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2013 ESCORTED TOUR: KENYA & AFRICA
Classic Migration Safari Under Canvas
(September 2013 • 10 Days)

NAIROBI ~ SAMBURU ~ NAKURU ~ MAASAI MARA

MAIL DEPOSITS TO:
Post Haste Travel
ATTN: Meredith
4415 Sheridan Street
Hollywood FL 33021

TOUR OVERVIEW

Kenya’s boundless wilderness and big game has long attracted adventure seekers from all over the globe. No other African country can boast such an incredible range of landscapes, unique geographical features and species.

In this great journey there is plenty to explore, and plenty of species to encounter. This is a land of endless potential for the wildlife enthusiast. We will see vast, almost biblical panoramas of the open bush and learn along the way of the people, animals, birds and plants that live in this extraordinarily beautiful area. Vast herds of buffalo, wildebeest, antelope, zebra, and elephant bring the bush alive with exciting drama of predator and prey. From the hustle and bustle of Nairobi to the Samburu Reserve, home of the colorful Samburu people, we travel to the flamingo-lined shores of Lake Nakuru, the spectacular Great Rift Valley, and then to witness the incredible community and wildlife of the Maasai Mara Reserve in the Northern Serengeti including the great migratory herds of the open savannah. Throughout our journey, we are inspired by the bountiful spirit of the people and the extraordinary countryside.

 

ITINERARY  

Day 1: ARRIVAL / NAIROBI

JAMBO! Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, you will be met by your expert and naturalist driver guides who will assist with the transfer to your luxurious for overnight.

Overnight: Safari Park Hotel | Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

You will find a city that is lively, cosmopolitan and full of contrasts. It's a place of smart office workers, mansions and expensive suburban shopping centers as well as overcrowded slums of people trying to struggle on as best they can. Nairobi, one of Africa's major cities: the UN's fourth "World Centre", and East Africa's hub for commerce and aid, displays enormous vitality and buzz. It's hard to imagine a city with a more fascinating variety of people, and almost all of them newcomers. Most are immigrants from rural areas, drawn to the presence and opportunities of money, and Nairobi seems to accept everyone with complete tolerance. It’s hard to imagine that this city celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1999 and that where it now stands, only Maasai manyatas stood barely a century ago!

 

Day 2: NAIROBI (CITY ESCURSIONS) ~ DAPHNE SHELDRICK / GIRAFFEE CENTER / KAREN BLIXEN

Following a short briefing by your naturalist over breakfast, get set to see some of the famous Nairobi sites.  Start off with Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage which has a nursery and rehab center for infant elephants that have lost their families, as well as the occasional rhino, zebra and other wildlife. Daphne was the first person to successfully raise an orphan infant elephants, discovering a formula that has now been used widely. The widow of the famous naturalist and warden of Tsavo from 1948 to 1976, David Sheldrick, Daphne has dedicated her life to conservation.  These infants are eventually released into the wild at Tsavo East National Park and end up in the care of other orphans who have been successfully reintroduced to the wild.

Later, visit a nature center run by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife. An elevated observation walkway allows you to get face to face with 18-foot-tall Rothschild’s giraffes. . In 1974 Jock Leslie-Melville, grandson of a Scottish earl, and his wife Betty founded the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW) and proceeded to move five babies of the highly endangered Rothschild giraffe to their property where they have been successfully reared and have since produced their own offspring. Betty chronicled these events in her book, Raising Daisy Rothschild.

Lunch will be at Karen Blixen Coffee Gardens. After lunch, follow in the footsteps of Karen Blixen as you travel towards the Ngong Hills, you feel swept immediately onto the films set of Out of Africa the moment you arrive. The old colonial farmhouse is simple, housing a few items that Karen Blixen chose and once enjoyed herself. There is also the colorful gardens to explore, where several old coffee machines have laid untouched for decades.

Later, you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight.

Overnight: Safari Park Hotel | Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

 

Day 3: NAIROBI ~ SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE

Your driver/guide will pick you up at your hotel in Nairobi as you start your five hour drive to Samburu, 200 miles north of Nairobi. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed with lunch at the Elephant Bedroom Camp, followed by afternoon game drive.

Samburu National Reserve lies on the borderland of a vast, physically dramatic desert featuring rocky battlements, craggy scarps, dry riverbeds, and fallen boulders. Thorn scrub rises against a backdrop of distant hills and the great red table mountain known as Ololokwe. It is within the lands of the colorful Samburu people, close relatives of the Maasai, and is home to a number of wildlife species rarely found elsewhere in Kenya: Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, and Beisa oryx, all found only north of the equator. The graceful gerenuk antelope, with its characteristic long neck, spends much of its time on two legs, seeking relaxation in the sparse scrub that grows in this harsh terrain. This dramatic landscape is blanketed by the hot equatorial sun for most of the year. Relief comes from the cool waters of the Uaso Nyiro ("Brown") River, which rises to the west on the foothills of the Aberdares and which vanishes beyond Samburu in the soggy expanse known as the Lorian swamp. The scenery in Samburu is magnificent and the birdlife awesome.

Overnight: Elephant Bedroom Camp | Meal Plan: Full Board  

 

Day 4: GAME DRIVES AT SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE

Today’s game drives provide ample opportunity to explore this fascinating reserve. You will have morning and afternoon exciting game-viewing drive in search of the 'big five', other wildlife and a large number of bird species. Lunch will be at the camp.

At the height of the heat of the day it is common to see the elephants on the other side of the river, or even sometimes in camp, as they browse and frolic in the cooling waters of the river. This is a perfect time to relax and reflect – a time to write in journals, read or take a swim in the pool. In the late afternoon we venture into other parts of Samburu Reserve in search of some of the growing elephant families that populate Samburu Reserve.

Overnight: Elephant Bedroom Camp | Meal Plan: Full Board

 

Day 5: SAMBURU ~ NAKURU NATIONAL RESERVE

After breakfast, safari by road to Lake Nakuru National Park. The drive to Nakuru is approximately 6 hours. Lunch will be at Thompson falls after which a leisurely drive takes you into the Great Rift Valley. Arrive at Nakuru National Park with a game viewing drive. Later, you will be transferred to Sarova Lion Hill Lodge for overnight.   

Overnight: Sarova Lion Hill Lodge  | Meal Plan: Full Board  


Day 6: LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

On your second day you will spend the full day in Lake Nakuru National Park, a shallow alkaline lake that is world-renowned for its huge concentration of flamingos; at times, hundreds of thousands of these birds give the lake a pink shimmering glow.  The park boasts a huge variety of animals, including leopard which is often found snoozing on the branches of the magnificent yellow-barked acacias, lion, buffalo, hippo, waterbuck, warthog, baboon, the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe only found in this park in Kenya, white rhino and the rare black rhino which is protected and guarded here.

For the bird-watching enthusiast there are 450 species found in the park vicinity, with a vast concentration of water birds including Marabou Stork, pelican, and of course the world-famous flocks of flamingo.

All meals and overnight at your lodge.

Overnight: Sarova Lion Hill Lodge  | Meal Plan: Full Board  

 

Day 7: NAKURU ~ MASAAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

Your drive journey now takes you to the Maasai Mara, Kenya’s most famous wildlife reserve, the setting for much of the film Out of Africa. Arrive for lunch at your camp. After lunch, enjoy the excitement of your first game drive in the Mara.

Teeming with wildlife, the Mara is famous for large herds of elephant and buffalo that meander its plains, and for the fat pods of hippo that wallow in its mud-brown rivers. With its abundance of herbivores, the Mara makes an ideal hunting ground for big cats. Here you will find Kenya’s largest population of lions, and your best chance of spotting a leopard in the wild. Other predators include cheetah and spotted hyena. Keep watch for the distinctive Maasai giraffe, plum-colored topi, Coke’s hartebeest, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle, zebra, impala, Kirk’s dik-dik, bushbuck, waterbuck, and red duiker.

Overnight: Mara Serena Safari Lodge   | Meal Plan: Full Board  


Day 8 & 9: ON SAFARI IN MAASAI MARA

Discover the Savannah grasslands of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve and the amazing concentration of wildlife.

The area is famous for rolling grassland and for the Mara River, which runs through the reserve from north to south.  The reserve covers an area of 700 square miles and forms part of the Serengeti ecosystem, hosting the world famous spectacle of the annual migration of up to two million wildebeest, thousands of zebra and an escort of carnivores from the Serengeti plains that follow the rains and succulent new grass.  A costly trek as many of the lame, laggard and sick will fall prey to the ravening pack of predators and many more will die in the swirling flood waters of the Mara River as they try to cross it.  While the migration depends on many factors such as the rains, you’ll be here during the best time for this spectacle, one of the greatest on earth!

Overnight: Mara Serena Safari Lodge | Meal Plan: Full Board  

 

Day 10: MARA ~ NAIROBI / DEPARTURE

A last chance to photograph that awesome sunrise before your drive back to Nairobi. Arrive in the late afternoon and continue to the airport for your departure flight back home.

Say good bye to the wonderful country and promise to join us on another expedition!

Tour Details

 

.Using Mara Serena Lodge

Per person sharing cost

Single room supplement

TOUR COST PER PERSON

USD 4000

USD 800

DEPOSITS

     $500 DUE NOVEMBER 1, 2012

 

 

 

 

Subject to changes based upon availability until booked

 

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • Superior accommodations throughout as indicated
  • Transportation safari minibus (Maximum of 6 passengers per van)
  • Guaranteed window seat.
  • All transfers
  • Nairobi excursions
  • Welcome dinner at Safari Park
  • Breakfast in Nairobi; all meals while on safari. Other meals as indicated.
  • Cultural tour to a Maasai village in Mara
  • Park /Reserve Entry Fees

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas.
  • Excess baggage charges levied by airlines.
  • Luxury spirits and wines and drinks.
  • Laundry service
  • Gratuities to naturalist guides, drivers and camp staff.
  • All statutory increases beyond our control.
  • Personal and baggage insurance.
  • Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above.
  • Optional insurance coverage is available for Baggage, Accident and Trip Cancellation/Interruption at special low cost group rates.

 EXTRA  AND OPTIONAL COSTS

  • Balloon ride in Maasai Mara @ USD 425pp
  • Flight : MARA – NBO @ USD 200pp


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