Maasai Mara!!

Mara is a Maasai word for “spotted”. From the air, the visual effect of the Mara thickets looks like spots hence the name of Masai Mara Game Reserve. The Maasai Mara is one of its kind as this is the home of all the big five – rightly named big five – not because of their size but because of each of these animals were highly poached. Some for their horns believed to be aphrodisiac whilst others for their skin. Whatever the reason, the Maasai Mara has continued to be a safe haven for these animals. The Masai Mara boasts more than 450 species of birds which includes raptors. This park is home to astonishing number of animals, umbrella shaped trees, the beautiful sunsets (always at the same time every day of the year), the winding Mara River and the rugged Ololoolo Escarpment.

 

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Sweetwater’s Game Reserve, also known as Ol Pejeta Ranch is located in an expansive 24,000 acres of a privately owned ranch, famous for its non-indigenous chimpanzees.

The Jane Goodall Institute established a Chimpanzee Sanctuary at the site. The sanctuary does not encourage breeding but it recognizes the importance of raising baby chimpanzees to adulthood. A walk around the Chimps Sanctuary will give you an opportunity to spot the orphaned chimps. It’s also the largest Black Rhino Sanctuary in East Africa. Apart from the chimps and the black rhinos, you have a chance to view the amazing variety of wildlife such as the zebras, lions, leopards, Thomson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, Oryx, eland, baboons, elephants and various species of birds.

 

Samburu Game Reserve

This is Kenya’s semi-arid region characterized by vast, open landscape, dried river beds, red volcanic soil, rock outcropping, river acacia trees and palm trees. Here you have the opportunity to see the five unique wildlife found only in the northern frontier i.e. Gerenuk, Grevy’s zebras, Oryx, Reticulated Giraffes and the Somali Ostrich in addition to the mammals. Samburu is a name of Masai origin, “Samburr” which means a traditional bag for carrying honey and meat. It lies 325 km (205 miles) from Nairobi in the hot and arid fringes of the vast northern region of Kenya. It’s located in what is known as the Northern Frontier District approximately 40miles north of the equator on the northern side of River Ewaso Nyiro which means “brown water”.’ Buffalo Springs is found on the southern side of the river. River Ewaso Nyiro has no outlet hence disappears into the vast Lorian Swamp downstream of Samburu. The reserve is within the land of the Samburu pastoralists who are related to the Maasai people in the south

 

Aberdare National Park

Located in the Central province of Kenya, Aberdare is a volcanic mountain range with dense forests, deep ravines, clear streams, waterfalls, alpine plants and misty moorlands. The range forms the eastern wall of the Rift Valley stretching for about 100km. Ol Donyo Lesatima (3,999m) and Kinangop (3,906m) are the two main peaks, and between them is the long saddle of alpine moorland at over 3,000m.The park covers an area of 766km2 and is an important water catchment’s area, which also provides water to the several rivers and drainage basins. Besides the peaks, some of the major attractions here include; The Tree Lodges (Queen Elizabeth learned of her accession to the throne at Tree-tops). The park hosts a large population of black rhino and features most endangered species comprising: the rare bongo, giant forest hog and wild dogs. Others include: Leopard, Serval cats, endemic bird species and reptiles

 

Day 1                                                                    Arrival Nairobi/Transfer/City Hotel

  • Upon arrival after clearance from immigration and customs you will be met by our safari director for meet and greet.
  • Board your Safari vehicle and transfer to your hotel for check-In and refreshments. Early check in subject to room availability
  • Buffet Lunch/Dinner will be on own arrangement from the hotel menus

Overnight: Park Inn Radisson Blu

Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast

 

Day 2                                                                         Nairobi/Aberdare N. Park

  • Wake up call and enjoy breakfast.
  • Check out and embark on your journey to Aberdare National park
  • Transfer to the ark tree lodge for check in and lunch
  • Game viewing from the deck /balconies as game animals come to drink from the water hole.
  • Enjoy dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Aberdare Treetops Lodge

Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast

 

Day 3                                                   Aberdare N. Park /Samburu National Reserve

  • Wake up and enjoy breakfast
  • Check out from your lodge and embark on your journey north of Kenya
  • Arrive in your lodge for a sumptuous lunch.
  • Spend the early afternoon at leisure/relaxing
  • Embark on your first afternoon game drive in Samburu National Reserve which is famous for the Samburu special five.
  • Return for dinner and overnight.

 

Overnight: Samburu Sopa Lodge

Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4                                                               Samburu National Reserve

  • Enjoy Morning and afternoon game drive giving you a chance to see rare species of game which include Grevy’s zebra, long naked gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, Beisa Oryx, among other wild not forgetting many bird species.
  • All meals served and overnight at your lodge.
  • Optional visit to the Samburu Community (At an Extra Cost)

 

Overnight: Samburu Sopa Lodge

Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast

 

Day 5                                        Samburu National Reserve/Ol Pejeta Conservancy

  • Wake up call enjoy breakfast
  • Check out with game drive Enroute and depart to Ol Pejeta Sanctuary arriving in good time for your mid-morning game drive.
  • Ol Pejeta Sanctuary: Ol Pejeta Ranch is located in an expansive 24,000 acres of a privately owned ranch, famous for its non-indigenous chimpanzees. The sanctuary does not encourage breeding but it recognizes the importance of raising baby chimpanzees to adulthood. It’s also the largest Black Rhino Sanctuary in East Africa and home to the only remaining northern white Rhino. Other species of wildlife include zebras, lions, leopards, Thomson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, Oryx, eland, baboons, elephants and various species of birds.
  • Enjoy lunch at your camp.
  • Depart for your afternoon game drive in the sanctuary.
  • Enjoy dinner and overnight

Overnight: Sweet Waters Serena Camp

Meal plan: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast

 

Day 6                                                               Ol Pejeta / Lake Naivasha

  • Wake up call.
  • Enjoy breakfast, Check out and depart to Lake Naivasha region
  • Enjoy lunch at your lodge after check in.
  • Early afternoon at leisure relaxing
  • Optional afternoon boat ride with visit to crescent island (At an extra cost)
  • Return for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge

Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast

 

 

Day 7                                                  Lake Naivasha /Masai Mara National Reserve

  • Wake up call.
  • Enjoy breakfast.
  • Check out and depart to Masai Mara past the Great Rift Valley and Narok town arriving in good time for check in.
  • Enjoy a sumptuous lunch and spend the early afternoon relaxing.
  • Proceed for your late afternoon game drive in the reserve described as the 8th wonder of the world due to Annual Migration of the wildebeest.
  • Optional sundowner cocktail served with cold canapés (At an Extra Cost)
  • Return for dinner and overnight

Overnight: Mara River Camp (Superior Rooms)

Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast

 

Day 8                                                               Masai Mara Full Day

  • Optional Early morning balloon safari ride with Bush Breakfast (At an Extra Cost)
  • Embark on your morning game drive.
  • Return to your lodge for breakfast.
  • Optional bush breakfast at the banks of Mara river (at an Extra Cost)
  • Optional visit to a Masai village with Masai attire and Regalia (At an Extra Cost)
  • Embark on your evening game drive.
  • Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

 

Overnight: Mara River Camp (Superior Rooms)

Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast

 

Day 9                                                               Masai Mara/Nairobi

  • Wake up call.
  • Enjoy breakfast.
  • Check out and drive to Nairobi with optional lunch at Narok Town enroute
  • Arrive in Nairobi for check in at your hotel
  • Enjoy dinner and overnight

Overnight: Park Inn Radisson Blu

Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast

 

Day 10                                                             Nairobi Activities/Depart

  • Wake up call.
  • Enjoy breakfast then check out from your hotel and embark on your half day city tour of Nairobi.
  • Visit David Sheldrick home of the hurt and abandoned baby elephants
  • Optional certificate for annual adoption of baby elephants at David Sheldrick Animal Orphanage ($50USD)
  • Visit giraffe centre which protects the endangered Rothschild Giraffe with a chance of feeding this endangered species.
  • Late afternoon transfer to Carnivore restaurant for your farewell dinner
  • Transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to connect to your outbound flights

USING 4 X 4 LAND CRUISER

 

Low Season

Per Person Sharing based on 2 pax                                                                         $2570

Per Person Sharing based on 4 pax                                                                         $2050

Per Person Sharing based on 6 pax                                                                         $1880

Per Person Sharing based on 8 pax                                                                         $1790

 

High Season

Per Person Sharing based on 2 pax                                                                         $2845

Per Person Sharing based on 4 pax                                                                         $2260

Per Person Sharing based on 6 pax                                                                         $2065

Per Person Sharing based on 8 pax                                                                         $1965

 

Peak Season

Per Person Sharing based on 2 pax                                                                         $3400

Per Person Sharing based on 4 pax                                                                         $2755

Per Person Sharing based on 6 pax                                                                         $2535

Per Person Sharing based on 8 pax                                                                         $2426

 

 

 

 

Low Season – April – June

 

High Season – 2nd Jan – March, November – 22nd Dec

 

Peak Season – July – October, Easter, 23rd Dec – 1st Jan

 

Rate Above Includes

  • Meet and greet at the airport.
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Accommodation as per the above programme and meal plan.
  • All Park fees in National park and Reserves.
  • Fare well dinner at Carnivore Restaurant Hotel on the last day.
  • Transportation using 4 X 4 Land Cruisers with an English speaking driver guide.
  • Complimentary 1/2 litre mineral water per person per day during the safari
  • Flying Doctor Coverage: All clients who are booking a safari in Kenya and Tanzania with Africa Safariland Tours are covered by AMREF Flying Doctor Service, Kenya. This coverage is subject to getting the clients’ Travel Insurance Details (Name of insurer and insurance policy number) prior to traveling.

 

 

Rate Above Excludes:

  • Christmas Supplement
  • Any domestic and International Air fare
  • Travel Insurance
  • All drinks & any meals unless stated in above.
  • All tips and porterage.
  • Value added services and other additional activities/Balloon services
  • Expenses of personal nature e.g. personal insurance, mini-bar, telephone and laundry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Booking Terms and Conditions:

30% deposit is required at the time of booking.

The balance should be sent at least 60 days prior to tour commencement.

Cancellation and No show charges.

Reservations that are cancelled, reduced in length of stay or reduced in numbers (hereinafter collectively called a CANCELLATION) are subject to Cancellation and No Show fees.

Whenever such fees are charged by the supplier(s), either hotel/camp or agent, AST will forward the same to the respective tour operator.

Reservations that are cancelled, reduced in length of stay or reduced in numbers (hereinafter collectively called a CANCELLATION) are subject to Cancellation:

  • 60 days to 46 days prior to arrival: 15%
  • 45 days to 35 days prior to arrival: 35%
  • 34 days to 15 days prior to arrival: 50%
  • 14 days and No Show: 100%

Single Rooms:

Accommodation in singles rooms will be charged up to a maximum of 3 rooms at the single room rate subject to availability. Additional rooms will be charged at double room rate.

Passenger Information

Baggage allowance for domestic flights is 15kgs per person including hand luggage. Soft-sided luggage or duffels are preferable to hard luggage for storage on safari vehicles within East Africa. Large suitcases of dimensions greater than 24″x 17″x 7″ are impossible to store in vehicles and on aircraft and should not be used. (Baggage and personal effects are at owner’s risk throughout the tour and baggage insurance for members is strongly advised)

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