21442
Kenya/Seychelles
An Epic Adventure: Karen Blixen’s Kenya and Islands of the Seychelles by Yacht
Karen Blixen wrote “You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.” Come see the Kenya she so eloquently describes and explore the natural wonders of the Seychelles, too.
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Program No. 21442RJ
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17 days
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17 days
16 nights
41 meals
13 B 1BR 14 L 13 D
DAY
1
Depart from the U.S.
In Flight
DAY
2
Seychelles - <br> Flight to Seychelles
In Flight

Activity 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.

DAY
3
Seychelles - Arrival Mahé Island, Program Orientation
Seychelles Islands
B,L,D
Savoy Resort & Spa

Activity 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.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning you will have free time on your own to enjoy the beach, water sports or shopping around the hotel. In the late morning, the group will gather for the 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.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: Continue with free time to enjoy the hotel surroundings or the beach. Take advantage of the hotel Spa for a massage, sauna or a signature treatment for mind and body.

Dinner: "Welcome to Seychelles" Dinner at the hotel.

DAY
4
Seychelles, City Exploration, Embark MY Pegasus, St. Anne
Seychelles Islands
B,L,D
M/Y Pegasus

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast, checkout of the hotel and then take part in an exploration of Mahé, including a visit to the Victoria Market. Transfer back to the hotel.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

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.

DAY
5
Seychelles - St. Anne,Curieuse Island visit
Seychelles Islands
B,L,D
M/Y Pegasus

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.

DAY
6
Seychelles - Curieuse,Cousin Island,Anse Lazio
Seychelles Islands
B,L,D
M/Y Pegasus

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.

DAY
7
Aride Nature Reserve, St. Pierre, Baie St. Anne, Praslin
Seychelles Islands
B,L,D
M/Y Pegasus

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.

DAY
8
Vallee de Mai Reserve, Praslin, Praslin Felicite, La Digue
Seychelles Islands
B,L,D
M/Y Pegasus

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.

DAY
9
Seychelles - La Digue,Moyenne
Seychelles Islands
B,L,D
M/Y Pegasus

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.

DAY
10
Seychelles - Moyenne Island,Mahe,Inter Island Quay
Seychelles Islands
B,L,D
M/Y Pegasus

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.

DAY
11
Arrive Victoria, Fly to Nairobi, Orientation
Nairobi
B,L,D
Sarova Panafric

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Disembark from the ship for early departure. Transfer by coach to the airport for your flight to Nairobi. Your Seychelles group leader will prepare you for check-in and accommpany you at the airport. Upon arrival to Dar es Sallaam you will be met by your Kenya group leader who will accompany you on the flight to Nairobi.

Lunch: Served on board the flight to Nairobi, Kenya.

Afternoon: In transit, flight to Nairobi. After concluding Immigration and Customs procedures, you will 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.

DAY
12
Elephant Orphanage, Karen Blixen House, Giraffe Center
Nairobi
B,L,D
Sarova Panafric

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.

DAY
13
Transfer from Nairobi to Masai Mara , Afternoon Game Drive
Masai Mara
B,L,D
Karen Blixen Camp

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.

DAY
14
Masai Mara, Morning Game Drive, Lectures, Masai Village
Masai Mara
BR,L,D
Karen Blixen Camp

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.

DAY
15
Masai Mara, Game Drives, Campfire
Masai Mara
B,L,D
Karen Blixen Camp

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.

DAY
16
Program Concludes, Depart to U.S.
Nairobi
B,L
Panari Hotel

Activity 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.

DAY
17
Program Concludes, Arrive to U.S.
In Flight