Nights in the heart of the African bush are utterly unforgettable
Day 1- Saturday - Nairobi to Naivasha
Upon arrival into Nairobi we will meet you and depart for Lake Naivasha, on our drive if weather permits we will have amazing views of the Great Rift Valley from the viewpoint. Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake whose shores are fringed with Papyrus and Yellow Barked Acacia trees; wallowing hippos frequent the shallows. Our campsite is on the edge of the lake and home to Black & White Colobus Monkeys and many species of birds including the African Fish Eagle. We plan to arrive in time for lunch and the afternoon is yours free for relaxing around the pool, setting up camp and observing the birds and wildlife.
Day 2 - Sunday - Hell Gate National Park
A short distance from the lake is Hell Gate National Park, one of the only parks you can walk and cycle around. With a guide you will have the chance to enjoy the dramatic landscape and scenery, experiencing the thrill of being amongst the wildlife , maybe coming face to face with herds of grazing zebras, towering giraffes or some galloping gazelles.
Day 3 - Mondayâ - Lake Naivasha & Elsamere
A free morning relaxing in camp, followed by afternoon tea at Elsamere, former homestead of the late Joy Adamson, who raised and released Elsa the Lioness, probably one of the most famous animal stories ever told, immortalised in the book and film, 'Born Free'. The house is now a museum and her green lawns are surrounded by giant Yellow Barked Acacia trees where troops of Black & White Colobus Monkeys cavort.
Day 4 - Tuesday - Masai Mara
From Naivasha, for maybe the highlight of the safari, we head into the Masai Mara National Reserve for hopefully some of the best game viewing on earth and maybe catch the annual wildebeest migration where millions of the unganely beasts move north from the Serengeti seeking lusher grass. Huge prides of lions can be found everywhere and elephants, buffaloes, zebras and hippos also exist in large numbers. There is a good chance of spotting the big five (lions, buffaloes, rhino, elephants, leopard). Our campsite is in the heart of the Reserve - during the hours of darkness the game is at its most active and the sounds of the surrounding wildlife can be heard through the night. We will sit around the campfire in the evenings, under the clear starlit sky and listen to the calls of the wild.
Day 5 - Wednesday - Masai Mara
Early morning and late afternoon are the best times for game viewing and we take full advantage of this, the changing colours of the savannah at sunrise and sunset are also when the animals are most active, taking a rest during the heat of the day. As we game drive in the reserve we observe the vast range of animal and bird life. A colourful sight around this area is the Masai herdsmen, grazing their stock dressed in their red shukas (blankets) and ornate beads. We learn more about this interesting tribe when we visit a local Masai village.
Day 6 - Thursday - Masai Mara to Nairobi
Again we climb the Rift Valley escarpment for spectacular views of this ancient ravine which stretches the length of Africa. The Rift Valley runs some 5,500km's from the Red Sea to Mozambique and around 200-300kmwide in places. We will visit Nairobi, Kenya bustling and cosmopolitan capital city, our campsite is in the quieter leafy suburbs of Karen (named after Karen Blixen famous for her novel Out of Africa).
Day 7 - Friday - Nairobi
In the morning we visit the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage (as seen on BBC), giving us an insight into these amazingly social mammals, then we then spend a leisurely afternoon at the Bomas of Kenya, learning a little about the rich culture of the many different Kenyan tribes and viewing some traditional homesteads, followed by a spectacular performance of customary dances and songs from the different ethnic groups. We enjoy our last evening together with a special end of trip meal.
PLEASE REMEMBER THIS IS AFRICA AND THINGS DO NOT ALWAYS GO TO PLAN!!!
- Fully escorted tour Driver/Tour Leader, Cook & Helper
- All camping equipment (excluding sleeping bag and pillow)
- All road tolls and taxes
- Breakfast, lunch & dinner
- Camping Accommodation
- Camping (7 nights)
- All activities, sightseeing, National Parks, entrance fees as per itinerary
- Hell's Gate National Park
- Afternoon tea at Elsamere
- Masai Mara National Reserve
- Masai Village Visit
- Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage
- Bomas of Kenya
- All taxes and surcharges pertaining to flights and airports
- Any drinks/meals or services not specifically included
- Local gratuities
- Personal insurance
- Personal spending
- Visa's or other documentation required
APPROXIMATE GUIDE (in USD)
- Hot Air Balloon over Masai Mara - $450
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