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Kenya Safari - 2012

September 5th - 16th

$2,695 - Land Only

We had this same itinerary in 2007 and I can tell you that everything was perfect. It was the most incredible experience with the best sightings, lodges and food. This is the Africa safari you've been waiting for! And yes, I took all these photo on our last trip other than this first one with the giraffe.

G et ready to have an African spell cast over you. No feeling in the world matches the sheer exuberance of being on a safari - you will be spellbound by your first sightings of Cape buffalo, cheetah, elephants and giraffes. Experience the exhilaration of being in the wild, the wonder of seeing these wonderful animals unhindered by bars or fences.


Situated on the east coast of Africa, and split in half by the equator, is the colorful and exciting Republic of Kenya. The country has a multiracial population of 30 million with 50 different languages and dialects. However, one can easily get by speaking English almost anywhere. Even with all these different people and customs, Kenya is one of the most economically and politically stable countries on the continent of Africa.


Day 01: USA / Europe

Day 02 : Europe / Nairobi

Meet on arrival at the airport.

After clearing with customs and immigration, transfer to the Stanley hotel in Nairobi for your overnight stay. This evening meet with your host for an orientation and evening cocktails.

Lunch and dinner on own arrangements. Overnight at The Stanley Hotel

Day 03: Nairobi – Aberdares (B,L,D)

Breakfast at your hotel and travel north, passing near Thika, which boasts the world's third largest pineapple plantation and Karatina with its colorful market. Soon you'll be at Nyeri, one of Kenya's major towns and provincial headquarters and then on to the Aberdare Country Club, an elegant baronial style country home set in sprawling superbly landscaped gardens (120 miles – 3hrs)

12.30PM Lunch at the Aberdare Country Club.

Club transport takes you to the Ark Lodge. A uniquely shaped lodge tucked away in the Aberdares National Park forest . The lodge's water‑ hole and salt lick are well lit at night when the animals come to drink and a well-concealed "hide" affords eye‑to‑eye viewing of forest Elephant and other game, including the endangered Black Rhino. You’re also likely to see Baboon, Buffalo, Bushbuck, and Bush pig, Civets, Duikers, Giant Forest Hog, Colobus and Syke's Monkeys. The bird life includes some species not common in other places, among them being: The Green Ibis, Rufous Sparrow Hawk, Mountain Buzzard, Crowned Eagle and the Silvery ‑ Cheeked ‑ Hornbill.

Dinner in the lodge.

Day 04: Aberdares – Samburu (B,L,D)

Breakfast at the Ark.

Return to the Aberdare Country Club where you will rejoin your driver guides, retrieve your stored luggage and proceed on your safari adventure.

Travel further north, past the Equator and the dusty outpost known as Isiolo, later drive into the semi-desert bush country of northern Kenya . Here you will meet the nomadic tribes of Samburu, Borana, and Turkana who have lived in this land blessed with rich colors and a variety of landscapes.

Lunch at Sarova Shaba Lodge.

Visit the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, in the heart of Shaba National Reserve, famous for the Out of Africa film by Joy Adamson . It has now been made famous once again with the shooting of the third edition of America’s television phenomenon, SURVIVOR having been filmed on this location. (130 miles – 4hrs)

This afternoon enjoy a game viewing drive in the reserve ending with a sundowner and followed with dinner at the lodge.

Sarova Shaba Lodge

Day 05 Samburu (B,L,D)

Breakfast will be served at the lodge. Full day exploring the Shaba and Buffalo Springs National Reserves with lunch at Samburu Serena Lodge. The Shaba Reserve is named after an outcrop of volcanic rock that dominates the region. Evidence of the intensity of its upheaval is demonstrated by the formidable lava flow that travelers must cross to reach the reserve and the lodge. The Reserve's northern boundary is marked by the width of the Ewaso Nyiro river which empties into Lorian Swamp; the tall doum palms which mark its course in silent contrast to the rugged and pitted tracts which make up much of the sanctuary. Many small hills dot the landscape and, with four springs, Shaba is better watered than its neighbors.

Animals commonly seen are Elephants, Lions, Cheetahs, Grevy's Zebras, Giraffes, Gerenuks, Buffalos, Oryx, Grants Gazelles, Dikdiks and Waterbucks. The river forest attracts a wide variety of birds.

Afternoon visit to a Samburu Cultural Village: This afternoon, we will also enjoy a visit to a Samburu Cultural Village before returning to the lodge for the evening.

Join the Samburu dancers d onning their African regalia and the jingling on their feet, flow by the rhythm of African beats and dance to their tunes that will leave you refreshed.

In the evening there is the opportunity to hear a talk about one of the tribes, the Samburu, followed by traditional African dances. After the performance you will have an opportunity to meet and photograph these colorful people.

Sarova Shaba Lodge.

Day 06: Samburu – Lake Nakuru (B,L,D)

Travel from Samburu, heading west to Nyahururu, still known to many as Thomson's Falls for its 237‑foot cascade. Afterwards, travel in a southerly direction to your next destination: Lake Nakuru, colored a shimmering flamingo pink from thousands of the beautiful birds lining its shores. You'll arrive at Lion Hill Lodge, which offers unforgettable views of the lake from its hillside perch. The Lodge also is a perfect base from which to explore the lake on foot or by boat, with its fabulous array of birds as well as many types of game, including waterbuck, rhino, leopard and buffalo. (114 miles – 3hrs)

Buffet lunch at the Lodge.

Afternoon game drive in the park, which is, of course, known for its birdlife ‑ as thousands of flamingos make this lake their home, along with hundreds of other species. But wildlife is also in abundance here. You'll see large numbers of waterbuck, warthog, impala, Buffalo, Plains Game, Cheetah, and now Rhino, as Lake Nakuru National Park has been made into one of Kenya's rhino sanctuaries.

Sarova Lion Hill Lodge

Day 07: Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara (B,L,D)

Breakfast at the Lodge.

Leaving flamingo‑fringed Lake Nakuru behind, you will drive to Narok, the gateway to the Masai Mara and district headquarters of this part of Masailand. You'll reach the Sarova Mara Lodge in time for lunch. (198 miles – 5-½ hrs ).

Nowhere in Africa is wildlife more plentiful than in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. At the southern end of this 585 sq miles paradise and right in the path of the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra, lies the Sarova Mara lodge.

After lunch you are at leisure until when you start your first game viewing drive in the reserve regarded as the most magnificent natural theatre in the world. Set in the heart of Africa’s Great Plains, the Masai Mara is home to the highest concentration of animals and birds anywhere on the continent.

Return to the Camp in time to freshen up for dinner.

Overnight stay at Sarova Mara Lodge.

Day 08 Masai Mara (B,L,D)

Enjoy a full day in the Mara with two game drives included. This reserve is situated to the west of Nairobi , on Tanzania's northern border - it is the extension to the larger Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The Masai Mara offers wonderful scenery and an abundance of big game. It is perhaps the only region left in Kenya where the visitor may see animals in the same super-abundance as existed a century ago.

The waters of the Mara River are home to Crocodiles and pools of Hippo, the Acacia woodlands and riverine forests favored by Leopard and Elephant, and the open savannah and dry bush areas play host to the plains' game and their predators such as Lion, Cheetah, Hyena and Jackal.

Afternoon visit to a Masai Cultural Village: This afternoon, we shall have a taste of the Maasai Culture by visiting one of the many dotted Manyattas (villages). At the village, join the Masai dancers d onning their African regalia and the jingling on their feet, flow by the rhythm of African beats and dance to their tunes that will leave you refreshed.

Be sure to return to the lodge in the evening refreshed and having learnt something from this pastoralist community.

Overnight stay at Sarova Mara Lodge

Day 09 Masai Mara/ Nairobi (B,D)

Leaving Masai Mara, head back to Narok, district headquarters of this part of Masailand and then travel across the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley ‑ keep an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle ‑ and head up the Rift Escarpment on a road built by Italian prisoners of war during World War II. You will arrive in Kenya's bustling capital city in time for lunch on own arrangements. Dayrooms are reserved at The Norfolk Hotel. Afternoon at leisure to explore the city.

Evening transfer to The Carnivore Restaurant. The restaurant is considered ‘Africa’s Greatest Eating Experience'. This open-air meat specialty restaurant has strikingly different food, service, and atmosphere to anything ever seen in Kenya. Every type of meat imaginable, are roasted on traditional Masai swords over a huge, visually spectacular charcoal pit that dominates the entrance of the restaurant.

The waiters then carry these swords around the restaurant, carving unlimited amounts of the prime meats onto sizzling, cast iron plates in front of you. A wide selection of salads, vegetable side dishes, and a variety of exotic sauces accompany the meat feast. Dessert and coffee follow this.

After dinner transfer to Jomo Kenyatta Int’l Airport for your outbound flight.


Day 10 Europe/USA




Turkish Airlines DOES allow free layovers and everyone who was signing up was interested, so we will now be organizing a 2-day layover in Istanbul. Approximate cost for the ground transportation, 1/2 day tour and 2-nights hotel will be $250. We will have more details soon. If you are not interested in this we can get you separate air. It would be nice to help break up our flights too! Everyone currently signed up has opted for this.

We have the following group air from LAX using Turkish Airlines.

1 TK 05SEP F LAX-IST 555P 510P 08SEP

2-day stop-over in Istanbul

2 TK 08SEP J IST-NBO 645P 120A 09SEP
3 TK 16SEP S NBO-IST 250A 910A
4 TK 16SEP S IST-LAX 1110A 325P
Base fare $665.00 plus taxes $545.90 = 1,210.90

Balloon Safari In Masai Mara:
What could be more uplifting than an early morning safari in a hot air
balloon flying over the vast plains of Africa? Witness an African sunrise as a plethora of wildlife roams the land beneath you. To highlight this exhilarating experience enjoy a champagne breakfast on landing. Rate Per person: US$ 450.00


Cost is inclusive of the following:

1. Accommodation as stipulated in the itinerary or similar.

2. Transportation in a chauffeur driven minivan with pop-up roof for easy game viewing & photography.

3. Services of an English-speaking driver-guide, game viewing drives and parks entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.

4. All Government taxes and levies.

5. Farwell dinner at the Carnivore Restaurant.

6. Boma dinner in Samburu.

7. Bush breakfast in Masai Mara.

8. Bush dinner in Masai Mara.

9. 1 free mineral water per person per day in the safari vehicle.

10. All meet and greet services.

11. All arrival and departure transfers.

12. 24 hours stand-by contact number.

13. Meals as indicated in the itinerary.

14. Guaranteed window seat in each vehicle .

15. Two-way long-range high frequency radio communication in each vehicle.

  1. On safari accessories in each vehicle: - First-aid kit, wildlife books, a pair of binoculars, cool box and fire extinguisher.
  2. Visit to Masai Mara local village
  3. Flying Doctor insurance in Kenya. This covers you within Kenya for a period of 3 months. In the unlikely event of a medical emergency, you will be airlifted to Nairobi where you will be taken to a hospital. Hospital bills are born by the patient.

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  • Ed R.

    This was an amazing trip. The lodges were all 4 star. Excellent sightings of all the best animals. We had a very nice group and it completely exceeded their expectations.

    September 20, 2012

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