Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi / Samburu
Arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport in Nairobi where you will be met by our Representative and briefed concerning your safari.
You will then drive to Samburu National Reserve.
Arrive in time for lunch at Samburu Umoja Camping site.
15:00hrs-Coffee or tea.
16:00hrs-Afternoon game drive around the less crowded park.
SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE
Samburu National Reserve is situated within the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. Measuring approximately 104sq. kilometres (approx. 65sq. miles) in size, this unfenced savannah grassland is roughly 350km (217 miles)
The Uaso Nyiro River cuts through this reserve, drawing a big population of Kenya animals to the park. The river bustles with activity from its huge population of Nile crocodile.
The reserve's topography is mainly open savannah (grassland) with clusters of acacia trees, forest, thorn trees and grassland vegetation.
Samburu National Reserve was one of the two areas in which conservationists George and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness. Their story was made famous by the bestselling book and award-winning movie "Born Free".
The park is an all-year destination.Return to the Camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Samburu
Early morning game drive and later return to the Camp for breakfast.
Optional mid morning visit to the Samburu village which is optional after breakfast or spend the rest of the morning at leisure.
13:00hrs-Lunch at the Camp.
You spend time after lunch at leisure relaxing in your tents.
16:00hrs-Afternoon game drive at the park.
Return to the Camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Samburu / Mt Kenya
Breakfast at the Campsite and then drive to Mt Kenya National Park.
Arrive in time for lunch at the Mt Kenya leisure lodge.
About the lodge
The lodge is situated at the foothills of Mt Kenya, a world heritage site and the second highest mountain in Africa. A trip to the lodge would be incomplete without a hike up this beautiful wonder.
On a clear day from the top you can see Mt mars bit to the north, mt Kilimanjaro to the south, mt elgon to the west, and the Indian Ocean to the east.
Check in at the lodge for lunch then afternoon proceed to the Ol Pejeta conservancy for an afternoon game drive.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy (informally known as Sweetwater’s for the location of Sweetwater’s Tented Camp), is a 90,000 acre wildlife conservancy situated between the foot hills of the Aberdares and the magnificent snowcapped Mount Kenya.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy boasts an astounding variety of animals including the non-indigenous chimpanzees and the big 5 (the endangered black rhino, leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion).
The combination of amazing wildlife and stunning views across the open plains of Ol Pejeta guarantees an unforgettable safari experience.
Why Visit Ol Pejeta Conservancy (Informally Known As Sweetwater’s Conservancy
Ol Pejeta conservancy is the only place in africa that offers the opportunity to see chimpanzees and the big 5.
Ol Pejeta conservancy is a 90,000 acre wildlife conservancy.
Home to over 40 chimpanzees, 73 endangered black rhino, 5 endangered white rhinos, elephants, lion, leopard, buffalo, grevy zebra, giraffe, cheetah, thomson's gazelle, black-back jackals, ostrich, grant's gazelle, baboons, waterbuck, oryx, eland and several hundred bird species.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy Conservation and Community Projects
Return to the Lodge for Dinner and Overnight.
Day 4: Mt Kenya / Lake Nakuru
Breakfast at the Lodge then depart for Lake Nakuru National Park.
You will arrive in time for lunch at Lake Nakuru Punda Milias Camp followed by an early afternoon relaxation at the Camp.
Later take a game drive at the Lake Nakuru National Park.
LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK:
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.
Lake Nakuru National Park which surrounds the lake has recently been enlarged partly to provide a sanctuary for the black rhino. This undertaking has necessitated a fence - to keep out poachers rather than to restrict the movement of wildlife.
The Park is famous for its bird spectacle featuring over a million flamingos, over 400 migratory bird species from around the world and large flotillas of pelicans.
Dinner and overnight at the Camp.
Day 5: Lake Nakuru / Mara
After breakfast at the Camp you shall depart for the highlights of your safari
“The Magical Mara”.Maasai Mara is one of Kenya’s best loved reserves. It is an extension of the Serengeti ecosystem to the south. Each year, Mara is the staging ground for the “Great Migration”, one of the awe-inspiring natural events.
Then proceed on with your drive to the jewel of Kenya’s parks, the world famous Maasai Mara Game (Wildlife) Reserve. This is Kenya’s number one park and is always on every tourist’s “Must see list”.
The Great wildebeest migration?
The Wildebeest Migration, is one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World” and also known as The World Cup of Wildlife. If there is a safari you should go on, this has it be it. The Maasai Mara and the Serengeti National Park together form what no other reserve in Africa can! It is incredible, it is magic, it is indescribable and it is WOW!
Nowhere in the world is there a movement of animals as immense as the wildebeest migration, over two million animals migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the greener pastures of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya during July through to October.
The migration has to cross the Mara River in the Maasai Mara where crocodiles will prey on them. This is one of the highlights as the animals try and cross the Mara River alive. 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.
From the International media.
It’s now official. In the Maasai Mara they will be hunted, stalked, and run down by the larger carnivores. The Maasai Mara also has one of the largest densities of lion in the world and is no wonder this is the home of the BBC wildlife channels Big Cat Diary.
The article below was put together by DARYL & SHARNA BALFOUR who are both professional photographers and have spent a lot of time in the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.
The principle players are the wildebeest, whose numbers appear to have settled at just under 1.7 million, with supporting roles from some 400,000 Thomson’s gazelle, 300,000 zebra and 12,000 eland. These are the main migrators and they cross the ranges of over a quarter of a million other resident herbivores and, of course, carnivores. The lions, hyenas, leopards, cheetahs and lesser predators await the annual coming of the migration with eager anticipation.
1300hrs: Finally arrive in time for check in at Rhino Tourist Camp.
Rhino Tourist Camp is located 800 metres from the Oloolaimutia Gate at the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. It has a bar and a restaurant, and is surrounded by lush vegetation.The self-standing rooms and tents at the Rhino Camp have private bathrooms with a hot shower and free toiletries. Guests have their own veranda, and all the units are linked by a pathway flanked by indigenous trees.
1330 hrs – Have your Lunch.
1600hrs - Afternoon game drive returning to Camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Maasai Mara
NB: Please note the Flexibility of the program arranging on daily basis with your driver guide on how you want it done the following day—Either full day with lunch boxes or simply having the game drives between the meals
06:30hrs-Early morning game drives.
09:00hrs-Return to the Camp for breakfast.
Spend the rest of the morning at leisure or have an optional mid day game drive.
Lunch at the Camp.
Afternoon game drive.
Return to the Camp for dinner and overnight amidst Maasai traditional dancers.
You will have an early morning game drive or optional balloon ride.
Optional Balloon ride in the wee hour of the morning
06 Schedules: BALLOON SAFARI IN MASAI MARA – 1 HOUR RIDE.
05:00 am: You will be picked up from your Camp and transfer you to the launch site. Here you will meet your pilot, receive a briefing and watch the inflation of your balloon.
At dawn we take off, rising as the sun rises and float in whichever direction the winds of the morning take us. Your pilot can precisely control the altitude of your balloon: sometimes flying at treetop height, sometimes lower, offering a unique perspective and great photographic opportunities of the wildlife below.
From time to time the pilot must put more heat into the balloon with the powerful whisper burners. In between these burns, there is silence apart from the natural sounds below.
The flight is for about one hour depending on conditions, on landing you celebrate in the traditional manner with champagne (well, an excellent sparkling wine), before sitting down to a full English breakfast prepared and served in the bush in 'Out of Africa' style
After breakfast you receive your Balloon certificate and we drive you back to the Camp with game viewing Enroute.
This is how it begins and ends ---LIVE COVERAGE.
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 colourful 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 while 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
On your way back to the Camp you will pass through the Maasai village.
MASAI VILLAGE: See and experience their wonderful culture. And while at the village, you will visit the Maasai village for local interaction, cultural exchange, dances, fire lighting with a barbeque goat eating ceremony.
In the village Maasai women dancing will welcome you. A guide will take you through the village explaining in details the way the Maasai live, their beliefs and traditions. You will get demonstrations of how the Maasai make fire-using sticks.
You will go into their houses and will be shown the full family set-up. At the end of the guided tour you will go a market where you will have a chance to buy some items and curios made in their village. While in the village you are allowed to take as many pictures as you want.
Lunch at the Camp.
Afternoon game drive.
Return to the Camp for dinner and overnight amidst Maasai traditional dancers.
Day 7: Maasai Mara / Depart
After breakfast at the Camp you will then drive back to Nairobi.
Arrive in Nairobi and then spend the rest of the day at leisure with optional activities.
Optional activities on this day
Visit to the David Sheldricks Elephant orphanage.
Adopt an elephant or rhino orphans.
For Usd 50 you can book an appointment with the elephants and get to see, feed and play football with them and finally put them to bed. This you will need to do it directly with the TRUST.
But just incase you do not adapt, we shall still take you there to see them been fed between 1100 hrs and midday.
You will then drive to the animal orphanage at the Nairobi National Park.
The Nairobi Animal Orphanage
Below is some of the scenes that you will encounter at the Nairobi Animal orphanage.
GIRAFFE CENTER is a wonderful and refreshing experience visit. The tour gives a completely up close and personal interaction where guests have the opportunity to view giraffes as well as feed them. This is the only place where you can go as near as feeding the Giraffe from your palm.
The Fun of feeding the giraffes from your palms right at your doorstep
You can actually feed the Giraffes from your room and you can also Share lunch with them.
The final optional activity this day will be a farewell dinner at the carnivore at the cost of 40$ pp.
The Carnivore is considered ‘Africa’s Greatest Eating Experience’.
Every type of meat imaginable including a selection of exotic meat is roasted over charcoal and carved at your table. Delicious side dishes and an exceptional array of sauces complement this fixed price feast that also includes soup, a selection of desserts and Kenyan coffee. Set in attractive tropical gardens, the service and the décor are outstanding. – The waiters will serve until you surrender and put your flags down! Please we surrender – You will be served with fresh brewed Kenyan Tea and Coffee.
Thereafter you will be transferred back to the airport for home flight
Cost of the safari (Please contact us direct for price)
Complimentary adds on courtesy of traveling with Across the Wild Tours & Safaris.
Cost of optional activities.
Usd 400pp for balloon ride,
Usd 40 pp for the Giraffe Centre & similar for Elephant Orphanage.
Usd 40pp for the dinner at the Carnivore.
Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.