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The trip includes superior accommodations throughout; all wildlife viewing by minibus, with window-seats guaranteed and driven by a naturalist guide; professional, experienced naturalists throughout; all gratuities for baggage handling, hotel tips and taxes; and all game-park entry fees.
Optional activities include a balloon safari over the Serengeti, fishing for Nile perch in Lake Victoria and a visit to a Maassai village. There's even optional programming for teachers, who can earn continuing-education credits on the trip.
A pre-safari extension is available to Amboseli National Park, situated in the shadows of the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro and home to five wildlife habitats attracting a wide variety of animal and bird life. The park's numerous elephant herds have been studied for more than 30 years by noted naturalist and author Cynthia Moss, founder of the Amboseli Elephant Research Project. The pre-trip extension also includes a journey to Tsavo West National Park, a volcanic-landscape home to more than 1,000 species of plants.
An optional post-safari extension will continue this trip-of-a-lifetime for guests as they fly to Mombasa. Here guests will marvel at the sites of this ancient seaport, with its Arab and Indian maze of narrow streets and passageways, overhanging balconies and carved doorways. The extension includes a trip on a small sailing dhow to Wasini Island for spectacular snorkeling in the Indian Ocean, where guests can swim amid coral with tropical fish and sea turtles and watch dolphins glide past.
The Zoo Society started trips more than 25 years ago, primarily as a benefit for Zoo Society members who wanted to travel with small groups of like-minded people and experience first-hand the plant and animal species and ecosystems they saw represented at the N.C. Zoo.