East Africa Explorer

East Africa Explorer

per person

A Kenya/Tanzania combo of great game viewing, popular lodging and fantastic food! Travel through Kenya’ famous parks; Samburu, Nakuru and Maasai Mara before crossing into Tanzania’s vast Serengeti Reserve.

Next marvel at game-rich Ngorongoro Crater and lovely Lake Manyara. Staying at the famous Serena Lodges, you will enjoy the company of professional driver/guides and travel in specially fitted safari minivans.


Sarova Panafric Hotel


The Sarova Panafric Hotel is located in the south end of Nairobi, 20 minutes from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The Sarova is only a 5 minute drive to one of Kenya’s man made landmarks, the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, which is one of the most prominent events venues in Africa. The Sarova Panafric Hotel offers 162 rooms in a range of Superior, Executive, Club, Studio and even themed rooms. Each of the themed rooms represents a different African group from the surrounding areas

The Facilities:
- 162 Rooms
- Wireless Internet
- Direct Dial Phones
- Flame Tree Restaurant
- Meeting and Conference Facilities
- Swimming Pool
- Spa
- Gift Shop

Samburu Sopa Lodge

Location: Kenya

Located inside the Samburu National Reserve in Northern Kenya, the Samburu Sopa Lodge is set on high ground, allowing panoramic views of the shrub land and hills beyond. The lodge is built to resemble the architectural tradition of the local Samburu people. The lodge consists of 15 cottages, with 2 bedrooms each, built in an arch around either side of the public areas to border the waterhole while still leaving a path for the animals to access the water.

The Facilities:
- Adjoining rooms
- Bedroom Kettles
- Bird Watching
- Swimming Pool
- Flying Safaris
- Gift Shop
- Hair Dryers
- Laundry
- Outdoor Dining
- Telephone
- Wifi

The Ark Lodge

Location: In the heart of Aberdare National Park, 160km north of Nairobi.

The Ark Lodge is located in the heart of Aberdare National Park. Known as a ‘tree hotel’, the lodge is built on pillions so as not to disrupt the land or the animals at the watering hole, which is at the base of the lodge. The four decks that overlook the watering hole provide excellent photo opportunities of the varied species of game that come to quench their thirst. The Ark Lodge’s exterior is designed after Noah’s Ark, and with the constant stream of animals that surround it, it accomplishes that look.

The Facilities:
- water flasks and glasses
- hot water bottles
- extra blankets
- 115/240v shaving socket
- shower stall, washbasin and flush toilets.

Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge


Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge is located on the edge of Lake Oleidon an hour and a half drive from Nairobi. The resort is surrounded by 150 acres of grassland and unique Acacia bushes and trees. The lodge is a very vibrant abode, the roofs of the cottages are purple which match the vibrant green lawns and trees and unique colours in the reception hall. When the lodge was built, great care was taken not to disrupt any of the trees so the buildings snake through the trees and many of the buildings are widely set apart. Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge has 21 cottages, built in a crescent shape; each has 4 rooms, 2 on the ground and 2 on top.

The Facilities:
- Swimming Pool
- Reception Road
- Bars
- Restaurants
- Conference Room
- Resident Giraffe

Mara Sopa Lodge

Location: C14, Keekorok, Oloolaimutia valley (Masai Mara Reserve) | Oloolaimutia Gate, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Located high on the slopes of the Oloolaimutia Hills, Masai Mara Sopa Lodge was one of the first safari lodges to be built in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, a reason why its gardens and trees are so lush and mature. All the buildings follow the design of traditional African round houses with conical roofs, and these stretch along the line of the hills with the impressively large public area buildings and the swimming pool at their centre.

- Adjoining Rooms
- Gift Shop
- Baby Sitting
- Balloon Safaris
- Handicraft Market
- Swimming Pool
- Bird Watching
- Honeymoon Suite
- Telephone at Reception
- Laundry
- Children’s Menu
- Mosquito Nets
- Turndown Service
- Conferences
- Wedding Options
- Flying Safaris
- Outdoor Dining

Speke Bay Lodge

Location: Speke Bay Lodge is located on the south-eastern shore of Lake Victoria in Tanzania, East Africa. It is 15 km from the Serengeti National Park, and 125 km north of Mwanza. Speke Bay is part of Speke Gulf, named after the famous explorer John Hanning Speke, who, in 1858, discovered Lake Victoria to be the source of the Nile.

All eight bungalows are situated along the shore of the lake. Each bungalow is a separate structure designed to ensure your privacy. The roofs are thatched with a thick layer of grass, providing excellent insulation. The custom-made furniture in solid Mkola wood adds to the warm and elegant atmosphere. An entrance hall gives access to a bathroom and a spacious main room. This room has a sleeping area with a large lockable cupboard (for your clothes and valuables) and a writing table. The sitting area has a huge French window opening on to a bougainvillage-shaded veranda where your breakfast can be served. Each bungalow has a loft with two twin beds, making them suitable for families with children. The bathroom has a large table with a build-in basin, a spacious shower with hot water and a hygienic wall mounted toilet. All the appliances and fittings are the best on the market. The water system is state of the art, with a large sand filter, UV-treatment, and Ozone-injection. Bottled drinking water is available. The tented camp consists of twelve tents, each covered by a thatched roof, which also creates a private and shady sitting area. The tents are fully furnished and contain two beds; hot showers and toilets are close-by.

Serengeti Sopa Lodge

Location: The Serengeti Sopa Lodge is located 315 km from Arusha, approximately 7.5 hours drive, and 50 minutes flight with 45 minutes drive from the nearest airstrip. The lodge is set in the Nyarboro Hills, in the south west overlooking the Serengeti. The lodge is nestled in the acacia woodland on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the plains of the south-western Serengeti National Park, one of the most famous parks in the world and host to the largest and most spectacular annual migration of the wildebeest.

There are 69 standard rooms, all with 2 queen size beds a lounge with mini-bar and tastefully furnished with local fabrics and pictures. In the front there is a verandah with 2 comfortable chairs and coffee table, with glass windows facing the vast Serengeti plains which extend as far as the eye can see. One of these rooms is suitable for the physically disabled. All the rooms have en-suite bathrooms and hairdryers. There are also four very spacious double storey suites, with a lounge area on the ground floor where one can dine, and sit out on the balcony facing the Serengeti Plains. Upstairs is the bedroom with a king size bed on a raised wooden platform, and on one side a bathtub facing the plains. There is an outside open shower as well. The interior of the suites are painted with the same colours as the main building, terracotta, mustard and blue, which is incorporated in the fabrics. There is an open dining area, spacious, airy and lots of light emanating from the floor to ceiling windows. This allows a magnificent view of the plains as well the furniture is wrought iron chairs and wooden tops, all artistically done. The walls are painted in a mud red colour with window like spaces holding artifacts found in the region. Behind the buffet area is a shimmering blue placement, like a glass mosaic, adding on to the theme. Amenities and services include parking, a gift shop, laundry, a swimming pool, evening turn down service, babysitting, cultural talks, choir, hot air balloon rides, bureau de change, and a TV and video room.

Tarangire Sopa Lodge

Location: The Tarangire Sopa Lodge is located in the Tarangire National Park which covers an area of 2800 sq km. The lodge lies 118 km south west of Arusha, approximately 2 hours drive from Arusha. Surrounded by ancient baobab trees and hidden among the kopjes, lies Tarangire Sopa Lodge. It is the home of the greatest concentration of elephants in Africa, and other game including the elusive leopard. Over 400 bird species can be spotted here as well. With water constantly available in the area, the greenery is lush providing a wonderful contrast to the burnt ground.

There are 75 spacious rooms, all with a private lounge and mini bar. Each room is carpeted, has 2 queen size beds with a mosquito net around them. Ceiling fans keep the rooms cool and glass sliding doors that open out on to a balcony, with a great view of the landscape beyond, and wildlife can sometimes be spotted. .Four of these rooms are suitable for the physically disabled. Amenities and services include parking, a gift shop, laundry, a swimming pool, evening turndown service, and babysitting.

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Nairobi. Minimum 2 people
  • Dress Code
    Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat, light jacket.
Day 1 Nairobi
On arrival we will meet and transfer you to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. Sarova Panafric Hotel or similar Accommodation: Sarova Panafric Hotel
Day 2 Nairobi Samburu Game Reserve
This morning drive north of the Equator to Samburu, on the edge of Kenya’s semi-desert lands. On today’s game drive see some of the animals and vegetation that are typical of this region such as the Grevy’s Zebra, the Reticulated Giraffe and the Somali Ostrich. Samburu Sopa Lodge or similar (2 nights) Accommodation: Samburu Sopa Lodge Included Meals: BLD
Day 3 Samburu Game Reserve
Enjoy a full day of game viewing in this harshly beautiful terrain where wildlife abounds along the Uaso Nyiro River, the park’s only source of drinking water. Also visit Shaba National Reserve, where renowned conservationist George Adamson did his lion research. Accommodation: Samburu Sopa Lodge Included Meals: BLD
Day 4 Samburu Game Reserve Aberdares
After heading south, through the market town of Nyeri where Lord Baden Powel, founder of the Boy Scouts, is buried, arrive at one of the famous Tree Hotels, after lunch. Here you can relax and watch animals visit the waterhole, At night the area is floodlit so that you can see the many forest animals come to the waterhole and salt lick. The Ark or similar Accommodation: The Ark Lodge Included Meals: BLD
Day 5 Lake Nakuru – Lake Naivasha
This morning we descend into the Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru National Park. After lunch enjoy a game drive in the park to see the masses of flamingos who seasonally live on the lake. Besides its many birds, this park is filled with other game as well as being a sanctuary for the black rhino. Continue on to Lake Naivasha. Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge or similar Accommodation: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge Included Meals: BLD
Days 6 Maasai Mara
Driving across the lunar landscape of the Great Rift Valley we reach Kenya’s best-known game reserve the Maasai Mara. In the afternoon we explore the rolling hills and plains for a wonderful sight of the great numbers of different species of animals found here. This is also where the great migration of the wildebeest takes place at the end of June and extends to early September. On Day 7, enjoy two more thrilling game drives through the Reserve. Mara Sopa Lodge or similar (2 nights) Accommodation: Mara Sopa Lodge Included Meals: BLD
Days 7 Maasai Mara
Day 8 Speke’s Bay
Today we cross the border into Tanzania, and meet our Tanzanian driver. Enjoy a picnic lunch en route to the Lodge situated on the shores of Lake Victoria, where you can choose from several optional activities, time permitting. Speke Bay Lodge or similar NOTE: Today’s drive is very long and can take upward of 8+ hours depending on road conditions, game sightings en-route as well as the border crossing time from Kenya into Tanzania. Accommodation: Speke Bay Lodge Included Meals: BLD
Days 9 Serengeti National Park
Today we enter the Serengeti Plains game watching all day en route to the lodge. During morning and afternoon game drives, each day, discover the thrill of encountering the ‘Big 5’ - Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Cape Buffalo. Serengeti Sopa Lodge or similar (2 nights) Accommodation: Serengeti Sopa Lodge Included Meals: BLD
Days 10 Serengeti National Park
Day 11 Ngorongoro Crater
We head for the Ngorongoro Crater, stopping to visit the Oldupai Gorge, site of archaeological findings, where traces of pre-historic man dating back to 3.5 million years were discovered, and have a picnic en route. After arriving at the lodge the balance of the day is at leisure. Ngorongoro Sopa Safari Lodge or similar (2 nights) Accommodation: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge Included Meals: BLD
Day 12 Ngorongoro Crater
Spend the morning visiting the crater floor. Our 4x4 vehicle takes us down the steep walls of the Caldera into the primeval paradise of woodland, lake, river, swamp and plain that shelter approximately 20,000 animals. Spend the rest of the day at leisure with optional excursions available. Included Meals: BLD
Day 13 Tarangire
Arrive at Tarangire National Park in time for lunch. Later our drive in this park, known for its giant Baobab trees, will follow the Tarangire River looking for the huge herds of Wildebeest, Zebra, Elephants, Eland and Oryx, as well as enjoying the hundreds of birds that inhabit the area. Tarangire Sopa Lodge or similar Accommodation: Tarangire Sopa Lodge Included Meals: BLD
Day 14 Arusha
After breakfast we drive to Arusha arriving in time for lunch. A day room is available at an additional cost (please contact us for rates). Included Meals: BL
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InclusionsNot Included
Meet and greet on arrivalInternational airfares and departure taxes
All airport transfersMeals not indicated
13 nights accommodations with en-suite facilitiesGratuities
Ground transportationItems of a personal nature
Sightseeing as indicated inclusive of entrance feesOptional tours
Meals as described by BLDEntry visa fees (if applicable)
Local taxes and service chargesTravel insurance
Services of professional English speaking guides