Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa and inoculation requirements for Kenya and Tanzania. It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain all appropriate visas before your cruise.
DAY 1 - ARRIVE NAIROBI
On arrival at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta Airport, the local Silversea representative is on hand to greet you and assist with your transfer to the hotel. Dinner this evening is under your own arrangement.
Overnight at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel
DAY 2: NAIROBI / NGORONGORO
After breakfast, check out and store the excess baggage that cannot accompany you with the hotel. The local representative is on hand to assist with your transfer to Wilson Airport and check in for your flight to Manyara (via Kilimanjaro). As you change planes in Kilimanjaro, you are provided with a packed picnic lunch and assisted toward your onward flight to Manyara. Please note that you will not likely see Mount Kilimanjaro from the airport, however you may see it during landing or takeoff.
On arrival in Manyara airstrip, you will be met and transferred to the renowned Ngorongoro Crater area. Once there, proceed to the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge for check in, and then time at leisure to experience this unforgettable property.
Perched above cool, swirling mists on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, the sumptuous safari suites at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge offer breath-taking views. Inspired in design by the Maasai mud and stick manyatta, or homestead, this is without doubt one of the most spectacular lodges in Africa.
Three separate and intimate camps totalling just 30 suites are reminiscent of a bygone era.
Steeped in romance, each stilted, handcrafted mud and thatch suite is adorned with graceful antiques, grand chandeliers and elegant African treasures. The bedroom, sitting room and en-suite bathroom boast floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the magnificent Crater below. Beaded chandeliers hang above large gilt mirrors, while antiques, billowing raw silk curtains and leather-backed chairs blend harmoniously with African art elements. En-suite bathrooms with a dramatic centrepiece of red roses feature spacious showers and chandelier-lit bathtubs. Personal butler discretely cater for each guest's every need, bringing tea in bed, stoking fireplaces and drawing luxurious bubble baths. Frequently described as Maasai meets Versailles, each camp has its own guest sitting and dining areas, as well as viewing decks. The domed dining room, with its fireplace, crystal, silver and massive wooden platters, turns every meal into a special occasion.
Dinner is served at the Lodge. Overnight at the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
DAY 3: NGORONGORO CRATER
After breakfast, depart for a full day in the crater, with picnic lunch provided.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area covers 2286 square kilometres (892 square miles) and encompasses the volcanic area around the Ngorongoro Crater - including the still active volcano of Oldonyo Lengai and the famous Olduvai Gorge. Its centrepiece, the Ngorongoro Crater, is the largest unbroken caldera in the world and the first sight of it is breathtaking. The floor of the crater is only 100 square miles but is home to around 30,000 animals, with a high concentration of predators.
After spending most of the day in the crater, proceed to a visit of a local Maasai Village. Thereafter return to the Lodge and take some time to relax before meeting the rest of the guests for sundowners, followed by dinner.
Overnight at the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
DAY 4: NGORONGORO / NAIROBI
Following an early breakfast, check out and transfer to Manyara airstrip for your return flights to Nairobi. You will once again fly via the airport at Kilimanjaro. A Silversea representative is on hand to assist and provide packed picnic lunches.
Upon arrival at Nairobi airport, you are met again by the local representative and directed to your waiting vehicles. Check in once again at the Norfolk Hotel. The balance of the day is at your leisure. Dinner this evening is on your own arrangements.
Overnight at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi
DAY 5: NAIROBI / MOMBASA
Following breakfast, check out and enjoy a half day city tour, before continuing to the Carnivore Restaurant for lunch. Afterwards, transfer to the airport for the flight to Mombasa. Your seats are in business-class for this segment.
On arrival at Moi International Airport, you are met by the local representative and transferred to the ship with a brief orientation tour provided en-route.
For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises
· 2 nights at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge - Standard room category
· 2 nights at Fairmont the Norfolk Hotel - Deluxe room category
· Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
· 2 drinks per person with lunches & dinners (choice of local beer, house wine and soft drinks)
· Game drives as stated above in open 4x4 vehicles safari vehicles
· Park entrances fees to Ngorongoro
· English-speaking driver guide on transfers
· Porterage, allowing for a maximum of 1 suitcase per person
· Mineral water during game viewing drives (2 x 500 ml bottles per person per day)
· Professional Safari Guide
· Personal expenses such as tips for meals, gratuities for drivers, guides and game rangers, all other alcoholic beverages (i.e. champagne, cognac, cellar wines, premium brand spirits, cigars and cigarettes), gift shop purchases and telephone calls
· Entry Visa Fees in Kenya (currently US$ 50.00 per person)
· Entry Visa Fees in Tanzania (currently US$ 50.00 for UK citizens; and US$ 100.00 for USA citizens)
· Personal Health Insurance Coverage
· International flights
· Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
· Any other services not mentioned above
Flight Information: Flight on Day 5 is in business-class, all other flights are in economy-class
Day 2 - Nairobi (Wilson) Airport / Kilimanjaro - approximately 50 minutes
Day 2 - Kilimanjaro / Manyara - approximately 45 minutes
Day 4 - Manyara / Kilimanjaro - approximately 1 hour 15 minutes with stop in Arusha
Day 4 - Kilimanjaro / Nairobi (Wilson) Airport - approximately 50 minutes
Day 5 - Nairobi / Mombasa - approximately 1 hour
Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules. Rest assured that Silversea's local representative will make the best possible reservations for our guests.
On all safari flights (i.e. Nairobi / Manyara / Nairobi), luggage should be packed in a soft-sided bag, and should not exceed 15kg (33 lbs). Additional pieces can be stored at the hotel in Nairobi during your time in the bush. For the flight from Mombasa to Nairobi on Day 1, business-class passengers are allowed two pieces of 32kgs (70lbs) each whose three dimensions shall not exceed a total of 158cms (62 inches) (L+W+H) for each bag.
Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Kenya & Tanzania. Currently, U.S. & UK citizens may secure their Kenyan and Tanzanian visas upon arrival. This service is subject to change and may result in a longer wait at your arrival airports. It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain all other appropriate visas before your cruise.
The sights visited on this program are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Accommodations can be made for guests who have limited mobility or are confined to a wheelchair. In these cases, guests will travel on a private itinerary that varies from the program outlined above.
Please note that all the animals are wild, and are not kept in enclosures. As such wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.
All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.
This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.
The contents and order of activities of this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife on the Game Reserve. Weather can be cool during early morning game drives in open vehicles when a windbreaker comes in handy. During the day, it can get extremely hot and sunhats, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. Game drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain making for 'bumpy' rides, and therefore are not recommended for anyone with back problems. This Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated.
Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.
All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.