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Africa at its Best: Maasai Mara to Nairobi!

July 29 – August 9, 2017

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Cost: $3,495 (includes round-trip airfare)
see “All-Inclusive” package details below

Application Deadline: June 30, 2017  To request a spot on this trip, all travelers must complete a Trip Application. All applications will be reviewed and you will be notified of results within 72 hours.

This trip is an “All-Inclusive” package experience

What does the “All-Inclusive” package mean? The All-Inclusive package provides a start-to-finish bundle that is completely managed by Wanderlust:Wanderlearn and its guides. These packages cover all costs necessary for the trip, including flights to and from the country, accommodations, all transportation, and all activities planned in the trip. Plus you’ll have access to W:W exclusive online travel classes – over 8 hours of invaluable travel tips and tricks! And, you’ll even get a W:W trip t-shirt!

The traveler will be responsible for discretionary items such as souvenirs or alcohol. Gratuities are not included and recommended as per standard tourism norms.

“All Inclusive” package highlights:

  • 24/7 on-site WanderLead with local knowledge for the duration of the trip. Your WanderLead for this experience will be Cincnnati-born, Kenyan-resident Jamey Ponte (Director of Child Wellness Fund, Kenyans United Against Poaching, Jane Goodall Institute Kenya)
  • Small group trip! Allows you to enjoy the destination up close and personal!
  • Fully inclusive! This trip includes flights, transportation, accommodation, all meals, guides, parks and reservation fees! And all you’ll have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy!
  • Full series of online WanderPreps classes to help you prepare!
  • Trip T-shirt!

Jump to a section to learn more about this trip: Summary | Itinerary | Accommodations | Food | Flights

SUMMARY

“Wanderlust” is excited to announce that we have teamed up with explorer, change maker & traveler, Jamey Ponte (of Child Wellness Fund) to bring you our most epic trip – a safari to Kenya!

This tour will be about you being immersed in the local culture. The trip will be led by Jamey Ponte. On this trip, you will experience wildlife, landscapes and of course the people of Kenya. You will fly into Nairobi the capitol of Kenya, visit the Kibera Slum settlement, the central business district, small villages, rural towns and centers, tour the Maasai Mara and more. This truly can be a life changing experience and a trip of a lifetime.

This trip is going to be a small group limited to 6 spots only. This will help make the travel experience even more special and customized to your interests.

Experience the W:W Difference!!!
W:W trips are different than what you will find anywhere else. Our trips emphasize travel education and cultural education as well as immersion in the local destination. W:W travelers are mentally active and are curious about the world around them. By learning how to travel and interact with locals, you will break down the cultural barriers and learn how to appreciate and absorb the world around you. Come and live the W:W EXPERIENCE!

Limited Group Size
All Wanderlust:Wanderlearn trips are small groups only (think 6-15 travelers). We do this so that you can have an up-close-and-personal, hands-on travel experience. The small group size also allows for truer cultural immersion and one-on-one learning opportunities with your WanderLearn Lead.  This all makes a better experience for YOU and for the group as a whole.

Wander:Preps
A Wanderlust:Wanderlearn specialty, Wander:Preps are included in every trip! A series of pre-trip classes, Wander:Preps are customized to your specific upcoming trip. You’ll learn smart traveler tips and more about your destination, all while getting to know your fellow trip travelers. Learn how to get your visas, passports, money tips, packing tips, cell phone tips, culture tips, history tips, basic language tips….you name it! Wander:Preps are for everyone – newbies and experienced travelers alike will walk away with plenty of new insights and savvy traveler tools.

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Flight to Nairobi Saturday July 29, 2017

Flight to Nairobi. Arrive between 9pm (July 29) and 3am (July 30).

Day 2: Relaxing in Nairobi Sunday July 30, 2017

Upon arrival in Nairobi, you will be picked up from the Nairobi Airport and you will settle into your accommodations. You’ll then spend the day in a relaxing manner exploring the local area with your guide.

Day 3: Central District Nairobi Monday July 31, 2017

With your guide Jamey Ponte, you will explore other areas of Nairobi – an amazing city with a powerful past. Interact with the locals and become fully immersed in the “city” side of Kenyan culture. Visit local street markets and explore the non-touristy side of Nairobi!

Day 4: Rift Valley to Naroktown Tuesday August 1, 2017

After a typical Kenyan breakfast, we’ll pack up and head out by car to Narok. You’ll cross the Rift Valley and explore the cultural differences between the big city of Nairobi and the smaller towns dotted across Kenya.

Day 5: The Maasai Mara – the Serengeti of Kenya! Wednesday August 2, 2017

The Serengeti eco-system of Tanzania encompasses the Southwest corner of Kenya, where it’s called the Maasai Mara. Upon arrival, you’ll settle in to the very comfortable camp in the Mara, one of the most extraordinary places in the world!

Day 6: Trans Mara – near Tanzanian border Thursday August 3, 2017

The best animal viewing in all of Africa can be found in the Maasai Mara. Lions, elephants, buffalo, hyenas, giraffes…. you name it, you’ll see more African wildlife than you imagined possible! Today we will drive to the Trans Mara, which includes crossing the Mara River (the river famous for the Great Migration crossings)!

Day 7: Aitong – Maasai culture and peoples Friday August 4, 2017

In addition to plentiful wildlife viewing, you’ll have the opportunity to spend time and interact with the local tribes, in particular, the Maasai peoples. A beautiful and fascinating people, you’ll get up close to the culture in a way that a regular tourist never could!

Day 8: Lemek – Maasai Mara Saturday August 5, 2017

Explore the beautiful Lemek Conservancy and learn how the Conservancy works to benefit the local peoples and local wildlife.

Day 9: Mara / Bomet / Naroktown Sunday August 6, 2017

The biggest thing that sets this trip apart from other tours is that your guide, Jamey Ponte, lives and works directly with the Maasai people and local tribes in Kenya. Because of his ties to the area Read more...

you may get invited to a Maasai wedding or invited into a village for dinner. We leave time and space on days like this for these opportunities to present themselves. Trust us, you’ll have a unique, unrepeatable experience!

Day 10: Return to Nairobi Monday August 7, 2017

Today we will complete the return drive to Nairobi. Once back in Kenya’s capital city, you have the opportunity to explore the Kibera Slums – one of the world’s largest slum settlements. With your guide, you’ll spend time in the area and immerse yourself in the local life, all in a safe manner!

Day 11: Kibera Slum Settlement Tuesday August 8, 2017

On your last day in Kenya, the group will have the freedom to visit areas that you may personally be interested in, or that you didn’t have the chance to fully explore during your first days in Nairobi.

Day 12: Depart Kenya – Return home Wednesday August 9, 2017

Return flight, departing Nairobi.


 

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ADDITIONAL DETAILS!

 

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Please note that a general level of fitness is required for this trip. We will be doing long walks / short hikes and traveling over rough and difficult terrain. If you have physical limitations, please contact us to discuss the trip further.

FOOD

Meals and filtered drinking water are provided. You may purchase alcohol or additional items like candy/snacks on your own.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations will be basic. Safety and cleanliness are ensured. All accommodations will be shared.

FLIGHTS

Round-trip flights from the Greater Cincinnati area to Nairobi (max of $1,400 per person) are included in this package.

WANDER:PREPS

Travelers who engage their minds and are “active travelers” gain the most from their experiences.

Included in this trip package are the “Wander:Preps” – a series of customized classes to prepare you for your upcoming trip. In these prep sessions, you’ll get to know your fellow travelers and enjoy the cohesive benefits of a group of independent travelers traveling together.

For this Kenya trip, we’ll cover topics such as money-tips, packing-tips, language lessons, immunizations, how to be a safe traveler, and more. Wander:Preps are for everyone – newbies and experienced travelers alike will walk away with plenty of new tools.

* Wander:Preps are an integral part of this travel experience. Please understand how important they are for yourself and the other trip members. If you miss more than two hours of Wander:Preps, you may be removed from the trip.

TIPS

Gratuities are not included and recommended as per standard tourism norms.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance (trip insurance and health insurance) is the sole responsibility of the traveler. Appropriate travel insurance is strongly recommended.

VISA / PASSPORT

All passport and visa requirements, legal requirements, any other necessary travel documentation, etc.,  are the sole responsibility of the traveler.

For more information about entry into Kenya: US Department of State – Kenya