Kenya & Tanzania
The Best of East Africa
|"I have heard about the Masai since I was a child, it was like a dream come true to meet them and see their village. I also enjoyed the game drives more than I had anticipated. Another great ATS tour"|
|Barbara Engstrom, Kenya|
Kenya Culture & Wildlife Safari
DAY 01: FRIDAY - NAIROBI
Upon arrival of your flight in NAIROBI today, you will be met by our team outside customs & immigration halls then transferred to your hotel.
DAY 02: SATURDAY - NAIROBI/ SAMBURU
After breakfast you will receive a Safari briefing and introduced to the driver guide before departure to the SAMBURU GAME RESERVE via the small town of Isiolo. Arrive and check-in then have lunch at SAMBURU SOPA LODGE. Located in the Semi-desert Samburu Game Reserve in Central Kenya the Lodge offers you a chance to see the bounty of animals. 16h00: Proceed on your first game drive in the reserve. Return to the lodge before sunset for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 03: SUNDAY - SAMBURU
You will spend a Full day in SAMBURU with early morning and afternoon game drives. Meals and overnight stay at the SAMBURU SOPA LODGE To the North of lush Mount Kenya area lies an austere semi-desert of thornbush flats, dry grassland, open acacia woodland and rugged ranges that averages only 14" (350 mm) of rain a year. At the southern edge of this arid region stands a trio of contiguous national reserves with varied lodging and good access by road from Nairobi, 200 miles (325 kilometers) to the south. Samburu Game Reserve (40,800 acres/16,500 hectacres), Shaba National Reserve (59,058 acres/23,910 hectacres, and Buffalo Springs National Reserve (32,400 acres/13,100 hectacres) line the perennial Uaso Nyiro River, rimmed with towering river acacias and palms. The river and several springs attract much wildlife, especially in dry periods. Mammals restricted to the Masai arid zone are found here, such as Grevy's zebra, the reticulated giraffe, the beisa oryx, Guenther's dik-dik and the gerenuk. Also present are lesser kudus, elephants, Grant's gazelles, lions, cheetahs, leopards and 350 bird species, including the blue-flushed Somali ostrich and the bristle-crowned starling.
DAY 04: MONDAY - SAMBURU/LAKE NAKURU
07h30: After breakfast at the lodge, proceed to LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK situated in the Rift Valley Region. Kenya straddles the center of the Great Rift Valley, the vast prehistoric fissure that stretches from Jordan to Mozambique. From the North to the South of Kenya the valley is lined with a series of freshwater and soda based volcanic lakes. Visit the THOMSON FALLS en-route before your lunch. Arrive, enter the park and check-in at LAKE NAKURU LODGE. Go on a game drive later in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay Lake Nakuru National Park, the world famous haunt for pink flamingos, is a shallow alkaline lake in Kenya's Rift Valley and some 62 km2 in size. The road from Nairobi to Nakuru passes down the Kikuyu escarpment with fine views of the Kedong Valley and Mounts Suswa and Longonot. The landscape is picturesque, areas of marsh and grasslands alternating with rocky cliffs and outcrop. In late 80's the park also became Kenya's first rhino sanctuary and is today home to both the White and Black Rhinos. Lions, leopards, hippos, giraffes, waterbucks are equally at home in this unique park.
DAY 05: TUESDAY - LAKE NAKURU/LAKE NAIVASHA
06h30: Enjoy an early morning game drive in the park before breakfast. Later check-out and depart. Drive to LAKE NAIVASHA, which is about one and a half hours drive approximately. Arrival and check-in at LAKE NAIVASHA SOPA RESORT then have Lunch. Lake Naivasha is a beautiful freshwater lake, fringed by thick papyrus. The lake and its surrounds are rich in natural bounty, and the fertile soils and water supply have made this one of Kenya's prime agricultural regions. Much of the lake is surrounded by forests of the yellow barked Acacia Xanthophlea, known as the yellow fever tree because of the color. These forests abound with bird life, and Naivasha is known as a world class birding destination. The waters of the lake draw a great range of game to these shores. Giraffes wander among the acacia, Buffalo wallow in the swamps and Colobus monkeys call from the treetops while the Lakes' large hippo population sleep the day out in the shallows. The Afternoon is at leisure. You may embark on an optional boat-ride on the lake and excursion on Crescent Island. Dinner and overnight stay
DAY 06: WDNESDAY - LAKE NAIVASHA/MASAI MARA
07h30: After breakfast, depart for the world famous MASAI MARA National Reserve. Arrive at MARA SOPA LODGE for check-in and lunch. Set in the Oloolaimutia Valley the lodge blends in perfectly with its surrounding hillside landscape. The accent here is on the Masai people and the wealth of wildlife, birdlife, and natural flora to be found in the fabled Masai Mara Game Reserve. 16h00: Enjoy an afternoon game drive around the world famous Mara. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge
DAY 07: WEDNESDAY - MASAI MARA / MASAI CULTURAL EXPERIENCE
Full day spent in the Mara with Early morning, mid-morning and afternoon game drives. Meals and overnight stay at the lodge. You also have the choice of going out on a full day game drive with picnic lunches. Today we'll bring you to a Masai Village to meet this nomadic tribe. You will see their dwellings, meet the Masai people, and chat with them as well as take photos. Masai Mara offers an absolutely unique variety of animals. The reason is that this hilly region is both humid and fertile, and is crossed by the Mara and Talek rivers, full of crocodiles and hippos, which carry water the whole year round. 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 the reasons why the Masai Mara, which in fact is a continuation of the Tanzanian Serengeti National Park, has the greatest population of wild animals in the whole of Africa. There is a particularly dramatic "spectacle" from July to November, the annual migration of huge herds of Gnus and Zebras. Predators such as Hyenas, Jackals, Leopards and Lions of course, closely follow these herds. Gigantic herds of over 200 buffaloes can also be observed. Plenty of food is available for elephants, giraffes, and the many species of antelopes.
DAY 08: THURSDAY - MASAI MARA/NAIROBI
07h30: Have breakfast at the lodge and depart for NAIROBI. Arrive and proceed to Carnivore Restaurant for a lunch. The afternoon is at leisure, free for shopping or rest. In the Evening you will be transferred to the airport for departure to the US.
- Airport transfers and assistances in Nairobi
- Accommodation on full board basis on safari from breakfast on Day 2 to lunch on Day 8
- Park entrance fees
- Transportation and game drives on safari in safari vehicle with an English speaking driver guide
- Final lunch at the Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi as indicated
- Pre departure Orientation packets
- Souvenir luggage tags
- Price is based on double occupancy
- Scheduled departures
- Small groups 2-12
- Tips and porterages
- Drinks and Laundry
- Extra visits not indicated
- Optional Tours or activities
- Personal Medical and Travel Insurance
- International flights and departure taxes
- We will arrange flights to fit your chosen travel dates upon request
|"It's not a vacation, it's the experience of a life time"|
|Maya Auguston, 7 years old|
|"The overall trip evidenced ambitious planning with thoughtful regard to individual need. Our guide was an expert who inspired total confidence"|
|Carolyn Light Bell|