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The Best of Kenya and Tanzania: A Classic Safari

Program Number: 18783RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/22/2013 - 2/5/2013; 10/20/2014 - 11/3/2014; 12/1/2014 - 12/15/2014; 1/26/2015 - 2/9/2015; 2/16/2015 - 3/2/2015; 2/23/2015 - 3/9/2015; 3/16/2015 - 3/30/2015; 4/20/2015 - 5/4/2015; 5/11/2015 - 5/25/2015; 6/8/2015 - 6/22/2015; 7/6/2015 - 7/20/2015; 7/13/2015 - 7/27/2015; 8/19/2015 - 9/2/2015; 8/26/2015 - 9/9/2015; 8/31/2015 - 9/14/2015; 9/2/2015 - 9/16/2015; 9/7/2015 - 9/21/2015; 9/9/2015 - 9/23/2015; 9/14/2015 - 9/28/2015; 9/21/2015 - 10/5/2015; 9/23/2015 - 10/7/2015; 9/28/2015 - 10/12/2015; 10/5/2015 - 10/19/2015; 10/7/2015 - 10/21/2015; 10/14/2015 - 10/28/2015; 10/26/2015 - 11/9/2015; 11/2/2015 - 11/16/2015; 11/9/2015 - 11/23/2015; 11/30/2015 - 12/14/2015; 12/7/2015 - 12/21/2015;
Duration: 14 nights
Location: Kenya/Tanzania
Price starting at: $6,295.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Natural History
Meals: 34; 12 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 10 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Follow the endless cycle of life as you track the big five on the Serengeti plains. Trace the migratory path north through the remote Serengeti, an area rarely visited by outsiders, and cross into Kenya’s Maasai Mara reserve to search for the elusive leopard. Learn about elephants in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro and rhinos in the Great Rift Valley.




Highlights

• Replicate the annual migration as you journey from the Serengeti plains, through its riverine forest and rocky promontories, into the Maasai Mara.
• Search for the “Big Five” — lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards and rhinos — in East Africa’s most iconic national parks.
• Discover the unique ecosystem of the Ngorongoro Crater.



Activity Particulars

Riding for extended periods in safari vehicles with travel over unpaved surfaces. Roads in this area are often in very poor condition.



All dates have a 12-person maximum and each participant will have a window seat in the safari van.

Our program follows the yearly migration route, capturing different stages of the migration throughout the year.
January-February is calving season for hooved animals.
June-July see perfect weather. Animals prepare for the hardest part of the migration.
September, peak tourist season, coincides with the migration through the Mara.
October sees the migration move into the Serengeti.
November-December are a birder's dream, with many species visiting from Eurasia.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Nairobi (Kenya), 1 night; safari van to Amboseli National Park, 2 nights; safari van to Ngorongoro Conservation Area (Tanzania), 2 nights; safari van to Serengeti National Park, 2 nights; safari van to Lake Victoria, 1 night; safari van and fly to Maasai Mara National Park, 3 nights; safari van to Nairobi 1 night; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Nairobi (Kenya)
1 night
Safari van to Amboseli National Park
2 nights

Examine East Africa’s largest elephant herds at Amboseli, Kenya’s oldest national park, located in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. Meet a staff member from the Amboseli Trust for Elephants to discuss the ongoing challenges, both natural and man-made, that face elephant populations in East Africa.



Safari van to Ngorongoro Conservation Area (Tanzania)
2 nights

Cross the border into Tanzania and the Great Rift Valley to search for rhinos and study the unique volcanic caldera of the Ngorongoro Crater. Descend the slope into the crater in four-wheel-drive vehicles to spend the morning observing wildlife on its floor.



Safari van to Serengeti National Park
2 nights;
Safari van to Lake Victoria 1 night;

Follow the endless cycle of life as you track the Big Five on the Serengeti plains. Meet with researchers to understand the specific concerns facing animal populations today, and understand the beginning of man at Olduvai Gorge. Continue to trace the migratory path of wildebeests, zebras and gazelles — and the lions, cheetahs and hyenas that follow —through the remote north Serengeti. Then head west to the shores of the famed Lake Victoria - source of the Nile.



Safari van and flight to Maasai Mara National Reserve (Kenya)
3 nights

Cross into Kenya’s Maasai Mara reserve to complete your safari as you search for the elusive leopard, the distinctive Masai giraffe, Roan spotted hyena, marabou storks, long-crested eagles, African pygmy-falcons and many more native creatures.



Safari van to Nairobi
1 night
Overnight flight
1 night

Learn about efforts to increase the numbers of the 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.




Accommodations
Nairobi: Historic hotel. Amboseli National Park: Luxury tented safari camp. Ngorongoro Conservation Area: Wildlife lodge. Serengeti National Park: Comfortable park lodge. Masai Mara National Park: Luxury tented safari camp.
Meals and Lodgings
   Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi
  Nairobi, Kenya 1 night
   Kilima Safari Camp
  Amboseli National Park, Kenya 2 nights
   Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
  Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania 2 nights
   Seronera Wildlife Lodge
  Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Northern Serengeti, Tanzania
3 nights
   Fig Tree Camp
  Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya 3 nights
   Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi
  Nairobi, Kenya 1 night
 Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi
Type: Hotel
  Description: This historic hotel enjoyed its first heyday in 1940's Colonial Kenya. It has retained its distinctive architecture and lush gardens. Situated in the popular shopping and residential suburb of Parklands, close to the city centre, the hotel previously known as the Holiday Inn Nairobi is only 20km from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
  Contact info: CNR Parklands Rd.
MSAPO CLS
Nairobi,   Kenya
phone: +254 20 374 0920
web: www.southernsun.com/Hotels/Nairobi/Pages/overview.aspx
  Room amenities: Room Service, TV, phone, tea/coffee making facilities, high speed internet access, wireless internet access, hairdryer, coffe/tea maker, safe, iron/ironing board
  Facility amenities: Restaurants, business center, fitness center, sauna, wireless data connection, outdoor pool, laundry service, concierge, gift shop
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Contact Travel Provider Contact Travel Provider for details
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Contact Travel Provider Contact Travel Provider for details
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

 Kilima Safari Camp
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 allowed: Yes

 Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
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 allowed: Yes

 Seronera Wildlife Lodge
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 allowed: Yes

 Fig Tree Camp
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 allowed: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program begins with check-in at the hotel on Day 2 in the late evening. Meet your Study Leader on arrival or at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast on Day 3. You will be staying at Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends on Day 14 with a late evening transfer to the International Airport (NBO) to check in for overnight flights back to the US (day rooms are available for all to use on Day 14). You will be staying at Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A Yellow Fever certificate is requried for entry into Tanzania.
  Required innoculations:
Yes: Kenya: No immunizations are required unless you are arriving from a cholera, typhoid or yellow fever area. A yellow fever immunization is required for Tanzania. The CDC recommends taking precautions against malaria. Contact your physician for information.
  Parking availability:
Parking is not available
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Trains or buses are not available.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Nairobi
  Nearest airport:  Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)
  Transportation to site: A transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air inclusive program and depart on the group date.
  From End of Program
  Location: Nairobi
    (Additional transportation information same as above)


Required innoculations:

Yes: Kenya: No immunizations are required unless you are arriving from a cholera, typhoid or yellow fever area. A yellow fever immunization is required for Tanzania. The CDC recommends taking precautions against malaria. Contact your physician for information.

Elevation Note: Nairobi: 5500 Arusha: 4500 ; Ngorongoro Crater: 7500 Serengeti: average 5000 Maasai Mara: 5000

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Departures and Overnight flights to Kenya
(Tuesday, January 22)
   
 Evening: Depart on overnight flights from the USA.

Day 2: Arrival in Kenya
(Wednesday, January 23)
   
 Evening: Arrivals in Nairobi in the late evening. Meet your Study Leader on arrival and check in to the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi

Day 3: Amboseli National Park / The East African Elephant
(Thursday, January 24)

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



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Depart by safari van to Amboseli National Park, famous for its big game and its scenic landscape, with Mt. Kilimanjaro visible on clear days.
 Lunch: In the lodge.
 Afternoon: Meet your Study Leader for an orientation to game viewing and the wildlife of East Africa, then set out on a game drive in the park. Later before dinner Meet an expert from the Amboseli Elephant Trust and learn about the East African Elephant from one of the experts at the Trust.
 Dinner: In the lodge.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Kilima Safari Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Amboseli Big Game / Maasai Custom and Culture
(Friday, January 25)
   
 Breakfast: In the lodge after the morning game drive.
 Morning: As the sun rises, head out to continue the search through the varied wildlife habitats of the park. Later after a brief rest and before lunch join your Study Leader for a presentation: "Understanding the Tribes of Kenya and Tanzania" with a focus on the culture and customs of the Maasai.
 Lunch: In the lodge.
 Afternoon: Later after lunch head back out in search of big game and during your outing stop at a small (rarely visited) Maasai village. Meet the students at the elementary school (We ask all participants not make any direct gifts) and their teacher before going into the village to see first hand Maasai life and hear from one of the elders.
 Dinner: In the lodge.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Kilima Safari Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Crossing the Great Rift Valley to Ngorongoro Crater
(Saturday, January 26)

Note: The drive from the the lodge in Amboseli to the border will take at least 3 hours and part of the road is unpaved and can be rough at some times of year. The drive from the border to Arusha will take 3 hours and is paved. Finally the drive from Arusha to the Lodge in Ngorongo will take about 3.5 hours and is also paved most of the way. While long, this day offers some excellent scenic driving and a unique look into rural East Africa.



   
 Breakfast: In the lodge.
 Morning: This morning we leave early, enjoying a scenic game drive through the western part of Amboseli to the Tanzanian border. Late in the morning we stop at the border for formalities and to change vehicles. We continue our drive from the border to the city of Arusha for lunch. the drive offers an excellent look into rural life in Kenya and Tanzania.
 Lunch: In Arusha at a local hotel.
 Afternoon: Cross the Great Rift Valley and continue to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where agriculture, wildlife conservation and tourism co-exist in one of Africa’s first experiments of multiple-land use. Upon arriving at the park gates learn more about the larger conservation area from your Study Leader.
 Dinner: In the lodge.
 Evening: Prior to dinner take the time to enjoy the view of the crater floor from your rooms or from the terrace. The crater rim is a perfect viewpoint to observe the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere.
   
Accommodations: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: The Wildlife of the Ngorongoro Crater
(Sunday, January 27)
   
 Breakfast: In the lodge.
 Morning: Descend the slope into the Ngorongoro Crater in 4-wheel-drive vehicles to spend the morning observing wildlife on the floor of the crater. The 102 square miles of the Ngorongoro Crater are home to 25,000 mammals, many of which are resident due to the geographically enclosed nature of the crater. The crater is also home to the last population of black rhino in northern Tanzania.
 Lunch: Pause in the picnic area on the crater floor, for a boxed lunch.
 Afternoon: After your packed lunch enjoy another short game drive and return to the lodge and relax on the panoramic viewing terrace. Don’t miss the sunset splendor while the fiery sun makes its dramatic exit and spreads its glow over the crater. Later enjoy an early evening Presentation: "The Crater Ecosystem and Conservation." Please note that the Study Leader may change this presentation.
 Dinner: In the lodge.
   
Accommodations: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Early Human History at Olduvai Gorge / The Vast Plains of the Serengeti
(Monday, January 28)

Note: The drive from Ngorongoro Crater Lodge to Olduvai Gorge is 2 hours on a paved road. The drive from Olduvai Gorge to Lobo Lodge varies according to how much game is seen en route.



   
 Breakfast: In the lodge.
 Morning: Depart early leaving the Crater Rim and make your way to the Serengeti. En route, visit the Olduvai Gorge Museum and learn about the Leakey’s research and discovery of the earliest known species of humanoids.
 Lunch: A box lunch is provided to eat at the Serengeti Visitor center picnic area. The area also has a nice walking path up rocky outcrops known as ‘kopjes’ for those looking to stretch their legs.
 Afternoon: As you continue driving to the lodge enjoy a game drive though the plains of the Serengeti. In February, this area can get very crowded with Zebras, Wildebeest and Gazelles often with young newborns, be on the lookout for wildlife, as this unfenced land is all part of the Serengeti ecosystem.
 Dinner: In the lodge.
 Evening: Late evening Presentation: Stargazing – A Unique Night Under the African Sky led by your Study Leader. the lodge has an ideal view terrace high above the Serengeti that allows you to see a great sky (weather permitting).
   
Accommodations: Seronera Wildlife Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Into the Heart of the Serengeti
(Tuesday, January 29)
   
 Breakfast: In the lodge after the morning game drive.
 Morning: Get out early to search for game and perhaps a fresh kill just as the sun rises over the Serengeti. Look for fresh tracks and see the Park come to life.
 Lunch: In the lodge.
 Afternoon: In the Afternoon before going back out, stop at the Serengeti Visitor Center and enjoy an illustrated presentation on the "Circle of Life". Then head back out and search for eland, the largest of the antelope, observe bird life, hippos and other animals as we follow the watering holes along the Seronera creek on your afternoon game drive.
 Dinner: In the lodge.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Seronera Wildlife Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Wildlife of the Remote Northern Serengeti
(Wednesday, January 30)
   
 Breakfast: In the lodge.
 Morning: NOTE: The game drive on this day may go to a different area based on the migration. The group leader will make this decision on site based on where the best viewing of the animals are. Early departure from the Seronera area to the northern Serengeti (Lobo area). As the landscape changes from savannah to riverine forest, keep watch for wildlife. Approaching the Lobo area, the land changes once again to rolling, open spaces dotted with high, rocky outcrops known as ‘kopjes’. Few travelers venture into this remote area of the Serengeti, home to large herds of cape buffalo and the timeless baobab.
 Lunch: Lunch at the lodge.
 Afternoon: Continue with your game drive and return to the Seronera Wildlife Lodge in the late afternoon. Later enjoy an early evening presentation: "Lake Victoria and it’s influence on the Maasai Mara". Please note that the Safari Director may change this presentation based on your questions during the program.
 Dinner: In the lodge.
   
Accommodations: Seronera Wildlife Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: From the Serengeti to the Shores of Lake Victoria and into the Maasai Mara
(Thursday, January 31)
   
 Breakfast: In the lodge.
 Morning: In the early morning depart the lodge to enjoy a scenic Drive through the Western Corridor to the shores of Lake Victoria. As we drive west watch for the abundant resident wildlife stopping along the way to observe new sightings.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant en route.
 Afternoon: After lunch continue north to Kenya. During this scenic drive you will notice completely different local architecture. You are no longer in Maasai territory and the houses now look quite different. After crossing the border continue to Migori where a charter flight awaits to bring you to the Masai Mara. Upon arrival at the airstrip continue on a short game drive before arriving at your camp in the late afternoon.
 Dinner: In the camp.
   
Accommodations: Fig Tree Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Tracking the Big Five in the Masai Mara
(Friday, February 1)
   
 Breakfast: In the camp after the morning game drive.
 Morning: Head out at sunrise on a game drive. The plains are home to the distinctive Masai giraffe as well as the common giraffe. Search for Roan spotted hyena and some of the more than 450 species of birdlife including vultures, marabou storks, secretary birds, hornbills, crowned cranes, ostriches, long-crested eagles, and African pygmy-falcons.
 Lunch: In the camp.
 Afternoon: This afternoon head out again and enjoy a relaxing game drive taking the time to sit and admire the wildlife. Later in the afternoon before dinner enjoy a presentation: "The Rift Valley Formation, its History and Lakes". Please note that the Study Leader may change this presentation based on your questions.
 Dinner: In the camp.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Fig Tree Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Nature Walk in the Masai Mara
(Saturday, February 2)
   
 Breakfast: In the camp after the morning game drive.
 Morning: As the light brightens over the Mara, head toward the river to observe hippo, crocodile and birdlife. Depending on the migration, you may see wildebeest attempting the dangerous crossing. Later in the morning before lunch join a local Masai Moran on a nature walk through the edges of the Maasai Mara Park. Learn about local plant life and maybe observe some insects and lizards.
 Lunch: In the camp.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon set out on your final game drive. Enjoy the sounds and sights as you say farewell to the Maasai Mara. Later join your Study Leader for a final wrap-up session and presentation.
 Dinner: Dinner at the camp.
   
Accommodations: Fig Tree Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Return to Nairobi
(Sunday, February 3)

Note: The drive from the Maasai Mara to Nairobi will take at least 4 hours and part of the road is unpaved.



   
 Breakfast: In the camp
 Morning: This morning we depart early for our return drive to Nairobi. We quickly leave the mara behind and drive through the heart of Kenya on the way into the city.
 Lunch: In a local restaurant en route or on arrival in Nairobi.
 Afternoon: Check in to the hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.
 Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare. Suggestions will be provided localy.
 Evening: at leisure
   
Accommodations: Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14: Giraffe Conservation and Elephant Orphanage
(Monday, February 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: During a special presentation, learn about the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Kenya 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. From here, visit either the national museum, or the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Your second field trip this morning will be decided on site, and will depend on weather and site conditions on this day.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to rest and pack prior to your flight. You have the use of your day room until 6 PM. The group transfer to the airport will depart shortly after 6PM.
 Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.
 Evening: At leisure.
 Evening: Departures.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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West with the Night


Author: Beryl Markham


Description: Markham evokes the landscapes, people and wildlife of East Africa in engrossing detail in this memoir of adventures as a bush pilot in 1930s Kenya. A Longitude favorite.



Wildlife Photography, On Safari With Your DSLR


Author: Uwe Skrzypczak


Description: Skrzypczak includes chapters on equipment, technique, composition and wildlife in this practical, beautifully illustrated guide, loaded with striking images of the wildlife of Ngorongoro, the Serengeti and the Masai Mara.



Wildlife of East Africa


Author: Martin B. Withers, David Hosking (Photographer)


Description: This take-along guide to 475 common species of birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, trees and flowers of East Africa features full-color photographs with detailed descriptions on facing pages.





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