will be our 4th Africa safari to Kenya and our 3rd in the
last 4 years. We have put together a wonderful package that
everyone has been
completely happy with and we've been asked
to repeat it, so here you are. You must see and experience
what life is like in Kenya. I am very confident that this
trip will more than
meet your expectations, and at a very reasonable price.
We work direct with the tour operator in Kenya and stay
at the nicest, 4-star game lodges. This itinerary has it
all, with plenty of up close big game safaris in a great
variety of settings. Get your camera ready - this is the
African safari you've always dreamed of taking.
And yes, I took all these photos on our past two trips.
year we've added 3 nights in Istanbul. Since we are flying
on Turkish Airlines it seemed like a natural. We have had
a 3-day trip there before as well and have a nice itinerary
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. This is also the time frame of
the annual migration, which will be seen in our 2 days at
the end of the trip in the Masai Mara.
have also secured group air in Turkish Airlines out of LAX.
You can also fly on the same airlines from JFK
and connect with us in Istanbul to continue on to Nairobi.
See the airline schedule and price below.
LAX at 9:34 p.m. routing through Istanbul and arriving in
Nairobi on July 26th at 7:25 a.m.
clearing with customs and immigration, our safari vans will
be waiting for us. We will load up and begin our drive to
the first safari camp.
Past the Equator and the dusty outpost known as Isiolo we'll
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
is a wonderful lodge with a very nice pool. There is a river
running right next to the lodge with lots of wildlife and
alligators.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)
afternoon enjoy a game viewing drive in the reserve ending
with a sundowner and followed with dinner at the lodge.
commonly seen are Elephants, Lions, Cheetahs, Grevy's Zebras,
Giraffes, Gerenuks, Buffalos, Oryx, Grants Gazelles, Dikdiks
Morning game drive followed by an Afternoon
visit to a Samburu Cultural Village
afternoon, we will also enjoy a visit to a Samburu Cultural
Village before returning to the lodge for the evening.
the Samburu dancers donning 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
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.
river forest attracts a wide variety of birds. Sarova Shaba Lodge
at the lodge
next morning we will meet with our guides for a briefing
and depart the hotel at approximately 11 a.m.
- Aberdares– Samburu
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)
at the Aberdare Country Club.
transport takes you to the Ark Lodge. This is a wonderful
place that I know you
will love. It's a uniquely shaped lodge tucked away in the
AberdaresNational 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.
Breakfast at the Ark. 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.
Return to the Aberdare Country Club where you will rejoin
guides, retrieve your stored luggage and proceed on your
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.
Lake Nakurua 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 4.pm 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.
to the Camp in time to freshen up for dinner.
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
waters of the Mara River are home to Crocodiles and pools
of Hippo, the Acacia woodlands and 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
stay at Sarova Mara Lodge
Mara - Lake Naivasha
For those not going for Balloon, (see below) you will
have breakfast and depart on a morning game drive. We
will have a visit to the Mara River where the
takes place. Here you can see both the hippos and the
crocodiles that co exist in the same waters. We will have
an early lunch and depart at noon. before departing to
Lake Naivasha. Arrive and check in to Lake Naivasha Sopa
Resort for lunch.
After lunch, we shall go for a boat ride in this spectacular
Lake Naivasha. During the boat ride the boat captain will explain in details the various
animals and birds in the lake. Beautiful photos will also
be possible. Among the resident birds are fish eagles,
ospreys, lily-trotters, black crakes and a variety of
herons. Hippos also live in the lake. This is a
freshwater lake, fringed by thick papyrus almost 13 km's
across, but its waters are shallow with an average depth
of five meters. The waters of the lake draw a great range
of game to these shores. Giraffes wander among the acacia,
Hippos wallow in the swamps and Colobus monkeys call from
the treetops while the Lakes large hippo populations sleep
the day out in the shallows.
Mara Balloon Ride:
those going for the balloon safari, you
will be going for the early morning balloon, you
will be picked at the hotel by the Balloon Company
at 5.30am and drive to the balloon launch site
where you will gather for takeoff. Enjoy early
morning ballooning over the plains, getting a
bird’s eye view of the game below as the sun creeps
slowly over the horizon. After approximately one
hour aloft, the balloon lands while a breakfast
is being prepared for us nearby. The smell
of bacon, sausages and eggs drift on the breeze
as we sample exotic Kenyan fruits and homemade
pastries and, if you wish, glasses of bubbly to
toast our flight, a tradition initiated by the
This is an optional tour:. Cost Person: $400
in Masai Mara; Lunch and Dinner in Lake Naivasha Sopa
morning we leave Lake Naivasha and make our way back
to Nairobi. 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. On our
way we will have a chance to visit a children's orphanage.
Nairobi we will have an option to visit the
David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. The Orphanage
helps to save the lives of orphaned
Elephants and Rhinos
who are ultimately released back into the wild is
just some of the many wildlife commitments The
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is involved in. This
is a special after hours tour. There is a cost of
$60 but for that cost you will become an elephant
adopter for that fee. Again, this is an optional tour.
the evening we will enjoy a special farewell dinner
at famous Carnivore restaurant. After dinner you
will be transferred
to the Stanley Hotel.
3rd - Departure: Transfer
to Jomo Kenyatta Int’l Airport for your outbound flight. We arrive in Istanbul at 5 pm. We will be transportated
to the Sümengen Hotel, Istanbul, a very nice hotel walking
distance to many restaurants and tourist sites.
you would like to do just the Kenya trip without Istanbul
you can do your own air and subtract $350
bus will take us to the Sümengen
Once we check in and have time to clean up we’ll meet
in the lobby to group together and walk to dinner.
August 4th, 9 am
After eating breakfast meet
in the lobby for our walking tour. We will be gone most
of the day. Here is our itinerary:
guide is going to meet with you at hotel Sumengen
and you will complete the tour by walking in the OldTown.
Hippodrome Square ( + 40 mins.) -Outdoor-
Fountain of Wilhelm the 2nd
- Egyptian Obelisk - The Serpent Column- the Constantine's
The Blue Mosque ( +1 hour) Built
in the beginning of 17th Century.
No shorts or Sleeveless shirts
- however the shawls and scarfs
are provided to cover shoulders if needed. !Ladies are
accepted to wear a dress or skirt with blouse. Shoes
are expected to be taken off and kept in plastic bags
provided at the Mosque
TopkapiPalace ( +2
hours) ( + $15/person ) was built in 15th Century A.D. and it was
the central palace and home of the Sultan, administration
of the State, when the Ottoman
Empire was ruling in 3 different continents.
Grand Bazaar ( + 1 hour) One of
the greatest souks in the world with 6000 shops inside
dating back to 15th Century.
( +2 hours) ( + $15/person ) built by the Byzantine
Emperor Justinian in 532 A.D. Greatest dome on earth
for more than a millennium.
Friday, August 5th, Meet in the lobby for today's tour on the Bosphorus
ferry to Asia. Sounds far but it's only about 30 minutes.
We'll enjoy a tour
with a guide and some leisure
August 6th, 11 am
morning. Load up the bus at 11 am and head for the airport for our flight to LAX.
We have the following group air from LAX using
Airlines 10 Departure: Los Angeles 24JUL/925P Arrival:Istanbul
entire trip $725 Kenya
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
4.All Government taxes and levies.
1 free mineral water per person per day
in the safari vehicle.
meet and greet services.
8.All arrival and departure transfers.
9.24 hours stand-by contact number.
10.Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
Guaranteed window seat in each vehicle.
12.Two-way long-range high frequency radio communication
in each vehicle.
Boat ride in Lake Naivasha
14. Safari accessories in each vehicle:
- First-aid kit, wildlife books, a pair of binoculars, cool
box and fire extinguisher.
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.