The Great Rift Valley, which runs through Kenya, is considered by some the cradle of civilization and is justifiably one of the world's best organized safari destinations in Africa. The traveler can see such a large variety of animals, including the Big Five: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo and over 1200 species of birds. Here, the 2013 total eclipse path crosses the silt and sandstone where fossils of early man date back some 4.2 million years.
Monday/Tuesday, October 28/29, 2013 • Arrive London
Check in at appropriate airport for your flight to Kenya. Upon arrival in London, transfer through Customs and Immigrations. Transfer to: Radisson Edwardian Heathrow Hotel for overnight.
Radisson Edwardian Heathrow
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 • London – Nairobi, Kenya
Transfer back to Heathrow for your onward flight to Kenya.
Upon arrival in Nairobi, proceed through Customs and Immigrations. You will be met and transferred to the hotel for two nights, at the premier colonial hotel, -- THE NORFOLK.
Thursday, October 31, 2013 • Nairobi
After breakfast an excursion is planned to the Karen Blixen Museum of Out of Africa and the Giraffe Manor. Tonight meet for a safari orientation and welcome dinner.
Friday, November 1, 2013 • Nairobi – Treetops
Journey north through the fertile Kikuyu heartland to the famous TREETOPS HOTEL. Traveling through the Aberdare Mountains, arriving at the hotel which sits high on stilts. Treetops overlooks a floodlit glade with an eventful waterhole and salt lick. Elephants, buffalo, rhino and giant wart hogs frequent this glade affording a marvelous opportunity to see and photograph these animals in their natural habitat.
Saturday, November 2, 2013 • Treetops – Mt. Kenya Safari Club
Depart Treetops for the fabulous MT. KENYA SAFARI CLUB, founded by the late William Holden, actor and wildlife conservationist. Activities on the beautiful grounds. Astronomical lecture tonight after dinner in preparation for tomorrow’s eclipse.
Mt. Kenya Safari Club
© Melita Thorpe
Sunday, November 3, 2013 • Mt Kenya Safari Club – Eclipse site
Our charter flight takes us north to Lake Turkana. Upon arrival in this mysterious region of the world, we will set up our viewing site where early man once walked and hunted and near the site of Sir Richard Leaky's primal anthropological discoveries.
After the eclipse our private charter will wing southward to Kenya’s most famous reserve, the Maasai Mara. This is Hemingway country, the romantic Green Hills of Africa which year round abound with wildlife. Your home for the next three nights, GOVERNOR'S CAMP, once reserved for exclusive use of Kenya's colonial governors and royal guests, captures the spirit and romance of Kenyan wilderness.
Monday, November 4, 2013 • Maasai Mara
The Mara is renowned for its abundance and variety of plains game and its predators. The camp is not fenced so elephants may stop by for nocturnal munchies and hippos for grazing. The game drives are in open, 4WD vehicles that bring the Maasai Mara closer to you.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 • Maasai Mara
Game viewing and exploration of this reserve offers over 60 species of wildlife. Explore for rhino in the thorn thickets, giraffe and elephant in the riverine woodlands, and masses of buffalo, wildebeest, and antelope on the savannas. The cheetah, leopard and the reserve’s lion prides roam freely among the rolling hills and plains of the Mara.
Ballooning Away in Maasai Mara
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 • Maasai Mara – Nairobi – Zanzibar
Before departing today an Optional Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride over the vast plains is available.
A flight back to Nairobi with a special lunch before flying on to the spice island of Zanzibar for three nights at the MELIA ZANZIBAR with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean and private beach of pearlescent white sand.
Thursday, November 7, 2013 • Zanzibar
Explore the magical streets and alleys of East Africa’s oldest functioning city and a visit to Stone Town will allow you to experience a melting pot of African culture, architecture, history and tradition. Or you could head to the northern most tip of the island to enjoy the unforgettable experience of interacting with wild dolphins in their natural habitat.
Visit to the historic Stone Town where the wooden boat makers set the beat hawking the daily fishing catch. Scuba diving on the coral reef or walking down the white sand beach to visit the lighthouse where the sea turtle aquarium has been carved into the coral rocks by the waves is located. Don’t miss the traditional dhows sailing out at sunset for the night-time deep sea fishing.
Friday, November 8, 2013 • Zanzibar
Another day in paradise.
Saturday/Sunday, November 9/10, 2013 • Zanzibar – Nairobi – USA
Continue your homeward journey from Zanzibar to Nairobi and home or extend your stay in for a Tanzania Safari to the Serengeti.