12 Days Masai Mara - L. Nakuru - Samburu -Aberdare -Amboseli - Tsavo West & East
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Safari Highlights: Kenya is a land filled with the richness of Africa. From the remote Shaba Reserve where Survivor three was filmed amongst the Lion and Elephant to the Masai Mara's migrating herds of wildebeest, guests will enjoy a well rounded, invigorating safari experience. This is balanced with periods of quiet contemplation where only the sound of a distant Lion's roar breaks the night air. Exciting days and relaxing nights at comfortable, quality accommodations make this a great value African experience.
Day 01: Nairobi - Masai Mara. Leave Nairobi for Masai Mara game Reserve picnic lunch en-route. Game drive in search of black-manned Lions, Elephants, Leopards, Cheetah, Buffaloes and other plains game en-route. Accommodation at the Manyatta camp or lodge.
Day 02: Masai Mara. Full day at the Mara with a with a game drive from sunrise and sundowner providing greatest moments for game viewing in these mystic plains, a time where the soft red hues of the sun will give your photographs the clarity of the actual African savannah. Morning game viewing with drive to the Mara River where you will be able to view wildebeest migration as well as the resident hippos and crocodiles. Accommodation at the Manyatta camp or lodge.
Optional visit to Masai Village for a cultural tour can be arranged - $25 per person. Also optional hot air balloon ride can be arranged this morning, then proceed with your game drive - $450 per person. http://www.saferidesafaris.com/safaris/masai-mara-hot-air-balloon-safaris/masai-mara-hot-air-balloon-safaris.html
Day 03: Masai Mara. The Mara is the land of African legend: Lions are abundant throughout the park, as are the elephants, giraffes, a variety of gazelle species and zebra, Cheetah and leopard are also regularly seen and, less commonly, rhino. Several species of Bee-Eater, the flying rainbow that heads the list of the Mara's birds, occur in the reserve. Accommodation at Manyatta camp or lodge.
Day 04: Masai Mara - Lake Nakuru. Early breakfast drive to Lake Nakuru with lunch enroute. Afternoon game viewing drives at Lake Nakuru national park. This is a soda lake and is home to the greater and lesser flamingos. At times you may see a lion crawling on the water’s edge, or if you are a bird lover you will spot different bird species. Accommodation at the Chester hotel or Lake Nakuru lodge.
Day 05: Lake Nakuru - Samburu. Early breakfast then drive north to Samburu where the climate is drier and the land is semi-desert. Spend the next two days exploring the Samburu Game Reserve. Keep your camera and binoculars ready, as the wildlife is plentiful. See the thin-striped Grevy's Zebra, reticulated Giraffe, blue-necked Somali ostrich and Beisa Oryx, all species only found north of the equator. The long-necked Gerenuk, a graceful antelope, spends most of its time here in a bi-pedal stance seeking succulent leaves. Accommodation at Samburu Sopa lodge.
Day 06: Samburu. Full day spent in Samburu with early morning and afternoon game viewing in this reserve, which covers 40 square miles (104 square kilometers). Ololokwe Table Mountain forms a dramatic backdrop to our game viewing. Samburu is also home to the third of Kenya's giraffe species - the Reticulated Giraffe. This is also our best chance to see the blue-legged Somali Ostrich, the long-necked Gerenuk gazelle and the straight-horned Beisa Oryx antelope. Accommodation at Samburu Sopa lodge. .
Day 07: Samburu - Aberdare. After breakfast depart for the Treetops arriving at the Outspan hotel in time for lunch. After lunch you will be picked by the hotel vehicle and transferred to the Treetops. Throughout the day and night, forest animals visit the waterhole and saltlick, ensuring you plenty to see and photograph. The visits from the elephants and crocodiles below the decks make nights here most memorable. At night you will be able to watch game from the hotel verandah which overlooks a floodlit waterhole. Dinner and overnight at the Treetops lodge.
Day 08: Aberdare - Amboseli. After breakfast, drive south south via Nairobi to Amboseli national park, right on the border with Tanzania. This park affords everyone's classic image of East Africa - herds of great animals moving across the dusty plains with the snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro rising straight up in the background. Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest mountain at 19,340 feet (5,895 metre). Although it is situated inside Tanzania, the best views of the mountain are from Amboseli on the Kenyan side of the border. Afternoon is spent game viewing in the majestic Amboseli. Accommodation at Kibo luxury tented or AA Amboseli lodge or Amboseli Sopa Lodge.
Day 09: Amboseli. Full day spent in Amboseli national park, famous for its wild game and spectacular backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Here you will have the chance to see the Big Five while enjoying the comforts of your game drive. The day is comprised of two game drives, one in the morning and one in the early evening. Your driver's keen eyes will come in handy while exploring the countryside. Accommodation at Kibo luxury tented or AA Amboseli lodge or Amboseli Sopa Lodge.
Day 10: Amboseli - Tsavo West. From the flat plains and swamps of Amboseli travel East to Tsavo West national park. Outside the park gates are the Shetani Lava Flows, "frozen" rivers of molten black rock twisted in bizarre shapes. At just over 7,800 square miles (20,000 sq Km), Tsavo is Kenya's largest national park. The park is home to a huge variety of animals and birds, especially around the watering holes in this otherwise dry area. During the fall these watering holes are a stopover for hundreds of thousands of birds on their annual migration south. The Mzima Springs is the source of the fresh water pools much favored by Hippos and Crocodiles. There is even a glass wall for viewing the pools from under the water line. Wildlife which can be spotted in this area includes Lions, Cheetahs, Leopards, Hyenas, Jackals, Giraffes, Zebras, Buffalos, Baboons and several species of antelope. Accommodation at Rhino Lodge or Ngulia Safari lodge.
Day 11: Tsavo West - Tsavo East. After breakfast drive to Tsavo East national pack which is renowned for its large numbers of elephants and the famous man eating lions. Game viewing drives enroute via Aruba Dam to to our accommodation base for lunch. In the afternoon, proceed another game viewing drives. Accommodation at Sentrim Tsavo Tented camp or Ndololo tented camp or Voi Safari lodge.
Day 12: Tsavo East - Nairobi. Morning game drive and later depart with picnic lunch enroute back to Nairobi arriving in the afternoon.
INCLUSIVES IN THE ABOVE PRICES
Tsavo East; Ndololo Camp: http://www.tsavolodgesandcamps.com/ndololo_camp.php ; http://www.sentrimhotels.net/index.php/sentrim-tsavo-lodges-in-tsavo ; http://www.safari-hotels.com/site/3.php?htl=2
NB// Accommodation in other lodges and Luxury tented camps is also available on request.
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