14 days (not including air travel)

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Day 1: Amboseli

From Nairobi, drive south for 3-4 hours to Amboseli National Park for lunch and afternoon game drive.

Accommodation: Amboseli Serena Lodge

Meals: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Amboseli

Whole day of game drives in the park. Viewing wildlife against the backdrop of the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain on earth and Africa’s highest peak, sets Amboseli apart as a unique wildlife destination. This is where you can see large herds of elephants and plains game, giraffes, gazelles, lions, leopards etc roaming the plains.

Accommodation: Amboseli Serena Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Lake Nakuru

Leave after breakfast and transfer to Lake Nakuru. Our drive will take us through the Great Rift Valley, the 5,600-kilometre fault line that extends from Ethiopia’s Red Sea through Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and into Mozambique and has over time created a fascinating landscape. As we set out, our first scenic views will be the spectacular escarpments and expansive floors of the valley laden with patches of whistling thorn acacia plants. There will be a brief stopover for a picnic lunch and we’ll arrive at Lake Nakuru for evening game drive.

Accommodation: Lake Nakuru Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Lake Victoria

Morning game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park. This is a small but scenic park famed for its large flocks of birds such as flamingos, white pelicans, cormorants, geese etc. There is also abundant wildlife including white rhino, giraffe, buffalo, lion, leopard etc. After lunch we depart and drive through rich agricultural country with maize, tea and sugarcane plantations. Cool fresh air of the rich agricultural lands greets you as you traverse the “tea belt” of Kericho and we arrive at the lakeside city of Kisumu in the evening. Enjoy the warm evening breeze sweeping gently from the lake as you sip your favourite drink.

Accommodation: Kiboko Bay Resort

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Lake Victoria

Drive to Hippo Point from where we get onto the boat for a nature ride on Lake Victoria. We’ll head to the Dunga fishing village for interactions with the local fishermen. This is a popular fish landing site and you will witness how local fishermen arriving from nightlong fishing expeditions offload their catch of Nile Perch, tilapia and dagaa fish. Fishing is the major economic activity for the local Luo people here.  We’ll also do a nature ride around the Dunga wetland for bird watching and we may also see hippos. We’ll then return to the lodge for lunch and afternoon relaxation. In the late afternoon we will drive to Kajulu hills for a nature walk, site seeing and sunset experience over Lake Victoria.

Accommodation: Kiboko Bay Resort

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Lake Victoria

Depart after breakfast and drive for an hour to Ndere village on the northern part of Lake Victoria. We’ll take a boat and ride on to Ndere Island National park, tour the Island through nature walks and short hikes. This is an area of great natural beauty with lots of birds and wildlife including Sitatunga antelope, De brazza monkey, baboon, impala, dikdik, Monitor lizard etc. Then on to Kit Mikayi village for a Luo cultural tour. Kit Mikayi is a rock formation about 40 metres high. Kit-Mikayi in the local dholuo language means “Stones of the first wife” or “First Wife Rocks”. According to the Luo folklore, Kit Mikayi, mother of the Luo tribe, rested at this site after her long journey south down the Nile valley. The site is popular with religious sects and individuals coming there to offer sacrifices and pray.

Accommodation: Kiboko Bay Resort

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Kakamega Forest

Leave after breakfast for a two hour drive to Kakamega Forest Reserve. There will be a stopover at Maseno for a photo session at the equator. This is your chance to be in two places at the same time! Lake Victoria straddles the Equator so you can be on the northern and southern hemisphere at the same time. You can get out of your vehicle and pose for photographs by the Equator sign at Maseno. Upon arrival at Kakamega forest, you’ll be struck by the relaxing impact of a cool environment devoid of the scorching heat and hustle and bustle of the cities. After lunch we’ll go on an afternoon nature walk. This is a tropical rain forest that is an extension of the original Congo forest and is home to a varied plants and animals more typical of Central Africa.

Accommodation: Rondo Retreat Centre

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8: Kakamega Forest

Full day of exploration-walks along nature trails in the forest and bird watching. The magnificent feel of untamed nature in its manifestation of flora and fauna, coupled with a variety of birds to be seen and heard chirping make Kakamega forest an enchanting holiday spot. We start with a predawn hike up the Lirhanda hill including caves exploration. There are massive trees with beautiful forest canopies, numerous bird species and primates. The thick and mostly wet undergrowth supports insects and small animals. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded here and these include eagles, doves, Great Blue Turaco the African Emerald, Cuckoo, Yellow-bill, Bar-tailed Trogon, Blue-headed Bee-eater, White-headed Wood-Hoopoe and others.

Accommodation: Rondo Retreat Centre

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9: Lake Bogoria

Drive for 5-6 hours through Eldoret and Iten to Lake Bogoria, a Rift Valley lake and home to flamingos. After lunch we’ll do a game drive and walk in the Lake Bogoria National Reserve. The lake provides a rich feeding area for thousands of flamingos and other birds like white pelicans, Yellow-billed Storks, Sacred Ibis and White-necked Cormorants. Numerous ducks and shore birds also frequent the lake. In addition to birdlife you should be on the lookout for the rare Greater Kudu, zebra, warthogs, Grant’s Gazelle and Impala which frequent the area. Lake Bogoria is also famous for the hot springs. Spend the night at Lake Bogoria Spa Resort.

Day 10: Mount Kenya

Morning game drive and walk on the shores of Lake Bogoria. After lunch we leave the Great Rift Valley and drive to the central highlands, made famous by Mount Kenya and the Aberdare mountain range.

Accommodation: Rhino Watch Safari Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11: Solio Ranch

Drive into the Solio Wildlife Conservancy for game drives. Solio is a private wildlife sanctuary with a large population of Black rhinos. This is the best place in the world to watch rhinos and leopards. There are also many other animals including zebra, lion, cheetah, hyena, as well as two northern species, the reticulated giraffe and the beisa oryx. The area is also a bird watcher’s paradise with over 100 species of birds recorded so far.

Accommodation: Rhino Watch Safari Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12: Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Transfer to Ol Pejeta Conservancy for a whole day of game drives. This is the perfect place to watch wildlife in a less crowded environment against the iconic backdrop of Mount Kenya. The conservancy hosts the largest population of black rhino in Kenya. There are also elephant, cheetah, lion, leopard, zebra, hartebeest etc. In the afternoon we will visit the Chimpanzee sanctuary, the only one of its kind in Kenya.

Accommodation: Sweetwaters Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 13: Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Morning and afternoon game drives at Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Accommodation: Sweetwaters Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 14: Nairobi

Return to Nairobi.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch


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