GREATER LOS ANGELES ZOO ASSOCIATION
OFFERS "LUXURY UNDER CANVAS"
SAFARI ADVENTURE IN KENYA
African Naturalists and Zoo Guide Leads the Way;
Trip Spotlights Region's Unique Wildlife, Vast Landscapes and Exotic Culture
Optional Excursions and Post-Trip Extensions to
Amboseli, Tsavo, and the Maasai Mara Available
May 26 - June 6, 2009
The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) offers a unique travel
opportunity to discover the wildlife, landscapes, and exotic culture of
Africa on a safari adventure presented by Classic Escapes from May 26 - June
6, 2009. Travelers on Luxury Under Canvas: The Best of Kenya will be
accompanied by expert African naturalists and a Zoo guide with insightful
experience and knowledge of the region and its fauna, flora, and customs.
The trip is operated by Classic Escapes, whose mission is to provide
educational and entertaining experiences that nurture and directly support
diverse wildlife and cultures around the world. The firm has established
the Classic Escapes Conservation Fund, which provides a percentage of
profits to support conservation and wildlife researchers performing their
critical work in the field.
The adventure departs from Los Angeles and begins with a day in Nairobi with
a visit to the AFEW (African Fund for Endangered Wildlife) Nature Center,
which helps educate young African children about wildlife conservation,
where guests may hand-feed the Rothschild giraffe that live here, followed
by a stop at the former house of Karen Blixen (1885-1962) author of Out of
Africa. Guests then travel north to the Samburu Reserve at the edge of
Kenya and spend two days at luxury accommodations surrounded by wildlife
such as zebra, giraffe, and Beisa oryx, all found only north of the equator,
as well as elephants and extensive birdlife.
Next are two days in the Lake Nakuru National Park with sights of an
extensive variety of animals, including leopard, lion, buffalo, hippo,
waterbuck, warthog, baboon, white rhino and the rare black rhino which is
protected and guarded here. For the bird-watching enthusiast there are 450
species found in the park vicinity, with a vast concentration of water birds
including Marabou Stork, pelican, and of course, the world-famous flocks of
flamingo that often give Lake Nakuru its shimmering pink glow.
Three days follow in the Maasai Mara and Northern Serengeti, Kenya's most
famous wildlife reserve, classic savannah grasslands where animals are
plentiful and the vistas spectacular. There are three days of
wildlife-viewing opportunities in the Maasai Mara Reserve, also known as the
"Jewel of Africa," a site with one of the largest and the most spectacular
animal migrations in the world. The reserve is inhabited by many of
Africa's most popular wild animals, including lion, cheetah, elephant,
leopard, black rhino and hippo. On the final day, guests travel back to
Nairobi for the afternoon before flying back to Los Angeles via London.
Two optional excursions while in Maasai Mara are available to passengers: a
one-hour morning balloon safari and a half-day trip to Lake Victoria, both
requiring advance reservations. Also available is an optional five-day
post-trip extension to Amboseli and Tsavo from June 5-11, which offers two
days each in Amboseli National Park/Mount Kilimanjaro and in Tsavo West
National Park. A minimum of five passengers is required for this extension.
The 12-day trip is $5,395 plus taxes of $565 (subject to change) per person,
double occupancy. A single supplement is $995 per person. Included in the
package are round-trip flights from Los Angeles to Nairobi via London, all
land travel and guides, superior (or similar) accommodations, breakfast in
Nairobi and all meals while on safari and extension, entry fees, and
hotel/lodging taxes and gratuities for baggage handling. The "land package
only" can be purchased for $3,595 per person, double occupancy, for those
who wish to arrange their own air travel to/from Los Angeles. The same
taxes and single supplement rates apply.
The optional five-day post-tour extension to Amboseli/Tsavo is $1,995 per
person, double occupancy, and $395 per person, single room supplement (based
on group size of six). For the optional excursions from Maasai Mara, the
balloon safari is $450 per adult (ages 12 and up) and $275 per child (ages
8-11), and the trip to Lake Victoria is $496 per adult and $305 per child.
Itinerary and sequence subject to change.
This trip is one of many programs presented by the private, non-profit
Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, founded in 1963 to raise money for the
City of Los Angeles-owned Zoo. The year 2009 marks more than four decades
of GLAZA's success in supporting the Los Angeles Zoo's work as an
educational resource for the citizens of Los Angeles, and as an
international center for the conservation of endangered wildlife. GLAZA
provides support for Los Angeles Zoo exhibits, conservation, capital
projects, education programs, community outreach, research, and more through
fund-raising and an endowment, membership, special events and more. GLAZA
currently has 65,000 member households, the second largest non-profit
organization membership in Los Angeles. Many of its nearly 300,000
individual members have sustained their GLAZA support for more than 20
years. The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is an international leader
in the conservation of endangered species and one of the city's major
cultural and entertainment resources.
For detailed descriptions of Luxury Under Canvas: The Best of Kenya,
including a free brochure and more information, please call Melissa
Grossenbacher at the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, (323) 644-4792, or
Official Website: http://lazoo.org/calendar/travel/index.html
Added by sgordon823 on February 10, 2009