Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel to relax before your safari experience begins the following day. Stay: Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi.
The Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi hotel is a picturesque holiday and business destination that is among the best Nairobi has to offer. Located in the heart of Kenya’s capital, on a sprawling and beautifully landscaped 5-acre property, the hotel’s unique architecture echoes an Out of Africa theme, and offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy authentic African hospitality while being provided with services and amenities of an international standard.
The hotel’s 171 en-suite rooms are spacious, modern and well-appointed with a host of facilities to ensure the comfort of our guests.
Conveniently situated so that guests enjoy easy access to nearby attractions, like the Karen Blixen Museum, Nairobi National Park, Nairobi National Museum, Karura Forest Reserve and Giraffe Centre. In 2015, the hotel was the recipient of TripAdvisor’s prestigious Certificate of Excellence, underscoring the Tsogo Sun Group’s uncompromising standards of hospitality.
- Airport Shuttle Transfers
- Business Center
- Health Club
- Meetings & Conferences
Drive to Samburu with lunch en route at the Trout Tree Restaurant – a unique dining venue set inside and around a giant fig tree. On reaching Samburu, you’ll have an afternoon game drive to reach your accommodation on the banks of the river, the Samburu Game Lodge, where you can freshen up before dinner. Stay: Samburu Game Lodge. B, L, D.
Samburu Game Lodge is a modest 61-room value accommodation for your economical tour of Samburu National Reserve. The lodge is located within ten acres of forest along the Ewaso Nyiro River, so you have fine views of fish-eating birds skimming the surface and elephants bathing, all from the seclusion of your distinct patio or balcony. Each room features en-suite bathroom, some of which have a bathtub, as well as personal safe, writing desk, chairs, wall fan and more. In the evenings, staff places mosquito netting around your bed as part of the turn-down lodge service. Several family rooms are available, as well as themed rooms that are known to treat children to an especially delightful holiday in East Africa. Samburu Lodge also has one room that is designed to fit the needs of an AfricanMecca guest with limited mobility. From your room, you may observe many animals at the river that are also spotted by your guide during your photographic safari in magical Kenya, such as baboons, giraffes, monkeys, elephants, buffalos and other grazers and foragers, as well as ferocious crocodiles and other predators. For your security, staff escorts you at night between common areas and your room. Due to the remote location of Samburu Game Lodge, electricity is available at certain times, and the schedule is relatively convenient for most guests.
- Airstrip Transfers
- Doctor/Nurse on call 24hrs
- Major Cards Accepted
- Swimming Pool/Jacuzzi
- Nature Walk
- 4*4 Game Drives
Head out into the Samburu reserve on morning and afternoon game drives, looking out for this relatively small reserve’s rare species that include the long-necked gerenuk, reticulated giraffe and Grevy’s zebra. Stay: Samburu Game Lodge. B, L, D.
Drive south to the Aberdare Mountain Ranges. Have lunch at the Outspan Hotel, then drive on to the famous Treetops, your spectacular viewing perch for the night and the place where Princess Elizabeth was staying when she ascended to the British throne in 1952. Game is attracted by the waterholes and salt licks around this unique tree lodge. Stay: Treetops. B, L, D.
Located in the Aberdare National Park, the Treetops Lodge Nyeri tree-house lodge on stilts is famous as the place where Queen Elizabeth II visited as a princess and left as queen.
Originally built in 1932, Treetops Lodge lies in the path of an ancient Elephant migratory route between the Aberdare Ranges and Mt Kenya National park, and is strategically sited right in front of a natural watering hole and salt lick, making it the perfect place to view game.
Treetops is as much a part of nature as it has an ancient tree growing right through the hotel, with the lodge being built around it. It is the perfect fusion of nature and comfort sporting a rustic look that fits right into the Aberdares.
- Game Drives
- Outdoor Jungle Bar
- The Bush Initiative
- Sun Downers
- Nature Walks
- Lodge Animal Viewing
- Trout Fishing
- Horse Riding
- Outspan Visit
Have breakfast at Treetops before driving via Thomson's Falls – a scenic waterfall on the Uaso Nyiro River – to Lake Nakuru National Park for lunch and a game drive. The park is a haven for bird lovers, with over 400 species of bird, including flamingos (although recent water levels have seen the masses of migratory flamingos that once resided at the lake reduce considerably, so it’s best to check with the park if this is your primary reason for visiting), and also provides habitat for lion, leopard and Rothschild giraffe. It also offers fantastic chances of spotting herds of white rhino. Continue on to Lake Naivasha for the night and the Sopa Lodge, which has resident monkeys, giraffes and hippo inhabiting its 150-acre grasslands! Stay: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge. B, L, D.
Set in one hundred and fifty acres of grassland studded with Acacia bushes and trees, the resort is not only home to our resident giraffe, waterbuck and both Vervet and Colobus monkeys, but it is also a night stop for the hippos when they leave the lake every night to come and trim the grass on our expansive lawns.
With Sopa’s traditional and conscientious care for the environment, we carefully positioned all the buildings on our property so we did not have to fell any of the many trees there. As a result of this, we had to come up with a radically innovative and artistic design for the main public area building which now snakes its way between the trees with long and graceful curves.
It is also why you might well ask just why our two swimming pools with a children’s section and a pool complex with its bar, snack kitchen, pizzeria and health spa; our tennis court; our two conference halls with their four differently sized meeting areas, and our stables are so widely set apart.
- Bird Watching
- Conference Facilities
- Children Friendly
- Horse Riding
- Nature Walks
- Swimming Pool
- Traditional Dances
- Wheelchair Accessible Rooms
After breakfast, drive to the incredible Maasai Mara, home to the residents of the BBC's 'Big Cat Diary' series and a whole host of other wildlife amongst its rolling plains and open savannah, including elephant, giraffe, hyena, impala, wildebeest and buffalo. Arrive for lunch at your lodge, that dates back to 1962 and sits in the heart of the Mara with sprawling lawns and lovely river stone and cedar wood bungalows. Then head out on an afternoon game drive Stay: Keekorok Lodge. B, L, D.
Keekorok Lodge is the first property located in the Masai Mara Game Reserve and it offers traditional accommodations with private patios. Guests can enjoy views of the wildlife from the outdoor pool or the sundeck. All spacious rooms have a balcony, overlooking the garden, pool or Reserve. They are equipped with a ceiling fan, allergy free bedding and mosquito nets. The Lodge serves traditional dishes in the Hippo Bar, overlooking the lake. The Elephant Deck provides a good setting for experiencing a bush dinner. Guest can explore the Keekorok Nature Reserve with a safari and the 24-hour reception can assist. For the younger guests a children’s playground is also provided. Keekorok Airstrip is only a 10-minute drive away and a shuttle service is provided on request.
- Barbeque Facilities
- Business Facilities
- Pets NOT Allowed
- Pool & Spa
- Kids Friendly
- 24 Hour Front Desk
- Buffet Style Restaurant
This may be the last day of your safari, but it could be the most thrilling, as the vast Mara plains provide some of the best game viewing in Africa. You’ll head out on morning and afternoon game drives into the heart of the reserve – a fitting end to an exciting safari. There’s also the option today to take a hot-air balloon safari. Stay: Keekorok Lodge. B, L, D.
Depart after breakfast, arriving in Nairobi in time for lunch (own cost). You’ll then be taken to a central hotel for the afternoon where you may like to prebook a day room before your transfer to JKIA for your onward flight. Marking the end of your Safari Experience