In this tour you will visit the following areas; Amboseli Natinal Park, renowned for its large herds of free-ranging African elephants, Lake Nakuru, a shallow alkaline lake in the Rift Valley renowned for its spectacular flamingo population, Maasai Mara Game Reserve, the most spectacular event of the natural world; the annual migration of millions of wildebeests and zebras from Serengeti (Tanzania) in search of water and pasture and Samburu National Reserve, home to a third of Kenya's giraffe species - the rare Reticulated Giraffe.
In this tour you will visit the following areas;
Amboseli National Park, renowned for its large herds of free-ranging African elephants,
Lake Nakuru, a shallow alkaline lake in the Rift Valley renowned for its spectacular flamingo population,
Maasai Mara Game Reserve, the most spectacular event of the natural world; the annual migration of millions of wildebeests and zebras from Serengeti (Tanzania) in search of water and pasture and
Samburu National Reserve, home to a third of Kenya's giraffe species - the rare Reticulated Giraffe. The reserve also gives shelter to the long-necked Gerenuk Gazelle, the blue-legged Somali Ostrich, straight-horned Beisa Oryx, and Grevy Zebras.
Most nationalities do now require a visa for Kenya, including Britons, most EU nationals, Australians, New Zealanders, Americans, and Canadians. At present single entry and transit visas are available online (see below) and soon all visas will have to be obtained online. Alternatively, visas are available in advance or on arrival. The Kenyan government is planning for all visas to be obtained online and may stop delivering visas on arrival on short notice. For the latest information please contact your local Kenyan High Commission or Consulate. The cost of the visa is US$50 for a single entry visa and US$100 for an East Africa visa (valid to travel in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda – if the website still says coming soon please check with the Kenyan High Commission. You will need to first register to the e-citizens website (including needing a photo 500px x 500px) before you can start applying. For the application process itself, you will need details of the accommodation used (which we will send you) and itinerary as well as a photo 5.5cm x 5.5cm and a scanned or photographed copy of your passport’s bio/photo page. If after visiting Kenya you will also travel to Uganda and Rwanda, you may apply for East African Visa that will cover all three countries. This visa is currently available upon arrival in Nairobi. Please contact the Kenyan High Commission to obtain more information about the combined visa from Kenya.
There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.
Day 1: Arrival
Meet and greet upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by our representative and transferred to Panafric Hotel for overnight on Bed and Breakfast
Day 2: Nairobi - Amboseli National Park (250km – Approx. 4hrs drive)
Early morning pick-up from your hotel and depart for Amboseli National Park. While you drive to Amboseli and weather permitting, you shall get a view of the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro with its snowcapped peaks. This is also the home to the re-known Maasai Community and here you will have an opportunity to learn more about the Maasai culture and indigenous lifestyle.
Amboseli National Park, the second most popular animal park after Maasai Mara is on the Kenya-Tanzania border. Its magnificent situation at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro combined with its excellent opportunities to view Kenya's animals makes it one of the most-visited safari parks in Kenya.
All meals and accommodation at Amboseli Sopa Lodge.
Day 3: Amboseli National Park – Aberdare National Park (410km – Approx. 8hrs drive)
Depart Amboseli in the morning and drive back towards Nairobi and head to the Aberdares ranges. You will arrive at Aberdares Country Club hotel for a hot late lunch.
After lunch, set off for the Ark Lodge, located in the forest on mountain slopes of the Aberdares Mountains where the night is spent. Here you will watch wildlife that emerges from the forest and descend on floodlit water hole and salt lick from the comfort of the hotel/at the safety of your balcony.
Day 4: Aberdare National Park - Samburu National Reserve (250 km – Approx. 4 hrs drive)
After breakfast, head north across the equator to Samburu National Reserve arriving at Samburu Sopa Lodge in time for lunch. Enjoy Afternoon game drives and later on leave for dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
The reserve has a wealth of wildlife which include leopards, hippos, elephants, lions, Grevy zebras and crocodiles in the Ewaso Nyiro River. Over 365 species of birds have been identified in the reserve. It is an area where the local people have a rich and colorful heritage.
All meals and accommodation at Samburu Sopa Lodge.
Day 5: Samburu National Reserve - Full Day Game Drives
Spend the whole day exploring the park. An optional cultural visit to the Samburu Village at US$ 20 per person is available later in the day.
Samburu is home to a third of Kenya's giraffe species - the rare Reticulated Giraffe (only found in the Northern parks). This is also where you see the blue-legged Somali Ostrich, Grevy zebras, the long-necked Gerenuk gazelle, and the straight-horned Beisa Oryx antelope.
All meals and accommodation at Samburu Sopa Lodge.
Day 6: Samburu National Reserve - Lake Nakuru National Park (250 km – Approx. 4-5hrs drive)
Rise early for breakfast, check out and depart for Lake Nakuru National Park, stopping on the way for views of the beautiful Thomson Falls. Arrive in Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge just in time for lunch. Relax at your accommodation after lunch till 1600hrs for a late afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
Lake Nakuru is a shallow alkaline lake in the Rift Valley renowned for its spectacular flamingo population. The lake is famed as one of the world's greatest ornithological spectacles. Lake Nakuru National Park is home to zebras, gazelles, Rothschild giraffes, impalas, black and white rhino sanctuary and other large mammals.
All meals and accommodation at Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge.
Day 7: Lake Nakuru National Park - Maasai Mara Game Reserve (300 km – Approx. 6hrs)
Depart Lake Nakuru after breakfast and drive further along the floor of the Rift Valley to Maasai Mara Game Reserve arriving at in time for lunch. Enjoy afternoon game viewing and later leave for Mara Sopa Lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
The Maasai Mara offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that it is difficult to comprehend – indeed, over 450 species of animals have been recorded here! You will easily spot lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffes, wildebeests, zebras, buffalos, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, leopards, many kinds of antelopes and elephants. It is in the Mara that perhaps the most spectacular event of the natural world takes place; the annual migration of millions of wildebeests and zebras from Serengeti (Tanzania) in search of water and pasture. Following on their heels are the predators of the savanna; lions, cheetahs, wild dogs, jackals, hyenas, and vultures.
All meals and accommodation at Mara Sopa Lodge.
Day 8: Maasai Mara Game Reserve – Full day game drives
Enjoy a full day game viewing with picnic lunch on the Mara River over-looking the Hippo Pools and the savannah.
In addition to the game drive offerings, you can also decide to take an optional hot air balloon ride (an extra US$ 420 per person) or visit a local Maasai village (an extra US$ 20 per person). Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Maasai warriors are famously known as the proud nomadic tribe whose legendary prowess in battle and single-handed acts of bravery in fights with the wild animals are known across the world. A visit reveals the singing and dancing that are part of their daily lives and sacred rituals. A glimpse into their homes and social structure is a poignant experience.
All meals and accommodation at Mara Sopa Lodge.
Day 9: Maasai Mara – Nairobi (265 km – Approx. 5-6 hrs. Drive)
After breakfast, you will head for the morning game drive till mid-morning after which you will leave for Nairobi arriving in the afternoon. You will be dropped to the Panafric Hotel for overnight.
You may opt to have your dinner at the famous Carnivore Restaurant for Game Meat- GBP 25
Day 10: Drop off at the airport
Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure and doing last-minute shopping. Later transferred to the airport for your international departure flight.
This marks the end of the safari full of unforgettable memories.
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