Nairobi • Nairobi GIRAFFE CENTER • David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage • karen blixen museum
kazuri bead factory • Masai MARA • Multiple Game Drives
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Sunday, February 1st
We begin our Africa Expedition
with an overnight flight from NEW YORK
. During the flight, dinner will be served onboard the airplane. D
Monday, February 2nd
Today we are continuing our journey to Nairobi
. Upon your arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport,you will obtain your Kenyan Visa,
collect your luggage and meet your tour escort Jim West
who will bring you to your awaiting transportation for your drive to your deluxe hotel.
We will check in and retire for the evening.
Tuesday, February 3rd
This morning, following a restful sleep and hearty breakfast, we will participate on a Panoramic City Tour
. We will travel first to a well-known street where the shops sell many African textiles, including locally produced fabric. From here we will travel through the city center, past the colorful city market, Parliament buildings, the Railway Museum and the National Museum. Following this, we will drive to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
. Here we will have an opportunity to photograph and learn more about this adorable baby elephants. From here we will visit the Karen Blixen Museum
, home of famous novelist Karen von Blixen
. The house contains many of her original pieces along with some items donated by the makers of the film “Out of Africa”
. Following our tour we will have lunch at the nearby Coffee Garden Restaurant
before visiting the Kazuri Bead Factory
. We will have an opportunity to walk through the factory and photograph the artists as they create each bead by hand. There will be time to shop in their wonderful little gift shop before we head off to our final destination, the Nairobi Giraffe Center.
Where we will enjoy a briefing about these semi-habited giraffes and actually have the opportunity to pet and feed these extraordinary animals. Following this tour we will drive back to our hotel for dinner, this is a full day of fun that is sure to capture the Kenyan culture. B, L, D
Wednesday, February 4th
This morning, following breakfast, meet our safari guides who will provide for us a briefing about our Safari Expedition. We will check out of our hotel, board our safari vehicles, and begin our drive north to the NANYUKI REGION
. Our drive will take us four hours and we will stop along the way for restroom breaks and regional shopping. Upon our arrival at the deluxe accommodations, we will check into our very unique tents, where we will stay for the next two nights. This is no ordinary tent, but rather a deluxe facility, complete with toilet, shower, sink, desk and all the comforts of home. What makes this experience so incredibly special is that it is located in the heart of a game reserve, so animals are easy to spot and close at hand. But don’t fear, we are safe as can be.
After we settle in, we will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch and relax in the afternoon. Later in the day, we will board our safari vehicles and explore the African plains with our first Game Drive
. We will return back to camp and enjoy dinner together. It will be a long, but eventful day, and we will be off to sleep as we hear sounds of the animals harmonizing outside of our tents. B, L, D
Thursday, February 5th
This morning very early, we will board our safari vehicles and enjoy an early morning Game Drive
. Be sure to pack your binoculars and camera, as we are sure to see some extraordinary things. We will return to our camp for breakfast and leisure time. Following lunch we will drive to see the Nanyuki Spinners and Weavers
. This group of ladies represents a women's self help project registered under the ministry of Culture and Social Services started, which was started under the umbrella of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa on July 4th, 1977. Their focus was to train poor, widowed and single women living in the surrounding villages of Nanyuki, in the craft of spinning, knitting and weaving, making themselves self reliant. Nanyuki was targeted because it is one of the major wool producing areas in Kenya with its weather being favorable for sheep rearing and raising. It was agreed from the beginning that half of the proceeds acquired would go directly to the women under the project and the other half would be retained at the center. There will be time for shopping in their store and an opportunity for plenty of photographs!
We will return to base camp for lunch and an afternoon of creative fun with Jinny Beyer
and Jim West
. In the later part of the afternoon we will board our safari vehicles for an afternoon Game Drive
. Dinner will be served back at the camp, as we bring another full day of sights and game drives to an end. B, L, D
Friday, February 6th
This morning following breakfast, we will check out of our accommodations and drive north to the Samburu Game Reserve
. This will be a three to four hour drive through the beautiful landscapes of Kenya. Upon our arrival at our first class lodge/camp, we will check in and enjoy a delicious lunch. There will be time to relax this afternoon before enjoying an afternoon Game Drive
Samburu , Buffalo Springs
and Shaba National Reserves
are three of the best animal game reserves in the entire region. Lying 225 miles from Nairobi, they are adjacent to each other, in effect forming an incredibly large area that makes up a total of 633 square miles.
During our game drive it is possible we may see wildlife species rarely found anywhere in the entire continent of Africa, including Grevys’ Zebra, the long-necked Gerenuk and the Reticulated Giraffe. As the area is so arid, the game is concentrated around the Ewaso Nyiro River
which runs through the park, making game viewing particularly good.
We will return to our hotel later in the afternoon. Dinner will be served at the lodge and the remainder of the evening is at your leisure. B, L, D
Saturday, February 7th
Today we will have an opportunity for an early morning Game Drive
as we search for the Big Five
. Be sure you have your camera ready to capture the colors, textures and design of the African plains. We will return to camp for a delicious breakfast and relaxation. Following lunch we will visit a SAMBURU VILLAGE
for an unbelievable encounter with the locals. Here we will learn firsthand about their way of life. It will be certainly be one of the highlights of the entire expedition. In the later part of the afternoon, we will participate in another Game Drive
and return to camp for a special dinner. B, L, D
Sunday, February 8th
After breakfast we will drive to the nearby airstrip for a flight to the incredible MASAI MARA!
We will arrive in the Mara and be met by our safari guides who will take us to our first-class lodge. Here we will check in and enjoy lunch and unpack for the next three nights. This afternoon we will enjoy a late afternoon Game Drive
and dinner back at the lodge. B, L, D
Monday, February 9th
Very early morning, for those of you who are interested, we will drive to the location of our HOT AIR BALLOON
as we prepare for a morning flight and safari. Our professional pilot will glide this 16-passenger balloon just above the tree tops as the sun begins to rise and we enjoy the sights from above. It will be one of the most memorable moments of the safari, if not your entire life! Our balloon will peacefully glide over river banks and across the Masai plains until we land and our greeted by our guides. From here we will enjoy a specially prepared breakfast, complete with linen table cloth and champagne. We will drive back to our lodge to relax and enjoy the rest of the morning. This afternoon we will arrange for a couple Masai women to come to our camp and teach us how to make jewelry with beads. In the afternoon, we will board our safari vehicles for another exciting Game Drive
. Tonight following dinner, we will relax and reminisce about our extraordinary day. B, L, D
Tuesday, February 10th
Early this morning, we will venture out into the Mara and participate in a morning game drive. We will return to our lodge for breakfast and an opportunity to relax. Lunch will be served midday and you will have today to take advantage of the spa treatments and massage opportunities at our lodge. Later this afternoon we will enjoy another game drive, as we look for the Big Five! Following dinner we will have time to relax and enjoy the stars and evening. B, L, D
Wednesday, February 11th
This morning we will drive out into the Mara for an early morning Game Drive
. It is our last morning in Kenya, and our final opportunity to photograph this extraordinary place. We will have lunch and then pack our belongings for a departure flight back to Nairobi. After a one hour flight, we will arrive back into Nairobi and transfer to the Somak Reception Center
where we will freshen up and repack our luggage for our flight back home. Tonight, we will enjoy a special “farewell dinner”
at the world famous Carnivore Restaurant
, renowned for its variety of delicious exotic meats, as well as other dishes. Following dinner, we will transfer to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
for our flight back to NEW YORK
. B, L, D
PLEASE NOTE: There is space for 16 participants only for this tour, based on first come-first served. Because of the limited number of tents at our camp, all participants must be booked in double occupancy accommodations for Masai Mara portion of our expedition
This itinerary, pricing and escorts are subject to change. Insurance is available and highly recommended. Single rates are available upon request. Please consult the Terms and Conditions, as they apply starting with the first payment.