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Kenya Explorer: Samburu + Chimps + Nakuru + Mara


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11 NIGHTS
FROM £3,995
International flights quoted separately
This comprehensive private safari tour of the game parks of Kenya includes visits to four of its most famous - Samburu Game Reserve in the north; Sweetwaters chimpanzee sanctuary in the foothills of Mount Kenya;  Lake Nakuru renowned for its flamingos; and the great Masai Mara Game Reserve with its abundant plains game and predators.
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Samburu National Park
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Game Drives
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Rhino
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Sweetwaters
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Chimpanzee Sanctuary
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Mount Kenya
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Lake Nakuru
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Flamingos
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Masai Mara
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Big 5
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Samburu National Park
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Game Drives
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Rhino
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Sweetwaters
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Chimpanzee Sanctuary
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Mount Kenya
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Lake Nakuru
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Flamingos
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Masai Mara
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Big 5
Day 1
You will be met at Nairobi Airport and transferred to your hotel in this bustling city.
 
Check in and relax in your warm and friendly African surroundings.
Day 2
This morning enjoy a visit to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. It took Daphne Sheldrick 28 years of trial and error to perfect the milk formula and complex husbandry required to rear orphaned African elephants, during the period that her husband was warden of Kenya's largest elephant sanctuary in Tsavo East National Park. Since then this sanctuary has gone on to save the lives of many orphaned elephant calves.
 
We then visit the Karen Blixen Museum for an interesting insight into early settler life, as immortalised in the film "Out of Africa" which was filmed here (lunch for own account)..
 
We also visit the Giraffe Centre that was founded to save the endangered Rothschild Giraffe from extinction, before returning to Nairobi with balance of afternoon at leisure.
Day 3
We depart from Nairobi early for the scenic 5-hours drive northwards to Samburu National Reserve.
 
We cross the equator near Nanyuki and enjoy a game drive in the late afternoon in this wonderful wildlife conservation region. We then check into our Samburu lodge and relax beside the river.
Day 4
Enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives today in Samburu National Reserve, one of the two reserves in which conservationists Joy and George Adamson raised Elsa the lioness, made famous in the book and award winning movie "Born Free".
 
Situated in the hot and arid northern region of Kenya, this reserve is located within the tribal lands of the colorful and semi-nomadic Samburu people, who are close relatives of the Maasai. The reserve is home to a variety of wildlife found only north of the equator - including the strange gerenuk, which stands upright on its spindly hind legs to browse from trees, the large Grevy's zebra, the reticulated giraffe and beisa oryx.
 
Crocodiles and hippo can be found in the broad Ewaso Ngiro River that runs through the park, as well as large herds of elephants and buffalo along its banks. You can also hope to see lion, cheetah, Grants gazelle, the small dik dik and waterbuck, as well as Somali ostrich and over 350 different bird species. By arrangement with your lodge, it is also possible to visit a local Samburu village.
Day 5
After a morning game drive and lunch in Samburu, we travel 3-hours to the highlands of Mount Kenya.
 
Along the way we cross the equator near Nanyuki, where you can see how water drains in opposite directions as you cross from the northern to the southern hemisphere.
 
Located just south of the equator, magnificent Mount Kenya is an extinct shield volcano and the highest mountain in Kenya - second only to Kilimanjaro in Africa.  Mount Kenya National Park has been declared a World Heritage site because of its sensitive flora and fauna. Enjoy an afternoon game drive along the river before dinner.
Day 6
This morning enjoy an early morning game drive in the Sweetwaters Wildlife Sanctuary, a 23,000 acre private game reserve that was originally established to protect and breed endangered black rhinos and is also home to several other rare species, including the besia oryx and the reticulated giraffe.
 
After breakfast at the lodge, we visit the 200 acre Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, established in this reserve by the Jane Goodall Institute to rehabilitate orphaned chimps. We also Morani, where you can see a tame black rhino, and the Ereri Manyatta - a multi-cultural village where you can experience tribal Kenyan culture.
 
In the afternoon enjoy another game drive before dinner.
Day 7
Today we travel for 3-hours to the Lake Nakuru area in the heart of the Great Rift Valley.
 
A soda lake on the floor of the Rift Valley, at certain times of the year Lake Nakuru is home to many flamingos and over 400 different bird species. The lake is also a haven for certain endangered species including the Rothschild giraffe and black and white rhino.
Day 8
Today enjoy exploring beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park with your guide.
 
With its significant population of rhino, giraffe and huge throng of pelicans on its salt waters, this beautiful lake offers sanctuary for a wide variety of wildlife - including large herds of buffalo, zebra, giraffe, monkeys, baboons, lions, thompsons gazelle, impala, ostrich and much more.
Day 9
Today we travel 5-hours to the Masai Mara National Park, named after the Masai people and the Mara River which divides the park.
 
The Masai Mara is famous for its exceptional population of game and the annual migration of zebra and wildebeest from the adjoining Serengeti National Park. This phenomenon occurs every year from July to October, when game migrates along a circular route from the plains of the Serengeti to the Masai Mara and back again in search of fresh pastures, followed by hungry predators - most notably lions and hyena.
 
Check into your lodge in this magnificent wildlife sanctuary.
Days 10 To 11
Today is dedicated to game viewing on the open plains of the world famous Masai Mara National Park.
 
Nestled within the enormous Great Rift Valley, Masai Mara National Park is famous for its many prides of lions, packs of hyena and other predators - as well as huge herds of wildebeest, which number over one million, zebra and giraffe. All the Big Five can be seen here, as well as numerous other species including the Thomson's gazelle, topi, kongoni, impala, roan antelope and hippo. The nocturnal bat-eared fox, rarely found elsewhere in Kenya, also inhabits this park as well as the endangered cheetah and black rhino. Bird watching is also excellent with over 450 different species including the vulture, marabou stork, secretary bird, hornbill, crowned crane, ostrich, long-crested eagle and african pygmy-falcon.
 
Set off early each morning, when game viewing conditions are at their best, to view the abundant wildlife of the Masai Mara region. Return to the lodge to rest in the heat of the day, before setting off again in the late afternoon for another game drive.
Day 12
Time permitting, enjoy some final game viewing this morning before your 5-hour transfer to Nairobi Airport for your flight home.
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