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Kenya, The Serengeti & Maasai Mara

16 Days  |  Departing Monday 10th April 2023 and returning Tuesday 25th April 2023

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$250 Deposit on any 2022 eligible tour both domestic and international.

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Join us on our 'Out of Africa' experience of a lifetime!

Highlights

  • Cosmopolitan Nairobi
  • David Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage
  • Karen Blixen Museum (Out of Africa)
  • African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Giraffe Centre
  • Dinner with a local family
  • Game Drive in Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Game Drive in Maasai Mara National Reserve
  • Maasai Mara School Visit (subject to school holidays)
  • Visit a traditional Maasai Manyatta community 
  • Africa's Great Lake Victoria
  • Game Drives in Serengeti National Park and Plains
  • Oldupai Gorge
  • Ngorongoro Crater Rim and Base Walk
  • Game Drive in Tarangire National Park
  • Visit to Bead Factory in Shanga
  • Spectacular Sightseeing of Mt Kilimanjaro
  • Cooking Class in Amboseli 
  • Stunning Accommodation
  • Friends for Company!

Optional Activities:

Hot Air Balloon Safari over the Maasai Mara Reserve. 

Dawn Balloon Safari over the Serengeti Plains with champagne breakfast.

Add on - While in Africa continue on this exciting tour:

10 Day "Sisters in the Mist" Uganda Tour

**Please contact Sisterhood Central for more details.

Inclusions

  • Fully Escorted by a Sisterhood Womens Travel Tour Hostess who is on hand to ensure your holiday is a memorable one
  • Return Economy airfares ex Melbourne including taxes flying Emirates ** (other departure cities available on request / Business Class Upgrade available on request)
  • Specialist Driver/Guide
  • All Transportation as per Itinerary
  • Most Meals as per Itinerary
  • Beautiful Accommodation
  • All Sightseeing as per Itinerary including all Park Entry Fees
  • Gratuities to Driver/Guide
  • Willing to Share Option (subject to availability)
  • Meet and Greet prior to departure (either in person or by zoom - subject to minimum numbers attending)
  • Online Visa for Kenya 
  • Online Visa for Tanzania


Note: ** Airline Subject to Change

Notice

A yellow fever certificate is compulsory to enter Kenya
For all vaccination advice please visit www.travelclinic.com.au

Itinerary

Day 1 - Monday 10 April 2023

Melbourne - Kenya (Meals Inflight)

Welcome to Sisterhood Womens Travel!  Meet your Sisterhood Tour Hostess and fellow travellers at the Melbourne Airport for your flight to Kenya.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight entertainment of our airlines as we head towards Nairobi.  JAMBO - KARIBU!! 

Day 2 - Tuesday 11 April 2023

Melbourne - Kenya

Upon our arrival into Kenya we'll be warmly met upon our arrival with a traditional, unique & special welcome (bubbly, wet towels and presentation of authentic safari hat and a beautiful authentic canvas pouch filled with safari essentials).  Check in to our hotel in time for a good nights sleep!

Overnight - The Sarova Stanley (or similar)

Day 3 - Wednesday 12 April 2023

Nairobi Sightseeing (B,L,D)

Today we'll enjoy a visit to Daphne Sheldricks Wildlife Trust organisation, the most successful oprhan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world.  The orphanage set in the Nairobi National Park is only open for one hour in the morning, giving us a rare opportunity to come close to baby elephants whose ages vary from a few months to 3 years old.  A very unique experience.  Afterwards, we'll continue on to visit the Giraffe Centre an educational centre and part of the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife.  The Centre has a small herd of Rothschild Giraffe who are an endangered species and we will get a chance to feed them.

Next we'll enjoy a tour of the Karen Blixen Museum situated at the foot of the Ngong Hills. The Museum was originally the home of Karen Blixen of the Out of Africa fame. The Museum was originally the home of Karen Blixen of the "Out of Africa" fame. 

Following from there we visit the Kazuri Beads and Pottery Centre. Kazuri means ‘small and beautiful’ in Swahili and began in 1975 as a tiny workshop experimenting on making handmade beads. Kazuri beads produce brightly-colored, hand-made ceramic jewellery which are sold all over the world.

Returning back to our hotel with time to freshen up before being warmly invited to the Manji family residence for dinner.

Overnight - The Sarova Stanley (or similar)

Day 4 - Thursday 13 April 2023

Nairobi - Lake Nakuru National Park (B,L,D)

After a hearty breakfast, we depart for Lake Nakuru National Park, with a brief stop at the View Point to admire the breathtaking beauty of the Great Rift Valley with Mt. Longonot and Mt. Suswa in the background. Stretching from Lebanon to Mozambique, the Great Rift Valley is a crack in the earth’s crust and is most prominent in Kenya literally cutting the country into two and consisting of some of the world’s finest mountains, lakes and plains. Driving down the escarpment is hugely scenic with views of lakes Naivasha and Elmenteita in the distance.  Arrive at our lodge in good time for lunch. 

This afternoon we'll enjoy our first game viewing drive. The park is a sanctuary for the endangered Rothschild giraffe, Abyssinian black and white Colobus monkey, black and white rhino and the elusive leopard. Over 50 other animal species freely roam the park including waterbuck, impala, Cape buffalo and warthog among many others. The scenery is breathtaking; a haven rejuvenating the soul with the largest Euphorbia forest in Africa.

Return to our lodge for dinner and overnight.

Overnight - Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge (or similar)

Day 5 - Friday 14 April 2023

Tipilikwani Mara Camp, Maasai Mara (B,L,D)

After an early breakfast we depart for Kenya's famous game reserve. We start the day venturing through the floor of the Great Rift Valley passing Mt. Longonot and Mt. Suswa and travelling to the northern most extension of the Serengeti Plains and one of the richest wildlife Game Reserves, the Masai Mara. It is perhaps the only region left in Kenya where the visitor may see animals in the same super abundance as existed a century ago. Arrive for lunch at our camp. Enjoy an afternoon game viewing drive in this vast and expansive reserve teaming with game. Be on the look-out for the 'big five' that Masai Mara is famous for. These include lion, Cape buffalo, the savannah elephant, black rhino and the elusive leopard. The vast savannah grasslands as far as the eye can see is home to impala, Maasai giraffe, cheetah, waterbuck, warthog, Thompson & Grant gazelle, topi, the migrating wildebeests, thundering herds of zebra among many others.

Game drives offer the unforgettable opportunity to enjoy the diversity of animals and birds living permanently in the Maasai Mara, as well as many migratory species and also learn more about the Maasai people, proud pastoralists and warriors, many of whom still retain their traditional nomadic lifestyle.

We will also enjoy a visit to a local school today, and  meet the children who will interact and possibly sing a few songs for us – a truly remarkable and rewarding experience, returning late in the evening to freshen up prior to dinner.


Overnight - Tipilikwani Mara Camp, Maasai Mara (or similar)

Day 6 - Saturday 15 April 2023

Game Viewing in the Maasai Mara (B,L,D)

Today, as a group, we will make a choice to go out on an early morning game viewing drive and return to camp for a hot breakfast OR enjoy a hearty breakfast first and head out for a full morning’s game viewing drive returning to camp for lunch.

We will also visit a traditional Masai Manyatta and experience the culture of this world famous community. The Masai still live as they did for centuries - interact with these nomadic people and experience their way of life as we learn about their customs and traditions.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Balloon Safari over the Mara plains in time with the sunrise and affords guests the opportunity to experience an eagle’s view of the Masai Mara and all it’s beauty. To complete the celebration, a champagne breakfast is served on the Mara plains after the flight. 

Return late afternoon to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Overnight - Tipilikwani Mara Camp, Maasai Mara (or similar)

Day 7 - Sunday 16 April 2023

Lake Victoria, Tanzania (B,L,D)

Enjoy an early breakfast and depart with a simple but delicious picnic lunch to Tanzania via the Isebania/Sirari border. Clear all immigration and customs procedures to enter Tanzania and continue to the shores of Lake Victoria, the largest fresh water lake in Africa.  We'll enjoy the rest of our day at the resort, where fingers crossed, we will witness a spectacular sunset shimmering over the lake.

The massive 6.5 million-hectare Lake Victoria is shared by Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Known as one of Africa’s ‘Great Lakes', it is world-renowned as the source of the Nile and is Africa’s largest lake. Its waters are rich in fish life with shimmering shoals of colourful cichlids and large Nile Perch, sought after by fishermen. 

Dinner and overnight at our lodge.

Overnight - Serenity on the Lake Eco Luxury Resort  (or similar)

Day 8 - Monday 17 April 2023

The Serengeti (B,L,D)

Enjoy a delicious breakfast and proceed to the Serengeti National Park. Covering an area of 14,763 square kilometers, this world famous Serengeti National Park is Tanzania's oldest park, and one of the world's last great wildlife refuge. The Serengeti ecosystem supports the greatest remaining concentration of plains and in Africa, including more than three million large mammals. The Central Serengeti forms part of the great wildebeest and zebra migration and provides an ideal habitat for a variety of wildlife such as giraffe, impala, waterbuck, hippo, elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, hyena, jackal, serval and much more. 

We will enjoy a picnic lunch en route and an afternoon game viewing drive before a lovely dinner at our lodge.

Overnight - Serengeti Sopa Lodge (or similar)

Day 9 - Tuesday 18 April 2023

The Serengeti (B,L,D)

This morning after breakfast, depart with picnic lunch boxes for a full day of game viewing drives on vast Serengeti plains. In the early morning and evening light, the Serengeti landscape is stunningly beautiful. The rolling plains and grasslands, stretching far into the horizons as far as the eye can see, is home to the black-manned lion, the savannah elephant, the cape buffalo, wildebeest, the elusive leopard, cheetah, the spotted & stripped hyena, rhino, topi, burchelle’s zebra, masai giraffe among many others. Serengeti National Park is one that can never disappoint.  There are many variety's of bird and wildlife species in this game reserve. Enjoy dinner and overnight stay.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Dawn Balloon Safari over the Serengeti Plains ending with a champagne breakfast.

Overnight - Serengeti Sopa Lodge (or similar)

Day 10 - Wednesday 19 April 2023

Ngorongoro Crater (B,L,D)

After breakfast, we depart to Ngorongoro. We stop at the Oldupai Gorge, one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world to learn about human evolution. We will enjoy an on-site talk on the interpretation of the gorge by the resident guide. We arrive at  your lodge to a warm welcome, check-in and then enjoy lunch.

This afternoon we will relax and enjoy the breathtaking spectacular views of the crater below from our lodge. Ngorongoro Crater has the largest unbroken caldera in the world. It has been described as one of the great natural wonders of the world. Eight million years ago, the Ngorongoro Crater was an active volcano but its cone collapsed, forming the crater that is 610 meters deep, 20 kilometres in diameter, and covers an area of 311 sq. km. Spectacular as it is, the crater accounts for just a tenth of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The crater is home to many species of wild game and birds. With the exception of impala and topi (due to fierce competition with the wildebeest) and the giraffe (because there is not much to eat at tree level), almost every species of African plains mammal lives in the crater, including the endangered black rhino, and the densest population of predators in Africa. The birdlife, which includes the flamingo, is mainly seasonal, and is also affected by the ratio of soda to fresh water in Lake Magadi on the crater floor.  Depending on weather conditions we'll end the day with a Guided Walk around the Crater.

Dinner and overnight at our Crater Lodge.

NOTE: Warm jacket/cardigan is highly recommended.

Overnight - Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (or similar)

Day 11 - Thursday 20 April 2023

Ngorongoro Crater Walk (B,L,D)

After breakfast we descend some 610 metres into the crater which is home to an abundance of wildlife and a photogenic paradise, for a full day of game-viewing drive with a picnic lunch. Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact caldera in the world. Some of the wildlife that are permanent residents of the crater floor are prides of lions, herds of Cape buffalo, impala, Thompson gazelles, rhino, giraffes, golden & black-backed jackal, zebra, cheetah, leopard and the spotted hyena freely roam on the crater floor plains. Known for its natural variety & breath-taking beauty, there are few places on earth where such a tremendous diversity of landscapes exist inside a region this size. Apart from its wildlife riches, the crater is also of great archaeological importance, with the remains of some of mankind’s earliest ancestors discovered in the area, also a home to hundreds of bird species, refreshing in the small lakes in the crater floor.

Return late afternoon to our lodge. Enjoy dinner and overnight.

Overnight - Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (or similar)

Day 12 - Friday 21 April 2023

Tarangire National Park (B,L,D)

After breakfast we depart to Tarangire National park, which of all Tanzania parks boasts of the largest number of savannah elephants, arriving at our lodge for lunch. This afternoon we depart on an exciting game viewing drive in this area dotted with majestic baobab trees, stately eland antelopes among other game. Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry Tarangire river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It's the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem - a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared Oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed. 

Located just a few hours drive from the town of Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for safaris travelling through the northern circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. The park extends into two game-controlled areas and the wildlife are allowed to move freely throughout. After the Serengeti, Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania and in the dry season the Tarangire River is a magnet for thirsty wildlife. Large herds of elephants and migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland gather and not surprisingly the predators follow.  Tarangire is also known for its breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe and the mountains to the south.

Enjoy dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Overnight - Tarangire Sopa Lodge (or similar)

Day 13 - Saturday 22 April 2023

Amboseli National Park (B,L,D)

Enjoy an early morning breakfast and depart for Amboseli National Park.

We'll stop for Lunch in Arusha at Arusha coffee Lodge and visit Shanga to see a bead factory with an open workshop for glass-blowing, weaving, sewing, tingtinga painting, bead-making and metal work, as well as a shop. Shanga is one of life’s small and heartwarming success stories. In 2007 Saskia Rechsteiner made some necklaces for a Christmas Fair in Arusha, and now Shanga employs many disabled Tanzanian people. Continue to Amboseli via Namanga, the border town between Kenya and Tanzania where we will clear all immigration and customs formalities.

Amboseli is home to lions, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, baboon, gazelle hippo and wildebeest among many others. It is also an ornithological paradise with over 400 species of birds, flora and fauna and some of the most soul-searing views in Africa.

We'll then enjoy an afternoon game drive in this park with the majestic and tallest snow-capped mountain in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro towering over the plains of this small park. 

Located in the southern reaches of Kenya, the Amboseli National Park is renowned for its excellent variety of wildlife such as Masaai giraffe, elephant, lion and cheetah and not surprisingly it is one of Kenya's most popular parks. The landscape of Amboseli is dominated by the majestic snow cap of Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as open plains, acacia woodland, swamps and the massif of Ol Doinyo Orok. The birding is excellent, especially closer to the lakes and swamps. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to large herds of elephants among other wildlife species. Other attractions of the park include opportunities to meet the Maasai people and soak up spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Overnight - Amboseli Serena Lodge (or similar)

Day 14 - Sunday 23 April 2023

Amboseli National Park (B,L,D)

Today we will enjoy a visit to a local school in Amboseli and spend some time with the gorgeous school children. 

Later we'll enjoy more game viewing drives. Amboseli offers some of the most breathtaking views in Africa. Her scenery - one of the best places for a photogenic view of Mount Kilimanjaro (weather permitting) is next to none. This is best seen on a clear day. Amboseli National Park provides the classic Hollywood image of Africa. The park is famous for her large herds of giant elephants.

In the evening we will have a group Cooking Class, mastering the local Cuisine.

All meals and overnight at our lodge.

Overnight - Amboseli Serena Lodge (or similar)

Day 15 - Monday 24 April 2023

Amboseli - Nairobi - Melbourne (B, L, Meals Inflight)

Unbelievable but true, our fantastic bush moments have come to an end. We bid farewell to our wonderful lodge manager and his team then depart for the Nairobi Airport. Not empty handed though. With us are many photographs – a capture of the special moments we have had on this tour as a permanet reminder of an amazing experience. 

Enroute we will stop at a rerstaurant for our last lunch together. before arriving at the airport for check in. 

Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight entertainment of our airlines as we head towards home.

Day 16 - Tuesday 25 April 2023

Welcome Home!

Welcome Home!  We arrive back into Melbourne in the late evening.  What an amazing time we've all enjoyed.  Thank you for travelling with Sisterhood Womens Travel and we look forward to welcoming you back for your next adventure.

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