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An Epic Adventure: Karen Blixen’s Kenya and 10 Islands of the Seychelles by Yacht

Program Number: 21442RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/3/2015 - 6/19/2015; 9/16/2015 - 10/2/2015;
Duration: 16 nights
Location: Kenya/Seychelles
Price starting at: $7,399.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising
Meals: 41; 13 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 14 Lunches, 13 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Low Fat; Gluten Free    

Experience two incredible environments in one extraordinary learning adventure. First, board a motor yacht to discover the Seychelles, an island chain of giant tortoise colonies, sugar-sand beaches, lush primordial forests and a marine world that beckons snorkelers just below turquoise waters. Then fly to Kenya to get close to elephant calves, spot “big cats” on game drives, discover the rituals of Maasai warriors and walk in the footsteps of Karen Blixen, who captured her life in Kenya so vividly in “Out of Africa.”




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day on uneven terrain.



Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Mahé Island (Seychelles), 1 night; aboard M/Y Pegasus, 7 nights; Nairobi (Kenya), 2 nights; Karen Blixen Camp/Mara North Conservancy, 3 nights.



Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.


Days 2-4: Arrival Mahé (Seychelles) / embark M/Y Pegasus / Sainte Anne:

Stroll the Seychelles’ capital city of Victoria — the fish and fruit markets are not to be missed. The first island you sail to is Sainte Anne, an important sea turtle nesting site. Lodging: Seaside resort.



Day 5: Curieuse:

Discover this uninhabited isle that was declared a marine national park to protect wildlife like the Aldabra giant tortoise.



Day 6: Cousin & Praslin:

Learn about the colorful birdlife of the Seychelles at a bird sanctuary and sail to the mesmerizing beach of Anse Lazio.



Day 7: Aride & St. Pierre:

In Aride’s nature reserve, find unique flowers and birds like the Seychelles Warbler. Snorkel or swim off uninhabited St. Pierre.



Day 8: Praslin & Felicite:

Explore Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you can experience a natural palm forest preserved in its original state.



Days 9-10: La Digue, Moyenne & Mahé:

On La Digue — population 2,000 — ride an ox cart to beautiful white sand beach. Enjoy swimming or snorkeling off little Moyenne Island.



Days 11-12: Disembark / flight to Nairobi (Kenya):

Visit an elephant orphanage to witness these magnificent creatures up close. At Karen Blixen’s colonial plantation house, delve into her 17 years in Kenya. Learn about efforts to restore the Rothschild’s giraffe population. Lodging: Centrally located hotel.



Days 13-15: Flight to Karen Blixen Camp/Mara North Conservancy:

This authentic camp on the Mara River is your base for game drives in search of the Masai Mara Reserve’s lions, cheetahs and leopards. Learn about nomadic Maasai tribesmen’s traditions. Lodging: Luxury safari camp.



Days 16-17: Flight to Nairobi / overnight flight to the U.S.A.


M/Y Pegasus

This oceangoing catamaran is 147 feet long. Cabins are fully equipped with private bathroom and shower, TV and air-conditioning. The ship’s 23 cabins can accommodate 42 passengers on an exclusive sailing for Road Scholar.



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

Born in Kenya, John Njiriri is a trained safari leader who has a great passion for wildlife and African culture. He speaks French and studied at the Alliance Francaise de Nairobi. John has had the privilege to meet many people from around the world while sharing his knowledge of his beloved Kenya. John is an artist and does portraits in his spare time, and hopes to work in farming as a future profession.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Hotel
  Seychelles Islands, Seychelles 1 night
   M/Y Pegasus
  Seychelles Islands, Seychelles 7 nights
   Sarova Panafric
  Nairobi, Kenya 2 nights
   Karen Blixen Camp
  Masai Mara, Kenya 3 nights
   Panari Hotel
  Nairobi, Kenya 1 night
 Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Surrounded by lush gardens and crystal clear waters, serenity awaits you. Situated on the Northwest coast of the largest island in the Seychelles, Mahe.
  Ship Information: N/A
  Contact info: P.O. Box 550, Victoria
Mahe,   Seychelles
phone: +2484287287
web: www.berjayahotel.com/mahe/en/home
  Room amenities: AC, telephone, mini bar, tea and coffee maker, shower, safe.
  Facility amenities: The hotel has 3 restaurants, 3 bars, meeting rooms, business center, foreign currency exchange, laundry, massage, gift shop, casino, swimming pool, gymnasium, tennis courts, billiards, water sports center.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: N/A 

 M/Y Pegasus
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The MY Pegasus is a 147.6-foot twin-hulled ship able to accommodate up to 44 guests in 23 comfortable cabins. The ship was built in 1990, completely refitted in 1997, and renovated in the winter of 2009/2010.
  Ship Information: Launched: 1992 Rebuilt: 1997 Length: 45.00 meters Breadth: 11.00 meters Draft: 3.00 meters Crew: 16 - 18 persons Cruising speed: 10.00 knots Cabins: 23
  Contact info: Variety Cruises
494 8th Ave, 22nd floor
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 800-319-7776
web: www.varietycruies.com
  Room amenities: All cabins are outside facing with portholes or large windows and equiped with private bathrooms, hairdryers, individual climate control, onboard phones, safety deposit boxes, TV, and radios. Voltage on the ship is 220V and cabins are equipped with European-style plugs, so adapters and converters are necessary. Smoking is not allowed in the cabins or any other indoor sections of the ship.
  Facility amenities: Dining room, bar/lounge area, outdoor restaurant, library, and mini-spa. A spacious Sun Deck with lounge chairs invites guests to relax, enjoy the scenery, and breathe some refreshing sea air. Extra/optional onboard services are priced in EUROS. The ship establishes an onboard account for each guest at the start of the cruise. Full payment is due at the conclusion of the cruise. Travellers checks and credit cards are acceptable forms of payment (ship uses official exchange rates).
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 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
web: www.sarovahotels.com/panafric
  Room amenities: Each room is uniquely decorated and furnished. Features indluce wireless high-speed Internet access, irons, ironing boards, hairdryers satellite television, tea/coffee making facilities, 24-hour room service, digital direct-dial telephone and mini-bar.
  Facility amenities: Sarova Panafric is home to one of the finest restaurant in town, the “Flame Tree.” The “Pool Garden” restaurant is open for lunch. There is a swimming pool available for all guests.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Karen Blixen Camp
Type: Luxury Tented Camp
  Description: This luxurious eco-friendly camp is strategically located on the edges of the famous Mara River. Its 22 large canvas tents offer elegant and comfortable accommodations with views of the nearby river. A main building, raised on a beautiful wooden deck, houses the restaurant, reception, bar, and gift shop. Authentic reproductions of Karen Blixen's furniture adorn the common areas and provide a sense of being back in time.
  Contact info: Masai Mara
Masai Mara,  00000 Kenya
phone: +254 7730 63863
web: karenblixencamp.com/
  Room amenities: Each canvas tent is set on a wooden platform base with a roof. Tents have electricity (supplied by solar panels), en suite bathrooms with flush toilets and showers, and a spaceous veranda. Furnishings include colorful rugs and pillows, a comfortable armchair, minibar, and an inviting chaise longue.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, lounge and bar, gift shop with internet, swimming pool, and massage services.
  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
web: www.panarihotel.com
  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:
Afternoon arrival to Seychelles International Airport. Hotel check-in starts at 3 p.m. You will be staying at Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Evening departures from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi, Kenya. Dayroom check out is 6:00 pm. You will be staying at Panari Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. For participants planning to extend their trip, an additional "Single Transit" visa is required for travelers on stopovers of not more than 3 days in Kenya while proceeding to other destinations. Please be sure to purchase this or a "Multiple Entry" visa depending on your plans. Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if arriving from an endemic area for Kenya. The government of Seychelles requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, check with the CDC website.
  Required innoculations:
Yes: Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required from travelers arriving from an endemic area. Please consult with the Centers for Disease Control for their latest recommendations. Participants can call 800-CDC-INFO for more information or visit their website at: www.cdc.gov/travel/
  Parking availability:
NA
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Seychelles Islands
  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
  Nearest airport:  Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
  Transportation from site: After disembarkation in Victoria, Mahe, participants will be transferred to the international airport to check in for flight to Nairobi, Kenya. Participants who are arranging their own international flights should contact the program provider to insure that they have sufficient connecting time in Nairobi. An additional "Single Transit" visa is required for travelers on stopovers of not more than 3 days in Kenya while proceeding to other destinations. Please be sure to purchase this or a "Multiple Entry" visa depending on your plans.


Required innoculations:

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

Elevation Note: The Masai Mara Reserve is located at approximately 4,875 to 7,052 ft above sea level.

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


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Depart from the U.S.
(Wednesday, June 3)
   
 Depart From: Depart from the U.S.

Day 2: Seychelles -
Flight to Seychelles

(Thursday, June 4)

Note: This program is designed around an Emirates flight schedule and the participants’ date of departure from the US will depend on the flight/air schedule that they choose. Since Emirates schedule is via Dubai, participants who wish to extend their stay in Dubai should contact the program provider for details.



   
 In Transit Overnight: This is an international travel day. No meals are included, other than those provided on the international flights.

Day 3: Seychelles -
Arrival Mahé Island/Orientation to Mahé

(Friday, June 5)

Note: Hotel check-in typically begins at 3 p.m. We will store our luggage at the hotel, but our rooms might not be ready upon arrival.



   
 Arrive To: Upon arrival to Seychelles’ International Airport at Victoria, Mahé , proceed through Immigrations, Baggage Claim and Customs before exiting the secured area of the airport. The Road Scholar representative will be waiting just outside the exit door with a Road Scholar sign.

Transfer to your hotel.
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: After breakfast, take part in a full day exploration of Mahé, including a visit to the Victoria Market.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue with local explorations.
Arrive to the hotel.
Free time to enjoy the hotel surroundings or the beach.
 Dinner: "Welcome to Seychelles" Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Seychelles -
Program Orientation/Embark M/Y Pegasus/St. Anne

(Saturday, June 6)
   
 Breakfast: Late breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Program Orientation.

Join your group leader and fellow Road Scholar participants in 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.

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.

The rest of the morning will be on your own to enjoy the beach, water sports or shopping around the hotel.
 Lunch: At the hotel.
 Afternoon: Transfer to ship for embarkation between 3:00 or 4:00pm.

Welcome cocktail and safety drill.

Depart Port Victoria and sail for St. Anne Island, whose calm, clear waters are perfect for a swimming break. It is one of the inner islands in the Seychelles and hosts one of the most important nesting sites for Hawksbill turtles.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner onboard.
 Evening: Evening free and anchor overnight at St. Anne Island.
   
Accommodations: M/Y Pegasus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Seychelles -
St. Anne/Curieuse Island visit

(Sunday, June 7)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard the ship.
 Morning: Early departure from St. Anne Island to reach the uninhabited island of Curieuse, once a leper colony and home to giant tortoises and the unique Coco de Mer palms.

Walking excursion on the island.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon free to enjoy beach activities.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
 Evening: Free time to enjoy the ships amenities. Overnight anchor at Curieuse.
   
Accommodations: M/Y Pegasus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Seychelles -
Curieuse/Cousin Island/Anse Lazio

(Monday, June 8)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: This morning we sail for Cousin Island for excursion to the Bird Sanctuary. It became the world's first internationally owned reserve when it was purchased by the International Council for the Protection of Birds, now known as Birdlife International.

The last remaining population of the Seychelles warblers were saved by this organization.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Sail to Anse Lazio, Praslin, considered one of the best beaches in the archipelago. Afternoon free to enjoy beach activities.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
 Evening: Evening free and at anchor.
   
Accommodations: M/Y Pegasus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Seychelles -
Aride Nature Reserve/ St. Pierre/Baie St. Anne,Praslin

(Tuesday, June 9)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Morning departure for Aride, a nature reserve managed by the Island Conservation Society of Seychelles.

Our excursion will take us to the top of the island for fantastic views. Home to the Wright's Gardenia, found nowhere else on earth, we also look for the bird species, such as the Tropical Shearwater, Seychelles Warbler, Lesser Noddy and Roseate Terns.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Arrival to St. Pierre for an afternoon of snorkeling and swimming on this quintessential Seychelles island. We leave St. Pierre for a sunset sail to Baie St. Anne, Praslin.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
 Evening: Creole night on board and overnight at dock.
   
Accommodations: M/Y Pegasus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Seychelles -
Vallee de Mai Reserve/Praslin, Baie St. Anne, Praslin - Felicite – La Digue

(Wednesday, June 10)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Morning excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Vallée de Mai Preserve, known for the Coco de Mer palms,Vanilla Orchids and endemic species such as the Seychelles Bulbul and the Black Parrot.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon sailing to Felicite for snorkeling on this uninhabited island.
Evening sailing to La Digue.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
 Evening: Evening at leisure. Overnight at anchor.
   
Accommodations: M/Y Pegasus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Seychelles -
La Digue/Moyenne

(Thursday, June 11)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: All day excursion in La Digue, the quaint community in the Seychelles where oxcarts and bicycles still outnumber cars. Take a refreshing swim at Anse de Source d’ Argent.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Sail to Moyenne Island, a national park preserved by Brendon Grimshaw, who cared for the island and its giant tortoises for nearly 40 years.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
 Evening: Evening at leisure. Overnight at anchor.
   
Accommodations: M/Y Pegasus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Seychelles -
Moyenne Island/Mahe/Inter Island Quay

(Friday, June 12)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Visit Moyenne Island for your last opportunity to swim in the beautiful waters of the Seychelles.
 Lunch: BBQ on the beach.
 Afternoon: Afternoon departure to Mahé’s Victoria port.

Late afternoon arrival to the Inter Island Quay, Mahé.
 Dinner: Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.
 Evening: Evening at leisure and anchor at Mahé.
   
Accommodations: M/Y Pegasus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Nairobi -
Disembarkation/Victoria, Mahé/Flight to Nairobi - Orientation

(Saturday, June 13)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Disembark from ship approximately 9:00 to 10:00 am.

Transfer to airport for your early afternoon flight to Nairobi.
 Lunch: Served on the flight to Nairobi, Kenya.
 Afternoon: Late afternoon arrival into Nairobi.

After concluding Immigration and Customs procedures, meet the Road Scholar representative (outside the secured area) and transfer to the hotel.

Arrive at the hotel and check-in.

Before dinner join your group leader for a program orientation for Kenya followed by a lecture.
Lecture: "Kenya Today, A Legacy of the Past".
 Dinner: At the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Sarova Panafric
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Nairobi -
Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage/ Karen Blixen House/Giraffe Center

(Sunday, June 14)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: After breakfast, 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: After lunch, transfer to Karen Blixen's house (now a national museum). The colonial plantation house was the home of Baroness Karen Blixen, who ran a coffee plantation in Kenya from 1914 to 1931. Her struggles and romance with British hunter Finch-Hatton are immortalized in her autobiography, Out of Africa (under the pen name Isak Dinesen).

Follow your museum visit with a field trip to Giraffe Center with site lecture. The center was created in 1979 in an effort to save 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.

Return to the hotel.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Sarova Panafric
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Masai Mara -
Flight from Nairobi to Masai Mara / Afternoon game drive

(Monday, June 15)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer to Nairobi's Wilson Airport to board a flight to the Mara North Conservancy Airstrip.
 Lunch: Arrive in the Masai Mara and transfer to the camp, arriving in time for a late lunch.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon at the camp. Take the opportunity to relax by the pool, do some "armchair game viewing" from your tent veranda, or maybe pamper your tired muscles with a soothing massage treatment.
 Dinner: At the camp.
   
Accommodations: Karen Blixen Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Masai Mara -
Morning Game Drive/Lectures/Masai Village Visit

(Tuesday, June 16)
   
 Morning: Early this morning enjoy some coffee/tea and cookies before embarking on a game drive.

Big cats will be the focus of this morning's target species game drive.

The open savannah grasslands of the Mara is the favorite habitat of the big cats – the lion and the cheetah. Here the cheetahs use their superior speed to run down antelope in a well-rehearsed hunting routine which we might be fortunate to witness. There is a possibility to see a pride of lion gorging on the remains of their successful hunt from the previous night.

Return to the camp.
 Brunch: Late breakfast at the camp, followed by free time.
 Lunch: At the camp.
 Afternoon: Free time to rest and relax at the camp. The camp grounds are on the banks of the Mara River, an ideal spot for game viewing.

Lecture: "The Rituals and Culture of the Maasai and their Connection to the Land".

Field trip to local Maasai Village and site lecture.

The Maasai live along the Great Rift Valley in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. These semi-nomadic people are herdsmen who live under a communal land management system. Livestock is still the main source of income and nourishment for the Maasai, though farming and the selling of crafts is increasingly used to supplement their income. The once strong and proud Maasai have lost most of their lands to national parks and reserves. Restricted by government and no longer able to herd freely and access water sources, they are slowly being forced to adapt to modern ways; renouncing long-held traditions in an effort to survive.

Return to the camp.
 Dinner: At the camp.
 Evening: Gather around the fire to participate in an old-time safari tradition: campfire stories.
   
Accommodations: Karen Blixen Camp
Meals Included: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Masai Mara -
Game Drives in the Masai Mara Reserve/Campfire Entertainment

(Wednesday, June 17)
   
 Breakfast: At the camp.
 Morning: Full day of game drives in the Masai Mara Reserve.

After you have enjoyed breakfast prepare yourself for the thrill and excitement of amazing wildlife sightings.
 Lunch: Within the Masai Mara Reserve.
 Afternoon: Continue with game drive activities within the reserve.

Late afternoon arrival at the camp.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the camp.
 Evening: Cap your busy day with some campfire entertainment and celebrate the end of your East African adventure.

Spend your last evening in the Masai Mara with your new Road Scholar friends, finish your packing, or get a good night's sleep in preparation for international departures tomorrow.
   
Accommodations: Karen Blixen Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Flight to Nairobi/ Dayroom/Depart to the U.S.
(Thursday, June 18)

Note: Dayroom only - check out is at 6:00 pm



   
 Breakfast: At the camp.
 Morning: Transfer to the Mara airstrip to catch a flight to Nairobi.

Arrive in Nairobi in time for lunch.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch, check-into the Panari Hotel for dayroom accommodations. Participants will have the opportunity to rest, shower, and finalize their packing before heading to the airport for evening flights to the U.S. Participants will be accommodated at the Panari Hotel until it is time to depart for the airport (check-out at 6 p.m.).

A light snack will be provided at the hotel before transferring participants to the airport.

Transfer to the international airport and board flights back to the U.S.

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: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 17: Arrivals to the U.S.
(Friday, June 19)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive 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.

Suggested Reading List


Mammals of Africa Including Madagascar (Collins Field Guide).


Author: Theodore Hattenorth, Robert W. Hayman, and Helmut Diller


Description: This book is considered the "Bible" of animal guides by some travelers.



Birds of Seychelles


Author: Malcolm Penny


Description: A compact guide to birds of Seychelles featuring handsome color plates by Chloe Talbot-Kelly, a 50-page overview of the islands, and an extensive description of each species.



Culture and Customs of Kenya


Author: Neal Sobania


Description: This book was recommended by a participant. He stated that it is “an up-to-date and well-written book that covers all aspects of life in Kenya. This book is part of a series on culture and customs in several African countries.”



Insight Pocket Guide Seychelles


Author: Adrian Skerrett


Description: A compact guide to the Seychelles, featuring an excellent pull-out map of the islands. With 11 suggested itineraries, suggested activities and excellent practical information on getting around the islands. Longtime residents Adrian and Judith Skerrett contributed to the guide.



Kenya Globetrotter Map


Author: Globetrotter


Description: This map features an index along with extra inset maps of Nairobi, coast north and south of Mombasa, the Maasai Mara National Reserve and other parks.



Kenya Insight Guide


Author: Insight Guides


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



Lonely Planet Kenya Country Guide


Author: Lonely Planet


Description: In the tradition of Lonely Planet country guides, this book provides a good introduction to Kenya, the national parks, and other places of interest.



Lonely Planet Mauritius Reunion, & Seychelles


Author: Jean-Bernard Carillet, Brandon Presser


Description: Paradise on earth? Pretty close. Laze all day on a dreamy beach, sip cocktails at sunset and feast on seafood. Or get active and hike into spectacular volcanic landscapes or dive with turtles in coral canyons. Whatever your interests and budget, this book will make your experience even more special.



Maasai Days


Author: Cheryl Bentsen


Description: This book was recommended by a participant. He stated that, "The trip to the Maasai village that we took was exactly as she described. This book greatly increased my understanding of the Maasai culture."



Odyssey Guide Seychelles: Garden of Eden in the Indian Ocean


Author: Sarah Carpin, Paul Turcotte


Description: A colorful and informative guide to the islands, with background on history and culture, and plenty of practical information. Illustrated with color photographs, the book also includes a number of handy local maps.



Seychelles


Author: Peter Vine


Description: Focusing on natural history, culture and society, this large-format illustrated book is an excellent introduction to the Seychelles. Imported from Great Britain, with 197 color photographs and a number of maps.



Swahili Phrase Book and Dictionary


Author: Berlitz International


Description: This handy paperback contains essential words and phrases for East Africa.



The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals


Author: Richard Estes


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



Wildlife of the Seychelles


Author: John Bowler


Description: A photographic guide to the wildlife of the Seychelles, featuring large color photographs of the birds, mammals, reptiles and invertebrates of the islands. With notes on identification features, behavior, conservation status, habitat and distribution. Adrian Skerrett, chariman of the Island Conservation Society, provides the introduction.





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