October - limited to 12 travellers + Julie Bruce
Limited to 12 travelers per departure. Escorted by Julie Bruce & she LOVES Africa - this is one of her FAVORITE destinations. Julie
has been escorting tours to Africa for almost 20 years.
Join us!!This is the trip of a lifetime! Our tour Kenya tour highlights the
best of Kenya’s game parks and finishes on the Indian Ocean Coast in
SPECIAL NOTE: there are two spaces available on this departure
15 Days: October 6-20
Land tour $7,195
Airfare Approx $1,700
Single supplement: $1,800
21 Days October 6-26
Land Tour: $9,595
Airfare approx $1,850
Single Supplement: $2,595
- We encourage stopping in Europe (either Paris OR Amsterdam) for a 2-3 night break on the way to Nairobi- this allows you to arrive more rested before the tour begins!
HIGHLIGHTS: Masia Mara, Lake Navaisha, Lake Nakuru, Aberdares, Samburu, Amboseli, Tsavo West & Mombasa.
Hot air Ballooning in the Masai Mara! ( Optional Tour)
DAY 1 Fly from North America to Europe
DAY 2 – SUNDAY OCTOBER 7
Fly from Europe to Nairobi, arriving in the evening.
First of 3 nights in Nairobi. Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel or similar. ( no meals)
DAY 3 – MONDAY OCTOBER 8
Today we head out for a short afternoon tour of Nairobi. Situated in the Central Highlands at an altitude of 6,130 feet (1,870 metres), Nairobi enjoys a mild climate. On our driving tour of the city and its surroundings we will see Uhuru Park, Kenya’s Parliament House, the Kenyatta Conference Centre, City Square and some of Nairobi’s nicest suburbs. We visit the Kenya National Museum to learn about Kenya’s wildlife, geology and human history.
Second of 3 nights in Nairobi. Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel or similar.Breakfast & Dinner.
DAY 4 – TUESDAY OCTOBER 9
Today we travel into the foothills of the Ngong Hills outside the city. We shall visit the ‘Sheldrake National Trust’- a sanctuary for orphaned elephants and the Karen Blixen Museum, the farmhouse where the author of Out of Africa lived. Nearby is the Kazuri Bead Womens co-operative, we have the opportunity to learn how the local women create beautiful ceramic beads that are sold world wide & famous for the exquisite workmanship. The Kazuri bead co-operative was founded to help employ local single women Later we visit the Langata Giraffe Centre to learn about these extraordinary animals. We have an opportunity to hand feed giraffes from a tall wooden platform.
Third of 3 nights in Nairobi. Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 5 - WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 10
NAIROBI – MASAI MARA
This morning we drive down into the Great Rift Valley. Crossing the valley we make our way to Kenya’s premier wildlife park – the Masai Mara. This is the northern section of the Serengeti Plain, which is home to the greatest concentration of game animals in the world.
First of 3 nights in the Masai Mara. Sarova Mara Game Camp or similar. Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
DAY 6 – THURSDAY OCTOBER 11
The vast, open grasslands of the Serengeti-Mara are home to over 3 million large mammals. These include over 1.4 million wildebeest which migrate in an enormous, straggling herd each year between the southern part of the Serengeti to the northern part and back again. On our morning and afternoon game drives in the Masai Mara we have a very good chance of seeing all the major Plains animals including lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, rhino, hyena, cheetah, jackal, warthog and many species of antelope.
Second of 3 nights in the Masai Mara. Sarova Mara Game Camp or similar. B, L & D.
DAY 7 – FRIDAY OCTOBER 12
We continue to explore this miraculous area on our morning and afternoon game drives. This is one of the most spectacular sights in the world. Today we also encounter and learn about the Masai, a proud tribal people struggling to preserve their traditions in the face of modernisation.
Third of 3 nights in the Masai Mara. Sarova Mara Game Camp or similar.Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 8 -SATURDAY OCTOBER 13
MASAI MARA – LAKE NAIVASHA
This morning we leave the open grasslands of the Masai Mara and descend into the Great Rift Valley again. Driving north along the Great Rift Valley we come to the freshwater Lake Naivasha. This afternoon we take a boat trip on Lake Naivasha out to Crescent Island, where we take a short walking safari.
Overnight at Lake Navaisha Lodge. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 9 – SUNDAY OCTOBER 14
This morning and afternoon we take game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park, an alkaline lake. As well as seeing many large game animals such as zebras, elephants and gazelles, this is one of our best chances of seeing rhinos. Lake Nakuru National Park was the first place in Kenya selected as a rhino reserve. Here is one of the few places where we can see Rothschilds giraffes.
Overnight at the Lake Nakuru Lodge or similar. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 10- MONDAY OCTOBER 15
THE RIFT VALLEY – ABERDARES
This morning we ascend the Nyandarua Escarpment from the Great Rift Valley and visit Thomson Falls. The lush hills of Aberdare National Park are covered by Kenya’s densest forest and form the eastern flank of the Great Rift Valley. We leave our main luggage at the base hotel and continue with just our overnight bags deep in the Aberdares Forest to “the Ark”. A special feature of the lodge where we stay is the floodlit watering hole where we can watch from the lodge itself throughout the night as the animals come down to drink. In the morning we hope to have spectacular views towards jagged outline of Mount Kenya.
Overnight at the Ark or similar. Breakfast Lunch & Dinner. [Please pack an overnight backpack]
DAY 11 TUESDAY OCTOBER 16
Driving north we pass Mount Kenya, Africa’s second highest mountain at 17,000 feet (5,199 metres). This is also the traditional homeland of the Kikuyu people, the largest of Kenya’s 70 recognized tribes. The Kikuyu believe that their god, Ngai, lives on Mount Kenya and so they build their homes with the doors facing towards the mountain, to welcome their god in. We cross the Equator again into the northern hemisphere on our way to Samburu Game Reserve in a semi-desert area of Kenya. Samburu is located on the Ewaso Nyiro River. This afternoon we take a game drive in the park. First of 2 nights in Samburu. Samburu Game Lodge or similar.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 12 WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 17
SAMBURU GAME RESERVE
Early morning and afternoon game drives in Samburu Game Reserve, Ololokwe Table Mountain forms a dramatic backdrop to our game viewing today. Samburu is also home to the third of Kenya’s giraffe species – the Reticulated Giraffe. This is also our best chance to see the blue-legged Somali Ostrich, the long-necked Gerenuk gazelle and the straight-horned Beisa Oryx antelope.
Second of 2 nights in Samburu. Samburu Game Lodge or similar. Breakfast Lunch & Dinner.
DAY 13 THURSDAY OCTOBER 18
SAMBURU-SWEETWATERS GAME RESERVE
We drive south from Samburu to the Equator and the slopes of Mount Kenya. Here we stay at the Sweetwaters Game Reserve. This very special 23,000 acre wildlife sanctuary was originally established to protect and breed highly-endangered Black Rhinos. In 1994 the Jane Goodall Institute established the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary within the game reserve and moved a large group of chimps here from the unstable situation in their native West Africa. This afternoon we have a game drive in the reserve and tour the Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
Overnight at Sweetwaters Camp. Breakfast Lunch & Dinner.
Those taking our 15 DAY African Safari:
DAY 14 FRIDAY OCTOBER 19
SWEETWATERS GAME RESERVE - NAIROBI
This morning we drive back to Nairobi. This afternoon is free.
Depart Nairobi this evening and board the overnight flight from Nairobi to Europe. Breakfast
DAY 15 SATURDAY OCTOBER 20;
Board the international flights from Europe to North America arriving home on the same day
Those taking our 21 DAY African Safari:
DAY 14 FRIDAY OCTOBER 19
MOUNT KENYA- NAIROBI
This morning we drive back to Nairobi. This afternoon is free. Overnight in Nairobi.
Airport Hilton Garden Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 15 SATURDAY OCTOBER 20
NAIROBI – AMBOSELI
This morning we drive from Nairobi south to Amboseli National Park, right on the border with Tanzania. Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain at 19,340 feet (5,895 metres), although it is situated inside Tanzania, the best views of the mountain are from Amboseli on the Kenyan side of the border. This afternoon we enjoy a game drive in majestic Amboseli.
Overnight in Amboseli. Ol Tukai Lodge or similar. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
DAY 16 SUNDAY OCTOBER 21
AMBOSELI -TSAVO WEST
Early this morning we enjoy a game drive in Amboseli National Park. The park is particularly famous for its huge herds of elephants which take on a red colour from the dust they coat themselves in. After breakfast we travel east from the flat plains and swamps of Amboseli to Tsavo West National Park. Outside the park gates are the Shetani Lava Flow; frozen rivers of molten black rock twisted in bizarre shapes. The Mzima Springs are the source of the freshwater pools much favored by hippos and crocodiles. There is even a glass wall for viewing the pools from under the water line. Our lodge overlooks a watering hole where we can observe many animals coming down to drink at dusk and in the early morning.
Overnight in Tsavo West. Kilaguni Serena Lodge or similar. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
DAY 17 MONDAY OCTOBER 22
TSAVO WEST -TATIA HILLS
From Tsavo we drive south to the Taita Hills Game Sanctuary, a private game reserve of 42,000. This afternoon we shall enjoy a game drive in the Tatia Hills reserve.
Overnight in the Taita Hills area. Salt Lick Lodge or similar.Breakfast Lunch & Dinner.
DAY 18 TUESDAY OCTOBER 23
TATIA HILLS – MOMBASA
This morning we drive further east from the interior of Africa to the Indian Ocean Coast, we pass through a spectacular panorama on our way to Mombasa. After settling into our beachfront hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to relax and enjoy the soft sands and warm waters of the turquoise Indian Ocean. First of 2 nights in Mombasa. Whitesands Beach Hotel or similar.
Breakfast & Dinner.
DAY 19 WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 24
INDIAN OCEAN COAST & MOMBASA
The town of Mombasa is situated on an island on the southern coast of Kenya. It is the oldest town in Kenya and is the largest port on the coast of East Africa with a history going back 2,000 years. With such a long and rich history it is not surprising that there is much to see in the old section of town. Most of the buildings here were constructed during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries when Mombasa was a major trading centre at the height of its power. Many of the streets in the Old Town are too narrow for cars and the buildings here are known for their elaborately carved wooden doors decorated with brass studs. The highlight of a visit to old Mombasa is the enormous Fort Jesus. Built in 1593 by the Portuguese, it dominates the entrance to the Old Harbour and is positioned so that, even under siege, it was still possible to bring supplies in from the sea. Inside, we see the so-called Omani House and visit the Museum. We also visit the Akamba carving non-profit co-operative which employs 10,000 people from the local area and produces beautiful carvings- a portion of all the sales goes to support the local carvers.
Second of 2 nights in Mombasa. Whitesands Beach Hotel or similar. B & D
DAY 20 THURSDAY OCTOBER 25
INDIAN OCEAN COAST
The Land Only tour finishes after breakfast in Mombasa this morning.
This morning is free for you to relax at our hotel
DAY 21 FRIDAY OCTOBER 26
Arrive in Europe and flight to North America arriving the same day.
Visa fees.Canadian passport holders require a visa for Kenya (currently $52.) However, as part of our service, we will send you all the documents for necessary you to apply for the Visa at your convenience. Lunches when not on safari, as per theitinerary.
Trip Cancellation / Interruption and Medical Insurance.We offer insurance coverage with Manulife Insurance
Single Supplement if requested
Personal Expenses such as souvenirs, laundry, drinks not included at meals.
Arrival & Departure transfers in Nairobi & Mombasa
Porterage for one piece of luggage
Optional Tours: Hot Air Ballooning in the Masai Mara approximate cost $450 USD (can pay by credit card)
-Please bring a water bottle that you can refill-We only allow 6 people in the safari vehicles so everybody has a window seat.The safari vehicles have a “pop-up’ roof to afford panoramic views of the game parks.
-Please limit your “checked in’ luggage to one
soft sided suitcase and one ‘carry on’ hand bag. The safari vehicles can accommodate only ONE piece of luggage per person
Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.
Like this tour?
African Safari Kenya / Tanzania 2015By SS Toronto ON trip to Kenya
Thanks so much Julie for this amazing trip...... You sure did give me an adventure. I will remember it always.
African Safari Oct 2017By NB Victoria BC trip to Kenya
(We liked) Our wonderful driver/guide David. We loved the variety of areas covered and the variety of animals we saw. The accommodations and pacing of the tour were excellent.