B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
AUG 05 – 20, 2017
Day 1|Aug 5|Honolulu – Taipei
We start our vacation by boarding an international flight bound for Taipei. Meals and snacks will be served on the plane.
Day 2|Aug 6|Taipei – Bangkok
Transit flight in Taipei and continue flying to Bangkok. Upon arrival at Bangkok International Airport, an Air & Sea Travel Center representative will meet us and escort us to our hotel for an overnight stay in Bangkok. Enjoy our stay at Premier Executive Room at hotel and use of the Premier Lounge where complimentary refreshments are available.
Hotel Accommodation – Novotel Bangkok Ploenchit Sukhumvit or similar
Day 3|Aug 7|Bangkok-Nairobi|(B,D)
Free day at leisure. This evening, board the stylish luxurious Dinner Cruise along the Chao Phraya to view the historical landmarks and be fascinated with the humble Thai way of living along the riverbanks. Adding to the attractions are magnificent architectures standing elegantly beyond the river: Temple of Dawn, Grand Palace, The Suspension Rama VIII Bridge. Sit back and enjoy foods and beverages with live music for an impressive night of entertainment. Return to River City pier by 21:00 hrs and transfer to the airport for our flight to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.
Day 4|Aug 8|Nairobi|(L, D)
JAMBO – KARIBU!! Air & Sea Travel representatives will warmly greet us upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. We will have a Nairobi City Tour of the Central Business District, passing by the Parliament Buildings, Jomo Kenyatta Mausoleum, City Hall, Conference Centre, City Market, Oldest Streets, Government and Private Sector Buildings. Then, we will transfer to the Nairobi Serena Hotel and relax after our long flight. The hotel overlooks the center of Kenya’s colorful capital city. A Welcome Dinner is arranged at our hotel for tonight.
Hotel Accommodation – Nairobi Serena Hotel or similar
**Prepare overnight bag for next Ark’s overnight**
Day 5|Aug 9|Nairobi – Aberdare|(B, L, D)
This morning, we will go to Aberdare region, a beautiful mountain range in the central highlands of Kenya. We will arrive in time for lunch at The Aberdare Country Club and will be assisted with the check in formalities. The Country Club is in a 1,300 acre wildlife sanctuary surrounded by lush green lawns with resident peacocks and gardens bursting with a profusion of colors. Walking through this unspoiled terrain is paradise. We will board the lodge’s shuttle bus to transfer to the Ark Lodge for our overnight stay.
Hotel Accommodation – Ark Lodge or similar
Day 6|Aug 10|Aberdare National Park – Ol Pajeta Conservancy|(B, L, D)
Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast before departing for Ol Pajeta Private Ranch. Situated on the Equator with a stunning backdrop of majestic Mount Kenya, the 90,000-acre wildlife Conservancy has an astounding variety of animals. We receive a warm welcome at the camp, check into our “rooms”, and enjoy lunch. This afternoon we depart for an exciting Game Viewing Drive in the wildlife rich game sanctuary that is home to the Big Five (the endangered black and white rhinos, elephants, lions, leopards & Cape buffalos) and other animals such as Grevy’s zebras, cheetahs, gazelles, black-backed jackals, ostriches, baboons, waterbucks, oryxes, elands, and several hundred bird species. Ol Pejeta’s combination of these amazing wildlife and stunning views guarantees an unforgettable safari experience. We will enjoy a visit to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary within the Ol Pejeta Conservancy which provides a lifelong refuge for orphaned chimpanzees from West and Central Africa. Watching their intelligent behaviors is an experience that will brighten our day with laughter and amusement. Return to our tented camp for dinner and stay overnight.
Hotel Accommodation – Sweetwaters Tented Camp by Serena or similar
Day 7|Aug 11|Ol Pajeta Conservancy – Lake Nakuru|(B, L, D)
Today, we will have a Game Viewing Excursion in Lake Nakuru National Park. We will have a brief stop at the Rift Valley Viewpoint before entering the 68-square kilometer park, home to hundreds of lesser and greater flamingos. Interesting places to visit in the park include Baboon Cliff, Lion Hill and Mau escarpment (steep cliff). This is one of the best game-viewing parks with a variety of animal species including prides of lions, endangered Rothschild giraffes, Burchell’s zebras, and the elusive leopard. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded here. The park is also one of the best places to view the endangered black and white rhinos. Enjoy dinner and spend the night at the lodge.
Hotel Accommodation – Sarova Lion Hill Lodge or similar
Day 8|Aug 12|Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara(B, L, D)
After a hearty early morning breakfast, we will drive to the Masai Mara National Reserve which has wonderful scenery and lots of wild game. After lunch at Sarova Mara Camp, we proceed on a Game Viewing Drive en route to Mara Serena Lodge where we will stay for two nights. The Rolling plains and grasslands here stretch into the horizon and is home to the black-maned lion, savannah elephant, Cape buffalo, wildebeest, striped hyena, rhino, topi, Masai giraffe, and many others. The Mara Game Reserve is one of the best known and most popular reserves in all of Africa. Enjoy dinner at the lodge.
Hotel Accommodations – Mara Serena Safari Lodge or similar
Day 9|Aug 13|Masai Mara|(B, L, D)
Enjoy breakfast at the Lodge before a Full Day of Game Viewing Drives and adventure. We are just in time for the greatest spectacle on earth: the eighth wonder of the world – the Wildebeest Migration. Over 1.5 million wildebeests migrate annually to Masai Mara in search of pasture. En route, thousands of wildebeests are carried into the raging waters while others are captured and killed by giant crocodiles. The wildebeests are closely followed by Burchell’s zebras and impalas. Predators in packs of hundreds also follow and lay in wait for the animals that become weak or incapacitated during the long journey for a kill. We may be lucky to witness a leopard or a cheetah sprint and make a kill! We will return to the camp for dinner and stay another night.
Day 10|Aug 14|Masai Mara – Serengeti|(B, L, D)
Enjoy breakfast before checking out. We will take picnic lunch boxes with us as we drive across Isebania Border to Serengeti. Upon arrival, a guide who will also be our driver, will meet us and take us to Serengeti National Park, one of the best game parks in Tanzania. Covering 14,763 square kilometres and stretching west to Lake Victoria, this world famous park is Tanzania’s oldest and one of the world’s last great wildlife refuges. Its name comes from the Masai word Siringitu meaning “endless plains”. Enjoy dinner and stay overnight at the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge.
Hotel Accommodations – Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge or similar
Day 11|Aug 15|Serengeti|(B, L, D)
After breakfast, we depart with picnic lunch boxes for a full day of Game Viewing Drives on the vast Serengeti Plains. In the early morning and evening light, the Serengeti landscape is stunningly beautiful. The Rolling plains and grasslands, stretching far into the horizons, are home to wildlife animals including the black-maned lion, the savannah elephant, leopard and the spotted and striped hyena. Because of its biodiversity and ecological significance, Serengeti National Park has been listed by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. As a national park, it is designated as a Category II protected area under the system developed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Enjoy dinner and stay another night at our lodge.
Day 12|Aug 16|Serengeti – Ngorongoro|(B, L, D)
Enjoy an early morning Game Drive before returning to the lodge for breakfast. After lunch, we depart for Ngorongoro. First, we will stop at Oldupai Gorge Museum, one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world where we will have an on-site lesson about human evolution and the interpretation of the gorge by a resident docent. Next, we will visit an authentic Masai Village before we check in at our lodge, have lunch, relax, and enjoy the breath-taking spectacular views of the crater below our lodge. Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken caldera in the world and has been described as one of the great natural wonders of the world. Spectacular as it is, the crater accounts for a mere tenth of Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The crater is home to many species of wild game and birds, with the exception of cheetahs, impalas and topis (due to fierce competition with the wildebeest) and giraffes (not enough food at tree level). It has the densest population of predators in Africa and almost every species of African plain mammals live in the crater including the endangered black rhino. The birdlife, which includes the flamingo, is mainly seasonal and affected by the ratio of soda to fresh water in Lake Magadi on the crater floor. Dinner and overnight stay at the crater lodge.
Hotel Accommodations – Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge or similar
Day 13|Aug 17|Ngorongoro – Arusha – Bangkok|(B, L, D)
After breakfast, we descend some 600 meters into the crater for a Morning Game Viewing Drive. There are very few places on earth where such a tremendous diversity of landscapes, natural and breath-taking beauty exist inside a region this size as Ngorongoro Crater. Apart from its wildlife riches, the crater is of great archaeological importance, including the discovery of remains of some of mankind’s earliest ancestors. The crater is also home to hundreds of bird species relaxing in the small lakes on the crater floor. We will go back to our lodge for lunch before driving to Arusha. After dinner, we will transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport and take a flight to Bangkok, Thailand.
Day 14|Aug 18|Bangkok
Arrive at Bangkok International Airport at noon time and transfer to hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day. The only nation in Southeast Asia to escape colonial rule, Thailand offers a rich and ancient culture that flowered unhindered by Western influence. Proud and strongly nationalistic, the Thai people call their nation Muang Thai – “Land of the Free.”
Day 15|Aug 19|Bangkok|(B)
Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand. Founded in 1782 by King Rama I, Bangkok is home to more than eight million people. The capital’s proper name is Krung Thep – the “City of Angels.” After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, we will have a day of leisure. Explore the charming city on your own or relax and roam around the hotel.
Day 16|Aug 20|Bangkok – Honolulu|(B)
We will take a flight back to Honolulu via Taipei, taking home lasting memories of a magnificent African adventure.
Tour Package Includes:
CHECK PAYMENT ONLY. A deposit of $1,500 per person is required at the time of application. The balance of payment is due on May 1, 2017. In case balance of payment is not made within the required time period, Air and Sea Travel Center reserves the right to cancel reservations and charge a cancellation fee.
Written notice is required for any cancellation.
$1,500 deposit is non-refundable if you cancel after May 1, 2017.
Within 70 days before departure, the cancellation fee will be as follows:
** 69-31 days prior to departure, 50% of total price plus any other service fee caused from the cancellation;
** 30 days prior to departure or withdrawing during the tour shall be regarded as willingly giving up all rights concerned, 100% of total price, and request for other services as a substitute shall not be accepted.
Price from: $8,888.00
Includes: Tax and fuel surcharge
(SINGLE SUPP: $1500)