This year we have planned three group safaris at steeply discounted prices that will augment classroom learning and a three-day trip to a Diani Beach resort on the Indian Ocean, south of Mombasa. Safari is a Swahili word that means trip. The weekend before the program begins (June 22 and 23) we will travel to the Lake Naivaisha in the Great Rift Valley, the mammoth fissure in the earth's surface where the great anthropological discoveries have been made. This freshwater lake has an abundant hippo population and over 300 species of birdlife. We will take a boat launch to the Crescent Island Game Sanctuary where we walk among giraffe, zebras, gazelles, and other non-predatory wildlife. The next morning there will be an opportunity to climb the extinct volcano, Mt. Longonot, that rises to 9000 feet above the Rift Valley floor.
After the first week of classes (June 28 – 30), we will journey to the Samburu National Reserve on a three-day safari adventure. We will drive around the 17,000 feet jagged peak of Mt. Kenya and then down into the subdesert region of Samburu. The Ewaso Nyiro River runs through the Park and attracts abundant wildlife. You will encounter leopard, cheetah, elephant, ostrich, gerenuk antelope, crocodile, Grevy's zebra, and the reticulated giraffe. This is an opportunity to observe Kenyan wildlife management policies in action.
After the second week of classes (July 4-7) we help arrange a group trip to Diani Beach on the Indian Ocean 20 miles south of the port city of Mombasa. You will swim and snorkel in the coral reef protected waters and experience the lifestyle and culture of the Swahili people. We will stay at the Baobob Beach Resort hotel right on Diani Beach (www.baobab-beach-resort.com).
During the second or third week of classes we tour the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) facilities outside of Nairobi and hear a lecture from a top lawyer at the UN on the Ozone Treaty and the Montreal Protocols. We will arrange a tour of the Kenyan law courts and will attempt to have the Chief Justice or another justice speak to us.Standard Disclaimer for External Links
After exams we will help arrange a safari to the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve home to the Annual Migration of wildebeest and zebra. The migration occurs in late July and August. With luck you may see it as have many other Nairobi institute members over the years of the program. It is a five-hour drive climbing the escarpment, then down into the Great Rift Valley, and finally over dirt roads into the park. The Mara is the finest park in Kenya and the venue of the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra up from the Serengeti in Tanzania. In past years students have seen the annual migration as well as lion, cheetah, giraffe, elephant, and leopard. This year we expect to stay at the Mara Sarova Game Camp at steeply discounted rates. The facilities include comfortable beds, a shower, toilet, and a private veranda facing over the river. There is a guest dining room, lounge, bar, and a swimming pool. We will notify you of the costs and firm dates when final arrangements have been made. The price will include all transportation including the drive to the park, a guide and game drives, meals, two nights lodging, and student park fees. For further information go to www.sarovahotels.com.
There will be time after the program to visit the other parks and sights in Kenya and Tanzania. In the past students have used this time to work on an internship, climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, visit the bird sanctuaries in the Great Rift Valley such as Lake Nakuru National Park and Lake Baringo, relax on Indian Ocean beaches and enjoy the several underwater marine parks along the coral reef, visit the mountain gorillas in Uganda, travel to the exotic islands of Zanzibar and Lamu, or visit Kenyan friends that you have made.