Sunday, November 18, 2018

Great Rift Valley - 7 Days/ 6 Nights

18 August 2016

Visit to Lake Baringo, Lake Bogoria and Lake Nakuru makes a complete spectacular Great Rift Valley. Boat rides can be arranged at Lake Baringo.Visit to the spectacular Lake Bogoria with hot springs and geysers being the main attractions. The lake has been called ‘the new home of the flamingo’ with a nomad population of up to two million birds.

 

ITINERARY

 

Day 1 - Nairobi - Lake Baringo

 

Depart Nairobi in the morning stopping enroute to view the spectacular Great Rift Valley. We aarive in time for your hot lunch at Lake Baringo Hotel. Lake Baringo is a world famous bird sanctuary, late in the afternoon. We enjoy an evening boat ride in search of hippo, crocodile, and fish eagle. Lake Baringo is the most Northerly of Kenya’s small Rift Valley lakes; creased with papyrus and well developed acacia forest. Hippos, crocodiles and monitor lizards are effortlessly seen from the shore, as is a magnificent display of water birds. This is Kenya's bird watching centre with over 1200 different species native to the country and more than 450 sighted here. A bird watcher's haven but beware, this is malaria land so it’s best to come prepared with plenty of mosquito spay. Full board accommodation included in the tour price dinner and overnight at Lake Baringo Hotel.

 

Day 2 - Lake Baringo - Lake Bogoria & Lake Nakuru

 

A 30km drive south to the spectacular Lake Bogoria with hot springs and geysers being the main attractions. The lake has been called ‘the new home of the flamingo’ with a nomad population of up to two million birds. Lunch and then proceed for an afternoon game drive at the Lake Nakuru National Park, which covers 180 sq km. The park is home to warthogs, waterbuck, buffaloes, reedbucks, and the occasional leopard. White and black rhinos were introduced to the park some years ago and you may find white rhino at the southern end. The park has also retained its reputation as an ornithologists’ delight with more than 400 species of bird found here. Full board accommodation included in the tour price and overnight at Mbweha Camp.

 

Day 3 -Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara

 

We head south to Narok. The Reserve is administered by the local county council. It is probably the most famous and most visited reserve in Kenya. It offers breathtaking views (seen in the film ‘Out of Africa’, much of which was filmed here)an extraordinary density of animals including the “Big Five” and many varieties of plains game. Enjoy your en route game viewing at Masai Mara National Reserve. Full board accommodation is included in the tour price. Dinner and overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge.

 

Day 4 & 5 - Masai Mara

 

The next two days shall be spent game viewing, either in the early morning hours or in the evening as this is when we have the best chances of seeing animals. On clear days, the Mara offers fantastic orange tinted sunsets and you will definitely want to capture this moment while sipping on a sundowner back at our campsite. The Mara reserve is 1510 sq km of incredible wide-open landscapes and fertile riverine woodland following the looping meanders of the Mara and Talek rivers. Wherever you go in the Mara you will see a frequent amount of wildlife such as Masai giraffe, baboons, warthogs, bat eared foxes, grey jackals, spotted hyena, topis, impala, hartebeests, wildebeest. Elephants, buffaloes, zebras and hippos also exist in great numbers. It is also common to see lions either basking after a heavy meal, or surveying the plains for their next meal. Cheetahs and leopards are harder to spot but are still reasonably common. The ultimate action here is without doubt the annual wildebeest exodus in July and August when millions of these grass eaters move north from the Serengeti in search of lusher grass before turning south again in October. Balloon trips are an entirely outstanding way of seeing the savannah plains and the wildlife after which you come back down for a beautiful champagne breakfast. These trips can be arranged at our office upon booking. Full board accommodation is included in the tour price. Dinner and overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge.

 

Day 6 - Masai Mara - Nairobi

 

After breakfast we start our journey back, drive to Narok where Masai souvenirs can be bought, then back to Nairobi by late afternoon. You will be transferred to Nairobi Safari Club. Dinner at leisure not included in the tour price.

 

Day 7 - Nairobi

Transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airpo

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