East African Explorer

Uncover some of the world’s most acclaimed wildlife reserves on this popular journey through East Africa, staying at camps selected for their proximity to the wildlife.

Journey Overview

Uncover some of the world’s most acclaimed wildlife reserves on a quintessential journey through East Africa, staying at camps selected for their proximity to the wildlife. Taking in a combination of diverse ecosystems means your game viewing is varied and abundant, and your expert safari guides are there to share outstanding wildlife encounters away from the crowds.

Journey Highlights

  • Design your day in Tarangire National Park and choose from 3 different activities
  • Toast sunset over the savannah and dine on Swahili fare by firelight at a bush dinner
  • Experience spectacular views over the Ngorongoro Crater and toast the sunset with a traditional East African sundowner
  • Stay in authentic safari camps best placed to experience Africa's iconic wildife.

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kilimanjaro – Arusha, Tanzania.

Welcome to Tanzania where you are met on arrival at Kilimanjaro International and transferred

privately transfer to your lodge located on the country’s largest coffee plantation.
Arusha Coffee Lodge

Day 2: Arusha – Tarangire National Park.

This morning you are driven (approx. 2hrs) to Tarangire National Park, home to one of the country’s largest elephant populations. On arrival at the park entrance, your full day game drive with picnic lunch begins. Arrive at Sanctuary Swala late in the afternoon.  Your camp is situated in a remote corner of the park amongst giant acacia trees with views out beyond the savannah. The landscape is filled with ancient baobab trees, ambling elephants, and birds in flight.
Sanctuary Swala | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Tarangire National Park.

A full day on safari allows time for plenty of game viewing.  Or tailor your own experience later in the day with a choice of activity: take to the water on Sanctuary Retreats’ newly launched canoe safari on Lake Gursi enabling you to see the animals from a different perspective; head out on a walking safari; or consider a night drive in search of the elusive nocturnal animals often missed by visitors.
Sanctuary Swala | Meals: BLD

Day 4: Tarangire – Ngorongoro Crater.

Today travel to the Ngorongoro Conservation area, stopping for lunch at Gibb’s Farm, a working coffee plantation in the highlands, with time to stretch your legs. Later this afternoon, a guided walk to the rim of the crater reveals magnificent views over this World Heritage Site. This will be followed by a classic East African sundowner whilst watching the sun slip below the far edge of the Ngorongoro Crater.
Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater.

Descend into this vast extinct volcano whose towering walls are a natural enclosure for a dazzling abundance of wildlife. Here you will have the chance to view wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and gazelle on the plains, waterbuck, bushbuck and eland in the forest, a healthy elephant population, black rhino, lion, leopard, hippo and flamingo.
Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp | Meals: BLD

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti National Park.

This morning you will fly by light aircraft westwards to the world-famous Serengeti. Game viewing in the park varies depending on the time of year. Your classic tented safari camp is mobile and moves seasonally between two sites according to the movement of the game, ensuring you are always in the best spot to witness the abundant wildlife that this area is renowned for.
Sanctuary Kusini (January – March) / Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp (June) | Meals: BLD

Days 7–8: Serengeti National Park.

Enjoy two days exploring the never-ending savannah, where more animals roam than in any other place on earth. The Serengeti plays host to a wonderful spectacle each year — the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra that follow the rains in a search of new pastures and water. It is also home to a plethora of permanent game, including lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and well as many different antelope.
Sanctuary Kusini (January – March) / Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp (June) | Meals: BLD

Day 9: Serengeti National Park – Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.

Fly to Tarime where you will be driven across the Kenya border to Migori and a flight into the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya’s finest wildlife spectacle, offering excellent game viewing year-round. The unending landscape hosts some 450 bird species, 95 animal species and all of the great predators, including the country’s largest lion population.

Transfer to the luxurious Sanctuary Olonana Camp, an exclusive hideaway set on a private stretch of the Mara River.
Sanctuary Olonana | Meals: BLD

Days 10 – 11: Masai Mara National Reserve.

Venture forth for two full days of exploring the open savanna, woodlands and tree-fringed rivers of the Masai Mara, where patience is rewarded with unique sightings such as a leopard retrieving a kill from the upper branches of an acacia, or elephants protecting their young from opportunistic lions. Amid the stunning scenery, watch as Maasai tribesmen traverse the plains or herd goats and cattle. You will also be able to participate in the AKP Tree Planting Project, or the AKP supported Safe Water in School’s initiative.
Sanctuary Olonana | Meals: BLD

Day 12: Masai Mara National Reserve – Depart Nairobi.

Return by air to Wilson Airport for onward transfer to Nairobi Airport or your hotel.
Meals: B

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

Sanctuary Swala, Tarangire

East African Explorer

Sanctuary Swala is to be found in a remote valley within Tarangire National Park. The camp offers private game viewing, wilderness indulg ... Read more

Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp

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Set on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater which is home to a huge variety of animals including lion, jackal, cheetah, wildebeest, zebra, buffal ... Read more

Sanctuary Kusini, Serengeti

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Sanctuary Kusini sits in exclusivity in a remote area of these "endless plains" of legend, affording a rare opportunity for secluded game ... Read more

Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp

East African Explorer
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Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp is a small and intimate mobile camp with ten luxury safari tents each with en-suite bathrooms. Your pe ... Read more

Sanctuary Olonana, Masai Mara

East African Explorer
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Find ultimate luxury in the heart of Kenya's big game country. Ultramodern Sanctuary Olonana offers glass-fronted, light-filled suites, s ... Read more

Journey Dates & Prices

Priced from $11,345 per person twin share
Save up to $3,530 per person for bookings made by 23 December 2021
Normally priced $14,875 per person twin share*

*Pricing and savings are based on travel 3 January - 23 March 2022.
Contact us for pricing on alternate dates available for travel until 30 June 2022.
Camp closures and blackout dates may apply.
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