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The Plains of Africa

Starting at 19,500 Vacation Club Points
14 Days | 33 Meals

On a fascinating safari adventure, explore the scenic vistas and magnificent wildlife of Kenya. During your exploration, discover the thriving culture and natural wonders that make this one of the most popular African countries to visit. Numerous safari game drives bring you in search of the “Big 5”- lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros. You’ll also visit the Rothschild Giraffe Sanctuary. Your stay inside the beautiful Masai Mara game reserve features a traditional bush dinner with Masai dance performance and full day game drive. See all the stunning sights and gorgeous beauty of Kenya on this unforgettable adventure.

Tour Highlights

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    Pause at the Equator.
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    Learn about the culture and traditions of the Samburu people.
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    Make a stop at a Masai village to get to know the people.

Itinerary

21,000 Vacation Club Points | 14 Days | 33 Meals

Day 1: Overnight Flight

Explore Kenya’s wildlife and stunning natural vistas. Numerous game drives bring you in search of the “Big 5” (lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos) on your safari adventure.

Day 2: Nairobi, Kenya - Tour Begins

Arrive in Nairobi, the safari capital of Africa, for your overnight stay. The Sarova Stanley Hotel launched into Kenya history in 1902 as Nairobi’s first luxury hotel and was home to the beginning of Nairobi’s first and only stock exchange.

Day 3: Nairobi - Aberdare National Park

Today we set off for the mountainous region of Aberdare National Park. This ecologically diverse area boasts lush valleys and peaks reaching 14,000 feet. Arrive at your hotel situated on the slope of Mweiga Hill overlooking the park. Keep an eye out for the giraffes that welcome you to the lodge. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the amenities of the lodge; perhaps you’ll take a nature walk or enjoy a round of golf!

Today breakfast , lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 4: Aberdare National Park-Buffalo Springs Reserve-Shaba National Reserve

Begin your adventure in the Shaba, Samburu and Buffalo Springs reserves, home to some of Africa’s most exotic wildlife including the reticulated giraffe and Grevy’s zebra, two species only found north of the equator. Arrive at Shaba National Reserve, your home for the next two nights. After lunch, it’s on to Buffalo Springs for a game drive to begin your search for the “Big 5.” Tonight, learn about the culture and traditions of the Samburu – an ethnic group related to the Masai.

Today breakfast , lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 5: Shaba Reserve - Samburu National Reserve - Shaba Reserve

Bring your camera as you continue searching for the elusive “Big 5” on a morning game drive through the rugged Samburu National Reserve. The striking contrast of sand, sky and bush will leave you breathless. After lunch at the lodge, continue on an afternoon game drive in Shaba, watching for the spectacular local birds; over 350 species of birds are known to inhabit the reserve. Watch for the desert rose plant, splashing color against its natural surroundings. Your day comes to a close on the banks of the Ewaso Ng'iro River. Sit back and relax as the sun sets on the horizon, partaking in a traditional Sundowner.

Today breakfast , lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 6: Shaba - Aberdare National Park

Return to Aberdare for an unforgettable experience in a treetop lodge. This national park received its name from Lord Aberdare, one of the founding members of the Royal Geographical Society. Your lodge overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick which attracts a host of wildlife all night long. Get an up-close look at the wildlife from the four viewing decks that provide an unmatched opportunity for game viewing from the comfort of the lodge. Sit back and let the animals come to you!

Today breakfast , lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 7: Aberdare National Park - Lake Nakuru

This morning, drive past the mountains via the spectacular Nyahururu waterfalls, then make a photo stop at the Equator. Arrive at the floor of the Great Rift Valley and continue your search for the “Big 5” during your time at Lake Nakuru.

Today breakfast , lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 8: Lake Nakuru

After your morning game drive, savor a traditional breakfast in the bush. Then, enjoy some time to relax and enjoy the amenities at the lodge. Your exciting afternoon game drive returns to the lodge before sunset.

Today breakfast , lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 9: Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara Game Reserve

This morning, travel to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The Masai Mara – an extension of the great Serengeti Plain – is considered the most stunning game viewing spot in all of Kenya: lions, giraffes, zebras, elephants and other wildlife reside here. Your tent provides all the deluxe amenities of a lodge, complete with the adventure of the wild. Visit a Masai village prior to your game drive. Tonight, enjoy a traditional bush dinner featuring a Masai dance performance.

Today breakfast , lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 10: Masai Mara

Further enjoy the Masai Mara with both morning and afternoon game drives. Pause along the way to rest and enjoy a picnic lunch. Return to your hotel for sunset.

Today breakfast , lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 11: Masai Mara - Nairobi

After breakfast, return to Nairobi and travel to Karen, on the outskirts of Nairobi, and visit the farmhouse of Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa. Experience the local wildlife firsthand as you have the opportunity to feed the endangered Rothschild giraffes from a raised platform at the Giraffe Sanctuary.

Today breakfast and lunch will be included.

Day 12: Nairobi - Amboseli National Park

This morning we depart Nairobi for Amboseli National Park, famous for its open plains where lions and elephants roam. The breathtaking snowcapped Mt. Kilimanjaro dominates the landscape. Enjoy an afternoon game drive.

Today breakfast , lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 13: Amboseli

Further explore Amboseli with two game drives – your final chance to see the “Big 5.”

Today breakfast , lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 14: Amboseli - Nairobi - Tour Ends

Return to Nairobi where a day room* has been reserved for you to freshen up prior to your departure for home.

Today breakfast will be included.

Tour Upgrades

Order Type Description No of Nights Price (USD)
Pre Hotel Hotel: The Sarova Stanley 0 $320
Pre Extension Extension: Nairobi Pre Extension 2 $349
Post Hotel Hotel: Sarova Panafric 0 $270
Post Extension Extension: Tanzania Extension 5 $2099
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Know Before You Go

Passport & Visa Information

Certain countries require a minimum of 6 months passport validity. You are strongly urged to contact the appropriate consulate for details.

IMPORTANT

We recommend that our clients travelling abroad take a photocopy of their passport and applicable visas. It should be packed separately from your actual passport and visa. We also recommend leaving a copy at home with your emergency contact.

Destination Facts & Stats

Electricity

An adaptor (which changes the physical plug) and/or converter (which changes the electric current) are necessary if you plan to use an appliance with voltage different from the standard within the country you are visiting. Please note, if your appliance has dual voltage you may still need an adaptor for the plug. When packing your electronic items for travel, please review the converter electric current level to make sure it is the same or greater than the items you are planning on using. If you plan on utilizing or transporting a sleep apnea machine, please remember to pack an extension cord and adapter plug to ensure proper function.

Please Note

Smaller buses, which may not be lavatory equipped, may be used on this program. In this case, frequent stops are made during travel periods.

Maximum Elevation: 7,800 feet.

Single rooms are on request only and are extremely limited. Triples are not available. Child rates are not available.

To complete your tour, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing our airfare with your tour. If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.

Travel with just 24 passengers on this tour where a smaller group setting means a more personal travel experience.

*For guests continuing on the Tanzania extension, please note that the cost of the unused dayroom in Nairobi has been deducted from the price of your extension.

In order to fully experience the destination, some of our accommodations on this program have a finite number of rooms available. In these cases, your Tour Manager will be accommodated at a nearby property and will be readily accessible by phone.

Each guest is responsible for proper documentation and inoculations that may be required and/or recommended to participate on this tour. Please contact your local travel clinic or personal physician for specific details on the destinations you are traveling to and from.

Soft duffel bag luggage is required for this tour with maximum weight of 15 kgs. (approximately 33 pounds).

Please be advised many airlines do not provide advance seat assignments until check-in at the airport. Advance seating will be subject to the airline's terms and conditions.

If travelling internationally with a child under the age of 18, please check directly with the airline for the legal documentation that is required. It is the sole responsibility of the guest to procure the proper documentation to travel and many requirements vary by airline and destination. Collette will not be responsible for costs incurred for missed flights or canceled tours where a guest fails to secure proper documentation.

Due to tour scheduling, return flights should not be scheduled prior to 9:00 p.m.

Pace

To truly experience the program and destination, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included activities occurring later in the evening.