KENYA SAFARI ITINERARY (NAIROBI / SAMBURU / NAKURU / NAIVASHA / MASAI MARA)

 

DAY 01 – Nairobi Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

and after clearing Immigration and Customs formalities, you will be met by a representative at the arrivals hall and transferred to Eka Hotel. Eka Hotel Nairobi is located a short distance from the city centre and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The hotel has been designed to offer the very best in contemporary comfort, convenience and efficiency. All rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite connection, plug-and-play panels, direct-dial international telephone, high-speed internet access, mini bar, tea and coffee-making facilities and a safety deposit box. Facilities include restaurants, like the internationally renowned Spur Restaurant, bars, a gym, an outdoor swimming pool and a business centre. Overnight at Eka Hotel (Bed & Breakfast)

 

Day 02 –Nairobi /Samburu Game Reserve

Early breakfast at the hotel and begin your drive north of the country through pineapple and coffee plantations to Samburu National Reservearriving at Samburu Sopa Lodge in time for lunch. Samburu Sopa Lodge offers panoramic views of the distant Samburu hills to one side and Mt. Kenya on the other. The lodge is decorated with local artefacts and in rich earth colours, typical of the Samburu tribe. Room are spacious and all are en-suite with a small varandah. Other facilities at the lodge include a restaurant, bars, a swimming pool and gift shop. Relax after lunch, before your game viewing drive in the reserve. Overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge (Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner)

 

Day Three – Samburu Game Reserve

Spend the day game viewing in Samburu in search of the rare game that is found north of the equator, like the reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Beisa oryx and Somali ostrich. Samburu lies in the vast, hot and arid Northern Kenya adjacent to Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserves and the Uaso Nyiro River is the lifeline of the people and animals in the area. Game is often concentrated near the palm-fringed river as crocodile share the banks with elephant, lion, buffalo and even the elusive leopard. The Samburu tribe,just like the Maasai, has retained their traditional way of life and still practices their ancient customs. Overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge (Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner)

 

Day Four – Samburu Game reserve /Lake Nakuru National Park/Lake Naivasha

Breakfast at the lodge and drive to Lake Nakuru National Park at the floor of the Great Rift Valley, arriving at Flamingo Hill Camp in time for lunch. After lunch, enjoy a game viewing drive in the park. Lake Nakuru National Park is best known for its migrating flamingos and its large flocks of pelicans, however, recently the lake’s rising water levels has reduced the salinity of water in the lake thereby reducing algae, the main food for flamingoes. When this happens the migrating flamingoes move to the other Great Rift Valley lakes. There are over 450 bird species at the lake and a thriving mammal population including buffalos, baboons, impalas, Rothschild giraffe, bush backs and waterbucks. A rhino sanctuary was established to protect this highly endangered species. The parkland surrounding the Lake has acacia and euphorbia forests as well as areas of grassland and rocky cliffs. Later, drive to Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort situated at the shores of the Lake Naivasha. The resorts well-manicured lawns are coloured with vibrant flowers and scattered with little rock gardens. Monkey, giraffe and a variety of birdlife are often seen on the lawns. Accommodation is in cottages with two spacious en-suite rooms at the top and two on the ground floor. Facilities include a restaurant, lounge area, bars, a small gym and a swimming pool. Naivasha is one of Kenya’s leading farming areas. Lake Naivasha is a shallow freshwater lake, fringed by thick papyrus and surrounded by forests of the yellow barked Acacia. The lake attracts a variety of animals and birds to its shore. Overnight at Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort (Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner)

 

Day Five – Lake Naivasha /Masai Mara Game Reserve

After an early breakfast at the lodge, begin your drive across the floor of the Great Rift Valley and the Loita Plains to the famous Masai Mara Reserve, arriving at Masai Mara Sopa Lodge in time for lunch. Masai Mara Sopa lodge is set in the Oloolaimutia valley and blends perfectly into the surrounding hillside landscape. The lodge has been built in traditional Maasai style and decorated with Maasai artefacts, murals and woven batiks. Rooms are in hut styled buildings with thatched roofs, each with en-suite bathroom and an elevated verandah. After lunch, relax or spend time by the pool before going on an afternoon game drive. Overnight at Masai Mara Sopa Lodge (Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner)

 

Day Six – Masai Mara Game Reserve

Spend the day game viewing in the Mara. Your driver guide with plan your day with you, which can be as active or as leisurely as you wish. You may decide to spend the whole day in the park with picnic lunches or enjoy a morning game drive and return to the camp for a leisurely lunch and time to relax before going out game viewing again in the cooler hours of the afternoon. Masai Mara is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves. Acacia dotted plains, tree-lined rivers and woodlands are abundant with wildlife and an array of birdlife. Game viewing is spectacular year round; you may see a pride of lions stalking their prey, observe a herd of elephant and their fascinating social structure, or see pods of hippo wallowing in the rivers. The great wildebeest migration is one of nature’s wonders; an estimated two million animals migrate in a year-round pattern through Tanzania and Kenya, following the rain. Today you will also visit a traditional Maasai village to learn more about one of the oldest cultures on earth. Other optional activities are available, at an extra cost, including a Hot Air Balloon Safari, ending with a champagne breakfast in the bush! Overnight at Masai Mara Sopa Lodge (Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner)

 

Day Seven- Masai Mara Game Reserve /Nairobi /Depart

After breakfast at the lodge, drive back to Nairobi arriving at the Carnivore Restaurant in time for lunch. The restaurant is set in an attractive garden setting and, as the name suggests, is a meat eaters’ paradise. A variety of meat which may include ostrich, crocodile and camel are roasted over a huge charcoal pit and then carved at your table, served with delicious salads and sauces. A variety of vegetarian dishes are also available. The desserts are to die for not forgetting the locally brewed Kenyan coffee or tea to crown it all. After lunch, you will be transferred to Eka Hotel, where dayrooms will have been reserved for you. Later, transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your International departure flight.

6 DAYS KENYA HOLIDAY SAFARI