A Christian Tour Leader throughout your holiday plus Daily Devotions and time for worship.
Return economy airfares with Emirates to Nairobi (via Dubai).
Comfortable 4wd Safari vehicle – pop up roof
for wildlife viewing.
Quality hotel & luxury safari lodge
plus inflight meals.
Sightseeing as outlined and all entry fees. All Tipping and Gratuities included.
Professional local safari guides.
Luggage assistance at hotels.
Our African odyssey begins with an evening flight from Australia; a direct flight from all mainland capital cities takes us to Dubai where we will connect with our flight to Nairobi.
JAMBO-KARIBU! We arrive mid-afternoon in Nairobi to receive a traditional, warm welcome at the airport before we check in at our 5-star hotel. This afternoon is free for you to rest, before we enjoy our first dinner together in the hotel restaurant.
On Friday, relax and enjoy a morning at leisure to look around Kenya’s colourful capital. This afternoon we will do some general city sightseeing before visiting ‘The Better Life Foundation’ in the northern Nairobi district of Mathare. This school is supported by the Manji Family Trust and seeks to empower children through education, giving them the tools to create transformative social change.
A visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust affords us the rare opportunity to get up close to a baby elephant. The Orphan’s Project looks after animals aged from a few months to three years and is one of the most successful elephant and rhino rescue programmes in the world. From here we are off to the Giraffe Centre to feed one of these exotic, long-necked locals; set up as not-for-profit this centre aims to educate Kenyan children in the importance of environmental and animal conservation.
This afternoon we tour the former home of the Danish author, Karen Blixen, now run as the Karen Blixen Museum. Blixen is famous for her book “Out of Africa”, which chronicled her life on her beloved Kenyan coffee plantation set “at the foot of the Ngong Hills”. The estate and museum offers a glimpse into the adventurous life of the author as well as Kenya’s colonial past.
Our first Sunday together begins with morning worship in All Saints Cathedral, the nation’s oldest church and the seat of the Archbishop of The Anglican Church of Kenya. This beautiful church is renowned for its choir and organists.
From Nairobi, we drive north towards Mt Kenya, passing through the rich agricultural and hilly mosaic of small farms, pineapple and coffee plantations. An extinct volcano, Mount Kenya is the country’s highest mountain (5199m) and is one of the world’s highest National Parks, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a wildlife stronghold.
We arrive for lunch at Serena Mountain Lodge; built in ancient rainforest on Mount Kenya’s slopes it offers matchless game viewing opportunities whilst combining a glorious panorama of mountain vistas and champagne-clarity of mountain air.
Down the secret viewing hide by the water’s edge, you will experience the awesome thrill of being only metres away from some of the most massive beasts on earth - the savannah elephants. Tonight, you can sit in stillness and observe the fascinating interplay of the animals as they arrive to drink, bathe, spar and forage around the water hole before returning to your comfortable bed to fall asleep to the symphony of the African night.
We leave Mt Kenya and after a brief stopover at Thompson’s Falls arrive in Lake Nakuru National Park, famous as the home to thousands of lesser and greater flamingoes. The landscape here includes areas of marsh and grasslands alternating with rocky cliffs and outcrops, stretches of acacia woodland and rocky hillsides covered with a Euphorbia forest (the largest in Africa). It is an ecosystem that provides for about 56 different species of mammals and a nearly 450 species of birds.
Our home for the next two nights is the Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge; nestled along the Lion Hill it overlooks the spectacular flamingo pink rimmed Lake Nakuru.
This location offers panoramic views of the lake and National Park and after lunch and some leisure time we venture out into our picturesque surroundings.
Lake Nakuru boasts of the highest number of white and black rhinos and this afternoon’s game viewing drive has us in search of both rhino species, the endangered Rothschild Giraffe, tree climbing lions and Burchell’s zebra as well as a host of other plains game. The area is also recognized as one of the best places in the country for daytime sightings of the elusive leopard. Our game drive finishes by the shores of the lake where you can walk with millions of flamingos before returning to our lodge for a delicious dinner.
Today we will have a full day of game viewing in the heart of the Rift Valley, stopping for a picnic lunch in the great outdoors before returning to our lodge for the night.
We depart for the Maasai Mara National Reserve, an area offering spectacular scenery and plenty of game. It is perhaps the only region left in Kenya where the visitor may see animals in the same super-abundance as existed a century ago and is globally famous for its exceptional population of black-maned Mara lions, African leopards and Tanzanian cheetahs. Between June and October, the Maasai Mara plays host to the Great Migration, one of the most spectacular wildlife shows on earth as over a million wildebeest and zebra move between it and Serengeti in neighbouring Tanzania.
For the next three nights, we will be lucky enough to be staying in a uniquely situated luxury camp on the banks of the Talek River, offering spectacular views over the plains of the Maasai Mara. After lunch at our lodge we will enjoy an afternoon game viewing drive in this vast and expansive reserve teeming with wildlife.
Be on the look-out for the famous Big Five – the lion, Cape buffalo, the savannah elephant, black rhino and the elusive leopard.
Enjoy breakfast followed by a full day of game viewing drives and adventure.
The vast savannah grasslands stretch as far as the eye can see and are home to impalas, Maasai giraffes, waterbucks, warthogs, Thompson & Grant’s gazelles, topis, and the resident wildebeests among many others.
We may even be so lucky to witness a leopard or a cheetah sprint and make a kill!
* OPTION: MARA PLAINS BALLOON SAFARI
Balloon Safari over the Mara plains followed by a champagne breakfast. The Masai still live as they did for centuries. Interact with these nomadic people and experience their way of life as you learn about their customs and traditions.
Another day in search of lions, cheetah, leopard, black rhino, giraffe, zebra, hippo and over 500 resident bird species including larks, sunbirds and the Lilac-Breasted Roller.
Today we will also visit a traditional Maasai Manyatta (homestead) and learn more about the Maasai people, proud pastoralists and warriors, many of whom still retain their traditional nomadic lifestyle.
* OPTION: MARA PLAINS BALLOON SAFARI
We say farewell to the Maasai Mara and drive the relatively short distance to the busy township of Kisii, the main urban and commercial centre of the Gusii Highlands. region.
After a picnic lunch, we will visit Tabaka (24km from Kisii), the heart of Kenya’s soap stone carving industry. Kisii soapstone is unique as it is available in a variety of colours such as white, pink, grey and even black. Soapstone carving has been the main pillar of Tabaka’s economy for generations, creating employment for hundreds of people, and during our visit we will get the chance to see these artisans as they work.
Today is sure to be a very special highlight as we meet Rev Henry Omreo Nyasemi and the nearly 500 orphaned children under his care. We travel through the country region to the little area of Makara to share in Sunday worship with the community before we enjoy a picnic lunch together. This
is the real Africa and it is a privilege for us to spend our day meeting the volunteer teachers and orphanage staff from the Foundation of Mercy International Orphanage and getting to know the children they look after.
We will return to Kisii in time for dinner after experiencing a wonderful day full of love and blessings.
This morning we cross the Kenyan border into Tanzania and journey out into the stunningly beautiful plains of the Serengeti. Our accommodation is styled like a traditional village with individual thatched huts combining luxury with authentic African handicrafts. The lodge is set high on a hill with 360 degree views over the Serengeti savannah and each hut has a balcony overlooking its awesome expanse.
The rolling plains and grasslands of the Serengeti National Park stretch away to the horizon as far as the eye can see and are home to the black-maned Mara lion, the savannah elephant, the Cape buffalo, wildbeests, leopard, cheetah, the spotted and stripped hyena, rhino, topi, burchelle’s zebra and the Maasai giraffe amongst many other species.
After breakfast, we will depart with picnic lunch boxes for a full day of game viewing drives on the vast Serengeti plains; here the short grasses make it easier to see the smaller animals that are ever present yet seldom observed. In the early morning and evening light, the Serengeti landscape is glorious; Serengeti National Park never disappoints and we are sure to be spoilt by the variety of bird and wildlife species seen during our game-viewing drives.
* OPTION: SERENGETI PLAINS BALLOON SAFARI
Dawn Balloon Safari over the Serengeti Plains ending with a champagne breakfast.
Today we travel to Olduvai Gorge, considered one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world Upon arrival, a resident guide will give us an on-site talk on the interpretation of the gorge and how it has proven invaluable in furthering understanding of early human evolution.
Our destination today is Ngorongoro Crater, described as one of the great natural wonders of the world. Eight million years ago, Ngorongoro was an active volcano but its cone collapsed, forming the largest unbroken caldera in the world – a spectacular 610 meters deep, 16 kilometres in diameter, and covering an area of 311 square km.
The crater is home to almost every species of African plains mammal, including the endangered black rhino, and the densest population of predators in Africa, as well as hundreds of bird species.
Our accommodation for the next two nights is situated well over half a kilometre above the crater floor at the highest point of the crater’s rim. After lunch, you will have the afternoon to relax and enjoy breathtaking views across this enormous caldera and the chance to soak up a magnificent sunset.
After breakfast on Thursday, we descend some 610 metres into this photographer’s paradise for a full day of game-viewing and a picnic lunch.
Ngorongoro Crater teams with an abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater floor with over 25,000 large mammals living within its confines; prides of lion, herds of Cape buffalo, rhino, giraffes, golden and black-backed jackal, zebra, cheetah, leopard and the spotted hyena roam freely on the crater floor plains. A glorious sight is the flamingo that live around Lake Magadi but the whole crater is an ornithological dream with 100 bird species not found in the Serengeti.
Unmatched for its natural variety and breathtaking beauty, there are few places on earth where such a tremendous diversity of landscapes exists inside a region this size. Apart from its wildlife riches, the crater is also of great archaeological importance, with the remains of some of mankind’s earliest ancestors discovered in the area.
This morning we set off for Tarangire National Park, which boasts the greatest concentration of elephants in Africa. Our game lodge is built to blend into its surroundings and hidden amongst the kopjes, ancient baobab and grasses of the National Park and so provides opportunities for visitors to enjoy a close encounter with a savannah elephant.
After lunch, we will depart on a game viewing drive in Tarangire, home to wildebeests, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, and hartebeest among many other wildlife species. This vast, wildlife-rich national park has the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem – a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared Oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed. The swamps, tinged green year-round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world. On drier ground, you may find the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird; the stocking-thighed ostrich, the world's largest bird; and small parties of ground hornbills blustering like turkeys.
Today we cross back over into Kenya via the Namanga border and travel to Amboseli National Park, an area which offers spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Our lodge is set against this magnificent backdrop and close by are a series of emerald green swamps, which are fed by the melting snows of Kilimanjaro. These swamps, the only sources of water in this otherwise starkly beautiful but arid park, attract huge numbers of wallowing elephants, hippos, buffalos and plains game. This park is renowned for its elephants, often in herds over 100 strong, and for the big old bull elephants that carry some of the largest tusks to be seen anywhere in Africa.
Amboseli is also home to Masai lions, giraffe, buffalo, cheetah, baboon, gazelle, spotted hyena, plains zebra, hippo and blue wildebeest among many others plus over 400 species of birds. In the afternoon, we will get a chance to spot these various species on a game viewing drive before returning to the lodge for dinner.
A full day in Amboseli starting with an early morning game drive. We will return to the lodge for breakfast after which the rest of the morning is at leisure. Enjoy lunch and maybe a swim in the pool, filled with fresh spring water that flows from Mount Kilimanjaro. Later in the afternoon we will head out for another game viewing drive with the glittering Kilimanjaro
providing a majestic backdrop to one of Kenya's most spectacular displays of wildlife – lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, cheetah, buffalo and hosts of plains’ game.
Our last day in Africa begins with an early morning game drive before we journey onto Nairobi and say “Kwa herini” (goodbye) to Kenya as we depart for Dubai.
Tuesday is a full day of leisure in Dubai. You might like to just relax or perhaps venture out and visit the famous Dubai Mall, explore the Gold and Spice Souks or choose one of the many optional tours (available on tour).
Tonight, we will celebrate our last night together and enjoy dinner in a local restaurant overlooking the dancing fountain show.
This morning we will transfer to Dubai airport for the final leg home. What an amazing journey we have been privileged to share - the people we have met and the experiences we have had will live on in our hearts.
“Mungu ibariki Afrika” – God bless Africa.
6 June 2018
28 June 2018
6 June 2018
28 June 2018