Wings Over East Africa (2022)

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

  • Travel privately in a chartered Cessna Grand Caravan, reclining in your fully rotating, contoured leather seat
  • 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
  • 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 16 kilometres from the bustling city and overlooking the tranquil Ngong Hills.
Hemingways Nairobi

Day 2: Ol Pejeta Conservancy | Private Lands

Fly by privately chartered air to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a private reserve encompassing 90,000 acres of unspoiled African landscape where the Big Five roam, enjoying flightseeing over Mount Kenya en route (weather permitting). Transfer overland to your stunning tented camp in time for lunch. Nestled among fever trees in the shadow of Mount Kenya, Sanctuary Tambarare in Laikipia looks out across a grassy plateau. Your tent is large and airy, with a private veranda, and an en suite bathroom that features a walk-in shower.
Sanctuary Tambarare | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Ol Pejeta Conservancy | Into the Wild

Set out on a morning game drive highlighted by an up-close visit with the world’s last northern white rhinos in their heavily guarded enclosure. Afterward, take a late afternoon game drive in this impressively biodiverse region, home to black rhinos, Grevy’s zebras, reticulated giraffes and far more. Refresh yourself with a Scenic Sundowner during your game drive, sipping cocktails while marvelling at the incredible atmosphere just before dusk.  
Sanctuary Tambarare | Meals: BLD

Day 4: Masai Mara Game Reserve | The Vast Mara

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 | Design Your Day

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 stops at customs in Kenya and 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 26,000-square-kilometre 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 | Treetop Views

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 colorful 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 bridges. Then, 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 | 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

Minimum age is 10 years.
Each guest on this journey will receive an A&K Safari Duffel.
First group event: welcome briefing at 9:00 a.m. on Day 2.
Last group event: lunch at 1:30 p.m. on Day 12.

Flight Details:
Nairobi– Nanyuki  (1 hr)
Nanyuki–Masai Mara  (1 hr 30 min)
Masai Mara–Serengeti  (2 hrs 40 min)*
Serengeti–Lake Manyara  (35 min)
Lake Manyara–Nairobi  (1 hr 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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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

Hemingways Nairobi

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Sep 10, 2022 - Sep 21, 2022
Price AU$44,590pp Single Supplement AU$9,455 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.