Mountains and Savannah

Day 1: 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.

Day Notes
Met on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International airport and after a short brief drive to The Masai Mara National Reserve renowned for offering wonderful scenery and plenty of wild game. It is perhaps the only region left in Kenya where the visitor may see animals in the same super-abundance as existed a century ago. On arrival drive straight to the camp for hot sumptuous lunch. Later in the afternoon proceed on a game drive that will take approx one & half hours to two hours. The game spotting safari in the reserve will give you an opportunity to spot Africa’s ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.

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. More

Day 2: Mara Leisure Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve

Day Notes
{Today you also have an opportunity to go on a spectacular Optional balloon ride across the Maasai Mara. The BALLOON SAFARI ADVENTURE begins in the pre-dawn hours and the magnificent view over the park is thrilling. Towards the end of the flight, you rise to a height of 1500 feet for a panoramic view of the twisting Mara River and the savannah below. After an hour or so in the air, your safari finishes with a flourish: a champagne breakfast in the bush, cooked on the balloon's burners! Please note that this is an optional extra cost not included in the main tour package}. Enjoy this day in the Masai Mara with early morning game drives and afternoon game drives. All meals at the camp. The Mara is also noted for its abundance of lions – particularly the superb black manned males. You'll see lots of elephants here often in large herds, as well as – if you're lucky – leopard, cheetah and rhino. All of the Big Five are residents. You're sure to see the African buffalo. Get the cameras ready, stock up on film and enjoy yourselves! All Meals and overnight at Mara Leisure Camp

Day 3: Lake Naivasha Country Club, Lake Naivasha
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.

Day Notes
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. Dinner and

overnight at the Lodge
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 both active and leisure travelers, 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 4: Aberdare Country Club, Aberdare
Aberdare
Aberdare is an amazing highland safari area where the mountains and forests invigorate one and the possibility of seeing Africa's wildlife keen one alert. The Aberdare Mountain Range forms the part of the eastern side of the Great Rift Valley.

Day Notes
After breakfast drive to Aberdare Country Club. The club is nestled on a slope of Mweiga Hill in the Aberdare Highlands, part of the Great Rift Valley. This captivating site was the homestead of an English couple that decided to settle in Kenya. Almost a half century later, their home, "The Steep", was renamed the Aberdare Country Club and opened for guests. Considered a heritage property in Kenya, The Aberdare Country Club has retained the charm of a private home with the simple comforts of a country inn. With optional activities (booked and paid locally) like the club's 1,300 acre wildlife sanctuary which is teeming with Thompson and Grant's gazelles, zebras, giraffes, and the more reclusive leopards. It is a haven of unbridled charm set in a garden bursting in a profusion of colour, with peacocks roaming its lush green lawns. Walking through this unspoiled terrain is paradise. Play a round of golf watched by a family of warthog, go horseback riding, work out in the gym, have a massage, play tennis or just relax by the pool set within the beautiful gardens all at an extra cost

Overnight: Aberdare Country Club
The Aberdare Country Club, only a two and a half hour drive northeast from Nairobi, is nestled on a slope of Mweiga Hill in the Aberdare Highlands, part of the Great Rift Valley. This captivating site was the homestead of an English couple that decided to settle in Kenya. Almost a half century later, their home, "The Steep", was renamed the Aberdare Country Club and opened for guests. Considered a heritage property in Kenya, The Aberdare Country Club has retained the charm of a private home with the simple comforts of a country inn.

Day 5: Sweetwaters Serena Camp, Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Ol Pejeta Conservancy boasts an astounding variety of animals including all the “Big Five” (the endangered black and white rhino, leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion) as well Kenya’s only sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees.

Day Notes
After breakfast drive via the equator where we will have a photo stop (optional extra cost). Thereafter, we proceed to the Sweetwater’s Tented Camp, home of the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Sanctuary. In the afternoon proceed for a game drive in this exclusive conservancy. We can be able to spot lions, elephants, buffalos and even leopards if we are lucky! Enjoy an optional night game drive which can be booked only at the camp at an extra cost.

Overnight: Sweetwaters Serena Camp
A sheltered oasis, clustered around a water hole and set in the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweetwaters Tented Camp offers a charming blend of under-canvas ambiance and safari luxury. Located on the plains of Mount Kenya, the camp features thirty-nine luxury tents, each with its own private veranda overlooking the water hole. The central Rhino Restaurant is housed in the former manager's house of this once colonial farm, and offers both regional and international cuisine. Also within the house is the Kashoggi Bar and lounge, which centres on a blazing log fire. The Waterhole Bar, built in the style of a game-viewing hide, overlooks the waterhole and offers unrivalled wildlife-watching.

Day 6: Departure
Day Notes
After breakfast, drive back to Nairobi in time for lunch and transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your home bound flight.