Guided by Jim Heck
February 11 – 15, 2022$3,270
Kenya’s Great Northern Frontier has some of the rarest animals and most striking scenery on earth, providing a great contrast with Tanzania. This extension also allows Jim to introduce you to both the history and powerful contemporary times of East Africa’s most important country.
This Kenya tour is an extension to Jim’s 2022 Tanzania Great Migration. You have the option to arrive in Kenya a day early and spend a full day on a tour of Nairobi, or arrive anytime on February 11 and start your Kenya safari immediately the next morning.
This tour offers four options for the length of your tour:
|Extra Day in Nairobi||10 February||$ 390||$ 490|
|Great Migration, Kenya & Tanzania||11 – 26 February||$ 13,265||$ 15,195|
|Great Migration, Tanzania||15 – 26 February||$ 9,995||$ 11,140|
|Zanzibar Extension||26 – 28 February||$ 1,090||$ 1,690|
WHY ADD ZANZIBAR? Zanzibar is where it all began. Traders from Arabia and China in the 13th Century established the sultanate that ruled East Africa. For centuries thereafter the Sultan controlled all slave trading and ivory harvesting. Stone Town remains very much as it was centuries ago, a distinctly Arab town.
Few people know Africa as well as Jim Heck. For more than 45 years he has worked, lived and guided in Africa. His popular blog, Africa-Answerman, includes investigative journalism of some of Africa’s most critical news stories as well as anecdotes and features of daily African life. His award‑winning novel, Chasm Gorge, will soon be followed by a second one, Kidnapped in Nigeria. His companies have organized safaris into Africa for more than 10,000 visitors including most of the country’s major zoos and conservation organizations. And in 2016 he became the first American to be named an honorary senior elder by Kenya’s Maasai tribe.
Jim was the first westerner allowed to leave Addis after the Red Terror; had canoes overturned among crocs and hippos on the Zambezi; been charged by an elephant that he hit with a plate of waldorf salad; lost in the jungles of Cameroun; marooned in the Ituri Forest and rescued by Rhodesian sanction busters; and was among the few outsiders to travel through Uganda during the time of Idi Amin. Jim has never lost a client or fired a gun.
There’s no better safari and no better guide to take you there!reserve now
|Price||Single Supplement||under 12||12-16||local air|
The prices include:
** Jim Heck guiding the safari from start to finish;
** Guaranteed window seating in Landrovers & Landcruisers with pop-top roofs;
** Professionally-trained, English-speaking driver/guides with each vehicle;
** Meals as detailed in brackets following each day's description below;
** All park entrance fees, VAT and other government taxes;
** All internal small aircraft flights except between the mainland and Zanzibar;
** Comprehensive pre-trip material.
Additional expenses not included:
- Meals not included;
- Some beverages;
- All international, regional and local scheduled flights;
- Requisite visas and other travel preparations like inoculations;
- Tipping (Jim Heck does not accept tips).
Whenever you arrive you’ll be personally met and privately transferred into the posh suburb of Karen to the Hemingways Resort. Overnight at the Hemingways Nairobi Resort.
(Or, arrive a day early and spend today sightseeing in Nairobi.)[no-meals]
The city transforms on a workday into one of the busiest and often most congested cities in Africa. (On a Saturday? Yes, Saturday is a workday in Nairobi. Muslims take off Friday. Non-muslims take off Sunday.) So an early breakfast and prompt departure is necessary to begin challenging Nairobi traffic. The safari will be at the doors of the great National Museum when it opens, so that Jim can introduce you to the treasures therein, including the world's largest preserved elephant and an excellent display of early man. Lunch will be at the sandwich shop of the museum before the afternoon drive into the highlands. Time permitting, it may be possible to browse the highlands' largest open‑air market, Karatina. Arrive at the mountain resort in the late afternoon in time for sundowners. Dinner and overnight at the Aberdare Country Club.[b-l-d]
The day is spent exploring and game viewing in the Aberdare National Park. Jim takes you into the west side entrance so that he can explain some of Kenya's tea farming. This enormous park has all the big‑game but is important because of its rare monkeys and high altitude birds and antelope. By the end of the afternoon the safari arrives at The Ark tree hotel. Here the traditional formats of game viewing is upended as the animals come to you! The lodge is built over a natural water hole and salt lick. Flood lights which don't seem to bother the animals come on at dusk and a never‑ending parade of Africa unfolds throughout the night. There's a buzzer you can activate near your bedside to wake you to anything spectacular, but many find it difficult to leave the viewing areas for the sleep which comes so easily in the cold mountain air.[b-l-d]
Game view very early out of the park, then continue through ranching country towards Mt. Kenya, Africa's second highest mountain. This is one of the most spectacular drives on safari! Round Mt. Kenya through massive wheat and cut flower farms. To the right of the road are the often striking views of the mountain glaciers and far below to the left is the seemingly endless desert that stretches for nearly 300 miles to the Ethiopian border. The descent from the mountain onto the desert is breath‑taking. In a mere 40 minutes the safari leaves the cool, moist farmland prairies for an area similar to Arizona, much hotter and peppered everywhere with cactus. At the base of the mountain is the important Arab town of Isiolo, bustling with colorful markets and mosques. After that it's the desert. At first you wonder why on earth you're traveling through this desiccated land with little to see but an occasional red‑draped herdboy and some goats. But after a short while the road crosses the Ewaso Nyiro river which flows off the Aberdare and blooms the desert in this magnificent area! Enormous amounts of big game – much of it extremely rare – is found here. The safari temporarily continues past the palm‑lined banks of the river further into the desert. At the entry to the Kalama Conservancy Jim will dismiss his own drivers and vehicles and you'll transfer into the open Landrovers with Samburu guides from the reserve. It's a short ride to Saruni Samburu Lodge for lunch. Then in the afternoon the local guides will drive you around this enchanting reserve with its rare game and spectacular scenery. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.[b-l-d]
The lodge and its private reserve are less than five miles from the border of Samburu National Park so most game viewing is spent in the park. Samburu is a strikingly beautiful wilderness in a Mohajve desert cut by the great Ewaso Nyiro. Huge palms rise from the banks and palmetto forests stretch out for about a mile from the water's edge. Many elephant, impala, waterbuck and all the cats are all here. But more importantly there are extremely rare animals that can't be seen in Tanzania: the reticulated giraffe, the Grevy's zebra – there are less than 3,000 left in the world. Other common dry habitat species unlikely to be found in Tanzania include the beautiful gerenuk and oryx. Since our lodge is just outside the reserve a number of other activities are possible, including camel rides and night time game drives. Activities, meals and overnight at Saruni Samburu.
Sleep well, and the next morning you will begin your Tanzania Safari![b-l-d]