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8 Days Cultural TourĀ  - Nairobi - Sweetwaters - Samburu - Lake Naivasha - Maasai Mara

Day 1 : Nairobi - Sweetwaters
On arrival at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport , you will be met by Sure Connections Safaris (K) Ltd. and commence your Safari driving north to Sweetwaters Tented Camp. The camp lies at the centre of the 110,000-acre Ol Pejeta Conservancy, which lies on the Laikipia plains 217 kilometres from Nairobi. Transfers by road from Nairobi take approximately 3-4 hours. Check in and lunch will be served. Late afternoon, you will go for a game drive in the sanctuary and view several species of wildlife. Visit the chimpanzees at Sweetwaters, and go for a boat ride down the river. Return to the camp at late evening. Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day 2: Sweetwaters - Samburu
After taking breakfast you will proceed to Samburu arriving at your camp in time for lunch. Relax and spend the rest of the afternoon doing a game drive. The area around the life-giving Uaso Nyiro River, is home to the rare and beautiful species of Northern Kenya such as Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk gazelle and the Somali ostrich. Elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and other plains game are also abundant here. Dinner and overnight at the Samburu Intrepids Club.

Day 3: Visit a Samburu village
After breakfast you will be met by Samburu tribes men and dressed up for your visit to a Samburu village. Leave the camp and walk to the village. Upon arrival there will be a welcome song by Samburu women followed by a briefing of the village. Spend the day with the tribe's people to fetch wood and water. Learn how to make fire the Samburu way (twirling sticks), women will clean milking gourds as the men go outside the village to usher in livestock from grazing. You will be shown how to milk the animals (goats) and also participate when the Samburu elders pray and catch up with local issues. Lunch in the village (lunch will be provided by Samburu Intrepids kitchen staff.) In the afternoon learn the Samburu beadwork, leatherwork, weaving hut building and traditional games. In the early evening there will be a cultural lecture and/or story telling session for everyone, the return to your camp for a well deserved shower. Dinner & overnight at Samburu Intrepids Club.

Day 4: Samburu - Lake Naivasha
After breakfast drive from Samburu, into the Rift Valley to your lodge situated on the hills overlooking Lake Naivasha one of the many beautiful Rift Valley Lakes, and home to thoNairobi nds of flamingos and other bird and animal life. Arrive for a late lunch. Check in and spend the afternoon to relax with several activities to choose from such as golf, tennis, swimming. Dinner and overnight at the Great Rift Valley lodge.

Day 5: Community visits around Lake Naivasha
Breakfast at the lodge. In the morning you will have the opportunity to visit the communities living around Mount Eburru. You visit the three communities living around the mountain. They are people from the Kikuyu, Turkana and Nderobo tribes. The Nderobo are the indigenous and most interesting. The two other tribes are new arrivals from different parts of Kenya, and are also culturally interesting.

Return to the lodge for lunch. The second cultural experience today is to a Maasai Centre and also a visit to Crater Lake. The visit to the Maasai centre will show you how the Maasai people live. At Crater Lake you will go on a walking safari on the rim of the lake and if you are lucky you will see the shy black & white Columbus monkey. Drive back to the lodge in time for dinner and overnight at Great Rift Valley Lodge.

Day 6: Lake Naivasha - Maasai Mara
Continue across the floor of The Great Rift Valley, the longest rift in the crust of the earth, to the Maasai Mara. Spend your time in this natural paradise among zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, buffalo, elephant, antelope and gazelle. You will spot prides of lions and there is a good chance of spotting cheetah and if you are lucky, the leopard. Arrive by mid day, check in and go for lunch. After enjoying your sumptuous lunch, depart for an afternoon game viewing in the Maasai Mara. Dinner and overnight at Siana Springs Tented camp.

Day 7: Maasai Mara
Spend early morning game viewing with lunch and a siesta at your camp. Afternoon visit to a traditional Maasai village a kilometer away from the camp and situated in the middle of the Mara, constructed with natural materials from the orange-leafed croton shrubs will give you an experience you have always longed for. Here you have a chance to interact with people who have maintained their unique cultural ways of life for many decades. Tall and elegant with narrowly plaited hair painted in red ochre, the village warriors (Moran) performs cultural dances thrilling to the bottom of the heart leaving you with lasting memories to take home. Return to your camp with a game drive en route. In the evening it is time for a campfire dinner. Overnight at Siana Springs Tented Camp.

Day 8: Nairobi
After breakfast return to Nairobi arriving at midday in time for lunch. Spend your afternoon at your leisure before departing to the airport to catch your next flight.

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