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Grass Routes

Safari tour package: A set-date, set-itinerary, group safari
Prices and Dates: $4500 - $6500
Includes internal flights: Yes
Length of safari: 11 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited Kenya Kenya
Parks visited Amboseli, Masai Mara, Nairobi National Park
Activity level Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
  • Big five
  • Camping
  • Birding
Grass Routes begins at the shadow of the imposing Mt. Kilimanjaro, and takes you to the foot of the Mt. Kenya, down to the rolling highlands of Central Kenya to the floor of the Great Rift Valley to Lake Naivasha’s Crescent Island, where you walk among the Giraffes and the antelopes. Finally you migrate to world famous Maasai Mara where besides the traditional game drives, you will have the chances of indulging in walking safaris, take a hot air balloon over the Mara plains with a champagne breakfast or even take a day tip to Mfangano Island on Lake Victoria where the size and colour of the fish and sunset challenges your imagination. The itinerary is paced to afford you ample time in the Maasai Mara amidst the herds. Accommodations includes attractive and comfortable lodges and the classic Governor’s Camp, home to BBC’s ‘Big Cat Documentary.

Day 1, Nairobi

Arrive Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, is the largest city in East Africa. It began as a depot of the East African Railroad in 1899, and in little over 90 years has become one of the major cities in modern Africa, and a headquarters of the United Nations.

 

 

Days 2-3 Amboseli National Park

Depart after breakfast for Amboseli National Park. Amboseli is justly famous both for its big game and for its great scenic beauty. The glistening, majestic snow-cap of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain (19,340’) dominates the landscape. The National Park is 1,249 sq. miles of open plains, ex- tensive stands of yellow-barked Acacia woodland, rocky lava-strewn thorn country, swamps and marshes. This region is undoubtedly a photographer’s paradise and one of the best places to view and observe elephant. Overnight at the Ol Tukai Lodge.

 

 

Day 4, Aberdare National Park

Catch a flight back to Nairobi and drive north to the Aberdare National Park. Time permitting, stop at the Aberdare Country Club for lunch. The Lyon family from England built the main house of stone in 1937. The Lyons were part of the notorious “Happy Valley Set”, and there were many extravagant parties thrown here during World War II. Vivid bougainvillea brightens the lush gardens. The Club has a private game sanc- tuary in which guests can walk. In the afternoon, we will transfer to the Ark, Kenya’s best tree ho- tel. The Ark gives guests a night passage into the secret wildlife world of the Aberdares forest. Overnight at the Ark.

 

 

Days 5-6, Lake Naivasha

Drive up to the moorland, peaks, and high forest making up the Kinangop Plateau. This road across the Aberdare mountains, open in good weather to 4 wheel drive vehicles only, passes through misty moorlands at about 3350 meters where strange six meter tall mutants of alpine plants including groundsel, erica, hypericum, lobelia and sennecio grow in profusion.

 

 

Days 7-10, Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Early breakfast and depart for the Maasai Mara, (approximately 5 hours drive). The Maasai Mara is for many reasons the most spectacular game reserve in Kenya — a vast expanse of undulating grass and woodlands where it is possible to see over a dozen different species of game at one time, including all the Big 5! The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is in the southwest corner of Kenya and is an ex- tension of the famous Serengeti plains of Tanzania. The rains are reliable and the new grass supports an annual migration of millions of wildebeest and their predators

from the drier plains further south.

Governor’s Camp is simply elegant, with large spacious tents, comfortable beds, and all the facilities. The food and service are superb, and the staff warm and accom- modating, not to mention the setting! Don’t walk in your sleep, as the Mara River is right off your verandah. It is not unusual to see hippo, elephant, and warthog in camp. 3 game drives are available each day lasting about 2 hrs each. You can take

them all or siesta/relax midday (as the wildlife generally does). Overnight at Governors Camp.

 

 

Day 11, Nairobi

Today you will fly to Nairobi where day rooms await your arrival. After a farewell dinner at Nairobi’s famous Carnivore Restaurant, you will be transferred to the airport for your international departure flight.

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  • Governors Camp
  • Lake Naivasha Country Club
  • The Ark

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