October 7, 2015
Written By Admin
Day 1: Nairobi to Nanyuki
Depart Nairobi for Nanyuki; cross the equator en route and test for yourself the theory that water spins down the drain in different directions according to the hemisphere. Nanyuki is only a few hours’ drive from Nairobi and is the jumping off point for Mt Kenya climbs and the Laikipia plateau. It’s also a transport hub between Nairobi and points further north and a bustling market town.
Day 2: Nanyuki to Samburu
From Nanyuki we continue north to Samburu National Reserve. The Samburu ecosystem comprises three national reserves: Shaba, Buffalo Springs and Samburu. These parks are not as famous as others in Kenya, but within this ecosystem are species found nowhere else in the country, including the Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe and the gerenuk.
Day 3: Samburu
We have a full day to enjoy Samburu National Reserve. The landscape offers amazing variety as well from open savannah to scrub desert to lush river foliage, offering fantastic opportunities for excellent wildlife encounters.
Day 4: Samburu to Thomson’s Falls
We drive to the town of Nyahururu, Kenya’s highest town on the north western corner of the Highlands. The 72m high Thomson’s Falls are beautiful and easily reached via a walking track. There are more fantastic walks downstream in the valley of the Ewaso Narok River or upstream to one of Kenya’s largest hippo pools.
Day 5: Thomson’s Falls to Nakuru
We have the morning to explore the beautiful natural walking trails around Thomson’s Falls before heading to Nakuru. Even though it is Kenya’s fourth largest city, Nakuru has a country town feel, despite its busy market and downtown area.
Day 6: Lake Nakuru National Park
We spend a full day game driving around Lake Nakuru National Park, one of the few homes to the endangered black rhino and Rothschild’s giraffe. This is one of Kenya’s premium national parks where one can get lucky and spot all of the “Big 5” – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo – as well as get that popular Kenyan image of thousands of pink flamingos and pelicans on the lake.
Day 7: Nakuru to Lake Baringo
We will drive through the main honey-producing region on our way to Lake Baringo and cross the equator once more. We can stop at a village school along the way, to meet students and teachers and gain an understanding of ordinary life in Kenya.
Day 8: Lake Baringo
With 450 species of birds, Lake Baringo is a birdwatcher’s paradise. We will begin the morning with an early boat trip on the lake to get the best bird viewing opportunities. The lake is serene at this time of day and the peace takes all your cares away. Later in the day there is the opportunity to go on a nature walk or a bird watching walk with a local guide.
Day 9: Lake Baringo to Lake Naivasha
After breakfast we drive to Lake Naivasha. In the afternoon we enjoy high tea at Elsamere, the home of Joy and George Adamson. The Adamsons were renowned for their exceptional work with lions, the most famous being Elsa, who inspired the movie Born Free. The lawns of Elsamere, where our afternoon tea is served, overlooks Lake Naivasha while cheeky Colobus monkeys loiter in the tress overhead waiting for their cakes. We stay on the shores of the lake, where hippos graze nearby.
Day 10: Lake Naivasha
We start the day with a walking safari in Green Crater Lake Reserve. This is one of the few parks without predators, so it is safe to walk. You will have a rare opportunity to stand close to giraffes, zebra, antelope, flamingos and warthogs. After brunch there is opportunity to go cycling in Hells Gate National Park, take a boat trip to Crescent Island, sail on Lake Oldevian, or take a walk in the village.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Naivasha to Nairobi
Return to Nairobi in time for you departing flight.
Day 11: Naivasha to Masai Mara
From Naivasha we drive to the town of Narok and on to the world famous Masai Mara Game Reserve. Masai Mara, Kenya’s greatest wildlife reserve, is without a doubt Africa’s most famous safari destination. The Masai Mara Ecosystem is where over two million wildebeest and zebra migrate annually. It also holds one of the highest lion densities in the world, which is why it the home of the BBC wildlife channel’s Big Cat Diary. Other game includes: leopard, cheetah, buffalo, rhino, elephant, giraffe, zebra, lion, plains game, crocodile and small mammals including mongoose, hyrax, dik dik and the nocturnal porcupine. Enjoy a late afternoon game drive followed by dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Masai Mara
Spend a full day game driving in the Masai Mara. The abundance and variety of game in this reserve is nothing short of amazing. Nearly every mammal can be seen in the Masai Mara, including various antelopes, scavengers like hyena and vultures, and all the cats (lion, cheetah and leopard). Sighting a leopard needs luck more than just being there, but lions are abundant and there are excellent chances for spotting cheetah. The hippo pool is a popular spot to watch out for hippos; with luck, you may catch crocodile basking on the rocks. Elephants, buffalo, the Masai giraffe, wildebeest and the common zebra abound. Return to the camp for dinner and overnight
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13: Masai Mara
Start the day with an optional early morning hot air balloon flight, including a full champagne breakfast in the savannah, or proceed on another game drive. After lunch visit a nearby Masai village to see their nomadic lifestyle and where we will stay for the night.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14: Masai Mara to Nairobi
After breakfast we farewell our Masai hosts and drive back to Nairobi, stopping for lunch en route.
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