07 DAYS MAASAI MARA, LAKE NAKURU , ABERDARES & SABURU

ANTONY WAITITU

7 Days Kenya Safari to Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Aberdare & Samburu

Home » Kenya Lodge Safaris » Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Aberdare & Samburu SafariWe offer Kenya Safari to Kenya Lodge Safari to Aberdare National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park and Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya Luxury Lodge Safari staying at The Ark Lodge, Sarova Lion Hill Lodge and Sarova Mara Camp, Luxury Lodge Safaris to Aberdare, Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru Kenya Wildlife Lodge Safaris

Masai Mara Game Reserve:

Masai Mara Game Reserve is perhaps most famous for its lions. All other members of the "Big Five" are to be found in the Maasai Mara, although the population of black rhinoceros is severely threatened, with a population of only 37 recorded in 2000. Hippopotami are found in large groups in the Masai Mara and Talek Rivers. Cheetah are also to be found, although their numbers are also threatened, chiefly due to tourist disruption of their day-time hunting. As mentioned above, the plains between the Mara river and the Esoit Oloololo Escarpment are probably the best area for game viewing, in particular regarding lion and cheetah.

Like in the Serengeti, the wildebeest are the dominant inhabitant of the Masai Mara, and their numbers are estimated in the millions. Around July of each year these ungainly animals migrate in a vast ensemble north from the Serengeti plains in search of fresh pasture, and return to the south around October. The Great Migration is one of the most impressive natural events worldwide, involving an immensity of herbivores: some 1,300,000 Wildebeest, 360,000 Thomson's Gazelle, and 191,000 Zebra. These numerous migrants are followed along their annual, circular route by a block of hungry predators, most notably lions and hyena.

Numerous other antelope can be found, including Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, impala, topi and Coke's hartebeest. Large herds of zebra are found through the reserve. The plains are also home to the distinctive Masai giraffe as well as the common giraffe. The large Roan antelope and the nocturnal bat-eared fox, rarely present elsewhere in Kenya, can be seen within the reserve borders. The Maasai Mara is a major research centre for the spotted hyena. Additionally, over 450 species of birdlife have been identified in the park, including vulture, marabou, secretary bird, hornbill, crowned crane, ostrich, long-crested eagle, and pygmy falcon. We offer Kenya Safari to Kenya Lodge Safari to Aberdare National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park and Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya Luxury Lodge Safari staying at The Ark Lodge, Sarova Lion Hill Lodge and Sarova Mara Camp, Luxury Lodge Safaris to Aberdare, Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru Kenya Wildlife Lodge Safaris: 7 Days Kenya Safari to Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Aberdare & Samburu to Ark Lodge, Sarova Shaba Lodge, Sarova Lion Hill Lodge & Sarova Mara Camp in Aberdare National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Samburu Game Reserve & Masai Mara Game Reserve.

Lake Nakuru National Park:

Lake Nakuru National Park (168 km²), created in 1961 around Lake Nakuru, near Nakuru Town. It is best known for its thousands, sometimes millions of flamingos nesting along the shores. The surface of the shallow lake is often hardly recognizable due to the continually shifting mass of pink. The number of flamingoes on the lake varies with water and food conditions and the best vantage point is from Baboon Cliff. Also of interest is an area of 188 km around the lake fenced off as a sanctuary to protect Rothschild giraffes and black rhinos.

The park has recently been enlarged partly to provide the sanctuary for the black rhino. This undertaking has necessitated a fence - to keep out poachers rather than to restrict the movement of wildlife. The park now has more than 25 rhinos, one of the largest concentrations in the country, so the chances of spotting these survivors are good. There are also a number of Rothschild's giraffe, again translocated for safety from western Kenya beginning in 1977. Waterbuck are very common and both the Kenyan species are found here. Among the predators are lion and leopard, the latter being seen much more frequently in recent times. The park also has large sized pythons that inhabit the dense woodlands, and can often be seen crossing the roads or dangling from trees

Accommodation is available primarily at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge, Lake Nakuru Lodge and Mbweha Tented Camp/Lodge. 7 Days Kenya Safari to Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Aberdare & Samburu to Ark Lodge, Sarova Shaba Lodge, Sarova Lion Hill Lodge & Sarova Mara Camp in Aberdare National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Samburu Game Reserve & Masai Mara Game Reserve.

Aberdare National Park:

The Aberdare National Park was created in 1950 to protect the forested slopes and moors of the Aberdare Mountains. While the park has elephant, lion, rhino, black leopard and the beautiful but elusive bongo antelope, it is rarely visited by safari companies and individual travellers. There are a number of reasons for this, one is that the high rainfall turns the roads to mudslides and you need a 4x4 to get anywhere, and as a result the park often closes in the wet season. Added to this is the dense forest, which makes game viewing tricky. Lastly, other than campsites with minimal facilities, the only accommodation is at two very expensive tree lodges.

The lodges are also the main attraction of the Aberdare. Both Treetops and The Ark are built above the ground beside floodlit waterholes with salt licks. Visitors must book in advance and cannot make their own way to the lodges in private vehicles. Instead check-in is at the Aberdare Country club for The Ark and the Outspan Hotel for Treetops and they bus you to the lodge. Treetops is one of Kenya's most famous hotels as this is where British Princess Elizabeth was informed that she was now Queen in 1952 when her father died. The Ark, however, offers better game viewing, especially at night. 7 Days Kenya Lodge Safari, Maasai Mara safari, Lake Nakuru tour, Aberdare travel package, Samburu Serena Lodge, Ark Lodge, Sarova Shaba Lodge, Sarova Lion Hill Lodge, Sarova Mara Camp, Aberdare National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Samburu Game Reserve, Masai Mara Game Reserve, wildebeest migration tour

Nocturnal game viewing is taken so seriously that there is a buzzer in each room which sounds if an unusual animal turns up at the waterhole. Elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard and bushbuck are regular visitors.

Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Aberdare & Samburu Safari:

Day 1: Nairobi - Masai Mara, Kenya

Depart Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, at 07:30am to Masai Mara through The Great African Rift Valley and Narok Town. Arrive in time for lunch at your preferred lodge to include leisure. An afternoon game drive will follow to explore Hemingways country and Lion, Cheetah, Elephant, Buffalo and other animals of the same order. Stay at Mara Sarova Camp, located on the southeast boundary of the Maasai Mara on a natural hill between two streams. Spacious tents have private terraces and hardwood floors, and are complete with electric light, flush toilets, and hot water. Enjoy a dip in the large pool, or an evening lecture with local Maasai guides. Area activities include game drives and nature walks with resident Maasai naturalists in nearby areas outside the reserve. Dinner and overnight stay at Sarova Mara Camp, L,D.

Day 2 : Masai Mara, Kenya

This natural wonder of Masai Mara is to be explored now which includes the extensive plains which include not only the well known predatory animals but also with Zebra, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Hippo and the dangerous Crocodiles. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight at Sarova Mara Camp, B,L,D.

Day 3: Masai Mara - Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Depart to Lake Nakuru National Park to arrive in time for lunch at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. Set on a plateau in an elevation above Lake Nakuru, Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge has 67 chalets all overlooking the lake, within the Lake Nakuru National Park . It is the perfect place to experience one of the world's largest ornithological spectacles, The Pink Flamingo, or a rich concentration of wildlife including black and white colobus monkey and is also a famed Rhino Sanctuary. In the afternoon proceed on a game drive in this famous ornithological spectacle for flamingoes. Dinner and overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge, B,L,D.

Day 4: Lake Nakuru - Aberdare National Park, Kenya

Distance: 190 km (3 hrs.). Breakfast at the Lodge. Continue with a drive via the Nyahururu Falls, formerly Thomson Falls, to the Aberdare Country Club. Lunch at the Club. Afternoon transfer into Aberdare National Park and on to The Ark Lodge for bird watching and overnight floodlit game viewing from the lodge viewing decks. Ark Lodge, set in the heart of the Aberdare National Park, is an unique tree lodge with a veranda that overlooks a floodlit waterhole and saltlick allowing undisturbed views of wildlife visiting the waterhole. Elephant, rhino, leopard, bushbuck and occasionally an elusive bongo and giant forest hog have been sighted. The 60 guest rooms are all en-suite. All cabins have private bathrooms with shower, and are comfortably furnished with bedside lamps and carpeted floors to ward off the evening and morning chill. Resembling and named after Noah's Ark, The Ark Tree Lodge is designed with 'decks' from which numerous balconies and lounges provide superb vantage points for game viewing. A ground level bunker provides excellent photographic opportunities and takes you closer than you would believe possible to the wildlife. Dinner and overnight at The Ark Lodge, B,L,D.

Day 5: Aberdare to Samburu Game Reserve, Kenya

After breakfast, return to the base hotel. Reconnect with your driver for a drive north through the Equator to northern frontier district to Samburu National Reserve. Afternoon game drive in this reserve famous for its exclusive game viewing. Dinner and overnight at Sarova Shaba Lodge,B,L,D.

Day 6: Samburu Game Reserve, Kenya

Full day of game viewing drives in this dry semi-arid park with its striking background view of the Mathew's Range. The gently flowing Uaso Nyiro river which traverses this Park provides evergreen vegetation for the rare gerenuk, Grevy zebra and reticulated giraffe found in this park. All meals and overnight at Sarova Shaba Lodge, B,L,D.

Day 7: Samburu - Nairobi, Kenya

After breakfast, drive back to Nairobi with an en route lunch, where the tour ends, B,L.

Special remarks:

Children below 7 years are not admitted at the Ark Lodge and/or Treetops Lodge. Only an overnight rucksack is permitted at the tree lodges owing to limited space in the cabins. Excess luggage is stored at the base hotel. Travellers are advised to pack warm clothing for the Aberdare National Park since nights are pretty chilly. The above itinerary may be rerouted to operate on the reverse direction in which case the price remains unchanged.

Safari tour cost: US$ 2,000 Per Person Sharing. Single room supplement: US$ 531

Optional overnight at The Stanley Hotel before the trip: US$ 200Per person on bed and breakfast

Tour Cost Includes:

-Guarantee price/guarantee safari on confirmation

-Ground transport whilst on safari in a comfortable safari vehicle equipped for game viewing, photography and touring

-Full board accommodation whilst on safari and meal plan as described, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner

-Accommodation in double/triple room

-All park entrance fees to include government taxes

-Service of an English speaking professional driver/guide

-All game drives as detailed in the itinerary

-Bottled water whilst on safari

-Start and end in Nairobi.

-Personalised service

Tour Cost excludes:

-Tips

-Laundry

-Beverages/Drinks

-International flights

-Visas

-Items of a personal nature

-Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary

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Service details

  • 2,000 UD$ per Trip
  • Available Anytime
  • Duration: 7 Day(s)
  • From 2 to 24 people

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My name is Elias Bayou and i had made many birding tours with him , he is honest and has a considerable knowlage of geography and touristic attraction and birding destinations on Kenay.Antony has considerable knowledge on kenya's bird and he was the guide for my entire stay in Kenya he speakes two local languages and three foreign languages English, German, and spanish.
i suggest Antony also becouse he is so disiplined and professional as well.
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