June 8 to June 25
Kenya & Tanzania Safari
Drive through breathtaking views of Mountains and Highlands.
Amazing wildlife and photographic opportunities
Hundreds of game living in their free and natural habitat.
One of the seventh wonders of the world.
The second largest crater in the world.
Africa’s largest fresh water lake.
Colorful cultural experience.
Friday, June 8: Arrive Jomo Kenyatta International Airport – Nairobi.
Meet and greet on arrival at the airport. You will be met and transferred to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay at Amber Hotel.
Saturday, June 9: Nairobi
After breakfast head to the Elephant orphanage, founded in 1977 by Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick in honor of the memory of her late husband, famous naturalist and founding Warden of Tsavo East National Park, David Leslie William Sheldrick. After our visit, we will take a break for lunch. In the afternoon we will go to visit yet another rescue center for giraffes. Rothschild giraffes in Kenya were in danger due to a compulsory purchase by the Kenyan government of an 18,000-acre privately owned ranch at Soy, near Eldoret, which was their sole habitat.
Next, we will make a short visit to the Kazuri beads to see how they make handmade colorful beads. Kazuri’s hand-painted ceramic jewelery is made in Kenya. Each bead is shaped from clay by hand, then kiln fired, hand glazed and fired again before being strung to make a necklace or bracelet. Founded by the late Lady Susan Wood back in 1975 to create employment for struggling single mothers, Kazuri now employs 350 local women. This day will be a great introduction for you to learn about how life in Kenya is. Overnight at Amber Hotel.
Sunday, June 10: Nairobi – Samburu, a 6 to 7 hour drive
After breakfast drive from Nairobi to Samburu through the highlands of Kenya in the central province with spectacular views of large farming lands, countryside and the second highest mountain in Africa standing out in the horizon, Mt. Kenya. After a brief stop in a local market to sample Kenyan fruits, we will pass coffee farms and views of the Aberdare Mountains. We will stop for lunch in a beautiful fresh trout restaurant just at the foot of Mount Kenya. We will arrive at Samburu National Reserve in the late afternoon with a short game drive to our Safari luxury tented camp set on the banks of the largest seasonal river called Ewaso Nyiro. Overnight at Ashnil Samburu
Monday, June 11: Samburu National Reserve
This morning we will go for our first game drive. Samburu National Reserve is the only place in east and central Africa for some species of wildlife, namely the Reticulated Giraffe, Gravy’s Zebra, Beisa Oryx, Somali Ostrich and Gerenuk Gazelles. Later, we will visit a local tribe neighboring the park. The Turkana people are pastoralists who moved from place to place in search of greener pastures and water for their livestock. They originally migrated from west Ethiopia during the great migration of tribes, as larger and stronger tribes, in those times, needed the land for agriculture. Here we will learn their ways of life and how they survive in this harsh semi-arid land. Drive back to our camp for lunch and an afternoon siesta. In the late afternoon we will go for a short game drive. Since this is the best time of year for cats, we can have the opportunity to see them while active. Overnight at Ashnil Samburu
Tuesday, June 12: Samburu National Reserve
After early breakfast, depart for game drive to see some great wildlife opportunities. Since Samburu National Reserve is home to more than 400 species of colorful birdlife, it’s a great chance for good pictures. This day we will drive out into the vast northern frontier with picnic lunches as we will visit yet another colorful tribe. The Samburu people are pastoralists from the plains Nilotic cluster, who also migrated from West Ethiopia in search of water and greener pastures. Here we will spend time with them to experience their day to day lifestyle from bead making to grazing their precious livestock. Later drive back to our camp for dinner and rest. Overnight at Ashnil Samburu
Wednesday, June 13: Samburu – Lake Elementeita via Thompson Falls
After breakfast drive through Nanyuki to Thompson falls. The drive will take us through some more beautiful landscape of Aberdare and Mount Kenya. We will be able to see this waterfall from the multitude of viewing areas along the rim of the gorge. After our lunch, we will drive to Lake Elementeita in the Great Rift Valley. Today the lake is a protected area due to its birdlife fame and also it has been named as one of the heritage sites by UNESCO. Overnight at Serena Elementeita
Thursday, June 14: Lake Elementeita – Amboseli National Park, a 5-6 hour drive
After our morning breakfast, we will drive out of the Rift Valley, passing by through Lake Naivasha. We will see this lake from a distance as we head towards Amboseli National Park, which is on the foot of the highest mountain in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro. This drive is just beautiful as we will stop at the edge of 2140 meters to see the gorgeous and breathtaking views of the Rift valley. On this day we will drive with our picnic lunches as we pass through the southern plains of Nairobi. On arrival to Amboseli National Park we will do a short game drive to our lodge located in the midst of the Phoenix palm, surrounded by herds of elephants and buffalos. From our lodge we will be able to see Mount Kilimanjaro peeking through the clouds in the early mornings and late evenings. Overnight at Oltukai Lodge
Friday, June 15: Amboseli National Park
An early morning game drive in this beautiful national park will get you close to large herds of elephants. Midmorning we will visit the Maasai people, famously known worldwide for their rich cultures and heritage. The Maasai are a nomadic tribe moving from place to place in search of rich grazing lands for their livestock. After lunch, afternoon game drives to witness the crossings of the Elephants from the swamps to the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro for overnight foraging. Crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, the Amboseli National Park is one of Kenya’s most popular parks. The name “Amboseli” comes from a Maasai word meaning “salty dust”, and it is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close. Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands, sulphur springs, savannah and woodlands. Overnight at Oltukai Lodge
Saturday June 16: Amboseli National Park – Ngorongoro via Arusha
After an early breakfast, we set off to Tanzania crossing the border from Kenya. The drive is beautiful with views of Mount Kilimanjaro and rich agriculture activities at the foot of the mountain. Once we reach the border, we will get stamped out of Kenya and enter this great and beautiful country called Tanzania. Our drive will take us to some amazing views and landscapes with opportunities to take a break and pictures. We will stop in Arusha,which is the hub of the southern Tanzania Administration, for a hot lunch. When we get to Mto wa mbu (river of mosquitos) we will have a short walk to interact with the local markets, briefly stopping at the view point of Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro. Overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House
Sunday, June 17: Ngorongoro National Park
After breakfast we will drive in to Ngorongoro crater for a full day game drive with a stop for picnic lunch at the floor of the crater. Here we will get a chance to see the wildlife in the crater surrounded by the steep walls of the caldera. Ngorongoro is thought to have been formed about 2.5 million years ago from a large active volcano whose cone collapsed inward after a major eruption, leaving the present vast, unbroken caldera as its chief remnant. The caldera’s floor is predominantly open grassland. It is home to a diverse array of animals including elephants, black rhinoceroses, leopards, buffalo, zebras, warthogs, gnu (wildebeests), Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles, and the densest population of lions in the world. Lake Magadi, a shallow soda lake ringed by extinct volcanoes, is renowned as a habitat for great flocks of pink flamingos. In the afternoon we will ascend to the top of the crater for our overnight with breathtaking views of the crater and its surrounding. Overnight at Serena Ngorongoro
Monday, June 18: Ngorongoro National Park – Serengeti National Park
After our breakfast drive out to Serengeti National Park via the Olduvai Gorge. The drive will take us through the vast open plains and savannah with game viewing opportunities. Here we will get to witness some of the most amazing number of cats. Arrive for late lunch and followed by an afternoon game drive in the Seronera region. Olduvai Gorge, also spelled Olduwai, is one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world in the eastern Serengeti Plain. It is a steep-sided ravine consisting of two branches that have a combined length of about 30 miles (48 km) and are 295 feet (90 meters) deep. Deposits exposed in the sides of the gorge cover a time span from about 2.1 million to 15,000 years ago. Olduvai Gorge was designated part of a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. The Serengeti region encompasses grasslands and plains, rivers and forest, active volcanoes and rocky outcroppings known as kopjes. The entire ecosystem stretches across more than 6 million acres and is home to some of the largest grazing herds in the world. The Serengeti is Tanzania’s oldest national park which has over 2,500 lions and more than 1 million wildebeest. Overnight at Seronera Serengeti
Tuesday, June 19: Serengeti National Park – Gurumeti River
Enjoy the scheduled morning and afternoon game viewing activities. The daily safari routine usually involves an early morning wake-up call with tea/coffee and freshly baked muffins. An early departure greatly increases the chances of unusual sightings, as the majority of mammals are active at the beginning and end of the day when temperatures are lower. We will end our game drive with a sunset in the Serengeti National Reserve. Later we will head to our lodge for our rest and overnight. Overnight at Seronera Serengeti
Wednesday, June 20: Serengeti National Park – Lake Victoria Musoma
After our breakfast we will depart for Lake Victoria on the western corridors of the Serengeti. Making the most of our drive we will look for game viewing as we go. We will leave the Park and arrive in time for lunch at our lodge on the shores of Lake Victoria. After lunch we will take a boat ride over the vast lake in search of hippopotamus and the clawless otters. Here we will have the chance to interact with the local fishermen and a chance to have an insight to the ways of life and an opportunity to visit a local fish market. Later we head to our lodge for the evening. Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest lake by area, the world’s largest tropical lake, and the world’s second largest fresh water lake by surface area, after Lake Superior in North America. Lake Victoria is relatively young –about 400,000 years old – and was formed when westward-flowing rivers were dammed by an up thrown crustal block. Overnight Speke Bay Lodge
Thursday June 21: Lake Victoria Musoma – Maasai Mara National Reserve
After an early morning breakfast, we will head to Maasai Mara Game reserve in Kenya. We will need to cross the border of Kenya and Tanzania once again in an area called Isibania. Once the immigration procedures are completed, we will drive to Maasai Mara National Reserve, arriving late afternoon for a short game drive as we head to our Lodge set on one of the hills overlooking the Maasai Mara River. Maasai Mara is world renowned for its exceptional population of Maasai lions, African leopards and Tanzanian cheetahs, and the annual migration of zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, and wildebeest to and from the Serengeti every year from July to October, known as the Great Migration. Overnight at Serena Mara
Friday, June 22 – 24: Maasai Mara National Reserve
Morning, afternoon and evening game drives are offered in specially adapted open safari vehicles. Here we will explore the great Maasai Mara National Reserve and head to the strategic crossing point of the great Migration where more than 1.5 million wildebeest come in from the Serengeti, crossing the Sand River. This can be the highlight of your safari, being a witness to this great movement of wildlife is a spectacle to experience. There will be chances to see lions and other predators in action. The day will be spent with early morning and afternoon drives with middays for rest. The Wildebeest Migration is often called the “Seven New Wonders of the World” and also known as The World Cup of Wildlife. The Maasai Mara and the Serengeti National Park together form what no other reserve or park in Africa can! It is incredible, it is magical, it is indescribable and it is a must see! Overnight at Cottars 1920 Camp
Monday, June 25: Maasia Mara – Nairobi
This morning we will take a short flight to Nairobi. Arrival for lunch and an afternoon visit to the National museum of Kenya. Afterwards, we will have day use of the hotel to freshen up and pack. Since this is your final day, we will have an early dinner and later transfer you at the airport to catch your flight home from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT LIST:
It is recommended that participants bring a digital SLR camera and laptop computer. A complete list of optional equipment will be sent at registration.
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
• Photography Instructor Fee
• Accommodation on full board as per the itinerary x 17 nights based on Double Occupancy rooms.
• Airport Transfers and ground transportation by Private AC minivan.
• Entries to the cultural villages as per the itinerary
• Expert English speaking local guide
• All meals on itinerary days
• Cold bottled mineral water
• Dinner on final day as per the itinerary
• All admission fees to sites on the itinerary
• AMREF Flying Doctors cover while on tour; evacuation insurance to an Nairobi hospital (transportation only, the cost of hospitalization is not included)
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
• International flights to and from Kenya
• Overnight accommodation in Nairobi on the last day
• Personal Travel Insurance: we strongly recommend you purchase Travel, Medical and Cancellation Insurance.
• Alcoholic beverages
• Gratuities for the guides, staff at accommodations, and airport transfers
• Personal expenses, such as curios, telephone calls, internet and laundry
• Meals and accommodations before and after the tour dates
• Visa and Passport fees
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
A nonrefundable deposit of $4500 per person is required at time of booking. We recommend you reserve your spot as soon as possible. You can pay your deposit by Bank Wire Transfer. Bank details will be provided upon registration. The tour will be confirmed 8 weeks prior. Please do not make any travel arrangements to Kenya before we have confirmed the tour. Full payment is due when the tour is confirmed.
Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your first and last name, your phone, which tour you are registering for, along with any additional information that you would like us to know.