3 Hours Before Flight Time
The highlights of this safari is the annual wildebeest migration which happens between the months of July and October. This is a lifetime experience that should witnessed at least once in a lifetime.
On arrival at the airport, you will be met by our airport rep. and assisted with visa formalities, past the customs you will be introduced to your driver who will transfer you to Sarova Panafric Hotel.
Sarova Panafric is situated in Nairobi, 18 km from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and a 5-minute drive from the CBD. It features 2 restaurants, a bar and a swimming pool. Each individually decorated room at Panafric is air-conditioned and has a balcony. It comes equipped with a satellite TV, minibar and tea-and-coffee-making facilities. The bathroom includes free toiletries.
Flame Tree Restaurant and Bar features an open terrace overlooking the city. It offers an English breakfast, 15-minute business lunches and an à la carte menu for lunch and dinner. The Pool Garden Restaurant serves buffet lunch.
Guests can enjoy a massage at Tulia Wellness Beauty & Therapy or browse in the curio shop on site. The business center offers secretarial services and free Wi-Fi is available.
You will be booked on bed and breakfast at this hotel to allow you sample other restaurants and cuisines within Nairobi.
Dinner at your choice restaurant and later transfer back to the hotel for overnight.
After breakfast you will drive to Mt Kenya (Ol Pejeta Conservancy)
The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a 90,000-acre not-for-profit wildlife conservancy in Central Kenya’s Laikipia County. It is situated on the equator west of Nanyuki, between the foothills of the Aberdares and Mount Kenya.
You will proceed with an enroute game drive to The Sweetwaters Tented Camp
Arrive in time for lunch at Sweetwaters Tented Camp
Lunch and early afternoon relaxing at the camp.
Later you will proceed for an afternoon game drive and a visit to the Chimpanzees sanctuary.
With 24-hour veterinary support and a stimulating quarantine enclosure, chimpanzees arriving at the Sanctuary are carefully nursed back to health. When they are ready, they are introduced into one of the two large groups at the Sanctuary, who live in vast natural enclosures separated by the Ewaso Nyiro River. The chimps have set feeding times, and return to their indoor enclosures at night – but other than that they spend their days exploring, climbing, socialising, and learning to be chimpanzees all over again.
Later you will return to the camp for dinner and overnight.
After a leisurely breakfast at the camp you will depart for Lake Nakuru National Park.
You will make a brief stop at the Thompson Falls
Thompsons falls helped found Nyahururu town and gave it its Colonial name. The falls stands at 74 meters high on Ewaso Narok river, a tributary of Ewaso Nyiro river, which drains from the Aberdare Mountains. It projects a very scenic water fall that has become a great attraction to tourists.
Proceed with your drive to Lake Nakuru.
The drive to Lake Nakuru gives the visitor an unrivalled experience widing through a series of lakes, forested uplands and unrivalled panorama of scenic views of the Great Rift Valley unfolds giving you an unmatched photographic opportunity.
The Great Rift Valley is a geographical and geological feature running north to south for around 4,000 miles (6,400 kilometers), from northern Syria to central Mozambique in East Africa. Astronauts say it is the most significant physical detail on the planet that is visible from space. In Africa, the terrain ranges from salt flats more than 500 feet (152 meters) below sea level to towering, snow-capped mountains.
The Rift is known for its spectacular scenery and abundant, sometimes unique, wildlife. A series of some thirty lakes lies along its length; the three largest in Africa are known as the Great Lakes and include Lake Tanganyika, the second deepest lake in the world, and Lake Victoria, the second-largest freshwater lake by surface area in the world. Some of the oldest remains of ancestral humans have been found in in the African segment of the valley.
Arrive for lunch at the Flamingo Hill Camp
About Flamingo Hill Camp
Nestled between the honeymoon hills, and set in beautifully landscaped grounds with natural foliage and a variety of indigenous African plants and flowers, Flamingo Hill Camp provides superb, tented accommodation withing the famous Lake Nakuru National Park.
The camp is an eco-friendly establishment. Part of the money earned from the camp is used for environmental restoration and endangered species
Later you will have an afternoon game drive at the park and bird viewing at the lake.
Return to the Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Breakfast at the camp, later you will proceed to Lake Naivasha.
You will arrive in time for check-in at the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge.
Naivasha is a Maasai name given to the area where the resort is located, denoting the characteristics of the lake including size and its tendency to roughness when windy.
The lake is the only fresh water lake within Africa’s Great Rift Valley.
Luxuriously appointed rooms feature spacious sunken lounges, while upper floor rooms have their own private balcony on which to relax, sunbathe or view game. All Naivasha Sopa Lodge rooms have ensuite bathroom facilities. Non-smoking rooms are available. Other amenities include but are not limited to hairdryer, fresh linen and evening turndown service
Have lunch and then drive straight to the Hell’s Gate National Park for game drive
Arrival at Hells gate National park and proceed on with game viewing in this unique National park – you will also have a chance to come out of your vehicles and walk down the gorge to the hot springs and walk back up the gorge.
HELL’S GATE NATIONAL PARK:
The park is famous for its hot natural geysers, spectacular looming cliffs and the “Hells Gate Gorge”. Visitors here may also camp at designated camp sites. Activities in this park also include rock climbing, bird and game viewing.
You can do biking as an option
Afternoon do a Boat Ride:
Enjoy a boat trip on Lake Naivasha with our popular and well versed Captain; Locally-born, the captain has a detailed knowledge of the bird life and wildlife in and around the lake.
The views from the lake are superb – the dormant yet smoking Mount Longonot volcano, the Aberdare, Mau ranges and a peek into Hell’s Gate.
Thereafter you will be transferred to your Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Traditional dancers display their talent during dinner time.
Breakfast at the lodge and later depart for the highlights of your safari. The world’s renowned park and the newest 7th wonder of the world. “The Masai Mara Game Reserve”The Mara game reserve is a must see and the highlights of a Kenyan Safari.
THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
After many months of research. The wildebeest migrations have now been placed among the 7 new wonders of the world. Many visitors only want to see the river crossings but the true spectacle of the migration is 1,245,000 wildebeest, 200,000 Burchell’s zebra, 18,000 eland and 500,000 Thomson’s Gazelle filling the entire stretch of landscape. The shifting columns of the herds as they traverse the valleys and the hills can only be watched in awe. There is nothing else like this on earth. The migration is a phenomenon that started again in the early 1970s; after a widespread immunization campaign against rinderpest in cattle was there an unexpected disappearance of rinderpest among the buffalo and wildebeest.
The wildebeest had, following periodic outbreaks, being kept to around 250,000 animals but following this campaign and an increase in dry season rainfall, the population was able to grow in number and the migration spill over into the Mara. While the migratory population of Serengeti wildebeest has increased, the resident Mara wildebeest have been in steady decline. The Mara population used to migrate from the Loita Plains to the Maasai Mara around the same time as the Serengeti population, but in recent years the herds are staying in the conservancies just outside the reserve as human activities such as agriculture have limited their migratory routes.
What exactly is the wildebeest migration?
The wildebeest migration is a dramatic story. It takes place within Kenya and Tanzania and is the greatest wildlife show on earth. Between the open plains of Serengeti and the Masai Mara, thousands and thousands of wildebeest and zebras migrate to greener pastures as seasons change and circle of life and death continues. Predators closely follow the wildebeest migrations waiting for an opportunity to strike weak prey as they make their way into different territories.. The most interesting part is when you watch them as they cross the Mara River. The first ones to jump into the river are trampled upon to death by the following multitude. The dead animals become a bridge over which all the other animals cross the river. The crocodiles feed on the remaining carcasses for months.
Majority of tourists literally camp in the Mara during this period with their flashy digital cameras. They will trail the migrations and even the members of the big 5 are no longer an interest at this time. When its time to cross over the river, the tourists will position themselves strategically along the Mara river, trying to get the best shot possible. Others will ride on the hot air balloon to watch the migrations from the skies. To show the implication of this phenomenal show, members of both local and international media also make their way to Mara if only to capture this hot news for interesting reading. It’s also a common feature in the world travel magazines. This is a spectacle that should be witnessed at least once in a lifetime.
NB- Even though the migrations are the highlights of the Mara tour, this only happens between the months of July to Oct. In Nov the migrations return to Serengeti in search of greener pastures. However, a visit to the Mara at any time of the year is never short of wildlife including the big 5 as well as other wildlife.
Mara Serena Lodge.
Located at the very center of the famous ‘Mara Triangle’ in the world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Serena Safari Lodge is the ultimate safari destination. Set high on a bush-cloaked hill with long views over the Savannah and down to the winding coils of the hippo-filled Mara River, it stands center-stage to one of Africa’s most dramatic wildlife arenas, providing our guests with a ringside seat to the ‘greatest wildlife show on earth’, the legendary migration of the wildebeest.
13:30 hrs – Have your buffet Lunch.
15:00 hrs – Enjoy your afternoon tea and coffee at the lobby.
After lunch and early afternoon relaxing at the camp you will have an afternoon cup of coffee/ tea and latter depart for an afternoon game drive in the park in search on the big five.
You will return to the lodge later for dinner and overnight.
This day you will have a whole day in the Mara departing the lodge after breakfast with packed lunch boxes for a full day extensive game drive in the Mara.
You will enjoy the full day game drive with a visit to the Mara river where the migration happened every year between July and October.
You will have your picnic lunch in the heart of Masai Mara and then spend the whole afternoon with more game drives in search of the big five.
Later you will return to the lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight.
The evenings at the lodge are graced with traditional Masai dancers amidst a bon-fire.
Retire to bed at your own leisure.
In between the game drives you can take optional activities like Balloon ride and a visit to the Masai village to experience the culture of the locals.
Meals and overnight at the lodge.
This day you will also have an option of taking a Hot Air Balloon Ride to view the wildlife from an elevated position.
A balloon ride over the Mara could be one of the most memorable experience during your safari that you will carry for the longest time.
Viewing the Mara ecosystem from the skies is sure to be an experience to remember.
Optional balloon ride.
You will be picked early morning from your camp and driven to the balloon launching site
How it happens
You will ascend in early morning when the winds are calmest.
Watch as your professional crew fills the balloon with hot air. Slowly the big colorful bag begins to bulge and take shape. Now board the traditional wicker gondola basket while the expert pilot makes final adjustments. As the pink and red fireball of the sun rises in splendor over the plain, you are up and away –for the flight of a life time!
Your balloon can soar over the most inaccessible and undisturbed parts of the Mara, with only the intermittent whisper of the balloon’s gas burners punctuating the silence of your majestic flight .Because wind and conditions vary, every flight is a new and a different experience. From your vantage point about 50—500 feet above the reserve, you have a fantastic 360 degrees bird’s view as one of the most dramatic scenes in nature unfolds beneath you. From here, you will see the wonder of migrations, witness herds of antelope flowing like school of fish across the plain, groups of elephants grazing undisturbed in a remote ravine, lioness stealthily stalking a herd of grunting wildebeest or zebras conferring in a confusion of black and white stripes and bark-like calls.
After your incredible flight, it is time to come back down to earth for breakfast. As you dig into a splendid breakfast of sizzling bacon, eggs, sausages, home-made breads, fresh tropical fruit and steaming cups of Kenyan tea under the clear blue sky, you might wonder what all the ordinary people are doing on this perfect African morning.
Before leaving, the pilot will present you with a balloon flight certificate. No flight of the imagination can match this air-borne experience and could be the most memorable event of your entire safari.
Meals and overnight at the Lodge/Camp.
After breakfast at the lodge, you will drive back to Nairobi.
You will arrive in Nairobi Early afternoon and depending on your departure flight timings take optional activities.
Optional Activities include;
1. Nairobi National Museum.
The Museum aims to interpret Kenya’s rich heritage and offers a one stop for visitors to sample the country’s rich heritage both for education and leisure. In addition to the museum, visitors are treated to a variety of shopping and dining facilities, as well as botanical gardens that offer a serene environment.
Next to the Museum there is also a snake park.
2. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organizations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa.
Founded in 1977 by Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick D.B.E, in honour of the memory of her late husband, famous naturalist and founding Warden of Tsavo East National Park, David Leslie William Sheldrick MBE, the DSWT claims a rich and deeply rooted family history in wildlife and conservation.
You will participate in the feeding and playing with the orphaned elephants.
3. Giraffe Center.
The Africa Fund for Endangered Wildlife (A.F.E.W.) Kenya was founded in 1979 by the late Jock Leslie-Melville, a Kenyan citizen of British descent, and his American-born wife, Betty Leslie-Melville. They began the Giraffe Centre after discovering the sad plight of the Rothschild Giraffe. A subspecies of the giraffe found only in the grasslands of East Africa.
The Giraffe Centre has also become world-famous as a Nature Education Centre, educating thousands of Kenyan school children every year.
Giraffe Centre is the only sanctuary in the world within a capital city that enables you to come into very close contact with the world’s tallest yet endangered animal, the giraffe. Situated in a quiet natural environment, whose biodiversity makes it home to a herd of Rothschild Giraffe, some Warthogs and over a hundred and fifty species of birds. Inspiring children, youth and communities to interact with nature and conserve the environment for posterity.
4. Bomas of Kenya
Bomas of Kenya is a cultural tour of Kenya’s major ethnic groups, such as Mijikenda, Luo, Taita, Embu, Maasai, Kikuyu, Kamba, Kalenjin, Luhya, Kisii, Kuria to name just a few of the native peoples that are represented at the venue. The word “boma” means “homestead”, and here you find replicates of traditional villages that provide interesting insight about each tribe’s societal structure, crafts, music, dancing and much more. The site was founded in 1971 by the Kenya Tourist Development Corporation to preserve the ancient traditions of the Kenyan people by building local and international awareness and advocacy. The bomas are built using the same techniques that are used by local tribes, so the experience is truly authentic, much as you would find in the remote communities of Kenya. The site is also home to an impressive auditorium, one of largest in Africa that seats 3,500 people to watch the internationally recognized Harambe dancers. Daily performances include a selection of more than 30 traditional dances of the different ethnic groups in Kenya, and one of the most impressive performances is the Samburu and Maasai warriors. Hosted events may also include music, theater, fashion show, poetry readings, sports, seminars and many other activities. Bomas of Kenya is located less than 7 miles (12 kilometers) from Nairobi’s city center
More Optional activities include:
Creating Hope and Opportunity from the Earth of Africa
Situated on what was once a part of Karen von Blixen’s coffee plantation there is now a small workshop where ceramic jewelry and beads are made by Kenyan women. It is painstaking work. Many of the beads and necklace components are tiny. Each one has to be shaped carefully, polished, fired, painted and fired again. The result is KAZURI, the Swahili word for “small and beautiful.”
Mamba Village Nairobi Crocodile Farm Day Tour takes you to the Mamba Village Nairobi situated an estimated 13 kilometers away from Kenya’s capital city – off the Lang’ata – Karen road. This is a great place to see crocodiles, ostriches, giraffes, and even rabbits in Nairobi.
Located on Karen Road, just a few metres from Galleria Shopping Mall, the resort is a perfect getaway especially for guests who are bound to enjoy the boat rides, viewing the crocodiles, feeding the ostriches and other various activities. Another interesting activity is the camel and horse ride.
You will enjoy a guided tour around the man-made lake where the boat rides occur. You can also feed the few giraffes within the village.
Mamba Village Nairobi has several restaurants and bandas for a tasty meals and refreshments. They also have excellent conference facilities. The well maintained gardens are exquisite for weddings, graduation parties, photo shoots and team buildings.
Other Optional Activities include but not limited to, Westgate Mall which was attacked by terrorists in 2013 but has since re-opened under tight security, City tour that takes you through the Nairobi’s major and historical sites, eg the 7th Aug. Memorial Park where the US embassy was located until 1998 when it was bombed by the Alkaida terrorists group, The Kenyatta International Convention Center, The Stanley Hotel which was among the first hotels to be built in Nairobi in the early 1900s
The Nairobi Aboretum, Uhuru Park, shopping malls among others.
Optional Carnivore Dinner:
The award-winning, internationally renowned Carnivore restaurant needs little introduction! Situated in the grounds of the Misty Hills Country Hotel, Conference Centre & Spa, The Carnivore celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and continues to provide Africa’s Greatest Eating Experience.
A cornerstone of the Recreation Africa Group, the Carnivore Johannesburg is a franchise of the iconic original Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi Kenya. The Carnivore Johannesburg has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, including Best Traditional Restaurant, Best Restaurant to Take Tourists To, Restaurant of the Month and runner-up Restaurant of the Year.
In the twenty five years since it first opened its doors, thousands of local and international visitors have savoured The Carnivore’s unique ‘all you can eat’ dining concept. With delectable game and domestic meat dishes* to choose from and an extensive wine cellar (which features a superb selection of well-known South African wines to complement your meal), you’ll enjoy an unforgettable dining experience.
With a seating capacity of up to 500 diners, Carnivore is the gastronomic destination of choice for local residents, tourists, conferences, corporate events, weddings, banquets and more.
*Vegetarian and fish dishes are also available.
Later you will be transferred to the airport in time for check in and later connect to your onward flight.
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