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Nine-Day African Safari

Safari tour package: A set-date, set-itinerary, group safari
Prices: $3030 - $4305
Includes internal flights: Yes
Length of safari: 9 days
Best months: January - March, June - December
Countries visited: Kenya Kenya
Parks visited: Masai Mara, Samburu
Activity level: Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
This spectacular safari begins with a stay at Naivasha in a lodge overlooking Lake Elementaita. After a hearty breakfast you will set out on a full day’s game drive to Lake Nakuru National park. The lake is situated in the middle of the national park to which it gives its name. Teeming with wildlife the park has so much to offer. Lions, buffalos as well as many rhinos call this corner of Kenya home and a game drive around the park is always rewarding. Next morning is a drive to Hell's Gate National Park. The Park is famous for its wide open grassy plains and towering cliffs offering an amazing walking or Mountain Biking experience alongside giraffe, eland, buffalo and a variety of small plains game like gazelles and antelopes. Fischer's Tower and Central Tower are high rocky towers formed of semi-molten rock. Wake up early to have breakfast and proceed to Samburu National Park where you will be hosted at the Elephant Room Bedroom Camp. The area around the life-giving Ewaso Nyiro River along which the camp is set is home to the rare and beautiful species of Northern Kenya such as Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk gazelle and the Somali ostrich. The final two days will be spent exploring the majestic Masai Mara Game Reserve with its large diversity of beautiful scenery, including its meandering rivers, towering escarpments and rolling grasslands that provide the perfect habitat for the abundance of game, including the Big Five – lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and black rhino. In the morning, there is the opportunity to rise early and experience a game viewing adventure from an entirely different perspective! A hot air balloon safari across the Masai Mara (at additional cost) which takes off in the crisp morning air, and lasts for approximately an hour, allows for a beautifully peaceful experience floating silently high above plains, forests and rivers. Otherwise if you have not booked a balloon ride, after breakfast you will drive across the Mara plains in search of the big five and other plains game

Day 1:  On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, you will be met by a representative and given a short safari briefing before being transferred Sunbird Lodge, located one hour’s drive from Nairobi, in Lake Naivasha.  After check in, you will have time to relax in your room or take a walk before lunch is served in the dining room.  Sunbird lodge provides you with comfortable and eco-friendly luxury in a wonderfully picturesque setting that is quiet and uninterrupted. The Lodge looks over Lake Elementaita and has fabulous bird life. Each private bungalow is fitted with huge glass sliding doors with an impeccable view, large bed and huge shower. Overnight at Sunbird Lodge (Full Board)
Day 2:
After a hearty breakfast you will set out on a full day’s game drive to Lake Nakuru National park. The lake is situated in the middle of the national park to which it gives its name. Teeming with wildlife the park has so much to offer. Lions, buffalos as well as many rhinos call this corner of Kenya home and a game drive around the park is always rewarding. If you are lucky you may even spot a leopard relaxing in a tree beside the lake.
After a game-packed day you will drive back to Sunbird Lodge in time to enjoy the sun set over the lake, before sitting down for dinner and toasting to the day’s adventures. Overnight at Sunbird Lodge (Full Board)
Day 3:
This morning drive to Hell's Gate National Park.  The Park is famous for its wide open grassy plains and towering cliffs offering an amazing walking or Mountain Biking experience alongside giraffe, eland, buffalo and a variety of small plains game like gazelles and antelopes. Fischer's Tower and Central Tower are high rocky towers formed of semi-molten rock.  The walk through the gorge is an amazing experience, follow the spring (it can sometimes be slippery in the gorge) through the water eroded walls which is narrow in places and pass through small waterfalls, hot water springs and interesting rock formations.
Back at Sunbird Lodge, enjoy lunch and thereafter you will have a relaxed afternoon, away from the maddening crowds. You can take a dip in the lodge’s refreshing pool or even enjoy a walk down to the lake.  Overnight at Sunbird Lodge (Full Board)
Day 4:
Wake up early to have breakfast and proceed to Samburu  National Park where you will be hosted at the Elephant Room Bedroom  Camp.  After lunch, relax and spend the rest of the afternoon game watching.  The area around the life-giving Ewaso Nyiro River along which the camp is set is home to the rare and beautiful species of Northern Kenya such as Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk gazelle and the Somali ostrich.  Elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and other plains game are also abundant here. Overnight Elephant Bedroom Camp (Full Board)
Day 5:
In the mornings you are woken up with tea or coffee, and a selection of freshly baked biscuits which should see you through your morning activity before returning to camp and a full breakfast. Afterwards spend the full day in the game reserve.  Samburu National Reserve is situated alongside the Ewaso Nyiro River which attracts plenty of animals from the surrounding plains and various other habitats such as acacia, river forest, thorn trees and grasslands.  Large herds of elephants, reticulated giraffes, buffalo and gerenuks and frequent spotting of big cats form part of the reserve’s large and diverse wildlife population. You will also be privileged to see the red –robed Samburu tribesmen bringing their cattle down to the river to drink. Overnight Elephant Bedroom Camp (Full Board)
Day 6:
Today you will be transferred to the airstrip for your Flight Samburu- Mara 1005/1215 hrs. On arrival at the Mara airstrip, you will be transferred to the Sentinel Eco Camp in time for lunch.  After lunch there will be time for an afternoon siesta and an evening game drive, followed by a drink as you watch the Mara’s spectacular sunset, rounding off a fabulous day on safari.
Return to Camp as dusk settles. In time for a traditional bucket shower and a drink around the camp fire. Overnight Sentinel Mara Camp (Game Package)
Day 7 & 8: 
Spend two days exploring this majestic park with its large diversity of beautiful scenery, including its meandering rivers, towering escarpments and rolling grasslands that provide the perfect habitat for the abundance of game, including the Big Five – lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and black rhino. In the morning, there is the opportunity to rise early and experience a game viewing adventure from an entirely different perspective! A hot air balloon safari across the Masai Mara (at additional cost) which takes off in the crisp morning air, and lasts for approximately an hour, allows for a beautifully peaceful experience floating silently high above plains, forests and rivers. Otherwise if you have not booked a balloon ride, after breakfast you will drive across the Mara plains in search of the big five and other plains game. Keep your eyes peeled as you hunt for the last members on your “must see” list. Overnight Sentinel Mara Camp (Game Package)
Day 9:
After breakfast and check out, you will be driven to the nearest airstrip to catch your scheduled flight to Nairobi. You will find a tour representative and a driver waiting for you at the Wilson airport, ready for your transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) for your outbound travel. End of services.

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Sunbird Lodge (Naivasha)
  • Elephant Bedroom (Samburu)
  • Sentinel Camp (Masai Mara)
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