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Across East African Plains

Take in the beauty of Eastern Africa and its majestic plains with Across the East African Plains. With a variety of national parks and games reserves, you will have plenty of opportunity to spot wildlife up close and embark on a plethora of adventures. With Kenya and Tanzania as your backdrop for this exciting safari sojourn, you will truly experience all that the East African Plains have to offer.

Trip Type: Romance & Honeymoon, Family

Across East African PlainsAcross East African Plains

Day By Day

Day 1 – USA to Tanzania
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package price.

Day 2 – Welcome to Arusha, Tanzania
Upon arrival into Arusha, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation located a short distance from Arusha City Center.

Starting Accommodation: Arusha Serena Hotel, Resort & Spa (L, D)

Day 3 – Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park
This morning will be at your leisure with a safari briefing followed by lunch. You will depart Arusha passing through Maasai Steppe filled with many picturesque African villages as well as maize, coffee, and banana plantations. At the town of Makuyuni you turn northwest and continue the journey through a scenic escarpment that brings you to your lodge, perched on the edge of the Rift Valley with stunning views over the distant Lake Manyara.

Starting Accommodation: Lake Manyara Serena (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Lake Manyara National Park to Serengeti
After breakfast, there is a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park that returns to the lodge for lunch. Leaving Lake Manyara behind, the journey continues northwest across the stunning hilly countryside of the highlands which is filled with wheat and coffee plantations, and then into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. From here lie the vast plains of the Serengeti, where you begin spotting wildlife as you approach the entrance gate. Complete the formalities and enter the park with game viewing en-route to the lodge arriving for dinner.

Starting Accommodation: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Serengeti National Park
Enjoy morning and afternoon shared game drives in Serengeti National Park.

Starting Accommodation: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, you depart for Ngorongoro with a picnic lunch viewing game across the vast Serengeti plains, stopping en-route for a picnic lunch. Continue to your lodge, set high on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater arriving for dinner. 

Starting Accommodation: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Ngorongoro Crater
A highlight awaits you this morning as you depart to explore what is commonly referred to as the world's largest natural wildlife arena. After breakfast, you descend with a picnic lunch through the early morning mists and 2,000 feet into the crater. Ngorongoro Crater is the world''s largest intact volcanic caldera. Due to its size and diversity, the crater floor is comprised of several distinct areas, ranging from forest, swamps, lakes, and springs to open grassland and some sandy dunes. A truly unique wildlife experience. Return to the lodge in the late afternoon.

Starting Accommodation: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 8 – Ngorongoro Crater to Nairobi
Depart Ngorongoro Crater after breakfast, head southeast past Lake Manyara. Through the highlands and the Karatu district, you'll view the scenic wheat plains and coffee plantations here before journeying down the spectacular escarpment turning on to the main Arusha - Dodoma road towards Arusha. On arrival in Arusha, lunch is provided followed by transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your onward flight to Nairobi Airport. 

On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Kenya's capital is cosmopolitan, lively, interesting, and pleasantly landscaped.

Starting Accommodation: The Sarova Stanley Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 9 – Nairobi to Amboseli National Park
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. Amboseli, immediately northwest of Mount Kilimanjaro and 150 miles southeast of Nairobi on the Tanzanian border, is certainly one of the most picturesque places in the whole of Africa to watch game. Where else could you watch a great herd of elephants trudging slowly across a wide empty plain dominated by Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. 

Starting Accommodation: Oltukai Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 10 – Amboseli National Park
Enjoy a full day in Amboseli National Park, which lies below the most famous symbol of Africa - Mount Kilimanjaro - 19,340 feet - the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. 

Amboseli is a fairly small national park yet so rich in both flora and fauna that it has recently been designated an International Bio-sphere Reserve. Amboseli, meaning "Salty Dust" in the Maasai language is an important rangeland for the Maasai culture whilst the "salty dust" itself is volcanic ash from the eruptions of Mount Kilimanjaro a millennium ago. Amboseli features grasslands, rolling hills, and swamplands whilst the presence of Mount Kilimanjaro creates a unique selection of ecosystems found nowhere else on earth.

Starting Accommodation: Oltukai Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 11 – Amboseli to Samburu
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Samburu through Nairobi. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.

Samburu National Park is situated in the Northern Province of Kenya. It is rugged and a semidesert park. To get there you will cross the equator at Nanyuki and go to the northern hemisphere by passing the snow-capped Mt. Kenya lying astrand the equator line and huge blue mountains serve as a back drop to this game reserve. 

Starting Accommodation: Sarova Shaba Game Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 12 – Game Viewing in Samburu National Park
A place of endless skies, dust-red plains, and palm-fringed rivers, this area lies on the fringes of the vast and arid desert once known as the Northern Frontier District. The park's landscape features rocky battlements, dry riverbeds, and fallen boulders rising out of the thorn scrub with the great red table mountain known as Lololokwi. Samburu provides one of the few sanctuaries in Kenya for the endangered Grevy's zebra, the rare Beisa oryx, and the blue-shanked Somali ostrich whilst large herds of elephant roam the gaunt hills during the day before returning to bathe on the banks of the river in the evening. 

Enjoy a full day in the reserve with morning and afternoon game viewing. Seek out some of Kenya's rarer species like the long-necked gerenuk, Grevy's zebra, and reticulated giraffe.

Starting Accommodation: Sarova Shaba Game Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 13 – Samburu to Maasai Mara
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. Everything about this reserve is outstanding. The wildlife is abundant and the gentle rolling grasslands ensure that animals are never out of sight. Birds, too, are prolific. Maasai communities live within the dispersal area with their stock but a century of close association with the wildlife has resulted in an almost symbiotic relationship where wildlife and people live in peace with one another. The first sight of this natural wonderland is breathtaking. Here the great herds of shuffling elephants browse among the rich tree-studded grasslands with an occasional sighting of a solitary and ill-tempered rhino.

Starting Accommodation: Sarova Mara Game Camp (B, L, D)

Day 14 – Game Viewing in Maasai Mara
When it comes to game viewing, there is nowhere in Africa richer in wildlife or more eventful in encounters than the Mara. A pristine wilderness of haunting beauty, it promises its visitors a profusion of wildlife, prolific bird life, and the unprecedented opportunity of catching up with all the members of the "Big Five" in one morning. The scenery is a classic mix of African imagery; miles of lion gold grasslands, shoals of lilac-misted hills, a meandering river, acres of thorn bush, and mile upon mile of undulating wilderness. 

Enjoy a full day in the Mara with two game drives included. Wonderful scenery and an abundance of big game abound in this reserve. 

Starting Accommodation: Sarova Mara Game Camp (B, L, D)

Day 15 – Maasai Mara to USA
This morning, enjoy a final shared game drive and then transfer to the airstrip. Fly by scheduled flight to Nairobi's Wilson Airport. You are met on arrival and transferred to Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward connections. (B)

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ArushaArusha Serena Hotel, Resort & Spa
Lake Manyara National ParkLake Manyara Serena
Serengeti National ParkSerengeti Serena Safari Lodge
Ngorongoro Conservation AreaNgorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
NairobiThe Sarova Stanley Hotel
Amboseli National ParkOltukai Lodge
Samburu National ParkSarova Shaba Game Lodge
Maasai Mara National ReserveSarova Mara Game Camp


Please note all prices listed below are approximations and subject to current rate of exchange adjustments. Each itinerary can be fully customized to your interests and needs.

Twin Share
6/26/2020 - 10/31/2020$9,520
11/1/2020 - 12/15/2020$8,170
Single Traveler
6/26/2020 - 10/31/2020$10,755
11/1/2020 - 12/15/2020$9,225

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