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Places to visit: Nairobi, Aberdares, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara. This safari takes you through three very different game viewing experiences: Aberdares, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara.
In the Aberdares you find icy rivers, spectacular waterfalls and rain forests. Here elephants, buffaloes and other animals visit you at the floodlit waterholes of The Ark.
Lake Nakuru’s 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 Rothschild Giraffe and black and white rhino.
You then head to Masai Mara, Kenya’s most famous and finest game sanctuary. The Mara offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that it is difficult to believe: over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. You will easily see the Big Five- lion, rhino, buffalo, leopard, and elephant. The famous Masai tribesmen live within the dispersal area of the game reserve.
Day 1: NAIROBI – ABERDARES
0900 hrs – From Nairobi, take a 2.5 hour drive to the Aberdares Country Club. You will pass through the industrial town of Thika and the intensely cultivated farms of the central Kenya. You relax at Aberdares Country Club. and lunch will be served at 1300 hrs. At 1500 hrs you will be transferred in a lodge vehicle to The Ark Lodge, one of the famous lodge in the Aberdares National Park.
Aberdares National Park has a diverse topography that includes icy rivers, spectacular waterfalls and rain forests. The flora and fauna is quite unique and is not found elsewhere in the country, except on Mount Kenya. Leopard, elephant, serval, water buck, reed buck, dik-dik, rhino and the rare bongo can all be found here. Bird life is also plentiful, including the monkey eating crowned eagle.
Dinner and overnight at The Ark
Day 2: ABERDARES – LAKE NAKURU
After breakfast at The Ark Lodge, transfer back to Aberdares Country Club. Then drive to Lake Nakuru in time for lunch at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. After Lunch, proceed for an afternoon game drive in 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.
Dinner and overnight and Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge
Day 3: LAKE NAKURU -MASAI MARA
0800 hrs- Drive to via the Great Rift Valley to arrive at Masai Mara in time for lunch at Mara Simba Lodge. After lunch, go for an afternoon game drive till dusk.
The Mara offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that it is difficult to believe: over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. You will easily see lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, buffalo, leopard, many kinds of antelopes and elephant. It is in the Mara that perhaps the most spectacular event of the natural world takes place. This is the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti (Tanzania) in search of water and pasture. Following on their heels are the predators of the savanna- lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures.
Dinner and overnight at Mara Simba Lodge
Day 4: MASAI MARA
0630 hrs – early morning game drive in the Mara. Return to the lodge for breakfast. You spend the rest of the morning at leisure. After lunch at the lodge you proceed at 1600 hrs for an afternoon game drive till dusk.
Dinner and overnight at Mara Simba Lodge
Day 5: MASAI MARA – NAIROBI
Optional balloon safari at extra cost
0630 hrs- Take the opportunity to fly over the Mara in a Hot air Balloon provided at extra cost. The balloon package includes a champagne breakfast in the wild! If you can spare the money, viewing abundant game afloat a balloon is an unforgettable experience.
Day 6 Return to Nairobi
After breakfast return to Nairobi arriving in the afternoon.
- Transport based on a safari minibus with pop up roof for game viewing
- Park entry fee
- Accommodation and all meals in Aberdares, Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara
- Service of an English-speaking driver guide
- Game drives as per the Itinerary
- Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
- Government taxes
- Hot air Balloon flight in Masai Mara – US$ 435 per person extra
(Price is subject to confirmation at the time of booking.)
- Tips to driver guides and porter.
- Extras at the lodges – tips, drinks, telephone, laundry etc
- Items of personal expenses
**PLEASE NOTE: The tour can be upgraded to a higher standard accommodation at an extra cost. It can also be cheaper if less expensive (but still good quality) accommodation is used. The final cost of the tour depends on your budget and preference.