Slightly Active. May involve some walking and climbing.
Kenya is located on the Equator, and Tanzania is close to the Equator. The temperature, therefore, does not vary too much. During our summer months (June through August) it is about 10 degrees cooler, but days will be warm and can reach 80’s and evenings can be cool and can drop to the 40’s in the higher elevations. The program includes some high elevation spots – the rim of the crater is at 7,500 feet and the Tree Hotel and Mt. Kenya Safari Club in Kenya is at similar elevation. The rainy season is in April/May (long rains) and November (short rains). However, it does not rain every day, or all day, and rainstorms are quickly followed by brilliant sunshine which makes for incredible photographic opportunities. Wildlife viewing is good year-round, however the migration of zebra and wildebeest follows the following cycle.
Board your flight to Kenya, arriving the next afternoon in Nairobi. You will be escorted to your hotel, an oasis amidst the bustle of one of Africa’s most dynamic cities. The next morning, drive to the Elephant Orphanage and learn from founder Daphne Sheldrick, or a member of her staff, about the art of raising orphaned elephants. Visit the home where Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa, lived from 1914- 1931, then hand feed the rare Rothschild giraffe living on the grounds of Giraffe Manor. NAIROBI SERENA HOTEL. (Meals Aloft; B,L,D)
A morning drive takes you to Amboseli National Park. The snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain at 19,340 feet, rises above the clouds and dominates the landscape. This is where Ernest Hemingway and Robert Ruark set their stories of big-game hunting in the wilds of Africa. It is also where Cynthia Moss, the noted American naturalist and author, has conducted one of the longest-running studies on elephants ever to be undertaken and immortalized in her books and award-winning film, Echo of the Elephants. Your lodge is influenced by Maasai architecture and is an oasis of lovely gardens and pools. AMBOSELI SERENA SAFARI LODGE (B,L,D Daily)
Fly to Nairobi and connect to Nanyuki and the110, 000-acre Ol Pejeta Conservancy in the Laikipia Plains. Enjoy wildlife drives into the bush against the backdrop of Mt. Kenya, Africa’s second highest mountain. At an additional cost, you can experience a walking safari, camel safari, horseback riding, or a night drive. Visit a 200-acre Chimpanzee sanctuary a project of the Kenya Wildlife Services and the Jane Goodall Institute, established to provide permanent haven for abused and orphaned chimpanzees. Your camp overlooks a floodlit waterhole and offers an unforgettable opportunity to watch and photograph wildlife in its natural habitat wrapped in the comforts of luxuriously appointed tents. SWEETWATERS TENTED CAMP. (B,L,D Daily)
Discover the Great Rift Valley, the huge geological fault line that stretches round one-sixth of the Earth’s circumference, visible from far out in space. At 2,000 feet deep and 30 miles wide, it possesses the accoutrements of change: volcanoes, some of which still breathe with steamy breath, give shape to the valley rim, hot springs simmer and geysers explode with tectonic heat. Within the Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru National Park plays host to an extraordinary number of flamingos. The park is also home to the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe, and white and black rhino. Next day, visit beautiful Lake Naivasha where a boat ride will reveal the toothy yawn of a hippo, vast expanses of water lilies, and a plethora of water birds. Take an exhilarating walk on Crescent Island for that up close view of zebra, wildebeest, giraffe and gazelles. Your cozy, exclusive home is evocatively styled to echo the area’s rich history and blends aristocratic elegance with modern luxury. ELMENTAITA SERENA CAMP. (B,L,D Daily)
Resume your drive to the Maasai Mara. The Mara’s seemingly endless savannah is beautifully rendered in the film, Out of Africa and is inhabited by iconic species such as cheetah, elephant, leopard, giraffe, zebra, rhino, hippo, more prides of lion than any other park in Kenya and over 500 resident species of birds. Covering an area of 700 square miles the reserve hosts the annual Great Migration where millions of wildebeest, thousands of zebra, and gazelle arrive with the rains and fresh grass. Exciting optional activities (at additional cost) include, watching dawn break over the Serengeti from a hot air balloon or flying to Lake Victoria to fish for giant Nile perch. Your luxury lodge is an interpretation of a traditional Maasai Manyatta village of domed huts and is set on the saddle of a hill overlooking the rolling plains, woodlands and rivers that make up the Mara Triangle – one of the world’s richest wildlife sanctuaries. MARA SERENA SAFARI LODGE. (B,L,D Daily)
Fly back to Nairobi after basking in one last sunrise over the Maasai Mara. Time for some last-minute shopping before transferring to the airport for your flight home. (B; Meals Aloft)
Follow in the footsteps of writers and explorers such as Ernest Hemingway and David Livingstone to discover the matchless beauty and timeless charm of Tanzania. This extension features locations with some of the best wildlife viewing on the continent - lands where vast herds of buffalo, wildebeest, antelope, zebra, giraffe, and elephant thrive in great numbers. Watch lion prides clash with hyena clans as they vie for dominance and food, as cheetahs patiently wait for an opportunity to sprint after a meal, as leopards lurk in tree branches, ready to pounce. Explore the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Each evening, share the day’s adventures while relaxing in luxurious lodges underneath a vast midnight blue sky alight with twinkling stars.
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