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16 Days Cultural safari - Nairobi -  Amboseli - Lake Naivasha - Maasai Mara - Kakamega - Lake Nakuru - Mt Kenya Region - Samburu

Day 01: Nairobi
Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you be met by Sure Connections Safaris (K) Ltd. and get transferred to The Stanley Hotel. You will have the morning to relax and in the afternoon an opportunity to visit The National Museum a great place to start exploring the Kenya's cultural riches. Tonight you will dine at the famous Carnivore Restaurant enjoying a wide variety of barbequed meats carved at your table.
Day 02: Nairobi - Amboseli
After breakfast depart for Amboseli National Park nestled on the slopes of Africa's highest snow-capped mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro, and arrive in time for lunch at the lodge. Afternoon relax by the pool as you wait to commence your first real experience of searching for the'big five' in this beautiful and very photogenic game park. Dinner and accommodation at the Lodge.
Accommodation Options:

  • Ol Tukai Lodge
  • Amboseli Serena
  • Amboseli Sopa Lodge

Day 03: Amboseli
After breakfast, spend a full day in the park with morning and afternoon game drives at one of Kenya's most visited parks, Amboseli boasts open plains, acacia woodland, rocky thorn bush, swamps and marshes that are fed by the spring waters of Mt. Kilimanjaro. All meals and overnight at the lodge. Meals: F/B.

Accommodation Options:

  • Ol Tukai Lodge
  • Amboseli Serena Lodge
  • Amboseli Sopa Lodge

Day 04: Amboseli - Lake Naivasha
After breakfast depart for Lake Naivasha with our first stop at the View Point to admire the breath-taking beauty of the Great Rift Valley. Continue to Naivasha Sopa for lunch. After lunch we'll proceed on a boat ride on the lake and disembark on Crescent Island - a private sanctuary, for a walk-about amongst Zebra, Wildebeest, Gazelle, Vervet Monkey, Genet and Giraffe. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.
Meals: F/B.

Accommodation Options:    

  • Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge
  • Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge

Day 05: Lake Naivasha - Maasai Mara
Have breakfast and depart via Narok to Maasai Mara National Reserve offering wonderful scenery and plenty of game. It's perhaps the only region left in Kenya where you may see animals in the same super abundance as existed a century ago. Mara is home to the awesome black-manned lion, the elusive leopard, stately giraffes, vast bulk of elephants, rhino, thundering herds of zebra, migrating wildebeest and numerous other plains game. Arrive at the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon proceed for an exciting game viewing in this vast and expansive reserve teeming with game. Return to the lodge for dinner.
 Accommodation Options:

  • Keekorok Lodge
  • Mara Simba Lodge
  • Mara Sopa Lodge
  • Mara Serena Lodge
  • Sarova Mara Camp


Day 06: Maasai Mara
Full day at the reserve with lunch in between the morning and afternoon game drives in search of the ‘big five'. Maasai Mara is at the northern most extension of the Serengeti Plains and one of the richest wildlife game reserves. Its home to the awesome black-manned lion, the elusive leopard, stately giraffe, vast bulk of elephants, rhino, thundering herds of zebra, migrating wildebeest and numerous other plains game, thereafter return at the lodge for dinner and accommodation.
Day 07: Lake Naivasha - Maasai Mara
Optional Activity:
Take a Balloon safari over Mara plains ending with a champagne breakfast, or visit the traditional Maasai Manyatta ( off the beaten track) and experience the culture of this world famous tribal community.
Interact with these nomadic people who still live as they did for centuries and experience their way of life as you learn about their customs and traditions.

Accommodation Options: (F/B)

  • Keekorok Lodge
  • Mara Simba Lodge
  • Mara Sopa Lodge
  • Mara Serena
  • Sarova Mara Camp

Day 08: Maasai Mara - Kakamega
Rise early and enjoy a hearty breakfast before departing for Africa's largest freshwater lake, Lake Victoria. We will have lunch by the shores of this magnanimous lake and, if we are lucky we might see the  Luo fishermen who are the local tribes people bring in their days catch before heading to Kakamega Forest to rest and overnight at the Rondo Retreat. Meals: F/B.

Accommodation Options:

  • Rondo Retreat

 

Day 09: Kakamega
After breakfast and packed lunch, depart for half-day nature walk with a visit to the historic Liranda Hills and the 'Weeping Stone' (Ikhongo Murwi) and discover the sacred values of this stone and the surrounding shrines. This is a sacred place for the Luhya community being the place where their forefathers used to offer sacrifices and pray for rain and blessings. This site and lecture will enable you to reflect on the African religious practices and at what lengths the community went seeking for God within their values. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Rondo Retreat Resort. Meals: F/B

Day 10: Kakamega - Lake Nakuru
on this day, after breakfast, you will proceed with your journey to Lake Nakuru National Park, the famous as the home of thoNairobi nds of lesser and greater flamingo. This park also provides sanctuary of Rothschild giraffe, black and white rhino and the elusive leopard. Arrive at the lodge for lunch thereafter, an afternoon game drive to see millions of flamingos and a host of other bird life. Return for dinner.

Accommodation Options:

  • Lake Nakuru Lodge
  • Sarova Lion Hill Lodge
  • Flamingo Hill Tented Camp

Day 11: Lake Nakuru - Mt Kenya Region
After breakfast depart through a very scenic route towards Mt Kenya stopping en-route at the magnificent Thompson's Falls. Arrive at Aberdare Country Club/Outspan hotel for lunch. Afternoon transfer to The Ark/treetops perched 7000ft high in the Aberdare Mountains. Settle in and enjoy views of snow-covered Mt. Kenya as you await the procession of wild animals that come to the floodlit waterhole. After dinner relax in the lounge by the fireplace or enjoy the game-viewing in the night. A warm jacket/sweater is highly recommended. Meals: F/B
Day 12: Mt Kenya Region
After Breakfast depart for Dr. Githae's African Traditional Clinic in Nyeri town. This is quite an educational experience as you will see how the traditional medicines have been modernized for day to day use by the local people. Join Dr. Githae in a short tour to the sacred forest (Mount Kenya Forest) where he collects his natural medicinal herbs. The Kikuyu people used to pray facing this mountain (the second highest mountain in Africa) and they consider it and the environs a sacred place. It is from this forest, which is undisturbed, and at peace with nature that Dr. Githae comes to collect herbs for his traditional medicines. Participate in this exercise and listen in utter disbelieve as you get mesmerized by this exceptionally talented person who is now a renowned traditional herbalist and healer in Africa as he pours a lecture to you on the medicinal values of each of the species collected and how he transforms it to traditional medicine. Thereafter proceed to Nanyuki en-route to Sweetwaters Tented Camp with a brief stop at the Equator where you may do a simple water test to ascertain the magnetic effect on the northern & southern sphere. Continue to arrive in time for lunch. After lunch proceed for the afternoon game drive with a visit to the Chimpanzee sanctuary (the only chimp sanctuary in Kenya) taking a short boat ride along Ewaso Nyiro River to see these magnificent creatures. Thereafter proceed with the game drive in search of the 'big five' including rare black rhinos, lions, elephants, giraffes and others. Return for dinner and overnight - Sweetwater Tented Camp where you will enjoy the experience of "sleeping under canvas". Meals: F/B

Accommodation Options:  

  • Mountain Lodge
  • The Ark
  • Treetops
  • Mount Kenya Safari Club
  • Sweetwater's Tented Camp

Day 13: Mt Kenya Region - Samburu
Take breakfast and drive North past Mt. Kenya to Shaba Game Reserve. Rugged and remote, this wildlife reserve provides some the best and most colourful game viewing in the country. Arrive in time for lunch at the lodge located at the banks of Ewaso Nyiro River. Later in the afternoon proceed for  an exciting game-viewing in search of game found only north of the equator that include the long necked gerenuk, grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, beisa Oryx and the Somali ostrich. Meals: F/B
 Accommodation Options:

  • Sarova Shaba Lodge
  • Samburu Lodge
  • Samburu Serena Lodge
  • Samburu Sopa Lodge

Day 14 - 15 Samburu
After an early breakfast cross over to the nearby Samburu and Buffalo Springs Game Reserve for a full morning's exciting game-viewing drive in search of the 'big five', other wildlife and a large number of bird species. The Ewaso Nyiro River dotted with doum palms meanders through the reserve giving it an oasis setting. You may opt to visit the Samburu villages to experience their way of life. Pass by a local school where we will mingle with the children and offer gifts of pens, clothes and other items that is well received and appreciated. The children may even sing for us! Return to the lodge for lunch. Enjoy afternoon game drive. All meals and overnight at the lodge.

Accommodation Options:

  • Sarova Shaba Lodge
  • Samburu Lodge
  • Samburu Serena Lodge
  • Samburu Sopa Lodge

Day 16: Samburu - Nairobi
After a great safari, a rewarding cultural experience & a wonderfully relaxed three days in the African Semi-Desert sadly you will depart for Nairobi, arrive for lunch and you may choose to relax in a hotel. Afterwards depart for a farewell dinner at the famous Carnivore Barbecue Restaurant and later transfer to the airport for your onward flight back home.

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