CLASSIC KENYA AND RWANDA EXPEDITION

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Day 1

    

Nairobi City

Day notes

Jambo! Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, you will be met by a representative from Classic Safaris will greet you and assist with the transfer to The residences at Karen for overnight

The Karen Blixen Coffee Garden & Cottages is located in Karen, a beautiful, peaceful suburb approximately 20 miles from the centre of Nairobi. The area was the original estate of the Swedo African Coffee Company and Swedo House, built c.ͳͻͲͺ, which now houses the Garden’s restaurant and lounge, was the plantation manager’s house.

The spacious cottages provide accommodation for up to 34 guests and are elegantly appointed with hi- beam ceilings, fireplaces and wood and mazeras stone floors. Each bedroom has a large bathroom with its own shower and bath. Internet connections and phones are available in all rooms. All cottages have a verandah for relaxing while enjoying the birds, butterflies and flowers of the garden. Eight of the cottages have two bedrooms with a common sitting room and large fireplace and dining table. Eight cottages have two private suites with a separate dressing room. A large Dzhoneymoondz cottage with two fireplaces and a sitting room are available for special events. This is delightful accommodation and is highly recommended.

Transfer from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport [NBO] to The Residences at Karen

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Jomo Kenyatta International Airport [NBO]

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The Residences at Karen

Check-in to The Residences at Karen

Day 2

    

Lake Naivasha

Day notes

After breakfast this morning, you will be met and fly through the scenically beautiful Great Rift Valley down to Loldia House, nestling on the shores of Lake Naivasha. Enjoy a delicious lunch on the lawn overlooking Mt Longonot.

Afternoon at walk at Hellsgate National Park where you will get a chance to view grazers as you walk in this park that has no preditors then later visit one of the flower farms around . Dinner in the traditional dining room hosted by Peter and overnight Loldia House.

At Loldia House you’ll experience the life of Kenya’s early settlers. Loldia House is an ideal spot to relax, taste the pleasures of Kenyan country life and explore the Great Rift Valley. There are beautiful views of the dormant volcano, Mount Longonot. Wild animals roam free on the farm and in the evenings hippo munch quietly by the waterside. Loldia House is a perfect place from which to begin your exciting safari holiday around Kenya. It is also conveniently located for day trips to the famous Lake Nakuru National Park.

Check-out from The Residences at Karen

Transfer from The Residences at Karen to Wilson Airport [WIL]

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The Residences at Karen

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Wilson Airport [WIL]

Scheduled Flight from Wilson Airport [WIL] to Loldia Airstrip

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Scheduled Flight

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Wilson Airport [WIL]

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Loldia Airstrip

Transfer from Loldia Airstrip to Loldia House

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Loldia Airstrip

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Loldia House

Check-in to Loldia House

Day 3

    

Lake Naivasha

Day notes

Early breakfast before departing to Lake Nakuru National Park. Morning game drive around Lake Nakuru, famous for its abundance of flamingos and large variety of water birds. Lake Nakuru is also one of Kenya’s Rhino Sanctuaries and large numbers of Rhinos are regularly seen, along with good sightings of Leopard. Lunch is served under the Acacia trees overlooking the lake. Returning to Loldia in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Loldia House.

Day 4 - 6

    

Masai Mara National Reserve

Day notes

Breakfast served on the lawns of Loldia House. At 1000hrs you will be transferred to the Loldia airstrip to catch your Governors flight direct to the Mara. You will enjoy a short game drive en route to the camp. Lunch will be served at you camp followed by an afternoon game viewing drive. Pre dinner drinks around the campfire, a candlelit dinner in the dining tent and overnight at Little Governors’ Camp

Depart the camp at ͷ.ͳͷam to the Balloon Safari take off site at Little Governors’. A fabulous I hour Hot Air Balloon safari across the plains of the Masai Mara. On landing enjoy a champagne bush breakfast, freshly cooked in the middle of the Mara plains. Game drive back to camp. Spend the morning relaxing before lunch at the camp, afternoon game drive, dinner and overnight at Governors Camp.

On the second day you will have morning and afternoon game viewing drive

Little Governors’ is intimate in character, with just ͳ͹ luxury en-suite tents tucked around a large watering hole that teems with both birds and wildlife. The camp is approached by a boat ride across the Mara River, then an escorted walk through the riverine forest. Vehicles are left on the far river bank, and the camp is therefore quiet and undisturbed. The guest tents at Little Governors’ have recently been renovated and now have great wooden decks with large verandahs for guests to enjoy the constant game activity that takes place around the watering hole at the camp.

Optional extras available activities in addition to the three daily game drives, are:- Guided Big Game walking safaris with one of the Camps’ resident professional guides, followed by a full cooked champagne bush breakfast. Afternoon walking safaris with sundowners are also available. Exciting flying safaris to Lake Victoria for fishing and bird watching at Mfangano Island Camp can also be arranged. All these at an extra cost

Transfer from Loldia House to Loldia Airstrip

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Loldia House

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Loldia Airstrip

Scheduled Flight from Loldia Airstrip to Musiara Airstrip (Governor's)

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Scheduled Flight

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Loldia Airstrip

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Musiara Airstrip (Governor's)

Transfer from Musiara Airstrip (Governor's) to Little Governors' Camp

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Musiara Airstrip (Governor's)

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Little Governors' Camp

Stay at Little Governors' Camp

Day 7

    

Kigali

Day notes

After a last game drive in the Masai Mara, at 10h00 you will be transferred to the airstrip to catch the 11h00 flight back to Nairobi. Arriving at 12h15, you will spend time in Nairobi doing last minute shopping/optional city excursions. Later you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Kigali.

Upon arrival at Kigali Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel

Check-out from Little Governors' Camp

Transfer from Little Governors' Camp to Musiara Airstrip (Governor's)

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Little Governors' Camp

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Musiara Airstrip (Governor's)

Scheduled Flight from Musiara Airstrip (Governor's) to Wilson Airport [WIL]

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Scheduled Flight

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Musiara Airstrip (Governor's)

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Wilson Airport [WIL]

Transfer from Wilson Airport [WIL] to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport [NBO]

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Wilson Airport [WIL]

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Jomo Kenyatta International Airport [NBO]

Scheduled Flight from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport [NBO] to Kigali International Airport [KGL]

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Scheduled Flight

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Jomo Kenyatta International Airport [NBO]

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Kigali International Airport [KGL]

Transfer from Kigali International Airport [KGL] to Kigali Serena Hotel

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Kigali International Airport [KGL]

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Kigali Serena Hotel

Check-in to Kigali Serena Hotel

Day 8

    

Volcanoes National Park

Day notes

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a City Tour of Kigali.

The history of Rwanda dates back centuries, Kigali has been a part of it for 100 years. Founded in 1907 as a German settlement, Kigali did not become the capital until Rwanda’s independence in ͳͻ͸ʹ when it replaced the colonial seat of power in Butare.

Visit the Kandt museum, see old Kigali and the craft centres then visit the genocide memorial site. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide; learn about other genocides in the world and how this country has dealt with that past. Tour more and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience.

Later, depart Kigali and drive to Ruhengeri. Approximately 2.5hrs arriving in time for lunch at the Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

In the evenings, Optional Intore, Cultural Dancers troupe will spice your stay with memorable Rwandan dances. (at an extra cost of USD 40.00 per person).

Check-out from Kigali Serena Hotel

Fully Guided Trip from Kigali Serena Hotel to Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

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Fully Guided Trip

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Kigali Serena Hotel

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Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Check-in to Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Day 9

    

Volcanoes National Park

Day notes

Breakfast at the lodge and proceed to the park’s headquarters.

0700 hrs: Registration is a simple process where the park staff determines which group of gorillas you will visit. The park staff discusses your fitness level and advises you of the trekking times and conditions to the various groups based upon their location in the park the previous evening. There are a total of 88 gorilla permits available each day with a maximum of eight trekkers visiting any one group.

Once the trekkers are put into groups, each group’s Lead Guide briefs the trekkers of the trekking procedures as well as the Dzdo’s and don’tsdz while in the presence of gorillas. After the briefing, trekkers return to their respective vehicles for the drive up the mountain to the starting point.

Trekking can take from two to six or more hours if the gorillas move before the park rangers locate them the next morning. The guides stop frequently to allow trekkers a chance to rest and take photos along the way.

After the trek, rejoin your driver Guide for a transfer to your lodge for lunch.

After lunch ,spend your afternoon at leisure at your lodge, situated in the foothills of the mighty Virungas, the chain of 15,000 ft volcanoes stretching through Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, affords wonderful views of the volcanoes and the surrounding countryside. Guest cottages and the main lodge building have been beautifully constructed and appointed and the lodge is the perfect base from which to explore this unique and fascinating corner of Africa

Day 10

    

End of Itinerary

Day notes

After breakfast depart from foothills of the volcanoes and drive south past coffee, tea and banana plantations on a scenic drive to Kigali. Everything and everywhere, sheer green and hanging on the hills; Rwanda truly - land of a thousand fertile green hills. Spend the last minute in Kigali doing last minute shopping then later connect to your flight back home.

Say good bye to the wonderful country and promise to join us on another expedition.

Check-out from Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Self Drive from Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge to Kigali International Airport [KGL]

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Self Drive

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Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Arrival

Kigali International Airport [KGL]

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