ABERDARE / LAKE NAKURU/ MASAI MARA
DAY 1: NAIROBI TO ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK
Welcome to Africa! We meet you at the international airport in Kenya when you arrive. Leaving Nairobi, we travel north into the mountainous highlands of Kenya, to the towering Aberdare Mountain Range.
First stop, lunch at Aberdare Country Club, located on a mountain slope in the scenic Great Rift Valley. After lunch we drive to the nearby lodge where we will stay for tonight.
The Ark Tree Lodge is an unusual structure, consisting of multiple levels with viewing decks and a hide for watching wildlife at the waterhole and saltlick that the lodge overlooks. Reminiscent of the biblical Noah’s Ark, the lodge is set amid trees in Aberdare National Park. Dinner and game viewing at the floodlit watering hole, from the lookouts at the lodge.
Lunch: Aberdare Country Club
Dinner: The Ark Lodge
DAY 2: ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK TO LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK
The morning starts with tea or coffee as you watch for animals at The Ark. Then breakfast at the Aberdare Country Club, before picking up our luggage and transferring to the pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle. Down we go, to a lower-lying area of the Great Rift Valley, staying in central Kenya.
Today we take our first game drive in the 4×4 safari vehicle, starting to watch for animals en route to our lodge, inside Lake Nakuru National Park. Arriving at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge we have lunch and enjoy the setting, looking out over the lovely Lake Nakuru. Then we set out in our 4×4 game vehicle to encounter the prolific birdlife, especially flamingos, and wild animals of the game park. Common sightings include hippos, rhinos, baboons, buffalos, zebras and giraffes, among others.
Returning from our afternoon adventure in Lake Nakuru Park we tuck into dinner and watch some live tribal dancing.
Breakfast: Aberdare Country Club
Lunch & Dinner: Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge
DAY 3: LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK TO MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
Goodbye central Kenya and hello Masai Mara, safari land of legends. Drive southwest and straight into the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve.
We overnight at Keekorok Lodge, lunch and dinner included. Settle in and take a dip in the pool, then it’s time to experience one of the finest game viewing destinations in the world. We head off in our 4×4 with pop-up roof, each passenger guaranteed a window seat as before. We drive across the open plains in search of the Big Five and the abundance of other wildlife in this beautiful game reserve.
The game viewing in Masai Mara is outstanding all year, but the highlight is the Great Migration when masses of herbivores stampede across plains and rivers. More than a million wildebeest, gazelles, zebras and other plains game move between Mara and Serengeti every year, with numerous predators in tow.
Breakfast: Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge
Lunch & Dinner: Keekorok Lodge
DAY 4: MASAI MARA NATIONAL GAME RESERVE
A full day of game viewing in Masai Mara, lies ahead. We roam the savannahs in our 4×4, on early- and mid-morning game drives. Then back to the lodge for lunch before the grand finale – one last game drive in Kenya’s top game park.
At the end of an awe-inspiring day of wildlife watching we sit back and have dinner and a drink at the bar.
All Meals: Keekorok Lodge
DAY 5: MASAI MARA NATIONAL GAME RESERVE TO NAIROBI
Wake up in the Masai Mara and tuck into a scrumptious breakfast at the lodge.
Sadly, the time has come to bid farewell to the grand landscapes of Africa and drive back to Nairobi in the 4×4 safari vehicle. We get to the city in the afternoon, dropping you off at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport again, or your post-safari accommodation.
You can request an optional (at extra cost) visit to the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, including lunch, if you choose.