12 Days Kenya Adventure Safari

Routing (Nairobi, 2 nights Amboseli, 1 night Aberdere, 2 nights Samburu, 1 night Lake Nakuru, 2 nights Masai  Mara- 3 nights Watamu, Nairobi- Departure)

Day 1: Arrival, meet and greet, Nairobi- Amboseli National Park
Upon arrival at the airport and clearing customs/immigration formalities, you will be met by our representative and transferred to a city hotel for a short rest (Panafric or similar). After breakfast, you will embark on your dream safari adventure of Kenya through the vast endless open plains of Athi and on the whistling  Acacia trees of masai land. Just about 2 hours driving southwards from Nairobi, and on a clear day, you will be watching the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro also known as the Roof of Africa. You will arrive in good time for buffet lunch in the lodge. Short rest before your afternoon game drive begins. Explore the swampy areas looking for the Big four wildlife and plenty of birds that abundant in this semi- arid park. Return to your lodge as the sun sets!  Dinner and Overnight: Amboseli Sopa Lodge  (www.sopalodges.com) or Amboseli Sentrim tented Camp (www.sentrim-hotels.com)     L,D – Distance: Approx: 260 kms – 4 hrs drive

Day 2: Amboseli National Park  (the roof of Africa)
Today pre- breakfast morning and afternoon game drives are included. A game drive through Amboseli takes you across this vast lakebed – often dry, but still very swampy in some areas.  Amboseli is best known for its great herds of elephant – you will often find many of them standing  knee-deep in the water, spraying themselves to keep cool.  But there is a  lot of other game here too – cheetah, buffalo, giraffe, many types of  gazelle and other plains game- and it is all set against the amazing  backdrop of majestic  Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895 meters)showing all its glory. Dinner and overnight:   Amboseli Sopa Lodge or Amboseli Sentrim  (B,L,D)

Day 3: Amboseli-  Aberdere  National Park
After breakfast, check out drive northwards through Nairobi with picnic lunch boxes and  head northwest to  Aberdare National Park. Along the way, you may stop at the colourful Karatina Market, regarded as the largest Open Air Market in East Africa and sample the local wares. You will check in at Outspan hotel or Aberdare country club, this is base hotel where you check and deposit your luggage ready to go to Aberdare National Park. NOTE: Only overnite hand luggage is allowed at both Treetops/Ark. This park is made famous by Queen Elizabeth the 2nd who ascended to the throne in 1952 while on a holiday visit. Here animals come for salt lick and you view them from the Balcony of the lodge. Dinner and Overnight: Treetops – (www.aberdarehotels.com) or The Ark  (www.thearkkenya.com) (B,L,D). Distance – approx. 440km  6hrs drive

Day 4: Aberdare – Samburu Game Reserve
Meet your safari guide then head north through breathtaking scenery dotted with rushing mountain streams and fields of tea and coffee. Before Nanyuki town, you will stop at THE EQUATOR for a memorable EQUATOR BRIEFING and water demonstration. On different hemispheres water spins different directions.  After Nanyuki town, you will reach the outpost known as Isiolo, the last major stop on the journey into the remote northern frontier. Descend from lush climate to semi-arid area that is Samburu arriving in time for lunch. Your comfortable, lodge is perched along the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River, which is a lifeline and the nerve center of this reserve; animals congregate along its banks to quench their thirst. The reserve is also the home of the nomadic, cattle herding Samburu tribe. Your afternoon includes a SAFARI drive before returning to your lodge as the sun sets. Dinner and Overnight: Samburu Sopa Lodge www.sopalodges.com  or Samburu Shaba www.sarovahotels.com    .Distance: Approx. 190 kms – 3 hrs drive B,L,D

Day 5: Samburu Game Reserve
Both Morning and afternoon game drives are scheduled for today.  Samburu harbors a number of wildlife species rarely found elsewhere.  Enjoy morning and afternoon game viewing in search of Northern Species of Game not seen south of the Equator, such as Reticulated Giraffe, Grevy, Zebra, Beisa Oryx and Somali Ostrich.  Another creature UNIQUE to these areas is the Long-necked Gerenuk (meaning ‘giraffe neck’), a graceful antelope that stands upright on its hind legs to feed on tall bushes which is among  the Samburu’s “Special Five” — (the reticulated giraffe, long-necked gerenuk, Somali ostrich, Grevy’s zebra and beisa oryx ) never found anywhere else. The Uaso Nyiro River provides bathing pools for hippos, elephants and crocodiles.  Keep your eyes open for lion, cheetah, or elusive leopard.  There is also a variety of birds like vulturine guinea fowl among others Dinner and Overnight: Samburu Sopa Lodge or Samburu Shaba Lodge   (B,L,D)

Day 6:  Samburu – Lake Nakuru National Park
After an early breakfast, drive southwards past the northern tip of the Aberdare mountains, then descend into the Great Rift Valley where Lake Nakuru is located. You are in Nakuru town (Kenya’s fourth largest town) in time for lunch and a short rest. In the afternoon you have a game drive. Lake Nakuru is a shallow soda lake renown  for its huge concentration of flamingoes. It’s also a White Rhino Sanctuary. You embark on a game drive upon arrival which includes a walk on the shores of the lake to view flamingoes from close range. Keep your eyes open for the elusive Leopard or the famed Tree climbing lions of this park. Sarova Lion Hill  (B,L,D) www.sarovahotels.com  Distance: Approx: 350 kms – 4 hrs drive

Day 7: Lake Nakuru- Masai Mara Game Reserve
After breakfast climb the Western Escarpment of the Rift Valley and head towards Masai Mara.  With its vast open plains and distinctive flat-topped acacia trees, acacia trees, no visit to Kenya would be complete without a visit here. Enjoying views of picturesque Masai tribesmen herding cattle on the way, you arrive in time for an afternoon game drive includes searching for the Big Five, elephants, Buffalos, lions, Rhinos and leopards, before returning to your lodge as the sun sets! Dinner and overnight – Mara Simba Lodge www.marasimba.com  or similar (B,L,D) Distance Approx. 310 kms – 5 hrs drive .(Poor road network- Half of the way roads are in poor state, with potholes and it may take more time than the estimated.)

Day 8: Masai Mara Game Reserve
Pre-breakfast morning game drive in the reserve, a great opportunity to explore the vast flora and fauna of this magnificent reserve.  After a rewarding game drive, return to your lodge for late morning breakfast. or A full day game drive with picnic lunch boxes  (full day game drive including visits to Mara River, Kenya Tanzania Border Post and a great chance to view the “Big Five” and the great Wildebeest migration. You will have picnic lunch at Hippo Pool. Spend your days in this magnificent savannah country, home to Kenya’s most varied animal population. Lion may be seen throughout the park, along with elephant, giraffe and zebra. Cheetah and leopard are also regularly spotted, and you may also find rhino.  Today you have both pre-breakfast and afternoon game drives. Watch the animal kingdom come to life against the impressive African sunrise and sunsets  Dinner and Overnight -Mara Simba Lodge or similar  (B,L,D).

Day 9:  Nairobi – Mombasa (Watamu) 
Depart after break fast and journey back to Nairobi  and   transferred to airport for your flight to Malindi, arrive and transfer to your beach resort.  Dinner and overnight: Turtle Bay Beach Club or similar www.turtlebay.co.ke B,D, Distance 280 kms 4hrs drive. Flying 45 minutes  (Poor road network- Half of the way roads are in poor state and with potholes and it may take more time than the estimated.)

Day 10: Watamu

Enjoy yourself in Watamu or choose optional activities .Dinner and Overnight: Turtle Bay Beach Club or similar – half board

 Day 11:  Watamu
Enjoy yourself in Watamu. Dinner and Overnight: Turtle Bay Beach Club or similar – half board

 Day 12: Nairobi – Departure

After breakfast you will be transferred to airport for your flight to Nairobi, and connect your outbound departure flight.

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COST

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Optional Excursions
Masai village
The Optional visit includes dances by the Masai people, taking pictures and  learning their way of life.

Balloon Safari
The early morning calm air of the Masai Mara has made possible the introduction of Hot Air Balloon flights, available as an optional extra, from leading lodges and camps in the reserve.  (Please reserve early to avoid disappointment for this adventure!).Tour of a hot air balloon ride to see the park from a bird’s eye view

TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • All transfers to and from Airports/Airstrips
  • All Conservation  fee/charges
  • All transportation as mentioned in a special six sitter safari van  with window guaranteed seats and pop up roof for game viewing
  • Return domestic flight – Nairobi – Malindi
  • Accomplished English speaking driver/guide
  • Drivers allowance/salary during the entire tour
  • Gift from Hirola Tours & Safaris
  • Accommodation in standard rooms and meals as mentioned in itinerary i.e Breakfast Lunch, dinner, (B,L,D). bed and breakfast in Nairobi, halfboard in Watamu
  • 24/7 Flying Doctors emergency evacuation to the nearest hospital
  • A complimentary bottle of mineral water – 1 bottle per person per day during safari
  • All hotel and government taxes
    NOT INCLUDED
  • International ticket
  • Telephone and/or Fax
  • Beverages excluding bottled water
  • Optional excursion
  • Tips / gratuities for driver / hotel staff
  • Any extras that are not mentioned above.
  • Airport Departure Tax for International Flights
  • Items of personal nature i.e laundry, souvenirs etc
  • Travel insurance including damage or loss of luggage and/or personal injury
  • Extra cost incurred if change in DATE, reduction in number of Persons or deviation from   above   itinerary

12 Days Magical Kenya – Tanzania Tour

12 Days Magical Kenya – Tanzania Tour

Routing (1 night Nairobi, 1 night Samburu, 1 night Aberdare, 2 nights Mara, 1 night Lukuba, 1 night Serengeti, 1 night Ngorongoro, 1 night Tarangire, 1 night Arusha, 1 night Nairobi Departure)

 Day 1: Arrival – Nairobi
Upon arrival you will be met by our airport representative and transferred to your hotel in the city centre. After check in, you will have a pre-safari briefing and orientation before embarking on your dream adventure safari.  Overnight: Silver Spring Hotel or similar  B www.silversprings-hotel.com

Day 2: Nairobi- Samburu Gama Reserve
After breakfast, meet your safari guide then head north through breathtaking scenery dotted with rushing mountain streams and fields of tea and coffee. Before Nanyuki town, you will stop at THE EQUATOR for a memorable EQUATOR BRIEFING and water demonstration. On different hemispheres water spins different directions.  After Nanyuki town, you will reach the outpost known as Isiolo, the last major stop on the journey into the remote northern frontier. Descend from the lush highlands to the arid Laikipia Plains and the small oasis of the famed Samburu Game Reserve. Samburu lies on the fringe of the hot and sparsely populated northern region of Kenya. In the afternoon, there will be a game drive returning to your lodge as the sun sets. Dinner and Overnight: Samburu Sopa Lodge or similar www.sopalodges.com  L, D   Distance Approx. 350 km.- 3hrs drive

Day 3: Samburu – Aberdare National Park
After breakfast proceed to Aberdares which is within the equator line with dense forests which harbor lots of elephants, rhino, leopards, bush buck, elusive Bongo or giant forest hog. You will check in at Aberdare Country club hotel, this is base hotel where you check and deposit your luggage ready to go to Aberdare National Park. NOTE: Only overnight hand luggage is allowed at treetops. This park is made famous by Queen Elizabeth the 2nd who ascended to the throne in 1952 while on a holiday visit. Here animals come for salt lick and you view them from the Balcony of the lodge. Dinner and Overnight: The Ark – (www.thearkkenya.com)    Distance Approx. 210 kms – 3 1/2 hrs drive

Day 4: 2011: Aberdare –  Masai Mara Game Reserve
After breakfast climb the Western Escarpment of the Rift Valley and head towards Masai Mara.  With its vast open plains and distinctive flat-topped acacia trees, acacia trees, no visit to Kenya would be complete without a visit here. Enjoying views of picturesque Masai tribesmen herding cattle on the way, you arrive in time for lunch or have a picnic lunch box and a short rest Afternoon game drive includes searching for the Big Five, elephants, Buffalos, lions, Rhinos and leopards, before returning to your lodge as the sun sets! Dinner and overnight – Mara Ashnil Tented Camp or similar  (BLD).www.ashnilhotels.com Distance Approx. 450 kms – 7 hrs drive B,L,D  (Poor road network- Half of the way roads are in poor state and with potholes and it may take more time than the estimated.)

Day 5:  Masai Mara Game Reserve
Pre-breakfast morning game drive in the reserve, a great opportunity to explore the vast flora and fauna of this magnificent reserve.  After a rewarding game drive, return to your lodge for late morning breakfast. Later just relax till afternoon game drive or visit the nearby Masai Mara village as optional excursions. OR a full day game drive with picnic lunch boxes which includes visits to Mara River, Kenya -Tanzania Border Post and a great chance to view the “Big Five”.  You will have your picnic lunch at Hippo Pool as you watch the crocodiles living in harmony with hippos. Return to your lodge late in the afternoon   Dinner and Overnight –  Mara  Ashnil Tented Camp or similar (B,L,D)

Day 6:  Masai Mara – Lake Victoria

Check out of your Hotel with packed picnic lunch boxes and have a game drive enroute to Isibania border. (Kenya- Tanzania border). Arriving at around 14h00 and you will change vehicles and drivers as well. Then proceed for a hour drive to the shores of Lake Victoria with good views of picturesque Tanzania tribesmen. You will be transferred to our boat for Lukuba Island where you arrive in the afternoon. Rest of the day will be at leisure to explore the beautiful lodge. Dinner and Overnight: Lukuba Island Lodge B,L,D. Distance Approx: 170 kms 4 hrs drive

Day 7:  Lake VictoriaSerengeti National Park-

Check out early and proceed with the stunning views of country side. Along the way enjoy your picnic lunch.   Continue your drive across the treeless plains of Serengeti and be prepared for a few bumps and bounces along this unpaved road to the famous Serengeti. There are plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing en route to your lodge.  An afternoon game drive in Serengeti National Park introduces you to one of  Africa’s premier game sanctuaries. Dinner and Overnight: Seronera Wildlife Lodge  www.hotelsandlodges-tanzania.com  B,L,D. Distance Approx: 370 kms 6 hrs drive (Poor road network- Half of the way roads are in poor state and with potholes and it may take more time than the estimated.)

Day 8: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater

This morning drive via Olduvai Gorge. The history of mankind is explored on a visit here, where in 1959, famed archeologists Leakey discovered the fossilized remains of the earliest known man, believed to be about 1.8 millions years old.  Enjoy the colourful lecture. Later drive to Ngorongoro Area arriving on time for lunch.  Ngorongoro crater is at the depth of 2,000 feet, this is caldera, created by the collapse of an extinct volcano, contains what might be called “LOST WORLD” of wildlife and in co-existence
of cattle herding Masai. Dinner and Overnight Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge www.hotelsandlodges-tanzania.com  or similar. Distance: approx 150kms  3 hrs drive. B,L,D

Day 9: Ngorongoro – Manyara – Tarangire National Park

Breakfast with a view before head to Lake Manyara National Park  with picnic lunch boxes for half day game drive of this diverse park with its abundance, if your luck you may see the famous tree climbing lions, resident elephant population plus Manyara also boost the troops of baboons and of Aquatic birdlife depend on migration trend. Later drive to Tarangire for afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight: Tarangire Sopa Lodge (www.sopalodges.com). Distance: approx 145kms  3 hrs drive. B,L,D

Day 10: Tarangire- Arusha

Morning game drive and return for breakfast, late check out in the afternoon and drive to  Arusha for overnight. Overnight:  Impala Hotel or similar . Distance Approx: 210 kms 4 hrs drive. BL

Day 11: Nairobi

Breakfast and free until your transfer  to airport for your flight to Nairobi. Arrive and transfer to hotel for short rest. Overnight: Silver Springs Hotel. B  Distance: Approx flying time 1hr

Day 12: Departure

You will be transferred to airport at 01h30 with packed breakfast for your outbound departure flight back home or at your hotel in Nairobi. B

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Cost – Contact us

Hot Air Balloon Safari – extra cost

The early morning calm air of the Masai Mara has made possible the introduction of Hot Air Balloon flights, available as an optional extra, from leading lodges and camps in the reserve.  (Please reserve early to avoid disappointment for this adventure!).Tour of a hot air balloon ride to see the park from a bird’s eye view.

Masai Village visits – extra cost
Taking pictures, dances, Traditional lectures and learning their way of life

TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES

–     All transfers to and from Airports/Airstrips

–     Arusha – Nairobi flight

–     All Conservation  fee/charges

–     All transportation as mentioned in a special six sitter safari van in Kenya and 4WD Jeep in Tanzania with window guaranteed seats and pop up roof for game viewing

–     Accomplished English speaking driver/guide

–     Drivers allowance/salary during the entire tour

–     Gift from Hirola Tours & Safaris

–     Accommodation and meals as mentioned in itinerary i.e  Breakfast, Lunch, dinner,

–     Bed and breakfast in Nairobi and Arusha

–     24/7 Flying Doctors emergency evacuation to the nearest hospital

–     A complimentary bottle of mineral water – 1 bottle per person per day during safari

–     All hotel and government taxes

NOT INCLUDED

–     International ticket

–     Telephone and/or Fax

–     Beverages excluding bottled water

–     Tips / gratuities for driver / hotel staff

–     Any extras that are not mentioned above.

–     Airport Departure Tax for International Flights

–     Items of personal nature i.e laundry, souvenirs etc

–     Travel insurance including damage or loss of luggage and/or personal injury

–      Extra cost incurred if change in DATE, reduction in number of Persons or deviation from   above   itinerary.