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7 Days Fun Lodge Safari in Kenya

Big Five Safari Kenya

Goshawk Tours invites you to join another fascinating safari in the exotic Kenya. This safari package takes you to some of the most scenic parks and reserves which are unique in their own way. You can witness a rare wildlife such as Grevy's zebras, long-necked gerenuk antelopes, Somali ostriches, and reticulated giraffes, the wonderful Big Five, wildebeest, and zebra migration. This complete package will make your vacation satisfying.

Highlights

  • Game drives
  • Chance to see the Big Five
  • Services of English-speaking guide
  • Transport in minibus with pop-up roof
  • Daily meals and bottler-water
  • 6 nights' accommodation

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Accommodation

Samburu Game Reserve has several lodges to choose, some of them are built near the Ewaso Ngiro river giving superb views of a game which frequents the river banks to drink water. The amenities include swimming pools, conference center, Wi-Fi, satellite TV and gift shops. In day one and two, during your stay in Samburu Game Reserve, you will be accommodated at Samburu Lodge.

Aberdare has unique accommodation in form of tree hotels namely The Ark and Treetops. The tree hotels are built in the shape of Noah's Ark. The tree hotels are serviced from their base hotels namely Outspan and Aberdare country club respectively. The tree hotels attract game using flood lights, salt-lick, and waterhole. The tree hotels have balconies and lounges which provide superb views of wildlife. One can place a wake-up call in case a rare species is spotted at the salt licks or water holes. In day three during your stay in Aberdare, you will be accommodated at The Ark.

The accommodation in Lake Nakuru is offered on full board basis and the pricing of the lodges and tented camp is different. During your stay at Lake Nakuru, you will be accommodated at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge.

Masai Mara Lodge Safari offers accommodation in form of lodges which are built in different styles and have the different level of comfort due to the amenities of each lodge. The lodges are rated differently and are also priced different and this affects the price of the safari. Amenities in the lodges include swimming pools, conference center, Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and gift shops. During your stay in Maasai Mara, you will be accommodated at Mara Sarova Lodge.

Program

Day 1: Nairobi - Samburu

A representative from Goshawk Tours will meet you at your hotel or pick you up from the airport and after a briefing, he or she will introduce you to your safari guide and other members of the tour. You will be driven to the northern frontier. This area is a semi-desert and thus very dry most of the year. Then, you will arrive at Samburu Lodge in time for lunch. You will be assisted to check into your respective rooms and after lunch, you can spend the afternoon at leisure or take a dip in the pool. Later on, head out for the evening game drive. Game to view includes the Big Five, antelopes, gazelles, baisa oryx, grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, gerenuk and abundant bird life. Dinner and overnight at Samburu Lodge.

Day 2: Samburu

On this day, you will have morning and evening game drives. A visit to the Ewaso Ngiro river is most rewarding because it's the only source of water that sustains the wildlife in this reserve. Wild animals converge at the river to quench their thirst. Samburu people and their culture are another attraction and on request, the driver guide can take you to the Samburu village to experience their culture. All meals and overnight at Samburu Lodge.

Day 3: Samburu - Aberdare

An early breakfast followed by game drive en route. Depart and head to Aberdare National Park. Check in at the Aberdare country club for lunch and relaxation. Later, you will be transferred to The Ark where you will view game which is attracted by salt licks and flood lights at the comfort of the tree hotel. It is estimated that 2000 elephants roam the Aberdare forest. The forest is re-known for its botanical richness and waterfalls. This includes the Gura Falls, Karuru Falls and Chania Falls. The queen's cave pavilion was the site for the 1955 royal picnic lunch for Queen Elizabeth the second and her husband Prince Philips. Dinner and overnight at The Ark.

Day 4: Aberdare - Lake Nakuru

An early light breakfast then transfers to the base hotel for the main breakfast and afterward, depart and drive to Lake Nakuru arriving Sarova lion hill lodge in time for lunch. Spend the afternoon at leisure and later go for the evening game drive. Lake Nakuru is often referred to as a birds’ paradise because of the millions of pink flamingos found here. The lakes view from the baboon cliff depicts a pink color due to the feather coloring of the flamingos hence the name "Pink Lake". The park hosts 450 million different bird species both migratory and terrestrial.

The park is a world heritage site and recognized as a wetland of international importance. Lake Nakuru has over 50 mammal species and also serves as a black and white rhino sanctuary. The park is home to the highest population of black rhino in Kenya along with white rhinos introduced from South Africa. There are no elephants at Lake Nakuru simply because of the size of the park, elephants require a large area with lots of vegetation to feed on. Visit makalia falls as well as the baboon cliff to get a stunning view of the lake and its surrounding as the sun sets. Sundowner can be organized on request. Dinner and overnight at Sarova lion hill lodge.

Day 5: Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara

Depart early morning as you do a game drive, head to Maasai Mara arriving in time for lunch. You will be assisted to check into your respective rooms and after lunch, you can spend the afternoon at leisure or take a dip in the pool. Later on, head out for the evening game drive. The world re-known Maasai Mara is famed for the millions of wildebeest, gazelles, and zebras that cross the Mara river forming the wildebeest migration spectacle. Dinner and overnight at Mara Sarova Lodge.

Day 6: Maasai Mara

Today you will have a morning and evening game drive. After breakfast, head out in search of game. Maasai Mara has an exceptional population of big cats, herds of elephants, zebras, resident wildebeest, antelopes, and gazelles can be encountered among others, bird life is also plenty. Maasai Mara game reserve offers a very high chance of spotting all the Big Five. Spend the whole day game viewing which includes a visit to the Mara river where you will find crocodiles lazing around. One has the option to visit the Maasai village or go for an early balloon ride at an extra cost. After lunch, you will relax in the lodge and later have an evening game drive. Dinner and overnight at Mara Sarova Lodge.

Day 7: Masai Mara - Nairobi

You will have a pre-breakfast game drive then departs the lodge by 06:30 and this will give you the opportunity to view the African sunrise and you will also get the chance to spot any game species you might have missed on our previous game drives. Return to the lodge around mid-morning; your full breakfast will be served and afterward bid farewell to the lodge staff and any friends you might have made. You will be driven to Nairobi; lunch en route arriving late afternoon. Drop off at the airport or hotel.

Do's and don'ts in the game reserves and national park

  • Do not litter the reserve / park.
  • Do not feed the animals, i.e. monkeys or baboons.
  • Do give the animals the right of way and do not disturb wildlife.
  • Do not take any plant or animals remains, dead or alive.
  • Do not start fires or throw cigarettes in the reserve.
  • Do stay in your vehicle except at designated viewing points.
  • Do not shout, laugh loudly, play radio or cassettes as this will keep away the animals.
  • Do not provoke any animals its dangerous.

Location

Samburu Game Reserve

Samburu game reserve is the most popular parks of the northern frontier fauna sanctuaries. The game park occupies an area of 165 square kilometers. The driving distance from Nairobi is 350 kilometers and 65 kilometers from Isiolo town to archers post gate. The park lies on the northern bank of Uaso Nyiro River, the river serves as the only source of water without which the game in the reserve could not survive in the arid country.

Samburu National Reserve was one of the two areas in which conservationists George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness made famous in the best-selling book and award-winning movie Free. The Samburu National Reserve is also home of Kamunyak, a lioness famous for adopting oryx calves.

Samburu's topography is composed of river Uaso Nyiro which flows from the Kenyan highlands and flows to lorian swamp, scattered acacia, riverine forest, thorn trees and grassland vegetation. The climate for Samburu is hot dry with cool nights with an average annual maximum temperature of 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) and minimum annual temperature of 20 degrees Celcius (68 Fahrenheit). There is a wide variety of animal and bird life seen at Samburu National Reserve. Several species are considered unique to the region, including its ts unique dry-country animal life: All three big cats, lion, cheetah and leopard, can be found here, as well as elephants, buffalo and hippos, Olive baboon, gerenuk, warthogs, Grant's gazelle, Kirk's dik-dik, impala, waterbuck, Grevy's zebra, Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe and over 350 bird species.

Samburu is also a Maasai land, the Maasai people whom by definition speak the Maa language hence the name Maasai have held on to their culture even in these times of modernization. A Maasai's home is called a manyatta where he lives with his wives and children. From childhood boys are obligated to look after their fathers’ cows while girls are obligated to doing house chores, fetching water and milking the cows. After every fifteen years, there is an initiation where boys are circumcised and they become young morans and the existing morans graduate to junior elders. The Maasai enjoy eating meat, milk mixed with blood during rituals such initiation and marriage. The use of herbs as medicine is still embedded in their day to day life. The Maasai are an attraction in Kenya since they managed to stick to their culture.

Aberdare National Park

The Aberdare National Park was established in 1950, it covers an area of 766 square kilometers and is 100 kilometers north of Nairobi. The park has five entry points depending on where you are coming from, the entry points are Kiandongoro gate, queens gate, east gate, treetops gate, ark gate. The park entry fee is paid using a smart card which can be loaded at the main entry point.

The Aberdare Mountains are part of the central highlands Kenya, from north-south between Nairobi and Thomson's Falls. The mountain slopes, especially on the eastern and western slopes, are covered with thick forest giving way to bamboo zone on the higher levels. Deep ravines cut through the forested inclines through which hidden streams flow and waterfalls cascade down hundreds of open moorlands, broken by lichens covered rocky outcrops, hills and crags, thickets of giant heath and tussock grass.

Wildlife easily observed include the lion, leopard, African elephant, African hunting dog, giant forest hog, bushbuck, mountain reedbuck, waterbuck, Cape buffalo, suni, side-striped jackal, eland, duikers olive baboon, black and white Colobus monkey, and Sykes monkey. Rarer sightings include those of the golden cat and the bongo, an elusive forest antelope that lives in the bamboo forest. Animals like the eland and spotted and melanistic serval cats can be found higher up in the moorlands.

Recently a project that started 21 years ago by conservationist Ken Kuhle's Rhino Ark to fence the Aberdare national park was finished successfully. In the "olden days," elephant and other game used to migrate from the Aberdare Mountains towards Mount Kenya and into the Rift Valley, but the population pressure of modern day Kenya has made migration all but impossible in those parts of the country, as farms and homesteads have now spread around the park, cutting it off from other areas where game is found.

Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru is one of the alkaline lakes of the Great Rift Valley. Lake Nakuru is also known as "Pink Lake" or Africa Bird's Paradise. The lake is ideally located in central Kenya within Lake Nakuru National Park. The park occupies an area of 188 square kilometers while the lake occupies an area of 62 square kilometers. The lake is famous for the millions of flamingos that flock the lake although flamingos are unpredictable birds and are not always to be found in the lake is such vast numbers. From a distance, i.e. the baboon cliff the lake looks pink in color due to the flamingos.

The topography at Lake Nakuru is comprised of grasslands alternating with rocky cliffs and outcrops, acacia woodlands and a forest made up euphorbia trees. In the early 1960's tilapia grahami was introduced to the lake and it flourished despite the alkaline nature of the lake.

There are two species of flamingos namely lesser flamingo and greater flamingos, they feed on algae, which flourishes due to the warm alkaline waters of Lake Nakuru. It is believed that flamingos consume about 250,000 kilograms of algae per hectare of surface area per year. The abundance of algae in the lake is what attracts millions of flamingos to Lake Nakuru. Apart from flamingos, other bird species include ducks, pelicans, cormorants, plovers, vultures, eagles, and buzzards. Lake Nakuru has over 50 animal species which include hippos, reedbucks, water bucks, Rothschild giraffe's, baboons, black and white columbus monkey, hyenas, cheetahs, leopards, lions, gazelles and impalas among others.

Maasai Mara Game Reserve

The world re-known Maasai Mara Game Reserve is a northern extension of the Serengeti National Park which is located in Tanzania. Masai Mara covers an area of 1510 square kilometers. The Maasai Mara ecosystem is composed of rivers i.e. Talek River and Mara river which are the main water supply for the ecosystem. The Mara river is a huddle to the wildebeest migration as the wildebeests have to cross the river from Serengeti most of them perishing in the jaws of crocodiles and big cats. The western part of lies the Siria escarpment, loita plains and the rest is the Maasai pastoral land.

The Maasai Mara game reserve is owned and run by the county council of Narok which is the richest county council in Kenya due to the revenue collected as park entrance fee. Part of the Maasai Mara which is called the Mara triangle is contracted out and privately run. Park fees are paid by the number of nights one spends in the Mara Conservancy.

The Maasai Mara lies at an altitude of 1500 meters to 2100 meters. It rains twice a year in the game reserve that is during the long rains that fall between the month of March and May and during the short rains that fall on the month of October, November, and part of December. June and July are the coldest months and January and February the hottest months. Temperatures during the day rarely exceed 85 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius) and during the night it hardly drops below 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius). Maasai Mara is a mosquito prone area but camp site is sprayed with mosquito repellants and the tents have treated mosquito nets.

Maasai Mara has a big population of wildlife. All members of the big five can be seen in this reserve, a large number of ungulates are also easily visible they include the wildebeest, Thomson gazelles, Grant gazelles, buffalos, rhinos, impalas, topis, elands, zebras, giraffes, and duikers. The common predators include the lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, jackals, and foxes. Maasai Mara has over 450 identified species. Some common birds include the common ostrich, secretary bird, Kori bustard, hornbills, storks, eagles, and vultures.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

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

What's included

  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • All government taxes
  • All park entrance fees
  • Daily complimentary one liter bottled water per person
  • Game drives and other activities as described in the itinerary
  • Services of an English-speaking driver guide
  • Transport in a custom safari minibus with pop up roof

What's not included

  • All expenditure of personal nature such as telephone calls, hard drinks, soft drinks, and laundry
  • International airfares
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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