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Big Cats, Baby Elephants & Maasai Warriors: A Family Adventure in Kenya

Program Number: 20815RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/25/2015 - 7/7/2015; 12/21/2015 - 1/2/2016; 6/30/2016 - 7/12/2016; 12/21/2016 - 1/2/2017;
Duration: 12 nights
Location: Kenya
Price starting at: $4,099.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Family Programs; Natural History; Intergenerational
Meals: 28; 9 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 9 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Three generations experience the beauty, power and legends of Africa together on this family safari-plus-more adventure. Feed a towering giraffe, walk among grazing zebras and even touch a baby elephant. Learn how the Maasai people live off the land and protect themselves from dangerous animals, and help Maasai children herd the calves and goats into the village. Study lions, cheetahs, crocodiles, flamingos and other fascinating creatures.


• Visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Orphan’s Project, where animal experts prepare elephants that have been orphaned by poachers to return to the wild.
• Learn the skills that Maasai warriors use to protect themselves from wild animals and don traditional Maasai dress.
• Game drives and walking safaris give you a great look at wildlife including lions, cheetahs, leopards, wildebeests, gazelles and hippos.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; some uneven terrain. Some long drives on bumpy, dusty roads.

This is a family program for participants, their adult children and grandchildren ages 10 and up.

Date Specific Information


Program date intended for grandparents, their children and grandchildren ages 9 and up. If you are a grandparent and traveling only with your grandchildren, please refer to program # 19687.


Program date intended for grandparents, their children and grandchildren ages 9 and up.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Nairobi (Kenya), 2 nights; coach to Lake Elementaita, 1 night; coach to Lake Nakuru, 2 nights; coach to Lake Naivasha, 2 nights; coach to Masai Mara, 3 nights; coach to Nairobi for departure.

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

Meet the baby elephants of the Orphan’s Project and hear from their handlers about their differing personalities. Feed a giraffe and see how it is able to eat the leaves of thorn-covered trees. See the big cats feeding at Kenya Wildlife Service’s Headquarters and select “your” animal to study.

Coach to Lake Elementaita
1 night
Coach to Lake Nakuru
2 nights

Journey into the Great Rift Valley, a massive trench that provides an exciting geology lesson. A Maasai warrior leads you into the bush around Lake Elementaita. See the famous flamingos of Lake Nakuru and explore its rhino sanctuary. Learn Kenyan songs and dances at a nearby village.

Coach to Lake Naivasha
2 nights

Watch hand axes being made just as they were during the Stone Age. Take a boat ride on Lake Naivasha and watch for African Fish Eagles swooping to catch their prey. In the Crater Lake Sanctuary, roam on foot among zebras, elands and warthogs and look for monkeys in the trees above.

Coach to Masai Mara
3 nights
Coach to Nairobi for departure
Overnight flight to the U.S.A.
1 night

Explore the Masai Mara National Reserve, the home of the Maasai people and a place where wild animals move about freely among the herds of the Maasai. Study some of the mighty predators that live here: lions, cheetahs, leopards and the crocodiles of the Mara River.


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

Comfortable hotels, safari lodges and tented camps.

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

Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Evanson James Kariuki speaks English, Kiswahili, Kikuyu, and basic Maa. He received his bachelor’s degree in government and public administration from Moi University and earned a post-graduate diploma in wildlife management from the College of African Wildlife Management. He is currently working towards a Master’s Degree in environmental planning and management at University of Nairobi. Evanson has worked for the International Livestock Research Institute, Youth Conservation, Care for the Wild – Kenya, the A.K. Taylor Fund, and the USFWS Mentor Fellowship Program. He is currently project officer for Bushmeat-free Eastern Africa Network, and is also a part-time field program coordinator for the Wildize Foundation. Outside of work Evanson enjoys studying African history, environmental sustainability, hiking on mountains, camping, photography, and learning about other cultures and languages.
Meals and Lodgings
   Sarova Panafric
  Nairobi, Kenya 2 nights
   Lake Elementaita Lodge
  Lake Elementaita, Kenya 1 night
   Lake Nakuru Lodge
  Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya 2 nights
   Crater Lake Tented Camp
  Crater Lake Game Sanctuary, Kenya 2 nights
   Nyumbu Camp
  Masai Mara, Kenya 3 nights
   Panari Hotel
  Nairobi, Kenya 1 night
 Sarova Panafric
Type: Hotel
  Description: Up the hill along Valley road and at the furthest foot of Kenyatta Avenue lies one of Kenya’s most sought-after tourism properties, Sarova Panafric. It is here where colonialism met pan-Africanism creating an exceptional meeting spot for varied world cultures. Sarova Panafric Hotel, boosts of rich & unrivalled history amassed over four decades since inception in 1965. When quests for Africa’s Independence raged in 1960’s, the Sarova Panafric hosted many of Africa nationalists. Sarova Panafric was the center of liberalism. That’s how the befitting name came into being, in the spirits of the Pan African movement. Even Kenya’s first president, H.E, the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta had a soft spot for the hotel! He inaugurated it on 5th January 1965. Since then; the hotel has continued to resonate with the best of Africa’s repertoire.
  Contact info: PO Box 30486 Valley Road
Up the hill on Kenyatta Avenue
Nairobi.,   Kenya
phone: +254-20-2720822
  Room amenities: Each room is uniquely decorated and furnished. Features indluce wireless high-speed Internet access, irons, ironing boards, hairdryers satellite television, tea/coffee making facilities, 24-hour room service, digital direct-dial telephone and mini-bar.
  Facility amenities: Sarova Panafric is home to one of the finest restaurant in town, the “Flame Tree.” The “Pool Garden” restaurant is open for lunch. There is a swimming pool available for all guests.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Subject to availability. Please contact your program provider, Holbrook Travel, for additional information.

 Lake Elementaita Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: Colonial architecture, beautiful gardens, and scenic views help make this a perfect place to relax and enjoy your safari experience in the Rift Valley. The lodge is located approximately 1 hour and a half from Nairobi, and less than 30 minutes by car from Lake Nakuru National Park.
  Contact info: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Lake Elementaita,   Kenya
phone: +254-50-50836/50648
  Room amenities: The double occupancy rooms have private bathrooms, a fireplace, satelite TV, telephone, minibar, safety deposit box, and a small sitting area overlooking Lake Elementaita and the gardens.
  Facility amenities: Lodge amenities include a restaurant, full service bar, conference room, swimming pool, tennis court, money exchange, laundry services, and gardens.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Lake Nakuru Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: Lodge located in the Lake Nakuru National Park, with views of the flamingo dotted lake.
  Contact info: No info.
Lake Nakuru National Park,   Kenya
phone: +254 202-732965
  Room amenities: Mosquito nets, phone, and balcony/terrace.
  Facility amenities: Pool, gift shop, laundry services, and restaurant.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Crater Lake Tented Camp
Type: Luxury Tented Camp
  Description: Permanent tented camp built on the shores of Crater Lake, a green soda lake located within the private Crater Lake Game Sanctuary. The camp's eleven tents blend easily with the landscape, offering privacy and close contact with nature.
  Contact info: Entrance near the Kogoni Police Station
Naivasha,   Kenya
phone: +(254-50) 2020613
  Room amenities: Each permanent tent has a veranda with seating area overlooking the lake. The cozy tents have four-poster beds and en suite bathrooms with shower and flush toilets.
  Facility amenities: The main restaurant and dining area is decorated in a rustic African style, with a tall thatched roof and views of the green lake. Drinks and snacks are available throughout the day. The camp has a conference room that can fit up to 25 people.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Nyumbu Camp
Type: Tents
  Description: Nyumbu is a traditional tented camp tucked in the wildebeests migration plains, on the edge of the Masai Mara Game Reserve (near Talek Gate). The unfenced camp looks out on rolling hills and vast grassy plains dotted with wildlife. Ol Kiombo Airstrip is located approximately 16 miles/30 minutes away.
  Contact info: Kiveni House, Gatundu Close
Off Gatundu Road
Kileleshwa,   Kenya
phone: +254-20-4347417
  Room amenities: The camp has medium sized, fully insect-proof, custom designed tents (13) equipped with proper bed, linen, bedside tables, rugs, and a small veranda. Electricity is supplied by solar power. Bathrooms are en-suite and are equipped with hot-shower and eco-toilet.
  Facility amenities: Reception desk, dining tent, fully-equipped bar with lounge area, and laundry service (at additional cost). Staff provide early morning wake-up calls with tea or coffee. Paved paths lead from the main buildings to the tented accommodations. The camp grounds are patrolled 24-hours by guards. Electricity in the tents is supplied through an integrated solar system. There is an inverter system off the generator (batteries can also be charged on this system).
  Smoking allowed: No

 Panari Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Panari Hotel is the Kenya’s latest state-of-the-art hotel along Mombasa Road. The hotel is conveniently located within five kilometres either from the city centre or Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. While at the hotel, customers can get a good view of the Nairobi National Park.
  Contact info: Mombassa Rd.
P.O Box 4372-00506
Nairobi,   Kenya
phone: +254 20 828990
  Room amenities: Satelite TV, air conditioning, safe, telephone, internet access
  Facility amenities: The Panari Hotel forms part of the Panari Sky Centre, a state-of-the-art architectural jewel comprising of a huge shopping mall, ice skating rink, cinema theatres and host of food courts catering for the varied exotic tastes.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Subject to change. Subject to hotel availability.

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Evening arrivals into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi, Kenya. Hotel check-in starts at 3 p.m. You will be staying at Sarova Panafric that night.
  End of Program:
Evening departures from Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Day-room check-out by 6 p.m. You will be staying at Panari Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. If traveling with a child under 18, the adult companion/s should carry a notarized authorization letter from the parents or legal guardians showing that they are allowed to travel with the child and make decisions on the child's behalf in the event of a medical emergency.
  Parking availability:
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Nairobi
  Nearest airport:  Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
  Transportation to site: Taxis are available at the airport for the transfer to the hotel. The airport's official taxi service can be hired at the small taxi booth in the arrivals hall. This service has fixed rates and the fare can be prepaid in U.S. dollars or in Kenyan shillings.
  From End of Program
  Location: Nairobi
  Transportation from site: Taxis are available at the hotel. If you decide to hire taxi services, please ask the hotel's front desk for assistance.
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Elevation Note: Nairobi 5,450 ft/Mara 5,200 ft/Lake Nakuru 5,769 ft

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

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Depart the U.S. on Overnight Flights.
(Thursday, June 25)
 Depart From: Overnight flights from the U.S. to Nairobi, Kenya.

Day 2: Arrivals to Nairobi, Kenya.
(Friday, June 26)
 Evening: Arrival at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Proceed through Immigrations, Baggage Claim and Customs before exiting the secured area of the airport. If getting your visa upon arrival, please submit your completed visa application form, fee and valid passport at the visa booth before proceeding nearby to the Immigration counter.

The Road Scholar representative will be waiting outside the Customs exit door, in the arrivals hall, with a Road Scholar sign (only applies to Road Scholar group flights).

Transfer to the hotel and check-in.

Note: This is an international travel day. No meals are included, other than those provided on the international flights. Hotel rooms available for check-in starting at 3 p.m.
Accommodations: Sarova Panafric

Day 3: Nairobi - Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage/Kenya Wildlife Headquarters.
(Saturday, June 27)

Note: 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.

 Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: After breakfast, get to know your group leader and fellow Road Scholar participants during a welcome and introduction session at the hotel. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

An introductory talk ('Saving Orphaned Elephants, Why Bother?') will prepare us for our morning field trip to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust- Orphan Project.

The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, located near Nairobi National Park, raises elephant calves and rhinos orphaned by poaching. The center was established by Daphne Sheldrick, widow of famed Tsavo game warden David Sheldrick. The orphanage is regularly open to the public in the mornings. At that time, visitors get to watch the playful calves being fed, exercised, and bathed. Once the animals are ready to be returned to the wild, they are transported to Tsavo National Park and reintroduced to resident herds.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Transfer to the Kenya Wildlife Headquarters and the animal orphanage.

While at the Kenya Wildlife Headquarters' animal orphanage watch the animals being fed, especially the big cats--lions and cheetahs. Learn how animals' teeth provide clues to the type of food they eat and where they live.

Return to the hotel. Before dinner, join in a group discussion about the wildlife seen during the day's activities. Children will be invited to select a specific animal to study throughout the program.

Following the wildlife discussion, enjoy a lesson on the basics of Swahili.
 Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.
 Evening: Free time.
Accommodations: Sarova Panafric
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Lake Elementaita - National Museum/Excursion to Giraffe Center/Meeting a Maasai.
(Sunday, June 28)
 Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Depart for the National Museum for a follow-up on animal studies and an introduction to the early inhabitants of Kenya--some of the oldest on Earth.

Excursion to the Giraffe Center where you will have the chance to feed these gracious animals and learn about their extraordinary physiology.

The Giraffe Center is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1979 with the purpose of saving Kenya's endangered Rothschild Giraffe, indigenous to the Lake Nakuru area. In the late 1970s, only 130 Rothschild Giraffes existed in the wild, displaced by encroaching agriculture. Since its founding, the Giraffe Center has been able to increase the giraffe population by raising and relocating the giraffes to protected wildlife parks and reserves. The center welcomes visitors of all ages to enjoy a close encounter with these gentle giants for a unique hands-on learning experience.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Depart for Lake Elementaita with an introduction to the Great African Rift Valley from a lookout point en route.

Arrive at your lodge and enjoy some free time to explore the lodge grounds or simply relax before your evening activities.

Before dinner, meet your first Maasai for a talk about the significance of Lake Elementaita in the history of the Maasai people.
 Dinner: At the lodge.
 Evening: Free time.
Accommodations: Lake Elementaita Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Lake Nakuru - Nature Walk with a Maasai/Mwariki Village Visit/Game Drive in Lake Nakuru National Park.
(Monday, June 29)
 Breakfast: At lodge restaurant.
 Morning: After breakfast, join a Maasai naturalist on a nature walk from the lodge to the shore of the lake. Enjoy an introduction to the bush lore of the Masai, observe flamingoes and discuss their migratory patterns in the Rift Valley.

Return to the lodge and free time until lunch.
 Lunch: At lodge restaurant.
 Afternoon: Depart for the Mwariki Village, located at the entrance to the Lake Nakuru National Park. Learn about life in a rural village and participate in a bead making session organized by the ladies of this community.

Continue into the Lake Nakuru National Park for our first game drive and an introduction to the animals of the park.

Return to the lodge late in the afternoon. Review the day's activities with your group leader, followed by a discussion on Lake Nakuru's successful rhino breeding project--the most effective project of its kind in Kenya.
 Dinner: At the lodge.
 Evening: Local entertainment provided by the lodge.
Accommodations: Lake Nakuru Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Lake Nakuru - Rhino Base/Game Drives.
(Tuesday, June 30)
 Breakfast: At lodge restaurant.
 Morning: Early morning game drive to the Rhino Base for further discussion on the rhino followed by an intense search for these tank-like animals. Return to the lake shore for a discussion of the different eating habits of the Greater and Lesser Flamingo and find out how the food they eat affects their color. Search for the elusive leopard and study a large troop of baboons to learn about their social habits. Continue to the lookout point for a "spot the animal" competition.

Return to the lodge.
 Lunch: At the lodge.
 Afternoon: After lunch, take advantage of your free time to enjoy the pool, catch-up on your reading, or get some rest before resuming activities later in the day.

Get together for tea and cookies, then embark on an afternoon game drive to observe how animals prepare for the night.

Return to the lodge for a review of the day's activities and an orientation session in preparation for your up and coming visit to the Kariandusi archaeological site.

Karibu! Gather around for another Swahili lesson.
 Dinner: At the lodge.
 Evening: Free time.
Accommodations: Lake Nakuru Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Crater Lake - Kariandusi Pre-historic Site/Lake Naivasha Boat Ride.
(Wednesday, July 1)
 Breakfast: At the lodge.
 Morning: Depart for the Kariandusi pre-historic site for a presentation on the Stone Age community that inhabited that location. Learn how they made their hand axes and watch one being made.

Dr. Louis Leakey, famed archaeologist and naturalist, discovered Kariandusi (an Acheulean site) near Lake Elementaita in 1928. Excavations (1929-1947) conducted at this location uncovered many Stone-Age implements including knives and hand axes. Interesting on-site exhibits showcase the archaeological finds.

Depart for Lake Naivasha with a short presentation on the different activities associated with the lake such as fishing and flower growing.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant on the shores of Lake Naivasha.
 Afternoon: Embark on a scenic boat ride on Lake Naivasha, skirting the shores of Crescent Island in search of animals that have the been the "stars" of many nature movies. Also, be on the look-out for African Fish Eagles as you cross the lake. These endangered raptors can sometimes be spotted snatching up unsuspecting fish out of the lake waters and carrying them away in their strong tallons.

Upon entering the Crater Lake Sanctuary, enjoy a short game drive looking for zebras, giraffes, warthogs, elands, and monkeys.

Arrive at the camp overlooking the crater lake. Free time to settle-in and relax.

As the last rays of sun slip below the horizon, we will gather around the camp fire for a story telling session.
 Dinner: At the camp.
 Evening: Free time.
Accommodations: Crater Lake Tented Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Crater Lake - Nature Walks at Crater Lake and Game Sanctuary.
(Thursday, July 2)
 Breakfast: Enjoy some early morning coffee and cookies at the camp while the local guide provides an enlightening introduction to the sounds of the morning.

Breakfast to follow.
 Morning: On a guided nature walk around Crater Lake, search for monkeys and learn to identify the prints left behind by animals that visit the lake during the night. A short hike to the rim of the crater provides the opportunity to discuss the formation of the crater from a geological perspective.

Continue to the wildlife sanctuary with the naturalist guide for a rare opportunity to walk amongst the animals. To quietly stalk a browsing giraffe or a grazing eland gives a realistic perspective of the size and the beauty of these large animals.
 Lunch: BBQ at the camp.
 Afternoon: After lunch, meet in the conference room to watch a video presentation. An afternoon walk in the vicinity of the lake will focus on animal tracks and how to identify them.
 Dinner: At the camp.
 Evening: A night game drive in the sanctuary will introduce us to the eyes and sounds of the night.
Accommodations: Crater Lake Tented Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Masai Mara - Nature Walk with a Maasai Warrior/Camp Fire Stories.
(Friday, July 3)
 Breakfast: At the camp.
 Morning: Depart for the Masai Mara.
 Lunch: Box lunch en route.
 Afternoon: Orientation to the camp and presentation on the Masai Mara, Kenya's most famous reserve, by the resident Maasai naturalist.

A nature walk with a Maasai warrior will address the dos and don'ts when encountering wild animals.

Camp fire stories with a Maasai warrior.
 Dinner: At the camp.
 Evening: After dinner, learn about the Great Migration during a video presentation.
Accommodations: Nyumbu Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Masai Mara - Game Drives in the Mara.
(Saturday, July 4)
 Breakfast: Early breakfast at the camp.
 Morning: Depart for a game drive in the Masai Mara. The focus will be on bit cats--lion, leopard, and cheetah--with discussions and observation of their different hunting strategies and social structure. Also, expect to see your first elephants in the wild and learn how members of a family of elephants help each other.

As we approach the Mara River, the focus turns to the Great Migration. Marvel at the long lines of wildebeest and zebra moving through the rolling savannah grasslands on their annual 800 mile journey in search of food.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch in the Mara.
 Afternoon: After lunch, continue with your game drive in the Masai Mara.

Return to the camp. Before dinner, enjoy a camp fire orientation with a Maasai warrior in preparation for your up and coming visit to a Maasai village.

Swahili lessons before dinner.
 Dinner: At the camp.
 Evening: Free time.
Accommodations: Nyumbu Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Masai Mara - Learning the Ways of the Maasai/Visit a Maasai Village.
(Sunday, July 5)
 Breakfast: At the camp.
 Morning: Walk with a Maasai warrior to understand the movements of the wild animals by studying their hoof prints and droppings. Learn how the Maasai protect themselves from a wild animal attack by using their fighting sticks, spears, and bows and arrows. Practice the same drills that warriors do to become proficient with their weapons. Learn how to make fire by creating friction with a stick and piece of wood and make a toothbrush from a tree branch--the Maasai way.

Meet local teachers and school children during a visit to a rural school (if in session). ***Although not required, previous participants have enjoyed taking basic school supplies to donate to the school.***
 Lunch: At the camp.
 Afternoon: Take part in a Maasai ritual in preparation for the farewell dinner.

During a visit to a local Maasai village, mingle with the young children as they herd the calves and goats back to the village for the night. Count the cows as they return to the village and participate in their milking. Help to settle the calves into the huts and spend time in the hut learning about the Maasai way of life.

Return to the camp.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the camp with a Maasai celebration.
 Evening: Continue dancing with the Masai, learning about the meaning of their different dances.
Accommodations: Nyumbu Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Return to Nairobi and Departures.
(Monday, July 6)
 Arrive To: At the camp.
 Morning: Begin transfer to Nairobi.
 Lunch: In Nairobi at a local hotel.
 Afternoon: Participants will be accommodated at the Panari Hotel until it is time to depart for the airport (check-out at 6 p.m.). Enjoy time at leisure to finish packing, make use of hotel amenities, or simply relax before your international flights.

Enjoy some snacks at the hotel before leaving for the airport.

Transfer to the airport and check-in for international overnight flights.

This concludes the program. We hope you enjoyed your Road Scholar adventure! When you get home, remember to stay in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network; share memories, pictures, and comments about your recent travels.
Accommodations: Panari Hotel
Meals Included: Lunch

Day 13: Arrive in the U.S.
(Tuesday, July 7)
 Arrive To: International flight arrivals to the U.S.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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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.

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 Mara, both as spokesperson for his tribe and as one of the first Maasai safari guides.

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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