Easter 2015

Meaningful Safari in Kenya CANCELED

Easter 2015

 

27th March 2015 – 7th April 2015

 

 

Meaningful safari – a different kind of safari! You will experience the traditional safari, driving through the national park of this magnificent country and seeing the range of animals the nature has to offer.

 

Meaningful part of this safari includes getting close to the real people who live in Africa; buying fabrics in large outdoor markets, cooking traditional dishes with natives, visiting street children where they live in the slums and see how organizations operate to help them.

The African people are a happy people and doing a safari you will see that they are ready to welcome you to their country and culture. Tourism is one of the best means of export in Africa, particularly for the poor people serving you along your Safari. This is a Meaningful Safari and a safari that makes sense.

 

Don’t count your money - count your days!

 

Norwegian tour leaders Kirsten & Helge Underland

 

Tour operator Kenya – Flamingo Zone Tours & Safaris ltd

 

 

THE SAFARI DAY BY DAY

 

Departure day – 27th March

Departure from Gardermoen Airport with KLM 0625am (flight KL1140) via Amsterdam. Arrival Nairobi 2010pm (flight KL565). On arrival you are met by your safari driver guide who are waiting for you at the international arrival wing.

 

We will go directly to our guesthouse in Nairobi where Daniel will give you a short briefing of the safari and the activities for the following day before you go to sleep.

 

Accommodation: Cawaal Guesthouse

 

Day 1, 28th March Excursion to Kitui.

Breakfast from 0630am in your guesthouse. Departure to Kitui via Machacos town at 0730 am. On the way you will be passing small-scale farmers. Although this part of the country receives minimal rain. Please keep your driver busy with questions!

 

The drive from Nairobi to Kitui town takes about four hours via Machakos town. From Machakos you proceed to Wamunyu town, which is famous from its carving historic background. The carving industry in Kenya started in this small town of Wamunyu back in 1910, at the time when hunting activities were booming business. Tourism started and the carving business grew. On arrival in Kitui Town you will be greeted by the enthusiastic faces of happy locals ready to greet you Jambo, Jambo!!! A Swahili word meaning Hello, Hello!

 

After lunch at Bavaria Paradise, we will arrange “Sightseeing by foot” in Kitui Town with local guides.

 

We will go to Flamingo Guesthouse for dinner and relaxation by the bon fire.

 

Accommodation: Flamingo Guesthouse

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 2, 29th March - Be an African for a day

Visit to Katulani Secondary School where Help to Self Help in Africa has sponsored a completely environmental plant. Many hundreds of Norwegians have contributed to the project that started in 2009. The project has been constructed step by step and have involved locals and trained them how to run and maintain the biogas plant and the pig farm. This is the only project of its kind in this area, and is now used as a learning-centre by other institutions and locals. You can read more about the project in our website: www.selvhjelpiafrika.org

 

Today you will have chance to be “an African for a day”, and this will be a special experience for you. You will get all details at breakfast this morning. At the end of the day you will be a proper member of the Kamba tribe. Service in Katulani Church.

 

Accommodation: Flamingo Guesthouse

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 3, 30th March - Kitui - Nairobi

After breakfast we will drive up to Nairobi and check in at Cawaal Guesthouse.

 

There will be sightseeing in Nairobi and a visit to Kawangware Slum to visit one of Help to Selfhelps project. Dinner will be in 4u restaurant where you will be entertained with live music by The Conquerors.

 

Accommodation: Cawaal Guesthouse

Meal Plan: Breakfast and lunch

 

Day 4, 31st March – Lake Nakuru National Park

Breakfast will be served from 6am, and 7am we leave from the guesthouse heading for Nakuru town. It will be a four-hour drive through small villages, farmland and the Rift Valley. Nakuru is the fourth largest city of Kenya and is situated 1858 m above the sea level. After check-in at the hotel we drive to the main gate of Lake Nakuru National Park. Lake Nakuru is a salt-water lake and is the home of thousands of pink flamingos. You may also see the lion, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, wide rhino and more than 400 spices of birds! We will have picnic lunch in the park.

 

Accommodation: Bontana Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 5, 1st April - Nakuru – Lake Victoria

We leave the hotel at 7am after having breakfast. We proceed to Kisumu town by the Lake Victoria. We will have our picnic lunch by the roadside. The safari will pass through the main Kenyan Tea-land. The drive will be a four hours drive. Kisumu is the third largest city in Kenya with appr 400 000 inhabitants. After check-in at the hotel it will be possible to have a rest at the poolside or have a swim. From the hotel there is a beautiful view of the Lake Victoria and perhaps you will experience the most beautiful sunset ever.

 

Accommodation: Nyanza Club Resort, Kisumu

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 6, 2nd April – Kisumu Excursion

Early in the morning (by 5.30 o clock) we will leave the hotel and get in to the small boats, which will take us on sail along the Lake Victoria. We will see the sunrise from the boats, an unbelievable experience. There is no place with more beautiful sunrise and sunset than Kisumu. The local guides from The Palicon tours will tell us about the life in and around the lake. The lake has been a victim of a huge environmental crime and the lakes future is very uncertain. We will have a picnic breakfast along the lakeshore, returning back to the hotel at lunchtime.

 

You will meet The Drummer boy Kevin. A young and very talented boy supported from Norway with 7 drums. Today we will make dinner together with the locals so you learn to cook traditional Kenya food. Party together with a local family.

 

Accommodation: Nyanza Club Resort, Kisumu

Meals: Breakfast and lunch.

 

Day 7, 3rd April – Kisumu – Maasai Mara

Today we have a long drive. Ready with our packed lunch boxes from the hotel, we will leave early in the morning and will pass through small villages and we will see a lot of beautiful nature. Side to side you will be seeing small-scale farmers in this very densely populated Kisii district. We will have our lunch in the wilderness, then after lunch we proceed to Maasai Mara National Reserve. Maasai Mara is the largest conservation of animals in Kenya and in the northern part of the Tanzanian Serengeti National Park. We will have a short afternoon game-drive and we will have two nights in a tented camp in the wilderness. The camp has permanent tents with beds, water toilets and outdoors showers. Through the night you may hear the sounds of the wild animals, which are close to the camp. They never become uninvited guests.

 

Accommodation: Enkolong Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 8, 4th April – Full Day in Maasai Mara

Today it will be a full day game-drive in The Masai Mara National Reserve. You will have a picnic-lunch in the wilderness. We will be so close to the boarder to Tanzania that you can step over to Tanzania side. You will see the Mara River with hippos and crocodiles. In The Masai Mara National Reserve there is almost a “Big five” guarantee! In the evening we will sit around the bonfire and talk about the exciting life in the wilderness.

 

Accommodation: Enkolong Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 9, 5th April - Enkolong Tented Camp - Nairobi

Morning breakfast in your camp and check out. Proceed on a morning game drive until 10am and then drive back to Nairobi arriving early in the afternoon. We will stop for picnic-lunch. In Nairobi we will visit Karen Blixen Farm and Kazuri beads factory before we are proceeding to Cawaal Guesthouse. Dinner at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden.

 

Accommodation: Cawaal Guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

 

Day 10, 6th April - Nairobi

Today we will go to the top of Ngong Hills. The altitude is 2400 m and the view is amazing.

 

Final preparations and clothes change before dinner at an Italian Restaurant down-town. After dinner your safari driver will drive to the airport for your international flight back home. Departure Nairobi 2225pm (KL566) via Amsterdam. Arrival Oslo Gardermoen 7th April 0840am (KL1141)

 

FLAMINGO SAFARI WISHING YOU A SAFE FLIGHT BACK HOME

 

Terms and conditions

The price is NOK 18 000,- pr person

Additional charge for singel room: NOK 2000

Included: Air travel from Oslo Airport Gardermoen to Nairobi Jumo Kenyatta International and return, accomodation and meals as mentioned in the program.

Entrance-fee to Lake Nakuru National Park and Maasai Mara National Reserve.

All travel by car and activities mentioned in the program.

Not included: Visa to Kenya USD 50, tip, drinks to the meals.

We have to take reservations for variation in the different currencies and other conditions we do not control. There may be minor changes in the program depending on weather conditions, special wishes from the participants, and other issues we can not forsee.

We can not garantee you a picture window at your hotels

Here is some general information in Norwegian

Here is Reisehåndboka in Norwegian

 

Here is the visa-form for Kenya

Here is a general map of the safari

Here is a map of Lake Nakuru National Park

Here is a map of Maasai Mara National Reserve

Binding registration by paying NOK 5000, Tag the payment EA2015

as soon as possible, and confirm with an e-mail to post@meaningfulsafari.com

Final payment 1st February 2015

Hjelp til selvhjelp i Afrika

Guldmand brygge 8

4876 Grimstad

Norway

Account no 2801 24 26447, tag the payment: EA2015

Bank: Sparebanken Sør

Storgt 10

4890 Grimstad

Norway

IBAN NR: NO7928012426447

SWIFT: SPSONO22

post@meaningfulsafari.com

 

Learning how to make lokal dishes
Kamba Dancers in Kitui
The Conquerors
Water
Baskets from Kanini Woman Group
Biogas at Katulani Sec. School
Mwende Choir
Wide Rihno, Lake Nakuru National Park
Sunrise in Maasai Mara
Ngong Hills, seen from Karen Blixen`s Farm
Fishermen at Lake Victoria

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