Kenya and Zanzibar
January 17-24, 2022
Kenya and Zanzibar
Trip Dates: January 17-24, 2022
Trip Length: 8 days / 7 nights
Trip Level: 2 - Easy (click for details)
Trip Type: Luxury (click for details)
Spend 3 nights on safari in a luxury tented camp in the world-famous Maasai Mara.
Get up close and personal with all the wildlife you ever dreamed of - lions and leopards, giraffe and
elephants, and everything in between.
Travel to the exotic island of Zanzibar and explore its ancient towns, spice farms, and natural wonders.
Savor a relaxing Shabbos together with the local Chabad, right on the stunning beaches of the Indian Ocean.
Enjoy a constant supply of delectable gourmet food prepared fresh on-site by Menachem Weiss of the famous Weiss Brothers Catering.
All luxurious details are taken care of for you - private lodges, chartered planes, and much, much more.
Day 0, Sunday
Depart for Africa
Depart for Nairobi, Kenya - airport code NBO.
Day 1, Monday
Arrive in Kenya in the late afternoon or early evening. Meet and greet, and transfer to our hotel in Nairobi. Unwind from a long day of traveling, meet your hosts, and get to know your fellow travelers before enjoying a wonderful welcome dinner.
Days 2-5, Tuesday - Friday
Safari in the Maasai Mara
We start our day on Tuesday at Nairobi's domestic airport for our private chartered flight to the Mara. This flight saves over 10 hours of driving each way and takes us directly to our lodge. We immediately begin seeing wildlife, and this remains the theme for the next few days. We'll get up close and personal to everything from giant elephants to tiny antelope - and everything in between.
For the next 3 nights we will be staying in the incredible Leopard Hill Camp, situated in the middle of the private Mara Naboisho Conservancy. This conservancy sits adjacent to the world-famous Maasai Mara National Reserve and hosts what is arguably the best wildlife viewing on earth. The advantage of staying in the conservancy instead of the reserve is that we are free of the reserve’s restrictive rules and traffic. We can drive off road to follow a leopard, stay out as long as we wish, do night and walking safaris, and most uniquely, have the place basically to ourselves and not have to share each sighting with twenty or more other vehicles.
As far as wildlife, in addition to the same animals found in the reserve (they all move freely between the two), the conservancy is home to the largest concentration of lions anywhere on earth. All of the Big 5 are present, as well as untold numbers of other game. The animals here are more relaxed as well, so we’ll be able to get a lot closer and spend more time with them than on most other safaris.
Our lodge is a luxury tented camp, and we will be exclusively for our group. Each tent boasts incredible 360-degree views, a huge deck with a firepit, indoor and outdoor showers, and tons of amenities. At night, press a bedside button and watch a motorized overhead panel roll back, revealing a night sky covered in a million twinkling stars.
We’ll spend the next few days here doing morning and evening game drives, returning to the lodge for the middle part of the day when the animals are least active. We’ll relax a bit, have lunch, and then head out for a walking safari, a bird safari, or visit a local Maasai village. In the afternoon we’ll head out for another game drive, and stay out after dark to observe the nocturnal animals and hunting behavior with infrared spotlights.
On Friday morning we’ll do one final morning game drive before meeting the chartered plane at the airstrip for our flight to Zanzibar.
Days 5-8, Friday - Monday
Say goodbye to Kenya as you board our chartered plane to the incredible island of Zanzibar. Known as the Spice Island, Zanzibar has been at the crossroads of cultures for millennia. Today it is an eclectic mixture of old and new and East and West, all set in a tropical paradise boasting some of the most beautiful beaches on earth
We'll drive through ancient towns and fragrant forests en route to our hotel on a stunning Indian Ocean beach, before settling in and getting ready for Shabbos. Chabad of Zanzibar is just a short walk away, and we'll head there for our Shabbos davening and meals.
Sunday and Monday will be spend enjoying the sights and sounds of this unique place. We'll tour the ancient city of Stone Town, visit a spice farm, explore the jungle and mangrove forests of Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park looking for monkeys.
Finally, on Monday afternoon, it is time to say goodbye with a final drive to the airport and your flight home.
Trip cost: Contact us
For a complete list of what is and what isn't included in the trip cost, see the Important Info section below.
All stays are double occupancy.
It may be possible to use your credit card points or airline miles to pay for the trip. Contact us for more info.
This trip requires a minimum amount of participants.
We strongly recommend that all travelers obtain comprehensive travel insurance including "cancel for any reason" coverage.
Antarctica Kosher Expedition
Our meals will be prepared fresh on-site by Menachem Weiss of the famous Weiss Brothers Catering. All food will adhere to the highest standards of Kashrus - Cholov Yisroel, Pas Yisroel, Glatt, and Chassidishe Shechita.
Prepare to be wowed by lavish breakfast buffets, delicious packed lunches, and elegant sit-down dinners complete with fine wines - including a number of bush meals.
On Shabbos we will join Chabad, who will work together with our chef for all meals.
Special requests: If you have any dietary restrictions, let us know and we'll try to accommodate you.
All airport transfers
Private chartered internal flights (Nairobi-Maasai Mara, Maasai Mara-Zanzibar) and all airport and passenger fees
All lodging and resort fees
Morning, afternoon, and night game drives
Walking safaris and cultural visits
All tours and activities in Zanzibar
All admission fees, fuel surcharges, conservancy fees, guides, etc. for the above listed itinerary
All meals and snacks for the duration of the trip
COVID testing arrangements in Africa as needed
Professional photography throughout the trip
What's Not Included:
Airfare to or from Africa
Items of a personal nature (spa services, souvenirs, etc.)
Optional tips (count on $100-150 or so per guest)
Visa fees or airport taxes
Vaccination or inoculation costs (none required, some suggested), anti-malarials (pills required)
Covid tests themselves (count on $200-300 per person)
Kosher Horizons strongly recommends that all travelers obtain comprehensive travel insurance. Such insurance may provide coverage for losses suffered in the event of trip cancellation and interruption, travel delay, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay, medical emergencies and the like.
Kosher Horizons shall take no responsibility or liability for any other expenses incurred, including but not limited to non-refundable airline tickets, personal, or property damage before, during, or after the duration of this trip. A signed limit of liability form and medical release form may be required to attend this trip.
The trip pricing is based on the current airline and park fees and exchange rate. Should any of these change before the trip takes place, Kosher Horizons reserves the right to adjust the trip pricing accordingly.
The above itinerary is intended as a guide only and may change based on weather, group preferences, or other reasons.