Departure city: Nairobi, Kenya
Accommodation: Comfort | National Parks: Masai Mara, Lake Naivasha, Samburu NR | Special Interest: Wildlife Safari
Valid: All year round
* based on 6 participants
This is a world classic adventure safari featuring Kenya’s premium safari destinations. Masaimara is home to the eighth wonder called the great migration whereby millions of wildebeest and others cross the Masaimara from Serengeti national park in Tanzania to Kenya Masaimara game reserve in Kenya.
It also combines with Nakuru national park a UNESCO world heritage site featuring the pink birds (Flamingos). This day can be substituted by Naivasha in Absence of the migratory bird. Naivasha has epic birds for birding adventures. After this you travel to the Ol-Pajeta conservancy for chimpanzee and rhino sanctuaries.
Day 1: Masai Mara National Reserve (L, D)
Morning departure from Nairobi, across its vast floor to the Masai Mara Game Reserve, with its gently rolling grasslands, abundant wildlife and prolific birdlife. Arrive at the lodge in time for lunch and in the afternoon (4pm), a game drive in the conservancy where you might spot great herds of shuffling elephants, zebras clustered in geometric confusion, and sleepy lions resting in the shade of acacia trees. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Masai Mara – Whole Day (B, L, D)
Morning Breakfast then proceed to the reserve for a full day game drive and will carry packed lunch. Masai Mara is one of unique reserve in Kenya. Its offer wildlife, bird life, nature and culture of Masai community. Dinner and Overnight stay.
Day 3: Masai Mara – Whole Day(B, L, D)
Morning Breakfast then proceed to the reserve for a full day game drive and will carry packed lunch. Masai Mara is one of unique reserve in Kenya. Its offer wildlife, bird life, nature and culture of Masai community. Dinner and Overnight.
Day 4: Masai Mara – Naivasha (B, L, D)
Wake up for an early morning breakfast. Check out of the lodge and embark on your journey to Naivasha, Lake Naivasha is among the only two fresh water lakes in the rift valley and this lake is known for its great number of bird species. You will check at your hotel, freshen up and in the afternoon take a boat ride in the lake, then in the evening relax at hotel.
Day 5: Naivasha- Ol-Pejeta (B, L, D)
Early morning breakfast and set of towards Olpajeta conservancy in Laikipia, this is a world renowned conservancy due to its effort to conserve the Rhino species and every year there is a marathon dubbed Lewa which raises money for the conservancy. Here too is home to a chimpanzee sanctuary hence you will have a lot to see. Spend your night in the conservancy.
Day 6: Ol Pejeta – Samburu (B,L,D)
You will be able to view the sisal and pineapple plantations en-route. You will arrive just in time for lunch at your lodge/camp after checking in. Take an afternoon game drive in the park and view several animals including a third of Kenya’s giraffe species and the rare reticulated giraffe which is only found in the northern parks, gravy’s zebra blue shanked Somali ostrich, beisa Oryx, vulture, and guinea fowls among others.
Day 7: Samburu Whole day (B, L, D)
You will have a full day in Samburu with morning and evening game drives. After breakfast we will head out for a game drive and see many animals graze. This is a semi-arid park and has got lots of trees, water, and shades which entice wildlife. You will also get to see the famous “Big Five” that is lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos, buffaloes, and many more. Meals and overnight stay will be at the Lodge/Camp
Day 8: Samburu – Nairobi (B)
Have an early morning breakfast check out of hotel and start your journey back to Nairobi for your evening home flight.
Sopa Lodge Mara
Located high on the slopes of the Oloolaimutia Hills, Masai Mara Sopa Lodge was one of the first safari lodges to be built in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, a reason why its gardens and trees are so lush and mature. All the buildings follow the design of traditional African round houses with conical roofs, and these stretch along the line of the hills with the impressively large public area buildings and the swimming pool at their centre.
Sopa Lodge Naivasha
Set in one hundred and fifty acres of grassland studded with Acacia bushes and trees, the resort is not only home to resident giraffe, waterbuck and both Vervet and Colobus monkeys, but it is also a night stop for the hippos when they leave the lake every night to come and trim the grass on the expansive lawns.
With Sopa’s traditional and conscientious care for the environment, we carefully positioned all the buildings on the property so we did not have to fell any of the many trees there. As a result of this, we had to come up with a radically innovative and artistic design for the main public area building which now snakes its way between the trees with long and graceful curves.
It is also why you might well ask just why the two swimming pools with a children’s section and a pool complex with its bar, snack kitchen, pizzeria and health spa; the tennis court; two conference halls with their four differently sized meeting areas, and the stables are so widely set apart.
It’s location in a private conservancy with a higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any of Kenya’s national parks makes Sweetwaters Serena Camp one of the most exclusive tented safari camps in Kenya.
A sheltered oasis, clustered around a water hole and set in the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweetwaters Serena Camp offers a charming blend of under-canvas ambiance and Kenyan safari luxury.
Located on the plains of Mount Kenya, the camp features thirty-nine luxury tents, each with its own private veranda overlooking the water hole. The central Rhino Restaurant is housed in the former manager’s house of this once colonial farm, and offers both regional and international cuisine. Also within the house is the Kashoggi Bar and lounge, which centres on a blazing log fire. The Waterhole Bar, built in the style of a game-viewing hide, overlooks the waterhole and offers unrivalled wildlife-watching.
Host to all the members of the ‘Big Five’ (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard), the conservancy has a higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any Kenyan national park and is one of only four private game conservancies to have been founded in Kenya. At the forefront of the Kenyan conservancy programme, the conservancy boasts the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, hosts the only chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya, and shelters large numbers of rare and endangered species.
Price of the entire trip: $ 1534 *with 6 people onboard.
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Mara means “mottled”, which is how the Maasai gave it its name due to its expansive open plains mottled with woodlands. Situated in the Great Rift Valley, the Maasai Mara is proudly Kenya’s largest national reserve with an area of 320 square km.
Although it is actually the northern most part of a larger ecosystem encompassing Kenya’s Loita plains and Tanzania’s Serengeti, which makes up a total of 25,000 square km. The largest river, the Mara River, runs north to south through the reserve, towards Lake Victoria through Tanzania. That being said, wildlife is bountiful in the area, game viewing is exciting any time throughout the year – Although the peak is during the annual wildebeest migration from July to October.
There is a large number of other plains game include zebras, different species of antelopes, giraffes and warthog, which are residents of the are all year round. The Mara is a perfect kingdom for the lions but there are also smaller predators such as cheetahs, hyenas and jackals that roam the Mara area.
Another natural inhabitant is of course, the Maasai people. A semi-nomadic ethnic group known as fierce warriors and have largely remained very independent, staying strong to their traditional values and lifestyle. The Maasai never hunt, but live peacefully alongside the wildlife in harmony, this co-existence makes the Maasai Mara one of the world’s most interesting and unique wilderness regions.
Samburu National Park
Samburu National Reserve lies in the Northern part of Kenya. Count Telekis Companion Von Holnel, visited the area in the early 1860s and described it as teeming with game especially buffalos and rhinos.Samburu National Reserve is one of the 56 protected areas in Kenya. It is famous North of the equator because of the richness of flora and fauna; it can be reached through Nairobi-Isiolo-Marsabit road and Maralal-Wamba-Isolo road.
Lying on the flood plains and bottom land of Waso Nyiro drainage system in the Great Rift Valley. It rises to an altitude of 2785 ft above sea level and covers an area of 390 km2.Samburu National Reserve was established in 1948 as part of the enormous Marsabit National Reserve under the national park ordinance.
There are over 50 species of wild animals in the reserve including unique species of Gravy Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Besia Oryx, Grater and Lesser Kudu, Gerenuk, Somali ostrich, pancake tortoise and others. There are over 450 species of birds identified and aquatic species in the Waso Nyiro River.
The neighbouring communities to the reserve are the Samburu tribe a clan of the Maasai. They play a major role as part of tourist attraction in the area due to their unique cultural experiences by tourist through traditional ceremonies, food, dances and sale of traditional crafts.