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KENYA
Within the borders of a which single country, can you find savannahs rich with big game, timeless cultures unchanged by the modern world, pristine beaches and coral reef, equatorial forests and mighty snow-capped mountains, searing deserts and cool highland retreats and endless opportunities for adventure, discovery, relaxation; more than you would ever expect. Most visitors to Kenya want to experience the country’s world famous wildlife. But there are many different ways to experience the Kenyan wilderness.

Whether you want to drive by a pride of lions in a four wheel drive, walk through herds of plains game, watch a herd of elephants from the comfortable veranda of a safari lodge, track game on horseback or search for rare birds in a thick rainforest, the possibilities are endless.

Kenya’s wilderness areas are famous world wide. The name Kenya has become synonymous with the great wilds of Africa.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL NAIROBI
Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi; you will be met after immigration and custom procedures. Our representative will escort you to your hotel for check in. Rest of the day at leisure. overnight at Intercontinental Hotel.

snow-capped mountainsDAY 02: PROCEED TO MOUNT KENYA SAFARI CLUB
After breakfast and drive past Thika, an industrial town surrounded by extensive pineapple plantations, partially owned by Del Monte Company. After crossing the Tana River source of Kenya’s hydroelectric power, the landscape changes and becomes lush as you climb in to the rich farmlands of the Kikuyu people, stopping at Karatina Market continue drive to the highest mountain in Kenya, straddling the Equator – Mt. Kenya. This Mountain is filled with distinctive giant vegetation and the vast gentle slopes are cloaked in lush forest and bamboo jungle. You also get a chance to stop at the Equator. Check in at the famous Mt. Kenya Safari Club, from where you can enjoy a spectacular view of Mt. Kenya – the highest peak of Kenya. Later, enjoy lunch here. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy various activities available at the club. Dinner and overnight at Mount Kenya Safari Club or similar at Mt. Kenya. (B,L,D).

SaltlicksDAY 03: MOUNT KENYA SAFARI CLUB-MOUNTAIN LODGE
Breakfast at the club. Morning drive to Serena Mountain lodge, arriving on time for lunch. After lunch, rest of the day is spent watching different animals as they come to visit the floodlit waterholes and Saltlicks. Elephants, Rhino, Buffalo, Giant Forest Hog, Leopard and many other species frequent the waterholes. Dinner and overnight at Serena Mountain Lodge (B,L,D).

Rhinos at Lake NakuruDAY 04: MOUNTAIN LODGE - LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK
Depart after breakfast and proceed to Lake Nakuru National Park arriving in time for lunch at your lodge. Relax briefly before departing for an afternoon game drive. Lake Nakuru's claim to fame is anchored on its flamingos and the over 400 species of birds found here. The lake itself is a soda lake on the floor of the rift valley. The sight of millions of flamingos is quite spectacular. From a distance, the lake appears ringed in pink. The lake has also earned a reputation as an important haven for endangered species, particularly the Rothschild Giraffe, the Black Rhino and white Rhino. Lions, Waterbuck, Buffalo and Baboons are all resident here. Dinner and overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge (B,L,D).

LionDAY 05: LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK-MARA GAME RESERVE
Breakfast at the lodge then drive out of the Great Rift Valley to arrive in Masai Mara in time for lunch.

The Mara offers wildlife in variety and abundance that it is difficult to believe; over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. You will easily see Lions, Rhinos, Hippos, Crocodiles, Giraffe, Wildebeests, Zebras, Buffalo, Warthogs, Hyenas, and Jackals, Buffalo, and a variety of antelopes. It is in the Mara that the most spectacular event of natural wonder takes place. This is the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti (Tanzania) in search for water and pasture. Behind their heels are predators of the savanna - Lion, Cheetah, Jackals, Hyena and Vultures. Depart for an afternoon game drive until dusk. Dinner and overnight at the Sarova Mara Camp(B,L,D)

maasai mara wildebeest migrationDAY 06&07: EXPLORE MARA GAME RESERVE
You spend a day in the Maasai Mara on early morning, morning and afternoon game drives. The trees in the distance might turn out to be a family of Giraffes. Those clump of bushes might turn out to be a pride of Lions, and the rock that moves a Rhino lumbering out of your way. With diligence and some luck, you may encounter a family of Cheetahs, or a herd of Elephants crossing in front of you. Large animals are not the only entertainment - a family of warthogs may amuse you, running as fast as their little legs will carry them, until they forget why they are rushing and stop to re-group. All meals and overnight at the Sarova Mara Camp (B,L,D).

DAY 08: MARA GAME RESERVE-NAIROBI
After breakfast, return to Nairobi arriving early afternoon. Drop off at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your international home-bound (B).

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Masai Mara KenyaDAY 8: MASAI MARA-NAIROBI-MANYARA
After breakfast, transfer to the airstrip for your flight to Nairobi scheduled to depart at 11h00. Arrive at Wilson Airport at 12h15, transit assistance and connect onto Tanzania flight scheduled to depart at 12h40. Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport at 13h35, met and drive Lake Manyara National Park with afternoon game drives en-route to the Lodge. Dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Serena lodge Lake Manyara is located 140 km west of Arusha town, under the wall of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park is one of the oldest and most popular sanctuaries in East Africa. The park has a large variety of habitats making it possible to support a wealth of wildlife in its small area. The mainhabitats include the shallow soda lake itself which occupies 70% of the National Park total area of 320 sq km, the ground water forest, open grassland,acacia woodland and the rift wall. The most famous spectacle in the park is the tree-climbing lions, which are occasionally seen along branches of acacia trees. Other animals found in the park include buffalo, elephants, leopards, baboons, impala, giraffes, zebra, wildebeest, ostrich and hippos. Popularly referred to as an ornithologist’s paradise, Lake Manyara National Park contains over 400 bird species found in most savanna and river habitats in East Africa. Common water birds to be seen here are pelicans, spoonbills, Egyptian geese, hammerkops and the migratory flamingoes, which arrive in hundreds of thousands creating one of Africa’s greatest natural sights over the soda lake.

HyenasDAY9: LAKE MANYARA-NGORONGORO
Early morning game drive. Breakfast at the lodge. Morning drive through the Ngorongoro Highlands to your lodge situated on the rim of the crater. The crater covers over 102 square miles (250 square kilometers) of land and is the home of the rare black rhino, prides of lion, elephant, cheetah and great herds of buffalo, antelope and wildebeest. Lunch at the lodge. Afternoon spent at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.

DAY 10: EXPLORE NGORONGORO
Breakfast at the lodge. Morning descend down the crater for half day Ngorongoro crater tour. Picnic lunch on the crater floor. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Serena lodge.

HyenasThe Ngorongoro Crater floor, a sheer drop of 610 metres below the crater rim, has an area of 265 sq km, with a diameter of 19 km. The sight of the Ngorongoro Crater is simply stunning. “There is nothing with which to compare. It is one of the wonders of the world…” once wrote Professor Bernard Grzimek. The crater floor is covered with plains animals, including wildebeest, zebra, gazelles, elands, rhino, and a large predator population of lions, hyena and jackal which can all be viewed at close quarters. Cheetah and leopard can also be seen here. The rain season is between November and May. The altitude at the crater rim is about 2286 metres above sea level, and temperatures can get quite chilly in the evening.

DAY 11: NGORONGORO-NAIROBI VIA ARUSHA
Breakfast at the lodge. Drive back to Arusha. Collect picnic lunches and transferred to Namanga border. After custom and immigrations, continue drive to Nairobi, drop off at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your outbound flight.
 
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