Safari and Beyond
private, custom safaris
Day 1: Arrival- Nairobi Your flight will arrive at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where you will be met by our team outside the immigration hall. We will transfer you to your city hotel, assist you in check in and brief you on your upcoming activities. Accommodation on Bed and Breakfast meal plan.
Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel or similar
Day 2: Nairobi- Aberdares National Park
08h30: Breakfast at the hotel, check out and depart for the Aberdares, a beautiful mountain range in the central highlands of Kenya. Aberdares has high mountains, dense rainforest, and thickets of bamboo, rushing rivers, cascading waterfalls and abundant wildlife. Arrive at the club, check in and have lunch. In the afternoon, transfer to the Ark lodge, with an overnight bag. Suitcases are stored at the base hotel. You will be in a small but comfortable cabin that has a shower and toilet facilities. You can remain in your room until a bell sounds announcing animals have appeared at the waterhole. Slip on a jacket, it is chilly at over 7000 feet. Enjoy the animals return inside or to your cabin until the next group arrives. Long pants for all and layered tops work every time. When you decide to sleep, turn off the alarm bell. You will enjoy this experience!
The Ark Lodge
Day 3: Aberdares- Samburu Breakfast and check out, drive to the Samburu National Reserve. Rugged and remote, this wildlife reserve provides some of the best and most colourful game viewing in the country. Samburu is inhabited by a wide variety of animals, more so the rare species such as the long- necked gerenuk, Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe and Beisa oryz. Other animals include the leopard, the mighty lion, elephants; crocodiles can be seen swimming in the Ewaso Nyiro River along with the hippo. Arrive for check in and lunch. Afternoon game drive, dinner and overnight stay
Day 4: Samburu Game Reserves:
A full day will be spent in the reserve which provides some of the best and most colorful game viewing in the country. Morning and afternoon game drives in the reserve with arguably the most beautiful scenery in Kenya. At all times, your driver/guide will take the best approach possible to any sighting, to ensure that you are placed as close and safely to the sighting as possible. seat. All meals and overnight at the lodge.
Samburu Sopa Lodge
Samburu Sopa Lodge
The Flamingos of Lake Nakuru
Day 5: Samburu- Lake Nakuru
07h00: Breakfast at the lodge and drive via Nyahururu to the Lake Nakuru National Park, the ornithologist's paradise. This park also provides sanctuary for Rothschild giraffe, rhino and leopard. Lake Nakuru is one of the alkaline Great Rift Valley lakes and a fantastic bird sanctuary. The famous ornithologist Roger Tory Peterson defined it as "the greatest bird spectacle on earth”. Other wild animals found in this park include the Rhino, Lion, Cheetah and the most elusive of the cats, the Leopard. Lunch break at the Thomson Falls Lodge, afternoon game drive in the park and around the lake. Later, check in at the lodge. Dinner and overnight stay.
Lake Nakuru Lodge
Day 6: Lake Nakuru- Masai Mara
07h00: Breakfast and check out. Drive via Narok to the Maasai Mara National Reserve offering wonderful scenery and plenty of game. It is perhaps the only region left in Kenya where the visitor may see animals in the same super-abundance as existed a century ago. Maasai Mara is blessed with a permanent water supply, Maasai Mara has a permanent population of plains game. The "big five" - elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino are quite common. Have a picnic lunch break on the way. Do an afternoon game drive in the reserve, arrive at the camp and check in. Dinner and overnight stay in superior tents
The Masai Mara is widely considered to be Africa’s greatest wildlife reserve. The Mara comprises 200 sq miles of open plains, woodlands and riverine forest. Contiguous with the plains of the Serengeti, the Mara is home to a breathtaking array of life. The vast grassland plains are scattered with herds of Zebra, Giraffe, Gazelle, and Topi. The Acacia forests abound with Birdlife and Monkeys. Elephants and Buffalo wallow in the wide Musiara Swamp. The Mara and Talek rivers are brimming with Hippos and Crocodiles.
The Mara has been called the Kingdom of Lions and these regal and powerful hunters dominate these grasslands. Cheetahs are also a common sight in the Mara, as are Hyena and smaller predators, such as Jackals. The Mara is an awesome natural wonder, a place where Maasai warriors share the plains with hunting lions, a place of mighty herds and timeless cycles of life, death and regeneration. This is truly big country with massive animals and cruel predators. There is an ominous, overpowering quality of this place that evokes a primitive feeling of fear and wonder. You will never forget the Mara
Day 7: Masai Mara National Reserve
Each year the Mara plays host to the world’s greatest natural spectacle, the Great Wildebeest Migration from the Serengeti. From July to October, the promise of rain and fresh life-giving grass in the north brings more than 1.3 million Wildebeest together into a single massive herd. They pour across the border into the Mara along with hundreds of thousands of zebra and antelope, making a spectacular entrance in a surging column of life that stretches from horizon to horizon. At the Mara River they mass together on the banks before finally plunging forward through the raging waters, creating a frenzy as they fight against swift currents and waiting crocodiles. Those who make it across may find prides of lions waiting to greet them. The wildebeest bring new life to the Mara, not just through their cycle of regeneration of the grasslands, but for the predators who follow the herds. This spectacle has been repeated for untold millennia.
Day 8: Masai Mara National Reserve
Full day spent game-viewing in the reserve. Explore the plains and rolling hills for a chance to spot the images of your dreams ranging from beautiful scenery to fascinating views of wildlife, in a natural habitat. Morning and afternoon game drives or a full day game drive with packed lunches would take you closer to nature. All meals and overnight at the camp.
Masai wedding on Crater Rim
Day 9: Masai Mara via Nairobi-Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast, morning game drive and transfer to the airstrip for your scheduled flight to Nairobi. Arrive for lunch and connect for next flight to Kilimanjaro airport in Tanzania. On arrival met by our team for briefing and proceed to Ngorongoro Conservation Area via Arusha. Check in at the lodge for dinner and overnight stay Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge or similar
Day 10: Ngorongoro Conservation Area/crater tour
07h30: Breakfast at the lodge and descend into the crater for a full day game drive with packed lunch. Ngorongoro is a deep, volcanic crater, the largest un flooded and unbroken caldera in the world. About 12 miles across, 2000 feet deep and 108 sq miles in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder. Ascend to the lodge late in the afternoon, dinner and overnight stay.
Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
Day 11: Ngorongoro-Arusha
07h00: Breakfast at the lodge and drive to Arusha. The route passes through a magnificent countryside with rolling hills and sparse wildlife, tribal villages and herds of livestock. Pass via Karatu and Manyara where the main economic activities include tourism and agriculture. Arrive in Arusha for a late lunch in a preselected restaurant. Check in at the hotel on bed and breakfast basis
Mount Meru Hotel
Day 12: Arusha-Mt Kilimanjaro/depart for Home After breakfast, check out and drive to the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Optional day trek and other activities. Later evening transfer to the airport for dinner and take your international flight back home.
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