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4 Days Explorer Safari in Kenya

  • Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge, Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Luxury Wildlife Safari Kenya

East Cape Tours has combined big games, untouched tribes, and stunning landscapes to produce what is often described as the holiday of a lifetime. You will be leaving this safari spellbound, having experienced the wonders of this magical land. Get yourself ready as you will visit many marvelous game reserves and be left in awe at the awe-inspiring experience that you are sure to never forget.

Highlights

  • Guided game drives
  • Transportation in a safari vehicle
  • Professional driver and guide services
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Park fees
  • 3 activity days
  • English
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Lake Nakuru Sopa lodge

Located on a range of hills that form the western limits of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, the lodge offers spectacular views over the vastness of Africa. The lodge also overlooks Lake Nakuru and its surrounding national park, one that is a paradise for bird watchers and wildlife lovers alike. You will be staying here on the first night of the safari.

Masai Mara Sopa lodge

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 center.

The lodge has fifty guest cottages divided into two wings to either side of the main public areas. Each of these house two spacious guest rooms with queen and king size beds, mosquito nets, electronic safes, dressing tables, en-suite bathrooms, and sheltered verandas that all have views over the gardens and the game reserve beyond. Six of the cottages each contain two suites with larger bedrooms and bathrooms, and both indoor and outdoor seating areas.

You will be staying here on the second and third night of the safari.

Day 1 Lake Nkuru National Park

You will be transferred from the airport to Lake Nkuru National Park's famous Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge. Located on a range of hills that form the western limits of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, the lodge offers spectacular views over the vastness of Africa. Arrival should be in time for a warm welcome and you will receive a free welcome drink at check in, then be assisted to your respective room and later head to the restaurant for a hot lunch.

At 04:00 p.m., you will go on an afternoon game drive. Lake Nakuru is famous for the big populations of flamingos that number hundreds and thousands during the dry season. The park also contains Kenya’s largest population of rhinos. After any meal of the day, you can sit back and enjoy the beautiful wildlife.

Day 2 to 3 Masai Mara Game Reserve

You will be transferred from Nakuru Sopa Lodge to the wondrous Mara Sopa Lodge where you will spend the next two nights. Arrival will be in time for a warm welcome and you will be offered a free welcome drink as you check in, then be assisted to your respective rooms.

After enjoying an afternoon Kenyan tea and coffee, you will head out in the afternoon for an exciting game viewing adventure. With an experienced guide, you can search some of the area`s wildlife hot-spots determined by the driver and guide.

Day 4

You will be transferred back to the airport where you can begin to make your way home with new memories and a once in a lifetime experience that you will surely never forget.

Lake Nakuru National Park

The park lies in Central Kenya, 140 kilometers north-west of Nairobi, in Nakuru district of the Rift Valley Province. The ecosystem comprises of the lake, surrounded by mainly wooded and bushy grasslands. The park supports a wide ecological diversity with flamingos (greater and lesser) and other water birds being the major attractions of the area.

The ecosystem provides for about 56 different species of mammals including the white rhino, buffaloes, and a variety of terrestrial birds numbering nearly 450 species. The park has up to one and a half million flamingos plus 450 other species of birds. Fauna includes Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelle, the rare long-eared leaf-nosed bat, colobus monkey, rock hyrax, and hippos.

Masai Mara Game Reserve

With its rolling hills, dense riverine forests, hills, and a high, flat-topped escarpment that forms its western boundary, this wildlife conservation area takes up an area of 1,510 square kilometers in south western Kenya and shares an international border with Tanzania’s fabled Serengeti National Park.

It is owned and managed by the Maasai people who, because of their traditional respect for wildlife during the course of hundreds of years of their continued co-existence, they have ensured that the wildlife splendor of the Maasai Mara exists today.

While this reserve is home to over 410 species of birds and 60 species of raptors, it is also one of the world’s finest game viewing destinations. This is because it plays host to an abundance of every form of wildlife possible except for those few species which can only be seen north of the Equator.

Not only this, but the reserve is also world famous for its annual migration of literally millions of wildebeest, not to mention tens of thousands of zebras and gazelles, when they annually migrate north from the Serengeti, usually between July or early August to October, to find food.

To access the reserve’s lush grazing, they first have to cross the Mara River with its battalions of enormous and hungry crocodiles and, if you are lucky enough to watch one of these crossings, it is an event you will never forget.

You will be provided with daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinking water during this safari.

  • Capture photos of the wildlife with your camera
  • Enjoy the game drives
  • Explore the surroundings
  • Meet and interact with the locals
  • Relax in your accommodation
  • See the stunning sites
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All taxes and VAT
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Ground transportation
  • Guided game drives
  • Park fees
  • Professional driver and guide services
  • Transfers to and from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)
  • Additional accommodation before and after the tour
  • Airfare
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and / or park fees
  • Gratuities or tips
  • Souvenirs
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. East Cape Tours will pick you up from the airport.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Suzie from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "We had a great experience with East Cape Tours, Karen was so friendly & helpful getting it all organised. We would recommend them to others & use them again if we are back in SA"

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  • Review by Virginia from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "An amazing experience with really helpful staff. When we got caught up in unexpected traffic our driver went above and beyond to ensure we made our flight. We were so grateful. We hope to come to SA again and will definitely use you guys."

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  • Review by Jacque from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Hey Lyn. We returned from our fabulous Southern Africa trip and want to thank you for your help in arranging our stay at the African Rock and And Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge. African Rock was so very welcoming and the perfect place to begin our visit to Africa. We loved the people and our dinner was one of the best we had in all of Africa. Ngala was amazing! We saw it all and loved the people there as well."

    "Again thank you and the Wares and the Bells will call on you again. Enjoying the news letter."

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  • Review by John from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "Hi Lyn , thanks for helping us out -very happy with East Cape Tours. Pumba fantastic and Andre seems almost part of the family."

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  • Review by Wendy from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Hi Chelse- just a note to tell you what a fabulous time we had at Pumba. Thanks so much for your help! PS- one more thing… Do you know the type of coffee makers they have in the chalets? I think it made a great cup of coffee and would like to get one for my home."

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  • Review by Natasha from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Hi Lynn"

    "Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond! We had such an amazing time – I’ve been recommending South Africa and East Cape Tours to everyone I know! Your recommendations were spot on and everything went really well. Everyone we met and interacted with was entirely gracious, friendly and helpful and our hosts gave us great recommendations for restaurants and things to do, particularly Sharon at Redbourne Hilldrop. We couldn’t be happier with our once-in-a-lifetime safari vacation and we’re already dreaming about visiting beautiful SA again in the future."

    "The only change I would have made is to our reservation at Woodall. The properly was lovely as was the service, however the dinner was a fixed menu and very expensive in comparison to elsewhere (for a nice meal but not the best we had given price). The transfers to/from Addo were also very expensive and not divulged to us ahead of time by the hotel so it was a surprise come checkout time (I think we paid close to R800 for a round-trip to Addo which was only a 15 minute drive). Unfortunately because we had already returned the car we didn’t have another option for transportation and were not able to go to another restaurant so we felt a bit stranded. Something you may want to consider for future guests you book into the hotel."

    "That being said the rest of our trip was very reasonable given the fantastic quality in food, atmosphere and service we experienced and we couldn’t have asked for a better trip overall. I tagged East Cape in some Instagram photos and I hear they may be used in your next newsletter! Thanks again for all of your help."

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  • Review by Joan from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I wanted to send you a note to thank you and your team so much for making our trip the East Cape in October so completely magical. After having taken that incredible trip with our Aussie friends in 2015, was expecting that our shorter trip booked “last minute” would not have the same level of “adventure” or expansiveness. It ended up being a wonderful trip and completely exceeded expectations. Wanted to give you my thoughts on the itinerary and the lodges we visited."

    "We started at Pumba, then moved to Kichaka and ended up at Addo reserve at Camp Figtree. All of these lodges were wonderful. Great accommodations, excellent food, friendly staff and lots of animals. If I was scheduling this again, I would have done Addo first. While we were able to see quite a few elephants and they had a great water hole, after the other two camps, the game viewing was less exciting. It would have made a perfect first camp! Camp Figtree was really a treat, loved being up in the mountains and the lodge was really interesting, having a few less amenities because of its location gave it a charm and feeling of days gone by! Good for a couple of nights though a longer stay may not have been as good as you are really fairly isolated up there!"

    "Pumba was a wonderful camp, I believe we were originally scheduled to be the Water Lodge but were changed last minute to the Bush Lodge. I thought the Bush Lodge was great but if I was staying again I would request the Water Lodge. One of the things I missed from our last safari was the ability to sit around the campfire at night or early in the morning and the water lodge had the nice fire pit which I think made it a little more social! We did go over there one afternoon for the spa which was wonderful. The monkeys were just little devils at the Bush Lodge!! But very fun to watch! The animals were very good at Pumba. We had some great experiences with the lions (the white ones were beautiful) and we were able to get very close to these three Cheetah brothers as they walked down the road, feasted on a kill etc. The landscape there was really interesting as well with hills and plains and there was lots to see."

    "Kichaka was next and I think both Adrianne and I felt it was absolutely our favorite experience of the three. Loved the cabins, feeling like we were in the tree tops, the main lodge was very inviting right on the water hole. Great good. Best food for trying local game (they had Ostrich Wellington!). What we liked the best were the game drives. Our ranger took us out literally for 3/12 to 4 hours twice a day. There weren’t quite as many animals as Pumba and the terrain was different but we were able to go off road whenever it made sense so we could actually get close to things. Saw some amazing things. It felt more like we were tracking animals, looking at prints and doing more seeking out versus just driving on a path and seeing what was there to see."

    "All three were fabulous in their own way! Really appreciate the great service from your team and so nice to be picked up and taken from one destination to another and to the airport. Took all of that anxiety of transportation away and let us just enjoy the adventure!"

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  • Review by Wendy from New Zealand
    10 out of 10

    "We had a fantastic trip. I really would like to thank you for all your wonderful help along the way. It was invaluable and nothing was too much trouble. This resulted in a wonderful self-drive trip through South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe before heading onto Botswana. With your help we were well prepared and had an amazing experience. I really appreciated your prompt response to all my questions and the numerous changes we made along the way. Once again thank you so much. We would definitely seek out your help again and have no hesitation to recommend you to anyone."

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  • Review by Helen from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "Everything went smoothly with our complicated booking when we were dealing sith Karen Engelbrecht, who was amazingly helpful. She even returned one of my calls while she was out of the office on Family leave. The only problem occurred when the travel vouchers were issued as they were incorrect. This problem was resolved by my phoning the office in PE and having the correct vouchers issued. I would be happy to deal with East Cape Tours again."

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  • Review by Cris and Erik from Denmark
    10 out of 10

    "We won’t hesitate to give 5 stars to East Cape Tours, you’ve certainly earned them. We arranged our own tour from Denmark to Cape Town, before we contacted East Cape Tours for a short safari. You responded quickly, and make quick adjustments to our special wishes. Everything was taken care of; flights, airport shuttles, accomodation; and I learned that you could have handled the whole tour from Denmark and back; but I’ll remember that for later! It’s no problem being the family’s tour guide, with you as supporters!"

    "If (when) we visit South Africa again, you will certainly hear from us!"

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  • Review by Troy and Kashaan
    10 out of 10

    "I just wanted to write to you to say thank you to your team for the most amazing three-week holiday that was organized for us. Firstly, Helga created a perfect itinerary. Everything went smoothly, every small detail was organized and waiting for us, each accommodation destination was unique and the service and standard could not be faulted. We would never have been able to pick such amazing accommodation and experiences ourselves. It didn’t stop there, though. Once we arrived in South Africa, Shannon made contact with us to advise us she was our new contact. We had a few questions and bits and pieces that we needed assistance with along the way and nothing was ever a hassle. She was prompt and sorted everything for us. It gave us such peace of mind to have that local support while we were in the country. The whole trip was a highlight but if we had to pick our two favorites it would be Cape Town and our stunning accommodation in De Waterkant Village and our stay at Pumba Water Lodge. My husband, two kids (seven and 12) and I have returned home with a smile on our face and the best experience of such a beautiful country and it would not have been possible without the foundation that was laid by East Cape Tours. We still have so much to see and explore the stunning country of South Africa. We will be back and we will be booking with East Cape Tours!"

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  • Review by John
    10 out of 10

    "I just wanted to thank you for arranging our trip to Amakhala. We had a great time. The lodge and the rooms were excellent, the food was good without being exceptional and the game ranger, Christi was learning her trade and actually we thought not up to standard."

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  • Review by Tony
    10 out of 10

    "I want to thank you both for this unforgettable vacation. The stay in luxury apartments, Cape Town, was amazing. excellent place and location. as for the other hotels on our way to the reserve, each one of them has, it’s own charm and yet all of them had great service, welcoming staff and tasty food. But the best was for last with Pumba game reserve. We had the best days of our lives, good mood, and good food. My family and I, we appreciate everything you did for us to make our vacation in South Africa unforgettable. I would definitely go back and for sure recommend you to everyone I know who wants to visit your beautiful country. Just one more thing, concerning the white shark dive, it didn’t happen due to bad weather and I was wondering how the refund will be done."

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  • Review by Wayne
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for all your help everything turned out perfect. Ebrahim was super I’d highly recommend him to anyone traveling to Cape Town. Ismail was also excellent. We met Robert More at The More Quarters one morning he was extremely nice thought he might be at Lion Sands when we were there but left us a special message because he left the day we arrived and a book signed by him his great grandfather wrote.The staff at More Quarters were so friendly we loved our room and the hotel itself. Mont Rochelle is probably the most beautiful place we have ever been. Loved Franschhoek, The vineyards, and wineries were magnificent. Could have spent more time there. The Lion Sands River Lodge was absolutely beautiful the staff was great and we had the best range in Neil and tracker Albert. Made friends with two couples we did our safaris with. Trip of a lifetime all we can do is pray we can go back some day. If we know anyone who is interested we will definitely refer you. Thank you again."

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  • Review by Caroline
    10 out of 10

    "We have just returned from our travels in Africa. Shamwari was brilliant! Beautiful place and we were fortunate to have Jessica as our ranger and her knowledge of animals, birds, plants and the environment was amazing! We have had quite a few very good rangers take us on game drives on this trip and our previous trips, but Jessica stands out as the best! The highlight of our two months in Africa was Christmas day at Shamwari where we were able to experience a private escorted walk around the outside of the enclosures of the Born Free lions and lionesses, leopards, and cheetahs! As a Born Free Foundation supporter for many years it was the perfect Christmas present on the best Christmas day ever!"

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  • Review by Ash
    10 out of 10

    "I just returned from our South Africa and would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful recommendation and stay at Kapama Karula. We all had a fantastic stay and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. Will certainly refer your services to anyone who is considering visiting South Africa."

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