A 7 Days Excursion of Kenya
Kenya is a one of the most popular destinations in the world. A wildlife expedition around Kenya is unforgettable. Guests sleep in luxurious resorts in the wild, dine alfresco a footstep from hippo infested rivers and view hundreds of species roaming indigenous habitats spread out within the country.
Must see attractions dot the landscape of this rapidly growing East African country. Excursions of national parks, reserves, sightseeing attractions, lakes and rivers give a unique wildlife package. Guests crisscross the country from the capital city to the wild land of Samburu and south to the lush plains of Maasai Mara.
Your wildlife expedition around Kenya will take you to the land of the great wildebeest migration. Find out why millions of wildebeests and thousands of zebras and gazelles love the plains of Maasai Mara that they make the daring run from Tanzania into Kenya. Discover beautiful attractions within the Great Rift Valley such as the flamingo infested Lake Nakuru.
This wildlife expedition around Kenya will open your eyes to the rich culture and beauty of Kenya. You will stay in excellent lodges within the attractions you visit so you can have adequate time to marvel and explore.
Leave Nairobi at 7:00am for Samburu National Reserve, in the northern part of Kenya. Enjoy the 7-hour drive through the modern streets of Nairobi and Thika town, the rich farmlands of Central Kenya and the savannah stretch from Nanyuki to Samburu. The northern frontier is a rugged landscape with rocks, mountains and hills such as Lolokowe Mountain, lush grassland and doum palms along the banks of River Ewaso Nyiro.
Check in at Samburu Serena Lodge and have lunch. While dining, observe the beautiful plains that you will explore in the afternoon to see lions, cheetahs, leopards, gerenuks, Grevy’s zebras and reticulated giraffes among other species.
Start the next day with an early morning game drive so you can sneak up on animals before sunrise. Get back to the lavish Samburu Serena Lodge for a sumptuous meal. Relax in the lodge until lunch time when another delicious meal will be served. Leave for another game drive at 4pm as animals get back to their habitat from Ewaso Nyiro River and the savannah.
Aberdare National Park
Have breakfast and leave Samburu Serena Lodge a short while later. Drive to the central part of Kenya. This region is the cistern of mountain ranges and indigenous forests around the Equator. Stop over at the Outspan Hotel in Nyeri for a finger-licking meal in the open air dining area while enjoying the view of Mount Kenya. Flowers, trees and patios make the gardens a beautiful place to relax after the road trip from Samburu.
Later, check in at Treetops Lodge within Aberdare National Park. This lodge has a history. Its luxurious rooms and suites have served royalty. Queen Elizabeth II got the sad news of her father’s death while on holiday at this hotel. She arrived in Kenya as a princess but ascended to the throne overnight.
The peculiar wooden storey structure sits snug in the middle of a forest. A watering hole on the side brings herds of elephants from the national parks and you can watch all this from the deck. This hotel has spacious and elegantly furnished rooms.
Aberdare National Park is home to the Aberdare ranges, indigenous forests, awe-inspiring waterfalls, rivers and animals such as elephants, waterbucks, reedbucks, dik dik, rhinos and rare bongos among others.
The meals at Treetop Lodge are exemplary. Enjoy dinner and rest in your room.
Have breakfast at Treetops Lodge and drive to Lake Nakuru in the Great Rift Valley. Check in at the luxurious Sarova Lion Hill Lodge and have lunch. This lodge overlooks the lake give a sweeping view of flamingos on the rim of the lake.
Sarova Lion Hill Lodge has spacious rooms with stunning view of the lake and the national park from private verandas. The scenery within the lodge is equally beautiful with mature acacia trees and lush lawns. There are different rooms and suites to suit a wide audience. The secluded Ziwa suite is a haven for newlyweds to enjoy a holiday away from the world. The rooms have large closets, en-suite bathrooms, tea and coffee makers.
Explore the park in the afternoon to get close to flamingos, lions, cheetahs, leopards, buffalos, baboons, Rothschild giraffes and rhinos among others. When you are satisfied with what you have seen, get back to the lodge for dinner and rest.
Option 1-Mara Sopa Lodge
Your destination in the expansive plains of this reserve is Mara Sopa Lodge at the foot of Oloolaimutia Hills. The swimming pool affords breathtaking view of the lodge’s gardens as well as the expansive plains. The facilities within this lodge are exceptional. It has an elegant dining room, a spacious lounge with a bar and cottages with private patios overlooking the reserve.
Have lunch and embark on the first game drive to see elephants, lions, giraffes, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas etc. The savannah hosts millions of wildebeests during the annual migration that takes place from October to July. If your visit is during this time, be sure to spot millions of the cow like beasts among zebras and gazelles.
Start the following day with a game drive before breakfast. Relax in the lodge thereafter enjoying the serene environment in the garden. You can cool off in the swimming pool or relax in the furnished lounge over a drink with your friends or other guests.
Have a sumptuous meal at lunch time and let it go down as you relax in your room or in other section of the lodge. Leave Mara Sopa Lodge in the later afternoon at 4:00am for a game drive as the sun sets over the rolling hills.
Option 2-Mara Simba Lodge
After an exquisite morning meal at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge, depart for Maasai Mara National Reserve. Say goodbye to the scenic Lake Nakuru, and hello to the endless plains of Mara.
Recover from the over six hours’ road trip by having lunch at the luxurious Mara Simba Lodge. Stone and wood chalets sit on the banks of Talek River within a beautiful forest. This camp has a variety of room sizes from twin to double and triple units. Families can settle for rooms with interconnecting doors. For a great time in this wilderness, this lodge has modern facilities such as tiled en-suite bathrooms. Rooms have interesting detail such as handmade beds.
Embark on the first safari in the late hours of the afternoon to see elephants, lions, cheetahs, giraffes, rhinos, wildebeests, zebras and gazelles. The pop up roof of the minibus lets you hear the roars and cries of animals. Capture the experience on film and hit the playback button when you get back to the lodge so you can reminisce over a drink by the fireplace.
After exploring Maasai Mara in a vehicle, take the experience a notch higher with a hot air balloon ride over the plains, the forests and rivers. This is the absolute game changer because an aerial view lets you scour the reserve in about 45 minutes. This early morning activity starts before dawn when the weather is conducive and animals are just waking up in the plains. This activity attracts a nominal fee.
Later, drive to Nairobi. You will be dropped off at your hotel, or you can proceed to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for a flight out of Kenya.