DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN NAIROBI TO ABERDARES NATIONAL PARK
Arrive in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Meet driver-guide and have your transfer to Aberdares National Park, Well known to the world as the home of succession where in came a princess and out went the Queen of England while at Treetops lodge, Aberdares is a land of fortune and diversity.
The Park got its name from Lord Aberdares, one of the founder members of the Royal Geographical Society. Located in the central highlands, west of Mount Kenya and 160kms from Nairobi, the foothills of the Aberdares National Park is covered with huge trees, which, as you go higher, gradually give way to bamboo forests. From about 3, 000 meters upward the landscape consists primarily of alpine moorland which gives way to an area of grass land with, from time to time, giant lobelias presenting an attractive contrast.
Attractions:The major physical attractions: Lesatima and Kinangop peaks, numerous waterfalls, Twin & Elephant hills, Table Mounts, black rhinos, elephant, buffalo, giant forest hog, lion, leopard, baboon, black & white colobus and Sykes monkeys are abundant. Bird viewing is incredible with over 250 species of birds recorded.
Activities:Include Night viewing of wildlife at the Ark & Treetops, Game Drives, Trout fishing, and visit to the Kimathi hideout used by the legendary Mau Mau General. Lunch at the hotel and enjoy your afternoon and evening watching wildlife from the hotel terrace as they come to drink water at the waterhole.
OVERNIGHT: At the Lodge in Aberdares
DAY 2: ABERDARES TO SAMBURU GAME RESERVE
After breakfast drive to Samburu Game Reserve arriving for lunch. Afternoon game drive in Samburu Game Reserve. Samburu Game Reserve was one of the two areas in which conservationists George and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness.
Their story was made famous by the bestselling book and award-winning movie “Born Free”. Samburu National Reserve is situated on the banks of the Ewaso Ngiro River in the dry northern Kenya and neighbors the homes of the Samburu tribe of Kenya, a tribe known for their remote culture, pastoral and nomadic way of life.
The presence, of the Ewaso Ngiro River – and its shady trees – attracts plenty of wildlife. Giraffe, large herds of elephants, buffalo, gerenuks, gazelle, waterbuck and zebra (including the endangered Grevy’s zebra) from the surrounding savannah plains trek to the water. Lion, leopard and cheetah are also quite easy to spot, thanks in part to the lack of grass cover.
The reserve provides the opportunity to see wildlife that only lives in the dry north of Kenya; namely: the long necked gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe and Beisa onyx. The elusive Kenya leopard is often known to visit the park, especially in the evenings.
Birdlife is as plentiful as wildlife at Samburu National Reserve, which boasts over 350 different species of birds including vultures, kingfishers, marabous, bateleurs, guinea fowl, Somali ostriches and others. Take an optional visit to a Samburu Cultural Village.OVERNIGHT: At the Lodge in Samburu
DAY 3: FULL DAY IN SAMBURU GAME RESERVE
Breakfast at the lodge and depart for a full day game drive with picnic lunch boxes or enjoy morning and afternoon. Alternatively, enjoy game drives in Samburu Game Reserve with lunch break in between the game drives.
OVERNIGHT: At the Lodge in Samburu
DAY 4: SAMBURU TO MOUNT KENYA NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast drive to Mount Kenya National Park. Along the way, we shall have panoramic views of coffee farms and tea farms before arriving at the lodge around mid-day and in time for lunch. Located within Mount Kenya National Park, approximately 193 kilometers and a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Nairobi, the Serena Mountain Lodge, nestled in a woody area of the Mount Kenya National Park at a height of 2134 meters above sea level.
The lodge towers over the mountainous peaks of Mount Kenya where you can view the spectacular game, regularly viewed at the waterhole daily. The panoramas surrounding Serena Mountain Lodge will delight you with their dramatic features. By day, cool, clear mountain air and sweeping views across the treetops beckon with opportunity for discovery and exploration.
The African night is enlivened by the sounds of the forest animals. You can view the game even closer as they feed at the water hole, by visiting the specially built and constructed viewing bunker connected to the lodge from a short tunnel. An open-air deck gazes down to a water hole bustling with elephant and buffalo herds. Enjoy your afternoon and evening watching wildlife from the hotel terrace as they come to drink water at the waterhole.
OVERNIGHT: At the Lodge in Mount Kenya N.P
DAY 5: MOUNT KENYA TO NAKURU NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast drive to Lake Nakuru National Park heading straight for a game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park. Lake Nakuru national Park: Established in 1961 and gazette in 1968 as a National Park, the park has Kenya’s largest population of rhinos.
The park is home to Lion Hills, Makalia waterfalls, unique vegetation, Picturesque landscape, yellow acacia woodlands and a wide range of birds most famous being Flamingoes and Pelicans. Located in the Great Rift Valley Lake System, the park is also as an ecologically significant region having been named a RAMSAR Site and Important Bird Area.
Covering 73 square miles (188 square kilometers), Lake Nakuru is world famous for flamingos, and was created a National Park to protect, its stunning flocks of lesser flamingo which literally turn its shores pink. These are the millions of flamingoes seeking their food in the salty deep-green waters of Lake Nakuru. The park is indeed a birds’ paradise hosting over 500 species.
Animals include:Thomson gazelles, Grants gazelles, impalas, waterbucks, giraffes, buffaloes or even black rhino, leopards and about 450 birds species in total. Buffalo, leopard, lion, Rothschild Giraffe, White and Black Colobus monkey are plentiful in the forest. The bush lands offer eland, Steinbok, impala, Chandler’s Reedbuck and dik dik, whilst rock hyrax and klipspringer occupy the cliffs and escarpment.OVERNIGHT: At the Lodge in Nakuru
DAY 6: LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK TO LAKE NAIVASHA
After breakfast drive to Lake Naivasha arriving for lunch after checking into your Lodge.Thereafter, enjoy an afternoon boat ride and bird watching in Lake Naivasha.
OVERNIGHT: At the Lodge in Nakuru
DAY 7: LAKE NAIVASHA TO MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE
After breakfast drive to Masai Mara Game Reserve, have lunch at your lodge and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Game Reserve.
Optional Afternoon Visit to a Masai Cultural Village; This afternoon, join the Masai dancers donning their African regalia and the jingling on their feet, flow by the rhythm of African beats and dance to their tunes that will leave you refreshed.
Masai Mara Game Reserve: The Reserve, the Land of Big Cat Diary and Disney’s African Cats, is considered a “must see” for any new and repeat visitor traveling on a safari to Kenya. It is on the “to do” list for many Kenyans and visitors alike because the park is graced by a wide variety of unique and exquisite wildlife and birds. Masai Mara is the best place to see the “Big Five” animals (elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalo).
Home of the Great Wildebeest Migration: The location of the ‘’Annual Great Wildebeest Migration’’ one of the natural wonders of the world – it is a gloriously beautiful, wildlife-rich savannah landscape.
The annual wildebeest migration from June to October consists of over 1.5 million wildebeests, gazelles gnus and Zebras roar converge at the border of Tanzania’s Serengeti and Kenya’s Masai Mara making a spectacular entrance in a surging column of life that stretches from horizon to horizon, before finally plunging wildly into the raging waters of the Mara River, creating a frenzy as the fight against swift currents and waiting hungry crocodiles takes priority. Those that survive crocodiles and raging waters cross over to the patiently waiting predators such as hyenas, jackals, leopards and lions for another survival battle.
Wildlife: The Mara is known as one of the finest wildlife destinations in the World. There is an excellent chance of seeing the Big 5, cheetah, serval, hyena, bat-eared foxes, black-backed and side-striped jackals, hippo, crocodile, baboons, warthog, topi, eland, Thompson’s gazelle, Grant’s etc.
OVERNIGHT: At the Lodge in Masai Mara
DAY 8: FULL DAY IN MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE
Breakfast in the hotel and depart for a full day game drive with picnic lunch boxes or enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in Masai Mara Game Reserve with lunch break in between the game drives.
Optional Masai Mara Balloon Ride: for those going for the balloon safari, you will be going for the early morning balloon, you will be picked at the hotel by the Balloon Company at 5.30am and drive to the balloon launch site where you will gather for takeoff. Enjoy early morning ballooning over the plains, getting a bird’s eye view of the game below as the sun creeps slowly over the horizon. After approximately one hour aloft, the balloon lands while a breakfast is being prepared for us nearby. The smell of bacon, sausages and eggs drift on the breeze as we sample exotic Kenyan fruits and homemade pastries and, if you wish, glasses of bubbly to toast our flight, a tradition initiated by the Montgolfier brothers.
DAY 9: DEPARTURE DAY
Breakfast in the lodge and drive to Nairobi, Optional lunch at a city restaurant (at your cost).Then be transferred to the airport in for your home bound flight.
PRICE: QUOTED IN US DOLLARS per person sharing
|LODGE TYPE||NO. OF PAX||LOW SEASON||HIGH SEASON||PEAK SEASON|
|Tour Name||Price Per Adult||Price Per Child||Available Seats||Departure Date||Duration|
|Karibu Kenya Wildlife Adventure||$ 1,941||$ 0||10||Anytime||9 Days, 8 Nights|
|Name||Price ( Adults/Children )||Persons ( Adults/Children )||Quantity||Total|