Nairobi, Amboseli, Mt Kenya, Nakuru, Maasai Mara, Nairobi, Mombasa.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Jomo Kenyatta International Airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.|
Day 1: Nairobi / Amboseli
You will then drive straight to Amboseli National Park.
The Uniqueness of our safari vehicles
- Experienced driver Guide
- Open roof for photography
- Everyone guaranteed a window seat
- Its 4 x 4 and can perform well in rough terrain and when it’s rainy
Arrive at the Amboseli Serena Lodge in time for lunch with game drive en route
Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge enjoys a uniquely privileged position at the heart of this world-famous national park.
Secluded within a grove of acacia trees, the lodge looks out over the golden savannah plains, with uninterrupted views of the mountain itself. Close by are a series of emerald green swamps, which are fed by the melting snows of Kilimanjaro. These, the only sources of water in this otherwise starkly beautiful but arid park, attract huge numbers of wallowing elephants, hippos, buffalos and plains game. Meanwhile, from the prehistoric site of Observation Hill, the sunset over Kilimanjaro is magnificent
Amboseli is famous for its big game and its great scenic beauty – the landscape is dominated by Mt. Kilimanjaro.
At the centre of ‘Maasailand’, the lodge’s décor reflects the brilliant primary colours and iconic shapes representative of these legendary warriors. At the heart of the lodge, shaded by palm trees, is a free-form swimming pool; to either side of which stretch the rooms. Each room is housed in a single storey building opening directly on to the grounds, each reflecting a Maasai manyatta theme: each with its own hand-painted wall frescos.
The central dining area is reached by a timbered bridge over a melt-water stream, while the lounge and bar feature a broad terrace and a blazing fire-pit where evening cocktails can be enjoyed. Activities include ‘sundowners’ on Observation Hill, bush breakfasts, bush dinners, Maasai dance performances, visits to Maasai villages and tree-planting programs.
About Amboseli National Park
Amboseli lays immediately North West of Mt. Kilimanjaro, on the border with Tanzania. Amboseli was established as a reserve in 1968 and gazetted as a National Park in 1974. The Park covers 392 km2, and forms part of the much larger 3,000 Km2 Amboseli ecosystem..
Amboseli is famous for its big game and its great scenic beauty – the landscape is dominated by Mt. Kilimanjaro.
At 329 sq km Amboseli is a small park and lacks the profusion of animal species found in the Mara, but the landscape provides limited cover so we have better chances of seeing some of the larger predators.
Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 2: Amboseli
06:30hrs- Have an early morning Game drive
0830hrs- Return to the Lodge for breakfast.
Rest of the morning at leisure enjoying the beautiful view of the Kilimanjaro from your room
13:00hrs- Have lunch. The rest of the afternoon at leisure where you can take a swim in the pool.
15:30hrs- Coffee or tea at the lobby.
16:00hrs- More game drives after in search of the big five.
Dinner and overnight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge.
Day 3: Amboseli / Mt. Kenya
After your breakfast at the Lodge you will then drive to Mt Kenya National Park through Nairobi.
You will arrive in time for lunch at the Sweetwater’s Tented Camp www.serenahotels.com
About Sweetwater’s Tented Camp
A sheltered oasis, clustered around a water hole and set in the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweetwaters Tented Camp offers a charming blend of under-canvas ambiance and safari luxury.
Located on the plains of Mount Kenya, the camp features thirty-nine luxury tents, each with its own private veranda overlooking the water hole. The central Rhino Restaurant is housed in the former manager’s house of this once colonial farm, and offers both regional and international cuisine. Also within the house is the Kashoggi Bar and lounge, which centres on a blazing log fire. The Waterhole Bar, built in the style of a game-viewing hide, overlooks the waterhole and offers unrivalled wildlife-watching.
Host to all the members of the ‘Big Five’ (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard), the conservancy has a higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any Kenyan national park and is one of only four private game conservancies to have been founded in Kenya. At the forefront of the Kenyan conservancy programme, the conservancy boasts the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, hosts the only chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya, and shelters large numbers of rare and endangered species.
Lunch then Take a drive around the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy (informally known as Sweetwaters for the location of Sweetwaters Tented Camp), is a 90,000 acre wildlife conservancy situated between the foothills of the Aberdares and the magnificent snow capped Mount Kenya.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy boasts an astounding variety of animals including the non-indigenous chimpanzees and the big 5 (the endangered black rhino, leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion).
The combination of amazing wildlife and stunning views across the open plains of Ol Pejeta guarantees an unforgettable safari experience.
Why Visit Ol Pejeta Conservancy (Informally Known As Sweetwaters Conservancy)
Ol Pejeta conservancy is the only place in africa that offers the opportunity to see chimpanzees and the big 5.
Ol Pejeta conservancy is a 90,000 acre wildlife conservancy.
Home to over 40 chimpanzees, 73 endangered black rhino, 5 endangered white rhinos, elephants, lion, leopard, buffalo, grevy zebra, giraffe, cheetah, thomson’s gazelle, black-back jackals, ostrich, grant’s gazelle, baboons, waterbuck, oryx, eland and several hundred bird species.
Only a three hour drive from Nairobi on good roads, ol pejeta conservancy is the closest place for you to come and see the big 5.
Sweetwaters tented camp offers fine quality tented accommodation overlooking a large watering hole backed by a spectacular view of Mount Kenya, a lovely swimming pool and a game viewing bar.
Ol Pejeta house offers large luxurious rooms, a stunning garden with watering hole, and two swimming pools.
During your stay at sweetwaters you will have to opportunity to meet and greet morani the tame black rhino and to go and see chimpanzees living naturally within their dedicated sanctuary. Sweetwaters tented camp also offers a true safari experience with night drives, bush walks and breakfast in the wild.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy Conservation and Community Projects
The Chimpanzee Sanctuary: + The Rhino Sanctuary:-
Dinner and overnight stay at the camp
Day 4: Mt. Kenya / Lake Nakuru
After your breakfast at the Camp you will then drive to Lake Nakuru National Park
You will pass through Nyahururu one of Kenya’s highest cities, at 2360 m above sea level.
Just outside of town lies Thomson’s Falls.
Thomson’s Falls is a beautiful waterfall at the Ewaso Nyiro River in Central Kenya. The waterfall is 74 meters (243 feet) high. One of the biggest hippo pools of Kenya is located upstream from the falls. It’s possible to view the falls from above, and there’s also a trail down to the bottom of the ravine.
The Thomson’s Falls gets its name from Joseph Thomson, a naturalist and geologist from Scotland who discovered it in 1887 when he walked all the way from Mombasa to Lake Victoria.
Continue with your drive to Lake Nakuru National Park.
Arrive at the Lake Nakuru Sarova Lion Hill in time for Lunch
ABOUT SAROVA LION HILL LODGE
Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is nestled along the Lion Hill overlooking the spectacular flamingo pink rimmed Lake Nakuru. Its location affords panoramic vistas of the Lake and the picturesque Lake Nakuru National Park.
All bedrooms have verandas with panoramic views of the flamingo pink-rimmed lake.
Swimming pool and sauna are open from 6:00 am. to 6:00 pm. After lunch, you can take a nap or a swim in the pool.
For bird lovers this an absolutely wonderful place to visit.
16:00hrs- you will have an afternoon game drive at the Lake Nakuru National Park
LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK:
The park supports a wide ecological diversity with Flamingos (Greater and Lesser) and other water birds being the major attractions of the area. The ecosystem provides for about 56 different species of mammals including the white rhino and buffaloes and a variety of terrestrial birds numbering nearly 450 species.
Lake Nakuru National Park which surrounds the lake has recently been enlarged partly to provide a sanctuary for the black rhino. This undertaking has necessitated a fence – to keep out poachers rather than to restrict the movement of wildlife.
The Park is famous for its bird spectacle featuring over a million flamingos, over 400 migratory bird species from around the world and large flotillas of pelicans.
Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Traditional dancers display their talent everyday at 9.00 pm.
Day 5: Lake Nakuru / Maasai Mara
After a leisurely breakfast at the Lodge then depart for the highlights of your safari “The Magical Mara”.Maasai Mara is one of Kenya’s best loved reserves. It is an extension of the Serengeti ecosystem to the south. Each year, Mara is the staging ground for the “Great Migration”, one of the awe-inspiring natural events
You will have two stops en route to visit the wash rooms. What to expect as you drive to Maasai Mara is to see a nice country side – you will also pass by large scale wheat farms and admire the nomadic Maasai people with their unique culture herding their life stock by the road side.
Then proceed on with your drive to the jewel of Kenya’s parks, the world famous Masai Mara Game (Wildlife) Reserve. This is Kenya’s number one park and is always on every tourist’s “Must see list”.
Masai Mara is most famous for the spectacular annual migration of over a million wildebeest, zebra, gazelle etc from the Serengeti in northern Tanzania crossing the Mara River into Kenya in search of fresh feeding grounds, which takes place in late July – October.
During this crossing, hundreds of animals are swept away by the first moving Mara River and others are killed by the ferocious African Crocodiles. This crossing gives true meaning to the phrase “Survival of the fittest”.
From the International media.
It’s now official. The Mara is an international conservation destination. It’s a verdict that was arrived by a panel of experts and announced in the American broadcasting corporation after many months of research. The wildebeest migrations have now been placed among the 7 new wonders of the world in the same category with The Tibets potala palace, the old Jerusalem city, the polar ice caps of Iceland, The underwater Hawaiian Islands and the Mayan pyramids in Mexico among others.
You are visiting Masai Mara to see the annual migrations which starts from the month of June and climaxes in the month of August before closing over to Serengeti towards the month of Oct.
THOUGH MIGRATIONS ARE DESCRIBED HERE BELOW AS THE HIGHLIGHTS OF A MAASAI MARA TOUR, PLEASE NOTE THAT IT’S ONLY IN THE MONTH OF JULY / AUG / SEPT / OCT THAT YOU GET TO EXPERIENCE THIS SPECTACULAR EVENT.
What exactly is the wildebeest migration?
The wildebeest migration is a dramatic story. It takes place within Kenya and Tanzania and is the greatest wildlife show on earth. Between the open plains of Serengeti and the Masai Mara, thousands and thousands of wildebeest and zebras migrate to greener pastures as seasons change and circle of life and death continues. Predators closely follow the wildebeest migrations waiting for an opportunity to strike weak prey as they make their way into different territories.. The most interesting part is when you watch them as they cross the Mara River. The first ones to jump into the river are trampled upon to death by the following multitude. The dead animals become a bridge over which all the other animals cross the river. The crocodiles feed on the remaining carcasses for months.
Majority of tourists literally camp in the Mara during this period with their flashy digital cameras. They will trail the migrations and even the members of the big 5 are no longer an interest at this time. When its time to cross over the river, the tourists will position themselves strategically along the Mara river, trying to get the best shot possible. Others will ride on the hot air balloon to watch the migrations from the skies. To show the implication of this phenomenal show, members of both local and international media also make their way to Mara if only to capture this hot news for interesting reading. It’s also a common feature in the world travel magazines. This is a spectacle that should be witnessed at least once in a lifetime.
1300 hrs – Finally arrive at the Maasai Mara Serena lodge www.serenahotels.com in time for lunch.
1330 hrs – Have your Lunch
About Mara Serena Lodge.
Secreted deep within the Maasai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Serena Safari Lodge is the ultimate safari destination. Set high on a bush-cloaked hill, embraced by arcing vistas and washed by a sea of richly rolling grasslands, it stands centre-stage to one of Africa’s most dramatic wildlife arenas and has a ringside seat for the greatest wildlife show on Earth, the legendary migration of the wildebeest.
Drawing its inspiration from the traditional Maasai cultural motif of a cluster of domed, mud-coloured huts encircled by a “Boma” of brushwood, the Mara Serena offers a rare blend of raw African splendour and sumptuous sophistication.
The essentially ethnic décor also draws on a vibrant colour-palette of sun-burst colours, embellished by a unique selection of Maasai art to create the look and feel of a traditional bush encampment.
The lodge features individual rooms, each with their own balcony and view of eternity, a sky-blue swimming pool and a spectacular restaurant, overlooking a water hole where a fantasia of creatures collect to drink.
1500 hrs – Enjoy your afternoon tea and coffee at the lobby.
1530 hrs – your driver/guides will take you for an afternoon game drive in search of the shy and elusive leopard, the solitary and ill-tempered Rhino, lions, buffalos, and many others. As the sun starts to edge its way dip into the African horizon it will be the perfect opportunity to capture the beautiful Mara landscape on film or video camera.
Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
Day 6: Maasai Mara
NB: Please note the Flexibility of the program arranging on daily basis with your driver guide on how you want it done the following day—Either full day with lunch boxes or simply having the game drives between the meals
06:30hrs: Early morning game drives.
09:00hrs: Return to the Lodge for breakfast.
Spend the rest of the morning at leisure or have an optional mid day game drive.
13:00hrs: Lunch at the Lodge
Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure like take a nap.
15:00hrs: Coffee or tea at the lobby.
16:00hrs: Take an evening game drives in search of the not seen animals so far.
Alternatively, you will then have a Bush Dinner by the Mara river
Day 7: Maasai Mara
Y0u will have an early morning game drive or balloon ride.
Optional Balloon ride in the wee hour of the morning
06 Schedules: BALLOON SAFARI IN MASAI MARA – 1 HOUR RIDE.
05:00 am: You will be picked up from your Lodge and transfer you to the launch site. Here you will meet your pilot, receive a briefing and watch the inflation of your balloon.
At dawn we take off, rising as the sun rises and float in whichever direction the winds of the morning take us. Your pilot can precisely control the altitude of your balloon: sometimes flying at treetop height, sometimes lower, offering a unique perspective and great photographic opportunities of the wildlife below.
From time to time the pilot must put more heat into the balloon with the powerful whisper burners. In between these burns, there is silence apart from the natural sounds below.
The flight is for about one hour depending on conditions, on landing you celebrate in the traditional manner with champagne (well, an excellent sparkling wine), before sitting down to a full English breakfast prepared and served in the bush in ‘Out of Africa’ style
with bone china, linen table cloths, King’s silver etc.
After breakfast you receive your Balloon certificate and we drive you back to the Lodge with game viewing Enroute.
This is how it begins and ends – LIVE COVERAGE.
You will ascend in early morning when the winds are calmest.
Watch as your professional crew fills the balloon with hot air. Slowly the big colorful bag begins to bulge and take shape. Now board the traditional wicker gondola basket while the expert pilot makes final adjustments. As the pink and red fireball of the sun rises in splendor over the plain, you are up and away –for the flight of a life time!
Your balloon can soar over the most inaccessible and undisturbed parts of the Mara, with only the intermittent whisper of the balloon’s gas burners punctuating the silence of your majestic flight .Because wind and conditions vary, every flight is a new and a different experience.From your vantage point about 50—500 feet above the reserve, you have a fantastic 360 degrees bird’s view as one of the most dramatic scenes in nature unfolds beneath you. From here, you will see the wonder of migrations, witness herds of antelope flowing like school of fish across the plain, groups of elephants grazing undisturbed in a remote ravine, lioness stealthily stalking a herd of grunting wildebeest or zebras conferring in a confusion of black and while stripes and bark-like calls.
After your incredible flight, it is time to come back down to earth for breakfast. As you dig into a splendid breakfast of sizzling bacon, eggs, sausages, home-made breads, fresh tropical fruit and steaming cups of Kenyan tea under the clear blue sky, you might wonder what all the ordinary people are doing on this perfect African morning.
Before leaving, the pilot will present you with a balloon flight certificate. No flight of the imagination can match this air-borne experience
On your way back to the Lodge, you will pass through the Maasai village.
MAASAI VILLAGE: See and experience their wonderful culture. And while at the village, you will visit the Maasai village for local interaction, cultural exchange, dances, fire lighting with a barbeque goat eating ceremony.
In the village Maasai women dancing will welcome you. A guide will take you through the village explaining in details the way the Maasai live, their beliefs and traditions. You will get demonstrations of how the Maasai make fire-using sticks.
You will go into their houses and will be shown the full family set-up. At the end of the guided tour you will go a market where you will have a chance to buy some items and curios made in their village. While in the village you are allowed to take as many pictures as you want.
Lunch at the Lodge.
Afternoon game drive.
Return to the Lodge for dinner and overnight amidst Maasai traditional dancers.
Day 8,9,10,11,12 & 13: Maasai Mara / Mombasa
Early morning game drives then return to the lodge for breakfast.
You will then exit the lodge for more game drives as you await your 1400hrs flight to Mombasa.
You will be transferred to Mara Airstrip for your flight to Mombasa.
Arrive at the Mombasa airport and be transferred to the Voyager Beach Resort for your beach stay.
ABOUT THE VOYAGER BEACH RESORT.
One of Kenya’s leading coastal destinations, the Voyager Beach Resort overlooks the white sands of Nyali Beach, just 7km north of Mombasa. Clients often select Voyager Beach Resort over other beach hotels because of its all-inclusive accommodation. Voyager Beach Resort’s convenient location gives our clients easy access to a huge variety of historical, sporting and cultural attractions.
Voyager Beach Resort offers 233 spacious ‘cabins’ 83 with beautiful sea-views, the remainder overlooking the resort’s lush tropical gardens.
Eight cabins are interconnected for families, and the resort also offers three large junior suites.
The Voyager Beach Resort has four restaurants catering to a wide variety of tastes and appetites.
The Mashua Restaurant offers sumptuous buffets with different themes for dinners. The Mashua serves breakfast for all guests between 7-10am.
All cabins have a private balcony, and are equipped with their own telephone, air-conditioning unit, and electronic safe.
Voyager Beach Resort’s a la Carte seafood restaurant, the Smugglers’ Cove, is located in a hidden coral cove and specializes in seafood and grilled meat dishes
Located beside the sports pool, the Minestrone Restaurant serves light lunches and table d’hôte dinners with an emphasis on Italian cuisine.
Voyager Beach Resort Swimming and Sports
Voyager offers a variety of swimming pools for your selection, specifically: sports pools, beachfront relax pool, fun pool, with Jacuzzi, waterfall and children’s pool.
Modern health center with Techno gym equipment.
Indoor games area, with table tennis, pool and dartboards.
Sand volleyball court with daily competitions.
18-hole golf course at the nearby Nyali Golf & Country Club.
Windsurfing, sailing and snorkeling at the resort’s water sports center.
Other Related Facilities at Voyager Beach Resort
Daily entertainment program and family shows, full laundry and valet services. Telephones in each cabin. Fax, e-mail and Internet services, Baby facilities and babysitting service, medical clinic and doctor on call, private taxi service at guests’ disposal. Shuttle bus transfers.
NB: You can take an option cruise at the tamarind dhow
The evening cruise is the most renown of all the coastal trips. An enchanting evening of exotic seafood blended with a romantic cruise aboard an authentic Arab Dhow around the old port of Mombasa Town.
Your evening begins once you are picked up from your hotel and driven to the pier. As soon as you step off the gangplank, you are met by a traditionally-dressed waiter who shows you to your table, and serves you with a house cocktail made with vodka, lime, honey, sugar and crushed ice. Non-alcoholic drinkers are offered soft drinks or fruit juices.
Once the dhow departs from the jetty, the live band starts playing beautiful rhythms, and soon the swing has majority of guests dancing on the main deck.
After a cruise round Tudor Creek with fine view of Mombasa’s Old Town and Fort Jesus, your dhow moors in a sheltered bay at the head of the creek.
Here the fine aroma of grilled lobster and steak starts to fill the air as the chefs pull out the charcoal grills and prepare a four-course gourmet meal.
As your meal draws to a close, the waiters serve aromatic Arabica coffee from a traditional Arab brass pot –the Kahawa Pot. The evening trip on the dhow is an excellent romantic spot for newly weds, and those wishing to propose.
All dinners with drinks and overnights at the Beach Resort. Booked on Half Board
Day 14: Mombasa / Nairobi
After your breakfast at the Voyager Beach Resort You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Nairobi.
Arrive in Nairobi and then spend the rest of the day at leisure with optional activities.
Optional activities on this day
Visit to the David Sheldricks Elephant orphanage.
Adopt an elephant or rhino orphans.
For Usd 50 you can book an appointment with the elephants and get to see, feed and play football with them and finally put them to bed. This you will need to do it directly with the TRUST.
But just incase you do not adapt, we shall still take you there to see them been fed between 1100 hrs and midday.
You will then drive to the hotel and have lunch then proceed to the animal orphanage at the Nairobi National Park.
The Nairobi Animal Orphanage
Below are some of the scenes that you will encounter at the Nairobi Animal orphanage.
Visit to the Bomas of Kenya:
Bomas is a Swahili word for villages. Bomas of Kenya is just a few kilometres from the city centre and has numerous homesteads reflecting Kenya’s cocktail of cultures which has been faithfully recreated for visitors to see traditional village life for the Kenyan communities. The greatest excitement of this visit in the afternoon will be a display of traditional dances, music and other folklore traditional songs in a splendid arena.
GIRAFFE CENTER is a wonderful and refreshing experience visit. The tour gives a completely up close and personal interaction where guests have the opportunity to view giraffes as well as feed them. This is the only place where you can go as near as feeding the Giraffe from your palm.
The Fun of feeding the giraffes from your palms right at your doorstep
You can actually feed the Giraffes from your room and you can also Share lunch with them.
The final optional activity this day will be a farewell dinner at the carnivore at the cost of 35$ pp.
The Carnivore is considered ‘Africa’s Greatest Eating Experience’.
Every type of meat imaginable including a selection of exotic meat is roasted over charcoal and carved at your table. Delicious side dishes and an exceptional array of sauces complement this fixed price feast that also includes soup, a selection of desserts and Kenyan coffee. Set in attractive tropical gardens, the service and the décor are outstanding. – The waiters will serve until you surrender and put your flags down! Please we surrender – You will be served with fresh brewed Kenyan Tea and Coffee.
- Full board accommodation on safari
- Transport and game drives in specially designed 4 x 4 vehicles with open roof for maximum game viewing drives
- Services of a great professional Spanish speaking safari guides.
- Park Entrance fees.
- Government taxes where applicable.
- Flexibility of our programs arranging on daily basis with your driver guide on how you want it done the following day—Either full day with lunch boxes or simply having the game drives between the meals.
- Flying Doctor Service. This caters only for evacuation to reputable hospitals but does not cover hospital bills.
- Half Board accommodation at Voyager in Mombasa.
- Mara / Mombasa / Nairobi flights
Complimentary adds on courtesy of traveling with All Seasons Safaris & Tours.
- Mineral water while on safari-1 bottle per person per day 500ml.
- Safari hats while on safari.
- Meet and greet before departure for safari.
- Cost of obtaining visas.
- Expenses like laundry, beverages, bar bill, telephone, mineral water, tips etc.
- International departure taxes.
- Travel & medical insurance.
- Other expenses that are of purely personal nature
Cost of optional activities
- Usd 450pp for balloon ride,
- Usd 35 pp for the Giraffe Centre & similar for Elephant Orphanage
- Usd 35pp for the dinner at the Carnivore
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