14-day "POT OF GOLD AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW" Kenya Safari

23 September - 6 October, 2016

(Also available as individual departure
ANY DAY OF THE YEAR.)


Individual departures are escorted by an experienced local guide,
but not by Your Safari Expert, Christine Eichin.



Day-To-Day Itinerary:


Day 1

Friday, September 23, 2016

Flight USA - Europe

(in-flight catering)

 

Day 2

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Arrival in Europe, and transfer to:

Flight Europe - Nairobi

(in-flight catering)


Arrival at Nairobi Airport this evening.

African Safari Zebra under the Rainbow!

Clear customs and immigration and proceed to the arrivals hall, where Ololo Lodge's representative is waiting. Transfer through Nairobi National Park to Ololo Lodge.

Overnight Ololo Lodge (dinner)


Day 3

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Game viewing in Nairobi National Park, and visits to the Giraffe Center and Karen Blixen Museum.

Overnight Ololo Lodge (breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner)

Black Rhino


Day 4

Monday, September 26, 2016

Nairobi - Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Time-permitting, game viewing en route through Nairobi National Park to Nairobi's domestic airport, Wilson. Mid-morning scheduled flight from Nairobi Wilson to Nanyuki (town at the foot of Mt. Kenya, a 17,058-foot dormant volcano with a glistening cap of ice and snow). Transfer to Kicheche Laikipia Camp in time for lunch. Afternoon game drive; or take a leisurely, guided walk; only allowed in private conservancies with specialist guides.

Overnight at Kicheche Laikipia Permanent Tented Camp (breakfast, lunch and dinner)




Day 5

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Morning and afternoon game drives. Tonight, you have the rare opportunity to go for a night game drive, where you may spot some of the nocturnal animals (genet, white-tailed mongoose, bush baby, prcupine or pherhaps even lions or leopard on the hunt). The drive is conducted by an experienced guide at the camp, and a spotter holding and rotating a special "night spot light".

Overnight at Kicheche Laikipia Permanent Tented Camp (breakfast, lunch and dinner)





Day 6

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Ol Pejeta Conservancy - Samburu Game Reserve

Visit the chimpanzee sanctuary at Ol Pejeta en-route back to Nanyuki. Stop at Nanyuki Spinners & Weavers, a women's self help project, where skilled women card, spin and dye wool; and then weave the yarn into wall hingings, place mats, scarves and carpets. Head North to Samburu Game Reserve with picnic lunch. Watch out for herds of impalas, Grant gazelles, and African buffalo as you enter the Samburu National Reserve. Game viewing en route to camp.

Overnight at Samburu Intrepids Permanent Tented Camp (breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner)







African Safari Samburu Girl


 

Day 7

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Samburu Game Reserve

Early morning and late afternoon game viewing, when animals are most active and the light is best for photography. Return to camp for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Today you stay close to the Ewaso Nyiro River, where vast herds of plains game come to drink, braving lions in the grass, leopards in the trees, and giant crocodiles on the river's banks. Stars of Samburu not easily seen elsewhere are the reticulated giraffe, the long-necked gerenuk antelope, the desert-adapted oryx, and the elegant Grevy zebra.

Overnight at Samburu Intrepids Permanent Tented Camp (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

African Safari Reticulated Giraffe

 

Day 8

Friday, September 30, 2016

Samburu Game Reserve - Laikipia Conservancy

After breakfast, transfer to the airstrip to board the chartered plane for a short but scenic flight to Laikipia and transfer to Loisaba Permanent Tented Camp. In Laikipia, dikdik (a small antelope that mates for life) and other game is plentiful. Arrive in time for lunch. In the afternoon, engage in various activities offered by the Camp (camel or horse back ride, mountain biking, guided walk, game drive). Depending on availability, spend the first night at Loisaba Permanent Tented Camp, and the second night at Kiboko Starbeds (or visa versa). At Kiboko Starbeds, marvel at the stars from your comfortable bed. This itinerary is carefully planned to insure best star gazing during a NEW MOON - weather conditions permitting. (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

African Safari Elephant Herd



African Safari star Bed!

Star Bed

Day 9

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Laikipia Conservancy

After only a few hours here, you will see the world anew. Thinking more clearly about the basics of life brings everything else into focus. Loisaba is not only peerless beauty and infinite variety, it is a project in sustainable land-use.

The property is untamed bush but also a working cattle farm. Bushbuck, cattle and buffalo share the same water holes in a symbiotic relationship whereby the dividends from ranching and tourism pay for the protection of the wider environment and its often endangered inhabitants. Your visit not only conserves the environment but also pays for the education and welfare of the Maasai and Samburu who call this remote region home. A full day of activities including horse back riding, camel rides, walking safaris, mountain biking, river rafting, as well as day and night game drives. A visit to a local village and school is also possible.

Overnight at Loisaba Permanent Tented Camp or Kiboko Starbeds (breakfast, lunch and dinner)


Day 10

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Laikipia Conservancy - Masai Mara Game Reserve

After breakfast, transfer to the airstrip and fly to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Transfer to the Mara Serena Lodge. We are now in Masai country, where sedentary crop farming gives way to nomadic cattle herding. Red-clad, spear-wielding Maasai warriors tend their multi-colored herds among the wild animals of the Loita Plains, admirably unimpressed by the presence of large predators. Relax in your room or by the swimming pool before embarking on an afternoon game drive in this expansive game reserve, perhaps the only region left in Kenya where the visitors may see animals in the same abundance as existed a century ago. Return to the lodge for dinner.

Overnight at Mara Serena Lodge (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

 

African Safari Zebra and Wildebeest Migration African Safari Zebra and Wildebeest Migration River Crossing

 

Days 11 and 12

Monday and Tuesday, October 3 and 4, 2016

Masai Mara Game Reserve

Morning and afternoon game drives in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya's best and most scenic game park. August - October is the peak of the legendary wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara. At the Northern extremity of the unique Serengeti ecosystem, blessed with a permanent water supply, the Masai Mara has a thriving, permanent population of plains game, augmented in the dry season (August through October) by two million gnus and zebras migrating from the vast, parched Serengeti plains. The abundance of prey attracts many predators like lion, leopard and jackal.

Elephant and buffalo are quite common, while even the much rarer rhino might come out of the thicket for you. Hyenas are plentiful and the cheetah, a 60-miles-per-hour daytime hunter, is often seen.

Overnight at Mara Serena Lodge (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

 


African Safari Balloon Excursion




One morning you may opt for an early morning hot air balloon excursion to experience the panoramic Mara from a birds-eye view. The balloon excursion costs US$500.00 per person (subject to change) and is not included in the tour package. Pre-booking is essential to avoid disappointment!)








Day 13

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Masai Mara Game Reserve - Nairobi - Overnight Flight Nairobi - Europe

Another morning game drive in the Masai Mara to complete your list of wildlife sightings. Transfer to the airstrip for the late morning scheduled flight back to Nairobi. Shop at Utamaduni Craft Market. There is also a Cafe, wehere you can have a drink and a light lunch (not included). Then leave to visit Daphne Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage at 5:00 pm, when all the elephants return from the forest to their stables. You get to choose an elephant or rhino you'd like to foster, and you'll receive a photo of your chosen animal, and monthly email updates for a year. Transfer to the world-famous Carnivore Restaurant for your farewell dinner and then on to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. (breakfast and dinner)

 

African Safari Sunset

 

Overnight flight Nairobi - Europe

(in-flight catering)

 

Day 14

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Early morning arrival in Europe. In transit, transfer to:

Flight Europe - USA (in-flight catering)



OPTIONAL, individual safari extensions:

This itinerary combines exceptionally well with either Zanzibar, Lamu or Mombasa (beach and cultural destinations),

or with

African Safari Dhow


 

the ultimate wildlife encounter and tracking the Mountain Gorillas (gentle giants) in Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans) in Rwanda.



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