Shores of Lake Nakuru

Best East African Wildlife safari

In Kenya, start your adventure in Aberdare Ranges before descending to the Great Rift Valley town of Nakuru then up your game with a tour of Maasai Mara and lake Victoria and later cruise into Tanzania for an action packed holiday in Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara.

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Explore Kenya and Tanzania

The big five (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and the leopard), is the most popular group of animals to see in the best East African wildlife safari. These species live in the plains of national parks in Kenya and Tanzania.  Travel to this East African region to see thousands of these animals hunting or grazing in the savannah and in riverine forests. The most famous national parks where you can easily spot these animals during a morning or afternoon game drive are Maasai Mara National Reserve and Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya, and Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania.

This is the best East African wildlife safari because it will take you to the bush that houses the big five and hundreds more such as wildebeests, zebras, giraffes, cheetahs and flamingos. It is also the once in a life time chance to spot hundreds resident and migratory birds of the Great Rift Valley and other parts of this region.

Enjoy daily game drives traversing the worst of African terrain to take you to the home of different species deep in the remote countryside.  A professional guide will enlighten you on the habits and lifestyle of each species you come across in the safari.

Destinations:  Nairobi– Aberdare- Nakuru- Maasai Mara– Lake Victoria- Serengeti- Ngorongoro- Lake Manyara

Nairobi

Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where our ground representative will be waiting for you for the road transfer to Jacaranda Hotel. Check in at this lavish hotel in the up market entertainment capital of Nairobi, Westlands, about 5km from the city center. The serene atmosphere with jacaranda trees and lush green lawns makes this hotel a great place to relax after a flight.  The rooms are furnished to precision with large beds, a wall to wall carpets, chairs and lounge tables. The facilities and amenities include an en-suite bathroom, a tea and coffee maker as well as an electronic safe.

Enjoy a sumptuous dinner in the ambient restaurant while listening to soothing music playing in the background.

Aberdare National Park

Start your day with a delicious buffet breakfast at Jacaranda Hotel.  Depart for Aberdare National Park in the central region of the country, about 100km from the capital city.  Stop over for lunch at Country Club in Mweiga before a short trip to get to Aberdare National park, where you will check in at The Ark.

The Aberdare National Park houses the Aberdare mountain ranges made up of indigenous forests, valleys, rivers and waterfalls. It is the most beautiful landscape in the region, and the source of water for many towns including Nairobi and Thika. The Ark is a prestigious hotel in the middle of this jungle. A huge wooden ark, like the biblical Noah’s Ark, sits within a thick bush with rolling hills around it and a floodlit watering hole at its foot. Four viewing decks bring the magical landscape into the ark, and you can also enjoy this surreal view from your room, from the dining room or from any other section of this property. The rooms are on three floors, en-suite, furnished with large beds, bedside stools and wall paintings. Enjoy a meal in the spacious, elegant dining room while watching wildlife activity outdoors.

Lake Nakuru National Park

Enjoy full board accommodation at any of these four lodges and camps.

Option 1- Flamingo Hill Camp

End the awesome safari at The Ark with a sumptuous breakfast.  Depart for the Great Rift Valley for several days of fun on the shores of Lake Nakuru. To make sure you have exclusive access to the flamingo covered lake, you will stay at the luxurious Flamingo Hill Camp. It is within the expansive plains of Lake Nakuru National Park. This region has the best weather for a safari.  A clear blue sky, sunshine and lush greenery within the camp make Flamingo Hill Camp a great place to relax in the great gorge. Check into a spacious tent with a thatched roof, a large poster bed and en-suite bathroom facilities. Have a sumptuous meal at the restaurant before an afternoon game drive in the national park. Watch hundreds of birds, flamingos, lions, elephants, rhinos, zebras, giraffes, baboons, waterbucks, warthogs and hippos among other species.

 Don’t worry if you fail to cover every inch of the park because you will explore each section of the lake and the area around it the following day.

Option 2- Lake Nakuru Lodge

Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast at The Ark before your trip out of the central part of Kenya into the Great Rift Valley. Your destination is Lake Nakuru, which is one of the famous attractions within the rift valley.  Drive into Lake Nakuru Lodge on the shores of the flamingo covered lake within the national park.  This lodge redefines luxury accommodation by offering you a safari themed family room, cottage or suite. It has an elegant African themed dining room and a spacious pool overlooking the lush gardens. Check in and have lunch before an afternoon trip to explore the national park.

Lake Nakuru National Park is home to hyenas, hippos, lions, elephants, cheetahs and leopards. The most popular spot is the lake because of the spontaneous flight of flamingos over the water and the rim of millions of these birds that give the lake a characteristic pink color.

You have another day of adventure in the national park so after breakfast at Lake Nakuru Lodge, board the game drive vehicle and cruise through the park. There are hundreds of birds to see so make sure to keep an eye on the African sky and in the forests within this park.

Option 3- Naivasha Sopa Lodge

Wake up to a delicious breakfast at The Ark while watching the Aberdare Ranges from the wall to wall windows in the dining room. Depart for the Great Rift Valley later.

For your expedition in Lake Nakuru, you will stay a few kilometers away, at the plush Naivasha Sopa Lodge. Set on a lush green lawn on the shores of Lake Naivasha, this lodge’s landscape consists of a forest of indigenous acacia trees towering over the two storey cottages and the main buildings.

 Naivasha Sopa Lodge is a beautiful, opulent resort with resident giraffes and monkeys that will keep you company when you relax on the terrace of your cottage or in the gazebo. Check into a spacious cottage with an amazing view of the garden, and go to the equally magnificent dining room for lunch.

In the afternoon, visit Lake Nakuru National Park to view flamingos, elephants, hippos, rhinos and giraffes. Go back to the lavish lodge for dinner and rest ahead of another day of fun in Lake Nakuru National Park.

 

Option 4- Naivasha Country Club

Depart for the Great Rift Valley after breakfast at The Ark. This geographical attraction splits through East Africa and along the gorge are famous attractions such as Lake Nakuru. To explore this great wonder that attracts millions of flamingos, you will stay at Naivasha Country Club. Check in and have lunch in this luxury lodge on the shores of Lake Naivasha. This lodge dates back to colonial Kenya and its architecture boasts of aristocratic luxury. It has spacious cottages with large beds, a lounge area, dresser and en-suite bathroom.

 Have lunch, al fresco style, and start your excursions in the afternoon. Naivasha is about an hour from Nakuru so enjoy the ride as you view other attractions of the great rift. Take a tour of Lake Nakuru National Park to see flamingos, hippos, rhinos, elephants, giraffes, lions and cheetahs among others.

Get back to the lodge in Naivasha for a sumptuous dinner in the ambient dining room with a beautiful view of the lake.  Retreat to your room to rest awaiting an awesome day of game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park.

 Maasai Mara

Spend your safari in Maasai Mara at any of these three camps and lodges.

Option 1- Mara Sopa Lodge

After a brief stay in the Great Rift Valley, depart for Maasai Mara, after a mouth-watering breakfast. Check into a spacious cottage in Maasai Mara Sopa Lodge on Oloolaimutia Hills with a breathtaking view of the plains from your private veranda. Perfectly furnished with modern pieces and a blend of African prints and elements here and there, the cottages are impeccable.

The dining experience is quite memorable too. The seats and tables in the dining room curve around a fireplace, with large windows of the walls bringing in natural light and the beauty of the plains. After lunch, head for the first game drive in the plains, and explore Maasai Mara until the late hours of the evening when you can get back for a swim in the spacious pool, dinner and rest.

The next day, find out why Maasai Mara is so popular. Discover hundreds of species that inhabit its savannah and riverine forests such as lions, gazelles, impalas, bushbucks, waterbucks, zebras, hyenas, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes and leopards. It is a full day of game drives so you can spot as many species as possible. Additionally, you can enjoy an aerial view of the reserve from a hot air balloon or learn about the Maasai culture by visiting the local village at a small fee.

Option 2- Siana Springs Camp

Leave the beautiful plains of the Great Rift Valley for another dose of fun in the plains of Maasai Mara. The trip to Narok Country takes you to the heart of Maasai country. The Maasai Mara is named after this community and the Mara River that meanders through the plains of this national Reserve. Siana Springs Camp sits on natural springs that water the indigenous forest on this edge of the reserve. The resort has 39 tents with private verandas facing lush gardens. The tents have a bed, wardrobe and a reading desk. Check in and have lunch at Siana Springs Camp. Tour the plains in the afternoon and get back to camp for dinner and rest.

Spend the next day in the plains of Maasai Mara viewing elephants, wildebeests, big cats, giraffes and gazelles. Start with a morning drive; go to the camp for lunch and to relax ahead of an afternoon game drive. If you would love to learn about the Maasai, embark on a cultural visit to the local village, at a small charge.

Option 3- Mara Sentrim

After a brief stay in the Great Rift Valley, depart for Maasai Mara. Check into a spacious cottage in Maasai Mara Sopa Lodge on Oloolaimutia Hills with a breathtaking view of the plains from your private veranda. Perfectly furnished with modern pieces and a blend of African prints and elements here and there, the cottages are impeccable.

The dining experience is quite memorable too. The seats and tables in the dining room curve around a fireplace, with large windows of the walls bringing in natural light and the beauty of the plains. After lunch, head for the first game drive in the plains, and explore Maasai Mara until the late hours of the evening when you can get back for a swim in the spacious pool, dinner and rest.

The next day, find out why Maasai Mara is so popular. Discover hundreds of species that inhabit its savannah and riverine forests such as lions, gazelles, impalas, bushbucks, waterbucks, zebras, hyenas, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes and leopards. It is a full day of game drives so you can spot as many species as possible. Additionally, you can enjoy an aerial view of the reserve from a hot air balloon or learn about the Maasai culture by visiting the local village at a small fee.

Lake Victoria

From the plains of Maasai Mara, take the holiday experience to a whole new level with a trip to Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa. This water body is the pride of three East African countries that are Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.  You will arrive at Speke Bay Lodge in the afternoon. This luxury lodge has bungalows a stone’s throw from the waters of Lake Victoria, and a tented camp.

Spend the afternoon watching activity on the lake, and in the evening, just marvel at the beauty of the orange glow of the sun sinking into the lake.   Enjoy international and Tanzanian dishes for dinner in the large restaurant. Each meal at Speke Bay Lodge comes with a wide selection of wines, fruits and vegetables.

Serengeti National Park

Wake up to a delicious breakfast in your bungalow, on the deck outside the restaurant or in the beautiful garden. Afterwards, it’s a road trip into Serengeti National Park. Speke Bay Lodge is about 15km from the national park. Seronera Wildlife Lodge sits on the beautiful plains of Serengeti. Its 75 rooms have a scenic panorama of the plains. Inside these rooms is an amazing blend of African décor ideas and modern furnishing such as large beds and lighting fixtures on the walls. Have lunch and leave for an afternoon game drive in the plains.

On the second day, explore the expansive savannah to find lions basking on the grass awaiting the opportune moment to pounce on unsuspecting herbivores.  Other carnivores to see are cheetahs, leopards, hyenas and jackals. Discover over 500 species of birds in the rivers around Seronera River and in the plains.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

After a morning game drive and breakfast at Seronera Wildlife Lodge, hop into Ngorongoro which is another remarkable conservation area in Tanzania.   Stop over at Ol Duvai Gorge, before getting into Ngorongoro area, to see the archeological site whose fossils date back to about two million years ago.  Enjoy packed lunch on the way from Ol Duvai Gorge so you can get to Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge in the afternoon. One word can describe the beauty of this lodge- heavenly. The view of Ngorongoro Crater is amazing from the rooms facing the crater, from the terrace or the restaurant.  This lodge is on the rim of the caldera making it easy to descend to the floor. Enjoy this view in the evening and through dinner.

Lake Manyara National Park

Early in the morning after breakfast, descend to the floor of the crater. It is a magical place with forests, swamps, a freshwater lake and savannah vegetation. Hundreds of species live within this beautiful landscape. You will come across lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffalos. After the game drive in the caldera, climb up and drive to Lake Manyara, which is another attraction in the Great Rift Valley. Check in and have lunch at Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge before a game drive in the afternoon. This lodge overlooks the lake and its rondavel rooms have an elegant interior with a myriad of blue tones just like the turquoise waters outside.

Day 12:Nairobi

Have breakfast and depart for Arusha for the afternoon shuttle to Nairobi. Upon arrival in Nairobi, our guide will take you to JKIA for a flight out of Kenya.

On the other hand, you can leave Tanzania through Kilimanjaro Airport instead of the road trip. If you still wish to spend some days in Tanzania, why not head to Zanzibar for a beach safari?

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