From July 01 - October 31, 2015
BASED AT NUMBER OF ADULTS IN A VEHICLE
Based at 2 Pax in a vehicle- Per adult sharing
US$.2588.00 net per person
US$.1873.00 net per person
Based at 3 Pax in a vehicle- Per adult sharing
US$.2166.00 net per person
US$.1690.00 net per person
Based at 4 Pax in a vehicle- Per adult sharing
US$.1956.00 net per person
US$.1598.00 net per person
Based at 5 Pax in a vehicle- Per adult sharing
US$.1828.00 net per person
US$.1542.00 net per person
Based at 6 Pax in a vehicle- Per adult sharing
US$.1744.00 net per person
US$.1506.00 net per person
Based at 7 Pax in a vehicle- Per adult sharing
US$.1684.00 net per person
US$.1480.00 net per person
Single room supplement payable for single room usage US$.350.00
It is ‘touch down’ at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Representatives of Zoar Tours, your hosts in Kenya eagerly await your arrival. Welcome to Nairobi, a city experiencing a Renaissance in art and culture. Our airport representative meets you at the airport and whisks you to Fairview Hotel. Following an evening arrival, we settle happily into the city's Fairview Hotel. The Fairview is that rare bird in Africa a comfortable hotel that hasn’t decked itself out in feathers of up market gloss and tasteless luxury. The hotel’s leafy acres and scattered buildings are laid out on Nairobi Hill, a world away from the overheated bustle. All this, plus a classy brasserie and wine bar and some of the best sushi in the city. The balance of the day is to relax and enjoy the surroundings. A safari briefing answers questions and creates excitement. This safari offers a unique opportunity to combine a wilderness adventure covering a wide range of landscapes; it offers the excitement and glamour of the African bush together with a romantic, and self-indulgent itinerary. The lodges and camps chosen are flawless, with very pleasant staff and superb accommodation. Marvel at the vivid array of wildlife and rich diverse landscapes and experience the friendliness and in-depth knowledge of our Drivers and Guides. A sound rest tonight prepares us for tomorrow's adventures.
We begin our safari with the thrill of overnight game viewing in the comfort of a the Ark Lodge which is a Tree Hotel. The lush hills of Aberdares National Park are covered by Kenya's densest forest and form the eastern flank of the Great Rift Valley. Outside the park itself we pass many ranches, coffee plantations and early European settlements, the Aberdares Country Club welcomes you for a sumptuous lunch. Here you'll store your luggage and take a small overnight bag with you up to the Ark. We leave our main luggage at the base hotel and continue with just our overnight bags to one of the famous "tree hotels", deep in the Aberdares Forest. On our journey to our lodge we hope to see typical forest-dwelling animals such as the black and white Columbus Monkeys. A special feature of the lodge where we stay is the floodlit watering hole where we can watch from the lodge itself throughout the night as a great variety of animals come down to drink. Different species of animals are active during the night compared with during the day and many shy species such as rhinos will only approach the lodge at night. It is fascinating to watch their behavior around the watering hole as they take turns in drinking from the watering hole and eating the salt which is put out for them at the 'salt lick'. In the morning we hope to have spectacular views towards jagged outline of Mount Kenya. There is also excellent bird watching from the lodge terrace into the surrounding trees.
Lake Naivasha Sopa
After breakfast, we leave for Lake Naivasha. The Valley floor in Kenya is studded with volcanoes and seven lakes. These lakes fluctuate greatly in size according to the quality of the rains during the monsoons each year, sometimes drying up altogether. Driving south along the Great Rift Valley we come to Lake Naivasha. Even though this lake is on the floor of the Valley, it is still situated at about 6,200 feet (1,890 metres) above sea level. Naivasha presents a mystery - even though the lake has no apparent outflows, its waters are fresh. The other lakes of the Valley also have only way of losing water, by evaporation, but they are very alkaline. Because it is one of the largest sources of fresh water in Kenya, Lake Naivasha attracts a huge variety of birds in large numbers. It is a bird-watchers' paradise. After lunch late in the evening visit Hellsgate National Park. Have an afternoon game drive. Hell's Gate National Park is particularly impressive with soaring red cliffs, isolated volcanic plugs, spreading grasslands dotted with game and a deep gorge where visitors can walk. Fischer's Tower is a challenging rock climb. This park is excellent for succulents, birds of prey and other bird species. There is a geothermal project at the far end of the park. The park is characterized by diverse topography and geological scenery. It is an important home of the lammergeyer .The climate is warm and dry and the vegetation is mainly grasslands and scrublands with the latter being dominated by Leleshwa and several species of acacia. The gorge and cliffs and breeding sites for several species of raptors and swifts. 103 species of birds have been recorded in the park.
Mara Sopa Lodge
Breakfast at Lake Naivasha Sopa, and then depart through Naivasha to Narok, drive past the extinct Volcano of Mt Longonot and Suswa into the homelands of the Masai Game Reserve arriving in time for lunch at Mara Sopa Lodge. Afternoon, enjoy a game viewing drive in this world renown reserve. Maasai Mara is a magnificent landscape of open plains bisected by the Mara River and its tributaries, and punctuated by marshes and forests. Certainly the most frequented game reserve in Kenya, this 650 sq. kilometer reserve supports the highest density of game to be seen anywhere. During the seasonal migrations, Maasai Mara is home to up to a million wildebeest and an equally impressive number of zebras that move into the area from neighboring Serengeti National Park, in Tanzania. The reserve is home to all the “big five” and it is also possible to observe; baboon, eland, ostrich, bat-eared fox, jackal and cheetah. The rivers abound with hippos and crocodiles. Maasai Mara topography creates a unique bio-diverse area, providing guests with the opportunity to venture into the savannah covered with hundreds or even thousands of animals of many different species.
Mara Sopa Lodge
Enjoy the entire day in the Maasai Mara with early morning game drive, optional balloon safari at an extra cost and an afternoon game drive. The Mara is also noted for its abundance of lions - particularly the superb black manned males. You'll see lots of elephants here often in large herds, as well as - if you're lucky - leopard, cheetah and rhino. All of the Big Five are residents. You're sure to see the African buffalo. All Meals and overnight is at Mara Sopa Lodge. The Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya’s most precious wildlife sanctuary. This is big game country and long famed as one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of game. Plains game is found here in staggering numbers, which in turn supports a tremendous predator population. Optional Activities: Balloon Safari, Bush Breakfast/Dinner, Visit to the Maasai Village at an extra cost. These vast grasslands are rich with herds of zebras, giraffes, gazelles, and topis. With huge grazing herds, voracious attendant predators, including Africa’s largest population of lions, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, rhino and bountiful birdlife, the Mara is the staging ground for the annual wildebeest great migration. Hippo and crocodile abound in the muddy brown waters of the rivers, which traverse this reserve.
Mara Sopa Lodge
We continue to explore this miraculous area on our morning and afternoon game drives. This open grassland is home to almost every species of East African wildlife including lions, elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, wildebeests, gazelles, and zebras. This is one of the most spectacular sights in the world. The vast, open grasslands of the Serengeti-Mara are home to over 3 million large mammals. These include over 1.4 million wildebeest, which migrate in an enormous, straggling herd each year between the southern parts of the Serengeti to the northern part and back again. With them move other herbivores such as gazelles and zebra, also looking for the best grass. Along the way they provide food for big predators such as lions, leopards and cheetahs. Here we learn about and see first-hand the intricate web of dependency that binds the different species together. Each animal has adapted to its own niche and to the other animals that surround it. Here we see Nature at its most subtle and, sometimes, most cruel as each animal struggles to survive and reproduce. On our morning and afternoon game drives in the Masai Mara we have a very good chance of seeing all the major Plains animals including lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, rhino, hyena, cheetah, jackal, warthog and many species of antelope.
Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.