Travel Deal of the Day – August 14, 2012

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8-Day Kenyan Safari + Flights Source: LivingSocial

Savanna Safari Through Captivating Kenya

Gate 1 Travel • Nairobi, Kenya

Escape Kit

  • An Eight-Day Kenyan Safari ($2,299 to $2,699 per Person Depending on Departure Date) Including:
  • Round-Trip Flights from New York City to Nairobi
  • Round-Trip Ground Transportation via Safari Van Driven by English-Speaking Guide
  • Five Nights of Three- and Four-Star, Double-Occupancy Accommodations with Five Breakfasts, Three Lunches, and Three Dinners
  • Airline Taxes, Fuel Surcharges, and National Park Fees Included

Considering the diverse geography and enchanting people, it’s no wonder that Kenya became a top travel destination—but the country’s awe-inspiring wildlife is what really draws visitors in droves. If you’re on the hunt for the safari of a lifetime, this week’s Escape is a natural fit.

Take off on an eight-day journey through Kenya ($2,299 to $2,699 per person depending on departure date*), courtesy of Gate 1 Travel. The package includes round-trip flights from New York City to Nairobi as well as round-trip ground transportation in a safari van driven by an English-speaking guide. You’ll spend five nights in three- and four-star, double-occupancy accommodations** and receive five breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners along the way. Also covered are airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and national park fees.

After your overnight flight, arrive in Nairobi and transfer to the Jacaranda Hotel. The following morning, you’ll join the herd (a maximum of 24 people in four vans) and head out into the Great Rift Valley en route to your camp at the Malewa Wildlife Lodge. The lodge is set in the heart of the Kigio Wildlife Conservancy, which supports a transplanted population of nearly 30 endangered Rothschild’s giraffes.

You’ll spend the afternoon on a game drive through the 3,500-acre park—also home to buffalo, gazelles, hyenas, and hippos—before visiting a native community to learn traditional basket-weaving techniques. Round out the day with a guided nature walk, and get schooled on wildlife tracking and medicinal plants.

In store for day four is the legendary Masai Mara National Reserve in southwestern Kenya, where you’ll spend two nights at the Keerokok Lodge. Each year from July through October, millions of wildebeest and other hoofed mammals cross these perilous grasslands on The Great Migration.

“Classic Kenya, archetypal Africa. It includes a world-famous savanna teeming with predators and prey,” says National Geographic. “In residence are lions, cheetahs, elephants, antelopes, black rhinos, and other supporting-cast animals.”

Though outnumbered, the big cats are the true monarchs of the Maasai Mara, fittingly called the Kingdom of Lions. Other than a short break to graze on lunch back at the lodge, you’ll spend all of day five on the prowl for the “big five” with game drives through the stunning savanna. Return to camp that evening and bask in the beauty of the sun setting over the African horizon.

Make your way back to Nairobi on day six to spend an afternoon at the Karen Blixen Museum and Giraffe Center, where you’ll feed the animals and learn about conservation efforts before spending the evening at leisure. The following day, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Nairobi may be the cultural capital, but the savanna is where you’ll find the pride of Kenya. Get out on the grasslands with this week’s unforgettable Escape.

For additional information, view the Gate 1 Travel full itinerary.

*Departure dates: January 18, March 15, and May 31 ($2,299 per person); February 15 and 22, April 12, and May 3 ($2,399); May 17 ($2,499); and June 7 ($2,699)
**Prices based on double occupancy. For single-occupancy travel, pay an additional $500 upon booking.

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