The Great African Flying Safari. Inside Kenya & Tanzania.
This is a 16-day sample itinerary. Remember that R. Crusoe can create an East Africa journey of any length to meet your exact specifications.
You’ve come for the wildlife, and East Africa won’t disappoint. In Kenya there’s Amboseli’s elephant herds at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. And Samburu, home of Grevy’s zebra, the reticulated giraffe, and the long-necked gerenuk (you’ll see). In the Masai Mara, Streep and Redford did a scene or two. (If you haven't yet seen "Out of Africa," or read the novel by Isak Dinesen, do so at once.)
In Tanzania, safari through the grassy Serengeti, populated with creatures that are easy to spot on the treeless expanse. Ngorongoro Crater is simply indescribable (so is the top lodge there). Lion prides, wildebeest by the thousands, elephant herds, flamingo flocks, and assorted other species nature’s been kind enough to cook up.
How’s that for wild?
To get you started thinking about East Africa by private, customized safari, join us on R. Crusoe & Son’s Great African Flying Safari: Inside Kenya & Tanzania. Remember, though, that the possibilities in this part of the world are endless. Crusoe's Africa tour specialists await your call.
Touch down in Arusha, Tanzania, and spend the night at the charming Coffee Lodge, a small hotel on a working coffee plantation. Devour excellent first-impression views of East Africa from your terrace.
Fly into the Serengeti, 5,000 square miles of remoteness and home (along with Kenya's adjacent Masai Mara) to the Great Migration. In spring, more than a million head of zebra and wildebeest trek north in search of water and fresh food. Once there, they turn around for home. The herds are pursued by all manner of predators. All in all, arduous for the animals but a breathtaking spectacle for us humans. Home in the Serengeti is a mobile, seasonal camp set up just for us. This is a part of the safari tradition not many travelers get a chance to experience. It’s true moveable luxury in the bush—floored tents with windows, bathrooms with showers, a central dining tent where we eat freshly prepared meals on china and sip fine wines. Even the animals get a bit jealous...
En route to Ngorongoro Crater, we stop at Olduvai Gorge, where the Leakeys have conducted extensive archaeological research into the origins of man.
Ngorongoro Crater, 2,000 feet deep, teems with animal life. You simply will not forget your trip into this extinct volcano, a lost world waiting to be explored. Home is Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, elegance in the guise of a top hotel perched just so on the crater rim.
Drive from the crater via Arusha to Amboseli, at the foot of majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. It was a visit here that prompted Ernest Hemingway to write his famous safari and game-hunting stories such as “The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber,” “The White Hunter,” and, of course, “The Snows of Kilimanjaro.” The park is known for its large elephant herds. While we’re here, visit a Maasai village.
Fly into Samburu National Reserve, next, in Kenya's Northern Frontier District. Think crocs, hippos, rare Grevy’s zebras, reticulated giraffes. Watch for the shy gerenuk, an antelope that nibbles the local bushes on its hind legs. Home is Larsen's Camp—top shelf and excellent, as you've come to expect on a Crusoe journey.
Then fly into the Masai Mara, where home is a luxury permanent tented camp with airy verandahs that provide a stage for viewing the wild world around us. There are options here: hot-air ballooning, fishing for giant perch on Lake Victoria. Of course, the game drives go morning and afternoon.
To Nairobi, then home, your eyes (and heart) forever open to Mother Nature.
If you want to experience even more of East Africa, join us for mountain gorilla trekking in Rwanda—an experience you'll never forget.
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