Imagine wakening to the sounds of a trumpeting elephant and feeling the roar of a lion coursing through your body… forget to breathe while watching a leopard stalking prey… delight in the delicate treetop munching of a giraffe. You don’t have to imagine when you’re on safari – and now cost doesn’t have to stand in your way! Experience Kenya, the original safari destination and home to beautiful landscapes and vibrant wildlife. Explore the amazing wildlife of Sweetwaters at Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the flamingo-lined shores of Lake Nakuru. Watch an endless parade of animals come to the waterhole at your ‘tree hotel’ and spend two days roaming the rolling hills of the Maasai Mara in search of wildebeest, zebra, impala, gazelle, cheetah and rhino. Each evening, share the day’s events while relaxing in luxurious loges and tented camps underneath the starlit skies of Africa.
Slightly Active. May involve some walking and climbing.
Kenya is located on 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 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. NAIROBI SERENA HOTEL. (Meals Aloft)
Begin your safari adventure with a drive to the Equator and the verdant slopes of Mt. Kenya. Standing at 7,200 feet up on the slopes of the snow-capped mountain, your ‘tree hotel’ is surrounded by dense rainforest and has the area’s highest record of animal ‘visits’ and sightings. All rooms, though rustic, are very comfortable with en-suite facilities and spacious verandahs often ‘patronized’ by Colobus and Sykes monkeys (who may try to steal your food as you relax!) The main public areas overlook an illuminated waterhole frequented by a myriad of wildlife. Game viewing, throughout evening and night, includes elephant, buffalo, rhino, giant forest hog, waterbuck and if you’re lucky a leopard or lion. A specially-built structure, connected to the lodge by a short tunnel, allows close-up views of the game at the waterhole. SERENA MOUNTAIN LODGE. (B,L,D)
Resume your drive to 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, horse-back 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 flamingos. The park is also home to the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe, and white and black rhino. Your cozy, exclusive home is located at nearby Lake Elmenteita and is evocatively styled to echo the area’s rich history and blends aristocratic elegance with modern luxury. ELMENTAITA SERENA CAMP. (B,L,D Daily)
You now 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. An exciting optional activity (at additional cost) is watching dawn break over the Serengeti from a hot air balloon. 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)
Drive back to Nairobi after basking in one last sunrise over the Maasai Mara (an optional flight is available at additional cost). Continue to the airport in Nairobi for your flights home. (B; Meals Aloft)
Extend your safari to Tsavo West National Park, a volcanic landscape crossed by four rivers and home to over 1,000 plant species. Watch hippo and crocodile in their underwater world at Mzima Springs. Observe elephants, whose skin is painted red by the iron rich soil. Look for descendants of The Ghost and the Darkness, the infamous man eating lions of Tsavo. Visit a nearby local village and school. Then journey to Amboseli National Park, beneath the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro, home to an impressive five wildlife habitats that attract a wide variety of animal and bird life. Its large elephant herds have been studied for over 30 years by noted American naturalist and author, Cynthia Moss, founder of the Amboseli Elephant Research Project.
Does not include international or domestic flights. Prices are based on 10 or more travelers, and are subject to change.
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