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Jambo Kenya Safari - 2016

Jambo Kenya SafariDay 1: Nairobi/ Amboseli (Approx 4hrs drive)

On arrival at JKIA, you are met by a Nature Expeditions driver/guide and depart for the drive to Amboseli National Park, located to the south east of Nairobi. The Park is famous for its big game and scenic beauty with the landscape dominated by Mt. Kilimanjaro. It offers an interesting contrast in appearance with its dry and dusty appearance, which can be attributed to the volcanic ash that came out of Mt Kilimanjaro when it last erupted. In spite of the appearance, there is a continuous supply of water that gets filtered through volcanic rocks from Kilimanjaro's melted snow. These streams flow underground, creating lush green areas, and converge at two clear water springs in the park. All meals and overnight at Kibo Safari Camp (full board) – www.kibosafaricamp.com
Amboseli National Parkwww.kws.org/parks/parks_reserves/AMNP.html

Day 2: Amboseli

Spend a further day in the park on a full day game viewing drive with picnic lunch. Wildlife here includes the zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, impala, caracal and serval cat, lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo among others. There are also over 400 species of birds, including the bee-eater, kingfisher, African fish eagle, martial eagle and pygmy falcon. Visitors mainly come to watch the huge herds of elephants. The bull elephants have some of the largest tusks in all of Kenya. Visitors can also enjoy excellent views of Mt Kilimanjaro and Meru. All meals and overnight at Kibo Safari Camp (full board).

Day 3: Amboseli / Mount Kenya (Approx 7hrs drive)

After breakfast morning drive to Mount Kenya region via Nairobi and the fertile Central Highlands – reminiscent of the English countryside and thus favored by the original settlers for their country homes – until reaching the Serena Mountain Lodge for lunch. Experience game viewing opportunities while combining a glorious panorama of mountain vistas with the primordial splendors of an ancient rainforest. Awake to the trumpeting of elephant, fall asleep to the symphony of the African night or sit in stillness and observe the fascinating interplay of the animals as they arrive to drink, bathe, spar and forage around the water hole. Dinner and overnight at Serena Mountain Lodge (full board) – www.serenahotels.com
Mount Kenya National Parkwww.kws.org/parks/parks_reserves/MKNP.html

Day 4: Mount Kenya / Samburu (Approx 4hrs drive)

This morning, drive further north of Kenya to Samburu Game Reserve which is within the land of the colourful Samburu people, close relatives of the Maasai, and harbours a number of wildlife species found only north of the equator. It offers unique vistas of rounded and rugged hills and undulating plains. The mix of wood and grassland with riverine forest and swamp is home to a wide variety of animal and birdlife. Lunch is served at the lodge and later in the afternoon proceed on a game viewing drive until sunset. Dinner and overnight at Samburu Lodge (full board) – www.wildernesslodges.co.ke

Day 5: Samburu

Spend the next day in the Reserve where game viewing and visibility is excellent. Bird life is superb with over 380-recorded species and game which includes reticulated giraffes, Grevy’s zebras, elephants, Oryx, Somali ostrich, hippos, crocodiles, gerenuk, buffaloes, lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas. The long-necked gerenuk is a graceful antelope which spends much of its time in a bi-pedal stance seeking succulence among the withered scrub which dots this harsh terrain. Scenically, for most of the year Samburu is under the unsympathetic equatorial sun. Relief comes from the Ewaso Ng’iro River which rises some hundreds of kilometers to the west on the foothills of the Aberdares and vanishes beyond Samburu in the recess of the Lorian swamp. All meals and overnight at Samburu Lodge (full board).

Day 6: Samburu / Lake Nakuru (Approx 6hrs drive)

After breakfast morning drive via Thompson’s Falls down the floor of the Great Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru National Park, a protected game sanctuary for endangered species such as the Black/ White rhino, Rothschild Giraffe among other usual game such as the leopard and Lion. The park is world-renowned for its millions of pink Flamingoes found around the lake.  Lunch at the Lodge followed by an afternoon game drive until sunset. Dinner and overnight at Flamingo Hill Camp (full board) – www.flamingohillcamp.com
Lake Nakuru National Park – www.kws.org/parks/parks_reserves/LNNP.html

Day 7: Lake Nakuru / Maasai Mara (Approx 6hrs drive)

This morning, travel to Maasai Mara Game Reserve, so named to mean the “spotted plains” in Maa language. This is home to the greatest concentration of large mammals and is widely recognized as Africa’s ultimate wildlife reserve. The park is the northern extension to the vast Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, famous for its annual migration of wildebeest. This is a spectacular place of breathtaking sceneries, never-ending plains and the most abundant variety of wildlife remaining anywhere in the world. The landscape is made up of rolling savannahs dotted with patchy shrubs and bush thickets. All meals and overnight at Nyumbu Camp (full board) – www.maasaimara-nyumbu.com
Maasai Mara Game Reserve – www.maasaimara.com

Days 8: Maasai Mara

During your stay, you have the opportunity to explore this great reserve in depth. You may see elephant, giraffe, prides of lion, and thousands of impala, topi, grants and Thomson's gazelle. Birds are prolific including immigrants, 450 bird species have been recorded among them 57 birds of prey. The Mara is the scene of annual migration of millions of wildebeest up from the Serengeti plains in search of water and grasses. While in Mara, you will have the option to float above the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem on board a hot air balloon followed by a gourmet champagne breakfast. You can also visit a Maasai tribal village and enjoy entertainment by Maasai dancers (Options at an extra cost). All meals and overnight at Nyumbu Camp (full board).

Day 9: Maasai Mara / Nairobi / Depart (Approx 6hrs drive)

After breakfast morning drive back to Nairobi with a game drive en route. Arrive in time for lunch on own account and later transferred to JKIA for your outbound flight.

Rates

Our net costs in US$: Please refer to (“Cost Includes & Excludes”):

 

SeasonsEach of 2Each of 3Each of 4Each of 5Each of 6SRS
02.01.15 – 31.03.16 $2,471 $2,191 $2,051 $1,967 $1,967 $405
01.04.15 – 31.06.16 $2,357 $2,077 $1,937 $1,853 $1,791 $218
01.07.15 – 31.10.16 $2,565 $2,285 $2,145 $2,061 $2,005 $450
01.11.15 – 19.12.16 $2,375 $2,095 $1,955 $1,871 $1,815 $347
20.12.15 – 31.12.16 $2,585 $2,305 $2,165 $2,081 $2,025 $470



Above costs include:

  • Accommodation as stipulated in the itinerary.
  • Transportation in a chauffeur driven 7-seater minivan with pop-up roof for easy game viewing & photography.
  • Services of an English-speaking driver-guide.
  • All Government taxes and levies.
  • Free safari hat.
  • Free mineral water during game drives only.
  • All meet and greet services.
  • All arrival and departure transfers.
  • 24 hours stand-by contact number.
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Guaranteed window seat in the minivan (unless specified by agent).
  • Two-way long-range high frequency radio communication in each minivan.
  • On safari accessories in the minivan: - First-aid kit, wildlife books, beanbags for easy photography, and a pair of binoculars, cool box and fire extinguisher.

Above costs exclude:

  • Visa fees and travel insurance.
  • All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills etc.
  • Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, camp staff and driver- guide(s)
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Holiday supplements over Easter, Christmas and New Year.
  • Any local or international flight and departure taxes.
  • Laundry services.
  • Any other item(s) not included in our itinerary.

 

02.01.15 – 31.03.15
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