7 Days, 6 Nights Born Free Safari

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Shaba national reserve, located in the ‘northern frontier’ is home to mammals found only north of the equator – the Gerenuk, Grevy’s Zebra, Besia Oryx, reticulated Giraffe and the Somali Ostrich. Lake Nakuru national park, famous for its prolific birdlife and home to the Rothschild giraffe and rhino is an ideal stop as you cross the country and equator north to south. Your safari ends in the Masai Mara, home of the big 5 and host to the awesome spectacle known as The Great Migration, generally occurring between July and October. This scheduled weekly small group trip is guaranteed to depart for a minimum of 2 clients.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Jomo Kenyatta/Wilson International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
Included:- Excluded:-
Meet and greet services, airport arrival transfers in safari minibus or mini coach on shared basis, all transport and game drives on safari sector will be in a 4×4 vehicle with pop-up roof (maximum 7 passengers) with an English / Bilingual (French, German, Italian or Spanish) speaking driver-guide on shared basis, guaranteed window seat, meals and accommodation as specified, all park fees and government taxes, ½ litre bottled water per person per day on game drives Visa’s, airport taxes, gratuities, drinks and other activities not included in the package price, seasonal supplements.

 

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Day 1

Arrival in Nairobi, clients met and transferred to The Sarova Stanley Hotel for check in. Afternoon at leisure. (Check in time 1400). Overnight at The Sarova Stanley Hotel in a deluxe room on a bed and breakfast basis. Depending on time of arrival clients may choose to add an optional excursion The. Sarova Stanley Hotel Situated in the city centre, it was where the travellers, including Earnest Hemingway, gathered for a drink at the legendary Thorn Tree Café before or after a long safari. A message board on the acacia xanthophloea tree is used by travellers to make contact with fellow travellers. With 220 rooms,the hotel has been refurbished to a high standard and still retains the original Victorian charm. The restaurants serve excellent international cuisine. The gym is excellent, large pool and conference facilities are extremely modern.

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Day 2

Depart after breakfast heading north, pass near Thika and continue north through some breathtaking scenery dotted with rushing mountain streams and coffee farms. After Nanyuki town, resting astride the equator, continue north, eventually reaching a dusty outpost known as Isiolo, the last major stop on the journey into the remote northern frontier district. From here it’s a fairly short hop to Shaba, arrival at the lodge in time for lunch. Enjoy afternoon game drive arriving back at the lodge as the sun sets. Overnight at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge on a full board basis. Drive time approx: 6.5 hours Added Value: Sarova Shaba Riverside Breakfast. Enjoy a ‘bubbly’ riverside breakfast, dining against the backdrop of the Ewaso Nyiro River and Shaba game reserve. Delight in this experience, as the wilderness slowly comes alive around you. Shaba Game Reserve was made famous by the late Joy Adamson and her lioness Elsa and is often referred to as ‘Born Free Country’. Located on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, Sarova Shaba offers a luxury seldom found in a large African bush lodge. There are 80 chalet rooms, or for those looking for a little extra luxury, 4 junior suites and one honeymoon suite. The tranquil flow of sparkling spring water throughout the grounds creates an atmosphere of peace and serenity as it collects and cascades attracting a great variety of birds. There is also a large pool to enjoy, crocodile feeding and evening entertainment is provided by local Samburu dancers.

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Day 3

Early breakfast and depart for a morning game drive returning by 1100 in time for lunch. After lunch there will be another game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets. Overnight at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge on a full board.

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Day 4

Early breakfast and depart for Lake Nakuru, through the nodal towns of Isiolo, Nanyuki and Nyahururu. Time permitting stop at Thomson Falls before descending to the floor of the Rift Valley. Enter the Lake Nakuru national park as you view some game en route to the lodge. After 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 flamingoes. It is also home to Black and White rhinos as well as the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. Overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge on a full board basis. Drive time approx: 7 hours. Added Value: Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge Bush Lunch relish the ultimate safari experience with a perfect outdoor ‘bush’ lunch, al fresco style, as you take in the panoramic views of the lake and the picturesque Lake Nakuru National Park. Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is overlooking one of the world’s greatest ornithological spectacles, Lake Nakuru and its surrounding national park, the lodge is set high on a hillside and offers panoramic views of the shimmering lake in the distance. Here, what feels like millions of flamingos, pelicans and marabou storks always gather and the landscape seems to blossom as natural foliage and a variety of wild flower continually bloom. There are only 65 modern en suite bedrooms here, and meals are excellent and served inside the lodge, by the pool or under a forest of towering acacia trees. The Rift Valley bar is always a great watering spot and is located on the ground floor with great views of the lake.

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Day 5

After breakfast leave the flamingo-fringed Lake Nakuru behind and head for Narok, the gateway to the Masai Mara and district headquarters of this part of Maasailand. Travel across the Loita plains, before you reach the Mara in time for lunch. Enjoy lunch, a siesta and an afternoon tea or coffee before an afternoon game drive returning to the camp as the sun sets. Overnight at Sarova Mara Game Camp on a full board basis. Drive time approx: 6 hours. Added Value: Sarova Mara Game Camp dinner under the Skies. A unique dining experience under the majesty of a star studded African sky, with a live bar-be-cue demonstration as you sip on your favorite drink and listen to the calls of the wild. Don’t be surprised if you are ‘joined’ by one of the residents of the wild Mara, coming to drink in the water brooks.’ Sarova Mara Game Camp is located inside the eastern section of the Masai Mara and hidden in a wonderful little forested valley away from sight of other Mara visitors. The 75 tents are luxurious with a permanent roof and floor, zip-up fronts, attached bathroom, running hot water supply and electricity. Wooden walkways link the tents and manicured lawns with the main dining / bar areas. The impressive main building consists of a high thatched lobby, Oloip bar with its cosy log fireplace, a big dining area and outdoor terrace with side-angle views. Food and service are excellent and there is a small private area by the pond for private meals if needed. There is also a sparkling swimming pool surrounded by sun lounges for those who want an alternate activity.

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Day 6

Early morning and afternoon game drives. Overnight at Sarova Mara Game Camp on a full board basis.

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Day 7

After breakfast, depart for Nairobi arriving approximately by 1230. Clients will be dropped off at a city hotel or at the airport for onward travel arrangements. Drive time approx: 6 hours.

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