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If you are a delegate to the Africa special convention in Nairobi Kenya and would like to include this trip into your travel plans please contact BCT to work out the details.
Game viewing in the Masai Mara is excellent all year around thanks to the diverse population of resident game, including the Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino – plus popular species like zebra, giraffe, hyena, eland and gazelle.
The calving season also happens in the Mara between December and January. Known as the green season, it’s a time when surface water is plentiful and wildebeest, zebra and antelope give birth to their calves, foals and fawns. With so much easy prey around, it is also a good time for predators to raise their cubs and pups, making for wonderful photographic opportunities.
Set on the city’s southern outskirts, Nairobi National Park (at 117 sq km, it’s one of Africa’s smallest) has abundant wildlife which can, in places, be viewed against a backdrop of city skyscrapers and airliners coming in to land – it's the only national park on earth that borders a capital city. Remarkably, the animals seem utterly unperturbed by it all.
<b>Nairobi National Park</b> has acquired the nickname ‘Kifaru Ark’, a testament to its success as a rhinoceros (kifaru in Kiswahili) sanctuary. The park is home to the world's densest concentration of black rhinoceros (over 50). But even proximity to Kenya's largest city couldn't prevent poachers from killing one of the park's rhinos in August 2013. It was the first such attack <span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1688626925"><span class="aQJ">in six years</span></span>.
Lions and hyenas are also commonly sighted within the park; park rangers at the entrance usually have updates on lion movements. You’ll need a bit of patience to spot the park’s resident cheetahs and leopards. Other regularly spotted species include gazelle, warthog, zebra, giraffe, ostrich and buffalo.
<div>Old Town is an area of Mombasa, Kenya. Situated on the south-east side of Mombasa Island, the Old Town covers an area of 72 hectares (180 acres), and is inhabited by a mix of local, Arab, Asian, <wbr />Portuguese and British <wbr />settlers.</div>
<div>Buildings in the Old Town are influenced by Mombasa's trade culture, with many examples of Portuguese and Islamic architecture.</div>
<div>Mombasa, with a population of 900,000, is no sleepy seaside village. Its beachfronts appeal to travelers in search of sun, sand and surf, while its Arab, Indian and colonial European heritage makes for a wide variety of sights to see. Can't find a taxi? Travel by tuk-tuk, a three-wheeled auto rickshaw.</div>
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<strong>Day 2 - Dec 7 - Wed: </strong>Tour Kenya Bethel Branch in morning. Free afternoon in <a href="http://www.nairobi.go.ke/home/explore-nairobi" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Nairobi</a>
<strong>Day 3 - Dec 8 - Thur: </strong>Early flight from Nairobi Airport to <a href="http://www.game-reserve.com/kenya_masai-mara.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Maasai Mara game reserve</a> on the great plains. Transfer to Luxury tented camp. Go for safari walk and evening game drive.
<strong>Day 4 - Dec 9 - Fri: </strong>Maasai Village Culture Visit – Game Drives
<strong>Day 5 - Dec 10 - Sat: </strong>Fly back to Nairobi. Spend afternoon browsing <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MaasaiMarketNairobi/timeline" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Maasai market</a> (local African craft market) and surrounding area. Free Day.
<strong>Day 6 - Dec 11 - Sun: </strong>Drive to <a href="http://www.kws.go.ke/parks/nairobi-national-park" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Nairobi National Park</a> and spend afternoon on Game drive. That evening climb on luxury famous overnight train from Nairobi to Mombasa through game reserves.
<strong>Day 7 - Dec 12 - Mon: </strong>Check in at hotel and relax at the beach. Free day <a href="http://www.mombasa-city.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mombasa</a>
<strong>Day 8 - Dec 13 - Tue: </strong>Morning half day “Old Town” Tour of Mombasa. Evening Sunset dinner cruise on traditional Arab Dhow.
<strong>Day 9 - Dec 14 - Wed: </strong>Fly back to Nairobi. Free Day
<strong>Day 10 - Dec 15 - Thur: </strong>Check out. Depart Nairobi
<h3>Free Day Suggestions</h3>
<strong><em>Nairobi</em></strong> as a city is teeming with life and activity, almost like Africa’s very own New York City. There are many things to do here that we could not fit into one or two free days, but these include:
<li><strong>Giraffe Center</strong> – Here you can feed giraffes by hand and even get a kiss (their tongues can get up to 20″ long and are antiseptic).</li>
<li><strong>Mamba Village</strong> – A crocodile and ostrich park. You can get a chance to interact directly with the crocodiles and even hold a baby.</li>
<li><strong>Nairobi National Museum </strong>– Learn about Kenya’s history & Culture. Adjacent to the Museum us a live snake compound to also visit.</li>
<li><strong>Kenya International Convention Center</strong> – The fairly recently built Convemtion center in Kenya boasts a large viewing deck over the city of Nairobi, at the top of one of the Largest buildings in the city.</li>
All prices herein are per person and are subject to change without notice. "Full Package" prices are especially subject to change due to the fluctuation in airfare. For Instance: Travelers can expect to pay additional airfare for summer tour dates if their tour includes New York. We will notify you three months, or less, before your departure of any additional fees.
Regarding Land Package Pricing:
Land Package prices signify that...
- ...BCT will NOT provide your transportation EXCEPT during the tour.
- ...you will be required to arrange your own transportation (be that airfare or train or car) at the beginning and after the tour.
- ...BCT is not responsible for any cost associated with the cost of your transportation (be that airfare or train or car) at the beginning and after the tour. Including penalties, fees and/or rebooking cost when a trip is cancelled or moved.
- ...while your transportation is provided during the tour you will be required to arrange your own transportation (be that airfare or train or car) at the beginning and after the tour.
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<li>Full Package Tour includes all transfers and transport included.</li>
<li>Land Only Tour – guests make own way to Kenya, Nairobi. Once checked in at hotel in Nairobi all transfers and transport included.</li>
<li>Bed and Breakfast at hotels</li>
<li>Full board and lodging once at Maasai Mara Game Reserve</li>
<li>Flights from Nairobi to Maasai Mara RT</li>
<li>Train journey from Nairobi to Mombasa</li>
<li>Old Town Tour in Mombasa</li>
<li>Sunset Cruise & Dinner in Mombasa</li>
<li>Flight Mombasa to Nairobi </li>
<li class="active">Land Package does NOT include hotel arrival and departure to and from Nairobi airport. </li>
<li>Lunch & Dinners while staying at hotels </li>
<li>Hot Air Balloon Sunrise flight ($450pp)</li>