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20 Days Safari and Beach holiday (Nairobi - Lake Nakuru – Kisumu-Kogelo-Kakamega-Masai Mara-Lake Victoria (Tanzania) – Serengeti – Ngorongoro- Lake Manyara-Amboseli-Tsavo – Mombasa – Nairobi)Read Full Description
- Kenya; Nairobi, Kenya; Nairobi Area, Kenya
- Trip Length:
- 20 days
- Price Range:
- From $6840 to $7400 (Single Room Supplement – USD 1080 per person Christmas and New Year supplement: 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st Dec. 2009 & 1st - 3rd Jan. 2010 = USD 110 per night ) per person See what this includes and what this excludes
- Best Time to Go:
- February, August
- Recommended for:
Children (2 - 5)
Children (6 - 8)
Children (9 - 11)
Children (12 - 14)
Children (15 - 17)
Adults (18 - 20)
Adults (21 - 24)
Adults (25 - 29)
Adults (30 - 39)
Adults (40 - 64)
Family Trip, Group Retreat, Spiritual Journey
Detailed Trip Description
20 Days Safari and Beach holiday (Nairobi - Lake Nakuru – Kisumu-Kogelo-Kakamega-Masai Mara-Lake Victoria (Tanzania) – Serengeti – Ngorongoro- Lake Manyara-Amboseli-Tsavo – Mombasa – Nairobi)
Day 1 - Nairobi
Activity: Airport Arrival - Meet, Greet & Assist. Transfer to hotel. Rest & Relax.
Private Car Service
Upon arrival at the airport our representative will meet you and drive you to your hotel in Nairobi where you can relax for an evening in preparation for a travel adventure of another kind. In the morning, meet your guide for the drive to Maasai Mara. Think of your guide as your own regional expert, knowledgeable in the local flora and fauna, and, especially, the local roads. Overnight: Jacaranda Hotel – B (www.jacarandahotels.com)
Day 2 - Nairobi Area
Check out early this morning and drive through the Kikuyu farmlands and on to the Great Rift Valley. At the base of the valley, lies Lake Nakuru National park renown for highest concentration of flamingos.
An afternoon game drive is included returning to your lodge as the sunsets. Dinner and Overnight: Lake Nakuru Lodge or similar – BLD www.lakenakurulodge.org
Day 3 - Kenya
Check out in the morning for Kericho, Kenya’s famous tea growing region, with picnic lunch boxes.
Historical and Educational Tours
After viewing the Tea Estate, you will proceed on for Kisii, the soapstone center of East Africa. Continue to Kisumu for an overnight.
Dinner and Overnight: Sunset hotel or similar. BLD
Historical and Educational Tours
You will leave this morning after breakfast and driving through picturesque country side, you will arrive at Kogelo village early in the morning for day long activities. Experience how many rural Africans live, in a traditional homesteads. Wander with the villagers, strike up conversation and enjoy local hospitality. Return to Kisumu late in the afternoon. Dinner and Overnight: Sunset Hotel or similar. BLD www.sunsethotelkisumu.com
Depart early from hotel for the boat ride and fishing at the lake while viewing sceneries along the Kodiaga and Ndere. Boat ride activities ends at 10.00 a.m. Drive to Kisumu Museum whose display are well presented and a wide ranging in variety. There’s a very good collection of everyday items from the various peoples of the area including agricultural implements birds and insect traps(including a white ant trap), food utensils, clothing, furniture’s, weapons, musical instrumental, and a fairly motley collection of stuffed birds and animals including amazing centre pierce of lion riding on a wildebeest. Outside there is a traditional Luo homestead consisting of a husband’s mud and thatch house and a separate houses for each wife
Return to the lake shore for an early lunch (African dish) , then drive to Kit- Mikayi (the stone of the first wife who is believed to be the mother of Luos who rested here after a very long journey in search of the source of the Nile). You will have an opportunity to interact with the local fishermen and get to know the culture around fishing beaches. Dinner and overnight at Sunset Hotel or similar . (BLD)
Early breakfast depart for Kakamega Forest via Crying Stone which has many myths among the Luhya community leaving around. Kakamega Rain Forest is a superb slab of virgin tropical rainforest in the heart of an intensively cultivated agricultural area. This forest is a home to a huge of birds and minimal effort required to get it. Some parts of the forest are very densely and for a greater appreciation of the flora and fauna a guide with an extensive knowledge of the trees and birds accompany you to guide you around. Picnic lunches in the park. Dinner and overnight at Rondo Retreat (BLD) www.rondoretreat.com
Depart early after breakfast, you begin your journey to Masai Mara Game Reserve and domain of the Maasai, Kenya's cattle-herding nomads determined to preserve their culture. The Mara is magnificent, home to Kenya's richest concentration of wildlife, and regarded by many travelers as must stop on any African Safari. When travelers think of Africa and safari, this is place they imagine - golden grassland plains pocked with acacia, wildebeests, zebras, lions, and jackals bound by together by the cycle of life and death. Afternoon game drive is included.
Dinner and Overnight: Mara Sopa or similar. BLD www.sopalodges.com
Morning and afternoon game drives will lead you to Africa's famed Big Five. Largest lion prides, herds of zebra, antelopes, buffaloes, wildebeest, giraffes, cheetahs, and hyenas. Enjoy a game drive in the Masai Mara, watching the animal kingdom come to life as the sun rises over the Mara plain. In between game drives, rest by the pool or bar, or enjoy a mid-day nap.
Dinner and Overnight: Mara Sopa or similar. BLD
Historical and Educational Tours
After an early breakfast, we depart and head for Tanzania, crossing the border and enroute enjoy a picnic lunch on the shores of Lake Victoria. Speke Bay Lodge is situated on the south-eastern shore of Lake Victoria in Tanzania. Speke Bay is part of Speke Gulf, named after the famous explorer John Hanning Speke, who, in 1858, discovered Lake Victoria as the source of the Nile. Embraced by savannah, the Lodge looks like a small village, stretched out along the shores of the lake. The main buildings and luxury accommodation are round in form, built to perfection, painted white and thatched with a grass roof in the traditional style of the local tribe, the Sukuma. The property is the ideal staging place to transition into Tanzania. Excursions includes boat ride. For a truly experience Africa; you can fish for Tilapia, look for many birds species that live here or simply enjoy the peaceful wander of the Lodge's 100 hectares savannah.
Dinner and Overnight: Speke Bay Lodge - www.spekebay.com BLD
After breakfast, transfer to Serengeti National Park famed for “Serengeti Shall Never Die” Movie. Life in the Serengeti is a complex and dynamic ecological system in which all the animals and plants interact both with each other and with their environment. No organism is static or exists in isolation and all are dependent on the rains. You will arrive in your lodge as the sun sets. Dinner and Overnight: Serengeti Serena Lodge or Similar BLD. www.serenahotels.com
A Safari in Serengeti takes you to the best African can offer in terms of wildlife. Big game and small set against the rocky outcroppings (kopjes) and endless Savannah plains. Serena Lodge is set high on the saddle of tree-clad ridge commanding panoramic views over the endlessly rolling reaches and volcanic reefs of the Serengeti, the Lodge is the ultimate fusion of traditional African architecture and world-class style. Drawing its inspiration from the circular 'Rondavel' dwellings and winding paths of a traditional Maasai village, the Lodge features thickly-thatched, stone-built rooms, spaciously set amongst groves of indigenous trees that are cooled by sparkling streams and papyrus-fringed ponds. Both morning and afternoon game drives are included. Dinner and Overnight: Serengeti Serena Lodge BLD
Historical and Educational Tours
This morning, you have the last game drive and return to your lodge for breakfast and check out for Ngorongoro Conservation Area Park via Olduvai Gorge for a guided tour of the museum, the site has the remains of prehistoric man. The Ngorongoro Crater was formed millions of years ago by the collapse of a long extinct volcano. The resulting 100 square mile depression, surrounded by a 2000 foot volcanic rim, contains water and forage necessary to support most of the familiar African wildlife. Don't be surprised to see Maasai herders and their livestock, especially on the crater rim; the Conservation Area protects both wildlife and Maasai. Dinner and Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge or similar, BLD
Historical and Educational Tours
Spend another day on the crater floor viewing game; as many as 30,000 animals populate the crater. Lions, cheetahs, and jackals prey upon large herds of zebra, wildebeest, and antelope. The lake on the floor of the crater supports wading hippos and a myriad of birdlife. Elephants are rare within the crater, though lone, non-breeding bulls roam the region, their great tusks reaching out before them. For the adventurers, you can arrange for an optional excursion to visit a local Maasai village and see how this proud, resourceful people live in harmony with the animals. Dinner and Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge or similar, BLD
Today we travel to Lake Manyara, an amazing wildlife sanctuary famous for its tree climbing lions and dramatic views. It is located in a depressed valley where the red and brown cliffs of the western wall of Great Rift Valley seem to rise up out of the lake itself. Springs rising from the base of the escarpment provide a welcome water supply. While the lions may be shy (visitors who spot them are lucky indeed), Manyara includes a variety of habitats, home to a variety of big game and a rich assortment of birdlife. Dinner and Overnight: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge BLD
Today, we drive to Namanga (Kenya – Tanzania Border Town), and cross to Kenya for Amboseli National Park. Set in rolling savannah scenery it is dwarfed by the presence of the pink-tinged, snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro which, at 5,896 meters, is the highest free-standing mountain in the world and topped by one fifth of all the ice in Africa. Afternoon game drive is included in the back drop of the Majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro showing all its glory. Dinner and Overnight: Oltukai Lodge or similar BLD
Today we have both morning and afternoon game drives over the park's dusty roads (some of these are impassable during the rainy season due to the ashy soil), and you're likely to spot wildebeest and zebra attracted to the marshes and swamps fed by the melting snows of Kilimanjaro. You may also spot cheetahs on the fringes of the marshes as well as a great variety of birdlife (some 425 species of bird populate the park). With Kilimanjaro providing a dramatic backdrop, your photographs will be stunning. East Africa game avoids the mid-day heat by dozing in the shade. Dinner and Overnight: Oltukai Lodge or similar BLD
Renown to host the huge concentration of African elephants and other plain games. You will drive through the SHETANI LAVA (aftermath of the formation of Mt. Kilimanjaro) on to the crystal clear springs water that is known as the MZIMA (lifeline) springs which supports the life line of this semi arid park. An afternoon game viewing is included.
Dinner and Overnight Kilaguni Serena Lodge
Depart early do en-route game drive out of Tsavo and drive further south and arrive in Mombasa city ( a second largest city in Kenya) for your beach holiday. Rest of the day relax by the beach.
Dinner and Overnight: Severin Sea Lodge - half board. www.severin-kenya.com
Enjoy yourself in Mombasa
Dinner and Overnight: Severin Sea Lodge– half board
Return to Nairobi by am flight. Upon arrival, you are met and embark on a city tour of Nairobi. An afternoon drive takes you through Kenya’s modern, mile high tour of the city including visits to Giraffe Center, where you have a rare opportunity of feeding the gentle Rothschild’s Giraffe and Karen Blixen Museum dedicated to the author of Out of Africa. (Lunch at on arrangement), After city tour, you will proceed on for a farewell dinner at a world renown Carnivore Restaurant (African Barbeque Restaurant), vegetarian menu available. You will then be transferred to airport for your journey back home with ‘a never ending memories’ of a lifetime!
You will be surprised that 95% of Nairobi city population speaks English with ease.There is serious disparity between haves' and have nots'. Very serious.Rich are extremely rich and are few. Poor population is much bigger.Then un-employment amongst youths and middle aged upto 40 years who form 65% of the population.
Forget language barrier here, everyone speaks communicable English if not perfect.Nairobi metropolitan is the most developed in East and Central Africa rival to Jor'burg in South Africa and Cairo in Egypt.
Africa is the place where you will fall in love with, everyone who comes here comes back again. Other than civil wars due leadership wrangles, this continent is blessed with huge resources and has potential.The weather is fantastic,tropical climate very favorable. Even in the backyard of Nairobi Metro we have Nairobi National Park, the only one in the world bordering a city.
Yes we pay taxes at 8-10% average but we don't utilize them well, recently the government has tried to be accountable just tried...
We need to see more of our taxes being used wisely. Democracy is still a mirage here with most leaders clinging to power to enrich themselves, sorry for telling you this honest matter but that's the truth you will see by yourself when you arrive here.
Africa is blessed with wildlife among other heritage, we would love to prosper technologically but also we want to hang on our heritage for our future generations.
Its hard balancing act. When you exit the city you will find nice fresh air out there in the plains and see for yourself how God turns the page in the jungle as its survival for the fittest, hunter and the hunted. This will be true for Africa, real Africa.The sceneries are stunning, breathtaking, the people with limited English but eager and proud in their traditional lifestyles.
Bush lodges staffs speak fluent English and other foreign languages, you will in be good company!
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