9 Days Nairobi/Tsavo/Amboseli/Nanyuki/

 

DAY 1: NAIROBI-TSAVO WEST: 275 Kms 3 hrs  L, D

An early morning departure from Nairobi to Tsavo West. This huge park is home to a wide variety of animals including many elephant and plains game. Entering via Mtito Andei Gate, we game drive en route –passing Shetani lava flows to Kilaguni lodge for lunch. Lunch is followed by an afternoon game drive in this vast park. Dinner and an overnight stay at Kilaguni Serena.

Located on a ridge that commands magnificent sweeping views of the Chyulu Hills at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilaguni was the first safari lodge ever to be built in a national park and has long been a favourite of international tourists. It was opened in 1962 and has been under Serena management since December 1999.

Taking its name from a Kamba word meaning ‘young rhino’, the lodge is located in the middle of the worldrenowned Tsavo National Park: an area covering 20,720 square kilometres that boasts a huge population of elephants.

DAY 2: TSAVO WEST-AMBOSELI. 105 Kms,  1 ¼ hrs  B, L, D

After breakfast at the lodge, drive through magnificent scenery and herds of wild animals to Amboseli national park. The park lies at the base of snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro and is renowned for its large population of elephant. Amboseli is in the centre of Maasai land, and during your drive you will pass Maasai warriors and herdsmen who continue with their nomadic life, apparently oblivious to the modern world. Lunch will be served at Amboseli Serena. An evening game drive is followed by dinner and an overnight stay at the Amboseli Serena lodge.

DAY 3: AMBOSELI.

Breakfast at Amboseli Serena Lodge. After breakfast, proceed for a morning game viewing drive. Return to the lodge for lunch. After lunch, it’s a further evening game drive in search of herds of elephants, plains game and the several bird species that are resident in this park.  Dinner and overnight at Amboseli Serena

Nestled in the foothills of Kilimanjaro, hidden beneath a copse of giant acacia trees and beside a gently flowing natural spring lies Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge. With Kilimanjaro’s 6,000-meter-high snow-capped peaks rising behind the lodge and presiding over the landscape, which boasts more big game than almost anywhere else in Africa, the setting is nothing short of magnificent.

Inspired by local Masai architecture, the design of the lodge is in total harmony with the environment. Each guest room conveys a distinctive Masai Manyatta mood and is furnished with authentic African murals painted by a local artist.

 

DAY 4: AMBOSELI-NAIROBI. 250 Kms 2 ½ hrs

A morning game drive gives you the chance to observe more animals and to enjoy the unusual birdlife at the Amboseli swamp. The evocative spectacle of Mt. Kilimanjaro towering above flat topped acacia trees and herds of elephant is a memory to treasure. Return to the lodge for breakfast followed by a return drive to Nairobi. A picnic lunch break at the Nairobi Serena.

NAIROBI- NANYUKI (SWEETWATERS) -165 KM, 1 ¼ HRS    -D, B

Breakfast at the Nairobi Serena Hotel., continue, heading North through lush agricultural farmlands and homesteads and passing the Equator to Nanyuki’s Sweetwater’s Luxury Tented camp. Afternoon game viewing drive in the Sanctuary. Dinner and overnight at the Sweetwaters Tented Camp

DAY 5: SWEETWATERS.   -B, L, D

Breakfast at the Sweet Waters tented Camp. Morning and afternoon game viewing drives in the Sanctuary. One of the four private game reserves in Kenya, Sweetwaters excels in the provision of privileged seclusion and private game viewing. Lunch, dinner and overnight at the Sweetwaters tented Camp.

A sheltered oasis, clustered around a waterhole and set in the pristine calm of its own private reserve, Sweetwaters Tented Camp is in a class of its own. Abounding with wildlife, unfettered by the more rigorous strictures of the Kenyan National Parks and designed to offer a charming blend of under canvas ambiance and uncompromising luxury, it has long been the preferred retreat of wilderness and safari lovers alike. 

One of only four private game reserves in Kenya, Sweetwaters excels in the provision of privileged seclusion and private game viewing. Thanks to its private status it also allows such unforgettable pleasures as night game drives, guided bush walks and both horse or camel riding across its game-teaming plains.

DAY 6: SWEETWATERS-SAMBURU. 155 KM, 1 HR - B, L, D

Breakfast at the Sweetwaters Tented Camp, followed by a farewell drive further north to Samburu game reserve. Game drive en route to your lodge. Check in at Samburu Serena lodge, followed by an early lunch. It’s a siesta before an introductory afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at the Accommodation: Samburu Serena Lodge.

Situated on the fertile banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, in the centre of the Samburu Game Reserve in Kenya's rugged, semi-arid Northern Province, Samburu Serena Safari Lodge echoes the robust rhythms of riverfront life. This beautiful and serene lodge was inspired by the architecture of the indigenous Samburu tribe and blends into the verdant environment by making full use of native materials. Thatched cabins built using exotic African woods create an escapist atmosphere. The lodge has a spacious swimming pool for cooling down in the heat of the day and a special game-viewing verandah.

 DAY 7: SAMBURU GAME RESERVE.  – B, L, D

Breakfast at the lodge. Today, you have a full day to explore this ruggedly beautiful nature reserve. A morning and afternoon game drive in the reserve should reveal the unique wildlife found only in this northern frontier reserve. Return to the lodge later in the evening 1830hrs for dinner and overnight stay. Accommodation: Samburu Serena Lodge

Samburu and Shaba National Reserves are hot and dry, a classic example of arid habitat - a semi desert region of scattered scrub vegetation traversed by rivers, which are often little more than a wide sand bed. Only the Ewaso Nyiro River provides a year round source of water and it is here that the game eventually gathers into concentrations that make good game viewing. Elephants are the main attraction and there are buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah as well as reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, Grevy's zebra, Oryx and other species of arid habitats

DAY 8: SAMBURU-MT. LODGE. 215 KM, 3 HRS  - B,L,D

Breakfast at the Samburu Serena. We game drive as we exit Samburu Reserve further south to reach Serena Mountain Lodge in time for lunch. The balance of the day is spent at leisure, after days of thrilling game viewing drives. Here, you view game as they come to quench their thirst from the lodge’s water hole, from a specially constructed bunker. Overnight at Serena Mountain Lodge.

Located at 2,194 meters on the slopes of Mount Kenya, Serena Mountain Lodge is surrounded by a dense rainforest that comes alive at dusk with a myriad of sounds that make the African bush so special and exhilarating. Considered the most spectacular forest waterhole in the Aberdares, the lodge’s waterhole presents a constant ballet of wildlife.

This stunning area is towered over by the rocky peaks of Mount Kenya and prides itself in having one of the most consistently high records of big game ‘visits’ and sightings. Elephant, buffalo, rhino and waterbuck are regular sights on the evening and day game drives.

At any other time of the day you can spot game in the specially-constructed viewing bunker that is connected to the lodge by a short tunnel. Here you will get spectacularly close to the animals that feed at the waterhole. A spacious verandah also overlooks the waterhole where there is never a dull moment.

Arrangements can be made for forest walks that are a unique experience with their on-foot sightings of game and bird life. These walks can even be prolonged to the top of Mount Kenya for the very daring and sporty.

DAY 9: MT. LODGE-NAIROBI - 165 KM, 2 ¼ hrs - B

Breakfast at the lodge followed by departure drive to Nairobi. Arrive Nairobi in the early afternoon. Please note that day room/ lunch is not included today!

This Safari Cost includes:

-return airport transfers in Nairobi

-1 lunch at Nairobi Serena

-01 night accommodation in Nairobi (BB)

-Ground transport in a custom safari van while on safari

-All park and reserve entry fees

- with meals as specified while on safari

-Game drives as per itinerary

-Services of an English speaking driver guide

-Complementary 500 ml bottled mineral water for the safari

-Emergency evacuation cover

-Authentic branded safari hat

  Cost excludes:

-international flights, visa fees, travel insurance and all items of personal nature

-tips to guides, porters and loaders

-any deviations from or anything not mentioned in the itinerary

-airport departure taxes payable direct

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