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6 Days Aberdares / Lake Nakuru/ Lake Naivasha / Maasai Mara game reserve.

A Kenya Safari that combines bird watching at the Rift Valley lakes and wildlife safari in Maasai Mara and at the Aberdares, Lake Nakuru, Amboseli Lodge Safari cycling at the Hells Gate. This is a special safari with minimal driving distances hence its ideal for families or senor Citizens.

 

ABERDARE RANGES AND NATIONAL PARK.

The Aberdare National park was established in may 1950 and covers an area of 766km on the Aberdare Mountain range between 7,000ft(2,100m)to14,000ft(4,300m)above sea level. The park has stunning landscapes-from the mountain peaks to deep valleys with streams, rivers and waterfalls. The mountains have moorland, bamboo and rainforests.
The two highest peaks are Ol Donyo Lesatima (13,120ft)and Kinangop at 12,816ft) The park is 100km north of Nairobi. The Aberdare range was named J.J Thomson in 1884 in honour of Lord Aberdare, who at that time was president of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Historical society.The Rhino charge is an annual fund raiser to cater for fencing the Aberdare National park as a means of protecting East Africa largest indigenous forest from destruction.

 

 

Day 1: Nairobi- Aberdares

Pick up from your hotel at 0800 hrs – Passing through the industrial town of Thika and the intensely cultivated farms of the central Kenya. Lunch at the Out span hotel Nyeri before transferring to the Treetops hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the Treetops hotel.

The Aberdares ranges lie at an altitude of 2,134 to 4,268 meters. It is home to the first tree hotel in Africa and harbors significant memories in world history. In 1952, Queen Elizabeth II learnt of her accession to the British throne while she was a guest at Treetops lodge following the death of her father, King George II.

 

 

Day 2: Aberdares – Lake Nakuru

Depart the lodge soon after breakfast and drive to Lake Nakuru National park. Lunch at a lodge followed by a full afternoon Kenya Safari game drives at the Kenya's Park famed by its numerous species of birdlife. Dinner and overnight stay at Lake Nakuru Lodge or Flamimgo Hill Luxury Tented camp.

Lake Nakuru's claim to fame is anchored on its flamingo's and the over 400 species of birds found here. The lake itself is a soda lake on the floor of the rift valley. The sight of the at times millions of flamingos is quite spectacular. From a distance the lake appears ringed in pink. The Lake has also earned a reputation as an important haven for endangered species- particularly the Rothschild Giraffe and the black and white rhino. Lions, waterbuck, buffalo and baboons are all residents here.

 

HELL’S GATE NATIONAL PARK.

A walk on the wild side.
Hell’s gate national park lies south of Lake Naivasha and northwest of Nairobi.The stunning park is famous for its natural rock towers scaling high, cliff, flat plains and eroded gulleys.
Olkaria and Hobley’s are two extinct volcanoes located in the park. In the hell’s Gate Gorge, lined with red cliffs are two volcanic plug; Fischer’ Tower and Central Tower, The central tower is smaller gorge , which extends to the south where a path descends into the hot springs.
It has abundant plains game such as buffalo, zebra, eland, hartebeest,giraffe,baboons,thomson’ gazelle, the rare Chandler’s mountain reedbuck, lion, leopard and cheetah. Over 100 species of  birds have been recorded including vultures, Verreaux’s eagles, augur buzzard and swifts. The cliffs once hosted the now almost extinct population of the Lammergeyer or the bearded vulture that used the cliffs to drop animals bones from a height to break them open and scoop out the marrow.
The cliffs are home to a shy antelope, Klipspringer that is adapted to living on the rocks.
Major Attractions.
Game drives, hiking and cycling, Raptors nesting in cliffs, Spectacular gorge walk, Hot spring
The Olkaria Geothermal station,The Mervyn Carnelley Raptor hide, Fischer‘s tower, Central tower
Tourist circuit, nature walk  and picnic site
Wildlife
Buffalo, zebra, eland,hartebeest,Thomson’s gazelle, grant gazelle,giraffe,baboons,serval cat and klipspringer antelopes.
Over 103 species of birds.
ATTRACTIONS
Flamingos, Great white pelicans, Great crested Grebe, Rothschild giraffe, Aardvark (nocturnal)
Activities

Game drives, Horse riding, Bird watching, Visit to the natural hot spring.

Day 3 Lake Nakuru – Lake Naivasha

Breakfast at leisure before driving to Lake Naivasha. A visit to the hells gate national park this park can be explored on foot or you could also cycle around the park Optional boat ride to Crescent Island can be arranged .Dinner and overnight at Naivasha Sopa Lodge.

Day 4 : Lake Naivasha – Maasai Mara

Drive to via the Great Rift Valley to arrive at Maasai Mara in time for lunch at Mara Sopa Lodge or similar. Full afternoon Kenya Safari game drive till dusk. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 5 : Maasai Mara

Full day spent exploring the park in search of the big 5- Optional balloon safari can be arranged at an extra cost of US$ 450 per person

The Mara offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that it is difficult to believe: over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. You will easily see lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, buffalo, leopard, many kinds of antelopes and elephant. It is in the Mara that perhaps the most spectacular event of the natural world takes place. This is the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti (Tanzania) in search of water and pasture. Following on their heels are the predators of the savanna- lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures.

Day 6 : Maasai Mara -Nairobi

Game drives then return to the lodge for breakfast before returning to Nairobi where the safari ends.

Quotation on request

Safari price Cost Includes:

  • Transport on custom made 8 seater tour van ideal for game viewing and photography
  • Full board accommodation whilst on safari
  • 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

Complimentary return airport transfers

  • Bottled water whilst on safari
  • Start and end in Nairobi.
  • Personalized service

Tour Cost excludes:

  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Beverages/Drinks
  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any other extras not detailed in
  • Hotel accommodations in Nairobi before and after the Kenya Safari