Upon arrival in Nairobi, proceed through Immigration and Customs. After exiting the Customs & Immigration Hall, please look out for a uniformed Big Five Tours & Safari’s driver/guide holding a Big Five Banner with your name, group name or tour name on it. Our Guide will assist you with your luggage and transfer you to the Nairobi Serena Hotel. Later there will be a safari briefing. OVERNIGHT BED & BREAKFAST............................ NAIROBI SERENA HOTEL
Safari life begins at 9.30 am, you drive to the Mountain Lodge. It is located at Mt. Kenya National Park & Forest Reserve, at the slopes of Mt. Kenya. The park is a teo and half hour drive from Nairobi. Apart from the Big Five animals, the bird life is prolific. At the height of 7,200 feet, on the slopes of Mount Kenya is Mountain Lodge. The lodge is ringed by a dense forest which comes alive at dusk with myriad sounds of animals. It is the closest “tree lodge” to Nai-robi and can be reached by a good road passing through coffee, sisal and pineapple plantations. The property is built on stilts overlooking floodlit waterholes and salt licks. It is re- gularly visited by elephant, buffalo, waterbuck, antelope and sometimes members of the cat family. Each of the lodge’s rooms has a private showers and toilets. Once in the snug surrounding of the lodge, with its spacious public verandahsor from one of the bedroom balconies, the visitor looks beyond the branches of the tall trees to witness the endless parade of the game animals. A specially constructed viewing bunker, connected to the lodge by short tunnel, affords a spectacular close – up view of the game at the waterhole.
Constantly towering over the scene, at their clearest in the early morning or late afternoon, are the rocky peaks of
Mount Kenya, with a half dozen glaciers. FULL BOARD.................. MOUNTAIN LODGE TREE HOTEL
After breakfast, drive towards the highlands The terrain makes a dramatic descent from the lush central highlands to the low semi-arid plains of Kenya’s Northern Frontier District. You arrive in time for lunch at your riverside lodge in Samburu Game Reserve. This afternoon you’ll have a game drive to view unusual species rarely seen outside of this region. Grevy’s zebra with its distinctive narrow strip’s Reticulated giraffe with its geometric pattern, the shy long – necked Gerenuk which stands erect on its hind legs to feed on the tender leaves of the high tree branches, and the bluer – necked Somali ostrich, among a variety of others.
FULL BOARD.........................SAMBURU SERENA LODGE
You’ll set out on morning and afternoon game drives to observe Samburu’s unusual wildlife. The Ewaso Nyiro River provides an oasis from the equatorial sun in this harsh spectacular land of rock soil and scrubland. Bird enthusiasts will be rewarded with a wealth of species attracted to the palm tree – lined permanent water of the river. Photographers will appreciate the dramatic backdrop of Ololokwe Mountain. You’ll eagerly search for leopards lounging high on tree limbs. There will be time to relax by the pool in between game drives. At the end of the day, you’ll savor thequite activity of the river. FULL BOARD............................................................. SAMBURU
This morning you’ll head for the distinguished Mt. Kenya Safari Club, one of the most exclusive clubs in the world. Set on the Equator with magnificent views of Mt. Kenya, this luxurious club spreads over 100 acres of manicured lawns, magnificent gardens and ornamental ponds which are graced by free roaming peacocks and other exotic birds. Do a little or do a lot here. For pleasure activities available include hoarse riding, tennis, golf, putting green, croquet, heated swimming pool, trout fishing, as well as an art gallery, health & beauty parlour, boutique, club shops and the William Holden Animal orphanage. The Mt. Kenya Safari Club indeed the showplace of East Africa. DINNER & OVERNIGHT............. MT. KENYA SAFARI CLUB
After breakfast, depart at 8.00 am and drive via Thomsons Falls into the Great Rift Valley to one of the world’s most important bird sanctuaries. Lake Nakuru itself bosts the most spectacular of all of Africa’s bird sights, enormous flocks of pastel pink flamingoes, as well as other bird species. Here you have wonderful opportunities for color photography as masses of pink bodies glide above the reflection of blue water. Lunch is at the Lion Hill Lodge. After noon drive to the Great Rift Valley Lodge & Golf Resort. The lodge sits at above 7,000 ft, from which elevation it enjoys magnificent views to the west and east. The vistas stretch from the shimmering waters of Lake Naivasha to the jagged volcanic crater of Mount Longonot. DINNER AND OVERNIGHT................. RIFT VALLEY LODGE & GOLF RESORT
After breakfast, relax at the resort, optional activities can be booked directly at the lodge, eg. Horse riding and mountain biking with expert guides, playng golf etc. After lunch drive via Narok (the major Maasai Administrative centre) to one of the stellar events of the safari – The Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya’s most precious wildlife sanctuary. This is big Game country and long famed as one of the Africa’s greatest concentrations of game. Plains game are found here in staggering numbers, which in turh supports a tremendous predator population. DINNER AND OVERNIGHT............ MARA SERENA LODGE
Your schedule today includes pre-breakfast and late afternoon game drives. Travelling across the savannah, you’ll rendezvous with the Mara residents herds of buffalo, wildebeest, hartebeest, impala, and gazelle. The Maasai Mara is the northern – most extremity of the great Serengeti ecosystem. Here, black rhino browse among dense thorn bushes and herds of giraffe and elephant roam the woodlands. Large number of hippos gather to feed and swim in the Mara River. Boasting Kenya’s largest predator population, the reserve is renowned fo lion prides up to 20 strong. Nested under canvas, tonight you’ll dream of all the wonders of Africa. FULL BOARD.................................... MARA SERENA LODGE
After breakfast, you will depart for your final game drive in Maasai Mara Game Reserve. You will have opportunities to see herds of impala, wildebeest, giraffe, elephant, topi, buffalo, warthog, ostrich, as well as lion, cheetah, hyena, and possibly the elusive Leopard. Later you’ll depart with lunch boxes and drive back to Nairobi. You will be dropped of at the Airport for your onward flight.
Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.