5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS ABERDARES, NAKURU MASAI MARA SAFARI
DAY 1: NAIROBI – ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK (200kms approximately 4hrs)
On this morning,you will depart Nairobi for Aberdares National park. The park provides a habitat for elephants, black rhinos, leopards, spotted hyenas, olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, buffalos, warthogs and bushbucks among others. Rare sightings include those of the Giant Forest hog, bongo, golden cat, serval cat, African wild cat, African civet cat and the blue duiker. Bird viewing is also rewarding, with over 250 species of birds in the park, including the Jackson’s Francolin, Sparrow hawks, goshawks, eagles, sunbirds and plovers. On arrival at the base hotel which is Aberdare Country Club nestled on a slope of Mweiga Hill in the Aberdare Highlands, part of the Great Rift Valley, you will enjoy lunch and drop the excess luggage. After lunch drive through the forest to reach your tree hotel (the Ark)where the night is spent watching the never ending pageant of wildlife which visits the floodlit waterhole and saltlick below. The Ark overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick, which attracts a host of awesome wildlife. Resembling and named after Noah’s Ark, The Ark comprises of three decks from which numerous balconies and lounges provide a superb location for wildlife to be seen. So that you don’t miss any animal sightings, the night guard will buzz your room when special animals come to the waterhole. The Ark has four viewing areas for observing the ever-present animal activity. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
DAY 2: ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK-LAKENAKURU NATIONAL PARK (130kms approximately 2hrs)
Breakfast at the lodge. During the morning cross the tip of the Aberdare Mountains stopping briefly to admire 73m plunge of Thompson’s Falls, named after the Scots explorer who first saw the Falls in 1884. Another stop is provided at the Equator. Arrive in time for lunch. This shallow soda lake has been famous for its flamingos but has also retained its reputation as an ornithologists’ delight with more than 400 species of bird found here. You may get out of the vehicle at the lake shore to get a closer look at the birds. The nearby cliffs offer sightings of baboons, birds of prey and scurrying hyraxes, as well as great views of the park. The national park covers 180 sq km and is home to warthogs, waterbuck, buffaloes, reedbucks, and the occasional leopard as well as white and black rhinos which were introduced to the park some years ago. Afternoon game drive. Afternoon visit to Lake Nakuru National Park where the sight of flamingos cannot be forgotten. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge/camp
DAY 3: LAKE NAKURU – MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE (345kms approximately 7.5hrs)
Breakfast at the lodge. Depart for Masai Mara Game Reserve.check in at the lodge/camp and arrival in time for lunch. Enjoy an evening game drive in this famous park. Dinner and overnight at the lodge/camp
DAY 4: – MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE
Early morning balloon safari is available as an option at USD 450 per person. The Balloon launches at 0600hrs and takes one hour. On landing you will be welcomed with a champagne bush breakfast.
Full day of game viewing whereby you leave the lodge after breakfast with picnic lunch.
The Mara is the land of African legend: Lion are abundant throughout the park, as are the elephants, giraffes, and a variety of gazelle species and zebra. Cheetah and leopard are also regularly seen and, less commonly, rhino. The annual wildebeest migration, one of nature’s few remaining wildlife spectacles, occurs in the Mara from July to September where the big animals and their predators are to be present in abundance during the time frame of this trip. Several species of Bee-Eater, the flying rainbow that heads the list of the Mara’s birds, occur in the reserve. As well as wildlife, the Maasai Mara is also home to many members of the colorful Maasai tribe who may be seen around the borders of the park – Morans (warriors) loping across the plains, young boys herding goats, or elders grouped under a tree discussing matters of the day. Dinner and overnight at Lodge/Camp.
DAY 7: MASAI MARA – NAIROBI (250kms approximately 5hrs)
Early morning game drive. Breakfast at the lodge. Depart for Nairobi. A stopover is provided at Narok Town to browse in the bustling, vibrant Masai markets to buy curios and handicrafts. On arrival in Nairobi ,drop off at the airport for your departure flight or transfer to a city hotel
END OF SAFARI
- Transport in a safari tour van with a pop-up roof for easy game viewing and photography
- Accommodation on Fullboard basis at the Lodge /camp
- Park entry fees to the national parks
- Mineral water while on safari
- Professional English speaking guide/driver
- Game drives as per the itinerary
- International Flight/domestic
- Personal items
- Laundry Services
- Visit to Masai Villages
- Balloon safari 45O$
- Excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
- Tips to drivers & Porters
- Personal drinks
- Accomodation in Nairobi before and after safari
- Kenya visas