7 Nights / 8 Days
Nairobi | Samburu | Aberdares | Lake Nakuru | Masai Mara
Upon arrival at Nairobi International Airport you will be met and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, you will be introduced to the driver guide, depart for the Samburu & Shaba Game Reserves via Isiolo town. Arrival, check-in and lunch at the lodge.
Located in the semi-desert Shaba Game Reserve in Central Kenya, the Lodge offers the guests a chance to see the bounty of unique wildlife made famous by the film “Born Free”.
In the evening, proceed on your first game drive in the reserve. Return the lodge before sunset for dinner. Overnight at Lodge.
After breakfast, spend full day in Shaba with morning and afternoon game drives. To the north of verdant Mount Kenya lies an austere semi-desert of thorn bush flats, dry grassland, open acacia woodland and rugged ranges that averages only 14″ (350 mm) of rain a year. At the southern edge of this arid region stands a trio of contiguous national reserves with varied lodging and good access by road from Nairobi, 200 miles (325 kilometers) to the south. Samburu National Reserve (40,800 acres/16,500 hectares), Shaba National Reserve (59,058 acres/23,910 hectares, and Buffalo Springs National Reserve (32,400 acres/13,100 hectares) line the perennial Uaso Nyiro River, rimmed with towering river acacias and doum palms. The river and several springs attract much wildlife, especially in dry periods. Mammals restricted to the Somali-Masai arid zone are found here, such as Grevy’s Zebra, the Reticulated Giraffe, the Beisa Oryx, Guenther’s Dik-dik and the Gerenuk. Also present are lesser Kudus, Elephants, Grant’s Gazelles, Lions, Cheetahs, Leopards and 350 Bird Species, including the blue-flushed Somali Ostrich and the Bristle-crowned Starling. Dinner and overnight at Lodge.
After breakfast, transfer back to the base hotel where you will re-join your driver guide and proceed to Aberdares Region. Arrive at the base hotel for lunch, where you will leave some of your baggage as only a night bag is required at the Tree Lodge. Afternoon, transfer to Lodge for check-in. Set in the heart of the Aberdares National Park, this unique game lodge overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick which attracts a host of wildlife – Elephant, Rhino, Leopard, Bushbuck and occasionally an elusive Bongo or Giant Forest Hog.
Resembling and named after Noah’s Ark, The Ark comprises three decks from which numerous balconies and lounges provide superb vantage points for game viewing.
Dinner and overnight at Lodge.
After breakfast at the lodge, proceed to Lake Nakuru National Park, situated in the Rift Valley Region. Kenya straddles the center of the Great Rift Valley, the vast prehistoric fissure that stretches from Jordan to Mozambique. From the North to the South of Kenya, the valley is lined with a series of freshwater and soda based volcanic lakes. Stop to observe the Thomson Falls en-route. Arrive for lunch at the lodge and later afternoon game drive in the park and a short walk at the lakeside. Lake Nakuru National Park, the world famous haunt for Pink Flamingos, is a shallow alkaline lake in Kenya’s Rift Valley and some 62 km in extent. The road from Nairobi to Nakuru passes down the Kikuyu escarpment with fine views of the Kedong Valley and Mounts Suswa and Longonot. The landscape is picturesque, areas of sedge, marsh and grasslands alternating with rocky cliffs and outcrop.
In late 80′s the park also became Kenya’s first rhino sanctuary and is today home to both the White and Black Rhinos. Lions, Leopards, Hippos, Giraffes, Waterbucks are equally at home in this unique park. Dinner and overnight at Lodge.
After breakfast, depart for the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve. Arrival at the tented camp for check-in and lunch.
Where you will see reconstruction of Johannesburg during the Gold Rush era, built around a mine. Activities include a Victorian Fun Fair, Miners’ Houses, Brewery, Pubs, Restaurants and Stock Exchange. You can watch molten gold being poured and take a trip down an old mine shaft. Tribal dancing adds to the fun. Set on the banks of the Talek River the camp blends in perfectly with its surrounding landscape. The accent here is on the Masai people and the fabulous wealth of wildlife, birdlife, and natural flora to be found in the fabled Masai Mara Game Reserve. Afternoon game drives around the world famous reserve. Dinner and overnight at Lodge.
After breakfast, full day spent in the Mara with early morning, mid-morning and afternoon game drives. Masai Mara offers an absolutely unique variety of animals. The reason is that this hilly region is both humid and fertile, and is crossed by the rivers Mara and Talek, full of Crocodiles and Hippos, which carry water the whole year round. The banks of the rivers are covered in thick forest, which gradually makes way for bush and grassland. The abundance of water and excellent availability of food are the reasons why the Masai Mara, which in fact is a continuance of the Tanzanian Serengeti National Park, has the greatest population of wild animals in the whole of Africa. There is a particularly dramatic “Spectacle” from July to November, the annual migration of huge herds of Gnus and Zebras. Predators such as Hyenas, Jackals, Leopards and Lions of course, closely follow these herds. Gigantic herds of over 200 buffaloes can also be observed. Plenty of food is available for Elephants, Giraffes, and the many species of Antelopes. Dinner and overnight at Lodge.
After Breakfast, at the lodge and proceed to Nairobi. Arrival and transfer to Restaurant for lunch. Afternoon free for shopping.
Evening transfer to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight back home.