11 Day Kenya Safari February 2020

11 day Kenya Safari

Tour departs 24th of February 2020
Price Per Person Sharing: USD $3350
Price Per Solo Traveller: USD $3700

 

 

Day 1: Nairobi
When you arrive at the Nairobi International airport, I will be there to give you a very warm welcome. With our competent driver on the scene, we will transport you to our first nights luxury accommodation at the Boma Hotel. This grand hotel is equipped with all of the requirements you’ll need for a pleasurable and satisfying rest. It is expected that you will need to recuperate from the flight hence there are no scheduled activities for the first afternoon/evening so that you have sufficient time to recuperate. You can take advantage of the many conveniences at the hotel to help unwind. Whether you choose to relish a massage at the spa. Unwind by the swimming pool or have a drink at the bar, you can be sure that you have a pleasurable resting experience. Dinner is not included in the plan; hence you will be paying for dinner from your pocket. For dinner, there are many options you can explore. You could decide to eat in the Boma Nairobi’s in-house restaurant the Johari restaurant, you could cruise around Nairobi to find a fantastic spot or relax in your room and enjoy room service.
Accommodation: The Boma Hotel
Meal Plan: Meals not included

 

Day 2: Nairobi
After an early breakfast our drivers will pick us up from The Boma Hotel at 7:00am and depart for Nairobi National Park. This unique wildlife sanctuary is just a few kilometres from Nairobi’s bustling city centre, despite its proximity, many different species of mammals are found in the park. Of the big 5 only elephants are absent from this park. There is a large number of both black and white rhino which are both rare to see in most African national parks. Also found in this park is lion, leopard, cheetah, cape buffalo, masai giraffe, ostrich, Thompsons gazelle, zebra and much more.
We depart the park at approximately 10.00am and drive to David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage where we will spend 1-hour watch and photograph the baby elephants at feeding time and play together in the mud pool. At 12pm we take a short drive to Nairobi Giraffe Centre. Here you get a chance to see the giraffes up close and even hand feed them on the platform or from ground level. There is also a 1.5-kilometre walking trail with plenty of bird species. There are also smaller animals on the trail such as squirrel, warthog and the world’s smallest antelope species dik-dik. There is also a teahouse where you can relax and have a drink while watching the giraffes, and a large souvenir shop. All proceeds at the Giraffe Centre go to charities which either help conservation or the underprivileged. Later return to our hotel for lunch and a relaxing afternoon.
Accommodation: The Boma Hotel
Meals Plan: Only Breakfast is included

 

Day 3: Nairobi – Aberdares National Park/Mountain Ranges
After a delicious buffet breakfast at The Boma Hotel we check out and depart for a scenic drive through the Great rift valley passing small towns, villages and farms up through the mountain ranges to the beautiful Aberdares National Park. We check in the unique 4 star Aberdares Ark Lodge. This amazing lodge was inspired by the story Noah’s Ark and is built in shape of an ark. There is a waterhole with four balconies overlooking the waterhole as well as an underground hide at waters edge. This waterhole is very busy year round and often has African elephant and Cape Buffalo visiting regularly.  After lunch we take an afternoon game drive through Aberdares. This unique park is one of the best places in Kenya to see leopards, African wild dog and Giant forrest hog, all which are rare to see in Kenya. Other common species include black rhino, bushbuck, waterbuck, baboon and eland. Some rare species found here include suni, side-stripped jackal, duiker, bongo. Aberdares also is home to Colobus and skyes monkeys which due to bushmeat trade, logging and habitat loss are not found in many parks.
Accommodation: The Ark
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

 

Day 4: Aberdares – Samburu National Reserve 
At dawn, we enjoy breakfast at the lodge before departing further north and arriving at Samburu National Reserve. We check in at our luxury tented camp which is overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro River which is home to many Nile crocodiles. After lunch we take some time to relax at the camp before taking a afternoon game drive in Samburu.
Accommodation: Samburu Intripids Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 5: Samburu National Reserve
Today we take two game drives, a mid morning drive from 8.00 – 12:00 and a late afternoon drive from 3:30 – 6:30. Samburu is home to 5 unique species which are known as “The Samburu Special 5” Grevy Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk (also known as giraffe gazelle) and the Beisa Oryx. Also the worlds smallest antelope dik dik(standing 60cm tall) are very common in Samburu. Large predators such as lion and cheetah are found in Samburu and it is also one of the best places in East Africa to see Leopard and African wild dog which both are not often seen in East Africa. Other common species include African elephant, thompsons gazelle, grants gazelle, warthog, impala, waterbuck and silver back jackals. Samburu is also home to 350 bird species.
Accommodation: Samburu Intripids Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

 

Day 6: Samburu – Ol Pejeta Conservancy
After a breakfast we check out and depart for Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Along the way we stop at a large African curio shop. This is a great place to buy souvenirs and gifts such as paintings, wood carvings, jewellery, clothing and much more. We arrive at the luxurious 5 star sweetwaters tented camp (my personal favourite accommodation in Africa) which we call home for the next two nights. In front of the restaurant there is a large grassed area overlooking a large waterhole (separated by and electric fence) which is a busy drinking place for all animals. Elephants, Cape buffalo, rhinoceros, zebra, warthog, Rothschild giraffe and crowned crane are commonly seen at the waterhole. If you are luck you may see lion, cheetah, leopards or even African wild dog at the waterhole. Around the camp there are also many bird species which can be found searching the camps green grassed for insects.

 

At 4pm we take a short drive to Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary. This is home to over 30 orphaned chimpanzee’s, most of which where saved from the illegal pet trade. Later we continue with a game drive until 6:30 when we return to camp for drinks and a buffet dinner.

Accommodation: Sweetwaters Tented Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

 

 

Day 7: Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Ol Pejeta is only a small game reserve however it is very rich in wildlife. It is home to a large variety of animal and has the highest wildlife to land ratio out of all parks and reserves in Africa. Today we have two scheduled game drives. First one is mid morning from 8:00am – 12:00 and from 3:30pm – 6:30pm. We also visit a blind black rhinoceros name Barrack who lives in a large enclosure within the park, you will also get a chance to hand feed him if he is hungry.

 

Ol Pejeta Conservancy also offers several excursions all at an extra cost. These excursions include

  • Night game drives in search for lions, leopards, hyenas and many nocturnal species
  • Endangered species boma which is home to two of the remaining critically endangered Northern white rhinoceros
  • Lion tracking with a ranger

Accommodation: Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp
Meal Plan: Dinner (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

 

Day 8: Ol Pejeta – Lake Naivasha
After breakfast we depart south passing the equator and arriving at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge. This beautiful 4 star lodge (which feels like a 5 star resort) over looks Lake Naivasha and is home to several species including Rothschild giraffe, waterbuck, hippopotamus, vervet monkeys and colobus monkeys. The afternoon can be spent however you choose whether it be at the lodge at one of its two stunning swimming pools with a children’s section and a pool complex with its bar, snack kitchen, pizzeria and health spa, play tennis at the tennis court, relax in your room. If you are up for an excursion, at reception you can book several activities at your own expense including fishing, nature walks, birding and boat rides in lake Naivasha.

Accommodation: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Note: Lunch & Dinner are only included at Sopa Lodges main restaurant. Meals purchased from poolside snack bar or pizzeria are at your own expense.

 

Day 9: Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara

After breakfast we take a scenic drive through the great rift valley to the world famous Masai Mara National Park. The Masai Mara is one of Africa’s best known national parks and has had more wildlife documentaries filmed here then anywhere else in the world. We arrive and have a late lunch before taking an afternoon game drive between 4:00 and 6:30. When we return enjoy dinner, drinks and cultural masai dances.
Accommodation: Masai Mara Sopa Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

 

Day 10:  Masai Mara

After a early breakfast we take a full day game drive in the Masai Mara. We depart our lodge at 8:00 am and go on a game drive towards the mara river which is home to hippopotamus and some of Africa’s largest nile crocodiles. On the way we search for lions, cheetah, leopard, elephants, rhinoceros, cape buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, hyena, ostrich, Thompson’s gazelle and much more. Once we arrive at the river around midday we enjoy a packed picnic lunch. We then take a different route back to our lodge arriving at 4:00pm. We then take the afternoon and evening to relax at the lodge enjoying some drinks, masai cultural dances and dinner.

Accommodation: Masai Mara Sopa Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

 

Day 11: Masai Mara – Nairobi

Today is our final day. After breakfast we depart the Masai Mara and return to Nairobi in time for lunch and shopping at the mall. In the afternoon you will be dropped off at the airport or if you wish to stay an extra night in Nairobi we can drop you off at a hotel.

Accommodation: Not Included
Meal Plan: Breakfast Only

 

 

 

Things Included
Arrival & Departure airport transfers complimentary to all our clients
Transportation as per itinerary in a open 4×4 safari land cruiser
Accommodation per itinerary One double deluxe room or Single deluxe room
Meals as per itinerary
Services of English speaking drivers/guides
All national park & game reserve entrance fees as per itinerary
Excursions to elephant orphanage, giraffe centre and chimpanzee sanctuary
Recommended Mineral Water while on safari

 

Things Excluded
Visa and related costs, Personal Taxes
Drinks, tips, laundry, telephone calls and other items of a personal nature
International flights
Optional excursions and activities not listed in the itinerary