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MIGRATION & ENDEMICS

KENYA

LOCATION

Kenya offers many rewards for the first-time, as well as the seasoned, safari traveller; magnificent wildlife, excellent accommodations and a warm and friendly population. An infinite landscape of varying climates, Kenya is punctuated by two distinct rainy seasons from April to May and November to December. It is in this intoxicating region that the notion of the Swahili word "safari", meaning "to journey", was born. 

SAMBURU NATIONAL PARK 

Dry, rugged and stunning, Samburu’s landscape is at once stark and sensual, with its iconic loaf shaped Lolokowe Mountain and hills spreading in every direction. Its life lung is the Usao Nyiro River coursing through its craggy terrain full of stone, thorn bush and the forked doum palms. In this arid zone where water is scarce and the land baked by the eternal sun, herds of elephants and the big cats roam the plains with the Samburu special - the Reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and the long necked antelope, the Gerenuk. These endemics will be our photographic goal, Samburu also has amazing birds in the area. Elephant viewing can be excellent. This is some of the best Elephant viewing in Africa.

MASAI MARA’S MIGRATION

Each year the Mara plays host to the world’s greatest natural spectacle, the great wildebeest migration from the Serengeti. From July to October, the promise of rain and fresh life giving grass in the north brings more than 1.5 million wildebeest together into a single massive herd. They pour across the border into the Mara, making a spectacular entrance in a surging column of life that stretches from horizon to horizon. At the Mara River they mass together on the banks before finally plunging forward through the raging waters, creating a frenzy as they fight against swift currents and waiting crocodiles. The wildebeest bring new life to the plains, not just through their cycle of regeneration of the grasslands, but for the predators that follow.


ITINERARY

DAY 1 - When you arrive at Nairobi International Airport in Kenya, I will be waiting for you as you come through passport checks. We will be staying at the Serena Hotel.

DAY 2 - Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Wilson Airport & fly to the Samburu N.P. for lunch. Afternoon game drive.

DAY 3 - Early morning game drives and returning to camp for breakfast. After breakfast we will be taking picnic box lunches with us for the rest of the day as we track down the rare species in the area.

DAY 4 - Early morning and afternoon game drives.

DAY 5 - Early morning drive and returning to camp for breakfast. Fly to the Mara for lunch. Afternoon game drive.

DAY 6/7/8/9/10 - Early morning and afternoon game drives.

DAY 11 - Early morning game drives and returning to camp for breakfast, fly to Nairobi to catch your international flight.


ACCOMMODATION

I have been guiding in the Mara since 2002 I use many camps depending on rainfall, seasonal fires and wildlife movement. I mostly use Mara Explorer & Intrepids Camps, they are situated in the heart of the Mara, with excellent predators around the camp. This gives me the chance to get predators in perfect morning light.

Samburu’s Elephant Bedrooms is situated in the National Park. It has the perfect setting, with great guides and brilliant food. Wildlife is on our doorstep.


FACTS

Samburu National Park has some of the best Elephant viewing in Africa, this is because of a very long 'No hunting of Elephant in Kenya' policy, and you can feel the difference.  

One tenth of all land in Kenya is designated as national preserved parkland. With over 40 parks and game reserves, Kenya has long been known as "big-game" country.

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GORILLAS & PRIMATES

 UGANDA

LOCATION 

Uganda is one of the most beautiful countries in Africa rolling green hills and valleys, lakes and rivers, mountains and forests, a wonderful climate and smiling friendly people. The wildlife is sometimes tough to get to but with high rewards. 

Kibale National Park

The most accessible of Uganda's major rain forests, Kibale is home to a remarkable 13 primate species, including the very localised Red Colobus and L'Hoest's monkey. Kibale's major attraction, however, is the opportunity to track habituated chimps - these delightful apes, more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. 

Queen Elizabeth National Park 

Almost 100 mammal species and a remarkable 606 bird species makes this superb safari territory, with Elephant, a profusion of Hippo, Lions and Leopards, the elusive Giant Forest Hog and the handsome Uganda Kob all regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula - which also boasts a marvellous waterfront setting in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains. Elsewhere, the remote Ishasha Sector is famed for its tree climbing Lions, the Kyambura Gorge harbours habituated Chimps, the Maramagambo Forest is home to an alluring selection of forest monkeys and birds, and flocks of flamingo are resident on the crater lakes.
From open savannah to rainforest, from dense papyrus swamps and brooding crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward it is little wonder that QENP boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world. 

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park 

A magnificent verdant swathe across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley, this ancient rainforest - one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last ice age, is home to roughly half of the world's mountain gorillas.There are only 880 Mountain Gorillas. The National park has 90 mammal species, including 11 primates, of which the black and white Colobus, with it’s lovely flowing white tail, is prominent.

The forest birding ranks with the best in Uganda, with 23 highly localised Albertine Rift endemics present. 


ITINERARY

DAY 1 - I will be waiting for you when you land at Entebbe airport. Dinner at my favourite city restaurant. Overnight at a local hotel.

DAY 2 - Early drive through the city and into the country as we head to Kibale N.P. Picnic lunch on route. Kyaninga lodge awaits, your room, a hundred stairs above the mountain, overlooking a lake. I give informal talks on Chimp behaviour, social structure and the does and don’ts.

DAY 3 - Early morning Chimp walk. Traditional Uganda lunch and a walk on boardwalks into a swamp, our best chance to see L’hoest Monkey and Grey Cheeked Mangaby. Dinner in the clouds. Talk on primates and their social behaviour.

DAY 4 - Early Chimp walk, later we drive through to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Lunch and game drive till the Park closes.

DAY 5 - An early start as this morning we will be doing a game drive to the Uganda Kob breeding grounds, we will also be looking for Leopard and Lion. Returning back to camp late. After lunch we will be heading for a private boat cruise on the Kasinga Channel.

DAY 6 - Another early start, and we will be doing a chimp walk looking for the Kyambura Chimps through a steep gorge and then a picnic breakfast. Lunch in camp followed by an afternoon game drive.

DAY 7 - Morning drive through the Ishasha area of Queen Elizabeth National Park looking for the tree climbing Lions that make this area so famous. Arrive in Bwindi for afternoon tea. As we can only spend 1 hour with the Gorillas with an informal talk on Gorillas behaviour and the do's and don’ts.

DAY 8 - Gorilla walk, lunch in the forest. Talk on Gorillas and our interaction.

Day 9 - Bird and forest walk, lunch in camp.

DAY 10 - Gorilla walk, lunch in the forest. Talk on Gorillas and our interaction.

DAY 11 - Breakfast and a morning flight back to Entebbe to catch our international flights. 


ACCOMMODATION

Getting Gorilla permits and Chimp permits is the hard bit. Walks tracking primates can be tough in the mountains, so I work lodges around the permits.
Gorilla Forest Camp is in the National Reserve so you have a chance of a Gorilla in camp.

Clouds is an amazing lodge, their food is all locally grown on the property.
Kyaninga Lodge with amazing food, lodge and service is a great base for Kibale N.P.

I never sacrifice wildlife for a lodge, however I do like my lodge comforts after a hard day in my office. 


FACTS

The name says it all "Bwindi Impenetrable Rain Forest" Yes! Bring your rain coat we have rain in the non-rainy season. 

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CAPE TOWN & KRUGER SAFARI

SOUTH AFRICA

LOCATION

South Africa is very much a first world country, with great beauty and wildlife. It is known for its abundant National Parks, such as the Kruger which offers incredible close up and personal encounters with the big 5. This experience allows for great photography especially in the private areas where you can drive off road, in specially equipped open vehicles.

Johannesburg

Landing in Johannesburg we are a short drive from “Cradle of Humankind”, where we will look at museums and have talks on human evolution taking place in this area. This is where it all began.

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is our biggest park in South Africa with great wildlife and diversity. Night drives in the private areas give you a chance to hunt with the cats at night.

Cape Town

Cape Town is a city with a diverse range of attractions, sights and activities to offer and it has something for everyone. Cape Town is our most scenic city in Africa but I am here for the Great White Sharks and sea life.


ITINERARY

DAY 1- I will be waiting for you at O.T. Airport in Johannesburg. A short drive into the Cradle of Humankind, where we have dinner and spend the night at DeHoek Country Estate.

DAY 2 - After breakfast, we will visit Sterkfontein Caves in the “Cradle” where 40% of all ancient human bones have been unearthed. A  lecture with a scientist and the viewing of Mrs Ples, the 2.4 million year old fossil. On to learning about South African tribes and culture with an all African dinner.

DAY 3 - Fly to Kruger National Park in the morning, lunch in the bush before our first drive looking for the Big 5, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhino.

DAY 4 - Early morning and afternoon and night drives looking wildlife.

DAY 5 - Early morning and afternoon and night drives looking wildlife.

DAY 6 - After an early morning drive and breakfast we catch our flight to Cape Town, dinner in the Cullinan Hotel. Our base camp for the next 6 days.

DAY 7 - Early wake up as we head to Simons Town and out to sea looking for White sharks hunting.

DAY 8 - After breakfast we head to Cape Augulas, the most southern tip of Africa. Lunch and head back  to Cape Town along the coastline looking for whales and dolphins.

DAY 9 - Early wake up as  we head to Simons Town and out to sea looking for White sharks hunting. 

DAY 10 - After breakfast we spend the morning enjoying on top of Table Mountain and it’s spectacular views. Lunch and wine tasting are the afternoons activities in the winelands .

DAY 11 - Morning visit to Robben Island and some time to shop.

DAY 12 - Morning visit to Cape of Good Hope Nature reserve, where we have lunch, and walk.  Enjoy dinner at Atlantic Tintswalo lodge.

DAY 13 - Early wake up as we head to Simons Town and out to sea looking for White sharks hunting.

DAY 14 - We meet a local Khoi guide, who shares his stories on the mountain walk, our last dinner together a traditional South African meat and seafood braai.

DAY 15 - Morning of leisure before heading back Johannesburg for your flights back home.


ACCOMMODATION 

Johannesburg is the financial capital of Africa so many Hotels are excellent. We stay in the Cradle at De Hoek, as this is close to our days adventures.

Kruger sees us stay at Tintswalo Safari, the open areas also give us the chance of Cheetah and Wild dog as well as the big 5.

Cullinan is my favourite Cape Town hotel to work with, easy access to things and breakfast for a perfect start to one of our adventure filled days. And I know some good restaurants close by.

Tintswalo Atlantic is the cherry on top of a perfect safari. A good base to end our trip.


FACTS

The big 5, originates from old hunting terminology as the 5 most dangerous animals to hunt on the darkest and most dangerous  continent of all - Africa. This phrase is now used in the tourism industry as a marketing tool. It is however difficult to deliver the big 5 to guests on a daily basis because the elusive leopards love thick woody and rocky areas, which makes it difficult to work and track in to find them & Rhino are now rare in most of Africa. Elephant, Lion and Buffalo are common on safari.

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GORILLAS

RWANDA

LOCATION

Rwanda is called 'Land of a Thousand Hills'. This beautiful country is experiencing a tourism rebound. The number of tourists is growing year by year because Rwanda has much to offer! A Combination of Bamboo Forests, Tropical Jungles and Savannahs.

KIGALI

Kigali is the capital, a great African city, clean & friendly built in a mountainous area. Because of it’s geographical position it is also the business centre and main point of entry. Kigali boasts a range of hotels catering to all tastes and budgets and an assortment of fine restaurants that reflect a veritety of traditional and international cuisines.

VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

Volcanoes National Park is home to half the World's Mountain Gorilla population. This is where Dian Fossey worked and died. The walk to her grave in the mountains is worth while. 


ITINERARY

DAY 1
Arrive at Kigali Airport where I will be waiting for you. Local restaurant for lunch and briefing. Afternoon drive north to Ruhengeri. Overnight in the Mountains. Informal talk on Gorillas, behaviour, the do's and don’ts.
DAY 2
After an early breakfast, a short drive to the Volcanoes National Park to be allocated a gorilla tracking group. Gorilla walk and lunch in the forest. Talk on Gorillas and our interaction.
DAY 3
After an early breakfast, drive to the Volcanoes National Park to be allocated a gorilla tracking group. Gorilla walk and lunch in the forest. Cultural dancing and music in the afternoon light. Talk on Gorilla’s and our interaction.
DAY 4
After an early breakfast, drive to the Volcanoes National Park to be allocated a gorilla tracking group. Gorilla walk and lunch in the forest. Drive back to Kigali for dinner in a local restaurant. Talk on Gorillas and our interaction. Overnight Serena Hotel
DAY 5
Leisurely breakfast in your hotel, city tour and head to the airport for our flights back home.


ACCOMMODATION

Here are a few good lodges just a short drive from Park head quarters with stunning views. This is where we meet to get allocated to a Gorilla walk. We drive to a point where we get the vehicle, get our porters and start our walk


FACTS

Rwanda’s capital Kigali is the cleanest city in Africa, the city’s residents pick up paper & litter every week. 

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TIGERS & TEMPLES

INDIA

LOCATION

India offers Tigers and unusual wildlife from the African safari. With 5000 years of history, the palaces and forts offer a unique glimpse into our past.

On this journey we get to see Tigers and other unique wildlife India has to offer. Palaces and temples which are famous and we will be visiting the Golden Triangle and select masterpieces along our journey. 

AGRA

Agra is the city of the Taj Mahal, some 200 km from Delhi.
Agra has three UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort. There are also many other buildings and tombs from Agra's days of glory as the capital of the Mughal Empire. 

DELHI

Delhi is India's capital city and the home of executive, legislative, and judiciary branches of the Government of India.
Delhi is said to be one of the oldest existing cities in the world, legend estimates it to be over 5,000 years old. Over the millennia, Delhi is said to have been built and destroyed 11 times. 

JAIPUR

Jaipur belongs to the tourist Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. It hosts several attractions like the City Palace, Govind Dev ji Temple, Vidhan Sabha, Birla Temple, several massive Rajput forts. It also serves as a stepping stone for travelers heading to the desert cities of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. 

BANDHAVGARH

This park has a large biodiversity. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is one of the highest known in India. The park has a large breeding population of leopards, and various species of deer. 

RANTHAMBORE 

Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary is known for its tigers and is one of the best places in India to see these animals in their natural jungle habitat. Tigers can be easily spotted even in the daytime. The best times for tiger sightings at Ranthambore National Park are in November and May. 


ITINERARY

DAY 1 - I will meet and greet at New Delhi’s International Airport and we transfer from Delhi Airport to Oberoi Hotel for the night.

DAY 2 - After a scrumptious breakfast, we go sightseeing in the old and new city, you will be taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Chandni Chowk, take a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk which was once the grandest of markets in India. Later visit Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb. Return to Oberoi for dinner.

DAY 3 - This morning we take an early flight to Jabalpur, on arrival we have a 4 hour drive to Bandhavgarh National Park. This afternoon will be our first game drive looking for tigers, we will overnight at Taj Safari Lodge (& beyond).

DAY 4 - Full day drive into the park, with picnic breakfast and lunch. Return to camp for dinner.

DAY 5 - Elephant back safari looking for Tigers.

DAY 6 - Early morning and evening game drive at Bandhavgarh National Park, return to camp for lunch.

DAY 7 - After breakfast we have a 5 hour drive to Khajuraho Temples, catch a train to Agra. Overnight at Oberoi Amarvilas Hotel

DAY 8 - This morning we visit the Taj Mahal by sunrise. After lunch we will visit the red sandstone Agra Fort and back to Taj for sunset. Dinner at the Hotel.

DAY 9 - After breakfast we drive to Bharatpur railway station. Here we catch our train to Sawai Madhopur, then a transfer to Ranthambhore. Overnight at Oberoi Vanyavilas Hotel

DAY 10 - Morning and afternoon game drives.

DAY 11 - Morning and afternoon game drives.

DAY 12 - This morning we have a road transfer for approximately 4 hours to Jaipur. In the afternoon we visit the Amber Fort. Overnight at the hotel ‘Oberoi Rajvilas’.

DAY 13 - Morning is at leisure, later you will be chauffeured to Jaipur airport for your flight Delhi. (9W 2262 12/00/1300 Hrs).
On arrival in Delhi you will be met and transferred to the Trident Hotel.

We have day use rooms till our departure. 


ACCOMMODATION

The Oberoi, New Delhi reflects the city’s spirit in a harmonious blend of tradition and contemporary sophistication. Exquisite interiors, impeccable service and fine cuisine combine to make this the Capital’s most graceful and elegant hotel. 

The Oberoi Rajvilas is set in 32 acres of landscaped gardens with pavilions and reflection pools that create the romance and grandeur of Rajasthan. 

The Oberoi Vanyavilas is India’s leading luxury jungle resort on the edge of the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve.The perfect base from which to explore the territory of the majestic tiger. 


FACTS

The earliest authenticated human remains in South Asia, dated to about 30,000 years ago. Nearly contemporaneous Mesolithic rock art sites have been found in many parts of the Indian subcontinent, including the Bhimbetka rock shelters in Madhya Pradesh.

Around 7000 BCE, the first known Neolithic settlements appeared on the subcontinent in Mehrgarh and other sites in western Pakistan. These gradually developed into the Indus Valley Civilisation the first urban culture in South Asia.