Highlights of East Africa



per person
Duration: 12 Nights
Destination: Arusha, Tanzania
Region: Africa & Middle East
Deal Code: PANH6YR




With over 50 years' experience in Africa safaris and Africa tours, Bench Africa offers a wealth of experience and expertise necessary for a seamless safari experience.

One of Bench Africa's best-selling safari tours is the Highlights of East Africa tour, and for good reason. As the name suggests you will experience the highlights of East Africa on this all-encompassing small group adventure to Kenya and Tanzania by road.

No East Africa tour is complete without a visit to the spectacular Serengeti National Park. Spend two nights in the Serengeti withal of its incredible game viewing opportunities. On this carefully designed East Africa tour, you will also visit the world famous Masai Mara and its seasonal annual migration, the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater and Amboseli National Park standing in the shadow of Africa’s highest mountain - Mt Kilimanjaro. This safari tour offers you the opportunity to enjoy 13 days of wildlife and culture on a scheduled small group departure, with a maximum of seven passengers per vehicle.

The Highlights of East Africa tour offers a unique and wonderfully authentic safari experience in one of the world's most beautiful corners. Safari tours in East Africa offer up the opportunity to experience a multitude of landscapes, from wide expanses of savanna plains to volcanic landscapes, and this tour specifically, offers up some of the most bountiful and beautiful wildlife experiences available on the African continent.

Join the Highlights of East Africa tour between the months of July and September to be in with a chance to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration (river crossing), or if you want to avoid the crowds then an East Africa tour will be the best option for you in the months of November to June when tourist numbers are lower.

Your Holiday Package Includes:

  • $4000 flight credit per person
  • 12 night East Africa guided tour with Bench Africa, Arusha to Nairobi


  • Hotel/game lodge/tented camp accommodation
  • 12 breakfasts, 12 lunches & 11 dinners
  • 4X4 safari vehicle-game drives
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Game drives
  • Game walks
  • Entrance fees
  • Airport transfers

Rate is per person twin share and based on departure 14 May 2024

Other departure dates available, seasonal surcharges apply

Solo traveller pricing available. Please speak to one of our travel consultants for further details


Day 1 - Arusha

On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Arusha (approximately 48 KM / 1 hour).

Day 2 - Ngorongoro Crater

Today we depart by road and drive through the Ngorongoro Highlands to your lodge in Karatu, located just outside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (approximately 175 KM / 3.5 hours). (BLD)

Day 3 - Ngorongoro Crater

Enjoy breakfast before descending over 600m down to the Ngorongoro Crater floor. Covering over 250 sq km of land, the Ngorongoro Crater is home to the rare black rhino, lion, elephant, cheetah and great herds of buffalo, antelope and wildebeest, and is one of Africa’s most unbelievable landscapes. Explore the forest and lake areas where you may see flamingos and open savannah. A picnic lunch will be served in the crater, before driving back late afternoon to Ngorongoro Farm House for dinner and overnight. (BLD)

Day 4 - Serengeti National Park

After breakfast we travel to Ol’Duvai Gorge, the site of Louis and Mary Leakey’s renowned archaeological discoveries. Their findings include some of man’s earliest known ancestral remains. Continue on to Tanzania’s abundant Serengeti National Park in time for lunch. This enormous park supports every variety of animal imaginable – from large predators to the smaller herbivores they prey on. Enjoy an afternoon safari in the Serengeti National Park (approximately 200 KM / 4 hours). (BLD)

Day 5 - Serengeti National Park

Experience the Serengeti National Park in full colour and sound during an entire day spent on game drives through the park (picnic lunch included). (BLD)

Day 6 - Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast depart for Lake Manyara, a mineral lake in the basin of Africa’s Great Rift Valley. Lunch is taken at Kirurumu Tented Lodge, followed by an afternoon game drive in the park, the home of the so-called ‘tree-climbing lions’. Apart from the varied types of landscape including forest, swamp and savannah, Lake Manyara National Park supports a large variety of animals including giraffe, zebra, elephant, hippos, monkeys and a large variety of birdlife (approximately 225 KM / 5 hours). (BLD)

Day 7 - Amboseli National Park

After breakfast depart Lake Manyara for Arusha and continue to the border crossing into Kenya and on to Amboseli (approximately 355 KM / 7 hours). (BLD)

Day 8 - Amboseli National Park

Following an early breakfast, depart on a full day game drive in Amboseli National Park. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the Park before returning late afternoon to Elerai Camp for dinner and overnight. (BLD)

Day 9 - Lake Naivasha

After breakfast, depart Elerai Camp and continue to Lake Naivasha, where you will arrive at your lodge in time for lunch. This afternoon is at leisure (approximately 350 KM / 6.5 hours). (BLD)

Day 10 - Masai Mara Game Reserve

After breakfast, depart Lake Naivasha past the extinct Volcano of Mt Longonot and Suswa, into the homelands of Kenya’s Masai. The Masai Mara Game Reserve constitutes the northern stretch of the Serengeti and has the richest concentration of animals in Kenya (approximately 250 KM / 5 hours). (BLD)

Day 11 - Masai Mara Game Reserve

Today you will get to see the real Kenya as you enjoy a full day game drive through the Masai Mara Game Reserve, searching for the ‘Big Five’ (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo), with a break for lunch back at the camp. (BLD)

Day 12 - Lake Nakuru National Park

Today you will travel to Kenya’s vibrant Lake Nakuru National Park. The park also boasts a good number of rhinos as well as leopard and lion. Lunch is taken at the lodge, followed by an afternoon game drive in the park (approximately 350 KM / 8 hours). (BLD)

Day 13 - End of Highlights of East Africa Tour

Today you will return by road to Nairobi for lunch at the famous Carnivore Restaurant and end of safari (approximately 184 KM / 3 hours). (BL)

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Prices listed are per person in Australian/New Zealand Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 08 February 2024 and can be withdrawn without notice. Hotels may charge resort fees not included in this package, payable direct upon check in. Visas are not included.  Air credit is applicable on airline of choice, subject to availability and subject to the carriers’ flight schedules and conditions.  Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Special offer pricing has already been applied to the website pricing displayed, unless it is stated otherwise. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply.