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The Drive To Nairobi Via The Great Rift Valley Is An Experience And View Point Made For Photography.

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Duration

10 Days / 9 Nights

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

12 people

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Overview

The water of the great Ewaso Nyiro River, dotted with doum palms meanders through the reserve giving it an oasis setting and draws wildlife in great numbers to its banks. The verdant riverine forest is a stark contrast to the arid thorn studded plains. Samburu is visited by large herds of Elephants, drawn by the promise of water. In the dry season, the elephants use their tusks to dig deep into the dry river beds, unearthing precious water. These waterholes then become a focal point for other game.

The Samburu region is the best place to find several endemic Northern species; including the Gerenuk (twiga gazelle) due to her long neck, the Beisa Oryx, the Reticulated Giraffe, the Somali ostrich and Gravy’s Zebra. Samburu is also an ornithological paradise, home to many birds including local species such as the Palm Nut Vulture and the Vinaceous Dove. Leopards are often seen at dusk.

The Samburu culture is a truly fascinating one, sharing a great deal of ancestral and linguistic ties to the Maasai. The entire Samburu region is a place of breath taking and magical beauty, a place where the vision of a deep red sunset silhouetting the doum palms along the river as a leopard emerges to hunt brings the perfect end to a day on safari.

 

DATE     ACCOMMODATION MEAL PLAN ACTIVITY
Day 01 Sarova Panafric Hotel Bed & Breakfast Arrival Airport transfer.
Day 02 Samburu Sopa Lodge Full board Drive to Samburu

Afternoon game drive

Day 03 Samburu Sopa Lodge Full board Morning and afternoon game drives or a full day game drive.
Day 04 Sweet waters Serena Camp Full board Drive to Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Afternoon game drive

Day 05 Sweet waters Serena Camp Full board Morning and afternoon game drives
Day 06 Flamingo Hill Camp Full Board Drive to Lake Nakuru

Afternoon game drive

Day 07 Julia’s River Camp Full Board Drive to Masai Mara

Afternoon game drive

Day 08 Julia’s River Camp Full board Morning and afternoon game drives or full day game drives.
Day 09 Julia’s River Camp Full board Morning and afternoon game drives or full day game drives.
Day 10 Depart Drive to Nairobi,

Departure transfer

 

 

Holiday Surcharge
Easter Supplement 19th Apr – 22nd Apr USD 35 per person per night
Festive season supplements USD 50 per person per night on the 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st Dec 2019 and 1st Jan 2020

Note that for Lake Bogoria spa & Resort the festive season supplement applies from 22nd Dec 2019 – 2nd Jan 2020 and a minimum stay of 3 nights over Easter and festive season.

NOTE: WHEN BOOKING FLIGHTS MAKE SURE YOU BOOK FLIGHTS TO AND FROM JOMO KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT MOMBASA.

OPTIONAL SERVICES & ACTIVITIES
a] Maasai Village visits in the Maasai Mara – US$ 30 per person. The visit to an authentic Maasai Village. In the village you will be welcomed by Maasai women dancing. A guide will take you through the village explaining in details the way the Maasai live, their beliefs and traditions. You will get a demonstration 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 come to a market where you will have a chance to buy some of the items and curios made in their village. While in the village you are allowed to take as many pictures as you want. Return to the Lodge after this thrilling visit.

b] The Hot Air Balloon Safari in the Maasai Mara – US$ 450 per person This is a 01 hour ride on a hot air balloon guided by an expert pilot over the Maasai Mara. Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbow canopy, you are off for a game viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective. Float in silence over the Mara River, the forests and the plains, and all the animals below. Land on the distant plains for a champagne breakfast to celebrate a thrilling experience

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • OL Pejeta Conservancy boasts an astounding variety of animals, including the Big Five (the endangered black and white rhino, leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion), Grevy’s zebra, Jackson’s hartebeest, cheetah and chimpanzee. The combination of amazing wildlife and stunning views across the open plains of Ol Pejeta guarantees an unforgettable safari experience.

Itinerary

Day 1 Nairobi
Day 1 Nairobi

Upon your arrival at The Jomo Kenyatta international Airport, you will be met by our representative for a warm welcome and a short briefing. You will then be transferred to your Hotel.
Overnight at Sarova Panafric Hotel, booked on Bed and Breakfast basis.

Day 2 Nairobi – Samburu National Reserve
Day 2 Nairobi – Samburu National Reserve

After breakfast you will depart north via Nanyuki and Mt Kenya for the Samburu Game Reserve set in the rugged semi-arid northern region with spectacular scenic landscape.

Arrival in time for lunch at your lodge, short siesta then head for an afternoon game viewing drive.

The water of the great Ewaso Nyiro River, dotted with doum palms meanders through the reserve giving it an oasis setting and draws wildlife in great numbers to its banks. The verdant riverine forest is a stark contrast to the arid thorn studded plains.

Samburu is visited by large herds of Elephants, drawn by the promise of water. In the dry season, the elephants use their tusks to dig deep into the dry river beds, unearthing precious water. These waterholes then become a focal point for other game. The Samburu region is the best place to find several endemic Northern species; including the Gerenuk (twiga gazelle) due to her long neck, the Beisa Oryx, the Reticulated Giraffe, the Somali ostrich and Gravy’s Zebra.

Samburu is also an ornithological paradise, home to many birds including local species such as the Palm Nut Vulture and the Vinaceous Dove. Leopards are often seen at dusk.

The Samburu culture is a truly fascinating one, sharing a great deal of ancestral and linguistic ties to the Maasai. The entire Samburu region is a place of breath taking and magical beauty, a place where the vision of a deep red sunset silhouetting the doum palms along the river as a leopard emerges to hunt brings the perfect end to a day on safari.

Dinner and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge.

Day 3 Samburu National Reserve
Day 3 Samburu National Reserve

After an early breakfast at the lodge, enjoy a full day of game viewing drives in both Buffalo Springs and the nearby Samburu Game Reserves. The verdant riverine forest along the Ewaso Nyiro River is a stark contrast to the arid thorn studded plains.

Packs of African Hunting Dogs are some of the animals you may see during your game viewing. Our driver guide will carefully select an amazing picnic site with a great scenic view where you will take your picnic lunches before venturing into the bush once again! Be on the look-out for the 'special five of Samburu', other wildlife and a large number of bird species.

Return to Samburu Sopa Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 Samburu National Reserve - Ol Pejeta Consrvancy
Day 4 Samburu National Reserve - Ol Pejeta Consrvancy

Breakfast at the camp then drive to Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy – a 90,000-acre private wildlife conservancy – is situated on the equator, in Kenya's Laikipia District, between the foot hills of the Aberdares and the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kenya.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy boasts an astounding variety of animals, including the Big Five (the endangered black and white rhino, leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion), Grevy’s zebra, Jackson’s hartebeest, cheetah and chimpanzee. The combination of amazing wildlife and stunning views across the open plains of Ol Pejeta guarantees an unforgettable safari experience.

You will arrive in time for lunch at Sweet Waters Serena Camp then spend the early afternoon at leisure before heading for the afternoon game drive in the conservancy. Return to Sweet Waters Serena camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 OL Pejeta Consrvancy
Day 5 OL Pejeta Consrvancy

After breakfast you will drive to the Chimpanzees Sanctuary.
The Sanctuary is the only place in Kenya where this highly endangered and remarkably intelligent species can be seen!
Visitors to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy have free access to the Sanctuary, which is open daily at 9:00am to 10:30am and 3pm to 4:30pm.

The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary opened in 1993 in a negotiated agreement between the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Jane Goodall Institute. The facility was initially established to receive and provide lifelong refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees (Pan Troglodytes) from West and Central Africa. An initial group of three chimpanzee orphans were brought to the sanctuary from a facility in Bujumbura, Burundi in 1993.
This group of chimpanzees needed to be evacuated due to the outbreak of civil war in Burundi. This was followed in 1995 by another group of 9 adult chimpanzees, followed by another 10 in 1996.

You will then visit the rhino sanctuary, Ol Pejeta is home to three of the world’s last remaining three northern white rhinos, and a sanctuary for 113 critically endangered black rhinos.

You will then return to the camp for lunch and a rest. Later you will enjoy an evening game drive then return to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 6 OL Pejeta Consrvancy – Lake Nakuru National Park
Day 6 OL Pejeta Consrvancy – Lake Nakuru National Park

After breakfast, you will check out and then proceed to Lake Nakuru National Park.

This drive will take you through the famous Thompson Falls where you will stop for photography.

Arrive at Lake Nakuru National park for check-in at your camp and have lunch. You will have a rest before heading for the afternoon game viewing drive in the park.

Lake Nakuru is a shallow, alkaline lake, where flamingos flock to. This lake offers one of the world's most spectacular wildlife sights - that of brilliant pink flamingos as far as the eye can see. When conditions are right, between one and two million lesser and greater flamingos feed around the shores of the shallow soda lake, together with tens of thousands of other birds. What is certain is that any visitor to Lake Nakuru is likely to encounter flocks large enough to induce absolute awe. Over four hundred species of birds have been sighted at the park and it goes without saying that this is a bird watchers paradise.

Day 7 Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara Game Reserve
Day 7 Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara Game Reserve

After early breakfast you will be driven to Masai Mara, the most famous game reserve in Kenya.

Arrive at your camp to a warm welcome, a cold towel and enjoy a welcome drink as you check in and given your room keys. The camp porters will show you to your rooms and assist you with your luggage.

Lunch will be served for guests at the lodge. After lunch you will have time to relax.

Proceed for your first game drive in this world famous game reserve, known for its many species of wildlife.

Dinner and Overnight at Julia’s River Camp

Day 8 & 9 Masai Mara Game Reserve
Day 8 & 9 Masai Mara Game Reserve

You will spend the whole day at the reserve with an option of full day game drives or morning and afternoon game drives with optional activities at an extra cost.
All meals at the Camp.
Dinner and overnight at Julia’s River Camp. Meal plan Full board.

Day 10 Masai Mara - Depart
Day 10 Masai Mara - Depart

Enjoy your buffet breakfast at the camp, drive to Nairobi via the Great Rift Valley view point for a scenic view and photography.

Upon arrival at Nairobi you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.

Included/Exclude

  • • Arrival and departure Airport transfers.
  • • Transport in a safari minivan with a pop up roof.
  • • Bed and breakfast in Nairobi Hotel.
  • • Full board accommodation while on safari.
  • • Game drives on safari
  • • Services of an English speaking driver guide.
  • • All park and conservancy entrance fees.
  • • Complimentary mineral water throughout the safari.
  • • International flight tickets and visa cost.
  • • All items that are purely of a personal nature e.g. tips, porterage, bar bills, telephone, mineral water, laundry etc.
  • • All other services not shown in "OUR PRICE INCLUDES" above.

Tour's Location

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FAQs

What is the Great Rift Valley in Kenya?
The Great Rift Valley is part of an intra-continental ridge system that runs through Kenya from north to south. It is part of the Gregory Rift, the eastern branch of the East African Rift, which starts in Tanzania to the south and continues northward into Ethiopia.
Tell Me More About Lake Nakuru and the Pink Flamingos?
Lake Nakuru is a shallow, alkaline lake, where flamingos flock to. This lake offers one of the world's most spectacular wildlife sights - that of brilliant pink flamingos as far as the eye can see. When conditions are right, between one and two million lesser and greater flamingos feed around the shores of the shallow soda lake, together with tens of thousands of other birds. What is certain is that any visitor to Lake Nakuru is likely to encounter flocks large enough to induce absolute awe. Over four hundred species of birds have been sighted at the park and it goes without saying that this is a bird watchers paradise.
What Is The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary?
The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary opened in 1993 in a negotiated agreement between the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Jane Goodall Institute. The facility was initially established to receive and provide lifelong refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees (Pan Troglodytes) from West and Central Africa. An initial group of three chimpanzee orphans were brought to the sanctuary from a facility in Bujumbura, Burundi in 1993.

This group of chimpanzees needed to be evacuated due to the outbreak of civil war in Burundi. This was followed in 1995 by another group of 9 adult chimpanzees, followed by another 10 in 1996.

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