Kenya PreTrip to February GMS18    (6 Days)


January 29 – February 3, 2018

$2,910 (including local flights)

This is a pretour to our professionally guided Tanzanian Great Migration Safari in February, 2018. (Click here for the Tanzania itinerary). This safari is wholly in Kenya, completely complementing the Tanzanian program. Two completely different Kenyan ecosystems are included, the semi-arid terrain of Samburu National Park and one of East Africa’s very few highland rain forests, the Aberdare National Park. Adding these two unique parks, not available on the main Tanzanian safari, results in a completely comprehensive experience of all of East Africa’s exciting but diverse ecosystems.

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Day 1: NAIROBI

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Tumaini introduces you one of Africa’s most exciting cities this morning, Nairobi! Whenever you arrive Nairobi you’ll be personally met and privately transferred to one of the city’s most beautiful resorts outside the city in the posh suburb of Karen, the Hemingways Nairobi. Touring actually begins right away, so if you don’t wish to miss anything consider coming a day early! You'll start with an immediate introduction to the bush as unlikely as that sounds from this city of 6 million! Spend the morning on a "safari walk" in Nairobi National Park. This ingenuous board walk into the actually wild park will give you a glimpse of many of the animals you'll expect to see later on. Afterwards there will be time for an independent lunch in a nearby mall before an afternoon guided tour of the Karen Blixen Museum, an excellent introduction to early colonial Kenya. The evening is free. Overnight at the Hemingways Nairobi.

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Day 2: ABERDARE

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Tuesday, January 30

This morning Tumaini takes you to the impressive National Museum. In front of "Ahmed," the world's largest known preserved elephant, he'll explain the history of elephants in East Africa. He'll also guide you into the exceptional early man exhibit including a visit to the special room that displays the actual original bones of several important excavations. After time for lunch in the Museum's cafeteria, the safari heads north into the highlands. Arrive a beautiful old colonial manor for dinner and overnight at the Aberdare Country Club.

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Day 3: ABERDARE

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The whole day is spent game viewing in the Aberdare National Park, ending at a famous tree hotel for overnight game viewing. The day surprises many, since it is highland jungle, thick and beautiful and cold! You’ll go high enough to see the bamboo line and even the tundra. This provides opportunities for really rare game like the mountain reedbuck. A picnic is planned in view of multiple waterfalls around 11,000'. In the afternoon the vehicle drops everyone at The Ark for dinner and overnight. This is one of Kenya’s most famous tree hotels where you set still and watch animals come to you! The lodge is built on stilts over a natural salt lick and water hole and sometimes a never-ending parade of Africa unfolds all night long! There are three viewing levels and thick blankets to ward off the cold mountain air. In your little cabin there’s a switch to activate a loud buzzer to awake you to anything particularly exciting, but many visitors manage to stay up most of the night!

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Day 4: SAMBURU

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Beautiful drive this morning around the sparkling glaciers of Mt. Kenya before plunging onto the Great Northern Frontier! You might wonder what you’re doing here! But the thrilling drive over the desert landscape finally arrives the great Ewaso Nyiro River. This large river arises drops down from the Aberdare Mountains and continues for a very short time before dying in the nearby Lorian swamp, but meanwhile the desert around it blooms and attracts all sorts of animals! Check-in to a luxurious permanent tented camp, enjoy a sumptuous lunch on the banks of the river as exotic birds, baboons and monkeys scream from the palm trees. Often elephant can be seen across the river. Then after lunch Tumaini takes you on the first game drive in this remarkable, unique and very dramatic wilderness. Dinner and overnight at Larsen's Camp.

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Day 5: SAMBURU

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A full day exploring the unique wildlife and scenery of the Great Northern Frontier! Jim will search for the world’s most beautiful giraffe which lives only in these semi-arid lands. The gorgeous reticulated giraffe is not found anywhere else. There are less than 3000 of the very rare Grevy’s zebra left, and that too is on the game viewing checklist for today! Samburu National Park is a Disneyland of exotic, colorful animals, birds and plants, many of which evolved sequestered from the greater savannah lands to the south. Activities, meals and overnight at Larsen's Camp.

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Day 6: KILIMANJARO

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Today you fly from Kenya into Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. From Kilimanjaro you’ll be personally met and privately transferred to the Lake Duluti Serena Hotel, nestled in the wooded slopes of Mount Meru. This begins the Tanzania portion of the Great Migration Safari! Click here for the exciting Tanzania itinerary!

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