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$3,995
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12-Days – Kenya African Safari December 1-12, 2017
(Very limited participation)

Exclusive Tour Group Gay Men & Women

Departs from Nairobi, Kenya on December 1st and ends in Nairobi, Kenya on December 12, 2017

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Overview

Join Aquafest for our first African Safari as we visit most of the top game reserves in all of Africa. This is one of the most exciting and private programs and your chance to see the Big 5 up close... Our past guests have requested Aquafest put together a safari for a very long time so we have done just that at an affordable rate compared to many other Safari programs offered… You will not want to miss out on this special offer!

Your Safari Tour Will include:

  • Visits to Kenya’s Top Game reserves
  • Top rated hotels, lodges, and camps
  • Almost all meals
  • Plentiful Safari Visits with English speaking guides
  • & Much More...

YOUR VISITS TO NATIONAL PARKS AND RESERVES

The Fairmont Norfolk Hotel

The Norfolk Hotel Fairmont is one of the most characterful hotels in East Africa. Older than the London Ritz, the Norfolk started life on Christmas day, 1904. Apart from being one of the oldest hotels in Kenya and indeed Africa, the Norfolk has gone through various transitions over the decades, from restyling and renovations, to change of ownership. However, the hotel has always impressed generation after generation of visitors with its high standards of service, luxurious style, hospitality and comfort. Many of the bedrooms overlook the hotel's famous courtyards where colorful trees and gardens create a warm and natural ambiance. There's a heated swimming pool adjacent to the Kijabe Gardens has a restaurant and a bar. For the keep-fit enthusiasts and leisure lovers, there's a fully equipped gym, saunas, steam and changing rooms. The entire property is designed in harmony with the natural surroundings to provide an ambiance of total tranquility and refined elegance.

The Ark Lodge

Set in the heart of the Aberdare National Park, The Ark is a unique tree lodge with a veranda that overlooks a floodlit waterhole and saltlick allowing undisturbed views of wildlife visiting the waterhole. Elephant, rhino, leopard, bushbuck and occasionally an elusive bongo and giant forest hog have been sighted. The Ark Tree Lodge is 16km (10 miles) from the Mweiga airfield or one hour's drive from Nyeri airstrip or two hours from Nanyuki. The Ark has gradually increased its carrying capacity as demand dictated, and today can hold 123 guests. The 60 guest rooms are all en-suite. All cabins have private bathrooms with shower, and are comfortably furnished with bedside lamps and carpeted floors to ward off the evening and morning chill. Close to your room are views of the forest or waterhole, revealing game. Cabins are provided with water flasks and glasses, hot water bottles and extra blankets. The bathrooms contain 115/240v shaving socket, shower stall, washbasin and flush toilets. The Ark tree viewing balcony resembling and named after Noah's Ark, The Ark Tree Lodge is designed with 'decks' from which numerous balconies and lounges provide superb vintage points for game viewing. A ground level bunker provides excellent photographic opportunities and takes you closer than you would believe possible to the wildlife.

Sarova Mara Game Camp

Located within the world famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Sarova Mara Game Camp's 75 tents capture the true spirit of the Kenyan wild, in Kenya's richest game reserve. Greatly renown for its annual wildebeest migration, Big Five, Sarova Mara offers a breath taking view of the plains aloft a hot air balloon. Outdoor freeform swimming pool surrounded by comfortable sun-loungers for soaking in the sun rays after an early game drive. Sarova Mara Game Camp keeps alive the tradition of the Maa speaking people in the Isokon Maasai Cultural Village. The village is a true showcase of Maasai Culture. This unique display and interactive education presentation allows you to immerse yourself in one of earth's oldest cultures. A real-life encounter with the legendary Maasai beaders brings the famous Maasai colours to life as you watch beadwork unfold before you. Isokon Maasai cultural talk session where you learn about the ways and life of the 'Maa' people and interact with culturally well-versed real-life Maasai Morans. The talk is given by an authentic Maasai elder. It's an exciting journey into the rich culture and heritage of the legendary 'Maa' people. Learn the art of fire making, the African way!

Sweetwaters Serena Tented Camp

A sheltered oasis, clustered around a waterhole and set in the pristine calm of a private wildlife conservancy, Sweetwaters Tented Camp is in a class of its own. Abounding with wildlife, unfettered by the more rigorous strictures of the Kenyan National Parks and designed to offer a charming blend of under canvas ambiance and uncompromising luxury, it has long been the preferred retreat of wilderness and safari lovers alike. One of only four private game reserves in Kenya, Ol Pejeta Conservancy excels in the provision of privileged seclusion and private game viewing. Thanks to its private status it also allows such unforgettable pleasures as the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary (the only place in Kenya to see these highly endangered animals), visits to Morani, a tame black rhino, night game drives, guided bush walks and camel-trekking across game-teaming plains.

Accommodation is provided in 39 luxuriously appointed tents. Each tent has a thatched roof, an en-suite bathroom and its own veranda with views over the waterhole. Full room service is provided.

National Parks & Reserves
Maasai Mara!!

Mara is a Maasai word for “spotted”. From the air, the visual effect of the Mara thickets looks like spots hence the name of Masai Mara Game Reserve. The Maasai Mara is one of its kind as this is the home of all the big five – rightly named big five – not because of their size but because of each of these animals were highly poached. Some for their horns believed to be aphrodisiac whilst others for their skin. Whatever the reason, the Maasai Mara has continued to be a safe haven for these animals. The Masai Mara boasts more than 450 species of birds which includes raptors. This park is home to astonishing number of animals, umbrella shaped trees, the beautiful sunsets (always at the same time every day of the year), the winding Mara River and the rugged Ololoolo Escarpment.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Sweetwater’s Game Reserve, also known as Ol Pejeta Ranch is located in an expansive 24,000 acres of a privately owned ranch, famous for its non-indigenous chimpanzees.

The Jane Goodall Institute established a Chimpanzee Sanctuary at the site. The sanctuary does not encourage breeding but it recognizes the importance of raising baby chimpanzees to adulthood.

A walk around the Chimps Sanctuary will give you an opportunity to spot the orphaned chimps. It’s also the largest Black Rhino Sanctuary in East Africa. Apart from the chimps and the black rhinos, you have a chance to view the amazing variety of wildlife such as the zebras, lions, leopards, Thomson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, Oryx, eland, baboons, elephants and various species of birds.

Samburu Game Reserve

This is Kenya’s semi-arid region characterized by vast, open landscape, dried river beds, red volcanic soil, rock outcropping, river acacia trees and palm trees.

Here you have the opportunity to see the five unique wildlife found only in the northern frontier i.e. Gerenuk, Grevy’s zebras, Oryx, Reticulated Giraffes and the Somali Ostrich in addition to the mammals. Samburu is a name of Masai origin, "Samburr" which means a traditional bag for carrying honey and meat. It lies 325 km (205 miles) from Nairobi in the hot and arid fringes of the vast northern region of Kenya. It’s located in what is known as the Northern Frontier District approximately 40miles north of the equator on the northern side of River Ewaso Nyiro which means "brown water".’

Buffalo Springs is found on the southern side of the river. River Ewaso Nyiro has no outlet hence disappears into the vast Lorian Swamp downstream of Samburu. The reserve is within the land of the Samburu pastoralists who are related to the Maasai people in the south.

Aberdare National Park

Located in the Central province of Kenya, Aberdare is a volcanic mountain range with dense forests, deep ravines, clear streams, waterfalls, alpine plants and misty moorlands.

The range forms the eastern wall of the Rift Valley stretching for about 100km. Ol Donyo Lesatima (3,999m) and Kinangop (3,906m) are the two main peaks, and between them is the long saddle of alpine moorland at over 3,000m.The park covers an area of 766km2 and is an important water catchment’s area, which also provides water to the several rivers and drainage basins. Besides the peaks, some of the major attractions here include; The Tree Lodges (Queen Elizabeth learned of her accession to the throne at Tree-tops).

The park hosts a large population of black rhino and features most endangered species comprising: the rare bongo, giant forest hog and wild dogs. Others include: Leopard, Serval cats, endemic bird species and reptiles.

Carnivore Experience!!!

Considered “Africa’s Greatest Eating Experience”, the Carnivore Restaurant is legendary for its massive assortment of delicious meats which are roasted over a spectacular charcoal fire and carved at your table. With its exciting atmosphere and outstanding service, your ‘beast of a feast’ will be one to remember.

Situated only 6 kilometers from the city Centre, The Carnivore opened its doors in September 1980 to instant success. The food, service and atmosphere are strikingly different from anything ever seen in Kenya. The atmosphere of The Carnivore combines the rustic feel of a rural environment with the feeling of a medieval banqueting hall. This was accomplished by the use of streams and tropical gardens throughout the restaurant, and by using rough-hewn beams and local woods. Another famous feature to set the tone of the Carnivore experience is the house cocktail The 'Dawa' (which means medicine or magic potion in Swahili).

AQUAFEST DETAILED KENYA SAFARI ITINERARY

Depart your Home City Thursday, November 30, 2017

DayLocation / Activities
Day 1
Friday, December 1, 2017

Arrival Nairobi/Transfer/
Upon arrival after clearance from immigration and customs you will be met by our safari director for meet and greet.

Board your Safari vehicle and transfer to your hotel for check-In and refreshments. Early check in subject to room availability

Lunch/Dinner will be on own arrangement from the hotel menus

Optional afternoon visit to the Giraffe Sanctuary (at an extra cost)

Return to hotel for overnight

Overnight: Fairmont Norfolk Hotel
Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast

Fairmont Norfolk Hotel

Day 2
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Arrival Nairobi/Amboseli National Park

Wake up call and enjoy breakfast.

Check out with game drive Enroute to Aberdare National park

Arrive in Nairobi for early lunch at Safari Park hotel Enroute.

Continue with your journey arriving in Aberdare early afternoon.
Transfer to the ark tree lodge for check in

Game viewing from the deck /balconies as game animals come to drink from the water hole.

Enjoy dinner and overnight.

Overnight: The Ark Tree Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Ark Tree Lodge

Day 3
Sunday, December 3, 2017

Aberdare N. Park/Mountain Lodge

Wake up call and enjoy breakfast.

Check out from your lodge and depart to Mountain lodge.

Upon arrival welcome towels will be provided as you check in

Lunch will be served and the afternoon will be spend at leisure

Enjoy game viewing at the comfort of your balconies in the open air viewing decks as game animals come to the waterhole.


Overnight: Serena Mountain Lodge
Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast

Serena Mountain Lodge

Day 4
Monday, December 4, 2017

Mountain Lodge/Samburu N. Reserve

Wake up call and enjoy breakfast.

Check out from your lodge and embark on your journey north of Kenya past the equator

Arrive in your lodge for a sumptuous lunch.

Spend the early afternoon at leisure/relaxing.

Embark on your first afternoon game drive in Samburu National Reserve which is famous for the Samburu special five, birds and other game animals.

Return for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Samburu Sopa Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Samburu Sopa Lodge

Day 5
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Samburu National Reserve

Enjoy full day game drive giving you a chance to see rare species of game which include Grevy's zebra, long naked gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, Beisa Oryx, among other wild not forgetting many bird species.

All meals served and overnight at your lodge.

Optional visit to the Samburu Community (At an Extra Cost)Arrive in your lodge for a sumptuous lunch.

Overnight: Samburu Sopa Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Samburu Sopa Lodge

Day 6
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Samburu National Reserve/Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Wake up call enjoy breakfast

Check out with game drive Enroute and depart to Ol Pejeta Sanctuary arriving in good time for your mid-morning game drive.

Ol Pejeta Sanctuary: Ol Pejeta Ranch is located in an expansive 24,000 acres of a privately owned ranch, famous for its non-indigenous chimpanzees. The sanctuary does not encourage breeding but it recognizes the importance of raising baby chimpanzees to adulthood. It’s also the largest Black Rhino Sanctuary in East Africa and home to the only remaining northern white Rhino

Enjoy lunch at your camp.

Depart for your afternoon game drive in the sanctuary then return for dinner

Overnight: Sweet Waters Serena Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Sweet Waters Serena Camp

Day 7
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Ol Pejeta Conservancy/Naivasha

Wake up call enjoy breakfast

After refreshing, check out and depart for Naivasha arriving in good time.

Check in and enjoy lunch

Optional boat ride with visit to Cresent Island (at no cost)

Departs to Hells Gate National Park and enjoy an afternoon swim at Ol Karia Natural Spa which is inside the park.

Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight

Overnight: Lake Naivasha Sopa
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge

Day 8
Friday, December 8, 2017

Naiwasha/Masai Mara

Wake up call.

Enjoy breakfast.

Check out and depart to Masai Mara past the Great Rift Valley and Narok town arriving in good time for check in.

Enjoy a sumptuous lunch and spend the early afternoon relaxing.

Proceed for your late afternoon game drive in the reserve described as the 7th wonder of the world due to Annual Migration of the wildebeest.

Enjoy late evening sundowner cocktail served with cold canapés in the wild.

Return for dinner and overnight

Overnight: Mara Sarova Game Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Mara Sarova Game Camp

Day 9 & 10
Saturday, December 9-10, 2017

Masai Mara Full Day

Embark on your morning game drive.

Return to your lodge for breakfast.

Optional visit to a Masai village with Masai attire and Regalia (At an Extra Cost)

Embark on your eveining game drive

Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight

Overnight: Mara Sarova Game Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Mara Sarova Game Camp

Day 11
Monday, December 11, 2017

Masai Mara/Naivasha

Wake up call.

Enjoy morning game drive.

Return for a hearty breakfast, refresh then check out.

Drive back to Nairobi to arrive in good time for lunch and check in

Optional afternoon boat ride (At an Extra Cost)

Spend afternoon at leisure

Dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Naivasha Sopa Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge

Day 12
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Naivasha/Nairobi

Wake up call.

Enjoy breakfast.

Check out and drive to Nairobi

Transfer to Carnivore Restaurant for your farewell lunch.

Optional day rooms subject to availability (At an extra cost)

Transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to connect to your outbound flights

Aquafest Tour Program ends --- You may add a needed night in Nairobi if required based on flight arrangements for $95 per person additional to the tour cost.

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AQUAFEST TOUR COST

  • $3995 per person based on two to a room
  • $4995 per person single occupancy (very limited space)

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BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • $1000 per person deposit is required at the time of booking payable by check only.
  • A second deposit of $1000 per person payable by check only is due on June 1, 2017.
  • Final payment is due on August 31, 2017 and can be made by credit card.

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CANCELLATION POLICY

Reservations that are cancelled, reduced in length of stay or reduced in numbers (hereinafter collectively called a CANCELLATION) are subject to Cancellation fees.

  • $500per person non- refundable after deposit
  • $1,000per person non- refundable after June 1, 2017
  • 90-60 days prior to departure 50%
  • 60 days or less 100%

Single Rooms:
Accommodation in singles rooms will be charged up to a maximum of 3 rooms at the single room rate subject to availability. Additional rooms will be charged at double room rate.

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REQUIRED TRAVEL INSURANCE

All booked guests must purchase travel insurance. The cost is based on your age at the time of travel as well as needs to include all aspects of your trip including airfare and the African Safari. Proof of purchased insurance certificate must be sent to your Aquafest agent by time of your final payment or you will be denied participation. You must cover your complete days of travel from the time you depart your home to your return. If you have any pre-existing condition, you will have 15-days from the initial deposit to purchase insurance for this need.

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GETTING TO AFRICA

There are incredible deals in and out of Nairobi on plentiful carriers. We suggest you use:

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OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS  

Excursion Rate Per Person
(min 02 Pax)
Afternoon visit to Giraffe Sanctuary $60.00
Optional visit to Samburu Community (Group Rate) $75.00
Optional sundowner cocktail served with cold canapes $100.00
Bush breakfast + Walk $100.00
Balloon Safari with Bush Breakfast (No Minimum of Pax) $500.00
Optional visit to a Masai Community (Group Rate) $75.00
Visit to a Masai village with Masai attire and regalia $150.00

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Rate Above Includes  

  • Meet and greet at the airport.
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • All Park fees in National park and reserves.
  • All accommodations and meals as listed in the program itinerary
  • Farewell lunch at Carnivore Restaurant Hotel on the last day.
  • Transportation using 4 X 4 Land Cruisers with English speaking driver guides.
  • Complimentary 1/2 liter mineral water per person per day during the safari
  • Flying Doctor Coverage: All clients who are booking a safari in Kenya are covered by AMREF Flying Doctor Service, Kenya. This coverage is subject to getting the clients’ Travel Insurance Details (Name of insurer and insurance policy number) prior to traveling.

Rate Above Excludes

  • Any International Air fare
  • Required Kenya Visa (details will be sent approximately 90-days prior to travel)
  • Required Travel Insurance-see details above
  • All drinks & any meals unless stated in above.
  • All tips and porterage.
  • Value added services and other additional activities-see list and pricing above
  • Expenses of personal nature e.g. personal insurance, mini-bar, telephone and laundry.

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Passenger Information

Baggage allowance for domestic flights is 15kgs per person including hand luggage. Soft-sided luggage or duffels are preferable to hard luggage for storage on safari vehicles within East Africa. Large suitcases of dimensions greater than 24"x 17"x 7" are impossible to store in vehicles and on aircraft and should not be used. (Baggage and personal effects are at owner's risk throughout the tour and baggage insurance for members is strongly advised).

Tipping Guidelines

  • Porters: A tip of US $2.00 per person is appropriate for two pieces of baggage at airports, hotels, lodges and camps. If you are travelling with more than two pieces of baggage, an additional tip of US $1.00 per bag is recommended.
     
  • Driver-Guide: One driver-guide accompanies each land vehicle on safari. It is customary to tip your driver-guide on the last day you are with him or her. Approximately US $5 - US $7 per day is considered a good tip for a driver-guide (based on 4 – 6 travelers in a vehicle).
     
  • Safari Escort: In addition to a driver-guide, some groups are accompanied by a professional safari escort. It is customary to tip your safari escort on the last day you are with him or her, and the recommended tip is US $8 to US $10 per day.

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800.592.3887

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Disclaimer: All advertised events are exclusive to guests who book through Aquafest only. Aquafest Events are private group departures. All rates are land only and per person, based on double occupancy subject to availability at time of booking. Non-discountable fees and taxes, airfare, air taxes and transfers are additional. A $30 processing fee is addition and subject to change without notice. Events based on a minimum of 20 group passengers. Pricing and other information may change without notice. We reserve the right to correct errors. Information and pricing are subject to change without notice. All cancellations are subject to a $50 per booking cancellation fee from Aquafest in addition to any Aquafest or vendor cancellation penalties. Trip Cancellation Insurance is required for all reservations. More information will be provided to you at the time of booking confirmation. Please contact us for a more detailed description of restrictions, cancellations, and penalties.

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