2016: June: My African Experience (4th-14th June 2016)
11 Day African Safari
4th – 14th June 2016
Nairobi to Nairobi
Cost: US$5170.00 per person share twin
Single Supplement Available upon request
Please note: Price is US$ land only and convertible to AU$ at day of payment. Due to fluctuating AUD Exchange rates we have elected to use this process on the booking to allow the client to decide when to pay to get the best opportunity on exchange.
Visits: Nairobi, Lake Elementatia, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, Migori, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara
- Accommodation in Kenya & Tanzania using a mix of Hotels, Permanent Tented Sites, Seasonal Tented Sites and Farmstay
- All Transport in Kenya and Tanzania by 4wd Vehicles.
- All Sightseeing, and entrance fees and park fees
- Meals as mentioned in the Itinerary (B,L,D)
- English Speaking Tour Guide Services
- Fully escorted ex-Sydney based on a minimum of 10 Travellers
- Visas, Passports and any Government Issued Travel Documents
- Travel Insurance
- Any Meals Not Mentioned in the itinerary
- Any Sightseeing and entrances not mentioned in the Itinerary
- Porterage, Tips and Gratuities
- Locally Payable City Taxes
- Transfers to and From Sydney Airport
- Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, drinks, cash passports etc
4th June 2016: Day 1: Nairobi
Arrival into Nairobi International Airport and met by your driver and transferred to Southern Sun Hotel. Accommodation: Southern Sun Hotel including breakfast.
5th June 2016: Day 2: Lake Elementaita
We depart Nairobi after breakfast and head north, driving along the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. This morning we will drive to Elsamere, stopping for lunch with the lake as a serene backdrop. ‘Elsamere’ is the former home of the writer, Joy Adamson. ‘Born Free’ was written in 1960 and did much to bring the issue of African wildlife conservation into the mainstream. The house is a veritable museum that dedicated to the works of Joy and George Adamson, and of course there are many photos of Elsa – the lioness that started it all! After lunch we will enjoy a boat trip on Lake Naivasha, where we look out for some of the many resident hippos that live on the waters. Lake Naivasha – the second largest lake in Kenya and the highest of the lakes (1884m) in the Great Rift Valley. Continue to our tented camp, arriving in the early evening. Our camp is situated within the Lake Elementaita conservation area. Accommodation: Sleeping Warrior Tented Camp including all meals.
6th June 2016: Day 3: Lake Elementaita
This morning we visit Lake Nakuru National Park; the centerpiece of the park is the lake itself. Lake Nakuru is a soda lake which is home to massive numbers of flamingos – up to two million on occasions and thousands of other birds. It has been described as the world’s greatest ornithological spectacle and, at times, the lake is literally a sea of pink. In addition, the park itself also boasts substantial numbers of other species, including waterbuck, reedbuck and gazelle. Leopards are also to be found here, providing good chances for sightings (although there are no guarantees!). Perhaps we may also be fortunate enough to encounter one of Africa’s most endangered animals – the rhinoceros. There is quite a good chance of seeing white rhinos, whilst black rhinos may prove to be more elusive. After lunch we will head to the East Africa Mission Orphanage, just outside Nakuru. Here we meet the children who call this orphanage home. They love to practice their English skills and also are excited to know more about the world – be warned they will have lots of questions for you! The East Africa Mission Orphanage looks after more than 100 children ranging in age from just a few days old to 15 years of age. The complete needs of the children, including full school education, are provided for by the orphanage. This orphanage is actually the result of the dream of one family, who arrived in Kenya in 1997 with nothing more than two suitcases each. It is a charitable institution, registered with the Kenyan Government for the purposes of caring for the many of homeless orphans that would end up either dying a premature death through malnutrition, walking the streets in search of food or turning to prostitution as a means of survival. The orphanage is taking up the challenge to reach out to these children before they have to fend for themselves out in the streets. We are proud to help support the efforts of this family and their incredible orphanage, and are excited to be able to take clients right into the orphanage itself! Accommodation: Sleeping Warrior Tented Camp including all meals.
7th & 8th June 2016: Day 4 & Day 5: Masai Mara National Reserve
Today we head south-west to our next destination, the Masai Mara – arguably one of the finest game reserves in Africa. We will have an afternoon game drive on the way to our tented camp. The next day we’ll explore more of the park with morning and afternoon game drives as we witness the wonderful procession of wildlife that inhabits the area. Wildebeest, zebra and gazelle are plentiful and, with any luck, we may spot the predators keeping a casual eye on their movements. Elephant, giraffe and eland are also commonly sighted, along with plenty of bird life. The area is known for its rolling green plains and riverine woodlands, and amongst the many species of game, we may be lucky to observe black-maned lion, leopard and cheetah. As dusk falls we may see a variety of animals in the vicinity of our camp too! Accommodation: Mara Leisure Tented Camp including all meals.
9th June 2016: Day 6: Migori
We leave the Masai Mara behind and make our way onward to Migori. On the way we will stop for lunch (own expense) and visit a local Soapstone factory in Kisii. Kisii town is home to the best soapstone carvers in the continent. Their products are very popular in Australia, Europe and the USA. Kisii is a favourite stopover for tourists who want a taste of the exquisite Kisii carvings. Accommodation: Grabo Country Dream including breakfast and dinner.
10th & 11th June 2016: Day 7 & Day 8: Serengeti National Park
This morning at 7am cross into Tanzania before heading to the Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti, which means ‘endless plains’ in Masai, is Tanzania’s largest park, covering an area of 14,700 square kilometres. Its main claim to fame lies in the fact that it is home to over three million animals including a multitude of plains animals that provide for the greatest wildlife spectacle in the world. A unique phenomenon is the annual migration. Hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra trek the route annually, in some places simply grazing, in other places rushing madly across rivers and plains. The game most likely to be seen in the Serengeti in addition to the wildebeest and zebra are gazelle, lion, cheetah, warthog, hyena, hippo and ostrich. In all there are more than thirty-five species of plains animals, as well as a great profusion of bird life. The landscape changes within the park from the vast treeless central plains to thick scrub and forest in the north. Linking these areas is the savannah, dotted with acacia trees and magnificent rock outcrops. We’ll enjoy a further full day of game drives on Day 8 in the magnificent Serengeti. Perhaps the ultimate way to go game viewing is on a hot air balloon safari over the great plains of the Serengeti and Masai Mara. Hot-air ballooning in East Africa offers an unforgettable way to see a truly spectacular part of the world and we strongly recommend booking this activity prior to departure. Accommodation: Kati Kati Tented Camp including all meals.
12th June 2016: Day 9: Ngorongoro Highlands
After an early morning game drive we depart for the Ngorongoro Crater. Upon arrival we check into our accommodation just outside of the crater. This small and exclusive lodge faces the Oldeani Volcano, and is located approximately 5 kilometers from the Ngorongoro Lolduare gate. Accommodation: Ngorongoro Farmhouse including all meals.
13th June 2016: Day 10: Ngorongoro Highlands
In the morning we descend to the crater floor, where we hope to see some, if not all, of the ‘Big Five’. Ngorongoro Crater is indisputably one of Africa’s most beautiful nature reserves and is certainly one of the most spectacular settings found anywhere. It is the largest intact crater in the world and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1978. Geologically, Ngorongoro is the remnant of a volcano that blew apart, leaving a flat plain area ringed with steep walls. The Ngorongoro volcano, before it exploded and collapsed 2 million years ago, was one of the world’s tallest mountains. Unlike the Serengeti and Masai Mara, the migration in the Ngorongoro Crater is scant, as it has an abundant year-round food and water supply, and the walls of the collapsed volcano discourage migration. Animals within the Ngorongoro Crater are less shy of people and safari vehicles, so it’s easier to view the animals up close. Views from the rim of the crater are sensational. On the crater floor, grassland blends into swamps, lakes, rivers, woodland and hills. The Masai are permitted to water their cattle at the permanent lake and can be seen leading their animals in and out of the crater. The most commonly seen animals are lion, wildebeest, zebra, eland, bushbuck, cheetah, jackal, buffalo, Grant’s gazelle, Thompson’s gazelle and black rhinoceros. Afternoon at leisure to do optional walking activities or perhaps a coffee tour. Accommodation: Ngorongoro Farmhouse including all meals.
14th June 2016: Day 11: Departure
We’ll enjoy an early morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, keeping our eyes out for its famous tree climbing lions, before we head to Arusha in time for lunch (own expense). Transfer back to Nairobi via Namanga by road for your departure flight.
The Southern Sun Mayfair : The Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi is located in the residential suburb of Parklands near the city centre and just 12 miles from Jomo-Kenyatta International Airport. The Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi offers comfortable rooms equipped with all the necessities to ensure a pleasant stay in Nairobi, Kenya. In-room amenities include satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities, high-speed and wireless Internet access, direct dial telephone, safe, hairdryer and ironing facilities.
Sleeping Warrior Tented Camp :
The Sleeping Warrior Tented Camp Lodge stands on a lava outcrop commanding stunning views over the private Soysambu Conservancy towards UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lake Elmenteita. Nestled in leleshwa groves, the camp offers a choice of four ensuite tents, a stone-built guesthouse or a part-tented hill-top retreat with roll-out star bed. The main house offers a welcoming lounge with panoramic dining terrace and intimate bar.
Mara Leisure Camp: Located along in the Talek River, at the confluence of the Maasai Mara’s four game-viewing areas on the northern boundary of the Maasai Mara game reserve, Mara Leisure Camp is located around one of the most spectacular locations in the entire Mara Ecosystem. The Tents spaciously line up along the Talek River, overlooking the plains of the game reserve. Accommodation is offered in twenty two double tents and 3 cottages. Each tent has en-suite bathrooms including Hot and cold running water, spacious verandah overlooking the river, Mosquito Nets, Umbrella and Spotlight Torches.
Grabo Country Dream Hotel : Grabo County Dream Hotel is located in the heart of Migori town -South Nyanza, Kenya. The hotel has 42 well-appointed rooms, of which all have double beds and en-suite bathrooms. Amenities in each room include tea and coffee facilities, a TV and a work desk. Some rooms also have private balconies offering views of the garden.
Kati Kati Tented Camp : Kati Kati Tented Camp is located in Central Serengeti, strategically located to cover the vast Serengeti Plains. The camp offers comfortable accommodation and a unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari camp experience. Accommodation at the Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp is made up of safari 20 tents equipped with en-suite bathroom with shower, one king-size bed or two twin beds, a table and chairs, and a small verandah where guests can relax and enjoy their surroundings. Lighting is supplied by solar lights.
Ngorongoro Farm House: Ngorongoro Farm House is located 4km away from the Ngorongoro Crater Conservancy, in Tanzania. The rooms are spacious, with polished stone floors, white-washed walls and high, wood-paneled ceilings. All have private en-suite bathrooms with shower, mosquito nets and private verandahs.
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