Day 1: Nairobi – Masai Mara
Our driver/guide will receive you when your flight arrives at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. You’ll start your family safari in Kenya in the morning if you arrive with the morning flight into Nairobi. We can also arrange overnight accommodation in Nairobi. Safari briefing and then depart for Masai Mara Game Reserve through the floor of the Great Rift Valley. Arrive at Mara Sopa Lodge in time for lunch. Later proceed for the afternoon game drive until sunset in search of the Big Five. Meals: Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Mara Sopa Lodge
Day 2-4: Masai Mara
Spend the whole day in the Masai Mara plains doing game drives and on the look out for herds of wildebeests crossing the crocodile-infested Mara River. Optional evening visits to Masai cultural village to learn their culture and dances. Each visit cost USD35 per person and you pay this directly. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Mara Sopa Lodge
Day 5: Masai Mara – Lake Nakuru
After breakfast, depart Mara for Lake Nakuru. Lunch at the Flamingo Hill Tented Camp followed by an extensive afternoon game drives in the park. Besides the flamingos that the lake is famous for, there are approx 400 other species of birds visiting the lake. Also, many species of game can be found in the park including the introduced Rothschild’s giraffe, black and white rhino, waterbuck, reedbuck, lion, buffalo, leopard, baboon and many species of plains game. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Flamingo Tented Hill Camp
Day 6: Lake Nakuru – Lake Naivasha
After breakfast, depart for the nearby Lake Naivasha. Naivasha is one of the gems in a necklace of Rift Valley lakes, has a variety of bird life and hippo colonies. Lunch at Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort and afternoon visit to Hell’s Gate Park. Activities include hiking, rock climbing, spectacular gorge walks, bird watching and wildlife viewing. Sunset boat ride at Lake Naivasha (you’ll pay boat fee to boat owners or your hotel). Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort
Day 7: Lake Naivasha – Samburu Game Reserve
After an early breakfast bid farewell to Lake Naivasha as you drive heading eastwards en route Samburu Game Reserve. Make a brief stopover at Nyahururu Falls, still known to many as Thomsons Falls for its 237ft cascade. After the stopover, you drive northward through Nanyuki town, crossing the northernmost foothills of Mount Kenya, until you reach Isiolo town and then down into the thorny landscape of Samburu country.
After lunch in your lodge, set off for afternoon game drives in the park. This area boosts of unique northern species of wildlife which are not found in any other part south of equator, here you will find the Grevy zebra, Beisa Oryx, Reticulated Giraffe, Somali Ostrich, the long necked gerenuk, herds of elephants and their predators abound. The life-giving Uaso Nyiro River plays a major role in the ecosystem of this region. Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Samburu Sopa Lodge
Day 8: Samburu Game Reserve
Before dawn you head out in search of Africa’s wild cats. After the game drive, you return to the lodge for breakfast and some R&R “rest and relaxation", read a book/novel, sunbathe or perhaps go for a refreshing dip in the uniquely designed swimming pool. After lunch, set off for afternoon game drives till sun set. Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Samburu Sopa Lodge
Day 9: Samburu – Sweetwaters (Mount Kenya)
After breakfast, depart for Sweetwaters Tented Camp located in the exclusive Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Mt Kenya region. Lunch at your camp. You can do day and night game drives around the private conservancy, which is home for the members of the “Big Five” (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard). The conservancy has a higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any Kenyan national park and is one of only four private game conservancies to have been founded in Kenya. At the forefront of the Kenyan conservancy programme, the conservancy boasts the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, hosts the only chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya, and shelters large numbers of rare and endangered species. Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Sweetwaters Tented Camp
Day 10: Mt Kenya – Aberdares
After breakfast, depart for Aberdares National Park. Access to the park with private vehicles is limited to conserve and protect the environment, which hosts wildlife such as elephant, rhino, buffalo, bush bucks, giant forest hogs, Sykes monkey, leopard, and bongo. On arrival at the Aberdare Country Club, you’ll have lunch (cost included) and in the afternoon, you’ll be transferred to The Ark Game Lodge in the lodge’s vehicle. This tree-lodge is uniquely shaped to resemble the actual Ark, designed with decks from which numerous balconies and lounges provide superb vantage points for viewing the animals visiting the salt-lick and waterhole. A ground-level bunker at The Ark provides excellent photographic opportunities, and the Yasabara waterhole is floodlit by night to enable all-night viewing of game. Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: The Ark Game Lodge
Day 11: Aberdares – Amboseli
After breakfast, a driver of The Ark Lodge will transfer you back to The Aberdare Country Club where you’ll reconnect with your driver/guide and then depart for Amboseli National Park. Buy packed lunch in Nairobi. Beautifully situated beneath the foot of Africa’s highest mountain Mt. Kilimanjaro (5895m), Amboseli National Park is well renowned for its huge herds of elephants and various types of other Savannah wildlife such as Giraffes, Bushbuck’s, Kudu, Warthog’s, Zebra’s and over 425 species of birds recorded here.
The snowcapped peak of Kilimanjaro rising above white clouds dominates every aspect of Amboseli and forms a backdrop to an impressive display of wildlife attracted to this location by swamps and springs fed by underground rivers from Kilimanjaro melting snow. Amboseli was the location around which such famous writers like Sir Ernest Hemingway and Robert Ruark tailored their stories of big game hunting in the wilds of Africa. Enjoy a game drive en-route, as you arrive in time for dinner. Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Ol Tukai Lodge
Day 12-13: Amboseli National Park
A dawn game drive will be the perfect time for photographing the humbling and magnificent Mt. Kilimanjaro the highest peak in Africa. You return to the lodge for breakfast and some R&R “rest and relaxation", sunbathing, swimming or for those of you reading enthusiasts, you can read the day away in the well-stocked library with a relaxing view of Mt. Kilimanjaro. After lunch, set out for afternoon game drives till sunset. Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Ol Tukai Lodge
Day 14: Amboseli – Nairobi – Depart Home
Check out of your lodge at 1000hrs and depart for Nairobi. Complementary lunch at Panari Hotel in Nairobi (Adventure African Jungle Ltd will treat you for the lunch). Transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to catch your international flight home.