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10-Day African Safari with

Renowned Author and Guide Mark Ross

Retail Value:  "Priceless"

Please bid in increments of: $500


Current High Bid:  5,000  (DT, Wy.)



Imagine you and three of your friends personally escorted, by foot and by plane, on an African driving/photographic safari by none other than Mark Ross, professional safari guide and commercial pilot. Stay in first class, deluxe private tent camps and inns and share your experiences of the day over delightful dinners.  This Safari Trip does NOT include Round-trip Airfair to and from Nairobi, Kenya.

Day 1

Arrive in Nairobi where Mark will meet you and transport you to House of Waine, a splendid, family-run Inn in the Karen area of Nairobi.

Day 2-3

We’ll take a short flight south to the northern lower slopes of Mt. Kenya where we will find Lewa Downs, a family owned and run private wildlife refuge.

Mark has been coming here almost monthly since 1985, so you can imagine his familiarity with the land, its wildlife, and the people that live and work here.

All the big five (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo) are here. Night game drives, walks, camel excursions, and even horseback rides are not out of the question. Riding out among the herds early in the morning, whether you are a “horse person” or not, is a truly special treat.

Days 4-5

Situated on the edge of Laikipian Plateau with mesmerizing views to Mount Kenya, Ol Malo is a remarkable property, rich in character with delightful, friendly hosts.  The plains and dense bush around Ol Malo contain an enormous number of species – some unique to the area.  This is the birthplace of mankind and home to some of the greatest bio-diversity on earth.

Days 6-7

Rusinga Island Lodge is known for its exotic trees and birds.  While here, you'll visit Ruma National Park where there are three endangerd mammal species:  the Roan antelope, Rothschild's giraffe, and Jackson's hartebeest; all of which can be easily found in the stunningly beautiful park.

Day 8-9

Timing for a visit to the classic African plains of Maasai Mara will be absolutely perfect. The huge migrating herds, numbering about one and a half million wildebeest and over half a million zebras, will be pouring into Kenya, crossing the Mara River as they enter from Tanzania.

Day 10

You’ll fly back to Nairobi, where we can arrange day rooms for you, get some shopping done, have dinner and then, sadly, take you all to the airport for your flights back around to the other side of the world.

Here's what Larry Williams said about his recent trip with Mark Ross: 

"Having only a few words to describe an experience like this is almost impossible!  We saw, "The Big Five" (Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Rhino and Buffalo) in one afternoon.  There were so many beautiful Lions and playful, fun to watch cubs, elegant giraffes, elephants with beautiful tusks and baby elephants still trying to learn what to do with their trunks.  Endless herds of many other beautiful and entertaining animals to admire and visit their world for a short time. Mark is a fantastic guide and gets you in the right spot for the best view. You will usually be the first one on the scene and the last coming out."

John and Martha King added: 

"Until going on Safari with Mark we had no conception of the density and variety of animals in East Africa.  Mark is a knowledgeable biologist and a great educator who helps you not only understand what each species does, but why they do it.  You reach a clear understanding of the struggle of both predators and prey to survive.  It is a life-changing experience."  

Schedule/Activities subject to change.

Donor: Lindbergh Foundation and Mark Ross

Here's how this unique silent auction works:
  • Each of these items listed will also be offered at the live auction on the night of our 2010 Lindbergh Award Celebration on April 14, 2010.
  • The highest price for each item offered during the advance on-line bidding will be noted as an “absentee” bid that night.
  • If no higher bids are received during the live auction, the online bidder wins!
  • Unless you're at our celebration in person, you won't get a chance to up your bid, so be sure to send in your best offer prior to the close of on-line bidding at 4 p.m. CT Tuesday, April 13.

    You'll have a chance to watch the bids for this item until the deadline for advance bids on Tuesday, April 13, at 4 p.m. CDT. If you're not outbid on that night, you win!

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