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Air Inclusive: June 24 to July 2, 2019Photo
Land Only: June 25 to July 1, 2019
Optional Madagascar Extension: July 1 to 5, 2019


Tour overview
Savor the highlights of Kenya's greatest wildlife reserves with a game drive through the Masai Mara National Reserve. Your journey includes Lake Nakuru with its beautiful flamingo-lined shores and a drive to admire majestic Mount Kilimanjaro from Amboseli National Park.

Day 1: Mon, June 24 - New York / Nairobi
Depart New York's JFK Airport on Kenya Airways flight #3 at 12:25pm, arriving to Nairobi at 10:55am the following morning.

Day 2: Tue, June 25 - Arrive Nairobi, Kenya
Upon arrival to Nairobi, Kenya, you are met, after clearing government formalities, and escorted to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Your Welcome dinner is arranged at the hotel's festive Nyama Choma Ranch. Overnight Safari Park Hotel. Set in 50 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, you have 2 pools, a sauna and jacuzzi. There is a beauty salon, fitness center and a variety of massages are offered. (D)

Day 3: Wed, June 26 - Nairobi / Masai Mara National Reserve
Leaving Nairobi, travel towards Kenya's fertile highlands and head down the Rift Escarpment, reaching the Masai Mara mid-day. Afternoon game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets. Overnight Masai Mara Sopa Lodge. Located on the slopes of the Oloolaimutia Hills, the lodge offers magnificent views. Traditional African round houses with conical roofs are set along the hill with the swimming pool at the center. (BLD)

Day 4: Thu, June 27 - Masai Mara National Reserve - Village Visit
We may encounter prides of lions, gatherings of hippo, and vast herds of wildebeest, zebra and antelope on morning and afternoon game drives. Also visit a local Masai Village, where the villagers sell their beaded jewelry and handicrafts. Overnight Masai Mara Sopa Lodge. (BLD)

Day 5: Fri, June 28 - Masai Mara National Reserve / Lake Nakuru National Park
Leaving the Masai Mara, travel across the 'breadbasket' of Kenya, before arriving at Lake Nakuru. The waters here are often colored with a shimmering pink, from thousands of beautiful flamingos lining its shores. Afternoon game drive in Nakuru National Park. The white and black rhino and also the Rothchild's giraffes found in the park are protected from poachers. You may see buffalos, hippos, Thomson's gazelles, lion and perhaps the illusive leopard. Overnight Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge. Located on a range of hills that form the western limits of Africa's Great Rift Valley, the lodge offers spectacular views of the vastness of Africa. The lodge also overlooks Lake Nakuru and its National Park, a paradise for bird and wildlife lovers alike. (BLD)

Day 6: Sat June 29 Lake Nakuru / Lake Naivasha/ Amboseli National Park
Early morning departure for a tranquil boat ride on Lake Naivasha. The Lake is home to a variety of birds as well as hippos. You can come quite close to the birds which makes for great viewing and photos! We then head south towards Amboseli National Park with lunch en route. Overnight Amboseli Sopa Lodge. Set in 200 acres of private land, and with a rustic charm of its own, the lodge nestles in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro which, at almost 20 thousand feet, is Africa's highest and most famous snowcapped mountain. It was this region of Kenya that, in the 1930's, inspired Ernest Hemingway's unforgettable stories 'The Snows of Kilimanjaro' and 'The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber'. All forms of wildlife still abound in this wilderness which continues all the way to the Amboseli National Park, an easy twenty-minute drive away from the lodge. (BLD)

Day 7: Sun, June 30 - Amboseli National Park
Full day game drive with picnic lunch. We may spot vast herds of elephant accompanied by a kaleidoscope of other wildlife - lion, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, baboons, gazelle, hippo and wildebeest to name but a few. Overnight Amboseli Sopa Lodge. (BLD)

Day 8: Mon, July 1 - Amboseli National Park / Depart Nairobi
Catch your last views of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro as we return to Nairobi, arriving by midday. A Day-Use room is provided at the Eka Hotel. Evening farewell dinner and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Kenya Airways flight #2 departs Nairobi at 11:25 pm. Those taking the Madagascar extension will overnight in Nairobi (BD)

Day 9: Tue, July 2 - Arrive New York
Kenya Airways arrives back to New York's JFK Airport at 7:25 am, allowing time for connecting to cities across the USA and Canada.

OPTIONAL PRE-TOUR PACKAGE: Nairobi Sightseeing:
(please see Dates/Pricing page for additional cost):

Mon, June 24 - Arrive Nairobi
Arrive Nairobi, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight Safari Park Hotel

Tue, June 25 - Nairobi - Elephant Orphanage, Karen Blixen Museum & Giraffe Centre
Full day sightseeing with lunch. Depart to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Elephant Orphanage situated on the outskirts of Nairobi. Here, you will see the orphaned animals and meet the people who handle and care for these animals. It's an interesting 1-hour visit and the team who run the orphanage are always willing to spend time answering any questions guests have. From here, proceed to the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden for lunch. The Historic Swedo House at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages, Ltd. was the original hunting lodge/farm house which was built around 1906 to 1908. Following lunch, head to the Karen Blixen Museum. Once owned by Danish Author Karen and her Swedish Husband, Baron Bror, and based at the foot of the Ngong Hills, the farm house gained international fame with the release of the movie 'Out of Africa', an Oscar winning film based on Karen's autobiography by the same title. Later visit the Giraffe Centre, where the endangered Rothschild giraffe lives. With an elevated viewing-cum-feeding platform, this tour is also wonderful for children of all ages. Return to your hotel in time for the group's Welcome Dinner. (BLD)

OPTIONAL Madagascar Extension

The island of Madagascar is sometimes called the 8th continent because of its unique fauna and flora. 80% of its 15,000 plant species are found no place else in the world! Over 100 species of Lemurs that are only found here. Warm welcoming people and dramatic scenery put Madagascar on the 'must see' list.

Day 8: Mon, July 1 - Nairobi
Overnight EKA Hotel.

Day 9: Tue, July 2 - Nairobi / Antananarivo
Transfer to the airport. Kenya Airways flight #256 departs Nairobi at 12:15 pm, arriving to Antananarivao, Madagascar at 3:35pm. Arrive Antananarivo and enjoy a brief sightseeing tour of the city including a visit to Anatirova, the upper town or palace of the queen, the door of the Rova, the royal tombs, the palace of the first minister or palace of Andafiavaratra and the home of Jean Laborde. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight Hotel Carlton or similar. (B)

Day 10: Wed, July 3 - Antananarivo/o Andasibe Nature Reserve
This morning, Drive to Andasibe through the green and luxuriant vegetation of the east. Along the way you will see Merina villages in the rocky mountains. Arrive to Andasibe Nature Reserve and enjoy a night walk to observe night active lemurs and other nocturnal animals. Overnight Vakona Lodge or similar. (B)

Day 11: Thu, July 4 - Mantadia National Park & Andasibe Nature Reserve
Visit Mantadia National Park where you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of diademed Sifaka and Black and White-ruffed lemurs. In Andasibe Nature Reserve you are sure to see the Indri – the largest lemurs on the island. The reserve also contains a wide variety of orchids, canopy, and endemic animals like chameleons, tenrecs, and many birds. Both reserves are exceptionally rich in frogs and reptiles. Overnight Vakona Lodge or similar. (B)

Day 12: Fri, July 5 - Andasibe / Antananarivo
Spend the morning in the reserve. Late afternoon to Antananarivo with possibility to stop at a few local villages along the way. Overnight Hotel Carlton or similar. (B)

Day 13: Sat, July 6 - Antananarivo / Sightseeing / Depart Nairobi
This morning we will enjoy an excursion to Ambohimanga Royal Hills. The Royal Palace also called the King’s Palace, home to the first king of Madagascar. Ambohimanga is the Mecca of the Merina Kingdom. Enter the ancient royal city which once barred foreigners from accessing the sacred site. Enclosed within are various buildings and sights, including the village entrance, the old stone gate-shaped disc in the chamber, the royal box of Andrianampoinimerina, the summer palace of the queens, the horse park and sacred ponds. It is surrounded by a wall consisting of egg shells in place of cement. Still today, this place is sacred and many Malagasy continue to sacrifice zebu and smaller animals to their ancestors here. Enjoy the remarkable stories about the king’s habits and sacred behaviors in the palace, related by your knowledgeable local guide.

We will then stop and visit a local community focused on Women’s empowerment.
This is an association of disadvantaged woman, named FANAVOTANA. These women attend training and collect recyclable products such as newspapers, boxes, plastics, and use these to make items baskets and other products. This is then displayed in their workshop for clients to purchase. Late afternoon transfer to Antananarivo Airport for your return flight to New York via Nairobi. Depart on Kenya Airways flight #257 at 4:25pm, arriving Nairobi at 7:50pm. Connect with Kenya Airways flight #2 departing Nairobi at 10:55pm. (B)

Day 14: Sun, July 7 - Arrive New York
Kenya Airways arrives back to New York’s JFK Airport at 6:55am, allowing time for connecting to cities across the USA and Canada.

2019  
   
LAND ARRANGEMENTS based on 6 to 18 passenger
   
Based on 6 to 18 passengers -

Land price on sharing basis:

$2,950 per person
Optional Single Room Supplement: $ 625 per person
   
Transfers if not arriving/departing on Kenya Airways flight from/to JFK:
$80 for single traveler, or $40 per person for 2 or more arriving together
 
ESTIMATED AIRFARES - price dependant on lowest available fare at time of purchase
ALL FLIGHTS ECONOMY CLASS WITH GOVERNMENT IMPOSED TAXES AND FUEL SURCHARGES
   
Kenya Airways
   

New York (JFK) / Nairobi (NBO) round trip: from $1,550 per person

 
Optional Pre Tour Nairobi:
Based on min. 2 Persons
Safari Park extra night w/ breakfast
  Double Single
Elephant Orphanage, Karen Blixen Museum,Giraffe Centre with lunch (Full day) $350 $450
 
MADAGASCAR EXTENSION
 
LAND ARRANGEMENTS based on 2 persons
Land price on sharing basis: $1,365 per person
Optional Single Room Supplement: $ 443 per person
 
Call for airfare Nairobi / Madagascar round trip
 
IMPORTANT: PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THIS MADAGASCAR QUOTATION IS BASED ON CURRENT CURRENCY EXCHANGE RATES AND MAY CHANGE DUE TO RATE FLUCTUATION. DEPENDING ON THE PREVAILING EXCHANGE RATE AT THE TIME OF FINAL PAYMENT THE PRICE MAY INCREASE ACCORDINGLY. IF YOU WISH TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST AN INCREASE IN PRICE YOU HAVE THE OPTION OF MAKING THE FULL PAYMENT AT THE TIME OF CONFIRMATION.
 
Tour Reservations: SITA requires a deposit of $600 per person to commence reservations for the KENYA main tour. This amount will be adjusted with the balance due 90 days prior to departure.
 
MADAGASCAR EXTENSION DEPOSIT: (non refundable after September 25)
$150 per person based on double occupancy
$300 per person based on single occupancy
 
Inclusions:

  • Accommodation - as per itinerary or similar
  • Meals - as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing/Game Viewing w/ entrance fees - as per itinerary
  • Safari transportation in 4WD vehicle with pop-top roof
  • Airport transfers when arriving/departing on Kenya Airways from/to JFK
  • Coffee/Tea/Juice with breakfast only
  • Service of local professional driver/guide
  • Porterage at airport and hotels (1 bag per person)
  • Park entrance fees
  • One bottle of mineral water per person per day in vehicles
Not Included:
  • Meals not mentioned
  • All drinks (except coffee/tea/juice with breakfasts & 1 bottle of water per day)
  • Tours not mentioned
  • International Air & Airport taxes (quoted separately)
  • Insurance
  • Tipping/gratuities for all services (meals, lodge staff & driver/guide)
  • Items of personal nature such as telephone, laundry, beverages
  • Any items not listed above.

WTG Cancellations:

Due to the special nature of the programs featured in this brochure, suppliers impose rigid cancellation fees; please be aware that SITA has no control over such fees and cannot make any exceptions to these charges. Note: All cancellations must be received by SITA in writing; cancellation/s will be effective when the written notice is received at SITA's offices in Encino, CA.

If a cancellation is received after SITA is in possession of the initial deposit, but more than 90 days prior to departure , the cancellation fee incurred will be $350 per person (a higher cancellation fee may apply to some tours). If cancellation is received between 89 and 61 days prior to departure the fee incurred will be 75% of the entire tour price. No refunds whatsoever will be made for cancellations received within the last 60 days prior to departure.

Airfares are subject to different rules and cancellation fees; some may be non-refundable. Details will be provided at the time of booking and are subject to change by the airline.

To protect against cancellation charges, we strongly recommend purchasing Cancellation Protection and Travel Interruption Insurance (see Insurance clause).

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