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DAY 1 NAIROBI

Transfer from Nairobi airport to the Nairobi Serena hotel for overnight BB

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DAY 2 SAMBURU B,L,D

Depart on safari after breakfast. Leave Nairobi, heading north through a patchwork of coffee plantations and small farms towards Mount Kenya and the highlands. Gaining altitude, the scenery becomes more lush, the air cooler and the roadside becomes a fascinating ribbon of small shops and stallholders. Stop en route at Karatina market. continue over the shoulder of Mount Kenya before descending the spectacular road down to the plains of Samburu game reserve. Arrival in time for lunch the Lodge. There will be time to relax by the pool before a late afternoon game viewing drive in the reserve. Spend two nights at Samburu Intrepids club.

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DAY 3 SAMBURU B,L,D

Morning and afternoon game viewing in Samburu, a game reserve unlike any other in Kenya with its dramatic scenery and unusual animal species. The Uaso Nyiro river forms the life blood of this arid area and is home to both crocodile and hippo while elephant, lion and leopard can be found along the shady river banks. Meanwhile, the rare and often more handsome species of well-known plains game such as Reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra and long necked Gerenuk graze in the more open bush land.

DAY 4 SWEETWATERS B,L,D

A morning drive back to the Kenya Highlands and on to the Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy. Lunch and afternoon game drive in Sweetwaters private game reserve including a visit to the chimpanzee conservation project. Sweetwaters is a small reserve and contains a very high concentration of wildlife. Virtually guaranteed sightings of Black rhino, elephant and buffalo, with high chances also of spotting lion. Overnight at Sweetwaters tented lodge. Optional night game drive, camel ride or guided walks can be booked at camp reception.

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DAY 5 LAKE NAKURU B,L,D

Leaving the green and fertile highlands, visit Thomson’s water falls before descending into the Rift valley. Continue to Lake Nakuru National park. Lunch and afternoon game drive beside the lake, seasonal home to over 450 species of bird including millions of Flamingo lining the shore. Overnight at Lion Hill lodge near the lake.

DAY 6 MASAI MARA B,L,D

A morning drive to Masai Mara game reserve, passing by the dormant Longonot volcano and arriving in time for lunch at a lodge. Continue during the afternoon through the reserve, game viewing en route . The next two nights are spent at Mara Ashnil tented camp or Mara Serena lodge.

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DAY 7 MASAI MARA B,L,D

A full day game viewing in the Mara, Kenya’s finest wildlife reserve. Elephant and Buffalo abound in the riverine forests, while out on the grasslands Impala and Thompson’s gazelle can be seen together with their attendant predators such as lion, Cheetah, Hyena and Jackal. The Mara is, in fact, the northern part of the Serengeti ecosystem and plays host to the vast herds of wildebeest and zebra during the months of July to October. Lesser known species such as topi, hartebeest, water buck Eland and many small mammals create a kaleidoscopic picture of wildlife. An optional balloon safari, guided nature walk or breakfast in the bush may also be booked in advance.

DAY 8 NAIROBI B,L

A scenic drive back to Nairobi for lunch at a hotel. Afternoon free to relax or go shopping in town. Tonight we recommend dinner at one of Nairobi’s many excellent restaurants (pay locally). Overnight at Nairobi Serena hotel.

DAY 9 LAKE MANYARA B,L,D

Transfer to the airport for flight to Arusha and lunch at a restaurant. Continue on safari, crossing the Great Rift valley and ascending the escarpment for overnight at Manyara Kirurumu camp, with panoramic views of Lake Manyara far below.

DAY 10 SERENGETI B,L,D

A morning game drive in Lake Manyara National park. This park is unique for its diverse and distinct Ecological zones ranging from the rocky Rift wall and ground water forest to woodland, open grassland, thermal springs and swamp. This diversity of habitat allows the visitor to see a wide variety of wildlife in a relatively small area. Look out for the rare tree-climbing Lions, monkeys galore in the tropical rain forest, hippo and flamingo around the lake and plenty of plains game grazing on the Savannah. Lunch at the lodge and afternoon drive to Ndutu Conservation area or the Serengeti plains. Spend the next two nights at Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented lodge (Nov – Mar) or Serengeti Serena lodge (Apr – Oct).

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DAY 11 SERENGETI B,L,D

Morning and afternoon game viewing in Serengeti, perhaps the greatest symbol of African wildlife heritage. Being centrally located, Serengeti Serena Lodge is an ideal base for exploring this hugely diverse Park. The short grass plains dotted with rock outcrops “kopjes” dominate the south and supports a combined population of more than 2.5 million Wildebeest, Zebra and gazelle during the wet season December to April. As drier weather approaches in May, the wildebeest migrate to the center and Western corridor of the park where acacia Savannah predominates and giraffe are more likely to be found. Don’t forget to look out for leopard and hippo along the riverine forest. By July, the herds arrive in the north where the plains give way to densely wooded hills and elephant country. Here they remain until the coming of the short rains in November signal the start of the Great Trek south again.

DAY 12 NGORONGORO B,L,D

Morning drive to Ngorongoro. Lunch and remainder of the afternoon free to relax by the pool or take an optional walk to the Elephant caves, visit an Iraqw village or visit a coffee estate (supplementary costs payable locally). Spend the next 2 nights at Acacia farm lodge, situated in the coffee growing areas of the Ngorongoro highlands .

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DAY 13 NGORONGORO B,L,D

A half day game viewing in the crater with picnic lunch. A first glimpse of Ngorongoro leaves one literally breathless. Once a huge volcano, probably larger than Kilimanjaro, it is now a vast circular amphitheater, spectacularly beautiful and a garden of Eden for huge numbers of wildlife. The animals are resident throughout the year and it is not difficult to find the “Big Five” Elephant, Lion, Buffalo, Rhino and Leopard. Center-piece of the extensive floor is Crater lake with its pink mantle of Flamingo and other bird life.

DAY 14 DEPART B,L

Drive to Arusha for lunch and afternoon transfer to JRO or ARK airport for departure.