EAST AFRICAN SAFARI: LUXURY TRAVEL IN KENYA AND TANZANIA

 
Accent on Travel advisor Jill Lokoff is back from an incredible 9-night, 10-day East African Safari and here to share all the details with you.  or call (800) 848-3273 to learn more about our Safari packages! 
 

An unforgettable safari experience

My time in Africa was phenomenal. African Travel offers both pre-packaged and guided tours that are with a group – or custom itineraries that you can do on your own. I can't wait to facilitate a memorable trip like mine for a client.

Below is the story of my 9-night, 10-day itinerary along with the vendors we used – though you can customize your trip with an Accent on Travel advisor any way you'd like! 

Nairobi, Kenya

I started in Kenya.  We flew out of Washington Dulles Airport, connected through Amsterdam, and then went on to Nairobi. 

We stayed for two nights at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel, a beautiful property in the heart of the city. From there, we were able to then explore the riches of the city of Nairobi.

One of the highlights for me was the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Orphans Project. They help raise orphaned elephants and rhinos and their project is to rehabilitate them and get them back out into the wild within two to three years.

You got to see the elephants come in and take their milk and get fed and they come right up to you! They're really well taken care of; their handlers sleep with them in their pens at night. 

It's a great project and something you can feel good about supporting. They even have a way for you to adopt an elephant, and you can get updates throughout the year.

I would absolutely suggest this for all of my clients. 

Kazuri Beads Factory 

 

From there, we went to the Kazuri beads factory in Nairobi. And that's another wonderful project, where women are making clay beads and ceramic pottery that's sold throughout Africa. If you've ever stopped somewhere that's selling art and jewelry, you've probably seen these beads. 

They now employ over 300 women there. We met one woman who had worked there for over twenty years and was able to provide education for her whole family from the job. Now her daughter and her grandson work there as well.

They make some special stuff – great gifts to take home – and you can feel good about supporting them and their beautiful artwork.

Giraffe Center

From there, we went to the Giraffe Center, which is actually very close to the Giraffe Manor. It's a very famous property where giraffes actually stick their heads in the window as you eat breakfast.

But it's also a place for endangered giraffe and their mission is to enhance a sustainable environment and conservation for the giraffe.

See giraffes and get up close with them – it's really fun to do!

The places we visited in Nairobi:

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (click here to learn more):

The Trust operates the world’s most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program and is one of the pioneering conservation organizations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa.

 

Fairmont The Norfolk (click here to learn more) 

This is a great place to start spot in Nairobi, open since 1904 with charming colonial/African feel

 

We have exclusive amenities here for our clients:

 

  • Full Breakfast for each guest daily at Lord Delamere Terrace
  • $100 USD Food & Beverage credit, per room, per stay
  • Complimentary WiFi

Maasai Mara, Kenya 

After Nairobi, we headed to the Maasai Mara area of Kenya to go on Safari. 

The Maasai Mara is in the savannah in southwestern Kenya. Here you are able to see lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebra, wildebeest, and hippo. This is also home to the Mara river and nearby villages of the Maasai people.

The morning game drives start at around 6:30 in the morning and you're out all morning watching for native animals going about their daily routine. We saw elephants, lions, cheetah, and more. All in their natural habitat. 

These go until around 10:30 in the morning, after which you can get to back to your lodge, enjoy the amenities, and relax! 

Maasai Mara Game Drive

Later, we also went on afternoon game drives. Those go from around 4:30 in the afternoon until 8 or 8:30 and let you see more animals and catch the stunning sunsets. 

Where we stayed...

Karen Blixen Camp Kenya

Karen Blixen Camp Kenya (click here to learn more)

Maasai Mara 

This is an eco-friendly luxury camp. You stay in large luxury canvas tents along the Mara River. All-inclusive with house drinks and meals.

We have exclusive amenities here for our clients:

 

  • Camp walk and Sundowner per guest, per stay
  • 15% off Spa treatments

 

Tanzania

When in Tanzania you can stay and safari in the Serengeti in Northern Tanzania. The Serengeti is known for its large lion population as well as the great wildebeest migration.

Serengeti is derived from the word "Serengit" in the Maasai language, Maa. It means Endless Plains.

We stayed at the Singita properties – Singita Faru Faru Lodge and then the Singita Sasakwa Lodge, where you can see the breathtaking views of those fittingly named plains.  Both properties are part of the Grumeti Reserve which was created to protect the path of the annual wildebeest migration and the indigenous biodiversity of this vast and important ecosystem.

At those properties, they grow much of their produce right on site. The food was amazing. 

The food featured a lot of flavors influenced not only by African but also by Arabian culture. We had some curries and some really interesting varieties of vegetable soup, like a beet and apple soup. You might not think that would be delicious, but it was! 


They do a lot of squashes, bananas, including a green banana soup one night.

They're really big on the curry (chicken and other curries). There was also lamb and goat skewers. All really delicious flavors.

The freshness of the local vegetation was a standout. Because when you're in those countries, especially Tanzania, you see a lot of flowers growing and lots of fields of crops. Talk about eating local!

 

One experience you must not miss when you safari is the "Sundowner," which is a typical end to your afternoon game drive. As the sun is setting, your guides set up a nice area where you can stop and have cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

Sometimes there's a fire going and you gather together and watch the sun go down. And the sunsets out there are just spectacular!

When you get back to camp, you might have dinner out on the courtyard under the stars. When we visited, our guides also brought in a local dance community from Tanzania from their local village. 

But the views from the Serengeti in Tanzania are outstanding, especially at the Singita Sasakwa Lodge. It sits high up on a hill where you have just a beautiful view of the Serengeti.

Where we stayed...

Singita Faru Faru Lodge

Singita Faru Faru Lodge (click here to learn more)

Serengeti, Tanzania

On the Singita Grumeti Reserve. 350,000 acres. A beautiful lodge designed with African influences and simple clean lines inspired by sacred geometry. All-inclusive with drinks and meals.

 

We have exclusive amenities here for our clients:

 

  • Singita branded Cap and Shoe Bag
  • One 30 minute Spa Treatment per person

 

Singita Sasakwa Lodge

Singita Sasakwa Lodge (click here to learn more)  

Serengeti, Tanzania

On the Singita Grumeti Reserve. 350,000 acres. This property has a stunning view from its placement high up on the hill and overlooking the Serengeti.  This lodge was designed to be comfortable with old world elegance and luxury. All-inclusive with drinks and meals.

 

We have exclusive amenities here for our clients:

 

  • Singita branded Cap and Shoe Bag
  • One 30 minute Spa Treatment per person

*The food and service here were outstanding! The guides are knowledgeable and very kind! You have the same guide as from Faru Faru with you as well since this is on the Singita’s Grumeti Reserve still.

Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro Crater is referred to as “Africa’s Eden” and the “8th Natural Wonder of the World.” 

 

The crater is located in Tanzania and it is the world’s largest inactive and intact caldera. You can safari inside and see rhino, lion, elephant, wildebeest, zebra, hippo, flaming, baboons and more.  

 

 

Something that really stood out to me, as far as the cultural side of the trip, was our last day in Africa. We visited a local Maasai tribe village and were welcomed with ceremonial dance and song.


They then clothed us with these colorful capes and women put beaded ceremonial necklaces around us. It was kind of like a wedding ceremony. We got to see where they live and learned about how they are as a village.

That was really, really great to see – an authentic local culture that's still around today. An enriching experience. 

 

Where we stayed...

Elewana The Manor (click here to learn more) at Ngorongoro 

Arusha, Karatu, Tanzania 

This is a charming Cape-Dutch style homestead with luxurious cottages and beautiful gardens. They have coffee fields on the property where you can horseback ride through. Located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and a great place to stay when looking to visit the Ngorongoro Crater. Breakfast included.

 

We have exclusive amenities here for our clients:

 

  • Complimentary coffee tour
  • Complimentary special Sundowner with the option of a bottle of sparkling wine

 

Beach Extra in Zanzibar 

Here's one additional option for the African traveler: end your exhilarating safari experience on a beautiful beach! For someone looking for the best of both worlds, the Seychelles islands and Zanzibar right off the Tanzanian coast are some of the most exotic beautiful beaches in the world.

Ending your safari travel with an unforgettable beach destination stay is highly recommended.

 

Ready to book your next East African Safari?  or call (800) 848-3273 to learn more about our Safari packages!