This will be our 3rd Africa safari and our 2nd
in back to back years. Why are we going again so soon? Because so
many people asked
us to and this safari is such an amazing experience. We have put
together a wonderful package that everyone has been so completely
happy with. 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.
This year we've added one more night at a
magical place called Lake Naivasha. I would actually like to keep
what you will experience here a surprise, as it was for us last
year. I can promise that you will
experience something very few people will in their lifetime. I
will never forget it, so I've added one more night at this special
place. If you must know, call me and I'll let you know but I think
it is better as an added bonus.
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.
We 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.
Depart LAX at 6:20
p.m. routing through Istanbul and arriving in Nairobi on September
14th at 2:25 a.m.
Meet on arrival at the airport.
After clearing with customs and immigration, transfer to the
Stanley hotel in Nairobi for your overnight stay. The next morning
we will meet with our guides for a briefing and depart the hotel
at approximately 11 a.m.
Overnight at The
Nairobi – Aberdares (B,L,D)
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
baronial style country home set in sprawling superbly landscaped
gardens (120 miles – 3hrs)
Lunch at the Aberdare Country Club.
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
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. www.lonrhohotels.com
Sept 15th: Aberdares – Samburu (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the
Return to the
Aberdare Country Club where you will rejoin your
retrieve your stored luggage and proceed on your safari adventure.
Travel further north, past the Equator and the dusty outpost known
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
This is another wonderful lodge with a very nice pool. There is a
river running right next to the lodge with lots of wildlife and
the banks of the
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
of the third edition of America’s television phenomenon,
SURVIVOR having been filmed on this location. (130 miles –
enjoy a game viewing drive in the reserve ending with a sundowner
and followed with dinner at the lodge.
Sept 16th 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
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.
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.
Join the Samburu
their African regalia and the jingling on their feet, flow by the
rhythm of African beats and dance to their tunes that will leave
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.
Shaba Lodge. Dinner
at the lodge
Sept 17th 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
Dinner at lodge
LAKE NAKURU -
after breakfast, we shall have another game drive in Lake
Nakuru for about 3hours before departing to Lake Naivasha.
Arrive and check in to Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort for lunch.
After lunch, relax until 4pm when 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
Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort
The Lodge is Booked on Full
Breakfast in Nakuru; Lunch
and Dinner in Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge
Sept 19th Lake
Naivasha – Masai
Breakfast at the
Naivasha 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-˝ hrs).
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.
Return to the
Camp in time to freshen up for dinner.
Overnight stay at Sarova Mara Lodge. Dinner at lodge
Sept 20th 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
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 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.
Overnight stay at
Sarova Mara Lodge
Sept 21st Masai Mara/
Masai 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 Montgolfier brothers.
an optional tour:. Cost Person: $400
For those not going for Balloon, you will have
breakfast and depart on a morning game drive. We will have a visit to the Mara River
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.
Leaving Masai Mara, head back to Narok, district headquarters of
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.
In Nairobi we will have an
option to visit the
David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage.
The Orphanage helps
to save the lives of
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.
In the evening
we will enjoy a special farewell dinner at famous Carnivore restaurant. After
dinner you will be transferred
to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight back
After dinner transfer to Jomo Kenyatta Int’l
Airport for your outbound flight.
We have the following group air from LAX using
1 TK 12SEP Q LAX-IST 620P 510P 13SEP F
2 TK 13SEP F IST-NBO 750P 225A 14SEP J
3 TK 22SEP J NBO-IST 345A 1005A
4 TK 22SEP J IST-LAX 1245P 430P
Base fare $998.00 plus taxes $594.30 = $1592.30
Turkish Air does fly from JFK
as well. We are happy to get a quote for you. You would connect
with the group in Istanbul.
Turkish Airlines DOES allow
free layovers if anyone would like to do a stopover in Istanbul.
This would be a non-organized stop but we would be happy to share
our itinerary with you from our last trip.
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is inclusive of the following:
Accommodation as stipulated in the itinerary or similar.
Transportation in a chauffeur driven minivan with pop-up
roof for easy game viewing & photography.
Services of an English-speaking driver-guide, game viewing
drives and parks entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
All Government taxes and levies.
Boma dinner in Samburu.
1 free mineral water per person per day
in the safari vehicle.
All meet and greet services.
All arrival and departure transfers.
24 hours stand-by contact number.
Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
Guaranteed window seat in each vehicle.
Two-way long-range high frequency radio communication in
Boat ride in Lake Naivasha
15. 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.