Day 1: Nairobi
On arrival get transferred to Jacaranda Nairobi for an overnight stay. There is a pre-bookable option excursion of lunch at the ever popular Tamambo Restaurant followed by a visit to the Giraffe Centre home to the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. Overnight at Hotel. .Dinner
Days 2-3: Samburu National Reserve
Leave Nairobi for the 6-hour drive north of the equator to Samburu where you’ll stay for 2 nights. This lowland area is home to gerenuk, crocodile, hippo, lion, cheetah and ostrich as well as the reticulated giraffe, Grévy’s zebra and Somali ostrich that can only be seen in Samburu. Enjoy your game drives, with the chance of spotting all kinds of wildlife among the woodlands, ravines and grassnds. Overnight: Selected Resort. (B/L/D)
Day 4: Aberdares National Park
After breakfast, you will be driven (3 hours 30-min) to the Outspan Country Club (once home to Lord and Lady Baden-Powell) for lunch. Take an overnight bag for the night stay at Treetops in the Aberdare Forest. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is at leisure to observe animals emerging from the forest to drink at the water hole. Overnight: Selected Resort. (B/L/D)
Day 5: Lake Nakuru
After breakfast set off for the incredibly beautiful and striking Rift Valley, famous for its abundance of flamingo, pelicans (depending on their migratory patterns) and both black and white rhino (3 hour drive). After lunch, you have an afternoon game drive to seek out those birds and other wildlife. You will probably see giraffe, buffalo and zebra but also look out for the elusive leopard hiding in the trees! Overnight: Selected Resort(B/L/D)
Days 6-7: Masai Mara
This morning head for the Masai Mara (5 hours 30-min drive) your home for the next 2 nights. After lunch, you have an afternoon game drive. Your second day includes 2 game drives and time to relax. Overnight: Selected Resort. (B/L/D)
Day 8: Nairobi
Alas, your adventures are over and it is time to head back to Nairobi arriving around lunch time (4 hours 30-min drive). Subject to flight schedules, you may need to spend a night in Nairobi before flying onwards to your chosen destination. (B)
Kenya, an East African nation, spans more than 224,000 sq. miles (582,000 sq. Km), making it only slightly smaller than the state of Texas in the United States. Kenya is situated on the equator and is bordered by five countries: Uganda (to the west), Sudan (to the northwest), Ethiopia (to the north), Somalia (to the northeast), and Tanzania (to the south). Along its southeast edge, Kenya’s tropical coastline connects the country to the Indian Ocean.
Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, is located in the southwest. Other major cities include Mombasa (situated on the coast), Nakuru and Eldoret (found in the west-central region), and Kisumu (located in the west on the shores of Lake Victoria).
Kenya is blessed with a wide range of topographical features – from the low plains found along the coast, bisected by the Great Rift Valley, to the fertile plateau in the west. The Great Rift Valley is home to a number of lakes, arid and rugged landscapes, and volcanic landforms with areas of active hot springs and geothermal activity.
The highland areas of Central Kenya provide fertile ground for farming, making Kenya one of the most agriculturally productive countries in Africa. The north of Kenya, however, is largely desert land scattered with thorn bush. This contrasts greatly with the Kenyan coast, which features many beaches, coral reefs, creeks and coral islands. The coastal strip is largely flat, giving rise to the rolling Taita hills.
Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, is located along the border between Kenya and Tanzania. Breathtaking views of Kilimanjaro can be seen from Amboseli National Park. The second highest mountain – Mount Kenya – can be found at the country’s center.
Kenya enjoys a tropical climate. The coastal area is warm and humid, the central highlands are temperate, and it is both hot and dry in Kenya’s north and northeast regions. Rainfall in Kenya is seasonal with most rain falling between the months of April and June and shorter rainfalls occurring between October and December.
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