Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the 5-star hotel The Boma. Dinner (not included) can be taken at the hotel or at any of the city’s many restaurants. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Lake Nakuru National Park in time for a late lunch at Flamingo Hill Tented Camp. After lunch, enjoy a game drive in the park before returning to the camp in time for a swim and dinner.
Optional: You may choose to enjoy evening cocktails before dinner at extra cost.
As Kenya’s first and largest rhino sanctuary, sightings of both black and white rhino are almost guaranteed, while plentiful waterbuck, warthog, zebra, gazelle and buffalo graze the shoreline. Echoing to the haunting cries of the numerous fish eagles, this is also the park in which you have the best chance of seeing a leopard. The lake is renowned as ‘The greatest bird spectacle on earth’ thanks to the millions of fuchsia-pink flamingo that flocked to feed on the teeming algae of its alkaline waters. The pink-frosted shores and sky-mirrored waters yielded some of the most evocatively beautiful photo-images in Africa. Now the lake’s water levels have risen and the algae is thinned out prompting the flamingos to temporarily shift base.
Distance/drive time: 185 km / 3½ hours
Spend the entire day game-driving in the park, which was established as Kenya’s first rhino sanctuary. The Park now hosts one of the largest black rhino concentrations in the country and substantial numbers of white rhino have also been introduced.
About Lake Nakuru
Sunk deep in the cleft of the Great Rift Valley, one of earth’s most phenomenal geological features, ringed by shoals of extinct and dormant volcanoes and presided over by the Menengai Crater, one of the largest craters in the world, lie the turquoise-shimmering waters of Lake Nakuru. Flamingo-frosted, salt-encrusted, acacia-haloed and guarded by the prehistoric splendour of a grey-green forest of Euphorbia candelabrum, Lake Nakuru National Park offers sanctuary to some of the world’s most endangered creatures. As a Kenya safari destination, Lake Nakuru ranks as one of the most popular destinations in the Great Rift Valley.
Because the Park is so compact, game density is high and wildlife encounters are plentiful. This is also the Park where you are most likely to see a leopard while the high numbers of lion make sightings a real possibility. In the woodland forests watch out for endangered Rothschild’s giraffe, colobus monkey, rhino and the odd striped hyena. In the bushlands look for eland, steenbok, impala and reedbuck while on the cliffs and escarpment you may see dik dik, rock hyrax and klipspringer. On the lake you can enjoy the antics of the small hippo herd whilst on the lakeshore you’ll find numerous waterbuck, reedbuck and zebra. In the southern part of the park look out for eland, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle.
Leaving the camp after breakfast, continue up the floor of Rift to arrive in the famous Masai Mara National Reserve. Lunch will be served at the Sarova Mara Game Camp.
After lunch, enjoy your first game-drive in the Mara. World renowned for the breath-taking spectacle of ‘the greatest wildlife show on earth’, the awe inspiring annual migration of the wildebeest, the Mara is Kenya’s most visited protected area. Technically an extension of Tanzania’s renowned Serengeti National Park, the Mara constitutes only 4% of the entire Serengeti ecosystem but its rolling grasslands, meandering rivers and towering escarpments offer one of the world’s most rewarding and evocative wildlife arenas. Proceed for check-in to the Mara Serena Safari Lodge, which stands high on a hill with spectacular views of the river and plains.
Distance/drive time: 290 km / 5hours
Spend the day on safari in the Mara with morning and afternoon game drives. Historically teaming with wildlife, the Mara is famous for the large herds of elephant and buffalo that meander its plains; also for the fat pods of hippo that wallow in its mud-brown rivers. Other stars include the distinctive Masai giraffe, plum-coloured topi, Coke’s hartebeest, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle, zebra, impala, Kirk’s dik-dik, bushbuck, waterbuck and red duiker. The Reserve also boasts plentiful Nile crocodile, monitor lizard, baboon, vervet, blue and red-tailed monkeys, nocturnal bush babies, and tree hyrax. All meals and overnight at Mara Serena Safari Lodge
Setting off after an early morning cup of tea, enjoy a fascinating game drive into the bush. Drop off at Hippo Pool for breakfast. Not many experiences are as memorable, or as typically Kenyan, as breakfast by the Hippo Pool where, a full English breakfast will be cooked before you. Enjoy a glass of chilled ‘buck’s fizz’ while you watch the hippos in the river below. Proceed with game drive. Lunch and afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Mara Serena Safari Lodge
Spend the day on safari in the Mara with morning and afternoon game drives. All meals and overnight at Mara Serena Safari Lodge
On this day, the safari ventures into Tanzania, marking the end of the Kenyan bit of the safari. Being the safari is now offered in two courses, our guests can explore the option of either taking the Kenyan circuit only, or enjoying both the Kenya and Tanzania tours of the safari.
Breakfast at your lodge. The lodge will transfer clients to the local airstrip for your scheduled flight departing at 11h00 for Nairobi Wilson. 12h15 met on arrival at Wilson airport and transfer to Carnivore Restaurant for lunch. Transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward flight.
After breakfast drive to the border crossing between Kenya and Tanzania at Isebania then drive to the shores of Lake Victoria with a picnic lunch on the way. Check into the Serenity on the Lake. Dinner at the lodge.
After breakfast explore Lake Victoria with 1.5hour canoe ride and visit to local fish village. Depart and drive to the Serengeti National Park and arrive at the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge. Set high on the saddle of tree-clad ridge commanding panoramic views across the endless plains of the Serengeti, the lodge draws its inspiration from the circular ‘Rondavel’ dwellings and winding paths of a traditional Maasai village. Below the Lodge is a sky-blue pool and a hilltop vantage point from which to view the world famous annual ‘migration’. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Covering 14,763 sq. km of endlessly rolling savannah plains, the Serengeti is Tanzania’s first-established, largest and most famous park wherein tens of thousands of hoofed animals roam in a constant and unremitting search for the fresh grasslands upon which their survival depends.
Distance/drive time: 250km / 5 hours
With a full day on safari (morning and afternoon game drives included) your options are wide. The Serengeti, whose Maasai name ‘Siringet’ translates as ‘the endless plains’, offers unparalleled ornithological opportunities and an unrivalled natural arena wherein the glory and harmony of nature can be appreciated as nowhere else on earth. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the lodge.
After breakfast, enjoy a morning game drive as you leave the Serengeti with picnic lunch and drive to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area via Olduvai Gorge. Popularly known as the ‘Cradle of Mankind’, Olduvai is the site of one of the most important and controversial Palaeolithic finds in recent history. In the late afternoon, arrive at the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, a unique lodge clinging to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the Crater 600 metres below. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Often referred to as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’ the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s best-known wildlife arenas. A World Heritage Site, it is also one of the largest volcanic craters in the world (almost 20 kilometres wide, 610-760 metres deep and covering a total area of 264 square kilometres). An utterly unique biosphere, the Crater harbours grasslands, swamps, forests, saltpans, a fresh water lake and a glorious variety of birdlife, all enclosed within its towering walls. Due to its high concentration of wildlife, close-range viewing opportunities and striking scenery it is also Tanzania’s most visited destination.
Distance/drive time: 150 km / 3 hours
After breakfast drive to Arusha – at the foot of the wooded slopes of Mount Meru. Check in to the Mount Meru Hotel, a modern hotel nestled against one of the most majestic backdrops of the picturesque Mount Meru, sister peak to Africa’s highest summit, Mount Kilimanjaro. Lunch and afternoon will be at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Distance/drive time: 190 km / 4.5 hours
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward flights.