2020 Covid-19 Road Trip Day 3Wyoming USA August 25 – September 5, 2020 Lincoln, Nebraska to Saratoga, Wyoming Day 3: Arrival at
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Beautiful in its symmetry and flooded with natural light, this plantation-style property is airy and spacious. Each of their suites has a private balcony overlooking the iconic silhouette of the Ngong Hills, a magical view that can also be enjoyed over sundowners at the Bar.
Their service is personal and sincere, offering a luxury experience from the moment you touchdown in Kenya.
Your dedicated butler will know that you prefer Earl Grey to Assam with your scones and will remember which trousers you like pressed flat and which ones need a central crease.
So while you are indulging in the spa, relaxing beside the pool, or meandering through the gardens, back in your suite, your butler will have dimmed the lights, adjusted your personalized pillows, set out your nightcap, and arranged the morning’s outing down to the finest detail.
ACTIVITIES in NAIROBI:
Enjoy wonderful views of the city of Nairobi and the Great Rift Valley while hiking the Ngong hills on our Nairobi day Tour. This majestic mountain range spans the western end of Nairobi.
It is famous in many historical works, including Karen Blixen’s film “Out of Africa”. Her lover Denys Finch Hatton was buried along the hills and the story was that Karen could see the gravesite from her house. The peak of the Ngong Hills lies at 2,460m. This exciting hiking tour will help you unlock this and many more fascinating features of the legendary Ngong Hills.
Enjoy hiking all the peaks that form a series along the mountain and our guides will help you learn about the history of the place.
The hike up Ngong Hills starts from Ngong town at the northern foot of the hills, 1,961m above sea level, and traverses the whole range to the southern end at Kona Baridi. This takes about 4 to 5 hours to complete. The first kilometer from Ngong Police Station is a gradual ascent through human settlements until you get to a barrier indicating the start of the Ngong Hills forest reserve. From here on, you go past a wind farm, before climbing the first steep hill leading to an area populated with Radio repeater station masts.
The trail thins out and descends into a trough before emerging onto the next steep hill. Just when you think the worst is over, the rolling hills seem to keep popping up, with each taking its toll on you. Thankfully, the views all around are magnificent, making the effort worthwhile. On a lucky day, you are likely to encounter buffalo around the fourth hill, on account of the abundant bushes at these higher altitudes on the range. To your right is a fantastic view of the Great Rift Valley, while on the far left is a view of the City of Nairobi.
Spend the day visiting the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphaned Trust and the Giraffe Center, home to the Rothschild giraffe.
You will also be taken to the Kazuri Beads Women’s Factory.
Arguably, David Sheldrick Elephant Trust and Giraffe Center are the most remarkable conservation projects to date. The elephant project seeks to rescue and rehabilitate orphaned elephants among other animals and at the giraffe center you learn about the endangered giraffe species, the Rothschild giraffe.
To cap this tour, you will visit Kazuri Beads Women’s Factory. Kazuri means small and beautiful in Swahili. The beads are exquisite and every bead is special and unique, as you will learn when you visit.
Saruni Mara is the only small boutique lodge in the Mara, making it very intimate and exclusive. The beautifully decorated themed rooms have a luxurious and classic safari feel. The lodge is tucked away in a secluded valley in the private Mara North Conservancy, a prime and private game viewing area, which borders the Masai Mara National Reserve – the most renowned wildlife park in Africa.
Enjoy the Italian-inspired cuisine and be immersed in nature from your private veranda, the Maasai Wellbeing Space, and the open lounge and dining area. Maasai warriors will guide you throughout your stay, sharing their ancient wisdom and local knowledge of the area and the animals, their way of life, and their secret corners of the most loved wildlife reserve in Kenya.
Activities and amenities: day and night game drives, bush meals, guided walks, birdwatching, Maasai Wellbeing Space treatments (payable extra), picnics, library, balloon safaris (payable extra), Saruni Shop.
One complimentary Back & Neck massage (30 min.) per room per stay at their Wellbeing Space
ACTIVITIES in SARUNI MARA:
Game drive with a picnic lunch to enjoy under an acacia tree or by the river next to a pod of hippos or head to Saruni Mara for some rest and relaxation.
Over 30,000 acres of plentiful, protected land bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve. Enjoy a completely different and less-explored corner of the Mara ecosystem in total privacy, brimming with wildlife.
Weather permitting, experience a bush dinner in the middle of the wilderness under the vast African sky, with Maasai warriors singing and dancing around the fire.
Early morning game drive to look for the big cats and other predators of the Masai Mara, returning to the lodge or camp for lunch and treatments at the Maasai Wellbeing Space surrounded by teeming wildlife in a classic Masai Mara setting.
In the afternoon, a game drive will take you to a special area where the largest tower of giraffes can be seen.
Walk through the valleys and plains surrounding Saruni Mara, accompanied by a vehicle, or a game drive up to the top of Kilileoni, the highest mountain in the Serengeti-Masai Mara ecosystem – led by your skillful and knowledgeable Maasai guides.
Discover more of Mara North and its surrounding conservancies and experience first-hand what makes the Mara one of the most exciting wildernesses in the world, overlooking the immense plains surrounding you.
Balloon safaris are a romantic and evocative way of experiencing the wilderness of East Africa, as you gracefully and silently fly over the plains teeming with herds of wildlife in the early morning.
Typically, a Hot Air balloon safari begins at the break of dawn, about 6 am, and lasts for around 1 hour, during which you will fly over parts of the vast Masai Mara plain, seeing the magnificent wildlife below, spread over several square kilometers of the reserve.
The flight is followed by a champagne breakfast “in the bush”, with a well laid out seating arrangement and waiters on hand, to give you a fitting finale to your memorable flight in the wild.
The scenery from a hot air balloon is unforgettable due to its spectacular and breathtaking nature; the ultimate safari experience. The balloon flight takes you over the diverse habitats of the Masai Mara Reserve; the great Mara River, swamps, forests, wildlife, and the African Savannah. The diversity of our flight trail enables passengers to experience a unique opportunity to be a part of the Masai Mara from the air.
The gentle and silent nature of the balloon flight allows the passengers to view the wildlife from a comfortable distance. The big five; the lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo can be seen frequently along with other animals such as hippos, crocodiles, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, birds, and many more.
Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Airport
Four Points by Sheraton offers a warm and invigorating space. Contemporary in design and created to delight the senses, the hotel offers all the modern amenities and comforts a traveler needs. From spacious rooms and signature Four Points beds to rain showers and 42″ LED TVs, they have thought of it all.
And because you like to keep your body energized we have a rooftop pool and a fully-equipped fitness room. We have a variety of dining options because we know not everyone has the same taste. Sample roasts and grills paired with our signature Best Brews craft beer at Tazama Rooftop Bar and Grill or dine at Marketplace; our all-day dining restaurant, serving wholesome and fresh international cuisine and a 24-hour menu for travelers catching flights in the early hours. And our Lobby Bar is ideal for when you need a quick pick-me-up or a pastry.
At Cape Cadogan, you have the best of both worlds: a quiet, luxurious retreat with the city of Cape Town on your doorstep.
You’re invited to make yourself completely at home in their original Georgian-Victorian townhouse, with individually decorated rooms and suites, relaxed guest areas, and attentive hospitality.
Step into your personal haven in the heart of one of the world’s most exciting cities. All rooms combine top-tier comforts with calm, contemporary interiors to create inviting retreats.
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ACTIVITIES in CAPE TOWN:
This hike follows a lush ravine through the indigenous jungle before emerging onto shrub-covered slopes to eventually gain the highest point on the mountain. A short detour en route leads to a ‘beach’ at the historic Table Mountain reservoirs. Takes in all floral zones and covers the length of the famous tabletop summit. Jungle setting with Peninsula and inland views on the ascent.
Depart your hotel and head to the town of Hermanus. This town, nestled between mountains and the sea is not only very beautiful but offers some of the best shore-based whale watching opportunities in the world (August – November). An up, close and personal experience from the boat is a true highlight. The day will finish off with a wine-tasting in one of the local wineries in this region.
A sophisticated safari experience in nine waterside havens, capturing the romance of the pioneer era, in considerably more comfort.
The lodge’s exclusive accommodations are set apart on a high bank up from the Sabie River. Your Suite feels definitely private with its own plunge pool and deck overlooking the water and makes the most of a view that often sees wildlife passing through. From the Suites, elevated wooden pathways lead off to a spa sala and the main lodge – with its bar lounge, library, poolside, and boma offering spaces to share good company or spend some quiet moments on your own.4
ACTIVITIES at LION SANDS
Full days at the lodge to enjoy scheduled game activities. The total private reserve conserves 10 000ha (25 000ac) of habitat that is home to the highest and most diverse concentration of wildlife in the southern hemisphere. You can see all of Africa’s iconic species here, including all of the Big Five, along with a supporting cast of no less intriguing 137 mammal species and over 450 varieties of bird – while having minimal encounters with other people.
In between game drives, guests are treated to 3 delicious meals a day, including afternoon nibbles. The lodge has a Sala for should guests wish to indulge in some optional therapeutic body treatments, alternatively, the private plunge pool makes for a great way to spend the day and enjoy the views of the river (often frequented by animals)
Transfer to the Tinyeleti Treehouse for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The Tinyeleti Treehouse, which translates to Many Stars, is not merely a vantage point from where to observe the splendor that is The Sabie River and all the life it sustains, but rather an open-air invitation to take your place and become part of it.
Morning game drive followed by breakfast before guest bid farewell to Lion Sands as they head to on a private road transfer to Timbavati Game Reserve (Makhumu)
In the Xitsonga language, the word “Makumu” refers to an intangible explanation of open space, an uncluttered lookout over distant horizons, or an endless view. The breathtaking views and location of the lodge complement a deeply inspiring sense of space and place, leaving visitors rejuvenated with the ancient spirit of the African wilderness.
The ‘Big Five’ Klaserie Private Nature Reserve is one of the largest privately-owned nature reserves in South Africa, covering some 60 000 hectares and forming part of the greater Kruger National Park.
ACTIVITIES at MAKUMU:
Conducted twice daily or as you prefer, in open Land Rovers with an armed ranger and a tracker, normally conducted early morning and late afternoon to search for the more elusive and nocturnal animals by spotlight.
TRACKING BIG GAME ON FOOT
Join our highly skilled guides on foot to track big game in the surrounding area, from antelope to elephant, and experience the ultimate feeling of being one with the African bushveld. A fresh footprint in the dust, the faint sound of a breaking branch, wet mud rubbed on a tree, the presence of birds or a sudden quiet in the air are all part of the tracking experience. The senses are heightened searching for clues, sounds, or smells to indicate an animal is nearby.
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Day 2 of my Road Trip to Wyoming! What a great experience. We traveled from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Lincoln, Nebraska, and found the most luxurious boutique hotel and had drinks at one of the most famous Olympic figure skaters of all time!!