11 Days Wilderness Adventure
Nairobi | Amboseli | Aberdare | Mt.Kenya | Samburu | Sweetwaters | Lake Nakuru | Maasai Mara | Depart
11 Days Wilderness Adventure
11 Days of pure exploration of Kenya from the north to the south. Explore great destinations, close encounters with the Big Five in the north and Big Five of the South. great birding opportunities, cultural immersion within the local communities.
Days 1-2: Amboseli National Park
After breakfast, drive to one of the most popular parks in Kenya, Amboseli National Park, home to around 900 elephant. Located near Mt. Kilimanjaro, the world's tallest freestanding mountain, weather permitting you will be able to witness the snowcapped peak. Amboseli National Park offers the chance to encounter magnificent herds of elephant. Following an exciting afternoon game drive, you will spend two nights at Oltukai Lodge.
Experience early morning and afternoon game drives in Amboseli National Park, where, with its low vegetation, it is renowned as one of the best wildlife viewing areas in Africa. Look out for lion, buffalo, zebra and a diverse range of birdlife. The park's dry and dusty form is due to the volcanic ash that came from Mt. Kilimanjaro on its last eruption, yet the lush green areas are a result of a continuous water supply from the mountain's melting snow.
Day 3: Mount Kenya
An early breakfast then depart for Mt. Kenya region arrive at the lodge in time for lunch then enjoy the facilities and activities at the lodge, explore the Mount Kenya National Park or take an optional tracking guided tour evening enjoy watching different animals as they come to lick salt and quench thirst at the pool. Your quest begins at 2,134 metres above sea level in the dense rainforest, draping the slopes of Mount Kenya. The panoramas surrounding Serena Mountain Lodge will delight you with their dramatic features. By day, cool, clear mountain air and sweeping views across the treetops beckon with opportunity for discovery and exploration. An open-air deck gazes down to a water hole bustling with elephant and buffalo herds. As darkness approaches, the trees surrounding the hotel come alive in a wall of sound as creatures of all manner begin their nocturnal rituals.
Rising above the forest canopy like a ship cresting a wave of deep green, a timbered drawbridge leads you from the forest onto the hotel’s wooden decks. Inside, log-panelled walls and timbered game-viewing decks welcome you to the surrounding natural beauty. Winding stairs usher you to 41 cosy, cabin-style rooms designed to take full advantage of the primeval solitude and serenity of the mountain landscape, ensuring deep relaxation after a day of travel or adventure.
Simple, natural pleasures are the essence of this guest experience. A full English breakfast awaits in the bush with dinner on the rooftop, accompanied by the finest international wines. Forest strolls and trekking on the high moorlands are always scenic options. Trout fishing in a crystalline mountain stream or a soothing aromatic massage can also be selected at your leisure. In addition, a five-day ascent up Kenya’s highest mountain introduces you to a national icon that has enthralled climbers from around the world.
Days 4-5: Samburu Game Reserve
Enjoy an early morning breakfast, drive north to Samburu National Reserve where you will spend the next two nights at Ashnil Samburu. Experience the African desert at its best and as a lesser known park it is less crowded, with game drives on both days giving you the opportunity to spot leopard, lion and cheetah. This is the dry, north of Kenya and the reserve attracts wildlife not often seen elsewhere, so be on the lookout for gerenuks – a unique gazelle with a long neck that stands on its hind legs.
Explore the Samburu National Reserve through morning and afternoon game drives. You may opt to do some of the activities offered at the lodges and a visit to Samburu Villages at an extra cost. The light and vast openness creates a lonesome panoramic beauty and the permanent water supply acts like a lure for the abundant species found here. The region is home to the uncommon Grevy's zebra with huge fury ears, gerenuk antelope standing on hind legs to feed, Somali ostriches with distinct blue legs and the shy Oryx. Elephant and crocodile are guaranteed sightings, excellent bird watching with numerous varieties of weaverbirds and the martial eagle. Leopard sighting is also a special feature here.
Day 6: Sweetwaters Game Sanctuary
After breakfast, drive south to the Sweetwater's Camp for lunch and an afternoon game drive. Visit the remarkable Chimpanzee and Rhino Sanctuaries. Incorporated within the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the sanctuary is the only place in Kenya where the highly endangered and remarkably intelligent chimpanzee can be seen and houses the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa.
The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary was established with an agreement between the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Jane Goodall Institute. The aim – to provide lifelong refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees from West and Central Africa. Over the last decade, Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary has been compelled to keep accepting chimpanzees rescued from traumatic situations - bringing the total number of chimpanzees in the Sanctuary to 35. Many are confiscated from cramped and unnatural living conditions, and many arrive with horrific injuries sustained from abuse at the hands of humans. At Sweetwaters, they get a chance to start over.
Day 7: Lake Nakuru National Park
Drive via Thomson's Falls to Lake Nakuru for lunch. Here, due to an abundance of algae in the lake, flamingo famously lines the shores. Sometimes (in season) all that can be seen is an incredible moving mass of pink! Enjoy an afternoon game drive hopefully spotting beautiful flamingos on the lake and the resident rhino. You will be assisted to check in at the Sentrim Elementeita Lodge
Lake Nakuru offers easy wildlife viewing of most big safari animals with the exception of elephants. Black and white rhino were re-introduced in the 1990s and have bred to healthy populations. White rhino are usually easy to see on the lakeshore. Rothschild giraffe, buffalo and hippo are numerous as well. Lucky visitors might see lions, which occasionally climb trees. Leopard are present, but not often encountered.
Days 8-10: Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Drive to the awe-inspiring Maasai Mara and take an afternoon game drive. The most famous game reserve in the world, the Maasai Mara is what safari dreams are made of - rolling grasslands, wide open savannah and rich in African wildlife. Spot prides of lions basking in the shade, seek out an elusive solo leopard and have your camera at the ready for other spectacular wildlife including cheetah and hyena. The Maasai Mara is also renowned for the incredible annual migration of zebra and wildebeest. You will take three nights here to Explore, Experience and to re-discover the Magic of Masai Mara Game Reserve.
Early morning, mid-morning and afternoon game drives in the Maasai Mara game reserve or perhaps takes an optional balloon-ride-safari (extra cost). Mara Sopa Lodge comprises 50 Guest Cottages with two bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms, 6 of which feature 2 larger luxurious Suites, and one decadent Honeymoon Suite. Built Masai-style with rustic thatch roofs and spread out along the hilltop, features include mosquito nets, an electronic safe and private verandah. A restaurant, bar and lounge encircle a huge fireplace at the main lodge where wide glass doors open on to a swimming pool and sun terrace. Dinners are served buffet-style with a wide selection of traditional fare.
Day 11: Departure, Transfer Nairobi
After breakfast, return to Nairobi with lunch on the way. Arriving at your Nairobi hotel late afternoon or transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
Tour Inclusions and Exclusions
- Meet on arrival at point of entry/exit, Transfer to/ from the hotel
- Accommodation as stipulated in respective itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
- Transport in a 4x4 Safari Cruisers / Safari-mini-vans with pop-up-roof
- Park Entry fees to the National Parks & National Game Reserves
- Professional safari guide
- All the game drives as per the safari programme above
- Bottled drinking-mineral water throughout the safari
- Flying Doctor service -Africa Air Rescue for emergencies
- All airport taxes, International airfares and Visas
- Insurance (trip cancellation medical insurances are recommended)
- Premium Drinks
- Tips and Gratuities to driver and hotels staff
- Any excursions not mentioned in itinerary
- Tips and gratuities
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