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15-Night East Africa & Seychelles Escape

"Journey through the Heart of East Africa and Unwind in Seychelles: A 15-night trip blending vibrant wildlife safaris with island serenity."
Budget level: High-End
Country
Kenya, Uganda
When to Go
All year
Duration
15 Nights
Safari Type
Lodge
Location
Bwindi Impenetrable & Mgahinga National Parks, Kampala & Entebbe, La Digue, Northern Kenya, Uganda's Wildlife Areas
Kids Min Age
8

Immerse yourself in an 18-night expedition that showcases the diversity of East Africa and the idyllic charm of Seychelles. From the gorilla-inhabited forests of Uganda to the shadow of Kilimanjaro in Amboseli, and from the conservation success stories of Laikipia to the vibrant ecosystems of the Masai Mara, this journey is a celebration of nature’s wonders. The adventure culminates in the Seychelles, where relaxation and luxury await on the secluded beaches of Desroches Island. This carefully curated experience promises not just a vacation but a profound journey through some of the most captivating landscapes on the planet.


Itinerary in Brief

1 Night at The Boma, Entebbe

2 Nights at Mahogany Springs, Uganda

1 Night at Tamarind Tree Hotel, Nairobi

2 Nights at Tawi Lodge, Amboseli

2 Nights at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Laikipia

3 Nights at Encounter Mara, Masai Mara

4 Nights at Four Seasons Resort, Seychelles

This is an 18-night sojourn that takes you from the heart of Africa to the pristine beaches of Seychelles. Experience the best of both worlds: thrilling wildlife encounters in some of East Africa’s most renowned conservancies and the tranquil beauty of the Seychelles’ white sandy beaches. This journey is designed to provide rich and varied landscapes, from lush forests and savannah plains to the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, offering a unique blend of adventure and relaxation.

Your adventure begins in Entebbe at The Boma, a charming lodge that balances modern comfort with the character of a 1940s home. Located near Entebbe International Airport, it’s an ideal starting point for your African journey. Next, delve into the heart of Uganda at Mahogany Springs, where you’re positioned on the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to endangered Mountain Gorillas. The experience here extends beyond gorilla tracking, offering bird watching, nature walks, and community tours.

 

In Nairobi, the Tamarind Tree Hotel offers a comfortable stay with convenient access to the city’s attractions. Then, head to Tawi Lodge in Amboseli, offering views of Mount Kilimanjaro and a plethora of wildlife at your doorstep. Journey onwards to Ol Pejeta Bush Camp in Laikipia, where conservation meets luxury, offering unique experiences like jogging with rangers and tracking lions.

Your safari experience culminates at Encounter Mara in the Masai Mara, boasting high densities of wildlife and immersive safari activities, from game drives to nature walks.

The final leg of your journey is a serene retreat at the Four Seasons Resort in the Seychelles. This exclusive resort on Desroches Island promises a tranquil escape with luxurious villas, diverse dining options, and a range of activities from diving to yoga classes.

Each destination in this itinerary is carefully chosen to offer a distinct experience, combining the raw beauty of the African wilderness with the soothing calm of the Indian Ocean. This is more than a trip; it’s an exploration of contrasting worlds, where the wild heart of Africa meets the tranquil soul of Seychelles.

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: The Boma, Entebbe

Start your journey in Entebbe at The Boma, a serene haven blending historical charm with modern luxury. This boutique hotel, nestled in a lush, tropical garden, offers a tranquil retreat from your travels. The Boma, with its unique 1940s character, reflects the elegance of a bygone era while providing contemporary comforts. Begin your stay with a refreshing dip in the swimming pool, a stroll through the beautifully landscaped gardens, or relax with a drink at the bar. Enjoy a gourmet dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, where the menu features a fusion of local and international cuisine. The Boma’s proximity to Entebbe International Airport makes it a convenient and welcoming first stop, ensuring a smooth transition into your African adventure. Retire to your cozy room, tastefully furnished to reflect the charm of the original home, and rest up for the exciting journey ahead.

Days 2-3: Mahogany Springs, Bwindi

Embark on a scenic journey to Mahogany Springs in Bwindi. This luxurious lodge, set on the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, offers an exclusive gateway to gorilla tracking. Your stay at Mahogany Springs will be filled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Wake up to the sounds of the forest and start your day with a hearty breakfast on the terrace, overlooking the Munyanga River. Join an expert guide for a trek into the dense forest in search of the majestic mountain gorillas. This intimate encounter is a profound and unforgettable experience. In the afternoon, explore the lodge’s surroundings with a bird-watching excursion, identifying some of the rare species that inhabit this biodiverse region. Alternatively, participate in a tree-planting activity to contribute to the lodge’s conservation efforts. Evenings at Mahogany Springs are for relaxation and reflection. Dine under the stars, enjoying meals prepared with fresh, local ingredients, and share stories of your day’s adventures around a crackling fireplace.

Day 4: Tamarind Tree Hotel, Nairobi

Arrive at the Tamarind Tree Hotel in Nairobi, a contemporary urban oasis. This 4-star hotel, situated near the vibrant suburbs of Langata and Karen, offers a perfect blend of modernity and comfort. Spend your day exploring Nairobi’s rich cultural landscape. Visit the nearby Nairobi National Park, where you can see a wide array of wildlife against the backdrop of the city skyline. Alternatively, explore the Karen Blixen Museum or the Giraffe Centre, both located a short drive from the hotel. The Tamarind Tree Hotel itself boasts excellent facilities. Relax by the heated outdoor pool, indulge in a range of international cuisine at the hotel’s restaurants, or unwind in the elegantly appointed rooms, complete with all modern amenities. The hotel’s tranquil setting provides a peaceful night’s sleep, preparing you for the adventures that lie ahead.

Days 5-6: Tawi Lodge, Amboseli

Journey to Tawi Lodge, located in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, within a private conservancy near Amboseli National Park. This eco-friendly lodge harmoniously blends luxury with the natural environment. During your stay, engage in a variety of activities. Embark on game drives to see the large elephant herds against the backdrop of Kilimanjaro, or take a guided nature walk to discover the smaller details of the savannah ecosystem. The lodge’s unique location allows for an intimate wildlife experience, with frequent sightings of zebras, giraffes, and other animals visiting the nearby waterhole. Enjoy gourmet meals prepared with organic produce from the lodge’s garden, and in the evening, gather around the campfire to share stories under the African sky. The cottages at Tawi Lodge offer stunning views of Kilimanjaro, luxury amenities, and private decks, ensuring a comfortable and memorable stay.

Days 7-8: Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Laikipia

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, set on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in Laikipia, is your next destination. This camp offers a unique blend of conservation and luxury. Spend your days exploring the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, home to the largest population of black rhinos in East Africa. Engage in game drives to spot the BIG5, or participate in a lion tracking exercise with the conservancy’s researchers. The camp also offers an opportunity to visit the endangered species enclosure, home to the last two northern white rhinos. Learn about sustainable cattle farming practices that benefit both the land and local communities. The evenings at Ol Pejeta are for relaxation and stargazing, often accompanied by the sounds of the African wilderness. The camp’s comfortable tents, complete with en-suite bathrooms and eco-friendly amenities, provide a cozy retreat after a day full of exploration and learning.

Days 9-11: Encounter Mara, Masai Mara

Travel to the heart of the Masai Mara ecosystem, where Encounter Mara awaits within the private Mara Naboisho Conservancy. This award-winning camp offers an authentic safari experience with a minimal environmental footprint. Over the next three days, immerse yourself in the rich wildlife of the conservancy. Morning and evening game drives provide opportunities to witness lions, elephants, giraffes, and possibly the elusive leopard. The conservancy’s high concentration of animals and limited human presence ensure exceptional game viewing experiences. Take part in walking safaris led by experienced Maasai guides, offering a different perspective of the savannah. The camp’s location also allows for night drives, a rare chance to observe nocturnal wildlife. The spacious and comfortable tents at Encounter Mara are strategically positioned to offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape, ensuring privacy and tranquility. Enjoy meals prepared with fresh, local ingredients, and spend your evenings around the campfire, reflecting on the day’s adventures.

Days 12-15: Four Seasons Resort, Seychelles

Conclude your journey at the Four Seasons Resort in the Seychelles, a luxurious retreat on the secluded Desroches Island. This exclusive resort is the epitome of tropical paradise, offering pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush vegetation. Over the next four days, indulge in a range of activities or choose to simply relax and soak in the serene beauty of the island. Explore the vibrant coral reefs through diving or snorkeling excursions, or try your hand at fishing in the rich waters of the Indian Ocean. The resort also offers a variety of water sports, including kayaking and paddleboarding. For those seeking relaxation, the spa at Four Seasons offers a range of treatments inspired by local traditions and ingredients. The resort’s dining options are a culinary delight, featuring fresh seafood and a variety of international cuisines. The villas and suites at the resort are designed for privacy and luxury, each offering stunning ocean views, private pools, and direct beach access. Your stay at Four Seasons Resort is the perfect way to unwind and reflect on your unforgettable journey through East Africa and Seychelles.

Day 16: Departure

On your final day, as you prepare for departure, take a moment to reflect on the rich experiences from your journey. From the wildlife-rich plains of East Africa to the tranquil beaches of Seychelles, this trip has offered a profound exploration of nature’s diversity and beauty. With memories to last a lifetime, you’ll be transferred to the airport, carrying with you the spirit of Africa and the serene essence of the Indian Ocean.

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