Special offer trips
150 years ago, millions of Africans had to bear a cruel fate, slavery.
They were captured by slave hunters, chained together and forced to walk some times hundred of kilometers to be sold for example to planters who used them as cheap labour in their fields. Central and East Africa was one of the main areas where the slave hunters and traders, most of them Arabs made their shady deals.
They caught their victims e.g. in some areas of Zanzibar and Tanzania and escorted them for batter through Mombasa. A cultural safari through parts of Kenyan coast and Ukambani- Makueni, Kitui and Mwingi will reveal the practice of slave trade in East africa. Some very influential individuals like Chief Kivoi of Ukambani really influenced this practice and were used by the westerners in their persuit of this practice.
The Slaves were brought to the coast and from there to the spice island of Zanzibar and many were sold further to the Arab countries, Persia, and India, Mauritania and Reunion. The clove plantations on Zanzibar and the oil-palm groves at Mombasa, developed by Said, needed a large labour force. This need was met by the slave trade.
The cruelty of the slave trade revived European interest in Kenya. The British consul in Zanzibar took the lead in the anti-slave-trade movement.
By the 1850s, in return for guarantees of continued protection, the sultan had signed treaties limiting the scope of the trade. Finally, in 1873, fearing that the British would support a European takeover of his empire, Said’s son Barghash agreed to abolition.
Officially, the slave trade was forbidden in 1873 under British pressure, but it went on secretly for several years.
Learn more of this on safari as well as interaction with the local communities and discover Kogelo village, home to President Obama's father.
15 DAYS CULTURAL & WILDLIFE SAFARI | DISCOVER AFRICAN AMERICAN ROOTS | SLAVE TRADE IN EAST AFRICA | OBAMA & KOGELO TOUR SPECIAL
Arrival in Nairobi in time for an evening transfer to Mombasa via first class train service or flight. Dinner and overnight in the train or Mombasa hotel.
Day 2: Mombasa
Arrival in Mombasa city in time for a city tour of Fort Jesus, Old town and learn about the history of Fort Jesus in time for lunch. Later evening take an excursion of Mombasa by night to learn history of Mombasa. Dinner and overnight at a Mombasa beach hotel. (3-4***)
Day 3: Malindi
Breakfast and visit the slave caves of Mombasa. After, leave for Malindi in time for lunch. Afternoon, visit the Gedi Ruins and get to learn the history of these ruins. Dinner and overnight at a hotel. (3-4***)
Day 4: Mombasa
Breakfast and leave for Mombasa in time for lunch. Spend afternoon relaxing in your hotel or take a city walk. Dinner and overnight in a hotel. (3-4***)
Day 5: Kibwezi
Breakfast and leave Mombasa for Kibwezi through Chief Kivoi route accompanied by a narrator to explain the history of this great chief and how he influenced slave trade with a possible village excursion and interaction with the rural folk. Dinner and overnight in Kibwezi Guest house. (2**)
Day 6: Kitui
Breakfast and leave for Kitui through same route the famous chief passed during slave trade. Get to discover some very unique insights about this ancient practice and the final resting place at Mutomo, of the great chief. Visit the famous Nzambani Rock on way with a possible interaction with the locals. Dinner and overnight at Kitui Tourist Inn or similar. (2**)
Day 7: Kitui/ Mwingi
Breakfast and leave for Mwingi in time for lunch at Mwingi Tourist Resort or similar. After, take an afternoon village cultural visit to learn more about the locals or visit a bee keeping project, in time for dinner and overnight at Mwingi Tourist Inn or similar.
Day 8: Nairobi
Breakfast and leave for Nairobi, with a possibility of going through one of the most important dams in Kenya, the Masinga. Lunch enroute at Matuu Dallas hotel arriving in time for dinner and overnight at Kipepeo hotel/ Boulevard hotel. (3-4***)
Day 9: Masai Mara
Depart for the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, stopping at the viewpoint of the Great Rift Valley and at Narok town. Arrive in time for lunch and a late afternoon/early evening game drive in this 'big game country' famed worldwide for its high animal concentration, abundance and variety. Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at Maasai Mara Sopa lodge/ Nyumbu tented Camp/ Leisure camp/ Tipilikwani camp. (3-4***)
Day 10: Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Early breakfast then proceed for a day tracking game with your guide in this park whose landscape is savannah grassland on rolling hills. Virtually every type of animal is found in the Mara, which has an extensive road, and track network, which allows excellent photography and viewing opportunities, making it the best and most visited park in Kenya. We will cater for a picnic lunch at the hippo pool or from your hotel. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at Mara Sopa lodge/ Nyumbu tented camp or similar. (3-4***)
(Balloon trip at an extra US$455)
Day 11: Maasai Mara Game Reserve- Nakuru
Early cup of tea or coffee then proceed on your final pre-breakfast game drive. Return to the lodge for a late breakfast then depart the Mara region for Nakuru, with lunch enroute. Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at Bontana hotel/ similar. (3-4***)
Day 12: Lake Nakuru National Park
After breakfast proceed on a game drive in Nakuru Park, which has prolific bird life including flamingos, white pelicans and the marabou stock among others. Waterbuck and Cape buffalo can be seen near the shoreline. Rothschild's giraffe and the white rhino are additional attractions among other species of plains game and cats like lion. You may spot leopard, which is rather elusive. Take late lunch in Nakuru and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Merica hotel/ Bontana. (3-4***)
Day 13: Kisumu- Lake Victoria
Breakfast and leave for Kisumu city in time for lunch at Kisumu hotel. Later afternoon leave for Lake Victoria. Dinner and overnight at Kisumu hotel/ Sunset/ Jumuia Resort/ Imperial hotel. (3-4***)
Day 14: Kogelo village
Breakfast and leave for President Obama’s original roots- Kogelo village. This is where US President Obama’s father was born and raised up from.Dinner and overnight at Kisumu hotel/ Sunset/ Jumuia Resort/ Imperial hotel. (3-4***)
Day 15: Nairobi
Breakfast and leave for Nairobi by road arriving in time for your departure home.
Transport, train ticket, park fees, hotels and tented camps accommodation, 3 meals a day on safari, half board accommodation in Mombasa & Malindi, airport transfers, driver & guides
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