birdlife. Most guest rooms have private terraces with views of the crater floor where countless animals make their home. At Ngorongoro Serena Lodge visitors co-exist in perfect harmony with the natural environment and the wildlife that inhabits it.

Facilities

  • 75 rock-built rooms with panoramic private balconies
  • Rock built dining room and bar with central fire
  • Extensive viewing terraces
  • Game drives into the Crater daily
  • Wedding planning and honeymoon venue
  • Gift shop, business centre, WiFi
  • Tented conference centre
  • Extensive selection of sports and activities
  • Cultural dance and music
  • TV room with satellite TV






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Day 9  Ngorongoro-Lake Manyara (BLD)
Drive to Lake Manyara, depicted in Hemingway's novel, "The Green Hills of Africa". After lunch, enjoy an afternoon game drive in this delightful park. The acacia woods provide a great playground for the banded mongoose, who can often be found following paths through the forests in search of insects.
Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

It is difficult to imagine a more spectacular setting for Lake Manyara Serena Lodge - on the edge of the Mto Wa Mbu escarpment, overlooking the Great Rift Valley and the stunning Manyara soda lake. Tree-climbing lions are but one lure. The extraordinary birdlife has made this place world-renowned among ornithologists, who come to observe the masses of pink flamingos and great birds of prey.

The abundant birdlife inspired the design of Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge - swooping curves are complemented by soft, geometric patterns; stylish murals depict bird migration patterns. The circular shape of the buildings is a tribute to indigenous architectural traditions. Beyond the superb standards of hospitality offered, there is a spirit of tranquility that prevails.

67 Guest Rooms

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Day 10  Lake Manyara-Arusha-Depart (BLD)
Return to Arusha today for lunch. A day room is available for your use until your transfer to the airport later this evening.

Land Only Per Person Prices in US Dollars
Departs Daily
  Per Person Sharing a Twin Bedded Room Per Person in a Single Bedded Room
06 JAN 14 - 31 MAR 14$6,895$7,495
01 APR 14 - 25 MAY 14$5,795$5,895
26 MAY 14 - 31 OCT 14$7,295$7,895
All prices are based on a minimum of 2 people traveling together. We are happy to quote published airfare for this program. Holiday supplement of $65 per night per person applies for travel between December 22-January 5 and March 26-April 2. (14V)
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