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April 27, 2021

Holiday in Japan Online Experience

Written By Arigato Travel

Travel to Japan this year for the Holidays! Meet up with Friends and Family online for a fun virtual trip.

We are all sad that we cannot travel or see some of our friends and family this season, why not give the gift of a shared virtual getaway to Japan. Meet us for this online interactive experience to celebrate the winter season and learn all about the holidays in Japan! On our 1 hour and 15-minute online experience, we will share Christmas and New Years’ in Japan from a local’s perspective. You will get to hear about the history, culture, as well as stories, fun facts, trivia, and even, make your own Japanese style holiday decoration together online.  Our virtual tours are fun, family-friendly, and interactive. Great for ALL ages to experience together. 

How to prepare:

  • Let’s get in the HOLIDAY MOOD!
  • Wear something festive! Break out your Santa hat, your Christmas sweaters, etc!
  • Prepare some mulled wine, eggnog, or hot cocoa, or some holiday beverage!
  • Christmas cookies? Or other tasty snacks…
  • Important: Please have a square piece of wrapping paper or Origami paper (any size but not too big) cut and ready to go for our activity! should be patterned on one side and plain on the other.
  • Have an open mind, heart and be ready to ask any questions you have about Japanese holiday time!

We are experts in culinary tourism and we are excited to connect and share our stories and knowledge with you right in your own homes. We keep the groups small to ensure a more intimate experience, so everyone can have a chance to ask questions and connect with our local guides! Everyone who attends the session will also get special info and resources after the experience.

Pricing (Adult):
2545 JPY + 10% = 2800 JPY for one Adult (tax included)
24.55 USD + 10% =  27 USD for one Adult (tax included)

We are looking forward to meeting you online and making some delicious memories!

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April 27, 2021

Day Tour to Amboseli National Park

Written By CASOTRAVEL

Enjoy a convenient pick-up from your centrally located accommodation bright and early for a full day tour of the Amboseli National Park. Enjoy a ride in a luxurious tour van as you take a scenic 3-hour drive via the Maasai land. Here you will be able to witness the splendor of Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Kenya which is visible from the park. Also to be spotted are ample herds of buffalo, wildebeest, zebra and impala, as well as giraffes and warthog. With all this variety you can be sure a healthy population of predators also call Amboseli home. Lions, leopards, caracals, cheetahs, jackals, hyenas and serval cats are all frequently seen in the park.

Day tour to Amboseli National Park.

0500hrs:Pick up from your Nairobi Hotel/ Residence

Depart for the Amboseli National Park via  the Nairobi – Mombasa highway.

We catch the African sunrise as we progress towards Amboseli
The morning drive is  via  African savanna country dotted with local homesteads and colorful Masai herdsmen grazing their cattle.

There shall be a brief breakfast stop on the way

On arrival at the Amboseli, proceed for a game viewing drive in search of  Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion, Cheetah, Warthog, Ostrich and more…

The Mount Kilimanjaro dominates the skyline and surrounding country.

It is the tallest mountain in Africa and the highest free standing mountain in the world.

While Mount Kilimanjaro remains in  the background we shall marvel at the wildlife and scenery found in this park.

Enjoy buffet lunch at a lodge e.g Oltukai lodge,  lodge, serena e.t.c.

A short early afternoon game viewing drive as we exit the park.

Later depart for Nairobi to arrive in the early evening.

Drop off at your Nairobi hotel / Nairobi Airport or residence

Inclusions

Entrance fees.

All Transport in a van with a pop up roof.

Lunch at a lodge

Pickup  and drop off to your hotel

Bottled water

 

Exclusions

Drinks and beverages.

Breakfast.

Airport pickup will charge an extra 20 USD

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April 27, 2021

Discover Mt. Fuji Online Experience

Written By Arigato Travel

Travel Virtually to Mt. Fuji with our local host and learn all about this Iconic Mountain and the surrounding area.

Join us on this amazing, hosted experience as we share all the amazing things about the Mt. Fuji area, the history, culture, food, activities and people that make this place the true heart of Japan!

Our Mt. Fuji Virtual Tour is a great way to get to know the most iconic and majestic symbol of Japan.  Mt Fuji is very special to Japanese people, it represents faith and admiration. On our online experience, we will share Mt. Fuji and the areas around it from a local’s perspective. You will get to hear about the history, culture as well as stories from the locals who live in Shizuoka prefecture.  We will discover some of the things to see and do and of course the best food that you must try when you visit someday! 

We are experts in culinary tourism and we are excited to connect and share our stories and knowledge with you right in your own homes. 

On our 1 hour Virtual Experience, we will meet, talk, and learn together!  We keep the groups small to ensure a more intimate experience, so everyone can have a chance to ask questions and connect with our local guides! Everyone who attends the session will also get special info and resources after the experience.

We are looking forward to meeting you online!

Time/Days offered: Monday-Saturday

  • Morning Session 9am-10am JST
  • Afternoon Session 3pm-4pm JST
  • Evening Session 9pm-10pm JST

Custom times may be available, contact us bookings@arigatojapan.co.jp

Pricing (Adult): 

1500 JPY + 10% = 1650 JPY for one Adult (tax included)
14.00 USD + 10% = 15.40 USD for one Adult (tax included)

Visit our website for more information!

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April 20, 2021

Map Amboseli, L.Naivasha, Samburu, Aberdares, L.Nakuru & Masai Mara-10 Days 9 Nights

Written By CASOTRAVEL

DAY 1: NAIROBI – AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

Enjoy your breakfast and depart thereafter for Amboseli National Park famous for its large Elephant herds. Arid looking, it has historically supported both game and the Masai that kept their herds of cattle here. It is thanks to the waters that run off Africa’s greatest mountain that the apparently dry Amboseli, Kenya’s first game sanctuary is able to support its wildlife. Mount Kilimanjaro broods high over Amboseli, generally cloaked by clouds but appearing in all its snow-shrouded magnificence from time to time. The mountain now provides water for the park, wonderful views and of course, the most glorious background for animal photography.

Dinner & Overnight at Amboseli Serena Lodge or Similar On Full Board

DAY 2: AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

Another exciting day in Amboseli National Park. We recommend that you get up early morning where one can experience excellent game viewing & an unprecedented view of the snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro. Return to the lodge for breakfast. You may opt for an additional game drive after breakfast to visit the swamp with its magnificent wildlife present all day long or simply relax at lodge and take in the African wilderness. Afternoon game drive in anticipation of seeing the “BIG FIVE”.

Dinner and Overnight at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge or Similar On Full Board

DAY 3: AMBOSELI NATIONAL – LAKE NAIVASHA

After an early breakfast depart from Amboseli and drive via Nairobi along the Great Rift Valley to Lake Naivasha. Stop over for a quick lunch before proceeding to Lake Naivasha En-route, stop over at the Rift Valley view point offering a breathtaking view and incredible panorama, ideal for photographs to be taken. Proceed on to your lodge arriving late afternoon / early evening.

Dinner and overnight at L. Naivasha Sopa Lodge.

Optional Activities in Naivasha:

  • Hells gate National Reserve: USD 26 Per Person. The only reserve in Kenya where you can enjoy game viewing while on a Bicycle.
  • Visit to Crescent Island: USD 40 Per Person

Dinner and Overnight at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge or Similar On Full Board

DAY 4: LAKE NAIVASHA -SAMBURU GAME RESERVE

After breakfast you check out of the lodge and drive to Samburu Game Reserve. Samburu is fiercely beautiful with its arid savannahs watered by the lovely Ewaso Nyiro River. It is also one of Kenya’s most protected areas and home to species only found north of the equator, from the reticulated giraffe to Grevy’s zebras and Beisa Oryx. A luxurious hostelry set beneath a canopy of acacia trees along the banks of the river.

Dinner and Overnight at Ashinil Samburu or similar On Full Board

DAY 5: SAMBURU GAME RESERVE 

Dawn breaks in golden bands as we start our day in the bush before the dew is off the grass, we’re off in pursuit of the “Big five” Elephants, Lions, Leopards, and Cheetahs that thrive in the reserve’s grasslands and acacia woodlands. And so the day is spent in alternating pursuits of exploration in the bush and relaxation at our camp.

Dinner and Overnight at Ashinil Samburu or Similar On Full Board

DAY 6: SAMBURU GAME RESERVE- ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK 

Check out of the lodge early in the morning our destination today is the Aberdare National Park We travel overland south from Samburu to The Aberdare Country Club, nestled on the slopes of Mweiga Hill. After lunch, set off for the Ark tree lodge, located in the forest on mountain slopes of the Aberdare Mountains at 7,000 feet. This outstanding lodge offers high altitude game viewing, including animals that are rarely encountered elsewhere: giant forest hog, bush pig, tree hyrax, large spotted genet, and the elusive bongo. Wildlife can be observed from different levels and from outside where you can see, hear and smell everything and inside where you can sit with a cup of tea and stay warm and cozy. A herd of Elephants might be just a feet away and if you are lucky, a Leopard or large male Lion might put in an appearance.

Dinner and Overnight at the Ark or Treetops Hotel Similar On Full Board

DAY 7: ABERDARES NATIONAL PARK- LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

This day our destination is at Lake Nakuru National park. Lake Nakuru National Park hosts a fresh water lake. The surface of the shallow lake is often hardly recognizable due to the continually shifting mass of pink. The lake’s abundance of algae attracts the vast quantity of flamingos that famously lines the shore. The park has recently been enlarged partly to provide the sanctuary for the black rhino. This undertaking has necessitated a fence – to keep out poachers rather than to restrict the movement of wildlife.

The park now has more than 25 rhinos, one of the largest concentrations in the country, so the chances of spotting these survivors are good. There are also a number of Rothschild’s giraffe, again Trans located for safety from western Kenya beginning in 1977. Waterbuck are very common and both the Kenyan species are found here. Among the predators are lion and leopard, the latter being seen much more frequently in recent times. The park also has large sized pythons that inhabit the dense woodlands, and can often be seen crossing the roads or dangling from trees.

Dinner and Overnight at Lake Nakuru sopa or Similar hotel on Full Board basis.

DAY 8: LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK- MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE

After an early breakfast set off for the highlight of your trip, the world famous Masai Mara Game Reserve driving past extinct volcanoes on the bottom of the Rift Valley floor. Enjoy a game drive en-route to your camp where you might encounter some of the “Big Five” and you will most certainly be impressed by the wide variety of species present in this area. The Masai Mara has the highest concentration of land mammals compared to all other parks!

Dinner & Overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge or Similar on Full Board.

DAY 9: MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE

Spend one more exciting day with unlimited game drives exploring the Mara, home to the proud and traditional Maasai tribe. We can arrange a visit to a local Masai Village if you like. (@ extra cost) The Mara is more than just the most popular wildlife park in the country in many cases it is the reason why people come to visit Kenya. This is a classic African savanna and the sheer density of wildlife is amazing. Gazelle, wildebeest and zebra graze in large numbers and where prey is found so are predators. Watered by the Mara River and its tributary the Talek, the park here compromises 1510 sq kilometres of open grassland tucked away in the south west corner of the country. In the Mara you will see an astonishing amount of wild life, including the big cats, where lions are found in large prides everywhere and it is not uncommon to see them hunting. Cheetahs and leopards are harder to spot, but are still fairly common. Elephants, buffaloes, zebras and hippos also exist in large numbers.

Dinner & Overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge or Similar on Full Board.

DAY 10: MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE – NAIROBI

Early morning after breakfast check out of the lodge with a game drive en route arriving Nairobi in the afternoon. Lunch will be at your own cost.

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Top Travel Voucher: Map Amboseli, L.Naivasha, Samburu, Aberdares, L.Nakuru & Masai Mara
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April 20, 2021

Kilimanjaro Trek Machame Route 6 Days

Written By Enjoy Kili Limited

Mount Kilimanjaro Machame Route

If Marangu is the “Coca Cola” route, then the Machame Route is the “Whiskey” route. It is the second most popular and one of the most scenic routes on the mountain. All climbers sleep in tents (tents are included) and meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside. It is done over 6 days, so acclimatization is easier, and the success rate is fairly high. It is for physically fit people with some hiking experience. Descent is down the Mweka trail staying at the Mweka or Millenium camp the final night on the mountain.

Day 1 – Machame Gate (1,640 meters) to Machame Camp (2,835 meters)

  • Distance: ~11km / 7 miles
  • Trekking time: 5-7 hours
  • Zone: Rainforest

The first day trekking begins at Machame Gate (1,640 meters). Typically you will drive from the town of Moshi to the Machame gate, which takes approximately an hour. At the Gate you will meet your trekking crew – your guide, porters and cook. You, your guide and climbing team will in the meantime begin the ascent through the stunning rainforest that covers the South-West of the mountain. You will have picnic lunch on the way. The first day trek on the Machame Route is a long one (~11km / 7miles) and takes approximately 5-7 hours to complete. The day’s trekking ends at Machame Camp (2,835 meters) which sits near the border of the rainforest zone and the low alpine zone. By the time you arrive your porters will have already setup your camp and tents, and dinner will be served.

Day 2 – Machame Camp (2,835 meters) to Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters)

  • Distance: ~5km / 3 miles
  • Trekking time: 4-6 hours
  • Zone: Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone

After breakfast you will pack your gear and prepare for the trek from Machame Camp to Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters). The trek is relatively steep as you enter the low alpine zone which is characterised by moorlands and grasslands. Shira Camp 2 sits on a plateau which provides you with the first views of Kibo in the North-West and Mount Meru in the East. Day two takes approximately 4-6 hours and covers a distance of 5km / 3miles.

Day 3 – Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters) to Lava Tower (4,600 meters) and then Barranco Camp (3,900 meters)

  • Distance: ~11km / 7 miles
  • Trekking time: 5-7 hours
  • Trekking time: 5-7 hours Low alpine zone / High alpine zone

After breakfast trek East off the Shira Plateau through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’, up to Lava Tower and the Shark’s Tooth rock formation at 4,600 meters and then back down via the Southern Circuit to Barranco Camp (3,900 meters). The route is approximately 11km / 7 miles in length and takes 5-7 hours to complete. Although you end the day at a very similar elevation to when you started from Shira Camp, it is arguably one of the most important days on your trek as it gives you a chance to climb high and sleep low which is important for proper acclimatisation.

Day 4 – Barranco Camp (3,900 meters) to Karanga Camp (3,960 meters) (and then Barafu Camp – 4,680 meters)

  • Distance: ~9.5km / 6 miles
  • Trekking time: 8-10 hours
  • Zone: High alpine zone

After breakfast our days will begins with a steep traverse up the Barranco Wall; a 257 meter rock face that requires basic scrambling skills to the top of the Karanga Valley. The path then follows a series of inclines and declines to Karanga Camp (3,960 meters). If you are on a six day trek you will stop for lunch at Karanga Camp and then continue on along the Southern Circuit until it joins the Mweka Trail up to Barafu Camp (4,680 meters). For six day trekkers, day 4 takes approximately 8-10 hours to complete and covers 9.5km / 6 miles. When you arrive at Barafu around mid-afternoon you will be served an early dinner and encouraged to get some shut-eye as the summit trek commences around 24:00 that night.

Note: Trekkers on the seven day route spend the night at Karanga Camp before continuing on to Barafu. This additional day is beneficial in terms of acclimatisation.

Day 5 – Barafu Camp (4,680 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then Mweka Camp (3,100 meters)

  • Distance: ~4.5km / 3 miles ascent and then 11km / 7 mile descent
  • Trekking time: 6-8 hours to the summit and then 5-8 hours to Mweka
  • Zone: Glacial zone and the all preceding zones

You will be awoken around 23:30 with hot tea and biscuits. Hopefully you have managed to get a few hours’ sleep; don’t worry if you haven’t as most people struggle to sleep before summit night. Do however make sure that all your kit, including warm clothes, headlamp, insulated water reserves and snacks are ready for a sharp departure at 24:00. The trek up Kibo is steep and slow. The trick is to keep your momentum moving forward, one step at a time. It takes about 6-8 hours to reach the top of the crater rim where you will see the sign for Stella Point (5,739 meters). You still have another 156 meters of altitude to walk around the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters). After reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro, a 4.5km / 3 mile ascent, you still have an 11km / 7 mile descent to Mweka Camp (3,100 meters)! Mweka is situated in the upper part of the rainforest zone. The richness of oxygen and moisture in the air will be a very welcome surprise.

Day 6 – Mweka Camp (3,100 meters) to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters)

  • Distance: ~9km / 5.5 miles
  • Trekking time: 3-5 hours
  • Zone: Rainforest

In the morning after breakfast you will be trekking down to Mweka gate. The trek is a pleasant one through the lower rain-forested slopes and down to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters). Although you cover 9km / 5.5 miles, the trek only takes 3-4 hours. Assuming you successfully reach Stella Point or Uhuru Peak you will be presented with official certificates – a green certificate for the former and a gold certificate for the latter. It is customary to tip your trekking crew before being transported back to your hotel in Moshi.

Included

  • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • mountain tents
  • Sleeping Mats
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • 2- way airport transfers
  • Supplemental Oxygen & Pulse Oximeter
  • 2 nights of accommodation at Park view inn or Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • A doctor for the group
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$100 per toilet + toilet tent)
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April 17, 2021

Village Tour-Experience India Like Never Before.

Written By Rohit Kulkarni

Holidays in rural India take you beyond the Taj Mahal and tigers into traditional, welcoming villages. Enjoy homestays, nature walks, valley treks, weaving workshops and the pleasure of homecooked meals, shared with local hosts and families.

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April 17, 2021

Kilimanjaro Trek Marangu Route 6 days

Written By Enjoy Kili Limited

Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route

The Marangu Route is the oldest on Kilimanjaro and is also one of the most popular – mainly because it is the only route on the mountain that has huts provided for hikers. This could partly be as a result of the fact that the Marangu is the least expensive route, but more so, perhaps the fact that it is possible to do the Marangu route in 5 days, thereby getting to the summit one day earlier compared to the Machame route. This is not always the best way, due to a shorter acclimatisation period.

The Marangu route does however offer you the option of spending an extra acclimatisation day on the mountain. This extends the route into a 6-day trek, greatly increasing your chances of success. Shared hut accommodation on the Marangu route forms one of the main differences, compared to the other routes. It offers you the relative luxury of being able to sleep in huts along the entire route. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. Mineral water, soft drinks, chocolates and beers are also sold at all the camps on this route. All your equipment and supplies are portered and a cook prepares all your meals. The main itinerary difference between the Marangu 5 day and 6 day routes is the additional acclimatization day at Horombo Hut.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day.

  • Hotel: Bed & Breakfast

Day 2: Marangu Gate (1860m) to Mandara Hut (2700m)

After breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel in Moshi and taken to the Marangu gate. Once the necessary paper work has been completed, your trek can begin and you will soon be hiking through the dense rainforest. Alongside the impressive vegetation, you will have the chance to catch a glimpse of some primates as you head to the Mandara Hut. After a well-earned rest, your guide can take you to the Maundi Crater where you can enjoy the wonderful view of the Kenyan interior.

  • Distance covered: 8.3km / 5.2mi
  • Approx. time taken: 5 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 3: Mandara Hut (2700m) to Horombo Hut (3700m)

The day begins with an early breakfast. Shortly after you have left Mandara Hut, you will reach the timberline and then enter the heath and moor zone. Approximately 4 – 6 hours later, the Horombo Hut will come into sight, standing at an altitude of 3700m. From the hut, you will have fantastic views overlooking Mawenzi, Kibo and the wide plain of the Masai steppe.

  • Distance covered: 12.5km / 7.8mi
  • Approx. time taken: 9 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 4: Acclimatization trek to Zebra Rocks (4020m) then back to Horombo Hut (3700m)

Today serves as an acclimatization day. This should not be underestimated and greatly improves your chance of success in reaching the summit. After a relaxing breakfast, a 4 hour trek follows to the Zebra Rocks (4020m). The distinctive black and white stripes give the rock formation its name. On your return to Horombo Hut, a warm lunch will be waiting for you. You can relax in the afternoon and regain your strength for the hike the following day.

  • Distance covered: 5km / 3.1mi
  • Approx. time taken: 4 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 5: Horombo Hut (3700m) to Kibo Hut (4700m)

Today’s stage is long and tough. The well-built trail passes the “Last Water point” which is followed by the so-called “saddle”. This nearly vegetation less plateau joins the main summit Kibo with Mawenzi. Today’s destination is the Kibo Hut that is usually reached in about 5 – 6 hours. Here, you will enjoy an early evening meal followed by an early night, as the night will be short.

  • Distance covered: 9.5km / 5.9mi
  • Approx. time taken: 7 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 6: Kibo Hut (4700m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Horombo Hut (3700m)

Today is “The Big Day” – the summit stage. You will begin your final ascent around midnight which will be long and strenuous. Passing the Hans Meyer Cave at 5220m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gillman’s Point (5681m) – the crater rim of Kilimanjaro – where the sun will slowly start to warm up the land. You will have soon forgotten the cold of the night and after a further hike of 1 – 2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5895m. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you followed by a 1 – 2 hour break before proceeding back down to Horombo Hut.

  • Distance covered: 22km / 13.7mi
  • Approx. time taken: 12 – 15 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 7: Horombo Hut (3700m) to Marangu Gate (1860m)

The last stage passes through the heath and moor zone to the Mandara Hut (2700m) where a warm lunch is waiting for you. Soon, you will once again pass the tropical rainforest and after a total time of 6 hours trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m). After saying goodbye to your mountain guides, a short transfer follows to take you back to your hotel in Moshi. Once there, you can take a warm and relaxing shower and celebrate your success in reaching the summit of the Kilimanjaro.

  • Distance covered: 20.8km / 12.9mi
  • Approx. time taken: 8 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Included

  • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • mountain tents
  • Sleeping Mats
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • 2- way airport transfers
  • Supplemental Oxygen & Pulse Oximeter
  • 2 nights of accommodation at Park view inn or Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • A doctor for the group
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$100 per toilet + toilet tent)
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April 13, 2021

Cheetah Safari in Kenya

Written By Nature Exploration Safaris

Day 1: Nairobi

On arrival, transfer to your comfortable hotel to relax ahead of your safari adventure.

Dinner and overnight at Southern Sun Mayfair or similar.

Day 2: Nairobi – Samburu National Park

Drive to Samburu with lunch en route at the Trout Tree Restaurant – a unique dining venue set inside and around a giant fig tree. When you reach Samburu’s arid landscape, you’ll have an afternoon game drive to get to your accommodation – the Samburu Sopa Lodge, which perches on a hill inside the reserve with far-reaching views and rooms housed in traditional Samburu cottages. Tonight there’ll be a welcome dinner for you and your group. Approx. journey time: 6 hours.

Return to the lodge for breakfast, then spend the rest of the morning relaxing and enjoying the facilities at the safari lodge. After lunch, you will have adequate time for a siesta, followed later by an evening game drive in the national reserve.

Meals and accommodation at Samburu Sopa Lodge.

Day 3: Samburu National Park

Head out with your group into the Samburu reserve on morning and afternoon game drives. Lesser visited than its more southerly neighbors, this relatively small reserve’s arid landscape is home to ‘dry country’ animals rarely found outside the park. It’s special five’ are the long-necked gerenuk, Somali ostrich, Grevy’s zebra, beisa oryx, and reticulated giraffe.

Early afternoon at leisure, then proceed for a safari drive inside the national park from around 4 PM till sunset.

Meals and accommodation at Samburu Sopa Lodge.

Day 4: Samburu – Aberdares National Park

Drive south to the Aberdare Mountain Ranges. The Aberdare National Park was created in 1950 to protect the forested slopes of the ancient Aberdare Range, with wildlife ranging from elephant and lion to the black and white Colobus monkey and beautiful but lesser-sighted bongo – a horned antelope with distinctive white stripes. Once you reach Aberdare you’ll check-in at the Aberdare Country Club in order to transfer to its unique sister property, The Ark, which will be your viewing perch for the night. In the heart of the Aberdare National Park, The Ark’s design is based on Noah’s Ark. It overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick, attracting wildlife day and night. Four viewing decks with balconies allow up-close wildlife viewing without even leaving your accommodation. There’s also a ground-level photo hide and an on-call viewing service to ensure that you don’t miss a thing. Rooms are known as ‘cabins’, set over three ‘decks’. Approx. journey time: 3 hours.

Dinner and overnight at The Ark Lodge.

Day 5: Aberdares – Lake Nakuru – Lake Naivasha

Have breakfast before driving via Thomson’s Falls – a scenic waterfall on the Uaso Narok River – to Lake Nakuru National Park for lunch and a game drive. The park is a haven for bird lovers, with over 400 species of bird, and provides habitat for lion, leopard, and Rothschild giraffe. It also offers fantastic chances of spotting herds of white rhino. Continue on to Lake Naivasha for the night at the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, which has resident monkeys, giraffe, and hippo inhabiting its 150-acre grasslands. Approx. journey time: 3 hours.

All meals and accommodation at Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort.

Day 6: Lake Naivasha – Maasai Mara

After breakfast, set off for the Maasai Mara – home to the Big Five, big cats, and a whole host of other wildlife amongst its rolling plains and open savannah. Arrive for lunch at your lodge, then head out on an afternoon game drive before returning for dinner. With splendid views across the Mara plains, Sarova Mara Game Camp offers the classic safari experience with the comfort of a hotel-style residence. The camp has 73 premium canvas tents with canopied beds, and facilities here include a pool with a poolside bar, a wellness tent for massages, and a buffet-style restaurant. In the evenings, relax around the roaring camp fire with your fellow guests. Approx. journey time: 5 hours.

Dinner and overnight at Sarova Mara Game Camp.

Day 7: Masai Mara Game Reserve

This may be the last day of your safari, but it could be the most thrilling as today there’s the opportunity to take a hot-air balloon safari to gain a whole new perspective of the Maasai Mara. This is our most highly recommended optional experience in Kenya. Wake early and watch as the balloon is prepared, then take flight and drift upwards as the sun rises; the bright pink-orange haze visible for miles across the vast savannah and the wildlife roaming below you. This will be followed by an impressive Champagne breakfast that will be set up for your group wherever you land. Then head out on morning and afternoon game drives into the heart of this wildlife-rich reserve – a fitting end to an exciting safari.

Dinner and overnight at Sarova Mara Game Camp.

Day 8: Masai Mara – Nairobi

If you’re traveling on to Kenya’s coast, you’ll fly directly from the Mara to Mombasa in the afternoon. Otherwise, leave the Mara after breakfast, arriving in Nairobi in time for lunch. Approx. journey time: 5 hours. You’ll then be taken to a central hotel for the afternoon where you might like to pre-book a day’s room before your return flight to your country arriving the following day.

(End of tour).

Included in tour:

  • Accommodation as per the above safari description
  • Meals as specified on the itinerary above
  • All transfers and transport, park fees, hotel accommodation
  • Game viewing activities as stated in the above tour/safari description
  • Service of an English speaking driver-guide

Not included in the tour:

  • Extras at the lodges i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry, etc.
  • International flight
  • Visa entry into Kenya or Tanzania
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips and gratitudes to safari staff
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Top Travel Activities : Africa , Safaris


April 13, 2021

Accra City Private Driving Tour

Written By Kormi Tamakloe

TOURS BY KORMI
Discover The Beauty of Accra in One Day!
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AKWAABA and Welcome to Ghana. During our full day private tour you will see all the interesting and popular sights Accra has to offer with an exciting experience that will warm your hearts. I will take you through the beautiful city of Accra to see the historical sites that makes Ghana beautiful.
We’ll see all of the monumental places in Accra and they’re certainly worthwhile. I will also show you the special things that make Accra beautiful.
As your private tour guide, I can adjust the schedule, duration and activities to meet your needs. Please let me know of any special requests you may have. Thank you
ITINERARY
 At the preferred time of pick-up with an air-conditioned vehicle at any Accra location of your choice.
 Pass through the women’s traders’ at Makola Market , Accra’s largest outdoor market. Walking tour of historic Jamestown, one of the oldest districts of Accra.
 Continue to the Kwame Nkrumah memorial, commemorating our first President. Walk among the stalls and bargain at the Centre for National Culture crafts market (Art Centre).
 A visit to the Independence Square.
 An Experience of the Night life in Accra city.
 Drop-off at location of your choice in Accra.
MEETING POINT + TOUR DURATION
Meeting Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel
Duration: 10 hours
Weather and Traffic will be in consideration
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April 13, 2021

Amman City Tour, Jerash and Ajloun

Written By Sanaa Kassem

Pick up from Hotel in Amman. We will head out to visit the capital of Jordan, Amman. We will start of by visiting the Citadel of Amman which is the highest hill in Amman and is the site of ancient Rabbath-Ammon. Occupied since the Bronze Age, it’s surrounded by a 1700m-long wall, which was rebuilt many times during the Bronze and Iron Ages, as well as the Roman, Byzantine and Umayyad periods. There’s plenty to see, but the Citadel’s most striking sights are the Temple of Hercules and the Ummayad Palace. We then descend to visit the roman theater which is is the most obvious and impressive remnant of Roman Philadelphia, and is the highlight of Amman for most visitors. Then we are heading north to the beautiful and greener part of Jordan to visit Jerash, approximately one hour from Amman. Jerash is a close second to Petra on the list of favorite destinations in Jordan and one of the best places to explore roman civilization outside of Italy.  Inhabited since the Bronze Age, Jerash is known for the ruins of the walled Greco-Roman settlement of Gerasa, just outside the modern city. These include the 2nd-century Hadrian’s Arch, the Corinthian columns of the Temple of Artemis and the huge Forum’s oval colonnade. Later we go on a 30 minutes’ drive to visit Ajloun, a town that is known for its beautiful green mountains and the Ajloun castle, standing 1250 meters above sea level, the castle was constructed between 1184 and 1188 by the nephew of the Muslim military leader Saladin. Saladin fought against the Christian military during the Crusades in the 12th Century. The strategic location of the castle enabled Saladin’s army to look out across the Jordan Valley for invaders. The castle is set on top of Mount ‘Auf and provides visitors with astonishing views of the Jordan Valley and surrounding desert. We later drive back to your Hotel in Amman.

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Top Travel Activities : Middle East , Sightseeing


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