Road Scholar : Home
The Best of Kenya and Tanzania: A Classic Safari

Program Number: 18783RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/2/2014 - 6/16/2014; 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.
 
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 (about 3 miles) 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: http://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 at the Eka Hotel Nairobi should you wish to arrive early or extend your stay. Please contact participant services for more information.
  Additional nights after: Request from provider Pre and post nights are available at the Eka Hotel Nairobi should you wish to arrive early or extend your stay. Please contact participant services for more information.
  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:
The program commences on Day 2 with hotel check-in 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. You will be staying at Eka Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
The program concludes on Day 14 with a night transfer to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) to check in for overnight flights back to the US. 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. Participants who wish to book air arrangements independently can join the group transfer if it coincides with their arrival time. The group flight will be confirmed in the final mailing (4 to 5 weeks prior to departure). We do not encourage participants to make their own way from the airport to the hotel. If you would like to book private transfer arrangements with Road Scholar, please contact participant services.
  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. Participants who wish to book air arrangements independently can join the group transfer if it coincides with their departure time. The group flight will be confirmed in the final mailing (4 to 5 weeks prior to departure). We do not encourage participants to make their own way from the hotel to the airport. If you would like to book private transfer arrangements with Road Scholar, please contact participant services.
    (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, June 2)
   
 Evening: Depart on overnight flights from the USA.

Day 2: Arrival in Kenya
(Tuesday, June 3)
   
 Evening: Arrivals in Nairobi in the late evening. Meet your Study Leader on arrival and check in to the hotel. It has been a long travel day. Settle in and get a good night's sleep to be ready for our transfer to Amboseli tomorrow.
   
Accommodations: Eka Hotel

Day 3: Amboseli National Park / The East African Elephant
(Wednesday, June 4)

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



   
 Breakfast: In 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: We check in for 2 nights at Kilima Safari Camp. You will have some time to freshen up before our meeting with the Study Leader. Your Study Leader will give an orientation to and overview of game viewing and the wildlife of East Africa. The areas we visit range from vast open plains covered with tall grass and scattered acacia trees to rolling hills covered with short grass, interspersed with isolated rocky outcrops, patches of woodland, marshes and swampy areas, and the mighty Mara river with dense riverine forests. What kinds of wildlife are you likely to see? Keeping in mind that wild animals do what they like, when they like, where they like, we look for the Big Five of African fauna -- elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, lion, and the elusive leopard -- plus a vast array of gazelles, antelopes, predators large and small, prolific birdlife, and in rivers, crocodiles that are among the largest in Africa. We go on game drives when animals are most active and into different areas to experience different natural habitats. En route, the drivers/guides will let you know more about what we may see. Put your new knowledge to work as we set out on our first game drive in the park. Returning to the lodge before dinner, meet and hear from an expert from the Amboseli Trust for Elephants to learn about the majestic East African Elephant. The Trust aims to ensure the long-term conservation and welfare of Africa's elephants in the context of human needs and pressures through scientific research, training, community outreach, public awareness and advocacy.
 Dinner: Be welcomed to the Amboseli National Park with a dinner at the lodge.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Kilima Safari Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Amboseli Big Game / Maasai Custom and Culture
(Thursday, June 5)
   
 Breakfast: In the lodge.
 Morning: Before breakfast today, we set out on an early morning game drive. As the sun rises, we head out to continue the search through the varied wildlife habitats of the park.
 Morning: Returning to the lodge, you will have time to freshen up. We then meet with the Study Leader for a presentation on understanding the tribes of Kenya and Tanzania with a focus on the culture and customs of the Maasai people, which are very different from our own.
 Lunch: Lunch in the lodge.
 Afternoon: Mid-afternoon, after a rejuvenating cup of tea/coffee, we re-board the safari vehicles and ride to another area of the reserve in search of big game.
 Dinner: In the lodge.
 Evening: At leisure. Get a good night's sleep to be ready for early departure and a lengthy travel day tomorrow.
   
Accommodations: Kilima Safari Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Crossing the Great Rift Valley to Ngorongoro Crater
(Friday, June 6)

Note: Travel today is lengthy with scenic views. The drive from the lodge in Amboseli to the border will take at least 3 hours. Part of the road is unpaved and can be rough. The drive from the border to Arusha is paved and will take about 3 hours. The drive from Arusha to the Lodge in Ngorongoro will take about 3.5 hours and is paved most of the way.



   
 Breakfast: In the lodge.
 Morning: This morning we check out of Kilima Safari Camp and leave early, enjoying a scenic game drive through the western part of Amboseli to the Tanzanian border. Late in the morning we stop for border 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: Crossing the Great Rift Valley, we continue to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where agriculture, wildlife, and eco-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. We check in for 2 nights at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge. Then before anything else, take in the view. The magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, the largest and most perfect volcanic crater on Earth, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Africa's most notable wildlife arenas. This unique biosphere has remained virtually unchanged for eons. Many thousands of animals wander the plains, lakes, and forests deep within the Crater's towering walls. The crater rim is also a perfect viewpoint to observe the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere.
 Dinner: At the lodge in Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: The Wildlife of the Ngorongoro Crater
(Saturday, June 7)
   
 Breakfast: In the lodge.
 Morning: Originally part of Serengeti National Park, the entire Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) measures 8,300 square kilometers (more than 5,000 square miles). It is the only place on Earth where mankind and a high concentration of wildlife co-exist harmoniously. Maasai cattle can even be seen sometimes grazing alongside zebras. In 4-wheel drive vehicles, we descend the slope into the Ngorongoro Crater -- base area 260 square kilometers (160 square miles) -- to observe wildlife. The Crater is home to more than 25,000 large mammals, many of which are resident due to the geographical enclosure, including wildebeests, zebras, elands, Grant's and Thomson's gazelles, and about 60 lions. The crater is also home to the last small population of black rhino in northern Tanzania. What can be seen at any given time depends on a variety of local conditions.
 Lunch: We will have an adventurous picnic lunch in the Ngorongoro Crater.
 Afternoon: We continue in this unique natural wonder with a short game drive. Observing wildlife in its natural undisturbed habitat is truly the adventure of a lifetime. Returning to the lodge, watch the incredible Ngorongoro Crater sunset that makes a dramatic exit as it sinks below the crater rim. In the early evening, we will have a presentation on significant aspects of the crater ecosystem.
 Dinner: In the lodge.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Early Human History at Oldupai (formerly Olduvai) Gorge / The Vast Plains of the Serengeti
(Sunday, June 8)

Note: The drive from Ngorongoro to Oldupai Gorge is 2 hours on a paved road. The drive from Oldupai to the Seronera Wildlife Lodge varies according to how much game is seen en route.



   
 Breakfast: In the lodge.
 Morning: This morning, we will check out of the Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge and depart early, making our way to the Serengeti. En route, we stop to visit the Oldupai Gorge Museum. Oldupai Gorge (previously Olduvai) is the most famous archaeological location in East Africa. The idea that humankind developed here was not prevalent when British archaeologist-naturalist Louis Leakey began to search for human fossils in the early 1930s, but Leakey and his wife Mary, a paleoanthropologist, believed it. With this in mind, they explored the sites in Tanzania and Kenya for decades. Their faith was vindicated in 1959 when they uncovered the first of many hominid fossils at Olduvai Gorge. (Note: In 2005, Tanzanian authorities officially changed the name to Oldupai -- the correct spelling of the Maasai word for the wild sisal plant.) The museum exhibits focus on the paleoanthropological research and artifacts from the surrounding area as well as the Leakey family and their work.
 Lunch: Enjoy a box lunch 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: We continue with a game drive though the Serengeti plains. Be on the lookout for wildlife, as this unfenced land is all part of the Serengeti ecosystem. This area can become crowded at certain times of the year with zebras, wildebeest, and gazelles -- often wtih newborns and calves. We check in for 2 nights at Seronera Wildlife Lodge.
 Dinner: In the lodge.
 Evening: Late in the evening, join the Study Leader for a presentation on stargazing - a unique night under the African sky. The lodge terrace has an ideal view high above the Serengeti that allows you to see a huge expanse of sky (weather permitting).
   
Accommodations: Seronera Wildlife Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Into the Heart of the Serengeti
(Monday, June 9)
   
 Breakfast: At the lodge after the morning game drive.
 Morning: We rise early and leave before breakfast to search for game and perhaps a fresh kill just as the sun rises over the Serengeti. Look for fresh tracks as the daytime creatures of the Serengeti awake.
 Lunch: Lunch in the lodge.
 Afternoon: We return to the Serengeti plains to follow the watering holes along the Seronera creek in search of antelope and other creatures gathering to drink.
 Dinner: Dinner in your lodge in the Serengeti National Park.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Seronera Wildlife Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: On the shores of Lake Victoria.
(Tuesday, June 10)
   
 Breakfast: In the lodge.
 Morning: In the early morning, we check out of the lodge and depart on a scenic drive through the Western Corridor that runs from the central Serengeti west to the park boundary and the shores of Lake Victoria. As we drive, watch for abundant resident wildlife along the way.
 Lunch: We stop in the Western Corridor of the Serengeti for a picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: Continuing our drive, we continue through the West Corridor of the Serengeti that is abundantly rich with animals. We arrive and check in for 1 night at the Speke Bay Lodge on the shores of Lake Victoria. Weather permitting, enjoy a motorboat excursion on the lake led by an expert guide. You might see fishermen pulling their nets, men and women working on their fields, or doing their laundry. At sunset, both sky and lake glow with light. We will embark on a birding walk in the late afternoon (approximately 2 hours). More than 240 species of bush, swamp, and water birds have been spotted on the Lodge's 100 hectares (nearly 250 acres) of savanna. Many birds indigenous to this area are not seen in the Serengeti. Participants will be provided with a checklist.
 Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Speke Bay Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: From the Shores of Lake Victoria and into the Maasai Mara
(Wednesday, June 11)
   
 Breakfast: In the lodge.
 Morning: As we leave the Serengeti and head north to Kenya, you will notice completely different local architecture. Crossing the border, we continue to Migori where a charter flight will take us to the Maasai Mara. When you arrive in the Maasai Mara, the trip to the lodge is also a game drive. Search for the creatures of the Mara en route to Maasai Mara Fig Tree Camp where we check in for 3 nights.
 Lunch: Lunch at the camp.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon, we set out on a game drive and watch for resident lion prides or the fastest of all big cats, the cheetah.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the camp.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Fig Tree Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Tracking the Big Five in the Masai Mara
(Thursday, June 12)
   
 Breakfast: In camp after the morning game drive.
 Morning: As the sky brightens, we head to the Mara River to observe hippos, crocodiles, and birdlife. Depending on the season, you may see wildebeest attempting the dangerous crossing. Then we join a local Maasai "moran" -- a young man developing strength, courage, and endurance -- for a nature walk through the edges of the Maasai Mara Park. Learn about local plant life and look for insects and lizards.
 Lunch: Lunch at the camp.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we set out in search of the most endangered and elusive black rhinocerous whose population was decimated by poachers until regular patrols and successful arrests rendered the area safer. The population now stands at 8 sometimes 10 individual rhinos in the Mara Triangle.
 Dinner: At the lodge.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Fig Tree Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Tracking the Big Five in the Maasai Mara (continued).
(Friday, June 13)
   
 Breakfast: In the camp after the morning game drive.
 Morning: At dawn, we return to the Mara River for further searches and observations of wildlife in its native habitat. We return to camp for breakfast after the game drive.
 Lunch: At the lodge.
 Afternoon: Setting out on our final game drive, take in the extraordinary sights and sounds as you say farewell to the Maasai Mara. Returning to camp, join your Study Leader for a final presentation and wrap-up.
 Dinner: Enjoy the companionship of new Road Scholar friends during our final dinner in the camp, sharing your favorite memories of the experience so far.
 Evening: Get a good night's sleep for early departure to Nairobi in the morning.
   
Accommodations: Fig Tree Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Return to Nairobi
(Saturday, June 14)

Note: The drive from the Maasai Mara to Nairobi will take at least 4 hours; 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: Depending on travel time, lunch will be at a local restaurant en route or in Nairobi.
 Afternoon: We check in to our hotel for 1 night.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own to enjoy the local fare of your choice. The Study Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Eka Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14: Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Conservation
(Sunday, June 15)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: We depart for the David Sheldrake Wildlife Trust, home of the Orphans' Project that has achieved world-wide acclaim through its hugely successful elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation program. The Orphans' Project exists to offer hope for the future of Kenya's threatened elephant and rhino populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory and horn, and the loss of habitat due to human population pressures and conflict, deforestation, and drought. We move on to the Giraffe Center of AFEWK -- the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Kenya, founded in 1979. During a special presentation, learn about the work of AFEWK, especially 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 will be out at a local restaurant for a final taste of Nairobi.
 Afternoon: Returning to the hotel, have an afternoon at leisure to pack and relax prior to your flight. You will have the use of your day room until 6:00PM.
 Dinner: On your own.
 Evening: The motorcoach departs for the airport at 22:00 hours (10:00PM) to connect with onward flights. 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
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


The Snows of Kilimanjaro


Author: Ernest Hemingway


Description: Set in Africa, this collection of 10 prime Hemingway stories includes not just the famous title story but also "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber," a chilling masterpiece about an American couple on a big game safari.



Kenya


Author: Michael Poliza


Description: Alternating aerial shots with dramatic landscapes, vivid animal studies, and portraits of the Maasai, Poliza's latest stunning book captures the spirit of Kenya and its people.



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.



Africa, The Serengeti


Author: George Casey (Director)


Description: James Earl Jones narrates this dazzling 40-minute IMAX documentary of the migration of wildebeest in the Serengeti and Masai Mara.



African Wildlife


Author: James Kavanaugh


Description: Slip this laminated foldout guide in your pocket for quick reference in the field.



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.



Green Hills of Africa


Author: Ernest Hemingway


Description: Hemingway paints the true story of his ramblings on safari in this classic, exquisitely written tale of hunting around Lake Manyara, which includes some of the best writing on the land itself and original pencil drawings.



Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda Map


Author: Freytag & Berndt


Description: A colorful shaded relief map at a scale of 1:2,000,000.



Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals


Author: Jonathan Kingdon


Description: A convenient compact edition of Kingdon's gloriously illustrated Field Guide to African Mammals. With abbreviated information on identification, distribution, ecology and conservation status and the same 480 outstanding color illustrations and maps as its bigger cousin.



National Audubon Society Field Guide to African Wildlife


Author: Peter Alden


Description: This comprehensive photo guide covers 850 birds, mammals and reptiles of Africa. With range maps and a good country-by-country overview of habitats and parks.



Ngorongoro


Author: Reinhard Kunkel


Description: Kunkel's three hundred stunning photographs celebrate the abundant wildlife of the crater and surrounding conservation area. Kunkel has been traveling and photographing in the region since 1973.



North of South, An African Journey


Author: Shiva Naipaul


Description: A sharp portrait of Africa, circa 1979. A brilliant and provocative observer, Naipaul meditates on the various peoples he encounters in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. The best, most insightful thing we've read about race relations in Africa.



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.



Say it in Swahili


Author: Sharifa Zawawi


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



Serengeti, The Eternal Beginning


Author: Boyd Norton


Description: Featuring 250 exquisite color photographs alongside Norton's firsthand accounts of travels in Serengeti National Park, Kenya's Masai Mara and Ngorongoro over a decades-long career.



The Safari Companion


Author: Richard Estes


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



The Scramble for Africa


Author: Thomas Pakenham


Description: Absorbing and meticulously researched, this in-depth history of the Victorian land grab in Africa includes excellent portraits of the egomaniacal personalities who overran the continent.



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 Maasai, 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: 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.





You can't find a better value than Road Scholar.


As a not-for-profit organization, we are dedicated to providing all-inclusive educational programs at great value. From lectures to gratuities to field trips to accommodations - the tuition you pay up front is all that you pay.



Specifically, this program includes:

Plus these special experiences...

View the Daily Schedule to see more

And included with all Road Scholar programs:


© Road Scholar 2014 | Call toll-free: 1-800-454-5768