18 Days Kenya A La Carte Safari

 DAY 1: ARRIVAL NAIROBI- HRS:

On arrival at the Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta international Airport, we will be there to meet you for assistance and transfer to the Nairobi Safari Club/ Safari Park/Nairobi Serena. You are booked on Bed and Breakfast.

DAY 2: NAIROBI-TSAVO WEST N.P

After breakfast, depart for Tsavo National Park-approx 297 km ex Nairobi arriving in time for lunch at Finch Hattons Luxury Tented Lodge. Lunch will be followed by a late afternoon introductory game drive. Overnight Finch Hattons Tented Lodge.  (B, L, D) www.finchhattons.com/

Nestling at the foot of the Chyulu Hills, is this conservation friendly luxury tented lodge, named after the aristocrat who introduced royalty to the bush. Set in 35 acres of unfenced African ‘bush’ the site is often visited by lions, buffaloes, elephants, giraffes and plains game. The generously appointed luxury tents are individually located around a series of freshwater hippo pools where guests can enjoy closeness to game and its natural habitat. The superb facilities include a fine secluded swimming pool, a quality restaurant and a pleasant public area and a bar.

DAY 3: FINCH HATTONS

Full day at the lodge, with morning and afternoon game drives. You may spend some times at leisure as the choice is yours! Game includes innumerable hippo, huge crocs, many species of plains game and elephants. A carefully laid back walkway (elevated where appropriate) offers a 2 km of nature walk. Afternoon may be spent at leisure followed by a game drive heading to Kitani. Dinner and overnight is spent at the lodge. You are unlikely to want for anything. In this pleasant oasis everything is quiet, apart from the sounds of the animals. As you savour your last night here, your only regret is returning back to the hustle and bustle of city life! (B, L, D)

DAY 4: FINCH HATTONS-SEVERIN CAMP

After breakfast, it’s a farewell drive out of Finch. We game drive en route as we head to the Severin Luxury Tented Camp for lunch. Afternoon game drive in the vast Tsavo. All meals and overnight at Severin Safari Camp/ Ngulia Camp

DAY 5: SEVERIN CAMP-LK. NAIVASHA

An early pre-breakfast game viewing drive is possible today. Take breakfast and drive back to Nairobi, with a lunch break at Nairobi Serena’s Madhari Restaurant/ at Safari Club. Proceed to Lk. Naivasha-Distance: 85km (1 hr 15 min.) via the Rift Valley escarpment with breathtaking views of the world's greatest land rift to papyrus fringed Lake Naivasha. Optional Sunset boat ride to see the hippos. Overnight accommodation at Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge/Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge/Lake Naivasha Country Club, (B, L, D) www.sopalodges.com 

DAY 6: NAIVASHA-SAMBURU

Morning departure drive to the beautifully rugged Northern frontier of Kenya- Samburu game reserve, arriving at the Samburu Serena Lodge in time for lunch. After Lunch depart on an afternoon game drive.

Samburu Serena Safari Lodge

Set in a landscape of endless skies, dust-red plains and palm-fringed rivers, this refreshingly rustic lodge is renowned for the timeless beauty of its landscape and the serene tranquility of its setting. Nestled amidst the acacia groves that border the crocodile-filled reaches of the Uaso Nyiro River, the lodge stands centre-stage to miles of lion-stalked grasslands, elephant-studded plains and wildlife-teeming bush.Experience the serenity and tranquillity of Samburu at the Samburu Serena Safari Lodge.(B, L, D)

DAY 7& 8: SAMBURU SERENA

Whole days at Samburu to explore. You have all the options at your disposal- either 2 game drives or, just laze by the pool and do a game drive late in the evening. Overnight at Samburu Serena Lodge

Samburu National Reserve

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 kilometre 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 Lololokwi. As for wildlife, Samburu provides one of the few sanctuaries in Kenya for the endangered Grevy’s zebra, the rare beisa oryx and the blue-shanked Somali ostrich whilst large herds of elephant roam the gaunt hills during the day before returning to bathe on the banks of the river in the evening. (B, L, D) www.serenahotels.com 

DAY 9: SAMBURU-MT.KENYA

Breakfast at the lodge. Followed by a short drive, south to the Serena Mountain Lodge for lunch. Here, you will enjoy game viewing from the comfort of your room balconies, as they come to quench their thirst the water hole and salt lick around the lodge. All meals and overnight Serena Mountain Lodge. (B, L, D)www.serenahotels.com 

DAY 10:MT.KENYA-LK. NAKURU

Leave leisurely after breakfast and drive via the Nyahururu Water Falls (Thompson Falls – commonly known as the T-falls!) stopping to view, and down the escarpment into the Great Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru National Park located right on the floor of the awe-inspiring Rift Valley. This soda lake is ridged by picturesque hills giving a wonderful view of the whole expanse of the lake and shores, drawing many aquatic birds along with the countless flamingos whose flight makes a pink cloud against blue water. Over 450 species of birds are available in this sanctuary. Lunch at your lodge will be followed by an afternoon game drive in this small game-filled Park returning at dusk for dinner and overnight at Sarova Lion Hill/ Lk. Nakuru Lodge

The landscape surrounding Lake Nakuru includes areas of marsh and grasslands alternating with rocky cliffs and outcrops, stretches of acacia woodland and rocky hillsides covered with a euphorbia forest on the eastern perimeter.

 Lake Nakuru National Park is also home to the Kenyan Rhino Conservation Project - and so is an excellent place to see rhino. The best view of the lake is from Baboon Cliffs. Set on a plateau in the Rift Valley, overlooking one of the world's greatest ornithological spectacles, Lake Nakuru, stands Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. The panoramic view from the Lodge reveals a shimmering pink glow across the Lake, created by millions of flamingos, pelicans and marabou storks; the landscape blossoms natural foliage and a startling variety of flower gardens (B, L, D)

DAY 11&12: LK. NAKURU-MASAI MARA-(SEKENANI CAMP/SEIMILAR)

After an early breakfast, continue through the Great Rift Valley floor via Narok town to the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve. Arrive at Sekenani Camp for lunch. Early afternoon spent at leisure. Late afternoon game drive in the reserve – home to the “Big Five”elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino as well as cheetah, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, hippo, impala, gazelle and numerous other wildlife including many hundreds of species of birds. Return to your Lodge at sundown for Dinner & Overnight.

You spend the next six nights/ 7 days exploring this incredible, species rich reserve-with a taste of top luxury rated accommodations.

The Masai Mara is the Jewel in the Crown of East Africa, forever to be associated with vast numbers of game - the greatest wildlife experience of all. Year round the Masai Mara Reserve is host to an enormous concentration of animals, boosted by the famous wildebeest and zebra migration during July/August/October. All the Big Cats, Elephant, Black Rhino and thousands of plains game spread out before you - it's better than the Discovery Channel because you are part of the spectacle. The birds are fantastic - from the giant Martial Eagle, to the ground Hornbill and a myriad of other diverse species.

The Mara is undoubtedly Hollywood Africa, grass plains interspersed with Migunga and Croton thickets, rolling hills and small kopjes, islands in the sea of grass abound. Small rivers feed massive fig trees on their banks. This is the northernmost extension of the Serengeti ecosystem and is a microhabitat in its own right.

Here during the months of July to December you witness the spectacle of the migration of a million and a half Wildebeest and Zebra, with all their attendant carnivores, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Hyena and possibly Wild Dog. The rest of the year is no less exciting as the Lion and Leopard remain resident and are commonly seen hunting plains game that include Thompson and Grants Gazelle, Coke's Hartebeest, Topi, Eland, Waterbuck, great herds of Wildebeest and groups of the chestnut coated Impala.  (B, L, D)

DAY 13&14: MASAI MARA (OLONANA)

Full days in the Mara with game drives (an early morning game drive and a late afternoon game drive – each of approx. 3 hrs), all meals and overnight as above (on this day, you may opt to take a balloon ride in the morning followed by a Champagne breakfast (as opposed to a game drive), an unforgettable experience at an extra cost! Possible too is a visit to a Maasai Village (Manyatta) in between the two game drives – optional at an extra minimal charge)

DAY 15&16: MASAI MARA (KAREN BLIXEN CAMP)

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DAY 17: MASAI MARA-NAIROBI- 285 Km/ 4-6hrs

After breakfast, bid farewell to the Mara, as you drive back to Nairobi-in the early afternoon. Balance of the day at leisure. We will later pick you up from the hotel for a farewell dinner. N.S. Club/ Nairobi Serena(B, D)

DAY 18: NAIROBI-DEPARTURE

Day room at a Nairobi Hotel (Serena/Safari Club), with late check out. Later on transfer to JK International airport your onward flight. (B)

Legend: (B, L, D)-B-B/Fast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner

 This safari Includes:

-Arrival and departure transfers

-02 Overnights in Nairobi on BB on day 01& 17

-Day room use on last/ day 18

-Ground transport in a custom safari cruiser, with a professional driver guide

-All transfers as per the itinerary

-15 nights on safari with meals as specified

-All accommodation in safari lodges/camps on full board while on safari

-2 game drives per day at least + all parks entrance & conservancy fees

-bottled mineral water 500 ml per day per person throughout the safari

-emergency flying doctor evacuation cover for the whole safari (in case of accidents up to a radius of 1000km ex Nairobi)

-laundry services, all beverages (alcoholic/Non-alcoholic-except premium brands), teas/ coffee at Olonana Luxury tented Camp

-complementary farewell Dinner on day 17 (Carnivore or our specially chosen Restaurant)

-All applicable taxes & government tolls

-Branded Tropical Vacations safari hats

-Stamped post cards

Excluded:

-International flights, tips, gratuities and any optional extras

-Expenses of personal nature, compulsory personal travel insurance

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