KENYA: DREAMS OF THE MARA
Featuring 3 Night Deluxe Tented
Camp in the Masai Mara
9 DAYS/6 NIGHTS
DAY 1- WASHINGTON D.C.
We depart our
international flight from Washington D.C. aboard Ethiopian Airline new Boeing
777 non-stop to Addis Ababa. Dinner and breakfast are served.
DAY 2- NAIROBI, KENYA
Early morning arrival
into Addis Ababa, with a convenient connection for your short flight to Nairobi.
Meet and Greet service with transfer to the InterContinental Hotel. Enjoy the
afternoon and evening at leisure at the centrally located hotel.
DAY 3- TO ABERDARE
After breakfast you
depart Nairobi and drive north, passing near Thika which boasts the world's
third largest pineapple plantation and drive through the township of Karatina.
Soon you will be at Nyeri, one of Kenya's major towns and then on to check-in at
the Aberdare Country Club. This haven in the hills property was the homestead of
an English couple that settled in Kenya. Here you'll enjoy a bounteous buffet
lunch amidst the beautiful gardens. This afternoon enjoy a game drive to the
Solio Ranch, which plays a major part in preserving and breeding black rhinos.
In this sanctuary there are over 120 black and white rhinos.
(B, L, D)
DAY 4- TO LAKE NAKURU
start takes you to Nyahururu, still known to many as Thomson's Falls for its 237
foot cascade. Then travel in a southerly direction to your next destination, the
spectacular Lake Nakuru. Arrive at the Lake Nakuru Lodge, in time for lunch.
This afternoon enjoy a game drive at Lake Nakuru National Park, the most densely
populated wetlands of Kenya. With a large population of pink flamingoes the Park
is considered a bird watchers paradise. Also, be on the lookout for the
Rothschild giraffe, as well as a fair share of buffalo, leopard, zebra and lion.
(B, L, D)
DAY 5- TO MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE
early breakfast, you'll travel across the bottom of the rift escarpment and head
southeast, passing the dormant Longonot volcano. Then you'll turn off the main
road across the Rift Valley and travel across the "breadbasket" of Kenya,
covered with acres of wheat and barley, before you reach the Mara Leisure Tented
Camp. This unique tented camp accommodation will be your home for the next three
nights in the heart of the greatest concentrations of game in Africa. After
lunch, enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, returning
to the camp as dusk rolls in, while you watch the sunset over the plains. Before
dinner perhaps get cozy by the outdoor fireplace while enjoying a sundowner. At
night, listen to the unique sounds of the African wilderness while you tip your
head back and become mesmerized by the star-studded, velvet skies.
DAY 6 and 7- MASAI MARA
For the next
two days enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the vast plains of Masai
Mara. This Reserve is an extension of the Serengeti ecosystem to the south. Game
abounds here! The Mara is noted for its abundance of lions - particularly the
superb black manned males. You will view elephants often in large herds, as well
as, leopard, cheetah and rhino. All of the Big Five are residents. You're sure
to see the African buffalo. The huge expanse of grassland covers 320 sq km and
is dotted with distinctive flat-topped acacia trees which are watered by two
rivers; Mara River and Talek River. It is also home to the nomadic Masai people,
who can be seen grazing their cattle, brightly dressed in red chequered capes.
During your three nights in the Masai Mara you may want to consider an optional
spectacular early morning Balloon Ride.
(B, L, D)
DAY 8- TO NAIROBI/USA
you'll depart the Masai Mara and head across the Rift Valley whilst keeping an
eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle. Arrive into Nairobi for lunch and then
transfer to the airport for your flight to Washington D.C. via Addis Ababa.
DAY 9- ARRIVE WASHINGTON D.C.
this morning into Washington D.C. (Dulles Airport)
Return Home or book an Optional Extension to Mombasa
DAY 8- NAIROBI TO MOMBASA
Kenya Wildlife Safari fly to the second largest city in Kenya; Mombasa. Be met
at the airport and transfer to the deluxe Sarova Whitesands Hotel. Situated
north of Mombasa this hotel is located on one of East Africa's most stunning
white sand beaches. Set on 22 acres of natural landscaped greens with lily
ponds, five free form swimming pools, the resort has a unique ambience.(D)
DAY 9- MOMBASA
This morning embark on a
Mombasa City tour which dates back to the 12th century when spice traders arrive
from Arabia. Visit the old quarter, dominated by the medieval Fort Jesus built
by the Portuguese in the 16th century. After your visit to the fort view the
ancient mosques, the narrow bustling streets, the old dhow harbor and central
market. Visit the Akamba wood carvers where you have the opportunity see the
carvers at work. This afternoon enjoy the amenities of the resort whether it is
snorkeling, glass bottom boat cruise or simply laying by the pools or
DAY 10- MOMBASA
Enjoy the unspoiled Kenya
Coast aboard an Arab Dhow. Cruise turquoise seas to the ecological mangrove
islands and a people to people experience with the Shirazi tribe. Cruise to
Funzi Island to visit an historic fishing village, which was formerly connected
with the slave trade and lies in ruins. From here visit the village
school, a private house and the market place. Continue to a unique sandbar,
where one can swim or simply wander over the pure white sand in the middle of
the sea. Sail to the uninhabited island of Kinazini for a sumptuous sea food
lunch. Then board canoes to explore the mangroves of the Ramisi River to
view crocodiles and various species of birds.
(B, L, D)
DAY 11- MOMBASA/TO USA
Enjoy a morning of
leisure before your early afternoon transfer to the Mombasa Airport. A short
flight takes you to Adis Ababa to connect with your flight to Washington
DAY 12- USA
Arrive early this morning into
Washington D.C. Dulles airport for a connecting flight to your home city.
Return Home or book an Optional Extension to
DAY 8 - ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
Kenya Safari fly from Nairobi to Ethiopia. Early evening arrival into Addis
Ababa and be transferred to the Jupiter International Hotel (Bole).
DAY 9- TO GONDAR (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE
This morning board your flight to Gondar. Gondar was once the
old imperial capital founded in the 17th century by Emperor Fasilides who built
a palace and seven churches. The subsequent five Emperors built their own
respective palaces and Gondar became known as the Camelot of Africa. Visit the
royal enclosure containing six castles, a complex network of connecting tunnels
and raised walkways. Proceed to the fascinating Debre Birhan Selassie Church
with its walls and ceiling decorated with scenes of Biblical lore and medieval
history. Arrive at the Hotel Goha standing on the crest of a hill with
commanding views of the ancient castles and churches of Gondar.
(B, L, D)
DAY 10- TO LALIBELA (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE
This morning a short flight takes you to Lalibela, a
destination considered one of the best kept secrets of rock churches, nicknamed
the “Petra of Africa”. Ethiopia's Emperor Lalibela, who had visited Jerusalem,
attempted to build a New Jerusalem in response to the capture of Jerusalem by
Muslims in 1187.Only its relatively remote locations and international obscurity
keeps Lalibela from seeing the same levels of visitors to Petra. Visit the
twelve majestic rock hewn churches, which are still used as places of worship.
Check-in to the Mountain View Hotel.
(B, L, D)
DAY 11- TO ADDIS ABABA/USA
Depart late this
morning arriving into the capital city of Addis Ababa. Visit the National
Museum, whose most important exhibit is a replica of the skull of Lucy, a woman
who had lived in Eastern Ethiopia about 3.5 million years ago. Also, visit
Trinity Cathedral, the largest and most revered of all the churches. Time
permitting continue to the Merkato Outdoor Market. This evening enjoy a
traditional Ethiopian meal, dance performance and coffee ceremony. Transfer to
the airport for your overnight flight to Washington D.C.
DAY 12- ARRIVE USA
Early morning arrival
into Washington D.C. (Dulles)