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Program #18783RJ
15 Days | 14 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Nairobi: 5500 Arusha: 4500 ; Ngorongoro Crater: 7500 Serengeti: average 5000 Maasai Mara: 5000

Itinerary for Jan 20 — Feb 3, 2014

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Day One: Monday, January 20 - Departures and Overnight Flights to Kenya
Depart From: Depart on overnight flights from the U.S.

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Eka Hotel is ideally located along Mombasa Road in Nairobi the capital city of Kenya. It is situated minutes away from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, 5km from Wilson Airport and 5km from the bustling central business district. The hotel is situated with convenient access to all the city's tourist attractions such as Nairobi National Park, Karen Blixen Museum, National Museum, Bomas of Kenya, and The Giraffe Centre. In addition, there is easy access to all key Government offices, corporates, diplomatic missions and industries. It also has easy reach to the city's main attractions, eateries and entertainment venues.

Contact info:
Along Mombasa Road
Nairobi, NA Kenya
phone: +254 719 045 000
web: http://www.ekahotel.com/

Room amenities: The room amenities include LCD flat screen TV, complimentary high speed internet ( with Wi-Fi hot spots through the hotel), personal bar, in room safety deposit box, complimentary coffee making facilities, direct dial International telephone. Hair dryers and iron/board available on request. Bathrooms feature separate toilet and shower with a glass-walled with rain shower.

Facility amenities: Dining: Galaxy Restaurant The Galaxy Restaurant overlooks the swimming pool. It is the ideal spot to enjoy well-selected breakfast buffets and all-day à la carte snack dining. Galaxy Bar The Galaxy Bar offers an array of cocktails, wines from all over the world, various liquors and beverages. Favourite bites and snacks to enjoy with the drinks. The Spur Restaurant The internationally acclaimed Spur restaurant is renowned for its selection of succulent steaks, delicious hamburgers, mouthwatering carveries, tasty chicken, seafood, salads and vegetarian meals. Leisure: The hotel offers a gym and an outdoor swimming pool set in lush gardens. Other hotel services include: Laundry and valet services, babysitting (prior arrangement necessary), hotel guests enjoy complimentary parking, guest transport, irons and ironing boards are available on request, business centre services, and concierge services, complimentary Wi-fi hotspots.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Request from provider
Pre and post nights are available for program number 18783. Please check with the provider for final price.


Day Two: Tuesday, January 21 - Arrival in Kenya
Arrive To: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Evening: Flights will arrive in Nairobi in the late evening. Please take a moment to understand and be prepared for the following procedures. As a security measure, passengers will be finger-printed and have their photographs taken at the airport by border control officers. (The process could take between 1-2 hours depending on the number of passengers.) Then, proceed to baggage claim. Your Group Leader/Study Leader will meet you in the arrivals area outside the terminal building. When everyone is assembled, we will transfer to the hotel via mini-van. The ride will be at least 20 minutes and possibly longer depending on traffic, followed by check-in at the hotel. Your room will have complimentary bottled water, tea/coffee-making facilities, and biscuits (cookies).

Lodging: Eka Hotel

Type: Luxury Tented Camp

Description: Kilima Safari Camp is a new property spread out on a vast conservation area of 360 acres next to the Kimana gate of Amboseli National Park. The tents have been fitted to offer a premium safari experience and have open views of the camp’s private wildlife water hole and Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Contact info:
Kimana Gate
Amboseli National Park, Kenya
phone: +254 724 782826
web: www.madahotels.com/kilima/index.php

Room amenities: Standard safari tents with verandah, nightly turn-down service, private bathroom with shower.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; telephone, laundry service, outdoor swimming pool, safaris. All meals are buffet-style.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Wednesday, January 22 - Game Viewing Overview / Transfer to Amboseli Nati...
Game Viewing Overview / Transfer to Amboseli National Park / Game Drive / Kenya Wildlife Service on the East African Elephant

Note: The drive from Nairobi to Amboseli will take at least 4 hours. Part of the road is unpaved. In Amboseli, game drives of 2-3 hours will be at sunrise and late afternoon. There are no toilet facilities outside of the lodge.

Breakfast: In the hotel, our breakfast buffet offers eggs, bacon, potatoes, fresh fruit, pastries, breads, marmalades and jams, juices, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Orientation: The Study Leader, who also serves as your Group Leader, will welcome everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date daily program schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

The Study Leader will also provide an overview of game viewing and wildlife of East Africa. The areas we will explore range from vast open plains covered with tall grass and scattered acacia trees to rolling hills covered with short grass, interspersed with isolated rocky outcrops, patches of woodland, marshes and swampy areas, and the mighty Mara River with dense riverine forests. Keeping in mind that wild animals do what they like, when they like, where they like, we will look for the Big Five of African fauna -- elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, lion, and the elusive leopard -- plus a vast array of gazelles, antelopes, predators large and small, prolific birdlife, and in rivers, crocodiles that are among the largest in Africa. We will go on game drives at times when animals are likely to be most active and into different areas to experience different natural habitats.

Drivers/guides will provide more details at each location. As it may be noisy while driving, there will be ample opportunities to hear commentary by the driver/guide and ask questions during quiet periods on game drives and in camp.

We depart this morning for Kilima Safari Camp at Amboseli National Park.

Lunch: We expect to arrive in time for lunch at the safari camp.

Afternoon: We check in for 2 nights at Kilima Safari Camp, with some time to freshen up. Then, without further delay, we set out on our first game drive in the park. Each game drive is different depending on the time of the year and local conditions. When the driver spots animals, we will stop as close as safely possible for commentary, observation, and photos. There may be times when our vans are the only ones in the vicinity, and sometimes there will be a number of vans with other visitors.

Returning to the lodge before dinner, we meet and hear from an expert from Kenya Wildlife Service to learn about the majestic East African Elephant. Kenya Wilfdlife Service aims to ensure the long-term conservation and welfare of Africa's elephants in the context of human needs and pressures through scientific research, training, community outreach, public awareness, and advocacy.

Dinner: Our welcome dinner at the camp is a tasty buffet offering soup, salad, choice of entrée, side dishes, and dessert including fruit plus a complimentary beverage and bottled water.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Kilima Safari Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Luxury Tented Camp

Description: Kilima Safari Camp is a new property spread out on a vast conservation area of 360 acres next to the Kimana gate of Amboseli National Park. The tents have been fitted to offer a premium safari experience and have open views of the camp’s private wildlife water hole and Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Contact info:
Kimana Gate
Amboseli National Park, Kenya
phone: +254 724 782826
web: www.madahotels.com/kilima/index.php

Room amenities: Standard safari tents with verandah, nightly turn-down service, private bathroom with shower.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; telephone, laundry service, outdoor swimming pool, safaris. All meals are buffet-style.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Thursday, January 23 - Amboseli Big Game / Maasai Customs and Culture
Breakfast: In the lodge after an early morning game drive, our breakfast buffet offers eggs, bacon, potatoes, fresh fruit, pastries, breads, marmalades and jams, juices, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Before breakfast today, we set out on an early morning game drive as the sun rises, heading out to continue the search through the varied wildlife habitats of the park with spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, highest free-standing mountain in the world. The ecosystem is mainly savannah grassland that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get a look at free-ranging elephants among other wildlife species. Amboseli has an underground water supply filtered through thousands of feet of volcanic rock from Kilimanjaro’s ice cap, that funnel into two clear water springs in the heart of the park. However, the climatic pendulum can swing from flood to drought.

Returning to the camp, you will have time to freshen up. We then meet with the Study Leader for a presentation on understanding the tribes of Kenya and Tanzania, with a focus on the culture and customs which are very different from our own.

Lunch: In the camp, choose from soup, salad, meat or casserole, dessert, and fruit plus coffee, tea, water

Afternoon: After a rejuvenating mid-afternoon cup of tea/coffee, we re-board the safari vehicles and ride to another area of the reserve in search of big game. In addition to a generally dry lake bed -- Lake Amboseli, from which the park takes its name -- there are five main wildlife habitats, from open plains to stands of fever trees, thick thorn-bush, swamps, and marshes that support varying densities of wildlife.

Dinner: In the camp.

Evening: At leisure. Get a good night’s sleep to be ready for early departure and a lengthy travel day tomorrow.

Lodging: Kilima Safari Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Perched on the very edge, the Ngorongoro Wildlife lodge sits 2,000 feet above the floor of the crater, 7,500 feet above sea level. Large windows, panoramic viewing platforms and terraces provide opportunities to take in the sweeping vistas from almost anywhere within the rustic stone-and-wood structure. Originally built in the late 1960’s, the lodge is one of four built by the Tanzanian Government shortly after independence. As the first lodges built in the national parks, each benefits from being situated in the prime game-viewing locations for that area. The lodges were sold to a private company in 2003 and a multi-million-dollar renovation and upgrade on both common areas and guest rooms is complete.

Contact info:
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
phone: +255 27 253 7058
web: www.hotelsandlodges-tanzania.com/tanzania-hotel-and-lodges-ngorongoro-wildlife-lodge.htm

Room amenities: 75 rooms with crater view, central heat, tea and coffee making facility, in-room safe, and private bathroom with shower.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; terrace with panoramic crater views, foreign currency exchange, gift shop, library, laundry service, television lounge and in-house registered nurse. The entire lodge is non-smoking. All meals are buffet-style.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Friday, January 24 - Crossing the Great Rift Valley to Ngorongoro Crat...
Note: Travel today is lengthy but with scenic views. The drive from the lodge in Amboseli to the border will take at least 3 hours. Part of the road is unpaved and can be rough. The drive from the border to Arusha is paved and will take about 3 hours. The drive from Arusha to the Lodge in Ngorongoro will take about 3.5 hours and is paved most of the way.

Breakfast: Early in the camp.

Morning: We check out of Kilima early and depart on another scenic game drive through the western part of Amboseli to the Tanzanian border. Late in the morning, we stop for border formalities and to change vehicles. We continue our drive from the border to the city of Arusha. The drive offers a good look at rural life in Kenya and Tanzania.

Lunch: At an Arusha hotel, lunch offers soup, an entrée, and dessert plus bottled water.

Afternoon: We continue crossing the Great Rift Valley to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where agriculture, wildlife, and eco-tourism co-exist in one of Africa’s first experiments of multiple-land use. Upon arriving at the main park gate, we will get out and see a display room depicting the dramatic ecology, ethnography, and topography of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and have a brief presentation by our Study Leader.

We check in for 2 nights at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge. Before anything else, take in the view. The magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, largest and most perfect volcanic crater on Earth, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Africa's most notable wildlife arenas. This unique biosphere has remained virtually unchanged for eons. Many thousands of animals wander the plains, lakes, and forests deep within the Crater’s towering walls. The crater rim is also a perfect viewpoint to observe the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere.

Dinner: At the lodge, enjoy a buffet with soup, salad, choice of entrée, breads and pastries, dessert, and fruit plus coffee, tea, water.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Perched on the very edge, the Ngorongoro Wildlife lodge sits 2,000 feet above the floor of the crater, 7,500 feet above sea level. Large windows, panoramic viewing platforms and terraces provide opportunities to take in the sweeping vistas from almost anywhere within the rustic stone-and-wood structure. Originally built in the late 1960’s, the lodge is one of four built by the Tanzanian Government shortly after independence. As the first lodges built in the national parks, each benefits from being situated in the prime game-viewing locations for that area. The lodges were sold to a private company in 2003 and a multi-million-dollar renovation and upgrade on both common areas and guest rooms is complete.

Contact info:
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
phone: +255 27 253 7058
web: www.hotelsandlodges-tanzania.com/tanzania-hotel-and-lodges-ngorongoro-wildlife-lodge.htm

Room amenities: 75 rooms with crater view, central heat, tea and coffee making facility, in-room safe, and private bathroom with shower.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; terrace with panoramic crater views, foreign currency exchange, gift shop, library, laundry service, television lounge and in-house registered nurse. The entire lodge is non-smoking. All meals are buffet-style.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Saturday, January 25 - Wildlife of the Ngorongoro Crater
Breakfast: In the lodge, our breakfast buffet offers eggs, bacon, potatoes, fresh fruit, pastries, breads, marmalades and jams, juices, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Originally part of Serengeti National Park, the entire Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) measures 8,300 square kilometers (more than 5,000 square miles). It is the only place on Earth where mankind and a high concentration of wildlife co-exist harmoniously. Even Maasai cattle can be seen sometimes grazing alongside zebras.

In 4-wheel drive vehicles, we descend the slope into the Ngorongoro Crater -- base area 260 square kilometers (160 square miles) -- to observe wildlife. The Crater is home to more than 25,000 large mammals, many of which are resident due to the geographical enclosure, including wildebeests, zebras, elands, Grant's and Thomson's gazelles, and about 60 lions. The crater is also home to the last small population of black rhino in northern Tanzania. What will be seen at any given time depends on a variety of local conditions.

Lunch: We will have an adventurous picnic lunch in the Ngorongoro Crater.

Afternoon: We continue in this unique natural wonder with another game drive. Observing wildlife in its natural undisturbed habitat is truly the adventure of a lifetime.

Returning to the lodge, watch the incredible Ngorongoro Crater sunset that makes a dramatic exit as it sinks below the crater rim.

Dinner: In the lodge.

Evening: In the early evening, we will have a presentation on significant aspects of the crater ecosystem.

Lodging: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Seronera is the heart of Serengeti National park, directly on the migration route and near an important water source, the Seronera river. The hotel is constructed around the rocky outcroppings of the plains, called ‘kopjes’.

Contact info:
Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
phone: +255 28 262 1508
web: www.hotelsandlodges-tanzania.com/tanzania-hotel-and-lodges-seronera-wildlife-lodge.htm

Room amenities: 75 rooms with private bathroom with shower and bathtub.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; self-service tea and coffee, gift shop, laundry service, outdoor swimming pool and wildlife viewing platform, television room, telephone, safe deposit, internet café, massage therapist, gym and in-house registered nurse. The entire lodge is non-smoking. All meals are buffet-style.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Sunday, January 26 - Early Human History at Oldupai (formerly Olduvai)...
Early Human History at Oldupai (formerly Olduvai) Gorge) / The Vast Plains of the Serengeti

Note: The drive from Ngorongoro to Oldupai Gorge is 2 hours on a rough, dusty road. The drive from Oldupai to the Seronera Wildlife Lodge varies in time according to how much game we see en route.

Breakfast: Early in the lodge.

Morning: We check out of the lodge early and make our way to the Serengeti. En route, we stop to visit the Oldupai Gorge Museum. Oldupai Gorge (previously Olduvai) is the most famous archaeological location in East Africa. The idea that humankind developed here was not prevalent when British archaeologist-naturalist Louis Leakey began to search for human fossils in the early 1930s, but Leakey and his wife Mary, a paleoanthropologist, believed it. With this in mind, they explored sites in Tanzania and Kenya for decades. Their faith was vindicated in 1959 when they uncovered the first of many hominid fossils at Olduvai Gorge. (Footnote: In 2005, Tanzanian authorities officially changed the name to “Oldupai” -- the correct spelling of the Maasai word for the wild sisal plant.) The museum exhibits focus on the paleoanthropological research and artifacts from the surrounding area as well as the Leakey family and their work.

Lunch: Enjoy a box lunch, either at the Serengeti Visitor center picnic area or a convenient place en route. The area also has a nice walking path up rocky outcrops known as ”kopjes” for those who would like to stretch their legs

Afternoon: We continue with a game drive though the Serengeti plains. Be on the lookout for wildlife, as this unfenced land is all part of the Serengeti ecosystem. The area can become crowded at certain times of the year with zebras, wildebeest, and gazelles -- often with newborns and calves.

We check in for 2 nights at Seronera Wildlife Lodge.

Dinner: In the lodge, enjoy a buffet with soup, salad, choice of entrée, breads and pastries, dessert, and fresh fruit plus coffee, tea, water.

Evening: Late in the evening, join the Study Leader for a presentation on stargazing -- a unique night under the African sky. The lodge terrace has an ideal view high above the Serengeti that allows you to see a huge expanse of sky (weather permitting).

Lodging: Seronera Wildlife Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Seronera is the heart of Serengeti National park, directly on the migration route and near an important water source, the Seronera river. The hotel is constructed around the rocky outcroppings of the plains, called ‘kopjes’.

Contact info:
Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
phone: +255 28 262 1508
web: www.hotelsandlodges-tanzania.com/tanzania-hotel-and-lodges-seronera-wildlife-lodge.htm

Room amenities: 75 rooms with private bathroom with shower and bathtub.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; self-service tea and coffee, gift shop, laundry service, outdoor swimming pool and wildlife viewing platform, television room, telephone, safe deposit, internet café, massage therapist, gym and in-house registered nurse. The entire lodge is non-smoking. All meals are buffet-style.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Monday, January 27 - Into the Heart of the Serengeti
Breakfast: In the lodge after an early morning game drive, our breakfast buffet offers eggs, bacon, potatoes, fresh fruit, pastries, breads, marmalades and jams, fruit juices, and coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We rise early and leave before breakfast to search for game -- and perhaps a fresh kill -- just as the sun rises over the Serengeti. Look for tracks as you see creatures of the Serengeti awake.

Lunch: In the lodge.

Afternoon: Before going back out on safari, we stop at the Serengeti Visitor Center for an illustrated presentation about the "Circle of Life.”

We return to the Serengeti plains to follow watering holes along the Seronera Creek in search of antelope and other creatures gathering to drink.

Dinner: In the lodge, enjoy a buffet with soup, salad, choice of entrée, breads and pastries, dessert, and fresh fruit plus coffee, tea, water.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Seronera Wildlife Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Speke Bay Lodge is located on the south-eastern shore of Lake Victoria in Tanzania, East Africa. It is 15 kilometers from the Serengeti National Park, and 125 kilometers north of Mwanza. Speke Bay is part of Speke Gulf, named after the famous explorer John Hanning Speke, who, in 1858, discovered Lake Victoria to be the source of the Nile. Embraced by savanna, the Lodge looks like a small village, stretched out along the shores of the lake. The main buildings and luxury accommodation are round in form, built to perfection, painted white and thatched with a grass roof in the traditional style of the local tribe, the Sukuma. Since the Lodge is outside but close to the Serengeti National Park, it is the ideal place to start or end your safari, or relax during your travels.

Contact info:
PO Box 953
Mwanza, Tanzania
phone: + N/A
web: http://www.spekebay.com/

Room amenities: All eight bungalows are situated along the shore of the lake. Each bungalow is a separate structure designed to ensure your privacy. The roofs are thatched with a thick layer of grass, providing excellent insulation. The custom-made furniture in solid Mkola wood adds to the warm and elegant atmosphere. An entrance hall gives access to a bathroom and a spacious main room. This room has a sleeping area with a large lockable cupboard (for your clothes and valuables) and a writing table. The sitting area has a huge French window opening on to a bougainvillaea-shaded veranda where your breakfast can be served. Each bungalow has a loft with two twin beds, making them suitable for families with children. The bathroom has a large table with a build-in basin, a spacious shower with hot water and a hygienic wall mounted toilet. All the appliances and fittings are the best on the market. The water system is state of the art, with a large sand filter, UV-treatment, and Ozone-injection. Bottled drinking water is available.

Facility amenities: Three separate round buildings are joined by a large terrace, which overlooks Lake Victoria. There is a well-stocked bar with a good choice of South African wines. The restaurant offers a blend of international and Tanzanian cuisine; and is specialised in fresh fish from the lake and uses vegetables and fruits from the local fields. Your breakfast or lunch can be served on the terrace of your bungalow at any time you wish, or a table will be set for you on the terrace of the restaurant or in the garden. Gift Shop A small, exclusive gift-shop focuses on regional art and handicraft. We buy straight from the artisans. This helps the local economy directly and they are encouraged to find more efficient, and quality-conscious ways to make their products.ent, and quality-conscious ways to make their products. We also sell articles from local women groups, like the Vema Women (Vema is a Swahili word for well being) organised by the Maryknoll Sisters, and the Tupen-dane Centre.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Tuesday, January 28 - On the Shores of Lake Victoria
Breakfast: Early in the lodge.

Morning: We check out of the lodge early and depart on a scenic drive through the Western Corridor that runs from the central Serengeti west to the park boundary and the shores of Lake Victoria. As we drive, watch for abundant resident wildlife along the way.

Lunch: We will have lunch at the Lodge on Lake Victoria, salad, sandwiches, and dessert plus water.

Afternoon: This afternoon we visit a local school to see and learn about the education system in Tanzania. During the visit, participants who wish to do so may present gifts they have brought of school supplies (such as coloring books, pens, pencils, note-pads, etc.) to the headmaster at a gathering of students.

We will embark on a birding walk (approximately 2 hours) in the late afternoon. Nearly 250 species of bush, swamp, and water birds have been spotted on the Lodge's 100 hectares (almost 250 acres) of gardens. Many birds indigenous to this area are not seen in the Serengeti. You will be provided with a checklist.

Dinner: Your choice of soup, salad, entrée, dessert, and bottled water.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Speke Bay Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Luxury Tented Camp

Description: Fig Tree camp is situated on the northern border of the Masai Mara Game Reserve on the Talek River.The Camp is situated on the northern border of the game reserve and its central location makes all areas of the park accessible during game drives.

Contact info:
Masai Mara National Reserve
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
phone: +254 20 605 328
web: www.madahotels.com/figtree/index.php

Room amenities: Standard safari tents are on permanent foundations with verandah, overlooking the Talek River and are equipped with two beds, mosquito netting and private bathroom with shower. Hot water bottles are provided each night and wake-up coffee or tea is delivered each morning.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; nightly turn-down service and small swimming pool. Power is supplied by generator from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Ten: Wednesday, January 29 - From the Shores of Lake Victoria and Into the Maa...
Breakfast: In the lodge, our breakfast buffet offers eggs, fruit, pastries, breads, marmalades and jams, juices, and coffee, tea, water.

Morning: As we leave the shores of Lake Victoria and head north to Kenya, you will notice quite different local architecture.

Crossing the border, we continue to Migori where a charter flight (approximately 30 minutes) takes us to the Masai Mara, with exciting view of the varied landscape. We land at a local airstrip approximately an hour’s drive from the lodge and board vehicles for a trip that is also a game drive.

We continue to Masai Mara Fig Tree Camp where we check in for 3 nights.

Lunch: At the camp, enjoy a selection of soup, salad, choice of entrée, breads and pastries, dessert, and fruit plus coffee, tea, water.

Afternoon: We set out on a game drive this afternoon, keeping watch for lion prides and the fastest of all big cats, the cheetah.

Dinner: At the camp, our buffet offers choices of soup, salad, choice of entrée, breads and pastries, dessert, and fruit plus coffee, tea, water.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Fig Tree Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Luxury Tented Camp

Description: Fig Tree camp is situated on the northern border of the Masai Mara Game Reserve on the Talek River.The Camp is situated on the northern border of the game reserve and its central location makes all areas of the park accessible during game drives.

Contact info:
Masai Mara National Reserve
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
phone: +254 20 605 328
web: www.madahotels.com/figtree/index.php

Room amenities: Standard safari tents are on permanent foundations with verandah, overlooking the Talek River and are equipped with two beds, mosquito netting and private bathroom with shower. Hot water bottles are provided each night and wake-up coffee or tea is delivered each morning.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; nightly turn-down service and small swimming pool. Power is supplied by generator from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eleven: Thursday, January 30 - Tracking the Big Five in the Masai Mara
Breakfast: In camp after a morning game drive, our breakfast buffet offers eggs, bacon, potatoes, fruit, pastries, breads, marmalades and jams, fruit juices, and coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We leave before breakfast and head to the Mara River as the sky brightens to observe hippos, crocodiles, and birdlife.

Back at the camp, we are joined by a local Maasai “moran” -- a young man developing strength, courage, and endurance -- for a nature walk through the gardens and the edges of the Maasai Mara Park. Learn about local plant life and look for insects and lizards.

Lunch: At the camp, enjoy a selection of soup, salad, choice of entrée, breads and pastries, dessert, and fruit plus coffee, tea, water.

Afternoon: This afternoon we set out in search of the endangered, elusive black rhinoceros whose population was decimated by poachers until regular patrols and successful arrests rendered the area safer. The population now stands at about 10 individual rhinos in the Mara Triangle.

Dinner: At the camp.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Fig Tree Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Luxury Tented Camp

Description: Fig Tree camp is situated on the northern border of the Masai Mara Game Reserve on the Talek River.The Camp is situated on the northern border of the game reserve and its central location makes all areas of the park accessible during game drives.

Contact info:
Masai Mara National Reserve
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
phone: +254 20 605 328
web: www.madahotels.com/figtree/index.php

Room amenities: Standard safari tents are on permanent foundations with verandah, overlooking the Talek River and are equipped with two beds, mosquito netting and private bathroom with shower. Hot water bottles are provided each night and wake-up coffee or tea is delivered each morning.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; nightly turn-down service and small swimming pool. Power is supplied by generator from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twelve: Friday, January 31 - Tracking the Big Five in the Maasai Mara.
Breakfast: In camp after the morning game drive.

Morning: At dawn, we observe the spectacular sunrise and depart on another game drive to look inside the animal kingdom. We then visit a local Masai Manyata Village to learn about local way of life and customs. You will see the living quarters of a family and may barter with villagers for handicrafts if you like.

Lunch: At the lodge.

Afternoon: Setting out on our final game drive, take in the extraordinary sights and sounds as you say farewell to the Masai Mara, then return to camp for a final presentation and wrap-up session with our Study Leader.

Dinner: Enjoy the companionship of new Road Scholar friends during our final dinner in the camp, sharing your favorite memories of the experience.

Evening: At leisure. Get a good night’s sleep for early departure to Nairobi in the morning.

Lodging: Fig Tree Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Eka Hotel is ideally located along Mombasa Road in Nairobi the capital city of Kenya. It is situated minutes away from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, 5km from Wilson Airport and 5km from the bustling central business district. The hotel is situated with convenient access to all the city's tourist attractions such as Nairobi National Park, Karen Blixen Museum, National Museum, Bomas of Kenya, and The Giraffe Centre. In addition, there is easy access to all key Government offices, corporates, diplomatic missions and industries. It also has easy reach to the city's main attractions, eateries and entertainment venues.

Contact info:
Along Mombasa Road
Nairobi, NA Kenya
phone: +254 719 045 000
web: http://www.ekahotel.com/

Room amenities: The room amenities include LCD flat screen TV, complimentary high speed internet ( with Wi-Fi hot spots through the hotel), personal bar, in room safety deposit box, complimentary coffee making facilities, direct dial International telephone. Hair dryers and iron/board available on request. Bathrooms feature separate toilet and shower with a glass-walled with rain shower.

Facility amenities: Dining: Galaxy Restaurant The Galaxy Restaurant overlooks the swimming pool. It is the ideal spot to enjoy well-selected breakfast buffets and all-day à la carte snack dining. Galaxy Bar The Galaxy Bar offers an array of cocktails, wines from all over the world, various liquors and beverages. Favourite bites and snacks to enjoy with the drinks. The Spur Restaurant The internationally acclaimed Spur restaurant is renowned for its selection of succulent steaks, delicious hamburgers, mouthwatering carveries, tasty chicken, seafood, salads and vegetarian meals. Leisure: The hotel offers a gym and an outdoor swimming pool set in lush gardens. Other hotel services include: Laundry and valet services, babysitting (prior arrangement necessary), hotel guests enjoy complimentary parking, guest transport, irons and ironing boards are available on request, business centre services, and concierge services, complimentary Wi-fi hotspots.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Request from provider
Pre and post nights are available for program number 18783. Please check with the provider for final price.


Day Thirteen: Saturday, February 01 - Return to Nairobi
Note: Travel today is lengthy but with scenic views. The drive from the camp in Masai Mara through the conservancy and the town of Narok will take at least 3 hours. The road is unpaved and can be rough. The drive from Narok to Nairobi is paved and should take about 3 hours (traffic permitting).

Breakfast: Early in the lodge.

Morning: We depart early for our return drive to Nairobi. All too soon, we leave the Mara behind and drive through the heart of Kenya on our way into the city.

Lunch: Depending on travel time, lunch will be at a restaurant en route or in Nairobi.

Afternoon: We check in to our hotel for 1 night.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the foods of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may also join the Group Leader for dinner at your own cost if you like.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Eka Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Fourteen: Sunday, February 02 - Elephant Orphanage / Giraffe Conservation
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Our first field trip this morning is to the renowned David Sheldrake Wildlife Trust, home of the Orphans’ Project that has achieved world-wide acclaim through its successful elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation program. The Orphans’ Project exists to offer hope for the future of Kenya’s threatened elephant and rhino populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory and horn, and the loss of habitat due to human population pressures and conflict, deforestation, and drought.

We move on to the Giraffe Center of AFEWK -- the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Kenya, founded in 1979. During a special presentation, learn about the work of AFEWK, especially efforts to increase the numbers of endangered Rothschild Giraffe at the Giraffe Center, where you will have the rare treat of hand-feeding these gentle giants and face them eye-to-eye from an elevated viewing platform.

Lunch: We will eat out together at a local restaurant for a final taste of Nairobi.

Afternoon: Returning to the hotel, you have the afternoon at leisure to pack and relax prior to your flight. (You will have the use of your room until 6:00 p.m.)

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the foods of your choice. We do not recommend going into town because of heavy traffic, and the airport has only a limited selection of sandwiches and drinks. There is a buffet overlooking the swimming pool and a restaurant offering steaks, hamburgers, carveries, chicken, seafood, salads, and vegetarian meals.

Evening: The motorcoach departs for the airport at approximately at 7:00 p.m.

We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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