Mt Kenya, Africa's second highest peak is regarded as the realm of Ngai, god of the local Kikuyu people. Traditionally, all Kikuyu home were built to face this sacred peak. They call it Kirinyaga, or place of light.
The mountain is an awe-inspiring sight. Its ragged series of peaks are crowned with snow, and its slopes are thick with forest. The mountain is best seen at dawn, when the days early light silhouettes its impressive summit high over the surrounding plains.
South Western Kenya is the heartland of the Maasai and at the heart of these lands is the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, widely considered to be Africa's greatest wildlife reserve. The Mara comprises200 sq miles of open plains, woodlands and riverine forest. Contiguouswith the plains of the Serengeti, the Mara is home to a breathtakingarray of life. The vast grassland plains are scattered with herds of Zebra, Giraffe, Gazelle, and Topi.
The Acacia forests abound with Bird life and Monkeys.Elephants and Buffalo wallow in the wide Musiara Swamp. The Mara andTalek rivers are brimming with Hippos and Crocodiles. Each year theMara
plays host to the world's greatest natural spectacle, the Great Wildebeest Migration from the Serengeti.
From July to October, the promise of rain and freshlife giving grass in the north brings more than 1.3 million Wildebeesttogether into a single massive herd. They pour across the border intothe Mara, making a spectacular entrance in a surging column of lifethat stretches from horizon to horizon.
Maasai Mara has a range of accommodation to suit all budgets, tastes and interests. Thereare very basic campsites where you can pitch a tent and sleep undercanvas in the wild, well appointed safari lodges, luxury tented campswith large, fully furnished tents, small private camps for yourexclusive use and much, much, more.
Nakuru provides the visitor with one of Kenya's best known images. Thousands of flamingo, joined into a massive flock, fringe the shores of this soda lake. A pulsing pink swathe of life that carpets the water, the flamingo are a breathtaking sight.
The lake has become world famous for these birds, who visit the lake to feed on algae that forms on the lake bed. They move back and forth, feeding and occasionally and spectacularly taking to flight, filling the sky over the lake with colour. The lake is extremely variable in size- changing from 5 up to 30 sq kms in area. Nakuru has more than just flamingos. This is a major National Park and an important sanctuary for Rhino. Both Black and White Rhino are found here, and are often seen resting under acacias by the Lake shore.
The park abounds with game. There are huge herds of waterbuck, zebra, buffalo, the endangered Rothschild Giraffe and more. This is one of your best chances of seeing Leopard in Kenya, and there are several large prides of Lion. Exploring beyond the lake is always rewarding and there are forests, cliffs, waterfalls and more to be found here. Nearby Nakuru town is a busy and thriving local centre with a bustling market. The town is a hub for local transport and travel.
Kenya's capital city has risen in a single century from a brackish uninhabited swampland to a thriving modern capital. When railway construction workers reached this area in 1899, they set up a basic camp and supply depot, simply called 'Mile 327'. The local Maasai called this highland swamp Ewaso Nai'beri - the place of cold water.
The camp became a rustic village, and then a shanty town, which by 1907 was the capital of all of British East Africa. It was soon an important centre for the colony and a mecca for adventurers, hunters and travellers from all over the world.
Modern Nairobi is still the safari capital of the Africa, but the modern world has quickly caught up with the city. A frontier town no more, Nairobi has become one of Africa's largest, and most interesting cities. Nairobi is a city that never seems to sleep.
Day 01 : Nairobi
On arrival into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you are met by our Representative as you disembark off the flight, you will be assisted through immigration and customs. After collecting your luggage you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight at your hotel
Day 02 : Nairobi - Tree Hotel
After breakfast, leave Nairobi in the morning to Nyeri, a small but fast growing town in the heart of the coffee growing and dairy farming area in the so-called former White Highlands of Kenya. After a sumptuous lunch at the base hotel, the tour leaves for a tree hotel where the evening is spent watching succession of animals that emerge from the forest and descend on floodlit water hole and salt lick, scuffling and jostling for a good vantage position. At night if you want to remain awake and watch the show-the Elephants may engage in a show of strength with each other but even they would be reluctant to challenge the rhino. The herbivores keep their distance from these two competitors. In the case of Mountain Lodge you arrive directly at the lodge for lunch.
Meals and overnight at a Tree hotel.
You are required to pack an overnight Bag when you transfer to the Ark or Treetops for the night.
Day 03 : Aberdare to Mt. Kenya Safari Club
Breakfast at the Lodge. Morning drive to the magnificent Mount Kenya Safari Club nestled in the foothills of snow-capped Mount Kenya. Its sprawling colonial design was influenced by the late actor William Holden, who founded the Club in 1959 with two of his friends. His love for Africa led him to make Kenya his second home for over twenty-five years. On the way to the Mt. Kenya Safari Club, we stop over at the equator for the Coriolis Demonstration. Lunch at the club. Afternoon is spent at leisure.
The club has over the years attracted legions of internationally renowned members and guests from the world of politics, film and theatre. Sir Winston Churchill and Lord Mountbatten were members, and enjoyed sojourns at the club, as have legends Clark Gable and John Wayne, and more recent celebrities such as Robert Redford, Sean Connery and Catherine Deneuve. You too will receive the star treatment as you settle into your suite or cosy cottage.
Pay a visit and do not miss the animal orphanage operated by the William Holden Wildlife Foundation. Here wildlife foundlings are raised with great care and many are quite tame. It is an opportunity to get close to some wild creatures that despite a struggle have managed to survive. Dinner and overnight at Mount Kenya Safari Club
Day 04 : Mt. Kenya - Nakuru.
After breakfast drive via Nyahururu (Thompson's Falls) at an altitude of 7,738 feet. The falls are named after the Scots explorer Joseph Thompson who was the first European to discover the falls in 1884. Then comes the descent into the Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru National park for lunch at one of the hotels. An afternoon drive in the park to enjoy the sight of pelicans bathing in the fresh water streams which terminate in Lake Nakuru. Since there is no existing drainage, Lake Nakuru is alkaline, the perfect place for flamingos to feed on the blue-green algae. The greater flamingo attains a height of about 4.26 feet, its plumage is almost white with a pale pink, black tipped beak. It is the lesser flamingo that has the more exotic color. About 2.72 ft. in height, with a rosy plumage and dark red, black tipped beak. Lake Nakuru National Park has a great variety of bird life which includes the Egyptian goose and a variety of ducks that come from Europe to winter. This park is truly a bird watchers paradise. The game animals include hippo, waterbuck, gazelles, colobus monkeys, buffalo, leopard and the Rothschild giraffe. The park is also a sanctuary for the white rhino. This park has an abundance of acacia trees, both yellow barked (fever tree) the umbrella-topped acacia and the candelabra cactus. All meals and overnight at a lodge/ camp in Nakuru
Day 05 :Nakuru - Masai Mara
After breakfast, drive across the plains to arrive at the Masai Mara National Reserve in time for lunch.
An afternoon drive will doubtless offer a sight of the black-manned lion for which the Mara is famous, sheltering from the heat. This park has a large concentration of wildlife big and small. The Masai Mara is at the bottom of the Rift Valley. There is a definite change in vegetation. The trees on the slopes resemble gnarled olive trees, later their place is taken by flat-topped acacia.
Meals and overnight at a lodge/ camp in Mara.
Day 06 :Masai Mara
A full day of game viewing and exploring in this Kenya's finest reserve or alternatively a morning game drive followed by an afternoon swim in the cool water of the hotel swimming pool. You may witness the lion making a kill or a leopard enjoying the meal he had dragged up the tree with him. The vegetation is mostly savanna type with forested areas near the rivers and of course the dwarf acacias to cater for the giraffes. More than 60 species of animals are found here and countless bird species, this includes the Masai ostrich and the secretary bird. This is where the great migration of the wildebeest takes place
Meals and overnight at a lodge/ camp in Mara.
Day 06 :Depart
This morning, after an American breakfast at the hotel, morning transfer Airport, as this memorable tour ends. Return home with wonderful memories of your tour with Safari Trails.
Packages starting from AUD 1813 per person Your Package includes :
Accommodation for 1 night in Nairobi as per choice
Accommodation for 1 night in Nyeri as per choice
Accommodation for 1 nights in Mount Kenya Safari Club as stipulated in the itinerary
Accommodation for 1 night in Lake Nakuru as per choice
Accommodation for 2 nights in Masai Mara as per choice
Breakfast in Nairobi & all meals at all other places.
Meet & Greet at the Nairobi international airport with private transfer to your hotel.
Transportation throughout in a Custom built minivan
Services of an English speaking tour driver/ Guide.
Game viewing drives and park entry fees as per itinerary