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IVY TRAVEL:
Kenya
October 18 - 22, 2017

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IVY x Kenya | African Safari Adventure

October 18 – 22, 2017

Join us for an awe-inspiring IVY African Safari Adventure in Kenya as we explore this magnificent country with a great group of fellow members. Known as "the cradle of humanity,” Kenya lies on the coast of East Africa and is famed for its stunning landscapes, rich musical and culinary heritage, and immense ecological diversity (think lions, elephants, cheetahs, giraffes, flamingos, rhinos, and more).

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Wednesday, Day 1:

Nairobi Arrival

  • Arrive in Nairobi under starry skies for your late-night transfer to the Eka Hotel. We will have an optional late-night dinner for our group at the hotel. Rest up for an incredible and jam-packed trip!

Thursday, Day 2:

Lake Nakuru National Park

  • Breakfast is served! Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet at our hotel before checking out to start our adventure.
  • Hang out with the elephant(s) in the room! Our first stop of the day will be at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the Trust is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world, and one of the pioneering conservation organizations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa. A representative of the Trust will educate us on its rich history and practices, and we will have the opportunity to interact with these magnificent creatures – and even adopt a baby elephant of your own!
  • Hike to the “Giraffe Center” and meet the animals! Next up is the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (Kenya) – also known as the “Giraffe Center”! The Center is a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in a bid to save the endangered Rothschild Giraffe, which had lost its natural habitat in Western Kenya to agriculture — with only 130 remaining in the wild. After a 1km Nature Trail hike, we will meet the herd and learn about the Center’s efforts to revitalize the local wildlife community.
  • As the day gets hotter, we will take a break at the Carnivore Restaurant, considered Africa’s greatest eating experience! A variety of exotic meats are roasted in charcoal and carved before your eyes. Set in attractive tropical gardens, the restaurant’s informal indoor/outdoor atmosphere, exceptional snacks, and pulsating rhythms of Africa combine to ensure an exciting ambiance.
  • After checking into our new lodge, spend the rest of the afternoon on a thrilling IVY Group Safari Game Drive at Lake Nakuru National Park. Venture out into the bush in trusty 4x4s to find the best spots for wildlife viewing and photography. Expect to see flamingos and other “large game” roaming the plains, including the “big five” – African lions, elephants, leopards, Cape buffalo, and rhinos! Lake Nakuru National Park is known as “The Bird Watchers’ Paradise,” and boasts an incredible ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding picturesque ridges of the scenic Great Rift Valley.
  • Enjoy an IVY Group Dinner at our lodge, overlooking the beautiful Lake Nakuru. After dinner, enjoy a classic African Safari bonfire as we get toasty by the open flame, gather round for a “family game night,” and exchange life stories!

 

Friday, Day 3:

Masai Mara National Reserve

  • Breakfast is served! Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet at our hotel before checking out and starting our day.
  • Spend the entire day on a bespoke IVY Safari Game Drive in the Masai Mara Reserve. The Masai Mara, together with Tanzania’s Serengeti, form Africa’s most famous wildlife park. Watch the annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara — the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet, with more than a million animals following the rains. We will see large prides of lions, elephants, and giraffes in the grasslands, along with gazelles and eland — to mention but a few!
  • As the sun is setting on our day of adventure, enjoy an authentic Safari Sundowner – an African happy hour! Indulge in cocktails and snacks in the bush before returning to our lodge.
  • After an exhilarating day, convene at our lodge for another IVY Group Dinner. After dinner, enjoy a classic African Safari bonfire as we gaze at the star-studded sky and play fun card and board games.

 

 

Saturday, Day 4:

Mara Plains & Olpopongi Maasai

  • Breakfast is served! Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet at our hotel before checking out and starting our day.
  • Enjoy a Game Drive transfer to what will surely be a highlight of your African getaway! Get a bird’s-eye view of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve during our Hot Air Balloon Experience. The Mara is the northernmost part of the spectacular Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, home to the Great Migration and scores of other wildlife, including lions, cheetahs, elephants, rhinos, hippos, and crocodiles.
  • Ground yourself again with a Bespoke Group Bush Picnic Lunch on the Plains.
  • This afternoon, visit the Olpopongi Maasai Cultural Village & Museum, the first authentic Maasai Boma in Kenya with Maasai-Museum & overnight facilities. Here we will learn about Maasai hunting techniques and incredible natural medicines from inside their functional manyattas (lodging).
  • Finish the day with another Game Drive in the plains as we reflect on our amazing Safari weekend and enjoy a Group Dinner followed by IVY fun!

 

Sunday Day 5:

  • Enjoy a final IVY breakfast together before we check out of the hotel and depart for the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for our flights home.

 

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Inclusions:

We have an extremely limited number of available spaces, and we expect them to go very quickly. Please RSVP by Sunday, June 25. Pending availability, we’ll confirm your reservation and process your final payments on Friday, July 14. The special IVY African Safari Adventure in Kenya package will cost $99 non-refundable deposit + $2,295 final payment and covers all fixed costs, including accommodations, all meals and drinks on the itinerary, all in-country transportation, and entrance to and equipment for all proposed activities. This trip is non-refundable once your full payment is processed. If you’re interested in bringing a guest, please email us via kenya@ivy.com for more details!

Members are Responsible for:

  • Flights to/from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Airfare is an added cost due to the varied home destinations of travelers, although through our partners, we're able to offer select discounted airfare (pending availability). If you're interested, please reach out to the IVY Flight Concierge with your ideal dates, airports & departure times via concierge@ivy.com.
  • Accommodations are double occupancy unless a private single supplement is requested at an additional cost of $230 (subject to availability).
  • Any meals or drinks outside of IVY offerings
  • Single Entry Visas ($50), available for purchase upon landing at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
  • Opt-in Travel Insurance

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