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The Best of Kenya and Tanzania: A Classic Safari

Program Number: 18783RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/31/2015 - 9/14/2015; 5/9/2016 - 5/23/2016; 6/6/2016 - 6/20/2016; 6/13/2016 - 6/27/2016; 7/11/2016 - 7/25/2016; 7/18/2016 - 8/1/2016; 8/15/2016 - 8/29/2016; 8/29/2016 - 9/12/2016; 9/5/2016 - 9/19/2016; 9/7/2016 - 9/21/2016; 9/12/2016 - 9/26/2016; 9/14/2016 - 9/28/2016; 9/19/2016 - 10/3/2016; 9/26/2016 - 10/10/2016; 10/3/2016 - 10/17/2016; 10/10/2016 - 10/24/2016; 10/17/2016 - 10/31/2016; 10/31/2016 - 11/14/2016; 11/7/2016 - 11/21/2016; 12/5/2016 - 12/19/2016;
Duration: 14 nights
Location: Kenya/Tanzania
Price starting at: $6,095.00 - 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; Low Fat    

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


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

Activity Particulars

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

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

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

Itinerary Summary

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

Fly 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.

Nairobi: Historic hotel. Amboseli National Park: Luxury tented safari camp. Ngorongoro Conservation Area: Wildlife lodge. Serengeti National Park: Comfortable park lodge. Masai Mara National Park: Luxury tented safari camp.
Meals and Lodgings
   Eka Hotel
  Nairobi, Kenya 1 night
   Kilima Safari Camp
  Amboseli National Park, Kenya 2 nights
   Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
  Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania 2 nights
   Naona Moru Camp
  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
  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 à 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 contact Travel Services for booking information and availability.
  Additional nights after: Request from provider Pre and post nights are available for program number 18783. Please contact Travel Services for booking information and availability.
  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
  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 Serena Safari Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: This unique lodge clings to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, at 2200 m above sea level so could get cold in the rooms and there is no heating, please ask for additional blankets if you are cold. Long and low, the lodge is built from local river stone and camouflaged with indigenous vines. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the Crater 600 metres below. Linked by arched stone passages and timbered decks, its walls are decorated with stylized prehistoric cave paintings and lit by flaring torches. At the stone heart of the lodge burns a glowing fire, which is kept constantly alight. Decorated with cave paintings, the rooms are strung around the Crater rim. Each has its own rock- enclosed balcony, and all enjoy completely uninterrupted views of the volcanic amphitheater far below.
  Contact info: Crater Rim
Ngorongoro, NA  Tanzania
phone: +254 732 123 333
  Room amenities: •Phone •Private bathroom •Complimentary bottled water •Designer toiletries •Bathrobes •In-room massage available •Hair dryer (on request) •Individually furnished •Individually decorated •In-room childcare (surcharge) •Desk •Cribs/infant beds available
  Facility amenities: ¡75 rock-built rooms with panoramic private balconies ¡Rock built dining room and bar with central fire ¡Extensive viewing terraces ¡Game drives into the Crater daily ¡Wedding planning and honeymoon venue ¡Gift shop, business centre, WiFi ¡Tented conference centre ¡Extensive selection of sports and activities ¡Cultural dance and music ¡TV room with satellite TV.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Naona Moru Camp
Type: Tents
  Description: Although they have modern facilities, all tents are canvas, thus offering a total camping experience under the African Sky. With high quality canvas between your comfortable bed and the sounds of the African night, these camps provide the ideal accommodation for lovers of hte great outdoors, while retaining the coziness of a warm bed, a hot shower, gratifying cuisine and a welcoming team. There is a magical path of lanterns between the tented rooms and the Dining Tent. While there are kerosene lanterns used, you will also observe a mix of solar guide lights and scented beeswax candles to create an enchanting setting to unwind after the day's adventures. Feel free to take pleasure in the library Lounge Tent, enjoy you meals in the Dining Tent, and why not enjoy a sundowner while sitting around the nightly wood fire. For charging electrical equipment, a generator is run in the evenings for the dining and lounge tents (until 10PM only) -- please approach the camp manager for assistance.
  Contact info: P.O. Box 14035
Arusha,   Tanzania
phone: +255 732 930833
  Room amenities: The tents have netted windows down each side which you can fully open. There are lightweight curtains sewn and hung along each side of the tent for added privacy and to watch as they romantically sway in the breeze. The bathroom area can be accessed directly from the bedroom with a separate doorway - once again to fully open or fully close (both layers of netting and canvas) as you prefer. Once inside, there is a bathroom stand with a ceramic wash basin with running water via stylish taps, a mirror, a supply of natural based bathroom products, and linens. There is also a ceramic, flushing toilet. From the entrance to the bedroom and onto the bathroom, each tent is fitted with an extensive solar lighting system for your convenience. Please consider careful and responsible use of water and lighting when at the camp, to extend accessibility for all.
  Facility amenities: Each tent is 12m long by 4m wide made from well known heavy duty safari rip-stop canvas, and is imported from South Africa. The tents are side facing and you are met at the entrance with a patio area with chairs and a table for relaxing in your free time. The front of the tents zip fully open, including a layer of mosquito netting and the rip-stop canvas (it also zips closed completely with both layers). Once you step into the tent into the bedroom area, you will see an arrangement of satisfying furniture like a storage chest (with extra blankets), matting, wardrobe with robes, an umbrella and laundry bag, luggage racks, torch/whistle/camp information folder, bedside tables and beds (depending on room configuration). All the fittings depict colours in natural and tones to adhere to the instrinsic area in which it is located.
  Smoking allowed: No

 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
  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
  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 Participant Information 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)
  From End of Program
  Location: Nairobi
    (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, August 31)
 Evening: Depart on overnight flights from the USA.

Day 2: Arrival in Kenya
(Tuesday, September 1)
 Evening: Arrivals in Nairobi in the late evening. Meet your Study Leader on arrival and check in to the hotel.
Accommodations: Eka Hotel

Day 3: Amboseli National Park / The East African Elephant
(Wednesday, September 2)

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

 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Depart 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 / Maasai Custom and Culture
(Thursday, September 3)

Note: At the Maasai 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: 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.
 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.
 Lunch: Lunch in the lodge.
 Afternoon: After lunch, head back out in search of big game in Amboseli National Park.
 Dinner: Dinner in the Lodge
Accommodations: Kilima Safari Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Crossing the Great Rift Valley to Ngorongoro Crater
(Friday, September 4)

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 or from the terrace. The crater rim is a perfect viewpoint to observe the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere.
 Dinner: At the lodge the in Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Accommodations: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: The Wildlife of the Ngorongoro Crater
(Saturday, September 5)
 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 Serena Safari Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Early Human History at Oldupai Gorge (Olduvai Gorge) / The Vast Plains of the Serengeti
(Sunday, September 6)

Note: The drive from Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge to Oldupai Gorge is 2 hours. Some of the roads are unpaved. The drive from Oldupai Gorge to the Tented Camp 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.
 Dinner: In the lodge
 Evening: Late evening Presentation: Stargazing – A Unique Night Under the African Sky led by your Study Leader. (weather permitting).
Accommodations: Naona Moru Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Into the Heart of the Serengeti
(Monday, September 7)
 Breakfast: At the camp.
 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: Boxed lunch en route.
 Afternoon: 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 at the camp in the Serengeti National Park.
Accommodations: Naona Moru Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: On the shores of Lake Victoria.
(Tuesday, September 8)
 Breakfast: In the lodge.
 Morning: In the early morning depart the camp to enjoy a scenic Drive through the Western Corridor to the shores of Lake Victoria. As we drive west watch for the abundant resident wildlife stopping along the way to observe new sightings.
 Lunch: En route.
 Afternoon: In the early afternoon, visit a local school to learn about primary school education in Tanzania. Meet students and teachers and learn about their hopes and challenges. Continue your drive through the abundantly rich Western Corridor of the Serengeti. Keep a lookout for animals as you finish the drive to Lake Victoria. Arrive at your lodge on the shores of Lake Victoria. 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 9)
 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 10)
 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 11)
 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: There is a possibility that you will visit a Maasai Village en route today. It is truly a journey into timelessness, back to the way things have been for thousands of years. Some Road Scholars remain forever touched by the experience, the apparent purity, hopefullness, discipline, and pride of the Maasai people they shared this time with. However, we would like to prepare you for the reality of this visit. We hope you will understand that there is an element where you will be asked to buy their wares, trinkets, wood carvings, etc. at an improvised village market. The goods offered do not have prices on them. We have asked the Maasai elders to price the goods several times, however, they have not done so yet and do not understand why we are asking them to - to the extent where they think we are trying to westernize them. At this time, Road Scholar finds itself wanting to preserve the experience such that it is, however, would ask that you resist the selling pressure and stand firm and refuse purchase of any goods if you feel uncomfortable at any time. 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 12)

Note: Today you will fly from Maasai Mara back to Nairobi.

 Breakfast: In the lodge.
 Morning: Board our small plane back to Nairobi.
 Lunch: In a local restaurant 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 13)

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 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.
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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