Sep 8, 2017: Arrival Nairobi
Welcome to Kenya! You will be met upon arrival at Nairobi Airport by our MyEscapades representative who will transfer you to Fairmont Norfolk Hotel for your overnight. (Meals own account)
Sep 9, 2017: Nairobi (BL)
After breakfast, pick up at 9:30 A.M. by our driver guide and depart for Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage which is strictly open between 11:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M. Then enjoy your lunch at the Carnivore Restaurant, followed by an afternoon visit to the Karen Blixen Museum and Giraffe Centre. Return to hotel with dinner own account (not included). Overnight at Fairmont Norfolk Hotel.
Sep 10, 2017: Olpejeta Game Sanctuary (BLD)
Breakfast at 7:00 A.M. Depart at 7:30 A.M. for Olpejeta Game Sanctuary, driving through the agricultural lands of central Kenya to arrive in time for lunch at Sweetwaters Tented Camp situated right on the Equator, zero degrees. Late afternoon unlimited game drive in the sanctuary and you will have a chance of visiting Chimpanzee during their feeding time. Dinner and overnight at Sweetwaters Luxury Tented Camp (standard tents).
Sweetwater’s Tented Camp
Sweetwaters Tented Camp lies in the heart of privately owned 24,000 acres of Ol Pejeta - Sweetwaters Conservancy, enjoying magnificent views across the game - studded plains to the snowcapped peaks of Mount Kenya. Sweetwaters Tented Camp is a two and a half hour drive from Nairobi. Alternatively, Nanyuki airstrip is a one-hour drive away. Overlooking a floodlit waterhole, the camp offers visitors an unforgettable opportunity to watch and photograph animals in their natural habitat.
Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary:
The chimp sanctuary is the only one of its kind in Kenya. Visitors can enjoy the unique opportunity of observing the chimps by boat on the Uwasi Nyiro River. The riverine forest and the savannah grassland of the sanctuary are home to 26-orphaned chimps. Here one has the opportunity to meet with Poco, who spent six years of his life imprisoned in a small birdcage suspended from a roof, a garage. Now Poco is a handsome, contented chimp, able to explore his habitat.
Sep 11, 2017: Olpejeta Game Sanctuary (BLD)
Breakfast. Morning and afternoon game drives in Olpejeta Game Sanctuary. Lunch, dinner and overnight at Sweetwaters Luxury Tented Camp, (standard tents).
Sep 12, 2017: Lake Nakuru National Park (BLD)
Breakfast at 6:30 A.M. Depart at 7:00 A.M. for Lake Nakuru National Park briefly stopping at the Thomson falls and at the Equator zero degrees to take pictures, thereafter proceed through the scenic floor of the Great Rift Valley to arrive in time for lunch at Lion Hill Lodge. Late afternoon unlimited game drives in the park where you may have a chance of seeing both the white and the black rhino, flamingos which are migratory birds and the leopard which is a shy animal. Dinner and overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. l
Sep 13, 2017: Masai Mara Game Reserve (BLD)
Breakfast at 6:00 A.M. Depart at 6:30 A.M. for Masai Mara Game Reserve to arrive in time for lunch at Mara Serena Lodge. Late afternoon unlimited game drive in the reserve where you may have a chance of seeing the big five, different varieties of bird species and one of the best savannah vegetation in the world. Dinner and overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge.
Masai Mara Game Reserve
(Declared the 7th Wonder of the World)
The Masai Mara National Reserve is probably the most famous and most visited Reserve in Kenya. It offers breathtaking views (as seen in the film "Out of Africa", much of which was filmed here), an extraordinary density of animals including "the Big Five" (lions, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros) and may varieties of plains game. An impressive feature is the annual migration of wildebeests, zebras and gazelles from the plains of the Serengeti that cross the Tanzanian border and rivers to reach the Mara's grasslands from late June, tracked by predators: lion, leopard, cheetah, and hyena, and circled by vultures as their journey unfolds. Their dramatic river crossings are a reality for tourists visiting in early July-August. Apart from the seasonal migration, game viewing is excellent year round. Game includes elephant, black rhino, buffalo, plains zebra, hartebeest and big cats. The rivers are home to hippo and crocodiles and 452 species of birds, 53 of which are raptors.
Sep 14, 2017: Masai Mara Game Reserve (BLD)
Breakfast. Full day unlimited game drive in Masai Mara Game Reserve. Lunch, dinner and overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge.
Sep 15, 2017: Lake Victoria (BLD)
Breakfast at 6:00 A.M. Depart at 6:30 A.M. with picnic lunches for Isibania border a common border of Kenya and Tanzania where you will clear customs and immigration formalities, change into Tanzania vehicles and proceed to Serenity on the Lake Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Sep 16, 2017: Serengeti National Park (BLD)
Breakfast. Depart for Serengeti to arrive in time for lunch. Late afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge.
Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti is one of the world's last great wildlife refuges. This vast area of land supports the greatest remaining concentration of plain game in Africa, on a scale unparalleled anywhere else in the world. The name comes from the Maasai 'Siringet', meaning endless plains. Equal in size to Northern Ireland, the Park contains an estimated three million large animals, most of which take part in a seasonal migration that is one of nature's wonders. The annual migration of more than 1.5 million wildebeests as well as hundreds of thousands of zebras and gazelles is triggered by the rains. The wet season starts in November and lasts until about May. Generally the herds congregate and move out at the end of May. Their movement is a continual search for grass and water - the moving mass of animals requiring over 4,000 tons of grass each day. The exodus coincides with the breeding season which causes fights among the males. As the dry season sets in the herds drift out of the West, one group to the North, the other north-east heading for the permanent waters of the northern rivers and the Mara. The immigration instinct is so strong that animals die in the rivers as they dive from the banks into the raging waters, to be dispatched by crocodiles. The survivors concentrate in Kenya's Maasai Mara National reserve until the grazing there is exhausted, when they turn south along the eastern and final stage of the migration route.
Before the main exodus, the herds are a spectacular sight, massed in huge numbers with the weak and crippled at the tail end of the procession, followed by the patient, vigilant predators. The vegetation in the Serengeti ranges from the short and long grass plains in the south, to the acacia savannah in the centre and the wooded grassland concentrated around tributaries of the Grumeti and Mara rivers. The western corridor is a region of wooded highland and extensive plains reaching to the edge of Lake Victoria. The Seronera Valley in the Serengeti is famous for the abundance lion and leopard that can usually be seen quite easily. The adult male lions of the Serengeti have characteristic black manes.
Sep 17, 2017: Serengeti National Park (BLD)
Breakfast. Morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park. Lunch, dinner and overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge.
Sep 18, 2017: Ngorongoro (BLD)
Breakfast. Depart for Ngorongoro to arrive in time for lunch. Afternoon at leisure enjoying facilities of the lodge. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a huge area containing active volcanoes, mountains, archeological sites, rolling plains, forests, lakes, dunes and of course, Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge. The views at the rim of Ngorongoro Crater are sensational. On the crater floor, grassland blends into swamps, lakes, rivers, woodland and mountains - all a heaven for wildlife, including the densest predator population in Africa. The crater is home to up to 25,000 large mammals, mainly grazers - gazelle, buffalo, eland, hartebeest and warthog. You will not find giraffe as there is not much to eat at tree level, or topi, because the competition with wildebeest is not too fierce, nor will you find impala. The crater elephants are strangely, mainly bulls. There are a small number of black rhinos here too. The birdlife is largely seasonal and is also affected by the ratio of soda to fresh water in Lake Magadi on the crater floor. In the northern, remote part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you will find Olmoti and Empakaai Craters, Lake Natron and Oldoinyo Lengai, Mountain of God, as named by the Maasai. Lake Natron is the only known breeding ground for East Africa's flamingoes. The ruins of a terraced stone city and complex irrigation system lie on the eastern side of Empakaai - the Engakura Ruins. Their origins are a mystery as there is no tradition of stone building in this part of Africa.
Sep 19, 2017: Ngorongoro (BLD)
Breakfast. With picnic lunches, descend into the crater for a full day crater tour. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
Sep 20, 2017: Depart Arusha to Zanzibar (BL)
After breakfast, depart for Arusha to arrive in time for lunch. After lunch, you be transferred to Arusha Airport for your Precision Air flight to Zanzibar or the Kilimanjaro Airport for your onward flight.
Optional Extension to Exotic Zanzibar:
On arrival we will meet and transfer you to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Breezes Beach Club & Spa (Deluxe Room) (3 nights). Kindly inform clients: Dress code for gentlemen at the hotel is long trousers during dinner.
Zanzibar is a tropical island paradise separated from mainland Tanzania by a 32km-wide channel. After a short flight from Arusha/Kilimanjaro Airport arrive to spend 4 days relaxing on its idyllic, sandy palm-fringed beaches, lapped by the Indian Ocean.
While there, take in Zanzibar's fascinating history as a former slave trading centre and spice centre where the scent of cloves still fills the air. Visit Stone Town, a World Heritage site and discover the influence of its African and Arab cultures that are still visible today.
Sep 21 & 22, 2017: Zanzibar (BLD)
Enjoy two days at leisure to relax or enjoy optional tours (additional charge)
Sep 23, 2017: Depart Zanzibar (BL)
After breakfast, and room checkout, you can relax until we take you back to the airport for your onward flight.
End of Services
TWO JEEPS - 12 PASSENGERS IN TOTAL
REQUIRED FOR THIS DEPARTURE
$7999.00 – per person based on two sharing
$700.00 – single supplement
$599.00 – Hot Air Balloon Ride
$999.00 – Zanzibar 3-day extension
$220.00 – single supplement
INTERNATIONAL AIR IS NOT INCLUDED
THIS IS A SQUARE 1 TRAVEL PLUS EXCLUSIVE TOUR AND WILL BE ESCORTED BY CO-OWNER SUSAN DAVIES