Day 1: Nairobi
Upon arrival at the airport you will be greeted by a representative of Lindberg Holidays and assisted to the elegant Nairobi Safari Club. The remainder of the day is at leisure for shopping, relaxation or optional city tours. In the evening we will have a safari briefing. Nairobi Safari Club.
Day 2: Mountain Lodge
After breakfast we begin our safari and drive North through agricultural farmlands to the famed Mountain Lodge, one of three "tree hotels" in Kenya and arguably one of the best. Each room in this largest wooden storey building has a balcony overlooking a saltlick and waterhole from where you can enjoy the finest game viewing on the slopes of Mt. Kenya. You will visit an open-air market, a hive of activities where the local natives are engaged in sale of their agricultural harvests. We arrive in time for lunch and with enough time to acquaint ourselves with this highly unusual setting. Mountain Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Days 3/4: Samburu National Reserve
After a hearty breakfast we travel North as we head for the northern frontier district, Samburu/Buffalo Springs Reserve. Game viewing in these parks is excellent and there are species found here that are found nowhere else, such as the beautiful gerenuk and reticulated giraffe. This is an excellent location to see the "BIG FIVE". Samburus, the cousins of the Maasais, harmoniously live with animals in this semi-arid region. You will interact with them in various aspects, including a visit to their homesteads. Samburu Serena Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Sweetwaters Tented Camp
Sweetwaters lies in the heart of the privately owned 24,000-acre Sweetwaters Game Sanctuary, enjoying magnificent views across to the snow-capped Mount Kenya. Overlooking a floodlit waterhole, the camp offers visitors an unforgettable opportunity to watch and photograph animals in their natural habitat. Accommodation is provided in luxuriously appointed tents, set under thatch, with en-suite facilities and private verandah. Each tent overlooks the waterhole. Within the quaint, original farmhouse is the dining room, bar and reception. Day and night game drives in four-wheel-drive vehicles, walking safaris escorted by a knowledgeable ranger, bird walks, camel safaris and outdoor dining ensure there is always plenty to do. Sweetwaters Tented Camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Mount Kenya Safari Club
This resort, set exactly on the Equator, was a dream brought to life by the late actor William Holden. It hosts royalty, heads of state, celebrities (including Stephanie Powers, star of the 1980s hit TV series Hart to Hart, a frequent visitor deeply involved in the animal orphanage) and offers all one expects in a luxury resort and more. You will visit a lower school en route to the club. Conde Nast magazines have ranked this as one of the top 20 resorts in the world. Mountain Kenya Safari Club. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Lake Nakuru
Today we descend into the Great Rift Valley on our way to the world famous bird sanctuary. Lake Nakuru is known for its huge flocks of flamingos and pelicans. Its multifaceted shores and surrounding woodlands are also home to some 400 species of birds, including during the northern winter, many migratory European species. Lake Nakuru is also home to leopard, rhino and Rothschild's giraffe and other game.
Days 8/9/10: Masai Mara Game Reserve
This morning we bid farewell to Lake Nakuru and take an afternoon flight to the Masai Mara, arriving in time for lunch. Masai Mara is the destination of millions of grazing animals traveling North from the Serengeti. It is Kenya's most renowned wildlife sanctuary. Due to the large numbers of grazing animals, the Mara supports one of Africa's highest concentrations of predators. Your home for the next three nights will be the beautiful Mara Serena Lodge. This beautiful lodge, set atop a hill overlooking Mara plains, offers an excellent vantage point for game viewing and spectacular sunsets. Here you can experience an included Bush Breakfast by the Hippo Pool. Many people feel that this highlights their trip. While in the Mara you can also indulge yourself in an optional hot-air balloon excursion. You will never forget the experience! Mara Serena. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 11: Nairobi Depart
One last morning game run, etching Mara scenes in your memory, breakfast, and, though difficult, it's time to meet our plane. The flight back is as beautiful as was the incoming one. We land at Wilson Airport where we meet our drivers and are transported back to Nairobi Safari Club, where day rooms are provided for your comfort. The rest of the day is spent on leisure. You may want to sit and relax or do some last-minute shopping. Tonight we meet once again, for a farewell dinner at the Carnivore Restaurant before you depart for your flight home.
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