LIVE AUCTION PREVIEW:  12-Night East Africa Trip with Gorilla Trekking

LIVE AUCTION PREVIEW: 12-Night East Africa Trip with Gorilla Trekking

Value: $33,200
Item #: 5
As the absolute leader in ultra-luxe southern and east Africa travel, ROAR AFRICA, in support of WildAid’s commitment to conservation in Africa, has generously donated an East Africa Trip, including Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda.

Highlights
1-Night - Hemingways Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

5-star hotel in a suite with personal butler

3-Nights – Ol Seki Camp, Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya
Exclusive stay in a tented canvas suite - enjoy a boutique safari experience with one of the highest densities of lions in Africa
 
3-Nights – Angama Mara Camp, Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya
Experience one of Africa’s most famous safari destinations while staying in a luxuriously furnished tented suite where scenes from “Out of Africa” were filmed
 
3-Nights – Segera Retreat, Laikipia Plateau, Kenya
Enjoy cascading waterfalls, a private wildlife sanctuary, and a bespoke safari while staying in a thatched elegant villa
 
2-Nights – Sabyinyo Lodge, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Trek to see the magnificent mountain gorilla while staying at the beautiful Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge. Also see the elephants of Akagera, the chimpanzees and monkeys of Nyungwe. Rwanda will touch your soul.

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Fair Market Value: $33,200

The Details
1-Night – Hemingways Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

Known as the 'Green City in the Sun', Nairobi is Kenya’s largest city and capital. This charming, cosmopolitan city got its name from a Maasai phrase ‘Enkare Nyorobi’ meaning 'the place of cool waters.’ The province of Nairobi is located on the Nairobi River in the south of the country. Furthermore, it is the most populated city in East Africa and the fourth largest city in Africa.
 
Hemingways Nairobi is a premium 5-star hotel located at the foot of the Ngong Hills in the historical suburb of Karen. With many tourist attractions in close proximity, such as the Giraffe Sanctuary, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (which does incredible work with orphaned elephants), the Karen Blixen Museum and the Nairobi National Park, the hotel is perfectly located to explore this bustling capital city. Imbued with an airy plantation architectural design, each of the 45 elegant suites have private balconies, endless views and a personal butler to cater to your every need. Fine-dining and a stylish bar offer international flavors for the most discerning of palates. After sight-seeing, relax on a lounger next to the pool or indulge in a pampering treatment at the spa.
 
3-Nights - Ol Seki Camp, Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya
The Mara Naboisho Conservancy is located in Kenya adjacent to the Masai Mara National Reserve. This private conservancy is a ground-breaking project of tourism benefiting conservation and community. With its high concentration of wildlife and generous personal space, visitors enjoy exceptional wildlife encounters. The Mara Naboisho Conservancy in Kenya is home to the big cats – in impressive numbers – and herds of elephant, giraffe, and wildebeest. This private conservancy strictly monitors the number of tourists who enter the area, reducing the number of vehicles and the human impact on the environment and wildlife.
 
While the charm of the Mara Naboisho Conservancy is its exclusivity, the philosophy of the conservancy is refreshingly inclusive, for the 50,000-acre conservancy is made up of land contributions from 500 Maasai landowners. The conservancy fees provide the Maasai community with a sustainable livelihood and ensure the conservation of the wildlife in this vital corridor of the Masai Mara eco-system.
 
The Ol Seki Hemingways Mara is named after the Ol Seki tree that in local Maasai, means 'blessed'. The branches of this tree have been used by the Maasai for centuries to settle disputes. Perched on the edge of a ridge in 21,000-hectare Naboisho Conservancy, Hemingways Ol Seki Mara offers an exclusive boutique safari experience in an area believed to have one of the highest densities of lions in Africa. With just eight canvas tented suites elegantly decorated in calming neutral tones, each suite is elevated to maximize the views of the plains below. Activities include game drives, guided walks, cultural visits to the local village, or hikes to Ndorobo Cave.
 
3-Nights - Angama Mara Camp, Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya
Maasai Mara is situated in southwest Kenya and is known as Africa's greatest wildlife reserve, home to over 95 species of mammals and 570 recorded species of birds. Famous for the abundance of lions, the great wildebeest migration (July to October), and the Masai people, it is one of Africa's most famous safari destinations. Maasai Mara National Reserve stretches 580 square miles and sits 500 - 720 feet above sea level. The terrain of the reserve is primarily grassland and riverine forest with clumps of acacia trees.
 
Angama Mara is suspended on the rim of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment. It is said that Angama Mara is where heaven and earth collide, for this exquisitely designed and luxuriously furnished lodge commands endless vistas across the Mara where you can watch buffalo and elephants grazing from the exceptional comfort of your deck. Angama Mara is made up of two intimate camps, with 15 tented suites that are independently serviced. Facilities include a beautifully designed communal area with a swimming pool, fitness gym and library. Safari excursions are tailored to each guest, taking into consideration previous game experiences, personal passions and time preferences. So, whether you choose to drift across the Mara in a hot air balloon, take a walking safari with the local Maasai, or enjoy a picnic in the exact location where scenes from the iconic movie 'Out of Africa' were filmed, you'll discover that Angama Mara is on another level, literally and figuratively.
 
3-Nights - Segera Retreat, Laikipia Plateau, Kenya
Laikipia County – Kenya: Nestled between glorious Mount Kenya to the east and the Great Rift Valley to the west, a stunningly diverse and seemingly magical environment, the 9,500 square kilometer Laikipia region enjoys woodland, grasslands and fertile riverbeds where water flowing from the Aberdare Mountains long ago gave rise to the Mutara River to the north, and the Ewaso Nyiro, Suguroi and Segera Rivers to the south. A cascading waterfall flows from the Segera River and in the Valley of Kiseregai Creek, the natural Delamere Springs attract herds of elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, and important populations of reticulated giraffe, Lelwel's hartebeest and endangered species such as Grevy's zebra, Patas monkey and one of the few expanding populations of African Wild Dog.
 
Segera Retreat is an exclusive, private wildlife sanctuary perfectly situated between the Great Rift Valley and spectacular Mount Kenya. Set on 20,000 hectares in the heart of Kenya's Laikipia Plateau, it was created by conservationist and businessman Jochen Zeitz as a place of adventure, spiritual reflection and peace. As such, each of the six thatched villas are set within a botanical sculpture garden and combine a bespoke contemporary safari style. Sliding shade doors and panoramic views connect Segera's elegant villas to the wild grasslands of the Laikipia Plateau.
 
2-Nights - Sabyinyo Lodge, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
The Virunga Volcanoes are a chain of 15,000-foot volcanoes stretching through Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcan) in Rwanda has eight families of mountain gorilla living on the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes. Guests trek on foot to see the magnificent mountain gorilla which is considered to be one of the most dramatic, thrilling and poignant wildlife experiences.
 
The beautifully constructed Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is named for the magnificent gorillas that call this slice of paradise home and is located just minutes away from the headquarters of the Parc National des Volcans. Situated at the Virunga foothills, a chain of 15,000ft-high volcanoes that extend from Rwanda through to Uganda and The Democratic Republic of the Congo, the camp offers the opportunity to trek on foot to see the endangered mountain gorillas.
 
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is in the Governor’s Camp Collection, known for its transformational safari experiences, and is comprised of five double cottages, two suites and one family suite. All are stone buildings with Rwandese terracotta tile roofs, and feature large sitting areas, fireplaces, stylish en-suite bathrooms, a dressing room and a sheltered verandah. In addition to the mountain gorillas, you can also expect to see the elephants of Akagera, the chimpanzees and monkeys of Nyungwe and some 670 species of birdlife. Rwanda is a place that will touch your soul - expect one of the most dramatic, thrilling and poignant wildlife experiences imaginable.

Photo Credit:  ROAR Africa
Donated By: ROAR AFRICA
Restrictions and Exclusions:
  • Subject to availability. Expires November 10, 2019, non-transferable for cash and can’t be resold
  • Includes accommodations for two people sharing and lodges cannot be substituted
  • Safari portions include three meals and two game drives per day, non-safari days exclude lunch and dinner
  • Excludes international and domestic flights, transportation, park fees, levies, gorilla trekking permits, telephone, internet and laundry