Long haul flights can be tedious - airports, crowds, lines, luggage, irritating snafus. But once you arrive at the airport, your guide will meet you and drive you to the Nairobi Hilton in the center of Nairobi where you can rest, relax and unwind.
Activity: Transfer to Amboseli. Afternoon Game Drive
An occasionally bumpy ride to Amboseli National Park on the border with Tanzania begins your exploration of Kenya. Mount Kilimanjaro provides a dramatic backdrop to Amboseli as it rises almost 20,000 feet above the plain and the concentration of wildlife drawn to the park in the dry season. Amboseli boasts a variety of ecosystems - marshland, scrubby plain, acacia woodlands - supporting a diverse range of wildlife. Following lunch, you'll spend the afternoon viewing some of this diversity, notably the park's elephants, which are numerous, and giraffes, and predators including lions and cheetahs.
Optional:Walking Safari & Visit to Tribal Village.
Day Three features morning and afternoon game drives over the park's dusty roads (some of these are impassable during the rainy season due to the ashy soil), and you're likely to spot wildebeest and zebra attracted to the marshes and swamps fed by the melting snows of Kilimanjaro. You may also spot white rhinos on the fringes of the marshes as well as a great variety of birdlife (some 425 species of bird populate the park). With Kilimanjaro providing a dramatic backdrop, your photographs will be stunning. East Africa game avoids the mid-day heat by dozing in the shade. You can avoid the mid-day heat in the lodge's pool, at the bar, or like the beasts of the savannah, with a nap in the shade.
Following Breakfast we drive north through the rich agricultural lands that crowd the lower slopes of the Aberdares Mountains, eastern wall of the Great Rift Valley, arriving at Aberdares National Park in time for lunch. The Aberdares are probably not what visitors imagine when they imagine an East African safari; nowhere in the park does one find golden plains populated by nervous gazelles, hungry cheetahs, and napping lions. One does find high mountains, dense rain forest, thickets of bamboo, rushing rivers, cascading waterfalls, abundant birdlife, rare monkeys, and the opportunity to spot elephants, leopards, and lions sipping water from a forest waterhole from a vantage-point high in the forest.
The best spot in the Aberdares National Park to view the abundant wildlife is from the comfort of one of the lodge. Treetops Lodge overlooks a waterhole and a salt lick to which wildlife is attracted, day and night. Elephants are frequent visitors, as are lions and hyenas. Leopards are among those that turn up overnight, and lodge rooms include bells that inform guests of the presence of visitors below, the number of rings corresponding to the species of visitor.
Activity: Transfer to Lake Nakuru. Afternoon Game Drive
After breakfast we travel to Lake Nakuru National Park. Here we spend a delightful day exploring the extra ordinary bird life for which Lake Nakuru is internationally renowned. This is the ultimate ornithologist’s paradise with over 450 species of birds. Apart from its thousands and sometimes millions of flamingos nesting along the shores, the surface of the shallow lake is often hard to recognize due to the continually shifting mass of pink. The number of flamingoes on the lake varies with water and food conditions and the best vantage point is from Baboon Cliff.
Lake Nakuru houses Kenya’s first rhino sanctuary and one of the largest concentrations of black rhinoceros in the world a large population of white rhino. The park features the picturesque Malaika Waterfalls. Also of interest is an area of 188 km around the lake fenced off as a sanctuary to protect Rothschild giraffes. Among predators are lion, leopard and large pythons hiding in the dense woodlands which may occasionally be seen crossing roads or dangling from trees. Others game include Thomson's and Grant gazelle, the long- eared leaf-nosed bat, colobus monkey, rock hyrax, hippo, and waterbuck; Impala, striped hyena, bat-eared fox, wildcat, reedbuck and golden cat.
Activity: Transfer to Maasai Mara. Afternoon Game Drive
This remarkable day takes you to the Maasai Mara Reserve and into the domain of the Maasai, Kenya's cattle-herding nomads determined to preserve their traditions. The Mara is magnificent, home to Kenya's richest concentration of wildlife, and regarded by many travelers as an essential stop on any tour of Africa. When westerners think of Africa and safari, this is place they imagine - golden grassland plains pocked with acacia, wildebeests, zebras, lions, and jackals bound by together by the cycle of life and death. Three days here will only scratch at the surface of the wonders of the Mara.
Morning and afternoon game drives will lead you to some of Africa's largest lion prides, herds of zebra, antelopes, buffaloes, wildebeest, giraffes, cheetahs, and hyenas. Accommodations include en suite restroom facilities and secluded verandahs. In between game drives, lounge at the pool or bar, or enjoy a mid-day nap.
Activity: Predawn Game drive > Breakfast > Transfer to Nairobi at Leisure. Optional Activity include Souvenir shopping, farewell dinner etc. Airport departure transfer
An early morning game drive is followed by a breakfast feast. Take your time to say Kwaheri to simba and his friends. We leave when you're ready. In the evening we chauffeur you to the airport and bid you bon voyage as you catch your flight home.
Optional Extensions: Beach Vacation in Mombasa or Zanzibar. Additional days in Nairobi to visit places of interest
Included with this package:
Accommodation as detailed in the itinerary
All meals noted in the itinerary. Each day generally includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner buffets consisting of both western and local dishes.
Transportation in a minivan fitted with a pop-up roof for game-viewing and photography.
Every passenger is guaranteed a window seat.
Your driver/guide speaks English and has in-depth knowledge of the flora, fauna, landscape, and Kenyan culture.
A private minivan outfitted with two-way, long range high frequency radio communications equipment.
Each minivan carries safari accessories including wildlife books, beanbags to support cameras on car doors and window sills, binoculars, a first-aid kit, an ice-chest, and a fire extinguisher.
Bottled mineral water during game drives.
Park entrance fees and game drives as noted in the itinerary.
All government taxes, levies, and fees
All arrival and departure transfer fees between airports, hotels, parks, etc.
Twenty-four hours stand-by contact telephone number
Domestic and international airfares and departures taxes.
Personal communications charges for telephone calls, faxes, email, etc.
Tips and gratuities for hotel, lodge and camp staff and for your driver/guide.
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. (Bottled mineral water is provided in the minivan while on game drives.)
Between meal snacks, additional entrance fees to reserves, parks, attractions, and events not included in your itinerary
People in Group
Per person sharing 2 per room (US$)
Single room supplement (US$)
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