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Experience the unique beauty of Kenya as we meet local communities and see incredible wildlife. Your first sighting of a giraffe or pride of lion in the wild will stay with you forever but it is the Kenyan people who will really touch your heart.
A highlight of this trip will be our visit to the Foundation of Mercy Children’s Centre – for the last 13 years we have supported Rev Henry Omreo and the orphanage he runs in a small village of Makara.
Join CFT as we go on a journey in search of the soul of Africa, discovering natural wonders, meeting inspirational people, and creating unforgettable memories.
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 transit to our flight to Nairobi.
In Dubai we transit to our connecting flight to Nairobi, Kenya.
JAMBO – KARIBU! We arrive in Nairobi to receive a traditional, warm welcome at the airport before we check in at the historic and luxurious Sarova Stanley Hotel. Located in the centre of Nairobi the “Stanley” is almost 120 years old and it combines modern comforts with old world charm. The rest of the day is at leisure with dinner and overnight.
Overnight: Sarova Stanley Hotel, Nairobi
Get ready to explore Kenya’s colourful capital with a guided city tour. View the Parliament Buildings, the landmark Kenyatta International Conference Centre, historic McMillan Library and the bustling City Market. Learn more about the history and culture of Kenya and East Africa when we visit the celebrated Nairobi National Museum. A change of pace as we drop by the Snake Park to see cobras, puff adders, mambas and the large non-venomous African-Rock python, native only to Kenya.
After lunch at our hotel we will visit The Children’s Garden Home, School & Rescue Centre, a non-government community-based not-for profit charitable organization for orphans plus abandoned and neglected street children. The inspiring motto of Daddy Moses and Mum Sylvia is “Children are like acorns, born with a mighty oak tree within each. With love and spiritual care, they will grow up to be the Changemakers of our society and country.” A heart-warming visit that will have you counting your blessings.
A visit to the 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.
Enjoy lunch at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and immerse yourself in the “colonial experience”; the historic “Swedo House” was the original hunting lodge/farmhouse built 1906–1908. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of large hundred-year-old trees and a garden with hundreds of different varieties of blooming flowers, and a large population of birds.
We visit the Kazuri Beads Factory, a community project set up in 1975 to support single mothers. Our local guide will walk us through each stage of the artwork, from the raw materials to the final product that is ready to be sold locally or exported. Each product is handmade and unique, a reflection of the individual people who shape the beads, paint them or string them, giving each piece soul as well as beauty.
Afterwards we will return to our hotel where the rest of the afternoon is yours to spend at leisure before we join together for dinner.
After departing Nairobi, we drive north towards Mount 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.
Overnight: Mount Kenya National Park – Serena Mountain Lodge
Today we travel into the geographically fascinating Samburu County of Northern Kenya, sparsely populated except for its abundant wildlife. The inhabitants of this arid area are the semi-nomadic Samburu people, some of the friendliest in Kenya. Whilst closely related to the Maasai tribe, the Samburu are still very traditional and have not parted with old customs. Today the Samburu still embrace their nomadic culture whilst jointly running some of the best Kenyan game lodges. We get a taste of their hospitality when we arrive at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge to a warm welcome then a delicious lunch. This is “Born Free Country”, the region that Joy and George Adamson called home for many years.
This afternoon’s game viewing drive will deliver a real “African Safari” experience. The Samburu region is the best place to find several endemic Northern species; including the Gerenuk (twiga gazelle), the Beisa Oryx, the Reticulated Giraffe, the Somali Ostrich and Grevy’s Zebra. Samburu is also a bird lover’s paradise, home to many birds including local species such as the Palm Nut Vulture and the Vivacious Dove. We return to camp to enjoy dinner and overnight at our camp. Keep your eye
out for the local leopards who are often seen emerging to hunt at dusk.
Overnight: Samburu Game Reserve – Sarova Shaba Game Lodge
Our morning game viewing immerses us in the beauty of God’s glorious creation before we visit a Samburu Manyatta (encampment or compound) to see how the tribe lives in these harsh surroundings. Samburu culture is a truly fascinating one, sharing a great deal of ancestral and linguistic ties to the better known Maasai.
In the afternoon, you will enjoy a time of worship before returning to camp. What a blessing to be in this area of such breath-taking and magical beauty, a place where the vision of a deep red sunset silhouetting the doum palms along the river is the perfect way to end a Sunday.
Overnight: Samburu Game Reserve
We depart our oasis 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.
Overnight: Lake Nakuru National Park – Sarova Shaba Lion Hill Lodge
Today we will have a full day of game viewing in the heart of the Rift Valley; the likes of the Abyssinian black and white colobus monkeys among other animals make your game drive one of a kind. We will stop for a picnic lunch in the great outdoors before returning to our lodge for the night.
Overnight: Lake Nakuru National Park
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.
Overnight: Maasai Mara Game Reserve – Tipilikwani Luxury Mara Camp
For those who want the ultimate safari experience today’s adventure begins early with an optional Hot Air Balloon ride to see dawn break over the vast plains. Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbowcoloured canopy, you’re off for a game-viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective. Apart from the occasional hiss of the burners, a lion’s roar, elephants crashing through the bush, baboons perched in the tips of the trees startled and screeching to see something above them, the flight above the Maasai Mara plains is magically silent. At the end of the flight, the passengers are treated to a champagne breakfast in the bush. The finishing touch to the flight is a game drive back to the camp, and the possibility of seeing the same pride of lions, or herd of elephants that had been viewed while ballooning. Back at Camp we will enjoy a sumptuous lunch and a well-deserved rest.
If you don’t wish to join the hot air balloon experience, a morning game drive will be available before you return to camp for lunch. Later this afternoon we head out again on another game viewing drive – no two are ever the same! The vast savannah grasslands stretch as far as the eye can see and are we may be lucky to see 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!
Overnight: Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Enjoy breakfast then depart full day of morning and afternoon game viewing drives and adventure. The Maasai Mara Game reserve is so huge that even with the game drives we have planned, you will only cover a small area, but we increase our chances of game viewing with every trip we take.
Overnight: Maasai Mara Game Reserve
After breakfast we farewell the savannah and travel to Kisii, the major urban centre of the Gusii Highlands. During our drive we will see the day to day activities of rural Kenya such as donkey carts, roadside food stalls and people herding their sheep and goats. We arrive at our resort for lunch and a well-deserved afternoon at leisure. Kisii town is home to the best soapstone carvers on the continent so you may wish to go on a “soapstone safari” and hunt down a great souvenir.
Today is sure to be a very special highlight of our African experience as we travel through the country region to Makara to meet Rev Henry Omreo Nyasemi and the nearly 300 orphaned children under his care. Over the years we have assisted this orphanage by funding construction work and the regular supply of the children’s food. We meet the children and enjoy worship together in their church, coming together under a roof constructed with Australian funds. Enjoy fellowship with the local community before we share lunch together.
This is the real Africa and it is a privilege for us to spend our day meeting the numerous 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.
After breakfast we drive towards the Tanzanian border to Muhuru Bay situated on the banks of Lake Victoria. Muhuru Bay’s economy, like the rest of the Lake region, is almost solely reliant on the fishing industry. We will spend some time with local people under the leadership of Bishop Elijah before we return to Kisii for dinner.
We leave Kisii after breakfast and travel back to Nairobi. Enjoy an early dinner at the renown Carnivore Restaurant before we transfer to the airport for our late evening flight to Dubai.
Today is a full day of leisure in Dubai and your tour leader is happy to assist you with planning your day. You might like to visit the famous Dubai Mall, explore the Gold and Spice Souks or choose one of the many optional tours (available to book on arrival).
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.
Morning arrival into Australia after a truly memorable holiday.
|Departs from:||Description||Twin PP||Single|
|FROM SYDNEY||Sydney International Airport||$13,990||$14,980|
|FROM MELBOURNE||Melbourne International Airport||$13,990||$14,980|
|FROM BRISBANE||Brisbane International Airport||$13,990||$14,980|
|FROM ADELAIDE||Adelaide International Airport||$13,990||$14,980|
|FROM PERTH||Perth International Airport||$13,990||$14,980|
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