The Plains of Africa | October 15 – 28, 2020

The Plains of Africa | October 15 – 28, 2020
$6,999 per person
$8,099 Single Occupancy
$500 due on registration
Thursday, October 15, 2020 through
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Kenya Wildlife Safari

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For bookings made after Mar 16, 2020 call for rates.

This incredible price includes:

  • 14 Days
  • 33 Meals
    • 12 Breakfasts
    • 11 Lunches
    • 10 Dinners
  • Attraction Taxes and Fees
  • Round Trip Air from Detroit Metro Airport
  • Air Taces and Fees/Surcharges
  • Hotel Transfers

Highlights:

  • Nairobi
  • Aberdare National Park
  • Shaba National Reserve
  • Samburu National Reserve
  • Sundowner
  • Lake Nakuru
  • Masai Mara
  • Karen Blixen Home
  • Amboseli National Park
  • 11 Game Drives
  • Africa’s “Big 5”

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Day 1:

Thursday, October 15, 2020 – Overnight flight

Prepare to see an Africa you’ve only known in your dreams, and one you never knew existed. Explore Kenya’s wildlife, up close and personal, against stunning vistas across the plains of Africa.

Day 2:

Friday, October 16, 2020 Nairobi, Kenya – Tour Begins

A continent of adventure stirs the soul in Kenya, the heart of safari country. Spend the night at Nairobi’s first luxury hotel, the Sarova Stanley. Complement your journey with an opportunity to give back to nature with a “seedball.” The compact balls of seed limit the cost of planting indigenous trees around the world. A moment of impact can grow into a lifetime of change, so toss your seedball out the window anytime during your journey.

Day 3:

Saturday, October 17, 2020 Nairobi – Aberdare National Park

Set out in the central highlands to the mists of Aberdare National Park. Inside this isolated volcanic range, peaks reach as high as 14,000 feet. Indigenous forests surround you on all sides, and red soil drowns under brilliant waterfalls. Set your eyes on Mweiga Hill, where a welcome party of giraffes wait to greet you at your lodge’s amenities at leisure this afternoon. Unwind on a nature walk, or tee up for a round of golf— it’s up to you. (B, L, D)

Day 4:

Sunday, October 18, 2020 Aberdare Naåonal Park – Buffalo Springs Reserve – Shaba Reserve

Discover the magic of the Shaba, Samburu and Buffalo Springs reserves — home to some of Africa’s most exotic wildlife particularly two species you can only find north of the Equator: Grevy’s zebra and reticulated giraffe. Arrive at peaceful Shaba National Reserve, your home for the next two nights. This afternoon, head for Buffalo Springs — a starkly beautiful semi-desert that’s a mecca for birds and wildlife. On your game drive in this remarkably serene landscape, see if you can spot the “Big 5” — lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos. (B, L, D)

Day 5:

Monday, October 19, 2020 Shaba Reserve – Samburu National Reserve – Shaba Reserve

Marvel at the striking contrast of sand, sky, and bush during a morning game drive inside Samburu National Reserve, a tiny gem of Kenya’s North Country. Return to Shaba Reserve for lunch before heading out on an afternoon game drive. Bring your camera as you continue searching for the elusive “Big 5.” Make sure to look up for the approximately 350 species of birds that call this region home. As the sun sets over the banks of the Ewaso Ngt iro River, enjoy a traditional Sundowner, and relish the chance to deepen your cultural experience. In the company of a Samburu tribe member, learn about the culture, traditions, and folklore of the Samburu region and its people. (B, L, D)

Day 6:

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Shaba Reserve – Aberdare Nafional Park

Journey to the forests of Aberdare National Park in the heights of the Aberdare Mountain Range. An amazing experience awaits you upon arrival to your lodge, The Ark. This incredible place is an experience all on its own. Surrounded by forest and wildlife, The Ark offers four viewing decks that make it easy to watch the game go by. Tonight, join your Tour Manager for a discussion about conservation efforts and anti-poaching measures in the region. Many animals visit the salt lick and the Ark’s floodlit water hole throughout the night. So you don’t miss any of the action, you can choose to be notified through the unique buzzer system of any wildlife sightings. (B, L, D)

Day 7:

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 National Park – Lake Nakuru

To the middle of the Earth and beyond! Hit the road for a spectacular, mountain-kissed journey on the way to Nyahururu waterfalls. One of the Great Rift Valley’s soda lakes, Lake Nakuru is a haven of ecological diversity surrounded by picturesque ridges and wooded, bushy grassland. (B, L, D)

Day 8:

Thursday, October 22, 2020 Lake Nakuru

Wake up in the embrace of Nakuru’s acacia forest. This is one of the continent’s more perfect national parks. During this morning’s game drive, make sure your binoculars are ready — this is rhino country. Find this park absolutely brimming with wildlife, on the ground and in the air. Regale in a true taste of Africa: a traditional breakfast prepared right in the bush. Unwind at your lodge before continuing your journey through the park on an afternoon game drive. Return just In time to witness one of Nakuru’s unforgettable sunsets. (B, L, D)

Day 9:

Friday, October 23, 2020 Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara Game Reserve

Welcome to the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya’s spot of spots for game viewing. Your tented accommodations in the Mara provide you with all the deluxe amenities of a proper lodge, with the added adventure of being on level with the wild. Graced with an astounding collection of wildlife including lions, giraffes, zebras and elephants, the Mara offers an unsurpassed safari experience on your game drive this afternoon. Enrich yourself in the culture during a visit to a Masai village (an enkeng in Maa, the Masai language). Tonight, indulge in a traditional bush dinner, complete with a Masai dance performance. (B, L, D)

Day 10:

Saturday, October 24, 2020 Masai Mara Garne Reserve

Ernest Hemingway said, “I never knew a morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy.” Wake up happy, refreshed, and ready for your morning and afternoon game drives through the grassy plains and rolling hills of the Masai Mara. The Mara thrives in the same ecosystem as the Serengeti and plays host to one of the greatest natural spectacles on the planet: the annual wildebeest migration. This is truly nature’s greatest theater, where savanna, cloud shadows and amazing wildlife spot the horizon. During a picnic stop, take in the vast landscape and discover for yourself why the ancestors described this place as Mara, meaning “spotted” in Maa. After a Mara sunset, head over to your incredible tented camp and be lulled to sleep by the sounds of the animals in the distance. (B, L, D)

Day 11:

Sunday, October 25, 2020 Masai Mara Game Reserve – Nairobi

Return to Nairobi and visit the farmhouse of Karen Blixen for a true Out of Africa experience. Have Rothschild giraffes eating right out of your hand (literally!) at the Giraffe Sanctuary. Get an up-close-and personal meeting with these fantastic creatures while feeding them from a platform that stretches as far into the sky as they do. (B, L)

Day 12:

Monday, October 26, 2020 Nairobi – Amboseli National Park

Open plains, free-running lions, roaming herds of elephants, and so many other animals take up the majority of the real estate in Amboseli National Park. Take to the plains for an afternoon game drive in the breathtaking aura of snowcapped Mt. Kilimanjaro. (B, L, D)

Day 13:

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Nairobi – Amboseli National Park

All of Amboseli is at your feet today during morning and afternoon game drives. Derived from the Masai word meaning “salty dust,” this unique corner of Kenya is one of the best places in Africa to see hundreds of elephants up close. Wildebeests and zebras are ever-present, plus there’s a good chance you’ll see a cheetah and a hyena or two. Today is your last full day on the continent and your last
chance to spot some more members of the elusive “Big 5.” If you haven’t
tossed your “seedball” into the wilds yet, now’s your chance to make an
impact on the continent you’ve grown to love. (B, L, D)

Day 14:

Day 14: Wednesday, October 28, Game Reserve

All of Amboseli is at your feet today during morning and afternoon game drives. Derived from the Masai word meaning “salty dust,” this unique corner of Kenya is one of the best places in Africa to see hundreds of elephants up close. Wildebeests and zebras are ever-present, plus there’s a good chance you’ll see a cheetah and a hyena or two. Today is your last full day on the continent and your last
chance to spot some more members of the elusive “Big 5.” If you haven’t
tossed your “seedball” into the wilds yet, now’s your chance to make an
impact on the continent you’ve grown to love. (B, L, D)


Optional 5 Days 4-Night Tanzania Post Tour Extension

Rate: $2,199.00 USD per person, double, land only
12 Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners

Day 14: Amboseli – Arusha, Tanzania – Karatu

Depart Amboseli for the border town of Arusha, Tanzania. After clearing border crossing formalities, enjoy lunch in Arusha. Then continue to your hotel in Karatu, located along the foothills of Ngorongoro. Today lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 15: Karatu – Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, depart for Serengeti National Park, undoubtedly the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world and known to have the greatest concentration of Plains’ game anywhere. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 16: Serengeti National Park

Today you will enjoy a full day game drive in the park, Serengeti comes from the Masai language meaning “extended place” and is the most complex and least disturbed ecosystem on earth! Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 17: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area

After breakfast, begin your safari in the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact caldera in the world. Its enduring charm stems from its overwhelming beauty and the abundance of wildlife permanently residing on the crater floor. Enjoy a picnic lunch as you continue your journey to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 18: Ngorongoro – Arusha – Tour Ends

Drive through Arusha* on the way to the Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) for your departure flight home. Today breakfast will be included.

Please Note:

Park fees (approximately $284 USD) and concession fees in Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park ($41 per person, per night – $123 USD total) are not included in the land price of your extension. Fees are subject to change and are payable at time of final payment.

Extensions not purchased at time of deposit are subject to availability and applicable charges at time of request.

*A day room in Arusha is available for purchase before your departure for home.

During your extension, your local guide will provide included sightseeing services and will be available via a local office at other times.


Experience It! Masai Mara Game Reserve

Set on the northern edge of the legendary Serengeti Plain, the Masai Mara is the Africa you’ve been dreaming about. A small circle of trees on a wide open savanna; clouds moving across a limitless sky; elegant giraffes surveying the horizon; a herd of elephants following an ancient path; big cats waiting in the grass the reality outdoes even the most vivid imaginations. Right in the middle of it all, you’ll come to know the Masai Mara well. Discover what life is like in an enkeng, or Masai village. Find respite inside a deluxe tented camp, and feel the exhilaration of game drives across vistas of unimaginable natural beauty during your adventure through the plains of Africa.


For important reservation information visit https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/973702. You can also find this information on your tour documents.

Please Note:

Passports and visas are required for this tour at your expense. Certain countries require a minimum of 6 months passport validity from date of return home. You are strongly urged to contact the appropriate consulate for details, Visit www.travel.state.gov for the U.S. State Department for the latest details about passports and visa requirements.

IMPORTANT: We recommend that our guests traveling abroad take a photocopy of their passport and applicable visas. It should be packed separately from your actual passport and visa. We also recommend leaving a copy at home with your emergency contact.

A Kenya visa is required for this tour and must be obtained in advance. To apply for your visa in advance, please go to www.ecitizen.go.ke to submit an application and register yourself as a visitor. You will need a scanned copy of your passport as well as a passport photo to apply for the visa, Please allow for ample time as it may take up to a week or more to process. Bring a printed copy of your visa to present upon arrival in Kenya. The current cost of the single entry visa through this website is $51 USD, rates are approximate and can be changed at any time based on governing authority. Should you wish to use an alternate visa service provider, additional processing fees may apply.

Park fees (approximately $572 USD) are not included in the land price of your tour. Fees are subject to change and are payable at time of final payment.

Park fees (approximately $450 GBP) are included in the land price of your tour. Fees are subject to change and are payable at time of final payment.

Smaller buses, which may not be lavatory equipped, may be used on this program. In this case, frequent stops are made during travel periods.

Maximum Elevation: 7,800 feet / 2,377 meters. Single rooms are on request only and are extremely limited. Triples are not available. Child rates are not available.

To complete your tour! we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing our airfare with your tour. If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at prescheduled times.

In order to fully experience the destination, some of our accommodations on this program have a finite number of rooms available. In these cases, your Tour Manager will be accommodated at a nearby property and will be readily accessible by phone.

Travel with no more than 18 guests on this tour where a smaller group setting means a more personal travel experience.

To truly experience the program and destination, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included activities occurring later in the evening.

Each guest is responsible for proper documentation and inoculations that may be required and/or recommended to participate on this tour. Please contact your local travel clinic or personal physician for specific details on the destinations you are traveling to and from. Soft duffel bag luggage is required for this tour with maximum weight of 15 kgs. (approximately 33 pounds).

Please be advised many airlines do not provide advance seat assignments until check-in at the airport. Advance seating will be subject to the airline’s terms and conditions. If travelling internationally with a child under the age of 18, please check directly with the airline for the legal documentation that is required. It is the sole responsibility of the guest to procure the proper documentation to travel and many requirements vary by airline and destination.

We will not be responsible for costs incurred for missed flights or canceled tours where a guest fails to secure proper documentation. Please be aware that if your flight schedule is via Dubai or if you are stopping over in Dubai and are carrying narcotic drugs, controlled or semi-controlled drugs, then you will be required to complete an electronic form prior to entering the country, to obtain approval to carry medication. Please use the link www.mohap.gov.ae/en/services/Pages/361.aspx to view the guidelines. A user’s guide is available to explain the application and the supporting documents required.

Due to tour scheduling, return flights should not be scheduled prior to 4.00 p.m.

Economy air rate and schedule are applicable for groups of 10 or more traveling on the same flights and dates.

A deposit of $500 per person is due upon reservation. Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis. Final payment due by August 16, 2020. Deposits are refundable up until March 16, 2020.

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Registration is due by March 16, 2020 (or until sold out!) Payment in full is due at registration.

Reservations need to be in by March 16 or until sold out.

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