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Big Five Safari in Kenya Holidays Tours Masai Mara Amboseli Zanzibar

Kenya Safari (Private Guide): Aberdare, Treetops + Lake Nakuru + Masai Mara

Kenya: Aberdare + Nakuru + Masai Mara - Private Guide
KPB12N
12 NIGHTS
FROM £3,795
Per person sharing
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Kenya Safari Private Guide Aberdare Treetops Lake Nakuru Masai Mara

On this wonderful Kenya safari, you will travel with your own private guide to Aberdare National Park, where you will stay at Treetops lodge or the Ark, before visiting the rhino, giraffe and water birds of Lake Nakuru National Park, take a boat ride on Lake Naivasha to see hoppo, and enjoy Big Five game drives on the open plains of the famous Masai Mara. End your holiday relaxing on gorgeous Diani beach, south of Mombasa.

Kenya Safari Private Guide Aberdare Treetops Lake Nakuru Masai Mara
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Kenya Safari, Private Guide
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Nairobi
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Sheldrick Elephant Orphange
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Giraffe Centre
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Aberdare National Park
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Treetops Lodge
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Lake Nakuru
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Lake Naivasha
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Masai Mara
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Diani Beach, Mombasa
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Kenya Safari, Private Guide
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Nairobi
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Sheldrick Elephant Orphange
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Giraffe Centre
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Aberdare National Park
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Treetops Lodge
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Lake Nakuru
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Lake Naivasha
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Masai Mara
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Diani Beach, Mombasa
Day 1
You will be met at Nairobi Airport and transferred to your hotel in this bustling city.
 
Check in and relax in your warm and friendly African surroundings.
Day 2
This morning we visit the Giraffe Centre. Founded by Betty & Jock Leslie-Melville to save the endangered Rothschild Giraffe from extinction, this centre plays an important role in educating Kenyan school children on the country's wildlife and environment. It also allows visitors to come into close contact with the world's tallest species, including the opportunity to feed a gorgeous giraffe.
 
We then visit the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage (open only from 11 to 12 noon). It took Daphne Sheldrick 28 years of trial and error to perfect the milk formula and complex husbandry required to rear orphaned African elephants, during the period that her husband was warden of Kenya's largest elephant sanctuary in Tsavo East National Park. Since then this sanctuary has gone on to save the lives of many orphaned elephant calves.
 
Afterwards enjoy a game drive in Nairobi National Park. This was the first national park created in Kenya and, despite its relatively small size and close proximity to the skyscrapers of the city, it boasts a large and varied wildlife population. Animals migrate to this park during the dry season, as it offers them a permanent source of water. You can hope to see lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino - but not elephant as the park is not large enough to sustain them. You can also see giraffe, zebra, eland, impala, Grant's gazelle, Thomson's gazelle, warthog and ostrich in the woodlands and open plains, and hippo in the Mbagathi Athi River which is lined with fever and acacia trees. The park also has a very successful rhino sanctuary. A picnic lunch is included today.
 
Note: Visits to Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage can only be booked 90 days in advance and are subject to availability (maximum 100 visitors per day). If unavailable, you will visit Nairobi National Park instead.
Day 3
Today we leave Nairobi and drive 4-hours in a safari jeep (with pop-up roof for game viewing), travelling through farms and coffee plantations towards Nyeri and the forests of Aberdare National Park.
 
This beautiful park forms part of the Aberdare Mountain Range and offers some unique flora and fauna. It stretches over a wide variety of terrain, with its mountains and valleys varying in altitude from 7,000 to 14,000 feet. It has many streams, rivers and rainforests. This park was where Queen Elizabeth II was staying on a royal tour when she heard that her father, King George VI, had died and that she was to become queen.
 
Bird watching is outstanding in this region, with over 250 recorded species including the crowned hornbill, silvery-cheeked hornbill, Hartlaub's turako, mountain greenbul, white-starred robin, mountain yellow warbler, grey-headed negrofinch, northern double-collared sunbird, golden-winged sunbird, Hunter's cisticola, pale flycatcher, migratory tree pipit, purple-throated cuckoo shrike, olive thrush, spectacled weaver and cinnamon-breasted bee-eater amongst others.
 
Mammals you can hope to see include Kikuyu colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, olive baboons, warthogs, giant forest hogs, elephants, buffalo, reedbuck, waterbuck and impala.
Day 4
Today we leave the forests of Aberdare and drive 4-hours across the Kinagop Plateau to Lake Nakuru in the heart of the Great Rift Valley.
 
Depending on road conditions we may be able to drive through the park, game viewing along the way. As we leave the park, in the lower zone of the plateua the scaly francolin can be found as well as Hartlaub's turaco. As we travel through the bamboo zone, we may be fortunate and see an impressive crowned eagle. The road then ascends through Hagenia and Podocarpus forest, with the opportunity to spot the red-fronted parrot, black saw-wing, olive dove and different species of sunbirds. While crossing the moorland look out Alpine chat, Hunter's cisticola, the almost endemic Jackson's francolin and, with luck, the endemic Aberdare cisticola. Alternatively we will take the road through Nyahururu.
 
We continue to Lake Nakuru, a soda lake on the floor of the Rift Valley. At certain times of the year Lake Nakuru National Park is home to huge throngs of pelicans and over 400 different bird species, including the Greater (white) and Lesser (pink) flamingo. The lake is also a haven for certain endangered species including the Rothschild giraffe and black and white rhino.
Day 5
Today enjoy morning and afternoon game drives with your guide, exploring the wildlife of beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park.
 
In addition to its significant population of rhino and giraffe that are attracted to its salt waters, Lake Nakuru offers sanctuary to a wide variety of other wildlife - including herds of buffalo, lions, zebra, giraffe, monkeys, baboons, Thomson’s gazelle, Grant's gazelle, impala, eland, ostrich and more.
 
Many resident and migrant birds wade in its shallow salt waters - including Lesser and Greater flamingos, Great white pelicans, Marabou storks, Grey-headed gulls, Garganey and Northern shovelers and a variety of egrets, plovers and terns. In the surrounding trees you can hope to see a Chin-spot batis, Green-backed camaroptera, Yellow-breasted apalis, Northern puffback, Buff-bellied warbler and many others. Occasionally birds of prey can also be seen.
Day 6
This morning enjoy another game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park.
 
Afterwards drive 1.5-hours to Lake Naivasha, a freshwater lake in the heart of the spectacular Great Rift Valley. Enjoy a 1-hour boat ride on the lake, with the opportunity to see hippo and some of the 400 different bird species, before checking into your lodge.
Day 7
Today we travel 5-hours to the Masai Mara, named after the Maasai people and the Mara River which divides the park.
 
We drive past Maai Mahiu and down to the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley, keeping an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle. From Narok, the district headquarters of this part of Maasailand, we traverse the "breadbasket" of Kenya, where acres of wheat and barley cover the landscape, as we travel towards the Masai Mara.
 
Masai Mara National Park is famous for its exceptional population of game and the annual migration of zebra and wildebeest from the adjoining Serengeti National Park. This phenomenon occurs every year from July to October (although exact timings cannot be guaranteed), when game migrates along a circular route from the plains of the Serengeti to the Masai Mara and back again in search of fresh pastures, followed by hungry predators - most notably lions and hyena. Check into your lodge and in the afternoon enjoy a game drive in this magnificent wildlife sanctuary.
Days 8 To 9
Today is dedicated to game viewing on the open plains of the world famous Masai Mara National Park, with your driver/guide.
 
We set off early each morning, when game viewing conditions are at their best, to view the abundant wildlife of this region. Return to the lodge to rest in the heat of the day, before setting off again in the late afternoon for another game drive.
 
Nestled within the enormous Great Rift Valley, the Masai Mara is famous for its many prides of lions, packs of hyena and other predators - as well as huge herds of wildebeest, which number over one million, zebra and giraffe. All the Big Five can be seen here, as well as numerous other species including the Thomson's gazelle, topi, kongoni, impala, roan antelope and hippo. The nocturnal bat-eared fox, rarely found elsewhere in Kenya, also inhabits this park as well as the endangered cheetah and black rhino.
 
Bird watching is also excellent with over 450 different species. These include the Marabou stork, Secretary bird, Crowned crane, Ostrich, Brown snake eagle, Black-chested snake eagle, Bateleur, Martial eagle, African paradise flycatcher, Red-fronted & White-headed barbet, Black-faced go-away bird, Woodland kingfisher, Violet-backed starling, Black cuckoo-shrike and various species of larks, cisticolas, vultures, hornbills and so much more.
Day 10
We leave the Masai Mara this morning and travel 5-hours to Nairobi Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Mombasa Airport and transferred 2-hours by road and local ferry to your beach resort on the south coast.
 
Check into your hotel situated on the shores of the sparkling Indian Ocean and relax in your warm tropical surroundings.
Days 11 To 12
At leisure to relax and soak up the sun on the Indian Ocean beaches of the warm Mombasa coast.
 
Enjoy the lush tropical gardens of coconut trees, fan-shaped travellers palms and the vibrant blooms of hibiscus, bougainvilleas and frangipani - as well the splendid coastline. Various watersports are available, as well as many optional activities such as a snorkelling trip to Kisite Marine Park and Wasini Island, Mombasa city tour, scuba diving, deep sea fishing and golf.
Day 13
Transfer 2-hours by road and local ferry to Mombasa Airport for your flight home.