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THE BEST FOR LESS SAFARI – KENYA SAFARI.
Day 1 - The Nairobi Serena Hotel - Nairobi
Day 2 - Amboseli Sopa Lodge – Amboseli Nat. Park
Day 3 - Amboseli Sopa Lodge – Amboseli Nat. Park
Day 4 - Sweetwaters Camp - Nanyuki
Day 5 - Samburu Sopa Lodge - Samburu Nat. Reserve
Day 6 - Samburu Sopa Lodge - Samburu Nat. Reserve
Day 7 - Sarova Lion Hill Lodge - Lake Nakuru Nat. Park.
Day 8 - Mara Sarova Tented Camp - Masai Mara Nat. Reserve.
Day 9 - Mara Sarova Tented Camp - Masai Mara Nat. Reserve.
Day 10 - Mara Sarova Tented Camp - Masai Mara Nat. Reserve.
Day 11– Nairobi and departure.
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN NAIROBI, THE NAIROBI SERENA HOTEL.
Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport - Nairobi on board flight…… at ……hrs, go through the passport control then down to the luggage collection hall. Collect your luggage from the conveyor belt and walk out to the arrival concourse. Someone shall be waiting for you holding a folder written 'TRAVEL CONNECTIONS'.
Drive from the airport to Nairobi Serena Hotel and check in. Rest of the day at leisure.
The Nairobi Serena is a beautiful garden hotel. The hotel's clean white silhouette rises at the edge of Nairobi's extensive Central Park. Surrounded by its own tropical garden, the hotel's rather stark lines are softened by cascades of plants and flowers growing on terrace areas and individual balconies. From the gardens, terraces, swimming pool, and many of the rooms, there is a striking view of modern Nairobi's distinctive skyline, especially beautiful at night.
The Mandhari is one of Nairobi's finest a la carte restaurants. The elegance of the food, fine linens and silver is perfectly complemented by the inspired use of Kisii stone from western Kenya. The popular and more informal Café Maghreb is North African in style with arched recesses displaying pieces of brass and copper, and colourful tapestry screens separating tables. The Kisima Bar is decorated to reflect the importance of water themes in Swahili coastal life. 'Kisima' means watering hole in Swahili. There are low divans and stools, Swahili implements and murals on the walls.
Overnight at Nairobi Serena Hotel - bed and breakfast.
DAY 2 - NAIROBI TO AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK (BY ROAD- 4 HOURS)
After breakfast drive to Amboseli Nat. Park. Arrive at Amboseli Sopa Lodge for lunch.
Nestled in 190 acres of wooded Masai land, the lodge sits on the foot hills of Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro. Mature wooded gardens with a variety of trees and plants, from thorn trees and acacias, to fragrant frangipanis, colorful bougainvillea and giant cactus plants thrive in these surroundings.
Different species of birds build their nests while monkeys with babies clinging under their bellies and squirrels dart through the gardens.
Depart on afternoon game drive.
Dinner and overight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge - fullboard.
DAY 3 – AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK.
This day is solely reserved for game viewing in the park.
Besides being a renowned refuge for wildlife, especially elephants, Amboseli National Park also has perfect views of Mount Kilimanjaro. At 19,340.5 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest mountain, its perfect caldera crowned with one fifth of all the ice in Africa. Although it often seems suspended between low-lying clouds and the deep blue sky, it is actually the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Thanks to movie makers and visitors from around the world, the picture of this magnificent mountain with animals grazing under thorn trees below has become well-known symbol for Africa. The park includes grassy savanna, the seasonal Lake Amboseli, three primordial green swamps and various viewpoints.
Lunch, dinner and overnight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge - fullboard.
DAY 4 - AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK TO SWEETWATERS CAMP, NANYUKI (BY ROAD - 6 HRS)
After breakfast drive north. Lunch en-route. Arrive at Sweetwaters Tented Camp in time for afternoon game drive.
Sweetwaters is a luxury tented camp on a game ranch previously belonging to Adnan Kashoggi. This Lonrho Hotels operated camp has 30 well-appointed double tents all facing towards a waterhole, with a view of Mt. Kenya dramatic in the background.
Visit the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Sanctuary and the information center. Visit the tame Rhino, Morani and do a boar ride if the weather permits.
Dinner and overnight at Sweetwaters Tented Camp - fullboard.
DAY 5 – SWEETWATERS CAMP TO SAMBURU NATIONAL PARK.
After a sumptuous breakfast drive down to Isiolo and further to Samburu Nat. Reserve.
Arrive at Samburu Sopa Lodge for lunch.
Samburu Sopa Lodge has thirty cottages forming a buffalo horn pattern that converge at the public facilities area, leaving the open end for free movement of the wildlife to access the waterhole. The architecture blends in with the area, and to keep up with the style of the housing by the local Samburu people. Each cottage has two tastefully appointed bedrooms, each with two queen size beds, shower and private verandah. Local material has been used in the construction, furnishings and interior decoration. High ceilings and space ensure that the rooms are airy and comfortable.
Two rooms next to the reception and public areas are designed for the physically challenged.
The bar is located next to the lobby, it has an uninterrupted view of the surrounding area.
The dining room has a beautiful view and once again the same theme is carried through, including the furniture which is unusually carved, and the chairs have a cow horn shape on the back rest. Local stones and materials are tastefully displayed bringing nature into the lodge.
Depart on an afternoon game drive.
Dinner and overnight Sarova Sopa Lodge - fullboard.
DAY 6 - SAMBURU NATIONAL GAME RESERVE.
This day is dedicated to game viewing in Samburu National Game Reserve.
The Samburu National Game Reserve extends for an area of 65+ square miles north of the meandering Ewaso Ngiro or 'Brown' river. It is part of a lava plain that includes a varied landscape of red dirt, thorn scrub, broken volcanic rock, dried river beds, steep hills, and rocky outcroppings, some large enough to be called mesas. Following the river curves, a riverine forest of doum palms, acacia, and tamarind is a magical contrast of cool green. It is attractive to the region's wildlife and visitors alike. There are elephants, hippos, crocodiles and leopards, as well as plains game, other small mammals and birdlife. The region is home to the rare Grevy Zebra with large furry ears, gerenuk antelope standing on hind legs to feed, Somali ostriches with their distinctive blue legs, and the shy oryx beisa.
Lunch and dinner at the club. Overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge - fullboard.
DAY 7 - SAMBURU TO LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK (By Road - 3 HRS)
After breakfast drive along the Aberdares Ranges to Thompson's falls at Nyahururu for a short break. Continue down the Great Rift Valley to arrive at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge for lunch inside the Lake Nakuru National Park.
Depart on an afternoon game drive.
Created as a bird sanctuary, Lake Nakuru National Park features more than 400 species of birds, many from Europe and East Asia. The park includes a large savanna area to the south. Here you will see a shallow blue-green alkaline lake famous for its flocks of pink lesser and greater flamingoes. The tilapia grahami fish has been introduced to provide food for the pelicans who also call Lake Nakuru home. The blue-green color is because of the presence of blue-green algae called spirulinga. The level of the lake goes up and down with the amount of rainfall and the color is dependent on the conditions for the growth of algae. There have been up to two million flamingoes on the lake at one time. When disturbed the birds lift gracefully into the air in a solid moving pink carpet.
Nakuru has proven to be an excellent and safe sight for the Rothschild giraffe and black rhino. It is an excellent spot to photograph the hippo, reedbuck and defassa waterbuck.
Dinner and overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge - fullboard.
DAY 8 - LAKE NAKURU TO MASAI MARA NAT. PARK (By Road-5HRS).
After an early breakfast drive via Narok to Masai Mara Nat. Reserve to arrive in time for lunch at the Mara Sarova Tented Camp.
Sarova Mara Camp is an established tented camp inside the reserve. The entrance is impressive with exotic gardens and high thatched lobby with ethnic décor. The lodge buildings are attractive and airy, a big dining area includes an outdoor terrace with wide-angle views and there is a free-form swimming pool with pool-side bar and barbecue/buffet area. Many paths wind through lawns and gardens, and there are wooden walkways over wide lily ponds.
Depart in the afternoon on game drive.
Dinner and overnight at Mara Sarova Tented Camp - fullboard.
DAY 9 AND DAY 10 - MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE.
These days are solely reserved for game viewing in the vast Masai Mara National Reserve.
The Masai Mara is the most popular game reserve in Kenya. It is an extension of the Serengeti Plains in Tanzania, and offers the best game viewing in Kenya. On these wide open rolling grasslands you can often see an incredible variety of different animals at one time. Perhaps a cheetah mother sits on a termite mound with her punky-looking cubs, while beyond, gazelle, antelope and zebra placidly graze. Giraffe might peer curiously through the trees, while elephants pass on silent feet and vultures circle above. Every year millions of wildebeests migrate north from the Serengeti to the green grass of the Mara. This exciting spectacle usually occurs from July. Even when animals are not highlighting the scene, the views by themselves are worth the trip. Visits to a Masai manyatta can be arranged between you and the driver. Another popular 'excursion' is a romantic hot air balloon trip where you view animals from above and then touchdown for an extravagant breakfast in the bush. Balloon ride costs USD 450.- per person. I would recommend you book this in advance due to limited space.
Lunch, dinner and overnight at Mara Sarova Tented Camp - fullboard.
DAY 11 - MASAI MARA TO NARIOBI, THEN DEPARTURE.
After breakfast, drive back to Nairobi arriving around 3 pm..
In the afternoon depart on a sightseeing tour of Nairobi city.
Nairobi is the largest city in East Africa. It began as a shantytown depot of the East Africa Railroad in 1899. In a little over 100 years it has become one of the major cities of modern Africa and a headquarters of the United Nations. It is a vibrant and growing city - a mosaic of many races and cultures.
Shopping in Nairobi is vast and wide. There are soapstone carvings, wonderful ethnic jewelry, many wooden carvings and colorful cloth of Kanga and Kikoi.
Departure as per your flight details.
COST: (Based on minimum 6 persons per safari van).
USD 2,500.- PER PERSON SHARING IN A DOUBLE ROOM
USD 700.- SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT
Departure 1: Thu, Nov 15th to Sun, Nov 25th, 2012
Departure 2: Sun, Dec 02nd to Wed, Dec 12th, 2012
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY DEPARTURE
COST: (Based on minimum 6 persons per safari van).
USD 3,200.- PER PERSON SHARING IN A DOUBLE ROOM
USD 830.- SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT
Departure 3: Sat, Dec 22nd, 2012 to Tue, Jan 01st, 2013
Please note that International Flights from the USA to Nairobi and back are not included in this proposal in order to provide passengers with the opportunity to use Frequent Flyer Miles or other Awards and/or to seek promotional airfares which are sometimes lower than our Contract rates. We are of course available to arrange this transportation and provide ticketing for those who wish us to do so. Should you wish to schedule flights through us, kindly contact Ellen Lynch on email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call her on tel. no. 772/359-7030. Ellen can also arrange travel insurance should you require it.
- All transfers
- Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
- Safari minivan with pop-up-roof-top.
- Experienced English speaking driver guide during the safari
- Game drives
- All park entrance fees.
- International flights and taxes
- Visa fees
- Personal insurance policy
- Personal effects and toiletries
- Laundry and telephones.
END OF SAFARI ITINERARY.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Kenya money is called Kenya Shillings, abbreviated as Kshs. 100 cents makes 1 shilling. 1 US$ is equivalent to about Kshs. 80/= but this may change from more to less from bank to bank and lodge to lodge depending on the percentage of the commission charged.
Most banks in Kenya open between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. There are, however, Bureau de Change in every urban center and they open as earlier as 8:00 am and close at 5:00 pm. Hotels and lodges change currencies as well.
Most lodges and hotels included shops accept the use of Visa/Master cards.
On the whole safari, it is recommended that you use only bottled water for drinking. Tap water may be used for shower and brushing of teeth, but we do not recommend that you drink it. The hotels and lodges have enough bottled water and you may also purchase this en-route when you make short breaks between the destinations.
July is the cold in Nairobi with little or no rains at all. South Eastern Kenya and Northern Tanzania would have cool evenings and a spell of sun during the day. Temperatures would range from 68 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit during the night and as high as 80.6 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. You will require warm clothing during the evenings i.e. jackets, long sleeved blouses and shirts, trousers etc. For the day, you may need casual clothing as t-shirts and shorts.
Generally, photography is allowed in Kenya and Tanzania. The animals get a monthly wage for posing for the photos, so you are encouraged to take a much as you wish. Do not take photos of strangers, police officers, military personnel, presidential motorcade, masai herdsmen and women or any other traditionally dresses persons. You may seek permission first before taking shots of strangers and masai people. Your driver will be at your service for any assistance that you may need.
All regions in Kenya and Tanzania are supplied with 240 volts. Almost all sockets you will find on safari are those that take in the rectangular prongs plug. You may however need to carry an adaptor just in case the two bottom holes are too wide apart for the charger prongs to go in. Most lodges and hotels will provide you with an adaptor if you do not have one. It will be very rare to find sockets with rounded prongs.
As a sign of appreciation, you may offer some tips to those who offer services at the hotels on the entire safari. However, tipping remains entirely on you. Should you feel like tipping for services rendered, we recommend that porters and waiters be given at least US$ 1.- For the driver-guide, we recommend an average tip of USD 5.- per person per day.
DO'S AND DON'TS IN THE NATIONAL PARKS AND RESERVES.
Do not throw litter or leave litter. There are litter bins at designated places or you may leave them in the bus.
Do not feed the animals, i.e. monkeys, baboons etc
Do give the animals the right of way and do not disturb wildlife
Do not take any plant or animals, dead or alive.
Do not start fires or throw cigarettes
Do stay in your vehicle except at designated viewing points
Do not shout, laugh loudly, play radio or cassettes as this will keep away the animals.
Do enjoy yourself to the fullest
For any further details, please contact,
Travel Connections wishes you an unforgettable African safari.
Felix Koskei - Tel +254-722-521969 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellen Lynch - Tel: 772/359-7030 Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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