AASC16: 4 1/2 days Samburu/Great Rift Valley Lakes safari

4 1/2 Days Samburu Great Rift Valley Lakes Nairobi safari

Departs Mondays
A short safari to the north via the high shoulder of Mt. Kenya to Samburu Game Reserve home to the northern specialist species as well Kamunyak the Miracle Lioness that adopted the baby Oryx; then the world famous Bird Sanctuaries of the Great Rift Valley Lakes of Baringo, Bogoria, Nakuru and back to Nairobi.

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. Samburu Game reserve is reach in wildlife and is famous for the rare northern specialist species such as the Grevy’s Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk and the Beisa Oryx. It abounds with elephants -a minimum of 900 elephants. Lions, Leopards and Cheetah are common and an important attraction to the reserve. Wild dog sightings are also common here, an extra attraction to this park. There are over 450 bird species including a number of riverine forest species such as Lesser Kestrel and the Taita Falcon besides those of global conservation concern that include African Darter, Great Egret, White-headed Vulture, Martial Eagle and the Yellow-billed Ox-pecker. Also critically endangered Pancake tortoise (malacochersus tornieri) is found here. Crocodiles also are plenty along the

Day2: Samburu:
The day is spent game viewing in the Samburu game park with morning and afternoon gamedrives. In between the gamedrives we relax by the poolside to escape the heat.

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 flamingos 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 up to two million flamingoes besides tens of thousands of other birds have been seen. Lake Nakuru is also a rhino sanctuary with both black and white rhinos. Lake Nakuru also harbors lions, warthogs, waterbucks, buffaloes, hippo and many other animals. Dinner and overnight in a campsite outside town

Day5: Nakuru/Nairobi:
After breakfast, we proceed to Nairobi arriving late afternoon and drop off. 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
• 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
• 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$640

Plus park entrance fee pp US$250

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;