Day 1: Nairobi to Aberdares National Park
You will be met at your hotel in Nairobi or the airport. After a short safari briefing, depart for a 3.5
hours journey to the Aberdare Mountain Range via Nairobi. Once you reach Aberdares, you’ll
check in at the Aberdare Country Club, take lunch and then leave your luggage behind for a transfer
to its unique sister property, The Ark, which will be your viewing perch for the night.
Set in the heart of the Aberdare National Park, this unique game lodge overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick which attracts a host of wildlife: elephant; rhino; leopard; bushbuck and occasionally an elusive bongo or giant forest hog. Resembling, and named after, Noah‟s Ark, the Ark comprises three decks from which numerous balconies and lounges provide superb vantage points for game viewing. A ground level bunker provides excellent photographic opportunities and takes you closer than you would believe possible to the animals. Comfortable en suite cabins are fitted with buzzers to announce the arrival of one of the “Big Five” at the water hole. Before embarking on the half-hour drive to The Ark, lunch is served at the
charming Aberdare Country Club. Dinner and breakfast are served “on board”!
Day 2: Aberdares to Lake Nakuru
After breakfast, transfer back to the Aberdare Country Club to pick up luggage and rejoin your
driver guide for the journey 3 hours journey to Lake Nakuru. This park offers one of the best
chances to see herds of rhino as well as migratory birds. Arrival and check in at Flamingo Hill
Camp or Lake Nakuru Lodge or Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge or Sarova Lion Hill Lodge or Punda
Milias Camp. Enjoy an afternoon game drive and take in the views from the park’s viewpoints.
Dinner and overnight.
ABOUT LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK
Lake Nakuru National Park, located at an altitude of 4,000-5,767 feet above sea level, covers 188 square
kilometres of land of great ecological diversity – from lake water, woodland, bush grassland, to rocky
ridges. The park is home to not just the lesser flamingo but over 400 species of birds and one of the few
places to see the endangered white rhino. Other wildlife at the park includes lions, leopards, zebra, gazelles,
eland, giraffe and the hyrax.
Day 3: Lake Nakuru to Masai Mara
After breakfast, depart for a 6 hours journey to Masai Mara. Drive across the Great Rift Valley
through Masai villages and by the Longonot satellite station as you head to the town of Narok. Pass
through the fields of wheat and barley before reaching the rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara
National Reserve. Arrival and check in at Mara Leisure Camp or Ilkeliani Camp or Mara Sopa
Lodge or Mara Serena Lodge or Ashnil Mara Camp or Aruba Camp or Olmoran Camp or Crocodile
Camp. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon game drive until sunset. Dinner and overnight.
ABOUT MASAI MARA RESERVE
The Masai Mara Game Reserve is often called simply “The Mara” – a Masai word meaning “mottled” – a
reference to its patchy landscape. The Reserve covers 1,510 sq km (580 sq miles) and raises 1,500-2,170 meters above sea level. The terrain of
the reserve is primarily grassland and riverine forest with clumps of distinctive acacia trees. It is about 270
km from the capital city Nairobi and takes about 5-6 hours by road or 40-45 minutes by flight.
The wildlife of the Masai Mara is world-renowned, with the so-called “Big Five”- buffalo, elephant, leopard,
lion and rhinoceros – evident throughout the year. The “Big Nine” – including cheetah, zebra, giraffe and
hippo – extends this experience.
The Masai Mara also plays host to the „Annual Migration‟ but whatever the time of year the resident
wildlife will surely enthrall and entertain all who visit this wondrous reserve.
Finally let us not forget the colorful inhabitants of this exceptional landscape. The Masai are a proud seminomadic cattle-rearing people with a fascinating culture, divided into a number of sub-tribes some of
which share the Mara region. The Masai are an ever-present reminder of the history and cultural heritage
of this sublime and enigmatic landscape, and will surely leave a lasting impression for all.
Day 4: Masai Mara
Optional dawn balloon safari or Sunrise game drive. After breakfast, leave with picnic lunch boxes
for a full day exploration of the wilderness. Optional visit to a Masai village in the mid-morning.
You will return to the camp in the late afternoon on time for a refreshing shower, followed by time
round the fire exchanging stories of the day with the other guests. Candlelit dinner completes the
day, after which you will be escorted to your room.
Spotting the animals in the wide open grasslands and riverine forests is not easy but your hawkeyed driver guide armed with a pair of binoculars, has acquired the skill over a long period of time
in the bush and will pick them out from afar and take you there for a close up view.
Masai village visit & Dawn balloon safari
Day 5: Masai Mara to Nairobi
Sunrise game drive. After breakfast, depart for a 6 hours journey to Nairobi. Transfer to the airport.
Lunch can be arranged at extra cost.
Optional stop at Lake Naivasha for boat ride or Hell’s Gate guided hike / biking or Crater Lake visit
or Crescent Island boat trip and guided walk.
Hell’s Gate guided hike or biking including park entry tickets
Crescent Island boat trip and guided walk
Crater Lake visit:
Picnic lunch at Naivasha:
Today your African Safari has come to an end. We trust you will take home memories to last a lifetime
and hope that we are able to say ‘Karibu Kenya’ again to you soon!