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The Existential Traveller - EcoSafari Kenya

The Existential Traveller

African safari is an amazing adventure, the trip of a lifetime. We visit safari camps to enjoy wildlife roaming free and proud as well as a special visit to a Masai Mara village. Today these beautiful animals and tribes are suffering from the ravages of climate change and hunger. We focus on the efforts of the government and private organizations to eliminate some of the suffering. For a nostalgic glimpse of life in an earlier time we visit the incredible Mt. Kenya Safari Club and the beautiful home, now a museum, of Karen Blixen of “Out of Africa”. Photographers, artists, writers will be enchanted by the spectacle in addition to the fantastic wildlife viewing, and enjoy the incredible art, culture, music, and nature of Kenya.

African Safari is the trip of a lifetime. The magnificence of the landscape itself plus the majesty of the animals in natural habitat cannot be duplicated or equalled. Our focus on the dangers to this habitat and therefore to the people and animals themselves spotlights the potential that experiential ecosensative tourism provides our destinations.

2022 is the year for Africa. Your journey begins here.

DAY 1: Nairobi

JAMBO - KARIBU!! Upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Twiga Tours representatives will meet you with our traditional, unique & special welcome (bubbly, wet towels and presentation of authentic safari hat and a beautiful authentic canvas pouch filled with safari essentials). You will then proceed to your hotel for check in. Rest of the day is spent at leisure with overnight at the hotel.
Fairmont the Norfolk BB

DAY 2: Nairobi

After breakfast you will proceed to Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. This centre has played a significant role in Kenya’s conservation efforts. The baby elephants are brought from the national park for a mud-bath at the orphanage, where for an hour (i.e. 1100hrs - 1200hrs) you can get close to them and sometimes touch them. You may not feed the animals but will get a chance to view the handlers feeding them. The orphanage offers hope for any orphaned baby elephant fortunate enough to be found alive and so far, it is proud to have saved over 150 orphaned infant elephants, which would otherwise have perished. The baby elephants are raised at the orphanage with the intention of gradually reintegrating them into the wild. The age range of the elephants can vary from a few months to three years. Each elephant is assigned to its own keeper, who acts as a surrogate mother and will stay with the elephant until it is released back into the wild.

Thereafter, you will visit the renowned Giraffe Centre, where you will be given a rare opportunity to get up close to these gentle giants in this natural sanctuary, which was founded to protect the endangered Rothschild giraffe. Here you are able to climb to the top of a platform and stand eye to eye with the giraffes and feed them with small pellets.

Enjoy lunch at the Karen Blixen coffee garden and proceed to explore the Karen Blixen Museum for a glimpse into the fascinating world of this pioneer coffee farmer, who achieved world fame through her highly-acclaimed memoir, “Out of Africa”. She left Africa after a series of personal tragedies and her lovely colonial house has been preserved as a museum. Set in expansive gardens, the Karen Blixen Museum is an interesting place to wander around.

Later you will be transferred to your hotel to freshen up before your welcome dinner party at the Manji Family residence.

Overnight at your hotel.
Fairmont the Norfolk L-D-BB

DAY 3: Ol Pejeta Conservancy

After breakfast, drive to Sweet Waters Tented Camp located in a conservancy around the foot of Mount Kenya arriving in good time for lunch. Take a rest after lunch and go for an afternoon game drive. Ol Pejeta is a private 90,000 acres Conservancy which is home to Kenya's largest population of Black Rhino, a large number of elephants, cheetah, lion, leopard and plains game including the rarer Northern species such as Grevy’s Zebra, Jacksons Hartebeest and Beisa Oryx. In addition, the Wildlife Educational Centre is interesting for both children and adults alike, and the Chimpanzee Sanctuary for orphaned chimps offers the opportunity to learn about the perils facing chimpanzees in the wild. This private wilderness boasts an astounding variety of wildlife, including the endangered black and white rhino, and a number of endangered species, most notably the rare Grevy's zebra and the Jackson's hartebeest. Return to the camp for dinner and overnight.
Sweetwaters Tented Camp LDBB

DAY 4: Samburu Game Reserves

After breakfast, you will drive further north to the Samburu National Reserve, set in the rugged semi-arid northern region with spectacular scenic landscape. Arrive at your camp to a warm welcome then lunch, short siesta before heading for an afternoon game viewing drive. The verdant riverine forest is a stark contrast to the arid thorn studded plains. The Samburu region is the best place to find several endemic Northern species; including the Gerenuk (twiga gazelle) due to her long neck, the beisa Oryx, the Reticulated Giraffe, the Somali ostrich and Grevy’s Zebra. Samburu is also an ornithological paradise, home to many birds including local species such as the Palm Nut Vulture and the Vivacious Dove. Leopards are often seen at dusk. The Samburu culture is a truly fascinating one, sharing a great deal of ancestral and linguistic ties to the Maasai. The entire Samburu region is a place of breath taking and magical beauty, a place where the vision of a deep red sunset silhouetting the doum palms along the river as a leopard emerges to hunt brings the perfect end to a day on safari...... Dinner and overnight at the camp.
Ashnil Samburu Camp LDBB

DAY 5: Samburu Game Reserves

Spend these two days in Samburu with morning and afternoon game viewing drives in both Samburu and Buffalo Springs game reserves. These game reserves provide some of the best and most colourful game viewing in the country. The Ewaso Nyiro River which meanders through the vast, dry, doum palm dominated reserve brings life along the green, scenic river banks, home and refuge to many wildlife. Meals and overnight at our camp.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Visit to a Samburu Manyatta to see how the tribe lives in this harsh surrounding.
Ashnil Samburu Camp LDBB

The Existential Traveller - EcoSafari Kenya

DAY 6: Lake Naivasha

After breakfast we depart for Lake Naivasha with a brief stop at the Thompson's Falls for a breath-taking view of the great scenery. We arrive for lunch. Lake Naivasha is an important horticultural area of Kenya, famous for her teeming diverse bird species, scenic climate and tranquillity. Enjoy lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, you will proceed for a boat ride and visit to the crescent island for a guided walking safari on the eastern side of the lake that is also home to Masai giraffe, zebra, dik diks, steenbok, impala and gazelles. It is quite liberating to walk among the giraffe and zebra with no fences or barriers between you and the wildlife! Return for dinner and overnight at your lodge/
Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge LDBB

DAY 7: Masai Mara Game Reserve

After a sumptuous breakfast, you will drive to Masai Mara. It is perhaps the only region left in Kenya where the visitor may see animals in the same super-abundance as existed a century ago. Enjoy a game viewing drive enroute to the camp. Arrive for lunch and some relaxation time. In the afternoon you will proceed on another game viewing drive in this vast and expansive reserve teeming with game. Mara game reserve is famous for her big five; the most sought after in the early 20th century, when Kenya was a hunters' paradise. These include the lion, Cape buffalo, the savanna elephant, black rhino and the elusive leopard. The vast savanna grasslands as far as the eye can see is home to impalas, maasai giraffes, waterbucks, warthogs, thompson & grand gazelles, topis, the resident wildebeests among many others. Dinner and overnight at your camp.
Entim Mara Camp LDBB

DAY 8 & 9: Masai Mara Game Reserve

These two days will be spent in Masai Mara at your command; you will have an option of departing on two extensive game drives per day or departing with packed lunch boxes for a full day of game viewing adventures. Be on the look-out for the big five that Maasai Mara is famous for. These include the lion, savannah (African) elephant, the Cape buffalo, the leopard and the black rhino. We may even be so lucky to witness a leopard or a cheetah sprint and make a kill! We return back to the camp for dinner and overnight.
Entim Mara Camp LDBB

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Balloon Safari over the Mara plains followed by a champagne breakfast OR Visit a traditional Masai Manyatta (off the beaten track) and experience the culture of this world famous community. The Masai still live as they did for centuries -interact with these nomadic people and experience their way of life as you learn about their customs and traditions.

DAY 10: Nairobi

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight to Wilson Airport. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to a city restaurant for lunch. Thereafter, you will be transferred to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for onwards flight.

ASANTE SANA NA SAFARI NJEMA!

Please Note: We highly recommend adequate travel insurance to be carried and our travel insurance policies are available upon request ONLY!

Balloon Safari over the Masai Mara
450.00 / per person

Visit to an off the Beaten Track Masai Manyatta (Village)
35.00 / Extras & Activities

Inclusions:

  • Arrival transfer from/to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
  • Met in our unique style with wet towels and ‘bubbly’
  • Complimentary Authentic Branded Safari Hat and safari essentials pack
  • Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Nairobi
  • Full Board Accommodation while on safari.
  • Meals as stated on the itinerary
  • Park entrance fees
  • Evacuation Flying doctors
  • Services of a professional English Speaking guide driver
  • Unlimited mileage on game viewing drives
  • Unlimited supply of bottled mineral drinking water in the vehicle while on safari
  • Use of a custom designed pop-up roof Safari Land cruiser while on safari
  • Services of a professional English Speaking guide driver
  • Flights (Masai Mara – Wilson)

Exclusions:

  • International flight, passport & visa fees
  • All personal expenses – laundry, telephones, premium drinks at Camps, tips to
    Camp Staff and gratuity to Guide/Driver

Price without international air - $4350

Single Supplement - $1185

 

Note to all travelers: We closely monitor the Covid19 situation and observe all recommended protocols. If the destination is not safe for tourists we will cancel the trip. All deposits and payments will be refunded when a trip is cancelled. We will provide updates on the requirements of individual locations as available. Your pleasure and safety are our primary concerns.


This trip is not sponsored by Aramco ExPats or any Saudi Aramco organization.

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