THE GREAT MIGRATION
jul 18 - Aug 1, 2020
Taking travel to a whole new level, here's a chance to join me on a 2-week backpacking trip to Kenya! Backpacking is the perfect way of covering more ground in a short amount of time. This trip is perfect for the adventurous, backpackers (first-timers are welcome too), and nature and beach lovers.
No worries, there is no hostel stay. You will still get to experience the luxury of Kenya through tent camps, lodges, and beach resorts.
This trip will bring you one with nature and a new love for the Motherland.
Kenya & The Great Migration
July 18 - August 1, 2020
Join me on a backpacking adventure to see Kenya and the Great Migration. Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime trip to travel around Kenya and see all the popular sites from Nairobi and the Maasai Mara to Mombasa and the Swahili village of Lamu.
Seats are limited.
Probably the most famous of the reserves, the Maasai Mara, in Kenya's southwestern corner, boasts an astonishing amount of game. Unfenced, the Mara is bounded in the east by the Ngama Hills and in the west by the Oloololo or Siria Escarpment. Gazelle, wildebeest and zebra graze in large numbers and where prey is found so are predators. Not only is this a great place in which to find game, but the wide greenly-gold savannahs spotted with thorn trees make it ideal for photography.
The Great Migration
Famously, the Mara is the northerly end of the Great Migration, that great primeval surge of wildebeest, zebra, and antelope that sweeps in from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya's Maasai Mara as the Tanzanian grass starts to fail. The large predators that pick off the weak, the stragglers and the young track them. The great herds, nearing their destination by July, mass along the Mara River, pushing, shoving and fantastically noisy, just waiting for the first animal to cross so that they can all follow, lemming-like, on the final leg of the journey. However, crocodiles lie in wait, sluggishly cruising the waters, fully prepared for their best meal of the year. Many fail in the life-and-death struggle - drowned, eaten by the crocodiles or, made careless or weak by their stressful swim, brought down by lions. The Maasai Mara is terrible yet wonderful, and not to be missed
Lake Nakuru Park
Originally declared a national park because of a superbly diverse bird population, which includes many migrants, the park is also a favorite place for travelers to seek the rare black rhino. However, it is for the flamingos that the lake is best known, and it was for their protection that the park was originally created. The level of the blue-green alkaline waters here varies and this, with other accompanying environmental changes, causes considerable variation in the flamingo population, but when they are present, en masse, the whole lake turns a gorgeous rosy pink.
A snippet of the itinerary HERE
DAY 1 Depart NYC
DAY 2 Arrive in Nairobi
DAY 3 Explore Nairobi- VIsit Nairobi National Park, Giraffe Centre and David Shedrick Elephant Wildlife Trust, or visit a local village
DAY 4 Head to Maasai Mara National with afternoon game drive
DAY 5 Full day Maasai Mara National and village visit
DAY 6 Head to Lake Nakuru with afternoon and evening drive
DAY 7 Head to Amboseli National Park
DAY 8 Head to Tsavo East National Park
DAY 9 Tsavo East National Park to Lamu, Lamu Peponi Hotel
DAY 10 Lamu- Explore Swahili Village and Lamu Beach
DAY 11 Catch flight to Mombasa- Visit Fort Jesus
DAY 12 Head to Diani Swahili Beach
DAY 13 Diani Beach Full Day Relaxation and/or optional activities
DAY 14 Transfer back to Nairobi, Explore Nairobi, and farewell dinner
DAY 15 Transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
only 13 seats available!!
COST: $6000 ($5000 w/ NO INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT)
Pay in Full by SEPT 15th and receive $250 off your Trip!
Make your $2000 deposit by SEPT 15th to reserve your seat.
Below is the payment schedule.
NOVEMBER 15 $450
DECEMBER 15 $350
JANUARY 15 $350
FEBRUARY 15 $550
MARCH 15 $750
APRIL 15 $550
MAY 15 $600
JUNE 15 $400
For NO Int'l Flight Payment Plan option:
Below is the payment schedule.
NOVEMBER 15 $300
DECEMBER 15 $300
JANUARY 15 $300
FEBRUARY 15 $500
MARCH 15 $750
APRIL 15 $400
MAY 15 $450
International flight (from NYC)
All 4-5 star accommodations
Majority of meals
All game drives and park entrance fees
English speaking Guide
Any Medical Clearance needed
Excludes all taxes/fees
FIRST TIMER GUIDE TO BACKPACKING COMING SOON!!
U.S. citizens traveling to any destination outside of the United States will be required to present a valid U.S. passport. Passports must be valid for 6 months past the return date. Some countries require a visa for transit or entry. Passengers are responsible to ensure that they have all the proper documents for entry. All names on documents must match the legal name on your photo I.D., and travel document information must match tickets. Please check the State Department website at https://travel.state.gov for further information. Immunizations may also be required. Failure to comply with these regulations may result in denied boarding, denied entry, and/or government-imposed fines. If you are a citizen of another country, there may be additional requirements. Check with the nearest consulate or embassy of the destination you are traveling to and find out the entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens.
Kenyan Immigration has instituted a strict visa policy whereby all visitors are strongly encouraged to obtain visas by using an online system, though visas are available upon arrival at international ports of entry including Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
A passport with at least two blank pages, six months’ validity, and a visa are required to enter Kenya.
Single-entry visas are available upon arrival at Kenyan airports; however, Kenyan Immigration plans to end visas upon arrival in the near future. A single-entry e-visa/visa on arrival is $51.
Multiple-entry visas must be applied for prior to travel to Kenya.
Obtain the latest information on visas, as well as any additional details regarding entry requirements, from the Embassy of Kenya, 2249 R Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008, telephone (202) 387-6101, or the Kenyan Consulates General in Los Angeles and New York City.
You should have proof of yellow fever immunizations, or you may be denied entry.
For additional information on immunizations and detailed country-specific recommendations on vaccinations and other health precautions for travelers to Kenya, visit the CDC’s Travelers’ Health website.
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