BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!! BABY ELEPHANTS!!! THE GREAT MIGRATION!!! LUXURY TENTED SAFARI!!! SMALL GROUP - BIG ADVENTURE!!!
Travel Dates: Aug. 23 - Sept. 4, 2017 (includes Labor Day holiday!)
JOIN MEG ON THIS FANTASTIC ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME!! A tented Camp Safari including a private visit to Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage! This is one magnificent Kenya safari that visits remarkable national parks and wildlife reserves in search of giraffe, cheetah, zebra, leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, gazelle, hyena, Cape buffalo, and more —all in their native environments. Imagine the thrill of seeing these majestic animals as they sunbathe on grassy land and roam across the vast savannah grassland.
Due to the small group size, no more than 22 guests--you are encouraged to sign up soon you don't miss your chance! Once in Kenya, we break into groups of 6 so everyone has a window seat in the safari vehicles. You’ll stay in elegant tented camps (photos after pricing below), a nod to Africa safari pioneers. These unique and well-appointed properties enhance the experience by helping you feel closer to nature and at one with the landscape and were a favorite part of the experience for us!
***Transportation 4-wheel-drive safari vehicles carry a maximum of six passengers, ensuring you’ll always have a window seat. They also feature a pop-up roof for easy game viewing and photography--and shelter your head from sun and rain. ***
Aug. 23 - Depart USA
Aug. 24 is DAY 1, Thursday...........Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya Welcome to Africa! Arrive this evening, check in to your hotel, and prepare for your adventure!
DAY 2.............Nairobi Start your sightseeing with a PRIVATE visit to the SHELDRICK ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE, founded and managed by Daphne Sheldrick. Here you will learn about elephant conservation and meet elephant calves orphaned by poachers before they are reintroduced to the wild. Next, visit the KAREN BLIXEN MUSEUM, dedicated to the author of Out of Africa. Lastly, stop at the GIRAFFE CENTER, a non-profit organization focused on saving the Rothschild’s giraffe. Here you will learn a bit more about this sub-species and have the opportunity to feed them. (Breakfast, Lunch)
DAY 3............Nairobi–Amboseli National Park
Depart Nairobi for AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK, best known for spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at some 19,341 feet. After lunch, embark on an AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE to begin your search for the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 4.................Amboseli Rise early for a MORNING GAME DRIVE. Amboseli affords you a great opportunity to get close
to the mighty elephant. You might also spot Cape buffalo, zebra, wild dog, and more. Afterward, an exclusive BUSH BREAKFAST has been arranged for you.
Sip on a mimosa as you savor every moment of the memorable experience! Relax during the heat of the day prior to an AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 5..................Amboseli–Nanyuki–Samburu National Reserve Today, fly to Nanyuki (via Nairobi), then continue north by road past Mount Kenya to SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE, known for its arid landscape and unique wildlife. Due to the dry climate, grasses are sparse, making animals easier to spot. Meanwhile, the Ewaso Ng’iro River, which borders the reserve, provides a year-round water supply. These conditions make for a great game-viewing experience. After lunch at your safari camp, enjoy an
afternoon GAME DRIVE, where you have the chance to see rare animals you will not see in other parts of the country. Commonly referred to as the Samburu “Special 5,” this includes Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, Beisa oryx, and the gerenuk, a long-necked antelope that feeds while standing on its hind feet. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 6................Samburu Today, enjoy MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES. In addition to the Samburu “Special 5,” the reserve is ho
me to an abundance of other species. Large numbers of elephant and Nile crocodile can be seen, as well as waterbuck, Kirk’s dik-dik, and Grant’s gazelle. Where there is prey, predators can be found, so lion and leopard are often spotted. The reserve is also a great place for bird watching, with more than 300 species. Between game drives, relax at your lodge. This evening, relish SUNDOWNER DRINKS in the bush as the sun sets over this stunning landscape! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 7................Samburu–Ol Pejeta Conservancy After breakfast, travel to OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY, the largest black rhino sanctuary in all of East Africa. After lunch, enjoy a GAME DRIVE in the conservancy, including a stop at the CHIMP SANCTUARY. In partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Jane Goodall Institute, the sanctuary was established to provide a long-term home for orphaned and abused chimpanzees. Here, see the chimps and learn more about their plight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 8.................Ol Pejeta–Lake Elmenteita Rise early this morning for a final GAME DRIVE in the conservancy. After breakfast, depart for your camp on the shores of Lake Elmenteita. The journey will take you through the beautiful Kenyan highlands, one of the most fertile agricultural areas in all of Africa, where farmers grow crops such as corn, wheat, coffee, and tea. En route, stop at the Aberdare Country Club for lunch. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 9.................Lake Elmenteita. Lake Nakuru National Park Excursion After breakfast, travel to LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK, famous for its population of pink flamingos that feeds in the alkaline water of the lake. Other animals you may see on your GAME DRIVE include waterbuck, giraffe, impala, and striped hyena. This is also your best chance to see a white rhinoceros, commonly spotted here. Return to your camp for lunch, followed by time at leisure. Later this afternoon, enjoy a GAME DRIVE in SOYSAMBU CONSERVANCY, home to more than 450 species of birds, elegant Rothschild giraffe, eland, zebra, and more. If you are lucky, you may even spot the elusive leopard! End the day with SUNDOWNER DRINKS from a scenic hilltop overlooking Lake Elmenteita! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 10............Lake Elmenteita–Maasai Mara National Reserve After breakfast, drive to MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE, Kenya’s most famous game area. “The Mara,” as it is called by locals, is part of the Serengeti ecosystem and boasts a strong permanent population of game. When the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra arrives, generally from August to early November, the population enlarges by almost 2 million. This provides a great food source for predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, and hyena. After lunch, set out on an AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
NOTE: The Great Migration is a natural event, and the exact arrival/departure of the migrating herds varies slightly from year to year.
DAY 11................Maasai Mara Further explore this magical place on MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES. Be sure to watch for elephant, rhino, giraffe, topi, hyena, and much more. Relax at your lodge during the middle of the day. Tonight, join your traveling companions for a special FAREWELL BUSH DINNER and a TRADITIONAL MAASAI DANCE PERFORMANCE—the perfect way to end your safari! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 12.............Maasai Mara–Nairobi–Homebound Flight Today, fly back to Nairobi, where your tour ends with lunch at the famed Carnivore Restaurant. We have secured a day room for you at the Ole Sereni Hotel before a transfer to the airport for your late-evening flight. Book homebound flights after 5 pm. (Breakfast, Lunch)
***Note: Most photos are from the last time we did this trip!***
Land Price: $5600 excluding all air
Pre Hotel Night: $142 double/$242 single
Single Supplement: $1200
Mandatory Insurance: $279 or proof of your own policy
Air Within Africa Add'l: $625 approx
Air from USA: $[masked] approx (Most are on Lufthansa w/one stop each way)
Nonrefundable Deposit: $350
***ANIMALS ARE UNPREDICTABLE - A SIGNED WAIVER IS REQUIRED***
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In Nairobi: Serena Hotel
Despite its central location, the Nairobi Serena hotel is a quiet sanctuary amid the bustle of one of Africa's most dynamic cities. The interior décor reflects an entirely pan-African theme featuring art and inspiration from Ethiopia, the Maghreb, West Africa and East Africa. Offering a wide range of dining experiences, The Nairobi Serena is renowned for its 'Mandhari' fine-dining restaurant, which is universally acknowledged as one of Kenya's finest.
Dry Cleaning, Free WiFi, Restaurant On-Site, Beauty Salon
Bar/Lounge, Business Center, Concierge desk, Pool, Elevator
Parking/Valet, Gift Shop, Spa Services,
In-Room Safe, Climate Control, Internet Access, Phone, Mini-bar
Coffee Maker, Cable/Satellite, Wake-Up Calls, Complimentary Newspaper
Air Conditioning, Non-smoking Rooms, Television, Complimentary Toiletries
Room Service, Hair Dryer
In Amboseli National Park Area: Kilima Safari Camp
Kilima Safari Camp is shaded by mature black-barked acacia trees with uninterrupted views of Mount Kilimanjaro. The camp features an elegant bar, shop, outdoor pool, massage room, dining room, and an outdoor area for campfires. Electricity is provided during limited hours: 5:00 am - 9:00 am, 12:30pm - 3:00pm & 6:30 pm - midnight.
Bar/Lounge, Pool, Spa Services, Dry Cleaning, Restaurant On-Site, Free WiFi
Desk, Disabled Access / Rooms, Room Service
Samburu National Reserve Area: Ashnil Samburu Camp
Ashnil Samburu Camp sits in Buffalo Springs Game Reserve which takes its name from an oasis of crystal clear water at the western end of the reserve. Enjoy the quiet serenity of the African wilderness and first-class accommodations in this remarkable place. Electricity is provided during limited hours: 5 am to 10:30 am, 12 pm to 4 pm & 6 pm to midnight. 24-hour power may be requested for breathing machines.
Restaurant On-Site, Pool, Gift Shop, Bar/Lounge, Ice Machine, Currency Exchange
Desk, In-Room Safe, Hair Dryer, Complimentary Toiletries
Ol Pejeta Conservancy: Sweetwaters Serena Camp (I loved this place!!)
Sweetwaters Serena Camp is a sheltered oasis, clustered around a water hole and set in the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweetwaters Tented Camp offers a charming blend of under-canvas ambiance and safari luxury.
Restaurant On-Site, Business Center, Gift Shop, Bar/Lounge
Dry Cleaning, Currency Exchange, Pool, Spa Services
Window Opens, Complimentary Toiletries, Non-smoking Rooms
Hair Dryer, Desk, Internet Access, Phone, Room Service, In-Room Safe
Coffee Maker, Wake-Up Calls, Television, Cable/Satellite
Lake Nakuru National Park Area: Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp
Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp offers traditional safari luxury with 24 spacious tents. It is an oasis of comfort and excellent service situated strategically on a cliff near Lake Elmenteita in Soysambu Conservancy. The conservancy has been identified as a Ramsar Site, a wetland of international importance. The lake is an important stop for over 350 bird species including lesser flamingos. Electricity is provided 24 hours a day.
Bar/Lounge, Restaurant On-Site, Pool, Spa Services, Luggage Storage
Currency Exchange, Gift Shop, Dry Cleaning, Ice Machine,
In-Room Safe, Desk, Hair Dryer, Complimentary Toiletries, Mini-bar
Coffee Maker, Wake-Up Calls, Internet Access, Voicemail
Maasai Mara National Reserve: Ashnil Mara Camp
The Ashnil Mara Camp property is comprised of 40 luxury tents overlooking the plains of the Maasai Mara and includes luxury ensuite bathrooms, walk-in closets and a sun deck for relaxation while watching game. Electricity is provided during limited hours: 5 am to 10:30 am, 12 pm to 4 pm & 6 pm to midnight. 24-hour power may be requested for breathing machines.
Luggage Storage, Currency Exchange, Bar/Lounge, Gift Shop, Parking/Valet
Restaurant On-Site, Dry Cleaning, Ice Machine, Pool
Hair Dryer, In-Room Safe, Coffee Maker, Desk, Room Service
Iron/Ironing Board, Wake-Up Calls, Complimentary Toiletries
AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
Three game drives; bush breakfast
SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE
Three game drives; sundowner drinks
OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY
Two game drives; visit the chimp sanctuary
Game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park and Soysambu Conservancy; sundowner drinks
MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
Three game drives; farewell bush dinner; traditional Maasai dance performance
Check with your physician regarding the latest health requirements for travel to Kenya.All game viewing is done at your own risk. We will require a signed liability waiver prior to travel.We do not recommend this vacation to people with serious back problems, as it can be quite rough on some roads and game park trails in Kenya.Due to limited capacity on safari vehicles and flights, your suitcase must be soft-sided and cannot exceed 33 lbs including hand luggage.Some minor changes in your daily itinerary may be expected due to wildlife migrations and viewing.Small-Group Discovery – We never allow more than 20 travelers on our Small-Group Discovery vacations, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the destination and local culture.