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Aug 3 – 12, 2012
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Welcome to Kenya! Day 1 (3rd Aug, 2012) Ole Sereni Hotel, Nairobi
Today you arrive into the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and proceed through Immigration and Customs. After exiting the customs & immigrations hall, please look out for a Big Five Tours & Safari’s driver/guide holding a Big Five Tours Banner with your name on it. Our Guide will assist you with your luggage and you’ll be transferred to the Ole Sereni Hotel, where you will spend your first night.
BED & BREAKFAST…………………….Ole Sereni Hotel
Day 2 (4th Aug, 2012) Serena Sweet Waters Tented Camp
After breakfast you will drive further to the north. A stop at the Equator gives you a chance to take a photo with one foot in the northern and one foot in the southern hemispheres. Then you’re off to the heart of Kenya’s “Big Game” country- Ol Pejeta ranch. This 22,000-acre private ranch encompasses a rich terrain of plains, low hills and forest. Your afternoon game drive gives you
an opportunity to see a variety of unusual species, including the reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra and Beisa Oryx. Included is a visit to Jane Goodall’s chimpanzee sanctuary.
FULL- BOARD………SWEETWATERS TENTED CAMP
Distance: Nairobi - Sweetwaters camp approx. 250Kms – 03.30Hrs
Day 3 (5th Aug, 2012) Samburu Game Lodge
After breakfast, drive further north towards the highlands to the Samburu Reserve is located on the banks of the Ewaso Ng'iro River and it occupies an area of 165km square. You arrive in time for lunch at your camp in the Samburu Game Reserve. This afternoon you'll have a game drive to view unusual species rarely seen outside of this region the main attractions of Samburu are the rich culture of the local communities, the beautiful landscape and wildlife. This region is the meeting point of the North and the South. It is in Samburu where you will find the Northern and Southern dwelling species mixed. Good examples are the Grevy’s Zebra which are found to the North of the equator and the common Zebra. Others are the Maasai and the Somali Ostrich. More so, Samburu offers some very unique species (Samburu Five) which include the Gerenuk (giraffe gazelle), Beisa Oryx, Reticulated giraffe, blue necked Somali ostrich, Grevy's Zebra. Dinner and overnight at Samburu Game lodge.
FULL- BOARD………………SAMBURU GAME LODGE Distance: Sweetwaters - Samburu approx. 250Kms – 03.30Hrs
Day 4 (6th Aug, 2012) Samburu Game Lodge
You'll set out on a morning and an afternoon game drive to observe Samburu’s wildlife. All the big cats-Lions, Cheetah and Leopard are found here. Other mammals include elephant, Buffalo, Grant's gazelle, Kirk's Dik-dik, Impala, Waterbuck, warthogs, on the river banks are hippos and Nile Crocodiles. Bird enthusiasts will be rewarded with a wealth of species attracted to the palm tree-lined permanent waters of the river. Over 350 species of birds have been recorded in Samburu. These include Somali Ostrich, Kingfisher, Sunbird, Bee-eater, Marabou Stork, Tawny Eagle, Bateleur, Vultures. Game birds include the Helmeted and Vulturine Guinea fowls. Photographers will appreciate the dramatic backdrop of Ololokwe Mountain.. Later return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
FULL- BOARD………………SAMBURU GAME LODGE
Day 5 (7th Aug, 2012) The Ark Lodge
After breakfast, proceed towards the central highlands. Nestled on the slopes of Mweiga Hill in a 1,300-acre wildlife sanctuary, the Aberdare Country Club welcomes you for a sumptuous lunch. Here you'll store your luggage and take a small overnight bag with you up to the Ark. You'll depart on special buses into the thick woodlands to the Ark at the heart of the Aberdare National Park. Situated in a fairyland forest, you can stay up all night long, if you choose, game viewing from a variety of observations decks or an underground bunker. The Ark is situated beside a floodlit waterhole and natural saltlick, where a constant parade of wildlife will visit throughout the night. There’s absolutely no limit to the number of animals you’ll see. Birds and bushbuck
are joined by Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino, Hyena or maybe Lion that may come to sample the saltlick.
FULL- BOARD………THE ARK LODGE Distance: Samburu – Ark Lodge approx. 260Kms – 03.30Hrs
Day 6 (8th Aug, 2012) Lion Hills Lodge, Lake Nakuru
Today you will depart and descend into the Great Rift Valley to one of the world's most important bird sanctuaries. Lake Nakuru itself boasts the most spectacular of all of Africa's bird sights-- enormous flocks of pastel pink flamingoes, as well as other bird species. Here you have wonderful opportunities for color photography as masses of pink bodies glide above the reflection of blue water. Your afternoon game drive at 1530hrs takes you through the lush green park that surrounds the lake. Many species including reedbuck, bushbuck, wart hog, baboon, leopard and the Rothschild giraffe call this home. It has also been designated a rhino sanctuary.
FULL- BOARD……………………….Lion Hills Lodge Distance: Ark Lodge – Lion Hills Lodge approx. 200Kms – 3Hrs
Day 7 (9th Aug, 2012) Keekorok Lodge
After breakfast you will drive through the spectacular Great Rift Valley to one of the stellar events of your safari - The Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya’s most precious wildlife sanctuary arriving for lunch. Plains games are found here in staggering numbers, which in turn supports a tremendous predator
population. During your afternoon game drive, you have opportunities to see herds of Impala, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Elephant, Topi, Buffalo, Warthog, Ostrich, as well as Lion, Cheetah, Hyena, and possibly the elusive Leopard. FULL- BOARD………………………………………..…….Keekorok Lodge Distance: Lake Nakuru - Mara approx.….320Kms - 05.30Hrs
Day 8 (10th Aug, 2012) Keekorok Lodge
Your schedule for today includes an early morning and late afternoon game drives. Traveling across the savannah, you’ll rendezvous with the Mara resident- herds of buffalo, wildebeest, hartebeest, impala, and gazelle. The Masai Mara is the northern-most extremity of the great Serengeti ecosystem. Here, black rhino browse among dense thorn bushes and herds of giraffe and elephant roam the woodlands. Large numbers of hippos gather to feed and swim in the Mara River. Boasting Kenya'’ largest predator population, the reserve is renowned of lion prides up to 20 Lions. Nestled under canvas, tonight you’ll dream of all the wonders of Africa.
FULL- BOARD...…………………………KEEKOROK LODGE ****Balloon Safari (optional) $550 per person incl. champagne bush breakfast****
Day 9 (11th Aug, 2012) Keekorok Lodge
Today you will again enjoy the wilderness on your game drive adventures and enjoy the great migration.
Day 10 (12th Aug, 2012) Departure from Nairobi. Kwaheri, Safari Salama! Today you will drive back to Nairobi for lunch. Thereafter you’ll be transferred to the airport for your outbound flight. **A night supplement in Nairobi can be arranged for people departing the following day**
Thank you for choosing Wander Africa Safaris and Big Five Tours and Safaris. As always we welcome comments and suggestions. Our contact information is on the following page, so please feel free to send us an email with your thoughts.
Cost for this amazing experience: Cash/Check/Wire discount price: $2,840 per person Credit Card price: $3,000 per person
Cost includes:Accommodation & meals stated as above including taxes All return airport transfers in Nairobi Services of experienced English speaking driver guide. Bottled water while in the vehicle. Park fees and Conservation fees
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Cost excludes:Extra activities not mentioned above - optional coastal activities & sea sports International Flights Travel & baggage Insurance Visa Drinks & Beverages Tips / gratuities Laundry Any other item / services of personal nature
Additional Information Regarding Visas, Tipping, Currency and Cell Phones
Visas: Kenya Visas are available at the airport upon arrival for $50 per person Tanzanian Visa are available at the airport upon arrival for $100 Tips: -Driver/Guide At Wander Africa Safaris and Big Five we encourage you to leave a tip of minimum $6 per passenger/day. You are more than welcome to give any extra tips you wish. -Porters Small change, usually $1 per bag, but this is at your discrepancy. Currency: Currently as of April 2012, the exchange rate is $1 to 83/= (Kenya Shillings). This usually varies from 75/= to 85/= Cell Phones/Calling: Local GSM SIM cards will be provided for those who require them upon arrival. These will allow you to call the US for an amazingly low $0.03/min. These will work on any unlocked cell phone.
For information on above hotels/lodges, visit their websites:Ole Sereni Hotel Nairobi - http://www.ole-serenihotel.com/ Sarova Lion Hill Lodge - www.sarovahotels.com Serena Sweetwater's Tented Camp - www.serenahotels.com Samburu Game Lodge/Keekorok Lodge – www.wildernesslodges.com
If you have any questions, please contact me at:
www.wander-africa.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com 320 S. Ardmore Ave, Suite 328, Los Angeles, CA 90020 (310) 218 2815
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