13 Day Tour: September 1-13, 2024
- Base Pricing is always calculated for double occupancy.
- $1500 supplemental for Solo Travelers.
The Most Amazing Gathering of Wildlife You Will Ever See
Places to see
before you die
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- Ol Pejeta
- Sweetwater Chimp Sanctuary
- Nakuru National Park
- Balloon Ride over the Mara–INCLUDED
- Largest Mammal Migration
- Lions, Elephants, Rhino, Giraffe, Leopard, Cheetah, Flamingo
- 100’s of Bird Species
- More Wildebeest and Zebra than you can imagine.
- Round trip airfare from Chicago
- First Class Hotel Accommodations
- All Breakfasts, All Lunches & All Dinners
- Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
- Admissions to all listed Attractions
- Balloon Ride Over the Mara
- Round trip airport transfers in the Chicago land area
- Guided by Bill Ball
- Baggage Handling
- All Gratuities
Day One We take off to an adventure to end all adventures—The Great African Migration. This trip will bring to life the majestic wildlife of the African plains in a way only seeing first hand will suffice.
Day Two We land today in Nairobi and tour this cosmopolitan city full of colonial masterpieces and modern wonders. This is one of Bill’s favorite African cities and he will show you why.
Day Three We depart this morning for Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The Conservancy is home to the Big Five—lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino. You may remember hearing about Ol Pejeta in regards to Sudan—the last male Northern White Rhino. We arrive and have a game drive before checking into our camp. Tonight we have a night drive.
Day Four This morning we go out with the radio lion trackers to find the top predator. This afternoon we visit with the last two female Northern White Rhinos and learn how Ol Pejeta is working on saving the species. Tonight in camp we see if we have visitors to the camp’s water hole.
Day Five This morning we visit the Sweetwater Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Originally set up by Jane Goodall, this sanctuary takes care of orphaned and abandoned chimps. This evening we have one more night drive to find any nocturnal species or hunting predators.
Day Six What is often described as one of the most spectacular birding events in the world is our next destination—Kenya’s Lake District. It is here that hundreds of thousands of flamingoes gather to feed turning the lake pink. There are few birds that inspire people more than flamingoes and here is flamingo central.
Day Seven We head to Nakuru National Park for its impressive array of big game and fabulous waterbirds. Here rhinos mix with buffalo, giraffe and several species of antelope to create a photographers dream. The animals are use to people so they are not afraid which makes photographing them amazing.
Day Eight Today you get your first glimpse of the migration and it’s unbelievable numbers. Over 1.5 million wildebeest joined by 200,000 zebra move from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara and back looking for food, but they aren’t alone. The big cats—lion, leopard and cheetah—along with hyenas follow the herds looking for their own meal. It is not unusual to see 20 plus lions in a day. Here is Africa at its best.
Day Nine We begin our day with one of the great experiences of a lifetime—a balloon ride over the vast Masai Mara plain. With the migration, lions, giraffe and elephants below you, a panorama of colors and life explodes before you. This is a must do for any animal lover. Upon landing a champagne breakfast in the middle of the bush awaits. What can be more perfect than that? The rest of the day is back on safari to capture a few more precious photos of the Big Twelve.
Day Ten Another Mara day, this time we head to the shore of one of the many rivers that crisscross the Mara to watch the wildebeest cross. This is one of nature’s great spectacles and you will have a front row seat.
Day Eleven We visit the local Masai tribe this morning to see how they live and to immerse ourselves in their culture. This is your chance to interact with the people that face down lions on a daily basis. This afternoon, we have one last safari drive looking for the big cats found here—Lion, Leopard and Cheetah.
Day Twelve We head back to Nairobi with 2 more stops. We stop at the preserved home of Karen Blixen of the Out of Africa fame. Her exploits are known worldwide by the spot-on performance of Meryl Streep. Here we see how this adventurous woman lived. Next is the Giraffe Center where they breed the Rothchild’s Giraffe and as a special treat—you are able to feed them. We board our flight home this evening.
Day Thirteen We arrive home with memories of great encounters with lions, leopards, elephants, cheetah, wildebeest and hippos and much more.