Best of Kenya

Tour Code : AJ/SS-01

No of Pax : Min 2
Validity : 15 Jan 2014 -15th Dec 2014
Vehicle : 7 Seater Safari Minivan 
Starts : Nairobi-Jkia
Ends : Nairobi-Jkia

Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the historic 5-star Sarova Stanley Hotel. One of Nairobi's oldest and best renowned city hotels, it stands in the city centre within easy reach of both shops and tourist attractions, and offering a health club, roof-top swimming pool and a wide selection of restaurants and bars. Overnight at Sarova Panafric Hotel – BB 

Day 2: Nairobi to Samburu

Transfer to Samburu National Park driving north of Nairobi up the Great Rift Valley to the Samburu/Buffalo Springs National Reserve arriving in time for a late lunch at the Samburu Sopa Lodge. Built on raised ground allowing for panoramic views of the distant Samburu Hills and Mount Kenya, the lodge stands in the centre of this pristine reserve and features a curve of cottages clustered around a waterhole that attracts a wide range of wildlife both day and night. After lunch, take a game drive in the twin Samburu and Buffalo Springs Reserves, which provide one of the few sanctuaries in Kenya for the endangered Grevy's zebra, the rare beisa oryx and the blue-shanked Somali ostrich. Dinner and Overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge – LDBB 

Day 3: Safari drive in Samburu

Enjoy a full day on safari in Samburu (morning and afternoon game drives). In the evening, there is an option of sundowners before dinner in the central dining room.

A place of endless skies, dust-red plains and palm-fringed rivers, Samburu National Reserve lies on the fringes of the vast and arid desert once known as the Northern Frontier District, whose heat-scorched scrublands extend all the way to the jade-green waters of Lake Turkana and beyond. Physically dramatic, the 104 sq km landscape of the Reserve features rocky battlements, craggy scarps, dry river beds and fallen boulders rising out of the thorn scrub against a backdrop of the far-distant hills and the great red table mountain known as Ololokwe. Dinner and Overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge – LDBB

Day 4: Samburu to Mount Kenya

Leave the lodge after breakfast and travel south along the flanks of Mount Kenya to enter the Serena Mountain Lodge. Sailing like an ark amid the primeval forests of Kenya's highest mountain, Mount Kenya, this timbered tree hotel offers champagne-clear mountain air, sweeping views across the tree-canopy, sparkling trout streams, and gentle forest walks. Cool, tranquil and hushed for optimum game-sightings, the open-air viewing-deck looks down onto its own water hole, which attracts numerous herds of elephant and buffalo. The panoramic tree-level dining room offers both local and international cuisine, while the central bar offers a blazing fire and its own private game-viewing terrace.

About Mount Kenya National Park (Namesake of the nation)

One of the world's highest National Parks, Mount Kenya is an extinct volcano some three and a half million years old. Straddling the equator, the mountain offers a unique mosaic of forest, moorland, rock and ice and is crowned by the glittering twin peaks of Batian (5,199 m) and Nelion (5,188 m). The sacred home of Ngai, God of the Kikuyu people, Mount Kenya is Kenya's highest mountain, a national icon, a climbers' Mecca, the nation's namesake, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, and a wildlife stronghold. Anyone in reasonable health can attempt the steep trek to Point Lenana (4, 985 M), which is the highest point for trekkers. Of the approximately 500 climbers who attempt to scale Nelion each year, around 200 make the summit. Around 50 experienced climbers achieve the summit of Batian annually.

Wildlife highlights: includes; giant forest hog, tree hyrax, white-tailed mongoose, elephant, black rhino, suni, black-fronted duiker, bongo, leopard, Mount Kenya mouse shrew, hyrax, duiker and the endemic mole-rat. Birds: 130 recorded species.
Dinner and Overnight at Serena Mt. Lodge – LDBB

Day 5: Mount Kenya to Lake Nakuru-Flamingos

After breakfast, drive south to Lake Nakuru National Park in time for lunch at Lake Nakuru Lodge. In the afternoon enjoy your first glimpse of the Lake's fabled 1.2 million flamingos, perhaps find rhinos grazing on the lakeshore (this park is the nation's largest rhino sanctuary), and arrive back at the Lodge in time for a swim and a sumptuous buffet supper.
Dinner and Overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge – LDBB

Day 6: Nakuru to the Masai Mara

Leaving the lodge after breakfast, continue up the floor of Rift to arrive in the famous Masai Mara National Reserve, and at the Mara Sopa Lodge in time for a late lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy your first game-drive in the Mara. World renowned for the breathtaking spectacle of ‘the greatest wildlife show on earth', the awe inspiring annual migration of the wildebeest, the Mara is Kenya's most visited protected area. Technically an extension of Tanzania's renowned Serengeti National Park, the Mara constitutes only 4% of the entire Serengeti ecosystem but its rolling grasslands, meandering rivers and towering escarpments offer one of the world's most rewarding and evocative wildlife arenas. Returning to the lodge, enjoy a swim, relaxation on your private veranda, sundowners at one of the lodge's many bars and dinner in the central restaurant. Dinner and Overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge – LDBB

Day 7: On safari in the Mara

Spend all day on safari in the reserve with morning and afternoon game drives and breakfast, lunch and dinner at the lodge. When it comes to game-viewing, there is nowhere in Africa richer in wildlife or more eventful in encounters than the Mara. A pristine wilderness of haunting beauty, it promises its visitors a profusion of wildlife, prolific bird life and the unprecedented opportunity of catching up with all the members of the ‘Big Five' in one morning
Dinner and Overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge – LDBB 

Day 8: The Mara to Nairobi

After breakfast at the lodge, drive to Nairobi and take lunch at the world famous Carnivore Restaurant, rated among the top 500 restaurants in the world. Depart for your flight home.

What You Get

  • Accommodation and meals as per program
  • Transportation in a chauffeur driven Private safari minivan or 4x4 Land Cruiser at a supplement both with pop-up roof for easy game viewing & photography.
  • Game viewing drives and parks entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary at current level
  • All meet and greet services and services of English Speaking guide 
  • 24 hours stand-by contact number.
  • Guaranteed window seat – based on maximum 6 pax per vehicle
  • Two-way long range high frequency radio communication 
  • Flying doctors coverage: Covers you within East Africa for a period of 14 days. In the eventuality of a medical emergency, you will be airlifted to Nairobi where you will be taken to a good hospital. Hospital bills are born by the patient.

What You Don’t Get

  • All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills etc.
  • Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, camp staff and driver- guide(s)
  • Any local or international flight and departure taxes.
  • Visa fees 
  • Laundry, drinks 
  • Any other services not mentioned above as inclusive.

Note; This is only a proposal and the rates quoted are current and subject to change without prior notice, confirmation will be subject to availability at the time of booking.