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Explorer Program

The "Best of East Africa" (open to anyone)

Our very popular Explorer Program takes place every year in February. It is the trip of a lifetime, and our 27 years of safari experience ensure that you return home with the very best experience, memories and photos.

Hey everyone. We are gradually returning to the world of travel. With cautious optimism and some common sense we are offering an opportunity for exciting safari travel in Africa.

We think that 2021 is a great time for a trip to Kenya and the perfect opportunity to see and photograph the amazing wildlife and breath-taking landscapes of this part of East Africa. Leave the stress of the past year behind as you watch the big cats [lions, cheetahs, leopards], elephants, buffalo, hippos, crocodiles and so much more. Meet the friendly people of Kenya and share stories. Why not watch the sun go down over the great Maasai Mara? Listen for the sounds of Africa as you rest in your secure luxury tented camp or enjoy the pleasure of fine dining in an unbelievable setting.

We are making special arrangements for trips in 2021 in view of the pandemic. How do we deal with the uncertainties that everyone might feel? Part of the answer is flexibility. First of all, we are delaying the requirement for any deposits or payments for either of our programs. So our cautious approach requires simply an indication of interest on your part. An email to Brian at bandh01@telus.net will do. The program in February will be the same as the one in March. Then, one month before the trip, we would need a deposit of $500.US. - a booking fee to take the next step in our arrangement. Once again you are not committed at this point and this deposit would be refundable up to two weeks before the trip.

We do suggest that you watch well before the possible trip for good flights to Nairobi and when you see a great deal, make your reservation with complete cancellation insurance. Prices for return flights Vancouver to Nairobi have been as low as $1050. Cdn. Brian can advise you on flights.

Once we have your deposit we will quickly send out an invoice. Payments for the program will only be required two weeks before the program starts. At that point you have made a commitment and we can finalize our plans.

What about these plans in a COVID world? The Camps and Parks/Reserves in Kenya have all established appropriate safety precautions for visits. All accommodation and meals will be strictly limited to facilities with enhanced hygiene and safety protocols. We will follow the best procedures for any site visit in order to minimize any risk of infection. And we will continue to update our activities and safety measures.
Travel and game drives will be in safe comfortable Land Cruisers which are regularly cleaned, and passengers in each cruiser will be limited in number.

From the time of receiving your notice of interest right up to your trip, we will keep you updated on current COVID virus infections in Kenya and our itinerary and plans. We want you to feel safe and be safe.
So, we think that our arrangements mean that you have nothing to lose. Kenya is waiting. Why not send me an email and say that you are interested?

Exciting Safari packages for 2021

Up to 23 days or more in Kenya including 18 days of East African experience and special lodge and luxury tented camp safaris and optional 5-day coastal resort stay. 
Price per person TBA


Trip details

Suggested Itinerary – 10 day safari travel or more in February and in March

 

Sunday, Feb. 7 Nairobi arrival. Meet and transfer to Hotel
February 8 Travel to Njoro -cottage stay in Kembu Camp. Womens Craft Center
February 9 Game drive in Nakuru Park - rhinos. Over-night at Great Rift Valley Lodge
February 10 After breakfast travel to Masai Mara [3 nights in luxury tented camp]
Game drives -lion, leopard, cheetah, cultural activities, meet the Maasai.
February 13 Travel to Naivasha – Great Rift Valley Lodge.
February 14 Continue lodge stay – visit Heidi Lange, walking safari on Crescent Island
February
15
Travel to Samburu via Nyahuruhu [3 nights in luxury tented camp]
Game drives – elephants galore! dryland species, cultural activities.
February 18 Return to Nairobi – Hotel [stay 2 nights]
February
19
Visit Masai Market, local people
February
20
Day trip to Karen- Elephant orphanage, giraffe center, Lunch at Talisman restaurant , Kazuri bead factory, bronze gallery, Airport departure OR-
February 21 Add a coast visit: 5-day trip to the coast to all-inclusive Turtlebay Resort on the beach of the Indian Ocean at Watamu. Sun, sand and warm sea. Dive center, pools, beach walks, entertainment, great food, friendly staff.
Pool in Kenya

Samburan warriors in celebration dance

people on safari

Happy faces on a 2018 game drive

Entrance of Pinewoods resort

Entrance to Pinewoods for fun in the sun

The above program is also available in March 2021, probably beginning March 15. Please note that sites and businesses named in the itinerary may need to be replaced by other similar ones if they become economic victims of the pandemic.

 

Some comments on the coast options

Before or after your safari

Another option would be to add a coast trip before your safari. Come to Nairobi before the safari, leave your luggage and then fly with us to the north coast at Watamu to relax for 5 days as you get over jet lag. The kids will love it. Then start your safari experience as above. Or as noted above, stay for a great coastal experience after your safari.

North Coast – Watamu area

An amazing beach location on the shores of the Marine National Park. A paradise for swimming, snorkeling and diving.

Enjoy your stay at the award-winning, all-inclusive Turtle Bay Resort in Watamu.  Rest in the sun, swim in the pools and warm ocean or take advantage of the many other opportunities and activities at the resort. Water aerobics anyone? Beach walks, games, camel rides, beach volleyball and more. Snorkel or SCUBA dive in the marine park. Evening entertainment and dancing. Return to Nairobi to begin your safari trip as described above.

After your safari and north coat visit there is one more option

You can choose to enjoy the ocean breeze on a sandy beach. Consider a 5-day stay on the south coast after your north coast visit- a popular option!

South Coast – Diani Beach area

Fly from Nairobi to Mombasa and let us take you to the south coast with sandy shores, warm water, SCUBA diving and more.

Pinewoods Beach Resort and Spa is our choice for the south coast destination. It is a multi-award-winning resort, winner of Travelers Choice award with quiet natural beauty and an artistically inspired design. Enjoy the gym and spa, lounges, and pool as well as various activities including tennis, squash, darts, ping pong, kite and wind surfing and more. Set on a magnificent sand beach, the resort is organized around a giant baobab tree and is visited by numerous Sykes and Colobus monkeys.

Then return to Nairobi for departure home.

Participants must make their own arrangements for air travel to Nairobi. Email Brian for advice on flights and connections.

Cost for 2021 program: prices to be announced later

Included in your safari price:

  • Airport pick up in Nairobi.
  • All food and accommodation including water, tea, coffee.
  • All land transportation in East Africa including Nairobi airport transfers.
  • Game viewing with wildlife guides.
  • National Park/Reserve/ Conservancy entry fees.
  • Cultural activities.
  • Security.
  • Kenyan staff salaries.
  • Local site entry fees.

Not included in the price:

  • Travel medical insurance.
  • Kenyan visa.
  • Immunizations and anti-malarial drugs.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks
  • Return flights from Nairobi to the coast
  • Lunch at Pinewood Resort
  • Transportation while at the coast

Note: In order to book your trip, your deposit of $500. US must be received. An invoice for your trip minus the deposit will be mailed to you after booking. 

All payments can be paid by personal cheque, bank draft, money order or Bank transfer and should be made payable as follows:

Safari Adventures Ltd.

Mail to:
Brian Hartwick
132-4651 23rd St.,
Vernon, BC,
V1T 4K7

Please email Brian Hartwick at bandh01@telus.net for further information. We look forward to helping you organize your trip of a lifetime.

Note that all of our safaris or customized trips are available at other times as well.

Photo Gallery

orphaned elephant feeding from a bottle Hippopotamus
Orphaned elephant gets some special care
African wildlife is unmatched anywhere else
Rare to see but thrilling - a leopard standing on a large brankc of a tree.
Two giraffes on the savannah
Leopard observed by 2018 group
Giraffes in the dry savanna of Samburu
Samburu Elephant
Hippo and baby
Explorer presents a ball to the Maasai school headmaster and teacher
Hippo with baby, Mara River
Lion Pride
Masai girls
Lions, Maasai Mara
Samburan Girls
In the water!
Flamingos in Rift Valley
Happiness is learning to dive
Carrying gear to the dive boat
Happy divers
Maasai ready for your Sundowner
Spotting buffalo and hippos from your boat,
on safari in western Uganda