12 Days Tourist choice Safari
- Green Belt Movement – impressive environmental project
- Alpine forests of Mount Kenya
- Green Belt Movement project.
- Hikes and game walks.
- Foster an orphaned Elephant.
- Samburu – “Unique wildlife and birds”
Day 1 :Nairobi – 67 Airport View Hotel
Arrive at the Airport at 21:50 hrs by KLM, you get a very warm welcome by our representative then get a transfer to the Hotel where you will get a rest for your next day Kenya Safari and refresh from the long flight . Dinner and overnight
Day 2: Nairobi – Mount Kenya – Mount Kenya Leisure Lodge (L D)
From Nairobi we drive through the Kenya highlands rich in farming arrive in Karatina Market then further to the village of the Kikuyu Tribe where we visit the Kiria Project after a warm welcome by our hosts, get some briefing then start with a short guided walk, participate in tree planting together with the locals here and thereafter have a traditional lunch served in the project. The Project is part of the Green Belt Movement which focuses on environmental protection and the development of social communities. When meeting with the villagers we get to know about reforestation and food protection projects on-site. After a common lunch, we continue through the area of the Kikuyu and fascinating landscapes to Mount Kenya arriving at Mount Kenya Leisure lodge in time for dinner.
Day 3: Samburu National Reserve – Ashnil Samburu Camp (B L D)
Today we drive further to the Northern parks of Kenya and visit Samburu National reserve, we will arrive in time for lunch at Ashnil Samburu camp, after a short rest we will get to the park and make afternoon game drives, the park has very unique animal species which cannot be found in any other park in Kenya so we will have the opportunity to see these animals, as the sun is going down we will get back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Samburu National Reserve – Ashnil Samburu Camp
The full day will be spent in this famous park for its wildlife diversity and specification. Samburu National reserve has unique animal species which are endemic to areas which are at the Northern part of the Equator, these animals are Gravy’s zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Beisa Oryx and Gerenuk, you are also guaranteed to see cheetahs, lions, leopards, impalas, buffalo, hippos, dik-diks among other animals. Bird life here is abudant with some birds which are also endemic there like the Somali Ostrich, yellow throated sandgrouse among other birds.Picnic lunch will served at a site and continue with extensive game drives to even Buffalo springs resereve, visit Ewaso nyiro river and see hippos and crocodiles. Come back in the evening for dinner and overnight at our Lodge.
Day 5: Meru National Park – Ikweta Safari Camp (B L D)
After an early safari and breakfast, we will depart Samburu and drive to Meru National park where we will arrive in time for lunch, after a short rest we will get down to game drives in the park. Meru National Park is wild and beautiful. Straddling the equator and bisected by 13 rivers and numerous mountain-fed streams, it is an especially beautiful area of Kenya. It has diverse scenery from woodlands at 3,400ft (1,036m) on the slopes of Nyambeni Mountain Range, north east of Mt. Kenya, to wide open plains with meandering riverbanks dotted with doum palms. We will come back in the evening for dinner and overnight at Ikweta Safari camp.
Day 6: Meru National Park – Ikweta Safari Camp (B L D)
After breakfast, we will do full day game drives in Meru National park. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded, including: Red-necked falcon, Heuglins courser, brown-backed woodpecker, sunbirds Peter’s Fin foot, inhabiting the Murera and Ura Rivers; Pel’s Fishing Owl, kingfishers, rollers, bee-eaters, starlings and weavers. The Park is most famous as the setting for Joy Adamson’s book “Born Free”, the story of the Adamson’s life and research amongst lion and cheetah. “Elsa” the lioness was the most well-known and her grave is marked here. Look out for lion, elephant, cheetah, leopard black rhino, zebra, gazelle, Oryx and some of the rarer antelope, Lesser Kudu and duiker, also the more common Dik Dik, one of Africa’s smallest antelope. Large prides of lion can be seen and some of Kenya’s largest herds of buffalo. The rivers abound with hippo and crocodile, fishing for barbus and catfish is permitted at camp sites and along the Tana River. In the mid 1980’s, the Park suffered from poaching, however KWS armed wildlife security patrols have driven out the poachers and the elephant population has stabilized with breeding herds settling down.
Day 7: Sweet waters Sanctaury – sweet waters serena Camp (B L D)
Breakfast then depart and head to the Sweet waters sanctuary, this is the home for the rehabilitated chimpanzees and Rhinos, the sanctuary hosts also other animals like Zebra, antelope species, bird life is abundant also meals and accommodation at sweet waters Serena camp.
Day 8: Nakuru – Merica Hotel (B D)
Today we drive through the “White Highlands”, an area which the white settlers dominated during the times of colonial rule, and we cross the equator, where a vivid demonstration will be given. Proceed to have a walk to observe the Thompson falls after which we will have picnic lunch at the Thompson Falls picnic site. Continue and on our way visit the Menengai Crater in Nakuru, one of the highest volcanic craters in the world. The magnificent view of the countryside from the crater is still a secret. Afterwards, we continue to Nakuru with a magnificent view over Lake Nakuru. Dinner and overnight at Merica Hotel.
Day 9: Nakuru – Lake Nakuru Lodge (B L D)
In the morning we will have another highlight of the tour, the Lake Nakuru National Park. Here, we visit Lake Nakuru one of the most well-known lakes of the Rift Valley famous all over the world for its flamingos, this lake is one of the natural wonders of the world. At times, there are up to 2 million flamingos at the lake, which forms a beautiful pink ribbon around the lake shores. Check in at Lake Nakuru Lodge for our delicious lunch after which we will have some short time to rest, in the late afternoon, we will have evening game drives where we will have a good chance of seeing rhinos and leopards. As the sun is going down we come back to our lodge for dinner and overnight. From our lodge, we have a magnificent view over the lake.
Day 10: Lake Baringo – Soi Safari Lodge (B L D)
Today we drive further to the Rift valley lakes visiting Lake Baringo National park which occupies the one of the fresh water lakes in the Rift valley, Lake Baringo, we arrive and make some game drives in the park before arriving in our lodge for check in and lunch, in the afternoon we will have a nature walk, submerge yourself in the meandering shorelines of Lake Baringo where you will encounter hippos, crocodiles and Nile Monitors. The walk then takes you toward the cliffs where you will be greeted by scorpions, rock hyraxes and snakes. Along the way you will bypass indigenous plants, trees and ecosystems, learning about their medicinal and cultural importance in local traditions. The walk climaxes atop the cliffs for breath-taking, panoramic views of the lake. And who knows; you may even meet a black mamba! This walk takes between 1 – 3 hours; the evening will be spent at the lodge, dinner and overnight.
Day 11: Naivasha – Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge (B L D)
We will have an early morning bird walk, being an ornithological paradise; Lake Baringo offers one of the world’s highest densities of bird species with over 500 species recorded in the area. And our highly-trained, local guides know exactly where to find the most beautiful, rare and exciting birds in the area. Our three specialized walks offer avid birders a tailor-made experience to cater for their ornithological needs: Cliff Bird Walk takes clients to the rocky, basalt cliffs where you will find, amongst others, Bristle-Crowned Starlings, Brown-Tailed Rock Chats, Jackson’s Hornbills and the extremely rare Hemp rich’s Hornbill. West Bay Walk takes clients along the shore line where sightings will include Lichtenstein’s Sand grouse and Nightjars. Southern Bay Walk takes clients to the southern tip of the lake in search off Heuglin’s Coursers and a great variety of stunning owls. After breakfast we drive to Lake Naivasha. Lake Naivasha, the highest and most beautiful lake in the Rift Valley, where especially the bird-watchers, with over 400 documented bird species will be pleased. At an altitude of 1910 m, the water is crystal clear and surrounded by thick papyrus. Arrive and check in at Lake Naivasha sopa lodge in time for lunch, after a shot rest, we will to a boat trip to the lake and experience more of the attractions found in the lake.
The Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge is surrounded by a vast terrain, which varies in landscape. Thus we find steppe landscape, but also grass and trees come close like in a local park. You may be able to observe the many animals roaming around the Lodge in search of food. At night it is fun to look out the window and see the hippopotamus within a few meters from the lodge warthogs or even giraffes on your way. Overnight and dinner at Lake Naivasha sopa lodge.
Day 12: Nairobi – Activities – Transfer to Airport
After breakfast, we drive to Nairobi. Here we have visit the former administration house of the Danish author Karen Blixen, where we will have lunch. Karen Blixen was known for the film adaptation of her novel “Africa, alluring dark world” and “Out of Africa” with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in the lead roles. After lunch visit Kazuri beads factory where you can have some shopping for your gifts to take back home or shopping in the nearby shopping malls, in the evening we will visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Trust where you will make an adoption of a young orphaned Elephant, get more information about how the Trust takes care of the orphaned and the injured Elephants, after words we will take you to a farewell dinner at the Carnivore restaurant before making a transfer to drop you off at the Airport for your onward flight back home departing at 23:50 hrs.
- All park entrance fees
- All game drives and transfers in a good customary minivan on safari
- Unlimited game drives up to 6pm (sundown)
- Kiria Project visits with Lunch.
- Guided walks applicable, Mt Kenya, Lake Baringo and Menengai.
- Breakfast / lunch / dinner as indicated
- Accommodation in a double room in mentioned accommodations or similar
- Boat tour in Lake Naivasha
- Accommodation in Nairobi on HB – 1 night.
- Transfer to and from Nairobi hotel.
- Lunch at Karen Blixen Restaurant.
- Dinner at the Carnivore Restaurant.
- Adoption fee at the Elephant Orphanage.
- Local well experienced English-speaking driver/tour guide
- Enough bottled water every day on safari.
- Flying Doctors Air rescue insurance (if medical insurance exists)
- International flight
- Visa for Kenya (about USD 50)
- Optional activities.