Kenya Luxury Lodge Safari: 10 days Safari to Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Samburu and Mt. Kenya,


Arrive Nairobi. Welcome to Nairobi, Kenya's cosmopolitan capital. Once little more than a watering hole for Masai tribes, today's Nairobi is the largest city between Cairo and Johannesburg.

Karen BlixenIf arrival is in the morning, then in the we drive to Karen Von Blixen's former home, now a museum. Continue to the Giraffe Center where you can feed and photograph giraffe from an elevated platform. Return to the hotel early this evening.
** Complimentary dinner at The Carnivore Restaurant. Nairobi has many restaurants offering a variety of exotic and African cuisine. However, none beats Carnivore for its uniqueness: It is for carnivorous. It is the only place you can get a variety of game Meat served in one meal. Its succulent steaks and barbecue dishes are recommended for every one especially as a welcome or a farewell Dinner/Lunch. Overnight at Panafric hotel or similar.

Depart from Nairobi at 09.00hrs for a drive that takes you to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, the northern part of the Serengeti and, one of Kenya's most favored game-viewing areas. The reserve covers 700 square miles of magnificent wilderness. It is the Africa of the imagination; endless reaches of acacia-dotted grasslands studded with hazy hills. Afternoon game drive to see the sundowner as well as the Lions in large prides, Elephants, buffalos, zebras and numerous plain animals. Dinner and overnight at the Sopa lodge.

Game in MaraDAY 3: MASAI MARA
Morning and afternoon game drive. The Mara is the land of African legend: Lion are abundant throughout the park, as are the elephants, giraffes, and a variety of gazelle species and zebra. Cheetah and leopard are also regularly seen and, less commonly, rhino. The annual wildebeest migration, one of nature's few remaining wildlife spectacles, occurs in the Mara from July to September where the big animals and their predators are to be present in abundance during the time frame of this trip. Several species of Bee-Eater, the flying rainbow that heads the list of the Mara's birds, occur in the reserve. As well as wildlife, the Maasai Mara is also home to many members of the colorful Maasai tribe who may be seen round the borders of the park - Morans (warriors) loping across the plains, young boys herding oats, or elders grouped under a tree discussing matters of the day. All meals and overnight at the lodge.

Morning and afternoon game drives reveals the Sunrise and sundown as the 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 a long drive to the Mara river where you will be able to view Hippos and Crocodiles. After lunch, take an afternoon drive in the Masai Hills. Dinner and overnight at the Mara Sopa lodge or similar

A last game run in the picturesque Maasai Mara in the morning through the Rift Valley drive to Lake Nakuru, a shallow alkaline lake in the Rift Valley, renowned for its spectacular flamingo population as one of the world's greatest ornithological spectacles. Although Lake Nakuru is primarily a bird sanctuary, there are a considerable number of animals to be encountered, such as many large game animals such as zebras, elephants and gazelles; this is one of your best chances of seeing rhinos. Lake Nakuru National Park was the first place in Kenya selected as a rhino reserve. Here is one of the few places where you can see Rothschild's giraffes. Dinner and overnight at the Lake Nakuru lodge or similar.

Full day game drive in Lake Nakuru. All meals and overnight at the lodge.

Depart Nairobi at 09.30 hrs and drive Northwards to Samburu Game Reserve. A brief stop over at Thompson Falls. Drive to Mt. Kenya region and through cultivations of coffee and pineapple to Nanyuki for lunch. In the afternoon continue on to Samburu National Reserve. Dinner and overnight at Samburu Serena lodge or similar.

Full day spent in Samburu with early morning and afternoon game drives in Samburu Game 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 rare Reticulated Giraffe (only found in the Northern parks). 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. Dinner and overnight at the Samburu Serena lodge.

After breakfast, depart for Mt. Kenya after a morning game drive. Afternoon spent visiting and exploring the Mau Mau caves. Dinner and overnight at a budget hotel in Nanyuki.

mt. KenyaDAY 10: MT. KENYA / NAIROBI
After breakfast, depart for Nairobi with enroute game drive to arrive later in the evening. Transfer back to the airport for flight back home.