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Kenya Simba Safari - 2016

Simba SafariDay 1: Nairobi

On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by a NATURE EXPEDITIONS representative who will transfer you your hotel. Dinner on own and overnight at EKA HOTEL (full board) http://ekahotel.com/
Nairobi - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nairobi

Day 2: Nairobi/ Samburu (Approx 7hrs drive)

After breakfast, check out and drive to the north of the country - Samburu Game Reserve. On our way we pass through the lush hill country of the Kikuyu people. This area is known for its growing of Kenyan Arabica coffee beans. Arrive in time for lunch at your lodge. Here you will meet the nomadic tribes of Samburu, Borana and Turkana who have lived in this land blessed with rich colors and a variety of landscapes.  Afternoon game viewing drive. Dinner and overnight at SAMBURU SIMBA LODGE or similar (full board). www.simbalodges .com

Day 3: Samburu National Reserve

One more day in this park where game viewing and visibility is excellent in the. Bird life is superb with over 380-recorded species and game includes reticulated giraffes, Gravy’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. But relief comes from the Ewaso Ng’iro River which rises some hundreds of kilometers to the west on the foothills of the Aberdares and which vanishes beyond Samburu in the recess of the Lorian swamp. All meals and overnight accommodation at SAMBURU SIMBA LODGE (full board)

Day 4: Samburu/ Lake Naivasha (Approx 6 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Lake Naivasha. Arrive in time for lunch at your lodge. Spend the rest of your afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at LAKE NAIVASHA SIMBA LODGE or similar (Full board). www.simbalodges .com, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Naivasha

Day 5: Lake Nakuru National Park

After breakfast, depart with picnic lunch for a drive to Lake Nakuru National Park; created for the protection of its huge flocks of the lesser flamingo with over 1 million flamingoes literally turning the shores of the Lake pink. Notable game within the lake includes hippo and clawless otters. On the shores roam waterbuck, Bohor's Reedbuck and zebra. The woodlands and forest are now home to both black and white rhino. In 1987, only two black rhinos remained following the ravages of poaching. By creating a rhino sanctuary within the park and reintroducing a breeding herd from Laikipia, the K.W.S. has now successfully re-established rhino in the park. Game viewing is relatively easy and will be until sun set. Buffalo, leopard, lion, Rothschild's giraffe, Black and White Colobus monkey are plentiful in the forest. The bush lands offer eland, steinbok, impala, Chandler's reedbuck and dik dik, whilst rock hyrax and klipspringer occupy the cliffs and escarpment. The Park is also home to the largest euphorbia forest in Africa. Dinner and overnight at the LAKE NAIVASHA SIMBA LODGE (Full board).
http://www.kws.org/parks/parks_reserves/LNNP.html

Day 6: Lake Naivasha / Maasai Mara (Approx 6hrs)

After breakfast, check out and drive to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, so named to mean the “spotted plains” in the 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 annexe to the vast Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, famous for its annual migration of wildebeest.  You will arrive for lunch at your Lodge. Afternoon game drive until sunset in this 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. Dinner and overnight accommodation at MARA SIMBA LODGE or similar (full board) www.simbalodges .com, www.maasaimara.com

Day 7 & 8: Maasai Mara National Reserve

Two more days of game watching with morning and afternoon game drives. Wildlife is abundant in the Reserve with the gentle grasslands ensuring that animals are never out of sight. Birds are prolific including immigrants, 450 bird species have been recorded among them 57 birds of prey. Every year the Mara plays host to the world’s greatest natural spectacle; The Great Wildebeest Migration from the Serengeti. From the months of July to October, the promise of rain and fresh life giving grass in the north brings more than 1.5 million Wildebeest together into a single massive herd. They converge across the border into the Mara, making a spectacular entrance in a surging column of life that stretches from horizon to horizon. The big cats - lion, leopard, and cheetah - follow the wildebeest, essentially their main source of food, into the Mara. So the Mara at this time is literally packed with wildlife, providing lucky visitors on safari with superb sightings of game. All meals and overnight at MARA SIMBA LODGE(full board)

Day 9: Maasai Mara / Nairobi / Depart

After breakfast, you will drive back to Nairobi where upon arrival; you will be transferred to JKIA for your out bound flight.

Rates

Our net costs in US$:

Please refer to (“Cost Includes & Excludes”):

 SeasonsEach of 2Each of 3Each of 4Each of 5Each of 6SRS
16.12.15- 31.03.16 $2391 $2131 $2001 $1,923 $1,871 US$ 770
01.04.16- 15.06.16 $2061 $1801 $1671 $1,593 $1,541 US$197
16.06.16- 31.10.16 $2159 $1899 $1769 $1,691 $1,639 US$ 271
01.07.16- 31.10.16 $2670 $2410 $2280 $2,202 $2,150 US$975
01.11.16- 15.12.16 $2272 $2012 $1882 $1,804 $1,752 US$674

Optional Boat ride while in Naivasha at US$ 30 per person

Above costs include:

  • Accommodation as stipulated in the itinerary.
  • Transport in a chauffeur driven Minivan with pop-up roof for easy game viewing & photography.
  • Services of an English speaking driver-guide.
  • Game viewing drives and parks entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All Government taxes and levies.
  • Free safari hat.
  • All meet and greet services.
  • All arrival and departure transfers.
  • 24 hours stand-by contact number.
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary.

Above costs exclude:

  • 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.
  • Any local or international flight and departure taxes.
  • Laundry services.
  • Holiday supplement over Christmas and New Year.
  • Any other item(s) not included in our itinerary.

 

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