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Kenyan Safari

Day 1

Nairobi

Jambo! Welcome to Kenya. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can’t arrange a flight that will arrive in time for this, consider arriving a day early so you are able to attend. If you are going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We’ll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have these to give to your leader. If you arrive early, perhaps head out and explore the National Museum of Kenya, the Karen Blixen Museum or the highly recommended Bomas of Kenya where traditional homesteads of several Kenyan tribes are displayed at an outdoor village.

Notes: Petty theft is common in Nairobi. As a general rule, the safest place for your valuables is on your person in a neck wallet or money belt. Your hotel room or reception may also have a safe in which to store things. If you do decide to go exploring, make sure you get local advice on where it is and isn’t safe to walk – particularly for later in the day. Be careful not to leave bags unattended on chairs or the floor when you’re in a bar or restaurant. Without being paranoid, appearing vigilant is a great deterrence to would-be thieves. Also, make scans of important travel documents and email them to yourself – this will save you hours of time in paperwork if anything does happen.

Day 2

Lake Nakuru

Drive north-west past splendid views of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha and Elementaita to Lake Nakuru National Park (approximately 3–4 hours). Situated in the heart of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru National Park’s small and compact area, based around the often flamingo-filled lake, makes a great location for spotting wildlife. Along with the other members of the Big Five game, Lake Nakuru is home to rhinos, and there will be a good chance of spotting and photographing one of these magnificent beasts. Your exclusive camp, outside the park, is well situated and has flush toilets and showers. Accommodation upgrades and WiFi are not available.

Day 3

Lake Naivasha

Head to a nearby village with your guide. This is a fantastic opportunity to interact with the local folk and get a feel for everyday life here. Then you’ll drive from Lake Nakuru to your camp near Lake Naivasha (approximately 3 hours). One of the few freshwater lakes in the Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha has floating islands of papyrus reeds and a border of flat-topped acacias. It’s also home to a healthy population of hippos and a tremendous variety of birds. There will be an opportunity to access an ATM and visit a market today to stock up for the remainder of the trip. Your campsite tonight is basic, with showers and flush toilets. Depending on availability, there may be the option to upgrade to a room. WiFi is available at the bar.

Day 4

Lake Naivasha

Enjoy some free time today. There are various optional activities to choose from. Perhaps venture to Hell’s Gate National Park, which boasts beautiful cliffs, gorges, rock towers, volcanoes and a range of geothermal phenomena. Another great choice is to take a boat trip across Lake Naivasha – perhaps the best way to take in the atmosphere of this lush area. If you’re looking for something active, perhaps hire a bike for the day and make some of your own discoveries, venturing beyond the cacti and olive trees.

Day 5

Loita Hills

Depart Lake Naivasha, making a short stop in Narok to do a spot of food shopping. Continue to Loita Hills (approximately 5–6 hours), stopping for lunch en route. Today’s drive crosses the Great Rift Valley, Africa’s immense and spectacular great divide, and takes you into the remote region of Loita Hills. This is the home of the traditional Maasai people. You will visit the Maasai, who are known for their vibrant red dress and elaborate jewellery, and gain an insight into the culture and ancient ways of this proud East African community. After setting up your tent, meet your Maasai hosts. A local elder will deliver a fascinating talk about the Maasai and their history and culture. You’ll be shown around a traditional Maasai home and see where the resident cattle are kept. Showers, upgrades and WiFi are not available at tonight’s bush camp.

Day 6

Masai Mara National Reserve

Travel from Loita to Masai Mara (approximately 1–2 hours). The road is dusty when dry, and could be slippery and soft when wet, so the going may be slow. The Masai Mara is the quintessential African experience, with sparse open plains, dramatic skies and some of the world’s most tremendous animals. After setting up camp, sit down to some lunch. Then it’s time to jump back on board the truck and go for a game drive through the wilderness of the Mara. You campground tonight is located outside of the national reserve and has flush toilets and showers. There is an option to upgrade, depending on availability. WiFi is not available here however.

Day 7

Masai Mara National Reserve

Venture into the Masai Mara National Reserve for a full day’s game drive. You’ll explore this diverse environment and most likely see a multitude of wildlife. An optional balloon ride over the Mara at sunrise is an unforgettable experience. If you have pre-booked this activity (see the ‘Important Notes’ section) you will be picked up before dawn and driven to the launch site for a safety briefing from your pilot. Then you will glide through the dawn, sometimes at tree height, which provides amazing photo opportunities. Sometimes you will ascend, getting an overview of the enormity of the plains and of the early morning movements of the teeming herds. After landing, you’ll be treated to a bush breakfast, then be returned to your campsite.

Notes: The balloon ride is offered as a pre-booked service which will guarantee you a place. If you would rather wait and try to get a better price by booking this locally on the ground, you are welcome to, but keep in mind that this is a popular activity and places are limited.

Day 8

Nairobi

Say goodbye to the open expanses of the African bush and return to the bustling metropolis of Nairobi (approximately 5–6 hours). No accommodation is provided for tonight, but this can be arranged – please enquire at the time of booking this trip. You can be dropped at your hotel upon arrival in Nairobi.

Notes: It’s important not to book any outgoing international flights for earlier than 6 pm today.

Inclusions

Meals – 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport – Overland vehicle

Accommodation – Camping (with facilities) (6 nights), Hotel (1 night)

Included activities

Lake Nakuru – Game Drive
Lake Nakuru – Village walk
Loita Hills – Cultural talk and village visit
Masai Mara – Game drive

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Write to us on tripwithbuffyfish@gmail.com or dilip@buffyfish.com or call +91-9158351185 / +91-9168245755

Beyond Wild – Pench

Dates

2nd Nov – 7th Nov 2016

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Depart from Pune via Pune Nagpur Express
Day 2
Nagpur by 9 AM. Drive to Pench. Evening safari.
Day 3
Morning and evening safaris in Pench. (Optional night safari at an additional cost of 3900/- per gypsy).
Day 4
Morning and evening safaris in Pench.
Day 5
Morning safari in Pench. Drive to Nagpur.
Day 6
Reach Pune.

Cost of the package

Triple Sharing:
INR 17, 900 per person

Double Sharing:
INR 18, 900 per person

Cancellation Policy

Booking amount is 50% of tour cost.

Remaining amount to be paid minimum 15 days prior to departure.

 

CANCELLATION

REFUND (on tour cost)

If cancelled when less than 7 days remain for departure. 20%
If cancelled when less than 14 days remain for departure. 30%
If cancelled when less than 30 days remain for departure. 40%
If cancelled when more than 30 days remain for departure 60%

Inclusions

  1. Accommodation at 3-star wildlife lodges at Pench .These would be selected so as to give

you a very comfortable stay (with AC, etc), great food and lots of birding around the resort.

  1. All meals from breakfast on day 1 to lunch on day 4 (daily morning tea, breakfast, lunch

evening tea and dinner).

  1. All 6 Safaris in open-air gypsies with all permits and entries.
  2. All surface transfers by an AC Innova (Nagpur-Pench, Pench-Nagpur).

  3. Services of a Beyond Wild wildlife expert cum tour guide.

  4. Daily sessions on photography and animal behavior.

  5. All Govt. service taxes and other duties.

Exclusions

  1. Anything not mentioned in ‘Inclusions’ section above.

  2. Extra meals, drinks and mineral water.

  3. Airfare and railfare.

  4. Laundry, internet and telephone charges.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Participants who have a medical history asthma, high blood-pressure, cardiac problems are kindly advised to seek medical advice before enrolling for the tour.
  2. BEYOND WILD Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. shall not be responsible for any injuries, loss, damages, etc to the participants arising due to any untoward and unexpected man-made or natural calamity.
  3. All clients travelling with BEYOND WILD Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. must complete and sign a reservation form and the “Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk & Arbitration Agreement” form. t of D

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Safaris in Kanha-Bandhavgarh, 2017

Here is the itinerary

Day 1

Leave from Nagpur, early in the morning and reach Kanha.

Evening walking Safari.

Overnight in Kanha.

Day 2

Morning and evening safaris in a Gypsy in Kanha.

Overnight in Kanha

Day 3

Morning safari and then leave for Bandhavgarh.

Reach Bandhavgarh. Do walking safari in the evening in Bandhavgarh.

Overnight in Bandhavgarh.

Day 4

Morning and evening safaris in a Gypsy in Bandhavgarh.

Overnight in Bandhavgarh.

Day 5

Leave early in the morning for Nagpur.

Depart for your journey onward, after reaching Nagpur.


 Inclusions

  • One innova for 6pax, one small car for 2pax,
  • Transfers from Nagpur to Kanha, Kanha to Bandhavgarh and from Bandhavgarh to Nagpur,
  • All accommodation for the days mentioned above,
  • All meals on the dates mentioned in the itinerary,
  • Morning and evening tea,
  • Tolls and fuel for the trip from Nagpur
  • National park charges
  • 3 safaris in Kanha, in a gypsy for 6pax and 2 pax,
  • One walking safari in Kanha,
  • One walking safari in Bandhavgarh,
  • 2 safaris in Bandhavgarh, in a gypsy for 6pax and 2pax.

Exclusions

  • Breakfast on day 1,
  • Lunch and dinner on day 5.
  • Airfare or train fare or transport to Nagpur from your destination,
  • Medical expenses,
  • Shopping expenses,
  • Beverages,
  • Alcohol,
  • Personal expenses,
  • Laundry, internet and telephone charges,
  • Any costs introduced by government, national parks, or any other bodies last minute due to various reasons,
  • Any other costs not mentioned in the inclusions section above.

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Write to us at getintouch@buffyfish.com or call +91-9158351185 to make your bookings. Hurry!


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Self-driven road trip to Kanha-Bandhavgarh, May 2017

Here is the itinerary

Day 1

Pick up car from JustRide, Pune!

Start at 6am from Pune for Nagpur. Overnight in Nagpur.

Day 2

Leave in the morning for Kanha.

Reach Kanha by afternoon. After lunch, do a walking safari in Kanha. Overnight in Kanha national forest.

Day 3

Morning and evening safaris in a Gypsy in Kanha.

Day 4

Morning safari and then leave for Bandhavgarh.

Reach Bandhavgarh. Do walking safari in the evening in Bandhavgarh.

Overnight in Bandhavgarh.

Day 5

Morning and evening safaris in a Gypsy in Bandhavgarh.

Overnight in Bandhavgarh.

Day 6

Leave early in the morning for Nagpur.

Overnight in Nagpur.

Day 7

Leave early in the morning from Nagpur for Pune.

Reach Pune in the evening.

Hand over car to JustRide.


 Inclusions

  • 1 Mahindra Scorpio
  • Fuel for the trip
  • All accommodation for the days mentioned above,
  • All meals on the dates mentioned in the itinerary,
  • Morning and evening tea,
  • Tolls
  • National park charges
  • 3 safaris in Kanha, in a gypsy for 6pax and 2 pax,
  • One walking safari in Kanha,
  • One walking safari in Bandhavgarh,
  • 2 safaris in Bandhavgarh, in a gypsy for 6pax and 2pax.
  • Domestic travel insurance

Exclusions

  • Medical expenses,
  • Shopping expenses,
  • Beverages,
  • Alcohol,
  • Personal expenses,
  • Laundry, internet and telephone charges,
  • Any costs introduced by government, national parks, or any other bodies last minute due to various reasons,
  • Any other costs not mentioned in the inclusions section above.

Contact Us

Write to us at getintouch@buffyfish.com or call +91-9158351185 to make your bookings. Hurry!


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