Arrival at Jomo Kenyatta Airport, met and assisted by our representative. Transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day at leisure in Nairobi.
After breakfast, drive north via Nanyuki and Mt Kenya to the Shaba National Reserve, a small gem in the wildlife wilderness. This reserve takes its name from a cone of volcanic rock and is one of Kenya’s most pristine game reserves. Lunch en-route at the Trout Tree Restaurant. Afternoon game drives en route to your lodge. Dinner and overnight at Sarova Shaba Lodge
Morning and afternoon game drives. You have the opportunity to see the unique five. Wildlife found only in the northern frontier that is, Gerenuk, Grevy’s zebras, Oryx, Reticulated giraffes and the Somali Ostrich. This is Kenya’s semi-arid region characterized by vast, open landscape that also includes dried riverbeds, red volcanic soil, rock outcropping, river acacia trees and palm trees. Your luxury lodge accommodations are along the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River famous for its big crocodiles.
After breakfast drive southwards to the lush foothills of snow capped Mount Kenya – Africa’s second highest mountain, arriving at the Lodge in time for lunch, you will relax in the balconies and lounges which provides superb vantage point (Viewing Bunker) for game viewing at the water hole. Nestled in the foothills between Aberdare and Mount Kenya National Park, the lodge is famous for its high perches and balconies, overlooking a salt lick and waterhole. Here we will enjoy the finest in high-altitude game viewing.
Today we travel to the exotic Sweetwaters Tented Camp in the secluded heart of Ol Pejeta Ranch and Rhino Reserve. Here, these magnificent beasts are given sanctuary from those who would take their lives to sell their horns. Here too, the Jane Goodall Institute operates a remarkable Chimpanzee Sanctuary where we meet the primates’ face – to – face. Our camp also overlooks one of the busiest waterholes in the area and offers elephant, giraffe and myriad plains game. This is Africa as Teddy Roosevelt saw it years ago when he led one of the first safaris to tour Africa in comfort and splendor. Our tents at Sweetwaters will remind us of this bygone era.
Our destination today is the lovely Mount Kenya Safari Club. This exclusive club offers an experience of refined elegance and luxury, as well as a sense of old Hollywood thanks to its glamorous past. All of the amenities you would expect from a fine establishment are here, including horse stables, golf, trout streams, tennis and sauna. Fine dining, gracious hospitality and superb accommodations are sure to be highlights of our stay. Our accommodations are upgraded to either a spacious suite or delightful cottage.
After breakfast, drive to the Scenic and alkaline Lake Bogoria. In recent years this lake has become another favorite home of the millions of flamingo which seasonally visit its shores. It is an unspoilt area with no tourist accommodation at all, and on the western shore, a series of hot springs and geysers erupt. The heat is such that it would be possible to boil en egg over if anyone could venture close enough. A short game drive then drive to Lake Nakuru National Park, famous as the home to thousands of greater and lesser flamingo. This park also provides sanctuary for Rothschild giraffe, rhino and leopard. Arrive for lunch at your lodge. Afternoon game drive until sunset.
After a delicious breakfast, we take a full day game viewing experience in Lake Nakuru National Park. The spectacular alkaline Lake is famously known as the feeding ground of both lesser and greater flamingos. This National park, which is fenced all round is a sanctuary for birds, Rothschild giraffes and both black and white-rhinos. Other mammals in abundance include Waterbucks, Buffalos, Gazelles, Lions, Baboons and the elusive Leopards sometimes seen sleeping on the horizontal branches of the “Fever trees”. Lunch will be served at one of the lodges located in the game park, offering its own local specialties, served with fresh produce from the region.
After a leisure breakfast at Lake Nakuru Sarova Lion Hill Lodge, depart overland to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve-jewel of Kenya’s Game Park. The Maasai Mara is Kenya’s finest and most outstanding wildlife sanctuary where gentle rolling grassland ensures animals are never out of sight. The climate is gentle, rarely too hot and well spread rainfall year round. The sensation of the great wildebeest migration between July and October is unparalleled. The wildlife is far from being confined within the Reserve boundaries and an even larger area extends beyond the game Reserve. Centuries of close, association with the wildlife has resulted in an almost symbiotic relationship where wildlife and Maasai people live in peace with one another. After lunch, explore the Reserve on a late evening game drive. No matter how much you have thought about Africa, this is more than you expected—the big five-Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino and Cape buffalo are in abundance.
Today we will be spending in the vast eco-system of the Mara searching for the big five and much more. You also have an optional balloon safari — Many call it a once in a life time experience, once you are up, you won’t want to come down, and once you land, champagne breakfast awaits you. Game viewing is great from the air with the opportunity for beautiful pictures. The annual wildebeest migration is expected in the Maasai Mara between July and early November. Millions of animals migrate to the Mara from Serengeti in search for fresh green pastures and water. It is worth noting that every game drive is different from the other, and missing one is missing out on the fun.
We rise early for breakfast and then depart for a full-day game drive. Wildlife in the Maasai Mara is so abundant and so varied that you will find the early hours bring game sighting quite different from the drives later in the day. In particular, be alert for many of the bird species that inhabit this wilderness. We enjoy a picnic lunch out in the African bush and then resume our game drive. Dinner is at the lodge this evening.
We enjoy an early breakfast and then we drive to Nairobi. We have lunch at the Stanley Hotel. The rest of your afternoon is at leisure. You might take this opportunity to visit Collectors Den. The store displays items pertaining to Kenya and Tanzania’s cultural heritage, and offers unique carvings, artifacts, clothing and gem stones to augment and expand the experiences you’ve had on your visit. If you are returning to the Home, you have a day room available for the afternoon and dinner at the Hotel is included. Early in the evening, you fly from Nairobi to Amsterdam. As we leave Africa, we know that the old adage is true: you may leave Africa, but Africa will never leave you.