Day 1: Nairobi to Amboseli National Park
A snowy plateau peeks out of the low-slung clouds, a white splash against a blue sky.
An elephant, its massive tusks curved with age, parades by a pair of grazing zebras. Though our van dances in the welcoming shadow of Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro, we are just over the border in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, a world of natural wonders.
The dramatic backdrop to our en-route game drive paints solitary trees and green grasses over the landscape.
Renowned for its large population of free-ranging bush elephants, Amboseli also shelters wildebeest, African buffalo, zebras, black rhinos and other plain animals, as well as 40 types of raptors and more than 400 bird species.
Dinner and overnight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge (lunch & dinner)
Day 2: Amboseli National Park
We enjoy the luxury of time on today’s twin game drives, as we venture deeper into Amboseli’s savannah and bush. Search the skies and earth for the next photo op or animal sighting; both are ubiquitous in this diverse national park.
Dinner and overnight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge (breakfast, lunch & dinner).
Day 3: Amboseli National Park – Tsavo West.
After breakfast leave Amboseli for Tsavo West in time for lunch at Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge. Visit the rhino sanctuary and mzima springs as you view crocodiles & hippos in the specially constructed aquarium. Mzima Springs provides water to Mombasa residents. Other attractions include recent volcanoes, shetani lava flow & caves with potential for geological & cave exploration as well as hiking.
Wildlife include: Leopard, Cheetah, Wild dogs, Buffalo, Rhino, Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion,Crocodile, Mongoose, Hyrax, Dik- dik, Lesser Kudu, and Nocturnal Porcupine. Prolific birdlife features 600 species.
Dinner and overnight at Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Day 4: Tsavo West – Nairobi
Depart TsavoWest for Nairobi after breakfast.
Arrive Nairobi in time for complimentary lunch at the famous Carnivore Restaurant, famed for its delicious preparations of licensed game meat.
Later drop off at your Nairobi Hotel.
Overnight stay at SarovaPanafric(breakfast & lunch)
Day 5: Nairobi to Samburu National Reserve
The Kenyan breeze whips through your hair, a welcome respite from the already rising heat of the day.
On our drive north from Nairobi to the Samburu National Reserve, you spot crocodiles along the sun-baked banks of the EwasoNy’iro River and if Samburu’s scenery looks familiar, it’s not déjà vu; these open plains featured prominently in the award-winning British drama, Born Free.
Our destination is Samburu National Reserve, a wilderness retreat of grassy savannah, rolling mountains and glimmering horizons obstructed only by passing elephants, lions, leopards, zebras, and giraffes.
Your very first game drive is a smorgasbord of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including sightings of hippos and Nile crocodiles (oh my!).
Dinner and overnight at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Day 6: Samburu National Reserve
Awake with the sun for an early morning game drive. You’re on the lookout for Samburu’s special “Big Five” – rare sightings of Beisaoryx, gerenuk, Grévy’s zebra, Samburu ostrich, and reticulated giraffe.
Just as the outdoors heat up, we’re back inside for breakfast and leisure time at the camp’s pooland health club.
As the sun’s golden rays descend into the horizon, the bush comes alive with big game and hulking predators. Take advantage of dropping mercury and rising animal sightings, and head out on your second game drive 1600hrs to spot African hunting dogs, wildcats and lumbering elephants.
Dinner and overnight at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Day 7: Samburu to Aberdare National Park
Sit down to breakfast in Samburu and lunch at Aberdare Country Club, located in the heart of Kenya’s coffee and tea region. We’ll wind up our food tour at the Ark, your Aberdare National Park lodge.
The vista that unfolds at your final destination, Aberdare National Park, is enough to stun the senses: the majestic park soars to 4,300 metres (14,000 feet) above sea level, skimming mountaintops and diving into v-shaped valleys, swooping under waterfalls, and soaring over moorland, rainforests and bamboo forests.
Aberdare is your first chance to spot Africa’s famed “Big Five” – the African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, lion, and black rhinoceros – all in one place.
Dinner and overnight at the Ark (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Day 8: Aberdare National Park to Lake Nakuru National Park
Your first glimpse of Lake Nakuru is almost unbelievable, as a sparkling, blue lake materialises before your eyes, its shoreline an explosion of cherry-blossom pink. These rosy hues are owed not to flowers, but to flamingos – millions of these blush-coloured fowl line the coastline.
An afternoon game drive introduces you to flamingos, and then some: more than 400 bird species reside in Lake Nakuru National Park, which share its lands with endangered Rothschild’s giraffes, black rhinos, white rhinos, lions, buffalos and baboons, among other incredible animals.
Dinner and overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Day 9: Lake Nakuru to Naivasha
Hues of faded gold and burnished copper are pale reminders of the recent sunrise over Lake Nakuru.
Grey bumps dapple the waters of Lake Naivasha like giant boulders – boulders with teeth, that is. The hulking masses are not rocks, but grinning hippos that share the lake with pink-hued flamingos, imposing antelope, long-necked giraffes, and countless other animals that seeks sustenance from the lake.
Dinner and overnight at Naivasha Sopa Resort (breakfast, lunch & dinner).
Day 10: Naivasha to Masai Mara National Reserve
A leopard sprints through knee-high grass, its sights riveted on its prey.
A mother elephant pushes her young calf to water, teaching him to bathe in the refreshing liquid.
Hippos, their thick skin coated in mud, wade into a river lined with crocodiles.
Young lions wrestle in a rough-and-tumble match to develop their prowess and hone their strength.
We have arrived at the Masai Mara – the Africa you’ve always imagined.
An afternoon game drive through the national reserve is everything you can imagine and more, always more. This is your first opportunity to spot, in one fell swoop, all of Africa’s Big Five: African buffalo, black rhinos, bush elephants, leopards and lions. These imposing predators, once considered a hunter’s most dangerous game, are today a wildlife aficionado’s greatest wish – and a wish come true in Masai Mara.
Dinner and overnight at SarovaMara Game Camp (breakfast, lunch & dinner
Day 11:Masai Mara
In the glow of dawn, pale light trickles over the horizon until suddenly the sun’s fiery orb explodes into view. Its golden rays illuminate the savannah, glinting red and orange off the grassy plains. The bush awakens, sending thirsty elephants and zebra to the closest watering hole. Leopard cubs roughhouse in playful greeting to the morning.
The day’s game drive provides ample opportunities for wildlife spotting. After checking the Big Five off our list, we set our sights on other wildlife found here.
Dinner and overnight atSarovaMara Game Camp(breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Day 12:Masai Mara – Nairobi
Have you ever dreamed of sharing the clouds with birds, the wind whipping through your hair as the current sends you soaring ever higher? The muted colours of dawn unfold below, highlighting the boundless quiet of sunrise over the Masai Mara. This optional hot air balloon ride is the perfect goodbye to these spotted plains, an exhilarating view to the African bush from heights known only to the birds that live here.
If you prefer your feet on the ground, choose a morning game drive as your Kenyan farewell. \Later return to Nairobi.
Later, transfer to the Airport for your flight home or should you wish to spend the night at a Nairobi Hotel arrangements will be done (breakfast & lunch)
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