Highlights of Southern Africa
Highlights of Southern Africa
Mysteries of Ethiopia
Ethiopia holds a culturally unique place between Africa the Middle East. Discover it for yourself over 13 days experiencing the country’s diverse offerings. Trek into the unforgettably stunning Simien Mountains, get up close to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, and introduce yourself to the residents of the innovative village of Awra Amba. Grab yourself an adventure you’ll be talking about for years to come.
Kenya Under Canvas Safari
Day 1: Nairobi-Samburu
On arrival your driver/guide will give a brief on your safari. Later proceed to Samburu Game Reserve. The Samburu Game Reserve is popularly known as “Born Free Country”, made famous by the world-renowned conservationist and artist, the Late Joy Adamson and her lioness, Elsa. The area is inhabited predominantly by the Samburu people, a proud and fierce warrior tribe from the Maa speaking people, the most famous of whom are the Maasai. The Reserve, and particularly the oasis like areas on the banks of the river, is home to a wide variety of bird life. Dinner & overnight at Samburu Intrepid
Day 2: Samburu
Embark on an early morning game drive. Animals that abound in the park include the lion, elephant, giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk, Beisa Oryx, crocodile, cheetah, buffalo and rhino among other species. Later return for breakfast and relaxation. At 1600hrs embark on an afternoon game drive.
Dinner & overnight at Samburu Intrepid
Visit a cultural Samburu Village
Day 3: Samburu-Nakuru
After an early breakfast, check out of the lodge your next destination is the Lake Nakuru National Park, a true ornithological paradise with hundreds of bird species on record, the most famous being the long legged pink flamingo. The park is a sanctuary for the endangered white and black rhino and other species of big game are also to be found in abundance. These include the lion, leopard, giraffe, zebra, Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelles, warthog, etc Arrive in time for lunch; after a short rest embark on an afternoon game drive around the lake. Later return to the lodge. Dinner & overnight stay at Flamingo Hill Tented Camp
Day 4: Nakuru-Masai Mara
Check out of the lodge and proceed on to the world renowned Masai Mara Game Reserve. A visit to this magnificent Safari Country would be incomplete without taking a safari to what is often described as the big game reserve on the continent. Masai Mara abounds with big game that can be sighted everywhere on the golden savannah plains. The Mara also enjoys a proliferation of birdlife with over 400 species on record, and is a photographers and naturalist’s paradise. The famous ‘Big Five’ i.e. lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino are found in abundance. Other species include hippos, crocodiles, giraffes, zebras, elands, and cheetahs, various species of gazelles, wildebeests, kongonis, and topis among many others.
On arrival at the Mara, check in at the camp in time for lunch.
At 1600 hrs embark on an afternoon game drive. Later return to the camp. Dinner & overnight stay at Sekenani Camp
Day 5: Masai Mara
Full day spent in the Mara with morning and afternoon game drives.
Other optional activities include:
Cultural visit to a Masai Village
Dinner & overnight stay at Sekenani Camp
Day 6: Masai Mara-Nairobi
Check out of the camp after breakfast. Start your journey to Nairobi this is a six hours drive. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure with last minute shopping. In the evening transfer to the airport for your home bound flight.
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Kenya Bush to Beach Safari
Day 1: 0700 hrs Depart for the world renowned Masai Mara Game Reserve. En-route, stopover at the Viewpoint to enjoy sweeping views of the Great Rift Valley and Mt. Longonot, an extinct volcano with a yawning crater that can be seen clearly from this vantage point. As you proceed down the escarpment with its breathtaking hairpin bends, you will do a brief stopover at the miniature Italian Church built by Italian prisoners of war after the 2nd World War to see the classical frescoes therein.
Arrive at Mara Simba Lodge in time for lunch and relaxation.
At 1600hrs embark on a game drive within the expansive Masai Mara Game Reserve to track down the ‘Big Five” i.e. the lion, elephant, buffalo, cheetah, rhino among dozens of other species.
If taking your safari between late July and October, you will be lucky to catch the action of the ‘Great Migration’ when hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, zebra, antelopes, buffalos are caught up in a life or death struggle to cross the Mara river from Northern Serengeti in search for greener pastures. Return to the lodge for dinner. Overnight stay at Mara Simba Lodge
Day 2: Arise at the crack of dawn for an early morning game drive. A highly recommended option is to take a balloon safari. There is nothing more awe inspiring then to rise up silently into African skies and float gently over the Mara while watching the golden red sun rise over the horizon and dusk turn to dawn. As the plains turn to life, you will see below thousands of animals come out in search of food. After the balloon safari, you will be treated to a sumptuous champagne breakfast out in the wilds. A game drive will be taken after breakfast.
Lunch will be taken at the lodge. After relaxation, embark on a late afternoon game drive in the Reserve and back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day3: Check out of the lodge after breakfast and head to Lake Nakuru National Park. The park takes its name after its most fascinating feature, Lake Nakuru. This is one of the most important habitats in the region, and an ornithologist’s paradise with over 450 species of bird life on record, the most famous of which is the pink flamingo. The park also boasts abundant wildlife and is a Sanctuary for the endangered white and black rhinos. This is also an important habitat for primates. You will arrive in time for lunch and check in at Flamingo Hill Tented Camp. Embark on a late afternoon game drive in search for the lion, cheetah, leopard, giraffe, buffalo, zebra, Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelle, and view the myriad of bird life especially along the waterfront. Dinner and overnight stay at Flamingo Hill Tented Camp
Day 4: After breakfast check out from the lodge and proceed to Olpejeta Sanctuary. You will arrive in time for lunch and check in at a luxurious tented camp laid on a 24,000-acre game reserve. Relaxation and evening game drive. Dinner and overnight stay at Sweetwater’s Tented Camp
Day 5: Thereafter proceed to Aberdare National Park for the unique experience of all night and unlimited game viewing. Lunch, dinner and overnight will be at a tree lodge surrounded by forest and overlooking an illuminated waterhole and salt lick. Dinner and overnight stay at Treetops Hotel
Day 6: Check out of the hotel after breakfast. Start your journey to Amboseli with lunch in Nairobi. Arrive in the late afternoon with a game drive en-route, Amboseli is famous for its large herds of elephants. other animals likely to be seen are lions, cheetahs, bufallos ,giraffes etc. Later check in at Ol Tukai Lodge. The lodge is nestled on the foothills of Africa’s highest mountain Mt Kilimanjaro. Dinner and overnight at Ol Tukai Lodge
Day 7: Whole day in Amboseli with morning and afternoon game drives. Animals likely to be spotted include the Masai giraffe, elephant, buffalo, bushels zebra, etc.
Optional activities include: –
Sundowners on observation hills.
visits to the traditional manyattas of the Masai.
Dinner and overnight at Ol Tukai Lodge
Day 8: Check out of the lodge after breakfast. Embark on a game-drive en-route to the Tsavo National Park where you are expected to arrive in time for lunch at the Kilaguni Serena lodge. Kilaguni was the first safari lodge ever to be built in a national park and has long been a favorite of international tourist. Embark on an afternoon game-drive after lunch. Return to the lodge. Dinner and overnight at Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge.
Day 9: Whole day in Tsavo. Optional activities include morning and afternoon game-drives, excursions to Mzima Springs, with its crystal clear water welling up from volcanic rocks and its hippos and crocodiles. Dinner and overnight at Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge.
Day 10: After breakfast check out of the lodge and embark on a game drive en-route. Drive further south to the coastal town of Mombasa. Severin Sea Lodge on the northern coast of Mombasa. Dinner and overnight at Severin Sea Lodge
Day 11: Whole day at the coastal town with visits to Fort Jesus Museum, Haller Park, and Mombasa old town. Dinner and overnight at Severin Sea Lodge
Day 12: Whole day spent at your own leisure.
Dinner and overnight at Severin Sea Lodge
Day 13: Check out of the hotel after breakfast. Start your journey to Nairobi at 9:30 am. This is a six hours drive with an optional lunch en-route. You are expected in Nairobi in the late afternoon.
You have an option of taking dinner at the Carnivore restaurant where you can enjoy sizzling game meat. Later transfer to Jomo Kenyatta to catch your home-bound flight.
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Kenya is a spectacular African holiday destination that blends very well with game viewing and beautiful, wild destinations with stunning beaches and different cultures. To get the full experience, A Kenya balloon safari experience will just crown it. Experience the game view from the bird’s eye view by taking the balloon safari. This is the most thrilling experience that one can have.
Apart from having the guided game drives you can chip in a few hours for the Hot air balloon safari.
The experience starts very early in the morning, you will be woken up early in the morning, transferred to the beginning point of this exciting ride which takes only one hour. The balloons lifts off just before sunrise when the breeze on the plains is still cold. Early morning is the ideal time to see wild animals on the plains. Once airborne, the balloons are blown by the prevailing winds across the broad landscape. The pilot controls the height of the craft by regulating the flow of hot air into the balloon. Sometimes the balloon will descend over the plains for a close up view of the wildlife; on other occasions, it rises to clear a tree canopy and rise over the reverine forest. The landscape is stunning and free, and the abundant wildlife can make for spectacular viewings from above.
Once in the air you will spot a variety of animals such as elephants, giraffes, bufallos, hyenas, lions, cheetahs, various antelope species, and ostriches
A champagne breakfast in the bush after you land, crowns the experience making it a memorable one at the end of the flight.
If visiting Masai Mara between July and October, Observing the phenomenon Mara Migration from the balloon is the best way to grasp just how huge the migrating herds really are.
What should I bring with me?
* Carry binoculars and cameras.