AASC12: 7 days Samburu/Rift Valley Lakes & Masai Mara

7 days Samburu Great Rift Valley Lakes & Masai Mara

Departs Mondays
A safari to the north via the high shoulder of Mountain Kenya to Samburu Game Reserve followed by the world famous ornithological Great Rift Valley Lakes of Baringo, Bogoria and Nakuru, then south over the Mau Escarpment to Kenya’s greatest concentration of wildlife all year round - the Masai Mara and home to the spectacular great wildebeest migration and the ‘7th wonder of the world’       

Day1: Nairobi/Samburu:
We depart Nairobi in the morning and drive north via the shoulder of Mt Kenya to Samburu Game Reserve. Samburu Game Reserve is a semi-arid area with open savanna grassland along the Uaso Nyiro River which supports plenty of wildlife.

Day2: Samburu:
The day is spent game viewing in the Samburu game park. Elephants abound; you may see lion, leopard, cheetah, reticulated giraffe, buffalo, gerenuk, grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, oryx and crocodile.

Day3: Samburu/ Baringo:
Leave Samburu early morning and make a scenic drive to the west across the Lerochi Plateau, (lunch enroute) and after descend to the floor of the Great Rift Valley, reaching at Lake Baringo in the afternoon. Lake Baringo is a fresh water lake with an abundance of birdlife as well as hippos and crocodiles. Lake Baringo is a world famous bird-watching centre. Have a boat ride in Lake Baringo weather permitting.

Day4: Baringo/ Lake Nakuru:
Early morning we drive south via Lake Bogoria (30km) which is a shallow soda lake with a picturesque scenic scenery inhabited by many flamingoes and other species of birds- a Ramsar site. The highlight, however, is the boiling hot springs and geysers. After lunch we drive to Lake Nakuru in the south - another shallow soda lake which has been described as "an ornithologist’s paradise and one of the world’s most magnificent sights". At Lake Nakuru sometimes one has an opportunity to see up to two million flamingoes besides tens of thousands of other birds. Lake Nakuru is also a sanctuary for both the rhino and the Rothschild giraffe. Both black and white rhinos can be seen. Lake Nakuru also harbors lions, warthogs, waterbucks, buffaloes, hippo and many other animals. Dinner and overnight in a campsite outside town

Days5 & 6: Nakuru/Masai Mara:
We drive south via Narok, setting our camp at the edge of Masai Mara by afternoon followed by game drive time allowing. We explore Masai Mara’s amazingly high concentration of game (throughout the year) from the back of your tour vehicle next day with a morning and afternoon game drive. Your experienced professional driver tour guide will help you to spot the animals. The Masai Mara Game Reserve is 1510sq km of open rolling grasslands dotted with the acacia trees and harboring lions, leopards, cheetah, elephants, buffaloes, zebras, masai giraffes, hippos, black rhinos, spotted hyenas  many. Also you may visit a Masai village for a cultural insight at a fee

Day7: Masai Mara/Nairobi:
We break camp and drive to Narok where Masai souvenirs can be bought and then proceed to Nairobi. END OF SAFARI

Included in the price:
• Transport by safari minibus in Kenya with a pop up roof for best game viewing and photography
• Services of a professional English speaking driver/ tour guide
• All Game park entrance fees
• Crater fees
• Full board accommodation in camps/campsites as specified in the itinerary or similar
• 3 Meals per day either vegetarian or non-vegetarian
• Meal Plan – BB=Bed, Breakfast; LD= Lunch, dinner; BLD= breakfast, lunch, dinner; HB = Diner, bed, Breakfast
• 1.5 liter bottle of mineral water per person per day while on safari

Not included in the price:
• Personal travel insurance
• Flying doctors emergency evacuations cover [available at US$10 per person]
• Cost of visas/ yellow fever vaccinations
• Olduvai Museum visit
• Balloon Safari at US$450 per person (see indicated separately above)
• Optional activities payable directly on safari e.g. Masai village visit, nature walks, biking, boat rides etc
• All personal expenses; e.g. toiletries, laundry, beverages, tips to staff, driver tour guide etc.
• Any other extras not stated as included above

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING ON SAFARI:
    Money for personal spending and tipping
    A pair of long trousers and jersey for the cool mornings and evenings in addition to plenty of light clothes for hot days (do not forget a hat), swim suit, a pillow, comfortable shoes/sandals and snacks
    Torch, sunglasses, suntan lotion, insect repellent/spray but not mosquito coils
    Mineral water and beverages
    Entry visa
    Camera, memory cards, binoculars, maps, guide-books
    Toilet paper, towel, soap and toothbrush/paste

 Departs Mondays
Safari Price pp US$855
Plus park entrance fee pp - US$410
Departure Dates: 2017-Jan-2,9,16,23,30: Feb-6,13,20,27; Mar-6,13,20,27; Apr- 3,10,17,24;

May-1,8,15,22,29; Jun-5,12,19,26;Jul-3,10,17,24,31;Aug-7,14,21,28; Sep-4,11,18,25; Oct-2,9,16,23,30; Nov-6,13,20,27; Dec-4,11,18,25;