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African Safari 2007
DETAILED ITINERARY

DETAILED ITINIERY

Day 1 TUESDAY FEB. 13

Fly out of Miami ON 7:40pm flight to London. 

Day 2 Wednesday, Feb 14

 Arrive in London at 8:50am. Leave our luggage at our hotel while we tour and shop

Day 3 Thursday. Feb 15

Fly from London to Nairobi Kenya. Our flight on British Air leaves at 10:05 am.

Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya at 9:20pm. We will be met by our safari guide and taken to the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi Kenya http://www.africanmeccasafaris.com/kenya/nairobi/hotels/intercontinental.asp

REVIEW:

There is a lovely outdoor swimming pool that is heated and is on a gorgeous terrace. The trees have beautiful delicate golden lights on them and they are lit up in the evenings. There are three different restaurants and we tried two of them. The breakfast in the main restaurant is fabulous with something to suit all tastes being available. The evening meals were also amazing, and the desserts were particularly stunning.

We will stay here two nights to recover from jet lag. If we feel up to it there are many things to see and do in Nairobi.

Day 4 Friday  Feb 16

Lodging tonight at Nairobi-Intercontinental Hotel

BREAKFAST: OUR HOTEL (BREAKFAST PROVIDED)

We will be taken on a guided tour of the Nairobi area today. A picnic lunch is provided.

Our tour will include the Sheldrik Ellee Orphanage (in the same area as Blixen & Giraffe Center) for the 11:00am elephant feeding/mud-baths.

Karen Blixen Museum  Karen Blixen is the author of 'Out of Africa'. Much of the suburb stands on her old farm. Her house is now the Karen Blixen Museum.  

 We will also visit Giraffe Center the city's most enchanting attraction, with the option of hand feeding the rare Rothschild giraffes, plus a nature walk with 160 species of bird. Giraffe Center $5.00 per person

Also we will visit the Utamaduni Crafts center in Langata (Near the Giraffe Manor), for a broad selection of crafts at reasonable prices.

We will also stop at Kazuri bead factory (also near Giraffe Manor). Kazuri bead shop and factory, which is definitely worth the stop. We went to the Kazuri Bead Shop; a woman's cooperative that makes ceramic beads and sells jewelry and other ceramic crafts. Inside, row upon row of brightly painted beads, bangles and bracelets hang from long wooden poles, giving the impression of entering a veritable Aladdin's cave. They are all fired from clay and hand painted in wonderful greens, grays, browns, reds, yellows and blues. These are the kaleidoscopic colors of Africa.

For sale in the adjoining room are larger items of pottery bowls, plates and mugs decorated with African emblems such as the speckled guinea fowl and animals. They'll give you a short tour of the facility and show you their bead/pottery making process. The beads are beautiful, reasonably priced, and make nice gifts.

DINNER THIS EVENING:

The restaurants in our hotel are said to be excellent. If we decide not to eat at our hotel, we should make reservations. Here are some recommendations made by people who have been there.

Other restaurants:

*Trattoria, A highly recommended lively Italian restaurant. Reservations might be necessary. This restaurant is not far from our hotel. Town House, Corner of Wabera and Kaunda, near Stanley hotel. Cost Less than US$10.00, attire is smart casual. No credit cards accepted.Tel: 340855,

*Tamarind RESTAURANT for SEAFOOD

http://www.kilimanjaro.com/adverts/tamarind.htm

http://www.africanmeccasafaris.com/kenya/nairobi/hotels/tamarindnborestaurant.aspNational Bank Building
Harambee Avenue
Tel: 220473, 020 251811

National Bank Building off Haile Selassie Avenue


*Tamambo Bar and Grill Restaurant: http://www.magicalafrica.com/dir.nsf/allbusinesses/Tamambo_Bar_And_Grill?opendocument&l=1&p=y

The Mall, Westlands
Tel: 448064

   DAY 5 Saturday, Feb 17

We will be free this morning to sleep late, shop or tour some areas not covered yesterday.

Here are some ideas:

*National Museum www.museums.or.ke, home to most of the great prehistoric finds made by the Leakey family in East Africa, from Ethiopia to the Olduvai Gorge. It also has sections on wildlife, art, geology, local history and a snake park. Admission Charges: Non-Resident Adult: $2.00

*Railway Museum (0.62 MI from our hotel)

*Internet café: There's an internet cafe right out the front door of the Hilton (Just down the street from our hotel) that charges 1 1/2 cents per minute

*Grocery: There's a Nakumatt store (local grocery chain) a short walk down the street. It's actually right across from the Stanley hotel.

*Near-by Shopping: On the lower level of the Hilton (on Simba Street) is the Collector's Den which has lots to offer with great prices (read: inexpensive/moderate). http://collectorsdenkenya.com/index.html

The Collector's Den is open daily till at least 6pm and often later The Collector's Den is actually on the street entrance next to the Hilton parking entrance. After our trip around Kenya, I realized that their prices were actually extremely reasonable, and we saved a bundle (at least 50%) by shopping there as opposed to gift shops at hotels, Masai stands, etc.

*Shopping Markets

Nairobi is also home to many unique boutique shops, modern art objects, paintings, clothing and jewelry. In the center of the town is the large covered City Market, on Mind Mbingu Street, Selling a great selection of produce, including fruit, vegetables, flowers, fruit, fish and meat. This colorful Market is an interesting place to visit, and a good place to find local handicrafts.

In Biashara Street, many shops deal in handicrafts and especially cloth from the coast.

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OUR SAFARI BEGINS!

This afternoon we will drive 2 1/2 hours to Lake Nakuru - Sarova Lion Lodge

Ask our driver if we have time to stop at Lake Bogoria. "Drive  to the spectacular Lake Bogoria with hot springs and geysers being the main attractions. The lake has been called ‘the new home of the flamingo’ with a nomad population of up to two million birds."

We are staying at the following for 2 nights.

http://www.africanmeccasafaris.com/kenya/safaris/lodges/lionhill.asp

http://www.sarovahotels.com/lionhill/index.php

LAKE NAKURU(Taken from a trip report)

 Nakuru---Probably your best chance for rhino. A recent visitor had 40 sightings in a couple-day stay. Nakuru has a unique kind of giraffe—the Rothschild’s. Nakuru is the best place for flamingos.

Whenever I think of Lake Nakuru, this is the image that I see. It was just unbelievable how many birds you could see at the waterfront. Sometimes the water was pink of the many flamingoes. Lake Nakuru, a soda lake, is famous because of millions of flamingos. In 2004 we visited the Lake Nakuru National Park and found out, that the park has much more to offer. Of course we saw the many flamingos and other bird life along the shores of the lake, but we saw also giraffes, zebras, rhinos, buffalo, baboons, impalas and waterbucks.To save the rhino population in Kenya the Lake Nakuru National Park became the first rhino sanctuary.

In my opinion Lake Nakuru should be encouraged for two nights, the game is simply brilliant there. It is one of the few places in Kenya where you have a really good chance of seeing leopard. Also Rhino are abundant.

DAY 6 Sunday, Feb 18

Lake Nakuru- Sarova Lion Lodge

We will enjoy game drives and may even visit a near-by lake.

DAY 7 Monday, Feb. 19

After breakfast, we drive to Amboseli National Park -Ol Tukai Lodge

 http://www.v-liz.com/safari/amboseli/oltukai.htm

 http://www.kenya-travels.com/kenyasafaris/oltukailodge.htm

 http://www.oltukailodge.com/

Amboseli National Reserve

Views of snow capped Mt. Kilimanjaro and huge herds of approachable elephants. Clouds from mid morning until an hour before sundown cover Kili. Also we hope to see crowned cranes, leopards and lions, black rhinos (rare), many giraffes, cheetah, impala, antelopes, elands, dik diks, aardwolf, and ant bear.

Amboseli National Park is one of the most popular parks in Kenya, we think it is a real gem. Situated at the foot of Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, it forms the backdrop to most photographers' pictures. Absolutely spectacular on a clear day, when the snowy peak of Kilimanjaro is seen. Elephants abound in the forest and swamps, feeding on the lush papyrus and other grasses. Cheetah, lion and many hyenas can also be seen on the salt flats or in the forests. Giraffe, zebra and wildebeest are always spotted on the open plains or congregating at the edge of the swamps.

DAY 8 Tuesday Feb 20

Amboseli- Ol Tukai Lodge

We have another day to enjoy Amboseli. I've read about how wonderful it is to take pictures of animals with Mt. Kilimanjaro in the background.

DAY 9 WEDNESDAY FEB 21

Drive to Namanga border, and on to Arusha (uh-ROOSH-uh) , Tanzania

We will have lunch in Arusha, shop and meet with our tour company.

Arusha

At 1,540 meters above sea level, Arusha enjoys a very agreeable climate throughout the year. ask your driver to stop at the supermarket on Sokoine Rd out of Arusha. It is big, modern and clean and a good place to buy water, beer, wine and snacks

Warning: Steer clear of the Oldonyo Arts and Gallery Co. in Arusha.

(from a forum)I had no problems getting my 6 memory sticks put onto cd. We went to the Patisserie on advice of an Australian friend of mine who has been living in Arusha for a year now. It was done while we waited and they had internet access there to help pass the time. It is near the clock tower (Near Fire Road). Sorry I can't be more specific with directions!

In the afternoon we will continue on to Tarangire National Park-Swala Camp

On our way to Tarangire, we will stop at Arusha National Park. It takes 3 hours to drive from the town of Arusha to Tarangire NP.

Lodging:

http://www.nkf-mt.org.uk/tz.Swala_Camp.htm

http://www.africatravelresource.com/africa/E/tanzania/accommodation/N/T43-tarangire/03/TSWA/TSWAa.htm#

http://www.safarinow.com/go/SwalaCamp/

Drinks are included at Swala and their wine is wonderful.

TARANGIRE ( tah rahn GEE reh) NATIONAL PARK

Tarangire National Park its sparse vegetation, strewn with baobab and acacia trees, makes it a beautiful and special location. During the rainy season, the seasonal visitors scatter over a 12,500 sq. miles range until they exhaust the green plains and the river calls once more. But Tarangire's mobs of elephant are easily encountered, wet or dry. This park is also famous for its tree-climbing lions.

The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.

DAY 10 Thursday, Feb 22

Tarangire National Park-Swala Camp

We have another day to enjoy Tarangire National Park.

DAY 11 Friday, Feb 23

Drive to Lake Manyara National Park-Serena Lodge 

Our drive today is only one hour so we can stay a while at Tarangire and go for a game drive or sleep late.

Lake Manyara National Park

Manyara, packs a lot of diversity into a small area, is the only park in the area that is green all year round. The park seems like a tropical rain forest with its dense lush vegetation. The alkaline soda of Lake Manyara is home to an incredible array of bird life that thrives on its brackish waters. Pink flamingo stoop and graze by the thousands, colorful specks against the gray minerals of the lakeshore. This park has greatest density of elephants in

Tanzania. Also there are baboons, impalas zebras, giraffe, and large hippo pools. There's canoeing on shores of Lake Manyara.

This park is also famous for its tree-climbing lions.

The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.

If we wish we may visit Mtu WA Mbo a village.  Near the shores of Lake Manyara, this village is a living example of one of the richest linguistic mixes in Africa. Home to over 90 tribes, Mto WA Mbu is possibly the only place you can hear Bantu, Nilotic, Khoisan and Cushitic being spoken in the same marketplace. A guide will accompany us.

DAY 12 Saturday, Feb 24 

Drive to Ngorongoro Crater -Sopa Lodge

( it sounds like "in-gore-on-gore-oh")

http://www.sopalodges.com/ngorongoro/index.html

http://www.africanmeccasafaris.com/tanzania/safaris/lodges/ngorongorosopa.asp

On the way we stop at Gibb's Farm for a farm lunch. It will take us about 11/2 hours to reach Gibb's. Lunch is buffet style that includes a wide selection of savory pies, vegetable dishes, hot dishes and salads, as well as a few traditional African dishes, followed by a desert buffet that includes items such as chocolate mousse and Reggie's famous rice pudding. After lunch we have another 1 1/2 hour drive to the crater.

We will do an afternoon drive on the Crater floor. Since Crater tours are to be limited to half-days only as 7/1/05, we can also do a half-day next morning before heading out.

The Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater is often called 'Africa's Eden' and the '8th Natural Wonder of the World,' a visit to the crater is a main draw for tourists coming to Tanzania and a definite world-class attraction. Within the crater rim, large herds of zebra and wildebeest graze nearby while sleeping lions laze in the sun. At dawn, the endangered black rhino returns to the thick cover of the crater forests after grazing on dew-laden grass in the morning mist. Just outside the crater's ridge, tall Masai herd their cattle and goats over green pastures through the highland slopes, living alongside the wildlife as they have for centuries. On clear days you can stand on the rim and see the floor 2,001-ft. below. Ngorongoro has the largest permanent concentration of wildlife in Africa with an estimated acreage of 30,000 large mammals. The descent into the crater takes 30 minutes from the rim. The wildlife drive continues around the crater floor.

We will stay one night at the Sopa Lodge, located on the crater rim. Sopa Lodge is the only lodge on the crater rim that has a road directly down to the Crater floor.

DAY 13 Sunday, Feb 25

 After a morning drive at the Crater we will drive to Ndutu Safari Lodge We will visit a Massi village enroute to Ndutu  We will again descend to the crater floor for wildlife viewing.

 10/14-One suggestion is when you are at the crater tell your driver you want to leave the lodge early enough to be at the gate at 6 AM, so probably you'll take a boxed breakfast and not lunch. The first two hours in the crater can be magical since the animals are more active and there are almost no people around that early. Then you can have lunch back at the lodge (you are limited to 6 hrs in the crater per day). Mid-day can be brutally hot inside the crater, I've found.

Most people are doing it the other way, having breakfast at the lodge and hitting the entrance around 8 or 8:30, missing out on some of the best light and best action.

Hopefully we will see the migrating herds of more than 1 million wildebeests. They travel to the southwest Serengeti to give birth around February. Many animals can be seen with their babies this time of year.

Try to visit a Maasai village in this area, too. There are several on the far side of the Crater, on the way into the Serengeti.

DAY 14 Monday, Feb 26

-Ndutu Lodge

We will go on game drives. Hopefully we will see the migrating wildebeests.

LODGING AT Ndutu Lodge

DAY 15 Tuesday, Feb 27

Drive to Kusini Camp in the Serengeti

http://www.sanctuarylodges.com/kusini.aspx

http://www.exclusivelodges.co.za/Exclusive_Safari_Lodges-travel/serengeti-kusini-tented-camp.html

Day 16 Wednesday Feb 28

Serengiti Kusini Camp

Day 17 Thurday March 1 

Morning drive at Kusini Camp then drive to Serona-o/n Serena Lodge

http://www.africanmeccasafaris.com/tanzania/safaris/lodges/serengetiserena.asp

DAY 18 FRIDAY MARCH 2 

We can take an early morning game drive or sleep late. 

Around 10 or 10:30, we catch a plane to Arusha, Tanzania; connect with a flight to Nairobi that is followed by an evening flight to London.

We will have dinner at the famous Carnivore restaurant. Ask to be seated in the patio area as the inside is a bit cramped and smoking is allowed. Not so good when your seated upwind in this multi level resturant. This dinner is not included in the price of our safari. The all-you-can-eat extravaganza will run you about KSh 1,300. If you can still stand afterwards, there’s the Simba Saloon next door!
( Langata Road,   Tel: 501779 (Telephone254-2- 501706/7/9, 501721, 501743 Fax 254-2-501739 /e-mail:tamarind@africaonline.co.ke http://www.africaonline.co.ke/tamarind/carnivore.html )  

After dinner we  will be transfered to the airport for our 11:20 flight to London on British Air. Our flight on British Air leaves at 11:20pm

Day 19 Saturday March 3

We arrive in London at 5:05am. We will overnight in London.

Day 20 Sunday March 4

Fly London to Miami on Virgin ATlantic leaving at 11:15 am and arriving in Miami at 4:00pm 

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What to Expect on a Safari

Wake up about 5.30 to 6.30 followed by very brief and light breakfast and early morning drive. Back to camp somewhere between 10.30 and 11.30 for the proper breakfast that was really brunch. Break on your own during afternoon to sleep, shower, catch some sun on your veranda etc. Around 3 or 3.30 we'd be called to afternoon tea which would be some savory and sweet snacks and drinks before going out on the afternoon drive. Return to camp roughly 7 and freshen up before dinner fairly soon after return. Both drives did one break during the drive with snacks and drinks.

You don't have to get up at the crack of dawn for every game drive. If this is a safari where you'll have a private vehicle, you can schedule your game drives whenever you like. You could alternate the schedule a bit, go out early one morning, and sleep in the next.

In all the time I have been reading travel forums on the web, I have never read of an animal attack on anyone on a safari. There are armed guards at the lodges and camps. Some accommodations will be fenced. As of today, both Kenya and Tanzania are peaceful, politically. Many of the roads are rough and bumpy. If there hasn't been recent rain, it may be very dusty. The jeeps or vans have pop-up roofs for viewing. Everyone will have a window seat. If you have any questions, please ask. If I don't know the answers, I will try to find them.