- Customized group: October
- Kenya Wildlife and Beach
- Validity: October
- Minimum: 4 pax
- Transportation: Seven (7) 4 x 4 Landcruiser with the services of an English speaking driver/guide
- Start: Nairobi
- End: Nairobi
- Departures: Guaranteed departure.
Day 1: Nairobi. The Stanley Hotel, BB Trsf, LE.
Day 2: Nakuru ParkSarova Lion Hill, LDBB P.
Day 3: Naivasha Park, Naivasha Sopa Lodge, LDBB P.
Day 4: Masai Mara Reserve, Mara Sopa Lodge, LDBB P.
Day 5: Mombasa Whitesands Beach Hotel LDBB L E.
Day 6: Mombasa Whitesands Beach Hotel LDBB L E.
Day 7: Mombasa Whitesands Beach Hotel LDBB L E.
Day 8; Nairobi The Stanley Hotel LDBB L E.
Day 9: Depart.
Note: Trsf – Transfer, BB – Bed & Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner, LDBB – Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, E – Early morning game drive, A – Morning game drive, P – Afternoon game drive, LE – Leisure, FLT – Flight, CT – Crater Tour, GV – Game viewing from the lodge.
Day 1, 3rd October : Arrival Nairobi.
Met upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by our Representative. Assistance and transfer to The Stanley Hotel. Early Check in by 8:00 am, mid morning at leisure, lunch at the hotel, afternoon city tour, Kazuri beads, Karen Blixen Museum returning to the hotel late in the evening, Dinner and Overnight at The Stanley Hotel (FB). Stanley was the hotel to stay or be seen at until the 1970s. In its heydays, the Stanley played host to famous royalty, politicians and stars.
Situated in the city centre, it was also where the travelers, including Earnet Hemingway, gathered for a drink at the legendary Thorn Tree Café before or after a long safari. A message board on the acacia xanthophildea tree was used by travelers to make contact with fellow travelers. Today, the Stanley has lost much of its importance as a meeting place but a drink at the Thorn Tree Café is still a pleasant experience. Much of the hotel has been refurbished to a high standard and still retains the original Victorian charm.
A revolving door leads to a lobby with marble floors, reproduction antique furniture and subdued lighting, recalling the graceful era of grand living. Bedrooms with private bathrooms, though small, are very comfortable while the restaurants at the Stanley serve excellent international cuisine. Several upscale galleries and artifact shops are located next to the hotel. The hotel has a pool and health club where guests can also relax.
Day 2, 4th October : Aberdares National Park/Lake nakuru National Park.
Breakfast at your hotel followed by safari briefing by our representative. After briefing drive to Lake Nakuru National Park arriving in time for lunch at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. Afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge (LDBB). Situated in the heart of the Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru is one of Kenya's most famous soda lakes. A major feature of this park is the wonderful bird life, particularly the thousands of flamingos, which create a shimmering pink hue over the lake. A rhino sanctuary also provides the opportunity to see the endangered black rhino. Sarova Lion Hill offers a unique vantage point.
Each of the 64 superbly appointed chalets with private secluded veranda enjoys views over the lake and the distant hills. Even the glorious pool has a view! Originally declared a national park because of a superbly diverse bird population, which includes many migrants, the park is also a favourite place for travelers to seek the rare black rhino. However, it is for the flamingos that the lake is best known, and it was for their protection that the park was originally created. The level of the blue-green alkaline waters here varies and this, with other accompanying environmental changes, causes considerable variation in the flamingo population, but when they are present, en masse, the whole lake turns a gorgeous rosy pink.
Although protection of the flamingo population on the lake was the original rationale for the inception of the national park, further land was included in the early seventies and it is now about 190 sq m. This expansion, which took in a large grassland area, has allowed the park to protect further species. Buffalo, zebra, antelope and both lion and leopard are to be found. The rather less ubiquitous reedbuck and waterbuck are also here as is the glamorously leggy Rothschild giraffe. Temptingly, the black rhino-breeding programme, started in the late eighties, has proved successful and this is an excellent place to view them.
Day 3, 5th October : Lake Nakuru National Park/Lake Naivasha.
After breakfast drive to Lake Naivasha and stop for mid morning boat ride in the lake to watch hippos and birds, lunch at Naivasha Sopa Lodge afternoon drive to Hells Gate Park for an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Naivasha Sopa Lodge (LDBB). Set on 200 acres of Lake Naivasha’s southern shoreline in Africa’s Great Rift Valley, the resort blends in perfectly with its natural surroundings.
Being one of Kenya’s most upmarket destinations, it is the ideal base from which to explore the surrounding countryside and nearby National Parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Double storied cottages offer extremely spacious rooms with en suite bathrooms and either balconies or solaria. Spacious rooms with en suite bathroom, private lounge and balcony. Each room boasts two queen-size beds with mosquito nets on all windows.
Day 4, 6th October : Lake Naivasha/Masai Mara Game Reserve.
Early morning trip to the lake for a boat ride safari, returning to the lodge for breakfast .After breakfast at the lodge bid farewell to Lake Naivasha and drive to Mara through Narok the bread basket of rift valley province arriving at your lodge in time for lunch, check in after lunch and relax, late afternoon depart for your afternoon game drive in the park until sunset. Dinner and overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge (LDBB). The Masai Mara is one of the most famous game viewing areas in Africa. Large herds of game, including the amazing Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra, are still found here. Masai Mara Sopa Lodge is set in the Oloolaimutia Valley and blends perfectly with the surrounding hillside landscape.
The lodge is located 206 km south of the Equator on the eastern boundary of the Masai Mara Game Reserve in southwestern Kenya, 2 km from the Oloolaimutia Gate. The accent here is on the indigenous Masai people and the fabulous wealth of wildlife, bird life and natural flora. Luxuriously appointed bedrooms, a refreshing swimming pool, a boutique and gift shop, wildlife films and CNN all ensure that your stay will be blissfully comfortable. Probably the most famous of the reserves, the Masai Mara, in Kenya's southwestern corner, boasts an astonishing amount of game. Unfenced, the Mara is bounded in the east by the Ngama Hills and in the west by the Oloololo or Siria Escarpment. Gazelle, wildebeest and zebra graze in large numbers and where prey is found so are predators.
Not only is this a great place in which to find game, but also the wide greeny-gold savannahs spotted with thorn trees make it ideal for photography. The Mara, as it is known in Kenya, is ravishingly beautiful and also offers long, undisturbed views and utterly dramatic panoramas. The weather really means something here. The sun may beat down unforgiving, huge clouds in fabulous shapes may sweep across the widest of skies; the wind ripples the grasses as though a giant hand strokes them. The landscape is stunning. The famously black-manned Mara lions are possibly the stars of the Mara show, but cheetah, elephant, kongoni, topi, Thompson's gazelle, waterbuck, hyena, and primates are all here too.
As with the rest of Kenya, the birding is good. There is no settlement within the reserve however, the Mara is in theory owned by the Masai, pastoralists and, in earlier times, renowned lion-killers. Lodges and hotels offer the opportunity to buy their beadwork, checked cloths and copies of their spears. It is said that if lions scent approaching Masai on the breeze they move swiftly in the opposite direction. Famously, the Mara is the northerly end of the Great Migration, that great primeval surge of wildebeest, zebra and antelope that sweeps in from Tanzania's Serengeti to Kenya's Masai Mara as the Tanzanian grass starts to fail.
The large predators who pick off the weak, the stragglers and the young track them. The great herds, nearing their destination by July, mass along the Mara River, pushing, shoving and fantastically noisy, just waiting for the first animal to cross so that they can all follow, lemming-like, on the final leg of the journey. However, crocodiles lie in wait, sluggishly cruising the waters, fully prepared for their best meal of the year. Many fail in the life-and-death struggle - drowned, eaten by the crocodiles or, made careless or weak by their stressful swim, brought down by lions. The Masai Mara is terrible yet wonderful, and not to be missed.
Day 5, 7th October - Mara reserve/Nairobi/Mombasa.
Early Morning Hot Air balloon Safari , Champagne breakfast on landing, met by your driver guides proceed with a game drive back to the lodge, lunch at the lodge after lunch transfer to the Airstrip and fly direct to Mombasa. On arrival you will be met by our representative and transfered to your beach hotel, dinner and Overnight at Whitesands Beach Hotel (BBLD).
Days 6-7, 8th-9th October : Mombasa.
Spend a further two days at this resort at leisure, extra activities and excursions to be provided on request. Accommodation on fullboard basis, Overnight at Whitesands Beach Hotel (BBLD). Mombasa offers a cultural experience combined with the natural beauty of sun drenched beaches, coral reefs and tropical marine life. Whitesands enjoys the longest seafront on the east African coast, located north of Mombasa on one of the finest beaches, Bamburi Beach. Whitesands provides a range of facilities and quality of service that set it among the best resort properties worldwide. Turquoise pools are fringed by palms, lush gardens provide shady nooks, coral sands sparkle in the bright sun - this is a tropical paradise.
Day 8, 10th October : Mombasa/Nairobi.
Breakfast at your hotel, mid morning at leisure, lunch, afternoon transfer to the Airport for your flight back to Nairobi departing Mombasa at 15:20 to arrive at 16:20, on arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to your city hotel. Dinner and Overnight at The Stanley Hotel (BBLD).
Day 9, 11th October : Nairobi/Depart. Early morning breakfast followed by a transfer to the Airport for your outbound flight.
- Cost based on 4 pax minimum
- Cost per person sharing based on 4 pax minimum traveling USD$ 2,855.00 per person sharing.
- Single room Supplement USD$550.00
- Supplementary Costs: Hot Air Balloon Safari USD$ 485.00.
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