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This is Africa is a rapidly growing wholesale and retail travel company which specialises in selling tailor-made and package tours to Africa.

Visits: Nairobi, Masai Mara National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Naivasha, Amboseli National Park
Start: Nairobi Finish: Nairobi
Duration: 7 days
Style: standard, small group safari
Group size: maximum 7
Product code: NBOGTARP001CKSO 

Operates:
Tuesdays and Thursdays

From the open plains of the Masai Mara, to the pink flamingos of Lake Nakuru and the riverbeds of Amboseli, this safari includes three of the most picturesque regions of Kenya. It also provides the perfect opportunity to spot the ‘big five’ and to enjoy east Africa’s diverse scenery. A visit to a Maasai village adds a rare insight into this ancient culture. One of our most popular Kenyan safaris, this tour provides great value and classic ‘big five’ game viewing.

Day 1: Nairobi
Meet and greet transfer to your Nairobi hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Safari Park Hotel

Day 2: Masai Mara National Reserve
Drive through the rift escarpment to the Masai Mara National Reserve, followed by an afternoon game drive. Mara Sopa Lodge

Day 3: Masai Mara National Reserve
A full day of wildlife spotting with morning and afternoon game drives. Enjoy a visit to a Maasai village. Mara Sopa Lodge

Day 4: Lake Nakuru
Spot wildlife en route to Lake Elementaita, where you enjoy lunch. This afternoon game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park. Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge

Day 5: Amboseli National Park
Enjoy a morning boat ride on Lake Naivasha, then depart the Rift Valley for Amboseli National Park. Amboseli Sopa Lodge

Day 6: Amboseli National Park
With Mt Kilimanjaro as your backdrop you enjoy a full day of wildlife spotting during morning and afternoon game drives. Amboseli Sopa Lodge

Day 7: Nairobi
Return drive to Nairobi.


Safari information:
Accommodation: standard game lodges
Transport: 4WD vehicle with photo roof (guaranteed window seat / maximum 7 passengers)
Meals: most meals (refer to inclusions tab)
Guide: English speaking driver / guide
Activities: game drives within three national parks and reserves, boat excursion Lake Naivasha, Maasai Village visit

From the open plains of the Masai Mara, to the pink flamingos of Lake Nakuru and the riverbeds of Amboseli, this safari includes three of the most picturesque regions of Kenya. It also provides the perfect opportunity to spot the ‘big five’ and to enjoy east Africa’s diverse scenery. A visit to a Maasai village adds a rare insight into this ancient culture. One of our most popular Kenyan safaris, this tour provides great value and classic ‘big five’ game viewing.

Day 1: Nairobi
On arrival in Nairobi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Safari Park Hotel.


Safari Park Hotel
Situated only 10km from the city centre and 20km from the international airport, the lively Safari Park Hotel is an African-theme resort providing deluxe accommodation in 64 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and indigenous forest. All of the 204 distinctively designed and decorated rooms are airy and contain television, bathroom facilities and private balconies. Antique furniture, polished wooden floors and large garden-view rear and front balconies create a light-filled ambience. Its six restaurants are excellent and cater to all tastes and there is a large pool area, a casino, several bars, a health club and tennis and squash courts (golf nearby).


Day 2: Masai Mara National Reserve
Toady your safari commences. Leaving Nairobi at 7:30 am, you travel towards Kenya's fertile highlands and head down the Rift Escarpment on a road built by World War II Italian prisoners of war. The Masai Mara is Kenya’s premier wildlife viewing reserve and is famous for its exceptional population of game and the annual migration of over one million wildebeest and thousands of zebra and gazelle. The migration takes place from July to October and watching these animals cross the Mara River from Tanzania into Kenya is truly a remarkable spectacle. Thousands die in the dramatic river crossing, with predators and crocodiles the winners. The concentration of game during the mass migration is phenomenal and this is one of the few areas in East Africa where you are likely to see all of the ‘big five’ (buffalo, elephant, rhino, lion and leopard) in one place. Other animals found in the Mara include: cheetah, zebra, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal, hippo, giraffe and eland. Following lunch is an afternoon game drive. Mara Sopa Lodge (BLD).


Mara Sopa Lodge
The lodge is set in the Oloolaimutia Valley and built into the surrounding hillside landscape. A fabulous wealth of wildlife, birdlife and natural flora can be seen in every direction. The lodge is well appointed with all the modern comforts one would expect from a Sopa styled lodge in the bush. The lodge has fifty guest cottages divided into two wings to either side of the main public areas. Each of these house two spacious guest rooms with queen and king size beds, mosquito nets, electronic safes, en-suite bathrooms and sheltered verandas that all have views over the gardens and the game reserve beyond. Six of the cottages contain two suites with larger bedrooms and bathrooms, and both indoor and outdoor seating areas. The large, communal lounge and bar area has a massive central fireplace whose chimney soars twenty metres up to the top of the thatched conical roof. The walls and their murals are painted with earthen colours to create a welcoming ambience. The covered outdoor veranda with its views over the swimming pool, the gardens, and the game reserve beyond are linked to an outdoor dining room patio by a bridge. This is an impressive lodge for the price, which is popular with small group safaris and those wanting a value added safari.


Day 3: Masai Mara National Reserve
After an early breakfast you depart on a morning game drive, returning to the lodge for lunch and perhaps a siesta. Then this afternoon you set off on an afternoon game drive. Big cat viewing is particularly interesting in the afternoons with one of the largest concentrations of predators in Africa inhabiting this reserve. After the game drive you visit a Maasai village to learn about this fascinating culture. Habitual pastoralists, the Maasai are often seen tending to their cattle from the side of the road. Return to the lodge at sunset. Mara Sopa Lodge (BLD).


Day 4: Lake Nakuru National Park
Leaving the Masai Mara after breakfast, travel across the ‘breadbasket’ of Kenya, where acres of wheat and barley litter the landscape as you head north to Narok, the district headquarters of this part of Masailand. Now travel across the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley, keeping an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle as you head up the Mai Mahiu, before arriving at Lake Nakuru around midday. Once in the park, view game en route to the lodge. Following lunch and a siesta, there is an afternoon game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets. The national park, known for its birdlife, offers a possibility to view flamingos. It is also home to Black and White rhinos as well as the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge (BLD).


Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge
Located on the range of hills that form the western limits of Africa’s Great Rift Valley Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge offers spectacular views over the lake and its surrounding National Park. Opened in 2015 the lodge is a showcase for modern African décor. Each of the sixty suites has an open balcony, private ensuite, mini-bar and Wi- Fi connectivity. The lodges 'communal lounges, two bars and dining areas are all located on sheltered terraces affording extensive views of the local wildlife. The infinity pool overlooks Lake Nakuru itself which is often home to a vast flamingo population. This modern property, managed by the popular Sopa group, offers great value accommodation for those wishing the visit Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Naivasha and the surrounding lakes.


Day 5: Amboseli National Park
Following an early breakfast, continue to Lake Naivasha for a boat ride. We then leave the Rift Valley behind and proceed to Nairobi for an early lunch (or picnic lunch dependent on road conditions) and continue south towards Amboseli, arriving at your lodge by late afternoon. Amboseli Sopa Lodge (BLD).


Amboseli Sopa Lodge
Set on 200 acres of private land on the foothills of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, the lodge is perfectly poised to provide a luxurious base from which to explore the park and get some great pictures of this incredible mountain. Each of the 47 rooms has its own private veranda on which to relax, sunbathe and take in the views. All rooms have an en suite and are modern, spacious and comfortable. Meals are a cosmopolitan combination of European, African and Asian dishes, all made with fresh produce and served from a colourful buffet. There are also several bars, a great pool, TV lounge and many other small niceties that make this a superb location.


Day 6: Amboseli National Park
Today you enjoy a morning game drive and afternoon game drive in Amboseli. Amboseli National Park covers 400 square kilometres of plains with the stunning spectacle of Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, towering over it. One of the most popular parks in Kenya, wildlife viewing here is great all year round. The melting snows of Kilimanjaro flow underground into the park, continually feeding water to springs, swamps and marshes. Amboseli is a favourite spot for wildlife, in particular elephant, with over 1000 living in the park eco-system. Along with elephant there’s hippo, giraffe, oryx antelope, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra and gazelle, plus a profusion of birdlife. Lions are very rare, but cheetahs are seen fairly frequently. A hot lunch is served at a picnic site, followed by more game viewing before you return to the lodge for dinner. Amboseli Sopa Lodge (BLD).


Day 7: Nairobi
Following an early breakfast you catch a final glimpse of majestic Mount Kilimanjaro before you head north across the beautiful and seemingly never-ending Athi Plains, arriving in Kenya's bustling capital city by midday. Once in Nairobi you are dropped off at the InterContinental hotel or the airport at approximately 1.00 pm (B).





 

Flights
No flights included
Accommodation
6 nights in safari lodge accommodation in the properties listed
Meals
6 x breakfast
5 x lunches
5 x dinners
Park Fees & taxes
All park fees and taxes applicable at the time of booking.
Prices for airport taxes, park fees and applicable government taxes and levies may be changed without prior notice. Any change is beyond our control and any increase will be passed on to the client.
Transport
Safari 4WD custom built vehicle with photo roof
All passengers guaranteed a window seat
Maximum of 7 passengers
Transfers
Meet and greet day 1 airport transfer
Departure transfer to JKI airport at end of tour if required
Activities
Maasai Village Visit
Two afternoon and one morning game drive in Masai Mara National Reserve
Afternoon game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park
Boat excursion on Lake Naivasha
Full day game drive in Amboseli National Park
Tour essentials
Services of an English-speaking guide / driver
One bottle of mineral water per person per day during game drives
Small group touring

Important information:
It is the responsibility of the client to be at the tour departure point at the time assigned by the tour operator. On completion of the tour, flights must be booked taking into consideration the time recommended by the tour operator.
The tour operator may re-route the itinerary or change the accommodation in rare cases of non-availability, or if local conditions restrict accessibility.
Transfers may be in a two-wheel drive seven passenger minibus or 24 passenger coach.
It is the responsibility of the client to have all necessary documentation, including visas and inoculation certificates relating to this tour.
Prices may vary when booking seasons overlap. Bookings over Christmas, New Year and Easter incur holiday supplements. Please ask for a date-specific quote for travel during these dates.
Children younger than seven are unable to join seat-in-vehicle safaris, however we would be pleased to book a private safari for families with young children.
Due to limited luggage space in vehicles, suitcases are unsuitable for scheduled road safaris. We recommend luggage packed in inexpensive barrel style bags or soft sided bags not exceeding 15kgs and 65 x 46 cm. Hard suitcases will not be accepted.
As prices are calculated in foreign currencies it may become necessary to add a currency surcharge.
Please refer to our terms and conditions for amendments and cancellation policies if necessary.
 

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