Day 1 UK - Nairobi
Depart on your overnight flight to Nairobi today.
Day 2 Nairobi - Aberdare Highlands
On arrival in Nairobi this morning, you'll embark on a wonderful journey through the city, out into the Great Rift Valley and on to the Aberdare Highlands. You'll check in just before lunch, and an afternoon at leisure gives you time to settle in.
Day 3 Aberdare Highlands - Samburu National Reserve
This morning we're going to head to the Samburu district, where your lodge is situated close to Samburu National Reserve. There's time for lunch before you head off through the open savannah on your first game drive.
Wildlife is drawn to the park by the Uaso Nyiro River, which cuts through it, so you'll notch up plenty of spots. Residents include lion, elephant, cheetah, giraffe and hippo, as well as more than 350 types of bird. There's a huge population of Nile crocodile too, and look out for rare species including the long-necked gerenuk and Grevy's zebra. Your safari ends in great style, as you enjoy drinks and nibbles out in the bush watching the sun set over this sublime landscape.
Day 4 Samburu National Reserve
You're up early today to head back into the reserve on a morning safari. After lunch back at the lodge, you can take it easy this afternoon. Why not laze by the pool or maybe watch for animals in the river from the viewing deck. Late-afternoon we head out for another game drive.
Day 5 Samburu National Reserve - Lake Naivasha
Lake Naivasha is our next destination, where your overnight lodge is located on the banks of the lake. The area is visited by many species of wildlife, including colobus monkeys, whose distinctive black and white coats make them easy to spot in the treetops.
During a free afternoon, take in the views from your lodge or settle by the pool.
Day 6 Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara Game Reserve
Your day starts very early, but it's going to be worth it as you journey into the Masai Mara National Reserve. This famous park is home to an enthralling array of animals including the 'Big Five' – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. It's also the setting each year for the great migration, when thousands of wildebeest and zebra cross the Mara River to the greener pastures of the Serengeti. You'll arrive at the wonderful Ashnil Mara Tented Camp in time for lunch. The restaurant overlooks the Mara River, which is home to a large, and vocal, population of hippos, so your wildlife spots start soon after you've arrived. Settle into your luxury tent before your Local Guide takes you out on a thrilling game drive.
This evening, why not enjoy pre-dinner drinks round the bar's roaring campfire.
Day 7 Masai Mara Game Reserve
Sunrise is a great time to catch sight of wild animals, so we're going to head out into the reserve early today. Afterwards a truly magical experience comes in the shape of breakfast served al fresco out in the bush. When you get back to the lodge the rest of the day is free, until we get together for another game drive this afternoon.
Day 8 Masai Mara Game Reserve - Nairobi
Today you're heading back to Nairobi, notching up more wildlife spots as you travel through the reserve. The long drive through Masai villages and shanty towns will reward you with fascinating snapshots of Kenyan daily life. Be sure to return the waves and smiles of children making their long treks to school!
Once in Nairobi, we'll have lunch before checking into our overnight hotel.
Day 9 Nairobi - Arusha & Lake Duluti
This morning we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight to Arusha in Tanzania. On arrival in Arusha, the capital of Tanzania's Arusha Region, you will be met by your Local Guide and transferred to your hotel. Your overnight accommodation is beautifully located on the shores of Lake Duluti, and offers an idyllically peaceful setting away from the hustle and bustle of the city. After lunch, spend the afternoon at leisure.
Day 10 Lake Duluti - Tarangire National Park
You're going to spend the morning travelling by road to Tarangire National Park. En route to your next lodge, the thrills begin straight away with a game drive. Look for the 'Big Five' – elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and Cape buffalo – as well as a host of other animals, which come to drink at the Tarangire River.
You'll arrive at the lodge in time for lunch, and after time to relax, we're off on a late-afternoon game drive. The park is noted for its imposing baobab and acacia trees, and boasts a rich diversity of birdlife.
Day 11 Tarangire National Park - Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park is famous for the annual Great Migration, when more than a million wildebeest and zebra make the hazardous journey here from the Masai Mara. A long but very rewarding drive brings you to this iconic game reserve – Tanzania's oldest – which offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa.
Settle in at your lodge, then spend the rest of the day relaxing and taking in the spectacular views over the park.
Day 12 Serengeti National Park
A fantastic day lies ahead as you head off on safari in the Serengeti, which includes a picnic lunch. Your 4x4 vehicle offers excellent viewing conditions, and it won't be long before you make your first sighting. The park is home to three species of big cat, so look for lions, cheetahs and leopards as they stalk the vast grasslands in search of prey. You'll also see huge herds of buffalo, groups of elephant and giraffe and many species of antelope including eland, topi, impala and Grant's gazelle.
Day 13 Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater
Today's drive to your next lodge takes you into the Great Rift Valley. During your journey you'll also witness the steep-sided Olduvai Gorge. Archaeological finds here date back millions of years, and include evidence of the world's first humans. If time allows you'll visit a Masai village, where you can see how these semi-Nomadic tribespeople live and have the option to purchase hand-crafted souvenirs.
Formed by the collapse of a huge volcano more than two million years ago, the Ngorongoro Crater was declared a UNESCO-listed site in 1978. It is the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world. The crater floor is now home to a vast array of wild animals, which you will view on your full-day safari tomorrow.
Day 14 Ngorongoro Crater
We're going to spend the day on safari in the Ngorongoro Crater, which is full of exceptional wildlife. Due to its enclosed nature, the crater has virtually formed its own ecosystem, and is home to huge populations of animals. The Gorigor Swamp is a haven for pods of hippo, and the vast open grassland attracts large herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, Thomson's gazelle, Grant's gazelle and topi. Keep an eye out for black rhino – the area is home to East Africa's best population – and huge numbers of predators such as lions and spotted hyenas. You won't even have to stop your game viewing at lunchtime, as we're going to enjoy a picnic in our vehicle.
Day 15 Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha
You'll leave your lodge this morning and head back to Arusha for an overnight stay. En route you'll visit Ngorongoro Farm House, built in colonial style on a 500-acre coffee plantation. A guided walk will introduce you to traditional farming methods, and you'll also enjoy lunch here.
This afternoon we're going to call at a local community where you can learn a little about a Travelsphere Cares initiative – Masai Clean Cookstoves. This project teaches local women how to construct and fit stoves in communal buildings. It means they will no longer cook in enclosed spaces using traditional methods, a practice which poses health risks.
Day 16 Arusha - UK
This morning we'll transfer you to the airport for your flights back to the UK, via Nairobi.