7 DAYS TREE HOTEL-SAMBURU-NAKURU -MARA
Day 1: Nairobi-Aberdares Drive time 4+ hours
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 2: Aberdares – Samburu Drive time 5+ hours
After breakfast, descend into the dry and rugged semi dessert of Samburu. The Samburu National Reserve is a game reserve on the banks of the EwasoNg’iro river in Kenya. On the other side of the river is the Buffalo Springs National Reserve. The park is 165 km² in size and is situated 350 kilometers from Nairobi. It ranges in altitude from 800 to 1230 m above sea level. Geographically, it is located in Samburu County. After lunch proceed for an afternoon gam drive The Samburu National Reserve was one of the two areas in which conservationists George and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness, made famous in the best-selling book and award-winning movie Born Free. The Elephant Watch Camp, of which Saba Douglas-Hamilton is director, lies within the park. The Samburu National Reserve is also the home of Kamunyak, a lioness famous for adopting oryx calves. Dinner and overnight in Samburu
Day 3: Samburu Reserve
After breakfast, the day is spent exploring the reserve. There is a wide variety of animal and bird life seen at Samburu National Reserve. Several large game species common to Kenya’s northern plains can be found in abundance here, including the following dry-country fauna: gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra, oryx and reticulated giraffe. All three big cats, the lion, cheetah and African leopard can also be found here, as well as the elephant, Cape buffalo and hippopotamus. Other mammals frequently seen in the park include olive baboon, warthogs, Grant’s gazelle, Kirk’s dik-dik, impala, and waterbuck. A black rhinoceros population has been re-introduced into the park after an absence of 25 years due to heavy poaching. There are over 350 species of bird. These include grey-headed kingfisher, sunbirds, bee-eaters, Marabou stork, tawny eagle, Verreaux’s eagle, bateleur, vulturine guineafowl, yellow-necked spurfowl, lilac-breasted roller, secretary bird, superb starling, northern red-billed hornbill, yellow-billed hornbill, and various vultures including the palm-nut vulture. The EwasoNg’iro river contains large numbers of Nile crocodile basks. Since 2005, the protected area is considered part of a Lion Conservation Unit. Dinner and overnight at lodge/camp.
Day 4: Samburu – Lake Nakuru National Park Drive Tome 6+ 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 5: 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 6: Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Add-on – Early morning Hot Air Balloon Safari including amazing Champagne Breakfast in Bush – USD 450 per person extra There 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 7 Maasai Mara-Nairobi Drive Time 5+ hours
After an early morning breakfast we leave for Nairobi taking with us the fondest memories.