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Classic highlights of Kenya

Tour Overview

CLASSIC HIGHLIGHTS OF KENYA

Get to spend 8 days in Kenya visiting the Samburu National park for a wildlife experience and connect to Ol Pejeta Conservancy to spend some time with the critically endangered rhino species and connect to Lake Nakuru national park that is famous for the flamingo population and later connect to the Magical Mara for another experience in the wild. Connect with a domestic flight to the Bwindi forest, the home of the mountain gorillas and take a flight back home from the Entebbe airport.

Take 10 days and 9 nights on this classical safari from Kenya.

 

Highlights


DAY 1 – ARRIVE AT JOMO KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

DAY 2 – SAMBURU NATIONAL PARK | TRANSFER TO SAMBURU NATIONAL PARK |GAME VIEWING

DAY 3 – SAMBURU NATIONAL PARK | TRANSFER FROM SAMBURU NATIONAL PARK TO OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY

DAY 4 – OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY | BIRD WATCHING|TRANSFER FROM OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY TO LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

DAY 5 – LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK| GAME VIEWING| TRANSFER FROM  LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK TO MASAI MARA NATIONAL GAME RESERVE

DAY 6 –  MASAI MARA NATIONAL GAME RESERVE | GAME VIEWING

DAY 7 –  MASAI MARA NATIONAL GAME RESERVE | GAME VIEWING | TRANSFER FROM MASAI MARA NATIONAL GAME RESERVE TO NAIROBI

DAY 8 – BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK | TRANSFER FROM JOMO KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

DAY 9 – BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK | GORILLA TREKKING

DAY 10 – DEPARTURE | TRANSFER FROM KIHIHI TO ENTEBBE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

DAY 1 – ARRIVE AT JOMO KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our customer care representative who will give you a brief overview of your program before handing you over to your driver guide with whom you will depart for the Samburu National Park to arrive in time for check in and lunch at the Sarova Shaba Game Lodge. You will then spend the afternoon at leisure before going for an evening game drive till dusk when you return to your lodge.Shaba National Reserve is a peaceful reserve made famous by Joy Adamson, author of the famous book and film, ‘Born Free’. Shaba, along with Samburu and Buffalo Springs are 3 small, adjoining savannah national reserves that lie on either side of the northern Ewaso Ngiro River. They were established in 1948 as the Samburu Isiolo Game Reserve. The reserve is a semi desert, but attracts a good range of animals because of the river, which acts as a lifeline, while the combination of the arid desert, volcanic rocks and riverine forests make for a very interesting landscape. Shaba Reserve has paid tribute to Joy Adamson in the form of a memorial, while her fascinating life is immortalized in the Joy Adamson Museum. Guests are invited to visit the museum as an addition to regular safari activities.

Overnight at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge

Meal Plan –  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 2 – SAMBURU NATIONAL PARK | TRANSFER TO SAMBURU NATIONAL PARK |GAME VIEWING

Wake up before sunup and have some muffins and coffee, before you take a morning game drive. You’ll see how still and quiet the Bush is at dawn and watch it begin to stir as the sun comes up. Keep a look out for Burchell’s Zebra and Gerenuk, a species that may make you think of ET. You’ll return to camp for a late brunch; then you’ll have the option to take a safari, on-foot, to a local Samburu Village, where you’ll be exposed to Samburu traditions and nomadic culture. Head back to camp for lunch followed by a siesta, and finish up your day on an evening game drive, taking in another African sunset.The Samburu region is the best place to find several endemic Northern species; including the Gerenuk (twiga gazelle) due to her long neck, the beisa Oryx, the Reticulated Giraffe, the Somali ostrich and Grevy’s Zebra. Samburu is also an ornithological paradise, home to many birds including local species such as the Palm Nut Vulture and the Vivacious Dove. Leopards are often seen at dusk. The Samburu culture is a truly fascinating one, sharing a great deal of ancestral and linguistic ties to the Masai. The entire Samburu region is a place of breathtaking and magical beauty, a place where the vision of a deep red sunset silhouetting the doom palms along the river as a leopard emerges to hunt brings the perfect end to a day on safari.

Overnight at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge

Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 3 – SAMBURU NATIONAL PARK | TRANSFER FROM SAMBURU NATIONAL PARK TO OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY

Depart to the privately-owned 24,000-acre reserve, Ol Pejeta Conservancy s where your drive ends and another adventure begins at your luxurious tented camp with magnificent views of Mt. Kenya. Arrive for lunch followed by afternoon game viewing drive. One of only four private wildlife reserves in Kenya, your under-canvas experience includes wildlife drives in search of the ‘Big Five’. Watch a parade of elephant, giraffe, zebra and impala come to drink at the camp’s floodlit waterhole and saltlick. Optional activities abound, you may choose to go on a night drive in search of nocturnal species, go on a nature walk or join a rhino patrol with experienced armed rangers to find and monitor black rhino.  During your stay here, you will also visit the 200-acre Chimpanzee sanctuary that has been set up here. Although chimps are not indigenous to Kenya, the aim of the project, initiated by Lonrho East Africa, Kenya Wildlife Services and the Jane Goodall Institute, was to set up a colony where chimps could be introduced, rehabilitated and taught to fend for themselves in an area similar to their natural living conditions. Priority is given to orphaned and abused chimps. The Sanctuary currently has 27 chimps, including two babies born in the Sanctuary. There is also a new Visitor’s Information Center at Morani’s Boma. While here, you will be treated to a guided walking safari. At an optional cost, you can enjoy camel safaris, and horse-back riding.

Overnight at Sweetwaters Serena Camp

Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 4 – OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY | BIRD WATCHING|TRANSFER FROM OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY TO LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

Continue with your journey this morning as you drive to Lake Nakuru National Park, a shallow alkaline lake that is world-renowned for its huge concentration of flamingos; at times, hundreds of thousands of these birds give the lake a pink shimmering glow.  The park boasts a huge variety of animals, including leopard which is often found snoozing on the branches of the magnificent yellow-barked acacias, lion, buffalo, hippo, waterbuck, warthog, baboon, the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe only found in this park in Kenya, white rhino and the rare black rhino which is protected and guarded here.

You arrive in time for lunch at the Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge followed by an afternoon game drive till dusk when you return to your camp. Located on a range of hills that form the western limits of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, the lodge offers spectacular views over the vastness of Africa. The lodge also overlooks Lake Nakuru and its surrounding National Park, one that is a paradise for bird watchers and wildlife lovers alike.

Overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge

Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 5 – LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK| GAME VIEWING| TRANSFER FROM  LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK TO MASAI MARA NATIONAL GAME RESERVE

After breakfast, drive to the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve, backdrop to ‘the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth’, the annual migration of over one million wildebeest.  Arrive in time for lunch at the Mara Sarova Camp, a luxury tented camp. Sarova Mara is set in the African bush but the luxurious tents all have permanent roofs, zip-up fronts, and electricity and en-suite facilities. Relaxing outside your own tent listening to the orchestra of rasping Cicadas, croaking Tree Frogs and the intermittent call of birds and monkeys is a memorable symphony.The Masai Mara is arguably Kenya’s most popular game reserve. It is the most famous and most visited game reserve in Kenya. The film “Out of Africa” was made to a great extent in this sanctuary. There is a profusion of all types of wildlife including the big five. A spectacle worth seeing is the annual migration of millions of wildebeests, zebras, and the gazelles from the Serengeti plains across the Tanzania border and the Mara river to reach Maasai Mara grazing fields from late June. The game reserve abounds with birdlife since close to about four hundred and fifty-two odd species have been recorded.

Overnight at Mara Sarova Game Camp

Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 6 –  MASAI MARA NATIONAL GAME RESERVE | GAME VIEWING

You will have one more day of wildlife-viewing opportunities in the Masai Mara Reserve, also known as the “Jewel of Africa,” a site with one of the largest and the most spectacular animal migrations in the world. The reserve is inhabited by many of Africa’s most popular wild animals, including lion, cheetah, elephant, leopard, black rhino and hippo. There are also over 500 resident species of birds in the park including ostrich, larks and sunbirds as well as the lovely Lilac-breasted Roller. The area is famous for rolling grassland and for the Mara River, which runs through the reserve from north to south.  The reserve covers an area of 700 square miles and forms part of the Serengeti ecosystem, hosting the world-famous spectacle of the annual migration of up to two million wildebeest, thousands of zebra and an escort of carnivores from the Serengeti plains that follow the rains and succulent new grass.  A costly trek as many of the lame, laggard and sick will fall prey to the ravening pack of predators and many more will die in the swirling flood waters of the Mara River as they try to cross it.  The Mara also has one of the highest concentrations of cheetahs on the continent, as well as many magnificent black-manned lions.

Overnight at Mara Sarova Game Camp

Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 7 –  MASAI MARA NATIONAL GAME RESERVE | GAME VIEWING | TRANSFER FROM MASAI MARA NATIONAL GAME RESERVE TO NAIROBI

Wake up before sunup and have some muffins and coffee, before you take a morning game drive, followed by a bush breakfast at the Hippo Pool. You’ll see how still and quiet the bush is at dawn and watch it begin to stir as the sun comes up. You’ll return to camp for check out then depart for Nairobi with a brief stop in Narok for snacks/lunch at the Narok Coffee House. This is at an extra cost. Thereafter, you will proceed with a drive to arrive in Nairobi late in the afternoon for check in at the Emara Ole Sereni Hotel. After freshening up, you will be transferred to the renowned Carnivore Restaurant for a farewell dinner, and back to your hotel for an overnight stay.

The Carnivore is the ultimate ‘Beast of a Feast’ . A variety of meat including ostrich, crocodile and camel, is roasted over charcoal and carved at your table. Delicious side dishes and an exceptional array of sauces complement this fixed price feast that also includes soup, a selection of desserts and Kenyan coffee. Set in attractive tropical gardens, the service and the décor are outstanding.

Overnight at Emara Ole Sereni Hotel

Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 8 – BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK | TRANSFER FROM JOMO KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

After your breakfast, depending on your international departure flight schedule, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where you will arrive in time for your transfer flight to Entebbe International Airport. On arrival you will be transferred by flight to Kihihi. On arrival, you will be transferred by our driver guide to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Overnight at Buhoma Lodge

Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 9 – BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK | GORILLA TREKKING

After your breakfast, you will be transferred to the briefing area where you will be allocated a gorilla family and  with your packed lunch, you will start to trek through the Bwindi Forest. On encountering the gorillas, You will spend a maximum of an hour with them in their natural habitats. You will then trek back to the briefing area where you will be awarded certificates of participation. You will be moved back to the lodge for dinner and relaxation.

Overnight at Buhoma Lodge

Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 10 – DEPARTURE | TRANSFER FROM KIHIHI TO ENTEBBE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

You will have breakfast and then get transferred from the lodge to Kihihi  where you will be transferred  to Entebbe International Airport for your connecting flight back home.

Overnight at Buhoma Lodge

Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

****END OF SAFARI****

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