I am writing this only a couple of days after my 9th trip to East Africa. We had a fabulous 16 night itinerary of Tanzania and Kenya and I loved the 20 people who joined me. It was a great compliment to me that 6 of those people had joined me for almost the identical itinerary before. I can’t tell you enough about how much this part of the world has grabbed my heart and my “animal intensive” photo safaris are something I just don’t seem to get sick of. I come home with another 1000 pictures and wonder why I even bother bringing a camera, as when I add them to my collection I have enough lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, giraffe shots already – yet the new ones have their own new memories and I manage to remember where each were taken. I think I must be addicted to this part of the world and I know that I can give you the best advice on what kind of itinerary would be best suited for you.
Unless I’m away, I will personally discuss safari options with you. The problem may be that you may not be able to shut me up as my passion seems to overflow when someone asks me for advice. I’m technically mostly retired these days, so I may not be available the minute you call, but if I’m in town I promise to get back to you within a day at the latest. If you call our main office, please make sure they have the correct phone number and email address to contact you and perhaps some suggested times you want me to return your call.
You’ll have many options to choose from and in most cases we can find one that works for you. We’ll give you extra value for booking with CruisePlus.
We’ll take all the information we’ve discussed and we may suggest creating something unique for you, your friends and family.
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As I write this I am working on a 14 night deluxe Kenya trip for September 2022. Here’s the planned itinerary that I created – pricing to come soon:
2 nights NAIROBI
After your arrival and pick up from the airport you will be transferred to your hotel. The next day you’ll have a visit at the Elephant orphanage and the fun Giraffe Centre followed by a memorable experience serving lunch and learning about the kids at a Nairobi school/orphanage.
2 nights SAMBURU
You’ll fly from Wilson airport to Samburu for some great game viewing.
2 nights SWEETWATERS/OL PAJETA
We’ll have an approximate 3 hour drive from Samburu and on the way out will stop at a local village and then off to the famous game reserve Ol Pajeta. With viewing right from your fabulous tent you’ll love this setting plus visit the chimpanzee sanctuary and rhino.
2 nights MOUNT KENYA SAFARI CLUB
A time to relax at this iconic lodge now managed by Fairmont. Play some golf, perhaps have a spa or just enjoy this magnificent property. I highly recommend you visit the animal orphanage.
1 night NAKURU
We’ll have a drive to this famous park and one night. Flamingos can be abundant.
5 nights MASSAI MARA
We’ll drive to the jewel of Kenya and spend plenty of safari time between two lodges (possibly three) in various parts of the Mara. You may want to consider doing a balloon safari. This is where you are likely to see an abundance of animals and live the “Lion King”.
Day only TRAVEL DAY TO NAIROBI AND END OF HOSTED TRIP
You’ll fly from the Massai Mara and have lunch at the Karen Blixen gardens and have time for a museum tour. In late afternoon you’ll be transferred to an airport hotel to freshen up before your late evening international flight out of Kenya.
Non-hosted add-on suggestions:
1. Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania (I’d do this after the Massai Mara and for at least 4 nights – you may want to expand this to more reserves if you just can’t get enough game viewing!)
2. Amboseli (with luck you’ll see Kiliminjaro - I’d suggest you arrive in Kenya early for 2 nights to do this)
3. Zanzibar (I’d make this for a minimum of 3 nights)
4. Kenya Coastal beaches (I’d make this for a minimum of 3 nights)
5. Gorilla Trek in Uganda or Rwanda (this is expensive but amazing and remember this requires a significant amount of physical stamina)
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