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Encountering Kenya: A Unique Safari

Program Number: 9899RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/14/2013 - 2/28/2013;
Duration: 14 nights
Location: Kenya
Price starting at: $4,996.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Natural History
Meals: 35; 12 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 11 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Low Fat    

Amboseli, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara evoke images of rolling grasslands dotted with wildebeest and zebra. Herds of elephant create a moving dust storm in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro and a pink speckled lake is home to tens of thousands of flamingo. Join us to understand how the delicate balance between nature and man is being played out in the land of the African safari.




Highlights

• Learn from park rangers about black rhinos at Lake Nakuru National Park.
• Search for the “Big Five” — lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino — in the Masai Mara.
• Examine Africa’s largest elephant herds at Amboseli, Kenya’s oldest national park.



Activity Particulars

Long rides on paved roads in pop-up-top safari minivans are offset by flying one leg to or from the game parks. Game drives in the parks will be on unpaved roads that can be dusty and bumpy.



Please refer to the day to day itinerary on the Road Scholar website or contact the provider if you plan on booking your own flights for correct arrival and departure dates. Group size limited to 18. Three internal flights to reduce travel time.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Nairobi, 2 nights; safari van to Amboseli National Park, 3 nights; flight and safari van to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, 2 nights; safari vehicle to Lake Nakuru, 2 nights; safari vehicle and flight to Masai Mara/Olare Orok Conservancy, 3 nights; flight to Nairobi for departure



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Nairobi
2 nights

Feed giraffes from a raised observation platform at the Giraffe Centre, a conservation and education center established to protect the endangered Rothschild giraffe. Enjoy a narrated visit to the museum of Danish author Karen Blixen, whose famous memoir “Out of Africa” related her experiences as a European settler in the bush country of Kenya.



Safari van to Amboseli National Park
3 nights

Game drives in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro offer chances to observe a variety of wild animals, including the free-ranging elephants for which the park is famous. While visiting Amboseli National Park learn about the Elephant Research Project, recent studies in elephant biology, population levels and interaction with other species.



Flight and safari van to Ol Pejeta Conservancy
2 nights

Sweetwaters tented camp is situated in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, which is located on the plains of Mount Kenya. Host to all the members of the "Big Five" (elephant, rhino, lion, cape buffalo, and leopard), the conservancy has a higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any Kenyan national park. The largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa and the only chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya are a part of the conservancy.



Safari vehicle to Lake Nakuru
2 nights

Visible from your accommodations are Lake Nakuru and the thousands of greater and lesser flamingoes feeding on the algae along its shallow shores. Track the warthogs, Rothschild's giraffe, elands, leopards and waterbuck that also reside in this small but diverse protected area, where a fence separates the black rhino population from the persistent threat of poachers.



Safari vehicle and flight to Masai Mara/Olare Orok Conservancy
3 nights
Flight to Nairobi for departure
Overnight flight
1 night

The Masai Mara is best-known for its Great Migration of wildebeest from the Serengeti to the moist woodlands in the spring and back again in the rainy season. Here, search for the “Big Five,” including the perilously threatened black rhino. Take part in the unique experience of walking safaris and visit a Maasai village to interact with locals and observe their way of life.




Kenya

In Nairobi National Park, which is just one of Kenya’s 35 designated parks and reserves and the only one in the world within the boundaries of a major city, a giraffe back-dropped by the skyline of the capital produces an odd effect. The animal seems to mimic with its prodigious neck the skyscrapers in the background, a unique indication of the evolving balance between the conservation of Kenya’s vast wildlife habitats and an encroaching modern society.



Accommodations
Nairobi: Comfortable hotel. Amboseli National Park: Lodge with mountain views. Ol Pejeta Conservancy: Luxury tented camp. Lake Nakuru: Lakeside lodge. Masai Mara/Olare Orok Conservancy: Luxury eco-friendly tented camp.
Meals and Lodgings
   Sarova Panafric
  Nairobi, Kenya 2 nights
   Ol Tukai Lodge
  Amboseli National Park, Kenya 3 nights
   Sweetwaters Tented Camp
  Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya 2 nights
   Lake Nakuru Lodge
  Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya 2 nights
   Nyumbu Camp
  Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya 3 nights
 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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Subject to availability. Please contact your program provider, Holbrook Travel, for additional information.

 Ol Tukai Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: Lodge built in the heart of the Amboseli National Park, with views of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
  Contact info: Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park,   Kenya
phone: +254 456-22058
web: www.oltukailodge.com
  Room amenities: Individual terraces.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, pool, library, lounge, meeting room, laundry service, and gift shop.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Sweetwaters Tented Camp
Type: Luxury Tented Camp
  Description: The Sweetwaters Tented Camp is situated in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, on the plains of Mt. Kenya. The camp has thirty nine comfortable tents, each with its own private veranda overlooking a water hole.
  Contact info: Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Laikipia Plains,   Kenya
phone: +254202842000
web: www.serenahotels.com/serenasweetwaters/
  Room amenities: Each tent has its own bathroom with hot and cold running water, and flush toilets. Mosquito nets and hot water bottles are provided at night. Electricity is provided by a 24 hour generator. Tents have private verandahs or balconies with chairs and tables.
  Facility amenities: The camp has thirty nine tents, swimming pool, conference room, gift shop, business center with complimentary WiFi, a statelite TV room, a restaurant, a bar overlooking a waterhole (where guests can enjoy some wildlife watching), and a bar and lounge set around a log fire.
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Lake Nakuru Lodge
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 allowed: No

 Nyumbu Camp
Type: Luxury Tented Camp
  Description: An exquisite traditional, eco-friendly camp, tucked in the Wildebeests Migration Plains, where wildlife abounds. Situated in the Ngila Plains at the edge of Maasai Mara Game Reserve, the camp overlooks a magnificent view of hills and plains. With simple elegance and style, at Nyumbu Camp, you will find unsurpassed peace and tranquility with wildlife abounding at a nearby distance, in addition to an awesome, breathtaking sunset experience.
  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 and rugs. Bathrooms are en-suite and are equipped with hot-shower and eco-toilet.
  Facility amenities: Nyumbu camp is wild, yet with refined gentle class. Without compromising service standards, the tented camp offers guests an opportunity to get closer to nature in style.

Tents with twin or double beds, All tents with ensuite eco-friendly toilet and verandah, Hot shower system, Solar lights within the tents, Fresh, wholesomes high quality food, Laundry service (at minimum cost), Early morning call with tea or coffee, Telephone and email by arrangement, All weather airstrip 16 miles away.

Laundry service is available at an additional cost; however it is recommended that participants bring enough laundry for the duration of their stay.

Power is supplied through a 24 - hour power supply in the tents through an integrated solar system. There is inverter system off the generator (Batteries can also be charged on this system)
  Smoking allowed: No


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Evening arrivals into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi, Kenya. Hotel check-in starts at 3 p.m. You will be staying at Sarova Panafric that night.
  End of Program:
Evening departures from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya. Day-room check-out by 6 p.m. You will be staying at Nyumbu Camp the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Required innoculations:
Yes: Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if arriving from an endemic area. Please consult with the Centers for Disease Control for their latest recommendations. Participants can call 800-CDC-INFO for more information or visit their website at: www.cdc.gov/travel/
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Nairobi
  Nearest airport:  Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
  Transportation to site: Taxis are available at the airport for the transfer to the hotel. The airport's official taxi service can be hired at the small taxi booth in the arrivals hall. This service has fixed rates and the fare can be prepaid in U.S. dollars or in Kenyan shillings.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Masai Mara Reserve
  Transportation from site: Taxis are available at the hotel. If you decide to hire taxi services, please ask the hotel's front desk for assistance.


Required innoculations:

Yes: Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if arriving from an endemic area. Please consult with the Centers for Disease Control for their latest recommendations. Participants can call 800-CDC-INFO for more information or visit their website at: www.cdc.gov/travel/

Elevation Note: Elevations of up to 6,500 feet.

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: Depart from U.S.A.
(Thursday, February 14)
   
 Depart From: Depart the U.S.A.

Day 2: Arrive to Nairobi, Kenya (Independent participants and group air participants).
(Friday, February 15)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya.
After concluding Immigration and Customs procedures, meet the Road Scholar representative (outside the secured area) and transfer to the hotel.

Note: This is an international travel day; no meals or program activities are scheduled on this day. Hotel check-in usually begins at 3 p.m.
   
Accommodations: Sarova Panafric

Day 3: Nairobi -
Giraffe Center/Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage/Karen Blixen House

(Saturday, February 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Program orientation and introductory lecture on the Sheldrick Foundation.

Transfer to the Sheldrick Foundation (approx. 30 min drive) for your first encounter with African Elephants. Here, young orphaned elephants are nursed back to health and rehabilitated in preparation for their return to the wild. Enjoy outstanding photo opportunities.

Continue to the Giraffe Center for a site lecture on the successful breeding strategy used to increase the numbers of the endangered Rothschild's Giraffe. Interact with the giraffe - eye to eye.
 Lunch: Enjoy a late lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Explore the house and gardens of Karen Blixen as you relive scenes from "Out of Africa."

The Karen Blixen House is a plantation house which was once the home of Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke, who ran a coffee plantation in Kenya. Her struggles are immortalized in her autobiography, "Out of Africa," which she composed under the pen name of Isak Dinesen. The museum is set in the Ngong Hills.

Return to the hotel for an evening lecture (Lecture: Overview of Kenya). Following your lecture, you will be invited to join a table talk session with local women, representing a diverse cross-section of Kenyan society.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel.
   
Accommodations: Sarova Panafric
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Amboseli National Park - Target Species Game Drive/Views of Mt. Kilimanjaro - Photo Opportunities
(Sunday, February 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Transfer to Amboseli, the oldest national park in Kenya, with stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro--Africa's highest mountain.

Amboseli National Park lies within the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro near the Tanzanian border. Kilimanjaro is literally the lifeblood of the park--its snow and glaciers feed two large swamps, providing water to this semi-arid region. The swamps are the congregation point for a wide variety of animals including lions, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and 420 bird species.

Arrive to Amboseli in time for lunch.
 Lunch: Lunch at lodge.
 Afternoon: Time at leisure.
Game drive focusing on elephant as target species.

Amboseli is synonymous with large elephant herds. Because of local drought and varying feeding patterns, the traditional feeding ground and migration routes of the elephants are changing. The plight of the Amboseli elephants will be a hot topic during game drives in the park.

Orientation to next day’s activities.
 Dinner: Dinner at lodge.
   
Accommodations: Ol Tukai Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Amboseli National Park -
Target Species Game Drives

(Monday, February 18)
   
 Breakfast: Early morning game drive to search for some of the lesser known animals of the park. Amboseli is particularly good for photo opportunities.
Breakfast at lodge.
 Morning: Time at leisure.
 Lunch: Lunch at lodge.
 Afternoon: After lunch enjoy a lecture on the history of Amboseli National Park and its ongoing Elephant Research Project.

Founded in 1972, the Amboseli Elephant Research Project monitors and collects information about the elephant population in the Amboseli National Park. Their research includes short and long-term behavioral and ecological studies as well as census surveys.

Target species game drive field trip with site lecture.
Orientation to next day’s activities.
 Dinner: Dinner at lodge.
   
Accommodations: Ol Tukai Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Amboseli National Park -
Target Species Game Drives

(Tuesday, February 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at lodge.
 Morning: Target species game drive field trip with site lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch at lodge.
 Afternoon: Time at leisure.
Lecture: Current Issues Affecting Kenya.

Video Presentation: "Family of Echo, The Story of the Elephant"
 Dinner: Dinner at lodge.
   
Accommodations: Ol Tukai Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Ol Pejeta Conservancy - Flight to Nanyuki via Nairobi/Weaving Cooperative/ Transfer to Ol Pejeta Conservancy
(Wednesday, February 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at lodge.
 Morning: Fly from Amboseli to Nairobi and connect with flight to Nanyuki.
Upon arrival to Nanyuki, enjoy an excursion to the Ol Pejeta Weavers Cooperative.

Ol Pejeta Weaving Cooperative (Nanyuki Spinners & Weavers) is a women’s self help project registered under the Ministry of Culture and Social Services. The project was started to teach poor, widowed and single women living in the surrounding villages of Nanyuki town the craft of spinning, knitting and weaving with the main objective of making them self reliant.

Transfer to Sweetwaters Tented Camp located within the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
 Lunch: Lunch at the tented camp.
 Afternoon: Time at leisure.
Afternoon target species game drive - we will focus on eland - the largest species of antelope during this game drive. In addition we will also try to find some of the rarer animals such as Jackson's hartebeest and Grevy's zebra. There are also over 300 bird species on the Conservancy.

 Dinner: Dinner at the tented camp.
   
Accommodations: Sweetwaters Tented Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Ol Pejeta Conservancy -
Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary/Black Rhino Sanctuary

(Thursday, February 21)
   
 Breakfast: Early wake-up call with tea and coffee.

Morning guided safari walk around the camp to track wildlife and learn about local flora and fauna.

Breakfast at the camp.
 Morning: Field trip to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary with site lecture.

The sanctuary was founded in 1993 in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, and the Jane Goodall Institute as a refuge for orphaned and abused chimpanzees. Once the chimpanzees are nursed back to good health, they are given a permanent home in the sanctuary’s protected lands. Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary is a chartered member of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance, a league that cares for hundreds of chimpanzees through its network of sanctuaries in 12 African countries.

On the way back to the tented camp, enjoy a target species game drive with a site lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch at the tented camp.
 Afternoon: Lecture by resident naturalist: History of Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Conservation Efforts and the Rhino Project.

Afternoon target species game drive with a focus on rhinos.
Before returning to the tented camp, visit the Morani Information Center.

The Morani Information Center educates visitors about the endangered Black rhino and explains about the ongoing work carried out by the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in protecting these animals. The center was named after a tame rhino who for many years acted as an educational embassador at that site--sadly, he passed away in 2008. Since then, a new rhino has taken residence at the Morani complex. Baraka (which means blessings in Swahili) was transferred to the facility after blindness prevented him from being able to survive alone in the wild. Now, Baraka is continuing Morani's legacy, helping to teach visitors about the plight of the Black rhino.

 Dinner: Dinner at lodge.
   
Accommodations: Sweetwaters Tented Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Lake Nakuru -
Tea Plantation

(Friday, February 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at lodge.
 Morning: Begin transfer from Sweetwaters Tented Camp to Lake Nakuru.

En-route stop for a water demonstration at the equator.

Excursion to local tea and coffee cooperative. After a short introduction by one of the plantation owners, enter the tea plantation for an explanation on how tea is grown. The plantation is part of a large cooperative. The logistics of how the cooperative works will be addressed during a site lecture.

 Lunch: Lunch en route.
 Afternoon: Late afternoon arrival to Lake Nakuru.

Get settled into your accommodations and then enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. Take a dip in the pool, relax in a comfortable chair and enjoy views of the national park, or maybe use the time to catch up on your reading.

Lake Nakuru is most famous for the millions of flamingoes that dot the lake. However, the national park is also home to a variety of game and plant species. The region surrounding Lake Nakuru contains several archaeological sites.

 Dinner: Dinner at lodge.
   
Accommodations: Lake Nakuru Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Lake Nakuru -
Lake Nakuru Look-out Point/Rhinoceros Rescue Base

(Saturday, February 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge.
 Morning: Morning target species game drive.
Your game drive will be followed by a visit to the Lake Nakuru look-out point and the Rhinoceros Rescue Base.

At the Lake Nakuru Rhinoceros Rescue Base, injured animals are cared for until they are released back into the wild. The National Park is declared a black rhino sanctuary; however, poaching still occurs.

Lecture: The Great Rift Valley.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: Lecture: Lake Nakuru, Flamingos and the Rhinoceros Rescue Base.
In the late afternoon, enjoy a cultural interaction with a local women's group during a bead making activity.
 Dinner: Dinner at lodge.
 Evening: Evening entertainment -- Local music and dance.
   
Accommodations: Lake Nakuru Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Masai Mara Game Reserve –
Kariandusi Archaeological Site/Maasai Village

(Sunday, February 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at lodge.
 Morning: Morning transfer to Nyumbu camp in the Ngila Plains. The camp sits at the edge of the Maasai Mara Game reserve, overlooking magnificent view of hills and plains in a prime wildlife area near Talek Gate.

En-route visit to Kariandusi Archaeological site and its museum. Lecture: Kariandusi, as part of the cradle of civilization.

Dr. Louis Leakey, famed archaeologist and naturalist, discovered this Acheulean site near Lake Elementaita in 1928. Excavations (1929-1947) conducted at Kariandusi uncovered many Stone-Age implements including knives and hand axes. These tools provide important clues about the history of humankind, including biological and cultural evolutions. Interesting on-site exhibits showcase the archaeological finds.

Continue with transfer to Nyumbu Camp.
 Lunch: Box lunch en route.
 Afternoon: Lecture: Maasai Culture - provided by the resident Maasai naturalist.

Interact with the Maasai during a visit to a local village. Learn about their way of life as their animals return to the kraal for the night and the evening rituals are carried out. The lifestyle of the Maasai is surprisingly simple. Witness how they strive to retain their culture and traditions in a world that is changing before their very eyes.
 Dinner: Dinner at camp.
 Evening: Feedback from the Maasai village-visit while gathered around the camp fire with the naturalist.
   
Accommodations: Nyumbu Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Masai Mara Game Reserve –
Game Drives

(Monday, February 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at camp.
 Morning: Early morning game drive in the Masai Mara.

The open savannah grasslands of the Mara is the favorite habitat of the big cats -- the lion and the cheetah. Here the cheetah use their superior speed to run down antelope in a well rehearsed hunting routine which you might be fortunate to witness.

 Lunch: Picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: Lecture: The Ecosystems of the Mara and its Surrounding Areas.

Continue with game drive activities in the Mara.

Return to camp late in the afternoon

 Dinner: Dinner at camp.
   
Accommodations: Nyumbu Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Masai Mara Game Reserve –
Maasai Guided Walk in Olare Olok Conservancy/Game Drive

(Tuesday, February 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at camp.
 Morning: Early morning guided walk in the conservancy. This walk will be accompanied by Maasai with their traditional spears. These warriors read the signs of the wild animals as we would be a book -- being with them is being at one with nature.

Return to the camp, followed by time at leisure.
 Lunch: Lunch at camp.
 Afternoon: Afternoon game drive within the conservancy.

Celebrate the end of a full day with a sundowner, watching the sun as it sets over the Ngila Plains.

 Dinner: Farewell dinner at camp.
   
Accommodations: Nyumbu Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Fly to Nairobi/Depart to U.S.A.
(Wednesday, February 27)
   
 Breakfast: Early morning game drive in the nature conservancy.
Breakfast at camp.
 Morning: Transfer to airstrip.
Fly to Nairobi on the 11 a.m. flight, arriving at Wilson Airport in Nairobi at approximately 12:15 p.m.

Transfer to Panari Hotel (or similar) for day room accommodations. Participants will have the opportunity to freshen-up, finish packing, and/or get some rest in preparation for tonight's flight back to the U.S.

 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.
 Afternoon: Time at leisure at the hotel.
Enjoy some snacks at the hotel before transfering to the international airport.
 Evening: Transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for flight to the U.S.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15: Arrive to the U.S.A.
(Thursday, February 28)
   
 Morning: Arrive to the U.S.A.
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.

Suggested Reading List


Africa, The Serengeti


Author: George Casey (Director), James Earl Jones (Narrator)


Description: A dazzling 40-minute IMAX documentary of the wildebeests' year-long migration in the Serengeti and Masai Mara.



Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania


Author: Dale Zimmerman, Donald Turner, David Pearson


Description: Ideal for the Serengeti, this field guide features 124 stunning color plates.



Kenya Insight Guide


Author: Insight Guides


Description: Part of the Insight Guide Series, this book contains a wealth of information about Kenya. Filled with maps, information and great photos.



Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals


Author: Jonathan Kingdon


Description: An artist and biologist, Kingdon provides both delightful full-color illustra-tions and informative text for this great guide.



Out of Africa & Shadows on the Grass


Author: Isak Dinesen


Description: Brought together in one volume, this duet offers East Africa in the early 1900s. Dinesen’s graphic narratives mesh the wonders of Africa with her determination as a businesswoman. In Shadows on the Grass, four dramatic stories detail timeless friendships made while in East Africa.



Say it in Swahili


Author: Sharifa Zawawi


Description: A palm-size pocket guide to common phrases and expressions.



Serengeti, Natural Order on the African Plain


Author: Mitsuaki Iwago


Description: This handsomely produced volume by the celebrated Tokyo photographer features 300 full-color images of the Serengeti plains. Beautiful and timeless, it's one of our favorite photo collections.



The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals


Author: Richard Estes


Description: Specifically written for those interested in understanding behavior of the animals they see on safari. This text includes icons, tables and a thorough glossary.



The Tree Where Man Was Born


Author: Peter Matthiessen


Description: This classic portrait of East Africa, enthralling in its detail on nature and daily life, takes in the Maasai, Ngorongoro, the Kenyan highlands and Mathies-sen's field trips, safaris and adventures in the Serengeti.



The Worlds of a Maasai Warrior, An Autobiography


Author: Ole Saitoti


Description: aitoti looks back on his life among the Maasai as spokesperson for the tribe and one of their first safari guides, bridging several worlds with tremendous grace.



West with the Night


Author: Beryl Markham


Description: Markham evokes the landscapes, people and wildlife of East Africa in engross-ing detail in this memoir of adventures as a bush pilot in 1930s Kenya, a Lon-gitude favorite.



Wildlife of East Africa


Author: Martin B. Withers, David Hosking


Description: This compact 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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