Kenya: one of the world’s most esteemed and exciting safari destinations, with endless grassy plains, vast sparkling lakes, rugged mountain ranges, and an abundance of species found nowhere else on earth. Travel to the east coast of Africa to experience a land once traversed by the earliest of humanity.
Under British colonial rule until 1963, Kenya is now a bourgeoning republic, roughly the size of Texas. Despite its size, Kenya is home to a drastically diverse landscape, from the lush coastline to the snow-tipped mountain ranges. The Great Rift Valley, created by a fissure in the earth’s crust, is lined with volcanoes, such as the dormant Mount Longono, and dotted with lakes, such as glistening Lake Nakuru. But even with such a remarkable and diverse landscape, Kenya is most often visited due to its unrivalled concentration of wildlife. Here, travelers on safari have a chance to see the Big Five of Africa: lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, and rhinoceroses. In the Maasai Mara National Reserve, lucky spectators have a chance to witness the annual wildebeest migration, in which massive numbers of wildebeests, zebras, gazelles and impalas cross the Mara River for better grazing grounds. Bird enthusiasts will be ecstatic to visit Lake Nakuru National Park, where the elegant flamingo and about 450 species of birds call home. Wherever your interests may lie, an unforgettable experience will be had by all who choose to venture into this country of warm people, beautiful scenery, and untamed wilderness.
Seychelles: the epitome of island paradise, with lush green jungles, powdery white sand beaches, and pristine turquoise waters. Journey across the Indian Ocean to experience the legendary beauty of this modern day Garden of Eden.
Seychelles is a remote archipelago off the east coast of Africa made up of 115 islands, with a population of approximately 90,000. First settled by the French in 1770, the islands were eventually ceded to Britain in 1814 and did not gain independence until 1976. Under British colonial rule, plantations were established on the islands, producing goods such as coconuts, cotton, and sugar cane. Despite the remote location, or perhaps because of it, the Seychelles has attracted people from all over world since its discovery. This has led to a melting pot nation, where a multitude of races and religions are represented and reside harmoniously. The year round balmy weather, unique culture, breathtaking scenery, and collection of rare species make Seychelles an unparalleled destination you won’t want to miss.
Day by Day Itinerary
DAY 1 NAIROBI
On arrival at Nairobi Airport, you will be met and taken to your hotel.
DAY 2 NAIROBI / LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK
Depart Nairobi and travel west through Kenya’s fertile highlands, past rolling tea and coffee estates. Trees part to reveal spectacular views of the Great Rift Valley, including the dormant Mount Longonot volcano. Your panoramic journey will take you past Lake Naivasha, the highest Rift Valley lake, 1884m above sea level, and onto Lake Nakuru, often a shimmering flamingo pink thanks to thousands of beautiful birds lining its shores. A closer look may reveal the pink ears of a hippo rising briefly above the surface. After lunch, enjoy a game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park, home to rare tree-climbing lions. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)
DAY 3 NJORO / MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
Leave the flamingo-fringed Lake Nakuru after an early morning breakfast, and head for Njoro town to begin your ascent to the top of the Mau Escarpment about 10,000 feet above sea level. Then, travel toward Narok, gateway to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, one of the most spectacular and abundant wildlife destinations in the world and district headquarters of this part of Maasailand. You'll travel across Kenya’s "breadbasket," covered with acres of wheat and barley, before reaching the Mara. After lunch, you’ll partake in a game drive in Maasai Mara before returning to the lodge for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)
DAY 4 MAASAI MARA
Spend your morning and afternoon at game drives in Maasai Mara, home to many species of mammals and more than 400 species of birds. Visitors almost always glimpse the lions, rhinos, buffalos, elephants and leopards for which the African plains are famous. Take part in an optional balloon safari (additional cost). (B,L,D)
DAY 5 MAASAI MARA / NAROK
After an early breakfast, you’ll depart the Maasai Mara and continue across acres of wheat and barley farms to Narok. Keep an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle as you cross the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley. Head up the rift escarpment on a road built by Italian prisoners during World War II. You’ll arrive in Kenya’s bustling capital around midday. After lunch, visit the Karen Blixen Museum and Giraffe Centre. Evening transfer to your hotel. (B,L,D)
DAY 6 NAIROBI/SEYCHELLES
After breakfast, transfer to Nairobi Airport for your flight to the Seychelles. Arrive at Mahe Inter Island Quay - St Anne Island. Embark the M/Y Pegasus. After the welcome cocktail and safety drill, we leave Port Victoria and sail to nearby St Anne for a refreshing swim stop off the ship in the stunning aquamarine waters. Anchor near St Anne for welcome dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)
DAY 7 ST ANNE/CURIEUSE
We leave St Anne Island early in the morning for Curieuse, nicknamed “The Red Island” because of its soil’s hue. This uninhabited former leper colony houses more than 500 giant tortoises, eight species of mangrove tree, and the protected Coco de Mer plant. We may even spot a black parrot. Our walking excursion with a park guide will bring us to the farm alongside impressive mangrove forests and massive granite cliffs. We return to the beach for a barbecue under the trees. In the afternoon, you can enjoy the beach and sea activities. Anchor for overnight.(B,L,D)
DAY 8 COUSIN ISLAND / ANSE LAZIO
In the morning, we sail for the powder-white shores of Cousin Island, where conservation efforts have allowed much of this former coconut plantation’s native forest to regenerate. Now a bird sanctuary thanks to Bird Life International’s work to preserve the Seychelles warblers, the island is home to several species. It boasts nesting beaches for turtles, particularly the Hawksbill. Later in the afternoon, we sail to Anse Lazio on Praslin Island, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Stroll among red boulders through the powder-fine white sand or partake in water sports, snorkelling or diving. Evening at anchor. (B,L,D)
DAY 9 ANSE LAZIO - ARIDE - ST PIERRE - BAIE ST ANNE, PRASLIN
In the morning we leave for Aride Island, one of the world’s most important nature reserves, with a significant population of seabird species. The island is home to several indigenous species found nowhere else on earth, such as Wright's Gardenia and Audubon's Shearwater, the Seychelles warbler. Our excursion will take you all the way to the top of the island for an amazing view. At noon we sail for St Pierre Island. We reach St Pierre after lunch for a 3 hour snorkeling and swimming stop. Observe a coral reef, significantly damaged by a tsunami, slowly regaining its former magnificence. Witness an abundant variety of fish, such as the blue tang and the clown surgeonfish, and, if we’re lucky, sea turtles. At sunset, we leave St Pierre to sail into Baie St Anne, Praslin. Overnight at dock. Creole Night. (B,L,D)
DAY 10 BAIE ST ANNE, PRASLIN
Disembark the Pegasus at 9:00 to 10:00 am, where you will be transported to the airport for your flight back to the United States. (B)
Ports of Call
St. Anne Island
St. Pierre Island
The twin-hulled Pegasus, built in 1990, completely refitted in 1997 and renovated in 2016, accommodates up to 44 guests in 21 cabins, in a relaxed and congenial atmosphere. On board you will enjoy magnificent sea views as you stroll our 2,550 square feet / 240 m2 of open deck. You can relax with friends in the handsomely appointed lounge, browse in the well-stocked library or enjoy ocean view dining in the convivial and spacious restaurant area. A platform on Pegasus stern enables you to swim when weather and anchorage conditions permit. We have also added for your relaxation a zen mini spa located on the Lower Deck. Read less
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