9 Days / 8 Nights Kenya Wilderness & Lodge Family Holiday

Places of interest: Aberdare National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Maasai Mara, Amboseli National Park

What you are likely to see: The big five, Mt. Kilimanjaro, flamingo, birds, giraffe, warthog, hyena, wild dogs, gazelle, cheetah, and many others

Activities: Game viewing drives, photography, visit to Maasai village, balloon safari e.t.c.

Transport: 2 Private safari minibuses

Accommodation: 7 nights in lodges (FB) and 1 night in hotel (BB)

Summary of Attractions:

The Aberdare National Park: The Aberdare National Park covers the higher areas of the Aberdare Mountains of central Kenya. The topography is diverse with deep ravines that cut through the forested eastern and western slopes. Animals easily observed in the park include; the Black Rhino, leopard, baboon, black and white Colobus monkey and Sykes monkey. Rarer sightings include those of lions, the golden cat and the bongo- an elusive forest antelope that lives in the bamboo forest. Animals like the eland and serval cats can be found higher up in the moorlands. Activities that can be enjoyed in this park include picnics, trout fishing in the rivers and camping in the moorlands. Bird viewing is rewarding, with over 250 species of birds in the park, including the Jackson’s Francolin, Sparry hawk, goshawks, eagles, sunbirds and plovers.

Lake Nakuru National Park is a sea of flaming pink as far as the eye can see. These millions of flamingoes are always seeking for their food in the salty deep green waters of Lake Nakuru. The protected area is primarily for birds of which 400 to 500 species can be found here including cormorants and pelicans. Visitors to Lake Nakuru National Park are also sure to catch a glimpse of Thomson gazelles, impala, waterbucks, giraffes, and buffalos, white and black rhino as well as baboons.

Maasai Mara Game Reserve is an extension of the Serengeti National Reserve in Tanzania. It is not the largest park in Kenya, but probably the most famous. The entire area of the park is nestled within the enormous Great Rift Valley that extends from the Mediterranean Sea to South Africa. The terrain is primarily open grassland with clusters of acacia tree. Wildlife tends to be most concentrated in the western border in the Oloololo escarpment because the swampy ground means that access to water is always good and human disruption is usually minimal.


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.

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Nairobi – Aberdare National Park

Meet and greet at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by “Victoria Safaris Representatives” upon your arrival in the morning. After the briefing, depart to the Aberdare Ranges in central province where you will arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. After lunch, enjoy afternoon game drives within this scenic park which is home to rare plant and wildlife species. If lucky, you might spot a pack of wild dogs which reside within this park. Evening return to the lodge for rest, dinner and overnight.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Treetops Lodge or similar

Dat 2: Aberdare National Park – Lake Nakuru National Park

Enjoy early morning game drives for a chance to spot the early predators as they start off the day. Aberdare is well known for its majestic moorlands, waterfalls and mountain ranges. Afterwards you will, depart from the park and head to Lake Nakuru. En route, you will visit the famous Thompson falls which is on this route for photography and relaxation at the base of the falls, which is also known as a famous picnic spot. Afterwards, proceed to Lake Nakuru arriving in time for late lunch at the lodge, before proceeding for an afternoon game drive till evening.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge or similar

DSC09251Day 3: Lake Nakuru National Park – Maasai Mara

Early morning game drives within the beautiful park which is home to flamingo, pelicans, white rhino, black rhino, warthog, lion, leopard, giraffe, buffalo and plenty of other plains game. Afterwards, depart from Lake Nakuru and head to the Mara Reserve, home to the big five and numerous plains game. Arrive in time for check in and lunch at the lodge before departing for an afternoon game drive. Spend the rest of the afternoon within the park, which is home to the big five, plains game, birds and thousands of migrating wildebeest.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge or similar

Day 4 & 5: Maasai Mara

Spend two full days within the exciting park which is home to the big five, birds, migration of wildebeest and the colorful Maasai tribesmen. Optional activities include cultural visits to Maasai villages, hot balloon flight, night game drives, nature trails, bird walks or bush meals, guided nature walks, bush lunch/dinner/breakfast, and evening sundowner.

Optional Hot Air Balloon Safari (US$ 450 per person extra)

In the Maasai Mara it is possible to enjoy a hot air balloon ride. 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 to yet another memorable experience.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge or similar

Day 6: Maasai Mara – Nairobi – Amboseli National Park

After breakfast, depart from the park and return to Nairobi where you will have lunch on arrival at the Pampa Restaurant. After lunch, you will depart from Nairobi and proceed to Amboseli National Park arriving at the foothills of the Great Kilimanjaro in the late afternoon. If not too tired, you will have a short afternoon game drive to prepare you for a full day game drive the following morning.

Lunch at Pampa Restaurant

Dinner and overnight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge or similar

Day 7: Amboseli National Park

Spend a full day within this reserve viewing wildlife, birds and enjoying the natural ecosystem that exists within this park as you view and photograph the scenic landscape which characterizes this park. Cultural visits to Maasai villages can also be organized.

All meals and overnight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge or similar

Day 8: Amboseli National Park – Nairobi

After breakfast at the lodge, you will check out of the rooms and enjoy final morning game drives for a chance to spot the early predators as they start off the day. You will then depart from the park and return to Nairobi with a packed picnic lunch. You will arrive in Nairobi in the late afternoon and thereby be transferred to your hotel located in the city centre for rest, dinner and overnight

Picnic lunch en route

Dinner, bed and breakfast at Sarova Panafric Hotel or similar

Day 9: Nairobi – Departure

Depending on your outbound flight, be met at the hotel for transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to catch your outbound flight to your next destination.

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Cost per person::kindly inquire from the email:info@nicheafricaholidays.com

Inclusions:

·         All park entrance fees and game drives

·         Full board accommodation as specified

·         Services of a professional English-speaking tour driver/guide

·         Visit to Thompson Falls

·         Flying doctors emergency evacuation insurance

·         All airport transfers

·         Transport in a private safari minibus with pop up roof for game viewing and photography

·         Applicable government taxes

Exclusions:

·         Optional activities like bush barbecues, cultural visits, balloon safaris, walking safaris, e.t.c

·         Extras at the lodges / hotel i.e. beverages and drinks, telephone, laundry etc.

·         International or local flight fees and departure taxes

·         Tipping

·         Personal travel insurance including loss or damage of luggage

·         Any other item not included in itinerary

 

 

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