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Now you are in the heart of Africa and in the cradle of mankind. This 8-day safari has been carefully crafted to allow you turn your and your loved one's safari dream into reality. The safari takes you through the African bushes of Samburu, Maasai Mara, into the lake of the Great rift valley, and to the breathtaking scenes of the majestic Mount Kenya in Ol Pejeta Conservency. Enjoy the magnificent safari Kenya has to offer with your loved one!
Sarova Stanley launched itself into Kenyan history in 1902 by becoming the first luxury hotel in Nairobi and the gracious host of prominent world leaders, renowned authors, and international celebrities. These early years depicted the dawn of a new era, and Sarova Stanley immediately distinguished itself as a beacon of luxury and unrivaled hospitality. Today, Sarova Stanley's heritage character is preserved whilst offering modern hotel services and amenities to create Nairobi's best hotel experience.
Ashnil Samburu camp sits in Buffalo Springs Game Reserve which takes its name from an oasis of crystal clear water at the western end of the reserve. It is separated from Samburu National Reserve by Ewaso Nyiro River and is less hilly and dense yet equally very attractive.
Located in a private conservancy with a higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any of Kenya's national parks makes Sweetwaters Serena Tented Camp one of the most exclusive tented safari camps in Kenya. A sheltered oasis, clustered around a water hole and set in the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweetwaters Serena Tented Camp offers a charming blend of under-canvas ambiance and Kenyan safari luxury.
Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is nestled along the Lion Hill overlooking the spectacular flamingo pink rimmed Lake Nakuru. The lodge's location affords panoramic views of the lake and the picturesque Lake Nakuru National Park. A short 2-hour drive from Nairobi, Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is a favorite with residents and visitors to Kenya.
Ashnil Mara camp with 40 luxury tents is located in the Masai Mara National Reserve and close to the Mara River, famous for the wildebeest migration.
The luxurious Masai Mara camp is arguably in one of the very best positions in the Masai Mara for game viewing and also provides the perfect setting to sit and relax at the end of a exciting day of game drives.
Africa Flash McTours' staff will welcome you at the airport and load your bags to their vehicle and transport you to the hotel. Once you are settled in, you may select an optional activity or simply relax at the hotel for the trip ahead. Some of the possible optional activities include: Bomas of Kenya, National Archives, Tour of Downtown Nairobi, National Museum, or Langata Giraffe Center. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Sarova Stanely.
Out of the central highlands and into the northern plains with stunning views across the slopes of the Mount Kenya, lies Samburu National Reserve. Enjoy an afternoon game drive that introduces you to this beautiful park, home to rarely found species such as the Oryx beisa, Grévy's zebra, blue-necked Somali ostrich, and reticulated giraffe. A massive elephant population and the Ewaso Ngiro River provide for excellent game viewing. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Ashnil Samburu.
Samburu National Reserve takes its name from a massive cone of volcanic rock which dominates the region. The Ewaso Ngiro River marks the park's northern border on its way to Chanler’s Falls as it snakes its way to the Lorian Swamp. Many small hills dot Shaba’s landscape and with four springs, Shaba is better watered than Buffalo Springs and Samburu, 2 neighboring national game reserves. During the rainy season, the tracks are made passable only to 4-wheel drive vehicles. This makes the reserve an even more delightful getaway. This is the essence of Shaba, a place for the connoisseur, the quality of the experience exceeds the quantity of wildlife. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Ashnil Samburu.
Today, you will travel to the exotic Sweetwaters Tented Camp in the secluded heart of Ol Pejeta Concervancy. Here, these magnificent beasts are given a sanctuary from those who would take their lives to sell their horns. The Jane Goodall Institute operates a remarkable chimpanzee sanctuary where you will meet the primates face-to-face and the camp also overlooks one of the busiest waterholes in the area, offering elephant, giraffe, and myriad plain games.
This is Africa as Teddy Roosevelt saw it years ago when he led one of the first safaris to tour Africa in comfort and splendor. The tents at Sweetwaters Tented Camp will remind you of this bygone era. Driving time is two and a half hours. The evening game drive is from 15:00 to 18:45. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Sweetwaters Tented Camp.
An early departure will take you to the shores of Lake Nakuru where, on an afternoon game, you’ll view millions of pink flamingos that call this lake home. Rhino-viewing in the wild is also possible. Lake Nakuru is one of the only places in Africa where you can find wild rhinoceroses. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Sarova Lion Hill.
Following breakfast, you will leave Lake Nakuru and drive south to reach the game abundant Maasai Mara in time for lunch. An afternoon game drive in this magical environment reveals the giant herds of plains and the numerous predators that have made the reserve so famous. Dinner and overnight will be at Ashnil Mara.
The Maasai Mara is Kenya’s finest wildlife sanctuary. Everything about this reserve is outstanding. The wildlife is abundant and the gentle rolling grassland ensures that animals are never out of sight. Birds, too, are prolific. They include migrant birds and 53 species of prey bird. The climate is gentle, rarely too hot, and rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year. When it does rain, it's almost always in the late afternoon or night.
The wildlife is far from being confined within the reserve boundaries and an even larger area, generally referred to as the ‘dispersal area’, extends north and east of the game reserve. Masai tribesmen live within the dispersal area with their herds, but centuries of close association with the wildlife has resulted in an almost symbiotic relationship where wildlife and people live in peace with one another.
The first sight of this park is breathtaking. Here, the great herds of shuffling elephants browse among the rich tree-studded grasslands with an occasional sighting of a solitary and ill-tempered rhino. Thousands of plains' herbivores such as Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelles, topis, and elands offer a rich choice of food for the dominant predators such as lion, leopard, and cheetah, all hunt in this pristine wilderness.
In the Mara River, hippopotamuses submerge when a vehicle approaches only to snort and grumble their displeasure. This richness of fauna, profusion of winged beauty, and the untouched fragility of the landscape are all subordinate to the Mara’s foremost attraction which is the annual wildebeest migration.
After exhausting the grazing in Tanzania’s northern Serengeti National Park, a large number of wildebeest and zebra enter Maasai Mara around the end of June drawn by the sweet grass raised by the long rains of April and May. It is estimated that more than half a million wildebeest enter the Mara and are joined by another 100,000 from the Loita hills east of the Mara.
Viewing in the midst of these great herds is an unimaginable experience. While the eyes feast on the spectacle, the air carries the smells, dust, and sounds of hundreds of thousands of animals. There is no other scene on earth to compare with this wildlife marvel. Once the Maara grass has been devoured and the fresh rain in Tanzania has brought forth new grass there, the herds turn south heading hundreds of kilometers back to Serengeti and the Ngorongoro plains. There the pregnant wildebeest give birth in time to grow strong for the long march north six months later. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Ashnil Mara.
Breakfast and morning game drive are a perfect way to cap off your visit to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. You will depart to Nairobi with lunch and souvenir shopping along the way. You will be transferred to your hotel or the airport for your flight back home.
Africa Flash McTours uses customized 4 x 4 vans with pop up roofs. The specific vehicle used on a particular safari depends on the country and the reserves to be visited. All vehicles are equipped with 2-way radios and are maintained to provide the maximum level of comfort and safety.
From the wide grasslands of the Maasai Mara to the majestic wildlife that roams within it, there is no place like Kenya for a classic safari. Therefore, on this safari, you will visit Nairobi, Samburu National Reserve, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Lake Nakuru National Park, and Maasai Mara National Reserve.
All meals, buffet-style American or continental breakfast, sumptuous lunches, and dinners, are included while you are on this safari.The meals are well prepared. The menus are varied with fresh fruits and vegetables, fish and meat amply provided.
Please arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) where Africa Flash McTours will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. This pick up service is included in the price.