Best of Kenya

12 days of untamed africa, beautiful Landscape, Wildlife & people of Kenya.

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Rolling hills, Game & Culture

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Birding & Culture

 Big5, Culture &

Mt. Kilimanjaro

Per person in double-$2,975.00

Per person single-  $3,770.00

Day 1: ARRIVAL NAIROBI www.Safaripark-hotel.com

A Salisbury Travel Bureau Ltd representative will pick you up from the airport upon arrival and take you to the Safari Park Hotel. The Safari park has a unique oriental architectural design sprawling over it’s 50 acres of beautiful mature gardens.  Later in the evening, the hotel offers for free, the renowned Safari Cats show each night-themed dance from Kenya’s different regions capped with an acrobatic show. Overnight Safari Park Hotel half board.

Day 2: NAIROBI SAMBURU  www.ashnilhotels.com/ashnil-samburu

After breakfast, depart for your drive through central Kenya driving past bustling rural towns of Muranga, Karatina  Nyeri, onto Nanyuki.  Stopover at the renowned Mount Kenya Safari Club for lunch. http://www.fairmont.com/mount-kenya-safari. After lunch proceed to the ruggedly beautiful hot and dry northern part of Kenya. A significant feature of this area which consists of three reserves, Shaba, Samburu and Buffalo springs, is the Uaso Nyiro River which runs across the parks giving life to this hot and dry habitat.  The park is home to the Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, beisa oryx and over 450 species of birds. Samburu is famous for the lioness (Kamunyak-the blessed one in MAA) that captured the attention of the whole world in 2002 by repeatedly adopting baby Oryxes.

 

As a cultural destination, Samburu is home to maa speaking group, the Samburu, the closest relatives of the Masaai. The Samburu’s colourful and rich culture remains unmoved by the whirlwind of changes in our modern world inspiring the research and writing of many books on African culture. Game drive en-route then check-in at the Ashnil Samburu for dinner.  Overnight  Ashnil Samburu, full board.

Day 3: SAMBURU

Early morning and afternoon game drive, rest of the day at leisure.Overnight Ashnil Samburu, full board.

 

Day 4: SAMBURU NAKURU  www.sarovahotels.com/lionhill-nakuru

 

Breakfast then game drive on your way out. The dramatic drive takes you through Kenya’s central highlands and then to Nyahururu. A photo stop at the Thomson falls should last about half an hour . The falls are in place at 2360 m above sea level, descend a 72m cliff creating a mist that feeds the dense forest below it. You can check out the falls from above, or you can follow the trail down to the bottom where you can enjoy the closeup view of this magnificent wonder. It’s named after Joseph Thomson, a naturalist and geologist from Scotland who discovered it in 1887 when he walked all the way from Mombasa to Lake Victoria.

 

Enjoy another beautiful countryside with extensive wheat farms rolling on gently undulating hills to flat plains. You might catch a glimpse of merino sheep grazing about. Then enter Kenya’s farm capital Nakuru. Lake Nakuru a designated white rhino sanctuary, as well as home to other wildlife species. After lunch, go for a game drive and a tour of the lake returning in time for dinner. Overnight Sarova Lion Hill, full board full board

 

Day 5: NAKURU BARINGO www.islandcamp.com

Breakfast then depart for your drive to Lake Baringo. Travel by motorized canoe across Lake Baringo, cutting through the crocodile and hippo infested water, until you reach the tiny island Camp  At the heart of the lake is Ol Kokwe Island, home to Njemps villages and the Island camp which will be your home during your stay here. This is an excellent base for exploring the lake, with boat trips ideal for bird and hippo spotting.. The tents are perched on rocky outcrops or under trees most with a view over the lake. Overnight  Island Camp full board

DAY 6:  BARINGO NAIVASHA www.sopalodges.com/lake-naivasha-sopa-lodge/overview

Breakfast then start your drive backstopping by at the spectacular Lake Bogoria surrounded by the dramatic Siracho ranges.  The scenery around the Lake is breathtaking with bushland and thicket merging into wooded grasslands. The soda waters of the lake attract massive flocks of birds. The 32 sq km lake is still volcanically active, and the western shore is lined with spurting steam and bubbling geothermal pools. You can boil your eggs in this bubbling pools…

 

Then proceed with your journey back past Lakes Nakuru and Elementeita before entering Kenya’s horticultural capital, Naivasha. Check-in at the Lake Naivasha Sopa for lunch.  The hippos lazing around the lake beckon you to this peaceful relaxed lakeside setting. Bird watching and leisure walks should be a nice treat to yourselves. You can take a boat ride to crescent Island and sport fishing (extra cost). Overnight Lake Naivasha Sopa full board

 

DAY 7: NAIVASHA MARA //www.serenahotels.com/serenamara/

 

Depart after breakfast and drive onwards to Narok through Maasai country and onto the world-renowned game reserve, Masai Mara, arriving in time for lunch.

 

By far the most visited park in Kenya, the park's is home to Kenya's Big Four –the Lion, Cheetah, Leopard and Rhino. The wildebeest, zebra, Giraffe and numerous antelopes, the spotted hyena and other plains game.

After lunch depart for your evening game drive. After what should be a rewarding game viewing evening, return to the hotel for your well-deserved rest and dinner. Overnight Mara Serena Lodge, full board

Day 8: MARA

Arise at dawn for your best game viewing chances as the wild awakes. Your tour guide will help you spot the animals as they start their day. Return to the hotel for a late breakfast. Rest of the morning at leisure. Optional activities include a visit to Maasai village and nature walks(extra cost) After lunch, depart for an evening game drive, returning to the lodge in time for dinner. Dinner and overnight, Mara Serena, full board

Recommended in Mara: Baloon safari

Or instead of the early morning game drive, you can opt for a balloon safari. (USD 450 per person) The feeling is indescribable as your hot air balloon lifts off the ground over the plains of Mara. Crisp fresh wilderness air, the chill of the wind, the excitement.Balloon safaris are a romantic and evocative way of experiencing the wilderness of East Africa, as you gracefully and silently fly over the plains teeming with herds of wildlife in the early morning. The flight is followed by a champagne breakfast "in the bush", with a well laid out seating arrangement and waiters on hand, to give you a fitting finale to your memorable flight in the wild. 

 

Day 9: MARA NAIROBI www.windsorgolfresort.com

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Book your wake-up call the night before for your early morning game drive. Your tour guide will help you spot the animals as they start their day. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Then depart for Nairobi. You have with you memories to last you a lifetime…goodbye to the scene of the world’s 8th wonder-The Mara. A brief photo stop at the Rift Valley viewpoint will give you a magnificent view of the Great Rift Valley floor.

Arrive Nairobi late afternoon. Lunch is at any place of your choice en route or in Nairobi on arrival (Extra cost) Dinner is at a place tonight (extra cost) Overnight at the Windsor Golf & Country Club, bed and breakfast.

 

DAY 10: NAIROBI TSAVO: www.ashnilhotels.com/ashnil-aruba

 

Depart early today and begin the approximate 100 kilometres (62 miles) drive inland to enter the Tsavo East National Park home of the “The man-eaters of Tsavo” who obstructed the building of the Railway in the 1900s by the simple expedient of eating the linesmen!

Your safari in this park includes a visit to the Aruba dam, a popular man-made watering hole for the game and one of the best places to view and photograph the park’s resident game, particularly Tsavo’s famous herds of red elephant, so named for the colour of the soil. Overnight Ashnil Aruba Tented

 

 

DAY 11; TSAVO AMBOSELI: www.sopalodges.com/amboseli-sopa-lodge

 

Early breakfast then morning game drive visiting the Mzima springs where crystal clear water emanates from the underground.  Then depart for Amboseli National park. Check-in for lunch at the Amboseli  Sopa. The Amboseli Sopa’s looks out over the golden savannah plains, with uninterrupted views of Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. Welcome to the undisputed Elephant Kingdom. After lunch, depart for your afternoon game drive, returning in time for dinner. overnight at Amboseli Sopa

 

Day 12 AMBOSELI- NAIROBI

 

Breakfast then rest of the morning at leisure. Lunch is also extra cost today. Then prepare for your drive back to Nairobi in time to catch your international flight.

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