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African Safaris are a great way to disconnect from stressful city life, away from work and responsibilities! This year you’ve decided to make it happen: you’re taking your suitcase, a pair of sunglasses, and binoculars to explore some of Africa’s best game spotting destinations! A safari with African Circuit Safaris & Tours allows you to have more time in the parks and less travel time between game parks. It’s both thrilling and exceptional. If you're looking for an exciting holiday, this will be the one!
Located inside the Samburu National Reserve in Northern Kenya, Samburu Sopa lodge is built atop high ground allowing panoramic views of the vastness of Samburu shrub land and the hills beyond. The lodge is built to reflect the architectural heritage of the local communities whose sons and daughters make up the majority of the work force at the lodge. 15 cottages, each with 2 bedrooms, are built in an arch formation on either side of the public areas to surround the waterhole but leaving a wide gap to allow the animals free movement to the water.
Set in the heart of the Aberdare National Park, Ark Lodge is iconic and yes, quirky. The Ark overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick which attract a host of awesome wildlife. Modeled after Noah's Ark, The Ark has four viewing decks with balconies and lounges to provide superb game viewing from the comfort of the lodge. The animals will come to you!
Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is nestled along the Lion Hill overlooking the spectacular flamingo pink rimmed Lake Nakuru. Its location affords panoramic views of the lake and the picturesque Lake Nakuru National Park. A short two-hour drive from Nairobi, Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is a favourite with residents and visitors to Kenya. Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is cleverly laid out in such a way that most rooms and sitting areas afford stunning views of the lake and the park. The Lodge incorporates natural landscaping with tall acacia trees, winding walkways, and greens dotted with bird feeds.
Located high on the slopes of the Oloolaimutia Hills, Masai Mara Sopa Lodge was one of the first safari lodges to be built in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, a reason why its gardens and trees are so lush and mature. All the buildings follow the design of traditional African round houses with conical roofs and these stretch along the line of the hills with the impressively large public area buildings and the swimming pool at their centre.
Set in 200 acres of private land and with a rustic charm all of its own, the lodge nestles in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro which, at almost six thousand metres, is Africa’s highest and most famous snow-capped mountain. It was this region of Kenya that, in the 1930’s, inspired Ernest Hemingway’s unforgettable stories ‘The Snows of Kilimanjaro’ and ‘The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber’ which were turned into more than successful feature films in the late 1940’s due to their renowned actors. All forms of wildlife still abound in this wilderness which continues all the way to the Amboseli National Park, an easy twenty-minute drive away from the lodge.
Kirurumu Manyara Lodge is set high on the edge of the Great Rift Valley. In this location, you can enjoy a marvellous, uplifting, and panoramic view eastward over Lake Manyara, the Rift floor and Mount Losimingori. Behind Kirurumu, the Ngorongoro Highlands rise in green and fertile splendour and form the gateway to Ngorongoro Crater and, finally, Olduvai Gorge, the Serengeti.
Located on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the plains of the south-western Serengeti National Park, home to many thousands of wild and rare animals, Serengeti Sopa Lodge lies within an area of outstanding natural beauty. An oasis of cool relaxation from the equatorial sun. The lodge allows its guests to experience magnificent sights and enjoy the interaction with the land and animals difficult to find elsewhere while at the same time enjoying the highest level of cuisine and hospitality.
Facing the always magnificent sunsets to the west and located at the highest point on Ngorongoro crater’s entire rim, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge stands well over half a kilometer above the crater floor and offers unparalleled views across this enormous caldera. Themed around traditionally circular African houses with conical roofs and decorated with examples of Africa’s rich tapestry of artistic traditions by way of rich woodcarvings and sculptures, the lodge harmonizes perfectly with its dramatic surroundings.
But the drama does not just stop with the great outdoors. It also flows through the split level interiors of the main building which all offer an unsurpassed generosity of space while somehow managing to combine an almost magically welcoming ambience of both warmth and cosiness.
You will depart for Nairobi in the morning and drive to the north rugged semi desert region. You will arrive in time for lunch at Samburu Sopa Lodge. You will have a late afternoon game drive inside Samburu National Reserve. Then, you will have dinner and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge / a similar accommodation.
Today, you will have an early morning and late afternoon game drive inside Aberdare National Park. You will search for the stars of Samburu rarely found elsewhere like the reticulated giraffe, grevy’s zebra, beisa oryx, and gerenuk. In between meal times, you can have an optional visit to Samburu villages. Later, you will overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge / a similar accommodation.
Today, you will have breakfast and depart for Aberdares on the shoulders of mount Kenya. You will arrive in time for lunch at Aberdare Country Club / similar location. In the afternoon, you will be transferred for dinner. Then, you will have a game viewing at the floodlit waterhole and saltlick. Later, you will overnight at Ark Lodge / a similar accommodation.
Today, you will have your breakfast and depart for Lake Nakuru which is an armchair in the Rift Valley Lakes. You will stop at the Thomson Falls to arrive on Lake Nakuru for lunch. Later, you will have an afternoon game drive. Afterwards, you will have dinner and overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge / a similar accommodation.
Today, you will have your breakfast and depart for Masai Mara. You will cross the Loita Plains and arrive in Maasai Mara in time for lunch. Later, you will have a late afternoon game drive inside Maasai Mara National Reserve. Later, you will have dinner and overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge / a similar accommodation.
Today, you will have breakfast and leave with picnic lunches for a full day of game viewing inside Maasai Mara National Reserve. You will search for a wild game black manned lion for which Maasai Mara is famous for. Cheetahs, buffalos, wildebeests, zebras, leopards, grants gazelles are quite common in this are. Even the rare rhino might come out of the thicket for you. Hyenas are also plentiful here. You can extend your drive to the hippo point where schools of hippo submerge on the approach of vehicles only to surface seconds later to shot and gamble their displeasure as the crocodiles sunbathe on the river banks, mouths agape. Between meals, there is an optional visit to the Maasai Mara villages for an insight to their culture if clients wish so. Later, you will have dinner and overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge / a similar accommodation.
Today, you will depart from Maasai Mara after breakfast and proceed to Nairobi for lunch. After lunch, you will drive to Amboseli at the foothills of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak. Later, you will have dinner and overnight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge / a similar accommodation.
Today, you will have breakfast and proceed for a full day of game viewing drive inside Amboseli National Park. Amboseli is a photogenic park and hosts great number of game including the lion, elephant, and the splendid cheetah. Later, you will overnight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge / a similar accommodation.
Today, you will have breakfast and proceed to Namanga, a border town. Then, you will cross over to Tanzania, arrive in Arusha at 12:00, and have lunch at Arusha Impala Hotel. After lunch, you will proceed to Lake Manyara, have a game viewing en route for dinner, and overnight at Kirurumu Tented Lodge / a similar lodge.
After breakfast, you will leave Lake Manyara and depart for Serengeti via Olduvai Gorge with a game drive and picnic lunch en-route. Serengeti National Park covers 12,944 square kilometers of open plains making it one of the largest national park in the world. The rocky outcrops commonly known as ‘kopjes’ in the eastern part of the park are of scenic beauty. Occasionally, cats can be seen lazing on them. The park contains vast herds of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, and other antelopes. Later, you will have dinner and overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge / a similar accommodation.
After breakfast, you will take a packed lunch with you and continue with a game viewing at Serengeti National Park. A migration can be seen in a long chain approximately 40 kilometers heading to the southwestern direction. Around 12:30 and 13:00 you will have a break for your lunch. After lunch, have a rest for 1 hour. Then, you will proceed with your game viewing following the move of the migrants on the southwest of the park. Approximately, 1.3 million wildebeest, 250,000 gazelles, and 200,000 zebras have been recorded sharing the short grass / water which is the source of food for the millions of animals in this south area. Later, you will have dinner and overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge / a similar accommodation.
Today, you will have breakfast at around 09:00. The term Serengeti means endless plains in Maasai language. In the central plains, there are carnivores like leopard, lion, hyena, and cheetah. This park is normally the scene of the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra that occurs between the Kenyan Mara and the Serengeti. Varied bird species can be seen here including eagles, ducks, geese, egrets, vultures, secretary birds, ibis, stork, herons, kites, pelicans, cranes, and guinea fowl. Later, you will have an afternoon game drive and picnic lunch en-route. Afterward, you will have dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge / a similar accommodation.
After breakfast, you will take a picnic lunch with you and descend 670 meters into the crater floor for game viewing. You will have a break for lunch at the Lerai picnic site. The crater is 14.5 kilometers wide and is home to all the "Big Five" and hence the same may be seen. Hippos, cheetah, antelopes, and the spotted hyena are other species commonly seen as well as flamingos on the crater lakes. Later, you will have dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge / a similar accommodation.
After breakfast, you will depart for Arusha. You will arrive for early lunch and board a shuttle at 14:00 to Nairobi. You will arrive in Nairobi at 18:30. African Circuit Safaris & Tours will pick you up for a transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) for your flight out.
Note: Transportation is in a 4 x 4 chauffeur driven minivan with pop-up roof for easy game viewing and photography.
During your safari, you will visit Samburu National Reserve, Aberdare National Park, Lake Lakuru National Park, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro.
The nearest airport in Nairobi, Kenya is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). African Circuit Safaris & Tours will pick you up there and it is included in the price.
"We had a great safari and Paul (manager) did a good job in communicating via email to all my queries. I had to transfer 50% as a deposit which I was a bit afraid off, but it worked out okay. He was flex to our needs and was there at the appropriate times to pick us up. Richard, the driver and guide, was easy going and made sure we saw all the animals in the park."
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"We had a fantastic trip in Kenya. The lodges of the 7 days classic safaris are very great. Paul (the manager) was helpful. We had no problems. Japhit, our private driver, was excellent and he found all the animals. We were a little bit scared to book a safari with an unknown operator. But lodges, program, and meals were respected. The only very little disappointment is that the water was never included in the lodges (as written in the program) but it wasn't a big problem. Thanks, Paul and Japhit. We hope to come back again."
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