This tour takes you to the outstanding safari destination of Kenya. Here you can experience one of Africa’s biggest national parks without constantly having to move from lodge to lodge. After your first night in Nairobi, which includes a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum and more, you will stay for six nights in an excellent lodge, surrounded by the beautiful African bush and an impressive number of animals - which you can often see directly from camp.
Departures every Thursday all year round
10 days from €2,700.00
This tour will give you a great chance of seeing all of the “Big Five”. An exciting safari adventure awaits you in Kenya’s biggest national park.
On top of your safari this tour offers some exciting cultural experiences. These include visiting a local school, and getting an introduction to the local language, Swahili. An exciting look at the dramatic events that took place in Kenya during the First World War also awaits you.
This is just the tour for people looking for a high quality safari, but would rather not move to different lodges all the time during your tour.
The lodge’s kitchen offers some nice treats accompanied by excellent wine, all served in an open sided restaurant, giving you great views of the beautiful surroundings.
The swimming pool and the well stocked lounge bar are natural meeting points for our guests after the day’s adventures. Naturally Wi-Fi is available in a number of places in the lodge’s public area.
Depart from your local airport and fly to Nairobi via, for example, Paris or Amsterdam.
Meals and drinks will naturally be included on your intercontinental flight.
You will arrive in Nairobi early in the morning, once you have cleared immigration and customs you will be met by our representative in Nairobi, and then head for the first stop of the tour, the Giraffe Centre, where you can feed giraffes, and meet them ”eye to eye”. Afterwards you will visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, which lies on the fringes of Nairobi national park.
Here you get close to young orphaned elephants, and a few rhinos which have met the same fate, where they are fed and cared for until they can be released in special areas within Tsavo national park, on their way to a new life in new family herds in the wild. The centre is open for an hour every day from 11.00 – 12.00.
You will then visit Kazuri Beads and afterwards be driven to Karen Blixen Coffee & Gardens, where a delicious lunch will be awaiting you. The restaurant is housed in the old school building that Karen Blixen built for her employees children.
After lunch you will visit Karen Blixen’s farm, which is a must see for fans of “Out of Africa”. The museum has been set up in Karen Blixen’s home at the foot of the Ngong Hills in the Nairobi’s Karen district. After your visit you will be taken to the EKA Hotel, where you will stay for the night.
Accommodation is in a 3 - 4 star hotel and includes breakfast.
Transfer to the train station to take the new Nairobi-Mombasa train’s 08.20 departure to Voi, which is close to Tsavo National Park. Your train journey will be in 1st Class and is very comfortable. You will be met at Moi train station at around 12.30 by your driver/guide and transferred to Ashnil Aruba Lodge. After only a 15 minute drive from the station you will enter Tsavo East National Park, where you will quickly see the beautiful scenery and your first wild animals. The drive through the park to Ashnil Aruba Lodge takes circa. 1 hour. After lunch you will start your safari, with an afternoon gamedrive in the park.
Dinner and overnight at Ashnil Aruba Lodge which will be your base for the next 6 nights.
The lodge is sited next to Aruba Dam, which is a naturally assembly point for the varied local animal life, which you can often see directly from the lodge.
There are 40 rooms which all offer a high level of comfort, with beautiful bathrooms, and your own veranda/terrace offering views of the reserve.
Meals are taken in the open-sided restaurant, from where you take in the beautiful surrounding nature. The pool area and the lounge are naturally both popular with the guests when they are in camp.
At sunrise, 06.30 in the morning, you will drive out onto the savannah. The beautiful morning light combined with the freshness of the savannah, often make the early morning hours the best time to see animals. Amongst the big game animals you can see in the park are lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, baboon and the elegant beautiful giraffe-gazelle, also known as the gerenuk.
After an exciting safari you will return to the lodge where a very generous breakfast buffet will be awaiting you.
During the day you can relax and enjoy the swimming pool.
In the afternoon you will again go on safari, finishing when the sun sets at 18.30. The day’s activities will end with a welcome cocktail together with the lodge’s manager, who will tell you about the lodge and the surrounding area. Afterward is dinner and the rest of the evening in the lodge.
After lunch it will be time for you to set off on an exciting walking safari along the banks of the beautiful Galana river, which is formed by the Tsavo and Athi rivers merging close to the Lugard waterfall, before finally flowing into the Indian Ocean. The river is vitally important for the wildlife and is always a good place to encounter game animals. The walking tour is naturally accompanied by armed park rangers.
During this tour you will be able to see the Yatta Plateau, which at 300 km in length and up to 10 km in width is one of the biggest lava flow in the world, and forms an impressive background to this part of the reserve.
You will return to the lodge in time for lunch. During the rest of the day you will have time to relax, and enjoy the local nature while sitting by the pool for example.
After a peaceful morning and a lovely breakfast you will be given an introduction to Swahili, which is spoken even in districts far from East Africa.
This introduction to the national language will be followed by you being given an insight into the local cuisine.
After lunch there will be a safari in the reserve, followed by dinner and an evening in the lodge.
After breakfast you will visit a local school (depending on local school holidays) where you will see that good teaching can be provided even in the most humble surroundings.
From here you will continue to Voi church yard where victims of the first world war, both local and British and allied casualties are buried. They lost their lives during the regular assaults from what was then German East Africa (now Tanzania), which in particular targeted the important Mombasa to Uganda railway line.
Lunch will be taken at the wonderfully situated Voi Safari Lodge. From here you will enjoy a safari drive back to Aruba Lodge for dinner.
The tours last safari adventures will take place this morning and afternoon, when you will have your final safari-drives in Tsavo. Perhaps you will be lucky enough to “tick off” another couple of animals that you haven’t yet seen.
In the evening there will be a farewell dinner, including Kwaheri cake, during which many of the tours exciting experiences will doubtless be shared.
After breakfast you will drive for a couple of hours to get to Mombasa and its north coast Travellers Beach Hotel, where you can spend the rest of the day relaxing around the pool, or swimming in the Indian Ocean.
In the late afternoon or early evening you will be driven to the airport for your flight to Nairobi, where you will catch your connecting flight home.
After catching a connecting flight in, for example, Amsterdam you will arrive at your local airport in the morning.
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