16 Night Hosted African Safari - Fiona & Gary Butchart

Embark on a truly unforgettable adventure!

Departure Date
February 11, 2023
Multiple Dates Available
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Other
Destination
Africa
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Please join our fabulous Fiona, CruisePlus host extraordinaire, and Travel Advisor, along with her wonderful husband Gary on this trip to East Africa! We put together two of the same itinerary just before this one, and they sold out - so we've added a 3rd trip (Feb 11-27, 2023).

From Fiona:

Over the past 15 years, Gary and I have escorted groups to Australia, New Zealand, South America, Antarctica, Europe, India, China, Cambodia, Vietnam and Japan. We love to travel, we love adventure and we love people!  Our tours are hand picked, stress free and fun!  It’s all about you when you’re touring with the Butcharts!

We are excited to be hosting one of the three Kenya Safari tours that CruisePlus is offering in January and February 2023.  The first two dates have sold out and the third is filling up quickly.  CruisePlus founder Dave Frinton has hosted many African Safaris and this is another customized trip made just for us.

Prepare to immerse yourself in this adventure, that will create memories you won’t soon forget, with just some of the highlights being Amboseli National Park, Maasai Mara National Reserve and Lake Nakuru National Park.

We hope you can join us – don’t miss out!  

Call Fiona for more details or to sign up!

Highlights & Sightseeing

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park is in southern Kenya. It’s known for its large elephant herds and views of immense Mount Kilimanjaro, across the border in Tanzania. Observation Hill offers panoramas of the peak and the park’s plains and swamps. Varied wildlife includes giraffes, zebras, cheetahs and hundreds of bird species.

Maasai Mara National Reserve

Maasai Mara National Reserve is an area of preserved savannah wilderness in southwestern Kenya, along the Tanzanian border. Its animals include lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras and hippos. Wildebeest traverse its plains during their annual migration. The landscape has grassy plains and rolling hills, and is crossed by the Mara and Talek rivers. The area nearby is dotted with villages (enkangs) of Maasai people.

 Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley lakes at an elevation of 1,754 m above sea level. It lies to the south of Nakuru, in the rift valley of Kenya and is protected by Lake Nakuru National Park. The lake's abundance of algae used to attract a vast quantity of flamingos that famously lined the shore.

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What's Included?
  • Arrival transfer from/to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
  • Met in our unique style with wet towels and ‘bubbly’
  • Complimentary Authentic Branded Safari Hat and safari essentials pack
  • Bed and 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
  • Visit to an off the Beaten Track Masai Manyatta (Village)                            
  • Flights: Wilson – Amboseli - Wilson - Nanyuki (quoted separately) and Mara to Nairobi
  • & Much, much more!
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Pricing
Hosted Safari
Double Occupancy 11,400pp
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Itinerary

DAY 1: 11th Feb 2023            Nairobi

JAMBO - KARIBU!!

Upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, our 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.

Nairobi Serena Hotel BB

DAY 2: 12th Feb 2023  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.

You will then proceed to a local restaurant for lunch enroute to Garden Children’s’ Home in Dagoretti, where you will get the opportunity to touch the lives of 300 adorable children. Garden Children’s’ Home is one of the many projects supported by the Manji Family through The Manji Foundation. The home is a refuge for abandoned children and has recently become a school, educating not only the students that have taken refuge behind their walls but also those that live in the area. Meet the founder of Garden Childrens’ Home Daddy Moses, and listen to his touching tale of how the centre was created. The hours will melt away as the talented students put together an enthralling afternoon performance with songs and dances to keep you entertained. The Manji Foundation supports the Home in various ways: one hot meal every day, providing stationary, uniforms, desks and other learning essentials and most recently building a science lab for the school.

At approximately 1600hrs, you will return to your hotel to freshen up before your welcome dinner party at the Manji Family residence.

Overnight at your hotel.

Nairobi Serena Hotel BB

DAY 3: 13th Feb 2023          Amboseli National Park

A leisurely breakfast at your hotel, then proceed to Wilson Airport for your flight to Amboseli. Upon arrival, you will proceed to your lodge for check in and lunch. In the afternoon, you will proceed on an afternoon game viewing drive, Set in rolling savannah scenery, it is dwarfed by the presence of the pink-tinged, snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing volcanic mountain in the world and topped by one fifth of all the ice in Africa. Against this magnificent backdrop roam vast herds of 'giant' elephant accompanied by a kaleidoscope of other fabulous beasts - lion, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, baboon, gazelle hippo and wildebeest. Amboseli National Park is also an ornithological paradise with over 400 species of birds, all manner of reptilian, flora and fauna and some of the most soul-searing views in Africa. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge LDBB

DAY 4: 14th  Feb 2023            Amboseli National Park

Spend the full day in Amboseli National Park with two shared game drives per day. This location exhibits one of Kenya’s most spectacular displays of wildlife -lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, cheetah, buffalo and hosts of plains' game. Thereafter return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge LDBB

DAY 5: 15th Feb 2023   Aberdare National Park

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight to Nanyuki via Wilson Airport. You will be met by a Twiga guide driver upon arrival at the and thereafter, proceed to the ground serving hotel - at the Country Club. Afternoon transfer to your overnight Tree lodge built deep in the forest. Enjoy game viewing at the flood lit water hole and salt lick from the comfortable lounge areas or from your room at any time of night such as the savannah elephant, rhino, Cape buffalo, bush bucks, giant forest hogs, Sykes monkey, leopard, and the rare bongo. A ground level bunker provides excellent photographic opportunities and takes you closer than you would believe possible to the wildlife. A warm jacket/sweater is highly recommended. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

The Ark LDBB

Please note: Pack an overnight bag, the rest of the baggage to be left at the Country Club in safe deposit.

DAY 6: 16th  Feb 2023          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. Upon arrival, you will be met by the camp’s representative and transferred to the 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 longneck, 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  Camp LDBB

DAY 7: 17th Feb 2023         Samburu Game Reserves

Spend this day 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 Camp LDBB

DAY 8:  18th Feb 2023                      Ol Pejeta Conservancy

After breakfast, you will depart for Ol Pejeta Conservancy arriving at your tented camp in time for lunch. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy and its sumptuous ranch were once the private domain of famed multi-millionaire, Adnan Kashoggi. We enjoy a game drive in this game wealthy conservancy with a visit to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a charming haven established by the Jane Goodall Institute to provide sanctuary to orphaned chimps, and the specially protected refuge of black rhino. In fact Sweetwaters boasts excellent game viewing with the highest ratio of game to area of any park or reserve in Kenya. The camp overlooks one of the busiest waterholes in the area and offers an astounding variety of animals including all the Big Five and myriad of plains game. This is Africa as Teddy Roosevelt saw it years ago when he led one of the first safaris to tour Africa in comfort and splendor. The tents at Sweetwaters will remind us of this past era.

Dinner and overnight at your camp.

Sweetwaters Tented Camp LDBB

DAY 9:  19th Feb 2023                       Ol Pejeta Conservancy

This full day will be spent in Ol Pejeta Conservancy on two extensive game viewing drives per day. Breakfast,  lunch and dinner at the camp.

Sweetwaters Tented Camp LDBB

DAY 10: 20th  Feb 2023       Mount Kenya National Park

After breakfast, you will drive to Nanyuki. Proceed to the famous Mount Kenya Safari Club, originally the retreat of movie star and club founder, William Holden and one that boasts an illustrious list of former members who include Winston Churchill and Bing Crosby. This prestigious club’s main structure reflects the 1950’s colonial architectural design with a luxury country club feel, complemented with independent quaint cottages, including William Holden’s original cottage, spread over 100 acres of landscaped gardens. The club’s activity list is long and includes golf, croquet, a bowling green, table tennis, swimming, an animal orphanage or you may want to simply relax, rejuvenate and refresh yourself at the Health and Fitness Centre set within these serene breathtaking surroundings .

Mount Kenya Safari Club LDBB

DAY 11: 21st  Feb 2023          Mount Kenya National Park

This full day is spent at leisure at the expansive grounds. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the club.

Mount Kenya Safari Club LDBB

DAY 12: 22nd  Feb 2023     Lake Nakuru National Park.

After breakfast we depart for Lake Nakuru National Park with a brief stop at the Thompson's Falls for a breath-taking view of the great scenery. We arrive for lunch. This afternoon ween joy a game viewing drive. The environment here is welcoming, one of the best places to relax, to unwind, to enjoy nature’s beauty. The scenery is breath-taking; a sight of the virgin forest is re-assuring. Some of the interesting places to visit include the baboon cliff, the lion hill and the Mauescarpment. The park is one of the best game viewing parks with various animal species including prides of lion, Cape buffalo, waterbucks, wart hogs, the endangered Rothschild giraffes, the black & white Rhino, the Burchell’s zebra, impalas, and the elusive leopard among many others. Over 300 bird species have been recorded here too. Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the best places to see the endangered black and white Rhino. Enjoy dinner and overnight at our Lodge.

Sarova Lion Hill LDBB

DAY 13: 23rd Feb2023       Masai Mara Game Reserve

After a sumptuous breakfast, you will continue 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, top is, the resident wildebeests among many others. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Mara Serena Safari Lodge LDBB

DAY 14 to Day 16: 24th Feb and 26th 2023 Masai Mara Game Reserve

On these two days, you will have an option of either enjoying two extensive game viewing drives per day or departing with packed lunch boxes for a full day of game viewing. 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! On one of these days, you will 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. We return back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Mara Serena Safari Lodge LDBB

DAY 17: 27th Feb 2023          Masai Mara Nairobi  flight

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast today. Thereafter, you will fly to Nairobi. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden for lunch and then 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. Thereafter, you will proceed to Four Points by Sheraton Airport hotel, where a day room has been booked for you. Rest of the afternoon is spent at leisure until 1800hrs. Later, you will be transferred to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for onwards flight.

ASANTE SANA NA SAFARI NJEMA!

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