This 8 day road safari sees the highlights of Kenya. After excursions in Nairobi, proceed on safari in search of Africa’s Big Five in Samburu National Reserve, the Aberdares, Lake Nakuru and the Masai Mara. Includes comfortable lodges and transport by 4x4 safari vehicle. Operates weekly starting in Nairobi on a Friday.
The tour starts with time in Nairobi to see the Giraffe Center where you can get up close to these wonderful creatures and take a leisurely stroll on the Nature Trail. Later, enjoy lunch at the famous Carnivore Restaurant before heading back to the Tribe Hotel.
The next morning we set off for the Samburu National Reserve. This offers a breathtaking sun baked landscape surrounded by mountains - to the west, the sheer sided slopes of majestic Ol Olokwe Mountain form a perfect back drop to any photograph. Animals commonly seen are elephants, lions, cheetahs, grevy zebras, reticulated giraffes, gerenuks, buffalos, oryx, grants gazelles, dikdiks and waterbucks. There are over 350 varieties of birds. These include the famous somali ostriches (distinguished by their unique purple / blue legs during mating season), kingfishers, humming birds, eagles, guinea fowls and vultures. The reserve is also home of the Samburu tribe, cousins of the Maasai, who share the same nomadic, cattle-herding existence and a strict adherence to their age-old rites and customs.
The tour continues to the Aberdare National Park - an area of 767 Km2 covering the higher areas of the Aberdare Mountain Ranges of Central Kenya. The topography is quite diverse with deep ravines that cut through the forested eastern and western slopes. Animals easily observed in the park include; the black rhino, leopard, baboon, black and white colobus monkey and sykes monkey. Rare sightings include those of lions, the golden cat and the bongo- an elusive forest antelope that lives in the bamboo forest. Animals like the eland are spotted and melanistic serval cats can be found higher up in the moorlands. Bird viewing is rewarding, with over 250 species of birds in the park, including the Jackson's francolin, sparry hawk, goshawks, eagles, sunbirds and plovers.
We then move on to Lake Nakuru National Park which is world famous as the feeding ground of both lesser and greater flamingos. Lake Nakuru was crowned a national park in the sixties. It was estimated then that there were at times more than a million flamingos. Ornithologists describe it as "the most fabulous bird spectacle in the world." Besides the more than 400 species of birds that can be seen in the park there are hippos, reedbuck, waterbuck, black rhino, giraffe, lion, leopard, bushbuck also present.
The tour concludes at the Masai Mara National Game Reserve - a magnificent landscape of open plains bisected by the Mara River and its tributaries, and punctuated by marshes and forests. This reserve supports the highest density of game to be seen anywhere considering its size. During the seasonal migrations, the reserve is home to up to a million wildebeest and an equally impressive number of zebra that move into the area from the neighbouring Serengeti National Park, in Tanzania. The reserve is home to all the “Big Five” and it is also possible to observe; baboon, eland, ostrich, bat-eared fox, jackal, and the rivers abound with hippos and crocodiles.
Classic Kenya Safari
Day 1 (Friday)
Meet and greet at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. After clearance with customs transfer (minivan) to The Tribe Hotel for check in and refreshment. Later proceed to the Giraffe Centre for an afternoon excursion after which you will have lunch at Carnivore restaurant returning to The Tribe for overnight. (Dinner is not included this day).
Day 2 (Saturday)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and board the 4x4 safari vehicle to drive north to Samburu National Reserve, arrive for check in and lunch at Samburu Sopa Lodge. After relaxation, proceed on an afternoon game drive in the reserve returning later for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 (Sunday)
Full day in Samburu National Reserve with early morning, mid morning and afternoon game drives in 4x4 pop-up roof safari vehicle. All meals and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge.
Day 4 (Monday)
After breakfast, check out and drive by 4x4 pop-up roof safari vehicle to the Aberdare National Park arriving at Aberdare Country Club for lunch. Later in the afternoon you will be transferred to The Ark Tree Lodge where you will spend the evening observing wildlife from the lodge as the animals come to the nearby saltlick and waterhole. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 5 (Tuesday)
After a cup of tea or coffee check out of the Tree Lodge and board the transfer vehicle to the Aberdare Country Club for breakfast after which our driver will assist you with collecting the rest of your luggage. Continue by the 4x4 pop-up roof safari vehicle down the Great Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru National Park with an en route game drive, arriving at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge for check in and lunch. After relaxation, proceed on an afternoon game drive in the park returning later for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 (Wednesday)
After breakfast, check out and drive Southwest in the 4x4 pop-up roof safari vehicle to Masai Mara National Game Reserve arriving for check in and lunch at Keekorok Lodge. After relaxation, proceed on an afternoon game drive returning later for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 (Thursday)
Full day in Masai Mara National Game Reserve with early morning, mid morning and afternoon game drives in 4x4 pop-up roof safari vehicle. All meals and overnight at Keekorok Lodge.
Day 8 (Friday)
After breakfast, check out and drive back to Nairobi city in 4x4 pop-up roof safari vehicle arriving in the mid afternoon. Drop off in Nairobi or at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. (Optional excursion and lunch at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden - at an extra cost, on request).
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|DATES FROM||DATES TO||PER ADULT SHARING TWIN / DBL OR TRIPLE||SINGLE SUPPLEMENT||PER CHILD AGED 2 TO 12 YRS, SHARING|
|02-Jan-14||31-Mar-14||2685 USD||450 USD||820 USD|
|01-Apr-14||17-Apr-14||2515 USD||155 USD||735 USD|
|18-Apr-14||21-Apr-14||2560 USD||230 USD||760 USD|
|22-Apr-14||15-Jun-14||2515 USD||155 USD||735 USD|
|16-Jun-14||30-Jun-14||2530 USD||225 USD||745 USD|
|01-Jul-14||31-Oct-14||2895 USD||555 USD||925 USD|
|01-Nov-14||15-Dec-14||2655 USD||450 USD||805 USD|
|16-Dec-14||01-Jan-15||2930 USD||545 USD||950 USD|
Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and may change.
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