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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

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Day By Day

Day 1 – USA to Tanzania (via Europe)
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 Nairobi, Kenya
Welcome to Nairobi, Kenya! Upon arrival into Nairobi, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. This afternoon at leisure.

Day 3 – Nairobi to Masai Mara National Reserve
Leaving Nairobi after breakfast, today you will travel towards Kenya's fertile highlands and head down the Rift Escarpment on a road built by Italian prisoners of war during World War II. Look for the charming chapel they built at the foot of the escarpment.

Pass the impressive Longonot earth satellite station as you head across the Valley to Narok, and then travel across acres of wheat and barley, before you reach the Masai Mara and your lodge in time for lunch. There will be an afternoon game drive. (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Game Viewing at Masai Mara National Reserve
After an early breakfast, today you will depart for a visit to a Masai village and a morning game drive, returning to the lodge for lunch and perhaps a siesta before setting off for an afternoon game drive, returning to the lodge as the sun sets. (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Masai Mara to Lake Nakuru
Leaving the Masai Mara after breakfast, today you travel across the ‘breadbasket’ of Kenya, where acres of wheat and barley litter the landscape as you head north to Narok, the district headquarters of this part of Maasailand.

From there, travel across the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley, keeping an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle as you head up the Mau Escarpment, before arriving at Lake Nakuru around midday. The waters here are often coloured shimmering flamingo pink, from thousands of the beautiful birds lining its shores. After lunch, depart for an afternoon game drive in Nakuru National Park. (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Lake Nakuru to Amboseli National Park
After an early breakfast continue to Lake Naivasha for a boat ride. Later, leaving the Rift Valley behind, proceed to Nairobi, collect a picnic lunch and then head south towards Amboseli arriving at your lodge by late afternoon. (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Game View at Amboseli National Park
Today you will embark on morning and afternoon game drives in Amboseli. Enjoy a siesta during the day, or relax at the beautiful lodge. Your game drives will conclude as you return to the lodge as the sun sets over the African plains.  (B, L, D)

Day 8 – Amboseli National Park to Lake Manyara
After breakfast, you continue the journey to the Tanzania border post and then on to Arusha for lunch. You will be transferred from Arusha Town Centre and join seat in a safari vehicle. You depart Arusha and pass through the Masai Steppe filled with many picturesque African villages as well as maize, coffee and banana plantations. At the town of Makuyuni, head North West and continue the journey up 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 9 – Lake Manyara to Serengeti National Park
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 North West 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’ll hopefully start spotting game well before you get into the park. 

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

Day 10 – Serengeti National Park
Today you will embark on morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park.

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

Day 11 – Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater
This morning after breakfast, you will depart for Ngorongoro. You'll enjoy a picnic lunch while viewing game across the vast Serengeti plains. After your lunch break you will continue to your lodge, set high on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater.

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

Day 12 – Ngorongoro Crater
A highlight awaits you this morning as you depart to explore what is commonly referred to as the World’s largest wildlife zoo, Ngorongoro.

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. It’s an awesome wildlife experience.  You return to the lodge in the late afternoon. 

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

Day 13 – Ngorongoro Crater to Tarangire National Park
Departing Ngorongoro Crater after breakfast and head south east en route to Lake Manyara, Mto wa Mbu village and Tarangire beyond.

Through the highlands and the Karatu district, you’ll view the scenic wheat plains and coffee plantations here before journeying down the spectacular escarpment where you turn south on to the main Arusha – Dodoma road and into the park. From here to the lodge, you’ll enjoy a game drive en route. After lunch and perhaps a swim, the remainder of the afternoon will be spent on a game drive.  (B, L, D)

Day 14 – Tarangire National Park to USA (via Nairobi)
Depart Tarangire after breakfast and drive back to Arusha, arriving in time for lunch. After lunch you continue the journey by road to Nairobi and onto a Nairobi City Centre Restaurant for dinner before heading to the airport for your departure flight. (B, L, D)

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NairobiEka Hotel
Maasai Mara National ReserveKeekorok Lodge
Lake Nakuru National ParkLake Nakuru Lodge
Amboseli National ParkOltukai Lodge
Lake Manyara National ParkLake Manyara Serena
Serengeti National ParkSerengeti Serena Safari Lodge
Ngorongoro Conservation AreaNgorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
Tarangire National ParkTarangire Sopa Lodge


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.

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