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Aberdare – Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara Safari

5 Days/ 4 Nights Aberdare – Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara Safari is a 5 Days adventure that is very popular. This Safari includes a visit to the following National Parks: Aberdare National Park or the Mount Kenya National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park and famous Masai Mara Game Reserve

5 Days/ 4 Nights Aberdare – Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara Safari is a 5 Day adventure that is very popular. This Safari includes a visit to the following National Parks: Aberdare National Park or the Mount Kenya National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park and famous Masai Mara Game Reserve.  

The safari begins from Nairobi and travels to the Aberdare National Park with Mountain ranges and peaks soar to around 14,000 ft. giving way to deep V-shaped valleys with streams and rivers cascading over spectacular waterfalls – this area is a must for landscape lovers.  

From its vital catchment area, the Aberdare Rainforest feeds the entire local and Nairobi water supply. Above the forest is a belt of bamboo, a favorite haunt of the Bongo, a rare and elusive forest antelope. At 10,000 ft. the bamboo gives way to moorland, home to the eland, spotted and melanistic serval cats.  

Other features are the giant varieties of lobelia, groundsel and heather. Ideal for walking, picnics, camping and trout fishing in the rivers, the moorlands are reminiscent of the European Highlands. 

Animals abound in the forest: Elephant, Buffalo, Giant forest Hog and Kenya’s indigenous endangered Black Rhino. The entire forest is being fenced to protect settlement farmers from animal raids and to create a rhino and forest sanctuary.  

Set in the heart of the Aberdare National Park, The Ark is a unique tree lodge with a veranda that overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick allowing undisturbed views of wildlife visiting the waterhole. Elephant, Rhino, Leopard, Bushbuck and occasionally an elusive Bongo Antelope and giant forest hog have been sighted. 

Our next stop is the famous Lake Nakuru National Park dominated by a gentle undulating terrain with open bush and woodlands, typical of the dry rift valley vegetation.  

Twenty seven percent (27%) of the park is composed of the Lake Nakuru waters. The park was declared a rhino sanctuary in 1983. The Rhino stocking programme which ensued received white rhinos from South Africa. Currently the sanctuary has approximately 45 black and 31 white Rhinoceros. 

The grand finale is the Masai Mara Game Reserve is Kenya’s most famous and finest game sanctuary. In the months of June and July each year, the wildebeests in their troops arrive at the Kenyan border, ready to cross the steep banks of the broad and fast flowing Mara River.

 This crossing is truly the greatest episode of the entire migration. Hot on their heels are the predators of the savannah –lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures.  

The banks of the Mara River provide one of the best vantage points to witness the drama. The Mara also offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that it is difficult to believe: over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. You will most likely see the Big Five- Lion, rhino, buffalo, leopard, and elephant. Not to mention numerous plain animals.

Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi – Drive to Aberdare National Park (Forest Tree Lodge)

Depart Nairobi after breakfast .Our destination today is the Aberdare National Park. We stop for lunch at The Aberdare Country Club, nestled on the slopes of Mweiga Hill.  

After high lunch, set off for the Ark tree lodge, located in the forest on mountain slopes of the Aberdare Mountains at 7,000 feet. This outstanding lodge offers high altitude game viewing, including animals that are rarely encountered elsewhere: Giant forest hog, Bush Pig, Tree Hyrax, Large Spotted Genet, and the elusive Bongo Antelope. 

Wildlife can be observed from different levels – and from outside where you can see, hear and smell everything and inside where you can sit with a cup of tea and stay warm and cozy.

 You can put in a request to be awakened during the night if your favorite animals show up. A herd of Elephants might be just feet away and if you are lucky, a Leopard or large male Lion might put in an appearance.

Overnight at the Ark or Treetops Lodge or the Serena Mountain Lodge

 Meal Plan {Lunch & Dinner}

Day 2: Aberdare (Forest Tree Lodge) – Drive to Lake Nakuru National Park

This morning we depart Aberdare National Park or Mount Kenya National Park by road and proceed to Lake Nakuru Park, regarded by avid birders’ as the greatest World ornithological spectacle on the Earth. The Park is famous for its millions of pink flamingoes lining on the lake shore.  

We arrive mid morning at Lake Nakuru for a game drive en route before checking-in at your lodge for Lunch. A spectacular afternoon game run is planned. The Park is also Sanctuary to the Black Rhino, White Rhino and the Rothschild Giraffe.  

Bird life include common species like the lesser and Greater Flamingoes, African fish Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Green Wood Hoopoes, Cliff Chat, Great White and Pink Backed Pelicans plus other intra- African Migrants. 

Overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge or Sarova Lion hill Lodge

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 3: Lake Nakuru – Drive to Masai Mara Game Reserve

After a leisure breakfast at your Hotel, depart overland to the Masai Mara Game Reservejewel of Kenya’s Game Park. 

This enormous Reserve actually part of the vast Serengeti plains is famously known for its spectacular great wildebeest migration and is a true home of the big five-Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino and Cape Buffalo. After lunch, explore the Reserve on a late evening game drive.

Overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge or Mara Serena Lodge or Siana Springs Tented Camp

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 4: Explore Masai Mara Game Reserve

The Masai Mara is one of the greatest wildernesses of the world. Morning and afternoon ‘ ‘ game drives are planned. Large mammals are varied, abundant and easy to see. 

Residents among the parks mammals are; Masai Giraffe, Buffalo, Impala, Zebra, Topi, both the Thomson’s and Grant’s Gazelles. Optional hot Air Balloon rides are available on this day at an additional cost. On this final day in the Mara, you also have an opportunity to visit an authentic Masai village.

Overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge or Mara Serena Lodge or Similar

Meal Plan{Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 5 : Masai Mara – Drive to Nairobi

Begin today with an early morning ‘ ‘ game drive followed by a complete English breakfast at your lodge. Midmorning depart for Nairobi. The balance of the day is at leisure for last minute assisted shopping and sightseeing.

Meal Plan {Breakfast}

5 Days/ 4 Nights Aberdare – Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara Safari Includes:

* Extensive Game drives

* Pre–tour itinerary document

* High Altitude Game viewing

* All meals included while on safari

* All applicable Game Park entrance fees

* Guaranteed window seating with open top

* Safari vehicles carry cold drinks and mineral water

* Finest accommodations in Aberdare, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara Game Reserve

* Round trip transport from Nairobi to Aberdare, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara Game Reserve

 5 Days/ 4 Nights Aberdare – Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara Safari Excludes:

* International Airfare

* A visit to a Masai Village

* Accommodations in Nairobi

* Cost of obtaining passport and visas

* Gratuity for your professional driver guide

* Sundowner bush cocktails and bush dinner

* Christmas, New Year and Easter Supplement

* Gratuity for Porterage/ waiters at hotels, camps and airports

* Membership in Flying Doctors Society – Emergency air rescue

* Optional Hot Air Ballooning (cost per person is 470 US Dollars), Nature walks etc

* Personal expenses such traveling insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, laundry, emails, faxes and phone calls beverages including luxury champagne, luxury spirits, beer, wines during meals or meals not indicated in the itinerary

 

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