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Hidden Pearls

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Destination(s): Kenya  
Specialty Categories: National Parks   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 3800 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5800 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Nairobi - Aberdares. Pick up from the airport or the hotel in Nairobi and drive on the 'East African Highway' on top of the escarpment from where you have a splendid view into the Rift valley. We leave the main road and start climbing through pine and bamboo forest up to the gate. The huts are on an altitude of nearly 3'000 m. Lunch and game drive in the afternoon. Huts/FB (Single rooms can not be guaranteed).

Day 2: Aberdares. The Aberdares offer an exceptional rich diversity of biotopes. Bamboo forest, lobelias, senecias, tall trees and open areas with Tussock grass. bush and reed bucks, buffaloes, elephants and with a bit of luck a black serval can be found. You will visit some waterfalls and if the road condition allows hikes accompanied by an armed ranger above the tree line can be undertaken. Huts/FB (Single rooms can not be guaranteed).

Day 3: Aberdares - Lake Bogoria. Our last chance to admire the mountain world before we drive down to into the Rift valley. Lunch in Nakuru town. Passing sisal plantations and acacia trees we reach Lake Bogoria in the afternoon. The soda lake and its shores are a National reserve. It is a great picture to see the flamingos through the steam of the geysers. Mobile tented camp.

Day 4: Lake Bogoria. Early morning game drive along the lake. Walk along the lake shore to admire the geysers and flamingos. The lake region is an El Dorado for bird lovers. Lunch and swimming at the hotel. In the afternoon we return to the lake watching out for the Greater Kudu and maybe we also find a leopard tortoise beside the road. Mobile tented camp.

Day 5: Bogoria See - Saiwa Swamp National Park. The road leads up the hills and down into valleys. In the later afternoon we reach Saiwa swamps, where we pitch the camp. If time allows you can enjoy a walk along the swamp. Mobile tented camp.

Day 6: Saiwa Swamp National Park. In this rarely visited park you walk foot path and over small bridges build along the swamp. The park was created to protect the rare semi-aquatic Sitatunga antelopes. But it also protects the endangered De Brazza monkeys. You might get the chance to see an otter swimming or feeding in the water. Mobile tented camp.

Day 7: Saiwa Swamp - Mt. Elgon. Just a short drive will bring you to the next destination, a clearing an the slopes of the extinct volcano Mt. Elgon. In the afternoon we visit the Kitum caves, where elephants left clearly visible marks by scratching minerals from the walls and bats sleep on the ceiling. Mobile tented camp or Bandas.

Day 8: Mt. Elgon National Park. Even it is chilly we will go on an early morning game drive to detect black and white Colobus monkeys and Sykes monkeys foraging on the ground. Waterbucks, bushbucks and buffaloes will curiously look at us. In the afternoon either game drive or hike to a view point to enjoy the view on surrounding hills and plains, accompanied by a ranger. Mobile tented camp or Bandas.

Day 9: Mt. Elgon - Kakamega Rainforest. After a 3-hours drive the scene has changed completely. We are now surrounded by remnants of the West African rainforest. Flora and fauna of East and West Africa meet here. After a picnic lunch you will be guided by a local guide on narrow foot paths under tall trees. He will explain the use of different plants and trees while you hear the hornbills laughing up on the trees and you see monkeys feeding on fruits. Mobile tented camp.

Day 10: Kakamega - Ruma National Park. After an early morning walk we drive to Kisumu for lunch and reach Ruma in the late afternoon. Mobile tented camp

Day 11: Ruma NationalPark. This small national park is situated near Lake Victoria. It is the only place in Kenya where the Roan antelopes occur. Morning and afternoon game drive in search for these beautiful animals. Lunch in the camp. Mobile tented camp.

Day 12: Ruma National Park - Nakuru National Park. A long drive awaits you today. You pass Kenya's main tea plantations and can see tea pickers at work (Please do not take pictures without asking). Lunch enroute. Lake Nakuru national park will be reached in the afternoon. Mobile tented camp.

Day 13: Nakuru National Park. Morning and afternoon game drives. We watch the thousands of flamingos, observe antelopes, zebras, buffaloes and the rare Rothschild giraffes and search for lions and leopards. White rhinos are usually easy to meet on the open areas while the shier black rhinos are harder to track down in-between bushes. Mobile tented camp

Day 14: Nakuru - Nairobi.

Note: At some places we can change from mobile camping to hotels.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Costing depends on number of participants and accommodation. Bandas and camping can be replaced by lodges or hotels.

Price Includes:
- Safari in Landcruiser with experienced English speaking driver guide
- Unlimited kilometers on game drive
- Full board while on safari
- Park entry, banda hire and camping fees
- Provision of camping equipment
- Supply car for equipment and camp staff.

Price Excludes:
- Visa, personal insurances
- Not listed services
- Drinks
- Personal expenses
- Tips.