The ultimate East Africa barefoot luxury honeymoon that combines a classic safari experience in Kenya AND Tanzania that leaves you perfectly position to catch the wildebeest migration, with a few days in Zanzibar.
Day 1 ~ Nairobi ~ Ole Sereni
Upon arrival in Nairobi, you will be met by an Extraordinary Journeys representative will greet you and take you to the Ole Sereni where you will spend your first night in Africa.
In Nairobi, you will find a city that is lively, cosmopolitan and full of contrasts. Displaying enormous vitality and buzz, Nairobi is one of Africa's major cities and East Africa's hub for commerce and aid. It’s hard to imagine that this city celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1999 and that where it now stands, only Maasai manyatas stood barely a century ago!
As “The City Hotel by the Game Park”, Ole-Sereni combines the best features of a modern city hotel and with great views of Nairobi National Park. The hotel is close to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and the city center. Guests will have the opportunity to relax and unwind at the roof top, heated swimming pool that overlooks the park, the gym and aerobics room or the sports lounge.
Days 2/ 3/ 4/ 5 ~ Maasai Mara ~ Serian Camp
A transfer will take you to Wilson Airport this morning for your flight to the Maasai Mara where you will begin your safari at Alex Walker’s famed Serian Camp.
The Maasai Mara is Kenya’s most famous nature reserve. It is classic savannah – grasslands, where animals are plentiful and the vistas spectacular. In this dreamlike land, animals live in freedom, and the Maasai tend their cattle. The reserve is known for its large wildlife, including lion, cheetah, elephant, leopard, black rhino and hippo. It is part of the larger Serengeti ecosystem which hosts the world famous spectacle of the annual migration of up to two million wildebeest, thousands of zebra and an escort of carnivores from the Serengeti plains, following the rains and succulent new grass.
While here you may wish to indulge in a hot air balloon ride. Suspended in a basket beneath the balloon, you float over the plains and above the forest
alongside the Mara river, checking out hippos, crocodiles and elephants from high above, to end with a champagne breakfast in the open grassland within the reserve. Other exciting optional activities include nature walks in a private reserve that is accessible only on foot, honey gathering with the Maasai, or fishing. Serian is base for a behavioral animal study “living with Lions – Mara Predator Project” and if you like, you will be taught how to identify lions and submit your photos to contribute to the project.
Days 6/ 7/ 8 ~ Serengeti National Park ~ Serian Serengeti North Camp
Depart the Maasai Mara for the airfield. From here you will fly to the Northern Serengeti on a scheduled flight where you will be met and driven to Serian's Serengeti North Camp
This is exactly where you want to be to see the great wildebeest migration. Serengeti National Park lies between Ngorongoro and Lake Victoria and adjoins Kenya's Maasai Mara. The Serengeti has come to symbolize paradise to all, including the local
Maasai, who have grazed their cattle on the vast grassy plains for generations. To the Maasai, it is Siringitu – “the place where the stretches on forever."Today, the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and the Maasai Mara Reserve across the border in Kenya, protect the greatest and most varied collection of terrestrial wildlife on earth, and one of the last great migratory systems still intact.
Serian North Camp is a mobile tented camp right in the middle of prime wildlife areas in the Serengeti. Decorated in classic Safari style with large beds and opulent rugs, the Meru style tents are deeply romantic. Swathes of cotton soften the luxuriant bedroom furniture; whilst plush velvet curtains lead to bathrooms (with running water) and wild flower filled vases conjure up idyllic Africa. With just six tents, you are guaranteed and intimate and authentic bush experience. While at Serian North you will have the exclusive use of a vehicle with your own private guide and spotter to make sure you don’t miss a thing while on safari.
Days 9/ 10 ~ Serengeti National Park/Grumeti Reserve ~ Faru Faru River Lodge
Today you will fly the exclusive Grumeti Reserve where you will stay at the luxurious Faru Faru River Lodge.
This remarkable area known as the Western Corridor of the Serengeti is witness to the great migration of wildebeest on their trajectory to the Maasai Mara. You will have the freedom to explore in open 4X4 vehicles, on the backs of championship horses, or on foot.
Faru Faru River Lodge is built on a sloping hill above a beautiful water hole and the Grumeti River. Elephant, Cape buffalo, giraffe, zebra, gazelle, and impala all seek water from the river. A modern interpretation of a traditional Maasai home, the lodge blends unobtrusively into the landscape. Each suite has a large picture window facing the waterhole so that you have your own viewing area. The true specialty of Faru Faru however, is outside the lodge, on walking safaris along the river. Meals may be served in the shade of ancient acacia trees served in silver dinnerware, crystal goblets and crisp linens. Back at the lodge archery, tennis, croquet, hot air balloons and mountain bikes are available while gourmet meals, a well-equipped spa and wine cellar await you at the end of the day.
Days 11/ 12/ 13/ 14 ~ Zanzibar ~ Kilindi Lodge
Today takes you to the white sand beaches and turquoise waters of Zanzibar.
Zanzibar is still the best kept secret in the Indian Ocean with a fascinating history and culture and magnificent beaches. The Assyrians, Sumerians, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Indians, Chinese, Persians, Portuguese, Omani Arabs, Dutch and English have all been here at one time or another. Some, particularly the Shirazi Persians and Omani Arabs, stayed to settle and rule. With this influence, Zanzibar has become predominantly Islamic, with the remaining population made up of Christians, Hindus and Sikhs.
You will be staying at Kilindi Lodge. Functional art scattered along a picture-
perfect stretch of Northern Zanzibar is probably the most apt description of your lodge. Standing watch over the time-honored Dhow Routes, along a crescent of coral-bright sand, each of the fifteen pavilions boast two cascading rain-water pools, lush tropical gardens and domed private spaces for rest, indulgence and well-being. Domes collect rainwater that circulates through the sleeping areas. These areas maximize light and space and pay homage to the stunning views. Pavilions are spread along 500 meters of on the best beach on the island on a private 52 acre concession, assuring privacy and good land use. Dining is sure to be a treat with Richard Tewnion (formerly head chef of London’s trendy Bacchus) producing some spectacular Zanzibar-fusion delicacies.