Air Inclusive: June 21 to 29, 2020
Land Only: June 22 to 28, 2020
Madagascar Extension: June 29 to July 3, 2020
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: Sun. June 21 - New York / Nairobi
Depart New York's JFK Airport on Kenya Airways flight #3 at 12:25pm, arriving to Nairobi at 10:25am the following morning.
Day 2: Mon, June 22 - 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: Tue, June 23 - 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: Wed, June 24 - 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: Thu, June 25 - 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 the beautiful flamingos lining its shores. Afternoon game drive in Nakuru National Park. The white and black rhino and often seen resting under acacias by the Lake shore. There are huge herds of waterbuck, zebra, buffalo and more. The endangered Rothchild's giraffes found in the park are protected from poachers. There are several large prides of Lion. This is one of your best chances to perhaps see 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: Fri, June 26 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: Sat June 27 - 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: Sun, June 28 - 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: Mon, Jun 29 - 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:
Sun, June 21 - Arrive Nairobi
Arrive Nairobi, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight Safari Park Hotel
Mon, June 22 - 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: Sun, June 28 - Nairobi
Overnight EKA Hotel.
Day 9: Mon, June 29 - Nairobi / Antananarivo
Transfer to the airport. Kenya Airways flight #256 departs Nairobi at 12:15pm, 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 smilar. (B)
Day 10: Tue, June 30 - 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: Wed, July 1 - 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: Thur, July 2 - 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: Fri, July 3 - 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 like 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: Sat, July 4 - 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.