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Published on : Monday, May 30, 2016
With more than 10 stunning sailings scheduled in the Seychelles in 2017 aboard the ultra-luxury yacht Crystal Esprit, Crystal Yacht Cruises is offering guests the opportunity to extend their vacations with an immersive safari adventure.
Through Crystal’s popular “Extended Land Programs” – multi-night excursions that take travelers deeper into a destination, with all the details overseen by Crystal’s expert team – next year’s Crystal Esprit voyages in the Seychelles feature a post-cruise four-day safari through East Africa. The safari offers travelers an in-depth experience amidst the culture and wildlife in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve. Game drives will bring Crystal guests into the habitats of giraffes, lions, elephants, rhinos, cheetahs and other magnificent animals that roam the African plains. From the open plains to the dense bush, an expert director from acclaimed safari operator Micato Safaris will guide and enlighten guests on the animals’ hunting, playing, grooming and social habits as guests observe them in the wild.
For those seeking an all-encompassing bird’s eye view of the expansive African plains, an optional hot air balloon adventure affords just that, with a sunrise liftoff over the Mara Plain. The experience will unveil the complex and spectacular terrain below, illuminated by the colorful sunrise for which the region is famous. Juxtaposed with the grand perspective from the balloon’s altitude is a decidedly more intimate view of the region’s culture, showcased by a personal visit to Maasai Village. During this special encounter with the local village residents, Crystal guests will hear tales of Maasai’s history and also participate in traditional singing and dancing.
“Our Extended Land Programs are an excellent way to seamlessly continue one’s luxury vacation ashore while still enjoying the Crystal attention to detail and seeing to all arrangements,” says Edie Rodriguez, Crystal’s president and CEO.
Included in the $3,495 per person base fare (dependent on air transportation selected) for the Crystal Esprit safari land program are three-night luxury accommodations at the Norfolk Hotel and the Fairmont Mara Safari Club; air transportation from Mahé/Victoria to Nairobi and up to two scheduled flights during the excursion; welcome amenities and gifts; game drive equipment and flight kits; and all gratuities to hotel staff and Micato Safari guides. The hot air balloon excursion is available for an additional cost; a Kenyan visa must be pre-secured by guests prior to arrival.