|7 Days Samburu, Masai Mara Safari
This tour will take you from Nairobi to the Samburu, the Aberdares, Lake Nakuru and Maasai Mara. This one-week offer takes you through Kenya’s most popular game viewing locations.
The tour starts you off to Samburu, a wildlife haven with a scenic semi-arid landscape. Then to the Aberdares where you find icy rivers, spectacular waterfalls and rain forests. Here elephants, buffalos and other animals visit you at the floodlit waterholes of The Ark.
On to Lake Nakuru whose claim to fame is anchored on its flamingo’s and the over 400 species of birds found here. This soda lake on the floor of the rift valley is host to millions of flamingos and an important refuge for endangered species- particularly the Rothschild Giraffe and the black and white rhino.
The tour rounds you off at Maasai Mara, Kenya’s most famous and finest game sanctuary and the site of one of the most spectacular phenomenon of the natural world -the Great Annual Wildebeest Migration. Feted as one of the ’New Seven Wonders of the World’, the Mara offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that it is difficult to believe.
You will easily see the Big Five- lion, rhino, buffalo, leopard, and elephant, not to mention numerous plain animals. This is the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti in search of water and pasture. Following on their heels are the predators of the savanna. The famous Maasai tribesmen live within the dispersal area of the game reserve.
Samburu National Reserve
The Samburu National Reserve is a wildlife haven on the banks of the ever-flowing Ewaso Ng’iro river with a scenic semiarid landscape. Here you will spot Africa’s big cats - lions, cheetahs and the elusive leopard. Some animals are unique to this northern Kenya park: grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, kudu and gerenuk. Also, it is here that Kamunyak, the lioness famous for adapting oryx calves, lived.
Discover over 350 bird species including Verreaux’s eagle, secretary bird, lilac-breasted roller, marabou stork, somali ostrich and others. The reserve is located within the lands of the colourful semi-nomadic pastoralists Samburu tribesmen who are distinct though related to the Maasai. Feel at home as you view the circular ’nkang’ Samburu family settlements.
Aberdares National Park
Aberdares National Park is situated in the central highlands of central Kenya. The 767 km2 park cuts through valleys and deeply forested habitat and slopes in the western region. The Black Rhino is among the wildlife you will spot in the park together with elephant, sykes monkey, colobus monkey, leopard, baboon and occasionally the bongo antelope - found in the bamboo forest – and the lion. The eland and serval cats are to be found higher up in the moorland.
Wildlife and bird viewing is not all the park offers; picnicking while bird viewing the over 250 species of birds including the eagles, plovers and the Jackson’s Francolin is a must do. Trout fishing in the Park Rivers and waterfalls is available. Camping together with walking are ample activities to compound the park experience.
The park is home to several luxurious lodges including the Treetops Lodge, famed for hosting Princess Elizabeth when she learnt that she had become a queen, after the death of her father.
Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru’s claim to fame is anchored on its flamingo’s and the over 400 species of birds found here. The lake itself is a soda lake on the floor of the rift valley. The sight of the at times millions of flamingos is quite spectacular. From a distance the lake appears ringed in pink. The Lake has also earned a reputation as an important haven for endangered species- particularly the Rothschild Giraffe and the black and white rhino. Lions, water buck, buffalo and baboons are all residents here.
Maasai Mara National Reserve
Maasai Mara Game Reserve is Africa’s greatest wildlife and the world’s most famous safari destination, located in Kenya. The Mara is famous for the Great Wildebeest migration - 8th wonder of the world - , roaming lions and of course the hospitable Maasai people.
The 1,510 sq km reserve has a habitat ranging from riverine forests to grasslands dotted with acacia tree famed for being leopard resting points. The Mara is part of the ecosystem that includes the equally famous Serengeti of Tanzania. The wildlife variety is truly overwhelming: Thomson’s gazelle, zebra, black rhino, buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, fox, jackals, impala and hippopotami in addition to the abundant bird species.
Day 1: Nairobi – Samburu National Reserve
At 0700hrs you will depart Nairobi and drive north to the Samburu National Reserve. On arrival at the reserve you will experience and enjoyable game drives on your way to the Samburu Lodge, where you will arrive at around 1400 hrs in time for lunch.
After lunch at the lodge, you have the early afternoon free to relax, before going for a late afternoon and evening game drive, from 1530 hrs till the sunset then you will return to the camp/lodge to have dinner and rest.
Day 2: Samburu National Reserve
You will start your day with an early morning game drive starting at 0630 hrs until 0830 hrs when you will return to the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast you will spend your time at leisure until lunch is served in the early afternoon. After lunch you will rest for a moment before embarking on a late afternoon and evening game drive. At sunset you will return to the camp/lodge where you will have dinner and rest for the night.
Day 3: Samburu National Reserve – Aberdares National Park
You will be picked up at 0800hrs and be driven to the Outspan hotel where you will have lunch on arrival at around 1230 hrs. Later in the afternoon transfer to Treetops Lodge. After lunch you will briefly rest before embarking on a late afternoon game drive until sunset. At sunset you will return to the camp/lodge where you will have dinner and then rest for the night.
Day 4: Aberdares National Park – Lake Nakuru National Park
At 0800hrs you will be picked up and driven to the Lake Nakuru National Park arriving in time for lunch in the early afternoon at the Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. After lunch three will be a brief period of leisure before embarking on an evening game drive at 1600hrs. At sunset you will return to the camp/lodge to have dinner and thereafter rest for the night.
Day 5: Lake Nakuru National Park - Maasai Mara National Reserve
0700 hrs pick up and drive via the Great Rift Valley to arrive at Maasai Mara in time for lunch. Along the way we will have a distant view of Mt. Longonot, Mt. Margaret and Mt. Suswa.
Day 6: Maasai Mara National Reserve
You will embark on an early morning game drive starting at 06:30 hrs around the reserve and then return to the camp for breakfast. Guests shall then relax and refresh themselves before the afternoon lunch after which they will embark on a late afternoon early evening game drive. Thereafter you will return to the camp/lodge for dinner and spend the night.
Day 7: Maasai Mara National Reserve - Nairobi
At 0800 hrs you will have breakfast, and then proceed to leave the Maasai Mara by road on the return journey to Nairobi. You are expected to reach Nairobi at 1300 hrs.
- Transport based on a safari minibus with pop up roof for game viewing
- Park entry fee
- Accommodation and all meals as per the itinerary
- Service of an English-speaking driver guide
- Game drives as per the Itinerary
- Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
- Government taxes
- Flying doctor service
- Tips to driver guides and porter.
- Extras at the lodges - tips, drinks, telephone, laundry etc
- Items of personal expenses
- International flights
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