8 DAYS WATER RAFTING AND WILDLIFE SAFARI

Trip Highlights: This trip will take you through to the Cultural centers around Nairobi then to the floor of the Great Rift Valley to the enormous wildlife; that is the Maasai Mara. You will then fly to Entebbe then to Kampala and to Jinja – Uganda for your white water rafting adventure. Accommodation will be in luxury 5 star hotel unless where not available.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival – Nairobi – Ruiki – Bomas of Kenya

On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will meet our tour manager who will receive you and give you a safari briefing and then transfer you to Nairobi Intercontinental Hotel for check in (Assuming you arrive in the morning).
After breakfast,(we would like to start perhaps to get a little nap in before the day – is this okay still with the itinerary? Can we do Ruiki in 2 hours?) you can start your safari with a cultural visit at the Ruiki cultural Centre in Kiambu. Return to your hotel for lunch time. After lunch, visit the Bomas of Kenya and have a chance to see the cultural dances that depict the Kenyan culture. You will then return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Dinner and overnight at the Intercontinental Hotel.

Bomas of Kenya offers you “Kenya in a miniature”. It lets you see the wonderful diversity of cultures that make up Kenya. The term Bomas, meaning “homestead”, are displayed on your tour; each represent one of Kenya’s major ethnic groups, and is built to the original traditional architecture of an African home as built by the ancestors. You can view traditional villages representing the lifestyle of ethnic groups such as Kikuyu, Kalenjin, Luhya, Taita, Embu, Maasai, Kamba, Kisii, Kuria, Mijikenda and Luo.

The Bomas’ world famous Harambee dancers perform daily in a unique spectacular theater, the biggest in Africa which seats 3,500 people. Dancers representing different ethnic tribes dance across the stage in a vibrant kaleidoscope rhythm and hue. Proud Samburu warriors vault skywards as they woo their maidens with chanting cries and twirling spears. Bomas of Kenya has over 30 traditional dances collected from different tribes of Kenya.
Day 2: Nairobi– Maasai Mara

After breakfast depart for the Maasai Mara National Park via the floor of the Rift valley with a stopover at the view point so as to have a view of this wonderful feature. You will arrive in time for lunch at Mara Serena Camp. In the afternoon, if you so wish embark on your first game viewing drive. – Yes please

Dinner and overnight at Mara Serena Safari camp.

Day 3: Maasai Mara

Early in the morning before breakfast depart for the morning game viewing drive which runs until noon. In the afternoon you can opt to go for more game viewing drive or visit the Maasai villages.
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Optional Balloon Flight – Yes Please!

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.

The Maasai people are so significant due to their culture. Starting from their dress code, the color red is so significant in that they scare away wild animals as they co-exist with them. They believe that God, Enkai, gave them cattle, therefore they believe that all the cattle belongs to them. That’s the reason why they have been known due to their cattle rustling. Although the Maasai are known for their nomadic life and cattle keeping, they is a group of agricultural Maasai, known as IL Loikop, are look down upon by the cattle keeping group, the Wakwavi since they believe they are the true Maasais created to keep cattle.

A Maasai Homestead (enkang popularly known as the Manyattas) is made from cow dung and wooden sticks from the leleshwa plant. Women are the ones responsible for putting up these magnificent homes. However, a homestead contains several Maasai houses which are surrounded by a fence made also by branches of the leleshwa plant where the herds of goats and cows are confined in during the night hours. There are other Manyattas made far away in the wilderness during their Morans as they prepare their headset, the motonyik, before they return home.

Dinner and overnight at Mara Serena Safari Camp.

Day 4: Maasai Mara – Lake Nakuru

Have a final pre breakfast game viewing drive at the Mara then after breakfast depart for Lake Nakuru for Flamingos and Wildlife viewing. You will check in at Lake Nakuru lodge. After lunch, have an afternoon game viewing drive in Lake Nakuru National Park till dusk.

Dinner and Overnight at Lake Nakuru lodge

DSC09242Day 5: Lake Nakuru – Nairobi – Entebbe – Kampala

in the Morning, you will go for pre breakfast game viewing drive. After breakfast , depart for Nairobi arriving in time for lunch at the famous Carnivore Restaurant. After lunch, transfer to the Jomo Kenyatta international airport for your evening flight to Entebbe. On arrival at Entebbe international Airport, you will be met by our representative who will then transfer you to Kampala Serena hotel for dinner and overnight.

Dinner and overnight at Kampala Serena Hotel.

Day 6: Kampala – Jinja – Kampala

After breakfast, you will be driven to Jinja and spend the day water rafting on the water’s of the River Nile. After the rafting, you will be treated to lots of food and drinks. Drop off back at the hotel in Kampala for dinner and overnight stay in the evening.

Jinja Town: Located on the northern shores of Lake Victoria above the Bujagali falls, Jinja town is one of Uganda’s largest towns and lies about 80 km east of Kampala overlooking the point where the Nile flows out of Lake Victoria and probably it is the Nile that is attracting more people other than the town itself. Jinja was initially the most industrialized town in Uganda with European and Asian settlers who had boosted up the economy but with the rise of some turbulent leaders like Idi Amin, the town’s economy collapsed with the dismissal of the foreign investors. However the town is gradually resurrecting to its former glory with the population increasing and so many suburban mansions coming up, good infrastructure and now the town provides some of the most popular and attractive tourist activities.

Dinner and overnight at Kampala Serena Hotel.

Day 7: Kampala – Nairobi

After an early morning breakfast, depart for Entebbe International Airport for your connecting morning flight to Nairobi arriving after one hour  and checking in at Intercontinental hotel – Nairobi. Where will lunch be?

You will then visit a Maasai Village and the Giraffe centre, The City centre, the Museum if time can allow in the day. Afterwards transfer to Nairobi Intercontinental Hotel for your rest, dinner and overnight.

Dinner and overnight at Intercontinental Hotel.

Day 8: Nairobi – Departure

On this day, after a sumptuous breakfast, you will be ready for your shopping in Nairobi city centre before being transferred to the Jomo Kenyatta international Airport for your departure flight.

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 Cost: Kindly inquire from email:info@nicheafricaholidays.com

Cost Includes:

All Meals and Accommodation while on this safari

Full time safari driver/guides with associated expenses

Park entry fees, game drives, launch trips,

4×4 wheel drive vehicle with gas

All Airports transfers

Transport based on a 4×4 tour vehicle with pop up roof for game viewing

Driver allowances and park entrance fees for vehicle and driver where applicable

Any applicable taxes
Cost Excludes:

Tips to the Tour Guides and porters

Drinks, your bar bills, phone calls, personal insurance and any other services of a personal nature like souvenirs tips and laundry etc.

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