Experience the highlights of Kenya with a custom itinerary that will enable you to see as much as you can during your stay. Your adventure begins with a visit to Nakuru National Park, before making your way through Hell's Gate and arriving at the famed Masai Mara.
On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, you will be met by our local travel representative and given a short safari briefing before being transferred Sunbird Lodge, located one hour’s drive from Nairobi, in Lake Naivasha.
After check in, you will have time to relax in your room or take a walk before lunch is served in the dining room. Sunbird lodge provides you with comfortable and eco-friendly luxury in a wonderfully picturesque setting that is quiet and uninterrupted. The Lodge overlooks Lake Elementaita and has fabulous bird life. Each private bungalow is fitted with huge glass sliding doors with an impeccable view, large bed and huge shower.
After a hearty breakfast, you will set out on a full day’s game drive to Lake Nakuru National park. The lake is situated in the middle of the national park to which it gives its name. Teeming with wildlife the park has so much to offer. Lions, buffalos, as well as many rhinos, call this corner of Kenya home and a game drive around the park is always rewarding. If you are lucky you may even spot a leopard relaxing in a tree beside the lake. After a game-packed day, you will drive back to Sunbird Lodge in time to enjoy the sunset over the lake, before sitting down for dinner and toasting to the day’s adventures.
This morning drive to Hell's Gate National Park. The Park is famous for its wide open grassy plains and towering cliffs offering an amazing walking or Mountain Biking experience alongside giraffe, eland, buffalo and a variety of small plains game like gazelles and antelopes. Fischer's Tower and Central Tower are high rocky towers formed of semi-molten rock. The walk through the gorge is an amazing experience, follow the spring (it can sometimes be slippery in the gorge) through the water eroded walls which are narrow in places and pass through small waterfalls, hot water springs, and interesting rock formations. Back at Sunbird Lodge, enjoy lunch and thereafter you will have a relaxed afternoon, away from the maddening crowds. You can take a dip in the lodge’s refreshing pool or even enjoy a walk down to the lake.
Wake up early to have breakfast and proceed to Samburu National Park where you will be hosted at the Elephant Bedroom Camp. After lunch, relax and spend the rest of the afternoon game watching. The area around the life- giving Ewaso Nyiro River along which the camp is set is home to the rare and beautiful species of Northern Kenya such as Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk gazelle and the Somali ostrich. Elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and other plains game are also abundant here.
In the mornings you are woken up with tea or coffee, and a selection of freshly baked biscuits which should see you through your morning activity before returning to camp and a full breakfast. Afterwards spend the full day in the game reserve. Samburu National Reserve is situated alongside the Ewaso Nyiro River which attracts plenty of animals from the surrounding plains and various other habitats such as acacia, river forest, thorn trees and grasslands. Large herds of elephants, reticulated giraffes, buffalo and gerenuks and frequent spotting of big cats form part of the reserve’s large and diverse wildlife population. You will also be privileged to see the red –robed Samburu tribesmen bringing their cattle down to the river to drink.
Today you will be transferred to the airstrip for your Flight from Samburu to the famous Masai Mara. On arrival at the Mara airstrip, you will be transferred to the Sentinel Eco Camp in time for lunch.
After Lunch there will be time for an afternoon siesta and an evening game drive, followed by a drink as you watch the Mara’s spectacular sunset, rounding off a fabulous day on safari. Return to Camp as dusk settles. In time for a traditional bucket shower and a drink around the camp fire.
Spend two days exploring this majestic park with its large diversity of beautiful scenery, including its meandering rivers, towering escarpments and rolling grasslands that provide the perfect habitat for the abundance of game, including the Big Five – lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and black rhino. In the morning, there is the opportunity to rise early and experience a game viewing adventure from an entirely different perspective! A hot air balloon safari across the Masai Mara (at additional cost) which takes off in the crisp morning air, and lasts for approximately an hour, allows for a beautifully peaceful experience floating silently high above plains, forests and rivers. Otherwise if you have not booked a balloon ride, after breakfast you will drive across the mara plains in search of the big five and other plains game. Keep your eyes peeled as you hunt for the last members on your “must see” list.
After breakfast and check out, you will be driven to the nearest airstrip to catch your scheduled flight to Nairobi. You will find our local representative and a driver waiting for you at the Wilson airport, ready for your transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) for your outbound travel. We hope you enjoyed your experience and we wish you a safe and pleasant flight home.
Sunbird Lodge is located in the Great Rift Valley, one of the wonders of the world directly on the shore of the “pink” Lake Elementaita. This rustic lodge is less than one and a half hours from Nairobi and only a few minutes off the new and superb Nairobi - Nakuru highway. The property is set on a very good, private access road, overlooking the vast, unspoiled plains. Located on private land, there are no park or conservation fees. Following excellent roads, the lodge is only 20 minutes to the famous Nakuru National Park, 30 minutes from Lake Naivasha and 45 minutes from Hells Gate National Park.
Elephant Bedroom Camp offers luxury in a setting of breathtaking beauty. It is set along the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River and shaded by doum palms and other trees that make up this green belt of riverine forest in Samburu National Reserve. The surrounding Samburu National Reserve is an area of spectacular scenery; its dry plains bisected by the meandering river, with the backdrop of Africa's dramatic mountains, including Mt Kenya. The spacious tents have rustic and colorful African touches, offering all the comforts; including a private plunge pool on the deck, hot and cold running water, electricity (and complimentary herbal shower and bath products.) The lounge and dining area is decorated with vibrant safari style, its soft intimate lighting assuring that this is the ultimate place to relax in between exciting game drives. Elephant, Monkeys, Impalas are amongst the camp's many regular wild visitors, whilst Samburu National Reserve has a good number of lions and leopards.
Sentinel Camp is set up each season in a forest along the banks of the Mara River in one of the prime areas of the renowned Masai Mara National Reserve. All seven luxury tents are river facing with en suite facilities with hot showers and flush toilets. Guests are offered personalized attention, a personal Masai Askari and porter to every 2 tents. The experience of being in the wild coupled with luxury and attention to detail is the finest way to enjoy the magic and mystery of the African wilderness with its amazing wildlife.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.