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Icons of East Africa Holiday

Inspirational safari and beach adventure to Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania

This nearly 3-week journey to iconic East African destinations is the perfect bucket-list trip to celebrate an important milestone in your life. Staying in ultra-luxuries properties in private settings, you will be best placed for intimate and thrilling wildlife encounters from gorillas and the Big 5, to marine species.

Have breakfast with the rare Rothschild's giraffe at iconic Giraffe Manor; tick off the Big 5 in the Maasai Mara; witness the wonder of the Wildebeest Migration in the Serengeti National Park; marvel at the views of the Ngorongoro Crater; go Gorilla trekking in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park; and snorkel with exotic fish on Mnemba Island.

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Kigali
  • 1 night - Kigali Serena, Kigali, Rwanda
  • 3 nights - Bisate Lodge, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
  • 1 night - Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya
  • 3 nights - Bateleur Camp, Maasai Mara, Kenya
  • 3 nights - Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
  • 2 nights - Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
  • 1 night - Park Hyatt Hotel, Zanzibar
  • 3 nights - Mnemba Island Lodge, Zanzibar
  • Ends - Transfer to Zanzibar for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania
  • Nights Icon 17 Nights
  • Beach Icon Beach
  • Safari Icon Safari

Tailor-made itineraries

Every Mahlatini trip is custom created to your exact travel wishes – no readymade tours or set departures. Get in touch with our experts to start creating your bespoke itinerary.

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Itinerary Details

Day-by-day

Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Kigali

Kigali Serena Hotel pool at night
Kigali Serena Hotel outdoor dining
Kigali Serena Hotel lounge and bar area
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Day 1

Arrive at Kigali Airport where a driver will meet you and take you to your hotel in the city.

  • 1 night

Kigali Serena Hotel
Bed & Breakfast | Prime Room
Rwanda

Kigali Serena Hotel bedroom
Bisate lodge sunset dining 1280
Bisate lodge gorilla trek experience 1280
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Day 2 - 5

A guide will today drive you to your lodge in the Volcanoes National Park.

  • 3 nights
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Bisate Lodge
All Inclusive | Forest Villa
Rwanda

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Giraffe manor breakfast with the giraffes 1280
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Day 5

Return via road today to Kigali Airport and catch a flight to Nairobi in Kenya. Here you will be met and driven to Giraffe Manor.

  • 1 night
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Giraffe Manor
All Inclusive | Superior Room
Kenya

Giraffe manor superior room 1280
Bateleur camp maasai experience 1280
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Bateleur camp elephant game drive 1280
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Day 6 - 9

Transfer today to Wilson Airport to catch a light aircraft flight to the Maasai Mara Reserve. At the airstrip, your guide will meet you and game drive you to your camp.

  • 3 nights

Bateleur Camp
All Inclusive | Tented Suite
Kenya

Bateleur camp luxury guest tent 1280
Grumeti serengeti river lodge exterior guest suite 1280
Grumeti serengeti river lodge coffee stop on a game drive 1280
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Day 9 - 12

Fly by light aircraft today over the border into the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. A guide will be waiting to take you to your next camp.

  • 3 nights
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Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge
All Inclusive | Luxury Suite
Tanzania

Grumeti serengeti river lodge guest suite bedroom interior 1280
Ngorongoro crater lodge views across the ngorongoro crater 1280
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Day 12 - 14

A further light aircraft flight today will bring you to Manyara airstrip where a guide will be waiting for you. From here you will be driven to your lodge on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater.

  • 2 nights
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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
All Inclusive | Luxury Suite
Tanzania

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Day 14

Return to Manyara airstrip today for a light aircraft flight to Zanzibar. From the airport in Stonetown a driver you take you to your nearby hotel.

  • 1 night

Park Hyatt Zanzibar
Bed & Breakfast | Park King Room
Tanzania

Park hyatt zanzibar park suite king bedroom 1280
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Day 15 - 18

Today you will be escorted by road and boat to Mnemba Island.

  • 3 nights

Mnemba Island
All Inclusive | Banda
Tanzania

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Day 18

Return by boat and road to Zanzibar Airport where you will connect with your international flight home.

We've got you covered

Our trips are unashamedly high-end but always deliver excellent value for money. Our guide price covers the majority of trip costs upfront, on a per person basis, including international flights and all transfers.

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Includes

  • International flights as detailed
  • Meals and accommodation as detailed
  • Drinks (excluding premium brands) at All Inclusive properties
  • Road transfers as detailed
  • Light aircraft transfers as detailed
  • Boat transfers as detailed
  • Twice daily scheduled safari activities
  • National Park Fees
  • Activities as stating within itinerary
  • Gorilla permits
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Excludes

  • Entry visas and fees
  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any sightseeing activities
  • Premium Brands whilst all inclusive
  • Additional activities or options on offer
  • Hot air balloon trips
Indulge your passions

ACTIVITIES

This sample trip offers countless adventures and activities to ensure lifetime memories are made. From unforgettable thrills to indulgent relaxation, choose those that appeal most and we will curate your perfect itinerary.

  • Big 5 Safari Icon Big 5 Safari
  • Birdwatching Icon Birdwatching
  • Boat Trip Icon Boat Trip
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walking Safari
  • Ocean Safari Icon Ocean Safari
  • Primate Trekking Icon Primate Trekking
  • Whale Watching Icon Whale Watching
  • Hot Air Balloon Flights Icon Hot Air Balloon Flights
  • Cultural Experience Icon Cultural Experience
  • Fishing Icon Fishing
  • Snorkelling Scuba Diving Icon Snorkelling/Scuba Diving
  • Watersports Icon Water Sports
  • Food Experience Icon Food Experience
  • Photographic Safari Icon Photographic Safari
  • Natural Wonders Icon Natural Wonders
  • Wellness Spa Icon Wellness/Spa
Enriching encounters

ICONIC WILDLIFE

Whether you want to tick the Big Five off your bucket list or seek out specific safari species, our expert guides reveal the typical wildlife sightings to expect on this sample trip.

  • Zebra
    Zebra
  • Wildebeest
    Wildebeest
  • Whale Shark
    Whale Shark
  • Nubian Giraffe
    Nubian Giraffe
  • Manta Ray
    Manta Ray
  • Lion
    Lion
  • Leopard
    Leopard
  • Hippo
    Hippo
  • Gorilla
    Gorilla
  • Elephant
    Elephant
  • Crocodile
    Crocodile
  • Coral
    Coral
  • Colobus Monkey
    Colobus Monkey
  • Cheetah
    Cheetah
  • Buffalo
    Buffalo
  • Bottlenose Dolphin
    Bottlenose Dolphin
Sample Itineraries

TRIPS TO INSPIRE

From majestic wildlife to out of this world natural wonders, enchanting beaches and intriguing cities, every bespoke Mahlatini journey is thrilling. Unsure where to visit? Whether it’s a bucket-list adventure, a milestone celebration or simply a much-needed escape, experience the joy with this inspiring selection of favorites.

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