Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania 2017

May 15, 2017

schedule of activities

Day: 1 Date: Sep 09 - Sat Departure: MANILA Arrival: -- Activity: ET 629 2200/0530+1
Enjoy on board Ethiopian hospitality on state of the art new BOEING 787 DREAMLINER.
Day: 2 Date: Sep 10 - Sun Departure: -- Arrival: ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA Activity: Arrive Bole International Airport, meet and great our representative and transfer to the hotel. On this day visit historical sites including the National Archaeological Museum to view the 3.6 million year old remains of “Lucy”, who’s skeleton was in 1974. Continue discover to the Ethnological Museum at Addis Ababa University; the great insight into the many different peoples of Ethiopia and their respective culture and traditions. After visiting Holy Trinity Cathedral, we will end the day with the drive to the top of Mount Entoto, which rises to an altitude of 10,500 feet and offers panoramic view of the metropolis. Overnight Raddison Blu Addis.
Day: 3 Date: Sep 11 - Mon Departure: ADDIS ABABA Arrival: BAHIR-DAR Activity: ET 126 0750/0850
Early morning transfer to Airport to fly to Bahir Dar. After check in to the hotel we drive to the Blue Nile Falls which is known locally as Tissisat (smoking water) fall: 100m (328ft) wide, the water plunges for 45m (148ft), giving rise to steam clouds and rainbows. (Trekking shoes is recommended). After lunch we will have a boat trip on Lake Tana. There are 37 islands on Lake Tana and 32 of them have churches and monasteries of considerable historical and cultural interest. Half day excursion to Zhege Peninsula to visit the monastery churches of Ura Kidane Mihiret, which is the best known of the monasteries and has an important collection of religious icons from the 16th to 18th centuries A.D In the evening, you may enjoy a Free Signature Massage at the Resort. Overnight Kuriftu Resort & Spa.
Day: 4 Date: Sep 12 - Tue Departure: BAHIR-DAR Arrival: GONDAR Activity: Drive to Gondar, which is 180kms away from Bahir Dar. Gondar was the first capital city of the Ethiopian Empire, which began in 1632 with the reign of Fasilidas. In Gondar, there are a dozen castles built by various emperors over the course of 236 years. The city seems more European than African. In the afternoon, we visit Fasilidas' Palace, probably the most impressive of all the castles found in the area and the oldest one! We continue on to the Church of Debre Berham Selassie (Light of the Trinity). The interior of Debre Berham Selassie is decorated with beautiful frescos, cherubs and paintings. Debre Berham Selassie is rumored to once have been the proposed final resting-place of the Ark of the Covenant. Overnight Goha hotel or similar class.
Day: 5 Date: Sep 13 - Wed Departure: GONDAR Arrival: DEBARK Activity: Today you have an excursion trip to the majesty of Simien Mountain National Park. Early morning with lunch box drive to Debark. This is a small market town at an altitude of 2700 meters near the boundary of the Semien Mountains National Park corrugated cardboard - iron - surrounded roofed building its colorful and bustling market area. Before entering the park, you need to register at the park headquarters just outside the city. Here armed Scout - joins one of the parking regulations, best view buying top. Heading through the pretty Country Pass is at the foot of the mountains Simien, with attention paid to field, open pasture with grazing horses, trees and distant rocky peaks. At the height of the road there is a view of the strangely magnificent eroded foothills of the series, lucky enough to spot and you can also at first bearded vulture and endemic mammal gelada baboons of the trip around Sankaber. After you visit National Park, drive back to Gondar; on the way visit the Fellasha (Ethiopian Jews) Village. Overnight Goha hotel or similar.
Day: 6 Date: Sep 14 - Thu Departure: GONDAR Arrival: LALIBELA Activity: ET 122 0915 / 0945
In the morning, transfer to Gondar airport to fly Lalibela. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and after quick refreshment, start city tour in Lalibela. The city contains 11 monolithic churches that were built in the 12th century and are carved out of the pink granite rock; they have been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the first and the third group of churches, which have seven rock churches. After lunch visit the second group of churches which have four rock churches. Overnight Maribela hotel or similar.
Day: 7 Date: Sep 15 - Fri Departure: LALIBELA Arrival: NAIROBI, KENYA Activity: ET 306 1625 / 1835
Early afternoon transfer to Lalibela airport and fly to Nairobi, Kenya (connecting from Addis Ababa). Then proceed to the airport for flight back to Nairobi, upon arrival we go to our hotel for dinner and overnight
Day: 8 Date: Sep 16 - Sat Departure: NAIROBI Arrival: ABERDARES NATIONAL PARK Activity: After breakfast, check out and drive to Aberdares where you will have a brief stopover at the equator where you have a chance to stand on the 2 hemispheres at the same time. Proceed to Aberdares national park arriving in time for lunch at the Aberdares Country club which is a base serving hotel for the tree Ark Lodge. Afternoon transferred to the lodge where game viewing is done at the lodge balcony. Different species of animals comes to drink water and lick salts at the floodlit waterhole. This park is famous for its historical royal connection. One afternoon in February of 1952, a young English girl climbed the fig tree as a Princess. The following morning, she descended as Queen Elizabeth II - her father, King George VI, had died in the night. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day: 9 Date: Sep 17 - Sun Departure: ABERDARES Arrival: LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK Activity: After an early hot coffee in the lodge you will have a morning transfer to the Aberdares Country Club for your hearty breakfast then join your driver and be driven to Lake Nakuru, the most famous bird lover’s paradise in Kenya. Visit the famous Thompson falls which is on this route for photography and relaxation at the falls. You will enjoy a short walk in the beautiful nature trail located at the base of the falls. Afterwards, proceed to Lake Nakuru arriving for lunch. After lunch, venture into the park which is home to flamingos, pelican, whiterhino, black rhino, warthog, giraffe, hyena, leopard, buffalo and other numerous plains Game. In the evening enjoy a brisk walk along the shores of the lake as you watch the sun set. You will then be transferred back to the lodge for rest and overnight.
Day: 10 Date: Sep 18 - Mon Departure: LAKE NAKURU Arrival: MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE Activity: After breakfast, depart with en route game viewing drive out of the park to the greatest Masai Mara National Reserve, home to the big five and numerous plains game. You will arrive in time for lunch at your Camp before departing for afternoon game drives. Optional activities include hot air balloon safari, guided nature walks, bush lunch/dinner/breakfast, bird walks, and evening sundowner.
Day: 11 Date: Sep 19 - Tue Departure: MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE Arrival: -- Activity: Spend the whole day at leisure with morning and afternoon Game viewing drives in the reserve. You will guided by the expert driver guides to spot the big five game among other like, Thomson’s and Grant's gazelle, Topi and Eland and many more species of plains' game offer a rich choice of food for the dominant predators; lion, leopard and cheetah which hunt in this pristine wilderness. In the Mara River, hippo submerges at the approach of a vehicle only to surface seconds later to grumble their displeasure. Seemingly, the drowsy crocodile sunbathe on the riverbanks, mouth agape, and waiting with subtle cunning for prey at which to strike with lightning swiftness. But this richness of fauna, this profusion of winged beauty& the untouched fragility of the landscape, are all subordinate to the Mara's foremost attraction, the march of the wildebeest. All meals & overnight at Mara Sarova Game Camp.
Day: 12 Date: Sep 20 - Wed Departure: MASAI MARA Arrival: SERENGETI, TANZANIA Activity: After breakfast we pack up again and leave the Maasai Mara, with a picnic lunch en route to the Serengeti. Cross the Kenya - Tanzania common border at Isebania and proceed to Serengeti National Park (via Ndabaka). Serengeti means 'endless plains' and is derived from the Maasai language. Dinner and overnight stay at Serengeti Serena safari lodge.
Day: 13 Date: Sep 21 - Thu Departure: SERENGETI GAME RESERVE Arrival: -- Activity: Spending another day at the Serengeti translates into a better game viewing and photography experience, and enjoy every moment of your safari in the Serengeti National Park, summed up as 'one of the most unique areas in the world'. The Serengeti contains the largest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa, on a scale, which has no parallel anywhere else in the world.
Day: 14 Date: Sep 22 - Fri Departure: SERENGETI Arrival: NGORONGORO CRATER Activity: Early breakfast 6:00 am, there after depart for Ngorongoro with picnic lunches. Descend in to the crater floor for the half day crater tour. Some 20,000 mammals of size live there, including about 20 black rhinoceros, making the crater the best place in Tanzania to see the rhino. The crater floor also has one of the highest carnivore densities in the world. Lions, cheetahs, hyenas and jackals are commonly seen, while leopards may be seen with some good luck. You will spend most of the day in the crater. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa lodge.
Day: 15 Date: Sep 23 - Sat Departure: NGORONGORO Arrival: TARANGIRE Activity: After breakfast drive to Tarangire. Lunch Enroute followed by an afternoon Game drive through Tarangire. Tarangire National park is 2850 Square kilometers making it the sixth largest park in Tanzania and offering the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti. Tarangire is known for its large herds of Elephants which can be viewed at close range. Other animals likely to be seen throughout Tarangire are wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, gazelle, rhino, warthog, impala, pythons, lions, leopards and over 50 species of birds. Accommodation at Tarangire safari lodge.
Day: 16 Date: Sep 24 - Sun Departure: TARANGIRE Arrival: AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK Activity: After breakfast, depart to Amboseli National park. The drive takes us through Arusha town. We proceed to Namanga border town for lunch. After immigration formalities, proceed to Amboseli National Park, we check in Amboseli Kibo safari camp. Afternoon game drive will be provided. Dinner and accommodation will be provided at Oltukai lodge.
Day: 17 Date: Sep 25 - Mon Departure: AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK Arrival: -- Activity: Early morning game viewing drive at the Amboseli national park. Weather permitting the clouds will shear off, leaving you mesmerized by the majesty of the Kilimanjaro and its gleaming snowcapped peaks. Breakfast shall follow. Today will be spent exploring the Amboseli national park on unlimited game viewing drives. Overnight at Oltukai lodge.
Day: 18 Date: Sep 26 - Tue Departure: AMBOSELI Arrival: NAIROBI Activity: Early pre-breakfast game viewing drive in search of the predators and grazers. Extra final game drive at the Amboseli national park. Depart the Amboseli for Nairobi to arrive in the late afternoon.
Day: 19 Date: Sep 27 - Wed Departure: NAIROBI Arrival: MANILA Activity: Breakfast at the Hotel. Transfer to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for in time to connect with our flight back to Manila.
Day: 20 Date: Sep 28 - Thu Departure: -- Arrival: MANILA Activity: Arrive in Manila with sweet and beautiful memories of Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania.