Wings Over East Africa (2020-21)

On a seamless journey that features luxurious in-flight service across iconic safari country, observe the famed Big Five along with countless other wild species and meet the nomadic Maasai people while exploring the finest game reserves in Africa.

Journey Overview

Wings Over the World itineraries feature private charter flights between destinations, allowing you the convenience of visiting remote places with less time spent getting there.

On a seamless journey across iconic safari country by privately chartered air, observe the famed Big Five along with countless other wild species and meet the nomadic Maasai people while exploring the finest game reserves in East Africa, including Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park.

Journey Highlights

  • Enjoy all the major highlights of Kenya and Tanzania, visiting a northern Kenya private conservancy, Masai Mara Game Reserve, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater
  • Whisk between destinations by air in a privately chartered Cessna Grand Caravan, reclining in your fully rotating, contoured leather seat
  • Revel in expansive aerial game viewing, flying low over your destination (weather permitting), and enjoying insights from your knowledgeable pilots
  • Discover the diversity of Africa’s wildlife, from the Big Five to species unique to northern Kenya
  • Experience the unsurpassed peace and comfort of the region’s preeminent boutique camp and luxury safari accommodations
  • Meet a member of the Maasai people, who exclusively visits your camp to lead a discussion of Maasai culture as well as a beading workshop
  • Customize your safari experience with our Design Your Day options in the Masai Mara
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Nairobi, Kenya

Arrive in Nairobi, where you are met and transferred to your luxurious accommodations, located just 10 miles from the bustling city and overlooking the tranquil Ngong Hills.
Hemingways Nairobi

Day 2: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy | Private Game Reserve

Fly by privately chartered air to the secluded Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, a 62,000-acre private game preserve and cattle ranch located on Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau, enjoying flightseeing over Mount Kenya en route (weather permitting). Transfer overland to your lodge, and your comfortable thatched cottage, complete with private veranda.
Lewa Wilderness Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy | Breakfast in The Wild

Start your day with a morning bush safari, choosing between an exciting game drive or a guided nature walk. Stop to savour a spectacular breakfast in the wild before returning to your lodge. Later, you may opt to visit the Lewa Conservancy Headquarters, where you meet with anti-poaching rangers and get to know the anti-poaching dogs they work with. Or you may prefer to visit the Lewa gardens and help pick the fresh ingredients to be used in that evening’s dinner, before returning to your lodge’s kitchen for a cooking demonstration from the chef. And for a more active option, choose a horseback (or camel-back) safari, riding up close to a variety of wild species, such as giraffes, zebras, ostriches and baboons.
Lewa Wilderness Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 4: Masai Mara Game Reserve | Elegance in The Bush

Board your privately chartered flight to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Revel in the views of the expansive plains and, weather permitting, get an up close look at the wildlife with some low-level flying by your skilled pilot-guides. Upon landing, settle into your award-winning, luxurious lodge, before immersing yourself in the vast Mara on an afternoon game drive. Among the many species you may encounter are the topi (an antelope found primarily here) as well as hippopotamuses, warthogs, hyenas and an abundance of bird life. During certain times of the year, the annual migration may also be observed. Later, return to your spacious suite complete with a generous tub as well as a private veranda and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to reveal magnificent views of the Mara River.
Sanctuary Olonana | Meals: BLD

Days 5­-6: Masai Mara Game Reserve | Up Close Encounters

Over the next two days, discover the open savanna, woodlands and tree-fringed rivers of the Masai Mara. With help from your expert driver-guide, and a little patience, you may sight a leopard retrieving a kill from the branches of an acacia tree or elephants protecting their young from opportunistic lions. You may also glimpse Maasai tribesmen traversing the plains or herding goats and cattle, pursuing the nomadic existence they have embraced for centuries. On the afternoon of Day 6, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.

  • Share a Farm-to-Table Experience, helping a chef pick vegetables for lunch and enjoying a cooking demonstration
  • Visit a School Supported by A&K Philanthropy, and the LifeStraw project, which provides clean, safe drinking water.
  • Set Out on a Riverside Walking Safari, along the Mara River with a safari guide, viewing the distinctive flora and fauna. 

Sometime during your stay in the Mara, you also enjoy an exclusive visit from a local Maasai tribal member who conducts a workshop on bead making, providing you with a deeper understanding of Maasai culture and what their jewelry means. And one morning here, for an added cost, you can opt to glide over the Mara, observing wildlife from treetop level, on an enchanting hot air balloon ride.
Sanctuary Olonana | Meals: BLD

Day 7: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania | Untamed Vistas

Board your privately chartered flight to Serengeti National Park, via Kisumu in Kenya and Mwanza in Tanzania, taking in the incredible vistas and intimate viewing afforded by low-level flight. Early this afternoon, arrive at your luxurious lodge. After time to settle in, set out on a game drive across the famed 10,000-square-mile Serengeti, which provides habitat to almost every African animal imaginable, and plays host to the Great Migration for a portion of each year.
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti | Meals: BLD

Days 8-9: Serengeti National Park | On the Plains

Enjoy another two days of morning and afternoon game drives through the vast Tanzanian landscape, observing the timeless circle of life on the Serengeti. Your explorations may reveal giraffes, wildebeests, elephants and far more. One morning, opt for a hot air balloon ride, at an additional cost, for a lighter-than- air excursion across the boundless plains.
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti | Meals: BLD

Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater | The View from The Treetops

Fly by private charter to Manyara to see how Africans live today, exploring in and around the village of Mto wa Mbu by tuk-tuk. View nearby rice fields and a banana plantation and try banana beer at a local bar. Back in the village, walk through the local market to see the colourful produce on display. After lunch in Mto wa Mbu, continue to Lake Manyara for a treetop canopy tour. Stroll through ancient forests over a series of suspension bridges, flanked with thick netting for safety, and stop at viewing decks supported by tree trunks for a magnificent bird’s-eye view of the forest. You may spot elephants on the forest floor or monkeys playing tag with one another on the suspension bridges. Afterward, proceed to Ngorongoro Crater and your luxurious accommodations, set on the edge of the crater’s rim.
andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 11: Ngorongoro Crater | Into A Teeming Lost World

Descend into Ngorongoro Crater for a full-day game drive, exploring the panoramic, short-grass prairies along the floor of this ancient volcanic caldera. Home to rare black rhinos as well as lions, hyenas and gazelles, this incredible “Lost World” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterward, return to your lodge to relax and enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure. Tonight, gather for a special farewell dinner.
andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 12: Depart Nairobi, Kenya

Fly back to Nairobi via Arusha and spend the afternoon at leisure in your dayroom accommodations. This evening, transfer to the airport for your departing flight.
Hemingways Nairobi (dayroom) | Meals: BL

Journey Details

Flight Details: Nairobi-Lewa (1 hour 10 min) | Lewa-Masai Mara (1 hour 30 min) | Masai Mara-Serengeti (2 hours 40 min)* |
Serengeti-Lake Manyara (35 min) | Lake Manyara-Nairobi (1 hour 30 min)*
*Flight duration only. Will stop en route to clear customs and immigration.
Aircraft: Cessna Grand Caravan 208B or comparable (Aircraft and seating configuration subject to change)

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Accommodation/Partners

Accommodation/Partners

Hemingways Nairobi

Wings Over East Africa (2020-21)

Hemingways Nairobi is the sister hotel to the famous Hemingways in Watamu. A plantation style property with views of the Ngong Hills is a ... Read more

Sanctuary Olonana, Masai Mara

Wings Over East Africa (2020-21)

Find ultimate luxury in the heart of Kenya's big game country. Offering ultramodern bliss, Sanctuary Olonana is a recently refurbished re ... Read more

Lewa Wilderness Camp

Wings Over East Africa (2020-21)

Lewa Wilderness is located in Lewa Downs at the foot of Mt.Kenya and is one of Kenya'smost successful private conservation areas. It has ... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Oct 3, 2020 - Oct 14, 2020
Price AU$47,820pp Single Supplement AU$10,140 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Jun 13, 2021 - Jun 24, 2021
Price AU$47,820pp Single Supplement AU$10,140 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Oct 2, 2021 - Oct 13, 2021
Price AU$47,820pp Single Supplement AU$10,140 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Notes:

Availability shown here is updated weekly and indicative only. Availability on any product or journey shown here is not specific to a category of travel and may not denote availability at the cheapest ‘From’ price. For real time availability, talk to your travel agent or call Abercrombie & Kent on 1300 851 800.