Experience the Solar Eclipse in Kenya
This 11-day barefoot luxury safari starts at $15,600 per person, offering the best of African wildlife and rare solar eclipse viewing
New York, NY, June 20, 2013 â€“ A solar eclipse is always a rare and unique
event, but imagine seeing one from Northern Kenya. *Extraordinary Journeysâ€™* new 11-day Solar Eclipse Safari taking place October 26th – November 5th, offers travelers the chance to explore Kenya’s remote Northern Frontier and take in the magnificent solar eclipse from Sibiloi National Park on November 3rd, 2013. This ultimate barefoot luxury adventure also includes traditional game viewing in the Maasai Mara and Laikipia plateau, before heading north to view the eclipse at a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site.
*Pricing begins at $15,600 per person*, based on double occupancy, and
includes internal flights, luxury accommodations, most meals, wildlife
viewing by 4×4 open roof vehicle with guide, all game park entry fees and
– *One-on-one encounters with giraffes at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi;*
– *Hot air balloon ride over the Maasai Mara followed by a champagne
– *Bi-plane flight over Lewa Conservancy followed by horseback tour;*
– *Private helicopter charter over northern Kenya;*
– *Camelback safari at Desert Rose Lodge;*
– *Visit to the cultural Boma people of Laikipia;*
– *Solar eclipse viewing at Sibiloi National Park, a UNESCO Heritage
The safari begins with a night at the Giraffe Manor where travelers will
enjoy one-on-one experiences with the giraffes as they feed them directly
from their windows. The Manor was initially founded to rescue five highly
endangered Rothschild giraffe babies and a portion of all proceeds are
donated to saving endangered species and educating local children.
On the second day, visitors will head to the Ngare Serian Camp in the
Maasai Mara, home to Alex Walker, a fourth generation Kenyan, bush guide
and maker of wildlife documentaries. One of the settings for the classic
film *Out of Africa*, the Maasai Mara is Kenyaâ€™s most famous reserve, home
to Africaâ€™s famous â€œBig Fiveâ€ game and the sight of one of the most
spectacular animal migrations in the world. Float over the plains in a hot
air balloon for optimal viewing, followed by a luxurious champagne
breakfast in open grassland upon landing. Optional activities include
nature walks in the private reserve, honey gathering with the local Maasai
and learning how to identify lions for Serianâ€™s behavioral animal study.
At the Lewa Conservancy, travelers will spend two nights at Lewa House, set
atop a hill overlooking the rugged landscape of the Laikipia plateau. While
here, enjoy a bi-plane ride over the reserve, traditional game drives, bush
walks with Maasai guides, and visits to the cultural Boma to learn about
the Conservancyâ€™s several community projects. Depart Lewa on the seventh
day via charter helicopter and fly to Northern Kenyaâ€™s Desert Rose Lodge.
Here, partake in safari on camelback and interact with the local Samburu,
El Molo and Turkana tribes.
The highlight of the trip occurs on the ninth day, when travelers head to
the Sibiloi National Park, a UNESCO Heritage Site, to view the long-awaited
solar eclipse. The eclipse will begin during the afternoon of November 3rd and
travelers will spend the night at the Sibiloi National Park, which with its
rich history of fossil discovery, is a fitting location to marvel at the
awe-inspiring phenomena in the sky.
To top it off, the final days will be spent back at Desert Rose Lodge and
Nairobiâ€™s Ole-Sereni Hotel, where guests can relax, reflect, and take it
all in with a one-hour massage before their flight home.
For a detailed itinerary, please visit:
*Pricing starts at 15,600 per person*, based on double occupancy, and
includes luxurious accommodations (Giraffe Manor, Ngare Serian Camp, Lewa
House and Desert Rose Lodge), game fees, tour guides and unique
experiences. International flights not included in pricing. Must Book by Sept.
1, 2013. *
*About Extraordinary Journeys*
Run by an extraordinary mother-daughter team with over 40 years of combined
safari knowledge, Extraordinary Journeys provides innovative and fun
bespoke safaris for honeymooners, families and individual travelers to
Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania,
Uganda, Zambia and Congo. Mixing and matching safaris, camps, lodges, and
villas, with travel by private planes, 4x4s, hot air balloons, elephant,
camel and even horse, Extraordinary Journeys has planned over 1,000 trips
to Africa and not one has been the same. They place their focus on
knowledge, quality-personalized service and social responsibility.