Africa

Africa Travel Options Mix the Classic with the New

written by | Posted on August 1st, 2011

After Kenya, visitors head to Tanzania for a stop at the Ngorongoro Crater, home to hippos, gazelle, lions, hyena and others. If clients are lucky, they might spot the rare black rhinoceros. After two nights here, they’ll head to Serengeti National Park for even more wildlife viewing—giraffe, elephant, lion and buffalo are some to expect. They might want to participate in the Serengeti Cheetah Project: photographing cheetah so researchers may keep track of them. The 15-day Wings Over the Migration starts at $12,965 pp dbl.

The Photographic Safari from The Safari Collection allows clients to spend 10 nights in four gorgeous lodges and camps throughout Kenya and receive a photographic course so they can make the most of their encounters with surrounding wildlife. They’ll stay three nights at Leleshwa Camp in the Siana Conservancy, which has its own photography center, and go hiking with the help of a guide and tracker as they hone their photo skills. At Solio Lodge in Laikipia, they’ll have the best chance of spotting black and white rhinoceros, and while in Sala’s Camp, in the Maasai Mara, they might spot each of the Big Five and see the annual migration of the wildebeest if they visit between July and September. And during their three nights at Samburu’s Sasaab Lodge, they’ll be able to spot the Samburu “Special Five”: Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Beisa or East African oryx, gerenuk and Somali ostrich. The cost of this package starts at $6,489 pp dbl, including meals, internal flights and game drives.

Another option from The Safari Collection is the 7-night A Week of Wild Adventure. Travelers spend the first six nights at Sasaab and Solio Lodge and Leleshwa Camp. On the seventh day, they arrive at Giraffe Manor, where wild Rothschild giraffes stop by at any time to say hello, peek through windows and hang out. Clients also have the option to visit the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and visit with orphaned rhinos and elephants. This itinerary starts at $4,250 pp dbl.