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Adventures Afloat: An Epic Adventure: Karen Blixen’s Kenya and 10 Islands of the Seychelles by Yacht

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Program #21442RJ
17 Days | 16 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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Elevation Note
The Masai Mara Reserve is located at approximately 4,875 to 7,052 ft above sea level.

Itinerary for Jun 3 — Jun 19, 2015

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Day One: Wednesday, June 03 - Depart from the U.S.
Depart From: Depart from the U.S.

Day Two: Thursday, June 04 - Seychelles - Flight to Seychelles
Note: This program is designed around an Emirates flight schedule and the participants’ date of departure from the US will depend on the flight/air schedule that they choose. Since Emirates schedule is via Dubai, participants who wish to extend their stay in Dubai should contact the program provider for details.

In Transit Overnight: This is an international travel day. No meals are included, other than those provided on the international flights.


Type: Hotel

Description: Surrounded by lush gardens and crystal clear waters, serenity awaits you. Situated on the Northwest coast of the largest island in the Seychelles, Mahe.

Ship Information: N/A

Contact info:
P.O. Box 550, Victoria
Mahe, Seychelles
phone: +2484287287
web: http://www.berjayahotel.com/mahe/en/home

Room amenities: AC, telephone, mini bar, tea and coffee maker, shower, safe.

Facility amenities: The hotel has 3 restaurants, 3 bars, meeting rooms, business center, foreign currency exchange, laundry, massage, gift shop, casino, swimming pool, gymnasium, tennis courts, billiards, water sports center.

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


Day Three: Friday, June 05 - Seychelles - Arrival Mahé Island/Orientation...
Note: Hotel check-in typically begins at 3 p.m. We will store our luggage at the hotel, but our rooms might not be ready upon arrival.

Arrive To: Upon arrival to Seychelles’ International Airport at Victoria, Mahé , proceed through Immigrations, Baggage Claim and Customs before exiting the secured area of the airport. The Road Scholar representative will be waiting just outside the exit door with a Road Scholar sign.

Transfer to your hotel.


Breakfast: At the hotel.


Morning: After breakfast, take part in a full day exploration of Mahé, including a visit to the Victoria Market.


Lunch: At a local restaurant.


Afternoon: Continue with local explorations.
Arrive to the hotel.
Free time to enjoy the hotel surroundings or the beach.


Dinner: "Welcome to Seychelles" Dinner at the hotel.


Lodging: Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The MY Pegasus is a 147.6-foot twin-hulled ship able to accommodate up to 44 guests in 23 comfortable cabins. The ship was built in 1990, completely refitted in 1997, and renovated in the winter of 2009/2010.

Ship Information: Launched: 1992 Rebuilt: 1997 Length: 45.00 meters Breadth: 11.00 meters Draft: 3.00 meters Crew: 16 - 18 persons Cruising speed: 10.00 knots Cabins: 23

Contact info:
Variety Cruises
494 8th Ave, 22nd floor
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 800-319-7776
web: http://www.varietycruies.com

Room amenities: All cabins are outside facing with portholes or large windows and equiped with private bathrooms, hairdryers, individual climate control, onboard phones, safety deposit boxes, TV, and radios. Voltage on the ship is 220V and cabins are equipped with European-style plugs, so adapters and converters are necessary. Smoking is not allowed in the cabins or any other indoor sections of the ship.

Facility amenities: Dining room, bar/lounge area, outdoor restaurant, library, and mini-spa. A spacious Sun Deck with lounge chairs invites guests to relax, enjoy the scenery, and breathe some refreshing sea air. Extra/optional onboard services are priced in EUROS. The ship establishes an onboard account for each guest at the start of the cruise. Full payment is due at the conclusion of the cruise. Travellers checks and credit cards are acceptable forms of payment (ship uses official exchange rates).

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


Day Four: Saturday, June 06 - Seychelles - Program Orientation/Embark M/Y...
Breakfast: Late breakfast at the hotel.


Morning: Program Orientation.

Join your group leader and fellow Road Scholar participants in a welcome and introduction session at the hotel. We will review the up-to-date daily 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 rest of the morning will be on your own to enjoy the beach, water sports or shopping around the hotel.


Lunch: At the hotel.


Afternoon: Transfer to ship for embarkation between 3:00 or 4:00pm.

Welcome cocktail and safety drill.

Depart Port Victoria and sail for St. Anne Island, whose calm, clear waters are perfect for a swimming break. It is one of the inner islands in the Seychelles and hosts one of the most important nesting sites for Hawksbill turtles.


Dinner: Welcome dinner onboard.


Evening: Evening free and anchor overnight at St. Anne Island.


Lodging: M/Y Pegasus

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The MY Pegasus is a 147.6-foot twin-hulled ship able to accommodate up to 44 guests in 23 comfortable cabins. The ship was built in 1990, completely refitted in 1997, and renovated in the winter of 2009/2010.

Ship Information: Launched: 1992 Rebuilt: 1997 Length: 45.00 meters Breadth: 11.00 meters Draft: 3.00 meters Crew: 16 - 18 persons Cruising speed: 10.00 knots Cabins: 23

Contact info:
Variety Cruises
494 8th Ave, 22nd floor
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 800-319-7776
web: http://www.varietycruies.com

Room amenities: All cabins are outside facing with portholes or large windows and equiped with private bathrooms, hairdryers, individual climate control, onboard phones, safety deposit boxes, TV, and radios. Voltage on the ship is 220V and cabins are equipped with European-style plugs, so adapters and converters are necessary. Smoking is not allowed in the cabins or any other indoor sections of the ship.

Facility amenities: Dining room, bar/lounge area, outdoor restaurant, library, and mini-spa. A spacious Sun Deck with lounge chairs invites guests to relax, enjoy the scenery, and breathe some refreshing sea air. Extra/optional onboard services are priced in EUROS. The ship establishes an onboard account for each guest at the start of the cruise. Full payment is due at the conclusion of the cruise. Travellers checks and credit cards are acceptable forms of payment (ship uses official exchange rates).

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


Day Five: Sunday, June 07 - Seychelles - St. Anne/Curieuse Island visit
Breakfast: Onboard the ship.


Morning: Early departure from St. Anne Island to reach the uninhabited island of Curieuse, once a leper colony and home to giant tortoises and the unique Coco de Mer palms.

Walking excursion on the island.


Lunch: On board the ship.


Afternoon: Afternoon free to enjoy beach activities.


Dinner: On board the ship.


Evening: Free time to enjoy the ships amenities. Overnight anchor at Curieuse.


Lodging: M/Y Pegasus

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The MY Pegasus is a 147.6-foot twin-hulled ship able to accommodate up to 44 guests in 23 comfortable cabins. The ship was built in 1990, completely refitted in 1997, and renovated in the winter of 2009/2010.

Ship Information: Launched: 1992 Rebuilt: 1997 Length: 45.00 meters Breadth: 11.00 meters Draft: 3.00 meters Crew: 16 - 18 persons Cruising speed: 10.00 knots Cabins: 23

Contact info:
Variety Cruises
494 8th Ave, 22nd floor
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 800-319-7776
web: http://www.varietycruies.com

Room amenities: All cabins are outside facing with portholes or large windows and equiped with private bathrooms, hairdryers, individual climate control, onboard phones, safety deposit boxes, TV, and radios. Voltage on the ship is 220V and cabins are equipped with European-style plugs, so adapters and converters are necessary. Smoking is not allowed in the cabins or any other indoor sections of the ship.

Facility amenities: Dining room, bar/lounge area, outdoor restaurant, library, and mini-spa. A spacious Sun Deck with lounge chairs invites guests to relax, enjoy the scenery, and breathe some refreshing sea air. Extra/optional onboard services are priced in EUROS. The ship establishes an onboard account for each guest at the start of the cruise. Full payment is due at the conclusion of the cruise. Travellers checks and credit cards are acceptable forms of payment (ship uses official exchange rates).

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


Day Six: Monday, June 08 - Seychelles - Curieuse/Cousin Island/Anse Laz...
Breakfast: On board the ship.


Morning: This morning we sail for Cousin Island for excursion to the Bird Sanctuary. It became the world's first internationally owned reserve when it was purchased by the International Council for the Protection of Birds, now known as Birdlife International.

The last remaining population of the Seychelles warblers were saved by this organization.


Lunch: On board the ship.


Afternoon: Sail to Anse Lazio, Praslin, considered one of the best beaches in the archipelago. Afternoon free to enjoy beach activities.


Dinner: On board the ship.


Evening: Evening free and at anchor.


Lodging: M/Y Pegasus

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The MY Pegasus is a 147.6-foot twin-hulled ship able to accommodate up to 44 guests in 23 comfortable cabins. The ship was built in 1990, completely refitted in 1997, and renovated in the winter of 2009/2010.

Ship Information: Launched: 1992 Rebuilt: 1997 Length: 45.00 meters Breadth: 11.00 meters Draft: 3.00 meters Crew: 16 - 18 persons Cruising speed: 10.00 knots Cabins: 23

Contact info:
Variety Cruises
494 8th Ave, 22nd floor
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 800-319-7776
web: http://www.varietycruies.com

Room amenities: All cabins are outside facing with portholes or large windows and equiped with private bathrooms, hairdryers, individual climate control, onboard phones, safety deposit boxes, TV, and radios. Voltage on the ship is 220V and cabins are equipped with European-style plugs, so adapters and converters are necessary. Smoking is not allowed in the cabins or any other indoor sections of the ship.

Facility amenities: Dining room, bar/lounge area, outdoor restaurant, library, and mini-spa. A spacious Sun Deck with lounge chairs invites guests to relax, enjoy the scenery, and breathe some refreshing sea air. Extra/optional onboard services are priced in EUROS. The ship establishes an onboard account for each guest at the start of the cruise. Full payment is due at the conclusion of the cruise. Travellers checks and credit cards are acceptable forms of payment (ship uses official exchange rates).

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


Day Seven: Tuesday, June 09 - Seychelles - Aride Nature Reserve/ St. Pier...
Seychelles -
Aride Nature Reserve/ St. Pierre/Baie St. Anne,Praslin


Breakfast: On board the ship.


Morning: Morning departure for Aride, a nature reserve managed by the Island Conservation Society of Seychelles.

Our excursion will take us to the top of the island for fantastic views. Home to the Wright's Gardenia, found nowhere else on earth, we also look for the bird species, such as the Tropical Shearwater, Seychelles Warbler, Lesser Noddy and Roseate Terns.


Lunch: On board the ship.


Afternoon: Arrival to St. Pierre for an afternoon of snorkeling and swimming on this quintessential Seychelles island. We leave St. Pierre for a sunset sail to Baie St. Anne, Praslin.


Dinner: On board the ship.


Evening: Creole night on board and overnight at dock.


Lodging: M/Y Pegasus

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The MY Pegasus is a 147.6-foot twin-hulled ship able to accommodate up to 44 guests in 23 comfortable cabins. The ship was built in 1990, completely refitted in 1997, and renovated in the winter of 2009/2010.

Ship Information: Launched: 1992 Rebuilt: 1997 Length: 45.00 meters Breadth: 11.00 meters Draft: 3.00 meters Crew: 16 - 18 persons Cruising speed: 10.00 knots Cabins: 23

Contact info:
Variety Cruises
494 8th Ave, 22nd floor
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 800-319-7776
web: http://www.varietycruies.com

Room amenities: All cabins are outside facing with portholes or large windows and equiped with private bathrooms, hairdryers, individual climate control, onboard phones, safety deposit boxes, TV, and radios. Voltage on the ship is 220V and cabins are equipped with European-style plugs, so adapters and converters are necessary. Smoking is not allowed in the cabins or any other indoor sections of the ship.

Facility amenities: Dining room, bar/lounge area, outdoor restaurant, library, and mini-spa. A spacious Sun Deck with lounge chairs invites guests to relax, enjoy the scenery, and breathe some refreshing sea air. Extra/optional onboard services are priced in EUROS. The ship establishes an onboard account for each guest at the start of the cruise. Full payment is due at the conclusion of the cruise. Travellers checks and credit cards are acceptable forms of payment (ship uses official exchange rates).

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


Day Eight: Wednesday, June 10 - Seychelles - Vallee de Mai Reserve/Praslin,...
Seychelles -
Vallee de Mai Reserve/Praslin, Baie St. Anne, Praslin - Felicite – La Digue


Breakfast: On board the ship.


Morning: Morning excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Vallée de Mai Preserve, known for the Coco de Mer palms,Vanilla Orchids and endemic species such as the Seychelles Bulbul and the Black Parrot.


Lunch: On board the ship.


Afternoon: Afternoon sailing to Felicite for snorkeling on this uninhabited island.
Evening sailing to La Digue.


Dinner: On board the ship.


Evening: Evening at leisure. Overnight at anchor.


Lodging: M/Y Pegasus

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The MY Pegasus is a 147.6-foot twin-hulled ship able to accommodate up to 44 guests in 23 comfortable cabins. The ship was built in 1990, completely refitted in 1997, and renovated in the winter of 2009/2010.

Ship Information: Launched: 1992 Rebuilt: 1997 Length: 45.00 meters Breadth: 11.00 meters Draft: 3.00 meters Crew: 16 - 18 persons Cruising speed: 10.00 knots Cabins: 23

Contact info:
Variety Cruises
494 8th Ave, 22nd floor
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 800-319-7776
web: http://www.varietycruies.com

Room amenities: All cabins are outside facing with portholes or large windows and equiped with private bathrooms, hairdryers, individual climate control, onboard phones, safety deposit boxes, TV, and radios. Voltage on the ship is 220V and cabins are equipped with European-style plugs, so adapters and converters are necessary. Smoking is not allowed in the cabins or any other indoor sections of the ship.

Facility amenities: Dining room, bar/lounge area, outdoor restaurant, library, and mini-spa. A spacious Sun Deck with lounge chairs invites guests to relax, enjoy the scenery, and breathe some refreshing sea air. Extra/optional onboard services are priced in EUROS. The ship establishes an onboard account for each guest at the start of the cruise. Full payment is due at the conclusion of the cruise. Travellers checks and credit cards are acceptable forms of payment (ship uses official exchange rates).

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


Day Nine: Thursday, June 11 - Seychelles - La Digue/Moyenne
Breakfast: On board the ship.


Morning: All day excursion in La Digue, the quaint community in the Seychelles where oxcarts and bicycles still outnumber cars. Take a refreshing swim at Anse de Source d’ Argent.


Lunch: On board the ship.


Afternoon: Sail to Moyenne Island, a national park preserved by Brendon Grimshaw, who cared for the island and its giant tortoises for nearly 40 years.


Dinner: On board the ship.


Evening: Evening at leisure. Overnight at anchor.


Lodging: M/Y Pegasus

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The MY Pegasus is a 147.6-foot twin-hulled ship able to accommodate up to 44 guests in 23 comfortable cabins. The ship was built in 1990, completely refitted in 1997, and renovated in the winter of 2009/2010.

Ship Information: Launched: 1992 Rebuilt: 1997 Length: 45.00 meters Breadth: 11.00 meters Draft: 3.00 meters Crew: 16 - 18 persons Cruising speed: 10.00 knots Cabins: 23

Contact info:
Variety Cruises
494 8th Ave, 22nd floor
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 800-319-7776
web: http://www.varietycruies.com

Room amenities: All cabins are outside facing with portholes or large windows and equiped with private bathrooms, hairdryers, individual climate control, onboard phones, safety deposit boxes, TV, and radios. Voltage on the ship is 220V and cabins are equipped with European-style plugs, so adapters and converters are necessary. Smoking is not allowed in the cabins or any other indoor sections of the ship.

Facility amenities: Dining room, bar/lounge area, outdoor restaurant, library, and mini-spa. A spacious Sun Deck with lounge chairs invites guests to relax, enjoy the scenery, and breathe some refreshing sea air. Extra/optional onboard services are priced in EUROS. The ship establishes an onboard account for each guest at the start of the cruise. Full payment is due at the conclusion of the cruise. Travellers checks and credit cards are acceptable forms of payment (ship uses official exchange rates).

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


Day Ten: Friday, June 12 - Seychelles - Moyenne Island/Mahe/Inter Isla...
Breakfast: On board the ship.


Morning: Visit Moyenne Island for your last opportunity to swim in the beautiful waters of the Seychelles.


Lunch: BBQ on the beach.


Afternoon: Afternoon departure to Mahé’s Victoria port.

Late afternoon arrival to the Inter Island Quay, Mahé.


Dinner: Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.


Evening: Evening at leisure and anchor at Mahé.


Lodging: M/Y Pegasus

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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:
PO Box 30486 Valley Road
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


Day Eleven: Saturday, June 13 - Nairobi - Disembarkation/Victoria, Mahé/Flig...
Nairobi -
Disembarkation/Victoria, Mahé/Flight to Nairobi - Orientation


Breakfast: On board the ship.


Morning: Disembark from ship approximately 9:00 to 10:00 am.

Transfer to airport for your early afternoon flight to Nairobi.


Lunch: Served on the flight to Nairobi, Kenya.


Afternoon: Late afternoon arrival into Nairobi.

After concluding Immigration and Customs procedures, meet the Road Scholar representative (outside the secured area) and transfer to the hotel.

Arrive at the hotel and check-in.

Before dinner join your group leader for a program orientation for Kenya followed by a lecture.
Lecture: "Kenya Today, A Legacy of the Past".


Dinner: At the hotel.


Lodging: Sarova Panafric

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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:
PO Box 30486 Valley Road
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


Day Twelve: Sunday, June 14 - Nairobi - Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage/ Kar...
Nairobi -
Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage/ Karen Blixen House/Giraffe Center


Breakfast: At the hotel.


Morning: After breakfast, 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: At a local restaurant.


Afternoon: After lunch, transfer to Karen Blixen's house (now a national museum). The colonial plantation house was the home of Baroness Karen Blixen, who ran a coffee plantation in Kenya from 1914 to 1931. Her struggles and romance with British hunter Finch-Hatton are immortalized in her autobiography, Out of Africa (under the pen name Isak Dinesen).

Follow your museum visit with a field trip to Giraffe Center with site lecture. The center was created in 1979 in an effort to save 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.

Return to the hotel.


Dinner: At the hotel.


Lodging: Sarova Panafric

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

Description: This luxurious eco-friendly camp is strategically located on the edges of the famous Mara River. Its 22 large canvas tents offer elegant and comfortable accommodations with views of the nearby river. A main building, raised on a beautiful wooden deck, houses the restaurant, reception, bar, and gift shop. Authentic reproductions of Karen Blixen's furniture adorn the common areas and provide a sense of being back in time.

Contact info:
Masai Mara
Masai Mara, 00000 Kenya
phone: +254 7730 63863
web: karenblixencamp.com/

Room amenities: Each canvas tent is set on a wooden platform base with a roof. Tents have electricity (supplied by solar panels), en suite bathrooms with flush toilets and showers, and a spaceous veranda. Furnishings include colorful rugs and pillows, a comfortable armchair, minibar, and an inviting chaise longue.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge and bar, gift shop with internet, swimming pool, and massage services.

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


Day Thirteen: Monday, June 15 - Masai Mara - Flight from Nairobi to Masai M...
Masai Mara -
Flight from Nairobi to Masai Mara / Afternoon game drive


Breakfast: At the hotel.


Morning: Transfer to Nairobi's Wilson Airport to board a flight to the Mara North Conservancy Airstrip.


Lunch: Arrive in the Masai Mara and transfer to the camp, arriving in time for a late lunch.


Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon at the camp. Take the opportunity to relax by the pool, do some "armchair game viewing" from your tent veranda, or maybe pamper your tired muscles with a soothing massage treatment.


Dinner: At the camp.


Lodging: Karen Blixen Camp

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

Description: This luxurious eco-friendly camp is strategically located on the edges of the famous Mara River. Its 22 large canvas tents offer elegant and comfortable accommodations with views of the nearby river. A main building, raised on a beautiful wooden deck, houses the restaurant, reception, bar, and gift shop. Authentic reproductions of Karen Blixen's furniture adorn the common areas and provide a sense of being back in time.

Contact info:
Masai Mara
Masai Mara, 00000 Kenya
phone: +254 7730 63863
web: karenblixencamp.com/

Room amenities: Each canvas tent is set on a wooden platform base with a roof. Tents have electricity (supplied by solar panels), en suite bathrooms with flush toilets and showers, and a spaceous veranda. Furnishings include colorful rugs and pillows, a comfortable armchair, minibar, and an inviting chaise longue.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge and bar, gift shop with internet, swimming pool, and massage services.

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


Day Fourteen: Tuesday, June 16 - Masai Mara - Morning Game Drive/Lectures/Ma...
Morning: Early this morning enjoy some coffee/tea and cookies before embarking on a game drive.

Big cats will be the focus of this morning's target species game drive.

The open savannah grasslands of the Mara is the favorite habitat of the big cats – the lion and the cheetah. Here the cheetahs use their superior speed to run down antelope in a well-rehearsed hunting routine which we might be fortunate to witness. There is a possibility to see a pride of lion gorging on the remains of their successful hunt from the previous night.

Return to the camp.


Brunch: Late breakfast at the camp, followed by free time.


Lunch: At the camp.


Afternoon: Free time to rest and relax at the camp. The camp grounds are on the banks of the Mara River, an ideal spot for game viewing.

Lecture: "The Rituals and Culture of the Maasai and their Connection to the Land".

Field trip to local Maasai Village and site lecture.

The Maasai live along the Great Rift Valley in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. These semi-nomadic people are herdsmen who live under a communal land management system. Livestock is still the main source of income and nourishment for the Maasai, though farming and the selling of crafts is increasingly used to supplement their income. The once strong and proud Maasai have lost most of their lands to national parks and reserves. Restricted by government and no longer able to herd freely and access water sources, they are slowly being forced to adapt to modern ways; renouncing long-held traditions in an effort to survive.

Return to the camp.


Dinner: At the camp.


Evening: Gather around the fire to participate in an old-time safari tradition: campfire stories.


Lodging: Karen Blixen Camp

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

Description: This luxurious eco-friendly camp is strategically located on the edges of the famous Mara River. Its 22 large canvas tents offer elegant and comfortable accommodations with views of the nearby river. A main building, raised on a beautiful wooden deck, houses the restaurant, reception, bar, and gift shop. Authentic reproductions of Karen Blixen's furniture adorn the common areas and provide a sense of being back in time.

Contact info:
Masai Mara
Masai Mara, 00000 Kenya
phone: +254 7730 63863
web: karenblixencamp.com/

Room amenities: Each canvas tent is set on a wooden platform base with a roof. Tents have electricity (supplied by solar panels), en suite bathrooms with flush toilets and showers, and a spaceous veranda. Furnishings include colorful rugs and pillows, a comfortable armchair, minibar, and an inviting chaise longue.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge and bar, gift shop with internet, swimming pool, and massage services.

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


Day Fifteen: Wednesday, June 17 - Masai Mara - Game Drives in the Masai Mara ...
Masai Mara -
Game Drives in the Masai Mara Reserve/Campfire Entertainment


Breakfast: At the camp.


Morning: Full day of game drives in the Masai Mara Reserve.

After you have enjoyed breakfast prepare yourself for the thrill and excitement of amazing wildlife sightings.


Lunch: Within the Masai Mara Reserve.


Afternoon: Continue with game drive activities within the reserve.

Late afternoon arrival at the camp.


Dinner: Farewell dinner at the camp.


Evening: Cap your busy day with some campfire entertainment and celebrate the end of your East African adventure.

Spend your last evening in the Masai Mara with your new Road Scholar friends, finish your packing, or get a good night's sleep in preparation for international departures tomorrow.


Lodging: Karen Blixen Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Panari Hotel is the Kenya’s latest state-of-the-art hotel along Mombasa Road. The hotel is conveniently located within five kilometres either from the city centre or Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. While at the hotel, customers can get a good view of the Nairobi National Park.

Contact info:
Mombassa Rd.
P.O Box 4372-00506
Nairobi, Kenya
phone: +254 20 828990
web: www.panarihotel.com

Room amenities: Satelite TV, air conditioning, safe, telephone, internet access

Facility amenities: The Panari Hotel forms part of the Panari Sky Centre, a state-of-the-art architectural jewel comprising of a huge shopping mall, ice skating rink, cinema theatres and host of food courts catering for the varied exotic tastes.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Subject to change.
Subject to hotel availability.


Day Sixteen: Thursday, June 18 - Flight to Nairobi/ Dayroom/Depart to the U.S.
Note: Dayroom only - check out is at 6:00 pm

Breakfast: At the camp.

Morning: Transfer to the Mara airstrip to catch a flight to Nairobi.

Arrive in Nairobi in time for lunch.


Lunch: At a local restaurant.


Afternoon: After lunch, check-into the Panari Hotel for dayroom accommodations. Participants will have the opportunity to rest, shower, and finalize their packing before heading to the airport for evening flights to the U.S. Participants will be accommodated at the Panari Hotel until it is time to depart for the airport (check-out at 6 p.m.).

A light snack will be provided at the hotel before transferring participants to the airport.

Transfer to the international airport and board flights back to the U.S.

This concludes the program. We hope you enjoyed your Road Scholar adventure! When you get home, remember to stay in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network; share memories, pictures, and comments about your recent travels.


Lodging: Panari Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Seventeen: Friday, June 19 - Arrivals to the U.S.
Arrive To: Arrive to the U.S.


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