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Intergenerational Kenya: Big Cats, Baby Elephants & Maasai Warriors

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Program #19687RJ
13 Days | 12 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 5,450 ft/Mara 5,200 ft/Lake Nakuru 5,769 ft

Itinerary for Jul 24 — Aug 5, 2014

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Day One: Thursday, July 24 - Depart the U.S. on Overnight Flights.
Depart From: Overnight flights from the U.S. to Nairobi, Kenya.

Type: Hotel

Description: Up the hill along Valley road and at the furthest foot of Kenyatta Avenue lies one of Kenya’s most sought-after tourism properties, Sarova Panafric. It is here where colonialism met pan-Africanism creating an exceptional meeting spot for varied world cultures. Sarova Panafric Hotel, boosts of rich & unrivalled history amassed over four decades since inception in 1965. When quests for Africa’s Independence raged in 1960’s, the Sarova Panafric hosted many of Africa nationalists. Sarova Panafric was the center of liberalism. That’s how the befitting name came into being, in the spirits of the Pan African movement. Even Kenya’s first president, H.E, the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta had a soft spot for the hotel! He inaugurated it on 5th January 1965. Since then; the hotel has continued to resonate with the best of Africa’s repertoire.

Contact info:
Up the hill on Kenyatta Avenue.
Nairobi., Kenya
phone: +254-20-2720822
web: www.sarovahotels.com/panafric

Room amenities: Each room is uniquely decorated and furnished. Features indluce wireless high-speed Internet access, irons, ironing boards, hairdryers satellite television, tea/coffee making facilities, 24-hour room service, digital direct-dial telephone and mini-bar.

Facility amenities: Sarova Panafric is home to one of the finest restaurant in town, the “Flame Tree.” The “Pool Garden” restaurant is open for lunch. There is a swimming pool available for all guests.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Subject to availability.
Please contact your program provider, Holbrook Travel, for additional information.


Day Two: Friday, July 25 - Arrivals to Nairobi, Kenya.
Evening: Arrival at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Proceed through Immigrations, Baggage Claim and Customs before exiting the secured area of the airport. If getting your visa upon arrival, please submit your completed visa application form, fee and valid passport at the visa booth before proceeding nearby to the Immigration counter.

The Road Scholar representative will be waiting outside the Customs exit door, in the arrivals hall, with a Road Scholar sign (only applies to Road Scholar group flights).

Transfer to the hotel and check-in.

Note: This is an international travel day. No meals are included, other than those provided on the international flights. Hotel rooms available for check-in starting at 3 p.m.

Lodging: Sarova Panafric

Type: Hotel

Description: Up the hill along Valley road and at the furthest foot of Kenyatta Avenue lies one of Kenya’s most sought-after tourism properties, Sarova Panafric. It is here where colonialism met pan-Africanism creating an exceptional meeting spot for varied world cultures. Sarova Panafric Hotel, boosts of rich & unrivalled history amassed over four decades since inception in 1965. When quests for Africa’s Independence raged in 1960’s, the Sarova Panafric hosted many of Africa nationalists. Sarova Panafric was the center of liberalism. That’s how the befitting name came into being, in the spirits of the Pan African movement. Even Kenya’s first president, H.E, the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta had a soft spot for the hotel! He inaugurated it on 5th January 1965. Since then; the hotel has continued to resonate with the best of Africa’s repertoire.

Contact info:
Up the hill on Kenyatta Avenue.
Nairobi., Kenya
phone: +254-20-2720822
web: www.sarovahotels.com/panafric

Room amenities: Each room is uniquely decorated and furnished. Features indluce wireless high-speed Internet access, irons, ironing boards, hairdryers satellite television, tea/coffee making facilities, 24-hour room service, digital direct-dial telephone and mini-bar.

Facility amenities: Sarova Panafric is home to one of the finest restaurant in town, the “Flame Tree.” The “Pool Garden” restaurant is open for lunch. There is a swimming pool available for all guests.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Subject to availability.
Please contact your program provider, Holbrook Travel, for additional information.


Day Three: Saturday, July 26 - Nairobi - Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage/Kenya Wil...
Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant.


Morning: After breakfast, enjoy a short program orientation with your group leader.

An introductory talk ('Saving Orphaned Elephants, Why Bother?') will prepare us for our morning field trip to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust- Orphan Project.

The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, located near Nairobi National Park, raises elephant calves and rhinos orphaned by poaching. The center was established by Daphne Sheldrick, widow of famed Tsavo game warden David Sheldrick. The orphanage is regularly open to the public in the mornings. At that time, visitors get to watch the playful calves being fed, exercised, and bathed. Once the animals are ready to be returned to the wild, they are transported to Tsavo National Park and reintroduced to resident herds.



Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.


Afternoon: Transfer to the Kenya Wildlife Headquarters and the animal orphanage.

While at the Kenya Wildlife Headquarters' animal orphanage watch the animals being fed, especially the big cats--lions and cheetahs. Learn how animals' teeth provide clues to the type of food they eat and where they live.

Return to the hotel. Before dinner, join in a group discussion about the wildlife seen during the day's activities. Children will be invited to select a specific animal to study throughout the program.

Following the wildlife discussion, enjoy a lesson on the basics of Swahili.


Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Sarova Panafric

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Colonial architecture, beautiful gardens, and scenic views help make this a perfect place to relax and enjoy your safari experience in the Rift Valley. The lodge is located approximately 1 hour and a half from Nairobi, and less than 30 minutes by car from Lake Nakuru National Park.

Contact info:
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Lake Elementaita, Kenya
phone: +254-50-50836/50648
web: www.jacarandahotels.com

Room amenities: The double occupancy rooms have private bathrooms, a fireplace, satelite TV, telephone, minibar, safety deposit box, and a small sitting area overlooking Lake Elementaita and the gardens.

Facility amenities: Lodge amenities include a restaurant, full service bar, conference room, swimming pool, tennis court, money exchange, laundry services, and gardens.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Sunday, July 27 - Lake Elementaita - National Museum/Excursion to ...
Lake Elementaita - National Museum/Excursion to Giraffe Center/Meeting a Maasai.

Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Depart for the National Museum for a follow-up on animal studies and an introduction to the early inhabitants of Kenya--some of the oldest on Earth.

Excursion to the Giraffe Center where you will have the chance to feed these gracious animals and learn about their extraordinary physiology.

The Giraffe Center is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1979 with the purpose of saving Kenya's endangered Rothschild Giraffe, indigenous to the Lake Nakuru area. In the late 1970s, only 130 Rothschild Giraffes existed in the wild, displaced by encroaching agriculture. Since its founding, the Giraffe Center has been able to increase the giraffe population by raising and relocating the giraffes to protected wildlife parks and reserves. The center welcomes visitors of all ages to enjoy a close encounter with these gentle giants for a unique hands-on learning experience.



Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Depart for Lake Elementaita with an introduction to the Great African Rift Valley from a lookout point en route.

Arrive at your lodge and enjoy some free time to explore the lodge grounds or simply relax before your evening activities.

Before dinner, meet your first Maasai for a talk about the significance of Lake Elementaita in the history of the Maasai people.



Dinner: At the lodge.

Lodging: Lake Elementaita Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Lodge located in the Lake Nakuru National Park, with views of the flamingo dotted lake.

Contact info:
No info.
Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
phone: +254 202-732965
web: www.lakenakurulodge.org

Room amenities: Mosquito nets, phone, and balcony/terrace.

Facility amenities: Pool, gift shop, laundry services, and restaurant.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Monday, July 28 - Lake Nakuru - Nature Walk with a Maasai/Mwariki...
Lake Nakuru - Nature Walk with a Maasai/Mwariki Village Visit/Game Drive in Lake Nakuru National Park

Breakfast: At lodge restaurant.

Morning: After breakfast, join a Maasai naturalist on a nature walk from the lodge to the shore of the lake. Enjoy an introduction to the bush lore of the Masai, observe flamingoes and discuss their migratory patterns in the Rift Valley.

Return to the lodge and free time until lunch.

Lunch: At lodge restaurant.

Afternoon: Depart for the Mwariki Village, located at the entrance to the Lake Nakuru National Park. Learn about life in a rural village and participate in a bead making session organized by the ladies of this community.

Continue into the Lake Nakuru National Park for our first game drive and an introduction to the animals of the park.

Return to the lodge late in the afternoon. Review the day's activities with your group leader, followed by a discussion on Lake Nakuru's successful rhino breeding project--the most effective project of its kind in Kenya.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Evening: Local entertainment provided by the lodge.

Lodging: Lake Nakuru Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Lodge located in the Lake Nakuru National Park, with views of the flamingo dotted lake.

Contact info:
No info.
Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
phone: +254 202-732965
web: www.lakenakurulodge.org

Room amenities: Mosquito nets, phone, and balcony/terrace.

Facility amenities: Pool, gift shop, laundry services, and restaurant.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Tuesday, July 29 - Lake Nakuru - Rhino Base/Game Drives
Breakfast: At lodge restaurant.

Morning: Early morning game drive to the Rhino Base for further discussion on the rhino followed by an intense search for these tank-like animals. Return to the lake shore for a discussion of the different eating habits of the Greater and Lesser Flamingo and find out how the food they eat affects their color. Search for the elusive leopard and study a large troop of baboons to learn about their social habits. Continue to the lookout point for a "spot the animal" competition.

Return to the lodge.

Lunch: At the lodge.

Afternoon: After lunch, take advantage of your free time to enjoy the pool, catch-up on your reading, or get some rest before resuming activities later in the day.

Get together for tea and cookies, then embark on an afternoon game drive to observe how animals prepare for the night.

Return to the lodge for a review of the day's activities and an orientation session in preparation for your up and coming visit to the Kariandusi archaeological site.

Karibu! Gather around for another Swahili lesson.



Dinner: At the lodge.

Lodging: Lake Nakuru Lodge

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

Description: Permanent tented camp built on the shores of Crater Lake, a green soda lake located within the private Crater Lake Game Sanctuary. The camp's eleven tents blend easily with the landscape, offering privacy and close contact with nature.

Contact info:
Entrance near the Kogoni Police Station
Naivasha, Kenya
phone: +(254-50) 2020613
web: www.mericagrouphotels.com

Room amenities: Each permanent tent has a veranda with seating area overlooking the lake. The cozy tents have four-poster beds and en suite bathrooms with shower and flush toilets.

Facility amenities: The main restaurant and dining area is decorated in a rustic African style, with a tall thatched roof and views of the green lake. Drinks and snacks are available throughout the day. The camp has a conference room that can fit up to 25 people.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Wednesday, July 30 - Crater Lake - Kariandusi Pre-historic Site/Lake...
Breakfast: At the lodge.

Morning: Depart for the Kariandusi pre-historic site for a presentation on the Stone Age community that inhabited that location. Learn how they made their hand axes and watch one being made.

Dr. Louis Leakey, famed archaeologist and naturalist, discovered Kariandusi (an Acheulean site) near Lake Elementaita in 1928. Excavations (1929-1947) conducted at this location uncovered many Stone-Age implements including knives and hand axes. Interesting on-site exhibits showcase the archaeological finds.

Depart for Lake Naivasha with a short presentation on the different activities associated with the lake such as fishing and flower growing.



Lunch: At a local restaurant on the shores of Lake Naivasha.

Afternoon: Embark on a scenic boat ride on Lake Naivasha, skirting the shores of Crescent Island in search of animals that have the been the "stars" of many nature movies. Also, be on the look-out for African Fish Eagles as you cross the lake. These endangered raptors can sometimes be spotted snatching up unsuspecting fish out of the lake waters and carrying them away in their strong tallons.

Upon entering the Crater Lake Sanctuary, enjoy a short game drive looking for zebras, giraffes, warthogs, elands, and monkeys.

Arrive at the camp overlooking the crater lake. Free time to settle-in and relax.

As the last rays of sun slip below the horizon, we will gather around the camp fire for a story telling session.



Dinner: At the camp.

Lodging: Crater Lake Tented Camp

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

Description: Permanent tented camp built on the shores of Crater Lake, a green soda lake located within the private Crater Lake Game Sanctuary. The camp's eleven tents blend easily with the landscape, offering privacy and close contact with nature.

Contact info:
Entrance near the Kogoni Police Station
Naivasha, Kenya
phone: +(254-50) 2020613
web: www.mericagrouphotels.com

Room amenities: Each permanent tent has a veranda with seating area overlooking the lake. The cozy tents have four-poster beds and en suite bathrooms with shower and flush toilets.

Facility amenities: The main restaurant and dining area is decorated in a rustic African style, with a tall thatched roof and views of the green lake. Drinks and snacks are available throughout the day. The camp has a conference room that can fit up to 25 people.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Thursday, July 31 - Crater Lake - Nature Walks at Crater Lake and G...
Breakfast: Enjoy some early morning coffee and cookies at the camp while the local guide provides an enlightening introduction to the sounds of the morning.

Breakfast to follow.



Morning: On a guided nature walk around Crater Lake, search for monkeys and learn to identify the prints left behind by animals that visit the lake during the night. A short hike to the rim of the crater provides the opportunity to discuss the formation of the crater from a geological perspective.

Continue to the wildlife sanctuary with the naturalist guide for a rare opportunity to walk amongst the animals. To quietly stalk a browsing giraffe or a grazing eland gives a realistic perspective of the size and the beauty of these large animals.



Lunch: BBQ at the camp.

Afternoon: After lunch, meet in the conference room to watch a video presentation. An afternoon walk in the vicinity of the lake will focus on animal tracks and how to identify them.



Dinner: Dinner at the camp.

Evening: A night game drive in the sanctuary will introduce us to the eyes and sounds of the night.

Lodging: Crater Lake Tented Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Tents

Description: Nyumbu is a traditional tented camp tucked in the wildebeests migration plains, on the edge of the Masai Mara Game Reserve (near Talek Gate). The unfenced camp looks out on rolling hills and vast grassy plains dotted with wildlife. Ol Kiombo Airstrip is located approximately 16 miles/30 minutes away.

Contact info:
Kiveni House, Gatundu Close
Off Gatundu Road
Kileleshwa, Kenya
phone: +254-20-4347417
web: www.maasaimara-nyumbu.com

Room amenities: The camp has medium sized, fully insect-proof, custom designed tents (13) equipped with proper bed, linen, bedside tables, rugs, and a small veranda. Electricity is supplied by solar power. Bathrooms are en-suite and are equipped with hot-shower and eco-toilet.

Facility amenities: Reception desk, dining tent, fully-equipped bar with lounge area, and laundry service (at additional cost). Staff provide early morning wake-up calls with tea or coffee. Paved paths lead from the main buildings to the tented accommodations. The camp grounds are patrolled 24-hours by guards. Electricity in the tents is supplied through an integrated solar system. There is an inverter system off the generator (batteries can also be charged on this system).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Friday, August 01 - Masai Mara - Nature Walk with a Maasai Warrior/...
Breakfast: At the camp.

Morning: Depart for the Masai Mara.


Lunch: Box lunch en route.



Afternoon: Orientation to the camp and presentation on the Masai Mara, Kenya's most famous reserve, by the resident Maasai naturalist.

A nature walk with a Maasai warrior will address the dos and don'ts when encountering wild animals.

Camp fire stories with a Maasai warrior.



Dinner: At the camp.

Evening: After dinner, learn about the Great Migration during a video presentation.

Lodging: Nyumbu Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Tents

Description: Nyumbu is a traditional tented camp tucked in the wildebeests migration plains, on the edge of the Masai Mara Game Reserve (near Talek Gate). The unfenced camp looks out on rolling hills and vast grassy plains dotted with wildlife. Ol Kiombo Airstrip is located approximately 16 miles/30 minutes away.

Contact info:
Kiveni House, Gatundu Close
Off Gatundu Road
Kileleshwa, Kenya
phone: +254-20-4347417
web: www.maasaimara-nyumbu.com

Room amenities: The camp has medium sized, fully insect-proof, custom designed tents (13) equipped with proper bed, linen, bedside tables, rugs, and a small veranda. Electricity is supplied by solar power. Bathrooms are en-suite and are equipped with hot-shower and eco-toilet.

Facility amenities: Reception desk, dining tent, fully-equipped bar with lounge area, and laundry service (at additional cost). Staff provide early morning wake-up calls with tea or coffee. Paved paths lead from the main buildings to the tented accommodations. The camp grounds are patrolled 24-hours by guards. Electricity in the tents is supplied through an integrated solar system. There is an inverter system off the generator (batteries can also be charged on this system).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Ten: Saturday, August 02 - Masai Mara - Game Drives in the Mara
Breakfast: Early breakfast at the camp.

Morning: Depart for a game drive in the Masai Mara. The focus will be on bit cats--lion, leopard, and cheetah--with discussions and observation of their different hunting strategies and social structure. Also, expect to see your first elephants in the wild and learn how members of a family of elephants help each other.

As we approach the Mara River, the focus turns to the Great Migration. Marvel at the long lines of wildebeest and zebra moving through the rolling savannah grasslands on their annual 800 mile journey in search of food.

Lunch: Picnic lunch in the Mara.

Afternoon: After lunch, continue with your game drive in the Masai Mara.

Return to the camp. Before dinner, enjoy a camp fire orientation with a Maasai warrior in preparation for your up and coming visit to a Maasai village.

Swahili lessons before dinner.



Dinner: At the camp.

Lodging: Nyumbu Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Tents

Description: Nyumbu is a traditional tented camp tucked in the wildebeests migration plains, on the edge of the Masai Mara Game Reserve (near Talek Gate). The unfenced camp looks out on rolling hills and vast grassy plains dotted with wildlife. Ol Kiombo Airstrip is located approximately 16 miles/30 minutes away.

Contact info:
Kiveni House, Gatundu Close
Off Gatundu Road
Kileleshwa, Kenya
phone: +254-20-4347417
web: www.maasaimara-nyumbu.com

Room amenities: The camp has medium sized, fully insect-proof, custom designed tents (13) equipped with proper bed, linen, bedside tables, rugs, and a small veranda. Electricity is supplied by solar power. Bathrooms are en-suite and are equipped with hot-shower and eco-toilet.

Facility amenities: Reception desk, dining tent, fully-equipped bar with lounge area, and laundry service (at additional cost). Staff provide early morning wake-up calls with tea or coffee. Paved paths lead from the main buildings to the tented accommodations. The camp grounds are patrolled 24-hours by guards. Electricity in the tents is supplied through an integrated solar system. There is an inverter system off the generator (batteries can also be charged on this system).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eleven: Sunday, August 03 - Masai Mara - Learning the Ways of the Maasai/Vi...
Breakfast: At the camp.

Morning: Walk with a Maasai warrior to understand the movements of the wild animals by studying their hoof prints and droppings. Learn how the Maasai protect themselves from a wild animal attack by using their fighting sticks, spears, and bows and arrows. Practice the same drills that warriors do to become proficient with their weapons. Learn how to make fire by creating friction with a stick and piece of wood and make a toothbrush from a tree branch--the Maasai way.

Meet local teachers and school children during a visit to a rural school (if in session). ***Although not required, previous participants have enjoyed taking basic school supplies to donate to the school.***

Lunch: At the camp.

Afternoon: Take part in a Maasai ritual in preparation for the farewell dinner.

During a visit to a local Maasai village, mingle with the young children as they herd the calves and goats back to the village for the night. Count the cows as they return to the village and participate in their milking. Help to settle the calves into the huts and spend time in the hut learning about the Maasai way of life.

Return to the camp.



Dinner: Farewell dinner at the camp with a Maasai celebration.

Evening: Continue dancing with the Masai, learning about the meaning of their different dances.

Lodging: Nyumbu Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twelve: Monday, August 04 - Return to Nairobi and Departures
Arrive To: At the camp.

Morning: Begin transfer to Nairobi.

Lunch: In Nairobi at a local hotel.

Afternoon: Participants will be accommodated at the Panari Hotel until it is time to depart for the airport (check-out at 6 p.m.). Enjoy time at leisure to finish packing, make use of hotel amenities, or simply relax before your international flights.

Enjoy some snacks at the hotel before leaving for the airport.

Transfer to the airport and check-in for international overnight flights.

Meals Included: Lunch
Day Thirteen: Tuesday, August 05 - Arrive in the U.S.
Arrive To: International flight arrivals to the U.S.


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