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Kenya hosts the ATA 30th Jubilee International Congress,
Nairobi, May, 2005. Africa
Travel Association's Prestige Magazine to publish a "GRAND
TOUR "OF KENYA" edition for the Jubilee Congress, with
long-term worldwide distribution as a follow-up!
KENYA ECOTOUR GOES BEYOND "THE BIG FIVE"
New "learning safari" promotes interaction with local people.
While spotting "The Big Five" is the focus of many safaritrips to Africa, a new 11-day Ecotour Kenya is offering visitors a chance to go beyond the typical safari trail and discover local initiatives that are promoting both sustainable economic development and ecological conservation.
The first two days of Ecotour Kenya are based atSinya Omelok, a camp located 90 minutes from Nairobi. Here, visitors will meet local Kenyans and learn about new resource management systems to support income generation and food security. They will also be guided along a nature trail that explores caves, sacred sites, and the biodiversity of this unique sub-humid ecosystem.
The tour continues through Mount Kenya National Park, Aberdare National Park and Kakamega, via the Rift Valley.Kakamega Forest in western Kenya is a superb slab of virgin tropical rainforest in the heart of an intensively cultivated agricultural area. The forest is home to a huge variety of animals and birds, including the rare DBrazza monkey. Guests will overnight in the Rondo Retreat Centre, surrounded by beautiful gardens in the middle of the forest.
From Kakamega, the tour passes through the White Highlands, arriving in Lake Nakuru to witness the spectacle of millions of flamingos creating a "pink carpet" over the lake. Then it's on to the Elsamere Conservation Centre which was once the home of Joy Adamson, who together with her husband George became world famous for their pioneering conservation work and relationship with the lioness Elsa, as told in the best selling book and film "Born Free". The centre, situated on the edge of Lake Naivasha, is a functioning conservation complex providing accommodation for 15-18 people in cottages set in the gardens around the main house.
Travelling south along the floor of the Great Rift Valley, the next stop is the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, which is renowned for its extraordinary density and diversity of wildlife, including the black-maned lion, cheetah and leopard. Three days are spent in the Mara with stops at the Mara river where visitors can also see abundant hippo and crocodile. One of the highlights is a 3-hour walking safari, led by a Maasai guide who explains fascinating details about the local flora and fauna and teaches participants to identify animal footprints. Tented accommodation is at an Eco-camp where there will be many opportunities to interact with the Maasai guides.
The tour starts and finishes in Nairobi with accommodation at the Nairobi Safari Club. The price per person isCAD$1,919per person, twin share, including all transfers, breakfasts in Nairobi, most meals while on safari, accommodation in tents and lodges, all park, camp and activity fees.
Safari Seekers, a leading safari company in East Africa, has designed the Ecotour Kenya itinerary exclusively for Worldwide Ecolodges. For additional information about this unique tour, contactWorldwide Ecolodges at (403) 933-4333, or 1-888-778-2378 or www.worldwideecolodges.com.
Safari Seekers has been in business for more than 15 years organizing a variety of safaris and tours throughout East Africa. Operating their own fleet of vehicles, Safari Seekers can handle everything from short sightseeing visits to extended custom-designed itineraries. All price levels and standards of accommodation can be arranged from budget camping safaris to luxurious lodges.
Safari Seekers is committed to introducing Canadian adventurers to the wonders of East Africa. For additional safari information, visitwww.safari-seekerskenya.com. For price quotes and brochures, please contact: Travel Marketing Experts (Safari Seekers Canadian representatives) at 55 Town Centre Court, Suite 642, Toronto, Ontario, M1P 4X4. Tel. (416) 861-1022 or toll free (888) 423-3995; fax (416) 861-1108 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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