A Vista of Cultures and Animals! Observe the lives of the people deep in the bush, the semi nomadic life of the Samburu & Masai has hardly changed since the white strangers, first came to their land over a century ago. Cattle remain a backbone of their culture. The Masai believe that their God ? Enkai has chosen them among all the people to be the keepers of all the cattle and they look with disdain upon anyone who cultivates land. They roam the plains like the wild game whose freedom they share. This Safari gives you a unique ?treehotel? experience that comes alive at dusk when animals come to the salt lick to drink water. Drive on to the Shaba Game Reserves (Shaba, Samburu and Buffalo Spring are adjoining game reserve) a semi-desert area and land of the colourful Samburu people.
Standard DescriptionDay 1 - Nairobi Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport - Nairobi, you will be met and assisted. Transfer to your hotel in Nairobi. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Safari Park Hotel on bed and breakfast basis. Day 2 - Treehotel Drive north through the banana, pineapple, coffee and tea plantation to your base hotel to arrive in time for lunch at Outspan Hotel. Transfer in the lodge vehicle to your overnight game viewing treehotel, to watch wildlife drinking at the floodlit waterhole. The saltlick attracts a wide variety of big and other nocturnal animals. Overnight at Treetops Hotel on full board basis. Day 3 - Samburu Return to Outspan Hotel for breakfast. Drive across the Equator to Kenya?s rugged north eastern region. Afternoon game drive to see Grevy?s zebra, Somali ostrich, Reticulated giraffe, these unique animals are only found in this park of Kenya. Also search for other game such as elephants, hyena and dik dik. Overnight at Sarova Shaba Lodge on full board basis Day 4 - Samburu After breakfast depart for a morning and afternoon game drive. This region is also a favourite habitat of the graceful gerenuk, which feeds high up into the bushes simply by standing on their hind legs when grazing. Today you will have plenty of opportunities to photograph its teeming wildlife. You will also visit a Samburu village ? Samburu are beautiful people, clothed in bright colour and adorned with beadwork. In the ?manyatta? (village), you will witness cultural practices and daily living, including livestock keeping, the forging of spearheads from local materials, hunting skills, traditional rites, rituals and dances. Overnight at Sarova Shaba Lodge on full board basis Day 5 - Lake Nakuru Drive via Nyahururu Falls down the eastern escarpment of the magnificent Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru National Park famous for its stunning flocks of lesser flamingo which literally turn its shores pink.. Afternoon game drive. Notable game within the park includes: Black and White Rhino, buffalo, leopard, lion, Rothschild?s giraffe, White and Black Colobus monkey, eland, steinbok, impala, Chandlers Reedbuck, dik dik, rock hyrax, klipspringer, hippo and clawless otter. Overnight at Lion Hill Lodge on full board basis Day 6 - Lake Naivasha Drive down to Lake Naivasha, the highest of the Rift Valley lakes. Enroute you will have an opportunity to visit one of the local villages. Drive on to your beautiful lodge perched on the cliffs overlooking Lake Naivasha. Overnight at The Great Rift Valley Lodge on full board basis Day 7 - Masai Mara After breakfast traverse the Rift Valley and ascend its western rim into the Masai land. Red-clad, with spear Masai warriors tend their herds of cattle among the wildlife, admirably unmoved by the presence of large predators. Afternoon game drive in the Mara, famous for the Wildebeest and Zebra migration and its abundance of wildlife. Overnight at Mara Simba Lodge on full board basis Day 8 - Masai Mara Morning and afternoon game drives in this spectacular game reserve, all with superb photographic opportunities. Blessed with a permanent water supply, Masai Mara has a permanent population of plains game. The ?big five? ? elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino are quite common. You will also have an opportunity to visit to a Masai Village for a very special cultural experience. See how they interact with modern society and the way they use local plants in ceremonial and medicinal ways. Overnight at Mara Simba Lodge on full board basis Day 9 - Depart Depart for Nairobi and drive and transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to catch your onward flight.