This safari offers adventurous experience in Kenyan best places for wildlife viewing. You will have a great amazing opportunity to see lion, leopard, cheetah, hippo, impala, zebra, giraffe, and even the grand wildebeest migration. You will enjoy game drives in Samburu National Reserve, en route Aberdares Range, a boat ride in Lake Naivasha, and evening game viewing at Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Explore the wilderness and be truly alive!
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celebrated within the diversity of cultures, styles, and materials. The 137 guestrooms and suites excite and soothe at the same time. Rich deep colors mix with natural stone and wood, stainless steel, and glass features blend with rustic metal and handmade wooden furniture, world-class amenities, and new age technology which seamlessly complement local fabrics and artifacts.
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.
There are a total number of 30 luxury tents, 18 doubles, 9 with twin beds, and 3 with triple beds. Each of the exclusive comfortable deluxe tents provides a perfect view of the Ewaso Nyiro River and beautiful surrounding landscape. Every spacious tent consists of a dressing area, sitting area, luggage rack, and en-suite facilities to provide a memorable stay close to nature.
Set in the heart of the Aberdare National Park, iconic and yes, quirky, the Ark Lodge overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick, which attracts a host of awesome wildlife. Resembling and named after Noah’s Ark, the Ark comprises of three decks from which numerous balconies and lounges provide a superb location for wildlife to be seen. So that you don’t miss any animal sightings, the night guard will buzz your room when special animals come to the waterhole. The Ark Lodge has four viewing areas for observing the ever-present animal activity.
There is also a ground level bunker, the perfect hideout for the discerning photographer. This is a circular pillbox-like structure and it is from this vantage point that pictures of animals on the salt lick only yards away may be taken through the view holes in complete safety.
All cabins have an en-suite shower and bathroom. Accommodation in the Ark Lodge is in the form of cabins that are self-contained with a shower and toilet. The rooms are on three levels: Deck A, Deck B, and Deck C. Deck C is the main deck where all the main lodge facilities are located, including the restaurant, cloakrooms, and bar. There is also access for wheel chairs for those who require it.
Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge is an enchanting setting where contemporary comfort blends stylishly with nature to offer an environment where guests can refresh their senses, rekindle their love of travel, and reconnect with the world around them. Each room is blissfully private. You can sit on your balcony and watch the resident wildlife, take a nap, and wake up to stunning bush views. Cocoon yourself in this exclusive hideaway and let your heart start to beat to the rhythm of Africa.
Matira Camp is the ultimate safari destination in the heart of the Maasai Mara. The idyllic camp, which was styled in harmony with nature, is set on a dense forest vegetation over the savannah and surrounded by a small river. It is the ideal starting point for a variety of adventurous excursions.
The famous Mara River and the Talek River, where wildebeest and zebra herds relive the spectacular river crossings during the world-renowned migration, are only a few minutes away by foot. The small river, with fresh water and dense riverine vegetation, is a paradise for birds, which present a delightful concert from sunrise to sunset.
On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), you will be met by a CATS Africa Tours' representative and transferred to your hotel. You will spend the rest of the day resting and adjusting to the different time zone. Lunch and dinner will be on your own account. Overnight will be at Tribe Hotel (bed and breakfast).
This morning, you will drive north to Samburu National Reserve, home to some of the rare animal species found mainly in the semi-arid location. These include beisa oryx, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, and Grévy's zebra. You will transfer to the lodge with a game viewing drive en route arriving in time for lunch. You will depart at 16:00 for an evening game viewing drive until sunset. Dinner and overnight will be at Ashnil Samburu Camp (full board).
You will spend the day on morning and afternoon game viewing drives (or a full day game drive with picnic lunch). The reserve extends to Shaba National Reserve and Buffalo Springs National Reserve (extra park fees, payable directly). All are home to the unique species and are bird watchers' paradise with over 450 species of indigenous bird. Animals seen include lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, occasional wild dogs, buffalo, giraffes, rhino, elephant, impalas, and Thompson gazelles among others. All meals and overnight will be at Ashnil Samburu Camp (full board).
After breakfast and check-out, you will depart with a game drive en route to the Aberdares Range, a beautiful mountain range in the central highlands of Kenya. You will arrive for lunch at the Aberdare Country Club which is on a 1300 acre wildlife sanctuary. It is a haven of unhurried charm set in a garden bursting with a profusion of color and with peacocks living with the lush green lawns.
You will transfer later to the Ark Lodge and watch a game from the lodge terrace as they arrive to lick salt and quench thirst. Dinner and overnight will be at the Ark Lodge (full board).
After breakfast and check-out, you will drive down the Great Rift Valley floor to Lake Naivasha which is the first of the Rift Valley lakes and home to fish, hippo, waterbucks, and a rich birdlife. You will arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and later enjoy a boat ride where you get a chance to identify some of the many birds and see hippos up-close. On the shores, you might be lucky to see some of the plains game in the area: waterbucks, impalas, zebra, and giraffe. Dinner and overnight will be at Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge (full board).
You will drive to the world famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve, so named to mean the “spotted plains” in Maa language. This is home to the greatest concentration of large mammals and is widely recognized as Africa’s ultimate wildlife reserve. You will arrive in time for lunch and spend the early afternoon at leisure followed by an evening game viewing drive until sunset.
The park is the northern extension to the vast Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, famous for its annual migration of wildebeest. This is a spectacular place of breathtaking sceneries, never-ending plains, and the most abundant variety of wildlife remaining anywhere in the world. Dinner and overnight will be at Matira Camp (full board).
You will spend the next two days in the reserve on extensive game viewing drives. Wildlife is abundant in the reserve with the gentle grasslands ensuring that animals are never out of sight. Birds are prolific including immigrants, 450 bird species have been recorded among them 57 birds of prey.
Every year the Mara plays host to the world’s greatest natural spectacle, the great wildebeest migration from the Serengeti beginning July to October each year. The promise of rain and fresh life giving grass in the north brings more than 1.5 million wildebeest together into a single massive herd. They converge across the border into the Mara, making a spectacular entrance in a surging column of life that stretches from horizon to horizon. The big cats, lion, leopard, and cheetah follow the wildebeest, essentially their main source of food, into the Mara. So, the Mara at this time is literally packed with wildlife, providing lucky visitors on safari with superb sightings of games. All meals and overnight will be at Matira Camp (full board).
After breakfast and check-out, you will depart for the drive back to Nairobi arriving in time for lunch at the world famous Carnivore Restaurant. Later, you will be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) to catch your flight back home.
This safari will take place in Samburu National Reserve, Aberdares Range, Lake Naivasha, and Maasai Mara Game Reserve.
You will be served 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 7 dinners including lunches at Aberdare Country Club on the fourth day and at Carnivore Restaurant on the last day.
Food in Kenya is delicious, varied, and plentiful, succulent crayfish from the Indian Ocean, smoked sailfish (Kenya's equivalent to smoked salmon), English roast beef, Molo lamb, and much more. Kenya’s famed fruits abound, pineapples, pawpaw, mangoes, avocados, passion fruits, banana, pears, and strawberries to name a few. Fresh vegetables are equally abundant. The hotels, lodges, and camps in which you stay are renowned for their high standard of cuisine.
Spirits, beers, and wine all are available in Kenya. The price of soft drinks and beer is reasonable whilst imported spirits and wine tends to be on the expensive side.
You can enjoy an extension game drive to Shaba National Reserve and Buffalo Springs National Reserve on the third day at an additional cost.
Please book your flight to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. CATS Africa Tours will pick you up from the airport.
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