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ADVENTURE KENYA 13 NIGHTS

13 Nights
 
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This comprehensive safari covers six of Kenya's most famous game parks - first travelling to Samburu in the north, Mount Kenya, Sweetwaters and Lake Nakuru. We then head west to the great plains of the Masai Mara National Park for some of the best game viewing in the world, before continuing to see the elephants of Amboseli in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. All game drives are included.

Day 1
You will be met at Nairobi Airport and transferred to your hotel in this bustling city.

Check in and relax in your warm and friendly African surroundings.
Day 2
This morning we travel to the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage (open only from 11 to 12 noon). It took Daphne Sheldrick 28 years of trial and error to perfect the milk formula and complex husbandry required to rear orphaned African elephants, during the period that her husband was warden of Kenya's largest elephant sanctuary in Tsavo East National Park. Since then this sanctuary has gone on to save the lives of many orphaned elephant calves.

After lunch (own account) we visit the Karen Blixen Museum for an interesting insight into early settler life, as immortalised in the film "Out of Africa" which was filmed here.

We end our day with a visit to the Giraffe Centre that was founded to save the endangered Rothschild Giraffe from extinctio. Here you can get up close and feed a giraffe, before returning to your hotel.
Day 3
We depart from Nairobi early for the scenic 5-hours drive northwards to Samburu National Reserve.

We cross the equator near Nanyuki and enjoy a game drive in the late afternoon in this wonderful wildlife conservation region. We then check into our Samburu lodge and relax beside the river.
Day 4
Enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives today in Samburu National Reserve, one of the two reserves in which conservationists Joy and George Adamson raised Elsa the lioness, made famous in the book and award winning movie "Born Free".

Situated in the hot and arid northern region of Kenya, this reserve is located within the tribal lands of the colorful and semi-nomadic Samburu people, who are close relatives of the Maasai. The reserve is home to a variety of wildlife found only north of the equator - including the strange gerenuk, which stands upright on its spindly hind legs to browse from trees, the large Grevy's zebra, the reticulated giraffe and beisa oryx.

Crocodiles and hippo can be found in the broad Ewaso Ngiro River that runs through the park, as well as large herds of elephants and buffalo along its banks. You can also hope to see lion, cheetah, Grants gazelle, the small dik dik and waterbuck, as well as Somali ostrich and over 350 different bird species. By arrangement with your lodge, it is also possible to visit a local Samburu village.
Day 5
After a morning game drive in Samburu, today we travel 3-hours to Sweetwaters near Mount Kenya. Along the way we cross the equator near Nanyuki, where you can see how water drains in opposite directions as you cross from the northern to the southern hemisphere.

Located just south of the equator, Mount Kenya is an extinct shield volcano. It is the highest mountain in Kenya and second only to Kilimanjaro in Africa. Mount Kenya National Park has been declared a World Heritage site because of its sensitive flora and fauna.

On arrival we visit Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary to see the work they are doing with displaced chimps, before checking into our lodge.
Day 6
Today we travel for 3-hours to the Lake Nakuru area in the heart of the Great Rift Valley.

A soda lake on the floor of the Rift Valley, at certain times of the year Lake Nakuru is home to many flamingos and over 400 different bird species. The lake is also a haven for certain endangered species including the Rothschild giraffe and black and white rhino.
Day 7
Today enjoy exploring beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park with your guide.

With its significant population of rhino, giraffe and huge throng of pelicans on its salt waters, this beautiful lake offers sanctuary for a wide variety of wildlife - including large herds of buffalo, zebra, giraffe, monkeys, baboons, lions, thompsons gazelle, impala, ostrich and much more.
Day 8
Today we travel 5-hours to the Masai Mara National Park, named after the Masai people and the Mara River which divides the park.

The Masai Mara is famous for its exceptional population of game and the annual migration of zebra and wildebeest from the adjoining Serengeti National Park. This phenomenon occurs every year from July to October, when game migrates along a circular route from the plains of the Serengeti to the Masai Mara and back again in search of fresh pastures, followed by hungry predators - most notably lions and hyena.

Check into your lodge in this magnificent wildlife sanctuary.
Day 9
Today is dedicated to game viewing on the open plains of the world famous Masai Mara National Park.

Nestled within the enormous Great Rift Valley, Masai Mara National Park is famous for its many prides of lions, packs of hyena and other predators - as well as huge herds of wildebeest, which number over one million, zebra and giraffe. All the Big Five can be seen here, as well as numerous other species including the Thomson's gazelle, topi, kongoni, impala, roan antelope and hippo. The nocturnal bat-eared fox, rarely found elsewhere in Kenya, also inhabits this park as well as the endangered cheetah and black rhino. Bird watching is also excellent with over 450 different species including the vulture, marabou stork, secretary bird, hornbill, crowned crane, ostrich, long-crested eagle and african pygmy-falcon.

Set off early each morning, when game viewing conditions are at their best, to view the abundant wildlife of the Masai Mara region. Return to the lodge to rest in the heat of the day, before setting off again in the late afternoon for another game drive.
Day 10
Enjoy a final game drive in Masai Mara National Park before travelling 4-hours to Lake Naivasha, a fresh water lake in the heart of the spectacular Great Rift Valley.

Check into your lodge and enjoy a boat ride on the lake, with the opportunity to see hippo and over 400 different bird species.

Note: Your carer will need to lift you into the boat, so manual wheelchairs only. There is no accessible toilet on board.
Day 11
Today we leave Lake Naivasha and drive 5-hours to Amboseli National Park.

We stop in Nairobi for an early lunch (own account) before heading southwards towards Amboseli, arriving in the late afternoon.

Situated in southern Kenya on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, this national park offers magnificent views of the peak in neighbouring Tanzania. In the early morning it is a wonderful experience to see the peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro hovering above the clouds, and photographing wildlife against this dramatic backdrop is particularly rewarding.
Day 12
Rise early today for a full day of game viewing in Amboseli National Park that is particularly renowned for its large herds of elephants.

The local people are mainly Maasai and this sanctuary offers a fantastic array of wildlife. With a dramatic contrast between its dry lake beds and watery swamps, you should see buffalo, black and white rhino, zebra, wildebeest and much more - as this low rainfall area is one of the best game viewing regions in the whole of Kenya.
Day 13
Rise early to enjoy an early morning game drive in Amboseli National Park.

After breakfast we travel 4-hours overland to Nairobi, where you check into your hotel for overnight.
Day 14
Transfer to Nairobi Airport for your flight home.

Note: a late checkout has been arranged today, so you will have the use of your hotel room until your departure.