Day 1: Nairobi – Samburu National Reserve
Depart Nairobi heading north past pineapple and banana plantations and the Tana River to the fertile Mt Kenya region. You will pass tea and coffee farms, citrus orchards and many regional towns bustling with day-to-day activity. Stop on route for photos at the Equator. Arrive at Ashnil lodge in time for lunch. After check in and lunch enjoy an afternoon game drive in the park.
Samburu National Reserve is part of three small adjoining reserves that lie on either side of the Northern EwasoNgiro River. The semi-arid landscape is spectacular and the vegetation is made up of palms, woodland along the river, acacia woodland and dusty scrubland. Not only can you see the some of the big five, but also other species which are not present in Kenya’s southern parks including the oryx, gerenuk, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe and Grevy’s zebra. Bird life is also abundant here with different species of eagles, pygmy falcons, sand grouse and large flocks of crazy guinea fowl. Be prepared for hot temperatures, as they regularly reach 40 centigrade in the day, even if it rains.
Day 2: Samburu National Reserve
Depart on an early game drive to try to spot the early risers in the park before returning for breakfast. After breakfast you can choose to relax at your accommodation or undertake a full day game drive in Shaba or Bufallo Springs. Return to accommodation for meals and overnight.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 3: Samburu National Reserve – Lake Nakuru National Park
Rise early for a game drive, then return for breakfast and check out. Depart for Nakuru, stopping for picnic lunch enroute. On the way you can stop for views of the beautiful Thomson Falls. Arrive late afternoon in Lake Nakuru Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Lake Nakuru is famous for the thousands of flamingo that seasonally inhabit the shores of the lake. The park has been successful habitat for introducing endangered species including black rhino, white rhino, Rothchild giraffe and the elusive leopard - all of which are frequently seen on game drives. You can spot these along with buffalo, lion, zebra, waterbuck, gazelle, impala, hyrax and hippo.
Day 4: Lake Nakuru National Park – Lake Naivasha
After breakfast, depart for a morning exploring Lake Nakuru National Park, before departing for Lake Naivasha. Arrive at Simba Lodge for in time for lunch. You may even have the pleasure of the company of a family of black and white colobus monkeys, as well as a variety of birds – who also have a sweet tooth! After lunch you will enjoy an hour-long boat ride on Lake Naivasha (or Lake Olodian) where you can spot hippos as well as a variety of birds common to this area. Proceed to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara National Reserve
After breakfast, depart Lake Naivasha for the Masai Mara. Initially you will head around the lake, and then turn west along the floor of the Great Rift Valley. After a stop in the Maasai town of Narok for fuel, supplies and snacks, proceed to the Masai Mara Game Reserve arrive at Sentrim Lodge in time for lunch, later you will enjoy an afternoon game drive before returning to your accommodation for dinner and overnight. And don’t forget the Masai Mara is not fenced and that you can look out for animals not long after departing Narok.
Day 6: Masai Mara
Enjoy a full day game viewing with picnic lunch on the Mara River over-looking the Hippo Pools and the savannah. One of Kenya’s premier reserves, the Masai Mara is an extension of the Serengeti and world famous for the spectacular migration of thousands of wildebeest and zebra during the months of July to October. The Mara is also rich in resident game with over 95 species recorded including the ‘Big Five’ - elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino - as well as giraffe, cheetah, hyena and numerous species of antelope. The Reserve is also rich in birdlife with over 480 species. Return to accommodation for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Masai Mara Reserve – Nairobi
Wake for breakfast and enjoy the mornings’ game drive. Mid-morning depart for Nairobi stopping for lunch enroute. You will arrive in Nairobi around 17:00.
Safari Prices Include:
Extensive Game drives as stated in the itinerary
Pre–tour itinerary document
All meals included while on safari
All applicable Game Park entrance fees
Mineral drinking water while on safari
Guaranteed departures for two or more passengers booking this safari
Transport from and back to Nairobi in a comfortable tour van
Professional Safari Guide/ Driver.
Airport pick up and transfers
Safari Prices Exclude:
A visit to a Masai Village
Accommodations in Nairobi
Cost of obtaining passport and visas
Gratuity for your professional driver guide
Sundowner bush cocktails and bush dinner
Christmas, New Year and Easter Supplement
Nature walks, Night game drives, boat rides, Camel rides etc
Gratuity for Porterage/ waiters at hotels, camps and airports
Membership in Flying Doctors Society – Emergency air rescue
Optional Hot Air Ballooning (cost per person is 470 US Dollars)
Personal expenses such traveling insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, laundry, emails, faxes and phone calls beverages including luxury champagne, luxury spirits, beer, wines during meals or meals not indicated in the itinerary