NAIROBI ~ AMBOSELI~MAASAI MARA~
SAFARI PROGRAMME: –
04TH APRIL 2020: ARRIVAL-AMBOSELI
On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our representative who will give you a brief overview of your safari before handing you over to your driver guide with whom you will start your safari.
Proceed for a visit Karen Blixen Museum & the AFEW Giraffe Center near Giraffe Manor where you may hand-feed the Rothschild giraffe that live here. Later, you will have lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee Gardens before departing for the Amboseli National Park to arrive in time for check in at the Amboseli Sopa Lodge.
Overnight: Zebra Plains Amboseli Camp /Amboseli Sopa Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board
05TH APRIL 2020: AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
Today, you will spend the whole day in the Amboseli National Park with both morning and evening game drives. In between, you will have an option of visiting local Masai villages that will enable you get the chance to interact and learn about the colorful culture of this nomadic pastoralist community.
Amboseli sits on the lower slopes of mighty Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest – whose peak lies across the border in Tanzania. It is quite an experience to see Kilimanjaro hovering above the clouds in an early morning. The animal pictures rising against the dramatic backdrop of the mountain will thrill the photography enthusiast. Amboseli is renowned for its huge elephant herds. You will also see buffalo, black rhino, zebra, wildebeest and other plain animals.
Overnight: Zebra Plains Amboseli Camp / Amboseli Sopa Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board
06TH APRIL 2020: AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK– LAKE NAIVASHA
0730hrs. After your breakfast, you will depart for the Lake Naivasha via Nairobi and a brief stop at the Great Rift Valley view point before proceeding with the drive to arrive in time for check in and lunch at the Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort. You will then spend the afternoon at leisure followed by an evening boat ride to the crescent island – The Park where you walk with the Animals!
There is just one “Crescent Island Game Park”. Located on Lake Naivasha, Kenya in the Great Rift Valley. There are more animals per acre than any other Kenyan Park, hence many film companies have been to the Island to film the herds of Wildebeest, Waterbuck, Zebra and Gazelle.
They are not fenced to allow the wildlife on the mainland to come in as they lose their habitat to development and the ever increasing population. Hippo graze all over us at night then sleep under the acacia or rest in the water by day. The giraffe who were born on the Island return to give birth; sometimes you see three generations at a time. Hyena come to hunt at night but are not resident on the island, the many python who do live here can be seen occasionally with a kill. Groups of Buffalo come and go but they are always monitored.
From the top of the hill there is a 360-degree view across the Lake from Longonot to Hell’s Gate to the Mau Escarpment to Eburu and onto the Aberdares. Walking along the ridge in the golden hour before sunset whilst watching the animals grazing with the water shimmering beyond, is what Africa is all about. Take a boat back to the lodge.
Overnight: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge/Kongoni Lodge Naivasha
Meal Plan: Full Board
07TH APRIL 2020: LAKE NAIVASHA – MASAI MARA NATIONAL GAME RESERVE
After breakfast, depart to Masai Mara arriving in time for check in and lunch at the Mara Sopa lodge. Enjoy an afternoon game viewing drive before returning to your lodge later as the sun sets for dinner and overnight.
The Masai Mara National Reserve is in the south western part of Kenya and forms part of the greater eco-system that encompasses the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The Masai Mara is one of the best known and most visited reserves in Africa. The park is surrounded by concession areas and tribal lands of the Masai tribes people. These are unfenced from the Mara and act as a buffer zone for the National Park and form part of the migration area. The Masai Mara consists of open savannah, rolling grasslands and undulating hills. July to September sees the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle coming from the plains of the Serengeti. Driven by dry conditions in the Serengeti and led by the lightning and thunder to the north, huge herds of mammals cross the Tanzanian border and rivers to reach the Mara’s grasslands
Overnight: Zebra Plains Camp Mara//Mara Sopa Lodge
Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner and overnight.
8th APRIL 2020: Maasai Mara National Reserve
Your day will be spent on safari in Africa’s richest wildlife viewing arena. Historically teeming with wildlife, the Mara hosts Kenya’s largest lion prides and elephant herds. Other predators include leopard, cheetah and spotted hyena; while in the Mara River you will see fat pods of hippo and vast Nile crocodiles.
Other highlights include giraffe tops, gazelle, zebra, buffalo and over 550 species of birds. Spend the evenings in camp where colorful Masai dance and cultural performances are offered nightly.
OR Take the opportunity to fly over the Mara in a Hot air Balloon provided at extra cost. The balloon package includes a champagne breakfast in the wild! If you can spare the money, viewing abundant game afloat a balloon is an unforgettable experience.
Overnight: Zebra Plains Camp Mara//Mara Sopa Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and overnight.
9th APRIL 2020: DEPART
After breakfast, at around 0730 hrs. depart for Nairobi to arrive in time for a farewell lunch at the renowned Carnivore Restaurant before being transferred back to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your departure flight back home.
END OF OUR SERVICES.
Kids activities include:-
Boat rides, horse rides, biking, outdoor Boma dining area, bird watching, nature walks, card & board games.
In Mara & Amboseli -The kids can engage in short bush walks in the concession where they can also engage in Big 5 kids’ questions, Archery, beadwork, painting and drawing.
- Accommodation as stipulated in the itinerary.
- Transportation in a chauffeur driven safari 4 x 4 Safari Minivan with a pop-up roof for easy game viewing & photography.
- Services of an English or French or Spanish speaking driver-guides, unlimited game viewing drives and parks entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
- All Government taxes and levies.
- Complimentary 1.5 litres mineral water per person per day in the safari vehicle.
- All meet and greet services.
- All arrival and departure transfers.
- 24 hours stand-by contact number.
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
- Guaranteed window seat in each vehicle per passenger.
- Two-way long-range high frequency radio communication in each vehicle.
- On safari accessories in each vehicle: – First-aid kit, wildlife books, a pair of binoculars, Fridge, Socket for charging your cameras/Laptops/Phones and fire extinguisher.
- All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills etc.
- Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, camp staff and driver- guide(s). Budget approx. $ 2.00 – $ 4.00 per person per day for lodge and hotel staff, $ 1.00 per bag for porters and $ 5.00 – $ 10.00 per person per day for driver-guides).
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
- Any local or international flight and departure taxes.
- Laundry services.
- Any other item(s) not included in our itinerary.
- Visa fees
- NB: Accommodation is subject to availability in time of booking.
TYPICAL DAY ON SAFARI
Our professional guides are there to assist you every step of the way. Even though there is a general outline of your safari, your guide will talk with you regarding each day’s plans. He will tell you about the country you are visiting, its history, traditions, the area you are visiting, what you see; he will take you to the loveliest places, look after any formalities or negotiations with the local people, and take care of your safety and comfort. They all are proficient in bush craft, and can also tell you about the local traditions, wildlife, identify the birds, and help you learn more about the world around you. All our guides speak English as well as their local language and some speak French and Spanish as well. Days will vary depending on your specific schedule, road conditions, and what you would like to do. A typical day may unfold like this:
You will get up before dawn when hot coffee and tea are served. The air is cold as the sun rises and shimmers on the open plains. This is the best time to see the wildlife. Your camera is ready to go and you have layered your clothing to keep you warm. Head into the bush and search for lions, elephant, giraffe and plains game. Each turn will offer something unique – a lioness and her cubs, a herd of elephant moving to a waterhole, a cheetah stalking a gazelle. Your morning game drive lasts about two hours, depending on what you see. Return to the lodge for a delicious breakfast. After breakfast there is time to relax from being up at sunrise or now is the time to participate in any additional activities that the lodge may offer – such as walks, village visits, or bike rides.
Lunch is usually served in camp/lodge, unless you are out for a full day’s game drive, when they will have a picnic lunch. You will head out again in the afternoon; searching for the special species that may have eluded you. As the sun sets, return to camp for a hot shower. Then indulge in a delicious dinner and after dinner drinks in the lounge. There may also be a chance to sit around the campfire exchanging tales of the bush. Everyone retires early with great anticipation of the next day’s adventure!
When you are out on safari your schedule is flexible at most locations; however, some locations have set times for game drives or walks. You can always talk with the hosts of the camps/lodge to adjust schedules and they will try to accommodate you. The restriction will be to stay within park rules and travel times required to get you to your destination. Your guides will always give their recommendations but are there to listen to your needs.