6 DAYS ABERDARES-NAKURU - MAASAI MARA Day 1: Nairobi – Samburu – Drive time 6+ hours Meet and greet upon arrival at the airport exit point by our team, pick up and transfer to your Nairobi hotel. Check in freshen up and have breakfast, after which you will proceed to the giraffe centre.Giraffe CenterThe giraffe center is a wonderful and refreshing experience undertaken during your excursion in Nairobi. Founded in 1979 as part of the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW), Giraffe Centre came about through the passion of Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville (the founders). The heroic founders discovered the plight of the critically endangered Rothschild giraffe and decided to take action to attempt to save the species and brought two of the young Rothschild giraffes to their land in a suburb of Nairobi on the edge of Nairobi National Park. At that time, they founded the AFEW and the history of the Giraffe Centre was born. Overnight stay in Nairobi Day 2: Nairobi -Aberdares Drive time 4+ hours After breakfast, Drive northwards through farmlands to reach Mt Kenya and the small town of Nyeri in time for lunch. In the early afternoon, drive through the forest to your tree hotel, where the night is spent high above the flood lit waterhole and salt lick. Frequent visitors are elephants, rhino, buffaloes and the giant forest hog. Overnight at camp/lodge Day 3:Aberdares- Lake Nakuru National Park Drive Tome 3+ hours Our destination today is Lake Nakuru National Park. Here we can expect to see buffalo, rhino, giraffe, zebra, antelope and the lions that prey on them as well as vast flocks of flamingos clustered near the lake shore. Lake Nakuru is famous for having the highest concentration of flamingos in the world and is home to over three hundred bird species. It is a sanctuary for both the Black and White Rhinos. Also found in plenty are zebras, waterbucks, buffaloes and warthogs. Leopards are sometimes seen sleeping on the horizontal branches of the “Fever trees”. Supper is at our lodge overlooking the lake. Day 4: Lake Nakuru-Masai Mara Drive time 5+ hours After breakfast, we begin our exciting vacation by driving towards the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve, arguably one of the finest game reserves in Africa. continue to the enormous reserve which is actually part of the vast Serengeti plains and is well-known for its spectacular wildebeest migration. It is the true home of the BIG FIVE: Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino and Cape Buffalo. Its name derives from the Maasai people, the ancestral inhabitants of the area, who still call the wide plains of Kenya and northern Tanzania home. As we travel through Maasai land, we occasionally come across a solitary Maasai Moran (=Warrior) standing on one foot while herding hundreds of cows, goats and sheep. His only defense against the dangerous wildlife surrounding him to all sides is a single stick or spear! Upon arrival in the Maasai Mara, we comfortably take lunch at our camp before exploring the huge reserve on a late afternoon game drive. In the evening, we relax around the campfire and enjoy an excellent dinner. Day 5: Maasai Mara Game Reserve Add-on – Early morning Hot Air Balloon Safari including amazing Champagne Breakfast in Bush – USD 450 per person extraThere is nothing more peaceful and dramatic than drifting over the savannah as the sun peeks over the horizon and floods the land with light. Drift over the Maasai Mara in a hot air balloon as you view the animals below and take in the amazing sunrise. Your hot air balloon safari is topped off with a magnificent buffet breakfast and champagne in the bush. The first pink tongues of sunlight flicker across the skies as the hot air balloon fills, then rises. Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbow-colored canopy, you will experience a wildlife viewing adventure from an entirely different perspective. Your hot air balloon flight lasts approximately one hour and 10 minutes, drifting wherever the air currents take you, with ample opportunities for photography and video filming. When your Kenyan hot air balloon safari finishes you will toast your return to earth with a champagne breakfast, cooked wherever you land. Your hour hot air balloon safari ends with a transfer back to your accommodation at in an open Jeep for easier game viewing. Alternatively, sleep in a bit before going on another full day game drive and have some amazing wildlife encounters. Enjoy breakfast at the lodge. This day of Safari adventure is exclusively spent in the Maasai Mara. We look out for the park’s Big Cats, the Big Five and the abundance of wildlife and natural wonders found in Kenya’s most famous game reserve. Remember to keep a sharp lookout; you may witness a dramatic hunt, a solitary Leopard retrieving its kill from the high branches of an acacia tree, or a herd of Elephants protecting their young from predators. The Maasai Mara has one of the richest wildlife ensembles in the world, hosting over 95 species of mammals and over 400 species of birds. Game viewing is never dull here, and patience is usually rewarded with unique sightings. Day 6: Maasai Mara-Nairobi Drive Time 5+ hours After an early morning breakfast we leave for Nairobi taking with us the fondest memories.