Samburu N.R. Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF AFRICA 408

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Local market

Day 1: Nairobi

Welcome to Nairobi today you will be met at the airport and transferred to you accommodation.

Masai boy

Day 2: Nairobi - Mt Kenya

We depart Nairobi in the morning and head out to the Aberdares / Mt Kenya region arriving at the Mountain for Lunch. Spend the afternoon at your Leisure enjoy dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 3: Mt Kenya - Samburu N.R.

After breakfast, drive north along the northern foothills of Mount Kenya, a 17,058-foot dormant volcano with a glistening cap of ice and snow arriving for Lunch at Samburu Serena / Sopa / Intrepids / Samburu Lodge. After lunch proceed for an afternoon game drive in this grassland area, which forms the bridge between Kenya’s lush south and parched north. Watch out for herds of impalas, Grant’s gazelles, Elephants and African buffalo. Dinner and overnight at Samburu Lodge.

Reaching for leaves

Day 4: Samburu N.R.

A morning and afternoon game drive which includes outings at dawn, when animals are most active and afternoon when the light is best for photography. Return to the lodge for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Today you stay close to the Ewaso Nyiro River, where vast herds of plains game come to water, braving lions in the grass, leopards in the trees, and giant crocodiles. Stars of Samburu not easily seen elsewhere are the liver-red reticulated giraffe, the long-necked gerenuk antelopes, and the elegant grevy’s zebra. Dinner and overnight Samburu Lodge

Zebra in Samburu National Reserve

Day 5: Samburu N.R. - Lake Nakuru

Depart very early after breakfast with a brief stop at Thompson Falls to view the waterfalls and then make your way down to the Rift valley floor. Enjoy Lunch at Lion Hill Lodge After lunch take a leisurely drive through Lake Nakuru National Park, famous for its pink flamingos. Drive to the edge of the lake to view thousands of birds feeding in the alkaline water; see the sweeping view from the top of Baboon Rocks; then look for warthogs and waterbucks as you leave the park. Dinner and overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge

Flamingos fishing for food

Day 6: Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara N.P.

In the morning traverse the Rift valley and ascend its western rim. You are now in the Masai country, where sedentary crop farming gives way to nomadic cattle herding. Red-clad, spear-wielding Masai warriors tend their multi-coloured herds among the wild animals of the loita plains, admirably unimpressed by the presence of large predators arriving for lunch at one of the below Lodge / Camp options. After lunch at the camp proceed for an evening game viewing. Hotel options.: Mara Serena Lodge

Lion in the Masai Mara

Days 7-8: Masai Mara N.P.

A further 2 days in the Mara with dawn, and afternoon game drives in this reserve, Kenya’s best and most scenic park. At the northern extremity of the unique Serengeti ecosystem. The Masai Mara has a thriving, permanent population of plains game. Of the hunter’s “big five” elephant, buffalo, lion and leopard are quite common, while even the much rare rhino might come out of the thicket for you. The waters of the Mara River are home to crocodiles and pools of hippo, the acacia woodlands and riverine forests favoured by leopard and elephant, and the open savannah and dry bush areas play host to the plains' game and their attendant predators such as lion, cheetah, hyena and jackal. Overnight at the Mara Serena Lodge

Safely across the river during the migration

Day 9: Masai Mara N.P.

Leaving Masai Mara, head back to Narok, district headquarters of this part of Masai land and then travel across the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley ' keep an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle ' and head up the Rift Escarpment on a road built by Italian prisoners of war during World War II. You will arrive in Kenya's bustling capital city in the afternoon. Lunch Carnivore Restaurant / Pampa Restaurant. Drop off at the hotel / Airport

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