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Nestle into your front row seats and discover the abundant nature of Kenya 's national parks. Walk, drive , swim, look around you or just breathe deep and inhale the scent of the African savannah.

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Maasai Mara

The Maasai Mara is a country of breath-taking vistas, a panorama of vast rolling plains and rounded hills, of intermittent groves of acacia woodlands and dense thickets of scrub. It is also the scene of the Great Migration - the yearly march of the wildebeeste.
There is nothing to compare the majestic yearly march of the wildebeest. After exhausting the grazing in Tanzania 's northern Serengeti a large number of wildebeest and zebra enter the Maasai Mara around the end of June drawn by the sweet grass raised by the long rains of April and May. Driving in the midst of these great herds is an unimaginable experience. Whilst the eyes feast on the spectacle the air carries the smells, the dust and the sounds of hundreds of thousands of animals. But this is quite uneventful as the herds draw ravening packs of predators, especially hyenas and lions, and thousands of the lame, laggard and sick never complete the cycle. Many die by drowning or by the teeth of the cunning crocodile, whilst trying to cross the swirling muddy waters of the Mara and Talek rivers. Once the Mara's grass has been devoured the herds turn south again and back to Serengeti and the Ngorongoro plains.

A visit to the Mara is a definite must-do in your lifetime!

Amboseli

Amboseli is famous for its dramatic scenery and open plains.  The image of Amboseli is usually herds of elephants against Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, along with other wild animals. 
This is Kenya 's most visited park, but, don't let this deter you, it is well worth a visit. Famous the world over for it's huge herds of Elephant including: some of the largest "Tuskers" in Africa . Studied for over 20 years by Cynthia Moss so they are well habituated to human presence. The grassland and spring fed swamp and lake also support over 50 species of other mammals. During June and July, spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro are highly possible. This Mountain (Tanzania 's highest) can be seen from all over Amboseli, however, it has a habit of clouding over at the summit when you least expect it. If you are lucky enough to have the opportunity of photographing an Elephant herd with this as a backdrop it will make a picture you will want to view forever.

Samburu

The great Ewaso Nyiro River snaking it's way across the scrub, flanked on either side with a fringe of deepest green Riverine forest and magnificent Duom palms. This is the exotic and exiting semi arid " Northern Territories ". This is Samburu, legendary Africa!

The vast openness creates a lovely panoramic beauty.  Following the river curves, a riverine forest of palms, acacia and tarmerind is a contrast of cool green.  There are elephants, hippos, crocodiles and leopards as well as plain animals, other small mammals and bird life.  The region is home to many unique and rare species including exquisitely and finely striped Grevy Zebra with its large furry ears, the gerenuk antelope, the beautifully marked Reticulated Girrafe and Somali ostrich with their distinctive blue legs.

You will also find the impressive rapier horned Beisa Oryx, nimble and elegant little Gerinuk Gazelle and statuesque Kudu. In the dry seasons, May to October and December to February, many animals congregate at the river. Large herds of Elephant, Buffalo , Impala, and Water Buck along with Grevys are regularly seen

All three big cats can be seen in all of these reserves as well as their smaller cousins like the prettily marked Serval and the Lynx like Caracal. The elegantly beautiful Samburu people call this region home. A visit to one of their Cultural Villages is an experience that you will savour for a very long time to come.

Shaba

Boasts one of the most spectacular locations in Kenya . This is the Stunningly beautiful Reserve where Joy Adamson spent her last years. She chose Shaba to reintroduce her famous Leopard "Penny" back into the wild. This is quintessential Africa , golden savannah, Acacia scrub, spectacularly rugged mountains and sheer cliffs which are home to the dainty and agile little "Klipspringer" and the "Rock Hyrax" tiny close relative of the Elephant. Less visited than Buffalo Springs and Samburu , it retains a sense of remoteness and wild rugged beauty, seldom seen anywhere else in Africa . The Animals here are therefore less habituated to human presence, so, searching for and ultimately finding and observing them holds that much more excitement. Their behaviour is evidently more natural-these are truly wild animals! there is an abundance of wildlife in and around the lodge itself, including a troop of the most endearing and entertaining Vervet monkeys that one can encounter anywhere in Kenya !

Mount Kenya National Park

Dominated always by the ice covered peaks of Mount Kenya, at 17,058 ft the country's highest mountain, its lower slopes are sumptuously cloaked with a thick mantle of forests of Camphor's, Cedars, Olives, Croton and tall stately Pillar trees, the stunning Pride of Bolivia and the Cape Chestnut which add a spectacle of Yellow and Pink Blossom to the Mountain forest in Spring.

As the altitude increases the forest gives way to tall thickets of Bamboo and above 9000 ft Tussock grass takes you to the snow line.
The animals that inhabit this region are a lot more difficult to see in the forest, however, lodges in the area make good provision for this by providing excellent viewing facilities. Black & White Colubus and Sykes monkeys, Giant Forest Hog , Bush Pigs , Bushbuck , Defassa Waterbuck , Suni , Buffalo , Elephant , Hyena , Spotted Gennet , Duiker and Hyrax .

Mount Kenya Safari Club

Mount Kenya Safari Club is built on the equator, on a ridge facing Mt Kenya (Kenya's highest mountain).  The Club is built on over a hundred acres of green luscious grounds and is a home to many different species of birds.  Moving back and forth across the lawns is an amazing parade of enormous birds: marabous, peacocks and cranes.  There is a varied selection of things to do here – ride horses through the forests, laze by the pool, play a round of golf and wander through the aviary.  Jacket and tie is required for dinner.  There is live music for dinner dancing. 

The Aberdares

From the densely forested hills of the Salient (lower slopes) in the Northwestern corner of the park, to the high plains, this park is spectacularly diverse. It has the same range of animal species as Mt. Kenya Park but in addition on the plains of the High plateaux it also boasts a healthy population of Lion and accompanying game animals.

There is spectacular night viewing of Wildlife from the lodges, the Ark and Treetops. Despite the implications of many guide books that only a very limited part of the park can be visited, the high plateau is reached via winding forest roads where the expertise of a Kenya Wildlife Service guide accompanies you, to provide specialist local knowledge.

The Ark Forest Lodge
The base hotel for Ark is the Aberdares Country Club.  After leisurely lunch at the Aberdares, you embark on a 30 minutes drive into the Aberdares forest.  A raised wooden walkway is the 'gangplank' to the Ark.   Public viewing areas at the Ark are from three different levels and can choose to be indoors or out.  It can be very cold and damp standing outside trying to glimpse a leopard at night – so come well prepared with warm clothing. 

Treetops
Located just inside the gates to the Aberdares National Park.  Treetops rises straight and stark on stilts, overlooking waterholes and a salt-lick solely dedicated to game viewing.  Here at Treetops, Elizabeth II became Queen overnight.  This fact alone makes it worth a visit.

Lake Nakuru National Park

This park is probably the most scenic and diverse of the lake land reserves.
Woodland , rolling hills savannah and salt flats are all found here. It is a unique park because of its forests of cactus like Euphobia trees.  Lake Nakuru is a shallow blue-green alkaline lake famous for its flocks of pink flamingos, pelicans and approximately four hundred fifty species of birds. Multitudes of both lesser and greater Flamingos are found here (at times almost two million birds grace Lake Nakuru )

Now a very important Rhino sanctuary, the endangered Rothschilds Giraffe has been introduced here and is also thriving. These were initially bred at the sanctuary Giraffe Manor (see Nairobi excursions) in Nairobi and relocated here as young adults. Occupying many hundreds of acres of lovely woodland, this sanctuary has had an extensive breeding programme for these endangered Giraffe since the 1970's.

It is a home to many other animals including leopards, black rhinos, hippos, reedbucks and waterbucks. 
 

Lake Naivasha National Park

The highest of the Rift Valley Lakes, an altitude of some 6200 feet, and arguably the most beautiful. It is fringed by Papyrus and attracts a multitude of water birds. It has one of the largest concentrations of fish Eagles in Africa . The resident population of Hippos and Vervet monkey's and Baboons live in woodland adjoining the South West shore. Crater Lake , an extinct volcanic Crater at Naivasha's western end, thickly wooded with Yellow Fever trees, is home to troops of Black and White Colobus monkeys. Around the Craters edge can be seen Buffalo , Warthogs, Defassa Water Bucks, Bush Bucks, Thompsons Gazellesand Impala, lesser Flamingos, Ducks and Grebes.

Lake Naivasha Country Club
Built on 12 hectares of cool lawn, shaded by spreading fever trees and accented by colourful gardens.  Wooden chairs and benches invite the traveller to relax and listen to birds and watch the grazing waterbuck.  Meandering walkways lead down to wooden gazebo built over water, perfect for watching birds, water-life, or a sunset.  You can take a boat ride to the Crescent Island, where you can wander freely among wild animals, or enjoy the bird-life and spot hippos. 

Hell's Gate Naivasha
Hell's Gate National Park covers an area of 68.25 km2 and is situated in the environs of Lake Naivasha about 90 km from Nairobi . The park is situated 14 km after the turnoff from the old Nairobi-Naivasha highway. It is characterised by diverse topography and geological scenery. It is an important home of the lammergeyer ;a large rare vulture with dark wings and dark feathers that resemble a beard around its beak. A major attraction for geologists or those on an ecological safari is the Olkaria Geothermal Station which is located inside the National Park.

Hell's Gate itself or Njorowa Gorge as it is locally known covers an Area of 68 km2.

The park is accessible via tarmac road from Nairobi . (90 kms) via Naivasha Town on the Lake Road South at a Junction 5 km south of Naivasha. Acitivities inside the park include game viewing, Raptor nesting in cliffs, a spectacular walk along the gorge, a visit to its hot springs , scenic landscape, the Geothermal Station and Maasai culture.

The Tsavo National Park

This enormous National Park area covers 8000 plus square miles in its entirety. Situated in the south east region of Kenya . It is bisected by the main Mombasa trunk road, thus forming two parks of Tsavo East and Tsavo West. Both parks are unfenced therefore; animals are not restricted by this and travel frequently between parks. The combined area of Tsavo East and West National Parks makes Tsavo one of the world's largest game sanctuaries.

The Western section of Tsavo National Park is the more popular, offering attractions other than wildlife, the foremost of these being Mzima Springs , where millions of litres of cool, crystal-clear water flow out of the ground through porous volcanic rocks.

Visitors are permitted to walk to the source of the Springs – a most rewarding experience, often with sightings of wildlife going down to drink at the water's edge. There is an observation tank sunk into the river, giving an underwater perspective of the wildlife satiating their thirst, and of a number of fish outside the window of the tank.

Tsavo West

This is scenically the most diverse and stunning of the two parks in Tsavo, due to much volcanic activity in its history, it is studded with impressive hill ranges and gorges interspersed with beautiful savannah and thorn scrub. The park road system is extensive and of a high quality for Kenya . However, as this is a National Park as opposed to a Reserve, off road driving is strictly prohibited, much of the terrain between the roads is very extensive and close up animal viewing is not as frequently as possible as in the National Reserves. This is not to say that there is not a large diversity and number of animals within the park but it is not a place to tick off animals in rapid succession. However, searching for wildlife in such a wild and beautiful environment can be an exciting experience in itself.

As it is such a geologically interesting area, places well worth a visit are the famous and unique Mzima Springs, home to many Hippo and Crocodile, Roaring Rocks and the impressive Chaimu Crater . In addition there is a Rhino sanctuary containing approximately 30 Black Rhino situated in the Ngulia Valley .

Tsavo East

Famous for its unique Maneless Lions, two of which, during the late 20th century gained fame by the killing and consuming over 100 rail workers during the construction of the Mombasa to Uganda railway line. Tsavo East National Park covers an area of about 12,000 km2, 40% of Kenya 's parks' total area. This vast park lies in low semi arid country. Much of the park is level, open country with scattered rocky ridges and outcrops.

Situated in the extreme south-west corner of the park, the Voi area is the best location for wild life viewing. Due to its proximity to Mombasa it for those with their limited time on their beach itinerary this is the perfect destination for a short safari experience. For the more discerning longer stay safari visitors. You may head north toward the Galana river region. The riverine forests and spectacular Luggard Falls (great place for lunch) are well worth the visit here.

One of the great spectacles of the park is the Mudanda rock between Voi and Manyani. This 11.5km long outcrop is a water cachment area, which supplies a natural dam at its base. In the dry season, hundreds of elephants come to drink and bathe here.

 

 

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TB001: Nairobi City Tour – 3 hrs 

Visit the city centre, city market, Parliament buildings and Kenyatta Conference Centre along with other places of interest.  The tour will end with a visit to the National Museum and Snake Park. 
 

TB002: Nairobi National Park – 4 hrs 

The National Park is only 12 KM from the city centre.  Lions, cheetahs, hippos, giraffes and a great variety of plain games can be found in the park.  The park also offers home to the wounded, sick and orphaned animals. 
 

TB003: Karen Blixen and Giraffe Centre – 4 hrs

Drive towards the Ngong Hills as seen in "out of Africa" and the Ngong Village to the Karen Blixen's House, now a National Museum.  After a walk through the museum, drive to Giraffe Centre.  Meet the famous "Daisy" Rothschild Giraffe (an endangered species) which roams freely in the grounds and can be fed by visitors.  After tea, return back to the city centre. 
 

TB004: Full Day - Nairobi National Park / Carnivore / Ostrich Park / Giraffe Centre

Early morning departure to the Nairobi National Park.  The National Park is only 12 KM from the city centre.  Lions, cheetahs, hippos, giraffes and a great variety of plain animals can be found in the park.  The park also offers home to wounded, sick and orphaned animals.  Lunch at the Carnivore Restaurant, which offers different game meat along with usual meat selections. A vegetarian menu is also offered.  After lunch, visit Ostrich Park to see the Ostriches being reared from eggs to an adult.  Proceed for tea to the Giraffe Centre. Meet the famous "Daisy" Rothschild Giraffe (an endangered species) which roams freely in the grounds and can be fed by visitors.  After tea, return back to the city centre. 
 

TB 005: Full Day - Lakes Visit

Depart in the morning towards the Great Rift Valley and enroute stop at the viewpoint, to view the terrain of the valley.  Arrive at the Lake Nakuru National Park for lunch.  Game drive and a visit to the Lake to view the world's famous pink flamingos.  After leisure lunch at the lodge, drive back to Nairobi stopping at Lake Naivasha.  The Lake is famous for different species of birds and hippos.  You can take a boat ride if time permits (optional).  After tea drive back to Nairobi, arrive late evening. 
 

TB 006: 1½ Day - Tree Hotel

Day 1 Depart in the morning for the base hotel.  Arrive in time for lunch.  After lunch special transfer to the tree hotel viewing of animals from specially built platform overlooking water hole and salt lick.  Afternoon tea and dinner at the Lodge.  A floodlit waterhole allows all night game viewing. 

Day 2 After early morning breakfast, transfer back to the base hotel and depart for Nairobi.  Arrival in time for lunch. 
 

TB 007: 2½ Days – Amboseli

Day 1  Depart in the morning towards Mt Kilimanjaro, arrival in time for lunch at the Lodge.  After early tea, game viewing beneath the snow capped Mt Kilimanjaro.  Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge. 

Day 2  Early morning game drive before breakfast.  After breakfast at the Lodge, relax by the poolside until lunch.  Late afternoon drive to see more animals and bird life.  Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge. 

Day 3  After breakfast, depart for Nairobi arrive by lunchtime and transferred to you hotel. 
 

TB 008: 2½ Day - Masai Mara

Day 1  Depart early morning towards the Rift Valley via Narok for the magnificent Masai Mara National Reserve, home of abundant wildlife, arrival in time for lunch.  After lunch, around 3.00pm, game drive to view the big five.  Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge. 

Day 2  Early morning game drive .  After a leisure breakfast at the Lodge, short game drive around the park.  Again after lunch, game drive and return to the Lodge late afternoon.  Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge. (Optional balloon safari early morning instead of game drive) 

Day 3  After breakfast, drive back to Nairobi.  Arrival by lunchtime and transferred to your hotel. 
 

TB 009: 4 Days - Mara / Nakuru

Day 1  Depart early morning towards the Rift Valley via Narok for the magnificent Masai Mara National Reserve, home of abundant wildlife, arrival in time for lunch.  After lunch, around 3.00pm, game drive to view the big five.  Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge. 

Day 2  Early morning game drive.  After a leisure breakfast at the Lodge, a short game viewing can be done.  Again after lunch, game drive and will return to the Lodge late afternoon.  Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.  (Optional balloon safari early morning instead of game drive) 

Day 3  After breakfast, depart towards Rift Valley for  L.Nakuru National Park.  Arrival in time for lunch.  After lunch, game viewing and see the rhinos, which are being reared, in the rhino sanctuary.  Stop at the lake to see the world famous pink flamingos.  Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge. 

Day 4  After leisure breakfast drive towards Nairobi, arrival in time for lunch and transferred to you hotel. 
 

TB 010: 5 Days - Mara / Nakuru / Tree Hotel

Day 1  Depart early morning towards the Rift Valley via Narok for the magnificent Masai Mara National Reserve, home of abundant wildlife, arrival in time for lunch.  After lunch, around 3.00pm, game drive to view the big five.  Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge. 

Day 2  Early morning game drive.  After a leisure breakfast at the Lodge, a short game viewing can be done.  Again after lunch, game drive and will return to the Lodge late afternoon.  Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge.  (Optional balloon safari early morning instead of game drive) 

Day 3  After breakfast, depart towards Rift Valley for  L. Nakuru National Park.  Arrival in time for lunch.  After lunch, game viewing and see the rhinos, which are being reared, in the rhino sanctuary.  Stop at the lake to see the world famous pink flamingos.  Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge. 

Day 4  Depart after breakfast towards Mweiga passing Nyahururu.  Stop to view the Thompson Falls.  Arrive at the base hotel in time for lunch.  After lunch special transfer to the tree hotel viewing of animals from specially built platform overlooking water hole and salt– lick.  Afternoon tea and dinner at the hotel.  A flood-lit waterhole allows all night game viewing. 

Day 5  After early morning breakfast, transfer back to the base hotel and depart for Nairobi.  Arrival in time for lunch and transfer to your hotel. 
 

TB 011: 6 Days - Mara / Nakuru / Tree Hotel / MKSC

Day 1  Depart early morning towards the Rift Valley via Narok for the magnificent Masai Mara National Reserve, home of abundant wildlife, arrival in time for lunch.  After lunch, around 3.00pm, game drive to view the big five.  Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge. 

Day 2  Early morning game drive .  After a leisure breakfast at the Lodge, a short game viewing can be done.  Again after lunch, game drive and will return to the Lodge late afternoon.  Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge.  (Optional balloon safari early morning instead of game drive) 

Day 3  After breakfast, depart towards Rift Valley for  L.Nakuru National Park.  Arrival in time for lunch.  After lunch, game viewing and see the rhinos, which are being reared, in the rhino sanctuary.  Stop at the lake to see the world famous pink flamingos.  Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge. 

Day 4  Depart after breakfast towards Mweiga passing through Nyahururu.  Stop to view the Thompson Falls.  Arrive at the base hotel in time for lunch.  After lunch special transfer to the tree hotel viewing of animals from specially built platform overlooking water hole and salt-lick.  Afternoon tea and dinner at the Lodge.  A flood-lit waterhole allows all night game viewing. 

Day 5  After early morning breakfast, transfer  back to the base hotel and drive towards the Mount Kenya region.  Arrival at Mount Kenya Safari Club by lunch time.  After lunch, take a long walk on the grounds of the Club.  The grounds are a home to over 200 different species of bird life Alternatively you can play golf on the 18hole Golf course (optional).  Activities like horse riding, walking safari, animal orphanage can be arranged (optional).  You can see the tribal dancers performing around teatime.  Dinner and overnight stay at the Club.  (Elegant dressing for dinner) 

Day 6  After breakfast, depart for Nairobi, arriving by lunch time.  Transferred to you hotel. 
 

TB 012: 7 Days - Mara / Naivasha / Tree Hotel / Samburu

Day 1  Depart early morning towards the Rift Valley via Narok for the magnificent Masai Mara National Reserve, home of abundant wildlife, arrival in time for lunch.  After lunch, game drive to view the "Big Five". Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge. 

Day 2  Early morning game drive .  After a leisure breakfast at the Lodge, a short game viewing can be done.  Again after lunch, game drive and will return to the Lodge late afternoon.  Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge.  (Optional balloon safari early morning instead of game drive) 

Day 3  After breakfast, depart towards Rift Valley for  L.Naivasha Country Club.  The grounds of the Club are home to hundreds of species of birds.  The boat trip (optional) around the lake is adventurous, watching hippos and birds.  Dinner and overnight stay at the Club. 

Day 4  Depart after breakfast towards Mweiga passing through Nyahururu.  Stop to view the Thompson Falls.   Arrive at the base hotel in time for lunch.  After lunch special transfer to the tree hotel viewing of animals from specially built platform overlooking water hole and salt-lick.  Afternoon tea and dinner at the Lodge.  A flood-lit waterhole allows all night game viewing. 

Day 5  After early morning breakfast, transferred back to the base hotel and drive towards northern Kenya arriving in Samburu Reserve by lunchtime.  Late afternoon game drive.  Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge. 

Day 6  Early morning game drive to see the Gerenuk (the only antelope family which eats shrubs with front legs leaning up on a tree) , the reticulated giraffe and the grevy zebra.  After breakfast, laze at the Lodge.  After lunch, late afternoon game drive.  In the evening, whilst having your sundowner, a bait is laid along the Uaso Nyiro river where the leopard and crocodiles come for the evening feast.  Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge. 

Day 7  After breakfast, depart for Nairobi, arriving by lunch time.  Transferred to you hotel. 

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NOTE:  Any of the above safaris could be extended to Kenya Coast either by road, air or train from Nairobi. Camping safaris in Kenya can be organised on request.





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