Great Tembo Safari
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Wildlife City (Nairobi)- Amboseli National Park-Wildlife City - Mt Kenya region –Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara Game Reserve – Wildlife City
Day 1 : Drive to Amboseli National Park
After breakfast we will drive across the spectacular Athi plains. Along the way you will see gerenuk antelopes (aka giraffe-necked), giraffes, zebras and gazelle antelopes. Ahead of you lie the shimmering plains that stretch away to the colorful boarder point of Namanga (you can ponder the source of the colors!) Further along the drive you can catch a clear view of the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro. Then we will head south to the Amboseli National Park. At the park we will go on afternoon game drive, on the drive you will see a wealth of wildlife – particularly elephants.
The day will conclude with dinner and an overnight stay at the lavish park lodge, where you will enjoy uninterrupted views of the grandiose mountain.
Day 2: Amboseli
You will have a second opportunity to view the wildlife in the park during morning and afternoon game drives.
You will finish out your stay in the picturesque park with dinner and all-inclusive overnight stay at the park lodge.
Day 3: Mt Kenya Region
After breakfast and checkout we will head west to Namanga (where you will enjoy more views of Mt. Kilimanjaro) and then north back to Nairobi.
Upon arrival, we will have lunch at a local Nairobi restaurant.
Later, we will travel north of Nairobi through the pineapple dominated town of Thika and through the colorful market of Karatina (East Africa’s largest open air market). Soon we’ll be in Nyeri (the central provincial capital) and then the plush Outspan Hotel – set in beautiful gardens with views of Mt. Kenya. The hotel was the last home of Lord Baden Powel, founder of the Boy Scout movement. You’ll eat lunch at the hotel and later be transported to the Treetops lodge for dinner and an overnight stay. This magnificent lodge is strategically sited right in front of a watering hole and salt lick, where you will be able to view elephants, buffalo, rhinos and more.
(Further note that warm clothing is advisable as nights tend to be chilly. Only an overnight bag is required for your stay at Treetops. The rest of the luggage is stored at Outspan).
Day 4: Drive to Samburu Game Reserve
Your day will start with a snack at Treetops followed by a proper breakfast when you arrive back at Outspan. From here we will cross the Equator line on our drive to Nanyuki – the main town close to Mt. Kenya. Then we will drive north to the dusty outpost of Isiolo- the last major stop on the journey into the remote Northern frontier district. From here it is a fairly short outing to your destination in the heart of the Samburu Game Reserve.
You may have lunch at the place of your choice followed by some relaxation time at one of the opulent lodges in the area.
On an afternoon game drive, you will see game like long-necked gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Beisa Oryx and leopard.
Day 5: Samburu Game Reserve
You will continue your experiences with the spectacular scenery and vast array of wildlife on a morning and afternoon game drive in the reserve.
After the game drive you will have dinner and conclude your evening with an overnight at the stay at your reserve lodge.
Day 6: Travel to Lake Nakuru
You’ll enjoy breakfast at your lodge before checking out.
Your African adventure will then take you south through Isiolo, crossing the foothills of Mt. Kenya, south through Naro Moru, to Nyahururu – known to many as Thomson’s falls for its 237 feet cascade – and finally you will reach your destination at Lake Nakuru. Thousands of beautiful flamingoes line the shores of this lake. There is also a wide variety of game; such as waterbucks, rhinos, leopards and buffalos.
You will eat lunch at your lodge and then enjoy an exciting game drive in the Rhino sanctuary. Accommodations for the night will be at a comfy, all-inclusive lodge.
Day 7: To Maasai Mara Game Reserve
After a pleasant breakfast, you will checkout and leave the flamingo fringed Lake Nakuru behind We will drive to Narok – the gateway to Masai Mara – via Mahi Mahiu (Kikuyu for hot water). As we turn at Mahi Mahiu, you will notice that there is an ascent, but if you put the car in neutral, it continues rolling upwards – caused by forces of the Great Rift Valley!
Once you arrive at your plush Masai Mara lodge and eat lunch, you are invited to take a short siesta before the excitement the rest of the day will bring!
On an afternoon game drive, you will see an abundance of lions and other animals. Game abounds here more particularly during the migration, as millions of wild beasts and zebras make their way back and forth across the river Mara. The spectacular colors of the sunset will announce your return to the lodge for dinner and overnight accommodations.
Day 8: Maasai Mara
Today you will have two options for your itinerary:
You will spend a full day in Maasai Mara. A morning and afternoon game drive will give you the opportunity to see more wildlife. You will have all meals at the lodge.
Take the opportunity to fly over the Mara in a Hot air Balloon. (This option provided at extra cost.) If you decide on this option, it includes a champagne breakfast in the wild, and viewing African wildlife afloat a balloon will certainly be an unforgettable experience!
Day 9: Journey back to Nairobi and Departure
Your morning will begin with breakfast, checkout, and then you will head back to Narok. While traveling travel across the vast plains on the floor of the rift valley, keep an eye out for the herds of giraffe and gazelle. These animals live in harmony with the Masai people and their domestic herds.
You will arrive at the Safari capital of Nairobi– Kenya’s bustling metropolis – in the late morning. Take the opportunity to eat lunch at the Carnivore – named among the 50 best restaurants in the world – famous for its game meat and for its style of serving and eating (you will learn about the relationship between a flag and food!)