Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi
Arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport in Nairobi you will be met by our Representative and briefed concerning your safari and driven to Hilton Garden Inn Hotel for check in to start your safari the next day.
Hilton Garden Inn Hotel
Overnight at the hotel Booked on Bed and Breakfast.
Day 2: Nairobi / Tsavo East
Breakfast at the Hotel and then drive to Tsavo East National Park. Arrive in time for lunch at the Ashnil Aruba lodge.
You will then take a game drive at the Tsavo East National Park.
Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya at 11,747 square kilometers. Opened in April of 1948, it is located near the village of Voi in the Taita District of Coast Province.
Across the highway from Tsavo West is Tsavo East. Famous for its large numbers of elephant and spectacular herds of up to 1000 buffalo, Tsavo East has more open savannah than its western sibling. The scrub-covered hills of the southern park have a very remote feel and the park, despite its great game, does not attract large numbers of tourists. The best game viewing is along the watercourses and at the Kanderi swamp, which is not far from the main Voi gate. Thirty kilometres from the gate is the Aruba Dam and lion are commonly spotted around here.
You will later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Tsavo East
Day 4: Tsavo East / Tsavo West
After breakfast, you will depart for Tsavo West National Park. Arrive in time for lunch at the Kilaguni Serena Lodge with game drive en route.
KILAGUNI SERENA SAFARI LODGE.
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge is located within the Tsavo West National Park (a short drive from the main Mtito Andei Gate), which lies 280 kilometres from Nairobi, Kenya. One of the first safari lodges ever to be built in a park in Kenya, the lodge is cool, tranquil and hushed for optimum game-viewing. It is also ideally placed for visits to all Tsavo National Park's prime attractions.
You will then have an afternoon game drive at the park.
Tsavo National Park
It is the largest Park in Kenya. In May 1948 Tsavo National Park was divided into East and West. The two Parks are divided by Nairobi–Mombasa railway /road. Some of the Scenic features The Man-eaters of Tsavo"—the Lions. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
Day 5: Tsavo West
Day 6: Tsavo West / Amboseli
After breakfast, you will drive to Amboseli National Park. Arrival for Lunch at Amboseli Kibo Safari Tented Camp. Kibo Safari Camp is a luxury tented camp in Amboseli National Park at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.
After lunch you will have afternoon relaxing at the Camp enjoying the beautiful scenery or taking a deep into the pool to cool off the sunny afternoon.
Amboseli National Park
Amboseli lays immediately North West of Mt. Kilimanjaro, on the border with Tanzania. The Amboseli National Parks is one of Kenya's most popular parks.
The park is 39,206 hectares (392 km2; 151 sq. mi) in size at the core of an 8,000 square kilometres (3,100 sq. mi) ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border.
The name "Amboseli" comes from a Maasai word meaning "salty dust", and it is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close. Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs, the savannah and woodlands. They can also visit the local Maasai community who live around the park and experience their authentic culture.
The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants among other wildlife species. Other attraction of the park includes opportunities to meet the Maasai people and also offers spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
In Amboseli's case it is big skies and far horizons combined with swampy springs and dry and dusty earth trampled by hundreds of animals. Amboseli has an endless underground water supply filtered through thousands of feet of volcanic rock from Kilimanjaro's ice cap, which funnel into two clear water springs in the heart of the park.
Later you will return to the Camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Amboseli
Rest of the morning at leisure enjoying the beautiful view of the Kilimanjaro from your room
Day 8: Amboseli / Nairobi
Breakfast at the Camp the n drive back to Nairobi. Arrive in time for lunch at Hilton Garden Inn Hotel for check in and overnight.
Hilton Garden Inn Hotel
Overnight at the hotel Booked on Bed and Breakfast.
Day 9: Nairobi / Masai Mara
After breakfast, you will then drive to Masai Mara National Reserve. Masai Mara is situated in south-west Kenya and is one of Africa's Greatest Wildlife Reserves. Together with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania it forms Africa's most diverse, incredible and most spectacular eco-systems and possibly the world's top safari big game viewing eco-system. It is globally famous for its exceptional population of lions, leopards and cheetahs, and the annual migration of zebra, Thomson's gazelle, and wildebeest to and from the Serengeti every year from July to October, known as the Great Migration.
Return for dinner and overnight at the Camp.
Day 10: Masai Mara
Day 11: Masai Mara
Morning breakfast and exit the Lodge with packed lunch for a whole day game drive at the Mara National Reserve in search of the Big 5.
You will later return in the evening for dinner and overnight
You can choose a morning Balloon ride (Optional at extra cost)in the early morning where you will be picked up from your Camp and transferred you to the balloon launch site. 06 Schedules: BALLOON SAFARI IN MASAI MARA – 1 HOUR RIDE. 05:00 am: You will be picked up from your Lodge and transfer you to the launch site. Here you will meet your pilot, receive a briefing and watch the inflation of your balloon. At dawn we take off, rising as the sun rises and float in whichever direction the winds of the morning take us. Your pilot can precisely control the altitude of your balloon: sometimes flying at treetop height, sometimes lower, offering a unique perspective and great photographic opportunities of the wildlife below.
From time to time the pilot must put more heat into the balloon with the powerful whisper burners. In between these burns, there is silence apart from the natural sounds below. The flight is for about one hour depending on conditions, on landing you celebrate in the traditional manner with champagne (well, an excellent sparkling wine), before sitting down to a full English breakfast prepared and served in the bush in 'Out of Africa' style
After breakfast you receive your Balloon certificate and we drive you back to the Lodge with game viewing Enroute. This is how it goes about. You will ascend in early morning when the winds are calmest. Watch as your professional crew fills the balloon with hot air. Slowly the big colourful bag begins to bulge and take shape. Now board the traditional wicker gondola basket while the expert pilot makes final adjustments. As the pink and red fireball of the sun rises in splendor over the plain, you are up and away –for the flight of a life time!
Your balloon can soar over the most inaccessible and undisturbed parts of the Mara, with only the intermittent whisper of the balloon's gas burners punctuating the silence of your majestic flight .Because wind and conditions vary, every flight is a new and a different experience.From your vantage point about 50—500 feet above the reserve, you have a fantastic 360 degrees bird's view as one of the most dramatic scenes in nature unfolds beneath you. From here, you will see the wonder of migrations, witness herds of antelope flowing like school of fish across the plain, groups of elephants grazing undisturbed in a remote ravine, lioness stealthily stalking a herd of grunting wildebeest or zebras conferring in a confusion of black and while stripes and bark-like calls.
After your incredible flight, it is time to come back down to earth for breakfast. As you dig into a splendid breakfast of sizzling bacon, eggs, sausages, home-made breads, fresh tropical fruit and steaming cups of Kenyan tea under the clear blue sky, you might wonder what all the ordinary people are doing on this perfect African morning.
Before leaving, the pilot will present you with a balloon flight certificate. No flight of the imagination can match this air-borne experience
OPTIONAL MASAI VILLAGE: See and experience their wonderful culture. And while at the village, you will visit the Maasai village for local interaction, cultural exchange, dances, fire lighting with a barbeque goat eating ceremony.
In the village Maasai women dancing will welcome you. A guide will take you through the village explaining in details the way the Maasai live, their beliefs and traditions. You will get demonstrations of how the Maasai make fire-using sticks.
You will go into their houses and will be shown the full family set-up. At the end of the guided tour you will go a market where you will have a chance to buy some items and curios made in their village. While in the village you are allowed to take as many pictures as you want.
Lunch at the Lodge.
Afternoon game drive.
Return to the Lodge for dinner and overnight amidst Maasai traditional dancers.
Day 12: Masai Mara / Nairobi + Departure
After breakfast, you will then drive back to Nairobi and transferred to the airport for your home bound flight.
Package inclusions and exclusions
- Full board accommodation on safari.
- Transport and game drives in specially designed 4 x 4 new Safari minivan with open roof for maximum game viewing drives
- Services of a great professional English speaking safari guides.
- Park Entrance fees.
- Government taxes where applicable.
- Airport transfers.
- Cost of obtaining visas.
- Expenses like laundry, beverages, bar bill, telephone, mineral water, tips etc.
- International departure taxes.
- Travel & medical insurance.
- Other expenses that are of purely personal nature
- Flying Doctor Service. This caters only for evacuation to reputable hospitals but does not cover hospital bills.
- Cost of optional activities.