Day 1: Nairobi-The Aberdare (Tree Hotel)
Our safari begins upon arrival after briefing at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.The lush hills of Aberdare National Park are covered by Kenya’s densest forest and form the eastern flank of the Great Rift Valley. Outside the park itself we pass many ranches, coffee plantations and early European settlements. We leave our main luggage at the base hotel and continue with just our overnight bags to one famous ‘’Tree Hotels’’, deep in the Aberdare forest. On our journey to the lodge we hope to see typical forest-dwelling animals such as the black and white Colobus Monkeys. A special feature of the lodge where we stay is the floodlit watering hole where we can watch from the lodge itself throughout the night as a great variety of animals come down to drink. Different species of animals are active during the night compared to during the day and many shy species such as rhinos will only approach the lodge at night. It is fascinating to watch their behavior around the watering hole as they take turns in drinking from the watering hole and eating the salt which is put out for them at the ‘Salk Lick. In the morning we hope to have spectacular view towards jagged outline of Mt Kenya. There is also excellent bird watching from the lodge terrace into the surrounding trees. Overnight at the Lodge.
Day 2: Aberdare –Samburu Game Reserve
Driving north we pass Mount Kenya. Africa’s second highest at 17,000 feet. The massive size of this mountain and its gleaming and eroded snow-covered multiple peaks means that Mount Kenya dominates the surrounding countryside and even affects local climate. This is also the traditional homeland of the Kikuyu people to Samburu Game Reserve in a Semi-desert area of Kenya. Samburu is located on the Ewaso Nyiro River. In this dry land, the forested riverbanks are excellent areas to see wildlife, as all animals congregate here to drink, especially at dusk and early in the morning. This afternoon we take a game drive in the park. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 3: Samburu Game Reserve
Early morning and afternoon game drives in Samburu Game Reserve, which covers 40 square miles.Ololokwe table mountains forms a dramatic backdrop to our game viewing today. In Samburu we are sure to see elephants, warthogs, and buffalo which can’t be seen in many of Kenya’s parks, but we should also see animals not found on other parks. These include Grevy’s zebra, which has much narrower and more numerous stripes than the common (Burchell’s) zebra. Samburu is also a home of to the third of Kenya’s giraffe species-the reticulated giraffe. This is also our best chance to see the blue-legged Somali ostrich, the long-necked gerenuk gazelle and the straight-horned Beisa Oryx antelope. Down by the river we hope to see crocodiles and hippos, as well as many beautiful birds. All meals at the lodge.
Day 4: Samburu Game Reserve-Mount Kenya (Chimpanzee Sanctuary)
We drive back south from Samburu to the Equator and the slopes of Mount Kenya. Although situated on the equator, Mount Kenya is permanently covered in glaciers and snow. Here we stay at the Sweetwaters Game Reserve. This very special 23,000 acre wildlife sanctuary was originally established to protect and breed highly-endangered Black rhinos. In 1994 the Jane Goodall Institute established the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary within the game reserve and moved a large group of chimps here from the unstable situation in their native West Africa. This afternoon we have a game drive in the reserve and tour the Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Optional Camel ride or a Night Game drive. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 5: Sweetwaters – Rift Valley Lakes (Lake Nakuru)
This morning we drive across the equator and descend the Nyandarua Escarpment into the Great Rift Valley and visit Thomson Falls. The Valley floor in Kenya is studded with volcanoes and seven lakes. These lakes fluctuate greatly in size according to the quality of the rains during the monsoons each year, sometimes drying up altogether. Arrive in time for lunch. This afternoon we take a game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park often described as the world’s biggest ornithological spectacle. This lake is famous for its flocks of over one million Greater and Lesser Flamingoes. The abundance of these birds is due to the alkaline mineral salts in the water, which support vast blooms of the blue-green algae and diatoms on which the flamingoes feed. As well as seeing many large game animals such as zebras, elephants and gazelles, this is one of our best chances of seeing rhinos. These highly endangered animals are the second largest land animals in the world. Lake Nakuru National Park was the first place in Kenya selected as a rhino reserve. Here is one of the few places where we can see Rothschild’s giraffes. Overnight at the Lodge.
Day 6: Lake Nakuru – Lake Naivasha – Nairobi-Departure
After breakfast depart for Nairobi with game drive en-route.Arrive in Nairobi and transferred to the Airport for your international flight.
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- Airport transfers and assistances
- Accommodation on full board basis on safari
- Extra meals as indicated
- Complimentary bottle of mineral water provided in our vehicle on safari , per person per day
- Our assistances
- Use of a safari minibus with open pop-up roof, seating up to a maximum of 7 persons
- The services of an English speaking driver-guide
- Park fees for the driver-guide and minibus , fuel
- All game drives and visits as indicated on the program
- International flights and Visa fees & Departure taxes if applicable
- Park entrance fee
- Tips and porterages
- Drinks and Laundry
- Extra visits not indicated
- Personal Medical and Travel Insurance