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11 Days Luxurious Boat Cruise, Tours, and Wildlife Safari in Kenya

Panari Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

Immense Kenya Safaris

This is beyond just a standard destination visit. Be touched by the peaceful sounds of mysterious nature and the quiet waters of remotely preserved lakes. Experience the exotic scenery of the country’s wildlife and be touched by people driven to help others and each other. Come experience this expedition that showcases Kenya’s hidden gems in a full-on adventure, a safari like no other.

Key information

  • Starting and ending point: Nairobi
  • Park fees are included.

Highlights

  • Spectacular game drives
  • Exciting Lake Naivasha boat cruise
  • Lake Bogoria and Baringo fun game viewing
  • Exploring Maasai Mara and Hell's Gate National Park
  • Tour around Kenya's amazing towns and cities
  • Visit to local communities and villages
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 10 nights accommodation

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Accommodation

Night 1 and 2

For nights one and two, accommodations will be available at Panari Hotel in Nairobi.

Night 3 and 4

You will be staying at the lovely Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge for nights three and four.

Night 5 and 6

For the fifth and sixth night of your safari, have some well-earned rest at Boma Hotel.

Night 7

Accommodations for night seven will be at Lumo Blues Guest House.

Night 8

Night eight will be spent at Ngeta Mura Cultural Homestay.

Night 9 and 10

For nights nine and 10, you will be staying at Ashnil Mara Camp where you will prepare for your departure the next day.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi

Upon arrival in Nairobi, you will be met and greeted at the airport by the AsaRay team representatives. They will help you with your luggage and settle you in your transfer vehicles. Once you are all settled in your vehicles, you will be accompanied to be transferred to your hotel.

In the evening, depending on your flight time, you will have dinner at the famous Carnivore Restaurant. After dinner, you will be returned to the hotel for your overnight stay at Panari Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 2: Nairobi city tour

In the morning after your breakfast, you will be picked up by your driver-guide and you will depart for a city tour in Nairobi. The tour will take you through rich history, culture, and art. A visit to the David Sheldrick Orphanage will get you close to elephant calves! At 11:00 a.m., you will enjoy viewing the feeding of the elephants.

David Sheldrick Conservation Foundation rehabilitates baby elephants and other wildlife in their home just outside Nairobi National Park. Lunch will be served at the Karen Blixen House or somewhere similar. It is a house with a spellbinding rich history of love. After lunch, proceed to the national museum, well-known for its exhibits and displays of the early man and tribal regalia.

Finally, you will visit the parliament buildings and the railway station and realize the evolution of the railway system in Kenya. In the late evening, drive back to Panari Hotel, sightseeing the city and its environment before arriving for your dinner and overnight stay (half board).

Day 3: Nairobi to Lake Magadi

In the morning, you will have an early breakfast. After breakfast, at 06:30 a.m., your driver-guide will be ready at the hotel's reception. With picnic lunch boxes, you will depart to drive to Lake Magadi. The lake is a natural wonder with a scientific-rich background. The visit to the lake will take you to Olorgesailie, a prehistoric site where you will get to learn the history of human evolution, stone tools, and site formation.

Enjoy your adventure on the lake and have a picnic lunch. You will depart Lake Magadi in the afternoon to drive to Lake Naivasha. In the late evening, you will check into Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge for your dinner and overnight stay (half board).

Day 4: Lake Naivasha and Hell's Gate National Park

After your breakfast in the morning, at around 10:00 a.m., enjoy a one-hour boat ride on the lake and return to the camp for lunch. After lunch, relax for a few hours before your next adventure. At 04:00 p.m., drive to Hell’s Gate National Park, which lies beside Lake Naivasha.

Enjoy a game drive or walk in the park and take in the beauty and wonder of nature found there. Return to the hotel in the evening for your dinner and overnight stay (half board).

Day 5: Lake Bogoria and Lake Baringo

After an early breakfast, you will depart with your bags and drive to Lake Bogoria. On Lake Bogoria, you will marvel at the hot water springs or geysers found there. In the hot springs, an egg or even corn can be boiled. Carry an egg to enjoy the experience and knowledge! The hot springs are best enjoyed in the morning hours before the heat becomes too much.

Visit the hot springs and marvel at the wonder. Later, enjoy a game walk or drive along the lake, sighting the birds and wild game found in the reserve. At mid-morning, depart Lake Bogoria and drive to Lake Baringo. You will arrive at Lake Baringo Club for lunch. In the afternoon, drive to the Lake Baringo National Reserve where you will enjoy sighting various species, especially birdlife.

In the late afternoon, depart Lake Baringo and drive to Eldoret Town, also in the Rift Valley, enjoying the scenic beauty along this road to check in at the Boma Hotel in the evening, where you will have dinner and your overnight stay on a half-board basis.

Day 6: Orphanage or community school and museum in Eldoret

You will visit a local community school and a community orphanage. That will put you in a perspective of the challenges society faces at large in Eldoret and help you visualize what policies or strategies can be put in place to enhance the lives of the society. After breakfast, you will visit Patty’s Heart Orphanage or community school.

The orphanage or community school takes care of abandoned children from a very tender age and orphaned children around the community. After you arrive in Eldoret, you will be met by the proprietor who will give you a short briefing on the orphanage and the children. Later on, the proprietor will introduce you to the children.

Spend the better of the morning there, keeping them busy with various activities of games, one-on-one discussions, bonding, and where necessary, expert advice on any given scenario. Lunch will be served at your hotel. Later, before departing, take time for a photo session with them, which shall remain in their memory and keep them encouraged!

In the afternoon, you will take a drive to the Kabarnet Museum. The museum features galleries of the Rift Valley people, their culture, its environment, indigenous knowledge, and science for education. It exhibits the cultures of general the “Kalenjin” people, their history from pre-colonial, colonial, and post independence eras. Attractions there include paleontological, archeological, and ethnographic sites.

Enjoy the knowledge, and later in the evening, drive back to your hotel for your dinner and overnight stay at Boma Hotel on full-board basis.

Day 7: Kakamega Forest

After your early breakfast, depart for Eldoret Town and drive to Kakamega, with time allowing you to visit the picturesque Webuye Falls found along the route. Enter the reserve to take a nature walk on the unique trails with a naturalist, who will take you through the different tree types, their usage, and the rare butterfly species found there.

The community that lives around the forest has a rich culture for you to explore as well. The community is known for its vibrant dance the "isikuti”, which is performed during special ceremonies like weddings, circumcision, and so on. You will experience the dance while you are there and visit a traditional home where the culture of the community will be unveiled to you.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, enjoy a cultural visit in the community, it is the time for you allowing a visit to a local community school or orphanage. Lastly, you will visit the legendary "weeping stone.” The stone is a natural wonder, a huge rock from which a constant stream of water cascades, hence its name.

The community associates it with various legends and myths. Later in the evening, you will check into the Lumo Blues House for your dinner and overnight stay on a half-board basis.

Day 8: Kakamega Forest to Lake Victoria

It will be a slow day to relax, specifically in readiness for the adventure in the wilderness. You will depart Kakamega after breakfast and drive leisurely to the lake side town of Kisumu, enjoying the views of Lake Victoria as you enter the town.

You will then have a short visit to the lake and depart to check into the Ngeta Mura Cultural Homestay which has great views. Relax the day away at the lodge with lunch and dinner served. It is also where you will stay for the night on a full-board basis.

Day 9: Lake Victoria to Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wake up to a very early start with breakfast. After breakfast, depart Kisumu and drive to the great Maasai Mara National Reserve. You will enjoy the drive to Maasai Mara, passing various Maasai traditional homes and villages, and enjoying the scenic beauty along the road to arrive at Ashnil Mara Camp in time for lunch.

In the afternoon, enjoy a game drive until sunset, returning to the camp in time for dinner. Have some well-earned rest at the camp on a full-board basis.

Day 10: Maasai Mara National Reserve

Spend the day in Maasai Mara National Reserve, enjoying morning and afternoon game drives. It is home to the famous Maasai people, well-known for their distinctive custom and clothing. In the early afternoon, you will visit a typical Maasai village and enjoy being part of the unique culture and habits that not even the western influence has been able to change.

Later, continue with your game drive until sunset, returning to the camp for dinner and your overnight stay on a full-board basis.

Day 11: Maasai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi

After an early morning game drive and breakfast at the camp, with your bags packed, you will bid Maasai Mara “kwaheri” meaning goodbye and full of lasting safari memories. You will then depart Maasai Mara and drive leisurely back to Nairobi. Upon arrival in Nairobi, time allowing you pass via the Maasai market to shop for souvenirs.

Lunch will be served at the Panari Hotel, and thereafter, depending on your flight timings, you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight. There, the team will bid you goodbye and wish you a most blessed flight home.

Included excursions

  • Nairobi city tour
  • Eldoret town community visit
  • Visit to Patty’s Heart Orphanage
  • Drive to Kabarnet Museum
  • Kakamega community tour and visit to the legendary weeping stone
  • Trip to Lake Victoria
  • Visit to a Maasai village

Location

This safari will take place exploring Kenya, visiting Nairobi, Lake Magadi, Lake Naivasha, Hell's Gate National Park, Lake Bogoria, Lake Baringo National Reserve, Eldoret, Kakamega Forest, Lake Victoria, and Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Lake Magadi

Lake Magadi is the southernmost lake in the Kenya Rift Valley, lying in a catchment of faulted volcanic rocks. From a distance, you can see the evaporation of water from the lake that leaves a crust of sodium carbonate that is mined and exported. During the dry season, it is 80 percent covered by soda and is well-known for its wading birds, including flamingos.

The lake is a saline-alkaline, approximately 100 square kilometers in size that lies in a graben. It is recharged mainly by saline hot springs with temperatures up to 86 degrees Celsius that discharge into alkaline lagoons around the lake margins, there being little surface runoff in the arid region.

Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is a beautiful freshwater lake fringed by thick papyrus. The lake and its surroundings are rich in natural bounty. Most parts of the lake are surrounded by forests of yellow barked acacia or yellow fever tree. The forest abounds with birdlife, which makes it the best birding destination. The lake draws wild game like the giraffe, buffalo, colobus monkey, and so on. Hippo population sleep the day out in the lake's waters.

Lake Naivasha is one of the alkaline lakes of the Rift Valley. An early morning boat ride on the lake is inevitable since it is the only way to understand how the lake is of a high concentration of sodium carbonate that is a good breeding ground for algae, resulting in the abundance of millions of birds.

Hell's Gate National Park

The park was named for its pair of massive red tinged cliffs framing a geothermal active interior of steam vents and bubbling springs. The park is home to a profusion of plains game and birdlife. Walking is permitted, making it ideal for hiking, biking, and rock climbing.

Lake Bogoria

Lake Bogoria is one of the alkaline lakes of the Great Rift Valley. It is located on the Ngendelel Escarpment. The hot springs are in four locations around the lake and one can observe at least 10 geysers which erupt up to five meters high. Lake Bogoria is another alkaline lake in the Great Rift Valley with a high population of flamingos.

Lake Baringo National Reserve

Lake Baringo National Reserve’s herds of rare greater kudu make it unique. Other game to view include the rare buffalo, zebra, baboon, warthog, caracal, spotted hyena, impala, dik dik, and many small mammals.

Aside from the flamingo, of interest to the specialist will be the little grebe, tawny eagle, pratincole, swift, little bee-eater, cape-wigeon, yellow-billed stork, African spoonbill, augur buzzard, gabar goshawk, water dikkop, great tit, starling, hornbill, and crombec.

Eldoret

Eldoret is mainly an agricultural town but is surrounded by a local community facing a lot of social, educational, economic, and cultural challenges.

Kakamega Forest

Kakamega is a world famous equatorial rainforest known for its diversity of bird and insect life. Its uniqueness makes conservation its top priority. A visit to the forest will give you a feel what the Amazon looks like. The forest is a natural wonder that has a large variety of indigenous trees as well as species of different animals and birdlife.

It is the only rainforest in Kenya having more than 380 different types of plants and 400 species of butterflies, many of which are unique to the reserve, for example, the indigenous Mysopsis Eminee, a unique tree to the reserve. It has medicinal qualities believed to treat prostate cancer and stomach aches. If you are a medical student, be on the lookout for there might just be a breakthrough for your research!

Maasai Mara National Reserve

Maasai Mara is an open grassland with 95 species of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and over 400 species of birds which have been recorded in the park. In Maasai Mara, you will hardly miss to see the Big Five. The annual wildebeest migration takes place in the park between July and October.

The ecosystem of Maasai Mara holds one of the highest lion densities in the world and it is where over two million wildebeests, zebras, and Thomson's gazelle migrate every year.

Food

During this safari, you will be served daily meals as specified in the itinerary. You will also be provided with drinking water while on the trip. Special diets for diabetics, vegetarians, and so on are all catered for in all the lodges and camps, only you have to make sure to advise AsaRay Tours before the safari commences.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Game drives
  • Walking safaris
  • Boat ride in Lake Naivasha
  • All excursions as per itinerary
  • All national park entry fees
  • Transport in a custom-made safari vehicle
  • Any transfers as per itinerary
  • Services of a professional English-speaking driver-guide
  • Government taxes and levies
  • Drinking water in the vehicle to use on safari
  • Arranged visits on all the places as per itinerary
  • Emergency medical evacuation cover

What's not included

  • International airfare
  • Departure taxes
  • Visa fees into Kenya
  • Travel, baggage, and medical insurance
  • Tips to driver-guide, hotel staff, and more
  • Items of personal nature
  • Additional drinks in the lodges
  • Telephone or fax bills
  • Laundry services
  • Any other item not specified What is Included

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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