This one-week offer takes you through Kenya’s most popular game viewing locations. The tour starts you off to Samburu, a wildlife haven with a scenic semi-arid landscape. Then to the Aberdares where you find icy rivers, spectacular waterfalls and rain forests. Here elephants, buffalos and other animals visit you at the floodlit waterholes of The Ark.
Price: USD $2,080 /person
Duration: 7 days
Game Parks: Masai Mara (Kenya), Samburu NR (Kenya), Aberdare NP (Kenya) Lake Nakuru NP (Kenya)
Activities: Game Drives, Wildlife Viewing
Tour Summary/ Features:On to Lake Nakuru whose claim to fame is anchored on its flamingo’s and the over 400 species of birds found here. This soda lake on the floor of the rift valley is host to millions of flamingos and an important refuge for endangered species- particularly the Rothschild Giraffe and the black and white rhino.
The tour rounds you off at Maasai Mara, Kenya’s most famous and finest game sanctuary and the site of one of the most spectacular phenomenon of the natural world -the Great Annual Wildebeest Migration. Fêted as one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World”, the Mara offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that it is difficult to believe.
You will easily see the Big Five- lion, rhino, buffalo, leopard, and elephant, not to mention numerous plain animals. This is the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti in search of water and pasture. Following on their heels are the predators of the savanna. The famous Maasai tribesmen live within the dispersal area of the game reserve.
We do not place groups together. This way you are ensured the full attention of our guide, but with the added knowledge of our guides’ experiences. It also means that we can start the tour on the day you prefer.
Day 1: Nairobi – Samburu
0700 hrs – depart Nairobi and drive north to Samburu National Reserve. You enjoy a game drive en-route to Samburu Lodge, where you arrive at around 1400 hours in time for lunch. After lunch at the lodge, you have the early afternoon free, before going for an afternoon game drive, from 1530 hrs till dusk.
Samburu National Reserve is a wildlife haven. Here you will spot Africa’s big cats – lions, cheetahs and the elusive leopard. Some animals are unique to this northern Kenya park: Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe and gerenuk. The The Ewaso Nyiro River, the boundary with the neighboring Buffalo Springs National Reserve, is where the elephants, buffalo and other animal species gather for a drink. You will find the scenic semiarid landscape quite dramatic. The reserve is located within the lands of the colourful semi-nomadic Samburu tribesmen.
Dinner and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge
Day 2: Samburu
Start your day with an early morning game drive starting at 0630 hrs. Return to the lodge for breakfast at 0830 hrs. You spend the period before and after lunch at leisure at the lodge. At 1600 hrs you go for your afternoon game-drive till dusk.
Dinner and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge
Day 3: Samburu – Aberdares
After breakfast checkout and head to Outspan hotel where you will have lunch at 1230 hrs. Later in the afternoon transfer to Treetops Lodge.
Aberdares National Park has a diverse topography that includes icy rivers, spectacular waterfalls and rain forests. The flora and fauna is quite unique and is not found elsewhere in the country, expect on Mount Kenya. Leopard, elephant, serval, waterbuck, reedbuck, dikdik, rhino and the rare bongo can all be found here. You are sure to see elephants, buffalos and some other animals at the floodlit waterholes of Treetops Lodge.
Dinner and Overnight at Treetops Lodge.
Day 4: Aberdares – Nakuru
After breakfast transfer to Outspan hotel and drive to Lake Nakuru in time for lunch at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. Afternoon game drive in the park.
Lake Nakuru’s claim to fame is anchored on its flamingo’s and the over 400 species of birds found here. The lake itself is a soda lake on the floor of the rift valley. The sight of the at times millions of flamingos is quite spectacular. From a distance the lake appears ringed in pink. The Lake has also earned a reputation as an important haven for endangered species- particularly the Rothschild Giraffe and the black and white rhino. Lions, waterbuck, buffalo and baboons are all residents here.
Later in the evening transfer to Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge for overnight.
Dinner and overnight at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge.
Day 5: Nakuru – Maasai Mara
0730 hrs – After breakfast drive to Maasai Mara via the Great Rift Valley to arrive at Maasai Mara in time for lunch at Mara Sopa Lodge / Mara Simba. 1530 hrs- go for an afternoon game drive till dusk.
The Mara offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that it is difficult to believe: over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. You will easily see lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, buffalo, leopard, many kinds of antelopes and elephant. It is in the Mara that perhaps the most spectacular event of the natural world takes place. This is the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti (Tanzania) in search of water and pasture. Following on their heels are the predators of the savanna- lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures.
Dinner and overnight at Masai Mara Sopa Lodge / Mara Simba Lodge.
Day 6: Maasai Mara
0630 Hrs. Early morning game drive in the reserve. Thereafter late breakfast and relax at leisure. After lunch at the lodge you will have early afternoon at leisure. 1600 hrs – Afternoon game drive till dusk.
Dinner and overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge / Mara Simba Lodge.
Day 7: Maasai Mara – Nairobi
Optional Balloon ride at an Extra Cost Normal pick up is at 0600 hrs- take the opportunity to fly over the Mara in a Hot air Balloon provided at extra cost. If you can spare the money, viewing abundant game afloat a balloon is an unforgettable experience.
After breakfast return to Nairobi arriving around mid day and drop off at Nairobi hotel or at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
End of Tour
US$2,080 per person sharing
The above prices are based on a minimum of 2 persons. A price reduction is available for numbers above two persons.
Peak Season Supplements:
Dates: 23rd December 08 – 01st Jan 2009
Adult (CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR): US$ 35 Per Night
- Transport based on a safari minibus with pop up roof for game viewing
- Park entry fee
- Accommodation and all meals while on safari
- Service of an English speaking driver guide
- Game drives as per the Itinerary
- Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
- Any applicable Government taxes
- International flights to/from Nairobi (Kenya)
- Airport transfers in Nairobi (we can arrange on request)
- Accommodation before and after safari (we can arrange on request)
- Hot air Balloon flight in Maasai Mara – US$ 385 per person extra
(Price is subject to confirmation at the time of booking.)
- Extras at the lodges –tips, drinks, telephone, laundry or any other personal expenses.