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African Safari Itinerary
 
   
 

A Joe Laufer /Collette Vacations Travel Adventure

THE PLAINS OF AFRICA:

KENYA WILDLIFE SAFARI

15 Days – 34 Meals: 12 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 12 Dinners

April 9 – 23, 2007

$4239 (twin) *

Highlights… Nairobi – Karen Blixen Home – Carnivore Restaurant – The Ark Lodge - Mt. Kenya Safari Club – Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara – Mt. Kilimanjaro - Wildlife Safaris - Shaba National Reserve - Samburu - National Reserve

WHO'S WHO ON THIS TOUR?

NEWSLETTER #1 FOR PARTICIPANTS

NEWSLETTER # 2 FOR PARTICIPANTS MARCH 4, 2007

TRIP JOURNAL - POSTED APRIL 26, 2007

ITINERARY

Day 1: Overnight Flight

Pure scenic beauty and an abundance of game animals make Kenya one of the most popular African countries to visit. Welcome as you join Collette on this once-in-a-lifetime safari adventure

Day 2: London - Nairobi, Kenya - Tour Begins

Arrive in London this morning and continue your flight to Nairobi, Kenya. Relax for the evening at the luxurious Norfolk Hotel. Brimming with British colonial charm, you will revel in this hotel's rich history.

Day 3: Nairobi

Travel this morning to 'Karen', on the outskirts of Nairobi, where you will visit the farmhouse of Karen Blixen, author of the book "Out of Africa". Next, experience the local wildlife firsthand as you have an opportunity to feed the endangered Rothschild giraffes from a raised platform at the Rothschild Giraffe Sanctuary. Dine this evening at the famous Carnivore Restaurant. (B, D).

Day 4: Nairobi - Amboseli National Park

This morning depart Nairobi for Amboseli National Park. Amboseli is famous for its open plains that are home to big game such as lions and elephants, and the breathtaking snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro which dominates the landscape. Enjoy a game drive en route to your lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Amboseli National Park

Enjoy a morning game drive followed by an elegant champagne breakfast at your hotel. With any luck you will see the "Big 5": lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino. An afternoon game drive provides another opportunity for sightings. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Amboseli - Aberdare National Forest

Travel today through lush tea and coffee plantations to the Aberdares, a beautiful mountain range in the central highlands of Kenya, home to many buffalo, rhino, and elephant! Here you will enjoy a stay at the world-famous tree lodge, the Ark. Built on stilts deep in the heart of the forest, this lodge provides once-in-a-lifetime game viewing! Watch in awe from the deck or the underground bunker as the animals come to drink at a watering hole and salt lick located below the lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Aberdare National Forest - Shaba Reserve

The northern game parks of Kenya, known as Samburu and Shaba, are home to some of the most exotic game viewing in the country. As well as the Big 5, you may find such species as the Reticulated Giraffe and Grevy's Zebra in this area. Enjoy a game drive en route to our stunning riverside lodge where you can spend the evening relaxing and watching the local crocodiles. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Shaba Reserve - Samburu Reserve - Shaba Reserve

Your search for the elusive Big 5 continues today as we journey to Samburu Reserve. The striking contrast of sky, sand and bush will leave you breathless as you travel the region. Keep your eye out for some of the spectacular local bird life…you may spot a Somali Ostrich, a Martial Eagle, or one of the other 365 species of birds known to Samburu. Tonight enjoy a special lecture by a local tribal warrior. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Shaba Reserve - Nanyuki

Journey to the Equator and the town of Nanyuki. You will arrive at the world-famous Mt. Kenya Safari Club. Sprawling in the shadow of Mt. Kenya, this icon boasts a delightful history and beautiful grounds. The resort was once the private hunting lodge and retreat of movie star William Holden. Relax in the luxurious surroundings, lounge by the pool, enjoy afternoon tea in the Zebra Bar, or wander about the grounds. Your visit to the Equator would not be complete without experiencing the phenomenon known as the Corealis effect. Watch and discover why water spins different ways on different hemispheres. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Nanyuki - Sweetwaters - Nanyuki

Today enjoy a full day excursion in the Sweetwaters Private Sanctuary. Visit the Sweetwater Chimp Sanctuary, set up so that chimps can be taught to fend for themselves in an area similar to their natural living conditions. Priority in the sanctuary is given to orphaned and abused chimps. Your afternoon includes a game drive in the sanctuary before returning to Mt. Kenya. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Nanyuki - Lake Nakuru

After a leisurely breakfast drive to Subukia, located on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, and take an entertaining tour of a delightful tea estate run by an engaging local entrepreneur. During your visit enjoy farm fresh tea and Turkana dances performed by tea-pickers. Next, drive to Lake Nakuru National Park and enjoy an evening game drive through this park, renowned for black & white rhino, leopard, and spectacular birdlife including thousands of flamingos. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara

This morning travel to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The Masai Mara is an extension of the great Serengeti Plain and is generally thought to be the most magnificent game viewing spot in all of Kenya. Here you may see lions, giraffes, zebras, elephants, and other wildlife as they exist in their natural habitat. An afternoon game drive is included. Your bush experience is truly complete as you relax this evening in your luxurious tented camp. Your tent will provide all the deluxe amenities of a lodge, complete with the adventure of the wild!! (B, L, D)

Day 13: Masai Mara

Experience the magic of the Masai Mara with a full day of activities. An optional hot air balloon ride over the plains is available this morning. Today both a morning and afternoon game drive are included. Enjoy a nature walk guided by a local Masai warrior and a visit to a local Masai Village. This evening you will be treated to a traditional bush dinner featuring a Masai traditional dance performance. (B, L, D)

Day 14: Mara - Nairobi - Tour Ends

Journey back to Nairobi this morning. A fascinating experience is planned for you as you are invited into the home of a local art collector - here you will be hosted for an early dinner this evening. After dinner, transfer to the airport where your tour ends. (B, D)

Day 15: Arrive Home

After an overnight flight, you arrive home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
   
   
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