Seattle, WA and Nairobi, KENYA – Gamewatchers Safaris introduced today their unique bargain-priced Camping Safari in Kenya. Gamewatchers, represented by the Kusini Collection in North America, operates a wide variety of safaris in Kenya from this affordable camping safari to luxury lodge and tented safaris. For the 2011 peak game viewing season in Kenya, Gamewatchers has announced a bargain-priced camping safari that visits private reserves near Amboseli National Park and in the Masai Mara. The 6-day camping safari is priced at $1,400 per person and includes all game activities, meals and in-country transportation.
“We have designed this safari especially for travelers seeking a high-quality game-viewing experience and who don’t mind ‘real camping’ in small dome tents with sleeping bags. We’ve kept the costs down by avoiding the more expensive style of accommodations,” notes Jake Grieves-Cook, managing director of Gamewatchers. “This safari is a great alternative to the budget minibus tours, which visit big mass-market tourist lodges, and is ideal for travelers who want a close-to-nature wildlife safari with great guides, using 4×4 safari vehicles not minivans, and for whom an exclusive safari experience in small mobile camps away from the crowds is more important than luxury accommodations.”
The Gamewatchers Camping Safari was designed to allow travelers to experience the same high-quality game viewing that is available at luxury lodges and tented camps in Kenya, without the high-end accommodations or the price tag. Costs are kept low by using 2-person dome tents, sleeping bags and mattresses on the tent floor. A cook, safari showers and toilets are included at each camp and all game drives are done in 4×4 vehicles with excellent guides. Vans are used for road transfers between game areas and at the end of the safari to keep fuel costs down. Travelers fly from Nairobi to the Mara on a 50-minute flight to keep the total journey time down. Travelers must bring their own sleeping bag and towel. This safari departs daily from Nairobi with a minimum of 2 travelers.
Campsites are located in private conservancies where Maasai-led walking safaris and day and night game drives are available. Selenkay Conservancy is located near Amboseli National Park and Ol Kinyei near the Masai Mara Reserve; guests visit both the conservancies and the Parks on this safari. Elephant, lion, cheetah, leopard, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and other species are found in these areas.
Gamewatchers is a specialist tour operator based in Nairobi, Kenya with over 20 years of experience operating luxury and wildlife safaris. Gamewatchers works with all of the leading safari camps and also owns and manages the Porini Camps in Kenya, which offer a highly authentic safari experience. As a tour operator, Gamewatchers provides North American trade partners with commissionable rates, wide product knowledge of the top luxury camps and lodges and high levels of customer service throughout the booking process.
The Kusini Collection is a US-based travel marketing firm that represents an exclusive group of complementary, owner-operated camps, lodges and ground handlers in Africa. The Kusini Collection is entirely focused on connecting highly-qualified, knowledgeable North American agents and outfitters with elite operating partners in Africa.