Routing (1 night Aberdare, 2 nights Mt Kenya, 1 night Lake Nakuru, 2 nights Masai Mara – Nairobi – Departure)
Day 1: Nairobi – Aberdare National Park
Along the way, you may stop at the colourful Karatina Market and sample the local wares. You will check in at 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 Ark. .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: The Ark – www.thearkkenya.co.ke or similar LD
Day 2: Aberdares-Mount Kenya
After breakfast, proceed to the unique Serena Mountain Lodge Tree Hotel. Set on the slopes of rocky Mt. Kenya, the lodge has a spectacular view over the rain forest, an active waterhole and the surrounding bush. This unique lodge has served as an inspiration to Authors and writers. Among other host of wildlife viewed from the lodge terrace/balcony includes, elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks and occasionally rhinos and the rare leopards. Mount Kenya (5,199 m) is Kenya’s highest mountain, a national icon, a climbers’ Mecca, the nation’s namesake, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site and a wildlife stronghold. One of the world’s highest National Parks, it is also an extinct volcano some three and a half million years old and the sacred home of “Ngai” (God of the Kikuyu tribesmen). Dinner and Overnight: “Serena Mountain Lodge” – www.serenahotels.com based on full board.
Day 3: Full Day in Mount Kenya
full day spend leisurely in Mount Kenya. Meals and accommodation at the hotel “Serena Mountain Lodge” based on full board.
Day 4: Mount Kenya- Lake Nakuru National Park
After breakfast descend into the Great Rift Valley where Lake Nakuru is located. Arrive in time for lunch and short rest. L. Nakuru is a shallow soda lake, renowned for its huge concentration of flamingos. It is also a Rhino sanctuary. You embark on a game drive 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 Tree climbing lions of this park. The afternoon game drive is included and you will return to your lodge as the sun sets! Dinner and overnight – Lake Nakuru Lodge or similar (B,L,D) www.lakenakurulodge.com Distance: Approx. 220 kms – 3 hrs drive
Day 5: Lake Nakuru – Masai Mara
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 and a short rest. Your 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 Sentrim Tented Camp www.sentrim-hotels.com (B,L,D)Distance Approx. 280 kms – 5hrs drive* (B,L,D)Distance Approx. 280 kms – 5hrs drive
Day 6: Masai Mara
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. 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 camp late in the afternoon Dinner and Overnight – Mara Sentrim or similar (B,L,D)
Day 7: Nairobi – Departure
Pre- breakfast morning game drive in the park. Return for breakfast and journey back to Nairobi arrive and transfer to airport for your flight back home. B, Distance 280 kms 5hrs drive. (Poor road network- Half of the way roads are in poor state, with potholes and it may take more time than the estimated).
Cost per person sharing in USD
TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES
– All Conservation fee/charges
– All transportation as mentioned in a special six seater safari van 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,
– 24/7 Flying Doctors emergency evacuation to the nearest hospital
– A complimentary bottle of mineral water – 1 bottle per person per day during safari
– On safari accessories in each vehicle: First-aid kit, wildlife books
– All hotel and government taxes
– 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.