Meet and Greet upon arrival at Nairobi's JKIA- Airport by our lovely uniformed staff in African traditional style with a bouquet of flowers. Transfer to your hotel 20 km away in the city. Depending with the time of your arrival rest of the day is spent in Nairobi acclimatizing from jet lag; get into the city sightseeing with visits to Nairobi's principal landmarks; the parliament buildings, the Capitol Hill area with panoramic view of Nairobi skyline. In the evening drive to the famous Carnivore restaurant for a welcoming dinner.
After breakfast visit one of the local learning institutions and interact with University/college students. Thereafter, visit the Kenya National Museum with our guide to learn about Kenya's wildlife, geology and human history. Extend your visit to “Nyumbani children's home” for an up-close and candid interaction with orphan-children. Return to your hotel by sun-set for a tour briefing. Meal Plan: B, L & D at Boulevard hotel or similar.
Lake Magadi is located in the southern Kenya. This 104 sq. km soda lake is completely surrounded by vast natural salt flats. These sweltering hot plains prevent animals from reaching the alkaline lake at its centre. For this reason, thousands of flamingos descend on the lake each year to nest on elevated mud mounds at the lake's edge safe from any potential predators. Freshwater springs at the Lake's shore attract a host of other birds. A journey of 2 hours drive on tarmac road South of Nairobi the Lake’s baking salt plains stretch into horizons of shimmering heat haze, while the shallow lake heaves with the pink waves of nesting flamingo. The other worldly atmosphere is compounded by the intense heat and the isolation. A guided tour to the Magadi Soda company one of the largest producer of Soda Ash in Africa is conducted. (Picnic Lunch is served). Drive back to Nairobi hotel Boulevard for overnight. Meal Plan: B, L & D
A guided tour to the Maasai plains- East of Nairobi on agro based study tour of nomadic life of the Maasai people will give you good research findings on these peoples’ lifestyle in their villages. Visit to the Ostrich farm at nearby enables you to learn about Ostrich rearing and breeding. During your visit to the sanctuary here the ‘ostrich race’ is held where the birds are put on a running match for sports viewing. A complimentary ostrich feather and sample of ostrich fillet are some of the most interesting items to savor. Late afternoon drive back to your hotel for overnight. Meal plan: B L & D
Leave Nairobi after breakfast pass through coffee and pineapple plantations to the slopes of Mt. Kenya arriving at lunchtime. Afternoon walk to the exciting Kikuyu villages for cultural tour where folklore songs and circumcision dance, heritage and lifestyle is displayed. During this time a walk to Mau Mau historic caves is led by local guides to help you visualize the struggle of Kenya’s freedom fighters. Bird watching, nature walks and forest study is carried out. Drive to the Mountain Rock Hotel for overnight. Meal plan: B L & D
Depart early morning after breakfast and cross the Equator line where a proof demonstration of zero- degrees latitude is performed, proceed to the famous Sweetwater's Wildlife Sanctuary, a beautiful private game reserve. This very special 23,000 acre wildlife sanctuary was originally established to protect and breed highly-endangered Chimpanzees and Black Rhinos.
In 1994 the Jane Goodall Institute established the Sweetwater's Chimpanzee Sanctuary within the reserve and moved a large group of chimps here from the unstable situation in their native West Africa. A Visit up close with the wildlife orphanage gives a clear view of the chimps at this Sanctuary. It will be exciting to see lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants and hippos as they come to drink sweet water at the under flood light- a spectacle to behold! Dinner and overnight at the Sweetwaters.
Depart Sweetwater’s after breakfast for Lake Nakuru via Thompson's Falls a beautiful waterfall on the slopes of Mt Kenya. On the way break off for lunch at Nyahururu town as you proceed to Nakuru arriving in the evening. Overnight at Nakuru hotel for meals based on Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Lake Bogoria is a breeding ground for the flamingos and it will be very important to tour the environment of its locality for purposes of science and geography. The Lake has hot geyser/springs from the hot beds of the Rift valley. The habitat is a living ground for many bird species. The lake (Baringo) is widely known for its lively bird-life eco-system that supports variety of bird’s species which live in this wide basin of water marsh /wetland habitat for bird life and supports huge number of aquatic life like hippos, snakes and crocodiles. Occasionally a number of flamingos come to feed here- a very good chance for photography and an hour long study tour provides a good ‘classroom’ lesson time here. There is considerable geothermal activity with hot springs and geysers around the shoreline of Lake Bogoria and you will take a sight-see walk to look for animals like the greater kudu, zebra and other antelopes. Afternoon ends with a drive back to Robert’s camp by the lakeside for overnight. Meal plan: BLD
Depart after breakfast and proceed to Lake Bogoria for the taste of the Great Rift Valley vista from scenic landscape upon arriving see the breeding grounds of the flamingo and the hot geysers here. The day is spent walking on the lake shore taking photos of the birdlife and water scenery, the hot water springs and the volcanic soil formation. Leave the lake and drive down the valley floor to Nakuru town arrive late afternoon and check into your budget hotel/camp or lodge for dinner and overnight.
Lake Nakuru is one of the most spectacular sights and birdlife sanctuary in the world. In the lake millions of flamingo birds are in plenty, pelicans and goose abundant. After breakfast drive to the Lake Nakuru National Park for game viewing, see the lesser and greater flamingos and other birds. Looking out over the dazzling fringe of pink around the lake's shores you will see the warthog, waterbuck and large numbers of impala. Other residents include buffalo, Rothschild giraffe, water buck, lion, leopard and white rhino. The best place to view the birds is from Baboon Cliff where you will have a picnic lunch. Leave the park and tour Nakuru town then return to hotel for dinner and overnight. Meal plan: LDB
Early breakfast leave Nakuru drive down the valley floor to Lake Naivasha on your way visit the pre historic sites of Kariandusi and the lake Elementaitia. Arrive in Naivasha for lunch and check into your hotel/camp. In the late afternoon visit Elsamere, the home for former pioneer wildlife conservationist Madam Joy Adamson and her husband George Adamson who became world famous for their pioneering conservation works in Northern Kenya. Learn more about their relationship with the lioness Elsa as seen in the film" BORN FREE". The home has many of Joy's paintings, which still decorate the house today. Dinner and overnight in Lake Naivasha lodge/camp.
Morning visit to the Olkaria Geothermal Power station. The station generates raw gas from underground geysers/hot springs providing 30% thermal energy of 30 % into Kenya’s national grid. The study tour staff guide is educational and geographic for the group. This is another day classroom tour ideal for learners and travelers. Thereafter explore and climb the high rocks using ropes, take a walk in the park and into the floor of the gorges. This is the only park in Kenya you can walk or do cycling. The excursion offers a stunning variety of animals, prolific bird life trip. The gorge is fascinating where you wash your hands under a small waterfall though you may find the water too hot to handle instead enjoy a swim in the natural spar. Meals and Overnight at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge.
Have an early breakfast then head for boat ridding at the Crater Lake for an evocative step back in-time to a bygone era of elegance and romance of wilderness magic untouched by the modern world of private game sanctuary at a homely environment. Crater Lake offers classic escapes including painting, astrology, as well as ornithological outings to what must be one of the most beautiful small lakes in creation. On the boat spot the Fish eagle, Kingfisher, flamingo and pelicans ashore. Hippos and crocodiles are also found here. Leave Naivasha for Masai Mara with picnic lunch en route. Arrive in Masai Mara in the late afternoon Dinner and overnight in the Sopa Lodge/ or in a self-contained Tented Camp. Meal Plan: BLD
Early breakfast drive into the vast Maasai Mara- the Hemingway trails where the largest concentration of animals abounds. The vast savannah and open grasslands of the Mara- Serengeti eco-system are home to over 2.5 million large mammals. An excellent chance of seeing all the “Big-5 animals”: lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant. Other hunters like hyena, cheetah and jackal can be spotted chasing warthogs and antelopes. Dinner and overnight in the Sopa Lodge/ or in a self-contained Tented Camp. Meal Plan: BLD
Spotted, Speckled and Dotted are the meaning of “Mara”. This is the descriptive name given by the Maasai people for this beautiful land of trees, shrub, savannah grassland and shadows made by clouds that hover over the plains. The vast, open grasslands of the Serengeti-Mara eco-system are home to over 2.5 million large mammals. These include over 1.4 million wildebeest, which migrate in an enormous, straggling herd each year from northern Serengeti to the southern part of Masai Mara. With them move herbivores such as gazelles and zebra, also looking for the best grass. Along the way they provide food for big predators such as lions, leopards and cheetahs.
It’s only in the Mara where it’s possible for a herd of elephants to surround your vehicle so close such that you can be able to see the beast’s Matriarch eyelashes and have eye-contact… It’s in Mara where a herd of lions can hold you hostage for more than 1 hour as they use your vehicle shadow to escape the midday heat..! A cheetah may jump onto the hood of your vehicle to gain a vantage of their prey. A family of cheetah sunning themselves sleepily on a rock, the drama of a lion makes a kill just 15-20 feet away from you, or the thrill of elephant charge. The trees in the distance turn out to be giraffe’s family. Dinner and overnight in Mara Sopa Lodge/ or similar. Meal Plan: BLD
Leave Masai Mara after early breakfast and drive back to Nairobi- Kenya's colorful capital city in time for lunch at the famed Carnivore restaurant. The Carnivore Barbecue Experience, also described as 'Meat Eaters Paradise' is the Africa's greatest eating experience! After lunch transfer to your hotel or Airport to your next destination - Splendours of Africa Tours representative will reconfirm your onward flight, and assist you at check-in point. Those taking additional days for beach holiday or safari extensions to Mombasa or other circuits will be cordially assisted satisfactorily. Wishing you a wonderful safari holiday for a lasting lifetime memory!