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East African Safari

This East Africa safari takes in some of the best scenery and animals in the world –highlighted by the wildebeest and zebra migration at the Northern end of the Masai Mara.

Visit six games parks in custom-made six – seated 4x4 vehicles, staying in 4 star lodges and en-suite, luxury-tented camps – mostly for two night stays.

Be prepared for some bumpy roads – but the journey will be worth it.

We conclude with a relaxing three night stay in Zanzibar – swim in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and explore historic Stone Town.

Your travel itinerary

Tuesday 09 July

Auckland – Dubai

Evening departure from Auckland on Emirates Airlines to arrive early morning. Change planes.

Wednesday 10 July

Dubai – Nairobi

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Arrive Nairobi early afternoon and transfer to hotel. After a Safari briefing, enjoy an evening Welcome Dinner.

Thursday 11 July

Nairobi - Aberdare

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After breakfast enjoy a city tour of Nairobi including the Giraffe Centre where you are able to get up close and personal with these gentle giants. Continue on to the Karen Blixen Museum, the former home of the Danish Baroness who lived in Kenya and wrote the famous book ‘Out of Africa.’
After lunch enjoy a drive through pineapple, tea and coffee plantations on the slopes of Mt Kenya. Arrive at Alberdare Country Club for a one night stay.

Friday 12 July

Aberdare National Park

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After breakfast, depart for game drives in the park. Afternoon game viewing is done directly from the Lodge and its impressive watering hole where wildlife congregate. Overnight at Lodge.

Saturday 13 July

Aberdare – Naivasha

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Today’s drive travels via Nyahururu to Lake Naivasha with a stopover at Thompson’s Falls en-route. Arrive at the Lodge for lunch before a late afternoon boat trip.

The Great Rift Valley is a region of enormous geological significance and fabulous natural beauty, extending all the way down from the Middle East to Southern Africa. Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake fringed by thick papyrus a bird-watchers paradise – with a large hippo population that sleep during the day in its shallows, numerous giraffes and buffalo, this is a wildlife paradise. The Lake was immortalised in the film ‘White Mischief’.

Sunday 14 July

Lake Naivasha – Maasai Mara National Reserve

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Following an early breakfast, drive to Maasai Mara National Reserve where you can see animals in abundance. Arrive at your tented lodge for lunch and later enjoy an afternoon game drive until sunset.

Regarded as the most unique and most-visited reserves, Maasai Mara in Kenya’s south west corner, boasts an astonishing amount of game. Gazelle, wildebeest and zebra graze in large numbers and where prey is found, so are predators. The reserve is widely considered to be Africa’s greatest, where the Maasai community co-exists in harmony with the wildlife. Maasai Mara is said to have the biggest population of lions in Africa. The wide, greenly-gold savannahs spotted with thorn trees are ideal for photographs. The Mara is the northerly end of the Great Migration where herds of wildebeest, zebra and antelope mass along the Mara River. Many fail in the life-death struggle – terrible yet wonderful, but not to be missed.

Monday 15 July

Maasai Mara National Reserve

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An optional early morning champagne breakfast hot air balloon ride is available. The flight passes over spectacular and breath-taking scenery, giving passengers the opportunity to see and experience the surrounding wildlife and nature from the air OR enjoy a morning game drive.

Later an afternoon game drive gives further opportunity for viewing the natural surroundings. 

Tuesday 16 July

Maasai Mara

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Further opportunity to experience the fabulous wildlife in its natural surroundings with game drives and just being part of the scene.

Wednesday 17 July

Masai Mara – Isebania - Serengeti

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After breakfast, drive to Isebania on the Kenya and Tanzania border to join your Tanzanian drivers and the guides. Enjoy an afternoon game drives before dinner at the lodge.

Thursday 18 July

Serengeti National Park

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Spend a full day game viewing in the vast plains of Serengeti with a picnic lunch. Return to the Lodge late afternoon.

George Adamson, co-raiser of Elsa the Lioness and husband of ‘Born Free’ author Joy Adamson visited Serengeti in the early sixties and brought the world’s attention to large scale killing of game. The 14,763 square km of the Serengeti at the southern end of the Great Migration is a place of huge skies of shimmering heat hazes, majestic termite mounds and rock formations called kopjes – ideal vantage points for predators.

Friday 19 July

Serengeti – Ngorongoro Area

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After breakfast drive to the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact caldera in the world. En-route visit the Ol duvai Gorge site where archaeological findings dating back 3.5 million years have been discovered – the work of Dr Louis and Mary Leakey.

Arrive at the Lodge in time for sunset over the caldera.

The Ngorongoro Crater in the Great Rift Valley is one of the natural wonders of the world.
The extinct volcano that collapsed in on itself has formed a super bowl where the largest permanent concentration of African game is on display.  

Saturday 20 July

Ngorongoro

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Today is a special day driving into the crater bowl, - 250sq/km of rich pasture and a haven for a resident population of more than 20,000 animals who are not confined to the crater walls but choose to make this their home. See Gnu, zebra, gazelles, buffalo as well as hippos, black rhinos and elephants. A day to remember.

Sunday 21 July

Ngorongoro – Arusha

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Early morning at leisure before departing for Arusha. Arrive at Lake Duluti for a guided walk and overnight.

Monday 22 July

Arusha – Stone Town (Zanzibar)

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Morning transfer to the airport for the flight to the island of Zanzibar. Check into hotel before a guided walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage coastal town with its townscape virtually intact. Stone Town is an amalgam of Arab, Persian, Indian and European heritage with its narrow alleys, palaces, mosques, old houses and tiny shops.

Zanzibar (also known as the ‘Spice Island), is an island steeped in culture and history – a destination which brought adventurers, seafarers and traders from far and wide.

Tuesday 23 July

Stone Town – Nungwi

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After breakfast, depart for a spice tour on the way to Nungwi, a village at the northern end of Zanzibar for a two-night stay. Afternoon at leisure before dinner and overnight at the beachside Double Tree Hilton Hotel.         

Zanzibar’s North Coast offers the perfect island experience with clear blue waters protected by a reef one km off the shore – ideal for swimming and snorkelling.

          

Wednesday 24 July

Nungwi

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Day at leisure with time to relax and reflect on your African experiences.

Thursday 25 July

Zanzibar – Dubai

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Morning at leisure before transferring to Zanzibar Airport for our return flight home via Dubai.

Saturday 27 July

Dubai - Auckland

Arrive Auckland

Inclusions

  • Economy class air flights Auckland – Dubai – Nairobi // Zanzibar - Dubai - Auckland
  • Accommodation as per itinerary in hotels, luxury tented camps and safari lodges
  • Transport in Kenya and Tanzania by customised 4 x 4 safari vehicles
  • Daily game activities at all safari lodges and camps as per itinerary
  • Services of qualified English speaking driver / guides throughout
  • National Park entrance fees.
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • One litre of bottled water per day per person
  • Pukekohe Travel Escort (subject to 15 persons travelling)

Cost

Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle Supplement
   $14,213 $1,566 
Business Class Upgrade +$6,135
Early Booking Discount ( 01/12/2018 ) $150
Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount $100

*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment

Exclusions

  • E-Visa for Kenya (currently USD$55) – to be paid before departure
  • Visa for Tanzania (NZ Passport holders) (currently USD$50) – paid on arrival
  • Travel Insurance – please ask us for a quote
  • Airport taxes, Airline taxes and Fuel surcharges (approx NZD$250)
  • Meals other than specified
  • Optional excursions including Hot Air Balloon ride
  • Excess baggage
  • Gratuities / tipping
  • Beverages other than specified
  • Items of a personal nature

Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit of $1,500 per person will secure a place on the tour
  • Full payment is due no later than 17 April 2019

Cancellations

  • Date of booking until 17 April 2019 – loss of deposit
  • After 17 April 2019 – no refund

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is essential. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.

General Information

Baggage

  • East African baggage allowance is restricted to 15 Kg in a soft sided bag. A small additional handbag or backpack is additional but must be carried with you. Any excess baggage may incur additional cost.

Climate/ Temperatures

  • Max 27˚c Min 10˚c   
  • Altitude will affect the temperature
  • Little or no rainfall  

 Altitude                                    

  • Nairobi                                          1728m
  • Masai Mara                                  1584m
  • Lake Naivasha                             1754m

  Currency

  • Kenya – Kenya shilling
  • Tanzania – Tanzania shilling

Clothing

Lightweight, comfortable clothes are the order of the day.  Hats, sunglasses and comfortable sandals are a must. A warm windproof jacket, socks and shoes for game drives – especially in the mornings.

Water/Meals

Bottled water is available at the lodges and on game drive vehicles. Meals are reasonably priced, the cost of Western style food is more expensive, but still reasonable.  Local beer is the best alcohol option, local and international brands are available – wine is relatively expensive

Cultural – Photographic opportunities are plentiful – respect the local people and ask before taking photos 

Health and Fitness

  • The above itinerary requires Yellow Fever immunisation.
  • Entry into Tanzania and Kenya may be denied without the production of a Yellow fever Vaccination Certificate.
  • One lodge is in a malaria area – but as it is winter the likelihood of mosquitoes is very low
  • A good standard of health and fitness is required for this tour.

Documentation

  • A current passport is required – valid six months beyond return date of travel
  • A visa for Kenya and Tanzania is required for New Zealand passport holders – all others please ask
  • A current Yellow Fever Certificate is required


Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change

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