8 Day Cheetah Safari
For those looking for a slightly longer tour, which takes in the arid beauty of Samburu, the historic Afro-Alpine scenery of the Aberdare National Park, the glorious and world-renowned Masai Mara Reserve and the flamingos and rhinos of Lake Nakuru, this road safari makes the ideal choice. Featuring traditional safari ...Read Full Description
- Kenya; Nairobi, Kenya; Samburu, Kenya
- Trip Length:
- 8 days
- Best Time to Go:
- Any time.
- Recommended for:
Adults (25 - 29)
Adults (30 - 39)
Adults (40 - 64)
Honeymoon, Romantic Getaway, Trip Around the World
Detailed Trip Description
For those looking for a slightly longer tour, which takes in the arid beauty of Samburu, the historic Afro-Alpine scenery of the Aberdare National Park, the glorious and world-renowned Masai Mara Reserve and the flamingos and rhinos of Lake Nakuru, this road safari makes the ideal choice. Featuring traditional safari lodges (including the famous Ark), it offers optimum game-viewing options, stunning views of Mount Kenya, and the opportunity to view ‘The Big Five' against a vivid selection of exceptionally varied backdrops.
Day 1 - Nairobi
Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the historic 5-star Sarova Stanley Hotel. One of Nairobi's oldest and best renowned city hotels, it stands in the city centre within easy reach of both shops and tourist attractions, and offering a health club, roof-top swimming pool and a wide selection of restaurants and bars. Optional dinner at the Stanley Hotel.
Day 2 - Samburu
After an early breakfast, drive north of Nairobi up the Great Rift Valley to the Samburu / Buffalo Springs National Reserve arriving in time for a late lunch at the Samburu Sopa Lodge. Built on raised ground allowing for panoramic views of the distant Samburu Hills and Mount Kenya, the lodge stands in the centre of this pristine reserve and features a curve of cottages clustered around a waterhole that attracts a wide range of wildlife both day and night. After lunch, take a game drive in the twin Samburu and Buffalo Springs Reserves, which provide one of the few sanctuaries in Kenya for the endangered Grevy's zebra, the rare beisa oryx and the blue-shanked Somali ostrich. Dinner at the lodge.
Day 3 - Samburu
Enjoy a full day on safari in Samburu (morning and afternoon game drives). In the evening, enjoy sundowners before dinner in the central dining room. About the Samburu National Reserve A place of endless skies, dust-red plains and palm-fringed rivers, Samburu National Reserve lies on the fringes of the vast and arid desert once known as the Northern Frontier District, whose heat-scorched scrublands extend all the way to the jade-green waters of Lake Turkana and beyond. Physically dramatic, the 104 sq km landscape of the Reserve features rocky battlements, craggy scarps, dry riverbeds and fallen boulders rising out of the thorn scrub against a backdrop of the far-distant hills and the great red table mountain known as Ololokwe.
Day 4 - Kenya
Leave the lodge after breakfast and travel south along the flanks of Mount Kenya to enter the Aberdare National Park. After lunch at the lovely Aberdare Country Club, transfer to The Ark, which is world-famous and one of Kenya's ‘must do' experiences. Built to resemble Noah's Ark it floats amid the forests of the Aberdare National Park, joined to the world by its own wooden drawbridge while the Yasabara Waterhole attracts animals from all over the park - notably large herds of elephant. Spend the afternoon and evening game-viewing from viewing decks of The Ark. About the Aberdare National Park Aptly dubbed ‘Scotland with Lions', this atmospheric park showcases the chill, wild and beautiful moorlands of the Aberdare mountain range. An often mist-wreathed realm where elephants roam through lichen-hung forests; spectacular waterfalls plunge into churning pools, and trout-filled streams cascade through mossy dells, it offers matchless views of the glittering coronet of Mount Kenya and the sparkling lakes of the Great Rift Valley.
Day 5 -
After breakfast, drive south to Lake Nakuru National Park in time for a late lunch at Lake Nakuru Lodge. In the afternoon enjoy your first glimpse of the Lake's fabled 1.2 million flamingos, perhaps find rhinos grazing on the lakeshore (this park is the nation's largest rhino sanctuary), and arrive back at the Lodge in time for a swim, cocktails and a sumptuous buffet supper.
Day 6 - Kenya
Leaving the lodge after breakfast, continue up the floor of Rift to arrive in the famous Masai Mara National Reserve, and at the Masai Mara Sopa Lodge in time for a late lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy your first game-drive in the Mara. Returning to the lodge, enjoy a swim, relaxation on your private veranda, sundowners at one of the lodge's many bars and dinner in the central restaurant. About the Masai Mara World renowned for the breathtaking spectacle of ‘the greatest wildlife show on earth', the awe inspiring annual migration of the wildebeest, the Mara is Kenya's most visited protected area. Technically an extension of Tanzania's renowned Serengeti National Park, the Mara constitutes only 4% of the entire Serengeti ecosystem but its rolling grasslands, meandering rivers and towering escarpments offer one of the world's most rewarding and evocative wildlife arenas.
Day 7 - Kenya
Spend all day on safari in the reserve with morning and afternoon game drives and breakfast, lunch and dinner at the lodge. When it comes to game-viewing, there is nowhere in Africa richer in wildlife or more eventful in encounters than the Mara. A pristine wilderness of haunting beauty, it promises its visitors a profusion of wildlife, prolific bird life and the unprecedented opportunity of catching up with all the members of the ‘Big Five' in one morning.
Day 8 - Kenya
After breakfast at the lodge, drive to Nairobi and take lunch at the world famous Carnivore Restaurant, rated among the top 500 restaurants in the world. Depart for your flight home.
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