From JFK Airport for your evening flight
The Safari Pioneers gather in a private lounge put on by Kenya Airways. There is a buzz of excitement. The Pioneers have their safari all ahead of them. Customs, temperature checks, immigration have all gone well, easily even.
Seated in the front of a completely cleaned and aired new Boeing 787, allows the Pioneers to experience first-class type service on the direct flight to Nairobi, but with the safari having already begun. Our master chef emerges to serve a first-class dinner on board, taking care of the sensitiveness of social distancing, with trained service protocols Pioneers will become accustomed to over the next two-week safari.
Exit Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport) around Mid-Morning: Official hosts meet the plane and the Pioneers disembark first and go straight to the new Kenya Airways private lounge, and over refreshing drinks made to order by your Great Plains butler, Kenyan health, immigration, and customs suitably attired quickly confirm and connect the Pioneers to passports, Stamp Stamp, and you are cleared.
Within minutes, the line-up of Executive Caravans is waiting on the tarmac, and the adventurers are seated in an executive configuration, seats freshly swabbed down, ready to take in the thrill of the approaching crossing of the Rift Valley, and far too soon, the descent into a grass runway at one of the 4 chosen camps, each pre-cleared by Kenya’s Department of Health, with each staff member checked and confirmed for the important, and national effort to welcome the Pioneers back to Africa.
It is hard not to weep, the welcome, the joy, the deep thanks from the communities delivered by the Great Plains Conservation guides with heartfelt gratitude.
Safari vehicles, adjusted to take just 4 Pioneers now (sensitive to that distancing that has become second nature), head off into an Africa that has seen other crises like this 2020 moment which has stopped the world, come and go since before Man first walked upright right here over 3.5 million years ago.