KENYA GIVEBACK SAFARI

Nairobi . Masai Mara . Lake Nakuru . Lake Elementaita . Amboseli 
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This amazing journey comprises unparalleled wildlife viewing and bird watching in both Masai Mara and Amboseli National Parks as well as visits to two highly successful philanthropic enterprises.  

The David Sheldrick Elephant Sanctuary, where you will meet your adopted baby elephant or rhino, was started by the late Dame Daphne Sheldrick in honor of her conservationist husband, David. To learn more about this amazing couple, please read Love, Life and Elephants, an African Love Story by Daphne Sheldrick.

 

The Kazuri Beads enterprise was started by the late Lady Susan Wood who wanted to create employment for local single mothers so that they could support their families. The bead 'factory' now creates such quality beads and beaded products that they are sold at Harrods of London. 
 

Your visits support these two worthwhile organizations, and provide you with pleasant memories, the satisfaction of having contributed...and maybe a little retail therapy.

from $2499
per person sharing

8

days

PRICE INCLUDES:

Transfers
Transportation in a pop top safari vehicle
2 nights accommodation Nairobi
Nairobi Highlights - Sheldrick, Giraffe Center, Kazuri Beads & Blixen Museum

Orphan elephant / rhino adoption fee
2 nights accommodation Sentrim Mara Lodge

1 night accommodation Lake Elementeita
2 nights accommodation Sentrim Amboseli

Game drives while on safari

8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners

 

NOT INCLUDED:

International airfare; tipping; meals unless noted otherwise, personal expenses

 

GRACE NOTES:
Giveback: Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Sanctuary - baby elephant/rhino adoption


ITINERARY:
DEPARTURES:

Year round

Day 1: Nairobi

Transferred to your hotel on arrival. 

Day 2: Nairobi

Discover Nairobi a complex and fascinating city.  First, visit the Giraffe Center where you can up close and personal with curious giraffe. Then head to the Karen Blixen Museum where the novel Out of Africa comes alive. After lunch (own expense) head to Kazuri Bead Factory, started by the late Susan Wood who wanted to provide work for women in the villages around Nairobi, most of whom were single mothers, and who were in great need of income. Kazuri has grown and today has a large work force skilled in the making of handmade jewelry that is sold in upscale boutiques around the world. Perhaps enjoy a little retail therapy. Then, head to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage to meet your adopted baby “ellie”.  Hear from their keepers, who know each infant’s personality. Your tour guide is a former street kid who will give you his unique perspective on life in Nairobi.  (B)

Day 3: Nairobi - Masai Mara National Reserve

Today, drive to the revered Masai Mara, Kenya’s leading National Park. Travel tthrough Kenya's fertile highlands and head down the rift escarpment on the road built by Italian prisoners of war during World War II. On the way spot the charming chapel built at the foot of the escarpment. Pass the impressive Longonot earth satellite station as you head across the valley to Narok, continue your travels across acres of wheat and barley, before reaching the Masai Mara in time for lunch. Set out on your first game drive in search of the Big 5 – Lion, Leopard, Cape Buffalo, Elephant and Rhino.   Your accommodation for the next two nights is Sentrim Mara Lodge spread over 100 acres of tranquil natural vegetation.  (B,L,D)

Day 4: Masai Mara National Reserve

Rise with the sun and head into the Park for a game drive. Return to the lodge for breakfast and time to relax by the pool, or take a nap. In the late afternoon, enjoy a sunset game drive. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Lake Nakuru & Lake Elementaita

Leaving the Masai Mara after breakfast travel across the ‘breadbasket’ of Kenya, where acres of wheat and barley litter the landscape as you head north to Narok, the district headquarters of this part of Maasailand. Now travel across the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley, keeping an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle as you head up the Mai -Mahiu, before arriving at your lodge at Lake Elementaita around midday. Following lunch, depart for a game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park, returning to your lodge as the sun sets. The national park, known for its birdlife, offers a possibility to view flamingoes.  It is also home to Black and White rhinos as well as the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Amboseli National Park

Following an early breakfast, continue to Lake Naivasha for a boat ride. Leaving the Rift Valley behind, proceed to Amboseli National Park, arriving at your camp by late afternoon. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Amboseli National Park

Your best chance of seeing magnificent Mt Kilimanjaro is in the early morning before clouds enshroud her.  After breakfast, depart for a full day game drive to enjoy plenty of time to watch the elephants and other wildlife who visit Amboseli marsh. Enjoy a picnic lunch. Return to the lodge by 4:00pm, giving you time to unwind, or even take a quick dip in the pool before dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Depart

Return to Nairobi for your onward flight.  (B)

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