Day 1: Kibo Safari Camp, Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park The landscape of Amboseli is dominated by the snow cap of Mount Kilimanjaro, open plains, acacia woodland, swamps and the massif of Ol Donyo Orok. Renowned for its excellent Maasai giraffe, elephant, lion and cheetah viewing and not surprisingly it is one of Kenya most popular parks. The birding is excellent especially near the lakes and swamps. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants among other wildlife species. Other attraction of the park includes opportunities to meet the Maasai people and also offers spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
Met on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International airport by our representative and drive to Amboseli arriving in time for lunch at your lodge. Amboseli National Park lies below the most famous symbol of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. The 392 sq km Amboseli National Park lies due south of Nairobi, within clear sight of Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain at 5896 metres. The waters of the mountain feed the seasonal swamps and marshes on which the game and birds, which live in the park, rely. It is here that photographers will hope to shoot the classic picture of the elephant or giraffe standing against the dramatic backdrop of the snow capped mountain. Arrive in time for lunch and the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the Camp
Overnight: Amboseli Sentrim Camp
Sentrimi camp is a luxury tented camp based in Amboseli National Park, set at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa standing at 5896m and Situated 140 kilometres south of Nairobi. Amboseli National Park is the second most popular national park in Kenya. The ideal location of the camp ensures you get breathtaking views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and offers complete tranquility and privacy as we have maintained the original nature feel bringing you closer to nature.
Day 2: Lake Naivasha Country Club, Lake Naivasha
Lake Naivasha is the highest of the Rift Valley Lakes and despite having no outlet is one of only two Rift Valley freshwater lakes. The beautiful lake is fringed by papyrus and acacia trees and supports a vast array of bird species. Although it is more than 10kms across it is very shallow and its area varies considerably with the rainfall, so much so that in the early 1900s it totally dried up.
After breakfast drive to Lake Naivasha which is a freshwater Lake. Lake Naivasha is on the floor of the East African Rift Valley. Birdlife is particularly abundant (over 460 species). It is a breeding ground for cormorants all year round. You might see pelicans and spoonbills perched on the dead trees and almost certainly the fish eagle. There are two species of fish breeding in this fresh water lake, black bass and tilapia. The tilapias are ‘mouth breeders’, the various species of fresh water mouth breeders are known as “tilapia”. Large and small frogs are abundant, from the bull frog to the tiny tree toad. Crescent Island in Lake Naivasha is part of the rim of submerged volcano whose crater forms the deepest part of the Lake (can be booked and paid locally at an extra cost). Lunch is at the resort. Rest of the afternoon will be spent at leisure with various optional activities available, booked and paid for locally.
Overnight: Lake Naivasha Country Club
From the top of the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley you can see Lake Naivasha sparkling in the sun thousands of feet below. Just an hours’ drive from Nairobi, Naivasha is one of the gems in a necklace of Rift Valley lakes. Perfect for active and leisure travellers, Lake Naivasha Country Club offers an abundance of activities to please all visitors to Nairobi, Kenya. The resort dates back to the 1930s and has since been transformed into a sprawling 55- acre property with a variety of accommodations and guest facilities, including cottages, a swimming pool, and sumptuous gourmet dining. For adventurers, the nearby Crescent Island is a haven for zebras, wildebeest, gazelles, and giraffes. Lake Naivasha Country Club became famous in the 1930's as a staging post for Imperial Airways' flying boat service from Durban to London. The Old Colonial architecture is solid and comfortable with accommodation in rooms and cottage set in 12 hectares of green lawns shaded by mature acacias and spreading fever trees. The guest rooms are elegant and cool. The residents lounge has large bay windows. The bar is cosy and adjoins an immaculately equipped snooker room. There's more to Naivasha than meets the eye and it’s well worth more than one night's stay. At Lake Naivasha Country club there’s never a shortage of things to see and do.
Day 3: Mara Leisure Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve
Masai Mara National Reserve The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park. The image of acacia trees on an endless grass plain epitomises Africa for many, and then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. But that is not where the game viewing ends; large prides of lions, elephants and giraffes in grasslands, gazelles and eland to mention but a few. Aside from traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential and you can even do a horseback safari.
After an American breakfast, proceed to the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve via the Great Rift Valley. En route enjoy the beautiful scenery. Arrive at your lodge in time for Indian lunch and check in at the lodge. In the afternoon, enjoy an enthralling game-viewing drive. Spotting lions, cheetahs and other spectacular predators is the highlight of your day. Accommodation: Mara Leisure Camp, Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Mara Leisure Camp
Welcome to Maasai Mara – the most talked about destination in the world's most talked about wilderness. Located along in the Talek River, at the confluence of the Maasai Mara's four game-viewing areas on the northern boundary of the Maasai Mara game reserve, Mara Leisure camp is located around one of the most spectacular locations in the entire Mara Ecosystem.
Day 4: Mara Leisure Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve
Rise before dawn for a spectacular Hot Air Balloon ride followed by a bubbly bush breakfast (optional at extra cost). OR proceed for an early morning game drive. Return to the lodge for lunch then later, set out on a late afternoon game spotting safari in the reserve and the opportunity to spot Africa’s ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. Included: Full Board
Day 5: Departure
After breakfast drive back to Nairobi and transfer to the airport for your flight back home – lunch on your own.