Packages Kenya Karibu Kenya

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

“Karibu” Kenya Safari Program
DayItinerarySupplierLocationMealPlan
1Nairobi – Lake NaivashaLake Naivasha Sopa LodgeLake NaivashaLDBB
2Lake NaivashaLake Naivasha Sopa LodgeLake NaivashaL-DBB
3Lake Naivasha – Masai MaraAshnil Mara CampMasai MaraLDBB
4Masai MaraAshnil Mara CampMasai MaraLDBB
5Masai MaraAshnil Mara CampMasai MaraLDBB
6Masai Mara – Nairobi Nairobi 

L-Lunch, D-Dinner, BB-Bed and breakfast, LDBB-Lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast, Trsf-Transfer, E-Early morning

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HIGHLIGHTS

Nothing prepares you for the guttural roars of grizzlies fighting over the best fishing spot in Katmai National Park, or the peace and tranquility of lone individuals chest deep in salmon pools in Bella Coola Valley biding their time.

Watching these furry friends up close and personal is a truly unique experience.

NAIVASHA

Lake Naivasha is at the highest elevation of the Kenyan Rift valley at 1,884 metres (6,181 ft) in a complex geological combination of volcanic rocks and sedimentary deposits from a larger Pleistocene Era lake. Apart from transient streams, the lake is fed by the perennial Malewa and Gilgil rivers. There is no visible outlet, but since the lake water is relatively fresh it is assumed to have an underground outflow.

The lake had a normal surface area of 139 square kilometres (54 sq mi) before 2010 and had increased to 198 square kilometres (76 sq mi) by 2020. It is surrounded by a swamp which covers an area of 64 square kilometres (25 sq mi), but this can vary largely depending on rainfall. It is situated at an altitude of 1,884 metres (6,181 ft).  The lake has an average depth of 6 metres (20 ft), with the deepest area being at Crescent Island, at a maximum depth of 30 metres (98 ft).

Njorowa Gorge once formed the lake’s outlet, but it is now high above the lake and forms the entrance to Hell’s Gate National Park. The town of Naivasha (formerly East Nakuru) lies on the north-east edge of the lake.

” LAKE NAIVASHA IS A HIDDEN GEM, SILENTLY SET AT THE FOOT OF THE RIFT VALLEY. “

CRESCENT ISLAND

HIDDEN GEM

BIG FIVE OF THIS SAFARI

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CRESCENT ISLAND    Naivasha’s best-kept secret. Perfect for Wildlife Watching, Bird Watching, and fans of the wilderness

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LION PRIDES     Approximately 850 to 900 lions live within the Masai Mara National Reserve and surrounding conservancies. The Mara-ecosystem is one of the world’s premier locations to spot this mighty beast in the wild

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MIGRATION     The Great Wildebeest Migration is the largest animal migration in the world. Every year, more than 2 million animals (wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle) migrate in a clockwise direction across the ecosystems of the Serengeti (Tanzania) and the Masai Mara (Kenya).  This happens in Masai Mar between July and October every here.

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CULTURE     Masai Mara is also home to The Maasai community, internationally known for their distinctive culture, rituals, ‘high jumping dance’, custom dress and being courageous warriors.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1 Monday 19 December 22 Nairobi

Met by CASCADES AFRICA SAFARIS on arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and transferred to your hotel. Check in (earliest 1100hours unless prior arrangement is made).

 

Proceed for a 3-hour excursion in the Karen suburb for visits to the famous Karen Blixen Museum

and the Giraffe Center.

 

You can stop somewhere to enjoy lunch on your own account.

 

Nairobi

Kenya’s colorful capital offers a wide range of tourist attraction sites which can be arranged depending on your time, interests and of course budget. It is the only city in the world set with a national park in the backdrop. The Nairobi National Park offers a variety of wildlife including large herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and giraffe roam the plains and black rhino, ostrich, baboons, cheetah and lions are some of the other photogenic inhabitants. There is also the Nairobi National Museum, The Giraffe Center and also the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and lots of other attractions within and surrounding the city.

Overnight at:

Four Points by Sheraton-Standard Room BB

Day 2 Tuesday 20 December 22 Nairobi – Lake Naivasha

After breakfast depart and proceed with our Safari guide to Lake Naivasha with its commanding setting at the foot of the Rift Valley Escarpment.

 

Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake in the Kenya section of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, and is located north west of Nairobi with the town of Naivasha on its north eastern shore. At 1,890 meters (6,200 ft) above sea level, the lake is at the highest point in the Kenyan rift, and is set in a complex geological combination of volcanic rocks and sedimentary deposits from a much larger Pleistocene era lake. Because the outlet for this ancient lake, now called Njorwa Gorge, is today much higher than the lake, the original Lake Naivasha must have indeed been a truly vast expanse of water. The gorge now forms the entrance to the Hell’s Gate National Park which, for obvious reasons, today contains some spectacular examples of water and weather-worn rock formations as well as an abundance of flora and fauna to include some extremely rare, resident breeding pairs of Lammergeyers, otherwise known as Bearded vultures. Other attractions nearby include the Hell’s Gate National Park and the Crescent Island.

 

Visits can be arranged to these areas especially if you have a full free day.

 

Arrive in time for check in and hot lunch and thereafter a lovely afternoon 1 hour boat ride in the lake.

 

Dinner and overnight at:

 

 

Lake Naivasha Country Club-Standard Room LDBB Day 3 Wednesday 21 December 22 Lake Naivasha

After breakfast depart for a day excurtion to the nearby Lake Nakuru National Park

 

Lake Nakuru

An easy relaxing sightseeing drive via subsistence farming communities. Tea and coffee plantations will be seen along the route. The Lake hosts large flocks of flamingoes, pelicans and other bird species. It’s a bird paradise and home to rhinos, warthogs, lions, zebras, giraffes and many more animal species.

Arrive for a full game drive in the park and hot lunch at Lake Nakuru Lodge Later in the afternoon exit the park and drive back to Naivasha with sunset. Dinner and overnight at:

Lake Naivasha Country Club-Standard Room L-DBB

Day 4 Thursday 22 December 22 Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara

After breakfast depart via Narok to the Masai Mara National Reserve offering wonderful scenery and plenty of game. It is perhaps the only region left in Kenya where the visitor may see animals in the same super-abundance as existed a century ago.

 

Masai Mara

Justifiably one of the most famous reserves in Africa, its’ dominant feature are the great rolling plains of savannah grasslands, which sustain the greatest variety of wildlife in Africa and indeed in the world. The concentration of game is at its highest from July through October when the Mara is host to the annual migration of more than a million wildebeest.

However, game viewing is excellent year round with giraffe, buffalo, zebra, eland, hartebeest and Thompson’s gazelle offering a rich choice for the predator’s lion, leopard and cheetah. It should be noted, however, that during the rainy season, the grass is fairly tall in some areas, which may affect visibility and restrict game drives slightly.

The Maasai people, after whom the park is named, are nomadic. While on game drives, you will often notice young tribesmen herding their cattle amongst the plains game. They are colorfully attired, usually wrapped in bright red cloths, and armed with spears.

 

Arrive with en route game drive to check in and have lunch followed by a short siesta.

Later embark on an afternoon game drive. Return with sunset for dinner and overnight at:

 
  


Keekorok Lodge-Standard Room LDBB

 

Day 5 Friday 23 December 22 Masai Mara

Day spent game-viewing in the reserve. With over 450 species of birds and animal species, Explore the plains and rolling hills for a chance to spot the elephant, black-manned lion, leopard, buffalo, cheetah, and with diverse species of hoofed animals.

 

Meals and overnight at:

 

 

 
  


Keekorok Lodge-Standard Room LDBB

Day 6 Saturday 24 December 22 Masai Mara

Yet another full day in Masai Mara with game drives. Meals and overnight at:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
  


Keekorok Lodge-Standard Room LDBB

Day 7 Sunday 25 December 22 Masai Mara – Nairobi

After breakfast check out and drive with your safari guide, now already friends, depart from Masai Mara and drive back to Nairobi, Kenya’s colorful capital city.

 

Arrive in Nairobi and depending on your departure flight you may enjoy lunch (extra) at a restaurant.

 

Proceed to the airport for your onward flight.

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