Tour: QB - 2013 (QB) - 2013 / 2014

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Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya

Welcome to Africa! Arrive this evening, check in to your hotel, and prepare for your safari adventure!

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DAY 2Nairobi-Mount Kenya-Samburu National Reserve

Today, depart Nairobi to begin your search for the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. First, stop at the famed Mount Kenya Safari Club for lunch as you take in stunning views of Mount Kenya. After lunch, continue on to SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE, known for its arid landscape and unique wildlife. Due to the dry climate, grasses are sparse, making animals easier to spot. Meanwhile, the Ewaso Ng’iro River, which borders the reserve, provides a year-round water supply. These two factors make for a great game-viewing experience. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon GAME DRIVE, where you have the chance to see rare animals you will not see in other parts of the country. Commonly referred to as the Samburu “Special 5,” this includes Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, Beisa oryx, and the gerenuk, a long-necked antelope that feeds while standing on its hind feet. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 3Samburu

Today, enjoy MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES. In addition to the Samburu “Special 5,” the reserve is home to an abundance of other species. Large numbers of elephant and Nile crocodile can be seen, as well as waterbuck, Kirk’s dik-dik, and Grant’s gazelle. Where there is prey, predators can be found, so lion, cheetah, and leopard are often spotted. The reserve is also a great place for bird watching, with over 300 species. During your afternoon game drive you will visit a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite LOCAL SAMBURU VILLAGE, where you will learn about their culture and day-to-day life. Between game drives, there’s time to relax at your lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 4Samburu-Ol Pejeta Conservancy

After breakfast, travel to OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY, the largest black rhino sanctuary in all of East Africa. After lunch, enjoy a GAME DRIVE in the conservancy. During your game drive, stop at the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite CHIMP SANCTUARY. In partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Jane Goodall Institute, the sanctuary was established to provide a long-term home for orphaned and abused chimpanzees. Here, see the chimps and learn more about their plight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 5Ol Pejeta-Nyahururu Falls-Lake Nakuru National Park

Leave Ol Pejeta and stop at NYAHURURU FALLS, also known as Thompson’s Falls. Continue on to LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK, famous for its population of pink flamingos that feeds in the alkaline water of the lake. Other animals you may see on your GAME DRIVE include waterbuck, giraffe, impala, and striped hyena. This is also your best chance to see a white rhinoceros, commonly spotted here. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 6Lake Nakuru-Lake Naivasha-Maasai Mara National Reserve

The Rift Valley lakes make up some of the oldest and deepest lakes in the world. Lake Naivasha is the highest of all the lakes and features pristine fresh water. Here you will take a CRUISE around the lake to view the resident hippos. If you are lucky, you might even spot a fish eagle. Continue on to the MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE for a picnic lunch and GAME DRIVE before settling in at your lodge for the evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 7Maasai Mara

Today, enjoy MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES in Kenya’s most famous game area. The Maasai Mara is part of the Serengeti ecosystem and boasts a strong permanent population of game. When the Great Migration of zebra, gazelle, and wildebeest arrives, typically in early August, the population enlarges by almost 2 million. This provides a great food source for predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, and hyena. Be sure to watch for elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo, too. During the heat of the day, enjoy time at your lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

The Serengeti National Park is a well known animal sanctuary and its annual migration 
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DAY 8Maasai Mara-Nairobi-Amboseli National Park

Take a short GAME DRIVE on the way to the airstrip, where you will board a plane for the quick flight to Nairobi. Upon arrival, visit the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite KAREN BLIXEN MUSEUM, dedicated to the author of Out of Africa. Next, stop at the GIRAFFE CENTER, a non-profit organization focused on saving the Rothschild’s giraffe. Here you will learn a bit more about this sub-species and have the opportunity to feed them. After lunch, drive to AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 9Amboseli

Rise early this morning for a special Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BUSH BREAKFAST. Sip on a mimosa as you savor every moment of this memorable experience. Afterward, enjoy a GAME DRIVE. Amboseli is best known for views of spectacular Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at some 19,341 feet. The park affords you the best opportunity to get close to the mighty elephant. You might also spot Cape buffalo, zebra, wild dog, and others. During the heat of the day, relax at your camp. Later this afternoon, visit a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite LOCAL MAASAI VILLAGE, where you will learn more about this semi-nomadic tribe, famous for herding cattle and their distinctive red clothing. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 10Amboseli-Arusha, Tanzania-Tarantire National Park

This morning, take one last GAME DRIVE in Kenya before crossing the border into Tanzania. After lunch in Arusha, proceed to TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK, where the savannah grasslands are dotted with baobab and acacia trees. Enjoy a GAME DRIVE en route to your lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Savannah, Georgia Elephants in Tanzania 
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DAY 11Tarangire-Lake Manyara National Park-Ngorongoro Crater

Enjoy a GAME DRIVE in Tarangire en route to LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK at the base of the Rift Valley escarpment. This small park is ecologically diverse, with groundwater forests, grassy plains, and alkaline Lake Manyara itself. Here you will enjoy a GAME DRIVE and the chance to see elephant, giraffe, zebra, and Cape buffalo. The park is also home to world’s largest concentration of baboons. Continue on to the rim of NGORONGORO CRATER, which is part of the larger Ngorongoro Conservation area. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania Ngorongoro Conservation Area The Ngorongoro Conservation Area provides protection for wildlife Manyara National Park 
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DAY 12Ngorongoro

Descend into the crater for a full-day GAME DRIVE, including a picnic lunch. Ngorongoro Crater is technically a caldera—the world’s largest unflooded one, in fact, at over 2,000 feet deep with a floor covering over 102 square miles. Game viewing here is fantastic, as most of the animals stay in this area year round. You can see lion, Cape buffalo, hippo, elephant, and flamingo. This is also your best chance to see the rare black rhinoceros. Views from the rim are stunning, especially at sunrise and sunset! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 13Ngorongoro-Serengeti National Park

Today, drive to SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, Tanzania’s largest and most famous park. Home to the annual wildebeest migration, it attracts visitors from around the world and is great for game viewing year round. Enjoy lunch at your lodge before an afternoon GAME DRIVE. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Africa 
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DAY 14Serengeti

Today, enjoy MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES. The Serengeti is home to all of the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, elephant, and rhino. The park is also home to myriad other animals, including cheetah, giraffe, gazelle, and eland. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 15Serengeti-Arusha-Homebound Flight

This morning, take one last GAME DRIVE en route to the airstrip for your flight back to Arusha, where your tour ends with lunch. We have secured a day room for you at the Mount Meru Hotel, before a transfer to the airport for your late-evening flight. Book homebound flights after 5 pm. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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