Day 1 : Arrive in Nairobi
On arrival into Nairobi you will be received by our representative and transferred to Aberdare National Park. On arrival at Aberdare Country you will check in and then be taken to Aberdare National Park. The Aberdare National Park, with an area of 767 Km2 covers the higher areas of the Aberdare Mountain Ranges of Central Kenya, from altitude of 1829M to 4001M above sea level. Animals easily observed in the park include the Black Rhino, leopard, baboon, black and white Colobus monkey and sykes monkey. Rarer sightings include those of lions, the golden cat and the bongo- an elusive forest antelope that lives in the bamboo forest.
After a brief drive through the park we arrive at The Ark. Set in the heart of the Aberdare National Park, The Ark overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick, which attracts a host of awesome wildlife. Modeled after Noah’s Ark, The Ark has four viewing decks with balconies and lounges to provide superb game viewing from the comfort of the lodge. The animals come to you! Overnight at the Ark in Aberdare National Park.
Day 2 : Beautiful Lake Naivasha
Today, we check out of our lodge and drive to Lake Naivasha. Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake in Kenya, fringed by thick papyrus. Afternoon wind and storms can cause the Lake to become suddenly rough and produce high waves. For this reason, the local Masai christened the lake Nai’ posha meaning ‘rough water’, which the British later misspelt as Naivasha.. The lake and its surrounds are rich in natural bounty, and the fertile soils and water supply have made this one of Kenya’s prime agricultural regions. Much of the lake is surrounded by forests of the yellow barked Acacia Xanthophlea, known as the yellow fever tree. These forests abound with bird life, and Naivasha is known as a world class birding destination.
Later we take you for an afternoon Game Drive to Lake Nakaru National Park. You can expect to see both black and white rhino, baboons or perhaps a lucky leopard or two, apart from the usual zebras, buffaloes and Rothschild’s giraffes. Overnight at the lodge in Lake Naivasha.
Day 3 : Masai Mara
Today, sit back in your Safari Van and drive to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. We arrive at Masai Mara Reserve and check into your Lodge. Masai Mara is situated in south-west Kenya and is one of Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserves. Together with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania it forms Africa’s most diverse, incredible and most spectacular eco -systems and possibly the world’s top safari big game viewing ecosystem. Made famous by the abundance of the big cats, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and the Great Wildebeest Migration and the Masai people, well known for their distinctive custom and dress. Masai Mara National Reserve stretches 1,510 sq km (580 sq miles) and raises 1,500-2,170 meters above sea level. It hosts over 95 species of mammals and 570 recorded species of birds. In the afternoon, we take you on a game drive into the Mara Reserve. See the wildlife this Reserve is famous for - Gazelles, Antelopes and a variety of birds. The Lion, Elephant, Cheetah and Leopard can also be seen. Overnight at your lodge in Masai Mara.
Day 4 : Masai Mara Game Reserve
Today, we take you for an extensive game drive into the reserve. See Crocodiles and Hippos resting in the water. We return in time for a buffet lunch.
Masai Mara is one of the best plains’ game reserve where you can actually encounter a live Discovery Channel, a haven for viewing a congregation of all sorts of animals in a five-mile radius: A pride of lions can be spotted ready to make a run for a gazelle, a cheetah and its cub taking a nap on a rock, a pair of ostriches walking the open stretches of the savannah or a gazelle giving birth The first sight of this natural wonderland is breathtaking. Here the great herds of shuffling elephants browse among the rich tree-studded grasslands with an occasional sighting of a solitary and ill-tempered rhino. In the Mara River, hippo submerges at the approach of a vehicle only to surface seconds later to snort and grumble their displeasure. Seemingly, the drowsy crocodile sunbathe on the riverbanks, mouth agape, waiting with subtle cunning for prey at which to strike with lightning swiftness. On an afternoon game drive deeper in the reserve, see herds of wild beasts, Elephants, Buffalos, Zebras, Rhinos, Leopards and the prides of Lions. Overnight at your lodge in Masai Mara.
Day 5 : Nairobi
Today, after breakfast we check out and drive to Nairobi. Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya. The city and its surrounding area also form Nairobi County. The name “Nairobi” comes from the Masai phrase Enkare Nairobi, which translates to “cool water”. The phrase is also the Masai name of the Nairobi river, which in turn lent its name to the city. However, it is popularly known as the “Green City in the Sun” and is surrounded by several expanding villa suburbs. Overnight at your hotel in Nairobi.
Day 6 : Kilimanjaro
Today after breakfast we take a flight to Kilimanjaro airport. On arrival we drive to the Ngorongoro Crater - the largest intact caldera in the world. Its enduring charm stems from its overwhelming physical beauty and the abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater floor. Enjoy an afternoon Game Drive at Ngorongoro. Return to your lodge for dinner. Overnight at the lodge in Ngorongoro.
Day 7 : Serengeti National Park
Today we check out and drive to the Serengeti National Park, undoubtedly the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and the greatest concentration of plains game anywhere. En route visit the Olduvai Gorge site of archeological findings, where traces of pre-historic man dating back to 3.5 million years ago have been discovered. Arrive for lunch at your lodge. After lunch proceed on an afternoon games drive until sunset. Overnight at at the lodge in Serengeti.
Day 8 : Serengeti National Park
Morning and Afternoon Game Drive at Serengeti Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle. Today we take you on morning and afternoon games drives in the Serengeti. Overnight at at the lodge in Serengeti.
Day 9 : Lake Manyara
After breakfast at the lodge we proceed to Lake Manyara National Park. Stretching for 50km along the base of the rusty-gold 600-meter high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem. The compact game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience. Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Masai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes. Apart from its abundant bird and animal life is known for its tree-climbing lions. Enjoy an Afternoon game drive at Lake Manyara. Overnight at the lodge in Lake Manyara National Park.
Day 10 : Depart Kilimanjaro
Today, we drive you to Kilimanjaro airport for our flight back home. Its time to say goodbye to all the new friends you have made. We hope you take back many happy memories of your Kuoni-SOTC holiday. We would like you to spare a few minutes of your time to write and tell us how you enjoyed your tour and any suggestions you may have for the future.