Day 1: Nairobi – Samburu
Pick up from the Airport at 5.30 am by our professional driver guide and travel by road to Kenya’s northern frontier. Wild and rugged, Samburu is fiercely beautiful with its arid savannahs watered by the lovely Uaso Nyiro River. It is also one of Kenya’s most protected areas and home to species only found north of the equator, from the reticulated giraffe to Grevy’s zebras and Beisa Oryx. We also enjoy Samburu Intrepids Camp, our luxurious hostelry set beneath a canopy of acacia trees along the banks of the river. Dinner and overnight at the Samburu Intrepids Camp.
Day 2: Samburu Game Reserve
Dawn breaks in golden bands as we start our day in the bush by scanning the river from our tent’s veranda with a cup of steaming coffee in hand. Before the dew is off the grass, we’re off in pursuit of the elephants, lions, leopards, and cheetahs that thrive in the reserve’s grasslands and acacia woodlands. And so the day is spent in alternating pursuits of exploration in the bush and relaxation in our cozy camp. Dinner and overnight at the camp.
Day 3: Samburu – Aberdare National Park
Wake up early morning for a full breakfast as we check out of the camp for our destination the Aberdare National Park. We travel overland south from Samburu to The Aberdare Country Club, nestled on the slopes of Mweiga Hill. After lunch and high tea, set off for the Ark tree lodge, located in the forest on mountain slopes of the Aberdare Mountains at 7,000 feet. This outstanding lodge offers high altitude game viewing, including animals that are rarely encountered elsewhere: giant forest hog, bush pig, tree hyrax, large spotted genet, and the elusive bongo.
Wildlife can be observed from different levels – and from outside where you can see, hear and smell everything and inside where you can sit with a cup of tea and stay warm and cozy. You can put in a request to be awakened during the night if your favorite animals show up. A herd of Elephants might be just feet away and if you are lucky, a Leopard or large male Lion might put in an appearance. Dinner and overnight at Aberdares The Ark Hotel.
Day 4: Aberdare National Park – Lake Baringo via lake Bogoria
Our destination today is Lake Baringo via Lake Bogoria. As a freshwater Lake it is home to hippos, crocodiles and an abundance of fish and birds, but it does not have flamingoes, as these feed on the algae specific to soda lakes.
Despite this, it is most famous as an ornithologist’s paradise, with 500 bird species, many of which are extremely rare or otherwise only seen in this area. An Afternoon boat ride on the lake enables us to view hippos and birds. Dinner and overnight at Lake Baringo Island Camp.
Day 5: Lake Baringo – Lake Nakuru National Park
Today we travel to the exotic Lake Nakuru National Park located in the Great Rift Valley. After lunch an exciting game run is planned for the afternoon. The game in this park is plentiful and the magnificent bird watching will make a devotee out of even the most reluctant. The Park is a home to stunning flocks of lesser and Greater Flamingos, which literally turn the lakeshores in to a magnificent pink stretch. The bird life here is world renown and over 400 bird’s species exist here, White Pelicans, Plovers, Egrets and Marabou Stork. It is also one of the very few places in Africa to see the white Rhino and rare Rothschild Giraffe. Dinner and overnight at the Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge.
Day 6: Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara Game Reserve
This morning we drive through the dramatic Great Rift Valley to the Masai Mara National Reserve. This enormous reserve is actually part of the vast Serengeti plains famously known for its spectacular great wildebeest’s migration and is home of the Big Five: Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo and Rhino. Lunch at our Lodge and relax before departing for the afternoon game run.
The Mara Game Reserve-one of the greatest wildernesses of the world. Large mammals are varied, and easy to see. Residents among the Park’s are: Masai Giraffe, Buffalo, Eland and thousand of plain game including Impala, Zebra, Topi, both Thomson’s and grants Gazelles. Dinner and overnight at Mara Serena Game Lodge.
Day 7: Discover Masai Mara
The search for great predators and perhaps even cubs continues today during extensive game runs. On the plains are enormous herds of grazing animals plus the elusive cheetah and leopard hiding amidst acacia boughs. During our stay we also have an optional opportunity to visit a village of the Masai people to witness the singing and dancing that are part of their daily lives and sacred rituals. A glimpse into their homes and social structure is a poignant experience. Dinner and overnight at the Mara Serena Lodge.
Day 8: Masai Mara – Lake Naivasha
Depart the Maasai Mara with a game drive en route to our next destination Lake Naivsaha Sopa Lodge. We arrive in time for lunch at our lodge by the lake and early afternoon, we take a nature walk at Crescent Island is an excellent way to see wild animals while on foot. The Island is a private game sanctuary, which is home to zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, Vervet monkeys, hares, genet cats, waterbuck and giraffe. Or you may wish to lounge by the pool admiring the view of zebras, Giraffes and waterbuck just outside the fence. Dinner and overnight at the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge.
Day 9: Lake Naivasha – Amboseli National Park
Amboseli is our destination today – home to the legendary Masai tribesmen and famous for huge herds of Elephant. Amboseli is big game country: Lion, Cheetah, antelope, Zebra, Wildebeest, buffalo and giraffe – arriving in time for lunch. The afternoon game run is planned to introduce you to intense beauty and drama that fill each day here. Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro – can be seen from all the our Lodge the Ol Tukai Lodge. Dinner and overnight at the Ol Tukai Lodge.
Day 10: Amboseli National Park
Rising early for good views of Mount Kilimanjaro before clouds build up over the summit, we set off for another stimulating game drive. Amboseli is an excellent place to view a multitude of wildlife, including everything from Wildebeest to Giraffes to Baboons.
Optional visit to a Masai village is planned after breakfast. Masai warriors are famously known as the proud nomadic tribe whose legendary prowess in battle and single-handed acts of bravery in fights with the wild animals are known across the world. A visit reveals the singing and dancing that are part of their daily lives and sacred rituals. A glimpse into their homes and social structure is a poignant experience. Midday finds us at our lodge for lunch and afternoon rest, followed by another extensive evening game drive. Dinner and overnight at Ol Tukai Lodge.
Day 11: Amboseli National Park – Nairobi
Wake up early morning for a cup of coffee/tea and embark on an early morning game drive for your last chance to see wild animals and experience the wilderness. Return to the lodge for full breakfast and checkout departing Amboseli for Nairobi arriving in time for our flight.