NAIROBI - SAMBURU - LAKE NAKURU - MASAI MARA - LAKE VICTORIA - SERENGETI NP - NGORONGORO CRATER - AMBOSELI - NAIROBI
Day 1: Nairobi
Arrive at Nairobi International Airport, Kenya where you are met and transferred to your hotel for overnight. The Stanley Hotel or equivalent on bed and breakfast basis
Day 2: Samburu Game Reserve
After an early breakfast, the safari begins with drive north to the Samburu National Reserve arriving in time for a late lunch at the Samburu Sopa Lodge. Standing at the center of this pristine reserve, it features a curve of cottages clustered around a waterhole, which attracts a wide range of wildlife both day and night.
A place of endless skies, dust-red plains and palm-fringed rivers, Samburu National Reserve lies on the fringes of the vast and arid desert once known as the Northern Frontier District, whose heat-scorched scrub lands extend all the way to the jade-green waters of Lake Turkana and beyond. Physically dramatic, the 104 sq kilometer landscape of the Reserve features rocky battlements, craggy scarps, dry river beds and fallen boulders rising out of the thorn scrub against a backdrop of the far-distant hills and the great red table mountain known as Ololokwe. Overnight at A- Samburu Ashnil Camp or B- Samburu Lodge
Day 3: Samburu
Enjoy a full day on safari in Samburu followed by sundowners and dinner at the lodge/camp. Overnight at A- Samburu Ashnil Camp or B- Samburu Sopa Lodge
Day 4: Sweetwaters
Leave the lodge after breakfast and travel south along the flanks of Mount Kenya to enter the Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp.
The camp is gathered around a waterhole and features two rows of tents, which are reached via a series of stone pathways, which wind through our landscaped grounds. The camp has 39 luxury tents, each with its own en suite bathroom (hot and cold running water, 24-hour hot showers and flushed WCs). All our tents have luxury canvas interiors, solid floors and separate thatched roofs. Electricity is provided by 24 hour generator. 14 of our tents are on raised platforms with private balconies, the rest have private verandas, all with safari chairs and tables. Extra beds and cots can also be provided. Each tent features either a king-sized double bed or two twins. Mosquito nets are provided, as are hot water bottles at night. Overnight at Sweetwaters Tented Camp on full board basis.
Day 5: Lake Nakuru
After breakfast, drive to Lake Nakuru National Park in time for a late lunch at Lake Nakuru Lodge. After lunch, enjoy a game drive in the park before returning to the lodge in time for a swim, optional cocktails and dinner.
Entitled 'the greatest bird spectacle on earth' thanks to the millions of fuchsia-pink flamingo that flock to feed on the teeming algae of its alkaline waters, the pink-frosted shores and sky-mirrored waters of Lake Nakuru yield some of the most evocatively beautiful photo-images in Africa. As Kenya's first and largest rhino sanctuary, sightings of both black and white rhino are almost guaranteed, while plentiful waterbuck, warthog, zebra, gazelle and buffalo graze the shoreline. Echoing to the haunting cries of the numerous fish eagles, this is also the park in which you have the best chance of seeing a leopard.
Overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge on full Board basis.
Day 6: Masai Mara Game Reserve
After breakfast depart very early and drive to the Masai Mara National Reserve in time for a late lunch at Ashnil Mara Camp, which offers 30 luxury tents close to the Mara River. After lunch, enjoy your first game drive in the Mara. In the evening, perhaps take an early swim before proceeding for dinner and thereafter overnight.
Offering an abundance of herbivores, the Mara makes the ideal hunting ground for Kenya's famous ‘big cats' and hosts her largest population of lions. It also offers the best chance of spotting a leopard in the wild. Other predators include cheetah and spotted hyena. Historically teaming with wildlife, the Mara is famous for the large herds of elephant and buffalo that meander the plains; also for the fat pods of hippo that wallow in its mud-brown rivers. Other stars include the distinctive Masai giraffe, plum-colored topi, Coke's hartebeest, Grant's and Thomson's gazelle, zebra, impala, Kirk's dik-dik, bushbuck, waterbuck and red duiker. The Reserve also boasts plentiful Nile crocodile, monitor lizard, baboon, vervet; blue and red-tailed monkeys, nocturnal bush babies, and tree hyrax. There are over 550 resident and migratory species of birds.
Overnight at Mara Ashnil Camp on full board basis.
Day 7: On safari in the Mara
Enjoy a full day of morning and afternoon game drives. The camp offers optional activities such as guided nature/bird-spotting walks, and cultural visits to local Maasai villages. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the camp. Overnight at Mara Ashnil Camp on full board basis.
Day 8: Lake Victoria
After breakfast the safari continues. Cross the border between Kenya and Tanzania at Isabenia and drive to the shores of Lake Victoria with a picnic lunch on the way. Check into Camp or Lodge of your choice. Both are located on the lake shore. Spend a restful afternoon on the largest inland lake in the world. You may opt for guided walks, biking, fishing, canoeing and more (some or all of which may be charged additionally).
Overnight at A- Lukuba Island Camp or B- Speke Bay Lodge on full board basis.
Day 9: Lake Victoria
Day spent at the shores of Lake Victoria with 1.5hour boat ride and visit to local village. Overnight at A- Lukusaba Island Camp or B- Speke Bay Lodge on full board basis.
Day 10: Serengeti National Park
After breakfast drive to the Serengeti National Park and to Serengeti Serena Lodge, which is ideally located for safari game drives as well as optional activities such as balloon safaris, guided walks etc. Lunch and afternoon game drive.
Overnight at A-Mbuzi Mawe Camp or B- Serengeti Serena Lodge on full board basis.
Day 11: Serengeti
With a full day's game-driving in the park, your options are wide. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the camp, where guided nature walks can also be taken. Game drives can be taken morning and afternoon. While the annual migration is the Serengeti's most famous attraction, the Park is also renowned for its lion, many of which have been fitted with radio-transmitter collars so that their movements may be tracked, and additionally for its wealth of cheetah, zebra, giraffe, Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, eland, impala, klipspringer, hippo and warthog.
Overnight at A-Mbuzi Mawe Camp or B- Serengeti Serena Lodge on full board basis.
Day 12: Serengeti National Park
After breakfast depart with game drive en-route, drive through the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, stopping en route for a visit to the world-famous Olduvai Gorge Paleolithic site and reputed 'Cradle of Mankind'. Scale the side of the crater, circle the rim and descend to the Ngorongoro crater for afternoon half-day guided tour of the crater. Picnic lunch will be taken at the crater floor. Ascend to your lodge for the evening and dinner at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, which offers the finest location of all the crater rim lodges, lying on the southern rim of the crater, directly above the yellow fever trees of the Lerai Forest.
Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena on full board basis.
Day 13: Amboseli National Park
After breakfast drive to Arusha and the Namanga Kenya/Tanzania border. Complete immigration formalities and change vehicles. After a picnic lunch, drive to Amboseli National Park and enjoy an afternoon game drive before checking in to the Lodge or Camp of your choice both centrally located within the park. After dinner in the atmospheric central dining room, enjoy a display of traditional Maasai dance or a wildlife talk (Serena Lodge only).
Overnight at A- Kilima Camp or B -Amboseli Serena Lodge on full board basis.
Day 14: On safari in Amboseli
Spend the entire day game-driving in the park, which is an International Biosphere Reserve featuring the dried-out lake bed of prehistoric Lake Amboseli, rolling savannah and lush green swamps. The plains offer numerous antelopes, spotted hyenas, jackals, warthogs, olive baboons, vervet monkeys and the chance of spotting a lion, leopard or cheetah.
Observation Hill, a conical peak, which is easily climbed, offers stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Lunch and dinner will be taken at the lodge, whose grounds also offer the opportunity of optional nature walk with bird-spotting (150 species in the grounds alone). Overnight at A- Kilima Camp or B -Amboseli Serena Lodge on full board basis.
Day 15: Amboseli to Nairobi
After breakfast at the lodge, drive to Nairobi and have lunch at The Carnivore Restaurant with its glowing BBQs serving all manner of meats. An optional day room can be reserved for you to relax and freshen up before you are transferred to the airport and depart for your flight home.