Day 1: Nairobi - Masai Mara
You will wake up for morning breakfast, Thereafter and drive via Narok town to Maasai Mara National reserve, the land of the Maasai tribe. The proud young Maasai warrior-nomads with their plaited hair, red cloaks, and spears, challenge your curiosity. The 700-square-mile Game Reserve is the Africa of your dreams, complete with wild animals grazingamid the superb rolling landscape of gentle hills and acacia woodlands.Check in to your camp. 12.30pm lunch in the campsite. There will be time to settle in before your first game drive. 4.00pm Afternoon game drive in the reserve. Return to the lodge before dark. 7.30pm Dinner in the campsite. Overnight: Mara Sidai Tented camp LDB
Day 2 : Masai Mara
Today there will be a possibility to take a hot air balloon ride. "Take to the skies for the ultimate Maasai Mara wildlife adventure, soaring in a hot air balloon over herds of game to the inner reaches of the Mara. You'll ascend in the early morning, when winds are calmest. Watch as the 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 plains, you're up, up and away - for the flight of a lifetime! 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 weather conditions vary, every flight is a new and different experience! From your vantage point about 50-500 feet above the reserve, you have a fantastic 360-degree bird's-eye view as one of the most dramatic scenes in nature unfolds beneath you. Depending on the season, you might witness herds of antelope flowing like schools of fish across the plain, groups of elephants grazing undisturbed in a remote ravine, lionesses 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's time to come back down to earth for breakfast. As you sip champagne and dig into a splendid breakfast of sizzling bacon, eggs, sausage, home-made breads, fresh tropical fruit and steaming cups of Kenyan coffee or 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 your balloon flight certificate, and then you'll enjoy a game drive en route back to the camp. No flight of the imagination can match this airborne experience! Note: Comfortable clothes, a hat or visor, sunglasses, sunscreen and a light jacket or sweater are recommended. This tour will be offered at a very special price if booked together with the safari.
Otherwise: 6.00am Wake up call. Tea, coffee and cookies will be served in the campsite. 6.30am Set out for an early morning game drive in the reserve. This is usually the most po pular game viewing time. During the early hours temperatures are low, thus providing a favorable atmosphere both for the game and the viewer. Lion, Cheetah and Leopard roam the vast grasslands in search for their next meal, it may be an unsuspecting impala or even a small one like the warthog.whatever the players, the spectacle of nature unfolding is always awe inspiring! 8.30am Back at the camp, enjoy your sumptuous breakfast. 10.00am Full day game drive. You will have your morning game drive when getting out of The national Park.Lunch enroute., overnight at Mara Sidai Tented camp
Day 3 –Maasai Mara Lake Nakuru
7.30am - After an early breakfast depart for a morning game drive in the reserve, en-route to the gate. Drive a western direction. As you ascend the eastern wall of the rift Valley, lush coffee and tea plantations reveal themselves and your driver-guides will give you a brief talk about coffee farming in Kenya. 11.30pm - You will be driven to lake nakuru for your lunch. 14:00pm - You will leave the campsite in nakuru for the game drive in the park, in search for the big five animals i.e lion, rhino, leopard and cheetah and more other animals. Lake Nakuru is famous for its millions of flamigoes and migrant birds from over the world, in Nakuru we have upto 425 different bird species. You will leave back to the Hotel before dark for your dinner and overnight. 7.30pm - Dinner in the hotel. Overnight at: Lake Nakuru Guest House (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 4 Lake Nakuru – Bungoma
You will wake up in the morning after your breakfast you will be drive to lake Bogoria for the hot spring which where form due to volcanic activities.overnight at Bungoma Drip Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 5 Bungoma-Kampala
After breakfast, we will transfer to the Malaba border ,then drive we will transfer to the capital city of Kampala, and spend some time strolling around the craft markets and getting to know the locals.Overnight at Holiday Express Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 6 and 7: Kampala - Kabale/Lake Bunyonyi
After morning breakfast you will drive down to Kabale Uganda's highest town (2000 m), with beautiful, lush scenery along the way. We will camp at Lake Bunyonyi, Africa's deepest crater lake (900 m). Bunyonyi means "place of little birds", so you can expect to view interesting and unique birdlife. This is an excellent resting point before the gorilla trek. In the evening, we will have the option of canoeing on the lake. NOTE: you will be free to visit orphanage children in the area village (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 8: Gorilla Trek
Enjoy a beautiful drive over the mountains, as we transfer to our base in Kisoro, on the southwestern tip of Uganda. Enjoy a relaxing evening as we prepare for the trek ahead. Today we embark on the experience of a lifetime. Trek through the early morning mist in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to roughly half of the world's remaining 700 mountain gorillas. The trekking can be demanding and the day long - a water bottle and good walking shoes or boots are highly recommended. Experienced local guides will lead us through the thick mountain jungle. Once we locate the gorillas, we will stay and observe them for about an hour - this time is strictly governed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Photography is permitted (although not the use of flash, and there are restrictions the use of video cameras), but with or without a camera, this is one of the most breathtaking and emotional experiences Africa can offer, and certainly one that will remain with you long after your journey. Overnight atTraveller's Rest Camp (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 9- Kabale/Lake Bunyoni To Kampala
Today we transfer back to Kampala, arriving just in time to enjoy some of the nightlife this city has to offer.
Day 10- Kampala - Lake Naivasha
On the morning we continue back to Lake Naivasha - green crater lake. Thereafter you will be driven to the great rift valley whereby you will be given time to stop for the good photo taking of the great rift valley view point. You will arrive in lake Naivasha fisherman's campsite. you will settle down waiting for your lunch, thereafter you will be driven to the green crater lake which was formed due to volcanic activities. The colour is naturally green due to volcanic chemicals such as sodium and sulphur. Otherwise we have also a lot of flamigoes to see when getting the breeze watching the bird and flamigoes moving along the lake side. Afterwards you will be taken to the park accompanied by the guide to walk between the wild animals like giraffe, zebra, impalas, eland -the biggest antelope- and many other animals. This is the only park you will get time to walk as close as 5-4 metres between the wild animals, Otherwise we don't have big cat and the park is secured by the range. Overnight at Carnelley's Camp (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 11: Green Crater Lake Walk
Breakfast will be at 7.00 am and you will be picked up by a driver from 'Kenya Walking Survivor Safaris' at 8.00am. The road to the Green Crater Lake takes you out of Naivasha and along a rough and bumpy road down the edge of lake Naivasha , passing by huge Greenhouses where roses and other flowers are grown for the export market. You will arrive at the Green Crater Lake at 9.30am approx and you will begin your morning game walk. The green crater lake was formed by volcanic activity. The group will walk in a reserve where its possible to get up close to Giraffe and many varieties of antelope.it's a great opportunity for photos.The guides will answer questions about the animals, birdlife etc and point out the rocks formed due to the volcanic activity.
At 12.00pm you will leave for lunch at 'carnelley's camp' about 20 mininutes back down the road toward Naivasha town.This lunch will be supplied by KWSS and will be prepared by their cook. carnary camp is a lovely camp on the shore of Lake Naivasha and has a large resident bird population inc Ibis, superb starlig. Lovebirds, fisheagle and Hoopoe and is a great opportunity to see the Black and White colobus monkey.After lunch you will have some free time. You could sit back at the campsite bar and enjoy a cold drink and a game of pool or participate in some optional activities like cycling around the village or hire a small power boat for a trip out on to the lake. An option worth considering for inclusion in the Itinerary.
Elsamere, the home of the late Joy and George Adamson is just a few klms away. Joy is famous for her book 'Born Free' and was an artist of some note. For an entry fee of Ksh 1000 per pax (approx USD$10) they get to visit the small museum, watch a documentary video of their life and then sit in the lovely gardens beside the lake and enjoy an afternoon tea of beautiful cakes, scones and slices and tea and coffee. Elsamere opens at 3.30pm and I recommend INCLUDING this option. It will take about 2 hours. Overnight at the Carnelley's camp in Naivasha.
Day 12 Lake Naivasha to Arusha
After a short tour briefing, we will depart to Arusha Via Nairobi in the early morning at 8.30 am. Our journey will take us across the border into Tanzania, arriving in the picturesque town of Arusha in time for lunch. Arusha sits at the foot of rugged Mount Meru, and is the gateway to most of Tanzania’s safari areas. Our afternoon will be spent at leisure. Meru Inn Hotel: LD lunch & dinner 4hrs 380KMS
Arusha - Serengeti National Park
After breakfast , we will be transferring to the infamous Serengeti National Park. This park is to Tanzania, what the Masai Mara Game Reserve is to Kenya. Covering 14,763 sq km, the Serengeti NP is dominated by vast, open plains with an abundance of wildlife. A picnic lunch will be provided en route, and the afternoon will be spent viewing game and absorbing the breathtaking scenery of the almost treeless plains of the Serengeti. After an early breakfast on Day 4, we will proceed on an early morning game drive, returning for a hearty lunch. After a brief rest, there will be an afternoon game drive to further explore this world-famous park.Ikoma Tented Camp :Full board 2-3 hrs 150kms
Day 14, Ngorongoro Crater , we will transfer to the Ngorongoro crater, via Olduvai Gorge. Ngorongoro is an impressive 20 km wide volcanic crater with 600 m walls. The views from the crater rim are breathtaking, and there is an ever-present abundance of wildlife, due to the permanent water supply on the crater floor. Olduvai Gorge is famed for the discovery of 3.5 million year-old fossil fragments of an early human civilization. We will enjoy lunch overlooking the crater, and the afternoon will be spent at leisure. On Day 6, we will embark on a half-day crater tour, Overnight at. KARATU CAMPSITE FULL BOARD 2hrs 200kms
Day 15 Depart Nairobi (B) 6-7 hrs Drive 450kms After breakfast we will drive to Nairobi .Please note: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described above, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. Overnight at Hennesis Hotel
TOTAL COST PER PERSON FOR THIS TOUR IS 2596
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