Kenya Pre-Tour Safari    (5 Days)

Guided by Jim Heck

March 24 – 28, 2021



The Tanzania Great Migration is the last greatest wildlife spectacle on earth!  But being further north, Kenya’s wildernesses are remarkably different from Tanzania’s, and many of the animals which live in them are, too. This pretour to the Great Migration Safari visits the Aberdare Mountains (up to 11,000′) where it is still an equatorial jungle! Extraordinarily beautiful game like the bongo and mountain reedbuck can be found here along with nearly 100 exotic and colorful birds found nowhere else.  Very rare and beautiful animals like the reticulated giraffe and Grevy’s zebra are only found here.  Throw in all the normal stuff like elephants and lions and you have the most amazing kaleidoscope of beautiful wildlife and scenery on earth!

Jump right into this Kenyan safari, or shake off your jetlag with a rest-up in Nairobi.  This tour offers three options for the length of your tour:

2020 Dates Sharing Single
Nairobi Rest-Up March 22 to 24 $ 780 $ 920
Kenya Safari March 24 to 28 $ 3,900 $ 4,510
Tanzania Great Migration March 28 to April 6 $ 9,900 $ 10,400
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Dates & Pricing


*Contact EWT for the best international air fares and for recommendations on how to use your frequent flyer miles.


Tuesday, March 24, 2021

Join Jim with those who came early for the late morning flight to Mt. Kenya. This is an easy connection for those arriving overnight from Europe, and all your transfers will be taken care of. The flight arrives at Nanyuki at Mt. Kenya around noon. Jim’s safari vehicles will be waiting to collect you and take you into the adjacent Aberdare Mountains, arriving at the colonial Aberdare Country Club for lunch. The afternoon is free in this incredibly gorgeous near alpine setting with exotic birds and monkeys all around! But Jim is available for those who would like to hike or ride horses into a private game reserve for your first view of Kenya’s unusual wildlife. Dinner in the dark teak wood dining room while Jim tells you about colonial Kenya. Don’t worry about tonight’s screaming bush babies or gurgling hyrax, because the cold mountain air makes for perfect sleeping!

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Wednesday, March 25

Jim guides you today into one of the most beautiful and unexpected wilderness of the Aberdare National Park. Almost immediately you’ll notice rare monkeys like the black-and-white colobus leaping through the high canopy! This is unusual highland jungle, cold and smack dab on the equator! There is elephant, buffalo and many other animals freely roaming this immense area. The track climbs to nearly 11,000' where a series of waterfalls provide the perfect setting for a picnic. The afternoon drive continues onto the tundra with its rare animals like the mountain reedbuck. Later in the afternoon the route descends back into thick forests where you can expect to see more elephant, many buffalo, waterbuck, warthog and all sorts of other animals in a gorgeous, thick forest setting with many rivers and streams. By the end of the day the safari arrives at The Ark Tree Hotel. Here the tides are turned! You sit back on your easy chair on any of the three viewing platforms overlooking the natural waterhole and salt lick and let the animals come to you! A buzzer beside your bed can be activated to wake you to exciting encounters like rhino, leopard or animals that you won’t see in Tanzania like the giant forest hog and rare bongo. Floodlights which don’t disturb the animals stay on throughout the night and many find it very difficult to leave the viewing platforms for the sleep that comes so easily in the cold, mountain air! Dinner and overnight at the tree hotel.

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Thursday, March 26

Leave the park after an early breakfast and drive through ranching country into the foothills of Africa’s second largest mountain, Mt. Kenya. A stop will be made at the town of Nanyuki before driving around the mountain with (weather-permitting) gorgeous views of its glaciers. This is one of the most scenic drives in Africa! The change in scenery is profound. To your right are the sparkling glaciers of Mt. Kenya and to your left is the endless desert that the safari descends onto in a mere 40 minutes! At the bottom of the mountain is the last Kenyan town before the imposing Great Northern Frontier. (Isiolo and the Frontier are important places in Jim’s award-winning novel, Chasm Gorge.) Once on the mostly dusty semi-arid land you begin to wonder what you're doing in this desert! But then the safari crosses the Ewaso Nyiro River, a large river that makes the desert bloom and attracts all sorts of animals. Continue into the Samburu reserve to a safari camp before the group takes its first game drive in this remarkable, unique and very dramatic wilderness. Dinner and overnight at Larsen's Camp.

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Friday, March 27

Jim learns of the best animal events and then schedules the day’s game viewing. Normally in Samburu that means a game drive at dawn which returns to camp for a sumptuous breakfast and some rest time before lunch and the afternoon game drive. But you never know! If necessary, Jim will pack up lunch and take you to some remote and dramatic frontier for another fantastic day in this paradise! The wildlife in the area is rare and unique, including the world's most beautiful giraffe, the reticulated, and the very rare Grevy's zebra. Activities, meals and overnight at Larsen's Camp.

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Saturday, March 28

Time for more game viewing this morning before the quick flight back to Nairobi, a spectacular air journey around Mt. Kenya back to the small Wilson airport in Nairobi. The group proceeds through customs and immigration before taking a second flight into Tanzania scheduled to arrive at Kilimanjaro airport at 1:40p. Here the group is joined by those coming just for the Great Migration Safari, and the Tanzania Great Migration Safari begins!

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