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East Africa Highlights

East Africa Highlights

From $ 5,095 AUD

Description

Discover the best of East Africa on this 10-day journey beginning in Nairobi, Kenya. Travel to some of Africa’s most famous areas including the Masai Mara National Reserve, Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater, where you’ll take multiple game drives in search of the Big Five animals and more. Take in the enormity of Africa’s largest lake and switch Africa’s animals for people as you spend time with the Maasai and Hadzabe people and learn about both their ancient traditions and more modern way of life from an elder.

Trip Name
East Africa Highlights
Last Updated
2024-02-14
Days
10
Capacity
16
Highlights
  • Meet Kenyan Maasai warriors and visit a Maasai village that champions women’s health, and spend time with a Hadzabe community in Tanzania to see how their ancient culture exists today.
  • Venture into the incredible Masai Mara National Reserve for a full-day game drive in 4WDs.
  • Explore the Serengeti National Park in depth, with two early morning and two late afternoon game drives through this spectacular wildlife arena.
  • Take a mind-blowing safari across the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater in an open-roof 4WD for a chance to see the endangered black rhinoceros.
  • Accompanied by a local crew — a leader, driver and cook – you'll be in excellent hands for the duration of your adventure.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll learn about our Intrepid Foundation partner, the East African Wildlife Society. Donations help them protect endangered wildlife, support conservation and promote sustainable management of natural resources in East Africa. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It's important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, political unrest or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. Your group leader or local representative will keep you up to date with any such changes once your trip is underway. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance fees only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your group leader or local representative know you are interested at the Welcome Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and group leader or local representative are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk. ROAD CONDITIONS AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN AFRICA: Roads in Africa are often in very poor condition, which makes it hard on our vehicles. Our vehicles are serviced regularly and are generally in good condition, but breakdowns can and do happen. Sometimes the going on this trip is quite tough, the distances covered fairly large and some of the roads and tracks are not exactly smooth or free from dust, but the rewards are exceptional. The travelling times indicated in our Essential Trip Information is just a rough guide and is dependent on various factors that may be outside our control, such as road conditions, weather and time spent at borders. DRIVE TIMES: The travel times listed in the day to day itinerary are a guide only. Please be aware that delays may occur and please be patient - it's all part of the experience afterall! Additionally, the travel times do not include time spent on game drives as these can vary with each departure.

Day 1 - Nairobi
Welcome to Nairobi, Kenya’s buzzing capital city. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm where you’ll meet your local leader and the other travellers joining you on your journey. If you arrive early, perhaps head out and explore the National Museum of Kenya, the Karen Blixen Museum or the highly recommended Bomas of Kenya, where traditional homesteads of several Kenyan tribes are displayed in an outdoor village. Once you've met your new travel buds, join them for an optional group dinner or alternatively strike out on your own.
Day 2 - Masai Mara National Reserve
Transfer from Nairobi to the famous Masai Mara, one of the best game reserves in all of Africa. On the way you'll stop in Loita Hills, a remote region that's home to the traditional Maasai people. This is one of the key places where the Maasai people still practice their traditional way of life, with little influence from the western world. Make a stop at Tepesua Village, which is known for championing Maasai women’s health and education. You’ll be welcomed by Maasai Warriors by way of traditional song and dance. Meet your Maasai hosts and enjoy a fascinating talk, full of insights into this remarkable and ancient culture. Take a walk to the community village which was founded for widows who had lost their cows due to drought, and can never remarry. The village offers support, safety and economic growth through the ‘Tepesua Widows Income Project’. Here the women are engaged in making handicrafts and sewing eco-friendly handbags, washable sanitary pads, and backpacks to sell to visiting travellers and locals. Learn about village life and be shown around a traditional Maasai home, and their cattle enclosures. Continue to the outskirts of the Masai Mara, where your permanent tented camp can be found.
Day 3 - Masai Mara National Reserve
Explore the Masai Mara in 4WD safari vehicles with game drives in both the morning and the afternoon. This is the quintessential African experience and with sparse open plains, dramatic skies and some of the world's most impressive animals, one you won't soon forget. Keep your eyes peeled for wildebeest, lions, leopards, antelope and giraffes, to name but a few.
Day 4 - Lake Victoria
Prepare for a long travel day as you head towards the border separating Kenya and Tanzania, then on to the small town of Musoma on the shores of Lake Victoria. Not only is this the largest lake in Africa, it's also the largest tropical lake in the entire world and shares its shores with Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The next three days will be spent in the wilderness, so make the most of your afternoon and evening by stocking up at the local market, grabbing cash from the town's ATM and kicking back with a cold drink as the sun goes down.
Day 5 - Serengeti National Park
Travel on from Lake Victoria to Serengeti National Park and enjoy a picnic lunch at the entrance to the famous expanse. Continue to your campsite on your first Serengeti game drive in your overland vehicle, keeping an eye out for the hoofed animals and predators that call this place home. Tonight you'll have a true African safari experience, camping in an unfenced site within the national park, right in the heart of the animal action. Your leader will give you a full safety briefing once you arrive.   
Day 6 - Serengeti National Park
Wake to another glorious day in the Serengeti. Start the day with an early morning overland vehicle game drive to search for animals when they're at their most active, then return to the campsite for a relaxed brunch. Spend the hottest part of the day relaxing in camp – don't stress, the animals will be doing the same – then head off again in the afternoon for another drive through the park. Return to the campsite for dinner and another night under the Serengeti's stars. Note: there's also an option of an early hot air balloon ride here. Please ask your leader at the start of your trip if you're interested.   
Day 7 - Karatu
Enjoy a final game drive through the Serengeti as you exit the park this morning and cross over to the Ngorongoro Conservation area where you'll descend to the Ngorongoro's crater floor for a 4WD excursion. If all goes to plan, you'll see some or maybe even all of the Big Five animals that reside here and better yet, the vehicle has an open roof so you can really feel like a part of the action. The animals here are less wary of humans and vehicles and as a result it's easier to watch them from up close. Take in the spectacular views from the rim of the crater as you make your way to the bottom, where animals roam the lakes, rivers, woodlands and hills. Keep an eye out for wildebeest, lion, zebra, cheetah, buffalo, gazelle and the endangered black rhino, as well as the colorfully dressed Maasai people who often water their cattle at the lake here. In the afternoon, we leave the Ngorongoro Crater and drive to Karatu, a small town on its outskirts and your base for the next two nights.
Day 8 - Karatu
After breakfast this morning, you’ll make your way to Lake Eyasi, a huge seasonal soda lake. Lake Eyasi has been home to the Hadzabe people for more than 10,000 years and is one of the few places in Africa where traditional tribal life continues without modern influence. Today’s visit to the Hadzabe lands offers incredible insight into this ancient culture and a chance to learn about their way of life today. You’ll have the opportunity to meet members of the community and join in on daily activities like hunting, gathering and traditional dance. You’ll also learn about their unique ‘click’ language, which is thought to be one of the oldest languages still in use today. Return to your lodge in Karatu later in the day for a chance to put your feet up and relax.
Day 9 - Arusha
Today is a free day to relax or choose from the various optional activities available from your base in Karatu. You might like to head to a local coffee plantation or take a Game Drive in Lake Manyara National Park. Perhaps opt for a hike through the Ngorongoro Reserve Forest to Elephant Caves accompanied by an expert local guide and armed ranger. It's the perfect way to stretch your legs after a few days of overland travel. You'll hike through the Ngorongoro rainforest as your local guide explains the ins and outs of the area here and points out interesting animal tracks and footprints. Marvel at the wild landscape and spot beautiful birdlife as you walk. In the afternoon, we head to Arusha, where we will spend our last night.
Day 10 - Arusha / Nairobi
Your adventure comes to an end after breakfast today. A departure transfer can be booked, at an additional expense, to either Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) or Arusha Airport (ARK). Alternatively, you can continue on with our crew to finish in Nairobi. Please see 'Special Information' below for more details.

Trip Dates

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17-05-202426-05-2024AUD $ 5,630-
24-05-202402-06-2024AUD $ 5,170-
31-05-202409-06-2024AUD $ 5,275-
07-06-202416-06-2024AUD $ 6,015-
11-06-202420-06-2024AUD $ 5,170-
14-06-202423-06-2024AUD $ 6,015-
21-06-202430-06-2024AUD $ 5,800-
28-06-202407-07-2024AUD $ 6,240-
02-07-202411-07-2024AUD $ 5,635-
05-07-202414-07-2024AUD $ 6,185-
09-07-202418-07-2024AUD $ 5,965-
12-07-202421-07-2024AUD $ 6,185-
19-07-202428-07-2024AUD $ 6,625-
23-07-202401-08-2024AUD $ 5,965-
26-07-202404-08-2024AUD $ 6,405-
02-08-202411-08-2024AUD $ 6,405-
09-08-202418-08-2024AUD $ 5,965-
16-08-202425-08-2024AUD $ 6,625-
20-08-202429-08-2024AUD $ 5,965-
23-08-202401-09-2024AUD $ 6,625-
30-08-202408-09-2024AUD $ 6,020-
06-09-202415-09-2024AUD $ 6,280-
13-09-202422-09-2024AUD $ 5,855-
17-09-202426-09-2024AUD $ 6,280-
20-09-202429-09-2024AUD $ 6,280-
24-09-202403-10-2024AUD $ 5,805-
27-09-202406-10-2024AUD $ 5,750-
04-10-202413-10-2024AUD $ 6,015-
08-10-202417-10-2024AUD $ 5,355-
11-10-202420-10-2024AUD $ 5,750-
18-10-202427-10-2024AUD $ 5,855-
25-10-202403-11-2024AUD $ 5,750-
15-11-202424-11-2024AUD $ 5,530-
13-12-202422-12-2024AUD $ 5,530-
27-12-202405-01-2025AUD $ 5,530-
03-01-202512-01-2025AUD $ 5,095-
17-01-202526-01-2025AUD $ 5,095-
07-02-202516-02-2025AUD $ 5,095-
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28-02-202509-03-2025AUD $ 5,095-
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13-06-202522-06-2025AUD $ 5,095-
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22-08-202531-08-2025AUD $ 5,095-
29-08-202507-09-2025AUD $ 5,095-
05-09-202514-09-2025AUD $ 5,095-
09-09-202518-09-2025AUD $ 5,095-
12-09-202521-09-2025AUD $ 5,095-
19-09-202528-09-2025AUD $ 5,095-
23-09-202502-10-2025AUD $ 5,095-
26-09-202505-10-2025AUD $ 5,095-
03-10-202512-10-2025AUD $ 5,095-
10-10-202519-10-2025AUD $ 5,095-
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24-10-202502-11-2025AUD $ 5,095-
31-10-202509-11-2025AUD $ 5,095-
21-11-202530-11-2025AUD $ 5,095-
12-12-202521-12-2025AUD $ 5,095-
16-12-202525-12-2025AUD $ 5,095-

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nights),Lodge (2 nights),Permanent Tented Basic Lodge (2 nights),Camping with basic facilities (2 nights)

Transport

Overland vehicle,4x4 Safari Vehicle

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