Cultural Excursion

Classic Big Five Wildlife Adventure

Nairobi, Kenya

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Prices From: $2,298 per person

Immerse yourself in the wilderness of Kenya’s finest wildlife parks with vast wilderness, untamed wildlife and beautiful landscapes. Samburu, Aberdare, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara are truly magical destinations that represent the best in wildlife viewing. The crocodile infested Ewaso Nyiro River gives life to the semi-arid Samburu National Reserve which supports varied wildlife including endemic species such as Beisa Oryx, Gerenuk, and Grevy’s Zebra. Aberdare forest’s cool and moist climate is a complete contrast to Samburu. A stay at the famous ‘tree hotel’, the Treetops Lodge, offers a truly unique game viewing experience.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Nairobi - Samburu

Depart Kenya and drive approximately 6 hours to Samburu Game Reserve. After lunch you'll set off for an afternoon game drive. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Samburu Sopa Lodge (Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 2 - Samburu

Embark on a full day of game driving in Samburu. Samburu reserve is arid bush country whose lifeline is the Uaso Nyiro river that flows through the reserve. Some endemic animals found here are found nowhere else on our tour circuit. These include the Grevy zebra, oryx and gerenuk. Along the river, marked by Doum palms, we may find lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, crocodile etc.

Overnight: Samburu Sopa Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 3 - Samburu - Aberdares

Breakfast and then check out and drive past Mt Kenya to the Aberdare Mountain for lunch at Outspan Hotel followed by transfer to Treetops Lodge inside the Aberdare National Park. In the evening you will watch elephants and other animals as they congregate at the waterhole.

Overnight: Treetops Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 4 - Aberdares - Lake Nakuru

Descend into the Great Rift Valley and drive to Lake Nakuru for game drives. Lake Nakuru is a world famous bird and rhino sanctuary where thousands of flamingos congregate to feed on Spirulina platensis, a blue-green algae that grows naturally in the lake. Found here as well are plenty of other interesting wildlife and birds such as the white rhino, leopard, lion, waterbuck, buffalo, impala, warthog, pelicans and a plethora of other birds.

Overnight: Maili Saba Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 5 - Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara

Morning game drive as we leave the park. Transfer to Masai Mara arriving in time for lunch and afternoon game drive. This park is arguably Kenya's finest wildlife sanctuary. The Masai Mara Game Reserve lies in South Western Kenya bordering Serengeti National Park, on the Tanzania border. The wildlife is abundant and the gentle rolling grasslands ensures that animals are never out of sight. Game includes rhinos, wildebeests and lions among others.

Overnight: Ol Moran Tented Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 6 - Masai Mara

Enjoy a full day of game driving in the Mara. In the dry season the reserve is a major concentration area of migratory herbivores including zebra and wildebeest. There are also gazelle, elephant, topi, buffalo, lion (Kenya's largest population), black rhino, hippo, hyena, giraffe, leopard, and mongoose. Birds are prolific too, including migrant birds and 57 species of birds of prey.

Overnight: Ol Moran Tented Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 7 - Masai Mara - Nairobi Departure

Sadly today marks the end of your exciting safari. Transfer to Nairobi for your ongoing departure.

Accommodation Information

Samburu Sopa Lodge

The lodge is built atop raised ground allowing panoramic views of the distant Samburu hills to one side and El Ndonyo Keri (Samburu name for Mt. Kenya) on the other. The lodge is the only one with a waterhole in Samburu which allow animal viewing right in front of the lobby, and can also be seen from bedroom verandahs. Thirty cottages forming a buffalo horn pattern converge at the public facilities area, leaving one side open for the free movement of wildlife accessing the waterhole. The architecture blends in with the area, keeping the traditional style of housing of the local Samburu people. Each cottage has two tastefully appointed bedrooms, each with two queen size beds, shower and private verandah. Local material has been used in the construction, furnishings and interior decoration. High ceilings and space ensure that the rooms are airy and comfortable.

Treetops Lodge

Originally opened in 1932, this historical lodge is celebrating its 80th birthday and has undergone major renovation in celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubiliee and re-opened on the 1st April 2012. Located in the Aberdare National Park and managed by Aberdare Safari Hotels, what started as a basic 2 bedroom Tree house where Queen Elizabeth spent a night on 5th February 1952, is now a luxurious game viewing tree lodge.

Maili Saba Camp

The Maili Saba Camp is a sanctuary of tranquility and conviviality that rejects the rigidity of modern life. Tucked away on the edge of the magnificent, dormant, Menengai Crater, the camp accommodates only twenty pampered guests at a time. The warm casual atmosphere and secure environment of the camp are located just twenty minutes from lake Nakuru National Park. Each, grass thatched tented banda, has its own unique view on the crater. The banda’s are all equipped with comfortable beds, a pleasant verandah or private terrace. Rinse of the safari dust under your spacious shower with all required facilities. Oil lamps set a romantic mood in the rustic restaurant and bar while during breakfast you can enjoy the magnificent, silent, crater view. Whether huddled over steaming morning coffee or savoring sundowners on your exclusive verandah, indulging in fresh home cooked dishes of western and Swahili influenced meals, or just taking a plunge in the infinity pool, you will enjoy the African simplicity and astonishing views.

Ol Moran Tented Camp

This is an exclusive tented camp for those who want to be true to a wild experience. The camp is situated within the Masai Mara Eco-system and on the banks of Ololaimutia River which is a watering point for most wild animals, especially elephants, buffalos, and antelopes. The annual wildebeast and zebra migration combined with untold numbers of wildlife makes this Kenya's most popular inland destination. Meals are buffet style, and can be enjoyed either in the dining area or under the shade of indigenous trees. The culinary affair is indeed one to delight the senses. Game viewing is done in custom designed 4x4 Toyota land cruisers and land rovers. It’s a rewarding experience all year round. The resident naturalist will guide you on a nature walk explaining the flora and fauna of the surrounding eco-system and the culture of the masai community.

Location

Region: Africa - Eastern and Southern

Address:
Nairobi
Kenya

Amenities/Activities

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General Information

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in charming lodges and safari tented camps
  • All meals for duration of safari
  • Professional English-speaking guide: all guides are local experts and have also taken several language and wildlife courses
  • All National Park entrance and camp site fees
  • Private vehicle during safari
  • Full support before, during & after your trip

Price Excludes

  • International & domestic flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation before and after the safari in Nairobi
  • Taxes and fees
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Expenditure on all drinks
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Expenses of a purely personal nature