African Conservation Safari (10 Days / 9 Nights)
Day 1: - Arrival in Nairobi
Arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on board your flight. Meet and greet in Kenyan 'traditional welcome style’ and escorted to Norfolk Hotel. Later, crown your mid-morning as you move on to Daphne's orphanage for a worthwhile visit to see the humanitarian care and the heart it takes to rehabilitate baby elephants and other wildlife who have lost their mothers to death and injuries inflicted by poachers, getting lost or other tragedies. It's the closest you get to an elephant or rhino safely! This evening your tour manager conducts a safari briefing in readiness for your upcoming safari. Overnight at Norfolk Hotel, [Bed & Breakfast].
Day 2: - Tsavo East National Park
This morning depart for Tsavo East National Park, one of the largest national parks in Kenya, arriving at Voi Safari Lodge in time for lunch. This afternoon take a game drive in search of the “Red elephant” of Tsavo, the elephants paint themselves red by wallowing in the red soiled mud holes to protect themselves from hot sun rays and stings from external parasites. After the game viewing drive back to the hotel for your overnight stay. Dinner and overnight stay at Voi Safari Lodge, [Full Board].
Day 3: - Tsavo East National Park
After a sumptuous breakfast drive to an elephant orphanage where the older elephants after their stay in the orphanage in Nairobi are brought for re-introduction back to the wild. From here they are gradually reintroduced back to the wild by dedicated keepers. The keepers herd them in the wild and give them chances to interact with wild and from here they make news friends. Once the keepers are confident that they have bonded well with their new found friends they release them back to the wild. The head keeper will give you a lecture on how they manage to do all this, you will have the opportunity to bond with a young elephant by blow into its trunk; during its lifetime the elephant will always recognize you if you happen to meet again. After lunch you will undertake an afternoon game drive, then return to your lodge for your overnight stay. Dinner and overnight stay at Voi Safari Lodge, [Full Board].
Day 4: - Amboseli National Park
Drive towards Amboseli National Park via Tsavo West National Park, en-route you will visit Mzima Springs and Shetani Lava Flow. Amboseli National Park lies due south of Nairobi, within clear sight of Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain at 5896 meters. The waters of the mountain feed the seasonal swamps and marshes on which the game and birds, which live in the park, rely. It is here that if weather is permitting you shoot a classic picture of the elephant or giraffe standing against the dramatic backdrop of the snow capped mountain. Arrive for lunch at your lodge. Afternoon game drive until sunset. Meals and overnight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge, [Full Board].
Day 5: - Amboseli National Park
Whole day in Amboseli with morning and afternoon game drives. This park affords everyone's classic image of East Africa - herds of great animals moving across the dusty plains with the snowcapped peak of Kilimanjaro rising straight up in the background. Although it is situated inside Tanzania, the best views of the mountain are from Amboseli on the Kenyan side of the border. This afternoon you will enjoy a lecture from the park warden on the challenges facing the Amboseli ecosystem. All meals and overnight in Amboseli at Amboseli Sopa Safari Lodge, [Full Board].
Day 6: - Lake Naivasha
Wake up early before the sun rises and engage on an early morning game drive in search of the game. Later enjoy a hearty breakfast and lazy around as you wait to embark on your journey back to Lake Naivasha, arriving Nairobi in time for lunch. After lunch at Toona Tree restaurant, proceed to Naivasha with a stop over at the Great Rift Valley Lodge. This afternoon you will visit Elsamere Conservation Centre centre, a former home of Adamson’s home- a lions conservationist. Overnight Elsamere Lodge, [Full Board].
Day 7: - Lake Nakuru National Park
Depart for the “Pink Lake” which is home to over 2 million migrant flamingos via Nairobi where you will take your lunch at Lake Naivasha. Depart on an afternoon game drive in search of the flamingos, endangered black rhinos and the leopard. This evening you will get a lecture on conservation issues in Lake Nakuru Ecosystem. Dinner and overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge, [Full Board].
Day 8: - Proceed to Masai Mara Game Reserve
After breakfast depart for the famed and Kenya’s finest game reserve - Maasai Mara Game Reserve to arrive in time for lunch. Lunch at the spectacular Base Camp, which is located on land owned by the local Maasai people alongside the Mara Reserve. This is prime wildlife country and from Base Camp this afternoon you will explore the surrounding savannah plains to seek out the huge variety of wildlife species for which the Mara is famous, in particular the large population of lions, returning for dinner and overnight at Base Camp, [Full Board].
Day 9: - Full Day in Masai Mara Game Reserve
Morning game drives in the game-filled plains of Mara. This reserve gives you the opportunities to view the big five [lion, falo, leopard, elephant and rhino] as well as hippo, and an abundance of the plain games. This afternoon you will be taken on a 1-2 hour walking safari through the savanna for wildlife viewing with the Maasai as guides and interpreters of their lands whereby you will walk amongst giraffe, impala, zebra and wildebeest. Dinner and overnight stay at Base Camp, [Full Board].
Day 10: - Back to Nairobi and Depart
After breakfast, say 'Kwaheri' - a Swahili word for goodbye to Maasai Mara and leisurely drive back to Nairobi, arriving around mid-day. This afternoon you will visit the historical Karen Blixen museum - restored home of a pioneer coffee farmer. You step back in time and gain an insight into this remarkable woman's life as you enjoy views of the Ngong Hills from the beautifully landscaped gardens of the museum. From history proceed to the Giraffe Center, a wildlife conservancy and home of "Daisy" the Rothschild giraffe who starred in the film "The last Giraffe". Giraffes can be fed and observed roaming freely from a raised platform. Before departure you will have time to discuss the success of your trip with your tour manager who will award you a certificate to show that you traveled responsibly and touched the hearts of marginalized communities in Kenya. Later we transfer you to the airport for your home bound/ departure flight. [Half Board].