Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
Operation: Daily on request
Group size: 2-12 adults
Minimum group: 2 clients
Travel mode: Road on a 6 seater 4×4 Land cruiser
Accommodation: City hotel, safari lodges, luxury tented camps and beach resort.
Activities: Game drive, canoeing at Lake Victoria, fish village visit, (Ocean Paradise:Table tennis, billiards, fitness centr
Regions: Nairobi
Samburu Game Reserve
Ol Pejeta Conservancy / Sweetwaters Game Reserve
Lake Naivasha National Park
Masai Mara Game Reserve
Nairobi
1 night (BB)
2 nights
1 night1 night
2 nights

A truly unrivaled cultural adventure that offers so much more beyond that of your regular safari. Wildlife galore and breathtaking scenery are but one facet of this safari – this safari offers you the sights and sounds of a refreshing Africa which brings out the excitement and fascination that makes this continent come ALIVE!

Day
Day 1: Nairobi

JAMBO – KARIBU!! It is ‘touch down’ at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Representatives of Global Star Tours, your hosts in Kenya eagerly await your arrival in traditional African style – wet towels and champagne sipped out of traditional African gourd. It is a tradition in Africa to present a gift as an expression of our joy and happiness – what better gift than an authentic (branded) safari hat! Transfer to your hotel in Nairobi, Kenya’s colorful capital city.

Day 2: Samburu Game Reserve

Amka! Wake up! After breakfast we depart north via Nanyuki and Mount Kenya for the Samburu Game Reserve set in the rugged, semi-arid northern region of Kenya, with spectacular scenic landscape. Arrive in time for lunch, a short siesta then head for an afternoon game viewing drive. The water of the great Ewaso Nyiro River, dotted with doum palms meanders through the reserve giving it an oasis setting and draws wildlife in great numbers to its banks. The verdant riverine forest is a stark contrast to the arid thorn studded plains. Samburu is visited by large herds of Elephants, drawn by the promise of water. In the dry season, the elephants use their tusks to dig deep into the dry river beds, unearthing precious water. These waterholes then become a focal point for other game. The Samburu region is the best place to find several endemic Northern species; including the Gerenuk (twiga gazelle) due to her long neck, the beisa Oryx, the reticulated giraffe, the Somali ostrich and Grevy’s Zebra. Samburu is also an ornithological paradise, home to many birds including local species such as the Palm Nut Vulture and the Vinaceous Dove. Leopards are often seen at dusk. The Samburu culture is a truly fascinating one, sharing a great deal of ancestral and linguistic ties to the Maasai. The entire Samburu region is a place of breathtaking and magical beauty, a place where the vision of a deep red sunset silhouetting the doum palms along the river as a leopard emerges to hunt brings the perfect end to a day on safari. Enjoy dinner and overnight at your lodge/camp.

Day 3: Samburu Game Reserve

Amka! After an early breakfast enjoy a full day of game viewing drives in both Samburu and the nearby Buffalo Springs Game Reserves. The verdant riverine forest along the Ewaso Nyiro River is a stark contrast to the arid thorn studded plains. Packs of African Hunting Dogs are some of the animals you may see during your game viewing. Our driver guide will carefully select an amazing picnic site with a great scenic view where you will take your picnic lunch before venturing into the bush once again! Be on the look-out for the ‘special five of Samburu’: Reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, gerunuk and the beisa Oryx, along with other wildlife and a large number of bird species. Return to your lodge/camp for dinner and overnight.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Visit to a Samburu Manyatta to see how the tribe lives in this harsh surrounding.

Meals: LDBB
Accommodation: Ashnil Samburu Camp

Day 4: Ol Pejeta Conservancy / Sweetwaters Game Reserve

After breakfast depart south on a scenic drive towards Mt. Kenya, short game viewing enroute, arriving at your Sweetwaters Serena Camp in time for lunch. Later in the afternoon, proceed on an afternoon game viewing drive within the reserve famous for plenty of plains game and the big five. It is also home to the endangered Chimpanzee and the Rhino Sanctuaries. Return to the lodge/camp for dinner and overnight.

Meals: LDBB
Accommodation Option: Sweetwaters Serena Camp

Day 5: Lake Naivasha National Park

Enjoy early morning game viewing drive followed by breakfast at your Camp. Depart thereafter, driving further south towards the Great Rift Valley with a brief stop at the Equator crossing point for photos and experiment the effects of the magnetic fields being the centre of the earth! Proceed towards the shores of Lake Naivasha to arrive at Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort in time for lunch. Lake Naivasha; a fresh water lake set in the heart of the Great Rift Valley. The lake derives its name from the local Maasai word Nai’posha, meaning “rough water“ because of the sudden storms, which can arise. Rest of the afternoon at leisure. You have the option to enjoy a few exciting optional activities: like a boat ride on the lake and a guided walking safari on Crescent Island.

Meals: LDBB
Accommodation: Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort

Day 6: Masai Mara Game Reserve

After breakfast depart for Kenya’s famous game reserve. You start the day venturing through the Great Rift Valley traveling to the northern most extension of the Serengeti Plains and one of the richest wildlife Game Reserves, the Masai Mara. It is perhaps the only region left in Kenya where the visitor may see animals in the same super-abundance as existed a century ago. Arrive for a late lunch at your lodge/camp. Enjoy an afternoon game viewing drive in this vast and expansive Reserve teaming with game. Be on the look-out for the ‘big five’ Mara is famous for and the most sought after in the early 20th century when Kenya was a hunters’ paradise. These include the lion, Cape buffalo, the savannah elephant, black rhino and the elusive leopard. The vast savannah grasslands as far as the eye can see is home to impalas, Maasai giraffes, cheetah, waterbucks, wart hogs, Thompson & grand gazelles, topis, the migrating wildebeests, thundering herds of zebra among many others. You return late in the evening to freshen up prior to dinner and overnight at the lodge/camp.

Meals: LDBB
Accommodation: Ashnil Mara Camp

Day 7: Masai Mara Game Reserve

friendly atmosphere where the Masai community lives in harmony with wild game. After lunch visit a traditional Masai Manyatta (off the beaten track) and experience the culture of this world famous community. The Masai still live as they did for centuries – Interact with these nomadic people and experience their way of life as you learn about their customs and traditions. Continue with the afternoon game viewing as you return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Today’s adventure begins just before dawn. Flames from the hot air balloon burners light the darkness as the crew inflate their craft. The first, pink tongues of sunlight flicker across the skies and the hot air balloon fills then rises. Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbow-coloured canopy, you’re off for a game-viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective. Apart from the occasional hiss of the burners, a lion’s roar, elephants crashing through the bush, baboons perched in the tips of the trees startled and screeching to see something above them, the flight above the Masai Mara plains is magically silent. At the end of the flight, the passengers are treated to a champagne breakfast in the bush, complete with flowers. China and crystal are set out on the table that is placed under a convenient acacia tree. The finishing touch to the flight is a game drive back to the camp, and the possibility of seeing the same pride of lions, or herd of elephants that had been viewed while ballooning. A flight certificate is issued on completion of the balloon safari. Back at Camp enjoy a sumptuous lunch and a well-deserved rest.

And/or enjoy a visit to a traditional Masai Manyatta. Experience the culture of this world famous community – the Maasai still lives as they did for centuries; interact with these nomadic people and experience their way of life as you learn about their customs and traditions. Continue with your afternoon game viewing drive before returning to your camp for dinner and overnight.

Meals: LDBB
Accommodation: Ashnil Mara Camp

Day 8: Nairobi

Amka! Wake up early to enjoy a sumptuous breakfast before heading off on your last trail of the African Savannah – hopefully you may spot some of the animals that may have eluded you. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and sadly you must say ‘Kwaheri’ to your wonderful lodge manager and his team, as you drive back to Kenya’s colorful capital city, Nairobi. Drop-off at your city hotel/airport.

Includes:

  • Private meet and greet in Nairobi with our traditional Twiga welcome!
  • Arrival/Departure airport transfers in NAIROBI
  • Private use of specially designed 4x4wd safari land cruiser whilst on Safari
  • Services of a Professional ENGLISH, FRENCH, GERMAN, ITALIAN and SPANISH Speaking guide-driver
  • Accommodation and meals as specified in the itinerary – BB in Nairobi and FB while on Safari
  • All game drives as specified in the itinerary.
  • Park Entry Tickets to Samburu Game Reserve, Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the FAMOUS Masai Mara Game Reserve.
  • Visit to a local school in Masai Mara (a project supported by the Manji Foundation).
  • Unlimited bottled water supplied in your safari vehicle during your game drives, transfers etc.
  • Farewell cocktail and dinner party with the Manji Family at their family home (time permitting).
  • Visit to a local school in Masai Mara (a project supported by the Manji Foundation).
  • Unlimited bottled water supplied in your safari vehicle during your game drives, transfers etc

Excludes:

  • International or Domestic Flights, Visa Fees and all Personal Expenses such as Drinks, Laundry, Telephone, tips to hotel staff, gratuities to Driver/Guide etc

  • Travel Insurance – we strongly recommend that comprehensive travel insurance be purchased for the duration of your journey to protect against any missed or delayed flights, illnesses etc that may cause cancellation of your travel plans.

  • Any expense not expressly specified above

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