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The Best of Kenya and Tanzania: A Classic Safari

Program Number: 18783RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/27/2014 - 9/10/2014; 9/1/2014 - 9/15/2014; 9/8/2014 - 9/22/2014; 9/10/2014 - 9/24/2014; 9/15/2014 - 9/29/2014; 9/22/2014 - 10/6/2014; 9/29/2014 - 10/13/2014; 10/6/2014 - 10/20/2014; 10/13/2014 - 10/27/2014; 10/20/2014 - 11/3/2014; 11/3/2014 - 11/17/2014; 12/1/2014 - 12/15/2014; 12/8/2014 - 12/22/2014; 1/12/2015 - 1/26/2015; 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: $5,995.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Natural History
Meals: 34; 12 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 10 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

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 travel groups, 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.



2014 have a 12 person maximum and safari vans are reserved so that each participant will have a window seat.

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 birders 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.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Paul Kirui

Paul Kirui was born in Kilgoris in the Trans-Mara district, just on the Northern edge of the Masai Mara game reserve. As a young man, he worked as a goat herder, and learned tracking, signs and alarm call interpretation as a necessity for survival in the bush. These skills have proven advantageous to him during his 20-year career as a guide, helping him to lead journeys to Kenya, northern Tanzania and Rwanda. He has worked with the BBC Natural History unit as a special leopard tracker for the Big Cat Week and Big Cat Live programs since 2003. He also took part in “The Truth About Lions,” “Planet Earth Live” and helped develop the story behind Disney’s “Africa Cats.” He is currently carrying out research on the vultures in Maasai Mara game reserve in conjunction with the Department of Ornithology of the National Museums and the Peregrine Fund. Paul received his career education at The Kenya Wildlife Training Institute, Kenya Utalii College and Inkwazi Rangers’ School in South Africa.
 
James Kiptoo

James Kiptoo (Kip) was born and raised in a remote village on the western rim of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. As an adult, he has traveled extensively throughout Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, and he thrives on sharing the experience of nature. His knowledge of the natural world is impressive, and he is a specialist in the birds of East Africa. After training with the Kenya Wildlife Service, he was awarded a certificate in sanctuary management. He has volunteered in various departments of the National Museum of Kenya and trained as a Kenya Museum Society guide. Since 1998, Kip has been a member of Nature Kenya for which he leads bird watching excursions, as well as tree walks at the Nairobi Arboretum. He bands birds with the Nairobi Ringing Group, contributes to the African Waterfowl Census, and participates in World Birdwatch. Kip is extremely happy to be a “bush teacher,” and he is eager to share his keen eye and wealth of knowledge with you.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Eka Hotel
  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 2 nights
   Speke Bay Lodge
  Speke Bay, Tanzania 1 night
   Fig Tree Camp
  Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya 3 nights
   Eka Hotel
  Nairobi, Kenya 1 night
 Eka Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Eka Hotel is ideally located along Mombasa Road in Nairobi the capital city of Kenya. It is situated minutes away from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, 5km from Wilson Airport and 5km from the bustling central business district. The hotel is situated with convenient access to all the city's tourist attractions such as Nairobi National Park, Karen Blixen Museum, National Museum, Bomas of Kenya, and The Giraffe Centre. In addition, there is easy access to all key Government offices, corporates, diplomatic missions and industries. It also has easy reach to the city's main attractions, eateries and entertainment venues.
  Contact info: Along Mombasa Road
Nairobi, NA  Kenya
phone: +254 719 045 000
web: www.ekahotel.com
  Room amenities: The room amenities include LCD flat screen TV, complimentary high speed internet ( with Wi-Fi hot spots through the hotel), personal bar, in room safety deposit box, complimentary coffee making facilities, direct dial International telephone. Hair dryers and iron/board available on request. Bathrooms feature separate toilet and shower with a glass-walled with rain shower.
  Facility amenities: Dining: Galaxy Restaurant The Galaxy Restaurant overlooks the swimming pool. It is the ideal spot to enjoy well-selected breakfast buffets and all-day ŕ la carte snack dining. Galaxy Bar The Galaxy Bar offers an array of cocktails, wines from all over the world, various liquors and beverages. Favourite bites and snacks to enjoy with the drinks. The Spur Restaurant The internationally acclaimed Spur restaurant is renowned for its selection of succulent steaks, delicious hamburgers, mouthwatering carveries, tasty chicken, seafood, salads and vegetarian meals. Leisure: The hotel offers a gym and an outdoor swimming pool set in lush gardens. Other hotel services include: Laundry and valet services, babysitting (prior arrangement necessary), hotel guests enjoy complimentary parking, guest transport, irons and ironing boards are available on request, business centre services, and concierge services, complimentary Wi-fi hotspots.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Request from provider Pre and post nights are available for program number 18783. Please check with the provider for final price.
  Additional nights after: Request from provider Pre and post nights are available for program number 18783. Please check with the provider for final price.
  Check out time: 11:00 PM

 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

 Speke Bay Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: Speke Bay Lodge is located on the south-eastern shore of Lake Victoria in Tanzania, East Africa. It is 15 kilometers from the Serengeti National Park, and 125 kilometers north of Mwanza. Speke Bay is part of Speke Gulf, named after the famous explorer John Hanning Speke, who, in 1858, discovered Lake Victoria to be the source of the Nile. Embraced by savanna, the Lodge looks like a small village, stretched out along the shores of the lake. The main buildings and luxury accommodation are round in form, built to perfection, painted white and thatched with a grass roof in the traditional style of the local tribe, the Sukuma. Since the Lodge is outside but close to the Serengeti National Park, it is the ideal place to start or end your safari, or relax during your travels.
  Contact info: PO Box 953
Mwanza,   Tanzania
phone: + N/A
web: http://www.spekebay.com/
  Room amenities: All eight bungalows are situated along the shore of the lake. Each bungalow is a separate structure designed to ensure your privacy. The roofs are thatched with a thick layer of grass, providing excellent insulation. The custom-made furniture in solid Mkola wood adds to the warm and elegant atmosphere. An entrance hall gives access to a bathroom and a spacious main room. This room has a sleeping area with a large lockable cupboard (for your clothes and valuables) and a writing table. The sitting area has a huge French window opening on to a bougainvillaea-shaded veranda where your breakfast can be served. Each bungalow has a loft with two twin beds, making them suitable for families with children. The bathroom has a large table with a build-in basin, a spacious shower with hot water and a hygienic wall mounted toilet. All the appliances and fittings are the best on the market. The water system is state of the art, with a large sand filter, UV-treatment, and Ozone-injection. Bottled drinking water is available.
  Facility amenities: Three separate round buildings are joined by a large terrace, which overlooks Lake Victoria. There is a well-stocked bar with a good choice of South African wines. The restaurant offers a blend of international and Tanzanian cuisine; and is specialised in fresh fish from the lake and uses vegetables and fruits from the local fields. Your breakfast or lunch can be served on the terrace of your bungalow at any time you wish, or a table will be set for you on the terrace of the restaurant or in the garden. Gift Shop A small, exclusive gift-shop focuses on regional art and handicraft. We buy straight from the artisans. This helps the local economy directly and they are encouraged to find more efficient, and quality-conscious ways to make their products.ent, and quality-conscious ways to make their products. We also sell articles from local women groups, like the Vema Women (Vema is a Swahili word for well being) organised by the Maryknoll Sisters, and the Tupen-dane Centre.
  Smoking 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 breakfast on Day 3. You will be staying at Eka Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends on Day 14 with a night transfer to the Jomo Kenyatta 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 Eka Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A Yellow Fever certificate is required for entry into Tanzania.
  Required innoculations:
Yes: A yellow fever immunization is required for Tanzania. The CDC recommends taking precautions against malaria. Contact your physician for information. No immunizations are required to enter Kenya unless you are arriving from a cholera, typhoid or yellow fever area.
  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 arrive on the group date. The group arrival flights are as follows: DL 9585 AMS-NBO, Arrives Nairobi 8:10PM 02 September 2014 KL 0565 AMS-NBO, Arrives Nairobi 8:10PM 02 September 2014
  From End of Program
  Location: Nairobi
  Transportation from site: A transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air inclusive program and depart on the group date. The group departure flights are as follows: KL 0566 NBO-AMS, Departs Nairobi 10:25PM 14 September 2014 AF 8003 NBO-CDG, Departs Nairobi 11:05PM 14 September 2014
    (Additional transportation information same as above)


Required innoculations:

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

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
(Monday, September 1)
   
 Evening: Depart on overnight flights from the USA.

Day 2: Arrival in Kenya
(Tuesday, September 2)
   
 Evening: Arrivals in Nairobi in the late evening. Meet your Study Leader, Paul Kirui, upon arrival and check in to the hotel. Paul will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency pr ocedures, 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.
   
Accommodations: Eka Hotel

Day 3: Amboseli National Park / The East African Elephant
(Wednesday, September 3)

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: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Depart this morning by Safari Van for the Amboseli National Park.
 Lunch: Enjoy a lunch at the lodge in the Amboseli.
 Afternoon: Meet your Study Leader for an orientation to game viewing and the wildlife of East Africa. Then put your new knowledge to work as you set out on your first game drive in the park. Before dinner, meet with an expert from the Amboseli Elephant Trust to learn about the majestic East African Elephant.
 Dinner: Be welcomed to the Amboseli National Park with a dinner at the lodge.
   
Accommodations: Kilima Safari Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Amboseli Big Game / In the Shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro
(Thursday, September 4)
   
 Breakfast: In the lodge after the morning game drive.
 Morning: 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.
 Morning: Set out on an early morning game drive before breakfast today. As the sun rises, head out to continue the search through the varied wildlife habitats of the park.
 Lunch: Lunch in the lodge.
 Afternoon: After lunch, head back out in search of big game in Amboseli National Park.
 Dinner: Dinner with your group at the camp.
   
Accommodations: Kilima Safari Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Crossing the Great Rift Valley to Ngorongoro Crater
(Friday, September 5)

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. Prior to dinner take the time to enjoy the view of the crater floor from your rooms at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge or from the terrace. The crater rim is a perfect viewpoint to observe the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere. Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge was constructed in the 1960’s at a hand picked location on the Crater Rim to offer the most stunning views of the Crater floor. The lodge location in the middle of the Conservation Area protected by UNESCO presents several challenges for the supply of goods and services which means that water abundance and hotel water are subject to conditions and hot water is subject to generators power we is turned off during the day and after midnight. The Lodge elevation at 7,500 feet makes the lodge cold in the winter months and the lodge has no heating except for an open fire place in the bar area. If you are there during a cold spell please request additional blanket. The views from the lodge make our stay there always memorable.
 Dinner: At the lodge in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
   
Accommodations: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: The Wildlife of the Ngorongoro Crater
(Saturday, September 6)
   
 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: Stop for an adventurous picnic lunch in the Ngorongoro Crater.
 Afternoon: Continue your time in the unique Ngorongoro crater on an afternoon game drive before returning to the lodge. Watch the unmissable Ngorongoro Crater sunset. The sun makes a dramatic exit as it sinks below the crater rim. Later enjoy an early evening Presentation: "The Crater Ecosystem and Conservation."
 Dinner: Dinner in the lodge.
   
Accommodations: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Early Human History at Oldupai Gorge (Olduvai Gorge) / The Vast Plains of the Serengeti
(Sunday, September 7)

Note: The drive from Ngorongoro Crater Lodge to Oldupai Gorge is 2 hours. Some of the roads are unpaved. The drive from Oldupai Gorge to the 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 Oldupai 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. Certain times of the year, 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.

Built around a magnificent rock formation on the edge of the Seronera River, Seronera Wildlife Lodge is located in one of the most picturesque and best game viewing areas in the Serengeti. The nature of the architecture requires you to negotiate a number of flights of steps to reach all areas of the lodge, all with hand rails. The lodge location in the middle of the oldest, largest and best known of Tanzania’s National Parks, presents several challenges for the supply of goods and services which means that water abundance and hotel water are subject to conditions and hot water is subject to generators power. Sitting at the observation deck in the morning or the evening, you realize that the location of this lodge is truly exceptional.

 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
(Monday, September 8)
   
 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: Lunch in the lodge.
 Afternoon: In the Afternoon before going back out on safari, stop at the Serengeti Visitor Center to experience an illustrated presentation about the "Circle of Life". After the presentation, return to the plains to follow the watering holes along the Seronera creek in search of antelope, and other creatures gathering to re-hydrate.
 Dinner: Dinner in your lodge in the Serengeti National Park.
   
Accommodations: Seronera Wildlife Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: On the shores of Lake Victoria.
(Tuesday, September 9)

Note: Note: At the village school, any donations you choose to bring should be given to the school master and not directly to the children. The school will distribute the supplies as they are most needed.



   
 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. Keep a lookout for a rich variety of birdlife as you finish the drive to Lake Victoria. Arrive at your lodge on the shores of Lake Victoria.
 Lunch: Enjoy a light lunch at the lodge.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a nature excursion on this beautiful lake led by an expert guide. During sunset, both sky and lake explode with light.
 Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.
   
Accommodations: Speke Bay Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: From the Shores of Lake Victoria and into the Maasai Mara
(Wednesday, September 10)
   
 Breakfast: In the lodge.
 Morning: After breakfast continue north to Kenya. As you exit the Serengeti, you will notice completely different local architecture. After crossing the border, continue to Migori where a charter flight awaits to bring you to the Maasai Mara. When you arrive in the Maasai Mara, the trip to the lodge is a morning game drive. Search for the creatures of the Mara before arriving at your lodge.
 Lunch: Lunch at the lodge in the Maasai Mara.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon set out on a game drive from your lodge/camp keeping a watch for many resident lion prides or the fastest of all cheetah.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner in the lodge.
   
Accommodations: Fig Tree Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Tracking the Big Five in the Masai Mara
(Thursday, September 11)
   
 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: Enjoy lunch in the lodge.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon set out in search of the most endangered and illusive black rhinoceros whose population has been decimated by poachers until regular patrols and successful arrests rendered the area safer and the population now stands at 8 individuals and sometimes 10 rhinos in the Mara Triangle could be found.
 Dinner: Dinner at the lodge in the Maasai Mara.
   
Accommodations: Fig Tree Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Tracking the Big Five in the Maasai Mara.
(Friday, September 12)
   
 Breakfast: In the camp after the morning game drive.
 Morning: At dawn, embark on a drive toward the river to observe hippo, crocodile and birdlife. Depending on the migration, you may see wildebeest attempting the dangerous crossing.
 Lunch: Lunch at the lodge.
 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: Final dinner in the Maasai Mara at the lodge.
   
Accommodations: Fig Tree Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Return to Nairobi
(Saturday, September 13)

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 lodge.
 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 locally.
 Evening: at leisure
   
Accommodations: Eka Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14: Giraffe Conservation and Elephant Orphanage
(Sunday, September 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Depart for the elephant orphanage and learn about the conservation efforts here, you will also have the chance to feed the elephants 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.
 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. We will be leaving for the airport shortly after this time.
 Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.
 Evening: Coach departs to the airport with luggage. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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Suggested Reading List


A Guide to the Birds of East Africa, A Novel


Author: Nicholas Drayson


Description: Drayson draws on his time in Nairobi for this sweet novel about East Africa society -- revolving, naturally, around birding and the Hunt Ball at the Asadi Club. Reality intervenes in the shape of renegade Somalis.



Africa, a Biography of the Continent


Author: John Reader


Description: With the ease of a practiced journalist, Reader weaves a masterful and lively tale of the continent, from ancient cultures to modern times. Both authoritative and informal, this is a splendid introduction to all of Africa.



African Heroes, Samburu-maasai


Author: Matteo Guzzini (Photographer)


Description: Guzzini captures the rituals and travels of the mysterious Masaai communities of Tanzania and Kenya in beautiful, untouched photographs that honor the people and their land.



Big Five of Africa


Author: Gerald Hinde (Photographer)


Description: Hinde's stunning photographs celebrate Africa's lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and buffalo.



Birds of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area


Author: Adam Scott Kennedy


Description: Featuring a habitat-based approach to more than 270 bird species, this handy guide to fowl in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Speke Gulf includes 480 color photos and accessible text.



Kenya & Northern Tanzania (Serengeti) Map


Author: Nelles


Description: A detailed map (1:1,100,000) with inset maps of Lamu, Nairobi and Mombasa.



Michael Nichols, Earth to Sky: Among Africa's Elephants, a Species in Crisis


Author: Michael Nichols


Description: Iain Douglas-Hamilton, J. Michael Fay, Peter Matthiessen, Cynthia Moss and David Quammen contribute to National Geographic photographer Michael "Nick" Nichols' stunning tribute to the elephant. Taken from two decades of work in Africa, the book includes a chapter on Daphne Sheldrick's work with orphaned elephants.



Ngorongoro Conservation Area


Author: Ma Company (Tanzania)


Description: An attractive, colorful and informative sketch map of the area with notes on wildlife and conservation at a scale of 2:210,000.



Out of Africa


Author: Isak Dinesen


Description: The perennially best-selling tale of a naive young woman who leaves Denmark for East Africa, Dinesen's (AKA Karen Blixen) autobiography draws us into life on a struggling coffee plantation. It's a moving story inspired by a love for Kenya and its people. Includes the novella Shadows on the Grass.



Serengeti Spy


Author: Anup Shah


Description: A hoof-level view of the Masai Mara and Serengeti. Photographer Anup Shah lets the wildlife reveal themselves, placing small remote cameras at watering holes, outcrops and other strategic spots. The ground-level view is as surprising as it is clever, putting you face-to-face with lion and cheetah and wildebeest and all the creatures in action across the plains.



The Safari Companion


Author: Richard Estes


Description: An invaluable encyclopedic guide to Africa's mammals by a noted scientist, this perennial bestseller includes black-and-white drawings, an overview of each animal group and in-depth information. Written with the typical safari-goer in mind.



The Tree Where Man Was Born


Author: Peter Matthiessen


Description: A classic portrait of East Africa, enthralling in its detail on nature and daily life. Includes Masai, Ngorongoro, the Kenyan highlands and Mathiessen's field trips, safaris and adventures in the Serengeti.



The Worlds of a Maasai Warrior


Author: Ole Saitoti


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



West with the Night


Author: Beryl Markham


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



Wildlife of East Africa


Author: Martin B. Withers


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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