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8 Days Kenya Safari

Day 1: Arrival – Nairobi/ Samburu

On arrival at the airport, you will be met by our airport rep. and assisted with visa formalities, past the customs you will be introduced to your driver guide and guided to board your waiting vehicle.

After introduction to your driver guide and a short briefing on your safari you will depart for Samburu National Reserve.You will enjoy beautiful sceneries enroute as you learn about the history and the culture of the local communities as well as their economic activities.You will make a brief stop at the equator to witness how crossing the southern and the norther hemisphere affects waterflow.

Proceed with your drive to Samburu. You will arrive in time for lunch at the Samburu Sopa Lodge.
The Lodge Located inside the Samburu National Reserve in Northern Kenya, Samburu Sopa lodge is built atop high ground allowing panaromic views of the vastness of Samburu shrub land and the hills beyond.

The lodge is built to reflect the architectural heritage of the local communities whose sons and daughters make up the majority of the work force at the lodge.  Fifteen cottages, each with two bedrooms are built in an arch formation on either side of the public areas to surround the waterhole but leaving a wide gap to allow the animals free movement to the water.

Samburu game reserve came into the limelight in 2002 when a lioness adopted baby Oryxes severally. This unusual behaviour of a predator adopting what would be its prey shocked many and researchers from all over the world camped in Samburu trying to understand this unusual behaviour.

The game reserve found in Northern Kenya is famous for its rare species of wildlife namely, the gravies Zebra, the Reticulated Giraffe, The Baisy Oryx, The Gerenuk and rare Kudu.

The river Uaso Nyiro (‘River of Brown Water’ in Samburu) is the lifeline and the nerve center of this Reserve and is bustling with a huge population of crocodiles.

You will return to the camp in time for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Samburu

Whole day in Samburu with morning and afternoon game drives.
Optional visit to the Samburu village in between the game drives to witness the culture of the local community first hand.
Meals and overnight at the camp

Day 2: Samburu/Lake Nakuru

After breakfast at the camp you will depart for Lake Nakuru National Park.
The drive to Nakuru gives the visitor an unrivalled view widing through the rift valley, a series of lakes, waterfalls, forested uplands all the way to the bustling twon of Nakuru.

You will arrive in time for lunch at the Flamingo Hill Camp.
Flamingo Hill Camp is situated within the famous Lake Nakuru National Park, which lies within the Great Rift Valley of Kenya. The camp is an eco-friendly establishment.
Part of the money earned from the camp is used for environmental restoration and endangered species. Cosy, warm and inviting with a personal touch, Flamingo Hill Camp offers the traveller a home away from home!
Small and exclusive, Flamingo Hill Camp comprise 25 tents. The tents are furnished with the understated luxury required by the modern traveller. Decorated in calming safari tones, natural woods, wrought iron and crisp cottons, each tent has been meticulously planned to maximise comfort.
All tents have four poster beds and mosquito nets, en-suite shower, WC and flush toilets, a writing desk, a private veranda overlooking the plains, voltage at 240 volts, hot and cold running water.

After lunch you will proceed for an afternoon game drive in the park

The Bird Watchers’ Paradise

On the floor of the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland, lies the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park. Visitors can enjoy the wide ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges. Lake Nakuru National Park is ideal for bird watching, hiking,picnic and game drives.Later you will return to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Lake Nakuru / Masai Mara

Breakfast at the lodge and later depart for the highlights of your safari. The world’s renowned park and the newest 7th wonder of the world. “The Masai Mara Game Reserve”The Mara game reserve is a must see and the highlights of a Kenyan Safari.

THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
After many months of research. The wildebeest migrations have now been placed among the 7 new wonders of the world. Many visitors only want to see the river crossings but the true spectacle of the migration is 1,245,000 wildebeest, 200,000 Burchell’s zebra, 18,000 eland and 500,000 Thomson’s Gazelle filling the entire stretch of landscape. The shifting columns of the herds as they traverse the valleys and the hills can only be watched in awe. There is nothing else like this on earth. The migration is a phenomenon that started again in the early 1970s; after a widespread immunization campaign against rinderpest in cattle was there an unexpected disappearance of rinderpest among the buffalo and wildebeest. The wildebeest had, following periodic outbreaks, being kept to around 250,000 animals but following this campaign and an increase in dry season rainfall, the population was able to grow in number and the migration spill over into the Mara. While the migratory population of Serengeti wildebeest has increased, the resident Mara wildebeest have been in steady decline. The Mara population used to migrate from the Loita Plains to the Maasai Mara around the same time as the Serengeti population, but in recent years the herds are staying in the conservancies just outside the reserve as human activities such as agriculture have limited their migratory routes.

What exactly is the wildebeest migration?
The wildebeest migration is a dramatic story. It takes place within Kenya and Tanzania and is the greatest wildlife show on earth. Between the open plains of Serengeti and the Masai Mara, thousands and thousands of wildebeest and zebras migrate to greener pastures as seasons change and circle of life and death continues. Predators closely follow the wildebeest migrations waiting for an opportunity to strike weak prey as they make their way into different territories.. The most interesting part is when you watch them as they cross the Mara River. The first ones to jump into the river are trampled upon to death by the following multitude. The dead animals become a bridge over which all the other animals cross the river. The crocodiles feed on the remaining carcasses for months.

Majority of tourists literally camp in the Mara during this period with their flashy digital cameras. They will trail the migrations and even the members of the big 5 are no longer an interest at this time.  When its time to cross over the river, the tourists will position themselves strategically along the Mara river, trying to get the best shot possible. Others will ride on the hot air balloon to watch the migrations from the skies. To show the implication of this phenomenal show, members of both local and international media also make their way to Mara if only to capture this hot news for interesting reading.  It’s also a common feature in the world travel magazines.  This is a spectacle that should be witnessed at least once in a lifetime.

 

NB- Even though the migrations are the highlights of the Mara tour, this only happens between the months of July to Oct. In Nov the migrations return to Serengeti in search of greener pastures. However, a visit to the Mara at any time of the year is never short of wildlife including the big 5 as well as other wildlife.

13:00 hrs – Finally arrive at the Mara Sentrim Camp.

About Mara Sentrim Camp

Nested in a valley between two hills in the most exciting African wilderness 1780 metres above the sea level, Sentrim Mara is a deluxe intimate design Camp located right on the North Eastern edge of the famous Maasai Mara game reserve. This is a home away from home for those who enjoy a personalized experience. This luxury safari cathe African safari, the thrill of an adventure lived with our tradition, coupled with high standard of service and cuisine. This Safari Holiday Camp is simply the best choice in the wild.

13:30 hrs – Have your buffet Lunch.

15:00 hrs – Enjoy your afternoon tea and coffee at the lobby.

15:30 hrs – your driver/guides will take you for an afternoon game drive in search of the shy and elusive leopard, the solitary and ill-tempered Rhino, lions, buffalos, and many others. As the sun starts to edge its way dip into the African horizon it will be the perfect opportunity to capture the beautiful Mara landscape on film or video camera

Dinner and Overnight at the  Camp.

Day 5: Masai Mara 

Whole day in the Mara with Morning, mid-morning and evening game drives. In between the game drives you can take optional activities like Balloon ride and a visit to the Masai village to experience the culture of the locals.

Meals and overnight at the camp.

This day you will also have an option of taking a Hot Air Balloon Ride to view the wildlife from an elevated position.

A balloon ride over the Mara could be one of the most memorable experience during your safari  that you will carry for the longest time.

 

Viewing the Mara eco-system from the skies is sure to be an experience to remember.

Optional balloon ride

You will be picked early morning from your camp and driven to the balloon launching site

How it happens

You will ascend in early morning when the winds are calmest.

Watch as your professional crew fills the balloon with hot air. Slowly the big colorful bag begins to bulge and take shape. Now board the traditional wicker gondola basket while the expert pilot makes final adjustments. As the pink and red fireball of the sun rises in splendor over the plain, you are up and away –for the flight of a life time!

Your balloon can soar over the most inaccessible and undisturbed parts of the Mara, with only the intermittent whisper of the balloon’s gas burners punctuating the silence of your majestic flight .Because wind and conditions vary, every flight is a new and a different experience. From your vantage point about 50—500 feet above the reserve, you have a fantastic 360 degrees bird’s view as one of the most dramatic scenes in nature unfolds beneath you. From here, you will see the wonder of migrations, witness herds of antelope flowing like school of fish across the plain, groups of elephants grazing undisturbed in a remote ravine, lioness stealthily stalking a herd of grunting wildebeest or zebras conferring in a confusion of black and white stripes and bark-like calls.

After your incredible flight, it is time to come back down to earth for breakfast. As you dig into a splendid breakfast of sizzling bacon, eggs, sausages, home-made breads, fresh tropical fruit and steaming cups of Kenyan tea under the clear blue sky, you might wonder what all the ordinary people are doing on this perfect African morning.

Before leaving, the pilot will present you with a balloon flight certificate. No flight of the imagination can match this air-borne experience and could be the most memorable event of your entire safari.

Meals and overnight at the camp.

Day 6: Masai Mara

This day you will have a whole day in the Mara departing the camp after breakfast with packed lunch boxes for a full day extensive game drive in the Mara.
You will enjoy the full day game drive with a visit to the Mara river where the migration happened every year between July and Oct.
You will have your picnic lunch in the heart of Masai Mara and then spend the whole afternoon with more game drives in search of the big five Later you will return to the camp in the evening for dinner and overnight.

The evenings at the camp are graced with traditional Masai dancers amidst a bon-fire.
Retire to bed at your own leisure.

Day 7: Masai Mara/ Lake Naivasha

After breakfast you will drive to Lake Naivasha.
You will arrive in time for check-in at the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge
Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge
Naivasha is a Maasai name given to the area where the resort is located, denoting the characteristics of the lake including size and its tendency to roughness when windy.
The lake is the only fresh water lake within Africa’s Great Rift Valley.
Luxuriously appointed rooms feature spacious sunken lounges, while upper floor rooms have their own private balcony on which to relax, sunbathe or view game. All Naivasha Sopa Lodge rooms have ensuite bathroom facilities. Non-smoking rooms are available. Other amenities include but are not limited to hairdryer, fresh linen and evening turndown service
Have lunch and then drive straight to the Hell’s Gate National Park for game drive
Arrival at Hells gate National park and proceed on with game viewing in this unique National park – you will also have a chance to come out of your vehicles and walk down the gorge to the hot springs and walk back up the gorge.
The park is famous for its hot natural geysers, spectacular looming cliffs and the “Hells Gate Gorge”. Visitors here may also camp at designated camp sites. Activities in this park also include rock climbing, bird and game viewing.

HELL’S GATE NATIONAL PARK:

The park is famous for its hot natural geysers, spectacular looming cliffs and the “Hells Gate Gorge”. Visitors here may also camp at designated camp sites. Activities in this park also include rock climbing, bird and game viewing.

You can do biking as an option

Afternoon do a Boat Ride:

Enjoy a boat trip on Lake Naivasha with our popular and well versed Captain; Locally-born, the captain has a detailed knowledge of the bird life and wildlife in and around the lake.
The views from the lake are superb – the dormant yet smoking Mount Longonot volcano, the Aberdare, Mau ranges and a peek into Hell’s Gate.

Thereafter you will  be transferred to your Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Traditional dancers display their talent during dinner time.

Day 8: Masai Mara / Nairobi

After breakfast at the camp you will drive back to Nairobi
You will arrive in Nairobi in the afternoon and depending on your departure flight timings take optional activities.

Optional activities this day.

The Giraffe Center
The Bomas of Kenya,
The Animal Orphanage
The Nairobi Museum
The Karen Blixen Museum
Farewell Dinner at the Carnivore.

Later you will be transferred to the airport in time for check in and later connect to your onward flight.
Cost USD 2200 Per person.

Cost Inclusions.

Full board accommodation on safari
Transport and game drives in specially modified safari minivan. with pop up roof for maximum game viewing.
Services of a professional English Speaking driver/guide
All Park Entry fees
Government taxes where applicable
Airport Transfers
Meet and greet.

Cost Exlusions:

International Airfare
Visa Application Fee
Expenses of purely personal nature eg Telephone bills, laundry and personal effects among others
Drinks
Tips and gratuities
Cost of optional activities
Other expenses not included in the above inclusions

Complimentary Courtesy

A safari hat while on safari Mineral water on safari 1 lt per person per day.

-Follow Your Dream, Karibu Kenya-