Gamewatchers SAFARITALK Special Safari, Kenya, July and October 2016.
Following several members of Safaritalk expressing an interest in the budget-priced Gamewatchers Adventure Camps, we have agreed with Game Warden to put together 2 departures at further discounted rates for Safaritalk members in July and October 2016.
The first safari starts off in Nairobi on Sunday 10th July 2016 with the first night in Nairobi Tented Camp in Nairobi National Park followed by 3 nights at Selenkay Conservancy, Amboseli on 11,12,13 July and then 3 nights at Ol Kinyei Conservancy, Mara on 14,15,16 July. There will be a second safari starting in Nairobi on Sunday 9th October 2016 with the 6 nights in the Adventure Camps on 10,11,12,13,14,15 October 2016.
The price for Safaritalk members is US$2100 per person sharing, for the 7 nights / 8 days in Kenya and includes the daily park and conservancy fees, internal flights to Selenkay and Ol Kinyei, the accommodation and meals and game drives. The minimum age is 8 years and for children aged between 8 and 15 there is a 25% discount, with the option to have one child sharing with 2 adults or 2 children in their own tent.
There is space for up to 12 Safaritalk members on each of the two dates with a minimum of 4 persons for the special rate of $2,100 to apply.
This camping safari has been designed to offer the same high quality wildlife safari experience provided by the top-end safari camps, with 4×4 game viewing escorted by top class guides and in exclusive wildlife conservancies away from the tourist minibuses, but at a hugely reduced price by staying in small basic adventure camps, “real camping” instead of the luxury accommodation of the expensive up-market tented lodges. In spite of the budget price, the transport between the camps is by light aircraft to avoid the long drives overland on rough roads and to give more time on safari for activities from the camps.
For those for whom the wildlife safari experience is more important than the accommodation, and who are prepared to sleep in small dome tents in sleeping bags on a mattress on the floor with an element of “roughing it”, this gives an opportunity for an exceptional and exclusive wildlife experience with good quality guiding by our Porini guides but at a fraction of the price.
The Gamewatchers Adventure Camps are sited in private conservancies with a wealth of wildlife: in the Selenkay Conservancy in the Amboseli eco-system and in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy in the Mara. You can go on walks with Maasai guides and take night drives as well as having game drives in the Conservancies and you will also have a full day in Amboseli National Park and the Maasai Mara Reserve.
Click below for a 360 degree visual tour of the camp and facilities:
All game drives are in four-wheel-drive customised safari vehicles taking a maximum of 6 passengers. Your driver-guide is a wildlife expert and certified by the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association.
At each safari camp site we have service staff who do all the work associated with camping, like washing up, heating water for showers, doing the cooking and serving the food. An experienced safari cook is at the camp to prepare the daily meals. Food is of the same quality as in a luxury safari camp and is included in the price, (not bought through a ‘kitty’ like some other camping safaris). The camp is hosted by the head safari guide.
Tents are Coleman Sundome tents for 2 persons. They are 6 ft tall and they are 10ft x 10ft square. Clients bring their own sleeping bag and a towel (or hire these for a small fee) and sleep on comfortable mattresses on the tent floor. Each tent on our adventure safari has its own private bathroom in a cubicle located behind the tent with flush toilet, wash basin and safari shower.
Mineral water is provided daily at camp and on game drives and walks. Drinks other than mineral water are not included in the price but beer, wine and sodas are available at reasonable prices and guests may bring their own drinks if they wish.
Transfers from Nairobi to the camps are by light aircraft from Wilson Airport Nairobi to Selenkay, Mara and back. At the Adventure Camps, all safari transport is in open-sided 4×4 customised safari vehicle.
The itinerary for the SAFARITALK Special Safari combines the first night in Nairobi Tented Camp with six nights at our Adventure Camps in Selenkay Conservancy, Amboseli and in Ol Kinyei Conservancy, Mara and is as follows:
Day 1: Met on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and transfer to Nairobi Tented Camp. Afternoon game drive and evening sundowner followed by dinner and overnight.
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Elephant in Selenkay Conservancy
Day 2: Take the 07.30 am flight from Wilson Airport, Nairobi to Selenkay Conservancy arriving at 08.10 am to be met at the airstrip and transfer on a 15 minute drive to the Gamewatchers Adventure Camp game-viewing along the way. After checking into camp you will go out on a game drive, returning for lunch. Take a rest after lunch and then go out on an afternoon game drive to explore the Selenkay Conservancy. All the big cats have been seen in the Conservancy as well as elephants and a wide range of species including large numbers of giraffes, zebra, and antelopes. There are also less common animals to be seen such as the long-necked gerenuk gazelle, lesser kudu and African wildcat. All meals and mineral water are provided in camp. Dinner and overnight in the camp at Selenkay.
Day 3: After an early breakfast spend the morning on a game drive in the Selenkay Conservancy and an escorted nature walk with Maasai guides, returning to camp for lunch. In the afternoon you will visit a nearby Maasai Village where you will get to known more about the way of life of the Masai people before having a night game drive with a spotlight to seek out the nocturnal animals as you head back to camp in the dark. Dinner and overnight in camp at Selenkay.
Day 4: Early breakfast and then drive through the bush into Amboseli National Park for a full day there with good views of Kilimanjaro and close-up observation of elephants, as well as many other species. Return to camp in Selenkay Conservancy later in the afternoon after a picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight in the camp at Selenkay.
Day 5: After an early breakfast transfer to the airstrip for the 08.30 am flight back to Wilson Airport (arrives 09.10 am) to connect to the 10.00 am flight to the Mara, arriving at 11.00 am. Upon arrival at the airstrip in the Mara you will be transferred to the Gamewatchers Adventure Camp in Ol Kinyei Conservancy and shown to your tent, before having lunch and relaxing in camp. In the afternoon you will head out on an evening game drive in the conservancy to see some of the wildlife for which the Mara is famous. Return to camp for dinner and overnight.
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Game drive in Ol Kinyei Conservancy
Ol Kinyei accommodation
Day 6: Wake up at dawn and enjoy an early game drive in the conservancy on the look out for the big cats, returning to camp for a late breakfast followed by an escorted nature walk and then lunch. In the afternoon enjoy another game drive in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy with a night drive as you head back to camp driving in the dark with a spotlight for the chance to see the nocturnal animals. Dinner and overnight at camp in Ol Kinyei.
Day 7: An early breakfast followed by a full day of game viewing in the Mara Reserve, taking a picnic lunch. Return to the camp in the late afternoon for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: A final short early morning game drive in the conservancy followed by breakfast and then leave camp to transfer to the airstrip for your flight back to Wilson Airport, Nairobi. Transfer to Eka Hotel Nairobi for a dayroom (no meals or drinks included) and then transfer to JKIA to check in for your flight home.
Details of the Gamewatchers Adventure Camps Safari can be seen on our website here, :
PRICE PER PERSON SHARING: US$2,100 for 7 nights / 8 days.
Included in the price:
• All arrival and departure transfers in Nairobi.
• 1 night HB at Nairobi Tented Camp (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast) with free drinks package, sundowners, game drives.
• Internal flights Wilson-Selenkay-Wilson-Mara-Wilson
• 6 nights FB at Gamewatchers Adventure Camps in Ol Kinyei and Selenkay with all meals and all game drives as indicated in itinerary, using open-sided 4x4 safari vehicles at the Adventure Camps and a 4x4 with roof hatches at Nairobi Tented Camp.
• All park fees and conservancy fees with one full day with picnic lunch in Amboseli national Park and one full day with picnic lunch in the Mara Reserve with other days in the conservancies.
• Visit to Maasai village in Selenkay. Night drives in Selenkay and Ol Kinyei.
Not included: personal travel insurance, international flights, visas, tips, drinks at the Adventure Camps (apart from mineral water and juices), personal expenses.
This special price of $2100 applies to Safaritalk members who book the two listed dates direct with Gamewatchers Safaris.
The same safari itinerary of 7 nights / 8 days may also be booked for other dates from July to October at a price for Safaritalk members of $2300 per person.
How to book: contact Robyn Beattie of Gamewatchers Safaris in UK via email: email@example.com stating SAFARITALK SPECIAL OFFER in the subject line and mentioning your Safaritalk screen name in the enquiry so that the discounted price is applied and advise the date that you wish to book and the names of the persons travelling. Once you give Robyn the go-ahead to make a booking, she will ask you to complete a Booking Confirmation Form and email this to us. A confirmation invoice will then be sent to you by email as confirmation of the services booked.
Payment terms: 20% deposit per person at the time of booking. Balance due 60 days prior to commencement of arrangements. Payments (deposit & final balance) may be made by direct bank transfer to our Nairobi bank account (details will be included with our confirmation invoice) or by credit card via our secure online payment service.
Robyn will be happy to assist in answering any questions about the safari in your email and to handle your booking but if you have any queries about the safari itinerary than you are also welcome to post them as a reply here and I will answer personally.
We look forward to welcoming you to our camps!
Please note that for every booking, a donation of 5% of the charges relating to the Porini Camps daily rate will be made to a Safaritalk Fund managed by us to be used for conservation projects approved by Matt. To read more about this, click here.
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Edited by Game Warden, 15 April 2016 - 08:07 AM.