6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS SAMBURU ABERDARES MASAI MARA SAFARI
DAY 1: ARRIVE NAIROBI – SAMBURU GAME RESERVE (350kms approximately 6.5 hrs)
On arrival at JKIA or pick up at a central point , you will be met by our representative and transferred to and drive across the Equator to the edge of the Northern Frontier and make for semi-desert bush country to the Samburu Game Reserve. Arrival will be in time for lunch at the lodge/camp. Enjoy an evening game drive in the reserve. Dinner and overnight at Lodge/camp
DAY 2: SAMBURU GAME RESERVE
Early morning game drive. Return to the lodge/camp for breakfast. Rest of morning at leisure. Lunch at the lodge/camp. Samburu Game Reserve is situated in the hot and arid fringes of Kenya’s vast Northern Frontier District. The area is home to the Samburu tribe, pastoral relatives of the Masai. Samburu Reserve as a safari destination has rugged and dramatic landscape; the Owasso Nyiro River runs along the southern boundary dividing Samburu Game Reserve and is also home to crocodile and hippo with the many animals visiting to drink during the heat of the day. Samburu offers sighting of buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and other plains game. Species of game unique to Samburu game reserve include the beisa Oryx, the long necked Gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe and the blue shanked Somali ostrich. Afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at the lodge/camp.
DAY 3: SAMBURU RESERVE – ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK (200kms approximately 4hrs)
Breakfast at the lodge/camp. 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 4: ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK-MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE
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. Lunch enroute in Nairobi and depart for Masai Mara Game Reserve. Arrive in time for lunch. Enjoy an evening game drive in this famous park. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
DAY 5: – 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 6: 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