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5 DAYS DISCOVER LAKE NAIVASHA, MASAI MARA & LAKE NAKURU SAFARI

The main highlight of this trip is visiting the Masai Mara, home to the greatest concentration and diversity of wildlife in Kenya. Returning via the Rift Valley, with a sunset boat ride at Lake Naivasha, introduces a more cultural Kenyan heritage as well as some of the great conservation efforts which began in Kenya. Our final highlight is Lake Nakuru National Park, home to, at times, 4 million flamingos. A sea of pink can be seen on most visits, it is also known for the opportunity to spot the elusive leopard. A fantastic way to end this brief introduction to East Africa.

Day 1: Nairobi to Lake Naivasha.

 

Leaving Nairobi, we have an early start for our drive to Lake Naivasha. Lake Naivasha, one of the Great Rift Valley’s fresh- water lakes, is home to an incredible variety of bird life with over 350 species found on the lake shore. We stay at a beautiful lodge on the lake shore. The lake shore is sprinkled with yellow Acacia trees and is frequently visited by black and white Colobus monkeys. The lake is also home to around 300 hippos that can often be seen and heard from the lodge. This afternoon we discover the lake shore and take sunset tour of the lake by a local boat to try and spot the various waterfowl and hippo in the area. Enjoy the stunning Crater Lake Reserve, some of the only game parks where you are allowed to explore by foot. There are no predators in these game park’s but you will spot giraffe, zebra and impala! Our experienced local guide will give you plenty of information about the plants, birds, animals and people of Naivasha. Make sure you bring your walking shoes.Dinner and overnight at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, B,L,D.

Day 2: Lake Naivasha to Masai Mara.

Next we drop down in to the Great Rift Valley past the spectacular Volcano Mount Longonot and head towards the rolling plains of the Masai Mara. The last one and a half-hours of the journey find us on bumpy road as we drive across the Loita Plains taking in the scenery. Before entering into the Game Reserve there is a visit to a Masai village(optional). Not only can you see inside a traditional Masai hut, and learn about Masai tradition and lifestyle, but you can also try your hand at the age-old tradition of bartering for souvenirs. The village is slightly commercialised but still gives a good idea of how the Masai live. Dinner and overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge, B,L,D.
 
Day 3: Masai Mara.

The Masai Mara is the most famous and prolific game park in Kenya covering an area of 1672 square kilometres. It is classified as a Reserve as opposed to a National Park to allow the Masai people to use the area to graze their cattle. A highlight of the Mara is no doubt the annual wildebeest migration, when literally millions of these beasts stray north from the Serengeti in search of grass for food, before turning south again.on this day you will have a pre breakfast game drive which gives you an opportunity to spot predators as they do their morning killings afterwards back to the lodge for full breakfast after which you leave for a mid morning game drive.During the heat of the day we return to the lodge for huge buffet lunch and a chance to enjoy your superb hotel facilities, including a chance to relax by the pool.After lunch you proceed for another afternoon game drive. Hopefully we should be able to spot prides of lions, elephants, buffaloes, zebra and hippo and other more common animals such as wart hog, giraffe, and baboon - almost every conceivable species of East African wildlife can be spotted here.on this day there is an option of hot air ballooning which is an amazing experience, as you take off with the sunrise and float above the Game Reserve, viewing the wildlife for approximately an hour before landing in the reserve.Dinner and overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge, B,L,D.

Day 4: Masai Mara to Lake Nakuru.

Leaving the Masai Mara we drive north to Nakuru before heading into Lake Nakuru National Park. Nakuru is the primary Masai trading centre in the area, and the town is full of the colour of the Masai, resplendent in their red Shukas (robes). A fantastic town to stock up on souvenirs or just admire the local art. Lake Nakuru National Park is famous for a large population of pink flamingos, which featured in the movie “Out of Africa”. Aside from flamingos, Lake Nakuru boasts a sizeable population of rhinos, both black and white. The more sociable white rhino is a common sight seen grazing on the open plains. However, it's less sociable cousin, the black rhino, often remains hidden in the dense bush. Although not native to this park they were introduced here because the park offered good security from poachers and they are being used in a breeding program to maintain and improve the rhino population and gene pool. This park also has lion, leopard, buffalo, plains game and a large diverse bird population, which was the original reason the park was established. Our lodge this evening offers splendid views across the plains. Enjoy the sunset whilst listening out for the laughing hyena or the mighty lion staking his territory for the night. Dinner and overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge or Sarova Lion Hill Lodge, B,L,D.

Day 5: Lake Naivasha to Nairobi.
After a half-day walking safari we journey back to the lodge for a big buffet breakfast then pack up and head to Nairobi stopping at the Rift Valley viewpoint for some stunning photo opportunities. The Rift Valley runs 6000 kms from the Red Sea into Mozambique and is up to 100km’s wide in places. After a photo opportunity at the viewpoint and a chance to enjoy the spectacular view we head back in to Nairobi for the night. Your tour ends upon arrival in Nairobi, B.
 The tour price is inclusive of:
.Guarantee price/guarantee safari on confirmation
.All ground transport whilst on safari in a comfortable safari van
.Full board accommodation whilst on safari
Meals as described, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
.Accommodation in either double/twin/triple.
.All park entrance fees to include government taxes
.Fully escorted tour with the service of an English speaking professional driver/guide
.All game drives as detailed in the itinerary
.Start and end in Nairobi
.Bottled mineral water whilst on safari
.Specialised services all through
.Sunset boat cruise at Lake Naivasha
Excluded:
.Tips
.Laundry
.Beverages/Drinks
.International flights
.Visas
.Items of personal nature
.Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary

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