Meet and greet on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Our representative will brief you about your safari. Transfer to the Aberdares Country Club (183 km, 3.5 hrs). En route, you can stop at the euqator to witness the coriolis effect!
On arrival at Aberdares Country Club, complete check-in formalities and transfer to The Ark Lodge.
The Aberdare National Park was created to protect the forested slopes and moors of the Aberdare Mountains, the peaks of which soar to 3930m and deep valleys are home to cascading streams and rivers. The park has elephant, lion, rhino, black leopard and the very elusive bongo antelope that lives in the high bamboo forest. The highlands are ideal for hiking and the environment so like moorland one could be forgiven for thinking that you had temporarily left Africa.
The Ark Lodge is uniquely shaped to resemble an ark, designed with decks from where numerous balconies and lounges provide superb vantage points for viewing the animals visiting the salt-lick and waterhole. A ground-level bunker at The Ark provides excellent photographic opportunities, and the Yasabara waterhole is floodlit by night to enable all-night viewing of game.
So as not to miss any animal sightings, the resident guide will buzz your room when special animals come to the waterhole. Simply throw on your provided robe and slippers, grab your camera and view nightlife at the waterhole!
The sister property to The Ark the Aberdare Country Club, is a short distance away and is the perfect place to spend the afternoon. Activities include a game walk on our 1300 acres, golf and tennis, horseback riding, relaxing at our health club or swimming pool, or simply enjoying the gorgeous gardens.
After breakfast, drive to Lake Naivasha (198 km, 3.5 hrs) and arrive in time for lunch at the Lake Naivasha Country Club (or similar lodge).
You have the afternoon at leisure! Later, take a boat ride in Lake Naivasha. You are likely to spot Hippos from close quarters and many birds, including cormorants and eagles!
Lake Naivasha is the highest of the Rift Valley Lakes and despite having no outlet is one of only two Rift Valley freshwater lakes. The beautiful lake is fringed by papyrus and acacia trees and supports a vast array of bird species. Although it is more than 10kms across it is very shallow and its area varies considerably with the rainfall, so much so that in the early 1900s it totally dried up.
After breakfast, proceed to the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve via the Great Rift Valley (262 km, 5.5 hrs). En route enjoy the beautiful scenery. Arrive at the Mara Keekorok (or similar lodge) in time for lunch.
In the afternoon, enjoy an enthralling game-viewing drive. Spotting lions, cheetahs and other spectacular predators is the highlight of your day.
The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park. The image of acacia trees on an endless grass plain epitomises Africa for many, and then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further.
The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. But that is not where the game viewing ends; large prides of lions, elephants and giraffes in grasslands, gazelles and eland to mention but a few. Aside from traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential and you can even do a horseback safari.
After breakfast, proceed for a full-day game-viewing drive to search for the myriad species of game that make this reserve their home. If you are lucky, you can witness the kill in action, moment by moment, right in front of your unbelieving eyes!
After a sumptuous lunch at your lodge, proceed for another exciting game drive, where you can expect to see the famous ‘Big 5’. In the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at your lodge.
On either of these days, you can take the following tours.
There is nothing quite like it. The absolute peace of immense vistas, muted colours and crisp fresh air and the promise of something wild! The Balloons lift off at dawn (06:15) after coffee and a flight briefing. The one-hour flight will give you a bird’s eye view of the best East Africa has to offer in the magnificent setting of the Great Rift Valley. After you land, have breakfast in the bush!
Get an insight into Masai life on a day trip to a village. The Maasai are a Neolithic ethnic group inhabiting southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. They are among the best known local populations due to their residence near the many game parks of the African Great Lakes and their distinctive customs and dress. The Maasai speak the Maa language. They are also educated in the official languages of Kenya and Tanzania, Swahili and English.
After breakfast at the lodge, drive back to Nairobi (274 km, 6 hrs), and spend the night in Nairobi
After breakfast, checkout from the hotel and proceed to the Giraffe Center. The African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Kenya (A.F.E.W. Kenya) also known as the Giraffe Centre is a non-governmental, non-profit making organization, which was founded by Betty and Jock Leslie-Melville in 1979. This was in a bid to save the endangered Rothschild Giraffe, which had lost its natural habitat in Western Kenya to agriculture.
Later have lunch at a local restaurant and transfer to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your departure flight back home.