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9 Days Ol Pejeta, Samburu, Aberdares, Nakuru and Maasai mara

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Daily Tour 9 Days 8 Nights Availability: 2019-11-20
Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Nanyuki, Kenya Ol Pejeta Conservancy, The Aberdares, Lake Nakuru National Park, Samburu Reserve Tour Guide: Cheetah

This tour will take you to the Kenya highlands, far North, the floor of the Great Rift valley and finally the world’s 8th wonder, Maasai mara. Have an opportunity to see the “Big five”, varied dramatic landscapes as well as hundreds of bird species among other dozens of wildlife species.

 


DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION
Nairobi (Google Map)

DEPARTURE TIME
Please be ready 15 minutes before pick up.

INCLUDED
  • Transport in a 4×4 Safari Jeep
  • Park conservation fees.
  • Safari as per the itinerary
  • Full board accommodation at the selected lodge/Camp
  • Services of an English speaking driver/ Guide
  • Bottled drinking water during game drives
  • Lunch on the last day of the safari
  • Emergency medical air evacuation cover.
  • All government taxes and levies.

NOT INCLUDED
  • Drinks and cigarettes
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Cultural village visits and Night game drives
  • Personal Effects.
  • Laundry

 

What to Expect

Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a 364sq km wildlife conservancy situated between the foothills of Mount Kenya and the Aberdares and its game-to-area ratio tops the Kenyan park and reserve league. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya has over 10000 large mammals and it is the only park where the big 5 and chimpanzees can be seen.

It is also where the fastest growing population of rhino in Africa can be found. There are southern white rhino, about 80 endangered black rhino and in a special sanctuary there are two of the world’s last remaining northern white rhino.

You’ve met the Big 5, now meet the Samburu Special 5! Samburu National Reserve in northern Kenya is a great place for seasoned safari goers and returning safari lovers to:

  1. Spot gerenuk, besia oryx, Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe and Somali ostrich – the Samburu Special 5
  2. Stay in accommodation that ranges from Bedouin-style tents to rock lodges at altitude
  3. Learn how the Samburu way of life differs to the Maasai
  4. Tick off at least 450 recorded bird species, including kori bustards, vulturine guinea fowl and secretary birds
  5. Walk with Samburu guides through a hilly landscape dotted with magnificent outcrops
  6. Drink in a spectacular night sky and unblemished Milky Way
  7. Ditch the 4×4 and saddle up a camel to explore the scrub-land
  8. Be charmed by the real-life tale of a bereaved lioness adopting and protecting an orphaned gazelle – read the full true story at the entrance to Samburu National Park

The Aberdares are the third highest range of mountains in Kenya, reaching a summit of just over 4000m. This massive range is well known for its thick salient forests, and their prolific game.

These high altitude forests are broken by moorlands and plains, and through the abundant tree cover there are sensational views of the Rift Valley and the peak of Mt Kenya.

The forest is a hidden world of wildlife. The thick vegetation provides perfect cover for countless species.

Very large herds of Elephant and Buffalo move almost silently through the undergrowth, while overhead noisome birds and colobus monkeys dominate the canopy.

The Masai Mara reserve will tickle your thrill spot with Kenya’s richest concentration of wildlife. The lush golden grassland plains are filled with plentiful zebras, lions and wild beasts, with a real-life alacrity of on-camera safari expeditions. This acacia land brings you goosebumps with the cheerful sight of the five giants, the elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards and the wild buffaloes. Feel the intriguing sense of nomadic life with captivating day-time activities and splendid overnight stays at camps or lodges on this trip to Masai Mara Safari.

The landscape has grassy plains and rolling hills, and is crossed by the Mara and Talek rivers. The area nearby is dotted with villages (enkangs) of Maasai people.

 

  • Rare Black and white rhinos and the last two remaining Northern White rhinos
  • Chimpanzees
  • The samburu special five
  • Rare forest bongo and forest hogs
  • Beautiful landscapes
  • Wildebeest migration

Day 1: Nairobi to Ol Pejeta conservancy: Drive time 3.5 Hours
After your breakfast at the Giraffe manor, depart at 9.00 a.m and drive to Mt. Kenya’s Ol Pejeta conservancy. Here you will be able to see the chimpanzees, rare black rhinos plus a host of other animals. Lunch will be at the Serena Sweetwaters camp. After lunch, depart for a tour of the rhino and the chimpanzee sanctuaries, No other place in Kenya has the Chimpanzees and the rhino sanctuary is home to a strong 40 black rhinos. If time permits, you may do a brief game drive at 5.00 to 6.00 p.m. Dinner and overnight at the Serena Sweetwaters camp. {Meal Plan; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner}

Day 2: Ol Pejeta Conservancy to Samburu : Drive time 2 Hours 45 Minutes
Have an early morning game drive at 615 a.m to 8.00 a.m followed by breakfast. After breakfast depart Ol Pejeta conservancy and drive to Samburu. The drive time is approximately 2 Hours 40 minutes. Upon arrival at Samburu, have a game drive en route to the elephant bedroom camp for lunch. After lunch, relax until 4.00 p.m time for your evening game drive. At 6.00 p.m, return to the Elephant bedroom camp for dinner and overnight. Samburu is famous for the rare and unusual reticulated giraffe, long-necked gerenuk, Colobus monkey, beisa oryx and Grevy’s zebra.The elephant bedroom camp offers spectacular opportunities to see the elephants close-up. {Meal Plan; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner}

Day 3: Samburu
An early morning game drive is followed by breakfast at the lodge. After breakfast, have a full day game viewing with an optional Bush lunch. Explore Samburu and its rare animal species as well as the Samburu people’s culture. Later in the evening return to the Elephant bedroom camp for dinner and overnight.  {Meal Plan; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner}

Day 4: Samburu to Aberdares: Drive time: 4 Hours
An early morning pre breakfast game drive then depart after breakfast to Aberdares. Arrive at the base hotel in readiness to be transfered to the tree hotel. Afternoon relaxing at the Ark tree lodge as you watch animals come quench their thirst. An optional game drive at the Aberdares is available and can be arranged directly with the Ark. Dinner and overnight at the Ark. {Meal Plan; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner}

Day 5: Aberdares to Lake Nakuru: Drive time 3 Hours
This morning drive through Aberdare Mountain range and the Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru National Park with a brief stop at the Equator and the Thompson falls. , once described by American ornithologist Roger Tory- Peterson as the most fabulous bird spectacle in the world.” The park and its lake play host to lesser and greater Flamingos and species of animals, including lion, leopard, black and white rhino and hyena among other bird and animal species. Enjoy an afternoon game viewing drive along the lake shore. Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. {Meal Plan; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner}

Day 6: Lake Nakuru to Maasai Mara:  Drive time 5.5 Hours
Today drive to the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya’s most popular game park and home to the “Big Five” – buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, and rhino. Vast herds of wildebeest and zebra wander the Mara grasslands, their numbers increasing during the annual migration. Arrive in time for lunch followed by an afternoon game drive at 4.00 to 6.00 p.m. Dinner and overnight at the Mara Serena Safari Lodge. {Meal Plan; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner}

Day 7 and 8: Maasai Mara
Have these two full days at the Maasai mara. You will have the opportunity to arrange the order of game drives depending on the location of the wildebeest herds  (July-October) as well as allowing time for game drives to see other wildlife. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Ashnil Mara Camp.
Around Mid August, the herds are normally scattered around the Mara Triangle Area and crossings at the mara River are quite common, so Mara Serena Safari Lodge is perfect location. {Meal Plan; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner}

Day 9: Maasai Mara to Nairobi : Drive time 5.5 Hours
Have an early morning breakfast followed by a two hour game drive. Depart Maasai mara at around 9.30 a.m. and drive to Narok town for lunch. Lunch will be at the Seasons Hotel. After lunch, proceed to Nairobi with a brief stop at the Great Rift Valley view point. Arrive in Nairobi at around 4.00 p.m. You will be transferred to your city hotel or Jomo Kenyatta airport for your outbound flight. {Meal Plan; Breakfast and Lunch}

This tour is fully customisable to suit your travel style and budget.

 

Itinerary may change slightly based on where you will be staying. Prices are for high season only (1st July to -31st October 2019/2020) Contact Us for off-season special disonted prices.

Lodge/Camp

Price in US $

Serena Sweetwaters CampElephant Bedroom CampThe ArkSarova Lion Hill Lodge and Mara Serena Lodge
3,490.00
Ol Pejeta Bush CampElephant Bedroom CampThe Ark, Mbweha Camp and Sand River Camp 5,980.00
Serena SweetwatersSamburu SopaThe ArkLake Nakuru Sopa and Mara Sopa Lodge  2,860.00

 

3 Reviews

  1. Robert and Ellaine
    8:23 pm - 25/08/2019 / Reply

    What can say, TANIUS organised the trip of a lifetime without any hitches and at a price we could not match elsewhere.

    We booked flight only to Mombasa and were picked up from the airport and taken straight on Safari by Bedan in our own Safari bus.

    We passed many buses with 6 or even 7 passengers and stuffed with luggage. East Tsavo, Amboseli (our favourite), Mount Kenya, Treetops (least favourite), Samburu, Lake Nakuru and The Mara then flying down to the beach for a few days- what a trip, but without Bedan we would have missed so much!

    Again, a huge thanks to Peter and crew for organising it all…. even taking us back to the airport for our sad return.

    We would recommend these professional people to everyone.

    Rob & Ellaine
    Eastbourne, United Kingdom

    5
  2. Andre
    10:10 am - 18/09/2019 / Reply

    Jambo Bedan!
    We would like to say ‘Thank you very much’ for your excellent way of guiding and driving us during our 11 days safari (Tsavo East, Amboseli, Aberdares, Samburu, Lake Nakuru and the Masai Mara).

    Your knowledge and explanation about the animals and birds was excellent as well. We will never forget the many times we said ‘stop’ to observe the Kenyan wildlife and the way you have driven the bus in very good positions. Just only after our ‘Hallelujah’ you continued the game drive which brought us to other exciting moments.

    We also want to say ‘Thank you very much’ to the TANIUS organisation, who created on our request a perfect safari. The bookings, tented camps, lodges, food, flight back to Mombasa, etc was, again, excellent.

    We will give our recommendations to everybody to book a safari by TANIUS Tours! It was a holiday we will never forget! Asante Sana.

    Andre.
    Holland

    5
  3. Michael Whatling
    8:17 am - 06/10/2019 / Reply

    Dear Peter,
    jambo,At last I find time to send you a (very short) note of thanks. We had a wonderful time on our travels, thanks in a large part to excellent organisation by yourselves.

    I would slightly shorten the itinerary if I was to do it again, there were perhaps a few too many kilometres, but your choice of lodges was superb. We survived the balloon experience (the pilot’s first crash in 15 years) and various close encounters of the animal kind.

    I would ask you especially to thank your driver/guide Bidan who was efficient, knowledgeable, very polite but friendly and with a good sense of humour (essential when travelling with us!).

    I think we may have left him exhausted but he was smiling until the last. I would be happy to give a reference on your services if you should need in the future. We will certainly be returning to Kenya very soon.Thanks again.

    Asante sana. Michael, Louise and family

    4

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