Bucket List Trip
Here is my #1 bucket list item. An African Safari. Guess what my husband and I checked off for our 10th anniversary? You guessed it an African Safari.
Here is the itinerary we did! The flight was so long and far away and we needed to have a layover. So I searched to see where the layovers were and which location I most wanted to visit. From Phoenix Arizona there was options for Canada, Amsterdam, Germany, London, and a few others. We chose London and decided to make a trip of it!
We started the trip by spending 24 hours in London. We say the London eye, Buckingham Palace, went and saw Aladdin on Broadway and enjoyed a few meals.
9 days in Africa:
Phoenix to London
Arrive in London (20 hour layover)
Check in to Hotel then Visit London eye, Buckingham Palace, see Broadway show, etc
Head to NBO ( Nairobi airport)
On the way we stayed in Airport at the Turkish Airlines Lounge Terminal 1E (if you leave the airport you have to get the yellow fever vaccine, if you do not leave the airport you don’t have to)
Head to Serengeti on Coastal Airlines Flight
Picked up by personal driver (booked through the hotel)
Went on a “game drive” on the way to the resort
lunch at the hotel
then spa for African Detox 120 Minutes
**We booked the Adventure and Rejuvenation Package**
Half day game drive then join spa at 4:30pm for Mbuyu Experience 90 Minutes
Depart from the lodge at 4:45am Balloon safari then continue with Morning half day game drive in shared vehicle
Sunset Kopje Meditation for 75 Minutes
Airstrip transfer in shared vehicle
Coastal Airlines to Zanzibar
Check in to hotel: Kisiwa on the Beach, Paje Beach
Spend day in Zanzibar
Take the last flight out and fly to NBO
arrive in London
spent time walking around the cite exploring or stay in the airport lounge
Arrive back in Phoenix
Here are some more tips that I suggest
You NEED TO book the Adventure and Rejuvenation package at the Four Seasons: it will include all your meals, spa treatments, personal driver, hot air balloon, game drives, etc. It is a MUST!
Zanzibar is beautiful and super fun but it is 3rd World. Scary at nights you don’t leave your resort. Our resort was super nice, quiet, and secluded but the food was not very good.
It is worth paying the extra money for Coastal Airlines. Do not book precision air. We tried that and ended up getting stranded in a scary country in Africa. My only regret of the trip was trying to save money and fly Precision Air one way into Seronera
Also worth paying every dollar for the package at the four seasons. They pretty much serve you hand and foot and you can change times for your game drives, spa treatments, meals, etc. The personal game driver is also a MUST.