7 DAYS SAMBURU/ ABERDARES/ NAKURU/ MAASAI MARADay 1:-Samburu
At 0700 hrs depart Nairobi and drive north to Samburu National Reserve. You will enjoy a game drive en-route to Samburu Lodge, where you arrive at around 1400 hours in time for lunch. After lunch at the lodge, you have the early afternoon free, before going for an afternoon game drive, from 1530 hrs till dusk. Samburu National Reserve is a wildlife haven. Here you will spot Africa’s big cats – lions, cheetahs and the elusive leopard. Some animals are unique to this northern Kenya park: Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, kudu and gerenuk. The The Ewaso Nyiro River, the boundary with the neighboring Buffalo Springs National Reserve, is where the elephants, buffalo and other animal species gather for a drink. You will find the scenic semiarid landscape quite dramatic. The reserve is located within the lands of the colourful semi-nomadic Samburu tribesmen who will engage you in a lecture about their culture. Dinner and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge
Day 2: -Samburu
Start your day with an early morning game drive starting at 0630 hrs. Return to the lodge for breakfast at 0830 hrs. You spend the period before and after lunch at leisure at the lodge. After a briefing with the resident naturalist, you will go for your afternoon game-drive till dusk. Dinner and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge
Day 3: – Aberdares
After breakfast checkout and head to Outspan hotel where you will have lunch at 1230 hrs. Later in the afternoon transfer to Treetops Lodge.
Aberdares National Park has a diverse topography that includes icy rivers, spectacular waterfalls and rain forests. The flora and fauna is quite unique and is not found elsewhere in the country, except on Mount Kenya. Leopard, elephant, serval, waterbuck, reedbuck, dikdik, rhino and the rare bongo can all be found here. You are sure to see elephants, buffalos and some other animals at the floodlit waterholes of Treetops Lodge. Activities include a guided nature walk, a Kikuyu Cultural presentation, coffee farm visit, Baden powel Museum all at an extra cost. Dinner and Overnight at Treetops Lodge.
Day 4: – Nakuru
After breakfast transfer to Outspan hotel and drive to Lake Nakuru in time for lunch at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. Afternoon game drive in the park.
Lake Nakuru’s claim to fame is anchored on its flamingo’s and the over 400 species of birds found here. The lake itself is a soda lake on the floor of the rift valley. The sight of the at times millions of flamingos is quite spectacular. From a distance the lake appears ringed in pink. The Lake has also earned a reputation as an important haven for endangered species- particularly the Rothschild Giraffe and the black and white rhino. Lions, waterbuck, buffalo and baboons are all residents here.
Later in the evening transfer to Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge for overnight. This place is home to the hot geysers and hot springs. Geological experts will find this very interesting.
Day 5: –Maasai Mara
0730 hrs – After breakfast drive to Maasai Mara via the Great Rift Valley to arrive at Maasai Mara in time for lunch at Mara Sopa Lodge / Mara Simba. 1530 hrs- go for an afternoon game drive till dusk.
The Mara offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that it is difficult to believe: over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. You will easily see lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, buffalo, leopard, many kinds of antelopes and elephant. It is in the Mara that perhaps the most spectacular event of the natural world takes place. This is the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti (Tanzania) in search of water and pasture. Following on their heels are the predators of the savanna- lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures. A resident naturalist is available at the lodge for an questions you may have.
Dinner and overnight at Masai Mara Sopa Lodge / Mara Simba Lodge.
Day 6:- Maasai Mara
At about 0630Hrs take an early morning game drive in the reserve. Thereafter late breakfast and relax at leisure. After lunch at the lodge you will have early afternoon at leisure. 1600 hrs – Afternoon game drive till dusk.
Dinner and overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge / Mara Simba Lodge.
Day 7: – Nairobi
Optional Balloon ride at an Extra Cost awaits you. Normal pick up time is at 0600 hrs take the opportunity to fly over the Mara in a Hot air Balloon, for that unforgettable experience.
After breakfast return to Nairobi arriving around mid day and drop off at Nairobi hotel or at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.