10 Days / 9 Nights,Kenya wildlife Trail and Gorilla tracking and wildlife Safari in Uganda

Tour features: This is a camping adventure which starts from Nairobi and ends in Nairobi. You will be able to visit the New 7Th wonder of the World ; the Maasai Mara Game Reserve; the most popularly visited game reserve in Kenya and the famous Bwindi impenetrable national park; home to the
remaining Mountain Gorillas’ in Uganda where you will discover and interact with the close cousins of man ; the Gorillas. This is one of the most adventurous safari with unforgettable experience. You will stay in tented camps and lodges while on this safari and use a minibus in Kenya and a 4×4
safari vehicle while in Uganda.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Nairobi – Maasai Mara;

On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi, you will be met by our tour manager and tour/driver guide who will brief you on your , and then start your journey to Maasai Mara through the flow of Great Rift Valley arriving on time for lunch. Have lunch at Mara Serena lodge. Then afternoon game drives till dusk.

Dinner and overnight at Mara leisure camp or similar.

Day 2: Maasai Mara;

After breakfast, have full game drive in Maasai Mara National Reserve. Drive back to the lodge for your lunch, then afternoon game drive till dusk.

The Maasai Mara , now the 7th wonder of the world and 4th preferred tourist destination in the world is a home to wildlife in such abundance ad variety that it is difficult to imagine The annual migration of the wildebeest and the zebras from the Serengeti in such of water and pasture while being followed on their heels by the predators of the savannah; Lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena, and vultures. It hosts over 450 species of animals which includes lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, leopard, many kinds of antelopes and elephants.

Dinner and overnight at Mara leisure camp or similar.

Day 3: Maasai Mara

Sunrise over the open grassland signals the start of a full day on the game-filled plains; photograph the stately black maned Lion, Cheetah, or Leopard, stocking defenseless herds of Wildebeest and other herbivores.

The Masai Mara is famous for it’s black maned lions, elephants and buffalo that make three out of the ‘big five’ though luck is essential for spotting
the other two namely park’s animal concentration and abundance is second to none. We will cater for a picnic lunch at the hippo pool where with luck you may spot crocodiles basking on the rocks. Numerous plains game including antelopes, wildebeest, zebra, and Maasai giraffe can be seen as well as scavengers like hyena and vulture. In the late afternoon (at an extra cost), go for optional activities like having a nature walk, visiting Maasai villages to see the nomadic lifestyle or swimming in the nearby lodges.

Take the opportunity to fly over the Mara in a Hot air Balloon provided at an 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.

Dinner and overnight at Mara leisure camp or similar.

Day 4: Maasai Mara;

Whole day in Maasai Mara with morning and afternoon game drives. The Mara offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that it is difficulty to believe: over 450 species of animals have been recorded here.

Don’t forget your check-list and look out for the lion, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, buffalo, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, leopards, elephant, many kinds of antelopes, birds and shrubs…and of course the wildebeests and zebras-the migration hordes!

Dinner and overnight at Mara leisure camp or similar.

DSC05015Day 5: Maasai Mara – Nairobi;

Pre breakfast game drive followed by heavy breakfast at the campsite and depart for Nairobi with game viewing en-route as you leave the park. Arrive Nairobi in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Fairview Hotel in Nairobi.

Day 6: Nairobi – Entebbe – Bwindi / Mgahinga National Parks

After an early breakfast, you will depart your hotel for Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your trip to Entebbe by morning flight. So, you must be at the Airport 2 hours before the departure time.

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by our tour manager who will brief you on your safari then depart from Entebbe by road. You will set off for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park the home of Mountain Gorillas or Mgahinga national park depending where permits will be available. It is estimated half of the world’s surviving population of mountain gorillas -300 live within Bwindi and Mgahinga boundaries. Cross the Equator and continue southwards passing through Ankole grassland, stop for long horned Ankole cattle viewing along the road. The drive is long but enjoyable with lunch stop on the way. Bwindi National Park is located in the southwestern part of the country at the edges of Kigezi Highlands once known as Switzerland of Africa before the drop of the Western Rift Valley.

Both National Parks offer a dramatic steeply forested landscape and are incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. Among the gorilla families that live in this forest have been habituated for tourism and although trekking may be strenuous the viewing of the gorillas in their natural habitat is an experience long to be savored. Apart from the gorillas, there are a variety of primates to be seen including the blue monkeys, red tailed monkeys, and black & white colobus monkeys. The great blue turacos are often seen and even for a non bird watcher they are marvelous sight.

Arrival will be in the late evening, dinner and stay overnight at Community Bandas or Kisoro Travelers Rest Hotel as you prepare for the tomorrow’s event!

gorilla4Day 7: Gorilla Trekking

Early morning breakfast and head for gorilla trekking with a guide together with other tourists group. The trek is strenuous but enjoyable. This is the major tourist attraction in Bwindi. Carry packed lunch with you have it at a picnic site in the forest.

The thrill of your encounter with these gentle giants will erase your difficulties of the potentially strenuous trek. Spend time in awe watching gorillas go about their activities. Each encounter is different and has its own rewards.You are likely to enjoy a close view of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters frolic from vines in a delightfully playful display.

Return from tracking gorillas, have dinner and overnight at Community Bandas or Kisoro Travelers Rest Hotel.

Day 8: Bwindi – Queen Elizabeth National Park

After early breakfast head for Ishasha, which is the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, carry out a game drive where you may sight tree-climbing lions. Ishasha is dominated by acacia woodland and scrubland and features the meandering Ishasha River, banked by a riparian forest.
After picnic lunch drive all the way to the northern sector of the park stopping at baboon greeting spot, continue and check in at Mweya Safari Lodge or Institute of Ecology (budget). If you tracked Mgahinga, will drive strait via Kabale and a stop on the way for lunch and continue to Queen Elizabeth and check in at Mweya Safari Lodge or Institute of Ecology.

The evening will be at leisure dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge or Institute of Ecology.

Day 9: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Early morning visit Kyambura gorge and track chimpanzees in their natural habitat. View a variety of monkeys. After lunch take 2-hour boat/launch cruise on Kazinga Channel. This water way connects two lakes- Edward and George and is filled with schools of hippos, buffaloes and elephants at the
banks.

Evening will be at leisure, dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge or Institute of Ecology.

Day 10: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Kampala – Entebbe – Departure

After breakfast drive to Kampala then to Entebbe via Mubende stopping at interesting forest and swamp spots with lunch on the way. You will arrive in time for your departure flight.

Cost: Inquire at info@nicheafricaholidays.com

 
Package includes:
-Transport based on a safari 4×4 tour minibus with pop up roof for game viewing
-All park entry fee
-accommodation and all meals while on safari
-service of an English-speaking driver guide, chef and food plus equipment
-Game drives as per the itinerary
-Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
-Government taxes

Package excludes:
-Hot air balloon in Masai Mara

-Tips to driver guides and porter
-Extras at camps- tips, drinks, laundry
-Items of personal nature.

-Personal Insurance

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Nairobi City Pro-Poor Tourism Adventures

Highlights: These are philanthropic tours or Charity slum tours to visit the poor in various parts of Kenya. They are referred to as pro poor tours or charity tours into the slum areas. The clients are requested to make donations or adopt a child in the slums and assist in paying the school fees if possible. They cover Nairobi and Kisumu cities regions in Kenya. This is a three days community based pro poor tourism package which covers the main urban poor areas within Nairobi city council. You will start this tour from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or from your hotel or residence within the Nairobi city centre and proceed to the various Slums as per the itinerary below:

Itinerary:DSC00655

Day 1: Nairobi – Kibera Slum Tour:

Upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our tour manager who will take you to your hotel for check in. Or if you happen to be staying in Nairobi, you will be met by our tour manager who will handle your tour. Thereafter, you will be taken for a brief tour of Nairobi city before heading to the sprawling Kibera Slum. Kibera slum is considered to be the second biggest slum in sub Saharan Africa following Soweto in South Africa. while in Kibera, you will be taken to meet the HIV orphaned children’s homes, the Kibera Olympic primary school and the Baraka Za Ibrahim School then to Tunza Children’s’ centre where you will see how crowded the class rooms are, due to free primary school system, the day to day activity of the residents, the type of housing and the unavailability of sanitary facilities, lack of normal feeding timetable, the flowing sewage and the businesses undertaken by the local residents.

You will return to your residence dinner and overnight after the daylong tour of Kibera slums.

DSC00658Day 2: Nairobi-Mukuru Slum and Kiambui Slum Tour:

After breakfast, you will be driven to the Nairobi’s industrial area, then into the Mukuru Kayaba where you will visit the local NGO center which has a school, feeding center and the women group activities in the slum. Lunch is taken at a hotel in the industrial Area. In the afternoon, proceed to Kiambiu slum next to the Kenya Air Force base in Eastleigh, here you will meet the slum dwellers, those who do not go to the Nairobi central business district, the primary school and the community leaders who will brief you on the daily chores of these slums.

Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 3-Nairobi- Mathare Slum and Korokocho slum:

After breakfast, you will be driven to the Mathare slum where you will see the new housing development project in the slum. Visit the drug addicts’ rehabilitation center; the school for the HIV orphaned children, and the bank of Nairobi River. Lunch is taken at the nearby Utalii Hotel.
After Lunch proceed to the Korokocho slum where you will be amazed with the number of the roaming children in the slum. Visit the local NGO’s poverty rehabilitation project, the Catholic secondary school, the Market , the local police station and then proceed to the Nairobi city refuse dumping site in Dandora where you will see the biggest heap of refuse in Africa which acts as a source of food and as well as income to the poor who scavenge there every day.

Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Nairobi-Departure:

After breakfast depart for the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight to your next destination.

End of tour.
(Note: This tour can be combined with the other regular Safaris to the wildlife lodges or any others).

Cost: Inquire at info@nicheafricaholidays.com

Cost Includes:

– Transport to the Slums from your hotel or residence and back.
– Tour guiding fee.
-Security team fee while in the slums.

Cost excludes:
– Donations to the project(s) that you may decide.
-Tips to the Tour Guides and porters.

 

4 Days / 3 Nights, Kenya Wildlife under Canvas Wildlife Trail

Trip highlights: This is a four days, three nights camping safari. On this safari, you will be able to view various species of wild game including the lion, leopard, cheetah, the elephant and a host of other plains animals. You will also be able to see attractions like, Mt. Kilimanjaro, lava flows, caves and the famous and beautiful Mzima Springs. You will travel in a tour minibus and stay in tented camps.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival- Mombasa – Tsavo East National park

Upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will met by our tour manager for a safari briefing then depart for Tsavo East National Park arriving in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game viewing drive till dusk.

The Tsavo East National Park has an interesting and diverse history including: the Waliangulu and Kamba tribes used the park as a hunting ground prior to gazette-ment; the first European to see Mount Kenya, rev. Dr. L. Krapf, journeyed on foot through this area in 1848; during the construction of the railway bridge over the Tsavo River in 1898, lions (the famed man-eaters of Tsavo) terrorized the workers, killing over 130 people before being killed by Col. J. H. Patterson. During World War 1, British forces along the Tsavo river to counter threats from invading German soldiers from Tanganyika (now Tanzania); the European explorer Captain Lugards a European explorer passed through the area on his way to Uganda.

Dinner and overnight at Tsavo East tented Camp or similar.

DSC09399Day 2: Tsavo East – Tsavo West – Amboseli
Pre Breakfast game viewing drive. After breakfast, depart for Tsavo West for game viewing till lunch time. Have parked lunch at Tsavo west National park and proceed to Amboseli arriving in the evening with game viewing en route and check in at the Kimana tented Camp or Similar.

Amboseli National Park is renowned for its huge elephant herds. Africa’s highest Mountain – Mt Kilimanjaro sits on the upper slopes of Amboseli National park. Mt. Kilimanjaro’s snow white peak lies across the border in Tanzania. Seeing the Kilimanjaro hovering above the clouds in the early hours of the morning is quite an experience. For the enthusiastic photographer, animal pictures arising against the dramatic backdrop of the mountain is quite a thrill. Apart from the Elephants, Amboseli is a home to; buffalos, black rhinos, zebras, wildebeest and other plain animals.

Dinner and overnight at Kimana tented Camp or similar.

Day 3: Amboseli National park

Morning and afternoon game viewing drives.

The combination of scenery, people and animals is what makes the park fascinating. Beautifully situated at the foot of the towering Kilimanjaro, it is the home of the brightly painted Maasai tribe. You may be able to see lions, cheetahs, spotted hyena and wild dogs. Also the Kaffir Buffaloes, Burch ells zebras and the herds of elephants. All this animals come to drink water at the water holes consisting of small lakes or muddy bonds kept filled up by the melting snows of Kilimanjaro.

All meals and overnight stay at Kimana tented Camp or similar.

Day 4: Amboseli – Nairobi – Watamu

Pre breakfast game viewing if you still want some more. After enjoying breakfast depart the park for Watamu where you will be dropped at the place of your choice in Watamu.

Kindly note that if you wish to have other arrangements done for you like accommodation bookings or even transfer to the airport, you can let us know and we will arrange for you.

End of safari.

Cost: Inquire at info@nicheafricaholidays.com

 Package includes:
-Transport based on a safari 4×4 tour minibus with pop up roof for game viewing
-All park entry fee
-accommodation and all meals while on safari
-service of an English-speaking driver guide, chef and food plus equipment
-Game drives as per the itinerary
-Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
-Government taxes

Package excludes:
-Hot air balloon in Masai Mara

-Tips to driver guides and porter
-Extras at camps- tips, drinks, laundry
-Items of personal nature.

-Personal Insurance

9 Days and 8 Nights Kenya Wilderness Private Safari

Trip Highlights: This is an exciting 9 days private wilderness safari which takes you to some of the best wildlife attractions in Kenya as highlighted above. You will be able to enjoy the best of game viewing, bird watching, and any other appealing activity that may excite you in the various tented camps lodges and Hotel that you will spend the nights in on a full board basis.  You will travel with our best tour guide/driver in a private 4×4 Land cruiser.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival – Nairobi – Samburu National Reserve

Upon your arrival at Nairobi at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met and welcomed by our Tour Manager and tour driver/guide who will brief you about your safari. After the briefing, you will be transferred to your vehicle for depart to Samburu National Reserve. You will drive to the North through rolling agricultural land and stop over for a photographic session at the equator. You will then cross the equator and approach the rugged semi-desert countryside in Samburu. You will arrive in time for check in and lunch at the Ashnil tented camp before departing for an afternoon game drive till evening. Return to the camp for dinner and overnight stay.

Samburu National Reserve is a wildlife haven. Here you will spot Africa’s big cats-lions, cheetahs and the elusive leopard. Some animals are unique to this northern Kenya Park; gravy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, kudus and gerenuk. The Ewaso Nyiro River, which is the boundary with the neighboring Buffalo Springs National Reserve, is where the elephant buffalo and other animal species gather for a drink. You will find the scenic semiarid landscape quite dramatic. The reserve is located within the lands of the colorful semi-nomadic Samburu tribesmen.

Tented Camp: Samburu Ashnil Tented Camp or similar

Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

Day 2: Samburu National Reserve – Aberdares National Park

After breakfast, you will check out and depart to Aberdares National Park to arrive in time for check in at the Treetop Lodge where Queen Elizabeth descended as Queen of Great Britain. You will have lunch before departing for afternoon Game viewing drive till evening. At night in the lodge’s bacon you will have opportunity to take photography of wild animals as they drink and lick salt on the nearby waterhole.

The Aberdare National Park is an isolated volcanic range that forms the eastern wall of the rift valley.  It has diverse moorlands filled with deep ravines cutting through the forested eastern and western slopes, with many clear streams and waterfalls.  It is also an important water catchment area, providing water to the Tana and Athi River.  The Park is surrounded by an indigenous forest which houses the famous Kimathi Hideout/Mau Mau caves, which were used as a hide out for Mau Mau fighters.  The park is also home to most large mammals such as the black rhinos, leopards, serval, different reptiles, a wide variety of insects and endemic bird species. 

Lodge: Treetop Lodge or similar

Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

DSC03936Day 3: Aberdares National Park – Lake Nakuru National Park

 After breakfast, you will check out and depart to Lake Nakuru National Park arriving in time for lunch at the Lake Nakuru Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. After lunch you will enjoy afternoon game viewing which gives you a chance to spot numerous flamingo and other birds, as well as other plains game. In the evening, transfer back your Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Dubbed ‘the greatest bird spectacle on earth due to the millions of fuchsia-pink flamingo that flock to feed on the teeming algae of its alkaline waters, Lake Nakuru is also an ornithologist’s paradise and also a sanctuary for both black and white rhino. Its pink-frosted shores and sky-mirrored waters also yield some of the most evocatively beautiful photo images in Africa. The park offers an incredible 450 different species of water, fish-eating, terrestrial and migratory birds including the pelican, fish eagle, secretary bird, heron, egret, hammer kop and grebe. Established as Kenya’s first rhino sanctuary, the park now hosts one of the largest black rhino concentrations in the country while substantial numbers of white rhino have also been introduced.

Lodge: Lake Nakuru Sarova Lion Hill Lodge or similar

Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

Day 4: Lake Nakuru National Park – Maasai Mara Game Reserve 

After breakfast, you will check out of the lodge and depart to the Maasai Mara crossing Loita Plains and arriving in Mara in time for lunch at the tented camp. After lunch depart for afternoon game drive. You will have an opportunity to spot the big five, wildebeest migration, plains game and numerous bird life. Optional activities include guided nature walks, bush lunch/dinner/breakfast, bird walks, and evening sundowner.

In the Maasai Mara it is possible to enjoy a hot air balloon ride at an extra cost.  These balloons take off at dawn to avoid the heat which develops as the day progresses.  They drift high over grazing herds which cannot be accessed by vehicles. After approximately an hour’s flight, a gentle landing is followed by a champagne-style bush breakfast on the landing site, where pilots and passengers toast yet another memorable experience.

Tented camp: Ol Moran Tented Camp or similar

Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

Copy of DSC09286Day 5 & 6: Maasai Mara National Reserve

Spend two full days in Maasai Mara with early in the morning before sunrise on one of the days departs for a hot air balloon safari above the spectacular Mara wilderness.

Hot Air Balloon Safari (US$ 450 per person)

The hot air balloon safari takes off at dawn to avoid the heat which develops as the day progresses.  They drift high over grazing herds which cannot be accessed by vehicles. After approximately an hour’s flight, a gentle landing is followed by a champagne-style bush breakfast on the landing site, where pilots and passengers toast yet another memorable experience.

Tented camp: Ol Moran Tented Camp or similar

Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

Day 7: Maasai Mara Game Reserve – Nairobi – Amboseli National Park

After breakfast check out of your tented camp and depart the Reserve for Amboseli National Park via Nairobi with a lunch stop over at the famous Carnivore restaurant and arrive at Amboseli in the evening. Check in to your tented Camp for dinner and overnight stay.

Amboseli is famous for its huge elephant herds. Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro sits in the upper slopes of Amboseli national park. Mt Kilimanjaro’s snow white peaks lie across the border of Tanzania. Seeing Kilimanjaro hovering above the clouds in the early hours of the morning is quite an experience. For an enthusiastic photographer, taking pictures arising against the dramatic backdrop of the mountain is quite a thrill. Apart from the elephants, buffalos, black rhino and other plain animals are in plenty.

Dinner and overnight at Kibo Safari Tented Camp or similar

Day 8: Amboseli National Park – Nairobi

Enjoy pre-breakfast game viewing drive in the plains of Amboseli National Park and after breakfast enjoys another game drive till lunch time, after lunch you will check out and depart to Nairobi. Upon arrival at Nairobi you will be checked in at Intercontinental Hotel for Dinner and overnight rest.

Dinner and overnight at Intercontinental Hotel Nairobi or similar

Day 9: Nairobi – Departure

After morning breakfast, check out of the hotel to depart to Nairobi National Park for short game viewing drive of about 4 hours. You will visit another place a Giraffe center where you will be able feed giraffe. If time allow you will also visit an animal orphanage called David Sheldrick wildlife trust. Here you will be able to see Orphan Elephant, Rhino and other species of animals.

Nairobi National Park is the only park located within a City and is located approximately 7 kilometers from the centre of Nairobi with only a fence separating the park’s wildlife from the metropolis. Nairobi’s skyscrapers can be seen from the park. Indeed, the proximity of urban and natural environments has caused conflicts between the animals and local people and threatens animals’ migration routes. The Park is unique by being the only protected area in the world with a variety of animals and birds close to a capital city. Nairobi National Park boasts a large and varied wildlife population. Migrating herbivores gather in the park during the dry season, the park is one of Kenya’s most successful rhinoceros sanctuaries. Due to this success, it is one of the few parks where a visitor can be certain of seeing a black rhino in its natural habitat. Open grass plains with scattered acacia bush are predominant. The Park has a diversity of environments with characteristic fauna and flora. The park has a rich and diverse bird life with 400 species recorded. However all species are not always present and some are seasonal. Northern migrants pass through the park primarily during late March through April. To the south of the park is the Athi-Kapiti Plains and Kitengela Migration and dispersal area. These are vital areas for herbivores dispersal during the rains and concentrate in the park in the dry season. The western side has a highland dry forest and a permanent river with a riverine forest in the south. In addition, there are stretches of broken bush country and deep, rocky valleys and gorges with scrub and long grass. Man-made dams have also added a further habitat, favorable to certain species of birds and other aquatic biota (life forms).

You will then be taken for a farewell lunch courtesy of us at famous Carnivore Restaurant. In the evening you will be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to board your schedule international flight to your next destination.

End of Safari

Cost: Inquire at info@nicheafricaholidays.com

Package Includes:

– Transport in a private 4×4 Land cruiser with pop up roof for game viewing and photography.

– Park entry fees and game drives within the park.

– Full board accommodation and meals in tented camps, lodges and Hotel as stipulated in the itinerary.

– Service of an experienced English-speaking driver guide.

– Applicable government taxes.

– Hot air balloon safari in Maasai Mara.

Package Excludes:

– Cultural visit to Maasai villages.

– Tips to driver/guides.

– International and local flight fees and departure taxes.

– Extras at the tented camps, hotels and lodge – tips, drinks, telephone, etc

– Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

– Laundry services.

– Personal travel insurance.

– Any other item not included in our itinerary.

 

 

7 Days and 6 Nights, Best of Kenya Wildlife Viewing and Tented Camp Safari.

Trip Highlights: : This is an exciting and fascinating 4 days wilderness safari which will take you to visit Samburu and Shaba National Reserves, home to the rare and unusual reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, Gravy’s zebra and Beisa Oryx. These reserves are only separated by road and hold great beauty despite the unique dry weather condition. The Ewaso Nyiro River is the boundary with the neighboring Buffalo Springs National Reserve, and is where the elephant, buffalo, and other animal species gather for a drink. During your safari, you will have an opportunity to spot a wide variety of wildlife including the northern specialties as well as other species of animals found in the plains. You will travel with our tour guide/driver in a private safari minivan and spend the nights in a lodge.

 Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport) – Samburu National Reserve

 As soon as you arrive at the airport, you will be met by the Tour Manager who will brief you about your safari and escort you to your vehicle for departure to Samburu National Reserve. You will drive through rolling agricultural land and cross the equator as you approach the semi-desert countryside in Samburu. You will arrive in time for check in and lunch at your lodge before departing for an afternoon game drive within the park. In the evening you will be transferred back to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Samburu National Park is a wildlife haven. Here you will spot Africa’s big cats-lions, cheetahs and the elusive leopard. Some animals are unique to this northern Kenya Park; gravy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, kudus and gerenuk. The park boasts of some several species of animals which are considered unique to the region, including its unique dry-country animal life. All three big cats, Lion, Cheetah and Leopard can be found here, as well as Elephants, Buffalos and Hippos. Other mammals frequently seen in the park include Gerenuk, Grant’s gazelle, Kirk’s Dik-dik, Impala, Waterbuck, Gravy’s Zebra, Beisa Oryx and Reticulated Giraffe. Rhinos are no longer present in the park due to heavy poaching. There are over 350 species of birds which include Somali Ostrich, Kingfisher, Sunbird, Bee-eater, Marabou Stork, Tawny Eagle, Bateleur, Guinea fowl and Vultures. The Ewaso Nyiro River contains large numbers of the Nile crocodile.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge

Meal plan: breakfast lunch and dinner

Day 2: Samburu National Reserve

After breakfast, at around 8.00 am, you will depart with a specially packed picnic lunch and spend the day game viewing around the reserve such as the elephant, lion, and the northern specialties such as the Gerenuk, Beisa Oryx and Gravy’s Zebra. You may also see crocodiles getting some sun on the sandbank or snapping their jaws during their feed. In the evening, you will be transferred back to your camp for dinner and overnight.

In addition to Kamunyak, the renowned lioness famous for adopting Oryx calves, the Samburu National Park boasts of some several species of animals which are considered unique to the region, including its unique dry-country animal life. All three big cats, Lion, Cheetah and Leopard can be found here, as well as Elephants, Buffalos and Hippos. Other mammals frequently seen in the park include Gerenuk, Grant’s gazelle, Kirk’s Dik-dik, Impala, Waterbuck, Gravy’s Zebra, Beisa Oryx and Reticulated Giraffe. Rhinos are no longer present in the park due to heavy poaching. There are over 350 species of birds which include Somali Ostrich, Kingfisher, Sunbird, Bee-eater, Marabou Stork, Tawny Eagle, Bateleur, Guinea fowl and Vultures. The Ewaso Nyiro River contains large numbers of the Nile crocodile.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge

Meal plan: breakfast lunch and dinner

Copy of HPIM1670Day 3: Samburu National Reserve – Shaba National Reserve

Depart from your lodge with packed picnic lunch to view the various game found in the park. After  lunch, you will be taken to Shaba National Reserve for more game viewing till evening when you will be transferred back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Shaba National Reserve forms a trio of unusual and attractive game sanctuaries very different from others in Kenya. The reserve has a particular place in the history of Kenya game conservation for it was in this reserve that the authoress, Joy Adamson died. It was in this tranquil wilderness that she released her first hand-raised leopards. The reserve gets its name from Mt. Shaba, a volcanic mountain that became extinct around 5,000 years ago. The mountain lies on the border of the reserve. Animals commonly encountered in this reserve are the elephant, lion, cheetah, gravy’s zebra, giraffe, gerenuk, buffalo, Oryx, Grant’s gazelle, Dik-dik and waterbuck. The river forest also attracts a wide variety of birds. The reserve also takes its name from a massive cone of volcanic rocks which dominate the region. The northern boundary is marked by the wide, sauntering motion of the Ewaso Nyiro river on its way to Chanler’s Falls and beyond to its final destination at the Lorian Swamp.

Dinner and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge

Meal plan: breakfast lunch and dinner.

Day 4: Shaba National Reserve – Nairobi

Enjoy early morning game viewing within the Samburu Reserve to get a chance to spot the early predators as they start off their day. Afterwards return to your lodge for breakfast then check out and depart the reserve with a packed picnic lunch to eat on the way back to Nairobi. You will reach Nairobi in the evening at which time you will be transferred back to your residence within Nairobi.

End of safari

Cost: Inquire at info@nicheafricaholidays.com

Cost Includes:

– Accommodation and all meals (including packed picnic lunches) as stipulated in the itinerary

– Transport in a private safari minivan with pop up roof for game viewing and photography

– Transfers from airport on your arrival and on your departure day

– Services of an English speaking tour driver/guide

– Game viewing drives as per the itinerary

– Driver’s and chef’s allowance and park entry fee for vehicle and driver

– All park entry fees and conservancy fees where applicable

– All Government taxes and levies

-Flying doctors rescue service

Cost excludes:

– All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax / email bills etc

– Tips and gratuities to hotel or camp staff and driver/guide

– Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

– Laundry services

– Personal Travel Insurance

– Any other item not included in our itinerary

3 Days / 2 Nights Maasai Mara Special Disability Flying Safari

Safari Features:  This is a three day flying safari from Nairobi to the Maasai Mara for two persons with one of them being on a wheel Chair. You will stay at the Mara Sarova Game Camp or Ashnil Mara Camp which is located near the Airstrip at the Maasai Mara. The two of you will be having game drives in a special customized tour van made to accommodate the wheelchair. You start from the Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to the Wilson Airport for the Maasai Mara flight and round it up at the same venue as stated in the itinerary on the third day. The above named camps have the facilities ready to accommodate a wheel chair client.  Extra nights in Nairobi  can also be arranged on request, and if this is necessary, you will spend the nights in either Intercontinental Hotel disability room (Room 362) or Crowne Plaza Hotel (Room 103)

Itinerary:

Day 1: Nairobi – Maasai Mara (First night in Nairobi can be organized upon request)

Assuming that you will have spent a night in Nairobi, you will be met by the tour manager who will brief you on your safari before you are transferred to take another flight at Wilson Airport to Maasai Mara at 10.00 hours. This flight takes 45 minutes to Maasai Mara arriving in time for check in and early lunch at the game camp.  After lunch you will proceed for an afternoon game viewing drive till dusk in the park, which is essentially the northern extension of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Reserve as an artificial border only separates the two.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Sarova Mara Game Camp

DSC01107Day 2: Maasai Mara

Early breakfast followed by game viewing drives within the reserve till Lunch time. After lunch, depart for an afternoon game drives giving you an opportunity to take photographs, enjoy the scenery, view birds and relax in the pristine wilderness. You will have an evening departure back to the camp for rest, dinner and overnight stay.

The Maasai Mara, The New 7th wonder of the world and 4th most preferred tourist destination in the world is a home to wildlife in such abundance and variety that it is difficult to imagine. The most spectacular event of the natural world takes place here; The annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti (Tanzania) in search of water and pasture while being followed on their heels by the predators of the savanna; lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures. It hosts over 450 species of animals which include lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, buffalo, leopard, many kinds of antelopes and elephants.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Sarova Mara Game Camp

DSC05015Day 3: Maasai Mara – Nairobi

Enjoy an early morning pre breakfast game viewing drive for a chance to spot the early predators as they start off the day. If lucky you may witness some predators doing their hunt for the day.  Return to the camp for breakfast.

OR

Enjoy an early morning hot air balloon flight

Take the opportunity to fly over the Mara in a Hot air Balloon provided at extra cost. The balloon package includes a bush breakfast in the wild! If you can spare the money, viewing abundant game afloat a balloon is an unforgettable experience. After breakfast you will check out of the camp and enjoy your last game drive en route to the airstrip to board the morning flight back to Nairobi which departs at 11.15 hours and arriving in Nairobi at 12.15 hours.  Upon arrival, you will be met at Wilson Airport and be taken for lunch at the Famous Carnivore Restaurant.  After lunch, you will be transferred to your preferred destination within the city or to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your outbound departure flight. (Extra night in Nairobi can be organized upon request)

Cost: Inquire at info@nicheafricaholidays.com

Package Includes:

– Transport based on a special customized safari minibus for wheel chair client with pop up roof for game viewing while in Nairobi and Maasai Mara
– All Park entry fee
– All Airports transfer fees
– Local Flight fees to the Maasai Mara and back to Nairobi
– Accommodation and all meals in Maasai Mara and at the meals at Carnivore Restaurant
– Service of an English-speaking driver guide
– Game drives as per the Itinerary
– Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
– Government taxes

Package Excludes:

– Hot air Balloon flight in Maasai Mara US$ 450 per person extra
– Cultural visit to Maasai villages
– Tips to driver guides and porter
– Extras at the lodges tips, drinks, telephone
– International flights
– Visa fees
– Any other item not included in itinerary

14 Days and 13 Nights Wildlife Safari in Tanzania Plus Zanzibar Beach Relaxation

Trip highlights: This is an exciting 14 days safari that will take you to venture into some top tourist destinations. You will board a shuttle bus to Arusha after a night stay in Nairobi. While in Tanzania you will be met and welcome by our representatives who will then take you to Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro conservation and crater and lastly visit Serengeti National Park. Upon arrival in Arusha where game safari ends bound a ferry to Zanzibar island for beach relaxation. The trip will start from Nairobi and end in Nairobi. During your safari, you will have a chance to spot plenty of wildlife varying from the big five; the lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and the leopard amongst a host of other different animal species. After your safari you will be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi for your international departure flight. While in Tanzania you will travel in a 4×4 safari land cruiser. You will spend the nights in lodges which have beds and running hot/cold showers, resort and hotel.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival –Nairobi

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the Morning, you will be welcome by our Tour Manager, who will brief you on your Safari and escort you to your vehicle for departure to check in to your Hotel Panafric Sarova in Nairobi. After check in you may opt for Nairobi excursion with a visit to animal orphanage just 15 minute drive from your hotel, here you be able to see, Lion, cheetah, hyena, jackal, serval, warthog, ostrich, leopard, various monkeys, baboon, buffalo. Lunch will be served at carnivore restaurant thereafter visit near animal orphanage the famous Giraffe centre which is a wonderful and refreshing experience to be able to feed giraffe. In the evening you be transferred back to your hotel for overnight stay.

Dinner and overnight will be at Panafric Hotel or similar

Day 2: Nairobi – Arusha – Lake Manyara

After morning breakfast, you will check out to depart to Arusha by boarding a shuttle bus where you will arrive in time for lunch in Arusha restaurant before heading to Lake Manyara National Park for check in at Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge.

Lake Manyara: Nestling at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, the Park is recognized for its incredible beauty. Lake Manyara National park offers varied ecosystems, incredible bird life and breathtaking views. The Park is home to elephant, giraffe, buffalo, zebras, a variety of antelope and a large population of hippo. If you are lucky you may see the famous Manyara lions, lazily resting on the branches of the acacia tortilis tree.

All meals and overnight stay at Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge or similar

Copy of HPIM1425Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park (Full Day)

After breakfast, you will spend the day within this extensive National Park enjoying game viewing. You will carry a packed picnic lunch to avoid disruption of game viewing. During your visit, you will have an opportunity to spot the big five amongst other types of wildlife found in the plains. In the evening, you will be transferred back to your lodge for rest and meals.

All meals and overnight stay at Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge or similar

Day 4: Lake Manyara National Park – Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, depart to Serengeti National Park for game drives within this beautiful park. You will have picnic lunch as you enjoy game viewing, birding, beautiful scenery and in the evening, transfer back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Serengeti National Park is the staging-zone for one the most spectacular events in the natural world: the annual migration of millions of wildebeest. This commences around June when over 1 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle head for the Maasai Mara in Kenya in search of pasture. They are followed closely by the predators of the savanna- lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures. The Serengeti also has over 500 species of birds.

Dinner and overnight at Lobo wildlife lodge

Day 5 & 6: Serengeti National Park

Spend 2 full days in Serengeti national park enjoying the beauty of it savanna vegetation with an option of doing;

Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight Safari ($499 per person extra)

Within the Serengeti, it is possible to enjoy a hot air balloon safari. These balloons take off at dawn to avoid the heat which develops as the day progresses.  They drift high over grazing herds which cannot be accessed by vehicles. After approximately an hour’s flight, a gentle landing is followed by a champagne-style bush breakfast on the landing site, where pilots and passengers toast yet another memorable experience

Dinner and overnight at Lobo wildlife lodge

Day  7 : Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater

After early breakfast, enjoy early morning game viewing within the Great Serengeti for a chance to spot the early predators as they start off their day. After lunch, depart to Ngorongoro Crater. If you wish, you may stop at Ol Duvai Gorge for a cultural tour of the origins of mankind. Arrive at your lodge in the evening and rest, relax or swim at your lodge as you wait for dinner to be served.

The first view of the Ngorongoro Crater is breath taking. The huge caldera (collapsed volcano) covering 25 km in size and 600m deep is an amazing site of the crater. The crater is home to Tanzania’s only remaining Black Rhino population. The elephant, Hippo, Zebra, Antelope, Gazelle, and small creatures such as frogs, snakes and serval cats are also common in this beautiful reserve. The Maskat Soda Lake located inside the crater is a great attraction for flamingos and other water birds making the crater a bird watcher’s haven.  The crater is also known for its rich history.  It is believed that the earliest sign of mankind (the homo-habilis) was spotted here. It is in this crater that hominid footprints are preserved in a volcanic rock 3.6 m years old.

Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha

After breakfast, descend to the crater floor carrying packed picnic lunch with you. Enjoy game viewing within this beautiful caldera and break for lunch at one of the numerous picnic sites located inside the park. After lunch, ascend back to the crater rim and drive back to Arusha, where you will have an overnight stay at naura spring hotel in Arusha.

Day 9: Arusha – Zanzibar

After morning breakfast, depart to board a schedule ferry to Zanzibar Island where you will start your beach relaxation holiday. Upon arrival, you will be checked in at blue bay resort.

Day 10-13: Zanzibar

Relaxation in Zanzibar Island’s sandy beach plus swimming in the ocean water.

Day 14: Zanzibar – Arusha

After early morning breakfast depart on a schedule ferry to Arusha where our representative will welcome you back and transfer you to your schedule shuttle bus to Nairobi, upon arrival in Nairobi you be taken on a lunch at a Nairobi restaurant before being transferred to Jomo kenyatta international Airport for your outbound flight to your next destination.

End of Safari

Cost: Inquire at info@nicheafricaholidays.com

Cost Includes:

– All Park Entry Fees

– Airport transfers

– Full board accommodation and meals in lodges/resort/hotel while on this safari

– Game drives as indicated in the itinerary

– Service of an English speaking driver/guide

– Transport in a private safari 4×4 land cruiser with pop up roof for game viewing and photography

– Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver

– Government taxes

 

Package Excludes:

– Extras at the lodges /resort/hotel i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.

– Visa entry fee into Tanzania

– Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight Safari in Serengeti

– International flight fees and departure taxes

– Tips and gratuities to guide/driver or camp staff

– Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

– Laundry services

– Travel insurance

7 Days and 6 Nights, Best of Kenya Wildlife Viewing and Tented Camp Safari.

Trip Highlights: : This is an exciting and fascinating 4 days wilderness safari which will take you to visit Samburu and Shaba National Reserves, home to the rare and unusual reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, Gravy’s zebra and Beisa Oryx. These reserves are only separated by road and hold great beauty despite the unique dry weather condition. The Ewaso Nyiro River is the boundary with the neighboring Buffalo Springs National Reserve, and is where the elephant, buffalo, and other animal species gather for a drink. During your safari, you will have an opportunity to spot a wide variety of wildlife including the northern specialties as well as other species of animals found in the plains. You will travel with our tour guide/driver in a private safari minivan and spend the nights in a lodge.

 Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport) – Samburu National Reserve

As soon as you arrive at the airport, you will be met by the Tour Manager who will brief you about your safari and escort you to your vehicle for departure to Samburu National Reserve. You will drive through rolling agricultural land and cross the equator as you approach the semi-desert countryside in Samburu. You will arrive in time for check in and lunch at your lodge before departing for an afternoon game drive within the park. In the evening you will be transferred back to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Samburu National Park is a wildlife haven. Here you will spot Africa’s big cats-lions, cheetahs and the elusive leopard. Some animals are unique to this northern Kenya Park; gravy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, kudus and gerenuk. The park boasts of some several species of animals which are considered unique to the region, including its unique dry-country animal life. All three big cats, Lion, Cheetah and Leopard can be found here, as well as Elephants, Buffalos and Hippos. Other mammals frequently seen in the park include Gerenuk, Grant’s gazelle, Kirk’s Dik-dik, Impala, Waterbuck, Gravy’s Zebra, Beisa Oryx and Reticulated Giraffe. Rhinos are no longer present in the park due to heavy poaching. There are over 350 species of birds which include Somali Ostrich, Kingfisher, Sunbird, Bee-eater, Marabou Stork, Tawny Eagle, Bateleur, Guinea fowl and Vultures. The Ewaso Nyiro River contains large numbers of the Nile crocodile.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge

Meal plan: breakfast lunch and dinner

DSC09399Day 2: Samburu National Reserve

After breakfast, you will depart with a specially packed picnic lunch and spend the day game viewing around the reserve such as the elephant, lion, and the northern specialties such as the Gerenuk, Beisa Oryx and Gravy’s Zebra. You may also see crocodiles getting some sun on the sandbank or snapping their jaws during their feed. In the evening, you will be transferred back to your camp for dinner and overnight.

In addition to Kamunyak, the renowned lioness famous for adopting Oryx calves, the Samburu National Park boasts of some several species of animals which are considered unique to the region, including its unique dry-country animal life. All three big cats, Lion, Cheetah and Leopard can be found here, as well as Elephants, Buffalos and Hippos. Other mammals frequently seen in the park include Gerenuk, Grant’s gazelle, Kirk’s Dik-dik, Impala, Waterbuck, Gravy’s Zebra, Beisa Oryx and Reticulated Giraffe. Rhinos are no longer present in the park due to heavy poaching. There are over 350 species of birds which include Somali Ostrich, Kingfisher, Sunbird, Bee-eater, Marabou Stork, Tawny Eagle, Bateleur, Guinea fowl and Vultures. The Ewaso Nyiro River contains large numbers of the Nile crocodile.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge

Meal plan: breakfast lunch and dinner

Day 3: Samburu National Reserve – Shaba National Reserve

Depart from your lodge with packed picnic lunch to view the various game found in the park. After  lunch, you will be taken to Shaba National Reserve for more game viewing till evening when you will be transferred back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Shaba National Reserve forms a trio of unusual and attractive game sanctuaries very different from others in Kenya. The reserve has a particular place in the history of Kenya game conservation for it was in this reserve that the authoress, Joy Adamson died. It was in this tranquil wilderness that she released her first hand-raised leopards. The reserve gets its name from Mt. Shaba, a volcanic mountain that became extinct around 5,000 years ago. The mountain lies on the border of the reserve. Animals commonly encountered in this reserve are the elephant, lion, cheetah, gravy’s zebra, giraffe, gerenuk, buffalo, Oryx, Grant’s gazelle, Dik-dik and waterbuck. The river forest also attracts a wide variety of birds. The reserve also takes its name from a massive cone of volcanic rocks which dominate the region. The northern boundary is marked by the wide, sauntering motion of the Ewaso Nyiro river on its way to Chanler’s Falls and beyond to its final destination at the Lorian Swamp.

Dinner and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge

Meal plan: breakfast lunch and dinner

Day 4: Shaba National Reserve – Nairobi

Enjoy early morning game viewing within the Samburu Reserve to get a chance to spot the early predators as they start off their day. Afterwards return to your lodge for breakfast then check out and depart the reserve with a packed picnic lunch to eat on the way back to Nairobi. You will reach Nairobi in the evening at which time you will be transferred back to your residence within Nairobi.

End of safari

Cost: Inquire at info@nicheafricaholidays.com

Cost Includes:

– Accommodation and all meals (including packed picnic lunches) as stipulated in the itinerary

– Transport in a private safari minivan with pop up roof for game viewing and photography

– Transfers from airport on your arrival and on your departure day

– Services of an English speaking tour driver/guide

– Game viewing drives as per the itinerary

– Driver’s and chef’s allowance and park entry fee for vehicle and driver

– All park entry fees and conservancy fees where applicable

– All Government taxes and levies

-Flying doctors rescue service

Cost excludes:

– All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax / email bills etc

– Tips and gratuities to hotel or camp staff and driver/guide

– Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

– Laundry services

– Personal Travel Insurance

– Any other item not included in our itinerary

 

 

14 Days / 13 Nights Wildlife Viewing Private Safari by Road and Flight

Trip Highlights: This is an exciting 14 days Wildlife Viewing Private Safari by Road and Flight into some of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Kenya. This trip will start at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport upon your arrival, taking you through to Aberdare National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, and through the panoramic Rift Valley; the only earth feature observable from space, into Maasai Mara Game Reserve, scene of the greatest spectacle of the animal kingdom and the annual migration of thousands of wildebeest. After coming from the Maasai Mara, you will venture into Amboseli National Park by flying, Tsavo west and finally Tsavo East National Park. You will be able to see plenty of wildlife varying from Kenya’s big five; the lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and the leopard amongst a host of other different animal species. You will travel in a private safari minivan and stay in hotels, lodges, and tented camps on full board while on this safari.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival – Nairobi

Upon your arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our Tour Manager who will brief you on your Safari and escort you to your vehicle for transfer to The Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi for rest and overnight stay.

Dinner and overnight at Norfolk Hotel or Similar

Day 2: Nairobi – Aberdare National Park

After breakfast in your hotel, we check out and depart to Aberdare National Park arriving in time for lunch in The Ark Lodge. After lunch, explore the rugged terrain within the park which is filled with natural beauty such as deep ravines that cut through forested slopes, clear streams and waterfalls, unusual vegetation.

The Aberdare National Park is an isolated volcanic range that forms the eastern wall of the rift valley.  It has diverse moorlands filled with deep ravines cutting through the forested eastern and western slopes, with many clear streams and waterfalls.  It is also an important water catchment area, providing water to the Tana and Athi River.  The Park is surrounded by an indigenous forest which houses the famous Kimathi Hideout/Mau Mau caves, which were used as a hide out for Mau Mau fighters.  The park is also home to most large mammals such as the black rhinos, leopards, serval, different reptiles, a wide variety of insects and endemic bird species. 

Dinner and Overnight Stay will be at The Ark lodge or Similar

Copy of HPIM1422Day 3: Aberdare National Park

Spend the full day in this Park enjoying the Major attractions found in Aberdare National Park which includes the famous Lesatima Peak, Kinangop Peak, waterfalls, walks in the moorlands, twin hills, elephant hills and Table Mountains. The second largest population of black rhinos lives in this park.

Aberdare National Park was created to protect the forests of the Aberdare Mountains.  It has gained its reputation from the rare species of animals found within its locale such as black rhino, bongo antelopes, giant forest hogs, and the very rare black leopards.  However, game viewing is a bit difficult in the Aberdare due to the dense canopy of the rainforest that provides excellent cover for wildlife.

Dinner and Overnight Stay will be at The Ark lodge or Similar

Day 4: Aberdare National Park – Lake Nakuru National Park

You will enjoy an early morning pre-breakfast game drive within the Aberdare before having breakfast and departing to Lake Nakuru National Park for a memorable game viewing and bird watching experience. You will arrive in good time for lunch at the Lodge. After the game drive, you will return to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley soda lakes. It lies to the south of Nakuru, in central Kenya and is protected by a small Lake Nakuru National Park. The lake’s abundance of algae attracts a vast quantity of flamingos that famously lines the shore. Other birds also flourish in the area, as do warthogs, baboons and other large mammals. Black and White rhinos have also been introduced.

Dinner and overnight will be at Lake Nakuru Sarova lion Lodge or similar

Day 5: Lake Nakuru National Park – Maasai Mara Game Reserve

An early morning pre-breakfast Game drive within the park will be followed by breakfast. After breakfast, check out of the lodge and depart for Maasai Mara Game Reserve via Narok arriving in time for check in and lunch at the camp.  After lunch, you will proceed with an afternoon Game drive till evening when you return to the Ol Moran Tented Camp for rest and dinner.

The Maasai Mara, now The New 7th wonder of the world and 4th preferred tourist destination in the world is a home to wildlife in such abundance and variety that it is difficult to imagine. The most spectacular event of the natural world takes place here; The annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti (Tanzania) in search of water and pasture while being followed on their heels by the  predators of the savanna; lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vulture. It hosts over 450 species of animals which include lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, buffalo, leopard, many kinds of antelopes and elephants.

Dinner and overnight will be at Ol Moran Tented Camp or similar

Day 6-8:  Maasai Mara Game Reserve (3 Full days)

Spend three days within Maasai Mara viewing wildlife across this game studded reserve. You will also look out for the big five and other plains game. Enjoy picnic lunches to avoid disrupting game viewing. You will also have the option of taking a pre-breakfast balloon flight safari, at an extra cost, which will give you an unforgettable experience as you view animals very early in the morning from a birds’ eye view.

The wildebeests are the most dominant inhabitants of the Maasai Mara. Their numbers are estimated in millions. The great migration starts in July each year when well over one million wildebeest along with large numbers of Thompson’s gazelles, zebra and other herbivores migrate from the Serengeti plains in Tanzania to fresh pastures in the north and then back south again in October.

Optional Balloon Flight

You can opt to carry out your game viewing activity on an adventurous and unforgettable balloon flight over the spectacular Mara at an extra cost. This package includes a bush breakfast in the wild.

Dinner and overnight will be at Ol Moran Tented Camp or similar

Day 9:  Maasai Mara Game Reserve – Amboseli National Park

After breakfast you will spend the morning viewing wildlife within the park, giving you an opportunity to explore parts of the park that you never explored before.  You will carry a packed picnic lunch to eat during your game drives and later on at 1.00pm you will be transferred to the airstrip to board the 2.00pm flight to Amboseli.  You will land at Amboseli Airstrip at 3.00pm and be immediately taken for a game drive en route to the camp for check in, rest and dinner.

Amboseli is famous for its huge elephant herds. Africa’s highest mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro sits in the upper slopes of Amboseli National Park.  Mt Kilimanjaro’s snow white peaks lie across the border of Tanzania. Seeing Kilimanjaro hovering above the clouds in the early hours of the morning is quite an experience. For an enthusiastic photographer, taking pictures arising against the dramatic backdrop of the mountain is quite a thrill. Apart from the elephants, buffalos, black rhino and other plain animals are in plenty.

Dinner and overnight will be at Kibo safari tented camp or similar

Day 10 & 11: Amboseli National Park (2 Full days)

You will enjoy an early morning pre breakfast game viewing drive and thereafter return to your camp for breakfast for these two days in Amboseli. You will spend the days exploring the park, looking out for the elephants and other wildlife species in the ecosystem within the park. Every evening return to your camp for dinner and overnight stay.

The park takes its name from the seasonal Lake Amboseli, which in dry weather resembles a massive salt pan.  For years, the Maasai shared the park with wild animals and were so pre-occupied with their own herds of cattle and seldom bothered the game. Families of warthog trot off through the dust while hyena and jackal vie with the flocks of vultures over stinking carcasses left by the occasional lion or cheetah.

All meals and overnight stay will be at the Kibo safari tented camp or similar

Day 12: Amboseli National Park – Tsavo West National Park

Enjoy an early morning pre breakfast game drive for a chance to explore its vast lands which are home to elephants, black rhino, and buffalo and other animals.  For an enthusiastic photographer, taking pictures against the dramatic backdrop of the mountain is quite a thrill. After breakfast, carry packed lunch and depart to Tsavo West for a chance to view wildlife and enjoy birding during the afternoon game drives.

Shetani lava flows found in Tsavo West National Park got its name from molten lava that spewed from the earth 200 years ago.  The fiery fury was thought by the local people to be the work of the devil, hence the name ‘Shetani’, which means ‘Devil’ in Swahili.  The glorious Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary also has a growing population of the endangered black rhino which was a victim of poaching in the early 1960s.  Lake Jipe also offers a memorable experience as it is abundant with aquatic life.  Boat rides are a sure way to blow your mind away as you sail through the clear waters watching different species of fish and aquatic animals enjoy the sun’s rays penetrating through the water.  Bird watching is also a major activity in the park.

Lodge: Ngulia Safari Lodge or similar
Meal plan: Picnic lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

DSC09399Day 13: Tsavo West National Park – Tsavo East National Park

Enjoy early morning pre breakfast game drive for a chance to spot the early risers as they start off the day. After breakfast, check out of the lodge and depart to Tsavo east national park, arrive in time for check in and lunch in Ashnil Aruba lodge. Spend the afternoon enjoying afternoon game drives within the extensive park especially looking out for wildlife and bird life as well as different types of ecosystems found within the park. You will be able to see large herds of elephants, Buffaloes, Leopards and other plains game.

Tsavo East National Park is one of the planet’s last biodiversity strongholds.  The park features bushy grasslands, open plains, semi-arid acacia scrub and woodlands.  It offers a vast untapped arena of arid bush which is washed by the azure and emerald meanderings of the Galana River, guarded by the limitless lava reaches of the Yatta Plateau and patrolled by some of the largest elephant herds in Kenya.  The park offers some of the most magnificent game drives in the world, vast herds of dust-red elephants, fat pods of hippo, giant crocodile and a variety of bird life set against a backdrop of endless bush.

Lodge: Ashnil Aruba Lodge or similar
Meal plan: Lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast

Day 14: Tsavo East National Park – Nairobi – Departure

An early pre breakfast game viewing drive will be followed by breakfast.  After breakfast, you will be checked out from your lodge and depart for Nairobi, arriving in time for a farewell lunch at famous carnivore restaurant.  You will in evening transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in time for your international departure flight to your next destination.

End of safari

Cost :Inquire at info@nicheafricaholidays.com

Cost Includes:

-Accommodation and meals in hotel, lodges and tented camps as stipulated in the itinerary
-Transport in a private safari minivan
– Local flight from Maasai Mara to Amboseli
-Services of an English speaking tour driver/guide
-Game viewing drives and parks entrance fees as per itinerary
-All Government taxes and levies

Cost excludes:

-Hot air Balloon flight in Maasai Mara – US$ 450 per person extra (Price is subject to confirmation at the time of booking)
-All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax / email bills etc.
-Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, tented camps staff and driver/guide
-Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
-Any international flight and departure taxes
-Laundry services
-Any other item not included in our itinerary

 

6 Days / 5 Nights Kenya Wilderness & Camping Explorer

Summary of Attractions:

  Tsavo East National Park: Tsavo East National Park offers a vast and untapped arena of arid bush which is washed by azure and emerald meandering of Galana River. The park is guarded by the limitless lava reaches of Yatta plateau and patrolled by some of the largest elephant herds in Kenya. Major attractions within the park include dust-red elephants wallowing, rolling and spraying each other with the midnight blue waters of palm-shaded Galana River; the beautiful Aruba dam located on the north bank of the seasonal Voi River, visited by thousands of animals and a great game viewing destination; Mudanda Rock, which is a whale –backed Rock tower located above a natural dam, and which acts as a draw to thousands of Elephants; Lugards Falls, named after Captain Lugard, the first proconsul to East Africa, the falls feature bizarrely eroded rocks through which the waters of the Galana River plunge into foaming rapids and crocodile –infested pools. The park is also home to rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard,  pods of hippo, crocodile, waterbucks, Lesser Kudu, Gerenuk and Hirola. Other activities available include camping, trekking and bird watching.

 

Amboseli National Park:  This Park is also known as Kilimanjaro’s Royal Court.  The ecosystem mainly consists of savannah grassland spread across the Kenya-Tanzania border. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants among other wildlife species. Other attractions of the park include opportunities to meet the Maasai and spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Activities available in this park include game viewing, camping, viewing Mt. Kilimanjaro, bird watching and photography. Attraction sites within the park include the big five, the observation hill which allows an overall view of the whole park especially the swamps and elephants, the swamp below observation hill hosts many elephants, buffaloes, hippos and a variety of water fowls like pelican, Egyptian goose as well as the contemporary Maasai culture and indigenous lifestyle.

Maasai Mara Game Reserve offers an absolutely unique variety of animals. The reason is that this hilly region is both humid and fertile and is crossed by the rivers Mara and Talek full of crocodiles and hippo and which carry water the whole year around. The banks of the rivers are covered in thick forest which gradually makes way for bush and grassland the abundance of water and excellent availability of food are reasons why the Maasai Mara which in fact is a condition of the Tanzanian Serengeti National park has the greatest population of wild animals in the whole of Africa.

Day to Day Itinerary:

 Day 1:  Mombasa – Tsavo East National Park

 Meet and greet at your preferred location within the Mombasa city by your tour driver / guide who will be with you throughout the safari.  After a short introduction and briefing, you will be escorted to your vehicle for departure to Tsavo East arriving for lunch at your camp.  After lunch, you will explore the park with an afternoon game drive within the park, which is well known for the Man-eaters of Tsavo. Tsavo East is also rich in Hippo, giant crocodiles and varied species of birds.  You will also visit Aruba Dam, Mudanda rock, Lugard’s Falls and the crocodile view point located within the park.  In the evening you will be transferred back to the camp for rest, dinner and overnight.

Lunch, dinner and breakfast at Mashariki camp or similar

DSC09483Day 2: Tsavo East National Park – Amboseli National Park

On this day, you will spend the morning exploring this ecosystem which mainly consists of savannah grassland spread across.  After morning breakfast, you will depart to Amboseli National Park carrying packed lunch. You will arrive in good time for afternoon game viewing drive before being transferred for checking in at your camp for rest, dinner and overnight.

Lunch, dinner and breakfast at Kibo Safari Camp or similar

Day 3: Amboseli National Park – Nairobi – Lake Nakuru National Park

 After breakfast you will depart from the park and be driven to Nairobi where you will have lunch on arrival.  After lunch you will proceed to Lake Nakuru National Park.  Upon arrival you will immediately proceed into the park for a short evening game drive in the company of your guide as you continue to your lodge for check in and rest as you wait for dinner to be served.  Lunch in Nairobi

Dinner and breakfast at Lake Nakuru Sarova Lion Hill Lodge or similar

Day 4: Lake Nakuru National Park – Maasai Mara

 After morning breakfast, depart the Mara Reserve by road.  The Maasai Mara is home to the big five and numerous plains game.  You will be driven through the scenic Great Rift Valley and stop shortly at the escarpment for photography.  You will arrive at the camp in time for check in and lunch before departing for afternoon game drives.  Spend the rest of the afternoon within the park, which is also home to the colourfully decorated Maasai tribesmen. You may occasionally see them criss crossing the park as they go about their daily activities completely unbothered by the wild animals which roam in the bushes.   In the evening you will be transferred back to the camp for dinner and rest.

Lunch, dinner and breakfast at Mara Chui Camp or similar

Day 5: Maasai Mara

 Spend the day within the beautiful Mara Reserve, home to the big five and numerous plains game. You will also visit the Mara River Ecosystem which is teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile, in the heart of Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve. It offers the best game and bird-viewing not only in Kenya, but anywhere in Africa.  The views across the rolling golden grasslands studded with acacia trees, rivers and forests are dazzling, the sense of space overwhelming.  You will explore the park and the vicinity, gently blending into the surrounding wilderness which remains in its virgin condition, while the landscaped gardens filled with indigenous trees at the back which draw a great variety of birds and butterflies.

Lunch, dinner and breakfast at Mara Chui Camp or similar

 Day 6: Maasai Mara National Reserve – Nairobi

After Morning breakfast depart for morning game drives within Maasai Mara Reserve for a chance to spot more wildlife species.  After that depart back to Nairobi, upon arrival, you will be transferred to your preferred location within the city.

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Cost: Inquire at info@nicheafricaholidays.com

Package Inclusions:

– Services of an experienced English Speaking tour driver / guide throughout your safari
– Transport in a customized and fully equipped private safari minibus with open roof
– Accommodation and meals in camps & lodge as mentioned above
– All park entry fees and game drives as mentioned
– Flying doctors emergency evacuation insurance
– Applicable government taxes and service charge

 

Package Exclusions: 

– International or local flight fares and departure taxes
– Items of personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, email, e.t.c
– Personal travel insurance
– Optional activities such as balloon safari, guided nature walks, cultural tours, e.t.c.
– Drinking water while on safari
– Tipping for guides / any other person
– Visa entry fees
– Beverages, soft drinks or alcoholic drinks, e.t.c.