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June 2, 2020

#Iran #PersiaVacations #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 #JessKalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

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Decades of geopolitical quarrels have dealt a major blow to Iran’s reputation, but it cannot be denied that the country’s cultural legacy is one of the most fascinating on earth. The nation is a true delight for historiansPersepolis, an ancient city that served as the Achaemenid Empire’s capital roughly 2500 years ago, is just a short trip northeast from Shiraz, while the ancient city of Hamedan is still populated today. There’s a truly massive array of activities available throughout the country – visitors can go skiing in Dizin, sunbathe on white sand beaches in Hormozgan Province, and explore lush forests in Gilan Province, while captivating mosques and Zoroastrian temples can be found in abundance all throughout the nation. While visa requirements are a difficult hurdle to overcome, one can only hope that geopolitical tensions cool off in the future, allowing this enchanting nation to realize its full potential as a welcoming tourist destination.

In 1972 I was lucky enough to have a private tour of about ten cities in Iran / Persia.  Truly a beautiful country.

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Out of the 54 nations that make up #Africa, one could make the argument that #Ethiopia has the most fascinating historic background – it was the second civilization on earth to adopt #Christianity, the only African nation to defeat a #European power in battle and resist colonialism during the Scramble for Africa, and it’s believed that our earliest human ancestors first came from this fertile region. Visitors to this unique country will find a truly diverse scope of natural beauty – the western edges of Ethiopia are home to lush rainforest, which quickly gives way to the towering peaks of the #EthiopianHighlands as one ventures east. If the rich history and spectacular natural sites don’t propel this nation to stardom, the national cuisine surely will – eating injera by hand is a cultural experience that everybody should take part at least once in their life.

Haile Selassie I (born Tafari Makonnen) was the emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974, although he was in exile from 1936 to 1941 after Italy invaded the country. Prior to being emperor, he served as regent from 1916 to 1930. For what was Haile Selassie I known?

 

 

May 20, 2020

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Trips by Region

#PolarBearTours

Meet the King of the #Arctic roaming its wild tundra home on #HudsonBay in #ChurchillCanada

#USANationalParksTours

Look for wolves in #Yellowstone, gape at the #GrandCanyon, hike #Glacier’s alpine heights, and more!

#Alaska & #NorthernAdventures

Get close to #Alaska’s #grizzlies, watch #icebergs calve in #Greenland, witness the wonder of the #northernlights

#AfricanSafaris

Intimate #wildlife #adventures featuring uncrowded private reserves and remote #luxury #bush #camps

#GalapagosTours

Meet amiable wildlife up close on expertly guided small-group explorations in the Enchanted Isles

#AsiaPacificAdventures

View endangered #pandas, #tigers, #orangutans, #pygmy #elephants, #rhinos, #koalas & other #wildlife

#SouthAmericaAdventures

From the #Amazon to the #Andes, from the #Pantanal to #Patagonia, explore this continent’s #amazing #biodiversity

#MexicoCentralAmericaTours

#Ecotourism #adventures with #graywhales, #monarchbutterflies, #seaturtles, #scarletmacaws & more!

#EuropeAdventures

Explore the wild side of Europe as we leave big cities behind to explore less-discovered #naturalwonders

#AntarcticaArcticJourneys

Commune with #penguins, #puffins and #polarbears in the most #remotewilderness areas on the planet

#PhotographyAdventures

For avid photographers of all ability levels, with coaching from an expert naturalist–photographer guide

#AdventureCruises

#Smallship #expeditionvoyages to the ends of the earth: explore #polarregions, #Amazon, #Alaska & beyond

August 8, 2016

CLASSIC HEART OF KENYA AND TANZANIA SAFARI! JESS@FriendsTravel.com

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CLASSIC HEART OF KENYA AND  TANZANIA SAFARI #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa

PROGRAM OVERVIEW: 

Classic heart of #Kenya and #Tanzania features Kenya’s and Tanzania most treasured national parks. Starting from #Nakuru National Park one of the greatest ornithological sites in the world and a great rhino sanctuary in Kenya, to the #MasaiMara Game Reserve and #Serengeti National Park the arena to one of greatest spectacle on earth, the wildebeest migration. The #Ngorongoro Crater in Northern Tanzania, once a gigantic volcano, is the largest intact caldera in the world whose rich pasture hosts over 30,000 animals. To Lake Manyara National Park which offers a wilderness experience in diverse habitats, from its Rift Valley soda lake to dense woodlands and steep mountainsides. The park is also famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions and the vast elephant herds it was established to protect.

Accommodation is based on small luxury tented camps and lodges which offer personalized services and are ideal for families, couples and small groups.

Transport is based on our well maintained safari minibus and land cruisers, with a flight from Mara to Serengeti making sure that you don’t miss any drama in the African Savannah!

This Classic Heart of Kenya and Tanzania safari memories will stay in your heart forever!

ITINERARY IN BRIEF: Date  Location  Accommodation  Meal Plan  Activity 
Day 1  Nairobi Eka Hotel Breakfast Transfer in
Day 2  Nakuru Flamingo Hill Camp Full Board Drive to Nakuru with lunch Pampa Restaurant Nairobi, game viewing
Day 3  Mara Ashnil Mara Camp Full Board Drive to Mara, game viewing/optional cultural village visit
Day 4  Mara Ashnil Mara Camp Full Board Game viewing/optional balloon ride
Day 5  Serengeti Mbuzi Mawe Serena Full Board Fly Serengeti, game viewing
Day 6  Serengeti Mbuzi Mawe Serena Full Board Game viewing/optional balloon ride
Day 7  Ngorongoro Ngorongoro Sopa Full Board Drive to Ngorongoro with a visit to Olduvai Museum, game viewing
Day 8  Ngorongoro Ngorongoro Sopa Full Board Game viewing in the Ngorongoro crator
Day 9  Manyara Lake Manyara Serena Full Board Drive to Manyara, game viewing
Day 10  Departure Drive to Arusha, lunch on own last minute shopping then transfer out

 

Accommodation: Eka Hotel 

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 2 

LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK 

This morning after a short briefing drive to Lake Nakuru National Park. The park boasts a huge variety of animals, including leopard which is often found snoozing on the branches of the magnificent yellow-barked acacias, lion, buffalo, hippo, waterbuck, warthog, baboon, the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe only found in this park in Kenya, white rhino and the rare black rhino which is protected and guarded here. Arrive in time for lunch followed by a late afternoon game drive.

Accommodation: Flamingo Hill Camp 

Meal Plan: Full Board 

DAY 3 

MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE 

After breakfast and a short briefing by your driver guide, drive to the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve, backdrop to ‘the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth’, the annual migration of over one million wildebeest. Arrive in time for lunch at your camp.

Spend the afternoon on safari in Kenya’s most popular reserve. Arrive back in lodge in time for campfire cocktails and dinner.

Overnight: Ashnil Mara Camp 

Meal Plan: Full Board 

DAY 4 

MARA NATIONAL RESERVE 

Your day will be spent on safari in Africa’s richest wildlife viewing arena. Historically teeming with wildlife, the Mara hosts Kenya’s largest lion prides and elephant herds. Other predators include leopard, cheetah and spotted hyena; while in the Mara River you will see fat pods of hippo and vast Nile crocodiles.

Other highlights include giraffe tops, gazelle, zebra, buffalo and over 550 species of birds.

Take the opportunity to fly over the Mara in a Hot air Balloon at an extra cost. The balloon package includes a champagne breakfast in the wild! If you can spare the money, viewing abundant game afloat a balloon is an unforgettable experience. Alternatively visit a Masai village and get learn the Masai culture at an extra cost.

Overnight: Ashnil Mara Camp 

Meal Plan: Full Board 

DAY 5 

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK 

After breakfast this morning you will be transferred to Keekorok Airstrip at 0910hrs where you will fly Migori arriving at 0930hrs. Upon arrival at Migori you will have a 30 minute road transfer to Isebania Immigrations and customs office then clear with the Immigration officials. At 1045hrs you will depart from Tarime airstrip arriving Serengeti~ Seronera airstrip at 1105hrs where your Tanzania guides will be eagerly

waiting for you. You will be transferred to Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp with a game viewing en route. Lunch will be at your camp followed by relaxation .Later enjoy an afternoon classic safari supper in the Serengeti National Park.

Overnight: Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp 

Full board accommodation 

DAY 6 

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK 

After breakfast, enjoy game driving (meals taken in true safari style ‘in the bush’) in the vast and sensational Serengeti, which covers 14,763 sq km of endlessly rolling savannah. Venue for ‘the greatest wildlife show on Earth’, the annual migration of over one million wildebeest, the park is

also renowned for its lions, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes and plains game. Overnight at the camp.

Overnight: Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp 

Full board accommodation 

DAY 7 

NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA 

This morning depart for Ngorongoro Conservation Area with picnic lunch boxes stopping en route at Ol Duvai Gorge. Known as the ‘Cradle of Mankind’, this is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world. Pioneered by famous paleontologists Louis and Mary Leakey in the 1950s it offers a glimpse into life two million years ago .The famous Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area (NCCA) features rolling plains, lakes, craters, mountains and dormant volcanoes. Arrive at your lodge in time for dinner and relaxation or an optional cultural village visit.

Overnight: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge 

Meal Plan: Full Board 

DAY 8 

NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA 

After breakfast, descend into the ‘8th Wonder of the World’, a unique biosphere that has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. Enclosed within its towering walls are grasslands, swamps, forests, saltpans, a fresh water lake and a glorious variety of birdlife. Here too are all the members of the ‘Big Five’ (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo) as well as a large cast of plains game and one of Africa’s densest populations of predators.

Enjoy a picnic lunch on the crater floor before climbing back up to the lodge in time for relaxation before dinner.

Overnight: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge 

Meal Plan: Full Board 

DAY 9 

LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK 

After breakfast drive to the beautiful Lake Manyara, a shallow alkaline lake that shimmers in a cleft in the Great Rift Valley. Enjoy lunch and check in at your lodge. Then later enjoy an afternoon game viewing in Lake Manyara National Park famous for its tree climbing lions. Later return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge 

Meal Plan: Full Board 

DAY 10 

Drive to Arusha. Following lunch on your own arrangements, spend time doing last minute shopping then later you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro airport for your flight back home.

Say good bye to the wonderful country and promise to join us on another expedition!

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October 27, 2015

#AfricaSafari #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa JESS@FriendsTravel.com

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Our Classic Africa Portfolio is the leading collection of eco-sensitive camps, private game reserves, luxury hotels, secluded beach retreats and renowned wine estates in Southern and East Africa.

Each experience offers unique accommodation in exclusive destinations. All are privately owned, often owner-managed, and each has their own special personality and style, but what really sets each of these impressive destinations apart is a strong commitment to sustainability. Each destination offers the conscientious traveller an opportunity to enjoy some of Africa’s most incredible landscapes and environments in the knowledge that their stay is also supporting the local communities and protects the area’s ecological heritage.

Active Kenya

10 nights: GIRAFFE MANOR – SOLIO LODGE – SASAAB – SALA’S CAMP
ADVENTURE * ACTIVE * FAMILIES, FRIENDS, Individuals

HIGHLIGHTS
• FUN-FILLED ADVENTURE: Providing for a range of unique and exciting experiences at each of the properties, including having breakfast with giraffes, fishing in the Aberdares and remote fly-camping in Samburu.

• DIVERSITY: Showcasing Kenya’s diversity in both wildlife and topography from the cityscape of Nairobi, the high altitude greenery of Solio conservancy, the expansive wilderness of the Samburu and the iconic plains of the Maasai Mara.

• ACTIVITY SPECIAL OFFERS: Make the most of these unique safari activities with the below discounts and freebies, including free internal flights! Total Savings of up to US$ 2,942 per person.

 

SEASON
Peak season is from June to October, but this itinerary is great all year round.

Giraffe Manor is closed 15 April – 15 May.
Solio Lodge is closed 1 – 15 November.
Sasaab is closed 16 – 30 November.
Sala’s Camp is closed May and November.

Please note: the activities included on this itinerary is valid for all new bookings confirmed by the end of 2015 with travel up to 16th December 2016. There is a minimum stay of 10 nights at our Safari Collection properties.

ITINERARY DETAIL
Arrive: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and FREE road transfer to Giraffe Manor.

  • GIRAFFE MANOR x 1 night

An iconic, boutique hotel and a perfect place either to start or end a safari. Enjoy the unique experience of having breakfast with the resident giraffe! FREE transfers around Karen and Langata. 

Fly: FREE flight from Wilson airport to Nanyuki airstrip with Safarilink, followed by a 45-minute drive to Solio Lodge.

  • SOLIO LODGE x 3 nights

Solio offers a top safari experience with superb game viewing including a healthy population of endangered black and white rhino, a range of exciting activities to choose from including 4×4 game drives, walking, horseback riding and cycling. Guests can also opt for day trips to the Aberdares for a spot of trout fishing.

ACTIVITY SPECIAL OFFER: Catch a fish in the Aberdare National Park with one complimentary park fee entry worth US$ 65.

Fly: FREE private charter with Tropic Air from Solio’s private airstrip to Sasaab airstrip.

  • SASAAB x 3 nights

Sasaab offers something for every traveller: morning and afternoon game drives are always on offer, ccamel trekking, walks in the arid and stunning surrounding area or for the extra adventurous fly-camping in remote areas of the conservancy. Or simply relax back at the lodge by your private plunge pool or pamper yourself in Spasaab.

ACTIVITY SPECIAL OFFER: A free two hour quad-bike safari for two people worth US$ 140 per couple / Exclusive use of a vehicle for a day followed by a camp out for the night under the Samburu stars worth US$ 406 / Enjoy one free one-hour ‘Safari Pick Me Up’ massage at SpaSaab woth US$ 65.

Fly: FREE flight from Sasaab to Keekorok airstrip in the Maasai Mara with Safarilink.

  • SALA’S CAMP x 3 nights 

A traditional tented camp in the heart of the Maasai Mara, Sala’s Camp offers a classic Kenyan Safari with outstanding game viewing and not to mention its perfect position in which to watch the annual wildebeest migration.

ACTIVITY SPECIAL OFFER:  Fly high over the Mara plains and receive 10% off your balloon safari saving US$ 90 per couple.

Fly: FREE flight from Keekorok airstrip back to Wilson in Nairobi.

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April 30, 2014

#AfricaSafari #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

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Our portfolio of Africa safari destinations includes different geographic areas, different styles of accommodation, different types of activities and even different wildlife. All that choice sometimes makes it hard to decide where to go on your safari. Keeping that in mind, we have created a few suggested itineraries to start you thinking – however, please know that you can mix and match these itineraries to your heart’s content. We just want you to have an amazing time when visiting any of the Africa properties.
When any of these itineraries do catch your fancy, please contact our office for pricing information.

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Introduction to Kenya – This safari gives you an introduction to what we like to call the “golden triangle” of Kenya – the Chyulus & Amboseli area, the Laikipia & Mt. Kenya area and the Masai Mara. This itinerary includes a mix of lodges & tented camps and on it you’ll cross the equator and thus get to experience different species of wildlife that are only native to a specific hemisphere.

Romance of East Africa – This safari includes some of our most romantic safari destinations – perfect for a honeymoon, anniversary or anytime you want to relax with a loved one. On this itinerary there are many opportunities for romantic bush dinners, spa time as well as all the traditional safari activities. Love is truly in the air.

Get Out and Get Active – While all of our properties provide activities that get you out of the vehicle and moving, this safari includes our most active safari destinations. On this itinerary you’ll be able to not only do game walks but also hiking, horseback riding, camel trekking, mountain biking, fly camping and even fly in a replica biplane if you wish. Perfect for those who simply can’t sit still.

King (or Queen) of the Castle – Our safari destinations include a portfolio of private houses – perfect places to call home while on safari. This itinerary includes 3 of our most popular houses that are located in three very different geographic areas so you get the chance to experience different wildlife, topography and local culture. All from your own private home in the bush.

Put one Foot in Front of the Other – There is nothing like being out on foot while in the bush and no way better to experience this than on a mobile walking safari. Don’t worry you won’t have to carry your own tent, our team of camels will do that for you and the tribesmen that you will be out with will set up camp for you every night. Learn the art of tracking & bush craft firsthand.

Let’s Horse Around – A unique experience for the experienced horse rider, a mobile riding safari in some of the most picturesque scenery in all of East Africa. Imagine seeing elephant, lion, cheetah on horseback or riding out amongst the zebra, giraffe and other plains game. A truly once in a lifetime safari.

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February 28, 2014

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February 22, 2014

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October 18, 2013

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