A rare and contrasting combination that has been artistically tailored to offer the best of the world’s wildlife and game in their natural habitats of, amongst others, Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Amboseli. Then at Oman it is the vast sand dunes of Wahiba Sands - home to the nomadic Bedouins. Majestic desert forts, castles, local souqs and villages...beautiful landscapes and the people. Dubai sums it up as we visit the most talked off land with its pluralistic approach to life with the old and the new, multinational and probably the most distinct and contrasting architecture in the world. This unique safari has been designed for those who want to travel on their own dates as such it is available on any day of travel and it is private services all the way.
|Tour Duration||:||16 days|
|Min. Tour Size||:||02 persons|
|Max. Tour Size||:||07 persons|
|Includes international air|
|Tour Price (from)||:||US$|
Day 01: Depart home city for Nairobi
Today, we start off on our Afro – Middle Eastern safari-journey.
Day 02: Arrive Nairobi
Jambo Bwana and we are cordially welcomed as we arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and are transferred to our hotel in Nairobi. Balance of the day is free. Optional visit to the world famous Carnivore restaurant and get a feel of the game before the game actually starts.
Overnight: Nairobi Safari Club (1 night)
Day 03: Nairobi/Kilimanjaro/Amboseli (drive)
After a short pre-safari briefing and introduction to your safari guide/driver, we take a photogenic drive over the Athi Plains. Before we enter the Amboseli National Park we get an outstanding view of the Kilimanjaro (subject to weather). The Uhuru Peak at 19340 feet makes Kilimanjaro the highest mountain in Africa. Lunch at the lodge followed by our first afternoon game drive. Amboseli is famous for its vast herds of elephants and stunning views of Kilimanjaro on clear days.
Overnight: Kilima Safari Camp (2 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 04: Amboseli
Morning and afternoon game drives to view wildlife against the backdrop of mt kilimanjaro. The park offers a wide variety of wildlife but the principal attraction is its vast herds of elephant within the park. The bull elephants here have some of the largest tusks in kenya. Other game includes: zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, impala, leopard, caracal and serval cat. The park boasts a rich bird life such as ibis, egret, avocet, common and saddle-billed stork, secretary bird, heron, vultures, ducks, and geese. (B, L, D)
Day 05: Amboseli/Lake Nakuru
We drive a short distance to the beautiful Lake Nakuru and start with a morning game drive at the Lake Nakuru National Park. It is a home to many animals including waterbuck, leopards and Rothschild giraffe. The park is also a sanctuary for black rhinos. Lunch at the lodge and afternoon is another game drive.
Overnight: Lake Nakuru Lodge (1 night) (B, L, D)
Day 06: Lake Nakuru/Great Rift Valley/Masi Mara (drive)
We traverse the Great Rift Valley and ascend its western rim into the Masai land. Red-clad, with spear Masai warriors tend their herds of cattle among the wildlife, admirably unmoved by the presence of large predators. You find the Masai giraffe in this park. Afternoon gamedrive in the Mara, famous for the Wildebeest and Zebra migration and its abundance of wildlife.
Overnight: Mara Sopa Lodge (2 nights)(B, L, D)
Day 07: Masai Mara
Early Morning and afternoon game drives in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya’s best and most scenic game park. At the northern extremity of the unique Serengeti ecosystem, blessed with a permanent water supply, the Maasai Mara has a thriving, permanent population of plains game, augmented in the dry season by the migration of two million gnus and zebras from the vast, parched Serengeti plains. Of the hunter’s "big five," elephant, buffalo, lion, and leopard are quite common, while even the much rarer rhino might come out of the thicket for you. Hyenas are plentiful and the cheetah, a 60-miles-per-hour daytime hunter, is often seen. Besides being the setting for the ancient and often tragic spectacle of the Great Migration, other marvels of the Masai Mara include giraffe, elephant, red-tailed monkeys and a host of antelope. Twice-daily interpretive game-drives led by our highly trained and experienced rangers, bird watching with resident guides and naturalists reveal the wonders of the Mara. Optional excursions at an additional cost include bush walks, Maasai community visits and hot air ballooning. (B, L, D)
Day 08: Masai Mara/Nairobi/Muscat (OMAN)
After our Kenyan Safari we take a leisurely drive to Nairobi Airport for our departure flight. This will be an overnight flight to Muscat.(B)
Day 09: Muscat
As we arrive in Muscat, the pearl of the Gulf region, we are warmly received and transferred to our hotel. Evening is free to enjoy the beach area and the local souq (bazaar.)
Overnight: Al Falaj Hotel, Muscat (1 night) (B)
Day 10: Muscat/Nizwa
Our Oman experience starts with a visit of the Grand Mosque (open Saturdays to Wednesdays between 0800-1100AM) truly an architectural marvel. Continue with a drive through tour of Muscat before taking on the enchanting Batinah coast and then to the mountain crossing through the Hajjar ranges to the forts in Nizwa. Terraced farming and beautiful mountain villages await you all along the way.The mountain areas are also where Omani honey is produced. Beekeeping has been practised since ancient times in Oman. In Northern Oman the larger honeybee was traditionally kept in hollowed out trunks of date palms, locally known as tubl. Our guide will take us to one of the bee keepers (we have been working very closely with the beekeepers to help bring economic benefits of tourism to this community). Then it is time to start driving up the Western Hajjar Mountains rising over 2000 meters. See beautiful villages with terraced farming as we continue towards Nizwa. We explore the village of Al Hamra, at the foot of the mountains, where 400 years old mud houses are still standing and occupied. To experience Nizwa we will be staying at a traditional house house in the old village of Misfat Al Abriyeen, where time stands still! (The house is clean and basic, and with shared toilets and caters to foreign tourists – alternatively hotel accommodation available. Time permitting you can take a walk around this village to see its fascinating history, agriculture and falaj watering system. Most houses in this little village are built from mud bricks and clay and many of them have been built more than a hundred years ago.
Overnight: Misfah Old House (traditional house – shared bathrooms) (1 night) (B, D)
Day 11: Nizwa/Wahiba Sands
Forts and castles are Oman's most striking cultural landmarks and together with its towers and city walls, they have historically been used as defensive bastions or look-out points. It is estimated that there are over 500 forts, castles and towers in Oman that are striking in their architecture and style. Built as a defensive stronghold, the Jabreen is perhaps the finest of Omani castles. It has dungeons, passages, rooms and ceilings decorated with fine carvings, paintings and is distinguished by the inscriptions and frescoes that adorn its rooms. Ceilings are decorated with paintings and Islamic-era style inscriptions, and its doors are beautifully carved. Photo stop at the Bahla Fort, a UNESCO site. We visit the 17th Century circular Nizwa Fort and the Nizwa souq famous for intricate silver jewelry are the major attractions of Nizwa. Built on a solid base of rock, the huge tower was designed to withstand the vibrations of 24 cannons. Continue our drive towards Wahiba Sands driving to the deserts of Oman where we start seeing the beauty of the sand dunes. On the inland side of the great mountainous backbone of the Sultanate of Oman, where sands lap at the thresholds of farmlands, a string of border towns mark the transition between nomadic and settled peoples. Living within and along the sands are approximately 3000 pastoralist Bedouins belonging to different tribes who own herds of goats and camels. Running south from the Eastern Hajjar Mountains to the Arabian Sea, the Wahiba Sands is a sand sea stretching 200 kms. in length and a 100 kms in width. The dunes rise nearly 150 meters in different shades of colour and shifting sands making this the perfect place for both the romantic and the adventurous. A roller-coaster ride over the dunes is a thrilling fun. We also meet the Bedouine people known for their friendliness and hospitality. At the camp we have time to enjoy camel rides or simply explore the dunes on foot! The day culminates viewing a spectacular sunset over the dunes followed by dinner (generally BBQ).
Overnight: Desert Palm, Wahiba Sabds (1 night) (B, D)
Day 12: Wahiba Sands/Coastal Oman/Old Muscat
An early morning rise to explore the dunes on foot and to watch the shifting colours of the dunes. Enjoy optional camel rides before bidding farewell to the dunes. As we drive to Muscat we see fascinating diversity of the Omani landscape; from dunes of Wahiba to verdant wadis and the seashores of Oman! The drive takes us through a cross section of Oman’s geography through arid lands, wadis, and coastal villages adding to the thrilling drive back to Muscat. With stunning views of the waters of the Arabian Sea on one side and the rocky cliffs on the other, this is an exciting drive along the coast. We stop at the coastal town of Sur for a short visit. Sur has historical importance and dhows used to sail to India and other countries. At the village of Ayja, we see a small town lulled by the sea and quite charming with quaint houses on both sides of narrow alleys, with goats and sheep wandering the narrow streets. Stop at the Bimah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with blue green water at the bottom. Arriving Muscat we explore Old Muscat. A unique blend of the ancient and the modern, Muscat is a beautiful clean city, which lies in the middle of a maze of brown pleated mountains, lulled by the Arabian Sea. We visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum. With the variety of exhibits, modern display methods and information provided, the museum serves as a real window on Oman’s rich heritage and culture. Next is a photo stop at the magnificent Al Aalam Palace (the official residence of Sultan Qaboos) flanked by the twin Portuguese forts of Mirani & Jalali. Then it is the enchanting Mut trah souq with its narrow covered alleys where the exotic smells of mounds of spices, coffees, ancient remedies and enticing perfumes fill the air.
Overnight: Al Falaj Hotel (1 night) (B, L)
Day 13: Muscat/Dubai (flight) (UAE)
We are transferred to the airport for our flight to Dubai – the city of contrasts – the ultra modern along with the traditional all existing side by side. We are welcomed upon arrival and transferred to our hotel. Balance of the day is free.
Overnight: Ramadha Inn Jumeira, Dubai (3 Nights) (B)
Day 14: Dubai
Today you will start a city tour for the city of Dubai, the second largest Emirates in UAE, which is famous for its wild modern Architecture and Technology design. The tour of Dubai will start from Jumeirah area, visit to the Magnificent Jumeirah Mosque, then a drive on the Jumeirah Beach Road, pass by to the Islamic Art Centre, photo stop in Burj Al Arab the 7 star hotel in the world, continue to Sheikh Zayed road while admiring the modern skyscrapers building along the road at both sides, after that we continue the tour to visit the historical places with the wind tower houses towards the Bastakia area in Dubai, followed by the Al Fahidi Fort, the Dubai Miuseum. The Cruise along the Creek Side in an authentic Abra (an ancient local water taxi) and the last route we pass by the spice and gold souk completing the sightseeing tour where you will see the different side of Dubai. Enjoy an afternoon high tea at Burj Al Arab before you go back to the hotel.(B, High Tea)
Day 15: Dubai
Day free. Optional tour of Abu Dhabi the thriving capital of the UAE.(B)
Day 16: Dubai/Home city
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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|2018||This is a suggested program for private tours. Please contact us for details.|
Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is included in this tour)
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