LAX at 4:55 p.m. routing through Istanbul and arriving in
Nairobi on July 29th at 2:25 am
clearing with customs and immigration, our safari vans will
be waiting for us. We will load up and begin our drive to
the first safari camp.
at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Turkish Airlines
607 you will met by our Tour Guide - Anthony and later board
our Safari minivans and depart Nairobi driving north past
the lush pineapple, coffee and tea plantation in Kenya's
reach highland arriving Aberdare Country Club, base hotel
for the tree lodge in time for lunch. After lunch transfer
in lodge vehicles to The Ark located right in the Aberdare
National Park with small overnight bags while the rest of
baggage is left at the base hotel. The decks and balconies
at the Ark are geared towards affording easy game viewing
Ark Lodge. Meals HB: Lunch & Dinner. Distance: Nairobi -
Aberdare: 180 km / 2.5 hours.
breakfast at the Ark you rejoin your driver guide and drive
north to reach Samburu Shaba Lodge arriving in time for
Lunch. Lunch and leisurely
afternoon before enjoying scheduled evening game drive in
Samburu where Joy Adamson, author of Born Free spent her
final years, returning a leopard to the wild. This was the
subject of her final book, Queen of Shaba. Overnight: Sarova
Shaba Game Lodge. This
is a wonderful lodge with a very nice pool. There is a river
running right next to the lodge with lots of wildlife and
alligators.Visit the banks of the Ewaso
Nyiro River, in the heart of Shaba National Reserve, famous
for the Out of Africa film by Joy Adamson.
It has now been made famous once again with the shooting
of the third edition of Americaís television phenomenon,
SURVIVOR having been filmed on this location.
Meals FB: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Distance: Aberdare
- Samburu: 220 km / 3 hours.
July 31st Today depart for full
day game watching to the Buffalo Springs & Samburu National
Reserve. Buffalo Springs is linked to Samburu to the south
by a bridge crossing the Ewaso Ng'iro which was built in
1964. It shares much of the same wildlife as Samburu but
intriguingly is also home to the common zebra not found
just over the bridge on the north side of the river. A
crater in the park was created by some misjudged bombing
by an Italian pilot in the Second World War. It has since
become a clear water pool and is apparently safe to swim
in. Vegetation is limited to a narrow stretch of doum palms
tamarind and some woodland bordering the Ewaso Ng'iro River.
Away from this is hot dusty scrubland and acacia woodland.
Termite mounds and weaver bird nests are common Samburu
Some mammals are well adapted to this desolate landscape and
are rarely seen in less harsh climes. The rare Grevy's zebra,
Beisa Oryx and reticulated giraffe are among these. Crocodile and hippo dwell in the river. The long necked gerenuk or 'giraffe
necked antelope' as it's also known, can often be seen on
its hind legs seeking food from desiccated bushes. Leopards
are rarely seen, birdlife however proliferates with large
flocks of guinea fowl drinking from the riverbanks in the
Overnight: Sarova Shaba Game Lodge. Meals
FB: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
1st Samburu/Lake Nakuru. Leave after breakfast
and drive past the Northern tip of the Aberdare mountains
with a brief stopover at the Equator where you'll be able
to experience the warmth of an annual warm temperature and
feel the exhilaration that comes with knowing you're standing
in the Middle of the world. Drive further into the floor
of the great rift valley to descend into the Great Rift
Valley where Lake Nakuru is located. Lunch at Sarova Lion
Hill Lodge and later game drive visit the famous bird sanctuary
in Lake Nakuru National Park. Lake Nakuru National Park
is famous for its abundant birdlife. The Park offers a great
chance to see thousands of greater & lesser flamingoes,
pelicans around the shores of the lake alongside abundant
mammals that include endangered rothchild giraffe, black
& white rhino, buffaloes, waterbuck, elands, zebras among
Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. Meals FB: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Distance: Samburu - Lake Nakuru: 345 km / 5.5 hours.
August 2nd-Lake Nakuru /Maasai
Mara. Depart Lake Nakuru after breakfast driving through
the floor of the Great Rift Valley arriving Maasai Mara
for lunch. Lunch and leisurely afternoon before enjoying
scheduled evening game drive. Maasai Mara Reserve is the
most popular reserve known for the big skies, open savannahs
as featured in the film ''Out of Africa''. Also accorded
the status of the seventh wonder of the world because of
the annual wildebeest migration, where over 2 millions of
wildebeest cross from Serengeti to the Mara. Besides these
the reserve boasts of the ''big five'' (elephant, rhino,
buffalo, lion & leopard) plus plenty of plain wild animals
that include zebra, giraffe, impala, topi, giraffe, thomson's
gazelle, hyenas, cheetah, jackal, bat-eared foxes and birdlife.
No wonder it is the shooting sight for BBC Big Cat Diary
Sarova Mara Camp. Meals FB: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Distance:
Lake Nakuru / Maasai Mara: 350 km / 5.5 hours.
3rd- Maasai Mara Full Day. Today you will do a full
day's safari in one of the world's most famous reserves
visiting Mara River where the annual migration will be happening.
Maasai Mara offers an abundance of herbivores, this makes
the ideal hunting ground for Kenya's famous 'big cats' and
hosts her largest population of lions. Historically teeming
with wildlife, the Mara is famous for the large herds of
elephant and buffalo that wander its plains, and for the
annual migration of the wildebeest.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Overnight: Sarova Mara Camp.
4th - Maasai Mara / Lake Naivasha. Today wake
up early for morning game drive and amazing Africa sunrise
to the camp for full breakfast and check out. Afterwards
we descend down towards the Great Rift Valley arrival at
Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge in time for a delicious hot lunch.
The remainder of the afternoon will be at your leisure,
with the opportunity for optional nature walk, boat ride
for bird feeding, or simply relaxing by the swimming pool.
Naivasha Sopa Lodge. Meals FB: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Distance: Maasai Mara / Lake Naivasha: 200 km /4 hours.
5th - Lake
Naivasha / Nairobi. After breakfast depart for 2 hour boat
ride at Lake Naivasha. Afterwards drive back
to Nairobi stopping enroute at the Great Rift Valley view
point for photo session. Later drive through the highlands
of Nairobi arriving in time for lunch at Karen Blixen Coffee
Gardens. Afterwards we depart for brief Nairobi city tour
and into to the Nairobi Stanley to refresh up before transfer
to the Nairobi
- "THE BEAST OF FEAST" for Dinner.
Masai Mara Balloon Ride:
those going for the balloon safari, you
will be going for the early morning balloon, you
will be picked at the hotel by the Balloon Company
at 5.30am and drive to the balloon launch site
where you will gather for takeoff. Enjoy early
morning ballooning over the plains, getting a
birdís eye view of the game below as the sun creeps
slowly over the horizon. After approximately one
hour aloft, the balloon lands while a breakfast
is being prepared for us nearby. The smell
of bacon, sausages and eggs drift on the breeze
as we sample exotic Kenyan fruits and homemade
pastries and, if you wish, glasses of bubbly to
toast our flight, a tradition initiated by the
is an optional tour:. Cost Person: $400
Nairobi we will have an option to visit the
David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. The Orphanage
helps to save the lives of
who are ultimately released back into the wild is just
some of the many wildlife commitments The
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is involved in. This is
a special after hours tour. There is a cost of $60 but
for that cost you will become an elephant adopter for
that fee. Again, this is an optional tour.
the evening we will enjoy a special farewell dinner
at famous Carnivore restaurant. After dinner you
will be transferred
to the Stanley Hotel.
Breakfast at the Stanley hotel. 3 am- Transfer to the
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your homebound
flight Turkish Airlines 608 departing at 5 am hrs.
Base fare $889.00 plus taxes $611.30= $1500.30
(taxes are subject to change up until ticketing)
Airlines 76 Departure: Los Angeles 27JUL/455P Arrival:Istanbul
Flight:Turkish Airlines 607 Departure: Istanbul Ataturk
28JUL/740P Arrival:Nairobi 29JUL/225A
Turkish Airlines 608 Departure:Nairobi 06AUG/500A Arrival:Istanbul
Turkish Airlines 9 Departure:Istanbul Ataturk 06AUG/225P
Arrival:Los Angeles 06AUG/620P
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