Day 01: Nairobi – Amboseli
Depart for the Amboseli National park arriving in time for lunch. Amboseli, meaning salty dust is scenic with the majestic snow capped Mt Kilimanjaro towering backdrop. Elephant herds here are plentiful, with other game including lion and plains herds. Enjoy your first game drive this afternoon in this game reserve. Overnight at lodge. (L, D, B)
Day 02: Amboseli
Dawn being the most appropriate time for game viewing in this park, you will have an early game drive coinciding with the sun rise over the Kilimanjaro. You will later return to your lodge for late breakfast. The rest of the day will be spent at leisure within the confines of the lodge. You will have another game drive in the afternoon. Overnight will be at the lodge. (L, D, B)
Day 03: Amboseli – Lake Manyara
You will leave the Amboseli game reserve early morning, crossing the border at Namanga into Tanzania. You will have a lunch stop over at Arusha and later proceed for the Lake Manyara national park, Famous for its tree climbing lions. Overnight at lodge. (D, B)
Day 04: Lake Manyara – Ngorongoro Crater
You will have a morning game drive before heading out to the Ngorongoro conservation area arriving at your lodge in time for lunch. After lunch, you will have an escorted trek along the Ngorongoro carter rim. Overnight will be at the Ngorongoro conservation area. (L, D, B)
Day 05: Ngorongoro Crater - Serengeti
Early morning descend into the crater floor for wildlife viewing. The Black mane lions rule this unique crater area. There is also the Crater Lake which is home to thousands of migrant flamingos. Elephant, Buffalo and Rhino are also found here in greater concentrations than anywhere else in Africa. Ascend out of the crater then proceed for the Olduvai Gorge, where the “Nut Cracker Man” 1.75 million years old was discovered by Louis and Mary Leakey. The Olduvai museum has an excellent display of ancient artefacts. Continue for the Serengeti National park arriving in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive. Overnight at Serengeti (L, D, B)
Day 06: Serengeti National Park
Spend one full day game viewing in the Serengeti National park where it’s not unusual to find twenty to thirty lions living in the same pride. The annual wildebeest migration is the greatest wildlife spectacle every July to October when more than two million wildebeest and Zebras set off in search of permanent water and better grazing pastures in the Masai mara. Overnight will be at a lodge in Serengeti. (L, D, B)
Day 07: Serengeti – Masai Mara
Embark on an early morning spectacular game drive over the vast plains of Serengeti, crossing the Kenya Tanzania border at Isebania, continue with the drive into the Mara arriving at you lodge for lunch. Overnight at lodge in mara. (L, D, B)
Day 08 & 09: Masai Mara
These two days in the mara will be spent with morning and afternoon game drives. This game reserve is famous for the vast herds of migrating wildebeest which culminates with the grand finale crossings at the crocodile infested Mara River. This is an annual spectacle led by biological instincts in search of greener and fresher pastures. Overnight at the lodge. (L, D, B)
Day 10: Masai Mara – Nairobi
An early morning final game drive followed late breakfast. You will be transferred to the local airstrip within the Mara for your flight back to Nairobi. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel with the remaining day spent at leisure. Overnight in a Nairobi hotel.
Day 08 & 09: Masai Mara
Your final day will be spent with a tour of Nairobi which will include visits to the giraffe center and Karen Blixen museum. After the short tour, transfer to the JKIA for your onward flight.
Reservations and Payment
We strongly advice that when booking your holiday direct with Cites African Safaris or with your travel agent, please quote the tour name or your own specialized itinerary, intended date of arrival and departure, total number of nights and days, number of people traveling in your party, sleeping arrangements and flight details if already confirmed.
High season holidays in Kenya and Tanzania, i.e. July - October and January - March should be booked as early as possible (1 year- 4 months) to maximize chances of getting your choice of accommodation and destinations.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda generally requires a minimum of 12 weeks advance booking. Children under 12 years are not allowed to track chimpanzees and children under 15 years are not allowed to trek the gorillas.
A Deposit of 30% is required at the time of confirmation and the balance at least 35 days before the tour begins. We will receipt your money, thereby confirm our safari. If a reservation is made within 30 days of departure, the entire amount must be made at the time of confirmation.
Full refund will be provided if cancellation is done in writing 35 days prior to commencement of a safari. Refund on all pre-paid money will be based on cancellation fees levied by hotels, lodges and banks. Generally there is a 30% charge on cancellation with 35 days prior to tour departure, 50% charge within 34 - 15 days and 100% charge within 48 hours.
We reserve the right to deduct all expenses incurred from any money paid. Park entry tickets and Gorilla permits are non-refundable.
Alteration of Tour
The right is reserved to alter any route or arrangement, to cancel the operation of any scheduled tour should conditions so necessitates. The right is also reserved to decline, accept or retain any member of a tour at any time. Should you fail to join a tour, join it after departure of leave prior to completion; no tour fare refund can be made.
Transfer of Booking
In the event you are unable to travel due to extraordinary circumstances, we may transfer your booking to another party provided the arrangement remain the same and if suppliers (airlines, hotel, etc) are all ready to accept the transfer.
Mode of Payment
All prices are quoted US dollars and or Kshs. for residents. You may pay by cash, telegraphic transfer or cheque to Cites African Safaris Limited, or to your travel agent. Foreign currency cheques and payment by credit card may be accepted at the current dollar buying rate. Cheques may incur Manager’s Discretion service charge.
Mode of transport and type of vehicles to be used will be dependent on the number of clients and the route taken based on specifications of the chosen itinerary. Competent and experienced English speaking driver/guides are provided.
Most lodges and tented camps offer twin or double bed rooms with private bathrooms. Single rooms may be available with the payment of a single room supplement fee but not always guaranteed. Some facilities have available double beds upon request.
Tour prices quoted are inclusive of all transportation as per the itinerary, park entrance fee, permits where applicable and driver’s allowances and third party insurance. The rates are not inclusive of accommodation and meals while in Kampala unless stated, traveler’s insurance, local departure taxes, visa fees, gratuities, sodas and alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, laundry and other personal expenses.
We recommend that you buy travel insurance through your agent before coming to East Africa, but local evacuation coverage is available in the unlikely event of a medical emergency while out in the bush. Please request for this service at the time of booking.
Bookings are accepted on the specific condition that and its agents act only as agents of passengers in all matters relating to hotel/lodge accommodation, tours transport, etc. we shall not be liable for injury, delay loss or damage in any manner whatsoever. Cites African Safaris. reserves the right to employ subcontracts to carry out all or part of the services agreed to be supplied. Cites African Safaris's liability to passengers carried in its own vehicles is governed by the respective laws of the country in which the cause of action arises. Finally, whilst every care is taken, Cites African Safaris cannot be held responsible for loss or damage to baggage.
If the Client has a complaint/refund query about any aspect of his/her holiday it should be reported immediately to Cites African Safaris's available representative who will do whatever he/she can do during the safari. If the problem is not resolved to the client’s satisfaction any further complain/refund query should be made by the client in writing to Cites African Safaris not later than 30 days upon completion of the holiday. Failure to do this, no claim may be brought against Cites African Safaris. There will be no refund on unutilized services.