Kenya Tour, Travel to Kenya
Day 1 – Aberdare National Park, Mountain Lodge, 1 night
The safari begins with the drive to The Aberdare National Park for an overnight stay at Mountain Lodge.
Mountain Lodge provides an up close and personal view of the Aberdare forest, which comes alive at night. The Aberdare National Park includes moor lands and mountain slopes covered with heavy forest and criss-crossed with deep ravines. In the forest are Red Duiker, suni, bushbuck, elephant, buffalo, giant forest hog, leopard and colobus monkey. Kenya Safari Eland occur on the open moor lands as do serval. Mobile game viewing can be difficult in such thick vegetation and so the lodges within the park overlook water holes. A service is provided to wake you in the night should a nocturnal species in which you have an interest come to drink.
All rooms have an en suite bathroom and an excellent view of the waterhole below. A specially constructed viewing bunker is connected to the lodge by a short tunnel and allows an incredibly close view of game as they come to drink or lick salt.
Lunch & dinner
Day 2 & 3 – Samburu Game Reserve, Serena Lodge, 2 nights Kenya Tour
Driving north your safari comes to the Samburu Reserve and the Serena Lodge – morning and afternoon game drives are included.
The hot and dry Samburu and Shaba National Reserves are classic examples of arid habitat and the Ewaso Nyiro River provides the only year round source of water. Elephants, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah as well as reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra, oryx and other species have adapted to life here. In addition to the wildlife the region is home to the nomadic Samburu tribe, who herd their cattle, camels and goats in search of pasture.
The Serena Lodge was inspired by the architecture of the indigenous Samburu tribe and blends into the verdant environment. Thatched cabins built using exotic African woods create an escapist atmosphere. The lodge has a spacious swimming pool for cooling down in the heat of the day and a special game-viewing verandah.
Days 4 – Lake Nakuru, Lion Hill Lodge, 1 night
Morning departure for the drive south along the Great Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru, arrive in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive.
Lake Nakuru National Park encompasses an alkaline lake and is frequently visited by hundreds of thousands of greater & lesser flamingos. More than 400 bird species have been recorded here. Nakuru is also a great place to see both black rhino and white rhino as well as buffalo. Lion and leopard live here too but if you are not luck enough to see them, enjoy the stunning view of the pink tinged lake from the escarpment.
Set on a plateau in the Rift Valley, Lion Hill Lodge overlooks Lake Nakuru. The Lodge is beautifully landscaped with natural foliage and a startling variety of flower gardens. Accommodation consists of 65 chalet style bedrooms, all with private bathrooms and views over the Lake. Other amenities include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, sauna and curio shop.
Days 5 & 6 – Masai Mara, Serena Lodge, 2 nights Kenya Adventure Tour
Today’s drive will take you to one of Africa’s most renowned game viewing havens – the Masai Mara. Arrive in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive.
The Masai Mara Game Reserve contains great concentrations of wildlife and adjoins Tanzania’s Serengeti Plains forming the northern end of the great migration ecosystem. From June to October you have a good chance of seeing the migratory herds as hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra move through the area in search of new grass. The Mara, however, has great resident game and at any time of the year it is usual to see lion, leopard, cheetah, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, buffalo, jackal, topi, gazelles, impala and elephant. Hippos and crocodiles are plentiful in the rivers and the bird life is also abundant. No less than 53 different species of birds of prey alone have been recorded. The Mara is also the traditional land of the Masai people, nomadic herders who choose a traditional lifestyle and who are permitted to graze their cattle in the area.
An interpretation of a traditional Masai Manyatta village of domed huts, Mara Serena Safari Lodge is set on the saddle of a hill where it overlooks the 1,800 square kms of rolling plains, woodlands and rivers that make up the Masai Mara Triangle – one of the world’s richest wildlife sanctuaries. Every room is an individual "hut" – spread out to give each one uninterrupted views of the plains, the meandering riverine forest and the silhouetted hills beyond. The view from the pool and surrounding decks is also a panorama of the spectacular plains of the Mara.
Day 7 – Return to Nairobi
A morning game drive out of the Park precedes your return to Nairobi – arrive around noon.