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Kenya Connections 2017

Safari Itinerary


September 4

 Depart US Group airfare will be arranged if we have enough interested, or travelers may make their own arrangements using points or mileage programs. Typically, travel to Kenya involves an overnight flight from the United States with a lay-over in Amsterdam, London or Paris and arrival in Nairobi, Kenya, on the following evening.

September 5

Upon arrival in Nairobi, we will be met and transported to our hotel, the Nairobi Serena.


September 6

 After breakfast, stop for a shopping trip for supplies for the students at the Kajiado AIC Girls’ Primary School. Women from Carefree have been supporting this school for the past 12 years. Currently, 17 students are being sponsored by Carefree women. It has about 700 students, mostly from the Maasai community, as this is their land. Of the 700 girls that attend the school, there is a special program - the “Bride Rescue Program” that currently has about 100 students in attendance. This special program was designed in 1986 to rescue young girls from harmful cultural practices such as female genital mutilation (circumcision) and early marriage. The girls make their own choice of leaving their families and villages and make their way to this incredible school to get an education and respite from early forced marriage. Early forced marriages are quite common as the fathers of these girls decide they would be better off being someone’s wife in exchange for some cows and money for her dowry. Once married and begin to start families, it is unlikely that their lives will change… We’ll drive from Nairobi to Kajiado (1/12 - 2 hours) and visit with the students and teachers and learn more about the Bride Rescue program. Donations may be made to help with on-going school projects or learn about sponsoring girls so they may attend high school. Perhaps we will teach mini-classes to students, as well as learn about some of the recent rescue operations. After a picnic lunch at the school, we’ll drive back to Nairobi Serena. Dinner on own. (BL)

September 7 - Amboseli

After breakfast, we’ll set out on safari this morning, driving south to the bush country of Amboseli National Park, where dramatic views of Mount Kilimanjaro dominate every vista. Amboseli is famous for its tranquil beauty and easily approachable wildlife—an excellent way to begin our game viewing expeditions. We’ll arrive at Ol Tuaki lodge, Amboseli, in time for lunch. The lodge is set at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro and is probably the best place to view elephants at close range. Ol Tukai has only used local materials for construction and they blend well with the plentiful acacia trees on the site. After some time to relax and settle in, we’ll have an afternoon game drive. Overnight at Ol Tukai Lodge (BLD)


September 8

 Full day of game viewing, Amboseli We’ll head out for an early morning game before breakfast. At dawn, all the animals are moving, making this the most exciting time to view wildlife. Watch for elephant, zebra and wildebeest along the salt pan trails. Swamps and springs form permanent watering places for the wildlife in times of drought. The middle of the day is at leisure to relax before setting off in the late afternoon for a game drive. This is an ideal time of day to see predators as they begin to stir from the shade and roam onto the plains in search of prey. Overnight at Ol Tukai Lodge (BLD)


September 9

Another full morning to explore more of Amboseli Reserve. The afternoon will be open for relaxing, bird watching, or time at the pool. Later in the afternoon, we’ll meet with one of the researchers from the Amboseli Elephant Research project. It was started by Cynthia Moss in 1972 to study the elephant's social behavior, age structure and population dynamics. It is the longest running study of elephant behavior in the wild, and has gathered data on life histories and association patterns for more than 1700 individual elephants. Overnight at Ol Tukai Lodge (BLD)


September 10

Fly to Wilson Airport, drive to Sweetwaters, Ol Pejeta Conservancy. After breakfast, we’ll fly from the Amboseli airstrip to Nairiboi’s Wilson Airport. We’ll be met there by our drivers and drive to Sweetwaters Tented Camp in the Central Highlands. Sweetwaters is located in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a private reserve, known for its rhino sanctuary and various research projects. It also has one of the highest wildlife densities in all of Kenya. Each of the tents has a view of the flood-lit waterhole, so wildlife viewing can be done from the comfort of your verandah, with Mt Kenya as the backdrop. We’ll have an afternoon game drive with a chance to see all of the Big Five, as well as hartebeests, gazelles, and antelope. Overnight at Sweetwaters Tented Camp (BLD)


September 11

Full day at Sweetwater We’ll have a full day to explore the terrain at of Ol Pejeta on 2-3 game drives. There’s an option to accompany researchers as they radio track lions (dependent on research schedule at the time.) We can also visit the Chimp Sanctuary located on the reserve. Although chimps are not native to Kenya, the Jane Goodall Institute has established a sanctuary here to rehab chimps traumatized orphaned. (Camel rides are also available for an additional fee.) Sweet waters Tented Camp. (BLD)


September 12

In the morning, we’ll drive to a local reserve to plant trees in a grove dedicated to Wangari Maathai. Maathai was an environmentalist and activist who started the Green Belt Movement in 1970s. In 2004, she became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. We’ll stop for shopping and a demonstration of the “equator effect” before returning to Sweeetwaters for an afternoon game drive. Overnight at Sweetwater Tented Camp (BLD) September 13- The Maasai Mara, Kichwa Tembo


September 13

The Maasai Mara, Kichwa Tembo We’ve saved the best for last! We’ll fly to Africa’s best wildlife viewing area, the Masai Mara. You are sure to see elephant, giraffe, prides of lion, impala, topi, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle and a variety of unusual birds. We’ll spend 5 nights at Kichwa Tembo tented camp . Deep in the trees, at the foot of the Oloololo Escarpment, it has wonderful views of the savannah, excellent food, and amazing safari tents with ensuite bathrooms. We’ll travel in open-air 4-wheel drive vehicles driven by Kichwa Tembo guides. (BLD) This combination will allow us maximum wildlife viewing with the experts who live and work in the Masai Mara. We’ll have 4 more full days of game drives here - enough time to see all of the reserve and follow prides of lions, cheetah families, and herds of elephants. Some days we might take a picnic lunch or breakfast so that we can better follow the wildlife action. You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the Masai tribe by visiting a local village and school. An option on one morning will be a hot air balloon ride over the Mara, followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush. Overnight at Kichwa Tembo (BLD)


September 14-17

Full days in Masai Mara, Kichwa Tembo September 18 - Giraffe Manor One last morning game drive, breakfast and then a flight back to Nairobi. We’ll be transferred from Wilson Airport to Giraffe Manor. This Scottish-style Manor House was built in 1932. Lunch will be on the grounds near the giraffes, or in the manor house, where giraffes frequently pop their heads in to be fed during breakfast and lunch. After lunch we’ll visit the adjacent Giraffe Center. Before dinner, we’ll visit the David Sheldrick Animal orphanage to see the baby elephants returning to their stables. We’ll stay in one of the 10 luxury en-suite rooms with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the resident herd of endangered Rothschild Giraffes. (BLD)


September 18

Giraffe Manor One last morning game drive, breakfast and then a flight back to Nairobi. We’ll be transferred from Wilson Airport to Giraffe Manor. This Scottish-style Manor House was built in 1932. Lunch will be on the grounds near the giraffes, or in the manor house, where giraffes frequently pop their heads in to be fed during breakfast and lunch. After lunch we’ll visit the adjacent Giraffe Center. Before dinner, we’ll visit the David Sheldrick Animal orphanage to see the baby elephants returning to their stables. We’ll stay in one of the 10 luxury en-suite rooms with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the resident herd of endangered Rothschild Giraffes. (BLD)


September 19

Check-out of Giraffe Manor mid-morning. We’ll then go back to Nairobi with private day rooms at Nairobi Serena before our late night flights back to the United States. (B


Early Bird Rate per person: $8995 (deposit received by July 30th, 2016)

Regular Rate: $9550



Included:    All transfers and internal flights as per itinerary All lodging as per itinerary Three meals a day on safari, breakfast only in Nairobi, except as noted    All game drives, tours and activities as per itinerary    Mineral water in the safari vehicle while on safari Tips to lodge staff and porters All national park, reserve and conservancy fees Flying

doctor’s evacuation services. (Note this fee excludes hospital bills, medication and doctors fees) All Government taxes.


Not Included:   International airfare and related taxes. Visa entry fee for Kenya or any other country, All expenses of personal nature such as telecommunications, laundry, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages Tips to drivers and guides   Travel and medical insurance. (Highly recommended) All optional extras


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