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8-Day Highlights Safari

This safari features the arid beauty of Samburu, the historic Afro-Alpine scenery of the Aberdare National Park, the glorious and world-renowned Masai Mara Reserve and the flamingos and rhinos of Lake Nakuru. Featuring traditional safari lodges, it offers optimum game-viewing options, stunning views of Mount Kenya, and the opportunity to view ‘The Big Five' against a vivid selection of exceptionally varied backdrops.

Day 1 –Nairobi - Met upon arrival with our “traditional welcome “and transfer to the Hotel. This morning we will give you a full safari briefing, a safari hat and your itinerary. Balance of the day may be spent strolling in the city or visiting the Karen Blixen Museum and Giraffe Manor. Tonight we dine at the famous Carnivore Restaurant. Overnight stay at the Hotel (Bed & breakfast)

Day 2 – Samburu - Driving north we pass Mount Kenya, Africa’s second highest mountain at 17,000 feet (5,199 metres). This is also the traditional homeland of the Kikuyu people, the largest of Kenya’s recognized tribes. The Kikuyu believe that their god, Ngai, lives on Mount Kenya and so they build their homes with the doors facing towards the mountain, to welcome their god in. We cross the Equator again into the northern hemisphere on our way to Samburu Game Reserve in a semi-desert area of Kenya.Samburu is located on the Ewaso Nyiro River. This afternoon we take a game drive in the park.Samburu Intrepids Camp or similar. Full Board

Day 3 – Samburu - Early morning and afternoon game-viewing drive in Samburu Game Reserve, Ololokwe Table mountain forms a dramatic backdrop to our game viewing today.Samburu is also home to the third of Kenya’s giraffe species – the Reticulated Giraffe. This is also our best chance to see the blue-legged Somali Ostrich, the long-necked Gerenuk gazelle and the straight-horned Beisa Oryx antelope.Samburu Intrepids Camp or similar. Full Board

Day 4 –Aberdares - After a hearty breakfast depart for Aberdare Country Club to arrive in time for lunch. After lunch we leave our main luggage at the base hotel and continue with just our overnight bags to one of the famous “tree hotels “deep in the Aberdares Forest. A special feature of the lodge where we stay is the floodlit watering hole where we can watch from the lodge itself throughout the night as the animals come down to drink. In the morning we hope to have spectacular views towards jagged outline of Mount Kenya.(Note: Children under 8yrs are not admitted and only small overnight bags are permitted to be carried to the tree hotels). Overnight at the Ark, Treetops or similar. Full Board

Day 5 –Lake Nakuru - Breakfast and return to the Aberdare Country Club or similar to rejoin your drive/guide and vehicle. Depart for Lake Nakuru National Park. Famous for its flocks of over one million Flamingoes. As well as seeing many large game animals such as Zebras, elephants and gazelles, this is one of our best chances of seeing rhinos. Lake Nakuru National Park was the first place in Kenya selected as a rhino reserve. Here is one of the few places where we can see Rothschild’s giraffes. Overnight at the Sarova Lion Hill Lodge or similar. Full Board

Day 6 –Masai Mara - After breakfast drive down into the Great Rift Valley. Crossing the valley we make way to Kenya’s premier wildlife park-the Masai Mara. This is the northern section of the Serengeti Plain, which is the home to the greatest concentration of game animals in the world. We continue to explore this afternoon game drive. This is one of the most spectacular sights in the world. Today we also encounter and learn about the Masai, a proud tribal people struggling to preserve their traditions in the face of modernization.At sunset we will visit a section of the Mara River where we hope to see many hippos. Keekorok Lodge or similar. Full Board

Day 7 – Masai Mara - Masai Mara the vast, open grasslands of the Serengeti-Mara are home to over 3 million large mammals. These includes over 1.4 million wildebeest which migrate in an enormous, straggling herd each year between the southern part of the Serengeti to the northern part and back again. On our morning and afternoon game drives in the Masai Mara we have a very good chance of seeing all the major plains animals including lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, rhino, hyena, cheetah, jackal, warthog and many species of antelope. (Optional excursions available: hot air balloon or visit a Masai tribal village) Keekorok Lodge or similar. Full Board

Day 8 –Onward Flight - After breakfast proceed to Nairobi. Have lunch then transfer to the airport afterwards to catch your outbound flight.

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