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Best of Kenya Safari: Samburu, Sweetwaters, Nakuru and Mara


Tour Summary


A seven day Kenya safari that takes you through Samburu game reserve, Ol Pejeta conservancy, Lake Nakuru National park, and Masai Mara game reserve


RATES


From USD 1,752 per person sharing

Note: The above price is only a guide, based on low season rates for 2 persons sharing. The rate may vary depending on your travel dates, the hotels/lodges you will use, and the number of people traveling. Please enquire to get a more accurate quote from one of our Africa travel experts.


Detailed Itinerary


Day 1: Nairobi - Samburu National Reserve

7.00 AM - Our driver guide will meet you at the airport upon your arrival, or pick you from your hotel in Nairobi. After a tour briefing, you will depart for Samburu National Reserve, located in the Northern Kenya, arriving in time for lunch and check in at the Samburu Sopa Lodge.

4.00 PM – Enjoy your first game drive in the Samburu National Reserve, until sunset.

Dinner and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge (Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast)

About Samburu National Reserve

Samburu is famous for its truly wild semi-arid landscape, and the large concentration of wild animals and bird-life. Together with the adjoining Shaba and Buffalo Springs national reserves,  Samburu is popular for hosting the rare Northern-Kenya animal species (Gerenuk, Reticulated Giraffe, Grevy's zebra, Beisa Oryx and Somali Ostrich) which are not found in the other popular parks and reserves in Kenya. It is also home to all the African big cats (lion, cheetah and leopard), alongside other big game including elephants, buffaloes, warthogs, hippos, impala, water-buck and many others.

Samburu is also a renowned bird watching haven, with hundreds of bird species resident here. These include kingfisher, bee-eaters, tawny eagle, guinea-fowll, yellow throated spur-fowl, lilac-breasted roller,  red-billed horn bill, secretary bird, Verreaux's eagle, superb starling, yellow-billed hornbill and vultures.

The unique culture of The Samburu tribe who live in the region is the icing to cake for the amazing Samburu National Reserve.

Day 2: Samburu National Reserve

You get to enjoy two game drives in the reserve, one early in the morning before breakfast, and one late in the afternoon, after lunch.

All meals and and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge (Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast)

 

Day 3: Samburu to Ol Pejeta Conservancy

After breakfast at Samburu Sopa lodge, you will depart Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy near Nanyuki. You will arrive in time for lunch and check-in at the Sweet Waters Tented Camp.

After lunch, enjoy a breathtaking game drive in Ol Pejeta.

Dinner and Overnight at Sweet Waters Tented Camp. (Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast)

About Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Sweet Waters Tented Camp

Ol Pejeta is a privately owned game reserve, overlooking the peaks of Mount Kenya. The conservancy has a great number of wildlife including all the big five animals (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, and buffalo) among other game. The conservancy also has a special sanctuary that shelters several the rare and endangered species including black rhino, Grevy's zebra, the Jackson's hartebeest, and Chimpanzees.

The Chimpanzee sanctuary is the only one in Kenya. It is a home for orphaned and abused chimpanzees, rehabilitating them to help them learn to live by themselves as in their own habitat.
 

Day 4: Ol Pejeta to Lake Nakuru National Park

Enjoy breakfast at Sweet Waters, then check out and leave at around 8.00 AM for Lake Nakuru National Park. You will arrive in time for lunch at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge or Flamingo Hill Tented Camp.  

At 4:00 PM, take a late afternoon game drive in the Park, till sunset.

Dinner and overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge or Flamingo Hill Tented Camp, or similar.

About Lake Nakuru National Park

This national park is named after the Lake Nakuru, the star attraction in this beautiful reserve. It is situated approximately 150km from Nairobi, and is one of the most important bird sanctuaries in Kenya. The lake is famous for its thousands population of flamingo's (both greater and lesser), pelicans, plus several other water birds.

The national park itself has a very high diversity of bird species, plus a host of other other wild animals. Black rhinos, white rhinos, gazelles, impala, the endangered Rothschild giraffe, warthogs, lions, leopards, Deffassa water buck, buffalo, baboons, and many other species are all resident here. The park has no elephants however.

 

Day 5: Lake Nakuru to Masai Mara National Reserve

7:30 AM: Check out from the lodge and proceed to Masai Mara with a brief stopover at the Great Rift Valley view point. You will arrive in the Masai Mara in time for lunch and check-in at the lodge.

4:00 PM: Enjoy game drive in the national reserve till sunset.

Dinner and overnight at Sarova Mara Game Camp or Mara Leisure Tented Camp, or similar.

About Masai Mara National Reserve
The Mara, as it is popularly known, is Kenya's most popular game reserve, thanks to its high wildlife concentration throughout the year. You will easily spot lions, cheetahs, elephants, hippos, crocodiles, giraffes, wildebeests, zebras, buffaloes, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, gazelles, impala, several large antelope species, and many other animals. The reserve also hosts a sizeable population of leopards and rhinos, which you may spot during your game drives, even though they are both very elusive animals. The Maasai Mara is also home to a wide population of bird species.

The most popular attraction of the Masai Mara is the spectacular annual wildebeest migration, during which hundreds of thousands of wildebeests and zebras from the plains of the Serengeti  cross the borders and rivers to access pasture at the Mara. The wildebeest migration in the Mara takes place between June and October every year. As the herbivores migrate, they are tracked by predators including the lions, vultures, hyenas etc. The most exciting and most dramatic moments of this event are the river crossings. The crocodiles of the Mara river attack and kill several of the herbivores as they cross the river.
 

Day 6: Masai Mara National Reserve

5:00 AM - Take the opportunity to fly over the Mara in a hot air balloon (an optional activity that can be arranged at an extra cost). The balloon package includes a bush breakfast accompanied with champagne. Return to the lodge by 9:00AM to spend the rest of the morning relaxing at the lodge.

 

OR Alternatively


6:30 AM - Enjoy an early-morning game drive, then return to the lodge for a late breakfast.

Much later, after lunch, take a late-afternoon game drive in the reserve, till sunset.
Dinner and overnight at Sarova Mara Game Camp or Mara Leisure Tented Camp, or similar.

Day 7: Masai Mara to Nairobi

Breakfast at the lodge, then check out to start the journey back to Nairobi. You will arrive in the afternoon, and we will drop you off at your hotel in Nairobi or at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) airport for your flight back home.

This Package Includes:

  • Transfer to/from Airport on arrival and departure date
  • Park entrance fee
  • Service of well experienced and English speaking driver guide
  • Transport based on well maintained safari minibus with pop up roof for game viewing
  • Accommodation on full board (lunch, dinner and breakfast) while on safari
  • Game drives as per the itinerary
  • Driver's allowances and park fees for the vehicle and driver
  • Bottled mineral water during the safari – a bottle per person per day
  • Government taxes

The Package Excludes:

  • Balloon ride in Masai Mara (which can be arranged at an extra cost)
  • A visit to a Masai Manyatta village (can also be arranged at an extra cost)
  • Visa fees, laundry services, drinks including mineral water at the hotels
  • Tips to the driver guides, waiters & porters
  • All expenses of personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Insurance Cover
  • International/domestic Flights
  • Yellow fever shot (reconfirm with your consultant in case required)


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