DAYS MARA / NAKURU / SAMBURU
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.If
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.
2: NAIROBI / MASAI MARA
Depart from Nairobi at 09.30hrs 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 or similar.
3: MASAI MARA
Full day game viewing coupled with exploring this
spectacular Park. The Mara is the and 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 Sopa
lodge or similar..
4: MASAI MARA
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 Sopa
lodge or similar..
5: MASAI MARA / NAKURU
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.
6: NAKURU / SAMBURU
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 lodge.
8: SAMBURU / NAIROBI
After breakfast, depart for Nairobi with enroute
game drive to arrive later in the evening. Transfer to Airport