Best of Kenya • Samburu, Aberdares, Rift valley and Masai Mara
6 nights – 6 1.2 days
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Day 1 Nairobi - Samburu - 350 km / 5h30 approximately
Depart from Nairobi and drive north of the equator to Samburu. Lunch followed by an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight stay at Samburu Lodge FB.

Day 2 Samburu
Morning and afternoon game drives in Samburu. Dinner and overnight stay at Samburu Lodge FB.

Day 3 Samburu - Aberdare - 210 km / 3h30 approximately
Drive to Outspan Country Club for lunch. After lunch transfer to Treetops Lodge (3.5 hrs / 210 km) in the Aberdare Forest. Remainder of afternoon and evening to observe animal emerging from the forest to drink at the water hole. Dinner and overnight stay at Treetops Lodge FB.

Day 4 Aberdare - Rift Valley - 170 km / 3h approximately
Enjoy breakfast at Treetops lodge and then continue to Lake Nakuru in the Rift Valley. Lunch at Lake Nakuru lodge followed by an afternoon game drive. Continue to Lake Naivasha. Dinner and overnight stay at Lake Naivasha Country Club FB.

Day 5 Rift Valley - Maasai Mara Reserve - 315 km / 6h approximately
After breakfast continue to the Masai Mara. Lunch and afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight stay at Keekorok Lodge FB.

Day 6 Maasai Mara Reserve
Full day in the Masai Mara with morning and afternoon game drives. Dinner and overnight stay at Keekorok Lodge FB.

Day 7 Maasai Mara Reserve - Nairobi - 280 km / 5h approximately
After breakfast the safari returns to Nairobi.

Prices quoted are per person and are for the specified itinerary and dates

from 16 december 2014 to 15 december 2015
Prices from US$ 1.855 per person in a double room

Safaris are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 persons from 16/12/2014 to 31/03/2015 and 01/07/2015 to 31/10/2015 with a minimum of 4 persons from 07/04/2015 to 30/06/2015 and from 01/11/2015 to 15/12/2015. The guarantee to operate is subject to availability of space in the vehicle and in accommodation at the lodges and hotels indicated in the itinerary. The itinerary may operate by reversing the order of the itinerary without changing its quality.

Samburu Game Lodge
Samburu game Lodge is set in 10 acres of pristine riverine forest on the western bank of the Uaso Nyiro River within the Samburu National Reserve in northern Kenya at an altitude of 857 meters above sea level. Large herds of elephant are seen along the river’s banks which are much favoured by crocodiles and there are sightings of lion, cheetah, leopard and much else besides. Bird life abounds, a seeming anomaly given the harsh climate, but then nature in the wild is always full of delightful surprises. All cottages, rooms and suites numbering 61 in total,are decorated using the finest materials and fabrics. All accommodations have en suite bathrooms, some with baths, and all have private balconies overlooking the river. There are several family rooms. One room has been custom designed to accommodate the special needs of physically challenged persons.

Treetops lodge
Located in Aberdare National Park, this world-renowned rustic Treehouse on its 80th anniversary. This game viewing lodge was originally built in 1932 and is famous as the place where the then-Princess Elizabeth ascended to the British Throne. The father King George VI died on 5th Feb 1952 the night she spent at Treetops while on honeymoon. Treetops lies in the path of an ancient Elephant migratory route between the Aberdare Ranges and Mt Kenya National park, and is strategically sited right in front of a natural watering hole and salt lick. With large windows fitted in all guest rooms, restaurant and lounge guests can drink in the sight of Elephants, Buffalos, Rhinos and more from all areas including the view deck on top floor of the building. Die-hard animal lovers needn’t worry about missed sightings, even into the early hours of the morning. An optional buzzer in the rooms alerts the guests when a spectacle is unfolding at the waterhole. Game drives and a lecture about Treetops are also available to the guests. This lodge-on-stilts is accessed through a gradual ramp to the top floor and a Tree grows right through the building. There are 36 en-suite guest rooms that include 3 spacious suites and 33 twin rooms that can be converted into double rooms. A disabled friendly room is located on the first floor. Fine dining is at its best in the contemporary dining room with individual tables illuminated by mini chandeliers. Meals served at the lodge are dinner, breakfast and lunch for guests spending 2 or 3 nights at the lodge. It is 17 km away from Outspan Hotel, where guests begin their journey to Treetops. Guests are advised to bring warm clothing as nights can get chilly at this lodge, which is 6,450m above sea level. Treetops is located very close to the wild animals. For this reason, children under the age of 5 are not allowed at either of these lodges, both for their safety and to maintain the quiet of the environment. The lodge through its “Return The Bush” Initiative started in 2007, has rehabilitated 16.5Ha around Treetops and has planted over 37,000 indigenous Trees by end of 2011. Guests can participate and plant a Tree during planting season.

Lake Naivasha Country Club
From the top of the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley you can see Lake Naivasha sparkling in the sun thousands of feet below. Just an hour drive from Nairobi, Naivasha is one of the gems in a necklace of Rift Valley lakes. Perfect for active and leisure travellers, Lake Naivasha Country Club offers an abundance of activities to please all visitors to Nairobi, Kenya. The resort dates back to the 1930s and has since been transformed into a sprawling 55-acre property with a variety of accommodations and guest facilities, including cottages, a swimming pool, and sumptuous gourmet dining. For adventurers, the nearby Crescent Island is a haven for zebras, wildebeest, gazelles, and giraffes. Lake Naivasha is the focus of daily activities. There is fishing for black bass and tilapia, and a boat trip during the day provides a close view of Naivasha's wide variety of birdlife and its hippo colonies. The club offers a sun downer boat trip which combines the sunset on the Lake with exotic drinks. Naivasha is also a site for bird watching, with over 300 species of birds on display.


Keekorok Lodge
Over 700 square miles of lush, sun-drenched plains encircle Keekorok Lodge, the oldest property in the Masai Mara Game Reserve in southwest Kenya. The lodge was opened in 1962 and is ideally situated in the direct path of the spectacular animal migration that occurs every year from July to October. Guests can experience unparalleled safari adventures, and morning and evening game drives are a must for anyone visiting the reserve. As your plane lands at the Keekorok airstrip, you will find yourself in the heart of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. You will be picked up in your own 4x4 Land Cruiser at the airstrip and, after passing a family of elephants or a herd of zebras on the short drive to the lodge, Keekorok Lodge will welcome you with open arms.

Samburu National Reserve
Samburu National Reserve is situated in the hot and arid fringes of Kenya's vast Northern Frontier District. The area is home to the Samburu tribe, pastoral relatives of the Masai. The landscape is rugged and dramatic - against a backdrop of volcanic mountains, gaunt hills and withered scrub tree punctuate the sparse and dry terrain with clusters of the incredibly hardy desert rose providing the occasional flash of vivid colour. The Ewaso Nyiro river, lifeline of the area, runs along the southern boundary dividing Samburu from Buffalo Springs Reserve. Crocodile and hippo share the river with the many small herds of elephant which bathe and frolic in the muddy brown waters during the heat of the day before returning later to browse on the lush vegetation of the riverine forest. Buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and plains game may also be seen but a special feature of this Reserve are the various species of game unique to these northern parks - Beisa oryx, the long necked gerenuk, Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe and the blue shanked Somali ostrich.Samburu.

Altitude: 800 to 1.500 metres
Size: 104 km²
Distance from Nairobi: 345 km
Opening: June 1985
Animals: Over 50 species of large mammals including reticulated giraffe, grevys zebra, elephant oryx, somali ostrich, hippo, crocodiles, gemuk, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena. Large flocks of helmeted and vulturine guinea fowls are a common attraction.
Major attractions: The reserve has unique landscapes of rounded and rugged hills and undulating plains.

Lake Nakuru National Park

The park lies in Central Kenya, 140km north-west of Nairobi, in Nakuru district of the Rift Valley Province. The ecosystem comprises of the lake, surrounded by mainly wooded and bushy grasslands. 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.

Altitude: 1800 metres
Size: 188 km²
Distance from Nairobi: 160 km
Opening: June 1968
Animals: more than 400 species of birds (water and terrestrial), Flamingo (Greater and Lesser), leopard and rhinoceros (black and white), waterbuck , Colobus monkey.
Major attractions: Unique vegetation: About 550 different plant species including the unique and biggest euphorbia forest in Africa, Picturesque landscape and yellow acacia woodlands.

Aberdare National Park

The Aberdare National Park, with an area of 767 Km2 covers the higher areas of the Aberdare Mountain Ranges of Central Kenya, from altitude of 1829M to 4001M above sea level. The topography is quite diverse with deep ravines that cut through the forested eastern and western slopes. Animals easily observed in the park include; the Black Rhino, leopard, baboon, black and white Colobus monkey and sykes monkey. Rarer sightings include those of lions, the golden cat and the bongo- an elusive forest antelope that lives in the bamboo forest. Animals like the eland and spotted and melanistic serval cats can be found higher up in the moorlands. Visitors can also indulge in picnics, trout fishing in the rivers and camping in the moorlands. Bird viewing is rewarding, with over 250 species of birds in the park, including the Jackson's Francolin, sparry hawk, goshawks, eagles, sunbirds and plovers.

Altitude: 1.830 to 4.000 metres
Size: 767 km²
Distance from Nairobi: 170 km
Opening: June 1985
Animals: Game animals easily seen in the park during game viewing include; African Elephant, black rhino, leopard, spotted hyena, olive baboon, black and white colobus monkey, sykes monkey, cape buffalo, warthog, common zebra (North Aberdare), bushbuck, reedbuck. Rare sightings include those of Giant Forest hog, bongo, golden cat, serval cat, African wild cat, African civet cat, blue duiker.
Major attractions: Very beautiful sceneries of Aberdare include magnificent waterfalls with the main ones being Karuru waterfalls which fall in three steps, 1st step 117M, 2nd step 26M and 3rd 130M, making a total of 273M, Chania waterfalls and may other smaller ones.

Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Maasai Mara is situated in south-west Kenya and is one of Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserves. Together with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania it forms Africa’s most diverse, incredible and most spectacular eco-systems and possibly the world’s top safari big game viewing eco-system. Made famous by the abundance of the big cats, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and the Great Wildebeest Migration and the Maasai people, well known for their distinctive custom and dress. There is a wide selection of places to stay in and around the Maasai Mara and the conservancies surrounding it . The conservancies surrounding the Maasai Mara have restricted number of vehicles allowing a more private game viewing of wildlife. The Maasai Mara Ecosystem (see our map) holds one of the highest lion densities in world and this is where over TWO MILLION Wildebeest, Zebra and Thomsons Gazelle migrate annually. Maasai Mara National Reserve stretches 1,510 sq km (580 sq miles) and raises 1,500-2,170 meters above sea level. It hosts over 95 species of mammals and 570 recorded species of birds. With the wildebeest migration in JULY – OCTOBER, this is the best time to see this incredible movement of animals. The Maasai Mara is an all year round destination with the big cats, and all the big game still in the Maasai Mara Ecosystem. .

Altitude: between 1.500 to 2.200 metres
Size: 1530 km²
Distance from Nairobi: 265/310 km
Opening: November 1975
Major attractions:Theatre of the traditional migration of animals from the Serengeti to Masai Mara. Numerous lions, leopard, cheetah and elephant and the Wildebeeste, topi Thomsons gazelle Traditional Maasai culture. Exceptional scenery from the escarpment overlooking the plains.