Kenya Nature Safari

Day 1 Arrive Nairobi, Kenya
Tour begins: Hemingways Nairobi. A transfer from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Hemingways Nairobi is included. Newly opened in 2012, your home for the next two nights is a luxury boutique hotel nestled within the tranquil, exclusive Nairobi suburb of Karen.

Day 2 Giraffes, orphaned elephants & legacies “Out of Africa”
Begin your Culturious travels today with the legacies of several couples touched by Kenya’s extraordinary landscapes and wildlife. Nairobi’s Karen suburb was named for Danish writer Baroness Karen Blixen (a.ka. Isak Dinesen), whose coffee farm occupied this area until 1931 and was the setting for her memoir Out of Africa and the 1985 film it inspired. Walk in her footsteps on a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum, set within the 1912 farmhouse where the author lived with her Swedish husband and later with British big-game hunter Denys Finch-Hatton. Hand-feed giraffes up-close and listen to a private talk at the Giraffe Center, established by the late Jock and Betty Leslie Melville to preserve the endagered Rothschild giraffe. After lunch, enjoy a SED Adventures Tours and Safaris Exclusive – a private visit to the Elephant Orphanage founded by author and conservationist Dame Daphne Sheldrick and her late husband David, where you will have a front-row seat to see baby elephants at play without the usual crowds! Join us for a welcome reception and dinner tonight at our hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 3 On safari in Amboseli… within sight of Kilimanjaro
Pack your duffel bag for a morning flight from Nairobi south to Amboseli National park. With its contrasting grasslands, emerald-green swamps and an arid, Pleistocene-era dry lake bed, Amboseli attracts herds of free-ranging African elephants, hippos, cape buffalo, lions, antelope, impala, cheetahs, zebras, wildebeest and other game animals, plus over 400 bird species – offering one of the premier wildlife-viewing experiences on Earth. Embark on your first guided game drive aboard your safari vehicle this afternoon. Enjoy “sundowner” cocktails on Signal Hill followed by dinner, and settle into your elegant luxury safari tent at award-winning Torilis Camp… complete with remarkable views of the world’s highest free-standing mountain snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Among the Maasai & Amboseli’s elephants
Amboseli National Park is Africa’s best place to observe free-ranging elephants; during a morning game drive, stop at a Masaai village and get to know local tribespeople and their culture firsthand. This afternoon’s game drive includes a visit to the Amboseli Elephant Research Center, established in 1972 by American journalist Cynthia Moss; for the past four decades, Cynthia and her team have studied the same elephant population within a 400-square-mile area in Amboseli, identifying and recording more than 1,400 elephants. Tour their research center and learn more about the project from one of its leading researchers before returning to the lodge for dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Where the rhinos are… Lewa Conservancy
Depart Tortilis Camp and hop a flight (which includes a refueling stop in Nairobi) to the Lewa Wildlife Conservacy, a 55,000-acre reserve north of Mt. Kenya in the country’s geographical center. On a game drive in the comfort of your 4 x 4 vehicle or perhaps on a walking safari, set out to spot the celebrated “Big Five” – especially the rare black rhinoceros, which the conservancy was established to protect in the 1980s. It’s sundowners and dinner tonight at Lewa Safari Camp, where you will spend the next three nights. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Saddle safari & bloodhounds on the trail
Learn how sure-footed polo ponies can be as some of you saddle up for a horseback safari at Lewa, home to the world’s largest population of Grevy’s zebra; riding along closely with zebra and giraffe who see you as just another grazing herbivore in an incredible experience! Others meet English bloodhounds and rangers of Lewa’s anti-poaching unit, whose efforts to protect rhinos and elephants serve as a model for the region; they’ll demonstrate their methods and “track” a Culturists traveler… it just might be you!

Day 7 It’s all about the wildlife…
Because it was originally created to save the black rhino from extinction, Lewa Conservancy is now home to more than 10% of Kenya’s total population of this critically endangered species. But that’s just the beginning; its riverine woodlands, swamps and forests boast some 70 mammal species including aardvark, hartebeest, hippo, hyena, Colobus monkey and sitatunga, plus over 350 bird species form the Lori Bustard to the Lilac Breasted Roller. Today, our smaller groups explore it all in various ways – some on a game drive, others on a walking safari or through an anti-poaching demonstration; later, everyone visits a local village. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Off to the Mara… & up to the stars
Grap your duffel bag and fly to the Masai Mara National Reserve for a three-night stay at Mara Intrepids, overlooking the Talek River where the reserve’s four game-viewing areas meet; arrive at camp to a personal welcome from a Maasai warrior. Over a million zebra and wildebeest migrate through here each year; keep an eye out for them and lots more wildlife on an afternoon game drive. Top off the evening with an astronomy lesson and some stargazing under the clear African night sky.. a truly incredible memory. (B,L,D)

Day 9 Just another day in the Mara…
Locals call the reserve “the Mara” – from the Maa (Maasai) word for “spotted,” referring to the circles of trees and scrub dotting its vast areas of savanna… or perhaps to the spots of the leopard, just one of the “big cats” the Mara is famous for… and which you might see on morning and afternoon game drives today. (B,L,D)

Day 10 A view from above
Get a bird’s-eye view of the Masa Mara’s remarkable wildlife from above on an included hot air balloon flight at dawn, followed by a hot breakfast in the bush. After more game drives, cap your Culturious Kenya trip with a farewell dinner at your camp. (B,L,D)

Day 11 Journey Home
Tour ends: Nairobi. Fly from the Masai Mara to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport. A day room awaits at Hemingways Nairobi; enjoy lunch, time to relax and repack, and dinner. Transfers are included to Jomo Kenyatta Int’l Airport. Allow 3 1/2  hours for check-in. (B,L,D)

 

** The price below includes all specified in the itinerary above

Prices per person

$8,750

 

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