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Perspectives on East Africa Symposium: Hemingway's Africa

Samburu, Lake Nakuru, the Masai Mara, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $10,995  
Length: 16 days
Arrive: Nairobi, Kenya
Depart: Arusha, Tanzania
Lodging: 5 nights hotels and lodges, 10 nights wildlife camps
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 2 dinners
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History, Walking
Trip Level: 4WD gameviewing, easy walking
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Highlights

  • Three-day symposium at historic Mt. Kenya Safari Club featuring five of the world’s top wildlife researchers, conservationists, and paleontologists
  • Classic East Africa safari in Kenya and Tanzania, Masai encounters
  • Samburui, Lake Nakuru, the Masai Mara, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire National Park
  • Superb naturalist guides, maximum gameviewing opportunities
  • Tented camps with full amenities and amazing access to wildlife

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.

References

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, Kenya Photo Safari, Out of Africa, Serengeti Wildlife Safari, and Mountain Gorilla Safari.

Explore the great parks of East Africa on this fantastic safari combining the celebrated gamelands of both Tanzania and Kenya. This is the Africa of the imagination: thrilling gameviewing each day, and the delights of safari life in a fabulous range of game lodges and intimate camps, with superb meals by candlelight and a million stars overhead. The unique northern wildlife of beautiful Samburu National Park, the thronging flamingos of Lake Nakuru, the famed herds of the mile-high Masai Mara, Eden-like Ngorongoro Crater, and remote Tarangire National Park—it all adds up to an epic safari.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Perspectives on East Africa Symposium

Presentations, excursions, and other activities with our guest speakers at the Mount Kenya Safari Club.

Days 4-5
Samburu National Reserve

We head north to Samburu and our intimate, riverside Elephant Bedroom Camp, where game drives in open-sided 4WD vehicles bring us trumpeting elephants, shy impalas feeding at water’s edge, and baboons and vervet monkeys swinging through the tree canopy.

Days 6-7
Lake Nakuru National Park

Tucked away in the vastness of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru, a soda lake, is famed for its thousands of flamingos and there’s excellent lion- and rhino-viewing, too. At Mbweha Camp, we enjoy bush walks, day and nighttime game drives, and savor the African-style cottages with private outdoor bathtubs.

Days 8-10
Masai Mara National Reserve

Everything about the Mara is spectacular, from its sheer beauty to its renowned abundance of wildlife. Huge year-round populations of plains game guarantee great sightings of the dominant predators: lion, leopard, and cheetah. Our inviting six-tent camp, Mara Ngenche, is at the confluence of the Mara and Talek Rivers.

Days 11-12
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

In famed Ngorongoro, we overnight at a lodge on the crater rim for an unforgettable safari in a breathtaking setting. While exploring the crater floor by 4WD vehicle, we are likely to see elephant, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, and large prides of lions.

Days 13-16
Tarangire National Park

The thousand-square-mile Tarangire region is a magnet for migrating herds during the rainless summer months, when the Tarangire River becomes a lifeline for wildlife. Our game drives reveal elephants clustered in the hundreds, and huge herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, eland, and impala, while exciting game walks allow us to track big game. Depart on Day 16 from Arusha.

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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!

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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+, 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

2014
Jun 25-Jul 10, 2014

Program Cost

Prices are for 2014
$10995 (10-12 members)
$11445 (8-9 members)
$11995 (6-7 members)
Single supplement: $1995
Internal airfare: $930 (subject to change)
Park fees: $1450
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Extension Costs
Gorilla Tracking In Rwanda's Parc Des Volcans
   from: $1995
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
Due December 27, 2013: 25%
Due March 27, 2014: 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.

Nairobi Hotel

Day 1 (1 night), Nairobi, Kenya

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

Mount Kenya Safari Club

Mount Kenya Safari Club

Days 2 to 3 (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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Elephant Bedroom Camp

Elephant Bedroom Camp

Days 4 to 5 (2 nights), Samburu, Kenya

Located at the edge of the Ewaso Nyiro River in Samburu National Reserve and surrounded by doum palms and other indigenous trees, this small and ...
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Mbweha Camp

Mbweha Camp

Days 6 to 7 (2 nights), Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Tucked away in the spectacular vastness of the Great Rift Valley on the private 6,400-acre Congreve Conservancy, Mbweha Camp is in the southern ...
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Mara Ngenche Camp

Mara Ngenche Camp

Days 8 to 10 (3 nights), Masai Mara, Kenya

This intimate camp offers tents that each have a 4-poster king-size bed, hot/cold running water, flush toilet, bathtub, and a private outdoor ...
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Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Days 11 to 12 (2 nights), Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is an international-style hotel with a spectacular setting on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater at 6,000 feet. The ...
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Osunyai Private Camp

Osunyai Private Camp

Days 13 to 15 (3 nights), Tarangire, Tanzania

Our private camp at Osunyai is perched along the banks of a sand river where elephants come to excavate for water. It features large, walk-in tents ...
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Kia Lodge

Kia Lodge (Day Room)

Day 16, Arusha, Tanzania

A short drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport, Kia is a very convenient place for a day room. You can relax at this lodge for several hours ...
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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.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Stanley Kaarithi

Departure Dates: June 25-July 10, 2014

Stanley Kaarithi is from Kenya’s Kikuyu tribe. He grew up on his family farm in Nakuru in the Great Rift Valley. His father was a tour guide before him and always encouraged his son’s keen interest in wildlife and conservation, so the job is second nature to Stanley. After completing ...
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Naiman Mungure

Departure Dates: June 25-July 10, 2014

Naiman Mungare, a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), has been leading wildlife safaris for nearly two decades. Whether strolling among riverine forests in search of rare birds or navigating his way across the short grass plains of the Serengeti, Naiman has a sense of what ...
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Optional Extensions

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

Rwanda

mountain gorillas silverback rwanda parc des volcans

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

Tanzania

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