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April 29, 2020

7 Days Luxury Kenya Safari

Written By Claudious Tours and Safaris

https://www.claudioustours.co.ke/tour/7-days-luxury-kenya-safari-package/

7 Days Luxury Kenya Safari

Kenya still remains one of the best luxury safari destinations in the world with more cultural variety than any other country.Our 7 days Luxury Kenya Safari Package gives the freedom to explore the unrivaled and the vast expanses of wilderness which cannot fail to enchant any safari goer. Kenya Safari Package is a seamless journey that features luxurious in-flight service across iconic safari country, observe the famed “Big Five” along with countless other wild species.

Day 1 Arrive Nairobi, Kenya

Arrive in Nairobi and be transferred to your luxurious Hotel. Hemingways Nairobi located just 10 miles from the bustling city and overlooking the tranquil Ngong Hills.

Day 2 Nairobi – Lewa Wildlife Game Reserve

Fly to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy arriving after 45 minutes. After lunch afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 3 Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Full day in Lewa Conservancy. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 4 Lewa – Fly to Masai Mara Game Reserve

After breakfast, fly to Masai Mara Game Reserve and settle into your luxurious tented camp accommodations, before immersing yourself in the teeming Mara on an afternoon game drive. In addition to many of the species you encountered the day before, you may also see the topi (an antelope found only here) as well as hippopotamuses, warthogs, hyenas and an abundance of bird life. Later, return to your spacious tent set on a raised platform, enjoying the convenience of an en suite bathroom and a large deck for game viewing.

Day 5 Explore Masai Mara Game Reserve

Discover the open savanna, woodlands and tree-fringed rivers of the Masai Mara. With help from your expert driver-guide, and a little patience, you may sight a leopard retrieving a kill from the branches of an acacia tree or elephants protecting their young from opportunistic lions. Perhaps also glimpse Maasai tribesmen traversing the plains or herding goats and cattle, pursuing the nomadic existence they have embraced for centuries.

Day 6 Masai Mara National Park

Hot air balloon ride though optional adding to the drama is the unmatched natural spectacle of the annual Great Migration, when millions of wildebeests, zebras and other herd animals go on a relentless drive to find fresh grazing land, traversing the Mara from approximately August through early October. Mahali Mzuri | Meals: B L D

Day 7 Masai Mara – Nairobi

Fly back to Nairobi spend the afternoon at leisure in your day room accommodations. This evening, transfer to the airport for your departing flight.

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April 29, 2020

Tour to Citadel, Coptic and Islamic Cairo

Written By Mohamed Abdel Nasser

Admire artifacts from Ancient Egypt in the Egyptian Museum. Then visit Salah El Din Citadel, constructed in 1183 AD, and Mohamed Ali Mosque, built inside the castle in the 19th century. Tour Old Cairo, the site of a city that pre-dated Cairo with many historic churches and a Roman fort.

Ancient Egypt Tours representative will pick you up from your hotel in Cairo or Giza. Then transfer to visit Citadel of Salah El-din, where you will see the view of all Cairo, as you will visit Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque which is considered the largest to be built in the beginning of the 19th century the ruler of Egypt (1805-1849) who ruled Egypt over 45 years & it is built in Turkish style. Before extending your trip, you will be served with a warm delightful lunch meal at a high quality restaurant.

Then proceed to Ibn Tulun Mosque, the Museum of Gair Anderson.

Proceed to Old Cairo to visit fascinated built wonders such as the Hanging Church that was built in 3rd and beginning of the 4th century. also in the Basilica style., the Abu Sirga Church and Ben Ezra Synagogue which dates back to the beginning of the 15th century AD It was built in the Basilica style above the cave in which the Holy Family took refuge. End your tour in Cairo with a visit to Amr Ibn El-aas mosque which is the very first mosque built in Egypt, After that transfer to important mosques and high places of worship for the Islam faith in Cairo. With 80 percent of its population as Islam, see amazing architecture built here with Islamic Cairo Tour.

Appreciate the Islamic Cairo Tour with its artistic mosques built for worship, See how Muslims gather in these mosques to show their spiritual devotion.

You will continue to explore our representative will accompany you to El Azhar. Have the chance to visit and enjoy the first Islamic University. Next is a mosque in Bab Zuweila, the Al Mouayyed Mosque. Badr Al Dein Al Gamal supervised the construction of the mosque. Then walk the road to another Islamic mosque, The Al Hussein Mosque and the unique Islamic house Beit El Sehimy. The trip continues to a Fatimide Mosque, the Al Hakam Mosque. Before the tour on Islamic Cairo is over, have the final stop at the mosques that Gawhar El Sakaly supervised while constructed, the beautiful Bab al Fetouh and Bab Al Nasr. After the trip, there you will drive to to Khan El Khalili Bazaar, (if there’s enough time), one of the most famous and oldest bazaars in the Middle East. You will be transferred back to your hotel.

What’s included:

  • Pick up services from your hotel & return
  • Assistance of our guest relations during your stay
  • All transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private English Egyptologist guide
  • Entrance fees to all the mentioned sites
  • Lunch meal at local restaurant in Cairo
  • One bottle of water on board the vehicle per trip.
  • All taxes & service charge

What’s excluded:

  • Entry visa to Egypt
  • Any extras not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tipping Kitty.
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Top Travel Activities : Heritage & Cultural , Middle East , Photography Tourism , Sightseeing


April 29, 2020

Golden Triangle & Ganges

Written By Culture Holidays India Pvt Ltd

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Golden triangle having internationally famed cities Delhi comprising two contrasting worlds: the ancient and the contemporary, Jaipur the cultural capital, help you to endure the royalty and authenticity of India, and Agra having the most exotic architectural structures. Ganges tour adds on the religious touch to this spectacular visit. The juncture of the spiritual and physical worlds with the culturally rich cities provide with a spell bounding experience.

Golden triangle Ganges Tour offers you to see the best locations and sights of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra where the tourists can see the various things. In Delhi, the tourists can see the lotus temple, India gate, Red Fort and with this one can see the glorify past of Connaught place and the best foods of Old Delhi. In Agra, the tourists can see one of the modern seven wonders of the world, the great grand Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. With this we will take our tourists to Jaipur which is known as pink city. This trip will also take you to the oldest religious city –Varanasi. The city has ancient grandeur which is famous for its Ghats. In this Ghats the people perform their ritual and sacred daily activities. Moreover we believe that the people dip in the river Ganga to get rid of their sins.

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Top Travel Activities : Heritage & Cultural , India


April 29, 2020

Stopover Tour of Cairo

Written By Mohamed Abdel Nasser

Ancient Egypt Tours representative will meet & assist you at Cairo International Airport to enjoy your few hours in Cairo. After that you will be met & transferred to discover one of the seven wonders of the ancient world   The great  Pyramid of Khufu’s (Cheops),3 small pyramids You will continue to explore the rest of Giza plateau including the sight of Khafre’s (kaphren) pyramid – Khufu’s son, the second-largest pyramid on Giza site,, the remains of the funeral temple,  the pyramid of  Mankawra( Mykerinus) and 3 small pyramids. Then proceed to visit the Great Sphinx, the head of a pharaoh with a lion’s body, which dates from the time of Chephren; the tour also includes a visit to the Valley Temple, which belongs to the pyramids of chefren This temple served definitely two functions: First, it was used for the purification of the mummy of the king before its burial. Second, it was used for making the Mummification process of the king. After visiting the pyramids, you’ll then continue across the plateau for a photo opportunity of the three pyramids rising from the sands, with the Cairo skyline in the background.

Proceed to have your lunch at local restaurant

Then Move to visit The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, known commonly as the Egyptian Museum, in Cairo, Egypt, is home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities, and dates back some 5000 years of art which is considered the largest most precious collection of Egyptian art in the world. Over 250,000 genuine artifacts are presented, with a representative amount on display, the remainder in storerooms, The Egyptian Museum which is filled with thousands of Pharaonic artifacts, including the golden treasures of King Tutankhamen. Fascinating objects such as jewels, headdresses, alabaster vases and toys from ancient Egypt are all on display, and many priceless statues and other artifacts can also be seen which was enclosed in his tomb for over 3,500 years before it was discovered in the 1922s when his tomb was excavated, The Egyptian Museum is one of the first stops on most people’s itineraries when travelling to Egypt. This distinctive museum that houses a vast store of priceless objects, from earlier time to the Greco Roman period is worth seeing. In the evening you will be driven to Cairo Airport.

What’s Included:

  • Pick up services from your hotel & return
  • Assistance of our guest relations during your stay
  • All transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private English Egyptologist guide
  • Entrance fees to all the mentioned sites
  • Lunch meal at local restaurant in Cairo
  • One bottle of water on board the vehicle per trip.
  • All taxes & service charge

What’s Excluded :

  • Entry visa to Egypt
  • Any extras not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tipping Kitty.
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Top Travel Activities : Heritage & Cultural , Middle East , Photography Tourism , Sightseeing


April 29, 2020

17 days Kenya Bird Watching Safari

Written By Claudious Tours and Safaris

Claudious Tours and Safaris is an East Africa based tours and safari operator that has been in operation for ten years now offering both upmarket and budget tours to travelers visiting East Africa and Southern part of Africa. The company ensures satisfaction for our clients by offering the best services. We offer fabulous choices ranging from Honeymoon Safaris, Family Safaris, Students Safaris, Beach Holiday Vacations, Mt. Kenya and Mt. Kilimanjaro climbing Safaris, Luxury Safaris, Cultural Safaris, Bird Watching Safaris, Golf Holidays and Budget Camping Safaris.

In Kenya, it is very impossible to get away from birds! Wherever you travel in this country, there is a huge diversity of birds. Due to various habitats, there are also different species of birds you are likely to see in different habitats, this means that within a short space of time a birder ends up with a long list of birds.
In Kenya you’ll find many bird species from the world’s biggest bird, the Ostrich, to spectacular flamingos. Flamingos congregate in their millions at the various Lakes of the Great Rift Valley and camouflage them in pink.The total bird species list for a two weeks tour in Kenya is tremendous.

Day 1: Arrival

Morning arrival in Nairobi and transfer to Serena Mountain Lodge, with several short stops en route. Our first destination is the Blue Post Hotel in Thika, where we will bird the hotel grounds and woodlands along the Chania River. Here we will start seeing our first exciting African species, which may include Hadada Ibis, Red-eyed Dove, African Green-pigeon, Speckled Mousebird, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, White-headed and Spot-flanked Barbets, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Mountain Wagtail, Grey-olive Greenbul, Black-throated Wattle-eye, Grey-capped Warbler, Variable, Collared and Scarlet-chested Sunbirds, Holub’s Golden-weaver, Baglafecht Weaver and African Citril.

Our second stop will be at the large Tana River, where we should find Moustached Grass-warbler, African Golden-weaver, Yellow Bishop, and Brown-backed and Bronze Mannikins. We will also make a stop at Wajee Camp, a noted site for the endemic Hinde’s Pied-babbler. While birding the steep forested slopes of the camp, we stand a chance of locating ayre’s Hawk-eagle, African Wood-owl, Brown-hooded Kingfisher, and Green-headed Sunbird. Serena Mountain Lodge is located on the lower slopes of Mt Kenya, Africa’s second tallest mountain, and is an excellent place to locate many highland forest species. Along the entrance road we may encounter Augur Buzzard, Crowned Hawk-eagle, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Moustached Tinkerbird, Mosque Swallow, Black Saw-wing, Sharpe’s Starling, Black-tailed Oriole, Purple-throated Cuckoo-shrike, African Paradise-flycatcher, Cape Robin-chat, African Stonechat, Broad-ringed White-eye, and Eastern Double-collared Sunbird.

The large waterhole and salt lick at the lodge is host to many mammals and we can expect Blue Sykes Monkey, White-tailed and Marsh Mongooses, Common Genet, Defassa Waterbuck, Bushbuck, Giant Forest Hog, and the tiny Suni. At an elevation of almost 8,000ft nights can be quite chilly
One night stay at the Serena Mountain Lodge

Day 2 & 3: Samburu

Early-morning birding from the lodge balcony is always productive and may include Marabou Stork, Black Goshawk, Delegourge’s Pigeon, Fine-banded Woodpecker, Cape Wagtail, Slender-billed and Mountain Greenbuls, Ruppell’s Robin-chat, Hunter’s Cisticola, Grey and Black-throated Apalis, Grey-headed Negrofinch and Yellow-crowned Canary. We will also take a short walk from the lodge along the entrance road in search of the more secretive species of the area such as Scaly Francolin, African Hill Babbler, White-starred Robin, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Mountain Yellow Warbler, White-browed Crombec, Yellow-bellied Waxbill and Oriole Finch.

Mid-morning we will leave the cool climate of Mt Kenya for more arid country in the north, specifically the Samburu Game Reserve. The drive will offer spectacular scenery, and the grasslands along the roadside are a great place for Black-winged Plover, Black-shouldered Kite, Dusky Turtle-dove, Angola Swallow, Greater Blue-eared Glossy-starling, Cape Rook, Boran Cisticola, Tacazze Sunbird, Red-collared and Long-tailed Widowbirds (seasonal) and Speke’s Weaver. Samburu is one of the most exciting reserves in East Africa. The semi-desert habitat and the rich woodlands along the Ewaso Nyiro River are teeming with wildlife.

Exploration of the fantastic reserve will produce an almost overwhelming array of bird species: Palm-nut and Hooded Vultures, Bateleur, Martial Eagle, African Hawk-eagle, Crested and Yellow-necked Francolins, Vulturine Guineafowl, Buff-crested and White-bellied Bustards, Black-faced and Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse, Red-bellied Parrot, African Scops-owl, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Somali Bee-eater, Rufous-crowned Roller, Von der Decken’s Hornbill, Red-and-yellow Barbet, Bearded Woodpecker, Pink-breasted Lark, African Bare-eyed Thrush, Rosy-patched Bush-shrike, Hunter’s and Black-bellied Sunbirds, Golden-breasted and Fischer’s Starlings, Donaldson-Smith’s Sparrow-weaver, Cut-throat and the stunning Somali Bunting. Mammal life is also prolific, with many species not seen elsewhere on our tour. Just a few of the many possibilities are Olive Baboon, Black-faced Vervet Monkey, Dwarf Mongoose, Striped Hyena, Grevy’s Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Kirk’s Dikdik, Common Waterbuck, Gerenuk and the magnificent Beisa Oryx.
Two night stay at the Samburu Ashnil or Simba Lodge as Alternative.

Day 4: Samburu – Mount Kenya

On our last morning in Samburu we will visit the nearby Buffalo Springs Game Reserve. The slightly different habitat is home to many specialities: Somali Ostrich, Lappet-faced Vulture, Ruppell’s Griffon- vulture, Eastern Chanting-goshawk, Pygmy Falcon, Cream-coloured (Somali) Courser, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, White-headed Mousebird, Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill, Nubian and Cardinal Woodpeckers, Fischer’s and Chestnut-headed Sparrow-larks, Yellow-vented Eremomela, Spotted Morning-thrush, Mariqua Sunbird, Taita Fiscal, Golden Palm Weaver, Black-capped Social Weaver and African Silverbill.

We then have a mid-morning departure for the Naro Moro River Lodge located on the northern edge of Mt Kenya. En route we will make a stop at the Meru Forest, where many unique species can be found. Much of the bird life here resembles the coastal avifauna of Kenya. Here we will search for White-eared Barbet, Yellow-bellied Greenbul, Black-headed Apalis, African Crested-flycatcher and Kenrick’s and Black-bellied Glossy-starlings.

Our lodge is set in the perfect setting of highland forest, flowing brooks, and gorgeous flower filled grounds. The birding in this area is also very nice and we may see African Black Duck, Narina Trogon, Sulphur-breasted Bush-shrike, Tropical Boubou, Chin-spot Batis, African Black-headed Oriole, and Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu. One night stay at the Naro Moro River Lodge. Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Silvery-cheeked and Trumpeter Hornbills and Brown-hooded Kingfisher can all be seen here
One night stay at the Naro Moro River Lodge

Day 5: Mount Kenya

Leaving early we will make an ascent onto Mt Kenya entering the vast and pristine montane forest of Mt Kenya National Park. Making our way up the winding road to the Meteorological Station we will keep and eye out for such birds as African Goshawk, Mountain Buzzard, Rameron Pigeon, African Emerald Cuckoo, Red-fronted Parrot, White-headed Wood-hoopoe, Grey Cuckoo-shrike, Brown Woodland-warbler, Waller’s Starling, Abyssinian Crimson-wing and Black-headed Waxbill. Reaching 10,000 ft, birds more commonly seen at this higher altitude are Jackson’s Francolin, Abyssinian Ground-thrush, Olive Thrush, Cinnamon Bracken-warbler and Moorland Chat. We will be leaving mid-Day and transferring to Lake Nakuru National Park allowing time to search for several key species along the way.

A large rocky escarpment en route is a favourite roosting spot for the Mackinder’s Eagle-owl and with some luck we should be able to locate this highly sought-after species. The Acacia scrub by a nearby lake is a favourite haunt for Little Grebe, Yellow-billed Duck, Red-winged Starling, Little Rock-thrush, Pale Flycatcher, and Purple Grenadier. In the afternoon we will arrive at Lake Nakuru National Park, which is called by some, the greatest birding spectacle on earth! Huge numbers of Lesser Flamingos feed in the shallow alkaline water, sometimes up to a million, with smaller numbers of Greater Flamingos. Exploring the Acacia woodland and the lakeside marshes we will no doubt encounter many wonderful avian delights: Great White Pelican, Great Cormorant, African Spoonbill, African Fish-eagle, African Harrier-hawk, Hildebrandt’s Francolin, Grey-headed Gull, Broad-billed Roller, Levaillant’s Cuckoo, White-browed Coucal, Green Wood-hoopoe, Rufous-necked Wryneck, Grey Woodpecker, Black Cuckoo-shrike, Northern Anteater-chat, Grey-backed Fiscal, Brown-crowned Tchagra and African Firefinch. Mammals are also quite common in the park and it is one of the few places in East Africa where the endangered White Rhino can be found. Some of the other mammals we hope to find include Rothchild’s Giraffe and Reedbuck
One night stay at the Sarova Lion Hill

Day 6 & 7: Lake Baringo

All morning will be spent in Lake Nakuru National Park. More bird possibilities include Hamerkop, Cape and Hottentot Teals, Tawny Eagle, Kittlitz’s Plover, Red-chested and Klaas’ Cuckoos, Nyanza Swift, Greater Honeyguide, White-browed Robin-chat, Arrow-marked Babbler, Grey-crested Helmet-shrike, Ruppell’s Glossy-starling, and Golden-breasted Bunting. Our next destination is a fresh-water lake in the north called Lake Baringo.

Here the combination of a large lake in semi-desert country and the nearby Baringo cliffs provide the perfect habitat for a great diversity of bird life. Specialities in this area are Dark Chanting-goshawk, Heuglin’s Courser, Northern White-faced Owl, Greyish Eagle-owl, Slender-tailed Nightjar, Jackson’s and Hemprich’s Hornbills, Black-throated Barbet, Red-fronted Warbler, Brown-tailed Chat, Somali Tit, Beautiful Sunbird, Bristle-crowned Starling, Golden-backed and Little Weavers, Northern Masked-weaver and Northern Red Bishop. Other possibilities in the area include Lanner Falcon, Verreaux’s Eagle, Blue-naped Mousebird, Madagascar Bee-eater, Red-fronted Barbet, Northern Crombec, Pygmy Batis, Cardinal Quelea and Eastern Paradise-whydah.
Two night stay at the Lake Baringo Country Club.

Day 8 & 9: Lake Baringo – Kakamega Forest

After some final birding around the Lake Baringo area we will depart for the Kakamega Rainforest in the western highlands, en route stopping for special interest birds in the Kerio Valley. These may include Black-headed Lapwing, Meyer’s Parrot, White-crested Turaco, African Black and Horus Swifts, African Pygmy-kingfisher, Double-toothed Barbet, Long-billed Pipit, Silverbird, Brown Babbler, White-crested Helmet-shrike, Black-headed Gonolek, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver and Reichard’s Seedeater. Kakamega Rainforest is the eastern most extension of the Congo Rainforest and is without doubt the best birding destination in the entire country.

Many of the species here are found nowhere else in Kenya and the list of possibilities is seemingly endless. Such avian gems as White-spotted Flufftail, Great Blue Turaco, Bar-tailed Trogon, Blue-headed Bee-eater, Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill, Grey-throated, Yellow-spotted and Yellow-billed Barbets, Golden-crowned and Brown-eared Woodpeckers, African Broadbill, 13 species of greenbul, Brown-chested Alethe, Banded and White-chinned Prinias, Black-faced Rufous-warbler, Equatorial Akalat, Snowy-crowned Robin-chat, African Shrike-flycatcher, Chestnut, Jameson’s, Brown-throated and Yellow-bellied Wattle-eyes, African Blue Flycatcher, Dusky Tit, Green-throated, Green and Northern Double-collared Sunbirds, Western Black-headed Oriole, Mackinnon’s Fiscal, Pink-footed Puffback, Grey-green and Luehder’s Bush-shrikes, Stuhlmann’s Starling, Black-billed and Vieillot’s Weavers, Red-headed Malimbe, Red-headed Bluebill, and Black-and-white Mannikin. Rainforest mammals to be expected are: Eastern Black-and-white Colubus, Gentle and Red-tailed Monkeys and the very active Red-legged Sun-squirrel.
Three night stay at Rondo Retreat Centre.

Day 10 & 11: Kakamega Forest – Lake Victoria – Masai Mara

Early morning we will depart for Kisumu on the northeastern shore of Lake Victoria where we will search for the specialities of the area, some of which are found only in the papyrus swamps surrounding this great lake. Species we are likely to see are African Openbill, Abdim’s Stork, Water Thick-knee, Long-toed Lapwing, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, Blue-headed Coucal, Black-billed Barbet, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Greater Swamp-warbler, Swamp Flycatcher, Birds to be Red-chested and Copper Sunbirds, Papyrus Gonolek, Slender-billed, Black-headed and Northern Brown-throated Weavers, Black-winged Bishop, Fan-tailed Widowbird and Papyrus Canary. From Lake Victoria we will proceed to the Masai Mara Game Reserve in south-western Kenya. The Mara is the northern extension of the famous Serengeti plains.

Here we will find a wide assortment of bird life, as well as some of the most spectacular mammals on the continent. Complimenting the wildlife is the dramatic scenery of endless grasslands, lush river valleys, and steep rock strewn escarpments. Birds we can expect in this area of the Mara are Rufous-bellied Heron, Saddle-billed Stork, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Coqui and Red-necked Francolins, Grey Crowned-crane, Temminck’s Courser, Wattled Lapwing, Ross’ and Schalow’s Turaco, Malachite and Woodland Kingfishers, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Rufous-chested Swallow, White-tailed Lark, Familiar Chat, Silverbird, Red-faced, Trilling and Tabora Cisticolas, Green-capped Eremomela, Black-crowned Tchagra, Hildebrandt’s and Violet-backed Starlings, Yellow-fronted Canary and Cinnamon-breasted Bunting. This is the best area in the Mara to see big game up close and some of the many mammals to be seen here include Black-backed Jackal, Bat-eared Fox, Banded Mongoose, Spotted Hyena, Serval Cat, African Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Bush Hyrax, African Elephant, Common Zebra, Hippopotamus, Common Warthog, Masai Giraffe, African Buffalo, Eland, Steinbuck, Bohor Reedbuck, Thomson’s and Grant’s Gazelles, Impala, Topi, Coke’s Hartebeest, and thousands of Wildebeest. We will also see many massive Nile Crocodiles, some over 15ft in length, basking in the sun along the banks of the Mara River.
Two night stay at the Mara Kichwa Tembo Camp or Mara West Camp

Day 12: Masa Mara

Leaving early we will travel across the Mara, en route crossing the famous Mara River. We will make a stop at the well-named Hippo Pools to see these huge beasts at close range. While birding the bush-covered hills and open grasslands we should find Secretary-bird, White-headed Vulture, Black-breasted and Brown Snake-eagles, Grey Kestrel, Southern Ground-hornbill, Little Bee-eater, Rosy-breasted Longclaw, Rufous-naped and Flappet Larks, Sooty Chat, Red-billed and Yellow-billed Oxpeckers, Cardinal Quelea, Yellow-shouldered Widowbird, Grey-capped Social-weaver and African Quail-finch
One night stay at the MaraSopa or Sentrim Tented Camp.

Day 13: Masai Mara – Lake Naivasha

Leaving early we will bird the Acacia woodland in the Siana Springs area of the southern Mara. This area is home to several species seen nowhere else in the country. Some of the specialties may include Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Magpie Shrike, Miombo Camaroptera, African Penduline-tit, Croaking Cisticola, Red-throated Tit, Red-headed Weaver, Black-throated Canary and Golden-breasted Bunting. Mid-morning we will depart for Lake Naivasha traveling through the Great Rift Valley. While en route we may come across Egyptian Vulture, Greater Kestrel, Kori Bustard, Grey-rumped Swallow, Schalow’s and Capped Wheatears and Red-billed Quelea. An afternoon arrival will allow us to bird the tall Acacia woodland on the beautiful hotel grounds. expected here are Gabar Goshawk, Dideric and Black Cuckoos, Barn Owl, Verreaux’s Eagle-owl, White-fronted Bee-eater, Lesser and Wahlberg’s Honeyguide, Black-lored Babbler, Amethyst Sunbird, Grey-headed Bush-shrike and Spectacled Weaver.
One night stay at the Lake Naivasha Sopa or Resort Lodge

Day 14 & 15 & 16: Lake Naivasha – Nairobi

The morning will begin with an exciting boat trip on Lake Naivasha. Specialty birds we will be looking for while out on the lake include Pink-backed Pelican, Goliath and Purple Herons, Southern Pochard, African Marsh-harrier, Purple Swamphen, Lesser Moorhen, Three-banded Plover and Lesser Swamp-warbler. Mid-morning we will depart for Nairobi, making several birding stops en route. Our first destination is the Kinnangop Plateau where we hope to find the endemic Sharpe’s Pipit. This species has been on the decline in the last few years, mainly due to habitat loss, but with some luck we’ll be able to locate this very special bird. Next will be the Gatamayu Forest on the Kikuyu Escarpment, an area of middle-elevation forest, which is home to several species not yet seen on the tour. The main target birds in this area are Cameroon Scrub-warbler, White-tailed Crested-flycatcher, Placid Greenbul, Black-fronted Bush-shrike and the nomadic Abbott’s Starling. Our final birding stop is at the Limuru Pond located just off the main highway. A large ridge overlooks the pond and from this vantage point we should be able to locate Madagascar Pond-heron, Intermediate Egret, White-backed and Maccoa Ducks, White-faced and Fulvous Whistling-ducks, Black Crake and Whiskered Tern.
Two night stay at the Nairobi Safari Club Hotel

Day 17: Nairobi

We will spend our last Day in Kenya birding Nairobi National Park, which lies within the shadows of the large capital city. With highland forest, Acacia woodland, rocky escarpments, open grassland, large ponds, and small streams, this park is home to a wide variety of birds and mammals. Some of the key species we will search for here are Shelley’s Francolin, Hartlaub’s Bustard, Spotted Thick-knee, Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, Singing Cisticola, Banded and Brown Warblers, African Yellow Warbler, Northern Pied Babbler, White-breasted White-eye, Long-tailed Fiscal, and White-winged Widowbird. Nairobi National Park is without a doubt the best place in Kenya to see the endangered Black Rhino, and we have a very good chance of locating this very impressive species together with many of the other mammals we have seen before.

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April 29, 2020

Glimpses of India

Written By Culture Holidays India Pvt Ltd

This tour comprises of the best destinations from north to south which will leave you spell bound by its beautiful demeanor. The tour enable you to endure the capital city acquiring all the aspects of India in it, holy cities with fascinating temples showcasing the religious importance, ancient places reflecting the artistic excellence in ancient sculptures, bewitching caves and magnificent temples, cities overflowing with spectacular cultural heritage of India, it’s an absolute tour which will surely forsake you with mesmerizing reminiscence.

India is a vibrant and colorful county where one can come and have breathtaking unforgettable trip in which the visitors can see the places like Delhi – Varanasi – Khajuraho – Orchha – Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur – Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Kumbhalgarh Udaipur – Ajanta – Ellora – Bombay – Madurai – Trichy – Tanjore – Mahabalipuram – Kanchipuram – Madras. These cities are full having magnificent unity where the visitors can see the culture, heritage affluence and well designed ancients’ forts and temples. Moreover, these cities are also surrounded by natural beauty which eventually makes the city more fascinating and amazing.

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Top Travel Activities : Heritage & Cultural , India


April 27, 2020

Sunrise and Sunset Taj Walking Tour

Written By Jatin Changlani

Short description: All Inclusive Dawn & Dusk Tour Of The Taj

Description:
This is the tour for the how-it-was made buffs. It is a narration of what all it took to achieve the grand design
that Shah Jehan chose for the Taj Mahal. It explains the various engineering marvels that had to be executed to make this marvel a reality. How the architect Isa Mian actually imagined the conception of paradise on earth, with gardens and a stream to gild the eternal resting places of the King & Queen. How craftsmen from all across the globe were brought in to create the jeweled look of the Taj Mahal.

You have to wake up a tad early for this walk but the view you get makes the effort worth it. As the golden rays of the rising sun kiss the
greatest monument of love, the phrase “seeing things in a new light” comes alive.

This is followed by a complimentary Craft Tour that takes you to the ateliers of the stone inlay artists. Agra has carefully preserved
the best stone inlay tradition in the whole of South Asia. These artisans come from an unbroken line descended from the very master craftsmen who created the intricate stone inlay on the Taj Mahal. See these
master craftsmen at work.

This is followed by a buffet lunch at fine dining restaurant located conveniently on the way.

Enjoy the Oriental Bazaar Walk and get ready to view the Taj Mahal at dusk. This involves going to the other side of the river and viewing the Taj under the falling light of the evening sun whilst seated in a beautiful garden. Get back to your designated drop-off point. Midways stop to collect your Surprise and Complimentary Tour Memento

Inclusions:
 Skip The Line Entry Tickets for Taj Mahal & Moon Garden
 Government Licensed Tour Guide
 Buffet /TDH Menu Multi-Course Lunch
 Beverages during Break
 Complimentary Golf cart pick and drop
 Pick Up, Drop and sightseeing In Private Taxi
 All vehicle parking fees, tolls and taxes
 Complimentary Craft Tours
 Convenience Kit for both Monuments
 Complimentary Tour Memento
 Complimentary Oriental Bazaar Tour
 Complimentary discount coupons for Select Stores

Exclusions
 Tips / Gratuities
 Alcoholic beverages

Know before you go:

 Not suitable for pets
 Infant seats unavailable
 Limited wheelchair access
 Not recommended for people with walking restrictions
 Check your phone for SMS/Email/WhatsApp from www.thesmartourist.com containing your trip and guide details
 The Sunrise section of this tour is unavailable on Fridays and Sunrise Sightseeing is done from adjoining nature park
 Complimentary Bazaar Walk has alternate circuit on Tuesdays
 Confirmation will be received at time of booking. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For Any Information or Help – +919720991156. Call Between 9:30 AM – 19:30 PM IST.

Physical difficulty level: Easy
Age limit: No age limit for this tour

What to bring:

 Please ensure that you are carrying a mobile phone with the same contact number as given during the
time of reservation.
 Please carry any valid ID that has Name, Age & Nationality.
 Drone camera is strictly prohibited inside and around the Taj Mahal.
 Eating and smoking is strictly prohibited inside Taj Mahal. Arms, ammunition, matchbox, smoking items,
tobacco products, liquor, eatables (Toffees/Gum), head phones, knives, wire, mobile charger, electric
goods (except camera) and Plastic/Polythene items. Tripods are also prohibited.
 Mobile phones are to be kept switched off or on silent mode.
 Please avoid carrying big bags and books inside the monument; this may increase your security check time.
 Photography is prohibited inside the main mausoleum.
 Avoid touching & scratching the walls & surfaces of the monument as these are heritage sites and need
special care.
 Visitors are requested not to make noise inside the mausoleum.
 Kindly desist from engaging with hawkers, vendors, touts and other people during the tour. Direct them to your Tour Guide.

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April 27, 2020

ROMANCE OF THE DESERT

Written By Culture Holidays India Pvt Ltd

Romance of the Desert is a unique excursion, where the tourists can visit the major destination of Rajasthan like Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Mandawa. The places are fill with vivacious picturesque of the places where the visitors can see the eye catching forts, monuments and places. As we know that the Rajasthan is a colorful cultural land, which was once the Royal land of Rajputs, here the tourists can feel the cultural richness and take part in Festivals and Fairs and even take camel ride and see the small colorful dunes.
What you’ll get:

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April 27, 2020

Tour to Pyramids and Old Cairo

Written By Mohamed Abdel Nasser

Spend the day visiting Ancient Egypt. Take in the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx before visiting the Old Cairo, the site of a city that pre-dated Cairo with many historic churches and a Roman fort.

Itinerary

Ancient Egypt Tours representative will pick you up from your hotel, to enjoy an excursion to visit one of the seven wonders of the ancient world  The great  Pyramid of Khufu’s (Cheops),3 small pyramids You will continue to explore the rest of Giza plateau including the sight of Khafre’s (kaphren) pyramid – Khufu’s son, the second-largest pyramid on Giza site,, the remains of the funeral temple,  the pyramid of  Mankawra(Mykerinus) and 3 small pyramids. Then proceed to visit the Great Sphinx, the head of a pharaoh with a lion’s body, which dates from the time of Chephren; the tour also includes a visit to the Valley Temple, which belongs to the pyramids of chefren This temple served definitely two functions: First, it was used for the purification of the mummy of the king before its burial. Second, it was used for making the Mummification process of the king. After visiting the pyramids, you’ll then continue across the plateau for a photo opportunity of the three pyramids rising from the sands, with the Cairo skyline in the background.

Proceed to have your lunch at local restaurant

Then Move to visit to a visit to Old Cairo to visit  fascinated built wonders such as the Hanging Church that was built in 3rd and beginning of the 4th century. also in the Basilica style., the Abu Sirga Church and Ben Ezra Synagogue which dates back to the beginning of the 15th century AD It was built in the Basilica style above the cave in which the Holy Family took refuge. end your tour in Cairo with a visit  to Amr Ibn El-aas mosque which is the very first mosque built in Egypt, there you will drive to to Khan El Khalili Bazaar, (if there’s enough time), one of the most famous and oldest bazaars in the Middle East, you will be transferred, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

What’s Included:

  • Pick up services from your hotel & return
  •  Assistance of our guest relations during your stay
  • All transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private English Egyptologist guide
  • Entrance fees to all the mentioned sites
  • Lunch meal at local restaurant in Cairo
  • One bottle of water on board the vehicle per trip.
  • All taxes & service charge

What’s Excluded:

  • Entry visa to Egypt
  • Any extras not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tipping Kitty.
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April 27, 2020

adventure tour of Lagos, Nigeria

Written By Victor Oluwaleke

Lagos as the commercial capital of Nigeria is an adventurer’s dream. Our adventure tour of Lagos includes various activities like trekking on the longest canopy walk in Africa, mountain hiking, river rafting just to give you a great adventure in the city that is ever bustling

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