A 12 night / 13 day flying safari to Kenya’s Mara, combined with Tanzania’s Serengeti and Ruaha National Parks, ending on Zanzibar Island. This safari offers an excellent combination of classic tented safari camps located inside the parks and a wonderfully relaxed beach destination at Zanzibar’s quieter Northeast.
Experience some of East Africa’s highlights, combining safari and beach. Begin in the Masai Mara searching for cheetah and learning about Maasai culture before flying across the border to the Serengeti, staying in a tented camp which moves around the park following the Great Migration. Fly south to the lesser known Ruaha, watch herds of elephant dig for water in dry riverbeds and leopards lurking in the trees. Finally unwind on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar, swimming in the warm Indian Ocean.
Depending on the season, Ubuntu camp will be either in Northern Serengeti or located on its southern plains. Starts in Nairobi (NBO) and ends in Dar es Salaam (DAR).
2020/21 Prices (ask for quote if traveling later)
Special Promotional Offer:
1 July 2020 – 14 Mar 2021
Double (pp) $8720
Triple (pp) $8280
1 – 30 Jun 2020 / 1 – 29 Feb 2021
Double (pp) $8920
Triple (pp) $8460
1 – 31 Aug 2020
Double (pp) $10020
Triple (pp) $9440
1 Sep – 31 Oct 2020
Double (pp) $9500
Triple (pp) $9010
15 Nov – 19 Dec 2020 / 6 – 31 Jan 2021 / 1 – 14 Mar 2021
Double (pp) $8720
Triple (pp) $8280
20 Dec 2020 – 5 Jan 2021
Double (pp) $9680
Triple (pp) $9140
Discounts available for children under 19 and larger groups. Request a detailed quote.
Day 1 – Encounter Mara Camp, Naboisho Conservancy
On arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met by an Asilia driver who will transfer you by private vehicle to the domestic Wilson airport. Fly from here to the Masai Mara, a journey of approximately one hour (15kg luggage limit per person; soft bags required for all ights on this itinerary). A guide from Encounter Mara will meet you here and game-drive you back to camp, offering the perfect introduction to the vast savannah plains and stopping to watch any wildlife you encounter on the way. Settle into your tent and enjoy lunch and time to relax. After afternoon tea and cake, head out on a game drive to search for big cats and other wildlife in the Naboisho Conservancy.
Day 2, 3 – Encounter Mara Camp, Naboisho Conservancy
Enjoy morning and afternoon safari activities at Encounter Mara. A visit to one of the local villages offers an authentic insight into Maasai culture and your guide will explain how the Mara Naboisho Conservancy carefully balances the needs of wildlife conservation with the local communities’ livelihoods. Night drives offer a unique chance to search for nocturnal species as well as predators on the move.
Day 4 – Ubuntu Migration Camp, Serengeti National Park – North or South
After breakfast you will be driven to the airstrip to begin your journey across the border into the Serengeti in Tanzania. You will fly to Migori near the border, where a driver and vehicle will meet you and drive you across the land border, stopping to complete immigration formalities. From there it’s a short distance to Tarime on the Tanzania side, to arrive in time for your flight into the Serengeti. The whole journey takes approximately two and a half hours and, after having breakfast in the Masai Mara, you’ll arrive at your Serengeti camp in time for lunch and a well-earned rest. In the afternoon, go out on a game drive to explore the vast savannah with your guide from Ubuntu Migration Camp.
Day 5, 6 – Ubuntu Migration Camp, Serengeti National Park – North or South
Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives from Ubuntu Migration Camp, searching with your guide for the plentiful wildlife that is found in the Serengeti year-round. If your safari coincides with the timing of the Great Migration, you’ll also seek out these large herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelles as they journey through the plains in search of fresh grazing.
Day 7 – Kwihala Camp, Ruaha National Park
After breakfast in camp, you will be driven to the airstrip for your flight south to Ruaha National Park, a journey of roughly two hours. A guide from Kwihala will be there to greet you and game- drive you back to camp, introducing you to the very different landscape of this southern park. After lunch and a little time to relax, you will go out on an afternoon game drive and stop for sundowner drinks and snacks. Night-drive back to camp, watching out for nocturnal species such as the bat-eared fox, or predators such as lion, which start to prowl as darkness falls.
Day 8, 9 – Kwihala Camp, Ruaha National Park
Safari activities take place in the early morning and late afternoon, when the wildlife is most active. You will head out with expert guides on game drives to explore further afield, on walking safaris to seek out the smaller details and learn how to track wildlife from prints and signs in the bush, and night drives to watch nocturnal species. Breakfast is often a picnic to maximize your explorations, and you will return to camp for lunch and a siesta.
Day 10 – Matemwe Lodge, Zanzibar Island- Northeast
After breakfast, depart camp and game-drive to the airstrip, where you will fly to Zanzibar, two and a half hours away. On arrival you will be met and driven by private vehicle to Matemwe Lodge in the north east of the island. Spend the rest of the afternoon unwinding in your thatch and stone chalet right on the oceanfront, snoozing in the hammock or swimming in one of the two pools.
Day 11, 12 – Matemwe Lodge, Zanzibar Island- Northeast
There are a variety of activities available either at Matemwe Lodge, or that can be arranged through reception. Activities outside of the resort can usually be booked at 24 hours’ notice, so it is best to arrange these on arrival at the lodge. Your days are therefore open to be structured as you choose, with either as much relaxing by the pool, or as many activities as you wish. Spend your days at Matemwe relaxing and swimming in the warm Indian Ocean, taking a boat to the reef to snorkel or dive, kayaking along the shoreline looking for turtles, sailing in a dhow watching for dolphins or taking a picnic lunch to a remote sandbank.
Day 13 – End of Safari – Dar Es Salaam
After breakfast you will be driven back to Zanzibar Airport for your flight to Dar es Salaam, only 20 minutes away, where you can connect to your international flight home.
END OF SAFARI