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Kenya and Tanzania - Luxury Safari Holidays

Safari holidays in Africa can take many guises. A luxury safari might see you off on a Botswana safari to a high class Okavango safari camp, a walking safari might take you to Zambia to a rustic yet very comfortable camp in the South Luangwa, or for a more traditional style luxury safari holiday you might choose Kenya perhaps similar to the outline below.

On arrival into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met and transferred to the Holiday Inn where you stay for one night before commencing your luxury safari the next day.

In the morning after a brief flight into the Masai Mara Reserve you will be met at the airstrip and transferred to Porini Lion Camp where you stay for three nights. This luxury safari camp is situated along the banks of the Ntiakatiak River, a seasonal river with some permanent hippo pools near the camp. The ten luxury guest tents are very spacious and have private verandas along the length of the tent, providing a secluded and private 'space' for you to relax and enjoy the beauty of this African wilderness. Each luxury safari tent has en-suite bathroom with flush toilets and hot showers.

At camp guests enjoy morning, evening and night game drives in custom built 4x4's. Sundowners at scenic viewing points, from where you can enjoy a drink watching the sun set over the Mara. And escorted bush walks with Maasai warriors and safari guide, where you can get an insight into the Maasai people, their way of life and also learn more about the animals, birds and plants of the Mara.

After three nights in the Masai Mara on your safari you will be transferred back to the airstrip where you connect with a one hour flight to Nairobi. On arrival you will be met and transferred approximately three hours by road to Amboseli where you stay at Amboseli Porini Camp for two nights.

Amboseli Porini Camp is located within the exclusive Selenkay Conservancy, in the Amboseli eco-system, an important wildlife dispersal area and rangeland for wildlife moving out of Amboseli National park. Porini is a small traditional camp, with just nine spacious guest tents, comfortably furnished and with en-suite bathrooms including shower, wash basin and flush toilet.

Going on a luxury safari means you benefit from a 'proper' safari vehicle that gives a far better safari experience than travelling in the minibus vans with window seats used by other tour operators. We ensure that all safari holidays in Africa undertaken by our clients are in such properly equipped and comfortable safari vehicles. As Selenkay Conservation Area is a private game reserve you will typically not see any other vehicles or minibuses.

From Amboseli Porini Camp guests have game drives with excellent guides in the Selenkay Conservancy and in the Amboseli National Park. A full day is spent in the park with a picnic lunch to get close to the elephants and other wildlife. One of the highlights is an escorted walk with Maasai warriors to visit an authentic Maasai village. Night game drives are taken in the Selenkay Conservancy to seek out the nocturnal animals.

After two nights on your safari vacation in the Amboseli National Park you will be transferred by road to the Tanzanian border Namanga and onwards to Arusha where you stop for lunch. In the afternoon you continue to the Lake Manyara with game drives en-route before arriving at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge where you stay for two nights.

Standing high on the edge of a towering terracotta escarpment with panoramic views over the glittering alkaline waters of Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of tranquillity, wildlife discovery, and ornithological richness. The unprecedented range of activities meanwhile, include mountain biking, canoeing and forest walks, while cultural choices include tours of the neighbouring villages and dance displays by the local Iraqw and Sukuma people.

Grouped around a central ‘vanishing horizon' pool, this highly unusual lodge features a simple timbered reception area, built in traditional African style, which is accessed via a bridge over a small stream. Beyond reception, lies the central dining room, bar and veranda, below which lies the pool. Perched on the very edge of the cliffs, with stunning views over the lake is the pool bar and observation point. The rooms are housed in circular, double-storey, white-washed ‘rondavels' (traditional circular buildings with conical thatched roofs), which are strung out along the edge of the cliff so as to allow for maximum views. Each spacious circular room has its own small veranda while the interior décor reflects the blue of the lake and the pink of its flamingos. Behind each bed hangs a spectacular hand-woven rug, while the furnishings and fittings reflect traditional Maasai beadwork.

The spacious dining room features an interior bar area, a central buffet and both inside and outside seating. Presented in typical Maasai style, it features the use of swirling primary colours on textured white walls, which are embellished with traditional Masai beadwork, gourds and leatherwork.

The crescent shaped Lake Manyara National Park adjoins the lake and supports an extraordinarily dense and varied population of wildlife that inhabits the open grassland and fig, mahogany and acacia forest. Wildebeest, impala, buffalo and giraffe are present in large numbers and the lake supports hippopotamus and vast numbers of water birds. Manyara is also the home of the tree climbing lions, which can sometimes be seen in the candelabra and sausage trees that line the Simba River.

After a further two nights you would be transferred by road to Ngorongoro, stopping en-route at a local Maasai village for lunch. In the afternoon you continue to the Ngorongoro Crater Serena Lodge where you stay for two nights.

Regularly voted one of the best hotels in the world, this unique lodge clings to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, the largest and most perfect volcanic crater on Earth. Long and low, the lodge is built from local river stone and camouflaged with indigenous vines. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the Crater 600 metres below.

Known as ‘the eighth wonder of the world' the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa's best-known wildlife arenas. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it offers a unique biosphere, which has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. Deep within the Crater, enclosed by towering walls, some 25,000 large mammals wander the plains, lakes and forests of ‘the land that time forgot', dominated by enormous bull elephants, rhinos and lions.

Hugging the contours of the jagged Crater rim, the lodge takes its inspiration from the so-called ‘Cradle of Mankind', the prehistoric site of Olduvai Gorge, which lies close by. Linked by arched stone passages and timbered decks, its walls are decorated with stylized prehistoric cave paintings and lit by flaring torches.

Strung around the Crater rim, each with its own rock-enclosed balcony, the rooms feature brass lamps, embossed leather headboards, wildwood mirrors, Maasai carvings and stylised prehistoric cave paintings. Each room enjoys uninterrupted views over the Crater's unmatched splendour.

The split-level rock-built dining and bar area features a wall of windows, which look down on to the constantly changing vistas of the crater below while double doors lead out on to a broad viewing terrace. Clustered around a glowing central fireplace, the space is decorated with prehistoric cave paintings and lit by stylized torches.

There are thousands of wildebeest, zebra, antelope, giraffe and other plains game, lion, leopard, hyena and bat-eared fox and 17 rhinoceros which have been preserved from the poachers and are now beginning to flourish again. The animals in the crater are used to the presence of mankind, which makes this a good area for wildlife photography, particularly as the crater floor is so diverse with areas of swamp, woodland and dry savannah grassland, all set against the backdrop of the forested crater walls.

After what will have been a fabulous luxury safari holiday you are then transferred by road back to Kilimanjaro Airport where you connect with a scheduled one hour flight to Nairobi.

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