Perspectives on East Africa Symposium: Out of Africa

Amboseli, Lewa Downs, Samburu, and the Masai Mara

Perspectives on East Africa Symposium: Out of Africa route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $10,395  
Length: 15 days
Arrive: Nairobi, Kenya
Depart: Nairobi, Kenya
Lodging: 10 nights luxurious wildlife camps, 4 night hotels or B&B
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 1 dinner
Activity: Safaris, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level: 4WD gameviewing, easy walking


  • Three-day symposium at historic Mt. Kenya Safari Club featuring five of the world’s top wildlife researchers, conservationists, and paleontologists
  • Masai Mara National Reserve, the perfect embodiment of an African wildlife paradise
  • Amboseli National Park, with mighty Kilimanjaro as a backdrop
  • Unique desert wildlife and traditional tribes of Samburu National Reserve
  • Luxurious tented camps with full amenities in stunning settings

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

This itinerary is part of the Perspectives on East Africa Symposium & Safari Program, which offers the special opportunity to learn from and mingle with a remarkable group of world-renowned wildlife experts and conservationists.
The safari described on this page is one of six special journeys which are being offered in conjunction with the symposium. For information on the other symposium safaris click on these links:  Cradle of Mankind, Hemingway’s Africa, Kenya Photo Safari, Serengeti Wildlife Safari, and Mountain Gorilla Safari.

The classic tented safari, born in Kenya over a century ago, has been extolled by writers from Isak Dinesen to Ernest Hemingway—and the magic of it lives on. Our enchanting safari is an “Out of Africa” experience featuring elephants silhouetted beneath the snows of Kilimanjaro, lions on the prowl in golden savannas, elegant dinners under the African sky, and the haunting call of the hyena in the night. We’ve chosen our camps for their incomparable settings and close proximity to the unforgettable wildlife we’ve come to see. Spectacular bush flights whisk us between our beautiful camps and grant us a fascinating perspective of this splendid land.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Nairobi / Amboseli National Park

Our first safari thrills come at award-winning Tortilis Camp, with its stunning location framing Kilimanjaro in the heart of Amboseli. Within minutes after our bush flight, we’re on a game drive in the midst of Amboseli’s famed elephant herds, followed by a visit with elephant researchers at the park.

Days 4-5
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Nestled below Mt. Kenya, Lewa has been home to three generations of the Craig family, who made their highland ranch a sanctuary in 1924. On game walks and game drives in open vehicles (allowed only in private reserves), we see rare rhinos as well as eland, hartebeest, Cape buffalo, lion, and leopard.

Days 6-8
Samburu National Reserve

In Samburu’s magnificent landscape of red earth and palm-fringed rivers, we search for Kenya’s unique northern species, including Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, and the graceful gerenuk. We also visit a village of the Samburu people. Distantly related to the Masai, the traditional Samburu are known  for their bright red robes and elaborate body decorations. Larsen’s Camp enjoys a romantic, lantern-lit setting along the Uaso Nyiro River.

Days 9-12
Masai Mara

In the mile-high Masai Mara with our Masai guides, we find excitement in every direction—prides of lions stalking wildebeest or zebra and solitary leopards surveying from their perches in acacia trees. Our camp, the Mara Explorer, offers comfort in the wild and we can watch elephants and giraffes at the river from our verandas. An optional balloon safari here is unforgettable. We return to Nairobi on Day 12.

Days 13-15
Perspectives on East Africa Symposium

Presentations, excursions, and other activities with our guest speakers at the Mount Kenya Safari Club. Depart from Nairobi on Day 15.

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Note: This safari is offered both pre- and post-symposium. The post-symposium safari features the same itinerary, but with the symposium at the beginning.

Perspectives on East Africa 2014 Brochure

A Symposium & Safari Program in East Africa, June 2014
Enjoy a rare opportunity to meet the leading experts on East Africa’s wildlife, photography, and the origins of mankind, all in the magnificent setting of Kenya’s Central Highlands. Guest experts include Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Dr. Louise Leakey, and wildlife photographer Frans Lanting. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience of East Africa. Space is limited, call soon!

View our Perspectives on East Africa 2014 Brochure brochure in three ways!

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

The trip is rated Level 2+, easy to moderate. This is a deluxe camping and lodge safari with gameviewing by 4WD vehicle and nature walks that can be enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health. There are a few long driving days over rough roads and rugged dirt tracks. Although this is not a particularly rigorous trip, we recommend that each participant undertake a preparatory program of physical conditioning. Daily walking or regular hiking, jogging, and stair-climbing are excellent for preparing for the trip. Any African safari is an adventure, and the traveler to Africa should bring along flexibility, a sense of humor, curiosity about new peoples and places, and an openness to the unexpected.

Explanation of Trip Levels


Departures & Leaders

Jun 14-28, 2014  Peter Liech Adede
Jun 25-Jul 9, 2014  Peter Liech Adede

Program Cost

Prices are for 2014
$10395 (9-12 members)
$10795 (6-8 members)
Single supplement: $1795
Internal airfare: $1090 (subject to change)
Post-symposium dates: high season program cost surcharge: $400
Post-symposium dates: high season single surcharge: $400
Park fees: $850
more on pricing

Extension Costs
Gorilla Tracking In Rwanda's Parc Des Volcans
   from: $1995
Lamu Extension
   from: $2595
Zanzibar Extension: Mnemba Island
   from: $5095
Zanzibar Extension: Serena Inn, Breezes or Palms Resort
   from: $1495

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Program of presentations by Guest Speakers and symposium excursions
  • Accommodations based on double occupancy, including one night in Nairobi and two nights at the Mount Kenya Safari Club during the symposium, and hotels, lodges, and camps on safari
  • Meals from breakfast on June 26 through lunch on June 28 during symposium, and as designated in the detailed itineraries on safari
  • Charter flights during symposium
  • Land transportation during symposium and on safari, with guaranteed window seating on game drives
  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides on safari
  • Camp staff and group camping and cooking equipment on camping safaris
  • Group airport transfers on scheduled arrival and departure dates
  • Beverages and laundry service at designated camps on safari

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare to and from Africa, internal airfare within Africa, meals not specified after each day in the detailed trip itinerary, park fees and permits, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, cost of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.). Extensions and any optional side trips and excursions such as balloon safaris are at your own expense. Beverages and laundry service are included at certain camps on safari but not at all locations.

Trip Payment Schedule*

At time of reservation: $1000
180 days prior to departure: 25%
90 days prior to departure: Balance

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

Minimum cancellation fee: $500 per person
365-181 days prior to departure): $1000 non-refundable
180-91 days prior to departure): All deposits to date non-refundable
90 days prior to departure: 100% of trip costs, internal airfares, park fees, and permits non-refundable

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Karen Blixen Cottages

Karen Blixen Cottages

Day 1 (1 night), Nairobi, Kenya

This peaceful haven, well away from the hubbub of Nairobi, is in Karen, a leafy suburban neighborhood named for author Karen Blixen, who once lived ...
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Tortilis Camp

Tortilis Camp

Days 2 to 3 (2 nights), Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Tortilis is set on a hill overlooking Amboseli and Mt. Kilimanjaro, with 17 tented rooms and a spacious bar and dining room just a short walk ...
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Lewa Safari Camp

Lewa Safari Camp

Days 4 to 5 (2 nights), The Highlands, Kenya

Overlooking the rolling hills of Kenya’s highlands, with Mt. Kenya on the horizon, Lewa Safari Camp has an intimate setting. There is a ...
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Larsen’s Camp

Larsen’s Camp

Days 6 to 8 (3 nights), Samburu National Park, Kenya

Set on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River in Samburu National Park, Larsen’s is one of the most intimate tented camps in Samburu. The 20 ...
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Mara Explorer

Mara Explorer

Days 9 to 11 (3 nights), Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

With a superb location right on the Talek River, this small and unfenced tented camp has ten beautiful and well-spaced tents with their own river ...
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Nairobi Hotel

Day 12 (1 night), Nairobi, Kenya

In Nairobi, we stay at one of the following properties:

Mount Kenya Safari Club

Mount Kenya Safari Club

Days 13 to 14 (2 nights), Nanyuki, Kenya

Nestled in the foothills of snow-capped Mount Kenya, Africa’s second-highest mountain, the Mount Kenya Safari Club is an ideal base for our ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Peter Liech Adede

Peter Liech Adede is from the Luo tribe of western Kenya near Lake Victoria. Peter’s family name, Adede, comes from his father and literally means “locust,” for he was born at a time of locust invasion. At birth, as is Luo custom, Peter was also given a birth name. His birth name, Liech means “elephant.” Peter has been a safari guide since 1996 and holds certificates in ornithology and the study of plants of Kenya as well as the Know Kenya Course. He has also completed First Aid training with the Kenya Red Cross and has a Silver Level certificate from the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association (KPSGA). Peter grew up on a rural farm in western Kenya and after completing high school, moved to Nairobi and volunteered his services at the National Museum, working in the Ornithology, Mammology, Palaeontology and Herbarium departments. He is still involved with the museum and is an active member of Nature Kenya, the Kenya Museum Society, and the Friends of Nairobi Arboretum. In his spare time, he acts as a museum and arboretum guide. In 1999, Peter won the museum society’s top award, a cast of a “Homo erectus” skull dating back 1.5 million years.

Upcoming Trips:

Perspectives on East Africa Symposium: Out of Africa, June 14-28, 2014
Perspectives on East Africa Symposium: Out of Africa, June 25-July 9, 2014

Client Testimonials:

Peter's leadership, knowledge, and interaction with the group was superb! Clive/Joan D., Claremont, CA
Out of Africa

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:


Lamu Extension

Relaxing on Kenya's Indian Ocean Coast

Cultural Adventures, Snorkeling
4 days  -  Level 1


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Gorilla Tracking In Rwanda's Parc Des Volcans

One of the World’s Most Thrilling Wildlife Experiences

Hiking / Trekking, Wildlife & Natural History
4 days  -  Level 4


mnemba island zanzibar

Zanzibar Extension: Mnemba Island

Snorkeling and Diving in a Magnificent Aquatic World

Cultural Adventures, Sea Kayaking, Snorkeling
4 days  -  Level 2

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Zanzibar Extension: Serena Inn, Breezes or Palms Resort

Tropical Island Beauty and Indian Ocean Snorkeling

Cultural Adventures, Sea Kayaking, Snorkeling
4 days  -  Level 2