Imagine wakening to the sounds of a trumpeting elephant and feeling the roar of a lion coursing through your body… forget to breathe while watching a leopard stalking prey… delight in the delicate treetop munching of a giraffe. You don’t have to imagine when you’re on safari – and now cost doesn’t have to stand in your way! Experience Kenya, the original safari destination and home to beautiful landscapes and vibrant wildlife. Explore the amazing wildlife of Sweetwaters at Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Visit Lewa Downs Conservancy, a private wildlife sanctuary in the northern district of Kenya. Spend three days roaming the rolling hills of the Maasai Mara in search of wildebeest, zebra, impala, gazelle, cheetah and rhino. Each evening, share the day’s events while relaxing in luxurious lodges and tented camps underneath the starlit skies of Africa.
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Enjoy lunch at Karen Blixen’s Garden Restaurant before visiting the Karen Blixen House, the former house of the Danish Baronness, Karen Blixen (1885-1962) author of the book Out of Africa. Karen lived in this green residential area from 1914 to 1931 when she left permanently for Denmark. The house was built in 1910 and when Ms. Blixen bought the property, it had 6,000 acres of land but only 600 acres were developed for growing coffee; the rest was retained under natural forest.The house was bought by the Danish Government, which offered it back to Kenya in 1963. In 1986, the house, formerly used as a school, was transformed to a National Museum. Much of the original furniture is on display in the house and most objects were either used by Karen herself or for the shooting of the film or donated to the museum.
Continue to the AFEW Nature Center near Giraffe Manor where you may hand-feed the Rothschild giraffe that live here. The giraffe were brought here by Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville, who founded AFEW (African Fund for Endangered Wildlife) and built the Nature Center to help educate young African children about wildlife conservation. The Rothschild giraffe are the tallest species and may reach 18 feet in height, but you can see eye to eye with them on the elevated walkway at the center. This evening get acquainted with your fellow travelers at your welcome dinner at your hotel. HEMINGWAYS NAIROBI HOTEL.
On the second day, experience the wildlife through the eyes of a child. Your first stop this morning is a global philanthropy mission as you have breakfast with the children of Matanya’s Hope, a nearby school. Many of these children have no means and go without breakfast, so the porridge so generously donated for them provides sustenance to carry them through their days. They show their gratitude through their great smiles and with the singing and dancing they will perform for you. We encourage you to also bring books and school supplies to donate to the children. Spend a few hours in the school with the children and then enjoy a wildlife drive along with some of the top academically rated children. Although these children live right next to a wildlife sanctuary, they’ve never had an opportunity to see wildlife, or to go on a drive. They’ll be full of wonder and will warm your heart by their expressions as they see the wildlife that is part of their heritage and yet so unattainable to them. The children will be with you for the day – they’ll have lunch with you at the camp and also go with you on an afternoon drive. When you drop them off in the evening at their meager home, you’ll each have tears in your eyes and appreciation for a most wondrous day spent; and they’ll be better custodians for the wildlife having seen it, and experienced why it is so vital to their livelihood to conserve it.
This program is available to us through Matanya’s Hope, a non-profit organization that works diligently to supply scholarships for under-privileged children in many villages around Kenya to attend school, and to better their lives by various other projects www.matanyashope.org. This school has over 250 children who have been widely helped by Matanya’s Hope, a 501 C-3 charitable organization created by Michelle Stark, from Chicago, Illinois. This organization has thus far sponsored more than 250 worthy children to a high school education, and supplied schools and communities with books, clothing, shoes, medication and supplies to help them fight against the ever-present poverty and draught in their local communities.” Matanya’s Hope has also been providing rainwater collection tanks to the villages in the area to help the people get through the annual draught season which can last from 4 to 5 months in duration.
Visit a 200-acre Chimpanzee sanctuary, a project of the Kenya Wildlife Services and the Jane Goodall Institute, established to provide permanent haven for abused and orphaned chimpanzees. Your camp overlooks a floodlit waterhole and offers an unforgettable opportunity to watch and photograph wildlife in its natural habitat wrapped in the comforts of luxuriously appointed tents. SWEETWATERS TENTED CAMP in Morani rooms.
Kenya is located on the Equator. The temperature, therefore, does not vary too much. During our summer months – their winter (June through August) it is about 10 degrees cooler, but days will be warm and can reach 80’s and evenings can be cool and can drop to the 40’s in the higher elevations. The rainy season is in April/May (long rains) and November (short rains). However, it does not rain every day, or all day, and rainstorms are quickly followed by brilliant sunshine which makes for incredible photographic opportunities. Wildlife viewing is good year-round; however, the migration of zebra and wildebeest follow this cycle:
- January-March – southern sector of the Serengeti in Tanzania
- April-June – central Serengeti in Tanzania
- July – western corridor of the Serengeti in Tanzania
- August-October – northern Serengeti and mostly into Maasai Mara in Kenya
- November-December – returning back to Serengeti in Tanzania and making their way to the southern sector
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