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KENYA 2017

June 10, 2017-June 21, 2017

June 10, 2017

Begin your journey

June 11, 2017 -

Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. You will be picked up by our African Springs Safaris’ team and taken to your hotel. Lodging: Sarova Stanley Hotel

June 12, 2017

8:00 am Breakfast

9:30 am Check out of Sarova Stanley and load up the land cruiser.

9:45 am Leave for the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

*Packed lunch along the way

3:00 pm Enter the Reserve

3:15 pm Check into Sarova Mara Game Camp

*Little time to relax and have some tea

4:30 – 6:30pm Late afternoon game drive

7:00 pm Cultural/Wildife/Maasai Dance by the fireplace/reception

7:45 pm Dinner

During our buffet breakfast, you will have the opportunity to hear the evolution of the women’s rights in Africa and meet a representative from Days 4 Girls who will be talking about the sustainable feminine hygiene kits that we will be taking to the teen girls at Victorious Teens International Bridge. Following that presentation we will travel down into the Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara National Reserve stopping along the way on the edge of the escarpment to allow you to take some pictures of the vast wide open Rift , try out your bargaining skills at theCurio shops and use the washrooms. The next three nights will be enjoying the incredible amount of wildlife that the Mara has to offer, learning the culture of the Maasai and visiting THE OLMALAIKA Home. Lodging: Sarova Mara Game Camp

June 13, 2017

All day game drive

7:00 pm Cultural/Wildife/Maasai Dance by the fireplace/reception

7:45 pm Dinner

Today you will be able to enjoy a full day in the Maasai Mara with a picnic lunch along the way. Time for departure can be decided the night before – depending how tired everyone is etc. It could be leaving early morning coming back later afternoon, or leaving later morning come back in the evening. Keep a watchful eye out for meandering elephants, crocodiles sunning themselves on the edge of the river, lions sleeping under the bushes, giraffe nibbling from the top of the Acacia tree and more. Lodging: Sarova Mara Game Camp

June 14, 2017

6:30 am Buffet Breakfast

7:15 am Optional game drive

10:30 am Return to camp

R&R

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm Meet at the reception and leave for the Olmalaika Home

*Olmalaika Home

*Optional game drive following your time at the home or you can be taken back to camp.

7:00 pm Cultural/Wildife/Maasai Dance by the fireplace/reception

7:45 pm Dinner

This morning you will have the option of an early morning game drive and in the afternoon visiting THE OLMALAIKA HOME. Many Maasai continue to practice female circumcision on young girls before marrying them off. The home takes in girls that are at high risk or have already endured genital mutilation and childhood marriage. While at the home you will have the opportunity to volunteer alongside the girls doing beadwork and more. Their beautiful faces and angelic singing will be a reminder to you that all children are entitled to a safe and loving life.  Kamunge Ing’ang’i (one of the drivers/owner of African Springs Safaris) and Kim DeWitt are co-founders of the home and if Kim can be here she will share her mission of turning these girls’ lives around.  Olmalaika Home is supported in part by Women Like Us Foundation.  Read more here: http://www.womenlikeusfoundation.org/olmalaika-home-1

Lodging: Sarova Mara Game Camp

June 15, 2017

6:15 am Buffet Breakfast

7:15 am Leave for the Rusinga Island

3:30 pm Check into the lodge

4:15 – 6:15 pm Volunteer at NA Noel Preschool

7:30 pm Dinner

We want to leave as early as possible so as to be able to spend a little time at the NA Noel Preschool. The first part of the drive will be meandering our way through the Maasai Mara going out from the north-western side of the Reserve on our way to Rusinga Island. It will be a full day’s drive.  If we arrive early, we’ll be able to visit the NA Noel school for a special time with the children and the matron, Mrs. Tom.  Read more about the NA Noel school here. http://www.womenlikeusfoundation.org/n-a-noel-school-kenya  The NA Noel school was founded by Nancy Noel, International Artist and has been supported for several years by the Women Like Us Foundation. In the evening if the skies are clear you should be able to enjoy the star filled sky and during the day a spectacular array of bird life on the island. Lodging: Rusinga Island Lodge

June 16, 2017

7:15 am Breakfast

8:15 am Drive to the NA Noel Preschool

*Volunteering time

12:15 pm Drive back to the lodge

12:30 pm Lunch

1:15 pm Drive back to NA Noel Preschool

*Volunteering Time

5:15 pm Drive back to the lodge

7:30 pm Dinner

 

Today, visit the kids at the NA Noel School and take part in their day.  This school is dedicated to providing care and education to the children of Rusinga Island.  The school provides much needed care and a safe place for children to learn.  Women Like Us Foundation has helped them with water, a latrine, funds for food and textbooks.  This year it is our goal to begin a garden project and research a possible better water source or well for watering.  Our goal is to teach them how to build sustainability through growing their own food and eventual micro business. We’ll also give their leaders instruction on how to use clean water filters for better health and provide an art class and other activities. Together we will make a much-needed difference. Lodging: Rusinga Island Lodge

 

June 17, 2017

7:15 am Breakfast

8:30 am Check out of the lodge

8:45 am Leave for Lake Nakuru National park

*Packed lunch

4:00 pm Enter the Lake Nakuru National Park Gate

*Enjoy a short game drive on the way to the Lodge

6:15 pm Check in to the lodge

7:30 pm Dinner

 

This morning we will leave early and travel through Kenya’s “tea” country – Kericho with hillsides blanketed in bright green tea and on to Lake Nakuru National Park – one of the Great Rift Valley Lakes known for its array of pink flamingos. If time allows we will be able to enjoy an evening game drive. Lodging: Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge

 

June 18, 2017

7:00 am Breakfast

7:45 am Leave for Nakuru

*Game Drive on the way thru the park

10:00 am Victorious Teen Bridge International

*Packed lunch3

3:30 pm Travel back to the Lodge

*Game Drive on the way thru the park

6:30 pm Arrive at the Lodge

7:30 pm Dinner

 

If we can get an early enough start we will be able to do a little game drive on the way thru the park. You will have a truly special experience today meeting the women who are making a difference in the lives of teens - learn about their lives and those of the teens – how they are dedicated to staying in school. This initiative has been supported by Women Like Us Foundation for 3 years.  Read more here:  http://www.womenlikeusfoundation.org/victorious-teens-bridge-international We will spend most of the day volunteering and then return to the lodge ending the day with a possible game drive. Lodging: Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge

 

June 19, 2017

6:30 am Optional early morning game drive

9:00 am Breakfast

11:00 am Leave for Aberdare Country Club

*Packed lunch

4:30 Check into the Country Club

*R&R

7:30 pm Dinner

 

Following breakfast, we will travel to the Aberedare Country Club where you will check into your cottage on the slopes of Mweiga Hill – you just might enjoy an excellent view of Mt Kenya with it snow covered peaks.  You will have opportunity to enjoy a massage, take a walk, swim, do some birding or just enjoy some quiet time.

Lodging: Aberdare Country Club

 

June 20, 2017

8:00 am Breakfast

R&R

12:30 Lunch

2:00 pm Take the shuttle to THE ARK

*Enter Aberdare National Park

*Check into the lodge

*Afternoon activities provided at the Ark

7:30 pm Dinner

 

This morning you will have time to relax at the spa, swim, or participate in one of the many activities that the country club has to offer. (Note that some will cost extra $$) After lunch you will take the shuttle from the Aberdare Country Club into the Aberdare National Park and where you will spend the night at THE ARK overlooking a floodlit watering hold and salt lick that attracts numerous wildlife all night long. There are four decks for viewing the wildlife and you can request to be awakened during the night should certain animals such as a leopard etc. come to drink.  Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while relaxing by the fireplace and let the wildlife come to you.

Lodging: THE ARK, Aberdare National Park

 

June 21, 2017

7:00 am Breakfast at THE ARK

9:00 am Take the shuttle back to the country club

11:30 am Travel back to Nairobi

*Packed lunch

*Shopping possibly at curio stores or mall

5:00 pm Visit Sheldricks Wildlife Trust and see them putting the little ones to bed

6:15 pm Leave for the airport.

 

This morning we will drive back to Nairobi and spend a little time at Sheldricks Wildlife Trust meeting the ladies that have made an incredible difference for baby orphaned elephants who have lost their mother mostly due to poaching. From Sheldricks we will drive to the airport and our African Springs Safaris’ team will bid you each farewell.

Safari Njema!

 

Travel Information

 

Packing:

Please remember that you should plan for only one soft sided piece of luggage for the entire trip.  There is no a lot of room in the Range Rover for much more, especially since we will also be bringing donations and supplies for the children.

Here is a sample packing list that could be helpful.  I usually bring underwear that I can rinse out so that saves space.

·      T shirts

·      Long sleeved shirt/s

·      shorts

·      light pants or cargo pants

·      medications

·      sun hat or baseball cap

·      tennis shoes or hiking shoes

·      swimming suit(there is a pool at Rusinga Island Lodge)

·      flip flops

·      medications

·      bug spray

·      camera

·      sweatshirt or fleece

·      hand sanitizer

 

Visa Application Online

You will need to have put the following in a file on your computer so it is easy to upload
1. photo of yourself on our computer (max 500px x 500px)  Can you can do a selfie and trim it down
2. scanned copy of your passport (bio page)
3. flight/ticket uploaded

*It will help to have these all ready before you start your application
Click on this link - https://account.ecitizen.go.ke/visitor-registration
Your first thing to do will be to open an visitor account -  then go to your email to verify the account.On the next page you will see GET SERVICE NOW - click that

Click SUBMIT APPLICATION
Click KENYAN VISA
Click APPLY FOR A SINGLE ENTRY VISA
Click APPLY NOW

Here are come things that might help you when filling in information
Reason for travel - TOURISM
Be sure to put correct dates - REMEMBER IT IS 2017

Address while visiting -  
SAROVA STANELY, SAROVA MARA GAME CAMP - MAASAI MARA, RUSINGA ISLAND LODGE, ABERDARE COUNTRY CLUB, SOPA NAKURU

Telephone number - 0713010092( for a local one you can use this one - mine)

Email - letmeshine4him@yahoo.com( for a local one you can use mine)

Select Point of Entry - JOMO KENYATTA AIRPORT, NAIROBI

Once you enter your cc information and submit it might time out - if so just refresh it and it should take you back to the completed and most likely approved visa.

Call, email or facebook me anytime - remember there are no silly questions and you can never ask too many questions!      You might get an email stating your visa has been approved in a few days or you might have to keep going back to your account to check on it. Once you have it, print it out. Please dont wait till the last minute to obtain it - but remember it only takes a few days or less to get it approved.

The date you are entering is June 11, 2017 and departing June 21, 2017

Passport and flight schedule

Bring a photo copy with you and make sure your passport is current.
Make a photo copy of your flight plans.

Shots

Please contact your doctor or local travel clinic.  They will have the most up to date information on innoculations recommended for Kenya.

Money and credit cards

The currency in Kenya is Schillings, but most of the hotels take the American dollar.  I suggest one credit card and not American Express.  Many times AmEx is not taken in third world countries. I suggest you may get the credit card holders they sell now in shops that are made of a substance that blocks thieves from scanning your cards.  There are more and more people who can scan your card even in your purse.  I had this happen at the Dublin airport last summer.